Fifty Shades of Grey & Joplin Real Estate

Fifty Shades of Grey hits the box office this weekend.  And while the movie may make you blush, the many shades of grey homes in Joplin will make you want to buy a new home!

We currently have a great inventory of gray

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and other color homes to choose from.

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If you don’t plan on seeing the movie Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend, you may want to do some house shopping.  Just give me a call. 417-825-1042.

New Blog Look and Stats for December

Since I have been writing a blog since 2011, I thought it was time for a new look.  So last week I changed my “theme.” What do you think?  Is it easy to read?

My goal with my blog is to give you quick information about real estate issues, particularly how they pertain to Southwest Missouri.

Speaking of information about the area, here are some stats for the month of December: There were 844 active residential listings, 172 new listings were added that month and  the average days on the market (DOM) is 127.  That is pretty active for the month of December.

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If you would like more information about real estate, just contact me.

Joplin’s Zoning, JHAP, Flood Maps and More


I have had many hits on a blog I wrote about Joplin Zoning map.  Since I wrote that blog, Joplin has changed their on-line zoning map.

The good news is that this new map give information not only on zoning, but also flood areas, JHAP and more. But the bad news is that this map is a bit tricky to navigate.  But just follow these steps and you will be able to gain lots of information about parcels of land in Joplin.

First thing you want to do click on this ink for the integritygis map. This is a handy tool for looking for information for parcels of land in Joplin. You can search for lots in the JHAP area, investigate the zoning of a particular lot or check out if a piece of land is in a flood zone.

When you get to the integritygis site, accept their terms.

Once in, click on the “Map and Data Sources” tab then click on “Show Layers” Under map layers, you will see a + box by “Landbase”, click on this box.  We are almost there!!

By checking the different boxes, you can search for zoning, school, subdivisions and more.  To find if a parcel of land is in a flood zone, click on Water Record.

To find information on a particular piece of land, click on the “Search” tab. This will give you different options for searching.  You can search by parcel number, owner’s name, or site address.

If this doesn’t help you, I have found the fine people at city hall to be most helpful.  The number there is 417-624-0820. If you would like to buy or sell any property give me a call as I am also most helpful. My number is 417-825-1042.

What’s going on with JHAP?


Designated JHAP Area

JHAP, Joplin Homebuyer’s Assistance Program, is a great home loan program that will give buyers 20% up to $30,000 towards the purchase price of  a home in the designated area.

It started out with $12.5 million and has so far use $5.6 million to assist qualifying home buyers.  That means there is still $6.9 million!


Qualifying Income


Interested? Contact me for more information at 417-825-1042.

Joplin Area Real Estate Market Conditions

As an informed consumer, before you buy or sell a home you might want to investigate the market conditions.

According to the National Association of Realtors the median price of a home, $217300, was up 4.9% in 2014 from 2013. How does that compare to our real estate market in Joplin and the surrounding area? The Ozark Gateway Association of Realtors reported that in December of 2013 a median price home in our area was $83,000, but this December the median price is now $90,000. That is almost a 9% increase. So while the median home price in Joplin is lower than the national price, our housing market is also on the rise.

Great news for home sellers, but don’t worry if you are looking to buy because the news is good there also.

Market Trends reports that this will be a great year for home buyers with more inventory expected and continued low interest rates. They even think that the lower gas prices will have a positive effect on the housing market.

On the local level, we still have lots of JHAP funding available. Kristy Baugh at the JHAP office reported that we still have close to $6 million in JHAP funds available!

Sounds like a happy new for everyone!

If you want to learn more about what your house is worth, find out more about buying a house or get more information about JHAP, just give me a call, 417-825-0142.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make my 2013 a great year and best wishes in 2014.

Career in Real Estate with Keller Williams

If you are thinking of a career in real estate, you want to work at Keller Williams Realty, a company that has reported record growth, productivity and profitability.


There is a reason for this record growth.   Keller Williams is a company that believes in giving back.

Each year in May, there is Red Day.  This is a day set aside to focus a need in the community.  Last year in Joplin, our office worked to raise money and remodel Lafayette House, a local domestic women’s shelter.

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Delivering lunches fundraiser

Keller Williams also gives back to its agents through profit sharing.  This s a program  in which a percent of every market center’s profits every month is returned to agents who have contributed by bringing other productive agents to the office.

It is great to work for a company with such a great philosophy.  Does this sound like something you would like to explore?  I would be happy to talk to you about this, just give me a call.