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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.

Brad Graves of Trilogy Group Welcomed as Member of Helotes Chamber of Commerce

Recently the Helotes Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome new member Brad Graves of Trilogy Group. Brad is a Top Producer for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and has been with the company since 2006.

In this new role, Brad hopes to embrace the opportunity to create relationships in the community. The Helotes Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic way to meet people and help effective positive changes.

“We are in a relationship business and I think it’s important to get out and meet people. What a better way to do that than to join the Helotes Chamber of Commerce. I have been a member for about a month and have already met some fantastic people that I look forward to helping them out in any way I can.” says Brad

Brad brings top notch service to the people of Helotes and their families. For Brad Graves, it is not just about real estate though, rather it is about building connections in the community he loves. He hopes to get involved and serve to the best of his ability in his role with the Helotes Chamber of Commerce.

Cheers Brad, we wish you the best in this avenue. If you would like to visit him online visit Brad’s website here:
www.bradgraveshomes.com

Brad Graves, REALTOR®
Helotes Chamber of Commerce Member

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Northwest Sales Office
7523 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 379-8165 mobile
(210) 483-6485 office

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.

http://realtrends.com/rankings/real-trends-500-by-sides17

 

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.

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

 

Welcome New Agent Class March 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), Angelica Fair, Jamie Sultenfuss, Gwen Reyes, Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Gaby Sanchez

Second Row [left to right]: Michelle Fink, Cindy Cox, Tracey Kunz, Tanya Bates, Svetlana Horton

Third Row [left to right]:  Cynthia Johnson, Antonio “Tony” Sanchez, Mark Kieffer, Kent Eskew, Brent Suter

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

 

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!

 

 

5 Smart Home Upgrades That Increase the Value of Your Property

5 Smart Home Upgrades That Increase the Value of Your Property
Authored by: Beth Kotz

 

Boosting the value of a property may conjure up images of backbreaking labor or $20,000 renovation bills, but the reality is that you need not put yourself in debt or work your fingers to the bone. In fact, modern homeowners now have an abundance of options for improving property values and creating a safer, more convenient and more efficient home. To make the process even simpler, let’s take a look at a few of the most popular and effective home upgrades and how they deliver a bang for your home improvement buck.

A Recipe for Higher Home Values

The kitchen has traditionally been a go-to option for cooking up higher property values, and the same is still true today. Kitchen renovations consistently bring a higher return on investment than most other improvement projects, and you don’t need to pay a fortune to make it happen. Just a few thousand dollars is enough to completely revitalize a kitchen that’s become stale and outdated. New appliances are always a hit, and outfitting your kitchen with complementary flooring and countertops is sure to create a stunning first impression on prospective homebuyers.

Cast Your Home in a New Light

Adding new windows to let more natural light into a room is a fantastic way to liven up and add value to a home, but it’s not the only way you can leverage the power of sunlight. Adding a roof-mounted solar panel system to your home is by far the most expensive venture on this list – costing about $12,500 on average – but it’s also among the most rewarding. A rooftop solar array can save $10,000 to $70,000 on utility bills over the duration of the typical 25-year warranty, and studies have shown that buyers are more than willing to pay a premium for a solar-equipped home. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to significantly reduce the total cost of installation through tax credits, rebates and other incentives.

An Efficient Home is a Valuable Home

Even if a solar array seems a little too ambitious, it pays to consider the overall efficiency of your home. Energy efficiency has become one of the hottest topics in real estate, and ignoring the trend is simply leaving money on the table when it comes time to sell. Adding quality insulation and installing ENERGY STAR windows and doors are proven value-boosting tactics, but it’s also worth considering more visible upgrades. Installing a new energy-efficient water heater can produce real savings and help prove your home’s efficiency bona fides, and high-efficiency LED lighting will also appeal to many buyers. To maximize efficiency, convenience and value, you may even wish to explore smart lighting options.

Keep Your Home Running Smoothly

The simple fact is that no one wants a home they feel requires excessive work to maintain. While things like engineered hardwood floors, stainless steel fixtures and freshly updated plumbing systems may seem like small details, you – and prospective homebuyers – will appreciate the smoother, worry-free living they provide. Investing in a high-quality central HVAC system is a great move as well, as it often comes with reduced energy use as well as fewer maintenance headaches. The same can be said of using smart products to inject a little intelligence into your home. A smart thermostat can optimize your HVAC system and shave 12 to 15 percent off your heating and cooling costs, and a few well-placed smart leak detectors can help you keep a better eye on your plumbing system without costing an arm and a leg.

 

Go Green to Get Some Green

The great outdoors is a wonderful place to play with your children, host gatherings or just unwind after a hard day’s work, but you may be losing out on a lot of money if your outdoors isn’t particularly “great.” There’s no need to spring for elaborate landscaping and lush greenery, but simply keeping your lawn well-maintained and planting a few tasteful shrubs may make all the difference when it comes to creating a stellar first impression. If your home is subject to water restrictions, installing a smart sprinkler controller bearing the WaterSense label can significantly reduce water waste.

 

No matter your budget or do-it-yourself abilities, there are plenty of avenues for giving your home value a boost. With today’s emphasis on technology and a growing awareness of climate and energy concerns, it’s no surprise that the real estate market is especially responsive to smart home tech and other upgrades aimed at boosting efficiency. Whether you’re just looking to add some value to your property or you aspire to flip your way into your dream home, the home improvement projects above are sure to put you on the right path.

 


Beth Kotz is a freelance writer and contributor for numerous home, technology, and personal finance blogs. She graduated with BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL where she continues to live and work.

GVTC and Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® officially partner to bring the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move program

GVTC and Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
officially partner to bring the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move program


San Antonio, TX, February 20, 2017 — GVTC and Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® partner on customer loyalty program.

Two leading South Texas companies are joining forces to help qualified home buyers and sellers earn thousands of dollars in cash-back credit rewards. The GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ is a unique partnership between the Hill Country based fiber communications company and Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® (CBDHR), one of the market’s top real estate organization. This incentive partnership is unique between a telecommunications provider and real estate broker.

Through the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™, a GVTC customer, who uses Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® to list or purchase their home, may be eligible to receive a cash-back credit at closing. For example, a $200,000 real estate transaction could qualify for approximately $1,200 in savings. Program details and restrictions are available at GVTC.com/smartmove.

“This innovative program offers wonderful value to GVTC customers through additional cash rewards and by educating them on the many benefits available as they move towards buying or selling their next home,” D’Ann Harper, CBDHR, CEO & Broker/Owner, said. “Today’s home owners are curious about leveraging technology to improve their life style. Our partnership with GVTC provides an avenue to pursue a solution to these needs.”

For every GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ transaction, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will contribute $100 to $250 to The GVTC Foundation, based on the final sales price. The GVTC Foundation is one of the Hill Country’s leading philanthropic contributors, donating more than $2.2 million dollars to area nonprofits over the past ten years.

“We are very grateful for CBDHR’s donation to our Foundation, from the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™. These contributions will help our Foundation continue its mission in our communities,” GVTC President & CEO, Ritchie Sorrells, said. “Our company is committed to offering value and the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program™ will offer our customers significant savings when buying or selling a home, simply by using the expert services of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.”

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has agents available throughout San Antonio, the Hill Country and South Texas. In 2016, CBDHR closed more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. In business for more than 55 years, GVTC is a leader in fiber network communications and first to bring residential gigabit speeds to the San Antonio area.

 

 

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 

Property Management Insights

Over the summer San Antonio Business Journal reporter, Kim Hernandez interviewed several top executive in the San Antonio property management industry. This includes our own President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Leesa Harper-Rispoli.

Among the questions Leesa explains some of the major service provided by our Property Management Division, Harper Property Management.

“Marketing the property for lease, securing a well-qualified tenant, move-in, move-out, collecting rent, accounting fund, sending owner funds and documenting everything on the property and accounting,” says Leesa Harper-Rispoli.

Leesa mentions the benefits os using a property management company, “A property management company should provide the expertise, knowledge of code compliance to the owner and manage the property according to Texas Property Code.”

Read the story in its entirety here.

On August 26th, 2016 the San Antonio Business Journal published the list of Residential Property Management Firms. Harper Property Management powered by Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® ranked number 1 on that list. Read the full story here.

Celebrating Success, Purposefully

 

Thank you to the San Antonio Business Journal for recognizing our pursuit of excellence. We are both humbled and honored to serve our real estate community.