Kansas City REALTOR® Brent Gieseke Wins National Good Neighbor Award, Web Choice Award

October 21, 2021 in Community

Kansas City REALTOR® Brent Gieseke has dedicated much of his time, energy and money to serving the needs of refugee families through his work with nonprofit Agape Pamoja. This week, he was recognized for that work by the National Association of REALTORS® with a Good Neighbor Award, earning him a $10,000 grant for Agape Pamoja. […]

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Help House Our KC Neighbors This Winter

October 1, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Tony Conant & Stacey Johnson-Cosby Last winter, two of our unhoused neighbors tragically died from exposure to the cold. This happened right here in the Kansas City area because they simply did not have access to a warm place to stay safe at night. The city put forth efforts to keep people warm from […]

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Independence, Mo. Offers Resources for Working with Historic Homes

August 5, 2021 in Community

Nearly 1,500 of the homes in Independence, Mo. are over 100 years old, and many of these older homes may be subject to guidelines by the City of Independence. That’s why the city has developed resources for agents and consumers to understand historic neighborhoods in Independence and the guidelines in place when working with designated […]

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Kansas City Ranked as Top Metro for First-Time Homebuyers

July 22, 2021 in Community

LendingTree released its annual ranking of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas by how friendly they are for those buying their first home. Kansas City, Mo. leads the list of top metros for first-time buyers, followed by Oklahoma City, Okla. and Louisville, Ky. The ranking considered the following factors in its ranking: average down payment, average down […]

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Down Payment Assistance Programs Available for Home Buyers

July 8, 2021 in Community

Down Payment Assistance is available to home buyers based on a variety of needs and special circumstances, and KCRAR has simplified the search process, offering a Down Payment Resource (DPR) search form on the Buyers & Sellers section of KCRAR.com. The addition of the DPR search form came as an initiative of the Diversity, Equity […]

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REALTORS® Relief Foundation Announces 20th Anniversary Campaign

July 1, 2021 in Community

National Association of REALTORS® WASHINGTON (June 28, 2021) – The REALTORS® Relief Foundation was created in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, with the belief that no American should be left homeless because of a terrorist attack or natural disaster. Realtors® raised $8.4 million within 100 days of the attacks, and in the years since have […]

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KCRAR and Heartland MLS CEO Named ‘NextGen Leader’ by the Kansas City Business Journal

May 13, 2021 in KCRAR

The Kansas City Business Journal announced its 2021 “NextGen Leaders” earlier this week, naming KCRAR and Heartland MLS CEO Kipp Cooper as one of 25 “rising stars in Kansas City business.” Cooper was named among peers including executives from Made in KC, VMLY&R, Burns & McDonnell and more. Cooper has been leading KCRAR and Heartland […]

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Shred Day and Upcycle Challenge Bring in Over $8,000 for Habitat KC

May 6, 2021 in KCRAR

KCRAR members and their clients drove through the KCRAR parking lot on April 30 for the annual Shred Day event, raising $5,205 for Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. This date coincided with the second annual Upcycle Challenge online auction, which raised and additional $3,101 for Habitat KC. The Shred Day event sponsor, ProShred, shredded […]

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Nine Teams Raising Funds for Habitat KC Through KCRAR Upcycle Challenge

April 15, 2021 in KCRAR

KCRAR launched its second Upcycle Challenge last month, and the competing teams will be auctioning their flipped items beginning Monday, April 19. This year, nine teams shopped Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City’s Martin City ReStore to find an item or items to flip into something new or enhanced. They’ve been working on their projects […]

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KCRAR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Leads Initiative to Pay Tuition for Future Urban Core Teacher

April 8, 2021 in KCRAR

The KCRAR Board of Directors voted to approve a proposal, brought to them in March by the KCRAR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI), to sponsor a UMKC student through the Institute for Urban Education. This initiative comes after a busy year for DEI. With the goal of bringing the community closer to fair housing […]

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