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State and local associations get ready for a busy legislative season By Riki Markowitz

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n Jan. 13, 2015 the 84th Texas Legislature will convene and make policy decisions that will impact the lives of real estate industry professionals. Throughout Texas’ 83rd session in 2013, 5,868 bills and 449 constitutional amendments were introduced. During that time, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) tracked over 1,100 pro-real estate bills, including, but not limited to the State Water Implementation Fund of Texas; a

property rights amendment to SB 1596, giving home buyers control over installing fire sprinklers; and a homestead tax exemption for veterans. Of those, 182 were signed into law. This past November, voters elected a new slate of freshman legislators, plus a new governor and lieutenant governor. So on the eve of the 84th session, the question is whether real estate industry representatives have been able to make headway on top issues and forming relationships with the House and Senate’s newest, most influential members. On the plus side, says Scott Norman, executive director at TAB, many incoming representatives campaigned on issues that affect real estate professionals, as well as home owners and new home buyers. To find out what bills and constitutional amendments the Texas real estate community is working on in 2015, Realty Line spoke with representatives at TAB, the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR), and Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA). “The number-one priority for any number of associations, including HBAs across the state, is in finding adequate funding for roadways, which includes transportation and infrastructure funding,” says Harry Savio, VP of public policy for HBA Greater Austin. While Proposition 1 passed by a margin of four to one this past November, more work needs to be done to secure funding that will accommodate Texas’ population boom. Daniel Gonzalez, the government affairs representative at TAR, is confident that lawmakers are not going to increase fees or taxes. “We’re looking at taking the motor vehicle sales tax and dedicating that revenue stream over to transportation.” TXDot is estimating a $3.3 billion shortfall in funds without this bill. Historically, however, the outlook is not as promising as some would like. In their 2015 Public Policy Statement report, HBA said “the gasoline tax has not been raised from its current 20 cents

per gallon since 1991.” Water and energy-related legislation is another infrastructure concern shared by Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WC REALTORS) and TAB. During the 2015 Session, legislators are focusing on eliminating court-enacted barriers to implementing the State Water Plan, a 50-year approach to balancing infrastructure improvements, public interests, property rights, and water rights. As far as energy infrastructure legislation is concerned, Norman describes an atmosphere in which market demand has dramatically driven up the cost of all forms of energy in recent years. While there is a movement for greener, cleaner, less expensive energy options, consumers just aren’t seeing these savings. Second on the agenda is proposed legislation that deals with appraisals, taxation, and property values. “A lot of people would like to do something about property taxes, specifically increase property exemptions from $15,000 to something higher,” says TAR’s Gonzalez. In their 2015 report, TAR is calling for a homestead exemption up to $45,000. And that’s just “one component of a comprehensive solution for property tax relief.” The state already requires school districts to provide a $15,000 exemption to every residence homestead for the purpose of ad valorem taxation. Gonzalez worries that if costs continue to rise, “many first-time homebuyers will be excluded from purchasing a home.” Gary Cocanougher, 2014 president of WC REALTORS and broker associate at ERA Colonial, says “reducing property taxes is always on the minds of constituents, but it is easier said than done.” That sentiment is especially true when

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Passing the torch As my term as president of the board wraps up, I am excited to pass the torch to a respected colleague and a true friend of mine, Barb Cooper. I want to be clear: Barb and I have different leadership styles, but we both believe that every decision made by your association must be in the interest of our members. As the 2015 president of the board, Barb will bring and build value to your association, and usher it into a new era—an era highlighted by integ-

rity, honesty, our new home, new leadership in the Austin City Council, new board members, and all of you. I think you will find 2015 the year that the members connect with the association under Barb’s leadership.

New year, new ABoR By the time you read this, ABoR’s office on Stonelake Boulevard. will be packed and closed. We’ll be in our new headquarters at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road. ABoR’s new home will connect members to expanded professional development opportunities, technology, and services that deliver real value to your business. The new headquarters is now open and I encourage all members to drop by and see what your new building has to offer. Thank you to the board and Facilities Task Force for making this new great home possible. To learn more about the new headquarters, visit Abor. com/YourNewHome. I am once again humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your 2014 president. Thank you for that opportunity. RL

President’s Column By Barb Cooper • 2015 President

Where has the time gone? t seems like just yesterday when I sat down to edit my first column, and now it’s already January again. Well, it’s been quite the year. We’ve accomplished so, so much these last 12 months, so take a second and pat yourself on the back! No accomplishments would have been possible without the input of our members. I would like to thank everyone who has served our association with me, including the board of directors, volunteer committee members, and all of the members at large. It’s truly been an honor.

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s you know by now, the new ABoR headquarters has opened its doors, and I hope you’ve had a chance to visit your new home. If you haven’t yet, come stop by! The new ABoR headquarters located at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road is the start of a new era for Central Texas REALTORS. The building was designed with your needs in mind: improved technology, more education options, and plenty of member space. In addition, our new logo and slogan are about building connections — connections that will prepare you to best serve your clients and the community. All of this change can lead to a lot of questions, but I encourage you to engage and ask those questions.

ABoR Forum: Member Town Hall For our first ABoR Forum of 2015, we’re

opening the floor to all of you. We want to hear your questions and thoughts about the your Association and community. We’re treating this forum as a traditional “town hall” meeting—an open floor for you to ask the questions you have one your mind. Our panel will feature select members of ABoR leadership, and we look forward to answering your questions about the new building/branding, membership, local governance, or whatever else is on your mind. The forum will take place from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and you can RSVP and submit your questions ahead of time by visiting www.Abor. com/Forum. I’m honored to serve as your 2015 ABoR president, and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! RL

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Harper Ray, right, Regina Imel, left, and Kirstie Post, center, all of Sente Mortgage, get ready for a busy 2015 in mortgage lending!

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Gary Cocanougher, right, of ERA Colonial Real Estate hands over the gavel and tremendous responsibility of leading WC REALTORS in 2015 to Jack Stapleton of JB Goodwin, REALTORS at the Association's 1920's themed Installation and Awards Banquet.

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Mike McKim of Keller Williams Realty wonders how many cold beverages can fit in this Yeti cooler, which was a featured door prize at the MI Homes grand opening celebration at the Highlands at Mayfield Ranch.

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Amanda BoatrightCarrejo and Tammy Kress, both of RE/MAX 1, celebrate a great year at the company Christmas Party!

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MI Homes representatives Ursula Whitworth, fourth from left, and Lauren Buckley, second from right, accompany REALTORS on a limo tour of the Highlands at Mayfield Ranch prior to a holiday celebration in the Round Rock community’s model home. Buy photo: RL_010115_F.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

AMBA’s 2014 secretary, Dan Rushing, second from right, toasts to a happy holiday season with colleague Larry Schule of Highlands Residential Mortgage, Kandis Wilberforce of Crescent Communities and AMBA board member Gretchen Rossington of Cadence Bank at the organization’s holiday party. Dan served on the party committee.

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Patricia Wagner of DHI Mortgage and the 2015 WCR Governing Board talks with one of the WCR pastpresidents (1984), Ann Marie Sandlin of Jay Gohil Realty, at the WCR Installation Breakfast at the Shoal Crossing Event Center.


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s we usher in the New Year, the distant memory of all that was “2014” begins to quietly fade into the abyss. Some things, however, need to stay in the forefront! The industry in which we love and serve is quickly and somewhat quietly changing and it is up to us to determine the end point. If you pause for a moment and personally reflect upon the question “What is the value of a REALTOR association?” What comes to mind? While you are reflecting upon this; lets move on to another more esoteric topic for a moment; Time. Time is truly the world’s most precious and valuable commodity. It is non-renewable, finite, and wholly uncertain to the inventory that remains in the “vault” for our own personal consumption. We are busier today than ever before. Our schedules and calendars are packed, our days are long, and boredom has become a luxury that few can afford. This past year, 2014, was a record-breaking year. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we closed 27,255 units for a total of $8,511,884,044 in reported

residential sales; of that number, 9,101 units and $2,265,798,120 of volume were in Williamson County. That means 33 percent of the inventory, and 27 percent of the volume is in the WC, demonstrating the phenomenal growth in this area of Central Texas. During a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity, we were also hit head on with dozens of major industry issues where groundbreaking decisions were made that made national headlines. In times like these, finding the balance between the demands of our trade, our family obligations, our passion for philanthropy and our faith, we find our “time” being taxed into oblivion. Yet, many important issues stood before us requiring significant additional time commitments such as: syndication, unreported sales, multiple offers, pocket listings, coming soon, third party data integrity standards, water and groundwater conservation districts, improving our flagship MLS product so as to retire our legacy systems, and more. Each of these important topics required RE-

www.myRealtyLine.com ALTORS stepping up and getting involved in meaningful ways by learning the issues, joining committees, taking on leadership roles to ensure the marketplace is fair for consumers, that new emerging products, tools, and third party aggregators coming online are consistent with the integrity and high moral code we have subscribed to as part of our REALTOR Code of Ethics. Yet, looking ahead to 2015 we once again have no shortage of pressing issues facing us. Whether it is the fight for search engine keyword dominance, third parties continuing to present our data inaccurately, the future of Realtor.com, an astonishing lack of a national consumer industry website, affordable housing, transportation, water and conservation, or inventory shortages coupled with consistent population gains, we as real estate professionals need to focus. The Texas Association of REALTORS is over 80,000 strong and as of June 30, 2014 over 1 million strong across our great nation; (1,063,950 to be exact). A good friend and mentor recently reminded me that many times our biggest strength is also our biggest weakness. The greatest value of our REALTOR association is a powerful unified voice. Our strength is our size. Our weakness is disorganization. Our National Association has grown and changed over the decades. Originally formed as; “National Association of Real Estate Exchanges” in 1908. They later adopted the name; “National Association of Real Estate Boards”, and in 1974 was changed to what we know them as today; “The National Association of REALTORS”. I call this change in 1974 “The end of the identity crisis” for our National Association. It took our National Association 66 years to find its identity. It’s identity is you! Our National As-

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sociation is not about the exchange of property, it is not about the local or state associations, it is about its members. You are the value of our Association. While our National Association found its identity, it is up to us to collectively harness the power of it. With a membership of over a million members we could literally move mountains. That is, as long as we put our heads together, stay organized, and speak with one voice. Let me clarify, not 1 million people with 1 million voices, rather, 1 million people with one, unified voice. Each of us has an inherent responsibility to learn the issues, get involved, join a committee, and if suited for it, step into leadership roles. The reward of our powerful unified voice is not fitted to be self-serving. As we work and give freely of our time to protect private property rights, discourage unfair taxation, and collectively build a strong foundation for consumers to realize their dreams of homeowners, the side effect of this builds stronger communities, a stronger REALTOR brand, and a thriving, relevant, dominant industry in which we can all continue to be proud to serve. So, when asked the question, “What is the value of the REALTOR Association” you are armed with the answer. But, more importantly as you are outlining your goals for 2015 add getting involved to your list. There’s an opportunity for you to contribute to your industry’s success regardless of your schedule. Read and share relevant legislative updates, become a Texas REALTOR delegate, respond to Calls for Action, or join a committee. For more ways to get involved visit www.WC REALTORS.org and follow the “Get Involved” link on the home page, or www.texasrealestate.com/for-texas-realtors/ get-involved. RL

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Master of Ceremonies Rise’ Johns, left, of Keller Williams Realty installs Michelle Busby of Central Texas Property Group as 2015 CRS Austin Chapter president at the group’s Installation Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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2014 WC REALTORS President Gary Cocanougher of ERA Colonial Real Estate thanks Chelsea Moore of KB Home for her support at the Association. Chelsea wins the WC REALTORS' Affiliate of the Year award at the WC REALTORS' Installation and Awards Banquet. Submitted Photo

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Realty Austin Northwest Rising Star is the The Ealy Team. Lockie and Warren Ealy leveraged an aggressive marketing campaign, combined with community involvement, to grow their sales 122% from $5 million in 2013 to over $11.1 million in 2014.


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Sylvia Craig of RE/ MAX Austin Skyline welcomes Cindie Brooks of Chicago Title to the company’s holiday party at Z Tejas downtown.

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Doug Beaty, center, proudly accepts the Kenton Brown award from Mike Carroll, left, the first recipient of the award, and AMBA's past president Scott Norman at the AMBA holiday party at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel.

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Mark Murrell and Karen McGrath, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, celebrate as one of their colleagues, Jack Stapleton, is installed as WC REALTORS president at the Association's Installation and Awards Banquet at the Lone Oak Barn.

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Helen Thomas of RE/MAX Austin Skyline and Tim Dockery of Willow Bend Mortgage spread holiday cheer at the Capital Title Holiday Extravaganza.


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A big congratulations to the new CRS Austin Chapter board of directors. Pictured left to right are Sonny Bara, Anita Farrell, Michelle Busby, president; Mary Miner and Jim Smith, past-president. The directors were installed at the group’s installation luncheon last month at the Westwood Country Club.

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Becky Hopkins, left, of Austin Title, Gene Fuessel of Supreme Lending and Diana Keyes of Nextage Lone Star Realty are the welcoming committee at the WCR Installation Breakfast where they greeted everyone with smiles so fabulous, everyone felt welcome!

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Capital Title Westlake Branch Manager Shelley Hill and Paula Jo Pierce of Turnquist Partners Westlake can't believe 2014 is already over. The two have some fun at the Capital Title Christmas Party.

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Annette Corbin of Willow Bend Mortgage, Lisa Shipp of Capital Title and David Shipp of Willow Bend Mortgage play “Santa” by giving out holiday door prizes at the Capital Title Holiday Extravaganza.

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Mark Minchew of RE/ MAX Austin Associates accepts his CRS Member of the Year award from Past-President Rise’ Johns of Keller Williams Realty at the group’s Installation and Awards Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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J.R. Esquivel, left, of MI Homes welcomes Melissa Peel of Realty Austin and David Raulston of Keller Williams to the holiday grand opening celebration of the Highlands at Mayfield Ranch.

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Natalie Jack of Legacy Mutual Mortgage and Josh Penland of Sente Mortgage enjoy downtown’s festive lights as they take a quick view from the balcony of the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel, where AMBA held its holiday party.

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Kelly Wonderlin and Mark Wonderlin show off their wonderful 3-month-old baby, Avery, in style at the AMBA Christmas party at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel downtown. Kelly is the daughter of Julie Gross of Starkey Mortgage.

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WCR 2014 State President Sharon Morton, left, had the honor of head table introductions at the WCR Installation Breakfast where she sat with Cheryl Jenkins, a past WCR president.

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Cecilia Roberts, Victoria Costello and Ann Buck, all of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, are loving the 1920's theme at the WC REALTORS' Installation and Awards Banquet.


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Faith Staires, center, and Hope Teel, both of RE/MAX Austin Skyline, discuss holiday plans with Justin Hrabovsky of United Lending during their company’s 20th annual holiday party.

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Butch Novak and Jack Szalasny, both of RE/ MAX 1, enjoy the festivities at the company Christmas Party.

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AMBA’s 2014 president Vinnie Magnarini, 2014 secretary Dan Rushing, 2015 president Kristin Clardy and past president Mike Cannatti show leadership skills are not all they have at the organization’s annual holiday party.

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technologies being all the multitudes of communication methods using text, pictures, humor, video, and real time. There are tools such as YouTube which need to be utilized like the Natives utilize to keep marketing front of mind. And, YouTube is free. The practice of direct mail and cold calling are not to be thrown out to the curb but must be mixed heavily with the myriad of devices

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that make for speed, humor, effectiveness and advertising previewed at the leisure of the client. Yes, the boomers and silents built the sales world with their concepts and practices but now the Generations Y , X and Z are building the sales world more efficiently as they believe anything is possible, should be tried and innovation is certain. RL

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he next generation of marketers are marketing their products and services like none of us have done before. These are the Digital Natives. Digital Natives are primarily Generation Y and Z and to some extent Generation X. These generations have grown up with the latest technology; they use the tools and principles of the latest mobile technology to integrate their personal relationships and to market and plan their business success. Boomers are Digital Immigrants in that all the technology and Internet were learning curves for them which took “leaps of faith” and “giant steps of trial and error.” With every new tech tool, software, contact management program with the Immigrants, boomers and silents, there was a blind trust. That blind trust being if we conquered what we feared with the technology learning curve, we would increase our production and be more time efficient. While the Natives literally grew up with the tools in their hands, Immigrants took classes, tried out new concepts in the hopes of reshap-

ing the business world for the better. This has happened. In the days of paid newspaper and magazine ads as being the only tool truly available, those forms of marketing were costly. Today, with your own software, a good e-marketing task can be done with little money and simply more of one’s time needed. Showing a house for sale, or any product you are hoping to sell, via media, video and pictures take time and practice; once it is embedded in your ad, it is launched to hundreds of prospects and your cost is minimal while your coverage is huge. Digital Natives convey messages quickly. They do communication succinctly with texting and e-mailing and social media is targeting their prospects consistently. All Immigrants have to keep pace with the fast, efficient interactive and colorful marketing demonstrated by our Natives. There are some technologies that are changing daily and all Generations must be in the loop to keep marketing fresh. These

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John Schutze – Supreme Lending “WCR was my introduction to real estate networking. The people I met have opened doors for me and are absolutely a part of why I am successful in the business today.” Melia Gardner – Capital Title “I joined because I thought it would be a great way to get involved with REALTORS and affiliates. My mission is to help REALTORS and lenders connect with people associated with the real estate industry. I want our clients to be able to use me as a valuable resource. They are able to come to me asking for recommendations and, through WCR among

other avenues, I am able to give many valuable references since I have grown to know and trust other WCR members. Also, from a REALTOR stand point, it is great getting to know other REALTORS that you could be working with on the other side of a transaction. Transactions seem to go much more smoothly that way.”

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speaking skills and I have grown as a leader. Since I have been a member of WCR, I have received numerous referrals and my business has grown as a result. Over the years, I have made friends with many other WCR members throughout Texas and other states.”

tionships, and has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. Over the years, WCR has strengthened my public speaking and leadership skills. I was thrilled to be honored with the WCR Lifetime Achievement Award In 2012 for my 20 plus years of service to the group. “

Becky DeButts – Nextage Lone Star Realty “I joined in 2010 because I wanted belong to a group of like-minded women who care about one another, encourage you and offer tools that lead to success. Many of us came from small brokerages that did not have training or support. Women’s Council has that and more. You will have opportunities to serve and grow in leadership. I have said WCR is a springboard to greater opportunities and great relationships. I highly recommend the organization.”

Doedi Meyer – Helping Hands Realty Services “I believe Real Estate is a team sport and WCR is a great way to meet more members of the team! Also, if giving back to the community is important to you, there are many ways to do it, but why not participate with other people who are in the same business you are?”

Ann Marie Sandlin – Jay Gohil Realty “I joined WCR back in the late 1970s to meet other agents, and to further my education. I did a lot of growing in knowledge, enough to become WCR president in 1984, and then president of the Austin Board of REALTORS in 1996. I have enjoyed being a member of WCR and ABoR for all these years.”

Michelle Howard Toomer – Family Tree Realty “I joined WCR because of its professional environment, all done with class and completeness, opportunities for growth and development. It is a true learning experience that helps professionals in their business and aids us all personally as needed for support. I’m excited to be a member.”

Ruby Johnson – Nextage Lone Star Realty “I am happy to be a member. My business has grown and I feel more confident in my

Becky Hopkins – Austin Title “WCR Membership has allowed me to have long-lasting friendships and business rela-

Christy Gessler – Keller Williams Realty Cedar Park "I am a member of WCRAustin and have been for several years for many reasons. First, the professional friendships that I have developed over the years have been invaluable! Second, the luncheons are always informative and inspirational. Third, you have an opportunity to earn money through WCR referrals. It's an outstanding professional association membership value!" The best way for you to truly find the benefit of Women’s Council is to give us a try. Attend a breakfast meeting, a mixer or fundraising event. Go to www.austinwcr.org and see what we are planning next. Or call me directly at 512-921-6296 and I can help you to understand why Women’s Council of REALTORS is the place to be. RL


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Past presidents always have fun when it is time to gather for the annual group photo at the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association party.

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Alexa Bolin, Leah Pigg, Sheri Davis and Gretchen Woellner, all of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS Westlake, support the Westlake community by sponsoring the annual Wonderfest Bouncy House.

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Ron Urias of Farmers Insurance, Lorena Zuniga of Capital Title and Nate Beita of Supreme Lending enjoy great food and drinks at the Capital Title Holiday Extravaganza.

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Myth or truth: Designations are Dead

es and no. Today’s REALTOR is less enamored with the “alphabet soup” behind their name. We can all agree that we are more focused on success than a title that comes with a designation. However, designations can be the key to an agent’s success. The truth, which agents may not be aware of, is that many of the designation events are the best place to network with top agents. We’ve all heard the definition of insanity; in real estate it's continuing to do the same things in our business, with the same people, and is unlikely to lead us to the next level in our business. Designations open the door to a new community of REALTORS. We just returned from a national CRS event where we networked with top agents and came away with innovative ideas to implement in our businesses. On a local level, the connections we make can be the most valuable link in helping us break through our current success ceiling. Most agents enjoy luncheons and events where we can ask questions of agents who bring different perspectives, training, and understanding. This is particularly valuable for top level

agents who are laser focused on their business and may not always have the time to organize and host this type of event themselves or simply may not have access to other top level associates in their brokerage. Another under-appreciated benefit are the educational offerings. The agents expect a higher level of education from designations because they are investing in their future. This year our local CRS chapter will host two weeks of unparalleled classes. The instructors are engaging and the material is focused on results in your business. In addition, we have opportunities for snap learning throughout the year. These 30-minute sessions and speakers at the luncheons give members insight to local real estate issues and trends. Many agents know when we have another CRS educated agent on the other side of the transaction that they are someone worthy of respect in the industry. The truth is that, even though the titles and acronyms may not be the most important thing, the value those designations bring to our clients, our industry, and our community of REALTORS is unmeasurable. RL


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Newly elected CRS Austin Chapter President Michelle Busby, center, of Central Texas Property Group is congratulated by Rise’ Johns, a former CRS Austin Chapter president, and Immediate Past-President Jim Smith of The Property Management Co.

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Jack Stapleton of JB Goodwin REALTORS gives his first speech as WC REALTORS' president at the organization's Installation and Awards Banquet.

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WCR Immediate Past-President Victoria Reviel of 98th Meridian Real Estate Group promises Amy Kobza, the newly elected WCR president, she’ll be around for anything she needs. Congrats Amy!

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home mortgages, refinances, construction loans and reverse mortgages, became a full correspondent mortgage banker in 2008. Headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, the company has seen tremendous growth over the past 15 years. Georgetown Mortgage has grown from three employees in 2001 to more than 300, and currently operates 50 branch locations in seven states: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, California and Wyoming. According to Georgetown Mortgage Re-

verse Mortgage Loan Originator David Cook, much of the company’s current success is attributed to its owner’s values and vision. “The owners, Roy and Barbara Jones, built a strong reputation for a dynamic and expanding company,” Cook says. “Soon after opening the business, Roy and Barbara became heavily involved in the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and forged many valuable business-building relationships that still exist today. Recognizing our company for significant contributions to the business community, the Chamber recent-

ly named Georgetown Mortgage its first and only platinum member.” In addition to providing a full line of loan products, including conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, various Bond programs and numerous down-payment assistance options), Georgetown Mortgage has an in-house construction lending division that offers specialized interim construction loans in South and Central Texas with unique terms that no other lender in the area offers. “This has given us a real edge in the new construction market and increased business for the many homebuilders approved for our program,” Cook says. With a mission of innovation and a community focused mentality, owner Roy Jones formulated a plan in 2012 that expanded the Georgetown Mortgage into the area of Reverse Mortgage lending. “He quickly recognized the need to establish a separate division of the company managed by experts in the Reverse Mortgage field,” Cook says. “A team of sales and operations managers was assembled, and together with loan originators, processors, underwriters and closers, the Georgetown Mortgage team has a combined 75 years of reverse mortgage experience serving the needs of the senior homeowner and home

www.myRealtyLine.com buyer community.” Another tenant of Georgetown Mortgage’s success is through education, which is what brought Cook to the team in the first place. Previously, Cook has held regional, divisional and national mortgage banking sales positions with both traditional and reverse mortgage lenders. After more than 40 years in the mortgage banking business, Cook refocused his efforts in 2004 to managing reverse mortgage wholesale and retail sales positions, which allows him to assist senior homeowners and buyers with financial planning and retirement home purchases through a reverse mortgage. In April 2014, a desire to reduce travel and to educate Texas seniors and their trusted advisors on the benefits of reverse mortgages led Cook to Georgetown Mortgage. “One hundred percent of my business is based on referrals from long-time friends in the mortgage and related businesses, REALTORS and financial planners. I would only have made this decision with a locally-based company like Georgetown Mortgage, a faith-based business with private ownership, full mortgage banking services for reverse transactions, support like I’ve never enjoyed and absolutely zero bureaucracy,” he says. In addition to educationally focused employees, Georgetown Mortgage makes education a priority through continuing education courses for those in the industry. Financial planners can attend a class on reverse mortgages, and REALTORS can benefit from one-hour “Lunch & Learn” presentations or

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a three-hour continuing education course, which can either take place at their offices or the training facility at the Georgetown headquarters. “REALTORS and builders are already receiving benefits from this training with increased sales, income and expanded services to their clients,” Cook says. As Georgetown Mortgage looks to the future, innovative, experienced employees will play a key role in the company’s ongoing success. With mortgage brokers, bankers, depository mortgage originators, REALTORS, insurance agents and more all part of the Georgetown Mortgage team, Cook says the company is able to address a wide array of questions and provide excellent service. “We have experience in meeting the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. Because of our varied experience and flexibility, business people with different backgrounds have enjoyed a seamless relationship,” he says. RL


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WCR 2015 officers were installed at the group’s Installation Breakfast at Shoal Crossing Event Center. Pictured left to right are Michelle Howard Toomer, president-elect; Ruby Johnson, VP of membership; Melia Gardner, secretary; and David Teague, treasurer. Buy photo: RL_010415_J.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

AMBA holiday party event chair Kathie Thomas, left, and AMBA’s 2014 treasurer Karen Elliott of Sente Mortgage, are pleased to hear Margarine Beaman say mortgage professionals donated more than $700 to Blue Santa at the AMBA holiday party. Buy photo: RL_010715_U.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Virginia Han of Keller Williams Realty, Monica Middleton of Capital Title and Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, go on a little shopping spree at the Capital Title Holiday Extravaganza event.

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Kiffen DeLeon, left, of Capital Title, Jeff Sehon of Realty Austin, Wyatt Giles of Capital Title and Michael McSpadden of Loan Simple enjoy a little music, food and fun at the Capital Title Holiday Extravaganza.

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Emma Polk, left, of S.G. Billings Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS and Cindy Reeder, right, of RE/MAX Capital City, give a big hearty welcome to Bob Ratliff of RE/MAX Capital City, CRS Austin’s newest member. He celebrated at the group’s annual Installation Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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Ron Binkley of RE/MAX Austin Skyline takes the company’s 20th anniversary photo collage out the door as he cleans up after his company’s annual party at Z Tejas and gets ready for 2015.

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Jon Kasner, left, of Kasner & Associates, REALTORS checks out Shara Parker’s 3D Crystal Memories at the CRS Austin chapter meeting to see if he can find a unique home warming gift for his client.

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Sharon Morton, left, 2014 WCR state president, asks Amy Kobza of Keller Williams Realty to raise her right hand and recite the oath of office while being installed as WCR president for 2015.

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Steve Builta of City Bank Mortgage and Mike Cannatti of First Advantage Mortgage enjoy being in the spotlight of the Paramount Theater downtown while stepping out on the balcony of the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel downtown, where AMBA held its holiday party.

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Craig Nowling, right, of RE/MAX Austin Skyline visits with guest Henry Mecredy at Z Tejas, where Craig’s company held the annual Christmas party for friends and colleagues.

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Pam Flitton and Joy Herring, both of RE/ MAX 1, celebrate the end of 2014 and get ready for a fabulous 2015 at the company's Christmas Party.

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John Beery and Nancy Filgate, both of Smart Source Realty, come to welcome the new CRS directors at the CRS Austin Chapter Installation Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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Based on overall sales, Realty Austin’s individual top producing agent Todd Grossman sold over $38.6 million. Since joining Realty Austin in 2008, Grossman has closed over $138 million cumulative in sales.

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Michelle Hendrix, center, embraces Realty Austin broker/owner Yvette Boatwright. The Southwest agent had a triumphant year. She had a baby, beat cancer and earned the Rising Star award for increasing her sales 92 percent from $3.6 million in 2013 to more than $6.9 million in 2014. Submitted Photo

Harry Gibbs and TREC Commissioner Avis Wukasch, both of Keller Williams Realty, enjoy a lovely evening at the WC REALTORS' Installation and Awards Banquet. The event included a 1920s theme, dinner and dancing.

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Debbie Peek of First American Title tells Ron Binkley of RE/ MAX Austin Skyline she is pleased he chose again to have his company’s Christmas party in the private room at Z Tejas downtown. Submitted Photo Buy photo: RL_010815_N.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Abel Suarez of RE/MAX 1 strikes a pose at the company Christmas Party.

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Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The January 2015 issue focuses on the 2015 Texas Legislative Session for 2015.

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