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Introducing Mockingbird Heights New Braunfels

What is a great neighborhood comprised of? Joshua Amezquita, REALTOR® posed this questions to several residents of the Mockingbird Heights subdivision in New Braunfels, Texas. He will hosting an open house at 656 Peacock Lane in New Braunfels and wanted to highlight the life in this beautiful subdivision.

Joshua, an experienced fireman, gained a unique perspective in connecting with people during his service as a first responder. He started a career in real estate to pursue his passion of helping others. Looking into the lives of local Texans, it is apparent that homes are so much more than 4 walls and a roof. It is a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy each others company. Based out of the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® New Braunfels Sales Office, Joshua is committed to matching families with the forever place to call home they deserve.

dsc_1586There is really no better place to move than New Braunfels according to the U.S. Census. In May 2016, data showed that New Braunfels was the second-fastest growing city in the U.S. from July 2014 – July 2015. While San Antonio was a close fourth, in population growth. While beloved Texas suburbs like New Braunfels see growth it has been for the positive, with increased job opportunities and locally owned businesses.

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What does this mean for a neighborhood like Mockingbird Heights? Well if you reference some of the local statistics, it means a great nightlife, lots of restaurants, festivals and some of the best ranked schools in the area. But if you ask one of the families that lives there, here’s what they have to say:

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How long have you lived in Mockingbird Heights?

The Tapley Family: We have lived in this neighborhood for 3 and a half years.

The Morris Family: 5 years.

How long have you lived in New Braunfels?

The Tapley Family: Just over 4 years

The Morris Family: 13 years.

What are some of your favorite things about Mockingbird Heights?

The Tapley Family: We love swimming at the pool, playing at the playground and just riding/walking around our blocks.

The Morris Family: The actual sense of community. Neighbors watching out for neighbors. Watching our kids grow up together.

What is your favorite thing about living in New Braunfels?

The Tapley Family: We love going to the parks, Schlitterbahn and the rivers. We also love our library.

The Morris Family: The activity of the town. There is always something to do or something going on.

What kind of hobbies/interests do you enjoy?

The Tapley Family: We enjoy going to the gym, reading, soccer and puppies.

The Morris Family: Fitness, nutrition, dogs. Lol

What schools do your children go to?

The Tapley Family: Two of our children attend Walnut Springs Elm and one of our kiddos attends a special school with a Deaf Education Program.

The Morris Family: New Braunfels High School 9th and 10th grade.

Any fun facts about MB Heights you want possible buyers to know?

The Tapley Family: It’s a great community with some fun people. Halloween is fun just about everyone decks out their yards and we have lots of trick-or-treaters.

The Morris Family: We do fun get-togethers for National Night Out and do contests for Christmas lights and this year we are doing a Halloween decorating contest too. The kids always get together and carve pumpkins together too.

 

How safe do you feel in the neighborhood?

The Tapley Family: We feel safe. Our kids can play on our street and we have never had any major scares.

The Morris Family: In our area we feel very safe. There are many law enforcement officers in our section and they have their care parked outside most of the time at night so that helps.

Thank you so much to Joshua Amezquita for working so hard with these families in gathering this unique insight to living in such a wonderful neighborhood. If you would like to know more about how Joshua can help you find your next home, give him a call.
Also if you would like to schedule a showing for 656 Peacock Lane in New Braunfels Joshua would be happy to give you a tour!

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Innovation. Integrity. Excellence.

New Braunfels Sales Office
532 S. Seguin, New Braunfels TX 78130
(930) 327-4549 mobile
(830) 608-5484 office
jamezquita@cbharper.com

A Story of Real Estate, Wendy Ague

Wendy Ague is a second generation REALTOR®. She reflects fondly on memories of her father, a broker and family man. During his 20 years as a REALTOR Wendy’s father worked passionately, a firm believer in helping families find a place to call home. He had such a calling for matching buyers and homes that most of them decided to never move again. In fact, she found that some of those same homeowners are still living in the homes her father found them.

It was the discovery of this story that found Wendy working with sweet clients who remembered her father. When their family’s life was in a younger season Wendy’s dad found this home for the couple, and during 1989 they happily moved in. As life has passed and retirement approached, a question was never raised about who to call to help them toward this next chapter.

Wendy is very excited and honored on presenting this new listing on 1113 Andre in Schertz, Texas. Real estate runs in the family and following in her father’s footsteps is more than just a career choice. Prior to her being licensed, Wendy’s father sadly passed away at the age of 64. He never knew his daughter took the trail he blazed. So when she received a call from these homeowners, it was a great feeling of purpose. “After all these years that they so affectionately recalled my father,” conveys Wendy “it is such a privilege. It makes me feel like I’m continuing the journey of his real estate career and the story of this home.”

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A quote Wendy shared summarizes our thoughts on this beautiful story:

“The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great.
We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.” — Matthew Kelly – The Rhythm of Life

Thank you so much Wendy! If you would like to know about this home with a story all its own give Wendy a call.

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Wendy is pictured far right with a group of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTOR® Sales Agents.

 

Congratulations Mirna Ryan!

ABR Congratulations Mirna Ryan for receiving the designation of Accredited Buyers Representative.

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation is designed for real estate buyer agents who focus on working directly with buyer-clients at every stage of the home-buying process. This valuable real estate education elevates skills and knowledge. Its ongoing specialized information, programs and updates maintain a knowledge base on the issues and trends facing home buyers. In addition, it offers access to members-only publications and referrals.

Mirna de los Santos Ryan loves meeting and serving people’s needs. She enjoys listening and taking the time to understand her client. She stands firm with Mr. Coldwell’s philosophy, “The customer’s best interest above all.” This means her client comes first. She guides him/her through the selling or buying process with thoroughness and clarity. Mirna knows finding the perfect home and selling a house is not an easy task. However, she is passionate about what she does and finds most satisfaction when someone’s dream in finding the perfect home becomes a reality. Mirna is a proud mother of three children. She is a native Texan who worked as a Spanish educator for years in New England and in San Antonio.

 

Oasis Run For The Heroes

unknownOur friends over at Oasis for Warriors wanted to personally invite all of you to their second annual Oasis Run For The Heroes!

This 2nd Annual 5k will be taking place on Saturday, October 1st at 8:15am at 888 Mountain View Lane in Pipe Creek. The 5k is a run/walk, so don’t feel like you have to be a runner to participate. We would love to see a group right here from Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® – so if you would like to be the team captain, get folks on board y’all!

Signing up is easy! Visit the website found here:
www.OasisForWarriors.com
Then click on the “5k Oasis Run For The Heroes II” logo.

Be sure to check out their Facebook event with all the updates as they become available:
https://www.facebook.com/events/332083290512660/

Perhaps you have heard we are raffling off an ATV? It is true!

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Farm and Ranch Division Sales Agent Gary Beck and members from Patriot Warrior Foundation in conjunction with Oasis for Warriors [501c (3)] are working together to raffle off a 2016 CAN-Am® Commander Max Limited 1000. The ATV and trailer will be parked out front during this event with an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets.

Please share the word on your social media! Or print up the flyer below and get a team together. We would love to share your efforts and why supporting veterans is important to you.

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Print this flyer and share with your friends and coworkers! Get a team together and join us on October 1st.

Blue Collar Backers

Discovery ChannelOne of our Sales Agent here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Richard Davies is the proud father of Cameron Davies. Featured in a new Discovery channel series called Blue Collar Backers, Cameron Davies will be investing in food truck start-up businesses.

Cameron forged a successful career making food trucks for locals here in San Antonio, then it grew into a national business. He began with just one truck and no business loan. One trunk turned into two and eventually led to a local hot spot food truck park called Boardwalk on Bulverde. The exponential growth of his food truck investment lead him away from the food truck park and full-time into helping others achieve their dreams.

Fox Business discusses the show,”Blue Collar Backers” and its launch on the Discovery Channel with Cameron here.

This video from Discovery Channel tells the full story wonderfully:
www.discovery.com/tv-shows/blue-collar-backers/blue-collar-backers-video/meet-the-backers-cameron-davies-2/

Richard Davies will be hosting a viewing party with all of his CB Harper Family & friends at:
Little Woodrow’s located on
606 W. Afton Oaks Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78232
on Friday, August 26th at 9:00pm.

Cheers Richard! We congratulate your family and wish them all the success as y’all embark on this next exciting chapter.

http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/blue-collar-backers/

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Welcome New Agents Class August 2016

Front Row [left to right]: Leesa Harper-Rispoli (President), D’Ann Harper (Broker/CEO), Addie Langehennig (Vice President of Professional Development)

Second Row [left to right]: Faith Morris, Rosalyn Mitchell, Sondra Boone and Tammy Van Cleave

Third Row [left to right]: Joshua Amezquita, Jason Payne and Christian Markich

Welcome to the the newest additions to Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® for August 2016!

If you would like to share your best bits of advice for those just joining the world of real estate, post them in the comments below and we will share them with our readers.

Have an idea for a story? Email us at pr@cbharper.com

Wall Of Tenure – Celebrating CBHarper

Our CBHarper Family is full to the brim with experience, innovation and the partnership of long-term professional relationships. We wanted to take the time to celebrate, in this our 30th year as part of the Coldwell Banker brand, each REALTOR® that makes us shine.

Collectively, we house over a millennia of experience in the industry. Although our offices might be sprinkled across the San Antonio and Hill Country area, we communicate very closely with one another. It is this close-knit community that strengthens our passion to help others find their way home. So let us celebrate, together, each person who sits at the Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® table. Whether you’ve been here 1 year or 20 years, we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for being part of our family!

5+ YEARS OF SERVICE BY OFFICE:

Boerne:

Cathy McCanless, 5 Years
Debbie McNeal, 6 Years
Karen O’Crow, 6 Years
Mike Medlin, 6 Years
Pete Peters, 6 Years
Gary Beck, 7 Years
Lisa Stanley, 7 Years
Linda Knell-Schoening, 14 Years
Carlene Carrigan, 18 Years

Bandera:

John Figueroa, 8 Years
June Baker, 8 Years
Terry West, 9 Years
René Leith, 18 Years

Kerrville:

Christine Tegeler, 7 Years
Ron Hackett, 11 Years
Linda Stilwell, 12 Years

Fredericksburg:

Pat Booth, 10 Years

New Braunfels:

Jerome Isaacs, 6 Years
Lorna Gentz, 6 Years
Maria Davila, 6 Years
Pam Beierlein, 6 Years
Sharon McCaskill, 6 Years
Janie Macredie, 7 Years
Jon Pfluger, 7 Years
Sherri Vackey, 8 Years
Barbara Morgan, 9 Years
Trish Crellin, 9 Years
Will Crellin, 9 Years
Beckie Whittier, 11 Years
Babette Irby, 12 Years
Cynthia Keith, 12 Years
Heather Duffin, 14 Years
Marc Rhodes, 14 Years
Michael Scudder, 18 Years
Ruby Scudder, 18 Years
Chris Bowers, 19 Years
Luke Speckman, 30 Years
Mary Ann Rhodes, 20 Years
Sue Covington, 27 Years
Tim Cronin, 20 Years

North East:

Fred Alvarez, 5 Years
Lindsey Ashcroft, 5 Years
Delma Subia, 6 Years
Louis Kirchofer, 6 Years
Sherry Johnson, 6 Years
Ted York, 6 Years
Wendy Ague, 6 Years
Annette Brown, 7 Years
Maria Silveyra, 7 Years
Kim Melanson, 9 Years
Carol McLeod, 10 Years
Debbie Lairmore, 10 Years
John Jones, 10 Years
Parisa Sanchez, 10 Years
Sally Garza, 10 Years
Willita Thompson, 10 Years
Glenn Taylor, 12 Years
Kurt Jaeckle, 12 Years
Bill Tolan, 13 Years
Jan Hicinbothom, 13 Years
Laurel Lewis, 15 Years
Stephen Hunter, 21 Years
Mary Garcia, 33 Years

North West:

Allison Wilson-Shelton, 5 Years
Andy Smith, 5 Years
April Frazee, 5 Years
Aurora Crawford, 5 Years
Barbara McCoy, 5 Years
Jean Marie Ruffini, 5 Years
Kellie Daniels, 5 Years
Lorna Teragouchi, 5 Years
Mike Garza, 5 Years
David Conner, 6 Years
Janet Bressman, 6 Years
Vickie McCulloch, 6 Years
Bert Kinner, 7 Years
Jack Allen, 7 Years
Laura Banis, 7 Years
Trudy Pape, 7 Years
Jose Lopez, 8 Years
Jose Reyes, 8 Years
Justin Cook, 8 Years
Kevin McCullar, 9 Years
Rich Palacios, 9 Years
Barbara Saathoff, 9 Years
Debra Forshey, 9 Years
Brad Graves, 10 Years
Cheryl Altwein, 10 Years
Elida Martinez, 10 Years
Kerry Dike, 10 Years
Michael Morehouse, 11 Years
Ara Fesperman, 12 Years
Matt Johnson, 12 Years
Dea Driffill, 13 Years
Dan Bender, 14 Years
Rhonda Howerton, 17 Years
Leah Hart, 18 Years
Roland Flores, 19 Years
Missy Stagers, 22 Years
Karen Nolan, 31 Years
Billie Jo Weisenberger, 37 Years

Stone Oak / North Central:

Carlos Fernandez, 5 Years
Elizabeth Saunders, 5 Years
Jeff Frye, 5 Years
John Peché, 5 Years
Linda Vieweg, 5 Years
Pete Montalvo, 5 Years
Pura Esquivel, 5 Years
Chris Truax, 6 Years
Craig Ross, 6 Years
Lynn Phillips, 6 Years
Nikki Diamond-Jones, 6 Years
Ray Aguilar, 6 Years
Bobbi Terry, 7 Years
Brenda Baldwin, 7 Years
Carolyn DiMuzio, 7 Years
David Kline, 7 Years
Dora Haynes, 7 Years
Doris Finch, 7 Years
Libby Ross, 7 Years
Linda Marion, 7 Years
Michael Johnson, 7 Years
Nancy Du, 7 Years
Debbie Backlund, 8 Years
Denise Barnhill, 8 Years
Grace Alvarado, 8 Years
Karen Garrett, 8 Years
Ken Davis, 8 Years
LeRoy Romo, 8 Years
Marsha Ryder, 8 Years
Steve Garza, 8 Years
Tetyana Smith, 8 Years
Richard Davies, 9 Years
Wayne Johnson, 9 Years
Jane Bash, 10 Years
Aneeta Bahalla, 11 Years
Annette Skalomenos, 11 Years
Barbara Lane, 11 Years
Donna Frye, 11 Years
Karen Roland, 11 Years
Kathy Vogel, 11 Years
Libby Weyel, 11 Years
Mary Dady, 11 Years
Bea Forthman, 12 Years
Bill Wells, 12 Years
Gabe McCarty, 12 Years
Susan Rodriguez, 12 Years
Courtney Silver, 13 Years
Philip Elmore, 13 Years
JoHelen Clark, 14 Years
Pam Maxwell, 17 Years
Yvonne Langdon, 18 Years
Anita Wilson, 20 Years
Chris Schenk, 21 Years
Connie Duke, 21 Years
Becky Day, 22 Years
Delia Sutton, 23 Years
Lupe Kennedy, 24 Years
Steve Silver, 24 Years
Cathy O’Connor, 25 Years
Margaret Davis, 25 Years
Mary Jo Johnston, 25 Years
Jené Rand, 26 Years
Barbara Kressin, 32 Years
Cheree Rey, 32 Years
Hattie Lee Gleichenhaas, 34 Years
Pat Combs, 35 Years
Frances Ross, 42 Years

Top Producers July 2016

Every month we honor the top producers here at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS®. This month we present Top Producers for July 2016. We’re in the middle of a blazing Texas summer and happy to rain achievements here among the CB Harper Family.

Below you will find the lists for July’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 July 2016:

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Top 10 Producers July 2016:

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Zap Success: Janette Springer

There is a vast amount of technology platforms available to real estate agents. None of them however, operate like Zap. A system that was 15 years in the making, it offers a superb technological advantage designed specifically for real estate agents. This completely integrated system gives our agents the ability to understand, anticipate and serve their clients’ needs.

Here is a recent story highlighting how Zap allowed Janette Springer to achieve a level of success she never thought possible.

“I wanted to share my story about a Zap Lead. I was blessed with a very challenging opportunity, as well as a great learning experience that I could have never had otherwise. After receiving a lead for one of my listings (or so I thought) a caller turned out to have mistakenly found me on the other end of the line. As I interviewed the caller, I learned he was not interested in my listing, but proceeded to offer him other search options.

As time went on he told me about this particular listing he found and wanted to view. It had a three story viewing tower that offered a view seemingly from Helotes to La Cantera. He decided to submit an offer and ended up under contract. Then the work began with the roof replacement, issues everyone was experiencing at that time with the storms. An insurance company that was not able to work with the buyer was another hurdle along with a seller leaving the country. In addition, the roofer could not get that work done before close and the seller’s agent was in the middle. Despite all of this, we did get it all done. I am happy to report my client loves his new home and is currently installing a pool.

I was blessed with my first Luxury Series property for my designation that I am working towards. It took a team of players to get me through this – Amy Thibodeaux, Debbie McNeal and Judith Sinklier at First American Title, I could have never done it without them. I am very grateful that we have this lead source, as well as wonderful support in-house to ask for guidance. I can’t wait to get my second Luxury Series client for my designation!”

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

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Janette Springer, REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Boerne Sales Office
1677 River Road, Boerne TX 78006
(210) 213-3689 mobile
(830) 816-7249 office
jspringer@cbharper.com

www.cbharper.com

 

1st Home Buyer Exercising VA Loan

Unknown-1Just over 32 years ago Mr. & Mrs. Rolando Castro, first-time homebuyers, purchased a new Ray Ellison home. Using the Veteran’s Assistance financing program in conjunction with the Texas Veterans Housing Assistance Program, the Castros were the first homebuyers in the state to close their loan under this program.

On January 30th, 1984 a closing ceremony took place in Austin with Governor Mark White and Land Commissioner Garry Mauro. San Antonians Rolando and Mireya Castro made history as the first to receive a Texas Veterans Housing Assistance loan. Ray Ellison, chairman of the board of Ray Ellison Industries, Inc., was also on hand to congratulate the new homeowners.

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Fast forward 32 years and the Castros were finally ready to sell their history-making home. Jane Bash, REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Stone Oak Sales Office brought us this story. Bash currently represents the couple who completely remodeled this home prior to listing it. In an ironic series of events, the new home owners set to close on this home will also be using the VA Loan program. Approved by Texas voters in November 1984, veterans can combine their $20,000 state loan as a down payment with their eligibility for a VA guaranteed loan and do not have to make a down payment or buy mortgage insurance.

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For information on how you can take advantage of the Veterans Housing Assistance program contact:

Jane Bash, REALTOR®, CHMS, CRA, GRI

Jane Bash

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® Stone Oak Sales Office
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy., Ste 101 • San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 643-3201 mobile
(210) 483-7176 office
jbash@cbharper.com
www.BashCasas.com