Yearly Archives 2019

When’s a Good Time to Start the 2020 Home-Selling Process?

 As we near the end of 2019, it’s the perfect time to start preparing if a 2020 home sale is in your future. Here’s what you should do to get started. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Even though it’s December, it’s still an excellent time to think about selling your home and start getting it ready for the market. Here are some quick things you can work on before you give us a call to get a market analysis done for your home. First, take
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Happy Thanksgiving From Our Family to Yours

 We hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving this year. Here’s our special message for you this year. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report The 2019 holiday season has officially begun! We hope you are as excited as we are. We’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude to all of you this Thanksgiving. We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of your support. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner with all of your family and friends—that’s what we plan to do!
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The Real ID Act Is Mandatory in Oct 2020

 Today I’ll share what to do about the Real ID Act and how to renew your passport in San Antonio. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Today I’m sharing important information you may not know about. The Real ID Act was passed in 2005. It is taking effect and will be mandatory in October 2020. You won’t be able to travel domestically without a legitimate, compliant ID. That ID will get you into secure federal buildings and onto airplanes. How do you know if you’re compliant
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The Latest From Our Fall San Antonio Market

We’re still in a seller’s market here in San Antonio, but things are changing. As we make our way through the fall of 2019, our San Antonio market is changing. All year we’ve been hovering over a plateau without really going up or down, but things are starting to shift. Statistically speaking, inventory has jumped from three months to four months, and I’m guessing that it will keep rising next month. This means we’re still in a seller’s market. Once we get into the five-to-six-month range, we become a balanced market, and any inventory level above that constitutes a buyer’s
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Senior Living: Why Not Retire to One of the Best Cities in the US? Not only is San Antonio one of the best spots to live, but it is rated the second-best retirement spot in the nation. The available medical facilities, nice weather, and affordable senior living are just a few things that are attracting retirees to this city. San Antonio Offers an Abundance of Senior Programs San Antonio has over 60 resource facilities in the San Antonio area that offer daily programs for seniors. Some programs and activities include: Daily meals Arts and crafts Field trips Exercise classes Computer
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Is the Recent Dip in Interest Rates Here to Stay?

Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed consistently throughout 2018 until the middle of November. After that point, rates returned to levels that we saw in August to close out the year at 4.55%, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. After the first week of 2019, rates have continued their downward trend. As Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist Sam Khater notes, this is great news for homebuyers. He states, “Mortgage rates declined to start the new year with the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipping to 4.51 percent. Low mortgage rates combined with decelerating home price growth should get
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Buying A Vacation Property? Now Is A Good Time!

Every year around this time, many homeowners begin the process of preparing their homes in case of extreme winter weather. Some others skip winter all together by escaping to their vacation homes in a warmer climate. For those homeowners staying at their first residence, AccuWeather warns: “The late-week cold shot should fade next week, but this is a warning shot for winter’s return late in the month and early February.” Given this, it’s time to go and stock up on winter weather supplies! However, if you’re tired of shoveling snow and dealing with the cold weather, maybe it’s time to
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Want to Get the Most Money from The Sale of Your Home? Use These 2 Tips!

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive the maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensure that you get the highest price possible. 1. Price it a LITTLE LOW  This may seem counterintuitive, but let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their homes a little OVER market value will leave them with room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below). Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the
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Top Renovations to Complete Before You Sell Your House [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, here are the top four home improvement projects that will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor bathroom renovations can go a long way toward improving the quality of your everyday life and/or impressing potential buyers. Upgrading your landscaping or curb appeal helps get buyers in the door. These upgrades rank as the 2nd and 4th best renovations for returns on investment.
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Belief in Homeownership as an Investment is Far from Dead

Following last year’s real estate market was like riding a rollercoaster. The market started off strong in 2018 and then softened before finishing with a mild flurry. However, one thing that did not waiver was America’s belief that owning a home makes sense from a financial standpoint. An end-of-the-year survey by the Federal Reserve Bank’s Center for Microeconomic Data revealed that: “The majority of households continue to view housing as a good financial investment.” And that percentage has increased over the last three years. Bottom Line Though there is some uncertainty as to how the real estate market will perform over
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