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LAST WEEK: RSVP Today for the Year-End Event

This year's annual awards and recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 11 from 4:30-7pm at Indian Hills Country Club. Join us for drinks and hors d'ouervres as we toast all of the 2015 accomplishments. BHGRE CEO Sherry Chris will be joining us as a special guest.

RSVP by Friday, February 5 to let us know if you are able to make it. If you are using a public computer or webmail, email your RSVP to rsvp@kansascityhomes.com.

Be sure to join our event page on Facebook, so you can share pictures and comments live from the year end event. Use hashtag #BetterTogetherKC.
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Visit New Pages on KCH Agent

This past week, we added three new sections on KCH Agent. Take a look at these new resources:

• Branding Guidelines (under My Marketing tab) - Download logos, disclaimers, lifestyle photos sized for social media, homes photos for your office and more!

• Promotional Items (under My Marketing tab) - Purchase branded apparel, gifts, and other promotional items.

• Training Opportunities (under My Career tab) - Explore in-person and self-paced training opportunities from both our local company and our national company, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Learn more about the Digital Marketing Center, Print Marketing Center, Pinpoint Marketing and more!
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Unusual Homes Around the World

Enjoy this collection of images of interesting and unique houses from around the world, from cave dwellings and tree houses to soccer-ball-shaped shelters, toilet-shaped homes, and portable domiciles.

1. A house built on a rock on the river Drina is seen near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta. See all homes.

Source: Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, Tuesday, June 19, 2015
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New Agent Joins the Northland Office

We're pleased to announce a new member to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes family. Heather Luce has joined the Northland office.

Heather has spent her entire life in Kansas City. She is new to real estate and is joining the J & Company Real Estate Experts team. Prior to getting her real estate license, Heather worked at Trezo Mare in North Kansas City. Please help Heather feel welcome as she settles in.
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Kansas City Named a City Top 10 Techies Should Consider Moving to In 2016

If you're looking to move to a tech city. Here's some facts to guide your intuition.

7. Kansas City, MO
Kansas City is an emerging location for tech companies to plant their roots in. Incubators, Accelerators, and massive support from major corporations' are fostering this region to be a major player in the game. Kansas City is being seen on all major emerging tech city lists. Read complete article.

Source: Tom Ayling, The Huffington Post, Friday, January 22, 2016
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Share the Winter Issue of Distinctive Collection with Your Luxury Home Buyers

The Winter issue of Distinctive Collection e-magazine is now available. Flip through this digital magazine to see 30 of Kansas City's finest luxury homes priced from the $600Ks.

From Mission Hills to Parkville, you'll see stunning interior and exterior photos, as well as details about these exclusive homes for sale in Kansas City.

Share this e-magazine with your prospects and clients today who are searching for their next Kansas City luxury home.

The Distinctive Collection digital magazine is a quarterly publication. The next issue will be published April 1.
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Sign Up for 2016 CE Classes

Take a moment to
review the 2016 calendar of classes 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 Elaine Cavener, Education Director, 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.
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Get Your New Year Edition of Real Estate Review

The first issue of Real Estate Review for 2016 is ready to download, customize, print and send to your client base.

In this latest edition, the featured stories include how a how to make a home warm and welcoming in the winter, tips for buying a home in a seller's market, a Kansas City calendar of events and a some fun winter activities to try around Kansas City.

Download your copy of Real Estate Review here or visit the Newsletter page under the My Marketing tab.
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8 Headshot Tips for Real Estate Professionals

In a field where success is so closely tied to personal service and trust, your image is integral to your branding. The following tips can help you obtain a headshot that demonstrates both personality and professionalism.

Keep it Current: Was your last headshot taken before the turn of the century? If so, it's time for an update. Read complete article.

Source: Old Republic Home Protection, Wednesday, January 2016
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Order Royals Magnets from Magnet Street

Given the incredible success of our 2015 World Series Championship Kansas City Royals, several agents have expressed interest in ordering baseball schedules through Magnet Street. Interested agents can order from two designs:

Design 1 or Design 2.

Minimum order is 100 magnets. All BHGRE Kansas City Homes agents are eligible for special pricing of $0.30 per magnet plus shipping and any applicable taxes. To receive the special pricing, use promo code: RB16DN. This promotion is valid through 4/15/16 and cannot be combined with other promotions or used toward past orders. You can easily personalize your baseball schedules and submit your order.

Additional baseball accessories (e.g. door hanger bags, designed envelopes, return address labels & seals) can be found here. Any questions, contact Magnet Street at 1.800.788.8633 and a representatives will assist you.
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Why Being Generous Pays off: The Importance of Gift Giving in Real Estate

Successful real estate agents know the importance of gift giving better than almost anyone else. In the United States, the average house price is $188,900 and with so much money changing hands, it’s important to show respect and appreciation for your clients and colleagues. Gifts are the perfect way to do this.

Relationships in real estate count for a lot. There are approximately two million real estate agents registered in the USA, according to Realtor.org. Each one spends his or her days working under pressure to interview clients, visit properties, close deals, and smooth over difficult contractual processes — all so customers don’t have to worry. Gifts show thoughtfulness, motivate co-workers, and encourage trust and loyalty between agent and client. Read complete article.

Source: Sara Rodell, RISMedia, Monday, January 15, 2015
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Help Welcome New Agent to the Northland Office

We're pleased to announce a new member to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes family. Josh Cato has joined the Northland office.

Josh is a lifelong resident of the KC area. He grew up in Independence, MO but later moved to Kansas City, where he lives now. Prior to joining our company, he worked in real estate finance for 15 year. He is a graduate of Columbia College in Independence, MO and had a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration. Please help Josh feel welcome as he settles in here.
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The Most Unsafe Passwords to Use

It's incumbent upon real estate professionals to keep their clients' information stored securely, and the first line of defense against hackers is having strong passwords that are hard to crack. But can yours stand up to increasing cyber security threats?

Since 2013, the two worst passwords to protect your private information are "123456" and "password," according to SplashData, a security solutions provider that releases an annual list of the most commonly used passwords on the Internet. Read complete article.

Source: RISMedia, Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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Live the Better Life with Talent Attraction

As part of our company, we want to help you Live the Better Life . . . and help others do the same. As you know, our goal is to find other people like you to Better our company To register a candidate, submit his or her name to your broker and help your broker schedule an interview. For every registration, you'll earn a gift certificate for Starbucks or Apple iTunes.

If your candidate is hired, you'll have the chance to win an iPad mini and qualify for the Talent Attraction get together in April at David Cooper's house, an event not to be missed! This invite-only event will include a competitive scavenger hunt on and around the Plaza with even Better prizes! You have until March 31 to qualify for the Spring Event. So don't delay . . . submit your names today!
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