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It’s a Sellers’ Market, but Should Buyers be Discouraged?

You have heard that the pandemic created a sellers’ market in 2020. What exactly does a “sellers’ market” mean? Basically, it means that the demand for homes is higher than the supply in the market. How can this be when unemployment rates were at all-time highs? There are a couple of reasons.

  1. Many sellers that had their homes listed prior to the pandemic, pulled the listings off the market to wait and see if there were going to be any adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. When sellers pulled listings, this immediately decreased the supply of available homes in the market creating a shortage.
  2. The historically low interest rates encouraged buyers to go ahead and make that new home purchase they had been thinking about.

Experts agree there are many other reasons like a mass move out of bigger cities, residents that were forced to stay at home realized they needed bigger living spaces and more conducive to remote working and schooling, and the list goes on. The bottom line is that residential home sales in most areas have come out a winner in this pandemic.

Does this mean that buyers should be discouraged from purchasing real estate? Absolutely not! However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t low ball your offer. A seller’s market is no time to do that. Work with a real estate agent and have them conduct a comparative market analysis and make a reasonable offer based upon your findings. A comparative market analysis examines similar properties that have recently sold.

Finally, working with a real estate agent will help you navigate the market. A real estate professional will help you negotiate deals and guide you through the entire process. Stutesman’s Action Realty will always treat you fairly showing consideration for your time and giving you all the truthful facts and information to help you throughout the entire real estate transaction process. Call today and put your new real estate team to work for YOU!

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

Winter isn’t usually thought of as “the season” to sell a home, but home sales have gradually increased across all seasons. While it may be true that people tend to stay indoors when the weather is cold and wet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t sell your home. In fact, one positive that came from the COVID-19 pandemic is that it really pushed virtual showings forward. Like all other businesses, real estate professionals were forced to rethink how they conducted business to adhere to social distancing and/or lockdowns. Real estate professionals are used to adapting and overcoming whether it be the colder months or a pandemic.

Check out these helpful tips for selling your home during the winter:

  • It is true that the cold weather keeps some people home and now we have the pandemic making it more important than ever to have a great online listing. Clients respond especially well to 3D home tours.
  • It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, if a home isn’t priced according to market demand it won’t sell. A home priced in accordance to what buyers are actually paying in you market will sell much faster. The best way to determine a market price is to use recent sales comparables from your market.
  • Hire the right agent. You want to find someone that you are comfortable working with and a professional at his or her job. The right agent will also give you a great online listing presence and help determine an appropriate market value for your home.

Don’t let the season determine if you are selling your home. Now is the time. Interest rates are low and there is a shortage of inventory. If you are looking to sell or purchase a home this winter, give Stutesman Action Realty a call. There are three locations to better serve you: Nevada, Missouri, 417.667.8400; Ft. Scott, Kansas, 833.286.8400; and Lamar, Missouri, 833.286.8400.

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Pandemic Hot Real Estate

If there is a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that the residential real estate market is hot. Demand is outweighing supply making it very much a seller’s market. If you have been thinking about selling your home, now is the time. Much of the market’s increase has to do with the all-time-low interest rates, but demands in the local market served by Stutesman’s Action Realty (Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Missouri, and Southeast Kansas) can be attributed to the sudden “stay at home” orders from various government entities.

What types of properties are pandemic hot?

  • Smaller second- and third-tier cities located outside urban areas have seen an increase in market activity amidst the pandemic and perhaps a market winner. An article published in The Business Times stated that these cities are “in a better position as the pandemic wanes.” Cities that promote healthy living such as the Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Missouri, and Southeast Kansas areas abundant with hiking, cycling, walking and many other outdoor activities with the gorgeous landscape backdrop are increasingly interesting buyers from much larger fast-paced areas.
  • Real estate with acreage to accommodate a home site, hobby farming, and/or recreational property have had an increased interest with buyers from large metropolitan areas. Many buyers are looking for off-grid living and get back to nature.
  • Americans were forced to slowdown and rethink how they live. Pre-COVID, many American families were busy working and rushing from one kid activity to the next (I’m not judging, trust me, I was doing the same thing) and suddenly those busy schedules were disrupted. In the beginning, we weren’t quite sure what to think of all this free time on our hands, but the longer the pandemic has gone on and events have been cancelled, the more we realize that we kind of like nesting at home. Many buyers are looking for larger homes and/or homes with more outdoor space to continue their newly found love of staying home.

Stutesman’s Action Realty has multiple properties in this pandemic hot market. Properties range from beautifully restored homes, home sites with acreages, commercial and agricultural/recreational land. If you are thinking of buying a property, the interest rates are great and if you are thinking of selling, it’s certainly a seller’s market in this area. For your next real estate transaction, you can trust Stutesman’s. Call today to speak to a real estate professional.

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Selling Your Home During a Pandemic

No one can deny that these last several months have been anything short of normal. If it were possible to never hear the phrase, “unprecedented times” ever again would be fantastic. I think it’s safe to say that most of us were happy living in the precedented times. However, it’s unclear if and when things will ever get back to pre-COVID-19 times. One thing is for certain, life goes on and we must find a way to move forward. This is evident in how hot the housing market is right now. Most areas are experiencing a shortage of housing inventory making this very much a seller’s market.

Some things may have changed during the listing and selling process, but nothing that can’t be tackled. Besides those fantastic interest rates, another positive aspect that has emerged in real estate is the use of social media and live videos. Many agents show properties via Facebook Live, IGTV, or FaceTime. If a potential buyer wants to see a home in person, homeowners are asking that masks be worn and hands sanitized as people enter their homes. Don’t feel bad for asking this of a buyer and real estate agents, it is your personal choice when inviting a stranger into your home.

Although there is a pandemic going on, don’t let that hold you back on buying or selling your home. Those interest rates are.. ehem… ”unprecedented.” Sorry for the use of the word, but this time it’s good! Thinking of buying or selling? Give Stuteman’s Action Realty a call or check out the website to find your dream home.

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Shannon Callaghan

Shannon Callaghan

Associate KS & MO

Office: 417-667-8400
Phone: 816-806-4703
Email: [email protected]

I am a Kansas City native and recently relocated to Nevada. I have fallen in love with the community here. My husband Brian and I have 3 kids, Hunter, Myles, and McKenzie. We also have a mini dachshund named Jac. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, going on vacations, and watching the kids in their various activities. We attend church at Heartland Baptist Fellowship and volunteer at the rescue mission in Harrisonville, MO. I graduated from Heritage College with a degree in exercise science. I was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for several years while working for an insurance company assisting the underwriter. My dream for becoming a realtor was born when we started searching for a new home. I enjoyed the process of looking at houses and thought I would love to help people find their dream home. Helping guide you home!

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Stacy Wood

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Stacy Wood

Associate KS

Office: 417-667-8400
Phone
: 620-224-7773
Email: [email protected]

Stacy Wood is a lifelong resident of Bourbon County. She grew up in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College.

She and her husband Patrick have one daughter, Berkley. They enjoy attending her many sporting activities.

Stacy began her career as a cosmetologist in 1996. She knows the value of working hard for her clients. Hard work and determination have aided her in building a large clientele over the last twenty plus years.

She is looking forward to the same experience as a real estate agent. She will devote her time and energy into helping you with all of your real estate needs.

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Kaci Kurtz

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Kaci Kurtz

Associate KS & MO

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-448-7721

Email[email protected]

Kaci grew up in Nevada, MO. From being active in 4-H and FFA she learned the importance of and benefits of hard work and dedication. After high school Kaci pursued a degree in Business Management from Pittsburg State University. After graduating in 2010 she went to work for the family chiropractic business assisting with patient care. It was here she witnessed and learned the rewards of serving others. Since high school Kaci has harbored an interest and dream of working in the real estate field. This summer, she decided to take action to make that dream a reality and earned her real estate license in MO and the neighboring state of Kansas. She is excited to serve this and the surrounding communities in their real estate wants and needs as a part of the Stutesman’s Action Realty team.

 

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Scott Theis

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Scott Theis

Associate, Kansas & Missouri

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-321-0929

Email[email protected]

DEDICATION, DISCIPLINE, RELATIONSHIP

Scott lives life with optimistic enthusiasm. Every day is a wonderful day! It’s this outlook that gives him his infectious personality. Scott believes the greatest feelings of accomplishment come from learning, or from teaching. Scott is an accomplished musician who has played guitar for over 37 years. He loves teaching guitar in his spare time to his students who range from kids to grandparents. Through being a musician, Scott learned early on the rewards of dedication and discipline. You can feel assured he will be dedicated, and work hard in helping you achieve your goals as your Realtor.

Scott served Boy Scouts of America as Cubmaster for Nevada Pack 117 for 9 years, and as a District Executive for the Springfield, MO council for five. In 2015, he received the District Award of Merit from Boy Scouts of America. It is the highest honor a district can bestow to a volunteer.

Scott also serves on the Board of Directors for the Osage Prairie YMCA as the current Vice-President, and the Rotary Club for Nevada.

As a father of three teenagers, and husband for 18 years, Scott understands the importance of family. No matter how big, small, or unique, your family is what matters to him. So let him help you find your perfect place in and around Nevada! Scott stated, “There is nothing more important than home. Whether it be a bachelor pad, a hallway filled with plastic toys to step on in the middle of the night, or the quiet empty nest when they’re grown up and moved away, everyone needs their place to call home.”

Scott will help you from start to finish. In selling, he will give advice and explain to you the market analysis you need to know. In buying, he will help you find financing and understand your loan, choose the right home for you, and get you to the closing table. You will never feel alone.

Scott is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Missouri Association of Realtors, and 5 County Board of Realtors.

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Penne Moore

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Penne Moore

Associate, Kansas & Missouri

GRI

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile417-684-0896

Email[email protected]

Stable and “all in” are Penne’s order of business.  Born and raised in Nevada, and married in 1980 to her high school sweetheart, Dusty.  They were presented in 1988,  the opportunity to purchase the farm where Dusty’s maternal grandmother was born and raised.  They have happily raised two amazing children, Sam and Emily and a plethora of animal species.  And now her greatest thrill, two granddaughters come visit on Sundays. (and any other time they can all find time in their schedules)

Dusty and Penne also own Kitchen Center from where they sell cabinets, countertops, tile and more. Dusty is a talented re-modeler, specializing in Kitchen and Bath remodel. Their partnership runs deep.

 

Penne was introduced to the art of Real Estate when her Grandparents bought and rehabbed properties for rentals.  That tradition was continued by her parents.  She and Dusty have continued the family tradition.

Her interest in becoming a Real Estate Agent was inspired when she was employed by Farm & Home Savings and Loan in the Loan Service Department.  While she spent most of her career there in the foreclosure side of loans, she also spent a few months in the branch office helping originate loans and experiencing the excitement of new buyers, the mountains of papers demanded for the mortgage, and the dedication of the Real Estate Professionals that made all that possible.

Owning her other business, Office Services, for just over 10 years, Penne made the decision in late 2011 that she was ready to pursue her Real Estate Career.  Like so many other plans, God laughs.

In 2012, both children were married.  Daughter Emily and Blake in February, and Son, Sam and Kristina in October.  Emily and Blake also blessed the family with the birth of Briley in 2012.  In 2014 they again blessed the family with the addition of Allison.

During the 2013 break, Penne was able to carve out a piece of time for herself and became a Licensed Real Estate Agent.  

Since becoming licensed, Penne has worked with both buyers and sellers with the same enthusiasm and passion as she presents in all the other areas of life.  One of the most gratifying aspects of this business is being a part of these personal, major milestones, in strangers and acquaintences that be come true friends along the path, of buying or selling their homes.  Penne feels both honored and blessed to be part of the transaction.

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Ronda Berryhill

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Ronda Berryhill

Broker Associate, Missouri

CRS, GRI

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-684-2125

Email: [email protected]

Personal Websitewww.RondaBerryhill.com

Ronda has built her real estate career by going the extra mile to ensure her clients reach their goals. If you’re in the market to buy or sell real estate, put your move in the hands of a professional going the distance to ensure her clients reach their goals.     

Get to know Ronda Berryhill

   Ronda Berryhill is a woman defined by her passion for living life to the fullest.  She believes in making every moment count, a belief that was first instilled in her at a young age by her father.  Ronda’s father taught her that with hard work and determination there was never a goal she couldn’t accomplish. Ronda has been seizing all of her opportunities ever since.  This early lesson was Ronda’s inspiration when she decided to attend nursing school.  Although she was working full-time, raising her children, and helping run the family businesses, Ronda decided to advance her dream of caring for others.  Graduating from MSSU with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She went on to work in many areas of the nursing field, both in southwest Missouri and the Dallas, Texas area.  While caring for patients, both acutely ill in the hospitals & the home care and hospice patient’s in their homes, Ronda was known for her cheerful disposition, as she always tried to bring a bit of joy to her patient’s.  You see, Ronda saw her work as an opportunity to help her patients make the most of their last moments, as well as an opportunity to learn many life lessons from them.  Choosing a career in real estate became a natural choice, being once again in the profession of helping others to seize the opportunities before them.  Ronda has been in real estate for 10 years and has continued her education, completing the requirements for her Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations and has completed the course work and obtained her Broker-agent license.  Ronda continually strives to stay on the edge of changes to her profession, allowing her to help clients see all their options and seize their opportunities.  “Making Every Moment Count” for you.

Ronda Berryhill Expertise

   Ronda’s philosophy to live life to the fullest has only been reinforced by the experiences she has encountered in the real estate field.  She realizes how important it is to stay connected to the people around her.  This desire to seize all of life’s opportunities is also the driving force behind Ronda’s career as a real estate professional.  As a result, she always has her client’s best intersts at heart.  Ronda strives to help them capitalize on all their real estate possibilities by providing them with the personalized service they deserve.  This uncommon level of service starts with Ronda sitting down with her clients to truely understand their unique needs and expectations.  Once armed with this information, she formulates an effective plan to turn their dreams into reality.  From consultation to closing, she makes,” every moment count” by keeping her clients up-to-date with the pertinent information they need to make sound decisions.  Whether her clients are planning to purchase their first home or selling one in a long line of investments, Ronda has the skills and the insightfulness to make it happen.  If you are considering the sale or purchase of property in Vernon, Barton, or Cedar County, you want to chose a professional that will support you and help you seize all of your opportunities.  Call Ronda Berryhill today, she’s the professional to represent your interests.  See how she is “Making Every Moment Count” for you.

ask for Ronda, like the song

“Help Me Ronda”!

Ronda has built her real estate career by going the extra mile to ensure her clients reach their goals. If you’re in the market to buy or sell real estate, put your move in the hands of a professional going the distance to ensure her clients reach their goals.     

Get to know Ronda Berryhill

   Ronda Berryhill is a woman defined by her passion for living life to the fullest.  She believes in making every moment count, a belief that was first instilled in her at a young age by her father.  Ronda’s father taught her that with hard work and determination there was never a goal she couldn’t accomplish. Ronda has been seizing all of her opportunities ever since.  This early lesson was Ronda’s inspiration when she decided to attend nursing school.  Although she was working full-time, raising her children, and helping run the family businesses, Ronda decided to advance her dream of caring for others.  Graduating from MSSU with an Associate Degree in Nursing.  She went on to work in many areas of the nursing field, both in southwest Missouri and the Dallas, Texas area.  While caring for patients, both acutely ill in the hospitals & the home care and hospice patient’s in their homes, Ronda was known for her cheerful disposition, as she always tried to bring a bit of joy to her patient’s.  You see, Ronda saw her work as an opportunity to help her patients make the most of their last moments, as well as an opportunity to learn many life lessons from them.  Choosing a career in real estate became a natural choice, being once again in the profession of helping others to seize the opportunities before them.  Ronda has been in real estate for 10 years and has continued her education, completing the requirements for her Graduate Realtor Institute and Certified Residential Specialist designations and has completed the course work and obtained her Broker-agent license.  Ronda continually strives to stay on the edge of changes to her profession, allowing her to help clients see all their options and seize their opportunities.  “Making Every Moment Count” for you.

Ronda Berryhill Expertise

   Ronda’s philosophy to live life to the fullest has only been reinforced by the experiences she has encountered in the real estate field.  She realizes how important it is to stay connected to the people around her.  This desire to seize all of life’s opportunities is also the driving force behind Ronda’s career as a real estate professional.  As a result, she always has her client’s best intersts at heart.  Ronda strives to help them capitalize on all their real estate possibilities by providing them with the personalized service they deserve.  This uncommon level of service starts with Ronda sitting down with her clients to truely understand their unique needs and expectations.  Once armed with this information, she formulates an effective plan to turn their dreams into reality.  From consultation to closing, she makes,” every moment count” by keeping her clients up-to-date with the pertinent information they need to make sound decisions.  Whether her clients are planning to purchase their first home or selling one in a long line of investments, Ronda has the skills and the insightfulness to make it happen.  If you are considering the sale or purchase of property in Vernon, Barton, or Cedar County, you want to chose a professional that will support you and help you seize all of your opportunities.  Call Ronda Berryhill today, she’s the professional to represent your interests.  See how she is “Making Every Moment Count” for you.

ask for Ronda, like the song

“Help Me Ronda”!