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The Internet Didn’t Take Down Real Estate

The internet may have entered more aspects of a real estate transaction over the past decade, but consumers haven’t abandoned their desire for a real estate professional’s assistance, according to Steve Murray, president of the consulting firm Real Trends, who has been tracking for 40 years how real estate agents conduct their jobs. In fact, consumers are willing to pay even more for real estate agents’ services. The average real estate commission paid to real estate agents has risen slightly since 2005, according to Murray. Read complete article., Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Tips Agents Can Use To Make A Better First Digital Impression

The old adage about having one chance to make a first impression is just as true online as it is in-person. Today, many (if not most) first impressions between real estate professionals and prospects happen digitally. 94 percent of millennials search online for listings and the internet is where over half of these buyers find their home. Considering millennials now represent the largest group of buyers, according to the NAR Generational Survey, agents not only need to invest in a digital presence, but also think thoughtfully about how to a make strong first digital impression. Read complete article.

Source: Mathew Murphy, RealtyBiz News, Monday, March 27, 2017

Don't Miss First Thursdays in April

The next First Thurdays session is approaching and it includes an exciting lineup of great agents on Thursday, April 6 from 9 -12 in the Corporate Training Room.

Join Robbie Smart as he talks about the "Ultimate Open House" and shares his expertise on holding a successful Open House. Robbie will be followed by two of our top notch agents, Murray Davis and Leslie Feeback as they give you scripts and verbiage for Overcoming Objections raised by sellers and buyers. This is an exciting, not-to-be-missed program. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Fran Cashion.
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BHGRE Struts Its Stuff In the KC St. Paddy's Day Parade

On Friday, March 17, agents, staff, managers and brokers took to the streets of midtown Kansas City as a part of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

Flanked by the always beautifully crafted, wooden playhouse, built by the Plaza office, we marched down Broadway smiling and waving at spectators.

With beautiful weather and excited crowds of onlookers, we could not have asked for a better day to reach out to the community and spread the BHGRE brand. A big thanks to everyone who joined us and marched the route. You help make our parade presence bigger and better every year.
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Spring Courtesies 2017

With the spring market upon us, it is time for an annual reminder of common courtesies – especially in the hot robust market we are currently experiencing.

When visiting other BHG offices to use phones, computers, meet clients, etc., please introduce yourself to the receptionist indicating which office you are from. There is no way they can know everyone in the company, so it is good to put a face with a name you have heard.

As always, dress professionally when working, touring, and visiting open houses. It is a common opinion that BHG agents lead the way!

In a hot market, everyone can get REALLY busy. Please remember to schedule a few minutes to provide feedback on the listings you show – this can be very helpful to your fellow agent. Hopefully, the agents who receive that feedback will return the favor and help you with your sellers in the future.

These times can be stressful, at the same time challenging and exciting! We appreciate all of your hard work each and every day – you all are the best of the best – everyone in town knows it – and the numbers show it!

College Blvd. Welcomes New Agent

Jordan Deves
College Blvd. Office

Please help us in welcoming Jordan as the newest agent to join our company. Jordan is originally from Montgomery City, MO, but has lived in the Waldo area for the past three years.

He attended the University of Central Missouri and was in fine wine and spirits sales before becoming an agent. Jordan is the proud papa of a Bernedoodle pup named Mila. Please make him feel welcome as he begins his career with our real estate family.
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MLS Statistics for February 2017

Click the graphic below to download the complete MLS statistics for the month of February.

Share the Online Relo Book with Your Clients

Do you have clients that are thinking about relocating to the KC area? Give them a glimpse into the metro lifestyle by sending them the link to our online relocation book

The official link is now Copy and paste into any correspondence you have with potential buyers who might be moving to town. This guide to living in Kansas City will help them get to know the sights, services, academics, accommodations and more.

Consumers Bullish on Housing in 2017, Survey Finds

Multiple years of uninterrupted job gains and hope that the best is yet to come in 2017 are igniting consumer confidence across the country, and especially in rural and middle America, according to new consumer survey findings from the National Association of Realtors. The survey additionally found a growing disparity among renters who think it’s a good time to buy and homeowners who think it’s a good time to sell. Read complete article.

Source: Mike Wheatley, RealtyBiz News, Thursday, March 16, 2017

2nd Quarter real Estate Review Now Available

The second Real Estate Review of 2017 is now available to download and customize for your clients.

In this issue, there is an article about seller etiquette for open houses and showings, important purchases to make once you buy a home, 10 ways to add curb appeal and of course, a Kansas City calendar of events.

David Cooper Talks Trip Destination

During weekly meetings on Tuesday, March 21, David Cooper, via video message, announced the destination of the 2018 Recognition Club Trip. If you were not able to attend your meeting this week, click here to watch the video and find our where the lucky qualifiers in 2017 and 2018 are headed!

Keep an eye out for more details about the trip on KCH Agent.

Relo Goes Platinum

Congratulations to our relocation department for bringing home the highest honor given at the CARTUS International Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, the Platinum Excellence Award!

Relocation Director, Fran Cashion said, "We are very excited about this achievement as it is solely based on meeting all the metrics CARTUS sets out for us".

The is a big accomplishment and we couldn't be prouder of Fran, Patty Rush and Erica Butler for their hard work and for earning this much-deserved recognition.

Talent Attraction Event Busts Wide Open with Fun!

New and experienced agents, along with brokers and managers took part in the latest Talent Attraction celebration at Dave & Busters on Wednesday, March 8.

In addition to enjoying delicious food and drinks, they engaged in a little healthy competition by taking part in the Mad Dash. To win, they had to have the highest overall score in events including video games, trivia, brain teasers and a scavenger hunt. In the end, Deb Sturgess (Lee's Summit), Steve Moyer (Leawood), Kristi Ferrara (Northland) and Valerie Rolfes (Corporate) were left standing as the victors. Look for more chances to take part in future Talent Attraction campaigns and events by keeping an eye on KCH agent. Be sure to check out our Facebook photo album for even more pics from the event.

Share Your City Secrets Socially

Is there something or somewhere you especially love around the city? Maybe it's the perfect place to pig out on a pizza or a happening hotspot that hosts the best happy hour or just some great greens to get in some golf.

Whatever your favorite spots are, we want to share them with our social media followers to show them that nobody knows the hidden treasures around town like our agents!

Email us with your favorites along with what you love about it, and we'll share it on Facebook, with full credit to you, of course!
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2017 CE Classes Now Available

The new 2017 schedulele of CE classes has been released. Take a moment to review the 2017 calendar so you can make plans to attend the ones you need for the coming year. Check back often as this list will evolve and be updated in the future. If you have any questions about the classes offered or how to register for them, please contact Erica Butler, Education Administrator, at 913-661-1486 or via email.

Want to keep track of all of your CE hours through KREC and MREC? Download instructions for how to look them up.

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