Springfield, MO Real Estate News

By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Are you thinking about selling a home in Springfield Missouri? Here are five tips to help you sell your house. 1. Let's not beat around the bush. Condition and price are king. Your home may be on the market, but to be in the market it has to be in better condition and a better price than your competition. On the other hand, price it too low and people may wonder what is wrong with it or you may leave money on the table. Consult a real estate professional to find out what homes are selling for in your neighborhood in today's market. We do comprehensive research to determine what homes are selling for including neighborhood, citywide, and comparable properties for the year you purchased your home compared to this year. 2. Stage that house! Its a fact that homes that are staged sell better...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield Missouri Community Event Eagle Days 2012 at Springfield Conservation Nature Center Come out to Eagle Days 2012 at Springfield Conservation Nature Center today January 22nd from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  An entertaining indoor program will be held at the nature center at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. Come by this afternoon and get up close and personal with Phoenix, a bald eagle visiting from the  Dickerson Park Zoo. You can also watch for bald eagles from the Lake Springfield Boathouse and Marina. This Springfield MO event is free to all ages. Here is a picture we took last year. Isn't he beautiful?
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
We are proud to introduce, (in our humble opinion) the best website in Springfield Missouri for searching homes for sale and real estate! We have been testing and modifying this site for several weeks now and are ready to release these powerful tools to buyers and sellers who live in the area or who are thinking about moving to the Ozarks! Some of the great features of our website are: Interactive Map Search - see visually on the map which homes are for sale in the area you choose. Zoom in to get details, price, pictures, and more. Advanced Search - search by almost any criteria to narrow down properties that meet your needs. Saved Searches - no need to re-enter search information. You can save it for your next visit. Automatic Listing Alerts - sign up to receive new listings via email ...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
  What is Going on "In and Around Springfield, MO" January 20, 21 and 22, 2012 There are many things to do this weekend “In and Around Springfield, Mo” for FREE and for a price!  Love that our local libraries offer a variety of FREE EVENTS! Friday, January 20 Nixa Live Band Dance at 7 PM at Nixa Senior Center, 404 South Main St.   Admission $3.  725-2322.   All you can eat dinner in Ozark 5-7pm at Post 7628.  104 S. 1st St. 581-5553   Second Annual Winter Carnival, 8pm, Ozark Community Center at 1530 West Jackson St.    A portion of the proceeds will go to Least of These, Inc. for families in Christian County.  Bring 2 canned goods per person in exchange for two free tickets.    Additional tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door $.50 each, or three tickets for a dollar. 581-7...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Think of all the people and things you trust every day. You trust that the food you buy is safe to eat, that the water is safe to drink, and that your car will start in the morning. You trust your family, your friends, and your business partners. If you fly on an airplane you trust that the plane has been thoroughly inspected for mechanical problems, you trust that someone put fuel in the plane, and that the pilot has the experience and skills necessary to fly and land the plane safely. As real estate professionals trust is also a key element of our business. When we list a home for sale in Springfield Missouri, our clients are entrusting us to handle all the details of one of the most important financial transactions of their lives. People make small purchases every day and might sell ...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Introducing our new free iPhone app to search Springfield Missouri real estate! Now when you are driving around town and see a home for sale, simply use our map-based iphone app to see the price, pictures, features, and more. If you know an area you want to buy or sell a house, simply look on the map to see what homes in the area are listed for. To get this free app click the picture below and enter code 12913.
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
The Extreme Makover Home Edition show tonight is the final episode. Springfield MO residents can watch it free on the big screen at the Campbell 16 Cinema at 7:00 p.m.!  Tickets are free and the theater is donating 10% of all concession sales to the Joplin recovery effort. The Extreme Makeover Crew helped build seven homes in seven days in Joplin; a record for the show.  After nine seasons on ABC they're calling it quits.   The Joplin show will be the  200-th and final episode for Extreme Makeover. Campbell 16 Cinema is located at 4500 South Avenue just off Campbell in Springfield Missouri. View Larger Map
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Are Springfield Missouri Foreclosures Increasing | Springfield Missouri Market Report RE/MAX CEO,  Dave Liniger, predicts that foreclosures and short sales will make up half of all the sold properties for 2012.  Below is a report of bank foreclosures from 2010 to the end of 2011 for the Springfield Missouri Market.   Foreclosures went down during the middle of 2011, but gradually increased to the end of the year.  So far this month, over 30 thirty successor trustee deeds have been filed......and we aren't even halfway through the month.   Dave Liniger is also predicting that interests rates will remain low, with the number of sales for 2012 increasing.  Here's a report of Foreclosures in the Springfield Missouri market:     How do we slow the number of foreclosures?  If you know someone...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
  There are things to do In and Around Springfield, Mo for FREE and for a price!   No matter what you choose do this weekend, make it a fun and exciting weekend and most of all memorable! Friday,  January 13   Return to Belle Plains presented by Stained Glass Theatre at 1996 Evangel Street.    Performances are at 7:30 Friday.    2:30 Saturdays,  through February 4.   Tickets are $9, $5 for ages 12 and younger.    581-9192 or email.    Live Band Dance at 7pm at Nixa Senior Center at 404 S. Main Street.   Admission is $3.      The Seafarer presented by Springfield Contemporary Theatre 7:30, Friday and Saturday, 2pm on Sunday at Vandivort Center Theatre, 305 E. Walnut St.   Featuring Jeff Carney, George Cron, Jerry-Mac Johnston, Ron Seney and Bryant Turnage.   Adult tickets $16, Students $...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
1/15/2011 Open House at 3277 W. Grandview in Springfield, Mo 2 to 4 hosted by Yvonne C. Burdette with Murney Associate Realtors              What a great 4 or 5 bedroom, 3 bath walk-out basement home located just west of Lowes and north of I-44 in beautiful Crown Meadows subdivision. This home features split bedrooms, formal dining, hardwood floors, and a huge family room downstairs with tornado shelter.               On the main level, the beautiful hardwood floors cover the walkways and formal dining. The living room is very open to the kitchen dining and bar area in the kitchen. Custom oak cabinets make the kitchen stand out. The master suite has double vanities, jetted corner tub, and a huge walk-in closet. The two guest bedrooms are on the west wing with a tile floored guest bath b...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
                  Well, it is official, and it is good news!      Missouri Housing Development Commission (bond money) has increased the income limits for our area.  The income limits are for the Springfield and surrounding areas.   A household size of 1-2 people has an income limit of $60,700 for a property located in a non-targeted area.  There are various qualifications that need to be met with this type of loan, but it is a great option for your first-time home-buyers who have limited funds available for a down payment.  Feel free to give me a call if you would like more information!   http://www.mhdc.com/homes/documents/brochures/fpb_i.pdf   Missouri Housing Development Commission, the state housing finance agency, offers first time home buyers the opportunity to own a home.   Avai...
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By Team Randy & Jenny Thomas
(Team Thomas Realtors)
Are you busy planning the perfect wedding?  Planning a wedding is a time to embrace the joy of brining two people together for life.  Although it can be stressful, wedding planning should be an enjoyable experience. All About Weddings Bridal Show is a must event.  It’s a stress free environment to learn about all the options for your perfect wedding.  You’ll meet vendors who specialize in wedding planning right here in the Ozarks.  They will be available to showcase what they specialize in and how they can help you plan the perfect wedding.  Talk with photographers, video creators, entertainment specialists, catering, floral designers and many more! The event occurs semi-annually.   Don’t miss it on January 8, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Event is located at University Plaza Conventi...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
             Here's What's Going on In and Around Springfield, Mo January 6, 7, and 8, 2012.     No matter what you choose to do, enjoy the weekend! Friday January 6, 2012 Live Band Dance 7 PM at the Nixa Senior Center at 404 S. Main St. Admission $3 725-2322 Arena Supercross 7:30 PM gates at 6pm January 6-7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grand Ave.  Advance tickets $14,  $7 for 4-11 years old, free for ages 3 and younger.  Add a dollar for the gate admission.  Advance tickets at www.motorheadevents.com.  417 Sports and area, Price Cutter stores 863-6353 or 833-2660   First Friday Art Talk 6 and 7pm at Park Central Branch Library at 128 Park Central Sq.   Adults free 831-1342 First Friday Art Walk a self-guided art gallery tour 6-10pm, downtown Springfield.  Features art, live...
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By Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers!
(To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty)
     It is a NEW YEAR, and a NEW BEGINNING!                                   I am excited to share that I have ventured out ON MY OWN from a Team Setting.   I loved my Team, the Martin House Team, but with the New Year I wanted a New Opportunity.    I have been selling real estate since 2006, and have closed contracts with many other top agents.                   Some other things that won't change...... Committment to Excellence Preview so you see Great Properties Roledex full of Great Resources including Lenders Anaylsis of Market supported with Comps within the Last Six Months Constant Follow Up with the Key Players of your Transaction, Lender, Inspector, Selling/Buyer's Agent, Title Company. MY COMMITTMENT IS TO MY CLIENT!  I WORK FOR YOU!                 If you are looking forward...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
When we are out and about we usually get the same question... "So how's the real estate market in Springfield MO?" Since a picture, or in this case a graph is much easier to understand, here is a graph of the total number of homes sold by month for the past three years.  Note that the red line is 2010 where the government artificially boosted the market from March to June with the homebuyer tax credits. As always happens when the government doesn't let the free market work, the results don't work out well. When the tax credit ended the rest of the year sales tanked since all they did was pull demand forward.  2011 sales, the green line, were up and down. Total units sold were 2,719 in 2009, 2,527 in 2010, and 2,412 in 2011 so the market isn't showing growth yet. The 2012 real estate mar...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield Missouri Real Estate Market Statistics December 2011 There are currently 1045 homes for sale in Springfield MO. The best selling price range for December was $70,000 to $79,999. There were a total of 168 homes sold this December which was slightly better than last year. January is an excellent time to list your home for sale in Springfield because competition is lower and buyers this time of year are more serious, not just looking. Real estate absorption rates in Springfield continue to vary widely by price range. Values above 26 weeks supply indicate a buyers market while below 26 weeks indicate a sellers market. As you can see, certain price ranges are balanced or moving over to a seller's market. If you would like to know what the rate is in your neighborhood or specific ...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
It's the time of year many of us make resolutions. The same old, "We want to lose weight, we're going to start exercising, we are going to volunteer more" and the list goes on and on. We want to challenge everyone to have a change of thought.  Often times expectations are set too high and then a few weeks later we get off track.  Instead of saying I'm going to lose 25 lbs this year, make small changes that will create real results.  Set goals but be realistic. As REALTORS® it's easy to get caught up in all the goal setting and budgeting.  However unless you keep those goals in front of you it's hard to stay on track.  For TeamKnowles it's so much more than goal setting.  We focus not on numbers but taking care of our clients.  To all our friends and clients, it's a privilege to serve as...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Are you thinking about buying a short sale in Springfield Missouri? This can be a great way to afford a home and get more home for your money... however it requires a little patience! Buying a short sale does take longer than a usual sale, but it can be worth the wait. Here is a video that outlines the process and how it works.
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
  Don't miss First Night celebration in Springfield Dec 31st. This downtown event is great for the whole family! Tickets are $7 each or $25 for a family four-pack in advance or $8 each and $30 for a family four-pack the night of the event.  Children 3 and under are free.  Your First Night admission ticket gets you admission to all First Night activities AND free admission to the Missouri State Bears basketball game on Dec. 31, 2011 at 2:05pm. Tickets are available at: Price Cutter Stores in Springfield, Ozark & Nixa Kum & Go Convenience Stores in SpringfieldThe Library CenterThe Library StationPark Central Branch LibraryThe Brentwood Branch LibraryThe Creamery Arts CenterThe Urban Districts Alliance Schedule: 1984 Video Games 5:30 – 11:30PM: Video Gaming, play your favorite video games ...
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Our Little Community of Springfield, MO offers so many awesome fun events that enrich the quality of life for the price of FREE!    Don't forget about our local Libraries, they have so many FREE things.   Watch TANGLED for FREE on FRIDAY.    See the Link Below!       Enjoy a Very Special Weekend!      What's Going on this Weekend, “In and Around Springfield, Mo?”  December  30,  31 and January 1, 2012.            December 30 at Friday Live Band Dance at  7pm at the Nixa Senior Center located at 404 South Main St. Admission $3.00. 417-725-2322 Take-home Spa 2-4pm at the Library Center at 4653 S. Campbell Ave.  Make homemade spa gifts to take home.  FREE Grades 6 -12  Registration Required at 882-0714 Winter Break Movie Matinee 2pm at the Library Center 4653 S. Campbell Ave. Watch Tangled...
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