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Mortgage Rates Drop to 2-Year Lows

Mortgage Rates Drop to 2-Year Lows | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
This marks the sixth consecutive weekly decline for mortgage rates, but to get the current rate, buyers may need to shop around.
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the BUY opportunity is looking really good right now...  check the mortgage rates - and BUY NOW!

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Interview with Al Cannistra from SanAntonio.homes – .Homes Domain Names

Interview with Al Cannistra from SanAntonio.homes – .Homes Domain Names | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
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this interview was originally posted on their blog in January...   it has been updated and we are sharing with you...

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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?

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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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Donald Trump's childhood home is for sale

Donald Trump's childhood home is for sale | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
The first home Donald Trump ever lived in is for sale. And this piece of history can be yours for the right price.
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some homes REALLY go up in value - most not like this

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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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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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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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Nine of the world's most incredible houseboats

Nine of the world's most incredible houseboats | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
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I don't think we have any boats...   but if you would like a nice house.....   http://www.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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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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Solar-powered Ring House heals a scarred hilltop landscape in Greece

Solar-powered Ring House heals a scarred hilltop landscape in Greece | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
On the southern coast of Crete, Greek architectural firm decaARCHITECTURE has turned a commission for a modern residence into an opportunity for landscape preservation. Named the Ring House for its rounded shape, the house was created to follow the existing topography and looks like an extension of its hilltop location. The site had been scarred by environmentally insensitive infrastructural development but has now recovered its original morphology and has been replanted with native flora.


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we may not have a "sea view" but a home like this in Hill Country would offer incredible views...  would you like to live in a home like this?

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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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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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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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4 Reasons to Not Renew Your Rental Lease (Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News)

4 Reasons to Not Renew Your Rental Lease (Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News) | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
4 Reasons to Not Renew Your Rental Lease, a post from the blog Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News on Bloglovin’
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ready to buy?

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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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5 rookie mistakes made by first-time homebuyers

5 rookie mistakes made by first-time homebuyers | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
The key to being a savvy first-time homeshopper is recognizing some common mistakes, understanding where to look out for them and knowing how to fix them.
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First timers?  Look to an honest real estate professional to guide you along the way

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Is Rise in Seller Financing Trapping Buyers?

Is Rise in Seller Financing Trapping Buyers? | SAN ANTONIO HOMES TODAY | Scoop.it
A couple with three children came to Paul Sigurdson in 2014, looking to buy a home that would support their growing family. The hitch was that they’d gone through a foreclosure three years earlier and couldn’t qualify for a mortgage.
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a potential trap....

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