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Duties Pertaining to Public Information Is a real estate broker obligated to disclose matters of public record to potential buyers? Check out this real-world scenario to find out. SITUATION A real estate broker has listed a single‑family residence adjacent to commercial property consisting of a small, one-story office/garage space. The commercial property has had limited use for years and has not been disruptive to the next-door residence. A local developer submits plans for a variance and permit to demolish the small office and build a four-story apartment building with a lot-line-to-lot-line footprint. Certainly, this new, larger building with ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® , I hope you were able to participate in our recent Spring Business Conference. Before I dive into highlights from this event, I want you to know how proud of our members I am for continuing to advocate for our industry. As many of you know, my theme for this year is It’s Your Story. I recently discussed how story is a powerful communication tool that each of us use every day. During our Capitol visits, your willingness to share your story with elected officials regarding property rights and homeownership opportunities spoke volumes about the importance of ensuring the American Dream of homeownership remains a reality. For that, I thank you. ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® , There are only two weeks left in the 2022 legislative session and there is still much to be done. The state budget must be completed by the close of business on Friday, May 6. Unfortunately, I am not aware of the conflict between the House and Senate versions, but I expect we will find out reasonably soon. As many of you know, there is still no Congressional map, nor does it appear anyone is in a hurry to agree to one. If the General Assembly fails to complete one, what happens? The short answer is no one knows. Various theories range from a map being completed by a court, candidates running in the same districts, simply trying again next ...
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Columbia, Missouri – Over 400 REALTORS ® from across the state will gather at Missouri REALTORS ® Spring Business Conference in Jefferson City, Mo., April 26-28 to discuss a wide array of topics directly related to the real estate industry. This three-day conference will take place at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. The conference will begin Tuesday with the much-anticipated Capitol Conference. This is an opportunity for Missouri REALTORS ® to meet with elected officials and encourage lawmakers to protect the American Dream of Homeownership. Prior to Capitol visits, Governor Mike Parson will address members as the keynote speaker. Following ...
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Protecting Yourself and Clients from Fraudulent Wire Transfers Wire transfers, a modern convenience permitting the expedient transfer of funds, have become a favorite target for cyber criminals. They use slick and sophisticated tactics that can cost someone an entire lifetime of savings in a single keystroke. How can agents and brokers avoid becoming the safety net of the unwary? SITUATION The buyers received an email from their title company requesting that they wire the funds necessary for their pending real estate closing. The email appeared identical to emails the buyers had previously received from their title company, including its logo, the closing ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® are so much more than real estate professionals. They dedicate their time to serving on school boards and running for elected positions. They educate, serve on panels, volunteer, and facilitate industry discussions. Their philanthropic efforts are inspiring, and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members. This month, we are shining our Member Spotlight on Beth Franklin. Beth Franklin, from Keller Williams Platinum Partners in Lee’s Summit, consistently gives back to her community. Beth has served on the advisory ...
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Columbia, Missouri – Missouri REALTORS ® announced today it has named Breanna Vanstrom as its next Chief Executive Officer. Vanstrom currently serves as CEO for Boise Regional REALTORS ® Association. She was selected by Missouri REALTORS ® CEO Search Committee and Executive Committee. "Breanna brings experience, creativity, and a forward-thinking perspective that will position Missouri REALTORS ® membership for success," said Missouri REALTORS ® President John Mayfield. "I have great confidence in Breanna to guide the organization forward.” Vanstrom has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Boise Regional REALTORS ® since 2015, Idaho’s largest ...
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It’s been a busy first quarter. Tune in as Missouri REALTORS ® President John Mayfield shares highlights that have taken place throughout our association since the beginning of the year. There’s a lot to cover in a short amount of time. You don’t want to miss it!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2022 Columbia, Missouri – On April 4, 2022, Janet Rodriguez Judd of Ballwin, Missouri, was appointed by Missouri Governor Mike Parson to serve on the Missouri Real Estate Commission (MREC). In this role, Judd will work with six commission members to protect the public from incompetence, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, and dishonesty. MREC also enforces standards by implementing legislation and administrative rules while encouraging economic development and partnerships with existing small businesses. Judd served as the 2021 President of Missouri REALTORS ® and currently serves on the Missouri REALTORS ...
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Spring is in the air, which means warmer weather and a busy real estate market. It also implies some major cleaning – but this year we challenge you to focus on your marketing material rather than your home. Refreshing your marketing strategy from time to time is important for your business, and it allows you to flex your creativity. Here are a few ideas on how to spring into the season with your best foot forward: 1. Create an infographic. One agent created an awesome infographic that shared both fun and business-related facts about himself. He went to professionals, but you can make your own expertly designed infographic with the marketing tool Canva ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® , On Wednesday, March 30 the House took up and perfected HCS for HB 1682 (Eviction Moratorium). The House adopted three amendments. Rep. Brown amended the title by removing the phrase “certain eviction proceedings” and replacing it with “regulation of real property.” Rep. Craig Fishel included a prohibition against political subdivisions requiring a pre-sale inspection, and Rep. Nick Schroer added a ban on HOA’s prohibiting real estate ‘for sale’ signs. The House then approved the bill by a voice vote. Several members spoke in favor of the bill. Among them were Rep. Dan Houx, Rep. Hardy Billington, and Rep. Hannah Kelly. Rep. Mark Ellebracht ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® , Last week was the first week back in session since the General Assemble took off a week for spring break. The Senate has been focused on finding a path to a congressional map that makes sense and the House continues to move forward with their priorities. Continuing my appreciation for member advocacy – Missouri REALTORS ® has hosted REALTOR ® Days every Tuesday and Wednesday since February. When I walk into a House or Senate office, I can easily spot our brochures on the member’s desk, so I know they are paying attention. As you can imagine, it always helps when the people who vote for you come in to discuss issues important to them. ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2022 COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – Missouri REALTORS ® is pleased to share a monthly statistics report highlighting the Missouri real estate market for the month of February. In February, Missouri REALTORS ® sold 5,142 residential properties. Of those sales, the average residential property sold for $257,877. Compared to the average sale price of $243,948 in February 2021, there was a 5.7 percent increase. The median residential sale price also increased, from $195,000 in 2021 to $215,000 in 2022.  In terms of total dollar volume, Missouri REALTORS ® saw an increase of 0.1 percent compared to the same period ...
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Current Market Trend: Multiple Offers As the real estate market continues to thrive, many buyers find themselves in difficult negotiations, sometimes making offers on several properties in hopes of securing a home. While multiple offers may be effective, some buyers are taking the next step and entering multiple contracts. SITUATION An owner of a residential rental property entered into a listing agreement with a real estate agent, as his employer was planning to transfer him to another state. With excellent tenants living in the home, the agent and owner believed it would be an attractive investment property and decided to target potential investors. The ...
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Missouri REALTORS ® , As your 2022 Missouri REALTORS ® President, I’d like to personally invite you to attend this year’s Spring Business Conference, April 26-28, in Jefferson City. With a fantastic lineup of speakers and networking opportunities, it will be a great time! My theme for this year is Tell Your Story. Story is a powerful communication tool that all of us use, every day. As REALTORS ® , we need to make sure legislators (local, state, and national) hear our stories and how protecting property rights, homeownership opportunities, and the American Dream are front and center when discussions take place. As Missouri REALTORS ® , your participation ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 17, 2022  Columbia, Missouri – MIPIM, the world’s leading global real estate market, business conference, and networking event, welcomed Missouri REALTORS ® to its 2022 event in Cannes, France, March 15-18. Missouri REALTORS ® were among the 3,800 exhibiting companies at the event and were featured alongside 10 additional state and local REALTOR ® associations in the USA Pavilion, hosted by the National Association of REALTORS ® . Missouri allows you to reach more than half of the continental U.S. in less than a day’s drive, with most other states reachable in less than two. “With the seventh-largest interstate system comprised ...
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Missouri REALTORS ®  are so much more than just real estate professionals. They dedicate their time to serving on school boards and running for elected positions. They educate, serve on panels, volunteer, and facilitate industry discussions. Their philanthropic efforts are inspiring, and the difference they are making within their communities is significant. Our Member Spotlight series highlights these efforts and introduces some of our wonderful members. This month, we are shining the Member Spotlight on Ken Thoenen. Ken, with Action Realty of Jefferson City, consistently gives back to his community through his involvement with River City Habitat for Humanity ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 7, 2022  Columbia, Missouri – Taking place March 5-7 at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri REALTORS ® hosted the 2022 National Association of REALTORS ® Region 9 Conference. This conference is an annual state collaboration between Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Missouri currently hosts this event every four years. Focused on educational and networking opportunities, REALTORS ® learned how cutting-edge technologies, business practices, latest industry news, and NAR resources could benefit their business and clients. “Region 9 has a long history of outstanding leadership,” said Missouri REALTOR ...
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Whether you’re a newly licensed agent or a seasoned professional, odds are you’re open to the latest and greatest technology designed to keep you and your clients safe, while creating leads along the way. To assist in your journey, we’ve compiled a list of top apps used by REALTORS ® just like yourself. Take a look! BoomtownROI Designed to help you generate, qualify, manage, and convert leads with ease. Canva Providing thousands of templates, stock photos, videos, and more, Canva is an online design and publishing tool created for easy design and publishing. dotloop A complete real estate transaction management solution that allows real estate ...
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Dear Missouri REALTORS ® , Although we are still early in 202 2 , it’s time for us, as an association, to begin planning our 202 3 governance structure known as  Outreach & Output  (02). This structure was designed to align our governance work with our mission and provide a variety of opportunities for members to participate in the process of leading our association into the future. To get involved, I encourage you to  sign up for a role within a leadership or mission committee , output group, and/or  statewide professional standards committee . Life Members and REALTOR ® Emeritus members may apply for State Director ...
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