Page 1

in this issue…

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995™

• Parade of Homes Preview Party • First American Title Round Rock Office Grand Opening • Homes by Avi Blanco Vista Model Home Grand Opening • and much, much more!

Associates in Progress

Top 5 Mortgage TM

Page 25

Company page 21

JUNE 2015 • VOLUME 20 • ISSUE 2

So you have your license, now what? By Riki Markowitz

E

Printed on recycled paper.

Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Austin, Texas Paid Permit #715

very individual gets into the real estate business for a different reason. Some believe it’s a fast track to acquiring houses and fast cars, others simply like working with people. Anyone who has been a REALTOR for any length of time knows two things for sure: Most people do not get rich in this field, though you can do all right; and if you’re not a people person, this is not the career for you. Earning your REALTOR license in Texas is a comprehensive process. Even after the cost of attaining your license, subsequent

dues and fees for professional organizations and networking opportunities with colleagues are never ending. In fact, the entire process – starting even before the day the Texas Real Estate Commission stamps your license – your life will never be the same.

Day One “In the first six months, there are more ways to spend money in this business than there are to make it,” says Bill Morris, a broker associate and director with the Austin Board of REALTORs (ABoR). “And waiting to see your income grow can be a slow process.” According to Leonard Guerrero, a REALTOR and regional vice president with the Texas Association of REALTORs (TAR), “As a new agent you should have at least six to nine months of contingency money set aside.” Why such a large nest egg? As independent contractors, depending on the brokerage new licensees sign with, individuals can be required to purchase signs, lockboxes and other accessories. These add up. Some brokerages will help new hires acquire basic equipment, Guerrero adds. That’s why it’s important to interview with several agencies before settling on one. Evaluate your options first.

Visit us online 24/7 at www.myRealtyLine.com

P. O. Box 81366, Austin, Texas 78708

TM

austin

RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Find a mentor Every real estate professional Realty Line spoke with stressed the importance of finding a mentor with several years of selling and customer relations under his or her belt. “The most important thing is to find a team that’s a good fit – one that is led by a broker who can provide supervision, training, support and leads,” says John Rosshirt, also a REALTOR and TAR regional vice president. “What matters most is the personality of the organization and the people you’re working with.” If you’re weighing the pros and cons of signing with a large real estate outfit vs. boutique firm, you may be overlooking the importance of learning the business under the

supervision of a mentor and teammates that nurture your goals and unique strengths.

Finding the right team First, diversify your industry connections. If there is one disadvantage to getting advice from veteran real estate professionals is that those with 10 or 15 years experience came up in a very different culture. The growth and inundation of new technologies, along with Austin’s astronomical expansion, has completely changed the way new REALTORS join agencies, self-promote and attract clients. Years ago, Guerrero’s agency would run classified ads in the newspaper. Today their recruiting efforts rely heavily on the company's internet presence and website. Early networking person-to-person and via technology is the way to go in 2015. Leaders from TAR and ABoR urge students to start searching for an agency to work with even pre-certification. Rosshirt, a professional in the business for over 25 years, recommends “getting a mentor as soon as you can. Before you earn your license.“ Today there are Facebook groups whose participants provide advice for breaking into and succeeding in the business. In these member-only clubs, individuals can start making career-long alliances early and share tips and insights on companies that provide the best – or not so great – opportunities for first and second year REALTORS.

Never stop marketing yourself In this business, you can’t expect friends and clients to provide referrals for you if you’re not marketing yourself. That includes old-school mailings, but also developing a presence on websites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. “I think from a marketing point of view, you’ve got to have a presence on those three,” says Morris, also a 12-year veteran of the industry. “There are probably 100 other

Front Page: Continued on page 32

Upcoming Events Wednesday, June 17 CRS Bi-Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Westwood Country Club AYREP June Networking Happy Hour - 6 to 8 p.m. The Park at the Domain Wednesday, June 24 ABoR & Austin Title: "Ask the Experts of CFPB" Panel Discussion with Q&A - 9 to 10:30 a.m. ABoR Offices Thursday, June 25 ABoR SMART Affiliate Event 9 to 11 a.m. - ABoR Offices Tuesday, June 30 ABoR TREPAC Movie Night 6 to 9 p.m. - Bob Bullock I/MAX Theatre Wednesday, July 1 AMBA Monthly Meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Austin Country Club Wednesday, July 8 HBA Mid-Year Housing Forecast 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - HBA Office Thursday, July 16 HBA Sales & Marketing Council Million Dollar Club Awards & Networking Happy Hour 6 to 8:30 p.m. - Chez Zee Friday, July 24 TAR Mega Region Meeting 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - ABoR Offices More at www.myRealtyLine.com


2

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

If you could bottle real estate wisdom, the label would look something like this.

GRACY TITLE

INSTRU CTORS

From left to right:

Nicole Boynton - Director of Training & Social Media Latra Szal - VP-Counsel David Tandy - CEO Bill Bradshaw - SVP - Chief Legal Counsel

What do you get when you combine a social media nut with a Realtor’s perspective, a CEO with a passion for market analytics, and two of the most brilliant legal minds in real estate? The most comprehensive, well-rounded education attainable today. We’re here to help your business succeed and keep you moving forward with confidence every step of the way.

www.gracytitle.com/education


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

Austin Board of REALTORS®

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

President’s Column By Barb Cooper • 2015 President

Supporting the community

O

ur real estate world continues to move at a record-setting pace. However, I’d like to take a moment to thank REALTORS and our clients for coming together and helping out the communities affected by last month’s tragic flooding. Trying times like these serve as a reminder to how quickly life can change, but they also show how swiftly a community can come together to begin the rebuilding process. I’m proud of all those who lent a helping hand to our Central Texas neighbors. If you’d like to donate, you may still do so at RedCross.org/Austin.

Last call for leadership applications It takes a well-rounded and motivated group of REALTORS to provide effective leadership for our industry. If you’re ready to help lead your Associations into the future, there is still time to apply for a leadership position at ABoR or TAR. Positions available include ABoR directors, and TAR directors and regional vice president. If you meet the requirements, you can represent your

REALTOR peers by applying at Abor.com/ Leadership.

Prepare for the August 1 RESPA-TILA changes The upcoming Forum, presented by ABoR and Austin Title on June 24, will take an indepth look at the changes related to the new Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and Truth in Lending Act (TILA) disclosure rules set to take effect on Aug. 1. The changes to forms, rules, and procedures will directly affect both you and your clients, so now is the time to prepare. The Forum panel features experts from various perspectives of the changes—from title companies to lenders—and will be an outstanding resource in preparation for Aug. 1. RSVP for the Forum at Abor.com/Forum.

ABoR partners with FRAR ABoR and the Four Rivers Association of REALTORS (FRAR) have partnered to expand your access to Central Texas properties.

www.myRealtyLine.com ACTRIS subscribers may now use their Supra key to access lockboxes in the FRAR-operated Central Texas MLS area, and FRAR members have access to lockboxes in the ACTRIS MLS service area. Your Supra key was automatically updated on June 1; no action is required! Please note: this partnership applies to lockboxes only, not the respective MLS systems. Unless you belong to the FRAR MLS, you will not have access to showing instructions, secu-

June 2015

3

rity codes, or property data in their MLS, and there is no agreement in place for cooperation and compensation among brokers. Be sure to check with your broker about how to secure compensation in a transaction outside the MLS. For more information on the partnership, visit Abor.com/4rivers. Thank you all for your time, and I hope you continue to have a successful and safe summer! RL

ABoR Academy Educational Courses June 22: zipForm Plus (TREC # 03-00-085-26006) June 23: Understanding the 1-4 Residential Contract (TREC #: 03-00-126-2795) June 23: CMAs and Unique Properties (TREC #:03-00-025-25307) June 24: Know Your Code: Articles 15 & 16 (TREC # 01-00-125-26588) June 24: Green MLS: The Key to Unlocking the Green Home Market (TREC #03-00-066-27366) June 25: Texas Vet: Housing and Land Loan Programs (TREC #01-00-047-28632) June 25: Home Loans for Veterans (TREC #02-00-037-28449) June 30: Farm and Ranch Practice for Agents (TREC # 07-00-126-28214)

More at www.ABoR.com/courses

Buy Photos • Find Events • View Archives

www.myRealtyLine.com


4

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Michelle Howard Toomer of Family Tree Realty and Robert Wright of R.L. Wright Realty chat a while before the start of the WCR breakfast and TREPAC Cake Auction. Michelle is WCR’s president-elect.

Buy photo: RL_061015_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Nick Himes and Glenn King, both of RE/MAX Round Rock, lock down their clubs and some lunch before starting what they intend to be their best round of golf ever at the WCREALTORS 26th Annual Golf Classic.

Buy photo: RL_060815_G.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

The Homes by Avi team invites you out to see the beautiful homes and great buys they have for home buyers at Blanco Vista in San Marcos. Pictured left to right are Delane Lopez, Dana Gilley, Chuck Thompson, Sue Hicks and Debbie Ates.

Buy photo: RL_060615_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060215_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Tammy Gardner and Shanna Terry, both of JB Goodwin Realtors, are ready and waiting to talk to real estate students at Champions School of Real Estate’s Career Day job fair.

Find Out Why So Many Agents Have Joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties!

One year ago, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties came to Austin. Since then, many agents have seen the unique advantages of our brokerage, including amazing marketing opportunities, the name recognition and trust associated with a national brand, and the support of a full transaction team. To find out more about how you can grow your career with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties, call Greg Cooper at 512-565-0499 or email greg@bradfieldproperties.com.


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

A great new neighborhood is coming to Austin!

BE READY

We’ve put the finishing touches on some innovative new-home designs, and in a few short months, Vista Point will be open for business. Beautiful new homes. A great new neighborhood. KB Home is coming.

Vista Point in Austin • 1,582–3,125 sq. ft., 3–6 bdrms., 2–5 baths • commuter friendly; easy access to IH-35 and Hwy. 183 • 10 miles to downtown Austin From IH-35, exit William Cannon Dr. heading east. Turn right on Janes Ranch Rd. OR: From Hwy. 183, take McKinney Falls Pkwy. heading west. Turn right on William Cannon Dr. and left on Janes Ranch Rd. (512) 519-9616

Broker Cooperation Welcome. ©2015 KB Home (KBH). Plans, pricing, financing, terms, availability and specifications subject to change/prior sale without notice and may vary by neighborhood, lot location and home series. Buyer responsible for all taxes, insurance and other fees. Sq. footage is approximate. Photo may depict upgraded landscaping/options and may not represent lowest-priced homes. See sales representative for details. AUS-15001

5


6

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Ferree Rhodes, left, and Melinda Carroll, right, both of Independence Title, enjoy the HBA's Parade of Homes with custom builder Keith Husbands of Metropolitan Custom Homes at the Parade of Homes VIP Preview Party.

Buy photo: RL_061115_M.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

CRS Austin Chapter President Michelle Busby, right, of Keller Williams Realty and Mary Miner, left, of Nextage Lone Star Realty present the CRS Scholarship to Graciela Ruiz who is on her way to the Liberal Arts Academy.

Buy photo: RL_060415_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060915_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Cassandra Ruiz, right, of First American Title is eager to show off her new office in Round Rock to Mariella Rivero of Keller Williams Realty.

A journey as beautiful as the destination.


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

Williamson County Assoc. of REALTORS®

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

President’s Column By Jack Stapleton • 2015 President

Next steps for new REALTORS

Truth: The costs associated with starting your real estate practice are lower than nearly every other business. Truth: 95 percent of residential real estate is sold by 5 percent of agents. Truth: Cutting corners is a shortcut to failure. Truth: Knowledge is knowing that tomatoes are a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put them in a fruit salad. Although the educational requirements have recently been revamped, they are not enough to prepare you for a career in real estate. You took the time to formulate a plan, put it into action, and follow though; now you have a real estate license, and that demonstrates you can do what it takes to be successful in real estate. Set your goals. Do not skip this step. Remember the truth: “Cutting corners is a shortcut to failure.” Take the time to develop a business plan, set goals, and develop systems. There

are many business planning and goal setting classes offered; attend at least one of them. It is important to talk to an accountant about tracking your income and expenses responsibly. This is vital to establishing your budget. If necessary, use accounting software (such as QuickBooks) and stay on top of it. Join WCREALTORS as your local association. Invest in TREPAC and join an association committee. Become part of their culture and attend their events. Stay involved and attend as many events as you’re able; this will keep you abreast of the issues and consistently build new relationships with other professionals. Have a strong love and commitment towards education, and commit to obtaining at least one new designation per year. It is recommend that you should start with GRI. Learn the alphabet soup of real estate (MLS, NAR, RPR, TAR, TREPAC, CE, CMA, IABS, etc.) This will catch you up to the pack to join the conversation. Next, brace yourself. Real estate is a tough professional services career, and as an independent contractor, you are respon-

www.myRealtyLine.com sible for prospecting, selling, and closing. Get head shots; both casual and professional. It is recommended you obtain inexpensive and high quality business cards as you will attend many events and burn through cheap cards. However, when you meet a prospect, hand them the best you have. Remember one of the truths: “A real estate practice has one of the lowest startup costs.” You need a name badge, signs, and a good selection of sign riders (for sale, under contract, etc). Don’t forget a smartphone, even better if it can hotspot for your laptop. Any recent laptop will do, but make sure it’s durable; it will go with you everywhere. Don’t forget a printer/scanner for contracts. Be sure to register a domain name for your new business. Finally, subscribe to a professional Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) database platform and learn how to use it proficiently. Furthermore, build a brand: a set of colors, shapes, fonts, whatever conveys your vision. If necessary, find an experienced marketer to

DESIGNER

INQUIRER

REVEALER

PROBLEM

SOLVER

©2015 RE/MAX, LLC. Each RE/MAX® office is independently owned and operated. As measured by total residential transaction sides. 150225

I

fyouhavebiggoals,bigdreams,andbigexpectations, then you’ve come to the right place.

June 2015

7

help you. Use your brand in all your marketing and stay consistent. Host open houses and not just on weekends. Advertise yourself using sites such as Yelp, Angie's List, social media and more. Subscribe to and actually read local trade magazines. These will raise your level of knowledge and professionalism as well as familiarize yourself with every word of every contract you use. Don’t forget to attend your office meetings and local property tours. Enter every contact you meet into your database. Each contact should be able to refer an average of two leads per year. Remember the truths about tomatoes and about cutting corners? They both apply here. Learn your database application well, and work your database daily. Read Gary Keller’s book: "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent." It is an excellent resource on learning to master your database. Nobody said this would be easy, but if done right, real estate is a rewarding and fulfilling career. RL

RE/MAX isn’t for everyone, but it is for problem solvers. Which would explain why nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX. Others might shy away from daunting circumstances, but we push on. And we succeed. Find yourself at RE/MAX.


8

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

A new agent picks up information from Bridget Willie and Richard Caprioli, both of Engel and Volkers, at the Champions School of Real Estate Career Day.

Buy photo: RL_060615_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

We’re just glad he’s not texting and driving as WCREALTORS gets its 26th Annual Golf Classic started. The event was held at the Cimarron Hills Golf Club in Georgetown.

Buy photo: RL_050415_BK.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

Representing Keller Williams Realty at a charity fundraiser for kids are Heather Kyser, Courtney Oldham Stephanie Teague and Diana Zamora. Buy photo: RL_061115_K.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060315_G.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Amanda Pettitt of Keller Williams Realty and her husband Alex Pettitt of Spring Builders get ready to tour the home by Seven Custom Homes at the HBA's Parade of Homes VIP Preview Party at Serene Hills.


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com



 



   

 







 

 

  



 #

 

  

  

  !" #

,  !" #

$

+,

,

%"#& &"

%"#& &"

%"#& &"

       

  

        !  $   !$   

 !      



   !    " # %

 !# 

      &"  ' "  ("  ")" *+ ' ) , # - " **  "#  .** /(#  -  &"0 1"#(! ""! &  .*..

 $   %&   ! #     

    

 

  

  !" #

  

"! !! $ $    ! !

 

  

"! !!   !   !#    #  ! $ $

      &" ,, ' " ,+ ("  ")" *+ ' ) .. # - " +  "#  *, /(#  -  &"0 1"#(! ""! &  +,.$.





 

      &" $ ' " . ("  ")" *+ ' )  # - " $  "#  $ /(#  -,  &"0 1"#(! ""! &  +,.$

        



   

)  ##,2++2$ 3 # 4 5 " " "#

' " 1 "# 22" 22

      '(

!    # * %( ) "

1   " " 6   " 6!         "& 4 4  -   7" # - "  6    "  " 8 &    " -  "  ' "  ## ! &  -   44   6"  " #  " "  ""&  ""  "   " #     "  - 6&#         " "#     "   !   !    "  "  9" ## #   & &" ! 6

" 4 9 " 8 :  '-"-  "" 4 -     """ # #& "  - 8& - -6# 8 & : #- ""8 &     "   !&4" 3 " "8 & ;  " 

1 "#4  "  ! 6&





&

'()* * ( + '  $,

  

(



June 2015

9


10

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

ABoR Foundation Director, Anita Farrell of Keller Williams Realty and Becky Hopkins of Austin Title get ready to present college scholarships to more than 20 college-bound high school students at the group’s annual Scholarship Awards Presentation. Becky served on the scholarship committee that Anita chaired.

Buy photo: RL_060915_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Penni Hafer, left, of M/I Homes shows Alessandra Burenin of Keller Williams Realty and Ted Simpson of Texas Premier Realty all of the beautiful kitchen amenities that come with an M/I Home in Sweetwater while hosting a grand opening of the builder’s new model there.

Buy photo: RL_060615_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060515_G.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Mohammad-Ali Tukdi of Dash Realty manages his leads between visits at the Champions School of Real Estate Career Day.


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

Lady Bird Lake...MINUTES FROM HOME

Located in Southeast Austin’s gateway corridor, just three miles south of 71 on Highway 183, Addison is a perfect match for those seeking convenient access to the vibrant downtown business and entertainment scene without the hassle of living downtown. Beautiful home designs complemented by extensive amenities, quality schools and tranquil surroundings make Addison the perfect place to start living more.

• Easy Access to COTA, ABIA, South Congress, McKinney Falls and Southpark Meadows

• 36 one- and two-story floor plans sized from 1,300 to 3,581 square feet • 40, 50, and 60-foot wide home sites

• Miles of hike and bike trails, pocket parks and extensive greenspace • Exclusive pool and pavilion amenity

Buffington Homes | Homes by Avi | MileStone Community Builders | Pacesetter Homes

HOMES FROM THE $200s | liveaddison.com

11


12

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

KNEE DEEP

IN THE GOOD

LIFE! For truly happy clients, arrange a tour of Tuscan Village’s right-sized villas, townhomes and new condominiums. With first-class amenities like our resort-style Clubhouse and a full-time Activities Director, the good life is closer than ever before.

Buy photo: RL_060815_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Mary Miner and King Bravo, both of Nextage Lone Star Realty, team up for the WC REALTORS Annual Golf Classic at Cimarron Hills.

Call today to schedule an appointment.

®

Let Cadence Bank help grow your business! At Cadence, we are committed to delivering you competitive 2nd lien rates and the highest quality service in the industry. Cadence Bank offers: • •

New Condos from the low $200s Townhomes and Villas from the $300s–$600s

Purchase Money 2nd Liens Home Equity 2nd Liens

Home Improvement 2nd Liens

Gretchen Rossington, NMLS# 555982 Account Manager 512-484-1860 gretchen.rossington@cadencebank.com www.cadence2nds.com

(512) 327-1200 | TuscanVillage.com Prices are subject to change without notice. Exclusively marketed by Legacy International Resort Properties. Obtain the Property Report required by federal law and read it before signing anything. No federal agency has judged the merits of value, if any, of this property.

Loans are subject to credit approval. Cadence Mortgage is a division of Cadence Bank, N.A.NMLS# 525022

EQUAL HOUSING

LENDER


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

13

Buy photo: RL_060315_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Georgia Spiropoules of Engel & Volkers shows us the perfect golf stance while at the Patten Law Firm Charity Fundraiser.

19 16 40+

NEIGHBORHOODS

AWARD WINNING BUILDERS

AVAILABLE HOMES

GIVE YOUR CLIENTS A TASTE OF THE ROUGH LIFE Want to make your job easier? Show your clients around any of Rough Hollow’s 19 gorgeous neighborhoods, the water-themed amenities of Highland Village, and the infinity edge pool at the Yacht Club & Marina, Austin’s most prestigious lake facility. One taste of the Rough Life is all it takes.

Rough Hollow offers your clients a sensational range of home options. Call us today and schedule a tour!

512.617.1776 FOLLOW US RoughHollowLakeway.com

HOME DESIGNS BY:

DREES • HIGHLAND • GRAND HAVEN • SCOTT FELDER • TAYLOR MORRISON COVENTRY • WES PEOPLES • RIVER OAKS • CENTERRA • LC LUXURY HOMES Gh RESERVE • VILLAGE BUILDERS • CENTURY COMMUNITIES CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS INCLUDE

CANYONSIDE BUILDERS, JENKINS AND BELLA VITA

Developed by Legend Communities in partnership with Crescent Communities. Exclusively marketed by Legacy International Resort Properties. Obtain the Property Report required by federal law and read it before signing anything. No federal agency has judged the merits of value, if any, of this property.

CALL US & START YOUR ROUGH LIFE TODAY.


14

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Carol Neubauer and Michelle Pipperi, both of Gracy Title, grab a drink and a bit to eat at the HBA's Parade of Homes VIP Preview Party.

Buy photo: RL_061115_G.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

ABoR Foundation Chair Michael DaSilva of Avalar Austin thanks ABoR staff Shirley Williams for all her work and support.

Buy photo: RL_060915_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

WCR Treasurer David Teague of Prime Lending and Nikki Fulkes of Keller Williams Realty sign in members and guests and the WCR Breakfast and TREPAC Cake Auction. Buy photo: RL_050215_J.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Dana Gilley and Delane Lopez, both of Homes by Avi, show off their beautiful new model in Blanco Vista, a Brookfield Residential community in San Marcos.

Buy photo: RL_061015_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Buying a Home? Refinancing? From start to finish, we do it all. Local Service. Local Knowledge. Local Lending.

f

Member FDIC

VA, FHA, & CONVENTIONAL LOANS CONSTRUCTION LOANS

Stephanie Fredrickson Mortgage Consultant Georgetown 512.868.4170 extracobanks.com NMLS# 464139

FIXED & ADJUSTABLE RATES

Matt Morrow Branch Manager Georgetown 512.868.4170 extracobanks.com NMLS# 464148

in

BLOG


ITCroundrock051815RL.pdf Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™1

6/1/15

RL

10:35 AM austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

15


16

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Megan Turnipseed and Danny Hill, both of Keller Williams Realty, are ready to win some prizes at the WCREALTORS 26th Annual Golf Classic.

Buy photo: RL_060815_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Holly Schuller, second from right, of Gracy Title, congratulates her Elite Top 20 Realtor friends of Keller Williams Realty Round Rock at an event celebrating their success at 121 on Main Bar and Grill in Round Rock. Pictured left to right are Mandi Weller, Julie Carnevali, Kristi Sanguinet and Kasey Jorgenson. Buy photo: RL_060415_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Tiesa Hollaway, left, of First American Title, shows off the new digs in Round Rock to Cindy Crawford of Keller Williams Realty during the company’s grand opening event.

Buy photo: RL_050615_C.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

When the transition comes, you can rely on the experienced and knowledgeable agents at North American Title Company. The new CFPB Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure will go into effect on August 1. North American Title has provided in-depth educational resources to our agents, who will be well prepared to work knowledgeably with our customers and their clients. Contact us today to learn how we can be of assistance through the transition or visit: www.nat.com/CFPB.

Your Closing Professionals NORTH AUSTIN 5608 Parkcrest Drive Suite 150 Austin, TX 78731 t: 512.302.3892 www.facebook.com/Austin.NAT www.nat.com/Texas

RESEARCH 11044 Research Blvd. Bldg. D, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78759 t: 512.249.0576

ROUND ROCK 1 Chisholm Trail Suite 3100 Round Rock, TX 78681 t: 512.255.6550

SOUTH AUSTIN Grand Oaks Office Park 8700 Manchaca Road | Suite 102 Austin, TX 78748 t: 512.482.0851

©2015 North American Title Group and its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. North American Title Group and its subsidiaries are not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. | TX15-7227 R 04-29-15


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

Have Fun

along tHe Way

Bring your clients for a visit today!

Slide down the Big & Lil’ Dip waterslides

Explore Sister Playground

Jump in the Jr. Olympic Ranch House pool

Relax on Stargazers patio

Ranch house now open

Your clients will discover fun at the Ranch House, the central amenity for all Santa Rita Ranch residents. This resort-style amenity center includes three pools, two, 2-story waterslides known as the Big & Lil’ Dip, a Jr. Olympic leisure & lap pool, kids splash pad and outdoor lounge areas. Discover all the reasons Santa Ria Ranch is the place for your clients to call home.

Awesome Builders

new homes from the $190s - $700s santaritaranchaustin.com | ronald reagan @ hwy 29 | 512.201.8575

castlerock · david weekley · grand haven · highland homes · ryland homes · scott felder homes · Pulte homes · westin homes · wilshire homes

17


18

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

live at your perfect pace Connect to the excitement of Austin or reconnect to the calm of Mother Nature. At Bryson, you can experience a rural way of life while remaining plugged into the modern world. Live fast. Live slow. A lush landscape will conceal a multitude of intimate gathering spaces, perfect for food fests and music events. Whether strolling the trails or hopping the Metro Rail, Bryson is designed for flexible living. n

35 Georgetown 29

183A

Hero Way

2243

leander 183

1431

183A

homes from the $200s to $500s www.liveatbryson.com | 512.466.3551 DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES

DREES CUSTOM HOMES

round rock

to austin

GRAND HAVEN HOMES

45

183

SCOTT FELDER HOMES 35


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

Movie night at the Belterra Pool.

Live the best of both worlds

Downtown movie night in Austin.

Welcome to Belterra, voted Austin’s 2015 Master-Planned Community of the Year. Where you can enjoy Downtown movie night in Austin, just minutes away, or a one-of-kind poolside movie experience in your own community! At Belterra, we create the best of both worlds.

belterratexas.com / 512.301.5000 / New homes from the $300s to $700s

June 2015

19


20

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

The ABoR Foundation presents over $33,500 in college scholarships at its annual Scholarship Awards presentation.

Buy photo: RL_060915_H.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Kathryn Teague, right, of Sweetwater, congratulates Stephanie Redding, right, of M/I Homes on the grand opening of the builder's new model in the community.

Buy photo: RL_060515_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Krista Hickman and Barton Harris both of Weichert Realtors, are eager to meet real estate students looking for a broker who will propel them to success. The two took part in the Champions School of Real Estate Career Day.

Buy photo: RL_061115_P.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060615_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Come see what’s NEW at Century Communities. IS NOW

Avalon - (512) 271-3884 From the $270s - Now Selling! Butler Ranch Estates - (512) 271-3784 From the $410s - 1 acre Home-sites

MODEL HOMES COMING SOON!

Rough Hollow

Priced from $410’s

Blackhawk

Priced from $300’s

Avalon

New model home coming soon!!

Blackhawk - Coming soon! From the $300s - Access to Prestigious Crystal Falls - (512) 931-2800 From the $490s - 1 acre home-sites with trees Heritage Oaks - (512) 930-4005 From the $260s - 55+ Active Adult Community! Pearsons Place at Avery Ranch (512) 271-3855 From the $400s - New Model Now Open Reagan’s Overlook - (512) 271-3787 From the $520s - 1 acre home-sites with trees Rim Rock - (512) 354-1940 From the $450s - 1 acre home-sites Rough Hollow - (512) 271-3823 From the $410s - Model opening soon! Shady Oaks - (512) 763-1492 From the $390s - Final Phase! Siena - (512) 271-3785 From the $210s - New Model Open Woodland Park - (512) 930-4043 From the $390s - 1 acre home-sites with trees

WWW.CENTURYCOMMUNITIES.COM Prices, plans and terms are effective on the date of publication and subject to change without notice. Depictions of homes or other features are conceptual. Decorative items and other items shown may be decorator suggestions that are not included in the purchase price and availability may vary. ©Century Communities 5/12015

Penny Green of Willow Bend Mortgage and Chip Haymond of Haymond Builders check out the view from one of the Parade homes at the HBA's Parade of Homes Preview Party.


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

21


22

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Matt Heaton, Kay Milligan of Capital Title and Terry Milligan of Lone Star Land Sales look for their cart at the WCREALTORS 26th Annual Golf Classic.

Buy photo: RL_060815_J.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Heather Baumli, left, of The W Group, a Private Label Realty company, tells Liz Norman of M/I Homes how beautiful the new model home in Sweetwater is. She attended the builder’s Dress Up and Wine Down Grand Opening there.

Submitted Photo

Melissa Mandry and Gregg Klar, both of Keller Williams Realty, buy food to donate to Lake Travis Crisis Ministries during the company wide 'Red Day' where agents took a day off from real estate to give back to their local community.

Buy photo: RL_060515_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

HOMES BY AVI

INVENTORY LISTING MLS

ADDRESS

PLAN

SQ.FT.

as of 06/01/15

BR/BA/ GAR/STORY

PRICE

REALTOR COMMISSION

AVAILABILITY

ADDISON 5008 Bonneville Bend

Eliot A

2238

3/2.5/3/1

$352,999

5%

October

7443487

5005 Bonneville Bend

Kennedy A

1841

3/2/2/1

$250,000

5%

June

4878369

5012 Bonneville Bend

Miller A w/ Bonus

3020

3/3.5/2/1.5

$389,999

5%

July

8899559

5100 Bonneville Bend

Hemingway A

3361

4/3.5/2/2

$399,999

5%

July

3693124

5017 Bonneville Bend

Adams A

2138

3/2/2/1

$265,999

5%

SOLD

5001 Bonneville Bend

Washington B

1749

3/2/2/1

$259,999

4%

November

5013 Bonneville Bend

Hayes D

1917

3/2/2/1

$269,000

4%

November

1491 Kirby

Hemingway A

3213

5/3.5/2/2

$409,587

3%

SOLD

1336 Sanders

Somerville A

1802

3/2/2/1

$274,529

3%

November

PLUM CREEK

4776855 2683285 4085160

151 Greene

Whitney B

2184

4/2.5/2/1

$304,605

3%

August

2036 Ramage

Buchanan B

2565

3/2.5/2/2

$315,282

3%

October

2008 Ramage

Travis B

2279

3/2.5/2/2

$288,618

3%

June

1461 Kirby

Miller B

2903

4/3.5/2/1

$392,116

4%

June

1441 Kirby

Harrison II B

3041

4/3.5/2.5/2

$385,537

3%

December

BLANCO VISTA 6846783

214 Pincea

Adams I - C

2136

3/2/2/1

$261,560

3%

June

3419386

141 Pincea

Kennedy A

1884

3/2/2/1

$246,638

3%

June

6327665

145 Pincea

Hudson E-4

2452

4/3.5/2/2

$279,305

3%

June

210 Pincea

Harrison II A

2994

4/3.5/2/2

$295,999

3%

SOLD

130 Pincea

Washington B

1803

3/2/2/1

$256,017

3%

September

4897797

701 Old Settlers Drive

Hemingway A

3243

3/2.5/2/2

$384,069

4%

July

7943100

702 Old Settlers Drive

Miller A w/ Bonus

3289

3/2.5/2/1.5

$382,819

4%

June

5217067

730 Old Settlers Drive

Miller A

2568

3/2.5/2/1

$352,829

4%

June

706 Old Settlers Drive

Eliot A

2568

3/2/2/1

$337,425

3%

December

For more information contact: 9111 Jollyville Road, Suite 118 Austin, TX 78759 Tel: 512.382.5229 Fax: 512.382.5949 homesbyavi.com *** Prices, completion dates and the availability of homes are subject to change without notice or prior obligation. Square footage is approximate. Payment of commissions and bonuses from Homes by Avi will be made to licensed Texas Realtors ON SELECT INVENTORY HOMES upon closing and funding with the use of one of our preferred lenders. Bonus or special commissions for Realtors only valid with full price offers unless approved by Management. See Sales Managers for details. E&0E.

NMLS #149932

Put your Trust in our Experience With over 100 years of combined industry experience, our executive team continues to take aggressive steps to innovate and improve the industry.

Spicewood Springs (512) 450-1222

4807 Spicewood Springs Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste 1100

Richie Rodriguez

Scott Sewell

rrodriguez@ hometrust.com

ssewell@ hometrust.com

branch manager

vp production

NMLS #222698

NMLS #211987

Kyle Bierschwale kbierschwale@ hometrust.com

Kelly McClanahan kmcclanahan@ hometrust.com

NMLS #1150439

Westlake

(512) 615-6499 950 Westbank Drive, Suite 104

www.hometrust.com

Michael Snyder msnyder@ hometrust.com NMLS #1102707

NMLS #1180578

Bradley Rife

Jared Henderson jhenderson@ hometrust.com

branch manager

brife@ hometrust.com NMLS #221487

NMLS #1295406

Lynn Edgar ledgar@hometrust.com NMLS #221412


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

Austin CRS Chapter

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

President ‘s Column

preview those homes. The next day it

By Michelle Busby • 2015 President

for a luxury condo downtown with a

might be a single professional looking view; find a few options, go and preview

23

Reach 10,000+ REALTORS Monthly!

these. Shoot for at least five each day. This gives you market knowledge without have a real client on the line. 5) Go into the office. Zig Ziglar encour-

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

aged all sales people to get up and go into the office at the same time each

Y

Launch your business

ou have your license and you have a broker, now what? You either have too many ideas, or too few, and need help figuring it all out. When you are starting out it can be difficult to choose a strategic plan of action that you are certain will bring you success. Here are some pointers to get you through the noise. 1) Give yourself a time to “set up” and learn your tech systems. Take this time to order your cards and nametag, learn the MLS, learn your company’s systems and start your lead generation system; it shouldn’t take more than a month or so. Don’t be hard on yourself that it’s not all set up the first week. Breathe and set up at least one thing each day. Rome wasn’t built in a day. 2) Have a business plan. Within your first few weeks you need to have a business plan that is specific and focuses on a few (not 20) sources of leads. Don’t try the shotgun method where you try a little bit of everything and you stress

yourself out while accomplishing very little. 3) Time block your day and prioritize what you do each day. Each afternoon when you stop working create a list of your top five things you must do the next day. List them in order of importance. Of course, your first thing should always be lead generation. When you wake up the next day start with number one and move through your list. Don’t move to number two if number one is not complete. If you have time after you finish the top five, go ahead and work through the rest of your to do list. If you don’t have time to get through it all, don’t start the next day where you left off. Create a new list each afternoon. 4) Create a new “client” each day. Make up a new fake home search each day. One day it might be a family who wants a home under $200k, in a good school district, four beds/two baths, with a large lot; you will go to the MLS, find a few homes that fit their needs and go

day. This gives salespeople structure and dependability that can help us stay consistent. You will launch your business with great habits that will help you to grow your business in the future. 6) Talk with agents who are more experienced and successful than you are. Your peers are great, but newer agents can sometimes spread negativity as

It’s Really a No Brainer!

they encounter some of the struggles of growing a business. Don’t listen to your peers as much as you listen to the agents that have overcome the struggles and are thriving. Take their advice. Ask them questions and maybe you will find a mentor who will take you under their wing. These are just a few ideas that can steer

No Other Publication: • Is direct mailed to this many REALTORS every month. • Offers FREE PUBLICITY benefits with your ad*. • Costs as little as $410 per ad**.

you in the right direction. Be a professional and be serious about your business. However, also be willing to make mistakes and

Request a Media Kit 512-821-1900 • info@myrealtyline.com

don’t take yourself too seriously. Remember, the first two years are the hardest. The only people who fail are those who quit.

*Benefits vary by ad size a contract duration. Ask for details. **Published price for a 12x, black and white, quarter page ad.

Stick with it. RL

Fastest Growing Companies in Central Texas

Congrats to Our Newest Team Members!!!

Michelle Braet (Welcome Back!)

Timothy Rebouche Jazmine Sausameda

www.homecity.com 512.750.2294


24

June 2015

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

austin

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.facebook.com/RealtyLineAustin

THE SWMC IS OUTPERFORMING THE AUSTIN MARKET FOR LISTINGS SOLD VOLUME BY 24.85% 2014 / 2015 Percentage Change vs ACTRIS

60% 50%

47.86% 39.20%

40%

30.76%

30% 20%

13.34%

14.35%

14.35%

10% 0% -10%

Listings Taken Volume

Listings Sold Volume

SWMC

Closed Production Volume

ACTRIS

BrokerMetrics: Sales of Condo, Townhome and Detached Residences in ACTRIS Areas 4/09/2015

If you want to buy a home, sell a home, invest in real estate or get your real estate career to the next level, contact:

mihomes.com

CEO/Team Leaders Diane Johnson Melanie Kennemann

512-732-3803 512-330-1059


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

25

interested in learning more about title insurance or seek an estimate on closing costs,

Gracy Title

Gracy Title partners with homebuyers from the time the contract is received to closing and then on through when they may decide to sell.

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

A

For the past five years, Gracy Title has

full-service title insurance company, Gracy Title handles both escrow closings and title requests. As

continuing education opportunities and ways

the first and oldest title company in Central

professional tips learned through additional

Texas, Gracy Title has had a strong presence in the Austin community since the late 1800s. Today, Gracy Title has grown to

they can become even more successful. Our team does this by sharing educational and

been named a Top Workplace by the AustinAmerican Statesman and has received numerous other awards and accolades over the years honoring the company’s commitment

training within our company and industry,”

to its employees. Frederick, who is responsi-

Frederick says.

ble for recruiting, managing and developing

Real estate professionals can benefit from

include 20 branch locations in Travis, Wil-

the team of associates, says that much of this

of title insurance,” she says. “As an extremely

liamson and Hays counties, along with title

communicative company, we work diligently

plants now in Burnet, Bastrop and Caldwell

to avoid surprises for our staff and welcome

counties, making closing in a professional

input and suggestions from each individual.

We work directly with our clients to keep them updated about changes in the industry...

environment convenient and accessible. “Gracy Title is a leader in the industry not only because we have been serving Austin since 1873, but also due to the breadth of knowledge and experience our staff possesses,” says Wanda Frederick, president of

Additionally, Gracy Title takes pride in our ability to be part of the community and give back to projects such as Foundation Communities, Habitat for Humanity and Austin Pets Alive.” Whether leveraging the latest technology

Gracy Title.

to facilitate the closing process or introducing

At Gracy Title, their services start long before the actual transaction. Through partnerships with real estate professionals, lenders, investors and attorneys, Gracy Title is able to provide their clientele with experienced and professional staff, as well as an abundance of training materials and marketing tools that cover Austin and the surrounding area. “We work directly with our clients to keep them updated about changes in the industry,

Wanda Frederick, President

the wide variety of courses offered by Gracy

acknowledgement can be attributed to Gracy

Title. These range from “Blogging for Be-

Title’s “teaching” environment, as well as the

ginners” to “Surprises and Expectations”

company’s commitment to giving back to the

to “TREC Legal/Ethics” to “Realtors Guide

community.

to Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)”. Similarly, Gracy Title offers tools and resources for homebuyers. Whether they are

“Our associates not only are encouraged

new tools and resources for their associates, one thing has remained constant throughout Gracy Title’s history: a commitment to outstanding customer service. “Our entire company, including our executive team, work beside our associates to ensure our cus-

and rewarded for jobs well done, but they also

tomers receive the best service available. We

voluntarily take part in a training program

value our clients and know they have a choice

guiding them through the how’s and why’s

when it comes to title companies.” RL

Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE)

Earn more with Real Estate Designations and Certifications

Stay current with the latest technology, trends in the market and real estate laws with Champions School of Real Estate MCE courses. Make sure you know how the industry is changing and satisfy your MCE requirement today.

Earning one or more designations continues to make a difference in REALTOR® earnings. Based on 2013 NAR survey data, the median income of REALTORS® without a designation was $33,500 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $61,100: a difference of $27,600.*

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

MCE in the Classroom - Includes TREC Legal and Ethics $99 Farm and Ranch Real Estate Prospering in the Hot Texas Market Broker Responsibility

Jul 15 - 16 Jul 16 - 17 Jul 16 - 17

MCE Online

The Insider’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate

9 hrs

$90

✓ Self-paced, no timer

Resources for the Successful Salesperson

9 hrs

$90

✓ Saves your place while testing

Real Estate Game Changers

9 hrs

$90

✓ Courses never expire

Mandatory TREC Ethics

3 hrs

$30

✓ Downloadable PDF books

Mandatory TREC Legal Update

3 hrs

$30

✓ Accessible from any connection

Texas Real Estate Contracts

3 hrs

$30

✓ Local live customer service

Easy Steps to the Buyer’s Representation Agreement

2 hrs

$20

✓ Offline course material available

Sellers Disclosure Notices and DTPA

2 hrs

$20

✓ Instructor support

Selling to Different Generations

2 hrs

$20

✓ Instant results

Personal Performance Management

1 hr

$10

15 hours of elective MCE, ABR elective • Increase listings and grow your business • Demonstrate and communicate your value package to seller clients • Understand and apply the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice • Understand and comply with state license laws when representing sellers • Understand and apply methods, tools, and techniques to provide support and services that sellers want.

Jul 13 - 14

|

$199

How to Earn the SRS Designation: Successful Completion of the SRS Designation Course; Successful Completion of one SRS Elective Course; Proof of 5 completed transactions in which you acted solely as a Sellers Representative.

Real Estate

ChampionsSchool.com/Austin

SRS ONLY

Mon - Tues, 8:30am - 5:15pm

512-244-3545

3203 S I-35 Ste 520, Round Rock, TX 78664 - Located at I-35 & 45 Toll Road *Source: 2013 NAR Member Profile; Prospering 09-00-125-26446; Ethics 03-03-125-26393; Legal 03-03-125-26392; Hottest 03-00-066-26967; ABR: 15-00-055-25733; ALHS: 15-00-036-26866; Broker: 06-06-124-24214; CHMS: 09-00-086-2741; Farm and Ranch: 09-00-065-25732; MRP 09-00-026-26762; SRS: 15-00-126-28209

Designations

Loan Origination

Home Inspection

Appraisal

Business Etiquette

Find us on Social Media Open to the Public; TREC #0005; Lone Star College Tomball Provider #0123


26

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

austin

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Unveiling a new model in Blanco Vista in San Marcos, Homes by Avi invites everyone to come see the beautiful new homes they have there at great prices.

Buy photo: RL_060215_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Lisa Butler of Keller Williams Realty explains the benefits of the company to a student who is about to receive his real estate license. She took part in the Champions School of Real Estate career day.

Buy photo: RL_050115_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Tracy Caddell, right, of Gracy Title, heads toward the next home on the Parade of Homes Tour with Jerry Stein of Buyers Inc. Real Estate and his wife Debbie Stein. The three attended the Parade of Homes Preview Party at Serene Hills.

Buy photo: RL_060815_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

WCREALTORS Association Executive Marge Phillips and Kent Prickett, WCREALTORS events and marketing director get ready to kick off the Association’s 26th Annual Golf Classic at Cimarron Hills.

Buy photo: RL_061115_O.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

Texas American Title

Drees Realtor Reward Programs Two Great Ways to Earn More with Drees Custom Homes

LEISHA LOHSE

We value the relationships we’ve developed with our Realtor partners. That’s why we offer two Realtor Rewards Programs. When you sell a Drees home between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, you’ll be eligible to earn a 5% commission or be reimbursed 100% of your location fees. The choice is yours!

t rk S Pa E.

Rd .

Gatt

CEDAR PARK

dreeshomes.com

eil cN

reet

715 Discovery Blvd. Suite 205 Cedar Park, TX 78613 Office: 512-259-5950 Fax: 512-259-0540

**Limitations apply, see a Drees Custom Homes Market Manager for more information and details.

Blv d. Gr ee nla wn

100 %

of your relocation fees

INTERSTATE

35

. lvd

commission

OR

Round Rock Office

ll B Be

commission

5%

E. Logan St.

Cedar Park Office

We’ll reimburse

N.

3%

2nd closing & beyond

183A

t. ain S E. M

St.

1st closing

ston hite E. W

Rock Av e.

1

M

100% of your relocation fees will be reimbursed when you move your client into a new Drees Custom home.

Round

. 143 R. R d. / e Blv

Mays

Sell two or more Drees Custom homes between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 to receive an additional reward for each closing.

JIMMY GOLDRICK

Business Development jrgoldrick@texasamerican.com 512-587-3075

Serving you in Williamson County! overy Blvd. Disc

Drees Two-Step*

Relocation Reimbursement**

Escrow Officer llohse@texasamerican.com

is Sc

hoo

. l Rd

ROUND ROCK

1001 South Mays, Suite 103 Round Rock, TX 78664 Office: 512-255-1550 Fax: 512-255-2329

www.txamtitle.com


RL

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

President’s Column By Walt Elias • 2015 President

www.myRealtyLine.com Best Floor Plan Best Formal Dining Room Best Family Room Best Interior Furnishings Best Game Room Masters Touch Custom Homes Best Architectural Design Best Unique Feature – Powder Bath

Judges select "best of" categories at 60th annual Parade of Homes

T

he Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin presented a wide variety of awards – ranging from best kitchen to best media room to best outdoor living -- to five builders who are participating in the 60th Annual Parade of Homes™ underway at Serene Hills in Lakeway. Three professionals conducted the judging, viewing a stunning line-up of five Hill Country and contemporary custom home designs from Eppright Homes, Master’s Touch Custom Homes, Texas Custom Construction, VII Custom Homes and Matt Sitra Custom Homes. The luxury homes span in size from 4,600 to 6,600 square feet. The home tour, which showcases luxurious living with Hill Country views ran from May 22 through June 7. The event is a great way for the public to learn about the latest trends in architectural, interior design and landscaping. The award winners symbolize the “best of the best” for people looking for the latest in home design. For those folks looking to buy, the home tour showcases some of the finest new homes for sale in the Austin area.

The HBA honored builders in the following categories: Eppright Homes Best of Show Best Interior Design Best Pool Best Innovative Design Best Use of Landscape Best Lighting Best Smart Home Best Study Best Main Entry Best Garage Best Fireplace Matt Sitra Custom Homes Best Cabinetry Best Front Elevation Best Interior Ceiling Treatment Texas Custom Construction Best Flooring Best Overall Green/Sustainable Home Best Staircase Seven Custom Homes Best Outdoor Living

June 2015 Best Master Suite & Bathroom Best Kitchen Best Media Room

For more information about the 2015 Parade of Homes™, visit www.paradeofhomesaustin.com or the “Greater Austin Parade of Homes™” on Facebook. RL

Masters Touch Custom Homes Eppright Homes

Eppright Homes

Matt Sitra Custom Homes Masters Touch Custom Homes

Texas Custom Construction

Seven Custom Homes

PrimeLending Capital City Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, & Jumbo to name only a few loan products!

Candy Buzan Branch Manager Sr. Loan Officer The Candy Buzan Team

Max Leaman Branch Manager Sr. Loan Officer The Leaman Team

Kim Nielsen Production Manager The Candy Buzan Team

Amy Bailey Oehler Sr. Loan Officer The Leaman Team

Marie Cyr Loan Officer

Jori Stern Sr. Loan Officer The Leaman Team

Diane M. Clark Sr. Loan Officer

Missy Driskell Sr. Loan Officer

Trudy Savage Sr. Loan Officer

Mark Hoffman Sr. Loan Officer

Mary Kennedy Sr. Loan Officer

Sherri Eckert Sr. Loan Officer The Leaman Team

Amanda Stewart Sr. Loan Officer The Leaman Team

Eiric Smith Sr. Loan Officer

Misty Lynch Sr. Loan Officer

Celina Johnson Sr. Loan Officer

Two Great Locations! All loans subject to credit approval. Rates and fees subject to change. Mortgage financing provided by PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. Equal Housing Lender. © 2015 PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company (NMLS: 13649) is a wholly owned subsidiary of a state-chartered bank and is an exempt lender TX V121013. NMLS 179412 (Buzan), NMLS 269403 (Cyr), NMLS 184428 (Hoffman), NMLS 292478 (Stewart), NMLS 280093 (Lynch), NMLS 176530 (Smith), NMLS 180307 (Nielsen), NMLS 268025 (Clark), NMLS 179666 (Kennedy), NMLS 180066 (Driskell), NMLS 180854 (Savage), NMLS 151263 (Leaman), NMLS 225339 (Bailey), NMLS 177299 (Stern), NMLS 357516 (Eckert), NMLS 404163 (Johnson).

27

810 Hester’s Crossing, Suite 150 Round Rock, TX 78681 7719 Wood Hollow Drive, Suite 155 Austin, TX 78731


28

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Keller Williams Realty agents Diane Waters, Mariella Rivero, Judy Coppel and Cindy Crawford, laugh with JamĂŠ Norcross, second from left, and Holly Schuller, third from right, both of Gracy Title, at the Keller Williams Realty Round Rock Elite Top 20 at 121 on Main Bar and Grill.

Buy photo: RL_050315_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Victoria Reviel of 98th Meridian Real Estate thanks Jennifer Lish and Darian Rausch, both of Keller Williams Realty, for supporting TREPAC at the WCR TREPAC Cake Auction. Both Jennifer and Darian bought cakes.

Buy photo: RL_060715_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_061015_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

A Big Welcome to

Kara McGregor and Eric Phillips, both of Independence Title, get out of the main office to visit the new Round Rock location during its grand opening event.

Our Newest

Loan Officer Emily Franke

Senior Loan Officer NMLSR # 223977 Mobile: 512-797-5480 EFax: 866-907-1455 Emily@EmilyFranke.com www.EmilyFranke.com

A Solid, Proven, and Committed Lender!

WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP NMLSR# 2146 | 807 Las Cimas Pkwy., Suite 150, Austin, TX 78746 | This is not a guarantee of financing. All borrowers must meet certain underwriting guidelines and credit criteria. Rules and Regulations may apply.


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

Things are heating up at Village Builders…

5%

VILLAGEBUILDERS.COM

COMMISSION ON ALL SALES

*

THROUGH JUNE 30TH

512-596-7703

FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ONLY: In order to earn a broker co-op fee, broker must bring client into a welcome home center and register them on the client’s first visit. No commission will be paid when agent/broker is acting as a principal/buyer. Not valid if client has previously registered with Village Builders or Villagebuilders.com, whether individually or with a broker. Village Builders reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time. Other terms and conditions apply. See a new home consultant for more information. *Effective 6/01/15, 5% Bonus will be paid on all sales between 06/01/15 and 06/30/15. Homes must close and fund by date listed on purchase agreement. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Copyright © 2015 Lennar Corporation. All rights reserved. Village Builders, the Village Builders logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. (12440) 5.29.15

29


30

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

WCR President Amy Kobza and Christy Gessler, both of Keller Williams Realty, show off one of the cakes being auctioned to raise money for TREPAC. Christy played the role of auctioneer at the WCR Breakfast and TREPAC Cake Auction where over $3,000 was raised. Both ladies are with Keller Williams Realty. Buy photo: RL_061015_I.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Josh Corbitt, Dave Teller, Kathryn Scarborough, Barett Tilson, Georgia Spiropoulos and Traci Turnquist, all of Engel and Volkers, are ready to raise funds for kids at a charity fundraiser at Top Golf.

Buy photo: RL_060315_E.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Ann Marie Sandlin of Ann Marie Sandlin & Co. welcomes back Jay Brummett of Jay Brummett Investment Properies. Jay, a past WCR president, has been living in Ft. Worth.

Buy photo: RL_061115_A.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

Buy photo: RL_061015_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Custom builder David Lyne of Seven Custom Homes escorts his beautiful wife, Amber Hart of Keller Williams Realty to the home he built that is being showcased in the HBA's Parade of Homes in Serene Hills in Lakeway. The two attended the Parade of Homes VIP Preview Party.


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

31

Jay Southworth and Heather Gaddes, both of Independence Title, show Cindy Crawford, left, of Keller Williams Realty that their new Round Rock office has a Texas theme.

Buy photo: RL_060715_D.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Veda Jablan, left, of First American Title invites Myrna Espejo of RE/MAX 1 for margaritas and tacos at the company’s grand opening event in Round Rock.

Buy photo: RL_060415_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Cyndi Carter of Champion School of Realty Estate thanks Rick Ellis of Berkshire Hathaway Texas Realty for taking part in the school’s Career Day where approximately 20 real estate businesses met with new up and company agents.

Buy photo: RL_060815_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Steve Fohl and Cesar Soliz, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, take inventory before they take their places at the WCREALTORS 26th Annual Golf Classic.

Buy photo: RL_060615_G.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com


32

June 2015 Front Page: Continued

sites that are real estate driven, but with those three, you’ve probably got 80 to 85 percent of the traffic.”

Networking is crucial There are even more networking opportunities today than ever. In the early 2000s, Guerrero, a 21-year industry veteran, attended as many hand-shaking events as possible, from the Lion’s Club to PTA meetings. Rosshirt found that his son’s soccer matches were very lucrative for business. On the other hand, agents coming up in the second decade of the 00’s join groups on Facebook like Austin Young Real Estate Professionals and BASHH. These organizations host monthly happy hour events, not all of which are exclusive to those in the industry. Between events, members stay in touch practically 24/7 through social media. If anything, the reason networking has shifted into higher gear is because of what hasn’t changed: “The opportunity to cultivate relationships and then be able to reach out to folks to see if they need help with their real estate needs,” says Guerrero. But today’s agents can actually be in two, three, or four places at once. With a smartphone, one can be extolling the virtues of moving to East Austin at happy hour while tweeting industry-related updates and responding to e-mails from bloggers that are blasting websites with a stream of unending news. REALTORS can also take and return calls, not just from potential clients, but from teammates, like their mortgage lenders and title agents. It’s also important to not lose sight of your

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

goals. Numerous new agents attend start-up and tech-oriented groups that cater to niche organizations. Yet, old school networking still has a place in today’s tech-dominated world. Attending neighborhood association meetings help agents stay connected with areas they specialize in.

Stay up to date on industry news Keeping up with industry news is another way to make potential clients feel confident with your knowledge and abilities. While B2B publications have been around as long as the printing press has been churning out pamphlets, younger agents can be found consuming breaking news, tips, trends and forecasts from more innovative sources, like the website Culture Map, and blogs that provide breaking news, interviews, and biographical information on agencies and their staff. Podcasts like Top Agent Interviews by Mike Cerrone & Friends, offers long-form Q&As with REALTORS across the country. Cerrone books guests who close from 100 to 1,000 homes per year.

Remember why you chose this career In a 2014 blog post about what prospective REALTORS need to know before getting their license, one Houston-based writer with more than a decade of real estate experience listed 42 pros (as well as some cons). Out of several hundred comments, one managing broker from Massachusetts summarized why anyone would get into the business when it can have so many personal challenges. Simply put: It’s one of the most rewarding careers out there. You’re helping to build the American Dream every day. If you’re not having fun, find another line of work. RL

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

P. O. Box 81366 • Austin, Texas 78708-1366 (512) 821-1900 www.myRealtyLine.com E-mail: info@myRealtyLine.com

Publisher: Doren L. Carver doren@myRealtyLine.com

Associate Publisher: Tawanna K. Carver tawanna@myRealtyLine.com

Managing Editor: Naomi Bludworth naomi@myRealtyLine.com

Contributing Editor: Linda McNabb

Contributing Writers: Riki Markowitz, Katie Brown, Naomi Bludworth

Contributing Photographers: Doren L. Carver

Columnists: Barb Cooper, Jack Stapleton, Walt Elias, Michelle Busby Submission Guidelines: Submit photos, press releases and calendar items to naomi@myrealtyline.com. All photos must be at least 300 dpi and include a caption with first/last name and company affiliation. Press releases must be fewer than 300 words. Non-advertisers submitting calendar items will be charged $25 per submission. All submissions must be received at least seven calendar days prior to ad copy deadlines published at www.myrealtyline.com/blog/advertise.html. Submission items will be included as space allows. Realty Line Austin is published monthly by Caxton Publications, Inc.© as a non-subscription publication for the more than 8,000 members of the Austin Board of REALTORS®(ABoR), the more than 1,500 members of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCREALTORS) and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin. Realty Line Austin is printed on recycled paper. Realty Line Austin is a proud member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin and is a honorary member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS. Realty Line Austin is not responsible for opinions or facts expressed by non-staff writers or for errors and any by-products in advertising or editorial copy. REALTOR® is a registered trademark. The word REALTOR® sometimes appears in this publication without the registered trademark symbol (®) for the purpose of saving space. Wherever the word REALTOR® appears in this publication, the registered trademark should be assumed.

I wish my lender was better at…

Referrals are one of the most valuable sources of business for agents & lenders. When you refer a client to DHI Mortgage, you and your clients will enjoy our “no surprises” approach. We value our relationships, and we never take them for granted.

Your business is our business.

www.dhimortgage.com

Call DHI Mortgage today and get your listings moving. EQUAL HOUSING O P P O R T U N I TY

10700 Pecan Park Blvd., Suite 200, Austin, TX 78750

512-502-0545

Financing offered by DHI Mortgage Company, Ltd. Branch NMLS #38686. 10700 Pecan Park Blvd., Suite 200, Austin, TX 78750. Company NMLS #14622. For information on DHI Mortgage licensing, please visit http://www.dhimortgage.com/other-pages/licensing/. Provided for informational purposes only. This is not a commitment to lend. Not all borrowers will qualify. REV: 05/26/15 / EXP: 05/26/16


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

33

MEADOWS AT SHADOW CREEK

4%

ION

S COMMIS

203 SHADOW CREEK BOULEVARD, BUDA, TEXAS 78610 SALES COUNSELORS: MATT SHORT (512) 785-3311 DENNIS TRIMBLE (512) 537-2856

NEW HOMES IN BUDA, TX STARTING IN THE 150’S

OWN YOUR DREAM HOME FOR

$1,257

/A MONTH*

*Prices are subject to change. Based on $158,990 purchase price, USDA 30-yr fixed at 3.875% and $0 down. Monthly payment includes principal, interest, taxes & insurance. Buyer responsible for HOA dues. Rates subject to change. Must meet income, credit & loan qualifications. Other restrictions may apply. See sales consultant for details.

$0 USDA DOWN REFRIGERATOR INCLUDED ON-SITE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY

For more information, please visit www.MyMileStone.com or call: Matt Short (512) 785-3311 or Dennis Trimble (512) 537-2856. © 2015 MileStone Community Builders. Terms and conditions are subject to change without notification. Please see Sales Counselors for details and community exclusions. As our preferred Realtor®, you will receive an additional 1% on every sale after initial sale by June 30, 2015. Prices, plans, specifications, features, completion dates and the availability of homes are subject to change with notice or obligation. *Extra Realtor commission is available upon closing and with presentation of the MCB VIP Realtor card on select inventory homes with management approval.


34

June 2015

Real Estate News & Notes RE/MAX Posh Properties opens on South Lamar RE/MAX of Texas is pleased to announce the opening of RE/MAX Posh Properties, led by veteran local real estate Broker Mary Anne McMahon. The firm celebrated with a grand opening and ribbon cutting at 724-B South Lamar on June 3rd. "We believe in embracing technology and market programs that offer our clients a refreshing approach to real estate services," says Mary Anne. "Every agent is passionately committed to customer excellence, and is well-connected to the Austin market. Think 'Global Reach, Local

Service.' RE/MAX Posh Properties is a culture that develops and encourages high-minded and loyal professionals that are dedicated to delivering world-class service to the clients we serve." A native of Ohio, Mary Anne moved to Austin in conjunction with her work for Dell Computers’ Global Division. Licensed since 2002, she has been the independent owner of Austin’s Posh Properties Real Estate since 2010. She and her agents service the entire Austin area with residential homes, condos, and leasing.. RL

Tammy Elliott-Crawford now selling Port Aransas After 15 years in Austin real estate, most recently at Realty Austin, Tammy Elliott-Crawford has picked up and moved her business to Port

RL

www.myRealtyLine.com

Aransas. If looking to work with an agent there, you can reach Tammy at 512-565-6515 or Tammy@portaransasrealty.com. RL

austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

Realty Austin announces plans to open Mueller office Realty Austin, an-award winning Austinbased real estate brokerage, announces its plans to open the first residential real estate brokerage in the Mueller development. Driven by its hyperlocal service mission, the company will open its sixth location this summer. Yvette Boatwright, co-owner of Realty Austin said, "We are excited to bring Realty Austin to Mueller where our rock star agents already dominate with 12 percent of the market share. The strength of our brand and technology is synonymous with Austin’s unique homegrown culture and we feel Mueller is a perfect location for us to open a new office surrounded by so many wonderful amenities.” Realty Austin’s top agents who serve East Austin are Amy Bernhard, Lisa Munoz, Tammy Young, Tali Randolph, Scott Hayes, Talitha Phillips and Cristina Valdes. Currently #1 in East Austin market share, Realty Austin has increased sales in the area by 49.8% over the last 12 months. Jennifer Korba, who was hired in 2012 to spearhead Realty Austin’s Central office, will serve as the company's first point of contact in the newly established East Austin office while continuing her duties at the downtown location. Korba, a top achiever herself, has a solid reputation with 21 years of sales and management experience. Korba said, “Our primary goal in choosing Mueller was to offer our East Austin agents a

collaborative space to serve their clients. The growth in East Austin has been phenomenal, and we are well positioned with our strong culture, superior technology, marketing automation and the No. 1 home search website realtyaustin.com.” Through well-positioned locations in Downtown, Westlake, Lake Travis, Southwest and Northwest Austin, the company has grown to a team of 300 agents and 30 support staff since its inception in 2004. The company’s workspaces are well-located in Class A retail space. True to its homegrown roots, Realty Austin sourced to local companies to continue its modern, contemporary office design. Kelle Contine Interior Design and Michael Schembri’s Artwork are featured in all new and existing offices. To mark the grand opening of Realty Austin East, the company will be holding a ribbon cutting and open house event for industry partners and local agents in late Summer 2015. RL

Submission Guidelines Submit photos, press releases and calendar items to naomi@myrealtyline.com. All photos must be at least 300 dpi and include a caption with first/last name, company affiliation and a short description. Press releases must be fewer than 300 words. Calendar items are free to advertisers and $25 per submission for others. All submissions must be received at least seven calendar days prior to ad copy deadlines published at www.myrealtyline.com/advertise.html. Submission items will be included as space allows.

www.facebook.com/RealtyLineAustin

BOOTHS NOW ON SALE October 14, 2015

Realty Round Up

$100 Discount if reserved by June 30, 2015. Visit AborRoundUp.com to purchase your booth today!


Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

www.myRealtyLine.com

June 2015

LENNAR®

5%

COMMISSION ON ALL SALES

*

THROUGH JUNE 30TH

Visit one of our many communities throughout the Austin and Central Texas areas! LENNAR.COM/AUSTIN

512-596-7703

FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ONLY: In order to earn a broker co-op fee, broker must bring client into a welcome home center and register them on the client’s first visit. No commission will be paid when agent/broker is acting as a principal/buyer. Not valid if client has previously registered with Lennar or Lennar.com, whether individually or with a broker. Lennar reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time. Other terms and conditions apply. See a new home consultant for more information. *Effective 6/01/15, 5% Bonus will be paid on all sales between 06/01/15 and 06/30/15. Homes must close and fund by date listed on purchase agreement. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Copyright © 2015 Lennar Corporation. All rights reserved. Lennar, the Lennar logo and the Everything’s Included logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. (12439) 6.1.15

35


36

June 2015

www.myRealtyLine.com

RL austin

TM

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995

Putting a Face on Real Estate since 1995.™

We tried to tell Richard Ethridge of Independence Title that the name of the game was golf – not pool, but you can only lead a horse to water! His "confusion" was at the WCREALTORS 26th Annual Golf Classic.

Buy photo: RL_060815_I.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Tiffany Stillwell of Patten Law Firm and Courtney Oldham of Keller Williams Realty celebrate Star Wars day, “May the 4th be with you,” at a charity fundraiser at Top Golf.

Buy photo: RL_060315_F.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Tiesa Hollaway, center, Aisha Dull, second from right, and Jason Vasek, right, all of First American Title, are super excited to have opened a brand new location in Round Rock. Buy photo: RL_061015_H.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy photo: RL_060415_F.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

ABoR Chief Executive Officer Paul Hilgers wants a taste before he places his bid on this cake at the TREPAC Cake Auction.

Realty Line June 2015 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The June 2015 issue focuses on directing new agents who have just received their Real Estate Licen...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you