On Wednesday, December 6, the Kansas City Association of REALTORS® held their 2017 Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony. BHGRE Kansas City Homes was well-represented with two of our own, and one of our title affiliates taking home top honors. Congratulations to Alex Goering (Blue Valley) for being named Salesperson of the Year, Kristi Ferrara (Northland) for being named REALTOR® of the Year and Kenna Arnold with our in-office title company, Security 1st being named Affiliate of the Year. We’re so proud of every one of you. These are such well-deserved honors.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we became a brand new affiliate in one of the country’s best real estate networks, but that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday, December 5. Word can’t express just how fortunate we are to be part of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and we can’t thank each of you enough for helping to make us one of the top affiliates with in it! So congratulations to us all and here’s to many more years of Being Better!

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. Read complete article.

Source: Pantone Color Institute, December 2017

Before the internet, buying a home involved long hours of flipping through MLS books and driving prospects around neighborhoods; something many agents just didn’t have time to do during the busy holiday season. Now that buyers are able to search, filter, and scan through potential listings without leaving their couch; home buying during the holidays has never been easier. Here are three reasons why your clients should list during the holiday season. Read complete article.

Source: Christy Murdock Edgar, Inman, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Home shoppers may have it easier in 2018. Inventory constraints of for-sale homes and rising home prices may finally start to ease next year, according to realtor.com®’s 2018 National Housing Forecast. “Next year will set the stage for a significant inflection point in the housing shortage,” says Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com®. Read complete article. Source: REALTORMag, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate understands that time is money for all real estate professionals. Rather than expending effort to nurture leads that might not turn into clients, we have technology that predicts how likely a prospect is to transact. Using our website and mobile app, clients can search for a new home anywhere in the world, with their BHGRE® affiliated agent following every step of the way. Gain actionable insights and get back hours of your day with our technology. Read complete article.

Source: BHGRE Blog, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meredith Corp. announced Sunday that it is buying Time Inc. for about $1.8 billion, a deal CEO Stephen Lacy called “a transformative and financially compelling growth opportunity” that joins two giant magazine companies.

Meredith brings with it a magazine portfolio that includes Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, allrecipes and Shape, while Time Inc. owns properties including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly. Read complete article.

Source: Time, Monday, November 27, 2017

To Our Better Homes & Garden’s Family, We are honored and humbled by the help that we have received from all our Better Home & Gardens Family. You will never ever know how much this meant to us. We raised close to $100,000 for Harvey Relief through the Gary Greene Foundation. Some of you donated directly to the Foundation or you sent a donation through Realogy which was then donated to the Foundation. 100% of the money was given to our 62 agents and employees that flooded during the storm. Read complete article.

Source: Clean Slate, Tuesday, November 28, 2017