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  • Lake Sailing,  Landscape Design & Build,  Real Estate

    Are you thinking of moving?

     

    Are you looking to Buy or Sell a home in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area ?     

    I’m a licensed Realtor in Kansas & Missouri with

     

                       

                                   Wingman Real Estate Associates

                                   KW Partners Inc

                                   6850 College Blvd

                                   Overland Park, KS

                                   Each office is Independently owned & Operated

    Hello, I’m Chris,

    A little about me,                                                                     

    I’ve always strived to be just a little different.

    Over the years this approach has enabled me to embrace a varied and really fulfilling work environment.

    Exploring many areas and seeing a huge variety of places. At the same time meeting many fascinating people from all walks of life. 

    I’ve enjoyed every moment, gaining much insight into the ways of clients and the world.

    Providing me with a huge amount of experience. Working with thousands of homeowners over almost 50 years.

    More Importantly, I’ve found that patience, attention to detail with regular contact helps the process of buying and selling homes.

    Please reach out call or text me at 816 813 0729 

    or just take a look at properties that are available now , visit  – My website

     

    My early days:

    On leaving school my first job was as a junior sales assistant to the assistant of the Commercial Partner in a large local Real Estate firm with five offices. In my then, home town of Reading, England.

    It was a busy fun place to work, with a great team of around 30 or so professionals specialising in Country Homes, Rural Estates, Shops & Offices, Rural Land and Antique sales.

    It didn’t take long to learn a huge amount, showing homes, offices, shops and industrial complexes – I recall spending a few days chain surveying a now extremely famous rock stars new estate.

    On another occasion we valued an entire aerodrome – now a large business park.

    The company used to manage estates for the rich and famous, one of my jobs was to keep the ‘Gun Book’ for Sir Charles Clores, Stype Estate. The pheasants were then sent on to Selfridges his London department store – It seemed earning how to write in Italics had its benefits!

    Amenity Horticulture

    After a year or so, I was introduced to the newly developing industry of Commercial Amenity Horticulture – a cross between Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management,  Surveying and Horticulture.

    I decided to spend the next four years learning more. It was a great decision at the time.

    Four years training for a degree. Then working for a large parks department in London. After a few years forming our own company in London.

    External Design & Build

    A cross between Landscape Architecture & Construction Management was just making an impact on cities it was an exciting time. My three partners and I soon discovered that our knowledge and training gave us a huge advantage over our competitors.

    We won many awards, as I recall around 18, were given fabulous projects to carry out, learned an incredible amount about design, engineering, construction and project management.

    Here are just a few examples of our work.

    The drive surface above is a combination of fiberglass mixed with dried p-shingle, the edging is a triple brick gulley

    A more traditional dry-lay brick drive.

    Working in London

    I trained and employed truly superb craftsmen. Designed and built both of these executive residences landscapes.

     

    These pictures show how the properties have matured after 25 years. 

    A natural brick & stone terrace

    Landscape features.

    We had fun designing and building features for each garden landscape.

    Here, a simple pergola.

    Here a Mediterranean dry landscape – no grass

     

    Here’s a small selection of projects over the years, with many thanks to all the wonderful staff that were part of the team that enabled us to carry out such lovely work for our clients.

    I’ve added some of my work and hobbies, to give a more fuller idea about me, such as writing children’s books, conducting Interviews around the world for our Growing Trends podcast.

    A whole host of landscape ideas ( some might be of interest to you) that we employed or invented for homes, roof gardens, children’s playgrounds, hospitals, parks and streets – collecting both awards and industrial patents along the way.

     

     Sailing. 

    My relaxing passion is sailing – that’s not me hanging over the rails, its the sailboat in front trying to keep us behind them in a race ! 

    I’ve been sailing since the age of 8. I learned on an English lake in a 10ft 6 inch Cadet like the one below. We actually made one in plywood as a woodworking project at school when I was 11.

    Cadet
    Example of Cadet sailing

    Today my wife Cindi and I have a Catalina Capri 25 and a Catalina 28

    Capri 25
    Stiletto our Racing Capri 25
    “Quinley” our relaxing Catalina 28
    Tuning the new sails
    Trying out the new sails

    Sailing is one of the most relaxing, thought provoking, physically exhausting and challenging pastimes one could have. It teaches you to focus 100% on the task at hand.

    Which conveniently leads me to how I approach Real Estate. 

     

    Hopefully you will allow me to help you discover your dream home or assist you selling a property, or just give you an idea or two.

    I would very much like to help you with your home sale or search for a new home.

     

    I’m here to help you. 

    If you are looking for a Real Estate Agent licensed in the Kansas City Metro and Surrounding Area and most importantly not already signed with another agent.

    Please consider contacting me. A simple text  to 816 813 0729 will get us started.

    Are you looking for someone that has the time to provide you with a professional service?

     

    I am someone who is willing to spend the time helping you sell your home or buying your next dream home?

     

    If you prefer to email : chrisdysoncoope@kw.com

    Let’s begin the journey to find your dream home or sell your property today!   

     

     

     

    Contents of the website.

    The additional sections within this website, of which there are many, include a series of fascinating interviews, from some very special experts across the world.

    I’m happy to answer any questions on any of the articles on landscaping, just drop me a line to get started. – chris@chriscoope.com

    Thank you for stopping by, 

    Chris.

    Realtor® with Wingman Real Estate Associates.  KW Partners Inc  –  Each office is Independently owned & Operated

    If you would like to sign up, I will periodically send you articles relating to homes.

                 

                                                                           

      © Chris Coope LLC.

       

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    • A new home
      Real Estate in Kansas,  Real Estate in Missouri

      The Steps to Buying a Home

      The Buying Process.

               

      • Start looking for a Home 

       Often this begins on line looking through sites like :

                                                  Trulia

                                                  Zillow

                                                  Realtor.com

       Or A local Real Estate company website like ours at :

       ( click on the red wording)  Wingman Real Estate Associates KW Partners Inc

       Shortly after you start this process your phone is likely to start ringing with offers from agents wanting to act for you.

      • It’s now time to Engage a Licensed Realtor to represent your interests.

       Currently it is a very wise decision to select your own licensed agent to represent you with your home purchase. 

       The Selected Agent will want to have a Signed Buyers Agency Agreement with you, this doesn’t usually involve you in any costs at this stage.

      • Establish financing method

       Your new agent will begin by discussing finances with you. They will help you understand the many and  varied options available to you.

        Then they will suggest you contact a mortgage specialist who will work with you to select the best option for you.

      • Selecting a Property

       Your agent will then start looking at the properties that interested you on the various web based sites – it is possible that some of these properties are no longer available.

       The agent through his MLS site will be able to check.

       They will also be able to complete a thorough search for properties that meet your criteria.

      • Visiting Properties

       Now comes the fun, visiting and comparing properties, some people know immediately what they are looking for.

       Others want to visit a number of properties and yet more have a hard time making up their minds.

       Keep looking until you find what you are really looking for.

       I’ve found a helpful aid is a check sheet for each property.

       I find having a sheet for each property we visit. It has a few items listed:

       

      • Style of Home
      • Location, area of city, school district etc
      • Aspect – often overlooked – is the home North/South/East/West facing..
      • Number of Bedrooms
      • Number of Living Rooms  
      • Condition of Surroundings is the property nicely landscaped
      • Bathrooms
      • Toilets
      • Basement is the basement dry and finished
      • Garages for how many cars
      • Off street parking

              Closeness to

      • Schools  
      • Shops
      • Airport
      • Transport         
      • Libraries
      • Hospitals    
      •    
      • An area to write notes on each room etc.,
      • Number of power outlets
      • Is painting required
      • Condition of floor or carpets
      • Window types and styles etc.,

      The idea is to enable you to remember what you saw and compare as you evaluate the most appropriate property for your needs.

      It helps with the pictures you may take with your phone.

      They will also help with your own gut feeling for value.

      The next part can become stressful.

          Making an Offer.

      This is where your agent really starts to become important. 

      Remember if you have signed an exclusive buyers agency agreement your agent has a fiduciary duty to represent you.

      The seller by virtue of having an agent listing his property has someone representing him.

      By now the number of forms has been steadily building.

      Once you make an offer you will see a regular deluge of paper – well perhaps not if you use ‘Dotloop’ to process your forms.

      It is important though to spend sometime reading each document.

      I will go over each in detail with you as well. -do  ask for clarification if you are not sure why you are being asked to sign something.

      • Accepting an Offer.

      • Once an offer has been accepted in writing ( often through dotloop or a similar electronic system) you will have set time limits on a number of important activities.
      • Inspections these are important activities to help protect you.
      • The first is a Property inspection often added is a Termite inspection
      • Next comes optional inspections or surveys for Radon, Septic if needed, Structural,
      • There is a strict time limit to completing these, reviewing them with your agent, then requesting repairs from the seller.
      • Earnest money deposit – usually required at the sellers title company within a few business days – I like to personally deliver the deposit to the sellers title company.
      •  

       

      The Selling Process 

      Styles of Homes

       

      Establish Property Value

      This is helped by looking at local recently sold, similar properties – Comps – which assist in deciding a listing figure to ask for.

      Decide on Selling Method

      Start Selling Property

      Usually there is a need to declutter a home, make a few minor repairs, tidy the garden. Then perform a deep clean of the whole house.

      Finding a Buyer

      Today finding a buyer is much easier, although recent interest rate changes have started to slow the process.

      List of things to do before you move.

      I have a moving list of to do’s that I share with my clients.

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      • A little light reading,  Real Estate

        Being a Real Estate Agent in Missouri & Kansas

        Real Estate 

        It took me around 6 months to pass the various real estate exams to become a real estate agent in Missouri and Kansas – a necessity as Kansas City is on the line between the two states.

        My first impression was – Wow this is different to what I remember back in England all those years ago.

        I started in Real Estate working life in 1971 with Messrs Nicholas a medium sized Land & Estate agents in Reading, with around five branches in the locale.

        The License

        This time I had been lucky to pass all the exams on the first attempt.

        A big thank you to Lynn at Real Estate Prep School in Gladstone.

        There is a definite benefit to sitting in a class of contemporaries who know the lingo and are brighter than you !

        Selecting a broker to work for was an interesting exercise in balancing, diving in with both feet or being just a number in a large brokerage with little one on one contact.

         

        Being somewhat of a social animal.

        I chose a small friendly broker, where I felt learning would be much easier and definitely one to one.

        After a couple of years it was time to move to a little larger brokerage.

         

        Having spent the best part of 45 years promoting my design and build business working with companies & homeowners in England & America it wasn’t difficult to talk to people.

        Having a ‘Boss’ is a little different!

        Initial real estate advice was you will need to call 50, 60, maybe 70 people a week to obtain clients.

        It’s probably true.

        Whilst I realize that indeed to move ahead it will be necessary to obtain leads and contact lots of people.

        I have also noticed that being stuck behind a phone is not the whole story.

        In fact, my first three clients came from just walking down a street and talking to people.

        it’s at this point I confess that my English accent has its benefits.

        Today, five years after obtaining my licenses.

        Completing many hours of continuing education, code of ethics, learning the multiple listing service, paying all manner of fees, being fingerprinted twice, having two FBI back ground checks and signing up for dotloop, css, forms are us, renting some lock boxes, a crm or two, attending some heavy-duty boot camps.

        It’s time to go sailing a little more.!   

        So I figured why not take the potential clients with me?

        Trying out the new sails

        No, no, I was just dreaming about the European way of working ! 

        Actually, I was serious and during the summer months please do come sailing its fun.

        My short-term goals are to list two homes a month and sell two homes a month, not necessarily the same ones.

         

        Between the buyer, seller, listing and selling agent, lender, broker, and title company.

        Many of the forms have time restraint penalties and completion penalties. – another word for fines!

        Having completed a reasonable number of sales and purchases.

        I am aware that being on the edge of old has some advantages in this business: –

        • Namely staying calm when all around you are losing their minds is a benefit.
        • Maintaining a sense of humor, while keeping focused on the goal.
        • Listening to the clients needs and wishes.
        • Being patient.
        • Being willing to go out of your way to smooth the process.
        • Keep to the plan – in this case the time program.
        • Remember who your customer is.
        • Most important have fun.
        • Make sure everyone has fun.
        • Just to repeat make it a fun time.

        There is without a doubt something magical about helping someone find their new  home.

        Providing a personal service to each client is very important to me !

        Call, Text or email me…

        Chris

        Email : Chris Dyson-Coope 

        Tel :      816 813 0729

         

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