Columbia, MO Real Estate News

By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Designer paint colors, large fenced yard, unfinished walk-out basement, vinyl siding, brick veneer front, cute dining room with pass through to kitchen, cute and clean. Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Square Feet: 1107 Type: Traditional Subdivision: GREGORY HEIGHTS Area: Boone Northeast MLS ID: 323161
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Beautifully maintained and updated. Fenced yard, all appliances incl washer and dryer, kitchen is a dream! Wood cabinets, lots of storage, newer roof, deck, vinyl, park-like yard. Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 Square Feet: 960 Type: Traditional Subdivision: CLEARVIEW Area: Boone Northwest MLS ID: 321361
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Spacious ranch walk-out with 3 bed 3 bath, wood floors, huge master bedroom, heavily wooded backyard with creek bed in back very private cul-de-sac. New schools will be Hart Lewis, Lange, Oak,& Hickman Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Square Feet: 1990 Type: Traditional Subdivision: MEADOWLANDS Area: Northeast MLS ID: 322576
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Virginia Higdon and Jennifer Hartwick | Virginia Higdon and Associates; Coldwell Banker- Tatie Payne, Inc. | 573-881-9282 or 573-228-4448 2808 Pine Drive, Columbia, MO New Listing: Multiple Living Spaces 4BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $154,900 Year Built 1981 Sq Footage 2,228 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 2 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 15,038 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Special features distinguish this home from the rest. Including a newly updated/well-designed kitchen w/ plenty of cabinet and countertop space. Two living areas on the main level create multiple entertaining areas that flow well. Hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace on main and stove in lower. 3 bd, 2 ba on main include master suite. Lower level has additional living space and fu...
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Fabulous 1 1/2 story loaded with all the bells& whistles! Culdesac fenced lot, side entry garage, elaborate wet bar in FR, screened porch plus deck, full surround sound, excavated garage - TONS of storage! Designer decor, fabulous kitchen w/ double ovens, granite c-tops& tile back splash, plumbed for central vac, security system, sprinkler system - numerous extra features - subdivision pool! Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4/1 Square Feet: 3910 Type: Traditional Subdivision: CASCADES Area: Southwest MLS ID:  323537
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Brand new ranch slab w/ fabulous curb appeal, arched openings, formal DR plus large eat-in kitchen, crown molding, stove gas fireplace w/ TV alcove, tray ceiling in LR& master bedroom, tile flooring, stainless appliances indluding refrigerator, split bedroom floor plan, recessed lighting, pull down ladder. Backyard will be fully sodded. Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Square Feet: 1819 Type: Traditional Subdivision: MILL CREEK MANOR Area: Southwest MLS ID:  319501
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 Most Columbia residents know that the Columbia Missouri Humane Society is excited to have won Phase 1 of the ZooToo.com Million Dollar Shelter Makeover.   So, Phase 2 here we come!    On Thursday, March 19 the Zootoo.com founder and CEO will be in Columbia to interview the CMHS staff and visit the shelter.  ZooToo.com representatives will be visiting the 20 shelters that moved onto Phase 2 to interview staff and visit the shelter.  On April 7, Zootoo will choose 10 of the 20 shelters to move on to Phase 3 to win the million dollar makeover. Community support is an important part of Phase 2 and can influence the decision on the shelters that will move forward to Phase 3.  From the news release: Community support is an essential part of Phase II," said Patty Forister, CMHS Executive Dire...
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The Mud Room is a place to explore your creative side while painting decorative and functional ceramics.  A special place for the kids to paint a master piece and for ladies to enjoy a Moms night out.  An experience for the whole family!  Our favorite anniversary presents for grandparents are platters with the kids handprints.  The Mud Room staff are excellent at helping get that perfect handprint with a "tickle" of paint on hands. Columbia public schools will be on Spring Break next week and the Mudroom is offering the following Spring Break specials.            Spring Break-  March 23-29, 2009           Open Monday, March 23 from 10:00 - 5:00 pm           Regular Hours March 24-29 50% off Kids' studio fees - Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27$2.00 Studio Fee   12 years & under$3.50 S...
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By Erin Blaise
(Re/Max Boone Realty)
I went on a listing interview yesterday. Like always, there was a lot of research that went into pricing and sales data before I went. Once I had prepared, I was really happy with what I found. This particular home was in the $130,00-140,000 price range. For the previous month, only 5 homes in this price range sold and closed. The good news is 15 homes in this price range are under contract and getting ready to close. This means the days on the market is reducing from a 10 month supply of homes to a 3 month supply of homes. Even though it's only February, if you're thinking of selling a home in the $130,000s price range, now is the time to act. Showing activity is way up too. We have had days of 60 showings just like the summer. The loan programs and rates are attracting buyers. It's a ...
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Builder will trade! Grasslands location, old SW charm and character with the luxury of new amenities. A true''wower.'' Fabulous open kitchen to hearth room, granite countertops, two fireplaces, main floor master suite with luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower, granite in bath, new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, complete makeover plus addition, gorgeous lot, walk to campus. Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3/1 Square Feet: 3500 Type: Traditional Subdivision: GRASSLANDS Area: Central MLS ID: 318090
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By Bev Curtis
(House of Brokers)
Click Here To See Details Fabulous lake view! Well maintained ranch on cul-de-sac lot that adjoins subdivision greenspace, mature landscaping, great curb appeal, darling brick patio, tile flooring, upgraded appliances, storage shed, neutral decor - ready to move right in! Won't last long! Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Square Feet: 1200 Type: Traditional Subdivision: MEADOWLANDS Area: Northeast MLS ID: 318203
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
My family and children are the joy of my life.  We have become quite familiar with the birthday party offerings in Columbia.  A client and new mom in town asked for some ideas and I'm happy to update this list and share!!!A Musical Birthday!  Kindermusik with Brenda Ages newborn to 8, up to 15 childrenChildren under 3 must have adult supervision. $60 for 30 minutes of activities$75 for 45 minutes of activitiesa $25 non-refundable deposit is requiredwith the balance to be paid the day of the partyHeld at your location an empty space --furniture moved to the walls & knick-knacks out of sight-- for sitting on the floor and gross-motor movement OR Held at the Kindermusik with Brenda Studio additional $50 facility fee *Travel within 20 miles of ZIP 65203.  If travel is over 20 miles, an extr...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
What are you doing New Years Eve Columbia? First Night Columbia is mid-Missouri's premiere event!  There will be more than 70 performances plus various activities and art events at 15 locations located in the District (downtown Columbia).  Tickets are $8 in advance/ $10 at the door.  Children under 8 are free.  *Tickets will be available at Stamper Commons after 5PM; at the Boone County Government Center and Missouri United Methodist Church after 6PM Children's activities will be located in the Missouri United Methodist Church where they can make a mask, crown and noisemaker.   There is also a children's processional at 9:15 that will end with a fireworks display.  Last year, the children's processional left promptly at 9:15 so we had to pull up the rear, so don't be late!  We enjoyed t...
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By Mike Scalise
(Reece and Nichols Mid Missouri)
I am so excited about the great year 2009 is going to be for buyers.  Loan interest is at its lowest, great deals on homes, WOW!  I am looking for people who want to get in on the best home buying time ever! Thanks,
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I was visiting with one of my sellers the other day about our local market.  She had been talking to another person in her neighborhood who also has their home listed.  Her neighbor had gone into detail about a conversation they'd had with their agent.  A conversation on how in the same month in 2007, 800 houses closed and this month only 140 houses had closed in Columbia. I said, "Ms. Seller, that information isn't correct.  Let me pull up the true stats for listings with a Columbia address and then we can talk about it.  During the same month in 2007, 125 houses closed.  This month in 2008, 95 houses sold.    That is a pretty different story!" I'm sure there was a misunderstanding somewhere but I'm not sure it made my seller feel any better.  ! Following is the market history of listi...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Friday, October 31 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. A fun night for the kids this Halloween.  All activities are free and designed for kids in grade 6 and under.  Bring your pirates, princesses and teddy bears for kid's games and goblin treats.  Don't forget those trick or treat bags!  My kids love this local event.  They get to play games to win their prizes (treats) and it is very interactive! Park and enter on the east side of the Hearnes Center.  Plan to be there early if you have little ones and plan on waiting in line for a little bit for the doors to open.  The decorations are fabulous and there are some great photo opportunities.  Don't forget your camera! The event is sponsored by the Columbia Parks & Rec, the ARC, Boone Hospital Center, ABC 17, Wal Mart, the Hearnes Center and Soft Rock ...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
25th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts ShowSunday, Nov. 2, 200811:00 am - 4:00 pmHearnes Center Fieldhouse With over 300 artists, the largest craft show in Central Missouri is held each year at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Missouri- Columbia.  It sneaks up on me every year but is well worth the visit.  Many unique and handcrafted items start the holiday shopping season!  There is always a line at "opening" time so you may want to arrive early and get near the front. My advice, arrive early and make your way from the front to the back. Strollers are hard to maneuver because there can be so many people.  You may consider using a backpack carrier or sling for your child.  An admission fee is charged at $3.00 per adult, $1.00 for kids ages 6-12 and under 6 are ...
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By April Ferrao
(Re/Max Boone Realty)
I went to a great presentation this week given by Jeff McClellan of First National Bank here in Columbia, MO.  He spoke a great deal regarding the national economy and the Columbia economy.  As we know, the national news media reports about how terrible and devestating the real estate market it and that it has been the downfall of the financial markets.  What we do know is that real estate is local, so yes, there are areas of this country that have been very very hard hit by the devaluation of homes and increased foreclosure rates.    So what is going on in the Columbia housing market?  Well, regarding foreclosures...  forclosures are up from last year by about 34%.  Boy that sounds like a horrible number.  But the foreclosure rate in Boone County is actually only about 1/2% of all home...
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By Jennifer Hartwick
(Crane and Crane Real Estate)
Celebrate small town charm and perfect weather at the 35th Annual Hatton Craft Festival in Hatton, Missouri. 175+ exhibitors and artists craft festival with dolls, hand-painted chin, paintings, wooden toys, seasion items, local produce and many more.  Free wagon rides and three buildings filled with crafts.  Lunch will be served.  Event sponsored by the Hatton Extenion Club. A hearty welcome to Fall and only 30 minutes from Columbia!  Perfect Day Trip!  
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The Quality of CaloriesBig Fat Lies: The Truth About Diet, Exercise & Obesity Gary Taube Thursday, November 13, 20082:30 - 4:00 PMMonsanto Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO The Department of Nutritional Science and the Boone County Medical Society welcomes award winner Gary Taube to Columbia on Thursday, November 13 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.   He will discuss his controversial best seller, Good Calories, Bad Calories which argues that much of what we have been told about the relationship between body weight, diet and exercise is wrong. This lecture is free and open to the public but seating is limited so you must pre-register at the link below. Monstanto Auditorium is located in the Life Sciences Building on the MU Campus.  As there is plenty of road construction on campus, I ...
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