Stylish, Updated Waldo Home for Sale – Just $119K!

Small houses are all the rage now…and my new listing in Waldo fits this trend! This is a two bedroom, one full bath home full of updates and style…for just $119,000. Check out at these pictures…it’s move in ready!

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7605 Jefferson in Waldo

The front porch welcomes you into this ranch home with a full basement. There is a one car garage, shared drive and fenced yard in back with a deck.

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An unusual feature for a home of this size is the separate dining room. As you enter the house, the living area is to the right and the dining room on the left. Notice the sparkly chandelier! Just beyond the dining room is the brand new kitchen.

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Even if you don’t like to cook…you will love this kitchen! Brand new cabinets, floor, tile backsplash and granite counters. Notice the  separate beer fridge!! Plenty of counter space for cooking prep and new appliances: dishwasher and gas stove.

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There are hardwood floors throughout the house (excluding kitchen and bath.) Both bedroom closets have built in organizers and the master bedroom has a mounted TV that stays with the home.

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Another nice feature is the daylight basement, with freshly painted walls and floor. It’s cable wired..so easy to add a little decor with rugs, a tv set, chairs, pool table..use your imagination for extra living space!

Of course one of the best features of this home is the location. It’s two blocks from the heart of Waldo at 75th and Wornall. An easy stroll to several restaurants, services, grocery store, bus stop and Trolley Track Trail. Priced at $119,000….why rent? You can own and have your payments build equity through the years! Contact me for a personal tour.

Waldo November 2014 Home Sales Report

As we head towards the end of the year, Waldo home sales have remained very consistent with last year–and prices are up!  Let’s look at the stats for Waldo single family home sales for November 2014, along with a comparison to last year:   The area I am focusing on  is single family home sales between State Line east to Holmes, and Gregory south to 85th St.  

In November 2014, 22 homes sold with a median list price of $125,000 and a  sales price of $124,950 with 36 days on market.  The lowest home sale price was $41,000 and the highest was $235,000.

In November 2013, 21 homes sold with a median list price of $129,000 and a sales price of $125,000 with 58  days on market.  The lowest home sale was $32,000 and the highest was $247,500.

Comparing these two months, the numbers are virtually the same. Homes sold almost two weeks faster  this year than last.  Here are the year-to-date figures:

From January – November 2014, 308 homes have sold with a median price of $143,000 and 48 days on market.  

From January – November  2013, 301 homes sold with a median price of $133,800 and 50 days on market.

Average sales prices are up in Waldo, and about the same number of homes are selling.  This is great news as the housing market continues to regain some of the value lost during the housing crash.  Currently there are 42 single family homes for sale in this Waldo area, with a median list price of $144,900 and 76 days on market.  Next month I will compare December figures and the important year end report.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

 (All information from Heartland MLS; numbers are deemed reliable but not guaranteed).

Waldo Area Home for Sale – $109,000

 

Rent prices have risen so much the past few years that in some areas, your monthly mortgage payment can be less than your rent payment!  I have a new listing in Waldo, bargain priced at $109,000, that would be a great home for a first time buyer (or investor).

106 E 79th St in Waldo

106 E 79th St in Waldo

Located at 106 E 79th St, this home welcomes you with a cozy front porch–the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee or cocktail after work!  Inside there is a spacious living room with hardwood floors; two bedrooms, one full bath and a full basement.  Bonus:  separate dining area, hard to find in this price range!  And the house is wired for Google Fiber.

Outside there is  a large deck — a comfortable spot for grilling and entertaining friends.  The private driveway leads to a one car garage, and the yard is fenced.

liv roomOne of the best features of this house is  the more expensive items have been replaced within the past 5 years: newer windows, roof and HVAC.  Desirable location–just down the street you’ll find the Waldo Farmer’s Market, Habitat ReStore, and The Bier Garden.  Also nearby are the Trolley Track Trail, grocery, Trader Joe’s, Ward Parkway Shopping Center, Waldo bars/restaurants and a bus route to the downtown/UMKC area.

Contact me for more information about this great little Waldo home. You can see more photos at my website. If you are currently renting, it may be time to consider becoming a homeowner!

Waldo Area January 2014 Home Sales Report

Wonderful Waldo!

Wonderful Waldo!

I have started to report Waldo home sales stats in this blog each month as suggested by a reader.  The geographic boundaries I am using are:  85th St to the south, Gregory to the north, State Line to the west and Troost to the east.  There is a huge range of prices in this area, and already prices are up compared to one year ago.  Let’s look at the numbers:

In January 2014, 16 single family homes sold.  The median price was $120,000 and 112 days on market.

In January 2013, 23 single family homes sold.  The median price was $97,500 and 70 days on market.

Although more units sold in January 2013 and in a shorter amount of time, the median price was higher this year.  As  I mentioned, the range of prices in this area is all over the board:  last month the lowest sales price was $36,000 and the highest was $299,000.

Currently there are approximately 74 homes for sale in the Waldo area with a median sales price $130,000. The lowest list price is $29,900 and the highest is $374,900.  I think we will see strong sales for Waldo once again in 2014!

(All  figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Waldo Home Prices Rise in 2013

As promised, this year I will begin reporting home sales stats for the Waldo area in the blog.  The geographical area I’m tracking is: 89th St to the south, Gregory to the north, State Line to the west and Holmes to the east–these are the boundaries defined by the Waldo Business Association.  Prices are up in Waldo for the 2013 year–let’s look at the numbers.

In 2013, 386 single family homes sold.  The median price was $133,000 and 79 days on market.

In 2012, 335 single family homes sold.  The median price was $121,500 and 110 days on market.

Overall, prices rose by 9.46% and days on market dropped by one month!  Currently, there are 83 active homes for sale in Waldo, with a median price of $125,000 and 107 days on market.  The lowest price home is $58,900 and the highest is $289,500.

(All figures taken from Heartland MLS; deemed reliable but not guaranteed.)

Home for Sale in Waldo–Oh So Cute and Move In Ready!

7734 Oak in Waldo

7734 Oak in Waldo

I sell homes in all sorts of price ranges…and this new listing at 7734 Oak in Waldo is a real value for the price.  At $115,000–you can own this home and built equity in stead of paying someone else’s house payment through renting!

Located in the heart of Waldo, the home has been very well maintained.  It’s a 1.5 story floor plan, with two bedrooms and a full bath on the first floor; and a bedroom, plus a bonus room and half bath on the second level.  Both baths are updated; fresh colors throughout the interior.

Note the large living room and separate dining area just off the kitchen.  Classic white cabinets and plenty of counter space make cooking a pleasure here!  The laundry area is conveniently located on the main level.

Living room area

Living room area

There’s a spacious deck in the backyard, which is surrounded by a privacy fence.  Other features you will appreciate:  thermal windows, newer furnace and heat pump; gutter guards, lots of closet space; new carpet throughout the home; security system and private driveway.

Desireable location close to Ward Parkway Shopping Center, Brookside, the Trolley Track Trail and on a bus route.

This home is ideal for a first time buyer or someone who wants one level living.  Contact me if you know someone looking for an updated Waldo home at an affordable price!

Kitchen

Kitchen

Back Deck

Back Deck

Support Local Businesses: The Sweet Guy

First you need to know that The Sweet Guy isn’t just sweets…more on that later.  Second, this is one of those places where the staff will learn your name and greet you as you come in… so let’s learn a little about the background of this Waldo business and it’s happy, friendly owner.Brookside blog photos

The Sweet Guy opened on Broadway (just south of Waldo Pizza)  about seven months ago when owner Blake Matthews moved his business from Parkville to Waldo.  He’s a culinary school graduate and was a trauma nurse in his previous profession. (I’m sure he would share stories over coffee regarding that career choice.  Wonder what his views are on the health care debate?)   Business has dropped off a bit  in the past few weeks but Blake expects it to pick up as the weather gets colder and people start holiday shopping. There are two other coffee shops within a couple of blocks of The Sweet Guy…and here’s what makes his store different:

Everything is made on site. Blake is dedicated to quality control and fresh foods:  the gelato, the artisen chocolates, the lunch offerings, even the salad dressings are made at the store.  (note: this is what sold me–I so dislike a fresh salad with a dressing that came out of a plastic bottle.  It’s not that hard to make them fresh and it makes such a difference!) (And yes, I make my own dressings at home).  He’s got the best mocha in town, as he doesn’t use chocolate syrup out of a plastic bottle for the flavor–he uses the same premium chocolate that goes into his speciality chocolates.  You can choose from a white, dark or milk chocolate mocha latte.  Also, he uses Shatto milk.  Blake hopes to  start raising   chickens and growing vegetables on his ten acres in north KC to use at the store in his cooking–that’s dedication to a premium, tasty product.

 Blake serves lunch every day (except Monday–the store is closed) and once again, it’s fresh food prepared to order:  you can build your own salad (just like the Mixx concept) for a cheaper price; you can also build your own pasta dish, choosing from three sauces and various mix-ins (each $6.95).  There are sandwich options, including two vegetarian choices ( all under $10), served on toasted ciabatta. Are you hungry yet? I know, I know, you want to hear about the sweet stuff…

Oh yes the gelato is a decadent splurge, tastings are offered, and the best selling flavor is ‘wedding cake’. One small cup is a nice portion for two people. The breakfast pastries and cookies/brownies are a generous size, and the chocolates–averaging under $2/piece, well this delicacy should be savored slowly on the tougue.  Check out some of these options: dark chocolate peanut butter, cinnamon sesame, McBailey’s and honey lavender white chocolate. Oh yes, there are many more, made fresh at the store each day. 

The Sweet Guy has free wi-fi, plenty of seating and parking, and the staff is friendly.  Although the hot new Waldo spot is The Well just down the street, The Sweet Guy offers a fresh, healthy, inexpensive lunch option and a relaxing enviornment for conversation or a solo coffee break. 

Stop in The Sweet Guy the next time you are nearby. You’ll like whatever you try and …you’ll make a new friend. Website:  thesweetguy.com

Thanks for reading my blog…your comments are welcome~ Mary Hutchison  maryhutchison.org

Why Buy Now In Waldo

Sure, home prices are flat but that’s exactly why NOW is the time to buy in Waldo!  You can get a great deal on a Waldo home in a location that’s always popular…even more so now with all of the new businesses popping up near 75th and Wornall.  I hear it all the time as a realtor — “I want to be walking distance to shops and restaurants”.  Waldo offers that desireable amenity..and that’s precisely why it will be an area that always holds value for homeowners.

I think of Waldo as an excellent neighborhood for first time buyers because so many of the residents are in their 20s and 30s–a typical age for a first time buyer.  The homeowners generally are friendly and take the time to know their neighbors; they keep the homes neat and and attractive; and most important:  these are solidly built homes, often with stone basements, brick exteriors and charming architechtural details….every home is different, inside and out.

There are dozens of homes for sale in Waldo, and here are just three that I think offer a good value for the money–and remember, buyers are not paying list price these days:

7408 Walnut

This home on the 7400 block of Walnut is new to the market and shows very well–a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home with a one car garage, private drive for $178,900. Upstairs there is a walk in closet and expandable attic space, plus office space on the first floor.

 

 

7141 McGee

On the 7100 block of McGee, this home offers 3 bedrooms and two full baths, plus a one car garage for $185,000.  There is a relaxing screened porch and a back patio.

 

 

7620 Grand

On the 7600 block of Grand, this three bedroom 1.5 bath house has an attached one car garage, newer windows, roof, bath and kitchen for $180,000.

 

 

Now is the time to buy, when the US government is  paying you to do so–close by November 30 if you are a first time buyer and receive a $8000 tax refund/credit.  There is no guarantee this credit will be extended and it takes about 45-60 days to close on a purchase–so time is running out!  There are so many choices out there–every Waldo home is unique with it’s features, floor plan and exterior curb appeal.  Waldo is a great choice for first time homebuyers–contact me  if you would like to see these homes or for a tour of the neighborhood.

Also, don’t forget the Waldo Fall Festival this weekend:  Saturday Sept 19 from 10am-5pm at 75th and Wornall Road.  Saturday night it’s the Waldo Crawldo from 6pm-midnight with 14 particpating bars and restaurants! www.waldokc.org