By Eddie Lee Rider, Jr.
Cathy Cole, Compass Country Properties Group
Cathy Cole has a reputation for professional excellence. In addition to being a continuous top producer since earning her license in 1991, she has the honor of being named by the Texas South Central Board of Realtors as “Realtor of the Year” twice. She is very involved with the REALTORS Land Institute, is an Accredited Land Consultant (ALC), served on Texas and National RLI Board and Officers, and is also one of only a few people in the United States certified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to market historic properties. Her expertise extends to areas west of Houston to Austin and San Antonio.
ELR: Cathy, you recently signed on with Compass after looking into other real estate franchises. Tell us about this recent move and how you made the decision.
CC: We had to make a move away from our direct association with another company, which no longer exists. I contacted and was approached by several brokerages and worked diligently to find the right place to stay connected to a direct Houston company. Compass came to me with an amazing amount of marketing, technology, and training that I, as an individual, could not provide for our agents. Growth and constant new options to better perform in our business was clear with Compass.
ELR: You have some great listings on your website at the moment. Tell me about a couple of them that folks should check out.
CC: We have a listing in the Brenham/Independence area, on Kettler Road, that is an 1800s farmhouse. It has beautiful views, a great location, and a restored 1874 country farmhouse renovated in the mid-1980s blending the old with the new. The main house has a living room with woodburning fireplace, a dining room, a kitchen with an island, two bedrooms, a bathroom, original hardwood floors throughout the home, and a huge front and back porch. Upstairs is a loft with two bedrooms and a bath. There’s also a guest house/bunkhouse.
Yaupon Creek Estates is a dramatic, stone, 5000+ square foot estate home sitting high on a hill. Yaupon Creek Estates is a prestigious acreage community covered in century old oak trees in Columbus. Custom built and one of a kind.
We also have a beautiful horse property on Neiman Road with so much to offer, including an easy commute to Houston. Enter through the automatic gate entrance, past lush pastures and stocked pond to this 15-acre ag-exempt, fully-fenced private, peaceful retreat. The 4-stall barn has paddocks leading from each oversized stall. Hot/cold water wash rack! Tack room is climate controlled with a half bath. Two 1,500 square foot metal buildings: one has 2 roll-up doors for all your ranch equipment.
ELR: The end of this year will mark 30 years in the land business for you. What major changes and/or developments have you seen in the industry over that tenure?
CC: Contracts are always changing and there are more documents to be the best for buyers and sellers. So much more education is available now. There is a swing to this massive marketing in so many venues from just newspapers and flyers. Technology is everywhere, and new ideas come to the forefront every day. Social media wasn’t in our vocabulary! Now it’s a daily task to visit all the sites and see what is new and professional and best for our company. When I bought the company after being in business for 20 years, I took a leap of faith. I love it, and there is something new every day, especially with our new association with Compass.
ELR: How can folks best get in touch with you?
CC: By phone, (979) 251-0603, or visit my main website www.countrypropertiesgroup.com.