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!

 

A Great Time to be a Home Seller

It has been awhile since I have talked about the absorption rate so I thought I would share this graph with you from the Ozark Gateway MLS.

For those of you who don’t want to know all the math of this interesting statistic let me just tell you that this means our inventory is low and houses are selling fast.

Last year at this time it would have taken 6 months to go through all our home inventory, but right now it would take less than 5 months.

So if you have been thinking about selling and needed a little nudge.  This is your little nudge. Now is a good time to be a home seller and now is a great time to get you home on the market.

 

Give me a call and let me help you get you home sold. 417-825-1042 cell 417-623-9900 office

Tuxedo Kitchens?

A Tuxedo Kitchen is listed on several sites as a top kitchen trend for 2017.  So what is it?

Tuxedo kitchens cabinets have light colored upper cabinets such as white white combined with darker, even black, lower cabinets.

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Do you like the look? And if you are thinking of selling, should you upgrade to this new style?

Give me a call and I can help you figure out what upgrades would get you the most return on your investment.

Up on the House Top…

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Making  sure that Santa and his reindeers have a good landing surface is just on of the reason you should pay particular attention to your roof this time of year.

Here are a few recommendations to get your roof ready for winter.

  1. Do a visual inspection of your roof to look for maintenance issues or things that could make it more susceptible to hail or wind or other damage—like missing or damaged shingles or tiles on sloped roofs.
  2. Look at flashing along the roof to make sure it’s in place and in good condition. The flashing is where you transition between vertical places and the horizontal roof—things like around skylights, vents or chimneys. Anywhere where you have a change in roof elevation, you’ve got flashing there and that’s a typical source or place for water to penetrate into the roof covering.
  3. Take a walk around the home and look for overhanging trees and branches. Trim trees back and remove dead branches—things that have the potential to fall when you get high winds or heavy snowfall to keep from damaging your roof.
  4. Check downspouts and gutters to make sure that after the leaves fall the gutters get cleaned out—anything with the potential to freeze and exacerbate the problem with ice damage. Keep the drainage of the water off the roof and not clogged in the gutters.

A good roof makes for a cozy home.  Give me a call for a free market analysis of your home today. 417-825-0142

 

Home Buyers May Ask the Seller to Pay for These Things

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Closing Cost

These are cost associated with your loan and can be 3% of the loan cost.  So if you are borrowing $100,000 and don’t have the extra $3000 to cover the closing cost, you can ask the seller to pay for this.  This may up the price of the home by that amount but you will not have to have that cash at the closing instead it will be wrapped up in your mortgage.

Home Warranty

A home warranty is an insurance policy on the mechanical and electrical aspects of the home.  Several companies provide home warranties.  They cost around $450 for a basic plan.  Many home owners will provide one if you ask for it.

Let me act as your agent.

I will negotiate all this and more during your buying process.

Call Mary Plunkett   417-824-1042.