Commuting between San Antonio and Austin

Commuting between San Antonio and Austin is a common question from our clients. Can I live in Austin and work in San Antonio?  How long would it take me to get to work each day?  With the Texas Metro-plex exponentially growing each day, traffic and the I-35 corridor that connect San Antonio and Austin can prove to be daunting if you choose to commute from one city to the other.  Leaving SA takes at least 40minutes.  Once you get on I35 everything opens up …

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Are we heading toward an era of small brokerages in San Antonio?

Are we heading toward an era of small brokerages in San Antonio?  Just recently the 2014 Swanepoel TRENDS Report noted that there is a trend moving away from the small mom and pop real estate brokerages and more agents are working for the large real estate firms across the country.  However, the New York Times posted an article on “The Ascent of the Little Guys” stating that the credibility of the smaller firms are growing in popularity due to the attention…

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Buyers Are Liars. Fact or Fiction?

Buyers are liars.  Fact or fiction?  In several sales professions, namely, car sales and real estate sales, you will hear sales people say that buyers are liars.  Normally, you would never hear me compare these two professions, but figuring out what a buyer really wants is something we have in common. It is usually spoken by a resentful salesperson, as in, “Can you believe that guy? He told me he was going to show his wife, but, well, you know—once they walk…

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What does a ‘Good Deal’ mean exactly?

Often times I meet people who tell me they just want to get a good deal when buying or selling their home.  What does a ‘good deal’ mean exactly?  For a long time, I figured my clients just wanted to walk away with more money in their pockets.  However, after a recent trip to my hair salon, I realized that a good deal could mean different things to different people. I told my hair stylist I wanted to remain blonde,…

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Tax and Home Records Checklist: What to Keep and For How Long

By: Dona DeZube Want to rest assured you have all the documents you need when you need them, but not be awash in paper? Read on. Unless you’re living in the 123-room Spelling Manor, you probably don’t have space to store massive amounts of tax and insurance paperwork, warranties, and repair receipts related to your home. But you’ll definitely want your paperwork at hand if you have to prove you deserved a tax deduction, file an insurance claim, or…

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What Makes Your Home Hard to Show

Sellers, here are some tips on what makes your home hard to show.  If you want to sell your home quickly, avoid these What Makes Your Home Hard to Show no-n0’s: No-no #1)  Restricted showing hours.  Generally, buyers have a window of when they can go house shopping.  If you have restricted hours or need a lot of advanced notice, your home may drop off the list.  If a buyer’s agent cannot get access to your home, they cannot…

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Are you really a home buyer or are you just a contender?

  Are you really a home buyer or are you just a contender?  How do you know if you are a really a buyer or just a contender in today’s Austin market?  We get calls all the time of people wanting to see properties because they are “in the market to buy a home.”  My first response is usually, “How do you know you are a buyer?” To be a true home buyer in the Austin market, you must meet…

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Are Popcorn Ceilings a Deal Breaker? Don’t let popcorn ceilings ruin your home search.

What’s the big deal about popcorn ceilings?  Most comments I hear are: “They’re dated.” “They are hard to paint over.” “They are dust catchers.” “They are just plain ugly.” Are popcorn ceilings a deal breaker to you?  Don’t let popcorn ceilings be a deal breaker in your next home search.  Instead of breaking the bank to try to remove popcorn ceilings, or crossing it off your list, here are a few ways to lessen their visual appearance. #1.  Change…

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2014 Texas Home Trends: What’s in and What’s Out?

While retail designers already know what color your bathing suit will be next summer, designer forecasters have already determined how you will be decorating your home.  Here is what the 2014 home trends will be for next year’s buyers and sellers. The housing crisis, ongoing war, and lack of economic confidence affects our national mood and, therefore, translates into our style and trends.  The 2014 Texas home trends are shifting.  Our color tastes for the past few years have been every shade of…

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More Texas Real Estate Facts

More Texas Real Estate Facts

It is no myth that the consumer is the driving force in the real estate industry in Texas.  Below are some interesting changes that have occurred and will continue to mold the future of the housing market. The average age of a repeat buyer in Texas is 42 The average age of a 1st time buyer in Texas is 31 35% of buyers are first time home buyers. Texas sellers stay in their home an average of 9 years…

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