Saturday, May 20, 2017

Moving to Texas

Why Do Americans Consider Moving to Another State? [INFOGRAPHIC] Check out today's article for a quick look at why Americans relocate. Everyone has their own reason of course - and it may or may not be one of the mainstream reasons listed in the report. I moved here from Chicago in 2004 and the reason is not one mentioned. My reason for relocation may be far less common than most. Whatever your reason and where ever your destination, I hope that it works out for you. If you are moving to San Antonio, consider me to help you find your new home. I work with any relocation company or directly with your employer. Also, very able to help military PCS here - or out

Thursday, May 18, 2017

On a personal note

It was one year ago today that an orthopedic surgeon operated on my back. It was not a good situation and if unsuccessful, I would either not be here today or certainly incapacitated. Prior to surgery there was 5 1/2 months of that and more than I ever want to experience again. And, here is where today's story unfolds. Had planned to deliver a thank you gift to the doctor and his nurse specialist today - and found out too late that neither were working this week. Well, when things go wrong you move to plan B. It was an opportunity to re-purpose those gifts and share them with some very special friends who cared for me following surgery, made sure I had food and everything else needed. So to Connie, Robin and Kirk - thank you for being special friends and being there when most needed.

Answer to the Housing Shortage in San Antonio

#1 Answer to the Housing Shortage: New Construction! Actually, new construction has been a long time personal favorite and specialty. I got my first "new home" when I moved to San Antonio in 2004. It was an experience like no other - I was flying down from Chicago every 2 or 3 weeks watching the house being built. The project was memorialized in a new construction video. In later years, earned some additional certifications - the RCC (Residential Construction Certified) and the CNHS (Certified New Home Specialist) to better help folks interested in new construction. The good news in today's market is the builder confidence is up and more new homes are being built. New homes tend to be more energy efficient and can be very green. It gives the buyer many options to personalize. In the San Antonio market, depending on the type of home and the builder, construction can be started with good credit and very little money down. Some builders also offer special programs for veterans. If you have not considered new construction - a personalized new home of your own - or thought you could not afford it, call me and lets discuss the options. You have nothing to lose and no added cost. The builder pays the REALTOR commission. For more information about new homes helping to solve the housing shortage, have a look at today's article

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Visit to Coronado in San Antonio

Today's visit was to the Coronado community in the North side of San Antonio - near 281 and Marshall Road. Builders today were Highland Homes and Coventry Homes. If you are in the market for a new home in the North central part of San Antonio this is a location to visit.

Visit to Chesmar in Wortham Oaks

Yesterday's visit - Wortham Oaks is a great community. Glad to show it to you! New homes is one of our specialties: New Home Construction

Pet Friendly Homes in San Antonio

Selling Your Home? Is Your Listing ‘Pet-Friendly’? Not everyone out shopping for a home is a dog lover. But, the majority of Americans are pet lovers - dogs, cats, birds, fish and lots of other critters that you can think of. For those of you who have spent some time on my main real estate website, you know I am a dog lover and my guy is over one hundred pounds and folks say, with some resemblance to Chewbacca :-) The point is that if you have a pet friendly home, you may want to include that in the MLS information when selling. Of course, being pet friendly does not mean "with pet odor" - your real estate agent can guide you on that. For more information on pet friendly listings, have a look at today's article

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Making an Offer in San Antonio

4 Tips for Effectively Making an Offer for a Home. Imagine finding a home you really love and losing it to another buyer! Maybe you were not pre-approved and the seller was nervous. Maybe you tried to make an offer too low for the current market. Wrong offers equal lost time and may well equal lost opportunity. If you truly are ready to buy understand the market at the time your are shopping. To best understand the market, work with a licensed REALTOR professional who can guide you along the way. Those of us who are real estate professional have seen it happen - the home of the buyer's dreams - lost. It happens all the time. For more on how to better understand the concept of making the right offer - not too low and not too high - read more in today's article

Monday, May 15, 2017

San Antonio Cost of Not Owning

Do You Know the Cost of NOT Owning Your Home? Many of us who grew up in a rental were lead to believe that the folks owning their home were rich and that owning a home was too expensive - way more expensive than just renting. Have you heard that before? It was interesting hearing the discussions within my extended family - one side being home owners and the other committed renters! I joined ranks with the owners side long before I got into real estate as an agent - even long before I got into real estate as an investor. Today, everything has turned around. It is cheaper to be a home owner. Renters are paying higher costs and can look forward to paying more rent. Owners have the option to look at a fixed term - and someday, no more mortgage payments. Owners also look forward to enjoying their increased wealth. And all the time that is going on behind the scene, owners are enjoying their OWN property and all the benefits that come with it. Hope you will take two minutes and have a look at today's article. And, then - are you ready

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Getting A Mortgage San Antonio Video

Getting a mortgage in San Antonio

What You Need to Know About Qualifying for a Mortgage [INFOGRAPHIC]. It really is not that difficult to get a mortgage. It is a pain to fill out the paperwork, but remember you are asking someone to take a chance on you - a relationship that may last for decades! And, it is simply a step you need to take to own your home and improving your wealth. Unless you inherit a huge sum of money, win the lottery or something of the like, you are going to need a mortgage to get you there. The easiest way to get this done is to work with professionals who work with mortgages every day. They help you navigate through the process and pretty much hold your hand each step along the way. Have a look at today's article and let's get you started on the road to home ownership in San Antonio

Thursday, May 11, 2017

No housing bubble in San Antonio

3 Reasons the Housing Market is NOT in a Bubble. As we look at the causes of the last bubble and crash - most would agree that the lenient lending was at the heart of the cyclone. The lending practices of the past are gone. Today, far more prudent lending practices make getting a mortgage a bit more challenging with the intent of allowing folks to buy homes they can afford - and keep! Hopefully, everyone not only learned a lesson - but will remember the lesson for a long time. As with anything else in life - balance and moderation are key. Builders are building and trying to keep up with demand rather than building a crazy number of spec homes which have expensive carrying cost. San Antonio never had the issues so many parts of the country had to deal with. We had a steady growth but at lower percentage increases. When the fall came, San Antonio homes lost some value but not nearly the catastrophic losses as many other cities. Our growth again has been in moderation and our market is solid. We see no bubble in the nation and none in San Antonio. We do see rising prices and rising interest rates - in moderation, that is a sign of a healthy market. For more information, have a look at today's article