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    Rent for Single-Family Homes Surged 10% in October

    By Ron Henderson | November 17, 2021

    Every single week I speak to someone on the phone that’s looking for a home to rent. They are frustrated because they can’t find any available homes, so they start calling real estate agents to see if they know anyone willing to rent their home. Sometimes they’re calling because the rental prices are so high... Read More

    Zillow Is No Longer Buying Homes

    By Ron Henderson | November 3, 2021

    Many of you probably don’t know that over the last couple years Zillow has been buying up single family homes across America and paying top dollar for them too. This story really starts in 2018, when Zillow got into what’s called the “iBuying” business. iBuying refers to the process in which deep-pocketed, tech-enabled companies buy... Read More

    What’s This $600 IRS Reporting Requirement All About?

    By Ron Henderson | October 27, 2021

    The Internal Revenue Service has recently gotten a lot of attention on social media, specifically, a proposal by the Biden administration to widen authority to root out tax evasion by allowing the IRS to get annual reports of money flows from bank accounts with a minimum of $600. Under this proposal, banks would be required... Read More

    Should I Pay for a Home Inspection Before Putting My Home on the Market?

    By Ron Henderson | October 22, 2021

    A few weeks ago, one of our home buyers decided to write an offer on a home that had already been given a full, professional home inspection prior to going on the market. The home was in great shape, priced well, and there were multiple buyers interested in the property. Because the seller had already... Read More

    Where Did All the Restaurant Workers Go?

    By Ron Henderson | October 14, 2021

    My wife and I decided to go eat dinner at Steak ‘n Shake, and as we walked in the door, a big sign read, “Please order at the counter and then seat yourself.” As I read the sign, I was a little confused. If you’ve never been to a Steak ‘n Shake, you typically have... Read More

    Social Media Has Made Us Hateful

    By Ron Henderson | September 17, 2021

    Earlier this week I saw a post on Facebook from Marcus Lemonis, the famed star of the hit TV show The Profit. Marcus posted a beautiful selfie of himself and his wife with the words, “some things matter more” as the title. I thought it was very cute and “liked” the photo. I wish I... Read More

    Parents Are Buying Real Estate in College Towns

    By Ron Henderson | August 26, 2021

    Last week I got a call from someone out of state. He said his son is attending William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri, as a freshman. After looking at the cost of student housing while his son attends college over the next four years, it occurred to him that it might make sense to purchase... Read More

    Are Today’s Homes Overpriced?

    By Ron Henderson | August 4, 2021

    Earlier this week I had the opportunity to show one of our listings to an older gentleman. We met at the front door and I introduced myself, handed him my business card, then invited him into the home. He was pleasant, but somewhat reserved about answering any of my questions. Finally, as we were in... Read More

    Real Estate Agents Do Not Set the Price of Your Home

    By Ron Henderson | July 15, 2021

    I spoke with someone on the phone this week who had the misconception that real estate agents are running up the prices of homes. I was puzzled by this and explained to her that real estate agents don’t actually control the price of a home, the buyers do. Obviously market conditions play into this as... Read More

    The Misconception About Open Houses

    By Ron Henderson | July 9, 2021

    A couple weeks ago, one of my friends was telling me about the house for sale across the street from him. He expressed his concern about why the home has been sitting on the market for so long and said, “Clearly their real estate agent is working hard for them. She’s held open houses every... Read More