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Upcoming Events:

TREPAC Gold Rush Party set for Wednesday, February 11 Let TREPAC put cash in your pocket… just in time for Valentine’s Day!

TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) will hold its first ever Gold Rush party, a fundraiser to help all ABoR members achieve the 2009 fundraising goal of $323,495 on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The event will be held at the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. and for just $15, you can bring all your unwanted jewelry (metals of any type) for a jewelry broker to purchase. James Lewis Gold Exchange will weigh and appraise the jewelry and pay you fair market value for each piece you bring.

Light appetizers and drinks are included. Come support TREPAC. TREPAC protects your business from harmful public policy and legislation by ensuring the folks in the Capitol and at City Hall are working to protect the real estate industry and private property rights. So come out for some quick cash and fun networking! Purchase your tickets online at or by contacting the Government Affairs department at or 454-7636 x1500.

JANUARY 21/FEBRUARY 18 NAHREP Monthly Meeting Cool River Cafe - 11:30 a.m. JANUARY 29 WCR Monthly Networking Meeting ABoR Auditorium - 11 a.m.

FEBRUARY 4 Austin Mortgage Bankers Meeting Austin Country Club - 11:30 a.m. FEBRUARY 11 TREPAC Gold Rush Party ABoR Auditorium - 6 p.m.

FEBRUARY 19 WCAoR Quarterly Meeting 123 Old Settler’s Blvd. - 11:30 a.m.

MARCH 19 Crawfish Boil Builder/REALTOR Mixer HBA Office - 6 to 10 p.m.

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ABoR salutes its industry award winners at 2008 Installation Gala The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) salutes winners of the 2008 industry awards at the Installation and Awards Gala held on Dec. 5 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Members were recognized in the following categories: REALTOR® of the Year; Affiliate of the Year; Rookie of the Year; Community Service; and Cultural Awareness.

REALTOR®of the Year

Lynda Conway, JB Goodwin, REALTORS® Lynda Conway has been active in the real estate industry for over 10 years and has held leadership positions with ABoR and the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR). Additionally, she has CONWAY earned the ABR, CRS, CTS, GRI and SRES designations and authored the award-winning “Truth in Advertising” course.

Mortgage Planning Specialist designation and created the MoneySmart REALTORS® program, which provides networking and coaching opportunities to new agents.

Rookie of the Year

Barry Adelman, Realty World Home and Investments Although Barry Adelman has been a REALTOR® for less than one year, he has already closed ten real estate transactions totaling $2,233,000. He is also active on ABoR’s ADELMAN Government Affairs and Grievance committees and is pursuing the GRI designation.

Community Service

Russell Lewis, AvenueOne Properties

Affiliate of the Year

Sandy Battise, Land Mortgage In her two years as an affiliate member, Sandy Battise has offered her time to ABoR’s Scholarship, BATTISE Education and Installation committees and the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR). Battise holds the Certified

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Russell Lewis has been an ABoR member for more than 15 years. In that time, he has donated his service to numerous volunteer organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Boy Scouts of America, the Blood Center of Central Texas, the Eanes School District and Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

Cultural Awareness

Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew, Hawkins-Bucklew International In her five years as an ABoR member, Shelia Hawkins-Bucklew has worked to increase her knowledge of international real estate and to share her findings with others. She holds a number of designations and certifications, including CIPS, CRS, GRI, ABR and e-Pro. HawkinsBucklew has been involved with the National HAWKINS-BUCKLEW Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the WCR and TAR. She also donated her time to the volunteer organization Town Lake Chapter of Links, Incorporated.


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January 2009

Incoming Women’s Council of REALTORS officers take their oath. Susan Brown, treasurer; Linda KnowlesKatz, secretary; Cheryl Eskridge, vice president of membership; Susanna Boyer, president elect and Marie Dang Schwartz, president.


Realty Line of Austin is published monthly by ©Caxton Publications, Inc., as a non-subscription publication for the more than 9,000 members of the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR), the more than 1,100 members of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCAoR) and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin. ©Caxton Publications, Inc. dba Realty Line of Austin is an active member of the Austin Board of REALTORS, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS and is a honorary member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS. Caxton Publications, Inc. dba Realty Line of Austin is not responsible for opinions or facts expressed by non-staff writers or for errors and any by-products in advertising or editorial copy. REALTOR® is a registered trademark. The word REALTOR® sometimes appears in this publication without the registered trademark symbol (®), for the purpose of saving space. Wherever the word REALTOR appears in this publication, the registered trademark should be assumed.

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D e b b i e R o t h h a m m e r, Shelly Judd, Cristy Weeks and Jason Klam, all of First American Title, welcome guests to the holiday open house at the main office on Executive Center Drive.


COLUMNISTS Jay Gohil - ABoR Chairman Wes Peoples - HBA President Barbara Wigginton - WCAoR President All photos, press releases or article submissions can be sent to


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Go GREEN with ABoR! By Jay Gohil • Jay Gohil Realty 2009 Chairman • Austin Board of REALTORS With global warming and the rising cost of energy weighing heavily on consumers’ minds, environmentally friendly real estate is more important than ever before. Ensure you have the knowledge and resources to serve today’s eco-conscientious homebuyers by attending the two-day GREEN Designation course on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. Course instructor Bill Evans will guide you through topics including sustainability, New Urbanism, smart growth, industry ratings and evaluation standards in real estate. The course costs $275 or $300 for those registering after March 3 and is approved by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on both days. The GREEN Designation course carries 15 hours of Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) credit (TREC approval pending). Register online by visiting and clicking on the “Designations” tab.

Save the Date: 2009 TREPAC Fundraisers Announced

Each year, the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC) works to protect you from legislation harmful to the real estate industry. But to succeed, TREPAC needs your support. Throughout 2009, ABoR’s Government and Community Affairs Department will host many exciting events that will give you the chance to mingle with your fellow ABoR members while ensuring your industry is defended in the upcoming Texas Legislative session. On February 11, trade in your old jewelry for cash at the Gold Rush party. Bring your appetite and your best chili recipe to the second-annual Chili Cook-Off on March 19, and tee up for the popular Golf Tournament on April 29. Pour on your support for TREPAC in August at the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, and tune in the Rock the PAC concert in September. Sponsorship opportunities for all TREPAC fundraising events are available. For more information on TREPAC, the fundraisers or sponsorships, contact Emily Chenevert at 4547636, ext. 1500 or

Learn While You Lunch

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edge. Resolve to review the MLS Rules and Regulations by attending ABoR’s Lunch and Learn course on Friday, Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once every six months, ACTRIS subscribers may waive an eligible MLS fine by attending a Lunch and Learn session. Attendees will discover how to avoid common MLS mistakes and receive updates on recent additions to the MLS Rules and Regulations, all while enjoying a free pizza lunch. While this course is free to ACTRIS subscribers, you must register in advance by visiting and clicking the “MLS” tab.

Showcase Your Listing’s Special Features

Listing agents, you could be missing out on quick sales because your property’s special are not readily apparent on your listing report. features Adding details can help your listing stand out from the pack. Agents are not required to complete all the fields in a listing in order to save it as Active in the MLS system. However, including the maximum amount of information for a property ensures interested clients will find it easily. When you are able to connect your listing with its ideal owner, you can facilitate a fast closing for top dollar. If you have questions or concerns regarding the best way to complete any of the listing fields in the MLXchange listing reports, contact the MLS Support Team at

RE/MAX Austin AssociatesDonna Yoste, Knolly Williams and Diane Gomez celebrate the holidays with a “wine tasting” theme.


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January 2009

Jennifer Entner of American Texas Title welcomes Nell Hurtado of JB Goodwin REALTORS and Noble Davis of Lakeline Realty to the holiday open house at the title company’s Cedar Park office.

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Nicole Duncum and Kim Keighley, both of Prominent Title get ready to share holiday cheer with Darin Glenn of Liberty Mutual at the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association party at the UT Club.

Sharon Rosshirt and John Rosshirt, both of Stanberry and Associates, offer holiday greetings to Sally Yaryan at the Austin Board of REALTORS installation and awards gala at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

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5 McKinney Heights From the $90s 1,090–2,561 sq. ft. (512) 282-0014

9 Enclave Estates at Circle C From the high $300s 3,169–5,211 sq. ft. (512) 432-0107

12 Westwood From the $115s 1,202–2,962 sq. ft. (512) 528-1371

15 Spring Trails From the $160s 1,743–3,742 sq. ft. (512) 990-5304

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3 Plum Creek From the $140s 1,326–2,000 sq. ft. (512) 268-0780

7 Berdoll Farms From the $90s 1,109–2,962 sq. ft. (512) 247-6174


8 The Enclave at Circle C From the high $200s 2,226–3,332 sq. ft. (512) 432-0107



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10 Fairway Estates at Circle C From the mid $400s 3,015–5,368 sq. ft. (512) 432-0103

CEDAR PARK 11 Silverado Ranch From the $160s 1,585–5,211 sq. ft. (512) 260-5805

GEORGETOWN 13 University Park From the $120s 1,109–3,728 sq. ft. (512) 863-8363

TAYLOR 14 Summerfield From the $90s 1,109–3,824 sq. ft. (512) 365-3262

TEMPLE 16 Village of Sage Meadows From the $90s 1,582–3,728 sq. ft. (254) 780-9037

NORTH AUSTIN 17 Lakes at Northtown From the $130s 1,659–3,728 sq. ft. (512) 670-0217

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Realty Line of Austin

January 2009

Mary Mealy accepts thanks from outgoing president Victor Montalvo for serving as parliamentarian in 2008 for the National Association of Hispanic Real E s t a t e Professionals, Austin chapter.

Karen McCarty installs new officers Sherri Teepen, Fred Norton, Kay DeSilva and Rise Johns at the CRS Austin region installation held at Westwood Country Club.

Ron Binkley of RE/MAX Austin Skyline welcomes Lynn McCoy of Mission Mortgage to the holiday party at the company’s main office on Bee Caves.

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January 2009


Update: Our New Building By Barbara Wigginton • Realty Executives Excellence 2009 President • Williamson County Association of REALTORS As you may know, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS is in the process of moving to a new home in 2009. Since 1992, this present location has served its membership well, but for WCAoR to continue to maintain REALTOR visibility within Williamson County, a new facility is necessary. In 1992, WCAoR membership was at 400 members and over the past 15 years we have grown to over 1,300 members, with the largest increases occurring in the last four years. Williamson County is growing and has proven to be one of the most desired areas to live within the state of Texas. The future of real estate in Williamson County is bright and the needs of its membership are great. We expect to move into our new location, at 123 Old Setters Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78665, by mid-February. Be sure to check out our Web site at for updates and news on our Grand Opening!

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Round Rock on Saturday, April 4. This event is open to both real estate professionals and the public. The Going Green Expo 2009 will feature dozens of companies and speakers from central Texas with ways to make homes “greener.” Call WCAoR at 255-6211 for tickets and more information. GREEN is a true cross-over designation— an invaluable asset for any real estate professional. Demand is high; NAR has already received an exciting level of interest from members. Consumers are seeking green expertise; don't you want them coming to you for answers? Earn your GREEN designation from WCAoR on Monday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 6. Save some green and register early at

Get Involved!

We have planned some great things for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS in 2009. If you would like to be a part of one of the WCAoR committees, please visit our Web site at to see where you would like to volunteer and get involved!

WCAoR Luncheon – February 19

WCAoR’s first luncheon of the year will hit the ground running. The PR Committee has a great luncheon planned. Come hear an economic update from the city of Round Rock. The Executive Committee has approved the final revisions to the By-Laws which will be voted on and approved by you, the WCAoR members. They also have a TREPAC awards ceremony planned for those who went above and beyond their “Fair Share” contributions to help WCAoR reach its 2008 TREPAC fund raising goal of $29,000! Also, all luncheon attendees will automatically be put into a drawing for a $100 education gift certificate presented by the WCAoR Education Committee. Tickets can be purchased at the WCAoR office or by phone at 255-6211 for $15. The luncheon will be held at WCAoR’s new building at 123 Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78665 on Thursday, Feb. 19.

Going Green Expo 2009 – April 4th

Green living is becoming more and more important to both REALTORS and consumers alike. WCAoR will hold its first annual Going Green Expo 2009 at Texas State University in

Harry Pokorny, second from left, of Lone Star Properties checks out the blackjack table as members and guests enjoy after dinner activities at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.


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Realty Line of Austin

January 2009

Sandy Nelson and Kim Smith, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, celebrate the holidays with friends and coworkers at Del and Margaret Womack’s home.

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Reggie Kikta and Steve Kikta join Annette Smith at the RE/MAX Austin Associates holiday gathering at Wine Styles in South Austin.

Sheila Hawkins-Bucklew of Hawkins-Bucklew International is the proud recipient of the Cultural Awareness Award, presented at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

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Austin’s Colony # From the $110’s # (512) 276-1300 ADDRESS 15216 Parrish 4600 Belfield 4620 Acers Lane 4407 Acers Lane 4602 Belfield 4506 Acers Lane

Chaparral Crossing # From the $80’s # (512) 276-9001

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $164,115 $21,100 2010 2 3/2.5 $115,765 $8,500 1109 1 3/2 $128,725 SOLD! 1439 2 3/2.5 $144,545 $13,500 1859 2 3/2.5 $117,125 SOLD! 1229 1 3/2 $126,950 $15,000 1399 1 3/2

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $153,790 SOLD! 1722 2 4/2 $90,965 $12,000 810 1 2/1 $99,900 SOLD! 1110 1 3/2 $102,390 $10,300 1110 1 3/2 $110,340 $12,300 1410 2 3/2.5 $119,470 SOLD! 1302 2 3/1.5

ADDRESS 4526 Felicity 4618 Best Way 4610 Best Way 4623 Best Way 4627 Best Way 4529 Felicity

Blanco Vista # From the $130’s # (512) 392-8782 ADDRESS 302 Hay Barn 239 Hay Barn 113 Split Rail 210 Hay Barn 206 Hay Barn

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $151,130 $21,000 1195 1 3/2 $194,515 $31,500 2010 2 5/2 $209,895 $26,500 2230 2 4/2.5 $186,705 $13,700 2012 2 3/2.5 $147,775 $17,700 1002 1 2/1.5

Neighborhoods. In all the best locations. • Minutes from Austin • Access to Major Employers • Parks & Lakes • Close to new Toll Roads • Shopping • Playgrounds • Schools

Bunton Creek # From the $110’s # (512) 504-3061 ADDRESS 1217 Twin Cove 1205 Twin Cove 1253 Twin Cove 1193 Twin Cove

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $139,990 $24,500 1192 1 3/2 $148,675 $17,700 1762 2 3/2.5 $117,200 $10,000 1032 1 2/1.5 $137,510 $16,500 1402 1 3/2


Meadow Lake # From the $100’s # (512) 448-2224 ADDRESS 2410 Magin Meadow 7110 Thanna's 7113 Thanna's Way 2508 Andrea Woods 7111 Leppke 2507 Andrea Woods 7207 Thanna's Way 7415 Thanna's Way 7417 Thanna's Way 7421 Thanna's Way 7404 Thanna's Way

1 Chaparral Crossing

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $160,530 $20,500 1990 2 5/2 $168,265 $28,000 2271 2 5/2 $173,865 SOLD! 2430 2 5/2 $144,500 $16,000 1471 2 3/2.5 $124,968 $13,000 1229 1 3/2 $128,900 $16,900 1439 1 3/2.5 $121,045 $9,000 1229 1 3/2 $126,360 $1,000 1310 2 3/2.5 $129,360 $14,000 1410 2 3/2.5 $126,360 $11,000 1310 2 3/2.5 $126,360 $11,000 1310 2 3/2.5

From the $80’s (512) 276-9001

2 Austin’s Colony From the $110’s (512) 276-1300

3 Meadow Lake From the $100’s (512) 448-2224

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From the $220’s (512) 515-0330

5 Blanco Vista From the $130’s (512) 392-8782

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Liberty Hill # From the $220’s # (512) 515-0330 ADDRESS 105 S Rawhide 100 S Rawhide Trail 205 Bronco

SALES BED/ PRICE INCENTIVE PLAN STORIES BATH $249,995 $45,000 1868 1 3/2 $282,624 $42,000 2420 1 4/2 $294,741 $29,700 3112 2 5/3


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©2009 Reytex Homes. Homes must close on or before January 30 2009. Price and incentive subject to change without notice.

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January 2009

Avis Wukasch, standing left to right, of Keller Williams Realty, Candy Buzan of Prime Lending and Judy Ballard of Longhorn Title extend their well wishes to last year’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, Judi Shanklin, seated left, and this year’s winner, Janette seated Polach, right.

Joe Stewart, right, of John Horton Realty, commends Gracie Ruiz, second from right, of Independence Title for being willing to serve as the NAHREP Austin chapter’s secretary for 2009. With them were Oscar Garza of the City of Austin, guest Elena Vela and Duve Rodriguez of Travis County.

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Karen McCarty installs Sherri Teepen as the CRS Regional Director for 2009 at the Westwood Country Club.

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January 2009

Richard Martin of RE/MAX Lake Travis enjoys the annual holiday party for the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association with guests Marie Beerens and David Simmers.

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Les Sherman of RE/MAX Austin and Associates Fred Norton of Prudential Texas Realty arrive at the CRS Installation and Awards Luncheon to show their support for the organization’s new leadership for 2009.

Susan Horton and John Horton, both of John Horton Realty, enjoy the festivities at the La Frontera Marriott as colleagues were honored at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet for their yearlong accomplishments.

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January 2009


Why affordable single-family housing is important for a growing Austin [HBA supports and participates in affordable housing development] By Wes Peoples • WP Investments 2008-2009 President • Home Builders Association of Greater Austin As important as housing the American people has become in the national agenda, it’s also something that has inspired every local government in one way or another. The economic outlook of Greater Austin is arguably different than in other parts of the country— our economy is good, and our population is growing. But the issue of being able to afford a new home is just as important here. As our city grows, its capacity to provide single-family houses that Central Texas families can afford to call home becomes the deciding issue on whether or not we can grow sustainably. Countless studies— conducted by our own HBA and research groups across the country— show how home ownership benefits families. When people can afford to buy a home in the community where they work, they become more involved in their children’s schooling, they are more active in government, and as a whole feel that they are an important part of a community. When housing is affordable, mortgage payments don’t consume the family income. Parents have more funds to put food on the table, clothe their children, and enjoy recreation and entertainment with the family. When families have disposable income to spend, our economy is healthier. When new homes are affordable within the city limits, close to the offices, schools, public departments, hospitals, and stores where people work and get necessary services, they spend less money on gas, less time in the commute, and have more time to spend with their families. When people are able to live closer to work, use of mass transit increases and air pollution decreases. The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin is dedicated to supporting City Councils in our five-county area find workable solutions for more affordable housing. Recently, Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez championed a resolution in which the City Manager would identify city owned property suitable for affordable housing development and work with local builders to create affordable single-family homes; and also direct

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the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department to notify non-profit and for-profit developers of the availability of bond proceeds to develop affordable housing within the city. This resolution passed on November 6, and builder members of the HBA (many of whom base a large part of their business on affordable housing) are already working with the city to make affordable inner-city single-family residences accessible to more Central Texas families. In a growing family population, a diverse mix of housing options is necessary to meet the demands of rapid growth and insure that our children thrive in family friendly housing, with room to grow and green spaces to play in. It’s our duty as a region to make sure that those who support our community— our teachers, doctors, police officers, artists, public servants, and all our hardworking neighbors— have our support in making central Texas their home. The HBA and its builder members fully support council member Martinez’s affordable housing initiatives and we hope that other communities will soon follow suit. To learn more about how to choose a builder or buy a new home, visit the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Austin’s Web site at; then click on consumer resources.

Alex Marer of Gaston & Sheehan Realty, Elda Telle of First American Title and Lisa Love of PrimeLending enjoy a nice afternoon gathering to ring in the holidays at the First American Title Holiday Open House.


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Realty Line of Austin

January 2009

Martin Ochs of H o m e t r u s t Mortgage and Kenton Brown of Sente Mortgage enjoy a holiday tale at the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association holiday party at the UT Club.

Kevin Bales and Melinda Carroll, both of First American Title, mingle with Bill Lanfer of Avalar Austin and Yvonne Apoduca of First American Home Buyers Protection at the company’s holiday open house.

Tara Adelman is proud of her husband Barry Adelman. He received the award for Rookie of the Year at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet. Barry is with Realty World Homes and Investments.

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Incoming AMBA president Eddie Rinehart accepts words of encouragement from outgoing president “Bernie” Gary Bernfeld as he is installed at the organization’s holiday party at the UT Club where many past presidents were in attendance.

NAR president Charles McMillan installs Jay Gohil as chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS at the organization’s gala at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

Newly installed WCR president Marie Dang-Schwartz offers congratulations to Barbara Wigginton prior to her installation as president of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS.

WCAoR Former president Gloria A r r o y o Richardson and her husband Billy Richardson attend the organization’s installation and awards banquet to support incoming president Barbara Wigginton of Realty E x e c u t i v e s Excellence.

Land Mortgage president Chad Overhouser congratulates Sandy Battise, also of Land Mortgage, for winning Affiliate Susan Brown of John Horton Realty enjoys the Williamson of the Year at the Austin Board of REALTORS installation County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards and awards gala. banquet with her husband, Steve Brown.

Russell Lewis of AvenueOne Properties, here with his wife Margaret Lewis, is honored to have received the Rocky Breon and Bettye Turner congratulate Lynda Conway, far left, as she is presented with the Austin Board of REAL- Community Service Award at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ REALTOR of the Year award. All three are with JB Goodwin REALTORS. TORS installation and awards banquet.

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Brian Pitman and Ann Carson, both of Independence Title, extend their appreciation to the award winners and new board members who were guests of honor at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Lise Renee Samuels of Exit Realty accepts thanks from outgoing NAHREP president Victor Montalvo for serving as director of in membership 2008. She will be president-elect for 2009. Avis Wukasch offers congratulations and some words of encouragement while installing Barbara Wigginton as the 2009 president of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS.

Reba Saxon of Keller Williams Realty works her way through the crowd to accept the award for REALTOR of the Year at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Amy Hutson of Home Warranty of America shows her award for Affiliate of the Year to her fiance Kirk Kobza at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Rudi Rosengarten of Pacesetter Homes and her husband Randy Rosengarten attend the Austin Board of REALTORS installation and awards banquet to honor the new officers and board of directors.

JB Goodwin’s Stuart Sutton and his wife, Rebecca Sutton, visit with Margaret Womack, also of JB Goodwin REAL- Felix de Herrera, right, installs Ron Urias of Farmers Insurance as president of the NAHREP Austin chapter at the organiTORS during the holiday party hosted by the Womacks each zation’s Christmas gala held at the Mexican American Cultural Center. year.


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Gay Puckett, 2008 regional director, Diane Christy and Bill Roquemore, CRS past president, look forward to helping the new board lead the organization in 2009. Congratulations to Diane Christy who was presented with the CRS of the Year award during the luncheon. the pics urchase P r o w Line at Vie in Realty you see lin n o altyline

Gloria Arroyo Richardson of Town and Country Realty joins Sherry Browne of Sherry Browne Realty at the Women’s Council of REALTORS’ installation and awards luncheon at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

One of the benefits of attending the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet was getting a chance to bid on a great Christmas tree that was already assembled and decorated.

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Billy Meyerdirk and Betsy Hodge, both of Austin Inspectors Exchange, place a bid at the silent auction that was part of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Julia Bechara, center, of Texas American Title welcomes Melanie Smith, left, of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, and Diane Christy of Diane Christy REALTORS to the company’s holiday open house in Cedar Park.

Mary Tran and Bonnie Barrera, both of Independence Title, get their tickets at the registration table with LyLy Fisher of Fisher & Co. Real Estate for the Austin Board of REALTORS installation and awards gala.

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Staging By Design By Linda McNabb CONTRIBUTING WRITER Many real estate professionals know Ellen Boettcher of Staging By Design (SBD). She has operated her business in Austin for eight years, is a key figure in many real estate organizations and is a frequent presenter at Realty Round Up. Yet there is a lot still to know about this remarkable woman who helps make REALTORS shine every time they sell a listing more quickly than other agents in town. Realty Line recently visited with her so we could share with you what makes her and her business essential to today’s real estate market. RL: What do you want real estate professionals to know about Staging By Design? Ellen: That REALTORS and real estate professionals can expect exceptional homeowner client-care that will reflect well on their business. I work through REALTORS exclusively and represent them professionally to their clients. While it is vital to catch every detail needing attention in a home, time and energy is also devoted to helping the listing homeowners view their property from a selling perspective. Changing homeowner perspective to viewing their property as a product to sell is one of the largest accomplishments in staging. Once owners make that switch in perception, they are open and highly motivated to make recommended changes to their home. RL: What makes Staging By Design different from other staging companies? Ellen: Longevity and experience. This year will be our eighth year in business in Austin, providing the highest level of professionalism and staging skill to top real estate producers. The level of client care and attention to detail are the hallmarks of SBD. My background in homebuilding and property renovations provides unique knowledge in every aspect of presenting a property for sale. RL: What are the three most important features of your company? Ellen: 1.) High integrity in every level of contact and follow up with clients. REALTORS can trust me to deliver recommendations to their sellers that may be difficult to hear, and do so in a professional, caring manner. 2.) Solid staging service based upon the precepts of visual marketing, real estate knowledge and design expertise. 3.) Sense of urgency equal to that of the real estate professional. I know that my work needs to be completed quickly and

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precisely to support the REALTORS’ timeline. RL: What services do you perform most often? Ellen: Detailed home staging consultation for occupied homes is the service most REALTOR clients provide for their sellers. Investment property consulting also keeps me busy. My construction and design background has given me the "eye" for investor property rehabs (flips). Another service is in assisting with buyers design choices (flooring, tile, colors, etc) for new construction. The benefit of my new-home service is to move the buyer through design decisions quickly so that construction can move forward. Full vacant staging (furniture and accessories) or vignette staging (accessories only) are available through STB. Ellen Boettcher RL: When people are cutting back costs, how do you convince clients that your services are essential? Ellen: It is obvious to most REALTORS that one can't simply place a property on MLS with a few photos and sell it in this market. Most sellers also recognize the benefits of professionally preparing their home for presentation due to the large number of television staging programs. Not only is staging essential, it is expected just as much as great photos and competent inspections. RL: Why should home staging be conducted by a professional? Ellen: Preparing a home for presentation is serious business, one that should not be left to chance. I compare hiring a professional stager with hiring a licensed REALTOR; experience, real estate knowledge, visual marketing skills and professionalism add up to a quick sale at the best price. REALTORS can check for certification or accreditation at or RESA. Active Rain has a very active staging bloggers, too. You can find my blog at:'t forget the last is a vital part of the address). RL: What are your thoughts on the Austin real estate market for 2009? Ellen: This year, more than ever, homes must be in pristine condition as well as being priced competitively. My REALTOR clients know that the time on market and quality of offers is based on both condition and pricing. Potential home buyers are being bombarded with TV and print ads feeding the fear of a receding economy; 50 percent off here, 60 percent off there. While retail sales are flat, real estate sales will be steady. The economy may be changed, but the need for a home in good condition at a fair price stays constant. I strongly believe that delivering consistent professional real estate service is the key to thriving in 2009.

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Real Estate NEWS & NOTES Sellstate Summit Realty in Georgetown welcomes four agents to its team

Sellstate Summit Realty in Georgetown is pleased to announce Regina Cox, Will van der Hoeven, Marcy Ringstaff and Tina Torgrude has joined it growing team. Regina has been in real estate for over 10 years, working in the Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Cedar Park, and Leander areas. She and her husband live in Liberty Hill. Will van der Hoeven returns to us from Keller Williams Realty. He has been in real estate for three years and completed over 30 transactions in last year. We gladly welcome him back! Marcy Ringstaff is a native Austinite. She has been in real estate over 10 years and loves it! Past clients call her the "House Detective!� Tina Torgrude has been in the real estate business for two years. She relocated from Seattle in 2005 and prides herself on having found a Top Producing Brokerage with morals and values that will not be compromised. For more information on our office, please call us at 512-930-7355.

Shara Parker and Les Sherman awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation

Shara Parker and Les Sherman have both been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation, achieved by real estate professionals who have successfully Parker Sherman completed formal training in the art of negotiation. Agents who receive this certification are in the top 1% of all agents nationally. Shara and Les are both with RE/MAX Austin Associates since 2004 and 1996, respectively.

Michael Torrence Named RE/MAX ‘Agent of the Quarter’

RE/MAX of Texas has announced that Michael Torrence has been named as an Agent of the Quarter for the 4th quarter of 2008. Among the honors he earned in his first two years since joining RE/MAX are the 2007 Bastrop County Rookie of the Year, and Bastrop Board of Realtors Executive Platinum Award. He is a sterling TREPAC contributor, member of the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce and is heavily involved in Children’s Miracle Network and the Bastrop Historical Society.


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RE/MAX agent Kathy De La Cruz named Texas Affordable Housing Specialist

RE/MAX Austin Associates agent Kathy De La Cruz has joined the worthy cause of helping more Texans achieve their dreams of homeownership. Completing all required coursework for attaining this specialized knowledge, Kathy has earned the Texas Affordable Housing Specialist certification and is entitled to use the official Texas Affordable Housing Specialist Logo and name, sanctioned by the Texas Association of REALTORSÂŽ.

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Susan Brown of John Horton Realty has been awarded the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Green Designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by NAR. Susan achieved this prestigious designation after completeing 18 hours of course work designed specially for REALTORS. Susan was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of green building features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential.


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By Linda McNabb CONTRIBUTING WRITER If you have a buyer who needs a home quickly, this month is a great time to show them Meritage Homes communities while the builder is conducting the limited-time Green Tag Sales Event. Your buyer will have more than 80 “ready for move-in” homes to consider and could win enough cash to buy a high definition television and more for their new living room. Meritage Homes launched the event in anticipation of families planning a new home purchase in 2009. It is a great opportunity for prospective homebuyers to visit one of its 30 communities, tour the models and compare its level of service, construction and pricing to other builders. While there, REALTORS and their prospective buyers get to register for a chance to win a $3,000 shopping spree at Best Buy. “Meritage has a very diverse line-up of homes in some of Austin’s top communities that are perfect for first-time and move-up homebuyers alike,” says April Solimine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This Green Tag Sales Event is a great opportunity for families to move into a community that matches their every need, whether it be highly regarded schools, access to nearby businesses or proximity to shopping, entertainment and other amenities of interest to them.” REALTORS will be interested to know that Meritage Homes specializes in helping families find the right home in the right place for the right price, which in turn makes it easier for REALTORS to shine. This is made possible by the builder’s diverse lineup of offerings, which range from the $100’s to over $1 million. “During Meritage Home's Green Tag Sales Event, buyers can find a home with distinctive design, breathtaking features and true value— all for a payments as low as $746 a month,” Solimine says. While many housing markets across the country enter a new year facing less than favorable forecasts due to national economic conditions, Austin continues to buck the trend. Thanks to an incomparable quality of life, backed by low unemployment, improv-

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Sherry Scales and Sylvia Pack, both of RE/MAX Austin Skyline visit with colleagues at the Christmas party the company held at its main office on Bee Cave.

Chris Sachs and Janet Dean, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, share some holiday cheer with Sytha Minter of Horizon Realty at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Stacey Hurley of Mitzkat and Associates makes her way to the podium at the WCAoR installation and awards banquet to accept the award for Rookie of the Year.

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Eddie Rinehart, far right, of Treaty Oak Mortgage will serve as president of the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association in 2009 and will be supported by board members, from left, Mike Carroll, Kenton Brown and Doug Scott.

Newly installed ABoR chairman Jay Gohil and NAHREP president Ron Urias, with wife Sandy Urias, arrive at the La Frontera Marriott to offer their support to Barbara Wigginton who was installed as president of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS. Cindie Brooks of Chicago Title and Mark Minchew of RE/MAX Austin Associates check out new wines at Wine Styles in South Austin at the RE/MAX Austin Associates’ holiday party.

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Erin Cook of N e w l a n d Communities visits with Edgar Figueroa of WiFi Alliance and Colette Fitzgerald of KB Home in the lobby of the Renaissance Austin Hotel prior to entering the ballroom for the Austin Board of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet. the pics urchase P r o w Line at Vie in Realty you see lin n o altyline

Patricia Wagner of DHI Mortgage enjoys the NAHREP installation and Christmas Gala at the Mexican American Cultural Center with her husband Wade Wagner. She was a member of the installation committee.

Karen Williams of North American Title congratulates Nicole Boynton of Sky Realty on her year as the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ Rookie of the Year. Nicole will serve as chair of this year’s Tech Tune Up.

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Norma Sizemore, left, and Phillip Gutierres, both of RE/MAX Austin Skyline, welcome Fran Pullin of First American Title to the c o m p a n y ’ s Christmas party.

Incoming board members are installed at the NAHREP installation and Christmas gala. From left: Alicia Cabezuela, Gracie Ruiz, Nicole Cooke, Gloria Guzman, Ron Urias, Lise Renee Samuels, Victor Montalvo and Oliva Lerma.

Association executive Marjorie Phillips of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS and director Victoria Reviel of ZIP Realty get ready to enjoy a year end celebration at the organization’s installation and awards banquet.

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Marie Dang-Schwartz, right, of Realty Executives Austin accepts the gavel from outgoing WCR president Linda Hall of Realty Executives Excellence during the WCR Installation and Awards Luncheon.

Janette Polach of Terra Properties in Taylor accepts the Distinguished Service Award from president Gary Cocanougher at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.

Gloria Guzman of Realm Professionals will be director of membership for the NAHREP Austin chapter this year after having served as treasurer under president Victor Montalvo, right, of Exit Realty.

Congratulations to WCR’s award winners! Michelle Hagens, Rookie of the Year; Susanna Boyer, REALTOR of the Year; Linda Knowles-Katz, Affiliate of the Year; and Jeanne Butterfield, Lifetime Achievement. These ladies were recognized at the annual installation luncheon.

Carol Medley Parker and Socar Chatmon-Thomas, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, are installed into their new positions for the Austin Board of REALTORS along with John Horton of John Horton Realty.

Mary Kelly and Marty Kelly of ZIP Realty visit with Allison Craig of Gracy Title after enjoying a great dinner at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ installation and awards banquet.