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Top Producers April 2017

Happy April! 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 April 2017!

Top 10 Producers April 2017:

 

Top 50 Producers April 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’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!

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.

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!

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

 

Local Love: San Antonio, TX

I was quoted as a local expert in Trulia’s Local Love: San Antonio edition! Check out what I had to say about what makes San Antonio a great place to live.

What is your city’s source of pride?

“The first thing that springs to mind is our annual Fiesta celebration, which takes place in April. For two weeks, the city enjoys a ‘party with a purpose,’ and it gives everyone a chance to let their colors shine. It is a long-standing tradition to collect medals and sport them proudly while attending. Along with music and parades is the food — there is nothing like Fiesta food…”

If you’re a transplant, what brought you to San Antonio? If you’re a native, why do you stay?

“I’m a native for sure. It’s easy to stay; the folks here are so friendly that I regularly find myself chatting with shoppers at the grocery store or while standing in line at the bank…”

Click below to read more!



 

Have a topic you would like featured on our blog?
Email us at pr@cbharper.com!

CBHarper Family Kitchen – Autumn Squash Soup

This Autumn Squash Soup is so delicious and creamy that the photo doesn’t do it justice. This vegan friendly recipe offers all tasters an enjoyable meal. If you’d like to substitute out some of the ingredients for the original butter and milk version see our added notes on the instruction section. No matter which option you go with this is certainly a soup you can feel good about!

Autumn Squash Soup:

Ingredients:
4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash, preferably fresh
1 large Honeycrisp apple; peeled, cored and cubed. (substitute your favorite variety of apple)
1/2 Yellow or Vidala onion finely diced
1 tablespoon coconut oil (can substitute 2 tablespoons butter)
1/2 teaspoon curry powder (add more to taste)
3 1/2 cups of vegetable broth (may substitute chicken broth)
1/2 cup almond milk, either sweeten or unsweetened depending on taste
(Can replace almond milk with heavy cream)
1 tablespoon salt
a pinch of cinnamon

Instructions:
1.) Roast cubed butternut squash on baking sheet with cinnamon and salt for about 30 minutes at 425ºF.

2.) While the squash roasts, sauté apple and onion in coconut oil (or butter) with curry powder and salt until softened. About 10 minutes.

3.) Add broth, milk and squash to the apple/onion mixture in skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. Stir and salt to taste.

4.) Transfer soup to blender or use immersion blender/food processor and blend until soup is smooth and creamy. Optional: Top with fresh herbs like thyme or green onions and a dollop of fresh cream.

5.) Enjoy with crusty French bread or grilled cheese!

 

We want to hear from you – what are your favorite recipes? Would you like to see them published? Email them to PR@CBHarper.com

CouponChief.com’s “A Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety”

CouponChief.com’s “A Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety” is a thorough but simple guide that provides a complete checklist to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

Did you know that child pedestrian accidents increase by 4x on that day? The guide is going to walk you through the steps that you can take to make sure your children will avoid injury, but won’t miss out on the fun.

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Read the full story here:
www.couponchief.com/guides/halloween_safety_tips

A special thank you to Deborah Hall from CouponChief.com for sharing these helpful guidelines to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Real Estate Insights: Unique Real Estate Words And What They Mean

When it comes to home features and advertising them, it is important to utilize the power of words. Buyers consider many factors including school district, size of the lot and, of course, location. Some discerning buyers insist on a home that offers those truly unique features. Maximizing interior and exterior features in a well phrased description can be the deciding factor on whether a potential client chooses to give you a call.

For instance, we’ve come across a handful of definitions that it’s worth adding to listings with exceptional features. Specific words will showcase a home the way that traditional adjectives cannot.

 

Texas Cantilever

 

Cantilever Balcony. A structural element, a balcony, that is anchored only at one end to the support from which it is protruding. Can be constructed with trusses depending on the structural load. Allows for dramatic overhanging of balcony without external bracing you might typically find in decks. Pictured example above is from a home in Austin.

 

Gabriel Builders

 

Coffered Ceiling. A coffer (coffering) in architecture, is a series of sunken panels in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault. This can also apply to the interiors of domes and vaults.

 

11th Street Residence

 

Chamfer Walls. To chamfer means beveling or rounding off of a right angle corner. Not typically used in descriptions but as you can see in the above example it might be just the right term to accentuate this unique feature.

 

Richmond Hill -designs/patterns

 

Parquet Floor. Any intricate pattern or design laid in small rectangular or square patterns, not in long strips. Smaller patterns may feel dated but larger patterns are viewed as classic and custom.

 

Bathroom

 

Joshua Nimmo

 

Terrazzo Floor or Fixtures. Comprised of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other material that has been chipped and bound in place or precast. Once it is cured, the surface is then polished smooth or finished to produce a uniform texture. Created by Venetian construction workers as low cost flooring, this style was popular from the 1400s through the mid-1970s. Reinvented today, it can be surprisingly stylish.

 

Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.

 

Lake County Builders

 

Corbels. Corbels provide support and act as brackets to reinforce other architectural elements while adding visual interest. Versatile in its use, corbels can be used in shelving, porch design and entryways.

What are some of your favorite architectural home features? Is there a particular home element that you think is uniquely Texas? Tell us about it via email PR@CBHarper.com

A Gardening Story by Denise Barnhill

When a message from Denise Barnhill came across the email, we were so thrilled. She wanted to share photos of her garden and how much joy its brought her. It is these stories of simplicity and happiness that warm our hearts.

In her own words… Here is my gardening story. 

The "before" shot when we got everything planted.

The “before” shot, when we got everything planted.

I would like to share with others my story to inspire the love of gardening. The books say ‘home is where the heart is’ and ‘your home is your castle’. This REALTOR® has found a refuge in her own backyard.

On August 23rd, 2016 my youngest daughter Catherine said she would like to grow some eggplant. So we went to the nursery and purchase some plants to plant in the ground. One of those being an eggplant. So we dug up the dirt, made holes and placed the seedlings in the ground. In all, we planted 2 eggplants, 2 tomato, 2 strawberry, 1 zucchini and 4 pepper plants. We also placed 4 kinds of herbs into a pot – rosemary, peppermint, cilantro and basil. They are doing very well.

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This is our first garden and all of the plants are thriving and growing. Our recipe for success is to just add water and watch the plants grow.

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Buying and living in a home gives the homeowners a chance to sow gardens, works in their yards and learn about herbs and flowers to expand their knowledge and love of nature. It has been truly rewarding, looking forward to continue my journey in gardening.

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The "after" shot as you can see the plants are quite a bigger larger and full of vegetables.

The “after” shot, as you can see the plants are quite a bit larger and full of vegetables.

All the photos above were supplied and taken by Denise – what wonderful pictures!

Have questions for Denise? Or perhaps you’re looking for your next home to start your first garden? She can help with that too – give her a call or send an email:

Denise Barnhill, REALTOR®
dbarnhill@cbharper.com
(210) 865-5116

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