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New Listing: 15313 S Blackfoot Drive

by scottm

This home is currently being processed to list for the market.  It will be inputted into the MLS on Friday, January 13.

15313 S Blackfoot Drive

15313 S Blackfoot Drive, Olathe, KS 66062  | Listing for $289,950

  • 4 bedroom | 2-1/2 baths | 2,383 sq ft
  • Subdivision: Amber Hills Estates
  • Newer Roof
  • Fresh Paint
  • Basement is unfinished, but is framed and stubbed for another half-bath for future expansion.

More information will be available on http://www.findkansascityrealestate.com/our-homes when available.

Need an agent when purchasing a home? YES.

by alexm

You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home

You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home | MyKCM

Many of our own friends in the Olathe and Kansas City areas often ask us whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream home or if they should first try to do it on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!  It’s the advice we give family and friends… as well as the truth!

You Need an Expert Guide if You Are Traveling a Dangerous Path

The field of real estate is loaded with land mines; you need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a home that is priced appropriately and is ready for you to move into can be tricky. An agent listens to your wants and needs, and can sift through the homes that do not fit within the parameters of your “dream home.”

A great agent will also have relationships with mortgage professionals and other experts that you will need in securing your dream home. 

You Need a Skilled Negotiator

In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection or repair flood damage to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.

Realize that when an agent is negotiating their commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family?

If they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal. 

Bottom Line

Famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.  Let the Char MacCallum Real Estate Group help you find your dream home at the best possible price!

Mr. Seller, Please take our offer!

by char-maccallum-real-estate-group-inc

“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