You Have Outgrown Your Home and What to Do Next

You have outgrown your home
Have you outgrown your home?

You Have Outgrown Your Home

There are many signs that you have outgrown your home.  Families grow, careers change and unexpected life events can cause you to realize that you’re running out of room in your home.  The situation you were in when you purchased your home may have drastically changed, no longer making your space comfortable or compatible for your current needs. Whatever your unique situation is, you may currently be realizing that you’ve outgrown your home and need to upsize for more space for you or your family.

The good news is currently home values are up in Springfield and surrounding communities and interest rates are still low making now a great time to upgrade your home. If you have outgrown your home, Click here to find what is your home worth?

Running Out of Room


The most obvious indicator that you’ve outgrown your home is the realization that you simply need more space. The “starter home” that you moved into as a single person or newlywed might be getting a little tight as time goes on.

More Kids than Bedrooms

Perhaps your home was ideal for a single person or small family, but now you have more kids than your bedrooms can comfortably hold. Not to mention, you may find yourself tripping over toys and sports equipment because you’ve run out of storage space.

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Boom! 4th of July Holiday Fireworks Shows

4th of July weekend guide
There are plenty of places to go for the 4th!

The 4th of July is one of my favorite times of the year, full of backyard BBQ’s, lazy days at Table Rock Lake, and fireworks.  What can be more American than that?

If you are wanting to upgrade your backyard for BBQ’s or find that new lake house for future Holiday celebrations please don’t hesitate to call me at 417-693-3254 or email me at  If you have some time and just want to search for homes online visit

With the holiday weekend approaching there are celebrations happening all around the Ozarks.  Below is a list of several fireworks displays around the Ozarks.  There are many opportunities to watch the night sky to light up celebrating Independence Day.

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Golf Course Homes in and Around Springfield, MO

Have you always dreamed of living at the golf course?  Having a golf course home offers a commute to the golf course of a few minutes.  With many great golf course homes for sale you have plenty of options around Springfield, MO.

Golf course living has an obvious appeal to anyone who enjoys teeing up on a regular basis. In addition to having your next round of golf right outside your door, living on a golf course often affords you a view of a sprawling green vista.  If you live on a private club, you also have the added advantages of dining and social gatherings just minutes from home.  It can be a nice trade off for the occasional golf ball in the yard.

In the Springfield market, you have several great options for golf course living, Golf Course Home Search.  Below is a list of the top golf course living choices searchable individually, and some of the amenities for each golf course community.

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Winter Wonderland – Now May be the Time to Sell Your Home

Winter Home Sales

At my office Christmas party last month I was talking with several other agents all with buyers and little inventory to show them.  It got me thinking while spring and summer may the conventional time to sell your home, don’t discount winter home sales.

Like so many things in life, finding the best time to sell a house or list that Springfield, MO real estate is complicated.  Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the ground has thawed to hammer in that For Sale sign.

Less inventory = more attention

Because a lot of people don’t want to list their homes around the holidays, there are very few homes to buy at the start of a new year.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t still potential buyers on the prowl, and there is less competition.  If your house is the only game in town, you’re likely to have a lot more interest than in spring when the market is saturated.

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Buying a Home in Today’s Market

Home Buying in Today's Market

We hear a lot about how hot the real estate market in Springfield, MO is, but what does that mean for a buyer?  Does that mean it is a bad time to buy?  Not at all, with the low-interest rates available, now is a great time to buy that move up home.

Finding a new home is both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.  It is hard enough to find the perfect home, now you also have to worry about getting it under contract before someone else swoops in and buys it.  With homes selling quickly, buyers are missing out on their dream homes because someone else got their first.

For buyers, this can mean a change of how you approach home buying.  A good start is spending more time upfront figuring out what you need in a new home versus what you want.  This will help you find your dream home quicker so you don’t miss out.

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Great Dog Friendly Places Around Springfield

Dog Friendly places in Springfield

Today I want to talk about something other than the hot real estate market (really it’s hot).  I want to talk about dog friendly areas around Springfield and where we can spend quality time with our dogs.  Really, who does not like talking about their good puppy dogs?

With the weather getting warmer, we start spending more time outside. If you are like me you hate to always leave your dog behind. Luckily, Springfield has many great dog friendly places.  Below are some of my favorite destinations that are dog friendly.  Some on the list might surprise you as well.

Greenway Trails

Springfield has 68 miles of Greenway Trails offering great ribbons of nature throughout the community for you and your best friend to explore.  These hard-surfaced paths have minimal grade and provide free public access and are typically along stream corridors or abandoned railroad right-of-ways. Most of the Greenway Trails connect to parks around town and are a great way to let your dog work off some of that energy.

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4 Early Trends Shaping the Springfield Housing Market in 2017

Springfield Housing Trend 2017

2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year in real estate. Lots of changes going on in our country including facing the Millennial Effect, interest rate questions and economic changes. Below are four promising trends that will shape the Springfield housing market in 2017.

Millennials rising from the basements
As millennials get older, they are increasing home ownership rates faster than in previous years, according to research from Fannie Mae. Millennials have now overtaken baby boomers as the largest generation in the U.S.  Many of Millennials entered their post-college years during one of the toughest economic periods in decades. The running joke for years has been about the number of them living at home with their parents. In some cases this was true, but the economy has improved now and with jobs more abundant, millennials are coming to the real estate market in force.

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Top 10 Mistakes Home Sellers Can Avoid

Top 10 Home Seller Mistakes

Trying to sell your home?  Don’t make these top 10 mistakes home sellers can avoid.  Real estate agents know the biggest obstacles facing home sellers and I come across these often.  These mistakes can cost home owners time and money.  Understanding that eliminating as many hurdles as possible will help you sell your home faster and for more money.

Most of the top mistakes, are ultimately in the hands of the seller. Work with your real estate agent to correct or at least to minimize the impact of each of these mistakes, to sell your home.

Here are the top 10 mistakes home sellers can avoid when trying to sell their home.

1. Overpriced Home
Not a big surprise here. This was far and away the most common mistake that sellers make, preventing them from selling their home. Over price your home, and there is a pretty good chance no one is going to want to buy it. A homes value is determined by the market price buyers are willing to pay for a home. Real estate agents do not set the real estate market, buyers do. A good real estate agent will suggest a price to list your home based on comparable recently sold homes. Click here to get a home valuation based on recent market data.

Overpricing a home to ‘see if you can get someone to bite’ is not a strategy employed by someone really serious about selling. Overpricing a home will lead to missed opportunities with buyers that are serious about buying in the range at which your home should be listed.

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Seller’s Continue to see Gains in Springfield

May Quick Market Report 2016

Springfield’s home seller’s continue to see gains in the local housing market.  May continues the upward trend of 2016 over 2015, the 5th straight month this year showing positive sales gains over 2015.  Home sales continue to out perform last year’s sales numbers according to the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service.  The number of sold homes for May 2016 is up over a whopping 21% compared to May 2015. The average Days on Market continues to drop and is down to 76 days, that’s a 10.6% drop over May 2015.

These big gains coupled with the continued rise in sales prices is great news for Springfield’s home sellers.  The continued sellers market has created a shortage of inventory in some parts of the city.  If you have thought about selling your home, now might be the perfect time to do so.

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