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Brookside Real Estate Partners With KC Pet Project!

This summer, when you buy or sell a house with Brookside Real Estate, we’ll make a donation to KC Pet Project!

We know what a monumental moment it is to buy or sell your home. This summer, when you buy or sell a home with Brookside Real Estate, your life-changing decision will not only affect you, but also the lives of animals in the care of KC Pet Project.

Caring for over 10,000 animals a year, KC Pet Project is the third largest no-kill, open admission animal shelter in the United States. With each home bought or sold by Brookside Real Estate this summer, a donation will be given to help provide medicine, veterinary care, vaccines, food and resources to help KC Pet Project save a record number of pets who have nowhere else to turn.

To promote this partnership with KC Pet Project, Brookside Real Estate is promoting the donation program not only on the website and in social media, but also in the above billboard located on the corner of Wornall Rd and Gregory Blvd.

Said Brookside Real Estate Company’s Owner and Broker Jim Kraus, “KC Pet Project is a great organization – and we’re definitely a group of pet lovers here at Brookside Real Estate. And, as Realtors, we spend a fair amount of our day thinking about houses and homes. It just seemed natural to help KC Pet Project in their mission of finding forever homes for our four-legged friends. After all, a house truly becomes a home with the addition of beloved pet.”

Ready to buy or sell your home and make a difference in the lives of KC’s homeless pets? Give the pet lovers at Brookside Real Estate Company a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

To learn more about KC Pet Project and the great work they do, visit their website here.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood, Brow Bar KC!

Brow Bar KC Co-Owners Tammy Sciara (left) and Nicole Baldwin (right).

New to 63rd Street – Brookside Real Estate Company wants to welcome Brow Bar KC!

The perfect addition to Brookside, Brow Bar KC. co-owner, Tammy Sciara, has a mission to “make every beauty treatment, even a brow wax, feel like a spa experience.” We recently spoke with Tammy to learn more about her business and why she chose to open in our favorite neighborhood – Brookside!

Tell us a little bit about your background: Are you from Kansas City? What made you decide to open your own shop?

I moved to Kansas City from Columbia, MO in 2005 and worked in the corporate world for a number of years. I got married and after I had my second son, I decided that I wanted to stay at home with my kids. I was loving being at home but because my hair and eyebrows are so blonde, I felt like I couldn’t even go pick up my kids from school or answer the front door without filling in my brows. I knew I wanted to get microblading done and I was having a hard time finding a spa in Kansas City that could microblade. I eventually found a place to get them done and felt like my entire

The Relaxation Room at Brow Bar KC

appointment just lacked customer experience. That’s when I decided to call my good friend (and now co-owner) Nicole Baldwin about opening our own spa.

What sets Brow Bar KC apart from other beauty spas in Kansas City?

When I had originally gotten my microblading done for the first time, the client experience itself was lacking. I laid on a cold bed in a cold room and overall, I didn’t feel as though my comfort level as a

client was taken into consideration. Here at Brow Bar KC, we will never try to move you in for your appointment and move you out – we are here to give you the best experience possible! We want you to feel like you can stay a while and relax. Especially after this past year, we want you to be able to take a moment for yourself. If you come early for your appointment or want to stay late, we have a relaxation room that is available to you for as long as you’d like. We want you to leave feeling relaxed and beautiful!

What can your clients expect when they book an appointment at Brow Bar KC ?

Quality always comes first here. We take education and training very seriously. Nicole holds a license in semi-permanent makeup and is a Kansas City Art Institute grad and our cosmetic injector is a CRNA-DNP.  We just really want to give the best to our clients. Along with spa services, we also carry several unique skincare and beauty lines. Clean beauty products like Lover Cosmetics and LeahLani skincare – both of which are small batch and hard to find brands.

Why did you decide to open your shop in Brookside?

We originally opened in a smaller space on the Country Club Plaza, but we were ready to expand  and moving to a store front in Brookside allows us to offer more services and an even better client experience. Brookside is also my home. My family and I shop, eat, and live in Brookside. I love the community aspect of this neighborhood, it’s perfect for us as a local business.  We are excited to bring this needed service to the area. Click here to learn more about all of the services offered at Brow Bar KC!

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Tammy and Nicole’s spa and see for yourself why we love Brow Bar KC! While you’re here, pay a visit to your friends at Brookside Real Estate Company located at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

Check out the Brow Bar KC photo gallery below!

 

 

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3 Reasons To List Your Home In 2021

It’s safe to say that 2020 was filled with uncertainty and general unrest. With the global pandemic in full swing and so much left to the unknown – you may have held off on selling your house. At the beginning of the pandemic, the housing market initially dropped, but made quite a comeback in the later half of 2020. More than ever before, buyers are ready to move! Experts believe that 2021 will be a great year to sell! Keep reading to learn more about the 3 major reasons you should list your home in 2021.

Low Interest Rates: FHFA announced conforming loan limits for 2021! Increased loan limits means more power for buyers. Even though interest rates will gradually rise throughout 2021, they are expected to sit fairly low compared to averages throughout recent history. Click here to read more about loan limits in every county in the U.S.

You Need to Move: Maybe 2020 has caused a financial change or you’re needing space for a home office.  No matter the reason that you need to move, the lack of inventory will help your home sell quickly. Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM Data Solutions says, “There is incredibly low inventory, with less than 500,000 homes for sale, mortgage rates are at 50-year lows, and there’s no sign yet of distressed sellers from the recession coming out. These supply and demand factors will push prices even higher in the first half of the year.”

You Own a Starter Home: Homes at entry level prices that are appealing to first time-home buyers are expected to be in high demand throughout 2021. Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com explains, “While younger Millennial and Gen-Z buyers are expected to play a growing role in the housing market, fast-rising prices will create a bigger barrier to entry for the many first-time buyers in these generations who don’t have existing home equity to tap for down payment savings.”

If you’re ready to list your home, leave it to the experts at Brookside Real Estate Company! Give us a call at (816) 333-3330 or stop by our storefront office at 9 W 63rd Street – when the flag is up, we’re open!

 

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Welcome to the neighborhood, Westlake Ace Hardware!

Owner/Broker of Brookside Real Estate, Jim Kraus and Westlake Ace Hardware GM in Brookside, Amber Murfin.

New to 63rd Street – Brookside Real Estate Company wants to welcome Westlake Ace Hardware!

The perfect addition to the neighborhood and the first hardware store in Brookside since the 1980s, Westlake Ace Hardware is committed to providing reliable service, helpful advice and the top quality products so customers can get their projects right every time.  We recently spoke with the General Manager,  Amber to learn more about and Westlake’s newest location in our favorite neighborhood – Brookside!

Tell us a little bit about your background:

I’ve worked with Westlake Ace Hardware for about 13 years now. I actually started out in the inventory industry and I eventually worked my way up through the ranks there. I just fell in love with hardware and have managed a few different locations over the years. 

What made you want to come work at the new Brookside location?

This is the smallest store in the  company and it was a challenge for us to be able to figure out a way to take everything that we knew we needed to carry for the community, and put it into a very small space. That was the fun challenge here and I was up for the opportunity.

What makes this Brookside location different from the other Westlake Ace Hardware locations throughout Kansas City?

The preservation and the care that we’ve put into the building itself is definitely unique. This building (formerly Tuesday Morning) was built in 1940. The first thing that we did is we came in and tore out all the drop ceilings and exposed the raw beams. We put in brand new LED lighting, we even sand blasted the brick all the way around – and we were able to preserve a couple of the original windows.

What is your favorite part about working in Brookside?

I really love the sense of community here in Brookside and enjoy helping customers find the right products they need for any and all projects.

Westlake Ace Hardware offers traditional hardware products such as lawn and garden supplies, fasteners, tools, plumbing, electrical supplies, and convenient curbside pickup. The Brookside location features a Backyard BBQ department with grills and BBQ accessories from a variety of brands including Weber, Traeger, and Big Green Egg.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood or working on a new home improvement project,  stop by Westlake Ace Hardware at 104 W. 63rd Street! While you’re here,  pay a visit to your friends at Brookside Real Estate Company located at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

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Socially Distanced Holiday Shopping in Brookside!

World’s Window

Although the holidays are looking a little different this year in Brookside, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate while social distancing. The Christmas lights are twinkling and the Brookside neighborhood is filled with some of the best local shopping in Kansas City. Home to over 70 shops, restaurants, boutiques and small businesses, and of course, your friends at Brookside Real Estate! We’re here to fill you in on our favorite go-to spots for a socially distanced holiday season!

World’s Window: Where you can explore an exciting “world” of fashions, accessories, folk art, gifts & home décor for everyone on your list by shopping online. The festive gift wrap is free, but they will gladly accept “thank you” donations for Rose Brooks Center.

Brookside Barkery & Bath: If you don’t want to get out of your car or spend time with other customers in-store, that’s no reason to leave your furry family members off your shopping list! Luckily, their entire pet holiday collection is available to shop online this year! Choose Curbside Pick-Up (no minimum) or free local delivery ($25 minimum, within 20 miles) at checkout, and they’ll do the shopping for you!

The Corner Candle Shop Holiday Gift Box

The Corner Candle Shop: Candles always make great gifts! If you’re more comfortable shopping these hand-crafted and unique scents from a distance– all of your holiday candle needs can be purchased online! Or you can skip the shipping costs and give them a call to place a curbside pick-up order.

Jorjy: A lifestyle shop that offers a fresh take on wallpaper, fabric, art and accessories for the home as well as interior design and to-the-trade partnerships. Shop coffee table books, cozy throw blankets, home accent pieces and jewelry all online!

Although these are just a few of the 70+ options, one thing is for sure – Brookside is your destination for socially distanced holiday shopping while also supporting local businesses! All of us at Brookside Real Estate Company wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

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Brookside Real Estate Donates to Bags of Fun KC

Owner/Broker of Brookside Real Estate, Jim Kraus and Director of Bags of Fun KC, Louisa Weinrich

During the month of September 2020, Brookside Real Estate announced a partnership with Bags of Fun KC for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For every house sold during the month of September, Brookside Real Estate donated $100 to Bags of Fun KC to raise funds for children who are suffering from cancer or other life-threatening injuries.

Owner/Broker of Brookside Real Estate Company, Jim Kraus, recently met with the Director of Bags of Fun KC, Louisa Weinrich, to present a check from Brookside Real Estate Company that ultimately ended up sponsoring a Bag of Fun for Hayden – currently a patient at Children’s Mercy. Louisa said, “Hayden is five years old and inpatient at Children’s Mercy Hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He had to have brain surgery to allow his brain to heal. He goes through intense physical therapy and occupational therapy as well as other therapies during the week.”

Hayden’s siblings were even able to come to the hospital when the Bag of Fun was delivered to spend some time with him.  Hayden’s Mom, Jackie, told us, “Getting this bag of fun with everyone here was amazing! It really helped to distract us and to focus on something other than Hayden‘s injury! It gave us all time to act as a family unit again!”

Each Bag of Fun comes with 12 to 15 items inside that are picked specifically for each child based on their developmental age, interests, and treatment plan. Hayden‘s bag had a Kindle fire as his electronic!

Ready to make a difference in the lives of KC children fighting life threatening illnesses, diseases & injuries? Follow Bags of Fun KC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or visit the website to make a direct donation.

Bags of Fun KC delivers the power of play to children fighting cancer and other long term, life threatening illnesses or injuries. Each bag of fun is filled with hours of distraction, educational items, as well as items that bring comfort. Not only do bags of fun give the children something to focus on during their treatments, but they also give the families of these children the sense that someone else cares.

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Coveted Countryside Tudor in the Heart of KC!

This unique home is located in the Countryside subdivision, one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Kansas City! You’ll be able to walk your kids to and from school, walk to the Country Club Plaza and Crestwood shops, even stroll through Loose Park and the Trolley Trail. Located at 41 W. 52nd Street, all of this is just steps away from the front door. A gorgeous home in the heart of KC that you don’t want to miss out on!

This craftsman features an abundance of natural woodwork that greets you right as you walk in the door. Both the living room and dining room have custom built in cabinets with beautiful beveled leaded glass! Every bathroom in the home is updated and the sellers also added a stunning 20×20 foot family room with an open kitchen – you won’t miss a Kansas City touchdown while making your game day snacks! The lovingly planned landscaping makes you feel like you’re walking in your own personal park!

Watch the virtual tour below:

Ready to see 41 W. 52nd Street for yourself? Contact Jim Kraus at 816-806-7653 or stop by our storefront office located at 9 W 63rd St – when the flag is up, we’re open!

Click here for more listing information.

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Treat A Sick Child To The Healing Power Of Play This Halloween Season

Before the pandemic hit, children undergoing cancer treatments would spend an average of 120 days in the hospital. Because of COVID-19 and the weakened immune systems that come with a cancer diagnosis, these kids are experiencing hospital stays and isolation for much longer than ever before. Because of social distancing guidelines, the traditional Halloween celebration of trick-or-treating is not safe for children fighting life threatening diseases. Thankfully, a local nonprofit foundation held near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at Brookside Real Estate Company is doing something about this.

Bags of Fun KC delivers the healing power of play to children fighting cancer and other long term, life threatening illnesses. Director, Louisa Weinrich explained, “A bag of fun is a backpack filled to the brim with 12-15 items picked specifically for each child’s needs, interests and treatment plan. Each bag of fun is filled with hours of distraction, educational items, as well as items that encourage socialization and items that bring comfort. Not only do bags of fun give the children something to focus on during their treatments, but they also give the families of these children the sense that someone else cares.”

Because of the pandemic and so many restrictions for celebrating Halloween, there are 125 additional children that will need a Bag of Fun. As such, we at Brookside Real Estate are continuing to raise awareness to ensure that every child in Kansas City fighting cancer receives a Bag of Fun this Halloween season. 

Brookside Real Estate has proudly been a local partner of Bags of Fun KC since their inception in 2011 and have had the pleasure of providing over 200 bags of fun to sick Kansas City children and their families. “All of us here are extremely passionate about helping bring a smile to the faces of these KC children who are being treated for long term, life threatening illnesses,” said Brookside Real Estate Owner and Broker, Jim Kraus, “The opportunity for Brookside Real Estate Company to partner with this organization means a lot to all of us, we enjoy the opportunity to help spread the word and we encourage Kansas City to treat a sick child to the healing power of play this Halloween season.” 

If you would like to find out how you can help Bags of Fun KC or sponsor a bag of fun for a child, you can do so by going to their website: www.bagsoffunkansascity.org

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BRKS Partners with Bags of Fun KC for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is nationally recognized every year in September. Increasing awareness of childhood cancer is extremely important to Brookside Real Estate Company and we’re excited to announce that we are partnering with Bags of Fun KC all month long!

For every house sold during the month of September, Brookside Real Estate will donate $100 to Bags of Fun KC to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of childhood cancer.

Bags of Fun KC delivers the power of play to children fighting cancer and other long term, life threatening illnesses. A bag of fun is a backpack filled to the brim with 12-15 items picked specifically for each child’s needs, interests and treatment plan. Each bag of fun is filled with hours of distraction, educational items, as well as items that bring comfort. Not only do bags of fun give the children something to focus on during their treatments, but they also give the families of these children the sense that someone else cares.

Director, Louisa Weinrich explained, “2020 has been an interesting year to say the least.  We have had to cancel all of our major fundraisers and try to reinvent ways to connect with our donors.  Our program is needed even more this year with hospital play rooms closed, no toy sharing, and no visitors allowed.  We need donations now more than ever to be able to continue bringing the power of play to children fighting cancer and other life threatening conditions.”

Ready to buy or sell your home and make a difference in the lives of KC children fighting life threatening illnesses? Give Brookside Real Estate Company a call at (816) 333-3330.

To learn more about Bags of Fun KC or to make a direct donation, visit their website here.

 

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3 Tips to Upgrade Your Home Office

While most of us were expecting to be back in the office by Labor Day, a lot of companies have opted to remain remote until at least the end of 2020. Now that most of us are working from home for the long haul, it might be time to give your home office an upgrade. If you’re looking for a place to get your work done with no distractions, or maybe a space that’s a little more video-conference friendly, we’ve put together a few tips to make you as productive as ever – even if you are just steps away from your bedroom. 

  1. Choose the right room. Zoom meetings from the dining room table or the living room couch just won’t cut it anymore!  Whether you’re cleaning out that room you used for storage, converting your spare bedroom, or transforming your unused sun room, make sure this space is designated for work only. This should be a room you walk into and you immediately switch your brain to work-mode. 
  2. Pick up the essentials. Make sure that you stay organized – that could mean a small filing cabinet to hold your paperwork or floating shelves to keep your important documents in order. An extra monitor and laptop stand are also very helpful.
  3. Take breaks. A great thing about working from home is that you are just steps from the outdoors – not just an office parking lot. Even if you live in Downtown Kansas City, the River Market, or the Country Club Plaza, a quick walk or jog around the block will give your productivity the boost you’re needing!

Wishing you hope, health and happiness, Kansas City!