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Welcome New Agent Class May 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), D’Ann Harper (Broker / Owner), Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Brian Kimzey

Second Row [left to right]: Audrey Boerner, Stephanie Gagne, Karen Lauderdale, Crystal Bradford

Third Row [left to right]: Benjamin De La Cruz, Melissa Pressentin, Heather Jackson, Mark Tokach, Lee Ann Tokach

 

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

Le Brunch des Chapeaux

Thursday, April 6th — The Autism Community Network is an organization that maximizes the potential of children with autism by increasing autism awareness and services for families throughout the San Antonio area.

Lindsey Ashcroft attended Le Brunch des Chapeaux in Alamo Heights at the Argyle benefiting the Autism Community Network. The Autism Community Network focuses on collaboration with other autism service providers, early diagnosis, and providing services to underserved young children and their families. Over 75% of families served are on Medicaid, and they are the only agency in San Antonio to provide medical interdisciplinary autism diagnostic services for children on Medicaid. Charitable contributions make up around 90% of their funding, and it is wonderful to hear about Lindsey’s support of this event. 

Le Brunch des Chapeaux, a sold out event, was also supported by a variety of local businesses including Julian Gold and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. As with any fine brunch all the ladies were adorned in elegantly fabulous hats. Thank you to Lindsey Ashcroft who brought us this story and share beautiful photos of the day.

Simply gorgeous.
If you would like to find out more information about this event, visit their Facebook page here:
www.facebook.com/hatlunch/

 


Photos courtesy of Lindsey Ashcroft, REALTOR®
(210) 284-1313

 

 

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!

5 Smart Home Upgrades That Increase the Value of Your Property

5 Smart Home Upgrades That Increase the Value of Your Property
Authored by: Beth Kotz

 

Boosting the value of a property may conjure up images of backbreaking labor or $20,000 renovation bills, but the reality is that you need not put yourself in debt or work your fingers to the bone. In fact, modern homeowners now have an abundance of options for improving property values and creating a safer, more convenient and more efficient home. To make the process even simpler, let’s take a look at a few of the most popular and effective home upgrades and how they deliver a bang for your home improvement buck.

A Recipe for Higher Home Values

The kitchen has traditionally been a go-to option for cooking up higher property values, and the same is still true today. Kitchen renovations consistently bring a higher return on investment than most other improvement projects, and you don’t need to pay a fortune to make it happen. Just a few thousand dollars is enough to completely revitalize a kitchen that’s become stale and outdated. New appliances are always a hit, and outfitting your kitchen with complementary flooring and countertops is sure to create a stunning first impression on prospective homebuyers.

Cast Your Home in a New Light

Adding new windows to let more natural light into a room is a fantastic way to liven up and add value to a home, but it’s not the only way you can leverage the power of sunlight. Adding a roof-mounted solar panel system to your home is by far the most expensive venture on this list – costing about $12,500 on average – but it’s also among the most rewarding. A rooftop solar array can save $10,000 to $70,000 on utility bills over the duration of the typical 25-year warranty, and studies have shown that buyers are more than willing to pay a premium for a solar-equipped home. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to significantly reduce the total cost of installation through tax credits, rebates and other incentives.

An Efficient Home is a Valuable Home

Even if a solar array seems a little too ambitious, it pays to consider the overall efficiency of your home. Energy efficiency has become one of the hottest topics in real estate, and ignoring the trend is simply leaving money on the table when it comes time to sell. Adding quality insulation and installing ENERGY STAR windows and doors are proven value-boosting tactics, but it’s also worth considering more visible upgrades. Installing a new energy-efficient water heater can produce real savings and help prove your home’s efficiency bona fides, and high-efficiency LED lighting will also appeal to many buyers. To maximize efficiency, convenience and value, you may even wish to explore smart lighting options.

Keep Your Home Running Smoothly

The simple fact is that no one wants a home they feel requires excessive work to maintain. While things like engineered hardwood floors, stainless steel fixtures and freshly updated plumbing systems may seem like small details, you – and prospective homebuyers – will appreciate the smoother, worry-free living they provide. Investing in a high-quality central HVAC system is a great move as well, as it often comes with reduced energy use as well as fewer maintenance headaches. The same can be said of using smart products to inject a little intelligence into your home. A smart thermostat can optimize your HVAC system and shave 12 to 15 percent off your heating and cooling costs, and a few well-placed smart leak detectors can help you keep a better eye on your plumbing system without costing an arm and a leg.

 

Go Green to Get Some Green

The great outdoors is a wonderful place to play with your children, host gatherings or just unwind after a hard day’s work, but you may be losing out on a lot of money if your outdoors isn’t particularly “great.” There’s no need to spring for elaborate landscaping and lush greenery, but simply keeping your lawn well-maintained and planting a few tasteful shrubs may make all the difference when it comes to creating a stellar first impression. If your home is subject to water restrictions, installing a smart sprinkler controller bearing the WaterSense label can significantly reduce water waste.

 

No matter your budget or do-it-yourself abilities, there are plenty of avenues for giving your home value a boost. With today’s emphasis on technology and a growing awareness of climate and energy concerns, it’s no surprise that the real estate market is especially responsive to smart home tech and other upgrades aimed at boosting efficiency. Whether you’re just looking to add some value to your property or you aspire to flip your way into your dream home, the home improvement projects above are sure to put you on the right path.

 


Beth Kotz is a freelance writer and contributor for numerous home, technology, and personal finance blogs. She graduated with BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL where she continues to live and work.

Top Producers January 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 January 2017!

We’re very excited about 2017 and the many positive changes continuously unfolding.

The Top 50 will not be announced until Annual Awards, which is scheduled in early March – more to come on that exciting event for our Sales Agents. Below you will find the lists for January’s Top 10 Producers by ranking, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents!

Top 10 Producers January 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers January 2017:

 

Congratulations to all our Sales Agents and the continued hard work put forth day in and day out. Stay tuned for the results of our Annual Awards being held on March 3rd at the beautiful JW Marriott!

If you have a story you would like to share please email us at PR@CBHarper.com. Be sure to send photos and a descriptions and we’d love to share it!

 

Texas Land Loans Exclusively for Texas Veterans

Since Texas was a Republic, it always supported its Veterans in return for their military service.  Long ago, the Republic gave land for military service in the Texas Revolution.  In 1946, this tradition was formally recognized with the creation of the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) to administer benefits for Texas Veterans.

 

The VLB Veterans Land Loan Program is the only one of its kind in the nation, and allows Texas Veterans to borrow up to $150,000 to purchase land with a minimum 5% down payment for 1 acre or more.

 

The program is easy to use and offers Texas Veterans financing towards the purchase of their own piece of Texas.  To be eligible for VLB financing, the land must:

  1. Be wholly within the state of Texas.
  2. Contain at least 1 acre, excluding any portion beneath a dedicated public roadway or navigable waterway or subject to frequent inundation or otherwise unusable.
  3. Have legal, usable access to a public road.
  4. Not be zoned strictly for commercial use.
  5. Not been owned by the Texas Veteran or spouse within the previous 3 years.

 

VLB provides financing on tracts up to $150,000 with a minimum 5% down payment and a fixed-rate 30-year loan.  A $325 appraisal and contract service fee is due at the time of application.

 

Once a Veteran, or successor, successfully paid off a VLB land loan, then another loan application may be completed for another VLB land loan.  All VLB programs are self-funded, using no public taxpayer funding.  VLB programs are financed with bonds, which are serviced by loan payments from Veteran participants.

 

To be eligible for VLB programs, Veterans, military members, and their spouses must be:

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. A bona fide and legal resident of Texas on the date of application and meet one of the following service criteria:
    • An active duty military member.
    • A member of the Texas National Guard.
    • A reserve component military member that completed 20 qualifying years for retirement.
    • A Veteran having served at least 90 active duty days unless discharged sooner due to service connected disability and not dishonorably discharged.
    • A surviving spouse of a Veteran listed as missing in action or whose death was service connected.

 

All this information came from the Texas VLB website and be sure you visit it for more details:  www.glo.texas.gov/vlb/index.html or call the VLB at 800-252-VETS (8387).

 

 

Thank you to Kyle Cornell, REALTOR® of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® who brought us this article. Kyle has lived in Texas and the San Antonio area for many years. He is very familiar with the local community and offers a very flexible schedule to assist clients who are looking for that perfect Texas home.

 

Kyle Cornell, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR®
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 483-7014 office
(210) 870-0747 mobile
kcornell@cbharper.com

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Acquires Coldwell Banker First National, REALTORS® of San Marcos, Texas

San Antonio, TX, February 3, 2017 — D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli announced that Diane Sanders, Mary Evans and Chelsea Roberts have joined forces with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS (CBHarper). Founded in 1978, Diane Sanders is the Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker First National. A premier real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker First National serves the San Marcos market. Diane Sanders has served the San Marcos Board of REALTORS® twice as President, three terms as Director and as Regional Trainer for the Texas Association of REALTORS® in the Professional Standards “Train the Trainer” program.

 

D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli are pleased about the merging of the CBHarper and Coldwell Banker First National families. “I am very excited about this expansion of our company!” said Leesa Harper-Rispoli, President Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. “In today’s fast moving world of real estate, it is crucial to be aware of every opportunity to better serve our Clients and Customers,” said Harper-Rispoli. “Our service area will now include San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Boerne, Bandera, Kerrville, Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.

 

Both D’Ann Harper and Diane Sanders agree that this acquisition will create the strongest customer-oriented company in the area. “We want to assure everyone, that while we continue to grow and expand to more Texas communities, our gold standard of service will not waiver.” said D’Ann Harper, Broker/Owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. “This will enable us to serve more Texas homeowners and sellers with the same high-quality professional service they have known and trusted over the years” continued Harper.

 

“I am excited to see D’Ann and Leesa take the reins of the company we built and continue to cultivate it into a successful future,” said Diane Sanders. “This merger comes with the working knowledge-base built by both company owners and will prove to be the foundation and strength of our growth.”

 

[from left to right: Mary Evans, D’Ann Harper and Diane Sanders]


 

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS® can be reached at (210) 483-7581 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 

The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business, by Wes Pinkston

You’ve heard of Million Dollar Listings Los Angeles, The Altman Brothers and The Broke Agent, or at this point we’re assuming you have. If not, perhaps you’ve heard of Inman or Swanepoel? Following these various industry outlets may or may not have introduced you to the name Wes Pinkston. In fact, we had a Q & A session here, during his time with The Broke Agent.

In late spring 2016, Wes decided to pursue independent digital marketing consultation. Just before his 30th birthday a profound experience took place that caused a shift in his level of consciousness and self understanding. He describes this journey as the path that let inward to truths and the inspiration for establishing his own practice. You can read all about his story here.

In the meantime, with permission from Wes himself we’d like to publish a portion of one article. If you’re looking for encouragement, life coaching or a new perspective his blog can be read here.

January 10, 2017

The Dance between Patience and Mindful Business
by Wes Pinkston

In today’s business culture, common words that are thrown around are “Grinding,” “Hustle,” “Workaholic,” “Do, Do, Do,” “More! More! More!.” The business culture I was deeply embedded in and the values it upheld and what I directly came in contact with based on my own immediate feelings, always seemed out of harmony. We are quickly handed the industry rhetoric as to how things are, the proverbial “blueprint for success.” Follow this concept, this model, and you will achieve the reward. We quickly hit the ground running because we have the consistent set of waves coming in known as bills, debt, and so on. There is no time for patience, for reflection, I need to go DO something or the industry will leave me in the dust, I will lose to the competition, I won’t be able to pay my bills or maintain MY lifestyle.

Take a deep breath… the momentum and tension builds and builds until it works against us completely.

In the same way we are handed a concept of “how it is” in business, the same goes for life. What I failed to realize, and many others, is the mere fact that it is simply THEIR concept as to how life or the industry is, just one concept of seemingly infinite. Once we believe what we are told as to “how it is” then we use such a small portion of our unique faculty and creativity because there is a small space of wiggle room within the confining walls of “their concept and models for what THEY believe success is” and how to achieve it. Learn what you’d like from mentors, teachers etc and then forget it all, throw it away, the information and technologies available now didn’t exists back then when they developed their models and concepts, and most importantly it was contoured to fit their unique faculty, not yours.

Manifest your own concepts and models that work within the harmony of YOU and the unique faculty you have at your disposal.

Before you begin in an industry, it is highly beneficial to first look at it from a birds eye view as a “Game.” By game I mean it adheres to rules, roles, and boundaries. Regardless of industry, everything operates within a system of order, some more complicated than others. The one that truly understands this, does not view business as competitive, rather they view it as collaborative. The Male Dominator Complex influenced by greed and fear that many in the business world are working off of is not worth any amount of material gain compared to what it costs you in the end.

The Rules and Boundaries of the game you are entering into are rather simple concepts, your Role in the game is what I’d like to dive deeper into…

Until you clearly figure out what your role is, your strengths and what you enjoy, how this “work” fits within your ideal day, which hopefully you have drawn out, you’ll just inherit someone else’s concept or model for success, that was completely molded to fit their strengths and their lifestyle. You’ll quickly find yourself in situations, like I did, where you are “forcing” or “grinding” yourself to work in ways that are out of touch of your natural rhythm rather than shaping your work day around your strengths and special faculty we all have.

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Thank you Wes for allowing us to share your message! If you have an inspirational story that you would like to share, please email us at PR@CBHarper.com

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
wboyd@texas-ranch.com
www.texas-ranch.com