springfield mo real estate: Benefits of Owning Springfield Mo Real Estate - 02/18/11 02:31 PM
Benefits of Owning Springfield Mo Real Estate It's always been the American dream to own a home.  But when the market crashed, home owners started bailing  and walking away from their mortgages.  The American dream seemed like a nightmare.
Today, the American dream is lower in price and interest rates help to lower the payments.  It won't last forever!
Interest rates have begun to rise.  Inventory is down.  There's only one thing that happens when these two things happen.....home values start increasing.
If you are in the market to buy a home in The Springfield Mo Real Estate market this year, … (1 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Kansas Avenue - Springfield Mo Real Estate - Springfield Homes With Acreage! - 02/16/11 02:37 PM
Kansas Avenue - Springfield Mo Real Estate - Springfield Homes With Acreage! Stretch out, sit back, relax and enjoy living inside the city limits of Springfield with your own private acreage.  The sellers have spent time and money upgrading this wonderful Springfield Mo 3 bedroom home on 1.84 acres.  New electrical, heat and air, paint and more.

$115,000 Two living areas, a wonderful kitchen dining room with tile flooring and large pantry.  Outside, a new patio and vinyl siding.

The detached garage includes two air conditioners, woodburning stove and studio apartment with a full bath.  A Lean two has … (2 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Springfield Mo Short Sales - Farm Road 100 - Springfield Homes With Acreage! - 02/15/11 01:24 PM
Springfield Mo Short Sales - Farm Road 100 - Springfield Homes With Acreage! $75,000  
You will be delighted when you see the amount of room this 3 bedroom, 2 bath manufactured home has to offer.
We found an open floor plan, with a formal dining area, large living room that is open to the kitchen and breakfast area.
 
 

Schools:  Willard Elementary, Willard Middle School, Willard High School.
The master bedroom is separate from the other two bedrooms and includes a separate shower, dual sinks and a garden tub.
Situated on 5 wonderful acres, fenced only around … (4 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Surprise! We're Ready To Sell Our Springfield Mo Multi-Family Investment! - 02/11/11 02:54 PM
Surprise!  We're Ready To Sell Our Springfield Mo Multi-Family Investment!
 
 
What A Day!  Working several leads and showing property, then presenting an offer in the afternoon.  Not complaining, real estate is great when we are the busiest!
Finishing up, a previous client stopped by and decided to check out the market, then said to go ahead and place the property on the market.
So, we're stopping by tomorrow to list a great multi-family investment.
Stay tuned.......I'll show you several floor plans.
 
Are You Ready To List Your Home in and around the Springfield Mo area?Stop by or … (3 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Hello! I'm Walking Away From My Springfield Mo Home! - 02/10/11 02:02 PM
Hello!  I'm Walking Away From My Springfield Mo Home! These phone calls seem to come in daily these days.  Sellers have struggled for months knowing they are getting further and further behind in their payments.  There are so many Springfield Mo Homes for sale that are either in foreclosure or have been forclosed on.
Today, I received one of these calls.  The couple are getting a divorce and can't make their house payment on their own. 
NO!  Don't walk away.  Make an effort to save your credit.  There's too many reasons to just give up.  Here's one.  The bank can file … (8 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Sellers - Stop Using Information Boxes - Join The New Trend! - 02/08/11 02:00 PM
Sellers - Stop Using Information Boxes - Join The New Trend! Interviewing for a new listing today, I began explaining some of our advertising techniques.
No paper advertising.  Selling Springfield Mo homes takes more than advertising a home. No open houses in out of the way places.  We have better ways to show off your home. No information tubes on real estate signs.  Totally obsolete! The sellers totally agreed.  Their home is a "one of a kind" property that needs more than just an ad in the paper and a sign in the front yard.
So, what do we do to … (17 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Ahhh Grasshopper - 2011 Blizzard - Round Two! - 02/05/11 02:10 PM
AHHH Grasshopper - 2011 Blizzard - Round Two! We woke up to another round of snow this morning.  After this week's blizzard, we got another 4-5 inches of snow over night.  The Grasshopper is out and back to work.  We're expecting another big storm next week. I promised not to hire him out.
 
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springfield mo real estate: Winter Is Brutal On Your Pocketbook - Energy Saving Tips - 02/02/11 11:49 AM
Winter Is Brutal On Your Pocketbook - Energy Saving Tips
 
The groundhog didn't see his shadow today in the Springfield area......which means we should have an early spring.  Until then, our weather is brutally cold. 
Our office remains closed today, but we continued to work from our homes.  So far, there's been no phone calls about broken pipes or power outages.
Winter is very hard our our pocketbooks when it comes to heating the house.  I'm lucky enough to have a Cozy Heat Fireplace.  We only use it on very cold occasions. 
For those of you that want to … (8 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Moving On Up? 2011 Is The Year To Buy Springfield Real Estate! - 02/01/11 12:27 PM
Moving On Up?  2011 Is The Year To Buy Springfield Real Estate! Want to take advantage of the low prices in 2011?  Great!  Let's get started.  Oh, but you have a house to sell.  What to do first.
This is a scenario that is occuring all over the country.  Once you get the itch to move, your first step is to get you prequalified to buy another home first.....that is, unless you're paying cash.
As your real estate agent, let's make sure that the price range you are wanting to be in is within your ability to purchase.
Second, let's get … (8 comments)

springfield mo real estate: 2011 Blizzard In Springfield Missouri - We Finally Have Snow! - 02/01/11 11:00 AM
2011 Blizzard In Springfield Missouri - We Finally Have Snow! I've been watching the news all winter about how much snow everyone is getting, thinking it was going to pass us by.  But today we got hit. 
Closing the office and staying home, Springfield MO real estate goes on.  I don't usually work from home, but technology allows me to work from home, following up on showings, calling the banks on short sales and working the website.  Years ago, this would have never happened.
Major highways have closed between Springfield and Joplin MO, more ice than snow near Branson, the … (10 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Do You Price Your Home Based On Square Footage - Springfield MO Homes - 01/31/11 03:10 PM
Do You Price Your Home Based On Price Per Square Foot - Springfield MO Homes Do you price your Springfield Mo home based on price per square foot? 

Maybe you could before market values dropped, but today homes that were once constructed at over $100 per square foot, are now worth much less.  Larger homes are becoming a thing of the past.  Smaller, energy effecient homes are more popular.
With so many large homes on the market in the Springfield real estate market......many are bank foreclosures.  They need upgrades, repairs, new appliances and minor repairs. 
Most home buyers can not … (2 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Your Foreclosure Can Keep You From Being Hired! - 01/28/11 02:05 PM
Your Foreclosure Can Keep You From Being Hired!  Did you know some employers are now checking your credit to see if you are a responsible person before they hire you?  Not only does it affect your credit, but a foreclosure can keep you from being hired.

 

I've been checking out foreclosures as they come on the market for the past few months.  I'm seeing less that 33% of these foreclosures have been listed for sale. 
Some homeowners, wanting to salvage their credit, contact a realtor to complete a short sale.  Others contact their lenders to try and complete … (5 comments)

springfield mo real estate: What Kind Of Home Do You Want To Buy? Springfield Mo Homes For Sale! - 01/23/11 09:36 AM
What Kind Of Home Do You Want To Buy?  Springfield Mo Homes For Sale! Springfield Mo is made up of several different types of homes:  single family residential homes, multi-family homes, patio homes, condominiums and Townhouses.
Single family residential homes are the most common type to buy.  Buyers usually consist of a single family or college students, and single people looking to invest in real estate.
Multiple family homes:  Usually consist of two or more separate living areas.  Duplexes are the most common.  Owners can live in one side and rent out the other to help with their costs.  Some lending institutions … (1 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Springfield Mo Home Buyers - Are You Missing The Boat? - 01/22/11 11:19 AM
Springfield Mo Home Buyers - Are You Missing The Boat? What I really mean is are you still treading water waiting for the Springfield Mo real estate market to drop more before you buy?    Well, you may have already missed the boat.
Interest rates bottomed out in 2010 and possibly home values too......that's yet to be determined.  Take a look at the graph below.  Here's what the Springfield Missouri real estate market has done since 2002.
 
In 2007, the Springfield Mo real estate market was at it's highest peak with the average priced homes selling at $130,000.
Today, Springfield Mo … (2 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Are You Ready To Market Your Springfield Mo Real Estate? - 01/21/11 01:29 PM
Are You Ready To Market Your Springfield Mo Real Estate? Contrary to a lot of news we hear across the country, our Springfield Mo real estate market is still going strong.  Of course, it's not as active as it once was, but homes priced right are still selling.
Want to know how to market your home to sell?  It's easy.  There's no secret remedy.  Here's a few tips:
Price it agressively.  You're not going to make as much as you might have in 2006, but you'll still sell if your price is better than other homes comparable to yours. Stage your home.  … (2 comments)

springfield mo real estate: 135 Solomon Circle - Cornerstone Estates - Springfield Mo Real Estate Short Sale - 01/17/11 02:14 PM
135 Solomon Circle - Cornerstone Estates - Springfield Mo Real Estate Short Sale
 
$110,000 Last one available as a short sale - Several others have already sold. 
 
Located in Corner Stone Estates at Shoals Bend, this wonderful ranch home includes 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, split bedroom floor plan, oversized kitchen with granite counter tops, tile flooring and a great dining area. 
 
 
 
Preview 135 Solomon on my website.
 
 
Also includes a large living room, gas log fireplace & built-in bookshelves. The master bath has a double walk-in closet, jetted tub, custom cabinets and tile flooring. … (2 comments)

springfield mo real estate: Selling Springfield Mo Real Estate - Has The Market Changed? - 01/15/11 11:59 AM
Selling Springfield Mo Real Estate - Has The Market Changed? Receiving a call from a former client today, they asked if the market had changed over the past year.  They are seeing a number of farms on the market, but not sure what was selling.
Springfield Missouri is a great place to live and raise a family.  Known as the Queen City of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri and the surrounding areas are nestled quietly in the Ozark Mountains of Southwestern Missouri. With its scenic beauty and vast array of lakes, Springfield is truly a great place to retire or raise a family.  
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springfield mo real estate: Winning Bid On A HUD Foreclosure Home in Springfield Missouri - 01/10/11 02:32 PM
Winning Bid On A Foreclosure Home In Springfield Missouri Recently, HUD changed their way of selling their inventory of foreclosures.  I knew the procedure on the old system, so last week was not the usual writing of an offer and submitting it to the listing agent, who then submits it to HUD for approval.

Now, through HUDHomestore.com, agents submit their offer and wait within a designated to to see if the offer is accepted or denied.  What they can't see is if there are any other offers bidding against their offer.  If the offer comes in too low, it is automatically rejected and … (10 comments)

springfield mo real estate: When's The Best Time To Sell Springfield Mo Real Estate? - 01/07/11 03:11 PM
When's The Best Time To Sell Springfield Mo Real Estate? Actually I'm talking about sales between $100,000 and $150,000.  During 2010, sales varied from month to month.   
In 2010, 750 homes between $100,000 - $150,000 sold.  The month of May saw the largest amount of sales.... What does this mean to sellers? With the average time of 120 days on the market for Springfield MO real estate, Springfield MO real estate sellers need to market their homes now.   Don't miss out on the best time of the year to sell your home. Statisics courtesy of Springfield MO MLS
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springfield mo real estate: Busy! Busy! Busy! What A Great Day! Springfield Real Estate Is Moving! - 01/06/11 01:50 PM
Busy! Busy! Busy!  What a Great Day!  Springfield Real Estate Is Moving! I heard on the news this morning driving to work that this week was one of the most stressful weeks of the year.  Never did hear why, but I knew I had a lot of work to get done.
Stopping in the office for an hour, I picked up a new listing in Springfield and one in Forsyth......both referrals and took off to the courthouse to watch a home go to foreclosure, just in time to find the sale I was bidding on was postponed.
So, I headed back … (8 comments)

 
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