You have more influence than you know. Your voice is critical to influencing the policymakers' decisions and actions that impact your business, your clients, and even your industry. In short, the real estate industry needs you to take your involvement up a notch and become a Texas real estate leader.
However, you can't influence change and lead the industry overnight. You need the skills to get you there. That's why the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program (TRLP) is the ideal program for REALTORS® interested in developing their leadership skills to help get their voice heard at the local and state level.
As a TRLP participant, you will:
Experience a powerful learning community with the support of other aspiring leaders
Get to hear from inspiring community leaders, government officials, and business executives
Discover how you can contribute to the success of the REALTOR® organization
Develop the skills to make a significant impact in your professional, personal, and civic areas of interest
Earn 16 CE hours
Attend TAR'S Spokesperson Training
Receive your personalized DiSC assessment
Build lifelong relationships
There are eight modules you must complete, with an average commitment of one day per month. The program kicks off August 28 with an overnight retreat at Hyatt Lost Pines. After that, there is a class one day a month, with a TRLP graduation on April 16, 2020. Will you be a Texas REALTOR® future leader?
ABoR is accepting applications now through Friday, July 12. For questions about the TRLP application or course schedule, please email Elke Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This update from ABoR President Kevin P. Scanlan previously appeared in the June 2019 issue of RealtyLine Austin.
Summer is the time for traveling, and this year the Austin Board of REALTORS® has been bringing the rest of the world to Central Texas through our ABoR Global program. As the 11th largest city in the U.S., Austin has recently seen a hike in international demand from countries all over the world, including France, Germany, Australia, Ghana, Brazil, and the Philippines. With foreign investment in real estate steadily increasing locally and nationally, we’ve decided it’s time to up our game.
What We've Done so Far
So far in 2019, we’ve taken several steps to expand ABoR Global. In January, we brought on a full-time special programs lead to manage our global initiative and facilitate member engagement programming that includes our ongoing speaker series, quarterly small broker meetups, happy hours, niche programming and more.
Second, we implemented a three-year ABoR Global Strategic Plan that includes a five-member Global Advisory Group and a 13-position Global Ambassador program. Serving as liaisons on behalf of ABoR, Global Ambassadors are generally CIPS designees appointed by the Global Advisory Group based on their working knowledge of the individual languages and cultures of those countries they represent. Currently, ABoR has Global Ambassadors for Canada, South America, Western Europe, Israel and Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. Also, Asian Pacific, India, Spain and Portugal, France, Mexico, and China.
Finally, we’ve improved and greatly expanded the reach of our Global Lunch & Learn Series, which now includes bilingual programming and monthly meetups. Free to all ABoR members, this series connects REALTORS with international stakeholders and various industry leaders on the core issues impacting the global real estate market today, both at home and abroad. Our next Global Lunch & Learn: “Finding Your Passion: A Foreign Nationals Story,” will be held in English on July 10 and in Spanish on July 24. Save your seat at ABoR.com/Calendar.
What's to Come...and How You Can Get Involved
Want to learn more? You’re in luck — one of the highlights of our ABoR Global programming year is next week! Join us June 25-27 (that's this week!) for our 2019 ABoR Global Week. An expansion of Global Day, this popular member event now includes a two-day GREEN Designation worth 16 CE hours, a happy hour and a special nighttime edition of our Speaker Series Constructing a Green, Global Future, which will dig into innovative green building programs around the world — over cocktails, folks! Learn more and grab your tickets at ABoR.com/GlobalWeek.
In partnership with the ABoR Academy, ABoR Global is doubling down on professional development as well. Just in time for ACL weekend, we’re hosting a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute and At Home With Diversity (AHWD) at ABoR HQ. Taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, the CIPS and AHWD designations total 40 CE hours and can be purchased for a bundle price of $500 by emailing email@example.com. Don’t delay — register by July 31 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two general admission tickets to ACL! Learn more at ABoR.com/CIPS.
If you’re serious about building a career in international real estate, you won’t want to miss this event. Not only is CIPS the ultimate designation for global-focused REALTORS, but we’ll also be announcing a new networking initiative to launch in 2020. In the meantime, stay plugged into the latest news and updates from ABoR Global at ABoR.com/Global.
Reminder: ABoR North has Moved!
Don’t forget to check out our bigger and better ABoR North office at 1500 Arrow Point Dr., Suite 711, in Cedar Park. ABoR North classes can be booked at ABoR.com/Calendar, and while you’re at it, mark your calendar for our Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, July 18. Come see your new space. We know you’ll love it!
Craig Foley, Chair of National Association of REALTORS®’ Sustainability Advisory Group, will be teaching the NAR Green Designation June 26-27 at ABoR headquarters.
Established in 2008, NAR’s Green Designation is one of the fastest growing designations out in our industry—and it’s not because of crunchy, granola hippies, say Craig Foley. Listing high-performance homes is a huge market opportunity, but many REALTORS® don’t know how to sell this product in the marketplace.
“We’re way past the tree-hugger phase of the marketplace,” says Foley, who has is the Team Leader for Rethink39, Chair of National Association of REALTORS®’ Sustainability Advisory Group, and Chief Sustainability Officer at LAER Realty Partners. “I love tree-huggers—some are my friends—but it’s not just about coming to a tree-hugging class. It’s just a smart economic model of building and selling that’s out there, and there’s a lot of content you need to know.”
"Valuation changes considerably, and there’s no way I’d feel comfortable having just anyone listing a home with a solar PV because they are not doing the seller justice—and they have a really good chance of creating liability.”
Craig Foley Chair of NAR's Sustainability Advisory Group
ABoR Global Liaison, Special Programs Lead Christine Wren invited Foley down for ABoR’s Global Week to both teach the Green Certification, a two-day bundle on June 26 and 27, and to participate in Speaker Series at Night: Constructing a Green, Global Future on June 25. We’re combining green building with our global programming because there is a new wave of consumer expectations around sustainability, and many of our agents are working with clients requesting sustainability plans from everything from to how to retrofit existing homes for peak efficiency, to the latest photovoltaic and geothermal technologies, to emerging technologies, such as building with hempcrete.
The demand for sustainability is rising, and it’s touching every corner of the world. Eighty-eight percent of consumers want the products and services they buy to help them make a difference for our environment, according to a recent survey by Futerra. That also includes the homes and commercial properties they purchase and lease.
Over the past decade, Foley says he’s noticed so much progress in the high-performance homes in Boston that now some of them—especially those using photovoltaic technology (aka solar or solar PV)—are producing energy and making money for their owners. While Central Texas may not be catching onto the green building trend as quickly as Boston has, Foley says people realize change is inevitable and this is where the market has to go. Now REALTORS® need to learn the rules of the game when it comes to sustainable valuation strategies.
“REALTORS® can get away with just knowing about energy efficiency, but with solar PV, it’s very visible... and they’re going to look like idiots if they don’t have the info,” Foley says. “One of the things we talk about during day one is thinking about homes with solar PV: It’s like putting a power plant on their rooftop. That has changed everything in our valuation. We were taught in early real estate days comps, market analysis, cost analysis, cost approach. All we focused on was comps, comps, comps … With solar PV, we can run a solar valuation tool, and it’s very specific. Valuation changes considerably, and there’s no way I’d feel comfortable having just anyone listing a home with a solar PV because they are not doing the seller justice—and they have a really good chance of creating liability.”
As Austin's population grows (and our state's population grows around it), rising energy costs, the burden on our state's energy grid, and the need for long-term cost-effective building materials are only going to grow. The green revolution is coming...are you ready?
Learn more about Global Week here. Sign up for the NAR Green Designation here and score the bundle rate of $250!
The NAR Green Designation course takes place at ABoR HQ, with The Resource Efficient Home (TREC #36165 | Provider #0001 | 8 CE hours | TAR) on June 26, and Representing Buyers and Sellers of Resource-Efficient Homes (TREC #36190 | Provider #0001, 8 CE hours TAR) on June 27.
Have questions about Global Week? Reach out to Christine Wren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin's median home price hits all-time high amid declining inventory
AUSTIN, TX–The median price of a single-family home reached an all-time high of $407,400 in the city of Austin—setting a new record for the Austin Board of REALTORS®’s monthly housing reports.
But at the same time, the May 2019 Central Texas Housing Market report shows declines in the city of Austin for both new and active listings, as well as a 3.4% drop in home sales. The same wasn’t true, however, for the surrounding areas, which all experienced strong gains.
"A lack of middle-market housing in the city of Austin is driving demand to the suburbs," Kevin P. Scanlan, 2019 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. "While the Central Texas housing market is healthy and thriving, Austin continues to struggle with housing options that are affordable for first-time homebuyers as the median price surpasses $400,000."
Such escalating prices have taken a toll on the Austin Independent School District, where the city’s lack of affordable housing and the increase in multi-family developments “has negatively impacted the school district's projected growth,” Reyne Telles, the district’s executive director of communications and community engagement, said.
"As more families move outside the district's boundaries, we’re taking the appropriate steps to mitigate this trend,” he said. “In order to adapt to this new reality, and work towards increasing our student population, the school district now allows students who reside outside of AISD's boundaries to transfer into our schools.”
Austin-Round Rock MSA
In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, single-family home sales in May increased 6.2% year over year to 3,452 home sales as sales dollar volume experienced a double-digit percent increase of 14.8% to $1,468,980,773—the highest volume to date. The median price for single-family homes rose 4.2% to $335,095. However, during the same period, new listings slightly decreased 1.3% to 4,356 listings and active listings decreased 0.6% to 6,781 listings. Pending sales increased 8% to 3,504 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory declined 0.1 months year over year to 2.6 months of inventory.
City of Austin
Single-family home sales decreased by 3.4% in May to 1,010 sales in the city of Austin. However, sales dollar volume increased by 7.1% to $512,126,547, illustrating higher price points and a tightening market. The median price for single-family homes rose 5.8% year over year to $407,400. During the same period, new listings decreased 3.6% to 1,263 listings; active listings decreased 11.3% to 1,349 listings, but pending sales increased 3.3% to 1,009 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.2 months year over year to 1.7 months of inventory.
In Travis County, single-family home sales increased by 2.9% to 1,682 sales in May. During the same period, sales dollar volume spiked 16.5% to $884,454,751. The median price of single-family homes increased 8.1% to $400,000. New listings decreased 4.7% to 2,126 listings and active listings decreased 7.3% to 2,977 listings, as pending sales increased 3.6% to 1,713 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory dropped 0.2 months to 2.3 months of inventory.
Williamson County single-family home sales increased 8.4% to 1,220 sales and sales dollar volume increased 8.3% to $400,430,598. The median price for a single-family home in May rose year over year by 1.1% to $303,323. During the same period, new listings increased 3.2% to 1,508 listings. Active listings remained flat at 2,335 listings. At the same time, pending sales experienced a double-digit increase of 12.4% to 1,217 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.1 months to 2.5 months of inventory.
In Hays County, single-family home sales increased 10.2% to 412 sales in May and sales dollar volume rose 16.9% to $145,394,941. During the same period, the median price for single-family homes barely rose—0.4% to $275,969. New listings slightly increased 0.8% to 520 listings and active listings increased 6% to 977 listings. Pending sales jumped 14.9% to 425 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 0.1 months year over year to 3.2 months of inventory.
In May, Bastrop County single-family home sales jumped 18.3% to 110 sales and sales dollar volume spiked 44.8% to $32,124,782. The median price for a single-family home increased 7.6% to $240,000. During the same period, new listings decreased slightly—1.9% to 157 listings. Active listings increased 40.2% to 384 listings and pending sales increased 11.4% to 117 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 1.1 months to 4.3 months of inventory.
In Caldwell County, single-family home sales in May rose 21.7% to 28 sales and sales dollar volume jumped 28.2% to $6,031,200. The median home price increased 23.2% year over year to $209,500. During the same period, new listings increased 2.3% to 45 listings as active listings spiked 35% to 108 listings. But pending sales remained flat at 32 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 1.3 months to 4.3 months of inventory.
For more information and to download the May 2019 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit www.abor.com/statsmay19.
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The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the needs of Austin REALTORS® and consumers for more than 90 years. ABoR provides technology, education and advocacy for more than 13,000 members, as well as monthly housing market reports for Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. ABoR’s market reports include the most accurate multiple listing service (MLS) findings for the Austin area. For more information, contact the ABoR public relations team at email@example.com or 512-454-7636. For the latest local housing market listings, visit AustinHomeSearch.com.
This update from ABoR President Kevin P. Scanlan previously appeared in the May 2019 issue of RealtyLine Austin.
How is one-third of 2019 already behind us? Since January, ABoR staff and volunteers have been running at top speed, making strong progress on the 10 ambitious “big rocks” goals that the ABoR and ACTRIS Board of Directors set for the year. As your President, I’m proud of all we have accomplished in just a few months. Here are a few highlights:
A New Way of Engagement
Our “Be a Member” campaign this spring proved to be the most successful membership initiative ABoR has ever undertaken. We shook things up with a more approachable voice and tone, gave away 2,000 bestselling professional development books, and launched a series of exclusive videos and downloads, weekly micro-events, polls, and offsite happy hours. This included our new Speaker Series and our ScratchThat podcast.
Emerging from the fog of all this beta-testing, we’re now seeing the results of what’s been working and what hasn’t by tracking our engagement and surveying our members. Here’s what we learned:
A campaign-focused marketing approach is not only effective, it means we're always delivering something new for you.
Weekly sign-ups, downloads, and informal volunteer opportunities mean that whether you have five hours or five minutes for us, we have a way for you to plug in.
Targeted content, micro-learning, and niche events acknowledge that our offerings are valuable to the extent that they are useful to your business. In this new way of engagement, ABoR is not the star, our members are.
As a result of this campaign, we have received calls and kudos from local and state REALTOR® associations from all around the country (and Canada!) seeking to apply this new way of engagement in their own organizations. I’m thrilled to see ABoR leading the way on what it means to be a REALTOR® association today. Learn more at Build.ABoR.com.
Doubling Down on Diversity
The ABoR Board has made increasing the diversity among ABoR’s volunteer and leadership base a priority goal for 2019. So far, we’ve restructured our Diversity Council to include dedicated seats for our Strategic Partners and hosted a sold-out Diversity Mixer that brought out a lot of new faces. We’re also planning the first ever training for ABoR Board of Directors candidates, with the goal of capturing a more diverse pool of candidates for REALTOR® leadership positions.
We seek to create an inclusive community where all of our members are engaged and hear their voice in the industry. If you’re thinking about taking the next step in your leadership career, I personally invite you to apply for our Board of Directors at ABoR.com/Leadership. Hurry...applications close tomorrow, May 31!
Doubling Up on ABoR North
In case you missed it, ABoR North has moved to a new location in Cedar Park. The new office is twice as big with two classrooms, a REALTOR® store, and the same member services support and Saturday hours you’re used to.
Starting this Tuesday, June 4, you can find us at 1500 Arrow Point Dr., Ste. 711, Cedar Park, Texas, 78613. Learn more at ABoR.com/Move and save the date for our Grand Opening on Thursday, July 18!
We’re not done shaking things up. This new engagement structure is a process that will be continually built upon as we strive to be an even greater resource for your business and career.
And if you haven’t had a chance to get engaged in ABoR, we’d love for you to get plugged in. We’ve already launched our new member engagement campaignand you won’t want to miss out on this next chance to opt-in! Keep an eye on your email and at Build.ABoR.com.
Austin's housing market shows continued demand and suburban growthFirst quarter sales provide evidence for stabilizing prices
AUSTIN, TX–Central Texas REALTORS® remained busy after strong first-quarter sales, with the number of April home sales skyrocketing almost 15% in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) over the same period last year. However, because the median sales price increased by a much narrower margin, results signal market prices stabilizing, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® April 2019 Central Texas Housing Market Report.
"In the first quarter of the year, the median price of a single-family home in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased by just 0.2%, which is a much smaller margin compared to previous years. Between 2012 and 2015, we saw price increases as high as 9%," Kevin P. Scanlan, 2019 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “These narrower margins are a strong indication that market prices are starting to stabilize.”
Austin-Round Rock MSA
In April, the median home price in the five-county MSA increased 1.6% to $320,000. Home sales increased year over year by 14.9% to 3,035 sales; sales dollar volume increased 14.1% to $1,207,238,711. During the same period, new listings decreased 1.8% to 4,018 new listings, while active listings increased 1% to 6,217 active listings. Pending sales jumped 14.3% to 3,588 pending sales. Housing inventory in April remained unchanged at 2.4 months of inventory.
Scanlan added that a slight dip in new listings one month, “isn't indicative of a larger trend."
"We expect to see listings increase as we enter the summer selling season," he said.
City of Austin
In the city of Austin, the median home price in April increased year over year by 1.1% to $394,450. During the same period, single-family home sales increased by 3.6% to 889 sales and sales dollar volume increased by 1.1% to $421,578,061. New listings decreased 10.7% to 1,158 listings and active listings decreased 12% to 1,163 listings, but pending sales increased 4.2% to 1,070 pending sales. Inventory dropped by 0.2 months to 1.5 months of inventory.
In April, single-family home sales increased in Travis County by 8.4% to 1,449 sales and sales dollar volume increased by 7.5%, to $701,190,973. The median price for single-family homes increased 1.1% year over year to $379,250. During the same period, new listings decreased 5.4% to 2,003 and active listings decreased 7.7% to 2,682 listings. However, pending sales jumped 11.5% to 1,801 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased by 0.2 months to 2.1 months of inventory.
In Williamson County, April single-family home sales increased 22.6% to 1,122 sales; sales dollar volume experienced a double-digit percent increase of 22.3% to $354,646,228. During the same period, the median price for single-family homes decreased 0.5% to $283,640. New listings decreased 3.7% to 1,329 listings, while active listings rose 0.7% to 2,108 listings. Pending sales spiked 13% to 1,236 pending sales. Housing inventory remained unchanged at 2.3 months of inventory in April.
“What we are seeing along the eastern crescent, from Georgetown to Buda on the south side of State Highway 130, is quite remarkable. In the last five years, annual home starts have more than doubled in this area,” Vaike O'Grady, Austin regional director of Metrostudy, said. “At the end of March this year, nearly a quarter of new homes were on lots smaller than 50 feet wide. This is the direction our market is going —smaller homes on smaller lots and price points closer to $250,000—and explains stabilizing prices.”
In April, Hays County single-family home sales increased 17.2% to 341 sales and sales dollar volume increased 29.2% to $118,921,131. The median price for a single-family home increased 18.7% to $296,500. During the same period, new listings increased 10.1% to 458 listings; active listings rose sharply by 15.2% to 957 listings; and pending sales jumped 24.8% to 398 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 0.3 months to 3.1 months of inventory.
Bastrop County single-family home sales in April increased 11.1% to 90 sales, and sales dollar volume increased 10.3% to $22,854,793. The median price for a single-family home increased 4.5% to $235,000. During the same period, new listings rose 26.6% to 181 listings; active listings spiked 47.8% to 365 listings; and pending sales jumped 30.4% to 120 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 1.3 months to 4.2 months of inventory.
In Caldwell County, April single-family home sales increased 83.3% to 33 sales. Sales dollar volume more than doubled, generating $9,413,357. The median home price rose 10.9% year over year to $214,000. During the same period, new listings jumped 27% to 47 listings; active listings increased 32.9% to 105 listings; and pending sales skyrocketed 65% to 33 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 1.5 months to 4.3 months of inventory.
For more information, and to download the April 2019 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit www.abor.com/statsapr19.
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The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) is a nonprofit
organization that has been serving the needs of Austin REALTORS® and
consumers for more than 90 years. ABoR provides technology, education and
advocacy for more than 13,000 members, as well as monthly housing market
reports for Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. ABoR’s
market reports include the most accurate multiple listing service (MLS)
findings for the Austin area. For more information, contact the ABoR public
relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org or
512-454-7636. For the latest local housing market listings, visit AustinHomeSearch.com.
Summer is just around the corner and with it comes the sizzling hot prospect of showings and sales. That's right, slather on the sunblock and grab those riders because it's time to sell that house that's been keeping you up late at night. You know the one.
Being a sensible agent, you've probably already read over the "Showing Instructions" in ACTRIS. But imagine arriving at a showing only to realize you forgot to call ahead. Although you recall seeing "Call First - Go," it still slipped your mind. It happens of course, but you don't want to get a reputation for being inconsiderate. At the end of the day, your reputation is your business. Maintain credibility and become a master of showing etiquette with these helpful tips.
1. Communication is Everything
Communication is a big part of the job. Whether you're scheduling appointments or notifying a client of a delay, be sure to always, ALWAYS notify others well in advance of your ETA. Regardless of whether they respond in kind, allow for as much time as is humanly possible. You want to allow the owner enough time to kennel Rex the Doberman, don’t you?
A courtesy call can go a long way in helping you build rapport with both clients and agents alike. Remember to check the "Showing Instructions" in the MLS. If you see "Call First - Go," do your due diligence and phone the listing agent and/or occupant ahead of time.
2. Respect Boundaries & Space
Make your presence known if you're showing a residence that's occupied. Knock on the door, ask before using the bathroom, and, if provided, wear protective booties to avoid tracking grime indoors. Additionally, make sure no one gets separated from your group. After all, you are responsible for anyone you bring on to the premises.
Similarly, inform occupants when your showing has ended and let them know when you will be leaving. No one likes being caught off guard. If you want to avoid knowing whether an occupant is a boxers or briefs kind of guy, you should follow this tip to a T.
3. Be Considerate of Colleagues
Upon leaving a showing, remember to leave things exactly as you found them. Turn off any lights you may have used while touring the property, close the blinds, and remember to return the house key to the lockbox or to its respective place. Whatever you do, DO NOT leave the key in the door.
Many times showing etiquette is neglected or altogether forgotten. Still, taking a few minutes to call a listing agent prior to a showing or simply communicating an otherwise overlooked detail reinforces that you’re a professional. For more on mastering the art of showing etiquette, go to NAR.com.
AUSTIN, TX–The Austin Board of REALTORS®
(ABoR) Foundation awarded 27 high school seniors and college students with
$57,000 in higher education scholarships at its annual Scholarship Reception
yesterday evening. Recipients were selected based on academic merit, financial
need and interviews with a panel of REALTORS®.
“This year we received almost 300 applications from some of
the best and brightest students in Central Texas. We are thankful for the
committee members who spent countless hours reviewing applications and the
donors who made it possible to fund so many scholarships,” Theresa Brown, ABoR
Foundation chair, said. “It’s encouraging to see such a positive response from
the students who will shape the future of our communities.”
Since 1978, the ABoR Foundation has awarded more than 400
scholarships, investing directly in the future of Central Texas students. Funding
for the ABoR Foundation scholarship program is made possible by the generous
support of more than 13,000 Central Texas REALTORS®.
Winners of the 2019 ABoR Foundation scholarships include:
Elizabeth Gracie Anderson – Hendrickson High
Aaska Basnet – Manor Senior High School, Manor
Thomas Bates – San Marcos Senior High School,
Damaris Benitez – McCallum High School, Austin
Daniel Campos Rivera – Eastside Memorial Early
College High School, Austin
Mauricio Cano – Travis Early College High
Maryn DeMaio – Georgetown High School,
Delany Dewberry – Reagan Early College High
Kimberly Ehler – Hendrickson High School,
Luke Fuka – Anderson High School, Austin
Alexander Garcia – Prarie Lea High School,
Trynadee Greenwell – Burnet High School, Burnet
David Andrew Hawkins – Burnet High School,
Matthew Hortenstine – Taylor High School, Taylor
Emma Kramer – Thrall High School, Thrall
Immaculee Munguyuko – Manor Senior High School,
Priscilla Oliva – Reagan Early College High
Celeste Osorio – Ann Richards School for Young
Women Leaders, Austin
Leilani Salcedo – Travis Early College High
Rodney Salter – Reagan Early College High
Rachel Stabeno – Taylor High School, Taylor
Phoibe Usabimana – Eastside Memorial Early
College High School, Austin
Brandon Watley – Bastrop High School, Bastrop
Jessica Wilson – Burnet High School, Burnet
Annie You – Pflugerville High School,
Dionicia Berrones – The University of Texas at
Toby Lopez – Texas State Technical College,
For more information about the ABoR Foundation scholarship program, go here.
Our members working in North Austin and Williamson County asked for a bigger, better North location and we're excited to say that day is finally here.
ABoR North is moving to a new Cedar Park location at 1500 Arrow Point Dr., Ste. 711 in the La Jaita Business Park. But it's going to take a few days to pack up, move, and get settled in our new home. ABoR North will close on Monday, May 20 and re-open at our new location on Tuesday, June 4.
Our new North location is twice as large, with two classrooms, a REALTOR® store, and dedicated meeting space.
What's Staying the Same?
You can expect the same level of support from our Member Services team and convenient Saturday hours.
Important Dates to Know
Mark your calendars for these key dates in our move:
Monday, May 20: Current location closes; moving begins
June 4: New location opens
June 11: On-site classes begin
July 18: Grand opening celebration!
The new location is two street lights down from the old location on Cottonwood Creek Trail. From 183 N, exit 1431 (Whitestone Blvd.) and take a right onto Whitestone Blvd. Turn left on Arrow Point Drive. Go all the way down almost to the dead end and turn right into the office plaza. Suite 711 is towards the back of the complex in Building 7.
We all know how hot Texas can get during the sweltering summer months, but did you know that a simple fan can lower body temperature by up to 8 degrees? To the medically endangered and low-income elderly residents in our community, a fan can provide more than comfort -- it can save a life.
The ABoR Foundation is teaming up again with Family Eldercare again to collect as many fans as possible for the vulnerable in our community. Last year the nonprofit gave their 100,000th fan to someone in need. Of the thousands of fans collected and distributed to households, ABoR Foundation is proud to have contributed more than 100 fans and $7,500 toward that. Help us exceed those numbers this year!
How You Can Get Involved
Donate a new 20" box fan or a new 12" oscillating fan May 1 through August 31. You can drop off fans through June 15 to our headquarters or south location, or to one of these AMLI properties: AMLI Eastside (1000 San Marcos St.), AMLI South Shore (1620 Riverside Dr.), AMLI Downtown (201 Lavaca St.), AMLI Covered Bridge (8715 W. Highway 71), AMLI 300 (300 N. Lamar Blvd.), AMLI at Mueller (1900 Simond Ave.), AMLI 5350 (5350 Burnet Rd.), AMLI on 2nd (421 W. 3rd St.), and AMLI on Aldrich (2401 Aldrich St.).
To make this as easy as possible, we have also created a Amazon Wish List to purchase and send the fan directly to ABoR.
Donate via PayPal. Let's give as much flexibility to Family Eldercare to make the most impact for our most vulnerable.
NEW! This year we’re looking for 75 volunteers to participate as volunteers in various capacities:
Answer hotline calls and distribute fans in the Summer Fan Drive office. (Shifts are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Friday.
Deliver Fans to clients and/or distribution sites
Join the Fans From Fans planning committee
Volunteer during Fans from Fans Events
If interested in getting involved, reach out to Foundation CoordinatorSeunga Yu at email@example.com.
In addition, mark your calendars to join us on June 14 for the Fans from Fans celebration at Shady Grove. Participants will be delivering all fans and funds raised from across the region, and it's always a lot of fun!
About Family Eldercare's Summer Fan Drive
The Summer Fan Drive provides outreach and relief services in the Austin-Round Rock area for FOUR of the hottest months of the year (May 1 – August 31). The fundraiser is also an important source of support for Family Eldercare's year-round programs and services. Since its first year in operation, the Summer Fan Drive has grown significantly, from 50 fans in 1990 to over 6,000 in 2015, distributed across 11 counties