Take a Few Steps Before Putting Your Home on the Market

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Thinking of getting in on the hot seller’s market? Who could blame you? There is certainly more demand than supply right now. To get top dollar for your home, take these simple steps before listing:

  • Give your house a deep cleaning. First impressions are everything, so don’t let dirty floors or dusty surfaces overshadow all the great things about your home. Foul smells are a major turn off to buyers. You may want to consider hiring a professional.
  • Declutter and organize. This means closets, cabinets, pantries, countertops, etc. It’s hard for buyers to focus on the actual home when it is full of clutter and overflowing closets.
  • If you’ve been putting off fixing that leaky faucet, squeaky doors, or running toilets, now is the time to do all those repairs and maintenance that you’ve been putting off. Buyers will think the home hasn’t been well maintained.
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  • A fresh coat of neutral paint on the walls will make your home appear bigger, brighter and more welcoming. Especially get rid of any bright walls. Favorite neutral paints are whites, light grays, and light beiges. Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace is a favorite true white and Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray is a great gray wall color choice.
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  • Now that you’ve gotten the inside in tip-top shape, spruce up the exterior by making any necessary repairs. Make sure the grass is cut, the weeds are pulled, and the landscaping is trimmed.
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  • Hire a professional real estate agent to list your home. By enlisting a professional, your home will get the maximum exposure by being listed on the multi-listing service where thousands of agents and potential buyers will see it.

Stutesman Action Realty can help you list and sell your home. One of the professional real estate agents will offer you additional tips to maximize your home’s selling potential and will be there throughout the purchase negotiations and closing. Call today, 833.286.8400.


First Time Home Buying

The real estate market continues to be at the top of financial news with headlines ranging from supply shortages and rising interest rates. Although housing affordability continues to be a major challenge for buyers, a bit of good news is that first time homebuyers were responsible for 29% of sales in February, a 2% increase from the prior month. Are you thinking of joining the nearly 30% of homebuyers, but aren’t sure where to start? Buying a home can seem like a daunting task, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. Don’t worry just follow these steps and you will be living in your new home before you know it.

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  • Check your credit score to determine whether you qualify for a mortgage and the interest rate lenders will offer. You are entitled to an annual free credit report, go to Also, from now until the end of the year, the government is allowing a weekly credit report, so take full advantage of this free service. Take this time to review the report and fix any errors or issues.
  • Determine your budget and what you are comfortable with. Just because you may qualify for more, doesn’t mean it is right for you. Most buyers prefer not to be “married to a house payment” so they can travel and do other things.
  • Find a trusted mortgage lender to get the best mortgage and mortgage rate. Once you are approved, a mortgage lender can give you a preapproval letter. A preapproval letter is a great tool when purchasing a home, because it lets real estate agents and sellers know you are serious and can give you an edge over other buyers that aren’t as prepared.
  • Choose a real estate agent that will help you find the perfect home that meets your needs within your budget. Once you’ve decided on a home, an agent will guide you through the entire process from negotiation to the final closing process.
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  • Tips to help your real estate agent find the perfect home:
    • What is important to you? Schools? Nearby recreational activities?
    • Will this be a starter home or a forever home?
    • Do you want to be within walking distance of amenities such as parks or grocery stores?
    • Do you want to live in a neighborhood or prefer to have a larger lot?

First time home buying doesn’t have to be scary. Just follow the steps above and find real estate professionals that you can trust to help you throughout the entire process. Stutesman’s Action Realty can help you with all your real estate needs in Missouri and Kansas. Call today, 833.286.8400.

For more information about current housing statistics, visit the National Association of Realtorsâ.


How to Prepare for the Impending Interest Rate Hikes

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All indicators are pointing to interest rate hikes in 2022. When, how much, and how many are still under speculation, but the one thing experts agree on is that they will rise. How can you prepare for the upcoming rate hikes?

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  • If you are considering buying a home, now is the time. Work with your mortgage broker to lock in a low rate. Make sure the rate is fixed and won’t vary.
  • If you have your eye on a home, but the current owner needs a longer move out date, go ahead and purchase it at the lower rate and lease it back to the owner. A real estate professional can help you properly write up a contract with the specific details.
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  • Pay off as much debt as possible, especially credit card debt and any sort of variable rate loans. These are the things that can get out of hand quickly and cause many financial problems that will  hurt you homebuying potential.
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On the other hand, rate hikes aren’t all bad for homebuyers. Last year’s soaring demand and low-interest rates sent prices rising beyond reach for many would-be homebuyers. Buyers found themselves in bidding wars and/or making hasty decisions. For most Americans, the main way of accumulating wealth is through homeownership and last year’s dramatic price increases squashed that dream for many. That is a problem that not even low-interest rates could fix. Experts don’t expect a dramatic decline in home prices, but the dramatic increases are forecast to tamper down a bit allowing a larger pool of buyers to become homeowners.

One thing is for certain, planning is crucial, so get with an agent, find a lender, and start planning. Stutesman’s Action Realty has a line-up of professional real estate agents ready to help their clients make that purchase or sell. Reach out today, 833.286.8400.


Jennifer Stutesman Frese

Jennifer Stutesman Frese

Jennifer Stutesman Frese

Owner/Managing Broker MO


Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-667-1097


A Lifelong Philosophy of Success

The little plaque may be weathered with age, but the words are just as powerful as the first time Jennifer Stutesman read them. “Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow,” is a phrase that brings Jennifer back to her childhood and the warmth of her parents’ kitchen, where the plaque still proudly hangs. While growing up, she remembers seeing the words whenever she grabbed a snack or was baking cookies with her mom. But it was their meaning that Jennifer took to heart and still does in her life today.

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A Positive Philosophy

Looking back, this local businesswoman recognizes that she wasn’t the only one touched by this phrase. Her own parents followed this positive philosophy during her youth and instilled in Jennifer a strong sense of optimism and happiness that she has carried throughout her life. Born in Kansas City, Jennifer grew up in the country. She enjoyed a loving family relationship and somewhat of an idyllic lifestyle, riding her green Suzuki motorcycle and playing with her older brother on their family’s farm.

The Quality of Life

Although she initially studied business, Jennifer soon shifted gears to pursue a career in fashion merchandising. With her energetic, outgoing personality and positive approach, she was a natural in assuming the role of assistant manager for a retail store in Kansas City while going to school full-time. However, she later realized this wasn’t her calling, and transitioned into a career processing residential loans. Jennifer and her family later decided a smaller, closer-knit community would better serve their family—prompting their move back to Nevada. The great quality of life here is something Jennifer never takes for granted, whether she’s puttering around in her garden or she is rooting for one of her children—Trent and Alissa—at one of their events.

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Inspiring Words

For Jennifer, the positive philosophy of learning from yesterday and living for today has made a definite impact on her both personally and professionally. It’s perhaps fitting that in turn, Jennifer has chosen her career in real estate to make a positive impact on the lives of others. As an accomplished agent as well as the respected broker of Stutesman’s Action Realty, Jennifer’s belief in taking care of people and putting their needs first is making a lasting impact on local residents in Nevada and the Vernon County area.

A Lasting Impact

With both her father and grandfather as builders and a solid family history in construction, Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable about the local market and the inventory of available homes.

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Jennifer making an impact on your next Move!

She does her homework when it comes to helping a buyer find the right home or maximizing a home’s exposure for a seller. From her sound business expertise to her high ethic and moral standards, Jennifer is a true professional who believes in treating the needs and goals of your family with the same care and attention she would her own.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home in Nevada or in the Vernon County area, trust Jennifer to make A Lasting Impact on your next move by achieving your real estate goals. Call or text  her today 417.667.1097 , email


Scott Theis

Scott Theis

Scott Theis

Managing Broker Kansas/
Associate Missouri

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-321-0929


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.


Diane Earll

Diane Earll

Diane Earll

Broker/Associate Missouri

Office: 417-667-8400

Mobile: 417-448-4023

Diane has taken on a new role in the agency, but is still doing what she loves – helping clients with their real estate needs!

Diane’s career in real estate began 22 years ago, when along with her husband Eddie Earll, began building and remodeling homes in the and have always taken great pride in their accomplishments.

Diane grew up in rural Vernon County and graduated from El Dorado Springs School. She learned from an early age the value of hard work and determination and continues to display these principles in her career.

As a member of the National Association of Realtors and Missouri Realtors, Diane has had the opportunity to serve as Secretary, Vice President, and President for the Five County Board of Realtors. She also received her GRI (Graduated Realtor Institute) in 2008, CRS (Council of Residential Specialists) in 2015, Brokers license in 2015, and SRS (Seller Residential Specialist) in 2016.

In her current role, Diane handles everything from handling the office’s administrative duties, to ensuring contract and document compliance. Diane also works closely with the agency’s outside marketing firm, assisting with property and agency promotions. She also is a pro at keeping the team organized, keeping the database current, gathering together paperwork from the seller and the buyer, working with the title company to make sure all parties show up to closing, and making sure profits get wired in.

Her organization and people skills show in her personal life as well. Diane loves the outdoors and keeping connected with friends and family. Diane also enjoys hobbies such as cooking for her family and having huge family gatherings, working outdoors in the yard, and going on road trips.

Diane and her family have a special love for their animals… All of which were wayward souls taken in by the Earlls’. Each one of them has a story and now  have a forever home with unconditional love.

She and her husband, Eddie, have one daughter Nikki and son-in-law Jonathon. They are also blessed with a granddaughter, Iridessa, which they enjoy every given opportunity.

Diane takes great pride in customer satisfaction and looks forward to each opportunity when assisting clients with any of their real estate needs.


How to Sell Your Home Fast if Foreclosure is Looming


Although the housing market is the hottest it has been in recent years, some people have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and are facing the possibility of foreclosure. When foreclosure is looming, sellers are typically anxious to sell their homes. To assure your home sells fast, make sure it is in top condition, priced to sell, and marketed appropriately.


Although money may be tight, it is important to make sure the house is in the best condition possible. Often the things that need to be done only require good old-fashioned labor and your time. Decluttering is the best place to start. This allows buyers the ability to truly see the house and all it has to offer. Piles, messes, and odors are a sure way to turn a buyer off. If the house needs some repairs, don’t invest too much money. It is best to opt for less expensive items such as re-painting, caulking cracks, fixing minor leaks, and patching holes in the walls.

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Price your home a realistic price for the market. Overpricing will guarantee a house to sit on the market. Although houses are generally selling for more in today’s market, remember a house will only sell for what the market is willing to pay. If it’s too high, they won’t buy it.


There is more to marketing a house than putting a for-sale sign in the yard. It is important to have an online presence exposing it to an unlimited number of buyers. You will need several quality photos to give viewers a good idea of what your house looks like. Online views lead to in-person showings.

Selling a house can be overwhelming and the best way to remedy that feeling is to hire a professional real estate agent. A professional will help you get the house in top condition by offering advice on what needs to be done to attract buyers. No one knows the real estate market better than a real estate agent. An agent can conduct a comparative market analysis to determine what homes similar to yours are selling for in your market. This helps determine the most likely sell price. Once an agent lists your home, it will be listed on the open market making it available for thousands of buyers and other real estate agents to view. Stutesman Action Realty can get your house sold fast! Contact an agent today at 833.286.8400.


New Year, New Home

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As 2021 is wrapping up with a record housing year, 2022 is shaping up to be another one. Although the Fed has signaled, they are open to raising interest rates to offset inflation, the housing market is expected to continue to remain strong. While many may think this could slow the housing market (and it could), this will help lower the cost of materials and supplies such as lumber and plumbing supplies. As the old saying goes, “It will all come out in the wash,” is relatively accurate when considering the correlation between the two. Are you thinking about selling your home in the new year and curious if the time is right for you? Here are a few things to consider:

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Is this the right time for you?

Of course, factors like seasonality and local market trends play a role in your decision-making process, the most important considerations are personal. The first step is to consider your finances. Yes, you may be able to get top dollar for your home, but you could also pay top dollar for another one.  

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How much can you afford to spend?

Now that you’ve considered your finances and what comfortably fits your budget, it is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage if you will be financing your new home. Today’s market is very competitive and buyers that can show sellers they are serious are more likely to have their offer accepted.

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What are your must-haves?

If you have decided that now is the time to make the move, make a list of your must-haves that you can’t live without. Do you want to stay in a specific school district? Do you need a home office? Do you want a bigger lot?

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Start shopping!

Now the fun begins, and you can confidently start your search knowing that when you find your dream home, you will be ready to make an offer. Hiring a professional real estate agent is one of the best ways to buy and sell a home. They will help you search for homes, schedule showings, help you make an offer, and work with you throughout the entire process.

Contact Stutesman’s Action Realty today to find your new home in the new year.


Should You Sell Your Home During the Holidays?

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The holidays aren’t always considered to be the best time to sell your home, but that isn’t necessarily true, especially in the current real estate climate where demand is high, and supply is low. People typically associate the time of year when the grass is turning green as the optimal time to sell, but don’t limit yourself to the warmer temperatures if you are considering selling. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Inventory is lower, limiting competition.
  • Buyers that are actively looking during this time of year tend to be more serious and ready to make a decision when they find what they want.
  • Holiday decorations can make your home more inviting and create an emotional connection to potential buyers.
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If you decide to list your home during the holidays, here are a few tips:

  • Make your home festive, but don’t go overboard. If your home is too crowded it will give the impression that it isn’t large enough and/or keep potential buyers from moving freely to get a good look.
  • To solidify the holiday experience, fill your home with the smell of the holidays. Try this stovetop simmering potpourri recipe from A Modern Homestead.
  • Make sure decorations don’t block beautiful views or unique architectural features.
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  • Keep stairs and walkways free of snow, ice, and leaves to maintain everyone’s safety and curb appeal.
  • Create a great video tour to entice online shoppers to want to take an in-person tour.

Are you ready to list your home this holiday season? Give Stutesman’s Action Realty a call, 833.268.8400. A real estate professional will give you tips on making your home holiday perfect to entice any buyer.

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Remote Working Has Proven to Be Successful in Allowing Ease of Moving

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Thanks to the pandemic fast-forwarding remote working, many people have been given the opportunity to move their residences without compromising their careers and salary. A large number have taken full advantage and moved to places they thought would be possible only after retirement or at the cost of their salaries.  

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According to PwC in a January 12, 2021 article titled, “It’s Time to Reimagine Where and How Work Will Get Done,” remote work has been overwhelmingly successful for both employees and employers. In just one year, employers’ attitudes about the success of remote work jumped from 73% to 83%. Both employers and employees agree that productivity has improved due to remote work. The pandemic certainly accelerated the possibility of remote work for people and these survey findings prove that it can successfully work to benefit both employees and employers.

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Have you been afforded the opportunity to work from home and have considered moving your family to areas with a lower cost of living, slower pace, and bigger possibilities of owning your dream home? Based upon income data and home prices compiled a list of the 15 least expensive states to buy a home. Both Kansas and Missouri made the list. The Missouri median home price falls around $157,000 of which is roughly 12% of the typical household income. The average household earns approximately $72,000 annually. Neighboring Kansas has an average home price of $152,000, which is about 11% of the median household income. To make your move to one of these beautiful states, contact Stutesman Action Realty today, 833.286.8400.