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No Detail Has Been Spared

Categories: Featured Home of the Week | Posted: May 22, 2017

Do you like to have the house that says “WOW” from top to bottom? This is the one for you. From the golf course view to the detailed woodwork, no detail has been spared in this home. Everywhere you turn there’s another amazing aesthetic to appreciate. Staley Farms is a wonderful community to live in as well, but you won’t want to leave your home!

See all photos and information about this home at http://www.kansascityagent.com/available_home_detail.php?mls=2046782

I have 21 homes to worry about

Categories: Newsletter | Posted: May 19, 2017

When a huge storm moves through our area like it did last night, the average person only has one home to worry about. Last night I was worried about 21 homes! My real estate team sells well over 100 homes per year so at any given time we may have 10 to 25 homes under contract. When thunderstorms move through the Kansas City area, I’m watching the radar to see how high the winds get, or whether there is hail or tornados in the area.

We actually have a template email to send out the next morning to our sellers and buyers, letting them know what to do. If it’s our seller and they had hail in the area, they need to quickly call their roofer (or ours) to get them out there and take a look at the house. When a big storm hits, these guys get booked up super fast. Hesitating more than a few hours could mean waiting a week or more before they can get out there to check the roof, gutters, and siding.

If it’s a buyer, we send out an email to assure them we will be contacting the listing agent for the home they’re buying. In a worst case scenario, we may be forced to delay our closing date so a new roof can be installed. Typically we can work around that though by having the roofing contractor pre-paid at closing or working with the homeowner’s insurance company to guarantee the roof will be replaced after closing.

Tornados though are a different matter all together. When a home sustains major damage, you simply have to put everything on hold. Many times, you’ll lose the sale completely because the buyer needs to move right now and can’t wait six to twelve months for the seller’s insurance company to assess the damage, then contract with a home builder to make repairs or sometimes rebuild the entire home.

When the EF5 tornado blasted a one mile swath through Joplin, MO on Sunday, May 22, 2011, it destroyed hundreds and hundreds of homes. I personally knew a Keller Williams agent that lived in Joplin who had five of his listings completely demolished. He told me he was forced to cancel all five listing agreements and was only left with one home to sell. Overnight, literally 80% of his future income vanished into thin air. Keep in mind, this was 2011 at the very bottom of the real estate market, so those who did have their home for sale immediately canceled their listing agreement and decided to rent their home to one of the hundreds of people who lost their home in the tornado. Most people will regroup after a major storm and go back to work within a day or two, but a Realtor can be wiped out completely in a situation like this.

Thank goodness we didn’t have anything like that last night, but I did see some photos on Facebook of golf ball or even baseball sized hail. I guess we’ll see what happens. I certainly feel for our clients, but I love the way our real estate team comes together as the calm voice to all our clients, assuring them that we’ll get through this together.

 

Things to Do This Weekend – May 19-21

Categories: Things to Do This Weekend | Posted: May 17, 2017

BRIARFEST 2017 OUTDOOR MUSIC AND BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday 5/20 3 PM – 10 PM at Mulberry Lake, 4100 N Mulberry Dr, KCMO 64116

FREE admission – Bring your family! Bring your friends!
Sit on the lawn and enjoy some live music!

FEATURED MUSIC:
LONNIE MCFADDEN
AMANDA FISH
HUDSON DRIVE
AMERICAN SLIM
AMY FARRAND & THE LIKE

Come help us raise money for a great cause:
Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.
General Admission Beer Tent $35 in advance
or VIP Tent $75.
8 hours of live, local music
Food Trucks
Giant beer garden tent with local craft beers to sample
Local business booths with services and displays
New this year: The Kids Corner with inflatables
Great cause, great time!

http://bbpakc.com/

TASTING ON THE TERRACE WINE EVENT

Sunday 5/21 2 PM – 5 PM

Trezo Mare Restaurant, 4105 N Mulberry Dr, KCMO 64116

$35 Limited Reservations
* Sample Over 25 Wines
* Savor heavy Hors d’oeuvres by Chef Robert Padilla
* Enjoy Live Music by Erica McKenzie
* Relax on Trezo’s award-winning patio with a spectacular terrace view
* Pre-order your favorite wines sampled during our event at a discounted price

Our wine tasting will be held on the terrace and lounge. In the case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside. To secure your reservation, all tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite by following the link. Full refund of ticket price available up to 72 hours before event date.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tasting-on-the-terrace-wine-event-at-trezo-mare-tickets-34253501144

KANSAS CITY NORTH COSTCO OPENING WEEKEND

Finally, the KC North Costco is now open this weekend! Some of you have probably been doing your shopping at other locations and now you get to do your shopping in the Northland! This Costco is located at 1600 NW 88th St, KCMO 64155

A Modern Home for the Discerning Professional

Categories: Featured Home of the Week | Posted: May 15, 2017

This one has everything the busy, style conscious, professional wants. Take the 10 minute walk to Martini Corner for dinner or drinks with friends or walk to work at Children’s Mercy if you feel like it! Just a short jaunt on your bike or in the car to get to the Crossroads district or Union Station to pick up the streetcar line as well. Don’t worry, you don’t have to suffer through an old home that’s partially renovated: this baby has beautiful modern style through the entire home. Let’s check it out!

Click the link to see all photos and information: http://www.kansascityagent.com/available_home_detail.php?mls=2045684

When I was a kid I really wanted a dog

Categories: Newsletter | Posted: May 12, 2017

When I was a kid I really wanted a dog pretty badly. I remember asking my mom if we could get a dog and she told me it was too much trouble and too expensive. She said, “When you get older and have a place of your own, then you can get a dog.” Ironically, when I got older and moved out of the house, I decided a dog was too much trouble and expensive. I guess I really didn’t want one that bad after all.

When I was in my early twenties, I was making a decent living as a photographer and decided to move into a brand new apartment. It was not just brand new to me, but literally a brand new apartment complex. It was pretty upscale at the time with a large lake, beautiful landscaping, upgraded appliances, and it even had that new apartment smell. At the time I was dating a girl named Virginia and for whatever reason, she decided that I needed a pet. Not a dog, or even a cat. No, Virginia decided I needed a rabbit! I have no idea where she got it, but it was a cute little bunny and she brought it over one day.

Now, if something like this happened today, I would just say “No way!” and give it back to her, but Virginia was beautiful and had me wrapped around her finger, so I took that little bunny in and kept it. Unfortunately, I didn’t know anything about rabbits. I had a small cage that it stayed in during the day while I was at work, but at night I let it roam around. About four days later, at 3:05 in the middle of the night, I woke up to this strange crunching sound. It was a fairly quiet noise, but sounded like it was coming from under my bed.

I knelt down and peeked under the bed, but it was dark and I couldn’t see anything. I had a small flashlight in the drawer near my bed so I turned that on and immediately saw two beady little blue eyes glowing in the light. That crazy rabbit was under the bed chewing on all the baseboards! I guess someone forgot to tell me that rabbits are tenacious chewers and the soft wood on the baseboards of my apartment were just the right height.

I grabbed that stupid rabbit and shoved him in his cage in my closet. As I was stuffing him into the cage, I just happened to notice he’d also nibbled on the door frame to the closet. At this point I started investigating other areas of the apartment and saw several spots in the living room and kitchen as well. It was 3:15 AM and I was now in full “CSI mode” moving the couch and chairs in the living room, shining a flashlight under the bed, and moving boxes in storage. That crazy rabbit had chewed through baseboards in almost every single room and on most of the walls throughout the entire apartment. I seriously considered having rabbit stew for breakfast that morning.

The next day I called Virginia and said, “Come get this rabbit!” I’m not sure what she ever did with that rabbit, but I didn’t really care as over the next few days I was having to spend a lot of time and money ripping out baseboards and replacing then painting them.

Oh I was so mad about that rabbit. That weekend, after I finally got all the baseboards replaced, I was sitting on the couch with Virginia. She leaned over to me and whispered, “Maybe we should get a dog?” I slowly turned toward her and with a very stern look said, “NO PETS!”

A Happy Seller

Categories: Reviews | Posted: May 12, 2017

Would you like the same results as Frances when selling your home? Call Ron Henderson to discuss how we can make this happen for YOU! 816-651-9001

Things to Do This Weekend – May 12-14

Categories: Things to Do This Weekend | Posted: May 10, 2017

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE KANSAS CITY ZOO

Sun 5/14, 9:30 AM – 5 PM

What better way to celebrate Mom than with a relaxing day at the Kansas City Zoo? Moms will receive complimentary admission on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14. The treats don’t stop there! The Zoo will also be giving Mom a special gift.

Visit the Zoo’s doting moms, Makari and her nearly two-year-old daughter Masika and Josie, and her one-year old baby, Dusty. Bring Mom to the Zoo for a wild time with her cubs!

https://www.facebook.com/events/199532007229553/

 

HELLO KITTY CAFE TRUCK WEST KANSAS CITY APPEARANCE

Sat 5/13, 10 AM – 8 PM

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is coming to Town Center Plaza on Saturday 5/13! Come visit us in the lane between Bravo and J.Crew from 10am-8pm and pick up some supercute treats and merch, while supplies last! See you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1553938717963232/

 

2ND ANNUAL WESTON WINEFEST

Sat 5/13, 12 PM – 7 PM

Nine wineries, live music, food vendors, and tons of fun! Join us for our 2nd Annual WineFest on May 13th. Festival takes place on the adjoining properties of Pirtle Winery and O’Malleys. Your $25 ticket includes entry to the festival, souvenir wine glass, unlimited sampling of wine from nine local wineries. Wine by the glass or bottle available for purchase from the wineries. Beer and food will also be available to purchase. Live music all day including music from the Knocked Kneed Sallies and Boogie Wonderland. You don’t want to miss out! This was a sellout last year. Click the link for online ticket purchases. Tickets available online only. Must be 21 yrs of age. Sorry, no children or pets.

https://www.facebook.com/events/431054767234781/

We Had an Amazing Experience Selling Our Home

Categories: Reviews | Posted: May 9, 2017

A Nicely Remodeled Home in the Northland

Categories: Featured Home of the Week | Posted: May 8, 2017

Here’s the good news; nicely remodeled homes in the Northland in reasonable price ranges are coming up more frequently lately. Here’s the not as good news; they’re still selling in 1 or 2 days! If you want a home that looks like this beautiful raised ranch, you’ll need to act fast. You don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money to have your dream kitchen, it’s right here. Let’s go check it out!

This couldn’t have happened at a worse possible time!

Categories: Newsletter | Posted: May 5, 2017

 

Sometimes it feels like life is just pounding on me. I’m not sure why, but every so often I go through these periods where one thing after another seems to go wrong and it’s typical that these things happen at the worst possible times. I’ve had to deal with a lot of issues recently and at times I felt I was about ready to snap!

Recently I’ve had to deal with some IRS issues. If you are a business owner, I’m sure you know exactly why I have such a strong disdain for the Internal Revenue Service. It’s a big bloated government entity and the ridiculousness of the mailings I receive from them on a weekly basis just astounds me. Many of their mailings are so confusing that I have to scan and email them to my CPA with a note that says, “Do I need to do anything with this?”

My more recent “problem” is their insistence that they never received my 2013 W-2’s. As a real estate agent with licenses in Missouri and Kansas, I’m an “independent contractor” and/or self employed so I don’t have a W-2. I have a 1099 to submit to the IRS with my tax returns. I sat on the phone for 45 minutes waiting to tell them they’re wrong and see if I could straighten this out. When I finally got the right person on the phone, he explained to me that I’ll need to fill out form number XYZ and write a letter explaining why I don’t have a W-2. I said to the guy on the phone, “Um, no! I’m trying to run a business here. I’m not filling out your little forms and writing a letter. It’s your mistake, so you fix it.” (FYI- it’s never a good idea to tell a government agency that they’re wrong, but I’d had a tough week).

This last weekend I had to travel to Jefferson City to attend a state wide convention for the Gideons. I was really looking forward to getting away from email, text messages, and my calendar. I spent two full days with some wonderful, uplifting men and women. I was able to not worry about work all day Friday and Saturday (because I have a fantastic team), or paying bills, or checking emails, and just relax. As a matter of fact, the only thing on my calendar for those two days was a ten minute speech I had to give at 2:05 PM on Saturday afternoon. The hotel was nice, the food was great, and I truly enjoyed myself. The fellowship banquet on Saturday evening went until almost 9:00 PM, and since it was pouring down rain all day Saturday, I just decided to stay one more night at the hotel.

On Sunday morning I slept in a little, went downstairs to eat a nice breakfast (yes, I had bacon!) and then got everything packed into my SUV. When I turned the key to start the truck, the engine fired up, but it had an unmistakable shaking to it as the truck was in idle. I said to myself out loud, “Oh no, that’s not good” and then turned the ignition off. As I turned it back on again (because everyone knows turning the engine off and then back on again always fixes the problem. Ha!) the engine light came on this time! I turned it off and sat there for a minute as my mind raced. I actually had enough presence of mind to say to myself, “Ok, Ron. You just had a great weekend and I’m not going to let this upset me. It’s pouring down rain outside and it could be much worse. I could have gotten half way back home and had it break down in the middle of nowhere on I-70 Highway.

As I spoke with AAA on the phone, they were very warm and accommodating. The person at the call center spoke clearly and assured me that she could have a tow-truck driver out there within the next 30 minutes and they would tow my truck to the nearest AAA approved repair shop. She also booked a rental car for me at Enterprise and said, “Mr Henderson, the good news is that I can get you a rental car there in Jefferson City. The bad news is they don’t open until 1:00 PM.” Honestly, I wanted to be upset, but it wasn’t her fault so I thanked her for making the reservation and decided to wait inside the hotel lobby.

As I sat there in the hotel  lobby, I made a conscious decision to not be angry or upset. I was in a very nice hotel lobby with plenty of room to relax with my phone and laptop. This would even give me a chance to catch up on some of my work for this coming week and get ahead. I was glad I had the money for the rental car and wasn’t even worried about the cost to repair my truck.

As I sat in that hotel lobby early Sunday morning, watching people pass by me or walk into the restaurant to eat breakfast, it occurred to me that we all have things like this in our lives that cause us to be upset. It would be easy to say, “This couldn’t have happened at a worst possible time” or “Why couldn’t this have happened in Kansas City so I wouldn’t have to drive two and a half hours back to Jefferson City later in the week to pick up my car?” I really have a great life though, and I just realized “it is what it is” and I am not going to be mad. Many times it’s hard to do that, but being angry or nasty with people trying to help you doesn’t help anyone. I just decided to accept the situation and be grateful to God for what I have been blessed with.

Hope you have a GREAT day today!

 

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