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Find out who qualifies for a Homestead Exemption and how easy it is to apply. It’s a FREE service and it can save you money!

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 websites update so sporadically that it’s difficult to know what’s current. Some sites are even known to throw in some OLD & SOLD listings just to generate business. So, be careful where you register your personal information.

For THE MOST CURRENT listing data, you can rely on your REALTOR®. Not only do we have access to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), but we can and will contact listing agents for the most updated listing status, current offer situation, and/or showing availability.

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REAL-TIME LISTINGS FOR CLIENTS COMING SOON!

If you are a customer or client of Val J Aranda, Metro Realty, and would like REAL-TIME LISTINGS when they come available, please submit the form below. Your information will be kept confidential. NO WORRIES – NO SPAM!

Home staging: Does it make a difference?

It seems to be universally accepted that home staging will help your home sell faster or for the best price—it’s been the common practice in the real estate business for a long time, and on the surface it seems like a no-brainer. Of course potential buyers will be more interested if a home is properly decorated, right?

That’s not necessarily true, according to a recent academic study. The study surveyed 820 homebuyers by showing them one of six virtual tours of the same property. In some instances the home was decorated with traditional furniture and color schemes, while in others more eccentric furniture and colors were used. In other tours there was no furniture at all, just empty rooms.

The overall results of the study were that staging is unlikely to increase a home’s sale price, and that staging isn’t quite as important as everyone believes.

Of course, real estate trends vary greatly from market to market. If you have questions about staging, talk to your trusted real estate professional.


A Special Note from Agent Val: In many neighborhoods within the greater San Antonio area, staging is extremely helpful. Want to know what’s best for your property? Contact me today. I’ll be happy to preview your property and offer a free no-obligation consultation.


HAVE GENERAL REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS?

At your service!

~Val~

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Val J Aranda, REALTOR® & Certified Home Marketing Specialist

“Coaching Texas Home Buyers and Sellers”

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4007 McCullough Ave, Suite #477
San Antonio, TX 78212 | Call/Text Val: 210-378-5987

Between Friends (Newsletter) 2012

BETWEEN FRIENDS is a monthly newsletter filled with household tips, a monthly recipe and general real estate news.  Get your copy today!

“Between Friends” – Jul 2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Sharpen Your Memory
Helpful Hints:  Beating Procrastination
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Greek Grilled Cheese
Brain Teasers:  Olympic Trivia
Household Tips:  Ideas for Creative Reuse

BetweenFriends-Jun2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Guidelines for Child Safety Seats
Helpful Hints:  Finding the Best Airfare
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Chicken Salad Balsamic
Real Estate Today:  Get to Know the Neighborhood Before You Buy
Household Tips:  Fresh Ideas for Tiling Walls

BetweenFriends-May2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Meditation Made Easy
Helpful Hints:  Family Vacations that Won’t Break the Bank
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Brown Sugar Meatloaf
Brain Teasers:  Greek Mythology
Household Tips:  Homemade Laundry Detergent

Between Friends-Apr2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Simple Tips to Secure Your Home
Helpful Hints:  Tax Technology to Simplify Your Life
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Homemade Energy Bars
Real Estate Today:  Increasing Curb Appeal
Household Tips:  Speed Cleaning

BetweenFriends-Mar2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Drink to Your Health
Helpful Hints:  Keep Your Car Clean and Green
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Cabbage and Pasta Slaw
Brain Teaser- Decade Quiz:  The 60’s
Household Tips:  Get Best Results from Your Dishwasher

Between Friends-February 2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Safety on the Road
Helpful Hints:  Consider Bamboo
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Southwestern Grilled Tri-Tip
Real Estate Today:  Tips for First-Time Home Buyers
Household Tips:  Increase Your Car’s Resale Value

Between Friends-Jan2012
In this Month’s Issue:
Health & Safety:  Protect Against Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Helpful Hints:  Set SMART Goals
Savor the Flavor-Recipe:  Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Brain Teasers- The “Grand” Grand Canyon
Household Tips:  Great Reasons to Compost


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NEW LISTING – Katie Court in Boerne, TX

141 KATIE COURT  BOERNE, TX  78006

“DON’T MISS THIS EXCEPTIONAL WELL KEPT HOME.* Lovely 4/2 one story home in nice Boerne neighborhood * laminate flooring. Open floor plan* Split master w/full bathroom* Excellent condition.* *New patio cover in back *Exterior painted 2010* Cable wired and ceiling fams in all bedrooms.* Great Boerne Schools. Easy access to I H 10.”

LISTED BY:

Listing Agent:  Ann Gill

HOME AND PROPERTY TOURS BY:  Val J Aranda, REALTOR 210-378-5987


Home Tour – 16May2011

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 is a homestead exemptionWHAT’S A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?  It’s a way to receive a discount on your Property Taxes. In TEXAS you have the right to claim your primary residence as your “Homestead.” Doing so, will give you a nice tax break (up to $15,000)!

Here’s the official word on Homestead and other exemptions available —> Bexar County Appraisal District (BCAD)

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE TAX BREAK WORKS… Let’s say your homestead (your primary residence) is valued at $100,000 and you qualify for a $15,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION.  Instead of paying School Taxes on $100,000, you’ll pay school taxes as if your home was only worth $85,000.  NOT BAD, HUH?

As long as the property meets certain criteria AND you have lived in the home as of January 1st of your filing year, you should qualify easily!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A copy of your Driver License (or state-issued I.D.) —AND—
  • A copy of your Vehicle Registration Receipt
  • If you do not own a vehicle, simply sign an affidavit stating so and submit a copy of a utility bill.

The Driver License and Vehicle Registration Receipt (or Utility Bill) MUST show the property address you’re filing for.

HELPFUL NOTE:  A Homestead Exemption also protects your home from a “Forced Sale” by a creditor.  See “Homestead Exemption” for more information and exclusions.

ALERT!  ALERT!  ALERT!  YOU MIGHT RECEIVE SOLICITATION IN THE MAIL OFFERING TO FILE YOUR APPLICATION (ON YOUR BEHALF), FOR A NOMINAL FEE.   **DON’T DO IT**  This is a FREE service!

SCROLL DOWN FOR HELPFUL LINKS AND APPLICATION FORMS…

Homestead Application can be found online at www.bcad.org (Bexar County Appraisal District).
*** YOU ONLY HAVE TO FILE ONCE *** 

For other Texas Counties, visit www.texascad.com

Once you’ve landed on the correct County Appraisal District Web site, follow these quick and easy steps…
[The following hyperlinks are for Bexar County]

  1. Click on “Forms
  2. Click on “Exemption Application Forms (ex. Homestead, Veterans, AG, Freeport etc.)”
  3. Select “Residential Homestead Exemption (General, Over 65 and Disabled)”

You will be directed to Homestead information, instructions and the Homestead Application.  Fill out the form using the tax records for your property [link leads to Bexar county property search].

You can search your property by name or address.  The “Geographic ID” number on your Tax Record is the “County Account Number” you will need for your Homestead Application.

V.I.P. SERVICE OFFERED BY Val J Aranda, REALTOR® – Metro Realty:
Clients who purchase a home through Val, will receive their Homestead Exemption Applications in the mail.

If you are NOT a client of Metro Realty, but would like additional assistance with your Homestead Exemption application, we welcome your questions.  We are here to guide you, too.

State Government answers to in-depth Homestead Exemption questions.

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Val J Aranda, REALTOR® | Metro Realty

4007 McCullough Ave, Suite #477
San Antonio, TX 78212 | Direct to Val: 210-378-5987

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