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Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Did you know that if you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing…or you know someone that is… the local fire departments will give you, or your friend, free smoke detectors?  There are smoke alarms that use light or vibration to alert the resident.  As people age, they often lose the ability to hear the high pitched sound of a smoke alarm, so there are alarms that emit a mixed, low-pitch sound that is easier to hear.

Here is a link for some local fire departments that provide this service:

Overland Park
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO


First-Time Homebuyers Get More for Their Money!

It’s a fact; it is a buyer’s market out there!  It’s  amazing what first-time homebuyers can get for their money compared to a few years ago!  Combining lower home prices and historically low interest rates adds up to more buying power for first-time buyers.  First-time buyers, or buyers that have owned before but are now renting, also have the luxury of not having to sell a home before buying another.  Check out Rachel Louise Ensign’s article for The Wall Street Journal, First-time homebuyers can dream bigger, for why it is a great idea for those considering purchasing their first home  to get busy!  She also gives advice on how to get started on your quest for home ownership, even if you have to improve your credit scores first.

To owning your own place~                                                                                            Rosemary, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Just for Fun…Take a Look at Some of These Houses!

Different?  Imaginative?  Crazy?  Maybe a little of each of these things!  What some people can think of!  They certainly are conversation pieces!  Take a peek at Annie Hauser and Tabitha Sukhai’s slide show for This Old House online, World’s Wildest Houses V.  Would you live in any of these domiciles?  I think I’ll stick with something a little more traditional, but these sure would be fun to view.  Re-sale could be tough, however!


Tips for Securing a Mortgage

No, getting a mortgage, or refinancing one, is not what it was five years ago!  Since the subprime-mortgage conflagration, the bar has been raised on qualifying for a mortgage…higher credit scores, lower debt-to-income ratios, etc.!  But, people are getting mortgages every day, so it certainly can be done!  Check out Holden Lewis’s slide show for Bankrate.com, 10 tips to snag a mortgage in 2011 If there is a category in which you are not up to snuff, start working on it now, and before you know it, you will qualify for a mortgage! And remember, you don’t need a 740 credit score to get a mortgage…trust me!  If your biggest problem is your credit scores, check out our past blogs on how to raise yours.  A  loan officer is also a terrific source of advice on how to get where you want to be, and we can recommend numerous terrific, honest loan officers.



3 Ways to Save on Home Costs

CNN Money has a few tips on saving money on home repair costs.  There are some interesting tips on how contractors will come down on price! Check it out here.

~Betsy, Atkinson-Thompson Group

America’s Ugliest Homes

If you are thinking about selling your home and you are a little worried that it isn’t quite ready, these photos might make you feel a little better!!!  Look at more here.

~Betsy, Atkinson-Thompson Group

Huge Price Drops on Amazing Homes!

We have two price drops to tell you about on amazing homes!!!

The first is a gorgeous ranch in Platte Woods.  It has 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and more updates than this blog can hold!  We have just dropped the price $10,000 to $150,000.  This is a fabulous price for this beautiful home on a 1/2 acre lot…and no earnings tax!  Check it out here.

The other is also a $10,000 price reduction down to a SUPER LOW $65,000!  This 2 bedroom, 1 bath ranch is in the heart of Shawnee.  It is priced low to go!!!  See it here!

Please let me know if you would like to see either of these homes.

~Betsy, Atkinson-Thompson Group