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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)
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 geographic area of Gregory to 85th St and State Line to Holmes: January 2018                                                         January 2017 Median list price:     $164,450                           Median list price:      $159,950Median sales price:    $160,750                        Median sales price:  $159,000No. of homes sold:        18                                  No. of homes sold:       27Days on market:            24                                  Day on market:            36 Th...
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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 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 about how strong this neighborhood is. Let's take a look at the stats for last month: January 2018                                                                   January 2017Median list price:     $289,975                                  Median list price:      $329,475Median sales price:  $284,500                                 Median sales price:   $327,500Days on market:            5                                           Days on market:            18No. of homes sold:        4      ...
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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)
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 single family home sales.January 2018                                                                    January 2017Median list price:     $429,450                                       Median list price:     $395,000Median sales price:  $416,250                                       Median sales price:  $388,500Days on market:           37                                               Days on market:             36No. of homes sold:        17                                               No. of ho...
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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)
"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 stopped by, two ladies from my office were browsing in the store!  As Abby explained, Lady Bye offers clothes with a classic, "east coast" feel, inspired by the elegance and beauty of style icons like Princess DIana, Jackie Kennedy and...Kate Middleton.  Inside this cozy shop you'll see jackets, sweaters, dresses, tops, and a few jeans--mostly casual and business attire that feels current, sophisticated yet comfortable and approachable.  A couple of Abby's favorite clothing lines, Mod Ref and Al...
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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)
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 Youth 4 Change, part of the Restart organization.  ReStart works towards ending homelessness in our area, and Youth 4 Change is dedicated specifically to youth homelessness.  From 2-7pm, proceeds from the sale of Walnut River Beers will be donated to Youth 4 Change. A silent auction is also scheduled on Saturday, with  gift baskets from Brookside and Waldo businesses.  If you would like to donate an item or gift card for the basket, contact John at Bier Station.  Thank you for supporting our local...
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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)
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                                                             December 2016Median list price:       $269,950                                   Median list price:      $277,500Median sales price:    $279,000                                  Median sales price:   $281,500No. of homes sold:         4                                            No. of homes sold:        8Days on market:            3                                             Days on market:          42In both years, the median sales pri...
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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)
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, State Line to Holmes:December 2017                                                     December 2016Median list price:       $164,950                          Median list price:    $179,900Median sales price:     $161,500                         Median sales price: $179,000No. of homes sold:      32                                     No. of homes sold:    17Days on market:          37                                     Days on market:       21Although the median price dropped compared to 2016, mo...
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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)
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 main Brookside zip code of 64113:December 2017                                                                         December 2016Median list price:     $439,000                                                 Median list price:    $335,000Median sales price:  $442,000                                                Median sales price:  $329,248No. of homes sold:     27                                                           No. of homes sold:    20Days on market:         29                 ...
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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)
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 plus new staff have to come together at just the right time before the doors open.   Often a new spot is jammed with curious foodies the first few weeks, so it can be a challenge getting the service and food in sync while everyone is talking about 'the new place to eat' in our neighborhood.  If you are one of the first to try one of these new places, please be patient with the dining experience!  Brookside Poultry Company is  Brookside resident Charles d'Ablaing's first restaurant, having worked at...
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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 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 Garden organization. Participating restaurants donate a portion of the profits to this group that helps grow food in low income neighborhoods via vacant lots and common grounds.  You can enjoy specially priced menus ($15 for lunch and $33 for dinner) at many eateries around the city. A full list of restaurants and menus are available at the website. Some of the popular, locally owned dining spots include Aixois, Room 39, Gram and Dun, Jack Stack BBQ, and Red Door Grill. Many spots fill up fast so...
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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)
Like it's neighbor Brookside, Waldo homes continue to increase in value as the year comes to a close.  Homes are not staying on the market very long, and sellers are getting very close to asking price.  Here are the November 2017 single family home sales stats for Waldo, using the street boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:November 2017Median list price:      $179,900Median sales price:   $177,000No. of homes sold:        33Days on market:            6The lowest sales price was $61,000 and the highest was $409,900.November 2016Median list price:     $175,000Median sales price:  $172,000No. of homes sold:      29Days on market:        15Here are the year-to-date figures:Jan-Nov 2017Median list price:     $179,900Median sales price:  $180,000No. of homes sold:      3...
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By Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
(Platinum Realty)
SUNDAY OPEN HOUSE 17 DECEMBER 2017 SINGLE FAMILY HOMES:5044 Summit Street Kansas City, 64112 IN SUNSET HILL OPEN 1 PM - 4 PM LISTED AT $1,699,900.                3 BEDROOMS 3 AND 1/2 BATH REP: SUSAN FLEMING1220 W 64TH STREET KANSAS CITY, 64113 IN MEYER CIRCLE OPEN 1 PM - 3 PM LISTED AT $1,475,000. BEDROOMS: 4, BATH: 4 AND 1/2 REP: CONNIE CURRAN835 W 53RD TERRACE 64112 IN SUNSET HILL OPEN 1 PM - 3 PM LISTED AT $973,500. BEDROOMS: 4, BATH: 3 AND 1/2 REP: SUSAN FATE3633 LOCUST STREET 64109 IN KENWOOD OPEN 1 PM - 3 PM LISTED AT $599,000. BEDROOMS: 5, BATH 3 AND 1/2 REP: COULTER / EGAN 1004 W 69TH TERRACE 64113 IN ROMANELLI GARDENS OPEN 1 PM - 4 PM. LISTED AT $519,000. BEDROOMS: 3, BATH 2 AND 1/2 REP: ELIZABETH SADY7217 MADISON AVENUE 64114 IN WARD PARK OPEN 1 PM - 3 PM LISTED AT $305,000. B...
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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 have slowed in Brookside, as they traditionally do this time of year. Very few sellers list their homes during the holiday season and through the cold months early in the year. Here are the November 2017 single family home sales stats for Brookside, using zip code 64113:November 2017Median list price:     $409,000Median sales price:  $405,000No. of homes sold:        17Days on market:            26November 2016Median list price:      $350,000Median sales price:   $349,000No. of homes sold:        25Days on market:            35Technically, home prices were up 15% over last November, however there were two $1,000,000+ sales last month.  The higher dollar sales push the median price.  Let's look at the year-to-date figures:Jan-Nov 2017Median list price:     $385,000Median sales...
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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)
Just like the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  I like the holiday season for all of the usual reasons:  the festive decor, the parties, the special foods, family visits and spirit of giving to others. Plus, business usually slows down for a couple of weeks!  My favorite holiday memory is one that I get to relive every year:  our block of neigbhors in the Brookside subdivision of Armour Hills displays lit luminaries along the sidewalk and walkways every Christmas Eve.  The picture I am displaying don't really do it justice--however, every resident along our curved street has bags, anchored by sand, with candles inside, lining the sidewalk and walkway to their front door.  At dusk on Christmas Eve, the candles are lit--and they burn till 3 or 4am.  We make sure no c...
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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 in Brookside continues to be a desirable destination for home buyers--that is one reason prices continue to rise.  Looking at the year to date stats for this neighborhood shows a large increase in values compared to 2016.  It will be interesting to see what the final 2017 numbers show.  First -- here's the November figures:November 2017Median list price:     $346,000Median sales price:  $341,250No. of homes sold:       4Days on market:         27November 2016Median list price:     $260,000Median sales price:  $260,000No. of homes sold:     9Days on market:       35Fewer homes sold last month, however the ones that did close were higher priced than a year ago.  The lowest sales price in November 2017 was $202,000 and the highest was $405,000.  Checking year to date figures:J...
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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)
 It is unfortunate that Shopgirls' lease negotiations fell through with landlord First Washington Realty (the out of town company that owns a large chunk of real estate along 63rd St just east of Wornall).  According to the Kansas City Star, owner Katy Hamilton wanted to remain in her longtime location at 6245 Brookside Plaza, near Foos and 5B Candle, but First Washington would not allow her to stay past the lease expiration date of Nov. 30.  Shopgirls has been in business over ten years, known for it's wide variety of women's clothing and accessories that one can't find in a typical big box department store.  And of course, the personal service was warm, sincere and friendly.  Fortunately, local Brookside landlord Joe Zwillenberg offered Katy a pop up space to serve her customers durin...
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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)
This is the 25th year for the annual Kristkindl Markt at the Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside at 205 W 65th St.  Everyone is welcome!  If you've never been to this event--you are in for a good time.  Authentic German food is available for purchase, plus (of course) there is a biergarten!  Local vendors host several craft and gift booths, and the live music and caroling will get you in the holiday spirit. One of the more popular activities is the make-your-own gingerbread house for the little ones, with proceeds going to Operation Breakthrough. The church is located in surrounded by homes and narrow streets, so please plan accordingly--walk there accessing the Trolley Track Trail or MAX bus; or plan to park a few blocks away.  Hours are Friday Dec 1, 2017 ...
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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)
Does the thought of holiday shopping leave you totally stressed?  This year, avoid the huge mall crowds, big box stores and traffic and shop local in Brookside and Waldo!  This Saturday, Nov 25, 2017, is the Waldo Small Business Saturday Crawl from 10am-4pm.  There is the opportunity to earn free Waldo Bucks while shopping: visit ten stores, get your passport stamped, spend at least $50 and get $10 in Waldo Bucks to spend later.  This is a great deal, as it's easy to spend $50 picking up gifts for others then treating yourself to food and drink at the end of the day!  Here are a few of the participating businesses:  Bier Station, COCO Brookside, Eclectics, Family Bicycles, Waldo Pizza, Mike's Wine and Spirits, Hawthorne and Ivy.  More details at www.waldokc.org Enjoy shopping this year ...
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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)
Waldo home sales are keeping pace with  last year--however prices are up compared to 2016.  Here are the October 2017  single family home sales for Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:October 2017Median list price:       $199,950Median sales price:    $195,000No. of homes sold:         27Days on market:             6October 2016Median list price:       $160,000Median sales price:    $167,000No. of homes sold:         27Days on market:             17The same number of homes sold, however for a much higher price and fewer days on market.  Here are the year-to-date figures:Jan-Oct 2017Median list price:      $179,000Median sales price:   $180,000No. of homes sold:        336Days on market:             12Jan-Oct 2016Median list price:       $165,000Med...
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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 has been one of the hottest location for Brookside homebuyers this year--most homes go under contract within a day or so.  And prices are up!  Here are the October 2017 stats, with comparisons to last year and YTD figures.October 2017Median list price:     $329,250Median sales price:  $327,250No. of homes sold:       8Days on market:          47The highest closed sales price was $446,500 and the lowest was $235,000.October 2016Median list price:     $289,475Median sales price:  $294,499No. of homes sold:      12Days on  market:         27Below are year-to-date stats:Jan-Oct 2017Median list price:      $314,750Median sales price:   $313,250No. of homes sold:      84Days on market:          9Jan-Oct 2016Median list price:       $275,000Median sales price:    $274,500No. of ho...
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