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Buying a Home in Nixa Missouri? Don’t Get That Sinkhole Feeling!

Buying a home in Nixa Missouri? Don’t get that sinkhole feeling! Its been said that the ground beneath SW Missouri is like Swiss cheese. This is evidenced by the many caves, bluffs, and sinkholes in the area. If you own Marvel Cave or Fantastic Caverns, this is a good thing. However, if you have a sinkhole too close to your home, it’s a problem.

We all remember the sinkhole that swallowed a home in Nixa not that long ago. It appeared out of nowhere. It was “repaired” by filling it with tons of massive rock. It can be done, but it’s expensive.Sinkholes in Christian County

If you own a home too close to a sinkhole, it can diminish your property value and even pose a danger. REALTORS® who list a home have an obligation to disclose "any known defects that could adversely affect the value of that property". Your best bet is to be cautious about buying these properties to begin with. 

If you are buying a home in the area, check out the map below that shows known sinkholes.  Of course this won’t protect you from unknown sink areas but it will give you an idea of active areas. We can show you more specifically if one is near property you are interested in purchasing.

Christian County Sinkhole Map

Christian County Sink Holes Map

About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsBetty Knowles • January 17 2010 08:56PM


Wow - I had no idea that so many sink holes were in the area. I guess the best thing to do if you were buying a home in Springfield would be to call the best realtor in the area.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 10 years ago

the best thing to do would be not to move there in the first place!

Posted by common sense 3 months ago