NAR Finds Black Home Buyers More Than Twice as Likely to Have Student Loan Debt, Be Rejected for Mortgage Loans Than White Home Buyers

February 17, 2021 in KCRAR

National Association of REALTORS® Key Highlights The U.S. homeownership rate was 64.2% in 2019. At 69.8%, the rate for non-Hispanic white Americans exceeds the national rate. However, the Black homeownership rate – 42% – represents a Black-white homeownership gap of almost 30%. The homeownership rates for Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans are 60.7% and 48.1%, […]

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Clarification on Use of KCRAR Coronavirus Forms

February 11, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Perry Crume, KCRAR Chief Operating Officer Last March when KCRAR was working tirelessly to ensure real estate activities were deemed as “essential services” by local municipalities, everyone was quickly navigating the new landscape. At that time, KCRAR released two optional Coronavirus forms to assist with the unknown.  Recently, there has been some confusion or […]

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NAR Offers Group Life Insurance Plans for REALTORS®

January 14, 2021 in KCRAR

As a part of its REALTOR® Benefits Program, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has launched a new group life insurance program, in which REALTORS® can enroll to help shield their families from the economic impact of losing a loved one. NAR has introduced three plans that are exclusive to NAR members and offer negotiated […]

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting Where Buyers Move


By Kaycee Miller, REALTOR® Magazine 3 Takeaways: More buyers are looking for homes in locations not tied to their jobs. High costs are prompting people to move further from metro areas. Some states are seeing an influx of residents. In these turbulent times, one thing is for sure: The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the […]

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In ‘monumental moment,’ NAR cracks down on hate speech

November 20, 2020 in KCRAR

by Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine REALTORS® who engage in hate speech or discriminatory conduct even outside of their real estate practice could face disciplinary action under the Code of Ethics. The National Association of REALTORS®’ Board of Directors on Friday approved a proposal intended to hold members to a higher standard of ethics in […]

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Kathryn Clark, Annie Premis, Harley Todd elected to KCRAR Board of Directors

November 19, 2020 in KCRAR

Ballots were counted this week, and it was announced at the KCRAR annual meeting on Thursday that the KCRAR membership has elected Kathryn Clark, Annie Premis and Harley Todd to serve on the KCRAR Board of Directors from 2021 through 2023. Kathryn Clark, ReeceNichols Alliance Inc., Leawood, Kan., was elected by the general membership to […]

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After the wake-up call: How real estate leaders are combating racial inequities

November 11, 2020 in KCRAR

By Erica Christoffer, REALTOR® Magazine Key Takeaways: Real estate brokers are becoming increasingly conscious of the need for greater diversity in their offices as a matter of fairness and as a good business practice. Brokers can hire trainers, recruiters, and business coaches with a deep understanding of workplace diversity to help meet the needs of […]

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Enrollment Now Open for 2021 Coverage through KCRAR’s Group Health Plans

November 5, 2020 in KCRAR

The annual enrollment period for KCRAR’s insurance plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is now open for members. Since KCRAR partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City in 2019, nearly 500 members and their families have received health coverage through the Association’s group-rate insurance plans. The current enrollment period will offer an insurance effective date of […]

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How to Spot a Phishing Email

October 15, 2020 in KCRAR

Last week, an email was sent to KCRAR and Heartland MLS staff using KCRAR’s domain name that turned out to be a fraudulent email. A frequent tactic among scammers is to disguise fraudulent emails in order to bait a reply or link click from recipients that could give them access to personal information like passwords, […]

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MLS-Touch Releases Upgrade With New Features And Information

in Heartland MLS

MLS-Touch received an update earlier this week, adding even more features, most of which came from user feedback. This new MLS-Touch upgrade, version 3.6, brought with it:   New autocomplete search Realist integration of more than 80 fields with ability to jump between MLS listing and tax data record View parcel boundaries on the map […]

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