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Coldwell Banker Skills for Amazon Alexa

As we move toward fully embracing voice-enabled technology and fully functional smart homes, Coldwell Banker has kept a pulse on the latest trends. Now Coldwell Banker is turning up the volume with an Amazon Alexa Skill for agents, brokers, and client to get real estate news on-the-fly.

Thanks to Amazon, “Alexa” has become a household name. On June 6th, 2017 Amazon Alexa users were one step closer to finding the homes of their dreams thanks to a partnership with Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. By prompting Amazon’s voice assistant with,

“ Alexa, Ask Coldwell Banker for the Home of the Week,”

users will hear a one-minute description of a featured Coldwell Banker listing and be connected to their Coldwell Banker office.

On August 1st, 2017 Coldwell Banker unveiled its second Skill for Amazon Alexa — the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill. By prompting Alexa with,

“Alexa, open Gen Blue News”,

agents will hear the latest Coldwell Banker news and access additional resources through the Alexa app.

What is a Skill?
An Amazon Alexa Skill is an app for the voice-controlled Amazon Echo speakers.

How does it work? Once you enable the skill, just prompt Alexa with, “Alexa, open Gen Blue News.” In less than 90 seconds, Gen Blue News delivers best practices, industry insights and quick challenges to help you grow your business.

Why develop the Skill? Coldwell Banker surveyed its brokers and agents and found that 79 percent of respondents would be interested in a smart home speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Dot, that was equipped with real estate news and industry insights. Your wish is our command!

What can I expect from the Gen Blue News Skill? Episodes will feature quick tips and useful info to stay ahead in the market, challenges to act on immediately to drive business and agent success stories that offer an important dose of inspiration.

Who can I expect to hear from in the Gen Blue News Skill? You’ll hear the voices of brand leadership, industry insiders and the brokers and agents who make up the Coldwell Banker network. The first episode of the Skill features Brad Inman, founder, and owner of Inman News, the leading source for real estate industry news. This episode is all about how agents can suit up for change with the innovative technology available in the real estate business.

How can I try this out for myself? You can search for the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill in the Amazon Alexa smartphone app, or using your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can ask Alexa, “Enable Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News.”


“We’ve heard from agents that they are interested in voice-enabled technology and smart home devices, so we wanted to make sure there was another Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa available to help the community keep a pulse on the latest trends and breaking real estate headlines. We’re excited to work with Amazon again to create our second Alexa Skill and expand our tech offerings for agents.”

— David Marine, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC


There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and the Coldwell Banker brand. We will work continuously to bring the latest news, tools, and support to help you bring the very best to your clients!

Show off your “Alexa Skills” by tagging us in a video of you trying out this latest development in smart home technology.

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 

Coldwell Banker Ranks Number One: REAL Trends 500

The REAL Trends 500, now in its 30th year, remains the undisputed leading report ranking performance of the top U.S. residential real estate brokerage firms. Firms are ranked by both transaction sides and sales volume. Due to the requirement that all information be independently verified, REAL Trends 500 remains THE trusted source for information about the performance of these firms.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® outperformed other big-name brokerages in the San Antonio area and was ranked 187 on REAL Trends 500 list for 2016. Sales volume for companies affiliated with Coldwell Banker out-produced every other national brand both nationally and locally.

Leesa Harper-Rispoli says of this recognition, “We absolutely would not be able to achieve this level of recognition and success without the hard work of our Sales Agents. I would like to personally extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for entrusting us with your partnership and real estate business.”

For the 2017 REAL Trends Survey firms needed to close a minimum of 1,843 transaction sides in 2016 to place in the top 500.

One name. One industry. One market across the United States. Number One.



Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at 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


*Real Trends 500 sales volume ranking includes Coldwell Banker companies operated by NRT LLC.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Acquires Coldwell Banker First National, REALTORS® of San Marcos, Texas

San Antonio, TX, February 3, 2017 — D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli announced that Diane Sanders, Mary Evans and Chelsea Roberts have joined forces with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS (CBHarper). Founded in 1978, Diane Sanders is the Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker First National. A premier real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker First National serves the San Marcos market. Diane Sanders has served the San Marcos Board of REALTORS® twice as President, three terms as Director and as Regional Trainer for the Texas Association of REALTORS® in the Professional Standards “Train the Trainer” program.


D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli are pleased about the merging of the CBHarper and Coldwell Banker First National families. “I am very excited about this expansion of our company!” said Leesa Harper-Rispoli, President Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. “In today’s fast moving world of real estate, it is crucial to be aware of every opportunity to better serve our Clients and Customers,” said Harper-Rispoli. “Our service area will now include San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Boerne, Bandera, Kerrville, Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.


Both D’Ann Harper and Diane Sanders agree that this acquisition will create the strongest customer-oriented company in the area. “We want to assure everyone, that while we continue to grow and expand to more Texas communities, our gold standard of service will not waiver.” said D’Ann Harper, Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. “This will enable us to serve more Texas homeowners and sellers with the same high-quality professional service they have known and trusted over the years” continued Harper.


“I am excited to see D’Ann and Leesa take the reins of the company we built and continue to cultivate it into a successful future,” said Diane Sanders. “This merger comes with the working knowledge-base built by both company owners and will prove to be the foundation and strength of our growth.”


[from left to right: Mary Evans, D’Ann Harper and Diane Sanders]


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 

GenBlue 2017 – Investigation and Case Solved!

Where will GenBlue be? That was the question of the hour today at 9:59am here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. We spent weeks debating and contemplating the location. Many more months were spent wondering when it would be announced.

Today we all gathered at our respective offices huddled near a computer or smart phone waiting in anticipation for the announcement to be made.

To understand the excitement of some however, you had to be following the exclusive GenBlue social media group. This is where much of the international speculation took place the previous couple days.

In fact, a full fledged investigation took place note Exhibit A shared by Sam Grogan of Charlotte, North Carolina:

We took it a step further, note Exhibit B (construction by yours truly):

Followed by Exhibit C in a rebuttal from the now co-detective Sam Grogan:

Which brings us to the moment of reveal. Gathered in the North Central / Stone Oak office of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Pat Busby, VP of Residential Sales and Ali Heft Assistant VP of Residential Sales for the North Central Office waited with a large group of Sales Agents watching CBExchange.

Although the server crashed and the #GenBlue team effectively broke the system – the news was revealed via the social media group from across the country who were avidly posting.

And here it is!! The 2017 Generation Blue Experience Location Revealed!

Cheers to you GenBlue and we hope to see you there with us as part of the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Family On October 17-19th, 2017!



Pauly Tamez Completes Coldwell Banker University’s Smart Home Technology Education Course

PTamez_672323[Boerne, TX ]  June 21 2016 – Today, Pauly Tamez, an independent sales agent affiliated with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in Boerne, announced his completion of the Smart Home Technology Education Course offered by Coldwell Banker University. Developed by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC and CEDIA, the global trade association for the home technology market, the course is offered exclusively to independent contractor agents affiliated with the Coldwell Banker® network. The curriculum which provides an extensive look into the evolution of home technology with a focus on how smart home products are changing the way we live in and interact with our homes.

This course will equip Tamez with the skills needed to advise clients interested in buying and selling smart homes or installing their first smart home products. As smart homes become increasingly sought after in the Hill Country, Tamez recognized how essential is to educate himself to help clients make informed decisions about smart home technology.
“Smart home technology is entering the mainstream and quickly becoming a staple in homes across the country,” said Tamez. “The Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 10.02.26 AMSmart Home Technology course has helped me sharpen my knowledge on the smart home and the products available, which in turn will allow me to better inform my clients when making smart home decisions.”

A Coldwell Banker survey of Americans found that almost half (45 percent) of all those who responded to the survey either own smart home technology or plan to invest in it in 2016. Furthermore, more than half (54 percent) of homeowners surveyed would install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster. In response to this, Coldwell Banker Real Estate earlier this year released an official smart home definition to educate real estate professionals, home buyers and home sellers in consort with CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews.
For more information on smart home news from Coldwell Banker, please visit coldwellbanker.com/smarthome.
Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States between October 22-26, 2015 by Harris Poll on behalf of the Coldwell Banker brand via its Quick Query omnibus product. The survey was conducted among 4,065 adults (ages 18 and over) among whom 1,009 own at least one smart home product. For the purposes of the survey, “smart home technology/products” were defined as products or tools that aid in controlling a home’s functions such as lighting, temperature, security, safety, and entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or with a separate automatic system within the home itself. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, the words “margin of error” are avoided as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in our surveys. The data has been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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Further information Pauly Tamez can be reached via email at ptamez@cbharper.com or by phone (830) 816-7225.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7008 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 25 years. Visit our Facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel.

Coldwell Banker’s GenBlue 2016

2016 — The Coldwell Banker network including a group from here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will paint the streets of Miami Beach “blue” as we gather for the biggest event of the year: GEN BLUE 2016.

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Taking place between October 18-20 in Miami Beach, FL, only the most iconic and best venues have been chosen to house the best networking and learning meeting in the industry. You’ll gain new strategies that will help you create exceptional experiences for your clients. Each year a group of Sales Agents from Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® win a trip with D’Ann to the Coldwell Banker event of the year!

Registration opens March 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Anticipation for this event is hotter than the Miami sun, so make sure you are the first to secure your spot at this incredible opportunity.

Here is a recap from last year’s GenBlue Experience in Chicago:

Stay tuned for more details about venue, hotels and closing night party information. Also join the conversation and connect with others via social media #GenBlue

Coldwell Banker Lists X-Men Mansion

April 21, 2016 — Coldwell Banker is breaking the mold (again) when it comes to real estate listings by becoming the Official Real Estate Partner of X-Men: Apocalypse, in theaters May 27.Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.27.17 AM

No mutant powers required to appreciate this one-of-a-kind, estate: the X-Mansion.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.27.47 AMOriginally built in the 1700’s by Dutch settlers, this sprawling multi-acre parcel is located roughly 40 miles outside of New York City near its own private waterfront – Breakstone Lake. In its near 300 years of service, this estate has been the primary residence for New York’s elite society, as well as the students of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters – an exclusive private academy run by renowned geneticist, Professor Charles Xavier.

With 24+ bedrooms, the East and West wings offer spacious living that can serve as either comfortable dormitories or substantial guest quarters.

During its conversion from a great house to an educational institution, the property has experienced multiple upgrades to maintain its top-of-the-line security and in-home technology systems, including multiple backup generators, a one-of-a-kind electronic communications hub that can broadcast an array of global news feeds, and a fully retractable regulation-sized basketball court that conceals a private underground jet hangar.

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Featuring three lavish stories, in addition to a main basement and two sub-basements, this property is built to survive even the most catastrophic apocalypse. Complete with its own gourmet kitchen, with adjoining Butler’s pantry and climate-controlled wine cellar, you have everything you need to entertain the crème de la crème of the cultured elite. There’s even a picturesque attic greenhouse that boasts an assortment of rare and exotic plants from around the world.

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.28.11 AMA fully automated, state-of-the-art training facility incorporates the latest in custom martial arts, self-defense, combat survival programs, in addition to its own luxury health spa. Along with its world-class medical bay and treatment facility, conveniently located in the basement, you’re fully prepared to treat everything from sprained ankles and plasma burns, to unexpected lightning strikes and animal bites.

Two of the property’s most uniquely desirable features are its underground R&D lab, complete with a fully-functioning power amplification device, for mind control and telepathy, as well as its in-ground Olympic sized pool.

The estate of the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is a utopian upstate paradise that represents the pinnacle of luxury and awesomeness for both humans and X-Men.

The ninth movie in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year. With a mansion like this, it’s Nice to Come Home.

See the complete listing for this property, or contact the listing agent, Kala V. Rhomedren, for more information about this esteemed estate.

Success Is Meant To Be Shared

April 2016 — Success is meant to be shared! As a follow up to our article REAL Trends: Coldwell Banker #1 Again, we wanted to continue the shared success of the Coldwell Banker brand. According to the 2016 REAL Trends 500 Survey, companies affiliated with the Coldwell Banker brand produced more sales volume than any other national brand by more than $30 billion.

On the list published here, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is highlighted. Our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Sales Agents and all of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., team are invited to spread the word by logging into the CB Exchange here and sending out eCards.

Congratulations to all the Coldwell Banker affiliated companies who made the list! Don’t forget to share the success!


Coldwell Banker Leadership Summit

April 8th — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® management team members recently attended the Leadership Summit in both Orlando, Florida and Chicago, Illinois hosted by Coldwell Banker, LLC. These conferences, taking place in multiple cities, were designed to empower Coldwell Banker brokers and managers in understanding and communicating the Coldwell Banker value proposition.


Several of the managers in attendance at the Chicago conference were Ed Zapata, Assistant Vice President of Residential Sales for the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North West Office and Allen Pozzi, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® Director of Recruiting.  [ Shown above Allen Pozzi and Ed Zapata pose with Budge Huskey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC ]

In attendance at the Coldwell Banker Leadership Summit in Orlando was Julie Conner, Vice President of Residential Sales North West Office; Julie Gezella, Vice President of Residential Sales New Braunfels Office; Amy Thibodeaux, Vice President of Residential Sales Boerne Office; Addie Langehennig, Vice President of Professional Development; Pat Busby, Vice President of Residential Sales North Central Office and Ali Heft, Assistant Vice President of Residential Sales North Central Office.

Keynote speaker Tom Ferry shared his insight about the art of coaching Sales Agents that call Coldwell Banker home. Attendees then participated in sessions such as “The Smart Home Revolution Is Here”, “10 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed” and “Dramatically Increase Your Per Person Productivity.”

D’Ann Harper, Owner/Broker of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® said, “The Leadership Summit was a great opportunity for our management team to come together with team members from other Coldwell Banker brokerages from across the country. To receiving this valuable training from Coldwell Banker Real Estate it also allows the exchange of ideas and development of new skills. We are excited to implement this new knowledge and share it with our offices and Sales Agents.”