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Save the Date: Listings Workshop

Do you need more listings?  When you compete for a listing, do you always win?  We've asked some of our premiere listing agents to participate as panelists in our upcoming Listing Workshops and share their top tips with you.

Join us Wednesday, September 16 and/or Thursday, September 17 from 10-11:30am in the College Blvd. Large Conference Room.  Seating will be limited to the first 70 agents, so RSVP today to

Wednesday, September 16

• Susan Bowers (CB)
• Sherri Hines (BV)
• Anita Fichman (LW)

Thursday, September 17

• Suellen Dice (PL)
• Robbie Smart (PV/SL)
• Leslie Feeback (BV)
• Carol Chartrand (CB)
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You Ought to Be in Pictures

One of the highlights of our annual Recognition Event is the 'year in pictures' video. It gives everyone a glimpse at what each of the office has been up to socially, personally and professionally during the previous year.

As we approach the final quarter of 2015, don't forget to take pictures of your office events and get togethers and then give them to your office's administrative assistant to pass along. The more photos we get, the more we can share during the year end video.
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Iowa REALTOR® Receives Gang-Related Threat of Violence

A Des Moines real estate agent contacted police last Thursday after reportedly receiving a threatening call from a man who told her that her business card had been drawn from a hat and she was to become the recipient of a gang initiation later that day.

“The caller said they intended to bring harm to the agent and that they’d be seeing her later in the day,” says Brian Wetz, CEO and team leader for Keller Williams Realty Greater Des Moines. The agent immediately contacted the West Des Moines police to report the call. Read complete article.

Related article - Son of Slain Agent Urges Greater Safety

Source: MacKenzie Elmer, Des Moines Register, Monday, August 24, 2015.
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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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Housing Market Shines for Home Builders; Sales, Buyer Traffic Continue to Grow

It’s been nearly 10 years since home builders have been this confident about the housing market.

The Housing Market Index, which is based on a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, rose 1 point to 61 this month, its highest level since November 2005. Builders were asked about current sales of new single-family houses, sales expectations for the next six months, and traffic of prospective buyers. Two components — current sales and buyer traffic — were up, while sales expectations were unchanged. Read complete article.

Source: Kent Hoover, Kansas City Business Journal, Monday, August 17, 2015.
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More Single Women Are 1st-Time Homeowners

They now account for 23 percent of first-time buyers and 16 percent of repeat buyers, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors Profile of Homebuyers and Sellers. Single men make up 15 percent of first-timers and 8 percent of repeats.

"You’re in the suburbs of Manhattan, so you’ve got highly capable women who are working in the city and are looking to invest, and real estate is still a great investment for people," said Denise Friend of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in White Plains. Read complete article.

Source: Christine Gritmon,, Friday, August 21, 2015.
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Seven Teams Named Among "America's Best Real Estate Agents"

Congratulations all of the teams recognized for being named among REAL TRENDS "Best of the Best" Real Estate Teams in the country:

  • J & Company Real Estate Group - Northland
  • The Hayhow Group - Leawood
  • The Hellings Group - College Blvd.
  • The Phil Summerson Group - College Blvd.
  • The Kauffman Group - Plaza
  • The Smart Team - PV/SL
  • The Nancy Ward Real Estate Group - PV/SL

During a recent sales meeting, broker Rob Hill presented a framed letter of congratulations from BHGRE CEO Sherry Chris to Phil and Johnnye Summerson.

Thank you to all of the teams for continuing to set the standard of excellence in our industry. We are so proud to be in business with you here at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes!
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VHT has extended the promotion for $25 off VHT services. From now until 8/31/15, you can receive $25 off your next VHT order by using promo code: BHGRewardNM.

You can place an order for photography services by emailing, calling Client Services at 800-790-8687 or using our custom order form.
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The REAL Reasons Americans Buy a Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University performs a study every year surveying participants for the reasons that American’s feel are most important in regards to homeownership.

The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by respondents were not financial. Read complete article.

Source: Keeping Current Matters, Monday, August 17, 2015.
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Four Ways to Turn Facebook Followers into Clients

In 2015, Facebook passed 1.49 billion monthly active users, 874 million mobile users, and 728 million daily users. Combine those staggering numbers with recent National Association of REALTORS® stats that show that more than half of all homebuyers learn about houses on social media sites, and you’ll quickly understand why establishing a Facebook network to interact with clients is necessary for success. Read complete article.

Source: Joe Sesso, RISMedia, Thursday, August 13, 2015.
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How Real Estate Agents Can Use LinkedIn to Grow Their Business

Imagine if your ideal customer only spent money with you once or twice every few decades.

That’s the reality many real estate agents face every day, making ongoing, reliable lead generation a necessity.

And while traditional (and I’d argue, outdated and overpriced) methods like bus stop signs, billboards and printed ads provide diminishing returns, I’m seeing more and more real estate agents turning to social networks like LinkedIn in search of fresh leads. Read complete article.

Source: John Nemo, Kansas City Business Journal, Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
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Order Your 2016 Calendars Today

It's that time of year again! The 2016 Desk Planners and Wall Calendars are available to order. If you ordered calendars last year, you'll receive an email invitation from ACC Publishing with ordering instructions. If you have NOT previously ordered calendars, please use this form.

Pricing for desk calendars starts at $2.84 each. Pricing for wall calendars starts at $2.62 each. Minimum order quantity is 100 for either desk or wall calendars. Envelopes are included with each order. ACC Direct Mail Service is available to send calendars or you can use the company's bulk mail stamp.

Order deadline for calendars is Friday, August 28. If you need help placing your order, there is online chat support or you can call 262-723-6926.
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Midwestern Mojo: Why the Hometown Pride of Kansas City Won’t Die

One night last October, President Obama stood before a crowd in the Blue Room of the White House and declared, “Something is going on in Kansas City.” Most of the people who erupted into cheers were members of Sporting KC, the Major League Soccer champions of 2013. The night before this gathering, the Kansas City Chiefs had walloped the New England Patriots 41–14. And a few hours after this gathering, the Kansas City Royals would rally in the 12th inning of the wild card game against the Oakland A’s, clinching a spot in the playoffs for the first time in twenty-nine years?—?a ride that would take the underdog team all the way to Game 7 of the World Series. Read complete article.

Source: Melody Rowell,, Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
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Valuable Matrix Information Alert!

On September 1st, the REALTOR® Property Resource public record data will be integrated into the Matrix system and will allow all property listings in every county to be linked up with public record information that has been compiled by RPR. This is an awesome resource, but we really, really need your help to ensure that you are able to access this valuable information.

Each subscriber and participant of HMLS will need to create their own account for RPR in order to take advantage of this integration. It only takes a few minutes, and requires just your name, email and NRDS number. That's it! In fact, you can even click here for some step-by-step instructions!
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Wet Bars, Hot Tubs, and More: What Home Feature Rules in Your State?'s data team took a deep dive into its 1.5 million active listings of single-family homes for sale and parsed out over 200 individual features from their listing descriptions. From there, they finalized the top five features for each state and picked the one with real local flavor.

Locally, the two most sought-after home features were wet bars and walkout basements in Kansas and Missouri, respectively. See the complete list of each state's top home features.

Source: Yuqing Pan,, Monday, August 17, 2015.
Bookmark and Share Explains the Home Buying Process in a Series of Irreverant Videos recently brought Hollywood actress Elizabeth Banks on board as their new spokesperson. Now, in a series of YouTube videos entitled "The Home-Buying Process in Plain English with Elizabeth Banks", she breaks down the complex process of searching for, finding, making and offer and closing on a home, in a very informative and entertaining way.

Click here to view the videos and consider sharing them with your clients to help them better understanding what to expect from trying to buy a home.
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Luxury Living in Downtown Kansas City

PV/SL agent Leslie Tomlinson and her husband Jay were just featured in the Wall Street Journal article "Luxury Living in Downtown Kansas City" which describes the couple's decision to invest great time and money in their new contemporary living space loft building in the Crossroads District.

Read more about the Tomlinson's loft project as well as other luxury living options in the downtown area.

Source: Alina Dizik, Wall Street Journal, Thursday, August 6, 2015.
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4 Ways to Easily Brand Yourself as a Real Estate Agent

Growing your brand isn’t easy. It takes time, persistence and the willingness to put yourself out there over and over again. We know there are challenges. You don’t want to seem too ambitious, but you also don’t want to miss any opportunity to find that next client. And as a real estate agent in 2015, you’re bombarded with a slew of marketing ploys, from Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, to mailed postcards and advertising. Read complete article.

Source: RISMedia, Thursday, August 13, 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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