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COVER STORY Miguel Herrera Realty Group is capturing the niche market for national and international luxury selling for top custom home builders

COVER PHOTO AND TABLE OF CONTENTS PHOTO BY STADLER CUSTOM HOMES

features 18 DINE In a fast-paced world like ours, the popular date night or family night activity of dinner and movie is now much more convenient at one location.

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IN MORTGAGE

The Robert Dunn Team at CrossCountry Mortgage speaks on regulation changes and what to expect in the 2017 home financing.

54 COMMUNITY INSPIRATION

Harvey E. Najim's success and a passion for children's charitable organizations continues to make a difference in our community.

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The CKC team shows a heart of service beyond serving their clients; volunteering at The Boerne Daily Bread was a day well spent.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Angela Clack Robert Dunn Rita Zenzen Heck Bonnie Hudson Kim Young

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WELCOME TO OUR FIRST ISSUE OF 2017! We are blessed to be entering our 6th year publishing NHOME Texas and providing you, our readers home information, dining favorites, great design ideas and sharing community supporting stories! Our feature story is about a visionary man and his team who have shown that hard work, diligence and commitment truly does pay off! The Miguel Herrera Realty Group are achieving high levels of success in the the luxury and elegant home market as they connect local, national and international buyers with top luxury custom home builders! Just recently in the Fall of 2016, Miguel Herrera joined eXp Realty and he has welcomed the opportunity of agent ownership! In just about 7 years, his fast paced success has earned him the title of being a top International Luxury Agent in South Texas! I have been at several events and have witnessed Miguel Herrera receiving numerous awards and recognitions in the real estate Industry. We are proud to share his success story and new venture! As most of you know, NHOME has a heart for businesses and business owners that recognize the fact that we are responsible for our neighbors and for all in our communities! Giving back is a revolving door; therefore, the more you are blessed, the more you should give. And the more you give, the more you will receive! We are very excited to share just a bit of what Harvey E. Najim and his family foundation expect is an example of leadership. Businesses are slowly also learning the fulfillment of touching lives in our communities. Builders like CKC Custom Homes took time off to volunteer and donate during the holidays. NHOME and many of their affiliates were on the scene to give a helping hand. We hope you enjoy these articles and our other promising informational articles like the 2017 Mortgage Forecast by The Dunn Team at CrossCountry Mortgage! In much appreciation for your continued support.

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contributors

BONNIE HUDSON

Bonnie Hudson, the Regional Director for South and Central Texas for Decorating Den Interiors, has been serving the home furnishings industry for over 30 years. Her many roles in the 45 year old franchise system have included Franchisee, Sales Coordinator, Divisional Manager and Regional Owner. She is responsible for placing franchises in the region and providing training and support to the franchisee in her region. Her purpose and goal is to help others find the career best suited to their talents and lifestyle in the creative environment of interior design. She gets great satisfaction from interviewing and counseling people about their professional goals. In the process of creating awareness for her region, she greatly enjoys making presentations to groups and organizations about design trends, career opportunities in the design field and the benefits of franchising for women. For the past 45 years Decorating Den Interiors has been creating beautiful rooms. For over 30 of those years, Bonnie has been showing women how to turn their passion for decorating into an exciting career through the various opportunities Decorating Den offers. If you have a passion for decorating, you owe it to yourself to talk with her about Decorating Den’s business model, which includes professional training, advertising and social media support, a vendor network of over 100 suppliers, and business management systems.

RITA ZENZEN HECK

In her hometown of Chicago, Rita Zenzen Heck was a newspaper and magazine editor and TV copywriter. She currently lives in San Antonio and volunteers with the Majestic Theatre, the San Antonio Sports Association, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the San Antonio Downtown Residents Association. Heck has worked for Stars and Stripes, Overseas Weekly and Made In Europe magazine, as well as in advertising and PR, before opening her own Creative Overflow. She added The Green Connection in 1995, also producing green building showcases and her own green building and education magazine and events. Since 1995, she has hosted and produced The Green Connection television show on digital cable channel 20, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

Bonnie heads up a team of womenowned franchises throughout the Central Texas area. From concept to completion, these professionally trained decorators come to your home or business providing unique ideas and custom products for every style and budget. Products include window treatments, wall and floor coverings, custom furniture and accessories.

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KIM YOUNG

Kim Young, a native Texan and second-generation realtor, is a broker/associate with BHGRE Bradfield Properties. She has been assisting luxury homebuyers and sellers in the San Antonio/Hill Country area since 1999. She is a five-year recipient of the coveted National Five Star Professional Award and a four-year past recipient of the Platinum Top 50 Award. She is a certified Texas Real Estate Commission MCE instructor and a CARTUS-certified buyer/ marketing specialist, and she serves on the Texas Association of Realtors Professional Standards Committee and she is a board member of the 2017 SABOR board of directors. In addition to her real estate career, she is an author and co-author of the Creating Machine series, and she writes for various publications and websites.

ANGELA CLACK

ROBERT DUNN

I've been a successful mortgage banker for at least a decade. I come from very humble beginnings.  Born in El Paso as a son of an Air Force Veteran and a mother who is originally from Mexico and eldest of two siblings, we all moved to San Antonio in 1985 seeking new opportunities.  I speak Spanish fluently.  A diploma from Judson ISD was proceeded by an education in Pre-medicine and Mechanical Engineer at the University of Texas at Austin followed by a BBA in Economics at the University of San Antonio. I’m first a devoted Christian and a member of Christians on Campus at UTSA since it originated, a husband to a beautiful and intelligent wife, and father of two wonderful little ladies who too often I wake up seeing to be a little taller and wiser.  

Few people will confess a love of eating, but Angela Clack lists eating among her hobbies. She believes life is best experienced in the enjoyment of great food with family and friends. Her tastes range from casual street foods to exotic selections and fine dining. Clack enjoys traveling and uses it as an excuse to immerse herself in the local cuisine and culture. Raised on highly seasoned traditional Southern fare, she seeks out authentic food and dining experiences and documents her discoveries for other food lovers.


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advisory board

PEGGY ZETTNER

MIKE HOLLAWAY

BELINDA VELA-REYNA

Mike Hollaway enjoys a well-earned reputation as one of the San Antonio area’s most prestigious builders of fine custom homes since 1992. One of his many well-earned awards was the 2008 Builder of the Year. He is a past president of the Greater San Antonio Builders Association; he holds graduate master builder (GMB) and certified green professional (CGP) designations from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); and he is a voting director of the Texas Association of Builders and the NAHB. Hollaway currently builds throughout San Antonio, as far north as Austin and Horseshoe Bay and as far south as the Eagle Ford Shale. Some of his community involvements include being a past member of Rey Feo court, and was chosen to build the 2015 St. Jude’s Dream Home.

Belinda Vela-Reyna is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Science degree in Educational Guidance and Counseling from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She retired from an 11-year career as a U.S. probation officer for the Western District of Texas San Antonio Division to stay home with her two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Mia. She also has two amazing stepchildren, Danielle and John, and a wonderful husband. She has always had a passion for design, and she recently enjoyed renovating her new home with the help of Trent Hultgren.

KRISTAL POWELL

DALE PONDER

TRISH NAJIM

San Antonio native Peggy Zettner has been in the wholesale interior design industry for more than 21 years. As president of Interior Trade Cartel Inc. (ITC) for the past 17-plus years, she has seen many changes in the local interior design market. And business has never been better. Zettner has always felt there was a need to bring more design product to the trade in San Antonio. ITC currently represents more than 100 lines of product. ITC is an ASID industry partner, and it is very involved in the community. As a wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt, Zettner stays pretty busy. She loves entertaining family and friends, and her newest passion has been getting involved personally in the community. Her two biggest passions are CASA and Wounded Warriors.

Kristal Powell is the cofounder of CKC Custom Homes who serves as the driving force behind the beauty and elegance that is evident in the company’s finished homes. She uses a hands-on approach, personally assisting clients in the selection of paint, tile, cabinets and all aspects of design. Much of CKC’s success can be attributed to Powell’s passion for perfecting the unique style of CKC Custom Homes.

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Dale Ponder is the owner and operator of Cozy Outdoor Escapes, an outdoor living retail center focusing on customer service and high-end equipment. His career started in the electrical trades, where he held various positions in a large, nonunion shop in San Antonio, where he was raised. He later entered the international market, project managing the construction of drug interdiction radar sites throughout South and Central America and owning and operating a telecommunication construction service company in Caracas, Venezuela. Ponder left the business in 2010 to pursue his passion for the outdoor living retail sector. He developed a business plan, and Cozy Outdoor Escapes opened to the public in March 2011.

As a realtor and certified luxury home marketing specialist, Trish Najim prides herself in providing her clients a service to best assist them with their real estate needs regardless of whether they are sellers or buyers. Najim is with Keller Williams Realty Luxury International in San Antonio, and she is also a certified staging consultant and an interior design consultant. With her design background, she is able to work with buyers to visualize themselves in the home of their dreams, and to help sellers make their homes appealing to buyers. 


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f you love the movies like I do, you’re thrilled with all that is now offered in theatres. Going to the movies is now more efficient and more comfortable than ever before: you can buy your ticket days before you plan to go, you can choose a setting completely free of children, you can also choose how you want to see and hear the movie, there's standard, 3D, AVX and IMAX viewing. Even the seating has changed at some theaters. Now, you can reserve the exact seat that you want, it’s no longer a free for all. You can get seat 7 on row F and depending on the theatre, you can reserve standard seating, or choose a D-Box experience that adds the motion of the movie to your experience. In a D-Box you can recline, and at some venues, you have the additional comfort of one of the theatre’s blankets. Going to the movies has become a luxurious, customizable experience. As a movie addict, I love it. The other element that is vastly improved is movie fare. Popcorn is still king and all of the traditional offerings are still there, including the overpriced, underfilled boxes of Raisinettes, the pretzels, the soda pop, some sort of pickle in a


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COVER STORY

MIGUEL HERRERA A LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET LEADER “Luxury Market” is a hot phrase these days in the marketing world of many industries, but in the San Antonio real estate world, that phrase is the primary focus with The Miguel Herrera Realty Group. Miguel Herrera began his business in sales in the Los Angeles, California area and achieved great success. In looking for other areas to expand on that success, the growing San Antonio real estate market became the new venture. As they say, “the rest is history”. Among many achievements in his field, this past October, Miguel was named eXp World Holdings’ Luxury and International Division Leader. eXp World Holdings, Inc. is the holding company for a number of companies, most notably eXp Realty LLC, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage™ as a full-service real estate

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brokerage providing 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training, and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment. There are many reasons for Miguel’s success, but he credits his strategy of working with Mexican business owners to invest in San Antonio real estate as jump starting that success. His rapid business growth quickly earned him a reputation as one of the top luxury realtors in Texas. The achievements validating this reputation are numerous. Just to name a few: Accredited International Specialist, Mexican National Specialist, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, Certified Luxury Home Specialist and Global Property Specialist. As a finalist every year since 2012, he has twice been recognized as a Platinum Top 50 San Antonio Realtor, winning the award in 2016 and 2017.

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Attracting the luxury client requires a strong reputation of integrity and service. Knowing this, the Miguel Herrera Realty Group are unwavering in their pursuit of excellence. Building trust is the first priority. Personal service and communication is the key to that trust. This is evidenced in the group being recognized for overall satisfaction among the Top 5% Five Star Real Estate Agents awards by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2012. Miguel understands that a hassle-free, smooth transaction is an important part of the high stakes of a luxury investment. He

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wants to makes sure that his team has all the tools and training they need to deliver that to every client. With the eXp cutting-edge technology systems and an expansive network, the group is able to maximize exposure and create a fast turn-around and a quick, smooth transaction. The most successful market niche to benefit from the this commitment to excellence is service to the luxury home builder. This venture has achieved tremendous growth in the sales of spec homes. After researching the high end markets in Los Angeles, Miami and New York, in much the same way, his team showcases


the spec homes of local luxury home builders. With the use of the newest technology, integrating social media and internet marketing strategies, the Herrera group promotes the builder’s home and connecting the buyer with a home to match the expectations of every level of luxury buyer. The result has been huge growth in spec home sales. The Herrera group is presently working in many high end developments such as The Dominion, Huntington, and The Canyons at Scenic Loop. Some of the luxury home builders on their client list include: Mike Hollaway Custom Homes, Stadler Custom Homes, McNair Custom Homes, Adam Wilson Custom Homes, Robare Custom Homes, Anderson-Jenkins Signature Homes, Meritage Homes, Urbi 21 USA, Monterey Homes, Aragon and Sogard; just to name a few. Some of these unique offerings are featured here. With the personal service of the Herrera Group, spec home sales have increased dramatically and are generating future clients for the home builders. As a result of the Luxury and International Leader Award and Miguel’s affiliation with the eXp Global Holdings, the group attracts highly successful internationally experienced agents. It is therefore no surprise that for three years in a row, Miguel Herrera has been the Luxury League Winner. Not one to rest on these achievements, Miguel Herrera will continue to move his realty group into new and exciting luxury home real estate markets in the San Antonio area. ■ For more information visit www. miguelherrerarealtygroup.com.

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Stadler Custom Homes 102 Winding Lane Shavano Park, TX 78232

$2,950,000

Stadler Custom Homes presents a magnificent new design by Gustavo Arredondo. Located in the exclusive Huntington at Shavano Park, this fabulous family home has amenities for everyone. An open floor plan with high ceilings, charming fireplace, large media room, a gorgeous master suite. The spacious kitchen has beautiful custom cabinets and granite countertops. The 1.62 acre lot is surrounded with mature trees and features an in-ground pool and outdoor kitchen. Family living at its best!

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Adam Wilson Custom Homes 23421 Edens Cyn, San Antonio, TX 78255

$925,000

An Adam Wilson Custom Home in the Canyons at Scenic Loop. A stunning contemporary 1 story estate with fabulous Hill Country views! Open floor plan perfect for outdoor entertaining featuring sliders opening from spectacular living/dining spaces to the expansive covered patio and deck. Pocket doors optimize room space. Upgrades include extensive tile, granite, lighting, fixtures, and a special stone fireplace. A chic island kitchen has a farmer’s sink and stainless steel appliances. The master bath features a his/her shower and soak tub.

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Pulliam Custom Homes 7 Privada Yesa, San Antonio, TX 78257

$1,499,990

A Gustavo Arredondo Design by Pulliam Custom Homes. Contemporary and upscale finishes throughout the bright and open floor plan. Upgrades include brilliant hardwood floors accented by marble, and many custom details along with the luxury of a Wine Room. The high end Chef’s Kitchen features custom cabinetry, granite counters, Jenn Air & Wolf appliances. The private Master Retreat has patio access to the outdoor oasis featuring a summer kitchen, extended covered patio with a pool and spa.

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Robare Custom Homes

23903 Carina Cyn.

$1,395,000

Built on a one acre lot, the latest Robare Custom Homes Model is soon to be underway in The Canyons at Scenic Loop. This extraordinary modern contemporary design boasts a total of 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2 half baths. The spectacular master suite boasts a huge master bath and giant walk-in closet. The mother-in-law suite has a full bath with a generous walk-in closet. Additional features include an exceptional home office with a half bath and walk-in closet. Upstairs you will find 2 bedrooms, a game room and a terrace with breathtaking views. Every detail of this luxury design is exemplary of the Robare Custom Homes mark of excellence.

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Mike Hollaway Custom Homes 10116 Carter Canyon

$1,315,000

Stunning Contemporary Exterior and Interior Design. Quality Construction by Mike Hollaway Custom Homes. 2 Story, Great Room, Master Suite, Game Room. Gourmet Kitchen. Energy Saving Features. High Quality Fixtures and Custom Upgrades Available. Walk-in closets with custom built-ins and shelving. High-efficiency Trane 14-SEER heating and air conditioning systems. Custom-designed covered patios.

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Sogaard Custom Homes

24608 Player Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78260

$1,095,000

Sogard Custom Homes present a two story modern home on an elevated lot with awesome city and bluff view. Bright rooms illuminated by natural light from lots of windows throughout. A stylish island kitchen features lots of storage, butler’s pantry, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. The large master bedroom has a spa-like bath. A game room and guest room have a separate kitchen with an additional room which can be an extra bedroom or workout room. An infinity pool by the large covered patio provides breathtaking views.

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McNair Custom Homes 310 Majestic BLF San Antonio, TX 78258

$850,000

New energy efficient McNair Custom Home in the beautiful Hidden Canyon located in a quiet, gated community in Central Stone Oak. Light throughout in this open floor plan. Master suite on 1st floor with a spa-like master bath, a charming guest suite and a large bright study. Gourmet kitchen with gas cooking. 2nd floor features 3 large bedrooms, a media room and a game room connecting to a balcony with amazing views. The wonderful outdoor kitchen is perfect for entertaining.

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NEW MODERN COLOR AND MEDIUM TRENDS BY SAN MARCOS IRON DOORS SPECIAL TO NHOME

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rom bright hues to the natural look. What better way to make an impression than to greet your guests with one of our fine custom designed iron products? When remodeling your entry door, you might think the choices are limited to color and design; there are not limits at San Marcos Iron Doors. Aside from our hand-made traditional neutral colors

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we also have a new modern palette for those who want to make a strong statement. We advice our clients to go with colors they like, dull colors are not for everyone and we understand that. There aren’t any rules when it comes to designing your front door; and why settle for the traditional look when we can add a touch of art to your home with our custom design iron products, we will make

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Kim Young your ideas happen. If you are on a budget but love the look of stainless steel, we can help! Our new CHROME paint will do the trick; it looks like its stainless steel but it’s wrought metal. Or what if lime green is your favorite color and you want to use your front door for self-expression? Why not go bold and make a strong first impression? A colorful door is the easiest way to add instant curb appeal to your home. Are you more into the clean look? Let’s go all in with one of our Modern Glass Pivot Doors and Railings, with a touch of purity with our off-white color shades. The current trends in home design have focused more and more on contemporary decor, in which glass ideas have come into focus. Bring us your designs and we will put it in metal, we count with the latest technology to create fabulous designs. Nothing is impossible. One of our design experts in San Marcos Iron Doors will guide you through until you find the perfect design and shade of color. With the Original Iron Door company, and our over 35 years of experience, you are in the right place at San Marcos Iron Doors. Put your trust in the best and visit one of the 4 showroom locations. ■

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*GREENERY, Pantone Institute’s color of the year is a zesty yellow/green that signals: take a deep breath, oxygenate, reinvigorate. and think nature, setting the stage for what’s new (and Greenery) for 2017. From furniture and interiors to appliances and cars, Pantone’s Greenery annual color choice encourages a Greenery statement from inside/out to refresh the New Year. For a simple inexpensive sprinkling of Greenery in your life, add throw pillows, hand tow-

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els, kitchen and bath accessories or even a plant. For Greenery to remember, paint a wall or door or add a new statement-making piece of furniture. It’ll bring more spring greenery into your life.

Get Smart - Open Up Exhibits at the 2017 National Home Builders Show enhanced the Smart Home idea that’s been around for years with some new twists that enable you to adjust home temperatures throughout

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the day coinciding with your daily activities and preferences by phone. Add appliance and lighting features and it’s like a stay-at-home robot on the scene. On the greenery side, tight building envelopes (but not too tight), duct sealing, reflective barriers, roof sheathing, reflective shingles and high SEER (18 to 20) heating/ cooling systems were encouraged for a more comfortable healthy house. Reducing waste, water conservation and recycling systems (and habits) were encouraged. Size wise, smaller square footage that is left open for a variety of uses can turn a family room into an office or bedroom with a flick of a sliding panel or screen. The now generation is looking for more flexibility in their home to adjust to whatever they need to accommodate: a new baby, visiting parents or boomerang kids. Wood cabinets, long reigning in the kitchen are being painted for a fresh new look in 2017 and busy-patterned granite is being replaced by quartz or other simpler, more durable and easy maintenance countertops. Clean cool wall colors (shades of white and grey) add to the calm beauty of the 2017 home with over-the-top garden tubs being replaced with frameless glass surrounded giant-sized showers, dual-flush low flow toilets, easy clean large-tile floors and simpler vanities. On-demand water heaters, low-flow shower heads and faucets and peaceful wall colors complete the picture. Indoor air quality, not often thought about in the past, is a 2017 requirement. Not only ventilation but materials that outgas and pollute the air. Outgassing from products including paint, flooring, countertops (granite) and others

GOING GREEN MEANS MORE THAN JUST COLOR.

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MEETIING THE DICTATES OF THE 2017 KITCHEN, YET REMINISCENT OF PIONEER DAYS WHEN ONE ROOM SERVED AS KITCHEN/ DINING/ENTERTAINMENT SPACE, HGTV’S LOVE IT OR LIST IT REMOVED THE WALLS OF A SMALL LIVING ROOM OPENING THE KITCHEN UP TO THE LIVING/ DINING AREA AND THE OUTDOORS. CARRYING OUT THE TREND: WHITE AND WASHED WOOD CABINETRY AND WHITE SOLID SURFACE COUNTERTOPS SHOUT 2017!

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ASID Summary Summing it up by the American Society of Interior Designers, 2017 is the year to expand attention to being green by saving on energy usage and costs; planning a healthier house; stretching your budget for new additions of furniture and accessories by redoing existing pieces, buying recycled and recycling no longer wanted pieces. It’s all about *GREENERY” in the 2017 home. ■

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are now available with minimum VOCs (volatile organic compounds) making for a healthier indoors, especially for those with allergies and breathing problems. Expanding indoor space to the outdoors for relaxing and entertaining is more important than ever in the 2017 home. Lush grass landscapes are being replaced with native low water usage plants, ground covers and permeable walks and driveways which look good and require a minimum of care, giving you more me-time.


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what’s new in mortgage

The Dunn Team 2017 MORTGAGE QUESTIONS

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he Dunn Team at CrossCountry Mortgage is here to help you walk through the process of financing your home, as we have helped hundreds of families buy, build or refinance their homes in Texas. Over the last 10 years that we’ve been growing our business, we’ve seen our share of changes of how we borrow money for a home. However, changes pale in comparison to all the changes that we’ve seen in this new administration’s first week in office. We’re educating our realtor's as certain regulations change and as they make their way to affecting home owners.  What does 2017 have in store for a family looking to finance their next home? As we have seen with the new administration, the sprint to repeal and roll back current executive orders and policies will have a profound affect. Repealing DoddFrank means many things to us as consumers, but how will this affect you as a future home owner? Before the banking crisis of 2008, there was hardly any accountability for the actions of banks. Now, stress tests are enforced by the FDIC which require banks to

hoard their money rather than lend it. In the event of an economic down-turn, this is meant to curtail a future bailout. Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau now regulate and enforce banks to protect the consumers from unethical lending acts by fining banks if they do not meet certain guidelines. While the stream of available money has slowed and the costs of fines for not meeting regulations are

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being paid by the banks, the costs have trickled down to you, the consumer, in more ways than one. As economic professors often remind us, there isn’t such a thing as a free lunch.  What does 2017 have in store for the average borrower? It’s hard to believe that amidst increasing interest rates and higher home prices that something good will come from deregulation. If Dodd Frank is repealed and the CFPB is dismantled or downsized, deregulation will mean that the stream of money will finally flow to the consumer by alleviating the stringent requirements on the lending institutions and minimizing the fines and fees imposed by these regulations, which is a savings to the client. Where once money sat idle, it will begin empowering the consumer to help build a home or a business. Money will be available for more creative products of financing to meet the majority of families whose loan applications don’t “fit in a box.” My team is ahead of these changes and we see it regularly in the smiles on family faces when we lend responsibly and look to lending outside of the box. This has enabled many families to obtain the American dream of home ownership. These products include 12 or 24 month bank statement only loans, one day out of foreclosure loans, and low down payment jumbo loans to name a few. Lending is a delicate matter of balancing consumer rights with making loans available to most families at a reasonable cost. What’s your opinion about deregulating banks? We’re curious, so send us an email. As always The Dunn Team is here for you, your friends and family for your mortgage needs. ■

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table talk

New Leadership, Honors Award Winners SAN ANTONIO BOARD OF REALTORS®

 BOARD OFFICERS (FROM LEFT): LORENA PENA, SECRETARY/ TREASURER; MICHELE BUNTING ROSS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD; YVETTE ALLEN, CHAIR-ELECT.

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he San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) installed its new leadership team as well as members of the 2017 Board of Directors and Executive Committee during its annual Awards and Installation Brunch on Dec. 8 at the Pearl Stable. SABOR also recognized seven award winners across several categories for outstanding achievements in real estate. Michele Bunting Ross was sworn in as SABOR’s 2017 Chairman of the Board. With a term beginning January 1, the chairman steers the Board of Directors and works in concert with SABOR’s President and CEO to implement the policies and vision set forth by the members. With a membership numbering over 10,000, SABOR looks to its members to drive its strategies that, in turn, affect the real estate industry in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. “Michele will play a crucial role in the coming year by continuing

to make SABOR the leading resource in real estate around South Texas,” said Angela Shields, SABOR President and CEO. “The installation ceremony communicates the responsibilities of the new officers and inspires all SABOR members to advance the fine work of this organization, which is key to the economic development of the entire region.” Other officers installed to the Board of Directors were REALTOR® members Yvette Allen as Chair-Elect and Lorena Peña as Secretary/Treasurer. Altogether, SABOR has 19 members on its Board of Directors. SABOR also recognized seven award winners for their outstanding service in the real estate industry during 2016. John Craig received the 2016 SABOR REALTOR® Broker of the Year Award; Denise Graves is the 2016 SABOR REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year; Jeffery Shaffer received the 2016 SABOR REALTOR® Rookie of the Year Award; Marla Luciano is the 2016 SABOR Affiliate of the Year; Janice Lerma-Lozano received the 2016 Property Management Specialist of the Year Award; Marietta Alba is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Distinguished Service Award; and Greg Jones received the 2016 Good Neighbor Award. All were honored for their achievements as part of the Awards and Installation program on Thursday. ■ For more information visit www.sabor. com

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Charity Starts at Home 2017 SAN ANTONIO COCKTAIL CONFERENCE // BY: KIM YOUNG

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t was another sold out year of the popular San Antonio Cocktail Conference. This was the sixth annual conference which attracts bartenders from across the country, brands, bar owners, distributors, cocktail aficionado's and regular people who enjoy sampling and learning what's new in cocktails. The conference prides itself on showcasing the art of learning and appreciation of cocktail pairings, the perfect cocktail parties, tastings and educational seminars. Opening night at the DoSeum, "San Antonio’s only museum just for children where kids learn by doing, creating and tinkering.... " was a perfect imaginative start of the 2017 conference which featured a fun filled evening of music, art, balloons, drinks, and food for the kid in all of us. A crowd favorite is the Stroll on Houston Street two blocks of entertainment samples and tastings of various cocktail options and delicious gourmet bites from local restaurants and bars. Guests mingled and enjoyed live orchestra music and the photo booth at the plaza. What is unique about this San Antonio event from other cocktail conferences, is that 100% of profits are divided among selected children’s charities. These funds are raised through ticket sales to a variety of events that range from elaborate cocktail parties to guided tastings and educational seminars. Though the majority of funding to beneficiaries comes from the Cocktail Conference, there may be, on occasion, an opportunity to meet other modest needs of individual charities and causes. Past beneficiaries include ChildSafe, The Children's Shelter, Clarity Child Guidance Center, HeartGift San Antonio, TEAMability and Transplants for Children. ■


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A Lesson in Leadership THE HARVEY E. NAJIM FOUNDATION // SPECIAL TO NHOME

San Antonio is blessed to be home of the Najim Family Foundation. Since 2007, the Najim Family Foundation & Mr. Najim, personally have given out in grants and pledges approximately $65 million to close to 200 different children's charitable organizations. “For more than thirty

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years, I have been focused on building and creating a successful business,” said Najim. “This foundation allows me to move from being a successful business leader to becoming a community leader focused on the needs of others.” A computer mogul, Najim found himself suddenly blessed with more than he needed. Having experienced a soul searching, personal transformation a few years prior, in the winter of 2006 he wired $75 million into the new Harvey E. Najim Foundation. “I am fortunate to be in this position,” he said. “This community has provided so much for my company, my family, and me. I am excited about being able to give back. Awarding grants to non-profit organizations focused on children is my way of personally contributing to the future of San Antonio. I am hopeful that my foundation will help make a difference in the lives of children and increase the quality of life in our community.” There are many who will attest to the fact that the Najim Foundation has made a difference in the lives of children. There is an abundance of children's charities that are greatly appreciative of donations. Two of Mr. Najim's favorites are the Assistance League that

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n business, there is a reason that we look to those who accomplished great things. We should also look to those who give back to their community demonstrating what's in the heart. As a child, I was raised on the words of the apostle Paul, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”


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CKC Gives Back Day HILL COUNTRY DAILY BREAD SPECIAL TO NHOME // PHOTOGRAPHY: JASON ROBERTS

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n the spirit of the holidays, the entire team at CKC Custom Homes was excited for the opportunity to give back and share thanks with the San Antonio community. This past November we held the first of many to come CKC Gives Back Days! We invited all who were willing – clients, partners, realtors, family and friends – to join us in volunteering at Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries in Boerne and had such an amazing turnout! Hill Country Daily Bread is a food bank located in Boerne, serving San Antonio and many counties in the hill country area. Not only was it a great opportunity to give back, but we loved meeting with and connecting with all who are important in our lives over a great cause. During the event we had the opportunity to bond over sorting cans, folding clothes and making care packages for the families at Hill Country Daily Bread. We were also featured on Kens5, which brought so much light to this amazing organization! The event was such a blast, and we can’t wait to do it again next year and for many years to come. We’re actually already planning next year’s Gives Back Day and are thinking about doing it with the Habitat for Humanity. So be on the lookout, and we hope you join us! ■

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he San Antonio Board of Realtors hosted is 2017 Housing Forecast on January 5, 2017 at the J. W. Marriott Hotel to a sold out crowd. Participants at this annual event heard from a series of locally and nationally recognized speakers sharing their expertise on market conditions, industry trends and community conditions and how those factors will affect the 2017 real estate market. In 2016 San Antonio out passed 2015's sales figures, and is expected to carry this momentum into the New Year according to Angela Shields, President and CEO of the San Antonio Board of Realtors. "An event like this is a prime opportunity for our members to prepare for the demands of a busy housing market by staying informed of the factors shaping our industry, " she said. Topics covered this year ranged from downtown living and the luxury market to job growth, company relocations, area parks, water, transportation, land sales and the Texas economy. The keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Dotzour, Real Estate Economist, spoke about current economic conditions in Texas and offered passionate insight into what looks to be a robust 2017 real estate market. Dotzour pointed out that consumer confidence has spiked in the last few months and there is no hint of recession on the horizon. While home prices in the area have risen over the years, Texas remains more affordable than other large states. â–

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 No more bad tastes and odors in the water used for drinking, cooking, and cleaning

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