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Five County Chapter Awards Four Scholarships to 2022 High School Seniors

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The Five County Chapter of KCRAR recently awarded its annual scholarships to four graduating high school seniors in the Five County area. REALTORS® in the Chapter raised funds to distribute these scholarships to four students based on a number of merits including GPA and community involvement. This year’s scholarship recipients areTevi Gurley, Jamin Moser, Reese […]

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NAR Statement on President Biden’s Housing Supply Plan

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National Association of REALTORS® National Association of Realtors® President Leslie Rouda Smith issued the following statement Monday regarding President Joe Biden’s plan to address the housing supply shortage: “Last year, a landmark research report commissioned by NAR recognized a shortage of 5.5 million homes in the U.S.—a gap so large it would take more than a decade to dig […]

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Low Inventory vs. High Demand: A Look at the Housing Data in the Kansas City Region

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With many homes on the market in Kansas City receiving multiples offers from potential buyers and often receiving more than asking price, it’s been clear that the region is seeing a shortage in housing inventory, as confirmed by Heartland MLS data. Those in the market for a home might draw the conclusion that this shortage […]

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Platinum Realty Merges with National Brokerage United Real Estate Group

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Local Kansas City region broker Scott DeNeve merged his firm, Platinum Realty, with Dallas-based United Real Estate Group, one of the largest real estate brokerages in the United States, expanding its presence in the Midwest. DeNeve said this merger will allow Platinum to leverage United’s technology and national network while still retaining the Platinum Realty […]

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Image description: Carol Waller poses next to her heart, which depicts the Plaza in blue and violet paint.

Kansas City REALTOR® Celebrates Community in Parade of Hearts Arts Installation

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The Parade of Hearts displays the work of 154 local artists on 5-foot-tall heart sculptures across the Kansas City region. Included in those featured artists is Kansas City REALTOR® Carol Waller whose heart, titled “The Jewels of the Heartland,” is on display on the corner of Nichols Road and Pennsylvania Avenue at the Country Club […]

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Housing & CREO Departments Present Free Fair Housing and Equality Event May 6

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City of Kansas City, Missouri Workshops on homeownership, civil rights and credit resources will highlight topics that will be discussed at a Fair Housing and Equality Summit being co-sponsored next month by the City’s Housing and Community Development and Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Departments. The free summit is on Friday, May 6, from 8 […]

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4 Podcasts to Listen to this Fair Housing Month

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KCRAR’s podcast, Kansas City RealTalk, hosts expert guests each week to discuss a wide range of real estate topics. With over 80 episodes in the archives, many fair housing and inclusion related episodes are worth revisiting for Fair Housing Month. Find them on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any major podcast platform. Ernest Hawkins and Donta […]

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U.S. Homeownership Rate Experiences Largest Annual Increase on Record, Though Black Homeownership Remains Lower Than a Decade Ago, NAR Analysis Finds

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National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights The U.S. homeownership rate surged 1.3% to 65.5% in 2020 – the highest annual rise ever – as 2.6 million more households became homeowners compared to 2019. Though, the homeownership rate for Black Americans (43.4%) is lower than in 2010 (44.2%) and nearly 30 percentage points less than White […]

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2022 Economic Outlook: Take the Good With the Bad

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by Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of REALTORS® Key Takeaways: Mortgage rate increases will hamper housing affordability in 2022. First-time buyers will need your expertise to get out from under annual rent increases. Current homeowners may find themselves ‘mishoused’ as a result of the pandemic and seek out new lifestyle choices. Commercial real estate […]

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Kansas City Public Schools Regain Full Accreditation

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After a decade without full accreditation, the Kansas City Public Schools regained accreditation after a unanimous vote by the Missouri State School Board of Education last week, potentially affecting the future value of homes within district lines. “Half of recent buyers with children under the age of 18 living in their home cited quality of […]

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