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Single-Person Households Are on the Rise

A century ago, fewer than six percent of all households consisted of people who lived alone. By 2013, that percentage has jumped to 28 percent, with single-person households now making up the second most common household type just behind married couples without minor children (at 29 percent), according to U.S. Census Bureau data. What's more, single households have now surpassed married households with minor children (19 percent).

These single households – once mostly dominated by men – have shifted to a rise in the number of women living alone. Women now head 54 percent of all single-person households. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, May 22, 2015.
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2015 Company Picnic: Final Days to RSVP

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 7 and get ready for an afternoon of fun, family, friends and food at our company picnic!

This year's get together will be at Longview Lake Park in Lee's Summit (printable map). In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken catered by Chris Cakes, we'll have plenty of fun activities for everyone:

  • DJ/Music
  • Games
  • Ice Cream Truck
  • Face Painter
  • Balloon Artist
  • More...

We'll have seating for more than 200 people, but you are more than welcome to bring your own lawn chairs. We'll also have access to a ball field, so feel free to bring sports equipment (baseball glove, bat, etc.) and get a friendly game going.

If you plan to attend, RSVP by Thursday, May 28 with how many adults and children (12 or younger) in your family are coming. Hope to see you there!
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“Backyard of your Dreams” Sweepstakes Launched

Between now and June 15th, consumers can enter to win $2,500 and a consultation with outdoor design expert and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Dream Team member, Carson Arthur. You can stay top-of-mind by sharing the sweepstakes with your customers and prospects. To visit or share the sweepstakes, just follow this link.
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5 Reasons Why LinkedIn is a Useful Tool for Real Estate Agents

Many of us have routines that we repeat daily. Part of my routine, besides not checking a device for a period of time after getting up and a workout, includes reading the news and briefly scanning the social networks before I leave my apartment for the day (generally speaking, subterranean travel doesn’t lend itself — for now — to browsing anything).

On this particular morning, (yet again) a comment crossed my feed about LinkedIn. Read complete article.

Source: Nicole Beauchamp, Inman, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
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Housing Starts Hit Seven-Year High as Builders See Pent-Up Demand

Housing starts jumped 20 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.135 million, the highest number in more than seven years.

Building permits for housing units increased 10 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.143 million, up 10 percent from March, according to the Census Bureau. Read complete article.

Source: Kent Hover, Kansas City Business Journal, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
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MLS Statistics for April 2015

The following statistics compare sales activity in April 2015 with the same time last year.


Heartland MLS:
  • Sales (YTD):+17.2%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +8.2% to $192,355

Johnson County:
  • Sales (YTD):+17.7%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +5.5% to $274,104
  • New Listings YTD: +8.4% to 1,610

Wyandotte County:
  • Sales YTD: +8.8%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +16.6% to $99,623
  • New Listings (YTD): -5.5% to 221

Jackson County:
  • Sales (YTD):+12.5%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +9.9% to $152,794
  • New Listings (YTD): +0.3% to 1,518

Clay/Ray Counties:
  • Sales (YTD): +26.8%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +.02% to $165,773
  • New Listings (YTD): -2.3% to 740

Platte County:
  • Sales (YTD): +25.9%
  • Avg. Home Sale Price (YTD): +5.2% to $213,129
  • New Listings (YTD):-6.5% to 300

Click here to download the April 2015 MLS statistics report and summary.
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KC-Area Restaurant Lands on 'Best BBQ Spots in America' List

One of the "Best BBQ Spots in America" can be found right here in Kansas City, Kan.

TripAdvisor recently revealed its list of the top 10 barbecue joints, and Joe's Kansas City took the No. 2 spot. The travel website cited Joe's Kansas City's unique location – a gas station – and praised its "fall-off-the-bone meat." Read complete article.

Source: Kansas City Business Journal, Thursday, May 21, 2015.
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What Millennials Are Looking for in a City

The millennial generation is a diverse bunch, but there are a few common threads that tie them together. Millennials often value experiences and look at their lives in a different way than previous generations did – and they're certainly not afraid to shake things up. In fact, according to a recent Rent.com survey of 1,000 U.S. renters ages 18 to 34, nearly half say they moved to a different city than the one they grew up in – but what are they looking for in those cities, exactly? Read complete article.

Source: Niccole Schreck, U.S. News & World Report, Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
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2015 Recognition Club Trip: It's No Secret... You'll Have a Great Time!

The latest recognition club trip destination - Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort - was announced at the annual year end event. Situated just 10 minutes north of Cancun, Mexico, Secrets Resort is an all-inclusive luxury getaway destination with plenty to do and lots to enjoy.

Based on your feedback, we've moved the timing of the trip up from November to late October (10/25-10/29). We hope this will allow more qualifiers to be able to attend!

Congratulations to the more than 80 sales professionals who have qualified to join the fun in Playa Mujeres. If you are not yet among them, you still have until June 30 to qualify. Please see your broker for details.

Good luck and we'll see you in Mexico!
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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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Get $25 Off VHT Services

VHT has kicked off a new promo which runs through the end of June. When you order any VHT services between now and 6/30/2015, just use this promo code to receive $25 off.

You can place an order for photography services by emailing support@vht.com, calling Client Services at 800-790-8687 or using our custom order form.
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Realtors® Eagerly Await A-OK to Fly UAVs

There will be a time when Realtors® can legally fly an unmanned aerial system, or drone, around property listings to capture images for marketing purposes, but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely. That’s according to Federal Aviation Administration officials who told Realtors® today during the When, Where and How can I Use My Drone session at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Read complete article.

Source: Jenny Werwa, REALTOR.org, Friday, May 15, 2015.
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Kansas City 1 of 9 Best Cities in U.S. for Jobs

Kansas City was once dominated by stockyards and shipping, but has transformed into a city where service industries are thriving. The city of 2.1 million residents was also picked by Google to test Google Fiber, its ultra-high-speed Internet experiment.

The city has some 29,000 job openings, which offer a median base salary of $46,000. Read complete article.

Source: CBS Moneywatch, Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
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Leawood, Overland Park Among Richest Zip Codes in Kansas

A recent report on "The Wealthiest ZIP codes in America" by credit services company Experian and summarized by The Huffington Post lists three places in Leawood, Wichita and Overland Park as the "wealthiest" in Kansas.

The list is based on the number of tax returns filed in each ZIP code and the average income per return.

In Leawood, ZIP code 66211 has the highest average reported income per return in Kansas, at $202,863. The report indicates that 2,016 tax returns were filed in 66211. Read complete article.

Source: Andrew Vaupel, Kansas City Business Journal, Friday, May 15, 2015.
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Most Millennials Expect to be Homeowners by 2020

Seventy percent of millennials who do not yet own a home expect to become home owners by 2020, and most expect to use the money they have saved for a down payment, according to a survey of 1,270 members of Gen Y aged 19 to 36 conducted by the Urban Land Institute.Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, Realty Biz, Friday, May 5, 2015.
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The Empty Nest: A Place, a State of Mind — and an Opportunity

Ah, the empty nest — that tranquil, far-off place harried parents dream about. An idyllic state where the kids are grown and on their own, couples reacquaint, and long-deferred leisure fills hours once claimed by domestic obligation.

Whether or not reality fulfills those dreamy expectations, the empty nest is a new reality for millions of Baby Boomers each year. And more than a state of being, it’s also a physical place of sticks and bricks — and that’s where we come in. Read compete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog,Monday, May 4, 2015.
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Welcome Back to Your BHG Home!

We're pleased to announce that Bill Westerhold has returned to our company after being gone since October for a brief stint with Keller Williams Northland Partners.

Bill rejoins us as a sales professional in our Northland Office. Please help us welcome Bill back to his BHG home!
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Start Spreading the News with the 2nd Quarter Real Estate Review Newsletter

The spring issue of Real Estate Review for 2015 is ready to download, customize, print and send to your client base.

In this latest edition, the featured stories include the real vs. perceived value of home remodeling, an article about how to approach buying a 'fixer-upper', a Kansas City calendar of events and a list lesser-known facts about Kansas City's history.

Download your copy of Real Estate Review here or visit the Newsletter page under the My Marketing tab.
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Spring Issue of Distinctive Collection Available

The Spring issue of Distinctive Collection e-magazine is now available. Flip through this digital magazine to see more than 20 of Kansas City's finest luxury homes priced from the $600Ks.

From Mission Hills to Lee's Summit, 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 July 1.
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