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KCMO Open House Puts Buyers In Good Frame Of Mind

Agents team up to sell $1.3 million house and high-end art

In real estate, it's all about location. When it comes to art, placement can be vital, too.

In this tough housing market, a Kansas City real estate agent is hoping some creativity will help sell a million-dollar house near Ward Parkway.

A line of people were waiting to check out the five-bedroom tudor home on 64th Terrace when the open house began. Some came to see what $1.3 million will get you. Others came to see what $15,000 or $900 buys you - depending on the painting.

Artist Dave McQuitty has 20 contemporary oil paintings displayed through the house, each looking for a home of their own.

"You're looking at a real estate market. You're looking at high-end houses that make perfect art galleries," Mark Valentine, McQuitty's agent, said.

And every real estate agent knows an empty home doesn't show as well.

"The owners moved to St. Louis and moved out their furniture, and it was just crying for art," Ann Hyge, real estate agent, said. "We're trying to find the right qualified buyer for this house, and I think someone who loves art, loves music would enjoy this house and enjoy entertaining. It's a great house for entertaining. We hope that person walks in the door."

So Hyge brought in McQuitty's paintings and a jazz guitarist to show off the pricey pad.

"It's a good cross promotion. I think art buyers like to look at houses and house buyers like to look at art," Valentine said.

CONTACT: Mark Valentine
Phone: (816) 520-8430
Email: info@DavidMarksGroup.com