Archive for January, 2012

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!



Open House Safety Tips

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Since we have had such a mild winter so far many Realtors here in Springfield MO and the surrounding SW Missouri areas have been hosting more Open Houses than usual for this time of year. As Realtors we always advise our clients how to keep their homes safe during an Open House but for the general public Murney Associates, Realtors wants all of Southwest Missouri to now the tips of the trade for an Open House.

1. If there is bad weather ex. snow or ice please put down “ice melt,” shovel the driveway and walk ways as well as porches including the back porch/patio.

2. Take all perscription medications and over the counter medication with you or lock it up. Believe it or not Realtors are warned on a weekly basis about people coming to Open Houses looking for medication to steal. If you notice something wrong when you come home with any missing medication always promptly call your Realtor.

3. Family heirlooms or expensive jewelry should be removed from the home as well or locked up. Also remove family picture albums.

4. If you have indoor animals, make sure kitty litter boxes are put in garage to elimate odor, vacuum all pet hair off furniture and pick up any animal fesis from yard.

5. Light a few candles for the Open House but be sure to not place the candles near curtains or other flamible items.

6. Put television remote controls and speaker controls in a drawer.

Most of all always call your Realtor is something seems strange when arriving home after and Open House. When there are many people coming to view your home and 1 or 2 Realtors holding the house open they cannot know where every person is at all times. Open Houses are great for getting the public in the door to view your home so take the precautions listed above and Happy Selling Season.

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!



Republic MO Annexation for Horse Facilities

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

REPUBLIC, Mo. — Monday night, Republic aldermen looked at the consideration of annexing of more than 1,200 acres of land.  A developer wants to build a multi-million dollar equestrian center.  The property is located near the James River Freeway and Highway MM interchange.  The blue prints include an arena for horse shows and concerts.

This same idea was shot down in Christian County last April before it ever got off the ground, but Monday Republic residents welcomed it with open arms.

Republic Mayor Brian Buckner said he hasn’t had any calls from people opposing the project, “I haven’t heard a word,” Buckner said. “There’s a lot of sporadic housing out there. We’re not talking about a development that will take up every square foot of property out there, like a strip mall.”

A second reading and vote is scheduled for Jan. 23. City officials say the Eclipse project backers have not asked for any incentives from the city.

Councilman Jeff Clinkingbeard echoed the mayor, saying he hasn’t received any calls opposing the project.

“Most of the comments I’ve heard are ‘Is this really going to happen’?” he said. “I’m confident we are a good location for big projects. Republic grew 74 percent since the last census, and we’re over 15,000 people now. We’re excited for Republic that this Eclipse Center could happen.”

If the annexations and rezoning efforts go off smoothly, project founder Carl Scott said construction could begin quickly, with most of the extensive facilities completed within three years.

Designed to appeal to horse lovers, the project features:

» a 15,000-seat arena for horse shows and music concerts

» two smaller arenas

» 60 cottages

» a 300-room Eclipse Lodge

» 30 11-unit condos

» 3,500 horse stalls

» an 11-mile cross-country riding course, horse stables and practice area

» a 20-acre man-made lake that will capture natural runoff instead of using wells to keep it filled

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a 100-pad RV park

» a truck stop with motel and two restaurants at the intersection of MM and Sawyer Road

The project comes with a hefty development price tag. Scott said a hedge fund has agreed to provide $290 million to build the facilities and $60 million over three years to pay for its operating expenses.

The hedge fund will have a 15 percent ownership stake in the project, Scott said.

At the end of six years, the hedge fund would seek repayment of its $350 million investment, plus 15 percent of the appraised value of the project, representing its ownership share.

That could amount to a lump sum payment of about $500 million, Scott said.

He said project organizers believe the Eclipse Events Center will net about $70 million a year, but said the business might need to seek a loan or initiate a public stock sale at the end of six years to pay off the hedge fund’s investment.

“Once the facility is up and built, it will be a lot easier to attract money and investors,” he said.

The project already has more than two dozen local investors who have contributed about $1.5 million toward the project, Scott said.

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!



Home Heating Winter Tips

Monday, January 16th, 2012
We’ve been surprisingly lucky this winter with warmer temperatures, but one thing is sure – that’s not going to last! Now, it’s no secret that more home fires occur during the winter than any other season. Fortunately, with a little care you can prevent almost all of them! Follow these tips to keep your home safe from fires this winter, whether you’re using a furnace, a fireplace or a space heater! 

Fireplace Safety Tips

Have your furnace inspected annually by a certified furnace inspection technician to ensure that it is in good working order.

Make sure all furnace controls and emergency shut offs are in proper working order.

Keep the area around your furnace, particularly the burner area, clean and unobstructed.

Never store anything combustible within six inches of your vent pipe.

Make sure you keep all (or almost all) of your vents open at all times. Closing more than 20% of the vents will result in high resistance and unnecessary heat buildup in the furnace.

Do not store combustible materials, such as paint thinners or gasoline, near your furnace.

Gas Fireplace Safety Tips

If you start to smell gas, turn off the gas valve leading to the fireplace as soon as possible and call your nearest fireplace service.

Never operate your gas fireplace without the glass securely in place. When using gas logs, make sure the glass doors stay open.

Watch for any discoloration of the fireplace glass or the surrounding walls or mantel – this indicates a potential gas leak.

If your pilot goes out, relight it. If it goes out repeatedly, call Wheat & Sons! We’ll take a look at it and figure out how to fix it.

Don’t try to increase the gas pressure to “get a better flame” – you’re likely to end up with an explosion!

If you want to replace your gas logs, call ac certified company! They will install your new gas log so it meets manufacturer specifications for log placement, secondary air and venting.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Keep all household combustibles, including paper, clothing, drapery, etc. at least three ft away from your space heater.

Don’t try to use space heaters as the primary heating method in your home – use them only for supplemental heat.

Never plug space heaters in using extension cords.

Check your space heater’s wire before you plug it in to see if it is frayed or damaged in any way. If it is, do not use it – the chance of dangerous sparking (or full on combustion) is extremely high.

If the plug your heater is connected to gets too hot, have that outlet replaced by a qualified technician.

Don’t use your space heater in damp environments like the bathroom unless it is specifically designed for use in those areas.

 

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!



Nixa MO Schools to Redistrict in 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Nixa MO Schools to Redistrict in 2012

Draft K-4 Boundary Line Proposal

Nixa will be redistricting the K-4 boundary lines for the 2012-2013 school year in order to help relieve overcrowding in some schools and a declining enrollment at others.

The district held meetings on Jan. 9 (at 6 p.m.) & 10 (10:30 a.m.-noon and 4:30-6 p.m.) for the public to review the draft boundary line proposal and make comments.  The meetings will be held in the Community Room at Faught Administration Center at 301 S. Main St.  Park in the back of the building and use the Community Room entrance.

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, you may refer any questions or comments to Debby Lawson, assistant superintendent of elementary education at debbylawson@nixaschools.net or 417-449-3180.

You may click HERE to download a copy of the DRAFT proposal to review.

We have added a high-resolution PDF as well to help with zooming in on streets. (50MB file)

Draft zoomed in map of central part of district (PDF).

The district will review comments and suggestions and make the final recommendation to the board at the February Board of Education meeting.

 

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 Music Events 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Springfield MO Music Events 2012

Do the names Jeff Foxworthy, Ben Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, Scott McCreery, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Big Smith and Kelly Clarkson ring a bell? These are just a few of the artist gracing the Ozarks this 2012 year at JQH Arena and the O’Reilly Event Center.

For many years Springfield, MO has hosted many other talents as these above in venues such as the Shrine Mosque , Gilloiz Theater and Juanita K Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts but with new, improved and larger event centers Springfield MO is now able to bring in larger more popular artists and groups from all different avenues from hard rock to comedy classics.

That is not all Springfield has to offer though. The Gilloiz Theater and other local and more intimate venues are bringing in national and local talent as well . Many coming up include: Peter Frampton, Rusko, Blue October, Member’s Only, Romance on a Rocketship and many many more on a weekly basis. Here is the best part for anyone looking for music fun in the Ozarks; the tickets are wonderfully priced at all the mentioned above venues and you can find them on these included websites:

Artists coming to Springfield MO in 2012

Artists coming to Springfield MO in 2012

www.itsalldowntowm.com

www.jqh.arena-tickets.org

www.missouristatetix.com

www.drurytickets.com

www.stubhub.com

www.ozarks.metromix.com

Don’t forget while you are in town for some music fun to check out at Open House or two and to find those go to Murney.com

 

 

 

 

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!



A Home Search Made Easy: Murney.com

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

“Out with the old and in with the new” in 2012 right? This goes for websites as well that provide you the tools to find that perfect dream home. Many sites such as Trulia.com, Zillow.com and Realtor.com have revamped their websites to make a home search easier for you but one that stands out locally is the new Murney.com website. If you haven’t played around on it your missing out.

Here are some of the new features on the Murney.com  Home Page that will help in your home search.

1. New, Reduced, Luxury and Open Houses roll out every 24 hours on the home page and are constantly updated.

2. All local community information from the different Chamber of Commerces, local taxes and school information is on the home page and is accessible by a click of a button.

3. Buyer and Seller services such as New Developments, Financing Options, Moving Resources, Listing With Us and ways to find a Green Lifestyle here in the Ozarks.

4. Finding and agent our team that best fits your needs.

5. “About Us” section with our blog, news and media plus the community support Murney Associates provides.

Last but not least the Search Assistant  login section that lets you sign up and get more in depth with your home search. In this area as well as the general/advanced search you are able to save each listing, do a driving Google Map road tour to each listing, walk thru a virtual tour and contact an agent thru email, texting or phone call.  To be honest the possibilities are endless on what can be seen or done on the murney.com website but one thing is for sure; so far it is the easiest site to find the home you are looking for. Visit www.murney.com today and see ALL Mulit-list listings right at your fingertips.

 

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!