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Austin legislators have always operated on the notion that “If we don’t build it, they won’t come.” Whenever the city proposed widening roads or adding highway flyovers in the past, locals scoffed. They were content enough with their cozy capital city. But as time went on, city planners could no longer ignore the fact that

Austin was falling sorely behind on infrastructure improvements, especially concerning roads and transportation. A couple of decades on, after an unprecedented population explosion, addressing Austin’s reduction of quality of life – thanks in part to constant snarling traffic – is no longer negotiable or acceptable.

Voters Pass the 2016 Mobility Bond On Election Day, 59 percent of voters went to the polls and approved the much-needed mobility bond. It was cause for celebration. This past autumn, the Austin Board of REALTORS’ (ABoR) Legislative Management Team also put its support behind the plan. What ABoR and voters approved is a $720 million resolution that will improve conditions on major corridors including, but not limited to, Loop 360, FM 2222, 183, and Parmer Lane; as well as Airport Blvd., North and South Lamar and Burnet. Funds have also been earmarked for signal improvements, bike lanes and sidewalks. Also part of the proposition are studies that will go toward improving regional transportation issues in the future. According to Sara Behunek, corridor communications manager for the city of Austin, “Desired outcomes of the bond measure include making key transportation

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corridors more livable, walkable, safe, and transit-supportive, among other priorities.”

Impact on the Real Estate Industry These improvements were proposed for the purpose of making life easier – and better – for everyone living, working and visiting Austin, but real estate professionals are on a trajectory to benefit more than most other industries as a whole. One of the most obvious advantages is that REALTORS will get around the city faster. The can also assure prospective buyers that a six-mile drive to work at 9 a.m. won’t take 45 minutes.

A Board Divided Most arbiters of the bond believed real estate professionals would welcome the measures with open arms. But it turns out that some REALTORS are indifferent to the proposal, at best, or just do not see the pluses, even with ABoRs’ full support of the proposition. The 2017 ABoR President, Brandy Guthrie, speaks for the organization when she says, “The passage of the mobility bond was a big step forward, in the beginning, to relieve traffic congestion throughout Austin and improve mobility for all modes of transportation.” Guthrie also believes it will help make roads and walkways

around schools safer. And going forward, as Austin continues attracting more homebuyers, professionals and visitors “ABoR will continue to advocate for initiatives that allow for greater infrastructure funding and improvement." Jennifer Archambeault, broker/owner at Urban Provision, REALTORS, admits that at first, she believed the resolution would not have much impact. She has since come around – or at least now feels divided. Widening certain corridors, she says, would add traffic and noise to areas like Parmer and Slaughter. On the other hand, “enhancing these smaller roadways, including William Cannon, Burnet, and Lamar will hopefully provide easier ways to navigate the city.” As a result, this would allow homebuyers to consider areas they would not previously even entertain because right now, commutes can be so debilitating. Others who are lukewarm on the mobility bond say it will take years before we know if the construction was worth it. Shawn Rooker, REALTOR at Realty Austin, says he voted for Prop 1, but not necessarily because he saw it as a sure thing. “There were no real clear choices. I voted for it mostly because it was better than nothing, and mostly not harmful.”

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Features of the Month Column: ABoR—New Year means new beginnings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 3 Column: WCAoR—Sparkle & Shine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 5 Column: HBA—Parade of Homes progress party Jan. 26th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 15 Associates in Progress: Stewart Title . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 25 Expert Commentary: VA Home Loan Benefits. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 27 News & Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 30 Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 31


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a new South office location

By Brandy Guthrie • 2017 President

South will be located at 11200

this March! The new ABoR Manchaca Blvd Suite 301. This building was designed with you in mind. We’ve created member spaces for you to gather and meet w i t h clients or fellow REALTORS. We have allocated classroom spaces and implemented

New year means new beginnings


he New Year marks new beginnings! I am excited to serve as ABoR’s 2017 President and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for ABoR and our members! This association and I value each of our members and I look forward to creating new ways to serve you better. Whether through education, tools, or engaging conversations, the association and I want to help you grow your business and protect your interests. The ABoR Academy peaks with GRI graduates With the competitiveness of our industry, more real estate professionals are taking the necessary steps to stand out to prospective home buyers and sellers and earning the Graduate REALTOR Institute Designation (GRI) is a great way to do that. The ABoR Academy closed out 2016 with the highest number of GRI graduates in the state, with 199 graduates! Congratulations to all who have completed their designation. ABoR provides its members with other opportunities

for training, education, and professional development. You can learn more about how to connect to knowledge at or view upcoming classes at Calendar. TransactionDesk – a new management tool coming to MLS On Tuesday, Jan. 24 the new document and transaction management tool, TransactionDesk, will integrate into the ABoR MLS. This system is used for uploading documents to a listing and involves a similar process to what you currently do using Document Manager. TransacationDesk is accessible on any device and will serve as a resource for managing documents and transactions. Each transaction keeps a checklist of tasks that ensure the broker, agents and clients are organized. This system also includes a FREE e-signature tool. To learn more about how TransactionDesk works, visit A new South location is coming to you I am thrilled to announce that we will open

technological resources to better serve you. March will be here quickly and we can’t wait to reveal this beautiful location to you. In the meantime, visit our current South location at 2028 E Ben White Blvd.

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Celebrate love with TREPAC and wine tasting This year’s TREPAC Wine Tasting Event is Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6:30– 8:30 p.m. at CRÚ Wine Bar at the Domain. Tickets are $65 but are limited, so be sure to purchase your ticket quickly! TREPAC Wine Tastings have always been a hit so we are excited to host another this year. The theme is “Month of Love” so come and for a good time, as love and happiness will be in the air! The night is sure to be filled with food, drinks and fun, so don’t miss out. Learn more and buy tickets on under the “Events” tab. RL

ABoR Academy Educational Courses Jan 23: Green MLS: The Key to Unlocking the Green Home Market – ABoR HQ (TREC# 30890) Jan 23: Matrix Advanced Client Portal – ABoR North in Cedar Park Jan 24: New Home Construction & Buyer Representative – ABoR South (TREC# 29385) Jan 24: Cultural Confidence: The Art of Global Success – ABoR HQ Jan 25: TREC Legal Update I – ABoR South (TREC# 29622) Jan 25: TransactionDesk Overview with CoreLogic – ABoR HQ Jan 25: Matrix Advanced Client Portal – ABoR South Jan 25: ABoR Forum: Texas Water Legislative Preview – ABoR HQ Jan 26: TREC Legal Update II – ABoR South (TREC# 29623) Jan 26: Introduction to Matrix – RE/MAX Cedar Park (TREC# 03-00-057-28941) Jan 26: TransactionDesk Overview with CoreLogic – ABoR HQ Jan 27: Matrix Analytics and Reporting – Hay Legal Group (TREC# 02-00-067-28918) Jan 31: New Home Construction & Buyer Representative – ABoR HQ (TREC# 29385) Feb 1: Accredited Buyer Representative – ABoR South (TREC# 16-00-107-28651) Feb 2: Accredited Buyer Representative – ABoR South (TREC# 16-00-107-28651)

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2016 Women's Council of REALTORS President Ruby Johnson thanks Aisha Dull of Century Oaks Title for attending the group's monthly meeting. Aisha loves the programs and the opportunity to spread the word about her company's services and convenient location close to Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock near Hesters Crosssing and IH 35.

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Members of the ABoR Foundation get ready to kick off the Habitat Blitz — an initiative to help neighbors improve their homes.

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These birthday buddies celebrate together at the TREPAC Birthday Bowl at Dart Bowl. Pictured left to right are Dianne Kennedy of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, Cathy Coneway of Stanberry & Associates and Bill Evans of Austin Real Pros. Buy Photo: RL_120916_C.jpg at

Shonte Battle, Barbara Williams, Teri Goldstein, Jennifer Pospisil and Sandy Provance, all of Chicago Title, wish everyone Happy Holidays while attending the company's Christmas party. Chicago Title has nine offices to serve clients all around Austin. Submitted Photo

JB Goodwin REALTORS Williamson County Sales & Leasing Manager A.J. Abrams enjoys some times with fellow agents Kathy Farley and Alice Niven at the company holiday party at The Headliners Club. JB Goodwin REALTORS has been named AustinAmerican Stateman's Best Places to Work for six years in a row!

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Karen Klemcke and Patricia Perez, both of DHI Mortgage, arrive to the WCR Monthly Meeting ready to network with REALTORS. DHI Mortgage offers multiple loan programs for its clients.


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President’s Column By Suzanne Gantner • 2017 President


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Ring in the sparkle


s a very optimistic person, I plan on accomplishing many positive things in the coming year. I want to shine; but, if you know me, then you know that I always want to sparkle and shine. I want each of you to make 2017 the year you sparkle and shine with me! “How do you sparkle?” you might ask. There are many different terms for the phrase "sparkle and shine." Some examples are “pay it forward,” “be kind to one another,” “do the right thing,” “do unto others,” “embrace life and people,” “involve yourself with the community,” etc. I am sure by now you are getting the gist of my statement and mission. I want you to take some time out of your ever busy schedule and help others. It could be as simple as “paying it forward” in the Starbucks drive-thru; volunteering at a local food pantry, giving to the Association’s Annual Food Drive in July or helping with Habitat for Humanity. Think of what makes you happy, what makes you sparkle, and spread the feeling. An Austin man named Zach Horvath is on a

mission to highlight inspiring stories. His mantra is "Live a Great Story." Ones that inspires educates and reminds people that there are great stories and things everywhere. To learn more about Mr. Horvath, read some of the stories that show how your actions towards others have a ripple effect; read about his story in the Austin American-Statesman. He is on a mission to make Austin 2017 shiny. So, that is why I am on a mission to sparkle. We have great people, great communities, and cities with great stories. This year, take the time to tell family and friends that you love them and that you are thankful for them; say thanks to workers, total strangers, and people on the street. Be kind to everyone you meet, you do not know what they are going through, and that may just make their day. Have bigger hearts this year when asked to give your time or money, pamper yourself so that you can pamper others. It is always the little stuff that means a lot. This year is a positive pathway to greatness. Sparkle my friends. Happy New Year! RL








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Kirby Parsons, left, and David Pruitt, right, both of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS show Ryan Rogers of Kuper Sotheby's International Realty around the new digs in Lakeway. The new Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS office currently supports 25 agents and is ready for a busy 2017.

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Allure Real Estate agents Dan Brown and Step Crutchfield are excited to kick off the new year with a new Real Estate brokerage. Allure Real Estate just opened its office near Burnet Road and 49th Street

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It's a night of glitz and glamour at the Great Gatsby AMBA Installation Dinner where Dan Rushing, right, of Highlands Residential Mortgage is installed as 2017 president and Natalie Penland, second from left, of Legacy Mutual Mortgage is installed as secretary. Natalie is joined by her husband Josh Penland of Legacy Mutual Mortgage and Dan is accompanied by his wife Kandis Rushing of Crescent Communities.

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Judy Alloway, Christina Radke, Allison Dady, Laurie Kriegel and Susan Hector, all of JB Goodwin REALTORS, enjoy tasty beverages and good friends at the company Holiday party at The Headlners Club in Austin.

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Kapila Zielinski and Manny Teran, both of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, are diggin' the new digs in Lakeway. With a Starbucks just across the street, how could you go wrong?

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WCREALTORS Executive Officer Marge Phillips, left, and 2016 WCREALTORS President Shavonne Martin present the Distinguished Service award to Don Quick of Don Quick Realty at the WCREALTORS Installation Banquet.

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Rose King, Amanda Valdes, Donia Crouch, Jim Crouch, Cindie Brooks and Debbie Peek, all of Chicago Title gather to celebrate the holidays and wish everyone a prosperous 2017.

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2016 Austin Mortgage Bankers Association (AMBA) President Karen Elliott of Sente Mortgage passes the gavel to Dan Rushing of Highlands Residential Mortgage to lead the group as president in 2017. Congratulations Dan and cheers to a fantastic year.

Building relationships is the most effective sales tool. These ladies know the drill all too well. Aisha Dull of Century Oaks Title, Stacey Blake of Landmark Warranty and Jamie Goss of Supreme Lending attend the Women's Council of REALTORS monthly luncheon to meet new people and catch up with old friends.


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Allure Real Estate Broker/Owner Kerry Redding, left, is ready to hit the ground running with her team. Maria Ivicic, a real estate agent with Allure Real Estate is excited to be with the new company and attends the grand opening with her husband Dan Ivicic. The boutique real estate brokerage currently has 11 agents and is growing quickly.

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Karla and Victor Aguilar, both of North American Title, enjoy a night out at the WCREALTORS Installation and Awards Banquet at the Sheraton Georgetown.

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John Rosshirt of Stanberry & Associates aims to pick a "winning" name at the ABoR TREPAC Birthday Bowl event at Dart Bowl. Hmmm, "Striker" sounds pretty good. John is a longtime supporter of TREPAC and encourages everyone to donate to support industry causes during this legislative session.

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Carol Hardy, center, of C-21 Hellmann Stribling tells Margaret Parma of Kuper Sotheby's international and Myra Page of Farmers Insurance that she's ready to be President-Elect of the Women's Council of REALTORS in 2017.

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Gathering for the holidays Edward Farmer, Sytha Minter and Sondra Sondregger, all of Horizon Realty, are grateful for a booming housing market and toast to a fantastic new year.

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Brad & Kathie Thomas, both of Security National Mortgage, arrive in style at the AMBA Great Gatsby themed Installation Banquet. Rates are low and this group can secure a smooth closing for your clients in 2017.

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Leigh Hillard of Keller Williams Realty enjoys a few laughs with the women of Century Oaks Title — Aisha Dull, center, and Bertha Godinez at the WCR Installation Luncheon at Norris Conference Center. The Texas based company has an office in Round Rock and is ready to serve REALTORS in 2017.

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The ladies of Chicago Title enjoy the holidays with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty. Pictured left to right are Amber Work, Rose King, Jay Kuper of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, Barbara Williams and Cindy Yates.


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Filled with cheer, these Horizon Realty agents celebrate a fantastic year while gathering for the holidays. Pictured left to right are Nichole Cooper, Kelly James, Molly Fredrich and Lori Hartman.

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Nic Nicolosi, center, his wife Kallie Nicolosi and Andrew Brown come together to celebrate the grand opening of Allure Real Estate — a new brokerage in town where Nic and Andrew are both agents ready to serve buyers and sellers in Austin. Submitted Photo

Doedi Meyer of Helping Hands Realty Services, LLC is installed WCR Austin 2017 Secretary and Aaron Lee of Bank of Texas Mortgage Group is installed as 2017 Treasurer at the WCR Installation & Awards Banquet at the Norris Conference Center.

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Sheri Brummett of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS finds her elf off the shelf. Bad elf! Christina Isaac of North American Title wishes everyone a smooth closing in 2017. The two attended the North American Title Thrive for Five event at the company's Northwest office.

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President’s Column By Steve Krasoff • 2017 President


2017 Parade of Homes progress: you’re invited to a special event January 26th

appy New Year friends! It’s 2017, and for the Home Builders Association, that means we embark on yet another spectacular Parade of Homes. This year’s event is sure to be an unprecedented affair. The HBA has selected The Peninsula at Rough Hollow in Lakeway to host this year’s Parade of Homes May 12-29, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best Parades ever. The Peninsula at Rough Hollow is the lakeside community’s crown jewel. Perched on a hilltop with 360-degree views of Lake Travis, this gated neighborhood is situated along Rough Hollow’s western frontier and offers estate-sized home sites — perfect for expansive, luxury custom-built homes like those crafted for the HBA of Greater Austin’s Parade of Homes. Five sprawling, state-of-the-art homes built by some of the region’s finest custom builders are taking shape along the 2017 Parade route. This year’s Parade builders include Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design + Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Custom Homes. As a Realtor, you are

AVAILABLE: $1,799,000 This beautiful, 5+ bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 5,046 square foot home includes extensive interior luxury amenities, soaring Hill Country views and a refreshing pool. This home will feel like a resort in and of itself.

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exclusively invited to the Parade of Homes “Luxury on the Horizon” VIP Realtor Event on Thursday, Jan. 26. The event is a special viewing for Realtors of the progress of these homes and will offer you the opportunity to learn more about the homes, the builders, and the community. The sunset event will take place from 4-6 p.m. and will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and prizes. RSVP to rsvp@ to attend.

and his team deliver superior quality and outstanding service every time. About the home A classic approach to a traditional German farmhouse evokes a timeless sense of style and comfort to this home. A perfect blend of rustic and modern accents are found through-

out. With extensive interior luxury amenities, soaring Hill Country views and a refreshing pool, this home will feel like a resort in and of itself. This 5,046 square foot, 5-bedroom, 4.5 bathroom, 4-car garage Parade home will be available Spring 2017 for $1,799,000. For more information on this home as well as all of the other homes in the 2017 Parade of Homes, visit RL

2017 Parade of Homes Builder Spotlight Arbogast Custom Homes Arbogast Custom Homes is a boutique custom homebuilder committed to absolute client satisfaction. Accepting only a limited number of clients per year, Tod Arbogast insists on being personally involved in every home he builds. Exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail and building with integrity are cornerstones of his company. With well over a decade in residential construction as well as a valuable






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A look back at some of the best moments of 2016

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Tracy Lazorik of Diane Dopson Properties had such a fantastic year in 2015 she was recognized as Rookie of the Year by the Austin Board of REALTORS. 2016 ABoR President Aaron Farmer presented her with the award at the ABoR Installation and Awards Banquet.

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There's nothing like hitting a home run right out of the gates. Amanda Patterson earns Keller Wiliams Realty Northwest Office's 2015 Rookie of the Year Award. She's definitely one to watch.

Tommy Tucker of Crescent Communities, Jennifer Stary and Staci Wimbush, both of Legacy International, Rachelle Sturgis of Rough Hollow, Loren Dickey and Philip Jalufka, both of Legacy International, celebrate their Grand MAX Community of the Year award, one of three awards for Rough Hollow at the HBA's MAX Awards Gala.

Obi-Wu Kenobi aka Avis Wukasch, Darth Vadar, Chewbacca aka Steve Schlueter, Han Solo Don Johnon and Han Solo Bruce Rodden, make an appearance at Keller Williams Realty's Round Rock Office Awards banquet.

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Jodi Blynn of Newland Communities rocks out with Jagged Luck lead guitarist at the Newland Communities Realtour Sale-abration event for REALTORS at Westside Ale House in Round Rock.

Brains. Brains. Brains! John and Susan Horton of John Horton Realty pose with the Realty Line Scarecrow at the HBA’s MAX Awards Gala: A Night in the Emerald City where Susan won the REALTOR of the Year award. Congratulations Susan!

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A look back at some of the best moments of 2016

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Rela Manigsaca of Realty Austin, Alka Shah of JB Goodwin REALTORS, Ron Glenn and Brittney Heffernan, both of Highland Homes, and AREAA Executive Director Cindy Spackman put together a team to help clean yards for lower income Asian American homeowners for the organization’s Building Community Day.

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Christy Gessler of RE/MAX 1 takes home 1st prize at the TREPAC’s Got Talent Show for her impression of Amy Winehouse singing “Rehab.”

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WCREALTORS Event Director Kent Prickett tries to snag a bite of Michelle Sherwood’s tasty burger at the WCREALTORS Battle of the Burgers event. Michelle, who works for Keller Williams Realty, was the event committee chair.

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Chelsea Brown, left, of KB Home, shows Vicki Jones Jennings of Keller Williams Realty that the builder has paid more than $4,600,000 in REALTOR commissions — KB Home loves REALTORS!

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Kandis Rushing of Crescent Communities invites REALTORS to Bryson, a master-planned community in Leander offering homes from the $300s for a fun Splish Splash REALTOR Bash water balloon fight.

Sudhakar Karumuri of All City Real Estate wins a Mercedes Benz from Highland Homes. The lucky winner just had to sell two Highland Homes between January 1 and September 30t to be entered into the drawing. Time for a spin!


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Charlie Valdes of Chicago Title enjoys the holidays with the good folks at Kuper Sotheby's International Realty like Mary Lou York while attending the company's Holiday party.

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Sandy Marrow, Miguel & Diane Gomez of RE/MAX Austin Skyline, Shelton Green of Colonial National Mortgage and Diana Brown of Independence Title wish everyone happiness and prosperity in 2017. They attended the RE/MAX Austin Skyline 22nd Annual Holiday Party at Chez Zee.

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Carrie York of Austin Real Pros is certain "she's got this!" We are rooting for her as she attempts to get a strike at the ABoR TREPAC Bowling event to raise money for the organization.

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The gang's all here. Horizon Realty agents gather at its North Mopac office to celebrate the holidays.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS President Helen Edwards, second from left, helps Frankie Turner (with scissors) cut the ceremonial ribbon representing the grand opening of its new Lakeway office. 2017 here we come!

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CJ and Jon Pfau are always having a good time and attending the WCREALTORS Installation and Awards Banquet is no different.

Cindie Brooks, right, of Chicago Title, ensures Sylvia Peck and Cathie Richard, both of RE/MAX Skyline, that Chicago Title's escrow professionals are some of the best in the business. They attended the RE/MAX Austin Skyline 22nd annual Holiday Party.


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Kerry Redding and Isaiah Tibbs, both broker/owners of Allure Real Estate, celebrate the company's grand opening. The company's office is located near the intersection of Burnet Road and 49th Street in Austin.

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Sue Ramminger of Private Label Realty and Shaun Rakhar of First Unique Realty take a little break after a busy week to attend the North American Title Thrive for Five event at its Northwest office.

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This JB Goodwin REALTORS Northwest group volunteers to hand out coats for Coats for Kids. Pictured left to right are Chris Sachs, Dorothy Palmore, Byron “Buddy” Schilling and Leonard Guerrero. The office collected 239 coats!

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Teresa Recar of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS gives it a whirl and well, the important thing is she showed up to support TREPAC at the TREPAC Birthday Bowl hosted by ABoR at Dart Bowl.


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Josh Williams, left, and Roxane Ford, second from right, both of Austin Title, take some time to spend with friends and colleagues like Tammy Gardner and Byron “Buddy” Schilling, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, at the JB Goodwin REALTORS Holiday party at The Headliner's Club in Downtown Austin.

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Horizon Realty agents come together to celebrate the holidays. Pictured left to right are Jeff Drutz, Yolla Bsaibes and Ray Woauer.

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Wendy Wood and Joy Peterson, both of First American Title, enjoy some down time at the WCREALTORS Installation Banquet as they reminisce on a great 2016 and hope for an even better 2017.

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Jody Blynn of Newland Communities visits with Westin Homes' Rob McDonald at the WCR Monthly Luncheon. Westin Homes is currently building in four communities around Austin including Sweetwater (a Newland Communities development in Bee Cave), Rough Hollow Lakeway, Santa Rita Ranch and Morning Star.

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Kristin Carroll and Gaby Brown, both of Sente Mortgage, arrive in style at the Great Gatsby themed AMBA Installation and Awards Banquet where Kristin passed the torch to incoming president Dan Rushing of Highlands Residential Mortgage.

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is to oversee daily operations, enhance associate performance and teach industry best practices,” Frederick says. “To continue delivering the best possible service to our customers and stay in front of the industry, we groom our talented associates with our own Academy and training certification program.” A S S O C I AT E S I N P R O G R E S S - A d v e r t i s e r P r o f i l e b y K a t i e B r o w n In addition to training its associates, Stewart Title has a team of business development ince 1893, Stewart Title has been com- contractors to ensure a seamless customer ex- officers who are constantly in front of clients mitted to providing comprehensive perience from start to finish. and coordinate continuing education classes service, deep expertise and qualStewart Title of Austin includes 16 offices, that are in high demand. “All of our instrucity solutions for customers throughout any 170 associates and multiple builder title com- tors are practicing professionals with expertise real estate transaction. Formerly known as panies across the seven surrounding coun- and experience in various areas of the real esGracy Title Company, Stewart Title of Aus- ties: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Burnet, Llano, tate industry, including legal, title, technology, tin holds up these same principles, making it Caldwell and Bastrop. Voted a “Best Place to luxury homes, market trends and social meone of the top title companies in the region. Work” in the Austin American-Statesman dia,” Frederick says. While the name of the company recently seven straight years, Stewart Title is also well As the Austin market continues to see a changed, the commitment to its customers engaged with the community. “We believe rise in population, particularly among millenhasn’t wavered. “Our cusnials, Stewart Title is tomers have been our top eager to assist all types priority since we began as of clients—from first— Wanda Frederick, Division President Gracy Title in 1873,” says time home buyers to Wanda Frederick, divinew residents to famision president for Stewart lies looking for a new Title of Austin. “The same home. “Anyone choospersonalized service is ing to use Stewart Title still waiting for customers of Austin for their title in every transaction.” industry needs will Specializing in comreceive consistently mercial and residential superior service,” Fredtitle insurance and closing erick says. “Our many and settlement services, experienced underStewart Title of Austin works with an array strongly in giving back to the communities we writers, examiners and escrow staff are dediof customers and industry experts, including serve, and we support Foundation Communi- cated to finding ways to close deals.” homeowners, home buyers, real estate agents, ties, Austin Pets Alive, SafePlace, Front Steps To ensure a quality experience from start mortgage lenders, banks, builders, developers and other local charities,” Frederick says. to finish, Stewart Title works with REALTORS For Frederick, ensuring the team’s associ- in a uniquely collaborative way, delivering and investors. Additionally, they work closely with many home-related vendors, such as in- ates are providing quality service and exper- personalized service and drawing upon the surance companies, surveyors, inspectors and tise is a company-wide commitment. “My role resources of a global company. “We respond


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quickly to their needs, provide the guidance necessary to close their deals and make sure they look good to their customers,” Frederick says. “We are experts in the Austin market and the title industry and use our expertise to streamline and simplify transactions for REALTORS.” A longstanding commitment to comprehensive service, deep expertise and quality solutions makes Stewart Title one of the top local, national and international title and closing providers. As we embark on 2017, the company is excited for what the New Year will have in store. “On behalf of Stewart Title of Austin, we would like to say ‘thank you’ to all our loyal clients who have continued to be a part of our success,” Frederick says. “We wish each of you a Happy New Year and plan to see you very soon!” RL

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Austin Mortgage veteran Steve Builta of City Bank accepts the Kenton Brown Distinguished Service Award from Scott Norman of Sente Mortgage. The award was established in 2012 in honor of the late Kenton Brown to recognize exceptional and outstanding service to the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association and the mortgage banking industry. Download Photo: RL_010617_L.jpg at

Tracie Ellenbogen, left, of Perry Homes and Jody Blynn, right, of Newland Communities, celebrate the grand opening of the new Coldwell Bankers United, REALTORS location in Lakeway with Kim Kahle of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS. Did you know Perry Homes just started building in Rancho Sienna in Georgetown? Download Photo: RL_010117_L.jpg at

Always making sure REALTORS are taken care of, Kim Correa, right, of North American Title, ensures Kim Smith of JB Goodwin REALTORS and Diane Christy of Diane Christy REALTORS are having a good time at her company's Thrive for Five event.

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Just like in her day job, Patricia Perez of DHI Mortgage will do anything to get the job done. Whatever it takes, right Patricia? She took part in the TREPAC Birthday Bowl hosted by ABoR at Dart Bowl.

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Commentary By Chad Bowman Veterans United Home Loans

Home loan benefits for military veterans


he VA Loan is a powerful home loan program for many veterans, service members and military families. Thanks to a guaranty backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), qualifying veterans and service members can access a zero-downpayment home loan and finance 100 percent of the price of their new home. The VA Loan also gives them the ability to obtain lower interest rates, which can potentially help them qualify more easily for a VA Loan than for other loan programs. The VA Loan also saves homebuyers thousands of dollars over the life of the loan by not paying private mortgage insurance (PMI). Both active duty and retired veterans can access this home buying benefit. One improvement as recent as this month is an increase in the Texas loan limit for VA loans without a down payment. The limit went from $417,000 to $424,100. Veterans who have full entitlement and who qualify can get a VA loan for $424,100 with no down payment. Financing more than $424,100 requires a down payment of only 25 percent of the amount over

the $424,100 limit. In that case, it would be a VA “jumbo loan” which goes up to $1.5MM. Veterans can even have more than one VA Loan at a time! Although VA Loans are only for a primary residence at the time of purchase, a veteran can move out later and lease out the home as an investment property while still keeping the VA Loan. If they have enough remaining “second tier entitlement,” they can purchase another home with their VA benefits. Even a veteran who had a VA foreclosure in the past and who owes money to the VA can potentially obtain another VA Loan without paying back the VA for the previous foreclosure loss. There are additional benefits for disabled veterans and surviving spouses. For instance, a veteran with a 10 percent or more VA disability rating will not pay any VA funding fee when he or she obtains a VA loan. This will save him or her thousands of dollars. Veterans with a 30 percent disability rating may take advantage of the Texas Veterans Housing Assistance Program to get a potentially below‐market inter-


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est rate. And veterans with a 100 percent VA disability rating are completely exempt from property taxes on their homestead residence. There are also VA loans for refinancing. In Texas there are two VA programs available. The first is the VA Streamline Refinance (also called “IRRRL”) used to refinance from a VA Loan to another VA Loan. It usually requires no out‐of‐pocket expenses, appraisal or income verification. The other is the VA CashOut Refinance used to pay off a non‐VA loan. In Texas this program cannot be used to pull out actual cash, but it can be used to replace another loan program with a VA Loan to capture a lower interest rate, a shorter term or to remove mortgage insurance. If a VA Loan is used to purchase a home, it must be the veteran’s primary residence. Just about any home can be purchased, but condos must be on the VA-approved list. Only specialized lenders can finance a manufactured, mobile or modular home. There is not currently a VA program for land or for construction; therefore, these properties likely require a conventional loan financing option, although the Veterans Land Board has a great land‐only program. Do you know a veteran who is hesitant to apply for a VA Loan because he or she is concerned about credit scores or credit history? Many local Austin lenders offer complimentary credit repair assistance programs to help those veterans overcome that hurdle and get into their dream home. It’s usually just a matter of time, patience and doing the right things to bring scores up. The sooner they start working on it, the better. The best place to look for information and training about these programs is your local VA lender and local board of REALTORS. Both

Quick Reference THE BENEFITS OF VA LOANS $0 DOWN with 100% Financing Lower Interest Rates No Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) Available to Active Duty & Retirees Access to more than one VA Loan at a time Zero property taxes for 100% disabled veterans Refinancing? No out‐of‐pocket expenses, appraisal or income verification. Ask a VA Home Loan Expert for more details about these benefits and others.

the Austin Board of REALTORS and the Williamson County Association of REALTORS have classes on VA loans and Texas Veteran loans. The more you know, the more you can be a resource to local military veterans and really make a difference in their lives. Remember, the VA loan benefit is not just a loan product. It is an entitlement service members have earned by their sacrifice to protect our freedom. Veterans turn to local REALTORS to guide them in the home buying process. Give back by supporting our local veterans and share this valuable VA benefit information with those who fought to earn it.

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2,018 1,973 2,205 2,417 2,448 2,085 1,828

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But ABoR is certain this is a substantive way to make a demonstrable impact on the city because, for many years, Austin has neglected to invest in infrastructure. It has only helped that infrastructure improvements have been a hot-button issue across the country. According to Behunek, “We regularly consult peer cities on best practices in the development of bond proposals for voter consideration, both in Texas and out-of-state, such as Seattle and Denver. However, Austin is unique,



and we know that what works other places may not be suited for us, and vice versa.”

REALTOR Concerns An obvious concern real estate professionals have voiced are the burdens these projects will place on drivers. Archambeault says, “I’m hopeful a lot of thought is put into which roadways to tackle first rather than looking at a map, closing your eyes, and pointing to the roadway that gets improved next.” She believes a positive outcome for Central Texas Realtors will be determined by a methodical approach to planning.

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Behunek says the city is aware of these worries. In the 2016 Bond Contract with Voters, the City Council promised to prioritize a reduction in congestion, as well as “reduced delay at intersections for all modes of travel, and improved effectiveness of transit operations [within affected corridors].” Additionally, “The Corridor Construction Program will recommend implementation timelines in accordance with need.” Austin is now in the process of selecting a Corridor Improvements Consultant that will work to help develop a construction program, which is outlined in the voter bond contract.

“We will take into account high priority needs as well as work sequencing, with the goal of mitigating negative impacts to all transportation users,” says Behunek. Archambeault does ultimately concede that she’s happy the bond passed because we can no longer ignore Austin transportation infrastructure problems. “Our population is set to double from its current population in the next 20 years, and if we don’t start thinking smart now, including improvements beyond roadways, we will never be free of the long-term traffic crisis.” RL

CITY OF AUSTIN IMPACT OF 2016 MOBILITY BOND Austin voters approved City of Austin Proposition 1 on November 8, 2016, authorizing the City of Austin to issue $720 million in general obligation bonds to fund transportation and mobility improvements.


$ 720


SPENDING BY PROJECT TYPE $37,500,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,000,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $27,500,000 . . . . . . . . . . $20,000,000 . . . $11,000,000 . . $15,000,000 . . $482,000,000 . $101,000,000

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. . . . . . . . . Sidewalks . . . . . . . . . . . Trails . . . . . . Routes to School . . . . . . . . . Bikeways . . . . Road Improvements . . . . . . Fatality reduction Corridor Improvement Projects . . Regional Mobility Projects

ROADS BE AUSTIN IMPROVED ROADWAYS WILL BE AFFECTED OVERTO30 Loop 360 corridor Spicewood Springs Road Old Bee Caves Road Bridge Anderson Mill Road intersection of RM 620 and RM 2222 Parmer Lane North Lamar Boulevard Burnet Road Airport Boulevard

East Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard/FM 969 South Lamar Boulevard East Riverside Drive Guadalupe Street Slaughter Lane William Cannon Drive Rundberg Lane East Colony Park Loop Road South Congress Avenue

Manchaca and South Pleasant Valley Road Falwell Lane William Cannon Drive Railroad Overpass FM 1626 Cooper Lane Ross Road Circle S Road

Rutledge Spur Davis Lane Latta Drive/Brush Country Johnny Morris Road Brodie Lane

HOW TO STAY INFORMED Visit bond for general information, updates and a link to sign up to receive future updates by email.






*Based on the City of Austin’s Anticipated Annual Tax Bill Impact on the 2016 median priced home of $251,994

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January 2017

Real Estate News & Notes Gonzalez named Platinum Top 50 REALTORS

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The Executive Leadership Team at Keller Williams Cedar Park is thrilled to announce that Gilbert Gonzalez, REALTOR Leader of Home Connect 512, was recently named as

one of the 50 top agents in Austin by Platinum Top 50. We are proud of Gilbert and his team and are so honored to be in business with this consummate professional! RL

Soletti Adler named Best REALTOR by Austin Chronicle Samantha Soletti Adler of Eanes Properties was recently named the Austin Chronicle's Best REALTOR. The "Best Of " awards have been nominated and voted on by Austin Chronicle readers annually since 1990. Awards are given in seven categories including: Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Nightlife, Services and more. Samantha edged out finalists Robert J. Fischer and Jason Jarman

for the win. Samantha has been a REALTOR with Eanes Properties, a family-owned agency, since 2000. Her specialties include property management and listings with a focus on homes and investments in Eanes, Lake Travis, Dripping Springs, South Austin, Buda and Kyle. Samantha holds the GRI, E-Pro and ABR designations. She is a member of the Austin Board of REALTORS, Texas Association of REALTORS and National Association of REALTORS. She is an alumni of UTSA and Alpha Kappa Psi. RL

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RE/MAX Capital City among top charity contributors ‘Tis the season for giving, and nowhere is that culture embraced and embodied more than at RE/MAX Capital City. The tone of philanthropy is conducted by longtime top producing REALTORS under the leadership of Broker/Owner Jeff Osborne, a fixture on the Austin real estate scene since 1987, and a noted industry educator. “We’re 80 percent of the way towards our five-year, $125,000 commitment to Hope Alliance, the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County,” Osborne recently confirmed. “This year’s $25K contribution brings us to over $100,000 so far, and we’re on track with our other pledges as well. Our agents continue to amaze me with their commitment.” Capital City was the No. 1 RE/MAX CMN contributor for many years having supported our Dell Children’s Hospital with over $100,000 in closing contributions from all our agents. In 2013, Osborne charged his staff with finding a need at the local level where the company could make a significant impact. When they discovered Hope Alliance, the organization was coping with a multitude of funding and facilities problems and was forced to turn away over 40

percent of those who came seeking refuge. The agents of Capital City and lending partner, Supreme Lending, accepted the challenge to make a big commitment. In addition to financial support, the agents have donated thousands of dollars in goods and services . The company has continued support for Children’s Miracle Network and Susan G. Komen as well. This year, over $3,400 has been donated to Children’s Miracle Network to support local affiliate Dell Children’s Hospital and over $1,000 has been donated to Susan G. Komen. “Community involvement goes hand-inhand with the service we provide every day to our neighbors who live and work in the same place we all do,” Osborne adds. “We’re all looking to provide the same comforts and security and safety for our loved ones, and enjoy the best opportunities our life provides. It’s an honor to be surrounded with people who share the values of compassion, as well as those of professional success.” For more information, visit RE/MAX Capital City at, or call 512-3316644. RL

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Upcoming Events Association Member Events Thursday, January 19th HBA/ABoR Housing Forecast JW Marriott, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 21st ABoR: Installation & Industry Awards JW Marriott, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, January 27th WCREALTORS: Explore Williamson County - Round Rock WCREALTORS Office, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2nd WCREALTORS: Super Bowl of Builders DELL Diamond, 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16th HBA: Rat Pack Casino Night Phillips Event Center, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23rd ABoR: TREPAC Wine Tasting CRU Wine Bar, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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WCR Officers Doedi Meyer presents Christina Isaac with North American Title with the Affiliate of the Year award at the group's Installation and Awards Luncheon. Visit one of North American Title's three branches to close your next home!

Thursday, January 26th Home Loans for Veterans WCREALTORS Office, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Happy Hours & Networking Socials Thursday, January 19th WCR: Winter White Party Hanovers 2.0, 6 to 9 p.m.

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JB Goodwin REALTORS San Antonio Manager Erin Cestero, left, Performance Coach Jason Edwards, Ben Goodwin of Premier Nationwide Lending and JB Goodwin REALTORS San Antonio President Reagan Greer, right, congratulate Gay Puckett, center, for earning the company's Top Listing Agent agent award.

Wednesday, February 1st AMBA Monthly Meeting Austin Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 15th CRS Austin Bi-Monthly Meeting Westwood Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Builder Events & New Home Tours Thursday, January 26th Parade of Homes™ Luxury on the Horizon VIP REALTOR Event The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, January 26th MI Homes REALTOR Casino Night Arrowhead Ranch, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Download Photo: RL_010917_M.jpg at

WCREALTORS installs its 2017 Board of Directors at its recent Installation & Awards banquet at Sheraton Georgetown.

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