Vacation Home Sales Surges During Pandemic

Vacation home sales have been surging during the pandemic, according to NAR’s recently released 2021 Vacation Home Counties Report. In 2020, vacation home sales rose by 16.4%, outpacing the 5.6% growth in total existing-home sales. Vacation home sales have continued to pick up during January-April 2021, rising by 57.2% year-over-year, more than twice the 20% growth in total existing-home sales during the same period. The share of vacation home sales to total existing-home sales has increased to 6.7% in the first four months of 2021, up from a 5% share in 2019.

The surge in the demand for vacation homes has occurred during the pandemic when people are able to work from home, students are schooled virtually, people are taking safety precautions and staying away from crowded areas, and with urban-based recreation limited by social distancing regulations.

Vacation Home Counties Outperform Non-vacation Home Counties

Vacation home counties are outperforming non-vacation home counties in terms of sales pace, price appreciation, and how much faster the homes are selling on the market, according to NAR’s analysis of 145 vacation home counties and 1,060 non-vacation home counties.1

Existing-home sales typically rose by 24.2% on average in vacation home counties, more than double the 11.2% annual pace in non-vacation home counties.2

Home prices rose at a stronger pace in vacation home counties. The median existing-home sales price typically rose by 14.2% in vacation home counties, compared to 10.1% in non-vacation home counties.

Properties typically stayed longer on the market in vacation home counties at 59 days, compared to 30 days in non-vacation home counties, in 2020. However, the time to sell a home in vacation home counties has sped up more than in non-vacation home counties. In 2020, properties in vacation home counties typically sold more quickly by 13 days compared to eight days in non-vacation home counties.

Want to learn Marathi in Kansas City area?

Marathi Shala Kansas City is starting new batch for kids of ages 4 years and up from Sunday August 15th, 2021. This is beginner’s level class and good to start at the beginning if interested.

Marathi Shala Kansas City has been running since  last 7 years in Overland Park, KS and solely operated by dedicated volunteers. Anyone willing to learn Marathi can join it. We follow Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal Shala’s (BMM) curriculum and kids can appear for exams conducted by Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal/Bharati Veedyapeeth,Pune. Exam is optional.

We have organized get together for Marathi Shala kids on July 31st at 6pm at Heritage Park, Shelter #3 . Parents of prospective students, please feel free to stop by to meet teachers and other parents.

For more information and to enroll kids, please send an email to:
Or reach out to any volunteer teachers: Vaishali Patil, Ameya Ubale, Sushama Mahure, Ashwini Prabhakar, Mrunal Joshi, Abha Pathak .

Mask Up Blue Valley – A Petition

We are the Blue Valley School District Community.

We are the parents of current and former students, we are BVSD graduates ourselves, we are current and former BVSD teachers and staff, and we are people who care about all the people in our community.

We demand that our state and county governments and our school board protect our youngest members – those under the age of 12 who are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine – and mandate masks in all grades where students cannot be vaccinated.  This is in line with guidance from the CDC, the American Association of Pediatrics, the Johnson County Health Department, and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

We know that government officials, school board members, and school district administration have had extremely trying years and have been bullied and threatened as a result.  We thank you for your service to our community and cannot begin to imagine what your work has been like since March 2020.

We support safe in-person learning for all students.  We ask you to please put the health and safety of our youngest community members first and mandate masks for their grades until their vaccinations are approved.

Click on the link below and have your voice heard!

Gurukul Academy Enrollment Open

Gurukul Academy is accepting enrollments for kids aged 6-10 for Kuchipudi Dance Classes. New Session will begin after August 15. Please contact Samarpita Bajpai @ 913-954-7244 or email at

Gurukul Dance Company is a versatile performing company that specializes in the classical dance styles of India, with the primary focus being on Kuchipudi, a style from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Artistic Director Samarpita Bajpai is an accomplished Bharatnatyam/Kuchipudi dancer, who has also had intensive training in many other classical styles. The company has worked on projects that have reflected some of these other styles too. Gurukul is also perhaps the only USA based professional company that strives to popularize Indian folk dances among the audience here, believing, that one does not comprehend what India is all about unless they have experienced the folk culture too.


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Sandy Herrick – Local Market Update for June 2021

Believe you’ll find that perfect home? Let’s make it happen and see how we can get you there.

Closed Sales – 1,263
Average Sales Price – $435,116
Median Sales Price – $370,000
Days on Market Until Sale – 16
Percentage of Original List Price Received – 105.0%
Pending Sales – 1,150
Inventory – 847
Supply – 0.8

Sandy Herrick
8001 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210


Richa is asking – Please Vote For Me

Hi there KCDesis!

I recently submitted a song for the 3iii music competition and would love if you could support me.

My name is Richa Vallurupalli, and I am 17 years old.

I hope you listen to this piece and consider voting for my humble attempt at it! You do not have to enter any personal info to vote and it is one simple click on the below page:

Please click the link and click on the ‘Vote’ button. THANK YOU.

I’ve been learning Carnatic music and Kuchipudi since I was four and love both art forms. I performed my Kuchipudi Rangrapravesam in 2018, and I plan to do my Carnatic debut in 2022. Born and brought up in the United States, Indian movies, music, and dance have been a way for me to connect with my roots and culture. Singing is something I do in my free time as a stressbuster. I look forward to sharing this passion through the 3iii competition along with all other participants.


Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar Enrollment 2021-22

Chinmaya Mission Kansas City

Bala Vihar Enrollment 2021-22

2021-22 Registration is in progress..

Online Enrollment:

First day of Bala Vihar is August 22nd! So hurry and enroll your Kid(s) as soon as possible!

Click on the Title for more details about the enrollment!

Age Requirements:
Bala Vihar: Children between 4 and 18 years can enroll in Balavihar. Children should be minimum 4 years of age as of August 31, 2021.
Shishu Vihar: For children between 3 and 4 years

Bala Vihar Location: Harmony Middle School, 143rd and Switzer

Opening day: August 22, 2021

Bala Vihar Weekly Schedule:

  • 9:15 am to 10 am – Slokathon Classes
  • 10:00 am to 10:30 am – Assembly for all (Parents and Children sit together)
  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am – Balavihar Classes for children; study groups for adults
  • 11:30 am to 12:15 pm – Language classes (for children in 1st grade and above)


June 2021 Market Update

June 2021 Market Update

Below you will find a link to the June 2021 Local Market Report from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® and Heartland Multiple Listing Service. Highlights from the June data include:

  • June 2021 average sales price for new and existing homes combined ($316,449) is 15.1% higher than June 2020.
  • There were 4,600 home sales (new and existing combined) for June 2021, which is 5.5% higher than last June (4,361).
  • Home inventory (new and existing combined) for June 2021 (3,499) is 41.7% lower compared to June 2020 (5,998).
  • The supply of new and existing homes for June 2021 is currently 0.9 months.

KCRAR’s Local Market Updates provide a closer look at the current market conditions within specific counties in the region. Click the link below for access to all the reports in the region, including individual one-page county reports.

House Cleaning – Ask about our July special!!

Home Cleaning: Maid-n-Heaven cleaning Service offers an array of options for our customers. You might rent, be selling your home, buying your home, have rental properties, need regular cleaning maintenance or Commercial property needs. Reasonable and dependable. We will give you a bid right over the phone and can be there the next day.

Call Sandy at ( 913)205-4333 to setup your clean sweep today.

The New Normal of Selling a Home Today!!

The New Normal of Selling a Home Today, Explained!!

If you’re selling your home right now—or thinking about doing it soon—you should know that today’s housing market is unlike anything we’ve seen or experienced lately, maybe ever.
In the past, home sellers might have waited weeks or months to get an offer that might not be as high as they’d hoped. Buyers may have lowballed, or driven a hard bargain asking sellers to make certain repairs or other concessions before closing the deal.

Today, however, many of these realities are no more: In many areas of the country, homes are getting snapped up fast, sometimes within days of going on the market. Buyers mired in bidding wars are pushing their offers over asking price, and often waiving inspections and other demands to sweeten their offer.

In general, this is all good news for sellers—but it also means that it’s more important than ever to understand the market and play your cards carefully to fetch the best offer and terms for you. Here’s what sellers need to know about the real estate landscape today.


SKY Breath and Meditation Workshop

Link for information on SKY:

In this workshop we teach breath based tools to quickly settle the mind and handle negative emotions. If you are looking for an effective easy tool with immediate results to improve health, lung capacity and overall well being do join us.

Please watch my talk on the Power of Breath for Mental Health:

Link to sign up for SKY Workshop:

Fee: $245 (regular)

$125 Student (please request code)

Contact: 913-636-0886

Governor Kelly Signs Kansas First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts Bill into Law

Governor Kelly Signs Kansas First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts Bill into Law

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Kansas House Bill 2187 into law this week, making homeownership more attainable for first-time home buyers. The legislation will create a first-time home buyer savings account program that would allow tax-free contributions up to $3,000 for individuals and $6,000 for joint tax filers. This has been a priority of both KCRAR and the Kansas Association of REALTORS®, with REALTOR® volunteers lobbying legislators throughout the region and state.

This bill, which was overwhelmingly supported by Kansas City region legislators, would not only help first-time buyers, but also could positively affect the Kansas economy and REALTORS®, said Jeff Carson, KCRAR Director of Kansas Advocacy and Kansas City area REALTOR®.


NABC Global Bengali Conference – Sign Up Today to Attend Virtually

2021 NABC Global for Bengal

Together We Can Make a Difference

Second wave of COVID-19 in India including Bengal and other states made us think how fragile our lives are. Many of us lost near and dear ones to this killer virus. North American Bengali Conference (NABC) is standing beside Bengal and its people by proceeding with the Banga Sammelan in July. 

NABC has partnered with two non-profit organizations in Kolkata – Mukti and Rotary Club – during this most trying time. Already $15,000 has been sent to them to cover the cost of critical needs. 

The organizing committee has consciously decided to hold the Banga Sammelan as a global virtual reality event from July 2nd to July 4th 2021. There will be art, culture, business, shopping and more in the packed three-day event, but for a greater cause which is to care for Bengal. 

All excess money from this event will be donated to help Bengal’s COVID-19 relief. Similar to last year’s Hope 2020 to address Amphan and 1st wave of COVID-19, NABC is committed to take every effort to raise relief funds. Artists and production staff are able to earn some money through this event.


Here is a glimpse of some of the happening programs. After all, this global network is anticipated to create a much bigger impact on Bengali art and culture as well as on people in Bengal during pandemic. Essentially, you will be helping Bengal through your generous donation while enjoying the programs from home at your comfort.

Here are the glimpses from the prime time shows that are confimed so far. 

Nostalgic Kishore – by his son and renowned singer Amit Kumar from the nostalgic “Gauri Kunj” in Mumbai (Kishore Kumar’s house). Memoirs and songs will fill the hour. 

Sahajiya Rabi – Based on Kabiguru Rabindranath – shot in Shantiniketan, performances by Parvathy Baul, Kartick Das Baul, Manoj Murali, and Aditi Gupta.  

Kinnari Gatha – a unique production with some real life stories – Riddhi Bandyopadhyay,  and others.    

Cactus – the famous Bangla Band – present by Sidhu, Pota, and others. 

Anwesha Dutta Gupta, Durnibar and Pranjal will be delivering a creative mix of Bengali modern songs produced by music directors like Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, Salil Chowdhury, SD Burman, RD Burman.

Mesmerizing songs by Raghab Chatterjee, Ujjaini Mukherjee, and Arnab Basu.

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa singing stars will present a variety of songs. 

There will be two dramas presented by Parthapratim Deb, Rupa Deb, Debshankar Halder, Biswajit Chakraborty, and Sukriti Lahori. 

Swapnil and Mium will have a program from Bangladesh.

Registration for all categories of participation (regular attendees, sponsors, donors, exhibitors, partner organizations) is open through NABC’s official website ( Payments can be made using a few different methods. COVID CARE Donation can be made through the online registration page. 

Detailed instructions on how to watch and navigate the whole event will be provided to all registered participants. NABC will also provide guidance and support if there is any problem in accessing or navigating the programs. 

As a general attendee, the registration fee is only US $25 per family per IP address. NABC is requesting you to donate as much as possible in addition to registration fees.

Please register and donate to make this initiative successful. With worldwide support and participation by you, we can stand beside Bengal.    

Disclaimer:  Information and statements shared in this report solely represent the policies, guidelines and views of North American Bengali Conference. Please visit for details, follow on IG #nabcglobal or contact if you have any questions.

NATS Vocal Homage to SPB

On the 1st Anniversary of SPB’s passing,

NATS Kansas City Chapter presents a free online event
“The Man, The Music, The Legend, The One and Only, THE SPB”

A Vocal Homage by Sri Krishna and KC’s own Ammula Viswa Mohan accompanied a variety of vocal talent.

When: June 5th, 2021 7PM CST

ALL PROCEEDS APTLY GO TO INDIA COVID-19 RELIEF FOR OLD AGE HOMES. ( choose cause covid-help-elderly )

For more information contact:

  • Venkat Mantri – Coordinator
  • Giri Chunduru – Joint-Coordinator
  • Ravi Gummadipudi – National Coordinator ( Marketing )


Owning a home is a keystone of wealth…both financial affluence and emotional security.”

Owning a home is a keystone of wealth…both financial affluence and emotional security.” – Suze Orman
Having a home of one’s own is a dream everyone should be able to realize. If you maybe thinking, “Is it a good time to buy a home”, let me help you make that decision. Rent is going up each year and interest rates are at all time low.
Call or email anytime for a quick, no obligation assessment of where you are, and where you want to go.
Sandy Herrick – ReeceNichols – 913-205-4333 or email me at