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20 years of growth in Greater Austin; then vs. now By Riki Markowitz

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he refrain is so common, it’s cliché, never talk about religion or politics in polite society. For anyone living in Austin, there’s a third box to tick off: the city’s population boom. Just mentioning growth over the past generation can draw immediate criticism about transplants, traffic, housing shortages, and more. It’s probably not surprising to find out that for the real estate industry, the city’s growth has been a boon, even if some professionals are still reminiscent of “the olden days.” For the most part, the changes in Austin and Travis County have been a combination of drastic, yet positive. And though it has

been a bit of an overwhelming two decades, compared to most other cities in the U.S., Austin has dealt with its growing pains fantastically well.

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Landscape Between 2002 and 2015, Austin has grown almost 49 square miles, which translates to a nearly 18 percent expansion. The most visually apparent evidence of this meteoric explosion is the fully transformed, barely recognizable downtown district. In the mid 1990s, the tallest building in the city was One Congress Plaza (398 feet, 30 floors). Today, there are at least a dozen residential buildings with more than 30 floors and early this year, developers broke ground on the 685-foot tall, 58-story Independent tower. If anyone is wondering whether Austin needs 370 downtown condos, in addition to the scores of condos, rentals, and new home construction across the entire county, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Last summer, at least five months before construction began, 90 percent of the residences were reserved, according to building management. It goes without saying that what irks folks most is Austin’s population growth, from just over half a million in 1995 to almost 901,000 in 2015 – or more than 2 million when you

factor in Round Rock. This is precisely why Loop 1, from Parmer Lane to US 290, was ranked 2.7 on the Commuter Stress Index (CSI), meaning that during the busiest time of day, what should be a 20-minute commute takes 54-minutes to complete. Jennifer Archambeault, an owner and broker at Urban Provision REALTORS, can recall how easy it was to fly from 183 to Slaughter Lane in the 1990s.

Kevin Bown, broker and owner at 12 Rivers Realty, says that when he started his career in the late 1990s, an agent could sell a home from nearly any corner of the city. One of the biggest differences between then and now, he says, is that people weren’t coming to Austin to make home in outlying areas like Kyle, Buda, or Round Rock.

Wednesday, June15th Belterra Monthly Home Tour Belterra Welcome Center - 9 a.m.

Wednesday, June16th Schmooze Fest Wagner's Backyard- 5 to 9 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 22nd Reliant Title: Round Rock Open House Round Rock Office- 4 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19th HBA: Million Dollar Club Networking Happy Hour - Dogwood Rock Rose - 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21st AMBA: TopGolf Networking Event TopGolf - 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27th ABoR: TREPAC's Got Talent! ABoR Headquarters - More Info Soon!

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ABoR Academy Educational Courses Jun 20: Leasing 101 (No CE) Jun 20: ECAD Secrets: An Auditor Explains the Real Reasons You Get Recommendations (No CE) Jun 21: Broker Responsibility (TREC# 06-06-126-27765)

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e’re calling for all REALTORS to bring your secret (or not-so-secret) talent to the big stage in support of TREPAC. We’ll be hosting the first-ever TREPAC talent show, TREPAC’s Got Talent!, on Wednesday, July 27 at the ABoR HQ. We all know we shine when working with clients and impacting the community, but what other talents are we hiding? Perhaps you’re a great dancer, or maybe you can juggle fire (I wouldn’t recommend that one), or even a former world-traveling opera singer. If you have a talent, we want to see it! Best of all, tickets and entries purchased for the event go directly to support TREPAC. Participants can enter the contest to impress their peers for $110, and supportive audience members can purchase early-bird tickets for $45 each until Wednesday, July 20. You can find an entry form and tickets at ABoR.com/TalentShow.

ABoR North is open for business ABoR North has officially opened its doors for business! Your services are now expanded to our new location in Cedar Park to offer you the same great services, but in another convenient

location. You’ll have access to a REALTOR Store, member services, training and Academy courses, and much more. We’re also offering the same Saturday walk-in service hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that we do at ABoR South. ABoR North is located at 1120 Cottonwood Creek Trail, Building B, Suite 220. Stop by and check out the new digs!

Get going with goMLS Austin Your newest MLS tool gives you and your clients a robust MLS platform while on the move. The mobile MLS app, goMLS Austin, gives you the MLS at your fingertips and allows you to easily send your clients information directly through the app when they need it. GoMLS Austin has a bevy of neat features, including agent-branded profiles, social sharing, Realist Tax integration, and even driving directions between listings—all from within the app! The app works with Androids and iPhones, and best of all, goMLS Austin is included as a free tool with your ABoR membership, replacing MLS-Touch. Visit ABoR.com/GoMLSAustin for more details, FAQs, and download links. RL

Jun 22: Realist Tax 2.0 (TREC# 02-00-067-28919) Jun 23: Agency Issues Impacting Property Managers and Leasing Agents (TREC# 03-00-076-27374) Jun 23: The Essentials of Residential Leasing (TREC# 03-00-076-27372) Jun 24: Marketing and Leasing Residential Properties (TREC# 03-00-076-27370) Jun 24: The TAR Residential Lease Agreement (TREC# 03-00-076-27373) Jun 27: Guerilla Marketing for Real Estate Pros (TREC# 03-00-117-29749) Jun 28: Professional Standards for REALTORS® (TREC# 03-00-027-28212)

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Robert Zavala and Skylar Gardner, both of 360 Home Connect, enjoy sharing with others at AYREP’s happy hour at Sherlock’s how they can connect the dots – movers, home security, utilities, etc. for their clients when they make a real estate transaction.

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Teri Maclennan of Georgetown Mortgage meets a neighbor (Marcy Urban of Urban Properties) at the AMBA Monthly Meeting. Teri is new to the area and is excited to get connected with new friends and colleagues. Buy Photo: RL_051016_F.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Former CRS Austin Chapter President Risé Johns of Keller Williams Realty and Gena Hammonds of Highland Lakes Realty, who is currently serving as an Officer on the Chapter’s leadership team, have devoted a ton of time and passion into the Austin real estate industry. The two had lunch at the Bi-Monthly CRS Chapter Meeting at the Westwood Country Club.

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David Thompson of Coldwell Banker, United REALTORS, and Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, take a photo with Chief of Police Art Acevedo of the Austin Police Department at ABoR's Most Worthy Citizen event honoring Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Buy Photo: 060916_L.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

Nobody is more excited than Felisha Cochran and Cheryl Scully, both of Austin Title Company, about being a Hole Sponsor at the WCREALTORS annual Golf Tournament.

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Sheri Brummett of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS and CT Hancock of Coldwell Banker Home Loans are eager to meet with clients in the new Northwest Office that just opened. Buy Photo: RL_050716_J.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Buy Photo: 060816_M.JPG at www.myrealtyline.com

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The birth of the new Williamson County

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0 Years. 7,307 days (do not forget the leap days). Things have changed so much in Williamson County over the past 20 years. How many of you have lived in Williamson County since 1996? That is one of the first indications of changes within the WC. According to the US Census Bureau’s population estimates, if you get a group of 10 friends (or clients) together, less than four have lived in Williamson County 20 years or longer. Of those six that have not, approximately two of them have been here less than five years. The most drastic change we have seen is growth. According to the US Census Bureau, the July 1996 population estimate of Williamson County was just 195,548 residents; slightly more than the current estimated population of Round Rock and Cedar Park combined. The most current population estimate of Williamson County is just over 500,000 residents. This means the population of Williamson County has increased over two and a half times in just 20 years. The early 2000s was a time of unprece-

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dented growth within Williamson County. A lot of that due to the tech boom and the idea of suburbanization, which denotes population shift from rural areas into urban centers. During suburbanization, many residents of a metropolitan area still work within the central urban area, however, choose to live in satellite communities called suburbs and commute to work. This is one of the many reasons why the WC continues to have explosive growth. Another big change we have seen is median home prices. The median price of a home in Williamson County has risen over 142 percent since 1996. According to the data in the ACTRIS MLS, the median price of a home in Williamson County was only $102,500 in 1996. The most recent release of data has the median price around $250,000. The number of homes selling (according to the MLS) has soared to 9,675 homes sold in 2015, compared to 1,451 in 1996. According to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M, the number of building permits in 1996 was 3,685 with a median value of $102,000; 2015 saw 3,747 permits approved

www.myRealtyLine.com with a median value of $257,900. What does this mean? It means that with the population of Williamson County near tripling, the law of supply and demand has come into play. The population has increased, but the amount of land has remained the same. The price of land has increased radically, along with the price of homes. More people, less inventory, higher prices. With this growth, the county commissions, city leaders, and the residents of Williamson County have done an outstanding job trying to update the infrastructure to keep up with the growth. Roads have been widened, extended and built to help ease the congestion within the county. Thanks to the 45 Toll Road, one can get from Lakeline Mall in Western Williamson County to East Round Rock in a 15-minute non-stop trip; a task that used to take over 30 minutes and include endless red lights and windy roads. Parmer Lane has been widened and extended north all the way to Jarrell and 1460/AW Grimes/Grand

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Avenue/2243 (all the same road, just many different names) extends from North Leander into Austin for a simple trip through the heart of Williamson County. In just the past 10 years, FM 1431 through Cedar Park has been widened and redesigned twice, to help the residents. Williamson County is a wonderful place to live, and it is our job as REALTORS to help those looking to relocate to Central Texas realize the beauty of Williamson County and to help your new neighbors in the adventure of making The WC their new home. The Association has developed a tool to assist you in assisting your clients with their relocation. A new website, www.WCLife.org, was created with the vision of being the “go-to” website about Williamson County. Take a couple minutes out of your day and experience WCLife for yourself; please reach out to the Association staff with any feedback you have on the site; it’s there for you to use and to help you do your job. RL

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Jennifer Lish of Keller Williams Realty wonders if she can sneak a taste without getting caught. Those cakes at the WCR TREPAC Cake Auction sure did look tasty!

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Neleen McCormick of Mission Mortgage Brenda Wendel of Goosehead Insurance, Kathie Femal of Mission Mortgage and Marnie Colehour of Austin Homescapes Realty “wine down” a bit at the Mission Mortgage Wine Tasting at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ headquarters.

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By writing super large on his nametag, Al Hagopian of World Financial Group makes sure people all the way across the room know his name at the AYREP mixer at Sherlock’s.


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Dawn Bright and Randall Allsup, both of Taylor Morrisson, head out to get started on a great tournament with felow WCREALTORS members.

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Keller Williams Realty agents come together to give back to their community on the company's "Red Day." This year, they donated their time at the New Hope Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cedar Park.

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David Pavliska and Ann Cano, both of RE/MAX Round Rock, and Denny Holt of Denny Holt REALTORS take a tour of the new model homes at Teravista in Georgetown. Newland Communities recently held a grand opening in a new section of the award-winning community.

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Kathie Femal of Mission Mortgage thanks Joe “Condo Joe” Bryson of Real Estate Alliance for stopping by her company’s wine tasting hosted at the ABoR headquarters off Spicewood Springs Road.

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Sheri Brummett, Dorie Dillard, and Gene Dillard, all with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS are ready to start writing contracts at the new office in Northwest Austin.

Bruce Evans of Stanberry and Associates and Brandon Aderete of the Texas Association of REALTORS show their support for TREPAC and get a sneak Peek at the new Captain America Civil War movie at the IMAX Theatre.


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Bart Harris and Ed Benson II, both of Weichert REALTORS, set up at Champions School of Real Estate’s Career Day to meet students ready to get their feet wet in the real estate industry.

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Vicki Jones Jennings and Angela Hills, both of Keller Williams Realty, attend Capital Title’s Master Minds Panel at WCREALTORS’ Auditorium to hear great agents discuss their paths to success

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Becky Hopkins of Austin Title and Chris Rodriguez of J Stafford Group have some fun catching up at the TREPAC Movie Night hosted by ABoR at the Bob Bullock Museium IMAX Theatre. Buy Photo: RL_051216_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Lili Maliner of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS gets a “Taste of Teravista” and some local eateries while touring new model homes in a Newland Communities’ new section in Teravista.

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Melissa Maio and Steve Fohl, both of Reliant Title, enjoy mingling with industry colleagues at Sherlock’s, where the Austin Young Real Estate Professionals held a recent spring mixer.

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Carrie Weikert of Keller Williams Realty, Tamara Moritz and Debbie Pruitt, both of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS have lunch with the CRS Austin Chapter at Westwood Country Club.

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Monica Middleton of Capital Title thanks Scott Tolar and Avis Wukasch, both of Keller Williams Realty, for participating on the Master Minds Panel hosted by Capital Title at the WCREALTORS’ Auditorium in Round Rock.

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First stop on the WCREALTORS West Side Story Bus Tour — Bryson, Crescent Communities’ newest masterplanned community in Leander. Linda Malesky of RE/MAX Capital City, Robin Gulledge of Austin 512 Realty and Greg Hodge of RE/MAX Capital City take a tour through the model homes there.

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Mid-Year Housing Update registration now open The year is flying by. It seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for the annual Housing Forecast at the JW Marriott eager to hear from local experts about what our industry could expect to see happen in 2016. Now it’s already June and the HBA of Greater Austin is preparing to get an annual Mid-Year Housing Update to see how well the predictions from January’s Housing Forecast have held up, what changes have impacted us as the year has transpired, and where we’ll likely end up in December. It’s not news to anyone in this industry that the Greater Austin housing market is booming, that we are seeing a population growth rate that seems to be “out of this world,” and housing prices have risen so sharply - and at such a fast pace - that our heads are spinning. In fact, it’s a good thing that we are now starting to see the conversation shift to focus on our region’s affordability issues with association after association hosting numerous workshops and town-hall meetings on the subject. It’s often the “devil in the details” that helps us, as professionals, better understand the nu-

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2016 Parade of Homes™ is coming this Fall! The HBA of Greater Austin’s members have been working hard to bring you yet another fantastic Parade of Homes this fall. Showcasing four multi-million dollar homes in one of

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the region’s hottest areas, Dripping Springs, this year’s Parade won’t disappoint. Nestled along Onion Creek in beautiful Caliterra, these spectacular homes will be jam-packed with the latest building technology, upgrades galore and the best design ideas in the region. All four homes are currently available for sale. If you have a client looking to settle into a prestigious, luxurious and comfortable “home of their dreams,” buying a Parade home is an opportunity of a lifetime. Here’s just a peek at one of the homes “on Parade” this Fall: Arborgast Custom Homes Arbogast Custom Homes is a boutique custom homebuilder committed to absolute client satisfaction. Accepting only a limited number of clients per year, Tod Arbogast insists on being personally involved in every home he builds. Exquisite craftsmanship, attention to detail and building with integrity are cornerstones of his company. With well over a decade in residential construction as well as a valuable background in commercial construction, Tod

and his team deliver superior quality and outstanding service every time. About the home: Inspiration for this one of a kind Santa Barbara style Arbogast Custom Homes project comes from a wide variety of sources: the adobe and colonial buildings of Monterey, California; late forms of Moorish architecture; medieval Spanish and Italian church architecture; Ultra-Baroque design of colonial Spain and Portugal; and Italian Romanesque and Renaissance revival elements. The timeless style, livable floor plan and amazing finishes make this home one of a kind. This home will please the most discriminating buyer. Arbogast Custom Homes is proud to be part of the 2016 Home Builders Association Parade of Homes. The Parade Home will be available Fall 2016 for $1,199,000. For more information on this home as well as all of the other homes in the 2016 Parade of Homes, visit www.paradeofhomesaustin. com. RL

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Jack Stapleton of JB Goodwin, REALTORS is eager to get the WCREALTORS’ West Side Story Bus Tour on the road and on to its first stop at Bryson in Leander where four builders are building beautiful new homes from the $250s.

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It’s a sign of the times— Jo Carol Snowden and Rita Keenan, both of Moreland Properties Christies International, and Christy Dixon of Homes ATX are all having “meetings at a meeting.” Talk about the art of multi-tasking! These ladies were getting major work done while attending the CRS Bi-Monthly Chapter Bi-Monthly Meeting at the Westwood Country Club.

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Josh and Natalie Penland, both of Legacy Mutual Mortgage, enjoy some family time with the kids AND raise money for TREPAC at the TREPAC Movie Night with the Austin Board of REALTORS.

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Adam Sadovsky, Barbara Shallue and Kimberly Mills, all of Keller Williams Realty, donate their time at the New Home Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on KW Red Day.

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Faith Laciste of JB Goodwin, Susie Stringer of Willow Bend Mortgage and Becky Hopkins of Austin Title check out the lucky shamrocks at Sherlock’s during a recent mixer that AYREP hosted.

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David Burton of Better Homes and Gardens Bradfield Properties meets with new students who are about to get their licenses at the Champions School of Real Estate’s Career Day.


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Teresa Recar, manager of the Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, celebrates the grand opening of the new office in Northwest Austin with friends and colleagues.

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Ruby Johnson of J Stafford Group can’t wait for the Captain American Civil War movie to start. She attended TREPAC Movie Night hosted by the Austin Board of REALTORS at the IMAX Theatre.

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Celina Johnson of Advisa Mortgage and Kandis Rushing of Crescent Communities are excited to get out of the office and enjoy a beautiful day at the WCREALTORS annual Golf Tournament.

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REALTORS get ready to go on the Round Rock Property Tour where listings are going quickly in this market!

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Katie Bourne and Phillip Moreno, both of Liberty Mutual Insurance, channel their inner "Chevy" as hole sponsors at the WCREALTORS Golf Tournament.

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The Austin Board of REALTORS ABoR Foundation awards scholarships to several Austin Area high school students.

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John Rosshirt of Stanberry and Associates and his son John III catch the Captain American Civil War flick with the Austin Board of REALTORS for TREPAC Movie Night at the Bob Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.

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How are you handling the market?

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ick Greenberg has been quoted as saying, "Low inventory is endemic. It has become a common phenomenon in many markets across the country, and we’ve had to learn how to deal with it, as it has created opportunities for our sellers and challenges for our buyers. It would probably be fair to say that for many of us, over the last couple of years, it has been the single largest factor characterizing our markets.” “Despite small gains across the region in April 2016, monthly housing inventory in the Austin-Round Rock MSA remained low at 2.3 months. This is nearly two-thirds less than the 6.5 month-level the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites as a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced. In Austin, housing inventory remained at nearcritical levels of 1.8 months, an increase of 0.3 months from April 2015 (ABOR, 2016).” With Inventory low, we as REALTORS tend to forget the basics of keeping our pipeline full. If we are listing agents, our homes are selling in a record amount of time, and we are busy, so the basics get left behind. We need to

stay focused during the good times and keep marketing, networking and letting everyone know we are still the REALTOR to use. As a buyer’s agent, it is very important to educate your buyer about the market. It is tough for the buyers to sometimes understand, and it is our job to keep everything under control. Since many people are coming to Austin and the cities surrounding Austin, we need to understand the power of networking with our fellow agents in other areas of the country. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is all about the importance of networking and becoming successful. Throughout the State, we will be having luncheons, happy hours and education classes to service the agents in our local areas. Education is a key principle within the CRS organization. We have classes coming up June 14 and June 15 in San Antonio – two, one-day courses that will enhance your knowledge, register online at www.CRS.com: CRS 120 - Converting Leads into Closings Taught by Mike Selvaggio – To register, visit http://community.crs.com/p/cm/ld/fid=1196

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CRS 123 - Mastering Consumer-Focused Marketing, taught by Frank Serio To register, visit http://community.crs.com/p/cm/ld/ fid=1192 The Austin CRS Luncheon is June 14 at Westwood Country Club, and we are planning a Happy Hour in July at the UT Club. September 28 and 29, we are hosting a class called. “Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Business”. This a highly interactive course designed to deliver all the essentials for refocusing the student’s business plan to a customer service centered, repeat and referral business. The information provided will help identify the expectations of the “new consumer,” the “new behaviors” necessary to

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meet those expectations and specific systems to make the agent’s business more productive, more profitable and more enjoyable. You can register on the CRS Website. http://community.crs.com/p/cm/ld/fid=1004 Austin area CRS covers a large area and we want to know what you need as a CRS in our great state. Please join us at our luncheons June 14, August 17 and Oct 19 at the Westwood Country Club at 11:30 am. Please contact me at mary.b.miner@gmail.com if you have any concerns or ideas to improve the Austin CRS. We love ideas and want to bring education, networking and other events that help you in your business. RL

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Cheryl Scully and Becky Hopkins, both of Austin Title, are pretty proud of their pretty cake they donated to the WCR TREPAC Cake Auction — all for a good cause!

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Dave Floyd, left, and Sara Foskitt, third from left, both of Capstone Title, and Paula Kothmann of Brigham Real Estate thank Jonathan Sarver., second from left, for being one of the sponsors of the AYREP mixer at Sherlock’s.

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Les Sherman of Sherman & Company REALTORS and Beth Oliver of Beth Oliver Real Estate catch up before sitting down to lunch at the CRS Austin Chapter Bi-Monthly Meeting at the Westwood Country Club.

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Highland Homes celebrates the grand opening of its new model home in Santa Rita Ranch. Pictured left to right are Ed Horne, owner and developer of Santa Rita Ranch, Gracie Bice, of Highland Homes , Regina Spurlock of Santa Rita Ranch, Brittney Heffernan, Andrew Saggiomo, III, and Nico Robinson, all of Highland Homes, C.A. Elder of Santa Rita Ranch, Jenny McCalla and Todd Nunnally, both of Highland Homes.

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The ABoR Foundation donates $1,000 to ECHO, an organization that's mission is to end homelessness in Austin. ABoR Foundation leadership Tami Baker, Michael DeSilva, Sandy Urias, Carrie Weikert Valerie Doyle, Steve Crorey, and ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers with Austin Mayor Steve Adler, ABoR's "Most Worthy Citizen."

Cheers to a great tournament. Tammy Gardner of JB Goodwin REALTORS and Matt Heaton of Heaton Bennett Insurance are certain that mixing business with pleasure is quite, well, pleasurable! The two took part in the WCREALTORS annual golf tournament.

Members of the Austin Board of REALTORS help raise money for TREPAC with a super cool sneak peak at the new Captain America Civil War movie in 3D at the IMAX Theatre.


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CJ Pfau of Pfau and Company, James Hilfiker of Keller Williams Realty and Susan Patterson of Independence Title tour Bryson’s model home while on the WCREALTORS West Side Story Bus Tour. The tour offered REALTORS an opportunity to see what’s developing west of I-35 in Williamson County.

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Andrew Saggiomo III and Larry Schuler, both of Highland Homes and Chris Gradtof of All City Real Estate are planning to show folks how to win a golf tournament at the WCREALTORS annual golf tournament.

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William Burnham of ABoR and Alani Rondon of RealSavvy enjoy a moment a Sherlock’s, where the Austin Young Real Estate Professionals welcomed industry colleagues to a mixer.

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ture and philosophy remains the same today,” says Christi Davidson, team leader at the Keller Williams Realty, Northwest Austin market center. “We currently have some of the original founding agents, as well as the next generation of real estate agents. Because of all the varied ethnic and work backgrounds of our agents— from CPAs and finance managers to engineers and high-tech managers—they are all willing to give back in their areas of expertise, which makes the Keller Williams family so unique and diverse.” “In agent count, Keller Williams is the largest real estate company in the world,” says Avis Wukasch, Broker/Team Leader, Keller Williams Realty, Round Rock Market Center. “As a company, Keller Williams is growing all over the world. Currently we are in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia/New

Zealand.” While Keller Williams’ presence has expanded internationally, its home is in Austin, where it was founded 33 years ago. Throughout the Austin area, there are six market centers and four business centers to serve Keller Williams agents and the community. Locations include Northwest Austin, Southwest Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lake Travis, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Bastrop and Buda. One reason for Keller Williams Realty’s long-lasting success is its quality agents and dedication to its company belief system. “I truly believe clients seek our services because of our associates,” says Lauren Sansing, agent services coordinator at the Keller Williams Realty, Round Rock Market Center. “Real estate is about the client-agent relationship. Our associates are their own business owners because we are teaching them to turn their real estate practice into a true business.” According to Davidson, the company’s belief system, which includes a dedication to integrity, customers, trust, teamwork and more, ensures an “agent-centric” approach and provides a quality experience for their clients. “Our agents benefit from the ongoing education, personally and professionally,” David-

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son says. “Our commission structure is the same for all and hasn’t changed since Gary Keller created the company 30 years ago. We train our agents to be entrepreneurs where they can keep 100 percent of their commission. This is a business worth owning and a life worth living.” “Keller Williams Realty is outpacing REALTOR boards in agent growth both locally and nationally,” says Melissa Webb, Team Leader, Keller Williams Realty, Lake Travis Market. “We do that because we are agent centric as we truly want our agents to build these great businesses so they can fund great lives.” While Keller Williams has some long-standing agents, they focus on mentoring and training for their new agents as well. “Keller Williams Realty offers amazing new agent training through the award winning class called Ignite,” Webb says. “It was written so that new agents boost their production. “I am blessed to work with so many amazing business owners. I call them business owners, as that is what they are. We are here to support them and help them grow their businesses.” In addition to having communicative agents, Keller Williams Realty also utilizes technology to assist its customers throughout the process. “The KW.com website provides real-time agent and property searches anywhere in the world,” says Davidson. “We also have one of the most comprehensive real-time real estate mobile apps that's branded for our agents. Wukasch agrees saying, “Keller Williams’ technology keeps improving and growing. We

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have a ‘search to close’ paperless transaction system for our associates and their customers. The company has given each individual associate their own personal app to market their business to assist their customers and clients to search for properties.” As Keller Williams Realty continues to serve Austin’s hot real estate market and expand throughout the city and beyond, it remains committed to its agents’ success and providing a high-quality home buying or selling experience. “Keller Williams' mission is ‘to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living,’” Davidson says. “We are doing just that.” “At Keller Williams, we have a very strong culture within our offices,” Sansing says. “We truly want each other to succeed. This shows when working with customers and clients.” RL

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Marlene Gray of American Home Shield, one of the event sponsors at AYREP’s mixer at Sherlock’s, shares her business card plus a “success kit” that included a penny to immediately increase the recipient’s net worth. Joe Becerra of NetWorth Realty also found an eraser in the pack “to get rid of any mistakes.”

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The WCREALTORS’ West Side Story Bus tour is a major attraction for the Association’s members. This year they filled up three buses of REALTORS eager to see “what’s new”. First stop was Bryson in Leander.

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Technology “Just 18 years ago there were more neighborhood specialists than there are today,” says Bown. In a smaller town, an agent could spend more time getting to know a specific territory. But with technology, most buyers are already educated about an area before their first broker meet-and-greet. Even 10 years ago, Archambeault expected to be asked about school districts when she was showing properties to her clients. Today, buyers learn more about a neighborhood online than most agents can even keep up with. “I decided not to talk about school ratings or locations because everything changes so rapidly.” Over the past generation, technology has changed the way real estate professionals work more than almost anything else. While the traffic certainly makes navigating the city spectacularly difficult, thanks to technology, agents are not driving nearly as much as they did in the 1990s, before the internet came along. “On almost every transaction, you would have to drive to meet somebody several times to get a contract signed,” says Bown. Even though there were fax machines in 1995, after multiple transmissions, by the time closing arrived, Bown would need a fresh contract drawn up because the original was unreadable. “With the web and electronic signatures, I can write a contract on my phone or tablet – wherever I am,” says Archambeault. “And my client can be in China the entire time.”

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The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin donates over $36,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Proceeds were generated through the sale of the Association's annual Benefit Home. The donation was just half of what was donated with the remaining going to Dell Children's Medical Center. Submitted Photo

King Bravo and Robert Hinojosa, both of Nextage Lone Star Realty, talk up the benefits of their company with up and coming REALTORS during Champions School of Real Estate’s Career Day event.

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Kate Rossi, Ramone Richason, and Helen Edwards, all with Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, celebrate the grand opening of the company's Northwest office. Buy Photo: RL_060616_L.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Haley Hartley of Independence Title and Liz Carrillo of Mary Fields Realty discuss how the housing market is keeping them busy this spring. They were attending the AYREP mixer at Sherlock’s.

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The Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) Foundation is pleased to announce its 2016 scholarship recipients. During the organization’s annual scholarship event, the Foundation awarded 12 Central Texas high school seniors and university students with a total of $28,500 in scholarships to pursue higher education. “The ABoR Foundation sees giving back to the community through scholarships as one of the most sustainable ways to make a difference in the future of Central Texas,” said 2016 ABoR Foundation Chair Steve Crorey. “We’re proud to help these talented local students achieve their academic goals because we know they will take what they learn in school and ultimately help shape the success of our community in years to come.” The Foundation has awarded more than 300 scholarships since its inception in 1978, including more than $250,000 in the last five years alone. “The ABoR Foundation couldn’t do this without the generous support of the Austin-area REALTORS® and community members who partnered with us to make this year’s scholarships possible,” said Crorey. “We’re excited to see what’s in store for these promising students and hope that the scholarships help alleviate some of the financial stress that can accompany a college education.” Congratulations to the following students: • Alicia St.Germaine – Hendrickson High

School, Pflugerville • Allison Dip – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek • Carmelita Gonzalez – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek • Emily Percifull – Wimberley High School, Wimberley • Gabrielle Serrano – Cedar Creek High School, Cedar Creek • Hayley Mathues – West Texas A&M University (alumni scholarship recipient) • Hannah Markins – McNeil High School, Austin • Kaley Switzer – Round Rock High School, Round Rock • Odalis Mondragon Vargas – Reagan Early College School, Austin • Raul Escobar – Hendrickson High School, Pflugerville • Ryan Albert – Wimberley High School, Wimberley • Travis Rhames – Burnet High School, Burnet Scholarship winners are selected each year based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills and involvement in their local communities. “The financial assistance [the ABoR Foundation] generously gave allowed me more time to study and become active in organizations while spending less time worrying about how I would pay for needed items,” said Morgan Oliver, 2015 ABoR Foundation Scholarship Recipient. “Part of my motivation for future success is linked to wanting to continue the philanthropic ideas that your foundation embodies. I hope to make a difference someday in the lives of others the same way that [the Foundation] has made a difference in my life.” RL

Last month, the HBA presented two checks for $36,667 each to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Proceeds were generated from the HBA’s Benefit Home project in Rancho Sienna, a new-home community being developed by Newland Communities in northwestern Williamson County. The Nathaniel, a two-story home, built by Chesmar Homes, is 2,838 sq. ft. and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a game room, and an oversized two-car garage. It was sold on the open market. Led by Chesmar Homes, HBA members work together to solicit materials and donations to help build the new home. "We are deeply grateful to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, Chesmar Homes and Newland Communities for generously supporting our children and families with the 2015 Benefit Home," comments Carolyn Schwarz, chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. “The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin is a shining example of what it means to be a community champion and to do so seem-

Best Outdoor Living Space Custom Home (under $1.5 million), and Best Kitchen Custom Home (under $700k) at their annual Marketing and Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards and Gala at the JW

Pecan Park is in close proximity to State Highway 71, with downtown Austin located approximately 20 miles away. Residents will be located near downtown Bastrop with local gift shops, antiques and dining options. Students attend Bastrop Independent School District. For more information about Pecan Park, visit davidweekleyhomes.com or call 512-9253210. RL

Marriott Austin. Felicia Foster is a third generation Austinite and her grandfather was the first three-time All American at U.T. in the 40’s. She started with a well-known local Architecture firm and worked her way up to Project Manager for one of their National Builders. Felicia was then the Director of Design for a local homebuilder before starting Barron Custom Design over a de-

Texas Association of Builders launches new website The Texas Association of Builders just launched a newly designed website. The TexasBuilders.org site aims to extend the reach of all the association programs. The new TexasBuilders.org site features six high profile buttons that focus on the association’s main topics – Government Affairs, HOMEPAC, Sunbelt Builders Show™, Texas Builders Foundation, Product Depot and a Members Only section. In addition, a Builder Member Directory search button is featured on the home page. TAB’s “Of the Year Awards” and nationally recognized Star Awards are featured under the About Us button. The site also focuses on the association’s membership program that

includes education, committees and councils, members rebate and insurance programs. The redesign incorporates bold colors, photos galleries, social media tools and a new navigation system. It’s fully responsive, and the updated platform makes it extremely user friendly on all smart phones and tablets. The new platform allows stronger functionality and user-friendly navigation. Visitors will see a much cleaner site that allows them navigate the page buttons easily to stay up-to-date on the industry’s most important topics, upcoming events and call-to-action requests. The ability to purchase TAB’s Residential Construction Contracts Package and Model Safety Plan are just a few clicks away. RL

ingly effortlessly. We’re thankful for the unwavering dedication, effort and championing it took to be able to donate this $36,000 wonderful gift to Dell Children’s,” says Armando Zambrano, Dell Children’s Medical Center director of annual giving. “The HBA has a long standing history of giving back to our community through charitable donations and we are proud of that,” says HBA Executive Vice President Emily Lubbers. Last year, the HBA donated more than $50,000, over half the net proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Benefit Home, to Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. To date, the HBA has supported dozens of local charities and educational institutions with more than $2 million in donations. In May, the HBA broke ground on its 2016 Benefit Home at Santa Rita Ranch North, just minutes away from Rancho Sienna on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Williamson County. The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bedroom home, built by Scott Felder Homes, on a lot generously donated by Santa Rita Ranch’s developer, SRKC, LLC, will have an estimated market value of $350,000 to $430,000 when completed. The HBA has selected three charities who will benefit from the net proceeds from the sale of this home; they include Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas and Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First Village for the chronically homeless. RL

Barron Custom Design honored with four MAX Awards

David Weekley Homes now selling in Bastrop David Weekley Homes is now selling homes in the Bastrop community of Pecan Park, which is situated on the banks of the Colorado River. Priced from the $220s, homebuyers can choose from seven floor plans ranging in size from 1,600 to nearly 3,800 square feet. This community offers natural landscapes with river access, hike and bike trails, parks and open space.

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cade ago. Felicia has also been featured on On Saturday, April 2, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin awarded the woman-owned business Barron Custom Design, LLC with four MAX Awards for Best Custom Home Product Design ($100k-$249,999), Best Custom Home Product Design ($250k-$499,999),

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Keller Williams Realty agents create new tool to help buyers and sellers

Josh Molleur and Kasey Jorgenson, two real estate agents with Keller Williams Realty Round Rock, introduce a unique and transparent, agent-to-agent, networking platform where agents cannot only see other agents buyer needs but these buyer needs are now dynamically searchable, shareable and get emailed out to tons of other local agents. BuyerNeeds.com is a free, mobile friendly website (web app) for real estate agents in which buyer agents can post their buyer needs and listing agents can search to find buyers for their listings or pocket listings. “We wanted to provide a way to fully represent our clients and to also give agents a valuable edge that is needed to stay ahead in the ever changing world of real estate,” says Josh Molleur. Listing agents can also utilize the site. Even after a listing is entered into the MLS, there are

times when the listing may have been overlooked or unintentionally eliminated by a potential buyer. BuyerNeeds.com allows listing agents to search and reach out to these buyer agents who might have clients that are a perfect match for their listings or even their pocket listings. One huge obstacle they had to overcome is how to make a buyer need searchable. Unfortunately, agents have different ways of describing where their buyers wish to live. One agent might use a zip code in a post while another might reference a neighborhood instead. This is a perfect scenario where a text to text search would fail to render correct results. They wanted a solution that would include zip codes, neighborhoods, and other criteria without having the agent enter all of this information manually. The solution: a map. Their map feature made dynamic searches possible. When posting a buyer need, you simply outline on a map where your buyer wishes to live. Once outlined, vital location information such as county or counties, city or cities, zip code(s), neighborhood(s), school(s), addresses, etc. are automatically attached to your buyer need on the backend once it’s posted. “One of the reasons we haven’t see a site like this is because, ultimately, storing what a buyer is looking for is a hard problem. How do you search for a buyer need and how do you organize the data? Luckily for us, the timing was perfect as new geospatial technology became available right as we were building the site. This made it possible to store and search entire areas instead of single points which allowed us to solve the buyer need problem,” says Jesse Jorgenson, cofounder. Although the concept is straightforward, don’t let the clean and simple look of the site fool you. This tool is supported by powerful technology that makes use easy and quick for agents. BuyerNeeds.com wanted to streamline the posting process and make it simple for agents to use on the go, and automation is a key part of that process. From fast posting and automatic email alerts to generating custom overviews for sharing to Facebook, the site’s backend performance is setup to create absolute ease for the agents. RL

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Affordable Housing Town Hall Meeting June 15th at WCREALTORS Help keep Williamson County affordable! Come hear from the movers and shakers in the industry on how we can educate the communities on what is really happening and put a face on those that are searching for affordable housing. On June 15th at 1 p.m. at the WCREALTORS office, come get an understanding on as to why moving further out of the cities is not always the most affordable solution. We will have a question and answer session

after our panel tells us about their challenges and experiences with this ongoing issue. This panel will include: Leisa Ormsbee with JB Goodwin, King Bravo with Nextage Lone Star Realty, John Schutze with Supreme Lending, Walt Doering formerly with Georgetown Housing Advisory Board Geoffrey Tahuahua with Home Builders Association of Greater Austin. RL

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices launches first phase of international expansion Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has now completed Phase I of its global expansion and announced plans to expand internationally in 2017. As part of its first phase the network has launched a powerful, new property searchplatform on its popular BerkshireHathawayHS.com website and a listing-syndication program now broadcasting Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network listings over, $200K, to 70 worldwide real estate websites in 37 countries across five continents. The platform offers the industry’s most

complete search experience for global shoppers of U.S. real estate. With two mouse clicks, consumers may choose to translate the website in any of 10 languages. The site also seamlessly converts currency and measurements. Consumers can now have full MLS data containing all listings in their search area. Also, by using the “Inside Access” feature they gain the latest pending and sold information, market reports and property-price history. This home search platform is an indispensable resource for any global buyer of U.S. real estate. RL

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