It’s a Great Time to Sell

Spring is just around the corner which means the real estate market is heating up. Thinking about selling your home? Here are several good reasons why now is the time to list. 

Currently, Lawrence has a shortage of homes for sale and house prices have been on the rise. Listings that are in good condition and priced right are selling quickly. Recently we’ve seen several instances of sellers receiving multiple offers on their homes. 

Stephens Broker Pat McCandless says, “If you’re thinking of selling your home, the best decision you will make is to work with a Realtor. And as it happens Stephens has plenty of them to choose from. Any of our outstanding agents will be able to recommend what you should do to get your home ready to sell. They will help you arrive at the best price for your home according to its condition, a current 

market analysis, and recent buying trends in Lawrence.” Stephens Real Estate is a full service agency, so in addition to your agent you get the benefit of our support team. We’re fully prepared to help you every step of the way – from listing to closing.

Deciding to list your home takes some preparation. Our Realtors understand what appeals to buyers and can help you get your home looking its very best. Curb appeal – making the most of your home’s appearance on the outside - is an important element in attracting buyers. It may be as simple as adding fresh mulch to your flower bed, trimming your shrubs and trees, and planting flowers to add color. Or you may choose to add a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Spring is the perfect opportunity to do this as the grass turns green, trees starts to bud and flowers begin to bloom. Don’t underestimate the importance of curb appeal. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Staging your home – arranging the interior to make it look its best – is important in giving potential buyers a good feeling about the space. If they feel comfortable, they may imagine themselves living there. Your home should be clutter-free and clean. Fresh paint and clean carpet will help your home show well. Details like making sure your house smells fresh and having it properly lit are important. Ask your agent how to stage your home so it shows to its best advantage.

It’s a great time to sell and we’re ready to help. If you’re interested in listing your home, call Stephens at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

Lawrence Boasts One of the Most Beautiful Historic Downtown Districts in the Country

It’s no surprise to us that Parade magazine named Lawrence “the most popular tourist destination in Kansas.” And the National Trust for Historic Preservation ranked Lawrence among its “Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations,” touting it as one of the best-preserved and unique communities in America. 

Our downtown district is unique, and the true heart of town is Massachusetts Street, known to the locals as “Mass Street” or sometimes, if we’re lazy, just “Mass.” Massachusetts and surrounding streets generate a hub of activity day and night. This pedestrian-friendly area is home to more than 100 shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes, pubs and much more. In the spirit of our well-preserved downtown, most of them are unique and locally owned, offering one-of-a-kind choices you won’t find anywhere else.

In addition to shopping and dining, Downtown Lawrence has a variety and diversity that will entertain anyone. There are multiple venues for live music and entertainment, and you’ll find plenty of music and art for free as you stroll down Mass Street. Street musicians are almost always providing a tune on the corner along with outdoor art and sculpture.

A block off Mass Street, in the 900 block of New Hampshire, is the Lawrence Arts Center, with galleries and exhibits open to the public. Walk a block the other direction to Vermont and 9th to the historic Carnegie Building housing the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area which tells the story of the pre-Civil War struggles. Watkins Museum of History is also in Downtown, along with several beautiful parks. The lovely gazebo at South Park is the site for summer open-air band concerts on Wednesday evenings. Crowds fill lawn chairs and spread blankets to sit and enjoy the music.

Spend some time exploring Downtown Lawrence. You’ll be glad you did. And when you’re ready to buy or sell a home, contact Stephens Real Estate. We’re locally owned and operated and proud to call Lawrence home.

Content provided by: UnmistakablyLawrence.com, the website of Explore Lawrence, an organization that represents travel and tourism for Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas. UL is dedicated to creating economic development by attracting visitors, conventions and events to our city.

Lawrence Arts Center

We in Lawrence are incredibly fortunate to have The Lawrence Arts Center; a place where the visual and performing arts thrive and enrich our community. Located on New Hampshire Street in downtown Lawrence, the Arts Center has 40,000 square feet of space filled with dance studios, exhibition galleries, visual arts studios, preschool classrooms, and a performance theater.

The theater seats 300 and hosts annual film festivals, youth and adult theater productions, and a series of concerts called 940 Live which feature artists from multiple genres. The Free State Story Slam is a regular event in the smaller Black Box theater.

The Lawrence Arts Center not only entertains, it educates. Within its walls is a preschool and early childhood facility focused on promoting learning through creative means. If you’ve ever noticed a string of children navigating the sidewalks downtown, you have probably seen a group of Art Center preschoolers and their teachers exploring our city. There is an extensive list of classes available for kids from kindergarten to high school; classes designed to encourage creative thinking, movement, jewelry making, painting, printmaking, acting… We mentioned that the list is extensive, right? 

Adults may also tap into their inner artist by taking classes ranging from ceramics and jewelry to digital media, film, photography and dance. They have the opportunity to attend regular lectures which bring in artists to discuss their work and techniques.

The Lawrence Arts Center is committed to supporting local artists in more direct ways. Visiting and Resident Artists are given a place to work and showcase their art and skills for the community. Those working on a specific project can receive a stipend for their work, use of studio space and private instruction from the Arts Center staff. Artists are welcome to apply for residency any time during the year.

If you read Yelp reviews, you will see comments from locals such as, “The city of Lawrence and its citizens are very lucky to have this crown jewel in our city.” Or from visitors, “We stopped in on our trip to Lawrence. I was very impressed with the building, and the sheer number of programs they boast here. It makes for a very cool place for the arts crowd to gather.”

And we say, if you haven’t taken advantage of the Lawrence Arts Center recently, you should check out their events and classes at lawrenceartscenter.org. 

Stephens Real Estate is locally owned and proud of the great town in which we live. Our agents know the Lawrence market, and they have the experience and the connections to help you find the home that’s right for you. Contact us.

 

Welcome to our New Agents!

Erin Nix

785.550.4633 (cell)

Erin learned from her mom that the way to be happy is to reach out to others. She does that by trying to be a great mom herself, volunteering with local organizations like Just Food, and working hard to earn her clients’ trust. Erin has been part of our community for over 25 years, and is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She enjoys the diversity Lawrence offers, along with its rich culture, local food, and inclusive atmosphere. Erin loves old books, architecture, tea, and Colonial Americana.

 

Shelly Doris

913.709.4425 (cell)

Shelly enjoys small town life in De Soto. You may bump into her at the local farmers market or one of several favorite shopping stops in town. Hardworking and ambitious, service to her clients is her primary focus. Along with all things real estate, Shelly is interested in cooking, crafting, and dancing.

LBOR Recognition

Congratulations to the Stephens Real Estate 2016 Lawrence Board of REALTORS® Award recipients, recognized Friday, January 13, at the LBOR Installation and Awards Dinner. We’re proud to call these outstanding agents ours!


Toland Hippe
2016 Sales Person of the Year


Randy Barnes
Good Neighbor Award
Recognizes a Realtor who has made an extraordinary impact on our community through volunteerism

Zach Dodson
2016 Newcomer of the Year
Given to a newly licensed agent, this award indicates enthusiasm for their new career, a desire to grow professionally and willingness to share their expertise with others through LBOR involvement.

Mary Lou Roberts
Realtor Emeritus
Recognized for 40 years of membership to the National Association of Realtors 

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

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