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Meet Sara Noble: Our Featured Design Partner!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Sara Noble and the Noble Designs team!  Sara will be guest blogging for us each month on things like up-to-date design trends, decor and more.  We’re excited to pair up with one of the best designers in town!  Sara has been designing for lucky Kansas Citians for 16 years and has grown her company to include a team of five designers plus additional staff. We absolutely love her modern classic design aesthetic.  Sara says, “I think it’s important to ground your space with some classics but equally important to add in a fresh twist so it stays current.”  We couldn’t agree more.  Think classic with a punch, simple but elegant.  Another thing we love about Sara’s sensibilities is that even though she adds fresh twists to stay current, her designs are really timeless and her homes and spaces are designed to last.

Sara Noble’s Inspiration

We asked Sara where she draws her inspiration.  She said, “Inspiration is everywhere.  I am a certified Instagram junkie.  Pinterest has good ideas as well.  And then we travel for fun and for work.  The market at High Point (North Carolina) is always inspiring and builds up our enthusiasm!”  She also notes being inspired by fashion, photography and style icons Jacqueline Kennedy and Kansas City’s Kate Spade.

Sara’s Family…in her own words

“I have two kids who are currently racing around preparing for finals which kills their mother who would prefer they didn’t wait until the last minute.  My daughter, Eleanor, will be a senior next year and is heavily involved in volleyball.  My son, Andrew, will be a sophomore and loves soccer. They are good kids and most days I’m happy to not only claim them but show them off.  My boyfriend Vince works as an appraiser.  It allows for a good mix of conversation on design and finance and how the two affect each other.  My parents are two doors down, and I’m happy to report that I love it!  They are easygoing, supportive and always ready to make cocktails. My brother and his two kids aren’t far away either, which is great.”

Tell us about YOUR home!

It goes without saying that everyone want to know about the designer’s home!  What does it look like?  (Same thing goes for chefs…everyone wonders what they cook when at home and what sort of appliances are used!)  “I built a home in Olathe 4 years ago near my kids’ school.  I love it.  It’s not huge, and like any home, I have things I wish I could have afforded, but the style is all me.  I have a white colonial home on the outside and made the inside more modern with an offset fireplace that has sleek marble floor to ceiling.  I have some bright wallpaper on the kitchen wall and fun, interesting lights everywhere.  My next move will be downtown when the kids are out of high school.  I’m excited to build something for a different life phase.”We also asked Sara to tell us 3 inexpensive things that homeowners can do to transform or update a room.  Here’s what she said:

  • Paint – One of the cheapest and most dramatic transformations. We are seeing light colors becoming more and more popular.
  • Fresh Flowers – Trader Joe’s is my secret weapon. You can buy a cheap bunch of flowers and then snip some greenery from your bushes at home to mix in.
  • Lighting – Really this should be #1, lighting is the most important thing you can do to transform a room. However I’m not sure I would put this in the inexpensive category. Lighting is so important I think it’s where you should start with your budget and it’s where you should be willing to splurge.  (See our previous post on lighting.)

She said that if she had to come with another inexpensive update, she would go with new kitchen towels!  “There are so many fun patterns now and people forget how gross their old ones get.”

How Sara will help Cami’s clients through our blog:

“I am thrilled to be working with Cami and her team.  We love the homes she sells. So anytime we get to peek at one, we get a good look at the Kansas City market and those who care about their homes.  I hope to share some fun tips with everyone and remind them that sometimes it makes sense to bring in a professional. We are ready to share with you what we can do!”Be sure to bookmark our blog and check back often as Sara will be contributing content each month and give us tips and trends on all things decor and design!  Like what you see?  Follow Noble Designs on Instagram at @nobledesigns!  Look for the crown!

Welcome to Cami Jones Collaborative!

As a principal of Jones-Plattner & Associates, Cami Jones has been instrumental in creating a $100 million-plus powerhouse comprised of the area’s top-producing real estate professionals.  The team was one of ReeceNichols’s most successful.  Fast forward to today:  Cami has created a new boutique real estate experience for Kansas City.  Cami Jones Collaborative promises a flexible and dedicated team working together to ensure that every property garners the attention it deserves.Through innovative marketing strategies, professional photography, first class staging services, and fearless negotiation skills, we handle every step of the transaction, working quickly and efficiently until your goals are met.You’ll recognize familiar faces on our team; we bring decades of real estate experience to the table and are anxious to help you with your purchase or sale.  We have an intimate understanding of the housing market and will be with you every step of the way!

Our team:

Cami Jones:

As a principal of Jones-Plattner & Associates, Cami Jones has been instrumental in creating a $100 million-plus powerhouse comprised of the area’s top-producing real estate professionals. Cami is please to bring youCami Jones Collaborative, ReeceNichols.  You’ll find:A Boutique ExperienceA small team focus means a one-on-one relationship with Cami and her entire team throughout the transaction. You’ll have six of the city’s top-producing power-players taking care of you from beginning to end.Concierge ServiceCami offers more in-depth services than the average agent. She sets up every detail your transaction requires to deliver a bespoke, full-service experience that is quick and efficient, minimally stressful, unbelievably fun, and achieves stellar results.Kansas City PrideCami Jones’ deep Kansas roots allow you to work closely with someone who is woven into the fabric of the community. She knows the area and she knows how to find your perfect fit.Contact Cami directly:

Rebecca Kyger:

Becca’s considerable business and sales background has earned her numerous accolades that speak to her matchless business savvy, tenacious work ethic, and the meaningful relationships she builds with every person she meets. Becca credits her professional experience with having taught her the finer points of providing value to customers, a personal mission that can be summed up as service, service, service!Becca’s enthusiasm and dedication to the wants and needs of her clients gives them the confidence to call her again and again, even if it’s many years down the road. They know exactly who to call when they have a need.Becca lives in south Overland Park, Kan., with her husband John, her two sons Paxton and Briggs, and dog Tito.  Contact Becca here:

Mandy Doull:

Real estate is in Mandy Doull’s genes. Raised in the Kansas City area by parents who both work in the industry, Mandy was exposed to the complexity of the real estate world from a young age. She can proudly say real estate isn’t solely her job—it’s her calling.“I love my hometown and truly want my clients to feel the same way when they find a home in a community that is perfect for them,” Mandy says. “My goal is not to just sell you a house. It’s to find you the right house that I know I can sell for you again.”Mandy lives in Stilwell, KS, with her husband and four children.  Contact Mandy:

Missy Hutton:

The consummate entrepreneur with a brilliant eye for both style and substance, Missy brings something special to the Cami Jones Collaborative team. Whether it’s working behind the scenes of a staging, managing a marketing campaign or assisting a family with the final details of their closing, Missy does it all and she does it with flair.“Throughout the years, my commitment to providing exemplary service and focus on building long-lasting relationships have been the keys to my success,” Missy says. “My focus will always be listening to my client’s desires to help them achieve the happiness that comes with finally finding their perfect home in this great city.”Missy lives in Overland Park, Kan., with her family. When she’s not working with you on your transaction, you can find her on the sidelines cheering on Kansas City’s sports teams, singing along at concerts or jetting off to her next travel destination.  Contact Missy:

Stacy Vollmar:

A self-proclaimed detail-oriented person, Stacy’s expertise also lies in providing you with the education you need to make the best decision possible for your life and family. Her attention to detail does not end after the papers are signed. It’s her job to not just to get you to the finish line—it’s to help you find your happily ever. And help you find it she will.With an extensive background in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship, as well as over 15 years of experience in real estate, Stacy’s philosophy revolves around passion, new beginnings, and opportunities.Stacy lives in Overland Park, KS. When she’s not stopping by for one of her famous “pop-by’s”, you can usually find her hopping a plane to her next big travel destination, sipping on a latte in one of her favorite coffee shops, and generally enjoying everything the thriving Kansas City scene has to offer.  Contact Stacy here:

Christine Carlson:

Christine Carlson is the unfailing backbone of Cami Jones Collaborative.As your official transaction coordinator, Christine is responsible for making sure that every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed, ensuring that, when it comes to your home, every detail of your transaction is carried out impeccably.“My goal is to be the person with the answers,” she explains. “And if there aren’t any, I’ll be the one to find them.”Christine lives in Olathe with her husband and two daughters.  Contact Christine:

Overland Park tops metro when it comes to real estate markets

According to an article in yesterday’s Kansas City Business Journal, WalletHub’s “Best Real Estate Market” report puts Overland Park, KS head-and-shoulders above other communities in the metro.  Overland Park, with its population of 188,966, ranked No. 18 in the new study.  The study included 300 U.S. cities.So what was measured?  KCBJ’s Andrew Vaupel points out that two overall dimensions were examined, “real estate market” and “affordability and economic environment,” and specific metrics in each dimension included the following.

Real estate market

  • home value forecast
  • percentage of homes underwater
  • average number of days until a house is sold
  • percentage of homes selling for a gain
  • median home-price appreciation
  • home sales turnover rate
  • rent-to-sale price ratio
  • foreclosure rate
  • mortgage delinquency rate
  • number of bank-held homes
  • vacancy rate
  • the point at which buying a home becomes less expensive than renting the same home
  • percent of homes built between 2010 and 2015
  • building-permit activity

Affordability and economic environment

  • housing affordability
  • maintenance affordability
  • population growth rate
  • job growth rate
  • unemployment rate
  • underemployment rate
  • median credit score

This comes as no surprise to us; we have moved thousands of clients to Overland Park over the years.  It is coveted for its affordability, proximity to jobs, terrific schools (Overland Park residents attend Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, Olathe and Spring Hill public schools), quality of life and more.  Contemplating a move?  Get in touch with us today!  Call us at 913-402-2550, or if email’s your thing…message us here!  Thanks from everyone at Cami Jones Collaborative.