Prairie Village homeowner finds help in challenging situation

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The newly expanded House Buyers KC team includes, from left, Kyle Walchshauser, Wendy Herbst, Chad Lower, Tom Bell, Katie Mason and Brent Smith.
The newly expanded House Buyers KC team includes, from left, Kyle Walchshauser, Wendy Herbst, Chad Lower, Tom Bell, Katie Mason and Brent Smith. Judy Revenaugh

Selling a home typically marks a new chapter in someone’s life. And sometimes, that new chapter can come with daunting financial burdens.

The House Buyers KC team recently worked with a Prairie Village homeowner who needed to sell his parents’ home to finance his mom’s move to a nursing home. Chad Lower, manager, and Kyle Walchshauser, sales acquisition, met the homeowner during a busy afternoon in which several real estate professionals were also touring the home.

“He told us that the best offer would win,” Walchshauser said.

Walchshauser and Lower returned to the home the next day, during which Walchshauser had a time to talk to the homeowner in a more casual setting. It was during that conversation that Walchshauser learned about the circumstances surrounding the sale.

“He said his mom was going into a nursing home and that his dad had been in a nursing home, which used most of their savings,” Walchshauser said. “The client needed to sell the house and use that money to pay for nursing home care.”

The House Buyers KC approach to residential real estate—one that simplifies and expedites the sale or purchase to the benefit of all involved parties—proved to be the best option for the Prairie Village homeowner. That same afternoon, the homeowner signed the paperwork and House Buyers KC completed the closing in just over a month.

When House Buyers KC is approached by a prospective seller, the team takes time to understand each seller’s needs, challenges and timeline. Then, House Buyers KC visits the property to conduct a thorough evaluation and determine what sort of repairs or updates need to be made before the home is placed back on the market.

“We take a look at the condition of the property, including the roof, siding, windows and doors—essentially a full exterior evaluation,” Lower said. “We then examine the interior, including the condition of the walls, floors and paint. We look for any upgrades, updates or repairs that need to be done, then we calculate an estimate.”

With that estimate, the House Buyers KC analyzes the surrounding neighborhood to determine the selling price of similar homes. The repair costs, holding costs, and profit are then subtracted from that figure, which results in the seller’s offer.

Part of the appeal of House Buyers KC’s approach is speed. Consider the average home listing, which might be on the market for 30 to 60 days. Factor in closings that can easily surpass 45 days, and it’s no wonder that home sales can unexpectedly fall through due to a variety of factors, leaving both the buyer and the seller scrambling for alternatives. And in situations like that of the Prairie Village homeowner, time is of the essence, which means unanticipated delays can be disastrous.

Instead, sellers who work with House Buyers KC are confident that they’re working with a qualified, efficient team that keeps each seller’s best interests top of mind. Because that approach has so strongly resonated with both buyers and sellers, Lower has expanded the team.

House Buyers KC welcomed Walchshauser in February. Walchshauser immediately hit the ground running, excited by the chance to work in a field that he had long admired from afar.

“Real estate has always been a passion of mine, and it’s been a great learning experience and a fun atmosphere,” he said.

Katie Mason joined House Buyers KC as an office admin in December. A longtime fan of home improvement and renovation shows like “Fixer Upper,” she’s loved learning more about the House Buyers KC process, especially home updates and repairs.

“It’s a small company, so we all wear different hats,” she said. “I’ve had an opportunity to learn so much about the business, and with so much always happening, it’s an exciting place to work.”

New team members also include Brent Smith, a project manager who joined House Buyers KC on May 1; Tom Bell, acquisitions, who just joined the team; and Wendy Herbst, an MBA marketing consultant who helps with the hiring process and business implementation.

The company also prides itself on an unwavering commitment to each seller, working with them to understand and overcome their specific challenges. Because House Buyers KC purchases homes in any condition for cash, there are no commissions to pay, no appraisals, no waiting for buyer financing and no repairs or renovation. The process typically moves much more quickly, too, rather than burdening sellers with unnecessarily complex transactions.

No matter the scenario, the House Buyers KC team takes time to understand each seller’s situation, then guides them through the remaining timeline to ensure they’re pleased with the outcome.

“We want everyone to feel happy about the decision they’ve made,” Mason said. “We enjoy working with people and their families and do whatever we can to make it a smooth transition.”

For more information, call House Buyers KC at 913-777-4444 or visit the website at

House Buyers KC

Location: 6900 College Blvd., #930, Overland Park, Kan.

Contact: (913) 777-4444