What Did I Miss? 4-25-16

Spring Parade of Homes – Show your support of our new home communities by visiting the various new home communities that we are marketing across the Kansas City metro through May 8.  The Spring Parade of Homes offers something for everyone, whether your clients are looking to upgrade to a larger home, downsize to a smaller home, or realize their dream as a first-time buyer. Over 340 homes are open daily from 11 am to 6 pm with free admission. Download the Parade of Homes guide for a complete list of homes that are open for viewing.


Two Area Schools Named Top in State by U.S. News and World Report U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings for top high schools, by state, in the country. The Kansas City area has several schools on the list, including Blue Valley North High School which tops the list as the #1 high school in Kansas and Lincoln College Prep which took the top spot for Missouri. Among other factors, the publication cited the schools’ test scores and student/teacher ratio for its top ranking. Other area schools in Kansas that made it onto the list included Blue Valley High, Blue Valley Northwest, Blue Valley Southwest, Blue Valley West and Olathe Northwest High School. On the Missouri side, schools on the list included Park Hill, Park Hill South, Lee’s Summit West and Blue Springs South.


Newsletter from Our Friends at Old Republic – Janell Enderson with Old Republic Home Protection shared this monthly newsletter. Articles include:

  • Pinterest for Real Estate Professionals
  • 5 Essential Skills for Real Estate Success*
  • The Millennial Mortgage Myth
  • and more!

Any questions, please connect directly with Janell Enderson, Sr. Account Executive with Old Republic Home Protection. She can be reached by email at janelle@orhp.com or via phone at 800.282.7131 Ext. 1291.  Also, a friendly reminder, Old Republic Home Protection launched their new program effective April 15, 2016.  Attached is the new brochure.


LAST CHANCE: VHT Promo Offer $25 Off – From now until April 30, you can enjoy $25 off of one order with VHT.  VHT offers: professional photography services and image enhancements, as well as videos, floor plans, virtual staging, 3D tours and drone imaging.  When ordering, use promo code: BHGKCH25.  To order, email support@vht.com, call Client Services at 800-790-8687 or use the custom order form https://www.vht.com/order/kansascityhomesorder.html.


PV/SL Agent Talks Millennial Home Amenities in MarketWatch Article – Financial website MarketWatch recently published an article about some of the more non-traditional improvements, upgrades and amenities that today’s millennial buyers are looking for when house hunting. PV/SL agent Mary Hutchison shared her experience with working with millennial buyers and what they were looking for. “They’ll ask, ‘Where’s your backyard vegetable garden?’ ” said Mary Hutchison, a real-estate agent with Better Homes and Gardens Realty in Kansas City, Mo. While homeowners customarily have taken advantage of good weather in springtime to add such backyard upgrades as patios or pools, Hutchison said millennial owners and buyers are going in a different direction. “They’re making their own pizza outdoors with vegetables they grow in their garden,” she said. Read complete article.


UPDATE: Real Satisfied Surveys – Since the beginning of this program (July 2014), we’ve sent out 5522 e-surveys, receiving 48% of those surveys back (2,638).  87% of surveys that were started were completed.  Remind your clients at closing that they’ll get a Real Satisfied survey and you’d appreciate their time in evaluating your services, especially any comments they’d like to share with other prospective buyers/sellers at the end of the survey.  Once you get a survey, make sure to review your testimonials and mark them “public” to post to your Real Satisfied website and social media sites.

“My family is very grateful for the we purchased. Christopher Powell was a key factor in helping us find and reach a fair contract on our new home. His willingness to show our new home at a moment’s notice was crucial in this current fast paced market.  Christopher was very patient and reassuring through out the process. Thank you Mr Powell.”

“Tom Bradley was one of Paul’s teachers in high school.  Knowing Tom, Paul felt that his input and knowledge of real estate would benefit us along with having a personal trust and appreciation for him.”

“Candy was wonderful.  She was really helpful through the whole process and really went above and beyond to make sure it was easy and smooth.”

“Agent was familiar with market, the houses available and the pricing.  It is wonderful to work with someone who knows what is going on in their industry.  Very patient with time required to find a house and to close on the house.  Outstanding service, would use Mark Rao’s services again and again.  Thank you so much!”

“Bill Westerhold not only help me with the buying and moving to my new home but he went out of his way with transportation for me and my wife which otherwise would have been hard on us to accomplish.  He said he would keep in touch to see if there was anything we needed for him to do.  I would recommend Bill to anyone and I know he would do the best he could for them too. Thanks Bill!!”


The American Dream is Within Reach

Come celebrate the American Dream with KCRAR on May 4th, 2016 as we hold our annual auction and party. We’re very pleased to announce that this year’s auction will be held at the stately Arrowhead Stadium Tower Club East, right in the heart of Kansas City Chiefs fandom.

Ticket prices are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. The evening will consist of our celebrated live and silent auctions, along with dinner, drinks, and plenty of other ways to help raise money for this crucial organization.

Be on the lookout for more announcements coming soon, but you can cut right to the chase and register HERE if you just can’t wait.


Get to Know Your Clouds a Little Better

By now, Cloud CMA should feel like an old friend and invaluable business partner, and with the release of Could Streams, you have a whole new way to stay in the game.

In case you wanted to get to know these programs a little better, however, we still have webinar opportunities that are open to everyone:

  • April 28, 10:00 a.m. – Cloud CMA
  • May 26, 10:00 a.m. – Cloud CMA
  • May 26, 2:00 p.m. – Cloud Streams

These courses provide overviews for each product, as well as valuable training on how to set up and effectively use Cloud CMA and Cloud Streams. Best of all, each webinar is absolutely free!

Interested? Just click right HERE to register and get more information.


Introducing the Enhanced Listing Data Challenge   

Ever been frustrated by listings that have some information, but not really all the information you’d like?

Then KCRAR would like to challenge you to enhance your listing data beyond just
the required fields. This includes details like square footage, room
dimensions, lot size, school information, and more.

If you’d like more information about the Enhanced Listing Data Challenge, be
sure to check out the video above, or you can view it right HERE.


KCRAR Is On Instagram!

Attention shutterbugs: KCRAR has a brand-new Instagram account, and we’re really itching to fill it up with pictures of our members in action.

Follow us on Instagram by searching for the username “KCREALTORS,” or you can check us out by clicking right HERE.



Afraid of an Audit?

Afraid of an Audit?

Eliminate worry by being prepared. It will make a positive difference if you regularly monitor the activities of your affiliated licensees and keep a close eye on their files.

In case you missed the latest newsletter from the Kansas Real Estate Commission here is a recap of the most common violations they find. Fortunately the first two are already provided for in your KCRAR Residential Resale contract.

The most common violations found are:

· Failure to include brokerage relationships disclosure in the purchase contract

· Failure to include radon gas disclosure or KBI offender registration in the contract

· Failure to obtain purchase agreement receipt and earnest money receipt from the third party escrow agent and include it in the transaction file

· Failure to correctly assign transaction numbers

· Failure to close transaction by the date specified in the contract

Speaking of audits, do you regularly check the licensed status of your agents? There are numerous cases of agents renewing late or failing to renew their license at all. Yet they continue to show and/or sell property when they are not licensed! The Supervising Broker’s failure to supervise the activities of affiliated licensees would certainly fall into a disciplinary category. As Missouri renewal approaches remember that a license is not effective until it is actually returned from the state. Those who wait to renew close to the deadline may jeopardize their ability to show and sell because there isn’t enough time for the renewal to be processed and the license returned. When October 1st rolls around many brokers will be checking the MREC website to research who is licensed on that date… or who is not.

For more information regarding Kansas audits click here. For Missouri audits click here.


Lets Talk Transaction Brokerage!

Here is a guide that Janet Rao shared from CE regarding agency.





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