What Did I Miss? 9-12-17

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Opportunities to Give

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Better Together – Helping our Friends in Houston

Every one of us knows all too well the tragedy and devastation that has befallen the city of Houston and other areas of southeast Texas due to the rampaging Hurricane Harvey. Tens of thousands of families and individuals find their lives in ruin, having lost their homes, cars, clothes and sadly, in many cases, even their loved ones to the catastrophic damage and flooding from this historic storm.

Among the homeless and hurting are many of our Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate brothers and sisters from the Gary Greene office in Houston. Their suffering and loss will be ongoing for many days and months to come. While we may never be able to fully appreciate what they are enduring, we can and should help. The Gary Greene Realtors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) is a public charity that is collecting money to help Gary Greene agents and employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastating floods. Let’s show those stuck in the heart of this catastrophe just how much we in the heart of American care about and support them in this desperate time, by giving to The Gary Greene Realtors Foundation and help them recover, rebuild and restart their lives.

If you can help, please visit the donation page and give what you can.

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Veteran’s Community Project

We now have a page dedicated to Veteran’s Community Project on KCH Agent if you are seeking information about the organization.

Veteran’s Community Project Coming to BHGRE Kansas City Homes on Sept 13

Join us in the corporate parking lot at 8300 College Blvd. from 11:30 – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Tour the tiny house and meet members of Veteran’s Community Project. First State Bank will be providing lunch with CRAVE food truck. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@kansascityhomes.com

Matt Drier owns N.L. Wilson Moving and Storage, along with Bo McNair in the corporate office.  Matt and his company are heavily involved with disaster relief efforts in Houston and which will probably include Florida, as well, now that the hurricane has hit.

In an effort to give our agents and BHGKC Homes the opportunity to help with relief efforts, Matt will be bringing a large trailer to our parking lot at the time of the Veterans Community Project event this Wednesday.   This will give our agents a chance to bring donations along with them and allow N.L. Wilson the opportunity to take them on the next trip to either Houston or Florida.

If you would like you can take items this Wednesday.

  • Large black trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Face masks
  • Brooms, mops and cleaning supplies
  • Paper towels, paper plates and toilet paper
  • Plastic utensils
  • Pet food
  • Rubber boots
  • First-aid kits
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries of all sizes
  • Blankets
  • Toiletries
  • Diapers
  • Baby food/formula
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Nonperishable food

 

Training

The BHGRE New Agent Greenhouse Overview  Sept 11 @ 12pm - 1pm ONLINE

New to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate? Join us for this fast-paced hour where you’ll learn the top Greenhouse applications to get your business up and running quickly.

 

Get Zapped! Setting Up Listing Alerts Zap vs. MLS   Sept 12 @ 1pm - 2:30pm ONLINE

You have a beautiful, user-friendly new website which allows you to easily send new listing alerts to your leads. Participants in this class will see how to sign in as a contact to save searches and set up new listing alerts. You will also hear the advantages of using Zap versus your local MLS for this service to your customers. Sign into your desktop Zap account to try out this valuable tool!

 

Exploring the BHGRE Print Marketing Center w/Matt Irwin   Sept 13 @ 11pm - 12pm ONLINE

BHGRE’s print marketing center, powered by Xpressdocs, offers the tools you need to support BHGRE’s brand image, including personal marketing and buyer and seller materials. Join Matt Irwin from Xpressdocs in this monthly call-in class designed to help you optimize the BHGRE print marketing center.

 

ZAP Updates

Have you seen the recent updates to ZAP? You can now auto-assign follow up plans, blog within the ZAP site and more.

Bulk import Contacts into Zap!

Got a bunch of Contacts stored in another system that you want in Zap? Adding them one-by-one could eat up your entire day (or week) – so we’re introducing bulk import to Zap! Now, you’ll be given the option to import Contacts when you click the +Add button at the top of your screen in Zap (or visit the Contacts list view page). You’ll need to get your Contacts into a CSV file format that includes the relevant information, upload the file, and make sure your info translates over to the corresponding fields in Zap. There will be instructions on-screen to walk you through the whole process

 

ZAP PHONE SUPPORT NOW AVAILABLE

Effective immediately, you can call BHGRE Customer Support @ 866.616.4244 (4BHG) and speak to a customer service representative for Zap support. The team will escalate any issues not resolved during the call to ZapLabs and will keep you informed of the solution upon resolution. This provides an enhanced and additional support option outside of the Zap Community, where you can continue to find answers to FAQs, post questions, collaborate with peers and share your ideas.

WIN AN IPAD IN ZAP’S FACEBOOK CONTEST

We want to see how Zap helped you close. Share a photo of a home or clients you’ve closed using Zap on our Zap Facebook timeline. The person who posts the photo with the most Facebook “likes” will win an iPad!

How to enter

Post a photo of a home or clients you’ve closed with Zap on our timeline between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017. Share as many photos as you want – there’s no limit! Make sure you have permission from your clients to post your photos!

The prizes

The three entries from each brand with the most Facebook “likes” will win the following prizes:

  • 1st Place: 10.5-inch iPad Pro (64GB)
  • • 2nd Place: $250 gift card
  • • 3rd Place: $100 gift card

Buffini Peak Producers- Coming to the Platte County BHG Office

October 2-6 from 10 am to 12 noon…then every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon for the following 12 weeks

 

In the News

In case you missed our agents on TV this week… Jana Larsen, College Blvd Office and Aaron Crossley, Northland Office, were featured on the 5am news on KCTV5 Thursday morning to talk about how BHGRE Kansas City Homes reached their first goal of raising $15,000 for the Veteran’s Community Project. Below are the 3 links they were featured in.

http://www.kctv5.com/clip/13684503/better-homes-gardens-kc-homes-raises-15000-to-build-tiny-home-community-for-homeless-vets

http://www.kctv5.com/clip/13684497/better-homes-gardens-kc-homes-raises-15000-to-build-tiny-home-community-for-homeless-vets

http://www.kctv5.com/clip/13683123/better-homes-gardens-kc-homes-raises-15000-to-build-tiny-home-community-for-homeless-vets

 

Fall Distinctive Collection – LAST CHANCE

The Marketing Department is accepting submissions for the Fall issue of Distinctive Collection digital magazine. Distinctive Collection listings in Kansas City are those luxury homes priced at $600K or more. Send your submissions (address, MLS #, and a minimum of five higher resolution photos – one should include the front of the house) to the marketing department no later than end-of-day, Friday, September 15. The digital magazine will go live in early October.

 

Call for KCRAR Director Candidates & Committee Volunteers

Want an opportunity to help shape the vision, services and future of KCRAR? We are currently calling for volunteers to serve on one (or more) of our committees. From Professional Development to Forms and everything in between, we have a committee or advisory group to fit your time and talents. Please look for the 2018 Committee Volunteer sign-up form in a special email in early September. Committee sign-up will be open until November 1st.

For those who want to take their leadership to the next level, the KCRAR Credentials-Election Committee is currently seeking applicants for three open KCRAR Director positions to serve a 3-year term on the KCRAR Board of Directors in 2018 through 2020.  The Credentials-Election Committee invites the applications of REALTOR® members of KCRAR who are actively engaged in the association through committee and/or event participation and who would like to share their experience and knowledge while serving their association.  To learn more and download the application form, click here.

Keep Your Clients Safe from Cyber Fraud

Cyber fraud has become a significant problem, and unfortunately the real estate settlement process is now a big target for cyber crooks.  One increasingly common scenario, involves wire transfers of down payment dollars intended for a title company. In short, the bad guys spoof the email address of real estate agents and/or title companies to trick buyers into wiring money to fraudulent accounts.  It has happened in Kansas City and it is a mistake that can make down payments, earnest money deposits and seller proceeds vanish into thin air.  Gone are the days of the poorly worded, easy to spot emails from the Nigerian Price looking for a bank account and someone to share his millions with.  These are finely crafted, hard to detect, fraudulent emails.  The sinister part is that it is commonly the agent’s email account that is hacked to seek out transactions ready to close.  The crooks monitor and wait for the precise time to send the fake wire instructions to the unsuspecting buyer.  Then poof, the money is gone.

In addition to safeguarding your email account, you should warn all your clients and customers at various points in the transaction to never follow wire instructions that are sent via email.  Wire instructions should always be confirmed by phone.  To protect you and your clients from being drawn into cyber fraud, today KCRAR is releasing an optional notice form you can provide to buyers or sellers you are representing or assisting.  There is no better time than September REALTOR® Safety Month to start using this new KCRAR form to keep your clients safe from cyber fraud

Access the new Cyber Protection form here.

 

Apps for Real Estate

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Turbo Scan

Adobe Spark

HomeSnap

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The real estate agent’s ultimate closing gift guide: 135+ ideas

Unsure of what you should get your clients? Look no further

https://www.inman.com/2017/08/25/the-real-estate-agents-ultimate-closing-gift-guide-135-plus-ideas/

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