Real Estate Information

Lee's Summit Real Estate Blog

Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.


Displaying blog entries 11-20 of 75

Why Rent When You Can Own?

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.


That your rent payment might be as much as a mortgage payment?


A home is an investment. When you rent, you are adding to someone else's investment, making someone else richer.  That check you write is gone forever.  But when you own a home, you are building equity in something that belongs to you. The interest you pay on your mortgage will make up most of your monthly payment for several of the years of your mortgage.  You can save a lot of  money each year by deducting that interest as well as property taxes you pay from your federal income taxes and usually state taxes as well. Another pro of home owning is that the value of most homes increases over the years. But perhaps the best reason to buy instead of rent is having something that is ALL YOURS.

Picture Perfect Home?

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Listing Photos: What to Look for When Shopping for a Home

These days, very little is left to the imagination when it comes to browsing homes for sale online. With virtual tours, professional photos and mapped locations, it's easy to see what you might be getting – before you ever set foot in a potential purchase. Technology certainly has its advantages, doesn't it?

 These listing features help you, the homebuyer, narrow down your home search and direct your real estate agent to specific properties. And although you shouldn't risk ruling out an otherwise perfect property based solely on its online reputation – hey, even houses have bad days – photos and videos can help save time and energy when it comes to building your short list of homes to tour.

 So what should you really be looking for based on these photos, videos and mapping tools? Start with:
• Layout. Does it meet your space needs? Is it OK that your must-have second bathroom is in the basement?
• Potential Repairs. Have the original hardwood floors seen better days? Are you up for the challenge of rehabbing?
• Yard maintenance. Does the home feature a half-acre yard – on a hill – with 30 bushes that need regular pruning? Will you have time to maintain it all – and is the yard worth the effort?
• Lot location. Are you concerned about being on a corner lot at one of the neighborhood's main intersections?

Remember, photos and videos can't always capture everything, so consider your top three priorities in a home. When you think you've found them in a property online, it might be worth taking a look in person – even if that shade of green in the kitchen isn't your first choice.

 The best thing you can do is see what's really there. Contact a RE/MAX real estate agent​ who can help you find your picture-perfect place

Prepping to SELL!

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

With spring right around the corner, many homeowners are getting their house ready for the market.  Visit the Remax housing blog for tips to be prepared to SELL!
RE/MAX Housing Blog
Fit to Sell Video: Prepack to Impress
Wed, February 12, 2014

Buyers don't want to see everything you've collected over the years – they need to see your home's spacious rooms and ample storage space, instead.

 In this latest RE/MAX "Fit to Sell" episode – just 2 minutes long – you'll learn why it's important to make your home sparkle, use the right cleaning products and pack away things you don't use regularly.

 Find additional advice for thoughtfully preparing your home for sale in the RE/MAX Home Selling Guide. And don't forget to check out the other videos in the RE/MAX Fit to Sell Series for even more tips.



Let's get this party started!

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Now that you are getting settled, why not throw yourself a housewarming party to show off your your new home? 

8 tricks for pulling off the perfect housewarming party

Break in your new space with these entertaining tricks from Amanda Saiontz Gluck of the Fashionable Hostess:

1. Keep your guest list to a minimum.
 The secret here is simple: Don’t invite everyone you know. Since your goal is to show off your new space, over-inviting will only make things crowded and uncomfortable for everyone. Stick to a few close friends and politely break it to your barista, dentist and chatty cube-mate that they will not, in fact, be receiving an invitation.

2. Highlight your favorite rooms.
 Place appetizers and drinks in the rooms you’re most excited for guests to see. Love your new granite countertops? Then set up shop in the kitchen. Can’t wait to get rid of those awful blinds in the bedroom? Just have guests steer clear of your sleeping space.

3. Keep your drinks light.
 With your gorgeous (and ahem, expensive) new white sofa on display, the last thing you need is a red wine stain ruining your night. Since plastic couch covers are definitely not an option, avoid dark-colored cocktails and opt for white wine, white sangria and, of course, celebratory champagne.

4. Bring on the finger foods.
 You can’t go wrong with one-bite appetizers. So while serving your famous pasta Bolognese sounds great in theory, there’s a good chance it’ll end up all over your kitchen floor. Keep things bite-size (aka easy) by serving sushi, cheese or mini-quiches -- anything that won’t make a total mess.

5. Prep the bathroom.
 Because the last thing your guest wants to encounter is an empty roll of toilet paper. While you stock the room with Charmin, make sure you also lay out fresh hand towels, light a few candles and hide your stash of styling tools.

6. Have a designated drop area.
 You know that guest who refuses to hang up her coat? She doesn’t even compare to the one who drops her parka on top of your perfectly fluffed pillows. By intercepting bags and coats at the door and directing them to a closet or coat rack you cleared for the occasion, you can avoid lost jackets and unwanted clutter.

7. Decorate in clusters.
 Rather than spreading out flowers and candles on every open space you can get your hands on, cluster decor close together in a central place like your coffee table. This helps create one main focal point and directs guests to a central location to eat and talk. Worried your vases don't match? As long as you keep your flowers in the same color family, no one will even notice.

8. Put on a show.
 Your guests won’t show up at the same time, so plan on giving a couple of tours. Just keep it brief (5 to 10 minutes tops), and when you guide people through rooms, have some interesting talking points, like a cool piece of art from your honeymoon or a funny story about when you moved in.

©The Nest




Making a move with young kids

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Making a move with young children?  The RE/MAX Housing Blog offers wonderful suggestions on how to make the transition as smooth as possible for your kiddos.

Ways to Help Kids Adapt to a Move
Wed, January 22, 2014

We all know that moving can be stressful. Add to that the confusion and anxiety that a child may feel at leaving their familiar little world, and all of a sudden moving into that new place can be downright traumatic.

 But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a list of some things you can do to ease your child’s transition to a new home.
• Look for children’s books about packing, moving and getting used to a new house. See what’s available at your local library, or search online for titles. There’s plenty to choose from.
• Talk to your kids. Explain why you’re moving in an age-appropriate way. Keep it simple and clear. An older child will understand the concept of a job transfer but a younger child might find the idea of moving to a place with more room to play a more compelling explanation. Understanding the reason behind a move will help your child better absorb the reality.
• Changing schools as the result of a move presents its own special challenges. If you have elementary-school age children, try to visit the new school with your child before he or she starts attending. Ask to meet the teachers, tour the classrooms, and maybe spend some time at the school with your youngster. Encourage your older children to do some online research into their new school; help them explore its academic opportunities, clubs and athletics.
• Whenever possible, involve children in some of the decisions. If you’re looking at homes for sale together, ask them for their opinions. Ask where they’d place a bed and toys in their new room, or have them pick a new paint color.
• You might be ready for new furniture and decor, but young children might have an easier time adjusting to a new home if some familiar pieces from the previous home stick around. So don’t rush to redecorate. Familiar items may ease your youngster’s transition.
• Try to set up your child’s new room as soon as possible, even before the rest of the house is under control. Order, calm and your child’s favorite toys easily within reach will go a long way in making him or her feel settled.
• If possible, revisit your former neighborhood or invite your child’s friends from there to your new place. That reconnection with the past, even if it’s brief, can help your child move forward.

Contact a local RE/MAX agent for help finding exactly what you and your kids want in your next home.


Is it taking longer than you would like to sell your home?

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Is it taking longer than you would like to sell your home?  Take a look at the following post from the RE/MAX Housing Blog for tips to make it move!


Fit to Sell Video: Why a Home Doesn’t Sell
Tue, January 28, 2014

Help close the gap between what homebuyers are looking for – a home that’s updated and well-maintained – and what’s actually available on the market. By doing so, your home has a better chance of selling quickly and for more money.

Watch the most recent RE/MAX “Fit to Sell” video to learn what three steps are needed to sell your home – and which three major elements can affect its sale.

Looking for more tips and tools on selling your home? Watch all the videos in the RE/MAX “Fit to Sell” series.


Is it taking longer than you would like to sell your home?  Take a look at the following post from the RE/MAX Housing Blog for tips to make it move!

Fit to Sell Video

Why a Home Doesn’t Sell







It's getting cold, Kansas City! Tips for winter driving.

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

It's about to get cold, Kansas City!!! To get prepared, here are some great winter driving tips from AAA:

Severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA reminds motorists to be cautious while driving in adverse weather. For more information on winter driving, the association offers the How to Go on Ice and Snow brochure, available through most AAA offices. Contact your local AAA club for more information.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA’s telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Five Reasons to Sell This Winter

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

5 Reasons to Sell Now – And Not Wait Til Spring


Many sellers feel that the spring is the best time to place their home on the market as buyer demand increases at that time of year. However, the fall and winter have their own advantages. Here are five reasons to sell now.

Only Serious Buyers Are Out

At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere ‘lookers’. The lookers are at the mall or online doing their holiday shopping.

There Is Far Less Competition

Housing supply always shrinks dramatically at this time of year. The choices for buyers will be limited. Don’t wait until the spring when all the other potential sellers in your market will put their homes up for sale.

The Process Will Be Quicker

One of the biggest challenges of the 2013 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks have been inundated with both purchase and refinancing loan requests. Both of these will slow in the winter cutting timelines and the frustration these delays cause both buyers and sellers.

There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up

If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% nationally from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with historically low interest rates right now. There is no guarantee rates will remain at these levels in years to come.

It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and decide whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

You already know the answers to the questions we just asked. You have the power to take back control of the situation by pricing your home to guarantee it sells. The time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire. That is what is truly important.


Thank you to KCM for the info

Boo Ball 2013 was a great success!

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Elizabeth, Paula, Toni and Tony...The gang's all here!


My team and I had an amazing time the the annual Boo Ball supporting St. Luke's Foundation. This year's event raised money for the new Infusion Center. Here is a little about the center as provided by St Luke's:

"Located in the new North Medical Pavilion, the Saint Luke's Hospital Infusion Center at Saint Luke's East Hospital will be directly adjacent to the expanded medical and hematology clinic and across the hall from the Appearance Renewal Center, which was the beneficiary of the 2012 Boo Ball proceeds. The new center will house 16 private infusion bays equipped with ergonomically designed recliners, stereo headsets, windows for natural lighting, flat-screened televisions, and complimentary WiFi for patients and their families.  

The Renewal Hope Fund will help provide access to qualifying patients whose finances have been stretched thin by the demands of their care. The fund will be used for items directly related to rehabilitation and for items that may not be covered by insurance, such as wigs, scarves, mastectomy bras, and special clothing and skin items. These items are essential to the healing process and address the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of cancer survivors."

I am excited to hear how much was raised, the committee did an amazing job putting it together this year! I'm looking very forward to next year's event already!


Design Do's and Dont's

by Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.

Before you start your next home renovation project, consider your space needs first. HGTV and DIY Network offer these tips for taking on room projects that will give your home a fresh look.

First, think long term. Since most homeowners are likely to stay in the home at least five years before they see real appreciation, avoid installing the hottest design trends of the moment for expensive items like flooring, bathroom tile and backsplashes. Instead, design with affordable and more disposable accessories such as pillows and throw rugs, which can be changed out easily and quickly.

Don’t purchase furniture before you move in to the home. Live in the space for a few months and get accurate measurements of each room before spending your hard-earned cash on oversized items that may not fit. The same holds true for selecting paint colors. A room’s natural lighting changes throughout the day, so paint colors that stand out during daylight hours may appear muted at dusk.

When it comes to your kitchen, focus on quality, not quantity. Not everyone can knock down a wall to install a kitchen island. Develop a good space plan that includes efficient storage for your dinnerware and small appliances.

Need a second opinion? Seek the advice of a novice home designer who can give you a fresh perspective at an affordable rate. Finally, make sure all decision-makers are on board with the project and budget. Otherwise, you’ll have to start all over

Displaying blog entries 11-20 of 75

Contact Information

Photo of Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc. Real Estate
Toni Tygart Real Estate Group, Inc.
RE/MAX Elite
4243 NE Lakewood Way
Lee’s Summit MO 64064
Office: 816-795-2500
Mobile: 816-591-0275
Fax: 816-795-5005

Email Address