Lawrence, KS Real Estate News

By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
List of Bank Owned Properties (Foreclosures) in Lawrence Kansas Area seems to be a frequently requested Google Search but the results found could be very old information.  I did a search for Douglas County Kansas bank foreclosures owned by Federal National Mortgage Association in Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, and Lecompton on a site I have subscribe to and came up with the list of the 15 properties.   This does NOT mean that this List of Bank Owned Properties (Foreclosures) in Lawrence Kansas Area has any properties currently for sale.  All or some of these properties may already be under contract.  This does NOT mean that this list of properties are the only Douglas County Kansas foreclosures since this is a list of only Federal National Mortgage Association owned properties in Douglas Co...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Single Family Homes For Sale on the Lawrence Kansas Market By Price chart is shown below.  The data lists available homes for sale by price range with average DOM (Days On Market) in each range for Lawrence Kansas.   Included in this list are many foreclosures, short sales, and motivated sellers properties as well as traditional homes for sale. Contact Rob Lang At Home Kansas 785-393-2274 for information on how I may assist you in seeing any of these properties.   Active Listings of Single Family Homes For Sale on the Lawrence Kansas Market By Price List Price Range # Listings Avg. Days on Mkt Under $100,000  14 146   $100,000 - $149,999 84 133   $150,000 - $199,999 87 104   $200,000 - $249,999 37 129   $250,000 - $299,999 49 168   $300,000 - $349,999 26 209   $350,000 - $399,999 30 140...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Kids Gift Making for Lawrence Kansas 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders will be Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located at the Lawrence Public Library, the Kids Gift Making for Lawrence Kansas 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders, gives children the opportunity to get crafty and make, rather than buy, Christmas gifts for their family and friends. Whether they have been naughty or nice, it is still a great idea to make hand made gifts to give away. What great ideas can you come up with?  Let those creative ideas in your mind start their course toward completion and brighten someone's day by presenting them with a handmade gift. The class is FREE so what are you waiting for? Space is limited.  Registration is required so please call 843-3833 ext. 117 to save a spot in the Kids Gift Making for ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Artificially Inflated Houses For Sale Prices in Lawrence Kansas Since 2000, many investors bought and flipped properties as well as regular home buyers who bought and traded up. Lawrence Kansas area property values continued to rise with the steady demand.  A house purchased in 2000 for $100,000 continued to appreciate to over $160,000 in the years around 2006 and 2007.  Then the bottom dropped out due to easy money loans falling into foreclosures, banks failing, and too many houses on the market with many of them being foreclosures.   The Artificially Inflated Houses For Sale Prices in Lawrence Kansas started dropping down to where that $100,000 home in 2000 can now only be SOLD for about $143,000.  While this is still an excellent return from the original $100,000 SOLD price, it was a...
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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!!  There are big risk factors, buyers, in going to open houses. The first thing that will happen is the listing agent, who represents the best interest of sellers, will see the car you drive. The second thing that will happen is the listing agent will see how long you stay at the house. The third thing that will happen is the listing agent will watch your body language, will watch whether you are mentally placing yourself or placing your furniture in the house, and/or listening to your comments. All of the listing agent's intel that they gather goes directly back to the sellers and will be used against you in negotiation. So, Don't Go To Open Houses, Buyers!! but instead, get yourself a buyer's agent who will represent you best interest and not the seller...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
2004 Crossgate Dr Lawrence Kansas Homes For Sale slideshow can be viewed by clicking on the photo below.  To give you some idea of this room size, that grand piano looks small, doesn't it? There are only 15 other Lawrence KS homes for sale with this much sqft or more and the average price of them is $745,512!!  This one is priced well below that average at $625,000!! 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 cen...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
952 Closed Sales Over 777 Closed Sales This Time Last Year in Lawrence!!  What great joy is brought from these stats from the Lawrence Board of REALTORS (LBOR) here in Lawrence Kansas! This represents a 22% increase in units and an 18% increase in volume. The median DOM (Days on Market) remains 60 days. The percentage of list price has been 96% for both years year to date figures. Last year there was a spurt of activity in November and December where normally I have 1 transaction.  Last year I had 6 transactions and hoping for the same this year. Knowing stats like this help both sellers and buyers know how the market is moving.  For sellers, it helps them to know there is a shortage of houses and to keep or add their house on the MLS over the winter and not to take it off the market.  ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Buyers Do NOT Search For "$179,900 to $199,900" Houses For Sale!!  (BIG SECRET REVEALED BELOW)  Sellers would love to be able to get into the heads of buyers to know how they think and what they do when they go to buy a house.  While some things will remain unknown such as "When will the buyer buy my house?" since no one in the world knows the answer to that question except the buyer, there are some very useful bits of information that are known about buyers. One of the key things that is known may seem obvious is that they search for properties starting on an even $10,000 increment.  Buyers Do NOT Search For "$179,900 to $199,900" Houses For Sale!! Sellers always tell me that $199,900 looks like so much less than $200,000 but that really only works in selling gas and groceries at the $...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Kansas Has 1 More Thing to Be Thankful About: 2nd Lowest Closing Costs    When buying a house you are already spending a lot of money; more than cars, furnishings, entertainment, and so on.  Since home buying is about the most expensive investment you ever make, you would like to find ways to keep the overall cost as low as you can. You want to find a REALTOR who is a local expert who can tell you which house is the best deal, who can negotiate the best price for you, who can recommend the lender who closes on time for you so you don't have friends and family there waiting to help unload your truck but you can't because of a bad lender who didn't get the funds to the closing table on time, a REALTOR who can find that lender who can also get you the lowest overall rates and lowest closin...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Firewood For Sale Lawrence Kansas--Shamrock Tree Service You would think it would be easy to order firewood for your house to burn in your fireplace.  Just call a company and ask for firewood and voila, you are ready to place some logs in your fireplace.  I found out there are lots of kinds of woods which are referred to as hard and soft and less technically referred to as good and bad.   There are also at least two kinds of cords: face cord and full cord.  A face cord is 8' wide x 4' high with the depth being the variable but usually about 16"-18" and approximately 220 – 240 pieces of wood.  The full (or bush) cord is 8' wide x 4' high x 4' deep and is 128 cubic feet in volume and approximately 660 – 720 pieces of wood if cut 24" long.  The face cord is about 1/3 the volume of a full c...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Distribution of Thanksgiving food boxes Tuesday, November 20 9 to Noon The Salvation Army gymnasium is located at 946 New Hampshire and is where the food boxes will be distributed. The Salvation Army Church serves in dedication and because of the love of Christ.  They preach the gospel through this service from Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat" (NASB). Many people around the country recognize the Salvation Army as being the service organization with that "fire truck red" kettle out in front of stores near Thanksgiving and running to Christmas. The Salvation Army will also distribute 1-4 pm.  Let's pray that many families will be blessed with this food that has been collected through Lawrence Kansas donations and that the recipients can indeed be thankful...
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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.  Click below for video or see 2004 Crossgate Dr Lawrence KS photo slideshow here. 2004 Crossgate Dr Michael Green's Finest? (Click on any of these photos to be taken to seller narrated video) MLS # 128186   2004 Crossgate Dr   Lawrence   KANSAS (KS)   66047   SOUTHWEST LAWRENCE   City...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Selling 1306 Oak Hill Ave Lawrence Kansas at Full Asking Price  The asking price was $100,000 which was determined based on comparable SOLD properties, square footage, location, values of neighboring houses, condition, and seller motivation. There were only 3 single family properties on the market in Lawrence KS at $100,000 or less.  1306 Oak Hill Ave had 936 and 1225 sqft.  This made the three houses to be $63.05 cost per sqft for 1306 and $78.78 and $103.63 for the other two.  Click on house photo to search for your criteria and price. Any time you have under $100 cost per sqft, you have a property worth checking into and at $63.05 cost per sqft you have a tremendous bargain.  As long as the buyer is ok with the condition, location, and features with this low of a price, you have a SO...
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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?  The easiest way to figure out what your home is worth for the average Lawrence Kansas homes for sale, is to take your square feet and add two zeros.  For example, if your sqft is 1800, your average Lawrence property is worth $180,000. What's My Home Worth Lawrence Kansas? if it is NOT "Average" and where do I find out this rating?  Douglas County, where Lawrence Kansas, Eudora Kansas, Baldwin City Kansas, and Lecompton Kansas reside, has a building material quality rating that is based on the estimated cost per sqft of construction among other factors. The ratings have seven grades and 3 levels for each grade or 21 total rating levels.  It seems that about 80% of the houses in the county are rated "Average" with the other 20% being in one of the ot...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Median Age of Sellers Is 53--Income $95,400--Average 77 Days On Market (DOM) according to the 2012 NAR Survey of Buyers and Sellers. These are national figures.  While national figures are always interesting, real estate is very local in nature. On the local level, the Lawrence Board of REALTORS does not track age or income nor do they do surveys of buyers and Sellers so they will never know the Lawrence Kansas info like Median Age of Sellers Is 53--Income $95,400--Average 77 Days On Market on the national level. However, working with a REALTOR local expert, you can learn stats (from the Lawrence Board of REALTORS) such as: 1,235 Houses were SOLD in the past year from the whole Lawrence MLS which is way up from 1,099 in the previous year's time (using today's date). 874 Lawrence Kansas ...
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By Kathryn J., Rentec Direct
(Rentec Direct)
   Recently, I received a call from a friend who needs to help her dad evict tenants from his property. I had to ask her multiple questions to see what they have accomplished so far:Did you have a rental agreement in place? What is the contents of your rental agreement? What is your grace period? Did you serve them proper notices? What county/state is this rental located?  Do you have the proper forms to fill out to proceed with the eviction process?  More importantly why haven’t you filed yet?Leaving my friend and her dad in a state of confusion.  I suggested that they seek an attorney or a property management company that offers Evictions for Hire.  If they don’t know the laws and don’t know what to do from step one it is best to have a professional do it for you.  They have already l...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
I Heard a Heavy Thud in the Night on My House in Lawrence Kansas!  The culprit?  A hedgeapple (photo below--baseball card there for size reference) fell out of a nearby hedge tree (also known as Osage Orange tree) and landed on our roof!  Hedgeapples are quite often misnamed as hedge balls, green brains, monkey brains, monkey balls, and horse apples.   The squirrels around here pick them up and carry them off (they are bigger than most of the squirrels).  Then, the squirrels proceed to "chip away" down to the core where they eat the seeds that are near it.  They leave a mound of hedgeapple debris in the process. There are lots of stories about hedgeapples in that they dry up the milk of milk cows that ate them, that they have lodged in the throats of horses that ate them and suffocated ...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Coloradans, Don't Like Recreational Use of Marijuana?  Move to Kansas!  Coloradans, yes, it is not Coloradoans any more but Coloradans, voted this past week to legalize recreational use of Colorado. Not wanting to miss the chance to encourage people to move to Kansas, where recreational use of marijuana is illegal, I invite Coloradans, Don't Like Recreational Use of Marijuana?  Move to Kansas! There are many reasons buyers choose to move such as climate, to be close to family, to be close to the ocean, to be far away from the ocean after "Sandy" (Kansas has no oceans), and now there is a new reason added to the list and that is not liking a state that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. Regardless of your reason for moving, please know that I am here in northeastern central Kan...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
FREE Med Dominos Pizza at Fun and Games Lawrence KS w/Costume Purchase!!  Today November 13, 2012 and tomorrow November 14, 2012, come in to Fun and Games, buy a costume and receive a FREE Dominos Medium Pizza! Fun and Games is locally owned and operated and is located at 830 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.  Their phone number is (785) 841-4450. Business hours SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday 10:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm 9:00am 8:00pm The store is located in the Antique Mall which is also locally owned and operated. Fun and Games has 1000's of adult, youth, and kid's costumes, with makeup, masks, wigs, hats, masks, and shoes along with board games, card games, puzzles, and toys.  Whether you need a costu...
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By Rob Lang, Local Expert in NE Central Kansas Real Estate Home
(At Home Kansas)
Thank You Applebees, Chili's, Hy-Vee, Famous Dave's From Veterans! Sunday or Monday, Applebees, Chili's, Hy-Vee, Famous Dave's, and others are offering a free meal to Veterans for Veterans' Day.  Thank you! Applebees offered about 8 differenct meals with one of them being Double Crunch Shrimp that has 18 fantail shrimp, french fries, cole slaw, and cocktail sauce.  Chili's offered about the same number of meals with one of them being a nice sized cheeseburger and fries.  Hy-Vee was offering free breakfast buffet and beverage to both Veterans AND their spouse!!!  Famous Dave's offered their two meat BBQ meal which included a cornbread muffin and a side dish.  Two other local restaurants offered a fried breaded onion appetizer. Other companies, not in the Lawrence Kansas area, also offere...
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