Springfield, MO Real Estate News

By Dorothea Dennis
(National Home Loans LLC)
I love working with first time homebuyers and helping them achieve home ownership. I have 20 years mortgage experience and have been part of many changes in the ever changing market.
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Springfield Real Estate - Augusta Hills is a new community located in north Springfield in Greene County Despite the slow down in real estate, The Springfield real estate market continues to list and sell real estate.  Homes prices are remaining stable and the homes priced to sell are moving quickly.  Located on the north side of Springfield, Augusta Hills is a subdivision of newer Springfield Mo homes, near new shopping centers, subdivisions and fine dining. Augusta Hills is easily accessible to Interstate 44, with great schools and homes of all sizes.  Financing, including first time homebuyers bond money, is still available for homebuyers with as little as three percent down in the Springfield area. Springfield Mo Real Estate Market For August 2008 Augusta Hills is a subdivision of a...
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By Jack Climer
(Jack Climer Realty, LLC)
Real Estate Professionals need to lead the charge of designing and building more sustainable neighborhoods, who better to lead that charge than the person who is in the field fighting the battles between the builders, developers and the money. As a broker, we have the ability to analyze the options and fit the proper methods to obtaining a sustainable outcome. You will not lose your license(the biggest fear with the psyche of an real estate professional)trying to be innovative. Real Estate people lose their license over other issues, not being licensed in the first place, practicing outside their license restrictions, etc. Professional review boards do not have an enformcement action for creativity. So many options, and very little time. Every developer has a deadline, time is the king ...
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By Cecilia Wood
(Wood Investigative Services, Inc. (Private Investigator))
Are you a criminal defense attorney?  I am a certifed Criminal Defense Investigator accepting new clients in the Springfield, MO criminal investigations area.  I have owned and operated a succssful private investigative agency in Kansas and have recently opened a second Criminal Defense Private Investigations office in Springfield, MO. Give me a call for more information on my criminal defense investigative services 417-267-7030. Cecilia M. Wood 334 E Kearney  #344 Springfield, MO  65803 417-267-7030 785-760-0890       Wood Investigative Services, Inc. Cecilia M. Wood President and Chief Investigator of Wood Investigative Services since 1998.  Wood Investigative Services is an investigative agency specializing in criminal defense investigations and serving Kansas and Missouri.  Kansas L...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
RE/MAX Night Out At The Ballgame was a huge success this year.    To thank all the clients we have throughout the years, we invited our clients, friends and business associates to dinner and a night out at a Springfield Cardinals game at Springfield's Hammonds Field.  These people are the reason we sell Springfield Mo real estate.  Without them, our business would not grow.             And a wonderful day it was!  The weather was perfect.  Dinner for over 900 people (a growing number from previous years) was catered in at Jordan Valley Ice Park.              The children played at the water fountains.  For the adults that had never been to the park, a casual walk through the park and tour of the Ice Park was a treat.     The group reserved four sections at the park and made a wonderful...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Open House in Greene County, 5122 S Red Oak Ave, Battlefield on Sunday We invite everyone to visit our open house at 5122 S. Red Oak Ave, Battlefield on August 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. SEE DETAILS Fantastic 3 bedroom ranch home that features raised ceilings, an open floor plan, split bedrooms, large eat-in kitchen, corner gas log fireplace, covered deck, fenced back yard, beautiful landscaping, master bath with skylight & jetted tub & more.  DIRECTIONS:  Golden South of Republic Rd to Weaver, West to FR 131, South to Moark, East to Red Oak, South to home.   Additional Open Houses: 1055 E Manchester, Springfield Kay Van Kampen is a local Realtor serving Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic and surrounding areas in Missouri.  She is ready and available to help you with all y...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Open House - 1055 E Manchester, Springfield, Mo Greene County, Missouri  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 1055 E. Manchester, Springfield on August 17 and August 18 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.   SEE DETAILS       SHARP! SHARP! SHARP! In an excellent location in Cherokee Estates, Southeast Springfield, this beautiful ranch home features an all brick fireplace, open floor plan, large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, hardwood & tile flooring, fenced back yard, covered patio, finished basement, wet bar, & more. See interior to appreciate. 2 utility rooms, lots of updates surround sound, computer center, granite countertop and kitchen island, new air conditioner.  With a community pool and tennis courts, close to shopping. An HSA warranty is also provided.  In Cherokee Estate...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Indulging your sweet tooth can be a rewarding experience. On Thursday, Aug. 7, your personal indulgence can become a treat for your whole community. This week Dairy Queen locations across North America and Canada will take part in the 3rd annual "Miracle Treat Day" to benefit Children's Miracle Network. Proceeds from all Blizzard sold at participating locations throughout southwest Missouri will be donated to Children's Miracle Network at CoxHealth. One of the great benefits of being a RE/MAX agent is that RE/MAX is a sponsor of the Children's Mirace Network of CoxHealth.  A portion of every check I receive is donated to the Children's Miracle Network.  All funds earned in this area stays here.  Visit MiracleTreatDay.com or make a donation online.            Kay Van Kampen is a local Re...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Prairie View Heights offers custom all brick homes ranging from $150,000 and up.  Located on the South west edge of Springfield, top ranked public schools, easy commute around the city using the James River Freeway, approximately 15 minutes to Springfield International Airport. With sprawling ranches and finished walkout basements, community amenities include a community clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts and walking trails. Prairie View Heights consists of more than 400 homes and when completed the number of homes is projected to reach 460. The twelfth and final addition is under development and should be completed within the next twenty-four months. Prairie View Heights is one of Springfield's largest sub-divisions with covenants control of construction/homeowner use to assure pr...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
The importance of pricing your home to sell in the Springfield Mo Real Estate market is more important today than ever.  Bank owned properties have increased, new construction is down.  There are still many great buys on the market now.    Here is the figures for the first 6 months of 2008 for Springfield and surrounding areas.   Jan Feb March April May June Homes currently on the market 5450 5469 5645 5821 6043 6085 Average Active List Price 192,223 195,598 198,181 199,016 199,519 200,797 New listing on the market 1581 1233 1454 1740 1627 1657 New Listing Average List Price 179,928 181,876 180,224 185,367 182,841 185,848 Number of Homes Closing Escrow 340 430 486 546 690 619 Average Sold Price 158903 144609 143048 135,937 141301 139,460 Average Days on Market 78 77 78 76 73 71  Is this...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
 If you've never gone to a local Farmer's Market, check out the Springfield Mo Farmers' Market.    The market features 90 venders, selling farm-fresh vegetables, eggs, hand-crafted jewelry, baked goods, beef, pork, chicken, fresh cut flowers, plants, cantaloupes, watermelons, fresh corn, and many other items.  I recently found out about the market from a client.  Not only does it save her money, it is a great way to shop for weekly food staples that are home grown without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides.  Nothing tastes better than home grown tomatoes, new potatoes and Amish pastries.  Located north of Battlefield Mall, at the corner of Glenstone and Sunset, stop by on Saturday morning .  The bell rings at 8:30 sharp.       Kay Van Kampen is a local Realtor serving Springfiel...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Staying home for July 4 weekend, my hubby and I decided to dust our mountain bikes off and ride through some of the bike trails now offered in Springfield Missouri.  We just signed up for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike run in September, starting at the high school in Clever, Missouri and ends in Joplin Missouri.  It is approximately a 180 mile round trip.  Not to confuse the issue, we are the escorts (we'll be on Motorcycles).  The participants will be riding their mountain bikes, etc.  We are doing a test run to see how difficult it is for the riders. Galloway Creek Greenway, part of Ozark Greenways, runs from Pershing Middle School past the Springfield Conservation Nature Trails to the Old Iron Bridge that once was Highway 65.  Approximately 5.5 miles of riding, parking is available all ...
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By Jack Climer
(Jack Climer Realty, LLC)
was trying to get some photos of my new listings today and I want the perfect photo  and after I took 30 plus photos, I suck ...so I started to review photo shops in the yellow pages and I looked for  professionals on the web in my area of the Midwest, which I found one that I want to share with you. I think will be the answer to all of my photo needs.  Let's me share you there website http://www.417studios.com The talent of the young people are so out of the box that I find it refreshing to deal with professionals that I can point now and they take care of my goal of getting that perfect photo....if your in the Midwest, they may be your answer too....I just enjoying marketing new talent.  
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
As a retired military wife, I learned to depend on other military wifes to help make difficult decisions when my husband was deployed.  So when I received a call from a couple stationed in Iraq to help them buy a home in Springfield, I was able to return some of the help I received.  They searched and found their new home in Springfield after googling "Springfield Mo Remax".  Relying on my real estate expertise of Springfield Mo real estate to purchase a home at fair market value, we completed a visual tour of the property, obtained covenants, and wrote an acceptable offer.   I had several lenders send estimated closing costs and current interest rates to the buyers, via email, and they selected a local lender to do their financing.  We also contacted several insurance agents to bid for...
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By Jack Climer
(Jack Climer Realty, LLC)
Executive with 28 years experience in development, marketing, management, and operations serving the industrial, commercial, educational, retail, governmental, hospitality/entertainment, and health care industries. Real-Estate Broker - Missouri - Tennessee International Business Experience, extensive travel in Latin American and South American and Asia.  Proven capabilities in all phases of real estate development, including pre-construction, construction, development, FF & E procurement, financing, acquisition, partnership and marketing, project development, executive project management, and strategic alliances. Proven management responsibility for strategic planning, policy development, financial reporting, and contract negotiations with solid leadership, communication, and problem s...
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By Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com)
I have seen a definite upswing in sales activity recently. If you are looking for a home in the Ozarks, here are 5 things you need to know now. 1. I am seeing more and more multi-offers on homes. In other words, my clients make an offer on a house and there are other competing offers. 2. Many homes are going under contract before buyers have a chance to look at them. I've had this happen several times this week. I get a call to show a house and its already under contract. 3. REO and Forclosure properties are moving fast. These are hot properties and you have to move fast to get them. 4. Banks are tightning rules for financining.  Its more important than ever to get pre-approved for a loan. 5. We may be past the bottom of the market.  We won't know this for sure until we're past it and w...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Missouri is known as "The Cave State".  The only "drive thru" cave is located in Springfield..... Fantastic Caverns.           With wonderful walking trails, and several smaller caves, Fantastic Caverns was first discovered in 1862. The park is also used for educational purposes.          Ride the jeep-drawn tram completely thru.  It is a great attaction for both senior citizens as well as young children.  The temperate stay around 60 degrees year round. Bring the family and enjoy a great day.       Kay Van Kampen is a local Realtor serving Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic and surrounding areas in Missouri.  She is ready and available to help you with all your Springfield Mo real estate needs.  To contact her go to www.kayvankampen.com.If you would like a free list of ho...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
Springfield Missouri Real Estate, Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic, Willard and surrounding areas.  The Springfield Missouri Real Estate market is slowly re-adjusting with the month of April seeing a small decline in home sales. Another 33 agents dropped their license, with 18 agents joining the Springfield Multiple Listing System.  2503 Springfield Missouri Real Estate agents continue to work in Springfield and surrounding areas.  The majority of Springfield Mo homes are still being financed with conventional financing, followed up by VA and FHA.  Less than 10% paid cash.     Statistics for the end of April for Springfield MLS: Homes Currently On The Market 5821 Average Active List Price 199,016 New Listing On The Market 1740 New Listing Average List Price 185,367 Number of Homes Clo...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
I wrote an article this week about closing another short sale.  Knowing that most buyers and sellers don't understand the steps it takes to close a short sale, I want to explain more about the procedure and what to expect.  There is a definite difference between a bank foreclosure and a short sale. Specializing in Springfield Missouri short sales and bank foreclosures was just another way to improve my business.  I didn't know it would be so difficult to help sellers communicate with lenders to sell their property to potential buyers.  Today, not understanding the procedure may cause the seller to lose their home, the buyer to miss a good buy and a realtor working for no pay.   Many sellers in the Springfield Mo Real Estate area are slowly getting behind in their payments and facing th...
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By Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
(RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX)
 Springfield Missouri Attractions - Springfield Missouri Real Estate Springfield Mo is loaded with wonderful attractions that draw newcomers and visitors.  Among one of the great parks is Wilson's Creek National Park.    This was the first weekend we didn't work real estate since the first of the year.  Perfect timing, with such a beautiful day.  Jumping on our trike, my chauffeur (my hubby) and I decided we needed more photos of the Springfield and surrounding areas.  Wilson's Creek National Park was our first stop.    Located 10 miles Southwest of Springfield, the Battle of Wilson's Creek, was fought on August 10, 1861.  Wilson's Creek was the first major Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi River.   Today, it is a drive thru park with 5 walking trails, a 7 mile trail for h...
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