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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!

 

Any Baby Can’s 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon

September 14th, 2017 — Our friends at Any Baby Can hosted their 23rd Annual Style Show & Luncheon at The Pearl Stable. The spirit of this event is fashion, philanthropy, and friends — style that goes the extra mile. Proceeds from this fabulous celebration enable Any Baby Can to continue providing services, at no cost regardless of income, to families of children and youth with special health care needs. By providing crisis assistance, counseling, autism services, sibling support, prescription assistance and health and wellness services they move families from crisis to care.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a long-time advocate for Any Baby Can. D’Ann Harper, former board chair, personally values the work Any Baby Can provides to the community. D’Ann served on the Board of Directors for Any Baby can since 2009, and served as Board Chair from 2013-2015. She was in attendance alongside Sales Agents from the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® brokerage. Money raised from this event and others like it that hosted throughout the year, such as Fore Any Baby Can, fund many of the programs offered.

If you would like more information about how to can help, visit their website, www.anybabycansa.org.

CBHarper Hurricane Harvey Relief & Adopt-a-Pet, The Long Road Home

Coldwell Banker and Adopt-a-Pet.com renewed their partnership in 2017. Last year the goal was to find homes for 20,000 pets, a goal that was exceeded thanks to Coldwell Banker offices nation-wide.

At Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we had planned to join our ‘GenBlue’ family across the country by hosting several events here locally. Our office locations span 9 locations in 7 cities in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We had teamed up with local shelters, gathered resources and promoted the National Adopt-a-Pet weekend.

What none of us could have planned for was the storm on the horizon. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the evening of August 25th near Rockport, Texas. Home to many of our Sales Agents, family, friends and sister brokerage the Ron Brown Company. The category 4 hurricane sent wind gusts upwards of 100mph through the Texas Coastal Bend. This area is comprised of numerous small towns.

We watched helplessly as the torrential rains moved along the 300 miles of Texas coastline to Houston and farther north to Beaumont. This is not only a Texas story, the storm moved painfully slow over the course of a week bringing the flood waters into parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Without hesitation, Leesa Harper Rispoli rallied with the Sales Agents, employees and partners here to formulate a plan of action. In step with our parent company, Realogy, who pledged to match up to $75,000 for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief funds, we launched a fundraiser directly benefitting the American Red Cross. To-date this fundraiser has raised over $5,300.

Leesa put together this message:

Effectively immediately, on August 30th, we began collecting donations. We then planned for a Big Donation Event on Sept. 7th, just ahead of our Adopt-A-Pet event on Sept. 9th. We communicated directly with our fellow Coldwell Banker family members who sustained severe damage. We continue to encourage and support their respective fundraisers found here:
HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

Even in the midst of a gas shortage caused by panic here in San Antonio, our Big Donation Event, unfolded with grand success. Allen Pozzi and Richard Davies, in true Texas fashion, brought in their barbecue pit and served up brisket, sausage, and fajita tacos. Each taco sold for $2 with the proceeds earmarked for relief efforts. Over $1,387.44 was raised in monetary donations. Checks were delivered directly to the San Antonio Food Bank, a hub of distribution for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Physical donations came in by the truckload until our entire trailer was filled with new goods including cleaning supplies, food, and hygiene products. Some of our donations were even sent via Amazon from other locations across the country like ones we received from Heather Ostrom at Coldwell Banker Roseville and Rocklin. We worked with a church who organized and delivered all the items collected. They put them directly into the hands of those affected and setup a team of volunteers who are assisting in the rebuilding process.

CBHarper Donation Drive

With our donations delivered on Friday, we pushed forward together to promote our Adopt-a-Pet event. It was no longer about only adopting pets who needed a home. It became about relieving the shelters who were feeling the pressure as they received incoming pets displaced by the flooding.

Our very own Cat Lodge, REALTOR® appeared on SALiving with TV personality Shelly Miles to voice how adopting a dog can make all the difference. Already full shelters here in San Antonio were seeing a large influx of animals that had escaped the storm or lost their families. Seeing a need, our friends at Adopt-a-Pet.com announced the release of a unique peer-to-peer platform that helps displaced people find local citizens who can provide temporary foster homes for pets until they can be welcomed back home.

Saturday, September 9th our offices joined together with God’s Dogs, SARocks, San Antonio Pets Alive and Pet’s Barn to take part in the nation-wide Adopt-a-Pet weekend. In total, 28 dogs found new homes, which for us is a tremendous success!  Below are photos from our Adopt-a-Pet and they speak louder than any words we can share.

At the end of the day, we’re all Texans. What does it mean? It means we’re family, here to lift one another up. We rise only by lifting others. So if that means raising money, donating goods or hosting a pet adoption — count us in. If there is one thing we are passionate about here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® it is changing lives by affecting real change where we can. Texas is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. If this tragedy has taught us anything, it is that we are Texas Strong. Stay on this journey with us as we continue down the path to recovery post-Hurricane Harvey… and Hurricane Irma. It is a long road home for some but we will reach the destination, together.

Meet ‘Rags’ this gent of a pup was adopted and now has a new fur-ever home.

Dea Driffill, REALTOR excited about the day’s events. She raffled off a $100 gift card!

Ali Heft and Debbie Backlund with their new furry family members. Congratulations!

Faythe Brunk pictured with a sweet adoptable puppy.

Wendy Holtorff and her family with their new pup! Congratulations!

This lil’ guy looks sad, but shortly after this photo was taken he was adopted by a new family.

Kathy Vogel, Leesa Harper Rispoli, Donna Frye all sporting CBHarper T-Shirts.

Julie Brown & Donna Frye put in some serious “sign-holding” time —committed to pups and all things Adopt-a-Pet!

Free swag for anyone who stopped by.

 

 

 

 

Wishing Cheree Rey A Wonderful Retirement

Monday, August 4th, 2017 — The CBHarper Family celebrated Cheree Rey’s retirement today as she closes her chapter here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Her story started back in 1984 with D’Ann Harper, in the early days of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Today we listened and they shared memories of that time alongside other Sales Agents who have also shared in the journey. Some of those are Barbara Kressin and Mary Jo Johnson, both of who are still as part of the CBHarper Family.

Her story started back in 1984 with D’Ann Harper, in the early days of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Today we listened as they shared memories of that time alongside other Sales Agents who have also shared in the journey. Some of those are Barbara Kressin and Mary Jo Johnson, both of who are still as part of the CBHarper Family. Amidst the laughter, D’Ann and Cheree reminisced over experiences along the way. D’Ann also shared her deepest gratitude for the nearly 34 years of service Cheree has given to a brokerage they’ve watched blossom and grow.

From all of us at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® congratulations Cheree Rey on the next season of your life and a blessed retirement! You will be missed!

 

 

 

Welcome New Class for July 2017

Welcome New Agents Class July 2017

Front Row [left to right]:D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Patty Sanchez [North Central / Stone Oak Office], Rosalinda Hoback [North West Office], Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Clarissa Fenlon [Stone Oak / North Central], Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development),

Second Row [left to right]: Jennifer “Jenny” White [North Central / Stone Oak], Blake Ferrell [North East Office], Wendy Holtorff [North Central / Stone Oak], Don Hill [Kerrville Office]

Third Row [left to right]: Tom Patterson [Boerne Office], Laura Sanchez [North West Office]

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

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 

Welcome New Agent Class June 2017

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

Second Row [left to right]: Stacy Howe, Carolina Perez, Jordan Lonnon, Candance Williams

Third Row [left to right]: Cathy Carpenter, Dana Mathews, Jo Dale Alvarez, Rolan Contero, Tania de Kiewiet

Fourth Row [left to right]: Kyle Barrows, Phil Thomas, Jeep Rackley

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

Employees and Recipients of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper Scholarship

The Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli in 2016 of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

This newly established scholarship honors the late Dr. Herbert E. Harper Jr. and offered exclusively to agents, employees, and their children, stepchildren or grandchildren this scholarship underscores the belief CBHarper was founded on — a tradition of trust and family. is available in various amounts totaling $25,000 to students who planned to attend any community college, technical or vocational school or a four-year college or university in the United States. They submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education.

They submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education. Then a non-biased panel reads all the entries and selects the winners.

D’Ann Harper attended the San Antonio Area Foundation ceremony as the winners were bestowed their scholarships.

In our previous post here, we listed the names of all the winners:

Katie Lasko, North West Office
The daughter of Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®   [ Catherine Barnhill ]
The daughter of Ina Kazarian, REALTOR®
The daughter of Holly Mahler, REALTOR® [Kendall Mahler*]
The grandson of Connie Dukes, REALTOR®
The daughter of Carolyn DiMuzio, REALTOR®
The daughter of Henry Clarkson, REALTOR®
The daughter of Jackie Thibadeau, Support Center   [ Charlene Mastick ]
The daughter of Wanda Haltom, REALTOR®

 

*Kendall Mahler was awarded the extra honor of a renewable scholarship of $2,000 a year for up to 4 years. Kendall is planning to get a Masters degree and is so honored to have been chosen for this. It will allow her to focus on her studies, instead of worrying about the cost of graduate school.

“Thank you D’Ann and Leesa from the bottom of our hearts”, says Kendall and her mom, Holly Mahler, REALTOR®. [pictured left]

In a formal letter thanking both Leesa and D’Ann Kendall conveys an overwhelming sentiment of gratitude.

“I will be attending Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in hopes of receiving my Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology within the next two years. Industrial Organizational Psychology is a field that many people don’t know much about, even though it has grown steadily into a high paying field of employment. Businesses across the globe have started to realize the monumental impact that psychology plays in their productivity and thus have begun employing I.O. Psychologists to come in and make changes to their organizational procedures. My plans are to one day be an I.O. consultant for companies who are looking to increase their productivity through examining employee training, leadership techniques, and job placement with regards to psychological research and analysis.

I am overjoyed to be receiving this Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship and I truly still can’t believe that I was selected as the recipient. Just a few weekends ago I found out that I had been accepted into Psi Chi, the International Honors Society of Psychology, because of my psychology research over achievement motivation, my 4.0 psychology GPA, as well as my overall 3.60 GPA which places me in the top 35% of the sophomore, junior, and senior students at ACU! Since applying for this scholarship I was also able to walk the stage on May 13th, 2017, and graduate with my bachelor’s of science from Abilene Christian University with Cum Laude honors. I promise you that this scholarship is in good hands and that I am going to make something wonderful out of myself.

I because of this scholarship I can now look joyfully into the future, without any fears of paying for graduate school. Thank you again for selecting me as the recipient of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund and for supporting my dreams, it is an honor and a privilege.”

 

 

When the application process reopens for 2018 we will be sharing that news here on our blog and well as on all our social media channels. In the meantime, if you would like more information about the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund visit San Antonio Area Foundation’s website here:

http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/ApplyforaScholarship.aspx#489738-the-herbert-e-harper-jr-memorial-scholarship-fund

D’Ann Harper, 2017 Legacy Leader

The San Antonio Business Journal honored some of San Antonio’s most esteemed business and community leaders on Thursday, March 9th. The 2017 class of Legacy Leaders included businessmen, Jack Guenther, Bill Klesse, former CEO of Valero Energy, Kevin Trevett, former president and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the Cortez family, the family behind San Antonio’s iconic restaurants such as Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia. Also included was D’Ann Harper, founder and owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, considered by many a real estate legend. D’Ann was introduced by former U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzales, a 2014 Legacy Leader.

In this feature article published by the San Antonio Business Journal, D’Ann Harper is described as the family-loving woman that she is. The real estate brokerage she founded under the Coldwell Banker name has continued to grow to more than 400 REALTORS®. During her continued success the goal and vision of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has remained the same. CBHarper is built on the tradition of trust and family.

In her own words D’Ann Harper says, “It is because  of our wonderful real estate professionals and employees that I had the privilege of accepting this award!”

Through the many congratulations and phone calls, D’Ann remains herself, as she ever was. The kind of lady who will stop and chat with you about the kids or give you a hug in the hallway. She still works on her ranch and can cook a mean Ribeye steak.

Anna Visioli, VP of Digital Marketing at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., said it best, “Could not be more well-deserved! Proud to have such an impressive, strong leader in the Coldwell Banker network.”

From all of us here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, congratulations D’Ann on being chosen for the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2017 Legacy Leader!