The second Real Estate Review of 2017
is now available to download and customize for your clients.
In this issue, there is an article about seller etiquette for open houses and showings, important purchases to make once you buy a home, 10 ways to add curb appeal and of course, a Kansas City calendar of events.
David Cooper Talks Trip Destination
During weekly meetings on Tuesday, March 21, David Cooper, via video message, announced the destination of the 2018 Recognition Club Trip. If you were not able to attend your meeting this week, click here to watch the video
and find our where the lucky qualifiers in 2017 and 2018 are headed!
Keep an eye out for more details about the trip on KCH Agent.
Don't Miss First Thursdays in April
The next First Thurdays session is approaching and it includes an exciting lineup of great agents on Thursday, April 6 from 9 -12 in the Corporate Training Room.
Join Robbie Smart as he talks about the "Ultimate Open House" and shares his expertise on holding a successful Open House. Robbie will be followed by two of our top notch agents, Murray Davis and Leslie Feeback as they give you scripts and verbiage for Overcoming Objections raised by sellers and buyers. This is an exciting, not-to-be-missed program. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Fran Cashion.
Relo Goes Platinum
Congratulations to our relocation department for bringing home the highest honor given at the CARTUS International Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, the Platinum Excellence Award!
Relocation Director, Fran Cashion said, "We are very excited about this achievement as it is solely based on meeting all the metrics CARTUS sets out for us".
The is a big accomplishment and we couldn't be prouder of Fran, Patty Rush and Erica Butler for their hard work and for earning this much-deserved recognition.
Spring Courtesies 2017
With the spring market upon us, it is time for an annual reminder of common courtesies – especially in the hot robust market we are currently experiencing.
When visiting other BHG offices to use phones, computers, meet clients, etc., please introduce yourself to the receptionist indicating which office you are from. There is no way they can know everyone in the company, so it is good to put a face with a name you have heard.
As always, dress professionally when working, touring, and visiting open houses. It is a common opinion that BHG agents lead the way!
In a hot market, everyone can get REALLY busy. Please remember to schedule a few minutes to provide feedback on the listings you show – this can be very helpful to your fellow agent. Hopefully, the agents who receive that feedback will return the favor and help you with your sellers in the future.
These times can be stressful, at the same time challenging and exciting! We appreciate all of your hard work each and every day – you all are the best of the best – everyone in town knows it – and the numbers show it!
College Blvd. Welcomes New Agent
College Blvd. Office
Please help us in welcoming Jordan as the newest agent to join our company. Jordan is originally from Montgomery City, MO, but has lived in the Waldo area for the past three years.
He attended the University of Central Missouri and was in fine wine and spirits sales before becoming an agent. Jordan is the proud papa of a Bernedoodle pup named Mila. Please make him feel welcome as he begins his career with our real estate family.
MLS Statistics for February 2017
Click the graphic below to download the complete MLS statistics for the month of February.
Share the Online Relo Book with Your Clients
Do you have clients that are thinking about relocating to the KC area? Give them a glimpse into the metro lifestyle by sending them the link to our online relocation book
The official link is now kcrelobookonline.kansascityhomes.com
Copy and paste into any correspondence you have with potential buyers who might be moving to town. This guide to living in Kansas City will help them get to know the sights, services, academics, accommodations and more.
2017 CE Classes Now Available
The new 2017 schedulele of CE classes has been released. Take a moment to review the 2017 calendar
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.
BHGRE Struts Its Stuff In the KC St. Paddy's Day Parade
On Friday, March 17, agents, staff, managers and brokers took to the streets of midtown Kansas City as a part of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
Flanked by the always beautifully crafted, wooden playhouse, built by the Plaza office, we marched down Broadway smiling and waving at spectators.
With beautiful weather and excited crowds of onlookers, we could not have asked for a better day to reach out to the community and spread the BHGRE brand. A big thanks to everyone who joined us and marched the route. You help make our parade presence bigger and better every year.
Talent Attraction Event Busts Wide Open with Fun!
New and experienced agents, along with brokers and managers took part in the latest Talent Attraction celebration at Dave & Busters on Wednesday, March 8.
In addition to enjoying delicious food and drinks, they engaged in a little healthy competition by taking part in the Mad Dash. To win, they had to have the highest overall score in events including video games, trivia, brain teasers and a scavenger hunt. In the end, Deb Sturgess (Lee's Summit), Steve Moyer (Leawood), Kristi Ferrara (Northland) and Valerie Rolfes (Corporate) were left standing as the victors. Look for more chances to take part in future Talent Attraction campaigns and events by keeping an eye on KCH agent. Be sure to check out our Facebook photo album
for even more pics from the event.
KS, MO Among Best States for Millennial Homebuyers
Millennials have it rough: They're being slapped with a trifecta of housing affordability, credit accessibility, and employment issues, all of which are hampering their ability to buy, according to new report by Bankrate.com. The toughest state of all for millennial buyers may be California, where affordability is low, inventory is severely limited, and workers ages 25 to 34 face high unemployment.
The following states are considered "easy" markets for millennial buyers, according to Bankrate.com:
Read complete article.
Source: REALTORMag, Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Generation X Flexes Its Purchasing Muscles
Millennials and baby boomers often steal the spotlight in real estate. But Generation X says it’s time for the housing market to pay more attention to them instead. Gen Xers are the only generation to purchase more homes last year than they did the previous one, according to the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends survey.
Gen Xers, aged 37 to 51, made up 26 percent of home buyers in 2015, but grew that percentage to 28 percent in 2016. Read complete article.
Source: REALTORMag, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Acquaint Yourself: 3 Tiers of Wealthy Buyers
Wealthy home buyers can be broken into three tiers, according to a new report, “The Affluent Homebuyer: A Quest for Meaning,” by Luxury Portfolio International.
Those three segments of the luxury buyer market are:
• Practical Explorers: $1 million-2 million range
• Meaning Seekers: $2 million-5 million
• Power Players: $5 million-plus
Practical Explorers, for example, tend to prefer the expertise of a real estate professional to guide them, looking for “trusted experiences,” according to the report. Eighty percent say they prefer to work with a real estate agent on their transactions. Read complete article.
Source: REALTORMag, Monday, March 6, 2017
Share Your City Secrets Socially
Is there something or somewhere you especially love around the city? Maybe it's the perfect place to pig out on a pizza or a happening hotspot that hosts the best happy hour or just some great greens to get in some golf.
Whatever your favorite spots are, we want to share them with our social media followers to show them that nobody knows the hidden treasures around town like our agents!
with your favorites along with what you love about it, and we'll share it on Facebook, with full credit to you, of course!
View the Year End Event Program Online
Check out which agents sold how much in 2016, and look back on the good times with pictures from the previous year. To view the program, click the full screen button in the window above.
To download a printable copy from the full screen, click the download button at the top-left portion of the window.