Springfield, MO Real Estate News

By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Stone Meadow Community Springfield Missouri is a wonderful gated community located in beautiful wooded rolling hills.  Homeowners take great pride in their homes and keep the neighborhood looking very beautiful. Features of the neighborhood recreation area are swimming pool that also includes a wading pool and hot tub, tennis courts, open-air pavilion, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court and a kids' baseball field, and walking trails around the recreational areas and woods. Market Snapshot: There are currently seven homes for sale in Stone Meadow priced from $249,900 to $679,000 and one home currently under contract. Fifteen homes have sold in this neighborhood this year. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Stone Meadow in Springfield Missouri, please give Tea...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Last weekend we were driving to my mother's house in SE Missouri for Christmas when all of a sudden we saw something just ahead of us. I said "look at that big bird" and then we all realized it was a bald eagle! It flew in front of us and then landed in a tree.We pulled the car over just as it perched in the tree. Fortunately it stayed there long enough for us to grab the camera and get a picture before it flew away. It was breathtaking. These birds are so big and beautiful! Are you setting your goals high for 2010? We are setting ours high to soar with the eagles!
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Cherry Hills is a wonderful neighborhood in suburban Springfield Missouri. It is conveniently located on the East side of town with easy access to Hwy 65. This is a great neighborhood just a few miles away from shopping, schools, and entertainment. Homeowners take pride in their homes and keep the neighborhood looking very beautiful. Market Snapshot: There are currently six homes for sale in Cherry Hills priced from $119,995 to $294,000. Twelve homes have sold in this neighborhood this year. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Cherry Hills in Springfield Missouri, please give TeamKnowles a call today. We look forward to helping you!
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Thinking about selling your home in Springfield Missouri? Here are some costly mistakes to make sure you avoid! 1. Putting the home on the marketing before it’s readyMost of the time this happens because the seller gets impatient or is a procrastinator and has pushed himself up against a moving deadline before getting the pre-sale work done. When it comes on the market, they are still painting and the carpet still needs to be replaced. Get the work done before you advertise the property. Presentation is everything.2. Over Improving the home for the neighborhoodThis happens when additions and upgrades make the home stick out from its competitors so much that it seems abnormal instead of a nice addition to the neighborhood.3. Pricing the home based on what the seller wants to netThis pri...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
We're looking forward to going to the 20th annual First Night Springfield again this year for New Year's Eve! If you aren't familiar with this event, here's the scoop. You get to attend all these events for one low price for the night! First Night is a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve event held in 10 different venues in downtown Springfield. Performances include the Wingtips, FORBIDDEN OPERA, Nick, Ruell & Ned the Band, the Skinny Improv and  of course a fireworks finale with Kim Crosby. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, including face-painting and finger puppets. There will be something for everyone in your family to enjoy! First Night Springfield 2010 will feature the following venues: 1984 Abundant Life Covenant Church Discovery Center Gillioz Theater Jor...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
We want to take a moment and wish all our our friends and clients in Springfield Missouri and our Active Rain friends a  Very Merry Christmas! We hope you spend time with your families and remember why we celebrate the season - the birth of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. 2009 has been a difficult year for many people losing their jobs and homes this year. We pray that 2010 will be a year of growth and recovery for our nation. Watch our short video and get a laugh! It wasn't meant to be funny but it turned out that way!  
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
“If you don’t know where you’re going … you’ll have a hard time getting there!” In other words, to achieve an objective, create a plan! If you plan to buy a home in Springfield MO, you will need to know “where you are going.” For a most enjoyable home-buying experience, first build a road map to your new home, a list of priorities that will lead you to your objective—a new home! The first priority is your time frame. Write down the date by which you would like to move in to your new home: ________________ Keep in mind that it may take 30-90 days (or more) to locate the right home, secure financing, and complete the home-buying process. The next priority is to develop a detailed description of the home you hope to find. Below is a list of Home Search Criteria to help you distinguish bet...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
PRESS RELEASE Keller Williams Realty Ranked as Top Real Estate Franchise by Industry Leader and Entrepreneur Magazine AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 21, 2009) - Keller Williams Realty joined the ranks of the top franchises in the world last week, when the company was ranked as the No. 1 real estate franchise on the 31st Annual Franchise 500 list by Entrepreneur magazine. During the same week, the company was also voted the Most Recognizable Brand of Real Estate Franchises for 2009 in an industry-wide survey for the Swanepoel TRENDS Report.  "The Swanepoel TRENDS Report is a respected source for the real estate industry and beyond, as is Entrepreneur magazine, and we are excited to see our agents honored in this way for all of their hard work," said Mark Willis, CEO, Keller Williams Realty. "We...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Christmas is almost here! Its time to trim the tree and exchange gifts with friends and loved ones. Remember that "special" gift you received last year that was the wrong size, wrong color, or just plain wrong! The question is, what do you do with it? Do you keep it or return it? Is it okay to re-gift it someone else or is that a big no no?  
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
As REALTORS® in Springfield Missouri, we do a LOT of driving. One useful tool to make it easier to get around is the handy GPS. Ever wonder how it works? High above your head are 24 satellites in orbit to allow your device to do its thing. Your GPS receives signals from these satellites that tell them their location and measures the distance between any three satellites to triangulate your exact location. It's kind of like big brother on steroids except that your GPS doesn't transmit; it only receives signals.      The big question is, is it useful to you? Personally I don't miss the days of trying to decipher driving directions on the MLS to homes for sale. Yes I still use the written directions but it's very nice to have the GPS to get me in the ballpark, and usually right in front o...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
Before listing your home for sale in Springfield Missouri, you need to find an expert REALTOR® to help you along the way. Here are some important questions to ask when you interview potential candidates to list your home.  1.      Do you work as a full-time REALTOR®? You wouldn't go to a part-time doctor, even if they were of your friends. 2.      How many homes did you sell in the last 12 months? Of the homes sold, how many were "normal" sales compared to foreclosures and short sales? You want someone that has experience in your personal situation. It doesn't matter if they work for a large or small company, what matters is results. 3.      Do you have a comprehensive marketing plan designed specifically to sell my house? Some other REALTORS®  may only use the 5 P's. Put your home on ...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
The Elfindale Mansion is a beautiful old home in Springfield Missouri that is now Missouri's largest bed & breakfast with 13 suites and is host for many weddings and parties throughout the year. It has been authentically restored from top to bottom and is filled with interesting architectural features and fine woodwork. There are also many mysteries and legends surrounding this historic home. It's kind of spooky at night! If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. You can visit their website for more information and to learn more about the history of Elfindale.  Its kind of spooky at night! Stairs to the Tower
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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 home in Springfield Missouri? Here's why you should strongly consider signing a buyer's agency form with a REALTOR® to assist with your home buying process. ADVANTAGES OF A BUYER AGENCY AGREEMENT SPRINGFIELD MISSOURI Your interests are professionally represented. Enlisting the services of a professional Buyer’s Agent is similar to using an accountant to help you with your taxes, a doctor to help you with your health care, or a mechanic to help you with your car. If you had the time to devote to learning everything about accounting, medicine, and automotive mechanics, you could perform these services yourself. But seriously, who has time for such endeavors? This is why you enlist the help of proven professionals. Your real estate agent will take care of t...
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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 home in Springfield Missouri? Let a REALTOR®  be your guide. A licensed real estate professional provides much more than the service of helping you find your ideal home. REALTORS® are expert negotiators with other agents, seasoned financial advisors with customers, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood. They are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. A professional REALTOR® is your best resource when buying your home. Before starting your new home search, you need to choose a REALTOR® to work with.  You will spend a lot of time with them during the home buying process so it is important to work with someone who is knowledgeable and you are comfortable with. • A knowledg...
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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 as of Dec 2, 2009. There was a big spike in home sales in November for homes priced less than $140,000. This is due to the first time homeowner tax credit and hopefully an upturn in the general market. As you can see, the absorption rates are very good for the lower price ranges indicating a seller's market for that price range. The higher priced homes are still a buyer's market with much higher supply than demand. 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 Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO
(RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers)
Bank of America has just released a press releasing stating it is going to refund the U.S. Government $45 Billion in TARP funds, plus interest.  Under the terms of the TARP agreement, Bank of America is repurchasing the 600,000 share of preferred stock it issued to the U.S. Treasury.  It plans to repay the $45 Billion using $26.2 Billion in excess liquidity, as well as $18.8 Billion in proceeds from the sale of "common equivalent securities" it plans to convert into common stocks.  It also plans to increase liquidity by $4 Billion through "asset sales" by June 30, 2010. Could this be a sign that the company most notorious for dragging their feet on short sales could possibly be in a position to improve the speed by which they handle short sales?  Does this mean we might actually see som...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
A large crowd of well wishers braved the bitterly cold weather to camp out in front of Border’s Book Store in Springfield Missouri last night. They are here to get their books signed by Sarah Palin and maybe get a few words in with the popular political figure. Sarah is very popular with ordinary people, women, and conservatives. Her book “Going Rogue” is a best seller and is being promoted on her state-to-state book tour. This evening she will be the keynote speaker at College Of The Ozarks to a packed house. We would like to be there but unfortunately the 4,000 tickets went extremely fast. There is a lot of speculation that Palin will make a run for the white house in 2012 as an independent or possibly a Republican. From the support she’s getting, she may very well be the first woman...
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By Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO
(RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers)
New construction is a segment of the industry hit the hardest in the housing market.  Builders and developers quickly became the first targets of the banks once federal regulators walked in and began trying to shore up trouble assets.  New construction in the outlying communities of the Springfield, MO, area practically came to a complete stop.  Finding a new construction home for sale in an affordable price range is rare now. Looking at the national stats on new construction spending through October, it appears that we might just have found a bottom.  While new construction spending did not increase significantly, it also did not fall.  The graph below represents private construction residential spending v. private construction non-residential spending (courtesy of www.calculatedriskbl...
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By Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law
(RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI)
As a listing agent I often get to give my 2-cents opinion on what to 'DO' with the over flow from cleaning a property to sell or from a re-model project.  I have a great place to share with my customers/clients. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Springfield, MO, accepts donations of new and used home improvement supplies, furniture and appliances. Great thing is that your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!  and.... Proceeds from the ReStore help build Habitat for Humanity homes locally. I don't want to sound like an add but when you find a group that is doing so much to help the community it is hard not to call a little attention to them. Open to the Public:  Mon-Sat  8:30am--5:00pm  2410 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield MO Give them a call @ 417-829-4001 to schedule a FREE Pick-Up on donations ...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
As REALTORS® in Springfield Missouri, we've seen and smelled just about everything. Lets face it. When you are trying to sell your home, people don't want to walk in the door and get hit in the face with unusual smells. At best it's distracting but at it's worst it will absolutely prevent anyone from seriously considering buying your home. Here are some common odors that can kill the deal. Pet smells. You may be used to the aroma from Kitty's litter box, but your buyers aren't. Make sure it's kept clean. Ammonia is not a pleasant smell. Smoke. If your home smells like an ashtray, people will label your home the "smoker's home" and probably won't come back. Mold. Mold is serious business. If people see or smell it, the party's over. Gas. No, not that kind of gas, propane or natural gas. ...
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