Get ready to REfresh because the 2018 Year End event is less than a month away! Join us for a happy hour and ceremony to celebrate all our accomplishments from 2017 and to recognize the top-performing agents and teams!

It all takes place on Thursday, February 8, at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Plaza. Official invites have been sent out, so be sure to RSVP soon! If you did not get one in your email, click here to view it and respond! See you at the party!

Jump start your New Year by joining Liberty agent Patrick McDowell to get a grasp on what company-provided online business tools are right for you and your clients. Find out when it’s right to use ZAP, MyHome eVantage, the BHG Greenhouse and KCH Agent and get a general overview of the features each offers. Walk through your questions as a group and get your business “technology-ready” for 2018!

Join us Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 9-11:30 in the Corporate Training Room. Please RSVP to Fran Cashion.

Congratulations to Northland agent, Aaron Crossley for graduating the UMKC Bloch School’s KCRAR REALTOR® Leadership Academy.

The Academy is a ten-month leadership development program designed to support REALTORS® who are committed to advancing their careers through professional education and civic engagement. Way to go, Aaron! We are proud of you.

The Winter 2018 issue of Distinctive Collection is now available. Flip through this digital magazine to see some of Kansas City’s finest luxury homes priced from the $600Ks. From Golf Homes to European Villas, 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. We will be accepting submissions for the Winter issue beginning in late March.

Director of Marketing and Communications, Valerie Rolfes welcomed a brand new baby boy into the world on Tuesday morning, January 9. Alexander Scott Rolfes weighs 8 lbs. and is 19.5 inches long. Mother and baby are doing fine. Congratulations to Valerie and her family!

It’s not every day that you can get to touch someone’s life in a truly meaningful and profound way. It’s even rarer to be able to do it so completely. That’s why it was such an honor and a humbling experience for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes, it’s agents, and some generous strangers to make a real difference – especially during the holidays – in the lives of a family who found itself in a difficult spot and in need of assistance. Read complete blog post.

In order to stand out some real estate professionals are looking beyond the traditional bottle of champagne as a closing gift, in favor of something more unique and memorable. Some examples include custom-made bobblehead dolls of the family, commissioned artworks and even pet dogs, the New York Times reported. Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, Realty Biz News Thursday, December 28, 2017

Some Highlights:

  • Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.81 million, the highest pace since December 2006.
  • The inventory of existing homes for sale has dropped year-over-year for the last 30 consecutive months and is now at a 3.4-month supply.
  • NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun had this to say: “Faster economic growth in recent quarters, the booming stock market and continuous job gains are fueling substantial demand for buying a home as 2017 comes to an end.”
Read complete article.

Source: Keeping Current Matters, December 2017

We’re excited to announce that John Arnold has joined our Leawood office to become the newest member of our real estate family. John comes to us from Keller Williams Realty Partners and brings with him 20 years of real estate experience.

John went to college at the University of Central Missouri and is originally from Blue Springs, MO. He and his wife, Kenna have lived for the last 22 years in Kansas City, right along State Line. Together they have two kids – a son who attends KU and a daughter who is a senior at Blue Valley North.

Among John’s favorite activities when not selling real estate are, spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors and going to the gym. He is also such a Chiefs fan that he and a small group of college friends travel to a different NFL city every year to cheer for them on the road.

Please help make John feel welcome as he continues his real estate career with us.

Three of our Northland have been affected by the devastation of duplex fire that happened this past weekend. The duplex is owned by Jason and Jana DeLong and it was being rented by fellow Northland agent Matt Messer. Fortunately, Matt was not at home at the time of the blaze, but since he did not have renter’s insurance and has lost virtually everything he owns.

Jana, being not only a thoughtful landlord but also a great friend, has set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise money and help Matt get back on his feet and reacquire some of the belongings he lost in the fire. If you would like to donate to Matt’s GoFundMe and help him bounce back from this ordeal, you can do so by following this link.