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How Do You Know? Real Estate Photography & You.

How Do You Know? Real Estate Photography & You.
Guest article by Diego Henriquez

“How do you know when you’re ready?” this question has been asked for generations – marriage, children, college, etc…
The answer always seems to be the same, “you just know.”

Unfortunately, this particular answer cannot be said of prepping your house for real-estate photography, as much as I’d like it too. So, how do you know? What is the fine balance between what feels like the destruction of your whole world and routine and to making sure your home is beautiful within and without? Is there a model or form you can follow? HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Before I divulge unto you information that will change the name of your game I think we need to establish the rules. Here, in the world of photography real estate and real estate in general, we like to think of ourselves as helpers.

What do you mean helpers?

Well, we aren’t here to make your house look ugly, or to highlight parts of the house that might be unbecoming to viewers, nor are we around to make sure your house doesn’t sell. Our number one focus, primary focus, the very fundamental part of our job is to ensure your house is sold in a way that respects you, for YOU.

So the ONLY rule, yes, I repeat, the ONLY rule there is, is to remember:
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU make your house look its best, for you.

Some think we are invaders trying to occupy their livelihood and home, but we aren’t. We are guests. As such, wouldn’t you want your house to look its best?

Some think we don’t care about how the house looks or is maintained, but we do. In fact, we care a ridiculous amount, so much so, we consider you a part of our team and vice versa. #teamCBHarper.

As a team, we (on-staff professional Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® photographers) are going to do our utmost to ensure your house gets the best photos, the realtor will do their utmost to ensure the sale of your house, and you, as team leader, needs to, to the utmost of your ability ensure your house is ready – ready for the world to see how beautiful your home is, has been, and will continue to be.
(As soon as they buy it, am I right).

Okay, okay….enough with the chatter you say, tell me how do I know when I am ready.
Here, at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, we’ve made it simple for you with our expert team of professional photographers, our undying canny marketing team, and our 24/7 on-the-clock IT department. We’ve made it so simple, that it boils down to a list. THE LIST. The list of all lists that will answer, “when am I ready.”
You can find this list by asking your Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® or download it here.

You feel that power at your fingertips? I do.
However, if you’d like read on…it gets better. I promise.

After the list is done, then what? What’s your next move? Remember how I said it gets better? Here it comes….brace yourself…..Once you finish the list, you are done. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! No way! How? Well, let’s use the analogy of an all American great sport, football.

When the quarterback throws the ball, is he done for that moment with his job? Why yes, for the moment, not the whole game. Okay now, who’s next in play? Well, whoever is receiving the ball, which in this particular case would be the photographer. Now it is His turn to do what is expected of him. And, well, you get my drift… I want to highlight something important. As the seller, the team leader, you have to continue to maintain the house, just as a quarterback would the play his best the whole game because this helps the realtor do their part. In this way, when we all work together, as exhausting as it may seem – and trust me I know it is exhausting – we can guarantee success, for you!

#teamYOU.

So, here’s the deal: let’s pinky promise each other that we will do what is required of us to make sure we make your home look its best for you, for me, for them and for those to be. After all, we are a team. The best team. Because we have you and you can now say confidently, I AM READY.

Love,
Your Photographer.

via GIPHY

 

Guest article by Diego Henriquez.

TAR Distinguished Service Award Winner Mary Ann Jeffers

Monday, September 11, 2017San Antonio, TX — Mary Ann Jeffers of San Antonio was recognized for her contributions to her community and the industry with the Texas Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award.

Mary Ann is a Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Sales Agent out of the North East office. She has served as the 2015 Chairman of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® and currently serves as the Region 13 Regional Vice President at the Texas Association. In addition, Mary Ann serves on the Executive Board at the State Association. She is a TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) Trustee at the State Level currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee at the State Level and National Association of REALTORS® as well as other committees at the State and National level. Mary Ann also serves on the Board of Directors at the National level. (NAR).

“What a great honor that Mary Ann chose us as her brokerage. Thank you for being one of the most respected leaders in our industry! Richly deserved and congratulations!” , says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

Mary Ann has spent the last 47 years in the real estate industry keeping up with issues dealing with private property rights by being involved in the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) as well as at the National Association of REALTORS®. Protecting private property rights and quality service to my clients is a priority. She is a full-time real estate agent and has her Brokers License. Additionally, Mary Ann is certified by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) to teach core real estate courses as well as the GRI Courses and Military Relocation Certification course.

Mary Ann’s mission statement:

To be an advocate for and provide accurate information to my clients and customers so informed decisions can be made. To develop a relationship for life by providing “Quality Service” each time and always do what is right while having a balanced life. I love what I do and enjoy each day in hopes to make each day a better day for someone else.

Among her peers, Mary Ann is widely respected. It is, therefore, no surprise that when she was bestowed with this honor it was met with an applaud of congratulations.

 

 

Congratulations Corleen Schneider, SRES Designation Achievement

logoCongratulations Corleen Schneider for receiving the designation of Seniors Real Estate Specialists® or SRES®.

By earning the SRES® Designation, she has demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

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

People are my business, and helping people reach their realty goals are my passion. I will educate both home buyers and sellers on the process, implement marketing to expedite the process as well as education to first time homebuyers.

My background in Nursing, Registered Nurse for over 20 years, owning and operating a Home Health Agency for 12 years, has given me the expertise in management, multitasking as well as communication and importance of follow through. As a client, it is MY PRIORITY to keep YOU informed, and educated, on all the steps in the process as well as the steps along the way. MY PASSION has always been helping people and Real Estate is another way that I can provide assistance to Clients. I have fond memories when I was a young child, of visiting the Model homes and Show homes!

Born and raised in Canada, I relocated to Texas for work reasons, have been in San Antonio for more than 20 years and have considered it my home for all most that long! I have had wonderful Real Estate Agents for the many real estate transactions that I have personally had, and want to make your experience one to remember! Whether you are Buyer or a Seller, let me know. Please allow me to bring your dreams into Reality!

Well done Corleen! Thank you for sharing such wonderful words with us and cheers to your continued success.

CBHarper Hurricane Harvey Relief & Adopt-a-Pet, The Long Road Home

Coldwell Banker and Adopt-a-Pet.com renewed their partnership in 2017. Last year the goal was to find homes for 20,000 pets, a goal that was exceeded thanks to Coldwell Banker offices nation-wide.

At Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we had planned to join our ‘GenBlue’ family across the country by hosting several events here locally. Our office locations span 9 locations in 7 cities in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We had teamed up with local shelters, gathered resources and promoted the National Adopt-a-Pet weekend.

What none of us could have planned for was the storm on the horizon. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the evening of August 25th near Rockport, Texas. Home to many of our Sales Agents, family, friends and sister brokerage the Ron Brown Company. The category 4 hurricane sent wind gusts upwards of 100mph through the Texas Coastal Bend. This area is comprised of numerous small towns.

We watched helplessly as the torrential rains moved along the 300 miles of Texas coastline to Houston and farther north to Beaumont. This is not only a Texas story, the storm moved painfully slow over the course of a week bringing the flood waters into parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Without hesitation, Leesa Harper Rispoli rallied with the Sales Agents, employees and partners here to formulate a plan of action. In step with our parent company, Realogy, who pledged to match up to $75,000 for Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief funds, we launched a fundraiser directly benefitting the American Red Cross. To-date this fundraiser has raised over $5,300.

Leesa put together this message:

Effectively immediately, on August 30th, we began collecting donations. We then planned for a Big Donation Event on Sept. 7th, just ahead of our Adopt-A-Pet event on Sept. 9th. We communicated directly with our fellow Coldwell Banker family members who sustained severe damage. We continue to encourage and support their respective fundraisers found here:
HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

Even in the midst of a gas shortage caused by panic here in San Antonio, our Big Donation Event, unfolded with grand success. Allen Pozzi and Richard Davies, in true Texas fashion, brought in their barbecue pit and served up brisket, sausage, and fajita tacos. Each taco sold for $2 with the proceeds earmarked for relief efforts. Over $1,387.44 was raised in monetary donations. Checks were delivered directly to the San Antonio Food Bank, a hub of distribution for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Physical donations came in by the truckload until our entire trailer was filled with new goods including cleaning supplies, food, and hygiene products. Some of our donations were even sent via Amazon from other locations across the country like ones we received from Heather Ostrom at Coldwell Banker Roseville and Rocklin. We worked with a church who organized and delivered all the items collected. They put them directly into the hands of those affected and setup a team of volunteers who are assisting in the rebuilding process.

CBHarper Donation Drive

With our donations delivered on Friday, we pushed forward together to promote our Adopt-a-Pet event. It was no longer about only adopting pets who needed a home. It became about relieving the shelters who were feeling the pressure as they received incoming pets displaced by the flooding.

Our very own Cat Lodge, REALTOR® appeared on SALiving with TV personality Shelly Miles to voice how adopting a dog can make all the difference. Already full shelters here in San Antonio were seeing a large influx of animals that had escaped the storm or lost their families. Seeing a need, our friends at Adopt-a-Pet.com announced the release of a unique peer-to-peer platform that helps displaced people find local citizens who can provide temporary foster homes for pets until they can be welcomed back home.

Saturday, September 9th our offices joined together with God’s Dogs, SARocks, San Antonio Pets Alive and Pet’s Barn to take part in the nation-wide Adopt-a-Pet weekend. In total, 28 dogs found new homes, which for us is a tremendous success!  Below are photos from our Adopt-a-Pet and they speak louder than any words we can share.

At the end of the day, we’re all Texans. What does it mean? It means we’re family, here to lift one another up. We rise only by lifting others. So if that means raising money, donating goods or hosting a pet adoption — count us in. If there is one thing we are passionate about here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® it is changing lives by affecting real change where we can. Texas is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. If this tragedy has taught us anything, it is that we are Texas Strong. Stay on this journey with us as we continue down the path to recovery post-Hurricane Harvey… and Hurricane Irma. It is a long road home for some but we will reach the destination, together.

Meet ‘Rags’ this gent of a pup was adopted and now has a new fur-ever home.

Dea Driffill, REALTOR excited about the day’s events. She raffled off a $100 gift card!

Ali Heft and Debbie Backlund with their new furry family members. Congratulations!

Faythe Brunk pictured with a sweet adoptable puppy.

Wendy Holtorff and her family with their new pup! Congratulations!

This lil’ guy looks sad, but shortly after this photo was taken he was adopted by a new family.

Kathy Vogel, Leesa Harper Rispoli, Donna Frye all sporting CBHarper T-Shirts.

Julie Brown & Donna Frye put in some serious “sign-holding” time —committed to pups and all things Adopt-a-Pet!

Free swag for anyone who stopped by.

 

 

 

 

CBHarper’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

We feel passionate about helping our fellow Texans!
With such a widespread need, we have put together a plan to present options on
the best ways to give. Use the links below to directly help folks in our Coldwell Banker Family and those along the Texas coastline that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey!

MONETARY DONATIONS

  1. Ron Brown is the Broker / Owner of 2 Coldwell Banker offices. The office manager, Jen Rubinowitz, set up a gofundme page to provide food and hotels for our fellow agents there. Visit: HelpRockport.CBHarper.com
  2. Marnie Pate is the Broker / Owner of Coldwell Banker Island REALTORS® and she is coordinating monetary relief efforts for the folks in Port A. Visit here to help: HelpPortA.CBHarper.com

  3. We have set up a fundraiser page that is directly benefitting the American Red Cross. You can find it by visiting our Facebook page @CBHarperRealtors OR visit: redcross.org/donate or TEXT Harvey to 90999 ($10)

To put things in perspective the distance from Corpus Christi to Beaumont Texas is 300 miles. That is how vast the devastation is. There are a large number of inland towns that have significant damage, we have not forgotten them.

 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7th 2017

DONATION DRIVE

Effective immediately, all office locations will be collecting for the CBHarper Donation Drive, they can be found by visiting cbharper.com/locations.

BIG DONATION EVENT ON SEPT. 7th: 18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78258

LOADING TIME: 10:00am – 2:00pm, we will be in the parking lot loading trucks

We are collecting essential items that will be placed directly into the hands of those who need
them most. Please bring any of the following items:

• Batteries

• Duct Tape
• Fix-A-Flat

• Buckets

• Gloves

• Hammers

• Shovels

• Chainsaws

• Rubber Boots

• Trash Bags

• Cleaning Supplies:

Mops, Sponges, Bleach,
Cleaning Products, Scrubbers

• Bug Spray

• Water

• Air Mattresses

• Towels

• Linens

• Toiletry Items

• Baby Items

• NEW Clothing
• Hand Sanitizer

 


If you have a person or specific location in need, please add it in the comments below. We will make every effort to stay informed and keep connected to the needs of our fellow Texans.

 

Welcome New Class August 2017

Welcome New Agents Class August 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Brittany Moreno, D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development),

Second Row [left to right]: Honey Knight, Jessica Cooper, Jessica Theobald

Third Row [left to right]: Lain Howard

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

Delia Sutton, REALTOR — Going the Extra Mile

Born and raised in Panama, Delia came to the United State to attend college. She is the proud mother of three successful professionals and the grandmother of seven. She proudly became an American citizen and truly understands, believes in the American Dream of homeownership. In addition, she has a great respect for the military servicemen and women. Her granddaughter, son, and son-in-law are members of the United States Army.

Licensed in 1978, Delia has extensive knowledge of the real estate industry. She has built long-term relationships with families, many of her clients come back again and again for their home buying or selling needs. She’s not just their REALTOR®, she is their friend.

D’Ann Harper, Broker / Owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® received a letter directly from one of Delia’s clients sharing their truly wonderful experience.

Dear Ms. Harper:

My husband and I had the good fortune to work with Delia Sutton, a realtor with your firm, for a small real estate purchase in San Antonio in the last month. All had to be done electronically because we are, in fact, on a working assignment in Japan. Ms. Sutton’s professionalism in handling both our time differences and some rather frustrating obstacles thrown our way by the bank despite our good credit was spectacular. She answered our concerns outside of normal business hours, provided information, reassurance, and guidance in the purchasing process down to the handing off of the keys. Without her steadfast support, I doubt that this would have resulted in the successful completion of the purchase. We are extremely grateful to her.

Frankly, I have never before encountered a professional like Ms. Sutton who is so clearly willing to go the extra mile even when the remunerative payoff is not that great. We hope to be making other real estate purchases in the coming years and will definitely be seeking Ms. Sutton’s services and referring others to her. If she represents the “norm” at Coldwell Bank, all the better for you and your clients.

Feel free to share this testimonial on any public media site and do give Ms. Sutton the praise and/or award she deserves for having made us such satisfied customers.

Best regards,

Jo Anne Bowman and Gary Ullrich

Well done Delia! If you are looking for an agent who will do her best to satisfy your real estate needs, please reach out to Delia Sutton, REALTOR®. She enjoys working with people and helping them with one of the most exciting and important major decision in their lives — buying or selling a home.

Delia Sutton, REALTOR®

Delia Sutton
Creating Customer Loyalty through Excellent Service!

North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office
18756 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio TX 78258
210-844-4513 mobile
210-483-6352 office
210-483-4752 fax
dsutton@cbharper.com
www.DeliaSutton.com
{ English, Spanish }

Wishing Cheree Rey A Wonderful Retirement

Monday, August 4th, 2017 — The CBHarper Family celebrated Cheree Rey’s retirement today as she closes her chapter here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Her story started back in 1984 with D’Ann Harper, in the early days of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Today we listened and they shared memories of that time alongside other Sales Agents who have also shared in the journey. Some of those are Barbara Kressin and Mary Jo Johnson, both of who are still as part of the CBHarper Family.

Her story started back in 1984 with D’Ann Harper, in the early days of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Today we listened as they shared memories of that time alongside other Sales Agents who have also shared in the journey. Some of those are Barbara Kressin and Mary Jo Johnson, both of who are still as part of the CBHarper Family. Amidst the laughter, D’Ann and Cheree reminisced over experiences along the way. D’Ann also shared her deepest gratitude for the nearly 34 years of service Cheree has given to a brokerage they’ve watched blossom and grow.

From all of us at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® congratulations Cheree Rey on the next season of your life and a blessed retirement! You will be missed!

 

 

 

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®

 

Welcome New Class for July 2017

Welcome New Agents Class July 2017

Front Row [left to right]:D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Patty Sanchez [North Central / Stone Oak Office], Rosalinda Hoback [North West Office], Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Clarissa Fenlon [Stone Oak / North Central], Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development),

Second Row [left to right]: Jennifer “Jenny” White [North Central / Stone Oak], Blake Ferrell [North East Office], Wendy Holtorff [North Central / Stone Oak], Don Hill [Kerrville Office]

Third Row [left to right]: Tom Patterson [Boerne Office], Laura Sanchez [North West Office]

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