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Congratulations Trudy Scott

logoCongratulations Trudy Scott 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 Trudy, and be sure to visit her Sales Agent page here,

As a previous Director at a large retirement community in San Antonio and many years of real estate and marketing experience, I have a passion for helping and serving others with trustworthiness, integrity and top notch service. I am also a mother/advocate of a special needs child and have worked personally with many of the same entities including AACOG, DADS, Medicaid, Special Needs Trust, Guardianship, etc. I am honored to have the SRES® Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation, which affords me special knowledge in working with seniors and their families. As your San Antonio Realtor, I will LISTEN to what you need and want and I will always be responsive and accessible to you!

My goal is to make the transition of you or your loved one the simplest possible. Getting the property sold so you can move on is my job. I want to make the transition as seamless and with the least impact as possible for you. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, I will help clients plan and make the right choices for aging in place & the community where they are comfortable and safe in their home.

Whether it’s learning more about reverse mortgages, how to become a power of attorney/guardian, which neighborhoods in San Antonio are 55+ or even knowing what retirement communities are like, I have the contacts and knowledge in all those areas.

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

Coldwell Banker Ranks Number One: REAL Trends 500

The REAL Trends 500, now in its 30th year, remains the undisputed leading report ranking performance of the top U.S. residential real estate brokerage firms. Firms are ranked by both transaction sides and sales volume. Due to the requirement that all information be independently verified, REAL Trends 500 remains THE trusted source for information about the performance of these firms.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® outperformed other big-name brokerages in the San Antonio area and was ranked 187 on REAL Trends 500 list for 2016. Sales volume for companies affiliated with Coldwell Banker out-produced every other national brand both nationally and locally.

Leesa Harper-Rispoli says of this recognition, “We absolutely would not be able to achieve this level of recognition and success without the hard work of our Sales Agents. I would like to personally extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for entrusting us with your partnership and real estate business.”

For the 2017 REAL Trends Survey firms needed to close a minimum of 1,843 transaction sides in 2016 to place in the top 500.

One name. One industry. One market across the United States. Number One.

http://realtrends.com/rankings/real-trends-500-by-sides17

 

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at 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


 

*Real Trends 500 sales volume ranking includes Coldwell Banker companies operated by NRT LLC.

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.

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

Mason’s Mighty Superheroes, A Follow-Up

We recently brought you a story about Cindy Enloe, REALTOR® and her participation in Mason’s Mighty Superheroes. On Saturday March 25th a crowd of supporters gathered to show off their superhero powers alongside Mason “Ace” Martinez.

Held at the Heights at Stone Oak, the race honored 8 year old Mason. On June 21st 2016 just one month after moving to Texas from Tampa, Florida Mason was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Since then, Mason has spent over 35 nights in the hospital and hundreds of doses of chemotherapy and over 15 outpatient lumbar punctures to test his brain and spinal fluid for any “kryptonite”. At one point his bone marrow was occupied by 93% and his blood by 50%. Through his struggles his family and community in the Heights at Stone Oak/Hardy Oak Elementary area has loved and supported him. On July 28th, Mason “Ace” Martinez reached full remission!

To help support Mason and his family a Superhero Race was organized to raise money for the Make-A-Wish-Foundation.

U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro kick started the race with a short speech in a statement to the San Antonio Express News Castro said, “I got back from Washington late last night, and I wanted to support Mason and his family. It’s really special to see so many people from the neighborhood here to support him.”

Amid all the children donning their favorite super hero costumes, were so many supporters just happy to be a part of such a wonderful cause.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help or make a donation visit Mason’s Mighty Super Heroes’ website here:
http://masonssuperheroes.wixsite.com/masonssuperheroes

Also be sure to like their Facebook page found here for more photos from this joyous and successful event:
https://www.facebook.com/masonsmightysuperheroes/

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!

Kerry Dike, Back-to-Back #1 Individual Sales Agent 2015-2016

As the famous Shrek once said, “Onions have layers.” Much like the almighty onion Kerry Dike also has layers, except she doesn’t stink and won’t make you cry (on purpose).

Kerry Dike has been a Sales Agent with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® since September 2006. On her eleven year journey with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Kerry is often described as extremely hard-working, energetic and a creative problem-solver. Well known for her sense of humor, Kerry is able to meet any challenge with optimism and determination. Evidence of her success has been the achievement of #1 Sales Agent in the company for 2015 and 2016. Kerry’s multi-million dollar production ranks heftily at approximately 12 million dollars.

Outside of being a full-time REALTOR® Kerry is involved in a Planning and Zoning Committee for the City of Shavano Park. The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of nine members appointed by City Council, one of which is Kerry. They recommend boundaries of zoning districts, appropriate regulations, as well as preparation for public hearings and reports to City Council.

When asked about her goals Kerry says, “It’s about everyday, working to be a better REALTOR® than I was the day before. I want to show my children that life is about work ethic and how hard you’re willing to work to get what you want. For me, D’Ann remains the Gold Standard in every way. Period. I’m proud to be a part of that legacy.”

The most positive impact on Kerry’s success has been her family. They have taught her that in the right shoes, you can go anywhere — except if you’re in heels… and it’s muddy or if you’re on one of those gravel paths. Regardless, Kerry says she makes family choices and support non-negotiable in business.

Going forward her Kerry’s goal for 2017 is to be the best real estate consultant she can be. She does offer some advice for those looking to break into the real estate industry, “Luck doesn’t exist in real estate. When you are prepared for success, you will then recognize opportunities as they happen.”

… also, “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away, and you have their shoes.”

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: