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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 and OVER and OVER again. If you and your agent are acting quickly to see new listings, the “timing” is not your fault nor your agent’s. In the Greater San Antonio area, specifically, we are experiencing a shortage in housing inventory. Basically, there are more buyers than homes for sale. Low supply and high demand.

Today, when a new listing hits the market, every buyer looking for that type of house is making arrangements with their REALTOR® to tour it right away. If a buyer is touring the home in the morning, they are probably making an offer while the 8 t0 5 folks are on their lunch breaks. By the time daytime workers see the home at 5:45 pm, there could be an accepted offer or multiple offers by then.

In this scenario, it doesn’t matter how fast you get “New” listings in your inbox. If you can’t see the home right away, you may miss out on it.

But, if you have a day off, a weekend off, or you’re available during a holiday, an instant and REAL-TIME MLS Alert could mean the difference between a lost deal and a done deal!
REAL TIME LISTINGS-fb postIf you are working with a San Antonio REALTOR®, today’s your lucky day! Overnight last night and into the wee hours of this morning (5/3/2016), our San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) revamped our Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to offer our clients REAL-TIME MLS ALERTS! YES!

So, if you don’t mind multiple emails from MLS, contact
your REALTOR® and request REAL-TIME MLS ALERTS. When a new listing hits the market, you will receive the listing information INSTANTLY!

SERVICE AREAS INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) listings in and around Leon Valley, Helotes, San Antonio, Shavano Park, Hollywood Park, Timberwood Park, Stone Oak, Castle Hills, Balcones Heights, Alamo Heights, Windcrest, Wilford Hall USAF, Brooks AFB, Fort Sam Houston, Randolph AFB, Converse, New Braunfels, Cibolo, and more.

*Don’t have a REALTOR®, yet? Scroll below to enroll today!*

 

NOW AVAILABLE - REAL TIME LISTINGS

Don’t have a REALTOR®? Give me a call. I’d love the opportunity to assist you with your home buying process. We’ll take care of you from our first handshake to closing day (and beyond).

~Agent Val

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If you are a customer or client of Val J Aranda, Metro Realty, and would like REAL-TIME MLS ALERTS of New Listings, please fill out and submit the form below. Your information will be kept confidential. NO WORRIES – NO SPAM – NO OBLIGATION (EVER)!

 

The advice and opinions expressed in this graphic and on AgentVal.com are the sole opinions and advice offered by Val J Aranda, Metro Realty. This is not intended to solicit business from consumers under a Buyer/Broker agreement with another Real Estate Firm.

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!

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 ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.


Have questions? Send a message or feel free to comment.

The hard truth about Renting versus Buying

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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 Christmas 2009
– mortgage payment:  roughly $1100/mo
– by late 2013 the home owner had about $15,000 in equity

Example:
Purchase Price December 2009:  $125,000
Market Value December 2013:  $140,000
Equity (profit):  $15,000

– mid-2014 his equity has jumped to about $25,000

Example:
Purchase Price December 2009:  $125,000
Today’s Market Value (July 2014):  $150,000
Equity:  $25,000

RESULTS – the renter versus the buyer:

– Ownership: $25,000 PROFIT accrued in 55 months (approx.)
– Renter: Just LOST $1100/month for 55 months totaling $60,500 (and that’s not taking rent increases into consideration after every lease renewal)

What do you think? Rent or buy?

No matter how you slice it, owning real estate can be much more profitable than playing the stock market. Where else can you get a +/-20.00% rate of return in less than 5 years?

THE TRUTH
I can’t guarantee these results with everyone, but I can stand by the value of real estate. The longer you own it, the more value it can have. Afraid of commitment? I’d be more concerned about never seeing $60,500 again.

This is a true story.


Yes, buying a home can be scary and intimidating, but don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you in the dark.  We can shine the light on the pros and cons of home-ownership.  If buying is a right fit for you, FANTASTIC!  We’ll guide you EVERY step of the way.  If renting is better for you right now, we can help with that too.  Rent or buy – as long as you know what your options are, we are here to take care of your needs. 

 

Val J Aranda, REALTOR® and Certified Home Marketing Specialist
“Coaching first-time Texas Home Buyers & Sellers”

METRO REALTY – SAN ANTONIO
http://www.facebook.com/agentval  -or- http://www.val-a-homes.com

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

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It’s a bidding war!

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 any bites, you’re probably just priced too high.  If you’re still on the fence and waiting for the “right time to sell,” maybe these stories will push you off!

MY RECENT EXPERIENCES

REAL SCENARIO #1:
My San Antonio first-time home buyer was recently engaged to get married; we’ll call him Mr. Green (for the sake of privacy).  Mr. Green is ready to buy a home for himself and his bride-to-be.  One afternoon, I had arranged two showings for that same evening.  By 8:00 pm, we were touring house #2.

The house was in impeccable condition, priced within their budget and in an area they wanted.  In my book, that’s a grand slam!  I saw the stars twinkling in their eyes and knew I had to give them their fair warning,

“I know it seems quick guys, but if you want this home, we need to make an offer tonight!”

I saw their hesitation, so I shared the one common mistake many first-time home buyers make:

First-time home buyers are often surprised to find “the one” so quickly that they choose to “look at a few more, just to make sure.”  More often than not, that extra time results in a missed opportunity.  It’s during that “loss” when a buyer realizes just how much they wanted that home.  The side-effects of this mistake result in deep regret along with the buyer comparing every home thereafter to, “the one that got away.”  (It’s painful to watch.)

I gave them a brief moment to soak in the information and then I asked the million dollar question:

If I call you tomorrow to tell you this home is already sold, how would that make you feel?

I explained that I’d be in their corner regardless of their decision.  They glanced at each other, gave each other an accepting nod and gave me the green light.  “Let’s do it!”

I rushed to my home office to start the paperwork; it was almost 9:30 pm.  I pulled up the listing in MLS to gather information and guess what?  The new listing status read, “ACTIVE OPTION.”  It was under contract.  It was gone.  TRUE STORY.  I called the buyers to let them know right away.  Of course they were disappointed, but I hope there was a sense of peace knowing they acted quickly.  If they had waited, they would have regretted it.

DAYS ON THE MARKET:  1

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REAL SCENARIO #2 – SAME BUYERS, DIFFERENT LISTING:
I showed them two more homes.  Mr. Green loved one and she loved the other.  Even after experiencing their first home “loss,” they still decided to wait and take the night to think things over.  I was behind their decision 100%.  I believe they should both fall in love with the same thing (or at least feel they can compromise).  Mr. Green called me the next morning to say he was ready to make an offer.  By the time our offer got into the hands of the listing agent, two other offers were already there.

I advised Mr. Green to make his best offer upfront.  At this point, trying to “wheel and deal” would not get the house.  Sellers are not required to counter all of the offers.  They usually pick the best one and decline the others.

“If you really want this house, show them you’re serious.  Make an offer so strong that if you still lose this house, you know you gave it your best shot.”

We lost.  The offer that gave the seller the highest net profit won.

DAYS ON THE MARKET:  2

REAL SCENARIO #3 – We’ll call this buyer, “Mr. Red”:
Mr. Red is a little more experienced and has watched listings quickly disappear online.  We saw a listing in his area and in his price range.  There was a particular feature he wasn’t crazy about, so we kept house-hunting.  The “feature” was probably one reason the house had been on the market a little while.  After seeing what else was out there (for about 2 weeks), we noticed that the “feature” house had a price reduction.  Mr. Red decided to make an offer.  We offered full price (at the new price).

Lo and behold, by the time our offer got into the hands of the listing agent, THREE other offers had been submitted.  This situation created quite a stir and a “bidding war.”  I alerted Mr. Red immediately and asked if he wanted to make any adjustments to his offer, to place him in a better position.  He decided to offer the original list price (before the price reduction).  We STILL lost.

TOTAL DAYS ON THE MARKET:  89

DAYS ON THE MARKET WITH THE REDUCED PRICE:  8

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How can someone improve their chances during a bidding war?

Don’t ask for too much – limit contingencies.  If you’re making an offer below list price, asking the seller to pay some of your closing costs, and needing two months to close (for example), you’re weakening your leverage.  If you give full asking price and ask for little to no closing cost assistance, your offer will show you’re serious.  If you REALLY want that house, offer a little more than what the seller is asking for and eliminate contingencies.  You’ll definitely grab some attention!

Are you a home owner who just got the itch to sell?  Are you ready to see a bidding war on your house?

Contact your local REALTOR® today!  Why wait?  The market hasn’t been this HOT in almost 10 years!  Don’t have a REALTOR®?  Contact me using the form below.  I’d love to help you.  If I’m not in your area, I’ll find someone who is!

~Agent Val

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METRO REALTY | Val J Aranda, REALTOR®
A Certified Home Marketing Specialist
coaching first-time Texas Home Buyers and Sellers.

4007 McCullough Ave.  #477
San Antonio, TX 78212
*At your service*

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!  He laughed so hard telling everyone I tried to hide behind the toilet.  “WHAT-A-DORK!”

Don’t worry, I don’t have pranks today.  As a matter of fact, I’m probably going to hide in my home office to avoid pranksters!

Today, especially for you, I have a special offer instead.  It’s a free “Home Scouting” smart phone application.  It’s designed to help Home Shoppers in and around the San Antonio area.  Whether you have an Android Phone or an iPhone, the app can be found in your Google Play/App Store.  (Also available on tablets and iPad).

HERE YOU GO – Start finding homes near you in just FIVE EASY STEPS:

1.  DOWNLOAD THE “HOME SCOUTING” APP

FREE APP for Smartphones

FREE APP for Smartphones

 

2.  USE MY VIP ACTIVATION CODE TO ENTER (shown on the screen below).  

FAQ:  Why do I need a VIP Code?
ANSWER:  The VIP code will personalize every customer’s private Home Scouting account  by linking directly to San Antonio’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

USE MY VIP CODE starting with 210...

USE MY VIP CODE starting with 210…

3.  CREATE YOUR PASSWORD PROTECTED ACCOUNT by completing your private registration.

FAQ:  How much information do I need to give for my new account?
ANSWER:  To register for your private Home Scouting account, all you’ll need to enter is your first name, last name, email address and password.

4.  Accept the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Disclosure Agreement.

5.  Tap “START SEARCHING NOW” to find active listings right now!

FAVORITE APP FEATURES:

  • “Find Homes Near Me” uses GPS to scout homes around you.  This is extremely helpful if you’re parked in front of a home with a For Sale sign in front of it.
  • Access 100% of our MLS listings!
  • “My Saved Searches” allows you to have multiple search options.  Debating between a condominium or a single-family home?  Want to search for raw land AND single-family homes?  You can create as many search types as you need to.
  • NO THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISEMENTS!  Your account is so private, “Home Scouting” does not allow third-party advertisers to promote themselves on the application.  What does this mean to you?  Unlike other real estate web sites, Home Scouting will protect your personal information and will not sell your contact information to third-party businesses.
  • The “CALL MY AGENT” button links you to ONE PERSON — me.  This special feature eliminates having to call multiple real estate offices and REALTORS® about their listings.  With just one call, I can provide you with all of the listing details for any MLS listing.
  • The “CALL MY LOAN OFFICER” button links you to my preferred Loan Officer, Daylon Brady of Castle & Cooke Mortgage.  Although you are not obligated to use his services, he will still offer free credit and financial advice to help qualify you for a mortgage.  He will also provide you with a copy of your credit report with notes on how to improve your FICO credit score (if needed).

If you have any questions about the application, feel free to reach out to me.  I’ll be happy to help and guide you.  I started referring my clients to this app for two reasons:

1.  HOME SCOUTING and the “Sold Home Alert” helps sellers stay on top of the market until they’re ready to sell.

2.  HOME SCOUTING allows buyers to house-hunt on their own time 24/7.  They can even “Schedule a Showing” with a touch of a button.

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VAL ARANDA Blog

Name:VAL ARANDA
Company Name:Metro Realty
Company Address:4007 McCullough Ave #473 San Antonio, TX
Phone:210-378-5987
Fax :210-615-8940
Thursday September 13th ,2012

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Can You Trust a REALTOR®?

When a new client chooses to work with me, I am presented with a new challenge.  Whether they are friends, family or complete strangers, I have a goal to earn their total trust and loyalty.  I know I have a level of trust and loyalty with friends and family, but when they are first-time home buyers, it really takes time for them to let go of their fear.  Fear is the first barrier I concentrate on.

My day-to-day activity isn’t just about showing homes. It’s about building relationships.  When I’ve reached the point where clients can have heart-to-heart talks with me, I know I have earned their trust.  Breaking through that ground is extremely important to me.  Once I’ve earned their trust, I have to work even harder to keep it.  In my practice, I cannot move forward comfortably if I feel a client is second-guessing their decisions.

I pay attention to people.  I listen carefully.  Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s more than the words that are being said… it’s the expressions.  It’s the body language.  It’s the connection people have.  When I commit my time to clients, whether they are single, married or with a partner, I pay close attention to the connection they have with each other and with the homes they walk through.  When a buyer finally makes a connection with ME, I know we are only steps away from making dreams come true.

Can you trust a REALTOR®?  Yes, you can.  But don’t just trust one because their marketing says you should.  Make us work for it.  It’ll be worth it in the long run.

I’m a San Antonio, Texas REALTOR® with a wide variety of interests. If I’m not House-Hunting, I’m hunting for great “House-to-Home” ideas! ~Agent Val, Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor~

METRO REALTY | Val J Aranda, REALTOR®

4007 McCullough Ave, Suite #473
San Antonio, TX 78212 | Direct to Val: 210-378-5987

BOTHER A REALTOR®

House Apps for Cell Phones

REALTOR.COM

Today, I was researching Real Estate Apps from my phone. On one of the applications, I saw a user’s comment that read, “I want to find information on a house (online) before I bother a REALTOR®.” I’m sure I speak for many of us when I say, “PLEASE, BOTHER US!” For one, it’s not a “bother,” it’s what we do for a living; give us the task. Why waste hours online (or on phone apps) searching for information when we can email/text the most up-to-date details in minutes?

If you’re actively house-hunting online, might as well contact a professional who can point you in the right direction. Not only will it save you time, but it will save time for the REALTOR® you’ll eventually hire.

There are SO MANY real estate sites where shoppers can begin their house-hunt. Unfortunately, most of the sites take days to update listing statuses.  What’s the inconvenience?  By the time a potential Buyer contacts a local REALTOR®, the home they fell in love with (online) is either sold or no longer available.

House-HuntingWHERE DO REALTORS® HOUSE HUNT?  We are members of our local Real Estate Board.  We pay dues to access the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  As soon as a REALTOR®/Listing Agent inputs a new listing, changes a price on a listing or places a house back on the market, we have access instantly.

WHERE DO OTHER REAL ESTATE SITES OBTAIN THEIR LISTINGS?  It starts with MLS; from MLS it is forwarded to REALTOR.COM.  From REALTOR.COM, listings can be syndicated to all the other Real Estate web sites.  Some syndicate within 24 hours while others might take days or even weeks to sync.  At REALTOR.COM, they update every 15 minutes!

So, if you still want to surf online or check out a phone app for property listings, I highly recommend REALTOR.COM (yes, there’s an app for that).  However; if you’re ready for up-to-the-minute listing information, contact a REALTOR®/Buyer’s Agent.  Remember, Listing Agents (and Builders) represent the Sellers.  You have the right to hire your very own, “Buyer’s Agent.”  In many cases, it will not cost you a penny to hire one.  BOTHER A REALTOR® TODAY!

*PERSONAL NOTE FROM VAL:  I don’t mind text messages and/or emails if you want to ease your way into the whirlwind of real estate.  I understand most folks prefer an online introduction before a phone call and/or face-to-face meeting.  You can count on me to provide essential information that will help you make careful and educated real estate decisions.  ~Val J Aranda, Metro Realty (San Antonio, TX)

Agent Val A., Offering ‘Valet’ Real Estate Service Around the Clock!

If you have general real estate questions, I’m always on-call.  Whether you’re a Home Buyer, Home Seller or a Tenant… I’ll gladly tailor my service to suit your needs.

METRO REALTY | Val J Aranda, REALTOR®

4007 McCullough Ave, Suite #473
San Antonio, TX 78212 |
Call/Text Val: 210-378-5987

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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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