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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.

Just Received, Dina Murphy Achieves ABR Designation

ABR Congratulations Dina Murphy, REALTOR® for receiving the designation of Accredited Buyers Representative.

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. This valuable real estate education elevates skills and knowledge. It’s ongoing specialized information, programs and updates maintain a knowledge base on the issues and trends facing home buyers. In addition, it offers access to members-only publications and referrals.

Recently, Dina also received her GRI designation. Since joining Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® in February of this year, this is her second designation achieved. Be sure to visit Dina’s REALTOR® profile page here.

Well done Dina another achievement on your continued growth of knowledge in the real estate industry!

Jan Hicinbothom Selected for the Political Involvement Council for Texas Association of REALTORS®

September 2017Jan Hicinbothom has been selected to the Political Involvement Council for Texas Association of REALTORS®. Members of the Political Involvement Council (PIC) are a hand-selected team tasked with creating a culture of political activism within the Texas REALTORS® community.

PIC members are charged with:

• Organizing REALTORS® support for Opportunity Race candidates.

• Assisting local boards with candidate interviews.

• Speaking to local membership meetings, committees, TAR (Texas Association of REALTOR®) regional meetings, and TREPAC events.

• Giving updates, on government affairs efforts such as elections, legislation, grassroots and other initiatives.

• Identifying local REALTORS® who serve as elected officials.

• Providing grassroots support for Issues Mobilization campaigns.

• Increasing participation in Calls for Action.

• Promoting REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol, Texas REALTORS® Candidate Academy, and other grassroots programs.

Jan Hicinbothom maintains membership in the National Association of REALTORS, the Texas Association of REALTORS, and the San Antonio Board of REALTORS and as a member, she and all REALTORS have a code of ethics to maintain. Jan abides by this code in all her transactions. The Code of Ethics requires that Realtors treat all parties involved in a real estate transaction fairly and honestly. Jan is a full-time real estate professional serving San Antonio, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels, Universal City, Converse and surrounding cities and counties since 2000.

Jan is a certified Relocation Specialist through the Coldwell Banker network. During her many years helping clients find a home or sell a house, she has provided service to well over 250. A large share of this business has been to help our active duty members of the Armed Services, both USAA and Navy Federal CU.

Top Producers August 2017

There are rarely weekends, in the constant ebb and flow of work-to-be-done, for the Sales Agents. When you trust in one of these professionals, you are NOT working with merely a ‘real estate agent’, you are working with a licensed REALTOR®. This license is the culmination of extensive training, experience, and knowledge tethered to a set of written Code of Ethics.

Cheers to their hard work and ongoing success!

Top 10 Producers August 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers August 2017:

 

 

Congratulations Kyle Cornell

New Braunfels, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in 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.

With 8 offices located in New Braunfels, San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our marketplace. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Kyle Cornell, REALTOR®, GRI! 

GRI

Kyle Cornell was awarded the certification of GRI.

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

Any Baby Can’s 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon

September 14th, 2017 — Our friends at Any Baby Can hosted their 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon at The Pearl Stable. The spirit of this event is fashion, philanthropy, and friends — style that goes the extra mile. Proceeds from this fabulous celebration enable Any Baby Can to continue providing services, at no cost regardless of income, to families of children and youth with special health care needs. By providing crisis assistance, counseling, autism services, sibling support, prescription assistance and health and wellness services they move families from crisis to care.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a long-time advocate for Any Baby Can. D’Ann Harper, former board chair, personally values the work Any Baby Can provides to the community. D’Ann served on the Board of Directors for Any Baby can since 2009, and served as Board Chair from 2013-2015. She was in attendance alongside Sales Agents from the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® brokerage. Money raised from this event and others like it that hosted throughout the year, such as Fore Any Baby Can, fund many of the programs offered.

If you would like more information about how to can help, visit their website, www.anybabycansa.org.

TAR Distinguished Service Award Winner Mary Ann Jeffers

Monday, September 11, 2017San Antonio, TX — Mary Ann Jeffers of San Antonio was recognized for her contributions to her community and the industry with the Texas Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award.

Mary Ann is a Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Sales Agent out of the North East office. She has served as the 2015 Chairman of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and currently serves as the Region 13 Regional Vice President at the Texas Association. In addition, Mary Ann serves on the Executive Board at the State Association. She is a TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) Trustee at the State Level currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee at the State Level and National Association of REALTORS® as well as other committees at the State and National level. Mary Ann also serves on the Board of Directors at the National level. (NAR).

“What a great honor that Mary Ann chose us as her brokerage. Thank you for being one of the most respected leaders in our industry! Richly deserved and congratulations!” , says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

Mary Ann has spent the last 47 years in the real estate industry keeping up with issues dealing with private property rights by being involved in the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) as well as at the National Association of REALTORS®. Protecting private property rights and quality service to my clients is a priority. She is a full-time real estate agent and has her Brokers License. Additionally, Mary Ann is certified by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) to teach core real estate courses as well as the GRI Courses and Military Relocation Certification course.

Mary Ann’s mission statement:

To be an advocate for and provide accurate information to my clients and customers so informed decisions can be made. To develop a relationship for life by providing “Quality Service” each time and always do what is right while having a balanced life. I love what I do and enjoy each day in hopes to make each day a better day for someone else.

Among her peers, Mary Ann is widely respected. It is, therefore, no surprise that when she was bestowed with this honor it was met with an applaud of congratulations.

 

 

Congratulations Corleen Schneider, SRES Designation Achievement

logoCongratulations Corleen Schneider for receiving the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES®.

By earning the SRES® Designation, she has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

Below is a little bit about Corleen, and be sure to visit her Sales Agent page here,

People are my business, and helping people reach their realty goals are my passion. I will educate both home buyers and sellers on the process, implement marketing to expedite the process as well as education to first time homebuyers.

My background in Nursing, Registered Nurse for over 20 years, owning and operating a Home Health Agency for 12 years, has given me the expertise in management, multitasking as well as communication and importance of follow through. As a client, it is MY PRIORITY to keep YOU informed, and educated, on all the steps in the process as well as the steps along the way. MY PASSION has always been helping people and Real Estate is another way that I can provide assistance to Clients. I have fond memories when I was a young child, of visiting the Model homes and Show homes!

Born and raised in Canada, I relocated to Texas for work reasons, have been in San Antonio for more than 20 years and have considered it my home for all most that long! I have had wonderful Real Estate Agents for the many real estate transactions that I have personally had, and want to make your experience one to remember! Whether you are Buyer or a Seller, let me know. Please allow me to bring your dreams into Reality!

Well done Corleen! Thank you for sharing such wonderful words with us and cheers to your continued success.

Congratulations Ruth Brymer, GRI Graduate

New Braunfels, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in 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.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Ruth Bymer! 

GRI

Ruth Brymer was awarded the certification of GRI.

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

Ruth is pictured here with her graduating class, photo courtesy of Four Rivers Association of REALTORS.

CBHarper Hurricane Harvey Relief & Adopt-a-Pet, The Long Road Home

Coldwell Banker and Adopt-a-Pet.com renewed their partnership in 2017. Last year the goal was to find homes for 20,000 pets, a goal that was exceeded thanks to Coldwell Banker offices nation-wide.

At Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we had planned to join our ‘GenBlue’ family across the country by hosting several events here locally. Our office locations span 9 locations in 7 cities in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We had teamed up with local shelters, gathered resources and promoted the National Adopt-a-Pet weekend.

What none of us could have planned for was the storm on the horizon. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the evening of August 25th near Rockport, Texas. Home to many of our Sales Agents, family, friends and sister brokerage the Ron Brown Company. The category 4 hurricane sent wind gusts upwards of 100mph through the Texas Coastal Bend. This area is comprised of numerous small towns.

We watched helplessly as the torrential rains moved along the 300 miles of Texas coastline to Houston and farther north to Beaumont. This is not only a Texas story, the storm moved painfully slow over the course of a week bringing the flood waters into parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Without hesitation, Leesa Harper Rispoli rallied with the Sales Agents, employees and partners here to formulate a plan of action. In step with our parent company, Realogy, who pledged to match up to $75,000 for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief funds, we launched a fundraiser directly benefitting the American Red Cross. To-date this fundraiser has raised over $5,300.

Leesa put together this message:

Effectively immediately, on August 30th, we began collecting donations. We then planned for a Big Donation Event on Sept. 7th, just ahead of our Adopt-A-Pet event on Sept. 9th. We communicated directly with our fellow Coldwell Banker family members who sustained severe damage. We continue to encourage and support their respective fundraisers found here:
HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

Even in the midst of a gas shortage caused by panic here in San Antonio, our Big Donation Event, unfolded with grand success. Allen Pozzi and Richard Davies, in true Texas fashion, brought in their barbecue pit and served up brisket, sausage, and fajita tacos. Each taco sold for $2 with the proceeds earmarked for relief efforts. Over $1,387.44 was raised in monetary donations. Checks were delivered directly to the San Antonio Food Bank, a hub of distribution for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Physical donations came in by the truckload until our entire trailer was filled with new goods including cleaning supplies, food, and hygiene products. Some of our donations were even sent via Amazon from other locations across the country like ones we received from Heather Ostrom at Coldwell Banker Roseville and Rocklin. We worked with a church who organized and delivered all the items collected. They put them directly into the hands of those affected and setup a team of volunteers who are assisting in the rebuilding process.

CBHarper Donation Drive

With our donations delivered on Friday, we pushed forward together to promote our Adopt-a-Pet event. It was no longer about only adopting pets who needed a home. It became about relieving the shelters who were feeling the pressure as they received incoming pets displaced by the flooding.

Our very own Cat Lodge, REALTOR® appeared on SALiving with TV personality Shelly Miles to voice how adopting a dog can make all the difference. Already full shelters here in San Antonio were seeing a large influx of animals that had escaped the storm or lost their families. Seeing a need, our friends at Adopt-a-Pet.com announced the release of a unique peer-to-peer platform that helps displaced people find local citizens who can provide temporary foster homes for pets until they can be welcomed back home.

Saturday, September 9th our offices joined together with God’s Dogs, SARocks, San Antonio Pets Alive and Pet’s Barn to take part in the nation-wide Adopt-a-Pet weekend. In total, 28 dogs found new homes, which for us is a tremendous success!  Below are photos from our Adopt-a-Pet and they speak louder than any words we can share.

At the end of the day, we’re all Texans. What does it mean? It means we’re family, here to lift one another up. We rise only by lifting others. So if that means raising money, donating goods or hosting a pet adoption — count us in. If there is one thing we are passionate about here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® it is changing lives by affecting real change where we can. Texas is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. If this tragedy has taught us anything, it is that we are Texas Strong. Stay on this journey with us as we continue down the path to recovery post-Hurricane Harvey… and Hurricane Irma. It is a long road home for some but we will reach the destination, together.

Meet ‘Rags’ this gent of a pup was adopted and now has a new fur-ever home.

Dea Driffill, REALTOR excited about the day’s events. She raffled off a $100 gift card!

Ali Heft and Debbie Backlund with their new furry family members. Congratulations!

Faythe Brunk pictured with a sweet adoptable puppy.

Wendy Holtorff and her family with their new pup! Congratulations!

This lil’ guy looks sad, but shortly after this photo was taken he was adopted by a new family.

Kathy Vogel, Leesa Harper Rispoli, Donna Frye all sporting CBHarper T-Shirts.

Julie Brown & Donna Frye put in some serious “sign-holding” time —committed to pups and all things Adopt-a-Pet!

Free swag for anyone who stopped by.

 

 

 

 

CBHarper’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

We feel passionate about helping our fellow Texans!
With such a widespread need, we have put together a plan to present options on
the best ways to give. Use the links below to directly help folks in our Coldwell Banker Family and those along the Texas coastline that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey!

MONETARY DONATIONS

  1. Ron Brown is the Broker / Owner of 2 Coldwell Banker offices. The office manager, Jen Rubinowitz, set up a gofundme page to provide food and hotels for our fellow agents there. Visit: HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
  2. Marnie Pate is the Broker / Owner of Coldwell Banker Island REALTORS® and she is coordinating monetary relief efforts for the folks in Port A. Visit here to help: HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

  3. We have set up a fundraiser page that is directly benefitting the American Red Cross. You can find it by visiting our Facebook page @CBHarperRealtors OR visit: redcross.org/donate or TEXT Harvey to 90999 ($10)

To put things in perspective the distance from Corpus Christi to Beaumont Texas is 300 miles. That is how vast the devastation is. There are a large number of inland towns that have significant damage, we have not forgotten them.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2017

DONATION DRIVE

Effective immediately, all office locations will be collecting for the CBHarper Donation Drive, they can be found by visiting cbharper.com/locations.

BIG DONATION EVENT ON SEPT. 7th: 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

LOADING TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm, we will be in the parking lot loading trucks

We are collecting essential items that will be placed directly into the hands of those who need
them most. Please bring any of the following items:

• Batteries

• Duct Tape
• Fix-A-Flat

• Buckets

• Gloves

• Hammers

• Shovels

• Chainsaws

• Rubber Boots

• Trash Bags

• Cleaning Supplies:

Mops, Sponges, Bleach,
Cleaning Products, Scrubbers

• Bug Spray

• Water

• Air Mattresses

• Towels

• Linens

• Toiletry Items

• Baby Items

• NEW Clothing
• Hand Sanitizer

 


If you have a person or specific location in need, please add it in the comments below. We will make every effort to stay informed and keep connected to the needs of our fellow Texans.