FRAR Association Newsletter - July 2017


President's Address
WOW!  It's hot outside and hopefully your deals are getting even hotter!  Your Board staff has kicked it into high gear as we have streamlined our processes to make things more efficient for current as well as new members.

Be sure and take a moment and review the nominations email for Board of Directors positions which should be in your inbox.  There are Board of Director positions needing to be filled for 2018.  And, if you are interested in serving on a committee for 2018, please contact the committee Chair for more information
Warm Regards,
Monica Malorgio McNabb

2017 President, Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®
Communications Committee Update with Joy Hart
PSA:  Don't forget to stay hydrated since we have officially reached 90+ degree temperatures and staring summer right in its hot sizzling face.  Don't forget about sunscreen either!

Do you know there is a wealth of information out there for you to provide your clients?  Most title companies have printed brochures for YOU, the real estate agent, to give to clients or potential clients.  I find it fun to hand out the brochures specifically that highlight things do to, such as the "Central Texas Golf Guide" or the "Wineries and Vineyards" brochure.  Utilize these tools for relocating clients or those with young children who need ideas about area summer camps or information on schools.  Electronic formats are typically available as well if you would rather click than turn the page. 
Scholarship Update with Keely Sonlitner

This year, the Scholarship Committee awarded $12,000.00 in scholarships to 12 local high school graduates.  Recipients were chosen based on their academic record, community service activities, and financial need by the Scholarship Committee members.  This year’s recipients include:

Valyn Brown, Canyon Lake HS

Abigail Perkins, Can Lake HS

Destiny Davis, Clemens, HS

Regan Gray, Gonzales HS

Cynthia Lopez, Lockhart HS

Jack W. Randall, Luling HS

Zada Simone Washington, Marion HS

Jaycie Braune, Navarro HS

Ivan Martinez, New Braunfels HS

Laura Juarez, San Marcos HS

Adriana Marie Wages, Smithson Valley HS

Eric Sibley, Wimberley HS

Some of the schools that these students have been accepted to include The University of Texas, Stephan F. Austin, and Purdue.  Your support of the Scholarship Committee fundraising events helps ensure that we are able to continue providing financial assistance to local high school graduating seniors as they seek to further their education and follow their dreams.

FRAR Welcomes New Staff Members




Mike Murphy is our new MLS Operations Officer, and we are so thrilled to have him as a member of our all-star team.   

Mike, Murph or MOO as you're welcome to call him, has 15 years of experience in MLS and association management systems and will be a valuable asset in the support and growth of our regional MLS.  Mike started in the Real Estate Industry in 2002 as a programmer for the NRDS systems as well as MLS Staff Support Manager for Rapattoni Corporation.  Most recently Mike was a Project Manager for Corelogic's Matrix division specializing in conversions from other vendors to the Matrix platform.  Mike has many industry contacts from AE's to vendors and represented both corporations at conventions such as NAR Conferences, Midyear, and various other user group and state supported conventions. 

Since moving to New Braunfels in May, Mike and his family have been exploring their new surroundings and enjoying many local adventures Central Texas has to offer.  In his spare time Mike has been rebuilding an 1988 Sea Ray boat and getting it ready to put on the lake.  When Mike's not rocking out the MLS, he also enjoys Fishing, Surfing, Practices and competes in tournaments representing Hung Gar Kung Fu, flying, Snow Skiing, exploring the outdoors, making people laugh and loves a live bands and country 2 step or line dancing. Mike's move to Texas is a perfect fit!   

We are extremely excited to see the positive impact that Mike will have on this association and we welcome him to the Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® family.

Commercial Corner with Peggy Jones

I am thrilled to be a part of the communications committee and bring my insights and research  to the members of the Four Rivers Association of Realtors via the newsletter.  Even if you are primarily involved in Residential sales, I hope you are interested in what is happening in the commercial side of real estate throughout our region.  I will attempt to include all areas in my reporting and if you have a specific inquiry, please feel free to send questions.

This publication’s article is involving the multi-family projects in San Marcos, New Braunfels and Seguin.  You will find the number of projects planned, under construction or recently completed and projects that have transferred ownership since January 1, 2017.

San Marcos-






Concho Commons

101 Concho St



Lindsey Hill

500 W Hutchison



Blanco River Walk

Riverway/Cotter Ave




Posey/IH 35



Blanco River Village

Hwy21/Newberry Tr



Emli at East Village

2301 Rattler



Savoy San Marcos




Las Colinas

5225 S IH 35



Under Construction





The Local

210 N Edward Gary



Residences at San Marcos

1271 Sadler Dr



The Pointe (Vistas II)

417 N Comanche



Haven at Thorpe Lane

1351 Thorpe Ln



The View on the Square

228 S Guadalupe



Cheatham Street Flats

401 S Guadalupe









Park Hill Apts

1001 Leah Ave



Curve at River Road

705 River Road



State Flats




Village on Telluride

201 Telluride



New Braunfels-










Under Construction














No Sales



Under Construction

No New Construction


No Proposed developments


No Sales

Member Feedback with Robbie English
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

We want to hear from you!  Please email your thoughts, ideas, or constructive feedback to so that you can help in providing the program committee with ideas on topics that are important to you for the Four Rivers Luncheons.  Thank you to all of the members that responded to our recent survey.  Based on your responses we will be moving the luncheons to different venues throughout our FRAR membership area.  We hope this will allow more members to participate in the luncheons while learning about other communities in the FRAR area.

We are excited to announce that the August 15 Lunch topic will be on Cyber Security.  We have asked the FBI to attend and speak to us on cyber fraud and what measures we can take to protect ourselves and our clients.  The Luncheon will be held at the McKenna Center in New Braunfels and the menu will be chicken fried steak, green beans, mash potatoes and brownies for $20.  

The September Lunch will be held in Seguin at the Texas Theater.  This will be our 2nd joint luncheon with WCR.  The lunch topic will be on agent safety and the 12 recipients of the FRAR $1,000.00 scholarships will be announced.

FRAR Nominations

As we are already a little over halfway through this year if you can believe it, and its time to start looking towards next year, so we are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors.  

Nominations for the following open position are being accepted:

2018 President

2018 Vice President

2018 Secretary

2018 Treasurer

2018-2020 Director

2018-2020 Director

2018-2019 Affiliate Director

The deadline to submit your application for consideration by the Nominating Committee is 5 PM on August 1, 2017. Applications/Questionnaire will need to be either emailed to  with the subject line Care of Nominating Committee or mailed to 936 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130 and marked Care of the Nominating Committee.

All Applications/Questionnaire will be given to the Nominating Committee after the 5 pm, August 1, 2017. 

Per the FRAR Bylaws, Article XI, Sections 1-4, the Nominating Committee has been appointed by the president with the approval of the board of directors. The Nominating Committee shall select one candidate for each office and one candidate for each place to be filled on the board of directors. The report of the nominating committee shall be electronically transmitted to each member eligible to vote at least three weeks preceding the election. Additional candidates for the offices to be filled may be placed in nomination by a petition signed by at least 10% of the REALTOR® members eligible to vote. The Association Executive shall send notice of such additional nominations to all eligible to vote before the election.

The election of officers and directors shall take place at the annual meeting on September 19, 2017. Election of officers and directors will also be conducted by electronic means, in accordance with procedures established by the board of directors.


Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® Candidate Questionnaire

TREPAC Update with Keely Sonlitner

Why is TREPAC important?  TREPAC supports candidates and elected officials at the local, state, and national level who have a demonstrated track record of protecting private-property rights, protecting the dream of home ownership for millions of Americans, and supporting the strength of the real estate industry.  TREPAC’s many successes include advocating not only for property owners and real estate consumers, but also preserving the health of the real estate industry and defending the earnings of real estate professionals.  Some highlights include:

  • 2007:    Prevented a property tax from being imposed on personal vehicles also used in the production of income.

  • 2009:    Defeating multiple proposals to tax real estate, including several bills requiring the creation of a tax on every deed recorded by the county clerk.

  • 2011:    Passed numerous HOA-reform bills that increase homeowners’ rights and promote more efficient, transparent and effective HOA management.

  • 2011:    Helped the Texas Real Estate Commission attain a self-directed, semi-independent status, insulating the agency from future state-mandated budget cuts and enabling TREC to better serve licensees and consumers.

  • 2015:    Required a super majority vote and notification on the taxing unit’s website before a local taxing jurisdiction may increase a property-tax rate.

  • 2015:    Passed a constitutional amendment to ban any tax on real estate transfers and increase the homestead exemption to $25,000 in one motion.

  • 2015:    Repealed a $300 fee that double-taxed brokers for their two year license.

  • 2015:    Revised the property appraisal process to ensure equal and uniform property valuation.

(Source: Texas Association of REALTORS® Website)

For more information about TREPAC you can visit OR

You can also join the TREPAC Committee or attend a TREPAC meeting held the Third Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm.

Agent Spotlight with Andrea Elliott
Take a moment to relax, smell the roses, it's been a busy summer season.  Today, it's my pleasure to introduce you to Faye Titus, with Century 21 United D & D Real Estate. Faye, is an amazing person who dedicated 30 years of her life to teaching.  I'd like to express my appreciation to all teachers and former teachers for all you do for our children: 
Andrea, What is something no one would know about you?  

Faye,  I try not to cry in public.
Andrea, What do you consider a perfect day? 

Faye, My perfect day would be to be surrounded by our large family with everybody pitching in to prepare a wonderful cookout & the kids, grandkids & great grandkids playing in the pool and yard.
Andrea, Favorite place to vacation? 

Faye, The Texas Coast.
Andrea,  As a child what did you want to be when you grew up? 

Faye, As a child I wanted to be a teacher which I achieved devoting 30 years of my life teaching mostly in high schools and middle schools in our Texas public schools.
Andrea, Favorite Restaurant? 

Faye, Joe's Crab Shack
Andrea, Wildest dream? 

Faye, My wildest dream would be to park my yellow Corvette convertible in my garage in my really big beach front home .....
Andrea,  Favorite place to listen to music? 

Faye, Favorite place to listen to music is in my kitchen on the radio while preparing something yummy for my family.
Andrea, What was your first job? 

Faye, First job(s) was setting up pins at the two bowling allies in the little German community (Zuehl) where I grew up!
Andrea,  Favorite indulgence? 

Faye, A banana split! Yum!!
Andrea,  What one thing would you change? 

Faye,  The one thing I would change is that there would be no hungry children in the world.
Government Affairs with Keely Sonlitner

The Governmental Affairs Committee is welcoming new members, specifically from Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and Seguin communities, that are interested in expanding their knowledge of local governing bodies, elections, activities, and rules & regulations. The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month from 10am-11am.  The GA Committee stays actively involved in all local and political races and reviews proposed regulations/rules within local governing bodies.

Why should you join the Governmental Affairs Committee?

  • To gain knowledge of proposed regulations, ordinances, codes, and district expansions in your community, adding value to your clients by offering local market knowledge.

  • To have a voice in the endorsement of your local candidates, elections, bond elections, etc that will affect your community growth, development, and success.

  • To gain knowledge of proposed state legislation that may affect your client’s private property rights, property taxes, and the real estate industry.

For more information please contact Committee CO-chair Mark Hampton, Century21 Randall Morris & Associates- and Committee Co-chair Laura Dupont, Corridor Title

Spotlight on Buda with Joy Hart
Education Spotlight with Andrea Elliott
In August, our board has arranged  4 hours or free CE classes that consist of RPR Introduction, RPR Mobile and RPR Advanced on August 10, 2017. In September they will hold the new GRI Law class that was formerly Brokerage and it has been updated and approved by TAR as SAE hours.  Look forward to meeting you at one of our great classes.  Please click the link below for the full calendar and updates. 
Intro and Advanced Matrix Training
Date: July 21, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
3 CE HR-Real Estate Hot Topics: Don't Get Burned
Date: July 31, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4 CE HR- Legal Update 1
Date: August 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
4 CE HR- Legal Update 2
Date: August 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3 CE HR- Commercial Leasing 101
Date: August 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
3 CE HR- Commercial Leasing Contracts 101
Date: August 9, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
1 CE HR- RPR Introduction
Date: August 10, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
1 CE HR- RPR Mobile
Date: August 10, 2017
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
2 CE HR- RPR Advanced
Date: August 10, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
3 CE HR- Pricing Unique Properties
Date: August 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Introduction to Matrix Training
Date: August 18, 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
2 CE HR- Handling Multiple Offers & Multiple Buyers
Date: August 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
6 CE HR- The Many Faces of Negotiating
Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
16 HR CE- ABR Designation core course
Date: August 30, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
16 HR CE ABR Designation core course
Date: August 31, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 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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