Brookside Home Sales Report – April 2016

We are in the peak of Spring home buying season…and I’m here to report demand is still very strong for our Brookside neighborhood.  Still not enough inventory for sale, especially in the $500K and less price catagory.  Here are the single family home sales stats for Brookside (zip code 64113) for last month, and comparisons to last year:

April 2016

Median list price:               $375,000

Median sales price:           $371,500

Average days on market:    41

Number of homes sold:       30

(Lowest sales price was $215,000;; highest sales price was $1.1 million.)

April 2015:

Median list price:                $389,900

Median sales price:            $380,000

Average days on  market:    31

Number of homes sold:        27

Now let’s check year to date figures:

2016    

Median list price:         $384,000

Median sales price:     $376,250

86 homes sold; average 38 days on market

2015

Median list price:         $327,000

Median sales price:     $322,500

72 homes sold; average 54 days on market        

You can see how fast prices are rising year-to-date compared to last year, plus the median price is going up.  When there aren’t many homes for sale, prices are pushed up and often there are multiple offers over asking price for new listings.  It is definitely a sellers’ market right now.

Currently, there are 40 active single family home listings in the Brookside zip code of 64113.  The median list price is $609,500!  That’s because over half–24–of the homes for sale are priced over $500K. The homes listed priced under $450K are generally under contract very fast. (All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed)

New Patio Open at Bier Station

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New Patio at Bier Station in Brookside

The new expanded patio is open at Bier Station!

I remember back in December 2012 when John Couture opened Bier Station in Armour Hills at 120 E Gregory . He was one of the pioneers of the specialty brew shop–and now there are almost too many to count in the KC area. Bier Station is Brookside’s “Cheers” bar…friendly staff who know who you are and love talking about the beer offerings they have for sale.

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New Food Options at Bier Station

There are some other changes at Bier Station besides the patio: more food on the menu, including smoked wings, sliders, flatbreads, soups, and new sandwiches. John and his kitchen staff are currently testing new items such as seasonal salads and vegetables, and a few sweet treats. Whatever goes over well with the customers (they want feedback!) will make it to the menu.

Also coming soon is a new ordering app called “Meagan”, which will allow customers to order food and beer from their tables in the bar that will be delivered by bar staff.

More about the patio…it will feature a rain proof awning, electric heat lamps, more seating and more dog hooks. A perfect place for sipping a brew, noshing on tasty food and visiting with friends. Stop by and enjoy one of our warm spring evenings on the new Bier Station patio!

Waldo Home Sales Stats – March 2016

It’s definitely a seller’s market in Waldo!  Prices are up from 2015 and sellers are getting very close to asking price for their homes.  Here are the sales stats for single family home sales in Waldo, using the boundaries of State Line to Holmes and Gregory to 85th St:

March 2016:

Number of homes sold:    33

Median list price:              $139,900

Median sales price:          $139,900

Average days on market:  44

The lowest sales price was $35,000 and the highest was $349,900.

March  2015:

Number of homes sold:     27

Median list price:              $135,000

Median sales price:          $135,000

Average days on market:   26

Checking Jan – March figures:

2016 / 2015:                                                                                     

Number of homes sold:       68 / 65                                  

Median list price:                $153,950 / 135,000                               

Median sales price:            $153,225 / 137,000

Average days on market:    45 / 41

Year to date, Waldo home sales are keeping pace with 2015; however median price is higher.  Note there is not much negotiating between list price and final sales price!                                  

Currently there are 14 homes for sale at a median list price of $126,250 and 43 days on market. Lowest list price is $84,900; highest is $599,000.

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

Brookside Art Annual- April 29-May 1, 2016

It’s time again for the Brookside Art Annual this weekend:  April 29-May 1, 2016.  This is the 31st year for the event!Hours :                                                           

Friday  5pm-9pm

Saturday 10am-9pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

Location is the heart of Brookside at 63rd St and Brookside Blvd.  Free childrens’ activities Saturday and Sunday; there will be food booths and live music–remember to please leave pets at home!

Play With Clay at the KC Clay Guild

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You have probably driven by the KC Clay Guild in Waldo many times..it sits at the corner of 200 W 74th St at Wyandotte. .  The long brick building may not catch your eye…but inside, there’s a buzz of activity going on as artists and amateurs create sculptured, colorful pieces out of dull gray clay blocks.

 

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Josh Wood, VP at KC Clay Guild

I met with Vice President Josh Wood recently to find out more about the Guild. Wood says he ‘geeked out’ on ceramics in high school, then took a few classes in college and got hooked on the process.  He’s been with the Guild nine years (plus has a full time job in Olathe) and is still actively creating ceramic works.  He explained the KC Clay Guild was started by several local Kansas City potters in 1988.  They wanted a studio to work in  and have been at this location fifteen years.  If you’ve ever been curious about playing around with clay–or just like to collect beautifully sculptured ceramic art — this is the place to be.

The KC Clay Guild is a non profit association with about 400 members. If you want to see what working with clay is like, Wood suggests attending a Communiversity class.  Or you can check out one of their Family Fun Nights (Fridays and Saturdays) and experiment with the process.  Membership fees are very reasonable, and you’ll meet all sorts of people here: professional potters, aspiring artists, hobbyists and even kids learning the process.  All pieces are fired and glazed on site.  They offer a variety of workshops and special events, plus summer camps for kids and there is  a big fundraiser every October called Raku Night.  This is a large street party where you can create a ceramic piece, have it fired and then glazed all at one time.

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On April 30, 2016 the Clay Guild will host their first Spring Pottery Sale.  Josh commented that there are always pieces for sale on site, and  prices here are less than purchasing at an art fair. During the Spring sale there will be several artists displaying their work for sale — you may want to stop by and pick up something for yourself or as a gift!

The KC Clay Guild is open seven days a week—check out their website at www.kcclayguild.org for more information. And if you are looking for some unique clay art–stop by the sale on Saturday!

Armour Hills Home Sales Stats- March 2016

Plenty of buyers for Armour Hills homes this spring…not much inventory.  Updated, well priced homes go under contract within hours of listing.  Here are the home sales stats for Armour Hills in Brookside:

March  2016:                                                               March 2015:  

Median list price:      $234,975                               Median list price:     $269,975

Median sales price:  $229,475                              Median sales price:  $261,250

Number of homes sold:  6                                     Number of homes sold:  12

Checking year to date figures:

2016 YTD:   

Median list price:      $249,500   

Median sales price:    $247,000

Number of homes sold:   11

From Jan-March 2015, the median sales price was $257,250 and 18 homes had sold.    Although the stats are showing prices are lower than last year at the same time, don’t be dismayed.  These numbers show the lower priced homes that were listed and sold in Armour Hills at this time.  Prices will rise as homes continue to sell in the next several months.  Also, there are fewer homes on the market for buyers to purchase, which is why less units are selling. Believe me, the demand is there for Armour Hills/Brookside homes priced at $300K or less.  Currently there are ZERO homes for sale in Armour Hills as I write this blog….I’ve never seen that before.

If you would like more detailed information about the Brookside/Waldo home sales market, I’m here to help!  

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

Brookside Home Sales Report – March 2016

If you know someone who wants to buy a  house…you’ve probably heard phrases like “there are very few homes for sale” or “we have written three offers and got outbid every time” or “many homes are selling the first day on the market”.  As an agent I can tell you….it’s all true!  Not much  inventory and so many buyers!   Let’s check Brookside (zip code 64113) single family home sales for March 2016:

March 2016

Median list price:               $389,500

Median sales price:           $384,000

Average days on market:    30

Number of homes sold:       33

(Lowest sales price was $176,000; highest sales price was $1,055,000.)

March 2015:

Median list price:                $425,000

Median sales price:            $397,500

Average days on  market:    88

Number of homes sold:        13

Now let’s check year to date figures:

Jan-March 2016:   

Median list price:         $389,725

Median sales price:     $383,000

56 homes sold; average 34 days on market

Jan-March 2015:

Median list price:         $325,000

Median sales price:     $315,000

45 homes sold; average 81 days on market        

The median price of a Brookside single family home has jumped 21% compared to 2015, same time frame.  Homes are selling in less than half the time and more homes have sold.  The demand is very strong, especially in the $200-$400K price range.                                                                

Currently, there are 35 active single family home listings in the Brookside zip code of 64113.  The median list price is $720,000.  Why so high?  Twenty seven of the 35 listings are priced over $500K.  The lower priced homes go under contract so fast, within a day-and  most buyers want to purchase under the $500K price point.  

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