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Want to update or replace the default cover photo on your Zap website? We have formatted several cover image options which you can download and add to your Zap site. Choose from multiple categories including lifestyle, home interiors and exteriors, and pictures with agents and clients. Select the one that suits your needs and upload it to your Zap site. We will be adding more photos in the future, so keep checking back for more options.

MLS Statistics for January 2017

Download a PDF of the infographic breaking down the Kansas City area MLS statistics for October 2016.

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4 Tips to Capture Great Photos to Share on Social Media

With social media it’s possible to reach thousands of people through a single post, but there are specific steps you’ll need to take if your content is to go viral, especially when posting photos online.

The good news is that most social media sites are at least photo-centric, which means real estate agents have a grand opportunity to get images of their properties out there and seen by potentially interested buyers. Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, RealtyBiz News, Monday, February 20, 2017
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How to Manage Social Media Time and Resources

Success for real estate professionals in the social environment requires a balance between their social goals and the time and other resources available for reaching them. However, starting with a realistic plan can set a course for striking this balance.

Social Media for Every Type of User
When performed and managed correctly, social media is effective and accessible to all real estate professionals, though the perception that its full potential can be realized quickly is simply misleading. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Friday, February 10, 2017

2016 Rising Stars

During our Year End Event on Thursday, February 9, we announced our 2016 Rising Star award winners.

Congratulations to these 10 new agents who have started off their real estate career with great success and well-earned recognition:

  • Heather Bauer - Leawood
  • Kortney Jones - PV/SL
  • Konnie Sanders - PV/SL
  • Sara Youngblood - PV/SL
  • Jessica Magaha - College Blvd.
  • Barb Hendricks - College Blvd.
  • Rick Rosenbaum - College Blvd.
  • Heather Luce - Northland
  • Jana Larson - College Blvd.
  • Ashley Stambaugh - Plaza
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KC Home Construction Continues Rise Toward Pre-Recession Levels

The eight-county Kansas City area ended 2016 with a 17 percent increase in single-family permits compared to 2015, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City reported Tuesday.

The total of 5,489 single-family permits issued during 2016 marked the fifth consecutive year of increased single-family permit activity and the highest level since 2007. Read complete article.

Source: Rob Roberts, Kansas City Business Journal, Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Be a Happier Business Person: Here's How

What are the keys to happiness? Research reveals how you can be happier in your personal and professional life.

Stay positive.

“Bad things happen to everyone, including happy people,” writes Travis Bradberry, co-writer of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” and co-founder of TalentSmart. “Instead of complaining about how things could have been or should have been, happy people reflect on everything they’re grateful for.” Happy people tend to find the best solution to a problem and then move on, refusing to dwell on negative events. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Thursday, February 16, 2017

Order Your Royals Schedule Magnets Today

Kansas City Royals schedule magnets are now available through Magnet Street.

These schedule magnets are can be fully personalized with your picture and contact information. This year, there are two different designs available to choose from and can be viewed here and here. Regularly, these magnet schedules cost .42¢/each. However, if you use our exclusive discount code of RGOCSBHGDN29, you can get them for just .29¢/each.

Envelopes and additional print items are also available. If you have any questions, please contact Magnet Street at 1.800.788.8633 and one of their representatives will assist you.
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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.

Helping Sellers Navigate Multiple Offers

The hot spring residential market will soon be upon us. This year, it will almost certainly be hotter than anything in the recent (or distant) past for sellers. Available listings remain low (scarcity), new construction isn’t even close to keeping pace with first time buyers, more potential buyers are coming into the market (high demand), and interest rates remain near historic lows but show signs of soon heading higher. Read complete article.

Source: Brian Kline, RealtyBiz News, Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Create Great Content for Social Media

The often-quoted phrase “content is king” has never been truer than in the world of social media, where the most results-driven communications are brief, relevant, timely, and attention-getting. And applying this principle is even more essential in the real estate market, where competition and clients’ ever-decreasing attention spans create a need for increasingly targeted, quality content across all social media channels. Follow our tips, backed by research by Lumentus Social. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Share the Winter Issue of Distinctive Collection with Your Clients

The Winter 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 Lacygne 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 in April 2017
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1st Quarter Real Estate Review Now Available

The first Real Estate Review of 2017 is now available to download and customize for your clients. In this issue, there is an article about the steps leading up to buying a home, advice for home fixes before you sell and of course, a Kansas City calendar of events.

The Leawood Office Grows by Welcoming Two New Agents

Desiree Beil
Desiree still somewhat new to the real estate industry, having only gotten her license in July of 2016. She spent a short amount of time with Keller Williams before making a move for the Better and joining our company. Desiree is married and she and her husband have four children - three girls and a boy.
Kim Hippe
Kim is new to real estate. Prior to getting her license, she spent the last 17 years working in sales and marketing for the Insurance industry. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in California and moved to Kansas in 1999. She lives with her husband, James and two daughters, 17 and 14.
Help us welcome these two new agents to the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes family!
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2017: The Year of Gen X, Minority Homebuyers

Fifty-nine million Americans are “considering” buying a home in 2017, especially Generation X and minority homebuyers, according to a recent report by Bankrate.com. Sixteen million Americans are “very likely” to buy.

Roughly 40 percent of minorities and 20 percent of Gen Xers plan to purchase this year, the report found. Read complete article.

Source: RISMedia February, 2017

Company Comes Together to Celebrate Year End Event

Nearly 300 agents, staff and guests filled the Brass on Baltimore for our annual Year Event on Thursday, February 9.

It was an afternoon filled with recognition, prizes, good food and great company. Thanks to everyone who came and celebrated with us. This was easily one of the best and most enjoyable events we had in recent memory. Special thanks to our Emcees - Steve Moyer (Broker-Leawood) and Rob Hill (Broker - College Blvd.) for hosting the event. Check out our company Facebook page for even more photos from the event.

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