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Buyers Will Pay Premium for Garage Spaces

Extra garage space is coveted among home buyers. In a new analysis by®, the site’s researchers examine median listing prices per square foot and all homes listed between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 to determine how much more sellers are asking per parking spot.

While added spaces cause prices to rise, the jump with a three-car garage boasts a notable 11.45 percent increase over those with a single spot, according to the study. The majority of the homes – or about 64 percent -- have two-car garages but three-car homes tend to be larger and higher-end, which can increase the prices, Javier Vivas,®’s economic researcher, told The Wall Street Journal. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Fran Cashion Elected to KCRAR Board of Directors

Congratulations are in order for Fran Cashion who was just elected to the KCRAR Board of Directors for a three year term!

Fran will joining fellow board members from our company, Joanna Williams and Judy Miller, as well as Christian Zarif, 2016 President of the Board of Directors.
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What To Do With ‘Difficult’ Clients?

Real estate agents play a vital role in helping people to buy and sell their homes, but sometimes they can find themselves in a ‘challenging’ situation when certain clients prove to be problematic.

A situation like this sparked a lively debate on Reddit this week, with one real estate pro asking whether or not it would be better to just walk away from a client who proved virtually impossible to negotiate with. Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, Realty Biz News, Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Sign Up for the Next Ninja Installation in January

What would happen if your income could increase by 20% - 40% in the next six months? If you want to find out, don't miss our next Ninja Installation in January 2016 at the KCRAR Board Training Room. Terri Johnson will be the Instructor. Installation will be from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday, January 18-21.

The purpose of Ninja is to enable you to increase your income per hour so you can have a life by:

• Helping you properly set goals and program your non-conscious mind for success.
• Installing a sales system that gives you predictable results.
• Installing a step-by-step process that helps borrowers make good “balanced brain” decisions.
• Installing a system that generates a continuous flow of customers coming to you.

To guarantee the event happens, we MUST have at least 45 participants, either taking the Installation for the first time or auditing the class. The deadline to enroll is at the end of this month, so if you are planning to attend, please send your check (made out to BHGRE Kansas City Homes) to Fran Cashion NO LATER THAN MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30.
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MLS Statistics for October 2015

The following statistics compare sales activity in October 2015 with the same time last year.

Heartland MLS:
  • Sales (YTD):+13.6%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +5.6% to $202,401

Johnson County:
  • Sales (YTD):+13.0%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +4.8% to $283,442
  • New Listings YTD: +2.7% to 12,022

Wyandotte County:
  • Sales YTD: +8.4%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +12.8% to $108,391
  • New Listings (YTD): -3.8% to 1,884

Jackson County:
  • Sales (YTD):+13.6%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +6.5% to $161,151
  • New Listings (YTD): +2.2% to 12,512

Clay/Ray Counties:
  • Sales (YTD): +17.6%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +4.1% to $178,596
  • New Listings (YTD): +5.8% to 5,773

Platte County:
  • Sales (YTD): +17.2%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +0.7% to $220,366
  • New Listings (YTD): +8.6 % to 2,611

Click here to download the October 2015 MLS statistics report and summary.
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Send Gift Subscriptions to your Prospects and

The Personalized Magazine Gift Subscriptions Program is a powerful marketing tool that is effective, affordable and easy-to-use. For only $13.25, you can send a subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine (12 issues over 1 year) or Traditional Home magazine (8 issues over 1 year). Order online and pay by credit card. Each issue will be personalized with your Loyalty Label on the cover that includes your logo, your name, phone number and 2 lines of customizable text. We also send a Thank You postcard on your behalf to announce your gift subscription.

In addition to these magazines, as a member of the Better Homes and Gardens family, we've negotiated discounts on additional Meredith publications including Family Circle, Parents, Shape and more! These gift subscriptions can be purchased for only $4.97 each. Visit the Greenhouse under the Shopping tab, select Better Homes and Gardens' Products for more details.
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Don’t Let the Holidays Scare Off Sellers

Some home owners may be tempted to delay putting their home on the market until after the holidays. But there’s plenty of reasons why they shouldn’t wait and use the holidays to their advantage and start the new year with a “sold” sign on the front lawn.

Here are a four reasons why selling during the holidays may offer them a better chance than right after the new year. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Mark Your Calendars: 2015 KCRAR Installation

Make plans now to attend KCRAR's 2015 Holiday Party, Installation and Awards Event on December 3rd, at 6:30 pm.

This year's event will be held in the Gallery Event Space at the KC Power & Light District. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
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Share the Fall Issue of Distinctive Collection with Your Luxury Home Buyers

The Fall 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 Loch Lloyd, 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 January 1.
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Greetings from Playa Mujeres

This year's Recognition Club trippers just returned from a relaxing stay at Secrets Resort in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. We'll be posting more photos of agents and their guests having fun in the sun as they come in.

If you went on the trip and would like to share your pics, please send them to the marketing department. Gracias!
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Dress for Success: Order Your BHGRE Kansas City Homes Apparel Today!

Show your clients, fellow agents and the rest of the world how proud you are to work for a Better company with customized BHGRE Kansas City Homes apparel.

No matter the occasion - on the job, on the go or relaxing at home - you can find apparel perfect for your needs that's been beautifully emblazoned with our company logo. Visit our online store to see the complete selection of clothing and promotional items available to order for yourself or to give as a gift.
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How to Succeed With Millennial Buyers

Technology is changing how we do things but, more important, it’s changing how we think, and understanding those changes is key to succeeding with the up-and-coming millennial generation, says Kit Yarrow, author of The New Consumer Mind.

To succeed with millennials, you need to understand how they use technology, how to validate their sense of individualism, and respond to their dominant emotions, she said. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, November 17.
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Don't Miss Open Enrollment for Dental Coverage

Delta Dental of Kansas is a dental plan offered to BHG-Kansas City Homes agents with a wide dentist network. Submit your application with a check (made out to BHG-Kansas City Homes) for the first month's premium on the bank account you want subsequent premiums drafted from and send through the interoffice delivery to Marilyn Worley, Benefits Administrator. Deadline is November 30, 2015. If you are already a participant, there is no need to re-apply and nothing will change unless you notify Marilyn otherwise.

Following are monthly premiums: Employee - $29.45; Employee/Spouse - $58.28; Employee/Child(ren) - $58.59; Family - $99.17; Yearly Member Benefit: $1,000

If you have additional questions, please contact Marilyn, 913-661-2317 or Jeff Walstrom with Bukaty Companies,
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When it Comes to Photos, Know Before You Publish

It's second nature to include photos in your property listings. The more photos the better, right? But before you copy and paste those photos — or authorize anyone else to use them — you need to understand the basics of copyright law and apply your knowledge correctly when you contract with a photographer.

“Displaying photos of properties online is now a vital part of the real estate professional’s marketing plan," said NAR Associate Counsel Chloe Hecht at Thursday's legal education seminar at the REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, November 13, 2015
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Talent Attraction Participants Take in a Play

On the evening of Thursday, November 12, new agents who joined our company through Talent Attraction, currents agents who referred them, as well as brokers from several offices took in a play at the New Theatre Restaurant.

It was all part of a way to help welcome our company's newest additions and to thank everyone who helped bring them on board.
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Sherry Chris On Leading from Strength, Not Gender

Nice but tough, Sherry Chris talks to Brad Inman about industry issues, gender politics and leadership.

Canadian-Irish, Chris was appointed president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC in October of 2007. She has more than 30 years of real estate experience, including significant senior management positions in the areas of sales, marketing, new technologies and franchise management. Read complete article and listen to Sherry's exclusive interview on Soundcloud.

Source: Brad Inman, Inman, Thursday, November 12, 2015
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As Rate Increase Looms, KC Home Sales, Prices Rise

With the Federal Reserve Bank widely expected to raise interest rates before the end of the year, homes continue to sell at a steady pace and for higher prices.

According to an October housing market report just issued by the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors, the average price for new and existing homes sold in October was $201,748 — 6.1 percent higher than in October 2014. Read complete article.

Source: Rob Roberts, Kansas City Business Journal, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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The Best Times to Post on Social Media

Whether teasing up your recent blog post or reaching out to prospects or past clients, your social media outreach should be pegged to the time others are most likely to see it. TruConversion, a company behind a soon-to-debut app to help businesses optimize and track their social media results, recently shared with Forbes some insights into its research on social media posting. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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NEW: PAIGE in Buyer/Seller Books

At the recent Risk Management Meeting, we announced our company's core business values: PAIGE. If interested, you can now include our newly created page explaining how these core values affect your interaction with clients in your buyer/seller presentations.

Go to Working with Buyers or Working with Sellers tab. It is in both the buyer book and the seller book downloads under the a la carte pages.
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Not Sure How Many CE Hours You've Completed?

If you take all CE through the our company, the Education Department has records to tell you what you have completed and what you still need to complete for both states by which deadline. If you take any classes elsewhere, BHGRE Kansas City Homes will not have a record of those classes.

You'll need to check KREC and MREC for the official record of your hours. You should allow at least two weeks after class completion to expect to see record of completion posted on either web site. If you feel you have taken a class that is not credited to you, contact Elaine Cavener in the Education Department.
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View the Complete CE Course Schedule

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.

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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