Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trails at Westpointe

Another new community - matter of fact, a brand NEW community by Meritage Homes. So new, the guys are working on the entrance and looking to the grand opening this weekend. This one is just outside 1604 off Wiseman Blvd (not far from SeaWorld). If you do not have an agent and would like someone to represent you, call me - Al

Home Equity and Retirement

The Importance of Home Equity in Retirement Planning... If you have been following us for a while, you have seen our posts about how a home increases your wealth - and how your "investment" grows while providing a place to live. As you start planning retirement most can look forward to social security, investment plan distributions and, if lucky, career related retirement benefits. No matter what your situation, if you have equity in your home you can count on that too. It could mean using the equity for a reverse mortgage, selling your home and moving on - or even aging in place with mortgages that are paid off if you started early enough - or mortgages payments that will continue to increase your equity and one day be paid off. There are so many options and possibilities. Owning is a great option! No matter how you look at it - paying rent will leave you with receipts and a payment due next month. Are you in? For more, have a look at today's article

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Problem Plaguing New Construction

The Supply & Demand Problem Plaguing New Construction... We have discussed the law of supply and demand in previous posts. Those posts examined the housing market by looking at completed homes available to purchase - or previously owned homes. Today we will examine the law of supply and demand on new construction. There are 4 L's involved - let's look at the 3 specific to new construction. Lots - to build on. Labor to build. And, finally, Lumber to use in construction. Builders are wrestling with all three of those issues. As solutions are found more homes can be built and become available for purchase. How long will it take to balance supply and demand - uncertain. That shortage influences prices on existing homes. The 4th L is lending. It is no secret that following the crash many restraints were placed upon lending. It was very difficult to get a mortgage. We see that lightening up somewhat now and opportunities are increasing. For more information, have a look at today's article. If you would like to talk about opportunities for you, cal me - Al

Valley Ranch San Antonio

Visited a great community today on Culebra just outside 1604 a few miles. What a growing area! The rec center has to be seen - it is enormous. Here are a few photos of the recreation center and model homes from DR Horton. If you are looking for a home and don't already have a real estate agent working on your behalf, call me - Al

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Are you one of the one million?

Do You Know How Much Equity You Have in Your Home? Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic’s Chief Economist, explains: “One million borrowers achieved positive equity over the last year, which means risk continues to steadily decline as a result of increasing home prices.” That is a huge number of folks who have benefited from owning their home while prices have increased. And, that means their "wealth" has increased as well. Not a bad investment - and one you can live in! For more, have a look at today's article. Then call me - Al

Monday, June 19, 2017

Real Estate Agent Websites

Today we had the honor of being published on the GoDaddy Blog. If you have not checked it out yet, it is really interesting, diversified and informative. Our article looks at WordPress as a platform for a real estate site. GoDaddy Article

For our new followers, we specialize in real estate agent websites. You will find us at Agent Branded Websites and Basic Business Solutions

Call if you would like to discuss website options

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper

Buying IS Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US. Isn't that a shocking number? To keep perspective, the range is 3.5% all the way up to 50.1%. So, same old question - which one is for you? Pay your own mortgage - or pay your landlords mortgage. For more, have a look at today's article. Not sure where to start? Best is to pick up the phone and call me. Even if you are not San Antonio - call, I will do my best to help you in some way

Friday, June 16, 2017

Home Renovations for Maximum ROI

Top Home Renovations for Maximum ROI is today's subject. There are investments that you can make in your home that will have great payback - and others which can have zero payback. Today's article elaborates on that and if you are looking for a return on investment there are important points to consider. On the other hand, if you plan to be in your home for sometime and there are some changes that just seem to fit your lifestyle, you may want to do them anyway and enjoy your home a little more. Lets assume you do a project at a cost of $5000 that has little expected return when you sell your house. In this example, suppose you keep your house for 10 years following that project. That means your cost of that personal enjoyment is $500 per year. It is simply a cost-benefit decision and only you can decide. I have friends that have done it - with no regrets - and I have as well. There is a link in today's article which takes you to an expanded list of top home renovations that will net you the most. Be sure to check it out

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Love Is In The Air

Do you believe in love at first sight? I visited Cavender Cadillac today and right there, waiting for me (I wish) was this gorgeous car. It is not just a car, it is a marvel in engineering and design. And, yes - the car had me! So all I need now is a winning lotto ticket becasue this little sweetheart lists for $103,000..... maybe I should buy 2 lotto tickets this week