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    Why Selling a House in the Winter May Be the Best Decision Ever

    By Ron Henderson | January 17, 2023

    Nobody buys or sells a home in the winter, right? Wrong! In fact, if you check the numbers, you’ll find that a good chunk of home purchases happen during the coldest months of the year. Yes, spring is generally the most popular time of year to sell a house, with hordes of buyers looking to move... Read More

    The History of New Year’s Resolutions

    By Ron Henderson | December 29, 2022

    The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu,... Read More

    Thousands of Realtors Quitting the Business

    By Ron Henderson | November 19, 2022

    In March 2020 when the pandemic hit, the restaurant where Jennifer Smith was working as a waitress announced a temporary closure. By June, it turned into a permanent one. Unemployment was a shock for Jennifer, who had been working in the restaurant industry for 15 years. “That was heartbreaking,” she said. “Being in the restaurant... Read More

    Please Don’t Listen to the News Media

    By Ron Henderson | October 21, 2022

    Almost every week now, someone calls or emails me to ask about the real estate market in Kansas City. Too many times I find they’ve been listening to the news media and have skewed information. I typically begin with, “Let me ask you this; do you believe everything you hear on the news?” Most of... Read More

    What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market

    By Ron Henderson | August 3, 2022

    If you’re planning on buying a home, it’s important to understand what’s happening in the real estate market. But with so much happening, it can be challenging to know where to start. In a recent article,’s chief economist Danielle Hale shared what she thinks home buyers need to know about today’s real estate market, including:... Read More

    Is the Kansas City Real Estate Market Cooling?

    By Ron Henderson | July 1, 2022

    As states issued strict lockdowns two years ago, it was a foregone conclusion that the U.S. housing market would slump. After all, with the COVID-19 recession sending the unemployment rate to its highest level since the Great Depression in April 2020, how could residential real estate not sink? Only it didn’t happen. By the summer of 2020,... Read More

    How Much Does It Cost to Build a Barndominium?

    By Ron Henderson | June 10, 2022

    As the concept of “home” expands in America to include structures built from shipping containers and 3D-printed homes, one of the most common requests here in the midwest are for what’s called a “Barndominium”. A barndominium is a fully decked-out living quarters combined with workspace, all within a larger restored barn or barn-type metal building on acreage. This year I... Read More

    This Cracked Foundation is Killing the Sale of your Home

    By Ron Henderson | May 27, 2022

    This last week, I had the opportunity to show three homes to one of our buyers. They were all in the same price range of $250,000 to $300,000 and within a few blocks of each other. I’ve literally toured over 10,000 homes in my 17 years in real estate, but it still intrigues me to see... Read More

    Why Institutional Investors Are Hurting First Time Home Buyers

    By Ron Henderson | May 20, 2022

    Single-family rentals have long been a savvy investment choice for many. For years, small-scale investors have been buying these rentals and maintaining a diverse portfolio. However, in the past five years, institutional investors have caught on to this cash cow and are now scooping up single-family homes in Kansas City at an alarming rate. You... Read More

    McDonald’s is Hiring Robots

    By Ron Henderson | April 16, 2022

    I’ve written several articles on customer service in the past because it’s a subject that seems to be completely ignored in today’s business world, but something happened this week that caused me to stop and say, “Wow. That’s interesting.” On Saturday mornings I typically get up early and drive to Starbucks to get a coffee... Read More