Have you ever been out to lunch with a business associate who continually checks their phone in the middle of your discussion? Or are you guilty of doing this yourself? It’s not exactly the most professional interaction. Screens today seem to be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, your online and social media interactions with clients help you stay connected and even gain new leads. On the other, your device becomes your ball and chain, causing distractions and contributing to the loss of intimacy in face-to-face interactions. Read complete article

Source: REALTORMag, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2018 is quickly nearing its end. That means the marketing department is hard at work planning our annual year-end celebration and producing the recap video. We need all your photos from gatherings, office events, social occasions, fundraisers, and basically any time your agents and staff got together in the past year. We want to showcase as many people as we can from all the offices, so the more pics we can get, the better!

To make it easier to share your pics with us, we’ve created a folder on Google Drive where you can just drop in your image files. Get those pictures in now so we can create the best video yet!

With prospective buyers traditionally taking more time off work during the holidays, it may be wise to hold an open house during this time to bring more traffic to your listing. Some buyers may even be looking to purchase a home before ringing in the new year. But in this colder season, use these tips from RISMedia to host an open house during the holidays. Read complete article

Source: REALTORMag, Monday, December 3, 2018

More millennials are pursuing homeownership now than ever before. The national homeownership rate rose to 64.4 percent in the third quarter this year—an increase of half a percentage point over a year ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s largely attributed to the rise in new, first-time home buyers. Read complete article

Source: REALTORMag, Thursday, November 29, 2018

Amy Chorew, our Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate VP of Learning, interviewed three top brokers to gain insights on their best practices for lead generation. John Jackson from John Jackson Neighborhood Real Estate, Lane Hornung from 8z Real Estate, and Heather Bush from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Capital Area were excited to share their expertise. Read complete article

Source: BHGRE Blog, Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Join the Starhaven Rounders for the Starhaven Roundup charity concert event to benefit Veterans Community Project on Friday, November 30.

It’s an evening of music and fun at Staley Farms Golf Club complete with appetizers, an auction, and a cash bar. Get your tickets now – $20 online now or $25 at the door:

All proceeds for to the Veterans Community Project.

A Lawrence dentist lost nearly $90,000 after falling victim to a notorious fraud scheme that has plagued the real estate industry for several years.

The $88,338 that Howard Ritchey Jr. wired for a down payment on a home last year ended up in the hands of hackers, according to a lawsuit filed by Ritchey in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. Read complete article

Source: Tony Rizzo, Kanass City Star, Tuesday November 27, 2018