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North Lawrence

Lawrence lies on both banks of the Kansas River, locally known as “the Kaw.” Each part has its own character. North Lawrence played a part in Lawrence’s pre-Civil War political struggles and is still a distinctive and dynamic community within the city today.

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Lawrence will surprise and please you with all the options for arts and culture


Photo by John Clayton

The arts have been essential to this town since some of the first settlers arrived, packing brass instruments to form a community band. From visual to experimental, Lawrence continues to back the arts because this town knows that what’s good for the arts is good for the community. Come enjoy this rich connection to a flourishing arts environment.

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Farmer's Market

Imagine a gentle breeze, you’re strolling through a farmer’s market on a sunny Saturday morning; heirloom tomatoes, local honey and fresh-cut flowers at every turn. Children laughing, adults walking along with their dogs, music playing… Sounds like a scene from a movie, right?

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Moving Day

You’re excited about moving out of your old place and into your new home, but there’s a lot to think about. Stephens Real Estate has a few tips to help your move go as smoothly as possible.

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Living Lawrence

Lawrence is a great place to live, work and play, so we’ve included the Living Lawrence page on our website as a helpful resource. Read about it here, but definitely bookmark it on your computer, tablet or Smartphone because you’ll want to refer to it often – for lots of different things. Here’s an overview of what you will find at stephensre.com/buy-your-home/living-lawrence.

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Keys to a Successful Sale

The real estate market in Lawrence is hot this year. It’s a great time to sell and if you’re ready to list your home, Stephens Real Estate has a few suggestions that may help you attract buyers.

De-clutter and minimize everywhere; not only rooms, but closets, cabinets, drawers and storage spaces as well. Get rid of junk and neatly arrange what’s left. Every buyer is looking for storage and can never have enough of it. Remove half the stuff from your closets then neatly organize the remaining contents. Keep everything, including your cabinets, clean and tidy ensuring that each space looks larger and more appealing. If space is a problem for you, rent a storage unit for excess items while your home is on the market.

Remove personal items. Some agents say get rid of all personal items. We don’t necessarily think everything has to go, but you do want your home to show well and attract serious offers. Put away personal items that detract from your home such as photos, toiletries, food, drinks, etc. - anything that makes the space seem cluttered. If you have family photos hung in a tasteful way on the wall, they don’t necessarily need to come down, but you should always be thoughtful about your decorating decisions and keep the buyer in mind.

Use a neutral palette. If you’ve decorated with unusual or bright colors in your home, it may be wise to tone things down both for the listing photos and for showings. When a house is decorated with neutral colors on the walls, floors, trim and cabinetry, potential buyers will not be distracted and can more easily envision their belongings fitting in. Of course, every situation and home is unique. Your Stephens agent can provide sound advice on this.

Decorate thoughtfully. Although everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, most people want a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your house so that buyers will describe it in those terms rather than by your style. Maximize the full potential of your home by arranging furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

It’s a great time to sell and we’re ready to help. Your Stephens agent can give you great advice on preparing your home for today’s market. If you’re interested in listing your home, call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

Liberty Hall

Lawrence is known for its charming downtown area full of historic buildings with interesting stories, and Liberty Hall definitely has a story. After being destroyed by fire, it was rebuilt in 1911, in the Beaux-Arts style with an Imperial Roman façade. This impressive structure may be over 100 years old, but is still a thriving business in downtown Lawrence.

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Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything – especially when trying to sell your home. That’s why experts from home builders to real estate agents sing the praises of stellar curb appeal. Your Stephens agent will be happy to give you additional tips on how to put your home’s best foot forward. Here are a few tried and true ways to increase your home’s curb appeal:

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Moving to a New Town?

People relocate for many reasons: job, family, or retirement to name a few. No matter your reason, buying a home in a new city can be challenging. Stephens Real Estate can help make the transition easier. If life is taking you away from Lawrence, KS, we’re sad to see you go, but we have the resources to connect you with the right professionals in your new hometown. We are a trusted source working with a network of agents and agencies across the country.

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The Right Time to Buy

The real estate market in Lawrence is hot - to say the least - and Spring 2018 is a great time to buy a home. Many choose to buy in the spring because the upcoming summer break is the best time to transition to a new neighborhood and school. Plus mortgage rates are still low and you can reap major tax benefits.

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Why You Should Hire a Realtor®

For most Americans, a home is the most expensive purchase they will ever make. It’s a serious transaction, and proper representation, whether you’re a buyer or a seller, is critical. Realtor.com explains why working with a Realtor is your best option.

1. Realtors have loads of expertise. Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, and your Realtor is trained to speak it fluently. Realtors will help you navigate the forms, reports, disclosures, and other documents, while avoiding delays or costly mistakes.

2. Online real estate listing sites mean you can find up-to-date home listings on your own, any time you want. But guess what? Realtors have access to even more listings. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A Realtor can help you find those hidden gems. And a good local Realtor is going to know the search area really well. Have your eye on a particular neighborhood, but it’s out of your price range? Your Realtor is equipped to know the ins and outs of every neighborhood, so he or she can direct you toward a home in your price range that you may have missed.

3. Realtors have honed their negotiating skills. Any time you buy or sell a home, you’re going to encounter negotiations. In today’s competitive market you can expect lots of competition, all-cash offers, and bidding wars. You want a savvy negotiator on your side to seal the best deal. And a Realtor will help draw up a purchase agreement that allows enough time for inspections, contingencies, and anything else that’s crucial to your particular needs.

4. Realtors make it their mission to know just about everyone who can possibly help in the process of buying or selling a home. Mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, home inspectors, home stagers, interior designers—the list goes on—and they’re all in your Realtor’s network. Use them.

5. Every agent at Stephens Real Estate is a Realtor which means you get the benefit of working with a licensed real estate salesperson who belongs to the National Association of Realtors®, the largest trade group in the country. What difference does it make? Realtors are held to a higher ethical standard than licensed agents and must adhere to a Code of Ethics.

6. Realtors wear a lot of different hats. Sure, they’re salespeople, but they work hard to earn their commission. They’re constantly driving around, checking out listings for you. They’re researching comps to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And, of course, they’re working for you at nearly all hours of the day and night, whether you need more info on a home or just someone to talk to in order to feel at ease with the offer you just put in.

If you’re wondering whether you should hire a Realtor to help buy or sell your home we’ve just shared a list of great reasons why your answer should be yes. We’re ready to help. Call us at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315