Author: paul_sidwell

March 1, 2017

Bring Your Own Builder

All builders welcome! Bring your own builder and create the home of your dreams in this established Parkville neighborhood. On a quiet street, overlooking the lake down below, in a friendly neighborhood. All utilities available. Call today for an appointment! (816) 812-4865 Paul Sidwell Weichert, Realtors Advantage Professionals Full property details at:

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December 28, 2016

Home Price Appreciation

Even with home prices in the Kansas City Metro appreciating faster than most buyers would like, they’re not appreciating as fast as the rest of the country. See the graph below. When the market crashed in 2008-2009, it was worse in many other parts of the country than here in KC. As a result, we […]

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October 21, 2016

Sept 2016 KC Area Market Stats

September 2016 Real Estate Stats are in! Here’s the skinny: Inventory is still low at 2.4 months Prices are rising (mostly due to low inventory) New Home permits are increasing but builders can’t get them completed fast enough. For more details, see below or call me for a more detailed explanation (816) 812-4865. Stats:

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New homeowner with keys, house sold

October 31, 2015

Buying A Home, Step 7 – Closing the Deal

It’s Closing Day! Personally, I think we should call it Opening Day, because it’s the day your new adventure as a homeowner begins! We use the term closing though, because it’s the day we ‘close the deal’ and it’s always been used, which is another reason for changing it to opening day. Opening day creates […]

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August 29, 2015

How to Buy A Home, Step 6 – Funding

If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve found the ideal home for your family, successfully negotiated repairs and possibly an improved price, and are ready to fund the deal. There are three main ways to buy a home: Credit (mortgage) Cash Trade Most homes are purchased with a mortgage. A mortgage is a note to the […]

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Real Estate Negotiation

July 20, 2015

Negotiation (Buying A Home, Step 5)

If you missed any of the first four posts in the series, get them here, here, here and here. Everything is negotiable. That’s the old adage, anyway. But it doesn’t mean you should negotiate every.single.thing. Now that you’ve written an offer, you can expect the seller to do one of three things: Reject your offer […]

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Writing an offer to purchase a home can feel like standing at the edge of a high dive.

July 8, 2015

Writing an Offer for a Home (Buying a Home, Step 4)

Miss posts 1, 2 or 3? Get them here, here and here. Putting yourself out there with a written offer is a binding commitment to purchase the property, so you may feel some first-time jitters, like you’re at the edge of the high dive for the first time. You know you’re going to jump, you […]

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June 30, 2015

Yearly home expenses can bite owners

Zillow and Thumbtack analysis reveals hidden costs to homeowners by Erik Pisor Jun 17, 2015 Homeowners on average pay more than $9,000 a year for hidden and home maintenance costs, with some markets saddling owners with $10,000 to more than $13,000 in expenses. According to an analysis from Zillow and Thumbtack, homeowners pay an […]

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May 30, 2015

Looking at Homes (Buying A Home, Step 3)

If you missed the first 2 posts in this series, you can find them here (#1) and here (#2). The most fun part of home buying is looking at homes. Some buyers have expressed to me that they wish they could just keep looking at homes, because it’s so much fun. I enjoy it too, […]

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Using a real estate agent for your home search

May 23, 2015

Searching Homes (Buying a Home, Step 2)

If you missed Buying A Home, Step 1- Preapproval, get caught up here. Searching through homes for sale is easier than ever thanks to technology. There are countless apps, websites, and widgets to help you find your next home. Websites such as Zillow,, Trulia, Move Inc, and so many more are available to assist the buyer […]

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