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Posted by AJ Gentry on November 23rd, 2015 10:30 AM

These last two years in Kansas City have been pretty amazing if you follow Major League Baseball. Well, even if you don't follow MLB, you probably still have caught a game and been impressed by our Kansas City Royals. 

Last night's game was the conclusion baseball season and the Royals are the new World Champions. As if that weren't enough of an achievement, the Royals have shown the WORLD what a real team looks like. Throughout the playoffs and the World Series games, the Royals always conducted themselves in a respectable manner - even when times were bleak, the boys in blue pulled it together and gave the fans the 'W' they were looking for.

What's even more interesting to me, as a REALTOR and a lifelong resident of the greater metro area, is how the Royals almost single handedly, created a buzz that united this great city we call home. It doesn't matter if you live in Leavenworth, Liberty, Gardner, Oak Grove, Brookside, or Waldo - you've been touched in some way by the excitement our town has experienced. For years KC has been called out by pubs like Travel and Leisure and the Huffington Post for a variety of things from great BBQ to great vacation spot to best places to live - but it's seeing our Kansas City Royals in action and seeing the excitement from young and old that has really been incredible to me and reminded me of just how special our Kansas City truly is!

The Royals have somewhat become symbolic of this city. Regardless of where each individual player comes from, the same midwestern values we take pride in daily got shown on that field. It's really almost impossible to NOT like our Royals, unless of course, you are a Mets fan - and really even then, you have to admire how relentless our Royals are. These same types of values can be experienced throughout our amazing city. 

And now, if you'd like to see us party and celebrate, you should make plans to come to the parade downtown it starts at the Sprint Center and ends at Union Station where KC will rally with the Royals like no other city can.


Now, more than ever, is the right time to call Kansas City home.

Posted by AJ Gentry on November 2nd, 2015 3:33 PM

You read that correctly. The Real Estate Market in Kansas City is ON FIRE! With a lower than normal inventory of homes on the market for sale, competition is heating up. If you are currently shopping for a home in the metro area, you need to be prepared.

What does preparation look like, in this market?

  • Having a Buyer's Agent represent you in your side of the transaction is VITAL. Listing agents work for the seller, they cannot legally represent you as their client also. To do so would mean they would need to serve you as a TRANSACTION BROKER, and that will not help you in negotiations. So NEVER call the number on the sign in the yard - you should consult your Buyer's Agent for any and all questions. If you Buyer's Agent is not available when you need him / her, you are working with the wrong Buyer's Agent. It's imperative in this market that you have an attentive and professional Buyer's Agent who is familiar with the area in which you are shopping. For example, using a Buyer's Agent who sells 95% of their properties in Overland Park is not beneficial for you if you are buying a River Market Condo.
  • Have your pre-approval letter in your hand and ready to go. That means as soon as you are ready to shop, you should know how much you are approved to spend. The best homes at the best prices are selling the day they hit the market. And sometimes, there are multiple people putting in offers on homes at the same time. The ones who don't have all of their documentation together are the ones who won't win in a  bidding war. It's a sad but true fact in this market. For a list of lenders, check out our website.
  • Be prepared to NOT get everything you want. It's a sellers market and there are more people wanting the same house you want. That means negotiations are extremely challenging. Again, it's important to have a Buyer's Agent who can present you a full picture of the situation and help you understand the pros and cons of the home and the negotiation process. A great Buyer's Agent will make sure you don't lose a home to another buyer over something that is trivial in the grand scheme of the home buying process.

KCRAR / Heartland MLS prepares information each month that shows current market conditions and here is the most recent snapshot:

  • April 2015 average sales price for new & existing homes combined ($197,737) is 4.5 percent higher than April 2014.
  • There were 3,084 homes sales (new & existing combined) for April 2015  - 12.4 percent higher than April 2014.
  • Home inventory (new & existing combined) for April 2015 (12,374) is 6.9 percent lower compared to April 2014.
  • The supply of new and existing homes for April 2015 is 4.5 months - representing a home market slightly favoring sellers. 
Posted by AJ Gentry on May 13th, 2015 10:09 AM
It's not everyday that a Westport neighborhood condo comes on the market. Westport has always been and remains to be one of the best places to go on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon for great food and drinks at LOCAL KC hotspots like McCoys Public House, 303, Ragazza, Kelly's, Joe's Pizza, Blanc Burgers, or Port Fonda. It's the type of neighborhood where people love to hang out, so just imagine having the Westport Art Festival minutes from your front door and not worrying about the parking!?!

This 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom condo is move-in ready and has a private deck for you to enjoy. With wide-open living spaces flowing from the minute you walk in the front door through the living room, dining room and into the kitchen, this condo is every entertainers ideal floor plan. Two level living helps keep your bedroom private while you keep your guests on the first floor.

Come home to Westport, where you can live, work and play.

Call us today for a private showing - this unique condo, listed by AJ Gentry of AJ Gentry and Associates at Platinum Realty for $184,500, is going to sell fast --> 816-699-0084.
Posted by AJ Gentry on April 24th, 2015 11:06 AM
If you haven't seen this video, courtesy of Tim Lair, yet, check it out now!

Paris of the Plains from Tim Lair on Vimeo.

Great video that captures the essence and magic of our great city. From the Crossroads Arts District to the edge of Downtown KC, there is something that KC lover will enjoy about this awesome video.
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Posted by AJ Gentry on March 10th, 2015 7:14 AM
Highlights from the December 2014 Kansas City Housing Market Report from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® and Heartland Multiple Listing Service:

Dec. 2014 average sales price for new & existing homes combined ($196,376) is 3.5 percent higher than Dec. 2013.

There were 2,304 homes sales (new & existing combined) for Dec. 2014 - 0.5 percent higher than Dec. 2013.

Home inventory (new & existing combined) for Dec. 2014 (10,950) is 10.8 percent lower compared to Dec. 2013.

The supply of new and existing homes for Dec. 2014 is 4.1 months - representing a home market slightly favoring sellers.


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Posted by AJ Gentry on January 13th, 2015 3:27 PM

  • Nov. 2014 average sales price for new & existing homes combined ($194,525) is 4.3 percent higher than Nov. 2013.
  • There were 2,088 homes sales (new & existing combined) for Nov. 2014  - 5.4 percent lower than Nov. 2013.
  • Home inventory (new & existing combined) for Nov. 2014 (12,357) is 9.8 percent lower compared to Nov. 2013.
  • The supply of new and existing homes for Nov. 2014 is 4.6 months - representing a home market slightly favoring sellers. 
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Posted by AJ Gentry on December 9th, 2014 2:24 PM

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is less than a week away and the Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa seasons are right behind it. During this time of the year, many sellers and some REALTORS determine that it's not busy enough to keep homes on the market. The cold weather and snow prevent buyers from looking and surely no one will purchase a home in the winter?

Quite the contrary, because some people do remove their homes from the market and some REALTORS take off mid-November through early January, the on-market inventory gets tighter. As most of you know the market has been tight in KC all year, making this holiday season a huge opportunity for sellers!

Capture the shoppers who are out looking for their next home while you can. There IS still a captive audience as we close out the year. Whether you are a condo or single family home seller, the buyer for your home is out there. If you take your listing off the market now, you might miss that buyer who needs to make a move in December or early January. Removing your home from the market now and waiting to relist in the Spring, is not always the best decision. Making sure your home is priced effectively going into the home stretch of the fourth quarter is the best thing you can do to help sell your home. Partner with your REALTOR to be sure your current price is the right one. Review the last six months in your area and be sure you know what has sold AND what has been listed that hasn't sold - which will help position you for success prior to the end of 2014.

Our featured listings in Lake Winnebago, Independence, Shawnee, North KC, Downtown, the Plaza and surrounding parts of the metro have sellers committed to selling their homes. Many of the folks are ready to work with buyers who have interest. Are you one of those buyers?

Check out these featured listings today: http://idxpro.cisdata.net/AR259227/Search/mylistings.

Posted by AJ Gentry on November 21st, 2014 11:18 AM

We are proud to share the article below, taken from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTOR's (KCRAR) November 2014 publication of "Connect" magazine.

One of our very own team members, Kristopher Saim, makes news by sharing how gratitude for his clients is one of his #1 goals. And he succeeds!

Kris puts his clients needs before his own and always shows gratitude for clients using his services for their real estate needs. Way to go, Kris!

P.S. He loves your referrals!

Kris Saim

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Posted by AJ Gentry on November 4th, 2014 4:04 PM

It doesn't matter if you are looking for a West Plaza bungalow, a Brookside Tudor or a Downtown Kansas City Condo or Loft, if you are a first-time homebuyer, there are things you need to know about the homebuying process.

Join representatives from our team, AJ Gentry and Associates, and our friends at United Mortgage at the Platinum Realty office, 1705 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108 for a first-time homebuyers class. Instructor Merry Miller will be answering all your questions and sharing some great tips to help make sure your experience as a first-time homebuyer is as positive as it can be.

The class takes place this Wedensday, October 15th and starts at 6:30pm. The class will last about an hour depending on questions asked.

Find out why it's important to use a Buyer's Agent and how easy one can make your search.

Space is limited, so RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

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Posted by AJ Gentry on October 13th, 2014 5:07 PM


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