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ocket listings have been a sticky topic in real estate blogs lately, with many agents concerned about the legality of such a practice. “Pocket listing” is just the general term for any active listing that is not on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The seller’s agent assumes the exclusive right to sell the property and markets it off the MLS, hence it is “in their pocket.” There are many reasons sellers and their agents choose to keep their listings

private or semi-private. Potential questions of legality and ethics tend to center around how the listing is attended throughout the selling process, so there are some precautions to take with pocket listings. Here are some legitimate reasons that choosing to market a listing off the MLS (at least for a time) could be beneficial to the homeowner.

The homeowner is not sure he/she wants to sell Sometimes a pocket sale is the result of a casual agreement between an agent and a homeowner who is not completely committed to selling. In this case the homeowner may decide to test the market: “If you find me a buyer at the right price, I’ll consider selling.” Since the market is hot right now, it can be easier to negotiate a sale privately than to go to the expense of fixing it up, staging it, marketing it and having open houses—especially if the homeowner is on the fence about selling. A pocket listing can also be a viable way to test the price and beat the “days on market” ticker if there aren’t a lot of comps. If the price seems too high, they can lower it without a public price reduction.

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Homeowner wants to sell privately Celebrities, public officials, people with young children, the elderly—and anyone who would rather not have to make a hasty exit for a showing or have pictures of their home on the Internet—may choose to under-expose their listing when privacy is a concern.

An offer was made during a “prelisting” period Technically, a listing can be called a pocket listing in the time between when the sellers’ agent secures the listing and when it appears on the MLS. For instance, if the listing sold to someone who knew about it outside the MLS (a buyer known by the listing agent, friend of

the seller, someone who works with the listing agent), or if it sold before the MLS paperwork was completed.

“Coming soon” scenarios Sometimes listings are pre-marketed through the brokerage and the agent’s social media network to drum up momentum and keep the seller happy while the listing is prepared for the MLS. Or, an agent will file an exclusion to give sellers more time to prepare the property. These practices can help to solidify the contact and provide attentive service to the seller: while the agent is giving the listing the official workup for the MLS (setting up photographers, virtual tours, preparing a marketing plan, completing paperwork), they are also quietly marketing the home. The seller’s agent lets her office agents know about the listing, alerts her buyers, and posts the listing on social media to create excitement without losing time to the process. Many sellers love the idea of possibly selling before the listing even goes up on MLS, if the price is right. Pocket listings have traditionally been more common at the upper end of the market, but now that inventory is declining, they can create a sense of urgency that generates greater buzz for a listing. Still, there are some questions and concerns about whether the best interests of the sellers, buyers and the market at large are served by pocket listings—especially when they are being used to generate sales between brokers of the same firm. Here are some areas where pocket listings get tricky, and when it is best to cover all your bases. In cases where the agent keeps the listing internal and “double-dips” on commission Critics of pocket listings say that some agents may be tempted to keep the entire sale

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As we get closer to April 30, you will see more communication from the association that aims to make this transition as easy as possible. Look for more information that will explain the next steps to be taken by agents and brokers. We would also like you to share your thoughts and feedback. Log in to ABoR.

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he year 2013 is over and done with, and we have all cleared the decks for 2014. After we take a few minutes to catch our collective breaths, we will all look back on last year with fond memories! 2014 is going to be a busy year for all of us as REALTORS, and several important topics that were started last year will continue this year.

that the manner in which non-REALTOR consumer websites use our REALTOR data negatively affects homeowners and diminishes our reputation as REALTORS. The syndication decision was made to protect the data consumers use to make important decisions and empower REALTORS to assist their clients in the best way possible.

Some thoughts about syndication

What is the impact of the decision?

One topic that was hot last year was listing syndication. As you may know, the Austin Board of REALTORS recently decided to put the decision about listing syndication back into the hands of the brokers. As of April 30, ABoR will discontinue the facilitation of listing syndication to non-REALTOR consumer websites. As that date approaches, there is important information we must all remember for our businesses to make the transition.

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Here’s what the decision boils down to: After April 30, the Board will no longer offer an ‘easy button’ tool for syndicating listings. Brokers will choose independently whether to provide data to non-REALTOR websites on a listing-by-listing basis, determined by the client’s best interest. ABoR will continue syndicating listings to REALTOR-affiliated websites AustinHomeSearch.com, REALTOR.com and TexasRealEstate.com. These sites are trusted and accurate resources of property data provided by REALTORS.

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Newly elected NAHREP Austin President Genaro Rodriguez, left, pulls the ceremonial gavel from Jason Garza’s tight grip. Apparently Jason wasn’t quite ready to hand over his presidential duties.

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These über successful women in real estate stick together at the Women’s Council of REALTORS Installation and Awards Luncheon. Pictured left to right are Sonia Guardado of 98th Meridian, Nikki Fulkes of North American Title, Jazz Lough of Chad Goldwasser Realty and Cheryl Jenkins of Keller Williams Realty. Buy photo: RL_010514_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Michael Schwartz, left, and Terry Jackson, right, both of Capital Title, stand by to welcome guests to the company’s holiday affair. Buy photo: RL_010714_T.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com Buy photo: RL_010614_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Carrie York installs broker partner and colleague Bill Evans—the newly elected ABoR president—at the ABoR Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre. Both are with Austin Real Pros.

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ABoR President Cathy Coneway, left, of Stanberry & Associates and ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers, right, present Judith Bundschuh of Catalyst Realty with the coveted REALTOR of the Year award. Judith is also a pastpresident of ABoR.

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Jim Smith of The Property Management Group gladly accepts the oath of office as Mark Minchew of RE/MAX reads the oath at the CRS Installation and Awards Luncheon at Westwood Country Club. Jim is the new CRS Austin Chapter president for 2014.

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Tim Smith of Capital Title welcomes Marilyn Kurka of New Home Solutions Realty to his company’s brand new office in Avery Ranch.


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new year is upon us and as we get older, the years start going by at a faster pace. We all need to live today to its fullest, for none of us knows what tomorrow brings. This past year we have seen things that we have not seen in a long time: multiple offers on homes before they actually go on the market, coming soon signs and pocket listings selling quickly, and the highest recorded monthly sales volume for Williamson County. This is all good news, but always remember what is the most important. Represent your client to the best of your ability according to our Code of Ethics. Treat your fellow REALTORS with the respect they deserve. Give back to the community that has brought us to where we are today. The Williamson County Association of REALTORS is committed to service and wants to serve you, our members. You have several opportunities to be more involved in your association by joining one of our committees listed below. Please contact the committee chairperson, if you are interested in joining their committee, to see if there are any spots

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still available. —The Golf Committee, led by Cecilia Roberts, organizes the annual golf tournament. This tournament is a fun networking and team building opportunity, but it’s also a major source of revenue for the Association. —The Bylaws and Policy Committee, led by Elaine Byrne, reviews new policies and procedures, and helps implement the standards by which we all abide. —The Finance Committee, led by Shavonne Martin, ensures the financial stability of the Association. —The Events Committee, led by Tiesa Hollaway, organizes and leads many of the special events we have throughout the year, including the Super Bowl of Builders, the bus tours, the Wild Ride, the Holiday Bazaar, among others. —The TREPAC Committee, led by Mary Miner, facilitates communication between REALTORS and lawmakers, and raises money to support Texas legislators who protect property rights, encourage homeownership, and reduce regulatory burdens for the real estate industry.

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—The Membership Committee, led by Barbara McLaughlin, recruits new members to the Association. —The Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Shane Polach, represents the membership and communicates with local governments. —The Awards and Nominations Committee, led by our Immediate Past President, Stacey Rider, will receive nominations and recognize achievements for this coming year. —The Installation Committee, led by Jack Stapleton, will organize 2014’s installation event at the end of the year. Another great way to get involved is to participate in the many events that are going on at the Association, just check our website calendar and plan on attending the many activities we have scheduled. Please contact our staff to see what volunteer opportunities are available. There’s always something to do. By following the Association on Facebook, Twit-

ter, or Pinterest you can hear the latest updates, fun facts, and even some great industry tips.

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to say that our Association has grown along with it. Perhaps we can trace it back several years to our decision to invest in a new building. Our decision to become a true resource for our members has paid enormous dividends. Many of the classes, orientations, and other services that may have required a trip to Austin in the past can now be accomplished in Williamson County. As we continue to invest your future, I ask that you also continue to invest in our Association.

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Chris Rodriguez of Austin Real Pros hands over all of the duties as WCR president to Victoria Reviel of 98th Meridian—but he’s taking a souvenir home to commemorate the occasion.

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Mike Jones of RE/ MAX Metro Realty, Helen Thomas of RE/ MAX Austin Skylineand Mike Jones of JB Goodwin REALTORS spread holiday cheer at the RE/MAX Austin Skyline Holiday Party.

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Walt Elias of Brookfield Residential, left, receives the HBA’s Developer of the Year award from the HBA Immediate Past President Brent Allison at the association’s annual Presidential Awards and Installation Luncheon. Brookfield Residential is responsible for developing Blanco Vista in San Marcos, a masterplanned community.

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Bobbie Locket, left, and Natasha Puccio, right, both of Patten Law Firm, welcome Derrick Jones of Austin City Living to the company’s first annual Tee Off for Tykes Golf Tournament at TopGolf. The event raised money for the Austin Children’s Shelter.

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These ladies show off their awards received at the WCR Installation and Awards Luncheon. Melia Gardner, left, of Capital Title and Century 21 HSK won Rookie of the Year, Diana Keyes, second from left, of Nextage Lonestar Realty won Entrepreneur of the Year, Amy Kobza, second from right, of Keller Williams Realty won Member of the Year and Patricia Wagner, right, of DHI Title won Affiliate of the Year.

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Longtime friends Beth Oliver of Beth Oliver Real Estate and ACindy Reeder of RE/ MAX Capital City are glad to see each other at the CRS Installation and Awards Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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Jeanne Butterfield of Horizon Realty and Sherri Williams of Keller Williams Realty catch up while attending the Austin Board of REALTORS’ Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre.

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Pam Carroll, Roxanne Ford and Becky Hopkins, all of Austin Title, show off their logo at the bar at the Austin Board of REALTORS' Installation and Awards Event at ZACH Theatre.

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Bill Shaddock, center, is excited to cut yet another ribbon celebrating the opening of a new Capital Title location. This one is in Avery Ranch. Buy photo: RL_010414_K.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

So he was required to pass the big gavel over to the new president, but they were nice enough to give him one to keep. Congratulations to Jason Garza on a successful year as president of NAHREP Austin.

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Christy Gessler of Keller Williams Realty swears in the new WCR President Victoria Reviel of 98th Meridian at the WCR Installation and Awards Banquet.

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You can tell that Ruby Johnson of Austin Real Pros would have been more than happy to get Aunt Clara’s bunny pajamas for Christmas. We caught her trying to take them home from the ABoR Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre.

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sial part requires that the mortgage payment, including taxes and fees, plus credit card and other loan payments not exceed 43 percent of a borrower’s gross monthly income. Lenders don’t have to adhere to the 43 percent debt-to-income ratio, but if they don’t, they probably won’t be able to sell the loan to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Most of these loans won’t be QMs. Qualified mortgages are a new standard that excludes certain mortgages types — interest-only, adjustablerate balloon loans, and negative-amortization mortgages, for example — that helped prompt the housing crisis. Again, lenders are legally able to sell non-QM loans — but they won’t be protected from lawsuits if the loan goes south, as QM loans will now be. Most people agree with the goals of the new rules — safer loans and fewer defaults — and in fact, mortgage lenders insist they’ve already adopted many of them voluntarily. “Mortgage lenders have no appetite for loans that may go bad, the consequences are too far reaching, and the sins of the past are

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ABoR recognizes its top affiliate member each year. John Schutze, left, of Supreme Lending earned the award for 2013. ABoR President Cathy Coneway of Stanberry & Associates and ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers presented him with a commemorative plaque at the ABoR Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre.

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State Representative Jason Isaac installs John Sparrow of MileStone Community Builders as 2014 President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin.

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ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers congratulates Jackie Horton of Curve Realty for earning the Rookie of the Year award at the ABoR Installation and Awards event.

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Ron Urias, right, of Farmers Insurance installs Genaro Rodriguez as president of the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The group held its annual installation banquet at the Shoal Crossing Event Center.

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Diane Christy of Diane Christy REALTORS thanks Monica Middleton of Capital Title for inviting her to the company’s holiday party at the northwest office.

CRS leaders and members look forward to another successful year. Pictured left to right are Christine Choate of Horizon Realty, 2014 CRS President Jim Smith of The Property Management Co., Hellena Frazier of JB Goodwin REALTORS, Mark Minchew of RE/MAX Associates, Rise’ Johns of Keller Williams Realty and Michelle Busby of Central Texas Property Group.

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Immediate Past President Brent Allison, right, passes the ceremonious gavel to the HBA’s new president, John Sparrow of MileStone Community Builders, at the annual Presidential Awards and Installation Luncheon.

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Tommy Holmes, left, one of Capital Title’s new senior VPs of business development, shows Joe “Condo Joe” Bryson around the new office in Avery Ranch.

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Former CRS Austin President Kay DaSilva, left, of Avalar Austin and Karen McCarty of Keller Williams Realty chat about their plans for the new year at the CRS Installation and Awards Luncheon at Westwood Country Club.

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certified residential specialist (CRS) is an elite designation, and the highest credential, awarded to residential brokers and sales agents. In order to earn the CRS designation, at the point of submission, applicants are required to have sold at least $25 million in residential properties or show 75 transactions — all within a five-year period. Today, there are an estimated 38,000 certified residential specialists in the U.S. The Austin chapter consists of roughly 200 CRS designees and members. The two-year old Austin Area Chapter is the result of an evolution that began over two decades ago. Jim Smith, CRS, joined the Council in the 1980s, a time when there was only one state chapter representing Texas. Smith eventually achieved full CRS designation by 1990. He was the 17th CRS in the Austin market. In 1992, Smith, along with officers that are still active today, decided to create a local Council subchapter. The founders are Mark Minchew, CRS, recent CRS National president, Rise’ Johns, CRS, founding president of the Austin chapter, and David Pavliska, CRS. Smith recalls that the subchapter clipped along for a while but then the national organization declared there couldn’t be subchapters. The group was absorbed back into the state chapter — Lone Star. The founders continued maintaining a strong local presence and met regularly.

By the fall of 2011, the core Austin members took another stab at creating a local chapter and by then, the members got permission to form the separate chapter. “Oddly enough,” says Smith, “the founding officers of the official Austin chapter were basically the same group that formed the subchapter in the early 1990s.” By Jan. 2012, the Austin Council was validated, joining 56 regional chapters. Only about 3 percent of REALTORS have their CRS designation, according to the Council of Residential Specialists, a program that originated in 1977. Simply put, getting a broker's license is like getting a college degree; getting your CRS designation is like getting a graduate degree. “Here’s what is important about all this,” says Smith. “It’s not just taking courses. You have to have a lot of experience and actually close transactions. You must also show involvement in the REALTOR community.” One way Austin CRS members are involved with the community is through the organization's philanthropic program, Chapter with a Heart. Currently, its primary focus and recipient is Any Baby Can. Last year, the chapter also raised money for the Austin Board of REALTORS Foundation scholarship program, which awards two scholarships in the name of CRS. In its first two years in existence, chapter president, Rise’ Johns, CRS, was responsible for establishing the group. Smith, the na-

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scent group’s second president, plans to reach out to young people in the real estate community, many of whom don’t see CRS as a shortterm attainable goal. “They look at it as something you need to be in the business for 20 or 30 years before you can earn it,” says Smith. Smith’s focus is growing his membership. Along with president-elect Michelle Busby, CRS, treasurer Hellena Frazier, CRS, secretary Christine Choate, CRS, and immediate past-president Rise’ Johns, the Austin officers are planning to reach out to the Austin Young Real Estate Professionals, among other groups, to let members know about CRS resources. The local chapter is putting together a mentoring program for new members and will assist them in earning their CRS designation. “For those of us who have survived different cycles of real estate phases, we feel we have a lot to offer to new members,” explains Smith. Austin chapter officers also plan to create more networking opportunities throughout Texas and provide more local classes. It doesn’t sound like attracting new members should be problematic. On the one hand, national statistics show the average REALTOR earns around $26,200 per year while the average CRS makes $79,000. On the other hand, members are required to prove their dedication to the industry with a proven sales record. This designation is not for the average broker. “It is for those REALTORS who view their real estate career as a profession and are willing to put forth a concerted effort,” says Smith. Being part of the larger CRS community affords even further benefits. The organization’s website lays out just a few: “CRS chapters offer a variety of services, including education and networking events to encourage referrals, newsletters, website and social media promotion, ad-

vertising and sponsorship opportunities, cutting edge business resources and more.” Another benefit of having a CRS designation is that today, consumers are more educated than ever before. Smith explains that buyers are researching whom they work with. “They don’t want to waste their time with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. They don’t want to make a bad investment decision.” Having a CRS designation alone does not necessarily mean you’re the professional to go to, but it’s the right starting point. The Council is very big on sharing information and helping each other out. “There’s a great deal of referrals that go on just within our chapter,” says Smith. The mindset of the CRS is that they’re always looking out for the client’s best interest. Smith explains that if he has a client who is looking for a property exclusively in south Austin, it’s likely that he’ll refer that client to a CRS member who specializes in that area. Essentially, it’s crucial for real estate professionals, including those who are CRS-designated, to be flexible and have the ability to work in a cyclical real estate climate. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with professionals who know what they’re doing. “Nobody has a crystal ball,” says Smith, “but I can look at trends and say, ‘OK, I see where things are going.” With help from the national organization, which provides members with trending data and reports, you’re in a better position to see what direction things will go in over the next few years. For Smith, CRS afforded him the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount about real estate without having to make every mistake in the book. That’s just one more thing he wants to share with new members. RL

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internal to the brokerage in order to collect full commission. This means that the brokerage completes the transaction in-house, collecting both the buyer’s and the seller’s agents’ commissions. If the broker only exposes the property to a select group of buyers, or a certain type of buyer, there may be a discriminatory effect. If competing brokers agree to work together where a minimum commission must be paid, and the listing is only exposed to a small pool of buyers, say, in an investment club, the arrangement would be considered price-fixing and would infringe on anti-trust laws. These are not the practices of most ethical brokers, and many times the broker will charge a flat rate for the pocket sales—much less than a full percent commission. When the data never gets into the MLS The biggest detriment to the market created by pocket listings is the potential lack of market data. Agents will enter the data from the contract into the MLS post-sale for the purposes of comps, but this doesn’t always happen. In these cases those who need statistical data in order to analyze home values aren’t seeing the full picture. Ultimately, says attorney John Hay of Hay Darby PLLC, the dwindling data in the MLS hurts agents down the road because it's harder to operate without a true market snapshot. In some states, public tax records contain all the information needed for appraisals, but since Texas is a non-disclosure state, the sold price of a home is not required on tax records. “To not enter the information into the MLS after a certain period of time is really doing some damage to the rest of the market,” says Avis Wukasch, TREC Commissioner, who adds that not only are there fewer comps available to

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Bill Evans of Austin Real Pros is ready to “put the smackdown” with his new presidential gavel passed to him from now ABoR Immediate Past-President Cathy Coneway of Stanberry & Associates. The two were dressed to kill at the ABoR Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre.

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Buy a ticket and this bracelet could be all yours! Neal Barnes of Starstate Realty, Cindy Reeder of RE/MAX Capital City and Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, make their rounds at the CRS Installation and Awards Luncheon to sell tickets.

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Hats off to the outgoing NAHREP Austin officers and directors. The group was recognized for their efforts and achievements made in 2013. Pictured left to right (front row) are Genaro Rodriguez, Sandy Urias, Oliva Lerma, Jason Garza, Kindra Zepeda, Joy Pecoraro, (back row) Joe Gonzalez, Rodney Bustamante, Memo Vargas and Olivo Castillo.

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Special guest Joe Stewart of Texas Association of REALTORS enjoys dinner with Carol Medley Parker of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS at the WCR Installation Luncheon.

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ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers, left, and ABoR Immediate Past-President Cathy Coneway, right, of Stanberry & Associates present Laurie Loew of Give Realty with the ABoR Community Service Award. ABoR honors its members achievements annually at its installation and awards event.

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Gayle Berkbigler of Keller Williams Realty claims her President’s Award after a very touching speech from HBA Immediate Past President Brent Allison where he thanked her for her contributions to the HBA.


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So while the rest of us toiled away attending holiday parties, hustling around doing holiday shopping and of course working, these lucky ducks were living it up on a company fishing trip in Cabo San Lucas. Left to right: Russell Stout and Dale Gremillion, both of Guild Mortgage, and Richard Griffin of Bair Hilty, PC

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Did somebody see Aunt Clara in the house? She left her bunny pajamas! Thank goodness Anita Farrell of Keller Williams Realty found them at the ABoR Installation and Award event at ZACH Theatre. Guests of the event were treated to a special screening of “The Christmas Story.”

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Jon and C.J. Pfau, both of Pfau & Company, check out the new Capital Title office in Avery Ranch. Richard Ethridge, right, of Capital Title gives them a tour of the new digs.

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Edie Finch of Edie Finch Properties listens intently as the CRS Austin Chapter installs its new leadership for 2014. As a CRS Austin Chapter member, she attends the group’s bi-monthly meetings at Westwood Country Club.

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Faith Staires of RE/ MAX Austin Skyline and Angie Miller of Lennar Homes say they are ready to hit the ground running in the new year. They both attended the RE/ MAX Austin Skyline Holiday Party.

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John McClellan of Supreme Lending and his wife Laura arrive ready to be entertained at the Austin Board of REALTORS Installation and Awards event where guests got to watch a special showing of “The Christmas Story” at ZACH Theatre.

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Got insurance? Ron Urias, right, of Farmers Insurance knows the business. He says hello to Ann Marie Sandlin of Reta Kays, REALTOR and Leonard Guerrero of JB Goodwin REALTORS at the NAHREP Austin Installation Banquet.

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Realty Austin owners Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright, left, present Foundation Communities a gift from its agents.

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Vaike O’Grady of Newland Communities swears in as the HBA’s new Vice President of Special Projects— part of the Executive Committee of the HBA’s board of directors. The association held its annual Presidential Awards and Installation Luncheon at the Phillips Event Center.

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Real Estate News & Notes JB Goodwin REALTORS recognized as top work place for third year in a row JBGoodwin REALTORS was recognized as a Top Workplace for the third year in a row by the Austin-American Statesman. The company was ranked fourth out of 25 in the mid-

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Scott Norman wins AMBA's Kenton Brown Service Award W. Scott Norman, Sente Mortgage’s Reverse Mortgage Division vice president, received the Kenton Brown Distinguished Service Award. This annual award recognizes exceptional and outstanding service to the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association and the mortgage banking industry. The AMBA established this award to honor the late Kenton Brown, one of Sente’s founding partners and vice president of Sente Mortgage. Recipient Scott Norman, former AMBA president and 20-year active AMBA member is honored by this accolade. “I could not be prouder to receive the award," says Norman. “Kenton was a special person to a lot of people. He really defined service for me. We became friends during the last few years of his life, and I know how much he loved the mortgage industry and the Austin Mortgage Bankers As-

sociation. To receive this award with his name on it is something I will never forget.” Norman led the original campaign to amend the Texas Constitution to allow reverse mortgages in the state in 1999. Most recently he testified before the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate and helped draft the reverse mortgage for purchase legislation that was overwhelmingly passed by voters this past November. The recipient of the Kenton Brown Distinguished Service Award must exhibit personal and professional integrity and make extraordinary contributions of time, judgment and talent to the mission and purpose of the AMBA. The honoree must also strive to bring credit to the AMBA by their work, actions and accomplishments. RL

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FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ONLY: In order to earn a broker co-op fee, broker must bring client into a welcome home center and register them on the client’s first visit. No commission will be paid when agent/broker is acting as a principal/buyer. Not valid if client has previously registered with Lennar, Lennar.com, Village Builders or VillageBuilders.com whether individually or with a broker. Lennar and Village Builders reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time. Other terms and conditions apply. See a new home consultant for more information. *Effective 01/15/14, 4% commission will be paid on select inventory homes that sell between 01/15/14 and 02/15/14. Homes must close and fund by 02/28/14. Contracts signed prior to 01/15/14 are excluded. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Homes subject to prior sale. Prices, features and amenities are subject to change without notice. Visit Lennar.com or see a Lennar New Home Consultant for further details. Offer valid only in states where referrals are permitted. Copyright © 2014 Lennar Corporation. Lennar, the Lennar logo, Village Builders, the Village Builders logo and The Everything’s Included logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. (5784) 01/14


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Becky Hopkins of Austin Title wishes she had a pair of pajamas just like these at home! Good times were had by all at the ABoR Installation and Awards event at ZACH Theatre.

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Even though her time as WCR Austin Treasurer is over, Diana Keyes of Nextage Lonestar Realty can always remember the experience when she looks at her desktop plaque. She was recognized for her contributions at the group’s installation and awards luncheon. Buy photo: RL_010314_K.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

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CRS Austin Chapter President Jim Smith and David Pavliska of RE/MAX give Rise’ Johns of Keller Williams Realty lovely flowers to say “thanks” for her commitment and leadership as CRS Austin Chapter past president.

Realty Line January 2014 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. Realty Line January 2014 issue focuses on pocket listings.

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