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Better Together: Gale Team Joins Our Lee's Summit Office

We're excited to welcome the latest addition to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes: Gale Team!

Gale Team includes five accomplished sales professionals - Kurt Lutz, Linda Lutz, Susie Zammar, Tucker Marshall and Leslie Marshall - who represent award-winning Dave Gale new home communities, including New Longview and the five neighborhoods of Winterset, all located in Lee's Summit, MO.

Gale Team brings dedication, focus and passion to new home community living that reflects the lifestyle brand of our company. Please help them feel welcome as the newest members of our professional family.
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Realogy CEO Tops Power 200 List

The Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) released this past week is one of the most comprehensive lists of influential CEOs, thought-leaders and senior executives ever assembled in the residential real estate brokerage business... According to the report, topping the SP200 is Realogy’s CEO, Richard A. Smith. “Smith, the Chairman, CEO and President of Realogy, is our selection as the Most Powerful Person in residential real estate brokerage for 2013. Read complete article.

Source: RISMedia, Monday, January 19, 2014.
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Gen Z Teens Would Sacrifice Big Today to Get the Right House Tomorrow

Think back to your teen years. Could any idea have been more distasteful than teachers piling on twice as much homework? Well, perhaps yes: How about taking your mother or father to the high school prom?

Remarkably, many teens ages 13 to 17 said in our recent Generation Z survey and infographic that they would willingly bear those burdens if doing so meant they could get their ideal house in the future. Read complete article.

Source: Katelyn Castellano, Clean Slate, Thursday, January 15, 2015.
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Winter Is Best Time to Sell, Study Shows

The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a new study by the real estate brokerage Redfin. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20, and real estate professionals should be ready for a season that often brings in more focused and active sellers and buyers. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Monday, December 15, 2014.
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Training Opportunity: "Treating Your Business as a Business"

WHAT: An Agent Training Session
WHEN: Friday, January 30, 11am
WHERE: Plaza Office

Join Rob Hill, Manager of Business Development, for an informative meeting to learn how to increase revenue and profitability on purpose. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP so we know how much to order.
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3 Reasons Housing is Looking Up in 2015

As 2015 rolls forward, there are several economic indicators that the housing market may have a break-out year. Let’s review the top three.

The job market is stronger
With the recession behind us, more and more companies are adding new employees to the payroll. The unemployment rate has dropped 5.8 percent and 321,000 jobs were opened up in November, with all of this added work equating to improved consumer optimism. The Conference Board’s latest Consumer Confidence Index highlighted confidence weighing in at 19.5 percent higher than a year ago. Read complete article.

Source: Zoe Eisenberg, RISMedia, Thursday, January 15, 2015.
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5 Answers to Critical Homebuyer Questions that Prove You’re a Rock-Star Agent

With the national search portals just a tap away via their smartphones, today’s homebuyers are armed with data. They expect their agent to be a tech-savvy local market expert,

excel at contracts and negotiation, and deliver the customer experience they’ve come to expect from companies like Apple and Zappos. What’s more, they expect you to be one step ahead of the game with answers to questions and solutions to problems even before they arise.

Sound overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be. Know the answers to a handful of critical questions and you can prove your mettle to any homebuyer, no matter how much advance research they’ve done. Read complete article.

Source: Andrew Flachner, Inman, Sunday, January 4, 2014.
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1st Quarter Real Estate Review Now Available

The first 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 home maintenance tips that can and should be performed year-round, an article about choosing the right paint colors to attract home buyers, a Kansas City calendar of events and a list of things that the world would not have if it weren't for Kansas City.

Download your copy of Real Estate Review here or visit the Newsletter page under the My Marketing tab.
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Stronger Economy, Solid Job Growth Expected to Boost Home Sales in 2015

Existing-home sales are forecasted to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2015 housing market expectations.

In the NAR-published video, Yun discusses his expectations for the U.S. economy and housing market in 2015 and points to the expanding economy, continued growth in the labor market and home prices rising at a moderate but healthy clip as his reasons for an expected increase (from 2014) in new and existing-home sales. Read complete article.

Source: REALTOR.org, Wednesday, January 7, 2015.
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The Exclusive Digital Magazine for Clients in the Luxury Home Market

We invite you to page through the Winter Issue of the Distinctive Collection digital magazine to see more than 30 spectacular Kansas City area homes, priced from the $600Ks.

From Loch Lloyd to Mission Hills, you'll see stunning interior and exterior photos, as well as details about some of the most sought-after homes for sale in Kansas City.

Share 2015's first-quarter issue of this e-magazine with your prospects and clients today who are searching for their next Kansas City dream home.

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RSVP Today for the Year-End Event

Our company is the Talk of the Town and it's time to celebrate! The annual year-end celebration is just around the corner. Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 12 from 4:30-7pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park (10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210). Don't wait... RSVP today!
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Why Can't We Be Friends? BHGRE Kansas City Homes is On Facebook

We're pleased to announce the launch of the official Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes Facebook page and would like to invite you to join us on it! Following us on Facebook is easy, just visit our official page and click on "Like" to become a fan.

We encourage you to share the page and invite your friends and other colleagues in the business to join us online as well.
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Phone Separation May Make You Stupid

Separation anxiety from your phone may actually hinder your cognitive abilities, according to a newly released study from the University of Missouri.

In real estate you may often be tethered to your smartphone to stay connected to your business. But when your phone is not at your fingertips, how do you feel? Do you get nervous or have anxiety from being apart?

If so, researchers say this study’s findings may apply to you. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag.com, Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
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Housing 2015: The Return of First-Time Home Buyers

With rents rising faster than incomes, many Millennials are expected to start looking to buy homes of their own.

What they will find are much more favorable conditions than they have seen in years, including lower down payment mortgages, looser lending standards and a bigger selection of homes to choose from. Read complete article.

Source: Les Christie, CNNMoney, Sunday, December 28, 2014.
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15 Time-Saving Hacks for 2015

Time is one thing we can’t get back. Once a minute has passed, it’s gone forever. Spending our minutes wisely will not only result in being more productive, it’ll also give us more freedom to focus on the broader spectrum of activities that bring us happiness and fulfillment. Here are 15 time-saving hacks for the year ahead (in no particular order):

  • Upgrade your mobile device to the latest and greatest version. You carry it everywhere with you. You sleep with it. Invest in the latest device.
  • Use apps instead of websites. Apps are usually faster, provide a better user experience and are always available via that handy new smartphone you upgraded to.
  • Stop multitasking. Do and complete one thing at a time. See complete list.
Source: Wendy Forsythe, RISMedia, Thursday, January 15, 2015.
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Order Your 2015 Schedule Postcards

Looking for some new postcard designs to send to your COI?

We've updated the following postcards: NASCAR, Chiefs, Royals, Holiday Dining, Holiday Lights, Pumpkin Patches, College Basketball and College Football. 2015 postcard cost info:

• Postcards including USPS Standard Rate postage - $0.67 each
• Postcards including USPS 1st Rate postage - $0.89 each
• Postcards including USPS Standard Rate postage WITH magnets - $0.89 each
• Postcards WITH NO postage - $0.41 each

Download your 2015 postcard order form here. Final designs will be posted on KCHAgent as soon as they become available.

For questions or to order, contact John Steib at Print Time - jsteib@printtime.com or 816-472-1500.
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6 Market Types You'll See This Year

From the stalwarts to the tech magnets and comeback kids, the new year is likely to see several types of markets. Redfin recently highlighted six "housing market personas" that the real estate brokerage believes will be driving the continued recovery in 2015. Here's an overview of the personas and the pros and cons of each. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
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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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