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The North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® earns Premier Office Bronze award. 

San Antonio, TX – July 2017 — The North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, has been named a Bronze level Coldwell Banker® Premier Office for year-end 2016, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices.

Pat Busby, the Vice President of Residential Sales for the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® North Central / Stone Oak Sales Office has been with the brokerage since 1985. As a licensed, non-competing Branch Manager she addresses questions, concerns and helps assist Sales Agents in achieving their goals to become Top Producers.

“Congratulations on achieving the 2016 Premier Office – Bronze designation. This accomplishment was achieved by only 600 office throughout North America and demonstrates the effective level of teamwork among you and everyone in your office.

You should be proud that your office exceeded the goals for this prestigious award and honor.”, says Charlie Young, President, and CEO of Coldwell Banker®.

The Premier Office Bronze Award is awarded to Coldwell Banker® franchised offices that attain an average per Sales Agent of $75,000 Closed Adjusted Gross Commission Income or an average of 18 Total Units.

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 

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.

 

Artifact Collecting on your Texas Property

Recently, Linda Vieweg, REALTOR® and Gabe McCarty, REALTOR® procured a listing on 3977 Wilderness Rim in San Antonio’s 78261 zip code. This gorgeous and rare, a true one-story home was custom build for an engineer and home designer. At the time they were not able to find the type of home they desired on a level lot. So began the construction of this home surrounded by panoramic views of the city.

Nestled into the Xeriscaped backyard is a sitting area that overlooks the pool and spa. Certainly, the family enjoyed the memories built in this home set on 1.3 acres. Shaded by numerous oak trees the land reveals artifacts of the Native Americans who once lived in the area.

This raised the question what should I do if I find an artifact?

Referencing the Texas Historical Commission Archeology Division, we weighted that simple question. Artifacts such as pottery fragments, arrowheads or remnants of early homesteads represent a source of knowledge. For thousands of years, prehistoric groups and Native American tribes lived on the land we now call Texas. A nomadic buffalo-hunting people, called the Tonkawan roamed from somewhere around Hillsboro, Texas to the vicinity of present-day San Antonio*. Written documents record only the past 500 years, so information such as what we know about the Tonkawan is pieced together through the study of artifacts and other cultural remains.

The first thing is to verify who owns the land upon which artifacts rest. Land ownership dictates whether surface collecting of artifacts may legally take place. The presence of an archeological site(s) does not restrict the property rights of the landowner••. In fact, these sites and their contents belong to property owners to manage as they choose. Many artifacts collectors can and have worked legally on private property if they are granted permission from the owner.

The most common misconception, according to the Texas Historical Commission, is that collecting from or otherwise damaging any archaeological site on private property is illegal. No laws protecting ALL archeological site on privately owned property presently exist in Texas. The majority of Texas land is in private ownership, therefore most cultural resources are located on private property. These sites then remain under the stewardship of individual landowners.

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to uncovering or collecting artifacts, however, it certainly asks an important question about owning land in Texas. Especially, land that has the potential to be culturally rich in undiscovered historical treasures.

If you would like to share an interesting story about your home, email us at PR@CBHarper.com.

 


*http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/adp/history/mission_period/valero/indian/tonkawa.html

**http://www.thc.texas.gov/public/upload/archeology-artifact-collecting-tx.pdf

2017 Winners of The Dr. Herbert Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

D’Ann Harper and Leesa Harper-Rispoli announced the unveiling of the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund during Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® 2016 REALTOR Rally. This newly established scholarship honors the late Dr. Herbert E. Harper Jr. and is available in various amounts totaling $25,000.

Offered exclusively to agents, employees, and their children, stepchildren or grandchildren this scholarship underscores the belief CBHarper was founded on — a tradition of trust and family. Students who planned to attend any community college, technical or vocation school or a four-year college or university in the United States submitted their application along with a compelling reason why they would like to further their education.

The students who have been awarded a scholarship are:

Katie Lasko, North West Office
The daughter of Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®   [ Catherine Barnhill ]
The daughter of Ina Kazarian, REALTOR®
The daughter of Holly Mahler, REALTOR® [awarded a renewable scholarship]
The grandson of Connie Dukes, REALTOR®
The daughter of Carolyn DiMuzio, REALTOR®
The daughter of Henry Clarkson, REALTOR®
The daughter of Jackie Thibadeau, Support Center   [ Charlene Mastick ]
The daughter of Wanda Haltom, REALTOR®

Here are the sentiments of several recipients:

“D’Ann and Leesa,
Yesterday I found out that I have been awarded the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, and today I found out that I have been selected for an interview for the Dental Hygiene Program at Amarillo College. I will go before the board for my interview the day before the scholarship reception. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the 9 hour drive in time to attend the reception, but I just wanted to get in touch with you both and tell you how grateful I am that you made this scholarship available. Thank you for all that you have done for me and helped me throughout the years!! I couldn’t do it without such a great support system!
Thank you!”  — Charlene Mastick

 

“D’Ann and Leesa,
Thank you so much for the wonderful and very generous scholarship for Catherine Barnhill from the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Summer Program Scholarship Fund. We are very thankful for your help in making Catherine’s dreams come true. Thank you so much, Denise and Catherine Barnhill.”    — Denise and Catherine Barnhill

A reception will be held on June 24th at UTSA’s downtown campus. We would like to extend a round of applause for these recipients and wish them all the best of luck with their education journey!

When the application process reopens for 2018 we will be sharing that news here on our blog and well as on all our social media channels. In the meantime, if you would like more information about the Dr. Herbert E. Harper, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund visit San Antonio Area Foundation’s website here:
http://www.saafdn.org/Scholarships/ApplyforaScholarship.aspx#489738-the-herbert-e-harper-jr-memorial-scholarship-fund

 

Brad Graves of Trilogy Group Welcomed as Member of Helotes Chamber of Commerce

Recently the Helotes Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome new member Brad Graves of Trilogy Group. Brad is a Top Producer for Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® and has been with the company since 2006.

In this new role, Brad hopes to embrace the opportunity to create relationships in the community. The Helotes Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic way to meet people and help effective positive changes.

“We are in a relationship business and I think it’s important to get out and meet people. What a better way to do that than to join the Helotes Chamber of Commerce. I have been a member for about a month and have already met some fantastic people that I look forward to helping them out in any way I can.” says Brad

Brad brings top notch service to the people of Helotes and their families. For Brad Graves, it is not just about real estate though, rather it is about building connections in the community he loves. He hopes to get involved and serve to the best of his ability in his role with the Helotes Chamber of Commerce.

Cheers Brad, we wish you the best in this avenue. If you would like to visit him online visit Brad’s website here:
www.bradgraveshomes.com

Brad Graves, REALTOR®
Helotes Chamber of Commerce Member

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Northwest Sales Office
7523 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 379-8165 mobile
(210) 483-6485 office

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.

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®.

Coldwell Banker Stagecoach Realty, Easter in Bandera

On Friday April 12th the folks at Coldwell Banker Stagecoach Realty spent some time with the children and teens at the Boys and Girls Club putting together Easter baskets. As a grass roots organization, the Boys and Girls Club maintains an average daily attendance of 185 Bandera County Youth. Their total membership base is over 700.

Their primary source of funding is through private donations and grants, which allows us to keep the membership dues low at only 10$ annually. The Boys and Girls Club provides a fund and engaging, safe environment for any youth whenever their doors are open. Club members have the opportunity to learn, grow, give back to the community, discover their needs, set goals, and meet new friends. They are open Monday – Friday after school from 3:15pm until 7:00pm and any youth aged 6-18 is welcome and encouraged to join them during these hours. Also during the summer they are open Monday – Friday from 7am – 6pm.

Amy Thibodeaux, VP of Residential Sales for the Bandera Office sent photos of the young adults at the Teen Center Club making Easter baskets for the younger children. Together over 250 Easter baskets were stuffed with, and for, the Boys and Girls Club of Bandera. Cheers to all the hard work that went into putting these lovely baskets together. How heart warming to see the results!

If you are interested in finding out more about The Boys and Girls Club of Bandera visit their Facebook page here. Also be sure to visit the CBStagecoach Realty Facebook page here.