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Every House is Absolutely Perfect (at least in my mind)

by Valerie Swearingen

Since Jay and I first met in 2004, I knew we were a good match. In lots of ways of course, but one of the things I loved is that he had built the most perfect patio off the back of his 1920s bungalow. It matched the style of the house, yet it was updated enough to be inviting.

Jay's 2024 Real Estate Market Forecast: Opportunities for Home Buyers and Sellers

A growing share of Kansas City home buyers and sellers sat on the sidelines last year as the pace of home sales continued its downward trajectory.1 In fact, since the Federal Reserve began its series of interest rate hikes in 2022, the combination of higher borrowing costs and record-high home prices has fostered the steepest real estate market slowdown since the 2008 recession.2

Stress-Free Home Cleaning: 27 Practical Tactics for Busy Households

Keeping a clean and orderly home is a challenge for many of us. Between busy work schedules, social obligations, and family commitments, it’s tough to keep up with daily chores—let alone larger seasonal tasks.

Jay's Top 6 Home Design Trends To Watch in 2023

Over the past few years, many of us have spent extra time at home—and that means we appreciate the personal design touches that make a house cozy and comfortable more than ever. Some of us have adapted our dwellings in new ways, from creating functional home offices to upgrading the appliances we use most.

Jay's 2023 Real Estate Market Outlook (And What It Means for You)

Last year in Kansas City, one factor drove the real estate market more than any other: rising mortgage rates.

In March 2022, the Federal Reserve began a series of interest rate hikes in an effort to pump the brakes on inflation.1 And while some market sectors have been slow to respond, the housing market has reacted accordingly.

Home for the Holidays: How To Stretch Your Budget in a Season of Inflation

You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings.

Jay's 7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price

Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up Kansas City home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled.1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations.

Buy Now or Rent Longer?

5 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing Your First Home

Jay's Eight Strategies to Secure a Lower Mortgage Rate

Mortgage rates have been on a roller coaster ride this year, rising and falling amid inflationary pressures and economic uncertainty. And even the experts are divided when it comes to predicting where rates are headed next.1

Jay's Tips for a Smooth Home Move

As many of you know, Val and I have moved more times than any family should. Reid is only 15 and has already moved seven times. We feel your pain.

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