Fields Of waving tall grass

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Fields Of waving tall grass

  1. 1. Fields of Waving Tall Grass Several years ago, I traveled with my boss to Overland Park, Kansas to provide staffing for a conference of state money officials. We landed in Kansas City, Missouri and had our map printed from Mapquest clutched in our hands to find our way to this prairie community. We hopped on a bypass from the airport which apparently goes right through some major conservation areas, including what I believe may have been about a hundred miles of the famous tall grass you find in this amazing prairie state. After about 10 minutes of driving through this natural area, my boss started yelling, “You got the wrong directions! We’ll never find our way out of here!” It was like a reverse Wizard of Oz moment when we wanted to find our way out of being lost in the Kansas prairie and back to where we knew there was bottled water and shopping malls. We finally emerged from the wilderness and drove right to our modern-day hotel, none the worse for the wear. What we learned is that Kansas really does have a slice of prairie life – just like you’d imagine from the movies and books. We also learned it is a hub for the arts, gaming, and entertainment communities – very family friendly, but also attractive to young professionals. Kansas Mortgage Rates - Compare mortgage rates for Kansas to stay on top of the average home value, market value changes, mortgage rates and more in Kansas at Banks.com. Housing is a little high in Overland Park, with prices averaging about $240,000. But at these prices, you’ll find real estate with a lot of square footage, plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms, and a fairly low foreclosure rate. In fact, there are only 33 foreclosures now listed on Zillow.com alongside the more than 1,500 homes currently available.
  2. 2. Having the foreclosure rate low helps real estate hold its value in the neighborhoods throughout the area. When foreclosure rates are high, all homes lose value as they are sold at lower prices, which in turn bring the prices of other homes down with them. In addition, the low foreclosure rate also keeps homes occupied – vacant homes attract vandalism as windows get broken, spray paint abounds, and grass grows tall. The irony is sweet that in Overland Park, Kansas and its famed Tall Grass prairie heritage, tall grass in single family residences is rare indeed.

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