As we near the end of our first week on the all-new G Suite platform, we’re quite excited with how easily everyone is adapting to it and embracing the advantages it provides. To help ensure you get the most out of all G Suite offers, we’ll be posting tips on KCH agent over the coming weeks.

Here is today’s tip:


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If there’s one thing that’s true for all realtors, it’s that they’re always on the go. From client meetings to open houses and everything in between, it’s often hard to prepare for the day in the mornings, knowing that anything could happen before you go home at night. However, it’s important to look professional at all times so that potential home buyers and sellers feel confident in your ability. Read complete article.

Source: Rebecca Piersol, Real Trends, Wednesday, May 13, 2018

As of 9:00 am this morning the all-new G Suite platform is live companywide! From this moment, if you need to send or receive email, you will need to immediately do one of two things:

  1. Come into your office to have office G Suite Champions set-up your devices on the new G Suite Platform.
  2. Visit gmail.com to activate your new email account. Once you are on gmail.com, sign in with your @kansascityhomes.com email address.

The default password to get into your email is Welcome123!. After you sign in, you will immediately be asked to create a new password.

For more detailed instructions with visual aids, view our Gmail video tutorial.

If you already have a personal Gmail account, click your profile pic in the upper right corner of that account, and then click “Add Account”. From there, just follow the same login instructions as above.



You can also get many of your Gmail questions answered by viewing our FAQ sheet.

Once you are set up on Gmail, and ready to start sending and receiving emails, be sure to check out these useful tips to make using this new platform as efficient and enjoyable as it can be.

Switch to the “New Gmail”: The new gmail provides a more visually pleasing and user-friendly experience. To switch to the new Gmail setting:

  1. Click the ‘Settings’ gear icon at the top/right of your Gmail inbox
  2. select “Try the new Kansas City Homes Mail” from the drop down


Create an Email Signature:
  1. Click on the ‘Settings’ gear icon at the top/right of your inbox
  2. Select ‘Settings’ from the dropdown menu
  3. On the next page, Click ‘General’ and scroll down to Signature
  4. Click the button next to the text box
  5. Type your signature, and use the format toolbar to add font styles, colors, images, links, and more.

Whitelist Messages Marked as Spam: If Gmail has marked emails you wish to whitelist as spam, you can tell Gmail the emails are not spam:

  1. In Gmail, navigate to the spam folder
  2. Search for emails containing the domain you wish to whitelist (eg kansascityhomes.com)
  3. Select all the emails shown
  4. Click ‘Not spam’

Unthread Your Conversations in Gmail By default, Gmail groups messages together basedon a common thread or topic. If you don’t like this view, can turn it off:

  1. Click on the ‘Settings’ gear icon at the top/right of your inbox
  2. Select ‘Settings’ from the dropdown menu
  3. Scroll down to the Conversation View section (stay in the “General” tab).
  4. Choose Conversation view on or Conversation view off
  5. Click Save changes at the bottom of the page

You can also get many of your Gmail questions answered by viewing our G Suite Information Hub and FAQ sheet.

One of the most overlooked and underrated ways to promote your blog or website is within the comment section of other websites and blogs, writes Jayson DeMers, an online marketing and SEO expert for business owners, in a column for Forbes.com. Posting comments may actually be a strategic move to help you get more recognition among peers and prospects to generate more traffic to your website and blog. Read complete article.

Source: John REALTORMag, Monday, May 14, 2018

How many of us are talking to our tech on a regular basis?

Ken Olmstead at the Pew Research Center recently highlighted the fact that nearly half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they use voice-controlled assistants and applications to interact with smartphones and other devices.

Just over half (55 percent) say “a major reason” they use voice assistants is to permit hands-free interaction with devices. Read complete article.

Source: John Voket, RISMedia, May 2018

Let’s hit the links to help the less fortunate at the Annual BHG Masters Tournament. This year’s tournament takes place on Wednesday, June 20, at the Swope Park Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, and all tournament proceeds benefit the Veterans Community Project. Early bird registration is just $45 if paid by June 5th.

Get complete details by downloading the tournament flyer, and get signed up today by submitting your registration form, along with your check to your broker.

Single women are purchasing homes and condos at more than double the rate of single males. The trend is expected to keep growing, too.

Last year, single women comprised 18 percent of all home purchases, while single men accounted for 7 percent, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Read complete article.

Source: REALTORMag, Friday, May 11, 2018

What separates good real estate professionals from great ones is straightforward: their dedication to serving clients and building relationships that help them land more of them.

But before you ask for a referral from your clients, you need to create a winning experience for them that makes them authentic advocates. Read complete article.

Source: Kathleen Kuhn, Realty Biz News, Thursday, May 3, 2018

During their latest Lunch and Learn, agents from the Plaza office attended an interactive cooking demonstration sponsored by the Roth Learning Center on the Plaza. They took part in the hands-on expeience and cooked using the latest technology from Wolf, Sub Zero and Cove appliance. Besides being really fun, it gave them beneficial knowledge about top-of-the-line appliances that they can now share with their clients.