San Antonio Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 18, 2017

Winter Can Be a Great Time to Make a San Antonio Move

Plan a San Antonio move over the holidays for less competition.Believe it or not, the holiday season can be a great time to make a San Antonio move and get your house on the market. Many sellers wait because they think that things are pretty dead and slow going during this time of the year, but that could play to your advantage. The truth is that there are always motivated buyers out there every month of the year. There are probably even many out there looking extra hard because they are hoping that their fellow competitors in the market to buy will be out of town. Also, with less competition from having fewer houses on the market, this could work out very well for you. In the past, buyers and agents really have not wanted to take the time over the holidays to drive around and flip through giant MLS books. Now, house listings are available at the touch of a button. Potential buyers are curled up by the fire drinking hot cocoa looking at beautifully staged pictures of your home.

Buy or Sell San Antonio Real Estate This Winter and Enjoy Less Competition

Play to the emotions of your buyers by taking a little extra time to stage your home in a festive way. Help them picture celebrating the holidays in your home with their families. Many people buy because of an emotional connection to a home and this could be the perfect opportunity to play on that. Keep your home ready for a showing at all times and work with someone who will do their research and price the home well. If someone makes the trek out to see your home over the holidays, they are serious about a San Antonio move. The fact that it is a slower time of year should also make the closing go more smoothly. With fewer transactions pending for loan officers, home inspectors, and attorneys, they should be able to work quickly.

Selling your San Antonio real estate is a big deal and the whole process will definitely take some thought. Choose the time of year that works best for you. If it makes the most sense to move over the winter, don’t let that dissuade you from getting your house on the market over the holidays. There is really no reason to wait, and it might work out more in your favor anyway.

 

Dec. 13, 2017

Where to Eat Christmas Dinner After Moving to San Antonio

Here's where to eat Christmas dinner if you're moving to San Antonio.The holidays are a challenging time to be moving to San Antonio. Depending on when you arrive, preparing a huge Christmas dinner may not be practical. You’re in luck! If your San Antonio home isn’t ready for a big celebration, there are tons of restaurants in the city that are planning fantastic dinners.

Las Canarias is located on the San Antonio River Walk and provides a lovely, romantic atmosphere for guests. Both a Christmas Day brunch and dinner will be offered. Get seated for brunch every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose farm fresh eggs and get your omelette made with your favorite add-ins, including spinach, tomato, smoked salmon, goat cheese, ham, and more. Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate the build your own waffle station. Try a market salad, seafood, or carved meats. 

Dinner will be served at Las Canarias every half hour from 4 to 8 p.m. Start with cheese and charcuterie and a market salad. Then fill up with seafood, made to order pasta, or chicken and waffles. There will also be carved meats and lots of great sides. Don’t forget to save room for pumpkin pie, mini yule logs, fruit, and egg nog shooters. Call 210.518.1063 for reservations.

Try a Brazilian or Chinese Restaurant Near Your San Antonio Home

For a Brazilian Christmas dinner, head to Fogo de Cha?o. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas eve and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. Brazilian churrusco is a fun barbecue experience. Waiters bring different barbecued meats to your table, and you choose how much you’d like. Choose from steak, chicken, pork, and lamb. There are also tasty sausages, seafood, and the Market Table, with salads, soups, and cured meats. Visit the Fogo de Cha?o website to make reservations. 

Finally, experience one of San Antonio’s best Chinese restaurants by heading to Sichuan House. It was named as one of 2017’s top 50 restaurants in the city by the San Antonio-Express News. Sichuan House will be open both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The menu is quite extensive. Be sure to check out Chef Li’s Specialty Items, which includes Lover’s Ridge babyback ribs, sweet and sour whole fish, and spicy and savory blue crab, among many others. They are also known for their fabulous dumplings. Visit the Sichuan House Facebook page to see the whole menu and make reservations. 

We hope these recommendations will make your first Christmas after moving to San Antonio easier.

Get information about homes in San Antonio by calling 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Dec. 11, 2017

Create a List of Must-Haves for Your San Antonio Move When You Shop for a New Home

Make a San Antonio move and decide on your house must-haves.When you decide on a San Antonio move, your next step is to start looking at San Antonio real estate. A lot of people start out online. That will give you a sense of what’s available, and you can also start figuring out what features are most important for a new home. Many people value an updated kitchen. While you may pay a little more for a house with a new kitchen, you will save money and time in the long run. New appliances are much more energy efficient than older ones, and there’s nothing like cooking and eating in a bright kitchen, with new flooring, countertops, and cupboards.

A designated laundry room is another feature some people really value. Good insulation will keep the noise of the washer and dryer down. Space for air-drying delicates, as well as sorting and folding laundry makes the whole chore of laundry so much simpler.

The nice weather is one reason people choose a San Antonio move. A nice patio is a great way to enjoy the sun and clear skies. You can host barbecues, eat your meals al fresco, and curl up with a good book or a glass of wine.

Hardwood floors, particularly in the common spaces of the home, are also becoming a popular choice. Carpet may be soft on the feet, but it traps dirt and gets worn out quickly. Hardwood floors are much easier to clean and hard-wearing.

Decide on the Most Important Features for Your San Antonio Real Estate

There are other features that are important for your family and lifestyle. Room for a home office or craft room, a dedicated guest room, a spacious pantry, or a swimming pool might be on your list. As you look at floor plans and visit possible houses, you will refine what is most important for you and your life. Be sure to look at the new construction around San Antonio and the suburbs. Many of these features are already incorporated into the house designs.

I’ve been living and working in the San Antonio area for years. Get in contact with the office soon so we can talk about your San Antonio housing needs. Call 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Dec. 6, 2017

Helotes Home Owners Run the Jingle Paws Classic for the Humane Society

Run the Jingle Paws Classic near your Helotes home.This holiday season the families who call Helotes home, as well as the other San Antonio suburbs, have a wide variety of activities to add to their seasonal calendar. For instance, just down Scenic Loop Road the Helotes community has put together two events on December 9th that will be a great way to kick off the holidays for everyone!

The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the Jingle Paws Classic 5k Run and Walk that Saturday morning which will benefit the Helotes Humane Society. Registration packets can be picked up the day before from noon to 5 p.m. at their address, and late registration will open at 7 a.m. at the OP Schnabel Park where the race will be held. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, including well-behaved and vaccinated dogs as long as they are on a leash! The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. and will go to the overall fastest male/female over 18 years old as well as the male/female under 18. The overall top three dogs will also receive their own awards! Registration comes with a commemorative T-shirt for the first 300 participants and the pre-registration fee for timed runners is only $25. Those who register on the day of the race will pay $30, and students or military who bring their ID will only pay $15. Anyone who just wants to join in the fun without being timed will only pay a $20 pre-registration fee or $25 on the day of the race. To learn more about how to register online until the 7th of December, contact Sue St. Cyr at kzyrnr17@yahoo.com and find out how everyone can make a difference for the humane society this season. 

Everyone from San Antonio Suburbs Gets Together December 9th for the Christmas Market

Then on the evening of the 9th, beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m., the community will be hosting its 3rd Annual Christmas Market in Old Town Helotes at The Bluffs on Old Bandera Road. This new holiday tradition is sure to have something for everyone in your Helotes home! There will be vendors selling their handcrafted items for those looking for the perfect, unique Christmas Gift, as well as plenty of food vendors offering their tasty seasonal treats to the many visitors who come from miles around. Texas Tide will be providing the music, and Santa will be available for pictures from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Of course, the highlight of the evening will be the City of Helotes Christmas Parade that begins at 7:30 that evening! 

With options like these all season long, those who call Boerne home have a full holiday calendar to anticipate as the December festivities begin. There’s sure to be something fun for everyone!

 

Dec. 4, 2017

Staging Your Home Will Make it More Appealing to Those Moving to San Antonio

Staging will help those moving to San Antonio fall in love with your house.Taking the time to effectively stage your home before putting it on the market can really make it stand out to those moving to San Antonio and looking for a place to live. One option is to totally move out and have a professional come in to stage, but this can get expensive and most people do not have the luxury of moving out of the home before it sells. With a little planning and an off site storage location, homeowners can do many things on their own to make their home look its best. The goal is to showcase the best features of your San Antonio home and allow those who walk through to be able to envision their family living in the space.

Declutter, Deep Clean, and Brighten Your San Antonio Home

A good place to start is to depersonalize and neutralize your home. This means to take down personal photographs and other mementos that would make it hard for others to imagine themselves living in the home. It also means to neutralize colors. Sprucing up the paint can make a home look cleaner and by choosing neutral colors it would allow all ages and genders to find the space inviting. Think of not only the paint colors, but bedding, accent pillows, curtains, and other accessories. It is ok to spend some money on staging. A good staging job will bring in more money for the home, so anything spent should pay for itself.

Next, declutter and deep clean your home. Get as many of your belongings out of the house as possible to make it look like there is plenty of space. Think not only of the main rooms, but closets as well. Potential buyers do not want to look in closets and see them crammed and overflowing with stuff. They want to see storage spaces with plenty of room for everything. Also wipe down and scrub everything. Do a deep clean of the kitchen and bathroom as well as light fixtures, ceiling fans, baseboards, and anything else. When it is time for an open house or individual showings, make sure all curtains and blinds are open to let in as much light as possible. Light streaming in through windows make spaces seem more inviting and look larger. With a little planning and hard work with staging, your home will shine, appeal to those moving to San Antonio, and fetch a good price.

If you’re making a move to San Antonio or trying to sell a house, get in touch with our office for expert advice and help. Call 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Nov. 27, 2017

Winter Is a Great Time to be Considering a San Antonio Move

Winter is a great time to plan a San Antonio move.The conventional wisdom in real estate is that buying or selling during the winter is not a good idea. Spring is often considered the best season for real estate. However, for many the San Antonio real estate in winter is actually ideal. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, there is less competition in the winter. This can work in the favor of either buyers or sellers. Buyers are less likely to experience the frustration of bidding wars and losing out on a house over and over again. The high competition of the spring market can cause a lot of stress, as buyers scramble to decide on a house and submit an offer before someone else does.

On the other hand, sellers don’t have to compete with as many comparable houses on the market. It’s more likely that buyers will look at all the houses for sale in their price range and desired area when there aren’t so many. Companies often hire people to start on January 1st. While there may be fewer buyers, they may be more motivated to make a deal in the winter than the spring.

Shop for San Antonio Real Estate Now and Find Your Dream Home Before the New Year

Winter can also be a good time to get a feel for a neighborhood. A large number of people who decorate for the holidays, for example, can point to a friendly area and neighbors.

Buyers and sellers may both find that winter is a convenient time to sell because everyone involved in the process can move more quickly to finish the deal. Real estate agents have fewer clients. Property inspectors have fewer reports. Mortgage lenders are working on fewer contracts. Closing can happen more quickly, with less stress for everyone involved. Many real estate agents actually find that they enjoy winter sales very much and are happy to get creative when it comes to matching buyers and houses for sale.

If you’re planning a winter San Antonio move, either within the city or from out of town, please call 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260 to find out about what’s available now. We’d be happy to help you find the best new home for your lifestyle!

 

Nov. 22, 2017

Learn About Events in the Suburbs if You’re Moving to San Antonio

If you're moving to San Antonio, head to Boerne for Dickens on Main.One of the things to decide once you know you’re moving to San Antonio is whether to live in the city itself or go further afield to one of the suburbs. One of the advantages of choosing to live in the suburbs is the fact that you can get more house for your money than in the city. Another advantage to the suburbs is that they are often cities in their own right, with strong local character and traditions. If this appeals to you, be sure to check out Boerne homes. They’re within a 30 minute drive into San Antonio, yet provide a sense of peace and a very hometown feel. Visit to find out why so many people love Texas hill country.

Boerne’s 18th Annual Dickens on Main festival is happening this weekend, Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th. It will be held on the historic Hill Country Mile. The festival is a wonderful way to start the Christmas season. Don’t fill up too much on Thanksgiving leftovers, because the restaurants around the Hill Country Mile will all be open. There will also be a vast array of food trucks, serving up meals, snacks, and drinks.

Everyone from Boerne Homes Enjoys the Dickens on Main Festival

There’s so much to do at the free festival. See “Bah Humbug: A One Man Christmas Carol”, as well as live music and carols. You can also see an ice sculpture demonstration--it’s a fun time with rock n roll and chainsaws. Kids will enjoy the arts and crafts and the 60-foot ice slide. There will be tons of vendors at the festival, so it’s a great time to get some holiday shopping out of the way. There will also be several paid activities, including a petting zoo, carriage rides, and photos with Santa. Get more details about Dickens on Main

We have lots of experience helping people moving to San Antonio find the perfect home. Give us a call at 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Nov. 20, 2017

Enjoy Your San Antonio Move and Go to the Holiday Parade at River Walk

If you move to San Antonio, don't miss the Holiday River Parade.When you plan a San Antonio move, you should know that you’re going to a city that knows how to celebrate the holidays. This week, on Friday, November 24th, San Antonio real estate owners can ring in the holiday season at the annual Ford Holiday River Parade. It will take place at the famous San Antonio River Walk. This year’s theme is Christmas at the Movies. Parade-goers will enjoy lights, floats, costumed characters, and live music. This is a wonderful event that brings the city’s residents together every year for a night of holiday magic.

Tickets are still available to buy online, but act quickly, as last year’s parade was a sold-out event. Be sure to print your tickets and a map so you can find your way to the right gate to see the parade. There are also free seats, sponsored by Santikos Entertainment, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee free to bring your own chairs.

San Antonio Real Estate Owners Arrive Early to Hear Carols and Christmas Music

On the evening of parade, River Walk will close at 4 p.m. The gates will open again at 5 p.m. for ticket holders. For those who love Christmas music, be sure to arrive by 6 p.m. There will be an hour of live Christmas music. Ticket holders can enjoy music at Arneson River Theatre. Carolers will sing from the four downtown bridges, too. The River Walk Lighting Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., also at the Arneson River Theatre. The parade itself begins at 6 p.m. The parade will last for about an hour, so the end time will depend on where you are sitting. Those who would prefer to stay in can catch the parade on TV from 7 to 8 p.m. Get more details about the Ford Holiday River Parade and purchase tickets. 

No matter when your San Antonio move will take place, we’re here to help you. Find out about homes available in your favorite San Antonio neighborhood or suburb by calling 210.860.1775, or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Nov. 15, 2017

Make Moving to San Antonio Easy and Get a Take-out Thanksgiving Meal

Make moving to San Antonio easier and order Thanksgiving to go.Moving to San Antonio, or anywhere, during the holidays isn’t anyone’s first choice, but sometimes it’s necessary. However, you don’t have to give up on having a great Thanksgiving meal just because your boxes aren’t all unpacked. On Monday, we gave you a list of a few local restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving dinner. Some people prefer to get a take out meal and eat at their new San Antonio home or have a picnic in one of the local parks. So today, we have a list of take-out options.

Let Someone Else Do the Cooking and Enjoy the Holiday Meal at Your New San Antonio Home

Checkout Blanco BBQ, especially if you need to feed a crowd. Two take-out feast options have you covered: the holiday Blanco sliced feast, for five to eight people or the holiday Blanco feast, for 10 to 12 people. Both come with turkey, cornbread dressing, and turkey gravy. If you order the smaller feast, you can also choose baked ham. Choose two sides: mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans or creamed corn. Don’t forget a pumpkin or pecan pie. 

Cooper’s Meat Market has tons of choices for both traditional turkey dinners or more exotic fare. Try a fried turkey or turducken (turkey, duck, and chicken), as well as smoked turkeys. Or get a prime boneless beef roast or honey pecan pork tenderloin. Round out the meal with a few sides, including chorizo red pepper stuffing, green beans with bacon, and much more. Give yourself a complete break from the kitchen with the breakfast egg casserole or the sweet bishop bread. Take a look at the full holiday menu to see all the choices. 

Bill Miller BBQ has several delicious options for take-home Thanksgiving meals. The turkey hen meal starts with a 9 to11 pound bird, which is cooked and chilled, along with ready to bake cornbread dressing and heat and serve giblet gravy. For a crowd, go for the turkey tom meal, which starts with a 17 to 19 pound bird. You can also choose a honey baked ham. Let Bill Miller handle everything and order a small party pack for 10 or a large party pack for 20. Choose from a couple of different entrees, dressed with cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy, with either mashed potatoes or green beans on the side, along with dinner rolls, a pie, and iced tea. You even get plates, cups, and flatware. 

If you’re moving to San Antonio and need a real estate agent, give us a call at 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260.

 

Nov. 13, 2017

Planning a San Antonio Move over Thanksgiving? Check out Our Favorite Restaurants!

If your San Antonio move coincides with Thanksgiving, try one of the city's great restaurants.If your San Antonio move coincides with Thanksgiving, this might be a good year to go out to eat. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of some of the best restaurants in the city serving Thanksgiving dinner. One of the great things about owning San Antonio real estate is the incredible variety of amazing restaurants. This is a great time to start sampling them!

The San Antonio Riverwalk is well-known for its many excellent eateries. Boudro’s specializes in fine Tex-Mex cuisine. For Thanksgiving, they’ve got a delicious special menu, starting with either pumpkin butternut squash bisque or a baby spinach and frisee salad. For the main course choose either herb roasted turkey breast or mesquite smoked pork tenderloin. The cost is $40 per person and $18 for children. The regular menu will also be available. Visit Boudro’s for more details. 

Find Great Restaurants All Over San Antonio Real Estate

Make reservations at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and enjoy their delicious prix fixe menu. The first course is a choice of either Fleming’s salad or lobster bisque. The main course is a mixed herb roasted turkey breast with savory turkey gravy. It will be served with cranberry, orange, and cinnamon sauce and sage and brioche bread stuffing. For the side, choose between sweet potatoes, green beans, or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. Save room for dessert and choose pumpkin cheesecake or carrot cake. Children can order from a special menu just for them. The regular Fleming’s menu will also be available. 

Crumpets is also taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. Start with a mousse truffle paté, smoked salmon with cream cheese and croutons, or puff pastry with white mushroom sauce. There are four choices for the main course. Go traditional with roasted turkey and baked ham. Or spice things up with either tenderloin of beef, veal scallopini, or fresh rainbow trout. 

Find out more about homes available for your San Antonio move by calling 210.860.1775 or text Homesforsale to 36260. We have many years of experience working and living in San Antonio, and we’d love to help you make the city your home.