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Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Honored as Number One Office in Texas

San Antonio, TX, 2017 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North Cental / Stone Oak Sales Office was named the Number One Office in Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income for the state of Texas, among companies in the Coldwell Banker® system in 2016.

This achievement is a testament to the dedication and teamwork demonstrated by everyone in the North Central / Stone Oak office. To promote this prestigious accolade the North Central / Stone Oak office has been awarded the Office Medallion Award to be proudly displayed where it can be admired by the members and clients of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

“It is our collective success that we celebrate as a CBHarper Family. This is certainly an amazing accomplishment and we couldn’t be more proud of Pat Busby as a leader in sharing our vision of a continued successful future here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®,” says Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North Central / Stone Oak Office.

Pat Busby has been with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® since 1985 and is the Vice President of Residential Sales for the North Central / Stone Oak Office. As a licensed, non-competing Branch Manager she addresses questions, concerns and helps assist Sales Agents in achieving their goals to become Top Producers.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7581 or pr@cbharper.com 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 

Adopt-A-Pet, CBHarper & New Braunfels Humane Society Team Up

On Saturday, May 20th the office at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors in New Braunfels, Texas teamed up with their local New Braunfels Humane Society for their  Adopt-a-Dog day. “ This is the second time we have done this with their organization, and it’s a wonderful feeling to help the local dogs that are often abandoned or surrendered,” says Julie Gezella, VP for the New Braunfels office.

The event was well promoted, with all the newest in Coldwell Banker “Somebody to Love” promotional materials. Not to mention the fabulous heart-tugging commercial that is now airing!

Raffle tickets for a customized dog house were selling for $5.00 each.  “Our friends at Coventry/Wilshire Homes graciously donated this amazing dog house for BOTH years we’ve done this. To have a miniature little house with all the decked out high-end building amenities was pretty awesome!” says Gezella.

There was an auction with dog related items, as well as a donation jar for money and drop off station for food and dog items to help the Humane Society.

Seven dogs were delivered to the New Braunfels parking Lot (the Humane Society had a great week prior, adopting out several dogs already!!), one went home that day, one needed to do paperwork on Monday, and one needed a home visit to the prospective adoptee’s ranch to see how “Sandy” handled the horses he had.

“Main thing is the awareness that often people don’t know about. ADOPT don’t SHOP.  I personally have adopted THREE dogs from the New Braunfels Humane Society,” Gezella states. “ Once Coldwell Banker rolled out their 2015-2016 Promotion and challenged us to promote the adoption of 20,000 dogs, I just knew I had to be part of that. “

Over $800 was raised through raffle tickets and auction items, all benefiting New Braunfels Humane Society.

Pictured is Paul Edmonson [left], winner of MHI Wilshire and Coventry Homes custom build dog home. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the New Braunfels Humane Society

 

How can you resist those faces?! Such wonderful news to hear that seven dogs found their fur-ever homes.

If you would like more information on any of our CBHarper New Braunfels Team visit them here: http://cbharper.com/offices/new-braunfels-sales-office.php

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 608-5400 office
(830) 608-5480 fax

Let’s Rodeo Ball with CBHarper

A group of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Sales Agents enjoyed a night out courtesy of D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli.

The Let’s Rodeo Ball is a major fundraising event for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Fund. Set in an upscale country western style, this party features top entertainment, gourmet food and dancing.

This event certainly is fun for both rodeo fans and everyone from the Greater San Antonio area. The performing artists of the night were Gary Allan, Neal McCoy and Bret Mullins.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to be one of the largest events, possible with the except of Fiesta, with as many as two million visitors each year.*  It is one of the top PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) rodeos in the nation.

The San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. was established with the mission “A volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas”. The focus on educating the youth of Texas lead to integrating 4-H and FFA high school students and making educational commitments to support their interest in the agricultural and livestock industry. In 1984, the scholarship program began when fifteen, four-year scholarships totaling $90,000 to were awarded to students entering Texas colleges in the fall. Since then, the organization has committed more than $171.4 million to the youth of Texas through scholarships, grants, endowments, junior livestock auctions, youth western art auction, calf scramble program and show premiums.**

 

 

*“Home | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo”. www.sarodeo.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
** “History & Mission | San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo”. www.sarodeo.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

 

Buying your first home is complicated, especially when you realize a smaller budget may not buy the necessary square footage. Trulia found that 43 percent of Americans wish they had a larger home, with more than 60 percent of millennials desiring more living space.

 

Luckily for buyers in Texas, the Lone Star State offers the largest entry-level price point homes compared to out-of-state listings. In addition, Texas trade up homes and even high-end properties tend to be more spacious than those found in other parts of the country.

 

San Antonio, in particular, offers more seasoned buyers a chance to size up the second time around. Trade up homebuyers gain 579 square feet, or 51.7 percent more space, when seeking out a new property.

 

Is everything really bigger in Texas?

The median square footage of starter homes in San Antonio is 1,121 for an affordable $83,563 median price. At just $75.90 per square foot, San Antonio’s first-time homebuyers get the most out of each dollar compared to buyers with bigger budgets.

 

For $152,700, second-time homebuyers in San Antonio can find homes offering around 1,700 square feet. Homes for sale in the trade up category cost $88.08 per square foot, on average.

 

At $116.75 per square foot, premium homebuyers in San Antonio can sprawl out across 2,556 square feet. The median price of top-tier homes remains relatively affordable at $274,151.

 

Buyers trading up from a starter home can expect to find a 51.7 percent increase in square footage in their second property, while buyers switching between trade up and premium gain slightly over 50 percent more space.

 

Texas cities permitting room to grow

Nearby Austin affords first-time homebuyers an average of 1,428 square feet, which is the most space for the entry-level home price category than any other metro offers. Houston’s first-time buyers face slightly smaller – albeit spacious – homes around 1,320 square feet, making Space City the fifth best locale for entry-level buyers looking to sprawl.

 

Second-time homebuyers also might consider Houston, where trade up homes average 1,997 square feet. In addition, Austin’s trade up house hunters can look forward to around 1,893 square feet. Dallas, too, ranks no. 3 for second time homebuyers prioritizing space at an average of 1,900 square feet.

 

Meanwhile, upscale homebuyers looking for room to sprawl might consider house hunting in Dallas, where premium homes average approximately 2,945 square feet.

 

Living in San Antonio isn’t just about stretching your legs at home. Top-rated schools, including Stone Oak Elementary and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, offer unparalleled education opportunities for families. With a 65 percent homeownership rate, the San Antonio real estate market is both strong and accessibly priced, no matter how many square feet you prefer.

 

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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Photo Ready? A Real Estate Photography Guideline

We are Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® a full service brokerage. As part of our PowerHouse Marketing program we have a team of professional photographers/schedulers that work with our sales agents. The majority of home buyers start their search online. When asking, why prep for photos? The answer is simple, we value the first impression that real estate photos make.

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The photographs we take are used on a variety of outlets that extend away from the internet. These marketing channels include:

◆ The San Antonio & Hill Country Showcase of Homes TV Show
◆ Positioned on the most prestigious Top Tier Real Estate websites, including but not limited to:
• The Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Website (cbharper.com)
• The Coldwell Banker National Website (coldwellbanker.com)
• Realtor.com Website (#1 home search on the Internet)
◆ Color flyers, San Antonio Business Journal (priced accordingly) and Magazine Advertising

We want the photos of your home to be the best they can. In order for us to achieve optimal results it requires teamwork and coordination. Below we have outlined some basic guidelines when preparing your home for photography.

Tips To Remember: Helpful Hints For All Areas Of The Home
◆ A thorough cleaning of the whole house is encouraged.
◆ Turn on as many lights and light features as possible.
◆ Turn OFF all ceiling fans.
◆ Turn OFF televisions and computer screens.
◆ Place shoes, jackets and other clothing in closets.
◆ Communicate with your REALTOR® about any potential concerns.

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Exterior Curb Appeal: A First Impression

◆ Remove cars from driveways and the immediate surrounding street.
◆ Request neighbors kindly remove cars, trash containers, etc.,
(They want their home to look good too!)
◆ Hide or remove roll up garden hoses, trash cans and yard tools from front and back.
◆ Pick up children’s toys, pet bowls and other extraneous items.
◆ Landscaping, remove empty planters and clear up vegetation – i.e., fallen leafs/branches.
◆ Clean pool and/or spa.
◆ Tidy up outdoor furniture, displaying cushions and other patio items in an inviting manner.
◆ Turn on any water features.

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Living Space: Where The Buyer And Their Family Will Spend Quality Time

◆ De-clutter fireplace/mantel and ensure it is clean. (This is often the focal point of the room)
◆ Fluff and arrange furniture pillows/throw blankets.
◆ Remove children’s toys.
◆ Remove newspapers, magazines and pet bowls.
◆ Remove excessive personalized decorative items i.e., family portraits.
◆ Consult your REALTOR®, sometimes less is more.

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Kitchen Space: A Place To Create Meals And Gather Together

◆ Please remove magnets and pictures from refrigerator.
◆ Clear countertops and empty sinks except for 1-2 decorative items like a cake stand,
coffee maker or vase. This gives an open, clean feeling.
◆ Remove dish towels or ensure they are neatly arranged.
◆ Place trash receptacle in pantry or garage.

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Formal Dining, Breakfast Space: Where Food And Festivities Are Enjoyed

◆ Remove children’s seats or booster chairs.
◆ Dust and polish the table.
◆ Remove excessive decorations, use a single center piece if available.
◆ Set with a nice place setting if possible.

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Sleep Spaces: A Place To Recharge In A Restful Way

Master Bedroom
◆ Neatly make bed with nice linens, sham and pillow accents.
◆ Clear night tables and dressers of personal items (including charging devices).
◆ Tuck items under the bed a safe distance so they do not appear in photos.

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Guest/Children’s Rooms
◆ Remove personalized names and stickers from the walls.
◆ Arrange toys and tuck away any extra items in closets.
◆ Remove awards, trophies and class photos.

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Bath Spaces: Where The Buyer Envisions A Spa-Like Retreat
◆ Arrange towels so they are folded neatly.
◆ Put toilet seats down.
◆ Remove soaps, toothbrushes, deodorant and loofahs from the shower, bath and countertops.


By following this easy list by area of your home, preparing for a photography appointment should be a breeze. As with anything during the sale of your home questions should be directed to your REALTOR®. Their expertise is to your benefit during the home buying or selling process. Also if you are uncertain about someone coming to visit your home, remember, if they do not have a business card (with their photo on it) that has the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® seal on it, then do not grant them access to your home.

It is important to note that we will NEVER attempt to gain access to a home without prior scheduling with, and consent from, the owner and Sales Agent. In the event of suspicious activity, we recommend our clients contact the authorities immediately.

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CBHarper Christmas Celebration

December 2015 — Just a quick glimpse into the Christmas Party, held at Leon Springs Dance Hall, for all of the team at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® reveals a joyous time. This time of year we pay homage to all holiday celebrations by honoring family, friends and partnership. Our diverse and hard-working team enjoyed a boots and jeans party with plenty of dancing on Saturday.

Thank you to everyone who came out and to our entire staff for their dedication on continued support in making Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® a truly wonderful place to work.

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Grateful Family

July 30th — This grateful family stopped by to express their appreciation to Nikki Diamond Jones. Although Nikki was not in the office, Annette Skalomenos happen to go by and made this 30 second video to capture their in-person thank you.

It is absolutely wonderful that Annette would take the time to do this! This is why we do what we do. We’ve uploaded the full video below:

Let’s give Nikki Diamond-Jones a big round of applause as well as the family who took the time to make sure their ‘Thank You’ was heard!

Here’s a recent testimonial that was submitted by a client:

I can absolutely state, without any hesitation, that this home-buying experience was better than I could have ever expected – and I credit it all to the service and support of our Realtor, Nikki Diamond-Jones. From the initial phone call of introduction to final closing – my family felt as if we were her first priority. Her responsiveness to e-mails, texts, and phone calls was excellent. Her flexibility in traveling to multiple home locations, taking additional pictures and surveying the area at different times of the day and night provided valuable feedback in our final buying decision. I believe that I tend to hold high standards and expectations, and I was so pleased with the professional support provided to me by Nikki Diamond-Jones, that I would be pleased to have my name associated with her as a personal reference and testament to the quality of her service and support. She consistently went above and beyond both my expectations and what should normally have been expected.

As with all of the positive feedback we receive, this testimonial will be displayed on Nikki’s ‘About Me’ page at www.cbharper.com or by clicking here.

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Nikki Diamond-Jones

“It’s simple, I listen.”

18756 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78258

(830) 214-3277 mobile

(210) 483-7534 office

njones@cbharper.com

Nikki Diamond-Jones has spent the last 25 years in sales and sales management. Prior to practicing real estate she enjoyed careers in the clothing and auto industries as a manager and a trainer of sales associates.

Nikki believes that being a good listener is one of her most important attributes in achieving her clients goals and earning their business. She also enjoys the referrals of friends, family and neighbors as a testament to her approval rating with her past clients.

Nikki has a true passion for homes and for guiding each of her seller clients in preparing their homes for sale. She works closely with sellers in staging their homes to showcase the finer points.

She loves working with buyers and understands that if her buyer has a “short list” of possible homes, then the search is on until we find “the one!” After all, it’s where we live our lives!

Call Nikki and partner with her today to achieve your real estate goals!

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Is It Spam?

July 2015 — Our Technology Department offers many valuable resources to the Sales Associates at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® including a help desk to assist with day-to-day troubleshooting. This can be anything from troubles with email to difficulties with the display of property listings. Rather than spend hours trying to assess a situation, the Sales Associates merely have to place a call or email to the IT Help Desk for prompt, helpful guidance. Many concerns are addressed the same day, based on volume and complexity. All individuals are offered the same friendly staff, ready to listen to their concerns.

77996980A call from our Sales Associate rang into the IT Department recently, and this lady was confused about a phone conversation she had with Microsoft. Apparently she was notified by a so-called Microsoft employee stating her PC laptop had been compromised. In these cases, the caller will likely ask for remote access to the computer. It is often time consuming and involves clicking on something, downloading or buying software that would actually be malicious. Identity theft, fraudulent software and scams sourced from unknown sources are seemingly more frequent. These type of threats to a person’s computer can be unnerving to say the least. However, this Sales Associate knew she could trust her IT Department. A quick call to our technology team was all it took to discover that the phone call was a scam. Our staff quickly supplied an assessment of the computer in question and set our Sales Associate’s mind at ease.

71080330One of the main reasons our Agents choose to stay with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the value of having a Marketing and Technology Department. The on-staff support team will not try to sell the Sales Associates anything. Additionally, they steer the REALTORS® away from scams and unneeded expenses. More than that if any of the Sales Associates have questions or need advice about tech purchases, strange computer problems or find themselves lost navigating the sea of information – our Technology and Marketing Departments are here to help.

This is just one facet of our mission in striving towards consistent Trust, Innovation and Partnership.

If you would let to know more or are interested in joining our team, visit us here:

http://cbharper.com/about-us/join-coldwell-banker-dann-harper-realtors