It is interesting to hear local Realtors predict which neighborhoods will appreciate...I learn something every time. :) However, a Realtor can never make a promise that your home will increase in value. Of course you have your established suburbs like Leawood, Overland Park, etc. But, statistics show some incredible increases in home values in downtown & midtown KCMO neighborhoods such as West Side, Columbus Park, Pendleton Heights, Union Hill, Hyde Park, The Plaza, Brookside and others. Furthermore, your choice of location should depend on the style of home you prefer, convenience/quality of living, urban v. suburban, etc. I encourage everyone to explore urban KC as it is following the pattern of growth established by other moderate sized cities upon their urban revivals. As far as prices in and around the downtown core...you can spend anywhere from 100k to one million depending on size, location and finish desired. Remember, many will tell you that they know the perfect neighborhood for you, but I encourage you to decide for yourself. KC offers a variety of great neighborhoods....and a variety of great homes.