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Mark Your Calendar for Our Next Risk Management Meeting

Make plans now to be a part of our 2015 Risk Management Meeting on Thursday, October 15, the KU Edwards Campus.

This year's meeting will kick off at 8:30 am with coffee and refreshments, followed by:

  • 9:00 am - BHGRE CEO Sherry Chris and BHGRE Kansas City Homes President/CEO David Cooper
  • 9:30 am - Attorneys JIm Hubbard and Eldon Shields
  • 11:00 am - Meeting wrap up and conclusion

Reserve your spot today by emailing
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Fall Parade of Homes 2015

Enjoy touring a variety of new homes throughout the metropolitan area during the Fall Parade of Homes. 301 homes spread out among 8 different counties - Wyandotte, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Platte and Miami – will be showcased. A full range of Prices from $192,000 – 1,650,000 is included. That Fall Parade of Homes takes place October 3 – 18, with tours taking place daily from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Entries represented by our company in this year's parade include:

Gatewood Villas - Represented by Susan Hoskinson
#202 - Tom French Homes
11113 S. Montclaire Drive, Olathe, KS*

Mills Farm - Represented by Mindy Shane and David Mombello
#235 - C&M Builders, Inc.
16441 Cody St., Overland Park, KS
#236 - Todd Hill Homes, LLC.
16445 Cody St., Overland Park, KS

Mills Farm Manor - Represented by Mindy Shane and David Mombello
#237 - James Engle Custom Homes
11800 W. 164th Pl., Overland Park, KS
#239 - Providence Homes, LLC.
11502 W. 166th Ter., Overland Park, KS

The National - Represented by Chris Powell, Gary Trester and Gina Galloway
#80 - SAB Homes, Inc.
5903 S National Drive, Parkville MO
#81 - SAB Homes, Inc.
5886 S National Drive, Parkville MO
#82 - Ashlar Homes
5903 S National Drive, Parkville MO

New Longview
- Represented by The Gale Team (Linda Lutz, Kurt Lutz, Leslie Marshall, Tucker Marshall and Susie Zammar)
#30 - Gale Homes, Inc
3308 SW Arena St., Lee's Summit, MO
#31 - Gale Homes, Inc
3317 SW Rockbridge Dr., Lee's Summit, MO
#32 - Gale Homes, Inc.
3146 SW Grandstand Cir., Lee's Summit, MO

Southwick On the Lake - Represented by Lynne Matile and Sherri Hines
#227 - Todd Hill Homes, LLC.
19743 Windsor Dr, Stilwell, KS
#228 - Woodbridge Homes, Inc. - Pick of the Parade Grand Award Winner
19753 Windsor Dr, Stilwell, KS

Tuscany Piazza Townhomes
- Represented by Susan Hoskinson
#277 - Tom French Homes
3112 W. 137th St, Leawood, KS**

Winterset Valley
- Represented by The Gale Team (Linda Lutz, Kurt Lutz, Leslie Marshall, Tucker Marshall and Susie Zammar)
#70 - James Engle Custom Homes
221 SW Roosevelt Ridge, Lee's Summit, MO
#71 - JFE Construction
225 SW Roosevelt Ridge, Lee's Summit, MO
#72 - SAB Homes, Inc.
217 SW Roosevelt Ridge, Lee's Summit, MO
#73 - Pfeifer Homes, Inc.
2800 NW Audubon Ln., Lee's Summit, MO

Let's show our support of the new homes communities.

*Model not finished and open only on weekends
from 12:00 - 3:00 pm
**Three units available to view, Parade model is furnished
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Northland Office Helps 'ReBuild' Homes in the Clay County Area

During ReBuilding day in Clay County on Saturday, October 3rd, volunteers from our Northland office served coffee and donuts to the many different organizations who worked to improve 24 homes in the Clay County area.

Additionally, many of our agents served on the waste management team by removing debris from 12 of the 24 homes that were being improved. Rebuilding Together, who coordinated this volunteer work day is dedicated to improving the homes and lives of neighbors in need. Striving together to eliminate unsafe and deplorable living conditions.
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What Your Logo Color Says About Your Brokerage

When customers go to your website, see your marketing material or walk into your brokerage, your logo is generally the first thing they will notice. Choosing the right logo color is essential to your brand’s identity.

Different colors can evoke different emotions from your audience. Although the way a person feels about a certain color is generally subjective, it’s important to consider the message you are trying to communicate to your customers and if the color of your logo effectively corresponds with that message. Read complete article.

Source: Jarad Hull,, Monday, October 5, 2015.
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Top Agents Take Part in Naples, FL Retreat

Congratulations to all of the agents in our company who were invited to the exclusive Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Top Agent Retreat!

This two-day event which was held in Naples, FL featured a number of social events as well as industry panels. Phil Summerson from the College Blvd. office shared his experiences and successes as a part of a Top Listing Agent panel.

Other agents who attended the Top Agent Retreat included:

- Chad Chadwick (BV)
- Sherri Hines (BV)
- Erika Kauffman-Wheeler (PL)
- Meg Lewis (BV)
- Lynne Matile (BV)
- Johnnye Summerson (CB)
- Chris Smart (PV/SL)
- Robbie Smart (PV/SL)

For those who were invited to this year's event and couldn't make it, mark your calendars now: next year's Top Agent Retreat will be held in conjunction with the Iowa State Fair.
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Facebook Revamps the Look of Your Profile

Want to grab more attention on Facebook? A video for your profile picture –such as you walking through a listing or putting up a “sold” sign -- will certainly do the trick. It’s among the changes Facebook announced this week in an overhaul to the look of users’ profiles with a slew of new mobile-friendly features and controls.

Facebook soon will allow users to upload a seven-second video as a replacement for the static profile picture that tops your page. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, October 2, 2015.
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Realtor Survey: Millennials Are No Longer a Renter Generation

Homebuying trends in 2015 are undermining the image of the Millennials as a generation of renters. Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke has argued for some time now that Millennials are not different than previous generations in homebuying, delaying homebuying decisions by no more than a year or two beyond the habits of Generation X of Baby Boomers. Read complete article.

Source: Trey Garrison, Housing Wire, Thursday, September 24, 2015.
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Real Estate Ads Target Instagram, Snapchat

Do Instagram and Snapchat represent the new frontier for real estate marketing? Both companies recently started to integrate advertisements into their social platforms, opening up new avenues for real estate companies to reach the coveted millennial demographic of home buyers. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, September 22, 2015.
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Content Marketing for Real Estate Professionals

Having a website is a great start as a professional platform to gain contacts, but you’ll soon find that it isn’t enough to bring in the volume of leads needed to realize your goals as a real estate professional. You will find, however, that you’ll be much more successful after building an online reputation as a leader in your chosen area of expertise. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Thursday, October 1, 2015.
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Sign Up for the Next Ninja Installation in January

Last week during the Listing Panels, several presenters commented about how Ninja Installation has changed the way they do business.

Currently, we are planning to host another 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.

To guarantee the event happens, we MUST have at least 45 participants, either taking the Installation for the first time or auditing the class. Time is running out, so if you are planning to attend, please let Fran Cashion know as soon as possible.
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Make Our All-Star Roster Even Better

Even teams with talent to spare know the importance of adding quality players. If you know someone who'd be a GREAT fit for our company, let your broker know today. With our Talent Attraction program, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Refer someone you think would be a great fit with our company
2. Help your broker set-up an interview
3. When your referral is hired, you can receive 10 years of additional income*

And, for a limited time, when your referral is hired, you'll receive a Talent Attraction MVP baseball. Contest ends 10/31, so don't delay . . . let your broker know today.
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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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Crossroads District is Named One of the ‘15 Great Places in America’ by American Planning Association

Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District made this year’s list of “15 Great Places in America,” according a national group of city planners.

The American Planning Association included the Crossroads on its annual list of neighborhoods, streets and public places released Wednesday. Read complete article.

Source: Ian Cummings, Kansas City Star, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
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BHGRE Expands its Midwest Footprint with First Nebraska Brokerage

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate has added the first Nebraska-based real estate affiliate, Gold Coast Real Estate, to its franchise network. The newly named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Integrity, led by broker/owner Tom Simmons, will continue to serve greater Omaha and its surrounding communities.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is excited to enhance our presence in the Midwest as we enter Nebraska. With an influx of suburbanites to the Omaha city center, as well as robust construction opportunities in outlying communities, our newest affiliate is poised for strategic growth.
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Own Your Digital Personality: Social Media & Building Your Personal Brand

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, famously said, “Your brand is what people say about you after you leave the room.” In today’s digital age, what people used to say “in the room” often now occurs online. From online reviews to social media, you must be aware of your digital image. In addition, you have the opportunity to impact what other people say about you, based on what you build.

If you’re new to social media, or looking to ramp up your activity, there are simple steps you can take to create a successful presence online, starting with planning your brand and voice, and with knowing the tools to help you maintain an active presence. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Thursday, September, 24 2015.
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We NEED Your Referrals

Do you know someone planning to move out-of-town or across the country? To ensure your clients are set-up with a professional agent in their next city, you can submit your client to the broker-to-broker referral network here.

Every time you make a referral, you'll be entered for a chance to win a GoPro camera. Contact Fran Cashion by email or at ext. 2310 with any questions.
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Real Estate Agents Who Outsource Listing Photos Earn Twice as Much as Others

Real estate agents who always use professional third-party photographers earn twice as much gross commission income (GCI) as agents who never use professional third-party photographers. That's according to a recent study co-published by real estate consultancy and research firm REAL Trends and Virtuance, a real estate photography company. Download complete article.

Source: Teke Wiggin,, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
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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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Working Away From Your Home Office...Did You Know?

As an agent with our company, you are welcome to use ANY of our offices metro-wide to work or meet with your clients. When you visit another office, please introduce yourself to the receptionist and let her know which office is your "home" office. Also, just a reminder, the Leawood office is temporarily officing out of the 8101 College Blvd. while waiting for their new digs to be ready later this year in Mission Farms.
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Livability Names Overland Park One of the Top 100 Best Places to Live

Coming in at #14, Overland Park is another three-time city on the Best Places index. Overland Park provides residents with excellent schools, great recreational facilities, entertainment options and a stable economy. As one of the best cities for families, Overland Park offers children a safe environment to explore while inspiring them. Top employers in Overland Park include Sprint, Johnson County Community College and Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company. See all 100 of Livability's top places to live.

Source:, September 2015.
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2015 CE Schedule Released

The preliminary list of classes for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes' 2015 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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