Uncategorized Positive Signs for the 2019 Housing Market Wondering if now is a good time to buy or sell a home?  Well, looking back at the 2018 market, we see there was an overall increase in home sales of four percent from 2017, and an average sales prices increase of four percent as well.  That’s good news.  With a recent report from Mayor […]
Technology Three iPhone Tricks You Need in Your Life In case you missed Good Morning America the other day, and no one in your office has shared the latest iPhone tricks making the rounds, I have you covered. Cursing Your Cursor? Ever gotten frustrated while trying to make a correction on a text message—you tap and you tap, but the cursor won’t go where […]
Community Add Some Pumpkin (Patch) Spice to Your Weekend Rain, rain…go away!  Ready to turn off the TV, crawl out of your Snuggie, and get outside to enjoy some of the cooler, drier weather in the forecast?  Check out these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and special events in and around San Antonio to put some actual spice in your fall weekend. Devine Acres Farm […]
Uncategorized New Scam Moving Into San Antonio An agent in our office recently notified us that one of her clients had fallen victim to a popular new scam.  Like many of us, this client did a search for movers on the internet, and followed-up by checking out a few movers’ websites.  One company’s site looked promising and when contacted, they promptly offered […]
Uncategorized San Antonio Tops Population Growth List in 2017 If the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau are any indication, the word is out—San Antonio is a great place to live and work. The Alamo city ranked first in population growth between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, adding 24,208 residents according to estimates by the federal census agency.   To put it […]
Uncategorized Four Common Mistakes to Avoid in Real Estate Transactions In my 18 years as a REALTOR®, I’ve seen hundreds of deals, and am happy to say that most go smoothly.  However, since so much is negotiable in a real estate transaction—from price to the closing date to whether the drapes will stay or go—the potential for misunderstandings and disagreements is tremendous. To keep your […]
Real Estate Market Favors Sellers in February We are shaking off the winter doldrums here in the Alamo City, and it seems like the real estate market is following suit.  Buyers continued to find properties to call home in February, with a three percent year-over-year increase in sales for a total of 2,012 homes sold, according to the Multiple Listing Service Report […]
Uncategorized Pricing Your Home So It’s Searchable When I first meet a seller, one of the topics they are most eager to discuss is their listing price.  Some sellers have a “magic” price in mind, and others are looking for guidance on finding the perfect number that will attract the most buyers without leaving money on the table unnecessarily.  It’s a delicate […]
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Uncategorized What’s Included in the Sale of a House in Texas Ever wonder why the stove stays but the washer and dryer usually go when a house is sold?  In Texas, if an item is permanently attached, or the property might be damaged by the items removal, it stays with the property.  If a seller wants to keep a sentimental item, such as a rare cactus […]
Home Maintenance Top Tips to Get You Ready for Wintery Weather Okay, San Antonio.  We all made it through our big snow day, and while it may be another 30 years before we see whiteout conditions here again, it was the perfect reminder that we DO get winter weather in the Alamo City.  Cold temperatures and icy conditions are a part of most winters here, and […]
Uncategorized Get Out and Vote Today! Twelve days of early voting yielded Bexar County’s lowest pre-Election Day turnout in the last eight years.  That means plenty of folks still need to head to their local polling place to vote today.  What’s on the ballot?   Besides several municipal races and local propositions, there are seven state constitutional amendments, including a property […]
Real Estate Specific Strategies to Consider When Buying A Home While Selling Another If you read my blog last week, you know that buying a house while you are selling your existing home can be tricky. Whether closing on the sale or purchase first, you hope everything will go smoothly; but in case it doesn’t, you need some insurance. I walk my clients through the pros and cons […]
Uncategorized Is Your Home Smarter Than A 5th Grader?
Moving To Buy a New Home or Sell the Old One First—That is the Question Buying a home can be difficult, but try selling your home and buying another at the same time. Two major life events at once—talk about stress! But it’s a situation that most homeowners will face at some point in their lives. So which comes first—the sale or the purchase? In a perfect world, most buyers […]
Community Eat Local, Eat Often–Restaurant Week is Back! San Antonio’s red-hot culinary scene is set to heat up even more this August—Culinaria’s Restaurant Week is back!  The event doesn’t begin until next month, but the official list of almost 100 participating restaurants has been released, which means tables are already booking up.  On the menu—palate pleasers from barbecue, to Tex-Mex, to seafood—in restaurants […]
Uncategorized San Antonio “Sweet Spot” for First-Time Homebuyers Zillow recently confirmed what most of us in the industry already know:  San Antonio is a great city for first-time homebuyers looking for a more affordable home. According to a new analysis from Zillow®, Orlando and Tampa top the list as the best markets for first-time buyers, with affordable homes and relatively more inventory than […]
Real Estate February Real Estate Market Statistics My team saw an uptick in home sales last month, and we also had buyers in multiple offer situations. So we weren’t surprised when we reviewed the San Antonio Board of REALTORS’® (SABOR) February report on the market and saw a three percent increase in home sales when compared to the same period in 2016. […]
Community You’re Ready for a Break, But is Your Home Vacation Ready? Spring Break is upon us and summer trips to those fabulous destinations you’ve been researching all winter won’t be far behind. With all the planning that you put into your get-away, from Airbnb to airlines, have you planned for the one thing you will be leaving behind? Get your home vacation ready before you leave […]
Community Pond Hill Garden Home Community Coming to Shavano Have you seen signs for the new garden home neighborhood coming to Shavano Park? Pond Hill Garden Villas, near the intersection of NW Military and Loop 1604, is being built by Davis Custom Homes, and will have models available to tour in the spring. Four lot sizes with six different floor plans will be available, […]
Community Say Goodbye to Disappearing Packages If you were planning to do most of your last minute shopping online, but you’re worried the package with that iPhone 7 or Xbox One won’t be there when you get home from work, Amazon has you covered.  San Antonio residents can now have their Amazon packages delivered to secure lockers at many area 7-Elevens […]