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Fourth of July Sentiments

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”, writes Thomas Jefferson in 1776, as one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence.

Although perhaps written in a different time with different social norms, the U.S. and Americans as a whole have made consistent strides to truly embody those words. It is this idea that has emboldened us to forge our own paths as individuals and as a nation… among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On July 4th, two hundred and forty-one years ago thirteen colonies claimed their independence from Great Britain, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Perhaps the concept of the Declaration of Independence can seem unclear especially given it originally represented, in part, the severing of ties between the original 13 colonies from the rule of the British. It’s origination growing vague through the years of a changing and evolving country.

But America is a young country globally speaking, and we are still learning. The true beauty is the melting pot of innovation we have become. Passionate are we, in our voices that speak to justice, courage and hope. Together we glimpse a bright future in celebrating the holiday we know as Independence Day highlighted by a celebration of fireworks, good food shared with friends and family.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is not about being the biggest company. We are about helping families pursue their happiness by finding a home. There is nothing more American than finding your slice of heaven and putting down roots.

We are grateful to have helped make home a reality for Texans for the past 30 years. Here’s to celebrating the American dream and thank you for trusting our family with yours.

 

Inspirational Insight: Lighthouse vs. Tugboat

The daily grind of work and responsibilities can sometimes leave us in a whirlwind of anxiety. Our lives are filled with stressors but we DO have the power to take charge. We can be the force in our own lives to transform a slump into true motivation. Take a step back and ask yourself, what are my goals? Am I on the path to achievement, to happiness or both? What does your future really look like?

There is a Jiu Jitsu Club in Austin with a fantastic coach and this message today was inspired by him. It is the concept of being a lighthouse versus a tugboat.

Both a lighthouse and tugboat provide a purpose. They both have a view of the ocean, similarly they are both designed to help guide boats to safety. Ultimately, it is HOW they serve their purpose that defines the difference.

Tugboats travel out onto the ocean and use force to tug huge ships back to port. They pull and push will all the might they have to bring the ship back to the harbor. Metaphorically speaking, they work so hard in pulling a single ship into port that they wear themselves down.

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Are you relentlessly a tugboat? Pulling, for change in your life – to make empty friendships better, to save people or to chase a losing situation. By giving everything you have to pull others into change it has the potential to burn out your motor.

201_2651329Lighthouses shine, brightly guiding many ships safely to the harbor. They stand firmly rooted and tall, weathering storms and strong winds. They are a beacon. Ships from vast distances at sea can choose to follow its guiding light but it doesn’t affect how brightly the lighthouse shines. Continually the lighthouse shines, no matter the path the boat chooses, it is not worn down by the effort. It withstands turbulent seas and remains constant.

Can you change others and external situations by being a lighthouse? Absolutely, but it is not up to you. In the case of the lighthouse, you will not exhaust yourself as a beacon of light. You cannot make people care by pulling nor can you tug them in considerate behavior or better work ethic. In the end you will burn yourself out and in-turn fail to help them and yourself. It is a losing situation.

Strive to be the lighthouse, radiating light and positivity to those in your life. Look for positive people to share experiences and seek self-improvement. Whether it be a better life, increased finances or physical fitness, stay focused, let your light shine to those who wish to be drawn in.

 

 

Welcome New Agent Class July 2016

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

Second Row [left to right]: Patricia Parker, Melissa Morgan, Wanda Haltom and Melissa Hammock

Third Row [left to right]: Rose Snow, Art Meister and Shauna Downs

Fourth Row [left to right]: Robert Morgan, Jay Loving and Bradley Ruesing

Welcome to the the newest additions to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® for July 2016!

Please welcome the new Sales Agents for July 2016 to our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Family. Here are some snapshots of them enjoying a welcome lunch with D’Ann Harper, Leesa Harper-Rispoli and Valerie Lyday. We wish them all the best!

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If you would like to share your best bits of advice for those just joining the world of real estate, post them in the comments below and we will share them with our readers.

Have an idea for a story? Email us at pr@cbharper.com

Best Places to Work Finalist 9th Year Running

Since 2007, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been a finalist in the “Best Places to Work” in San Antonio according to the San Antonio Business Journal. A total of 61 companies will be recognized this year. The order of the winners will be revealed during the awards luncheon on July 14th at the Norris Conference Center.

All of the nominees were announced earlier this year in a publication by the San Antonio Business Journal found here:
www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2016/05/26/sabjs-2016-best-places-to-work-winners-announced

10629790_916268045101470_1867124088614127438_n-624x624As we await the awards luncheon and the special publication featuring all of this year’s winners, a little insight is wanting to be shared on behalf of this honor. Last year, we placed #8 among the medium-sized companies category. When asked what makes Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® such a wonderful place to work, we answered honestly. This year, our answer has not changed.

Our workplace is special because our unique camaraderie. It is less like a group of co-workers and more like family, it’s our CBHarper Family. The senior management works towards organizing fun events that include everyone and uplift the spirit of our company. All of our locations are owned by a single lady, D’Ann Harper. D’Ann’s energy level and enthusiasm rivals any employee and she’s loved by the entire staff. It’s her passion and compassion that inspired such a loyal group of employees.

The San Antonio Business Journal asked us, if your company had a team name, what would it be and why? Our reply was, we absolutely have a team name it’s the CBHarper Family (#TeamCBHarper). Not only are we part of the Coldwell Banker brand but we are part of the Harper Family. Together we work to empower one another, plus live and breathe real estate inharmony. Our friendships as coworkers extend outside work. It’s truly a place where relationships are forged and lives are changed.

Instead of waiting and sharing pictures from the upcoming award show, we wanted to share pictures of our CBHarper Family. A huge thank you to all of our staff who made this recognition possible, you are appreciated!

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CBHarper Family Kitchen – Kim’s Spicy Sausage Balls

In this, the first edition of CBHarper Family Kitchen, we present a beloved favorite during holiday events and road trips alike – Kim Dooley’s Spicy Sausage Balls.

First you will need the following ingredients:

1 Pound of Jimmy Dean’s Hot Sausage

1 1/2 Cups of Bisquick

2 Cups of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup of Shredded Jalapeño Jack Cheese.
The chef recommends HEB bags of pre-shredded cheese but your preference can be substituted.

1-2 Seeded & Diced Jalapeños

Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 350º.

Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.

Then, in a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together until it is well-blended. Form the mixture into balls about the size of ping-pong balls, or golf balls – depending on the size of your appetite. Line up the morsels on the parchment or foil lined pan.

The sausage balls will cook for a total of about 30 minutes (this time frame will depend on how your oven cooks). You will need to pull them out of the oven after about 15 minutes and flip them so they will be evenly browned. If you notice that they seem to be browning a little too quickly, then lower the temperature to about 325º.

If you can allow these to cool before enjoying it will avoid a slight singe to your tastebuds. They are so tasty you might want to start on the second batch while you enjoy the first. Don’t forget to share with friends and family! A special thank you Kim Dooley for sharing this delicious recipe!

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If you would like to see your recipe published on the CBHarper blog email photos and a brief description to PR@CBHarper.com