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ou’ve probably heard the famous— possibly apocryphal— story about the commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office who declared in 1899, “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” It’s easy to feel that way about finding unique gifts for clients, too. Those custom “home sweet home” plaques and engraved key chains are thoughtful trinkets, but memorable? Not really. But don’t get caught in the trap of shortsighted thinking like Commissioner Charles Duell. Just free your mind and let your creativity take over. Here are some pretty thoughtful gifts that clients won’t soon forget, and then a few tips

for coming up with your own unforgettable ideas that show how much you care. “Things” provide just fleeting happiness. That’s a scientific fact. On the other hand, experiences make people happier. The novelty of a gift wears off after about eight weeks, according to a research psychologist from San Francisco State University. Ryan Howell found that experiences—like a family trip— make people feel happier. In Austin, there are a number of experiential gifts you can give to couples, singles and families. A seasonal membership to Texas Rowing Center gets you unlimited usage of kayaks, canoes and stand-up boards. You don’t even need a pass for each individual since members are allowed to bring a friend. For a couple, you can buy a weekend pass at Austin City Limits or SXSW music or movie festival. If your clients are into comedy, get passes to the Moonlight Comedy Festival, which is in town each April following SXSW. MoviePass is not unique to Austin, but it’s cool, nonetheless. Right now, a subscription for one costs $9.95 per month. Business Insider called MoviePass an “all you can watch movie buffet.” The only film buff this gift won’t impress is the one who goes to see more than one movie a day. While the memory of an experiences can last a lifetime, don’t underestimate utilitarianism. One Denver, Colorado, agent had just closed on a house for a client who relocated from Hawaii. So what do you buy for someone who had never been in a snowstorm? A snow-

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blower, of course. It’s a gift that checks every box: thoughtful, useful and it’s fun, too. Especially when the neighbors are clearing their driveways with a shovel. For young families, gifting a tree that can grow with the family is a thing and an experience all at once. The tree can grow with the family and become part of a lifetime of memories. One day it can hold a tree fort for the kids, a swing for mom, and then use it as a backdrop for all your family milestone photos. Fruit-bearing trees are a gift that will keep on giving. Edible plants well adapted to Austin’s climate are Mexican Plum and Granny Smith Apple trees. Almost anything custom made by a local artist is thoughtful for several reasons. It’s a unique gift for your client but also supports local artisans. So how do you find just the right handmade family name plaque or personalized watercolor painting? Etsy is the online marketplace for handmade items. You can purchase an item individually or even order in bulk from an artist you like. And even with a bulk order, your seller can add a unique flourish to each item. Make the gift even more meaningful by purchasing from an Austin artist. Have you ever gotten a box subscription? Talk about a gift that keeps giving.

Cratejoy is a subscription box marketplace and they also happen to be based in Austin. You can find a subscription that fits any clients’ interests. They offer everything from boxes for kids to fishing kits, and local wines and beers. Tolu Babalola, head of growth, says, “Cratejoy lets you discover new things you probably would have never come across on your own.” Do you have a client who loves to bake? Homemade Bakers has a monthly baking kit subscription for all levels of experience. Some recent deliveries included ingredients for making Red Velvet sandwich cookies and Snickerdoodles from scratch. You can give your “Geek & Gaming” clients a monthly subscription for anime, video or board games. The UnboxBoardom offers family, strategy or party game boxes. As you can see, finding a caring and unique gift for clients is not that hard. It’s only difficult when you wait until the last minute and then feel too bogged down by other obligations to really hone in on that fun, special something that will brighten a client’s day. RL

Features of the Month Column: ABoR—Passing the Torch; It's Been a Great Ride.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 3 Column: WCAoR—2017 in Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 7 Column: HBA—Workforce Development is Key to Affecting Labor Shortages . . . . . . . pg. 15 Column: WCR—Thank You All for a Great Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 18 Column: AREAA—Gift Giving Asian Style. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 20. Expert Commentary: Are You Really a Full Service Provider. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 22 Associates in Progress: Trendmaker Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 25 Associates in Progress: M/I Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 27 Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 29


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spirit of generosity to members of our com-

ity will go very far and is much appreciated!

munity and you can help! Your donation to

I challenge you this holiday season to grab a

the ABoR Foundation, whether small or large,

few colleagues, friends, and family members

goes a lot further than you might think. $100

to spread joy and the spirit of giving within

alone provides 20 meals and snacks to disaster

your community. I wish you and your family a beautiful holi-

relief victims. Whether you donate your time, goods, or a monetary donation, your generos-

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Passing the torch, it's been a great ride!

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his past year serving as your ABoR President has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience! I learned the importance of transparency, communication, and working as a team. With that said, I want to give a sincere thank you to the 2017 ABoR Board of Directors, the ABoR staff and volunteer committee members for their incredible hard work and community volunteerism. It takes a special type of person to serve and volunteer with an organization and it’s amazing to see how many ABoR members have done just that! From the fun happy hours, TREPAC events, and Realty Round Up, I can truly say 2017 was one for the books and I’ve had a great time! With that said, I am confident in passing my role onto 2018 ABoR President Steve Crorey of Sierra Homes Realty. His passion for our community and its residents is incredible and I am excited to see how he impacts the Austin-area and beyond, in a remarkable way with your help! I also want to say a special thank you to

ABoR CEO, Paul Hilgers. Earlier this fall, Mr. Hilgers announced he will be leaving his position as Chief Executive Office (CEO) of ABoR, effective Dec. 31, 2017. Paul has served this Association with strong leadership for nearly five years and has implemented incredible change such as moving into our new headquarters and improving operational capacity. While working with him closely this past year, I can truly say Paul is a man of excellence and deserves praise for his resilient work ethic and love for ABoR staff and volunteers. Thank you, Paul, for all you’ve done on behalf of this Association. You will truly be missed. As I sign-off as your President, I just want to leave you with a simple message. The holidays are right around the corner and while gift shopping, putting up décor, and travel plans are on the top of your to-do list, remember this is also the season of giving. So many families in our community need our help and I know when REALTORS join together to do good, amazing change happens! Not sure where to start? The ABoR Foundation is spreading the

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Supreme Lending is always supportive of Realtors. Shannon Lasater, left, and Jay Garrett, both of Supreme Lending, thank Danielle Archambault of ABoR for hosting the Affiliate Mixers that show support for affiliate members like Supreme Lending.

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Movement Mortgage presents "Emotional Intelligence," a program that helps real estate professionals understand personalities to help them close more deals. L-R: Tony Ruff and April Jones, both of Movement Mortgage, Jax Ardeneaux of Texas National Title, who sponsored the program, and speaker Bob Durden of Movement Mortgage. Download Photo: RL_121117_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Rutrow Raggy! The Realty Texas team is out to solve the mystery of locations of new communities, builders and affiliates in the WCREALTORS Wilde Ride Scavenger Hunt. Pictured left to right are Kristen Korsack (Daphney), Jack Stapleton (Freddie), Leisa Ormsbee (Scooby Doo), Steve Fhol (Shaggy) and Kim Dale (Thelma). Download Photo: RL_120817_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Valorie Doyle of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, ABoR President-Elect Steve Crorey and WCR Austin President Becky DeButts celebrate the end of a great year and WCR Austin's 60th Anniversary at the group's monthly meeting.

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Security National Mortgage Company hosts the St. Jude and Angels Gala, just one of its many charitable efforts, to raise money for the organization that treats children with cancer and other life threatening diseases. Brian Hill, left, of Security National Mortgage is pictured here with Nicole Hill who is on the Leadership Committee that plans the event. Download Photo: RL_121417_G.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

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John McClellan, right, of Supreme Lending, welcomes REALTORS and other industry professionals to a panel discussion with industry experts discussing the real estate market. Pictured with John are Michael Lazam of Lazam Insurance and Roxanne Ford of Austin Title.

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J.B. Goodwin of JB Goodwin REALTORS is impressed with Kathy Jo Uhrig's ride. She pulls up in REALTOR style showing her Texas Pride at the company's annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at the company's Round Rock office.

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Kiera True and Stephanie Hughey, both of Prime Lending, sponsor the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS' Semi-Finalist Mixer at 78 Rainey Street. Winners will be announced this month!

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CREALTORS has been a productive place this year with an astronomical amount of growth and change! It feels just like yesterday that our 2017 Board of Directors were installed, and a year has already completed, just in the blink of an eye. What happened at WCREALTORS in 2017? A better question would be “What didn’t?” The Association hosted close to 2,000 students in various classes and educational seminars this year. A huge thank you to all of our instructors and professional development committee who helped make this possible. Furthermore, would you believe that almost 1,000 people attended Association events in 2017? We had our first experience with the Super Bowl of Builders being held off-site at the Dell Diamond and had record number with over 500 folks attending. The WCREALTORS Scholarship Foundation raised just over $11,000 this year to benefit graduating high school seniors. The Foundation awarded eight scholarships to deserving high school seniors to offset the exor-

bitant cost of secondary education. Thanks to the intensified marketing efforts of the Association, WCREALTORS has dramatically increased our media exposure over the past three years. This year, it felt like we hit the tipping point, and our exposure accelerated. The Association has submitted almost 30 articles to various publications, and has appeared in multiple news stories updating the public on the real estate market across our favorite county. Part of the strategic plan of the Association is to become the “Voice of Real Estate” across Williamson County; this goal is twopart. First is being the media go-to for all things real estate in Williamson County; the second is our political involvement. In 2017, WCREALTORS was instrumental in working with the City of Leander to re-create their sign ordinance which in turn saves the members money; furthermore, we attended and spoke at multiple City Council meetings in Cedar Park leading to the council withdrawing their new permanent ban on open house signs.

www.myRealtyLine.com The Association also partnered with the City of Leander to obtain a $5,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS to assist the city in planning more affordable and diverse housing. This is the first time the Association has been awarded a RPAC Grant. In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Williamson County Relocation Guide. Either stop by the Association to pick up your copy, or you can find a digital version of the magazine at wclife.org/magazine; from there you can even order a digital copy. Be sure to send this link to your clients and your friends. I couldn’t talk about all the accomplishments of 2017, without mentioning Central Texas MLS. CTXMLS has added two new As-

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sociation shareholders bringing the total count of agents to over 4,500. CTXMLS is an opportunity for agents to broaden the reach of their listing to agents on the southern and northern edges of Central Texas. With the addition of the CTXMLS and the increased educational offerings, it is safe to say that WCREALTORS has met and exceeded its goal of being the “‘nexus of education and information.” Thank you again to everyone who helped make 2017 a rewarding year for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as your leader in 2017. I am excited to see the magnificent things Victoria Reviel will accomplish as your 2018 President. RL

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Legacy International Resort Properties VP of Marketing Staci Wimbush and President Philip Jalufka welcome guests to Rough Hollow's annual Oktoberfest celebration — a fun event for the whole family and part of the "Rough Life" the community has to offer its residents. Download Photo: RL_120217_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Members of NAHREP Austin invite you to join them for their next event. They recently gathered at 77 Degrees Rooftop Bar in the Domain for quality networking opportunities.

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Kristin Carroll of Sente Mortgage hosts a class teaching REALTORS how to build an effective communications strategy. Pictured with her are Deborah Alexander of Horizon Realty and Elizabeth Adams of Urban Space Realty.

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Those skeet didn't have a prayer with these guys at the helm. The HBA of Greater Austin hosted its annual Big Texas Sporting Clay Shootout at Capital City Clays — a great networking opportunity and fundraiser for the organization. Pictured left to right are Colin Parker of Independence Title, Bill Boyd of Realty Austin and Logan Kimble of Brookfield Residential.

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Super rare magical unicorns get ready to appear in all the locations on the map. Shelli Palko and Phillis Forse, both of ERA Colonial Realty, head out on the WCREALTORS annual Wild Ride scavenger hunt.

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The Landing At Mueller, Final Savings Event! 2400 Sorin St. • Austin, TX • 78723 • Contact Dillon Woodall at 512-635-4550 MLS

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Neighborhood Amenities Amenity Center

Host friends and neighbors at our indoor/outdoor amenity center.

Dog Park

Fenced in playspace for all our four-legged friends.

Pool

A cool spot for all of our residents surrounded by Deerbrooke’s natural land features.

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Trails

Hike and bike trails will connect Deerbrooke’s homes to its amenities.

Splash Pad

Deerbrooke’s splash pad offers the ideal, fun water feature for our youngest residents.

Pocket Parks

We’ve placed pocket parks throughout Deerbrooke because sometimes a backyard needs a backyard.

Deerbrooke is proudly represented by some of the finest builders in Texas.

Playscape

Deerbrooke kids with a sense of adventure can explore and make new friends on our play structure.

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Never mess with a lady with a knife, yikes! Molly Avila and Melissa O'Neal have their work cut out for them and this time's it's not because of a difficult client! They are carving up turkeys to feed the hungry crowd at the company's Thanksgiving luncheon.

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Joe Eckels of JB Goodwin REALTORS congratulates First American Title Division President Sarah Tallman and Wende Wood, also of First American Title, on the grand opening of the company's new office in Cedar Park.

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Ginna Smith of Keller Williams Realty and Lynn Guarino Jones of Berkshire Hathaway Texas Realty show off their balloon art they picked up at the ABoR Affiliate Fall Harvest Mixer.


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Coming Soon to Hutto

Carmel Creek

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Irene Rucker and Dawn Schweter, both of North American Title, host REALTORS for its Thrive at Five event where REALTORS gathered to share listing information to help each other sell homes — what a great idea!

And your clients will love Carmel Creek • Located directly across from Hutto High School • Impressive Master Planned Community • 1 and 2-Story Single-Family Homes • Amenity Center and Swimming Pool • Hike and Bike Trails • No MUD Tax Amazing included features that give your clients a wide range of great choices! Download Photo: RL_121117_D.psd at www.myrealtyline.com

Find out more or to join the VIP, call Adrienne at 512-253-7338 or salesaustin@mihomes.com

Shannon Jacobs of Willow Real Estate and Lindey Hixson of Lindey Hixon Realty get the low-down on what sort of impressions they are leaving with their clients and how that impacts their ability to sell effectively. They both attended the Movement Mortgage "Emotional Intelligence" class at North by Northwest.

Visit us at mihomes.com/CarmelCreek today!

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If you're ever in a situation where you need to say an impromptu Texas pledge, Kent Redding of Berkshire Hathaway Realty can just pull right up with his Texas Flag SUV and you'll be good to go. He arrived at the Platinum Top 50 SemiFinalist Mix & Mingle event with his wife Paige.

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Cheers! Jay Brummett of Jay Brummett Realtors and Anne Marie Sandlin toast to the longevity of the Women's Council of Realtors at its 60th Anniversary Luncheon at Dave & Busters.


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Workforce development is key to affecting labor shortage & new home prices

e are asked by many in the media if Hurricane Harvey has impacted our local housing market—specifically our labor supply. In fact, home builders are very concerned. According to the Hurricane Harvey Impact Survey conducted by Metrostudy, nearly 72 and 77 percent of builders reported that the Category 4 storm was responsible for decimating material supply and labor supply, respectively. But that’s not where this story begins. In Central Texas, the home building industry has been enjoying a steady, healthy growth streak year after year, seemingly without an end in sight. While a majority of headlines have been declaring Harvey-related labor shortages along with increased demand, that’s not how we see it at HBA. Hurricane Harvey may have added to demand for construction laborers, but there was already too few workers to go around when the storm made landfall on August 17. While it’s true that everything changed on that summer day—the cost of property damage was roughly $200 billion—a domino effect

across the entire state took hold in terms of increased cost of supplies and materials. But what good do supplies and material do when we don’t have a workforce to build homes? What really happened following the storm of the century, according to 70 percent of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio home building industry professionals, was that the existing labor shortage was stretched even more thin. As recovery from Harvey progresses, builders, developers, vendors and suppliers say their overall year-to-date performance has been progressing well—“as expected.” However, many of us are concerned that in the current climate, consumers’ pockets may take another crushing blow, which only began with the debilitating labor shortage. The cost of materials has skyrocketed, insurance and permitting requirements are tighter and capital is more difficult to attain. Even one area spared by the storm — highend properties that are as profitable as ever — will also suffer from the labor shortage. Even more worrisome, developers are saying the incentive to build smaller is not very strong

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right now—a time when housing demand is at its highest in decades. That’s really going to hurt the middle class. In a 2016 survey of 2,000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), three-quarters said that they were decided on their desired career field. Of those, just 3 percent said they were interested in a construction trade. Despite these statistics, at HBA, we believe that there is a way to turn around the labor shortage. First, the study helps us understand what potential laborers are looking for. “Results show that the two most important benefits are good pay (cited by 80 percent of this group) and the view that it allows them to obtain useful skills (74 percent).” Further, when the 25 percent of career undecideds were asked if they would consider working in a list of various fields, construction trades came in ninth place, behind a slew of non-labor careers that require higher education. The data does show, though, that some undecided young people “may be more willing … to consider working in the construction trades if the pay is high.” This is the demographic we need to target. The compensation level that would help reduce our labor shortage starts at $40,000. For our part, we need to combat the assumption that construction trades pay too little and provide even less opportunity for learning new skills and advancing up the career ladder. With interest in pursuing construction as a career at three percent, we know things can’t

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get much worse. So moving forward, we need to set our sights on education and training, especially for young people who don’t want to get ensnared in decades of paying college loans. In 2015, a nationwide economic development organization ran a summer program

The study helps us understand what potential laborers are looking for.

for middle-school kids in Houston. For one week, kids learned to build electric windmills, toured a chemical plant and watched science demonstrations. The goal was to introduce the 6-9 year olds to the various opportunities in manufacturing, oil and gas and maritime careers and instilling in them that after high school they can have a bright future in skilled labor. The crop of kids who attended this particular career camp won’t be 18 years old until around 2025, so we need to do something about our labor shortage now. That may mean increasing wages, offering more apprenticeship opportunities or working with organizations that educate kids about enrolling in lowcost associates-degree or certificate programs. In Central Texas, the demand for laborers is not going away anytime soon, so these are investments worth making. RL

Home for the Holidays It doesn’t have to be a stressful time of year to buy or sell real estate. Trinity Title invites you and your clients to slow down and enjoy the season while we work hard ensure that all our customers have a home for the holidays.

Trinity Title Wishes You and Your Family a Marvelous Holiday Season We Thank You for your Trust and your Business! AUSTIN | BASTROP | GEORGETOWN | LAKEWAY | ROUND ROCK | WEB WWW.TRINITYTITLETX.COM


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Howdy Y'all! MiMi Migliorini  of ERA Colonial R e a l E s t a te, Jacque Smith of Independence Title and Donna Reid of ERA Colonial Real Estate grab their gear and get ready to head out on the WCREALTORS Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt.

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Tasha Kline, Cindie Brooks of Chicago Title and Marcia Millikin enjoy a fun day at the Julian Gold Winter Fashion show hosted by Chicago Title and Fidelity National Home Warranty while checking out the new styles and networking with industry colleagues.

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Austin Title President Josh Williams, right, is ready to blast some skeet with Darren Webber of Land Development Consulting at the HBA's annual Big Texas Sporting Clay Shootout.

In an effort to support our Veterans SecurityNational Mortgage Company offers assistance with VA Loans. Plus, we go 1 step further to support our Veterans, by supporting a great organization called TrainOurTroops. TrainOurTroops provide career assessments, online and in-person training, certification, and interview preparation to our U.S. Veterans and their spouses to obtain solid job positions in a challenging work environment.

For each VA Loan funded through SecurityNational Mortgage Company, we will be returning a portion of that back to our Veterans through charitable giving.

To donate go to: http://trainourtroops.org/snmc

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President’s Column By Becky DeButts • 2017 President

Thank you all for a great year!

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anuary of 2017 seems so far away, yet like yesterday. This has been a phenomenal year and one that I won’t soon forget. From our Winter White Party to our 60th Birthday Celebration and all the meetings and events in between, we have made great strides. Women’s Council of REALTORS, has given me so much! When I think about gifts, I think about the friends and bonds that have been forged. My heart is full of pride and satisfaction. The 2017 team made this a year with goals set and surpassed with awards such as the Mega Network for our State Membership Contest. We have had some of the best speakers come and share their stories and successes with us, like Lisa Copeland, John Harrell and Grace Lanni. We’ve held classes on topics that range from how to do Facebook Live, to how to increase your transaction with the HECM loan. Plus, our travel was educational as well as relational. Our Fredericksburg Bus Trip, for example, was full of games and laughs. The camaraderie in Women’s Council had been a lifeline to many of us.

In our lives we meet many individuals, some are acquaintances and others are friends that have a place in our hearts that is hard to deny. This is the way I feel about this awesome group. Even though we might not always agree completely, we are able to come to a consensus. Many long hours of planning, encouraging and brainstorming brought forth a marvelous year—one that I am happy to have had a part in. I believe that the best gifts we can give others are our time, our support, our love and ourselves. I am glad I am in this wonderful organization. I have seen so much growth in everyone that has gotten involved. We all have gifts to share and we all need each other’s gifts. I will be forever grateful for the richness of the people who have come to be Women’s Council of REALTORS Austin. We have set out to be better at our careers, make a difference in our industry and volunteer in our communities. We have become more in tune with the world around us, stepping up to give a hand, to fill a need and do it with a cheerful heart. We strive

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Higher standards from start to finish. BELTERRA 60’ | AUSTIN ADDRESS

Four decades ago, inspired by the Texas families we build homes for, we started something special. Instead of upgrades, there’d be standards–high ones. We’d build our best, and include in every home the high-end features your clients want. No surprises. Or uncomfortable negotiations. Just happy clients who expect excellence and appreciate a homebuying partnership. That’s The Trendmaker Way.

Contact Kim Bennett, New Home Specialist, at (512) 575-4714 for help in finding your client’s dream home.

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159 Lavaca Heights Drive $459,000

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136 Mendocino Lane

$401,480

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169 Mendocino Lane

$465,020

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BELTERRA 80’ | AUSTIN

THOMAS SERHUS (512) 956-9888

112 Noahs Court

$569,990

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550 Brentwood Drive

$610,817

3,451

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MARCH 2018

564 Brentwood Drive

$600,446

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CRYSTAL FALLS 80’ | LEANDER

STEVE DEITRICK (512) 575-4715

2512 Yuma Trail

$469,900

3,188

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4 / 3.5 / 3

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2508 Yuma Trail

$549,900

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2500 Yuma Trail

$499,900

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HEADWATERS 60’ | DRIPPING SPRINGS

RHONDA ALEXANDER (512) 862-7670

562 Dayridge Drive

$429,990

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575 Dayridge Drive

$459,990

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592 Dayridge Drive

$492,185

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ROBERT PATTERSON (512) 256-6688

428 Pienza Drive

$399,990

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113 Panzano Drive

$417,763

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100 Panzano Drive

$369,989

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Asian Real Estate Association Austin Erika Hilgaertner and Kathy Armstrong, both of Keller Williams Realty, learn about Academy Mortgage products from Aaron Williams at the Austin Real Estate Professionals’ Thanksgiving mixer at the Dogwood Rock Rose.

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President’s Column By Rela Manigsaca • 2017 Past President

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Security National Mortgage Company supports the Train Our Troops program. Giving back to the community is one of Security National Mortgage's priorities. Pictured left to right are Executive Program Director for Train our Troops Mike McCall, Tim Reames of Train our Troops and Brian Hill of Security National Mortgage Company. Download Photo: RL_121017_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Jonathan Boatright, left, and Yvette Boatright, right, both of Realty Austin, attend the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS Semi-Finalist Mix & Mingle where they ran into PT50 REALTORS President Amber Thomas. Numerous Realty Austin agents made the list of semi-finalists for 2017. Download Photo: RL_121317_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

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ccording to the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC), Asian Americans comprise 7 percent of the City of Austin’s population and this ranking puts Austin ninth in the country. The five highest groups by country of origin are Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino, in that order, with the first three making up approximately 70 percent of the Asian American population here. As such, the chance of any of us having served clients from any one of these countries is high. So in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to share a few guidelines about gift-giving according to the cultures of the countries mentioned above. Indian - Gifts made of leather may offend Hindus who are vegetarian. Chinese - Gifts should never be wrapped in white paper. Gifts of white or yellow flowers, especially chrysanthemums, should never be given. White is associated with death. Vietnamese - Gifts for children and elderly parents in the home will be much appreciated. Korean - They do not accept a gift at first offering, you must insist that they accept.

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Filipino - Gifts are typically not opened in the presence of the giver. In general though, the last four are very common among most of the Asian people. However, second generation Asian Americans may not have these sensitivities or traditions and if they do, they are only lightly attached to them. There are many that might say, “the heck with that, we all live in the United States of America. When in Rome, do what Romans do. When in the U.S., do what Americans do.” Yes, you don’t have to heed these guidelines, of course. But if you do, you are showing your Asian American clients that you have some idea of their cultural background and they will appreciate you more for it. They may even refer you to their friends and family too. For after all, these people groups love to compare notes and are loyal to those who are not just competent, but demonstrate empathy for their cultures. Do you want more business from the fastest growing demographic group in Austin? Heeding these simple Asian-style gift guidelines may be your first step in this season of giving! RL

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NEWLAND COMMUNITIES WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ITS 2016

TOP TEN

These highly-performing Real Estate Professionals worked with Newland Communities Austin and its builder partners to achieve new home closings at Rancho Sienna, Sweetwater, Teravista, and Falcon Pointe in 2016!†

NEIL DESAI

JASON TAYLOR

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Desai Real Estate

Realty Austin

“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.”

“In summary, a Newland Community is a place where people can find their dream home: one of comfort, luxury and style. Builders at Newland Communities offer a variety of homes perfect for all ages, as well as superior features, amenities, customer service and care.”

“Newland Communities offer the full package – a variety of builders with forward-thinking floor plans, great school districts, convenience to major freeways/landmarks, beautiful amenities, well-manicured landscapes and an active community association. Our clients love living in a flourishing community and we are grateful to be able to help.”

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TOM FORD Keller Williams

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PAUL KUDRLE Co-Op Realty

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DANNY WILSON

Reilly Realtors

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he first decision most people make when they decide to purchase real estate is simply “am I going to do this myself or use a REALTOR?” If they choose a REALTOR, they’re expecting their agent to help them find the right property, negotiate the concessions and price, provide guidance with regards to financing and lending sources and oversee the legal transfer and closing of the transaction. Most of the real estate agents I know consider themselves full service providers, but they know they can’t do it all by themselves. Besides growing their own skills, they develop a team to meet their client’s expectations. You don’t have to know it all, you just have to know your specialty and work closely with a great team so you can have satisfied clients. There are two ways to avoid disappointing those buyers we mentioned in the second paragraph – just limit yourself to the “standard” real estate buyers, or actually develop the team that will enable you to satisfy a wider range of clients. Why bother with that “wider range” of

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buyers? For one, when things become more challenging in the real estate market, a greater percentage of your prospective clients will probably begin to fall into that classification. Develop those skills now so you’ll be better prepared if things change later. For most transactions, the process is basically the same. The buyer is pre-approved for traditional financing, you wade through a fluctuating inventory of available properties, you counsel them through the negotiations, have no title issues and they close on time. However, how well are you positioned to provide the same level of service to the “wider range” buyer? Do you have confidence in your referral partner’s ability to exhaust every financing option available in the market? When you receive a call from the seasoned investor looking to expand their portfolio, can your lender partners help them with additional acquisitions? With the fairly consistent appreciation we see in residential real estate, experienced investors in residential properties are stirring. They see equity in their portfolio that they want to tap to acquire more proper-

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ties. Does your referral team have the ability and resources to help this client? If you pass on this business or leave them on their own to acquire financing for the new acquisition, are you meeting their expectations as a full service provider? Mortgage financing options typically fall into one of these five categories. 1. Government Insured Agency – FHA, USDA and VA. 2. Conventional Conforming - FNMA, FHLMC and GNMA. 3. Institutional Portfolio – Mortgage Banking Portfolio Programs. 4. Depository Portfolio – Traditional Bank Portfolio Loans. 5. Alternative Financing – Owner Financed and “Hard Money” Lenders. Every loan program will have guidelines

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considerations, just for one loan. Okay, Harold, this is all good information. I don’t question it, but how does you sharing this with me make me a better person, or a more valuable resource to home buyers? The answer lies in the structure of your team. Does your referral team include a partner that can provide access to loan programs in each of the five categories? Can a full service provider afford not to have someone on their team that can? Almost all of the mortgage lenders do agency and conventional loans well. That’s where the bulk of the business is, right? But shouldn’t you have someone on your team who can assist with all five categories? If your lender team is comprised of agency and conventional lenders, are you really positioned to be a full service provider?

If your lender team is comprised of agency and conventional lenders, are you really positioned to be a full service provider? that set parameters for the buyer’s ability to repay: (1) Loan Amount, (2) Debt-to-Income (DTI) Ratio, (3) Credit Score and/or credit history, (4) Appraisal of the Property, and (5) Funds to Close. Five categories of loan programs, and each of those will look at the buyer’s ability to repay within these five parameters – do the math, that’s a lot of different

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The JB Goodwin REALTORS team volunteers at the Salvation Army serving Thanksgiving Dinner, an annual tradition.

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The "Laid Back Vacation" Team will make their rounds in the WCREALTORS Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt some time. We're sure they'll get around to it. Pictured left to right are Pam Carroll of Austin title, Heidi Jarragin of RE/MAX and Kristin Wood of Keller Williams Realty. Download Photo: RL_120817_I.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

All aboard! Rough Hollow offers a fun train ride for the kiddos at its annual community Oktoberfest event. Yep, these kids are living the "Rough Life."

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When you look good, you feel good and that makes for better business deals! These ladies check out some beautiful styles from Julian Gold at the Fall Winter Fashion Show hosted by Chicago Title and Fidelity National Home Warranty. Pictured left to right are Rachel Mullins of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty, Cindy Yates of Chicago Title and Pily Simon.

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KB Home is on the scene at the JB Goodwin REALTORS' annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Pictured left to right are Bud Bradford, Ian Gajad and Rob Ruiz.

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Be a part of an ever changing, diverse market and group. Join us at the next NAHREP Austin social where you'll likely run into these three: Socar Chatmon-Thomas of Elegant Estates by Auction, Michael Paucha of Global Capital Realty and Lise Lucci.

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or nearly 50 years, Trendmaker Homes has been building homes throughout Texas with a focus on high-quality standards and a straightforward home buying experience. Founded in Houston in 1971, Trendmaker Homes expanded into the Austin market in 2016. Currently, Trendmaker Homes is located in Belterra and Headwaters in Southwest Austin and Crystal Falls and Rancho Sienna in Northwest Austin. Trendmaker Homes recently

opened for sales in Lakes Edge, located on the west side of Eanes ISD, and will be opening in Highlands at Mayfield Ranch in early 2018. “We are in a growth mode, and hope to have more announcements of new communities soon,” says Terry Shuffler, vice president, general manager for Trendmaker Homes in Austin. “We are just so pleased to be in Austin and building Trendmaker Homes in this vibrant part of Texas.” Trendmaker Homes specializes in building

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homes with open floor plans that offer flexibility and options for customization and layout. “Our higher feature level makes buying a Trendmaker Home easy because our models are built with our many standard features and very few upgrades,” Shuffler says. “Other than plan options chosen to demonstrate a plan’s flexibility, there are typically only a handful of upgrades in our models. Instead of needing a spreadsheet to figure out what is included you can count our upgrades with a few fingers.” To ensure homeowners have an easy building experience, Trendmaker Homes has new home advisors and a design studio, which offers personalization opportunities with current, modern options as well as updated, time-honored selections. "Our homebuilding professionals are our most important feature and their expertise shines through the buying process, the design and selection process, the construction process, and continues past when someone moves into their new Trendmaker Home,” Shuffler says. For those interested in customization opportunities, Shuffler says there are many opportunities to create a customized look for your home including, custom closet systems, specialized cabinetry, and appliances. Trendmaker Homes offers home options that span a range of styles and price points to cater to all of Austin’s residents. “We have found that our homes are found desirable across the different ranges,” Shuffler says. “People seek out our open floor plans, and our plan options allow the same home that fits an empty nester to also fit a growing family, mature family, young professional, or even someone looking for a multigenerational home.”

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Shuffler says that all Trendmaker Homes’ plans are designed for how people want to live. “All of our different homes offer the highly desired open floor plans, but we also offer homes that have outstanding outdoor living areas, master suites that people dream about, kitchens that are as impressive as they are functional, and great storage areas including some plans that have a hidden storage area accessed through a secret bookcase door.” Whether seeking desirable communities, high-quality standard features or customizable floor plans and options, Trendmaker Homes builds homes to meet the array of lifestyles, styles and needs of residents throughout the Austin area. “At the end of the day, our people are the best reason for choosing a Trendmaker Home,” Shuffler says. “We have experienced homebuilding professionals who treat each home as if it is their own, from initial design to purchase to construction to customer care after closing.” RL

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Michael Hahn-Conti and Briana McDonough, both of Rough Hollow Lakeway, show their Oktoberfest spirit at the community's annual Oktoberfest event — just one of the fun events residents enjoy in this award-winning, waterfront community. Download Photo: RL_120217_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

The Home City Realty team are ready to make like a sponge and soak up all the knowledge they can get from the real estate professionals panel put together by Supreme Lending. Pictured left to right are Laura Rosales, Laura Tumulty, Melissa Peel and Kristi Richards. Download Photo: RL_120317_F.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

The Movement Mortgage Team celebrates with the PT50 REALTORS Semi-Finalists at 77 Rainey. Gotta love November weather in Austin when you can have a mixer outdoors! Pictured left to right are Christopher Blevins, Helen Robinson, both of Movement Mortgage, Crystal Kilpatrick of Realty Austin and Michael Task of Movement Mortgage.

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Let's see if the guys at CalAtlantic Homes are as good at shooting skeet as they are at building homes. Watch out world, here they come! Kyle Brouillette and Stan Deringer, both of CalAtlantic Homes get ready to show they've got the skills to get the job done at the HBA's Big Texas Sporting Clay Shootout.

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as Paloma Lake, Goodnight Ranch and White Oak Preserve, M/I Homes will begin building in new developments throughout the Austin area. “In early 2018, we will begin selling in Carmel Creek, our first community in Hutto,” Peckman says. “Additionally, we will begin building our model home at the Cottages at Belterra in January, and we will soon be developing a site in South Austin called Bear Creek Crossing.” With home prices ranging from $250,000 to over $500,000, every M/I Homes property comes with above standard features. “When we started the division in 2012, we made a decision to make sure that our customers didn’t feel like they were nickeled and dimed over adding features that they felt should already be included in their homes,” Peckman says. “We hear from our buyers that when they start to look beyond the base price of the home and research the cost of their design selections there is no comparison. Our buyers can expect to pay less than $25,000

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in design center options.” M/I Homes provides buyers with valuable resources to assist throughout the building process. Each buyer will work with a new home consultant and construction supervisor through regular check-in meetings at the homesite, as well as weekly status updates via phone and email. M/I Homes also has a design center, lender from M/I Financial and a title company with M/I Title. “We make it easy on our customers to purchase a home with us,” Peckman says. “From start to finish, our customers are working directly with an M/I Homes employee, making the process much more seamless and easy on them.” In addition to feature-rich homes, M/I Homes is focused on building homes that accommodate the various needs of its residents.

“We have a home for just about everybody,” Peckman says. “We cater to families, empty nesters, singles with kids and singles without kids.” Currently, M/I Homes offers five different series of home designs, with two more coming next year. “We are always looking at what our customers want in their new homes and making tweaks to make sure we have homes that live how Austinites live,” Peckman says. Examples of home features include large covered back patios, game rooms, media rooms, flex spaces, studies and dens, Texas-sized garages, custom made cabinets, tankless water heaters, whole home granite countertops and many more. “If you’re interested in learning more about M/I Homes and our customization opportunities, I invite you to join our Friday morning design center preview to see just how many options we have and how many of our options we include in our base price,” Peckman says. RL

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Realty Line December 2017 Issue  
Realty Line December 2017 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The December 2017 issue of Realty Line focuses on gift ideas for the holiday season.