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Five reasons you should join an association By Stacy Hale

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rofessional associations elevate the real estate industry and offer resources and relationships you can’t find anywhere else. The mission of these organizations is to be a valuable asset to members and safeguard their interests. Membership offers exclusive benefits, education and even perks that you may not expect. For example, the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) offers cost-effective insurance programs, and the Williamson County

Association of REALTORS (WCAoR) provides access to legal advice through award winning Texas licensed attorneys as well as numerous discounts, such as Sprint mobile and YMCA memberships. By joining a professional organization in your field, you align yourself with an organization that cares about your business and advocates for you and the community. You connect with hundreds of like-minded professionals who can support you with advice, networks and potential business. Here are five reasons it makes sense to become a member of a professional association in your area.

Network and advertise The first and most obvious benefit of joining an association in your field is networking. Networking and advertising opportunities through association memberships give you better chances not only to extend your reach and connect with potential customers, but also to build relationships with other complementary professions within the industry and form a trusted network of partners. Professional associations hold meetings, events and other networking opportunities that foster relationships, strengthen your network, and could later turn into a niche in the market. Good news for REALTORS on the north side: If you do most of your business in the Williamson County area, you can join an association where you do business the most and network with other agents who focus on the area where you live and work. Promote your business through official channels through advertising opportunities and events: The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin (HBA) publishes a membership and buyers’ guide, and provides multiple avenues for advertising and sponsorships through its annual Parade of Homes, golf tournament, and other events.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 18 Teravista "Brand Spankin New" Grand Opening Teravista - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 19 WCAoR "Wild Ride" Scavenger Hunt WCAoR Office - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 AMBA Monthly Luncheon Westwood Country Club - 11:30 a.m.

These organizations create advertising campaigns that promote property ownership and reach a large percentage of prospective homeowners. The strength of the media outreach that the associations proactively pursue garners hundreds of thousands of dollars in editorial coverage. There are also plenty of advertising opportunities through listing sites. ABoR hosts AustinHomeSearch.com, which draws six million page views per month—an average of 300 views per property.

Make a difference Professional associations provide unique opportunities to serve and participate in the community where you do business. If you’re an HBA member, you have multiple opportunities to participate in and sponsor charity and community events such as the annual Benefit Home and Parade of Homes. The Austin Board of REALTORS holds events that connect you with hundreds of real estate professionals, including Realty Round Up, an Installation and Awards event, Foundation property tours and Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC) golf tournaments. TREPAC is one of several ways to be heard by your local and state government by participating in a political action committee. It is the muscle that stands behind

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Thursday, October 3 HBA Golf Extrvaganza Teravista Golf Club - 12 to 6 p.m. Friday, October 4 WILCO HREP Lunch & Learn KB Home Office - 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 9 WCR Bras 4 a Cause Shoal Crossing - 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, October 15 NARPM Monthly Luncheon Balcones Country Club 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 16 ABoR Realty Round Up Palmer Event Center 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, October 18 NAPMW Annual Monster Mash Bottle Auction Shoal Crossing - 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 19 NARI 2013 Remodeled Homes Tour - Various locations - 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 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. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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ign ups for the Austin Board of REALTORS committees recently closed on Sept. 15, and we want to thank all our volunteers for working to advance your Association into the future. If you missed the signup deadline, don’t worry. There are always opportunities to get involved at ABoR and grow your network. Whether you provide input by contacting a board or committee member or posting in the ABoR Learning Communities at Abor.com/ ALC, your involvement helps better your Association, and provides you with an opportunity to connect with your fellow real estate professionals on the subjects that matter most to you.

Realty Round Up is revving to go It’s almost here! Racing your way on Oct. 16 at the Palmer Events Center is the 2013 Realty Round Up Trade Show. Once again this year, the event and parking are free to ABoR members and affiliate advertisers. Save time at check-in by registering for the event online ahead of time at Abor.com/RoundUp. While

you’re there, be sure to check out the schedule of events. In case you haven’t heard, this year’s theme is "Racing Into the Future" and we’ve got the free MCE and education courses to prove it. Don’t miss the economic forecast from Dr. Jim Gaines of the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, brought to you by Independence Title, at 11:30 a.m. Then, get some fast and furious inspiration from former Formula One Driver Derek Daly, brought to you by Champions School of Real Estate. Drop by Champions School of Business’ booth afterward to get an autograph from the racing legend. Plus, take a pit stop by ABoR’s extra-large booth (you won’t miss it) and take some time to relax, charge your devices, and catch up on all the services and news ABoR provides you. Come and go as you please, but don’t miss the Austin Young Real Estate Professionals (AYREP) and ABoR Happy Hour, hosted on the North Plaza of the Palmer Events Center. Yes, this year we’re all in one place for your convenience. We’re looking forward to a rac-

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ing good time at this Realty Round Up. So, grab your checkered flags and F1 racing stripes and we’ll see you there. A special thank you goes out to ABoR’s new 2013 Silver Affiliates Mission Mortgage and Practical Fitness, LLC and to Champion School of Real Estate for upgrading their Club membership to Platinum. We appreciate your support of ABoR and Austin-area REALTORS.

It’ll be an installation to remember REALTORS and socialites alike, don’t miss out on the grand affair planned for Dec. 7, where it won’t just be an installation, but so much more. Grab your favorite guy or gal and maybe even a cummerbund, but before you head off to the ZACH Theatre, snag your tickets at Abor.com/Installation. Tickets include drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a special stage performance of everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story,” leg-lamp and all. Join

ABoR as we get dolled up, decked out, and excited to honor the incoming board of directors and the 2013 Industry Award winners.

Get tickets for 2013 Housing Forecast Join ABoR and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin as we get a jumpstart on the coming year. The annual Housing Forecast is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2014 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The event will feature real estate industry analysts as they review the trends from 2013 and set expectations for the year ahead. With an in-depth analysis of the local and national economies, no real estate professional will want to miss this event. Prepare for the year ahead by gaining insight into market trends that will affect your industry. Tickets have sold out for this event in the last three years, so purchase your ticket early at www.abor.com/forecast to secure your seat. RL

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and votes on many aspects of the Association. Board members are very well informed with not only the goings on of the Association but also throughout the community. That wealth of knowledge can then be shared with clients, therefore building a reputation of wisdom greater than just the real estate field. When clients begin to share with their family and friends how educated their agent is, not only

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in the real estate transaction but the surrounding community as well, then their family and friends can become referrals.

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The task forces are appointed for a specific purpose. Our Events Committee under Tiesa Hollaway organizes activities such as our popular Superbowl of Builders, our East/ West Side Bus Tours, and the upcoming WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt. Our Golf Committee, chaired by Summer Pavliska, is one of our largest fundraisers of the year. But how does getting involved help your business? Networking with the committee members can open the door to new thoughts and ideas within the real estate realm. Meeting and working with affiliates at our functions help you grow your preferred vendor database. Being on a committee or task force affords you more knowledge of the happenings in and around your Association. Being better informed means you can parlay that information directly to your clients. Many volunteers use committee work as a springboard for moving to the board of directors. Voted on by the general membership and for a term of three years, a director attends board meetings and discusses, plans,

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Goldwasser Real Estate celebrates the opening of its new office in Georgetown Square. Look for the next office to open soon near you!

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Professional networker Nicole TorresCooke, right, catches up with Melia Gardner, left, and Marcie Whited, center, both of Capital Title, at the WCR Mixer at Tony C's after touring Grand Haven Homes' models in Northwood at Avery Ranch.. Buy photo: RL_090113_C.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

It's a family affair at a recent event held at the ABoR Auditorium. Sharon Rosshirt, John Rosshirt and Bill Stanberry, all of Stanberry & Associates. Buy photo: RL_090513_C.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com Buy photo: RL_090613_D.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

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Team Milestone always does a great job when hosting REALTORS and industry VIPs. This time agents were invited out to Reunion Grille for some great food, a little live music, drinks and prizes.

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Kristina Jakstas, left, of Austin Pets Alive! accepts a $1,000 donation from Gracy Title's Michelle Piperi. The funds were raised through the company's annual Facebook Charity Drive where Gracy Title allows its fans to vote on the charity that should be selected.

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This year we’re delighted to announce that we have joined forces with our friends at Austin Pets Alive! Stop by our booth on October 16th to learn how to get involved with the fight to stop the killing of companion animals. All proceeds from Realty Roundup will be donated to Austin Pets Alive!

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Don Johnson, Kimberly Lewis and Tara Goldwasser, all of Goldwasser Real Estate, show off the new digs at the company's grand opening event for its new office in Georgetown Square.

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John McClellan of Supreme Lending picks up his newly won Mercedes directly from the factory in Germany. John was the lucky winner of the 2013 ABoR Foundation Mercedes-Benz Raffle. Don't miss your chance at one of the 1,500 tickets to be sold next year—you could win too!

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Sheri Brummett of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS bids on a sunset cruise in Port Aransas at the ABoR TREPAC Wine Party at Mercury Hall.


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HBA membership a proud tradition of the Greater Austin home building industry since 1953

he Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin provides the most direct access to the largest group of successful builders and associate members as well as government staff and elected officials in the HBA’s six-county area (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson). With more than 700 member companies, the HBA represents thousands in all areas of the home building industry. Builder members construct more than 95 percent of the new homes in the Greater Austin market and 87 percent of the HBA’s member firms are small, locally-owned businesses. As a builder, subcontractor, supplier, vendor or professional services firm, your HBA membership creates unsurpassed opportunities, helping you achieve your goals and enhance your bottom line. A strong organization is the key to success in any industry. The HBA stays abreast of changes that affect the home building industry and impact your business. The HBA monitors government affairs in six counties, more than 30 municipalities and on the state and feder-

al levels. By becoming a member of the HBA, you are strengthening the home building industry and boosting your voice in policy making where issues affect your bottom line. The HBA’s key advocacy role is to protect every family’s right to homeownership by ensuring that those who protect us, teach our children, and provide essential services can afford to buy a new home. The HBA’s staff, in conjunction with the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is committed to defending your company’s interests and keeping you informed. HBA members are leaders, innovators, and among the most professional in Austin’s home building industry. They garner positive public response and media attention through the annual Benefit Home and other community service projects. Members enjoy the prestige of belonging to one of the nation’s most respected and widely known associations. Members also have access to countless marketing, promotional and networking opportunities, including annual events such as

www.myRealtyLine.com the Housing Forecast, Chili Cook-Off, Crawfish Boil, Marketing and Advertising Excellence (MAX) Awards, Elected Officials Appreciation Night, Rally Day at the State Capitol, as well as the HBA Benefit Home and Parade of Homes. Additionally, a variety of groups meet on a regular basis, feature speakers or programs, and provide members an excellent place to network with other industry professionals, including: • City Building Officials/Volume Builders/Municipal Planners • Communications, Education and Finance Committees • Custom Builder & Remodeler Council • Georgetown Chapter • Government Relations Council • Hays County Chapter • Lakeway/Bee Cave Chapter • Professional Women in Building • Sales & Marketing Council Your HBA membership makes it easy for you to be in the know about all the issues that matter to you. Through numerous seminars, workshops and publications, the HBA offers its members affordable, year-round training and education to stay current on issues and ideas crucial to the industry. The HBA’s education programs have been recognized on a national

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level for their depth and scope with more than 200 hours offered each year. Educational offerings include NAHB designation courses, our “Green Boots” educational building series with Austin Energy, regulatory and building code programs that affect builders and associates and much more! You can also benefit from various service and product discounts, insurance programs and others. The Phillips Event Center is an event venue owned by the HBA which is the perfect venue for your corporate or private event. As an HBA member, you will receive a discount when you book your special event. By joining the HBA, you will have access to the best source for networking and information in the region. Your membership makes it easy to be in the know about all the issues that matter to you! Membership in the HBA also gets you membership in TAB and the NAHB —that is three memberships for the price of one! You receive advocacy and promotion of the home building industry and your business on the local, state and national levels. To join the HBA, please contact Debbie Horridge, HBA membership director, at (512) 454-5588, ext. 103 or visit www.AustinHomeBuilders.com and click “Member Benefits /Join Now.” RL

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Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez presents a proclamation, making Aug. 2 NAHREP Austin day, to NAHREP President Jason Garza at the NAHREP Austin Black and White Affair where the group raised $7,400 for Mendez Middle School.

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Kristina Jakstas, center, of Austin Pets Alive! thanks Gracy Title CEO David Tandy, left, and Gracy Title's Senior VP of Sales Michelle Piperi, right, for hosting a Facebook charity drive that enabled her organization to be selected for a $1,000 donation.

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Stephen Smith of Neuhaus Realty and Gene Fuessell of Supreme Lending give a Longhorn-style thumbs up to artwork at the ABoR TREPAC Wine Party at Mercury Hall, an event filled with food, drinks and fun.

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saw the movie “A Beautiful Mind” once. The movie is based on the unauthorized biography of Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. John Nash created a concept called Nash equilibrium. Take a team of two or more players. The team is in Nash equilibrium if each player is making the best decision that he or she can, taking into account the decisions of the other players. Nash equilibrium has been used to study, for example, whether people will take risks to achieve a cooperative outcome. A coordination game called Stag Hunt was used as an analogy for social cooperation. The bottom line is that people gain the most benefit if they cooperate and implicitly trust one another to act in a manner corresponding with cooperation. In business, when you start building a pie, you get a pie. When you put a team together, you still get a pie, but a bigger one. Most people live in “want,” lack,” “limitation,” and “need.” They are full of negativity and say that one can’t do this and can’t do

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that. What it tells me is that they simply don’t know how to build a bigger pie; they don’t know how to put a team together; they don’t know how to collaborate and cooperate. I rarely use absolutes like “all,” “every,” or “never” but I will use one now—no one succeeds alone. The question is, when they will go build that team. And now think about what you do when it comes to getting things done. Do you impair yourself or empower yourself? If you don’t want to be left behind, always ask yourself, “Am I impairing or empowering myself? Do I impair or empower others?” Mentally—do I impair or empower? Physically—do I impair or empower? What do you put into your body—emotionally, spiritually and financially? Take the mental aspect of impair versus empower. When you go home, what goes into your head? Do you watch mindless, thoughtless TV? How does your body feel physically when you watch that stuff? Does it feel weaker or stronger? Are you putting things into

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your mind that impair you or empower you? Turn off the TV. Spend at least 30 minutes a day reading something worthwhile. Read books about successful people and you will feel your body becoming empowered! What about physically? Do you fill your body with drugs, alcohol and greasy, fatty, sugar-laden foods that impair you or things that empower you? What about the other categories? If you spend time empowering yourself, you become more powerful. You are able to get more done. Now you can empower others. That’s why you have to be careful who is on your team; who your friends are; who your colleagues are. When people from your surroundings or your team tell you that what you want to achieve is impossible, get rid of them. You don’t want to be impaired. You want to be empowered. If I tell you my dreams or my goals and you tell me they are impossible, you are no longer part of my world. The other four aspects of the impair vs. empower question are the physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial aspects. So if you think that focusing on one of them will get you where you want to be, don’t mislead yourself—one won’t work without the other. Let’s go back to the subject of cooperation. Unfortunately, in school we were taught that cooperation is cheating—study by yourself and take the test on your own. The truth is that cooperation and collaboration is the key to success. It’s called synergy. You can clearly see that during a football game. Do you know how many coaches a football team has? Now, how many coaches do you have? Can you put your ego aside and ask someone to coach you? Are you getting empowered or staying impaired? Another subject I focus on is leverage, or

doing more with less. And one of the ways to accomplish that is with your team. Now think about impair vs. empower again. Do you impair or empower people on your team? Do you stop them from winning or do you encourage them to win? Do you help them to win? Is their win also your win? Is it ok for the people around you to win? If you don’t empower the team, then you get stuck being there. In other words, if you can’t leverage out your job to someone else, then you have that job for eternity. I know that employees that work for me will come and one day they will go. My goal is that when they leave, they leave more empowered than when they showed up. My job is not to impair them. My job is to empower them. Same goes for your partners, business and life. If you are in a relationship where you need each other, it creates major dysfunction. I, personally, don’t want to be needed. And I don’t want to be in a situation when I need someone. The partners have to be together because they want to be together. It’s when humans start doing what they are pre-disposed to do—co-creating, which is the highest form of human evolution. You get together with another person or group of people and cooperate; you co-create something where before nothing existed. Find a partner who empowers you; not impairs. Find or create a group that empowers, not impairs. Now, next time you are about to do something, ask yourself this question beforehand, “Will it impair or empower me?” And remember to always be empowering yourself and others. Then watch as things and people around you grow, flourish, prosper and become more empowered. Now, let’s go out there and make it a better world. RL

Meet the newest members of the North American Title Austin Division! SARAH TALLMAN, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT c: 512.284.0264 e: stallman@nat.com Sarah Tallman joins North American Title (NAT) with the opening of our newest branch in Lakeway. She has 18 years of experience in the real estate industry and has truly enjoyed every moment. Early in her career she earned her company’s Rookie of the Year award and has also been recognized and included in the President’s Circle for outstanding performance. Sarah’s philosophy is, “The answer is yes! What is the question?” From the simplest residential closing to the most complex commercial real estate transactions, she is committed to providing unmatched expertise and superior customer service. Sarah believes in cultivating long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships and supporting her community at every opportunity.

NIKKI FULKS, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT c: 512.954.8159 e: nfulks@nat.com Having recently hailed from the El Paso area, Nikki Fulks has been a successful agent for the past 8 years and joins NAT’s North Austin branch. In El Paso, she was voted ‘Best of the Best’ Real Estate Professional in 2009 and later became the Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) Local Chapter President in 2011. For the past 2 years, Nikki has held the position of District Vice President for the Texas State Chapter for WCR. Nikki says, “Staying involved and educated in our industry is vital. You never know what connection you will make, just by showing up! Whether it’s a person or a useful piece of information you didn’t know before, those same connections can be nurtured and used over a lifetime.”

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On ALL Inventory Homes Listed Below Address

Plan

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Bed

Bath

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Completion

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WESTSIDE PRESERVE AT BUTTERCUP—Cedar Park 512.215.2409

709 Brook Meadow Tr. Bethany 2,621 617 Brook Meadow Tr. Chapman 2,881 615 Brook Meadow Tr. Williamson 2,369

4 4 3

2½ 2 3½ 2 2 2

RIDGEVIEW— Hwy 290 - 2 mi. S of the Y in Oakhill

Jan Feb Jan

$384,261 $357,101 $320,587

512.394.9938

8732 Vantage Point Rd Travis 8712 Vantage Point Rd Travis

2,867 2,367

3 3

2½ 1½ NOW $414,029 2 1 Oct $416,788

8720 Vantage Point Rd Bethany 8708 Vantage Point Rd Bethany

3,095 2,621

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8812 Vantage Point Rd Blake

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512.264.2001

11817 Painted Horse Cv. Travis

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5501 Cherokee Draw Rd. Bethany

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2

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$493,509

5521 Cherokee Draw Rd. Williamson 2,369

3

2½ 1

Feb

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VERSANTE CANYON VILLAS - FM620 just N of 2222

512.250.8520

9001 Villa Norte Dr. Santa Maria 2,014

2

2

1

Oct

$444,952

11908 Mira Vista Way Santa Rosa 2,794

3

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Nov

$488,832

12012 Mira Vista Way Santa Rosa 2,515 12024 Versante Circle Santa Vera 2,369

3 3

2½ 2 2½ 2

Feb Feb

$490,468 $479,130

VERSANTE TOWNHOMES - FM620 just N of 2222

512.250.8520

11917 Terraza Cir

Palermo

1,707

2

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Feb

$326,641

11921 Terraza Cir

Capri

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3

2½ 3

Feb

$323,520

11925 Terraza Cir

Capri

2,089

3

2½ 3

Feb

$319,989

11929 Terraza Cir 12224 Terraza Cir

Palermo Milan

1,707 2,207

2 3

2½ 2 2½ 2

Feb Feb

$334,685 $344,647

12336 Terraza Cir 12332 Terraza Cir

Venice Romano

2,104 2,263

3 3

2½ 2 2½ 2

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Getting involved in your association helps your business

any times I get asked, “Why do you do what you do? Why are you so involved? Doesn’t it take away from your business?” There are several answers to these questions and many reasons I stay involved after 32 years as a REALTOR. First of all, real estate has been a fabulous career. It has allowed me a rather nice income. It has provided me the avenue to meet hundreds of great people, most of which have become friends. Real estate has fed my need to solve problems and help people get their needs met. When I train new agents, I hear them complain about problems or snags in a transaction. My immediate response is to tell them to be grateful for the problems and that we get paid handsomely to solve problems. If buying and selling real estate were easy, why would anyone hire us? Because of the rewards of real estate and the great career it is, I feel compelled to give back. Our association cannot run without volunteers. It is cost prohibitive. Our associations, whether it is our local board of REALTORS, our state associations or national association, need us.

Included in the list of associations are the many other associations connected with our industry—CRS, WCR, CRB, CIPS, CCIM (the list goes on and on). All of the them need our input and help. Yes, getting deeply involved in our associations definitely takes time away from my business. It takes time to run things. It can easily be done if you prioritize, are efficient and delegate. The good news is getting involved actually helps your business. I can honestly say I have received many referrals from agents I’ve worked with in various associations. Yes, I have received referrals from agents in other cities from my involvement on a national and state level. On top of that, I have received many referrals from local agents who do not work in my lake niche market. Being involved in your association has many benefits: 1) It allows the association to survive because of volunteers. 2) It gives you an opportunity to improve your leadership skills. 3) It increases your business through networking and referrals. The bottom line is get involved! You will reap many rewards. RL

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Kristin Carroll, Donna Alexander and Gabriele Brown, all of Sente Mortgage, attend the AMBA luncheon to hear David Lykken with Mortgage Banking Solutions give his "no holds barred" picture of what it takes to succeed in our everchanging industry.

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hampions School of Real Estate, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, was founded in 1983 by Rita Santamaria to provide students with an unparalleled, quality learning experience in Texas. Santamaria, a Florida native, got her start in real estate when she moved to Plano three decades ago. While working as a broker in Houston, Santamaria began seeking out ways to advance in her career, but found few viable options—especially for women and individuals with a limited schedule. Part of Champions’ mission is to provide students with “current information on what is happening in the real estate market today, [and offer] qualified instructors who love to teach,” according to Santamaria. Champions started as a small school in Houston and, according to Kelea Piper, the Central Texas marketing director, “Santamaria has built the largest real estate school in Texas.” Today, Champions has classrooms in Austin/ Round Rock, three sites in Houston and Dallas-Ft. Worth and a campus in San Antonio and Plano. Students can take classes on-site—but for those who live too far from a bricks and mortar location or have an inflexible schedule, Champions offers online and correspondence classes. From the start, it was important for Santamaria to design classes for individuals at various stages in their real estate career—from

pre-licensed to continuing-education curriculums. Champions also has comprehensive Texas home inspection, appraisal, and loan originator certification programs. “By taking our proprietary fast-track program,” says Piper, “students can complete their education in half the time than an ordinary real estate school. We are able to provide 30-hour credits in two days versus four days and a student can accomplish in a one-week night class what other schools do in two to three weeks.” To earn their real estate license, students are required to complete six courses at Champions. On the fast-track program, attaining a license in less than a year is a very attainable goal. Another unique characteristic of Champions is that Santamaria goes above and beyond the state commission’s minimum requirements. According to Piper, “Champions is different in that we have a requirement that the instructor must have prior teaching experience. If there was any question about Austin’s real estate boom or whether a downturn in the market is on the horizon, Piper assuages any doubts, explaining that the Austin/Round Rock campus is practically bursting at the seams. “We are doubling in size in Austin alone,” says Piper. “It’s a great time to get into the industry. For that reason, we expect to expand sometime in 2014.” Their primary purpose may be preparing students for their real estate license exams, but

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few years ago when the market looked pretty dismal across the country, “real estate is hyper-local” was a popular way to say that some areas had it worse than others. You probably remember that while some cities (like Las Vegas and Detroit) experienced plummeting home values, the Austin market remained relatively stable, for several reasons. Today’s national real estate news reflects a different story than in recent years, pretty much everywhere, with headlines reporting homes flying off the market in multiple offer situations and buyers paying 10 percent over asking price. The Austin Business Journal reports that the Austin area is again performing well, with over 3,000 sold in July, which is (according to the Austin Board of REALTORS) the largest number of home sales on record for the month and a 35 percent increase from the year before. Homes spent 41 days on the market on average, which is 23 days less than last July.

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ABoR Chairman Cathy Coneway cites Austin’s job growth and the increase in mortgage rates as reasons for a boost in buyer confidence over the last year, and homebuilders are working hard to meet demand. “We can expect home prices to steadily increase, which could price many out of the area.” Coneway said in a recent news release. Should first-time buyers and out-oftown buyers worry about being priced out? How will this affect timing for sellers? It all depends. Remember: markets are hyper-local. Are you getting ready to buy? Sell? Relocate? Here is where it helps to have an experienced agent on your side who understands the nuances of the local market. Your market may not reflect the same movement as every other city or even neighborhood, and if you’re planning to make a move, it’s better to look at local statistics than national headlines. A recent article on Trulia.com uses Cleveland as an example of why it’s better

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to drill down to local stats than make decisions based on data from national reports: Cleveland is reported to have one of the lowest appreciation rates on the Case-Shiller report. If you ask Cleveland agents, however, they’ll tell you why: fixer-uppers and luxury homes are dragging d o w n the overall market, but entry-level and midpriced homes are still in very high demand. Things change quickly. For example, did you know that just as of this year, Dripping Springs is considered one of the top

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the advocacy efforts of ABoR, the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR) and the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) to protect property rights and the interests of REALTORS. The HBA also actively monitors the local, state, and national legislative and regulatory changes that affect the residential construction industry. The HBA staff, working with Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is committed to protecting your business interests and keeping you informed. The strength in numbers of an association creates a strong voice that represents your political interests, constantly monitoring legislation that would introduce new or increased taxes, and saving you hundreds of dollars in fees each year.

Learn new skills and stay in-the-know Association membership opens the door to numerous educational opportunities and ways to stay up-to-date with the industry. Web portals and e-newsletters offer access to industry websites and publications with news and ideas critical to the industry. Sponsored educational opportunities include special courses with continuing education credits, seminars, workshops, online learning communities, publications, and professional designations and certifications. “ABoR offers many opportunities to participate and learn about the profession. By offering education classes and providing numerous committees, members can learn things from ethics to government affairs; all of which assists in creating a well-rounded real estate professional,” says Steve Crorey, REALTOR, ABoR member since 1991.

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Often, these organizations will make business solutions available at little or no cost. For example, WCAoR provides ZIPFORM Elite, Carbonite, Dashfly, DocuSign and other great apps; and ABoR provides access to ListHub and Property panorama, as well as the MLXchange with reliable support and accurate and dependable MLS content.

Professional recognition Be recognized for your professional work or community leadership and service with industry awards. Each year, WCAoR hosts the annual Installation and Awards Banquet, the HBA hosts the MAX awards, and ABoR holds the annual Industry Awards. These festivities honor the best new talent, industry veterans, and members who have demonstrated outstanding professionalism, leadership and community service, and are making a difference to elevate the industry.

Strengthen and support your industry at the local, state and national level Member professionals are held to the highest professional standards, so that consumers and the community know that they are working with the best that the industry has to offer. If legal disputes arise, some associations have arbitration and mediation mechanisms for resolving complaints. Membership in your local organization often grants you automatic membership at the state and national levels, so that you extend your reach and your network of resources, making connections that help everyone in the industry. As professionals, we are here to support homeowners and the community, but we are also here to support each other. Membership in your professional association is the most efficient (and the most fun) way to stay connected and supported in all you do. RL

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Neighborhoods • Model Home Village • Builders • Home Designs Parks and Trails • Clubhouse and Pool • Future Elementary School Preview September 18 from 10am to 6pm. Prizes every hour!† Located off Scenic Lake Drive and Westinghouse Road.

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HomeCity Real Estate welcomes new agents to its firm

REALTORS invited to Teravista Grand Opening of new phase On Wed., Sept. 18, REALTORS are invited to an all-day Open House celebrating the grand opening of Teravista’s new Model Home Village and Wildflower Park amenity. Both of these exciting additions are located in Teravista’s new Georgetown phase north of Westinghouse Road, where several new neighborhoods with hundreds of homesites are now open. Please make plans to join us for festivities beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18, and continuing

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HomeCity Real Estate welcomes the newest additions to its team. "We are excited to start working with every one of you, and know that you each bring something phe-

nomenal to the table. Congratulations, and may you continue to be successful in everything you do," says Karli Jaenike, HomeCity Real Estate marketing manager. RL

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Morrison Realty Group joins Goldwasser Real Estate Goldwasser Real Estate, is pleased to announce that the Morrison Realty Group out of Georgetown has joined the company. Linda Morrison, the broker, and several agents made the transition. Morrison says, “Being a small broker, I was not able to offer my agents the

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Inc. names Capital Title of Texas to list of fastest growing private companies Capital Title of Texas makes its debut on the Inc. 5,000 list of private companies with the fastest growth in 2013. “For 32 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club,” stated Eric Schurenberg, editor in chief of Inc. magazine. “Make no mistake: The Inc. 5,000 was harder to get into this year than ever in its history.” Capital Title’s corporate office, located in Plano, Texas, is directed by the company’s Owner and CEO, Bill Shaddock. “I am proud of the entire Capital Title family, and am tru-

ly excited to share with them the honor to be ranked among the Inc. 5,000 and one of the top 100 real estate companies in the nation,” says Shaddock. “This recognition further communicates Capital Title’s commitment to deliver excellent service to each customer— because each customer is treated like family.”

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NAHREP Austin raises over $7,400 for Mendez Middle School NAHREP Austin hosted its annual Filantropia Black & White Affair benefiting Mendez Middle School at the Westin at the Domain. The event sold out with over 130 Hispanic real estate professionals in attendance. NAHREP supporters helped raise over $7,400, hundreds of school supplies, and 50 full backpacks. “Our board members spend countless hours preparing and executing Filantropia,” says Jason Garza, president of NAHREP Austin, “and I am proud to see the commitment of our community and their willingness to personally invest in our youth.” NAHREP Austin would also like to give special recognition Victor Garza, President of B&G Surveying, for his generous contribution

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5. STONEFIELD • SALLY: 512-401-7717 or CHRISTINA: 512-629-7580 204 Travertine Trail 202 Vermillion Marble Trail 230 Vermillion Marble Trail 256 Vermillion Marble Trail

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2,731 1,418 1,950 2,170

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$233,640 $179,940 $201,890 $208,190

6. SUMMERLYN • DENISE: 512-777-9565 or CLAYTON: 512-619-7628 197 Eagle Owl Loop 156 Golden Eagle Lane 213 Eagle Owl Loop 192 Eagle Owl Loop

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2,551 2,551

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$291,774 $294,649

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8. WOODLANDS PARK • ANGIE: 512-470-3925 or BORIS: 512-626-8473 201 Hill Side Glow 226 Dark Forrest 128 Dark Forrest 202 Dark Forrest

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Belmeade

2,407

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$359,702

1998 Westvalley Place

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Nov

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$370,772

4576 Miraval Loop

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$371,027

4499 Miraval Loop

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Castille

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$412,271

4313 Ridgebend Drive

Castille

3,246

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4%

$412,585

1996 Westvalley Place

Bellavita

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4%

$423,909

4212 Pebblestone Trail

Concordia

3,548

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4%

$430,059

4292 Ridgebend Drive

Concordia II

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$440,730

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4%

$445,084

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$449,919

2001 Westvalley Place

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2,810

4/3/1

Now

4%

$456,842

2020 Westvalley Place

Berkshire

3,765

4/3.5/2

Now

4%

$493,738

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$424,534

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Wentworth Collection

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Belmeade

2,407

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Sturbridge

2,313

3/2/1

Dec

4%

$477,940

105 Salinas Cove

Shelburne

2,698

4/3/1

Dec

4%

$493,207

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Greg Cooper, center, claims dibbs on the giant scissors at the Goldwasser Real Estate Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening of its new office in Georgetown Square. Pictured with Greg are Tara Goldwasser, Candi Smith, Don Johnson and Amy Keiller. All are with Goldwasser Real Estate.

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Earning a spot on an Austin City Council member's calendar is a big deal - but so is NAHREP Austin! NAHREP Austin President Jason Garza rubs elbows and has a few laughs with Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez at the NAHREP Black and White Affair at the Westin Austin hotel.

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Robert Wright of R.L. Wright REALTORS checks out the array of silent auction items at the ABoR TREPAC Wine Party at Mercury Hall.

Inc. Names Capital Title of Texas to the List of Fastest Growing Private Companies!

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