President Conant: All I Know So Far

December 9, 2021 in Guest Columns

I always imagined that my final message would be something from Hamilton, like “One Last Time,” where George Washington talks with Hamilton about the things he’s learned in his 40 years of service. But, I’ve since realized a shocking truth – I’m not George Washington! I haven’t served you all for 40 years – I’m not even […]

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President Conant: Vacation

October 14, 2021 in Guest Columns

This past year and a half, we’ve all been forced into a new level of comfort with our day-to-day. With “vacations” looking very different than they used to, if happening at all, it can be hard to have that big something to look forward to. That’s actually given me a new appreciation for my work […]

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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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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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Establishing Trust with Personal Brand Photography

June 24, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Spencer J. Harris Buying and selling a home ranks in the top three most stressful things we as humans encounter, next to actually moving somewhere new and the death of someone close to us. That’s why it’s critical that as a REALTOR®, you establish trust with your clients as quickly as possible. In fact, […]

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Local REALTORS® to Meet with Members of Congress at NAR Virtual Legislative Conference

May 7, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Derek Ramsay, KCRAR VP of REALTOR® Advocacy Most buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. remain closed to the public, so for the second year in a row, NAR Legislative meetings are being held virtually this month. Despite this challenge, the advocacy efforts of the REALTOR® Party continue uninterrupted as they have throughout the […]

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KAR Secures Big Win for Kansas Homeowners

May 6, 2021 in Government Affairs

By Derek Ramsay, KCRAR VP of REALTOR® Advocacy Earlier this week, the Kansas legislature overrode Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 50. In doing so, the lawmakers sent a clear message that homeownership matters in Kansas. Among other provisions, Senate Bill 50 will allow income taxpayers in Kansas to itemize their state tax filing […]

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2021 Assessment Appeals Season in Missouri: How You Can Help

April 29, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Derek Ramsay, KCRAR VP of REALTOR® Advocacy Every odd numbered year, County Assessors in Missouri determine the value and subclassification of real property. The amount of taxes imposed are based on the assessed value of their taxable property established by the local assessor and the tax rates which are set by the local governments […]

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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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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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