2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes

The 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes runs this year from Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 3rd. This year there are 231 homes from 88 different builders on tour throughout 8 different counties. Homes are priced from $219,900 to $1.9 million.

The parade is designed for homebuyers 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 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes at any new home subdivision and pick up a guide there.

How will the Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes inspire you?

Looking at new homes is part of what I do every day. I absolutely love new construction. If you’re like me and also love interior design, be sure to visit some of the new home subdivisions during the 2021 Kansas City Fall Parade of Homes and wander through the furnished homes.

You’ll either fall in love or go home and be content with what you have. Who knows, you might get some new inspiration to incorporate into your current home. I love getting fresh ideas from the new home designers. It’s always fun to see the latest trends and how you can incorporate them into your own home!

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.

If you see a house you absolutely have to have while on the 2021 Kansas City Fall 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.

Want to know 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.

Winning a Bidding War

Every homebuyer’s biggest concern is winning a bidding war when they finally find their dream home. And every home in today’s market is part of a bidding war. How in the world will your offer be the best offer so the seller chooses yours over the others.

How things have changed over the years

I’ve been a licensed Realtor since 1987. Things have certainly changed since then. It used to be, you’d look through the MLS book of homes for sale to find homes you would show your buyers. Heaven forbid if you let those buyers take your book and find their own homes. That was forbidden.

Then every day, new hot sheets would come out of new homes on the market. Granted, this was before we had computers. You would go look at a house and maybe make an offer. I don’t ever remember being up against another offer.

Showing houses in 2021

Today, buyers find houses they want to see sometimes before I even see them. After we’ve looked at between 10-15 houses right off the bat, we narrow it down to what they are really looking for. After looking at a number of houses, buyers know what they like, what they don’t like, and what they want to see more of.

My typical buyer is set up on an automatic search through our local Multiple Listing Service and receives new listings as soon as they are entered into the system. With each buyer, there is always the best time of the day for them to look at homes.

So every day, I plan my schedule around my buyer’s best time of day. We typically look at one house a day, maybe two. Then they have to decide 3 things:

  1. do we like it enough to make an offer?
  2. how much over asking price will we offer?
  3. what other options will we offer to be the winning offer?

Winning a bidding war when making the offer

There are so many options anymore when making an offer. It’s no longer about price and the perfect closing date for the seller. And it’s definitely not about writing a Dear Mr. Seller letter.

What begins with feelings – ends up with paperwork.

Winning a bidding war has a lot to do with the Realtor you choose. As your Realtor, I want to know:

  • what price will you offer?
  • how much earnest deposit will you offer?
  • what’s your preferred closing date?
  • what is your escalatory price?
  • how much over any other offer will you offer in the escalatory addendum?
  • will you offer an appraisal addendum and if so, how much are you willing to pay should the house not appraise?
  • will you sign the In Its Present Condition Addendum and are you willing to check box 2? I won’t let you check box 3!!!

Once we get past the price, earnest deposit and preferred closing date, the hard pieces of the puzzle come into play. And honestly, each piece builds on your past experience in writing offers.

Writing a winning offer

Writing an offer is tricky. It helps to know what other offers you’re up against and whether any of them are all cash. That’s not readily accessible information though. And very honestly, I’ve had sellers accept a higher-priced offer than an all-cash offer. So that technique doesn’t always work either.

You also need to know how offers on the home are going to be addressed. Will they:

  • be presented as they come in
  • collected for a few days or
  • do they have a specific time the agent and sellers will be reviewing all offers?

With every home for sale, the whole scenario changes. You have different sellers, a different agent and a different offer rules.

But once you try one thing and it doesn’t work, the next offer you write will be stronger than the last one. You’ll take more chances and more risks the more offers you write.

Just remember, persistence pays off. And eventually, you’ll pull out all the guns and get your offer accepted. Hang in there.

In conclusion

If you’re looking for a great Realtor who has a good track record of winning the offer and has more persistence than you do, call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here to set up an appointment for a buyer consultation.

Prepare Your Home for Spring

From recent freezing temperatures, warmer weather is just around the corner and here are my best tips to prepare your home for spring.

While shopping over the weekend for fresh, new accessories for my new listings, I went into Home Goods to see what they were featuring this spring.

First of all, I love the feeling I get when I walk into Home Goods. They know how to get you in the mood to shop. It’s the same trick I use for all of my new listings. Home Goods and I both know we’ve got a short time to grab the buyer while they are present and either they’ll buy or they’ll move on. I call it the 10 second rule. It’s based on grabbing the buyer within 10 seconds of entering a house.

Home Goods is bright, full of happy music, and the colors throughout the store are outstanding. Furthermore, it’s such a pick-me-up and an incredible feeling. I love their bright cheery dishes, pillows, springtime furniture and outdoor cushions. It makes me want to buy everything in the store and give my own home a spring makeover.

I also love Home Goods for doormats and front door wreaths. They are bright, colorful, and full of life. The spring season is the best time for a change. It’s like starting over new again. In addition, you get a new lease on life and your home deserves this as much as anything. For that very reason, you will reap the benefits from your mini spring home makeover.

How to Stand Out

This week while working on a couple of houses, I thought about what would make us stand out from our competition. Both houses had substantial front porches so I decided with the new season and the energy in the air, I wanted to focus on the porch and really hone in on the curb appeal to draw people inside.

As a result, at one of the houses I added a new spring doormat, a fresh wreath and added new pillows to the homeowner’s glider. The most fabulous part of this house was the screened-in back porch! After all, who doesn’t want a porch? My buyer, Ashley, (what’s a girl to do with a pedestal sink?) bought a house with a porch and without that pedestal sink a few years ago. I hope she’s taking time to enjoy her porch – especially this upcoming spring season!

Here are My 11 Best Tips to Prepare Your Home for Spring

  • Paint your front door
  • Add an expensive pot filled with colorful flowers next to the door
  • Find a pretty new wreath and hang it on your front door
  • Get some new house numbers
  • Change out your mailbox (if it’s on the house) or paint it to match the color of your door
  • Add some dark mulch to your flower beds
  • Shop somewhere like Home Goods and buy a few new colorful accessories for inside
  • Buy some new pillows for your couch
  • Paint a room (or the entire interior of your house)
  • Throw out last year’s outdoor cushions and get some new brightly colored ones that will cheer you up on a daily basis
  • Buy a new umbrella for your outdoor table

We had a cold winter in Kansas City. Therefore, it’s time to live life to the fullest and enjoy spring. Whether you’re selling and want to create the model home look or dwelling and need help zinging your home into spring, you can call me direct or text me at (913) 515-3250 or get started here.

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.

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