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The Hidden Tax:

Appraisal hikes pricing out area residents By Riki Markowitz

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n January, Mayor Steve Adler gave the annual State of the City speech, titled “The Spirit of Austin.” It was an 80-minute salute to Austin’s growth and how the community is coping well with an unprecedented population explosion. While the majority of the speech was hopeful, there were hints of darkness, specifically relating to property

tax issues and the lack of affordable housing. Mayor Adler warned that “If we don’t change” and “If we stay on the path we’re on, we’ll end up like San Francisco.” Seemingly, the strategy for keeping property taxes from skyrocketing and housing affordable is to study everything San Francisco has done in reaction to its growth and do the opposite.

Cautionary tale San Francisco is the cautionary tale for how a city can get enmeshed in an irreversible housing crisis. But we may already be there. Texas is tied in second place for having the highest average annual property tax bill in the country, according to an article published in USA Today this past April. Of all Texas’ metro areas, Austin has the highest average property tax at $7,012. On a list that ranks states’ average effective tax rate, California is number 35. The average cost to buy a home in San Francisco – just over $1 million – may be far out of reach of housing prices here, but whether buyers are priced out of a million dollar home or a $300,000 home, the outcome is the exact same. Tax cuts or reform are practically election promise clichés. But in the case of Texas’ property tax

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issues, reform is crucial. Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) believes that for far too long, local taxing entities have been permitted to operate in the shadows and clearly have no intention of providing the transparency that people want. While homeowners have a right to appeal their appraised value to the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), a body made up of specially appointed local citizens, those who have appealed say the process is time consuming and the guidelines can be confusing.

Annual tax bill Each year, after property values are assessed, homeowners receive a bill. Based on recent trends, property values are going up and as a result, property taxes also go up – several percentage points. To be clear, says Jack Stapleton, broker and owner of Realty Texas, that is a hidden tax. But thanks to semantics, local elected officials can proudly declare how seldom actual property taxes are raised. And some years, taxes have even been rolled back slightly, all while appraisal values go up. There is a name for what’s happening – it’s called the Hidden Property Tax. In a bid for transparency and honesty, the Texas Association of REALTORS is campaigning to stop local taxing entities from misleading citizens. Anyone can go to HiddenPropertyTax. com for information on the hidden property tax and watch a short video explaining how it works. There are a whole slew of problems here, says Stapleton. According to TAR, the money collected by the appraisal district, “the largest single funding source for community services,” is bookmarked for schools, infrastructure, fire and police departments and many

other programs. Most taxpayers agree that as citizens, it is our responsibility to help fund city services. But there is no valid reason why there can’t be transparency in how tax rates are determined. To calculate the amount of revenue needed by the city, “the taxing authority decides how much tax they need to fund their budget that year by multiplying the current property values by the tax rate,” says Stapleton. However, when property values increase, homeowners’ tax rates are supposed to be rolled back. That has not been happening. Increased property taxes are the main reason why Travis and Williamson County residents are getting squeezed out of their homes and the market. Recently, Mayor Adler recommended raising $600 million over 10 years and using those funds to preferentially house those displaced by gentrification. To raise that amount of money, according to one popular proposal, housing developers would incur a linkage fee on new construction, at about $2 per square foot. If a bill like this passes, it’s almost certain that cost will get passed down to buyers. So the city would be looking at a wave of new homes at an even higher price point, which won’t be a feasible option for the very buyers that the funds are being raised to house. Instead of displacing lower income buyers, those firmly in the middle class will be disenfranchised with this plan. The populations that have it the worst right now are young families and anyone on a fixed income, like seniors and the disabled. Within hours of hitting the market, agents are seeing anywhere from 15 to 26 bids on affordable

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Features of the Month Column: ABoR—Zillow Feed, HBA Parade of Homes Realtor Days & More.. . . . . . . . . . pg. 3 Column: WCAoR—Taxes and affordability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 7 Column: WCR—Up, up, up go property taxes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 13 Column: HBA—HBA Parade of Homes is here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 15 Associates in Progress: Axia Mortgage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 25 Special Feature: Million dollar model home wins two MAX awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 34 Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 38


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screening of "Wonder Woman" on Thursday,

and improved Matrix Client Portal this sum-

June 1. Watch this summer’s hit movie on the

mer. This latest upgrade release, Matrix 7.0,

IMAX screen at The Bullock State History

comes with some impressive features, such

Museum. Mingle with friends and make new connections at the reception beginning at 5:30

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our MLS subscription connects you and your clients to the market’s most accurate and up-to-date listing data for the Greater Austin area. As an association, we continue to seek opportunities and partnerships that positively affect your business. Exciting and highly requested changes are coming to your MLS and I’m happy to share them with you! ABoR also has some fun events to start the summer off right, so be sure to keep an eye on them through the ABoR.com Calendar.

What the Zillow Group direct feed means for you As I’m sure you’re already aware, brokers now have the option to send their listings to Zillow Group via a direct feed from the ABoR MLS. ABoR and Zillow Group have executed a direct-feed agreement that more adequately protects the quality of data in our market and ensures listings are displayed in a manner consistent with ABoR’s data integrity standards. Agents, if you haven’t already, talk with your broker on their choice to opt-in or

opt-out of this new publishing option. You can learn more about your syndication options at ABoR.com/Syndication.

Visit The Peninsula on REALTOR DAYS at HBA Parade of Homes What is “The Peninsula” you may ask? Located just 25 minutes from downtown, The Peninsula at Rough Hollow is an intimate waterfront community with breathtaking hilltop views of Lake Travis. It’s a sight to see! Hosted by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin, REALTOR Days provide REALTORS the opportunity to tour the location and learn the newest trends in construction, building design and landscaping. The best part is, REALTORS get in free with a business card on May 18 and May 25. Visit ParadeofHomesAustin.com for more details.

Support TREPAC at Movie Night TREPAC Movie Night is always a hit among members and for good reason! Kick back, relax, and grab some popcorn for this year’s

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p.m. Your ticket purchase will go towards your annual TREPAC Investment, so it’s a win, win! Head over to ABoR.com/MovieNight for details and don’t forget to invite your friends and family!

as customizable notifications of client activity and real-time property notes, keeping you in the loop of your client’s property interests. The sleek, modern design will allow your clients to get all the information you need in a few clicks. This truly is the ultimate upgrade! I know we’ve been patiently waiting for such changes so I am thrilled to share this news

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MAY 18 Transaction Desk ABoR HQ (No CE)

MAY 19 Realist Tax 2.0 Berkshire Hathaway

MAY 22 Agent Investor 101 ABoR North (TREC#04-00-067-28994)

MAY 22 Agent Investor 102 ABoR North (TREC# 04-00-067-28995)

MAY 22 Social Media: Branding and Lead Generation ABoR HQ (TREC# 32003)

MAY 23 TREC Legal Update II ABoR HQ (TREC# 29623)

MAY 23 Broker Responsibility ABoR South (TREC# 31450)

MAY 23 RPR Advanced ABoR HQ (TREC# 02-00-097-29146)

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WCR Austin VP of M embership Jennifer Lish, right, of Keller Williams Realty welcomes new member Monica Schraeder of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS at the group's monthly meeting at ABoR's Canyon View Event Center.

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Kandis Rushing of Crescent Communities welcomes Mark Bennett of Robinson Company to Bryson's community crawfish boil. The developer recently hosted the event in its master-planned community in Leander.

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Harry Gibbs of Keller Williams Realty races towards the Capitol for the next meeting with state reps. He took part in the Austin Board of REALTORS' REALTOR march on the Capitol.

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Thomas Serhus of Trendmaker Homes hosts an open house in Belterra with his pal Zepplin (dog) where they both greeted guests with a friendly smile and a wag of a tail. Trendmaker is offering homes in Belterra from the $370s.

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AMBA President Dan Rushing of Highlands Residential Mortgage, Penny Green of Willow Bend Mortgage, Hayley Duhon of ARCH Mortgage and Richie Rodriguez of Hometrust Mortgage wind down after a long day at the AMBA member mixer at Star Bar.

REALTOR Tammy Young, center, won Round Rock City Council Place 1 on Saturday, May 6. She says she will be an advocate for policies that manage the growth of the city without diminishing quality of life or affordability. With her at a recent meet and greet were Round Rock residents Emily King, left, and Kelly Darby, right.

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HBA of Greater Austin President Steve Krasoff and Liz Don Carlos, both of Scott Felder Homes, make their way into the ballroom at the JW Marriott where the HBA's 2017 MAX Awards Starry Night Gala was held. The builder won numerous awards including the Grand MAX Volume Builder of the Year.

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Taxes and affordability

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t’s every REALTOR’s favorite time of the year. Pre-summer business is starting to pick up momentum, potential sellers are scheduling appointments to find out how much they can sell their home for, and buyers are wanting to start window shopping for homes. Then you get a call from a past client, “Help, my property value just went up $40,000 – that can’t be right, can it?” You stop in your tracks and know that you just got way busier. When it comes to property taxes, there are three things affecting the annual tax bill: homestead exemption, rising property values and how the CAD is valuing properties. About six weeks ago property “valuations” were sent to owners from their Central Appraisal District. Hopefully you reminded your clients who purchased a homestead this year to file their exemptions with the Appraisal District before April 30th. How does the Homestead Exemption actually affect affordability? The homestead allows for a $25,000 decrease in the taxable value of your home for school taxes, a $3,000 decrease

in the taxable value of a home for the Williamson County FM/RD Taxes, and then a $5,000 reduction in the taxable value for Community College taxes. For example, the tax rate for a home in the city limits of Cedar Park is approximately 2.58 percent. Currently, the median home price in Cedar Park is $290,000, and the median tax bill is $7,098 with the home stead exemption, and $7,482 without; a difference of about $11,000 over a 30-year period. Rising property values are a good thing in the real estate industry; owners are building equity in their home. But then sometimes this can be too much of a good thing. Since 2012, property valuations in Cedar Park have grown over 40 percent. The median price for a home in Cedar Park was $230,000 in 2013, and the tax rate at that time was slightly higher, 2.5958 percent. The taxes on a median home with the homestead in the area would have been $5,284.09 per year, $1,814 less than the current taxes for the same area. In retrospect, it’s very important for you, the REALTOR to watch taxes and affordability

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that money is being spent. Get out and vote when there is an election; encourage your clients to become informed and make sure they are registered to vote at their new address after they close on their new home. Taxes have such a negative connotation in today’s society, but are a necessity to ensure infrastructure, roads, emergency responders, and more are in place to support the community. It is up to the citizens to hold the government and our elected officials to their word and make sure they are using our tax dollars (and those of our clients) appropriately. RL

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The Supreme Lending team sponsored the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS "Thinkers & Doers" event at ABoR's Headquarters. Pictured left to right are Shannon Smith, John Schutze, Chandra Carthrae and Lynn Broussard.

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Diane Kennedy of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS wins more than she can eat the WCR Austin TREPAC Cake Auction. Want a bite?

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Mudbugs anyone? Vicki Jones Jennings of Keller Williams Realty and Hellena Frazier of JB Goodwin REALTORS pile them up and are ready for some "good eatin" at the Bryson community crawfish Boil.

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Mark Sprague and Brian Pitman, both of Independence Title, celebrate the grand opening of the company's new office at Mopac and Northland Drive. The event included live music, food truck catering, and cold beverages for all guests.

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These "doers" attend the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS Thinkers & Doers event at ABoR HQ. Pictured left to right are Jennifer Coyan of Everything But the House Real E s t a te, Jordan Karonika of Keller Williams Realty and Evonne Gottsch of Realty Austin. Download Photo: RL_051017_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

AMBA members gather for networking and a good 'ol fashioned good time at the AMBA mixer at the Star Bar on 6th Street. Download Photo: RL_050417_A.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Nell Hertado and Noble Davis, both of Lakeline Realty, attend a REALTOR luncheon and home tour hosted by KB Home in Mason Hills in Leander where they are selling homes from the $240s. Download Photo: RL_050317_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

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Johnny "JD" Dees of JB Goodwin REALTORS and his wife, Kimberley, enjoy a beautiful afternoon at Bryson while attending the community Crawfish Boil. They sneaked off for a home tour while they were there to visit the model homes priced from the $300s.

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Laurie Nunnallee of Nunnallee Inspections is proud of the cake she won at the WCR TREPAC Cake Auction.

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Blackburn Communities VP of Sales and Marketing Chris Wales and Director of Sales Ivelys "Evie"Tavarez celebrate the grand opening at the Gardens at Mayfield located off Sam Bass Road in Round Rock. The community offers seclusion, luxury amenities and lots of greenspace.

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us at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 17-18 to continue this one voice unity. Another way we support these efforts is insuring our careers and property interests by investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee), which funds the cause of reading and lobbying for the bills that may have an impact on us all. Women’s Council of REALTORS Austin has several members who are major investors and who are active in our

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Up, up, up, go property values and property taxes in Central Texas This is a very real problem, even when we get the rates lowered, what difference does it make when our values skyrocket? Many young people believe that because of these issues they will never be able to buy because of the inflation rate on property. Great write offs are not enough to keep their monthly payment from going up. The only way we make a positive effect on our world is to use our voice. This can be achieved by voting and talking with our clients about the issue of rising values and taxes. This should be a common point we as REALTORS make to our clients when we discuss their homestead exemption and explain that their closing disclosure can possibly be used in disputing taxes the next year, if needed. It is very important to be aware of the issues at your local level, to vote correctly on the candidate(s) and issue(s) that will best agree with the homeowners’ rights. Just a few weeks ago many of our fellow REALTORS united at the Texas Capitol to do just that. We went to voice our concerns and opinions on bills that would affect us all. And there will be several of

any of us are having past clients calling us about their property taxes increasing again and seeking help. Sadly, in many cases there is no comparable that helps them because the values on all properties have gone up. You may have read in the May issue of REALTOR Magazine that the tech industry is one of the reasons for our increased property values. This industry has high-paying jobs which give them more bidding power, therefore raising housing prices. A quote from Florida stated: “The solution will come from local government, local industry, local universities and local people working to move beyond winner-take-all urbanism and to a more sustainable and inclusive model of development that benefits everyone.” NAR REALTOR Magazine Communities throughout Austin are suffering, forcing many families to move from their long-time homes, some of which have been handed down through several generations. Another issue would be the “Hidden Tax.”

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Brandon Bartlett and Brandon Stanton, both of KB Home, show David and Celeste Yeakley, both of Premier Texas Realty, around the model home at Mason Hills. The community offers a private community park, pool, playground, basketball court, ponds and walking trails Download Photo: RL_050417_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Austin Board of REALTORS celebrates the grand opening of its new South Austin office where classes, meetings and a REALTOR store are available for members.

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Kara McGregor and Jay Southworth, both of Independence Title, welcome REALTORS to the company's new office at Mopac and Northland Drive — a central, easily accessible location in Austin. Download Photo: RL_051617_B.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com Download Photo: RL_041117_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Elaine Byrne and Jenny Creath, both of Elaine Byrne Realty, get ready to board the bus for the WCREALTORS East Side Story Bus Tour. First stop, Teravista.


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he Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin invites you and your clients to the 2017 Parade of Homes in The Peninsula at Rough Hollow in Lakeway, going on now through May 29 (open Thursdays-Sundays and Memorial Day). The 62nd annual luxury home tour kicked off with a VIP Preview Party on Wednesday, May 10, where industry professionals, special guests, and the general public were invited to be among the first to see five, custom-crafted, stunning homes ranging from 4,100 sq. ft. to over 6,600 sq. ft., all priced from $1.5 million to over $2.9 million and situated on estate-sized lots perched on a hilltop overlooking Lake Travis, one of Texas’ favorite lakes. This year, the Parade of Homes showcases some of the best work from five premier Austin luxury custom home builders, including Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design & Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Austin. Exciting features visitors can expect to see include a home spa and sauna, hidden passageways, two-story

master closet and study, expansive pools with swim-up bars, butler and catering kitchens for entertaining and so much more. The Parade of Homes offers the public a unique opportunity to explore top quality, custom homes — a true work of art — fully furnished and on display. Visitors are sure to discover the latest in home design, technology, architecture, landscape design, interior design and unique features that will inspire their own home building, remodeling and decorating projects. The Peninsula at Rough Hollow is one of the last frontiers of this expansive waterfront community. Promising views will be sure to impress all who set eyes on this beautiful property. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore this Master-Planned Community that has been named the HBA’s Grand MAX Master-Planned Community of the Year for the last two years. The community is packed with amenities that make it a place that feels like a vacation every day. With the Laziest River, splash pads, a children's pool, adult pool with swim-up bar, all-season pavilion with a

SOLD: An entertainment dream home, this stunning, custom crafted luxury home from Lake Travis Builders was designed to enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Travis and the surrounding Hill Country. As you enter this estate, the dramatic foyer leads you to an outdoor living and dining space with custom fire pit and relaxing negative edge pool overlooking expansive views of Lake Travis, and a full grill for the ultimate grill master. This 6,000 square foot, five bedroom, four bathroom home is available for viewing, fully furnished along with four other estate-sized homes during the 2017 Parade of Homes through May 29. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at www. ParadeofHomesAustin.com. Tickets are also available at the gate. REALTORS are invited to attend the prestigious, luxury home tour free of charge on designated REALTOR Days — May 18th and 25th — just use your business card as your ticket.

demonstration kitchen, a village green and an open-air marketplace, Highland Village, the community’s amenity center, gives residents a place to socialize, dine, play and relax. If that isn’t enough, residents enjoy access to its own Rough Hollow Yacht Club and Marina. This waterfront facility offers a broad spectrum of concierge and seasonal valet services designed to revolutionize and simplify the yachting experience. The Rough Hollow Yacht Club and Marina is complete with a casual restaurant, state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style negative-edge pool, outdoor amphitheater, a convenient dual-car tram to the marina, fullystocked store, fuel pumps and a 4,000 square foot pavilion overlooking the lake.

The HBA invites REALTORS to attend free on May 18th and 25th — simply use your business card as your ticket. Treat your clients to a visit too. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 each at www. ParadeofHomesAustin.com or at the gate. Active duty military and military veterans are invited to attend free of charge on Memorial Day. A portion of net proceeds from ticket sales during the event will benefit Partners in Hope, a Lake Travis area charity that facilitates serving opportunities for businesses, churches, and individuals in the Lake Travis community. To learn more, visit www.ParadeofHomesAustin.com or call (512) 454-5588. RL

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REALTORS are eager to sell homes in Blackburn Communities' new community — Gardens at Mayfield in Round Rock — just off Sam Bass Road. The builder is offering homes from the $300s.

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Jimmy Goff of Goff Properties and Dina Schiaffo of United Lending are "ready to roll." They make their way to the bus to start the WCREALTORS East Side Story Bus Tour.

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Janet Moore of MI Homes gives Marie Cantave and Andrea Hickman, both of Realty Executives, a tour of the builder's model home in Wolf Ranch before the two get new headshots courtesy of MI Homes. MI Homes is offering homes from the $290s in this new community in Georgetown.

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J Rene Ward of Best Agents in Texas and Teresa Scott-Tibbs of Keller Williams Realty enjoy meeting new people at the CRS Bi-Monthly meeting at Westwood Country Club.

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Lake Travis Builders takes home several MAX Awards, included Custom Builder of the Year at the HBA's 2017 MAX Awards Gala. You can see their work at the 2017 Parade of Homes in The Peninsula at Rough Hollow May 12-29.


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Thomas Serhus of Trendmaker homes invites REALTORS out to its model in Belterra to learn about quick move-in homes. Trendmaker Homes is building in the San Saba section of Belterra, voted Austin's best master planned community of 2015! Download Photo: RL_050817_F.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Norma Cowes, center, enjoys and evening with her husband Robert Cowes of SmartTouch Interactive, right, and his business partner Mike Gigliotti. SmartTouch Interactive took home the Grand MAX Associate of the Year award — the first ever awarded by the HBA of Greater Austin at its annual MAX Awards Gala.

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Angel and Andrea Navarrette, both of Shepard-Nelson Realty, attend the Bryson community crawfish boil for some fun while taking the opportunity to tour the model homes there.

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Meet Patricia DeBruyne of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS and Tarek Boulbol of Texas Premier Realty. They posed for new headshots at MI Homes' model home in Wolf Ranch where the builder offered free headshots to REALTORS who signed up.

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Hundreds of people turn out to the Bryson Crawfish Boil with live music and face painting for the kids. Bryson is Crescent Communities' master-planned community in Leander offering homes from the $300s.

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This armadillo cake is just too pretty to eat. Amy Kobza and Jennifer Lish, both of Keller Williams Realty, invite attendees to bid on this beautiful cake to benefit TREPAC at the annual WCR TREPAC Cake Auction.

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Austin Board of REALTORS' REALTOR of the Year Leonard Guererro of JB Goodwin, REALTORS welcomes all affiliates to stop and see the new digs. He talked with Stephanie Hughey of Prime Lending.

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AWARD WINNER John Martinez of Scott Felder Homes takes a moment to show off his model home in Caliterra while agents take a tour. The builder is offering homes on 60' and 80' lots in the new master-planned community in Dripping Springs - the home of last year's Parade of Homes.

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Annette Corbin, Tim Dockery and Tina Creach, all of Willow Bend Mortgage, are celebrating being named a preferred lender for the Gardens at Mayfield, as well as other Blackburn Communities set to open later this year. Download Photo: RL_051417_P.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

Haythem Dawlett of Legend Communities has a big night at the HBA's MAX Awards Gala. He swept all of the master-planned community awards for Rough Hollow — a community that would not exist without Haythem's vision. Rough Hollow Lakeway was awarded the top award for Best Unique Feature, Best Community Design, Best Community Pool, Best Lifestlye and Best Master-Planned Community of the Year.

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REALTORS get ready for take off on the WCREALTORS' East Side Story Bus Tour where they learn where the growth and inventory is on the East side of Williamson County.

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This spring shoe cake was a step in the right direction. Like with a fork. Steve Crorey of Sierra Homes Realty and Jeni Williams of Austin Board of REALTORS are eager for a taste of this beautiful cake being auctioned for TREPAC at the WCR Cake Auction.

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Janet Moore, right, of MI Homes welcomes Eunice Garza of Resident Realty to her model home in Wolf Ranch where she reviews the amenities of the neighborhood like close shopping and easy travel to Georgetown's historic district before she gets a brand new headshot "on the house."

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the entire deal, they can,” Thweatt says. “It’s our job to meet them on their level of comfort and our technology platform allows for this flexibility.” Additionally, the Axia team actively participates in a variety of training and certifications, from unique lending products and programs to individual real estate trainings, to help clients and partners improve their lives and livelihoods through mortgage planning. Offerings include same-day credit approvals, extensive product portfolios, real-time communication strategies, REALTOR co-branded mobile apps and marketing campaigns, interactive finance calculators and more. “Through the Axia technology and training platforms, the entire organization works as a single unit to ensure our clients, business partners, and local staff have access to the best available tools and mortgage solutions to produce exceptional results,” Thweatt says. For Thweatt, it's refreshing to work with a company that cares about the communities it does business in. “The Axia Cares program demonstrates the company’s passion for serving alongside and supporting non-profits that better the lives of those in the communities in which we work and live,” he says. “Commitments are made through company-matched donations, paid volunteer time and other avenues.” When it comes to choosing a home loan provider, Axia’s consumer-centric approach, in addition to its focus on innovation and technology, ensure a successful experience for homeowners. “Ultimately, at Axia, we help clients move forward with their lives,” Thweatt says. “Securing financing on a home is a high

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Emma Polk of Coldwell Banker SG Billings and Laura Nye of Stanberry & Associates mingle with friends and colleagues at the CRS Bi-Monthly Luncheon at Westwood Country Club.

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Cheryl Jenkins of Keller Williams Realty, Victoria Reviel of 98th Meridian and Carol Hardy of Century 21 Hellmann Stribling attend the WCR Austin Business Resource Meeting: A tale of three cities and future growth for Georgetown, Leander and Round Rock.

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Fun for the whole family, Bryson in Leander hosts hundreds of people at its community crawfish boil. Dusty Silhavey of Weichert REALTORS enjoys some family fun with his son and daughter before touring the community's model homes.

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of fees, repairs paid for by the seller and commissions may or may not have been included in that number,” says Stapleton. “They’re getting that number without understanding what it includes and then unfairly assessing entire neighborhoods based on a home they’ve never been inside.” Many don’t just think it’s unethical, they believe it may also be a violation of citizens’ rights.

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“I have had more than 60 to 100 phone calls and emails from clients because they’re getting calls from their mortgage companies saying that their escrows are short,” says Stapleton. Darian Rausch, an agent with Urban to Suburban, and 2017 treasurer for Williamson County Association of REALTORS says, “Every year I spend about eight hours a week on the phone with clients during tax season when these bills first come out.” That’s a full day of work every week. And the calls last a couple months. Homeowners desperate to reduce their bill inevitably call their agent hoping to get help showing why their appraisal value is too high. Most find out that appealing is a waste of time and could even result in a higher bill. Stapleton warns that because Texas is a non-disclosure state, Appraisal Districts go to sites like Redfin to estimate property values. It may sound legitimate on the surface since websites like these publish home sales numbers, but all agents know there are several different ways that a selling price is determined and those charged with appraising home values do not know how to interpret the numbers. “They could have closing costs, all kinds

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AWARD WINNER Wendy Wood of First American Title and King Bravo of Nextage Lone Star Realty check out the Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott autographed jersey on silent auction at the WCREALTORS Murder Mystery Dinner.

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Kate Rosson of Blackburn Communities tells Corrine Costabile of Cavalier Real Estate about the newly opened Gardens at Mayfield, which is thoughtfully placed next to the Williamson County Regional Park.

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Team JB Goodwin REALTORS Round Rock looks for clues at the WCREALTORS Murder Mystery Dinner. Why not check the bar first? Pictured left to right are Melissa O'Neil, Tammy Gardner, Ginger Cartwright and Karen McGrath.

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Anita Spadaro, second from left, of Realty Executives, supports Pints for Purpose, a Round Rock Rotary Sunrise Club fundraiser at Bluebonnet Beer Company. The event helped fund library books, field trips, supplies and educational programming at Berkman Elementary School. Club president Rick Arnold, left, thanked owners David and Clare Hulama for helping to host the event.

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Kathy Hickok of JB Goodwin REALTORS attends a REALTOR luncheon at Morningstar, a new community in Liberty Hill where you'll find a beautiful new model home by KB Home. Christi Koch, of KB Home, gives her a personal tour.


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• Best Urban Infill Project of the Year: Joseph Fowler Homes

• $750,000 - $999,999 - Ash Creek Homes

• $325,000 – $349,999: Scott Felder Homes

• Best Custom Spec: Lake Travis Builders

• Over $1 Million - Hill Country Artisan Homes

• $350,000 – $374,999: Brookfield Residential

• Best Kitchen Under $60,999: Wes Peoples Homes

• Parade of Homes or Showcase Home - Lake Travis Builders

• $375,000 – $399,999: Scott Felder Homes

• Best Kitchen $61,000 – $74,999: Lake Travis Builders

• $400,000 – $449,999: Brookfield Residential

• Best Kitchen Over $75,000: David Wilkes Builders

• $450,000 – $499,999: Brookfield Residential

• Best Master Bath Under $50,000: Zach Savage Custom Homes

• $500,000 – $599,999: Coventry Homes

• Best Master Bath $50,000 – $75,000: Silverton Custom Homes

• Over $600,000: Hill Country Artisan Homes

• Best Outdoor Living Space: Vogel Builders

• Best Kitchen Remodel - Under $75,000 - LECASA Homes & Renovations

• Specialty Product: Brookfield Residential

• Best Specialty Room: Lake Travis Builders

• Best Kitchen Remodel - Over $75,000 - David Wilkes Builders

• Newly Introduced Product: Scott Felder Homes

• Best One-of-a-Kind Home: David Wilkes Builders

• Best Master Bath Remodel - LECASA Homes & Renovations

• Best One-of-a-Kind Townhome: Wes Peoples Homes

• Best Lifestyle for a Master-Planned Community Rough Hollow Lakeway

• $250,000 – $499,999: Vogel Builders

Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home

• Best Design for a Community - Rough Hollow Lakeway

• $500,000 – $749,999: Zach Savage Custom Homes

• $100,000 - $249,000 - Scott Felder Homes

• Best Unique Feature for a Community - Rough Hollow Lakeway

• $750,000 – $999,999: Lake Travis Builders

• $250,000 - $325,999 - Brookfield Residential

• Best Poolscape for a Community - Rough Hollow Lakeway

• $1,000,000 – $1,499,999: Lake Travis Builders

• $326,000 - $375,999 - Scott Felder Homes

• Best Poolscape - Cody Pools

Best Custom Home Product Design

Best Remodeled Projects • $200,000 - $400,000 - David Wilkes Builders • Over $400,000 - Barron Custom Design, LLC

For a Full List of Winners: visit www.HBAAustin.com

The MAX Awards is presented by the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin, which is made up of more than 750 home building industry firms. Since 1953, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Texas. The HBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson. The HBA of Greater Austin works to advance the practice and professionalism of the home building industry in our community. For more information, visit www.hbaaustin.com.

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Million dollar model in Wimberley takes home two MAX Awards

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n January, Realty Line introduced Hill Country Artisan Homes, a new, 65-lot neighborhood of luxury, custom-built homes. Hill Country Artisan is part of Qualico, a builder with more than six decades experience constructing homes in North America. For its latest announcement, principals for the upscale homebuilder spoke with us about their brand new model home, located on a six-acre equestrian lot just through the gates of The Preserve at La Ventana, at 170 Lone Spur Lane in Driftwood. On the way into the gated community, homebuyers will pass through a meadow populated by Longhorn cattle, and then will be met by two large concrete monuments that buttress the entrance to the subdivision. “The gated community’s surroundings are a stress reliever,” says Roy Edmiston, Hill Country Artisan senior project manager. Even before you drive through the gates of The Preserve at La Ventana and head toward the newly acquired sloped and wooded land at the back specifically for the new Hill Country Artisan neighborhood.” The model home is more than 4,400 square feet and costs just over $1 million. “It’s unusual for homebuilders to have models over a million,” says Edmiston. “Sometimes builders will do a

showcase home. But having a model where people can come out and see something with that level of craftsmanship is unique and exciting.” But the craftsmanship is not the only thing distinctive about the Wimberley model. “The home has a nana suite – a small apartment that is attached to the main home, but also has its own entrance and a central courtyard.” The 800-square-foot space has a spacious living area, kitchenette, master bedroom, and full bathroom. Edminston adds that the suite is designed to be versatile. “We’ve done quite a bit of research on the topic of how people live today and found that there is a big market for suites for aging parents and adult children who still live at home.” There are a number of different ways to use a fully self-contained apartment that is part of one’s home. The style of the field model is modern Hill Country. “It has nice, clean lines. It’s well-lit by natural light and has good light transfer,” says Edmiston. The kitchen has two separate islands, which is great for entertaining. One of the islands is crafted with rail car flooring planks – a very popular design featured in new homes today. The attractive reclaimed wood wraps entirely around the island.

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“The model is customized and everything you see is also available to buyers,” says Edmiston. Hill Country Artisan works with three architects, but buyers are also welcome to bring their own ideas and fully fleshed out plans. “Our architects are happy to work with buyers to help actualize their early-stage concepts to create their dream home,” says Edmiston. At this year’s MAX Awards, hosted by the Home Building Association’s (HBA) Sales and Marketing Council, the Hill Country Artisan field model won two awards. “The MAX Awards honor builders, developers, remodelers, and associate members of the HBA for achievements during the previous year,” according to the orga-

nization’s website. For 2017, the Council received more than 425 entries. In the category of Best Product Design– Volume Builder, Hill Country Artisan Homes snagged an award in the “Over $600,000” division. In the promotional category, Hill Country Artisan was awarded Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home priced over $1 million. This is the home currently on the market and available for buyers to tour. “We were extremely honored to be acknowledged at this prestigious awards ceremony,” says Edmiston. “Especially since Hill Country Artisan is a new brand and it’s our first model home.” Other unique features of the field model in-

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clude a game room or media room with a wet bar, kitchen and full bath. For families with young children, it can be used as a play area. The second-story game room-media room combination is accessible by a dedicated staircase, which is located in the kitchen at the back of the house. Those who have toured the model have pointed out that having a fully built-out game room means that they would not have to coopt other areas of the home for entertainment purposes. This is an especially appealing feature for homeowners with young children. The layout makes it much easier to contain young kids and the mess that tends to follow them around. Kids can go directly from the game room, to the kitchen, and then outside to the backyard, pool and patio. Keeping little hand and footprints limited to the kitchen and second story goes a long way in keeping the “grownup” areas of the home

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clean, tidy and presentable. The field model is located at the front of the subdivision for easy exposure to passersby. The new 65-lot, Hill Country Artisan is at the back of the Preserve at La Ventana subdivision. Inventory homes are slated to reside on gentle sloping properties – perfect for younger families. And those who are not in the market for a lot of open land, there are many lots available with a more dramatic slope and heavily wooded views. Wimberley is appealing to homebuyers because of its low tax rate—about a full percentage point lower than neighborhoods just three miles away. The Hill Country Artisan model home is available for showings by appointment with a new home specialist who is onsite daily. Contact Hill Country Artisan’s new home concierge by calling 512-640-2360. RL

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Regina Spurlock of Santa Rita Ranch, a master-planned community in Liberty Hill that rivals Steiner Ranch with its more than 4,000 homes and more on the way, talks with Mark Lehman of Texas Association of REALTORS at the HBA of Greater Austin's annual MAX Awards Gala. Download Photo: RL_051417_C.jpg at www.myrealtyline.com

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AWARD WINNER At the WCREALTORS Murder Mystery Dinner, anyone could be the "murderer." Could it be one of these WCREALTORS staff members? Debby Moran and Heather Poyo aren't telling!

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Zach Savage of Zach Savage Custom Homes takes homes a couple MAX Awards for Best Product Design for a Custom Home at the annual HBA MAX Awards Starry Night Gala at JW Marriott.

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Real Estate News & Notes RE/MAX agent Kathy De La Cruz inducted into company's Chairman's Club

Association Member Events Monday, May 22 WCREALTORS: Annual Golf Tournament Berry Creek Country Club, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1 ABOR: TREPAC Movie Night Bob Bullock IMAX Theatre, 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29 WCREALTORS: Economic Update Lunch & Learn WCREALTORS Office, 11:30 a.m.

Hall of Fame. A longtime Austin Realtor, she recently spoke on the importance of the global buyer on the local real estate economy. “Global growth is key to all RE/MAX agents as foreign buyers are continuing to invest in U.S. real estate,” say De La Cruz, known as the First Lady of Austin real estate.     “International homebuyers contributed over $10 billion dollars to the Texas economy last year, and that number is only going up.  RE/MAX has over 30,000 agents outside the U.S. and Canada, representing 108 foreign countries and territories, and that network affiliation provides RE/MAX agents additional incoming referrals that translate into another pool of buyers for their customers who are selling.”   With a presence in more than 100 countries and territories, the RE/MAX network’s global footprint is unmatched by any other real estate brand. The franchisor’s total agent count grew 6.8 percent year-over-year in 2016. More than 110,000 agents worldwide now call RE/MAX home. De La Cruz   can be reached at 512-4704877. RL

Tuesday, May 16 MI Homes Model Home Grand Opening at Paloma Lake Paloma Lake, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Kathy De La Cruz, RE/MAX Posh Properties South, was honored with induction into the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club (annual commissions exceeding $500,000) at the RE/ MAX statewide convention in The Woodlands. She was additionally ranked as the #14 producing RE/MAX agent in Texas (among 5,400 agents), and was named to the RE/MAX

Thursdays, May 18 & May 25 Parade of Homes™ REALTOR Days The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

David Weekley Homes celebrates 20 years of build-onyour-lot in Austin

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Thursdays - Sundays & Memorial Day, through May 29 Parade of Homes™ The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Continuing Education Classes Wednesday, May 17 Time Savings Tips for REALTORS Independence Title @ Arboretum, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 Styles of Architecture for REALTORS Independence Title @ Arboretum, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7 Independence Title ITC University Independence Title @ Rollingwood, 10 a.m.

David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Build on Your Lot program in Austin. Since the program’s launch in Austin in 1997, the builder has sold more than 680 Build on Your Lot homes. “Austin’s first David Weekley Build on Your Lot home was built on the 900 block of East Riverside Drive in the heart of the city,” said Dave Mire, division president for Weekley’s Austin division. “We’re proud that during the last 20 years, the program has expanded to build all over central Texas, from Llano to Giddings and Temple to San Marcos. And of course, we continue to build in coveted intown locations.” With hundreds of floor plans available, Build on Your Lot allows homebuyers to customize the interior and exterior of their dream home to fit the way they live. And with

the opportunity to build on their own lot or receive assistance in finding the perfect lot, homebuyers can enjoy their new home in a location they know and love. The Build on Your Lot program also offers upfront closing so homeowners can have peace of mind knowing the final cost of their home before construction starts. In addition to Build on Your Lot, David Weekley Homes builds in 18 communities throughout the Austin area, with two more coming soon. The builder places a strong focus on customer satisfaction, providing each homebuyer with a personal home building team, including a personal builder, dedicated sales consultant, design consultant and warranty service representative. For more information about the David Weekley Homes Build on Your Lot program in Austin, contact 512-821-8800. RL

Texas-based Elite Agents launches in Austin

Monthly Meetings Tuesday, May 16 CTAMP Monthly Meeting Great Hills Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 AMBA Monthly Meeting Austin Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 CRS Bi-Monthly Meeting Westwood Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Texas  real estate broker Kari King announces the launch of her Elite Agents brokerage. Instead of traditional brick and mortar offices, Elite Agents operates online utilizing technology to better service its clients.  Without the traditional overhead, Elite Agents is able to offer high commission plans to its agents while providing the tools they need to be successful.  Elite Agents is currently servicing the Austin/central Texas market and soon to be expanding to the San Antonio, Dallas and Houston markets. For more information, please visit their website: www.EliteAgents.us. RL

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Builders in Santa Rita Ranch report brisk Q1 sales

Home sales in Santa Rita Ranch are booming, with builders reporting sales this year that are far ahead of 2016 figures.

Santa Rita Ranch in Liberty Hill is experiencing booming home sales, as homebuyers flock to the top-selling community in the growing Ronald Reagan Boulevard Corridor. The community is on target to exceed 2016 new home sales by 11 percent, said developer Ed Horne. “Despite the Austin Board of Realtors reporting declining home sales in Williamson County earlier this year, we’ve had an outstanding first quarter, with 71 home sales,” he said. “That’s just shy of 37 percent of all the homes sold in 2016.” In its first full year of sales last year, the 3,100-acre development posted 194 contracts for new homes, more than any of its neighboring communities.

“Beyond location, our buyers are telling us the natural landscape of Santa Rita Ranch, the community’s family-oriented vibe, and the value and variety of available homes have been important drivers in their decision to purchase in the community,” Horne said. Eight builders — Brookfield Residential, CastleRock Communities, David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, Pulte Homes, Scott Felder Homes, Westin Homes and Wilshire Homes — offer designs priced from the $200,000s to the $700,000s in Santa Rita Ranch. A dozen model homes are open for touring. Residents enjoy a generous amenity package, including numerous neighborhood parks and the Ranch House recreation complex with multiple pools, splash areas, game areas and more. Opening late this summer is The Green, a new recreation complex that — in its first phase — will include a splash zone, sport courts, a playground anchored by a pavilion, an outdoor fitness yard and an event lawn. A future phase will offer a pool and clubhouse. Residents also can access one gigabyte of Internet speed through SuddenLink. Learn more about Santa Rita Ranch, located two miles off of Highway 183 just north of the Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Highway 29 intersection, at santaritaranchaustin.com. RL

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Sijo Vadakkan named REALTOR of the Year at the Home Builders Association's 2017 MAX Awards Gala

On Saturday, April 8, the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin named Sijo Vadakkan of Trinity Texas Realty, Inc. REALTOR of the Year at its 2017 Marketing and Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards and Gala at the JW Marriott Austin. Sijo Vadakkan is a real estate broker living in Austin since 2004. His primary focus is residential and commercial real estate. He founded Trinity Texas Realty in Austin in 2008 and has expanded service

to Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. His past accolades include Platinum TOP 50 REALTORS, Austin Business Journal's No. 2 Top REALTOR for 2017, and CalAtlantic Homes' REALTOR of the Year. Sijo is also a REALTOR Advisor for Santa Rita Ranch, Travisso and Bryson. "I am so happy to accept such a prestigious award for the second time," says Sijo Vadakkan. He won the MAX award for REALTOR of the Year in 2015. The MAX Awards is presented by the HBA of Greater Austin, which is made up of more than 700 home building industry firms. Since 1953, the HBA of Greater Austin has served as the leading not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to residential construction and remodeling in Central Texas. The HBA works with government, public, business and community organizations in six counties – Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson. For more information, visit www.HBAAustin. com. RL

Trendmaker Homes marks Earth Day with the launch of its new HomeSmart™ offering

RE/MAX 1 Broker/Owner earns top national award Broker/Owner Tim and Tammy Kress of RE/MAX 1 were presented with the Broker/Owner of the Year Award for the United States at the RE/MAX National Convention in Las Vegas. This prestigious award recognizes one outstanding Broker/ Owner in the country who demonstrates extraordinary commitment and loyalty to fellow RE/MAX Associates, employees and clients. Tim and Tammy Kress opened RE/ MAX 1 in 2010 and have since grown the brokerage to 93 associates and a six-person support staff team. RE/MAX 1 agents specialize in residential and commercial sales in the greater Austin area. In addition to this year’s Broker/Owner of the Year Award, The Kress’ were also named Broker/Owner of the Year for the Texas region. RE/MAX 1 was also named the No. 1 RE/MAX office in Central Tex-

as for the fourth year in a row, with top numbers across the board in sales volume, transactions and commissions. “We are feeling so honored,” said Tammy Kress. “This award is a testament to our amazing agents and staff and we couldn’t be more proud of our office at this moment.” RL

Headwaters in Dripping Springs is open and selling homes Headwaters, a master-planned, healthy living community located in Dripping Springs and planned by Freehold Communities, is officially open and selling homes by David Weekley Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Drees Custom Homes. Houses range in size from 1,800 square feet to 4,600 square feet and include a variety of one and two-story floor plan options. The 1,035-acre development is based on Freehold Communities’ concept of a healthy living community and will contain 1,000 new single-family detached homes with lots ranging from 50 to 80 feet. Some of Headwater’s amenities include eight miles of trails over-

looking the Texas Hill Country, a state-of-theart fitness center with on-site fitness classes, resort style pool, splash pad and various events planned throughout the year by the activity center’s onsite lifestyle director. Another unique feature for the new development is Homestead Park, which includes a picnic area and historic ranch house site and is perfect for unabated stargazing. Home prices range from the mid-$300,000s to more than $700,000 and are available for purchase. For exclusive Headwaters news and additional information visit www.liveheadwaters.com. RL

Adding to its focus on pioneering sustainable features and solutions in the design and construction of its new homes, Trendmaker Homes announced the launch of HomeSmart™, a suite of state-of-the-art home technology and automation features that harness the power of internet-connected devices to elevate the homeowner experience and also allow homeowners to conserve energy. The launch of HomeSmart™ adds a fifth component to LivingSmart®, the home builder’s comprehensive program that blends the design, development, construction and operation of high-performing homes to provide healthier, more comfortable living environments with lower operating costs. First introduced in 2001, the LivingSmart® program is now integrated throughout all six premium builder brands. The simple yet effective names of each of the LivingSmart® components convey the importance of these features to customers. For example, HealthSmart® includes features and finishes that contribute to improved indoor air quality through the use of low-emission carpets, countertops and other

building materials. EnergySmart™ refers to features that reduce energy use through advanced construction techniques for the building envelope and the addition of solar, ENERGY STAR® appliances and low-e windows. EarthSmart® includes products or practices that relate to recycling and use fewer resources. Finally, WaterSmart® describes home features that help reduce water consumption with low-flow devices and drought-tolerant landscaping. “At TRI Pointe Group, we are constantly evolving and aiming higher to meet and exceed customer expectations. One of the steps we are taking in that direction includes our continuous effort to stay ahead of the technology curve by delivering smart home solutions that enrich our customers’ lives while contributing to their health and well-being, as well as our planet,” explained Tom Mitchell, President and COO of TRI Pointe Group. “The launch of HomeSmart™ highlights the progress each of our homebuilding brands and divisions has been making in the areas of home technology and seamless connectivity.” RL


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