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OCTOBER 2013 • VOLUME 18 • ISSUE 6

Latest in mortgage news: pass it on By Stacy Hale

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nterest rates are up, the government experienced a shutdown, and changes to rules and regulations are causing some waves in the mortgage industry. Here is some of the latest mortgage news and the areas that are most affected.

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“We have seen a rally in interest rates ever since the Fed announced that there would be no tapper,” says Chad Overhauser of AmeriPro Funding. Of course, the Federal Reserve left language in their announcement that in-

dicates that they will continue to evaluate the "data" and may make changes in the future based on what they see. The Fed’s decision to stop purchasing mortgage-backed secu- rities signaled signs of a healthier economy and drove rates u p from the 3 percent to the 5 percent range, so you can follow their an n ou n c e ments to get an idea of when rates will rise or fall. Historically, however, interest rates as still very low (and have fallen since a recent government shutdown) and inventories seem to be creeping up, so it is great time to purchase a house.

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Federal Housing Administration (FHA) In the second quarter of this year the FHA made a significant change to its mortgage insurance program. Now FHA mortgage insurance is in place for the life of the loan. This is in contrast to the old program where the insurance could fall off once either the loan reached a certain maturity or the loan-to-value fell below a certain level. Overhauser explains that a significant impact of this change is that more customers are seeking financing via traditional conventional loans as the mortgage insurance requirement on those loans remained unchanged. Conventional loans still offer a 3 percent down program that now competes well with FHA financing options.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The new census maps have been released for USDA. These census maps determine the eligible areas for USDA financing. With the recent changes to the eligibility and the growth in previously “rural” areas of Central Texas that have seen a surge of suburban growth, there would many homes that are no longer eligible for USDA financing. S i n c e USDA is one of the only r e maining 100 percent loan programs, this will impact the first-time homebuyer. Fortunately, the change (originally scheduled to take place Oct. 1) was pushed back, and the 100 percent USDA financing is still available based on the old Census, at least until the first of next year.

Amendment to TILA Points and Fees Definition (and Qualified Mortgage Standards) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has amended Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The final rule puts into place certain sections of the Dodd-Frank Act, and will require creditors to make a reasonable, good faith determination of a consumer’s ability to repay a home loan before issuing the loan. The idea is to prevent consumers from taking on mortgages they can’t handle, and discourage predatory lending practices. It also makes certain exceptions for “qualified mortgages,” explains Penny Green of Willow Bend Mortgage. In a qualified mortgage, borrowers cannot exceed a debt-toincome ratio of 43 percent. The requirement goes into effect Jan. 2014.

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Upcoming Events Friday, October 18 NAPMW Annual Monster Mash Bottle Auction Shoal Crossing - 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sat & Sun, October 19 - 20 NARI 2013 Remodeled Homes Tour - Various locations - 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 23 HBA Annual BBQ Bash & Elected Officials Appreciation Night HBA Office - 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 31 ABoR Halloween Trick or Treat ABoR Office - 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, November 4 Patten Law Firm: "Tee Off For Tykes" - Top Golf - 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 Brookfield Residential: Hot On! Homes Realtor Event Blanco Vista - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7 ABoR Installation & Awards Gala ZACH Theatre - 6 to 11:30 p.m. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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Chairman’s Column By Cathy Coneway • 2013 Chairman

Affordable housing bond on November ballot

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he Austin Board of REALTORS has given its support to Keep Austin Affordable and the Affordable Housing Bond. If the $65 million bond package is approved on the Tuesday, Nov. 5 ballot, the bonds would create needed affordable housing for low-income households and protect Austin’s economy. The affordable housing bonds would also ensure that the programs and new affordable developments needed in Austin are funded for another five to six years. The first set of affordable housing bonds, originally passed in 2006, helped repair over 3,400 affordable homes and apartments, as well as bringing a total economic impact of $865 million. You don’t have to wait until Nov. 5 to vote; early voting will run from Monday, Oct. 21—Friday, Nov. 5. To find out more information on the affordable housing bond and the other ABoR-supported propositions, visit Abor.com/Elections.

2014 Installation on the way

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Saturday, Dec. 7, where there won’t just be an Installation, but a celebration. It’s time to dust off that old tuxedo or gown, grab a dancing partner, and make your way to the ZACH Theatre. But, before you start planning your evening, visit Abor.com/Installation to purchase your tickets and guarantee your seat. You won’t want to miss what is sure to be a classy affair. Your purchased tickets include dancing to the music of the Pamela Hart Quintet, special signature drinks, hors d'oeuvres, networking, and even a special stage performance of the classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Story. Don’t worry; you can leave the pink bunny suit at home. Join ABoR as we make an evening to remember by honoring the 2014 board of directors and the 2013 ABoR Industry Award winners.

Buy tickets for 2014 Housing Forecast You don’t want to miss out on one of the most popular events of the year, the annual Housing Forecast, co-sponsored by ABoR and the Home Builders Association (HBA)

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of Greater Austin. Join us as we start 2014 on the right foot by reviewing the trends from 2013 and setting expectations for the upcoming year. The 2014 Housing Forecast will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 from 8:30—11:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast served at 8 a.m. The event will feature real estate industry experts as they give a detailed analysis of the local and national economies. As a real estate professional, you will not want to miss this event. Prepare for the year ahead by gaining important insight into the latest market trends that will affect your industry. Tickets will sell out, so purchase your ticket early at Abor.com/Forecast to secure your seat. Tickets for members are $85 each and tables seating 10 are available for $750. The event will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Austin, located at 208 Barton Springs Rd.

ABoR Halloween benefits CAFB Join us at ABoR for an afternoon of safe (and spooky) Halloween fun on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3—5 p.m. Bring your costumed kids to tour the ABoR office while they fill their bags with goodies along the way. Parents will also have a place to hang out and enjoy the spooky décor and costumes of the ABoR staff. The event promises to chill and thrill everyone with hayless hayrides, a pumpkin patch with treats for the picking, games, face painting, spooky photos, and much more. We’re also using the time to collect canned food for the Capital Area Food Bank. When you bring your kids for the afternoon of fun, also bring along two cans to support the local Austin community in need. Please visit Abor.com/halloween for more details. RL

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Hailing the great success of the HBA's first annual Big Texas Sporting Clay Shootout are Brian McCoy, HBA Executive Vice President Kathey Comer and Texas Association of Builders Executive Director Scott Norman.

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Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty talks about area growth and challenges at the CRS Austin Chapter bi-monthly luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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They may compete in the property management realm, but everyone is friends while atthe Austin Bat Fest at Lady Bird Lake. Terry Godbold of Reliable Property Management and Jim Smith of Property Management Company share some laughs and good times while experiencing one of our city’s natural wonders.

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And the moment we’ve all been waiting for! ABoR Chairman Cathy Coneway and ABoR Chairman-Elect Bill Evans make their mark with ceremonial golden shovels at the site of ABoR’s new office space on Spicewood Springs Road.


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Jackie Ogier and Amy Gandy, both of Realty Austin, make sure their bowling balls are “lucky green” so they can win at the Realty Austin 4th Annual Summer Bowling Event at The Goodnight.

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President’s Column By Stacey Rider • 2013 President

www.myRealtyLine.com As the fastest growing county in the State of Texas and the ninth in the nation, real estate in Williamson County is poised to continue on its successful journey. Though resale inventory is low, our builders have increased new home starts—which are another driving factor in our success. We appreciate our

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hen we entered into 2013, the local economic forecasts indicated we would have a productive year. We have definitively seen that and more! Central Texas real estate is on fire and will continue its positive trend into 2014. The number of sold transactions provides a quality snapshot of our strong real estate market. Williamson County saw the month of July set a brand new record with the largest number of homes sold in one month as we topped over 1,000. August followed suit as we continued our explosive trend with numbers we haven’t seen before. If you stop and chat with any WC REALTOR, they will express how busy business is! Mia Hamm, largely considered the best female soccer player in history, is quoted as saying “success breeds success” and within the Williamson County real estate industry we are seeing exactly that with an increase in new WC REALTOR members. Typically holding new member orientation classes every other month has proven not enough

and we’ve increased this to monthly. People throughout the area see the sizzling real estate market, hear our success stories and want to be a part of it. With the strength of our current membership and large new member group, Williamson County Association of REALTORS is the eighth largest board in Texas. A successful real estate market can create busyness and again, ask any WC REALTOR what their schedule looks like and they will probably tell you “they don’t have time to chat.” During an upswing in the industry we have all heard of horror stories of things getting swept under the rug in terms of unnecessary short cuts but it’s been my experience and that of many other WC REALTORS that is not the current case. Agents are actually picking up the phone and reaching out to each other before a transaction is even on paper. Other WC REALTORS have commented that despite being so busy they are seeing an increase in the level of peer-to-peer communication.

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Work hard, play hard! The “Fireball” kickball team—made up of real estate industry pros and frriends—get ready to kick some ball at Walnut Creek Park.

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Leslie Gossett and Dara Allen, both of Portfolio Properties, Sean Condon and Heather Cooke of Texas American Title sip Totties and Nosh at the Texas American Title mixer at Willie G's.

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Interior designer Jenny Jopling meets some of the most successful agents in the business, Mary Ann Nations of Keller Williams Realty and J Rene Ward of Best Agents in Texas, at the bi-monthly CRS meeting. We hope to see you at the next luncheon on Oct. 23!

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Vicki Harris of ABoR and Diane Kennedy of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS find out more about the new office building scheduled to be built on Spicewood Springs Road for ABoR and its members while attending the groundbreaking ceremony.

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These two sassy ladies know how to get things done! HBA Membership Director Debbie Horridge thanks Kandis Wilberforce of Brookfield Residential for all her help in planning for the HBA's Big Texas Sporting Clay Shootout at Texas Disposal Systems' Exotic Game Ranch in Creedmore.

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It’s always good to see our elected officials get out to talk with and meet their constituents in real estate! Mark Minchew, left, of RE/MAX Austin Associates and Kay Andrews, right, of Amelia Bullock REALTORS thank Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty for speaking with the CRS Austin Chapter members about growth in the region and the challenges facing county governments.

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• Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Texas with minimum 3 years of sales and management experience • Must be proficient in all aspects of real estate practices, contracts, rules and procedures. • Strong knowledge of current technology, social media and be able to implement them into office procedures and coaching. • Must have excellent organizational skills, able to multitask and have high energy and passion for what they do.

Please send resume and cover letter with SALARY REQUIREMENTS to vlyday@cbunited.com. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

These girls are serious about their bowling. Denise Dyke, Jolene Weinstein and Kathy Anglin, all of Realty Austin, show off their skills at the annual company Summer Bowling Event at The Goodnight.

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Down Payments Federal regulators proposed the new Qualified Residential Mortgage rule, which would relax down payment requirements. The proposed rule aligns with the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule, but does away with the 20 percent down payment requirement—a victory for affordable housing.

“Consumer Mortgage Choice Act”— Affiliated Business Arrangements Revised legislation in the Consumer Mortgage Choice Act of 2013 makes changes to the Truth in Lending Act to ensure more consistent and fairer treatment of mortgage lenders with more than 25 percent ownership in affiliated businesses (such as builders who also own title companies, or mortgage banks who also hold insurance brokerages, for example) under the Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage rule. The effect of the additional language, Penny Green explains, would be to modify the definition of “points and fees” and level the playing field for affiliates. In detail, the legislation aims to: 1) Clarify that amounts paid into escrow for the future payments of taxes and hazard insurance are excludable from the definition of “points and fees,” making the provision consistent with the exclusion of tax and insurance escrows for purposes of calculating “finance charges” under TILA Sec. 106 (See §103(bb)(4)(C)); 2) Permit the exclusion of charges for title insurance regardless of the title company’s affiliation with a creditor or mortgage originator provided i) the charge is reasonable and ii) in the case of an affiliated title company, that it and its affiliates are operating in compliance with RESPA’s conditions for affiliated business arrangements.

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3) Make the new language effective and prevent market disruption and give CFPB power to promulgate appropriate regulatory changes in an efficient manner. A significant effect of this new legislation is a required 3 percent cap on fees and charges. Discount points and origination fees and closing costs cannot exceed 3 percent, and in some cases where there are affiliated businesses involved in the transaction, those fees, including all closing costs, must be even less for each business in order to stay under a total 3 percent.

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Changes to Good Faith Estimates Changes to the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) forms went into effect back in 2010, as part of amendments to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the GFE became a 3-page form that did not require a signature. Now changes to HUD, TILA and the GFE will result in some differences in the forms that must be corrected and will require software changes for mortgage and title companies. The GFE will be a one-page form including the Truth in Lending Act, and will require the borrower’s signature. However, there is little guidance available on how to implement these changes. The Mortgage Bankers Association has asked the CFPB for two years to implement the requirement because of the time and software changes needed to modify the forms. HUD offers samples of the new form online, and you can also find more information on these and other regulatory changes through the Mortgage Bankers Association (www.mbaa. org), and by staying connected to local professional associations in real estate, lending and homebuilding, who report on the latest industry news. RL

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The team at Milestone Community Builders gives a presentation at the Goldwasser Real Estate company meeting held in ABoR’s auditorium.

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Josh Penland, center, of Sente Mortgage, treats Lisa Harrell, left, of Juice Real Estate and Miquele Dunkley, right, of Horizon Realty to a drink at his company’s mixer and happy hour at Cover 3. Buy photo: RL_100313_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Eager to hear Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty speak, Linda Scott of Nextage Lone Star Realty and Dolise McClure of Starstate Realty arrive early to the CRS Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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The Austin Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers joins together to witness thousands of bats fly out for their evening meal while at Austin’s Bat Fest.

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Milestone Community Builders knows how to get the attention of REALTORS—offer them candy! David Matthys of RE/MAX says the Milestone team can come visit anytime!

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Sonny Bara, Michelle Kopp, Crystal Kilpatrick and Erin Bara, all of Realty Austin, are keeping the business of real estate fun and exciting at their company’s 4th Annual Summer Bowling Event at The Goodnight.

Always show your good side—be nice!

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ave you ever had a phone call from another agent who was irate or who didn’t seem to care what you have to say. It is extremely hard to work with an agent over the phone when they are obnoxious and aggressive. You may consider hanging up the phone on this person, but don’t. A rude agent may be using that aggressive behavior as a mechanism to avoid the possibility that one might realize a certain weakness in them. Rude agents don’t really realize that they may actually be making things worse by behaving in this manner. We understand that this is a very competitive business and we must do everything we can for our client, but we are in a customer service business. How we provide customer service is by helping buyers and sellers through the process of buying and selling real estate. The best way to make the transaction more effective and effortless is to be civil. Being civil does not always mean saying, “yes” to everything. There are always ways to say “yes” when what you are really saying is “no.” Lead the other agent to the answer you are look-

ing for. It doesn’t matter if the other agent thinks an idea is their idea. Remember, it’s not about you, it’s about the client. Today’s market has put us all in a pricing war and a beauty contest. The seasoned agent knows how to work on behalf of the client whether you are on the buyer’s side or the seller’s side. It’s not necessary for one agent to tell another agent “how it’s going to be.” Remember the Golden Rule. In the books, “The Millionaire Mind,” and “The Millionaire Next Door,” the author found the successful people had one major thing in common; extreme levels of integrity and character. Consider the words “please,” “thank you” or “excuse me.” Offer your assistance and share pertinent information. Extend good wishes and congratulate successes. Most importantly offer an apology when you make a mistake. We as REALTORS must be mindful of the damage to the industry that results from bad behavior. Be sincere and be assertive. Don’t ever forget your duty of ethical behavior towards everyone. In the end, nice does not mean you will finish last. RL

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“Who’s the best bowler in town?” Kathy Anglin of Realty Austin shows everyone up at the Realty Austin 4th Annual Summer Bowling Event when she bowls a strike at The Goodnight.

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AYREP’s Real Estate Rock Stars Broker Panel Forum packed the house at the UT Club.

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s agents, we need to stay current on many things. The average sales price in the areas we specialize in, the average prices per square foot and the average days on the market are examples of information about property we need to know. Other questions we are often asked concern mortgage rates. “Do you think they will go down any further?” “When do you think they will go up?” “Should I wait or buy now?” “Should I lock my rate?” As agents, we give our best guess at any given time. Our crystal balls are broken. When I first became an agent, interest rates were 17 to 18 percent. Sellers paid a lot of points to buy down the contract rates so buyers could qualify. Since I was new and didn’t know any better, that market was normal for me. Since that time, interest rates have plummeted. It is a far cry from quoting an 18 percent rate to quoting a 4 to 4.5 percent rate. Now, when people ask me for my opinion on what to do regarding interest rates, I tell them what I have read, “According to Bernake....” or “I read in the New York Times...” The reality of the matter is I do not truly know.

So many things have an impact on interest rates. The U.S. getting into a war in Syria or the economy in Europe impacts interest rates here. A decision by the Feds can raise or lower interest rates. How could we possibly predict what interest rates will do? Our buyers expect us to guide them. One suggestion is to form a close working relationship with a mortgage lender. They know—or should know—what is happening in the market. I have two mortgage lenders I work with and frequently call them regarding the market. They keep me informed and I value their knowledge. When buyers push for a definitive answer on what interest rates will do, I have two answers. Though the remarks seem flippant, they are accurate. One is “Rates go up and rates go down. All I can tell you is they fluctuate.” The other is “I wish I could tell you. I can tell you what they did recently. My crystal ball is broken.” Everyone wants to know what interest rates are doing. It is mortgage news. You need to have trusted sources to give you the latest information and news and then pass it on. RL


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e have a brain that acts as a computer hard drive, recording information and data. To the right is a diagram of the brain, which has two sides, left and right. The left side is analytical, used for reason and logic. The right is creative, and responds to light, color, music, etc. As humans we are also blessed with a mind that processes, interprets and distinguishes that recorded information and allows us to make decisions. The mind is in two parts, conscious and subconscious. The conscious mind is usually in pretty good shape. For example, if you ask someone if they want to be rich and happy, they usually reply, “yes!” Now ask him, “Why aren’t you?” and listen to that response. This is where the subconscious mind kicks in. Because of the way we are designed as humans, what sometimes fills the subconscious mind is not love, success, joy, elation, ecstasy, winning, confidence, accomplishment, and many other positive feelings and experiences. What gets trapped and remembered is doubt, guilt, regret, fear, and

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live in “want”, “lack,” “limitation” and “need.” We decide there is a world of abundance and that we can have what we want without

damage to others. We stop pretending not to know. We decide to decide. We learn that thoughts are things and they become real; that we can program our minds for success instead of failure, winning instead of losing, respect for others instead of resentment, love instead of indifference, giving instead of taking, being big instead of small. We attract others who want the same thing. We learn how to get the right people to do the right thing at the right time. We produce synergy and results beyond the ordinary. We reach a constant state of happy. We continue to evolve. We learn to follow our intuition, to trust ourselves. We own our outcomes. Our life works. We discover that we are a genius and meant to be an incredible success. We choose success. Now let’s go out and make it a better world! RL

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Mark Minchew of RE/ MAX Austin Associates listens intently as Jon Kasner of Kasner and Associates talks about floors with Patti Stevens of CSC Floors— one of the speakers at the CRS bi-monthly luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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Is it hot in here or is it these three? Meggan Kappelman, Ami Davis and Daniel Topolski, all of Goldwasser Real Estate, attend the company sales meeting to get fired up for the week. Hosted by Milestone Community Builders, the meeting was held in ABoR’s auditorium.

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osh Williams, vice president of Austin Title says, “There’s a perception that all title companies are the same. That simply isn’t true. What makes us so unique are our people, culture, service, longevity, strength and protection. Our staff of escrow officers, title examiners and sales representatives are some of the most talented and tenured in the business.” Austin Title’s conviction in creating a fun, healthy and professional environment for staff and clients, explains the company’s impressive retention record—an average of 10 years per employee. Austin Title was founded in 1953 as a local title agency offering full service title and escrow services to Austin’s real estate community. Through a series of acquisitions, Austin Title became a member of the Fidelity National Financial family of companies— a Fortune 500 organization that is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE: FNF). Through its underwriters, FNF is the country’s largest commercial and residential title insurance company, issuing more policies than any other company. “This move,” says Williams, “allowed Austin Title to become part of the largest family of title insurance underwriters in the nation, including Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Alamo Title.” The acquisition also gave Austin Title the oppor-

tunity to handle transactions nationwide with its new network of sister companies. Today, Austin Title employs approximately 90 individuals and has eight offices licensed in four counties, including Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop. As of June 2013, total revenue for the FNF family of underwriters hit nearly $3 billion, with 672,000 direct orders opened. The company’s overall market share, the largest of any company in the title insurance industry, is approximately 34 percent. “We pride ourselves on being part of not only the largest, but the most profitable title group in the country,” says Williams, who is also responsible for business development and managing a team of nine sales representatives. “We keep in excess of $1.7 billion in cash reserves for claims. This is considerably more than any of our competitors.” For many other companies, numbers like these could lead to an all-work, no-play work environment. That’s why Austin Title aspires to be one of the healthiest companies around. In 2012 Austin Business Journal added Austin Title to its list of “Healthiest Employers.” To earn that distinction, the company started a fitness program and offers monthly rewards to associates for their commitment to exercising and healthy living. Austin Title also does a group run once a week. “The

www.myRealtyLine.com health and happiness of our employees is very important to us,” says Williams. Austin Business Journal noticed that, too. For five years, the Journal named Austin Title to its list of “Best Places to Work in Central Texas.” Some reasons Austin Title is so successful can be explained with a comprehensive list of achievements and company beliefs. Being of service to Austin, a community they’ve been part of for 60 years, is another priority for the Austin Title family. Each week, Austin Title’s education department holds on-site and online classes on topics ranging from video marketing to Matrix and Pinterest for Professionals. Recently, Austin Title sponsored a company tailgate when UT faced off against Ole Miss. “It was an opportunity for our staff to have some fun while getting to know clients better,” says Williams. The company’s obligation to employees doesn’t stop at tailgate parties and weekly jogs. Austin Title has an in-house training program for escrow, sales and title reps. The company also offers a leadership training program for associates with managerial aspirations. “We strongly believe in promoting from within,” says Williams. Austin Title offers title and escrow services for all types of properties, including residential, commercial, resale and builder properties. Their seasoned escrow team is well versed in all property types and equipped to handle any type of transaction. The team re-

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sponsible for managing Austin Title are President Brian Baize; Senior Vice Presidents and Operations Managers, Janice Hataway and Taresa Hale. The ability to write on all four underwriters and close transactions all over the U.S., in addition to their commitment to service and staff, are just some of the reasons why Austin Title is still going strong. By anyone’s standards, Austin Title may have already reached the apex of a successful underwriting organization. However, Williams still keeps his eye on the small stuff. “Locally, we’re not trying to be the biggest shop in town. We just want to be the best; a place where our clients want to do business with us and our employees want to stay. I think we’re doing a pretty good job. We’re on track.” RL


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Amy Gandy and Dori Garner, both of Realty Austin, have a great time playing hookie, eh hem, team building at the company Summer Bowling Event at The Goodnight.

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There’s no better way to get to know REALTORS than to go directly to them! James Carreon and Rick Noble, both of Milestone Community Builders, are masters at their craft. The two take the time to get to know all of the agents at Goldwasser Real Estate during its company sales meeting at the ABoR office. Buy photo: RL_100213_D.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

ABoR’s Broker Forum attracts top notch professionals in our city. Sharon and John Rosshirt and Bill Stanberry, all of Stanberry and Associates, have contributed great things to the local real estate industry for decades. Buy photo: RL_100113_B.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com Buy photo: RL_090913_C.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

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Commentary By Cindy Yates• Reliant Title

What’s the deal with Prop 6? So little water, so close to home

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espite the recent rains, most of Texas is still in a drought — one of the longest and driest in state history. At the same time, Texas is also growing, with the population expected to double in 40 years. Nobody thinks this is a good combination. The question is, what’s the best way to deal with growing cities and suburbs, on the one hand, and potentially shrinking water resources on the other? The Texas State Legislature came up with a plan, passed by wide majorities of both houses in May, but the lawmakers sent it to voters to ratify (or reject) in the form of a constitutional amendment. On Nov. 5, Texas will vote on Proposition 6, which siphons $2 billion from the state’s “rainy day fund” to help finance and coordinate water projects across the state. Prop 6 sets up a State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) to administer the $2 billion, through low-interest loans and other financial support for approved water development projects. Under the proposed amendment, 20 percent of the money is supposed to go toward water conservation and reuse, with another 10

percent aimed at rural areas and agricultural water conservation. The state Water Development Board and local planning groups will work together to prioritize which projects get funded first. There are more than 4,500 projects in the State Water Plan, ranging from tapping into new groundwater reservoirs to desalination projects and damming up rivers and streams. Supporters of Prop 6 include the League of Women Voters, the Chamber of Commerce, some conservation and agriculture groups, and a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers, organized by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). The two main political action groups pushing for passage of Prop 6 are Straus’ Water Texas and H204Texas, financed by oil and gas companies, water utilities, municipal water districts, and engineering firms. Opponents include some Tea Party-aligned lawmakers and Independent Texans, a Bastropbased political action committee headed by Linda Curtis. Curtis argues that lawmakers and real estate developers are playing on Texans’ fear of

drought to benefit “water speculators and real estate interests” friendly with Gov. Rick Perry. “If you trust a so-called new and improved Texas Water Development Board that has two of three Perry cronies making decisions, then go ahead and vote for Prop 6,” Curtis says. “I won’t.” The Tea Party lawmakers, like Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview), opposed Prop 6 because they believe the free market is the best way to develop Texas’ water infrastructure. Some conservation groups are wary of the plan because artificial reservoirs wreak havoc on ecosystems and speed up the evaporation of water resources. “The water crisis affects every corner of our state in a very real way,” says Straus, and “a drought doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat, a Republican or an independent.” Prop 6 enjoys broad bipartisan support in the legislature, he adds, but voters need to do their part. “These elections don’t usually trend on Twitter, or get ratings on cable television, but they are important.” RL

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Available

Price

1. BRADSHAW CROSSING • ERIC: 512-407-0404 or JASON 512-619-3148 5837 Kleberg Trail 10024 Pinnacle Crest Loop 10004 Pinnacle Crest Loop 5845 Kleberg Trail

Southbend Clearwater Clearwater Northbrook

1,532 1,291 1,291 1,740

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Now Now Now Now

$186,990 $194,680 $195,479 $195,990

2. COLORADO CROSSING • CLYDE: 512-496-4163 6809 Crestone Road 6812 Crestone Road $178,565 6908 Crestone Road

Tucson Carlsbad

1,313 1,230

4/2/1 3/2/1

Now Now

$166,140

Tucson

1,313

4/2/1

Now

$181,515

3. FALCON POINTE • BRUCE: 512-657-3326 or CINDY: 512-736-2698 2912 Edwards Plateau Drive 2916 Edwards Plateau Drive 18925 Shallow Pond Trail

Terrazzo Alabaster Belton

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4/3.5/2 4/3/2 3/2.5/1

Now Now Now

$253,949 $257,186 $257,852

4. HIGHLANDS AT MAYFIELD RANCH • CLAYTON: 512-774-8178 3710 Bainbridge Street 3714 Bainbridge Street 3705 Hermann Street 3710 Hermann Street

Cantera Onyx Amistad Juniper Ridge

1,550 1,797 2,224 2,868

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Nov 2013 Nov 2013 Dec 2013 Dec 2013

$231,340 $237,365 $272,700 $303,791

3/2/1 3/2/1 4/2.5/2

Now Now Now

$164,836 $169,050 $209,248

5. HUTTO HIGHLANDS • LOTTIE: 512-373-0939 107 Colthorpe Lane 116 Colthorpe Lane 111 Colthorpe Lane

Sunflower Hawthorn Orchid

1,355 1,536 2,567

Alabaster Clearwater Iris

2,731 1,336 1,950

4/3/2 3/2/1 4/2.5/2

Now Now Now

$233,640 $180,840 $203,440

7. SUMMERLYN • DENISE: 512-777-9565 or CLAYTON: 512-619-7628 213 Eagle Owl Loop 209 Eagle Owl Loop 192 Eagle Owl Loop

Southbend Northbrook Sunset Ridge

1,532 1,740 2,056

3/2/1 3/2/1 3/2.5/2

Now Now Now

$187,035 $198,434 $206,190

1,685 1,849

3/2/1 4/2/1

Oct 2013 Oct 2013

$238,877 $247,406

4/3.5/2 4/2.5/2

Now Now

$207,055 $214,051

8. TERAVISTA • WILL: 512-248-8131 4541 Chestnut Meadows Bend Rosebud 4549 Chestnut Meadows Bend Violet

9. WOODLANDS PARK • ANGIE: 512-470-3925 226 Dark Forrest 177 Hill Side Glow

Daylily Orchid

2,043 2,567

LENNAR.COM

Plan

Sq. Ft. Bd/Ba/Stories Available

Price

1. TERAVISTA • Steve: 512-970-3359 or Debbie: 512-808-8729 Provence Collection 4267 Ridgebend Drive

Belmeade

4576 Miraval Loop

Belmeade

4513 Miraval Loop

Savoy

4564 Miraval Loop

Savoy

4574 Miraval Loop

Castille

4313 Ridgebend Drive 1996 Westvalley Place 4212 Pebblestone Trail

Concordia Castille

4517 Miraval Loop

2,407

4/2/1

Now

$359,702

2,407

4/2/1

Now

$371,027

2,834

4/3.5/2

Now

$391,561

2,834

4/3.5/2

Now

$392,315

3,246

4/3.5/2

Now

$412,271

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

Now

$422,835

Bellavita

3,359

4/3/2

Now

$423,909

3,548

5/4/2

Now

$430,059

3,246

4/3.5/2

Now

$432,334

4499 Miraval Loop

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1

Now

$378,702

4536 Miraval Loop

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1

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$371,198

1998 Westvalley Place

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1

Nov 2013

$370,772

4204 Pebblestone Trail

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/2

Dec 2013

$390,336

2001 Westvalley Place

Kinsley

2,810

4/3/1

Now

$456,142

2020 Westvalley Place

Berkshire

3,765

4/3.5/2

Now

$493,738

Wentworth Collection

2. RIM ROCK • COLIN: 284-342-5580 Provence Collection

6. STONEFIELD • SALLY: 512-401-7717 or CHRISTINA: 512-629-7580 204 Travertine Trail 270 Vermillion Marble Trail 230 Vermillion Marble Trail

Address

321 Towering Cedar Drive

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1

Now

$424,534

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

Concordia II

3,599

6/5/2

Nov 2013

$581,471

104 Salinas Cove

Sturbridge

2,296

4/2/1

Dec 2013

$475,090

108 Salinas Cove

Shelburne

3,459

4/3/1

Dec 2013

$475,697

110 Salinas Cove

Castille

3,256

4/3.5/2

Dec 2013

$496,195

109 Salinas Cove

Savoy

2,455

4/3/1

Dec 2013

$523,197

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HBA members Aaron Ward, Marc Stover, E.T. Trevino, Jody Jones, and Sam Schwartz show off their fire power at the HBA Big Texas Clay Sporting Shootout at Texas Disposal Systems' Exotic Game Ranch in Creedmore. They probably had a blast!

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Ready, set, dig! Top officials at ABoR and TAR pull up their sleeves and get their hands dirty as they celebrate a groundbreaking at the site of ABoR’s new home off Spicewood Springs Road. Pictured left to right are Texas Association of REALTORS CEO Travis Kessler, ABoR CEO Paul Hilgers, ABoR Chairman of the Board Cathy Coneway, ABoR Chairman-Elect Bill Evans. ABoR Past Chairman Leonard Guerrero, ABoR Building Committee Chairman Jay Gohil and ABoR Secretary/Treasurer Barb Cooper.

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We can do it! One strike coming right up! Marcia Kim of Realty Austin shows us how it is done during the company’s 4th Annual Summer Bowling Event at The Goodnight.

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