Happy Wife, Happy Life

Happy Wife, Happy Life

Happy wife, happy life is probably a term you’ve heard. It is especially true when it comes to selecting a home. I did

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Closing Day at their new San Antonio home

not fully appreciate that during my first years as a REALTOR®. Sure, I understood there was both a financial and emotional component to buying a home. For some the financial aspect is larger than the emotional need. Probably an equal number need to have the location, features, and amenities just so.

Earlier this year Shauna and Rob, a couple I worked with last year, told me that friends of theirs, Audrey and Sam, were moving to San Antonio from the Dallas area. They recommended  me to help them find a great home in the area. We started the home search in May and closed last Thursday. We did find a home that made Audrey happy.

The photo, above, is of Audrey and Sam in front of their  new home. Audrey and Shauna were in the same sorority in college. So if any of their sorority sisters are moving to the San Antonio area, call me to help you get established here. Of course, I can help anyone with real estate needs in San Antonio, not just friends of Shauna and Rob.

Every home does not have a wife, but where there is one, keeping her happy in the home selection process can lead to calm and tranquility in the household.

And again, happy wife, happy life.

“I love it when a plan comes together” Colonel Hannibal Smith, A Team

Ranch Home Sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch

Ranch Home Sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch

This ranch home sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch. It was placed on the market in early June and was under contract two weeks later. Nicely maintained and gently lived in, it competed very effectively with some of the newly constructed homes in the area.

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Just Sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch

Laurel Mountain Ranch is in far west San Antonio. Northside Independent School District provides the public education for the area. Homes in this area are about fifteen (15) miles from downtown, but about five miles to Lackland Air Force Base.

If you are looking for a good location in west San Antonio, take a look at Laurel Mountain Ranch.

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Laurel Mountain Ranch

Garden Home Community in Northeast San Antonio

Northeast San Antonio Garden Home Community-Bulverde Gardens

If northeast San Antonio and garden-style homes are something you would consider buying then Bulverde Gardens is a Bulverde Gardens Garden Home Community in Northeast San Antoniocommunity you should review. Bulverde Gardens is almost one mile north of Loop 1604 on the west side Bulverde Road. Bulverde Road has been improved from a two-lane, always congested bottleneck into a multilane smooth flowing thoroughfare. I will admit that during rush hours don’t plan on an easy exit going north on Bulverde Road since there is no  stop light to allow easy access into the northbound lane. Can’t have everything.

Homes For Sale in Bulverde Gardens
McMillan Homes was the sole builder in the community of a bit more than one-hundred ten platted lots. Construction in Bulverde Gardens began in 2008.

During the past year, ten homes ranging in size from a bit over 2,000 square feet to almost 2,800 square feet. Priced from the low $200Ks to the low $300Ks, this community’s pricing compares very favorably to other communities in the area. Great value for the price in my opinion.

Garden homes fit the life style needs for several segments of the home buying populations. People looking to down-size their housing requirements as a result of a change in the size of the family, people moving up from a starter home but not needing a great deal more space, and people moving from a rental situation, but not needing a lot more living space.

Bulverde Gardens is served by  Northeast Independent School District. Currently homes in community are served by Bulverde Creek Elementary School, Tejeda Middle School, and Johnson High School.

Take a look at current homes available in the community and call me if you think one of these will work for. Of course you can call me to help you find the right house for you too.

Homes For Sale in Bulverde Gardens
If northeast San Antonio homes are something you are considering, then Bulverde Gardens may be a good fit for you.

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Laurel Mountain Ranch One-Story Three BR Home For Sale

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This one-story home is in the quiet community named Laurel Mountain Ranch. Built in 2005, this three bedroom home is about three blocks from the community pool. Northside ISD has the public schools that serve the area. It is an easy commute to major shopping along the Loop 1604 corridor. Also easy to get to the Rim, LaCantera, SeaWorld, and Lackland AFB. Get your mortgage pre-approval and then call to set up appointment to see this one.

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Portrait of a Warrior

Portrait of a Warrior (Texas Country Reporter)

Memorial Day is set aside to remember and honor those who died while serving in our armed forces. For that reason, I see it as a more solemn day of rememberance than Veterans Day. Those for whom this day is meant, were unable return from battle.

If you have a few minutes, take a look at a short video produced by Texas Country Reporter about an artist in Baytown, Texas, Ken Pridgeon, who has created a monument to heroes.

Memorial Day for many is the beginning of the summer vacation season. For others, it’s an opportunity to take advantage of a sale for cars, trucks, mattresses, or some other big ticket item. Remember those opportunities did not come cheaply. Members of our armed forces made the ultimate sacrifice. This day is set aside to honor them.

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Who Is Smarter-You or the Other Guy?

Who Is Smarter-You or the Other Guy

Walk on a car lot and the sales guys make you out to be a mark. You, on the other hand, have done your internet search, maybe you have an AAA auto report, a Consumer Reports profile, and a dealer cost invoice. With your info, you plan to work the price to a very low profit to the dealer. To you, the sales guy and the auto dealership is the mark.

While it is natural that each party wants the best deal possible, each must recognize that unless an agreement is reached, the seller can’t sell and the buyer will not buy from the seller.

Same situation for home buyers and sellers. Seller may believe the value of their home is greater than the market will accept. Buyer has comps and an agent with a finger on the pulse of the community. For the Seller, do you want to sell your house or do you want to get your price?

I hardly ever suggest to a Seller that their home is over priced. Maybe it is but the market makes that judgment. But I do explain when the market is not in agreement with the pricing decision. The seller of any product or service should be aware that buyers usually have alternatives. Seller should not think they are smater than the other guy.

I happened to see this YouTube video with the interesting title, “Brits vs Americans: Who’s Smarter?”

Acting on the assumption that we are smarter than the other guy can lead to miscalculations, lost opportunities, and failure to achieve an objective. It probably is human nature to think we are smarter than the other guy. But remember without an agreement, there is no sale.

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Cibolo Canyons-Amorosa Homes for Sale in San Antonio

Cibolo Canyons-Amorosa Homes for Sale in San Antonio


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Cibolo Canyons in San Antonio TX

Cibolo Canyons, a master planned community in north San Antonio, recently opened a new section known as Amorosa. Builders in this section are Imagine Homes and Sitterle Homes, both high-quality builders with good reputations in San Antonio.

Homes in the community are priced from the low $300s for both builders. Sizewise, homes begin in the 1,800 square foot range. Imagine Homes has long been noted for energy efficient features in their homes. Sitterle Homes is one of the premier builders of garden-style homes in the area. Their garden homes in Amorosa should be seriously considered by anyone interested in a quality home.

Current HOA dues for Amorosa in Cibolo Canyons is $2,400 per year.  payable semi-annually. This fee covers lawn maintenance for front and back yard. Want a nice home and be free of lawn maintenance, this could be your answer.

Amorosa in Cibolo Canyons is near the JW Marriott Resort and two PGA level golf courses. For now, residents of Amorosa can use the pool and amenity center in one of the other Cibolo Canyon communities. Future plans call for a pool and amentiy center to be constructed in Amorosa after more homes are built in the community.  

The community is principally served by Northeast Independent School District. Use the link below and enter the name of the street  for the home you consider buying. If the system does not provide a response, homes on the street are assigned to schools in the Judson Independent School District. Judson does not have a boundary map so check with the District to determine which schools serve a specific street.

Northeast Independent School District School Boundary Map Link

Cibolo Canyons is a sustainable community embracing environmental solutions for energy and water.

Call me to help you determine which homes and homesites best fit your needs in Cibolo Canyons.

Is River Crossing the Best Development in Spring Branch Texas?

Is River Crossing the Best Development in Spring Branch Texas?

Is River Crossing the best development in Spring Branch Texas? That’s a tough question to answer because not everyone sees things the

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A River Crossing Home in Spring Branch TX

same way. What is great for one person or family, may not work for someone else.

River Crossing is in Comal County. The county seat for Comal County is New Braunfels. Although it is the mailing address for residents of River Crossing, Spring Branch is unincorporated. River Crossing is about thirty-three (33) miles from downtown San Antonio and about sixty-five (65) miles from downtown Austin.

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If River Crossing is not the best development in Spring Branch Texas it is certainly near the top. If you are looking for a  great home on a spacious lot (minimum lot size is one-acre), topography is rolling hills, and mature trees, River Crossing may have the prescription that answers your needs.


The area is very rocky so plan on adding a few inches of top soil if gardening is something you plan for your home.

   Homes Available For Sale in River Crossing in Spring Branch Texas

The following chart provides a summary on homes available today in River Crossing. Of course the number of homes and price ranges on available homes can change daily.

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River Crossing in Spring Branch Texas Available Homes

The River Crossing Golf Club, a private course with an eighteen hole championship course, is in the community. Residents may apply for membership. The River Crossing Property Owners Association handles management of common areas, as well as management of the swimming pool, and clubhouse.

River Crossing residents have easy access to the Guadalupe River as well as Canyon Lake, if water sports

The Overlook at River Crossing is a gated section of the community. Homes in this section are at the upper end of price range for River Crossing.

In addition to the twenty (20) or so homes available in River Crossing now, there are several lots available. This is a great opportunity to select a great home site, and have a custom home built to your specifications. Call me to help you find a great location and if you do not have a builder in mind, I can help you with that too.

River Crossing is served by the Comal Independent School District. Today Bill Brown Elementary School, Smithson Valley Middle and High Schools are the public schools for the area.

Take a look at the available homes in River Crossing via the link below.

         Homes For Sale in River Crossing

Call me when you are ready to buy or sell a home or home site in River Crossing.


Homes For Sale in River Crossing-Spring Branch TX

Homes For Sale in River Crossing-Spring Branch TX

River Crossing is a large upscale community in Spring Branch Texas. This is in Comal County,

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just north of San Antonio. Most of the homes in River Crossing are situated on estate-sized lots of an acre or more. There are over 900 platted lots in River Crossing.

There are a few garden homes in River Crossing. They are recently built and are on suburban sized lots. Since they are garden homes, they are much smaller than homes typically built in River Crossing.

Boundaries for River Crossing are Texas Highway 46 on the south and the Guadalupe River on the north. River Crossing is east of US Highway 281.

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What Can Be Learned From Last Twelve-Month Single Family Home Sales in River Crossing?

  • 31% were under 3,000 square feet
  • 47% were between 3,000 square feet and 4,000 square feet
  • 22% were over 4,000 square feet
  • Of the homes on the market in River Crossing  during the past year, 65% were successfully sold
  • 35% of homes on the market in River Crossing were not sold
  • Of  homes sold the two longest on-market homes had Days on Market of 1,084 and 910 days
  • Of homes not sold, the two longest on-market homes had Days on Market of 639 and  364 days
  • Homes that were under contract within 75 days of being on market typically had sales price reductions of less that 2%
  • Homes on the market over 100 days typically experienced price reductions of over 10% or were removed from the market

Take a look at the segmentation for sold homes in River Crossing.


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Call me if I can help you get your home ready for sale in southern Comal County or northern Bexar County.

Home For Sale in the Alamo Heights ISD Area-78209

Home For Sale in the Alamo Heights ISD Area-78209

Northridge Park  in San Antonio is one of the near northside communities developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The

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Northridge Park Home For Sale

home featured in this post is on a slab foundation and the core of this home completed in 1953. The area is served by the Alamo Heights Independent School District.

Northridge Park is about seven miles from the Riverwalk and about five miles from the Pearl District. The Quarry Market, Lincoln Heights, and North Star Mall are just a short commute from this home site.

Originally most homes in the area had two bedrooms and one bath. Livable space was around 1,000 square feet.

That was then. Now many of the homes have updated features and more livable space. The home featured here is now almost 2,000 square feet, increased from its original 1,100 square feet. The new addition contains an expanded master suite, and family room. Solid floors all. Not an inch of carpet in this house.

See the video to get a sense of  this bit of Americana. One of the bedrooms has wood paneling that was all the rage days gone by. It’s only one room so, if you are not into nostalgia of this sort, make a suggestion with your offer.

If you are looking to buy or sell your San Antonio home, or lot, call me. I can help you get it done.