Wichita, KS Real Estate News

By Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
(Realty World Alliance)
Looking for something to do with the kids this holiday season?  Need to distract them while you get some super secret shopping done?You might check out the Towne West Mall, located between West/235 just south of Maple Street! While you'll find plenty of good shopping and deals, the kids will find a good fun time! This mall features a real carousel ($1.50 to ride) where kids can zip around and around on their favorite horse, ostrich, or the ever popular rotating teacup!   Nearby is a kid-size train that will soon be setup for the kiddos to have a ride around a neat winter holiday track! The small kids love this!  In a shop next door is the Toy Train Club with a setup of their train tracks that older kids will just love watching them zoom around!             Soon, Santa will be enthroned ...
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By Melissa Schnieders
(Melissa Schnieders Photography)
Urban Homesteading is alive and well in the Midwest.  I've had the good fortune to meet other like minded folks, although most of them are in KC or Lawrence. If you're new to the idea, get started here . The Dervaes family raises over 6,000 pounds of food every year on 1/5 of an acre.  I know, it's mind boggling!! If you're in the KC area, check out classes here and their Friday Night Market - yum! And above is my beloved "hen" Lucy, which, as you can clearly see in the photo, is actually a Rooster, renamed Larry. Ahem.  As Roosters are not allowed within the city limits, Larry is on the way out of town, as soon as he's a little older. We ordered our flock from My Pet Chicken and were assured that we would get 100% hens as we just want layers.  (As Cole says, " We don't EAT pets Mom!")...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Buyer Report on Foreclosures There are many homes for sale in Wichita, and prices have never been better!   You can find many great bargains in this current market.   Unfortunately for many Sellers have gotten in over their heads and have been foreclosed upon or are facing foreclosure.    With this current situation you can cash in on a great deal in this market.  If you are interested in a FREE list of bargain homes for sale in the Wichita area, just send me an email at lhuhman@plazare.com.   You can also do a search of the entire Wichita MLS Homes for Sale by visiting www.buywichitahome.com Why pay rent when you can own a home in Wichita for less than $700 per month?    Wichita Realtor Laurie Huhman Can help you find and buy the right home in Wichita with the be...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Halloween Corn Maze at Cowtown   Haunted Cowtown Are you looking for something fun and and just a little scary for the younger kids to do this Halloween Season?   Look no futher than Cowtown in Wichita!   There is a Haunted Corn Maze inside Old Cowtown designed for children K-6th grade.    The fun begins on Friday, October 24th, 2008 from 6 to 8:30 PM.   The price for admission is just $3.00 so bring the kiddos to Cowtown this year and catch some fun!    
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-McConnell Air Force Base Wichita is proud to be home of McConnell Air Force Base!   The 22nd Air Refueling Wing is the host unit for McConnell AFB.   If you would like general information about McConnell, take a look at http://www.mcconnell.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=598As a Real Estate Agent I have assisted many families with their move to Wichita.   There are great neighborhoods near McConnell AFB and 2 small towns (Andover and Derby) with excellent school districts that are a short driving distance.   If you are going to be stationed at McConnell then you may want to look at homes for sale in Wichita, Derby and Andover.    You may want to search in the following neighborhoods for some great Wichita homes for sale:    * Woodland Lakes    * Preston Trails    *...
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By Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
(Realty World Alliance)
  Bigger is Better! Looking for that perfect upscale subdivision close enough to amenities but far enough to get away?Looking for one of the biggest lots there so you have room to stretch out? Have we got a deal for you!   How about a short 1/2 acre on a cul-de-sac in prestigious Bellagio for only $19,999?   What a steal! This lot is graded for a full walk-out basement, not just a pit walk-out, but a full blown on grade walk-out! Not many lots like that left out there! It rests on a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Bellagio.  No pesky tree-lines to maintain, no sewer grates, no drainage ditch - this is a good solid lot!  Behind the lot there are other lots facing West, of which 2 have been built on.  Only 1 other home has been built on the cul-de-sac, 2 lots down.  So you'll enjoy enorm...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Search Wichita MLS Listings In todays technology obsessed world, Buyers want to have easy access to Wichita area homes for sale with the touch of a button. There are literally hundreds of websites out there that promise you easy searches for Wichita area homes for sale. How do you know which one to choose?    As a professional Wichita Realtor and a certified EPro I make it my business to know how the internet is changing the Real Estate industry and how Wichita Buyers search for homes for sale. My website www.buywichitahome.com offers Wichita Buyers detailed neighborhood information, financial calculators, Advanced Home Search Options including Mapping, Automated Email notifications of new Wichita homes for sale that come on the market and match your search crite...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-McConnell Air Force Base Wichita is proud to be home of McConnell Air Force Base!   The 22nd Air Refueling Wing is the host unit for McConnell AFB.   If you would like general information about McConnell, take a look at http://www.mcconnell.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=598 As a Real Estate Agent I have assisted many families with their move to Wichita.   There are great neighborhoods near McConnell AFB and 2 small towns (Andover and Derby) with excellent school districts that are a short driving distance.   If you are going to be stationed at McConnell then you may want to look at homes for sale in Wichita, Derby and Andover.    You may want to search in the following neighborhoods for some great Wichita homes for sale: Woodland Lakes Preston Trails Pebblebrook T...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Zero Down Home Loan Program Still Available! If you are looking for a Wichita Area or Andover Home for Sale, there is a fantastic loan program from the United States Department of Agriculture called the Rural Development Loan.   This program for Wichita Area or Andover homes for sale does not require you to make a down payment so you can get 100% financing on your Wichita or Andover home loan.   The home itself must be located in a qualified area.   You can check to see if the Wichita area or Andover home for sale you are interested in is in the area that would qualify for this program by going to the website at http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?NavKey=home@1 The website will also give you detailed information about the program.   As...
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By Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
(Realty World Alliance)
Thinking of moving to Wichita, visiting here, or now you're here and don't know what to do? Between work and 3 kids, I don't get out much.  But whether you're young with kids or into more mature pursuits, there's a lot here to see and do! Facts about Wichita: Wichita has about 350,000 people and about 153,000 homes. Wichita was named for the Wichita Indians and was started roughly in 1864. Wichita has more fast rood restaurants per capita than any other city in the US. Wichita founded Pizza Hut and White Castle. Wichita is known as the Air Capital. We have a large aircraft industry here, with Spirit, Boeing, Hawker, Raytheon, Cessna, and McConnell AFB.   Sights to see: The Keeper of the Plains in honor of the Indians.  He was sculpted by Black Bear Bosin. He raises up above the city to ...
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By Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
(Realty World Alliance)
  WOOFSTOCK 2008An event to benefit theKansas Humane SocietySaturday, October 410 a.m. - 3 p.m.Sedgwick County Park Join the fun this Saturday!  $4 donation for admission goes to support the Kansas Humane Society!There's lots to see and do, bring your four-legged pal, and don't forget to doll them up for the contests! The kids'll have a blast with a specially designated Paws and Play area for them! Schedule of Events - don't miss your favorite! Silent Auction - Opens 10 a.m. – Bid on the coolest stuff in Wichita including Michael Buble concert tickets, a Lady Antebellum autographed guitar, a chance to be a 105.3 The Buzz DJ and meet Hanson, a 2008 autographed KU Basketball Champions banner and much more. Best Dressed Dog Contest – 10:45 a.m.  – At Woofstock Stage  Mike Oatman Memorial F...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
 Wichita Homes for Sale-Search Wichita MLS Listings As a professional Wichita Realtor and a certified EPro I make it my business to know how the internet is changing the Real Estate industry.  If you are looking for Wichita Homes for Sale I make it easy to search the Wichita MLS.   My website www.buywichitahome.com  offers Wichita Buyers who are searching for Wichita homes for sale-detailed neighborhood information, financial calculators, Advanced Home Search Options including Mapping, Automated Email notifications of new Wichita homes for sale that come on the market and match your search criteria! If you are in the market to buy a Wichita area home for sale, visit me at www.buywichitahome.com for the latest tools to assist you with your search.
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By Larry Lane, Homes for Sale in Wichita KS | Lane Team, Wichita Homes for Sale
(Your Agents in Wichita | Wichita Homes)
Living in West Wichita means the Better Schools in Maize for Your Family, Particularly middle school aged students. Home Search Contact us to find out more about West Wichita, its communities and nearby Maize Schools any time! West Wichita - a Great Place to Live | West Wichita Real Estate West wichita - the "new Wichita" Here in West Wichita, homes are generally much newer and quite affordable. Shopping centers are newer, theaters, clubs and community infrastructure are recently built, modern and accessible. West Wichita homes are located in neighborhoods that are family centered, especially for parents of younger children and people who enjoy active lifestyles. People in "West Wichita" enjoy quality, affordable homes situated in clean, growing neighborhoods. West Wichita is a communi...
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By Larry Lane, Homes for Sale in Wichita KS | Lane Team, Wichita Homes for Sale
(Your Agents in Wichita | Wichita Homes)
 West Wichita Homes |  Why West Can Be the Best West wichita That's local name for the "new Wichita" where homes, theaters, clubs, shops and community attractions are all more recently built, more modern and more enjoyable. West Wichita is "nice at a discount" West Wichita homes and communities are family oriented, especially for those with young children.   Residents enjoy quality affordable homes that West Wichita offers in abundance. The neigborhoods are the kind where neighbors greet each other on the street while taking walks. West Wichita communities foster family values and active lifestyles. Better Schools Nearby Who doesn't want better schools for their children? West Wichita homes come with a unique advantage to residents for their children to attend schools in Goddard and Ma...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Getting Pre-Approved for a Home Loan Getting pre-approved prior to shopping for your Wichita Home...  It's really important when you are shopping for a Wichita home for sale to visit your financial or lending institution before you begin shopping. One benefit of this is that you'll quickly know the amount of mortgage you qualify for. This will allow you to search Wichita homes for sale in the right price range. Most importantly, you'll tell Wichita home sellers that you are a serious buyer. You'll have more negotiating power and put your offer in the best possible position to be chosen if you have gotten pre-approved for your mortgage first. So before you begin your search for Wichita homes for sale, consider getting pre-qualified with a reputable lender. This is...
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By Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits
(Realty World Alliance)
The 2009 Wichita, KS Housing Market Forecast is out and well, it's good news as always! The entire report can be found here: http://realestate.wichita.edu/draft/research/img/2009%20Forecast/Forecast.pdfSome important highlights to take from this: The slowdown in the market locally is caused by tightening of credit to buyers and a slowdown in the employment sector. Our typical home selling time hasn't increased dramatically, currently sitting at roughly 40 days. There is less than 5 months of housing supply on the market, versus the national nearly 12 months supply. New construction has been a bit harder hit, with nearly 6 months supply, though it shouldn't have a large impact. Home prices are RISING.  4% in 2008, 3% predicted in 2009! Sellers are typically getting 97.82-98.62% of list p...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Divorce and the House....       If you are considering a separation or divorce and your’re trying to decide what to do with your Wichita home, there are a few things to consider.  If your main home is jointly owned with your spouse, there are a few common options when it comes to your property when you divorce.   Of course before you make any decisions regarding selling your Wichita home, you should always consult a divorce attorney to make sure you are in compliance with divorce laws in Kansas and to get additional divorce information.   Divorce court can be a stressful place and having a good divorce attorney on your side can help you through the process.   Common alternatives when getting a divorce: Selling the house prior the divorce Selling the house shortly ...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes-Heavy Rains cause Flooding in West Wichita                                      Wichita residents have been dealing with heavy rains this past week that has caused major headaches.  Many areas of Northwest & West Wichita had flooded roads and yards.   According to Sedgwick County dispatchers a few homes in the 1900 block of 135th Street West were evacuated overnight as heavy rains pushed  creeks and streams out of their banks.  Authorities at the emergency command center near Central & Maize say only one family needed rescuing after waters surrounded their home. There were several stalled cars, but an otherwise quiet night compared to Friday afternoon. Authorities have actually run out of barricades to block all the flooded streets in Wichita. They are continuously moving ...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes for Sale-Search Wichita MLS Listings In todays technology obsessed world, Buyers want to have easy access to Wichita area homes for sale with the touch of a button.    There are literally hundreds of websites out there that promise you easy searches for Wichita area homes for sale.   How do you know which one to choose?                               As a professional Wichita Realtor and a certified EPro I make it my business to know how the internet is changing the Real Estate industry and how Wichita Buyers search for homes for sale.   My website www.buywichitahome.com offers Wichita Buyers detailed neighborhood information, financial calculators, Advanced Home Search Options including Mapping, Automated Email notifications of new Wichita homes for sale that come on the m...
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By Laurie Engle, "At Home in Austin"
(Realty Austin)
Wichita Homes For Sale-Zero Down Home Loan Program This Beautiful Andover Home Qualifies for the No Money Down Home Loan Program! If you are looking for a Wichita or Andover Home for Sale, there is a fantastic loan program from the United States Department of Agriculture called the Rural Development Loan.   This program for Wichita or Andover homes for sale does not require you to make a down payment so you can get 100% financing on your Wichita or Andover home loan.   The home itself must be located in a qualified area.   You can check to see if the Wichita area or Andover home for sale you are interested in is in the area that would qualify for this program by going to the website at http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?NavKey=home@1 The website will also g...
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