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Check out answers to common questions on KCM Membership, including what’s included, pricing, sample materials, and how to get started.

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What’s included in the KCM Membership?

The KCM Membership includes the following features and benefits:

  • Daily Blog Posts: Daily real estate blog posts, personalized with your photo, bio and contact information.
  • Social Graphics*: Thumb-stopping social media graphics that are personalized & ready-to-share with your clients.
  • Videos*: Fresh, relevant 45-60 second video released every week to engage your audience.
  • Buyer & Seller Guides: Done-for-you real estate eGuides that you can give directly to your buyers and sellers, personalized with your photo, bio, and contact information.
  • Market Reports & Visuals: Powerful real estate charts, graphs, and other visuals to boost your presentations and marketing materials.
  • Educational Webinars, eGuides, Support Materials
  • Access to Exclusive KCM Member Facebook Group

*Available in the KCM Pro Membership only

How much is the KCM Membership? Is there a contract?

After the 14-day free trial, the KCM Membership is available in two options: a Basic Membership for $29.95/month and a Pro Membership for $49.95/month. There is no long-term contract or commitment. You can cancel at anytime.

Plus, we offer a 30-day 100% money-back guarantee. If you find that the KCM Membership just isn’t for you, let us know within 30 days and we’ll issue you a full refund!

Learn more about our pricing.

Do I need an Individual Membership or Team Membership?

The individual KCM Membership is a single-user license that is not intended to be shared between multiple agents or used to share content branded to an entire company/brokerage. We appreciate your understanding of this. If you have questions about this, please email kcmcrew@keepingcurrentmatters.com.

We do offer the option of a Team Membership. For the first Member, the cost is $29.95/month for a Basic Membership or $49.95/month for a Pro Membership. Each additional Member is $20/month for Basic and $30/month for Pro. With this option, each agent on the team gets their own login, Personalized Posts profile, and rights to use the content with their prospects and clients.

Can I see a sample of the KCM materials?

The best way to see for yourself what KCM provides is through our 14-day free trial where you will have full access to everything that our members receive!

However, if you’re not ready to start your trial just yet, you can view samples of some of our materials on our feature pages:

We also suggest that you check out one of our recent webinars as we often use KCM Membership materials in the webinars themselves. You’ll also get a great feel for how we present our analysis and content!

Will the KCM blog posts help my SEO?

KCM is not designed to increase the SEO on your website. In order to be shown at the very top and benefit from SEO efforts, your content must be unique. We’ve read mixed reports on whether or not Google ‘penalizes’ those with duplicative content, which is what KCM provides.

However, this is one of the reasons we host the content for you on our own website. If you want to put the content on your own site because SEO is not a goal for you and you want to provide valuable information to the people already getting to your website from other places, you can do that.

And if you are focusing on SEO and want to ensure you are not penalized at all, you don’t have to put the content on your site. Or you can use our post as a foundation and customize it or localize it so that it’s now unique and no longer duplicative.

Does KCM automatically post to my social media pages?

KCM provides an Automatic Social Posting feature that allows you to share your blog posts and videos to your social media platforms on an automated schedule. You can easily connect your Facebook Business page, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts and select the dates and times you would like your posts to share!

Can I email the KCM blog posts or other materials to my database?

The Personalized Posts feature was originally designed and optimized to be used on social media, but there are a few ways to email your posts (depending on which email/CRM platform you’re using).

We currently have step-by-step instructions for using KCM materials within the following email/CRM platforms:

  • Gmail
  • Outlook
  • Realty Juggler
  • Wise Agent

If you use a different email platform and are unable to utilize one of the above programs, it’s still possible to email the KCM blog posts by copying and pasting the content into your email service.

Can I post the KCM materials to my blog or website?

All of the materials included in the KCM Membership can be used on your website if you’d like. This includes the blog posts, quarterly eGuides, and the charts and graphs from the Monthly Market Reports. However, you cannot remove images from the blog posts to use them in other formats and the content is not optimized for or intended to aid the SEO rankings on your website.

You can learn how some of our Members use materials on their websites by listening to this interview with Cindy Allen, a KCM Member since 2013.

Is the information you provide local to my specific area?

At this point in time, we provide content and market insights at a national level. We also focus on topics that apply to everyone across the country (not “here’s how to stage your home,” but rather interest rates or the concept of homeownership as a way to build wealth).

We understand that every market is different, so we do our best to highlight things that affect just about everyone (interest rates, changes in down payments, the value of homeownership in general, overall trends in the industry, etc.).

Unfortunately, at $29.95/month we can’t provide custom information down to a local market. But what the Members who use our content find is that they learn how to understand market factors so they can better explain their own local markets when speaking with buyers and sellers. While we may not provide local content, we help educate you on how to better communicate different changes in the market to your clients.

And if you’re at all worried about the application, this recent interview with a Member about how she uses KCM in her business may help. There’s an audio interview where you can skip around, or a written version if you prefer to read.

Another way to see if the content will be relevant to your area is to read the free, daily blog. You can click here to read every article that’s included with Personalized Posts. This will give you a thorough understanding of the topics we cover and how we approach them.

Will I get the same blog posts as everyone else?

Yes, the blog posts provided with the KCM Membership are the same for all Members. The ways each Member utilizes the content is what creates differentiation among the competition. Solely posting our articles to social media and nothing else will not dramatically increase your business, whether they’re unique or not.

But providing specific articles to clients who need to see that info, adding the charts and graphs to listing presentations, creating videos with the materials, using the seller guide as a pre-listing package, etc… those things will set you apart as a trusted expert advisor. We also provide a 90 day success plan at the beginning of your Membership to introduce you to some of these ideas and help you get started.

I live outside of the U.S., will your materials be relevant?

Although some information might apply (such as how to effectively communicate information to a buyer or seller), most of the information we provide is directed toward the U.S. market. We do have Members from outside of the U.S., such as Canada, who find value in our Membership, but not all of the materials are relevant outside of the U.S.

  • Videos*: Fresh, relevant 45-60 second video released every week to engage your audience.
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    A partnership between “PGIM” and “Aventos” to acquire the industrial real estate in Germany|News

    PGIM” Real Estate Company entered into a partnership with “Aventos” Real Estate Development Company to acquire the industrial real estate across Germany.

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    According to “IPE Real Assets magazine”, “PGIM” Real Estate Company entered into a partnership with “Aventos” Real Estate Development Company to acquire the industrial real estate across Germany.

    Under this partnership, “PGIM” announced that the cooperation will be by durable investments or basic development with about EUR 10-14 million investments, while the project targets the largest seven cities in Germany as well as Nuremberg, Hanover, Potsdam and Kassel.

    In addition, “PGIM” expects to achieve a million euros financial portfolio over the next two years, noting that “Aventos” Company will be responsible for real estate management.

    “Logistic services and light industrial real estates have retained their role and provided attractive investment opportunitiesduring “Covid-19” pandemic “, said Dominic Brambring, President of “PGIM” Company in the Netherlands and Germany, confirming that due to the increase in online demand on the retail sector, his company will continue to support the logistic services sector

    He explained that “thanks to “Aventos” Company’s experience and knowledge in logistic services and light industries, the portfolio will provide investors with access to high-quality locations.”

    In a related context, KarimRushdi, managing partner and founder of “Aventos” Company indicated that they are connected to the market and constantly realize the attractive properties, pointing out that,in the future, they will be able to work more effectively in the market, thanks to the capital strength of “PGIM” Real Estate Company.

    He explained that “thanks to “Aventos” Company’s experience and knowledge in logistic services and light industries, the portfolio will provide investors with access to high-quality locations.”

    Source: https://en-us.albursa.com/news/53-a-partnership-between-pgim-and-aventos-to-acquire-the-industrial-real-estate-in-germany

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    Blue Owl Capital Announces Agreement to Acquire Oak Street Real Estate Capital

    /PRNewswire/ — Blue Owl Capital Inc. (“Blue Owl”) (NYSE: OWL) announced today it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Oak Street Real…

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    NEW YORK and CHICAGO, Oct. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blue Owl Capital Inc. (“Blue Owl”) (NYSE: OWL) announced today it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Oak Street Real Estate Capital, LLC (“Oak Street”) and its investment advisory business. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

    The closing purchase price of $950 million will be funded through a combination of cash and Blue Owl common units (up to an aggregate of approximately 39 million Blue Owl common units issuable at closing). In addition, upon the achievement of certain performance thresholds, Oak Street equity holders will be entitled to earnouts up to a total of approximately $650 million, payable in cash at future dates or in Blue Owl common units (up to an aggregate of approximately 39 million Blue Owl common units subject to vesting). The transaction is anticipated to be approximately 5- 7% accretive to Distributable Earnings per Share starting in 2022.

    Oak Street is a Chicago-based firm, founded in 2009 with over 35 employees and with $10.8 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2021. The firm focuses on two primary strategies: structuring sale-leasebacks, which includes triple net leases, as well as providing seed and strategic capital.

    Oak Street has built the industry’s preeminent net lease platform with meaningful capital, scale and the expertise necessary to enter into large, complex sale-leaseback transactions with major, creditworthy corporations. The net lease funds provide corporate tenants with the ability to optimize their balance sheets, delivering immediate liquidity, tax benefits, and operational flexibility. Oak Street’s active net lease funds primarily focus on single tenant properties, net leased to investment grade and creditworthy tenants, under long duration leases, providing for predictable income. The firm is a market leader in providing unique and flexible real estate solutions to a variety of organizations including corporations, healthcare systems, universities, and government entities.

    The Seeding and Strategic Capital business focuses on investing in early-stage real estate managers across various industry sectors. The platform provides strategic institutional capital to managers typically enhanced by attractive general partnership economics and an active governance role. The platform seeks to work with strongly aligned management teams with leading investment capabilities, oftentimes led and controlled by women and minorities.

    Doug Ostrover, Co-Founder and CEO of Blue Owl, said: “We are very excited about this strategic transaction and believe that Oak Street’s experienced team and strong franchise will both contribute to and benefit from the scale and positive network effects of the Blue Owl platform.”

    Marc Lipschultz, Co-Founder and Co-President of Blue Owl, said: “Oak Street has created a market-leading platform in the net lease sector, leveraging the expertise and disciplined underwriting of its investment team to generate very strong returns for its investors. We believe their focus on flexible real estate related financing solutions will be very complementary to our existing Direct Lending and GP solutions capabilities.”

    Michael Rees, Co-Founder and Co-President of Blue Owl, added: “One of the many key synergies with Oak Street is that the firm provides leading products to the high-net-worth and retail channels, a critical part of Blue Owl’s business strategy.”

    Marc Zahr, Co-Founder and CEO of Oak Street, said: “There is a strong fit between Blue Owl and Oak Street, highlighted by our mutual drive to be market leaders in what we do, our shared deep appreciation for the value of long-duration capital, and our focus on downside protection and robust income generation for our investors. My team and I look forward to partnering with the Blue Owl team to bring Oak Street’s differentiated product offerings to a new base of investors and to collaborate to bring additional investment opportunities to investors in Oak Street’s funds down the line.”

    Upon closing of the transaction, key members of the Oak Street leadership team will remain in place leading the Oak Street business, and Oak Street’s Chicago office will become an additional office for Blue Owl. In addition, Marc Zahr will join Blue Owl’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

    A supplemental investor presentation on the transaction is available on the Investor Resources section of Blue Owl’s website at www.blueowl.com.

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal counsel to Blue Owl. Berkshire Global Advisors served as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to Oak Street.

    About Blue Owl
    Blue Owl is an alternative asset manager that provides investors access to Direct Lending and GP Capital Solutions strategies through a variety of products. The firm’s breadth of offerings and permanent capital base enables it to offer a differentiated, holistic platform of capital solutions to participants throughout the private market ecosystem, including alternative asset managers and private middle market corporations. The firm had approximately $62.4 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2021. Blue Owl’s management team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals with more than 25 years of experience building alternative investment businesses. Blue Owl has approximately 250 employees across its Direct Lending and GP Capital Solutions divisions and has six offices globally. For more information, please visit us at www.blueowl.com.

    About Oak Street

    Oak Street Real Estate Capital is a diversified real estate investment firm. The firm was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Oak Street offers a unique platform combining direct and indirect real estate strategies across two lines of business, its Net Lease platform and its Seeding and Strategic Capital platform. The Net Lease platform is focused on acquiring properties net-leased to investment grade and creditworthy tenants. Oak Street specializes in providing flexible capital solutions to a variety of organizations including corporations, healthcare systems, universities and government entities.

    The Seeding and Strategic Capital platform was founded with the focus of investing in early-stage real estate managers. The firm provides strategic institutional capital to managers enhanced by attractive general partnership economics and an active governance role. The platform seeks to work with strongly aligned management teams with leading investment capabilities, oftentimes led and controlled by women and minorities.

    Forward-Looking Statements
    Certain statements made in this release are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “future,” “propose,” “target,” “goal,” “objective,” “outlook” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside Blue Owl’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions available under applicable securities laws and speak only as of the date of this presentation. Blue Owl assumes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements except as required by law.

    Important factors that may cause actual results or outcomes to differ from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the inability to complete and recognize the anticipated benefits of the Oak Street acquisition on the anticipated timeline or at all; costs related to the transaction and the integration of the Oak Street business and operations; Blue Owl’s ability to manage growth and execute its business plan; potential litigation involving Blue Owl; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the impact of other general economic, business, and competitive factors; the impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic on Blue Owl’s business and additional factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

    This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Distributable Earnings per Share, that are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”) and that may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. For definitions of our non-GAAP measures, please see Blue Owl’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and related earnings presentation.

    Investor Contact
    Ann Dai
    Head of Investor Relations
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    David Wells / Nick Theccanat
    [email protected]

    SOURCE Blue Owl Capital

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    Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/blue-owl-capital-announces-agreement-to-acquire-oak-street-real-estate-capital-301402113.html

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    Black family and real estate broker file lawsuit after police handcuffed them during house tour

    Officials say officers acted ‘appropriately’ after previous break-in at property

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    A Black family and their Black real estate agent have sued a Michigan city after police handcuffed them during a house tour.

    Realtor Eric Brown was showing the home in the city of Wyoming to Rod Thorne and his 15-year-old son Samuel in August.

    Police responded to a 911 call from a neighbour and demanded that the three men leave the property with their hands in the air, before handcuffing them.

    All three were released shortly after being detained.

    The federal lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western District of Michigan, seeks unspecified damages on five counts.

    It alleges that six police officers violated the plaintiffs’ civil rights, including unlawful detainment and excessive force, as well as violations of equal protection.

    Other counts include assault and battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    The city of Wyoming, the six officers involved, and the police chief are all named as defendants.

    “The City of Wyoming does not comment on pending litigation,” the city said in response to the lawsuit.

    The police department says it responded because the neighbour reported that a suspect arrested at the property a week earlier for unlawful entry had returned.

    The Wyoming Department of Public Safety said that after an August internal review of the incident it concluded that “race played no role in our officers’ treatment of the individuals, and our officers responded appropriately”.

    Officers are heard in dash cam video footage explaining that the house had been broken into the week before, and acknowledge that there had been an “misunderstanding”.

    The lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs were treated in a specific way because of their race.

    “Had the Plaintiffs not been African American men, they would not have been held at gun point, would not have been detained, and would not have been handcuffed,” the lawsuit states.

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    The federal lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western District of Michigan, seeks unspecified damages on five counts.

    Source: https://news.yahoo.com/black-family-real-estate-broker-172954576.html

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