Friday, May 8, 2015

Blessed to find easy solution to inherited house

When Jane Birkholz inherited her mother’s house, along with her siblings, she knew it was going to be a problem to sell. Her mother died four years ago, but her disabled sister and her niece lived in the house until this January, when her sister died.

Birkholz’ brother lives in Alaska, so she knew it was up to her to sell the house. “It was quite a bit of a mess and I knew I couldn’t deal with it. I saw an ad in the paper, so I called Brandon.”

That is Brandon Logan, who owns KC Property Pros with Brett Shelton.

“Brandon came out and met with me,” Birkholz continued. “He is the nicest person, the best young man I have dealt with in a long time; so honest, so interested in helping you with your situation and your problems. We made a deal right away.”

Birkholz said she set a closing date with Logan and her niece bought a condo. “The closing on my niece’s condo was pushed back, so Brandon pushed back our closing date a week and a half without any issues. He was just a jewel.”

Logan also allowed Birkholz to leave whatever she wished in the home and he disposed of it. “My kids and I and my niece took what we wanted and left the rest. It was such a relief not of have to deal with it.

“Brandon made everything so easy for me. I feel I have been blessed and led to the right person for this situation.”

Inheritance is just one reason people need to sell a house quickly. Others can include 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 was joined in 2009 by Brett Shelton, his college roommate. Logan has an extensive real estate background as a member of one of the top-producing sales teams in the Kansas City area. Shelton’s expertise is a background in accounting and remodeling.

Logan’s extensive real estate experience allows him to realistically value the homes his company purchases. And because of this expertise, he is 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 homebuyer 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.”

Logan said after touring a house, he can usually make 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.

“Most buyers don’t want to buy a house and then work on it. Today’s buyers want a move-in-ready house. These repairs can be very expensive, especially if the seller does not have a background in construction or design. It’s very important to make the right repairs even if the repairs are only cosmetic. I’ve seen good people make expensive mistakes rehabbing their home, either from hiring bad contractors to something as simple as picking out the wrong colors. It’s not an easy process and mistakes can be very costly.

“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.”

Logan’s background as a real estate agent for banks is especially helpful to homeowners facing foreclosure or a short sale.

“I have experience working with banks in those situations,” he said. “If you know someone going through hard times and about to lose their home, have them call me as soon as possible. We can help them avoid foreclosure and get them a fresh start in life.”

“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.”

Those who want to sell their home may visit the website and fill out the form or they may call Brandon Logan at 816-582-8100.

KC Property Pros

Contact: Brandon Logan, 816-582-8100.