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George Strait’s San Antonio Home is for Sale and It’s Fit for a King

George Strait’s San Antonio Home is for Sale and It’s Fit for a King | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
George Strait is selling a crown jewel of Texas Hill Country real estate, having listed his San Antonio home for $8.9 million.
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only available in San Antonio....

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Explore These Dilapidated Dream Homes That Time Forgot

Explore These Dilapidated Dream Homes That Time Forgot | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
These intriguing homes may have been abandoned and forgotten, but their skeletons still bear traces of past beauty. We take a peek and dream about restoring them to their former glory.
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knock 'em down or major makeover?  what are your thoughts on the homes listed in this group? (various locations)

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This is how long it takes to sell a house

This is how long it takes to sell a house | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
"If we make it three weeks in our market, there is something wrong," said Darlene Umina, a real estate agent in the Boston area. "These days, you know within the first weekend whether the price was right." The median home price has shot up almost 9% in the past year to $561,300 in Boston, according to Zillow.
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$16 million fixer upper - yikes!  checkout the article...

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8 things sellers risk when they sell without an agent

8 things sellers risk when they sell without an agent | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Selling a home without a real estate agent is like handling your own legal matter. Here are 8 things homesellers risk without an agent.
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thinking FSBO?  OK, but check this out first...

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Only in Texas: A rental home shaped like a cowboy boot

Only in Texas: A rental home shaped like a cowboy boot | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it

Phoenix Commotion's Cowboy Boot House in Huntsville, Texas, would be a roomy upgrade for the old woman who lived in a shoe

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Well, this one is just North of Houston I guess....   don't think we have any in our MLS - of course we have property and builders and, never mind - if you would like a home (the more traditional kind) - that we have...

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This solar system of seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life

This solar system of seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Around 40 light-years away, seven Earth-sized planets have been spotted orbiting closely around a small, ultra-cool star. It’s one of the largest solar systems that’s ever been discovere
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Are you looking for a new home?  Maybe one day those planets will seem a little closer - but for now - maybe something in San Antonio, just call....  (we are NOT 40 light years away)

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10 Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2017

10 Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2017 | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
San Antonio, TX is easily one of the biggest military cities in the U.S., and because of that, the cost of living in this Lone Star town is one of the best in the South. “There’s also steady supply and demand for homes,” explains Lisa Sinn, a real estate agent with Keller Williams. “That means home prices are more affordable.” Added to the low cost of living are the steady job opportunities from major employers such as USAA, Toyota, and H-E-B (grocery store chain), making it easy to see why San Antonio’s on Trulia’s radar. “The culture here is also extremely diverse,” adds Sinn, who notes the city’s culture and history are added bonuses to San Antonio residents.
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did someone say TOP 10 - and San Antonio is right in there!

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Conforming mortgage loan limit raised to $424,100

Conforming mortgage loan limit raised to $424,100 | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Finance Agency raised the conforming loan limit from $417,000 to $424,100, the first increase since 2006.
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this is a good direction - higher might be better....

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Is it time to refinance? How to help clients decide

Is it time to refinance? How to help clients decide | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
As we look to the New Year, here are the key market traits to consider when helping your clients decide whether to refinance a home.
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Is it time?

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FSBO and discount-broker sales at record lows

FSBO and discount-broker sales at record lows | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
As agent popularity soared, for-sale-by-owner sales scraped an all-time low of 8 percent of all sales, according to the National Association of Realtors.
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there are reasons for this....

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Manu Ginobili's House Features Massive Wine Cellar And Lily Pond

Manu Ginobili's House Features Massive Wine Cellar And Lily Pond | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
See photos of the San Antonio house being sold by Spurs star Manu Ginobili.
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When you are looking for a luxury home....

 

http://luxuryhomes.mysatexashomes.com/

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The Easiest Cities to Get a Mortgage

The Easiest Cities to Get a Mortgage | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
It can be tough to get a mortgage these days, especially for those with less than stellar credit scores and people without a sizable down payment. Read more: Good for Buyers: Mortgage Rates Barely Budge But just how difficult it is may greatly depend on where you live, according to a new report released by the Urban Institute.
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San Antonio is on this important list....  SOoooo - ready to get a mortgage (and the home that comes with it?) - call me, we will work on it together!

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6 distinctive doomsday bunkers for riding out the apocalypse

There's a doomsday refuge for every taste, budget and level of concern.
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Looking for a home that is REALLY different? BTW - to the best of my knowledge, we do not have any on the MLS...    http://www.mysatexashomes.com/ ;

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Game of Thrones castle can be yours for less than $1 million

Game of Thrones castle can be yours for less than $1 million | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
'Game of Thrones' Riverrun Castle for sale
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"castles" come in various sizes and prices. Want to find yours?  check out  https://sanantonio.homes/  (San Antonio's hometown website with no commercials)!

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Agent Uses ‘Not Haunted’ Sign to Lure Buyers

Agent Uses ‘Not Haunted’ Sign to Lure Buyers | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Real estate pro Ellis Young recently added “NOT HAUNTED” to a For Sale sign in front of his 3,600-square-foot listing in Manvel, Texas, and says it's making an impact on his marketing campaign. Use Humor in Real Estate: A Good Reason to Laugh The home had been on the market for a month but wasn’t gaining much traction.
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Let's get some San Antonio opinions. If a house was for sale in your neighborhood (or your own home was listed) and the agent added NOT HAUNTED to the outside real estate sign - what are your thoughts?

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The nose knows: how to deal with smelly listings

The nose knows: how to deal with smelly listings | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
The last thing you want your home to smell like is cat poop and roses
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I have experienced a couple where you park on the opposite side of the street and smell something "funny" - and then realize "this ain't gonna work"

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The bizarre 'Flintstones House' in a wealthy San Francisco suburb has finally found a buyer

The bizarre 'Flintstones House' in a wealthy San Francisco suburb has finally found a buyer | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
First listed for $4.2 million in 2015, the "Flintstones House" has undergone two price chops since then.
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i do not think we have anything quite like this one - but if you would like to sell or buy a new home..... 

http://www.mysatexashomes.com/

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San Antonio boasts big share of large-acreage homes among Texas metros

San Antonio boasts big share of large-acreage homes among Texas metros | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
A CultureMap analysis finds that 5.9 percent of San Antonio-area single-family homes are situated on at least 5 acres.
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want to buy one?  http://www.mysatexashomes.com/

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Real estate market recap, Dec. 27-30

Real estate market recap, Dec. 27-30 | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Our real estate market recap of everything that happened the week of December 27-30, 2016.
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have a look at the interest rates....   call me if you are ready to buy or invest....

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The $72,000 question you should be asking your real estate agent

The $72,000 question you should be asking your real estate agent | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Above all, she said, the most important component is communication — when in doubt, pick up the phone and call your real estate agent. Make sure to use the phone number on their business card as opposed to an email signature, in case the scammer has changed that as well.
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Public WiFi can bite you - security is important - to everyone involved in the transaction....

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21 of the world's weirdest homes

21 of the world's weirdest homes | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it

The world can be a strange place, as this collection of crazy-looking houses proves. Fancy living in a shoe? A golf ball? A UFO, perhaps? Well apparently you can. Click on to find out where.

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I doubt we have anything quite like these...   but, if you are looking for something a little more traditional...   http://www.mysatexashomes.com/

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Poll: These are the biggest first-time homebuyer mistakes

Poll: These are the biggest first-time homebuyer mistakes | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
First-timers helped drive one of the best months NAR has seen yet. But our latest poll showed it takes coaching and patience to reap the rewards.
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first time - or repeat buyer - some important things to consider here

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4 myth-busting facts about appraisals

4 myth-busting facts about appraisals | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Below are four myths that clients might express about the real estate appraisal process and the facts real estate agents can share with them.
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buying ir selling - good to know....

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10711 Strait Ln, Dallas, TX 75229 - Home For Sale & Real Estate - realtor.com®

10711 Strait Ln, Dallas, TX 75229 - Home For Sale & Real Estate - realtor.com® | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
10711 Strait Ln, Dallas, TX 75229 a single family home is 21,000 Sq. Ft., 8 beds, and 22 baths. Visit 27 photos on realtor.com(R), listing value of $32,347,000.
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TAKE A LOOK INSIDE - could this be the most expensive home on the market in Texas?

and TAKE A LOOK INSIDE at what San Antonio has to offer

http://luxuryhomes.mysatexashomes.com/

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seniors real estate REALTOR San Antonio TX 

seniors real estate REALTOR San Antonio TX  | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
my SA Texas Homes. Al Cannistra has unique training and experience helping seniors with life changing events - retiring, downsizing, decision to move.
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would be glad to help you or someone special to you

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