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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

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

 

Welcome! Jo Groff, Vice President of Residential Sales, Kerrville Sales Office

Jo Groff
Vice President of Residential Sales Kerrville Office

CB Harper is excited to welcome the new Vice President of our Kerrville Sales Office, Jo Groff. She joins Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® from Jo Groff & Associates.

Originally from Houston, Texas Jo Groff has been a long-time Kerrville resident. Her extensive knowledge and professional training in the real estate industry stem back to 1987 when she graduated from the University of Houston, Real Estate Institute. In addition to being a long-time licensed broker, Jo has successfully led her own local real estate business.

While many Kerrville locals know Jo as a business owner and REALTOR®, she is also a proud mom of 7, booster club member and container gardener. Many folks might know her from their HEB or Walmart shopping aisles. She is a down to earth woman with a great reputation for helping others.

We are pleased to welcome Jo Groff to our team and as a new member of our CBHarper Family!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®
1712 Sidney Baker Street
Kerrville, Texas 78028
www.cbharper.com
(830) 896-5500

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

NutritionFacts.org Recipe for the Holidays

Recipe and article courtesy of NutritionFacts.org

Here is a tasty appetizer idea from Ann and Jane Esselstyn. Give these Smoky Little Devils a try this holiday season!

INGREDIENTS:
12 small red potatoes (roughly the size of large walnuts or small clementines)
Pinch of smoked paprika, for garnish
1 green onion, finely sliced, for garnish
Baby kale leaves, for garnish (optional)

Hummus Filling:
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 large cloves garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1½ tablespoons brown mustard, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

METHOD:
1. Set a steamer insert in a saucepan and add about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil over high heat; then place the potatoes in the steamer basket and steam for about 20 minutes. Plunge them into cold water in a big bowl or just run cold water over them.

2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, lemon, mustard, pepper, and 2 Tablespoons water. Process until uniformly smooth.

3. Slice each potato in half. With the small end of a melon-baller or a small spoon, scoop out a hole in the center. (Save the little scooped-out potato balls to put into a salad or just pop them into your mouth!)

4. Fill each hole with hummus. Sprinkle with smoked paprika. It is easiest to take a tiny bit between your fingers and sprinkle just enough for the color to show.

5. Garnish with green onions or, for a really fun look, use a tinybaby kale leaf as a “sail” in each little potato “boat.”

Recipe from: The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook

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Congratulations Pauly Tamez

Congratulations Pauly Tamez

San Antonio, TX – The National Association of REALTORS® and its affiliated Institutes, Societies, and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency, and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses.

With 8 offices located in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is the most innovative real estate firm in our market, Texas and possibly in North America. We continually improve and move ahead to meet the demands of our market place. Our focus on exacting the standards of INNOVATION, TRUST, and PARTNERSHIP have allowed us to remain as the market leader and most recognized real estate brand in central and south Texas.

Congratulations Pauly Tamez! 

GRI

Pauly Tamez was awarded the certification of GRI and pictured above with his graduating class at SABOR.

The GRI designation is a powerful tool to attract and build new business. This certification increases skill levels across the entire landscape of real estate with in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. A minimum of 90 hours of coursework is required, and subjects covered generally include:

 

  • Market Knowledge: Neighborhoods and property amenities, considerations for housing types, developing CMAs and impact of MLS, financing options and home-buying programs, inspections and appraisals/valuations
  • Business Skills: Prospecting, buyer and seller services, creating your niche market, negotiations, creating and implementing your brand
  • Systems and Tools: Record retention, form platforms and applications, website portals, marketing tools, hardware and software to streamline your business
  • Avoiding Setbacks, Fines, and Lawsuits: Professional standards, contract to close, risk management, agency relationships, and advertising

New Braunfels Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-10-31-51-amOctober 29th — New Braunfels’ inaugural Dia De Los Muertos Festival was held on October 29th at the New Braunfels Farmers Market.

A free festival filled with fun, cultural food, art & crafts, shopping, live music and entertainment, the Dia De Los Muertos New Braunfels Festival was an educational insight for the history of the day. This event was hosted by the Hispanic Business Alliance, a part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.

One of our Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Agents, Cynthia Leos, was there to enjoy the festivities. She was kind enough to share some snap shot from the days events. There is even a rumor that next year will host a costume contest!

Pictured below is Cynthia Leos and her son in costume from this year’s event, along with [right] a clipping of the news article in the Herald-Zeitung.

 

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Top Producers August 2016

Every month we honor the top producers here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. This month we present Top Producers for August 2016. Yesterday marked the first day of fall, but in Texas that doesn’t mean much when temperatures are still in the 90’s. We’re ok with that though because our Top Producers are a breath of fresh air!

Below you will find the lists for August’s Top 10 and Top 50 Producers by ranking, let’s give a round of applause to all of our Sales Agents!

Top 50 Producers August 2016:

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Top 10 Producers August 2016:

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Congratulations on all your hardwork, you’re the reason we’re here and we never forget that! Let’s all take a moment to recognize these REALTORS® by sharing this article.

 

Congratulations Libby Weyel

stagedhomes-asp-thumb-smallCongratulations Libby Weyel for receiving the designation of Accredited Staging Professional.

The Accredited Staging Professional® (ASP®) Real Estate Agent Course is the premier training on Home Staging for the real estate industry. Patterned after the success principles developed by Barb Schwarz, The Creator of Home Staging®, and President and CEO of StagedHomes.com, the ASP Course is the first professional course on home staging for real estate agents and professional stagers.

Below is a little about Libby and or you can visit her Sales Agent page here,

I am a residential REALTOR® in San Antonio and surrounding areas. I help my clients to make an educated decision about selling and buying real estate, while developing a lasting friendship.
If you are selling, I will assist you in determining the most effective list price for your property and help to develop a plan to enhance your property’s ability to attract buyers.
If you are buying, I will work with you to find the right house in the right location at the right price. You’ll be in before you know it!

Well done Libby! Cheers to staging like a pro!

 

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

Why San Antonio is a Great Place to Buy

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

 

Buying your first home is complicated, especially when you realize a smaller budget may not buy the necessary square footage. Trulia found that 43 percent of Americans wish they had a larger home, with more than 60 percent of millennials desiring more living space.

 

Luckily for buyers in Texas, the Lone Star State offers the largest entry-level price point homes compared to out-of-state listings. In addition, Texas trade up homes and even high-end properties tend to be more spacious than those found in other parts of the country.

 

San Antonio, in particular, offers more seasoned buyers a chance to size up the second time around. Trade up homebuyers gain 579 square feet, or 51.7 percent more space, when seeking out a new property.

 

Is everything really bigger in Texas?

The median square footage of starter homes in San Antonio is 1,121 for an affordable $83,563 median price. At just $75.90 per square foot, San Antonio’s first-time homebuyers get the most out of each dollar compared to buyers with bigger budgets.

 

For $152,700, second-time homebuyers in San Antonio can find homes offering around 1,700 square feet. Homes for sale in the trade up category cost $88.08 per square foot, on average.

 

At $116.75 per square foot, premium homebuyers in San Antonio can sprawl out across 2,556 square feet. The median price of top-tier homes remains relatively affordable at $274,151.

 

Buyers trading up from a starter home can expect to find a 51.7 percent increase in square footage in their second property, while buyers switching between trade up and premium gain slightly over 50 percent more space.

 

Texas cities permitting room to grow

Nearby Austin affords first-time homebuyers an average of 1,428 square feet, which is the most space for the entry-level home price category than any other metro offers. Houston’s first-time buyers face slightly smaller – albeit spacious – homes around 1,320 square feet, making Space City the fifth best locale for entry-level buyers looking to sprawl.

 

Second-time homebuyers also might consider Houston, where trade up homes average 1,997 square feet. In addition, Austin’s trade up house hunters can look forward to around 1,893 square feet. Dallas, too, ranks no. 3 for second time homebuyers prioritizing space at an average of 1,900 square feet.

 

Meanwhile, upscale homebuyers looking for room to sprawl might consider house hunting in Dallas, where premium homes average approximately 2,945 square feet.

 

Living in San Antonio isn’t just about stretching your legs at home. Top-rated schools, including Stone Oak Elementary and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, offer unparalleled education opportunities for families. With a 65 percent homeownership rate, the San Antonio real estate market is both strong and accessibly priced, no matter how many square feet you prefer.