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Social Media as a Networking and Marketing Medium

Strong client relationships and word-of-mouth marketing have long been recognized as keys to success and growth in the real estate industry. In fact, much of the initial appeal of social media was that it could reinforce and complement time spent networking face-to-face with existing and potential clients.

The Impact of Social Media in Real Estate reflects the dynamic between social media and networking through relationship-building. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Thursday, December 8, 2016

2017 CE Classes Now Available

The new 2017 schule 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.
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Welcome Back, Sudie!

Sudie Dozier
College Blvd. Office

After 10 years away and some time with Keller Williams, Sudie Dozier returns to our real estate family!

Sudie is originally from Bloomington, IN and comes from a long line of REALTORS®, investors and real estate developers, dating back to WWI. She has worked in real estate for more than 14 years and is passionate about providing her clients with the very best service.

Happy Holidays from the Managers at BHGRE Kansas City Homes

Lto R: Darrel Stiles (Broker/Owner-BV), Kathy Copeland (Broker/Owner-Corp.), Mike Belzer (CFO-Corp.), Joanna Williams (Broker-Liberty/LS), Rob Hill (Broker-College Blvd.), David Cooper (President/CEO), Annie Premis (Broker-PV/SL), Kristi Ferrara (Broker-Northland), Steve Moyer (Broker/Leawood), and Dan Sweeney (Broker/Owner-Plaza)

6 Trends to Watch in Smart Home Systems

Thanks to the Internet of Things, the ‘smart home’ has already become a reality. It’s brought with it remote controlled or keyless access to our homes, smart thermostats that save us money, lights that come on when we exit and enter rooms and many more advancements.

Now, as smart home technologies begin to take root, we take a look at six trends that are sure to help our homes become even smarter over the next few years.

Voice activated controls
If anyone can remember the “clap-on” system: “Two claps, light on” and “two claps light off”, they’ll be pleased to know the technology has advanced well beyond that basic premise. Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, RealtyBiz News, Monday, November 28, 2016

Real Estate Companies Named ‘World’s Most Ethical'

Realogy Holdings Corp., (the parent company of BHGRE) was among this year’s list of 131 honorees for “world’s most ethical.” A handful of companies across many industries had to show they excelled in three areas surrounding ethics: promoting ethical business standards and practices internally, enabling managers and employers to make good choices, and shaping future industry standards by introducing tomorrow’s best practices today. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, December 2, 2016

Tips for Writing Replies to Any Review

Reviews are powerful. They can be compelling enough to persuade consumers to reach out, or hurtful enough to shrink your business. That’s why responding to reviews is just as important as requesting them.

The words you use in your reply can demonstrate your humanity, authenticity and professionalism to the reviewer and your greater audience. Your reply may change the mind of a negative reviewer, or make a lifelong client. Read complete article.

Source: Andrew Hafzalla, RISMedia, December 2016

2 Real Estate Gift Guides to Carry You Through the Holidays

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and a few days in the middle when nearly all family members can agree on the value of great deals), we’re about to embark on a major shopping week — if not the biggest of the year.

Perhaps you have a relative who points out that saving cash still equals spending money. With such important matters as your wallet, it’s best not to go in blindly. Read complete article.

Source: Amber Taufen, Inman, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Stop Mispronouncing These Real Estate Words!

Several real estate words – particularly surrounding design and architecture – are frequently mispronounced or misused. Make sure you don’t look like an amateur by saying them incorrectly too.

Linguists say when selling pricier homes, you may be even more likely to say a word incorrectly because of the more sophisticated descriptions and less familiar terms that are often required. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, December 2, 2016

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.

Sherry Chris Travel Blog Featured on Huffington Post

Sherry Chris is now a blog contributor for The Huffington Post, sharing her insights and tips on travel.

From HuffPo: Spending a lot of time on the road can upend regular healthy habits. Tack on a busy schedule, interrupted sleep in unfamiliar locations and managing through different time zones, it’s easy to develop a weakened immune system and fall prey to a bug. Read complete post.

Source: Sherry Chris, CEO, BHGRE, The Huffington Post, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Suburbs Are Having a Moment

America largely remains a suburban nation. Younger generations threatened to change that, with many expressing a greater desire to live in urban locations, but their numbers lately are showing a shift to the suburbs.

The suburbs are outstripping downtowns in overall population growth, diversity, and younger residents, according to a new study of population trends and housing by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

What Your Business Plan Needs to Have in 2017

There’s nothing better than knowing exactly what you’re going to do to tackle your real estate business goals ahead of time for the upcoming year. The industry can be unpredictable, but with a high quality, meticulous business plan, you can be ready for anything, and succeed, regardless of what the real estate market throws at you.

Creating the ultimate real estate business plan takes time; it’s the information you include within your business plan that can mean the difference between a mediocre year and a successful one. Read complete article.

Source: Karlton Utter, BHGRE Blog, Thursday, December 1, 2016

Four Years Later...And in a Better Place

On Monday, December 5, BHGRE CEO Sherry Chris sent over a beautiful arrangement of flowers to commemorate our four-year mark as a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate affiliate.

It seems like only yesterday that our company made a move for the Better, but here we are. Thanks to all of you who have been us from the beginning and those who have joined us along the way. You have all helped make us #BetterTogether!
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Buyers Are on the Hunt for the ‘Healthy Home’

With growing concern over soaring allergies and child asthma rates, more Americans are taking a closer look at their homes and how they may be affecting their health. It’s prompted some home buyers to look at the amount of toxins a home may be emitting as well as its air quality.

In 2009, a survey conducted by homebuilder Meritage Homes revealed a growing concern among homeowners about the impact a home could have on their health. Read complete article.

REALTORMag, Thursday, December 1, 2016

Make a Talent Attraction Referral. Join the Party

It's time to get excited about the Talent Attraction party for agents who sign up a new Talent Attraction candidate by January 31, 2017.

Check out this video for a small taste of what's in store for you during Talent Attraction night at Dave & Buster's. If you have questions about referring a candidate, just ask your broker. Keep those referrals rolling in!

Overland Park Named 6th Financially Fit US City

WalletHub recently conducted its ranking of the best cities for financial fitness in America, zeroing in on residents from the 150 largest metro areas. Each metro was ranked in five categories that WalletHub deemed crucial to financial well-being: credit standing, responsible spending, savings, risk exposure, and earning power.

Overland Park Profile:
Credit standing: 16
Responsible spending: 72
Savings: 43
Risk exposure: 33
Earning power: 2

Read complete article.

Source: Tanza Loudenback, Business Insider, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

You Oughta Be in Pictures...

...And you can be! We're approaching the end of the year and we need your help to get as many pictures as possible for the Year End event recap video.

We're looking for snapshots from your office get-togethers, company events, office meetings...whatever photographic evidence you have of agents and staff working hard, having fun and representing Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. Just email your pics to so we can add them to the growing stockpile of images. As always, we ask that you send them in as large a size and highest resolution as possible for the video

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