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Congratulations Darlene Slough, GRI Graduate

Kerrville, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members with increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

Congratulations Darlene Slough

GRI

Darlene Slough, who has over 40 years combined experience in business, sales, mortgage lending, residential building and real estate, was awarded the certification of GRI.

Here’s what one of Darlene’s client had to say about her:

“Darlene is an excellent realtor. She goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable with every aspect of the sale. If there is anything at all she can do to make it easier for you to understand the finer points of real estate transactions, she is more than willing to explain them. She is extremely personable. She actually went to the courthouse to find all the prior deed restrictions which often times are not included initially with the seller’s information. She assisted me with reinstating an agricultural exemption on the property which saved money. I highly recommend her services.”

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing option, and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms, and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

 

With 9 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the destination broker for career-minded professionals and top producing Sales Agents.

Craig Ross Earns the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Membership


San Antonio, TX, December 2017
Craig Ross, REALTOR®, ABR, ALHS, CNE, e-Pro, GRI, GREEN, SMART, of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is now a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. To become a Member of the Institute, you must be a licensed real estate agent or member of the National Association of REALTORS® and successfully complete luxury sales and marketing training. Those who undergo this extensive training have access to exclusive tools, resources, products.

Ross has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® for seven years and is the co-owner of The Ross Group of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Global Luxury. He graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelors in Business and History. Ross is still involved with his Alma Mater by being on the Greek Alumni Advisory Council. He is a member of the Dominion Rotary Club, a member and former Chairman of SABOR Realtor/Builder Committee and the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church.

About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7004 or  pr@cbharper.com and has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years. Visit our Facebook page and blog for supportive content and articles, as well as our YouTube channel.

Dianna Rhodes Appointed Senior Vice President of Residential Sales

09/25/2017 – Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® (CBHarper) announced that Dianna Rhodes has been appointed Senior Vice President of Residential Sales.  Dianna brings a wealth of residential real estate sales, management, and coaching experience.  She first began her

extensive professional career as a Contract Negotiator in Facilities and Records Management with Shell Oil.  She transitioned to the real estate industry with Coldwell Banker Pennington-Chen in 1996 and quickly became one of the company’s top producers by her second year.  That success led to a broader role where she mentored new Sales Agents through a custom, six-week training course she designed.  Ultimately, she was promoted to Sales Manager of her office, routinely achieving the Premier Office designation with Coldwell Banker.
Dianna also served as Sales Manager for Perry Homes in the Houston market, closing over $22M in a three-year period while receiving numerous awards.  Most recently, Dianna directed the education and training divisions of Stewart Title in San Antonio and routinely coached Sales

Agents on growing their business.  She earned a BS in Finance from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and boasts over 21 years of residential real estate experience.

CBHarper is thrilled to have her joining the Senior Management Team and leading the efforts to grow CBHarper’s residential sales business.

“Her passion as a mentor, educator, speaker, trainer, and leader clearly reflect how fortunate we are to be adding such a strong professional to our organization.” Says Leesa Harper Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

How to Deal With Unsightly City Trash Cans

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s that one neighbor who moves their trash cans in front of your house? Or perhaps you are a real estate agent trying to guide the homeowner so that it photographs well.

Either way, large obtrusive items like city trash cans can cause quite the eyesore.

Our professional photographers do their best to ensure such things are minimized in photos to best compliment the home while remaining true to its representation. Naturally, the on-staff designers could not resist adding their bit of flair to combat the view of a, particularly overwhelming view.

The original…

And who can blame them? What is more interesting — a meeting of trash cans OR…

The most interesting man in the view.

Now THAT’S interesting.

Not quite your style? Well, what’s more stylish than an entire marching band??

We admit this isn’t our most convincing Photoshop work.

But how about THIS:

That is enough to dispell any doubt of the myth of Loch Ness.

Or maybe you’re a fan of the American Classic:

What is more American than the good ‘ole legend of Bigfoot?

No? Maybe you are more of a hero fan…

Chuck Norris a.k.a. Walker the Texas Ranger, the subject of endless memes and a legend in his own right.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the other legend…

Bruce Lee. Arguably the most famous martial arts master.

 

 

Or folks could just move trash cans. (No, not our folks – your folks.)

 

It’s ok we really do understand.

 

 

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CBHarper’s Summer Blood Drive 2017

Throughout the year, for many consecutive years, we host Blood Drives for the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. Sometimes we have a face for our cause to donate life-saving blood.
Such is the case with Noami Hennesey.

Noami was born with an autoimmune disease called thalassemia, a condition quite common in her native China. Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body does not create enough red blood cells or enough of the oxygen-carrying protein called hemoglobin. The only treatment for thalassemia is blood transfusions, which Noami will receive for the rest of her life.

In China, blood donors are rare and there are extreme shortages of blood available for patients. Noami, who grew up in an orphanage, would receive blood transfusions just twice a year. The result was that she always was exhausted and frequently in pain. Fortunately, she was adopted at the age of 10 by a family from Helotes, and now she is able to receive lifesaving transfusions on a regular basis, approximately 35 to 50 units of red blood cells in a typical year.

Noami is thankful for the number of donors in the United States who have been a part of her progress. Many children with thalassemia from the area in China where Naomi is from do not live past the age of 14, but she has already beaten that with her recent 15th birthday — and a normal life.

The CBHarper Summer Blood Drive was a tremendous success and proud supporter of Noami and other like her who depend on life-saving donations. We exceeded our goal of 10 pints of blood and collected 16 pints of blood, which means we saved 48 lives!
We also had 2 donors who donated Double Red Cells which counts for 4 pints of blood.

Special thanks to everyone who donated blood and who helped to make our Summer Blood Drive such a huge success.

 

 

We wanted to offer an outlet for those that still wanted to give but perhaps ran out of time. There is a location very close just off Northwest Military and Loop 1604 where donors can drop by – you can even schedule an appointment online here.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center Shavano
Blood Donation Center
4079 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78257
Phone: (210) 736-8920
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday · 9am–5pm, Monday & Sunday • 11am-6:30pm

 

If you would like to sign up for our next donation please contact:

Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®,

18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 101 • San Antonio, TX 78258

(210) 483-6314 • dbarnhill@cbharper.com


For more information about the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, log on to:

www.southtexasblood.org

Congratulations Dina Murphy, GRI Designation Achievement

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.
Congratulations Dina Murphy! 

GRI

Dina Murphy was awarded the certification of GRI.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing option, and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms, and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

Fourth of July Sentiments

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”, writes Thomas Jefferson in 1776, as one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence.

Although perhaps written in a different time with different social norms, the U.S. and Americans as a whole have made consistent strides to truly embody those words. It is this idea that has emboldened us to forge our own paths as individuals and as a nation… among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On July 4th, two hundred and forty-one years ago thirteen colonies claimed their independence from Great Britain, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Perhaps the concept of the Declaration of Independence can seem unclear especially given it originally represented, in part, the severing of ties between the original 13 colonies from the rule of the British. It’s origination growing vague through the years of a changing and evolving country.

But America is a young country globally speaking, and we are still learning. The true beauty is the melting pot of innovation we have become. Passionate are we, in our voices that speak to justice, courage and hope. Together we glimpse a bright future in celebrating the holiday we know as Independence Day highlighted by a celebration of fireworks, good food shared with friends and family.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is not about being the biggest company. We are about helping families pursue their happiness by finding a home. There is nothing more American than finding your slice of heaven and putting down roots.

We are grateful to have helped make home a reality for Texans for the past 30 years. Here’s to celebrating the American dream and thank you for trusting our family with yours.

 

3rd Annual “Cover Their Tush & Toes Challenge”

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has partnered with the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for the third year to help provide socks and underwear for area children. Led by Debbie McNeal, REALTOR® who gives her time, energy and heart to benefit such a great cause. In the feature image Jannette Springer and Marjory Felter, REALTORS® are pictured alongside Debbie McNeal and her mom. They are delivering their biggest donation to date.

“Serving others is what brings blessings to all. These ‘Tush and Toes’ donations to Hill Country Daily Bread will be given to the youth that are in need. Thanks Debbie for all you and mom do to make this a success each year. And thanks to all who so generously donated”, says Marjory Felter, REALTOR®

Janette Springer shares her sentiments, “[I] Love giving back to this community and knowing it means so much to the children that receive it.”

In total we supplied the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries with sock and underwear for 130 children for Back to School. It is amazing to bless so many children, amazing work Debbie McNeal and all those that supported these efforts. We give in a variety of different ways throughout the year. Our money, our time and most importantly our hearts. If you would like to contact us about how to get involved in your community please reach out PR@CBHarper.com

If you want to get in touch with Debbie on how to donate directly to the Hill Country Daily Bread, please email her at dmcneal@cbharper.com

Thank you to all of those who participated and donated, it is through giving back that we truly find happiness.

 

Write An Attractive Property Listing With These Tips

It’s time to put your property on the market for rental, so you need an attractive property listing to grab renters’ attention. What will convince them they need to see your property and rent it for themselves? Here are some tips for writing the best property listing possible.

Be sure to list the amenities

There are all kinds of things a renter needs to know about a property before they’ll even come look at it. Are there laundry facilities in the building? What floor is the property on? Is there dedicated parking? List everything that the property can offer a renter. Leaving these out could mean that your property is passed over.

Pay attention to the property’s best features

What is it about your property that gives it the ‘wow’ factor? Maybe there’s a stunning view from the balcony, or there’s a large living and kitchen area that renters can really enjoy. Whatever it is, make sure you’re talking about it in your listing. Show renters that your property is just that little bit different.

Avoid using superlatives

You’ll see many property listings that describe a building as ‘charming’ or ‘beautiful’. These are nice words, but as writer Harriet Petersons from Academized says, ‘It doesn’t tell you anything about the property, it’s just empty words. Instead, look to tell the reader why that property is charming. Show, don’t tell.’

What’s in the neighborhood?

Your property on its own isn’t as interesting to a renter. They also need to know what the neighborhood around it is like. After all, if it isn’t a pleasant neighborhood, then why would they want to live there? Talk about what’s near the property. Can you reach a park for afternoons walks? Is there a thriving market in the next street? Let the reader know.

Be upfront about costs

Renters will have a certain amount in mind as they’re looking for a new home. If you want to make sure you get the right renters for your property, be upfront about living costs. For example, your property may charge for parking, or have an extra fee as it’s an older building. If you’re clear about these from the start, the renter will have all the facts.

Watch your spelling and grammar

This should go without saying, but your spelling and grammar need to be impeccable. If they’re not, your listing can look less than professional. Write the first draft of your listing, and then go back to it later to edit. You’ll soon see the errors that need to be corrected before publication. If you need help, have a friend read your listing, as they’ll find it easier to see where edits need to be made.

Useful tools

Everyone could use a little help when writing their property listing. Use these tools when you need some assistance:

  • Paper Fellows: This writing community is a great place to test out your writing. Use it as a place to improve the grammar in your work.
  • Assignment Writing Service: Every property listing needs to be proofread before it goes live. Give yours to this service and they can do it for you.
  • Word Counter: There are often length limitations on property listings. Use this tool to check the length of yours.
  • Write My Essay: Not sure you can write your listing yourself? Use this service to get a professional listing written for you.
  • Boom Essays: This service can help you with market research, and creating a good listing.

These tips will help you write the best property listing possible. Give them a try and you’ll get your property rented right away.

AUTHOR BIO: Mary Walton helps business people with resume editing and proofreading at Resume Writing Service. Also, she works as an online tutor and writes for students. Mary is a content manager at Australian Write My Essay service. Being a happy mother of two, she enjoys working remotely and thinks that this type of work is beneficial for personal growth. Read Mary’s blog – Simple Grad, and her latest post is UK.BestEssays.com Review.

 

CBHarper Best Place to Work for 2017

The San Antonio Business Journal announced 75 winners in its 2017 Best Places to Work awards.

This year’s winners fall into four different categories. To determine this year’s winner, Quantum Workplace surveyed employees through a secure website posing a range of questions in categories relating to teamwork, leadership, benefits and work engagement. The honoree companies were those that scored highest.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a family owned company. That phrase is often tossed about and therefore perhaps become watered down in its meaning. Our CBHarper family is more that just “family owned and operated”, it IS family. We grow and work together closely to offer the level of service we would hope to receive.

A luncheon will be hosted on July 20th at the Grand Hyatt where we will be humbly accepting our award. Through the years as we continue to receive ‘Best Places to Work’ awards it is a reminder of our responsibility to provide that positive environment. The President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Leesa Harper-Rispoli, will gladly stop, give you a hug in the hallway and ask about your family. Why? Because it’s more than just a job, and she is more than just an employer or business woman. Leesa and D’Ann (Broker / Owner) are passionate and care deeply about their employees. They know that the success of a company relies on those who work, behind the scenes, day in and day out to sustain a synergy of trust, transparency, and fulfillment.

Thank you to all of the support staff who make this possible. You are heard and appreciated.

See photos from last year here.