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Join Rental Beast's FREE upcoming webinar on July 24th at 2pm! With Mitch Deminski, Broker/Owner, Street Smart Realty to learn how to transform into the ultimate resource for investors building their portfolios! As a trusted advisor, you offer more than just real estate services—especially for non-local investors who need a reliable on- the-ground partner. Secure your spot today! Register here: https://ow.ly/VKEW50SrIRR $
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Register today for the KAR Town Hall! KAR invites all members to attend a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 24th beginning at 10:00 am. Town hall topics will include an NAR Settlement Update from Charlie Lee, VA Financing Update from Shaleah Argeris, and a KAR Forms Update. Register in advance for this meeting here.
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Save the date for the KAR Town Hall! KAR invites all members to attend a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 24th beginning at 10:00 am. Town hall topics will include an NAR Settlement Update from Charlie Lee, VA Financing Update from Shaleah Argeris, and a KAR Forms Update. Stay tuned for the registration link which will be posted next week!
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To Tiktok or Not?

From Tech Helpline - a FREE Member Benefit! With the pending ban of TikTok in the US, originally slated for January 2025, many agents may wonder, “Is this the end of TikTok?” The ban on TikTok could be removed if it is sold to a US entity, or the courts could overturn the new law. Plus, ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, could request a 90-day delay to April 2025. The biggest question for agents: Is TikTok worth your time? Time will tell, but the short-form video craze that TikTok created will unlikely go away. Already, we are seeing TikTok videos or videos in TikTok style (vertical shots with bold captions) show up on other social media. Here are some tips to ...
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“While the number of active listings continues to rise, there are still 20 percent fewer homes available for sale right now than we had prior to the onset of the pandemic,” said KAR president Jon Fort with Arc Real Estate in Garden City. May 2024 Market Highlights Home sales in Kansas fell by 1.0% in May 2024 compared to the same period last year. National sales fell with sales falling 2.8% over 2023. Home prices continue to increase across the state. The statewide average sale price in May was $322,264 a 2.7% increase compared to last year. Midwest prices rose 6.4% and US prices rose by 5.8%. Mortgage rates fell slightly. The national average commitment ...
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Are you new to the real estate industry or just new to KAR conferences? The Kansas Association of REALTORS® (KAR) is offering scholarships to attend our bi-annual conferences, designed to help you grow your business, enhance your professional development, and expand your network. This program covers hotel costs and key conference expenses, and pairs you with a Conference Mentor to guide you. Connect with brokers and agents from across Kansas, and take advantage of sessions on legislative topics, professional development, and more. Apply by August 23, 2024, for a chance to attend the 2024 KAR Annual Conference. Winners will be notified by September 4, 2024. Don't ...
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From NAR Beginning August 17, 2024, offers of cooperative compensation will not be allowed in an MLS listing. This video discusses how new rules affect offers of compensation and how offers may be communicated and be prepared for the practice changes. READ MORE
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From Housing Wire Roof AI, an artificial intelligence-powered sales assistant that helps real estate and mortgage companies generate revenue across their business units, announced the integration of OpenAI’s technology into its system, significantly boosting its capabilities. Roof Pro stands out by providing real-time information tailored to individual customer inquiries, whether someone is searching for budget-friendly listings or needs details on the homebuying or selling process. This is designed to keep user engaged on brokerage sites, foster trust and enhance their overall experience READ MORE
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Join Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) leaders for an update on their efforts to roll out new housing resources. Learn about the homes that are being built across the state, and the next steps in the efforts to expand quality, affordable housing for all Kansans. The webinar will take place Wednesday, June 26 th at 1:30 pm. Register for the webinar here.
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From NAR You don’t have to be a tax expert to talk with sellers about the potential tax consequences of their sale. Understand the basics—including what constitutes a primary residence, what qualifies as an improvement and what documentation sellers are required to have. Then, be prepared with the names of tax professionals who can help them evaluate their individual situation, as well as links to credible tax guidance online. (The Internal Revenue Service is the authoritative free source of guidance. See “ Topic no. 701, Sale of Your Home ”.) READ MORE
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Join Rental Beast for an exclusive webinar on June 17 th with the amazing Marki Lemons-Ryhal and unlock the secrets of using AI to attract and keep high-quality tenants. By the end, you’ll have the tools to supercharge your rental property business while staying on the right side of industry regulations. Here's what you'll learn: Key AI technologies for real estate marketing and tenant management Ethical implications and compliance with fair housing laws Evaluating AI-powered tools for optimized property listings Utilizing AI chatbots and virtual assistants for streamlined tenant communication Designing personalized tenant experiences with AI-driven ...
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From NAR 82% of home buyers express regrets about their recent property purchase, according to a new survey. Their most common regret: buying a home that requires too much maintenance. The home insurance firm Hippo offers a printable home tour checklist , which includes items for yard maintenance, age of appliances and home systems, that buyers can fill out during a showing. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Ask about maintenance costs. Check on high-use items. Find out the age of items. Watch the smells. Check on house’s orientation. Judge vehicle accessibility. Look beyond the property. Look at the structural integrity. READ ...
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Register today for the Kansas Association of REALTORS® Annual Conference & Expo. Early bird discount ends July 31st! The conference will take place at the Overland Park Marriott on October 2-4, 2024. View the agenda and registration here! Our education and professional development sessions led by nationally acclaimed speakers will expand your knowledge on all things related to business, real estate, and even personal and professional relationships. Note: You will need to log into your Connect Space account to register. This is the same system we used for Capitol Conference and Annual Conference. If you can't remember your password, there is a ...
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From NAR This 20 minute podcast features a roundtable discussion with four real estate pros who discuss what’s next for buyers, sellers and NAR members. READ MORE
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From NAR As we continue to seal our buildings tighter for energy efficiency, the importance of maintaining and enhancing indoor air quality (IAQ) escalates. This article dives into the latest insights, technological advancements and trends shaping our approach to indoor air purity. READ MORE
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From NAR Giving legal advice to clients instead of telling them to consult a lawyer can get you into serious trouble. You can get fined, have your real estate license revoked and even face a lawsuit if you offer legal advice to your clients. You may think it’s harmless to answer just a question or two, but it could land you in hot water. READ MORE
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From NAR Social media causes a lot of hype, but trends change frequently and could hurt resales. Sellers are wise to play it safe with timeless simplicity. Three key takeaways to advise sellers: Not everyone loves pastel colors, scalloped furniture or up-cycled pieces, so suggest sellers set aside such items during showings What appeals to a wider audience are mainstream classics like monochromatic color palettes, one accent wall and overall simplicity Remind sellers the goal is to play up space rather than show off personal possessions READ MORE
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“April’s strong gains mean that sales across the state are now up year-to-date compared with 2023,” said KAR president Jon Fort with Arc Real Estate in Garden City. “Nevertheless, tight inventories will continue to create headwinds for the market moving into summer.” April 2024 Market Highlights Home sales in Kansas rose by 10.6% in April 2024 compared to the same period last year. National sales fell with sales falling 1.9% over 2023. Home prices continue to increase across the state. The statewide average sale price in April was $309,258 a 4.7% increase compared to last year. Midwest prices rose 6.0% and US prices rose by 5.7%. Mortgage rates ...
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Do you know a REALTOR® who consistently goes above and beyond in their real estate practice, community involvement and/or volunteering in the REALTOR® association? Nominate them to be recognized with a KAR Award! Recognizing a members hard work, dedication and commitment not only celebrates their achievements but also empowers them to continue their efforts and inspire others. A simple nomination can ignite a chain reaction of positive change, motivating others to strive for excellence. It’s easy to take a moment and submit a nomination for one (or more) of these prestigious awards! **The Kansas Association of REALTORS® offers three annual distinct awards:** ...
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Win for VA Borrowers

From NAR The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to temporarily lift its ban on buyers directly paying for professional real estate representation until the agency deems it necessary to engage in a formal rulemaking process. Although not an official announcement, this is a relief for the real estate industry, as the VA’s home loan guaranty is the only loan program with this explicit prohibition. Veteran buyers have limited options in situations where the seller makes no offer of compensation to the buyer’s agent, potentially leaving veterans without professional representation or forcing them to switch to less favorable loan products. READ MORE
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