Judge Vacates CDC’s Eviction Ban, But Appeal Delays Action

May 6, 2021 in Government Affairs

REALTOR® Magazine A U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction moratorium is unlawful, striking down the ban and delivering relief to housing providers who haven’t been able to collect rent from struggling tenants for more than a year. But the struggle for housing […]

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KCRAR Education Department Prepares for Post-COVID Education

March 25, 2021 in Education

As the real estate industry and the world learned to adapt to safety practices and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the KCRAR education department was no different. In 2020, the education department, led by Director of Education Alison Trevor, made quick and necessary changes to how they ordinarily offered education to Kansas […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out Plans for Kansas and Missouri Real Estate Professionals

March 12, 2021 in Government Affairs

Update 3/26/21: It was recently announced that Kansas will be moving to its fifth and final phase in the vaccination rollout on March 29, 2021, making all Kansans ages 16 and over eligible to receive the vaccine. As vaccines become available, the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR) has been communicating with local municipalities […]

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President Lofton: Showing Courtesies 101

March 4, 2021 in Guest Columns

You wake up to review the hot sheet, and a brand-new listing that meets your buyer’s needs is now active! The excitement of rushing to the listing and hoping this is the one has set in. You schedule the showing to realize you are allowed a five-minute window. You will try to work fast but […]

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$324 Million Made Available for Missouri Landlord and Tenant Assistance

February 18, 2021 in Government Affairs

Missouri Governor Mike Parson recently signed legislation which allocates more than $324 million in funding to landlords and tenants in Missouri. This assistance is distributed through the Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP), which reimburses landlords for past due rent payments. “HB 16 will provide much needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19’s […]

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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 Joins Coalition Calling for Clarity in Rental Assistance

February 5, 2021 in Government Affairs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Housing groups, including the National Association of REALTORS®, are urging federal agencies to provide more information on the distribution of $25 billion in rental assistance under current COVID-19 relief legislation, which was signed into law in December. The coalition of real estate trade organizations says the funds are critical […]

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President Conant: That’s What’s Up

February 4, 2021 in Guest Columns

It should come as no surprise that my February message features a song that has the word “heart” in the title. After all, it is the month of Valentine’s Day, where we traditionally overindulge on chocolate and those little candy hearts and generally take time to show a little extra love to that special someone in […]

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NAR Advocacy to Focus on COVID-19 Relief, Housing Affordability, Racial Equity in 2021

January 21, 2021 in Government Affairs

Political Representative for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Jack Greacen spoke to the KCRAR Advocacy Committees last week, assuring REALTORS® that NAR believes the Biden administration is favorable to housing issues. He said the main focus of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress, at the moment, is COVID-19 relief and vaccination. At the […]

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting Where Buyers Move

January 14, 2021 in KCRAR

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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