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Weekly KC Metro Market Update

Platte County homes listed and homes sold fell slightly this past week, likely linked to mortgage interest rates that floated slightly higher and a general lack of consumer confidence.

Buyers, price reductions exceeded the number of new listings brought to market. Pending sales are exceeded by homes sold, delivering the message loud and clear that a slowing market is the place for buyers to play! Fewer mutliple offers for homes listed under $400,000 offers buyers greater opportunity!

Sellers time to take advantage of the low inventory, let’s take your home to market!

After the (Platte County) court had been meeting in homes and rental property, Platte County paid $100 for a double log structure to use as a courthouse in February 1840. The court used this building for nearly two years until the first permanent courthouse was completed. Construction for the permanent courthouse had been ordered in May 1840. W. M. Paxton, in Annals of Platte County, claims that Demetrius A. Sutton (1795-1848), an experienced architect, drew the plans and prepared the specifications for the 50-foot-square brick courthouse. For this service the court paid him $10. He also served on the courthouse building committee.

Sutton, a native of Fayette County, Kentucky, gained the respect of his Platte County associates, who considered him intelligent, well read, agreeable and talented. In addition to providing the plan and design of the courthouse, he may have been responsible for the drawing found in the clerk’s office

The two-story building, completed by the November 1841 court term, faced south. On the first floor, a center hall led to the courtroom on the north. Two 18-foot-square offices on either side of the hall faced south. The second story repeated the arrangement.

 The building faces south and features a triple-arched entry in the center pavilion. The black and white square flagstones on the foyer floor have been a particular source of pride. Several additions have been made through the years to this building that continues to serve as Platte County’s courthouse.

After many years of discussion concerning the fate of the courthouse, preservation of the building now seems assured. It is a fine and rare example of Missouri architecture from the 1860s and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Platte County was fortunate in having two unusually talented men contribute to its 19th century architectural heritage. (

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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