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7 Surefire Tips to Help You Take Better Photos

It’s no secret that homebuyers are doing more of their initial home search online. According to the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent go online for at least part of their search. That means it’s more important than ever for a listing to present a manicured and welcoming feel, especially through photos. Images say a lot more about a home than words ever could, and buyers know it, so these need to be absolute perfection.

But you don’t have to hire a professional photographer to nail the listing photos. Here are some tips that will help you take high-quality real estate photos with the best of them. Read complete article

Source: Erin Vaughan, Real Trends, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to Find Your Niche Real Estate Market

Agents who specialize in a specific market often suffer less from slow seasons or economic downturns. By separating yourself from other agents, you’ll be in higher demand as there will be fewer agents in the supply. Developing a niche market may take years, but with these steps, we hope you can identify your target market sooner.

Follow these steps to find and grow your niche real estate market: Read complete article.

Source: Kristina Brunnler, Inman, Thursday, June 22, 2017

How Do You Relaunch a Listing that Hasn’t Sold with Other Agents?

Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates offers his top tips for relaunching listings that weren’t sold by other agents.

A large part of our business involves selling houses that other real estate agents haven’t been able to sell.

Sellers get fatigued, so the most important thing to remember is that we are here to be of service to them. If that means you need to stand your ground to get changes made in order to help the home sell, do it — that’s your duty to the sellers. Read complete article.

Source: Peter Lorimer, Inman, Thursday, June 22, 2017

Veteran Agent Joins PV/SL Office

Diana Resnick
PV/SL Office

We are pleased to welcome Diana to BHGRE Kansas City Homes. She has been in real estate for more than 27 years and joins us from ReeceNichols. Before switching to real estate, Diana was a school teacher. She is Kansas City area native and attended both Washington University in St. Louis and UMKC.

Diana has two grown children and a brand new grandson. Please make her feel welcome as the newest member of our real estate family!

3rd Quarter Real Estate Review Now Live

The summer issue of Real Estate Review is now available to download and customize for your clients.

In this issue, there is an article making homes look lighter and cooler with pops of color in the living room, tips for how buyers can survive a seller's market, 10 ways to fight kitchen germs and of course, a Kansas City calendar of events.
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BHG Golf Tournament - POSTPONED

The BHG golf tournament which was scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a new date. Check back soon for updates.

Realty 101- Advice For The New Realtor

If you’re new to the realty business, then you’re probably a little nervous to pick up your first few clients and begin working. These nerves are normal and a healthy part of becoming a realtor. It’s important to take a deep breath and remember why you went into this career in the first place.

Being a realtor is a lifestyle choice. It’s for the fiercely independent and those with growth mindsets who want to live a certain lifestyle. You’re already on the right path by choosing this career, so here are a few tips on how you can make the most of it early on. Read complete article.

Source: Chris Porter, RealtyBiz News, Sunday, June 18, 2017

Share the Online Relo Book with Your Clients

Do you have clients that are thinking about relocating to the KC area? Give them a glimpse into the metro lifestyle by sending them the link to our online relocation book

The official link is now Copy and paste into any correspondence you have with potential buyers who might be moving to town. This guide to living in Kansas City will help them get to know the sights, services, academics, accommodations and more.

2017 CE Classes Now Available

The new 2017 schedulele of CE classes has been released. Take a moment to review the 2017 calendar so you can make plans to attend the ones you need for the coming year. Check back often as this list will evolve and be updated in the future. If you have any questions about the classes offered or how to register for them, please contact Erica Butler, Education Administrator, at 913-661-1486 or via email.

Want to keep track of all of your CE hours through KREC and MREC? Download instructions for how to look them up.

New Agent Joins Liberty Office

Krystle Espinoza
Liberty Office

Krystle comes to us by way of Texas where she earned her real estate license. After relocating to Liberty, MO she spent some time in the title industry. Liberty broker Joanna Williams is thrilled to have Krystle on board, saying, "We have been more than impressed with her skills and service, and couldn’t be more proud to welcome her as a REALTOR® into the BHGRE Kansas City Homes family.

Help Krystle feel welcome as she begins her KC real estate career with us.

Help Support Our 2017 Charity - Veteran's Community Project

BHGRE KCH is excited to be announcing our charity of choice for 2017 – Veteran’s Community Project.

The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Each home is used as transitional housing for homeless Veterans. In contrast to traditional homeless services, a tiny-home provides the Veteran with privacy, a sense of security, and the ability to reintegrate at a comfortable pace. Veteran services are facilitated through an onsite community center that provides the Veterans with mentoring, case management, counseling, and linkage to other programs and services.

Please help us raise $15,000 to build a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes Tiny House

Please make checks payable to Veteran’s Community Project. In the notes sections please write: BHGRE KCH. All checks can be sent to Valerie Rolfes through interoffice mail at the corporate office.

Order Your Chiefs Schedule Magnets Today

It's that time of year again . . . time for the football magnet schedules. You can choose from the Kansas City Chiefs, KU, K-State or MU schedules which you can customize with your photo and contact info.

Schedules cost $0.42 each, plus shipping, handling, and tax. Minimum order quantity is 100. Orders are in increments of 100 only. (e.g. You can order 300 magnets, but not 250.) All magnets are mailable in standard 10" envelopes.

If you order before July 1, you can get a discount of 15% off by using the special code: BFIELD17. To place your order, visit the Magnet Street site and select your team and schedule type to begin.

Talent Attraction

Talent Attraction is Back... Sign a new talent attraction candidate between Feb 1 - Jul 31, and join us at Stone Pillar Vineyard in Olathe on Sept. 14 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. If your referral is hired, you’ll receive 10 years of additional income! *Ask your broker for details.

Stone Pillar Vineyard has white and red wines, fruit wines, and single barrel and reserve wines. Their wines come from a variety of seven different red grapes, and nine different white grapes. If you want something a little different, they even have wine slushies! Check out more on their website.

Source: Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Why Your Clients Are Smart to Buy in Summer

Summertime in the housing market brings countless buying and selling opportunities. But with all the competition out there, would your clients be better off waiting a few months?

Real estate experts say no. They contend home prices peak from June to August and say there are advantages to buying during the market’s busiest season. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, June 16, 2017

Don't Get Targeted or Trapped by a Real Estate Cyber Scam

Phishing and fraud scams in real estate are on the rise and it's important that as a real estate agent you do all you can to make sure you don’t let yourself or you clients fall for phishing scams.

Here are a few things you can do to reduce your exposure to online fraud:

• Check your sent mail, junk mail, and email account settings regularly for anomalies.   Hackers often break into an email account and modify the “email forwarding” settings to   forward emails to their own account
• Regularly purge your email of unneeded or outdated information. Save any important emails securely
• Avoid email as a method for sending sensitive or confidential information. Instead, consider using a secure document   sharing or transaction management platform
• Use strong passwords that incorporate a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols
• Use two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication
• Avoid using unsecured or public Wi-Fi

Be sure to share these safeguards with your clients, as well as this KC Star article about the rise of real estate cyber scams.

2nd Quarter real Estate Review Now Available

The second Real Estate Review of 2017 is now available to download and customize for your clients.

In this issue, there is an article about seller etiquette for open houses and showings, important purchases to make once you buy a home, 10 ways to add curb appeal and of course, a Kansas City calendar of events.

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