The Referral Review

Van Poole Properties: Your Texas Real Estate Connection

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We would like to take time to express our gratitude. You have made 2015 one of our best years yet and for that we are truly thankful. We are honored to have the opportunity to help your relocation clients find a community where they can feel a sense of belonging.

We believe in relationships first and genuinely look forward to your updates, announcements, and especially getting a chance to chat for a few minutes when time allows. The privilege of being your Texas Real Estate connection is a relationship we cherish and guard with commitment and gratitude. We are so grateful our paths have crossed with yours and look forward with anticipation for the friends we have not met yet.

The Van Poole Properties team

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Fall Client Appreciation Pumpkin Patch and Pie Give-A-Way

Several times a year we have the privilege of hosting events where we connect with clients, family, and friends to enjoy seasonal festivities.

This year’s Fall Client and Neighbor Appreciation Event was a huge success. With such great friends, new and old, how could it not be? The event was full of fun games, food, candy, and of course the pumpkin painting contests. Everyone enjoyed the carnival games, face painting, bounce house, and the balloon animals. We loved seeing everyone’s furry friends show up in their festive costumes.

The spectacular weather at Coyote Creek Park and the bright pumpkins provided a backdrop for professional family photos that are sure to show up on Christmas cards. We hope you will include us on your mail out! We would love to see your smiling faces fill up our office this holiday season.

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Our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway was a day packed with the joy of passing out pies and bundt cakes while getting to catch up with our clients that are our friends and family. Many a client left with a pie in their hand and a smile on their face.

We could barely squeeze into the picture (below)... there were piles of apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies along side chocolate chip, red velvet, and pumpkin spice bundt cakes all at our feet.
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As we head full swing in to the holiday season it’s always fun to reminisce about the fun gifts we received as a child. Check out what our team enjoyed most.

Barbara Van Poole, Chairman

My favorite childhood Christmas gift was a pair of white cowgirl boots with golden scrolls at the top. I was 9 and we lived out in the country on 40 acres in south central Texas. With those amazing boots, I could tromp through the fields, explore, chase cows, & ride our pet donkey, Charley. My feet & legs were protected from the weeds, stickers, and animal droppings. And, I thought I looked sooooo cool in those boots! I’d even sleep in them some nights...

Seychelle Englehard, CEO

Mine was a denim jacket that had amazing bedazzling and puff paint on it from my adopted "Aunt Jan Foster." Imagine new kids on the block denim jacket with lace, glow in the dark puff paint, jewels, tassels and rhinestones. I was kind of short so I wore this jacket for 4-5 years in elementary school.

Kristen LeForce, Transaction Coordinator

Horseback Riding Lessons when I was about 8!

Erica Smith, Listing Admin

My favorite present growing up with this black patent leather pair of shoes. I LOVED them. I wore them everywhere. They left these little black scuffs on tile and wood floors that were fun to rub off. My dad called them my Milli Vanilli shoes. I was clearly an only child.

Corrie Harris, Dir of Lead Gen and Relo

Mine was a peaches and cream Barbie. I thought she was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life! Her dress was so perfect and it would just float in the air like a Walt Disney cartoon. It's the only toy I kept from my childhood.

Sharmy McDonald, Lead Buyer Agent

My favorite Christmas gift was a Miss Beasley doll. I would pretend I was Buffy from the show Family Affair, living in a high-rise "house" and Mr French was my butler. Apron, granny glasses and a pull string voice.

Meleese Styles, Buyer Agent

Mine was my first puppy, Missy. I had been begging and begging and begging for a dog for two years. My stepdad did not want one and refused. I came home one day and had had a bad day at 2nd grade. The next morning Missy woke me up with slobbery kisses, and all was right in the world!

Andrew Dinett, Buyer Agent

Mine was a miniature air hockey table that turned into a miniature pool table as well! I was about 9 when I got it!

Rayna Lee, Showing Agent

My first thought was my LiteBrite (I spent countless hours pushing in those little lite up pegs! ) although I think my favorite was my little portable record player. It had pictures of Donny and Marie Osmond on it and it went with me to every slumber party. I loved my record player!

Macey Gloff

My favorite Christmas gift was a 4-wheeler from Santa. I still to this day can not figure out how Santa fit the 4-wheeler in his slay. ;) This 4-wheeler provided many fun memories riding around my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

Carolina Caldwell, Showing Agent

My favorite Christmas gift was a baby doll named Beppo. I got him when I was very young and I had him for many years. Yes, it was a boy. :-)

Marie Hoke, Listing Agent

My favorite gift was a horse... of course!
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When you have a relocation client coming to Texas, give Corrie a call. We have agents that service all of DFW and Austin. If we do not currently service the area... we have a connection that does. Your referral is in good hands with us.

Corrie is our Director of Relocation and Lead Generation


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They’re Snap Yo’ Fingers Good! Mm. Mmmm.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


Cream the shortening and beat until creamy. Gradually add the sugar. Beat in the egg and molasses. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Sift in the remaining flour mixture. Mix together until it forms a soft dough. Chill for about an hour. Pinch off small amounts of dough and form into a ball. Roll the ball in white sugar. Place 2 “ apart on an un-greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven @ 350.

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