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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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Brookside continues to be a strong, desireable location for home buyers in the Kansas City area.  Prices continue to edge up, and multiple offers are common for those homes listed at $350K or less.  Here are the sales stats for March 2018, single family homes, with year-to-date comparisons as wel...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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You may have heard Bella Napoli is 'closing' it's coffee bar. Not true!  It's the concept and the hours that are changing! Starting Monday April 16,  the coffee bar will open at 10am, along with the deli and market.  You can get coffee (or expresso, latte, etc) but no pastries or drinks with syru...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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 Another sign of Spring!  The Brookside Farmers' Market opens tomorrow, Saturday April 14, 2018 for the season.  Location is the same:  southeast corner of 63rd and Wornall, at Border Star elementary school.  There are many farmers' markets in the metro area; what makes this one a bit different i...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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Wornall Road in the heart of Waldo seems to be  a never ending construction site, and will continue to be for the next few years.  Here's a summary of what's going on:*This week, contractors will start drilling around 75th and Wornall.  The work is related to the bigger (and much needed) 75th/Wor...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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The numbers for these stats are ...very unusual !  I double checked all of the figures.  You'll see the numbers prices are identical--what are the chances of that?  Here are the February and YTD figures for the Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside: February 2018                                  ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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Waldo is again in high demand for home buyers--final sales prices are (at times) thousands of dollars over the list price.  Here are the Feb 2018 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the area of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St: February 2018                                 ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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It's early in the year, however home buyers are out shopping--traffic during open houses is very heavy!  There still isn't very much inventory in the highly sought after $200-$350K price range -- and those that do pop on go under contract almost immediately.  Here are the February single family h...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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Today’s blog will tell you about the planned renovation changes for the southwest corner of 85th and Wornall in Waldo—where the Price Chopper is located.  This shopping area (“Wornall Village Shopping Center”) has been looking a bit shabby and run down over the years, and I’m excited share the ne...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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 This Saturday, March 10, 2018 is the 38th Annual Brookside St. Patrick's Warm-Up Parade!  Even if you are not Irish, join your neighbors and friends for this family friendly event, starting at 2pm. The parade route is:Starting from 65th St and Wornall Rd, north on Wornall to 63rd St; east on 63r...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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A fixture of Waldo for decades, Waldo Antiques and Furniture closed last year.  Driving by this spot at 226 W 75th St, just east of Wornall, was a visual treat--there was usually a few eclectic pieces of furniture or odd painting on display right there on the sidewalk.  It was a local spot--a pla...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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Waldo homes did not last long when put up for sale last year--they generally went under contract in less than two weeks and median prices were up 5.6% over 2016. I think demand for Waldo homes will continue to be strong in 2018.  Below is the first report of home sales for the year, using the geo...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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As I write this blog, I am looking ahead wondering if Armour Hills will again be one of the most desirable neighborhoods for buyers in 2018. Last year the average days on market for a new listing in Armour Hills was just 7, and median home prices increased 14.9% over 2016. Those numbers say a lot...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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It's the beginning of a new year and home buyers are out, ready to see fresh inventory in the housing market.  2017 was a strong year for Brookside home sales--median prices were up 10.2% over 2016.  Let's see what the market did last month--I'm using the Brookside zip code of 64113 to check sing...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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"Would Kate Middleton wear it?"  That's part of the criteria owner Abby Flores has when choosing clothes for her new Brookside shop, Lady Bye.    Located in the former Shopgirls space at 6245 Brookside Plaza (near Foos and 5B Candles), Lady Bye opened last week and the buzz is spreading.  When I ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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Not only does John Couture of Bier Station run a friendly, neighborhood craft beer bar (with tasty food!)--his establishment is very involved in social issues and non-profit organizations in Kansas City.   This Saturday February 10, 2018 Bier Station (120 E Gregory) is hosting a fundraiser for Yo...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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In one of my blog posts last year, I stated that Armour Hills could be the hottest Brookside neighborhood, based on home buyer demand and prices.  I think the year end stats back up that claim!  First let's take a look at December home sales stats for the Armour Hills subdivision:December 2017   ...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
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Wonderful Waldo finished the year strong in terms of rising home values...and I will report on those stats in the latter part of the blog.  First, let's examine the figures (single family homes)  for December 2017 with comparisons to last year.  I'm using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th St, Sta...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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So how much have home values changed in Brookside since 2016? In the past five years?  I'll give you the answers in this blog...but take a guess before reading if you like! Here's a hint:  they have increased, not decreased!  First, we'll start with December 2017 numbers; all figures based on the...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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Brookside will welcome two new restaurants shortly...Brookside Barrio and Brookside Poultry Company are preparing to open within the next few weeks.  Similar to building a brand new house--one can aim for a firm opening date but usually it's a fluid process, as various vendors and contractors plu...

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
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The January doldrums are here...to me, this can be the most boring month of the year.  The weather is cold and gloomy, no special events, not much on the market to sell.  However, there is Restaurant Week to look forward to! Kansas City Restaurant Week is a benefit for the Kansas City Community G...

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