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  • Home Buying Tips

    Helpful information searching for home

    What is step one in the home buying search?

    What is step one in the home buying search?

    Tips every buyer should read before venturing out.

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    So you're ready to buy a home?

    So you're ready to buy a home?

    Don’t miss these key points before inking the paper.

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    Buyer's ettiquette

    Buyer's ettiquette

    The do’s and don’ts of the buying role.

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    "Figuring" out what can you afford.

    Pencil in some numbers to ensure you’re budget is on point.

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    Outbid a bidding war.

    Outbid a bidding war.

    Strategy is everything when negotiating. Here are a few secrets to keep in your back pocket.

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    Decoding that beneath your feet.

    Decoding that beneath your feet.

    A cheat sheet on the ins and outs of flooring types and benefits for each part of the home.

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    Learn the lingo, home style.

    Learn the lingo, home style.

    What is the difference between and tudor and traditional? Let’s find out.

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    Home Insurance Guide

    Home Insurance Guide

    Shop around and compare deductibles, plus other great advice.

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    My home insurance doesn't cover that?

    My home insurance doesn't cover that?

    Questions to ask your Insurance Agent so you aren’t left out into the cold.

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    Biggest home on the block?

    Biggest home on the block?

    Things to consider when your dream home overshadows your neighbor’s.

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    Is new construction for you?

    Is new construction for you?

    New construction can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. Learn the loops and navigate on.

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    New Home Upgrades that add value.

    New Home Upgrades that add value.

    Checklist of cheap upgrades that go the distance.

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    Negotiate yourself out of paying for closing costs.

    Negotiate yourself out of paying for closing costs.

    Yes, you can ask for Seller paid closing costs, here’s how.

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    Home Inspection Know-How

    Home Inspection Know-How

    7 items to not miss with your home inspection

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    You bought a home! Now what?

    You bought a home! Now what?

    Things to do quickly after you sign the papers and cross the threshold.

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  • Selling Buying Tips

    Helpful information to sell a home

    Tips to sell quick

    Tips to sell quick

    These essential home selling tips will get you moving.

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    Staging tips

    Staging tips

    Stage your way to a quick sale.

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    Stage your home like a pro

    Stage your home like a pro

    More ideas for buyers to visualize themselves in your home.

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    Home selling etiquette

    Home selling etiquette

    Roll out the red carpet and ensure VIP status for buyers.

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    To renovate or not renovate to market

    To renovate or not renovate to market

    Uncovering how much to sink in before you sell.

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    The Price is Right (What is the right price?)

    The Price is Right (What is the right price?)

    Setting the price right the first time is critical. Don’t make these mistakes.

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    Appraiser secrets

    Appraiser secrets

    You’re under contract, the next step is just as important. Here are tips from appraisers.

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    How to prep for market when toys take over.

    How to prep for market when toys take over.

    Ideas on functionally living with kid clutter when buyers are knocking on the door.

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    Refresh and Relist

    Refresh and Relist

    So the first time on the market was fruitless, romance these ideas and relist.

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    50 Shades of Emotion

    50 Shades of Emotion

    Don’t underestimate the play of paint. Create the right moods with these color schemes.

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  • School Information


    Blue Valley School District (south Johnson County)

    Academic achievement is at an all-time high in Blue Valley. Blue Valley’s 2015 graduates posted the highest ACT and SAT composite scores of Kansas City metropolitan area school districts. Graduates averaged an ACT composite score of 25.4 and a SAT composite score of 1864, both of which exceed the state and national averages. From these record breaking scores to recognition for innovative school programs, the efforts of Blue Valley students and the dedication of staff, aligned with the goals of the district’s strategic plan are making Education Beyond Expectations a reality in classrooms throughout the district.

    www.BlueValleyK12.org
    Phone: (913) 239-4000

     

    Shawnee Mission School District (north Johnson County)

    Located in suburban northeast Johnson County, Kansas, ten miles from downtown Kansas City the district is the third largest school district in the state of Kansas. As of the 2015-16 school year, approximately 27,695 students attend 33 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. The district has consistently been ranked among the finest school districts in the nation earning praise locally, regionally, and nationally for its commitment to providing excellent educational programs and services for students. The district has a graduation rate of approximately 91 percent. Shawnee Mission seniors in the class of 2015 earned more than $32 million in scholarship offers.

    www.smsd.org
    Phone: (913) 993-6200

     

    Olathe School District

    Let us introduce you to the fastest growing school district in the area, and to the community that has been listed among America’s Top 25 Places to Live and Go to School. From Global Education Excellence Award winner from the EF High School Exchange Year to 17 Blue Ribbon School Awards and an impressive $50.8 million in scholarships offered to 2015 graduates. In addition, Olathe’s rich activities and athletics programs create a well-rounded student population. Serving most of Olathe and portions of the cities of Lenexa, Overland Park and Shawnee, you will find innovative and quality education at every level.

    www.olatheschools.org
    Phone: (913) 780-8245

     

    Lee’s Summit School District (southest KC metro)

    The 117-square-mile Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is recognized as one of the top educational systems in the state and nation. Located in the southeast portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, the district serves the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lake Winnebago as well as unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County and also includes a small portion of Blue Springs and Kansas City municipalities. The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District has gained an annual average of 345 new students since 1990, with enrollment for 2015-16 at 17,739. Recognized nationally for its quality educational programs and a commitment to success for all students, the R-7 School District has good reason to attract its many new residents.

    www.LSR7.org
    Phone: (816) 986-1000

     

    Kansas City Missouri Public Schools (central KC metro)

    From early childhood, through the middle years and into college, we are cultivating excellence and graduating greatness. We are the new Kansas City Public Schools and we are asking that you consider joining us as we forge the great schools that Kansas City deserves. The purpose of Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) is to ensure that every school provides a quality education that prepares ALL of our students, regardless of background or circumstance, for success in college, career, and life.

    www.KCPublicSchools.org
    Phone: (816) 418-7000

     

    North Kansas City School District(north metro)

    Just north of Kansas City’s vibrant downtown, North Kansas City Schools is a district of nearly 19,500 learners who benefit daily from an academically rigorous curriculum for grades pre-K to 12. NKC Schools has earned both state and national accreditation and is recognized throughout Missouri as a leader in academic innovation. NKC Schools is among the largest districts in the KC metro area with 21 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and 4 high schools. In addition, the school district offers optional Pre-K and before/after school programs, expansive gifted/honors opportunities, career and professional academies, A+ certified high schools, as well as nationally recognized adult and community education programs for learners of all ages.

    www.NKCSchools.org
    Phone: (816) 321-5000

     

    Blue Springs School District (east metro)

    The mission of the Blue Springs School District is to create an educational community in which each individualacquires knowledge, develops skills,and functions as a literate citizen to achieve personal goals. The Blue Springs School District is dedicatedto providing our students the greatest educational opportunities. We strive to assure all our students are prepared to take their place as productive, informed, and caring members of society.

    www.BSSD.net
    Phone: (816) 224-1390

     

    Catholic Schools

    We want our children to receive an education in schools where they are unconditionally supported, respected, and challenged so they can develop their God-given talents. If this is what you want for your child, we invite you to learn more about the Catholic Schools. Our teachers and schools partner with our parents to help shape children both academically and spiritually. We do this by providing an environment and a curriculum that is infused with the Catholic faith and committed to forming young disciples of Jesus Christ.

    Catholic schools in Kansas: www.ArchKCK.org/schools
    Phone: (913)721-1570

    Catholic schools in Missouri: www,CatholicSchoolSystem.com
    Phone: (816)756-1850

     

    Private Schools

    The Kanas City metro area offers a wide variety of highly acclaimed private schools. Following are just just a few of the many options.

    • Pembroke Hill – The Pembroke Hill School is Kansas City’s largest independent college preparatory school serving students ages 2 years through 12th grade. www.PembrokeHill.org

    • Barstow – The Barstow School is a secular, coeducational, independent preparatory school in southern Kansas City with an enrollment of approximately 700 students. www.BarstowSchool.org

    • Heritage Christian Academy – Heritage Christian Academy is a Christ-centered, Pre-K through Grade 12, college preparatory school that challenges students to reach their highest potential in a Christ-centered environment. www.hcakc.org

    For a comprehensive list of all area private schools: www.usa.com/kansas-city-mo-ks-area-private-schools

  • Legends Outlets

    Legends Outlets Kansas City is the city’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment center and the only designer outlet center in the market. With a diverse and exciting tenant line-up satisfying every style, every age and every price range, Legends Outlets is a true shopping destination since nearly half of the stores and restaurants have their only location at Legends Outlets. While the shopping and dining are sure to please, Legends Outlets architecture will not go unnoticed. The 150-foot-tall Smokestack Tower is an icon of the center, designed with the theme of a historic warehouse district. Visitors are sure to enjoy a two-tiered fountain in the center courtyard with water that rises over 60-feet in the air. Designed by world-renowned WET Design of the Bellagio Fountain, the fountain is heated, allowing it to operate much of the year.

    Directions:
    Located at I-70 and I-435 in the heart of Village West

    www.LegendsShopping.com
    Phone: (913) 788.3700

     

    Brookside

    Charming and eclectic, this neighborhood began to come into its own as a specialty shopping district as early as the 1920s. These days, independently-owned retail shops and restaurants pepper the area, some retaining their original storefronts. For a pleasant afternoon, stroll the streets and pop in to stores like Cosentino’s Market (gourmet groceries and wines) and Fiddly Fig Gifts & Flowers. Belle Napoli (an Italian market) and Pickelman’s Soup and Sandwiches are great choices for a relaxed lunch.

    Directions:
    63rd St and Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64113

    www.BrooksideKC.com
    Phone: (816) 523.5553

     

    Crossroads Arts District

    A textbook example of successful urban revitalization, Crossroads is celebrated for its winning blend of galleries, shops, cafes, and restaurants, all tucked comfortably into one-time industrial spaces and warehouses. Art lovers and those looking for a unique gift will marvel at the 60+ studios and galleries. Take a break with a cup of coffee and a game of Ms. Pac-Man at The Coffee Girls cafe, or opt for more upscale eats at New American gem, 1924 Main Bistro.

    Directions:
    E 18th St and Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

    www.kccrossroads.org

     

    Crown Center

    Crown Center wears many hats, functioning as exclusive shopping center, residential community, concert and festival venue, lodging, and office complex. Home to the Hallmark greeting card company, Crown Center houses more than 50 specialty shops and a handful of restaurants and leisure facilities. Dining options include fine restaurants like the American Restaurant, Benton’s Steakhouse, and the Brasserie, as well as more casual, family-friendly places like Crayola Cafe, d’Bronx, and Fritz’s Railroad. During the winter months, Crown Center offers an indoor ice-skating rink, and the Kaleidoscope play area is a terrific place to challenge kids’ creativity. The Hyatt Regency and the Westin provide some 1400 hotel rooms for visitors to the area.

    Directions:
    2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

    www.crowncenter.com
    Phone: (816) 274.8444

     

    City Market

    One of Kansas City’s oldest institutions, City Market dates from the late 1850s, when farmers from all around would gather to sell produce and livestock, pick up supplies for the trip west, or just socialize. Today, the market is one of downtown’s hotspots, and vendors still sell everything from fresh gooseberries, nectarines, and cantaloupes to Southwestern pottery, flowers, and clothing. In addition, the market boasts a variety of dining options — Winslow’s BBQ, Succotash Bistro & Café, and Habashi House, to name but a few.

    Directions:
    5th St at Main St., Kansas City, MO 64106

    www.kc-citymarket.com
    Phone: (816) 842.1271

     

    Country Club Plaza

    Country Club Plaza is the heart and soul of Kansas City. Boasting Victoria’s Secret, Barnes & Noble, Pottery Barn, and lots of designer shops, the pedestrian-friendly area along the banks of Brush Creek is a true shopper’s haven. At night, after boutiques close, the plaza hums with new energy as scores of locals and tourists head over, looking to take advantage of the many dining and nightlife options. Each year during the Yuletide season, thousands flock to the plaza for the simultaneous lighting of the 14-block area.

    Directions:
    47th St and Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112

    www.CountryClubPlaza.com
    Phone: (816) 753.0100

     

    Town Center Plaza

    One of the area’s more attractive shopping destinations, Town Center offers a European-style setting, complete with red brick facades and open-air walkways. Several popular retailers operate stores here, making the place extremely popular with 20-something shoppers. Representative venues include Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Gap, Williams-Sonoma, and Coldwater Creek. Dining options include Panera Bread, Coyote Grill, Dean & Deluca and Bristol Seafood Grill.

    Directions:
    5000 W 119th St, Leawood, KS 66209-1525

    www.TownCenterPlaza.com
    Phone: (913) 498.1111

     

    Zona Rosa

    Designed to evoke the look and feel of a community-within-a-community, Zona Rosa mixes retail shops, restaurants, offices, and even residential space. Carefully avoiding a cookie-cutter layout, the center features architecturally unique storefronts and plenty of green space. Shoppers can expect to find New York & Company, Ann Taylor LOFT, Hollister Co., Bath & Body Works, Express, and more. Plentiful dining options include Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Hereford House, and Mimi’s Café.

    Directions:
    8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64153

    www.ZonaRosa.com
    Phone: (816) 587.8180

     

    Independence Center

    This three-story shopping mall serves Independence admirably, thanks to 130-plus retail shops, a food court, and a children’s play area featuring a double-decker carousel. Shops like Abercrombie & Fitch, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Dillard’s and Coldwater Creek appeal to the entire family. If you work up an appetite, stop at Applebee’s or the food court for a quick bite. Since undergoing a major renovation, the mall is a superb shopping destination.

    Directions:
    2035 Independence Center Dr, Independence, MO 64057

    www.simon.com/mall/independence-center
    Phone: (816) 795.8600

     

    Oak Park Mall

    Located southwest of Kansas City, this shopping center has been around for more than a quarter of a decade and continually reinvents itself to meet modern needs. The mall’s most recent incarnation unites aesthetics and utility, featuring ample lighting, cozy common areas, and scattered greenery. Anchor stores include Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Nordstrom. In addition, Oak Park offers more than 185 specialty shops, a food court, and a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year.

    Directions:
    11149 W 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214

    www.thenewoakparkmall.com
    Phone: (913) 888.4400

     

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