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American Dream Auction Held Virtually for the First Time, Raises Over $56,000

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The American Dream Auction was held virtually this year, bringing over 400 KCRAR members together to raise funds for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Bidders raised $56,000 throughout the week, after the silent auction kicked off the event on Monday, continuing until after the live auction Thursday night. Participants bid on items big and […]

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Vote Kansas City REALTOR® Party on Aug. 4

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On Tuesday, Aug. 4, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots in the 2020 Primary Election. As REALTORS®, our success depends on the ability to promote the benefits of homeownership to buyers and sellers. But too often success as an industry depends on defending those same benefits against government intervention. The Kansas City […]

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Electronic Notary Law Passed in Missouri

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a notary modernization into law on Monday. This law allows for the use of in-person notary on paper, in-person electronic notary and remote electronic notary for the convenience and safety of Notaries Public and those who need notary services. Parson had issued an executive order earlier this year allowing for […]

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Two KCRAR Members Inducted into RPAC Hall of Fame

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  KCRAR members Jeff Carson and Jeff Hill were recently honored for their achievements in lifetime contribution to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) by being inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Carson has served as both KCRAR and Heartland MLS President in 2002 and 2010, respectively, in addition to serving as President of […]

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FHFA Creates ‘Payment Deferral Option’ for Borrowers, Delivering Certainty to Homeowners

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On May 14, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) unveiled a new repayment option for homeowners struggling financially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the proposal, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will offer borrowers currently in forbearance the ability to repay missed principle and interest when their home is sold, refinanced or at […]

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Kansas Department of Labor Begins Accepting Applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for REALTORS®

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After waiting for the state to open unemployment applications for the self-employed, independent contractors like real estate agents may now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance in the state of Kansas, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), recently approved by Congress, provides financial relief to […]

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COVID-19 Legislation Offers Benefits for Agents, Homeowners Alike

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The CARES Act legislation offers financial assistance to many affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small business owners, self-employed workers and independents contractors. However, many additional provisions exist that affect not only real estate professionals, but their clients as well. Housing and mortgage. The economic relief package offers mortgage forbearance of up to 360 days […]

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Missouri Begins Processing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for Self-Employed and Independent Contractors

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The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced today that it is now processing unemployment claims for self-employed workers, independent contractors and those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and have been impacted by the coronavirus. Under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, those who qualify will be eligible for weekly […]

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Missouri and Kansas Enact Temporary Remote eNotary

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an Executive Order on April 6, authorizing remote electronic notarizations in Missouri. This process will allow for the use of audio-video technology to complete the personal appearance requirement, protecting the health and safety of the notaries public and all parties to the contract. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a similar […]

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President Signs ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’

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On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The U.S. House and Senate approved the conference agreement of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” earlier in the week. All individual provisions of the measure are generally effective after Dec. 31, 2017 for the 2018 tax filing year and expire on […]

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