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Congratulations GRI Graduates

Congratulations to our recent GRI graduates!

Cathy Hernandez: Over 20 years of experience in business, marketing, leadership and management. Happily married for 23 years with 2 children.

Bizzy DarlingAs a native of San Antonio and a Boerne resident for the past 15 years, Bizzy Darling is uniquely familiar with both communities as well as the surrounding areas.

Sharon KellySharon values time, open lines of communication, and prides herself on doing the right thing. 

Stacy WheatonWhether buying, selling or leasing, she will provide for you the finest quality real estate services at a fair value, and do it efficiently and enthusiastically.

Neelam KingerHolds an accounting degree with seven years of experience in banking and fifteen years of personal business. Married with three children; she lives in the city of San Antonio for the past seventeen years. Loves to deal with people from all walks of life. 

Shannon Miller: Shannon has lived in Texas for 30 years, and made San Antonio her home 22 years ago. She takes great pride in finding her clients a perfect home to buy, or helping her clients sell their current home. 

Janette SpringerJanette is a life-long Texan with her husband, Glenn, of 26 years in the San Antonio area. Her love of people and wanting to help them compliments a love to work in the real estate field. She and Glenn have raised two sons and is a proud Aggie mom.

Well done ladies and thank you for sharing a little bit about yourselves.

Earn the GRI Designation

In today’s competitive business environment, it often takes more than just motivation and initiative to succeed. Earning the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation is a way to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers as a REALTOR® who has gained in-depth knowledge on technical subjects as well as the fundamentals of real estate.


Parade Of Homes With Gina Fontenot

GFontenot_615605The Parade of Homes is organized by The Greater San Antonio Builders Association (GSABA) and is a tour that provides an opportunity to get ideas for your own home, and to see what our area builders are building.

The homes are located in the prestigious Dominion community, a master-planned golf club community located in the North West San Antonio area. The neighborhood features two 24-hour and one 12-hour manned and gated security stations, which are further enhanced by professional guards conducting round-the-clock mobile patrols; a world-class 18-hole golf course designed by Bill Johnston; and, the club features a wide-variety of amenities for its members. Homes vary in size from garden homes to large estates.

Nearby supercenters of La Cantera and The Rim boast a full range of retail offerings and entertainment venues, and feature an abundance of restaurants.

One of the homes for sale, 24523 Cliff Line Drive by Genesis Custom Homes, was offered at 1.4mil through REALTOR Gina Fontenot of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Genesis Custom Homes has built beautiful award-winning homes for over 17 years in the San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Not only has Gina assisted her clients in the purchasing of one of the 2015 Parade of Homes in the Dominion, but has a consistent reputation on Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Top Producers list year after year.

The clients were referred to Gina through one of her neighbors and based on the client’s luxurious taste and busy lifestyle, they knew exactly what they desired. Gina’s task was to find the exact home offering their requested amenities, stunning views, endless space for entertaining, a chef’s kitchen and of course, a pool. It was at the preview of the Parade of Homes that Gina matched the home at 24523 Cliff Line to her client’s singularly unique lifestyle. What a match it turned out to be!

The home Gina’s clients purchased, is detailed in the photographs below and stands at 4,428 sqft. on just one level. Boasting extensive brick and stone work, all-in suite bathrooms, chef’s kitchen with Thermador appliances and expansive spaces. Open design with seamless blend of living, dining and entertaining makes this home a great destination for their San Antonio dwelling. Expansive views shown through large glass windows overlook an outdoor paradise with infinity edge pool,  and spacious patio. The perfect placement of the home allows home owners to take in endless picturesque viewsThe attention to detail throughout is evident. Truly a unique home!

Gina was kind enough to sit with us for a few minutes and give us some background in how she has built her real estate business in the last 4 years with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

Q. What is most important to you when you first meet Buyer clients? 

A. I take the time to first explain the process to Buyers, whether they are first time Buyers or buying a luxury home. Then it is their turn to tell me exactly what they are looking for and why that is important to them. I ask plenty of questions to make sure I’m on the right track.

Q. In this ever-changing market, how are you able to stay ahead?

A. The one thing I have learned in my 4 years is that the real estate market will always change. I do all I can to keep myself updated on market changes. My office is a great place to get the latest information pertaining to how to work and practice the most ethical real estate. My business is my clients and I always want to keep them at the forefront of my mind so that their transactions can go as smoothly as possible even during market changes.

Q. How do you stay in contact with your clients? Does it end after they buy or sell a home?

A. I stay in contact with my past clients through social media, phone calls and monthly mailings.  Sometimes I will just send a text to let them know that I am thinking about them.  

Q. What was your most memorable home selling/buying experience?

A. All of my sales are memorable because as a Military spouse that moved to Texas 5 years ago, not knowing anyone, I have become very successful. Therefore, I am thankful for everyone I have had the opportunity to assist.  Now they are not only past clients they are my friends that I remain in contact with today.


Thank you Gina for speaking with us about this wonderful and unique experience! Below is a glimpse inside that gorgeous home, photos courtesy of San Antonio Board of Realtors.








To learn more about Gina Fontenot watch her online video here:


Tim Powell, winner of the 2015 Parade of Homes was interviewed in the below clip by KSAT. To learn more visit:



New Braunfels Veramendi Community

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 10.23.34 AMA new master planned community, Veramendi, is designated for New Braunfels, TX. Right along the ever expanding corridor between Austin and San Antonio, the location and potential for growth could not be brighter. The vision of Veramendi is to offer a small town charm and family friendly atmosphere while remaining just a short drive from big city convenience.

Vera-Land-Grant-2-480x360The name, Veramendi orginates from former Governor of Coahuila and Tejas, the father-in-law to James Bowie, Juan Martin de Veramendi. Receiving a land grant from the Mexican Government in 1831, it was from the Veramandi Estate that the German Emigration Company – Adelsverein – purchased land their settlement. This initial transaction began the foundation of modern day New Braunfels.

At 2,430 acres, Veramendi community will be a mixed use development located just 33 miles from downtown San Antonio and a mere 50 miles from downtown Austin. Designed to integrate over 5,000 residential homes there will also be 380 acres set aside for retail, corporate campuses, 2 elementary schools, medical offices and a resort hotel. Boasting over 1.5 miles of Guadalupe River frontage, the community is planning to incorporate over 480 acres of parks, greenbelts, bike trails and hiking. The planned natural setting is said to be an unmatched and healthy setting in the current local market.



The developer, ASA Properties LLC, is a Texas-based company comprised of Australian property developers and land development consultants. With a combined 50 years of experience in the real estate development industry, Mitch Nielsen and Peter James are looking forward to an innovative future. Their team of local employees and consultants empower their confidence in implementing a vision for a vibrant and successful community.

Taken by staff photographer, New Braunfels, TX

Taken by staff photographer, New Braunfels, TX

Historic New Braunfels, TX taken by staff photographer

Historic New Braunfels, TX taken by staff photographer

For information on purchasing homes or about this upcoming community please contact our local office at:

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Office

532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 608-5400


Julie Gezella, VP of Residential Sales


Strong San Antonio Summer in Real Estate

15926 Sight Scape LVRSan Antonio – According to the June 2015 Multiple Listing Report by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR), home sales saw their biggest increase yet this year in June with 2,925 homes sold. This is an 18 percent increase from the same month in 2014 and the largest number of sales in a single month this year. While both the average and median sales prices dropped marginally from May, both saw increases from last year.

June’s average sales price rose five percent to $242,588 and the median price edged up six percent to $200,900.The average sales price has remained over $200,000 since February 2014 while the median has maintained that level since May 2015. “Our market has been favorable to sellers this year as prices keep growing and length of time to sell a home continues to shrink,” said Mary Ann Jeffers, SABOR’s 2015 Chairman of the Board. “In June, homes sold for 97.8 percent of list price and price per square foot shot up to $108, a four percent increase from last year. It’s a prime market for sellers.” Many sellers are jumping into the market as low inventory often creates faster sales and higher home prices in many areas.

15926 Sight Scape -bdrmAccording to Fannie Mae’s recent National Housing Survey, 52 percent of Americans surveyed believe now is a good time to sell, the first time this metric has risen above 50 percent. In June, 3,875 new listings came on the San Antonio market, nearly 18 percent more than this time last year, and the month ended with 2,381 sales still pending. Days on market in San Antonio continue to fall with June reporting just 52 days, a 21 percent drop from June 2014, and months of inventory remains steady at 4.0 months.

While the market is tight for buyers, they are still finding homes to meet their needs. In June, homes priced below $200,000 continued to make up the majority of sales in the San Antonio market with 49.74 percent of homes sold priced in this bracket. Homes selling over $500,000 continued to climb with June reporting 5.88 percent in this range. Of those, most were priced between $500,000 and $600,000 with a total of 12 homes sold over one million dollars. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 44.41 percent of the month’s sales. “As the number of new listings continues to surge, buyers still have options when it comes to finding their dream home,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “We expect to see our housing market remain strong as buyers continue to see the value of investing in homeownership.”

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About SABOR: The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade organization in San Antonio and represents over 8,500 REALTOR® members in the San Antonio area. SABOR is one of over 1,600 local boards and 54 state and territory organizations of REALTORS® nationwide that make up the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). 

Memorable Street Names

Once in awhile a home comes through our Marketing Department that has a noteworthy name. Actually there are some very interesting street names… we thought we would share some of those with our readers. In this series “Memorable Street Names” we are taking a quick look at a few of the most recent listings.

Our favorite recent listing is brought to you by Bradley Graves and is located at

sabor11274741119 Lion King – The marketing team behind Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® PowerHouse Marketing Program spent the day singing the lyrics to a movie with the same name.

In fact, The opening lyrics of “The Circle of Life” are lines translated into and sung in A REAL LANGUAGE; one that is spoken by over 10 million people, including 95% of South Africa. The opening of “The Circle of Life” is in Zulu, the language of the Zulu people. This inspired us to research further into the lyrics being sung:

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba [Here comes a lion, Father]

Sithi uhm ingonyama [Oh yes, it’s a lion]

Nants ingonyama bagithi baba

Sithi uhhmm


Siyo Nqoba [We’re going to conquer]

IngonyamaIngonyama nengw’ enamabala [A lion and a leopard come to this open place]

The verse above contains the actual words, along with the English translation.

sabor11272962618 Just My Style:

This listing by our Sales Associate Missy Stagers & Partners is a stylish 1.5 story property with second living up and inviting curb appeal. Fresh paint and recently clean carpets make this home move in ready! And with a name like “Just My Style” it might be yours.

501 Naked Indian Trail:

This was a listing by our Sales Associate Mary Ann Rhodes is a Single-Family Home located in New Braunfels, TX. With 2 ½ baths and approximately 2,424 square feet this rock home features hill country views. The property was built in 1986. Although we did some research it is currently unclear where the name originated from. The other streets in the neighborhood however also share similar themed names like, ‘Indian Chief Trail’ and ‘Tom Tom Trail.’

sabor1118512113 Garrapata Lane:

This listing by our Sales Associate Debbie Backlund is a great Hollywood Park home is a two story gem with balcony. Additionally, this Spanish name translates to “tick” or “mite” in English.

On a gorgeous summer day however, one would just call it ‘home’ and with a beautiful balcony it’s easy to see why.

Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 1.01.48 PM21 San Isidro:

This listing by Libby Ross, of The Ross Group, offers hill Country Elegance within minutes of the city! This one of a kind rock 1.5 story custom masterpiece sits on 6.27 private acres in guarded Sendero Ranch.

One of the most celebrated holidays of Madrid Feast Day of San Isidro is held on May 15, and is the city’s patron saint as well as the patron saint of farmers. The traditional festival and feast are held in an open-air area known as the Pradera del Santo.

sabor1127991 7311 Obbligato: 

This listing by Parisa Sanchez is a beautiful home in the Rolling Meadows subdivision has an unusual name after a classical music term. Obbligato usually describes a musical line that is in some way indispensable in performance. It can also be used, more specifically, to indicate that a passage of music was to be played exactly as written, or only by the specified instrument, without changes or omissions.

Obbligato includes the idea of independence, as in C.P.E. Bach‘s 1780 Symphonies “mit zwölf obligaten Stimmen” (“with twelve obbligato parts”) by which Bach was referring to the independent woodwind parts he was using for the first time. These parts were also obbligato in the sense of being indispensable.


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San Antonio Missions & Alamo World Heritage Site

San Antonio, TX  — On July 5th San Antonio’s Spanish colonial missions Rose Windowwere designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Confirmed at the 39th annual session of the World Heritage Convention in Bonn, Germany. The city’s missions joined the global ranks of other such sites like the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge and Gizeh Pyramid of Egypt.

This prestigious designation is a first in the state of Texas, and only one of 23 such sites. Other United States Heritage Sites include the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Independence Hall and the Grand Canyon to name a few. To see the full list of World Heritage Sites found in the United States, click here.

County Judge Nelson Wolff commented saying, “The San Antonio Missions are now the first World Heritage Site in the state and the 23rd in the nation. This community is known for protecting its heritage and I have no doubt we will continue sharing our heritage with the world.” Additionally Wolff as well as Mayor Ivy Taylor expressed their gratitude for this honor. 

 MIssion PlazaAccording to a description from the Missions of San Antonio website, four of the five missions are located on the south side of the city. The completion of the San Antonio River Walk Mission Reach in 2013 provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, nature watching and more. Recent commercial and residential developments have attracted much attention to the area, which continues to experience revitalization inRoom Missions new and interesting ways. Landmark restaurants, unique shopping finds, resident and visitor friendly events and festivals, such as Mission Drive-In’s summer movie events, music events and farmers market are popular in the area. Additionally, recreation areas and attractions such as Hangar 9 (Brooks City Base), Riverside Golf Course and Alamo Helicopter Tours, make up part of a rich and celebrated community in San Antonio.

The designation includes the five 18th century Spanish ColonialMission Relief Missions (to include the Alamo) and their complexes which include two acequia systems, labores (farm fields) and Rancho de las Cabras around Mission Espada.

Further outlined in this article is the positive impact that the honor of being a World Heritage Site brings. The least of which means increased tourism and city improvements. Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Speech during the World Heritage nomination in Bonn, Germany can be viewed here courtesy of the Rivard Report.

Although there are some opposed to this designation, the general opinion seems to be one of hope, gratitude and excitement. We will be keeping watch for all the wonderful events that could unfold in light of this prestigious honor.

Featured Neighborhood: Universal City

sabor1034432Technically, not a neighborhood, but a small suburb Northeast of San Antonio, right around the cities of Selma, Schertz and Garden Ridge. Universal City is one of the many around San Antonio that is rapidly growing with property values rapidly growing with population. It started out as a small residential area surrounding Randolph Air Force Base.

According to the Texas State Historical Association, until the late 1950s the town grew slowly; the population after twenty-five years was only a few hundred. The catalyst that fueled Universal City’s tremendous growth was when Headquarters, Air Training Command moved from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to Randolph in 1957. The influx of officers and enlisted could not be absorbed by on-base housing, as it had since World War II. Recognizing this, the owner of Acme Lumber Company, Johnnie Chuoke, began in late 1957 Rose Garden, the first profitable housing development of Universal City. Soon other builders followed, and the race was on. Some citizens were concerned that burgeoning San Antonio would soon attempt to annex unincorporated Universal City, so in March 1960 voters approved incorporation.


TSHA also mentioned the first mayor, Franklin Bless, along with five aldermen were elected on June 4, 1960, and the first city council meeting was held two days later. On September 6, 1960, the city council officially adopted the Texas code that made it a general law city. After months of holding meetings wherever space could be found, the city government occupied its new permanent city hall in March 1962. Small police and fire stations were added to the city hall later to create a municipal building. Also in 1962 the city’s first church, Universal City Methodist, was organized, and construction began on a building. Although the town was already growing rapidly, the transfer of the Air Force Military Personnel function from the Pentagon to Randolph, beginning in June 1963 and continuing over the next few years, accelerated the growth.


According to, these days Universal City boasts a median housing cost of $155,933. This is nearly $30,000 more than the average housing cost for the entire state of Texas. The property values have continued to climb as the population has. With more people wanting to snap up houses in the area, the property values will continue to climb, making Universal City not only a good place to call home but a good place for investors who wish to rent out houses. If you are interested in investing in property in the Universal City area, contact our North East Sales Office at (210) 483-6200. Also, Check out some great videos from the Universal City website HERE.

Featured Neighborhood: Helotes


Actually classified as a suburb of San Antonio, Helotes is a go-to for those people who want to be close to the city, but still wants the quiet. Helotes is rich in history dating back to before 5,000 BC and is actually named after the Indian word for corn “helote”. In 2009, The Gadberry Group named Helotes as a Boom Town due to the rapid increase in population and income over the previous ten years. The city landed third on the list of eight cities from across the entire U.S. Helotes is also know in the area for their annual Cornyval festival.

Featured Neighborhood: Castle Hills


In the 78213 zip code, Castle Hills has always been a city within a city since the 1920s. Castle Hills started as a missionary outpost that was initially settled by rich families in the burgeoning local oil industry. It mainly consists of up-scale housing, with the majority being owned by the resident. With many schools to choose from, there are many choices, but only two of those are public. Some of the more prominent private schools include Antonian H.S., Holy Spirit Catholic School, Cornerstone Christian School, Mount Sacred Heart and many others. To view the listings for Castle Hills, click HERE.

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Featured Neighborhood: Pecan Valley


Once vast farm and ranch land, Pecan Valley became a residential mecca for Southeast San Antonio by developer E.J. Burke. The area declined in the 1970’s, but the Pecan Valley Neighborhood Association was established in October of 2007 to aid in the redevelopment of the neighborhoods. Now you can find a wide variety of homes ranging from  $50,000 and up to $300,000+. To check out some of our listing for the area, click here.