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Let Us Help You Avoid Kansas City Foreclosure

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // June 13, 2018

Let Us Help You Avoid Kansas City Foreclosure

Last we looked in February 2017 there were over 1500 homes in danger foreclosure, According to Zillow, there has been a big improvement. Kansas City has only about 500  homes in some stage of foreclosure. You know that is a moving target, right? Some families succumb, others are new to the list, and many others avoid […]


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An Aging Problem

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // June 6, 2018

An Aging Problem

Boomtown, a blog by Joanna Harrison, has some great advice about a real estate investment opportunity. You see, according to Harrison, America has an aging population which will soon turn into an aging problem. “Currently, the median age is 37.8, (up from 30.0 in 1980, and 28.4 in 1970) and the median age of homebuyers is 44. […]


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US Mortgage Rates Reversed

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // May 30, 2018

US Mortgage Rates Reversed

“Based on Freddie Mac’s latest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, after plateauing in recent weeks, US mortgage rates reversed course and reached a new high last seen eight years ago.” Just last August the 30-year rate was about 3.8%. That’s a 21% increase in rates in nine months. According to the World Property Journal, “Healthy consumer […]


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Selecting a General Contractor

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // May 23, 2018

Selecting a General Contractor

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discusses selecting a general contractor. “Start with your friends and family and then check in with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or the National Association of Home Builders for a list of members in your area. I like his suggestions to get useful information. You can […]


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They Have No Plan to Move

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // May 16, 2018

They Have No Plan to Move

Over the past few years, housing experts have come up with two solutions to bolster inventory and slow home price growth — ramp up new residential construction and encourage a larger share of current homeowners to place their homes on the market. But according to Bankrate’s latest analysis, housing experts are going to have to rethink the second part of […]


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What is the Difference between Median and Average?

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // May 9, 2018

What is the Difference between Median and Average?

A piece in HousingPredictor focuses on the 2018 outlook for Missouri Housing Market. Based on statistics from the real estate website Zillow, the average home value in Missouri is at $148,469. Home value has been on the rise in the state since last year, at a rate of 4.9%. Zillow expects the value of homes to continue […]


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3 Percent Down

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // May 2, 2018

3 Percent Down

It’s been a while since the US made a wholesale push to get more cash and income-strapped households into the ever more unaffordable American dream of owning a house, three years to be exact, which is when nationalized housing agency Freddie Mac last rolled out a conventional mortgage that only required a 3 percent down payment for certain […]


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5 Downsizing Myths in Kansas City

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // April 25, 2018

5 Downsizing Myths in Kansas City

“People really value and urban lifestyle, walkability, density, accessibility to transit, accessibility to cultural amenities,” explained Greg Flisram with Economic Development Committee of Kansas City. “That is a national trend that Kansas City is enjoying right now.” Yet, there are 5 downsizing myths in Kansas City for retirees: 5 Downsizing Myths in Kansas City for retirees: 1.    Downsizing Your […]


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Save By Accelerating Mortgage Payoff

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // April 18, 2018

Save By Accelerating Mortgage Payoff

Interest rates have been rising lately, and experts suspect more of the same in the next few years. The FED has been trying to get overall inflation up to 2%. It seems to us that in some areas inflation is already higher than that. Look at rents, house prices healthcare, gasoline, and food. The need […]


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Renovate or Sell As-Is

Posted by Amy Vochatzer // April 11, 2018

Renovate or Sell As-Is

The mom of two friends here in Kansas City is dying. In the evening after a long day of caring for their Mom, they asked each other if they should renovate or sell as-is. Renovation is something to consider before selling if the house is older and hasn’t been updated in a while. In my […]


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