The REALTOR of The Future

December 20th, 2012

Today’s Real Estate Agent and Their Future

 

Real estate has changed so much over the last 50 years; from the “good ole boy” handshake to the 21 page contract and the 10-15 page listing packet. With every step of the way agents have had to learn and revise the way they think when it comes to managing their business.

Just like the change of the “paper trail” for agents, the way we sell real estate has been a huge game changer for our industry as well. We have gone from meeting our clients face to face to sign documents (this is still the best practice) to the fax machine and now the email scanner to send them their documents to sign. We send email or text alerts to our buyers and sellers now on properties instead of hand delivering the information. The number one thing that has changed the Real Estate profession forever is “Technology.”

Love it or hate it technology is an ever evolving, business changing roll that will never go away. The internet changed the face of real estate early in the 1990’s and since then syndications of MLS material, social media and blogging have catapulted the way real estate works on an hourly basis. Not only are the agents themselves having to keep up with the latest and greatest, but the real estate brokerages as well are having to stay “in the know” on all technology.   When surveying many clients on how they chose their Realtor of today, many answer that they want a “tech savvy” agent who promotes their properties anywhere and everywhere. Plus most clients want their agent at their “mobile” fingertips so that they are able to reach them 24/7.

As an agent and/or brokerage it is our responsibility to research what technology works for each client/agent/brokerage. There are so many platforms to choose from and many scams to catch the eye of the agents to attempt to get them to pay for more services that are sometimes even free. This is where the brokerages come in. All brokerages should be helpful and knowledgeable on internet and social media scams. Training the agents on the rules and regulations of what they are publishing and where to publish them is a good aspect to have in place as well.

To cultivate a new breed of agent each brokerage should set out to give the best training they can to their agents. Knowledge is key, when it comes to technology. Even showing the oldest agent the simplest steps can prove to their clients “they still have it.”  Agents have shown that they love the training most of their companies give them, however, once they finish a class agents still feel lost when they are putting what they learned into practice. You can’t hold each agents hand through the internet process but you can be there to answer questions, re-teach a follow up class once a month and listen to their needs. Not every agent is going to get what social media is or even want to participate, especially the seasoned agents. Some younger agents may prefer to only text/facebook/or email their clients when 90% of the general public still want the phone call or the actual presence of their Realtor. Mobile and social media is scary for some agents but it leads the future on how clients find the properties, agents and brokerages. The bandwagon of the internet from the 1990’s has become the mobile and social media bullet train of the future for real estate.

Let the agents no matter the age teach one another the best practices of real estate. When agents work together, things get accomplished. Different generations teach one another the skills that they know and when they put them into practice the cultivating of a new breed of agent comes to life no matter if you’ve been in the business 50 years or just 5 days.

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

A New Breed of Agents: Who Will Be Left Standing? – Holiday Blog Swap [infographic]

December 13th, 2012

2012 Holiday Blog Swap Enterprise Network

The real estate industry has been through a revolution. The thing is we’re only part way through it.  Yesterday’s successful agents had great social skills and often little else. They drove people around town in their big cars taking orders. There really wasn’t a great deal of knowledge that was needed.  It was more a matter of personality. As a result, our reputation was one notch above used car salesmen.

Today’s agent needs a working knowledge in at least a dozen different fields:  mobile technology, social media, internet marketing, contract law, financing, construction, negotiating, bankruptcy and short sales, investing, environmental issues, staging and interior design, etc. The ranks have thinned substantially as the degree of difficulty has risen. The day to day functions are less about selling and more about managing the stages of the transaction. Fortunately, the public now recognizes it isn’t an easy job and our reputations have risen a long way.

It’s hard to imagine any scenario in which the job becomes easier in the future.

This isn’t a career one can do part-time and hope to have sufficient competency. It won’t be possible to enter the field without a high level of focus and significant training and education. The role of the broker as a mother ship is critical in identifying the right candidates, providing high-quality training, and providing state-of-the-art support services and tools. Mom and pop real estate companies have already all but disappeared due to the inability to provide today’s necessary depth.

Where do we go from here?

The thinning down of the ranks of Realtors will continue as the job becomes even more difficult. The “new breed of agent” will be:

•    tech savvy
•    well educated
•    socially skilled
•    more likely to work as a member of a team than independently

These are the qualities needed in order to provide the depth that the process of buying or selling a home will require. Realtors will be needed more than ever, and those who can rise to the challenge of the new standard will be surviving quite nicely.

Marsha Volchoff
Vice President, Operations
Charles Reinhart Company

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The Fiscall Cliff and Short Sales

December 9th, 2012

Short sales, increasingly the preferred route for borrowers behind on their mortgage to discharge their debt, might decline if the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 is allowed to expire at the end of the year. In a short sale a borrower enters into an agreement with the bank to sell the property to a third party for an amount less than the debt owed. Banks forgive the difference between the sales proceeds and the debt owned, essentially they get shorted on the debt.

Cancelled debt is considered income and is taxable, but under the 2007 Act, debt forgiven in connection with a mortgage modification or foreclosure is exempt from tax act of 2007 is allowed to expire at the end of the year. The Act is scheduled to expire end of 2012. There is a bipartisan push to extend the relief, but it remains on the table in the fiscal cliff discussions, along with the mortgage interest deduction.

The expiration of the Act could “stifle the trend towards short sales,” according to Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.
“Homeowners who agree to a short sale could see their income tax jump significantly because the portion of the unpaid loan balance not covered by the short sale proceeds will be considered taxable income in many cases,” said Blomquist. “The prospect of being taxed on potentially tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income may motivate more distressed homeowners to forgo a short sale and allow the home to be foreclosed.”

Short sales accounted for 22% of all residential sales in the third quarter, according to RealtyTrac. Meanwhile, sales of homes at various stages of foreclosure accounted for 19%. Preforeclosure sales- sale of properties in some stage of foreclosure-now outnumber the sales of foreclosed, bank-owned properties.
Short sales have been seen as the best solution for both borrowers and banks, especially given the lengthy foreclosure process in most states.

Banks have also executed more short sales under the national mortgage settlement. In fact, of the $26.1 billion in mortgage relief that the big banks- Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial -have extended, more than half comes from short sales.

Housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have also made it short sales easier, introducing new guidelines that allow borrowers who are even current on their payments to do a short sale if they have a “hardship” such as the death or disability of a co-borrower, illness, divorce or legal separation or distant transfer of employment.

Short sales of properties not in foreclosure increased 15% in the third quarter from the second quarter according to RealtyTrac’s report released Thursday .

In states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, short sales account for more than 40% of all residential sales.
Short sales account for 16% of all sales in Arizona, 14% of all sales in California and 29% of sales in Florida.
The final sales price of all short sales was on average $94,896 short of the loan amount. In Massachusetts, the average forgiven amount stood at $171,907, while in California and Nevada, the forgiven amount averaged $135,000.

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.
We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.
We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

Murney Associates Picks of the Week

December 3rd, 2012

         

During this amazing week of December and with the weather cooperating, Murney Associates agents have compiled a great list of things for your families to enjoy this holiday season here in the Ozarks.

December 3, (tonight) don’t miss out on the Dueling Piano Extravaganza at Ernie Biggs downtown. More than 30 duelers are performing at Ernie Biggs this ONE night only. It’s your once in a lifetime chance to have fun and sing at the top of your lungs all the songs from many era’s to the sound of dueling pianos.

December 4 provides an array of activities with the “Old Crow Medicine Show” live at Juanita K. Hammons Hall of the Performing Arts, “Tasty Tuesday,” provided by 417 Magazine and local restaurants for tasty deals of the day and Ozarks Christmasdrive thru Christmas Lights down at Finley River Park until 10 pm.

December 5 is going to be an amazing evening that many have been looking forward to for months. The “Kenny Rogers” will be performing his Christmas Hits at the O’Reilly Family Event Center starting at 7pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at www.drury.edu/o’reilly. A portion of the proceeds will be benefiting the Care to Learn Foundation.

December 6 is the best shopping day of the week with Styles Boutique having the shopping “Happy Hour” from 4-6pm and Ashby’s doing their Wish List After Hours Event from 6-8.

December 7 is TGIF!!!! Start off your weekend right with the First Friday Art Walk in dowtown Springfield. After you visit all of the festivities on the Art Walk drive a little more north to the Live Nativity at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. This is the last weekend and LAST year for the event.

December 8 is the Springfield Christmas Parade. Park Central Square is already lit up with a gorgeous tree and lights for all the local businesses. There are going to be more thatn 60 floats, 1o marching bands from around the area and Santa himself will be joining the parade. This is a great time for family fun and for stopping in one of the local businesses to buy a gift, grab some hot chocolate or visit the downtown library.

Let’s all have a great holiday week and don’t forget the best gift you can give your family is your time!

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

4 Powerful Negotiating Tips for Real Estate

November 19th, 2012

Negotiation is an important tool of the real estate business. To be a successful home seller you should have a basic understanding of negotiation methods, knowing the motivation of the other party and adapting to their style. You can strengthen your position as a home seller, by following these four negotiation tips.

1. Get your home into top condition. If your home is on the market with obvious defects such as paint, repairs, cleanup, carpets and landscaping, you can be certain prospective buyer’s will either not look at it, or if they do and they make an offer, it will be low.
Examine your home carefully. If you spot anything that a buyer can criticize, your negotiating position will be weakened. For example, if your home has peeling paint, you can be sure buyers will lower their offer by much more than a paint job would actually cost you. To negotiate from a strong position, always get your house painted inside and out before putting it on the market.

2. Know the market value of your home. After getting your home in the best possible condition, improve your negotiating position by determining the true market value of your home. One way is to hire a professional appraiser to evaluate your home and provide an expert opinion of the market value. The cost will be several hundred dollars for a complete appraisal, depending on the size of your home and the difficulty of appraising it. Choose an appraiser who is properly licensed and is experienced in your area.
Another way to determine the market value of your home is to interview real estate agents about listing it for sale. As part of their listing presentation, each agent will prepare a written “comparative market analysis.” This report will show the recent sales prices of similar nearby homes as well as the list prices of other homes currently on the market. By comparing the reports submitted by the agents, and by checking out the comparable they use, you’ll be able to determine the market value of your home.

3. Relax and be patient. Another way of stating this rule is, “The one who cares the least, wins.” For example, if you must sell your home quickly because of a job transfer or to avoid a pending foreclosure, buyers will take advantage of your vulnerable situation. Give yourself plenty of time by putting your home on the market early.

A good real estate agent will support you when you take this position even if it takes a little longer to sell your home. Remember though, that in a slow real estate market, it’s always best to sell your home quickly before prices fall even farther.

4. Make the home buyers feel that they got a good deal. Your home is in great condition and you have it listed for sale at the right price. Now you get an offer. To make the buyers feel good about buying your home, negotiate on some minor points, such as the move-in date, the amount of the deposit or the personal property to be included in the sales price. The buyers will feel terrible if you accept their purchase offer without any negotiation.

If the buyer feels good about the transaction, the chances of a successful on-time closing are much greater than if the buyer feels he is overpaying for the home. Remember, from the buyer’s viewpoint, there is no worse feeling than having the first offer accepted without any changes. Then, the buyer knows the property probably could have been purchased for less.

Remember these special strategies when you are a home seller. When you understand these negotiating tips, you’ll enjoy an advantage in dealing with buyers.
About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.
We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.
We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

Murney Weekend Guide to The Ozarks

November 17th, 2012

Not only is the weather perfect here in Southwest Missouri this weekend but the towns are buzzing with many local events. The good thing is many events are happening during the afternoon but many parades and Christmas tree lightings are beginning this evening as well.

Today from 9-4 at Ozark Junior High School the 5th Annual Ozarks Craft Fair is being held as well as the 48th Annual Ozark Christmas Parade this evening from 6-8 pm throughout the streets of Ozark, MO.

This afternoon from 1-5pm The 4th Annual Ozarks Beerfest is being held at the Shrine Mosque. There will be food from area restaurants and samplings, music and of course beer from local breweries. All proceeds go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

This evening from 6-8 pm the Springfield Park Board is offering FREE ice skating at the Mediacom Ice Park. Information can be found online at www.parkboard.org. The skating is just the beginning of the evening fun here in Springfield. The Mayor’s Tree Lighting Celebration begins at 5:30 pm at Jordan Valley Park on E. Trafficway followed by the Springfield Cardinals Christmas and Fireworks event at Hammons Field. All is free to the public. 

The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds is continuing the “Christmas in Lights” event now thru December 31, 2012. The fairgrounds will be sparkling with more than 1 million lights in a drive-through show. Admission is $12 a car load. www.ozarkempirefair.com

As always don’t forget the Silver Dollar City Festival of Lights that continues until December 31, 2012. Gates open at 3 pm and closing is at 10 pm.  All Branson area shows are geared up for Christmas with over 30 performance to chose from. Visit www.bransontickets.com for more information on tickets and showtimes.

Sunday seems to be a huge concert day at the O’Reilly Event Center on the Drury University campus. The bands Daughtry, 3 Doors Down and POD are preforming beginning at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.drury.edu/oreilly or by calling 417-873-6389. This is the second stop on the tour for the bands and it is estimated to be a sell out event.

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.

We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.

We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!

 


 

Deer Season and The Drought

November 12th, 2012

Deer Season is here, the question is, will this past summer’s drought affect the deer the hunting? We did our research and have compiled some information that may be effective when going out to the deer woods and for the deer season in 2013. How bad was the 2012 summer drought? It was very bad. For the High Plains, Midwest and Upper South it was an agricultural disaster labeled from extreme to exceptional, the two highest drought levels. For parts of the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, it was spotty and varied from moderate to severe to extreme. The authors of the Drought Monitor wrote the following for the week ending July 31: “In addition to the large geographic footprint of this year’s drought, the quick onset and rapid ramping up of intensity, coupled with extreme temperatures and subsequent impacts, has really left an imprint on those affected and has set this drought apart from anything we have seen at this scale over the past several decades.” There were record high temperatures and low rainfall over most of the country in July.

No matter what you label it, in the worst areas it had to hurt deer antler development, fawn growth and even fawn survival. It took a big bite out of the quantity and quality of summer deer foods and will likely adversely affect some fall deer foods. These are not just food plots but also soft and hard mast and natural vegetation browse plants in addition to important fawning and escape cover. In a normal summer, protein levels and palatability of all plants decline from high levels in spring to lowest levels of the growing season in late summer and fall.

In some extreme drought areas, surface water has dried up and some deer will be forced to shift their movements to find it. In some cases, this means leaving your hunting property and moving to the neighbor’s property to find water. Normally, deer get most of the water they need from the vegetation they consume. This is not the case in a severe drought because the percentage of moisture in all vegetation has decreased through the course of the hot dry summer.

If you have white or red oak trees on your hunting land that did not get frost bitten, they will likely have a good acorn crop that will drop a little earlier than normal because of the early spring start. This is especially true of the white oak group which includes swamp white, chestnut, swamp chestnut, post, live, bur, chinkapin oak and others. Spring and summer droughts depending on their severity often cause oaks and other hard mast producers to channel more energy to increased reproduction in a “last ditch” effort in case their own survival is jeopardized. I ran oak mast surveys on the same 15-mile route in the Southern Appalachians for almost 30 years. Best acorn production often coincided with drought years including 1988 and others.

Whitetails and lots of other wildlife species will feed heavily on grapes, persimmons, apples and pears until they are gone and they may get gone early due to the early spring bloom and the severe drought. My pears are already gone. So a logical progression of preferred whitetail food might be grapes, apples, acorns, persimmons, crabapples but it will not be this simple or clear cut as several of the highly sought after foods may be available at the same time and all will disappear gradually at different times.

Hunting in the Heartland around big commercial agriculture might be challenging! First, there will not likely be much standing corn which provides deer with a custom combination of high quality food and cover. As I am writing this article, many corn farmers are either cutting their corn for silage to salvage it or plowing it under to plant small grains or brassicas when the moisture allows. This puts deer movement in a different ball game of shifting to whatever alfalfa, soybeans, persimmons or acorns that may be available. How much of a shift depends on how far they have to go to find food. It might be several miles away and obviously might be on properties that you don’t have permission to hunt. Also, soybeans might be gone as they will be defoliated early and have a much reduced crop of pods and beans that may also get harvested earlier than normal. Finally, this year might be the most important one we have had in many years to scout for available deer food supplies and pinpoint where they are before the hunting season opens. Also, if we get some rain in late August or September plant and fertilize some high quality cool season food plots. The deer need them this fall to gain weight before winter and you need them to attract deer. Does that sound like a win-win plan? It does to me, it is deer management at its best!

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.
We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.
We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

High School Musicals Abound in The Ozarks

November 8th, 2012

November is the month of the musical for local high schools here in the Ozarks. The talent that abounds in our local school theatres is quite astonishing. It’s not just the singing and dancing but the set building of pirate ships, castles, oceans to the make up artists presenting gore, mermaids and Dr. Seuss characters.

This weekend is the beginning of Theatre Season with Central High School presenting Sweeney Todd Nov. 8-10 at 7 pm. Sweeney Todd is a story about an unjustly exiled barber who goes back to the 19th century London to get revenge on the judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. Unfortunately his customers find themselves at the wrong place and the wrong time when his revenge comes. The storyline does have humor, and the make up and sets will bring the story to life and keep ou engaged throughout the entire play. Tickets can be purchased at www.centralhigh.com.

Glendale High School is presenting Seussical as well Nov. 8-10 at 7 pm and Nov. 11 with a 2 pm matinee. Seussical is a musical great for a family outing. Almost all of the beloved Dr. Seuss characters are featured in this musical but the main focus is on Horton Hears a Who and Horton Lays an Egg. The focus is on two philosophies, ” A person’s a person, no matter how small,” and “Oh, the thinks you can think if only you try.” Tickets can be purchased at the Glendale box office this week or by calling 417-523-8403.

Next Weekend November 15-17 is full of theatre! Nixa High School is presenting the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The storyline is how a young woman is forced into servitude by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. She dreams of a better life and with the help of her Fairy Godmother she is transformed into a princess and finds her prince. This year they have gone above and beyond and have added the extra “Cinderella’s Royal Tea Party” on Nov. 16-17. During the tea party children are able to meet Cinderella and her Prince as well as have royal treats and tea. The cost is $20 for a child and parent but you have to sign up quick at the box office by calling 417-724-3529.

Kickapoo High School is presenting The Pirates of Penzance Nov. 15-17 at 7 pm. The musical is about sentimenal pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major General all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Visit www.kickapootheatre.com for tickets.

Last but not least Ozark High School presents the Disney Classic , “The Little Mermaid” Nov. 15-17 at 7 pm. Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, Prince Eric, Ursala and her minions Flostrom and Jestsom will take over the stage with singing, dancing, corruption and love. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds will benefit Care To Learn.


 

Weekend Activities from Murney.com

November 1st, 2012

It is that special time of year again where the weather is perfect for outdoor activities including running, biking, kayaking, football, cross country and just great training for next spring. This weekend especially is a weekend like no other. It is the bass pro conservation half and full marathons. Many have trained throughout this past hot summer to get prepared for this weekend. Here is the list of marathn events as well as links to register, map and eleation routes and training schedules of local running clubs, just in case you get the “marathon buzz” and want to train with a group.

THE CONSERVATION 26.2
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Start Time: 7:00 am
Location: Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, MO

Starting Line: Bass Pro Shops Grand Entrance, Campbell Avenue
Finish Line: White River Conference Center, Bass Pro Shops

The Bass Pro Conservation Marathon is a great race for first-time competitors looking for an event with a great course and first class amenities. Runners and walkers from all around Missouri and the world will participate in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon.

The scenic marathon course starts at the flagship Bass Pro Shop store in Springfield, Missouri. Participants will run on a couple beautiful trails in addition to running through some historic and picturesque residential neighborhoods. Participants will run by Route 66 as they move through the downtown area of Springfield and past Missouri State University. The race will finish on Cherokee Avenue at the North entrance to Bass Pro Shops.

People run or walk marathons for many reasons including honoring someone special in their lives, meeting personal goals, or striving for personal health and fitness. A marathon is a personal challenge like no other and whether this is your first or your 20th marathon, we want this experience to inspire you just like your efforts inspire others.

AWARDS

Each participant will receive a New Balance long-sleeve tech tee. Those who register early will have the greatest success in getting the size they request. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request, but sizes cannot be guaranteed. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed. Late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt. All finishers will receive Bass Pro Conservation Marathon medals.

Cash prizes are all given to the top three male/female finishers as well as the top masters male and female finishers. The prizes are as follows:

First Place $1000
Second Place $500
Third Place $250
First Masters $250

*Winners will not be allowed to exchange awards. Additionally, age group winners will receive plaques. Runners are not able to win more than one award. If you win an overall award, you will not win an age group award.

TRAINING

Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners (OMRR) will be offering a training program for the Maynard Cohick Half Marathon and the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. It is free to all OMRR members (annual membership costs $20.00 for a family). The training will consist of a 16 week schedule with weekend group runs. Group runs will be at AM and OMRR will provide water stops and routes.

The training kick off will take place on Thursday, June 28th, 6:00 PM, Phelps Grove Park. The first long run will take place on Saturday, July 7th. OMRR gives everyone a schedule to follow and a friend with whom to run those long runs!

Contact Chris Revoir at buildr1887@aol.com for more information.

Training Kick Off Meeting: Thursday, June 28th, 6:00 pm, Phelps Grove Park
Date of first training run: Saturday, July 7th
Time: 7:00 am
Location: Phelps Grove Park
Contact: Chris Revoir, buildr1887@aol.com

They will provide water stops and routes with set distances to meet people’s training needs.

Nixa Running Group offers training each week, year round. Their training schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays: 4:45 am (5 miles)
Wednesdays: 4:45 am (4 miles)
Thursdays: 4:45 am (5 miles)
Saturdays: 6:00 am (4 miles)
Sundays: 5:00 am (long runs)

Mileage is dependant on the event for which we are training.
We meet @ Aldersgate Church in Nixa. The address is 460 W Aldersgate, across from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Get Directions

Run/Walk/Run Method

CoxHealth is sponsoring Jeff Galloway again this year! He will be talking to people about his Run/Walk/Run method of training called the Galloway Method. Jeff will be speaking at the Meyer Center on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. He will be available for questions after his presentation and people will be able to sign up to use this method of training to prepare for the marathon or half marathon.

Contact Zoe Cofer at 693-0122 or zoanne.cofer@coxhealth.com for more information.

Date: April 24
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Meyer Center
Contact: Nancy Lillich, 269-5147, nancy.lillich@coxhealth.com
Fee: $99 through June 2, $120 thereafter; $75 for Alumni

About Us: With homes in Springfield MO, Ozark MO, Nixa MO and surrounding southwest Missouri areas, Murney Associates produces more real estate sales in Springfield and Southwest Missouri than any other real estate firm. Murney Associates is the largest independent real estate company in Springfield Missouri and is ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Real Estate Magazine. We are locally owned yet nationally recognized for our award-winning real estate performance.
We have the largest number of realtors in Springfield MO than any other real estate firm. And with commercial real estate in Springfield MO and surrounding areas, Murney Commercial Realtors can also help you find your next business location.
We can facilitate a stress-free move for you and your family to any of the homes in Springfield and its surroundings areas. Murney wants to exceed your expectations, because our clients always come first!


 

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

October 30th, 2012

Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn’t? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults.

Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It’s their reward for taking them around from house to house. We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well.

Make your child’s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that will last a lifetime. If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do!

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids. They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door-to-door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories. It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
  • Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who’s coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.
  • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.