As a part of REALTOR® Safety Month, KCRAR will be bringing a self defense expert to teach members what they need to know in case of a threatening situation.

Master Bronson Ko will share simple techniques and tactics to escape these kinds of situations. Bronson has over 30 years of martial arts experience and has been teaching for 20. He is the founder and owner of Ko Martial Arts in Overland Park and Olathe, Kan. Register here for the class.

What would you be willing to do in order to keep a real estate transaction from falling through? Would you literally put your life on the line to save a deal?

Ask any agent or broker, and the answer likely will be an easy “no.” But according to real estate safety instructor Cheryl Knowlton, president of Elite Edge Real Estate Training, practitioners most commonly cite fear of losing the deal as the reason they don’t follow safety protocols on the job. And with a third of the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS® reporting having faced professional situations that made them afraid for their personal safety or the security of their personal information, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ newly released 2018 Member Safety Report, it may be time for real estate pros to reconsider risky work habits. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag Friday, September 14, 2018

Bigger isn’t always better in real estate. While some buyers may really value the square footage of a home, there are a number of buyers who may either be looking to downsize or who may be interested in other factors besides size. With Millennials having children at the slowest rate in American history and many empty nesters looking for a post-retirement space that meets their needs, the market is ripe for people looking for smaller dwellings. Read complete article.

Source: Kathleen Kuhn, Realty Biz News, Thursday, September 13, 2018

The 2018 Fall Parade of Homes takes place Sept. 22-Oct. 7 and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have listings that are featured in this year’s parade, send the information to the Marketing Department. We will showcase all Kansas City Homes listings to our followers on social media, so submit your entries today!

Note: Please try to include the MLS#/Address, a photo and website if applicable.

BHGRE Kansas City Homes Entries:

#330112 W Mackenzie Dr., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
MLS #2122815 – Listed by the Gale Team

Thanks to all our awesome agents who Rocked the Block yesterday with KCRAR and Habitat for Humanity Kansas City to rehab homes in Olathe, KS. We had a great turn, and as you can see by the pictures, we did a lot of amazing work to improve the conditions of homes in needs around the neighborhood.

Whether you’re an anxious parent-to-be or harried mom or dad to six kids, where you choose to raise your progeny is of tantamount importance. Because, let’s face it, some cities and towns are simply more family-friendly than others.

For the second year in a row, Overland Park, KS, was named the best place in the nation to raise a family, according to a recent report from personal finance website WalletHub. The median list price in the suburb of Kansas City, KS, is $349,000, according to realtor.com®. Read complete article.

Source: Clare Trapasso, Realtor.com, Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Fall 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 spacious estates in the exclusive Golf Club of Kansas City to a breathtaking hidden gem in Leawood, you’ll see beautiful interior and exterior photos, as well as details about these exclusive homes for sale. Share this e-magazine with your prospects and clients today who are searching for their next Kansas City luxury home.

Fran Cashion will be retiring at the end of this month, so we are having a Celebration/Going Away party in her honor.

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 4p to 6p
  • Where: Leawood office

Please let your broker know if you plan on attending by Tuesday, September 18 so we can get a final head count. Thanks!

You asked. We listened!

Fusion early bird rates have been extended up to and including October 31, 2018!

The current rate of $569 offers an exceptional value as the now 3-day pass includes admission to Fusion 2019, the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate international brand conference hosted for all affiliated brokers, agents, and non-sales staff and access to the Realogy Global Exchange (RGX) event.

Hosted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas March 18 – 20, 2019, this engaging, high-energy event will prove to be of higher value offering a hybrid of brand updates, industry insights, education, networking, and training designed to spark innovation and support the day-to-day business of our affiliated network. Adding RGX, an additional day of learning to our regularly scheduled agenda, will afford you more time to network with peers across the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brand, attend more learning tracks relevant to growing your careers, and of course, have fun the only way we know how – BHGRE® style!

Look forward to tremendous sessions presented by top-tier speakers, an amazing expo featuring the products and services of our world-class partners, and a concert with performances by superstar musical entertainment!

Bulk tickets (10 or more) will become available for purchase on Thursday, November 1 at $20 less than the current rate offered.

Register today to reserve your spot – we can’t wait to see you in Vegas!

Click Here to Register.

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As the luxury home market evolves, an agent must keep a finger on the pulse of these changes. Marketing luxury homes for sale means knowing what high-end home buyers want. Meeting or exceeding these expectations makes an agent a go-to resource for these busy and discerning buyers. Read complete article.

Source: Meg White, REALTOR Magazine, Thursday, August 30, 2018