5 Home Security Tips for New Homeowners

February 18, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Aimee Adams As a new homeowner, home security is essential. Many areas in Kansas City have low-crime rates, but regardless of where your home is located, crime can happen. Fortunately, you can take appropriate steps to deter burglars from targeting your home. Here are five ways to help protect your house, belongings and most […]

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2020 Kansas City Real Estate Market Recap: Low Interest Rates, Strong Buyer Demand, Increased Home Sales

January 21, 2021 in Community

The residential housing market across the Greater Kansas City Region remained strong throughout 2020 according to year-end data from the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR). Closed sales were up 6.3% for the year, indicating continued buyer demand. While there was no shortage of buyer demand in 2020, the lack of homes for sale led to a 51.3% decrease in inventory from 2019, with the year closing […]

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Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City Launches #KCNeedsHousing Social Media Campaign

December 15, 2020 in Community

Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City is working to raise $10,000 this month for their mission to build a Kansas City community where everyone has a safe, healthy and affordable place to call home. They’ve partnered with Central Bank of the Midwest to donate $50 for every Facebook or Instagram post made as a part […]

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KCRAR ‘Of the Year’ Award Winners Announced at Annual Holiday Party

December 2, 2020 in KCRAR

The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® presented its 2020 award winners on Wednesday evening during its virtual Holiday Party, Awards and Installation event. Each of the award recipients have helped build and maintain a strong real estate community throughout the Kansas City region. The 2020 Community Service Award was presented to Beth Franklin, Keller […]

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KC REALTORS® Raise Over $70,000 for Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19

November 5, 2020 in KCRAR

Kansas City REALTORS® and industry partners came together and raised a total of $71,115 for 1K for KC. 1K for KC is an initiative by Charlie Hustle’s Heart of KC Foundation with the goal of helping Kansas City families and individuals financially impacted by the global pandemic and the economic crisis that has followed. Due […]

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Veterans Community Project ‘Battle Home’ Installation Opens at Union Station

July 30, 2020 in Community

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Veterans Community Project (VCP) opened an art installation called “The Battle Home” Monday at Union Station. REALTOR® and VCP co-founder Mark Solomon was honored last year with NAR’s Good Neighbor Award, and this art installation is a part of NAR’s recognition for the work Solomon and VCP […]

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NAR Calls Housing Market Slump Temporary as Pending Home Sales Fall in March

April 30, 2020 in KCRAR

Pending home sales fell in March, seeing expected declines as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Each of the four major regions saw drops in month-over-month contract activity and year-over-year pending home sales transactions. The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI),* www.nar.realtor/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, […]

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3 Weather Emergencies Homeowners Can Prepare for Now

March 6, 2020 in Community

It’s National Emergency Preparedness Week, and there are many ways homeowners can prepare themselves, their properties and their families in case of an emergency. Here in the Kansas City region, some of the more common types of emergencies include flooding, severe storms and tornadoes. In all three of these emergency scenarios, the first step of […]

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2019 Brings Record Highs and Lows for KC Regional Housing Market

January 31, 2020 in KCRAR

According to year-end market data from Heartland MLS, home sales across the Kansas City region were nearly equal to 2018. Sale prices and inventory, however, experienced significant movement. Declining inventory was an ongoing trend throughout the year, with a year-over-year decrease of over 19%. Local inventory totals have fallen each year since 2011. Comparing the […]

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Will the Market Get the New-Home Supply It Needs?

in KCRAR

The lagging pace of new-home construction has been a big contributor to the national inventory shortage, but a homebuilding resurgence—of sorts—could open up more options for buyers this year, economists predicted during January’s International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Strong buyer demand, coupled with solid job growth and low mortgage rates, helped builders boost productivity […]

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