Waldo Home Sales Report-March 2021

Homebuyers continue to snap up homes in Waldo, driving prices higher. And we are just now getting into the most popular buying months of the year! Here are the sales stats from Waldo, using the boundaries from Gregory to 85th St, State Line to Holmes:

March 2021                                                                                  March 2020

Median list price:    $237,500                                                   $228,000

Median sales price:    $252,500                                               $230,000

No. of homes sold:          26                                                          31

Days on market:              2                                                             31

The lowest closed price last month was $136,000 and the highest was $400,000. Home values up 9.78% compared to March 2020.

Here are the year-to-date figures:

Jan-March 2021                                                                        Jan-March 2020

Median list price:       $250,000                                               $210,000

Median sales price:    $263,500                                              $210,750

No. of homes sold:       71                                                 62

Days on market:           3                                                             28

Look at the difference between the median sales prices: 25% higher this year, and homes are going under contract in a matter of days. Buyers are consistently offering over list price on contracts. I’ve been saying that for months and don’t see any change in the foreseeable future.

Currently there are just five homes for sale in Waldo, with a median list price of $249,000 and four days on the market.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Brookside Home Sales Report-March 2021

If you know someone trying to purchase a home in Brookside…you’ve probably heard stories about how just trying to look at a new listing can be all consuming! These Brookside home sales stats for March 2021 show again how frenzied this market is for buyers. I’ve researched single family home sales that closed last month, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

March 2021                                                                                   March 2020

Median list price:     $427,400                                                   $350,000

Median sales price: $430,000                                                   $345,000

No. of homes sold:      26                                                             15

Days on market:            2                                                             15

Home values are up 24% compared to last March; about twice as many homes closed. Those new listings went under contract within 48 hours. Wow! Last month there were nine sales over $500K in Brookside, and one $1.185 million closed sale.

Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-March 2021                                                                          Jan-March 2020

Median list price:     $427,400                                                   $350,000

Median sales price: $430,000                                                   $345,000

No. of homes sold:      26                                                             15

Days on market:            2                                                             15

That’s a double digit increase in home prices from same period last year–14%! Buyers are consistently paying over list price for houses. I don’t know when the bidding wars will end–there is just so much demand. Currently there are just ten homes listing in Brookside, with a median price of $514,975 and eight days on market. Six homes are priced at or over $500K, four of those are well over one million dollars.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Brookside Bungalow For Sale

One of the reasons I love Brookside is this: all the homes are unique and charming in some way; you can buy a $250K fixxer upper or a mini mansion for $800K. My new listing at 5824 Central sits in the pricing middle and offers the best of both worlds: lots of original charm with today’s updates!

Such a beautiful front porch! Just imagine enjoying a warm summer evening, relaxing on the porch swing with a cool beverage, waving at the passers-by. Or, walk a few blocks south to the Brookside shops for browsing, dinner, happy hour or a quick grocery run.

This house is just as attractive on the inside. Step inside the front door to an open floor plan: the living room flows into the dining room, and the dining room opens into the newly remodeled kitchen. Notice the gas fireplace with new mantle and arched tile!

On to the kitchen..totally renovated by award winning Deatherage Home Designs! Plenty of cooking space here, with lots of cabinets, gas stove, new appliances and eat in curved countertop. Newer windows throughout most of the house!

There are three bedrooms and two full baths in this home; one bedroom and bath on first floor; second floor has master suite, and another bedroom that opens to an office nook. Outside the back door, sellers have built a new deck with dining and lounge area, hot tub, and pergola. Private drive and two car garage as well!

Pride of ownership shows in this house–sellers have meticulously maintained it through the years. Offered at $425,000. Contact me for more information! 816 510 1262.

Brookside Farmers Market -Opens Saturday!

Grab your tote bag and get ready for the Brookside Farmers’ Market’s Opening Day on Saturday, April 10, 2021!

The market has been available the past few months on a smaller scale; Saturday marks the season’s opener, featuring more booths and goods ready for purchase. Vendors focus on local and sustainably grown produce, meats, home made baked goods and crafts. Same location: HJ’s Community Center at 6425 Wornall Rd from 8-1pm. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming–often you’ll hear some live music as you stroll among the booths.

Please remember to bring a bag to carry your goodies and a mask!

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-February 2021

Armour Hills is blooming! Along with the rest of the city. Springtime brings out the buyers for our neighborhood, so expect more home sales in the warm months ahead. Even the cold weather though didn’t slow down the market–sales are up compared to last year at this time. Let’s look at the stats:

February 2021February 2020
Median list price: $335,000$339,900
Median sales price: $358,775$332,000
No. of homes sold: 5 3
Days on market: 2 49

Buyers paid about 7% over list price and home values are up 8% over February 2020. Below are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Feb 2021Jan-Feb 2020
Median list price: $347,000$339,925
Median sales price: $361,888$338,000
No. of homes sold: 8 4
Days on market: 2 46

Twice as many homes closed this year compared to last; and you can see how quickly new listings are going under contract: two days instead of a few weeks! Home prices are running about 7% over last year. Currently there is just one listing for sale in Armour Hills, priced at $425,000 and four days on market.

If I can provide you with more detailed information on Brookside or Waldo home sales, contact me!

(all stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Waldo Home Sales Report-Feb 2021

I remember when it was fairly easy to buy a house in Waldo for under $200K. Those days are gone! Housing prices keep rising in Waldo, and compared to last year–values are up in the double digits. I’m checking single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of Gregory to 85th and State Line to Holmes.

February 2021February 2020
Median list price: $289,475 $209,000
Median sales price: $298,750$212,500
No. of homes sold: 24 15
Days on market: 15 22

The lowest closed price in Feb 2021 was $112,520 and the highest was $439,900. Here are the year-to-date numbers:

Jan-Feb 2021Jan-Feb 2020
Median list price: $265,000$205,000
Median sales price: $265,000$206,225
No. of homes sold: 47 32
Days on market: 13 24

Look at the difference between the two sales prices: values are up 28% YTD. That is incredible. More homes are selling, and in a shorter period of time. And as of this writing, there are just four homes listed in Waldo, with a median asking price of $180,000 and 4 days on market.

Contact me if you would like more details information on housing sales near you!

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Brookside Home Sales Report-Feb 2020

Home values in Brookside are rising up like Spring daffodils! The demand for homes in our neighborhood shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, listings are way behind what they would normally be for this time of year. Multiple offers are the norm for just about any homes priced under $500,000. Here are the numbers for single family home sales, using the main Brookside zip code of 64113:

February 2021February 2020
Median list price: $380,000$359,975
Median sales price: $392,350$354,500
No. of homes sold: 16 16
Days on market: 2 35

Looking at those numbers, we see the same number of houses closed; listed homes went under contract in about 48 hours. Buyers were paying an average of 3.25% over the list price, and sold prices up over 10% compared to last February. Here are the YTD numbers:

Jan-Feb 2021Jan-Feb 2020
Median list price: $395,000$369,900
Median sales price: $397,200$370,000
No. of homes sold: 29 23
Days on market: 3 44

So far this year, values are running 7% over 2020. More homes have sold; and properties are going under contract in just a couple of days. It’s going to be a long ride for homebuyers this year….don’t give up! As for sellers, this is the time to get top dollar for your home if it’s priced competatively!

Currently there are just 8 active listings in Brookside, with a median list price of over $1,000,000. That’s because half of the listings are over the million dollar mark, including two homes, one priced just under $5.5 million and another $7.2 million. Days on market is 74, as those high dollar properties tend to sit on the market longer.

Have any questions about home prices in your area? Contact me for details!

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

New Shop in Brookside-Locally Owned Brow Bar

Ladies…have you been thinking of sprucing up your look for the warm months ahead…when, hopefully, masks won’t be as necessary and others can see your entire face?!?  And for the gents..do you have a special someone that could use some pampering?  Check out one of Brookside’s newest businesses, Brow Bar, offering “beauty treatments with a spa attitude”.

Brow Bar, 328 W 63rd St

I stopped by Brow Bar recently and talked with owner Tammy Sciara about this new shop that opened in December.  Brow Bar offers all kinds of skincare and beauty services, including cosmetic injectables, microblading, eyelash and brow enhancements, facials, waxing and make up consultations. The store has a welcoming, calm vibe with a very friendly staff that really cater to their clients.  Tammy says “I want my customers to feel fully transported when they come here; I want the shop to feel like a private retreat”.  She even created a special relaxing room in the middle of the space for just that purpose; customers can sit and relax before and after their appointments. 

Brow Bar’s Relaxing Area

In addition to the special beauty services, BrowBar offers several lines of unique, clean products for the face and body:  Leahlani, organic products from Maui; MerSea, a line of candles and diffusers based in Lenexa; Lover cosmetics (founder Ashley Rodden lives in KC and keeps regular hours at Brow Bar for make up consultations),  Soap Cherie,  botanica based body products,   and Savor/Beauty, a small batch, certified organic line of Korean beauty inspired products from New York..  Any woman would enjoy indulging in these clean, fresh make up and body products!

Tammy Sciara

How did BrowBar get started? Tammy explained that after having her second baby, she was busy “chasing around the little ones, more worried about if they ate their breakfast and brushed their teeth than if I looked in the mirror before leaving the house”.   As part of a post baby makeover, she had microblading done.  “The thought of never having to spend time coloring in my brows was heaven!” but the experience of having it done was not what she expected.  “It wasn’t relaxing or service oriented at all. It was actually a bit terrifying!  It got me thinking about all of the beauty services I had done through the years. I knew I could do it in a different way”.  After several months of research, Tammy and her good friend (and co-owner) Nicole Baldwin started Brow Bar.  (Nicole is a semi-permanent make up artist). “I wanted to open a studio that was upscale, modern, relaxing and private at the same time”.   Her first location was in a building on the Plaza and, being a long time Brookside resident herself, decided to switch locations to 63rd St when this spot opened up.  “We have so much more space, as well as the opportunity to sell our unique beauty and skincare products that Brookside needs!”

Stop in Brow Bar the next time you are strolling along 63rd St for a look! A gift certificate to Brow Bar would be a welcome Mother’s Day gift. The address is 328 W. 63rd St, just west of Stuff. 

Armour Hills Home Sales Report-January 2021

Armour Hills is one of the most desireable neighborhoods in Brookside and the rising prices confirm it-the -median price of a home was unusually high in January 2021. However, just three homes closed, all in a higher than usual price for Armour Hills. Here are the numbers:

January 2021January 2020
Median list price: $500,000$433,000
Median sales price: $490,000$433,000
No. of homes sold: 3 1
Days on market: 3 44

Home values up 13% compared to last January but again, $490,000 is an unusually high median sales price for Armour Hills. The three homes that closed were on the upper end of the price spectrum. Currently there are NO active listings in Armour Hills. That could change tomorrow!

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Waldo Home Sales Report-Jan 2021

The cold weather and snow did not slow down home sales in Waldo last month… houses are still selling quickly! Here are the stats for January 2021, and a comparison to January 2020. The Waldo boundaries I’m using are State Line-Holmes and Gregory to 85th St.

January 2021January 2020
Median list price: $237,500$199,750
Median sales price: $237,000$196,250
No. of homes sold: 24 18
Days on market: 3 18

Home values are up almost 21% compared to a year ago! Still a lot of demand and not much inventory. The lowest closed price last month was $129,000 and the highest was $410,000. Currently there are just five listings in Waldo, with an average list price of $322,450 and five days on market.

(All stats taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)