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Buying a new home is a very exciting life change, but the whole experience can be even more enjoyable and rewarding when you’re prepared! Working with a real estate professional with area expertise will not only open up a world of helpful resources, but you can also rely on your REALTOR® to provide expert advice and information throughout your search to keep you on the right track. We’ve compiled some useful tips from our agents over the years to share, so you can feel more confident during your next home purchase.

1. Location, location, location!

How far is the commute? How good are the schools, hospitals and local services? Keep these questions in mind as you consider which areas to buy your home.

2. Know what you want

Take the time to write

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1. Downtown Kansas City has experienced more than $6.5 billion in commercial, residential, and hotel development in the last 10 years.

  • Streetcar
  • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
  • JE Dunn Construction Headquarters

2. KC "ignored" prohibition in the 1920s, leading to an abundance of jazz clubs, brothels, and gambling halls. KC even earned the moniker "Paris of the Plains" after one journalist wrote, "If you want to see some gin, forget Paris and head to Kansas City."

  • If there's one thing we love more than baseball and BBQ, it's alcohol. No shame.

3. Located in the heart of the country, Kansas City is only a three-hour flight from either coast.

4. At 142.2 decibels, the crowd at Arrowhead Stadium the Guinness World

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How many hours do you lose each day scrolling through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter? Why not spend some of that time toward cutting costs on something we all spend probably too much money on each month: groceries? These seven tips can help get you started on a couponing journey.

 1. Start a stockpile
Extreme couponers have a stockpile of stuff in their garage or closet. The reason for having a stockpile is not to become a hoarder, but it allows you to buy stuff only when it’s on sale. 

2. Secure a coupon source
Find out which Sunday paper has the best coupons and subscribe to it! Set aside time with your scissors and sift through the paper each week to find the most beneficial coupons for your needs.

3. Compile your clips
Cutting coupons means

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Back-to-school season is here, and school supply lists have taken over almost every store in town. Seeing those lists remind us that it’s also time to start thinking about morning routines, packing lunches, paperwork, practice schedules...you know the drill. There might be a lot to plan for, but don’t stress. These five simple tips will help make your life easier and get your kids off to a great start!

      1. Clean out kids’ closets
        • Before you even think about back-to-school shopping…Know what you need to buy and what not to. Start three piles: trash, donate, keep. Throw away the worn-out clothes, and donate the ones that don’t fit anymore.
      2. Enforce earlier bedtimes
        • Start putting kids to bed earlier before school even starts, so the
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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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