Sharon Miller's Blog Posts

What Did Christmas Look Like When You Were Born

  This picture of a vintage Christmas Tree is copied from files on Pinterest.  I was raised in the 1950's in a small town in northeast Oklahoma.  This tree was very typical of

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What A Seller Should Know About Completing Agreed Repairs

The inspection has been done and you received, negotiated and agreed to a list of repairs requested by the Buyer.  You are wondering when the repairs must be completed and how many of them

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Questions First Time Buyers Ask About Home Inspections

A home is the largest investment most of us will make in a lifetime.  That’s not to say that we won’t “move-up” to a bigger, better home one day, but for a first-time home buyer, it

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Why De Clutter Your Home For The Market

When meeting with potential sellers who want to list and sell a home, one thing we agents often hear is concern about de-cluttering.  Why do it?  I recommend taking it a step or two

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5 Questions First Time Home Buyers Most Often Ask

I’ve been in real estate less than ten years but I am often asked the same questions by first-time home buyers and buyers who have lived in their current home for many years.  I thought it

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Loving My Special Child Follow Up

I’ve written a couple of blogs about loving a special child and I wanted to do a follow-up. My special child is a granddaughter who is now in high school. She has been in counseling for two

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My Summer Vacation Get Away

It seemed like a very long summer season this year.  It’s been pretty hot and dry.  We delayed our annual vacation this year—we usually go in early July.  This year we chose

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Why Does A First Time Home Buyer Need A Real Estate Agent

I meet very few first time buyer clients that start the home purchase process correctly--typically they start by browsing the Internet looking for homes.  A search engine is usually their

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Ready Your Home Fall Is Approaching

Soon we’ll see school buses in the neighborhoods, lights flashing at school crosswalks, leaves on the ground and cooler temperatures.  In this area, we’ll see only minimal temperature

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Front Porches Home Made Ice Cream And Summer

There were lots of summer celebratory things going on at our home over this past weekend including family gatherings, extra dogs, too much food and drink and a ton of fun!  We even splurged

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Senior Clients Divesting Yourself Of Years Of Stuff

Divesting Yourself—Years of “Stuff” Build-upI recently came across an article about helping older clients clear out excess furnishings and collectibles in preparation for selling their.&

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Nearly New One Story Home Just Listed In Alamo Ranch

             You’ll feel welcome from the front door and throughout this home.  It is a single-story home built by M/I Homes in 2012 and it is barely

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Mosquitoes In The Yard Here Today And Gone

We have a lovely pool in our backyard and, aside from the trees that grow berries and plop them into the pool, the next most bothersome issue have is the Texas-sized mosquito population. ;

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First Time Home Buyer Seminar Sunday June 11 2017

I am hosting, along with my favorite lenders, a seminar for First-Time Home Buyers*.   If you are considering a home purchase and you will be a first-time home buyer, I encourage you to

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5 Things First Time Home Buyers Should And Should Not Do

If you are a first-time home buyer, you may not know that your credit is checked just prior to closing on a home.  When you are in the process of securing a mortgage to purchase a home, you

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First Time Home Buyer Seminar May 16 2017

       Two of my favorite lenders and I will host a Seminar for First-Time Home Buyers on May 16, 2017.   If you are considering a home purchase and

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First Time Home Buyer Seminar

I’ve wanted to host a First-Time Home Buyer Seminar for some time, but taking time to do the work preparing for it always seemed elusive.  There’s a rush of clients, open houses, photo

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How Much Money Do You Need To Make To Buy A Home In San Antonio

If you've ever purchased a home, you know the process can make your emotions run the gamut. Buying a home can be an exhilarating, frustrating, amazing, time consuming, beautiful undertaking. And

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Water Softener Maintenance And Inspection

       I recently attended a meeting that was partially hosted by a local Water Softener Company.  The representative who addressed the group emphasized the importance of

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LANDSCAPING FOR DUMMIES

Landscape Design: Seven Tips for BeginnersWhether your yard needs new plantings or a complete refresh, here are seven, must-know landscape design tips for the perfect garden.BY

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San Antonio Spring Tour Of Homes

SPRING TOUR OF HOMESDate/TimeApr 1, 2017 to Apr 8, 201711:00 AM until 06:00 PMDescriptionPresented by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the 2017 Spring Tour of Homes showcases 17

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Three Ways To Help Your Kids Cope With A Move

3 tips to help your kids cope with a move Translate this page Select Language▼02/10/2017 | Author: Summer MandellThere are more than just logistical challenges when you move with children.

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Should I Sell My Home

Not sure when to sell your house? If you’ve been on the fence, we’ve got good news: It’s a great market for sellers! Limited inventory continues to drive home prices up, and the latest data

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What Do Real Estate Agents Do Besides Tour Homes

As most everyone knows, real estate agents live a “life of luxury”.  What?  Have I missed out?  Like a lot of agents, I do occasionally, get to show lovely, exquisitely

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My Big Spring Get Away With The Grandkids

Spring break was never a big deal when our kids were young because we were either living overseas or I was working in Alaska (spring doesn’t really ‘arrive’ in March in Alaska).  This

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Why I Love Real Estate Work

Hmmm, am I really going to write about this?  Yep, I am a person working on a second career who chose real estate.  I was a federal employee for 30 years and decided to hang up“

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She Wants Me To Pack Away My Family Photos

When I am honored to spend time with a potential client in a listing consultation, I generally do a walk-around with the Seller.  It is during this walk-through that I make written and mental

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RODEO TIME SAN ANTONIO

It's Rodeo Time San Antonio! Click on the image above to gain access to the 2017 Rodeo Schedule and!

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Spring Is On The Way In San Antonio Area

As I look around my neighborhood, I see quite a number of tree service trucks, lawn service folks, two to three homes getting new roofs and others having some sort of construction (inside). 

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The Final Walk Through What If The Buyer Bolts

Most Buyer Final Walk-Through's go off without a hitch because the home is vacated, repairs are complete and the home is cleaned in preparation for the Buyer’s last look before heading to

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15 Great Date Ideas In San Antonio

You truly never need to wait for an anniversary, birthday or national holiday to take your significant other on a date.  However, if you are stumped on ideas for your next outing, click on the

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Looking For A Single Story Home In Northwest Crossing

Ever thought about “right-sizing” to a centrally located split level home in Northwest Crossing?  Here’s the news:  A new single story home ideally located on a cul-de-sac and

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Real Estate Is My Second Career Why I Dont Retire

Up early every morning, coffee going, dogs racing outside—all this while it’s still dark!  Why do I get up so early?  I could be sleeping.  Instead, I am straightening the

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Inherent Rewards Of Becoming A Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent meets and works with clients of all ages, folks with all the issues that people deal with on a daily basis. What does that mean? Well, suppose the client is an elder

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New Listing In An Active Adult Community Includes Solar Xeriscaping Greenbelt

Ever consider life in an over 55, active adult community?  Are you familiar with your neighbors?  Would you like to have the option of joining (or not) in activities you are interested

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Just Needs You And Your Suitcase Seriously Cool Active 55 Plus Location

There is a new listing in San Antonio’s Del Webb community, Hill Country Retreat.  The home has just hit the market and it is ready for new owners!  Of course, there is a clubhouse

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Open Houses To Hold Or Not

I have a marketing plan that includes professional photos, designing a postcard to mail to the neighborhood, holding an open house and more.  The open house will be held at the owner’s

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Nearly New Single Story Home In Wildhorse At Tausch Farm

There’s a new home on the market this week within the Wildhorse at Tausch Farm community.  It’s a wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 baths plus office, one-story home that backs to a private farm.

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Cluttered House Cluttered Garage Or Storage Fees

A client recently asked whether they needed to pack their excess household items and put them into storage or whether it was okay to place the boxes in the garage.  I have my opinion on this

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Aug 16 2016 21763 The Best High Schools In Texas For 2016 According To Newsweek

The best high schools in Texas for 2016, according to NewsweekBy Chris QuinnUpdated 9:48 am, Monday, August 15, 2016         ;

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Japanese Tea Garden Jingu House

Japanese Tea Garden (Jingu House)3853 N. St. Mary's St., San Antonio, TX 78212210-212-4814    Visit WebsiteAdd ThisOverview This unique garden features beautiful floral

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Applying Book Learning To Practicing Real Estate

When I first became a real estate licensee, I was pretty shaky about how to go about moving my “book learning” in real estate into a profitable profession.  Sure, I understood the parts

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Exterior Home Maintenance And Prep For Fall

We’ve had a couple of little storms blow over this past week and again today, it looks like it could rain.  This kind of weather reminds me of cooler days, piles of fallen leaves and a list

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Relocating In 2016 6 Tips For A Stress Free Move

Relocating in 2016? 6 tips for a stress free move Published 9:37 am, Monday, July 18, 2016      

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Housing For The Boomers

When someone of my generation goes looking for a new home, are they generally interested in one of the McMansion-type homes or a one-story smaller home?  I don’t know how many times I’ve

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An Alternative Vacation Spot For My Family

My family loves to vacation at the beach and we especially love Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI.  It is becoming quite expensive in terms of real cash and time commitment to travel to Hawaii

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 Downtown Runs/Walks(210) 207-6321    Visit WebsiteAdd ThisOverviewSlip on your running or walking shoes and explore San Antonio on one of the scenic routes we’ve 

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No Receipts It May Not Be Repaired

The contract to purchase a residential resale (home) in Texas addresses the issue of repairs and treatments.  Unless the parties agree otherwise (in writing), repairs and treatments must be

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No Guilt Making That New Home Yours

You’ve found the “perfect” home for your family.  You loved everything about it—location, layout, interior colors, curb appeal!   But, now that you are moving in, well, it

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Hail Or Other Damage To A Home Just Before Closing

You’ve found the home of your dreams and have moved beyond the home inspection, the Option Period, and the appraisal and you are a week out from closing.  The home is located where storm

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I Thought We Were Headed To Closing What Gives

If you think about it, the time between getting the loan documents all submitted and actual closing gets pretty quiet for Buyers.  First-time (and potentially all) Buyers purchasing a

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Home Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming pools scare the poop out of me—I don’t swim, I love to get into the water, but when it gets up around my neck, well yikes!  I nearly drowned as a kid taking swim lessons at our

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How Do I Get My House Ready For Market

The best first step in getting your home ready to list is to ask your Realtor what he/she recommends.   Generally, you will hear things like clearing out the clutter, packing away

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Spring Clean Up Time Already

Spring has finally arrived and that means that sunny days are here again!  Love playing outside, but of course, it also means that everything is blooming and pollen is plentiful. 

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Have You Ever Carried A Sold Sign Around All Day

Bless our broker for her efforts to drive business.  The latest idea is to tote a “Sold” sign around with us everywhere we go—some put it in a backpack, rolling bag, large purse—me, I

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I Am A First Time Home Buyer Where Do I Begin

What to do first, what should I do first?  After making the decision to purchase a home, the first step in the process is to talk with a lender.  There are many lenders out there, both

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Home Warranty Who Needs One And Why

I’m sure you’ve heard the question “who would buy a car without a warranty”?  Well, my question is “why buy a house without a home warranty”?  If you purchase new

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First Time Pool Owner

We decided to purchase a home in San Antonio after living in Alaska for nearly 18 years.  One item on our “had to have” list was a pool!  The sunny days and warm nights ahead

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Agents Charge A Lot For What

Agents Charge a Lot—for What?Potential Seller:  How much work is it to list a home?  It sure looks like agents prepare a quick market analysis, snap a few pictures, ask a ton of

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My Clients Experience Living At Hill Country Retreat

I’ve represented Buyers for several home purchases in this Senior Community and each one raves about how their lives changed with the move.  One client describes life like this: “Every

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2016 New Year For Your Resolutions

Each year, I promise myself that I will eat healthier, make the effort to exercise regularly and lose weight.  Past promises to myself included finding a new job, moving to a new State,

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What Is A Termination Option On A Contract To Purchase A Home In Texas

The Termination Option is a clause in the contract that allows a Buyer to cancel the purchase and get the earnest money returned, the unrestricted right to do so within the number of days and the

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Miller Family Christmas Traditions

Does your family have special things they do each year to celebrate the Christmas holiday?  For example, do you go to church on Christmas Eve, have a special dinner or decorate the tree?;

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Selling A Home During The Holidays

I recently listed a home and the first question was “Shall we try to sell during the holidays or wait till the first of the year?”.  My response:  “You accepted a job in another

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Bucking The Trend To Move Back To Your Roots

                                                       

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I Love A Special Needs Child Part IV

The medical definition of the term remission is the diminution or abatement of the symptoms of a disease and the period during which it occurs.  In everyday language, remission is defined as

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11 Good Reasons Sellers Should Use A Realtor

 Some homeowners decide to sell their homes without a Realtor.  Other owners would never consider marketing and selling their home without one.  I have a couple of clients who have

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What You Can Learn About A Home In A Single Walk Through

I was holding a listing open and was wondering to myself about exactly what the people who walk through the home learn about the home in a single jaunt.  Actually, the quick trip through the

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Getting Your Home Ready For Cooler Weather

Before the cold winds blow in is a great time to take a look around the outside of your home.  Our homes are usually the single most expensive investment that most of us make in a

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Boomer Selling Large Home For A Smaller One YES

Eight years ago we bought a home in San Antonio in a wonderful gated subdivision not far from all the things we need—medical, dental, shopping, restaurants, airport and more.  At the time,

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Lovely Home Cul De Sac Greenbelt Gated Excellent San Antonio Location

http://www.sharon.sahouses.com/details.php?mls=136&mlsid=1141933This home is a contemporary two-story home built in 1999 but most certainly designed for the way families live today.  The

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To Paint Or Not It Depends

The question about painting a room or an entire home is one that real estate agents hear often.   My response is usually “It depends.”  It does.  “It” depends on what

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10 Things To Do When Getting Your Home Ready To Market

We all want to best price for our home and in today’s market the buyers are more educated about what is currently for sale and compare properties.  Before I became a real estate agent, I

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How Long Will I Keep My Mortgage

Before we had so many choices in types of mortgages, many of us were not all that concerned about committing to a long-term mortgage.  My parents lived in the same home for over 50 years. ;

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First Time On The Market In Hill Country Retreat

The Del Webb community is an active lifestyle senior community located within Alamo Ranch at Hill Country Retreat.  The amenities, activities, friendships and sense of belonging make this an

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To Have An Open House Or Not

I say the answer to this question depends on the advertising your agent will do before the Open House, even though lots of agents say there is little or no benefit in holding them.  Roughly

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Aging In Place Not So Much

Are you at a point in life where you are tired of climbing the stairs in your home?  Does it make you tired just thinking about mowing the yard on a hot, humid Texas day?  What about

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Excited About The New Build But The Old Home Hasnt Sold

Our decision was made, our current home is listed for sale and we signed a contract to build the new home.  Great, right?  Well, not so fast.  Now, the “worry” goes into high

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We Qualify For A VA Loan What Is It And Why Should We Use It

A website for a group of military spouses often has questions about VA loans.  Often these members are caring for their families while the spouse is deployed.  They may be planning to put

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I Really Like This Home What Do I Do Next

You may or may not be a first-time home buyer but you have taken the initiative to select a lender and get pre-approved for a mortgage.  You contact a Realtor and ask to see a home in your

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What Should A First Time Buyer Expect At Closing

The simple answer is “It Depends”.  Typically-if there is such a thing in real estate-everything has been provided, funds for the down payment have been wired, buyers each have current

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What The Heck Are Prepaid Costs At Closing

Client:  So, we were going over our just-received Closing documents and I saw two line items that I didn’t expect!  One of them read: “Items Required by the Lender to be Paid in

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The Price Is XXX How Much Do We Offer

This is a question that real estate agents hear often, particularly from first-time buyers.  They find the “perfect” home and want to make an offer.  They don’t want to pay too

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What Is A Final Walkthrough And Why Do I Need One

You’ve negotiated a sales price on your new home, you’ve paid the home inspector and your Realtor has negotiated repairs.  The Realtor says you will get to do a Final Walk-Through before

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First Time Buyers Always Ask

               “How do we make an offer on a home?”  I hope that the question has been asked and answered long before you find the home of your

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You Wont Have To Shop Around

This featured home won’t last long.  It is a three bedroom, 2 bath home located on the northwest side of San Antonio just outside Texas Loop 1604 off Culebra Road.  The subdivision is

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Possibly THE Best Iced Tea In San Antonio

I am an early morning coffee drinker, but when I head to the office I am ready for my first iced tea.  Here I am in the south, at least south-central Texas, and folks drink sweet tea. 

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My Clients Used A Realtor When Contracting To Build

My clients were ready to build their “forever” home.  They asked me to accompany them to visit the models and talk with the builder representative.   During our walk-through at

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What The Heck My Agent Didnt Tell Me I Had To Pay For THAT

I was going over the current showing trends and market statistics with a selling client yesterday when he said he had a question.  His question was not regarding the information I was,

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How I Make Homemade Noodles

I love comfort food and there is nothing better than homemade noodles and chicken for a family dinner.  I love making my own noodles, especially when my youngest grandchildren join in the.&

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Johnson Ranch San Antonio Neighbor To The North

One of the newest communities neighboring San Antonio to the north is Johnson Ranch. This new development is located in Bulverde, TX, about 10 miles above the intersection of Texas Loop 1604 and

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Realtors Make A LOT Of Money Right

After a long day of viewing homes, the client said “you are really lucky to be able to fill your car up using the corporate card, aren’t you?”  Other clients have remarked about

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Looking For A Barely Lived In Home In Hill Country Retreat

San Antonio’s Del Webb community is conveniently located in the northwest section of the city.  It is a large community and will grow even larger since construction is on-going.  New

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Loving A Special Child Part III

As parents, we all have days we wish we could “do over”, especially parents of difficult children.  It is tough loving a child when you are caught up in the “bad” emotions.  It

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Narrowing The Home Search In The San Antonio Area

There are so many new communities developing in and around the San Antonio, TX area that it may be difficult deciding in which of them you should even look for a home.  We also have,

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Del Webb Hill Country Retreat

I really like the Del Webb community here in San Antonio.  There is always something going on and the residents are very friendly.  You might want to check it out for yourself if you are

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Reward For Giving Of Myself

I am one of the baby-boomer generation who retired from one career and immediately jumped into another.  At about that same time, I began volunteering with Heartland Hospice locally. 

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Loving A Special Child Part II

In an earlier post, I described some of the issues with obtaining an accurate diagnoses, minimizing the “label” that goes along with a certain diagnosis and touched on our challenges with not

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Loving A Special Child

The diagnosis of a neurological disorder is a modern medical breakthrough especially as it pertains to a child with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.  Our experience over the last dozen years has

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Starting Over My Weight Loss Journey

I am a recycling Weight Watcher’s lifetime member and I am struggling.  I’ve been attending weigh-ins for the past year or so and initially lost about 25 pounds.  I played with“

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9 EASY MISTAKES HOMEOWNERS MAKE ON THEIR TAXES

As you calculate your tax returns, consider each home tax deduction and credit you are - and are not - entitled to.  Running afoul of any of these nine home-related tax mistakes - which tax

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First Time Buyer To Agent How Much Will Your Services Cost Me

Before I became a real estate agent, I never gave much thought to how a Realtor® gets paid.  We had purchased and sold a few properties, but I just assumed the agents were paid from the

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From The Arctic To The Alamo Via Phoenix

Our daughter’s illness changed my “planned” path for a ‘live-happily-ever-after’ retirement home purchase in Phoenix to a ‘definitely-will-sell’ home purchased here in San Antonio.

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Why You Need A Home Inspection

You found the perfect (or nearly perfect) home, your offer was negotiated and approved and now your agent says you should get a home inspection.  Yes, the agent told you about the Option,

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My Top 10 Reasons NOT To Own A Home

                                                       

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Why I Love Life In San Antonio

It’s a cow town.  You feel comfortable wearing your best worn and scuffed boots, a bling-y big ol’ belt buckle and jeans almost anywhere.  You can get all fancied up and stroll

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Ever Considered Purchasing Virtual Real Estate

Well, that’s what I call it!  We purchased ownership of a number of points per year that can be redeemed anywhere in the world that our group has resorts.  We've increased our

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Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation Part I

I live in San Antonio, about 5 hours by car from the Port of Galveston.  Two years ago, I decided to take advantage of having easy access to the Port by booking a cruise on Carnival Cruise

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My Quality Real Estate Service Guarantee

Love Me or Dump Me, You DecideWe all know someone who has, or we ourselves may have, experienced less-than-expected service from a clerk in a store, a telemarketer on the phone or from a real

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What Am I Truly Grateful For

Have you ever really thought about the things you are truly grateful for?  I was recently asked to name three or four things that I am truly grateful to have.  Narrowing down to only a

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San Antonios Del Webb Hill Country Retreat

The lifestyle that I want for myself includes friends, golf, swimming and aerobics, card games, walking, biking and so much more!  I hear this again and again.  I also hear that the

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How One Client Changed My Life

A deaf man contacted a real estate agent regarding a home purchase and ended up changing her life.  How do I know that?  I am the agent.  While looking for a home for this client,

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Why Do I Have To Clean The Grout I Am The Agent

It’s a given that when planning a career in real estate, you have to attend classes and pass a national/state exam.  You will be fingerprinted and required to go through a background

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4 Wacky Things Buyers Wont Forget

My clients have generally been a very discerning collection of Buyers.  Like most homebuyers today, they pre-select homes they wish to see online and look forward to visiting them. 

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5 Really Cheap Ways To Increase Your Homes Curb Appeal

One of the biggest deal-killers for buyers is that first look at a home in need of some extra curb appeal.  The impression your home makes on potential buyers from the street often determines

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10 Factors That Influence Home Values

Many factors effect home values today, I will name a few of them, but the list goes on and on  Resale potential should be one of the factors considered when making a decision on a home

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4 Things To Do Now To Simplify Your Home Mortgage Approval Process

For many of us, purchasing a home has been a long-term goal.  Whether it is a move-up home or your first venture into the real estate market, there are several things you can do now that

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Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation Part 2

This is a follow-on to my initial writing regarding choosing a cruise for a family vacation.  As I write, we are on our second cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, both sailings on one of the

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5 Ideas To Help Sell A Vacant Home

It’s easy for real estate agents to schedule showings on homes that are vacant; the approvals are generally pretty automatic.  Actually showing the home is not always so easy.  If the

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Why You Should Consider Listing Your Home For Sale During The Holidays

Have you ever given thought to selling your home and asked a real estate agent whether you should sell now or wait until after the holidays?  I was asked that question by a perspective

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This is a follow-on to my initial writing regarding choosing a cruise for a family vacation.  As I write, we are on our second cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, both sailings on one of the

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Things First Time Homebuyers Should Consider When Selecting An Agent

Many articles have been published regarding selecting the “right” real estate agent.  I agree that having the “right” agent is important—so important the it may mean the home-buyers

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4 Good Reasons To Use An Agent When Contracting To Build A New Home

Some buyers choose to represent themselves with a new home builder because they think they can get a better “deal” without an agent.   They expect the builders to allow them to

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Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation

I live in San Antonio, about 5 hours by car from the Port of Galveston.  Two years ago, I decided to take advantage of having easy access to the Port by booking a cruise on Carnival Cruise

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6 Penny Pinching Ideas To Help Get Your Home Ready To Sell

There are many schools of thought on what should be done to prepare a home for the market.  Whether it is an older home, a newer home, a first-time buyer home, a For-Sale-By-Owner or listed

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