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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

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.

Welcome! Jo Groff, Vice President of Residential Sales, Kerrville Sales Office

Jo Groff
Vice President of Residential Sales Kerrville Office

CB Harper is excited to welcome the new Vice President of our Kerrville Sales Office, Jo Groff. She joins Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® from Jo Groff & Associates.

Originally from Houston, Texas Jo Groff has been a long-time Kerrville resident. Her extensive knowledge and professional training in the real estate industry stem back to 1987 when she graduated from the University of Houston, Real Estate Institute. In addition to being a long-time licensed broker, Jo has successfully led her own local real estate business.

While many Kerrville locals know Jo as a business owner and REALTOR®, she is also a proud mom of 7, booster club member and container gardener. Many folks might know her from their HEB or Walmart shopping aisles. She is a down to earth woman with a great reputation for helping others.

We are pleased to welcome Jo Groff to our team and as a new member of our CBHarper Family!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
1712 Sidney Baker Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
www.cbharper.com
(830) 896-5500

Talk About Texas with Faythe Brunk

In a recent interview with Faythe we asked her about KKYX 104.9FM & 680AM (“Country Legends”), and specifically her partnership with Roy Holley on the radio show, Talk about Texas.

Now owned by Cox Radio, Country Legends has been around since 1926 and the station covers over 99,000 sq. miles and over 100 counties. It’s a major outlet for country music lovers all over Texas and was ranked one of the top ten stations in the nation during the 70’s and 80’s  and is still very popular today. Roy Holley’s program “Talk About Texas” has been on the station for almost 7 years and has over ¼ million listeners. 

Jerry King (who edits all of Faythe’s radio material) is a popular morning personality has been on the radio for over 40 years, has received many accolades and is an honorary member of the Country DJ Hall of Fame in Nashville. 

The co-producer of Talk about Texas, we asked Faythe how she feels to be part of such a special project, “Imagine how you feel when you hear a good story and take that narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, insight, and a little bit of serendipity.  Or imagine sharing a cup of coffee with a friend and listening intently as they share their incredible  life story.  Now imagine that’s actually an enjoyable morning and you really want to do it again. When you join us on Saturday mornings, whether it’s a live interview at the studio, or out in Llano, that’s exactly what you’ll hear.  We travel all over Texas collecting great stories where you’ll get to hear some surprising revelations of everyday people who get to take the microphone and talk about their lives.  Each week the show shares these unscripted conversations revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.  Sometimes we’ll make you laugh, other times you may get sentimental, but we’ll always be perseveringly honest and empathetic.

Take a listen to one of these shows featuring our very own, Leesa Harper-Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®:

Be sure to tune in every Saturday from 8:30 – 9:30am on KKYX Radio to listen to their upcoming show featuring fantastic personalities from right here in Texas. You can download the station on www.iheart.com or live stream at www.kkyx.com.

So, we asked Faythe, any last thoughts on this?
I feel blessed being part of the show mainly because I get to meet some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Texans that always make me smile, and working with folks like that can’t go anywhere but awesome!”

Well said, and can be sure we’ll be listening!

Nikki Diamond-Jones Receives ALHS Designation

 Congratulations Nikki Diamond-Jones for receiving the designation of Accredited Luxury Home Specialist.

The Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS) agents are members of an elite group of exceptional real estate professionals dedicated to their professionalism. As a testimony to their commitment, these high caliber agents subscribe to The Luxury Home Council’s strict guidelines that demonstrate the agent’s expertise in this highly demanding segment of the real estate marketplace.

Nikki Diamond-Jones has spent the last 30 years in sales and sales management. Prior to practicing real estate she enjoyed careers in the upscale clothing and auto industries as a manager and a trainer of sales associates.

Nikki believes that being a good listener is one of her most important attributes in achieving her clients goals and earning their business. She also enjoys the referrals of friends, family and neighbors as a testament to her approval rating with her past clients.

Nikki has a true passion for homes and for guiding each of her seller clients in preparing their homes for sale. She works closely with sellers in staging their homes to showcase the finer points.

She loves working with buyers and understands that if her buyer has a `short list` of possible homes, then the search is on until we find `the one!` After all, it’s where we live our lives!

Call Nikki and partner with her today to achieve your real estate goals!

Zap Success: Ruth Brymer

As a real estate professional you may have heard about Zap. So what’s the big deal you ask?

As a licensed REALTOR® here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Zap empowers you in every aspect of your real estate business. All from your mobile app you can manage your contacts, search activity, prioritize communication, promote yourself and quickly respond to requests. Available here on the Apple store or here on Google Play, Zap is your integrated real estate technological solution.

An example would be the Zap lead delivered to Ruth Brymer (pictured in the feature image). After receiving this lead, Ruth and her client entered into a buyer agreement in November of 2016, and closed in January of 2017! Congratulations Ruth!

Thank you so much for sharing this story of success and home. Cheers to your continued success!

 

Ruth Brymer, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels TX 78130
(830) 837-1984 mobile
(830) 608-5467 office
rbrymer@cbharper.com

www.cbharper.com

 

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.

Welcome New Agent Class March 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), Angelica Fair, Jamie Sultenfuss, Gwen Reyes, Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Gaby Sanchez

Second Row [left to right]: Michelle Fink, Cindy Cox, Tracey Kunz, Tanya Bates, Svetlana Horton

Third Row [left to right]:  Cynthia Johnson, Antonio “Tony” Sanchez, Mark Kieffer, Kent Eskew, Brent Suter

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

 

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!