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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Red Day 2015

Each year our Keller Williams agency has Red Day.  On this day, our agency focuses on a community project that needs a little extra help.  In the past we have remodeled and bought extra supplies and equipment for Lafayette House, Boys and Girls Club, and the Webb City CP Center, to name a few.

This year, we are helping Watered Gardens.  This is a highly regarded agency that helps the disadvantaged in the area.  Some of the ways that Watered Gardens serves the poor is by providing shelter, meals. food, mentoring and job placement. So you can see why this year we are super excited to help this place.

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We have big plans to add furniture, storage, lay carpet, paint offices, plumb the baptismal font, plant flowers and supply 2 very large bike racks, and more!.

One way we are able to do all this is with the community help.  We partner with many of our affiliates to get the job done.  We also sell a hot dog or hamburger lunch to raise funds.

Here is where you can help.  You can purchase one of these delicious lunches on May 14.  If your office orders 10 or more lunches, we deliver. $5 gets you a fresh off the grill hot dog or hamburger, plus chips, a cookie and soda! YUM.

Just give me a call  (417-825-1042) to place your order. And then enjoy!

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.

St. Mary’s Quilt Restored

St. Mary Church in Joplin, MO was destroyed in the May 2011 tornado. We not only lost our place of worship, but also many of the artifacts that went along with making the church our home.

But fortunately, someone found the quilt that had hung in the church vestibule.  This quilt was completed by a ladies of the parish in 1988 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. Mary’s Church. The ladies did lots of work to quilt together embroidered squares that symbolized the different activities going on in the church at that time.  Entering the church, all could enjoy the hard work of these ladies while thinking fondly of the fellowship our church offered.  My kids always thought there should be a square for their favorite thing, the donuts we had after masses.

The tornado left the quilt a bit of a mess.  It was dirty and ragged.  It was taken to St. Peter’s Church in Joplin by Susan Howell.  This quilt was dear to Susan because it was her son who made the frame for the quilt as his Eagle Project.



When Chris Perrey discovered that the quilt had survived and was at St. Peter’s, she asked if she could have it to repair.  The quilt was a bit beat up from the tornado.  Much of the embroidery was gone. And it was ripped in a few places. Chris began working on it but wanted to get it back in shape for the opening of the new St. Mary’s Church.  The church is scheduled to open at its new location on December 17.

That is when Chris asked me if I could do needlepoint.  It had been a while since I had picked up embroidery thread, but I was willing to give it a try.  Then Sheri Kinler joined us to help get the work done.

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As we worked on repairing the quilt we thought of all the ladies who had originally worked on the quilt.  I hope they had as much fun making it as we did repairing it.  We also thought all the memories we had of our old church, all the different types of fellowships that the squares represented.  !cid_38601564-3ED1-44C7-B06A-2C3A8BBE8DA2

Good New!  Today we finished the embroidery work on the quilt.  We hope that in the new church there will be a spot for this dear friend of ours.


JHAP Homes Sell Fast

Do you live in the area of Joplin that was hit by the Tornado in May 2011? If you live in this area and are thinking of selling your home, now is the time.


The homes that I have listed in this area have gone under contract in less than 2 weeks! And the reason is the Joplin Home Buying Assistance Program or JHAP program that is available to buyers.

JHAP can provide the buyer with up to 20% of the home cost. The buyer must qualify for this program. The home must be in the JHAP area and pass inspection. This program makes a home in that area extremely attractive to many buyers because it provides them with free money.

This program is available until the money runs out. So if you have thought about selling now is a great time to sell fast and get the most for your money. I would be happy to  provide more information.


JHAP Joplin

As part of the Disaster Recovery, Joplin has developed the J-HAP programJ-HAP stands for Joplin Homeowners Assistance Program.  The purpose is to repopulate the tornado affected area.


Through the program, buyers can apply for 20% of the home cost!

There are requirements for the buyer and the home.

This is a great opportunity for both the seller and the buyer. Homes in the area are selling fast.

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This home was under contract in less than a week.

To find out more about the program please give me a call. 417-825-1042