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CBHarper’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off 2017

October 27th, 2017 — Here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® we hosted our 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off on a cool, windy Friday afternoon. Company-wide teams come together to simmer their best recipes and compete for bragging rights to the best chili. Aside from fun, food and live music, performed by our very own Clifton Jansky, this event kicks off our holiday ‘Bear Hunt’. Open to the public, our chili cook-off costs a modest $2 entry or 1 stuffed animal to enter.

All of the funds and stuffed animals go directly to our ‘Bear Hunt’ efforts. To date, we have collected well over 25,000 thousand stuffed animals and bears and many more thousands in monetary donations. Everything we collect benefits the local Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Police and Fire Stations, plus the well-loved stuffed animals are distributed to local pet shelters.

Our goal this year is to collect as many bears and stuffed animals as possible to spread the love this upcoming holiday season. Please visit one of our office locations near you:

 

Here are some photos of this year’s fun at the Chili Cook-Off, for all the photos from the day’s event visit our Facebook album here.

Congratulations to our Platinum Top 50 Semi-Finalist

October 2017 — Our Platinum Top 50 Semi-Finalists have been recognized by The Platinum Top 50 Awards Program, which annually selects fifty (50) Residential Real Estate Professionals for their outstanding achievements in: sales, education, industry participation and civic leadership.

The Platinum Top 50 Winners exemplify initiative, involvement, success, and philanthropy. This year’s winners will be announced on Friday, December 1st at the Omni Colonade.

Our Finalists are:

Barbara Lane

Bizzy Darling

Debbie McNeal

Jo Helen Clark

John Peché

Kathleen O’Shea

Ken Davis

Mark Stillings

Miguel Herrera

Polly McKinley

Rhonda Howerton

Sandra De La Garza

Congratulations again to all of these wonderful folks, we truly appreciate all you do!

Top Producers September 2017

There are rarely weekends, in the constant ebb and flow of work-to-be-done, for the Sales Agents. When you trust in one of these professionals, you are NOT working with merely a ‘real estate agent’, you are working with a licensed REALTOR®. This license is the culmination of extensive training, experience, and knowledge tethered to a set of written Code of Ethics.

Cheers to their hard work and ongoing success!

Top 10 Producers September 2017:

Top 50 Producers September 2017:

Top Producers September 2017 — 3rd Quarter:

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Global Luxury Division

October 2017 — We are incredibly excited to announce that the Miguel Herrera Team has joined Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. With over $32M in luxury production this past year, Miguel and his team bring a wealth of international luxury knowledge and experience to our growing Global Luxury Division. It is truly a great fit for our mutual teams to align and build the strongest luxury brand in our market.

Miguel will work alongside Pat Busby in leading our Global Luxury Division. In this role, as Vice President of Global Luxury International, he will help coach, mentor, and share with our team. And as Miguel has shared with us, he is elated to become a part of our amazing brand that has a history and heritage unparalleled to any others in our industry.

The Miguel Herrera Team includes Rick Rivas, Sandra De La Garza, and Adam Rivera.

As we work through the important transitional steps of bringing Miguel and his team onboard, his group will continue to operate from their existing location near the Dominion. It is our goal in the coming months to identify a long-term location for a Global Luxury Sales Office, complete with a look and feel focused on the discerning buyer and seller.

These are exciting times here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Good things are happening, and there’s more to come soon!

 


Meet The Team:

Miguel Herrera,
Vice President of Global Luxury International
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®

Office: 210-563-1772
Miguel@CBHarperLuxury.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Rivas,
REALTOR® Luxury Specialist

Office: 210-563-1772
Rick@CBHarperLuxury.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra De La Garza,
REALTOR® Luxury Specialist

Office: 210-563-1772
Sandra@CBHarperLuxury.com

 

 

 

 

Adam Rivera,
REALTOR® Luxury Specialist

Office: 210-563-1772
Adam@CBHarperLuxury.com

 

 

 

 

 


Debbie McNeal, Working Hard To Get You Home

Debbie McNeal has lived in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country for over 50 years. She has spent over 30 years in management in the Finance & Credit Services Industry, which included mortgage loans, credit services, loan collections, and foreclosures. This experience and knowledge has helped assist clients with mortgage concerns and understanding the entire lending process. After years in the finance industry, Debbie moved on to sales and marketing in the Disaster Restoration business. Information gained during her time there cultivated skills in marketing properties so they will sell faster and bring the best possible price in the market.

Debbie loves being in real estate and helping people realize their dreams. Recently a letter was sent directly to D’Ann Harper, CEO, Broker / Owner, from a client who shared their experience:

I recently sold my house in SA after 39 years. It was tough emotionally for me but I had a real estate agent that was warm, caring and straightforward. She assured me to “look where you are going” not where you’ve been. Then she found the perfect house for me.

I just want you to know how grateful I will always be to your agent, Debbie McNeal. Debbie is friendly and professional. She is honest. I think she won me over with her work ethic, professionalism, and overall knowledge if the process. Anything I asked….. she had an answer or got me the answer.

Debbie bent over backwards to get both deals done. She kept me informed and she kept me calm. It is a huge change for me. I am so thankful I had Debbie who made it easy and fun!  Please know she really is a great agent. She knows her stuff. I love my new house and I love Debbie McNeal.

Thanks for a great experience with one of your agents.

N. Faldik, Ph. D

Thank you, for sharing this wonderful sentiment about Debbie McNeal, REALTOR®. It is no wonder that she has been named Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Hero of the Year and Eagle of the Year multiple times. Both of these awards are peer-voted and based on overall performance, contribution to helping other agents and her time spent giving back to the community.

In response to this letter, D’Ann Harper says, “Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful letter about Debbie. Indeed Debbie is one of CBDHR’s shining stars. I am so pleased to have her as part of our real estate family but even more proud to call her one of my dear friends. Hope you enjoy your new home for many years to come and thank you again.”

When Debbie is not helping clients, she devotes much of her time to the community. Currently, she serves as the President of the Hill Country Optimist Club. Additionally, she is the organizer of donation drives that include “Cover Their Tush & Toes” Sock & Underwear Drive, “Easter Bunny Basket Brigade” to collect items for & assemble Easter Baskets for local children, an Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and providing support to the Christian Women’s Job Corp by teaching or providing means during their training sessions.

When Debbie isn’t “knee-deep” in real estate, she enjoys traveling with friends and spending time with family, which includes her 2 miniature long hair dachshunds. Visit her on Facebook and don’t forget to like and follow her by clicking here:
https://www.facebook.com/debbiemcnealrealtor/

Cheers Debbie for all you do in the community and to help families find their way home!

 

Welcome New Class October 2017

Welcome New Sales Agent Class October 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Bernadette Almendarez, Nina Cadena, D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Leesa Harper Rispoli (President), Sylvia Rodriguez, Tammi Johnson, Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development)

Second Row [left to right]: Gail Collamore, Amanda Schonfeld, Ramika Adams, Sherri Huffman

Third Row [left to right]: Melissa Neuman, Amy Dresch, David Mansour

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

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and Legacy Mutual Mortgage Officially Partner

September 2017 — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® announced its partnership with Legacy Mutual Mortgage as their preferred mortgage lender. This new venture brings together two leading companies in the Texas real estate industry. Founded in 1986, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® was built on a tradition of trust and service to the community through longstanding partnerships with charitable organizations like Any Baby Can, Roy Mass and Habitat for Humanity. Legacy Mutual Mortgage, established in 2003, is an approved HUD lender and a member of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.

CBHarper knows that finding the right mortgage partner is an important factor in the real estate process. Legacy Mutual Mortgage possesses one of the strongest and most trusted brands in the market. They have built a strong reputation as an outstanding mortgage lender with an established history of success.

A Texas-based company with offices located in every major city, Legacy Mutual has office locations that align with CBHarper service areas in Boerne, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Universal City, Stone Oak, along with a presence in San Marcos, Bandera, Kerrville, and the Fredericksburg market. Plans have already been drawn that implement a secure, synergistic platform for two-way communication between Legacy Mutual and CBHarper.

“I’m thrilled about this new partnership.”, says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. “As we continue to explore ways to empower our Sales Agents with the best resources, it only makes sense that we align with a company like Legacy Mutual. Their direct, open communication and reputation for ethical principles provide a common language between our companies.”

In 2016, CBHarper closed more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. In that same year, Legacy Mutual Mortgage funded 4,969 loans for over $1.25 billion The combination of these two leaders in the real estate industry is sure to transfer into great results in the near future.

“We are honored to be invited to partner with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®! We feel that our companies are aligned to help clients fulfill their dream of home ownership!” says Legacy President and CEO, Dan Diepenhorst.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7008 or pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 Sales Agents. Visit our facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel. Legacy Mutual Mortgage can be reached at (210) 999-5990. Visit their Facebook page, YouTube channel or website for supportive content and articles.

 

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.

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.