We can hardly believe it, but today marks ONE year since we moved our crew from Austin, TX to Kansas City, MO!

For those of you who don't know, Jake and I are both from Northwest Ohio and met in Columbus. His employer relocated us to Texas, and we love SO much of what Austin has to offer! However, after we had Hattie we knew it wasn't where we wanted to raise her, and I am very vocal about my disdain for the heat! Your girl loves having four seasons and GLADY welcomed our May snow in Kansas City!

To back track– we got serious about our move in February 2020 and planned a trip to start looking at houses at the end of May. As I'm sure you've already guessed, that trip was cancelled because of Covid. Through a very lucky Google search, I came across Carrie Beth Shouse, contacted her, and, really, the rest is history.

I'm a huge energy person, and from our very first exchange, I knew Carrie Beth was the right Realtor for us. You guys– I had NEVER even visited Kansas City! So, it was extremely important to me that we found someone who knew the area well, was a strong communicator and was willing to work with out-of-town buyers.

Because of Covid, Carrie Beth had to FaceTime us through all of the houses we looked at, and we were so thankful that she was straightforward with us. We knew she had our best interest at heart which made all of the difference as new parents one of whom was a first-time home buyer!

Carrie Beth is to thank for our house and my studio. Without Carrie Beth, there is no Meredith Maag Photography. She's been a pivotal part of my business in more ways than one which is why I wanted to feature her on this special day! She really is thee best of the best, and I say that as someone who has worked with three other Realtors.

I remember our house hitting the MLS late Thursday night, and I made it to the kitchen pictures before thinking, "Nope!" Luckily, Carrie Beth talked me into letting her go and look at it Friday morning, and we instantly fell in love.

Much to our surprise, we beat out six other offers (thanks again to Carrie Beth!), and we love our little Tudor in our charming neighborhood so unbelievably much!

Here's where the fun part comes in. There was a fire in the living room of our house two weeks before we were supposed to close. Imagine getting that news or being the one to deliver it!

There were thousands of dollars of remedies to be made, and, mind you, we were stuck in Austin! So, we couldn't be in Kansas City to manage the project– Carrie Beth had to. And, by "had to" I mean she didn't even hesitate to step up to the plate and help us which took an extreme burden off of our shoulders.

While it surely was a messy situation, we were so fortunate that the seller was kind and accommodating, and, again, that we had Carrie Beth. I don't think we would have made it through the fire restoration without her.

All of this to say, I think the most important thing you can do when beginning the home buying process is find a Realtor who is knowledgable, connected, and meshes with your personality.

When we bought last year, the market was crazy, but now it is unlike anything most Realtors have ever seen! Many of my clients have discussed with me their desire to buy a home, so Carrie Beth was so kind to send me some tips for winning a house in this crazy market! (Scroll down!)

I hope they help, and I would strongly encourage anyone who is looking to buy or sell to contact Carrie Beth. I have referred her to two of our friends, and everyone admires her kind, authentic demeanor, work ethic, and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done!

Thanks for welcoming us with open arms Kansas City! We love you and can't wait to see what year two holds!


PS- You can follow Carrie Beth on Instagram @kcrealtor.homehub! She's constantly providing lots of free tips and fun facts about the housing market!

Meredith Maag Photography specializes in luxury newborn, maternity, motherhood, family, and baby sessions in the Kansas City area, including Mission, Westwood, Brookside, Waldo, Country Club Plaza, Crossroads, Westport, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Prairie Village, Leawood, Independence, Lenexa, Olathe, and The Northland.

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