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San Antonio Fiesta Events

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Fiesta officially begins April 19 to April 29th….but before and after can be a whirlwind of free and non-free events that are sure to make you smile.

A few of my favorites and must attend events are:

April 20-22:  Taste of New Orleans

I love Zydeco music and have been known to dance in front of the band more than once….this is a FUN event.  It have a ticket price and you can get a discount if you buy your ticket in advance:  $12 advance, $15 at the door.  Kids are FREE.  Food and drinks are extra.  It is located in the Sunken Gardens…so expect NO breeze and dress accordingly…preferably in cotton.

April 25:  5:30pm  to 10:30pm  Taste of the Northside

This is a pricey event at $85 for an advance ticket, $100 at the door….but it includes food and spirits!  We usually walk to this event from my office.  The bands are fantastic and the location is the Sonterra Country Club grounds.  The costly ticket price helps keep the crowd well behaved.

April 27:  9:30am  to 2:30pm  Battle of Flowers Parade

The oldest event and largest parade attracting sometimes over 350,000 people…..this is just an exciting event to be near!  It’s all volunteers and includes marching high school  bands and plenty of excitement and sounds.  It is a free event…but if you want a seat…you probably should buy a ticket months in advance.  I love to head downtown and find a restaurant to sip a frozen margarita (or two) and then wonder the streets to watch all the merriment!  Lots of kids, street vendors and excitement.  If you like people watching, this is your event.

April 28:  9 am to 6 pm:  King Williams Fair and Parade

The parade gets a little x-rated at times….so you might consider missing the parade if you have children with you.  Shopping is what attracts me….I love walking the closed off streets of the historic King Williams district and finding neat art work, cool clothing and jewelry.  I bought an antique restored 1950’s Arvin clock/radio over 15 years ago for $160….pretty pricey but it was restored beautifully and it still sits in my kitchen and is working perfectly so I can consider it a bargain.   We also like finding Moon Dog shirts for my hubby….”shirts with an attitude” and they are very well made.   If you are looking for the unique or just like walking beautiful streets and window shopping this is the event for you.

For a full list of Fiesta events visit http://www.Fiesta-SA.org

 

Fiesta Medals

VIVA Fiesta!  Some folks wonder WHY we collect Fiesta medals and why I love them.

My first medals were from prospective El Rey Feo…the “ugly” king….who became an official part of Fiesta in 1980.  Most of these hopeful kings were not really “ugly”….. it was a fun way to raise money.  The LULAC Rey Feo Scholarship Committee sponsors El Rey Feo and candidates for the title raise money that is  given to students for their college expenses.

The Texas Cavaliers introduced a king in 1941 (way before my time)….King Antonio…..who rides on a boat in the river parade in the first “official” event that kicks off Fiesta….the Texas Cavaliers River Parade.

Anyone can have their own medals…you just have to buy or make them.  I’ve gotten medals with people’s cute dog pictures on them,  medals from companies like RE/MAX and medals from groups like the Women’s Club of San Antonio.   All are precious to me.

Over the years my Fiesta attire has included a blue jean vest with medals pinned on the front and back, Beauty Queen sash’s with medals on the front and back,  huge Sombrero’s with medals hanging off it (heavy, heavy, heavy) and t-shirts with medals draped all over.  No medal display is better than the other….they all are considered acceptable.  Some look sillier than others…..but they are all displayed for fun and help get me in the mood to enjoy our beautiful San Antonio weather and events.

When I’m not wearing my medals, I like to display them in a large bowl in my entryway.  The hardest part…..not giving them away when folks come over to visit.

How do you display your Fiesta medals?  If you have designed your own medal…post a photo!

VIVA Fiesta.  I hope Fiesta 2018 is the best yet!

 

Pocket Neighborhood Homes

Trust Austin to come up with a new neighborhood concept…or should I say Kyle….but buyers for Austin and nearby towns are flocking to this little neighborhood concept.

Bigelow Homes is building a beautiful product and utilizing a great way to keep homeowner crime down while allowing owners to know their neighbors and have a beautiful place to sip coffee in the mornings or enjoy cocktails in the evening….a pocket neighborhood.  What is it?  It’s housing surrounded by trails, parks, lakes and a preserve…..15 private neighborhood parks when they are completed.  Each of the small, pocket parks will be surrounded by 12 to 20 homes…each with front porches and rear entry garages.  Perfect for spending much of your outdoor time on the front porch or garden patio enjoying the view and meeting neighbors.  It’s kind of like living on a cul-de-sac without the cars!  Each home still has it’s own private yard….but I bet most folks will take advantage of the beautiful front porch.

Along with this new concept….the builder guarantee’s your cooling cost to be under $400 a year for the first three years of homeownership.  How do they do this when a house (like shown) is over 1800 square feet?  New energy efficient HVAC systems, well insulated walls and windows…just a few reasons why you might just be able to afford a new home when you factor in that your cooling and heating bills might be over $400 in  two months in an older home.

We’ve got a seller being relocated to San Antonio….so if you’re in the market for a home near Austin….give us a call at 210-273-6161.   It’s a dollhouse and was recently completed in July of 2017….almost brand new and ready for a new owner.

San Antonio Housing Bubble?

Mention the words “housing bubble,” and what might come to mind are Dallas or Austin. But a report released from National Mortgage News indicated that home prices in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) were at all-time highs, while wages are remaining flat. The combination of high home prices and non-moving wages can create a housing bubble.
National Mortgage News noted that the price-wage growth gap for the region was 14%, with an affordability index of 77. Meanwhile, data from the San Antonio Board of Realtors found the median home sales price was $214,300, a record high.
Economists paint another story. Lawrence Yun with the National Association of Realtors said San Antonio home sales are 30% below than when the market crashed in 2008, meaning no bubble. And Jim Gaines with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center indicated that the metro continued to gain jobs.

Per:  February 2018 Issue Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University

Virtual Staging

Photos are everything……since we are all looking online before we go out to see a house we might consider purchasing.

Lots of buyers can’t vision how or where to place their furniture…..and some sellers don’t want the drama or time involved in actually adding furniture to their empty homes they hope will sell quickly.

Virtual staging allows buyers to see where they will place their furniture and gives them ideas on how to decorate for their purchase.

I LOVE the before and after….what are your thoughts?

2017 Average Sales Price

Last year the average sales price was $249,000 for homes sold/listed with a  Realtor.

The average price was $210,000 for homes sold by an owner without a Realtor.

The average price was $151,900 if the buyer and seller knew each other and didn’t have a Realtor.

Let’s hope that the $151,900 folks at least were related.

 

Information for this blog is from Inside Sales Predictability 2.17.2018 Michael Reese.

 

 

 

San Antonio Home Sales for January

Everyone is always talking about how great the real estate market is in San Antonio…..but is it really the “hot” market they are saying it is?

This January 1760 homes sold….versus 1687 homes in January 2017.  The days on market for a home in January was 67 days….last January it was 62 days.

Some homes do “fly” off the market….so if you like a house, don’t wait for someone else to put their offer in.   67 days really isn’t very long for a house to get a SOLD sign and interest rates are starting to creep up.  If you’re thinking about a move….you should consider updating that prequalification letter and start your search before everyone else realizes that the house they could have bought last year is now out of their price range because of rising interest rates.

We’d love to help you sell your home or find your new one.

Give us a call at 210-273-6161 or email us at Lisaharder@live.com.

Buyer Ready

Most buyers have to see your house in person to decide if they want to buy it.  You can have great photos, a great virtual tour and a great Realtor….but being prepared for the buyers visit can make or break the sale.

Here’s a quick checklist to make sure you are ready:

  1.  Make your house easy to show.  A buyer might be driving by your house to visit another house and decide they want to see your home before they make an offer on the house down the street…..if they have to wait until tomorrow or wait an hour or so to see your house….they might just decide it’s not worth waiting for.  Have your home set up for immediate access if possible…if you have dogs or kids and need a few minutes…make sure you are ready to jump in the car within minutes and wave bye at them as you drive off.  The easier it is to show your house…the more likely it will sell.
  2. Keep it clean and ready for a quick exit at all times….so you can jump in the car and leave.
  3. Try to never reschedule the appointment.  Some buyers fly into town to see houses for a day or two….which means they are looking at houses in one neighborhood and heading in another direction half an hour later.  Trying to reschedule the appointment means they have to reschedule all the other appointments that have been made…..which sometimes means they decide you might not be very motivated to sell and never return to view your house.  If they can’t get inside….they probably won’t buy your house.
  4. Make sure it smells clean.  If you have pets, hide all evidence that you have a pet if possible.  We have had buyers decide against a house because they realized a cat lived there.  Crazy…but true.
  5. If it isn’t possible for you to leave (you just sat down for dinner) and you realize that the agent is sitting outside the house…don’t be upset.  Be glad they decided at the last minute to show your home.  Remember….if the buyer doesn’t visit your house….they probably wont buy it.  Explain you are sitting down to dinner but you will happily allow them to show your house….open the door with a smile and explain you’re eating and that you’ll stay out of their way.  And stay out of their way.
  6. If you’re house bound….in a wheelchair…..leaving is probably not an option.  Do yourself a favor….say “hi” with a big smile and also add “I’ll be out of your way….if you have any questions, my agent asked me to tell you to give her/him a call since I’m paying them the big bucks to help me”.  That will usually avoid the buyer’s agent (remember….they represent the buyer) to question you if the refrigerator can remain with the sale, or if the washer and dryer can remain with the sale….and other questions about items you might not be willing to sell with the house and then feel obligated to sell because you want to sell your house and they asked you while visiting.   If they ask you questions like “Why are you moving” or “Where are you moving to”….very nicely respond with “My agent told me to make sure I asked you to call them (him/her) if you had any questions”.    It’s easy for you to give away furniture, appliances, curtains….lots of things you really didn’t want to leave….because you talked to the buyers agent or buyers.   That’s why your Realtor really doesn’t want you home if possible.  All negotiations should be done by the Realtors…that’s why you are paying them!

Today’s market makes some sellers feel they don’t have to clean their house….can only show it with a days notice….or even worse, don’t have to make any repairs to very obvious things that need repairing.  These sellers are the houses you drive by and wonder why they haven’t sold.  Don’t be one of those houses.

Movie Star

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I know, I know….it’s hard sometimes not to read about really rich and famous folks and wonder if your life would be better if you were one of them…..and then I run across “The worst celebrity looks of 2017″……and I think about how I’d have to be hidden in the house with the plantation shutters shut instead of open.

I couldn’t take a walk around the neighborhood, take a walk in the park with my dogs, hop in the car to get a burger, go shopping, make last minute plans to meet friends for cocktails, walk outside (or inside for that matter) without makeup and freshly brushed hair, go to church, know my friends like me for me and not my money or fame….and certainly could NOT stand seeing my photo as one of the worst dressed celebrities!

How about a photo with your eyes shut (suddenly you’ve become a drug addict or alcohol abuser), wiping your nose (now you are a Cocaine addict), shirt became unbuttoned by mistake (you are a “floozy”), picture taken from below suggesting a double chin (headline:  She better stay away from ice cream), no make-up (headline:  She let herself go)…..conclusion?

I think I’m happy being me….Looking forward to 2018!

 

 

 

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