Explore Lee's Summit, MO
By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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 I have lived in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, since 1992.  Over the years I have seen this city grow, from a small suburb to one of the most popular places to call home in the Kansas City metro.  One thing that has impressed me is the City of Lee’s Summit’s progressive response to keeping Lee’s Summit a family-friendly community known for its lakes and recreation. They continue to add new park and update the amenities of existing parks to meet the every-changing demands of the city. Did you know there are 29 public parks in Lee’s Summit? That does not include any of Jackson County, Missouri, public parks and amenities, or any of the playground incorporated into many subdivisions.  In addition, the City of Lee’s Summit has three community centers and continues to create more inclusive program...
By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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 I recently had a client ask me that question while looking at a home. My immediate answer was no, the subdivision doesn’t have any – but Lee’s Summit, Missouri is VERY well connected. In fact, there is a path at the front of the subdivision! In 1988, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation Department developed a comprehensive city-wide greenway master plan. The objective was to maintain and protect open space while responding to the needs of recreational trail users. This would include bicyclists, hikers, walker, runners and other non-motorized activates. The 38-mile planned loop  will encompass Lee’s Summit and the surrounding area. Over 100 miles of neighborhood connector routes are planned along roads, parks, and bodies of water. The project is far from complete, but the city plans on add...
By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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Does your 2017 New Years' Resolutions include a new home?  It's hard to believe we are half way through January already.  How are you coming on those New Year Resolutions? Making resolutions is easy - keeping them is the hard part.The best way to keep a resolution is to develop a plan. If one of your resolutions for 2017 is a new home, we need to talk NOW! With the extremely fast pace of the Kansas City real estate market, a proper plan is extremely important in the overall success of your resolution. And the market in Lee's Summit is different than the market in Overland Park, KS or even Kansas City. Obviously, a plan for a buyer will be completely different than a plan for a seller.Market statistics for December 2016 in the Kansas City area show a 25.9% decrease in inventory (homes av...
By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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If you don't live in Lee's Summit, Missouri, you might wonder what all the buzz is about?  Why is it that people want to live in Lee's Summit?   To answer those questions you need to know the basics about the city.  From it's beginning to the amenities presently available, consider this your Introduction to Lee's Summit Missouri.By The Numbers:  Lee's Summit is the second largest Missouri suburb of Kansas City, and the sixth largest Missouri city by both population and geographic area.  There are approximately 95,000 residents in the city of Lee's Summit which encompasses over 63 square miles.  With 30% of that land still undeveloped, there is still plenty of room for additional growth. There are 7 recreational lakes - 6 with residential housing, plus the 12-lake complex known as the Ja...
By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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Does your 2016 New Years' Resolutions include a new home?  It's hard to believe we are half way through January already.  How are you coming on those New Year Resolutions? Making resolutions is easy - keeping them is the hard part. Your New Home The best way to keep a resolution is to make a plan. If one of your resolutions for 2016 is a new home = we need to talk NOW! With the extremely fast pace of the Kansas City real estate market, a proper plan is extremely important in the overall success of your resolution. And the market in Lee's Summit is different than the market in Overland Park, KS - or even Kansas City. Obviously, a plan for a buyer will be completely different than a plan for a seller.Market statistics for December 2015 in the Kansas City area show a 27% decrease in invent...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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I've been a Kansas City Royals fan all my life, and Just like being a Royals fan is all about sticking with the team through the hard times, you're going to want a mortgage lender who knows all the ins and outs of the VA mortgage program and we're experts at that, and you'll probably also want a loan officer who will be there when things get tough! That's us! We're here to help anyone who's served with our armed forces to buy a home using a VA Loan in the KC MO area.  One of the things you'll need to get a Lee's Summit MO VA Loan is experience, no one wants a surgeon who's only done 1 surgery before, and just like that you'll need a lender who has done hundreds of VA home loans, like us and whether you served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or Reserves we're here to ...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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If you didn't know that homes still sell in the fall, and we can help you buy that new home with Lee's Summit Best Mortgages.  While the summer time is peaking moving season, may homes still sell in the fal land many people still purchase homes in the fall and winter.  (in our area about 127 homes a day sold last December!) Darren Copeland and his mortgage team in Lee's Summit Missouri are ready to help you get the best home loan program and rate to help you purchase your home.  They've got 20+ years of combined experience in the mortgage business which means that you can trust us, because we've seen just about everything and when the bumps in the road come; (they don't always come, but if they do you want a lender who knows what he's doing) and Darren has a team of people who know how...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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Everyone that we talk to in Real Estate has their favorite lenders; every Kansas City (MO or KS) realtor we know prefers a KC Local Lender.  We like to think that we're their favorite, but we know we're not the only folks out there that do a great job with pre-approvals and all that technical behind-the-scenes work.  While those national banks have rooms full of people doing your mortgage work, we're here in Lee's Summit MO (just a stones throw for most of you) ready and willing to do the work, in fact, we're so close you can come visit us or invite us over for a happy hour when you're all moved into your new house! We'll let our great loan officer, Darren Copeland, explain to you the great benefits of using KC local lenders, and we look forward to working with you on your FHA, VA, USDA...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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We try to write an informative article everyday and today we'd like to focus on FHA Loans Lee's Summit.  Both are great in their own way: FHA Loans are great for first time home buyers and for folks who don't have a down payment and Lee's Summit Missouri is a great community close to the "big city" of Kansas City but has the feel of a small town.  That's why we're proud to be located there and happy to help you with an FHA Loan and all your mortgage pre-approval needs.We'd like to explain just a couple things about the FHA Loan that make it so amazing, so sit back and relax how you can couple these two into one great deal. Your new home will likely be the biggest investment of your life and people save for years to get a down payment, but if you're not one of the 'saving' type people th...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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If you're looking to buy a home soon, then there are some areas of concern that you need to know about when looking for a home, and when your ready to purchase let us help you with the pre-approval and financing!While I'm not a pro when it comes to finding real estate (but I can refer you to some if you need) - I do understand that it's important to think ahead when buying a house.As you tour homes in search of your next residence, here are the 3 overlooked concerns when buying a home1. Be concerned about the Big Picture.Look ahead and come up with a 5 or 10-year-plan as you house hunt. Will you start a family, raise a family or even become empty-nesters? Will you want more room to host big gatherings? Or, do you need less room (and less space for mess...)Think through the life chapters...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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We're a local Lee's Summit, Missouri lender and we get asked all the time, what's Lee's Summit's Best Mortgage for ______________.  (You can fill in the blank with whatever niche, first time home buyers, veterans, active-duty military, underwater-banjo-playing-kite-surfers, we've heard it all here at Darren Copeland's office.) We've wanted to know and understand which loan is the best for certain groups of people.  While each loan is not really specific to Lee's Summit, MO, they will generally be the best for anyone in the Kansas City Missouri or Kansas area, or really anywhere in the nation. We'll go through our list and let you know the benefits for each loan program and that will help you decide what's Lee's Summit's Best Mortgage, and once you've got an idea of what you're looking ...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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Findng the answer to the question why you need to get pre-approved means that you already know the importance of beginning the exciting process of looking for a homeby co nnecting with a local mortgage lender. A trusted mortgage lender can then begin the process of getting you pre approved.   Why should I get pre approved first? There are several reasons why you need to get pre approved before looking for a home. First, most realtors won’t show you houses until you have an approval letter from a bank, because they don't want to set you up for heartbreak of loving a home you can't afford. Second, a mortgage lender will be able to discuss with you how much home your family can afford. Even if there are issues with your credit, a local lender will be able to sit down with you and formulat...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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If your buying a home & considering Lee's Summit Missouri as an option, I'd like to share with you The best way to get an FHA Loan in Lee's Summit.  While we could spend hours and hours discussing what a great place Lee's Summit MO is to live; with its great schools and amenties that rival any place around the metro, we can't blame you for looking for a home there.Rather than talk about all the things that are great about Lee's Summit, we'd reather talk to you about The best way to get an FHA Loan in Lee's Summit, because frankly, deciding where to live is not always as easy as deciding how to pay for where to live.  This is were our mortgage expert Darren Copeland comes into the conversation, Darren has been doing home loans for over 10 years and knows the best way to get you into your...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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If you live near Lee's Summit, MO, and you're a veteran or active duty military then you need to know more about Lee's Summit VA Loans.  VA Home Loans are one of the best mortgage programs out there and are actually designed to help those who have served or are currently serving our country in any branch of the United States Military. The best part of this mortgage is that when you qualify for a VA Loan you don't have to worry about the 20% down payment that conventional mortgages require or even the 3.5% that FHA loans require.  This is because the VA mortgage loan is 100% financed and doesn't require a down payment!  If this is you, then consider taking a moment to listen to one of Lee's Summit Missouri's best mortgage lenders: Darren Copeland.  Darren has been doing VA home loans fo...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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Hey Active Rainers (& other guests!)We've just finished our updated video introduction to our youtube channel it's our new youtube trailer and it's awesome we've also down a minor update to our video blog over there on the 2nd largest search engine owned by the 1st largest search engine (that's just a handy hint for you too!)So check it out and let us know what you think about it!!  As always if your wanting to work with an awesome lender in Lee's Summit MO you can call us at 816-268-4025 or get pre-approved online with us by visiting our website and clicking on the green button that says apply now or simply click here!So without any more hesitation, here's Our New YouTube Trailer!
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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If your considering buying your first home and you live near Lee's Summit, MO, then you need to know more about Lee's Summit FHA Loans.  FHA Home Loans are one of the best mortgage programs out there and are actually designed to help people purchase their first home, or to help those who can't afford to pay the 20% down payment that conventional mortgages require.  If this is you, then consider taking a moment to listen to one of Lee's Summit Missouri's best mortgage lenders: Darren Copeland. Darren has been doing FHA home loans for over 10 years and many people consider him Lee's Summit's expert on government-backed loans for the area, if you'd like to get pre-approved then just click here, but we'd say watch the video (then come back and click that link to apply!) Feel free to give Da...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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We're a local Lee's Summit, Missouri lender and we get asked all the time, what's The best mortgage in Lee's Summit for ______________.  Fill in the blank with whatever niche, first time home buyers, veterans, active-duty military, underwater-banjo-playing-kite-surfers, we've heard it all here at Darren Copeland's office and because of that we've created a handy guide that can help you  understand which loan is the best for certain groups of people.  While each loan is not really specific to Lee's Summit, MO, they will generally be the best for anyone in the Kansas City Missouri or Kansas area. We'll go through our list and let you know the benefits for each loan program and that will help you decide what's The best mortgage in Lee's Summit, and once you've got an idea of what you're lo...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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We're always hard at work helping folks understand what it takes to get a home loan, so we created Mortgage-land!  It's kind of like CandyLand, but it's not really a game just an infographic that takes you through the process of getting a mortgage.  Darren Copeland and his team are the best mortgage folks in the Lee's Summit MO, Kansas City, Missouri area and stand at the ready to help you get your new home or even your first home.  Check out this great infographic Mortgage-Land! to learn more about the process or click here to get pre-approved with Darren.Call us if you have any questions or want more information (816)268-4025, and we hope you enjoyed playing Mortgage-land!
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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Taking The first steps of your mortgage journey can seem like a huge deal, but actually it's quite simple.  We took just a moment to have our expert loan officer Darren Copeland answer some of the easiest questions regarding home loans and put them in a playlist on youtube!  We hope you enjoy learning from our great video series and know that if you want to get pre-approved with us we're here to help you at any time! OH, and definitely watch the video below for a taste of what working with Darren and his team at LeaderOne Financial in Lee's Summit MO is all about! Darren has been working in the mortgage industry for over 10 years and is an expert in all the government loans (FHA home loans, VA loans, USDA mortgages) and does a great job with the other types too (specifically Conventiona...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
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  Mortgage consultant Darren Copeland and his experienced home loan team are committed to educating home buyers about home loans, purchasing a new home, refinancing and credit repair and helping people in Getting Mortgage Ready. LeaderOne Financial has helped home owners choose the best home loan program, from FHA, VA, USDA, and Conventional loans along with Reverse Mortgages and Refinancing Darren will make sure you receive the most affordable home loan rates in Lees Summit Missouri and has been doing it for over 10 years.

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