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• ABoR/TREPAC VIP Screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" • Parade of Homes "Raise the Roof" Street Party Preview • ABoR PAC Spelling Bee Hunt • and much, much more!

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Back to school: innovative classes in real estate worth their salt By Marilyn McCray

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ever before has the real estate industry experienced so much change. Now real estate professionals can choose from a widerange of classes and programs to increase their skills, proficiency and knowledge. The courses range from initial licensing and brokers classes to continuing education, professional and personal development. They focus on the basics as well as current

topics and trends in real estate. Courses are available in a traditional classroom setting, online and by home study/correspondence. Some organizations even offer private or one-on-one classes. Here is a brief overview of the more innovative offerings currently available in Central Texas. Technology has changed real estate. Many classes are devoted to teaching REALTORS to navigate the technology from discovering the most popular apps to social media. Tools like smart phones or the iPad have made it

possible for REALTORS to spend less time behind a desk—making it feasible to be more productive as a mobile agent. Here are just some of the classes that cover the tips and tricks of utilizing technology to enhance productivity. Check out iPad for Real Estate from Independence Title Company, iReal Estate at Gracy Title, Technology 101 from the Austin Board of REALTORS, Top 20 Tech Tools from the Williamson County

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Special Report: real estate fraud and identity theft on Craigslist revealed By Stacy Hale

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or two weeks, Austin area REALTORS Wayne and Kim Gayer were knocked out of commission. Business came to a screeching halt and almost every marketing communication outlet they had was suddenly untrustworthy. The cause? Two back-to-back incidents of real estate fraud and identity theft. Recently, a rash of Craigslist scams have cropped up in the real estate world across the U.S., affecting real estate agents, homeowners and renters. In many cases, con artists post a fictitious real estate listing for a rental or for sale property with unbelievably low rates. The listings include photos from actual properties on the market. The goal is to con the first and last months’ rent out of the victim before they even see the property or sign a contract, often under the premise that the listing agent or owner needs to make a quick sale. In the Gayers’ case, the several fraudulent ads stated that Kim was a widow and needed money right away. Even though the e-mail address listed on the ads sent inquiries directly to the scam artist, Kim’s phone number was still

included. Over a 36-hour period, she received over 500 texts and phone calls from interested parties who saw the ad and decided to call for more details. “I’d be showing a property and my phone would lock up with all the constant calls and texts,” Kim says. At first the Gayer’s suspected a prank, but after the fifth call they knew they’d been the victims of fraud. Wayne blocked the ads on Craigslist (reporting it as fraudulent through the Craigslist system), but the listings would appear again days later under a new dummy account, each time resulting in a flood of calls and texts with inquiries about properties, vehicles for sale, and some concerned friends who wanted to make sure the Gayers were okay. He then contacted the Austin Police Department. Nine days later, an investigator followed up with the Gayers stating that they were unable to investigate ads that had been blocked or were no longer active. Wayne also contacted the FBI, but because of the millions of similar complaints the bureau simply did not have the

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Upcoming Events Thursday, August 23 HBA Speed Selling Event HBA Office - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ABoR PAC Wine Tasting Max's Wine Dive - 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 24 WCAoR Farm & Ranch Meeting WCAoR Office - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 HBA Lakeway/Bee Cave Chapter Fore - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 6 Capital Title Lakeway Office Grand Opening - 2501 RR 620 South Time TBD as of press time Friday, September 7 HBA Networking Social BMC Select Showroom - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13 WCR Business Resource Meeting Cool River Café - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WCAoR TREPAC Cheesburgers in Paradise - WCAoR Office - 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 19 NAHREP Monthly Luncheon Cool River Café - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, September 20 WCAoR Pardner Up & Cowboy Cook Off WCAoR Office - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. NARI General Membership Meeting Dave & Busters - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. HBA 2012 Golf Extravaganza Forest Creek Golf Club - 12 to 6 p.m. CCIM Skeet Shoot & Horseshoe Tournament - Four-O Ranch - 1 to 7 p.m. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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REPAC’s fundraising year is coming to a close, and ABoR will be hosting the TREPAC Wine Tasting event to celebrate. Mark your calendars, and prepare your palates as the event will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Max’s Wine Dive, TREPAC members and friends will toast a successful year of fundraising and REALTOR-supported political initiatives. Along with wine, the event will feature a silent auction and wine toss. The ticket price is $35, which will cover wine tastings, pairings and valet parking. You may purchase your tickets online at www.abor. com/winetasting.

Mercury is rising and so is anticipation of Realty Round Up I hope you’re ready for the upcoming Realty Round Up. The 31st go-around of the event is sure to be a rowdy-good time with a western theme and boots galore. For the first time, Realty Round Up will be entirely free to attendees, including the parking at

the Austin Convention Center. This year's Realty Round Up will feature a new component: the RRU punch card. As you visit exhibitor booths, have your card punched for entry into a grand-prize drawing. The event will also be featuring free MCE courses and keynote speakers Dr. Jim Gaines of the TAMU Real Estate Center and Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank and clothing company FUBU. For more information on the Oct. 9 event, visit www.abor. com/roundup.

Industry stars to align for installation and awards gala The date for the 2013 Installation ceremony is set for Dec. 7, and the stars are sure to align that night as attendees enjoy an evening of “Dancing with the Stars of Real Estate.” You can make sure your business is visible at this see and be seen event when you become an official partner. The event, themed Educate · Advocate · Participate, has already sold out of one of its partnership op-

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portunities. The packages remaining range from $500 to $5,000 and are going fast. This year’s festivities will honor ABoR’s incoming board of directors and spotlight the 2012 industry award winners. For information on the fun-filled event, forms and tickets, go online to www.abor. com/installation or contact Shirley Williams at swilliams@abor.com or 454-7636, ext. 1603.

without dropdown menus. Plus, the site features improved mapping capabilities, detailed neighborhood information and enhanced REALTOR profiles. Go to AustinHomeSearch.com to view the changes or stop by the AustinHomeSearch table at the TREPAC Wine Tasting event on Aug. 23 to learn more.

AustinHomeSearch gets a face lift

As kids are gearing up for a new school year, REALTORS are finally catching their breath from a whirlwind summer season. While the families you helped find homes over the school break are settling in and preparing for that first day back, consider doing the same. Now is the perfect time to accumulate those MCE credits, so you’re not rushed to fulfill them at the last minute. Prepare yourself now for the goals you hope to achieve in the coming year by visiting www.abor.com/ education and getting your MCE credits or designations now. RL

This month, prospective homebuyers will be experiencing a brand new look and feel when they visit AustinHomeSearch. com. The updated site displays the winning design for the AHS logo and an updated color scheme. Amid the new “skin” is a more streamlined navigation for greater ease of use. The site draws in over 83,000 unique monthly visitors, who can now begin searching for properties directly from the homepage. The property search allows users to easily search based on city, county, zip code, area, subdivision and region

A new school year, a new start for education

August Educational Courses August 18: Intro to Residential Service Contracts August 18: Intro to Home Mechanical Systems August 21: Green MLS: The Key to Unlocking the Green Home Market August 23: 8 touches: Your Image Matters August 23: Texas Residential Eviction Steps August 28: MLS Advanced Features & CMA (North location) August 29: CMA's Adjustments and Theories August 29: CMA's and Unique Properties August 30: Broker Responsibility MCE Course

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Amidst all the fantastic singing going on at the AYREP Karaoke and Networking Event at Common Interest, Linda Knowles-Katz, right, of AmeriPro Funding reminisces about her former home in New Orleans with Mella Gardner of Capital Title.

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Natalie Ridder of Sente Mortgage takes advantage of all the networking opportunities out there and this one is no exception. She meets Jerri Conrado of Staybridge Suites and Tanya Renee Figliozzi of Real Tree Realty at the WCR Happy Hour at Jasper’s Austin. Buy photo: RL_081012_B.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

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Ronnie Sue Winters of Diane Christy REALTORS and her husband Robert grab a snack after the VIP Screening of "The Dark Knight Rises"—hosted by ABoR and TREPAC in appreciation for those who’ve donated in 2012. They said the movie was “batastic!”

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WCR President Anita Farrell of Keller Williams Realty and WCR Past-President Cheryl Jenkins of RE/MAX Capital City III go over the meeting agenda and election of officers at the WCR Monthly Luncheon at Cool River Café.

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Michael Cohen of Pillar Custom Homes thanks Polly Clarke and Michele Turnquist, both of Turnquist Partners REALTORS, for organizing a successful preview event of the homes under construction for the 2012 Parade of Homes. Michael is one of the builders preparing to showcase a home during the fall event.

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NARPM members brave the heat as they pitch in on Habitat for Humanity work day. Pictured are Richard Elias, Karl Jennings, Eric Pesek and Jeff Clawson. Buy photo: RL_080912_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Robin Gulledge, right, of RE/MAX Capital City II thanks Dana Gilly of MileStone Community Builders for giving her a tour of her company’s new townhome model in Cypress Creek. Robin makes it a point to get a personal feel for housing choices available to her clients by attending these informative events.

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Don't fall into the trap— take classes that keep you informed and help you grow professionally

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ack to school time! Summer vacation is over, school supplies are purchased, sports teams and marching bands are in full swing and the kids are back in class. It can be a very crazy time of year. Just because our kids have taken a few months “off ” from school, REALTORS can never take “time off ” when it comes to education and filling your pipeline. Now, don’t get me wrong. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I routinely take vacations with my family. I continuously ask my agents, “So, when is your next vacation and when will you be leaving?” It is not an “if ” question, but a “when” question. However, taking time away can cause a breakdown in your pipeline down the road. This can be especially damaging to your business if you take time away from education. The Texas Real Estate Commission mandates the number of continuing education hours that we must take each year to keep our licenses active and in good standing. Many agents see these classes as a hassle and wait

until the last possible moment to take an unfulfilling course as fast as possible to submit to TREC to beat their renewal deadline. We look to see how many hours we need to complete and find anything, anything at all, that will fit the bill. That is something that I think, if changed, will make an enormous difference in our professionalism and our knowledge to the benefit of ourselves and our client’s experience. We are fortunate to have so many wonderful real estate schools in our marketplace. From outstanding pre-licensing programs to time-saving correspondence courses, to in-depth designation programs, we have it all. I am not sure if you are aware, but the National Association of REALTORS is taking education to the next level. They are offering a comprehensive Masters of Real Estate program, supported by DeVry University. Applications are available and we have members enrolled in the program at this time. How exciting it will be for them to advertise that they have a Masters Degree in

www.myRealtyLine.com real estate and the value that will add to their client’s experience. A far cry from just getting the basics to get by, don’t you agree? Higher education aside, we have a duty and an obligation to stay informed on changes in our industry from contracts to legislative changes to local ordinance changes to changes in lending. Understanding these changes and trying to keep up can be incredibly frustrating, but not taking the time to keep informed on these changes can mean the difference between a successful real estate transaction with a positive experience with another REALTOR and a busted deal with hard feelings that follow. Whether you are brand new to the business or have been around for many years, there is always something new to learn. Our contracts and forms change routinely. Are you familiar with the new Homeowner’s Association

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Addendum (TREC 36-7) and everything that the new form dictates? That is just one example of many changes that affect our everyday business, yet many do not take the time to keep informed on these changes and the consequences in the transaction can be significant. I strongly encourage all of you to time block in your schedule for classes, research what is available, plan ahead, register early, and don’t make excuses not to attend the class. I also encourage you to time block to review the TREC and TAR websites to learn about updates and legal changes that will affect you. Ask your broker to provide you with up-to-date training and information about important changes in contracts, forms, and procedures. Visit the association or log on to www.wcaor.org. I look forward to seeing you around the association. RL

Upcoming Events & Education August 17: Fundamentals of Foreclosure Auctions August 17: TREC Ethics and Legal (Cedar Park Location) September 6: DocuSign Electronic Signature September 13: TREPAC Cheeseburgers in Paradise September 13 - 18: GRI 3: RE Brokerage September 14: TREC Ethics and Legal at WCAoR September 20: Pardner Up & Cowboy Cook-off Event

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Mortgage professional Oscar Mendez meets Deb Waldman of the Texas Association of REALTORS at the NAHREP Monthly Luncheon at Cool River Café.

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Bridgette Hager, Gretchen Woellner and Stephanie Transue, all of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, learn tips for success at the company’s Joint Sales Meeting at the Pickle Center.

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Real estate broker Derrick Jones, left, of Austin City Living and Diane Christy, center, of Diane Christy REALTORS congratulate Natalie Bowers, second from left, Greg Miller, third from left, Alfredo Flores, third from right, Dana Gilley, second from right, and Nirav Patel, right, all of MileStone Community Builders, on the opening of the builder’s new models at Cypress Creek.

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Realty Austin celebrates the opening of its Lakeway office with LTCC Chairman of the Board Bob Stubbs, left holding banner, Lakeway Mayor David Deome, Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, Jolene Weinstein, Sherry Ellenbogen, all of Realty Austin, and LTCC Chairman of the Board-Elect Steve Zbranek, right. Submitted Photo

Coldwell Banker United REALTORS President Valerie Lyday welcomes her agents George Devillan, left, and Ryan Rogers to the company's Joint Sales Meeting at the Pickle Center.

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WCR Hospitality Director Jan Griffin and WCR President Anita Ferrell of Keller Williams Realty welcome members and sponsors to the WCR Happy Hour at Jasper’s Austin. Buy photo: RL_080512_E.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Terri Romere’s future clients will be riding in style when she returns from Germany with her brand new Mercedes Benz that she won from the ABoR Foundation. ABoR Foundation Chairman Cathy Coneway of Stanberry and Associates congratulates her as she checks out a car like the one she won.

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Wanda Stewart, center, of JB Goodwin REALTORS turns 89. Tajuana Fields, Mike Jones and other fellow agents help her celebrate at Red Lobster in Westlake. Happy birthday Wanda!

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Seth Thompson of Zip Realty and Crystal De La Rosa of Keller Williams Realty take requests for the next Karaoke performer at the AYREP Karaoke and Networking Event at Common Interest.

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Passionate about government relations, TAR Chairman Joe Stewart attempts to convince NAHREP members how they can make a big difference in the outcome of legislation affecting the industry at the group’s monthly luncheon at Cool River Café.

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The Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers installs officers at a reception at the offices of The Best Agents in Texas. NAREB VP Harold Carter, left, thanks AAREB Treasurer Robert Wright, AAREB Secretary Daffney Henry, AAREP VP J. Rene Ward and AAREB President Marian Williams for their service. Buy photo: RL_081112_I.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Kimberly Dydalewicz and Kelea Piper, both of Champions School of Real Estate toast to proper dining at the WCR/Champions School of Real Estate Professional Etiquette course at ABoR. Kimberly taught the class.

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Thanks to the Tenura Home Center, industry professionals have centrally located place to go to for meetings, closings or a wifi hot spot.

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Sometimes it’s all about whom you know—and in this case, Bevyn Bryson, center, and Anne Ames are glad they know “Condo Joe” Bryson of Real Estate Alliance. Because of his donations to TREPAC, they got to tag along with him to the VIP Screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the IMAX Theatre at Bob Bullock Museum hosted by ABoR.

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HBA mid-year housing forecast stresses slow recovery

he Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin recently hosted its Annual Mid-Year Housing Forecast. Returning to speak at the event was the always entertaining and informative Dr. Jim Gaines, a research economist who focuses on housing markets and development with The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Gaines shared valuable information with nearly 350 people who packed the Phillips Event Center, giving us a touchstone on the local housing economy. Dr. Gaines began the program with an example of the kind of humor he brings to his presentations with his “Economics Vocabulary Word of the Day,” which was “liquidity.” His definition – “Liquidity is when you look at your retirement funds and wet your pants.” With a laugh from the audience, Dr. Gaines then began his presentation reinforcing the notion of economic recovery, but stressed that recovery is, and will continue to be, slow.

What’s Taking So Long? There is evidence to show improvement in the U.S. economy: Gross Domestic Product

(GDP) is up from 1.7 percent last year to 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012 and employment is growing faster in Texas than in the rest of the country. However, retail sales and consumption are still weak and, for the first time, the housing industry is not leading the way to economic recovery, which is not projected to show substantive growth until 2013 or 2014. Closer to home, economic recovery is doing better in Texas and in Austin than in most other states due to four key items: job gains, housing prices, general business growth and population growth. Dr. Gaines compared the fall of the housing market in Texas vs. the rest of the country and showed that, overall, Texas has fared better. In the U.S., housing prices are down 30 percent since peaking in 2006, while in Texas, prices are only down 4.3 percent since peaking in 2010. In the U.S. in 2011, new home starts were at their lowest in 60 years, while in Texas in 2011, the fewest new homes were permitted since 1992. New households are forming at about 25 percent of their historical rate. While “Generation Y” is moving to Texas to find jobs, they’re renting

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Things Change That’s the one thing you can expect whenever new demographics are released. Dr. Gaines covered changes in demographic, economic and cultural trends. Households are getting older and more diverse while the income gap between the well-educated and less well-educated, the old and young and various ethnicities grows wider. Dr. Gaines adds, “During the next two decades, minorities will account for approximately two-thirds of household growth and half of all first time homebuyers.” Minorities won’t be minorities for much longer. Texas is also experiencing some major population growth. In fact, for a state that is often considered rural, the majority of population growth is happening in the “urban triangle” of Dallas, Houston and Austin/San Antonio, with growth between 100,001 – 700,000 between 2000 and 2010. From 2010 through 2030, Texas is expected to add another 14 million people at a rate of 703,000 per year. That’s 1,925

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people per day! How is homeownership affected by all this change? The current interest rate is the same now as it was back in the first quarter of 1998 and between 1995 and 2005 homeownership exploded from 64.1 percent to 69.1 percent due to low interest rates and new mortgage products.

Current Housing Trends Historically, the housing industry has led the way when the U.S. economy has needed recovering, but that is not the case these days. Government stimulus efforts have had relatively little impact on the economy, which is prolonging market recovery. Nationally, the supply of available housing is greater than demand, which makes for lower home values. That translates to the buyer market viewing renting as a more viable option to buying. Compounding the issue, mortgage lending restrictions have made it even more difficult for first-time homebuyers to buy. With low interest rates and job growth in the Austin market, opportunities remain. The capital area is definitely a good place to be. RL

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Scott Nelligan, right, of KB Home never misses an opportunity to talk about his community at Circle C Estates. Jim and Pam Harris of Third Coast Properties take mental note as they get a bite to eat at the KB Home Agent Mixer at Sam’s Boat.

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Scott Jesek and Howard Kirk, both of Dillon Custom Homes, are glad to see over 250 REALTORS attend the 2012 Parade of Homes “Raise the Roof” REALTOR Preview Street Party at The Overlook Estates. The event was an opportunity to see the homes while under construction. The official 2012 Parade of Homes is coming this fall. Buy photo: RL_080312_B.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com Buy photo: RL_080112_R.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

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Austin CRS Chapter

TAR Chairman Joe Stewart, right, and TAR CEO Travis Kessler, second from right, attend the installation of the first board of directors of the new Austin Association of Austin Real Estate Brokers. Robert Wright of RL Wright REALTORS and J. Rene Ward of Best Agents in Texas thank them for attending.

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Penny Rymes and Joydene Ternus, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, head into the auditorium with their meeting agendas in hand at their company’s Joint Sales Meeting at the Pickle Center.

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Monica Middleton of Capital Title and Jim Smith check out the homes under construction for the 2012 Parade of Homes at the HBA’s “Raise the Roof” REALTOR Preview Street Party at The Overlook Estates.

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his month’s topic is education. The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) group focuses on education. In fact, networking and education are the primary goals of the Austin Area CRS Chapter; of any CRS Chapter for that matter. “Business as usual” is not what it used to be. While there are sure and steady signs of a market recovery, the new “normal” is not the housing market we were used to. As the market has changed, so too has business. Agents must adapt to new market conditions by updating skills and adding new ones. Even veterans of past recessions will agree the rules have changed. Buyers and sellers have evolved as well and new skills are needed to market yourself using cutting edge technology and social media tools combined with solid industry best practices and a strong professional network. Experts in their specific fields teach CRS classes. We recently had Tina Daniels teach CRS 204: Wealth Building and Chuck Bode

teach CRS 201: Listing Strategies, and CRS 103: Maximize your Potential. The students gave rave reviews and walked away with a wealth of knowledge, including new strategies to immediately implement in their business. While there have been many changes in the real estate industry, what hasn’t changed is the CRS record of success. CRS designees consistently outperform the average REALTOR in number of sales and transactions, income and years in the business. No matter where you are in your business or the length of time you’ve been a REALTOR, CRS is here to assist you—to help you adapt, reinvent, refine and discover innovative solutions for today’s market challenges. As a group, we can aid you in increasing your income as well as reduce your liability and risk. Plus, using CRS resources, you can boost your reputation and broaden your customer base. To learn more about becoming a CRS and future classes, contact the Austin Area CRS  Chapter or attend our next meeting on Oct. 17 at the Westwood Country Club. RL

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NAHREP PresidentElect Jason Garza and Laura Caffey of Exacta thank TAR Chairman Joe Stewart for speaking at the July NAHREP Luncheon. Joe explained to members how they can make a difference in legislation and encouraged them to get involved. The group meets monthly at Cool River Café.

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Oh come on, you know you want to! Carra Elkins of Amelia Bullock REALTORS and ABoR Chairman Leonard Guerrero are not convinced they should be the next Karaoke duet at the AYREP networking event despite our efforts to persuade them.

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Natalie Bowers of MileStone Community Builders gives Debra Kelsey of RE/MAX Capital City II a quick tour of the builder’s new townhome model in the Cypress Creek community. The builder is offering homes in this community starting in the $130s.

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Who needs a bat cave when you’ve got a “PAC Cave”? Vicki Harris, second from left, of ABoR, her husband Ron, left, hang out in ABoR’s “PAC Cave” with Ron and Sandy Urias, both of Farmers Insurance, at the ABoR/ TREPAC VIP Screening of The Dark Knight Rises at the IMAX Theatre at the Bob Bullock Museum.

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Denise Moody and Lacey Warren, both of Gracy Title, remind Todd Grossman of Realty Austin of their company's Lakeway office. Realty Austin just opened an office at the corner of Lohman's Crossing and RM 620 in Lakeway.

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Ashley Vincent, Debbie Harris and Lise Rene, all of Exit Realty, arrive thirsty to the KB Home Agent Mixer at Sam’s Boat. We think they came to the right place!

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t the National Conference in San Francisco, Women’s Council of REALTORS launched the Performance Management Network (PMN) designation. It’s a next-generation REALTOR designation designed from the ground up to bring the real world skills that will help REALTORS keep their business out front and on top of a dynamic real estate market. The first course in the new curriculum, “Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals,” premiered at the national conference with 330 students. It was the most highly attended initial offering of any WCR course to date. The courses offered are: • Harnessing the Power: Skills Based Performance Management • The Business of Your Business: People, Planning, Money and Management • Networking and Referral Systems • Effective Negotiating for Real Estate professionals Currently approved for full credit in the Performance Management Designation: • At Home with Diversity

• E-Pro • Resort and Second Home Markets • Short Sales and Foreclosures To be eligible to receive the designation, a member of WCR who is a REALTOR, REALTOR-Associate, or REALTOR Association Executive must complete three of the PMN courses or replace one course with a course approved for full credit. In addition, a referral to/ from another national WCR member, to/from a non-WCR member, or from a client must be submitted (other conditions may apply). The PMN designee shows the client their commitment to ongoing education and professional excellence. It demonstrates to colleagues an understanding of the value and importance of a powerful network of business connections. PMN designees receive special designee notation of the PMN logo in the “referral center” on the WCR website as well as special discounts. For complete and up-to-date information on the entire program, check out the Performance Management Network section at www.wcr.org. RL

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city insulated by high-tech prosperity and a younger generation, the Austin housing market didn’t suffer like other cities across the country. Now however, Austin is beginning to get its fair share of foreclosures, and banks are beginning to take a proactive approach to dealing with nonperforming loans. Some servicers are signing up real estate agents to help list short sale properties in exchange for referring borrowers back to them. Even HUD is looking at new ways to use asset managers in assisting with the disposition of short sales. The “shadow inventory”—as it’s been referred to over the last half decade— is finally subsiding. However, there are still plenty of delinquent loans out there. As banks continue to try to facilitate loan workouts under HAMP2.0, expect more distressed properties to be put out on the open market in 2013 to take advantage of the shrinking inventory of resale listings in the market. With inventories down as much as 23 percent, adding new REO properties to the

market will keep home prices relatively stable over the next twelve months, averaging just 1.2 percent lower by year’s end. Banks are happy to be a seller in this seller’s market. Over the last twelve months the median DOM for a foreclosed singlefamily home in the Austin area is around 30 days. Compared to the year before, REOs are going under contract almost two full weeks faster which will save them as much as 30 percent of the interest cost carried while the property is listed. Besides the low inventory levels, another reason that foreclosed properties are selling faster is due to the fact that the banks have priced their assets better. The median price per square foot for a foreclosed single-family home sold in the last 12 months in Austin was $62.72 ($99.76 for non-REO), compared to $65.57 ($97.56 for non-REO) in 2010. That means the drop in list price per square foot was almost twice that of the decline in price per square foot for the same period. As a result, we are seeing some of the most aggressive

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Karen Matuszewski of Real Estate Services by Design, Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, Beverly Polyniak and Mary Lynne Gibbs of Keller Williams Realty get ready to tour the Parade home being built by JKD Builder for the HBA's 2012 Fall Parade of Homes Oct. 20 through Nov. 4.

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Dorothy and Terry Godbold, both of Reliable Property Management, John Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, Barb Cooper of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS and Leonard Guerrero of JB Goodwin REALTORS agree to sit together at a special VIP premier of "The Dark Knight Rises" hosted by TREPAC and ABoR.


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The Dark Knight is no match for these super REALTORS. Rod Morgan of Landmark Properties, Joy Herring of Realty Austin, David Pavliska of RE/ MAX Round Rock and Dee Shultz of Keller Williams Realty attend the VIP Screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the IMAX Theatre. The event was hosted by TREPAC and ABoR in appreciation of those who have donated to TREPAC in 2012.

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Certified etiquette instructor Kimberly Dydalewicz of Champion School of Real Estate teaches professional etiquette at a program hosted by WCR and Champions School of Real Estate at ABoR offices.

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Doreen Dillard and Vanessa Bivens, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, check out the new previews of the international marketing program after their company’s Joint Sales Meeting at the Pickle Center.

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services since 1989. The company grew rapidly and was eventually acquired by Fidelity National Financial in 1998, (NYSE: FNF). Operating under the same leadership for two decades, Alamo is proud of its family culture and its stability and consistency. Austin Title has enjoyed dynamic growth and provided an environment and culture full of opportunity for long-term success since 1953. Both companies have managed

One of the most exciting things about this merger is the strength of our new combined footprint of office locations Brian Baize, President—Austin Division The merger unites two company cultures, each with a longstanding presence in Austin. Alamo Title Company has been a part of the Austin landscape for over 22 years, providing full service title insurance and escrow

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combined footprint of office locations,” says Brian Baize, president of the Austin division, who has been with Fidelity for eight years before taking the lead for the Austin/Alamo team last year. The Bastrop location will continue to operate as Alamo Title. The remaining six Austin area locations are now operating as Austin Title. With a new office at Hartland Plaza in the downtown area and another new office in Cedar Park, Austin Title’s larger footprint now provides more complete coverage of the Capital area. Existing offices now include Cedar Park, Round Rock, North MoPac/183, Spicewood Springs Road, Westlake, downtown and Bastrop. Both companies had their own reputations in the industry, and now the best strategies from each side will be combined to continue and improve a tradition of loyal, long-term customers. “It’s about two great companies coming together to become even stronger as one,” says Baize. “Our goal is to concentrate on doing things the right way and being the best we can be, and size will take care of itself.” What does doing things the right way entail? Austin Title continues to focus

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on hiring top talent to work in a fun, professional and supportive environment with an emphasis on relationship. “We want to create an environment where the best employees want to stay and grow, top clients and prospects want to do business, and the top talent want to join,” Baize explains. “Austin Title is doing great things and the community is starting to recognize it.” You can find out more at AustinTitle. com. RL

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Everyone loves a grand opening! Michael and Shae Reilly of Reilly REALTORS asks Scott and Suzanne Michaels of Spanish Oaks how sales are going in the community. The four attend the Realty Austin Lakeway office ribbon cutting event.

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may not need to be the subject of a proceeding in the local probate court. It may be appropriate in situations where no probate proceedings are necessary to utilize heirship affidavits. These affidavits set out family facts concerning marriage, divorce, births of children, and the like. The idea is to set out facts so that the heirs at law, as established by the Texas Probate Code, acquire title of the deceased’s assets without the necessity of a probate proceeding. Heirship affidavits may be prepared with the will attached as an exhibit. Understand that heirship affidavits will not modify the statutory scheme or schedule of inheritance so that if the deceased has left money or property to a charity or a church then heirship affidavits will not recognize or effectuate that bequest. Alternatively, a revision in the will could divide assets disproportionately between legal heirs. While the heirs at law could honor these provisions and avoid probate, the will could be probated as a muniment of title. This process is available when no administration of an estate is required but it passes title in accordance with

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the will, thereby establishing the ownership of those named heirs that would otherwise vary the probate code inheritance provisions. One other possibility is that a will has been probated in a state other than Texas. In that case, the will and order admitting same to probate can be filed in the county in which the property is located, and this will establish heirship only. Note that this filing will not provide any authority for the personal representative established in our sister state. It will establish ownership in much the same fashion as a will offered as a muniment of title. Now let’s assume that a person owning real property has died without leaving a will. A possibility here is that a court monitored administration is required. In this circumstance, a probate court action is filed in which an interested party is appointed to represent the estate and is charged with securing assets, discharging liabilities, and dividing assets, usually with the close scrutiny of the court. This could be expensive and time consuming. There are other possibilities. Refer back to the information about heirship affidavits set out above. These affidavits are used to establish who owns the property based on the laws of Texas since there is no will. Title insurance standards generally require execution of the affidavit by three people: two that do not stand to inherit, i.e., that are disinterested in the assets of the estate and one heir to establish the facts concerning liabilities and any estate tax that might be due. The use of these affidavits is usually fast and inexpensive. There are a couple of other sections of the Texas Probate Code that might be used in special situations. One is the small estate affidavit. This is available if: 1. The deceased person died without a

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will. If there is a will, a small estate affidavit cannot be used whether the will has been offered for probate or not. 2. More than 30 days must have passed since the date of death. 3. The only real property owned by the decedent must be the homestead. Title to other real property is unaffected by the small estate affidavit. A small estate affidavit cannot be used to transfer title to any other real property other than a homestead. 4. The debts of the decedent (other than a mortgage on the homestead) must not exceed the assets of the decedent (not counting the homestead and exempt property) and there must be no other reason to have a person appointed to handle the business of the decedent’s estate. 5. No estate administration has been opened or if an application to open one has been filed, no order has yet been entered granting letters of administration. 6. All of the assets of the decedent (not counting the homestead and exempt property) are not more than $50,000.00. This process involves a probate court order. Another approach might be used in a situation where a surviving spouse becomes an unqualified community survivor. When no one has qualified as an executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased spouse, the surviving spouse may have the authority to sell community property for the purpose of paying community debts. Real estate professionals are urged to encourage their clients to seek appropriate advice when there is a death in the chain. Further, bring these circumstances to the attention of your title company early in the transaction. This will help avoid closing delays. RL

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AYREP members Scott Fehrenkamp, Shelby Shepherd, Melanie Taliaferro, Jason Arrida, Taylor Nyberg and Robert Creamer just might have the X factor. The group participated in AYREP’s Karaoke and Networking Event at Common Interest. Buy photo: RL_080712_D.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Susan Spence, Dani Patterson and Kristy Santelia, all of North American Title, bring the party to the WCR Happy Hour at Jasper’s Austin.

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Thank heavens Nick Harrison of City Wide Realty learns fast! With all the information he’s taking in from Lori Nash, left, Shannon Allen, right, both of KB Home, and Linda Randall, second from left, of TAR Texas REALTORS University, he’s going to need all the help remembering he can get! The four met at KB Home's Agent Mixer at Sam's Boat.

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Jolene Weinstein, Yvette and Jonathan Boatwright, all of Realty Austin, welcome guests and dignitaries to the company's grand opening of its office in Lakeway.

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Husband and wife team, Laurel Pratts of Turnquist Partners and Edgar Pratts of PGM Design + Build show off the view from the backside of his Parade house. The midconstruction staged homes were shown to REALTORS at a special preview event. The HBA's 2012 Parade of Homes is from Oct. 20 through Nov. 4. Buy photo: RL_070712_B.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

RE/MAX agents attend a technology training class in Austin.

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Judging by the look on these faces, it must be WCR happy hour time! The group hosts the summer event at Jasper’s Austin.

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Rabin Jones, Danielle Archambault and Andrea Jackson, all of KB Home, welcome REALTORS to the company’s Agent Mixer and sign them up for door prizes at Sam’s Boat.

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Carrie Maxwell and Leslie Buck, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS welcome fellow agents to the company’s Joint Sales Meeting at the Pickle Center. Buy photo: RL_080612_E.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

NAHREP Director of Membership Sandy Urias of Farmers Insurance Group and NAHREP Treasurer Donna Thomas take a final count of the number of people attending the group’s monthly luncheon at Cool River Café.

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GRAND HAVEN HOMES CHOSEN ON HGTV’S HOUSEHUNTERS Grand Haven Homes is honored to announce that its home in the Woodlands of Rough Hollow Lakeway was chosen as the buyer’s purchase selection in the June 20, 2012 episode of HGTV’s Househunters series.

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Scam: Continued manpower to investigate each one. Shortly following the Craigslist incidents, Wayne’s e-mail account was hacked. The scammers posed as Wayne and sent a plea for help to everyone on his contact list, stating that the Gayers were stranded and needed immediate funds. The signature at the bottom of the e-mail listed a phone number that was nearly identical to Wayne’s, with two numbers transposed. A similar e-mail address was also listed. Once again, the Gayers were bombarded with calls, this time from concerned friends and colleagues. All of the contacts in Wayne’s e-mail address book were erased. He couldn’t log into his e-mail, so he contacted AT&T and Yahoo support. The technicians said that it was an especially difficult case—typically, hackers do not erase the victim’s contact list. Each time the techs reset the password and made it possible for Wayne to log in, the account was hacked again, and incoming and outgoing e-mails were rerouted to a new account with a new phony address so similar to Wayne’s legitimate one that many of his contacts did not notice the difference. Once Wayne’s account was permanently restored, Kim helped piece together his contact list and sent out an e-mail to everyone warning that Wayne had been hacked. The calls from the ads and the e-mails tapered off over the following two weeks, but the Gayers were still shaken. “I was literally sitting there cancelling calls on Kim’s phone, one after the other every few seconds,” Wayne says. “If you have limits on your voicemails and texts, an incident like this can cripple your business.” Now recovering and back to business as usual, the Gayers shared some insight on protecting yourself from fraud and identity theft:

Protect Yourself • Scammers today are very high tech. The police department advises that you change your passwords, codes, and bank PINs

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sites, such as phone number, address, etc.

If you are the victim of a Craigslist Scammer • If you receive inquiries, ask the person

where they found the ad and get a detailed

description. • Find the ad and report it so that Craigslist

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• Notify the authorities and keep detailed

records to aid in the investigation.

For most of us, life and business are per-

manently entwined in the digital world. An invasive scam or a hacked e-mail account can be debilitating and feel like a personal violation. “It feels like someone has broken into your home,” says Kim. And while having your identity compromised is at least in part a matter of bad luck, taking precautions about how much information you share on public sites and using secure passwords can go a long way to prevent it. If it happens to you, the Gayers say, be patient and know that it will pass. RL

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Applause for Mercedes-Benz of Austin The Austin Board of REALTORS® Foundation would like to send a big THANK YOU out to Bob Nolen for making the success of the 2012 ABoR Foundation possible. Bob and the Mercedes-Benz of Austin literally put the Mercedes in the Mercedes and Martini’s fundraising event. A very lucky Terri Romere of Keller Williams Realty won the raffle and was presented the grand prize by ABoR Foundation Chair Cathy Coneway of Stanberry & Associates. Through the raffle, $31,000 was given to deserving high school and college students. The ABoR Foundation would like to extend gratitude to each one of the raffle participants for their charitable contribution to the organization. A tremendous thanks also to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

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Commentary By Rita Santamaria Champions School of Real estate

Use proper "netiquette" and "telequette" in business communication

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elephone and e-mail etiquette are hot topics right now as many believe the use of e-mail and cell phones have brought into the business environment a loss of good manners. E-mailing is as important as live phone conversations in today’s companies and many employers are losing customers, leads and dollars due to poorly handled e-mails. One can have their character, performance and intelligence pre-determined by the way they write, reply and use e-mail communication. Let’s start with the basics of e-mail. There must be a subject line that demonstrates the core meaning of your e-mail message. There should always be a greeting as with any mail correspondence; that is just good manners. There should be a closing so as to not make you sound terse or annoyed. Be sure you address the note with the same formality as you would in personal or business communication such as Dear Ms. Santamaria or Dear Rita. Always verify correct spelling of the person’s name and spelling within the

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body of the note. E-mails with typos are not taken as seriously or degrades the person’s intelligence level. Read your e-mail out loud prior to clicking send so as to check the tone of your message. Choose words that reflect your meaning and try not to be abrupt. Using all capital letters give the recipient the feeling you are screaming at them. Bolding your words show you are emphasizing a point and being emphatic. Using all lower case sounds like you are mumbling. Don’t abbreviate words like two, too, for “2” or you with “U”. You are giving a first impression of yourself over the electronic mail delivery system and abbreviations give your associates and clients the impression you are in a hurry, disorganized or uneducated. The use of !!! and ??? demonstrate too much emotion in an e-mail unless it’s a personal e-mail and that is your goal. If the intention is not to have a personally charged tone in your e-mail, walk away from the computer, cell phone, relax for awhile and then reread your remarks and ask yourself if you were on

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the receiving end of the note would a working solution occur based on the wording and tone of the e-mail you are writing? Reviewing the sender’s e-mail to verify you are interpreting their message is a great suggestion. When in doubt, pick up the phone and call that person to verify the sender’s information. Type complete sentences and use correct sentence structure. The use of thank you, please, how are you, and such are always good communication techniques and relevant to every e-mail and form of communication. Teliquette or telephone techniques in the work place are a skill that requires continual training. First impressions are made by the greeting and tone of the receiver. Answering the call with “hello, thank you for calling Champions School of Real Estate, this is Rita” is always appreciated by the caller. Answering in a slow enough pace so as the person calling can understand the name of the receiver is important. Remembering to be polite with thank you, and please will give the first impression people have of an entire company. Answering the phone call on the first ring is an example of the company being prepared and anxious to receive the call. If the call cannot be handled on the first few rings due to lack of call support, put a caller on hold and pick up the other ringing line and get the new caller’s name and phone number or worst case basis, have caller

go into voice mail. Remembering to check voice mail all the time and return calls right away is of primary importance. Never tell the caller how busy you are or that many lines are ringing, etc. That is not your client’s concern or problem to solve. Again, it makes you and your company sound disorganized and short staffed. This is not a good first impression of the company you work for. Always say “thank you for holding” when you come back on the line from putting a caller on hold. Identify yourself with “this is Rita, how may I help you?” Do not sound agitated, too busy, disorganized when answering the phone as people can always call your competitor and perhaps get a happier more positive person to do business with. Cell phones should be on silent when in a personal face-to-face conversation with others. It is never good etiquette to answer a phone call when in a meeting. If absolutely necessary, excuse yourself and step out of the room to take an emergency call. It is not appropriate to talk out loud and answer your cell phone when at an event, meeting, church, seminar, and luncheon. Those wearing Bluetooth devices are no exception to remembering to turn off devices during meetings. The person sitting in front of you having conversation with you is the precedence of any phone call. Teliquette or Netiquette can make and break your business success. RL

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Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planned residential and urban mixed-use communities in the United States from coast-to-coast. Together with our partner, North America Sekisui House, LLC, we believe it is our responsibility to create enduring, healthier communities for people to live life in ways that matter most to them. www.newlandcommunities.com and www.nashcommunities.com This is not intended to be an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in the Falcon Pointe community to residents of Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. All square footage is approximate. Prices, specifications, details and availability of builder’s homes are subject to change without notice. Terrabrook Falcon Pointe, LP (‘Fee Owner’) is the creator of the Falcon Pointe Community (‘Community’). Certain home builders unaffiliated with the Fee Owner or its related entities (collectively ‘Newland’) are building homes in the Community (‘Builder(s)’). Newland is not co-developing, co-building or otherwise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builders, and Newland shall have no obligations to any buyer regarding a home purchase from a Builder. Purchasers of homes from any of the Builders waive any claims against Newland arising out of their purchase transaction. © 2012 Newland Real Estate Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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Austin REALTOR launches 10-year campaign to raise money for local AIDS charity; selling raffle tickets for Toyota Prius Austin real estate professional David Owen and his newest company, A List Partners, LLC, began a 10-year philanthropic campaign called “The Prius Project” by donating the first of brand new Toyota Prius’ to AIDS Services of Austin (ASA), with the goal of raffling off the car to raise $125,000 for the organization. “The beauty of this campaign, is that it is more than just writing a check once a year to a deserving organization,” Owen said. “The Prius Project is actually a way for a nonprofit to take a donation and leverage that donation to create five times the fundraising power.” The Prius Project and ASA have been getting the word out and selling raffle tickets across Central Texas all year. “We’re very honored and pleased to have this opportunity to work with A List Partners and The Prius Project,” ASA Communications Coordinator Marcus Sanchez said. “The Prius Project is going to provide much needed funds for people here in Austin and the surrounding area who are living with and are affected by HIV and AIDS.” 1 8/1/12 4:45 PM ITCweb080112.pdf The Prius Project’s campaign comes not

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Grand Haven Homes Paloma Lake Model Now Open Grand Haven Homes announces its new model home is now open in Paloma Lake. As one of Paloma Lake’s founding builders, Grand Haven Homes has sold out in its original Paloma enclave, and has unveiled its new model and a new selection of generously oversized home sites in this desirable

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RE/MAX offices and top producing sales associates in the greater Austin region were honored at the RE/MAX of Texas Mid Year Awards Celebration and networking social hour on July 25, enjoying peer accolades and celebrating a significantly improved real estate market compared to last year. Austin-area RE/MAX agents convened at Dave & Buster’s, where associates let their hair down in the venue’s huge gaming parlor after enjoying cocktails, food and awards. The event kicked off with a bang, courtesy of RE/MAX Town and Country in Fredericksburg Broker Dennis Kusenberger, who brought a large box of world-renowned Fredericksburg peaches to be auctioned for charity. Proceeds benefited the Texas Sentinels Foundation, the charity supporting Wounded Warriors of the U.S. Military

RE/MAX Capital City shows off the peaches they won in a charity auction bid at Mid Year.

founded by RE/MAX of Texas CEO Richard and Jeanne Filip. The auction raised $500 for the cause, with Jeff Osborne, Linda Graves, Mike Freeman and Pam Buske of RE/MAX Capital City teaming up to win the bid. RL

Michele Blood named 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agent

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a moment too soon for the ASA community, which was notified July 19 that AIDS Services of Austin will be one of the 18 agencies eliminated as a United Way Greater Austin partner – a blow that will cause an immediate loss of $55,000 for the organization. The winner of The Prius Project’s inaugural new car raffle will be drawn on Nov. 3 at an event sponsored by Owen and A List Partners, LLC. Please find The Prius Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThePriusProject, and online at www.ThePriusProject.com. RL

Michele Blood of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS was selected as a Texas Monthly 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agent, an award granted to less than 2 percent of real estate agents in the Central Texas region who score highest in overall customer satisfaction, as measured in a survey of recent homebuyers. Survey respondents evaluated real estate agents whom they have worked with based on nine criteria—customer service,

integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, closing preparation, finds the right home, marketing of home, and overall satisfaction. A third party research firm calculates the results. RL

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114 Invenotry Homes Available NOW!!

The Designer Label of Luxury Homebuilding ADDRESS

PLAN

SQ. FT.

BD/BA/STORIES

COMMISSION

PRICE

1. BRADSHAW CROSSING • ERIC: 512-407-0404, OR BORIS: 512-626-8473 10112 Copper Ridge Cove

Jasmine

1418

3/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

5820 Zachary Scott Street

Jasmine

1,418

3/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

2. COLORADO CROSSING • CLYDE: 512-496-4163

174,631

171,890

7204 Outfitter Drive

Saguaro

1,789

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

7208 Outfitter Drive

Carlsbad

1,230

3/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

158,790

140,090

3. FALCON POINTE • BRUCE: 512-657-3326 19612 Drifting Meadows

Cantera

1,550

3/2/1

NOW!

5%

$

19604 Maiden Grass Drive

Alabaster

2,731

4/3/2

NOW!

5%

$

2908 Dusty Chisolm Trail

San Jacinto 2,850

4/3.5/2

Sept

5%

$

19616 Maiden Grass Drive

Travertine

1,983

4/2/1

August

5%

$

1913 Meandering Meadows Obsidian

2,384

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

307 Sandstone Trail

Onyx

1,797

3/2/1

NOW!

5%

$

325 Travertine Trail

Cantera

1,550

3/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

317 Travertine Trail

Obsidian

2,384

4/2.5/2

NOW!

5%

$

283 Sandstone Trail

Terrazzo

2,521

4/3.5/2

NOW!

5%

$

4. STONEFIELD • SALLY: 512-401-7717

5. SUMMERLYN • DENISE: 512-777-9565

195,650 233,561 274,139

205,315 207,308

ADDRESS

PLAN

SQ. FT.

BD/BA/STORIES AVAILABLE COMMISSION PRICE

1. TERAVISTA • SANDEE: 512-670-6804 4522 Cervinia Drive

Concordia

3,548

5/4/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

388,290

1596 Courmayeur Court

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

4520 Cervinia Drive

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/2

August

5%

$

4516 Cervinia Drive

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

4611 Monterosa Lane

Concordia

3,548

5/4/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

4318 Woodledge Place

Oakmont

3,501

5/4/2

August

5%

$

4609 Monterosa Lane

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/2

August

5%

$

4303 Woodledge Place

Bayberry

3,487

5/3.5/2

August

5%

$

322,130 347,708 367,574

405,607 441,987

377,808

450,508

195,741

166,940 197,268

240,915

141 Housefinch Loop

Terrazzo

2,521

4/3.5/2

NOW!

5%

$

175,340

152 Housefinch Loop

Navajo

1,641

3/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

109 Chickadee Lane

Lavendar

1,753

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

121 Chickadee Lane

Iris

1,899

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

149,821 172,081 179,276

6. TERAVISTA • WILL: 512-913-1863• TAMARA: 512-461-1711 2017 Autumn Run Lane

Travertine

1,983

4/2/1

NOW!

5%

$

2009 Autumn Run Lane

Obsidian

2,384

4/2.5/2

NOW!

5%

$

244,399

4618 Chestnut Meadows Bend Sabine

2,675

4/2.5/2

August

5%

$

4625 Chestnut Meadows Bend Blanco

2,101

3/2/91

August

5%

$

243,063 280,195

242,599

7. VISTAS OF STONEY RIDGE • CLYDE: 512-496-4163 6809 Plains Crest Drive

Carlsbad

1,230

3/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

117,778

6805 Plains Crest Drive

Sante Fe

2,206

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

6739 Plains Crest Drive

Sante Fe

2,206

4/2.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

6735 Plains Crest Drive

Sedona

2,402

4/2.5/2

August

5%

$

$

143,990 143,990 149,240

LENNAR.COM/AustinRealtors

Prices, features and amenities are subject to change without notice. Visit Lennar.com or see a Lennar New Home Consultant for further details. To qualify for any applicable referral bonus/incentive, registration must occur on the first visit. Offer valid only in states where referrals are permitted. *Effective 8/1/12, 5% commission will be paid on select inventory homes that sell between 8/1/12 and 8/31/12. Ad must be presented at time of contract. Homes must close and fund by 8/31/12. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Copyright © 2012 Lennar Corporation. Lennar and the Lennar logo, and The Everything’s Included logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. 8/12

2. RIM ROCK • KYLE: 512-627-0900 1122 Flint Rock Loop

Langford

3,154

4/3.5/1

August

6%

$

433,643

268 Southern Sunset Cove

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

August

6%

$

262 Southern Sunset Cove

Concordia

3,548

5/4/2

August

6%

$

1158 Flint Rock Loop

Oakmont

3,501

5/4/2

August

5%

$

1140 Flint Rock Loop

Concordia

3,548

5/4/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

1098 Flint Rock Loop

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

1072 Flint Rock Loop

Kinsley

2,800

4/3/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

431,324

449,765 470,177

433,007

403,045 415,132

3. ROUGH HOLLOW • WILL: 512-809-8026 204 Tavish Trail

Belmeade

2,834

4/3.5/2

DEC ‘12

5%

$

422,780

101 Waverley Spire Court

Concordia

3,766

4/2/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

205 Wester Ross Lane

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/2

NOV ‘12

5%

$

205 Tavish Trail

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

NOV ‘12

5%

$

465,607

432,465 457,724

VILLAGEBUILDERS.COM/AUSTIN

Prices, features and amenities are subject to change without notice. Visit Lennar.com or see a Lennar New Home Consultant for further details. To qualify for anyapplicable referral bonus/incentive, registration must occur on the first visit. Offer valid only in states where referrals are permitted. *Effective 8/1/12, 5% commission will be paid on select inventory homes that sell between 8/1/12 and 8/31/12. Ad must be presented at time of contract. Homes must close and fund by 8/31/12. *Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Copyright © 2012 Lennar Corporation. Village Builders and the Village Builders logos are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. 8/12


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Too bad the Spelling Bee (aka Chris Rodriguez of Austin Real Pros) isn’t buzzing around with all the answers at the ABoR PAC Spelling Bee and Word Hunt where Tiesa Hollaway of North American Title and Chelsea Brown of KB Home try to win an iPad. The event was held at The Park at the Domain.

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Luckiest woman of the year, Terri Romere of Keller Williams Realty takes a test drive of the style of Mercedes she won from the ABoR Foundation before she flies off to Germany to pick out her very own.

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No, Boy Wonder, I’m Batgirl says Susan Spence of North American Title at the ABoR/TREPAC VIP Screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" at the IMAX Theatre at the Bob Bullock Museum. Her friend Frank Perry knows he’s safe with this caped crusader.

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