New Listings in Real-Time! It’s finally here in San Antonio, TX

HAS THIS HAPPENED TO YOU? You see a “New” listing you like and ask your REALTOR® to show it to you. After you walk through the home, you say, “let’s make an offer!” Your REALTOR® gets in his/her car, calls the listing agent immediately and hears, “sorry, we JUST accepted an offer.” It’s happening OVER andContinue reading “New Listings in Real-Time! It’s finally here in San Antonio, TX”

WHICH WEBSITE IS THE BEST AND MOST ACCURATE FOR LOCAL HOME SEARCHES?

In short, there are NO PUBLIC SITES who can publish listings in real-time. Real-time listings are limited to REALTORS® who are members of their local Board and who are subscribed to the Board’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS). The closest to “real-time” you can get today is from REALTOR.com. REALTOR.com updates every 15 minutes. All other public websitesContinue reading “WHICH WEBSITE IS THE BEST AND MOST ACCURATE FOR LOCAL HOME SEARCHES?”

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few waysContinue reading “Three ways to ease your fears about making a move”

HVAC – DIY Preventive Maintenance

I’ve toured and sold miles, and miles, and miles of homes. Most contracts start with a home inspection, and on almost every home inspection, the HVAC System needs to be serviced.  And if you don’t know by now, the HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), is one of the MOST EXPENSIVE items to replace inContinue reading “HVAC – DIY Preventive Maintenance”

The hard truth about Renting versus Buying

I recently had a conversation with a very intelligent young man who was SO convinced that renting was better than buying, his “wall” of judgement was too thick to penetrate. He wanted to “be convinced” otherwise. Look… there’s no other way to put it: – a recent buyer-client moved into his new home around ChristmasContinue reading “The hard truth about Renting versus Buying”

IT’S A BIDDING WAR IN SAN ANTONIO!

I hadn’t even THOUGHT about selling my house, but after the month I’ve had, I’m thinking about it!  ~Agent Val The market started brewing at the beginning of the year, and it’s only getting HOTTER! Listings are flying off the shelves!  If you happen to have a house for sale and you’re not getting anyContinue reading “IT’S A BIDDING WAR IN SAN ANTONIO!”

APRIL FOOL’S DAY – 2014

Growing up with three younger brothers, pranks were not limited to April Fool’s day!  The worst prank was when my brother popped out from behind the shower curtain just as I was about to use the “facility.”  I was so startled, I quickly hunched over as if to hide between the commode and the sink!  HeContinue reading “APRIL FOOL’S DAY – 2014”

A House is Like a Box of Cereal

A FACEBOOK FRIEND BRINGS UP A GREAT “LISTING” QUESTION.  When preparing a house for sale:  “Extreme Makeover.  Is that the direction of today’s real estate market?” I enjoy interacting with customers, clients and friends on my Facebook page (Val-A-Homes.com on Facebook).  This week, I had a potential seller post a web page showing some beforeContinue reading “A House is Like a Box of Cereal”

TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE

“RETAINING WALL REQUIRED… but let’s close anyway!”~Builder (will remain unnamed)  THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  I share it only to educate the next buyer who wishes to build their next home. The buyers of this property (right of the fence) are my clients.  They live so close to this subdivision, that they drive by theirContinue reading “TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE”

THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE

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 toContinue reading “THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE”