What’s happening, a little history, what’s new, and all the things that make San Antonio one of the most unique cities in the country! All from your San Antonio REALTOR®

Mortgage Rates and Home Values

Click on the link below to read how some experts are predicting the impact of rising mortgage rates on home values.  Basically, as rates rise, and they are and probably will continue to during 2017, some buyers will be forced out of the market.  With fewer buyers, sellers may see a slowdown in activity when trying to sell their homes.  This could have the impact of slowing down appreciation in home values and prices. Bottom…

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Knock, Knock–Please Come In!

Selling your home is stressful, no doubt about it.  Selling your home while you’re still living in it just adds a couple more layers to that stress!  And when children and/or pets are involved, add on a few more layers! Now for the good news–there are ways to handle the stress and make it all work for you, your family, and your prospective buyers!  But flexibility is key!  And patience and understanding from all parties….

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Homeowners and Civic Involvement

I think most people will agree that there is a financial benefit to being a homeowner.  Homeowners can deduct the interest they pay on their mortgage loan, they build their net worth with increases in the value of the home, and there may be other ways to deduct some of the expenses involved in home ownership. But there’s also a social benefit to home ownership–being part of a neighborhood.  Homeowners have a stake in their…

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Super Bowl LI–truly super!

Did you watch Sunday’s Super Bowl, NE Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons?  Most people probably did–at least for part of the time.  Toward the end of the 3rd quarter, you may have thought like I did, and probably most people did, that the game was really one-sided, tilting to the Falcons.  After all, they were ahead 28-3! As I watched the game and listened to the talking heads, aka sportscasters, who went on and on about…

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What to Expect when You’re Inspecting

When you and your Realtor successfully negotiate an offer to purchase a home and you go officially “under contract”, the next step for smart buyers is to hire an inspector to inspect the home. But what does that entail, and how do you find a good inspector, and how do you know what he finds? Inspectors are like any other professionals–there are good ones, there are really good ones, and there are not-so-good ones. Your…

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7 Home Fixes Before You Sell

If you’re thinking of selling your home, here are some things to look at before you put it on the market.  If anything needs to be fixed, do it now, before you list.  It will make your life much easier and make your sale transaction much smoother! Exterior:  Look at siding, stucco, wood trim.  Patch cracks, replace rotted wood, paint and freshen up. 2.  Landscaping:  Remove dead plants, trim back overgrown bushes/hedges.  Remove weeds, fresh…

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Annual Checklist for Homeowners

We’re getting to the end of 2016–hard to believe! But 2017 is right around the corner and here’s a list of a few things you might want to check on as we move from one year into a new one. 1. Change your smoke alarm batteries. Many people, myself included, like to do that when we spring forward and fall back, but if you haven’t done it yet, please take a little time to change…

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Tips for Home Sellers

Are you thinking about selling your home?  If so, this is a great time to do so in San Antonio!  Inventory is low, demand is high, particularly in certain areas and/or price ranges!  The cost of a loan, i.e. interest rates, is low so that more buyers can qualify for more house and your pool of potential buyers is larger.  People are moving into and around in San Antonio so market activity is high. If…

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Why you need a Realtor when you sell a house

I’ve become a fan of Pinterest in the last few months.  I find a lot of interesting information there, have tried a bunch of new recipes I found there, and just enjoy browsing through the posts when I have some time to spare. One of the topics I follow is, of course, real estate!  For buyers, sellers, homeowners, there’s a ton of information on Pinterest! And of all the posts there, one topic I see…

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4 “Pearls of Wisdom” for First-time Homebuyers

  Buying your first home can be a real roller coaster ride!  Up, down, all around!  Here are 4 “pearls” for you to remember when you decide to start on this journey:   Pearl #1–There is no such thing as the “perfect home”–unless you have an unlimited budget!   Focus on what’s most important to you–things that can’t be easily changed.  1-story or 2=story, the floor plan, the location.  When you are swept up in someone…

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