Buying a second house? This guide will teach you about the important financial considerations you need to think about.
If a sudden job transfer or unexpected event happens and you find yourself relocating to Kansas City, a little pre-planning and expert knowledge can help make your move less stressful. After the excitement of moving begins to fade, stress often sets in, especially when the realization hits that you might not know anything about buying a home in the area. Luckily, our team of top real estate agents at Cami Jones & Co. are here to help.
Your Guide to Buying a Home in Kansas City
Kansas City has many different areas, and it is often a lot to take in. No matter what your lifestyle is, we can guarantee that there is a place here that fits your needs. Let’s take a look at some key things to keep in mind when buying a home in and around KC.
What Do You Value?
During a new buyer consultation, it is important that your agent knows what is most important to you. You will be asked questions like:
- Do you want to live in an area with great schools?
- Do you want a lot of space to entertain friends and family?
- How close do you want to be to your office?
- Would you prefer to live in a bustling city or a quiet suburb?
Answering these and giving a little information about yourself, will help your real estate agent determine the area and home that is right for you.
Know Your Budget
Kansas City home prices vary greatly and knowing your budget will help determine how much home you can afford. During your consultation, your agent will put you in touch with our trusted loan officers for a free pre-approval. Knowing you’re pre-approved will help let sellers know you are motivated and serious about buying. Here is a quick glance at some of the most desirable areas on both the Kansas and Missouri side of the state line. Ask your agent which area is right for you and your budget.
Popular Areas on the Kansas Side:
- Overland Park
- Prairie Village
Popular Areas on the Missouri Side:
- West Plaza
- Liberty, MO
Find a Community That Fits Your Lifestyle
Once you and your agent have determined your budget and what you value, they will give you more information about the areas listed above and more. For example, if you want to live a more city-centric lifestyle surrounded by galleries and a thriving nightlife, Midtown and Downtown might be where you want to start looking. If you prefer a quiet, family-friendly area, Overland Park and Leawood are both great places to settle down.
With the help of your Cami Jones & Co. agent, you will set up a custom Home Match account to begin researching available homes in your desired community.
Choose Your Home and Bid Quickly
One thing that should be noted about the real estate market in Kansas City is that it moves quickly. Once you and your agent find the perfect home, they will quickly prepare the offer to purchase and review details with you. Your agent will then use their knowledge of the market to negotiate a purchase price with your best interests in mind.
After your agent finalizes all of the necessary paperwork with the sellers, they will be by your side on closing day as you sign your paperwork to purchase your new home.
Cami Jones & Company will be an available resource to you even after you close for all of your home-related concerns.
Making the move to Kansas City? Let our relocation specialists help you! Give us a call today! You can reach our team at 913.521.8806. Want to come and see us? Our office is conveniently located at 5000 W. 135th St. Leawood, KS 66224.