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Susan Fate
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Awards and Accolades

  • More than $85 million in sales
  • Chairman's Award 2001-2008
  • Newcomer of the Year 2001
  • #4 Individual in Sales Reece & Nichols 2008
  • #4 Individual in Sales Reece & Nichols 2007
  • #8 Individual in Sales Reece & Nichols 2006
  • #2 Individual in Sales Reece & Nichols 2005
  • Top 12 All Individual Reece & Nichols Agents 2003
  • Mission Hills City Council
  • Board of Zoning Liaison
  • Kansas & Missouri Board of REALTORS®
  • Member, Natl. Association of REALTORS®
  • Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) Designation
  • Senior Sales Executive
  • Architectural Review Board liaison
  • Board Member of Johnson County Library Foundation
  • Past Member of Boards of Shawnee Mission Educational Foundation and JCCC Foundation

  • real estate executive susan fate10 Things to Take the Trauma Out of Homebuying, from Real Estate Executive magazine

    1. Find a real estate agent that’s simpatico. Homebuying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It’s critical that the agent you chose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality.

    2. Remember, there’s no “right” time to buy, any more than there’s a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don’t usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.

    3. Don’t ask for too many opinions. It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas will make it much harder to make a decision.

    4. Accept that no house is ever perfect. Focus in on the things that are most important to you and let the minor ones go.

    5. Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process, but trying to “win” by getting an extra-low price may lose you the home you love.

    6. Remember your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself—room size, kitchen—that you forget such issues as amenities, noise level, etc., that have a big impact on what it’s like to live in your new home.

    7. Don’t wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate insurance availability, and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved issues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.

    8. Factor in maintenance and repair costs in your post-home buying budget. Even if you buy a new home, there will be some costs. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home deteriorate.

    9. Accept that a little buyer’s remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home, especially for the first time, is a big commitment, but it also yields big benefits.

    10. Choose a home first because you love it; then think about appreciation. While U.S. homes have appreciated an average of 5.4 percent annually over from 1998 to 2002, a home’s most important role is as a comfortable, safe place to live.

Susan Fate

7455 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS
Direct: 913.261.4638
Office: 913.262.7755
Fax: 913.945.3117
Cellular: 913.226.6554