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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Snag Your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank

Can you find your dream home on a budget? Yes!

Can you get your dream home if you’re on a limited budget? Of course! There are just a few steps you need to take. 

"Talk to a mortgage broker to see what you can qualify for."

First, make sure you talk to a mortgage broker to see what you qualify for. From there, we can discuss what features you want in the pool of homes that you qualify for. This includes the size of the yard, location, whether the property has a pool, size of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, etc. 

Then we will take a look at the available inventory on the market. From there, we will narrow down what locations and features are going to be realistically available to you. You may have to compromise on some items, but you will ultimately find the home of your dreams. 

If you have any questions, please give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to help! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Your Real Estate Questions Answered

I was recently on a radio show answering some great questions about real estate and I wanted to share those with you today. 

I was recently a guest on 600 KCOL Fox News Radio with Jimmy Lakey to a few questions about the real estate world, and I want to share those answers with you today.

Q: Does it make sense to start planning upgrades and remodels if the seller isn’t going to sell for four years?

A: Honestly, the sooner the better. I have clients that have met with me to discuss the sale of their home in two years, so four years in advance would break my record, but I think it would be a smart way to approach adding value. Make sure you’re careful with how you upgrade and which remodels you undertake.

For example, I once had a home that I had lived in for 10 years and made some upgrades to including a great tile backsplash. When I went to sell it five years later, that backsplash was already outdated. Make sure you choose finishes that are timeless without too much personality. When it comes to sitting down and figuring out what those items would be and the best way to approach working those upgrades into your home, the sooner the better.

Q: When you hire Rob Kittle, you hire a team. Tell us a little bit about the Rob Kittle team. 

A: There are about 23 people that work with the Rob Kittle team right now, which includes a team of specialists. It seems that one of the biggest complaints when it comes to working with a single agent is that the client never knows what’s going on. With a team there is more communication and clients are informed about every step of the process. It’s one thing to promise that you’re a good agent, and another thing to prove it, and I feel our team works hard to prove it.

Q: Are Zillow’s estimates accurate?

A: The founder of Zillow has said that their estimates are within 20% accuracy, so be cautious with those. Zillow’s estimates don’t take into account if you’ve done any upgrades or remodeling, which is obviously going to have a huge impact on your home’s true value.

Q: I’ve seen you in a moving truck around town, what’s that about?

A: The moving truck is just another service that we offer our buyers and sellers. If you are going through a transaction with us or if you’re a past client, we’re going to let you use our moving truck. It’s actually a pretty popular service, and I’ve had to look into buying a couple more.

If you have any other questions about real estate that you’d like me to answer, or if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I also encourage you to check out Jimmy Lakey's Radio Show- KCOL Morning's with Jimmy Lakey!

I look forward to hearing from you!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Thank You for Helping Us Support River’s Promise

Jimmy Lakey founded River’s Promise to help children in Africa go to school and to fund other basic needs for African orphans. Today, we’re sitting down with Jimmy to learn a bit more about his organization.

Today we’re visiting Jimmy Lakey, the founder of River’s Promise, to donate some of our profits. River’s Promise is a foundation in Africa that helps send children to school and funds other basic needs for African orphans. If you have bought or sold a home with us, you have helped us donate $10,000 to River’s Promise. It takes $3,000 to build a house, and $35 a month helps send a child to school and funds other amenities. Whenever we buy or sell a house, a portion of that transaction goes back to help the community. River’s Promise has one paid employee who actually lives in Africa; everyone who works for the organization in the U.S. does so on a volunteer basis. Jimmy and his wife are true humanitarians. They adopted their son, River, from Rwanda. Although the Lakeys wanted to adopt more than one child, the adoption process took a very long time. “I thought, I can’t leave them behind,” says Jimmy. Not only that, Jimmy wanted to make sure that he had an answer for the day when his son would ask about what happened to his friends at the orphanage, so he and his wife started their foundation. You can read their full story here. Jimmy and I have both been to Africa; I went to Guinea in West Africa back in 1995. I saw the conditions there firsthand, and I believe that some money in the right hands will make a huge difference. That’s why the Kittle Team makes donations to foundations like River’s Promise. If you are interested in helping River’s Promise, Jimmy has a few tips. “I stopped taking things back with me [from the U.S.],” Jimmy says. “I can have a shoe drive here or I can buy shoes from a vendor [in Africa] and keep him in business.” From school supplies to clothes, Jimmy can use your donations to help children as well as their local economy. At Kittle Cares, we are honored to help organizations like River’s Promise improve people’s lives. If you have any questions about River’s Promise or Kittle Cares, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you!