Overland Park, KS Real Estate News

By Chad Trease, Production Manager
(Trease Mortgage Group at PrimeLending)
If you had enough money to payoff your mortgage,would you? Many people would. If the "American Dream" of owning your own home outright with no mortgage is so wonderful, why do thousands of financially successful people-who have more than enough money to pay off their mortgage-refuse to do so?Most of what we learned from our parents and grandparents about mortgages is no longer valid. They taught us to make a big down payment, get a fixed-rate mortgage, and make extra principal payments to pay off your loan as early as possible. Mortgages, they said, are a necessary evil at best.The problem with this rationale is it has become outdated. The rules of money have changed. Unlike our grandparents, we will no longer have the same job for 30 years or depend on our company's pension plan for a ...
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By Paula Walter, Ph.D. e-Pro REALTOR
(Realty Executives of Kansas City)
Together with Stephanie Cachero-Henry of Bank of America Mortgage and Kurt Goeser with State Farm Insurance, I will be presenting the Acorn Housing Program on March 8, 2007 at the Bank of America Building, Suite 225, 10000 College Blvd. in Overland Park, KS. The presentation is presented from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. We will provide answers about buying a hoe for low and moderate income buyers (those with less than $54,080 household income) with lower interest rates, low or no down paymnet and lower closing costs.  Those who don't qualify for the program now may find out about the free budget and credit mortgage counseling program.  To register, send e-mail to PaulaWalter@remax.net or phone 913-339-0682.  I have experience with the process of the first time homebuyer seminars.  Knowledge ...
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By Paula Walter, Ph.D. e-Pro REALTOR
(Realty Executives of Kansas City)
Kansas City area voters are getting ready for spring and for the upcoming elections for the KC Metro area to be part of the past. Kansas City Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas have hearty election programs and issues. Many of the smaller cities that make up the community character of the Metro area are also selecting city government and school board members. It is encouraging to see candidates willing to take time from their lives to run for office. Holding office in the smaller political offices interrupts a person's REAL life, REAL economics and REAL goals. It means beginning to think in government language, learn to schedule meetings, learn how to behave at those meetings, have nightmares about the things you forgot to ask about. have nightmares about going to a council meeting in you...
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By Jacqueline McCroy Elbert
(RE/MAX Realty Suburban)
I would like to introduce you to Downtown Overland Park. It has been said in our local papers that Downtown Overland Park is the "heart and soul" of Johnson County. It is a place were people come together for festivals, parades, celebrations, and bi-weekly Farmers Market days. It is a welcoming, friendly, and safe place.In the 1990's the downtown area was struggling. Many of the shops sat empty. We are seeing a change for the better. As you drive or walk along Santa Fe Drive you get that "main street" feeling; clocktower, quaint shops, and inviting restaurants line Santa Fe Drive.My favorite time to stroll around downtown Overland Park is on any given Saturday morning between April and October. Why is that you ask? Music at the Clocktower Plaza, food vendors, families with strollers, an...
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By Paula Walter, Ph.D. e-Pro REALTOR
(Realty Executives of Kansas City)
Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead at Overland Park, Kansas was established n 1976 as a living history project of Overland Park, Kansas.  In 1985, the Farmstead received its present name and was dedicated in memory of Deanna Rose, an Overland Park police office who died in the line of duty.The eight-acre Farmstead is home to many types of farm animals, with the babies being a special attraction in the spring.  The baby animals are available to interact with the visitors, especially children., but there are slides in the silo too and hayrides, picnic tours and other good times.The intent of the Farmstead/Park is to replicate a turn of the century farm with suitable buildings which were used to work with the conditions of the time.  With no air conditioning, cooking was moved to the summer ...
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