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New Story Homes Save Countless Lives During Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is now in the rearview mirror for many Americans, but the effects of this natural disaster are great and the damage it has done will cause thousands of people in the US and the Caribbean many hardships.

BHGRE® is so proud of our partner New Story Charity, whose 211 homes built in Haiti have withstood the storm and are still standing. Read complete story.

Blue Valley Agents Share the Virtues of Southwick on the Lake with KC Star

There are few remaining chances to build – from the ground up – a dream home in the coveted Blue Valley School District. And estate lots, which allow for true creativity and expression, are all but nonexistent. That is, unless you’re one of the few incredibly fortunate homebuyers to discover Rodrock Development’s Southwick on the Lake.

The additional benefit is that these lots are full of potential, offering residents the space to build a home that entirely meets their needs – and their wants.

“The large lots allow a lifestyle that includes swimming pools, outbuildings for hobbies, four-car garages and more,” says Lynne Matile, of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Read complete article.

Source: Kansas City Star, Sunday, October 16, 2016

Save the Date: Open House for New College Blvd & Corporate Offices - DATE CHANGED

Make plans to officially check out the brand new College Blvd. and Corporate company offices during an open house on Thursday, October 27.

You'll have the opportunity to see the layout, interior design and work areas as you enjoy catered food and drinks. The open house runs from 4p-6p at 8300 College Blvd. Hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendars for the 2016 Risk Management Event

Make plans now to be a part of our 2016 Risk Management Event on Wednesday, November 2 at the KU Edwards Campus.

This year's meeting will kick off at 8:30 am with coffee and refreshments and a 'tech fair' where can get any questions answered about cell phones, laptops, ideas for Xmas, etc. This will run for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by:

9:30 am - 11:00 am - Risk Management
     Attourney Jim Hubbard
     Attourney Jan Pringle, KCRAR Education Director

Reserve your spot today by emailing

5 Tips to Improve Your Instagram Marketing

Instagram is a powerhouse within the social media industry. It has approximately 75 million daily users, with an average of 70 million photos being posted each day, according to Instagram. This platform provides visual stimulation to its users in a way that has revolutionized the way businesses operate and market today, and engagement on the platform continues at high rates. Read complete article.

Be sure to keep up with BHGRE Kansas City Homes in pictures by following our
Instagram feed.

Source: Chris Zoeller, BHGRE Blog, Thursday, September 13, 2016

Make a Mad Dash to Make a Talent Attraction Referral

Sign up a new Talent Attraction candidate by Jan. 31 and join us at Dave & Buster’s on March 8 from 4-7 pm for an night of fun, food, friends, and drinks all while having a friendly competition of Mad Dash.

Former Agent Returns to Take on Broker Duties at PV/SL

We are excited to welcome Annie Premis to the Management team.

Annie will be co-brokering the Prairie Village/State Line office with David Etzenhouser as he prepares to retire in the near future. Annie has over 12 years of real estate experience and comes to us from ReeceNichols where she was the Managing Broker at the Country Club Plaza office.

It's great to have Annie back in the family. We know she will continue the outstanding work David started at the Prairie Village/State Line office.Welcome home, Annie!

4 Agent Skills that Put Homebuyers’ Emotions at Ease

Real estate agents today spend a good part of their time solving issues to ease their homebuyers‘ concerns.

Agents need to be able to put their clients at ease during this emotional rollercoaster of a process.

Consider meeting buyers’ emotional needs in the following four ways: Read complete article.

Source: Kellie Tinnin, Inman, Monday, October 10, 2016® Forecasts Hottest Fall Housing Market in 10 Years

On the heels of a summer home-buying season marked by record demand and sky-high prices, the residential real estate market is shaping up for its hottest fall in a decade, according to new monthly data on inventory and demand on®. Homes for sale in September are moving 4 percent more quickly than last year as prices continue to hit new highs.

The median age of listings on®—an indication of market inventory—in September is expected to be 77 days, three days less than one year ago. Read complete article.

Source: RISMedia, September 2016
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New Holiday Cards Now Available

If you're looking for a holiday postcard to send to your COI, we've created new options for you. You are welcome to change the copy on any of the cards to better suit your needs (e.g. Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays). If interested, contact Print Time - John Steib or Allen Watts.

Stand Out! Branding Strategies for Real Estate Professionals

There are about two million active real estate agents, according to the National Association of Realtors. How can you stand out? Take the time to build your brand with these strategies:

Personal branding. Whether or not you work for a brokerage, there’s something about you that’s unique: red hair, Converse™ shoes, antique car, etc. Brand it in all your marketing. Read complete article.

Source: Chris Rediger , Real Trends, Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let your Clients Share Their Style and Win!

Let your clients know they can celebrate their homes with the #BHGRE #ShareYourStyle Sweeps on Instagram! Every week they have a chance to win a gift set from design expert Jennifer Adams.

David Cooper Celebrates 70 Birthday

On Tuesday, October 11, CEO/President, David Cooper celebrated a milestone birthday - #70! - surrounded by members of the Corporate Staff and with more than 200 cards from agents and staff across the company.

He extends a big THANK YOU for all of the well wishes and birthday sentiments from everyone in our real estate family. Happy birthday, David! Here's to many more happy ones in the future!

3 Steps to Get More Done in Less Time

1. Obligation scheduling.
You can’t just mentally plan to get things done. You have to calendar what you are going to do and when you are going to do it. You must make an appointment with yourself and keep it as if it were a dinner with your top client. Read complete article. Source: Paul Evans, Entrepreneur, Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome a New Agent to Our Real Estate Family

We're excited to anounce the addition of two new agents to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes.
Jenni Reecht, Blue Valley
Jenni joins us after a 13-year career as an elementary school teacher. She attended both Kansas State University and Mid America Nazarene University where she earned degrees in education. Jenni has been married for 14 years and is the mother of two daughters.

Please help us make Jenni feel welcome as the newest member of our company.

Share the Fall Issue of DISTINCTIVE COLLECTION with Your Clients

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

From Mission Hills to Belton, 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.

What You Need to Know About the Next Ninja Installation

Whether you've always wanted to become a Ninja or are already one and just want a refresher, we are hosting another Ninja Installation in January presented by Terri Johnson. Improve your business the Ninja way by learning how to:

  • Increase your income per hour so you can have a life
  • Help you properly set goals and program your non-conscious mind for success
  • Install a sales system that gives you predictable results
  • Install a step-by-step process that helps borrowers make good “balanced brain” decisions
  • Install a system that generates a continuous flow of customers coming to you
The next Ninja Installation will be held January 24-27 at the KCRAR offices in Leawood. If you have any questions, please contact Fran Cashion.

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 Erica Butler, Education Administrator, 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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