I'm a broker with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. I see a need out there for some good, honest facts for customers and agents.
Today I checked out what has sold in the last 30 days in the Liberty, MO and Park Hill, MO school districts. (The two most popular districts in the area)
Out of 151 properties sold in the last 30 days, 21 homes were listed for 10 days or less before going under contract. Another 20 or so were new construction or build jobs. With a few skewed numbers from a couple of short sales, the average days on market came in at 103. And the last stat is the average sales price—-$202,717*.
This tells us again and again that if you have a home to sell in this area, now is the right time to call a REALTOR and put it on the market. The really good properties (priced right, good condition, well cared for) are selling like hotcakes and we could use more listings to give our buyers some options.
The new construction numbers look great as well. A few of our subdivisions are selling their model homes so quickly, the agents are begging the builders to build another one so they have somewhere to office. It’s nice to see builders building (and selling) their quality homes again.
If you’re looking to sell in the Northland, jump in!!!
*Stats compiled from a Heartland MLS search are deemed reliable, but may not be exact.
Every blogger gets there. We’re writing post after post after post and getting some attention from it, but not as much as we’d like. After a while, the thought comes to us, ‘does anyone even care what I’m writing?’ or ‘Is it worth it?’ Here’s 5 steps to get you past that mindset:
1. Quit thinking of your blog as a task. Believe me, I know. The pressure is there to write something on a regular basis. Quit stressing yourself out. A blog is an outlet for your thoughts, not a daunting task. If you’re a blogger that has gotten to the point of several posts, you’ve already shown that you like to write, therefore, blogging is a hobby.
2. Analyze your personal internet habits. I don’t always read the same stuff from the same people, do you? Sometimes, I run across a post from someone I’ve never heard of that’s been writing for years. Your posts aren’t meant to hit the same people each time, they’re meant to cast a wide net and pick up a few readers along the way. You never know whose attention you’ll catch next.
3. Think outward, not inward. Do authors write their books to get followers? No, they write because they have a story or thought in their head they want to share. They’re thinking about the story and the readers, not just about the benefit to them. Worrying about who actually cares about or reads your posts is an inward thought. Get out of your head and have fun.
4. Keep a running tally of ideas. We don’t always have time to write an entire post when a thought occurs to us. When this happens to me, I either start and save a draft or I use my Evernote folder called ‘blog ideas’.
5. Share your blog with someone that hasn’t seen it—or somewhere new. Sometimes we need encouragement. One person telling me my blog is great, or that it helped them, can keep me writing for a long time.
It is worth it.
In the words of Fun, Carry On.