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Black Dog Adopted From The kansas Humane Society

Black dog at Kansas Humane SocietyYay! Bingo, a black dog formerly know as Graham, was finally adopted from the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita Kansas. And I’m so happy for it.

You see, black animals have a really tough time getting adopted from the Kansas Humane Society and other shelters around the country. It’s known as black dog sydrome and it runs rampant through shelters.

On the day after Thanksgiving this year, a day know as Black Friday because of all the retail store sales, the Kansas Humane Society had their own version of Black Friday. Any black animal at the shelter could be adopted free and any other animal at a 25% discount. The shelter practically emptied out that day. When I came to walk dogs at the Kansas Humane Society that following Tuesday there were as few animals there as I had ever seen. Joyous!!Kansas Humane Society

I came across one dog, one little black dog, that got left behind. As you can see he is just cute as a ….button?  He was the sweetest most friendly little guy. I try not to get attached but this time it was impossible. I advocated extra hard for him. Made him my facebook profile picture, tweeted about him, told everyone I knew and finally yesterday he was taken away from the Kansas Humane Society to a new forever home!

He would have made a wonderful addition to my home but we have as many dogs presently as we’re allowed. Besides, if we took every dog that needed a home, well, you get the picture. Volunteering at the Humane Society every week I get a firsthand view of the problem and do what I can to help. But any of us can only do so much.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets and when ever possible get them from a shelter. As we have the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita Kansas most cities and large towns have their own shelters.

The Kansas Humane society is a model for such facilities everywhere. The building is modern with many amenities for the animals and the staff and volunteers are truly caring.

There was another black dog adopted from the Kansas Humane Society this week and I’m so happy for it!

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December 5, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fixing Squeaky Stairs

Squeaky stairs are annoying and can turn off potential buyers when your trying to sell your home in Wichita Kansas. Fixing Squeaky stairs

Often I notice homebuyers concerned when they walk down squeaky stairs. It must mean the house is about to fall down!

Fixing those squeaky stairs is cheap and easy. If you can get under the stairs, all the better.

Just so you know, the tread is the horizontal part you step on and the riser is the vertical under the tread holding it up.

First pick up an L bracket from your local hardware store. it should come with screws. If it doesn’t make sure you pick up a few that are not going to run clear through the tread or riser. Usually 3/4 inch will do it but be sure to check your own stairs. Keep in mind also the riser is often made with thinner material.

atr.com.myThe next step is to get under the stairs and attach the L bracket to the back side of the tread and riser with the screws. This tightens everything up and should stop your stair from being squeaky.

Wood blocks can also be used. Glue the wood block into place then drill pilot holes for the screws. Drive the screws into the tread and the riser.

If you can’t get underneath to fix the squeaky stair don’t despair. If the stairs are carpeted pull back the carpet if you can. Drill some pilot holes then ram some screws through the tread into the risers front and back.

If you can’t pull the carpet back for some reason drive the screws through the carpet in the same manner and simply break off the screw heads.

There it is, a quick and easy fix to your squeaky stair problem in Wichita Kansas!

November 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting The Fireplace ready

It’s getting close to time to start thinking about firing up the fireplace, if you haven’t already.Fireplace

My friend in Wichita Kansas wrote me a note today telling me of problems with his sealed artificial log  gas fireplace in his home.  It would start up, burn for a few minutes then die out. The pilot light remained lit.

So he had a repairman come out. His unit had a condition called ghosting. It wasn’t getting  air.

Turns out a bird had built a nest in the exhaust vent! The combustion air comes from outside the house and was being blocked. Cost him a hundred bucks. Maybe he saved you the same.

Check your vents and chimneys for obstructions before using your fireplace this season, be it gas or a wood burner.

It’s always a good idea to have the chimney “sweeped” if you haven’t in while. Creosote, a highly combustible product, can build up in your chimney. Creosote is caused by the flu gas, or smoke, traveling up a relatively cool chimney where it condensates. The carbon based condensation that materializes in the flue is creosote.

Creosote in your chimney can catch fire….and that’s never a good thing.  So be pro-active, be safe and do proper maintenance on your fireplace this season.

November 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita kansas

Yes, there are waterfront lake homes available in Wichita Kansas. Not just a house built close to some water but real life actual waterfront lake homes on a real lake right here in Wichita Kansas. The place is Harbor Isle and your going to be impressed. The homes are luxury affairs built by one of the most quality conscience and premier builders in the area. Brad Bachman Homes.

Fine detail and quality are what makes Harbor Isle homes famous. Designed with functional kitchens, open floor plans and distinct styling and taste, these waterfront lake homes have won numerous awards including pick of the parade for the Wichita Parade of Homes many years in a row. Walkout basements with high ceilings doesn’t feel like a basement at all. Roomy master suites built for royalty with spacious tiled showers, his and her sinks, large tubs and even televisions in the shower if that’s your thing.

Living here makes the city seem light years away but is never actually out of reach.

The lakeWaterfront lake Homes at Harbor isle in Wichita Kansass at Harbor Isle are big, deep and full of fish. As you step out the backdoor of your waterfront lake home in Wichita your private dock is just steps away. Fish from the dock or take your boat out for a cruise on the lake in Wichita Kansas. It’s like having your very own personal resort with pontoon boats, sailing, jet skis, fishing and other water activities and with these hot Summers we have that’s a joy. This is truly like living a permanent vacation!

Once you’ve fallen in love with these lakefront homes in Wichita it’s time to sit down with Brad Bachman himself and start designing your own unique home at Harbor Isle. There are several different plans to work from or you can bring your own.

When you own a waterfront lake home at Harbor Isle in Wichita it makes a statement. It says you have arrived. Brad Bachman homes at Harbor Isle are the most custom built homes there are. The builder himself is there every step of the way making sure the homes meet his standards which will far exceed yours. This is a place where folks build their dream homes. Their forever homes!

Check out these incredible waterfront homes on the lake at Harbor isle in Wichita and let Brad Bachman help to make your dreams come true!

Call me to set up an appointment or with any other real estate questions or needs. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of residential real estate. I’m here to help.

Waterfront Lake Homes at Harbor Isle in Wichita Kansas

November 14, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Volunteering in the Community in Wichita Kansas

Volunteering in the community here in Wichita Kansas and elsewhere is one of the attributes that helped form this country and make it great. People helping people. In the spirit of barn building when an entire community came together to build one landowners barn at a time.Kansas Humane Society

Only if the community works together by volunteering can we strengthen our core and learn to rely less on Government. There are many volunteer opportunities, find one that fits you!

If you like animals most Humane Societies rely on volunteers to function. I know the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita has thousands of volunteers from the community that keep the place running.

Maybe you like gardens. Cities have gardens that need tending and often rely on volunteers from the community.

The elderly and poor often are in need of assistance. The elderly have done their time and the poor may just need a hand up. Not necessarily a hand out.

In my own community in Wichita Kansas I have started with the help of our Wichita Area Association of Realtors a program to help disabled, elderly and poor bring their properties up to City standards. This program works exclusively with volunteers from the Wichita Kansas community.

It worVolunteer in the community wichita Kansasks likeRealtors at work in the community this; When a property falls into disrepair or isn’t being kept up The office of Central Inspection (OCI) may write a ticket to the homeowner. If the owner doesn’t comply he will be summoned to “Environmental Court” where a Judge will give them so much time to complete the repairs. The owner also has to pay court costs.

The problem is sometimes the owners are disabled, elderly or just poor and are not able to complete the tasks. They just keep getting hauled into court and fined again and again. A little ludicrous really!

What we do is gather up a load of volunteers from the community in Wichita Kansas, mostly Realtors, and go complete the tasks for them! We bring their house up to compliance because sometimes people just get overwhelmed and need a hand.

Businesses are donating supplies and the landfill lets us dump trash. But more than anything it takes volunteers. It just takes a few hours of one day of someones time. For volunteer information or to get on the volunteer list call Tara at The Wichita Area Association of Realtors.

What do we get out of it? Satisfaction, a chance to give back to the Wichita community that gives us so much and lets the public know that we are here to help. Our clients see us as people involved in the community and they like it. Really!

Volunteering in the Community in Wichita Kansas is a great way to show we care!!

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Little Inspiration!

Ever faced a setback? Just felt like throwing up your hands and screaming “what’s the use?” OK, that may be a little dramatic but everyone at one time or another has had a setback or even just a bad day. The next time it happens to you here are a few stories about setbacks that inspired greatness!

Lucille Ball: She began studying to be an actress in 1927 and was told by the head instructor of the John Murray Anderson Drama School, “Try any other profession. Any other profession.”

Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds:  In 1959 a Universal Pictures executive dismissed them at the same meeting with the following statements. To Burt Reynolds: “You have no talent.” To Clint Eastwood: You have a chip on your tooth, your adams apple sticks out to far and you talk to slow.”

Alexander Graham Bell:  When he invented the telephone in 1876 it didn’t ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call then President Rutherford Hayes said “That’s an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”

Chester Carlson:  In the 1940’s this young inventor took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country. They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester NY, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his electronic paper-copying process. Haloid became Xerox Corporation and both it and Carlson became very rich.

Abraham Lincoln:  He entered the Blackhawk war (1831-1832) as a captain. By the end of the war he had been demoted to the rank of private.

J.K. Rowling:  Author of the Harry Potter series Joanne was an aspiring writer and single mother living on welfare with her young daughter in an unheated mice infested flat. Her first book was rejected by 12 publishers before the world met Harry Potter in 1997.

And then there was the young man who submitted a paper to his Yale University management professor and got this response: “The concept is interesting and well formed but in order to earn better than a C the idea must be feasible.” The young man was Fred Smith. His paper proposed reliable overnight delivery service. Fred went on to start FedEx Corp.

Failure is not falling down but staying down!

From Joe Stumpfs By Referral Only

November 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Time Home Buyer Grants Assistance Wichita Kansas

There is a first time home buyer assistance grant program with incentives available in Kansas. It’s called FTHB for short. FTHB is not as well known as the famous first time home buyer tax credit of recent history but a powerful incentive program in it’s own right.

wichitahomesearch.comThe biggest obstacle to home-ownership for first time home buyers in Kansas is lack of cash. They may have a great job history and a perfect credit score but lot’s of young people trying to buy their first home are cash strapped. This program is designed to solve that problem with assistance and incentives.

First time home buyers in Kansas first have to qualify for the assistance program with a participating lender. Contact me to find a reputable lender that participates in the program. Once qualified the incentive program offers plenty of financial help for first time home buyers in Kansas.

To qualify for the assistance program the first time home buyer in Kansas must have a combined household income at or below 80 percent of the median for their area. Depending on the applicants income level the forgivable loan can be for 15-20 percent of the purchase price of the home. For the loan to be completely forgiven the first time home buyer must live in the Kansas home for a 5 full years. A percentage of the assistance and incentives drops off every year until the fifth year when the loan is erased from the books.

The first time home buyer in Kansas is expected to come up with $500 or two percent of the purchase price, whichever is greater. The house cannot cost more than $150,000, cannot be in a flood zone and must be occupied by the qualified first time home buyer in Kansas to get the incentives and assistance. Another big condition is the home cannot be with in the city limits of Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Lawrence or Johnson county. In that aspect it’s a lot like the rural incentive assistance program in Kansas but FTHB offers more and is exclusively for the first time home buyer.

If you have questions about the first time home buyer assistance program grants in Kansas contact me at 316.833.2677 or drop a line at joelw@rwwichita.com.

 

October 18, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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The First Pez Dispensers

In 1927, Eduard Haas, an Austrian candy maker, made a batch of brick-shaped peppermint candies designed as breath mints for adults trying to give up smoking. He named them “PEZ”, an abbreviation of sorts for the German word “pfefferminz” or “peppermint.”

At first, the candies were sold in small tins. In 1947, the tin was redesigned to look like a cigarette lighter. The following year, it was altered again with an “easy, hygienic dispenser,” making it look and operate more like today’s PEZ dispensers. In 1952, Haas brought his candy business to North America and was surprised by the fact that children were so fond of the candies and the dispenser.

To capitalize on that market, heads were placed on the dispensers and the first fruit flavored candies were  introduced. Since then, many different characters have been featured on PEZ dispensers, with the top sellers of all time being Mickey Mouse, Santa, and Dino the Dinosaur (from the Flintstones). Many people collect PEZ dispensers, and it’s not uncommon for rare varieties to fetch $1,000 or more. The highest verifiable private sale of a PEZ dispenser garnered $7,000.

So if this whole real estate thing doesn’t work out……..

 

February 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

HUD’s Good Neighbor Next Door Program in Wichita KS

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is strengthening American communities through neighborhood stabilization projects across the country. These programs are designed to revitalize our cities, promote home ownership and make neighborhoods safer.

One such program, the Good Neighbor Next Door program (GNND), is designed to fill distressed urban communities with role model like figures by offering half priced homes to Law Enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency responders (EMT), and K-12 teachers. People in these professions are given the opportunity to enter a lottery to purchase select homes at a 50% discount of their “as is” appraised value.

The Good Neighbor Next Door program in Wichita KS also offers participants using an FHAb insured mortgage to move in with only $100 down! Lottery winners can roll all closing costs, repairs, improvements, appliances and acquisition expenses into the mortgage. You must live in the home for a full 3 years and then are free to do with the home as you like. Including selling for profits!

There are some requirements and restrictions:

All participants must be employed full‐time by a federal, state, county, municipal government, Indian tribal Government, division of local government, or public/private school. Current homeowners CAN NOT participate and neither you nor your spouse has owned any other residential real estate for 1 year prior to lottery submission.

September 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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