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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!

Welcome New Agent Class April 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), Jeanie Walker, Karen Sphar, D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Veronica Bugarin

Second Row [left to right]: Jennifer Mueller, Claudia Ferguson, Javier Vazquez

Third Row [left to right]:  Stariana Alford, Emily Bickford, Roy Bogar, Jo Groff (Vice President of Residential Sales Kerrville Office)

Fourth Row [left to right]:  Mike Koebke, Paul Daniel, Michael Johnson

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

Planning the Future for Children with Disabilities

Planning the Future for Children with Disabilities

Guest Article by Charlotte Meier


When you have a child with a disability, it’s important to plan ahead for her future, particularly if she is going to need assistance caring for herself as an adult. There are many things you can do now, as she is growing, that will be beneficial for her later in life.

Plan for Your Child’s Adulthood Early On

Start as soon as you can; it’s never too early. As a parent of a child with a disability you need to be coming up with ideas for the future, even though you may not foresee a time when your child can live without your support. Most children outlive their parents, so it’s important that you make provisions for a time when you will not be there to care for your child. It helps to generate an image of the adult she will become, then you can begin to process the type of support she will need. Consider the community where she will live. What type of accommodation will she need? Who will her closest friends be? What kind of support group will she have? Share these ideas with your family and friends and they will help you build a clearer picture.

Learn From Adults With Disabilities

It may be difficult for you to imagine what it will be like for your child to live with her disability as an adult. To help you understand, you should get to know adults with the same or similar disability. Talk to them about their lifestyle and the level of support they need. You can also attend support groups and workshops where you can meet parents with older disabled children.

Research the Support Options in Your Community

It’s vital that you become familiar with the support options in your community for adults with disabilities. Look into groups and organizations that are involved with work programs, assisted living and recreational programs. There are many good resources online, such as the Center for Parent Information and Resources and Special Needs Resources.

Become an Advocate Within Your Community

Reach out to other families in your area through local parent support groups. Contact service providers and let them know about your child’s needs so that services will be readily available as and when she needs them. Find out how you can advocate for services that are not yet in place. Sign up for local organization’s newsletters, so you can keep abreast of the latest changes.

Help Your Child Connect

Build a foundation in your community for your child’s future. Help her to connect with local people, both disabled and non-disabled. The more people you child knows now, the stronger her network will be when she is an adult. Help your child make friends with non-disabled children in your area by arranging for them to do activities together, such as watching movies, baking cookies, or playing video games.

If you have a young child, it may, at this time, be hard to realize the importance of looking ahead to her adult future. But the sooner you begin to imagine how it’s going to be, the more prepared you will be and the easier it will be for you to help your child develop a strong foundation for independence. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by creating a life plan for a child with a disability. Start now and build on it gradually, and when the time comes, it will be easier for you to help your child make the transition to adulthood.

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!

Top Producers February 2017

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 February 2017!

Congratulations to all our our Sales Agents for their continued hard work!

Top 10 Producers February 2017:


Top 50 Producers February 2017:



Wesley Boyd Named Director of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Farm & Ranch Division

January 2017 — Wesley Boyd has been named the Director of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Farm & Ranch Division.

As a REALTOR®, businessman, photographer and native Texan, Wesley brings professionalism and experience to this position. He is expected to expand the Farm & Ranch Division’s existing initiatives and create new ways and opportunities to grow the department’s diversity and advancement.

As the new Director of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Farm & Ranch Division, Wesley will also partner with the Sales Agents serving the Hill Country and South Texas clientele to meet their goals.

San Antonio has been Wesley’s home town for the past 59 years. Wesley says, “I was born and raised here, worked here and raised my family here. I enjoy the diversity in culture and business that San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country has to offer.”

Wesley Boyd, Director of Farm & Ranch Division at
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 483-7500 office
(210) 273-1083

Different Types of Fireplaces Texans Need To Know About

January 2017 — Given that we’re enjoying a particularly mild winter this year, the issue of a fireplace arises out of aesthetics versus necessity here in South Texas. Perhaps you just like to recreate the feeling of winter, as many experience farther North, but a fireplace can be that key element.

Whether you’re entertaining having a fireplace installed or looking for it as a feature in your next home, it is worth knowing the difference. There are several main categories in which most fireplaces fall; Wood Burning Fireplaces, Gas Burning, Ethanol Burning and Electric Fireplaces. Here are some basics for you to consider when weighting your options.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

Open Hearth Fireplace
 — These are typically built on site by a mason and lined with real firebrick. While the ambiance is unmistakable, the efficiency is low. Much of the heated air escapes through the flue, pulling directly from your home.

Fireplace Inserts  — These are the most popular model. Fireplace inserts are units designed to fit inside an existing fireplace. They help the system burn and heat more efficiently, but they’re expensive and can be difficult to design.

Enclosed Fireplaces  — While similar to inserts, in the sense that they are both enclosed, this type of fireplace is slightly different. Traditionally this type of fireplace features large glass paneling and is both efficient and beautiful.

Wood Burning Stoves — While not technically a fireplace, wood-burning stoves are a great alternative. We see them quite frequently in vintage style homes, or those set in the Hill Country style. This allows you to burn wood for heating while enjoying the crackling, comforting sound of

Gas Burning Fireplaces

Direct Vent Gas Fireplaces
 — These are vented through an existing or newly constructed chimney. Alternatively a pipe can be used to minimize changes to your home’s structure. With flexible options in placement, this is a much easier install than traditional wood fireplaces. This style also features a high efficiency rating that prevents warm air from being lost up the flue.

Ventless Built-In Fireplaces  — The simplest to install this model does not require a chimney or a vent. With a signature blue flame due to the burning gas it does run the risk that some contaminant will enter your home.

Ethanol Burning Fireplaces

Ethanol Fireplace Conversion
 — If you have an existing fireplace but want to avoid the mess of soot and wood cleanup, this might be the right option for you. The ethanol burning insert will slide right in and make use of the space. A variety of styles are available to suit both modern and tradition tastes.

Wall Mounted Fireplaces  — The perfect centerpiece for a living space or lounge area, this makes a great alternative hanging a television. If your home does not already come with a fireplace this is a super stylish way to add that decorative touch. This model with most likely not create as much heat, but they are more environmentally friendly.

Electric Fireplaces

Mantel & TV Stand Fireplaces
 — Mantel fireplaces allow you to enjoy the elegance of a traditional fireplace without the hassle of install or excessive expense. Most of them also enable you to turn on a heating function and have a variety of effects.
Electric fireplace TV stands allow you to incorporate both an entertainment center and a fireplace. These are less common but can be beneficial for those who live in smaller homes or apartments.

Have some insight about fireplaces or would like to be a guest writer on this topic? Email us at PR@CBHarper.com

Read more about fireplaces from these online resources:

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireplace
Angie’s List: www.angieslist.com/articles/pros-and-cons-different-types-fireplaces.htm
Green Ethanol Fireplaces: www.greenethanolfireplaces.com/ethanol-fireplace-conversion-can-i-convert-my-fireplace-to-bioethanol
Ethanol Wall Mounted Fireplaces: www.ethanolfireplacepros.com/collections/wall-fireplaces
Electric Wall Mounted Fireplaces on Wayfair: www.wayfair.com/Wall-Mounted-Fireplaces-C215405.html


2016 Holiday Blood Drive

December 1st — Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Holiday Blood Drive was a tremendous success. We collected 13 pints of blood, each pint of blood saves 3 lives. So we saved a total 39 lives today! Susan Brand, out of our North Central / Stone Oak office gave double red blood cells. Her blood will be sent directly to the hospital for immediate use. The rest of the blood collected will be out to hospitals in 3 or 4 days.

As very special thank you to everyone who donated, helped get donations and Denise Barnhill who helped organize the drive. Also thank you to Mika Conner and Heather Bellamy who coordinated the sign-up of the donors.

By donating you are giving the gift of life. If you would like to visit one of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Centers offices to make a blood donation, they can be found here:

Happy Holidays to all and many thanks!


Cat Lodge, REALTOR®

Susan Brand, REALTOR®

Susan Brand, REALTOR®

Gabe Richter, VP Marketing and Technology

Gabe Richter, VP Marketing and Technology

Patricia Parker, REALTOR®

Patricia Parker, REALTOR®

Violett Forey, assistant to Ken Davis, REALTOR®

Violett Forey, assistant to Ken Davis, REALTOR®

Ana Snow, REALTOR®

Rose Snow, REALTOR®

Bea Forthman, REALTOR®

Bea Forthman, REALTOR®


Mika Connor, Office Administrator



CBHarper Family Kitchen: Lasagna Boats

This time of year is the season of the squash. We typically see pumpkin, butternut and acorn – but not a whole lot of spaghetti squash recipes. One of our CBHarper Family members shared this delightful dinner recipe for lasagna boats. Great for children, vegetarian diets, carb-free and all-around food lovers. This version happens to be vegetarian, but add pancetta and you’re golden.

4-6 small spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise with seeds scooped out
splash of olive oil
1 head garlic
1 lbs. italian tofu meat crumbles (or chicken sausage for the non-vegetarian version)
1/2 sweet Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 tsp. fresh sage
1 tsp. fresh basil
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper (or to taste)
1 28oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1 1/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup provolone shredded cheese (fontina cheese also works well)
1 cup mozzarella shredded cheese

Preheat the oven to 400º

988_4172684Drizzle olive oil, plus add salt and pepper all over the cut side of both squash halves. On a baking sheet place sliced squash cut-side down. Slice the top of garlic head and also place on baking sheet next to squash. Bake for about 30-45 minutes or until squash is tender.

Remove both items from oven.

Squeeze the roasted garlic from its husk into a bowl and set aside.

Scrape inside of squash with fork until it breaks down into noodle-like strands.

Reduce the oven to 350º

While the squash bakes it’s time to prepare your sauce. In large skillet, heat roughly 1 tablespoon of olive oil (you can add the pancetta at this time or opt for just the veggies.) Addthe onion, bay leaf, thyme and sage – cook stirring gently until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Push the onion herb mixture to one side of the pan.
Add a splash more olive oil to the center of the pan and add in the tofu crumbles (or meat). Heat until browned about 3 minutes.


Add tomatoes, basil and water, then combine everything while stirring. Reduce to simmer about 15-20 minutes. Once sauce has thickened a bit remove bay leaf. Salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in mashed roasted garlic.

In medium sauce pan, we will make a bechamel sauce. Melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour, blend constantly for 1 minute. Should form a thick but smooth paste. Slowly add in milk, continue whisking throughout. Simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in provolone, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Let cool but stir occasionally.


Assembling the boats is next. Layer the squash strands with the tomato (meat) sauce, cheese sauce and top with shredded mozzarella.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350º or until cheese is melting and slightly browned. Garnish with basil and enjoy!


Inspired by this recipe.

CBHarper’s Holiday Blood Drive

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® will be hosting it’s Holiday Blood Drive on Thursday, December 1st, 9:15am – 12:15pm in the Stone Oak parking area. Our goal is to collect 14 pints of blood.

You can sign-up online with this link:

Ot stop by and sign up with Mika Connor on the first floor and Heather Bellamy on our third floor at the Stone Oak office.

All presenting donors will receive:

1.) A safe and secure donation experience.
2.) Skilled care from their staff.
3.) A wellness checkup and a South Texas Blood & Tissue Center tumbler.
4.) Access to convenient online scheduling.

Every Day, Every Season – You matter. Please sign up to give, someone needs your help.

A special thank you to Denise Barnhill, who works tirelessly to help organize this event!