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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!

 

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and Legacy Mutual Mortgage Officially Partner

September 2017 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® announced its partnership with Legacy Mutual Mortgage as their preferred mortgage lender. This new venture brings together two leading companies in the Texas real estate industry. Founded in 1986, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® was built on a tradition of trust and service to the community through longstanding partnerships with charitable organizations like Any Baby Can, Roy Mass and Habitat for Humanity. Legacy Mutual Mortgage, established in 2003, is an approved HUD lender and a member of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.

CBHarper knows that finding the right mortgage partner is an important factor in the real estate process. Legacy Mutual Mortgage possesses one of the strongest and most trusted brands in the market. They have built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage lender with an established history of success.

A Texas-based company with offices located in every major city, Legacy Mutual has office locations that align with CBHarper service areas in Boerne, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Universal City, Stone Oak, along with a presence in San Marcos, Bandera, Kerrville, and the Fredericksburg market. Plans have already been drawn that implement a secure, synergistic platform for two-way communication between Legacy Mutual and CBHarper.

“I’m thrilled about this new partnership.”, says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. “As we continue to explore ways to empower our Sales Agents with the best resources, it only makes sense that we align with a company like Legacy Mutual. Their direct, open communication and reputation for ethical principles provide a common language between our companies.”

In 2016, CBHarper closed more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. In that same year, Legacy Mutual Mortgage funded 4,969 loans for over $1.25 billion The combination of these two leaders in the real estate industry is sure to transfer into great results in the near future.

“We are honored to be invited to partner with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®! We feel that our companies are aligned to help clients fulfill their dream of home ownership!” says Legacy President and CEO, Dan Diepenhorst.

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 30 years. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 Sales Agents. Visit our facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel. Legacy Mutual Mortgage can be reached at (210) 999-5990. Visit their Facebook page, YouTube channel or website for supportive content and articles.

 

How Do You Know? Real Estate Photography & You.

How Do You Know? Real Estate Photography & You.
Guest article by Diego Henriquez

“How do you know when you’re ready?” this question has been asked for generations – marriage, children, college, etc…
The answer always seems to be the same, “you just know.”

Unfortunately, this particular answer cannot be said of prepping your house for real-estate photography, as much as I’d like it too. So, how do you know? What is the fine balance between what feels like the destruction of your whole world and routine and to making sure your home is beautiful within and without? Is there a model or form you can follow? HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Before I divulge unto you information that will change the name of your game I think we need to establish the rules. Here, in the world of photography real estate and real estate in general, we like to think of ourselves as helpers.

What do you mean helpers?

Well, we aren’t here to make your house look ugly, or to highlight parts of the house that might be unbecoming to viewers, nor are we around to make sure your house doesn’t sell. Our number one focus, primary focus, the very fundamental part of our job is to ensure your house is sold in a way that respects you, for YOU.

So the ONLY rule, yes, I repeat, the ONLY rule there is, is to remember:
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU make your house look its best, for you.

Some think we are invaders trying to occupy their livelihood and home, but we aren’t. We are guests. As such, wouldn’t you want your house to look its best?

Some think we don’t care about how the house looks or is maintained, but we do. In fact, we care a ridiculous amount, so much so, we consider you a part of our team and vice versa. #teamCBHarper.

As a team, we (on-staff professional Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® photographers) are going to do our utmost to ensure your house gets the best photos, the realtor will do their utmost to ensure the sale of your house, and you, as team leader, needs to, to the utmost of your ability ensure your house is ready – ready for the world to see how beautiful your home is, has been, and will continue to be.
(As soon as they buy it, am I right).

Okay, okay….enough with the chatter you say, tell me how do I know when I am ready.
Here, at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, we’ve made it simple for you with our expert team of professional photographers, our undying canny marketing team, and our 24/7 on-the-clock IT department. We’ve made it so simple, that it boils down to a list. THE LIST. The list of all lists that will answer, “when am I ready.”
You can find this list by asking your Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® or download it here.

You feel that power at your fingertips? I do.
However, if you’d like read on…it gets better. I promise.

After the list is done, then what? What’s your next move? Remember how I said it gets better? Here it comes….brace yourself…..Once you finish the list, you are done. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! No way! How? Well, let’s use the analogy of an all American great sport, football.

When the quarterback throws the ball, is he done for that moment with his job? Why yes, for the moment, not the whole game. Okay now, who’s next in play? Well, whoever is receiving the ball, which in this particular case would be the photographer. Now it is His turn to do what is expected of him. And, well, you get my drift… I want to highlight something important. As the seller, the team leader, you have to continue to maintain the house, just as a quarterback would the play his best the whole game because this helps the realtor do their part. In this way, when we all work together, as exhausting as it may seem – and trust me I know it is exhausting – we can guarantee success, for you!

#teamYOU.

So, here’s the deal: let’s pinky promise each other that we will do what is required of us to make sure we make your home look its best for you, for me, for them and for those to be. After all, we are a team. The best team. Because we have you and you can now say confidently, I AM READY.

Love,
Your Photographer.

via GIPHY

 

Guest article by Diego Henriquez.

Just Received, Dina Murphy Achieves ABR Designation

ABR Congratulations Dina Murphy, REALTOR® for receiving the designation of Accredited Buyers Representative.

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. This valuable real estate education elevates skills and knowledge. It’s ongoing specialized information, programs and updates maintain a knowledge base on the issues and trends facing home buyers. In addition, it offers access to members-only publications and referrals.

Recently, Dina also received her GRI designation. Since joining Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® in February of this year, this is her second designation achieved. Be sure to visit Dina’s REALTOR® profile page here.

Well done Dina another achievement on your continued growth of knowledge in the real estate industry!

Congratulations Kyle Cornell

New Braunfels, 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 New Braunfels, San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country 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 marketplace. 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 Kyle Cornell, REALTOR®, GRI! 

GRI

Kyle Cornell 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 option, 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

TAR Distinguished Service Award Winner Mary Ann Jeffers

Monday, September 11, 2017San Antonio, TX — Mary Ann Jeffers of San Antonio was recognized for her contributions to her community and the industry with the Texas Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award.

Mary Ann is a Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Sales Agent out of the North East office. She has served as the 2015 Chairman of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and currently serves as the Region 13 Regional Vice President at the Texas Association. In addition, Mary Ann serves on the Executive Board at the State Association. She is a TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) Trustee at the State Level currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee at the State Level and National Association of REALTORS® as well as other committees at the State and National level. Mary Ann also serves on the Board of Directors at the National level. (NAR).

“What a great honor that Mary Ann chose us as her brokerage. Thank you for being one of the most respected leaders in our industry! Richly deserved and congratulations!” , says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

Mary Ann has spent the last 47 years in the real estate industry keeping up with issues dealing with private property rights by being involved in the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) as well as at the National Association of REALTORS®. Protecting private property rights and quality service to my clients is a priority. She is a full-time real estate agent and has her Brokers License. Additionally, Mary Ann is certified by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) to teach core real estate courses as well as the GRI Courses and Military Relocation Certification course.

Mary Ann’s mission statement:

To be an advocate for and provide accurate information to my clients and customers so informed decisions can be made. To develop a relationship for life by providing “Quality Service” each time and always do what is right while having a balanced life. I love what I do and enjoy each day in hopes to make each day a better day for someone else.

Among her peers, Mary Ann is widely respected. It is, therefore, no surprise that when she was bestowed with this honor it was met with an applaud of congratulations.

 

 

Congratulations Corleen Schneider, SRES Designation Achievement

logoCongratulations Corleen Schneider for receiving the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES®.

By earning the SRES® Designation, she has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

Below is a little bit about Corleen, and be sure to visit her Sales Agent page here,

People are my business, and helping people reach their realty goals are my passion. I will educate both home buyers and sellers on the process, implement marketing to expedite the process as well as education to first time homebuyers.

My background in Nursing, Registered Nurse for over 20 years, owning and operating a Home Health Agency for 12 years, has given me the expertise in management, multitasking as well as communication and importance of follow through. As a client, it is MY PRIORITY to keep YOU informed, and educated, on all the steps in the process as well as the steps along the way. MY PASSION has always been helping people and Real Estate is another way that I can provide assistance to Clients. I have fond memories when I was a young child, of visiting the Model homes and Show homes!

Born and raised in Canada, I relocated to Texas for work reasons, have been in San Antonio for more than 20 years and have considered it my home for all most that long! I have had wonderful Real Estate Agents for the many real estate transactions that I have personally had, and want to make your experience one to remember! Whether you are Buyer or a Seller, let me know. Please allow me to bring your dreams into Reality!

Well done Corleen! Thank you for sharing such wonderful words with us and cheers to your continued success.

Welcome New Class August 2017

Welcome New Agents Class August 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Brittany Moreno, D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development),

Second Row [left to right]: Honey Knight, Jessica Cooper, Jessica Theobald

Third Row [left to right]: Lain Howard

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

Delia Sutton, REALTOR — Going the Extra Mile

Born and raised in Panama, Delia came to the United State to attend college. She is the proud mother of three successful professionals and the grandmother of seven. She proudly became an American citizen and truly understands, believes in the American Dream of homeownership. In addition, she has a great respect for the military servicemen and women. Her granddaughter, son, and son-in-law are members of the United States Army.

Licensed in 1978, Delia has extensive knowledge of the real estate industry. She has built long-term relationships with families, many of her clients come back again and again for their home buying or selling needs. She’s not just their REALTOR®, she is their friend.

D’Ann Harper, Broker / Owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® received a letter directly from one of Delia’s clients sharing their truly wonderful experience.

Dear Ms. Harper:

My husband and I had the good fortune to work with Delia Sutton, a realtor with your firm, for a small real estate purchase in San Antonio in the last month. All had to be done electronically because we are, in fact, on a working assignment in Japan. Ms. Sutton’s professionalism in handling both our time differences and some rather frustrating obstacles thrown our way by the bank despite our good credit was spectacular. She answered our concerns outside of normal business hours, provided information, reassurance, and guidance in the purchasing process down to the handing off of the keys. Without her steadfast support, I doubt that this would have resulted in the successful completion of the purchase. We are extremely grateful to her.

Frankly, I have never before encountered a professional like Ms. Sutton who is so clearly willing to go the extra mile even when the remunerative payoff is not that great. We hope to be making other real estate purchases in the coming years and will definitely be seeking Ms. Sutton’s services and referring others to her. If she represents the “norm” at Coldwell Bank, all the better for you and your clients.

Feel free to share this testimonial on any public media site and do give Ms. Sutton the praise and/or award she deserves for having made us such satisfied customers.

Best regards,

Jo Anne Bowman and Gary Ullrich

Well done Delia! If you are looking for an agent who will do her best to satisfy your real estate needs, please reach out to Delia Sutton, REALTOR®. She enjoys working with people and helping them with one of the most exciting and important major decision in their lives — buying or selling a home.

Delia Sutton, REALTOR®

Delia Sutton
Creating Customer Loyalty through Excellent Service!

North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office
18756 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio TX 78258
210-844-4513 mobile
210-483-6352 office
210-483-4752 fax
dsutton@cbharper.com
www.DeliaSutton.com
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Top Producers July 2017

Each month we highlight the Top Producers here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Each name on the list represents many hours, days, and weeks of working with numerous people and professionals to secure a contract or close a deal.

There are rarely weekends, in the constant ebb and flow of work-to-be done, for the Sales Agents. When you trust in one of these professionals, you are NOT working with merely a ‘real estate agent’, you are working with a licensed REALTOR®. This license is the culmination of extensive training, experience, and knowledge tethered to a set of written Code of Ethics.

Cheers to their hard work and ongoing success!

Top 10 Producers July 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers July 2017: