How to Host an Open House

A helpful tool to selling a home is hosting open houses. Open houses give buyers the opportunity to spend a Sunday afternoon envisioning themselves in a home. Before hosting an open house, however, there are important steps to take to ensure the home is buyer-ready: 1. Deep Clean: Not everyone likes to clean, but a buyer will not be impressed with a home if it is dirty. When cleaning look for things buyers might notice, such as dirty windows or dusty baseboards. Change out towels, fluff...

Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks, family, grilling, lake time- these are all things you might think of when it comes to Fourth of July. The Fourth is one of the most popular holidays of the year, pulling together friends and families for a celebration of America's independence. You can find fireworks being sold on almost every street and decor being sold in almost every store; it is hard not to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement that Fourth of July brings. The surrounding area provides opportunities for indulging in Fourth of July...


Why You Should Never Buy or Sell Without an Agent

You wouldn't go to court without an attorney, build your own house without a contractor, or take on the IRS to challenge a tax matter without an accountant. Buying or selling a home is no different. Here are a few reasons why you should never buy or sell a home without an agent.   Knowledge of the Market When working for a seller, a good agent knows who the typical buyer audience is and how to find them. A buyer’s agent will guide you towards realistic properties...

Fourth of July Decor

Fourth of July is right around the corner and with it comes themed parties. Whether you are celebrating with friends or family or a mixture of the two, Fourth of July is the perfect time to show off your decorating skills. If you are looking to have the best decor on the block, try these Pinterest inspired ideas:

Patriotic Pallet Flag- simply paint your pallet with stars and stripes to resemble an American flag. If painting stars sounds intimidating, stencils are always good, or substitute stick on stars. ...

New Housing Trend

Tiny living is now a popular and economical option for those wanting to downsize while still having a fully functional home; HGTV has even made a show about “Tiny House Hunters.” Now a similar trend is popping up-that of “Shedquarters.” Shedquarters are a product sold by companies such as Kanga Room and Modern Shed, the concept being a shed that is modern or cottage in style with the intention of being used as a home office, guest bedroom, getaway spot, or even to live in....


Joplin Baseball

In May of 2015 Joplin welcomed The Joplin Blasters, our first professional baseball team. Playing out of a newly remolded Joe Becker Stadium, The Blasters are members of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. With a regular season of 100 games The Blasters stay busy and popular in the Joplin area. Many Southwest Missouri residents enjoy summer night home games at the ballpark, where regular ballpark fare is served as well as the occasional firework show and kids bounce house. Joe Becker...


Moving Musts

Moving to a new home is a big process-many who have never done it before may not realize all that goes into being a homeowner. Packing and cleaning (new and old home alike) are some of the first things homeowners do. But before getting settled in a new home there are some things that can be done that not everyone may think of. A good place to start is with changing the locks; give yourself extra piece of mind by ensuring you're the only one with...


Parks and Recreation Department Offers Summer Programs

The Joplin Parks and Recreation Department will be introducing new summer programs for children and adults beginning in June. The American Red Cross will be holding Learn-to-Swim classes at Ewert Family Aquatic Center for swimmers of all ages and skill. The program will focus on developing swimming abilities as well as teaching water safety. After swimming lessons head over to Schifferdecker Golf Course for Family Fun Nights. Held on June 18, July 16, and August 20, Family Fun Nights will offer the chance for families to play 9 holes of...


Red Day 2016

Annually Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri and Keller Williams Realty offices worldwide organize and execute Red Day (Renew, Energize, Donate). Nationally started in 2009, this year local Red Day volunteers prepared and delivered sack lunches complete with either a hamburger, cheeseburger, or hot dog, chips, cookies, and a drink to Joplin and surrounding areas. Lunches were pre-ordered and Keller Williams associates worked for months in advance by collecting orders, finding a venue, organizing volunteers, and bringing in food and supplies all donated by area businesses. This year Keller Williams...


The Right Time to Sell

It's that time of year when a lot of change is happening: spring is upon us, bringing with it new temperatures and activities, high school and college students are soon to graduate, and summer is quickly approaching. Real estate is no exception to this change. The spring season brings spring buyers-the home purchasing market is busier than ever. In the Keller Williams Southwest Missouri region alone the volume of contracts written this year are up 109.1% from this time last year. However, the number...


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