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Weekly KC Metro Market Update

Pending sales continue to lag behind hoems sold; the trend of increasing inventories is leading to sales values dropping right here in Johnson County. Conversely, days on market stay strong at 22, averaging less than the 26 days on market for the metro at large.

Johnson County, Kansas Buyers you are rockin’ the house with fewer competitive offers to compete with, as well elbow room for negotiating.

Sellers your Johnson County homes are still selling more quickly than the balance of the metro, and you are still pulling strong equity on sale. Those Sellers worried about where to go when they sell their home are in a great position as slightly lower sales values deliver an advaNtage on purchase.


Johnson County, Kansas located in the northeast portion of the state, is the most populous county in Kansas. Largely suburban, the county contains a number of suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri, including Overland Park, the second-most populous city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Osage Indians by George Catlin.

Johnson County was once part of the large territory of the Osage Indians. After the Indian Removal Act of 1930, the United States government reserved much of the area for a reservation for the Shawnee Indians, who were relocated from east of the Mississippi River.

The first white hunter to come to Kansas is believed to have been Jacob Pursley, who in 1802 crossed the eastern part of Kansas making his way to New Mexico.

Other adventurous men followed and soon trade was established between Santa FeNew Mexico, and Booneville, Missouri, which was then the frontier town of the West. Over the years, Independence, Missouri secured the trade and became the starting point for westward-bound expeditions on the Santa Fe Trail. The trade grew to such an extent that in 1825 the Government employed Major George Sibley to establish a wagon road from the Missouri line to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This road ran through Johnson County from Little Santa Fe, Missouri to about four miles south of Olathe.

In 1829 Reverend Thomas Johnson, a Methodist Episcopal missionary, went to the Shawnee country, to establish an Indian mission and a school. The Shawnee Mission school was located about six miles west of Westport, Missouri, and about one mile from the Missouri line. Connected with the mission were a carpenter shop, blacksmith shop, shoemaker’s shop, a steam grist mill, and a sawmill.

The Shawnee Methodist Mission still stands in Fairway, Kansas by Kathy Alexander.

The founding of Shawnee Methodist Mission and the Indian Manual Labor School in 1839 was one of the most important events in early county history. The first church, other than the Mission, was established in Shawnee in 1840 and was known as the “Old Log Church.” The first county fair was held in the Edgerton/Gardner area, and the first school districts were formed at the same time.

The territory was opened to white settlement with the passing of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. At that time the area was crisscrossed by a number of major westward migration routes including the Fort Leavenworth Military Road, the Santa Fe Trail, and the OregonCalifornia Trail. (

If you’ve got questions regarding the impact of the shift on your search or the value of your home, we’ve got answers!

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