Springfield, MO Real Estate News

By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Chesterfield Village Community Springfield Missouri Chesterfield Village is a unique planned community in SW Springfield MO just off of Kansas Expressway and James River Freeway. The community includes a well thought-out combination of businesses, apartment buildings, homes, duplexes, and townhomes. Chesterfield is a wonderful place to live. Residents can enjoy the swimming pool, clubhouse, tennis courts and the convenience of local businesses. One of the most popular businesses in the neighborhood is the Palace Movie Theater. Tickets are only $3.00 for all movies except for Time Warp Tuesdays where tickets are only $1.00. The movies show a few weeks after first release but hey for $3.00 its worth the wait! Our favorite restaurant in Chesterfield is Primas Mexican Grill. Its a great pl...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Weekly Springfield MO Foreclosure Properties Report. 3/29/10 There are currently 59 residential Springfield MO foreclosures, with an additional 38 that are listed as under contract. In other words, 39% of the available foreclosed properties are under contract. New listings are posted weekly. If you would like to receive a list of current listings and email alerts of new listings as they hit the market, sign up below!   
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
 Joel Manby, CEO and President of Herchend Family Entertainment was featured this week on the hit new show Undercover Boss. Joel found out what its like to work behind the scenes at Sliver Dollar City and the Branson Belle.  As our neighbors just to the south, we love visiting Silver Dollar City, Branson Belle, White Water, and other Herschend Family Entertainment attractions.  This year is also Silver Dollar City's 50th anniversary!  
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Highland Springs Golf Course Country Club and Community  Springfield Missouri. Highland Springs is located in SE Springfield just off of highway 60. Amenities include private championship 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, pool, clubhouse, and restaurant. Homes in this neighborhood are some of the finest available. Highland Springs is also the host of the Annual Price Cutter Charity Championship. The John Q. Hammons Foundation, based in Springfield, Missouri and operating in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, serves as the host organization for the acclaimed Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper on the Nationwide Tour. The Foundation thousands of dollars to many children’s charities in the Ozarks which makes a significant impact on the lives of children throughout th...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Millwood / Millwood Golf and Racquet Club - Golf Communities in Ozark Missouri Buyers - Check out the Millwood Luxury Homes for sale in Millwood Subdivision in Springfield Missouri As a Military wife, stationed in Florida, I spent my days playing golf at 10 different golf courses  I loved the game.  Eventually we moved to Missouri and I turned my focus on real estate.  Now I live near on of the finest golf courses in the area. Located on the edge of Springfield, Millwood Golf and Racquet Club offers 18 holes of championship golf and a subdivision of Luxury homes. Complete with a clubhouse, Millwood Racquet and Tennis Club consists of a tennis court, private pool, tennis programs and fitness center.  Rated best by Golf Digest, Millwood was constructed around the natural beauty of the Oza...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
  Looking For A Springfield MO Foreclosure Property? Avoid These Common Mistakes. There are a lot of bargains on foreclosure properties in the Ozarks, but there are also some not so good deals too. We've seen the full range of properties from like new condition to absolutely trashed.  Learning some of the risks of buying a foreclosure will keep you out of trouble and prevent you from making a purchase you may regret later. Many people have the misconception that all foreclosed homes are bargains. While many are, many are not.  Banks don't want these homes on their books. They don't care about the home's condition; they just want to sell it. Make sure to do your due diligence before buying. To avoid paying too much, foreclosed-home buyers need to know area home values, condition of near...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
 What's The Best Asking Price For Your Home in Springfield MO?  One of the most significant factors in selling your home in Springfield is making a decision for the right asking price. Price is usually the first thing a potential buyer looks at when searching for homes, and if they think the price is wrong, they will reject it and move on. If you price your home too high, it probably won't be shown and it will sit market for a long period of time, which can cost you thousands of dollars. If you price your home too low people may wonder what's wrong with it. The number one factor to consider when pricing your home is what other similar homes are selling for. Regrettably you must include foreclosure properties and short sales because you are competing directly against them. The good news...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Weekly Springfield MO Foreclosure Properties Report. There are currently 54 residential Springfield MO foreclosures, with an additional 37 that are listed as under contract. In other words, 40% of the available foreclosed properties are under contract. New listings are posted weekly. If you would like to receive a list of current listings and email alerts of new listings as they hit the market, sign up below!
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Luxury Homes In The Springfield School District. MO - Springfield Real Estate Having worked with several Luxury Home buyers recently, I was curious of the number of homes that are currently on the market and sold in the past year.   100 homes are currently on the market from $400,000 and up. 67 homes have sold in the past year from $400,000 and up. All of the homes are in Greene County and part of the Springfield real estate market. This is an indication that if you are selling Luxury Homes in Springfield Mo, with a Springfield address, there is over a year's supply currently on the market.   Search Springfield MLS Homes
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Springtime is here and it's time once again for Bass Pro Shops to hold it's annual Spring Fishing Classic.  This two day event will be chocked full of fun for the whole family. Springfield is the home of Bass Pro Shops.  There's still time to attend. The Ozark's is filled with great lakes for fishing.  Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals and Tablerock Lake are within 30 minutes of Springfield.     Fishing isn't the only recreation around the lakes.  Wonderful winding roads for motorcycle riding, biking trails, water skiing,  trail riding and more.                Since the weather here is rather dreary today, stop by Bass Pro Shops and enjoy your weekend. Springfield MLS Search
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Sprngfield MO Foreclosure Properties - Sign Up To Receive Automatic Email Updates Click the picture above to sign up to receive email alerts of foreclosure properties in Springfield MO, Ozark, and Nixa! We can set you up to automatically receive new listings as soon as they hit the market. You can choose from price range, location, bedrooms, and any other features you want. This is a great way to find a bargain on a home. Please include as much information as you can so we can help!
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield Missouri Short Sale FAQs What is a Short Sale?   A Short Sale is when a lender accepts a discount on a mortgage to pay off a loan to avoid a possible foreclosure auction or bankruptcy. While the property is still being purchased, the Lender's approval of the contract and terms becomes necessary as they must approve the discounted pay off. For example: A homeowner, who is facing foreclosure, has an existing first mortgage of $250,000. The Buyer writes an offer for $200,000, which is accepted as full payment for the loan. This is a SHORT SALE. It is best to do a short sale when the property is in the pre-foreclosure stage because the banks do not like excess inventory and bad loans on their books. What Happens to the Seller's Credit Rating when they Allow an Investor to Short...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
  Don't Believe The Myth Of Go For The Low Hanging Fruit! Admit it. You paid good money to listen to some business guru give you tips on increasing your business. Among other things he told you to "go for the low hanging fruit" which implies making changes that have the lowest implementation cost and the greatest impact. In other words pick the easy obvious tasks first. This sounds good on paper, but does it really work? The danger is we can spend everyday doing tasks that are easy or urgent and never get around to doing what really matters. Maybe the low hanging fruit is rotten and about to fall off the tree or maybe it isn't ripe yet and we need to reach higher! Striving for excellence is very important. We need to aim high, not aim low. Olympians may be thrilled to win a bronze meda...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Things To Do In Springfield Missouri - Sac River Bike Trail This 300-acre Springfield City Park offers over 8 miles of interconnecting single-track that winds through the woods in northwest Springfield. Designed and built by volunteers in June 1996, this trail is very popular with mountain bikers ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels. Parking is available at the trail head located off Highway 13, three miles north of I-44. Watch for the brown highway sign marking the westbound turn-off. The trail head is located just around the bend on the north side of this unnamed road. This is also a great place to hike and enjoy the scenery!
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield Missouri, Its Shrine Circus Time! Don't miss the Clowns, Elephants, Lions, Tigers, and Acrobats and more! This will be fun for all ages! Dates and Times: Friday, March 12 @ 4:30 PM, 7:30 PMSaturday, March 13 @ 11:00 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PMSunday, March 14 @ 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM, 6:30 PMFriday, March 19 @ 4:30 PM, 7:30 PMSaturday, March 20 @ 11:00 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PMSunday, March 21 @ 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM For more information go to The Shrine Mosque
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Don't miss this Springfield Missouri Community Event - Horsefest At The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds! March 12, 13, & 14 is Horsefest 2010.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m each day of the event. Events include:•Youth Horse Judging Clinic Friday morning with NE Oklahoma A&M Equine Judging Coach Shannon Cunningham.•Cowboy Mounted Shooting on Saturday and Sunday.•Ultimate Horsemen's Challenge, competitive obstacle course clinic on Friday and competition on Saturday.•Live horse displays every day of Horsefest in the livestock barns.•Trade show featuring over 300 booths focused on the horse and horse owner, every day.•Cowboy church service with cowboy Christian music for anyone who wants to attend Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Exhibit halls will open following the church service at 10 a.m...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield MO Home Sellers, Check Out These Home Listing Tips Before Listing Your Home!  First impressions Are Critical. Sales have been blown by unkempt lawns, cluttered closets, unpainted front doors, hard-to-work locks, blown light bulbs, bad colors, stains, unlit areas and foul smells. Spend time on the little things. Double up on your garden­ing. Keep things cleaner than usual. Take serious control of your pets during this time period.  Make The Right Kind Of Repairs. Before making improvements prior to listing, consult a real estate professional. Some upgrades will not yield any real increase in value, while others may increase property value substantially. Ask for low cost solutions to minor repairs that will yield the best profits. Make Your Property Accessible to Buyers. Lock...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Springfield Missouri Homeowners Are You Considering a Short Sale?  If you are concerned about keeping up the payments on your home and are afraid of foreclosure, a short sale may be a better option. Here is a overview of the process. By definition, if you sell real estate for less than is owed, (upside down on the loan) this is considered a short sale. This calculation includes loans against the property, closing costs, interest, and fee to sell the property. A qualified REALTOR® can verify the value of your property for you. Contact your lender(s) and explain to them your situation. They may require a hardship letter and copies of your bills/income showing you can not keep up on your payments.  Talk to a supervisor or manager if possible; this person will have more authority. Ask the ...
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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 Feb 2010 Absorption rates give a good idea of the supply and demand of homes by price range and neighborhood. The best selling price range for February was $50,000 to $99,000. This is also the price range with the most current listings. 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. If you would like to know what the rate is in your neighborhood or specific price range give us a call today! Springfield Missouri Real Estate    
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Are you looking for short sale properties in Springfield MO? Maybe you think now is a great time to find a bargain? Before you make an offer, it pays to know a little about the seller's situation. By definition If a home is being sold for below what the current seller owes on the property—and the seller does not have other funds to make up the difference at closing—the sale is considered a short sale. Many more home owners are finding themselves in this situation due to a number of factors, including job losses, aggressive borrowing against their home in the days of easy credit, and declining home values in a slower real estate market.  A short sale is different from a foreclosure, which is when the seller's lender has taken title of the home and is selling it directly. Homeowners ofte...
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