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ustin has one of the healthiest real estate markets in the country, and it’s easy to see why. Our city consistently ranks among US cities with the highest quality of life, and has even been named “Best City for the Next Decade” by Kiplinger Personal Finance. A recent study by Portfolio.com/ bizjournals cited, among other factors, our strong population growth, well-rounded economy, healthy job market, impressive housing stocks and moderate cost of living as its basis for ranking Austin as having the ninth best quality of life in the US. Austin buyers

Selling the City: Get the Facts While it’s safe to say that the word is out about Austin being a great place to live, it’s helpful to have a handful of the latest stats handy to seal the deal with clients who are considering relocating. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to call Austin home:

Healthy Job Market Even in the down economy, unemployment in the Austin area has remained steadily below state and national rates. Meanwhile our wages have grown faster than anywhere else in the state. Austin ranked as 2010’s best city for job growth on Monster.com, thanks to its “favorable business environment, growing clean energy and technology initiatives, and collaboration between university and business researchers.” Austin is also an entrepreneurfriendly city, with more than 40,000 small businesses in Central Texas.

Healthy Population Living in Austin could be good for your health. Last year, Austin ranked No. 10 on the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index. With its large number of parks, nearby hill country and young, active population, our city was also ranked the second most walking city in America several years ago by Prevention magazine, with seven percent of Austinites walking to work. Austin is also set to experience some healthy growth. Population is up 32 percent since 2000, and predicted to grow to three million by 2030, which is good news for the housing market in the long term despite recent decreases in sales volume. “Our real estate values have continued to appreciate, which indicates long–term strength in Austin’s real estate market,” said Judith Bundschuh, Chairman of the Austin Board of Realtors.

The Cool Factor Sadly, no, we don’t mean the weather— though the abundance of sunny days is a plus. No matter who you are or what your interests are, there’s always something to do or appreciate in Austin. With over 100 music venues, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The city is home to two of the largest music festivals in the US, Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest. The Mother Nature Network has named Austin as one of the nation’s 10 greenest cities for its Climate Protection Program, a plan to go carbon-neutral by 2020, and because Austin Energy is the largest provider of renewable energy in the US. The city’s culture is defined by its eclecticism, and that goes for the neighborhoods as well. Wherever you roam with your clients, from funky SoCo to lively downtown with its growing development, up to homey Hyde Park or down south to Circle C, there’s a perfect neighborhood for every personality or family type.

Selling Austin’s Communities The lifestyles of Austinites are as diverse as the city itself, so once you have an idea of the general area your client needs to work and wants to live, it’s time to find out how they like to play. Do they have young children? What are their hobbies? Do they spend a lot of time at home and enjoy privacy, or do they like to get out into the community and mix it up with other families? These days, with gas prices on the rise and a growing population jamming up MoPac and I-35, many Austinites prefer to close the distance between work and play. For young professionals and singles, mixeduse developments like The Domain combine residential, commercial and retail development in an urban setting.

Wednesday, July 20 NAHREP Monthly Luncheon Cool River Café - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HBA Builder/Association Networking Social - HBA - 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 CCIM Networking Social TBD - 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 WCR Business Resource Meeting Cool River Café - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, August 11 Capital Title Grand Opening Austin Office - 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, August 15 CRS Monthly Meeting Westwood Country Club - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More at www.myRealtyLine.com Master-planned communities are becoming more popular with homeowners of all ages. Unlike the traditional subdivision, these neighborhoods are focused on community, with a blend of housing styles, recreational activities, and amenities. The concept is to return residential development to the way neighborhoods used to be before suburban sprawl and a new focus on the automobile created the subdivision. The main difference between master-planned communities and traditional subdivision developments is that most master-planned communities include schools, parks, pools, restaurants, shops and green spaces throughout, reducing the need to drive very far for the things you need. What do your clients like to do on the weekends? What is their focus in life? Vaike O’Grady

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Chairman’s Column By Judith Bundschuh • 2011 Chairman

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ou have an opportunity to actively influence the direction of the real estate industry. Our association is currently seeking real estate leaders to help effectively guide ABoR committees throughout the 2012 year. Consider signing up for one of 14 committees to get involved and further your professional growth. Volunteering is a great way to make your voice heard and get exposed to powerful networking opportunities. Be sure to register soon, because the Aug. 1 deadline is approaching. Submit your committee request at www.abor.com/volunteer. To learn more about committees, contact Vicki Harris in ABoR’s Executive Department at 454-7636 or executive@abor.com. 2011 Member Survey: Participate for the Chance to Win ABoR will conduct a 2011 Member Survey lead by Loyalty Research later this year to learn how we can increase the value of your membership. Your feedback is vital to successfully assess our organization, so I urge

you to participate. Share your membership experience for the chance to win one of 100 prizes ranging from free MLS service for six months to free gift cards. Here at ABoR, we strongly value your input about how we are serving our members. In our 2009 survey, members specified the need for increased membership value, the accessibility of top-notch customer service and the availability of an easy-to-use MLS system. Since then, ABoR focused on improving your membership experience. In addition to diligently working with MLS vendor CoreLogic MarketLinx to resolve system issues, we also worked to supply more MLS services including mobile MLS options, ListHub listing syndication and Fusion. We enhanced your services by creating a Tech Hotline, adding MLS courses in south Austin and on Saturdays to accommodate busy schedules, introducing complimentary office training visits, and adding short term parking. Participate in the 2011 Member Survey to make a difference in your organization. Keep an eye open for ABoR’s Loyalty Research

www.myRealtyLine.com survey later this summer. Texas REALTORS® Convention & Trade Expo Hosted in Austin The 2011 Texas REALTORS Convention and Trade Expo will be in Austin this year. Enjoy a host of informative education courses, business meetings, special events, and more without ever leaving town. The annual Convention and Trade Expo is a great place for you to continue your professional education and network with your fellow REALTORS. The four day event will be primarily hosted at the Austin Convention Center, located at 500 E .Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas 78701, while some events are scheduled at the Hilton Hotel and various local restaurants. The event is split between three sections including the business/ governance meetings, the trade expo, and the convention. 2011 Texas REALTORS Convention and Trade Expo Schedule: • Sept. 9–11: Business/Governance Meetings • Sept. 12: Trade Expo • Sept. 13–14: Convention View the full Business Meetings or Convention and Trade Expo schedule by visiting www.texasrealtors.com/TopLevel/ Events/Registration.cfm. ABoR will help sponsor two events at this year’s REALTORS Convention and Trade Expo. Join us as we celebrate past ABoR Chairman Joe Stewart as he is installed at the Best of Texas: Chairman’s Installation dinner and reception on at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11. ABoR will also help support the Convention Welcome Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 at Sholz Garten, located at 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, Texas 78701. You don’t want to miss this exciting event.

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Register today for the 2011 REALTORS Convention and Trade Expo by visiting www.texasrealtors.com/TopLevel/Events/ Convention.cfm. 2011 Realty Round Up Scheduled: Flashback to the 80s The 30th Annual Realty Round Up trade show, Flashback to the 80s, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, 2011. We are gearing up for a great show, which is expected to bring more than 1,500 real estate professionals. You can expect a showcase of a vast array of valuable products and services specific to our industry. Additionally, Realty Round Up is a fabulous place for companies to network with REALTORS and advertise in communications that reach more than 8,000 ABoR members, with out breaking the bank. Reserve your booth today at www.abor. com/roundup. To speak with a representative, contact Gina Willemsen at 454-7636, ext. 1601 or at roundup@abor.com. ABoR Academy Educational Course Listings: July 18: Technology 103: Putting Technology to Work for You July 18: What’s New and How Do I Use It July 21: MLX System Customization (South Austin Training Center) July 21: ListHub Internet Marketing Seminar for Brokers July 21: Seize the Power of Your MLS Subscription (S. Austin Training Center) July 21: ListHub Internet Marketing Seminar for Agents July 22: Lunch and Learn July 27: Seize the Power of Your MLS Subscription RL

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Hoping to win a Mercedez Benz at the ABoR Foundation 2011 Mercedez Raffle Event and Drawing are Tiffany Isaacs, Stacy Mock and Samantha Conkey, all of Capital Title, with Jana Birdwell and Ryan Rogers, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS. Buy photo: RL_052111_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

AYREP president Alisa LeBlanc, second from right, thanks her coworkers for helping to sponsor the happy hour at The Park at The Domain.

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Jody Wiltsey, center, of Austin Title welcomes Matt Shaw, left, of One Percent Realty and guest Abe Rothbaum to the corporate video showing at the title company’s Spicewood Springs office.

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Rose Marie Sandlin of Reta Kays REALTOR wins a door prize at the combined mixer that WCR and NAPMW held at Monte Vista, a West Austin condo complex.


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(Above) Sami Dinhoble, with Expertise Realty, enjoys lunch at the KB Home Crystal Crossing Realtor Sneak Peek event held in June. Crystal Crossing, (Above) Gareth Ellzey, Century 21 HSK & Assoc., and Alex Cantu, EXIT-Options KB Home’s newest community located in Leander is Realty, enjoy a tour of Parkside at Harris Branch, a new KB Home community in the now open! Sami was one of the VISA gift card door Harris Branch neighborhood. prize winners.

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Tinha Oden and Sharron Murray, both of Grand Haven Homes, talk about the builder’s prospects in the Rough Hollow community in Lakeway. The two attended a ground breaking of a new water-themed amenity center in the development.

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Diana Proud of Avalar Austin enjoys her granddaughter Baby Zoe while she visits with fellow agent Gerald Thibodeaux.

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Corrin King, Dusty King and Glenn King, all of RE/MAX Round Rock make up the first place winning team at the WCAoR annual golf tournament.

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President’s Column By Victoria Reviel • 2011 President

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illiamson County has been the site of human habitation for at least 11,200 years, spreads 1,135 square miles of land with several vibrant and rapidly growing cities. The county seat is located in beautiful Georgetown which is home to the Williamson County Court House, recently renovated in 2006 and 2007. Located in the center of the square in Georgetown, this magnificent building is surrounded by a wealth of history, shopping and dining. The County was founded in 1848 and is named in honor of Robert McAlpin Williamson (18061859), a community leader and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. The 2010 U.S. Census population for Williamson County was 422,679. In 2009, the population was 410,686, a 57.7 percent increase to the 2010 figure. The population is expected to grow to 695,777 by 2020; about 93 people per day. The county’s housing market never bubbled and that has left home prices very reasonable. The median price home sold in the metro area during the first three months

of 2010 was $171,223, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. One of the biggest factors driving Williamson County growth is Dell, headquartered in Round Rock, the county’s biggest town and one of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Dell helped to change Round Rock from a bedroom community to the flourishing, vibrant city we see today; a place where people work and live. Retail is the second most significant business group in the county, with retail such as IKEA, the Premium Outlet Mall, 1890 Ranch Cedar Park, La Frontera and Wolf Ranch. The great news is more and more companies are calling Williamson County home and this is where REALTORS provide value to clients. With 93 people a day moving into Williamson County, this is a large group of people who are looking for homes, apartments, condos, Sun City and other retirement communities as well as various other types of living spaces. These individuals want you to know what’s happening, where it’s happening

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within Williamson County. In addition, there is a Farm and Ranch meeting every fourth Thursday. Links to the various chambers, real estate information, schools, and property taxes, can all be found on our website. Williamson County is where it’s happening and your clients expect you to be informed, so visit our website today, take a drive (bus trips coming soon), stroll around any of the beautiful downtowns, Georgetown Square, visit the rock in Round Rock, take in a game at Dell Diamond, attend an event at the Cedar Park Center, take the train from Leander to your favorite eating place in Austin, or try a new restaurant in Taylor or Hutto. The most important part of selling is to know what you are selling. Become a Williamson County specialist and you will be able to find your clients the Williamson County lifestyle they desire. RL

and if it meets their lifestyle expectations. The Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCAoR) is here to assist you with growing not only your real estate expertise but becoming more knowledgeable and involved with Williamson County. Dr. James P. Gaines, Research Economist from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University recently visited WCAoR and gave an economic presentation about the next 20 years growth in Williamson County. The presentation is posted for you to view at www.wcaor.org. In this presentation you will see many slides projecting the growth of Williamson County and Texas. This information will provide value to your clients by helping them with their home buying or selling decisions. There are many property tours held throughout the county, events to attend and homes and communities to learn about

Looking for some technology skills to help promote your lifestyle knowledge? Find it at the 5th Annual Tech Tune-Up. Come and learn about creating videos, all about Google, Cloud Computing, Fusion, QR Codes, Mobile Marketing, iSmart, and MANY more!. There will be over 70 hours of training available, networking and prizes. Mark your calendar.

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Jazz Lough of Champions School of Real Estate welcomes Bill Roquemore of Prestige Realty and Laura Nye of Stanberry and Associates to the CRS Quarterly Meeting at the Westwood Country Club. Champions School of Real Estate helped sponsor the event. Buy photo: RL_070911_A.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Lyly Fisher of Fisher and Company Real Estate and Becky Hopkins of Austin Title talk about the potential benefits of Formula One racing at the Women’s Council of REALTORS monthly meeting at Cool River Café.

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Colette Fitzgerald, second from left, and Tricia Ghosh, right, both of KB Home, welcome James Ware of Citywide Realty and Gareth Ellzey of Century 21 First Place to the builder’s VIP Grand Opening of its newest community at Parkside at Harris Branch.

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Guest speaker and NAPMW President-Elect Candice Smith of WR Starkey Mortgage welcomes everyone to the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women Installation Dinner at Maggiano’s at the Domain.

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Becky Hopkins of Austin Title joins WCR president Cheryl Jenkins of Realty Executives, past NAPMW president Laura Rosales of Capital Title and Jim Smith of The Property Management Co. at the WCR/NAPMW mixer at Monte Vista. Buy photo: RL_070111_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Officers and Directors Oliva Lerma, Nicole TorresCook, Bonnie Barrera, Donna Thomas, Angelin Ibarra Wells, Laura Caffey and Jason Garza celebrate the group’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Buy photo: RL_061211_E.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Leslie Brvenik of Austin Title, right, welcomes Jazz Lough of Champions School of Real Estate to the title company’s open house. Buy photo: RL_070311_G.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Tammy Milton of Above and Beyond Travel, Emily Matthews of Capital City Sotheby’s International and Scott Robarts of Keller Williams Realty get a good laugh at the photos they took at the photo book during the AYREP mixer.

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Front Page: Continued Becky Hopkins, Rudy Hopkins, Denise Draun, Jenny Newman, Leslie Brvenik and Laura Rosales, all of Austin Title, celebrate with dozens of friends and associates at the company’s Open House at its Spicewood Springs office. Buy photo: RL_070211_H.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Congratulations to all of the ABoR Leadership Academy Graduates. The group of professionals were honored at the ABoR Leadership Academy Graduation ceremony in the ABoR auditorium.

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AYREP’s sponsorship co-chair David Schneider, right, of Goldwasser Real Estate is pleased to see that Kelvin Glover of Keller Williams Realty and Debbie Fontenette of Keller Williams Realty found a cool spot inside at the The Park at The Domain during the organization’s mid-year snapshot mixer. Buy photo: RL_070311_H.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

with Newland Communities (developer of Teravista in Round Rock and Falcon Pointe in Pflugerville) noticed common characteristics of Austinites who enjoy living in masterplanned neighborhoods. The first is a need for balance. These are busy folks who value their time and need conveniences to balance their lives. Having restaurants, schools and amenities located within the community means they don’t have to leave once they get there. The second common characteristic is a focus on success in all areas of their lives, including their children’s lives. “Our goal is to offer as much as possible in our community to help homeowners achieve success—amenities geared towards a balanced, healthy, successful life, and activities that foster connection and a sense of belonging,” O’Grady said. For example, both Falcon Pointe and Teravista employ full time activities personnel to plan and schedule events such as parades, cook-offs, and even a 5k race, all geared toward bringing people together and encouraging friendship and interconnectedness. Falcon Pointe’s “Sisterhood of the Traveling Husbands” club was started by busy moms to help each other with chores, hang out by the pool, and enjoy dinner and movies together. And in the same community, the “Popsicle Moms” group gives parents a chance to touch base after school while their kids cool off with their friends. About 25-30 percent of homebuyers in Newland Communities’ developments are relocating buyers, but the rest are Austinites who are committed to staying in the area. Many times, a life change (such as a marriage, children, divorce, or career change) will trigger the choice to move to a community. Communities with a golf course and club are often a big draw for empty nesters, according to Kay de Silva of Avalar Realty. Teravista is popular with golfers and non-golfers alike— people tend to like living near open green spaces. For clients who have children, Circle C Ranch (near Slaughter Lane) is highly acclaimed, as is Belterra near Dripping Springs. Belterra features 13 parks across the 1,600 acre community, with hike and bike trails, pools, playscapes and exemplary-rated Dripping Springs ISD schools within walking distance. For clients who enjoy the lakefront lifestyle, Rough Hollow in Lakeway features a lazy river, golf, tennis, hiking, flying, scuba diving, skiing, upscale restaurants, and plenty of activities for all ages. For Mary Lynne Gibbs of Keller Williams Lake Travis, Rough Hollow’s huge Fourth of July parade with its procession of convertibles, fireworks and waving flags brings back fond memories of living in a patriotic small town when she was young and her father, retired from the Air Force, ran the old Lakeway country store. The parade showcases over 100 floats, and Rachel Willis, the first REALTOR in all of Lakeway, joins the procession in a golf cart. “Events like the Fourth of July parade at Rough Hollow bring people together with a sense of community,” said Gibbs. “With Rough Hollow, you’ve got access to the small town feel and big city living, if you choose it.” Within all of the master-planned communities in Austin, choices abound. Buyers can choose from custom and semicustom homes by several builder/developers, each developing their own sections of the neighborhood, resulting in a variety of building

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Chad Goldwasser of Goldwasser Real Estate and Dee Shulz of Keller Williams Realty cross each other’s fingers that either one of them win the Mercedez-Benz and trip for Germany up for grabs at the ABoR Foundation’s Raffle event. Buy photo: RL_071211_C.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Wow, 10 years and counting! Patricia Wagner of DHI Mortgage celebrates NAHREP’s anniversary with Bonnie Barrera of Independence Title at Cool River Café.

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Laurie Nunnallee, Samantha Conkey and Rachel Templeton, all of Capital Title support the Capital Area Food Bank with Greg Cooper of Goldwasser Real Estate, right, Greg Cooper, front, and Matt Conkey at the Rock and Restock event. Buy photo: RL_070611_A.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Jay Pearce works on his short game during the WCAoR annual “Mad About Plaid” golf tournament.

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Becky Griner, Barbara Bittner and Jane Chopp, all of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, get ready to enjoy lunch at the CRS quarterly luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.


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Excited about the new amenity center about to be built in the Rough Hollow community in Lakeway, Dave DeOme, Lakeway Mayor, developer Haythem Dawlett of Legend Communities and Steve Yetts of Crescent Resources show off the master plan. Submitted Photo

Mortgage professional Dina Schiaffs tries to “calk her way out” of the hot sun with Ben Morgan of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Habitat for Humanity building project.

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Congratulations to Alisa LeBlanc on her hard work in putting together the ABoR Foundation MercedesBenz Raffle event. She celebrated with her new fiancé Jason Stubbs. Buy photo: RL_070611_B.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Showing off her new pro golf flip flops is Regina Michael of M.E. Gene Johnson REALTORS. Regina knows how to take it easy during her warm up at the WCAoR annual golf tournament.

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new poll shows that Americans still consider owning a home essential to the American dream. That message is one that local, state and national policy makers would be wise to keep in mind in the coming election season. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) commissioned the poll that reached two thousand likely voters, asking them about home ownership and housing policy. The results could not be clearer. Despite the ups and downs of the housing market (and whether or not they currently own a home), voters overwhelmingly indicated that they place a high value on homeownership as a core achievement in their lives. Of the poll respondents who are current home owners, 95 percent said they are happy with their decision to own a home. Almost three-quarters of respondents who do not now own a home said it is a goal of theirs to eventually buy one. Equally telling, voters rated the

importance of homeownership just as highly as the importance of being successful at their job or being able to pay for a family member’s education. The bottom line? Homeownership is still a central goal for most Americans. It’s an undeniably deep emotional attachment that politicians cannot ignore when trying to address budget issues by cutting housing incentives in the tax code (such as the mortgage interest deduction) or adding more regulations like strict tree preservation rules and energy code changes that increase home cost, affecting a family’s ability to qualify for a mortgage. Poll respondents also said they considered owning a home their best investment, more than their retirement savings program or stock market investments. Nearly 75 percent agreed that owning a home is worth facing the potential ups and downs of the market. Non-owners identified saving enough money for a down payment and closing costs as the number one barrier keeping them from homeownership, more than

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uncertainty in the job market or concerns that the value of their home may drop below the purchase price. Yet several regulatory requirements could make that barrier even tougher for the typical American family to overcome in the future. Elected officials must put themselves in the shoes of the average American and see that excessive down payment requirements, a reduction in housing tax incentives and additional burdensome rules and regulations will keep homeownership out of reach for most first-time home buyers and many middle-class households. Many groups like the HBA work hard to educate elected officials about policies

that can negatively and positively affect housing. Another local group trying to make strides for housing affordability and home ownership is HousingWorks Austin. The HBA was among the 82 local leaders who took a tour of affordable housing in Austin last month hosted by HousingWorks Austin. The group is a non-profit organization trying to keep local homes affordable through research, education and public policy change. Policy makers would be wise to work with such groups to help keep the dream of homeownership alive and well. For more information about the HBA, visit AustinHomeBuilders.com Facebook and LinkedIn. RL

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ABoR Chairman of the Board Judith Bundschuh and Laura Pagnozzi of Independence Title get ready for the big announcement of who will win the shiny new Mercedez-Benz and trip to Germany at the ABoR Foundation Mercedes Giveaway Raffle event.

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Joy Stokes and Laura Rosales, both of Austin Title, take on “potty patrol” detail at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS 22nd annual “Mad About Plaid” Golf Tournament.

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Haythem Dawlett of Legend Communities and Philip Jalufka of Legacy International Resort Properties are pleased to see a good turnout at their ground breaking ceremony for Highland Village at the Rough Hollow master planned community. The new water-themed amenity center will offer a welcome center, village green, pavilions/ open-air market place, splash pad, rapid river water slide, children’s zero depth entry pool and grotto pool.

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Jerry Hunter, right, tells Gareth Ellzey of Century 21 HSK and Associates that he has recently joined Goldwasser Real Estate. They were enjoying a social at Austin Title.

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RATES ARE NEAR RECORD LOWS! Call me today to see if you pre-qualify for a lower interest rate and start saving money today! Buy photo: RL_071211_K.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Not too shabby! Cathy Coneway, ABoR Foundation Chair hands Bill Evans of Austin Real Pro’s a five-night stay in Cancun, Mexico. “Gracias mi amiga!”

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Provided for informational purposes only. This is not a commitment to lend; not all borrowers and/or properties will qualify. DHI Mortgage Company, LTD, 12554 Riata Vista Circle, First Floor, Austin, TX 78727. NMLS #38686. For information on DHIM licensing and regulation, please visit www.dhimortgage.com/NationalDisclosure.html.

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Laurie Nunnallee of First American Title joins Mark Ayersman and Mindy Trammell at The Ivy, where AYREP held a recent happy hour in South Austin.


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Upcoming WCR Events • August 4 – Waterfront White Linen Party and Basket Auction Abel’s on the Lake • September 7 – Networking and Referral Systems PMN Course • October 4 – Bras 4 A Cause Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant A portion of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Resource Center. Get your tickets now, this will be a SOLD OUT event.

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he Women’s Council of REALTORS has an enormous referral network. Many referrals come to WCR members from other WCR members, both from REALTORS and affiliates. Statistics show that the percentage of members who referred business to another member two or more times in the past year is 40 percent and the annual value of WCR-to-WCR commissions on average last year was $19,040. Having had personal experience with the power of the WCR Referral Network, I can bear witness that it works. As these buyer referrals move into the area, the question is often asked, why Austin? Of course, some are moving because of a job transfer or retiring and some are choosing Austin because of its family friendly atmosphere. Based on a 2010 study by Kiplinger Magazine, Austin is the number one “Best City for the Next Decade.” What does this mean for the real estate industry? It means that as REALTORS and real estate related businesses, we must be prepared to serve the

needs of our clients. We must stay on top of trends in a rapidly evolving marketplace and realize how industry involvement can give you the competitive edge. To support our local Women’s Council members, we are hosting the Networking and Referral Systems course on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Between networking and referrals are the relationships we build and manage. The goal of this course is to provide you with the information and tools needed to make the transition from a salesperson making cold calls to a professional, knowledgeable consultant with a steady stream of advocates and referrals. This course also counts as an elective for NAR’s Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification. This is FREE to all Austin WCR members. For non-member pricing please visit www. AustinWCR.org. Colin Powell once said “There is no secret to success; it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Let’s get prepared for more referrals coming to Austin. RL

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Well, it’s not a Mercedes, but we’ll take it! Marge and Warren Marshall of John Horton Realty are presented with a new flat screen TV by ABoR Foundation Chair Cathy Coneway of Stanberry and Associates.

Stronger Than Ever! Experienced lenders ready to assist you in meeting your financial goals!

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Having recently been named by the Austin Business Journal as one of Austin’s Top 25 Mortgage Producers for the fifth consecutive year and with the strong backing of an FDIC-insured billion dollar bank, Independent Bank Mortgage is proud to say that we are “stronger than ever!”

Excited about the new Lago Vista location, Independence Title Branch Manager Rita Parker, front left, cuts the ribbon with her ceremonial scissors while Chairman and CEO Jay Southworth holds the ribbon tight. Company representatives celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting with friends.

Today, Independent Bank Mortgage provides the same level of highly personalized customer service you are accustomed to thanks to a highly experienced staff of six loan officers, whose combined experience totals over 80 years of knowledge and expertise. If purchasing a home or refinancing an existing mortgage are part of your plans this year, contact us today and let our experience work for you!

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Realty Executives’ Michael Neuman and Roman Esparza award RE/MAX’s Kathy De La Cruz with the company’s Realty Round Up Grand Prize, a seven day trip to South Padre.


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Lisa Nauert of Avalar Real Estate and her husband Dan relax with friends and family at the Avalar Austin Summer Social at the Steiner Ranch Lake Club.

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Raising money for TREPAC is a full time job and Christy Gessler of RE/MAX Capital City and Avis Wukasch of Keller Williams Realty take their job seriously! The two sell cupcakes for the cause at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS June luncheon.

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Stacy Rider of Keller Williams Realty and Victoria Reviel, WCAoR president show off the sparkling wine to be served to participating golfers at the WCAoR annual golf tournament.

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WCAoR President Victorial Reviel visits with Michelle Jones of Realty Austin about her new REALTOR safety app for iPhone and Android called Real Alert. The two caught up at the WCAoR June Luncheon on REALTOR Safety.

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Sandra Titus of Highland Lakes Real Estate congratulates Ann Carson and Jay Southworth, both of Independence Title, on the opening of the company’s Lago Vista location.

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am so blessed to be able to boast that I am a native Austinite. I was born at Seton hospital and raised a University of Texas Longhorn. I truly love Austin and therefore, truly love to sell Austin. One of the best parts of my career is getting to introduce people our beautiful city and help them as they relocate to my hometown. One of my favorite real estate experiences was when I was working with a company to relocate their employees to Austin. The president of the company told me there was one key guy he absolutely had to have here. My challenge was that the key employee’s wife was a “California girl” and was very opposed to the move. Early in their first trip to look at homes, I took them out to Johnny Finn’s (the floating restaurant on Lake Travis) for lunch. She fell in love with the area lakes. Long story short, she fell in love with Austin. They accepted the job and made the move. A few years later, he moved back to California but she stayed here. It seems that once anyone experiences Austin, they want to live here. In fact, Austin ranks high in almost every top ten list for desirable places to live. We boast top ranking in such diverse categories as “Best Place for

Business and Careers” and “Live Music Capital of the World” to “Best City for Relocating Families” and “Best Cities for Singles.” Austin has earned a reputation as one of the best places to live in the nation. Some of the reasons quoted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce are: • Affordable and diverse neighborhoods, from urban lofts to hill country estates • A great climate made for outdoor enjoyment and recreation nearly year round • Many professional and amateur sports venues and events • More fine restaurants and clubs per capita than any other U.S. city • A lush environment highlighted by parks, lakes and trails • A creative culture that supports the arts, music and the theater • Year-round festivals and celebrations for people of all ages • Some of the nation’s highest rated public school districts Austin is home to a wonderfully diverse, educated and friendly population so most of us ask ourselves, “what’s not to love, besides the summertime heat?” RL

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Luckiest REALTOR of the year Melanie Kennemann of Keller Williams Realty claims her big prize. She was the big winner of the Mercedez-Benz and trip to Germany in the ABoR Foundation 2011 Raffle.

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Stephanie Powell of Champion School of Real Estate, Joe Stewart of Joe Stewart REALTORS and Debra Waldman of the Texas Association of REALTORS get together to help celebrate the NAHREP’s 10th Anniversary.


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TREC board member Bill Jones, third from right, thanks CRS board members Les Sherman of Austin Real Estate Partners, Hellena Frazier of JB Goodwin REALTORS, Kay DaSilva of Avalar Austin, Risé Johns and Sherri Teepen, both of Keller Williams Realty, for inviting him to speak to the group. Buy photo: RL_070911_M.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Jim Smith of the Property Management Co., Robert Wright of Robert Wright REALTORS and Terry Godbold of Reliable Property Management stick around to talk with Earl Hairston of the Austin Board of REALTORS after the ABoR Leadership Academy Graduation. Buy photo: RL_070511_W.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Laura Rosales, past NAPMW president welcomes incoming NAPMW President Michelle Goldberg at the group’s annual installation dinner. The event was held at Maggiano’s at the Domain. Buy photo: RL_070711_A.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

Leisa Ormsbee of JB Goodwin REALTORS tries her best to get more paint on the house than herself. She signed up to help at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Habitat for Humanity building project.

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conscious and continually adds new green offerings. An AHPS home warranty will replace your client’s A/C system, water heater or any other appliance with ENERGY STAR and high-efficiency 13 SEER-rated products at no extra charge. Not only are ENERGY STAR products 20 to 30 percent more efficient than traditional appliances (for instance, if your client’s water heater goes out, AHPS will replace it with a tankless, on-demand water heater—up to a $2,000 value and $50 per month in energy savings), but homeowners can also apply for the city rebates and tax credits, potentially making money on their appliance replacement. For every warranty contract sold, the company makes a donation to a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help save the planet. AHPS is dedicated to educating agents and their buyers. Essentially, a home warranty is a residential service contract for one year that covers service or replacement to the major operating systems and appliances in the home that fail due to normal wear and tear. The company regularly offers free on-demand Home Warranty 101 classes to REALTORS at the time and place most convenient to the agent. These on-demand classes (breakfast or lunch included) train agents on the specifics of what a home warranty is and how it can benefit buyers and sellers. While it isn’t an insurance policy, a home

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n May, the Austin Chapter had a Bowl-AThon to raise money for the Austin Area Habitat for Humanity. The members and affiliates formed teams and solicited their owners and clients for donations. The event was not only fun, but a great way to raise a large donation for Habitat. In addition, the Austin Chapter also put their shoulders to the wheel of community involvement by participating in a work day for Habitat. Several members and affiliates gathered on June 11 to put siding onto a home and paint the exterior in 100 plus degree summer weather. The Austin Chapter will be going back to the same property later in the fall to replace the roof as well on a follow-up work day. After the fundraiser and

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the workday, board members Marc Witmer and Leola Lamb went to the Habitat headquarters and were given a tour by the full time staff. The checks for the accumulated amount of $2173.68 were presented to the work day group leaders. The Austin Chapter donates money every year to some charity, but this year, we wanted to do something special for the community. Time and interaction is priceless in our busy lives, and getting to personally help someone is rewarding for the “giver” as much as the “receiver.” The crew leader commented that the NARPM volunteers were very good workers and required much less training. As property managers, fixing things on properties is what we do. RL

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Vicki Garritano tells Tina Mallach of Keller Williams Realty that she recently joined the Austin Title team. They were on hand at the title company’s Spicewood Springs office to see the new corporate video that includes firsthand comments about why it’s a great place to work.

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he world of Mobile Apps in Austin got a strong endorsement last month when the Isis joint venture named Austin as the second city that will pilot its mobile commerce mobile wallet. The Isis joint venture, comprised of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile was formed to create a service to help them capture more of the growing mobile payment market, which was $5.2 billion in 2009 and is predicted to be $56.7 billion by the year 2015. The Isis Joint venture was attracted to Austin because 24.7 percent of its population is between the ages of 25 and 34 and residents under 18 years of age represent 22.2 percent of the population. Of even greater interest to them as that the 2009 census estimate showed 43.9 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree which is high considering 22.2 percent of the population is too young for college. So, in keeping with Austin’s high tech and early adopter demographics, here’s a review of the latest apps being used by agents. Real Alert It – Real Alert It includes an

alarm that sounds off with the tap of a finger and two taps will automatically call 911. Another button maps out nearby hospitals and gives you directions to the closest one. Michelle Jones, local Austin REALTOR and her husband created this App to help create a safety solution for real estate agents showing homes in situations where they have concerns. Keynote for the iPad – Keynote, Apple’s version of PowerPoint, has been completely redesigned for the iPad. It makes creating effective presentations, complete with animated charts and transitions as simple as touching and tapping. This is a great solution for listing presentations. Open Home Pro – This iPad app makes old-fashioned open house sign-in sheets a thing of the past. You or your prospect can easily input their name, e-mail address and home details they are interested in, and Open Home Pro automatically saves the data. The app will also automatically e-mail thank you notes and send any replies to your e-mail. Evernote – Evernote helps you remember

www.myRealtyLine.com anything and everything that happens in your daily life. Notes, ideas, snapshots, recordings – put them all into Evernote and instantly access them from your phone or computer. Every note can sync with PCs, phones and iPads. Lowes REALTOR – A benefit of NAR, this program is free from www. LowesREALTORBenefits.com and allows REALTORS to send free direct mail or email campaigns with 10 percent off coupons to clients with their firm and headshot branding. iQualify Pro – This app can help you quickly find out how much house your clients can afford. Based on your client’s income information, loan information and your preferred lender requirements, iQualify Pro will calculate the maximum loan amount and purchase price. Net Sheet Apps – There are several apps available that allow agents to create a seller’s or buyer’s net sheet showing the projected net proceeds of a transaction. The results can be emailed to the client. AroundMe – AroundMe identifies your current location and shows you what businesses are around you. This app is great for introducing a client to a potential new neighborhood. Users can also call up any spot that is found through the search function or save the contact information for later use. Transaction Management Systems –

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This app allows you to access your real estate transaction information processed by a title company. You and your clients can view and e-mail documents, check file status, review transaction details and communicate directly with other transaction parties anywhere. Scanner Pro – Scanner Pro from Readdle lets you scan and store multi-page documents (such as contracts, inspection reports and more) with your iPhone and email or upload to Dropbox. It even integrates with Evernote. Dropbox – This app lets you bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere. Started working on a listing package at the office but want to finish it at home? Save it to Dropbox and it will automatically be accessible from wherever you are. Crime Reports – This real-time app allows you to search the National Crime Map for information about crimes near a specific home, school or neighborhood, sorted by incident type and customizable date range. Sketches/Sketches 2 – This app enables you to take a photo, of a property for example, then mark it up (add arrows and notes) write on the photo and send it to your clients. Suburb Scout – Suburb Scout allows you to search for possible nuisances in the area of a potential home purchase. Includes sewage plants, airports, nuclear plants, landfills, prisons and railroad crossings. RL

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JB Goodwin REALTORS’ most seasoned agent Wanda Stewart helps herself to the first spoonful of the company’s famous 30 foot banana split at the annual company picnic.

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Sarah Brennan of 98th Meridian and Celia Roberts of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS show everyone how it’s done as they cut up trim for the exterior of this Habitat home during the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Habitat for Humanity building project.

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Alyssa King, Frank Ortega and Vanessa Nunez, all of VOX Real Estate get a bite to eat at KB Home’s VIP Grand Opening event at its newest community at Parkside at Harris Branch.

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Ryan Rogers of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS and Kaye Byland Blount of Moreland Properties catch up at the Ground Breaking of Highland Village at the Rough Hollow master planned community in Lakeway. Highland Village is a new waterthemed amenity center. Buy photo: RL_070911_I.JPG at www.myRealtyLine.com

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community you live in, it’s difficult to have a good quality of life if you’re not happy with By Vaike O’Grady • Newland Communities your home or builder. Therefore, it’s critical for MPC developers to do their due diligence and select homebuilders based on customer service, construction quality and financial stability. Beyond that, developers often work closely with builders to fine-tune the floor plans, features and pricing they offer. Amenities. This is the area where developers have the chance to make the most direct impact on quality of life. Some developers have a winning strategy of completing major amenities early in the life of an MPC, so the first buyers have immediate and tangible evidence of the quality of life they can expect. So before we talk about how to sell quality Depending on the project specifics, amenities of life, let’s first dissect what it really means, like golf courses, water parks, community along with how to identify it when you see it. centers and greenbelt trails enhance quality of Sticking to the most common buyer profile – life by providing recreation and visual beauty. the buyer seeking a new home in a suburban Peace of mind. This is another intangible development – how is quality of life defined? but very real ingredient in quality of life – and We can turn to marketing research for answers. it’s also a major advantage offered by MPCs. Schools. Ask 10 homebuyers, and the It’s hard to relax and enjoy your new home if vast majority of them will say schools are a you’re worried about potentially incompatible top priority, even if they don’t currently have development in the future. A detailed master school-age children. Public education is so plan – especially from a developer with a long central to the lives of most people, it’s in some track record – helps eliminate a lot of anxiety. ways the most fundamental building block for Connectedness. Most of us yearn to be quality of life. For MPCs, the first important part of something greater, and in fact that’s decision is the developer’s decision to locate the project within a strong school district, followed by the decision to identify potential school sites in the master plan. While developers have little control over a district’s decisions + of where to locate new campuses or how to draw attendance zones, smart developers work closely with districts to facilitate the location of campuses within their MPCs. Builders. No matter how great the

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n the context of new homes and communities, “quality of life” can mean different things to different people. For some, there’s no better quality of life than living in a high-rise or condo that offers incredible views and zero maintenance. For others, quality of life might boil down to a very closein location near downtown, or isolated country acreage at the other extreme. For the vast majority of the new-home market, however, “quality of life” is most closely associated with the range of amenities and protections that can best be provided by largescale master-planned communities (MPCs). This doesn’t just include the traditional profile of families with young children, as today’s MPCs appeal to a broad range of buyers, from young professionals to empty nesters. If an MPC has the right mix of ingredients, then quality of life virtually sells itself. But like the term “custom home” “quality of life” is one of those marketing catch-phrases that has been ballyhooed and tossed around to the point it has almost lost its meaning.

the very essence of community. Smart MPC developers help to jump start community spirit not only with physical amenities where residents can come together, but also through neighborhood networks (aka Intranets). More ingredients include community activities directors and seasonal events residents can look forward to. Selling it. Now that we’ve identified a few key ingredients in quality of life, how do you sell it? Community information centers are one of the most obvious ways in which developers strive to sell quality of life, whether they are traditional information centers or innovations like outdoor information centers. Bringing all or most of the builder models together in a centralized model home village also helps sell quality of life through a coordinated presentation. Virtually every other component of the marketing mix can be used to sell quality of life, from on-site signage and advertising, to website and social media outreach. Finally, one of the most important ways to sell quality of life is to keep REALTORS informed. Homebuyers overwhelmingly look to REALTORS for advice on their most important purchase and the way to keep REALTORS knowledgeable on your product is through honest, ongoing communication, as well as recognition and appreciation for their hard work. RL

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Real Estate News & Notes Falcon Pointe Groundbreaking is for the Dogs Breaking ground for a new park that will include the City of Pflugerville’s first public dog park, the Newland Communities team turned out with their four-legged family members to launch development of Falcon Pointe Bark Park and Gardens. Located in Newland Communities’ Falcon Pointe master-planned community, the new 2.5acre city park will feature separate areas for small and large dogs, a community peach orchard, demonstration gardens and a purple martin village. Newland Communities’ Vice President and General Manager Bill Meyer showed up with Bocephus, a French bulldog; Marketing Director Vaike O’Grady with Lea, a Chinese Crested; and Senior Project Manager

Rainer Ficken with Gerty, an English Mastiff. More information on Falcon Pointe Bark Park and the adjacent gardens is available at www.falconpointetx.com. RL

Flashback to the 80s at the 30th Annual Realty Round Up Exhibit Space Available for Annual Real Estate Tradeshow Take your business to the next level at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ (ABoR) annual trade show, Realty Round Up. The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Austin Convention Center, located at 500 East Cesar Chavez Street. As the largest real estate-oriented tradeshow in Central Texas, Realty Round Up provides businesses and individuals with a unique opportunity to market their products and services directly to real estate professionals. With booth prices starting as low as $400, exhibiting at Realty Round Up is a costeffective way for you to reach your target audience. To receive the best price for your exhibit space, sign up by June 30. After June 30, prices will increase by $75. Booth space is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ensure you get your booth of choice by reserving your spot today. In addition to the available exhibit space,

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NAHREP President Oliva Lerma collects all her notes to highlight the group’s special guest at the 10th Anniversary Celebration at Cool River Café.

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS Congratulates MillionDollar-A-Month Members The Lake Travis office of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® would like to congratulate our Million-Dollar-A-Month Club Members for the month of May 2011: • Sue Ellett: $1,377,000 in Listings Taken • Jacquelyn Foreman : $1,508,000 Business Written and $1,065,650 Business Closed

• Dawn McKim-Garcia: $1,025,000 Business Written • Tammy Templin: $1,085,000 in Listings Taken To qualify for this distinction, the agent must transact an excess of $1,000,000 in one or more of the following categories: Listings Taken, Business Written, or Business Closed. RL

RE/MAX Austin Skyline Welcomes Jeanne Butterfield RE/MAX Austin Skyline is pleased to announce the association of industry veteran Jeanne Butterfield, ABR, CRS, GRI. Jeanne is currently a Director with the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR) and

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Austin Board of REALTORS Interim CEO Benny McMahan congratulates Terry Godbold of Reliable Property Management for completing the ABoR Leadership Academy.

the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) and is a former President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR). RL

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Lynda Conway and Bettye Turner, both of the Turner Team at JB Goodwin REALTORS wait patiently at the CRS Quarterly Meeting to hear a government affairs update from TREC board member Bill Jones.


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Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme, Steve Yetts of Crescent Resources, Philip Jalufka of Legacy International Resort Properties, Haythem Dawlett of Legend Communities, Judd Brook of Rough Hollow and Larry Claybough Rough Hollow celebrate the ground breaking of Highland Village, a new water-themed amenity center in the Rough Hollow community in Lakeway.

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JB Goodwin REALTORS enjoy a company picnic together by the lake. Pictured are Allison Eklund, David Huffaker, Andrea Griffin (and guest) and Shyla Hankinson (and guest).

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Mary Miner of Nextage Lincoln Ray Realty slaps on a fresh coat of paint to a home for Habitat for Humanity. WCAoR put a group of members to work for the charity in Round Rock.

Realty Line July 2011 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. Realty Line July 2011 issue focuses on selling quality of life for the Real Estate industry

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