Lots of people like the charm of an older home, do you?

Lots of people like the charm of an older home, do you? 

Nicely updated, clean and move-in ready!

Affordably priced, this 4 BR 2 BA home offers large bedrooms with good sized closets

and two updated bathrooms

There’s plenty of storage in basement!

Sunlight entering the rooms brings positive vibes!

On street parking and wooded ravine behind the house.

$2000 appliance allowance can be negotiated w/acceptable offer.

Call your favorite agent at Advantage Real Estate; we’d love to help you make this yours! 660-263-3393

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Market Update !!!

Monthly Market UpdateFor the month of July, 2016…

24 residential properties closed/sold.

45 pending sales as of 8/2/16

120 active listings as of 8/2/16

All according to the Randolph County Multiple Listing Service

Let Advantage Real Estate guide you through the process, the market’s active!

660-263-3393

Things to do in Moberly…

Have you discovered Sugar Creek Lake?

 

Sugar Creek Lake is a 320 acre lake situated in a wooded area north of Moberly.

 

It has a concrete boat ramp with easy access.

The lake has populations of bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish.

 

There are picnic areas and a few nice strolls along the dam and gravel roads that are near the banks of the lake.

 

And by the way, there’s an amazing chateau-style home tucked atop a hill overlooking the lake.  If you like the idea of seclusion, check this one out!

http://tour.spherotours.com/415493

We’d love to hear from you!

Great layout for your growing family!

 

I love creative floor plans…take a look at this one!

There’s currently 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths.  The lower level is currently the master suite.  It could also be a great second family room, you decide!  Maybe 3 bedrooms and 2 baths can work for your family…

 

When you first walk in, you’ll love the light that brightens the living room!  And a large picture window that looks toward Rothwell Park!  Such a nice neighborhood, surrounded by great homes!

 

Put your supper in the crock pot and say “welcome home” every evening when you get home from work!  Who wouldn’t love this kitchen?  I can almost smell supper cooking…

 

There’s 3 bedrooms and a bath on the upper level.  All together like they should be!

 

Best part is it’s so close to the walking trail at Rothwell Park.

 

And this shaded patio area/side yard!  Relax after a long day under the shade trees!  Room for the kids to play here…

 

It’s got a newer roof, recently painted exterior, and it’s so affordably priced at $114,900.  Let us tell you about some low or no down payment programs that this home should qualify for!

 

Want a Private Setting?

Want a Private Setting?

This ranch home in Homestead reflects classic taste and sophistication.

Call it a 5 bedroom or 4 plus a home office. Yes, there’s over 3900 sq ft. of incredible space.

This is a home with everything you expect, including the most beautiful wooded setting near the end of a cul-de-sac.

Huge family room on the lower level, walkout to the patio and great storage.

The sunroom on the main level will be your favorite spot.

A great view and lots of windows to sit back and relax…

There’s even a 3rd garage under the house for your lawn mower and tools as well as a tool room.

Check out the online virtual tour and interactive floor plan, then call your favorite Advantage Real Estate agent! 660-263-3393

http://tour.spherotours.com/557103?idx=1

Stately Brick Home!!

Love those Stately Brick Homes?

Located at the end of a dead-end street with woods as your back and side neighbor you’ll find this fine home at 719 Flower Lane  in Moberly, MO.

There’s plenty of room in this spacious 3 story home – over 4000 sq feet plus unfinished walkout basement!

A huge, I mean huge formal dining room too!

There’s 5 bedrooms in all, 2.5 baths.  Built in dressers in many bedrooms…

A HUGE country kitchen  was a selling point for this home!

You’ll enjoy the screened in porch overlooking a woodsy view!

In-ground pool ready for some summer fun!

The 3rd floor can actually be an in-law suite or apartment for a college kid, or a really cool ”Narnia” type escape; you decide!

There’s lots of charm and character you just can’t duplicate!

Check out the virtual tour and floor plan with this link!

http://tour.spherotours.com/559233?idx=1

We’d love to show you around!

Did you know?

I learned a really cool thing today…saw it in the newspaper, the Moberly Monitor Index!

The Moberly library has launched an online legal form service for its patrons.

I searched on Google “Moberly Public Library” and found the website (this almost seems like cheating, it’s so easy)!

Then on the front page of the website was an article about the new legal form services being offered.

I found my library card (yes, it’s been awhile), entered my card number, name and information and created my user name and password.

I’m hoping this is useful for many of our friends in the area!  Feel free to share!

Here’s a sampling of what you can do online:

Wills & Power of Attorney

Real Estate Forms

Service Forms

Partnership and Joint Venture

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business and Corporate Forms

Sales Forms

Rental and Lease Forms

Eviction Notices

  • Landlord

Notice of Lease Violation
Notice of Rent Increase
Notice of Termination
Notice to Pay Rent or Quit
Notice to Quit

Tenant

Notice of Intent to Vacate Premises
Notice to Repair
Termination by Tenant

Music and Entertainment Forms

Intellectual Property Forms

Employment Forms

Cohabitation and Common Law

Marriage & Separation

Child Consent Forms

Loans, Debt, and IOUs

Other Forms

Here’s the direct link if you want to check it out:  http://www.little-dixie.lib.mo.us/?p=1468

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Your Private Escape

Private Chalet on Sugar Creek Lake! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to own your piece of heaven on earth!

The owners love the private setting!  You see, it’s located on a hidden corner of the world, atop a hill.  The lake views are amazing, the sunsets even better!

This 4 BR 3 bath A-frame has a huge great room on the second level with a walk-out deck cascading to a patio area below. It’s a great area if you love to entertain!  The second level can also be accessed from the back side via ground level, which make this perfect for an in-home office setup, in-law setup or a simple way to access the second level with no stairs.

Tranquil setting with complete privacy, surrounded by trees and awesome view of the lake. You may even catch a view of the bald eagles that nest on the lake!  There’s a public boat ramp nearby too!

Two bedrooms on the ground level, 2 bedrooms on the second level, and a loft for who knows, another adventurous bedroom area?

You can view the interactive floor plan and virtual tour here:  http://tour.spherotours.com/415493

Contact  Advantage Real Estate to know more about this fine property!  660-263-3393

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Railroad Days!

Railroad Days

Railroad Days!

The annual Railroad Days event kicks off today, June 7th and runs through June 11th.

This year Moberly is celebrating its 150th birthday!

The event is free and is open to the public.  It’s such a hit in our area, because it’s a small town fair; sort of a heritage festival for our community…  People can bring their kids, there’s carnival rides (there’s a cost for this), great food vendors, and other special events to watch and participate in!

Armbands for Railroad Days Carnival will be available at a discounted rate of $20 at Art’s Appliance and Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce Monday Tuesday and Wednesday during normal business hours. They can be redeemed at the carnival for all you can ride during any of the night sessions or Saturday afternoon. Armbands are $25 Starting Wednesday evening and will be available at the ticket booth.

Tonight the Moberly Community Theatre presents “The Follies.”  It’s a ticketed event held at the Municipal Auditorium.  Song, dance, comedy, and story.  “That’s Entertainment.”  Let the memories live again!  Tickets are available at the Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce office or at the door.

Don’t miss this year’s Sycamore Queen beauty pageant where guys with great big hearts dress real fancy to raise money for their favorite charities. Thousands of dollars have been raised for American Cancer Society, Safe Passage, and many more over the 10 plus years of this fun event. Saturday June 11th at 5pm on the Railroad Days Stage.

 

FREE Entertainment at Railroad Days:
(All times listed are approximate.)

Wednesday 7pm Becky Blackaby followed by Mainstream Blues at 8:30 pm

Thursday 7pm Loaded Chamber

Friday 6pm The Follow; 8pm Fender Benders

Saturday 1:30pm FLF Praise Band; 3pm Time Times Two; 5pm Sycamore Queen Contest; 6:30pm Next of Ken; 8pm Ampliphonic

Railroad days food vendors

Market Update!!!

Monthly Market Update

For the month of May, 2016…

30 residential properties closed/sold.

54 pending sales as of 6/3/16

126 active listings as of 6/3/16

All according to the Randolph County Multiple Listing Service

Let Advantage Real Estate guide you through the process, the market’s active!

660-263-3393

What should you do if you find your dream home before you sell yours?

 

What should you do if you find your dream home before you sell yours?

 

With homes in many markets being snatched up left and right, it’s easy to let your emotions take over when you find that perfect home. But what if your current home still hasn’t sold? Should you double down and buy the new one anyway?

 

Let caution be your guide!  Perhaps you CAN afford double payments, but the uncertainty of not selling in a timely fashion is a lot of pressure.   The one exception may be if your current home is fully paid for and you have funds set aside in savings.

 

So what should you do to get your current home sold before someone snatches up your dream home?

* Set the Stage for Success:  Make sure your home is clutter free, clean, and shiny!  Wash the windows, clear out the clutter, and dress it up with a fresh coat of paint—whatever it takes to make your home’s shining features stand out. Don’t forget to pack up all your personal effects so buyers can picture themselves taking center stage in your home.

 

Price It Right: Buyers will pass on a home that’s priced too high, without even taking an up-close look. So what’s the secret to perfect pricing? Start by taking the emotion out of the equation. No matter how much you think your home is worth or what you owe on your mortgage, it’s the market that matters. One of the agents from Advantage Real Estate can run a comparative market analysis to show you how much homes in your area are selling for.

 

* Get Expert Help: You shouldn’t have to put your dream home on hold just because your agent takes a part-time approach to real estate.  Partner with an agent who has a track record for getting results and will be honest about what it takes to attract buyers. Don’t be afraid to ask important questions, like whether the agent specializes in your area of town and how many properties they’ve sold in the past year. A stellar agent closes at least 40 transactions per year.

 

With a little patience, a lot of hard work and an experienced real estate agent as your guide, you’ll be placing that “sold” sign in your yard in no time. Hopefully, you’re off to a great start with an agent who’s already helping you move the needle.  Call us, we’d love to help you with that next step!  Advantage Real Estate 660-263-3393, or on the web at www.AskAdvantage.com.

Move up to Meadowbrook!

Are you looking for more room?  Want everything on one level plus a basement for storage or storms?  Check out this newly listed home in Meadowbrook at 1900 Eastbrook Circle in Moberly, MO

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It has over 2100 square feet on the main level, including an awesome 4 seasons addition in back.

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This room overlooks the large yard which backs up to undisturbed meadow land (no neighbors in back)!

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In fact, it’s one of the largest yards in the subdivision, and it’s manicured to perfection.  You’ll love the hardwood flooring in much of the main level, the updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances,

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the master bedroom is very spacious, and includes two large closets, one of them a walk-in.

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There’s storage everywhere you look.  The basement is huge too, and there’s room for whatever you want:  storage, workshop area, craft area, plus a tornado room!

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There’s nothing like this on the market.  It’s a see-to-believe home!  Plus an attached 2 car garage and detached oversized 1 car garage, storage shed and gazebo.

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Call Advantage Real Estate to schedule a time to see it in person.  660-263-3393.  Until then, here’s a link to the virtual tour and interactive floor plan.

Enjoy!

http://tour.spherotours.com/526795

Oh, one more thing…this is the house with the Christmas village display in the garage.  (It’s negotiable!)

Market Update – April 2016

 

For the month ending April 30, 2016 there were 128 active residential listings in the Randolph County Multiple Listing Service and 46 pending residential listings.  Twenty (20) residential listings closed during April, 2016.  Good signs of a strong season!  Contact Advantage Real Estate if YOU’RE looking to buy or sell!  www.AskAdvantage.com

Best on the Block

THE BEST HOUSE ON THE STREET IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING

 

Just a note to let you know how we may be able to help you or someone you refer to us.

Tony and Joanne were considering remodeling and adding on to the back of their home, but were concerned that they might be over improving the property for their street.

They called us for a consultation.  Our full time real estate expertise combined with state of the art technology allowed us to compare the final cost of their plans versus the current and projected market value of their home.  We found that their plans for expansion would cost more than purchasing another home with similar square footage and amenities.

If you know of someone in a similar situation who just wants to learn and explore their options, please let us know.  Remember, everyone wants to live in the best house on the street, but no one wants to pay for it!

Windows need replacing?

Windows need replacing? 

 

This is a public service announcement for residents of the city of Moberly, MO.   I continue to meet many people who are still unaware of an ordinance with the city pertaining to window replacement.  When occupancy changes in a residence within the city limits, either due to sale or rental, the occupant must have an occupancy permit in order to obtain water service.  In order to obtain the occupancy permit, the inspector from the Fire Department will come out (at a $45 cost) to inspect the premises.

Among other items, if any bedroom windows have been replaced since original construction of the house, at least one bedroom window in each bedroom needs to meet egress code in order to pass the occupancy inspection.  We’ve had two homes we’ve sold very recently inside the city limits that the owners had already spent thousands to replace their windows.  Make sure your contractor checks with the City authorities to make sure the right size windows are being installed before they get purchased and installed.  It’s a sad day when replacement windows have to be replaced in order to obtain an occupancy permit.  This most probably pertains to TV and internet companies selling windows to our residents who are unfamiliar with our codes.  Help us spread the word!

 

Call our office at 660-263-3393 and we can provide the inspection list and contact information.

Dress Up Your Outside Too!

Dress Up Your Outside Too!

 

Lush & Inviting

Lush & Inviting

Springtime is here and what better time to share advice I’ve learned over the years.  My husband studied agronomy in college and taught me many things about lawn maintenance.  Each spring we (I?) fertilize early with crabgrass preventer.  It’s time now to do so before the little sprouts emerge from the ground.  This will green up your yard in an amazing way!  Some consider this punishment.  But if you’re selling your house, you also need to appeal from the street view.  Is your lawn full of weeds, dandelions and clover?

Spend a little time here.  Invest in a sprayer that hooks up to your garden hose and spray the Weed B Gone type chemical directly on the grass.  This will kill the clover and dandelions, chickweed too.  All those pesky weeds that sprout up within two days of mowing and make your lawn look like you haven’t mowed in weeks.  Instead let’s go for lush and inviting.  The alternative is you can hire a lawn care service.

 

When we last moved 4 years ago, my husband fertilized about this time of year and mowed the grass religiously, especially right before a showing.  I truly think it helped appeal to the person who bought our house.   The bonus is that once the fertilizer slows down, you actually don’t have to mow as often to achieve a neat lawn because there’s no weeds to mow!

You DON'T want this!!

You DON’T want this!!

 

Just a simple tip this time…Call me if you need some encouragement in this area.  I might even let you use my sprayer.

 

Proper home selling etiquette 101

 

Maybe these are unwritten rules for what a seller should do when preparing for a showing.  But good advice nonetheless.

 

First, be gone for showings.  I’ve found that buyers will not “feel” at home if the owner stays behind and watches their every move.  Many buyers want to see if their stuff will fit in to your house.  Is there enough room in the closets?  Where will they put the plates and silverware?  Their canned goods and pantry items?  When a buyer gets what I call “touchy/feely” in a kitchen, that’s a good sign.  They want to feel at home in your house.

 

Keep your car out of the way.  Everyone wants to be able to have enough room to park.  In this day and age of two or more cars per family, that’s important.

 

Take your pets with you.  Many people like pets, some do not.  Some pets bark the entire time a Realtor is showing your house, which is bothersome.  Some have deep growls, which is intimidating.  Some hide.   Some run out the door in spite of our best efforts to keep them in.  We try not to lose too many of them though.  LOL

 

Keep out some important documents.  Sometimes a copy of the aerial map is helpful to know approximate boundaries.  If you have a copy of your utility average from the utility company, put that out.  Warranty paperwork is helpful to know about as well.

 

I’ve seen some homeowners write a letter to their potential buyer and tell them what made them purchase the house when they first bought.  Share what you’ll miss about the neighborhood.  It will make the new buyers feel at home.

Fixer Upper??

Fixer upper:  Diamond in the rough or a money pit?

So you’re thinking of a fixer upper?  Lots of people do.  You want to be able to put your own spin on the decorating, choose your own flooring and decor just like they do on HGTV.  The question is, how do you tell if it is truly a diamond in the rough or a soul-sucking money pit?

 

Not so long ago, many of the fixer uppers on the market were distressed properties such as foreclosures.  Often you’d find that they were stripped of anything valuable:  often times the furnace, a/c unit, copper wiring, let alone the appliances and light fixtures were missing or stolen.   Fortunately, the market has improved now and this is a less common sight.

 

How about the home’s basic features?  Does it have that really cool architectural or design feel?  Maybe gorgeous hardwood floors and an awesome fireplace or mantel?  Some features never really go out of style.

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One of the most important features to consider is the overall structural soundness of the property.  Are the walls bowing in or out in the basement?  Are there waterproofing issues that need to be resolved?  Once I sold a house to someone who renovated the entire house before realizing that he should have leveled the floors before installing the sheetrock.  You could put a pair of roller skates on at one end of the house and with a little start be at the back of the house.  The contractor lost his shirt on this one.  (Hindsight)

 

What about location?  Location is king when it comes to a renovated house.  Will the renovation make it the nicest house on the block?  Or will others still be nicer than this one?

Of course, dealing with ANY renovation can be stressful.  There’s always more than first meets the eye.  Been there.  Done that.  Always need a contingency plan.  Many have told me the only way to make money on a renovation is to be the one to do the contracting work.  That’s usually the person who makes money on the deal.

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Some people like the challenge of the task before them.  Others prefer to buy a home already done.  It’s individual preference, I’d say.  We at Advantage Real Estate are here to help you decide, just let us know what direction you prefer!

Spring Has Sprung! We are having an Open House Weekend!

Spring has sprung, and the agents at Advantage Real Estate are rolling out the red carpet this Saturday and Sunday, March 19th and 20th with 20 open houses!   You can see all the details at www.AskAdvantage.com for each specific property!

 

Starting  on Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon:

 

1331 Watson - MLS 16-69

 

1331 Watson, $67,500  MLS 16-69

 

615 Weintz - MLS 15-438

 

615 Weintz, $114,500  MLS 15-438

 

505 McKinley - MLS 16-95

 

505 McKinley, $59,000  MLS 16-95

 

419 Corinth - MLS 16-43

 

419 Corinth, $145,000  MLS 16-43

 

304 S 6th - MLS 16-3

 

304 S. 6th St. $59,900  16-3

 

335 Morningside - MLS 15-363

 

335 Morningside Dr.  $169,900  MLS 15-363

 

36 Urbandale - MLS 15-329

 

36 Urbandale, $195,000  MLS 15-329

 

Starting on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm:

400 S Main Huntsville - MLS 16-85

 

400 S. Main, Huntsville $82,900 MLS 16-85

 

201 Greenhills - MLS 16-88

 

201 Greenhills Dr., $92,000 16-88

 

823 S Williams - MLS 15-11

 

823 S. Williams, $99,900  MLS 15-11

 

414 Union - MLS 16-7

 

414 Union, $76,500  MLS 16-7

 

Sunday Open Houses 1 to 3 pm

 737 W Rollins - MLS 15-239

737 W. Rollins, $76,900  MLS 15-239

 

519 Fort - MLS 15-443

 

519 Fort, $129,900  MLS 15-443

 

804 Fox Run - MLS 15-321

 

805 Fox Run, $225,000 16-60

 

805 Fox Run - MLS 16-60

 

804 Fox Run, $339,900  15-321

 

518 E Burkhart - MLS 15-358

 

518 E. Burkhart, $73,000  MLS 15-358

 

8527 Highway BB Huntsville - MLS 15-472

 

8527 Hwy BB, Huntsville, $125,500  MLS 14-472

 

1113 Bradford Circle - MLS 16-82

 

1113 Bradford Circle, $189,900  MLS 16-82

 

1052 Private Rd 1006 Clifton Hill - MLS 16-22

1052 Private Road 1006, Clifton Hill (just off Hwy 24 west of Clifton Hill North turn off.  You can see house from the highway)

$255,000  MLS 16-22

 

Sunday 3:30 to 5:30 pm:

423 S Clark - MLS 16-73

 

423 S. Clark, $45,000  MLS 16-73

Remember Your First Time?

Everyone remembers their firsts– first kiss, first car, first job, first house.  Here’s another one: my first listing.  I remember it well.  Actually it was my first listing with Advantage Real Estate.  You see, I had been licensed with another major franchise prior to that, but that’s another story.  My first listing was a rundown 3 bedroom house in a not-so-expensive part of town. (In this photo, it’s been fixed up a bunch since 20 years ago…)   Word got back to me that “we had found our niche.”   We eventually found the right buyer for it; the wife’s aunt lived right down the street.  Funny thing how “family” brings people back to our town!

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The folks who sold that house bought another one, a much nicer “move-up” house.  And there begins our saga with Advantage Real Estate.  During the first year our office was in business, I kid you not:  someone either called or came by the office in person EVERY DAY Monday through Saturday for a year to say that they were glad we were here!  They told us that this town needed some competition because the ones in business weren’t providing the service they expected.  My step father, who started our office in Moberly had three real estate offices at one time in Houston, TX (before the oil recession), brought a concept with him that we still use today.  It’s a service satisfaction guarantee.  We want folks to know we are serious about good communication.  Serious enough to put it in writing…

 

Back to the “first” story though.  As time went on, we sold the listings we had, many of the sellers moved up to larger homes.  We have grown to represent many, many homes in varying price ranges.  They are ALL important to us.   We always try to value any home we work with as that person’s castle.  It’s the most important thing that family owns.  And we don’t want to forget it.  It’s what our company is based on.  Tell the truth no matter what.  Be nice.  Stay in touch.  Give feedback.

 

Our footprint in this market is continually growing!  In 2015 we represented 275 sides of sale (which means either a seller or a buyer).

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If you know someone who needs advice on how to sell their home quickly and at the best possible price…please give us a call!  660-263-3393

or find us on the web at www.AskAdvantage.com.

 

Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

It’s always nice to get a big chunk of money back on your tax return.  How should you spend that money though?

Instead of hitting the mall, here’s some ideas to consider…

 

  1. Update your home’s fixtures.

Updating fixtures goes a long way to giving a modern “look” to a house.  Making the light fixtures and the ceiling fans all match is  what they do in new construction.  How about replacing door handles, hinges, faucets, and bathroom light fixtures to match modern home design trends?

 

  1. Trim and Mouldings

Installing crown moulding, baseboards, or wainscoting is a sure fire way to create a more refined look.

 

  1. Make Kitchen Repairs

Focus on making repairs like a new kitchen faucet, eliminating burn marks on the countertops, maybe repainting your cabinets and installing new hardware with a modern finish.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot.

 

  1. Spruce Up the Exterior

Keep in mind that the curb appeal is the first impression for many buyers online and in person.  Invest in some fertilizer to green up your lawn, even some chemical to get rid of the dandelions!  Trim the shrubs, paint the front door, clean the windows till they shine, set out some seasonal flowers in a flower pot.  These all go a long way to impress!

 

  1. Upgrade the Bathroom

Rather than taking on an expensive renovation, make sure your bathroom is tip-top clean.  Clean the tub and shower (make sure there’s no grungy mildew or soap scum), regrout the tile if needed, and install new fixtures.  Invest in some new towels if it’s been awhile.

 

Whether or not you’re getting ready to sell, these tweaks are cost-effective, and will result in a new look.  They may be small, but will make a huge impact!

The H.P. Jennings Mansion – Moberly, MO

Hey there, I’m enjoying the sun trying to come out from behind the clouds and thought I’d take a few minutes to show you some shots of a magnificent 1893 mansion restored with quality and character!

This is the entry foyer, complete with fireplace and the inside of the front turret. 

There are a total of 6 fireplaces in the house.  All in original condition with excellent care through the years!

Lovely grand staircase leading to the second story.  This comfortable and solid 3-story yellow brick Victorian has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a 2 door detached garage plus a gazebo.

Spacious front “music” room with beamed ceilings and oak flooring.

Large dining room with fireplace. 

Modern kitchen with plenty of storage and counter space.

3 bedrooms on the second floor.  This master bedroom has awesome wood floors and beamed ceilings.

It is reported by the Missouri Historical Society in Columbia that the renowned Missouri architect, Ludwig Abt designed the second floor bathrooms.  There are two that are side-by-side, both with square tubs

There’s over 5300 sq ft in this wonderful home.  Call Advantage Real Estate at 660-263-3393.  We’d love to take you on a personal tour!

http://tour.spherotours.com/public/vtour/display/423530

 

Love It or List It?

Love it or List It?

Do you ever find yourself going back and forth about whether or not to sell your home?  As you think it through , here’s some factors to consider, including the current state of the real estate market as well as your lifestyle and financial situation…

 

Ever since the housing crash in 2007-2009, we’ve now had years of housing recovery.  So much recovery that we are experiencing a shortage of inventory for homes in today’s real estate market.  Fortunately for you, it’s a seller’s market right now.

5 signs it’s time to sell your home

 

  1. You’re running out of living space.

Maybe your kids are outgrowing their rooms (literally) or you’re thinking about adding to your family.  Or are you frustrated because you don’t have enough room for guests to sleep?  These are some signs that it’s about that time.

 

  1. You’re not emotionally attached to your home anymore.

In order to sell, you need to be able to view your house as a “product” and ask your Realtor what must you do to make the house show in its best light?

 

  1. You can afford it.

This is important – review all the costs related to selling and moving to the next home.

 

  1. Your equity is looking good about now.

Ever since the housing market crashed, homeowners have been skeptical about putting their home on the market to sell.  Thankfully, real estate has come back full force, and increasing numbers of homeowners are getting positive equity back.  Now is the perfect time to see where your equity stands.

 

  1. You are ready to make your decision.

Making the decision to sell your home can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone.  By partnering with a trustworthy real estate professional, you can get expert advice that will make the selling process smooth.

 

SO, THE CHOICE IS YOURS. 

ARE YOU READY TO LIST YOUR HOME? 

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!  660-263-3393

For One of Your Biggest Financial Investments – We Are Here to Help

We are rounding the corner with SPRING to soon be here, I am optimistic!  This year Advantage Real Estate will celebrate 20 years in the business in the Moberly, MO area.  What brings the most joy to my heart is helping each of our families get through one of the biggest financial investments of their lives.  Many times when people contact me for the first time, they say, “I’m not sure what to do.” Let me assure you this is perfectly normal because most people simply don’t sell or buy enough homes in a lifetime to know what they need to do, much less be considered an expert.

Sellers need help figuring out what needs to be repaired or updated and many times they don’t know who to call for a handyman, painter, plumber, electrician, deck repair, etc. They are curious about what their home is worth. They don’t know how it works with timing the sale of their current home and then finding the next home. With over 1000 homes sold in my career, we’ll will be with you every step of the way. From getting home repairs done, to providing advice on home staging as well as professional photography, and then advertising the home to the general public and to the real estate community. After that we move to contract signing, home inspections, appraisals, final underwriting, hiring movers. The list goes on and on, but my professional team will be there to answer all of your questions and to insure your success.

Buyers need help understanding how to get pre-approved for a loan. They want to know the elements of the home buying process and what order those need to come in. They know they can search for homes online, but question whether there are other homes available that they’re not seeing (the answer is YES). They want to know how the home inspections and appraisal works and they want a seamless, and dare I say, enjoyable home buying experience. At the close of a sale, I never get tired of hearing our clients say, “That was the smoothest real estate transaction we’ve ever had.”

I invite you to call Advantage Real Estate and see for yourself if we are the real estate group to help you and your family. We will never ask you to sign any contracts up front. We simply want the opportunity to sit down in a relaxed environment and answer your questions, then share some options that might be available for your specific situation. If, after that first consultation, you choose not to move forward, then you owe us nothing and we can part as friends. If you do choose to work with us, then we can discuss the next steps at that time. We’ve found this to be an extremely professional approach and one that our clients seem to appreciate.

Looking forward to hearing from you when the time is right!

Something Old, Something New – How to Decide on New or Existing Construction

Thinking about a new home but not sure whether you want new or existing construction? The best place to start on these kinds of big decisions is a pros and cons list:

New Construction

  • You get a brand-new home with brand-new everything. Your a/c unit is fresh and unused. No one’s food has ever been inside the fridge.
  • In a new home, you can pick certain features and decide on aspects of the home, from details as small as the finishes, to as major as the floor plan or even overall home design, depending on what you buy.
  • Your home has never, ever, been lived in by anyone else. It’s ALL you, baby.
  • You can make it totally your own.
  • There’s no bad “juju” from former owners, no one else has been there to funk up the place with their cooties.
  • New construction homes are often turn-key, move-in ready, with no major renovation work to do, maybe just some finishing touches.

Existing (Old) Construction

  • Older homes are generally more affordable than new homes, which people will pay a premium for new construction.
  • Existing homes are often located on larger lots as newer homes tend to be larger homes on smaller plots of land.
  • Older homes have cool, unique features or specialty craftsmanship from bygone eras that are considered vintage and sought after.
  • You can be a part of a charming, established neighborhood with history and character.
  • The landscaping is already done, with previous owners adding special features over the years. Mature trees and foliage are already in place and you don’t have to do a thing, other than maintain your existing yard.
  • You can buy for a lower price, renovate, and make it your own. If you’ve ever watched HGTV, you’ve definitely seen shows where people have a choice between buying a new home or an older one. The older home almost always can be purchased for significantly less, and even with a renovation budget included, it will be a better buy in the long run.

Either way, we’d love to help you make that decision!  Contact Advantage Real Estate and let us know what we can do!