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Share the Summer Issue of Distinctive Collection with Your Luxury Home Buyers

The Summer issue of Distinctive Collection e-magazine is now available. Flip through this digital magazine to see more than 40 of Kansas City's finest luxury homes priced from the $600Ks.

From Mission Hills to Lee's Summit, 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 October 1.
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KCRAR Honors Two 8101 Agents with Emeritus Recognition

We're excited to announce that Shiela Ogden and Phil Summerson - both part of the 8101 office - are the newest REALTOR® Emeriti from BHGRE Kansas City Homes.

The REALTOR® Emeritus award recognizes 40 continuous years of membership in a REALTOR® Association. This year, several KCRAR members were recipients of this prestigious award, and each received a certificate from NAR and a lapel pin to commemorate the special occasion.

Congratulations Shiela and Phil! This recognition is well-deserved.
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Housing Boosted by U.S. Millennials Finally Being Buyers

A greater share of U.S. millennials say they’re likely to buy a home this year, adding to evidence that first-time buyers are finally entering the real estate market and fueling a jump in sales.

A survey of site visitors taken in mid-June showed that about 65 percent of respondents between ages 25 and 34 said they intend to buy a home within the next three months, up from 54 percent in January, according to data released Wednesday at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference in Miami. Read complete article.

Source: Prashant Gopal and Daniel Taub, Bloomberg Business, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
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First-Time Homebuyers Lead the Way in May

The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) latest Existing Home Sales Report revealed that first time homebuyers made up 32% of all sales in the month of May; marking the highest share since September 2012 and up from 27% the same time last year.

NAR’s Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, cited “strong job gains among young adults, less expensive mortgage insurance and lenders offering low down payment programs,” as contributing factors to the increase in first-time buyers. Read complete article.

Source: Keeping Current Matters, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
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David Cooper Mid-Year Address 2015

President/CEO David Cooper delivers a video message about our successes through the first six months of 2015. Click below to watch.

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5 Ways to Help Your Client Prepare for an Open House

Preparing for an open house is a true team effort. Your encouragement and guidance are essential for the client to understand the scope of what needs to be done, but the actual preparations are in the client’s hands. Both of you will benefit from an open house that presents the home at its very best.

Here are five starting points for building teamwork for a win-win outcome. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Thursday, June 18, 2015.
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Download Your Copy of the 3rd Quarter Real Estate Review

The summer issue of Real Estate Review for 2015 is ready to download, customize, print and send to your client base.

In this latest edition, the featured stories include how a buyer should approach a bidding war, using the 'New Neutral' when preparing a home to show, a Kansas City calendar of events and a some great, historic destinations in Kansas City to explore this summer.

Download your copy of Real Estate Review here or visit the Newsletter page under the My Marketing tab.
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Announcing the "BHGRE Summer of Color Pinterest" Sweepstakes!

Tell your clients to enter the "Summer of Color Pinterest" Sweepstakes by creating a "BHGRE Summer of Color" Pinterest board for a chance to win $1,000 along with a consultation from Interior Design Expert, Jennifer Adams, featured in the Home, First Home® series.

How do your customers enter? They need to follow these simple steps:

1. Follow Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate on Pinterest
2. Create a new board and label the title “BHGRE Summer of Color”
3. Pin/Repin items that showcase how color inspires their summer interior décor style or year-round creativity
4. Visit the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Facebook page and provide the information requested to submit entry

The deadline to enter our Summer of Color Pinterest Sweepstakes is July 31, 2015. The drawing to determine the winner will be held on August 7, 2015.
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Don’t Call Me, Don’t Email Me, Text Me!

With consumers constantly on the move, having our mobile devices attached to our palms has become essential. In 2015, nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, keeping them constantly connected to the world around them. Reliance on mobile devices is heavy, and texting is a no-brainer; it takes only a few seconds to send a quick text. Text message marketing, also known as SMS marketing, can be an invaluable tool for marketers because of its appeal to consumers, and the fact that it is embedded in our daily routines. Read complete article

Source: Jennifer Horowitz, RISMedia, Monday, June 29, 2015.
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20 Productivity Apps to Keep You On Task (Infographic)

Apps mainly do two things: They either distract us or keep us on track. If you’re a busy entrepreneur or someone who works for one, it’s best to stick to the latter kind, at least during working hours, especially if you want to be a productivity powerhouse.

Productivity apps can give you -- and, yes, your boss, too -- a leg up on putting your most organized, efficient professional foot forward. Read complete article.

Source: Kim Lachance Shandrow, Entrepreneur, Saturday, June 6, 2015.
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Get $25 Off VHT Services

VHT has kicked off a new promo which runs through the end of June. When you order any VHT services between now and 6/30/2015, just use this promo code to receive $25 off.

You can place an order for photography services by emailing, calling Client Services at 800-790-8687 or using our custom order form.
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New Home Sales Rise to Highest Point Since 2008

The rate of new home sales increased in May to an annual level of 546,000, the highest since February 2008 as the housing market of the mid-2000s started to deflate. The May figure is 2.2 percent above April and puts the first two months of the second quarter at 3.8 percent ahead of the first quarter. Read complete article.

Source: David Crowe, RISMedia, Thursday, June 25, 2015.
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What Type of Content Should REALTORS® Share on Their Facebook Account?

I told you in a previous article that it is, in a way, mandatory for real estate professionals to be present on Facebook and I shared with you the key factors to a perfect realtor presence in this network. But as I mentioned there the fact that every real estate agent needs to go beyond the self promo content, I wanted to provide a more in-depth look at the type of content one should share in this famous social network. Read complete article.

Source: Violeta Loredana Pascal, Realty Biz News, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.
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Sign-Up Now: Ninja Selling Five Part Series

Join National Ninja Selling Trainer Terry Johnson for this 5 part series. Ninja Selling is a system that is based on a philosophy of building relationships, listening to the customer and helping them achieve their goals. It is less about selling and more about helping people solve their pain and pleasure. Classes will be held on Mondays from 1-2pm EST on June 8, June 29, July 6, July 27 and August 17. Visit the Greenhouse and sign up for these classes in the Be Better University.
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2015 CE Schedule Released

The preliminary list of classes for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes' 2015 Continuing Education series is now available.

Take a moment to download and review it so you can make plans to attend the classes 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.
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