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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - Texas License #0331413
Sands Realty is a San Antonio-based independent residential real estate company committed to excellent service and exacting standards of honesty and integrity in conducting business.



Some garden predators are repelled by the same herbs that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Mints plants repel ants (great for vegetable gardens!), aphids, cabbage moths, fleas, and many others. At the same time it attracts earthworms which are "a gardener's best friend." To attract a wide va...
Inspired by Sheldon's post this morning, Seriously ... Can you still be a KID at times ????? , I am sharing a bit of the last "kid" fun I had which was last summer when I took my granddaughter to the Great Wolf Lodge and waterpark in Grand Mound, Washington.  There are more fun things there for k...
According to a new study by doctoral candidate Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University, college students who use Facebook have significantly lower grade-point averages (GPAs) than those who do not. The study will be presented at the annual meeting ...
A friend of ours got her 2009 tax appraisal and was surprised to see that her assessment had gone up by $6,000.  We checked on the other homes in her neighborhood on the  Bexar Appraisal District website and found that the majority of appraisals had been reduced by approximately $2,000.  Her husb...
This is pretty awesome!      This is an actual check from one of my First Time Buyers who bought a home last month, and immediately filed his 2008 tax return - which he had already filed an extension for - and this week received the above check !   ... before his home purchase, his return was goi...
    BUYER BEWARE of Tax Credit   The first time homebuyers tax credit of $8,000 has been approved by HUD for all FHA loans. But don't get too excited too quickly. If you get a chance to read the mortgagee letter, ML 2009-15, it states that you can't use this tax credit for the required down paym...
You have accepted an offer on your house and it is time for the home inspection.  Don't be nervous, be prepared.  Here are a few tips to make a the inspection go more smoothly: • First of all, leave the utilities connected, even if the house is vacant. A home inspector requires access to the wat...
Broadway Across America San Antonio presents the legendary Broadway show WICKED at the beautiful Majestic Theatre from June 3-28, 2009.  A lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily  2½ hours before show time.  These tickets are for the day of performance only.  Anyone in ...
There is a common perception that the real estate agent has a lot less work to do today, thanks to technology and the Internet. Buyers are able to "shop" online and easily identify properties that nay be good prospects to purchase. But if you were to ask any real estate agent this question: "now ...
"...if you are traveling through an airport or a port this weekend or you just see a man or woman in uniform in a restaurant. Please go and shake their hand and thank them for their service. And while you're at it, pick up their tab too." No one could have said it better, Simon. So here we are on...

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