FRAR Association Newsletter - November 2017

President's Address
Happy Thanks-Mas!!  

The most wonderful time of year is upon us! I hope that you take some time to embrace family and friends, take in the cooler weather and enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the 2017 year.  

We are so blessed to be in the real estate industry in such a fast growing region that taking a break seems impossible; so here's to you and yours and a magical Holiday Season.  Don't forget to buy your tickets to this years upcoming Installation Banquet and spread the word in your offices (more details below).  

And as we gear up for the 2018 year, please consider volunteering for a Committee that you may feel passionate about.  Our volunteers and Committees are the life blood of our Association and our Committee Chairs are always welcoming more help.  

Onward and Upward.  Cheers!

Warm Regards,
Monica Malorgio McNabb

2017 President, Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®
Member Feedback
The Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® has established a new email account for members to provide feedback to the Board of Directors as well as the Association Committees.  If you would like to comment, ask a question, or provide constructive feedback, please feel free to utilize this new email.
Programs Committee Update with Lisa Fredrickson
There will be NO FRAR member luncheon in November.

However, we are very excited about our Installation Banquet on Tuesday, December 5th  in Gruene.   
Table purchases will have reserved seating along with priority dining.

If you would like to help in anyway with our banquet please contact LaDawn at FRAR or Lisa Fredrickson at
TREPAC Update with Keely Sonlitner

On October 11th, TREPAC committee members Stephanie Ryan, Keely Sonlitner, Mark Hampton, and incoming 2018 FRAR President, Marty Chrisman, attended the TAR TREPAC/GA Orientation held in Austin.  The orientation covered TREPAC topics such as fundraising methods and events, tips for fundraising legally, local association functions, and included a panel discussion with House Representatives John Kuempel (District 44) and Gina Hinojosa (District 49.)  The new TREPAC investment year began on October 1st.  The Award Levels include:

  • Member $35
  • 110 Club Level $110-$249
  • Lone Star Statesman $250-$499
  • Capital Club $500-$999
  • RPAC Major Investor Program
    • Sterling R $1,000-$2,499
    • Crystal R $2,500-$4,999
    • Golden R $5,000-$9,999
    • Platinum R $10,000 or more

TREPAC Reminder:  TREPAC is not affiliated with any political party; they are the REALTOR® party.  The program and platform of the individual candidate, board recommendations, and ultimate action by TREPAC trustees determine who TREPAC supports-not the candidates party affiliation. (Source: 2018 TREPAC Orientation Guide)

Agent Spotlight with Andrea Elliott
Today, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Ryan Parker, with Bliss Real Estate. You may find Ryan at one of our many Basketball court's in town.  It's definitely heaven to be able to sleep until 9:00 and have lunch at the Huisache Grill. 

Enjoy, Andrea

Andrea:  What is something no one would know about you?  
Ryan: I am borderline ADD but have learned to manage it by selectively multi tasking and have gotten very good at it

Andrea: What do you consider a perfect day?  
Ryan: Sleep in till 9am, go to a closing or 2 then hit the road traveling with my wife and kids, then find a good competitive pickup game of basketball that evening.

Andrea: Favorite place to vacation?  
Ryan: Nothing particular.  I like new places and experiences.  Each is unique

Andrea: As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?  
Ryan: All I had ever really wanted was to play in the NBA and got real close but didn't quite make it

Andrea: Favorite Restaurant?  
Ryan: I guess Huisache Grill is one of them.  Depends on the day and what I'm Hungary for.

Andrea: Wildest dream?
Ryan: Build my real estate business to be self sufficient and very lucrative so my wife and I could travel more with the boys and teach them about different cultures and experience the world.

Andrea: Favorite place to listen to music?  
Ryan: While working and in truck

Andrea: First job?  
Ryan: Worked as long as I could remember but a real everyday job in the summer was picking up trash around construction job sites for $5/hr when I was about 10.

Andrea: Favorite indulgence?
Ryan: Playing Basketball

Andrea: What one thing would you change?  
Ryan: Remove hate and violence in this world and respect and love one another instead.  It's ok to disagree and have different views but respect the others rights and beliefs as well and learn to appreciate that person instead of judging them by who you think they are and causing conflict.
Government Affairs with Keely Sonlitner
  • On October 11th, GA committee co-chair, Laura Dupont and Seguin subcommittee chair, Melissa Trost, attended the TAR TREPAC/GA Orientation held in Austin.  The orientation covered several topics including political affairs, issues mobilization, early engagement, and candidate interview panels.  
  • The new Seguin subcommittee held its first meeting on October 4th at the Seguin Library.  The agenda included discussions about the upcoming November 7th city council election to replace Phil Seidenberger, Seguin’s growth and continued need for more affordable housing, and items discussed at the city council meeting held October 2nd.  For more information about joining the Seguin subcommittee, meeting time and place, please contact the Seguin Subcomittee Chair, Melissa Trost at
  • The New Braunfels subcommittee also met on October 4th to discuss the possible increase of developer park fees.  For more information about the New Braunfels subcommittee, meeting time and place, please contact Mark Hampton at
  • The San Marcos subcommittee met on September 26th to discuss several agenda items including the upcoming  November 7th city council elections for Place 3 and 4.  Candidates filled out TAR questionnaires, were interviewed by subcommittee members, and participated in a debate for local REALTORS® on September 14th.  Other agenda items included the final amendments to the Land Development Code and the upcoming San Marcos CISD Campus REALTOR® tour.  For more information about the SM subcommittee , meeting time and place, please contact Laura Dupont at
Scholarship Committee with Keely Sonlitner
The Scholarship Committee held their 7th annual FRAR Scholarship Washers and Bunco Tournament on October 12th.  With the help of the wonderful FRAR membership, we were able to raise $3,728.19 that will go to the scholarship fund.
Thank you to all the brokers, agents, and affiliates that donated items and baskets to the silent auction. 
Thank you to all the sponsors:
Interlinc Mortgage Services, The Kleckley Team
Security National Mortgage Company
Capital Farm Credit
New Braunfels Title, San Marcos Title, Seguin Title
Alamo Title Company
HWA Home Warranty of America
Expedient Mortgage
Bank of Texas
Trinity Title
The Jessica Garza Team, eProperty Realty
Arp Brothers, The Mortgage Team
The Smartt Team, KW Heritage
First American Home Warranty
Congratulations to our pizza party winners, Century 21 Randall Morris & Associates, New Braunfels, for donating the silent auction basket that raised the most money!
Upcoming Educational Offerings
Intro and Advanced Matrix Training
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

2 CE HR REALTOR® Reputation Matters
Date: November 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

2 CE HR Building Professionalism
Date: November 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

8 CE HR CRB - Building a Business Plan
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

6 CE HR The Many Faces of Negotiating
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Legal Update 1 - 4 CE HR
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Legal Update 2 - 4 CE HR
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2 CE HR How Appraisals Affect Your Transactions
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

8 CE HR The Agent Investor: Building Wealth with What You Know
Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm 3 CE HR Google for Real Estate
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3 CE HR Video Animation Creation for REALTORS®
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3 CE HR VLB/VA Texas Boot Camp
Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Intro to Matrix Training
Date: December 15, 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

8 CE HR Goal Planning, Success Systems, and Time Management
Date: January 4, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

16 CE HR Seller Representative Specialist Designation course
Date: January 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

16 CE HR Seller Representative Specialist Designation course
Date: January 9, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

4 CE HR- Legal Update 1
Date: January 12, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 CE HR Farm and Ranch for Agents
Date: January 17, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

30 SAE HR-GRI Marketing
Date: January 22, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 SAE HR-GRI Marketing
Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 SAE HR-GRI Marketing
Date: January 29, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 SAE HR-GRI Marketing
Date: January 30, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

4 CE HR Legal Update 1 
Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 CE HR Legal Update 2
Date: February 2, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4 CE HR RPR Traning
Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

6 CE HR Broker Responsibility
Date: February 9, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

6 CE HR The Ins and Outs of CMAs and Appraisals
Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Thank you to the Communications Committee for their hard work and dedication in creating this newsletter issue.

Copyright © 2017, Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®, All rights reserved.
Headquarters: 936 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Satellite Office: 1628 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
Contributions to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC), the Texas Association of REALTORS® Federal Political Action Committee (TAR FedPAC), and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to TREPAC, TAR FedPAC, and RPAC are voluntary and may be used for political purposes. The amount indicated is merely a guideline, and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. The Association will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution, and you may refuse to contribute without reprisal by the Association. Your contribution is split between TREPAC and TAR FedPAC. Contact the TREPAC administrator at 800.873.9155 for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to TREPAC and to TAR FedPAC. The TAR FedPAC portion is used to support federal candidates—via contributions by TAR FedPAC to RPAC—and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. § 30116.

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