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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.

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/

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!

Property Management Insights

Over the summer San Antonio Business Journal reporter, Kim Hernandez interviewed several top executive in the San Antonio property management industry. This includes our own President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Leesa Harper-Rispoli.

Among the questions Leesa explains some of the major service provided by our Property Management Division, Harper Property Management.

“Marketing the property for lease, securing a well-qualified tenant, move-in, move-out, collecting rent, accounting fund, sending owner funds and documenting everything on the property and accounting,” says Leesa Harper-Rispoli.

Leesa mentions the benefits os using a property management company, “A property management company should provide the expertise, knowledge of code compliance to the owner and manage the property according to Texas Property Code.”

Read the story in its entirety here.

On August 26th, 2016 the San Antonio Business Journal published the list of Residential Property Management Firms. Harper Property Management powered by Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® ranked number 1 on that list. Read the full story here.

Celebrating Success, Purposefully

 

Thank you to the San Antonio Business Journal for recognizing our pursuit of excellence. We are both humbled and honored to serve our real estate community.

 

 

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 

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® just received the Cartus Five Star Award

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® just received the Cartus Five Star Award, which these awards recognize 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.  The Cartus Broker Network includes more than 700 Real Estate firms across the country.  CBHarper was the only Broker in the San Antonio Market to achieve this award.

Additionally, Coldwell Banker just recently won the USAA Real Estate Rewards Network contest for placing the most Agent Generated Referrals of USAA members into the program for the Central Region. 

Way to go CBHarper! Giving back to those that serve our country.

Jan Hicinbothom Completes Real Estate Business Planning and Marketing Course

Jan Hicinbothom Completes Real Estate Business Planning and Marketing Course

Contact: Jan Hicinbothom, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI, TAHS, TRLP

Phone: (210) 483-6208 • Email: jhicinbothom@cbharper.com

 

 [San Antonio, TX] ─ (January 18-19, 2017) ─ Jan Hicinbothom with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® in San Antonio, TX has just complete a highly specialized course, Business Planning and Marketing, presented by the Council of Residential Specialists.

During the two-day course, which was conducted in San Antonio, participants learned the fundamentals of business planning, including how to create a business plan, set a budget to meet income goals and implement a marketing plan. Understanding these essential business activities helps participants increase their productivity and increase their income potential as residential real estate professionals.

“The opportunity to learn some new marketing techniques, will help me effectively serve my real estate clients,” says Hicinbothom. “I have already begun to apply some of the ideas and strategies that I learn in this course in my business.”

For information about the Business Planning and Marketing course or any of the courses offered by the Council Residential Specialists, visit www.crs.com or call 1-800-462-8841.

The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-hire affiliate of the National Associations of REALTORS® comprised of nearly 40,000 members. It awards the CRS Designation to experienced REALTORS® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

 

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 

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

Lauren Cornwell, 2017 Women’s Council of REALTORS® Secretary

January 2017 — The Women’s Council of REALTORS® San Antonio is a network of successful REALTORS®, advancing women as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve.

We would like to highlight Lauren Cornwell with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®. Lauren works out of our North Central Sales Office located in the Stone Oak area. She has over 20 years of customer service, competitive sales, marketing and management experience. Lauren truly enjoys working with people and makes it a personal goal to make clients feel at ease with the process of purchasing or selling.

Pictured below is the 2017 Women’s Council of REALTORS® San Antonio Chapter Leadership Team. From left to right:

Cathy M. Heshmat (Cathy) ABR, SRES, President-Elect

Lauren Cornwell, ABR, GRI, SRS, Secretary

Tiffany S. Wright, GRI, President

Gail M. Lamb, Vice President of Membership

Michael Guertin, Treasurer

Photo credit: Women’s Council of REALTORS® visit their website at www.wcr.org/chapter-sites/texas/san-antonio/leadershipabout-us/

The WCR San Antonio strives to provide timely, accessible programming, great networking and opportunities for personal and professional growth. They are the largest chapter in Texas and host an extremely diverse and talented team of individuals.

Be sure to follow them on social media. Their Facebook page can be found here.

If you would like more information on how you can become a member contact Lauren Cornwell at lcornwell@cbharper.com.

 

Lauren M. Cornwell, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS, ABR
*Multi Million Dollar Top Producer*
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 483-7517 office
(210) 317-2081 mobile
lcornwell@cbharper.com

Be sure to like and follow Lauren’s Facebook business page here:
www.facebook.com/laurencornwellrealtor


More about the mission of Women’s Council of REALTORS®:

IMPACT

  • Members exemplify the highest standard of industry professionalism and strengthen the REALTOR® brand in their communities.
  • Members have the tools and resources for long-term business success.
  • Members are sought after for their perspective and contribution at the local, state and national association levels.
  • Members are recognized for their professionalism and success in real estate.
  • Women’s Council and the National Association of REALTORS® are essential partners in advancing the industry.

VISION

  1. We facilitate the professional growth and credibility of Council members as real estate experts in their marketplace.
  2. We are a dynamic, accessible and diverse network, linking resources and member expertise to drive business success.
  3. We identify, support and promote strong leaders in business, the Council, the industry, and in the broader community.
  4. We promote the achievement and influence of women in real estate.
  5. We are a magnet for career-focused REALTORS® with diverse backgrounds and a high level of professionalism.
  6. We are sought after by other organizations as a source of leadership development and the businesswoman’s perspective.
  7. We are strong local and state networks that consistently deliver value and provide a collaborative, trusted, welcoming environment in which members can achieve their business goals.
  8. We are a strong organization with the resources and infrastructure necessary to fulfill our mission and realize our vision.

 

CORE VALUES

PROFESSIONAL CREDIBILITY
Members of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® are career professionals. We operate based on a shared value system of integrity, respect, consistency and a commitment to excellence and continuous development.

THE POWER OF RELATIONSHIPS
Success in business today is achieved through positive, productive relationships. The Women’s Council of REALTORS® provides an environment of collaboration in which members can form, build and maximize relationships for business and personal success. When members share their time, talent and experience,
the industry is advanced.

LEADERSHIP
Every business, industry and community must have leaders who can see change that is needed, organize resources, and engage the hearts and minds of those around them. Through the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, members develop and apply new found leadership skills and qualities across all areas of their personal and professional lives.

DIVERSITY
The Council member network is enriched through the celebration of and active outreach to the full diversity of our industry. At the same time, the strength of the organization lies in what unites us all – our shared values.

INVOLVEMENT
Active participation increases membership value. Every member can learn something from every other member. When members participate and share their experience and ideas, an exchange of value occurs that is one of the principal benefits of Council membership. Participation in the Women’s Council of REALTORS® is the opportunity to contribute to change, and to be changed, personally and professionally.

SUCCESS
Success in business brings credibility, influence and greater opportunity. Wealth creation through business success leads to long-term financial security, greater independence and more quality of life choices.

INFLUENCE
Positive change comes from greater inclusion of women’s perspectives in positions of influence in the real estate industry and in the broader community.

2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest at CBHarper

img_0326Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® held its 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at the North Central / Stone Oak Support Center. Each year a staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to support the Sales Agents and CBHarper infrastructure. While it can be a serious job, there’s still room for festivities.

The competition was tough, with the defending “Ugly Sweater Champion” Katie Tipton out of the race, the Support Center staff put their ugliest foot forward. “Jackie Frost” let the group with her reign of “Let It Snow”. Followed closely by a parade of cute (but also very ugly, competitively speaking) sweaters worn by Aliza Briones, Melody Dang, Callynn Darby, Lexie Kiser, Charleen Schoubroek, Jessica Wortman, Audrey Cheatum and Melissa Coultress.

The judges deliberated long and thoughtfully but the winners were announced in the downstairs lobby in front of our beautiful tree.

The 3rd place winner is Melissa Hernandez:
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The 2nd place winner is Rachelle Lozano:
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The 1st place winner is Norma Luna:
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Congratulations to these three winners — and to everyone who participated. It was such a wonderful way to gather together and enjoy the holiday cheer!

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