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Now is the era of the smart home. Almost 80 percent of home buyers prefer to buy the convenience and security a smart automated home has to offer.
This idea has become a more accessible reality now that smart devices are getting simpler to set up and are less expensive.
Another great benefit when you choose to make smart upgrades on your home is that you also make it a potentially valuable investment should you put it on the market in the future.
But how do you make your home for sale in Shawnee Kansas a smart home?
Consider the following ideas to know how you can start:
A home hub pulls all your smart home devices together. Thoroughly research what home hub supports the gadgets in your house. This will be your guide as a start.
Every tech giant has a platform on which all electronic devices can connect to. These smart home hubs can function based on your routine.
Smart home automation is energy efficient. You can save money on your monthly utility bills.
A smart fridge will let you see what’s inside without letting the cold air out.
With a voice command, you can set your smart light bulbs to dim for movie night or at bedtime. Heating and cooling with smart thermostats can bring big cash savings.
If you are not sure how much you can invest, begin with individual smart features rather than a full home automation system. Even simple smart home features can wow interested home buyers.
Newer domestic appliances have smart technology built in them. A smart watering system will allow you to water your garden while you’re miles away.
You can control your kitchen appliances, temperature, multimedia systems, and even curtains with your smartphone.
Millenials, who make up a large percentage of home buyers, prefer tech products that adapt to busy lifestyles.
With your smartphone, security cameras and smart door locks in the entryway will let you see and decide who can enter your home.
Burglar alarms and fire alarm system can give you peace of mind. Just remember to secure your network. Install security software that works with your smart devices. You would not want to trade your privacy and security for convenience.
Pick a place where you and the rest of the family spend most of your time.
There you could probably set up a smart speaker to listen to music or hear the daily news.
In every room that you want to put tech smart devices, determine how every device will solve a problem. Don’t just buy a product because it’s cool.
You can also decide to keep tech out of the bathrooms and the bedrooms.
The best way to make smart upgrades is to know how it benefits you and your potential buyer.
Kitchen remodels, bathroom makeovers, landscaping, and other home improvements have traditionally increased a home’s appeal. But smart home technology is expected to rise in popularity as it continues to transform our lives.
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One of the most important things that you should remember when you sell your house is to not let your emotions overtake you while you are in the process of this long road of selling.
It is essential to distance your emotions from your home as you start looking at it as real estate.
My name is Lea Deo. This is the first part of our comprehensive guide on how to sell your home fast in Shawnee, KS. This will be an amalgamation of the steps that you need to know to be a professional home seller.
Every situation is different, but for you to get a bigger chance of getting the best price for your property, you should know how to prepare your home and when to best list it on the market.
Shawnee is a quiet town in the city of Kansas where everything is easy going and everything is simple. It’s a pleasant community with home rates as high as $1,300,000 to less than $100,000. It’s made up of adorable contemporary and traditional homes that have been built as early as 1910.
The neighborhoods put it close enough to Kansas City but still just far enough away that it’s unique and quiet and has the necessary establishments that everyone needs to live comfortably.
Some of the signs that tell you it’s high time to sell your hard-earned investment and make more exciting decisions are:
And if these aren’t enough:
If you’ve answered yes to the pointers above, then you’re pretty much ready to proceed with the sale.
You’re ready to work with a REALTORⓇ who can see the hiccups and will never let you down. Call me at 913-233-9547 when you’re ready to talk.
I put service before sales but I also know how to get things done!
If you are planning to sell your Shawnee home this year, chances are you’re probably contemplating on whether to sell on your own (also called as FSBO or for sale by owner) or to sell with a Realtor®.
This is just the first of many decisions you’ll be making related to home selling. There will be many more, so brace yourself for the ride.
I understand why you would want to go the FSBO route. The agent’s commission at 6% is quite substantive, and you can pocket that or use it for house repairs instead of paying the agent. You also probably feel confident that you have all the resources you need to sell your home.
On the other hand, you can also choose to sell with a professional real estate agent. Yes, there a commission, but it would be more convenient and less stressful.
The convenience and the less-stressful experience are just among the many perks of working with an agent. They don’t even rank among the top three reasons why you should hire one.
Here are the best reasons why you need a Realtor®.
If this is not your first rodeo, you know that home selling is challenging, stressful, and time-consuming.
It takes more than just cleaning and repair skills. You need to know about the local market trend, how to list your home so the right market can see it, and how to price your home correctly. You should also know about home appraisals, inspections, pre approval and many other legal forms associated with selling.
When you hire a Realtor®, you get all the help you need! This is the reason 90% of sellers use a listing agent.
Home pricing alone takes expert assistance. When you want to successfully sell your home, your home’s price should be the right market value. Make the mistake of pricing it too high and your home will sit in the market for months and become stale.
Mention all real estate and social media platforms that you know, your home will be marketed there and more.
The agent will ensure your home is visible both through print and online to widen your home’s exposure, so it will have a far wider market reach.
Your home will be listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Services), a database of homes currently for sale on the market. If your home is not listed, your home will be disregarded by buyers simply because it is not listed there.
Home selling involves a lot of paperwork. There’s the Preliminary Title Report, Seller’s Net Sheet, Mandatory Disclosures, Inspection Reports, and others. It can be a real challenge to prepare all these documents, on top of your daily tasks at home and at work.
A Realtor® will help you prepare all the paperwork, including all legalities and documentations required in negotiation.
You are entitled to professional assistance in reviewing the documents and ensuring everything is in order.
When you’ve received an offer, your Realtor® will negotiate counter-offers, so that the terms of the offer are agreeable to both you and the buyer.
This can be hard to do on your own because you have a deep emotional attachment to the house and may be sensitive to perceived criticism, while the agent is a third party and can relay information in an objective manner.
As you can see, the choice of requiring the service of a real estate agent depends on your knowledge, skills, and personal judgement.
What can a Realtor® do for you and what can you do for your Realtor®?
If you are like most Americans, your house is the biggest financial investment you’ve ever made. You are emotionally and financially invested in the house, so when it comes to selling, you’d want to help in any way you can.
You’re probably thinking about getting involved in terms of marketing your Shawnee KS home through social media. Though that’s not a bad idea, it’s not really ideal for hard selling because social media’s algorithm is designed for best user experience – and that’s a whole other blog post in itself.
So no, social media marketing on your end is not really the kind of help Realtors® need.
Most agents have a team of professionals to back them up. From photographers, interior designers, movers, construction workers, and marketing specialists who’ll market the heck out of your property, you name it, good agents have it. Your agent will do everything for you.
So how can you help your Realtor® sell your home? Let her do her job and don’t do anything detrimental to the potential sale of the house.
The following are some of the things you as a seller must do if you want the selling process to go smoothly:
The whole point of getting a professional to help you is so you can have the best advice and guidance.
You may not agree when your agent recommends you sell for a lower price because you want to maximize your profit, but your agent knows best when it comes to the initial listing price.
Refusal to listen to your agent’s advice may lead to incorrect pricing, which would lead to fewer buyer inquiries and showing, very few (if any) offerings, and higher days on the market leading to the property getting stale.
You never know when your agent will call and request for a showing, so keeping your house immaculately clean all the time is a must. The moment you decide to list your home on the market is the moment you start viewing the house as a property that needs to always be maintained.
One of the worst things you can do as a seller is to be around during showings, telling stories of each room and dazzling the potential buyers with your family history. This not only distracts, it also prevents the buyers from asking the agent their questions, one of the major reasons for house showings.
Not all buyers love animals. In fact, many people are allergic to cats and dogs, so no, you don’t want them in the house during showings. Pets can also have a lingering odor that you don’t want any potential buyers to smell, so another help you can give your agent is to take your pets (and its toys, food container, etc) to a pet shop or take them for a long drive.
Your agent will give you some suggestions on improvements that your home for sale in Shawnee needs. This could be fixing the AC, replacing the front door, taking care of the broken kitchen tiles, etc.
When you want to sell your house for its best price, work with me, Lea Deo, the best Realtor® in Shawnee. More than my years as an agent, I also have the skills and network in place to help sell your home. Your part is to maintain it, keep it spotless for showings and ensure that it is buyer-ready.
Your Shawnee home is your biggest investment. You want to make sure you get the top dollar for its sale, so you decide to hire a real estate agent to help you. But there are so many agents in Shawnee, and it can be a challenge to choose the best one.
One of the mistakes I see many first time home sellers make is hiring the first agent they meet. When you don’t have another option to work with, you have no basis for comparison. You won’t know the possible advantages and disadvantages of working with that agent until you are actually in the process of selling the home.
It’s best to interview at least three agents before deciding which one to hire. If it turns out you like the first one after all, go ahead and do it. At least you’ll be confident that the one you hired is the best for the job.
Hiring the best person for the job usually takes some legwork.
It means asking for recommendations from your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and people you know who have already sold or bought homes. This way, you get first-hand information about the agent and about how he or she works. When someone’s performance is impressive, his or her name is bound to come up at least twice among the suggestions.
You need to interview the agents. Ask about their experience. Inquire if they work full-time or part-time.
You should also learn if they sell the kind of home you own. There are times when you’ll find a seemingly amazing agent, only to find out that he or she specializes in selling million-dollar homes. Find out their marketing plan and if they do online marketing.
Asking for references is one of the best things you can do. At the end of the interview, ask for references, and talk to them. You want to know how well the agent has handled the sale, and get feedback from former clients.
Choose an experienced and skilled agent like me, Lea Deo. I have been in the real estate business since 2003. There is nothing more gratifying than the feeling I get when I help people meet their real estate needs.
Learn more about me here https://ShawneeRealEstatEconnection.com/about/.
1. Sell your home at top dollar value.
Your home’s right market value is its top dollar value. With my help, your home for sale in Shawnee will be listed at its right market value, ensuring it to sell fast.
2. Home staging assistance.
First impressions last, and I will help you find your home’s best features, be it in person or through photos, through proper staging.
3. The best marketing for your home, both in print and online.
It is essential that your home is marketed the right way. Many buyers check online listings so they can get a good idea of the homes in the area, and we want your home to be among the ones they first check. If your home is priced right and staged well, it has much more advantages than other homes that are not listed online.
4. I will take care of the negotiations, so there’s less hassle for you.
Home selling is challenging and can cause much hassle and inconvenience. You have many things to take care, and thinking about the open house, negotiations, and endless paperwork can add more stress. Let me take care of that. I will be there for you from the moment you decide to list with me until your home is sold and the deal is closed.
5. See fast results.
Listing with a top realtor like me means faster home selling. This is because I have all the right tools and network to get your home information out there for more potential buyers to see.
These are reasons why you should list your Shawnee home with me. When you want a smooth and successful real estate journey, call me, Lea Deo, at 913-233-9547.
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Whether you are a first time buyer, or you’ve been an owner many times, if you are new to the real estate market in Shawnee KS, you may be wondering what are the closing costs of the home you’ve been considering to buy. Closing costs vary depending upon the states, counties, districts, towns and even subdivisions.
The average range in Kansas for closing costs are $1,800 for every $200,000 home. This state’s closing costs are on the low end of the national average, even lower than its neighboring state, which is an advantage for you – the buyer.
Here are some things included in the closing costs of a home for sale in Shawnee.
Application fee. This is what lenders refer to as the “lender’s processing fee”. The average cost is under $300, but there are also some that charge up to $500.
Appraisal fee. Lenders hire an independent appraiser to assess the correct market value of the home, to verify it is worth the price you’ve offered for it.
Commitment fee. This is what lenders charge you to compensate for the lender’s commitment to lend money.
Credit report. This is for your credit report which reflects your credit history. The lender uses the information from the credit report to decide whether your loan will be approved or not, and how much you can borrow.
Document preparation fee. This is the fee charged for the preparation of the legal papers, like the mortgage, the deed of trust, the note or the deed.
Flood certification. This is paid to a third party who determines if the property you are purchasing is in a flood free zone. If it happens to be in a flood zone, you’ll have to buy flood insurance, which is an additional fee.
Home inspection fee. This is another requirement by the lender, to make sure that the structure of your property is safe. If your lender requires a termite inspection, you’ll have to get a separate inspection or ask the professional inspector to do it for an additional cost.
Lender’s title insurance. This is what you’ll pay for the lender’s policy, to protect the property which is a lender’s investment.
Origination fee. This fee is what lenders charge as payment of their time and effort in funding your real estate purchase. You’ll see this in percentage form and is usually at least one percent of the total loan amount.
Property tax. This fee is prorated between you and the seller. You will pay the tax from the day you bought the home to the end of the year.
Real Estate Commission. This is what you’ll be paying your real estate broker as fee for his or her effort in the real estate transaction. This is in percentage form and is dependent on the selling price of the home.
Survey fee. This accounts for a large chunk of the closing cost. You have to pay a licensed professional who’ll determine the land boundaries of your property. In some cases, this is a requirement by the lender. There are also cases when the buyer will want it for assurance and peace of mind.
Transfer tax. This is the fee made to the locality where the property is being transferred from the seller to you.
Title search. This is in payment for the public records of the property you are buying.
Underwriting fee. This is paid to the lender for the cost of the research on whether to approve your loan or not.
One of the benefits of buying a home for sale in Shawnee KS is that the closing costs in this area area much more affordable. To better prepare you for it, request the Loan Estimate from your mortgage officer. A few days before the closing, you will receive an ALTA, the closing cost statement from your lender, which you and your REALTOR® will then review together to make sure you know where your money will go.
You can also negotiate closing costs with the seller. Instead of getting a price reduction, which will amount to a few dollars more in a monthly payment, ask for the seller to pay some of the closing costs for the home.
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Planning to buy a home in Shawnee? Call me, Lea Deo, at 913-233-9547. Allow my extensive experience as a REALTOR® help you find the home of your dreams.
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Home is where the heart is so it’s no wonder that when you need to sell your valued property, it’s frequently loaded with a lot of emotional experience. Your decisions may be clouded because of sentimental value.
Selling a property is hard work which is why choosing the right real estate agent who will help you make important decisions is critical and can make a big difference.
If it’s your first time selling a property, you may wonder where to start finding a great agent. Here are some tips on how to spot the best and top real estate agent in Shawnee, KS.
Not all real estate agents are REALTORSⓇ. Both mean they are licensed to sell properties but a REALTORⓇ, since a member of the National Association of REALTORSⓇ or NAR, subscribes to the 17 Articles in the Code of Ethics. It’s a set of standards and commitments that a member must strictly follow.
Keep in mind though that all real estate agents follow certain standards as a practical matter.
Lea Deo, one of the top real estate agents and a REALTORⓇ in Shawnee, KS, has fifteen years of experience and is setting the bar when it comes to committedly helping first-time home sellers, first-time buyers, new construction, relocating and downsizing. Whether it’s selling condos or townhomes, Lea Deo is your go-to person in Shawnee.
She’s an SFR certified and serves in the Agent Leadership Council. She’s also the tech chairman in Shawnee and also the president of Heartland Partners in Caring. This is a charity which focuses on meeting financial needs as a result of an unexpected event.
This only means that Lea Deo works with the intention to look at what a client truly needs and will benefit the most from.
Always visit her page at Shawnee Real Estate Connection to know more about Lea Deo!
• Your state holds a list of licensed and disciplined real estate agents so you may want to check out the state regulatory board.
• Once you’ve picked an agent, ask for a list of recent clients. Find out if the previous properties were similar to yours in price, location, and other relevant features. Filter your searches until you find a specific client with similar house info. Ask how long the homes were on the market.
• Ask for credentials. Find out what trainings and accreditation they have undergone and earned so far. CRS means Certified Residential Specialist for handling the residential real estate. SRES means Senior Real Estate Specialist, a training for helping sellers and buyers in the 50+ age range. SFR is for Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource, a certification given by NAR to help buyers and sellers of distressed properties. These are some of the things you should see on their credentials.
• Look for an agent who’s been licensed for more than five years. A state licensing authority will be able to help you with this information.
• Most buyers start their journey of searching on the internet so look for an agent who uses that effectively. Check out the agent’s current listings or ask for their website. You can also check credible websites such as realtor.com. Does the real estate agent have a good presence there?
It’s worth your time to find a real estate agent and a REALTORⓇ who’s on top of the market. Lea Deo is the first name that comes up when we talk about personality, experience and skill level that fits your needs and will get you excited to be on this journey of selling or buying your home.
Call 913-233-9547 to get a chance to know more about your partner that will help turn your dreams into reality!
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Location is an important factor when selling your property. The better the location you have, being close to important establishments such as school, parks and churches, the better your chances of a fast sale.
However, there are other elements in selling your home in Shawnee KS successfully besides location. There’s also exposure and price.
Let’s examine these factors to see how each one works in helping the sale of your home.
Shawnee is a great city to live in. You can never ask for more. The School District in the area, Shawnee Mission School District, soars high with its A rating. Shawnee has approximately 19,051 Single Family Homes. It goes to show that the location is trusted by residents and it’s unquestionable that the real estate market in this area is growing.
The right exposure is what your house needs. Do yourself a big favor by hiring a REALTORⓇ to market your home from the moment you have made a decision to sell. While you are in the hiring process, do your research. Make sure to hire someone who is diligent, keeps you informed about the market status, sticks to the facts, and goes step by step.
A REALTORⓇ with the right amount of experience will give your home more exposure because that’s what they do for a living and they know how the market is fluctuating or rising. They know the best time to list your home in Shawnee KS on the Internet, what print materials to use, how to use the radio, or word of mouth, and what is enough when it comes to marketing.
Oftentimes, the first thing homeowners want to know when they’re ready to sell their home is what your neighbors or the interested family down the street is asking for their house. Remember that one of the mistakes is over valuation of a property.
An overpriced home can sometimes be fatal. Do not get over excited because you don’t want it to sit on the market for months or sometimes years and this point, the listing becomes stale on the market. The way to come up with a scope to market price is by using comparables or “comps”. You may have heard this already. You use comparables to know the recent home sales during the last 6-12 months within your area. It helps you establish price. Comparables establish price.
Visit my homepage at Shawnee Real Estate to have a better idea of the recent home sales in the city.
You don’t need to go through this process alone, you can always ask for my help.
I will not only help you find potential buyers for your home, I can also make sure that you’ll end up happy as a seller.
Call me, Lea Deo, at (913) 233-9547. Let’s make sure your house is ready, exposed properly and priced accurately!
I’m the REALTORⓇ that you need. Let me welcome you to your new home in Shawnee KS.
I have mastered selling real estate in Shawnee KS and I want to share this knowledge with you. I can make selling a happy moment instead of a stressful event in your life.
I know how challenging it is for sellers to put their properties on the market and compete with other homes for sale. Each home offers something different that attracts different buyers.
This is where we can leverage our resources and make your homes stand out against other competing properties in Shawnee KS. Why? So you can sell your home faster.
Buyers do their homework before they start scouting for their prospective houses. They already know that:
Do you inspect and stage your home?
Yes. Staging makes your home appealing to buyers. The more potential buyers, the better.
Before staging, I’ll also suggest you have your home be fully inspected from exterior all the way to the the tiniest details being in tip top condition. I want to eliminate any chances of counteroffers and letting our potential buyers see that your house is worth every penny they’ll be paying.
I have extensive knowledge and years of experience to help you create a successful seller-buyer relationship that ends up with the result you want: an unforgettable sale!
With me, a Shawnee KS top real estate agent working with you, you are sure to get quality guidance, to efficiently present it in the marketplace. Visit my website at shawneerealestateconnection.com.
Call me, Lea Deo, today at 913-233-9547. With my extensive knowledge and experience in selling and buying home in Shawnee KS and the Johnson County, you are sure to get only the very best real estate service.
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Shawnee is one of the suburbs on the Kansas side that is still seeing new construction. Expansion to the west started happening in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Although new home construction slowed recently due to the economy, we are seeing building permits going up and new roof tops being built. New homes in Shawnee afford the best for living–all new modern homes in communities with a smaller town feel. Building a new home in Shawnee is a great choice. If you don’t want to make all the decisions yourself, the new home communities in Shawnee offer models and spec homes that are ready for you.
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Shawnee New Homes at Riverview – A Julian/Gipple Development
Why do People Live Here?
Shawnee new homes at Riverview is a small subdivision nestled in western Shawnee with its rolling hills and small town living. It’s a planned development with seven phases, now on its first phase. There are 35 homes in the first phase with 135 homes planned when completed. It’s a neighborhood where people know each other and help each other. Conveniently located just west of I-435 and north of 47th Street, Riverview offers an easy commute for people who work downtown or in southern Johnson County. Services and restaurants are conveniently located in the area, contributing to the high standard of living that people in western Shawnee enjoy. If you are looking for a Shawnee new home, Riverview offers plenty of choices.
Looking for a home in Riverview
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What’s the Neighborhood Like?
Homes in Riverview range from the $300,000’s and up. Built by recognized builders, Don Julian, New Mark,L/M, Summit Custom Homes, and Comeria. This subdivision is open to other builders who are willing to meet the standards of the community. Riverview offers a wide variety of floor plans, including story and a half, reverse story and a half, two story. In this community you will find homes with attractive floor plans, finishes, and desirable features. The neighborhood is appealing to families, as well as downsizers so there is a nice neighborhood mix in the community. A community pool is in the plans. Shawnee offers the best of upscale living and small town feel surrounded by the natural beauty of rolling hills and woods.
What’s Going On Near the Riverview Subdivision?
Western Shawnee offers the best of all both worlds, a small town feel with lots to do within easy driving distance. Services and amenities are built up in western Shawnee is life is quite convenient for busy people. Schools are close, parks are easily accessible, and basic needs like groceries, gas, pharmacies, medical care, and coffee are easily available. In addition, easy highway access makes it easy to drive to the Kansas Speedway, the Legends. Hop on Shawnee Mission Parkway and people can be at the Plaza easily. Easy highway access makes it easy to commute across town if you wish. Commute times, of course, depend on traffic, but these are good estimates.
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What Schools Will the Kids Attend?
Riverview subdivision in Shawnee is served by Riverview Elementary School, Mill Creek Middle School, and Mill Valley High School. More detailed information about schools in the DeSoto School District is available here.
Find a home in Riverview here. Our data feed is direct from Heartland MLS and is updated several times a day. You can be sure that you have a high quality information source here. Using a buyer’s agent for new construction is a wise choice and assures that you will have your interests represented.
The Shawnee KS Market Report shows that home sales in Shawnee were booming in January, 2013. There were 46 Shawnee homes sold in 2013, compared to 30 Shawnee homes sold in January, 2012, a stunning 53.3% increase in Shawnee homes sold. The average sales price in January, 2013 was $199,780 compared to $173,064 in January, 2012. Shawnee homes sold in 87 days in January, 2013, compared to 108 days in January, 2012. And Shawnee homes sold for 97.9% of list price in January, 2013, compared to 95.1% of list price in 2012.
Although the Shawnee KS Market Report looks like we may have passed the bottom of the market, it is still a great time to buy a home in Shawnee, KS. With interest rates still only slightly above 3.5%, the time to buy is now. Prices are still below the market peaks and with interest rates so low, affordability is at a high.
If you are thinking of selling your Shawnee home, have a professional realtor give you a complete market analysis and develop a strategic plan to sell your home.