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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.

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:

 

 

Zap Success: Ruth Brymer

As a real estate professional you may have heard about Zap. So what’s the big deal you ask?

As a licensed REALTOR® here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Zap empowers you in every aspect of your real estate business. All from your mobile app you can manage your contacts, search activity, prioritize communication, promote yourself and quickly respond to requests. Available here on the Apple store or here on Google Play, Zap is your integrated real estate technological solution.

An example would be the Zap lead delivered to Ruth Brymer (pictured in the feature image). After receiving this lead, Ruth and her client entered into a buyer agreement in November of 2016, and closed in January of 2017! Congratulations Ruth!

Thank you so much for sharing this story of success and home. Cheers to your continued success!

 

Ruth Brymer, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels TX 78130
(830) 837-1984 mobile
(830) 608-5467 office
rbrymer@cbharper.com

www.cbharper.com

 

Cartus Superlative Award-Winning Relocation

We are proud to announce our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® relocation staff winner of the Cartus Superlative Award. This marks four consecutive years our Platinum Relocation Department has been recipient of this honor. Sherri Huffman was voted best USAA Referral Coordinator in the Cartus Broker Network Central Region. Congratulations to Sherri for receiving the Cartus Broker Network Superlative Award!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® also received the Cartus Five Star Award, which recognizes those Network Brokerages who rank in the top quartile of the Cartus Broker Network for closings of Outgoing Broker to Broker referrals in the 2016 calendar year. 

Our team of award-winning Cartus relocation professionals have been recognized again and again for providing the highest level of outstanding service to the thousands of clients they’ve had the pleasure of serving.

Cartus is not just any relocation company, it is the largest relocation company in the world. San Antonio is proudly a military city. Over 132,000 servicemen and women train annually at Joint Base San Antonio. Merged in October 2010, Joint Base San Antonio is comprised of three local installations, U.S. Army Fort Sam Houston, U.S.A.F. Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base.

USAA provides many professional services to military man and women, including relocation services through the Cartus network called USAA Real Estate Rewards Program. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® proudly supports the men, women, veterans and family members of the U.S. military. We’ve continually met performance service standards and specialized training thereby qualifying our Relocation team to serve USAA members.

The Cartus Broker Network Superlative Awards are awarded based on highest number of votes by members of Cartus Affinity Services. Whether it’s down the block or around the world, our Relocation Department is here to provide the best award-winning service!


About Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®:
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the leading residential real estate brokerage in the South Texas and San Antonio area with 9 offices and more than 375 Sales Agents serving the local communities. Everyday Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® properties are broadcast to nearly 8 million buyers on hundreds of websites in addition to 10 high-volume websites. Worldwide the Coldwell Banker network includes over 3,000 offices with nearly 85,000 Sales Agents. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has been part of the has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker Franchise System for over 30 years.

Welcome New Agent Class March 2017

Front Row [left to right]: Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development), Angelica Fair, Jamie Sultenfuss, Gwen Reyes, Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), Gaby Sanchez

Second Row [left to right]: Michelle Fink, Cindy Cox, Tracey Kunz, Tanya Bates, Svetlana Horton

Third Row [left to right]:  Cynthia Johnson, Antonio “Tony” Sanchez, Mark Kieffer, Kent Eskew, Brent Suter

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

 

CBHarper 2017 Spring Blood Drive

Several times a year Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® hosts a blood drive coordinated by Denise Barnhill. The buses that visit us bring wonderful teams from The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center who work hard to collect life-saving blood donations.

Yesterday’s Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Spring Blood Drive was a tremendous success. We collected 15 pints of blood and exceeded our goal of 11 pints of blood, which means we saved 45 lives. Each pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.

A special thank you goes to everyone who donated and who also helped to make our Blood Drive such a tremendous success. Thanks to Mika Connor and Danielle Martin for coordinating and collecting names.

Thank you to everyone who donated blood today by giving someone the gift of life.

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