san antonio: Speechless Sunday: a cat tries to figure out how a mirror works - 11/29/09 03:11 PM
I am slowly returning to health after catching a cold while I was at the Realtor conference in San Diego. I took a few days off work to recover, and it seems to have helped. My cats, Kitty and Miles, have been keeping me company while I hung around the house watching movies. I took this photo of Kitty while she was checking out her reflection.

Some recent posts:
Forbes ranks San Antonio, Texas, second fastest recovering real estate market
Greg Nino inspired me to try this out. What do you think? Have I aged at all?
Hay, wear is that … (19 comments)

san antonio: Forbes ranks San Antonio, Texas, second fastest recovering real estate market - 11/29/09 09:42 AM
Actually, San Antonio never got as "sick" as other major real estate markets. In Forbes magazine's online ranking November 19, it rated San Antonio second (behind Omaha) in its list of the 100 fastest-recovering real estate markets.
Sales prices didn't zoom upwards as they did in other cities, since there is still plenty of land to build. When the bubble burst, San Antonio was not hit as hard. In addition, Bexar County foreclosure rates are not as high in proportion to other markets either.
A diversified and growing economy is the other major factor for San Antonio's success. Both the amount of time on … (2 comments)

san antonio: Alamo Heights: a great place to live in San Antonio, Texas - 10/28/09 06:04 PM
Alamo Heights is a close-in subdivision in the north-central area of San Antonio, Texas, located south of Loop 410 and just north of downtown. It is an incorporated city in Bexar County, which includes the San Antonio metro area.
The bungalow-style home to the right is typical of the "Cottage District"; it recently sold for $320,000
The neighborhood is convenient to shopping, several good restaurants, parks, such as Brackenridge Park and the San Antonio Zoo, the Witte children's museum and McNay art museum, and numerous retail centers. There are many small service businesses and restaurants located on the main thoroughfare, Broadway. … (4 comments)

san antonio: The San Antonio housing market is tilted towards buyers -- and sellers - 10/25/09 09:49 AM
San Antonio recorded 1,561 single-family home sales in September, according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors. That's a 2 percent decrease from the total for September 2008. Pending home sales in September numbered 1,494. That's about 11 percent more than at the same time in 2008.
There is an 8-month supply of homes on the market this fall in San Antonio, declared the Board of Realtors. Prices have remained stable, around the $151,000 median at the same time in 2008. The market is considered slightly better for buyers than sellers, and a hot July and August market showed that first-time … (5 comments)

san antonio: Terrell Hills: a great place to live in San Antonio, Texas - 10/22/09 06:40 PM
I have lots of favorite neighborhoods. Terrell Hills is one of them. It's not only a neighborhood, it's an incorporated city, located north of downtown and west of Fort Sam Houston. My favorite neighborhoods have one thing in common: lots of trees. The homes in Terrell Hills have trees and a lot of character, varying quite a bit in architectural style, size, and price. Most of the homes range from the high $200,000s to the $600,000s.

To the left is a cottage-style three-bedroom home with a covered patio and detached garage that sold for just under $200,000
The neighborhood includes two school … (7 comments)

san antonio: After the rains - another unworldly being appears in my garden in Schertz - Cibolo, Texas - 10/14/09 08:11 AM
Yesterday, the downpours in the San Antonio area finally stopped. In a few weeks, we went from being on the verge of Stage 3 drought restrictions to having an overflowing pool and a leaking roof.
When the sun came out, I surveyed our yard to see if any more visitors had arrived, taking advantage of the cover of rain. I found this one hiding under the ginger, and quite a fetching color:

 
I checked on the status of our visitor who arrived a few days ago. It is even taller now.

 
When I angled up to view it from … (25 comments)

san antonio: Sold! a beautifully remodeled home at 13127 Hunters Valley in Hunters Creek, San Antonio, Texas 78230 - 10/11/09 09:09 AM
This lovely home is in one of my favorite neighborhoods in north-central San Antonio, Hunters Creek. (I know, I have a lot of favorite neighborhoods.) The home has access to a pretty deck from the kitchen, breakfast room, and sun room, as well as access to a patio from the sun room and the master bedroom. You can step right outside and enjoy the view of lush grass and flowering shrubs, dappled with shade from several oak trees. Plus, the interior has been completely updated with new flooring and fixtures, with granite counter tops and tile in all the wet areas.
Enjoy the … (4 comments)

san antonio: Friday fun! Advertising a listing on the MLS with lots of--okay, four--photos - 10/09/09 12:04 PM
I found a link to the MLS from a couple of years ago, when I posted my first blog about bad MLS photos and agents' descriptions of their listings. This listing went to another agent after 331 days on the market.
In those days, before the local board changed the MLS system for the third time since I became a member, the links lasted a month. Now they last maybe two weeks. Since I didn't want anyone to miss this opportunity to see the photos from this listing, I grabbed the photos and made a Real Estate Show out of them.
Enjoy!

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san antonio: South Texas weather: the calm before the rest of the storm - 10/04/09 12:20 PM
This morning's thunderstorm, or rather thunderstorms, brought record-setting amounts of rain to the San Antonio area. The 1942 record of rainfall within a 24-hour period was broken when the San Antonio airport received 5.42 inches.
Our house in Cibolo, right next door to Schertz, did not escape from the torrent. I didn't sleep very well, what with the incredibly loud thunderclaps, and when I did sleep, I dreamt of the roof leaking. Which it started to do again. I got up a couple of times and checked, and finally at 6:00 I found the water dripping steadily into the sunroom from the … (9 comments)

san antonio: Every silver lining has its cloud - 09/22/09 02:06 PM
That post I wrote earlier today, about the rain hopefully ending the drought in south Texas? Possibly going to be part of a series?
Well, a few minutes ago, I sashayed through my sunroom to look out in the yard and watch the downpour and I heard a strange "plink." I whirled around and saw a puddle of water on the table. There's not supposed to be a puddle of water on the table.
My roof is leaking! Aargh!
And this just two sunny days after my rental property had a horrible broken pipe upstairs that sent water cascading all over … (10 comments)

san antonio: Texas weather: when it rains, it pours - 09/22/09 09:49 AM
Trite, but true! The weather in Texas doesn't do anything by halves. It suddenly started raining again early this morning, and has been raining pretty heavily for the last couple of hours. The forecast calls for more showers for the next few days. Hurrah! I never thought I'd be so happy to see rain, after 6 years in England.
We still need lots of rain to recharge the Edwards Aquifer and dispell the drought. Here is what the drought monitor map looks like after the San Antonio area averaged 5.5 inches of rain earlier this month.

Compare it to August … (8 comments)

san antonio: Celebrating with drinks on the River Walk, San Antonio, Texas - 09/21/09 06:59 PM
My husband's friend Andrea came to visit us from Italy recently. We went down to the River Walk one afternoon, as everyone should do, and after walking around for a while, we got thirsty and stopped for a drink at one of the many restaurants.

Andrea was amazed at the Texas-sized serving of beer he received.
Martin's cocktail was not too shabby either (although I don't remember what it was).
You don't need an excuse to celebrate on the River Walk. People there are already in a great mood, and the generous size of the drinks may be just one reason why!
 
 
 
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san antonio: Who gets to choose the title company? The seller? The buyer? OMG, the agent?! - 09/14/09 03:13 PM
Ken Brand recently wrote a post about who has the right to choose the title company. It got me thinking. The rationale I usually hear is that since the seller customarily pays for the title policy, they get to decide. Presumably, sellers are familiar with all the title companies in town and will select their favorite. Or they will pick the one that is closest to where they live.
I've been recommending the same title company team for the last five years whenever I take a listing. I always request them when I submit a buyer's offer, too. Why? Well, they invite me to … (8 comments)

san antonio: Bad MLS photos! Photos of homes still for sale in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas - 09/14/09 10:59 AM
Well, I have been saving up these photos long enough. It's Monday morning, and I am ready to unleash them. Sit back and marvel!
 

Who is this person, and what is he spraying?
 

I'd prefer a built-in ironing board in the laundry room, but okay,...
 

This spacious condo comes furnished.
 

No, really, the furniture conveys!
 

Another lurking presence materializes during the listing photo session...
 

...of another furnished condo. Different unit, same agent!
 

"This one should lure them in!" (The other six photos of this foreclosure house make it … (11 comments)

san antonio: 385 Brush Trail Bend for sale in the Estates of Deer Creek, Cibolo, Texas - 08/31/09 05:10 PM
This home has just been refreshed and renewed with more neutral-colored paint in the living areas. Thanks to the recent rains, the grass is looking greener and the landscaping is perking up. The sellers spent tens of thousands of dollars planting mature trees and flowering shrubs, and they maintained the home very well. The covered patio is quaint and cozy.
I like the flexibility of this Ryland floor plan, with a bonus room upstairs that could be a family room, workout studio, media room, or gameroom; or some combination of those. It has a storage closet, wood blinds, and added shelving. The … (5 comments)

san antonio: Speechless Sunday: I was very glad to see these, with their promise of rain - 08/30/09 05:13 PM

Some recent posts:
 I never thought I'd call a mosquito THIS, but ...
 Everything is bigger in Texas, but not as big as it used to be
 Bad MLS photos! Photos of homes still for sale in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas
 Speechless Sunday: a relaxing one
 Do we look like we're having fun?
 It happened to me! And I reacted just the way any other seller would
 Butterfly looking for a place to lay her eggs
 Can you identify this insect? It looks and acts like a bee, but it's not yellow or striped!
 You know you … (9 comments)

san antonio: At last! Third time is a charm: we got some rain last night - 08/28/09 09:35 AM
You ActiveRainers must have been doing your best rain dance. Finally, after two spectacular thunderstorms in the last few days that were entertaining, but disappointingly did not bring any rain, the one last night did. It was wonderful.
We still need lots of rain, though. The drought affecting San Antonio and South Texas for almost two years is either the second-worst or the worst in recorded weather history. Here is the scary map from the US Drought Monitor website:

It doesn't help that there have been two solid months of 100-plus-degree days, and it seems to have been unusually windy … (7 comments)

san antonio: Where is this famous window, and what is it called? - 08/27/09 05:52 PM

Yes, you guessed it. It's the Rose Window (La Ventana de la Rosa) at Mission San Jose in San Antonio. The San Jose mission was established on the San Antonio River in 1720 and is considered a model for the other missions. It's also the best preserved. The National Park Service manages the missions, and I recently visited them again, playing tour guide for a friend from Italy.
The story goes that Pedro Huizar, the sculptor of the Rose Window, spent five obsessive years crafting it. He threw himself into his work, hoping to heal his broken heart.
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san antonio: It happened to me! And I reacted just the way any other seller would - 07/25/09 09:49 AM
After our last batch of tenants moved out, I decided it was time to sell this rental house and simplify my life a little. It was our first home when my husband and I moved back to San Antonio, and it became our first rental property when we found a better home for our needs. It's in Oak Hills Terrace, a quiet neighborhood close to the Medical Center, with big, tree-filled yards and actual 2-car garages, so I hoped it would sell quickly.

I replaced the vinyl flooring downstairs with ceramic tile, totally repainted the interior of the home, and replaced all … (4 comments)

san antonio: A beautifully remodeled garden home at 8209 Windway in Windcrest, TX - 07/20/09 05:35 PM
I love these remodeled homes in older, closer-in neighborhoods like Windcrest. You have the advantage of being in an established, convenient neighborhood close to amenities, plus an updated home to add to your comfort. The sellers did a great job updating this home and enhancing the landscaping.

This lovely home is a good example of what you can find northeast of the San Antonio city limits, but still in Bexar County and the San Antonio metro. This area is convenient for commuting to Fort Sam Houston, the city's largest employer, or Brooke Army Medical Center, as well as to Rackspace's new headquarters, … (4 comments)

 
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