How to Buy a New Construction Home in San Antonio, TX

Invite a REALTOR® to accompany you on your tours to new construction sites and model homes. Why? Because believe it or not, we will represent YOU and ONLY YOU… AT NO COST TO YOU! WHAT ABOUT THE ONSITE SALES PEOPLE AT THE MODEL HOMES? Great question! They represent the BUILDER ONLY. (Like a car salesman).Continue reading “How to Buy a New Construction Home in San Antonio, TX”

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 byContinue reading “TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE”

LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS: A Bigger, Better Deal

[SUNDAY NEWS- San Antonio Real Estate as seen by Val J Aranda, REALTOR® – Metro Realty] REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHT:  I had a pretty interesting encounter with a Builder this past week.  For the first time, in a long time, a Builder’s Sales Counselor could not wave enough “incentives” in front of my client to entice himContinue reading “LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS: A Bigger, Better Deal”

LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS (Builder-Owned Homes)

[Express News, San Antonio, TX – SUNDAY, 04 March 2012 edition – referenced article; “Just Closed.  Builder-owned home a perfect fit”] REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHT: Going through the Sunday paper (a day late), I read an article and thought it was a good topic for first-time home buyers.  In the article, we learn about a buyerContinue reading “LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS (Builder-Owned Homes)”

Home Builder Facts

“The Builder didn’t tell me that!”[updated: 09 Nov 2017]  First of all, this is by no means a post to bash home builders! I LOVE working with home builders.  Unfortunately, the average Joe/Jane is not familiar with the partnerships between Builders and REALTORS®, so they walk into a model home blindly.  They shake hands withContinue reading “Home Builder Facts”