Real Estate Advice: Staging Tips

πŸ’­ Thinking of listing your home but intimidated by the process of getting it show-ready? Here are a few simple steps you can take to help make your home look it’s best.

πŸƒ Declutter: the less clutter the better. Think of your home as a blank canvas. You want the buyer to be able to envision their things in your home.

πŸƒ Depersonalize: a few family photos are okay but too many personal items may make it hard for a buyer to imagine your home as their own.

πŸƒ Improve curb appeal: touch up any landscaping, take care of paint chips and power wash areas that may have been neglected. Even a few nice planters on the porch can really make your house feel like a home.

πŸƒ Stage the outdoor living area: outdoor space for entertaining is always a plus for buyers. Making your patio or deck look comfortable and inviting will encourage potential buyers to imagine summer barbecues and fall football games with their friends and family.

πŸƒ Cater to the season: is there anything more comforting than imagining the holidays in your home?

Jacquelyn Coates, Seek Real Estate β€’ 913.713.5066 β€’

Looking to buy a home this spring?

If you’re thinking about pulling the trigger on buying your dream home in 2020, here are the steps you need to take.

I work with many first-time home buyers and one of the first questions I typically get is about the home buying process as a whole.

Below is a comprehensive process that breaks down the general steps of buying your first home. When you take each of these steps, the process can be much less daunting.

1. Start saving a down payment

This may seem obvious but it is very important that you take a look at your finances to determine how much you can put down on a home. Your downpayment could range between 3%-20%. If you are looking to buy in the next few months, your current savings toward a downpayment can really help determine your home-buying budget.


2. Check your credit score

A healthy credit score is an important factor in getting pre-approved for a home loan. Make sure that you have addressed any major credit card debt or other debts before going to meet with your lender.

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3. Find a lender that you trust and get pre-approved

Finding a lender that you trust is a very important part of the home-buying process. I recommended asking your real estate professional for advice on who to use. Chances are, they have a lender that they work with on a weekly basis who they know will work hard to make sure that you close on time. This will guarantee that you have a smooth transition to your new home. Realtors do not receive any kickback from lenders that they recommend, so you can be sure that you are using a lender who has your best interest in mind.

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4. Find a real estate agent

Here is where I come in! When deciding who to use for your realtor, I recommend using someone that you trust and know will work hard to represent your needs and wants. People tend to use friends and family because they already know and trust them on a personal level. Always ask around to friends or family for recommendations as well. If they had a wonderful experience with their Realtor, chances are you will too!

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5. Start shopping!

Now the fun begins! You are pre-approved, you have your agent and now all you need to do is find your dream home. Your Realtor can set you up on an email search so that you get listings that you may be interested in sent directly to your inbox. There are also some great apps that you can download: Homespotter, and Zillow to name a few.

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6. Make an offer

Making an offer can seem like a scary process. Once you find a home that you love, your Realtor will help you construct an offer that you are comfortable with and competitive with the current market. Sellers will either accept, decline or counter your offer.

In most cases there will be some negotiating between your Realtor and the seller’s agent. Your Realtor should communicate with you through every step of this process and ensure they have your approval before any negotiations are made.

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7. Inspections

After an offer is accepted on your new home, you will have 10 days to complete any inspections that you want to do. Like with the lender, your Realtor will have inspectors that they trust and work with frequently and will be happy to recommend. You are also welcome to use someone that you found.

If there is anything found on the inspection reports that you want addressed by the sellers, your Realtor will help you negotiate to get those items fixed before the agreed upon closing date.

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8. Get an appraisal

Once inspections are complete, your lender will order an appraisal on the home. An appraiser will come out and take a look at the home to determine its value. They base their assessment on the condition and features of the home as well as other comparable homes in the area.


9. Closing time

Shopping, negotiations, inspections and appraisal are all complete! Your loan is in and everything is good to go. You will meet at the title company with your title agent, your Realtor and your lender for the closing. Get ready to sign your name about 40 times!


10. Moving day!

The most fun part of the whole process! Grab your friends and family and go make your home your own. You did it!





Jacquelyn Coates
Seek Real Estate

5936 Charlotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64110, Open House

Come out and see this beautiful Brookside bungalow from 1pm-3pm, this Sunday, January 5th!

Vaulted ceiling in living room. Granite kitchen counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors.

Roof, a/c, furnace, hot water heater all less than 5 years old.

Large master suite upstairs with private master bathroom and upstairs laundry. Fenced in backyard and two car garage- rare for the area!

For more information on this listing, give me a call at 417-207-6250 or click here.

Listing courtesy of Amanda Adrian, Seek Real Estate.


Jacquelyn Coates
Seek Real Estate

Prices are rising fast in the KC Housing Market

If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2020, being familiar with the climate of the current real estate market is key.

In an article recently published by The Kansas City Star, Kevin Hardy and Allison Kite detail the true heat of the Kansas City housing market. If you are someone who has bought or sold a house in the last few years, you are all too familiar with this market trend.

While no one knows what the market will do in the upcoming year, there is a strong case that prices will continue to rise. For sellers, this is very beneficial. For buyers, especially first time home buyers, it is important to plan ahead.

As detailed in the article, it is important that buyers are pre-approved not just pre-qualified by a lender before beginning to shop for a property.

Due to low inventory across the metro area, it may be important to plan on making an offer as soon as the same day that you see the property.

Finally, it is important to realize that you may end up paying over asking price for your home. However, interest rates are currently historically low and this is very beneficial to a buyer in the current market.

As always, you should always feel comfortable with the offer that you are making. With the right agent to help you navigate the ups and downs, the home buying/selling experience can be a positive one.

To read the full article, click here.


Jacquelyn Coates
Seek Real Estate

12208 Cedar Street, Overland Park, KS 66209, Open House


Don’t miss this Overland Park charmer! Wood floors throughout, 17′ ceilings and a beautiful stone fireplace. Cut-de-sac lot is also a great bonus.

Stop by and grab a donut from 10am-noon this Saturday, November 9th.

For more information, clickΒ here.

Listing courtesy of Hendricks Home Realty Team, SEEK Real Estate.


Jacquelyn Coates
Seek Real Estate

429 E 74th Street, Kansas City, MO 64131, Open House

Open house these weekend! This cute little Waldo Tudor features a two-car garage, screened in porch and beautiful stainless steel appliances.

Drop by between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm this Saturday, September 28th. See you then!

For more information, click here.

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Courtesy of SEEK Real Estate.


Jacquelyn Coates
Seek Real Estate

11553 S Carbondale Street Olathe, Kansas 66061- First Open House this weekend!

Holding my first open house this Sunday, September 22 from 10:00 AM- noon. Come drop by for a donut before you settle in to watch Sunday afternoon football the rest of the afternoon πŸ˜‰ Go Chiefs!

Listing is courtesy of Barb Hendricks with SEEK Real Estate. Details linked here.

11553 S Carbondale Street Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Click here for details.

Courtesy of SEEK Real Estate.