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October Market Report & Newsletter

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Existing-home sales declined slightly in August after four consecutive months of growth, according to a recent report by the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). Existing-home sales, which include recently purchased single family, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops dropped 1.8 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted 5.05 million annual units.

Existing Home Sales By Region

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun says the reduction in available cash buyers has slowed the market. “There was a marked decline in all-cash sales from investors,” he said. “On the positive side, first-time buyers have a better chance of purchasing a home now that bidding wars are receding and supply constraints have significantly eased in many parts of the country.”

Nationally, total housing inventory decreased 1.7 percent during August to 2.31 million units. The median time for homes to sell was 53 days in August, up from 48 days in July. Forty percent of August home sales were on the market for less than a month.

Find the Right Coverage

When purchasing a home, you will need to acquire homeowners insurance. In fact, all lenders will require a policy to be in force prior to funding the loan. Make sure you have enough coverage should anything happen. Policies refer to “replacement costs” that may not cover everything. You should ask your insurance agent a lot of “what if” questions. The deductible amount also plays a big part in setting your premium. Higher deductibles lower the number of claims, and reduce your insurance costs.

Check with your insurance agent for more information on these issues and others. If you don’t have an insurance agent, we have access to several top-notch agents to whom we can refer you with confidence.

Seller Opportunities

Selling your home in today’s market requires strategy and execution. Here are three tips to help sellers reduce their time on market:

  • Promote yourself. You would be surprised to know how often you can attract a buyer simply by the word of mouth. It today’s world, this of course means spreading the word about your house on social media with the hope that it gets enough eyeballs to cross paths with someone who by chance is looking to buy a house. To do this, you will have to get more likes from The Marketing Heaven, a well-established social media marketing company who will help you reach a greater audience.
  • Make it shine. Buyers are attracted to attractive homes. Make your home stand out by mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, washing windows, and cleaning the carpets. These are small things that make a big difference.
  • Remove clutter. Not only do clean homes show better, but tidy homes offer more to the imagination. One person’s treasure is another person’s trash. Removing unnecessary clutter will help potential buyers envision their own potential for the home.
  • Pay attention to the market. Work with your agent and price your home to sell. A competitively priced home is the one that sells first, and in this market that counts for a lot.

These simple tips can help you sell your home and take advantage of our today’s market. Please contact us if you have any questions about selling your home. We are here to help!

Kansas City Safe for Zombie Refuge!

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At the Char MacCallum Real Estate Group, we are detail oriented in the customer service and information we want to provide for our clients.  Consider this point this Halloween… in case of a Zombie apocolypse, Olathe and Kansas City areas are safer places to hide from a potential Zombie attack.  Think we’re kidding?   The Real Estate community has insider information… Trulia calculated the survivability of the cities using the following criteria: highest walk score, lowest hardware store density, highest hospital density, and most congestion.  In good news, Kansas City was NOT on the list, which means move to the Kansas City area to seek safety(something we’ve known for a long time here in Olathe and Kansas).  Wondering which areas are going to be the most affected by a Zombie apocolypse?

Kansas City Safe from Zombie Apocolypse

Stay safe this Halloween and try to be Zombie free.  Read the full article on “The Worst Places to Seek Refuge During a Zombie Apocolypse”.  Olathe and Kansas City homeowners, you can breathe easy knowing that this is one list we didn’t make the “top 10” on.  Just another reason to move to Kansas City!

Halloween Events around Olathe & Kansas City

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Oct. 16, 2014 (Thursday)
Pumpkin Hollow at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead*, Overland Park, 10am-3pm weekdays and until 4 pm on weekends, $7. Includes a pumpkin. Continues through Halloween.

Oct. 17, 2014 (Friday)
Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose*, Overland Park, 6-9 pm, $8 in advance. Friday and Saturday night for two consecutive weekends.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by TallGrass Theatre Company*, Paola, 7 pm. Friday and Saturday evening.

Oct. 18, 2014 (Saturday)
Halloween Spooktacular Kids Costume Contest and Pet Parade at Roeland Park Community Center, Roeland Park, 10 am – noon. $3 per child. Additional $3 to enter pumpkin carving contest.

Family Fall Festival at Blue Valley Rec, Overland Park, 1-4 pm. $5 per child. Includes a pumpkin.

Halloween-themed Parents’ Night Out at Pinnacle Gymnastics, Shawnee, 6-10 pm. $25 per child. Includes dinner.

Haunted Kansas at Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, $5 per person.

Zombie Forest Night at Louisburg Pumpkin Patch, Louisburg, 6:30- 10 pm, $8 per person

*Take a ride every weekend in October for Brick or Treat at  LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City and Underwater Pumpkin Carving at SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City according to escondido ca.

Oct. 23, 2014 (Thursday)
Enchanted Forest at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa, 6:30-8:30 pm, $3 wristband.

Oct. 24, 2014 (Friday)
Healthy Halloween Spooky Treats at the Cooking Studio at Whole Foods Market on Metcalf, Overland Park, 10 am – noon, FREE.

The Great Pumpkin at Bass Pro Shops, Olathe, weekdays 5-8 pm, weekends 12-5 pm, FREE. Different events daily through Halloween.

6th Annual Trunk-or-Treat at BMO Harris Bank, Shawnee, 4-6 pm, FREE (non-perishable donation for Harvesters)

Halloween Card Craft at American Girl Store*, Overland Park, 4-6 pm, FREE.

Spook Splash at Blue Valley Recreation, Overland Park, 5 pm (ages 2-7) and 7 pm (ages 8-12), $14 residents ($18 for non-residents). Register

Monster Mash at Olathe YMCA, Olathe, 6-8 pm, $3

Spooky Tales in the Garden at Hy-Vee Ridgeview*, Olathe, 6-8 pm Friday and 1-4 pm Saturday, FREE.

Oct. 25, 2014 (Saturday)

Great Pumpkin Race 5K at Horizon Academy, Roeland Park, 8:30 am, $10 for kid run.

Milldale Farm Fall Fest, Edgerton, 9 am – 2 pm, FREE

Sunflower House Pumpkin Palooza, Shawnee, 9 am – 1 pm, FREE admission, fundraiser.

Halloween Junior Chef at Williams Sonoma, Leawood, 10 am, FREE, register.

Prowl-O-Ween at Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory*, Louisburg, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 3 pm, $7

Trick-or-Cache at Antioch Park, Overland Park, 10 am – Noon, $10 per person or $27 for family of four.Register by Oct. 17th

Halloween Craft at Lakeshore Learning, Merriam, between 10 am – 3 pm, FREE.

Halloween Storytime at Barnes & Noble, Leawood & Overland Park, 11 am, FREE.

Halloween Open Gym at Pinnacle Gymnastics, Shawnee 12 – 1:30 pm, $8 members or $10 non-members

Halloween Happenings at the Merriam Marketplace, Merriam, 2-4:30 pm, FREE

Trick or Treating in Downtown Overland Park, 2 – 4  pm. FREE

Trick-or-Treat off the Street at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, Olathe, 4 – 6 pm, $3

Halloween Party at New Century Field House, New Century, 5-8 pm, $6 per person, Register in advance

Shawnee Town’s Historical Happenings, Shawnee, 6 – 8:30 pm, $1 donation.

Oct. 26, 2014 (Sunday)

Decorate a Halloween Haunted House at American Girl, Overland Park, $27. Register in advance

Fairway’s Trail of Tricks & Treats, Fairway, 5 -7 pm, $3

Oct. 28, 2014 (Tuesday)

Spooktacular Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids, Leawood, 11 am, FREE.

Oct. 29, 2014 (Wednesday)

Halloween with Keith Leff at Johnson County Museum, Shawnee, 10 – 11 am, $3, advance reservation recommended.

Halloween Kids Club at Price Chopper, all locations, 3 – 7 pm, FREE.

Fall Fun Fest at The Presbyterian Church of Stanley, Overland Park, 5 – 7 pm, FREE

Halloween Swamp at Olathe Community Center Pool, Olathe, 6 – 8 pm, $10 child/adult pair (members), $15 non-members

Oct. 30, 2014 (Thursday)
Celebrate Day of the Dead at Olathe Public Library, Olathe, 4:30-5:30 pm, decorate a sugar cookie. FREE.

Halloween Boo Bash at Celebration Park, Gardner, 6 – 8 pm, $3 wristband.

Oct. 31, 2014 (Friday) Happy Halloween!

Spookfest at Shawnee Civic Center, Shawnee, 10 -11:30 am, $1

WonderSpook at Wonderscope Children’s Museum, Shawnee, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, $5 per person for members, $10 for non-members.

Costume Contest at Pinstripes, Overland Park. Trick-or-treat all day from 10 am to 9 pm. Contest begins at 8 pm.

Trick-or Treating AtCorinth Square, Prairie Village, 4 – 6 pm, the Village Shops, Prairie Village, 4 – 7 pm, Oak Park Mall, Overland Park, 5 – 6 pm.