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 (Curb Appeal)

[Express News, San Antonio, TX – SUNDAY, 11 March 2012 Edition – referenced article; “SELLING A HOME:  Nailing the Curb Appeal.”] MY THOUGHTS:  For many home sellers, January can be a rough month.  Their properties might have been listed for six to twelve months, and never got a SOLD sign.  When February comes around, someContinue reading “LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS (Curb Appeal)”

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)”

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 2012In this Month’s Issue:Health & Safety:  Sharpen Your MemoryHelpful Hints:  Beating ProcrastinationSavor the Flavor-Recipe:  Greek Grilled CheeseBrain Teasers:  Olympic TriviaHousehold Tips:  Ideas for Creative Reuse BetweenFriends-Jun2012In this Month’s Issue:Health & Safety:  Guidelines for Child SafetyContinue reading “Between Friends (Newsletter) 2012”

REALTORS® are Secret Weapons

Chances are, if you’re thinking about buying a home, you are wanting to research as much information as possible before speaking with a “salesperson.” I don’t blame you. When I’m shopping for a car, I do the EXACT same thing. I want to be armed with information so I feel like I have more control.Continue reading “REALTORS® are Secret Weapons”

ARM WRESTLING: Buyer-VS-Seller

BUYERS CAN HAVE LEVERAGE!  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  One seller lost out on my Buyer’s offer because he didn’t want to budge on his price or on closing costs. The Seller would rather wait and see if his “back-up” buyer fixes his credit and pays full price.  He HOPES the back-up buyer comesContinue reading “ARM WRESTLING: Buyer-VS-Seller”

I’M NOT CUT-OUT FOR USED CAR SALES

If I were a used car salesperson, I’d have the WORSE sales record EVER! If I knew a car was just pulled out of a river or if the engine was being held by twist-ties, I would send you to another dealership. I’m not saying that all car salespeople are unethical, I’m just saying thatContinue reading “I’M NOT CUT-OUT FOR USED CAR SALES”

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”