Kirk & Cobb is proud to help support the Topeka Rescue Mission offer gifts for its guests again this Christmas. Associates and staff at Kirk & Cobb have selected wish list ideas from the âGiving Treeâ in our office and we will hand-deliver those donations to the Rescue Mission for distribution. If you would like to join in the effort, please bring your item(s) to Kirk & Cobb by Noon on Friday, December 14. We will gladly deliver them on your behalf. Thank you to all who have already generously contributed this year and in years past.
Kirk & Cobb is currently participating in two separate community projects. You are invited to help us!
1. We will collect canned goods and non-perishable food items through October 31. The items will ultimately be delivered to the Topeka Rescue Mission. The food drive is an annual contest between Washburn University and Emporia State University. Each school is competing to collect the most food for their cities’ food pantries. Kirk & Cobb and the Topeka Area Association of REALTORSÂŽ are proud to help Washburn “can Emporia” each year. Will you help us? Please consider dropping off a can or two or ten at our office at 2810 SW Gage.
2. Kirk & Cobb is a drop-off location for the Junior League of Topeka’s Diaper DepotÂ project. New and opened packages of diapers of any size can be dropped off at our office.Â Diapers will be used by babies in Shawnee County. Sizes 3 and 4 are of the greatest need. http://www.jltopeka.org/community-impact/diaper-depot
On behalf of Washburn University, the Topeka Rescue Mission, and the Junior League of Topeka, thanks in advance for your support!
Liesel Kirk-Fink will be inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 5, 2012. Liesel, â02, was a three-time All-American in track and field and cross country. Liesel is perhaps the most decorated runner in Baker Universityâs history. During her senior season, she placed fourth at the NAIA outdoor nationals in the 5,000-meter run, the culmination of a career that includes 11 school records. She was recognized as Bakerâs female athlete of the year her senior year. On campus, she was a member of theÂ Alpha Chi Omega sorority and the parMentors. Currently, Liesel is active in her childrenâs school activities and community projects, serving on the board leadership training team for the Volunteer Center of Topeka and on the board of directors of the Friends of the Topeka Zoo. She is also president elect for the Topeka Area Association of Realtors.
Kirk & Cobb is proud to congratulate Leah Gabler-Marshall on being the Junior League of Topekaâs 2012 Gold Rose Award recipient. The Gold Rose Award is the highest honor given to Junior League sustainers in recognition of their generous levels of community involvement and charitable support.
Leah is the second Kirk & Cobb associate to receive the Gold Rose Award in recent years. Helen Crow was awarded the Gold Rose in 2009.
Interest rates are at record lows. If you have been thinking about upgrading or moving for any reason, weâre here to help you know what your fair market value is as well as determine which improvements and repairs might be worth investing in to help sell your home.
Donât worry if youâre not sure youâre going to sell. Our job is to help you know if it’s possible. Weâcan provide information to you regarding the possible sale of your home, connect you with a lender to discuss the possibilities of refinancing versus qualifying for a new mortgage, and then let you decide whether youâre ready.
A piece of advice: Historically, our market has seen a second peak in sales during late summer to early fall. If youâve been considering making the move, now is the time to start the process so youâre ready for the second rush of buyers in September.
Perhaps you have no intentions of moving. If you intend to stay in your home for several years and the interest on your mortgage is higher than current rates, refinancing may make sense for you. Every situation is different. We would be happy to recommend a local trusted lender if you would like to see if refinancing is a good idea for you. Just call us.
Weâre movinâ it, Topeka! While much of the Midwest has been frozen in fear or taking a âwatch and seeâ attitude with the economy and the housing market, Kirk & Cobb has been selling houses and growing as a company. We have introduced five new associates since November: Amy White, Ashley Clark, Linda Farrar-Bierley, Melissa Herdman, and Kyle Schmidtlein. This is a 31% increase in full-time REALTORSÂŽ licensed with Kirk & Cobb in less than seven months.
These five individuals all worked diligently to obtain their licenses and attended almost 60 hours of training provided and arranged by Kirk & Cobb. Their âMove Itâ attitude has yielded multiple sales for some of them.
We at Kirk & Cobb pride ourselves on providing exceptional service while maintaining the highest professional standards in ethics and practice. These five new associates share the same philosophy and are excited to put their skills to work for you. With home sales picking up all across the country, itâs time for us to get off the fence, Topeka. Letâs Move It.
Our own Liesel Kirk-Fink went on the air on April 25th with Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley to discuss the new Penguin Plunge exhibit and the upcoming Ties & Tails Ball. Listen! (Music plays for a several seconds before the interview starts.)
Be one of the first to see The Penguin Plunge Exhibit at The Ties & Tails Ball on Saturday, May 5th, 2012, from 6-10 pm. (Adults only- 21 and older, please.)Â Tickets can be purchased through www.topekazoo.org, at the Leopard Spot Gift Shop or by calling (785) 272-7595. Tickets are $50 each. Enjoy live entertainment by percussionist Norma Riley and Kansas City-based band âSouled Out.â There will also be a silent auction and guided tours of the new Penguin Plunge Exhibit. South African cuisine and fine beverages (beer & wine) will be served. To assure everyone benefits from the full experience, the event dress code is Wild Glamour/Fun Formal.
There will be a FOTZ Member PreviewÂ May 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm; however, the grand opening of the exhibit will take place May 10th with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 am. Winners from Pennies for Penguins School Fundraiser will be participating in the ceremony. The zoo will remain open that day until 8:00 pm.
Starting May 10th will be the Penguin Program every day at 11:30 am to learn more about these fine animal friends!Â After the exhibit opens the penguins can be viewed online via webcam at: http://www.penguin-plunge.com.Â The penguins will be here for four months, meaning the exhibit will close in September 2012.
Liesel was recruited to the board this year by some of the current board members and has thoroughly enjoyed such a fantastic group of passionate volunteers!
If you are interested in becoming an FOTZ member you can order online at www.topekazoo.com or stop by the Leopard Spot Gift Shop at YOUR Topeka Zoo! Individual memberships are $30, Family Membership is $50. Other levels including senior rates are available as well. You also can call 785-272-7595 for more information.
Congratulations to Leah Gabler-Marshall as she celebrates her 30th anniversary in real estate.
Born and raised in Topeka, Leah graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn University. A little more than 30 years ago, Leah found herself searching for a new career. Her friend Terry Cobb said to her, âYou ought to sell real estate. Youâd be good at it!â So in 1982 she took Terryâs advice and left her teaching career, which she greatly enjoyed, to obtain her real estate license. Since then Leah has become one of the most highly respected and trusted REALTORSÂŽ in the Topeka area. A lengthy list of awards and honors supports this.
Leahâs passion for both her career and her beloved hometown of Topeka are exemplified by the array of activities she participates in and organizations she has belonged to over the years. âI enjoy meeting new people, reacquainting myself with previous customers, and helping my friends find different homes,â Leah said. âShowing homes and selling my listings is the fun part!â
âI think Topeka is a great small city! We have everything here and moreâŚ a wonderful place to live and raise a family,â Leah said. âOne of the very best things about Topeka is the homes that are available. Weâve always had a fantastic range of homes at very reasonable prices.â She went on to say, âTrees, a super arts community, the state capitol, great schools, more activities for kids than you could ever take advantage of, superb location because of interstate access, AND the most fabulous people you could ever meet!â
Leah has spent the majority of her career with Kirk & Cobb. In that time, she has had the opportunity to work with many of the areaâs finest professionals, including Kirk & Cobbâs beloved founder Bob Kirk. It is with great excitement that we look to the future and continue to support Leah in her career. âIâve been blessed in my life to have had two full-time careers, both of which Iâve loved,â Leah said.
On a quiet street of luxury homes you have probably never seen, very near the Auburn Road I-70 exit, it's country living (2.5+acres) yet a quick trip in to urban everything. Built to be fabulous with sweeping stair, dramatic walls of windows, extravagant spaces throughout. Peaceful, pastoral views in every direction. Deck in evening shade. Granite counters are just one of many deluxe finish details. Full unfinished basement offers potential for an additional 2,000 square feet to finish. Thrilling.