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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.

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 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.

2017 Holiday Blood Drive

December 2017 — Our semi-annual blood drive here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® was a tremendous success. During the busy holiday season, these folks stopped their busy day to give the gift of life. Well done! A total of 16 pints of blood was collected, each pint of blood saves 3 lives. This means we helped save 48 lives!

A very special thank you to everyone who donated helped get donations and Denise Barnhill who helped organize the drive. Also, thank you to Mika Conner, Jessica Livas, Carla Berryman and Kim Dooley who helped coordinate the sign-up of the donors.

By donating you are giving the gift of life. If you would like to visit one of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Centers offices to make a blood donation, they can be found here:

Happy Holidays to all and many thanks!

Welcome New Class December 2017

Happy Holidays! Welcome New Sales Agent Class December 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Tony Landaverde, D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Karen Rowell, Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development)

Second Row [left to right]: Jennifer Hollins, Tom Zibelin, Kristen Smith


Extending a warm welcome to the most recent Sales Agents joining Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® for December 2017!

Happy Holiday and welcome to the most recent Sales Agents who have decided to join us here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

This class introduces all the tools, techniques, business practices and technological marketing channels every new REALTOR® needs to cultivate a successful real estate career here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

If you or someone you know is looking to start OR jump-start a career in real estate, visit us:

Welcome Art Fernandez, Director of Real Estate Coaching

Art Fernandez was born and raised in San Antonio, TX where grew up alongside family members in real estate offices from the age of eight. At 16 years old he started working with his family friend and mentor Janice Doxtad. Little did Art know all the tools and methods Janice was instilling in him were the core fundamentals of successful real estate agents.

Licensed in 2000, Art began selling real estate that eventually earned him recognition for Multi-Million Dollar Production, 100% Club and numerous other awards for outstanding performance in sales. In 2007 Art expanded his expertise in coaching.  It was during this time Art trained and mentored Miguel Herrera, VP of Global Luxury. Since then Art has helped many offices with growth and development. During his career, he has trained over 1000 agents. Going forward he will work to develop and implement growth plans, accountability methods and tools for agents to sustain a successful career here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

Art is the proud father of three beautiful children: Annabella, Diego, and Felipe. His children are the center of his world and the main drive behind why he is so passionate and dedicated to his work. He loves the outdoors, all sports and competes in Olympic weightlifting. Art has been serving the real estate community for the last 20 years and looks forward to continuing to help others.

Art Fernandez
Director of Real Estate Coaching

(210) 483-7050 office
(210) 683-2702 mobile

Just Received, Debbie McNeal Achieves ABR & SRES Designation

ABRCongratulations Debbie McNeal, REALTOR® for receiving the designations of Accredited Buyers Representative and Senior Real Estate Specialist.

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.

logoDebbie also received the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (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.

Be sure to visit Debbie’s REALTOR® profile page here.

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

Welcome Shelly Williams, REALTOR®

Welcome, Shelly Williams, REALTOR® to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®!

Shelly is passionate about improving and continually growing all areas of her life. Her past experience as a Notary Signing Agent honed many of her organizational and professional skills in the real estate industry. She has completed over 200 mortgages, refinances, reverse mortgage closings and new home loans. Her knowledge in this area of the real estate process is a huge benefit for clients looking to work with Shelly.

In her free time, Shelly enjoys browsing antique shops and trying new recipes with friends and family. Her love of helping others drives her to succeed.

“As someone who listens to understand, I want to empower those around me to be all that God created them to be”, says Shelly.

Welcome home Shelly, we are happy to have you as part of our CBHarper Family. Cheers!  |   Office: (210) 483-6139   |   Mobile: (575) 491-8698

Beckie Whittier & Julie Gezella Honored at FRAR Award Banquet

Tuesday, December 5th — the Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® (FRAR) held the 2018 Installation of Officers and Directors & 2017 Awards Banquet with proceeds benefiting the Comal Habitat for Humanity. In attendance were notable figures in the local real estate industry including, Scott Caballero, TAR’s Public Policy Chairman for 2017, RVP for Region 13, and a past SABOR Chairman, Candy Cargill, Region 7 RVP, Debbie Vallone-Homeier, TREPAC Trustee for Region 7, Justin Landon, Vice President of Government Affairs San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and Casey Lee, TAR Central Texas Field Representative.

Members of FRAR had the opportunity to nominate members from each of the five counties. Outgoing 2017 President, Monica Malorgio McNabb, presented the following awards to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Beckie Whittier and Julie Gezella.

The Four Rivers Association Members voted a REALTOR® they felt demonstrated leadership, community service and all around good professional conduct to their industry. It was completely unexpected. Aside from active REALTORS®, I’ve learned it expands far beyond that, to include someone that exemplifies what a REALTOR® is. That is why this is such an honor for me.”, says Julie Gezella

Julie Gezella is pictured below accepting the 2017 FRAR Comal County REALTOR of the Year.

Beckie Whittier is pictured below accepting the 2017 President’s Appreciation Award.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a proud supporter of the Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®. A total of $2,600 was raised for the Comal Habitat for Humanity as a result of this event. We are immensely proud to have such passionate and involved real estate professionals as a part of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

Congratulations to Julie Gezella and Beckie Whittier!

Ana Paula, Your Hill Country Village REALTOR®

December 2017Ana Paula Eddy and her family were featured in this month’s issue of ‘Life in Hill Country Village’.This community is a secluded oasis in the middle of city conveniences. Ana Paula, Jay, Jessica, Gaby, and John Paul Eddy have lived in Hill Country Village for 15 years with their 4 ‘furry family members’; Leo the Lion, Cooper, Finn, Biscuit (pictured in the below ad photo).

Ana is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and attended Universidad de Guadalajara. Her passions include photography, gardening, traveling, and remodeling. Ana Paula Aldaco Eddy is the daughter of notable architect the late Marco Aldaco. In the world of architecture, his name is synonymous with coastal architectural design. He is one of Mexico’s most revered architects according to Robb Report* and also a member of Architectural Digest’s ‘AD 100 Club‘ for lifetime achievement. As such, Ana Paula has inherited a highly creative and discerning eye. During her travels, she often takes many photos and gathers inspiration.

To say Ana Paula has a giving heart would be an enormous understatement. She is passionate about devoting her time to others including local organizations like the San Antonio Food Bank, Boys Scouts, St. Mark’s and St. Pius. Earlier this year an earthquake shook the isthmus in Oaxaca, Mexico close to the area where Ana Paula and her husband are building a home. They spent several weeks assisting with disaster relief both in Oaxaca and Mexico City.

Pictured here with Veronica Bugarin, Ana is at her family’s restaurant Aldaco’s Stone Oak with her sister Blanca Aldaco. The leather purses in the photo are original designs sewn by the handicapped of Santa Maria Huatulco, Oaxaca. The loom and thread designed purses are gorgeous pieces that raised hundreds of dollars for those in need.

If you are looking for a real estate professional with strong negotiation skills who is extremely resourceful? Three words. Ana Paula Eddy.
Go ahead, give her a call. She is a glowingly positive person with amazing stories! She will absolutely help you achieve your real estate goals.

Thank you, Ana, for sharing your story with us!


*Summer 2005

Congratulations 2017 PT50 Winners & Qualifiers

December 1st, 2017 — The Platinum Top 50 (PT50) annually recognizes fifty Real Estate Professional for their exceptional achievement in sales, education, industry participation and civic leadership. They are known as the most successful and well-rounded group of REALTORS® who exemplify initiative, involvement, success, and philanthropy.

Our group of PT50 winners and qualifiers have taken their real estate business to the next level. Backed by a fully integrated Powerhouse Marketing program, they understand the importance of utilizing the best marketing and technology programs. Aside from being the top fifty in the business, they are all passionate advocates in their communities. Congratulations to all of our winners and qualifiers!



Welcome, Christina Buck REALTOR®!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Christina Buck!

Christina is originally from California but has called San Antonio, Texas home for the past 15 years. During that time she has watched San Antonio grow into a vibrant active city with growth blooming in every corner. Christina is the mother an active little girl, that keeps both parents on their toes.

She has over 15+ years in the medical device industry and 5 years training experience. Christina is excited to use her skills to help others find their dream home. Whether you are renting, buying or selling, Christina is ready to help you outline plans for your future.

Welcome home Christina, we are happy to have you as part of our CBHarper Family. Cheers to your success and happiness!   |   Office: (210) 483-6436   |   Mobile: (210) 274-7174