Sunflower Association of Realtors 2017 President-Elect

Congratulations to Roger Hower for being elected the Sunflower Association of Realtors 2017 President-Elect!

To be eligible for President-Elect, one must fulfill the requirements to be a Director and have served as an Association or MLS Director at least one of the last five years, while also being advised to be involved on the Finance Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee.  The President-Elect position holder assumes the responsibilities of the President in their absence and assists the President in carrying out the functions of office and delegated duties.  The President-Elect will automatically assume the role of President the following year.

Roger is currently serving as the Chair on the 2016 Finance Committee, one of many ways that he stays involved in the ever changing real estate industry.  He is also an active Jackson County Chamber Board Member, along with participating in church events and other community groups such as the Holton Rotary Club.

Kansas Housing Market Stats – September 2016

Northeast Kansas Home sales Fell in Septembercapture
Total home sales in the Northeast Kansas MLS System fell
last month to 35 units, compared to 37 units in
September 2015.  Total sales volume was $3.1 million,
down from a year earlier.

The median sale price in September was $68,000, down
from $139,000 a year earlier.  Homes that sold in
September were typically on the market for 44 days and
sold for 95.1% of their list prices

Northeast Kansas Active Listings Down at End of
September
The total number of active listings in the Northeast
Kansas MLS System at the end of September was 205
units, down from 284 at the same point in 2015.  This
represents a 5.9 months’ supply of homes available for
sale.  The median list price of homes on the market at the
end of September was $115,000.

During September, a total of 40 contracts were written
up from 34 in September 2015.  At the end of the month,
there were 63 contracts pending, compared to 48 at the
end of September 2015.

Pumped about Pumpkins

Looking at the weather forecast this week, it seems fall has really set in.  Now may be a great time to do some honey-do’s that have slipped your mind while the temps are basically perfect.  Cleaning the gutters, spraying the yard for next years dandelions, or raking bag upon bag of fallen leaves.  All are great ways to keep your house and property functioning and looking wonderful!  As a reward, there are plenty of festivities this time of year.

  • Fall Fest – October 8th (Holton)
    The annual Fall Fest takes over our historic square with hand crafted furniture, antiques, jewelry and so much more.  Don’t forget the delicious food that you can snatch at one of the vendors or by sampling the chili from the Chili Cook-Off.
  • Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm (Wetmore)Window Pumpkin
    Renyer’s Pumpkin Farm has continued to grown throughout the years.  They have a list of activities for all ages including wagon rides, hay maze, obstacle course, corn cannon, tree house, jumping pillow and of course picking your own pumpkins.  The farm is open for business on the weekends the whole month of October for your enjoyment!
  • Betsy Zibell’s Pumpkin Patch (Holton)
    Located just North of Holton on the old highway where the pumpkins grown wild!  If you’re wanting a low key and inexpensive pumpkin picking experience this is the place to stop.
  • Gary’s Berries (Topeka)
    Another fun weekend getaway is to Gary’s Berries to breathe in the fresh fall air.  They’ve got pony rides, a jungle gym, pig races, and a corn maze along with many other exciting activities.  They are open Friday-Sunday the month of October.  Check out their website at http://www.garysberries.com/ for more information.

Even if you don’t finish all the honey do’s on the list this fall, try participating in some of the seasonal festivities that are so close to home.

 

Website Malfunction September 27th, 2016

Please excuse the listings on our webpage for the time being.  We are aware that some listings don’t include the correct photos and are being incorrectly pulled from the MLS.  We are doing our best to solve the issue as soon as possible.  Thanks for your patience!

Kansas Housing Market Stats – August 2016

August Market StatsNortheast Kansas Home Sales Fell in August
Total home sales in the Northeast Kansas MLS System fell
last month to 36 units, compared to 43 units in August
2015.  Total sales volume was $5.2 million, up from a year
earlier.

The median sale price in August was $109,450, up from
$77,500 a year earlier.  Homes that sold in August were
typically on the market for 42 days and sold for 97.0% of
their list prices.

Northeast Kansas Active Listings Down as End of
August
The total number of active listings in the Northeast
Kansas MLS System at the end of August was 216 units,
down from 276 at the same point in 2015.  This
represents a 6.0 months’ supply of homes available for
sale.  The median list price of homes on the market at the
end of August was $98,500.

During August, a total of 43 contracts were written up
from 33 in August 2015.  At the end of the month, there
were 54 contracts pending, compared to 48 at the end
of August 2015.

Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Starbucks has “officially” declared September 1st the first day of fall despite what the calendars and disagreeing husbands say.  Whether this be right or wrong, who’s to say (I’m guessing the coffee lovers agree with them).  For me the first day of fall begins when you can open the doors and windows to let the crisp air drift in, swing by the Hot Spot or Penny’s to grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte Mocha Frappuccino Coffee concoction, or attend a football game on a Friday night to cheer on your alma mater.

While it may be to early for some, other’s are ecstatic about the upcoming seasonal change that is upon us.  Holton has some great activities lined out for the next couple of months that will allow you to hopefully enjoy the changing of leaves and the cooler breeze. September 9th & 10th will kick off with the annual Fall Garage Sale.  Out with the old and in with the new(ish), right?  If that’s not your style you could always learn some history and enjoy the simplistic country styles of the Jackson County Historical Society Barn Tour which will be hosted September 24th & October 1st.  This years tour will show case “The Barns of Muddy Creek”.  Don’t forget to warm up with a homemade bowl of chili while walking around the Fall Fest October 8th.  The Chili Cook-Off is a great way to boast about grandma’s homemade chili recipe and support the Banner Creek Science Center.  Fall Fest attracts local artist, antiquers and food vendors to our cozy square along with the local business that are open every Saturday for you to admire.

Whether you’re a fall fanatic or not, Holton has some wonderful events this time of year that bring a community together.  Hope you can find time in between picking pumpkins, raking leaves and hot apple cider to explore our wonderful town that becomes so colorful this season!Fall leaves photo

 

 

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, August 27th

DannerJackson County agents have teamed up in holding a Fall Open House Weekend.  This means that multiple houses will be open this Saturday and Sunday for potential Buyers to look through.  This is a great opportunity to shop around and get a feel for our growing community.

Stop by one of our three properties that we will be hosting an open house for this weekend, August 27th!  Look around, ask questions, talk to our agents, possibly find the home of your dreams.

Properties that will be open from Noon-2P.M. are:  13125 190th Rd, Mayetta, 802 Iowa Ave, Holton, and 22375 Q Rd, Holton.22375

In case you are new to the Open House scene here are some tips from HGTV’s article, “A Buyer’s Guide to Open House Etiquette“.

  • Have a Game Plan – research properties beforehand & allow yourself enough travel time in between properties
  • Wear Comfortable & Appropriate Clothes
  • Be Polite to the Host – Sign in at every house leaving contact information that the agent can get ahold of you with
  • Focus on the Property – take notes on any handouts the seller may have to reminder you later what you liked and disliked
  • Ask Probing Questions – find out about the neighborhood and schools surrounding the property802 Iowa Summer

We hope to see you this Saturday to kick off the Jackson County Fall Open House Weekend!

 

Kansas Housing Market Stats – July 2016

July Market StatsNortheast Kansas Home Sales Remained Constant in
July

Total home sales in the Northeast Kansas MLS System
remained at 41 units last month, the same as in July
2015.  Total sales volume was $4.3 million, down from a
year earlier.

The median sale price in July was $88,000, up from
$86,000 a year earlier.  Homes that sold in July were
typically on the market for 36 days and sold for 96.0% of
their list prices.

Northeast Kansas Active Listings Down at End of
July

The total number of active listings in the Northeast
Kansas MLS System at the end of July was 226 units,
down from 293 at the same point in 2015.  This
represents a 5.5 months’ supply of homes available for
sale.  The median list price of homes on the market at the
end of July was $90,000.

During July, a total of 26 contracts were written down
from 40 in July 2015.  At the end of the month, there
were 42 contracts pending, compared to 56 at the end
of July 2015.

Kansas Housing Market Stats – June 2016

June StatsJackson County Home Sales Fell in June
Total home sales in Jackson Co. fell last month to 14
units, compared to 18 units in June 2015.  Total sales
volume was $1.5 million, down from a year earlier.

The median sale price in June was $84,250, down from
$109,775 a year earlier.  Homes that sold in June were
typically on the market for 60 days and sold for 95.3% of
their list prices.

Jackson County Active Listings Down at End of June
The total number of active listings in Jackson Co. at the
end of June was 43 units, down from 63 at the same
point in 2015.  This represents a 3.1 months’ supply of
homes available for sale.  The median list price of homes
on the market at the end of June was $102,900.

During June, a total of 10 contracts were written down
from 13 in June 2015.  At the end of the month, there
were 19 contracts pending, compared to 15 at the end
of June 2015.