Archives for San Antonio Real Estate

Q: What Upgrades Should I Avoid?

 These are the three upgrades not to make on a temporary home. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report If you’re buying a home but plan to move in just a few years, there are three upgrades you shouldn’t make to your new house. You should instead focus on purchasing a property that already has these if they’re desirable to you. 1. Solar panels. If you’re moving in three to four years, don’t add these to your home. You won’t recoup the investment. Some appraisers give a
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Protesting Your Property Tax

 Here’s a quick guide for protesting your property tax. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report It’s that time of year where everyone should be receiving their property tax bill in the mail. If you haven’t yet received it, I suggest visiting your county’s website because they’re currently posting 2020 property values. What do you do if you want to protest your property tax, though? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the protesting process has changed somewhat, but the forms are still being sent out and filling them
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Home Seller Tax Deductions

 There are five tax deductions you can take advantage of if you’re putting your home on the market.   Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report   Here are five tax deductions you can take advantage of when selling your home: 1. Selling costs. These consist of the agent’s commission, title and legal fees, advertising costs (which you don’t pay if you work with M. Stagers Realty Partners), etc., and you can deduct all of them! 2. Home improvements. The key thing to remember is that these
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The Importance of Home Inspections

 Here’s why everyone involved in a real estate transaction should prioritize home inspections. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report You should have an inspection done on a house you’re buying, a house you’re selling, and even a brand-new home. The importance of this simple procedure cannot be overstated. An inspector thoroughly looks at the entire property, assessing the electrical, plumbing, and overall structure of a home. It’s important to have that generalist lay their eyes on things. When there are concerns about a house, especially when
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Buying a New House Before Selling Your Current One

 How do you buy a home before you sell your current house? Here’s one good idea. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report How can you buy a home before selling your current house? If you’re blessed, you won’t have to sell before you buy, and you’ll qualify for both mortgages. Many out there are blessed this way, but there are many more who are not—so what can they do? If you’re in a position where you must buy before you sell, try opening a home equity
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Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

 Should you buy or rent a home? Here are my professional views on the subject. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Right now, is it better to rent a home or to buy one outright? To answer that question, you first need to ask yourself these questions: 1. How long do you plan on living in your home? 2. Do you have enough money for a down payment? 3. In what part of town do you want to live? The answers to these questions are all
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Can You Trust a Zestimate?

 Can you trust your Zillow Zestimate? Today I’ll explain why they’re not completely accurate. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report Can you trust your Zestimate? I get asked this question all the time. We’ve all been conditioned by Zillow to go check our Zestimate. That’s one of the first things many do if they’re a buyer, seller, or just a homeowner—check if their home has gone up in value. So let’s discuss that Zestimate. Most people don’t know that Texas is a non-disclosure state, one of
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Have You Filed for Your Homestead Exemption?

 Happy New Year! With the birth of 2020, it’s time to remind you homeowners of an important topic: filing your homestead exemption. Looking to buy a home? Search All Homes Looking to sell a home? Get a Free Home Value Report If you bought a home within the last year, you should file for a homestead exemption now. Apply for the exemption below—under the “Application/Form” section, click on “Residential Homestead Exemption” and fill out the application. Apply here for any of the following counties: Bexar County Comal County Kendall County Medina County Remember, you will need to have your
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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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