Home Buyers May Ask the Seller to Pay for These Things


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.



Prettiest Yard Contest


If you would like to win $100 or help a friend to win $100,  just send me a pretty yard picture. Sandra DeWitt from Mid-Missouri Bank is sponsoring this contest.  And now that we have had some rain there are some very good looking yards out there.  To vote for your favorite go to my facebook page and “like” your favorite yard in the Contest Album.

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Home Seller’s Big Mistake #3

“Without promotion something terrible happens, nothing.” – P.T. Barnum

If your home is priced right and has great pictures but only a few know it is for sale, it may sit for a long  time.  Don’t let that happen.  Why go through all the work of getting your home ready to sell and have no one see it?

Make sure your home gets the right promotion. Call a realtor today to find out how to get your home sold! Realtors have access and knowledge about different marketing strategies.

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Don’t let something terrible happen.



Home Seller’s Big Mistake #2

One of the biggest mistakes that home sellers make is pricing their home too high.

Of course there are many reason a home owner will do this.

  • How much it cost to transform the perfect man cave, master closet, etc.
  • How much Aunt Lulu is selling her home for in a different area
  • How much Fred the builder said he could build a home that is just the same
  • How much it costs to buy or build the dream home.

None of the above reasons should be the basis for the selling price of your home.  A home’s value is based on what buyers will pay for the home.

Pricing your home incorrectly only helps to sell the home on the next block that is priced correctly.

Contact me or go to the link below to find your home’s value and get it priced correctly!

What’s My Home Worth?

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Big Home Seller’s Mistake – Bad Pictures

Great pictures can sell your home! One of the biggest mistakes that home sellers make is using poor quality pictures. True, there are many buyers who do not use a computer to search for a home. But most home buyers do search on the internet. National Association of Realtors found that last year 92% of home buyers used the internet in some way to find a home.

Your pictures can sell your home.

While bad pictures can be amusing, 1 bad picture 2 bad picture disturbing,

Or thought provoking3 bad picture

Great pictures can sell your home!


To get some outstanding pictures that show off your home’s features while also attracting buyer’s interests, give me a call. 417-825-1042

What’s My Home Worth?

Would you like to know how much your home is worth?  You don’t have to be thinking of selling your home to be interested in what it would sell for today.


What you paid for it, how much you owe, what you need, what your neighbor said, and what it would cost to replace are all interesting figures.  But I can tell you what buyers in today’s market in your area will pay for a home.

Just click on the link, What is My Home Worth, and fill out the information. I am happy to help you.

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.