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Company Adds Business Development Manager from Keller Williams

Former Keller Williams Diamond Partners Realty General Manager/Team Leader, Rob Hill, has joined our company as the Manager of Business Development.

Rob has been licensed in real estate since 1996 and spent 11 years working with Keller Williams Diamond Partners Realty, which has offices in Olathe and Lawrence. Prior to real estate, Rob had a 15-year career working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He attended the University of Kansas and is a Jayhawk hoops fanatic.

We're confident Rob can take his real estate experience and infuse it with the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate lifestyle brand to best position our company for the future.

Please make Rob feel welcome as the newest member of our real estate family!
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Celebrating 10 Years of Better Real Estate Service

On November 16, 2004, seven visionary leaders in Kansas City real estate founded our company on the principles of providing superior service to home buyers and sellers. Now, 10 years later, these principles remain as important and integral today as they did in 2004.

We'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of this company over the last 10 years. Each of you has played a part of making us what we are - one of the top real estate companies in Kansas City. Here's to you and all you do to help us be great. We look forward to another 10 wonderful years and beyond.
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Take Advantage of New Marketing Materials for Distinctive Collection

BHG Real Estate has created new Distinctive Collection materials for your use in the luxury segment. These materials will enhance your listing and selling marketing strategies to help you build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with consumers in this exclusive segment.

Distinctive Collection Box
Distinctive Collection Book/Brochure
Distinctive Collection Consumer Brochure
Distinctive Collection Listing Presentation


All of these materials are available to download or order on the Greenhouse.
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Fear of Low Down Payments Mostly Unwarranted

After it was announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would again make available mortgage loans requiring as little as a 3% down payment, many people showed concern. Were we going back to the lower qualifying standards of a decade ago that caused the housing market crash? Won’t lower down payments dramatically increase the default rates? Will we again be faced with an avalanche of short sales and foreclosures?

The simple answer is - NO. Let’s look at the data.

Source: The KCM Crew, Keeping Current Matters, Thursday, November 13, 2014.
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Give Your Clients a Festive Feeling with Our Annual Postcard Program

Get a jump start on wishing your clients the happiest of holidays with Print Time's December postcard.

Your portrait and contact information are positioned prominently at the top of the card and you can even add a customized message to the back. Sending out these cards is a great way to stay top-of-mind with your clients.

Order your postcards to go out in December today, by visiting the DMS Postcard website. If you have any questions about the annual postcard program, please contact the Marketing Department.
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Don't Let the Sun Set on this Discounted VHT Deal

VHT Studios is offering a discounted November upgrade. Now until the end of the month, save $25 on evening photography packages.

Sundown or the twilight hour is widely considered the best time of day to take home photos. In fact, almost all Distinctive Collection homes have been photographed at dusk. Contact VHT (800-790-8687) today and and use the promo code "Evening25" to get this upgrade for just $50 (regularly $75), but act now because the offer expires at the end of November.
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Aloha from Maui

As the annual agent club trip comes to an end, some of the agents and brokers were kind enough to share some photos from their time in Maui.

The undoubtedly have plenty of stories to tell about their time in paradise and are looking forward to sharing their experience when they return.
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Single Women & Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC]

An infographic from Keeping Current Matters illustrates the recent surge of single, female homebuyers. Click the image to download a PDF of it.

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Prairie Village Named 5th Best Suburb in America, Leawood Among Top 20

Business Insider ranked Prairie Village as the 5th Best Suburb in America and had this to say about the Kansas city.

"A great housing market, over 1,500 licensed businesses, and beautiful scenery combine to make Prairie Village — just 19 minutes outside Kansas City — the fifth-best suburb in America. The median household income is $83,848." Read complete article.

Source: Jay Senter, Prairie Village Post, Thursday, Monday, October 27, 2014.
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Survey Confirms Yard Signs, Open Houses Taking a Back Seat to Mobile

It’s official: Homebuyers, particularly young ones, are now more likely to get information from mobile apps and websites than yard signs and open houses, according to an annual survey released today by the National Association of Realtors.

“While yard signs and open houses have historically been used most frequently after online websites and real estate agents, the use of mobile technology is now outpacing these traditional sources in the home search process,” the 2014 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers said. Read complete article.

Source: Paul Hagey, Inman, Monday, November 3, 2014.
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Blue Valley Office Welcomes New Agent

Please help us in welcoming Lara Swarens, the latest sales professional to join the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes family.

Lara is new to real estate, having previously worked in graphic design, interior design, decorative painting and as a home stager. She has lived in the Kansas City area for 18 years - on both the Missouri and Kansas side of the state line. Please help Lara feel welcome as the newest member of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes family.
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Redesigned, Rewritten & Resplendent: The New Buyer Presentation is LIVE!

If you haven't checked out the all-new Home Buying Presentation, logon to KCHAgent.com to take a look today! We've combined your content suggestions with the lifestyle look and feel of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand. The result is a fresh Home Buying Presentation that will give you the competitive edge when you're talking with prospective buyers.

Like the seller book, the new buyer book presentation includes two types of content:

1. Standard Book -Contains all of the core pages used in most buyer presentations (Default Cover through Moving Checklist print when you select "Print Entire Buyer Book")
2. A La Carte - Contains specialty pages which may be used based on buyer needs

The printable and tablet version (iPad) of the new Home Buying Presentation are live on KCH Agent under the "Working with Buyers" tab.
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Save the Date: Year-End Event

Our 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). Stay tuned for more details.
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New Flexible Payment Option for Next Ninja Class

If you haven't signed up yet for the next Ninja installation in January 2015, do it now and take advantage of a new payment plan offered by the company.

The total program cost is $800 (includes installation kit, course instruction and meals), but you can reserve your spot today for just $400. The balance won't be due until February 1, 2015 when it will be automatically deducted from your first three closings after that date. Contact Fran Cashion at 913-661-2310 now to take part in this class which has helped so many of your fellow agents increase their income and improve their life.

Learn more about the class - taught by Ninja Coach Terri Johnson - by downloading this informational packet. Make a change for the Better by registering today!
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It's Open Enrollment Time for Delta 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, 2014. If you are already a participant, there is no need to re-apply.

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,
913-345-0440.
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Millennials Need to Be Wooed

We all know that the next generation of homebuyers is critical to replace the last generation if we’re going to keep growing the economy and our own real estate businesses.

NAR’s chief economist chalks this up to the student loan debt reaching oppressive levels with many millennials, as well as rising rents in competitive markets. Read complete article.

Source: Jonathan Aize, Inman, Monday, November 10, 2014.
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Gallup Poll: Real Estate Best Long-Term Investment

The Gallup organization conducts an annual report entitled the Economy and Personal Finances Poll, which asks Americans to choose the best option for long-term investment.

It was no surprise that real estate returned to the top position over other investment categories (gold, stocks/mutual funds, savings accounts/CDs and bonds).

Back in 2011, gold was the most popular long-term investment among Americans. However, with the housing market improving across the U.S. and home prices rising, more Americans now consider real estate the best option for long-term investments. Read complete article.

Source: The KCM Crew, Keeping Current Matters, Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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Brokers Launch Pledge for Agent Safety

The recent murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter has prompted two Iowa brokers to call on other agents to join them in raising their safety protocols while conducting home showings and open houses.

Dylan de Bruin and Joe Schafbuch with Century 21 Signature Real Estate in Central Iowa have launched a pledge for real estate professionals to show their commitment to safety precautions. As of Tuesday morning, 723 agents, brokers, and the public have signed the pledge. Learn more and take the pledge.

Source: REALTORMag.com, Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
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2014 CE Schedule Released

The preliminary list of classes for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes' 2014 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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Share the Updated Listing Syndication Video with Your Clients

In response to multiple requests from agents, we have updated the video in which David Cooper explains BHG's withdrawal from 3rd-Party Listing Syndicators.

We encourage you to watch the updated version and share it (URL: http://youtu.be/JeENJynvaWQ) with your clients when and if the question of listing syndication arises. We have also provided a letter from David Cooper explaining Kansas City Homes' position, as well as a waiver for your clients to sign if they still wish to display their homes on 3rd-Party sites.

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