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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
At the conclusion of his post, J. Philip shows the floorplan of an overimproved master bedroom in his market. I see this a lot in San Antonio, Texas, too. For example, one of the most popular floorplans in many KB-built neighborhoods from the 1990s features a ballroom-sized master bedroom. It's ...
11/14/2010
Last week I finally did something I should have done a couple of years ago: I replaced the single-paned windows in my home office with double-paned ones. In the winter, my office is easily the coldest room in the house, since it was originally a covered patio, later enclosed. The cold temperatur...
11/14/2010
Interest rates are at historic lows, and rental rates are good in San Antonio, Texas. When buyers consider a single- or multifamily property for investment, one question they don't always think about long enough is whether to go for instant rental income or start from scratch. Many investors thin...
11/12/2010
  Because we are organic gardeners, we rely on predators instead of chemicals to keep voracious insects from gnawing our flowering plants and vegetables. Spiders fit the bill. Although the larger wolf spiders still tend to scare me, this web is the mark of a much smaller spider. In fact, I didn'...
11/08/2010
One of my pet peeves is when an agent specifically refers to their listing as a family home, or a home perfect for raising children, in the MLS description. What if buyers don't have kids (or grandkids)? Wouldn't that description turn them off from some homes and neighborhoods? It is appropriate ...
11/06/2010
In my blog post yesterday about Tea Party signs that Alan May found, I compared them to listing agents' remarks that I come across on the MLS. Sometimes a misplaced letter in a description of a property can make all the difference between clarity and amusement. Other remarks just need some editin...
11/05/2010
And here I thought some of the listing agents' remarks in our local MLS were bad. They are often rife with misspellings and grammatical errors, some quite humorous. Some could be downright deceptive. But the Tea Partiers take the cake. How hard would it be to consult a dictionary before committin...
11/04/2010
  What else can I tell you about dragonflies, my favorite insects? How about some basics? -  They belong to the order Odonata, which means "toothed ones." -  There are 2,874 species of dragonflies worldwide, of which only 316 inhabit the United States. -  The largest modern-day dragonfly is the ...
10/29/2010
  I had been working away on a CMA (still suffering from jet lag) since 6:00, when I happened to glance out the window and see the red hues of the dawn. By the time I grabbed my camera and dashed outside, some of the red had faded away, but it was still an unusual color. Sure enough, a cold fron...
10/28/2010
    I took about a dozen shots of the moon coming out from behind clouds when I visited the Washington Monument a year ago. I waited for 15 minutes as the rest of the group walked around that evening, and kept taking shots until I got the best I could, considering my camera doesn't deal with low...
10/24/2010
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