VLB Recognizes Top Producing Partners for Fiscal Year 2015

2015 Lone Star Circle Award Winners and Commissioner George P. Bush

Texas real estate professionals and organizations are recognized every year by the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) for their outstanding efforts to promote the VLB’s land and home loan programs.

Top real estate professionals, community developers and mortgage lenders generating VLB land and home loans were recognized as Lone Star Circle Award recipients. We congratulate these VLB participating real estate professionals and companies. Support from the real estate community is instrumental in building awareness of the VLB among Texas Veterans seeking home and land loans. Since its inception, the VLB has funded more than 200,000 loans for Texas Veterans.

The top-producing professional or organization in each of these four categories received a Texas flag that has flown over the State Capitol and a certificate from Commissioner George P. Bush, Chairman of the VLB. All other winners received a certificate of recognition from the chairman of the VLB. The awards for the top performers in each category were presented by Commissioner Bush and VLB Senior Deputy Director Matt Elledge at the Texas General Land Office in Austin on February 16, 2016.

Real estate professionals recognized this year include those in the following categories:

Real Estate Communities
Acreage community developers acquire and invest in land that is then divided and sold to individuals. The four residential community developers who sold the most land to Texas Veterans are listed below. Each developer produced more than $500,000 in VLB land loans.

National Land Partners
• SouthStar Communities
• Ramble Ridge Ranch
• DMK Land Development LLC

Real Estate Brokers
Each of the following real estate firms represented Veteran land buyers in transactions that resulted in at least $250,000 in VLB land loans during the agency’s 2015 fiscal year.

Keller Williams Heritage of San Antonio
• Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper of San Antonio
• Hill Country Land and Homes Realty of New Braunfels
• CB United Georgetown
• Sanderson Real Estate

Top Home Loan Officers
In addition, the VLB recognizes the top five producing loan officers who participated in its home loan program for fiscal year 2015.

Melissa Staller | Brookhollow Mortgage Services San Antonio
• Joseph Bass | Legacy Mutual Mortgage San Antonio
• Doug Dreiman | Highland Loan Source Shavano Park
• Jimmy Alexander | SWBC Mortgage Corporation Killeen
• Kasey Hampton | DHI Mortgage San Antonio

Top Home Loan Participating Lenders

SWBC Mortgage Corporation
• Prime Lending / Highland Loan Source
• Cornerstone Home Lending / Brookhollow Mortgage Services
• DHI Mortgage (DR Horton)
• Pulte Homes

“We value the contributions of these land brokers, estate communities and participating lenders and loan officers who helped Texas Veterans find, finance and purchase a little piece of Texas on favorable terms through the VLB’s land and home loan programs,” said VLB Deputy Director of Land and Housing Bill McLemore.

The VLB has been making real estate loans to Texas Veterans since 1949. Qualified Texas Veterans may apply to borrow up to $125,000 for acreage anywhere in the state. The VLB offers home loans up to $417,000 through participating lenders and directly offers home improvement loans up to $25,000. To find a VLB participating home loan lender or real estate professional, please visit TexasVeterans.com.

The VLB is grateful for the efforts of all real estate professionals and organizations that serve Texas Veterans who want to buy homes and land at low interest rates through the VLB’s loan programs. For more information please contact Steve Hudson, VLB Real Estate Community Liaison, at 512–936–2553 or steve.hudson@glo.texas.gov.

For more information on all VLB programs, please visit www.TexasVeterans.com or contact our Veteran Call Service Center at 1–800–252-VETS (8387) or send us an email.

Click here to see the VLB Lone Star Circle Award recipients from fiscal year 2014.

(L-R) Commissioner Bush and National Land Partners | Steve Brents of National Land Partners and Commissioner Bush
(L-R) Hank Braunstein with Keller Williams Heritage and Commissioner Bush | Jordan Rhone & Melissa Staller with Brookhollow Mortgage Services and Commissioner Bush
(L-R) Jimmy Alexander with SWBC Mortgage and Commissioner Bush | VLB Senior Deputy Director Matt Elledge
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