texas: Should There Be a REALTOR Rating System? - 05/08/13 03:48 AM
 
If you think about it, most anything of value has a rating system. These days Yelp and Zagat seem to be pretty popular resources to evaluate a restaurant or business before giving patronage. Angie's List is a pretty good option but I don't like the business model being based on paid membership because that in itself taints the feedback. I've been told some people pay for an annual membership on behalf of another with the requirement that they post a good rating for them. Now of course the old standard. BBB still exists which is probably still considered the best … (12 comments)

texas: Buyer Agency Do's and Dont's - 03/18/13 10:47 AM
BUYER AGENCY is a concept that rolled out back in the 80's when many buyers felt that they were not getting a fair deal in real estate transactions.  Many states, such as Texas, adopted the policy of INTERMEDIARY (assignment of duty to avoid conflict if Buyer and Seller roles are by the same real estate agency) while some states decided on DUAL AGENCY. But for some unknown reason, there are still many real estate agents that just don't get that BUYERS NEED A CONSULTATION TO UNDERSTAND BUYER REPRESENTATION.
GREEN HOME REALTY policy mirrors the TEXAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION rule that all … (4 comments)

texas: Year of the Snake - Asian New Year Festival 2013 - 01/29/13 05:16 AM
Being a military Brat I love exploring cultures. One of my favorite places to do that is right here in sunny, beautiful San Antonio, Texas - just another reason why to retire here!  If you too are military and are thinking about moving here, ask me about my "Military" promotion.
The UTSA Institure of Texan Cultures celebrates Asian New Year annually at its wide open indoor/outdoor facilty.  Bonus, while you are there you can explore the center itself, showcasing the many cultures that have settled in our great state of Texas. 
ASIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, February 16, 2013
UTSA Institute … (8 comments)

texas: Are You Stuck in a Box? - 01/29/13 04:28 AM
We've all heard that all-too-familiar saying, "Think Outside the Box," but what does that really mean?
Real Estate Coaches and Brokers say it, so Realtors buy into it - "Don't re-invent the wheel."  We farm by neighborhood, type - condo, multi-family, etc., we may even have a good SEO program with our website or blog, but do we ever really "Think Outside the Box? Shift our paradigm? If our Coach, Broker, and colleagues believe we should think one way, how can we actually explore something unique? 
I could share my shift but then I'd just be giving you a new  box. … (10 comments)

texas: Romeo & Juliet - May 1, 2013 - 01/15/13 01:54 PM
Wed, May 1, 2013
7:30pm
Majestic Theatre
(Courtesy of www.artsa.com)  
Mejia Ballet International’s program, “Romeo and Juliet,” will feature Mejia’s most popular works “Jeux” set to music by Claude Debussy, Webern Pieces set to music by Anton Webern, “Café Victoria” set to the Tango “Contrabajisimo” by Astor Piazzolla and “Romeo and Juliet” set to Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture.
Russian prima ballerina Olga Pavlova graduated from the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy and has toured in more than 30 countries and danced principal roles in 54 ballets. Pavlova’s lyricism and warmth are wonderfully suited to the ill-fated Juliet. … (6 comments)

texas: 365 Green Tips for 2013 - 01/14/13 05:30 AM
Since I'm committed to using Facebook for PR, I decided on January 9th to post a daily GREEN Tip. To play catch up from Jan 1 to Jan 9, I posted 9 things you can do to green up your life. My good friend Scott Godzyk suggested I blog it because he really enjoyed how simple it is to make a few choices that will improve energy, air, and earth.  So, just for you Scott, here it is!
I'm going to start posting things to do to improve energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and eco friendly living. Since we are in … (2 comments)

texas: 2013 Housing Market Report - San Antonio, Texas - 01/09/13 07:17 AM
SAN ANTONIO'S HOUSING MARKET LOOKS BRIGHT!
The nation looks to San Antonio because we are one of the strongest markets in the country.  We seem to be buffered because we don't have bubbles, we don't inflate quickly or deflate quickly, rather we have a strong military and government presence that keeps us stable.
In recent years, however, our city and county government are actively recruiting corporations from other states so we are now seeing job growth in areas that we've not been associated. In fact, it's a myth that San Antonio's largest employment sector is travel; it's bio-medical.  Let's look at … (11 comments)

texas: What's a Bill Miller? - 12/19/12 07:08 AM

I moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1998 & began to notice Bill Miller BBQ signs on what seemed like every street corner. It has a pig, chicken, and cow on it. After taking the plunge and buying the family meal deal, I came to appreciate the value Bill Miller Bar-B-Que offers our city.
Every time I work with an out-of-town client they always ask the same thing, "What's a Bill Miller?" or "What's up with this Biller Miller restaurant?" as if its some type of cult restaurant (with 67 locations I used to have the same weird thought, and … (24 comments)

texas: "A Christmas Story" Live @ Woodlawn Theater - Review - 12/19/12 06:43 AM
If you are looking to start a new holiday tradition with your family or just looking for something fun to do, then check out A Christmas Story at Woodlawn Theatre.
I blogged "A Christmas Story" Live - Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio Texas recently that I would come back and write a review since I purchased family tickets.
The cast starred Cutter Grant as Ralphie Parker, who stole the show with his unexpected sneezing causing some of the children in the show to laugh.   The actors are local, many of which trained by the Magik Children's Theatre. The show was cute, entertaining, and … (2 comments)

texas: Inman News Quotes Cathy Bureau on FHA Anti-Flipping Blog - 12/17/12 06:05 AM
Historically speaking (double entendre intended), when an investor purchases a home (cash or financed) they are not permitted to re-sell that home within 90 days, known as the "FHA Anti-Flipping Rule."  As a Realtor it concerns me greatly because while it is intended to protect consumers it is actually an anti-consumer problem in that it encourages hard money lending and non-insured loans. 
Last December I blogged the FHA Anti-Flipping rule after reading an Inman News article announcing the Obama waiver extension.   Ken Harney, with Inman News & Washington Post discovered it,  FHA Extends Temporary Waiver of Anti-Flipping Rule: Investors Still Strong … (12 comments)

texas: Christmas at the Historic San Fernando Cathedral (Est. 1731) - 12/16/12 05:34 PM
One of our oldest churches that still operates today is San Fernando Cathedral, founded in 1731. 
Their website describes it as the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas. The Cathedral building has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas, and for all of its more than 281 years, has been serving the people of the Archdiocese and San Antonio. For almost 95 years, San Fernando served as the church for all of the religious denominations of San Antonio as the Catholic Church was the only recognized religion of the Spanish and … (1 comments)

texas: Live Nativity - San Antonio, Texas - 12/13/12 06:32 PM
Lo Esperamos: A Family-Friendly, Bilingual, Live Nativity
Lo Esperamos is a beautiful live Nativity put on by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Grace, and Our Savior; it translates to “We are waiting”. Attendees will go through the same journey that Mary and Joseph did, complete with Roman centurion, shepherds, wise men, live animals, and of course the Holy family. A simple meal and hot beverages will be provided. This is a free, family-friend, bilingual event. Lo Esperamos provides a wonderful setting in which to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. 
Saint John's Live Nativity Web Site   Event Details   When: … (12 comments)

texas: The Best Holiday Lights in Greater San Antonio, Texas - 12/13/12 06:15 PM
I have to admit that I truly love driving around looking at lights. When we first moved to San Antonio we asked around, where is the best place to see good lights? 
We were told Windcrest by person after person.  This is what City Lights has to say about Windcrest, the City of.
A tradition since the 1950s, San Antonio residents and visitors enjoy viewing the dazzling Christmas lights in the City of Windcrest annual Light Up. Thousands drive through the Windcrest streets in awe of the amazing Christmas light displays. A contest is held by the city to select the … (4 comments)

texas: Historic Guided Running & Walking Tours - Downtown Holiday Lights - 12/12/12 07:02 AM
Historic Guided Running and Walking Tours - Downtown Holiday Lights - Dec. 6th
 
The annual Downtown Holiday Lights is Thursday, Dec. 6th at 6:00 pm.
Runners or walkers are invited to take a 90 minute tour of San Antonio's historic sites while lit up for the Holidays.
The registration fee is $15.00 per person and you can register online here
or  Downtown Holiday Lights Tour Registration Form
The Tour starts and finishes at historic Casa Navarro, 228 S. Laredo. 
 
 
For more information about historical events in San Antonio, visit the Historical Preservation Committee website, San Antonio.gov.
 
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texas: Top 10 Reasons Why to Buy a Historic Home in San Antonio, Texas - 12/12/12 06:55 AM
One of the elements of GREEN living is sustainable living. Meaning, if you can buy a home for a lower price than to build, reduce new consumption, reduce landfill, re-use materials, and improve decaying communities, you can achieve sustainability.  But one of the cool things about sustainable living is that you could live in a unique community offering interesting things to do, especially around the holidays.  In fact, you could take a Guided Tour of Holiday Lights!
One of my favorite websites that goes hand-in-hand with this idea is WalkScore.com.  By living in a sustainable community you can enrich your life. … (1 comments)

texas: "A Christmas Story" Live - Woodlawn Theatre, San Antonio Texas - 12/11/12 06:44 AM
I can't think of a better "Off-Off Broadway" production to see this holiday season other than "A Christmas Story." One of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time is now playing live at the historic Woodlawn Theatre.
If you know me, you know I love anything historical so this show brings together a historical venue with a 1930's themed show.  Check back with me next week to see my review!
A CHRISTMAS STORY A young boy named Ralphie Parker only wants one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder BB gun. However, he is not sure he will ever make it … (7 comments)

texas: What Not to Do When Selling Your Home - 11/07/12 07:50 AM
I came across an article, "Top 10 Worst Home-Showing Offenses: by the National Association of REALTORS®.  I thought I'd share the article with a few "Solutions."
Share Your Favorite Home-Showings Story Below!  
1. Leftover home owners By far, one of the top offenses cited by buyer’s agents was home owners still lingering around when agents arrived with clients to preview the home. Awkward encounters ranged from buyers finding sellers taking a shower, asleep in the bed, to even the “stalker sellers” who liked to follow buyers and the agent all over the home to see what they thought.
Solution 1:  … (11 comments)

texas: Think Green! Boerne, Texas Celebrates 2nd Annual Green Fair - 09/12/12 05:24 PM
Last year GREEN Home Realty participated in the Upper Cibolo Watershed Festival. This year we are again sponsors but to the newly named event, more catchy - Think Green Fair    Come check us out!  Tell your friends and family. Eat lunch. Listen to fun free music!   Bring your recyclables! Main Plaza (100 N. Main St) Saturday, September 22, 2012 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Schedule 10:00 am - 3:00 pm- Recycle Center/Stuff the Truck 10:00 am - Noon- Bird feeder crafting with the Hill Country Sitters 11:10 am - Green Home Design & Best Practices - Built Green … (3 comments)

texas: Art in the Garden - San Antonio Botanical Garden - 06/26/12 05:17 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:
Tracy Lowe                                                                        
Creative Link Studio, Inc.
Phone: (210) 247-7599
tracy@creativelink.com
 
New Sculptures Arrive-
San Antonio Botanical Garden Hosts Opening Reception of Art in the Garden
San Antonio, Texas, February 2012
Combining lush plants, eye-catching landscapes, gorgeous vistas and intriguing artwork, once again the San Antonio Botanical Garden is host to Art in the Garden. An annual collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, the sculpture exhibit celebrates Contemporary Art Month.
This year’s opening reception on March 23, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, is extra special as it will feature the music of John Magaldi and the … (6 comments)

texas: GHR Press Release - Andrew McCurdy Joins Green Home Realty - 06/23/12 01:52 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cathy Bureau
   11844 Bandera Road #419
   Helotes, TX  78023
   (210) 560-1891 office

 Andrew McCurdy Joins Green Home Realty
June 23, 2012
San Antonio, Texas –GREEN Home Realty is proud to announce Andrew "Drew" McCurdy as a new team member.  “Drew, or the Green Apple as I like to call him, is very excited about being part of a company directed toward improving the quality of life in San Antonio.  His experience with risk management, Apple, Inc., and passion for green living makes him a valuable  asset.” – says Cathy Bureau, Broker-Owner.
Drew … (7 comments)