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3rd Annual Boerne Food Drive

November 8th, 2017 — We did it again! Each year Debbie McNeal works tirelessly with the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries to coordinate efforts for holiday giving. This was our 3rd Annual Food Drive. Together we collected 420 cans of sweet potatoes, 420 cans of green beans plus a duffel bag full of sweet treats that were all delivered to Hill Country Daily Bread. This will help provide Thanksgiving meals to over 400 families this year. Our goal was not only reached but far exceeded. So, with the additional money collected, we will be purchasing Hams for the family’s Christmas dinners.

“I wanted to thank my CBHarper family and friends who contributed.”, says Debbie McNeal “By giving back we have helped to make the holidays a little brighter for these families.”

Thank you to all who participated, donated and shared in this effort, it wouldn’t be possible without you.

If you would like to join in giving back, contact Debbie via email 

About Debbie:

Debbie has live in the San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country for over 50 years. She spent over 30 years in Management in the Finance & Credit Services Industry which included mortgage & auto loans, credit services, loan collections & foreclosures. That experience is very helpful in assisting her clients with their mortgage concerns and understanding the entire process.

Debbie loves being in the real estate industry and helping families realize their dreams. For multiple years Debbie has been named “Hero of the Year” and “Eagle of the Year”. These peer-voted awards are based on her overall performance, contribution to helping other agents and time spent giving back to the community.

Ultimately she tries to spend as much time as possible giving back. Debbie serves as the President of the Hill Country Optimist Club. She gives of her time toward local charities by hosting an Annual Clothing Drive, Annual “Cover Their Tush & Toes” Sock & Underwear Drive, Annual “Easter Bunny Basket Brigade to collect items for assembling Easter baskets, an Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive as well as providing support to the Christian Women’s Job Corp by teaching or providing meals during their training sessions.

Debbie McNeal, Working Hard To Get You Home

Debbie McNeal has lived in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country for over 50 years. She has spent over 30 years in management in the Finance & Credit Services Industry, which included mortgage loans, credit services, loan collections, and foreclosures. This experience and knowledge has helped assist clients with mortgage concerns and understanding the entire lending process. After years in the finance industry, Debbie moved on to sales and marketing in the Disaster Restoration business. Information gained during her time there cultivated skills in marketing properties so they will sell faster and bring the best possible price in the market.

Debbie loves being in real estate and helping people realize their dreams. Recently a letter was sent directly to D’Ann Harper, CEO, Broker / Owner, from a client who shared their experience:

I recently sold my house in SA after 39 years. It was tough emotionally for me but I had a real estate agent that was warm, caring and straightforward. She assured me to “look where you are going” not where you’ve been. Then she found the perfect house for me.

I just want you to know how grateful I will always be to your agent, Debbie McNeal. Debbie is friendly and professional. She is honest. I think she won me over with her work ethic, professionalism, and overall knowledge if the process. Anything I asked….. she had an answer or got me the answer.

Debbie bent over backwards to get both deals done. She kept me informed and she kept me calm. It is a huge change for me. I am so thankful I had Debbie who made it easy and fun!  Please know she really is a great agent. She knows her stuff. I love my new house and I love Debbie McNeal.

Thanks for a great experience with one of your agents.

N. Faldik, Ph. D

Thank you, for sharing this wonderful sentiment about Debbie McNeal, REALTOR®. It is no wonder that she has been named Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Hero of the Year and Eagle of the Year multiple times. Both of these awards are peer-voted and based on overall performance, contribution to helping other agents and her time spent giving back to the community.

In response to this letter, D’Ann Harper says, “Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful letter about Debbie. Indeed Debbie is one of CBDHR’s shining stars. I am so pleased to have her as part of our real estate family but even more proud to call her one of my dear friends. Hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come and thank you again.”

When Debbie is not helping clients, she devotes much of her time to the community. Currently, she serves as the President of the Hill Country Optimist Club. Additionally, she is the organizer of donation drives that include “Cover Their Tush & Toes” Sock & Underwear Drive, “Easter Bunny Basket Brigade” to collect items for & assemble Easter Baskets for local children, an Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and providing support to the Christian Women’s Job Corp by teaching or providing means during their training sessions.

When Debbie isn’t “knee-deep” in real estate, she enjoys traveling with friends and spending time with family, which includes her 2 miniature long hair dachshunds. Visit her on Facebook and don’t forget to like and follow her by clicking here:
https://www.facebook.com/debbiemcnealrealtor/

Cheers Debbie for all you do in the community and to help families find their way home!

 

3rd Annual “Cover Their Tush & Toes Challenge”

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has partnered with the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for the third year to help provide socks and underwear for area children. Led by Debbie McNeal, REALTOR® who gives her time, energy and heart to benefit such a great cause. In the feature image Jannette Springer and Marjory Felter, REALTORS® are pictured alongside Debbie McNeal and her mom. They are delivering their biggest donation to date.

“Serving others is what brings blessings to all. These ‘Tush and Toes’ donations to Hill Country Daily Bread will be given to the youth that are in need. Thanks Debbie for all you and mom do to make this a success each year. And thanks to all who so generously donated”, says Marjory Felter, REALTOR®

Janette Springer shares her sentiments, “[I] Love giving back to this community and knowing it means so much to the children that receive it.”

In total we supplied the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries with sock and underwear for 130 children for Back to School. It is amazing to bless so many children, amazing work Debbie McNeal and all those that supported these efforts. We give in a variety of different ways throughout the year. Our money, our time and most importantly our hearts. If you would like to contact us about how to get involved in your community please reach out PR@CBHarper.com

If you want to get in touch with Debbie on how to donate directly to the Hill Country Daily Bread, please email her at dmcneal@cbharper.com

Thank you to all of those who participated and donated, it is through giving back that we truly find happiness.

 

Welcome New Agent Class May 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Brian Kimzey

Second Row [left to right]: Audrey Boerner, Stephanie Gagne, Karen Lauderdale, Crystal Bradford

Third Row [left to right]: Benjamin De La Cruz, Melissa Pressentin, Heather Jackson, Mark Tokach, Lee Ann Tokach

 

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

We would like to welcome 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:
www.cbharper.com/joinus

2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade

March 2017 — Debbie McNeal, our award winning REALTOR® from the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Office organized the 2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade. The Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries needed 450 baskets to be distributed to local children.

Starting early this year, during late February, Debbie McNeal and Jennifer Nichols planned to culminate their donation efforts on March 9th by assembling baskets.  They reached out to friends, family and CBHarper Family to collect monetary and tangible contributions. The Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries needed 450 baskets, 150 wooden cross necklaces, 350 bibles plus assembling efforts.  With donations collected they were able to purchase all of the items needed by HCDBM & had many volunteers to assemble baskets.

In just 4 short days their goal was not only met, but exceeded. Debbie reported,

I am very happy to say that with the help of donations made & volunteers to help with Basket Assembly, our 2nd Annual Easter Bunny Basket Brigade to benefit Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries was a HUGE success. We were able to donate 450 baskets, 150 Wooden Cross Necklaces & 350 Bibles. We also had a great time assembling 146 Completed Baskets to be delivered to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. I am grateful to all who contributed! Many children will be blessed at Easter thanks to all who contributed!

Well Debbie, you are very welcome!

Thank you to everyone who helped assemble baskets and made contributions. Shout out to the entire Boerne office for their continued efforts to give back to the community!

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how you can help, please contact Debbie McNeal at (210) 269-6929 or dmcneal@cbharper.com,

OR visit the HCDBM website here:
http://hillcountrydailybread.com/donate/

 

 

 

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:
www.facebook.com/events/1826010291004455/

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!

 

Different Types of Fireplaces Texans Need To Know About

January 2017 — Given that we’re enjoying a particularly mild winter this year, the issue of a fireplace arises out of aesthetics versus necessity here in South Texas. Perhaps you just like to recreate the feeling of winter, as many experience farther North, but a fireplace can be that key element.

Whether you’re entertaining having a fireplace installed or looking for it as a feature in your next home, it is worth knowing the difference. There are several main categories in which most fireplaces fall; Wood Burning Fireplaces, Gas Burning, Ethanol Burning and Electric Fireplaces. Here are some basics for you to consider when weighting your options.

Wood Burning Fireplaces


Open Hearth Fireplace
 — These are typically built on site by a mason and lined with real firebrick. While the ambiance is unmistakable, the efficiency is low. Much of the heated air escapes through the flue, pulling directly from your home.

Fireplace Inserts  — These are the most popular model. Fireplace inserts are units designed to fit inside an existing fireplace. They help the system burn and heat more efficiently, but they’re expensive and can be difficult to design.

Enclosed Fireplaces  — While similar to inserts, in the sense that they are both enclosed, this type of fireplace is slightly different. Traditionally this type of fireplace features large glass paneling and is both efficient and beautiful.

Wood Burning Stoves — While not technically a fireplace, wood-burning stoves are a great alternative. We see them quite frequently in vintage style homes, or those set in the Hill Country style. This allows you to burn wood for heating while enjoying the crackling, comforting sound of

Gas Burning Fireplaces


Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces
 — These are vented through an existing or newly constructed chimney. Alternatively a pipe can be used to minimize changes to your home’s structure. With flexible options in placement, this is a much easier install than traditional wood fireplaces. This style also features a high efficiency rating that prevents warm air from being lost up the flue.

Ventless Built-In Fireplaces  — The simplest to install this model does not require a chimney or a vent. With a signature blue flame due to the burning gas it does run the risk that some contaminant will enter your home.

Ethanol Burning Fireplaces


Ethanol Fireplace Conversion
 — If you have an existing fireplace but want to avoid the mess of soot and wood cleanup, this might be the right option for you. The ethanol burning insert will slide right in and make use of the space. A variety of styles are available to suit both modern and tradition tastes.

Wall Mounted Fireplaces  — The perfect centerpiece for a living space or lounge area, this makes a great alternative hanging a television. If your home does not already come with a fireplace this is a super stylish way to add that decorative touch. This model with most likely not create as much heat, but they are more environmentally friendly.

Electric Fireplaces


Mantel & TV Stand Fireplaces
 — Mantel fireplaces allow you to enjoy the elegance of a traditional fireplace without the hassle of install or excessive expense. Most of them also enable you to turn on a heating function and have a variety of effects.
Electric fireplace TV stands allow you to incorporate both an entertainment center and a fireplace. These are less common but can be beneficial for those who live in smaller homes or apartments.

Have some insight about fireplaces or would like to be a guest writer on this topic? Email us at PR@CBHarper.com

Read more about fireplaces from these online resources:

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireplace
Angie’s List: www.angieslist.com/articles/pros-and-cons-different-types-fireplaces.htm
Green Ethanol Fireplaces: www.greenethanolfireplaces.com/ethanol-fireplace-conversion-can-i-convert-my-fireplace-to-bioethanol
Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplaces: www.ethanolfireplacepros.com/collections/wall-fireplaces
Electric Wall Mounted Fireplaces on Wayfair: www.wayfair.com/Wall-Mounted-Fireplaces-C215405.html

 

Luxury Series Spotlight for January 2017

January 2017 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® offers a group of elite listings for any buyer. In this selective process we highlight videos and photos of our Luxury Series properties, along with the Sales Agents who have brought us these gorgeous homes.


4242 Broadway St., Unit 1003
  • San Antonio, TX 78209 • MLS  #1211699
Listed by Libby Ross of The Ross Group

• 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 plus, Baths — spacious  3,678 sq. ft.
• Premier 10th floor Luxury Condo
• Three shaded balconies, city views
• Gourmet kitchen, stainless Miele appliances
• Oversized closets and separate dressing area
• Top quality management & concierge

 



26726 Turkey Run Dr.
• Boerne, TX 78006 • MLS #1214003
Listed by Debbie McNeal

• 5 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths — spacious 5,252 sq. ft.
• 3.94 acres with panoramic views of the Hill Country
• Large windows opening to 1600 ft. of deck
• High ceilings w/wood beams in living room & master suite
• Chef’s kitchen with custom cabinets, leather granite
• Outdoor kitchen, pool, basketball court , gazebo

 



857 PR 2414
• Hondo, TX 78861 • MLS #1199909
Listed by Terry West

• 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths — stately 4,428 sq. ft.
• 200 Acre ranch style home, wildlife exempt.
• Luxurious amenities, superior craftsmanship.
• Soaring vaulted ceilings, large windows.
• 4,000 sq. ft. covered walk-around porch.
• Covered outdoor kitchen. Gated entry.

 


1446 Kendall Jackson • Comfort, TX 78013 • MLS# 1185036
Listed by Pete Peters

• 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 plus, Baths — stately 4,544 sq. ft.
• Exclusive 15 acre hilltop in gated neighborhood
• High ceilings, 4 fireplaces
• Gourmet kitchen, granite counters
• Infinity edge pool with spa
• Outdoor kitchen. Wildlife exemption

 


309 River Ridge • Spring Branch, TX 78070 • 5.37 Acres • MLS #1195031
Listed by Libby Ross of The Ross Group

• 4 Bedrooms, 4.5 plus, Baths —  6,073 sq. ft.
• River front luxury living with 300 degree views
• Hand-scrapped hickory hardwood floors
• Chef’s kitchen has butler’s and working pantries
• Grand master suite with en-suite spa bath
• Multi stained concrete patios, pool & spa

 

 


504 E. Travis St. • Fredericksburg, TX 78624 • .5323 Acres •  MLS# 72243
Listed by Pat Boothe

• 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths — 3,759 sq. ft.
• Hill Country private oasis with open floor plan.
• Gourmet kitchen, custom cabinets and granite.
• Master suite with private outdoor area and fireplace.
• Large office space.
• 2nd outdoor living area with in-ground pool & kitchen.

 


369 County Rd., 267 • Mico TX 78056 • 70 AG Exempt Acres •  MLS #1189617
Listed by Terry West

• 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 plus Baths —  3,389 sq. ft.
• Hill top home close to San Antonio and Medina Lake.
• Travertine tile and black walnut floors.
• Gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances.
• Fireplace in master retreat.

 


8326 Tradition Trail • Boerne TX 78015 • .83 Acres • MLS#1189412
Listed by Pete Peters

• 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths —  4,537 sq. ft.
• Single story home with rock/stucco exterior.
• Great apartment above 3-car garage.
• Fireplace in family room.
• Gourmet kitchen, stainless appliances.
• Large master suite with fireplace.

 


If you’re an agent with Coldwell Banker and would like to submit a home that has an interesting story to tell, email us at PR@CBHarper.com! (Don’t forget to include photos)

2016 Annual Bear Hunt

The Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Annual Bear Hunt wrapped up for 2016 with a total of over 4,200 stuffed animals and teddy bears. Jené Rand, REALTOR® and coordinator for this annual event shared some heartwarming stats last week.

While we did not beat last year’s numbers, there are many children who benefited from this charitable cause. It all started at the company’s 2016 Chili Cook-Off. All attendees bring either a stuffed animal or $2 to contribute towards the upcoming years’ Annual Bear Hunt. In addition, there is a silent auction, games, prizes and of course, delicious chili to be tasted. The proceeds from the 2016 Chili Cook-Off totaled more than $6,000!

In the featured image, pictured are our Kerrville Sales Agents with their donation of over 100 stuffed animals going towards the Hill Country Community Needs Council. Cynthia Loving, Vice President of Residential Sales says, “If it wasn’t for faithful supporters wonderful causes like this wouldn’t exist. Thank you to all of those who helped make the difference in these children’s lives.”

With those funds 1,151 new stuffed bears were purchased. The majority of new stuffed animals go directly to the Children’s Hospital. Contributions go to a wide variety of organizations that include the following:
San Antonio Area: Boysville, Any Baby Can, Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Houses, Youth Alternatives, Bexar County Child Protective Services, SAMM’s Shelter, Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Blue Santa’s, Forgotten Child, Medina Children’s Home, Kingdom Resources, Universal City Fire and Police Departments.
New Braunfels Area: Brown Santa in Hayes County, Be Nice Express, and Angel Ministries.
Fredericksburg Area: Hill Country Community Needs Council.
Boerne Area: The Kendall County Family Services, The Hill Country Daily Bread, Families Especial,  Kendall County Sheriff Department and Boerne Police ” Blue Santa’s”

Aside from donations, both monetary and plush, many staff members help organize and promote our Annual Bear Hunt. Thank you to all that helped count, bag and deliver the thousands of stuffed bears and other toy animals.

If you would like to contribute, we collect all year-round. The donations are stored at their respective offices until the following December when they’re delivered to brighten the holidays of children.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Have a story you would like to share? Email us at PR@CBHarper.com

CBHarper & Oasis for Warriors – ATV Winner!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Farm and Ranch Division Sales Agent Gary Beck and members from Patriot Warrior Foundation in conjunction with Oasis for Warriors [501c (3)] have worked together to raffle off a 2016 CAN-Am® Commander Max Limited 1000.

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At the 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off, the winner was announced. Sold the winning ticket by Robin Claiborne, Fred Jung, was happy to find himself the new owner of this beautiful off-road, fully equipped ATV. The team at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, Boerne Office were on site when Mr. Jung came to pick up his prize.

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Pictured above, this beautiful off-road side by side offers a luxurious ride, with performance shocks and four-speaker sound system. Equipped with Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), Visco-Lok QE auto-locking front differential, and Rotax® power, this ride proves you don’t have to choose between luxury and performance. Features include: precision-engineered handling, on-the-go navigation, high performance shocks and stylish protection.

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This raffle benefited our friends over at Oasis for Warriors to provide a place to heal and a place to experience the presence in nature to those who have been wounded while serving our country. Their mission is to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to serve those who have been injured while protecting our freedom and liberty. Visit the website found here:
www.OasisForWarriors.com

Don’t forget to visit our Farm & Ranch website; www.texas-ranch.com or give us a call with any questions at (210) 483-7500

Congratulations Fred! Be sure to send us pictures!