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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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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President Lofton: Football and Real Estate, Can We Relate?

January 28, 2021 in Guest Columns

Watching the first quarter of the AFC championship game I will not lie, I was concerned. Can they do this? Again? We were down 9 – not a great start. But something huge happened and quickly changed my thinking. I watched as Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes approached their teammate who had made a huge […]

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President Pierce: The Leaders Among Us

December 18, 2020 in Guest Columns

As the year draws to a close, it’s fairly customary for the outgoing MLS President to write an article reflecting back on what we accomplished as an MLS over the last year. I certainly am honored for the opportunity to serve in this position, pleased with what we accomplished in such an unusual year, and thankful for […]

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President Howe: Final Lessons

December 10, 2020 in Guest Columns

Welcome to the fifth installment of a five-part series based on my keynote address, Lessons from The Other Side. To recap, this keynote was developed by watching my mom, a top producing REALTOR® in our community, go through the ups and the downs of this industry on a daily basis. Ultimately in the end, it […]

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CEO Kipp Cooper: New COVID-19 Instant Test and Resources Available to KCRAR Members

December 4, 2020 in Guest Columns

By Kipp Cooper, CEO of KCRAR and Heartland MLS This past week one of the first vaccines for COVID-19 was approved in the United Kingdom. At this time, it seems hopeful that similar approvals will occur in the United States soon. While this is very encouraging news, it will likely be months before vaccines will […]

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