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Email Resolution Revolution

My first email account was created in 1995 to ‘communicate’ with my new friend, Bev. We met at a real estate training. She lived in Louisiana and I was in Texas. I had heard of ‘email’ but was barely able to operate my DOS system on my massive computer terminal with the dial-up internet connection and the AOL disc that allowed me a free 90-day email trial. Bev sent me my first email the day after the conference ended and fortunately, my computer guy was at the house clearing my first computer virus from the system when it arrived. I clearly remember not having a clue how to respond and was not at all sure sending a written message back to her would even work.

Associate's Spotlight: KB Homes

Sixty-one years is a long time to be in the home-building business. That kind of longevity is the result of KB Home’s approach to its customers. They keep the home-building process simple. They make it a personal experience for the buyer and, they keep the goal of customer satisfaction a top priority every step of the way.

Letter from the Editor

You might have noticed by looking at the front, we’ve decided to return to our roots! The Real Estate NewsSource will be returning to our original branding as Real Estate Newsline.

Associate's Spotlight: Movement Mortgage

Although it was created with just a team of four, during the major financial and real estate downturn in 2008, Movement Mortgage has since grown to become the seventh-largest retail mortgage lender in the United States, having funded approximately $13 billion in residential mortgages in 2017 alone. Today, Movement is licensed in most states, has expanded operations to include approximately 4,000 people and has more than 700 branches, one of which is here in San Antonio where there are 13 Loan officers (five of whom have joined the branch within the last 90 days) and two licensed assistant Loan Officers. The company goal is to make Movement the mortgage bank of choice for every REALTOR® in every market where they are located, with a vision toward serving one out of every ten homebuyers in the United States by the year 2025.

Associate's Spotlight: Independence Title 2018

In 2005, Jay Southworth and Brian Pitman left their respective positions as presidents of major title companies in Austin to create what is known today as Independence Title Company (ITC). The founders had as their goal to establish a locally owned company that would provide personalized service, innovative resources and quick answers to their client's questions. Since its founding, ITC has experienced major growth and continues to expand its footprint throughout Texas to include more than 70 closing offices and direct licensing in more than 32 counties throughout the state. Locally there are six branches which include four offices within the city of San Antonio, and one each in Schertz and New Braunfels. Since most of the company's staff are true Texans, the network of personal relationships and the company's extremely competent and service-oriented personnel have been the key to their statewide success.

SABOR Announces 2018 Real Estate Award Winners

Associate's Spotlight: Hollywood Crawford Garage Doors

As all REALTORS® know, eye-catching garage doors greatly enhance the curb appeal of any property and they will often recommend to their sellers that older, worn out garage doors be replaced.

Kick Off 2019 at SABOR’s Housing Forecast

This year’s Housing Forecast is on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at La Cantera Resort and Spa located at 16641 La Cantera Pkwy. The 2018 housing market was one of the busiest we’ve had, and 2019 looks to be shaping up the same. Prepare for the coming year by attending the premier housing event in the San Antonio and surrounding areas. Expert speakers, exclusive information and exciting presentations are just some of the reasons to be there.

RIP Landlines

The approach to pondering New Year’s Resolutions is a mere 31 days ahead. As I debate the need to resolve useless commitments in the coming year, I decided to be decisive and commit to something I would be accountable to complete. Time has come to join the 21st Century and cease the endless harassment of my choice of telecommunication, and just like that, my landline is history. While this may not be such a big deal to most, I am still in mourning.

Associate's Spotlight: Capital Title

Owned by Bill Shaddock and headquartered in Plano Texas, Capital Title of Texas is the now largest independent title company in the United States. Shaddock began his career in the title business in 1987 as a fee attorney, essentially working from a single office as a one-man title closing operation. Over the following fifteen years, this network grew to 25 offices operating as American Title in Dallas, Commonwealth Title in Fort Worth and First American Title in Houston.

Medical Marijuana and Texas: How Will It Affect Us?

Welcome to the holiday seasons. Halloween has just passed, the Day of the Dead rears her skeletal head today, and the grand traditions of Thankless-giving and the various seasonal December family rumbles are soon to be decorating our doors. The older we get and more our ‘immediate’ families expand and blend, the more we need a coping mechanism to remain jovial, jolly and joyful.

Why You Should Vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections

The general election is coming up on November 6th. As a San Antonio resident and REALTOR® it is crucial that you take the time to head to the polls. This election will cover important issues that will affect San Antonio REALTORS®.

Associate's Spotlight: Independence Title

In 2005 Jay Southworth and Brian Pitman left their respective positions as presidents of major title companies in Austin to create what is known today as Independence Title Company (ITC). The founders had as their goal to establish a locally owned company that would provide personalized service, innovative resources and quick answers to their client's questions. Since its founding, ITC has experienced major growth and continues to expand its footprint throughout Texas to include more than 70 closing offices and direct licensing in more than 32 counties throughout the state.

Associate's Spotlight: Perry Homes

As REALTORS® it is important for us to help our clients find the right builder when they prefer to buy a new home or to have their dream home built from the ground up, and that means we have to first know about the builder and what they can do to help our clients. We must be sure that the builder has a solid building “track record,” has proven to be dependable, and comes highly recommended by previous customers. Perry Homes can definitely fit that profile and readily welcomes REALTORS® as their partners.

Remember, Remember November Forever

November is here and with it comes quite a variety of commemorations and celebrations that start at the beginning of the month with a period known as Allhallowtide and come to an end later in the month when we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. Allhallowtide occurs between October 31st and November 2nd and is thought to be a period in which the boundary between our world of the living and that of the otherworld is thought to be at its “thinnest” bringing us closer to those who have gone on before us and is considered the appropriate time to honor our dead. Locally, and in many cases worldwide, people commemorate All Saints Day, All Souls Day and/or Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

How the TLRP Class Will Benefit You in Real Estate

If you are a graduate of the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program (TRLP), then you know what a meaningful and powerful experience it is and how it can propel your career to the next level. For those who have yet to participate in this elite training program, consider applying for the 2019 class.

Associate's Spolight: RE Johnson and Associates

Be a leader in the real world with tactile objects that are sure to have others remember your name.

Petiquette Peeves: The Importance of Time Management and Respect

It is not uncommon for those of the Baby-Boomer or Silent Generations to frown upon people’s bad behavior, but it would seem that most of us now have, regardless of age, some pet peeves (which do not generally refer to four-legged, maybe furry animals) in common as they relate to people’s lack of manners. We are, after all, business people, and at times how we behave in our daily activities can be construed by those with whom we interact, to reflect our business acumen so it is wise to pay attention. Most of our pet peeves can be classified under respect for others, or lack thereof.

How REALTORs Can Use Affiliations To Their Advantage

As REALTORS® and Affiliates we recognize that we work within one of the most active industries in Texas, and in the best real estate market in the country, but perhaps we do not take full advantage of all that is so readily available to us. We work hard to ensure that our seller client gets the best price possible for their home when they sell and that our buyer client gets the home that meets their needs for the best possible value. And we frequently encounter investors anxious to find properties that will not only allow them to earn some extra money but could also offer them an opportunity to help people facing distressful situations.

Hill Country WCR: Updates from the Hills

It’s been a hot summer and Women’s Council Hill Country has had a couple of ‘hot’ events in August and September with more coming up in October, November, and December!
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