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3rd Annual “Cover Their Tush & Toes Challenge”

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has partnered with the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries for the third year to help provide socks and underwear for area children. Led by Debbie McNeal, REALTOR® who gives her time, energy and heart to benefit such a great cause. In the feature image Jannette Springer and Marjory Felter, REALTORS® are pictured alongside Debbie McNeal and her mom. They are delivering their biggest donation to date.

“Serving others is what brings blessings to all. These ‘Tush and Toes’ donations to Hill Country Daily Bread will be given to the youth that are in need. Thanks Debbie for all you and mom do to make this a success each year. And thanks to all who so generously donated”, says Marjory Felter, REALTOR®

Janette Springer shares her sentiments, “[I] Love giving back to this community and knowing it means so much to the children that receive it.”

In total we supplied the Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries with sock and underwear for 130 children for Back to School. It is amazing to bless so many children, amazing work Debbie McNeal and all those that supported these efforts. We give in a variety of different ways throughout the year. Our money, our time and most importantly our hearts. If you would like to contact us about how to get involved in your community please reach out PR@CBHarper.com

If you want to get in touch with Debbie on how to donate directly to the Hill Country Daily Bread, please email her at dmcneal@cbharper.com

Thank you to all of those who participated and donated, it is through giving back that we truly find happiness.

 

Write An Attractive Property Listing With These Tips

It’s time to put your property on the market for rental, so you need an attractive property listing to grab renters’ attention. What will convince them they need to see your property and rent it for themselves? Here are some tips for writing the best property listing possible.

Be sure to list the amenities

There are all kinds of things a renter needs to know about a property before they’ll even come look at it. Are there laundry facilities in the building? What floor is the property on? Is there dedicated parking? List everything that the property can offer a renter. Leaving these out could mean that your property is passed over.

Pay attention to the property’s best features

What is it about your property that gives it the ‘wow’ factor? Maybe there’s a stunning view from the balcony, or there’s a large living and kitchen area that renters can really enjoy. Whatever it is, make sure you’re talking about it in your listing. Show renters that your property is just that little bit different.

Avoid using superlatives

You’ll see many property listings that describe a building as ‘charming’ or ‘beautiful’. These are nice words, but as writer Harriet Petersons from Academized says, ‘It doesn’t tell you anything about the property, it’s just empty words. Instead, look to tell the reader why that property is charming. Show, don’t tell.’

What’s in the neighborhood?

Your property on its own isn’t as interesting to a renter. They also need to know what the neighborhood around it is like. After all, if it isn’t a pleasant neighborhood, then why would they want to live there? Talk about what’s near the property. Can you reach a park for afternoons walks? Is there a thriving market in the next street? Let the reader know.

Be upfront about costs

Renters will have a certain amount in mind as they’re looking for a new home. If you want to make sure you get the right renters for your property, be upfront about living costs. For example, your property may charge for parking, or have an extra fee as it’s an older building. If you’re clear about these from the start, the renter will have all the facts.

Watch your spelling and grammar

This should go without saying, but your spelling and grammar need to be impeccable. If they’re not, your listing can look less than professional. Write the first draft of your listing, and then go back to it later to edit. You’ll soon see the errors that need to be corrected before publication. If you need help, have a friend read your listing, as they’ll find it easier to see where edits need to be made.

Useful tools

Everyone could use a little help when writing their property listing. Use these tools when you need some assistance:

  • Paper Fellows: This writing community is a great place to test out your writing. Use it as a place to improve the grammar in your work.
  • Assignment Writing Service: Every property listing needs to be proofread before it goes live. Give yours to this service and they can do it for you.
  • Word Counter: There are often length limitations on property listings. Use this tool to check the length of yours.
  • Write My Essay: Not sure you can write your listing yourself? Use this service to get a professional listing written for you.
  • Boom Essays: This service can help you with market research, and creating a good listing.

These tips will help you write the best property listing possible. Give them a try and you’ll get your property rented right away.

AUTHOR BIO: Mary Walton helps business people with resume editing and proofreading at Resume Writing Service. Also, she works as an online tutor and writes for students. Mary is a content manager at Australian Write My Essay service. Being a happy mother of two, she enjoys working remotely and thinks that this type of work is beneficial for personal growth. Read Mary’s blog – Simple Grad, and her latest post is UK.BestEssays.com Review.

 

Top Producers May 2017

Happy May and hello Texas Summer! 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 May 2017!

Top 10 Producers May 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers May 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!

 

 

 

CBHarper Best Place to Work for 2017

The San Antonio Business Journal announced 75 winners in its 2017 Best Places to Work awards.

This year’s winners fall into four different categories. To determine this year’s winner, Quantum Workplace surveyed employees through a secure website posing a range of questions in categories relating to teamwork, leadership, benefits and work engagement. The honoree companies were those that scored highest.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is a family owned company. That phrase is often tossed about and therefore perhaps become watered down in its meaning. Our CBHarper family is more that just “family owned and operated”, it IS family. We grow and work together closely to offer the level of service we would hope to receive.

A luncheon will be hosted on July 20th at the Grand Hyatt where we will be humbly accepting our award. Through the years as we continue to receive ‘Best Places to Work’ awards it is a reminder of our responsibility to provide that positive environment. The President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Leesa Harper-Rispoli, will gladly stop, give you a hug in the hallway and ask about your family. Why? Because it’s more than just a job, and she is more than just an employer or business woman. Leesa and D’Ann (Broker / Owner) are passionate and care deeply about their employees. They know that the success of a company relies on those who work, behind the scenes, day in and day out to sustain a synergy of trust, transparency, and fulfillment.

Thank you to all of the support staff who make this possible. You are heard and appreciated.

See photos from last year here.

 

 

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

CBHarper’s Tasty Traveler: Max and Louies Diner

In this article brought to us by photographer Diego Henriquez, he explores a local hot spot eatery, Max and Louie’s Diner.

 


So I had one of their sandwiches called, The Rachel, which is their interpretation to a Ruben. It comes with your choice of corn beef, pastrami, or turkey, swiss cheese, and coleslaw on Rye bread. First, the bread, though it is rye and tends to have a tougher texture, seemed to be a little too tough around the edges which kind of reminded me of when you toast stale bread. Though it was slightly disappointing it didn’t deter me from proceeding. Second, the pastrami was tasty but a little too fatty for me to consider it “pure” pastrami – though that’s like taking a bite of butter and saying it’s too fatty. Pastrami is usually meant to be somewhat fatty but not like slimy fatty which was my biggest complaint on the sandwich and in the whole general composition of the sandwich. Thirdly, the slaw was delicious. It’s a white cabbage, mayonnaise based, basic coleslaw but it compliments the sandwich and the fattiness elegantly. Fourthly, the swiss chess was your basic but I felt it was lacking in amount and presence. It reminded me of that good looking kid in a school dance that’s off in the corner barely being noticed – its present, with no presence. Lastly, the sandwich comes with a pickle and a side of cole slaw (which can be substituted for potato salad). The pickle was a desperate attempt to find originality; “artisan” pickle fail, with way too much dill seasoning that left your palate in an awkward state of confusion. The potato salad was just as boring as the name.

Ultimately, the sandwich cost $14 and some change and was not necessarily my favorite in flavor impact. I will say, for the price you do get a hefty sized sandwich with lots of meat and, that alone, makes it worth another shot. 

Cheers, Happy Eating!


 

Thank you, Diego, for that enlightening and eloquent review. We will certainly need to try out this local diner!

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

CBHarper’s 2017 Best in Residential Real Estate

April 2017 — The San Antonio Business Journal revealed the top performing agents and teams in their annual “Best in Residential Real Estate Awards” at the Pearl Stable.

The list ranking is based on the dollar volume of closed sales in 2016 and was divided into five different categories. Of the approximately 10,000 residential real estate agents in the San Antonio area, about 3% were nominated by their brokers. We’re very thankful to our Chief Financial Officer, Jackie Thibadeau, who compiles and submits this information on behalf of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®.

In all 10 of our Sales Agents were recognized in two different categories. We are proud to honor our Sales Agents and their hard work. Congratulations from D’Ann Harper and the entire staff here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®!

 

Art Meister Ranks 2nd in Division at Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism

April 22, 2017 — Any Baby Can’s 13th Annual Walk for Autism is an Official Fiesta® San Antonio event that helps support families raising individuals with autism. Art Meister, REALTOR® here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® participated in this year’s event.

Art finished 2nd in his division with a time of 30:15 for the 5k (3.2) miles. Originally his goal was to finish in under 30 minutes. He attributes the extra 15 seconds it took to complete on the Double Double at In and Out Burger with clients. Well, Art, I think those Double Double’s would add at least 15 seconds on most people’s run.

“What a great cause,” says Art, “I’m so thankful and grateful that I can support and survive something like this at this point in my life.”

The race kicked off at 8:00 am with a Superhero 5k where many participants donned their favorite superhero costumes. The walk began shortly after at 9:00 am. Crowds showed their support by making banners, signs and creating team T-shirts. In addition, families, and attendees enjoyed delicious food trucks, activities, and family-friendly performances.

Thank you, Art, for bringing us this wonderful story, as well as sharing photos. Cheers on achieving 2nd place in your division and supporting Any Baby Can at their fantastic annual event.

 

Top Producers March 2017

It’s Spring here in Texas, or as we call it ‘pre-Summer’.

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 March 2017!

Top 10 Producers March 2017:

Top 50 Producers March 2017:

 

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