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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - 398351
Real estate in the San Antonio metro area, the foothills of the Texas Hill Country, and on the Guadalupe River. My market area includes the northern half of San Antonio (Alamo Heights, Fort Sam Houston, Shavano Park, Hollywood Park, and Stone Oak) and northeast (Randolph AFB, Universal City, Windcrest, Schertz, and Cibolo) to New Braunfels, Seguin, and Canyon Lake, including Bexar, Guadalupe, and Comal Counties. My blog also covers photography; houses and homes; investments and rental properties; pets and wildlife; birds, butterflies, and flowers in my organic garden; travel; fun stuff; and whatever else takes my fancy.
RECENT BLOG POSTS
This is the very best time of the year to get a deal on a new home from a builder. Builders want to get as many houses off their books by the end of the year as they can, so they will cut deals now. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to shop for a new home: 1. Builders don't like...
12/22/2010
Here is my cat Miles lounging in a basket that held some Christmas goodies from the last time we celebrated at our house. He finally took a break from the excitement to rest, since he really gets into the spirit of the holidays, in his feline fashion. Miles loves to help unwrap gifts so he can p...
12/19/2010
Texas isn’t doing as badly as other states in the economic downturn. The Great Recession hit later in Texas than elsewhere, and unemployment didn’t start to rise until the end of 2008. Only a year later, jobs were being added, mainly in the energy industry. In fact, there are 58 Fortune 500 compa...
12/14/2010
San Antonio is one of the four Texas cities cited in a recent Newsweek article about “the Texaplex” in the best position for an economic upturn. More people relocate to Texas in search of jobs than any other state right now, and they head for San Antonio as well as Austin, Houston, Dallas. San An...
12/13/2010
A question asked by a new real-estate investor on a real-estate forum got me thinking. Should you expect your agent to send you the hottest deals the instant they appear? What about lowering their commission as your buyer's agent, since you may be buying (and possibly selling) several properties?...
12/03/2010
Whether you are redecorating or getting a house ready to sell, you may have at least one room that looks a little dinky. Following are 7 staging secrets to making a small room look larger: 1. Use a light, neutral color scheme. Tried and true shades of cream, beige, or pale pastels work best to ma...
11/28/2010
One of my listings is scheduled for yet another second showing this afternoon. This home has been under contract twice, and both times the buyers have backed out for personal reasons. The worst part is that it has now been on the market for 82 days. Although that is way under the average time on ...
11/21/2010
Good news for home sellers in the greater San Antonio area. According to the Texas Association of Realtors, the average home prices in the San Antonio metro went up by 8.48% during the July-September quarter. At $195,817, this is a significant increase from $180,498 one year ago. The median price...
11/17/2010
Thanks to the hard work, persistence, and support of many of its members, the National Association of REALTORS® can add a feather to its cap in the cause of inclusiveness. More than 93% of the NAR's Delegate Body voted to amend Article 10 of the NAR Code of Ethics to prohibit discrimination on th...
11/16/2010
There's a saying that if you really want to get to know somebody, hire them or marry them. There is another way: rent to them. It's important to decide in advance what kind of people you want to deal with as tenants. Even if you hire a property manager to fade the heat, your renters are going to ...
11/14/2010
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