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Choosing the Right Realtor

My friend in Omaha called me with the problem of choosing the right Realtor to sell her home. She has several friends “in the business” and she wasn’t sure what to do.

I hear that same thing when interviewing to list a home for sale. Home sellers just don’t know how to make a decision when choosing the right Realtor.

Once I am chosen, I always ask them why they chose me over their other Realtor friends. Typically they tell me they like the passion I have about creating their best Model Home Look and they know my average house sells in 3 days or less and for thousands over the asking price. Those 2 things set me apart from the other agents.

There are over 10,000 Realtors in the Kansas City area. It seems as though everybody knows a dozen or so Realtors. What is the trick when choosing the right Realtor to sell your home? And is it really that big of a deal? YES it is…it’s huge because it’s your money at stake!

How People Choose an Agent

I like to ask people why they chose that person to list their home for sale. There are so many different answers but never one I’m looking for. It just proves, real estate is very confusing to most people and yet the public perceives every agent to be the same. As my home inspector recently said, “The public sees us – Realtors and Home Inspectors – as all just a can of green beans.” 🙁

Here are a few examples of what people tell me:

  • She’s my niece and just got her license and needs the money
  • My neighbor would never speak to me again if I didn’t list my home with her
  • We’ve been friends with them for years
  • She went to college with my husband and when we bumped into them recently, we felt obligated to use her (someone actually used that one on me years ago)
  • She goes to my church

Really? What’s the one thing all of those answers have in common? It’s all about the other person and the relationship you have with them. If you were having brain surgery and you knew a brain surgeon, would you go with that person or would you get a couple of different opinions?

Real estate is no different. Interview different agents. You should get different vibes after talking to them about the big business of selling your home.

Unfortunately, you may have forgotten a couple of details in all the hubbub of thinking about selling your home. This is about you, your home, and your money.

Choosing the right Realtor is not about the agent or the relationship you have with them. As much as you want to think that selling your home is personal, it’s really not. It may be personal to you but it’s a business transaction. At the end of the transaction, it will either make you money or cost you money depending on who you choose.

Just because someone goes to your church doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right Realtor to sell your house. Then what happens at church if things don’t go well when selling your home?

Choosing the Right Realtor to Sell Your Home

I’m not here to criticize other agents. I merely want to open your eyes to the fact that there is a difference in agents. You may not get the results you want if you choose an agent based on all the wrong reasons.

A few years ago, I received a call from a seller whose house had been on the market for over 6 months. It hadn’t sold and she was referred to me by a mutual friend. After going to the house, it didn’t sell because it was a horrible house, in a great neighborhood but the agent didn’t do anything to try to get it sold. The sellers had moved out but had left random stuff throughout the house. It showed terribly but I worked my tail off to sell that one and finally got it done.

Choosing an agent to sell your home in Overland Park should be based on their track record and what they can do for you to sell your house for the most money and in the shortest period of time – period.

The longer your house is on the market, the less money you will receive. So if you choose an agent whose average days on the market is 29, you’re probably going to have a couple of price reductions before you sell.

Remember, it’s your money! It has nothing to do with the agent. Are they capable of getting you the results you want or not? Have they done it for others?

Not all Agents Get the Same Results

Unfortunately, not all agents get the same results. I know that’s hard to hear. After all, your own family member, neighbor, or friend wouldn’t steer you wrong, would they? They aren’t going to tell you another agent might get you better results. But the truth of the matter is, Realtors, don’t have to be real good at their trade. That’s why there are so many of them. If they hang in there long enough, they will get the job done. But, it can be a long process with your money flying out the window as the days go by.

If you consider the current average days on the market for a resale house in Johnson County is 38 days, are you ok with that?

Every agent has their own statistics based on the results they get when listing a house for sale. They are available in our local MLS System.

Here are 4 Questions to ask any Agent:

  1. Average days on the market for your listings? (from list date to contract date)
  2. Original list price to final sale price? In other words, does your average listing have price reductions before selling? Or does it start out overpriced?
  3. What percentage of the houses you list actually close?
  4. Tell me 3 things you’re going to do to sell my house that another agent isn’t going to do. Please let me know what they tell you – I’d be curious!

If you interviewed 3 different agents and asked them these 4 questions, I’ll bet you would have a different perspective than what you thought. Just because you put your house on the market, doesn’t mean it will sell. MLS doesn’t sell houses. Your agent sells houses.

When you list your home with someone you know, it’s assumed they will do the best job for you. Did they tell you their plan to sell your home quickly and for the most money? Have they sold homes before quickly and for the most money?

Ask the right questions and you should be able to make a business decision about how to choose the right Realtor to sell your home in Overland Park. Results don’t lie. And if you base your decision on their results, it shouldn’t put a strain on your relationship. You chose the agent that had the best credentials to sell your house. It was a business decision you made regarding your money.

My success stories show that my sellers all received the attention to detail when it came to selling their home. I told them the truth about what it would take to get the best results.

If you are thinking about selling your home in Overland Park, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here. I have solid answers to the above questions and would love to have the opportunity to show you how I will create your home’s best look so it sells faster and for more money.

Selling Your Overland Park Home this Fall

If you’ve been on the fence about moving, here are 5 smart reasons for selling your Overland Park home this fall:

  • Inventory is at an all time low

While there are still plenty of houses for sale to choose from, great houses are few and far between. There are many buyers who would love to buy a house and get settled in before the holidays. Especially if your next move is taking you out of town, now might be the right time. How is the current market? Why wait?

  • You have less competition in the fall real estate market

When there are fewer great houses for sale, your house has a better chance of standing out. But don’t be fooled by thinking you don’t have to make the best first impression. Be sure to work with an agent that has an understanding of home staging (like me) and has a track record of producing quick results (like me) so you end up with more money. Receiving $5,000 – $10,000 or more over asking price would pay for a lot of things – your moving expenses, making some updates to the next house or maybe a new refrigerator or washer and dryer. Remember, the agent you choose to work with determines the results you get.

  • Faster processes

With less inventory and less competition, everybody involved in the selling and buying process has more time right now. Why not take advantage of the “off season” to get some work done to your house? The lenders and title companies are oftentimes less busy this time of the year and have more time to work on your transaction. Who can I introduce you to on my team that can help you with some projects so you can still be ready for selling your Overland Park home this fall?

  • Move up opportunities are unbelievable

Fall is the perfect time to sell. I’ve had buyers sell their home and move to a neighborhood, school or lifestyle that better suited their needs. They ended up with a better house for the same amount of money. A lower interest rate could make a huge difference in your payment. It’s hard to know what’s possible until you research your ideas. Let’s talk!

  • Is it time to move on with your life?

Have you been talking about selling your house and moving for a long time? What are you waiting for? There’s no better time to take advantage of the current housing market and conditions so you can get on with your life. Especially if you are considering downsizing, your next move is inevitable. Putting your move off is just an excuse. Get it done and move on with your life.

Bottom line

If you’ve had thoughts of moving to a house that would better suit your needs or your lifestyle, these 5 smart reasons for selling your Overland Park home this fall should be enough to move you forward. They claim we’re headed towards another real estate shift. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Now is the time!

Contact me here or call or text me at (913) 515-3250 and let’s sit down and have a conversation to see if this is the right time for you to consider selling your Overland Park home this fall and moving to a house that better suits your needs. Time is of the essence in real estate. Call me today!

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Realtor Safety Month

September is Realtor safety month. After being in real estate for 33 years, I know my safety always comes first. Being in the industry, we often hear about local incidents that have happened to Realtors that are downright frightening. Supposedly 49% of Realtors carry a weapon.

Do you remember these local incidents?

  • a Realtor being tied up in the basement of a vacant home for days, only to be saved by finally getting the attention of the mailman
  • the new homes subdivision agent who was tied up with her pantyhose and
  • my Realtor friend who was forced at gunpoint to drive to an ATM to withdraw money.

Realtors are not pop-tarts

And yet every day, Realtors are holding open houses and running out to meet total strangers without thinking twice about it. They never think anything like those stories could happen to them. But 31% of Realtors have said they felt unsafe during an open house.

Realtor safety always reminds me of tips you should always use when you invite strangers into your home. Never get too comfortable and lose track of what’s going on.

For example, do you remember the news story about the Prairie Village resident whose long time handyman finally attacked her while doing work at her home? Thankfully, she was able to fight him off. You should never be off your guard when inviting strangers into your home.

Remember, predators come in all shapes and sizes. You can never be too careful.

Here are a few Realtor safety tips that homeowners should follow when allowing strangers into your home:

  • Never let them think you are home alone
  • If you are alone, let them know someone will be home soon – “my husband ran to the store, he should be home any minute” or “my son is stopping by shortly to see how things are going.”
  • Have an “out” just like on a bad date. Arrange to have someone call you to check up on you and have a “safe word” to use in case you need help.
  • Always walk behind them by directing them to go first. Open the front door and allow them in and direct them by saying, “after you.”
  • Never, ever go down the basement stairs ahead of anybody. They could easily push you down the steps or hit you over the head with something.
  • If there is more than one person in your house, keep an eye on them while they are working.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and you have it on you
  • Don’t leave your valuables lying around the house – like your purse or wallet in plain sight
  • Lock up any prescription drugs
  • Make sure your car is locked and park your car in the street or at the end of your driveway so they can’t block you in. I can’t tell you how many open houses I left in a hurry because I felt I was in harm’s way.
  • Always have your keys in your pocket in case you need to get away quickly
  • Plan ahead with an escape route in case you have to use it

Don’t be a victim

You don’t need to live in fear that something bad is going to happen to you. But you should think things through beforehand. And take every precaution you can. Typically women who get their purses stolen are the ones that are unaware of their surroundings. They aren’t paying attention, talking on their phone and never saw it coming.

If you are on your game, you more than likely won’t be a victim. But you can never be too cautious when dealing with strangers – especially in your own home. More than one time in my life I have been confronted with scary situations. Every time I learn from them.

Learn from these Realtor safety tips and pick at least one you will use to keep yourself safe. If you are thinking of selling or buying real estate in or around Overland Park, let’s meet in a safe environment. Call or text (913) 515-3250 to set up a FREE Consultation or reach out here.

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Dear Mr Seller Letter

If you are selling your home in today’s hot real estate market, would a Dear Mr Seller letter help you choose one offer over another? That’s a great question. Negotiating the highest price is usually the order of the day and what sellers care about the most.

Typically, when presented with more than one offer, you would choose the one that nets you the most money. But in today’s crazy real estate market, there are other factors that sometimes come into play – especially if there are two identical offers.

For example, I wrote an offer on a fixer upper ranch in a sought after, well established neighborhood. My buyers offered more than $15,000 over asking price and they didn’t get the house. The listing agent told me they had 2 offers that were the same and the sellers chose the young family. The young family? What did that mean other than apparently our competition wrote a Dear Mr Seller letter and included a photo to play up to the seller’s emotions.

What letter could my retired buyers have written to this older couple and still be able to compete with a young family who was just starting out in life, raising a family?

With 2 identical offers, how do you choose? Would a Dear Mr Seller Letter entice you to choose one offer over the other?

What Exactly is a Dear Mr Seller Letter?

Typically, as a buyer’s agent, I don’t know much about the seller when I write an offer for my buyers. First of all, it’s hard to even get the listing agent on the phone. Sometimes the buyer wants to know something more about the seller and especially why they are moving.

But depending on the circumstances, as a seller, would you tend to be swayed if the buyers wrote you an emotional letter?  Some agents use it to their advantage but it can also backfire. What if the buyers said something that you took the wrong way or it offended you? Would you look at that offer differently?

A typical Dear Mr. Seller Letter would

  1. Make an emotional statement about how much they love your house
  2. Talk about seeing themselves (and their growing family) living there
  3. Reflect on how much better their lives would be living in such a well loved home
  4. Share how they’re so stressed out with making offers on houses they don’t get and
  5. Indicate they could soon be homeless if they don’t find a house

And on and on. You get the point. Some agents will go so far as to include a photo of the buyers to include with the offer. As a listing agent, I’ve received letters like this and oftentimes my sellers felt it was a bit over the top and chose another offer instead. After all, depending on my sellers, this is a business transaction and there are many more negotiations to get through.

As a seller, do you really care who buys your house? As a buyer, do you really care about the people that live there? Maybe, but in our local market, typically the sellers and buyers will never see or meet each other. However, one wrong move by either party could put an end to the transaction.

Is the lack of inventory in the current real estate market suggesting I need to have a Dear Mr Seller Letter template? Can my buyers fill in the blanks so we’ll be ready when they find the perfect house and when we’re short on time?

Be Careful What You Say

I recently received a Dear Mr Seller letter on one of my listings. The buyers had a family photo at the top of the letter with a quote from The Bible. The buyers talked about how much they loved the home, the neighborhood, the floorplan of the home, and the unfinished basement with the workbench.

At the final walk through, the sellers had already moved out of town and the buyer’s agent told me the workbench in the basement would need to be removed prior to closing. I reached out to my seller and he reminded me of the Dear Mr Seller letter that talked about the workbench. Needless to say, the workbench was never brought up again.

I learned early on in real estate NEVER EVER discuss politics, religion or other people’s sports teams. Adding to that are your personal preferences on current events and your opinions of whatever is going on in the news. Bottom line, you will end up offending someone and if you are a buyer, you don’t want your opinions to insult the home seller.

Is it For You?

So be careful what you say in your Dear Mr Seller letter to make sure it doesn’t contain anything offensive or anything you don’t really mean. Fluff might come back and bite you in the you know what.

If you were a seller, what would convince you to take one offer over the other? Would you be emotionally swayed by a Dear Mr Seller Letter?

If you’re thinking of selling in the next few months, I’d love to help. Call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here for a FREE walk through of what you need to do to get your home ready for the market.

Click here for your INSTANT LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT versus the Zillow Zestimate.

Download our new app and tap into our local Heartland MLS system just like the Realtors do. It’s free for you with up to the minute accuracy. You’ll know about a house as soon as it comes on the market! Download the app here.

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Why People Love Zillow

I am always amazed about why people love Zillow. As a real estate professional, I understand Zillow appears to have the market cornered. They have a great website that’s easy to use and they seem to have all the answers. That’s what they have going for them.

But at the same time, it’s hard to believe their information is so inaccurate and yet people tend to believe everything they find on Zillow. I hear it day in and day out…

“Zillow says my house is worth $400,000. My natural thought is, “Has Zillow ever been to your house?”

Or the other one…

“How much is the house at 123 Main Street?” My response is “That house sold last year.”

Their natural response is, “No it didn’t, it’s on Zillow.”

And then it starts. When people tell me what they found on Zillow, I know I’m in big trouble trying to prove Zillow is wrong when I already know how much people love Zillow.

What is Zillow?

According to Wikipedia:

“Zillow is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help.”

Actually, Zillow is a computized database that allows you to search for homes and estimates your home’s value. Neither of those is very accurate. But one thing is for sure, once you give them your information, they will sell it. That’s what they are very good at…getting you to give them your information.

The Zillow Zestimate

One of Zillow’s unique features is the Zillow Zestimate where consumers can see how much homes are worth. Zillow’s algorithms update property values three times a week, which comes from public data and from data submitted by users.

According to Zillow, most Zestimates are “within 10 percent of the selling price of the home.”

10%? On a $300,000 house, their Zestimate could be off $30,000 either way – too high or too low.

A Perfect Example of an Inaccurate Zestimate

In July of 2015, Zillow’s CEO, Spencer Rascoff, sold his house. The Zillow Zestimate said his house was worth $1,750,405. That alone would be a reason why people love Zillow. That’s like hiring an agent to sell your house that tells you they can sell your house for more than any other agent without any data to back it up. Prove it.

However, his house actually sold for $1.05 million which was 19% below his original list price. Does that make you believe the people at Zillow have all the answers?

The day after his house sold, the Zillow Zestimate once again said the house was worth $1,750,405 which is why Zillow should never be used to determine the market value of your home.

The Truth about Zillow

What Zillow is really good at is keeping consumers in their loop, giving you information about a home that might be available or could already be sold. When you give Zillow your name and contact info, they capture it and then sell it back to the agents that provided them with the listing in the first place.

Zillow has agents around the country that pay top dollar for those leads. (We are not those agents). They also pressure some Realtors into entering into costly advertising contracts just to protect and maintain their very own listing information. Buying leads is expensive and that’s why you will hear from an agent as soon as you enter your contact information. That agent just paid big bucks to try to nab you as a client.

The only SOLD information Zillow ever receives is when an agent goes in and updates their own listing. Zillow doesn’t want to have houses that are sold on their site so that’s why they don’t update it when a house sells. SOLD houses don’t attract buyers. Zillow wants every house to be available.

Zillow wants you to inquire about any house you see. Capturing your information is what they want to do so they can sell it back to the agents and any other businesses that want you as their customer as well. Selling your information is not in their Wikipedia description.

What Else Does Zillow Own?

These are other entities Zillow owns:

  1. Buyfolio
  2. Diverse Solutions
  3. dotloop
  4. Hotpads
  5. Mortech
  6. Mortgage Lenders of America
  7. Naked Apartments
  8. Postlets
  9. RentJuice
  10. Retsly
  11. StreetEasy
  12. Trulia

It seems as though, they want to acquire any real estate related company that has a huge database behind it.

Keller Williams had a contract with dotloop which helped them with the storage and signing of real estate documents online. When Zillow bought dotloop, Gary Keller ended that relationship. He didn’t want KW’s customer information to be readily available to Zillow. Good for him!

Want a Better Way to Search for Local Real Estate?

Whether you are looking at houses for the fun of it or for real, you don’t have to go to Zillow to do that. Zillow doesn’t have the most accurate information available. That’s why you’ll see a house that sold a year ago show up on Zillow as an active listing.

There are better ways to find out what’s for sale locally and discover the real value of your home versus the Zillow Zestimate without having your information sold. You can:

  • Search local homes for sale with our app through Heartland MLS
  • Receive your home’s current value based on recent activity in your neighborhood
  • Call or text (913) 515-3250 for a quick walk through of your house to see how it actually compares to other homes that have sold in your neighborhood
  • Contact us here and we’ll get right back to you! And we won’t hound you because we paid for the lead.:)

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The Model Home Look

Every home buyer wants The Model Home Look in the house they are going to buy. If you are selling your home in Overland Park, it’s important for you to understand the concept and then know what to do to create it.

Why is The Model Home Look Important?

It’s important for you to adopt The Model Home Look because it draws more buyers to your home, so they fight over it and pay you more money for it. But in order to make more money, everything has to be just right. We call it The Goldilocks Effect.

In the residential resale real estate market, it’s the best way to drive your price up and secure multiple offers. Consequently, multiple offers mean more money to you. You do want more money don’t you?

Without The Model Home Look, you are taking your chances when listing your home for sale. You have one chance to make a first impression and if you get it wrong, it ultimately affects your home selling outcome. Furthermore, it affects how much money you will net when everything is said and done. You can bet the Model Home Look will make you a few thousand dollars extra. For that reason alone, it’s imperative you understand the process so you don’t miss out on that opportunity!

6 Ways to Get the Model Home Look

1. Walk across the street

2. Fix what’s wrong

3. Declutter

4. Depersonalize

5. Rearrange

6. Clean

6 Ways to Get the Model Home Look in Detail

First of all, grab a notebook and pen and walk across the street. Take a long hard look at your house. Put on your buyers’ hat and begin thinking like a home buyer. What do you see? Because you need to look closely and determine what you like, don’t like and what needs to change before your house comes on the market. Start your list of things to do. You will add to this list daily.

Fix what’s wrong…this includes updating, upgrading, painting, changing the carpet, etc. Whatever it takes is worth spending the money to be able to drive the price up with multiple offers. As a result, when you hire us, we will advise you what to spend money on that will be a great return on your investment.

Decluttering is the hardest of the 6 steps. First of all, rent a storage space close to your house. Get all of that “extra stuff” out of there. Now is the time to get rid of the things you don’t want to move to your next home. Throw it away, donate it, put it on the curb, sell it on Facebook Marketplace or move it to storage if you just can’t live without it. Knowing what to keep and what to get rid of is sometimes the hardest part. Remember the end goal is to create The Model Home Look. For that reason, we will help you specifically with what should stay and what should go for the perfect staging and styling of your home.

Depersonalizing is the second hardest step. You want to remove all family photos, sports memorabilia, hunting items, political things, collections, etc. Let your potential buyers see their things in your home. If Mrs. Buyer doesn’t like the moose head over the fireplace, you can bet, she won’t buy your home. Buyers only see what they see, not the way it’s going to be. As a result, you are creating a space for the buyers to call home and that means removing yourself from that scenario as much as possible. People love The Model Home Look because it is fresh, stylish and lacking when it comes to personal things.

And the Biggest Two…

Rearranging is your final step to prepare for your glamour shots and the one step that should be left to the professionals. Certainly, it’s the most important step there is in preparing your home for sale. The final rearrange and Staging and Styling Session is what will draw buyers into your home. You can do the rest of the steps on your own, but if you fail in this step, you can ruin your entire game plan. Consequently, you want to create the right flow of furniture and accessories that will allow your potential buyers to see themselves living in your home. The placement, as well as the angling of your things and the right flow is crucial in this final step before your professional photo shoot. Do not leave this step to chance.

Finally, clean everything thoroughly by hiring a professional cleaning crew to perform a deep clean including the interior and exterior of your home. This includes windows, carpet, floors, baseboards, switchplates, ceiling fans, appliances (inside and out), bathrooms, cob webs, front porch, walkway, driveway, patios and decks. Today’s buyers want clean. Above all else, a q-tip clean home will show better and sell faster every single time.

In Conclusion

If you do these 6 things, you will definitely be on your way to The Model Home Look. Consequently, homes that don’t sell right away, obviously lack these 6 steps.

At Melinda Bartling Real Estate and Home Staging, we provide you with a personalized written game plan of what you need to do to complete your Model Home Look. Even more, once you complete your tasks, we come back and create your best Now to WOW! Home Staging and Styling Session. Whether it takes us a couple of hours or a couple of days, our services are always complimentary when you list your home with us.

Remember, our average staged home sells in 3 days or less and most often for thousands of dollars over asking price. In addition, the industry average is well over 30 days from list date to contract date and the average home sells for less than asking price. The results you get will be determined by the Realtor you choose…so choose carefully.

If you want to create The Model Home Look, we would love to help you. Please call us at (913) 515-3250 or contact us here to schedule your FREE Home Selling Consultation.

Download our new app and tap into our local Heartland MLS system just like the Realtors do. It’s free for you with up to the minute accuracy. You’ll know about a house as soon as it comes on the market! Download the app here.

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2020 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes

The 2020 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes starts Saturday, June 13th and runs through Sunday, June 28th. This year there are over 375 homes on tour throughout 6 different counties.

The parade is designed for home buyers to see the top new homes, learn about premier builders and visit different communities. The houses are open daily from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the admission is FREE!

Start your 2020 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes at any new home subdivision and pick up a guide there. Or you can download their mobile app on Apple or Google.

You DO need a Buyer’s Agent for New Construction

Please have a buyer’s agent represent you when building or buying a new home. The builder pays for you to be represented so it doesn’t cost you to have representation but can really cost you if you don’t. It’s your protection against the “what ifs.” The agents working at the subdivision work for the builders. They are looking out for their best interests. Without your own buyer representation, you don’t have anyone looking out for your best interests during the building or completion process.

COVID -19

Safety measures are in place to protect you while attending the event. Please keep the following guidelines in place:

  • if you are sick, please stay home
  • children are not urged to attend
  • maintain social distancing at all times
  • refrain from touching surfaces and handles in the homes
  • bring your own PPE – some homes will require face masks to enter
  • also bring your own hand sanitizer and use it before and after entering a home

Please adhere to each home’s protocol and posted instructions or it could cause a home to be closed from the public.

After the 2020 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes

A couple of different things might happen after attending the parade. You may return home and decide you’d like to make some changes to your current home. You might decide you need to do some updating, rearranging or decluttering. Check out different options we offer here.

Or you may be inspired to build your dream home or buy a spec home. If you see a house you absolutely have to have while on the 2020 Kansas City Spring Parade of Homes or want to discuss your options with buying a new construction or spec home, call me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here. I’m always here to help and answer any questions. Never, ever go down this road alone.

You may need to discuss selling your home. And how home staging helps your home sell faster and for thousands over asking price.

Remember

No matter what you do, always choose to work with an agent you like and is experienced at bringing you the results you want and deserve. The only difference between a great agent and one not so great – is your money.

What’s Your Home Worth?

Start by finding out the latest stats in your neighborhood. Don’t rely on the Zillow Zestimate. Here’s a quick tool that will research your subdivision and provide you with a report within minutes – direct from the local Multiple Listing Service. It’s fast and it’s FREE! Click here and insert your address.

Or you can always call or text (913) 515-3250 or contact us here for a quick, complimentary Market Evaluation and walk through.

Download our new app and tap into our local Heartland MLS system just like the Realtors do. It’s free for you with up to the minute accuracy. You’ll know about a house as soon as it comes on the market! Download the app here.

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Overland Park Real Estate During the Pandemic

As if you didn’t already know, selling and buying Overland Park real estate during the pandemic has changed. If you’re thinking of selling or buying a home in Overland Park, there are several things to consider. Real estate has developed a new normal during this Corona Virus Pandemic. Times are uncertain. It’s our goal to provide you with all the best information possible with Overland Park real estate during the pandemic…and moving forward.

Even though the stay at home order is over, many sellers and buyers are still concerned about the risk of exposing themselves to COVID-19. As professional Realtors, we are following the recommended guidelines. We have a Protection Plan in place to deal with all the possible risks for both sellers and buyers.

Is this a good time to sell your home in Overland Park?

It’s still a seller’s market for Overland Park real estate during the pandemic. There is about a month and a half of inventory currently on the market. There were 1,200 resale homes listed and 1,189 homes went under contract in June 2020. In addition, there were 1,020 closed sales in Johnson County in June. Plus list price to sale price was up again at 99.7%.

We always say the best time to sell your home is when it’s right for you. If this is your time, it’s definitely a great opportunity to sell.

Most important, we will make certain that any buyers entering your home are pre-approved for their home loan. In addition, we will provide all of the personal protective equipment necessary to make sure your home and your family are well protected.

Is this a good time to buy a home in Overland Park?

There is still a shortage of homes in Overland Park that are priced right and that look good. Whenever a great house comes on the market, there is always a flood of activity from pent up buyers. With that shortage of homes and interest rates still at an all time low, buyers are still making multiple offers.

How does unemployment affect the real estate market?

Unemployment is sure to hurt Overland Park real estate during the pandemic. Many people may become unable to pursue their current goals of selling or buying a home. Also, there is certain to be an increase of inventory due to homeowners suffering a financial hardship and needing to sell.

In conclusion

Your most important decision when considering selling or buying Overland Park real estate during the pandemic is to choose the right Realtor. Melinda Bartling is experienced, well informed and ready to do business in these special times. As the market continues to change daily, it’s important to choose your Realtor based on their skill of closing transactions successfully and interpreting the ever so changing market trends of Overland Park real estate during the pandemic and in the uncertain future.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation about whether this is a good time for you to sell or buy a home in Overland Park, please call or text us direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact us here.

Download our new app and tap into our local Heartland MLS system just like the Realtors do. It’s free for you with up to the minute accuracy. You’ll know about a house as soon as it comes on the market! Download the app here.

Search All Overland Park Homes for Sale!

6339 Dearborn Drive

BE IMPRESSED! This picture perfect, traditional 2 story home in desirable Milhaven has awesome curb appeal and gleaming hardwoods throughout. It’s lightly lived in and has been lovingly maintained by current owners. It has a newer updated kitchen, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, roll-out shelves & 2 pantries for today’s busy cook. The upstairs baths have been updated with quartz countertops, Kohler faucets and fresh white tile. The bedrooms are spacious with lots of natural light. The family room opens up to a large patio and beautifully maintained backyard that’s perfect for entertaining. There are newer 6″ maintenance free gutters, water heater and storm windows. The inground sprinklers will keep your lawn green all summer!

See the virtual tour here!