We're Back & Better Than Ever!

For almost 40 years, we’ve been synonymous with residential real estate in Lawrence and Douglas County. But there was a day when we were just as well known for our commercial business.

Well we’re proud to let you know that Stephens is back in the commercial game. Big time. Whether it’s a high-traffic spot or a quiet little corner, we have the local knowledge to deliver just what you’re looking for.

And, if you own investment property, we can handle that, too. We’re your dedicated, local resource who knows just what it takes to set your property apart from the competition and deliver the best return on your investment.

Even though Stephens Real Estate has been a respected, established entity in Lawrence for decades, we’re not comfortable sitting still. We’re innovators; always looking for new methods or ideas to help our clients.

And you’ll notice those qualities in our new commercial brand as well: the dedication we’re known for and the fresh thinking to get the job done in today’s market.

When it comes to commercial real estate, it pays to know the team that knows Lawrence; Stephens Commercial Real Estate.

AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Evan Holt

785.640.8923

Evan is a complex problem solver with 20+ years of experience as a leader, strategic planner and global operations manager. He has a proven track record in establishing and carrying out plans to reach even the most difficult goal successfully. Evan’s global experience and real estate background make him avaluable resource in helping your business achieve its goals. To learn more visit us at Stephens Commercial Real Estate.

 

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 Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us

Foodies

Lawrence loves local. This foodie-friendly town can feed you with locally sourced and unmistakably Lawrence cuisine from dawn to dusk. Culturetrip.com recently named four of our local restaurants among the 10 Best Restaurants in Kansas: 715, The Burger Stand, Free State Brewery and Merchants Pub & Plate.

Breakfast - We’ve all been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So make it tasty. Downtown offers plenty of delicious starters to your day. Try handcrafted pastries or eggs with artisan bread at WheatFields Bakery, where the walls are lined with work by local artists. The Roost, launched with a kick-starter campaign, will wake you up with breakfast options like the Breakfast Sammy or the Goat Cheese Danish. (You won’t be disappointed.) Eggs Benedict with a unique twist are often on the Specials board at Milton’s Café. Take a seat inside or on the patio and enjoy a restaurant that’s been a Lawrence staple since 1997.

If you have kiddos looking for a power breakfast, check out the amazing cereal bar at Java Break. The options go on and on, and cereal is served in a Chinese food-takeout carton. 

On the west side of Lawrence hunt up The Big Biscuit. The name says it all. If brunch is what you want try J Wilsons or for delicious fresh-baked scones and freshly brewed coffee visit the deli at The Merc Co-op, a community market emphasizing local and organic.

Lunch or Dinner - If you’re Downtown, step inside one of our local originals, or take a seat at a sidewalk table and watch the passers-by on Mass Street. Many of our nationally recognized restaurants and chefs use locally-sourced foods for farm-to-table deliciousness you won’t find anywhere else. 

This is just a start.  There are so many more great restaurants all over town! Check out the EAT section of unmistakablylawrence.com then let your inner foodie spend some time exploring the food options in 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

 

Keys to a Successful Sale

The real estate market in Lawrence has been 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 Stephens at 785-841-4500 or Contact Us.

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.

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

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