Tom’s parents taught him to be fair and work hard. He is passionate about preserving the character of our downtown and central neighborhoods; and is considered a local authority on mid-century architecture. He collects mid-century chairs and vintage wristwatches and enjoys spending time downtown and jogging. Tom believes that being the best should not only be measured by how much you earn but by how much benefit you bring.
Buying and selling a home is one of life’s most important decisions. It is often a time of stress and excitement. Choosing a REALTOR® you can trust, coupled with the experience and skills to represent your interests, are essential.
I am a full-time Realtor at Stephens Real Estate & carry the CRS, ABR, GRI, and e-PRO designations. This year is my 20th year helping people sell and purchase real estate in Lawrence and Douglas County.
When I first came to Lawrence in the early 1990s, I fell in love with the older neighborhoods surrounding the University of Kansas, including Old West Lawrence and East Lawrence. The charm and character of the homes, mature trees, and proximity to downtown and KU have always been important to my wife and me. Subsequently, we have resided in these areas and currently live in the Centennial neighborhood. I am invested in maintaining and improving the quality of life in our urban core neighborhoods. There are a handful of Realtors in Lawrence that are knowledgeable and passionate about our older homes and neighborhoods. I am happy to be among this group and serve clients who have similar values when buying and selling homes.
I take pride in marketing homes. I work with homeowners to prepare their homes for the market to look their best. The photographs I take, and the visual tours I diligently prepare are arguably the best in Lawrence.
I respect and appreciate diversity in our community and welcome the opportunity to work with all. When you are ready to explore your real estate needs, please give me a call, and we can talk about your goals. Please visit my website at www.tom-harper.com and learn more about the creative ways I sell and find the “right home” for my clients.
What clients say about Tom
Tom is an incredibly knowledgeable, thorough, and professional Realtor. He guided my husband and I through the process of buying our first house, and we consistently felt like we were in good hands as we navigated what can at times be an overwhelming, stressful experience. When we toured houses, Tom did an excellent job of balancing his professional observations of the houses without getting in the way of our personal impressions. When we found the house we wanted to buy, Tom far exceeded our expectations by bringing together an incredible crew of local professionals to inspect the house, sewer, chimney, etc. He continues to be an endless referral resource. Tom also led the negotiation process while always deferring to us for final say; this was a very unfamiliar part of the process for us, and we appreciated how practiced and confident Tom was in getting us the best price and closing deal. Above all, and most meaningful to us, Tom is a kind, wonderful human being. We consider him an integral part of our local community and cherish him. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tom Harper to anyone who wants to have a high caliber buying or selling experience.
—J. Lee and H. Eason
We cannot speak highly enough of Tom Harper. Possessed of a calm, thoughtful, forthright, manner and a lovely sense of humor, he guided us with a sure hand, conveying his years of knowledge and acquired expertise through the challenges of preparing our home for the market and in negotiating effectively and intelligently with the buyers. He was incredibly helpful in so many ways, large and small. When we were out of town for an extended period his assistance was invaluable in managing several maintenance issues that came up in our absence. He did with grace and a reassuring calm. His kindness and reassurance were ever-present. He prepared a fantastic and beautiful photographic tour, that truly ‘told the story of our house.’ Having just bought another home we can say without hesitation that being able to see other properties with a similar tour would have helped us immeasurably. I have never seen anything to match it, since it helped to make sense of how the house was laid out, and how all the rooms flowed into one another. We were incredibly grateful for his guidance, wisdom and kindness and give him our highest possible recommendation.
Over the years I have worked with Tom both selling and buying investment properties to purchase and flip. My most recent in 2020 was also one of my best. Tom notified me of a unique property designed by a KU architecture professor in the 1970’s that had been neglected for a number of years which I purchased. Throughout the renovation process, I used Tom’s expertise in mid-century and modern house design to help update and restore the property to its former glory. The people who purchased the property had worked with Tom previously and truly appreciated the uniqueness of the house and will be great stewards of the home for many years to come. There is not another agent in Lawrence who brings the unique skill set, experience, and knowledge that Tom does.
— M. Randolph