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”

4th of July GRAND SLAM – Missions Baseball and Kevin Fowler

*******2014 POST****** *******2014 POST****** *******2014 POST****** WE’RE LOOKING FOR TWO LUCKY WINNERS! Each winner will receive FOUR TICKETS FOR LOWER BOX SEATS ($100 value) to watch our Missions Baseball Team play on the 4th of July! But… wait… there’s more!  Country singer and songwriter, Kevin Fowler, will be in concert, on the field, after the game. YES! Oh, youContinue reading “4th of July GRAND SLAM – Missions Baseball and Kevin Fowler”

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”

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SWEEPSTAKES BY AGENT VAL

*******2013 POST****** *******2013 POST****** *******2013 POST****** WHO WILL BE THE ONE LUCKY WINNER? Here’s your chance to win $100* for your Back-to-School shopping!  The Facebook giveaway is just in time for the TAX FREE WEEKEND (August 9th-11th, 2013)! ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES~ OPTION #1:  Fill out the short entry form below.  YourContinue reading “BACK-TO-SCHOOL SWEEPSTAKES BY AGENT VAL”

Open House Timeline: Countdown to a Successful Sale

[Article 2 of 6] NEW SERIES FOR SELLERS:  Helping Owners Get Ready To List Their House Open houses:  Not every REALTOR® holds open houses, and there are different reasons why.  When interviewing agents, ask about his/her marketing plan.  If an open house isn’t brought up, don’t hesitate to ask why.  Experts in your area will beContinue reading “Open House Timeline: Countdown to a Successful Sale”

5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale

NEW SERIES FOR SELLERS:  Helping Owners Get Ready To List Their House [Article 1 of 6 – “5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale”] There are so many indicators flashing and pointing to the light at the end of the tunnel.  HOUSES ARE A HOT COMMODITY, AGAIN!  Two big indicators are Appraisals and Surveys.Continue reading “5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Sale”

PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH

I spend my days talking about houses and explaining about maintenance.  I teach homeowners how to take care of their home, but I don’t always practice what I preach.  I’m like my mechanic who fixes everyone’s car but his own. “Do what I say, not what I do!”  🙂 During “Spring Break 2013,” I’m staying busyContinue reading “PRACTICE WHAT I PREACH”

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”

S.O.S. – Let’s “Spoil Our Sweethearts”

 VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY (San Antonio, TX) Entries accepted Friday, February 8, 2013 through Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 12:00 PM (CST)  [Sponsored by Val J Aranda and Daylon G. Brady, Castle & Cooke Mortgage] WINNER #1 will receive TWO FREE Movie Passes to the Santikos Palladium Theater ($20 Value) —AND— a $50 Gift Card to “Maggiano’s Little Italy!“ And for WINNERContinue reading “S.O.S. – Let’s “Spoil Our Sweethearts””