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Location, Lifestyle and LivabilityEveryone knows the old real estate mantra, “Location, Location, Location”. That was an apt philosophy for many years, and it still has some relevance today. But times have changed. For most home buyers, it’s becoming less about where they want to live and more about how they want to live. Perhaps it’s time to update the old triple “L”  real estate saying to “Location, Lifestyle, and Livability”. After all, a home isn’t just four walls to house you in between work, school, the store, and activities. It’s a place to live your best life.


The idea of choosing a home based on lifestyle is not a terribly new one, but it has become more popular in recent years. In fact, a May 2019 article in RealtyTimes about choosing the right neighborhood pointed out the

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Every time a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes agent helps a client find the perfect home, it’s special. But for Blue Valley Agent Lori Lange, a recent homeownership story involving the smallest house of her career was especially memorable. Not only was the home tiny, but the client was quite diminutive as well. It was a perfect match and it never would have happened without a little luck and a lot of love from Lori.

Like many agents at BHGRE Kansas City Homes, Lori supported the company’s annual ‘Go for the Green’ food drive that takes place every year during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. She donated to the drive which benefits Harvesters food bank to help feed the less fortunate in Kansas City. And like everyone who donates,

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It’s been a long winter… Too long. But, the sun is breaking through; the temps are warming up and the itch to go out and get active is becoming impossible to ignore. Your condition is clear, and the treatment is simple. The only way to break a Spring fever is to go out, jump in and run wild at Kansas City’s fun, family-friendly attractions. There are literally hundreds of ways to indulge your inner-child (and real children) around Kansas City. But if we included all of them in this blog, we’d be writing until sometime next Spring. So, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 favorites.

1. Experience Game Day at the "K"

Royals Game Image Courtesy VisitKC

Catching a Royals game at Kauffman Stadium is a Kansas City tradition that everyone should experience at least once. There’s nothing

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Alex Goering Chosen Out of 300 Applicants to Receive this National Honor

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes agent Alex Goering is by all definitions, a performer. Whether he’s on stage in a live production, belting out solos in an opera, or going above and beyond to help his clients realize their real estate dreams, Alex is a performer; a great one. There’s no question his performance, both as a REALTORⓇ and in his community service endeavors, helped earn Alex a place on the “30 Under 30” list.

 

When Alex started working in real estate in 2014, there’s no way he could have foreseen that within five short years he’d earn national recognition as one of the most promising young leaders within our industry. His reasons for

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Every year, when February 14th rolls around we take the time to show our family and loved ones just how much we care about them. Chocolates, flowers, and cards are tried and true gifts for those we spend the most time with. But what about the one you spend the most time in? That’s right, showing some affection for your home on Valentine’s Day is not only okay… it’s a great idea! After all, home is where the heart is.

1. Bring in Some Bling

Bring in Some Bling

No one’s suggesting you buy your home a tennis bracelet or a ruby ring. But you can still get it something nice to make it look and feel pretty. A new piece of art, fancy end table or a decorative lamp may only be one gift on one day for your home, but you get to admire it all year long.

 

 

2. Spend

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Kansas City is filled with foodie favorites and gastro pleasing goodies. While many are only known to locals, we've been fortunate to have others showcased nationally on the Food Network.

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives

Grinders

Grinders

Grinders is an eclectic, local pizza place with a cult-like following. With its original location in the Kansas City Crossroads District, Grinders is known as the place "where food, art, and music collide." When featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, host Guy Fieri had this to say about Grinders, "Sculptor-turned-pizza-slinger Stretch has brought his creative touch to Grinders. Hand-welded Army helmet lamps hang above the bar, which features a draft-beer tower made from an oxygen tank. As for the pizza menu,

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Whether you’ve lived in the Kansas City area all your life, just a short time, or somewhere in-between, you really can’t help but fall in love with it. Everything really could ever want is here… big city amenities, an exciting nightlife scene, highly livable suburbs, major league sports, arts, and culture… this list goes on.

But even in a city that offers so much, sometimes you just have to get outta town. They say ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’. So, getting away, even for just a quick day can be a healthy way to get a short change of scenery while getting to come home to KC.
When you get that urge to hit the road, stretch your legs, and see the sights, consider these five ‘close-to-home’ destinations.

Jamesport, MO

Jamesport, MO
Jamesport is only about

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In a city obsessed with BBQ, it’s easy to overlook all the other mouth-watering meal options in the area, especially for breakfast. Believe it or not, when you look past burnt ends and brisket choices, no matter where you live in the KC Metro, there’s a delicious breakfast waiting for you to try or rediscover. Since it is the most important meal of the day, we’ve showcased 5 restaurants around Kansas City that are worth waking up early for.

Foody's

18595 West 151 Street, Olathe, KS

Don’t be intimidated by this restaurant’s name or the haughty and refined imagery is may evoke. You won’t find any trend-chasing ‘grastrophiles’ dining on deconstructed gluten-free crepes. You will find a casual, comfortable and welcoming Olathe restaurant that serves…
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Buying a new home is a very exciting life change, but the whole experience can be even more enjoyable and rewarding when you’re prepared! Working with a real estate professional with area expertise will not only open up a world of helpful resources, but you can also rely on your REALTOR® to provide expert advice and information throughout your search to keep you on the right track. We’ve compiled some useful tips from our agents over the years to share, so you can feel more confident during your next home purchase.

1. Location, location, location!

How far is the commute? How good are the schools, hospitals and local services? Keep these questions in mind as you consider which areas to buy your home.

2. Know what you want

Take the time to write

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1. Downtown Kansas City has experienced more than $6.5 billion in commercial, residential, and hotel development in the last 10 years.

  • Streetcar
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • JE Dunn Construction Headquarters

2. KC "ignored" prohibition in the 1920s, leading to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels, and gambling halls. KC even earned the moniker "Paris of the Plains" after one journalist wrote, "If you want to see some gin, forget Paris and head to Kansas City."

  • If there's one thing we love more than baseball and BBQ, it's alcohol. No shame.

3. Located in the heart of the country, Kansas City is only a three-hour flight from either coast.

4. At 142.2 decibels, the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium the Guinness World

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