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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

Memorial Day: A Story of Remembrance

This Memorial Day, the story of the remembrance table will become a bit better known. It is with great thanks to Bill L. Starr, an agent with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, for his service to our country. He set up “The Fallen Man Table”. The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of our prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner is which this table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember our brothers and sisters in arms.

The white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms.

The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Airman, Marine, Sailor, or Soldier, but all who are not here with us.

The table itself is round to show that our concern for them is never-ending.

The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends.

The single red rose to remind us of their families and loved ones.

The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call.

The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate.

The salt upon the bread plate represents the tears of their families.

The wine glass turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.

We would like to wish you all an honorable Memorial Day. Join us in thanking those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Also, let us recognize the families and friends who have supported our servicemen and women as they defend our freedom and country. It is their memory we wish to hold dear.

Have an Honorable Memorial Day.

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

Zap Success: Ruth Brymer

As a real estate professional you may have heard about Zap. So what’s the big deal you ask?

As a licensed REALTOR® here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Zap empowers you in every aspect of your real estate business. All from your mobile app you can manage your contacts, search activity, prioritize communication, promote yourself and quickly respond to requests. Available here on the Apple store or here on Google Play, Zap is your integrated real estate technological solution.

An example would be the Zap lead delivered to Ruth Brymer (pictured in the feature image). After receiving this lead, Ruth and her client entered into a buyer agreement in November of 2016, and closed in January of 2017! Congratulations Ruth!

Thank you so much for sharing this story of success and home. Cheers to your continued success!

 

Ruth Brymer, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels TX 78130
(830) 837-1984 mobile
(830) 608-5467 office
rbrymer@cbharper.com

www.cbharper.com

 

Congratulations Cynthia Leos, SRS

March 2017Cynthia Leos, REALTOR® based out of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office has proudly achieved another designation. This is her third designation within the past year. Those designations include SRS, PSA and GRI.

 

 The Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance. The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB) who meet specific educational and practical experience criteria.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the SRS Course will redefine your “normal” and reinvent the way you represent sellers.  It provides a comprehensive foundation of skill development, training and resources to help real estate professionals represent the interests of sellers in today’s marketplace.

Students learn to:

  • Increase listings and grow their business
  • Demonstrate and communicate their value package to seller clients
  • Understand and apply the Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
  • Understand and comply with state license laws when representing sellers
  • Understand and apply methods, tools, and techniques to provide support and services that sellers want and need

Congratulations to Cynthia Leos, REALTOR®, GRI, PSA, SRS for her accomplishments in honing her real estate skill set!

 

 

Congratulations Dion Davis

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Dion Davis! 

GRI

Dion Davis was awarded the certification of GRI.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing options and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

Congratulations Cynthia Leos

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Cynthia Leos! 

GRI

Cynthia Leos was awarded the certification of GRI.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

 

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing options and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

 

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

Comal Habitat for Humanity Holiday Fundraiser 2016

15401036_10210812653809916_4029133205936043804_nThe Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels office hosted an open house fundraiser directly benefiting the Comal Habitat for Humanity. Julie Gezella, VP of Residential Sales for the New Braunfels office, along with the entire team of local Sales Agents helped support this annual cause in a big way. The theme for this years’ Holiday party was “This is Where Awesomeness Happens.”

Nearly a dozen doors were decorated by children from the Lone Star Elementary and iCento schools for this open house event (5 have been sold so far). In addition to a many silent auction items, these beautiful doors were auctioned off with all proceeds going directly to the Comal County Habitat for Humanity. It’s a win for the children as well, with the winning classrooms receiving cash to spend for supplies.

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Homemade food, refreshments and conversation were thoroughly enjoyed while guests admired the artistic doors and auction items. A welcome visit from Santa surprised the children, and not just any Santa – THE Santa.

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In this season and all seasons Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is proud to support Habitat in building homes with deserving families in Comal County. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people from everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating homes so that there are decent houses in decent communities. Lending a hand up, not a hand out. 

 

“We must view shelter as the foundation for improving access to nutrition, education, employment and health care. We must view it as a vehicle for lasting transformation for families and communities alike.”

– Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International

DID YOU KNOW?

• Habitat for Humanity SELLS the homes to their families – the homes are NOT free.
• The homes are financed through a long-term, no-interest loan.
• Habitat families help build their homes, with help from Habitat volunteers.
• Habitat families must complete 350 hours of “Sweat Equity” before they can move into their homes.

Visit their  “Becoming A Homebuyer” page to learn more:
www.comalhabitat.org/home-ownership/becoming-homebuyer/


Interested in finding out how we can help you get involved? Would you like to make a tax deductible location?
Contact Julie Gezella: jgezella@cbharper.com

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In Loving Memory: Michael Scudder

mscudder_304189On Monday November 28th our CBHarper Family was met with the deeply sad news of Michael Scudders sudden passing. Micheal joined our company over 20 years ago and has held a variety of positions including Vice President of Residential Sales for the New Braunfels and North West Sales Offices. A long time REALTOR®, he was also a member of FRAR and previously the New Braunfels / Canyon Lake Association of REALTORS®. In 2008, he was President of NBCLAR and in 2009 the chairman of the Central Texas MLS.

The Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® says in a Facebook post, “Michael played an integral part in the purchasing of the land our office is on and the building of our home. He was a true servant leader, always leading by example for the agents with his office at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and within our organization.”

img_3198Michael leaves behind his beautiful wife Ruby, grandchildren and great grandchildren; all of whom are in our thoughts and prayers. Michael will forever have a place in our hearts and we hold many, many fond memories. During this sad time we asked those who knew him and built those memories with him to share their experiences, so that we can also celebrate his life.

“Love you Michael. So proud to have worked by your side. A roll model for our industry.”
— Beckie Whittier

“Michael not only mentored his Agents, but also those Employees, like myself, who were genuinely made to feel like we were on one big Team…..a Family. Traits of a true Leader. Rest in Peace, Michael, and Thank You for your guidance and your friendship.”  — Scott Weitz

“So sad that Big Mike is gone. Life is precious. Ruby my heart hurts for you. Love you so much. It was wonderful having you as neighbors, working with you at CB, socializing with you once a month after you moved away. He will be sooo missed. I’m here for you if you nee
d anything. Love you bunches. My thoughts and prayers going out for you and the whole family. He showed love and strength to every life he touched.” — Mary Ann Carter

“Few people have touched as many Realtor lives as Michael has. His mentorship to agents inside and outside of Coldwell Banker, his leadership on the board and through his service on so many committees over the years, and his genuine care and friendship to so many of us has truly left a mark on all our lives. He will be sorely missed by all who had the great fortune to know him. Ruby Scudder, you and your entire family are in my heart and prayers at this sad time. To our colleagues at CBDHR, we mourn with you.” — Kathy Carl

Michael Scudder and Ruby have been so supportive to me during my Realtor journey. Ruby…I’m so sorry for this great loss. I am praying for the peace that surpasses all understanding to flow over you and all your friends and family” — Holly Mahler

“Michael was the reason I joined Coldwell Banker he was a great leader and a good friend always.” — Bob Winkler

“Such a wonderful man and friend. Our prayers for Ruby and family for peace and comfort during this difficult time.” — Janie Martin

“To the Scudder family, our prayers and wishes are with the family. Mr
Scudder was a unique man and I enjoyed every moment I was able to be with him
If there is anything we can do for you Ruby, let me know. Love yall and prayers are coming your way.” — Robert Compton

“Michael was a great man respected by so many.” — Lee Ketchum

“Always a gentleman and offering a helping hand. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.” — Steve Maher

“What a sweet, special, genuine man. He will be truly missed by all.” — Kara Simpson

“Michael was always there for me when I needed his expertise. I’ll miss his sweet comments encouragement and smile. A true gentleman and extraordinary realtor. Thinking of you Ruby and your loss.” — Janie McCredie

“Michael was the kindest gentlest man I’ve met in a long time. He always took the time to ask how you were. Always cared how you answered. He truly loved Ruby and his family. God has welcomed home a true servant and we are left to cherish memories. Praying for Ruby for Laura and for all of his family and those who knew him. Love you Michael, thank you for your always encouragement.” — Lea Phelps

Michael was often referred to as “our gentle giant”. Not only was he big in stature but he had a BIG heart!  He was a true professional and so very proud to be part of the Realtor organization.  He always gave a 100% of himself and was a very loyal employee.  Michael never met a stranger and was a friend to all. He was the first to volunteer for any special  project and truly loved each of his agents.  But the true love of his life was Miss Ruby. To him she could do no wrong and their children were a very important part of his life. 

Michael, we will miss you!” — D’Ann Harper

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Here is the service information for those wishing to pay their respects:

Porter Loring Funeral Home
2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Visitation from 6-8pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Funeral at 1 pm
Burial at 2:30 pm at Fort Sam (2831 Henry T Allen Rd, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234)

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