Wonders of the Ozarks You Don’t Want to Miss

The Ozarks is known across the state and around the country for its stunning beauty. Picturesque places to visit include:

Grand Gulf State Park

Known as the “Little Grand Canyon of the Ozarks,” this park features the area’s most spectacular collapsed cave system. Grand Gulf spans more than a mile between 130 foot high walls, and part of the roof that didn’t fall approximately ten thousand years ago is now a 250-foot-long natural bridge. While its beautiful scenery makes it worth a visit any time of year, it’s said that the best time to see the inner gorge is during the winter months as the surrounding trees are free of leaves. Continue reading

Selling Your Home to Gen X and Gen Y

When selling your Springfield, MO home, it’s important to gain a better understanding of today’s primary buyers. According to a recent piece by themortgagereports.com, the generation that currently owns the most homes is members of Generation X in the 35 to 54 age category. Now that the Great Recession is only a distant memory and chapter in history books, it’s time to move on. For many Gen X home buyers, moving on means finding a larger home that requires some sweat equity or work. In Springfield, MO, Gen Y or Millennials as well as Gen X create tremendous demand for larger starter homes that are “projects.” When selling your Springfield MO real estate, consider key ways to attract buyers. Continue reading

Technology is Disrupting the Luxury Real Estate Market

Changing times mean that a few industries who didn’t change with them get left behind or go bankrupt. When times change, technology changes with them. For example, we’ve seen astounding changes in the medical field through wearables, telemedicine and home monitoring systems reporting to patients’ doctors. An even better example is driverless cars, which are becoming a little less fearsome to normal drivers. What else can be expected to change? We’re seeing the real estate market leaning towards new technology which would disrupt the luxury real estate market. Continue reading

Lessons for Buying Springfield MO Homes in Your 20s

Buying a home is a major milestone and one that few people reach in their 20s. For those who do manage to get together the down payment and land the well-paid job in their 20s or early 20s, there are key lessons to learn from older home owners. Although it was a lot different to buy a home decades ago because of higher interest rates, some of the same principles still apply. When buying a home in Springfield, MO, consider the advice of established home owners who bought early in life. A recent article by forbes.com points out home ownership feels like a major leap into official adulthood. Continue reading

Strafford MO a Town with Charm

Situated on Route 66 Strafford, MO is a quaint city complete with old storefronts, small town charm, and a “AAA” rated school system.

Strafford was named by the men who laid the railroad tracks in Greene County not long after the Civil War ended. The name was a misspelling of the Connecticut town known as Stratford.

History

It was in July 1869 that the United States Government gave fifty-five acres of land to Sarah Lane, whose husband had died while fighting in the war. She granted thirty-three acres to form a town around the railroad tracks, and it was officially recognized as one two years later. Continue reading