Lawrence, KS Real Estate News

By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
PropertyPreviews.com allows anyone to create FREE Real Estate Videos and "Push" your listings to multiple websites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Oodle, Zillow, New York Post MarketPlace, Military.com MarketPlace, YouTube, Wal-Mart Classifieds, Local.com, and Lycos Classifieds. Registration was easy and I was able to bulk upload 10 photos for a 60 second show very quickly (other option is 6 photos for a 30 second show).  This is done in a very similar method as RealEstateShows for photo upload. The nice feature that has been added is that there are pre-existing labels for the photos which can be selected such as deck, back yard, master bathroom, etc. (much faster than typing). The website also refers to marketing your real estate property listing and video on some of these Internet Site...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
You used to be able to buy a Sear home out of the Sears catalog.  Now we have Wal-Mart selling homes on their classifieds on their http://www.walmart.com/ website.  Powered by Oodle we have http://walmart.oodle.com/ where anyone can post their home for sale.  Realtors can put their listings on there as well.  The website asks "What are you looking for?" and I typed in real estate.  The next question is "Where do you live?"  I typed in Lawrence KS.  I then received the 49 Lawrence Kansas real estate homes for sale.  The listings can be sorted by best match, by distance, by price (ascending and descending), and by post date.  As I looked through the listings I was surprised to see a realestateshow that I created of a FSBO for one of my buyers.  Apparently realestateshows pushes to Wal-Mar...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
I researched Lawrence Kansas area Property Investment Clubs to see who had Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Investment meetings and found that there just weren't any that met any more (one listing was found but they disbanded).  So, I decided to start a new group LOLIC (Landlords of Lawrence Investment Club).  We will meet at 3300 Clinton Parkway Ct., Lawrence, KS 66047 in Conference Room B.  Call Rob at 785-393-2274 or email Rob@YouWantHouses.com for dates and times. Membership in the club is FREE as I am underwriting the conference room rental fees and other costs so investors can concentrate on property investments and not on membership dues. FREE Seminar Classes will be conducted at each meeting on topics such as "How to Make Money in Real Estate Investments", "How to Find Distressed Pro...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
I just found a new Google tool that I will be adding to my Googloscopy class that I teach.  You call 800-466-4411 (800-GOOG-411) and you will find that Google has a free 411 service.   Watch http://www.google.com/goog411/ to see just one way of using this tool.   While calling for a pizza place is useful, I was very pleasantly surprised when I called in and identified Lawrence Kansas as the location and asked for Realtor as the category and was told there were 8 options.  It started with number one and said "Realty Executives, Rob Lang"!!!  I'm not sure how Google's criteria put me #1 but I thought that was pretty nice. I thought it probably rotated through various Realtors but I had different people call to test it and they all found me to be the #1 listing for Lawrence Kansas Real Est...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
So by now I would guess most people have seen the ads that are being posted as part of the Active Rain Newsletter.  I have to admit, though, that my curiosity was piqued when I saw this one tonight. Mary Jones just sold 5 houses this month...This Could and Should be YOU,... Learn How Here. Well, while my curiosity was piqued, I never clicked on the ad to see what it was all about. You see, I was blessed with three accepted offers today.  Our average price on a SOLD property for Douglas County Kansas is $185,000 and sellers for the past three months have been getting over 98% of their asking price (up from 89% of their asking price in June 2007).  My three accepted offers were $100,900 Lawrence Kansas Real Estate (foreclosure) closing on or before August 7th, $234,500 Lawrence Kansas Rea...
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By Tanya Kulaga, REALTOR CRS, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
The Chief Economist of the National Association of REALTORS® released a review of the national real estate market today based on a survey of 2000 REALTORS®. The report indicates that as many as 23% of qualified buyers are waiting for the national market to stabilze before they purchase a home.  This is siginifigant because it indicates that once signs of stabilization occur there is likely to be a rush of buyers jumping into the market making the recovery of the national housing market robust. Some other items of note from the report included feedback from participants of the survey.  I have summarized of a few of the sentiments reported. "Short sales are frustrating because lenders have been exceedingly slow to reply to purchase offers." "Bank owned properties are very competitive with...
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By Tanya Kulaga, REALTOR CRS, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
Former Vice President, Al Gore challenged the country today to adopt a new energy policy which mandates the country be free from the use of all fossil fuels in the production of electricity within 10 years.  The Vice President stated that current reliance by the US on fossil fuels poses not only a risk to the global environment but also a grave national security crisis and huge economic risk due to cash outflows to acquire these fuels causing trade deficits to explode. The use of wind to produce energy has been broadly discussed as the best alternative for fossil fuels along with ethanol and Kansas is in the middle of both the wind belt as well as one of the nations top produces of corn.  Kansas has a lot to gain with the switch from fossil fuels to renewable and green energy sources li...
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By Tanya Kulaga, REALTOR CRS, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
CNBC reported today during their, "Closing Bell" show, that real estate funds have attracted new money from investors who continue to invest money into these funds.  Morningstar has a online course to introduce how Real Estate Securities can be used as important tools in your investment portfolio. Tanya Kulaga REALTOR® CRS, ABR, GRI Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate (785)550-2585 www.SearchLawrence.com Search Lawrence, KS Real Estate listings on an interactive map of Lawrence, KS.
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By Glen Sohl, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
Searching for Homes in Lawrence, KS?    Are you frustrated?                         Are you thinking.......How do I begin?                        Where do I start looking?   How do I know that I am finding everything that is available on the market that meets my needs?     The answer:  auto-email from the MLS   Searching for homes can be a frustrating, confusing thing to do.  The easiest and simplest way to reassure the you have seen everything available on the market that meets your criteria is to contact me and let me set you up on my auto-email program.  This program is tied to the Lawrence area MLS.  This means that you are alerted via email immediately when a new listing that fits your criteria goes on the market.  This program allows you to comfortably view listings that suit your...
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By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Fathom Realty West Sound)
I grew up in an age of loyalty. Sports fans loved their players, and the players loved them back. You had your teams, and you were committed to them, through thick and thin. The players shared the same commitment, and stayed on the same team their entire career, giving much needed order & balance to the universe. By the time we moved to Lawerence, Kansas, I had become pretty disenchanted with professional sports in general. 'Love of the Game' had been replaced by love of the money. The concept of team effort and discipline had become a distant after-thought to self-centered, overgrown egos and bling. Living in a university town will change your perspective on sports. There are fewer programs with more history and tradition than Kansas Basketball. Roy Williams was coach when we arrived. ...
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By Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
(Fathom Realty West Sound)
Okay, so it's been nearly 7 years since we left Lawrence, and headed out West to Washington State. You'd think by now I would've found some place to get a decent haircut! Fat chance! You see, quite honestly, it's hard to find a reasonable barber, especially when you've experienced Haircut Heaven! Yes, that's right, Haircut Heaven. I'm talking about John Amyx and Downtown Barber in Lawrence, Kansas! We lived in the Land of the storied Jayhawks for 10 years, and our regular trips to John's chair were a cherished tradition. I have three sons, and they were all much younger back then. They loved getting their heads 'buzzed' and hangin' out with Dad down on Mass Ave on a Saturday morning. John always had some sage words of wit and local observation to share. Although, he never really talked....
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
NOTE: This blog was written in the past about properties on the market at the time of the blog being written and should not be considered as active listings beyond the date of this blog.I remember the first time I encountered a roundabout while driving (in Lawrence, nonetheless).  Somehow, my driver's education course in high school neglected to properly instruct me on the proper technique of maneuverment within one.  I slowly circled the loop and missed my turn.  Not wanting to look foolish, I took another turn, only to have to return for a second, successful, attempt. Lawrence has roundabouts popping up all around town, one not far from the house below, in fact.  The KU campus has one at a main entrance that contains a fountain (that has often been bubbled or koolaided) and more are b...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
When consumers are searching for Lawrence Kansas Real Estate, they often want to find places that need TLC, are close to KU, are a short sale, foreclosure, bargain, want a new furnace or newer furnace, want an open floor plan, wants acres or acreage, want move in condition, and so forth. Here are some of my blog links to some great deals on distressed properties, short sales, foreclosures, and motivated sellers: http://activerain.com/blogsview/654530/Best-Deals-Available-for http://activerain.com/blogsview/653143/Best-Deals-3-Plus http://activerain.com/blogsview/652662/How-Can-I-Buy http://activerain.com/blogsview/646131/Lawrence-Kansas-Real-Estate Or you can go to http://www.ActiveRob.com to see all of the blogs at once.   This one was bought for about half of the county appraisalas a ...
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By Tanya Kulaga, REALTOR CRS, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
Looking for a home in Lawrence, KS? I would love to help. Here is a list of homes I have sold between January 1st, 2008 and June 30th, 2008. Street Name City Zip Year Price Representation W 22 Lawrence 66044 2008 189,950 Buyer Perry Lawrence 66044 2008 144,500 Buyer Lincoln Lawrence 66044 2008 93,500 Buyer Maine Lawrence 66044 2008 158,000 Seller Alabama Lawrence 66044 2008 193,400 Seller Surrey Dr Lawrence 66046 2008 143,500 Buyer Rhode Island Lawrence 66046 2008 146,000 Buyer W 21 Lawrence 66046 2008 272,500 Buyer Emerald Dr Lawrence 66046 2008 178,000 Buyer Bonanza Lawrence 66046 2008 137,000 Buyer and seller Bobwhite Lawrence 66047 2008 347,500 Buyer Winterbrook Lawrence 66047 2008 175,000 Buyer W 24 Terr Lawrence 66047 2008 127,800 Buyer Gunnison Dr Lawrence 66049 2008 162,500 Buye...
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By Glen Sohl, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
This summer is starting off great!  There are many beautiful homes available in Lawrence, KS just waiting for you!  With so many choices available, you are sure to find the perfect home to suit your needs.  If you are looking to buy or sell, please contact me and I will give you the real truth about the market in Lawrence.  It is not as bad as you may have heard!
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By Glen Sohl, ABR, GRI
(Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate)
Picturesque country residence with south-facing dormers upper level & vaulted entry. Shaker style maple cabinets with larger center kitchen island. Oak trimmed staircase. Massive open & finished basement. 40x50 insulated outbuilding with concrete floor & 200 amp service. Bonus room over garage for family room or office.                                                        For more pictures visit www.gsohl.com    
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
NOTE: This blog was written in the past about properties on the market at the time of the blog being written and should not be considered as active listings beyond the date of this blog. 5 bedroom, two living areas, two kitchens, screened porch 3227 W. 9th, Lawrence, KS 66049 View Map 5 bedrooms, two baths (one of them completely remodeled recently), two living areas, two kitchens, screened wood porch, patio, better than average building material quality according to county, nicely landscaped, storage shed, fenced yard, new flooring in a couple of rooms, new interior paint in some rooms, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, disposal all stay, close to KU. One basement bedroom is non-conforming (has window but not egress). All measurements approximate. Details Sq. Feet: 1850 Lot S...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
This home is a great example for satisfying the Top 10 Buyer Wants: 1. Central air conditioning 2. Garage (2 or more spaces) 3. Walk-in closet in master bedroom 4. Backyard/play area 5. Cable/Satellite TV-ready 6. High speed Internet access 7. Separate shower enclosure in master/main bath 8. Patio 9. Fencing 10. Home less than 10 years old I think that this home will sell very quickly. I'm guessing before summer is over it will be sold. NOTE: This blog was written in the past about properties on the market at the time of the blog being written and should not be considered as active listings beyond the date of this blog. 4708 McCormick 4708 McCormick, Lawrence, KS 66047 Click to View Show Immaculate, Ready to Move-In Condition, Beautiful Landscaping, New Windows, New Roof, Hot Tub, All A...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
This one has SOLD but visit my www.MoveToLawrence.com Website for property searches of Lawrence Kansas homes for sale. Dream for a while today....what would your dream home look like? Dream! Where will your path take you today? Past the pond? Down and around the garden path? Over the rock pathway? Up on the deck? Over to the barn? Dream! Details Sq. Feet: 2800 Lot Size: 6+ acres Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 # of Floors: 1 Garage Size: 2 Year Built: 1996 Contact InfoRob Lang CRS, GRI, ePro, ABR Realtor Main 785-393-2274 Cell 785-393-2274 Dir 785-393-2274 Email | Website
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Consignment Auction, Sun. May 11, 5:30pm, Antique Mall 830 MASS, Lawrence, KS 66044 View Map **Consignment Auction, Sun. May 11, 5:30pm, Antique Mall 830 MASS, upstairs. **Consignments accepted now until noon May 8th, 25% Commission, bring items in May 8th from 9am to noon **Already consigned: Antiques, Collectibles, Jewelry, Coins, Motorcycle Apparel, Metal Signs, Furniture, Toys, and more... **Call Lawrence Antique Mall at 785-842-1328 or 913-651-4991 off site phone. **Come early and shop the Antique Mall until 5pm then head for the auction upstairs. After 5pm enter through the rear alley. Contact InfoRob Lang CRS, GRI, ePro, ABR Realtor Main 785-393-2274 Cell 785-393-2274 Dir 785-393-2274 Email | Website
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