Lawrence, KS Real Estate News

By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Mission Kansas Homes For Sale Real Estate ranch, with wood floors, wood burning fireplace, one level living, 5 minutes to I-35, great location to Mission schools and downtown Mission, new wood laminate flooring in kitchen, bigger fenced yard almost a 1/4 acre, huge oak tree and evergreens, patio/half basketball court are hard to find. Click on photo below for Seller Narrated Video This great home for sale at 5641 Dearborn St Mission, Kansas that is move in ready in the Crossland neighborhood. This is a three bedroom, 1½ baths and offers one level living with a first floor laundry room. The large attic storage space is easily accessed from the 1 car garage. Along with being in the Shawnee Mission School District this house has easy I-35 access. This house is toward the end of the street ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
What Are Email Alerts and Why Do I need Them?  Email alerts are simply notifications of properties matching a buyer's search criteria.  For instance, in the email alert below, a buyer has asked me to be notified of all foreclosures in Douglas County under $300,000 with 4 or more bedrooms. If you click on the above email alert, it will take you to the email alerts link on my website where you can enter your search criteria and set up your email alerts so you will be notified when a new property or a new price change puts a property within your search criteria. One can have email alerts set up with such criteria as bedrooms, baths, garages, basement, DOM (Days on Market), fenced yard, wood burning fireplace, a specific city or area of the city, move in ready, homes offering seller financi...
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By Darren Abram
(Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners, Inc.)
Last week we discussed the importance of the buyer’s consultation. The next critical step to take when looking at homes in Lawrence, KS is finding the right lender and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. When considering a lender for your mortgage, a good real estate agent is a valuable resource in guiding you to the right person.   Contacting a the right person for your mortgage is critical to insuring success in the home search process. Like most professions, loan officers are not all created equal. Your agent should have a good relationship established with several good loan officers that can get you pre-approved for the right mortgage for your situation. A good loan officer will also know which program you qualify for and be able to guide you in the process and not charge you with...
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By Darren Abram
(Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners, Inc.)
Here is The Abram Team's 2012 Market Update for the Luxury segment in Lawrence, KS.   If you are considering the purchase of a Lawrence, KS Luxury Home, we have some statistics that may interest you. Inventory of high end homes in Lawrence, KS remains low, but there are some good options available. This is sure to be a great opportunity to move up to a fantastic home with upgraded features and options that you will not find in most traditional homes. Interest rates have remained low and make the Lawrence, KS luxury market a smart buy.   There are currently 16 luxury homes on the market in Lawrence, KS with a price range from 535,000 to 2,500,000. The homes offered represent some of the best builders, floor plans and features that Lawrence, KS real estate has to offer. The variety of sty...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Don't Go To Open Houses, Buyers!! Was My Most Popular Blog Last Month!  It generated more comments and traffic than any of my 22 other blogs posted in the past 30 days. What made Don't Go To Open Houses, Buyers!! so popular?  I think it had to do with the growing realization that Open Houses don't actually help buyers; it hurts them and the growing realization that while a few sellers still think open houses are going to bring them their buyer, most of the sellers have realized that open houses just don't sell homes and that it inconveniences them to have to clean the house and leave.  Seller should rely on a REALTOR like Rob Lang who markets his listings to over 10,000 websitesso if a buyer is looking for a property like what the sellers have, the buyers will have no problem finding it...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Under $100,000 in Lawrence Kansas?? Here They Are!! Houses For Sale in Lawrence under $100,000 are few in number but this FREE IDX property search will allow you to receive FREE email alerts any time a property under $100,000 pops onto the market. They are grabbed up very quickly by buyers who have those email alerts so don't be left out!! Click anywhere on this link or call Rob Lang, At Home Kansas, 785-393-2274.The average listing price of the 30 under $100,000 homes for sale in Lawrence Kansas is $84,635 and the median price is $92,300.  Only half of them, 15, are single family while 10 are townhouses and 5 are condos.  The single family average list price for these homes is $86,123 and the median price is $94,500.The townhouse average list price for these homes is $90,180 and the me...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
How Are Homes Within a Five Mile Radius of Lawrence Kansas Selling?  To answer this question, I searched the MLS to find all the 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garages, with a basement, priced between $150,000 and $200,000 (since the average SOLD price is about $175,000 for all real estate here), within a 5 mile radius of 15th and Iowa in Lawrence Kansas.   There were only 10 homes for sale (8 for just single family).  The average list price was $162,750 ($164,687 for just single family).  The average DOM (Days on Market) was 103 (81 for just single family). I then used the exact same criteria to see the figures for houses SOLD within the past year. There were only 20 SOLD homes (19 for just single family).  The average list price was $174,832 ($175,786 for just single family).  The average S...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
How Much Will My Payment Be for Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes? This question comes up a lot from buyers and I refer them to a lender for answers.  Why?  Because that is their area of expertise!  But I also address another question that should really be asked.  Buyers who ask "How Much Will My Payment Be for Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes?" want to know whether they can afford to make the change from renting to buying. However, there is a more important question to ask. The question is "Will I like the quality and features of the house compared to where I am now?"  For example, say a renter is living in a 4 bedroom three bath townhouse built in 2007 with 1600 sqft and paying $1000 per month and would like to get a place of their own.  They go house shopping for a single family an...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
One of the finest Michael C Green open plan custom built houses for sale in Lawrence Kansas real estate, multiple wood columns and gorgeous woodwork, Alvamar golf lot at hole #1, stunning views from almost all windows, walk out basement, 50 year roof, request upgrades and special features list, well over 4000sqft, easy K-10 bypass to I-70 or to K-10 east, sprinkler system, second floor master, 4th bedroom could be media center, office, or 2nd master bedroom suite, plus home warranty, showcase, luxury home SLIDESHOW Seller narrated video at www.DouglasCountyOpenHouses.com  
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
System of Organizing Buyers and Sellers: There are just three in my brokerage right now--me, myself, and I so I have to have systems in place.  One of those systems that other REALTORS might want to incorporate has to do with organizing my buyers and sellers.  This would not be an issue if I only had one buyer or one seller at a time but at any given time I am working with about 200 buyers and have 15 to 25 listings at a time.  I'm almost 60 years old so I need reminders of who all these people are; especially when I don't talk or email or text with them every day and some of them have been researching for months and years just waiting to find that dream house or for sellers to see when it looks like the best time to list their house. The System of Organizing Buyers and Sellers I use is...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Renting and Want to Buy a House But Have No Down Payment Saved Up?  Have no fear!! DPR is here!! What's DPR you say?  Down Payment ResourceSM is a tool that I use to determine if you as a renter are eligible for one or more home buyer assistance programs. Buying and owning a home may be closer than you think!  Renters say the #1 reason they can’t purchase a home is because they are Renting and Want to Buy a House But Have No Down Payment Saved Up? It is now possible to buy a house without a big down payment. I will help you find a source for your down payment (if you qualify) by asking you 8 simple questions. We will sit down at a public Wi-Fi spot or in your home (your choice) and go through the 8 questions.  You will immediately know if you qualify and can start to see which houses qu...
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By Darren Abram
(Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners, Inc.)
  Buying a home can be either one of the most enjoyable times of your life or one of the most stressful. All it takes is having the right agent, one that is willing to educate, consult, and listen to the needs, wants, and desires of you and your family. The Abram Team has helped many home buyers in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding areas. We have made it our goal to assist home buyers in the Lawrence area with the heart of a teacher and to guide them along the way so that they can make confident and informed decisions.   The Abram Team believes that the first critical step in the home buying process is a buyer consultation. During this initial meeting we get to know our client and they can get to know us. We like to use this time to gather information about what you want and need in...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Why Do You Want to Know the DOM-Days On Market for Lawrence KS Homes? Looking for a house so many DOM (Days on Market)?  Why?  Is it because you think the house will be available for purchase for a lower amount?  Is it because you think the house has something wrong with it if it has a long number of DOM? There may be lots of reasons you have but how often can you easily find the answer to how many DOM? Not very often right?  At least, not until now!!  Looking for a house so many DOM?  Looking for a fenced yard?  Looking for a fireplace?  Looking for a wood deck?  Looking for a certain amount of square feet that is finished in the basement?  Looking for a Michael C Green or Rod Laing built home?  Looking for a patio?  Looking for houses for sale below $100 cost per sqft (average SOLD c...
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By Darren Abram
(Keller Williams Realty Diamond Partners, Inc.)
The winter real estate market is under way in Lawrence, Kansas and The Abram Team Believes that this may be one of the best winter markets to sell a home! We know that December is not typically the month that many consider selling a home in Lawrence, KS. Right now in Lawrence, Kansas and the surrounding area inventory levels are low, prices have stabilized and there are many buyers out there looking. The continued low interest rate environment has kept many pre-approved buyers out there looking for homes in Lawrence.   There are also a few things that we think may affect the Lawrence, KS market in the spring months. We do want to preface these statements by saying that we are not using scare tactics, but these are points worthy of consideration. The mortgage interest deduction may come ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
What's My Home Worth Lawrence Kansas? How to Sell For the Right Price? To receive a free market analysis estimating your home's value, just fill in the form below. We will analyze the data you provide and get back to you with comparable sale information for your neighborhood and a range of approximate values for your home. If you need a more precise valuation estimate, we will arrange to tour the property with you. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.   We will send you the County's Building Material Quality Rating and a block analysis of appraisals and features of other homes on the block. So to answer the questions What's My Home Worth Lawrence Kansas? How to Sell For the Right Price? and get started on the right path to get your house SOLD rather having it ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale Personalized Website and Email Alerts Looking for a fenced yard?  Looking for a fireplace?  Looking for a wood deck?  Looking for a certain amount of square feet that is finished in the basement?  Looking for a Michael C Green or Rod Laing built home?  Looking for a patio?  Looking for a house so many DOM (Days on Market)?  Looking for houses for sale below $100 cost per sqft (average SOLD cost per sqft price)?  Looking for houses for sale above $130 cost per sqft (luxury homes in Lawrence Kansas)?  (NOTE:  Be sure to also include under an acre for lot size or you will get acreages that are also over $130 cost per sqft because the acreage is included.)  Looking for Home Warranty included with the house?  Looking for properties for sale in specific School D...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Mobile Access to Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale Real Estate is available by downloading (click on graphic below) this iPhone app. When you click on the graphic above, it will open up iTunes and you can download this Mobile Access to Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale Real Estate app.  When it asks for the agent ID please use 10724 so when you find a house and want more information on it such as how much the seller paid for it, when they bought it, how it compares with other houses on the block, seller disclosure, county building material quality rating, and so on, you can easily request more information and I will research the house and send you the information. The houses that show up on this app come directly from the MLS as an IDX (Internet Data Exchange) feed so it is always current. Ca...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
193 Increase in Lawrence Kansas Home Sales to Date for 2012 vs 2011 per Lawrence Board of REALTORS (Lawrence Kansas and Douglas County houses only). 1009 homes for sale have closed to date in 2012 vs 816 to date this time last year.  That is an increase of 23% in units and a 20% increase in volume. The average SOLD price is actually down about $5000.  There is debate over whether that means that 1) Homes SOLD for less because that was all buyers were willing to pay or 2) That the homes that SOLD in 2011 were higher priced homes than the houses SOLD in 2012. The average DOM (Days on Market) was also 4 days longer in 2012 than in 2011 but the meadian DOM was 60 for both years. Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes For Sale can be seen on this link.  You can also have me set up email alerts so...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
How Do Actual Selling Prices Compare to Listing Prices in Lawrence KS?  My most recent sale was my listing that I SOLD instantly to my buyers for $100,000 (full price).  I wondered if that was the norm now for Lawrence Kansas. According to our Lawrence Board of REALTORS data, 6 Lawrence Kansas area houses SOLD in the past 24 hours (which is a lot for this time of year) where the average list price was $165,650 but the average SOLD price was $152,425 or 92% of the asking price.  Apparently, sellers were getting anxious about keeping their houses on the market through the winter and accepted lower offers than what they might have accepted had they waited through the winter for the first good weather in January or February when the buyers come back out and start buying again.  Losing an av...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
30 Lawrence Kansas Blogs in 30 Days November 2012 Challenge Completed with this blog (plus an email tomorrow)! It all started with Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA/Bristow, VA's November, 30 Posts in 30 Days, Blogging Challenge The rules were simple enough: 1) At least one blog a day (check) 2) At least one blog a week needs to focus on a local event (check) 3) All content needs to be original.  No jokes or cut and paste emails you've received. (check) 4) Speechless posts will not count.  You are actually going to have to write. (check) 5) The posts DO NOT need to have the title of the challenge in them. (check) 6) The posts DO NOT need to be submitted to any particular group. (check) 7) On December 1st, email Kerrie to let her know you've completed the challenge. (I wil...
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