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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


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.



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


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


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.




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?!).


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? 


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.


City of New Braunfels UnSung Hero Award

Wednesday, April 15 – Charlene Goree with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Branufels Office, received the City of New Braunfels “Unsung Hero” award by IMG_0712.JPG The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung on Wednesday, April 15.

This award was for her countless hours helping charitable organizations in New Braunfels. One of which was being the Bear Hunt Chair for New Braunfels office! She works not only to be involved in her community and also to serve her clients with the highest possible level of compassion and understanding. She lives and works in the New Braunfels Texas Hill Country area.

Charlene Goree

[ Charlene Goree shown left here with her husband Dennis]

From Charlene’s work with Habitat For Humanity to sponsoring numerous local children’s charities and families every year, she is a blessing to those that know her. We are lucky to have Charlene working here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. She is truly an unsung hero.

Congratulations Charlene from D’Ann Harper and the entire staff here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®!



[Charlene pictured with gifts ready to deliver Christmas 2014]


[Charlene & Julie Gezella, VP Residential Sales New Braunfels Office delivering gifts Christmas 2014]

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 [Children who were able to meet Santa, 2014]

 If you would like to find out more about Charlene, follow her on social media here or see her ‘about me’ video here.

CGoree_614151Charlene Goree, REALTOR®, GRI SFR RSPS

office: (830) 608-5492 • mobile: (830) 627-2727

New Braunfels Sales Office

532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Texas Hill Country Home & Garden Expo


Bring in Spring with Style! The Best of Fredericksburg Texas, Frost Bank, and Fredericksburg TX Charm Magazine are the hosts to the second annual Hill Country Home and Garden Show on March 14th and 15th at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds in Fredericksburg, TX.

With over 65 vendors showcasing top builders, innovative new products, fresh design ideas, landscaping and a host of home improvement, beauty and green living experts, this year’s show is on track to amaze!

119b64_923bb10b55314d40b725a1e529b14735.jpg_srz_p_233_258_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The Hill Country Home and Garden Show welcomes HGTV Design Star Abby Vasek whose design tips and tricks will inspire all. Fredericksburg’s famous quartet, The 4 Proches will play at noon on Saturday. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, gardening tips and wine tasting all weekend long. Learn about sustainable living, solar panels and water conservation with Fredericksburg Shines and the City of Fredericksburg. Special thanks to the Hill Country Science Mill who will be hosting an interactive and fun space for children!

Hourly giveaways of $50.00 gift certificates to Cabernet Grill will be given out every hour all weekend long and a pair of tickets to Rockbox will also be given away to two lucky winners on Saturday and Sunday.

01_FullSizeRenderOn Saturday from 10am-1pm Condor Docs will be at the Show site to shred your documents. Bring up to three boxes of documents and donate a minimum of two non-perishable food items to benefit the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.

Admission to the show is just $5.00 for adults. Young adults and children under 17 attend free. Show times are March 14th form 10am-4pm and March 15th from 11am-3pm. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Hill Country Needs Council. For more information please visit www.hillcountryhomeandgardenshow.com.

Bring your family and your friends on March 14th and 15th and join us for this informative, interesting and family-friendly event benefitting our community.

The Hill Country Home and Garden Show, where together we are building something beautiful!


Members from Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® Kerrville and Fredericksburg offices will be having a drawing for an electronics giveaway, plus a gift basket from our property management division! Contact Wendy HoltRon Hackett, Karen McConnell, Linda Stillwell, Pat Boothe, Lisa Stapleton and Deborah Zapata for more information. And be sure to pay them a visit at their booth!

Show Hours

Saturday: 10:00 – 4:00pm

Sunday: 11:00 – 3:00pm

Admission Adults 17+: $5.00  • Children: Free

Gillespie County Fairgrounds

The Gillespie County Fair, located in Fredericksburg, now 124 years old, was founded in 1881. Annual fairs have been held with the exception of five years when it was not possible due to WW I and WWII. The Fair Association is governed by a volunteer board of directors who donate in excess of 15,000 hours a year to the organization.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS Honored with Five Star Award and Named Platinum Award Winner by Cartus Broker Network


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Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS Honored with Five Star Award and Named Platinum Award Winner by Cartus Broker Network

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(DANBURY, Conn., March, 14 2015) – Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS has been named a Platinum Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network. Additionally, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS was also honored for its outstanding performance during the past year with a Five Star Award from the Cartus Broker Network.The awards were presented at the annual Broker Network International Conference held from March 10-12, 2015, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions.

photo 1Platinum is the highest level of the Excellence Awards presented to principal brokers. Excellence Award recognition is based on performance results related to a wide variety of goals including customer service, cost management, and effective analysis and marketing of homes. Fewer than 26% percent of the Network’s principal brokers achieved Platinum-level recognition for their 2014 performance. Additionally, the Cartus Five Star Award, recognizes brokers who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar year.

“The Platinum Award has long represented extraordinary accomplishment,” said Gerald Pearce, Cartus executive vice president, Broker Services and Affinity Services. “To earn this distinction, a broker must have successfully demonstrated outstanding performance in the areas of attention to customer needs, understanding of local conditions, and execution of best business practices. I’m extremely proud to honor Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS, who has delivered on this goal and produced the very highest levels of results to both its customers and the Cartus Broker Network. ”

photo 2“Receiving a Platinum Award is a high honor, and something that we worked for consistently throughout 2014,” said D’Ann Harper, Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS. “Our entire staff has put a committed effort into achieving the best results for Cartus, their clients and transferring employees, and our brokerage. I applaud and thank them for their efforts.”

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event included interactive workshops, roundtable and panel discussions, and executive presentations. Cartus Broker Network participants conferred with other industry professionals and exchanged information and ideas regarding team building, revenue generation, retention, new business strategies, and increasing customer service—all essential elements for continued success.

About the Cartus Broker Network

Cartus Broker Network is the nation’s leading network of 804 market-leading real estate firms representing approximately 3,000 offices and nearly 106,000 agents.

About Cartus

Cartus provides trusted guidance to organizations of all types and sizes that require global relocation solutions. The company serves more than half of the Fortune 50. This year marks the 60th anniversary for Cartus, which provides service in over 165 countries, providing companies around the world with the full spectrum of relocation services, including language and intercultural training. Cartus is part of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. To find out how our greater experience, reach, and hands-on guidance can help your company, visit www.cartus.com; read our blog at www.cartusblog.com; or click www.realogy.com for more information.

Bear Hunt 2013

52bca9fd7b5e5.preview-300We have had such a great year of collecting stuffed animals for our annual Bear Hunt! Much of our amazing numbers collected in Boerne was because of the help we got from the students of BBMS. They were recently featured on the cover of The Boerne Star and we wanted to send a big thanks to those students and share with all of you the great story!

BMS South students give back to community through ‘Bear Hunt’

By Cariline Schwartz, News Editor

Students at Boerne Middle School South brought holiday cheer by collecting special toys for children in Kendall County and the surrounding areas.

For the first two weeks of December, BMSS students collected stuffed animals for local children going through crisis.

Jennifer Royalty, reading teacher and student council sponsor, said the Bear Hunt stuffed animal drive is part of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® annual drive. She said students are more enthusiastic about the drive because they get to give from their own belongings.

“They went to each study hall room and said, ‘This is what we’re doing. Please bring your stuffed animals.’ That was their idea and they took it on themselves,” Royalty said. “The level of responsibility and enthusiasm increased.”

BMSS Student Council President Grace Frey said the student council likes community service projects.

“We always like to do community service projects,” Frey said. “This one was cool because now that we’re older, we don’t use our stuffed animals anymore, and these kids could really use them, so we figured we should do the Bear Hunt.”

Spencer Shirley, BMSS Student Council Vice President, said he viewed the stuffed animal drive was a great way to help others.

“When people think of accidents or fires, they don’t really think of the children as much,” Shirley said. “They just think of the tragedies. Most people have stuffed animals, but they always end up as dust collectors, so I think it’s a great opportunity to give our stuffed animals to people who can use them.”

Bailey Asher, BMSS Student Council Secretary, said the Bear Hunt helped get students in the school involved with service work.

“I like seeing everybody helping,” Asher said. “I like having people notice what they can do, not just for themselves, but for the community.”

Hunter Hickman, BMSS Student Council Treasurer, agreed the Bear Hunt was a good idea.

“Normally in my room, I have a huge bucket of stuffed animals just sitting there, and I think it’s good to donate them to people who can actually use them,” Hickman said.

Royalty said her students participate in other charitable activities throughout the year.

“We do Pennies for Patience in the spring,” she said. “We collected money for Hill Country Daily Bread, for gift certificates. We collected canned goods for them.”

The student council delivered the stuffed animals Monday to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in Boerne. The toys will then be delivered to children in crisis through the Kendall County Women’s and Children’s Shelter, Hill Country Daily Bread Services, Hill Country Family Services and local law enforcement agencies.

For more Boerne articles with the Star, click HERE.

Quick changes that can help sell faster

Nobody wants a house to sit on the market for a long time. The longer a house sits, the more money everyone loses. So what can be done to get a house sold quickly? Below are changes the homeowner can do to get buyers to sign on the dotted line.

1. Clean. The last thing you want a buyer to see is a dirty house. Make those appliances sparkle and the bathroom shine. Deep clean the carpets and wipe down the walls. Even though everything in the house may not look new, the goal should be to make it appear that way.

2. De-clutter. Many times buyers can’t see through everything in the house to visualize their furniture in the house. Keep in mind less is more. You want a buyer to walk in and immediately think about how perfect their bed would look in the house, not think the room looks smaller than it is because there is too much furniture. Also, home buyers are interested in closet space, so don’t just toss everything in closets!

3. Paint. Appeal to a wider audience by keeping the wall colors neutral. That purple wall may have been a great idea and matches the furniture, but those interesting colors might not appeal to everyone. Don’t let potential buyers think painting is another thing they’d have to do before moving in.

4. Outlets. With technology advancing so fast, have the house’s outlets up to date. Switch out the old outlets with new ones that include a USB port or two. The best places for these are in the bedrooms, office or kitchen.

5. Landscaping. The first impression home buyers get of the house could make or break a deal. Make sure the house shows great from the start with great curb appeal. Keep the lawn mowed and add some color with seasonal blooms. Having plants in pots is an easy way to add color, and then take them with you after the house is sold!

Small modifications can change how the house shows. By making these simple changes, your house is bound to show well and buyers will be competing for a bid!