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Nixa, Mo Top Ranked in Best Places To Live

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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About Nixa

Located just five miles south of Springfield, 30 minutes north of Branson, five miles west of Highway 65 and just a 30-minute drive from I–44, Nixa is the “Crossroads of the Ozarks” in southwest Missouri. Beautiful scenery is just minutes away, from the flowering dogwoods in spring to the array of stunning fall colors each autumn. Recreation abounds in every direction. Nixa is a progressive, growing pro-business community ready to pursue new industry and business opportunities. One look at Nixa, and it’s easy to see why people from all over the United States decide to call it their new home.

Contributing factors to the growth are:

  • Location between Springfield and Branson Lakes area
  • Access to excellent medical facilities
  • Extremely low crime rate
  • AAA-rated schools (state and national award-winning schools)?
  • Low cost of living

Not only is Nixa a cool and affordable place to live but MOVOTO.com has ranked Nixa, MO in the Top Safest Places ToLive In Missouri.

Here are the 10 safest places in Missouri:

1. City of Town and Country
2. City of Ballwin 
3. City of Chesterfield 
4. City of Webster Groves
5. City of O’Fallon
6. City of Creve Coeur
7. City of Manchester
8. City of Maryville
9. City of Raymore
10. City of Nixa

While Raymore may be one of the fastest growing in the state, according to the city’s website, Nixa is the fastest growing city in the state. People flock to this city just south of Springfield for its excellent schools, close-knit community, and, perhaps above all else, its safety.

According to our analysis, Nixa, with a population of 19,339, had just 380 total crimes in 2012, giving residents just a one in 51 chance of being the victim of a crime. Of those 380 crimes, the vast majority, or 357, were property crimes (287 thefts, 64 burglaries, and six motor vehicle thefts) and 23 were violent crimes (17 aggravated assaults, five rapes, and one robbery). Compare that to similarly sized Poplar Bluff, where there were 138 violent and 1,344 property crimes in 2012, and it’s clear why this is the fastest growing city in the state.

 NIXA HISTORY:

 

Nixa traces its origins back to the mid-1800s with the movement of farmers and traders into this fertile soil region of Southwest Missouri. The growing community quickly became known as a stopover or crossroads site, as the community was a half-day ride with a team. As with many other communities in Southwest Missouri, Nixa’s early economy was based on agriculture and farming. Grain crops, dairy and beef cattle, and vegetables were the primary products of the area. Since most early residents of Nixa had little cash, “swapping of goods” was a common practice – – wood for flour, molasses for bran, and beef for horses from Springfield.

Throughout the last 150+years Nixa has become one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Missouri. The population has grown from 756 people in 1922 to 19,339 in 2014 according to The Nixa Chamber of Commerce, the rise in Nixa home sales and Nixa real estate development has tripled.

Rapid residential home growth has spurred new business development in Nixa. Several new retail, convenience and service-oriented businesses have located in the community since 1990 and expansion of existing industries is under way. Financial institutions like Liberty Bank, People’s Bank and Empire bank have constructed new offices and Springfield hospitals Mercy and Cox Health Center  have opened satellite medical clinics to serve the growing Nixa population. Improved community facilities and services, such as the Nixa Community Center, police station and utility office, have been developed to serve the needs of the Nixa population into the 21st century.

 

Stop by and visit our Murney Assocaites, Nixa office at 485 W. Aldersgate and see what Nixa is all about.


Local “House Hunter” Myths Part 2

Friday, January 31st, 2014

We proposed the question in Part 1 if all the home buying and home selling shows on TV these days show the realistic process of real estate in our Midwest market? Some may, but to be truthful, most of these shows are unrealistic. Noone looks at 3 homes and says, “This is the one!” The average homebuyer looks at an average of 10 to 45 homes before making a decision. So as you watch HGTV and DIY take note that home buying is a tedious process in which you need the right agent for you that fits and listens to your needs and the right loan officer who helps you know the price range in which you are actually able to buy in.

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On the flip side,  “Extreme Open House” sends an unrealistic message as well.  Sometimes it all depends on the location, price range and condition of the home. Our market is all over the place these days. A house maybe perfectly priced and can sell in one week because the right buyer was there or it may take over a year to sell a house. The average price of a home right now according to the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors is in the $160,000 range. So is going “extreme” for your next open house going to bring in the right buyer? Probably not. Some people bake cookies for the great smells for the home, and people walk around longer while eating, some take down all personal pictures and repaint or decorate. While this is all and good what people are truly looking for in a home is price, square footage, FLOOR PLAN, storage space, updating, location and yard.

To close this blog, my word of advice to the home buyer and seller is: find the agent that best meets your needs, stay focused and most of all don’t believe all you see on TV.

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance. We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!

 

 


Local HGTV “House Hunter” Myths, Part 1

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

In today’s age of technology and the sense of needing to be a “now” generation, the public as a whole looks at buying and selling a home far different now than 10 years ago. First and foremost the internet plays the largest role in finding a home these days. Murney Associates Realtors syndicates its listings to over 65 different websites alone and most of our agents pay large online fees to syndicate their listings to even more. The easiest way by far to search realistically is to search www.murney.com.

 

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Secondly, television shows such as HGTV‘s “House Hunters,” “My First Place,” or “Property Virgins” show the home buying search as shows like “Extreme Open House,” and “Front Door” help the Sellers process. Here is the question at hand: Does watching shows like the ones mentioned above give Buyers and Sellers here in the Midwest a realistic view of “OUR” market?

 

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance. We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!



Murney’s Rockin Weekend Fun Guide

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Murney’s Wonderful Weekend Guide

This weekend is full of fantastic events and family activities. The weather seems to want to cooperate as well so make sure to get out and live a little beginning with the following:

 

Nixa Sucker Days begins tonight with the Sucker Day Parade starting at 6:30 pm. The parade will be going all the way down Main St. in Nixa. Get there early and grab a spot because the candy will be flowing! That is just the beginning of the Sucker Days’ festivities. Saturday morning starts off right with the Sucker 5k Run starting at 8 am at the People’s Bank of The Ozarks main center.

Sucker Days begins at 10 am at the corner of Main St. and Mt. Vernon. There will be craft booths, cake walks, pony rides, bouncy houses, funnel cakes, live music, and of course FRIED SUCKER FISH!!!! The festivities will finish around 9 pm.

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If Sucker Days is not your cup o tea then why not visit the Downtown Airport off Division from 10-4 for the annual “Springfield Fly In.” This is a great opportunity to see the airport, visit with pilots and they will be providing helicopter tours as well. Children can sit in the cockpits of the planes and helicopters as well.

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Reeds Spring, MO is hosting from 2-8:30 pm their annual “Cajun Days.” All of the fun will be taking place in Historic Downtown Reeds Spring. Springfield Brewing Company will be pouring some of their best brews, the Garbanzos will be playing live music and the best part is the crawfish boil. Lots of Cajun food, family and fun to be had all day!

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If garage sales are your Saturday morning thing, then you do not want to miss out on the University Heights Annual garage sale. Most will all be open at 7 am and will continue until 4 pm. We have heard that there are many bargains to be had and plus there are some gorgeous homes on the market in that area as well to take a look at.

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Tips for a Fantastic Memorial Weekend

Friday, May 25th, 2012


Memorial Weekend; The first official weekend to kick off to the Summer holiday season. It’s a weekend of family, fun and most of all a time to remember those loved, lost and serving in our armed forces.

Many of you will hit the lake for the first time this year, some may stay home with family and some may simply work, so here are some “Fun” tips on how to enjoy your holiday.

1. SUNCREEN! It’s going to be a very warm weekend with no rain in sight so slather up on the suncreen at least every hour to prevent burning.

2. If at the lake make sure you have enough life jackets for each person on your water craft to avoid any loss of life or a ticket.

3. Do not DRINK AND DRIVE, PERIOD!

4. Visit one of the many local pools that are opening this weekend. Be sure to get there early and be kind to those around you.

5. Grilling? Whether its charcoal or gas be sure the grill is at least 10 feet away from your residence so that embers and or flames do not flow towards the home. No one likes a house fire on a great weekend.

6. Make sure to say “Thank you,” give a hug to or go visit a veteran. You could also take a walk thru many of our veterans cemetaries, give flowers or volunteer to decorate as well.

7. Looking for a home? www.murney.com can show you the way. Stop by one of our many Open Houses this weekend as well. If you get lost download our murney.com app on your smart phone as well.

8. Last but not least HAVE FUN! Even at work, HAVE FUN! Sitting at home? HAVE FUN!

 

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


A Time To Share for Breast Cancer

Monday, March 5th, 2012

A Time to Share for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks

Murney Associates, Realtors is a proud supporter of Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and invites everyone to attend this amazing event this Thursday.

 

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial, REALTORS® can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


Murney “Santa Sack” In Full Swing!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Loneliness, separation, tears, fears, eagerness; these are the feelings that many foster children feel year round. Whether it’s the fear of abuse, or eagerness to be adopted, foster children don’t ask for these feelings they are dealt the hand given to them and respond to how they are supposed to play it. As a community it is our duty to these children to show them love and mercy no matter their situation or actions. At Murney Associates, Realtors our very own Ava Snyder has head up the Santa Sack program for the Greene County Division of Family Services for the last 9 years.

With Santa Sack these ladies collect, purchase, wrap and distribute Christmas gifts to foster children in the Greene County Foster system. Each child gets a minimum of 5 gifts and last year alone they served 189 children and in 2012 we are serving over 215. It is the 9th year of the program. It is a fun program that encourages the agents at Murney Associates, Realtors to give back to the clients and lives of children in our community. Statistics show our economy is growing stronger but the need for our children seems to have grown a lot this past year.

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial, REALTORS® can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!



Murney Agents Stay Educated

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Instructor, Erik Zimmerman teaches that selling isn't about selling, it's about forming relationships. Photo by Dawn Grizzell

As Realtors in a crazy economy it is a necessity to stay educated and motivated in order to achieve success in our industry. The Brokers here at Murney Associates, Realtors provide the best education in the real estate industry and give us amazing opportunities like bringing in the Ninja program, free continuing education and daily real estate classes for us to be apart of to stay on top of our game. Residential and Commercial real estate is not the easy job that it is depicted on television. There is always a new form to memorize or a legal change to the wording of a contract as well as the newest in advertising and technology. Murney Associates agents embrace the classes provided in order to provide our communities the best in real estate services. So always know that your Murney Realtor has the best education and knowledge in the real estate business today.

Murney Associates agents stay educated with "Ninja" Selling Seminar

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial, REALTORS® can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!



Springfield MO Homes Sales 2011 Recap

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

2011 was a roller coaster year in our local real estate market. Although Springfield MO and the surrounding communities have not taken quite the economic hit as some other states of our size we have seen home prices scattered across the board. It has been a great year for the Buyers in particular. January started with stagnant prices yet dropped by summer and now as we end this 2011 year homes sales are up and home values have risen (not a huge rise but any is good at this point).

Who has benefited from this home sales slump? The first time homebuyer? The investor? The seller in financial trouble? Let’s break it down. For first time home buyers with standard credit banks have been loaning FHA money with only 3.5% down and if you purchase a home in a rural area you can qualify for USDA financing at 100%. For conventional loans you still need between 10% and 20% down.

For the investor it has been great (if they can get the bank to loan the money that is). We have seen some foreclosed property here in Springfield MO sell for under $10,000, not because of the condition of the home always but because that was the loan on the property and the banks want out. For an investor this makes a great rental situation or a fix and flip. There are strict regulations to fixing and flipping but for rental property it is perfect because many people are losing their homes or need more space than an apartment to live in.

The Seller has been the one that has had the hardest fall again this year. Even with home sales and prices gradually rising in 2011 we are still seeing the larger homes sit longer on the market, average homes are staying pretty stagnant and the under $100,000 range move pretty steadily. The average time on the market is 143 days here locally. Not to bad compared to the East coast where the average days on the market is over 2 years (that’s the norm to). The median price range is lower this year to $149250 from $156725 from 2010. All Sellers regardless of price just need to be patient.  As Realtors we can advertise in the local papers, in Homes magazines, and all over the Internet but with a high inventory and less Buyers it takes time. Always look at what you NEED out of your home versus WANT out of your home and stay honest and realistic with your Murney Associate Realtor so that the selling process goes smoothly for all.

We hope that 2012 brings our market back at a gradual pace. According to the National Association of Realtors there is a brighter future ahead of us. A change will do us good.

We have the best services to assist you in finding your next home in Springfield MO, or the surrounding areas. Murney Associates provides most of the current information in today’s constantly changing real estate market. Our Realtors are among the best in southwest Missouri. You can expect our agents to be honest, attentive, knowledgeable and efficient.

 

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial, REALTORS® can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!



6 “Merry” Tips for the Holiday Market

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Fortunately, ‘tis the season for big-time real estate bargains. Whether you’re buying a new home or staying put, here are six ways you can save some serious real estate dollars this holiday season.


1. Home Buying. In most markets nationwide, prices continue to hover at levels we saw almost ten years ago. Of course, just how much of a fire sale you’re talking depends on where you’re buying. In Manhattan and San Francisco, prices actually did rise last year—but much less steeply than in years past. And while you may still have to deal with multiple offers, at least those are no longer in double-digits. Following conventional real estate wisdom, many sellers, especially in cold weather spots, take their homes off the market after mid-November, when people are more preoccupied with the holidays than they are with real estate. The flip side? Those who do stay in the market tend to be highly motivated and willing to deal. Take that into account when making your initial offer and during subsequent counters.

2. Sealing the Deal. Motivated sellers are often willing to sweeten the pot by helping out with all those transaction-related real estate costs (including loan origination fees, title insurance costs, escrow fees and even transfer taxes). Since lenders will often limit closing cost credits from sellers to 3%-6% of the home’s sale price, however, check with your real estate agent and mortgage broker about your lender’s guidelines before you write up your offer. Even if your home’s sellers don’t have the wiggle room to lower the sale price or to cover your closing costs, they might be able to include home electronics, appliances or furniture in the deal.


3. Interest Rates. With mortgage rates still near record lows, this is a very merry time to buy or refi, with a mortgage. Just this week, Bankrate reports that the going rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.24%, and the rate on a 15-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 3.47%. Odds are that rates will remain rock bottom through the holidays (and beyond), making mortgages the gift(s) that keeps on giving in terms of long-term savings.


4. Property Taxes. Hate to pay taxes? You’re in luck! Since property taxes are usually determined by how much you paid for your house, getting a great buy on your house means great savings on your property taxes. Talk about a two-fer! (Oh – and if you already own a home that has declined in value, give yourself the gift of visiting your County tax assessor’s website and submitting a request to have your homes assessed value reduced. What you save can buy a whole lot of iPhones and Elmos.)

5. Negotiating Existing Loans. At year’s end, some banks and asset management companies who have purchased whole portfolios of second mortgages and home equity lines of credit are motivated to close out outstanding issues that are lingering on their books. So if you’re willing and able to pay a lump sum to settle a second mortgage rather than pay the full amount you owe, jump now.


6. Home Improvements. You can take advantage of the last of the remaining federal real estate tax credits by improving the energy efficiency of your home:

You can get back up to $500 on your federal taxes when you install approved, energy-efficient heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, insulation, roofs, water heaters, and dual-pane windows, as well as skylights and doors. This particular tax credit, which only works for your existing principle residence, expires at the end of this year!

 

About Us: With homes in Springfield Mo, Ozark Mo, Nixa Mo and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial, REALTORS® can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surrounding areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!