What Did I Miss 8-28-18

How’s the Market?

Clay/Ray Counties- Clay/Ray County sales were up for the month by 7.0% from 2017. Units were at 548 versus 512 last year. Year to date, unit sales are up 4.6%, with 3,716 units this year versus 3,551 last year.

The average sales price for the month was up 3.4% from last year, with an average price of $213,929. Year to date, the average price is up 7.8%. The average price is $214,933, versus $199,365 last year.

New listings were up 10 units to 679 or 1.5% from last year’s 669 units. Inventory is down 6.4% from last year and is running at 1,164 units. Inventory is up 5 units from last month.

Platte County- Platte County sales were down for the month by 1.0% from 2017. Units were at 208 versus 210 last year. Year to date, unit sales are up 2.0%, with 1,582 units this year versus 1,551 last year.

The average sales price for the month was up 7.5% from last year, with an average price of $285,076. Year to date, the average price is up 1.8% from last year. The average price is $254,158 versus $249,691 last year.

New listings in Platte County were down 44 units to 235, down 15.8% from last year’s 279 units. Inventory decreased 14.3% from last year and is running at 569 units. Inventory is down 22 units from last month.

Heartland Sales- for the entire Heartland area were at 3,771, up for the month by 7.7%. Year to date, sales were up 1.7% for a total of 25,457 for 2018.

The average sales price for the month was up 6.1% from last year, with an average price of $244,443. Year to date, the average price is up 5.9%. The average price is $239,617, versus $226,242 last year.

New listings were up 438 units to 4,821 units, up 10.0% from last year and down 336 from last month. Inventory increased 2.8% from last year and is running at 9,785 units. Inventory is up 171 units from last month.

What is happening with Building Permits?


Syndication to Next Door

We are now sending all listings to Next Door

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Boost Update


Voice Search

Add clients from Your Voiceter Dashboard

Send your COI an email to invite them to search for homes on their Amazon or Google smart speaker device. Visit your Voiceterpromarketing.com dashboard.


Buyer/Seller Books Updated

We have cleaned up the content on our buyer and seller books on KCH Agent. If you have an older version printed or saved somewhere outside of KCH Agent, please replace with the new materials. We have also added a page in the seller book for Boost.

You can now turn off conversation view on your IOS device

Go into your app store to update your gmail app to the latest version. This should apply the settings saved from your desktop to your mobile app.

Distinctive Collection

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit Your Listings for the Fall Issue of Distinctive Collection

The Marketing Department is now accepting submissions of 600k+ homes for the Fall issue of the Distinctive Collection digital magazine.

Send your submissions (address, MLS #, and a minimum of 5 high resolution photos – 1 should include the front of the house) to the marketing department. Deadline is Friday, August 31. The digital magazine will go live in early/mid September.

Like Our Distinctive Collection Page, Now Live on Facebook

We now have a presence on social media dedicated to luxury home consumers – our new Distinctive Collection Facebook page. This new page will exclusively showcase Kansas City Homes’ Distinctive Collection listings, include regular posts about luxury homes, lifestyle and design, link to our Distinctive Collection magazine and much more. Be sure to like our new Facebook page, and share it with all your clients who may be interested in the high-end home market.


#StartsWithAHome Sweeps – Your Client Could Win $10,000

Our #StartsWithAHome sweeps is here! Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary and share this sweepstakes with your clients. Consumers can enter the #StartsWithAHome Sweepstakes by entering here. The winner will receive $10,000 toward a down payment, a mortgage or renovations. Be sure to follow our consumer-facing Facebook account at http://www.facebook.com/bhgrealestate to share the sweepstakes and encourage your clients to enter!

Note this sweepstakes is not open to affiliated BHGRE® agents and brokers.

Rules: https://www.bhgre.com/bhgrelife/starts-with-a-home-sweepstakes-official-rules/


Voice Search Update

Voice search now has the ability to provide local market stats by zip code.

Find out the previous month’s following info:

  • Number of homes sold with average sales price

  • Active listing count with average list price


Client Questionnaire

Wanting to send your buyers or sellers a quick questionnaire? You can do that with Forms on G Suite.


NAR Letter on VA Home Loans

NAR sent a letter to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for their hearing on pending legislation. The NAR letter expressed concerns with H.R. 299, the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018”.  This bill contains favorable provisions that would eliminate the cap on VA home loans, allowing a veteran to use their benefit to purchase a home wherever they prefer. However, to pay for the bills other provisions, the bill also contains language to increase the fees on the VA guarantee.  We believe the fees should only reflect the risk of the program. NAR will continue to work with the Committee and Congress on this issue.

Download NAR’s Letter to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee


Third Thursday

Thinking of hiring an assistant?  Do you already have an assistant but wonder if you are utilizing them in an optimum way?  Are you wondering how to pay an assistant if you don’t have one?  Do you have enough work to hire an assistant?

Join our panel of agents Emily Aylward Vogt, Georgiane Hayhow, Betsy O’Brien and Lynne Matile and Sharon McNulty, who all have assistants and will be discussing these questions, along with many others at our next Third Thursday, September 20, from 9-11 in the Corporate Training Room.

Christian Zarif will be moderating this panel.

Please RSVP on the Company Calendar.

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