Kansas City, MO Real Estate News

By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Home sales are slowing down as the holidays get closer--very typical trend for the housing market.  Right now in Brookside, more than half the homes for sale are priced over $500,000--several over one million dollars.  Let's check the numbers for single family home sales, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113: October 2019                                                      October 2018Median list price:     $357,450                         Median list price:     $429,000Median sales price:   $346,500                        Median sales price:   $430,000No. of homes sold:       20                                  No. of homes sold:     26Days on market:          24                                   Days on market:          3 That's quite a drop in the median sales price but rememb...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Shop local!  It's one of the best parts of living in Brookside and Waldo...so many locally owned shops and services, supported by the nearby residents and neighbors.  This weekend is the annual Brookside Holiday Season Opener--a chance for you to start shopping early while taking advantage of special discounts! To get you in the spirit, festivities start today, Thursday Nov 14, 2019 at 5pm.  Stop by the Bank Midwest Plaza (63rd and Brookside) and pick up some refreshments while enjoying the Border Star Elementary School Choir and the tree lighting at 6:30.  Shops will be open late till 8pm. Special deals continue through the weekend with many merchants offering discounts on food and gifts.  Check out the Brookside website for details.  Shopping hours during the Brookside Holiday Season ...
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By Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
(Platinum Realty)
 This home was lovingly remodeled from the studs out. They even put in some new studs! New furnace, new air conditioning, new poured concrete deck on the front porch, new bathroom, new kitchen, new plumbing, new electric, new roof, new everything!   Is this not gorgeous? Located along the Troost Corridor, east of Martini Corner, and south of the old Disney studio, this home is literally right next to the community orchard and a block from the community garden.         There are several schools within a 1 and 1/2 mile radius of the home. CA Franklin (Public District K-6) @1320 E 32nd is 0.17 miles away, Longellow Elementary (Magnet K-6) @2830 Holmes is 0.75 miles, Le A Tolbert Community Academy (Public Charter KG-8) @3400 Paseo is 0.15 miles away, the Foreign Language Academy (Public Mag...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
 Is it time to get your hair cut?  Perhaps a fresh style for the holiday parties ahead or “just the usual” in a relaxed environment, surrounded by local artwork?  If you’d like a new experience, check out Waldo’s new salon Moonshot Hair Company, located at 7108 Wornall.  Owner Brooke Smith has over twenty years of experience working with men and women’s hair.  After working at other local salons for ten years, she decided to open her own shop.  “It was a natural progression” she explained when I stopped by recently.  “I wanted to run my own place, and I wanted a gender neutral shop—where everyone feels welcome.  And I love my Brookside/Waldo clientele—it’s a family oriented area that supports local businesses”.  Brooke is an expert working with all kinds of men’s hair, including facial ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Armour Hills continues to be one of the strongest Brookside subdivisions in terms of desirability for buyers and homo appreciation.  It will be interesting to see how Armour Hills finishes out the year--with single digit or double digit percent increase over last year.  Here are the stats for last month: Sept. 2019                                                    Sept 2018Median list price:      $342,500                 Median list price:      $307,497Median sales price:   $342,500                 Median sales price:   $300,000No. of homes sold:      8                             No. of homes sold:       6Days on market:         3                              Days on market:         22 Not only were prices up compared to last year, four of the homes sold were at or over asking price--...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Home sales are slowing down across the metro area compared to the earlier in the year; a slowdown when the weather cools is typical.  Here are the stats for single family home sales in Brookside (using zip code 64113) for last month and a YTD comparison: Sept 2019                                                             Sept 2018Median list price:     $347,500                       Median list price:    $400,000Median sales price:  $350,000                       Median sales price:   $390,000No. of homes sold:     18                                  No. of homes sold:       23Days on market:         4                                    Days on market:         32 Brookside had it's highest closed sales price so far this year last month:  $2.6 million.  The lowest closed price was $239...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Slipping in this Waldo home sales report on the last day of September!  In two weeks, it will be time to check this month's stats!  Waldo home prices continue to climb--and homes are selling fast. Here's the info for Aug 2019, using the Waldo street borders of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th: Aug 2019                                                                     Aug 2018Median list price:     $222,400                                 Median list price:    $198,975Median sales price:  $217,750                                 Median sales price:  $198,500No. of homes sold:      36                                           No. of homes sold:     38Days on market:         5                                              Days on market:      25 About the same number of homes sold...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Whew, the Armour Hills subdivision in Brookside continues to rise in value compared to the Brookside zip of 64113 as a whole.  I think this is primarily due to location, the park amenity, the range of home pricing, a strong homes association and the charm of the neighborhood.  Sales are steady, prices are up. Here's the stats:Aug 2019                                                       Aug 2018Median list price:     $377,500                  Median list price:     $327,450Median sales price:   $374,250                 Median sales price:   $322,500No. of homes sold:     6                               No. of homes sold:     10Days on market:        5                                Days on market:        22  Fewer homes closed last month compared to a year ago--and look at the days on ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
The peak spring and summer buying season is over, and as we get closer to the holidays, there will be fewer listings that pop on the market.  For Brookside, (using zip code 64113) last month's stats were similar to a year ago--with higher median price.  Let's break it down: Aug 2019                                                               August 2018Median list price:     $385,000                           Median list price:     $354,500Median sales price:    $380,000                         Median sales price:    $338,750No. of homes sold:       26                                    No. of homes sold:      28Days on market:          26                                    Days on market:       22 The lowest closed sales price last month was $275,000 and the highest was $973,000.  No...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
  There's another new locally owned business to tell you about in this week’s blog…EB and Company, an ‘inspired accessories’ shop now open at 326. W 63rd St, between Wornall and Brookside Blvd. Owner Emily Bordner has always had an entrepreneurial spirit---inheriting it from her parents.  She had a regular corporate job at Hallmark as a merchandising designer, and started a side business making leather handbags.  She expanded into online sales and pop up shops—then decided to open her own retail place here.   She chose this location in part because she knows a handful of shop owners who love being in Brookside, and she worked at Bella Napoli while in college.    “Brookside has a long tradition of supporting locally owned businesses.  It’s really cool to be the new kid on the block, sand...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Reading this blog may seem like the Groundhog's Day movie...same news about Waldo home values increasing!  Let's take a look at the numbers: July 2019                                                              July 2018Median list price:     $239,000                        Median list price:    $215,000Median sales price:   $243,000                       Median sales price:  $210,000No. of homes sold:     34                                  No. of homes sold:      43Days on market:      3                                       Days on market:         8 Most of the homes that closed last month sold at or over list price, at a substantial increase over last July.  Fewer homes sold, and were available, so that pushes prices up and note--listings went under contract in an average of 3 days...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
My neighborhood of Armour Hills continues to be one of the most desirable Brookside neighborhoods--just this year we have two new families just on my block! Home values continue to rise.  Let's take a look at the numbers: July 2019                                                        July 2018Median list price:     $339,000                   Median list price:     $349,950Median sales price:    $340,000                Median sales price:    $348,450Number of homes sold:    12                     Number of homes sold:    9Days on market:     12                                 Days on market:             3 Homes sat on the market for a few days longer, and overall, sold for less than last year...but....the key is year-to-date figures, see below: Jan-July 2019                            ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
As we check the numbers for Brookside home sales this year, an interesting fact to note:  more homes are selling this year but at lower prices.  This seems off.  Let's take a closer look at the statistics for single family home sales in Brookside, using the zip code of 64113: July 2019                                                                   July 2018Median list price:     $377,500                              Median list price:     $420,000Median sales price:    $370,000                            Median sales price:   $423,500No. of homes sold:      36                                        No. of homes sold:       29Days on market:         20                                        Days on market:          21 A few more homes sold last month compared to a year ago, for an ove...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
Did you know there is a women’s consignment shop in Brookside??  I didn’t!  It’s fairly new, having opened in April.  Remix  is a welcome addition for female shoppers who appreciate a bargain—and want to ‘recyle’ their stylish clothes. Owner Catherine O’Sullivan moved here from Boston ten years ago.  She has a background in fundraising, having worked for the KC Symphony and UMKC.  But, she says, “I always had the small business bug in me”.  She did a lot of shopping in consignment stores in Boston and decided to open her own shop here.     REMIX  focuses on women’s fashion, ranging in sizes 00 through 18.  She also sells  handbags, shoes, jewelry, jeans and work out clothes.  Typically her items are priced at the industry standard of 75% off retail.  After 30 days on the rack, the price...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
What an interesting challenge this is!  To write about the changes in my personal and professional life over the past ten years.  Perhaps we should have a challenge regarding what to expect in the next ten years?!?  OK, here we go: *In 2009, I was trying to get through the recession.  The housing market had crashed, so many people I knew were out of work and it was a dark time. Fortunately, when I started in real estate in 2003, we knew we could survive on my husband's income if the new career was a flop.  So in 2009, our income took a hit but I was determinted to see it through.*As the market slowly started to improve, I decided to leave the small four person team I was on and strike out on my own. I loved being on the team and working with the three ladies--but I realized I wanted to ...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
As a Brookside neighborhood (Armour Hills is one of the larger subdivisions in the area), buyers are still snapping up homes quickly--yet the market does appear to be slowing down..probably usual mid July slump as so many people head out of town on vacation. Here are the stats for June home sales in Armour Hills: June 2019                                                                    June 2018Median list price:     $329,000                                 Median list price:     $315,000Median sales price   $329,000                                Median sales price:    $322,500No. of homes sold:        9                                          No. of homes sold:      8Days on market:          24                                           Days on market:        6 Last month, the aver...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
We are halfway through the year...how are Brookside home sales holding up compared to last year?  Sales are still strong and prices up.  Read on for details...I am using the main Brookside zip code of 64113 (State Line to Oak; 55th to Gregory) for these stats. June 2019                                                           June 2018Median list price:      $369,000                       Median list price:     $412,500Median sales price:   $370,000                       Median sales price:  $397,000No. of homes sold:       31                                 No. of homes sold:     40Days on market:           11                               Days on market:           16 Median sales price was down almost 7% compared to last year...however, in June 2018 there were three million dollar sa...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
I remember a time not that long ago when I would show homebuyers in Waldo a pretty nice, small 3 bedroom, one and a half bath home in Waldo for under $200K near 75th and Wornall. Not anymore--buyers are having to go farther south and/or east, plan fix up projects or get less square feet for that price.  Waldo home values continue to rise at a fast pace. Here are the stats, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St: May 2019                                                                  May 2018Median list price:     $229,950                               Median list price:      $224,700Median sales price:    $227,500                            Median sales price:    $227,000No. of homes sold:       40                                       No. of homes sold:  ...
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By Carrie Cowan Holder, Cowan & Company Realtors
(RE/MAX Premier Realty)
Just Listed!  Rockhill Manor 2 Story 436 E 80th St Kansas City MO 64131        Spacious Waldo 2 story with rare 2 car attached garage nestled on gorgeous tree-lined street. Inviting living room with hardwood floors and fireplace. Updated kitchen includes eat in area and stainless appliances (fridge stays) plus a formal dining room. Tiled sunroom walks out to deck. Large, treed, fenced, backyard. Large master suite with 2 closets, hardwood floors and en-suite bath. Incredible Waldo location close to everything - dining, nightlife, highways, public transportation and shopping!       For more information, please visit:  436 E 80th St Kansas City MO 64131   With questions or to schedule a tour of this home, please contact:    Carrie Cowan Holder RE/MAX Premier Realty (816)308-8833 mobile (9...
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By Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes)
More homes are selling in Brookside this year, and at higher prices.  Our neighborhood is still a very strong attraction for homebuyers!  Here are the May sales stats for single family homes in the primary Brookside zip code  of 64113: May 2019                                                                       May 2018Median list price:       $424,900                                 Median list price:      $370,000Median sales price:    $422,450                                Median sales price:     $375,000No. of homes sold:          40                                       No. of homes sold:          30Days on market:             22                                        Days on market:               9 The highest closed price house last month was $1.375 million and the lowest was ...
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