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Spring is Home Improvement Time!

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This is a busy time of year around Olathe, Kansas!  We have seen a busy spring selling season, which has also led to an equally busy time of home improvements.  If you’ve been to a garden center or a home improvement type of store, you know what we mean…  People are out working on their homes!  National statistics say that 64% of homeowners say they will most likely do some sort of home improvement project during the spring time.  Here’s a quick video about home improvement statistics across the U.S.

Not into projects?  Ok, the Char MacCallum Real Estate Group can help with that too!  Take a look at homes that are for sale in Johnson County and Olathe, Kansas area! 

How to Determine the Value of your Home

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Our Johnson County and Olathe, Kansas markets are HOT right now!  At The Char MacCallumReal Estate Group when we are helping sellers prepare a home to put on the market, the one question we always get is “What do you think I could get for my home?

That, my friends, is a loaded question!

What determines the value of a home?

Here is a quick video to help answer your question:

Happy Mother’s Day & Why God Made Moms!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

We wish our families and friends a fun Mother’s day to remember the Mom’s in our lives!  For the moms you get to see or talk to, those that are no longer with us, and for the mom’s that just can’t be there today.  Thanks for all you do.  We’ve heard that a relaxing day is planned for many of our hard working team member Moms!  There will be brunches, gifts, manicures & pedicures and well… let’s be honest, theJohnson County real estate market is HOT right now – so, inevitably there will be a few phone calls answered about our awesome Olathe homes for sale!  It’s how we do things here at the Char MacCallumReal Estate Group!  Whatever your plans are for the day, we hope you enjoy yourself.  This was sent around in an email earlier this week, so many of you may have seen it, but we really got a laugh out of it in the office, so we thought we would share it with you:


Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

From our familes to yours,
Happy Mother’s Day

The Char MacCallum Real Estate Team

Char MacCallum Real Estate Group Mothers Day

Mr. Seller, Please take our offer!

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“Mr. Seller, Please take our offer…”

iStock_000005895710XSmall.jpgIt’s interesting that our Johnson County housing climate has changed so quickly. Some buyers, who think they’re still in the driver’s seat, find the market is now going up and they’re losing the home that they really want.

Multiple offers are increasingly more common and buyers are frustrated because even full-price offers don’t guarantee that they’re going to get the home. In an effort to personify a contract offer and add emotional appeal, buyers are including a personal letter to the seller.

In most cases, the seller wants to maximize the net proceeds from the sale by getting the highest price with the least expenses and an assurance that the home will actually close on time without surprises. When a seller is faced with multiple offers that may be close to the same net, an emotional appeal might make the difference in them accepting a particular offer. At the Char MacCallum Real Estate Group, we’ve had a few buyers use a letter to the sellers.

It should be a relatively short letter that gets to the point. The tone of the letter should be humble while positive and definitely, shouldn’t mention that you may have lost other homes due to multiple offers.

  • Try to identify a common feature or characteristic of the home that is important to the seller and you.
  • Don’t criticize the home or tell them about all of the improvements you need to make to justify your offer.
  • Do verbalize why living in this home is important to you and your family.
  • Assure the seller that you can indeed qualify for the home and that if they accept your offer, the sale will be consummated.

After writing the letter and eliminating the non-essential parts, read the letter a few times to your spouse or friend. Polish the verbiage and check the spelling and grammar. If your handwriting isn’t attractive and easy to read, print it. Use nice paper to appeal to the tactile senses. Attach the letter to the offer so they’re considered simultaneously.

Being pre-approved with good credit, adequate financial resources, good employment, sufficient earnest money and a reasonable offer with minimum contingencies will favorably position you. A personal letter might be the deciding factor in your favor.

Looking for a home?  We can help!  Contact us at 913-782-8857