Just Listed! Elegant 2-Story Colonial Behind the Exclusive Gates of Maplewood

For Sale by Sara Van Allen Keller Williams Realty Partners.

For Sale by Sara Van Allen Keller Williams Realty Partners.

Welcome home to this majestic all brick estate on nearly an acre lot in the tranquil neighborhood of Maplewood in Lenexa. The exquisite upgrades begin with a manicured, cul-de-sac lot with inviting circle drive and side entry garage. The main level is perfect for entertaining with gleaming hardwood floors throughout.  The formal living and dining rooms are waiting for your next event.  The bright kitchen boasts a large center island, built-in Stainless Steel appliances and walk-in pantry.  The 4 season sun porch is accessible from either the family room or the kitchen and is just the place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Awake each morning behind the double doors of your private Master retreat with vaulted ceilings and full walk-in closet with enough storage for your entire wardrobe and then some.  Your newly renovated Master Bath with heated floors, dual vanities, free-standing spa tub, and separate walk-in shower will melt away the stress of the day.

Other remarkable extra features in this distinctive 7500sqft home include the convenience of a complete home gym, walk-in cedar closet on the bedroom level, and a private Den on the main floor with fireplace.  The full, finished walk-out lower level boasts a large Cherry pub bar with Corian counters, media room, and billiards room with a spacious hobby room or additional office space. New stone covered steel roof with a lifetime guarantee, zoned HVAC, and separate guest quarter access.  For a private showing contact me at 913-558-2053.

A new door awaits!

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Home is Listed by Sara Van Allen, Keller Williams Realty Partners, Inc.
Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated, Equal Housing Provider


So How’s the Market?

So How's the Market?

In this ever changing world of real estate, things will sometimes open up a brilliant opportunity that may not be available tomorrow. Today’s lucky penny is the opportunity to “Move Up”, or in other words, sell their current home and move into something bigger. As you can see here, our average prices are lower as are the interest rates. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to buy a bigger home for less money and a lower interest rate now, and then find extra equity next year when the average home price goes up? Food for thought….

If you are thinking about making this market work for you, call me, 913-558-2053. Or follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saravanallenrealtor or Twitter @SaraVAHomes.
Happy Moving Up Market!

Ever Wonder What Your Neighbor’s House is Worth?

Has there ever been a time when you were just curious about the price or other features of a home and you didn’t want to call the agent or look it up on the computer? Ever just wonder what your neighbor listed their house for?

Well now is your chance to find all the information you want about real estate…any location, any property, anytime…from coast to coast with my FREE KW Mobile App for smartphones. It’s as easy as pushing a button to find everything you want to know, right now. My Agent Code is KW2DC46G, check it out!

I am “BURSTING” to find you new neighbors!

One extra step I take for my clients is to introduce myself to the neighbors. Whether the purpose is to build traffic for an open house or drive interest for your listing, it’s something as simple as hello that can make a sale go that much faster. And after all, time is money right?
Other ideas could be:
We have a “SWEET” home to share…Sweet Tarts
This “HOT” home won’t be around for long…Hot Tamales
Just reduced! …Chocolate Coins
Who do you know that is “Making a Move” in 2014…M&M’s

If you are looking for homes in my neck of the woods, please visit me at http://www.saravanallen.kwrealty.com and Like Sara Van Allen Real Estate on Facebook.

Are you keeping your home from selling?

Statistics from NAR, graphic from Keeping Current Matters

Statistics from NAR, graphic from Keeping Current Matters

It is a new year with new homes coming on the market daily.  While the actual amount of homes sold is a touch down, the average prices are coming up and so is the amount of inventory to choose from. So why is your home still sitting on the market?

If you have a Realtor that is utilizing all of the tools in their marketing toolbox, it could be possible that it is you. Are you guilty of any of these 5 cardinal sins of selling your home?

1. Overpriced

This is the MOST common reason homes sit on the market. Many home owners, even some listed with agents, feel that they must stay on the high end of their price strategy because buyers will come in with a lower offer no matter what. The truth is while buyers are always looking for a good deal, a home is worth what a buyer is willing to pay. If you have had 10 showings and no offer, or no showings in more than 2 weeks, you are probably overpriced.

2. Staging

Family photos and knick knack collections are what makes a house feel homey. However, if your house is filled with personal touches, buyers find it very hard to imagine themselves buying your home. This also includes your favorite leather Lay-Z Boy recliner and your bright yellow bathroom. Neutralize it all. It may not feel like home to you after you stage it, but that is the point, it won’t be your house much longer.

3. Unfinished Projects

We all have those projects around the house that we get sidetracked from…a new faceplate here, a burnt out light bulb there, a light fixture still in the box in the garage. When your house is on the market is not the time to procrastinate. Even something as simple as a door that sticks or burnt out lights will make buyers think, “what else is wrong” and they will start looking for things with a fine tooth comb. I just showed a home last week with a beautifully done kitchen, but because what we thought was a light switch was reversed with the garbage disposal, the buyers started looking at grout lines to determine if it was done by a professional. Never mind the fact that the brand new stainless steel appliances were staying.

4. Inflexible

Selling a home is emotional. Whether you have lived there for years or just really love the property, if you have it on the market, there has to be a reason. Remember that reason throughout this process. When your agent asks you to do something to benefit your sale, try to understand why they are asking. If you receive an offer that is less than ideal, counter offer. They call it negotiation for a reason. But being inflexible is a quick way to make buyers walk right out the door.

5. Presentation

92% of home buyers begin their search online. If your home has been on the market for a while, it may be time to refresh the pictures. I always have to smack my forehead when a house for sale in September has pictures with snow on the ground. Keep things fresh! If the price is the same and the pictures are the same and we didn’t show your house the first time, we sure won’t 3 months later.

If you are needing a real estate reboot, now is the time to do it! It’s a new year, look back as to why you wanted to sell in the first place, be inspired by what is to come once you do sell.

Happy Home Selling!
To see houses for sale in my neck of the woods visit http://www.saravanallen.kwrealty.com or call me at 913-558-2053 for a Custom Market Analysis or Buyers Consultation.