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Chamber Newsletter - June 2nd

6/9/2017

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Chamber Newsletter - June 2nd

The Guide to Warrensburg 2017-2018

4/7/2017

 

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The Guide to Warrensburg, MO

National Housing Report March 2016

3/23/2016

HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL ST. PATRICK'S DAY

3/17/2016

4 Mealtime Resources for a Happy Thanksgiving

11/25/2015

Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most anticipated meal of the year — which puts a ton of pressure on anyone with hosting duties.

Don’t panic! The resources below will help you prevent (or smooth over) most cooking blunders.

1.  USDA Leftovers and Food Safety Guide

Don’t let food poisoning destroy your Black Friday shopping plans – use these tips to store leftovers the right way.

2. Turkey-Talk Line

Something fowl happening in your oven? Before asking your mother-in-law for input, you can call the Turkey-Talk line. The free service offered by Butterball fields more than 100,000 inquiries each year in November and December. 

3. Identifying Hidden Sources of Gluten

Gluten can be found in more dishes than you may suspect. Broths, seasonings and many processed foods either contain or are processed in the same facility as gluten. This guide from Udi’s describes the taste and texture of foods with gluten, which can give you a better idea of when to double check what's safe for a GF-guest to eat.

4. Substitutions & Measurements

Whether you ran out of a certain spice, are working with herbs or forgot how to calculate fractions, here are some handy reference tools to save the day!

Would your Thanksgiving be better with a bigger kitchen, extra guest room or more space for parking? When it’s time to start looking for a new home, call your RE/MAX United Agent who is here to help you! 660-422-7813

The Importance of a Buyer's Agent

11/11/2015

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BUYER'S AGENT!!

A real estate transaction is a complex process involving stacks of paperwork and a number of outside service providers and contractors.

An experienced buyer's agent can guide you through the process, answering your questions and serving as your advocate. Your agent will help you find the property that fits your needs, submit offers and counteroffers, suggest a good property inspector and other professionals, and provide all sorts of relevant advice.With a buyer's agent, you'll have someone on your side, looking out for your interests every step of the way.
When seeking out a buyer’s agent, look for factors such as productivity, education and experience.
Look for an agent who understands your lifestyle. Make sure the agent knows the neighborhoods you're interested in, and can answer questions you'll have about the location.

What are the costs involved in hiring a buyer’s agent?

As a buyer, you don’t pay your agent directly. Instead, the agent receives an agreed-upon portion of the listing agent's sales commission (usually about half), which is paid by the seller.If you're thinking this structure works against you by giving your buyer's agent an incentive to let you pay more than you need to, consider this:The increase in a buyer's agent commission on, say, a $5,000 to $10,000 jump in price would be only $125 to $250. Good buyer's agents – those who are productive and engaged in the business full time – aren't going to risk their reputation or your satisfaction – which can generate referrals to your friends and family!
RE/MAX United's Professional Agents are here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the buying process! Please feel free to call or stop by the office 660-422-7813! You can also reach our agents directly;
Bryan Jacobs - 660-441-5302
Kerrie Shumate - 660-492-0705
Nolan Brooks - 816-805-3306 

6 Ideas to Help Sell Your Home in Autumn!!

11/4/2015
6 Ideas to Help Sell Your Home in Autumn!!

It's easy to boost buyers' impression of your home in new, inexpensive ways with each season. Here are a few things you can do in the fall to make it as inviting as your favorite blanket and a good book!

1. Light it up.
Shorter days and longer shadows mean you need to be particularly careful to maximize natural light with open drapes and blinds, and add more light where needed with floor and tabletop lamps. Replace any burned-out bulbs in outdoor lights. And schedule showings earlier in the day, when the light is stronger. Adequate lighting makes a bigger difference than you might think.

2. Rake in the leaves (and the buyers).
Keep up with your yard work to help hike curb appeal. Clean up the leaves, and trim back any overgrown or dead plants. Cut back trees and hedges that hide or overshadow windows and porches.

3. Stash the toys.
Store all those pool toys, bikes and croquet sets. A less-cluttered yard appears larger. Leave the grill, though. One that's shiny and clean can help buyers see the possibilities of living out their hamburger-and-steak fantasies. If you have nice patio furniture, arranging it around a fire pit – even just a portable or tabletop one – creates a warm, social atmosphere.

4. Mum’s the word.
They’re cheap. They’re cheerful. And they’re hard to kill. A pot or two of orange or gold chrysanthemums can brighten up your porch, deck and steps. Pumpkins also can add a bright, seasonal touch as well, but be careful not to overdo it. You're decorating a home, not a department store.

5. Burn, baby, burn.
If your home has a fireplace, now’s the time to let it shine. Of course, you probably don't want to light a blaze for showings, just in case the fire's unattended between appointments. But you can make sure it’s clean. Tasteful fall décor, like a simple vase of pinecones can add a nice seasonal touch to the mantle or hearth. If your agent will be hosting an open house, a crackling fire with lots of comfy seating can be a great touch.

6. Two words: pumpkin spice.
Don’t worry, there’s no need to actually bake a pie. Before showings, simply burn scented candles with seasonal aromas, like apple, cinnamon and ginger, to add to your home’s coziness.

If you're looking for more personalized recommendations for selling your home, contact your RE/MAX United agent, who can help you show your home at its best. 660-422-7813

3 Spooky Myths of Home Buying

10/27/2015
All of the frights of the fall – like the terrifying calorie count of the handfuls of treats you're scarfing down at the office and the ghouls and goblins lurking at your door – will all be gone before you know it. But some horrors last year-round, including scary myths about buying a home.


Let's take the fear out of a few of them.

1. Spooky myth: You need a 20 percent down payment to buy a home.
Truth: Not every lender requires such a large down payment from every buyer. It all depends on your financial situation, and often your credit worthiness. Buyers often pay a down payment of between 5 and 10 percent. In fact, some Federal Housing Authority (FHA) loans require only a 3.5-percent down payment. There are also programs that help provide down-payment assistance forfirst-time homebuyers. You'll want to explore all your options.

2. Spooky myth: You’ll never qualify for a mortgage if you have any outstanding debt.
Truth: Just like there are good witches and bad witches, there’s good debt and bad debt. Excessive debt and late payments can crush a credit score, which could mean trouble when it comes to qualifying for a home loan. However, good debt that you’ve dutifully been paying off bit by bit, like school and car loans, can actually help your chances by showing that you’ve been financially responsible. Another key factor is your debt-to-income ratio. Essentially, lenders don't want your housing expense to exceed 28 percent of your gross monthly income, and they don't want your monthly debts (for example, credit card minimums and car payments) to exceed 36 percent of your gross monthly income. This is called the 28/36 rule. If you fall within the parameters of the rule, it's OK to be optimistic about your chances of qualifying for a mortgage.

3. Spooky myth: The mortgage amount I qualify to borrow represents what I can afford.
Truth: This is so wrong, it's blood curdling. Lenders who prequalify you for a home loan are not considering all the facets of your budget, such as child care costs, groceries and utilities. They look primarily at your gross income, your debt and your credit-worthiness. It's up to you to determine your price range based on the monthly payment you can afford to absorb when you consider your take-home pay and all of your monthly expenses. The number you're comfortable with may be lower than the amount the lender has authorized. And whether or not you can afford the monthly payment on the full qualifying amount, you don't have to borrow as much as the bank is willing to lend you.

Keep Halloween scary but take the spookiness out of buying a home. Find a RE/MAX United agent who can help melt your fears.

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