Category Archives: Hill Country News

Broker Open, A Hill Country Mansion in Boerne

Featured on the Global Luxury ‘Home of the Week’ series by Coldwell Banker®, the mansion perched above Tapatio Springs Resort and Spa held a private Broker Open on October 25th. This $4.5 million dollar home listed by Jeep Rackley truly has it all — panoramic views of the beautiful Texas Hill Country, luxurious entertaining spaces and dazzling details at every turn.

Jeep Rackley offered guests a unique tour of this Mediterranean inspired property. Catered by the notable Cypress Grille this event was well-attended, as many enjoyed the opportunity to experience this mansion first hand.

Specializing in Boerne, Texas home for sale, Jeep is a third generation, native and lifelong resident of Boerne. A highly qualified luxury professional and licensed REALTOR® he is dedicated to providing platinum level service to all his clients, both buyers, and sellers. Jeep’s deep market knowledge and strong community ties provide keen insight into Texas Hill Country living.

If you would like more information about this exquisite property, contact:


Jeep Rackley, REALTOR®
1677 River Road, Boerne TX 78006

Mobile: (830) 431-1051
Office: (830) 816-7277

CBHarper Kerrville at 2017 ‘Get Connected’ Expo

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, dubbed ‘Get Connected’ was held on August 4th and 5th at the Hill Country Youth Events Center. Open to the public, it offers businesses a way to showcase themselves in the Kerrville community.

The event was well-attended according to the Kerrville Daily Times article found here. In fact, many are saying the event was ‘the best it has ever been’. In addition to over 100 business booths, there was a custom car show, food, and a ‘Kid’s Zone’.

Jo Groff, Vice President of Residential Sales for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office was there representing alongside her team of Sales Agents.

“There have been great crowds and tons of people from the community — that’s always awesome,” she said. “The business community in Kerrville is terribly friendly. I’m impressed with both the number of vendors and people that are here.”

Our Coldwell Banker booth offered interactive participation by visitors using our exclusive BlueView 3D technology. Smartphone-powered virtual tours simulate a walk through homes for sale in the Kerrville market.

Janett Goad, REALTOR® pictured alongside Global Luxury signage and exclusive BlueView 3D technology.

For more information on buying or selling a home in the Kerrville market contact us:

Jo Groff, 
Vice President of Residential Sales for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville and Fredericksburg Markets
1712 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78028
(830) 997-5500
(830) 997-1091 fax
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Coldwell Banker Stagecoach Realty, Easter in Bandera

On Friday April 12th the folks at Coldwell Banker Stagecoach Realty spent some time with the children and teens at the Boys and Girls Club putting together Easter baskets. As a grass roots organization, the Boys and Girls Club maintains an average daily attendance of 185 Bandera County Youth. Their total membership base is over 700.

Their primary source of funding is through private donations and grants, which allows us to keep the membership dues low at only 10$ annually. The Boys and Girls Club provides a fund and engaging, safe environment for any youth whenever their doors are open. Club members have the opportunity to learn, grow, give back to the community, discover their needs, set goals, and meet new friends. They are open Monday – Friday after school from 3:15pm until 7:00pm and any youth aged 6-18 is welcome and encouraged to join them during these hours. Also during the summer they are open Monday – Friday from 7am – 6pm.

Amy Thibodeaux, VP of Residential Sales for the Bandera Office sent photos of the young adults at the Teen Center Club making Easter baskets for the younger children. Together over 250 Easter baskets were stuffed with, and for, the Boys and Girls Club of Bandera. Cheers to all the hard work that went into putting these lovely baskets together. How heart warming to see the results!

If you are interested in finding out more about The Boys and Girls Club of Bandera visit their Facebook page here. Also be sure to visit the CBStagecoach Realty Facebook page here.

Welcome! Jo Groff, Vice President of Residential Sales, Kerrville Sales Office

Jo Groff
Vice President of Residential Sales Kerrville Office

CB Harper is excited to welcome the new Vice President of our Kerrville Sales Office, Jo Groff. She joins Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® from Jo Groff & Associates.

Originally from Houston, Texas Jo Groff has been a long-time Kerrville resident. Her extensive knowledge and professional training in the real estate industry stem back to 1987 when she graduated from the University of Houston, Real Estate Institute. In addition to being a long-time licensed broker, Jo has successfully led her own local real estate business.

While many Kerrville locals know Jo as a business owner and REALTOR®, she is also a proud mom of 7, booster club member and container gardener. Many folks might know her from their HEB or Walmart shopping aisles. She is a down to earth woman with a great reputation for helping others.

We are pleased to welcome Jo Groff to our team and as a new member of our CBHarper Family!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
1712 Sidney Baker Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
(830) 896-5500

Talk About Texas with Faythe Brunk

In a recent interview with Faythe we asked her about KKYX 104.9FM & 680AM (“Country Legends”), and specifically her partnership with Roy Holley on the radio show, Talk about Texas.

Now owned by Cox Radio, Country Legends has been around since 1926 and the station covers over 99,000 sq. miles and over 100 counties. It’s a major outlet for country music lovers all over Texas and was ranked one of the top ten stations in the nation during the 70’s and 80’s  and is still very popular today. Roy Holley’s program “Talk About Texas” has been on the station for almost 7 years and has over ¼ million listeners. 

Jerry King (who edits all of Faythe’s radio material) is a popular morning personality has been on the radio for over 40 years, has received many accolades and is an honorary member of the Country DJ Hall of Fame in Nashville. 

The co-producer of Talk about Texas, we asked Faythe how she feels to be part of such a special project, “Imagine how you feel when you hear a good story and take that narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, insight, and a little bit of serendipity.  Or imagine sharing a cup of coffee with a friend and listening intently as they share their incredible  life story.  Now imagine that’s actually an enjoyable morning and you really want to do it again. When you join us on Saturday mornings, whether it’s a live interview at the studio, or out in Llano, that’s exactly what you’ll hear.  We travel all over Texas collecting great stories where you’ll get to hear some surprising revelations of everyday people who get to take the microphone and talk about their lives.  Each week the show shares these unscripted conversations revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.  Sometimes we’ll make you laugh, other times you may get sentimental, but we’ll always be perseveringly honest and empathetic.

Take a listen to one of these shows featuring our very own, Leesa Harper-Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®:

Be sure to tune in every Saturday from 8:30 – 9:30am on KKYX Radio to listen to their upcoming show featuring fantastic personalities from right here in Texas. You can download the station on or live stream at

So, we asked Faythe, any last thoughts on this?
I feel blessed being part of the show mainly because I get to meet some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Texans that always make me smile, and working with folks like that can’t go anywhere but awesome!”

Well said, and can be sure we’ll be listening!

Conversations with Friends of Optimists

January 12th, 2017 — Debbie McNeal, the President of the Hill Country Optimist Club in Boerne brought us some exciting news this morning.

On Thursday, January 19th 2017 the Hill Country Optimist Club with be hosting an event called Conversation with Friends of Optimists with featured speaker, D’Ann Harper.

Located at the Burdick Community Center, the 1st Semi-Annual “Conversations with Friends of Optimists,” is welcoming all guests. D’Ann Harper, owner and CEO of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® will speak about how we can positively affect the lives of local children. Harper serves on the Board of Directors for Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) and is passionate about serving in the Hill Country and San Antonio communities.

The Meadowland Charter School in Boerne is part of RMYA. They provide a safe, structured and consistent environment, including a seamless connection to a therapeutic component. It is their goal for all students to benefit from the structured setting so they can be successful both academically and socially.

The Hill Country Optimist Club (HCOC) works very closely with Meadowland and RMYA. The HCOC was recently awarded the Childrens’ Champion Award by RMYA for their contribution toward betterment of local youth.

Please join us and the members of the HCOC to find out how RMYA, Meadowland Charter School and the HCOC work together to affect positive changes in the lives of local children.

RSVP via Facebook here:

WHERE: Burdick Community Center
121 Old San Antonio Rd., Boerne TX 78006

WHEN: Thursday, January 19th at 6:00pm

There will be wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served.
Door prizes will be awarded to attendees.

Questions or the request for additional information can be submitted to Debbie McNeal, Hill Country Optimist Club President, at (210) 269-6929

See y’all there!


Kerrville Business Expo 2016

ColdwellBanker-DAnn-Harper_PREVIEWOur Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office will have a booth this year at the Kerrville Business Expo. Held on August 5-6th, 2016, this event is FREE to attend both Friday and Saturday. The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo – Get Connected is open to the public and is a great way to showcase businesses in the community.

The First Friday Wine Share will be held on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm, come and find us for a glass of wine! We will be selling tickets at the event to raise money for the Oasis for Warriors.

A custom car show and kids’ area will be in addition to the Expo on Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm. The Farm & Ranch ATV (which is the grand prize for the raffle) will be in the car show.ATV Ticket Art


WHAT: Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo “Get Connected”

WHEN: August 5-6, 2016

TIME: First Friday Wine Share Event,
Friday, August 5th 2016 at 6:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your favorite wine from Europe (or Texas) to share and bring a glass!
Food trucks all day on Saturday.
Stage demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday>
Bring the kids to enjoy the new Kids Zone!

LOCATION: Hill Country Youth Events Center
3785 Highway 27, Kerrville, TX 78208

PARTICIPATE: Free to attend on both Friday and Saturday! Enjoy hundreds of business booths with products to purchase, car show, children’s play area, exhibits and youth shows.

For more information on our booth contact Cynthia Loving out of our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Office.


Cynthia Loving, Vice President of Residential Sales Kerrville
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerrville Sales Office
1712 Sidney Baker St., Kerrville, TX 78208
(830) 896-5550

Leave That Wild Animal Alone

June 2016 — Living in Texas means, sometimes, being surrounded by various wildlife. This is especially true if you live in the Hill Country. With the springtime all but behind us, it means baby animals. This is also the time when Wildlife Rehabilitators head into high gear.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department it’s not uncommon during the summer months to see what appears to be an abandoned fawn deer or fledgling birds. That instance is when well-meaning humans need to resist the urge to help, wildlife experts say.

Some species, including birds, deer and snakes, are normally very active this time of year and are typically seen more frequently. With the abundance of recent rainfall, increased sightings of displaced wildlife in flooded areas can also be expected, but if left alone these critters will return to their natural environment once water levels subside.

Baby birdYoung birds can be seen out of their nest but cannot yet fly. If the birds eyes are open, it has a coat or feathers and it is hopping around – it is probably fine. Grounded fledglings will usually be up and flying within a few days. Also the fawning season is well underway, and deer will typically leave their fawns for hours at a time, returning only to nurse them. Some casual observers, thinking that they have been abandoned by their mothers and need help, pick up these fawns or birds. This is rarely the case.

A fawn or other animal should only be picked up if it is covered in fire ants or is otherwise seriously injured. This helpful article published by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides guidelines on assessing the situation you might encounter.

It is worth remembering that “helping” an animal that appears to be orphaned often means doing nothing.

Deer Fawn Texas

Medina Lake Overflowing From Recent Rains

Medina Lake is located approximately 23 miles southeast of Bandera, Texas. Beginning Memorial Day weekend in May through August the park is open 7 days a week from 7am to 8pm, and weekends only September to May. This Bandera County Park spans about 5,575 acres and is a popular retreat for fishing, boating, picnicking and water activities.

Various media sources have reported that the lake was on the verge of drying up. Certainly Medina Lake was only partially fully, about 4.5 percent according to the San Antonio Express News, but there has been water in the lake for some time. The recent rains have seen the increase the lake to nearly 100 percent capacity. We have so far reached a rainfall total of 21 inches since January. This sets us ahead of our usual 29 inch annual rainfall total and more rain is on the way. No matter how you slice it, this weather certainly helps those who own property from no longer having dry coves. It is worth mentioning though that is has taken over 50 years and a 4 year drought to cause the problems with the lake initially.

We asked several of our Sales Agents who’s expertise is real estate to weigh in on the recent rains and it’s effect on the area.

Missy Stagers of CB Harper’s Northwest Office and M. Stagers & Partners has several listings in this area. She says, “I do not see [the recent rains] impacting the market greatly …it has had water for a while.  The fact that is [the lake is] full and the media attention is great since there was so much bad media before.  The lake was also stocked with over 200 bass fish as well last year.  All of which are good things, so it won’t appear property owners are desperate and can now argue they have water, but prices are prices.”  Very well said Missy! Take a look at Missy’s listings, listed below, in prime proximity to Medina Lake.

471 County Road 262 • Mico, TX 78056




1021 Georges Rd., Lakehills, TX 78063




Janette Springer of CB Harper’s Boerne Office offered some wonderful insight, “I can only assume that taking a lake from extreme drought conditions to a lake that is full and beautiful will be nothing but positive for the Real Estate market from this point forward.  The call volume increase as well as the mobile ID options has definitely increased lately now whether due to the time of year or the lake flowing at 100% capacity I can only say that it is a blessing for all.  The sellers that have been in position to sell due to the drought have now been put in a better position to sell because the lake is full.  Having a full lake should bring more buyers to the area.”

Pictures below is one of Janette’s listing in the area, with an open house set for this Sunday June 5th located at 918 Pebble Beach Dr. NW, Pipe Creek, TX 78063.



Janette continued by stating, “May of 2015 the rain came to this area and up stream that brought this lake up to over half full.  The lake is 101% and running over spillway now which hasn’t taken place since sometime in 2009.  Those down stream are starting to get a little nervous with not knowing when the rain will stop and if they might be subject to evacuation should this continue.  The spill way has no limit so with the rain continuing we need to be thinking of options should this all come true.  Medina Lake in the Texas Hill Country was formed with the construction of a dam in 1910 with completion in 1913. The full depth at the dam is 152 ft and was the fourth largest dam in the US when it was completed. It is said the local farmers are the ones that got the funding from a German bank to make this happen since no US banks would fund the project. Now over 100 years old, it was once the largest dam in Texas and the 4th largest dam in the United States.”

Thank you to both of these Sales Agents for their input and what a great looking group of homes. It’s still a wonderful time to purchase a home! With school out for the summer doesn’t a lake house sound like a great place to call home?

Texas Law Enforcement Memorial Service

May 15th, 2016 — Recently Clifton Jansky, REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and notable musician, was honored to be a part of the Texas Law Enforcement Memorial Service. The service was held at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center in historic Fredericksburg, Texas. The Heritage Center is situated on a 12 acre campus with a covered 350 seat LoneStar Open Air Pavilion complete with Amphitheater, Campfire Circle and a full catering kitchen. Their mission is the story of heritage, history and culture of the Texas Rangers.

They honored 13 fallen Texas Law Enforcement Officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. Clifton expressed his gratitude by saying, “I am thankful for all the men and women who put on a uniform everyday whether military or law enforcement. They protect our freedoms and keep us safe.”

Texas Law Enforcement Officers

May 15th was designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. The week in which that date falls is recognized as Police Week. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the U.S. participate in a number of planned events such as the one held at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center.

In this memorial release honoring these 13 fallen officers a quote reads,

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  – John 15:13


Visit the Texas Rangers Heritage Center here:

or find them on Facebook here:

Thank you to Clifton Jansky for bringing us this story and thank you to all the officers, families and friends who show their support!