Don’t Do These Home Remodels

I mean of course you can do these home remodels.  Some of these remodels may be just what you need to make your home fit your needs.

But RISMedia House Calls says that these remodels do not add value to your home.   So if you are going to put your home on the market and  inspired by HGTV you  want to make your home more appealing to buyers,

 DON’T ADD THESE!   

Luxury Room Basketball courts, saunas,  & wine cellars appeal to only certain buyers.

Swimming Pools  Like the luxury room many buyers will not look at a home with a swimming pool because of safety and maintenance issues.

 

Flashy trendy accents Highly colorful decorative add-ons may not get you the value you think.

Spending More than your neighborhood will support You may want to add some great features and more square feet to your home but look around.  You don’t want to be the most expensive home in the neighborhood.

 

I have worked with many buyers and am happy to pass on what I have learned from them.  Just give me a call to set up an appointment for you to visit your home for suggestions.

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Joplin Maps for Zoning, Flood Plains and More

Forget all the other blogs that I have written about Joplin zoning maps. (The map seem to be changed often!)  This is the latest  link that will take you to a map that will not only tell you about the zoning in Joplin,  but street and utility information also.

But, my favorite map for information about the area is on the  Beacon website.   You can pay for membership to Beacon but there is plenty of information even if you are not a member. This website has maps  that give you information about Jasper County.

You can find out if property is in a flood zone,  who is the  owner of  a piece of land, zoning in Carthage,  historic districts, path of the Joplin tornado and much more.

If you wish to become a Beacon member there is even more information.

Of course the best way to find out about a piece of property is to ask a realtor.  Give me a call for information about any property.  I am happy to help. 417-825-1042

 

 

May is National Moving Month!

May is the unofficial start of summer, the end of school, kick off for many vacations and also

National Moving Month!  

For many buyers this is a great time to make a move.  The weather is more cooperative, kids are out school and can help out!  If your kids are changing school districts, this makes for a nice flow of events.

I suppose that that is why May is National Moving Month.

Because of this, my good friend Stuart Price who works for the local NBC station, KSN, asked if I would help him with a story on what buyers should look for as they embark on their search for a new home. I was happy to help out.  Make sure to check out this story on Fourstateshomepage.com

Buyers can do a lot of home shopping on-line, but that is just a start. There are a few other things that you should do before you even go to look at a home.

First, check with a lender to see how much you can borrow and what type of loan would work best for you.

Next, do a drive by to see if this is the neighborhood where you would like to reside.

Then, call a real estate agent who can work for you to make sure that you are getting the best deal and have a smooth transaction.

Happy May!

 

JHAP Funds Are Running Out

JHAP, Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program, announced this week that funds for this enormously popular loan program that can give buyers up to $30000 for the purchase of a home are running out.

There are 50 spots left but 25 people have already made appointments. After that people can go on a waiting list until the funds are gone.

To qualify for this program, you must meet income requirements, be eligible for a home loan, and purchase a home that meets the JHAP guidelines.

So act fast and give me a call to find out more about how you can use this program to purchase a purchase a home.

 

Main Street, Joplin, MO

Joplin comes in tenth on a list of the top twelve towns that have the best main streets in Missouri on the website onlyinyourstate.com.

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Pretty good for a small town that does not have a river front.  Joplin’s has made Main Street a feast for the senses. From the well kept flowers in the summer months to the beautiful Christmas lights right now, Joplin’s pride shows.  Several beautiful murals, great places to shop and  excellent cuisine make Main Street Joplin a destination must.

Make sure to come and visit.  And if you decide to buy property while you are here, give me a call. 417-825-1042.