Lawrence, KS Real Estate News

By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
The "real" Debbie Reynolds has a blog contest where we blog 10 things from the present.  1.  I am a Christian, retired pastor, and Kansas Licensed Private Investigator in addition to being a Kansas Licensed REALTOR.  (My kids call me Rev. Rob, PI). 2.  I am Eula's husband, father to 4 children, and grandfather to 11. 3.  I love teaching the Bible inductively (visit Study The Bible Myself for more info). 4.  I love to find gas saving ways by running on the battery instead of gas with my new Prius. 5.  I won't eat mushrooms. 6.  I am on a low carb (150g a day), no high fructose corn syrup, and 2000 calorie diet a day (Dr.'s orders) which makes it impossible to eat and drink my favorite foods now such as Pepsi, Ice Cream, Oreo Doublestuff (wish it was 10 times stuff!!), candy of virtually ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Anyone Want a Paid By the Hour Job of Working on My IDXBroker Website?  I need someone to walk me through how to better optimize my IDXBroker website for lead generation in Kansas.  If you are interested or if you have an assistant who is interested, please have them get in touch with me. I am looking for a teacher not a person who will just do it for me.  The person I am looking for needs to know how to program IDXBroker Platinum websites. If they want to take a look at the website the way it stands now, they can go to www.AskRobLang.com. Phone calls only please and should I not be able to take your call, please leave your name, your hourly rate, and your IDXBroker Platinum experience level and I will get back in touch with you. Again, Anyone Want a Paid By the Hour Job of Working on M...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Scuba Diving With the Grandkids in Lawrence Kansas.  Initially one might think Scuba Diving With the Grandkids in Lawrence Kansas is an impossibility. Yet, through Scuba Shack and Dave Bach's connections, scuba diving in Lawrence, KS is a reality.  We go to Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center located at Free State High School. At a cost of $65, Scuba Shack will fit you with diving equipment, haul the equipment to the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, train you to swim under water if you are not scuba certified or give you a refresher certification if you are a diver.  Dave Bach also offers scuba diving classes at Scuba Shack which is located at 1045 New Jersey St, Lawrence, KS 66044 and phone is (785) 331-3483.  Tell Dave Rob Lang sent you!  More photos follow on Scuba Diving With the Grandkid...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
FREE Sports Physicals This Saturday July 27, 2013 from 9am - 3pm Think it's silly to pay $30+ dollars for a simple sports physical? So does NeuCare Family Medicine! So they are conducting free Kids Sports Physicals at their clinic this Saturday. This event is open to the public -- not required to be a NeuCare member. Any child age 10-19. Medical Arts Building, 346 Maine St. Lawrence, KS 6604 Walk-in only. No RSVP or appointment required. Complete this FORM prior to arrival (page 1 ony)
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By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
First off, I just want to say that I feel so incredibly fortunate to be at a point in my life that I can live a comfortable life, pay my bills, and have some extra money to invest.  The position   I have taken on at the property management software and tenant screening company Rentec Direct has allowed me more freedom to spend time with my family and do the things I need and want to do.  I'm so gracious and so happy to be exactly where I am today!I'm bringing up the topic of investments because well, it's relevant as I've spent a portion of my afternoon today (don't tell my boss, wink-wink) trying to figure out what kind of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds I should invest in for retirement and to be frank teasing out the details of different investment firms and options is not really som...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Lawrence Board of REALTORS® Releases Home Sales Figures for May 2013   Both buyers and sellers love to find out what is going on in the market.  Is it a buyer's market?  Is it a seller's market?  The answer depends on what features, location, and price.  In general, Lawrence Kansas houses for sale above $250,000 are going to be in the buyer's market category and under $250,000 will be in the seller's market category.   Some buyers have given me their search criteria and there were no matches to be found in their price range, one buyer had only 1 match, and another buyer only had 3 houses to choose from.   With a depleted inventory and interest rates lunging upward, if you need to buy, now is the time to do so.  Sellers should consider earlier rather than later on listing their house for...
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By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
With the housing market starting to improve I have recently heard and read more about flipping property than I have since the housing bubble burst. House flipping refers to the business model where you buy property and quickly turn around and sell it for more than you paid.  Many people think that flipping property is the way to grow wealth in real estate.  I believe that buying and holding income-generating assets like rental properties is how you build wealth.I personally think that house flipping is to risky, I would even go as far as to say it's as risky as day trading in the stock market. This model generally requires that the house was purchased at a great discount and you are banking on appreciation to make money rather than making money through cash flow (rent payments, improved...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
What Can I Do To Sell My Own House? For Sale By Owner aka FSBO FSBO sellers need to know there are 4 types of buyers in the market.   Buyers are either: 1) Buyers who have already SOLD their house and/or are very motivated and in a hurry to buy and they are going to buy a house today     OR 2) Buyers who have a house to sell before they can buy and/or are not buying right away    OR 3) Want to save the commission and buy the house directly from the seller to get 6% off the price     OR 4) Investors who want to pay you cents on the dollar Buyers who see FSBO signs in yards usually will not write down the number nor will they call the seller because they feel uncomfortable asking to see their house for sale and feel even more uncomfortable seeing the sellers' house when they are there FSB...
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By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
The property management software, company I work for is consistently improving there product this time by adding improved support for roommates and/or secondary tenants.  You can now easily add full tenant details for multiple responsible parties on a single lease.  This new feature is great for the following scenarios; Roommates, husband and wife, and any other scenario where there is more than one tenant who is jointly responsible for the rent. When you have multiple payers that want ACH and each payer contributes only a portion of the rent.  (Easypay tenant ACH fully supports this scenario).  This also works equally well if the tenants are paying by cash, check, or credit card. Not to worry the “additional occupants” field will remain within the tenant edit screen and remains useful ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Only 313 Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale Left!!!  We sell about 1000 Lawrence KS properties every year.  We are running out of real estate! In June 2007, we had a huge inventory of 1,620 houses for sale.   What happens when the inventory is low? 1) Four out of my 5 listings that have April closing dates had multiple offers submitted on them. 2) Of my 5 listings that had April closing dates, 1 is closing for $2000 below the asking price, 3 received full asking price, and i had $1000 higher than asking price. Buyers should be prepared to A) Pay very close to full asking price, full asking price, or over asking price, B) Have multiple offers come in on properties for sale, and C) See properties go under contract on the first day they come on the market or in very few days on market. Click a...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Lawrence KS Homes For Sale, homes for sale that are really for sale, are easy to find by going to www.AskRobLang.com or clicking anywhere on this page.  If you are tired of Zillow type websites that have a few active listings mixed in with a bunch of expired and SOLD houses and you want an IDX feed direct from the MLS of active properties for sale, then www.AskRobLang.com is your destination. You can even set up email alerts of new properties that come on the market of Lawrence KS Homes For Sale which match your search criteria.  You can do a map search, a quick search, an MLS ID search, an address search, and you can even do a detailed search by whether the property has a fireplace, a fenced yard, what floor the master bedroom is on, and about 40 other fields.  You can search by DOM (D...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
One Level Living Lawrence Kansas becomes more important as our knees don't work as well, as our energy levels drop, and we just can't handle stairs any more.  I turned 60 years old this year and have been blessed with excellent health.  Turning 60, though, has made me realize I need to think about the two story we are in now with all 4 bedrooms on the second floor.  Just 6.5 years ago, I was thinking this would be my last move as we moved in to this house we found for sale in 2006.  Now I am thinking I may need to look at One Level Living Lawrence Kansas homes for sale. With the help of my Lawrence Property Search website found on the links on this page (photo link above), I am easily able to find ranch houses where stairs will not be an issue.  Using that same link will help me fine tu...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Now SOLD!! 4021 Harvard Lawrence Kansas Real Estate, 2nd lowest cost/sqft 4021 Harvard, Lawrence, KS 66049 View Map   4021 Harvard Lawrence Kansas Real Estate, 2nd lowest cost per sqft house with these features, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, wood burning fireplace, remodeled kitchen and house, new wood floors, new paint exterior and interior, kitchen appliances and washer and dryer stay, treed lot, landscaping, wood deck, 3 season room, 2 bonus rooms, finished basement, easy K-10 bypass and I-70 access, northwest Lawrence homes for sale, 66049, fenced yard, patio, first floor laundry, office, study den, or library for bonus rooms, pull down attic access, extra workshop room at back of garage, media room, bedrooms all together, second story bedrooms, bonus part-unfinished non conforming bedroom in...
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By Kathryn ., Rentec Direct
(Rentec Direct)
I have the opportunity everyday to communicate with property managers and private landlords.  There are times that some have mentioned that they are hesitant on asking prospective tenants personal information.  I am hear to say......it is OK to be NOSY     Some landlords (and PM's) feel funny asking people for their personal information. You have to be comfortable confronting people and asking questions you might need answered so you can complete your tenant screening process.  I also believe in making a copy of their driver’s license.  I like to order my tenant credit checks and background screening reports using accurate information. Some applications are messy and it is hard to know for sure if you are spelling their names correctly and the ole’ banker in me likes to order the report...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
How Much Is It Going to Snow Tomorrow in Lawrence Kansas? I was asked yesterday while eating with our extended family for two of our grandkids' Birthday Party.  I stated emphatically 4.7" and they all laughed because of my precise figure.  Most people would say 4" or 5" but I said 4.7".  You see, close only counts in horseshoes; or so I am told. Anyway, I walked out onto our snow covered deck this morning and planted one of my ruler handouts with www.LetRobDoIt.com 785-393-2274 on it and it went down 4.7" to the top of our picnic table!!  Granted, you can't see our deck or our picnic table but the 4.7" of snow is there!  So why 4.7" instead of 4" or 5"?  It is important to be precise (even though this was just a lucky guess).  When it comes to Lawrence Kansas homes for sale home buyers,...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
What's Going On In The Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale Market?  According to Rob Hulse, Executive Officer of the Lawrence Board of REALTORS® (LBOR), 84 contracts were written in February 2013 vs. 60 contracts written in February 2012.  That is a 40% increase in contracts written!! At the start of March 2013, 371 homes were on the market for the city of Lawrence Kansas which is way down from the 510 Lawrence houses for sale at the beginning of March 2012. What does this mean to the average buyer and to the average home seller?  Fewer houses means fewer choices for the buyers, more competition on any given house resulting in multiple offers, fewer days on the market, and it means paying full price and higher for the buyer.  For sellers, full price can be expected, your asking price may be ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Can You Buy a Complete Remodel Lawrence KS House For Under $150,000?  Well of course you can!  Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, 785-393-2274 brings to you the finest in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate advice and email alerts to help you find the right house.  Call, text, or email Rob now to have your auto email alerts set up.  We protect your privacy. 1505 E 25th Ter Lawrence KS seller narrated video found by clicking anywhere on this link.     1505 E 25th Ter Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale 1505 E 25th Ter, Lawrence, KS 66046 View Map 1505 E 25th Ter Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale, move in ready, easy K-10 access, 1742 sqft, low $87.37 cost per sqft, .18 acres lot, built in 1977, complete remodel, new hardie plank siding in front, new interior paint, new appliances, new countertops, new tile back ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Will the Seller Pay For My Closing Costs in Lawrence Kansas?  Well of course they will if you add the requested closing costs amount on to the purchase price.  Several of the last houses I have put under contract and or SOLD have been for full asking price and any seller concessions such as paying for closing costs has been added on to the price of the house. SOLD Homes For Sale are creeping up to almost 99% of the asking price on average in many price ranges. Prices are increasing, supply of houses for sale are decreasing, buyers are getting beat out of getting their house by a more aggressive buyer who has discovered if they don't offer full price, it will probably be SOLD to another buyer. Buyers should know that on a typical $175,000 average selling price of a home in the Lawrence a...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Where Can I Find Condos in Lawrence KS?  I want a pool.  I don't want to mow grass.  I don't want to take care of snow removal.  I don't want to worry about exterior maintenance.  In our busy lives, more and more buyers just want these exterior maintenance issues taken care of for them, want a swimming pool, and they are willing to pay the condo fees to have a pool and/or these services performed for them. So Where Can I Find Condos in Lawrence KS? is a question that pops up from Lawrence home buyers.  From a consumer generated property search for Lawrence Kansas Condos for sale with lawn care (click on map below), there were only 47 real estate matches found.  Not a lot of choices available so if this is what you are looking for, call, text, or email Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, 785-393-2...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Why Should I Buy a House Today Instead of Tomorrow?  I do not ever pressure my buyers into buying a house.  I don't ever ask them if they want to write up an offer on one of the houses they have seen.  I just do not work that way and buyers love me for that and love my laid back style. I do tell my buyers there are reasons Why Should I Buy a House Today Instead of Tomorrow? when I first start working with them.  The home buyers are naturally interested so they ask me my question right back and are ready to listen to what I have to say. First, the house may get SOLD to someone else especially on the weekend.  It is common sense that if one buyer believes the price is attractive, is in move in condition, and is in a good location that some other buyer is going to think that too. Second, t...
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