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 by theirContinue reading “TO CLOSE OR NOT TO CLOSE”

THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE

In case you haven’t heard, I’m running a Thanksgiving Giveaway titled, “Agent Val Gives Back-2012!”  It’s just my way of giving back to folks who follow my social sites and support my business efforts. Once upon a time, about three years ago, I closed my eyes and took a dive into Facebook.  I wanted toContinue reading “THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAY UPDATE”

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

During our first face-to-face meeting, my buyer looked me straight in the eye and stated, “Val, I watch those Home Shows, and the REALTOR® always shows a house above the buyer’s price range.”  Showing frustration, she asked, “Why do they do that?”  Noticing that her guard was slightly elevated, I explained (for one), that’s theContinue reading “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”

HOUSE-HUNTERS

HGTV is my MTV and “House-Hunters” is one of my favorite “music videos!” HGTV has been airing “House-Hunters” over and over and over again.  The scenarios with each couple are also repetitive.  On each episode, there are two people buying a home for the first time. They have THREE categories to seriously consider… 1. Price 2.Continue reading “HOUSE-HUNTERS”

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 homeContinue reading “Can You Trust a REALTOR®?”

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)”

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”