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A monumental year closes for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes

Historical, monumental, and record-breaking are all words you could use to describe the real estate market in 2020. From a worldwide pandemic to the lowest mortgage rates we’ve seen in decades to a housing boom in the mid to late summer, the Kansas City real estate industry was challenged to say the least. It was a welcomed challenge at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes and one we not only rose to meet but excelled in doing so. Let’s look back at how 2020 became one of the most significant years in both real estate and Kansas City Homes’ history. 

In 2020, our BHGenius Training platform was developed to provide our agents elite-level real estate

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The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has named Christian Barnes as the 2020 REALTOR® of the Year for the state of Kansas.

Kansas Realtor of the Year | National Association of Realtors | Kansas City Homes

NAR describes the REALTOR® of the Year award, “Annually, each state REALTOR® association recognizes one member who has done exceptional work to advance their associations and the real estate industry with the REALTOR® of the Year award. These members epitomize what it means to be a REALTOR®.”

Epitomizing what it means to be a REALTOR® is not foreign to Barnes, who has one of the most decorated real estate careers in the industry. Growing up with parents who are both real estate agents, Barnes learned the best strategies to be successful from an early age. The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® named her

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Kansas City Metro Area Real Estate Stats - November 2020 | Kansas City Homes

Local market updates from Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR) provide a closer look at the current market conditions in the Kansas City metro area. Whether you're a buyer or seller, visit Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes' Better Living Blog each month to stay updated on the latest home sale trends.

Monthly Indicator Analysis from Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR)

November saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average top 30,000 for the first time, while mortgage rates reached new record lows again. These new records have provided encouragement for buyers to move forward on home purchases, which continued to remain strong overall for the month.

Showing activity remains higher than the same period a…
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Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Kansas City Homes Agent Sarah Rupp is Inaugurated for Her Outstanding 2020 Performance

Kansas City Homes Northland agent Sarah Rupp was crowned by broker Kristi Ferrara in a laughter and smile-filled video which you can see below. The 10,000+ member KCRAR announced Sarah’s victory yesterday evening and offered their congratulations to an outstanding year of real estate. 

Sarah brings a wealth of experience to her clients that has been cultivated from years of working in one-on-one service. Her work ethic and passion for helping people is what drives her every day. When she learned of her winning Newcomer of the Year, Sarah commented:

Sarah Rupp | Kansas City Homes“Earning this award was by no means a lone endeavor, I would like to thank

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The princess was ready to embark on an adventure and sell her castle....

Legend of Homebuying | Kansas City Hoems

She picked an excellent time to enter the castle market. The real estate industry in her kingdom was hot and everyone wanted to buy a new home all across the land. 

Now that part is not fantasy. Bringing it back to reality, the real estate market in Kansas City is blazing hot, even now in the usually slower winter months. All across Kansas City, homes are selling at a record pace, averaging less than 23 days from initial listing to a signed contract. The median sales price of homes in Kansas City rose almost 20% last month to $233,000 while inventory decreased 46%. Positive growth has been shown in pending and closed sales for the last three months. 

If any of that

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Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® Elected Premis This Week to a Three Year Term Beginning in January 2021

Annie Premis | KCRAR Board of Directors | Kansas City Homes

Prairie Village/State Line Managing Broker Annie Premis has been elected to the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR) Board of Directors. She was elected in November of 2020 in the At-Large Broker-Owner/Managing Broker category, and will begin her three year term in January of 2021. 

The directors of KCRAR are notably tasked with making all the decisions for the association and for the realtors who are members. The directors are all member-appointed and represent “different areas of practice and geographic regions.” Annie joins fellow director and Blue Valley office agent Cindy Cunningham as well as Leawood Broker

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Kansas City Metro Area Real Estate Stats - October 2020 | Kansas City Homes

Local market updates from Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR) provide a closer look at the current market conditions in the Kansas City metro area. Whether you're a buyer or seller, visit Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes' Better Living Blog each month to stay updated on the latest home sale trends.

Monthly Indicator Analysis from Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors (KCRAR)

October continued to be busier than the calendar normally suggests. Buyer activity remains higher than normal for this time of year, while in many segments of the market, housing supply remains much lower than one year ago. Multiple offers remain a common occurrence in many areas, keeping housing hot while the temperatures…
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Mike Belzer Will Continue Serving as Chief Financial Officer for Kansas City Homes

Mike Belzer | Chief Financial Officer | Kansas City Homes

Mike Belzer is the minority owner and will continue serving as the Chief Financial Officer for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes. Belzer has been with the organization since 2004, when he partnered with former owner and President David Cooper as well as six other industry leaders. Belzer helped oversee the company moving under the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate umbrella in 2012.

Mike believes doing the right thing, being respectful of others, and supporting the team are his main motivators and the qualities he likes to instill in others. He prides himself on his relationships with his staff and with the agents in the Kansas City Homes

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Chris Barnes Named Chief Operating Officer for Kansas City Homes

Chris Barnes | Chief Operating Officer | Kansas City Homes

As Chief Operating Officer for the fourth largest affiliate in the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Network, Chris Barnes is a wildly successful entrepreneur with a track record of growth. He brings a unique perspective to the real estate industry and is focused on spurring innovation at Better Homes and Gardens®  Real Estate Kansas City Homes. 

A dynamic leader, Chris has had a long history of seizing opportunities in industries with little to no prior experience and producing tremendous results. Since 2009, he successfully launched two start-up companies in challenging industries - aviation and apparel - and built both into multi-million dollar enterprises within three

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Barnes is the new majority owner and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Kansas City Homes, the city’s third largest real estate brokerage

Christian Barnes is the new principal owner, President, and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Kansas City Homes, the third largest brokerage in Kansas City. In an industry traditionally and consistently dominated by men, Christian will now become one of real estate’s top female principal owners. She succeeds our former President and CEO, David Cooper, who served in the role for sixteen years and will remain with the company in an advisory capacity for the foreseeable future. Company ownership will also include Mike Belzer, who has served as an owner and the firm’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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