A STORY: Culebra Rd and Red Lobster

In late 1986, my Dad received his USMC Orders to transfer from Beaufort, South Carolina to San Antonio, TX. Our REALTOR® (at the time) drove us through new neighborhoods around the Ingram Mall area, since Dad’s new recruiting office was off of Ingram Rd. Weaving through construction zones and trying to avoid pot holes, theContinue reading “A STORY: Culebra Rd and Red Lobster”


NO Assembly Required

Your “baby” wants her first bicycle!  You go to the store, you inspect every 2-wheeler (with training wheels) and you compare prices.  Your little “Dora the Explorer” will be cruising the driveway in no time! BUT WAIT… you’ve been standing in the same aisle for 30 minutes… you’re trying to decide between TWO great prospects. Continue reading “NO Assembly Required”

Don’t Hire My Cousin Vinny!

Why You Should Work With a REALTOR® and not a Real Estate Agent…  (yes, there’s a difference) Lisa: What the (heck) is going on here, Vinny? You (screwing) up this case or what?Vinny Gambini: I explained it to you already, didn’t I? It’s procedure. I’m bound to (screw) up a little.Lisa: A little? You’ve beenContinue reading “Don’t Hire My Cousin Vinny!”

Menu of Services

“Gourmet Service at BBQ Prices”  ~Agent Val~ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ MENU OF SERVICES FOR:  TEXAS HOME BUYERS Whether you are “just looking” or you’re ready to make a move… I have a “Menu of Services” just for you.  If you have special requests or unique requirements, the Menu is completely customizable. MENU OF SERVICES FOR:  TEXAS PROPERTYContinue reading “Menu of Services”

Texas Homestead Exemption

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS offered in the state of Texas: ALERT!  New filing requirements took effect September 1, 2011.  This page provides the new law and filing requirements. JANUARY 2013:  FILING FOR A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION WHAT’S A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?  It’s a way to receive a discount on your Property Taxes. In TEXAS you have the right toContinue reading “Texas Homestead Exemption”


The end of the year is near.  Many of us will be making new resolutions for 2011.  This next year, I’m going to focus on home maintenance!  My little “to-do” list is getting a little too long.  Power-washing, paint touch-up, new bedroom set and maybe a new refrigerator!  I love my home. Around this timeContinue reading “RENT-VS-BUYING”


Does this home look familiar? http://static.animoto.com/swf/w.swf?w=swf/vp1&e=1289413943&f=6Wb1i7oHl1i8pNyjLuq1wA&d=34&m=b&r=w&i=m&options= (click on the link for the Animoto Slideshow of this home for more clues) Texas law requires all real estate license holders to provide the Information About Brokerage Services to all prospective clients. TREC’s Consumer Protection Notice.

Hard Labor–Day

Because I LOVE what I do: During the season of the “$8000 Tax Credit,” I became a permanent fixture in my own vehicle.  My Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer “travels” consisted of San Antonio’s Loop 410, Loop 1604 and hundreds of streets in between.  I was a regular patron of Starbucks where the cozy clubContinue reading “Hard Labor–Day”