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About Lauren Serrato

Lauren is the Brand Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS® and loves writing blog articles, writing in general, sharing new ideas and inspiring others. When Lauren isn't busy Facebooking, Tweeting or Instagramming she is enjoying life with her son and dog, Emma. She also enjoys weekends in her art studio.

Congratulations Darlene Slough, GRI Graduate

Kerrville, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members with increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Congratulations Darlene Slough

GRI

Darlene Slough, who has over 40 years combined experience in business, sales, mortgage lending, residential building and real estate, was awarded the certification of GRI.

Here’s what one of Darlene’s client had to say about her:

“Darlene is an excellent realtor. She goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable with every aspect of the sale. If there is anything at all she can do to make it easier for you to understand the finer points of real estate transactions, she is more than willing to explain them. She is extremely personable. She actually went to the courthouse to find all the prior deed restrictions which often times are not included initially with the seller’s information. She assisted me with reinstating an agricultural exemption on the property which saved money. I highly recommend her services.”

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing option, and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms, and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

 

With 9 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the destination broker for career-minded professionals and top producing Sales Agents.

Congratulations Corleen Schneider, GRI Graduate

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members with increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Congratulations Corleen Schneider! 

Corleen Schneider was awarded the certification of GRI.

People are Corleen’s business and helping people reach their realty goals are her passion. Born and raised in Canada, her background is in nursing having been a registered nurse for over 20 years. Corleen owned a home health agency for 12 years and it honed her skills in management, multitasking, communication and learning the importance of following through. A strong advocate for her clients’ needs, Corleen is forging her knowledge in real estate by earning such an important designation.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing option, and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms, and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

 

With 9 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the destination broker for career-minded professionals and top producing Sales Agents.

Congratulations Svetlana Horton, GRI Graduate

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members with increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Congratulations Svetlana Horton! 

GRI

Svetlana Horton was awarded the certification of GRI.

Svetlana was raised and educated in Russia. She has a background in fashion and has worked as a freelance entrepreneur. Her love for interior and exterior home design created a natural transition when she moved into real estate industry. When she is not working, Svetlana enjoys time with her husband and three young sons.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing option, and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms, and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

With 9 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the destination broker for career-minded professionals and top producing Sales Agents.

CBHarper Top Producers December 2017

We are Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®, the broker of choice for career-minded Top Producing Sales Agents. Every month we honor our them by announcing the Top Producers. This month we present Top Producers in December 2017!

Below you will find the list of December’s Top 10 Producers by ranking. Our 2017 Annual Awards are approaching quickly and only then will we find out the Top 50 Sales Agents and teams. In addition, we are anticipating many exciting announcements during our Annual Award celebration.

In the meantime, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents they work tremendously hard all year for this moment! We thank you!

CBHarper Ninja Installation, January 2018

January 2018 — What is the Ninja program? Ninja selling is not just a sales program. It is a system — a researched methodology that provides predictable results across various markets. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® held its first Ninja Installation this week. Over 50 agents were taught the science and process of how clients think and make decisions. Its fundamental mantra touts one’s ability to work smarter, not harder.

The immersive, four-day class teaches a focused approach designed to increase net income per hour. The system has documented the “vital few” activities that generate 80% of the results. “Ninjas don’t sell, they present solutions”, teaches Peter Parnegg, instructor of this on-location course.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is committed to the success of its agents and their ability to deliver superior service to their clients. This Ninja installation comes on the heels of a number of initiatives and in-place programs that empower Sales Agents to be their best. Some of these programs include Powerhouse Marketing, a seamless, integrated marketing solution, CBx, a proprietary app powered with insights from big data, Smart Home Certification, implemented by Coldwell Banker alongside tech juggernaut CNET, and Global Luxury, the most influential luxury brand in the world.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is set to host its next class in 10 short weeks. Sales Agents with the broker can register now by visiting this link, click here.

Congratulations to all of the licensed REALTORS® who completed this revolutionary training!

Here is the list of January 2018, Ninja Graduates:
Rachael Camp
Dea Driffill
Debbie Forshey
Elida Martinez
Lanette Pennell
Denise Martinez
Jeff Frye
Terry West
Paul Daniel
Sarah Acuna
Dan Bender
Kellie Daniels
Janette Springer
JoHelen Clark
Alejandra Martinez
Annette Skalomenos
Lisa Martinez
Saundra Davis
Ann Braly
Patricia Parker
Trudy Pape
Corleen Schneider
Shaunette Winmill
Debbie McNeal
Lauren Cornwell
Dina LaRocca Murphy
Thomas Haynes
Brian Mylar
Craig Loeffler
Cindy Pundt
Susan Brand
Karen Lauderdale
Ruth Brymer
Marisa Estavillo
Clarissa Fenlon
Jenny White
Michael Berryman
Julie Faulkner
April Frazee
Donna Frye
Barbara Lane
Stefanie Gagne
Chris Bower
Roy Bogar
Phillip Thomas
Rose Snow

Charlene Goree Earns Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist Designation

San Antonio, TX, January 2018Charlene Goree, REALTOR®, CLHMS, GRI, SFR, RSPS of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has earned the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM Property Specialist designation, according to Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. To date, only ten percent of the more than 88,000 sales associates affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® brand have been awarded this designation. “In addition to performance-based criteria on successfully selling luxury properties, Goree had to complete a prescribed certification course to earn the Luxury Property Specialist designation,” said Leesa Harper Rispoli.

 

Launched in early 2017, the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM program legacy traces its roots to Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews® program, a leader in luxury real estate since 1933. The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury certification course creates a standardized education model to help the newest generation of luxury agents meet and exceed the expectations of high-net-worth clients. In order to participate in the course, participating agents must meet strict production guidelines — “Some of the most rigorous standards in the industry today.” says Craig Hogan, Vice President of Luxury at Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. Certification renewal is also required every 24 months, to ensure Luxury Property Specialists are up to date on new technologies, programs, and best practices.

 

Goree has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® since 2012. Charlene was born in Houston, Texas but now lives and works in the New Braunfels Texas Area. Her service to the community earned her the ‘Unsung Hero’ award presented by the City of New Braunfels in 2015. She spends her time working with numerous charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude’s Ranch.

 

About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7008 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.  Visit our Facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel. 

About Coldwell Banker Global Luxury®
Launched in early 2017, the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM program legacy traces its roots to Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews® program, a world leader in luxury real estate since 1933. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialists are an exclusive group within the Coldwell Banker organization, making up under ten percent of independent sales associates affiliated with the brand worldwide. Coldwell Banker affiliated agents conducted approximately 25,000 transactions of homes priced at $1 million or more in 2016. On average, the Coldwell Banker brand handles approximately $130 million in homes valued at more than $1 million every day. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logo are registered mark owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Welcome Tom Zibelin, REALTOR®

Tom Zibelin grew up in San Antonio as one of six children. The close-knit family of 8 enjoyed memorable vacations in places like Port Aransas and Virgina. Tom’s father was a member of the Air Force and taught him the importance of honor and leading by example. Tom is a genuine soul who values integrity, respecting others, and faith. He attributes these qualities to both if his parents who taught him how to appreciate others and stay true to oneself.

Tom enjoys fishing with his son who currently attends college as well as watching his daughter play softball. He tells us that she has achieved a scholarship to continue playing softball when she moves on to college. When Tom is not spending time with his wife, Jill, and children, he enjoys a round of golf. He is passionate about his career here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. We can expect good things from Tom and very much look forward to seeing more from him in the future.

Welcome home Tom, we are happy to have you as part of our CBHarper Family. Cheers to your success and happiness!

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CBHarper Top Producers November 2017

We are Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®, the broker of choice for career-minded Top Producing Sales Agents. Every month we honor our them by announcing the Top Producers. This month we present Top Producers for November 2017!

Below you will find the list for November’s Top 10 Producers by ranking, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents!

We’re very excited about a stronger 2018 and the many positive changes continuously unfolding. The Top 50 will not be announced until Annual Awards, which is scheduled for February 16th at the JW Marriott — more to come that!

 

Welcome Steven Hutson, REALTOR®

Born into a military family in Killeen Texas, Steven Hutson had the privilege of moving and experiencing all different types of cultures and people from all over the world. After his father retired, the family settled in a small East Texas town called Longview. Here he finished out his high school education and later was accepted into the private engineering university of LeTourneau University.

After completing his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, he began his career in the Dallas market. Steven worked in the engineering field for over 14 years on projects ranging from golf course pumping stations (TPC Golf Course being one) to designing and building state of the art electric over hydraulic components for a multi-million dollar drilling rig.

Steven then went on to achieve his Masters in Business and stepped out as his own business owner. He bought into the Bush’s Chicken restaurant chain here in the San Antonio market. That business expanded to 8 stores in San Antonio and one location in Dallas. After 7 years in the business, February of 2017, Steven and his family decided to change course and sell the chicken business, which led him to real estate. “This was always an aspect of building stores that I loved to be a part of and wanted to somehow continue it,” says Steven.

Steven goes on to tell us, ” I obtained my license this year and after looking into several brokers I decided to interview with Coldwell Banker and have loved every minute since! The winning factors are the integrity, honesty, and Christian values that others seemed to lack.”

Steven is married to his wife of nearly 20 years, Amanda. They have two kids, Aubrie and Connor that attend San Antonio Christian School and a Jack Russell Terrier named Raskel. Aubrie plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps in being a teacher and majoring in special education. She is a powerhouse on her school’s swim team this year and has a passion for reading. Connor loves basketball and plays on the school team and also plays on summer league teams during offseason.

Welcome, Steven we are truly proud to have you as part of our CBHarper family!

 

Courtney Silver Earns Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialist Designation

San Antonio, TX, December 15, 2017 — Courtney Silver, REALTOR®, GRI, SRE, CNE, of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has earned the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM Property Specialist designation, according to Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. To date, only ten percent of the more than 88,000 Sales Agents affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® brand have been awarded this designation.

 

“In addition to performance-based criteria on successfully selling luxury properties, Silver had to complete a prescribed certification course to earn the Luxury Property Specialist designation,” said Leesa Harper Rispoli. “The course covers topics such as how to develop detailed market analysis for sellers of luxury homes and how to make use of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury resources to implement specialized marketing plans that will expose her fine properties to affluent buyers on a worldwide basis.”

 

Launched in early 2017, the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM program legacy traces its roots to Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews® program, a leader in luxury real estate since 1933. The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury program is a comprehensive marketing curriculum designed specifically for marketing luxury residential properties to affluent buyers worldwide. Through the success of this initiative, Coldwell Banker affiliated agents and teams are recognized as global leaders in luxury real estate.

 

The Coldwell Banker Global Luxury certification course creates a standardized education model to help the newest generation of luxury agents meet and exceed the expectations of high-net-worth clients. The course provides learning, networking, marketing strategies and mentorship, pairing the experience and first-hand knowledge of successful luxury agents with industry-leading resources. According to Craig Hogan, Vice President of Luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC., “The objective of the program is to produce exceptional real estate professionals who represent exceptional properties.”

 

In order to participate in the course, participating agents must meet strict production guidelines — “Some of the most rigorous standards in the industry today.” said Hogan. Certification renewal is also required every 24 months, to ensure Luxury Property Specialists are up to date on new technologies and additional programs, as well as current best practices.

 

Silver has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® for 14 years. She is an award-winning independent sales associate who has earned many honors, including Platinum Top 50, San Antonio Business Journal Top 25 Award Recipient and has been ranked in the Top 5 in teams at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.  A native of California, Silver resides in San Antonio and is a board member of the Jewish Community (JCC) and an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

 

About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7004 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.  Visit our Facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel. 

About Coldwell Banker Global Luxury®Launched in early 2017, the Coldwell Banker Global LuxurySM program legacy traces its roots to Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews® program, a world leader in luxury real estate since 1933. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Property Specialists are an exclusive group within the Coldwell Banker organization, making up under ten percent of independent sales associates affiliated with the brand worldwide. Coldwell Banker affiliated agents conducted approximately 25,000 transactions of homes priced at $1 million or more in 2016. On average, the Coldwell Banker brand handles approximately $130 million in homes valued in more than $1 million every day. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker logo are registered mark owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC. Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.