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”

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”

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”

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”

Holiday Villages of Medina: FLEETWOOD HOME FOR SALE

BANK FORECLOSURE: Property details delivered to your cell phone.  Text “Agent114683” or “Property 456privateroad1507″ to 27126. If you or someone you know is interested in a $69,000 home in Bandera, TX (Medina County), give me a call A.S.A.P.!  I just listed a 5-year old home in the Holiday Villages of Medina.  It’a Fleetwood manufactured home withContinue reading “Holiday Villages of Medina: FLEETWOOD HOME FOR SALE”

The Mortgage Murder

“You did WHAT before closing day?!?” Here’s a list of things that can KILL YOUR MORTGAGE LOAN APPROVAL: 1)  Car shopping- “BIG NO-NO!” Once you have a mortgage pre-approval, it’s not a good idea to shop for a sports car. The credit check alone can “ding” your credit score.  Let’s say you need a 620 FICOContinue reading “The Mortgage Murder”

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”

Model Home Tours

From Historical Homes to brand new construction… I enjoy previewing homes.  I NEED to know what’s out there so I’m armed with knowledge when a Buyer calls! The past couple of weeks, I’ve taken some time to tour Model Homes by “Sivage Homes.”  Most Builders showcase a Model to give a buyer an idea of what their newContinue reading “Model Home Tours”