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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!

Jan Hicinbothom Selected for the Political Involvement Council for Texas Association of REALTORS®

September 2017Jan Hicinbothom has been selected to the Political Involvement Council for Texas Association of REALTORS®. Members of the Political Involvement Council (PIC) are a hand-selected team tasked with creating a culture of political activism within the Texas REALTORS® community.

PIC members are charged with:

• Organizing REALTORS® support for Opportunity Race candidates.

• Assisting local boards with candidate interviews.

• Speaking to local membership meetings, committees, TAR (Texas Association of REALTOR®) regional meetings, and TREPAC events.

• Giving updates, on government affairs efforts such as elections, legislation, grassroots and other initiatives.

• Identifying local REALTORS® who serve as elected officials.

• Providing grassroots support for Issues Mobilization campaigns.

• Increasing participation in Calls for Action.

• Promoting REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol, Texas REALTORS® Candidate Academy, and other grassroots programs.

Jan Hicinbothom maintains membership in the National Association of REALTORS, the Texas Association of REALTORS, and the San Antonio Board of REALTORS and as a member, she and all REALTORS have a code of ethics to maintain. Jan abides by this code in all her transactions. The Code of Ethics requires that Realtors treat all parties involved in a real estate transaction fairly and honestly. Jan is a full-time real estate professional serving San Antonio, Schertz, Cibolo, New Braunfels, Universal City, Converse and surrounding cities and counties since 2000.

Jan is a certified Relocation Specialist through the Coldwell Banker network. During her many years helping clients find a home or sell a house, she has provided service to well over 250. A large share of this business has been to help our active duty members of the Armed Services, both USAA and Navy Federal CU.

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! 

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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

Congratulations Trudy Scott, REALTOR®, SRES, ABR

ABR Congratulations Trudy Scott, 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.

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

As I serve my clients as a REALTOR, I am guided by my individual values of integrity, professionalism, and passion for excellence. I honor the trust my clients place in me as I create, present and deliver the dream surrounding one of the most important decisions our buyers and sellers make. I truly have my clients best interests at heart.

I earned a BBA in Marketing/Management and have over 20 years of business, sales and marketing experience. My sales background has given me hands on experience of being a STRONG NEGOTIATOR! I worked for a luxury home real estate company in Austin, Texas for 4 years as their Marketing Director and then continued my career by starting my own event/wedding coordinating business. Over 10 years, I coordinated and hosted over 850 events/weddings, big and small. I organized every detail and ensured that I kept my clients STRESS-FREE throughout the entire process while offering top notch service. This service has carried through into my real estate career today. I was honored to be a Director at a large retirement community in San Antonio and I am excited to have received the SRES® – Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation. I have the experience and knowledge working with 55+ adults and enjoy assisting them in any real estate or downsizing need. I have worked personally with many of the same affiliations/organizations as seniors through my daughter who has special needs. I also have earned my ABR – Accredited Buyers Representative designation. I have the knowledge needed to help buyers with the utmost service and care possible.

I am Smart Home certified and can help you with today’s technology in homes. I’m a member of the San Antonio Board of Realtors, Texas Real Estate Commission and the National Association of Realtors. I was honored to receive several top awards in the wedding industry through The Knot and Wedding Wire. I stay very active in the community through my children’s affiliations with The Boy Scouts of America, Any Baby Can, Kinetic Kids and CAMP Camp as well as personal affiliations as the Heights at Las Lomas HOA President, a Daughter of the Republic of Texas and my sorority alumnae. My husband served in the military along with many other family members.

Well done Trudy another achievement on your continued growth of knowledge in the real estate industry! Thank you for sharing such wonderful words with us and cheers to your continued success.

Cindy Pundt, Your Hometown REALTOR®

Without the professional guidance and experience of a licensed REALTOR®, buying and selling a home many times means tangling with unnecessary complications and roadblocks.The term ‘REALTOR®’ is a registered, collective membership mark, with identifies real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and adhere to its strict Code of Ethics. The NAR outlines the many benefits of working with a professional REALTOR® to handle all of your real estate needs.

Among our team of over 425 licensed REALTORS® is a lady by the name of Cindy Pundt. Born and raised in the Texas Hill Country, Cindy has lived in Texas her whole life. Her interest in real estate blossomed when she purchased her first home. Over the years she has honed her skills and expanded knowledge of the Texas real estate industry.

Recently, Cindy received a glowing recommendation from a client:

“During a period of less than one year, Cindy Pundt listed my two homes at { removed for privacy } in Converse, TX.  My wife and I were pleased that both were sold in less than 2 weeks – one in 2016 and the other in 2017.  Cindy Pundt was more than instrumental in getting each home ready to be put on the market and kept the exterior in compliance with HOA rules.  I believe that her efforts were well beyond any assistance that I received in buying and selling several homes during the last 40 years.  I want to recognize her excellent customer service and superb interpersonal skills.

The first home was sold during my retirement from the U.S. military.  It had been rented for two years and need exterior and interior repairs and general maintenance.  What made her efforts more extraordinary is that she coordinated services with me while I resettled in Montana.

We waited to sell the second home after another renter left.  Unfortunately, that renter left the home in terrible shape and we were not aware of the extent of other issues as we were in Montana.  All the carpet needed to be removed and it had been replaced only 2 years before.  A more serious concern was that the renter had not disclosed the extent of water damage from leaking PEX water lines.  Ms. Pundt recommended that the developer be contacted since she knew that other homeowners’ in the area had their water lines completely replaced by the developer.  I contacted DR Horton and they agreed to replace the water lines and provide a warranty.  The Ms. Pundt obtained three quotes each for completely repainting the interior and another for the carpet.  At the same time, the roof needed to be replaced due to hail damage during April 2016.

Ms. Pundt was wonderful throughout both prelisting and listing efforts on each home.  We thank her for all her assistance and reassurance about being able to sell the two properties.  We would highly recommend her to other clients.”

Thomas and Irene Mihara

Needless to say, she takes pride in delivering excellent customer service to every client she serves. This and all of the reviews clients have left for Cindy can be viewed here on Cindy’s professional profile page. If you are interested in getting the home buying or selling process started, give Cindy a call at (210) 483-6147 or email her cpundt@cbharper.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are actual photos of the 2 homes referenced by the clients above:

Photography by professional on-staff photographer at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

 

Photography by professional on-staff photographer at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

 

Congratulations Dina Murphy, GRI Designation Achievement

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 Dina Murphy! 

GRI

Dina Murphy 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

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!

 

 

Bob Brown and The RambleCats

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 12.11.27 PMWe wanted to spotlight one of our Sales Agents, Bob Brown. He joined the CB Harper family this year and brings with him the excitement of waking up everyday in the real estate business. He and his wife have owned eight homes in four cities, three of them in San Antonio. Having known first-hand the ups and downs, frustrations and ultimately the excitement of both buying and selling, Bob is a great advocate for those going through the home relocation process.

As a sales manager, and director of sales and operations director for major broadcast companies, Bob has honed his skills in communication. When asked what is the greatest skill he has learned Bob said, “I’ve worked with every kind of person, in just about every imaginable situation (or so it would seem). What I have learned is how to really listen. When taking that step to find the perfect home in the perfect location – it all begins with listening. Listening to you. And I look forward to the opportunity to do just that.”

Aside from being a passionate real estate agent Bob Brown is just one member of the band, The RambleCats. Though they have been together three years, they’ve been playing music their whole lives. “We put this band together to play songs we always wanted to play”, says Bob “except we were always in somebody else’s band. The crux of The RambleCats is classic Americana, going all the way back to The Band, Willis Alan Ramsey, Bob Dylan and John Hiatt. Then throw in some Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Tom T. Hall on the country side and some Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Creedence and the Boxtops on the rock side… stir it all up, and out jump The RambleCats!” So not only can he sell you a house, but also play music at the housewarming party!

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Want to catch his next show? Maybe you’re interested in buying or selling your next home?
Visit him online or contact Bob Brown, REALTOR® here:

Bob Brown, REALTOR®
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 262-1250 mobile
(210) 483-7131 office
(210) 483-4699 fax
www.bankonbrown.com
bobbrown@cbharper.com

 

Unstoppable Agent Training

Julie Conner and Ed Zapata put together an “Unstoppable Agent Training” to “pump-up” the Northwest Office of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Their 1st quarter 2016 kick off meeting set goals to provide as much training as possible so they are prepared to hit the ground running when the 2nd and 3rd quarter pack their proverbial punch.

UnknownAs managers “with skills beyond belief” Julie “Jules” Conner and Ed “Ed” Zapata are committed to developing UNSTOPPABLE AGENTS through coaching and training. Below is a run down of their UNSTOPPABLE AGENT training schedule.

 

January:

Friday, Jan. 8th — National Credit Care with Shane Grenko

Tuesday, Jan. 12th — Appraisals with Paul Smith

Thursday, Jan. 14th — Mortgage Refresher with Tamara Gallagher of Coldwell Banker Mortage

Tuesday, Jan. 19th — Preparing your Personal Taxes with Adam Tostado

Thursday, Jan. 21st — E & O Risk Management with Linda McDonald, Attorney

Tuesday, Jan. 26th — Dotloop with Colin Smith of Trinity Title

Wednesday, Jan. 27th — Google Apps 101 with Independence Title

Thursday, Jan. 28th — Marketing Overview with Addie Langehennig, Agent Liaison/ Trainer and Rachelle Lozano, Marketing Director

February:

Tuesday, Feb. 9th — Branding 101 with Independence Title

Thursday, Feb. 11th — SABOR REALTOR® Rally at JW Marriott

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd — TOP 10 Facts Every Consumer Needs to Know about Flood Insurance with Joe Fernandez of San Antonio River Authority

Thursday, Feb. 25th — Probate with Todd Marquardt of Marquardt Law Firm

March:

Tuesday, Mar. 8th — Generational Selling with Independence Title

Tuesday, Mar. 22nd — 1031 Exchange with Trinity Title


 

For full details on this and more contact “Jules” or “Ed”:

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North West Office

7523 N. Loop 1604 West • San Antonio, TX 78249

(210) 483-6400 • www.cbharper.com

 

Blue Rewards January 2016

January 27th 2016 — Marked the 31st Blue Rewards, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has given away over $300,000 to-date through this program. On Wednesday all the contestants gathered for the chance to win. Upon entering each person selects a lottery number and it gets placed in a raffle drum. Name tags are handed out to all our guests, as well as a lucky necklace. Guests are then free to mingle whilst enjoying the refreshments and fresh cheeses, fruit, desserts and other food samplings.

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At the six o’clock hour D’Ann Harper of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® calls for the attention of all those gathered. The as yet unknown winner climbs the stairs among all the attendees who are registered to win, each hoping for the luck of the draw. Instructions are laid out explaining the game, with a crowd looking up towards the audience on the stairs. Each name called indicates those eliminated until just one person is left.

The raffle drum begins its spin and one-by-one names are called out to descend from the pool of REALTORS® thinking only of that $10,000 in winnings. Amid the elimination process, door prizes are given out chosen from the business cards deposited into the basket. Elida Martinez of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North Central Office brought her grandson to lend a tiny hand in selecting door prize winners (isn’t he adorable?!).

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When we were down to just two contestants, a selfie was captured in light of everyones growing excitement. We all ask ourselves, what would I do with $10,000? 

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With overwhelming joy the winner Chuck Berry of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® was announced and a momentous uproar of applause followed. Chuck who arrived earlier in the evening casually commented to the sign-in staff, “I never win anything“.

Well, Chuck you’ve won and we couldn’t be happier to share in your happiness. His reaction was captured in this video interview:

 

 

Here is a glimpse into the evening of the 31st Blue Rewards:

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What is Blue Rewards?

Promotes and advertises properties attracting additional exposure, plus provides our Sales Agents with the necessary tools to compete with incentives from the New Home Market and other listings with bonuses. There is $295 in the pot at closing, and a Blue Rewards participating property’s selling Buyer’s Agent will be entered in the big drawing for $10,000. Only Buyer’s Agents may participate but all are welcome to attend. Wine, cheese and other refreshments are offered in a ‘Blue Rewards’ celebration for participating agents to announce the winner of the $10,000 prize.