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Recognizing Trudy Pape and her service at SABOR!

February 2017 — Trudy Pape has been a part of our CBHarper Family for the past eight years. Aside from being a dedicated professional with excellent customer service, Trudy also has clear-cut communication skills. She is quick to understand and resolve complicated problems. Trudy knows homes are lifetime investments ranking highly among her clients’ most important financial decisions.

In 2016, Trudy Pape joined the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and is pictured here at the installation ceremony.

Trudy is also pictured in the featured image at The Pearl Stable in the 2017 installation.

The Board of Directors as the governing body of the Board shall have general supervision over its activities and business affairs, provided such general powers shall be exercised to further the objectives of the Board. The Board of Directors shall have the power to censure, place on probation, suspend or expel any Member who fails to observe the Rules and Regulations of the Board; provided, however, that such Members shall first have been given an opportunity for a fair hearing before the Board of Directors or a committee appointed for this purpose.

All finances and property of the Board shall be the charge of the Directors, who shall designate a depository for Board funds and may make such investments as are deemed advisable.
The Board of Directors may employ an executive officer or officers who shall have such titles as may be assigned and who shall have such duties and powers as the Directors may prescribe.  The Directors may also retain legal counsel and employ such other persons as are necessary to the proper conduct of the Board’s business.

Trudy said of her commitment to the Real Estate community, “It is an honor to be a Director on the San Antonio Board of Directors serving my second year of a three year term.”

She continues by saying,”In addition, we are encouraged to attend SABOR, TAR and NAR conferences/events to keep up with education, industry awareness, legislative issues/concerns, and the latest business practices to ensure our board is always on the cutting edge.”

Here are photos highlight Trudy wrapping Christmas Gifts for Samm Ministries with the Board of Directors and her involvement in the Top Golf event for TREPAC.

Thank you Trudy for your continued commitment to the real estate community and your clients. As a licensed REALTOR® for over 30 years, Trudy also holds multiple designations — Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Performance Management Network (PMN), and Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program Graduate (TRLP)

Visit her professional page here or visit her on social media page here.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® just received the Cartus Five Star Award

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® just received the Cartus Five Star Award, which these awards recognize those Network Brokerages who rank in the top quartile of the Cartus Broker Network for closings of Outgoing Broker to Broker referrals in the 2016 calendar year.  The Cartus Broker Network includes more than 700 Real Estate firms across the country.  CBHarper was the only Broker in the San Antonio Market to achieve this award.

Additionally, Coldwell Banker just recently won the USAA Real Estate Rewards Network contest for placing the most Agent Generated Referrals of USAA members into the program for the Central Region. 

Way to go CBHarper! Giving back to those that serve our country.

Jan Hicinbothom Completes Real Estate Business Planning and Marketing Course

Jan Hicinbothom Completes Real Estate Business Planning and Marketing Course

Contact: Jan Hicinbothom, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI, TAHS, TRLP

Phone: (210) 483-6208 • Email: jhicinbothom@cbharper.com

 

 [San Antonio, TX] ─ (January 18-19, 2017) ─ Jan Hicinbothom with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in San Antonio, TX has just complete a highly specialized course, Business Planning and Marketing, presented by the Council of Residential Specialists.

During the two-day course, which was conducted in San Antonio, participants learned the fundamentals of business planning, including how to create a business plan, set a budget to meet income goals and implement a marketing plan. Understanding these essential business activities helps participants increase their productivity and increase their income potential as residential real estate professionals.

“The opportunity to learn some new marketing techniques, will help me effectively serve my real estate clients,” says Hicinbothom. “I have already begun to apply some of the ideas and strategies that I learn in this course in my business.”

For information about the Business Planning and Marketing course or any of the courses offered by the Council Residential Specialists, visit www.crs.com or call 1-800-462-8841.

The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-hire affiliate of the National Associations of REALTORS® comprised of nearly 40,000 members. It awards the CRS Designation to experienced REALTORS® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

 

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 

The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business, by Wes Pinkston

You’ve heard of Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles, The Altman Brothers and The Broke Agent, or at this point we’re assuming you have. If not, perhaps you’ve heard of Inman or Swanepoel? Following these various industry outlets may or may not have introduced you to the name Wes Pinkston. In fact, we had a Q & A session here, during his time with The Broke Agent.

In late spring 2016, Wes decided to pursue independent digital marketing consultation. Just before his 30th birthday a profound experience took place that caused a shift in his level of consciousness and self understanding. He describes this journey as the path that let inward to truths and the inspiration for establishing his own practice. You can read all about his story here.

In the meantime, with permission from Wes himself we’d like to publish a portion of one article. If you’re looking for encouragement, life coaching or a new perspective his blog can be read here.

January 10, 2017

The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business
by Wes Pinkston

In today’s business culture, common words that are thrown around are “Grinding,” “Hustle,” “Workaholic,” “Do, Do, Do,” “More! More! More!.” The business culture I was deeply embedded in and the values it upheld and what I directly came in contact with based on my own immediate feelings, always seemed out of harmony. We are quickly handed the industry rhetoric as to how things are, the proverbial “blueprint for success.” Follow this concept, this model, and you will achieve the reward. We quickly hit the ground running because we have the consistent set of waves coming in known as bills, debt, and so on. There is no time for patience, for reflection, I need to go DO something or the industry will leave me in the dust, I will lose to the competition, I won’t be able to pay my bills or maintain MY lifestyle.

Take a deep breath… the momentum and tension builds and builds until it works against us completely.

In the same way we are handed a concept of “how it is” in business, the same goes for life. What I failed to realize, and many others, is the mere fact that it is simply THEIR concept as to how life or the industry is, just one concept of seemingly infinite. Once we believe what we are told as to “how it is” then we use such a small portion of our unique faculty and creativity because there is a small space of wiggle room within the confining walls of “their concept and models for what THEY believe success is” and how to achieve it. Learn what you’d like from mentors, teachers etc and then forget it all, throw it away, the information and technologies available now didn’t exists back then when they developed their models and concepts, and most importantly it was contoured to fit their unique faculty, not yours.

Manifest your own concepts and models that work within the harmony of YOU and the unique faculty you have at your disposal.

Before you begin in an industry, it is highly beneficial to first look at it from a birds eye view as a “Game.” By game I mean it adheres to rules, roles, and boundaries. Regardless of industry, everything operates within a system of order, some more complicated than others. The one that truly understands this, does not view business as competitive, rather they view it as collaborative. The Male Dominator Complex influenced by greed and fear that many in the business world are working off of is not worth any amount of material gain compared to what it costs you in the end.

The Rules and Boundaries of the game you are entering into are rather simple concepts, your Role in the game is what I’d like to dive deeper into…

Until you clearly figure out what your role is, your strengths and what you enjoy, how this “work” fits within your ideal day, which hopefully you have drawn out, you’ll just inherit someone else’s concept or model for success, that was completely molded to fit their strengths and their lifestyle. You’ll quickly find yourself in situations, like I did, where you are “forcing” or “grinding” yourself to work in ways that are out of touch of your natural rhythm rather than shaping your work day around your strengths and special faculty we all have.

[ Read the full story by clicking here ]

Thank you Wes for allowing us to share your message! If you have an inspirational story that you would like to share, please email us at PR@CBHarper.com

Top Producers December 2016

As one of the largest brokerages in South Central Texas and in the San Antonio area we are proud of our Sales Agents in all their accomplishments. Every month we honor the Top Producers here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. This month we present Top Producers for December 2016. We’ve wrapped up the 2016 year and are ready for all the good things to come in 2017!

The Top 50 will not be announced until Annual Awards, which is scheduled in early March – more to come on that exciting event for our Sales Agents. Below you will find the lists for December’s Top 10 Producers by ranking, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents!

Top 10 Producers December 2016:

 

4th Quarter Producers December 2016:

 

Congratulations to all our Sales Agents and the continued hard work put forth day in and day out. Stay tuned for our Annual Awards and how you can be a part of that fantastic event!

If you have a story you would like to share please email us at PR@CBHarper.com. Be sure to send photos and a descriptions and we’d love to share it!

 

Top Producers November 2016

As one of the largest brokerages in South Central Texas and in the San Antonio area we are proud of our Sales Agents in all their accomplishments. Every month we honor the Top Producers here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. This month we present Top Producers for November 2016. We’re just a stone’s throw away from celebrating the holidays and sharing achievements here among the CB Harper Family is just part of the festivities.

The Top 50 will not be announced until Annual Awards, which is scheduled in early March – more to come on that exciting event for our Sales Agents. Below you will find the lists for November’s Top 10 Producers by ranking, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents!

Top 10 Producers November 2016:
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Congratulations to all and the continued hard work put forth day in and day out. If you have a story you would like to share please email us at PR@CBHarper.com. Be sure to send photos and a descriptions and we’d love to share it!

 

Anti-Burglary Tips Every San Antonio Resident Should Know

In an article by Tracey Hawkins, she talks about the risk homeowners face around the holidays. With empty new packaging set near the curb for pickup, a TV box can be an open invitation for burglars. The danger is further amplified by those who are looking to sell their homes. Showings and open houses often set the stage for unsuspecting homeowners to be victimized.

Consider the checklist provided in this article, it goes over some very helpful hints to avoid tragedy this season. Below we’ve outlined some of the important safety hints to deter would-be criminals from targeting your property.

1.) Reinforce entry points of the home. Consider installing a cylinder lock and deadlock, so at a glance it doesn’t look vulnerable. Adding security system stickers on the windows around the entry should be considered as well.

2.) Leverage technology and smart home features. Video surveillance is just one aspect of home security. The latest trend however is something much more beneficial and allows control of your entire home. Doorbell cameras such as the one found here, offer features like visitor detection, night vision camera and 2-way talk. Now you can see how is at your door without being home.

3.) Let there be light! Burglars do not want to be seen by potential witnesses, so well-lit homes are passed over as targets. The use of floodlights, (not pointed at your neighbors windows preferably) especially those with motion sensors near entry points will deter intruders.

4.) Protect your privacy. Breakdown empty boxes that reveal large purchases, like TVs, computers or other items. Or, if you do not want to break down your boxes, place those items out on the curb the morning-of. Also keep curtains or blinds drawn to avoid thieves from browsing through the vantage points your windows may offer.

5.) Plants and shrubs. Windows are secondary entry points if the doors are inaccessible. Shrubs or thick plants below the windows can prevent entry by intruders. The recommended height is about 3 feet off the ground. This is tall enough so that it’s difficult to climb over; but short enough so it does not block your neighbors from seeing when someone is attempting to enter the home.

6.) Adopt a dog. This is a win-win, adopting a medium size breed like a German shepherd alleviates the local shelter and helps a pet in need. Additionally, their bark is often enough to scare off potential intruders and alert you to suspicious activity.

7.) Operation Identification. Nationally recognized by law enforcement as a burglary prevention program, Operation ID allows law enforcement to detect, identify and return stolen property to its rightful owner. This 3 step program encourages you to mark and catalog valuables. Check with you local law enforcement office to verify participation. They will have stickers that can be displayed to deter thieves, warning your belongings are marked. Details can be found here.

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Real Estate Insights: Unique Real Estate Words And What They Mean

When it comes to home features and advertising them, it is important to utilize the power of words. Buyers consider many factors including school district, size of the lot and, of course, location. Some discerning buyers insist on a home that offers those truly unique features. Maximizing interior and exterior features in a well phrased description can be the deciding factor on whether a potential client chooses to give you a call.

For instance, we’ve come across a handful of definitions that it’s worth adding to listings with exceptional features. Specific words will showcase a home the way that traditional adjectives cannot.

 

Texas Cantilever

 

Cantilever Balcony. A structural element, a balcony, that is anchored only at one end to the support from which it is protruding. Can be constructed with trusses depending on the structural load. Allows for dramatic overhanging of balcony without external bracing you might typically find in decks. Pictured example above is from a home in Austin.

 

Gabriel Builders

 

Coffered Ceiling. A coffer (coffering) in architecture, is a series of sunken panels in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault. This can also apply to the interiors of domes and vaults.

 

11th Street Residence

 

Chamfer Walls. To chamfer means beveling or rounding off of a right angle corner. Not typically used in descriptions but as you can see in the above example it might be just the right term to accentuate this unique feature.

 

Richmond Hill -designs/patterns

 

Parquet Floor. Any intricate pattern or design laid in small rectangular or square patterns, not in long strips. Smaller patterns may feel dated but larger patterns are viewed as classic and custom.

 

Bathroom

 

Joshua Nimmo

 

Terrazzo Floor or Fixtures. Comprised of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other material that has been chipped and bound in place or precast. Once it is cured, the surface is then polished smooth or finished to produce a uniform texture. Created by Venetian construction workers as low cost flooring, this style was popular from the 1400s through the mid-1970s. Reinvented today, it can be surprisingly stylish.

 

Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.

 

Lake County Builders

 

Corbels. Corbels provide support and act as brackets to reinforce other architectural elements while adding visual interest. Versatile in its use, corbels can be used in shelving, porch design and entryways.

What are some of your favorite architectural home features? Is there a particular home element that you think is uniquely Texas? Tell us about it via email PR@CBHarper.com

Smart Homes, defined. Does your home qualify?

Smart home technology it seems is everywhere. Entering the mainstream much like social media communications, it leaves both sales agents and clients asking themselves – what does it all mean’?

Coldwell Banker, CNET and a helpful article by Lindsay Listanski, the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, joined forces to answer those questions. With this we hope to put the debate to rest and truly define the modern Smart Home.

In Back to the Future II, Marty’s future kids wear headsets at the dinner table to make and receive calls and watch TV. With the introduction of Google Glass in 2013, and gaming headsets like Oculus Rift in the works, virtual reality is not far off, and Microsoft's recently announced Hololens bears more then a passing resemblance to Junior's goggles.

In Back to the Future II, Marty’s future kids wear headsets at the dinner table to make and receive calls and watch TV.

If you wondered what a smart home might mean, perhaps you reflect on that scene in “Back to the Future” where Marty’s kids (Michael J. Fox) wear headsets at the dinner table to make and receive calls. With things like Facetime and Skype, the face-to-face video chat of 1982 is now a reality. Hands-free gaming, tablet style technology and fingerprint recognition are all common place. Not convinced? How many folks to you know with iPads or use their thumbprint to unlock phone features?

So Coldwell Banker and CNet, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, collaborated to create the first-ever smart home definition. This is designed to help sales agents as well as home buyers make informed choices and accurately pinpoint a smart home.

Smart Home defined

Smart Home defined

Smart Home: (noun) A home that is equipped with network-connected products (“Smart Products” that connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth type functions) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.

Must Have:
Internet Connection, ie., cable, satellite or DSL

Must Have At Least Three:

* One of the categories must be security or temperature

Category:
• Appliances – example: Smart refrigerator, smart washer / dryer
• Entertainment – example: Smart TVs, TV streaming service
• Heating / Cooling – example: Smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents
• Lighting – example: Smart light bulbs, lighting systems
• Outdoors – example: Smart plant sensors, smart watering systems
• Safety – example: Smart fire / carbon monoxide detectors, nightlights
• Security* – example: Smart locks, networked security cameras
• Temperature* – example: Smart thermostats

back-to-the-future_3354058bWhile we haven’t perfected the hover board, we do know that over the past couple of years, demand has increased significantly for smart homes in the real estate market. This standardized definition gives all of us the opportunity to correctly market and pinpoint exactly what constitutes a smart home for buyers and sellers. When we’re informed everyone wins.

Coldwell Banker is following up with an education course for its agents, and an icon on www.coldwellbanker.com for property listings that meet the definition.

You can also browse smart homes currently on the market here.

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

 

Buying your first home is complicated, especially when you realize a smaller budget may not buy the necessary square footage. Trulia found that 43 percent of Americans wish they had a larger home, with more than 60 percent of millennials desiring more living space.

 

Luckily for buyers in Texas, the Lone Star State offers the largest entry-level price point homes compared to out-of-state listings. In addition, Texas trade up homes and even high-end properties tend to be more spacious than those found in other parts of the country.

 

San Antonio, in particular, offers more seasoned buyers a chance to size up the second time around. Trade up homebuyers gain 579 square feet, or 51.7 percent more space, when seeking out a new property.

 

Is everything really bigger in Texas?

The median square footage of starter homes in San Antonio is 1,121 for an affordable $83,563 median price. At just $75.90 per square foot, San Antonio’s first-time homebuyers get the most out of each dollar compared to buyers with bigger budgets.

 

For $152,700, second-time homebuyers in San Antonio can find homes offering around 1,700 square feet. Homes for sale in the trade up category cost $88.08 per square foot, on average.

 

At $116.75 per square foot, premium homebuyers in San Antonio can sprawl out across 2,556 square feet. The median price of top-tier homes remains relatively affordable at $274,151.

 

Buyers trading up from a starter home can expect to find a 51.7 percent increase in square footage in their second property, while buyers switching between trade up and premium gain slightly over 50 percent more space.

 

Texas cities permitting room to grow

Nearby Austin affords first-time homebuyers an average of 1,428 square feet, which is the most space for the entry-level home price category than any other metro offers. Houston’s first-time buyers face slightly smaller – albeit spacious – homes around 1,320 square feet, making Space City the fifth best locale for entry-level buyers looking to sprawl.

 

Second-time homebuyers also might consider Houston, where trade up homes average 1,997 square feet. In addition, Austin’s trade up house hunters can look forward to around 1,893 square feet. Dallas, too, ranks no. 3 for second time homebuyers prioritizing space at an average of 1,900 square feet.

 

Meanwhile, upscale homebuyers looking for room to sprawl might consider house hunting in Dallas, where premium homes average approximately 2,945 square feet.

 

Living in San Antonio isn’t just about stretching your legs at home. Top-rated schools, including Stone Oak Elementary and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, offer unparalleled education opportunities for families. With a 65 percent homeownership rate, the San Antonio real estate market is both strong and accessibly priced, no matter how many square feet you prefer.