In case you haven’t heard, I’m running a Thanksgiving Giveaway titled, “Agent Val Gives Back-2012!”  It’s just my way of giving back to folks who follow my social sites and support my business efforts.

Once upon a time, about three years ago, I closed my eyes and took a dive into Facebook.  I wanted to use the social diving board to splash the news about my Real Estate business.  With social-network-floaties securely in place, I doggie-paddled most of the time.  Through trial and error, I learned what fellow Facebookers liked to read and DIDN’T like to read.

What I learned (real fast) is:  I’m not the only one who can’t stand sales pitches!  So, I’ve dedicated my Facebook page to house-to-home ideas, random real estate advice, occasional property listing updates, and home-tour awkward moments (to name a few topics).  Of course, once in a while, I’ll post a reminder that I coach first-time Texas home buyers and sellers.

I appreciate that Facebook gives us a choice to follow a page or not.  So, when I notice a new “friend” following my posts, I still feel excitement, and I work even harder to keep the page friendly and pressure-free.

Now, with all of these other social networks to use, I’m testing the waters.  I’ve recently dipped my toes into Instagram.  I love the simplicity of it.  And Pinterest?  Shoot… I think I did a belly flop into that one.  Not in a bad way… I had child-like bravery and just jumped in from the deep end!

As my “Thank you” to the friends, family, colleagues, and clients who’ve supported me throughout my social-site-swim, I hold Giveaways and contests on my’s Facebook Page.  This Thanksgiving Season, I’ve partnered with my preferred lender and “Thirty-One Gifts” consultant to bring you a SHOPPING SPREE!

  • Random winner #1 will receive a $100 Gift Certificate for “Thirty-One Gifts”
  • Random winner #2 will receive a $50 Gift Certificate for “Thirty-One Gifts”
  • Random winner #3 will receive a $50 Gift Certificate for “Thirty-One Gifts”

Today is the last day to enter the Giveaway.  If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is share a story and/or photo telling us what you’re most thankful for.  There’s four ways to enter!  You may post on my facebook page, Instagram, Twitter or on my WordPress Blog.


*The $100 Gift Certificate (sponsored by Val J Aranda, REALTOR®, Metro Realty) is good for purchases at “Thirty-One Gifts” by Laura Ramon Meza (

*The TWO $50.00 Gift Certificates (sponsored by Daylon Brady,  Senior Loan Officer, Castle & Cooke Mortgage) is good for purchases at “Thirty-One Gifts” by Laura Ramon Meza (

~Val J Aranda, REALTOR®

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Published by AgentVal

Val's architectural studies, military background, and love for teaching became the pathway to her real estate career. From day one, she realized that the grand world of real estate was more than just closing deals, that it was about building relationships, building trust, and building opportunities for everyone to become a homeowner. Since 1998, Val has dedicated herself to coaching home buyers, home sellers, and home investors with integrity, honesty, experience, and resourcefulness. Whether buying or selling a small tract of land or a luxury estate, Val believes every client deserves eXtraordinary first-class service.


  1. Val, I am thankful for YOU and your hunger to eduacate about what is happening in San Antonio, the handy tips you leave on your pages and how fun you are to follow! Keep it up Girl!!!

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