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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

Artifact Collecting on your Texas Property

Recently, Linda Vieweg, REALTOR® and Gabe McCarty, REALTOR® procured a listing on 3977 Wilderness Rim in San Antonio’s 78261 zip code. This gorgeous and rare, a true one-story home was custom build for an engineer and home designer. At the time they were not able to find the type of home they desired on a level lot. So began the construction of this home surrounded by panoramic views of the city.

Nestled into the Xeriscaped backyard is a sitting area that overlooks the pool and spa. Certainly, the family enjoyed the memories built in this home set on 1.3 acres. Shaded by numerous oak trees the land reveals artifacts of the Native Americans who once lived in the area.

This raised the question what should I do if I find an artifact?

Referencing the Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division, we weighted that simple question. Artifacts such as pottery fragments, arrowheads or remnants of early homesteads represent a source of knowledge. For thousands of years, prehistoric groups and Native American tribes lived on the land we now call Texas. A nomadic buffalo-hunting people, called the Tonkawan roamed from somewhere around Hillsboro, Texas to the vicinity of present-day San Antonio*. Written documents record only the past 500 years, so information such as what we know about the Tonkawan is pieced together through the study of artifacts and other cultural remains.

The first thing is to verify who owns the land upon which artifacts rest. Land ownership dictates whether surface collecting of artifacts may legally take place. The presence of an archeological site(s) does not restrict the property rights of the landowner••. In fact, these sites and their contents belong to property owners to manage as they choose. Many artifacts collectors can and have worked legally on private property if they are granted permission from the owner.

The most common misconception, according to the Texas Historical Commission, is that collecting from or otherwise damaging any archaeological site on private property is illegal. No laws protecting ALL archeological site on privately owned property presently exist in Texas. The majority of Texas land is in private ownership, therefore most cultural resources are located on private property. These sites then remain under the stewardship of individual landowners.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to uncovering or collecting artifacts, however, it certainly asks an important question about owning land in Texas. Especially, land that has the potential to be culturally rich in undiscovered historical treasures.

If you would like to share an interesting story about your home, email us at PR@CBHarper.com.

 


*http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/adp/history/mission_period/valero/indian/tonkawa.html

**http://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/archeology-artifact-collecting-tx.pdf

2017 Winners of The Dr. Herbert Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli announced the unveiling of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund during Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® 2016 REALTOR Rally. This newly established scholarship honors the late Dr. Herbert E. Harper Jr. and is available in various amounts totaling $25,000.

Offered exclusively to agents, employees, and their children, stepchildren or grandchildren this scholarship underscores the belief CBHarper was founded on — a tradition of trust and family. Students who planned to attend any community college, technical or vocation school or a four-year college or university in the United States submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education.

The students who have been awarded a scholarship are:

Katie Lasko, North West Office
The daughter of Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®   [ Catherine Barnhill ]
The daughter of Ina Kazarian, REALTOR®
The daughter of Holly Mahler, REALTOR® [awarded a renewable scholarship]
The grandson of Connie Dukes, REALTOR®
The daughter of Carolyn DiMuzio, REALTOR®
The daughter of Henry Clarkson, REALTOR®
The daughter of Jackie Thibadeau, Support Center   [ Charlene Mastick ]
The daughter of Wanda Haltom, REALTOR®

Here are the sentiments of several recipients:

“D’Ann and Leesa,
Yesterday I found out that I have been awarded the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and today I found out that I have been selected for an interview for the Dental Hygiene Program at Amarillo College. I will go before the board for my interview the day before the scholarship reception. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the 9 hour drive in time to attend the reception, but I just wanted to get in touch with you both and tell you how grateful I am that you made this scholarship available. Thank you for all that you have done for me and helped me throughout the years!! I couldn’t do it without such a great support system!
Thank you!”  — Charlene Mastick

 

“D’Ann and Leesa,
Thank you so much for the wonderful and very generous scholarship for Catherine Barnhill from the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Summer Program Scholarship Fund. We are very thankful for your help in making Catherine’s dreams come true. Thank you so much, Denise and Catherine Barnhill.”    — Denise and Catherine Barnhill

A reception will be held on June 24th at UTSA’s downtown campus. We would like to extend a round of applause for these recipients and wish them all the best of luck with their education journey!

When the application process reopens for 2018 we will be sharing that news here on our blog and well as on all our social media channels. In the meantime, if you would like more information about the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund visit San Antonio Area Foundation’s website here:
http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/ApplyforaScholarship.aspx#489738-the-herbert-e-harper-jr-memorial-scholarship-fund

 

Top Producers April 2017

Happy April! 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 April 2017!

Top 10 Producers April 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers April 2017:

 

Stay tuned and don’t forget to subscribe so you can be a part of all our announcements. Congratulations to all our Sales Agents for their continued hard work!

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.

CBHarper’s Tasty Traveler: Max and Louies Diner

In this article brought to us by photographer Diego Henriquez, he explores a local hot spot eatery, Max and Louie’s Diner.

 


So I had one of their sandwiches called, The Rachel, which is their interpretation to a Ruben. It comes with your choice of corn beef, pastrami, or turkey, swiss cheese, and coleslaw on Rye bread. First, the bread, though it is rye and tends to have a tougher texture, seemed to be a little too tough around the edges which kind of reminded me of when you toast stale bread. Though it was slightly disappointing it didn’t deter me from proceeding. Second, the pastrami was tasty but a little too fatty for me to consider it “pure” pastrami – though that’s like taking a bite of butter and saying it’s too fatty. Pastrami is usually meant to be somewhat fatty but not like slimy fatty which was my biggest complaint on the sandwich and in the whole general composition of the sandwich. Thirdly, the slaw was delicious. It’s a white cabbage, mayonnaise based, basic coleslaw but it compliments the sandwich and the fattiness elegantly. Fourthly, the swiss chess was your basic but I felt it was lacking in amount and presence. It reminded me of that good looking kid in a school dance that’s off in the corner barely being noticed – its present, with no presence. Lastly, the sandwich comes with a pickle and a side of cole slaw (which can be substituted for potato salad). The pickle was a desperate attempt to find originality; “artisan” pickle fail, with way too much dill seasoning that left your palate in an awkward state of confusion. The potato salad was just as boring as the name.

Ultimately, the sandwich cost $14 and some change and was not necessarily my favorite in flavor impact. I will say, for the price you do get a hefty sized sandwich with lots of meat and, that alone, makes it worth another shot. 

Cheers, Happy Eating!


 

Thank you, Diego, for that enlightening and eloquent review. We will certainly need to try out this local diner!

Kerry Dike, Back-to-Back #1 Individual Sales Agent 2015-2016

As the famous Shrek once said, “Onions have layers.” Much like the almighty onion Kerry Dike also has layers, except she doesn’t stink and won’t make you cry (on purpose).

Kerry Dike has been a Sales Agent with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® since September 2006. On her eleven year journey with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerry is often described as extremely hard-working, energetic and a creative problem-solver. Well known for her sense of humor, Kerry is able to meet any challenge with optimism and determination. Evidence of her success has been the achievement of #1 Sales Agent in the company for 2015 and 2016. Kerry’s multi-million dollar production ranks heftily at approximately 12 million dollars.

Outside of being a full-time REALTOR® Kerry is involved in a Planning and Zoning Committee for the City of Shavano Park. The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of nine members appointed by City Council, one of which is Kerry. They recommend boundaries of zoning districts, appropriate regulations, as well as preparation for public hearings and reports to City Council.

When asked about her goals Kerry says, “It’s about everyday, working to be a better REALTOR® than I was the day before. I want to show my children that life is about work ethic and how hard you’re willing to work to get what you want. For me, D’Ann remains the Gold Standard in every way. Period. I’m proud to be a part of that legacy.”

The most positive impact on Kerry’s success has been her family. They have taught her that in the right shoes, you can go anywhere — except if you’re in heels… and it’s muddy or if you’re on one of those gravel paths. Regardless, Kerry says she makes family choices and support non-negotiable in business.

Going forward her Kerry’s goal for 2017 is to be the best real estate consultant she can be. She does offer some advice for those looking to break into the real estate industry, “Luck doesn’t exist in real estate. When you are prepared for success, you will then recognize opportunities as they happen.”

… also, “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away, and you have their shoes.”

Cartus Superlative Award-Winning Relocation

We are proud to announce our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® relocation staff winner of the Cartus Superlative Award. This marks four consecutive years our Platinum Relocation Department has been recipient of this honor. Sherri Huffman was voted best USAA Referral Coordinator in the Cartus Broker Network Central Region. Congratulations to Sherri for receiving the Cartus Broker Network Superlative Award!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® also received the Cartus Five Star Award, which recognizes 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. 

Our team of award-winning Cartus relocation professionals have been recognized again and again for providing the highest level of outstanding service to the thousands of clients they’ve had the pleasure of serving.

Cartus is not just any relocation company, it is the largest relocation company in the world. San Antonio is proudly a military city. Over 132,000 servicemen and women train annually at Joint Base San Antonio. Merged in October 2010, Joint Base San Antonio is comprised of three local installations, U.S. Army Fort Sam Houston, U.S.A.F. Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base.

USAA provides many professional services to military man and women, including relocation services through the Cartus network called USAA Real Estate Rewards Program. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® proudly supports the men, women, veterans and family members of the U.S. military. We’ve continually met performance service standards and specialized training thereby qualifying our Relocation team to serve USAA members.

The Cartus Broker Network Superlative Awards are awarded based on highest number of votes by members of Cartus Affinity Services. Whether it’s down the block or around the world, our Relocation Department is here to provide the best award-winning service!


About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®:
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the leading residential real estate brokerage in the South Texas and San Antonio area with 9 offices and more than 375 Sales Agents serving the local communities. Everyday Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® properties are broadcast to nearly 8 million buyers on hundreds of websites in addition to 10 high-volume websites. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 Sales Agents. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been part of the has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.

D’Ann Harper, 2017 Legacy Leader

The San Antonio Business Journal honored some of San Antonio’s most esteemed business and community leaders on Thursday, March 9th. The 2017 class of Legacy Leaders included businessmen, Jack Guenther, Bill Klesse, former CEO of Valero Energy, Kevin Trevett, former president and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the Cortez family, the family behind San Antonio’s iconic restaurants such as Mi Tierra Café y Panaderia. Also included was D’Ann Harper, founder and owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, considered by many a real estate legend. D’Ann was introduced by former U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzales, a 2014 Legacy Leader.

In this feature article published by the San Antonio Business Journal, D’Ann Harper is described as the family-loving woman that she is. The real estate brokerage she founded under the Coldwell Banker name has continued to grow to more than 400 REALTORS®. During her continued success the goal and vision of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has remained the same. CBHarper is built on the tradition of trust and family.

In her own words D’Ann Harper says, “It is because  of our wonderful real estate professionals and employees that I had the privilege of accepting this award!”

Through the many congratulations and phone calls, D’Ann remains herself, as she ever was. The kind of lady who will stop and chat with you about the kids or give you a hug in the hallway. She still works on her ranch and can cook a mean Ribeye steak.

Anna Visioli, VP of Digital Marketing at Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC., said it best, “Could not be more well-deserved! Proud to have such an impressive, strong leader in the Coldwell Banker network.”

From all of us here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, congratulations D’Ann on being chosen for the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2017 Legacy Leader!

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.