Shirley Brooks had a difficult decision to make. Her father recently had died and her mother was in assisted living. The Overland Park home where her parents had lived since 1965 needed to be sold.
“The home was built in 1961 and it is a sturdy house, but it definitely needed some work,” Brooks explained. “The light fixtures are from 1961, it has a small galley-type kitchen with original cabinets. Just lots of things needed to be done.”
Still, the home had some good points: a large back yard, good location and original hardwood floors. Although a real estate agent who thought it was salable, once she and her brother started readying it for market, they realized it needed more work than they originally thought. And, they were selling it on her mother’s behalf. “It also is where we grew up and where my children visited their grandparents. It holds lots of memories for us,” Brooks said.
All of these factors were considerations for calling Brandon Logan, owner of KC Property Pros, which specializes in just such situations. Logan visited the next day and the day after that, and made a purchase offer. Two weeks later, the sale was closed.
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“When Brandon came out, you could tell he was looking at all the details, the things in the house that he could use and all the things that needed to be fixed to bring it up to code – the doors, lighting, fixtures,” Brooks said. “It was fascinating to see how he was thinking about what it could look like to appeal to today’s buyer.”
Brooks praised Logan for making the process easy for her, even bringing all the paperwork to her office so she didn’t have to take time off work.
“My outlook shifted after agreeing to sell the house to him,” she said. “I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. I knew what we agreed to was going to happen and that agreement was good for me and good for my mother. I also know that Brandon will renovate the house so that the next people who live in it will love it as much as my parents did for 50 years.”
Brooks is one of many who has turned to KC Property Pros with a difficult house to sell, to avoid going through a more conventional selling process, or when needing a quick, guaranteed sale.
Among the reasons are inheritance, being behind on taxes, too many repairs, downsizing, divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, facing a short sale or a looming foreclosure. When these circumstances arise, KC Property Pros offers a variety of solutions for homeowners needing immediate relief from the economic burden of ownership.
Logan started the business in 2005 and has extensive real estate experience that allows him to realistically value the homes his company purchases. Brett Shelton, who joined him in 2009, possesses expertise in accounting and remodeling. Together, they are able to offer homeowners the best advice on how to sell their house, even if KC Property Pros isn’t their best option.
“Homeowners need a buyer they can trust, that’s us,” Logan said. “They don’t need a national company that just puts their house into a formula to make a low-ball offer. They need to sell but want someone to help them make the best decision. We offer honest solutions for local sellers.”
After touring a house, Logan usually makes an offer within 24 hours, and since the company pays cash, closing can be within as little as a week.
“Many houses are unsellable because they won’t pass inspections,” Logan said. “The owner may have lived there for several years and repairs have not been done. The house may have asbestos tile and lead paint that need to be removed or wiring and plumbing that needs to be brought up to code. It’s very important to make the right repairs even if the repairs are only cosmetic.
“We do all of that,” Logan continued. “The seller, who might not have the money or the knowledge to make the repairs, is relieved of that burden.”
“KC Property Pros offers advantages that national companies cannot,” Shelton said, “because we know the Kansas City area real estate market and local home values, we use our own local construction company to do the renovation and all of the money generated by buying, renovating and reselling the homes stays in Kansas City. These advantages allow us to pay more than our competitors.”
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Contact: Brandon Logan, 816-582-8100.