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Is it really worth hiring certified public accountant? By Riki Markowitz


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here comes a time in every professional’s life when he or she contemplates whether hiring a professional accountant is necessary. Unsurprisingly, this question comes up more from those in lower income brackets because there’s less money to spare on what can seem like an extravagance, especially since there are so many sophisticated, seemingly easy to use tax software products on the market. But when RLA asked a few local CPAs if they thought real estate professionals should hire an accountant, without hesitation, they all answered, “Absolutely.” According to Aaron Farmer, the 2016 Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) president,

most REALTORS in Texas are independent contractors, which means that they’re responsible for paying their own taxes. Even if an agent has business cards with the name of Austin’s largest real estate company stamped at the top, as long as that individual fills out a 1099 (not a W-9), he or she is responsible for filing and paying his or her own taxes. “Independent contractors are obligated to pay income taxes and self employment taxes, which includes social security and Medicare, among others. So if you’re in the 28 percent bracket, earning around $60-80k per year, that’s about 35 percent to 40 percent of your income,” says Barbara R. Prashner, a CPA (certified public accountant) with 25 years experience. “Taxes are the biggest expense of your lifetime.” For any other transaction that large, who wouldn’t hire a professional guide them through the process? Hiring a tax professional is actually more crucial for agents who only earn enough on the few deals they close per year to get by. One big reason to work with a CPA is because of how much money it can save in the long run. “When you’re looking to shave a little bit off every year over the course of your lifetime, that’s the difference between a nice retirement and a not so nice retirement,” says Prashner. When you hire a CPA, not only can you rely on an expert to prepare your yearly return, but he or she will also be sure you’re taking advantage of every deduction you’re entitled to.

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How much? The number-one reason why people pass on hiring an accountant is cost. For every average-earner, every penny saved is a penny earned – and one you will owe taxes on. So it’s not surprising that the first question most accountants hear from new clients is “How much?” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. “I can generally provide a fee range after I consult with a potential client,” says Prashner. But unless she knows a few keysfacts above and beyond gross income, “there are too many variables.”

Finding the right CPA In most fields, a consumer can compare

prices and services. For accountant shopping, it’s not that simple. So rather than looking for the CPA who has the best rate structure or most Yelp stars, Farmer has more of a processof-elimination philosophy. An accountant who promises specific costs or refunds without knowing anything about your earnings is a red flag. “Also, be very wary of anyone who tries to sell you on schemes or structures that guarantee big savings or profits.” Getting a referral from two or three trusted colleagues is how most folks – in any industry – find a knowledgeable CPA in their preferred price range. Farmer adds that it’s best to find someone who dedicates a portion of their practice to full-time real estate professionals because he or she will be more familiar with tax laws for this industry.

You have an accountant, now what? Just because you’ve hired a CPA does not mean you’re off the hook when it comes to managing your financial records. Handing your tax preparer a shoebox of receipts can increase your document preparation costs, but also neglecting to provide certain receipts and paperwork puts you at risk for disqualifying yourself for a long list of deductions that you’re entitled to. A deduction is an expense that lowers your taxable income. So if you pay $650 for your brand new Texas real estate license, your accountant will deduct that amount from your taxable income, thereby reducing the amount of money you will be taxed on. By overlooking a deduction, you’re essentially allowing yourself to be double-taxed on that item. Some of the most common deductions agents and brokers can claim are commission income; expenses for advertising and promotions; vehicle expenses, including repairs and insurance; your business license and professional fees; and a variety of equipment costs, from your internet connection to your tablet. But there are many more deductions that agents don’t even realize they qualify for. Farmer said he knew a group of agents who

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Upcoming Events Wednesday, April 20 CRS Bi-Monthly Meeting & Education Class - Westwood Country Club 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 AYREP Networking Happy Hour Shiner's Saloon - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 Belterra: Battle of the Brews & Model Home Tour - Belterra - 12-4 p.m. Monday, May 2 ABoR: Most Worthy Citizen Award Luncheon - ABoR HQ - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5 ABoR: TREPAC Movie Night Bob Bullock Museum IMAX Theater 5:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, May 9 AMBA: Annual Mike Carroll Spring Golf Tourney - Great Hills Country Club 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 HBA Lakeway/Bee Cave Chapter Social Frogpad Showroom - 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 WCREALTORS: TREPAC Cook-Off Location TBA - 2-6 p.m. More at


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ABoR Academy Educational Courses Apr 20: Property Management Business Issues (TREC# 03-00-076-27372) Apr 20: TAR Residential Leasing and Property Management Agreement (TREC # 03-00-017-28117)

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n case you hadn’t heard, ABoR has adjusted the south office hours and days of operation to bring you services when you need them the most. The south office is now open for walk-in service on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! I know Saturday can be our busiest day of the week, so I’m excited to see this benefit added to my business. Please note that as part of these adjusted hours, the south office is closed on Mondays. The north office and ABoR HQ will remain on their normal Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedules.

Discuss fair housing and diversity at the upcoming ABoR Forum I invite you and your office to join me at the ABoR HQ on Wednesday, April 27, as we gather minds to discuss an important issue: fair housing and diversity. As you know, each April is Fair Housing Month—an annual reminder of the importance diversity can play in building a community. To cap off April, ABoR will host a forum featuring a panel of local experts that will discuss

the current state of diversity in Central Texas, and what we need to do to improve it. You can find out full details and RSVP for this free event at

Celebrate the ABoR Foundation’s Most Worthy Citizen The ABoR Foundation’s prestigious Most Worthy Citizen Award is back! This year, the Foundation named Austin Mayor Steve Adler as the 2016 Most Worthy Citizen. Since beginning his term last year, Mayor Adler has made a meaningful impact in the community, primarily in the Foundation’s main initiatives of housing, education, and disaster relief. You can join us at ABoR HQ on Monday, May 2, for the Most Worthy Citizen Award Ceremony, where we’ll present Mayor Adler with his award. Let’s use him as an inspiration to keep improving Central Texas! Tables, tickets, and sponsorships are available at I wish you and yours a safe and productive beginning of the summer selling season. RL

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Apr 22: Statutory Acts and Contingency Planning (TREC# 03-00-017-28118) Apr 25: Home Inspection 101 (TREC #26890) Apr 25: Introduction to International Real Estate (TREC# 01-00-087-29277) Apr 25: Overcoming the Inspector, Electrical (TREC# pending) Apr 25: Video Broadcast: The Basics of Agent and Consumer Advocacy (TREC# 02-00-107-29536) Apr 28: Fight Texas Tax Appraisal & Win (TREC# 04-00-047-28480)

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Trent Jackson, Nelleen McCormick, Kathie Femal, and Leigh Ann McCoy, all of Mission Mortgage, host a Wine Tasting event for REALTORS to help them wind down at the end of a busy day!

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Eddie Schwartz and Esperanza Tavitas, both of JB Goodwin, REALTORS, and Maudie Salmon of Alfa Texas Realty learn new social media techniques at a LinkedIn MCE course at Blackburn Communities’ Perserve at Mayfield Ranch.

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Ann Marie Sandlin of Jay Gohil Realty and Valorie Doyle of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS learn new ways to make their business “Sparkle in 2016” at the WCR monthly luncheon at Estancia Churrascaria.

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Here are a few tips:

Hiring a CPA: is it worth the expense? t’s every REALTOR’s most beloved topic— taxes! Many real estate professionals had a great 2015, whether brand new to real estate and especially seasoned agents. And yet, this time of the year when many agents are busy gearing up their production the last thing they want to focus on is organizing their business receipts and preparing their taxes. Hiring a CPA can serve as a great resource and in most cases will provide systems and tools that will help track your spending. Additionally a CPA should be able to help you find deductions and tax saving solutions that you may not be aware of. If your business purchases properties or does property management, a CPA can provide reports— which include development expenses, operational cost and profit reports. A CPA can also develop cash-basis reports, income statements, lease abstracts and other finance-related items. CPA’s provide real estate investors realistic and effective financial and investment strategies. If your business is a team, group, or if you have administrative staff, a CPA can suggest

the best partnership for you. Intricate details such as how many hours an assistant can work annually, how to structure salaries, insurance allowances versus paid benefits, and how to determine who is an employee versus a 1099 contractor are reasons why a REALTOR may decide to hire a CPA. Many agents hire a CPA to prepare a 1099 for their transaction coordinators, photographers, stagers and other business contractors that provide services for their businesses. Many business owners do not understand the difference between a LLC or SCorp and how it will affect your business. We suggest consulting with a CPA to determine the best option for your business. The best thing about hiring a CPA is the customized service you receive. It’s hard to gauge how much a CPA will charge you without knowing the scope of work the CPA will have to perform. It’s very similar to a home seller asking us how much their home is worth. We would naturally need to know the location, size, and details of the home before determining a price. The same concept applies

• Build a Relationship: If you are comfortable with your CPA, stick with them. By working with the same CPA each year, they become familiar with your situation and can quickly spot discrepancies or big changes. • Be Organized: Generally CPAs charge by the hour. If you have a lot of contributions to deduct, consider providing a simple spreadsheet with the donations listed along with documentation. This could lower your bill considerably. • Don’t Make Assumptions: If you are planning a client event or considering making a business purchase consult with a CPA in advance to determine if this expenditure will qualify as a tax deduction and if there are specific details that should be considered. • Consult your CPA in Making Decisions: Keep in mind tax credits expire. You may be in the market to purchase a hybrid car for the tax saving benefits and then realize the credit expired last year. Contacting your CPA in advance can save you money and frustration down the road. • Don’t Lie to Your CPA: It’s like lying to your doctor, it only hurts you. Sometimes clients can be embarrassed to share information like gambling earnings or certain medical expenses. Your information is private and helps your CPA determine the best way to claim that expense or report those earnings. We asked David Phillips, a WCREALTOR member, past director of the board, and trusted CPA, his thoughts on the matter and here is what he had to say “In essence as a REALTOR you have your own business even if

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you are part of a large brokerage. That adds some complexities to your tax return. Spend your time selling real estate and hire a CPA or other tax professional that has the expertise to prepare your tax return correctly and make sure you take advantage of the business deductions allowed. Just as many people use your services as a REALTOR because of your knowledge and expertise, you should take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a tax professional.” In addition to hiring a CPA I suggest creating a spreadsheet that will help you track your business expenses on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Remember, the more specific you are it will be much easier for you to hand over your tax documents to your CPA. I use the following apps on my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to track my expenses: • Daily Money Manager- you can add income expenses, you can create a budget, see how your finances grow, and get detailed insight with distribution charts. • Expense Tracker- this app also allows you to track income and the key benefit in my opinion is the expense tracker feature. Although many of the commonly used categories have been entered, there is an option to create a category that is specific to your business and budget needs. You can create checklist, run a summary report, tabular report, and graphical report. I happen to think a CPA is a wise investment. If you want to ease your stress, work with a professional who keeps up with tax law. Save money and avoid costly penalties from the IRS by hiring a CPA. If you need help finding a CPA, looki through your current database. If you do not have a CPA in your database, visit to search for a list of affiliates. RL


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Lane Lauritsen, Nelleen McCormick, both of Mission Mortgage, Marnie Colehour of Austin Homescapes Realty and Kathie Femal, also of Mission Mortgage, enjoy good company and good wine at the Mission Mortgage Wine Tasting.

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Women’s Council of REALTORS members have some fun singing at the Karaoke Mixer at Common Interest.

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Monika Suhnholz, Dawn Lanier, Kristi Larkam and Lili Maliner of Coldwell Banker United are all smiles at the company’s recent awards breakfast held at the Westin.

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Pam Jamison of Sente Mortgage is recognized by Austin Avalar broker/owners Kay DaSilva and Michael DaSilva as Affiliate of the Year 2015 at the company's annual awards event.

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Tony Pounds, Brandon Bartlett and Megan McAnelly, all of KB Home, welcome REALTORS to the homebuilder's Agent Social at Dogwood at Rock Rose.

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Nancy Sawyer of Crescent Communities’ Bryson in Leander thanks Debbie Kelsey of RE/MAX 1 for stopping by the community’s REALTOR Spring Fling and model home tour. The new community offers homes up to the $500s.

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Lou Cartwright, center, is excited to have been named No. 2 Agent-Sales Volume for Avalar Austin. Broker/ owners Kay DaSilva and Michael DaSilva congratulate him on a good year at the company's annual awards event.

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Mary Miner and Becky DeButts, both of Nextage Lone Star Realty and Stacye Blake of Landmark Home Warranty draw virtual straws for who’s going to be the first sing at the WCR Karaoke Mixer at Common Interest.

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Robert Butler of Blackburn Communities thanks Lauryl Kays and Cheryl Wilhite, both of Keller Williams Realty, and Lisa Salina-Gruver of Texas Open Door Realty for attending his LinkedIn MCE course at the Preserve at Mayfield Ranch.

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The Keller Williams Realty Round Rock team congratulates Holly Schuler, second from right, on joining Capital Title at the Capital Title “Welcome Aboard Mixer” at Punch Bowl Social. Pictured left to right are Tina Jehl, Laila Gregory, Holly and Julie Carnevale.

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R. Michael Brown, Kay DaSilva and Michael DaSilva, broker/owners of Avalar Austin love handing out awrds to deserving agents at the company's annual awards presentation event.

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Brooke Payne and Jamie Goss, both of Supreme Lending, network with REALTORS at the WCR monthly luncheon at Estancia Churrascaria.

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AYREP treasurer Marie-Lynn Dunn welcomes Steve Fohl of Reliant Title to the networking event at BlackFinn. Reliant Title was one of the sponsors.

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The Westlake Office of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS piled up numerous awards at the company’s annual awards event at the Westin.

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Ron Oliveira of Oliveira Public Communications, Erin Pena of Austin Absolute Realty, Trent Jackson of Mission Mortgage, Diana Brown of Independence Title , Joe Bryson of Real Estate Alliance and Elizabeth Alford of Independence Title enjoy tasty wine while spending time with good friends and colleagues at the Mission Mortgage Wine Tasting.

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The Living Austin Team at Keller Williams Realty Northwest have great fun at the company's annual awards banquet.

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Kirby Parsons and Helen Edwards of Coldwell Banker United, along with Kate Rossi of NRT congratulate Doug Young of Coldwell Banker United on his successes in 2015.

Networking is usually about meeting new people, so Sam Dude of Guild Mortgage and Scott Carley of Growth Dynamic are surprised to meet Raffi, a therapy dog, at AYREP’s networking event at BlackFinn. Owner Renee Figliazzi of ABoR says Raffi is always a crowd pleaser.

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AYREP marketing chair Oscar Velasquez welcomes Debbie Beausoleil of Academy Mortgage, left, and Daniela Lezam to the organization’s networking event at BlackFinn.

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Christina Isaac of North American Title, Denise McIntyre of Virtuance and Jackie Horton of Curve Realty attend the WCR monthly luncheon to hear Sue Christensen’s Sparkle in 2016 series for some inspiration.

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Clair McGougan of Coldwell Banker, Jackie Bienski of Chicago Title and Michele Weinstock of Keller Williams Realty mix business and pleasure at the Austin Luxury Home Magazine event.

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Crescent Communities’ Marketing Manager Kandis Rushing gives King Bravo of Nextage Lonestar Realty a personal tour of one of the many model homes in Bryson—the developer’s new community in Leander offering homes from the $300s to the $500s.

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Twelve home design trends to watch in 2016


he National Association of Home Builders recently announced the winners of the Best in American Living Awards (BALA) – a prestigious awards program recognizing excellence in designs that will influence the entire residential building industry. Award recipients are lauded as the nation’s most creative and inventive builders, remodelers, architects, developers, land planners and interior designers. Below are some of the newest trends in home design that buyers will see in the coming months and years, based on submissions from this year’s BALA winners. Some of these elements are sure to be incorporated into new homes in the coming years. Intimate Outdoor Spaces. Many singlefamily custom and production homes include intimate outdoor gathering spaces, complete with outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and cozy seating. These spaces are geared toward smaller gatherings, instead of the extended family-size backyards of the past. Mid-Century Modern Detailing. Mid-

century modern is now 21st century chic in furniture, elevation design and detailing. Particularly in the western United States, this style has become increasingly popular. Indoor-Outdoor Convergence. What was once a distinct line between two living areas – indoor and outdoor – has been replaced by floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls and screens. Families can both visually and physically move between these areas. Troughs and Spouts. Outdoor tables with open, trough-like water channels add interest, often culminating in a delicate waterfall off the edge of the table into a pool or water feature below. Interior Board and Batten. More often used as exterior cladding, board and batten is now being featured inside a large number of homes as well. This technique adds a threedimensional layer to interior finishes and provides an interesting alternative to paint and wallpaper. Copper Bathtubs. These are a popular bathroom feature in several award-winning homes. Copper tubs are a striking addi-

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tion in any home, from rustic to modern to traditional. White with Exotic or Repurposed Wood Accents. Many winning interiors feature stark, modern white paired with rich wood accents, a striking combination in flooring, ceilings and cabinets. Modern Industrial Accents. Making its strongest appearance in multifamily projects, this trend combines sleek lighting and furniture with the brick, glass and steel elements of a building’s shell and skeleton. Vibrant pops of color offset the cooler color palette of metals and whites. Barn Doors. Barn doors are appearing everywhere, from kitchens to mudrooms to closets. These offer an alternative to traditional left- or right-hung doors and become a design feature of the home, unlike pocket doors that tuck away. Intricate Stairways. Stairways have become more prominent and sophisticated. Designers increasingly feature curving glass railings, detailed iron newel posts, unique stair accent walls, glass treads and intricate tile work. Low-Impact Design. Many BALA winners and entrants included sustainable and green features in their designs, including permeable pavers, rain gardens and landscaping with native species. Waterfall Islands. Still trending are wa-


terfall-edged islands, in which the kitchen bar is inset into the cabinetry rather than extended beyond it. These islands – whether made of wood, granite or marble – emphasize clean, modern lines. To find an industry professional who is ready to bring these exciting new trends to your clients or even your new home or remodeling project, visit

MAX Awards Winners announced The HBA of Greater Austin recently celebrated its members at the annual Marketing and Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Austin on April 2nd. It was a magical “Night in the Emerald City,” a Wizard of Oz themed event complete with Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man and The Scarecrow character actors roaming the “Great Hall.” I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the finalists and especially the winners in each of their categories. Grand awards for Volume Builder of the Year (Tier 1 and 2), Custom Builder of the Year, Remodeler of the Year and Master-Planned Community of the Year were presented to CalAtlantic Homes, Scott Felder Homes, Eppright Homes, LLC, David Wilkes Builders and Rough Hollow Lakeway respectively. To see more winner detail, see the ad on page 19 or visit RL

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Kay DaSilva, Susan Russell, Debra Groch, Jackie Stafford, all of Avalar Austin, have some fun while Bowling at the High 5.

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2016 MAX AWARDS WINNERS Grand MAX Awards Recipients Large Volume Builder of the Year CalAtlantic Homes

Volume Builder of the Year Scott Felder Homes

Remodeler of the Year David Wilkes Builders

Custom Builder of the Year Eppright Homes

Master Planned Community of the Year Rough Hollow Lakeway Best Product Design Volume Builder • $100,000 - $149,999 - Pacesetter Homes

• $3,000,000 - $4,999,999 - Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

• Best Outdoor Living Space - Custom Home - Over $2 Million Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

• $150,000 - $199,999 - Pacesetter Homes

• Specialty Product - Eppright Homes LLC

• Best One-of-a-Kind Home - Danze & Davis Architects, Inc.

• $200,000 - $249,999 - Pacesetter Homes

• Best Urban Infill Project of the Year - 2,001 - 3,000 sq. ft. Olson Defendorf Custom Homes

Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home

• $300,000 - $319,999 - Westin Homes

• Best Urban Infill Project of the Year - Over 3,000 Square Fe Schwartz Custom Homes

• $300,000 - $349,999 - Westin Homes

• $320,000 - $349,999 - Brookfield Residential

• Best Custom Spec - Arbogast Custom Homes

• $350,000 - $399,999 - CalAtlantic Homes

• $350,000 - $399,999 - CalAtlantic Homes

• Best Kitchen - Custom Home - Under $700,000 Barron Custom Design, LLC.

• $400,000 - $449,999 - New Edge Design Studio

• Best Kitchen - Custom Home - $700,000 - $999,999 The Cobalt Companies, LLC

• $500,000 - $599,999 - Scott Felder Homes

• Specialty Product - Scott Felder Homes

• Best Kitchen - Custom Home - $1 Million - $2 Million Arbogast Custom Homes

• $750,000 - $999,999 - Five Star Interiors

• Newly Introduced Product Under $400,000 Brookfield Residential

• Best Kitchen - Custom Home - Over $2,000,000 Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

• Newly Introduced Product - Over $400,000 Brookfield Residential

• Best Master Bath - Custom Home - Under $750,000 Texas Artisan Homes, LLC

Best Remodeled Projects

Best Custom Home Product Design

• Best Master Bath - Custom Home - $750,000 - $999,999 The Cobalt Companies, LLC

• Best Kitchen Remodel - Under $75,000 - Adams Company

• $250,000 - $299,999 - CalAtlantic Homes

• $450,000 - $499,999 - Brookfield Residential • $500,000 - $749,999 - CalAtlantic Homes • $750,000 - $999,999 - CalAtlantic Homes

• $100,000 - $249,999 - Barron Custom Design • $250,000 - $499,999 - Barron Custom Design • $500,000 - $749,999 - The Cobalt Companies • $750,000 - $999,999 - Eliot J Construction • $1,000,000 - $1,499,999 - Danze & Davis Architects, Inc. • $1,500,000 - $1,999,999 - Arbogast Custom Homes • $2,000,000 - $2,499,999 - Eppright Homes LLC

• $250,000 - $299,999 - CalAtlantic Homes

• $450,000 - $499,999 - CalAtlantic Homes • $600,000 - $749,999 - Five Star Interiors • Over $1 Million - New Edge Design Studio • Parade of Homes or Showcase Home - Arbogast Custom Homes

• Over $200,000 - Danze & Davis Architects, Inc.

• Best Master Bath - Custom Home - $1 Million - $ 2 Million Arbogast Custom Homes

• Best Kitchen Remodel - Over $75,000 - David Wilkes Builders

• Best Master Bath - Custom Home - Over $2 Million Metropolitan Custom Homes

• Best Lifestyle for a Master-Planned Community Rough Hollow Lakeway

• Best Outdoor Living Space - Custom Home - Under $1.5 Million Barron Custom Design, LLC.

• Best Design for a Community - Rancho Sienna

• Best Outdoor Living Space - Custom Home - $1.5 Million - $2 Million - Arbogast Custom Homes

• Best Master Bath Remodel - RRS Design + Build

• Best Unique Feature for a Community - Rough Hollow Lakeway • Best Poolscape - Eppright Homes, LLC

For a Full List of Winners: visit

The MAX Awards is presented by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin, which is made up of more than 750 home building industry firms. Since 1953, the HBA of Greater Austin has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Texas. The HBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson – to protect every family’s right to home ownership. For more information, visit



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Ian Gajad, left, and Chad Parker, right, both of KB Home, welcome Jackie Horton and Yazmin Perez, both of Curve Realty, to the KB Home Agent Social at Dogwood at Rock Rose.

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Daniel Vasek of Avalar Austin accepts his "New Agent of the Year 2015" award from owner/brokers Kay DaSilva and Michael DaSilva.

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Dave Murray and DMTX Realty of Coldwell Banker United received the Top Team in Austin award at the company’s recent awards breakfast. Helen Edwards, Brooke LeMond, Karla Gowing, Dave Murray and Teresa Recar celebrate the team’s success.

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Michele Sherwood of Keller Williams Realty and Cheryl Hardison of Capital Title meet up at the Capital Title “Welcome Aboard Mixer” at Punch Bowl Social.

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Sherri Williams of Keller Williams Realty brings her daughter Michelle Lively to the WCR monthly luncheon where she is the lucky winner of a gift card.

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Shannon Allen, left, and Nichole Eldridge, right, both of Century Communities, invite Risé Johns of Keller Williams Realty in for a bite to eat and a new headshot at the Reagan’s Overlook community.

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Nicole Emerson and Andrea Favereau, both of JB Goodwin, REALTORS, attend the KB Home Agent Mixer at Dogwood at Rock Rose.



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Marnie Colehour of Austin Homescapes Realty thanks Kathie Femal of Mission Mortgage for the invitation to her company's wine tasting event.

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Rebecca Mast, office manager for Avalar Austin, shows her team "how it's done" at the High 5.

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Pat Flannary of Ameripro Home Loans and WCR President Ruby Johnson of J. Stafford Group enjoy another successful WCR meeting at Estancia Churrascaria.

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Join us for lunch and education at next CRS meeting

our local Austin CRS Networking group has already been very active this year. We held a luncheon in February at the Westwood Country Club with over 60 attendees. Mark Sprague gave us insights on the economic development throughout the Austin metro area. The projection is that 2016 is going to be at the same pace. Austin’s been named the No 1 City in America by Forbes Magazine in new rankings designed to determine the Cities of the Future. In March we held a Happy Hour at the UT Club. What a great night. We had CRS REALTORS from all over the area. The UT Club welcomed us with open arms and even offered any REALTOR with the CRS designation that night a great value on becoming a member of the club. What a great place to meet clients. The Council of Residential Specialists is the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS. With nearly 30,000 members, CRS represents the most successful REALTORS in the U.S. We provide best-in-class continuing education, networking, practitionerdeveloped tools, and mentoring—and we also

award the CRS Designation to experienced agents who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate. Our next Luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. on March 20th at the Westwood Country Club. Be sure to reserve your spot since these luncheons sell out. Please log on to the CRS website to register. This month’s topic is REALTOR® Safety. Education – CRS has the Best in Class Educational Classes. On April 21 and 22 we have a class coming to our area. The class is CRS 204. More people have become wealthy investing in real estate than any other venture. Agents who want to learn the specific secrets to smart real estate investing can discover them in this course. Students will learn how to identify the right opportunities in a down market or an up market, compare real estate with other investments and create additional wealth – for themselves and their clients. This high-energy course explores another way to generate sales that have been overlooked. The results can be life changing! This class is a must for any real estate profes- sional looking to create wealth through residential real estate investments.

Course Content:

• Identifying money-making opportunities • Comparing potential investment opportunities • Retirement planning and investing • Calculating initial investment to rate of return About the Instructor: Dale Carlton Jr., CRS, has worked in real estate since the mid-1990s and has been an attorney since 2001. He was formerly the senior vice president and executive broker at Lindsey & Assoc., Inc., Arkansas’ largest real estate firm with approximately 150 agents and over $700 million in sales in 2005. That same year, Dale opened his own company and is now the principal broker and owner of Carlton Realty, Inc. During his real estate career, he has brokered more than $3 billion in real estate closings, has personally sold more than $100 million in properties, closed more than 700 transactions,

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and has owned, co-owned, or managed more than 200 residential and commercial properties in northwest Arkansas between 2000-2008. Speaking to over 50,000 people, Dale is a Certified Instructor with the Council of Residential Specialists, teaches Instructor Training Institutes, is a certified instructor with the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education, and teaches with the Arkansas Institute of Real Estate, Lorman Education Services, Sterling Education Services, Inc., and other real estate designations. Dale is not only an experienced educator, but is also actively working within the industry where he speaks and educates. You will enjoy his high-energy, humorous and knowledgeable presentation. This education is for everyone no matter if you want your CRS designation or not. This is valuable information to make you succeed. See you all at the end of April at a great lunch and education session. RL

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WCR President Ruby Johnson of J. Stafford Group, Doedi Meyer of Helping Hands Realty and Cheryl Jenkins of Keller Williams Realty, pick songs from a playlist at the WCR Karaoke Mixer at Common Interest.

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Sally Decelis, left, of RE/MAX Capital City and Realty Line publisher Doren Carver congratulate Karen Williams, center, of North American Title, for reaching a 25-year milestone with the title company. They celebrated her accomplishment at AYREP’s networking event at BlackFinn. Buy Photo: RL_041116_B.jpg at

Avalar Austin Broker/ Owners Kay DaSilva, left, and Michael DaSilva, right, recognize agents with the Spirit of Avalar award at the annual company awards presentation event. Submitted Photo Buy Photo: RL_040816_F.jpg at

Claudia Verastegui of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS and Jackie Bienski of Chicago Title have some fun at the Austin Luxury Home Magazine event.


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people together who have similar interests and provide innovative tools and resources. “They

Capital Title

provide educational classes and innovative resources for realtors, lenders, investors and builders,” Middleton says. “Our website provides endless amounts of online marketing

A S S O C I AT E S I N P R O G R E S S - A d v e r t i s e r P r o f i l e b y K a t i e B r o w n

materials, tools and resources, including on-

The largest independently owned title com-

success in a short amount of time. They will be

pany in Texas, Capital Title of Texas provides

the generation that carries on the success in

title, escrow services and closing transactions

the next 25 years.”

line calculators and our free CapApp mobile app for iPhone and Android. We are proud to meet one-on-one with each client to custom-

for residential and commercial properties, as

Recently, the Austin Business Journal rec-

ize what their needs are, and connect them

well as farms and ranches, land development,

ognized Capital Title of Texas as one of the

with the tools and resources that best suit

construction and more. Today, Capital Title of

top title companies in the Austin Area. “Many

those needs.”

Texas has a large footprint across

of our employees have been named Affiliate

At Capital Title of Texas, clients are always

the state of Texas, with over 65 of-

the priority. “Capital

fices in 32 counties.

Title strives to serve

2016 marks the fifth anniversary of Capital Title in the Greater Austin Area, and we plan on celebrating in August...

“Capital Title provides excellent title examinations, accurate closings,







service,” Middleton

Monnica Middleton, Austin Region President & Escrow Officer

says. “The goal of

“We have strong underwriter strength, which

our company is to

includes First National Title Insurance, Chi-



cago Title Insurance Company, Fidelity Na-

dleton, president of the Austin

in every aspect of

tional Title Insurance Company, Stewart Title

region and escrow officer for Capital

the transaction.”

and professional, knowledgeable escrow officers who handle the transactions,” says Monica Mid-

of the Year for organizations they participate

Title of Texas. Serving all of the Greater Austin area, Capital Title of Texas has seven locations and a team comprised of veteran, experienced officers as well as new, innovative officers. “We have very experienced escrow officers, some with more than 25 years of experience,” Middleton says. “We also have an up-and-coming ‘millennial’ group of closers who have proven

in,” says Middleton. “2016 marks the fifth anniversary of Capital Title in the Greater Austin Area, and we plan on celebrating in August and sharing our excitement with the community.” In addition to its escrow officers, Capital Title of Texas has a strong business development team that works diligently to connect


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When working with homeowners, Capital Title of Texas ensures to take time to explain the process before, during and after closing the transaction. With REALTORS, Capital Title always keeps them informed of the progress of the transaction.

Guaranty Company and First American Title Insurance Company,” Middleton says. As Capital Title of Texas celebrates five successful years in Austin this year, the title company is excited for what its future—from plans to expand its business and offices to develop-

In addition to title, escrow and closing ser-

ing a new generation of escrow officers to pro-

vices, Capital Title of Texas has developed a

viding its customers with new and innovative

strong network of resources for its clients.

resources. RL


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Michelle Gomez, Kerri Parker and Jeff Dunahoo, all of Keller Williams Realty, tour the second floor of the new model home during Bryson’s REALTOR Spring Fling. The new community offers new homes from the $300s to the $500s.

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Kay DaSilva and Michael DaSilva, both of Avalar Austin, congratulate Joy Brillante, center, on earning the award for No. 1 AgentSales Volume for 2015. She was recognized at the company's annual awards presentation event at High 5.

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Pamela Ratfield of Ratfield Real Estate and Angela Avagaro of Capital Title enjoy doing business together. The two chat a while at the Capital Title “Welcome Aboard Mixer” at Punch Bowl Social.

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went on a real estate education cruise. So along with stops at St. Maarten and Barbados, his colleagues spent a few days at sea taking classes and attending conferences – making the cost of the voyage eligible for a deduction. Since agents rely on repeat business and referrals, it’s not unusual for them to host client appreciation get-togethers. Those, too, are deductible as a business expense. And to be sure you’re prop-


erly deducting every box of donuts you buy for an open house and every mile you drive while showing homes to a potential buyer, you must present a receipt. Farmer has low-tech tax organization hack: Buy an accordion folder and stash your receipts by category – automobile expenses for gas, insurance and repairs; professional expenses for your classes, conferences, and license fees; and for expenses you’re unsure about, just ask your accountant. That’s what you’re paying for. RL



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Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

April 2016


The Avalar Austin team celebrates top agents at its annual company awards event.

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Christina Isaac of North American Title, Debra Godwin of Ameripro Funding and Valorie Doyle, vice chair of the ABoR Foundation, share plans for 2016 at AYREP’s networking event at BlackFinn.

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Trent Jackson of Mission Mortgage, Erin Pena of Austin Absolute Realty, Nelleen McCormick of Mission Mortgage, Liz Carrillo of Mary Fields Realty and Carmen Eversdyk of Texas Ally Realty celebrate some down time at the Mission Mortgage Wine Tasting.

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Chicago Title closer Susan Outon and Kris Sorenson-Hyatt of Eva Street Properties celebrate another happy closing.

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Legacy Mutual Mortgage Proudly Welcomes

The Penland Team

Recognized by the Austin Business Journal as one of Austin’s Top Mortgage Producers since 2007 Josh Penland, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer (NMLS # 216357) Pat Odom, Team Manager and Loan Officer (NMLS # 216229) April Jones, Client Relations Manager (NMLS # 1243217) John Parker, Senior Processor Lindsey Guelde, Production Assistant Pictured left to right are the Penland Team: John Parker, Lindsey Guelde, Josh Penland, April Jones, Pat Odom.

Josh Penland, Vice President and Senior Loan Officer (NMLS # 216357)

10801-2 N. Mopac Ste. 140 | Austin, TX 78759 Call (512) 776-1400 Or visit To start the application process today.

Josh Penland has been a leader in the mortgage business in Austin, Texas for nearly 15 years. He has built a strong reputation for his outstanding, concierge style of service to both his clients and business partners. Josh and his team are dedicated to making the home-buying process as smooth as possible through education, clear and consistent communication and on-time closings. Copyright © 2016 Legacy Mutual Mortgage. All rights reserved. Legacy Mutual Mortgage is a division of Crockett National Bank and is an Equal Housing Lender, NMLS# 278675.

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Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Janelle Timm, Cameron Canady, Roger Buraimoh, Sharee Runte, Lisa Kosub and Gabriela Saravia celebrate with their colleagues at the Keller Williams Realty Northwest Austin Office Awards Banquet.

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Becky Hopkins of Austin Title tells Philip Moreno, left, of Liberty Mutual and Michael McSpadden of Supreme Lending about how she can help make their real estate transactions in 2016 close smoothly.

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Natalie Jack-Penland of Legacy Mutual Mortgage and Danielle Lipari-Mareth of Pacesetter Homes learn more about Austin's housing affordability challenges at the HBA's ATXLeaders Forum 2016.

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8. Rough Hollow $420s 303 Borgo Allegri Cove Lakeway, TX 78738 (512) 271-3823

3. Crystal Falls $540s 3203 Crystal Falls Parkway Leander, TX 78641 (512) 931-2800

9. Reagan’s Overlook $540s 2900 Vista Heights Drive Leander, TX 78641 (512) 271-3787

4. Rim Rock $470s 1043 Arbor Canyon Pass Driftwood, TX 78619 (512) 354-1940

10. Blackhawk $340s 20425 Martin Lane Pflugerville, TX 78660 (512) 271-3790

5. Avalon $310s 3705 Gildas Path Pflugerville, TX 78660 (512) 271-3884

11. Pearson Place $420s at Avery Ranch 10105 Double Eagle Pass Austin, TX 78717 (512) 271-3855

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6. Butler Ranch $430s 145 Lloyd Lane Dripping Springs, TX (512) 271-3784

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Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

April 2016

H E L LO, AU ST I N ! Let’s get acquainted. With a 1% bonus commission!*

After 45 years as Houston’s leading homebuilder, Trendmaker Homes is bringing its signature homebuilding model to Austin. Realtors get an attractive 1% bonus commission,* full communication and transparency, plus great care for your clients. What comes standard for your clients in a Trendmaker home? What

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April 2016

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Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Vicki Jones Jennings of Keller Williams Realty poses for a new headshot at Reagan's Overlook.

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Maira Mar tinez, Jame' Swackhamer and Gabey Maszosati, all of Capital Title, enjoy some down time at the company’s “Welcome Aboard” Mixer at Capital Title.

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Avalar Austin Office Manager Rebecca Mast celebrates a spare at the company's annual awards event at High 5 where the team did a little bowling after the awards presentation.

Realty Line April 2016 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The March issue of Realty Line focuses on the benefits of working with a CPA.

Realty Line April 2016 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The March issue of Realty Line focuses on the benefits of working with a CPA.