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s the year draws to a close and the busy holiday season approaches, it’s time to get ready for 2014 by recognizing leaders in our industry and watching the changes in our local professional associations. Here is the latest news on the leaders, award-winners and upcoming events for Austin Board of REALTORS, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin.

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2014 ABoR Leadership Team On Saturday Dec. 7, the Austin Board of REALTORS will wrap up 2013 with the annual Installation and Awards Celebration, Building Our Future Together. The evening promises to be an exciting one and will include honoring the 2013 Industry Award Winners as well as installing the 2014 ABoR Foundation Board and the 2014 ABoR Officers and Directors. The 2014 ABoR President will be Bill Evans of Austin Real Pros. Barb Cooper of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS will serve as PresiBill Evans dent-Elect, Aaron Farmer of Texas Discount Realty will serve as Secretary/Treasurer, and Cathy Coneway of Stanberry & Associates will serve Barb Cooper as Immediate Past President. Aiding the officers are returning Directors of the Board David Burton of Horizon Realty, Chad Cardani of Cardani Cathy Coneway Group, REALTORS, Cheryl Jenkins of RE/MAX Capital City III, Susie Kang of Joa Realty, Janet Murdock of J.B. Goodwin, REALTORS, Brandy Guthrie of Sky Realty, John Baughman of Catalyst Realty and Sharon Rosshirt of Stanberry & Associates, REALTORS. The newly elected members of the board are Steve Crorey of Sierra Homes Realty and Jason Peebles of Bella Casa Realty. The celebration (it’s not just an Installation) will begin with cocktails and light refreshments in the Topfer Theatre lobbies at Zach Scott. The formal installation ceremonies will then be held in the Topfer Theatre. Once the installation is complete, guests will be invited to the Zach Scott Plaza Tent to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, networking and dancing to the music of the Pamela Hart Quintet. While you are enjoying the evening you can also try a surprise signature drink and the various wandering diversions chosen

to make this a night to remember. At about 9 p. m. guests may stay under the tent or may return to the Topfer Theatre to enjoy Zach Scott’s performance of the classic "A Christmas Story." One thing is for sure, you will not want to miss this event, and you should expect the unexpected! ABoR Industry Awards ABoR is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Industry Awards. These awards recognize leaders in the real estate community for their extraordinary contributions to the industry and their local communities. REALTOR of the Year Judith Bundschuh, Catalyst Realty

Affiliate of the Year John Schutze, Supreme Lending

Community Service Award Laurie Loew, Give Realty

Rookie of the Year Award Jackie Horton, Curve Realty

Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCAoR) 2014 WCAoR Leadership Team The Williamson County Association of REALTORS has elected its leadership for the 2014 calendar year:

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Upcoming Events Monday, November 18 Keller Williams Realty NWMC: 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament Teravista Golf Club - 8 a.m. Tues. & Weds., November 19 - 20 WCAoR Holiday House WCAoR Office - Varies each day Weds & Thurs., December 4-5 Goldwasser: Double Your Business in 2014 Two locations - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 NAHREP Installation Gala Shoal Crossing - 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, December 5 WCR Installation & Awards Luncheon - Austin Country Club 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7 ABoR Installation & Awards Gala ZACH Theatre - 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10 HBA Presidential Awards & Installation Luncheon HBA Office - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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s the holiday season rapidly approaches, now is the time to count your blessings and see what you can do to give back to your community. I am excited that the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) has partnered with both the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and Habitat for Humanity for two important causes to help the community. Throughout November, we will be collecting donations and canned foods to provide meals to less-fortunate families in need. To donate, visit Abor.com/CAFB. ABoR members also have the chance to make a difference in one family’s life during the 2013 Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build. As proponents of home ownership, I am proud that REALTORS will have the privilege of building a new home for a needy Central Texas family. To volunteer and find out more about this great cause, visit Abor.com/ BlitzBuild.

Upcoming Broker/Manager Forum on syndication

This month, ABoR will be hosting a Broker/Manager Forum on one of the hottest topics in real estate: the facilitation of syndication. We want to hear from all ABoR members, brokers, managers, agents and affiliates, so be sure to clear your schedule from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The forum will discuss ABoR’s decision to end the facilitation of listing syndication to non-REALTOR consumer websites after April 30, 2014, how that decision was made, and what that means for your business in the coming months. We also invite and encourage your feedback on this issue; we want to hear what you have to say. This decision has been making headlines around the country, so you won’t want to miss this important discussion about the future of our industry. RSVP for the forum at Abor.com/broker.

www.myRealtyLine.com atre, where you will be able to see a special rendition of the classic holiday story, “A Christmas Story.” But, before the play, there will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music from the Pamela Hart Quintet, and dancing. The evening will also usher in the 2014 board of directors and honor the 2013 ABoR Industry Award Winners, including REALTOR of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, and the Community Service Award. Join us as we honor the winners of these prestigious awards and end 2013 with a bang. If you have not purchased a ticket yet, visit Abor.com/Installation before they are all gone.

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Nov. 20-21: 15 Hr MCE Renewal Pkg (TREC# various) Nov. 20: Green MLS: The Key to Unlocking the Green Home Market/Aud. C (TREC# 03-00-064-24332) Nov. 20: Challenges of Multiple Offers (TREC# 01-00-025-25303) Nov. 21: Broker Responsibility MCE Course (TREC# 06-06-124-24214) Nov. 21: Hot Topics - Brokerage (TREC# 02-00-094-24680) Dec. 5: Salesperson to Spielberg (TREC# 03-00-095-26068) Dec. 5: 8Touches - Your Image Matters

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Dec. 11: Know Your Code Article 17 (TREC#01-00-123-23792)

The 2014 Installation and Awards Gala is right around the corner on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will take place at the ZACH The-

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Mary Lynne Gibbs of Keller Williams Realty compliments Grand Haven Homes owners Eric Rome and Mike Beckett on the breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country that the 982-foot elevation at The Summit at Rough Hollow in Lakeway provides. The builder recently held an event to showcase several models under construction in the new section. Also pictured: Barbara Beckett, right.

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Steve Walkup, John Sparrow and Garrett Martin, all of Milestone Community Builders, along with Eldon Rude, right, of 360° Real Estate Analytics welcome Cedar Park City Councilman Stephen Thomas, second from right, to the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin’s annual BBQ Bash and Elected Officials Appreciation Night. The event attracted more than 100 elected officials and over 150 HBA members.

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Kendall Simmons, Larry Schuler and Susan Peck, all of imortgage, invite REALTORS to make a quick pit stop to buy a mortgage loan at the ABoR's Realty Round Up trade show at the Palmer Event Center.

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ongratulations, you have just completed a great transaction. Now you want to leave your client with a gift they will remember, one that will showcase how much you appreciate those clients, and comply with that $50 range set by TREC. What do you do? Where do you go? You attend the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Holiday House where there will be an assortment of vendors and gifts available for purchase. The Inaugural Holiday House will be held on two days, Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20. The first night of the Holiday House will be a WCREALTORS Member Preview/Appreciation Night from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. complete with a Wine and Cheese Social. On this night, members will be able to peruse through the more than 20 booths. Vendors will be selling items such as jewelry, embroidery, hand-crafted gifts, home fragrance, honey, beautifully crafted bell jewelry, candles, bath products and vegan products. It’s also an opportunity for members to interact with each other and the

vendors on a more personal level. Plus, I have first-hand knowledge that Santa Claus is coming to town early to have his picture taken with you. Then on Wednesday, Nov. 20, the Holiday House will be open to the general public starting at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., so be sure to invite your clients, friends, and neighbors. The Williamson County Association of REALTORS loves its members and feels that the Holiday House is a great way to give back. Having the ability to buy for the upcoming gift season early is always a plus and as a REALTOR, you will be able to find those unique client appreciation gifts that set you apart from the pack, as well as make a connection for a company that might be of interest to your clients. Not a member yet? Williamson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the State of Texas, WCREALTORS is one of the largest boards in the state of Texas and Williamson County is the ninth fastest growing county in the nation. We would love to have you be a part of this amazing organization. Please call

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Dennis Werner, center, of MHI, Briana Roberson, second from right, and Sheryl Santos, right, both of Wilshire Homes, show Lisa Taber, left, and Diana Taber, second from left, both of City Girls Realty, what kind of upgrades the builder offers on its to-be-built homes. Plus, MHI offers up to 5 percent commission on its inventory homes. Buy photo: RL_110713_D.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Walt Elias of Brookfield Residential, developers of Blanco Vista in San Marcos, gets the opportunity to talk to Austin City Councilwoman Sheryl Cole at the HBA’s annual BBQ Bash and Elected Officials Appreciation Night.

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Dewayne Naumann, right, of Netco Title, Neal Barnes, center, of Starstate Realty ask ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers questions about the new ABoR building scheduled to be completed by Dec. 2014. Paul was WCR’s guest speaker at its monthly meeting.

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Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS-Westlake agents toast to a successful fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The office raised over $2,600 for the ACS in one evening and had way too much fun doing it. Just ask the agents that won the trip to Cabo San Lucas, an emerald necklace and Trader Joe goodies.

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Luis Montejano, Dana Gilley, Thomas Van Lith and Natalie Roberts, all of MileStone Community Builders, cross the finish line at ABoR’s annual Realty Round Up event. Their costume photo opp. gimmick was a hit!

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Longtime HBA member Dan Steakley of DEN Property Group serves as ambassador to Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long and Leander City Councilman Jason Dishongh at the HBA’s annual BBQ Bash and Elected Officials Appreciation Night. Dan takes the opportunity talk with them about some of the challenges important to the home building industry. Buy photo: RL_101013_C.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com Buy photo: RL_111013_F.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Chris Rodriguez of Austin Real Pros puts on his WCR President “hat” as he conducts the group’s monthly meeting in ABoR’s auditorium.


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Helen Thomas of RE/ MAX Austin Skyline joins Gretchen Woellner of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, along with Barbara Williams and Hannah Myres, both of Reliant Title, for hilltop views at The Grove in Lakeway. MileStone Community Builders hosted the event to showcase West Cypress Hills. Buy photo: RL_110313_B.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Courtney Webster, Brooke Yancy and Yelena Oleshkevich, all of Austin Institute of Real Estate, hold down the booth at Realty Round Up eager to explain to passers by how the school can help propel their real estate careers.

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Cory Munson of Grand Haven Homes tells Susan Truair of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS that the builder offers two newly created design collections that range from 2,500 to over 3,500 square feet and feature tile roofs, numerous outdoor living terraces, courtyards and walkout basements at The Summit at Rough Hollow in Lakeway.

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Realty Line’s Doren Carver, center, joins Brigieta Balsimo and Kristin Michel, both of Goldwasser Real Estate, in the winners circle. The company photo opportunity props helped earn them first place prize for its booth at Realty Round Up— an annual Austin Board of REALTORS event.

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Sonya Powers of Lake Life Realty and Suzanna Russel of RE/MAX trucked in from Marble Falls to attend the WCR Monthly Luncheon at the ABoR offices.

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Valerie Zelenak, Joel Garcia and Nayeli Garza, all of KB Home, show off their “racing colors” in the company booth at the Austin Board of REALTORS’ Realty Round Up event at Palmer Event Center.


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Kim Perez, Stacy Adams and Amy Smith, all of RE/MAX 1, race to see who can check their e-mail, type a reply (without typos) and click the send button the fastest in the spirit of all of the “gogo-go” at ABoR’s Realty Round Up.

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Jorge Aldrete, E. Lee Smith, Kendall Hasie, Linda Komm, Justin Boyd, Jennifer Johnson and Cameron Breed, all of SWBC Mortgage, deliver breakfast to hungry Realty Austin agents while they were on a Habitat build. Way to keep their energy up SWBC! Submitted Photo

Sharon Murray of Grand Haven Homes announces the winner of a raffle as Heather Rice of The Hills of Lakeway and Wayne Green of Grand Haven Homes draw the ticket at the Sunset at the Summit event. The builder invited guests to the new Rough Hollow Lakeway section to preview models under construction that offer great views of the Texas Hill Country.

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What a sport! Michael Strobel of Capital Title shows off his goods at the Women’s Council of REALTORS’ Bras 4 a Cause event at Shoal Crossing Event Center. The annual event is put together by WCR to help raise money for breast cancer research.

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Judging the Capital Title Costume Contest at the Lakeway Regional Clinic's Fright Night are mortgage professional Jim Jordan, Jean Barreiro of Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes and Ross Frie of Keller Williams Realty-Commercial.

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Sean Motalebi, center and sitting at end of table, of All Side Realty, presents his HUD training class to a group of REALTORS and other professionals at the Capital Title Round Rock office.

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Lynn Wilkinson of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS joins Barbara Williams and Hannah Myres, both of Reliant Title, at The Summit at Rough Hollow Lakeway where Grand Haven Homes was unveiling some new models under construction.

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Get ready to start your engines! Beth Coffey of Hay Darby (formerly Hay Compere) shows off the company’s miniature road course at ABoR’s Realty Round Up to Les Sherman of Sherman & Co. REALTORS.

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s agents and brokers, there are two theories about giving gifts to clients. Some agents think “Why would I give my clients gifts?” The flip side are those who give a closing gift to celebrate the sale. Some agents give a closing gift when they represent the buyer, a house-warming gift so to speak. Some agents give closing gifts to sellers to celebrate a successful sale. Some agents always give and some do so when they feel so moved. I have found it is not cost, but the uniqueness of the gift that made the most impact. Some closing gifts I have are house-warming parties, the obvious bottle of wine/champagne, gift baskets, tickets to events and cutting boards. When a seller sells and buys with me, I give them a house-warming party. They provide a list of 12-15 couples with names and addresses. I send out the invitations to the event (which is usually two to three months after they have moved in.) I give them a couple of menu choices and provide the food. Because of liability issues, I provide iced tea only. Yes, the house-warming party costs a bit.

By the time you provide invitations, postage, food and the plates, etc., the cost for 30 people can run around $400. The good news is the centerpiece on the table states “Courtesy of the Rise’ Johns Team – Keller Williams Realty”— great publicity. Plus, you have lots of people talking about you and what a nice thing you did, that their agent didn’t give them a housewarming party. Who do you think they call when they need real estate assistance? At the other end of the spectrum is a very inexpensive gift I have given—cutting boards. I will take a photo of the house and have it made into a glass cutting board. They love it! One time, a seller insisted I put a photo of a sunset over Lake Travis that he had taken into MLS and all ads. I had that sunset photo made into a cutting board and gave it to them as a farewell gift. They thought it was one of the most caring and thoughtful gifts they had ever received. The bottom line is you can spend a lot of money or a much smaller amount. If you do decide to give a gift, make it a memorable one. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. RL

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Frank Harren of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, Cliff Landers of Solution Realty and James Davis of Keller Williams Realty wet their whistles as they get ready to kick off the last Downtown Property Tour of the year.

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Eric and Pat Vincent, of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORSWestlake enjoy some down time at the Trump International Hotel in NYC. Both were attending the 2013 GenBlue Coldwell Banker International conference.

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Laura Caffey of Exacta, Alfred Engstrand of Alfred’s Catering, Angelina Ybarra-Wells, Summer Present and Janet Thomas, all of DHI Mortgage, shoot the breeze after the WCR Monthly Luncheon at the ABoR auditorium.

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Step right in for cash and prizes! Bette Cook, Tiesa Hollaway, Nikki Fulks and Sarah Tallman, all of North American Title, entice REALTORS to the company Realty Round Up booth with cold hard cash—and yes, there was quite a line to get in! The Austin Board of REALTORS sold out of booths at this year’s show held at Palmer Event Center. Buy photo: RL_111013_E.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

The HBA’s Staff Vice President of Public Policy Harry Savio and the HBA Vice President of Membership Carol Baker, right, welcome Texas State Representative Donna Howard to the annual HBA BBQ Bash and Elected Officials Appreciation Night.

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goals. Winners commit to inner memory until it becomes automatic and a reality,” says Dr. Waitley.

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through an anxious moment or time period will help keep the body healthy. When experiencing a fearful event or conversation, imagine your conversation is with your good friend or favorite associate. You know your words will be thought out and not filled with negatives if you were conversing with a friend. You might even decide the issue is not an issue after all. Time will work for your benefit every time but this doesn’t mean to wait a long period before discussing the issue. Give yourself time to put all things in perspective and to formulate the best approach for fixing the problem. A good leader knows to expect the best from others. Keep the work and personal environment healthy through praise and encouragement. Self-image can be changed from negative to the positive by never allowing yourself to seriously believe “I am too fat, or I see myself as unattractive, or I am just average.” The winner’s self-talk is “I can change, I am smart, I have control of myself, and no one

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Josh Flores of Supreme Lending, Joy Herring and Marie Dang-Schwartz, both of RE/MAX 1, race around the Palmer Events Center to visit exhibitor booths and fill their goodie bags at ABoR’s Realty Round Up.


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Al Leissner and Denis Pepin, both of RE/MAX of Texas, join Mike Jones of RE/ MAX Metro Realty to remind REALTORS at ABoR’s Realty Round Up how great it is to be associated with the RE/MAX brand.

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David Broadway and Laura Miller, broker, enjoy refreshments at The Grove in Lakeway, along with Ron Denhoed and Laurel Denhoed of Keller Williams Realty at the event MileStone Community Builders hosted to inform guests about West Cypress Hills.

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Aundre Dukes of Dekko Realty Corp. and Jason Stubbs of Supreme Lending talk about the nuances of Aundre’s condo listing at Cambridge Condos. Aundre says it’s 1,374 sq. ft. and is priced to sell.

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Sharon Murray of Grand Haven Homes and Ryan Rogers of Turnquist Partners enjoy the night air at Rough Hollow in Lakeway during the Sunset at The Summit event, which showcased several models under construction that will feature tile roofs and outdoor terraces.

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Cheryl Scully, left, and Ashley Boyd, right, both of Austin Title, find Jason Mathews and Dave Snowberger, both of JB Goodwin REALTORS, strolling the hall right in front of their booth at ABoR’s annual Realty Round Up show.

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David Burton of Horizon Realty says it loud and says it proud, “I’m pretty in pink.” He struts his stuff down the runway at the WCR Bras 4 a Cause event at Shoal Crossing Event Center.

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Mary Lynne Gibbs, second from right, admires the new homes with her daughter Kristine Dwyer, right, and Bridgette Shoemaker, all of Keller Williams Realty, and Jim Jordan, at Grand Haven Reserve’s Sunset at the Summit in Rough Hollow Lakeway.

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Shannon Allen of MileStone Community Builders, and Tim Stegall, second from right, of MileStone Custom, share information about West Cypress Hills with John Swanson of Austin Portfolio Real Estate and Ken Bates of Bates Surveying and Construction. Buy photo: RL_110313_E.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Peter van Kooij and Shaunna Terry, both of Goldwasser Real Estate, take in the views from the patio at The Grove in Lakeway while attending a happy hour to hear MileStone Community Builders share information about the West Cypress Hills area.

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Kelley Murphy and Kelly Lux, both of First American Title, race into the future at the annual Realty Round Up trade show hosted by the Austin Board of REALTORS at the Palmer Event Center.

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ave you ever had a goal, did everything within your power to achieve it, did so and almost immediately thereafter felt let down, deflated or depressed? This may be why: when we drop a stone in the water, a wave is generated at 90 degrees, i.e. perpendicular to the line of the stone dropping. This wave creates another horizontal and outwardly expanding wave, which creates another, and so on. All these effects are precessional effects and precession is the effect of bodies in motion on other bodies in motion. Take the sun and the Earth. The sun and the Earth are both in motion. Despite the 180-degree gravitational pull of the in-motion sun upon the in-motion Earth, precession makes the Earth orbit the sun at right angle, i.e. at 90 degrees to the gravitational pull. What would happen if gravity were the only force in existence here? They would collide. Did you know that all creatures on earth do many of nature’s required tasks inadvertently? Does the bee know it fertilizes the flowers it enters? The flowers compete with

each other with their beauty and bright colors to attract the bee. The bee enters the flower in search of honey. This causes the bee’s legs to become dusted with pollen. The bee’s further entries into other flowers pollinizes and fertilizes those flowers and so on. The bee does not know its true purpose. It just does what it is supposed to do; make honey. Now, let’s go back to humans. Humans, as honey-money seeking bees, just like all the other creatures, also do many of nature’s required tasks only inadvertently. If the bee has a true purpose (pollination) but doesn’t know it (because it is at 90 degrees and therefore invisible), is it possible humans (and all the rest of Earth’s creatures) might have a true purpose as well? Will you ever know what it is? One of my mentors was a man named Bucky Fuller who set out to discover the generalized principles governing the universe. In a very sad series of events, his daughter died in his arms shortly after he broke a promise to her. In despair, he decided to drown himself. As he stood on the shore of Lake Michigan in

www.myRealtyLine.com the knee-deep water contemplating his demise he writes that he heard a loud clap of thunder and a voice that said, “You do not belong to you. You belong to the universe. You may assume you are fulfilling your role if you convert your experiences to the highest advantage of others.” It was when he decided to commit his life to humanity. Bucky Fuller spent the next several decades designing and inventing artifacts that would improve the standard of living for everyone, not just to make himself and a few corporations rich. His promise was that if he did what the universe wanted, he would be taken care of. He lived like that until he died more than 50 years later with no visible means of financial support. The amount of money he needed came in when he needed it. Bucky Fuller has more accolades after his name than any other American in history. I was so struck by this man and his courage that I decided to do the same thing (but only for a little while in case it really didn’t work. After all, I had kids to feed.). So in 1989 when I was called upon to go to Australia as a student teacher and teach courses for free, I had to make a decision. I had to decide whether I was going to continue to earn a living or jump off a cliff with no parachute. My wife Lynn and I were very upset and agonized for days and finally made the deci-

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sion together; despite the fact we were two months behind on our mortgage and I was over $1.5 million in debt, we jumped. As Bucky wrote, “You were not put here to earn a living. You do not have to earn the right to be here. You arrived with a gift; something special to offer your fellow human beings.” All I can say now all these years later is that once we stopped focusing on making money and started focusing on adding value to others, our lives improved, the people we needed came into our lives when we needed them, the money comes in when we need it, and that if you do what you are supposed to be doing, the universe will provide. So although we may never get to know our true purpose, we are guided by our tap on the shoulder. When we focus on others, the taps are positive. When we lose track and focus solely on the money, we get the Mack truck. We now make decisions based on what does the most good for the greatest number of people. So the reason you feel let down after achieving a goal is this: if you felt good what might you do? Stop. If you stop there is no precession. This is nature’s way of saying “good job, now go do some more.” Do you know what the reward is for solving a problem? A bigger one. We may never know our true purpose. But we can assume we are fulfilling our role. RL

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he answer to this is yes. Your property doesn’t have to be in a Special Flood Hazard/Mapped Area to sustain costly damage from rising water/flood. Large floods often extend beyond the boundaries of highrisk areas. In fact, a quarter of all flood insurance claims come from low-to-moderate risk areas. Texas ranks at or near the top of the nation in weather-related property damage each year. A large portion of this damage is due to flooding. Many Texans believe that their homeowners insurance will provide coverage in the event of a flood, and if you are one of them, you could be in for a costly surprise. Your standard TX Homeowners policy does not cover damage caused by flooding or rising water. Thousands of homeowners have encountered severe financial loss because they assumed they were covered for flood damages when in fact, they were not. Some facts to consider: 1) If your home has a driveway that leans or hills downward toward your home, you could

suffer a loss from flooding. A torrential downpour can cause the house to take in water, which would not be covered by your homeowner policy. 2) Damage from a simple break in a water line on your property could potentially flood your home and ruin your contents. If you live in a high-risk area, there is a one in four chance of flooding during a 30 -year mortgage, and in one of these areas, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire. Additionally, if you have a federally backed mortgage loan, your mortgage lender will likely require you to have flood insurance. Homeowners can purchase flood insurance up to $250,000 to cover the structure and $100,000 to cover their personal belongings. Higher limits are also available in the form of an Excess Flood policy. You may be surprised how affordable this protection is, especially if you are not in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) or high-risk area. The cost of an annual flood policy in a low risk area could cost less than the price of a four-

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Brad Tracy, Diane Kennedy, Ashley Wucher and Robert Wright staff the ABoR Community Relations booth at Realty Round Up to gather donations for the Capital Area Food Bank.

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In support of breast cancer awareness month in October, RE/ MAX Capital City Broker/Owner Jeff Osborne sports his pink shirt with his staff. Pictured with Jeff are (back row) Debbie Noren and Karen English; (front row) Charlotte Iley, Joan Dougan and Shelby Rank.

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Angie Barnes, Forest Ellad and Ashley Larson, all of Buffington Homes, pass out information on the company’s luxury line at Realty Round Up—an annual event hosted by the Austin Board of REALTORS.

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Looks like someone is “showing” and Duck Dynasty is going to blow the whistle! Kristin Carroll of Sente Mortgage and Patricia Wagner of DHI Mortgage have a little fun with their costumes at the NAPMWAustin Chapter annual Monster Mash and Bottle Auction at the Shoal Crossing Event Center.

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Paula Fiedler of JB Goodwin REALTORS, Doris Burson of Keller Williams Realty, Dan Kurka of New Home Solutions, Krys Aitala of Krys Aitala Real Estate, Warren Chirhart of Keller Williams Realty, Marilyn Kurka and Yvonne Manning of Home Simple Texas enjoy the 982-foot elevation at The Summit at Rough Hollow Lakeway. Grand Haven Reserve hosted a recent sunset happy hour to showcase some models under construction.

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Bill Flood of Stanberry & Associates and Alexis Moore enjoy the beautiful fall weather in downtown Austin while heading out to take a look at available condos on the Downtown Property Tour.

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Marian Lord and Tamara Hayley, both of Ashton Woods Homes, make sure REALTORS at Realty Round Up have their latest inventory and are aware of the massive deals they are offering on to-be-built homes. Ashton Woods Homes purchased a booth at the annual ABoR event.

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Walt Elias, left, and Kandis Wilberforce, both of Brookfield Residential, gang forces with the team from Pacesetter Homes— Tom Lynch, second from left, Dennis Ciani, second from right, and Lee Whitaker—to meet and greet a number of elected officials attending the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin’s annual BBQ Bash and Elected Officials Appreciation Night.

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Tickets anyone? Patricia Wagner, left, of DHI Mortgage, Diana Keyes of Nextage Realty, Becky Hopkins and Tiffany Isaacs, both of Austin Title, work the room as they sell tickets at the Women’s Council of REALTORS’ Bras 4 a Cause event at Shoal Crossing Event Center. Buy photo: RL_110513_M.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

There’s just something about cupcakes and rainbows that gets Melia Gardner to pull out her wallet. CJ Woodruff proudly shows off his “bra 4 a cause” at the Women’s Council of REALTORS event to raise money for cancer research. Melia works for Capital Title.

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Real Estate News & Notes Habitat Hunters relocates to West Koenig Lane Habitat Hunters proudly announces it has a new home at 1804 West Koenig Lane, Austin. “Formed in 1972, we are one of Austin’s oldest full service real estate companies. After obtaining my Texas Real Estate Broker’s License in 1982, and my BBA/Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983, I immediately

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bought Habitat Hunters. We are relocating following 28 years at 30th and Guadalupe,” says Jody Lockshin, president CRS, GRI, CNE, Residential and commercial sales and leasing in and around Austin, as well as property tax, legal and expert consulting services remain the firm’s focus. RL

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Rough Hollow Lakeway donates OktoberBreast proceeds to Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas Rough Hollow Lakeway, an 1,800 acre master-plan community, donated over $2,500 in proceeds to Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas from its inaugural OktoberBreast event. On Oct. 19, Rough Hollow welcomed over 350 guests and homeowners in the com-

munity to celebrate fall and raise money for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas during Rough Hollow's Haythem breast cancer aware- Dawlett presents a check to ness month. RL BCRC’s Robin Leonard.

Austin Board of REALTORS encourages support of Capital Area Food Bank this November Recently, Austin Board of REALTORS announced its intention to partner with and support the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. This November, ABoR hopes to mobilize its more than 9,000 members to assist in providing nourishment to families in need. Taxdeductible contributions may be made online

at CAFBTX.Convio.net/ABoR or by visiting ABoR.com/CAFB. Food (non-perishables) may be donated at the ABoR office, 10900 Stonelake Boulevard; Suite A-100.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices coming to Austin Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Texas Realty announced it will begin operation in mid-Jan. 2014 in the Austin area. The full service brokerage was founded in 1980 and

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Newland Communities promotes Alyssa Douglas from marketing coordinator to manager Newland Communities has promoted Alyssa Douglass to the position of Marketing Manager in its Austin Division. Douglass, who joined the company in 2010 as a marketing coordinator, will execute marketing programs for two of the division’s three master-planned communities, the 1,550-acre Teravista community in Round Rock and Georgetown, and the 700-acre Falcon Pointe community in Pflugerville. A Pflugerville resident, Douglass graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. “We are very pleased to promote Alyssa to this new position at a very exciting time for the Austin Division. Both Teravista and Falcon Pointe are growing with new neighborhoods and additional recreational amenities. We have also just added a third community, Rancho Sienna, to our

Austin portfolio,” says Vaike O’G r a d y, Marketing Director for Newland Communities’ Austin Division. In her new position, Douglass will continue to report to O’Grady, who will oversee marketing strategies for the Austin market. O’Grady will also play a hands-on role in the marketing of Rancho Sienna, which plans to launch its grand opening in Spring, 2014 with a new Model Home Village and a major new community amenity. RL


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Now

$420,271

4313 Ridgebend Drive

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

Now

$425,810

1996 Westvalley Place

Bellavita

3,359

4/3/2

Now

$431,909

4517 Miraval Loop

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

Now

$440,334

4538 Miraval Loop

Concordia

3,548

5/4/2

Now

$444,334

4562 Miraval Loop

Concordia II

3,599

5/4/2

Now

$478,135

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/2

Dec 2013

$395,336

2001 Westvalley Place

Kinsley

2,810

4/3/1

Now

$459,142

2020 Westvalley Place

Berkshire

3,765

4/3.5/2

Nov 2013

$496,738

4/2/1

Now

$427,534

4204 Pebblestone Trail

Wentworth Collection

2. RIM ROCK • COLIN: 284-342-5580 Provence Collection 321 Towering Cedar Drive

Teravista - From the $210s 4924 Scenic Lake Drive, Georgetown TX, 78665 New Floor Plans - New Model - New Section!

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Belmeade

2,407

3. ROUGH HOLLOW • Will: 512-809-8026 106 Salinas Cove

Concordia II

3,599

6/5/2

Nov 2013

$591,471

104 Salinas Cove

Sturbridge

2,296

4/2/1

Dec 2013

$478,090

108 Salinas Cove

Shelburne

3,459

4/3/1

Dec 2013

$478,697

110 Salinas Cove

Castille

3,256

4/3.5/2

Feb 2014

$499,195

Call 512-774-8178 for Additional Details

VILLAGEBUILDERS.COM/AUSTIN

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And the winners for best booths at ABoR’s Realty Round Up are… Goldwasser Real Estate (No. 1), Supreme Lending, (No. 2) and Gracy Title (No. 3). Pictured left to right are John McClellan of Supreme Lending, Greg Cooper and Jazz Lough, both of Goldwasser Real Estate and Michelle Piperi of Gracy Title.

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Kristin Clardy and Stan Windhorn go all “wild west” on us at the annual NAPMW Monster Mash and Bottle Auction at Shoal Crossing Event Center.

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Don’t bat your “eyes” at me like that (wink, wink)! Master of Ceremonies Christy Gessler of Keller Williams Realty gets the crowd going as Jeffery Reavis gives a quick "wink" to the crowd with his festive bra at the Women’s Council of REALTORS’ Bras 4 a Cause event to raise money for cancer research.

Realty Line November 2013 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. Realty Line November 2013 issue focuses on leadership changes and awards in the Greater Austin rea...

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