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New association leadership changes for 2016 By Naomi Bludworth

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The 2015 ABoR Industry Award winners will be recognized at the 2016 Installation and Awards Ceremony, on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the ABoR Headquarters. The awards are: REALTOR of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, REALTOR Community Service Award, Salesperson of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.

s we say goodbye to a fantastic 2015, it’s time again to welcome new leaders in Austin’s real estate community

and show appreciation for outgoing team and board members. This month we support Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR), Wil-

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2016 ABoR Leadership Team The 2016 ABoR President is Aaron Farmer of Texas Discount Realty and President-Elect Brandy Guthrie, Sky Realty. Barb Cooper of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, will serve as immediate past Aaron Farmer President. Serving as Treasurer/Secretary is Steve Crorey of Sierra Homes Realty, Project & Design. Aiding the officers are Barb Cooper Directors of the Board are

David Burton, Horizon Realty; Susie Kang, Joa Realty; Romeo Manzanilla, Realty Austin; Lisa Messana, Keller Williams Realty-RR; Bill Morris, RE/MAX Capital City; Jason Peebles, J Stafford Group; Sharon Rosshirt, Stanberry & Associates; Cord Shiflet, Moreland Properties; and Jonathan Stilley, Private Label Realty. New members of the board for 2016 are Stacy Bass, River & Oaks Realty, LLC; Kevin Scanlan, All City Real Estate; and Teresa Scott-Tibbs, Keller Williams Realty.

Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS) The 2016 WCRealtors Leadership Team includes President Shavonne Martin, Keller Williams Realty, Round Rock; PresidentElect Suzanne Gantner, Sky Realty; Treasurer and TAR Director; Susanna Boyer, Bella Casa Realty, Secretary Cyndi Bell, Keller Williams Shavonne Martin Realty, Cedar Park; and

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President’s Column By Barb Cooper • 2015 President

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015 has been a year to remember. Just to think, at this time one year ago, we were just moving into our new headquarters at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road. It already feels we’ve been living here for many years, proving that the old adage, “time flies,” is true! We’re all finally (well, maybe) able to take a deep breath and reflect on what’s made this last year so special. I’m also excited to see what the future has in store for all of us.

Don’t forget about your ABoR member benefits As you look towards 2016 and wonder how you can make it even better than this year, start by taking full advantage of all the tools and resources your ABoR, TAR, and NAR membership benefits provide you. 2016 will look like what you shape it. This is the year to earn a new designation and expand your client pool and expertise, or start smaller by mastering a new Matrix tip. Fortunately, the ABoR Academy provides you with top-notch education at a discount for ABoR members.

Beyond giving you the tools you need to serve your clients, ABoR supports your business by fighting for the real estate industry and giving back to the community. Our advocacy efforts fight for issues that directly affect private property rights and the real estate industry, and therefore, impact you and your clients. In 2015 alone, the combined advocacy efforts of Texas REALTORS helped pass monumental legislation in Propositions 1 and 7. Your investment in TREPAC was the driving force behind these landmark ballots. In addition, the ABoR Foundation supports the Central Texas community through donations, flood relief aid, and an annual REALTOR build for a Habitat for Humanity home. You may have already stopped by the beautiful facilities sometime during the last year, and we’re now excited to open up the meeting space to the public. As an ABoR member, you receive a 10 percent discount on Canyon View Event Center rentals. Now’s the time to book your next event! Visit CanyonView.com for more information.

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Looking towards 2016 Hard to believe this is my last column! It’s been a true pleasure serving as 2015 president, and I appreciate all of the support and feedback you’ve given me over the year. I’m excited to pass along the presidency to my friend and colleague Aaron Farmer of Texas Discount Realty. I have no doubt that the Association is in great hands. Join me in welcoming Aaron! You can also join us in celebration of Aar-

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on’s presidency by attending the 2016 Installation and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event will kick off Aaron’s campaign, which will focus on being a good neighbor in the community. You can purchase tickets to the event at ABoR.com/Installation. Thanks again for the wonderful experience to serve as your 2015 ABoR president. I wish you and your family the best and safest of holidays. Cheers to 2016! RL

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Janet Asher of Keller Williams Realty talks with a guest at Champions School of Real Estate's career day .

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President’s Column By Jack Stapleton • 2015 President

Changing of the guard

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he great honor of leading this Association in 2015 has been mine, and I am profoundly grateful and thankful for the opportunity. This year has been an unbelievable experience of learning and growth for myself, leading an association of hundreds means there are a lot of people that need to be heard, many people with strong opinions, some will voice them with thunder while others with a whisper. It is important that leaders listen to those who speak with thunder, and listen even closer to those who whisper. In a member driven Association, every voice counts, and every voice matters. The year is quickly coming to a close. December has arrived and has done so in the blink of an eye. December symbolizes the changing of the guard and the process begins of handing over the torch. Although we still have much work to do, this has been a year of great accomplishments in which I am very proud and humbled. I made a commitment this year that I would serve the Williamson County Association of

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REALTORS with great focus and attention. I committed that I would attend every State and National conference and caucus. I traveled all over our local and national landscape to places such as Fort Worth, Chicago, Washington DC, San Diego, and in many cases did so out of pocket in order to represent our Association on the State and National levels and to bring back the latest information to our board room for discussion. I made a commitment that this Association would include its members in important decision making, that we would always be thankful, grateful, and respectful of our member’s time, that our meetings would be focused, have purpose, and start on time, and that our events would be fun, educational, and profitable. I committed that we would exceed our 2015 TREPAC goal, and that when the time comes I would be ready to hand over the reigns of an Association that was stronger, larger, healthier, and more visible within the community. This year we have developed a strong

www.myRealtyLine.com Ambassador program, re-energized our scholarship foundation that provides college scholarships to local graduating seniors. We participated in our second annual countywide food drive bringing in literally tons of food for all six local area food pantries. We increased our educational offerings and rolled out the “Williamson County Expert” 12 hour MCE Certification Course, we invested resources in our Associations’ new Wclife.org community website. We had a historic number of members attend REALTOR Day at the Capital in a show of strength and solidarity to our elected officials with the purpose to continue the REALTOR tradition of raising the bar of professionalism in our industry and protecting and fighting for Private Property Rights in Texas. Our members invested in our Pac with historic numbers exceeding our quota by 115 percent with an impressive 43 percent participation rate. We increased our membership count by over 300 members in 2015, and with an open mind, met with our regional partners having the most in-depth and focused Regional MLS discussion in the history of our Association and included our members every step of the way. I have many people to thank for all of our successes this year. Teamwork is essential; virtually nothing can be done without it. This year I worked hard to foster an environment for our members to be involved, I went into the field and met with many local REALTORS and managers at their brokerage offices where I answered questions and made myself accountable directly to you with every decision that has been made. It should not go without saying that we could not have done it without the assistance

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of the most supportive staff imaginable who dedicated themselves daily to our worthy cause and they are all very deserving of recognition. I thank each of you, Marge, Kent, Angela, Debby and Heather for your hard work, patience, and for your love for our association. Each of you make a positive difference in people's lives, and you make our Association a better place. It should also not go without saying that we could not have done it without a strong, supportive, and unified Board of Directors that had vision, dedication and willingness to give of their time to the association. Special thanks to 2015 Past President Gary Cocanougher, who provided his wisdom and guidance: our 2015 Treasurer, Cecilia Roberts, who kept our financial picture strong and to our 2015 Secretary, Suzanne Gantner, who provided us with her extremely important record keeping skills. A huge thank you goes to our 2015 committee chairs who went above and beyond in their leadership and whose leadership resulted in meeting and many times exceeding their 2015 goals. Also, thanks to our Affiliate Board Liaison Michelle Ikonen, for providing updated mortgage information, especially in this year of many changes within the industry. To the membership—your loyalty and hard work for our Association has not gone unnoticed and again, thank you for making WCREALTORS your board of choice! Thank you to everyone for allowing me to serve you as your 2015 President for WC REALTORS. It has been an incredible honor. RL

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Scott Brodrick of Dash Realty receives the Top Salesperson award at the company awards banquet where Dash Realty Broker/ Owner Ali Tukdi congratulates him on a job well done.

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Rod Morgan of Landmar k Proper ties, Stephanie Winans of Liberty Mutual Insurance and James Cobb of Prodigy Mortgage welcome over 300 industry professionals to the AYREP Happy Hour at The Goodnight.

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Dan Adams of Premier Nationwide Lending promises not to catch anything on fire while frying the bird for the JB Goodwin REALTORS annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

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Julianna Brock of Power Training, Tim O’Brien of WillowBend Mortgage and mortgage professional Martin Ochs exchange business cards at AYREP’s Happy Hour event at The Goodnight.

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Dash Realty Broker/ Owner Ali Tukdi, rear center, recognizes his top agents at the company’s annual awards banquet. Pictured left to right are (back) Ricardo Penagos, Scott Petermann, (front) Scott Broderick and Garry Petterson.

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Christy Gessler, left, and Cheryl Jenkins, right, both of Keller Williams Realty, and Ruby Johnson of J Stafford Group join together to Punch Out Cancer at a special WCR mixer and fundraiser at Punch Bowl Social.

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Steve Marceys of JB Goodwin REALTORS knows how to make people’s mouths water at the JB Goodwin REALTORS annual Thanksgiving Luncheon by serving up a Cajun Fried turkey for the festivities.

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Over the hill and through the woods, to the JB Goodwin REALTORS annual Thanksgiving Luncheon we go. Esteban Puentez, Jack Stapleton and Leisa Ormsbee, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS and Hellena Fraizer, REALTOR, catch a ride to a fantastic meal with great folks.

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Michelle Cowen and Janice Presnell, both of Keller Williams Realty, and Jacy Riedmann of Amoura Productions help raise money for cancer research at the WCR Punch out Cancer event at Punch Bowl Social.

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Alicia Bell of J Stafford Group and David Teague of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage make a few new contacts at AYREP’s Happy Hour at The Goodnight.


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Gracie Bice, Andrew Saggiono and Lyn Richardson, all of Highland Homes, show their support for WCR’s effort to raise money for cancer research. The three attended the group’s Punch Out Cancer fundraiser at Punch Bowl Social.

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Chelsea Brown, right, of KB Home, networks with REALTORS like Theresa and Tim Seibold, both of Seibold Properties, at the KB Home Agent Mixer at The Park at the Domain.

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HomeCIty Real Estate’s Laura Tumulty and Josh Kohl of Alterra Mortgage unwind after a busy day at AYREP’s Happy Hour at The Goodnight.

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President’s Column By Walter Elias • 2015 President

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s we get ready for another holiday season and the close to yet another year gone by too quickly, builders and REALTORS alike are in the midst of making business plans for 2016. This will be my last column as President of the HBA of Greater Austin and I want to take the opportunity to invite you to the Annual Housing Forecast on January 13th. Learn from real estate industry analysts about the trends from 2015 and set expectations for the year ahead. Gain local and national economic information to effectively plan your business strategy. Eldon Rude of 360º Real Estate Analytics will once again moderate the program. He’ll conclude the event with his own analysis of the market followed by a forecast of what Central Texas can expect in 2016. Joining Rude will be Malee Tobias, vice president of research for Newland Real Estate Company and Brian Kelsey, principal and founder of Civic Analytics.

Eldon Rude advises clients in housing, development, banking, commercial real estate and the government sector. He has worked in real estate in Texas for 30 years, earning a reputation for thorough analysis and candid insight. Eldon has lived in Austin since 1979 and is active in numerous professional organizations including the HBA where he serves on the board and is part of the Home PAC, Membership and Nominating Committees. He is also involved with RECA and the Urban Land Institute where he is Programs Chair and a member of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board. For nearly 17 years, Eldon was director for Metrostudy's Central Texas region. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Aegis Group where he practiced commercial real estate appraisal for 12 years, obtaining his MAI designation in 1990. Eldon is a finance graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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mation in simple terms. Prior to founding Civic Analytics, Brian was a senior policy advisor at the Economic Development Administration (EDA), where he engineered a $37 million grant program across 16 federal agencies to drive regional innovation and job growth. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the “Jobs Accelerator” team at EDA the Gold Medal, its highest honorary recognition, for creating an “unprecedented platform for coordinating Federal economic development efforts.” Brian has also served as Director of Economic Development at the Capital Area Council of Governments in Austin, Texas, and as Research Director at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board in Santa Rosa, California. Brian is co-author of Measuring Regional Innovation, published by the Council on Competitiveness, and a frequent contributor to stories about Austin’s economy in the Austin American-Statesman. Brian is also an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches a class on economic development. Brian earned a master’s degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in economics and history from UNC-Chapel Hill. Please join us on January 13th at the JW Marriott Austin downtown for the 2016 Housing Forecast, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 for HBA and ABoR members (ABoR members use “ABOR” promotional code to receive member pricing). Non-members can attend for $115/person. Tickets can be purchased at www.hbaaustin.com.


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WCR President Amy Kobza welcomes Valerie Doyle of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS to the group at the monthly meeting at the ABoR offices.

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REALTORS with Regent Property Group volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank today alongside mortgage counselors and Independence Title.

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WCR members gather to “Punch out Cancer” at PunchBowl Social at the Domain. Pictured left to right are Christy Gessler of Keller Williams Realty, Ruby Johnson of J Stafford Group, Becky DeButts of Nextage Lone Star Realty, Cheryl Jenkins of Keller Williams Realty, Becky Hopkins of Austin Title and Elaine Maxey of One Guard.

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Jason Edwards, Kathy Farley, Shaunna Terry and Byron “Buddy” Schilling, all of JB Goodwin REALTORS, collect food donations during the company’s Thanksgiving Luncheon at its Round Rock office.

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Erin Linn of Reliant Title and Ashley Boyd of Hay Legal Group look for new business opportunities at AYREP’s Happy Hour at The Goodnight.

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Patricia Wagner of DHI Mortgage, WCR President Amy Kobza and Becky DeButts of Nextage Lone Star Realty, get ready to kick off the monthly WCR meeting at the ABoR offices.

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Life is good in the Austin Texas real estate market. Stephanie Winans of Liberty Mutual Insurance and Jason Garza of B&G Surveying are certainly glad to be a part of it. The two ran into each other at AYREP’s Happy Hour at The Goodnight.

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Chelsea Brown and Kevin Arfa, both of KB Home, thank Gayle McClanahan of JB Goodwin REALTORS for the invitation to the company’s annual Thanksgiving Lunch. Buy Photo: RL_120515_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy Photo: RL_120815_I.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Leslie Vanburkleo and Molly Marino, both of RE/MAX 1, meet new REALTORS at the Champions School of Real Estate career day where they show them how much the company has to offer new recruits.

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Amanda Zapeta is recognized as the Realtor with the most listings at Dash Realty. The company’s Broker/Owner Ali Tukdi congralates her and presents her with an award at the company awards banquet at Logan’s Roadhouse.

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2015 Qualitative Recap 1. What are your three greatest strengths from 2015? Why? How will they contribute to next year’s success? 2. What three things do you wish you had done better in 2015? Why? How will you overcome these shortcomings or will you choose to delegate associated tasks? 3. Jot down five things you did in 2015 that worked extremely well. Will you continue these items into 2016? 4. Write down three things that didn’t work in 2015. How will you avoid these items next year?

2015 Quantitative Recap 1. 2015 goals (sales volume and number of transactions):

2. Income: 3. Total number of transactions: 4. Total sales volume: 5. Total listing appointments: 6. Total listings taken: 7. Total listings sold: 8. Buyer sales: 9. Average sales price: 10. Total number of contacts in your sphere of influence: 11. Number of contacts gained in 2015: 12. List your sources of business in 2015 (referrals, FSBOs, expireds, etc.):

2016 Brainstorm 1. Income goal: 2. Number of transactions goal: 3. Sales volume goal 4. Listing appointment goal: 5. Listings taken goal: 6. Listings sold goal: 7. Buyer sales goal: 8. Average sales price goal: 9. Number of contacts to gain in 2016: 10. List your desired sources of business in

2016 (referrals, FSBOs, expireds, etc.):

2016 Marketing Plan 1. What marketing activities worked in 2015? Will you continue these into 2016? 2. What marketing activities did not work in 2015? Why or why not? 3. Do you have a strategy on how you will contact your sphere of influence on a regular basis? What does this strategy look like? 4. How will you prospect for “now” business?

2016 Time-Blocking Plan your daily schedule from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed. Set aside blocks of time on your calendar for prospecting, connecting with your sphere of influence, attending listing appointments, showing homes, sharpening your skills and spending time with family. Set aside time each day to deal with problems and only deal

with problems during that set time. Be the master of your schedule. Make appointments with yourself to review your business plan and goals at least monthly; strategize and retarget if necessary.

2016 Lead Tracking How will you track and follow-up with leads in 2016? Do you have a set plan to follow? If you don’t have access to customer relationship manager software, consider putting together a “Lead Tracker” sheet (this can be as simple as an Excel file) to track contact information, follow-up work and conversions. Your business strategy is crucial for success in real estate. Break down 2016 into chunks. Focus on getting results each day, each week, each month, and your year will come together. Protect your prospecting and lead generation time. Take care of your sphere of influence. Believe that 2016 is going to be your best year yet. Because it is. RL

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rom outdated listings to incorrect pricing information, homebuyers come across a wealth of inaccuracies during the search process. To meet the needs of its clients, HomeCity is a technology based real estate brokerage firm that is becoming one of the most widely used home search websites. “Technology is one of the major pillars of what we do at HomeCity,” says Irina Kay, director of marketing. “We have top real estate agents who want to work in a technologically progressive, collaborative environment among industry leaders.” HomeCity focuses on properties in Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. When homebuyers and sellers go to the HomeCity website, they are able to tailor their search by specific neighborhoods, school districts, zip code or subdivision. Additionally, they instantly receive detailed information about the home and surrounding community. “Our website links customers with HomeCity agents who are experts in leveraging technology and digital marketing to buy and sell homes quickly,” Kay

says. In addition to traditional home searches, HomeCity offers a variety of other tools, including tips for buying or selling a home, a home value estimator, mortgage calculator, exclusive pocket listings, relocation guide and a realtor finder. Currently, the HomeCity team is headquartered in the Westlake area. Within the

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Park, Downtown Austin and South Austin. “Our team is made up of highly experienced, progressive and entrepreneurial agents,” Kay says. “We currently only recruit agents with at least two years in the industry and a minimum of $2 million in production.” In addition to its great team, HomeCity’s success and expansion is due to the recent real estate market in Austin. “In the last five years, the Austin real estate market has steadily increased each year not only in the number of transactions but also in home prices,” Kay says. “Austin didn’t see the decline that the rest of the U.S. saw, so the increasing strength of the national market has only taken our local stats to new heights. This has allowed us to expand our business, take on new markets and Irina Kay, Director of Marketing

We currently only recruit agents with at least two years in the industry and a minimum of $2 million in production. past year alone, the company has grown significantly and plans to expand into Cedar

offer our agents more resources to streamline their business.” In the past few years, HomeC-

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Affiliate Company of the Year awards. The winners of the Industry Awards were announced at the Annual Installation & Awards Banquet earlier this month:

REALTOR of the Year Ann Canno of RE/MAX Round Rock accepts her award from WCREALTORS President Jack Stapleton, JB Goodwin, REALTORS

Rookie of the Year Michelle Sherwood of Keller Williams Realty accepts her award from WCREALTORS President Jack Stapleton, JB Goodwin, REALTORS

WCREALTORS Affiliate of the Year Chelsea Brown of KB Home

HBA’s appointed, non-elective Executive Committee includes Immediate Past President, Walter Elias, Brookfield Residential; Government Relations VP, Darren Webber, LandDev Consulting; Special Projects VP; Drew Rice, Redpants Studio; Education VP, Julie Hatfield, Texas Gas Service; Finance & Operations VP, Walter Elias Chris Peterson, Rivendale Homes; Membership VP, Tyson Neal, Legend Lighting; and Communications VP, Kandis Rushing, Crescent Communities. Builder/developer members of the board supporting the HBA’s Executive Leadership include: Mitch Schwartz, Schwartz Custom Homes, NAHB/TAB Director; Becky Collins, Walton Development Chapter President: Hays County; Jody Jones, Eppright Homes, Chapter President: Lakeway/Bee Cave; John Bohnen, CalAtlantic Homes, Chapter President: Williamson County; Eric Olson, Olson Defendorf Custom Homes, Council President: Custom Builder Council; Shawn Stolle, DR Horton, Council President: Volume Builder Council; Keith Gold, Lennar Homes; Rob McDonald, Westin Homes; Sue Ann Pinger, Pinger & Company, LLC; Chris Townsend, Buffington Homes; Clint Small, Clint Small Homes; and Joe Fowler, Joseph Fowler Homes. Associate members of the board supporting the HBA’s Executive Leadership include: Ross Britton, U.S. Ecologic; Mark Graham, Stock Building Supply; Karen Matuszewski, By Design Custom Home Consulting; Eldon Rude, 360º Real Estate Analytics; Ron Van Winkle, McCoy’s Building Supply; Glenn Barton, Meyers Research; and Tiffany Stillwell, Patten Law Firm. The HBA also recognized top members with awards: Developer of the Year: Douglas Hunter, Serene Hills Custom Builder of the Year: Jeremy Martin, RisherMartin Fine Homes

WCREALTORS Affiliate Company of the Year: Gracy Title

Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA) The HBA of Greater Austin welcomes its new 2016 Board of Directors while also recognizing outstanding “Members of the Year”. Newly elected HBA officers for 2016 are President Wes Wigginton, Foursquare Builders, LLC; President Elect Steve Krasoff, Scott Felder Homes, LLC; and First Vice President, Lee Wes Wigginton Whitaker, Pacesetter Homes. Awards and recognitions, as well as Board of Directors swearing in, took place at the Presidential Awards luncheon December 8th.

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Champions School of Real Estate enjoys a great turnout of real estate companies and brokers for its career day. Dwayne Gregory, left, and Bart Harris, right, both of Weichert REALTORS, thank Christine Collins of Champions School of Real Estate for the opportunity to recruit new REALTORS. Buy Photo: RL_120515_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Cheri Graham of Reilly REALTORS, Amber Hart of Keller Williams Realty, Jodi Blynn of Newland Communities, Pearl Jones of Home Stars of Texas Realty and Jill Briley of Private Label Realty gather for brunch and a fashion show at Nordstrom’s thanks to Newland Communities. Buy Photo: RL_120115_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Mary Ann Castro, JB Goodwin, Tammy Gardner and AJ Abrams, all of JB Goodwin REALTORS, welcome guests to the Round Rock office’s annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. Buy Photo: RL_110115_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Melia Gardner of Capital Title and Jennifer Lish of Keller Williams Realty play a round of shuffleboard while attending the WCR Punch Out Cancer fundraiser at Punch Bowl Social.

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InspIred MoMents, InspIred LIfe. TesseraOnLakeTravis.com

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Dash Realty Broker/ Owner Ali Tukdi presents Tammy Gailey with an Up & Coming Star Award at the company’s awards banquet for her success in 2015.

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Paula Reid Moore, right, of Capital Title ensures a smooth closing at her company. She visits with Karen Montero of Berkshire Hathaway Texas Realty and Pamela Peck of Keller Williams Realty at the AYREP Happy Hour event at The Goodnight.

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Peace, prosperity and joy. May these provide the cadence for your holiday season and the new year! At Cadence, we are committed to delivering you competitive 2nd lien rates and the highest quality service in the industry. Cadence Bank offers:  

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Account Manager 512-484-1860 gretchen.rossington@cadencebank.com www.cadence2nds.com

Loans are subject to credit approval. Cadence Mortgage is a division of Cadence Bank, N.A.NMLS# 525022

Mark Murrell and Shaunna Terry, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, show off the company’s new branding at the Champions School of Real Estate’s Career Fair.


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Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the mashed potatoes, dressing and cranberry sauce. Linda Burns, Tonna Marcyes and Murna Passailaigue hover over the yummy goodness that awaits them at the JB Goodwin REALTORS annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

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Ryan Rosshirt of Stanberry & Associates and Linda Knowles Katz of AMCAP find it tough to find any room at the AYREP Happy Hour event where they received over 300 RSVPs!

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Chris Tinnell of Realty Austin and Marjorie Tinnell of Independence Title enjoy brunch and a fashion show courtesy of Newland Communities at Nordstrom’s.

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Newland Communities presents the

2016 TOP TEN REALTOR PROGRAM Would you like to be recognized in the Newland TOP TEN program for 2016? All new home closing agents are invited to quarterly recognition events and to the TOP TEN year-end closing event where there will be chances to win spectacular prizes! The more you sell, the more you win. It is easy, just close a new home in one of our Austin communities between January 1st and October 31st, 2016.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TOP 2015 REALTORS

DANNY WILSON

CLAY WOODARD Move-Up America

Austin Real Estate Experts

“Newland Communities takes a personal approach to developing communities and designs them with a high level of amenities that exceed our clients’ expectations. The company’s dedication to developing the finest master planned communities to fit a wide range of lifestyles in great locations is what sets Newland apart.”

“Newland affords our clients the opportunity to live in some of the area’s most popular destinations and school districts. In terms of amenities, greenspace and community design, you would be hard pressed to find more aesthetically pleasing communities anywhere…places families are proud to call home. Featuring top area home builders such as Chesmar and CalAtlantic to choose from, I am assured our buyers will have access to a homebuilder that supports the quality and superior reputation Newland has worked hard to achieve.”

“Everyone we work with at Newland Communities goes above and beyond for our clients and our team of agents and staff. From their customer-focused approach to service to their quality of execution and understanding of the importance of open communication, we can really see why our clients and agents keep going back to Newland.”

Keller Williams

GREG YOUNG

Andrew Clements, Andrew Clements Realty Ellen Outlaw, Reilly Realtors Austin Candace & Jeff Patterson, Team West Realty Jason Taylor, Realty Austin John Horton, Move-Up America Sijo Vadakkan, Trinity Texas Realty Ross Speed, Realty Austin These highly-performing Real Estate Professionals work with Newland Communities Austin and its builder partners to achieve new home closings at Falcon Pointe, Rancho Sienna, Sweetwater, and Teravista in 2015!† We appreciate your efforts to market and sell in our new-home communities. Thank you!

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 †Real Estate Professionals selected based on new home closings during 2015. See rules and regulations for more details. This is not intended to be an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy real estate in Rancho Sienna, Teravista, or Falcon Pointe to residents of Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Oregon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibited by law. No guarantee can be made that completion of the Rancho Sienna, Teravista, or Falcon Pointe communities will proceed as described. ©2015 Rancho Sienna, Teravista, Falcon Pointe. All Rights Reserved.


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FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ONLY: In order to earn a broker commission fee, broker must bring client into a welcome home center and register them on the client’s first visit. No commission will be paid when agent/broker is acting as a principal/buyer. Not valid if client has previously registered with Lennar or Lennar.com, whether individually or with a broker. Lennar reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time. Other terms and conditions apply. Please see your New Home Consultant for more information and home purchase and sale agreement for additional information, disclosures, disclaimers relating to the home and the actual features designated as an Everything’s Included® feature. *Offers available on select homes with fully executed Purchase and Sale Agreements between 12/12/15 and 12/20/15. Home must close and fund by Date on Purchase Agreement. Fully executed Purchase and Sale Agreements prior to 12/12/15 are excluded. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Certain incentives could affect the loan amount. Offer good for a limited time only. Lennar reserves the right to change or withdraw any offer at any time. Offer is subject to borrower meeting approval guidelines. Terms are subject to change without notice. At closing, seller shall provide to purchaser a credit in an amount of up to $2,495 for the washer, dryer & refrigerator as determined on your Good Faith Estimate, excluding pre-paids, subject to seller contribution limits, certain terms, conditions and restrictions which may include the use of designated lenders and closing agents. Contact a New Home Consultant for details. Images are solely for illustrative purposes and should never be relied upon. Features, amenities, floor plans, elevations, square footage and designs vary per plan and community and are subject to changes or substitution without notice. Images may contain options which are not standard on all models. While Supplies Last. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Copyright © 2015 Lennar Corporation. All rights reserved. Lennar, the Lennar logo and the Everything’s Included® logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries.(14756) 11/23/15

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Adrian Stechnij of KB Home is so excited his enthusiasm rubs off on REALTORS like Sally Snyder of Buyerside Real Estate. The two meet at the KB Home Agent Mixer at The Park at the Domain.

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Elaniea Jinks, Cecilia Roberts, Frankie Turner and David Pruitt, all of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, are always a festive bunch and the Champion School of Real Estate’s Career Fair is no different. The group gathers to show new agents what a fun place Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS can be to work at. Buy Photo: RL_120715_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

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North American Title's Round Rock office gets in the Christmas spirit by hosting its annual Shop Til You Drop event. Seated: Karla Aguilar. From left: Victor Aguilar, Katharyn Azzarello, Arianne Dillard, Margaret Liebes and Karen Williams.

Realty Line December 2015 Issue  

Putting a face on Real Estate since 1995. The December 2015 issue of Realty Line focuses local Association leadership changes.

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