3 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

October 7, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Molly Barnes, Digital Nomad Life Traveling should be a way to get away from the stress of life. Indeed, vacations and trips always seem to have their own form of problems. Still, the burdens of your home should stay at home. Luckily, there are straightforward steps to address the common causes of home stress […]

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Rebuilding Lives for Refugees: Kansas City REALTOR® Named Finalist for National Good Neighbor Award

September 2, 2021 in Community

by Melissa Dittmann Tracey, National Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® Brent Gieseke is spreading “agape pamoja,” words pulled from different cultures that reflect the mission of a nonprofit organization where he helps refugees. “Agape” is a Greek word for “love,” and “pamoja” is Swahili for “community” or “togetherness.” Gieseke, a sales associate with EXIT Realty Professionals, […]

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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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NAR, KCRAR Advocate to Preserve 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

June 24, 2021 in Government Affairs

Recently, the Biden Administration proposed a $500,000 cap on the 1031 like-kind exchange, which is a section of the U.S. tax code that allows investors to avoid paying capital gains taxes when selling an investment property and reinvesting the proceeds into a similar property. The National Association of REALTORS® and KCRAR are both advocating against […]

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Local REALTOR® Dennis Curtin Awarded for Work Founding Mimi’s Pantry

June 17, 2021 in KCRAR

Dennis Curtin was presented with a check this month for his organization, Mimi’s Pantry, as the recipient of Missouri REALTORS’® 2020 Good Neighbor Award. Curtin is a Kansas City REALTOR® and founder of Mimi’s Pantry, which is an organization in Riverside, Mo. seeking to help those dealing with food insecurity. KCRAR President Tony Conant, KCRAR […]

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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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