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Are you moving soon? Maintain a sense of order, and help keep track of important tasks with this moving checklist.

4 Weeks Out

  • Contact and hire a trusted moving company
  • Transfer school transcripts, medical, dental and other important records (if needed)
  • Schedule the transfer of your home and auto insurance
  • Send out change-of-address cards

2 Weeks Out

  • Cancel and order utilities (gas, electric, water, telephone, cable/internet)
  • Close or transfer bank accounts (if needed)
  • Transfer newspaper and magazine subscriptions
  • Arrange for transfer of vehicle and driver’s license(s)

Move Week

  • Keep money, valuables and important documents with you
  • On closing day, the home purchase documents will be recorded
  • Move
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Finding your dream home has certainly evolved over the years. It started with word-of-mouth between family members, neighbors, or friends. Maybe, one of them knew someone that knew someone who was “selling the cutest little house”. Next, came newspaper ads which made it possible for many more people to find out about homes for sale, but they were limited by small photos and short descriptions.

The internet brought considerable advancements to home searches. It made it possible to search limitlessly for homes – of any kind, in ay area  –  right from your keyboard. It was the cutting edge of home search technology…It was, until now.

"Alexa, open Kansas City Homes"

Alexa, open Kansas City Homes”.

When you tell your Amazon smart speaker those five words, it activates the

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We may be a little biased, but we hold our agents and brokers in very high regard. We see the excellent work they do and amazing customer service they provide and believe it is the very best in the region, if not the country. But again, maybe we are a little biased because of how close we are to the situation.

Fortunately, our feelings on the matter were recently confirmed and thus our fears of excellence tunnel vision were put to rest.

BHGRE Honored With Top Awards

On Wednesday, December 6, the Kansas City Regional Association of the REALTORS® held their Holiday Party, Awards & Installation event where they recognized the very best among Kansas City area REALTORS® for the year of 2017. As the official association for real estate professionals in the Kansas City area, KCRAR

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Something special starts to happen when the days get shorter and the temps get colder. You can practically smell it in the air…yep, it’s Kansas City during the holidays. Sure, there are bigger and more well-known locales for celebrating the season, like New York with the Rockefeller Center tree, and 5th Avenue window displays, or Chicago’s “Nutcracker” Ballet or shopping on Michigan Ave., but for our money, you just can’t beat the merry Midwest!

Whether you live around town or are just visiting family and friends in KC, you’re sure to fall in love with this city and its surrounding areas when you experience these five holiday-time treasures.

Holiday Lights (and not just at the Plaza)

Kansas City During the Holidays

You know the holiday season in Kansas City has officially

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Better Homes From A Simpler Time

As a lifestyle real estate company affiliated with the Better Homes and Gardens brand, we understand and relish in the fact that we are about much more than buying and selling homes. Our association with something so ingrained and influential in the American culture as Better Homes and Gardens is always on our collective minds, but sometimes even we have to be reminded of just how connected and synergistic our relationship to it is. The latest example of this happened when one of our Plaza/Kansas City office agents, Jessica Thomas, showing homes to her client.

One of those homes, on East 79th Street in KCMO had quite a unique history that made for an interesting and interwoven connection to our company and our brand. Jessica recalls that as she was

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History And Community Await At Homestead Of LibertyHomestead is a new housing development in the thriving Kansas City suburb of Liberty, MO that’s been 180 years in the making.  This new home community offers reverse ranch, 1.5 and 2-story homes with spacious layouts and amazing amenities, on some of Liberty’s oldest, family-owned land.

Homestead is in southern Liberty at 1671 Homestead Place, just east of I-35. It’s secluded enough to make you feel like you’re living on wide-open farmland, but close enough to the city center to keep you connected to many of Liberty’s amenities and attractions, as well as one of the state’s top school districts. You can take a short drive up the street to MO-152, where you’ll find an abundance of dining options, and shopping destinations, which include national chains,

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BHGRE Night At The What a great night for a ball game!

Last night was BHGRE Night at the Royals. We had a great turn out of agents and staff as we kicked things off with a delicious tailgate party courtesy of Security 1st Title, the Sloan Agency, First State Bank Mortgage, and Old Republic Home Warranty.

After feasting on BBQ and a few cocktails, the group headed to the stands to watch our boys in blue take on the Minnesota Twins. Even though the Royals couldn’t pull out the “W”, the big winners of the night were us and Veterans Community Project thanks to the many people who came by to tour the tiny house the excellent media coverage we got.

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Millennials The Washington Post recently featured a story entitled “It’s Prime time for 18-hour cities” that talked about “smaller” big-cities and their drawing power to millennials. Among the experts they interviewed about what so appealing about these cities was our own Christian Zarif (College Blvd.). Her own words, Kansas City “offers everything you can get in some of the bigger cities without the big-city headaches”. Read complete article.

Source: Washington Post, September 2017

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BCHGRE Giving Back At LunchOn Wednesday, September 13, the Corporate office hosted a special event in their parking lot to benefit the Veterans Community Project. During a CRAVE food truck lunch, courtesy of First State Bank attendees were invited to tour one of the VCP tiny homes that are being built to house homeless veterans in Kansas City. They were also encouraged to bring and donate items of need for victims of recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas.

The “lot lunch” was an immense success and as you can see from the photos, plenty of people brought donations for help the hurricane victims. Thanks to events like this, our company night at the Royals, and many fundraising efforts across our offices, we have raised more than $20,000 to date. Enough to build a tiny home and

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The Parade of Homes in Greater Kansas CityThe Fall Parade of Homes offers something for everyone. Upgrade to a larger home, downsize to a smaller home, or realize your dream as a first-time buyer. Step into the home of your dreams.

From Sept. 23-Oct. 8 nearly 300 homes are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission. Parade guides available at any of the homes featured on the Parade and at the HBA at I-435 and Holmes. 

Learn more.

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