The Red Door Group at Reece & Nichols is a highly knowledgeable, motivated, and professional real estate team dedicated to helping you with all of your real estate wants and needs. Our knowledgeable professionals specialize in home buying, and home selling, to ensure that every one of our clients has a memorable experience. Knowing how everything works in the home buying and selling process helps us to work with our clients every step of the way. Starting with finding the right home for you and ending with finding a company to help you move. Please feel free to contact us anytime 913-323-7227.

How Do I Buy A Home?

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you should do is to begin setting your priorities. What are you looking for? Why are you moving? Below is a list of categories to help you. 

Location Location Location

Are you relocating to a new town or are you moving across town? Are you moving because of a new job or to be closer to your current job? When looking at an area you should concentrate on how that area will affect other things like shopping, school, and entertainment. The neighborhood you choose should be able to meet all of your needs.

Personal Likes and Dislikes

After choosing a location you need to look at what it is you’re looking for in a home. These days neighborhoods are quite diverse in what they offer for homes. Look at the architecture of a home; do you prefer modern, traditional, or colonial? What type of a lot are you looking for? Finally, what amenities should your next home include? You should take a drive through various neighborhoods and find homes you like. This will help you choose a style. Next, look online at different homes or visit some open houses to help you choose size and amenities.

What Can I Afford?

The question that plagues everyone. How much can I afford? Well there are a few simple steps to help you find out. The first step is to narrow down the neighborhoods you like. This will give you an idea of the prices you are looking at. Next, you need to figure out all of your monthly expenses, and don’t shave the numbers. More often than not, your monthly expenses will go up once you move, so be fair and honest when figuring out your monthly budget. Finally, you need to know your credit score and down payment. This is critical because it can and will determine your monthly mortgage payments. Once you have done all of this you will know what you can afford.

How Do I Find the Right Sales Professional to Work With?

This a major part of whether or not you will have a good experience. Find an agent that is professional and that has a personality which you can get along with. You should also look at experience and track records. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Interview the agent. Ask them what they will do to market your home, how the commission structure works, and finally, how long they have been selling in your market. The broker or agent should also present a disclosure of any other details pertaining to the actual selling of your home. The Red Door Real Estate Group is a highly experienced and professional team who are always available to answer your questions.

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Choose the right door to open

If you're like most people, when thinking about what you're looking for in your first – or next – home, your thoughts soon turn from the community you'd like to live in to a list of features and amenities you'd like to have, ranging from the number of bedrooms and number of baths, to the brand of appliances in your kitchen. Perhaps just as important a consideration when creating your home buying wish list is the "flavor" of home ownership – typically single-family home, condominium or maintenance provided – that best fits your lifestyle. Each form of ownership has unique characteristics that you, depending on your home ownership goals, may find appealing. There's nothing like owning a home of your own; this quick overview can help you decide which flavor of home ownership is right for you. There are three major variations when it comes to the types of home ownership – single-family home, condominiums (condos)/villa/townhouses, and cooperative apartments (co-ops).

Single-Family Home

Purchasers who opt for traditional home ownership are the sole owners of the building and the land it's built on.

Consider owning a single-family home if you'd like to:
  • Have complete control over aesthetic decisions affecting your home; exterior and interior paint color, landscaping, etc.
  • Decide what, when, and how much you are willing to pay for routine maintenance and emergency repairs.
  • Enjoy taking on the responsibility maintaining your home and property.
  • May wish to expand or otherwise alter your home in the future. 
  • Have total flexibility to sell your home when you choose, to any buyer who is willing and able to meet your price.
Subject to the approval of a homeowner's association if applicable, as well as applicable local and state
laws and regulations.

Condominiums/Townhouses/Villas

Owners of condominiums own the living space within their unit. Everything else -the outside walls of your unit and the rest of the structure(s) in the complex, the land, and any amenities such as a tennis court or pool - are owned by your condominium association. Like the owners of single-family homes, you can sell your unit when you choose, to any buyer you choose. 

Consider owning a condo, townhouse or villa if you'd like to:
  • Pay for others to maintain your complex for you, through a monthly maintenance fee to your homes association.
  • Leave the management decisions regarding your complex to your board, or take an active part in board activities yourself.
  • Own a studio, loft or other non-traditional living space that may only be available as a condominium in the neighborhood where you'd like to live.
  • Live in an urban area where townhomes and villas are the most popular and affordable option.
  • Be part of a community that enforces restrictions over changes that you and your neighbors can make to condo units, and to the complex.

Doors to Open at a Glance

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The Red Door Group Donna Sulek  and Teresa Hoffman
The Red Door Group Donna Sulek and Teresa Hoffman
Sales Executive