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Hamptons Real Estate – Jule Pond - YouTube

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Anyone pre-approved for $175 million (cash is fine too) - great house tour in just over 3 minutes. If you want something locally - http://www.mysatexashomes.com/Luxury-Homes.html - locally there is something real nice at only $15.5 million

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Austin ranks as the most expensive real estate market in Texas, shows new report

Austin ranks as the most expensive real estate market in Texas, shows new report | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
During the first half of 2017, the Austin area had a much larger share of homes priced at $300,000 and above than other metros, according to a new report.
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is that a good thing?

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Fannie to Loosen Mortgage Requirements

Fannie to Loosen Mortgage Requirements | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Government-sponsored financing giant Fannie Mae will ease its requirements next month, raising its debt-to-income ceiling from 45 percent to 50 percent on July 29. The move could pave the way for a larger number of new buyers to qualify for a mortgage, particularly millennials who may be saddled with student loan debt.
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great news - more people living the American Dream.....

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'One Big Home' profiles America's obsession with supersized dwellings

'One Big Home' profiles America's obsession with supersized dwellings | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
In the documentary "One Big Home," carpenter Thomas Bena goes behind the scenes to explores the trophy homes and "starter castles" of Martha's Vineyard.
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interesting article....  we don't have any homes for sale that are quite that large - but we do offer all the homes listed in the San Antonio MLS - check it out

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US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'!

US Housing Market Is Moving into 'Buy Territory'! | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it

In today’s housing market, is it better to rent or buy a home?

The index examines the entire US housing market and then isolates 23 major cities for comparison. The researchers “measure the relationship between purchasing property and building wealth through a buildup in equity versus renting a comparable property and investing in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.” 


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Rent? - or - Buy?

... your thoughts?

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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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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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New study reveals how much income San Antonians spend on rent

New study reveals how much income San Antonians spend on rent | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
A new report from Aparment List reveals how many San Antonians are cost-burdened. However, as rent increased between 2005-2015, so did income.
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tired of paying somebody else's mortgage?

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Magical thatched homes from around the world

Magical thatched homes from around the world | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
There's nothing quite as rustic or picturesque as a thatched home. From idyllic 'chocolate box' cottages in England, to tropical villas in far-flung places, feast your eyes on our favorite thatched home rentals.
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there is a home style for everyone...  whether metal roof or thatched.... (I don't think we have any thatched)

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San Antonio-based Disruptive Construction to test contaner-style home development across from Pearl - San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio-based Disruptive Construction to test contaner-style home development across from Pearl - San Antonio Business Journal | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Container homes are essentially just that, homes constructed from shipping containers, and the style of architecture has risen in popularity because it is inexpensive, eco-friendly and compact.
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it's a changing world.....  I look forward to selling a container home - and a tiny house - and a big mansion :-)

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Will Tesla solar roofing be cheaper than normal roofing?

It will indeed, claims newly minted PV shingle magnate Elon Musk.
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Would you consider this solar roof for your next home?  a roof replacement?

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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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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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10 things polite Realtors won't say -- but should

10 things polite Realtors won't say -- but should | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
How hard is it to take care of that stinky cat box and dirty microwave, anyway?
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would you be hurt or angry if your agent said these things?

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Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US

Buying Is Now 33.1% Cheaper Than Renting in the US | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Bottom Line

Buying a home makes sense socially and financially. If you are one of the many renters out there who would like to evaluate your ability to buy this year, let’s get together to find your dream home.
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Rock star's Texas home hits the market for a cool $2 million

Rock star's Texas home hits the market for a cool $2 million | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith, has put his stunning Georgetown estate in Cimarron Hills up for sale.
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looking for a luxury home?    http://luxuryhomes.mysatexashomes.com/

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Texas named one of the worst states for first-time homebuyers

Texas named one of the worst states for first-time homebuyers | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Bankrate has named Texas the 7th worst state for first-time homebuyers.
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WHO WANTS TO HELP PROVE THEM WRONG? 

We love helping first timers:  http://www.mysatexashomes.com/First-Time-Home-Buyer.html

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Condo at the End of the World

Condo at the End of the World | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
Somewhere in the old Cincinnati-Dayton Defense Area that spans Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana sits a $1.5 million "man cave." I made my way to the site on a warm fall morning with Googl
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we have condos - nothing like this though - I think...

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10 Homes for Sale With Amazing Kitchens

10 Homes for Sale With Amazing Kitchens | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
If waterfall countertops, professional appliances, and beaded-edged cabinetry whet your appetite, take a look.
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which of these 10 cities has the best kitchen in the group...

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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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Judge: S.D. 'Monster house' must be rebuilt or moved

Judge: S.D. 'Monster house' must be rebuilt or moved | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it

The owners of a new home in McKennan Park that sparked a bitter neighborhood feud must reduce the its height and size or relocate the home

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this can happen anywhere - check codes and if you need to build "outside the box" - make sure you have the right approvals - in advance

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The Suburbs Are Having a Moment

America largely remains a suburban nation. Younger generations threatened to change that, with many expressing a greater desire to live in urban locations, but their numbers lately are showing a shift to the suburbs.
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where to live?  personal choice of course!

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What's inside this average-looking house will knock you out (PHOTOS)

What's inside this average-looking house will knock you out (PHOTOS) | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
You won't believe what's behind this house's basic facade.
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anyone have your house decorated like this?

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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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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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