Home Inspections-Does it Make Sense For a New Home?

Home Inspections-Does it Make Sense For a New Home?

I never have to convince the buyer of a pre-owned home that it makes good sense to have an inspector, selected and paid by the buyer, to inspect their prospective home after an agreement to purchase is negotiated.

Sign for New Home 400x314 Home Inspections Does it Make Sense For a New Home?

New Home Community

That same willingness to undertake the expense of an inspection is not always appreciated by buyers of new homes.

About 30% of the buyers I represent purchase new homes. In some cases these are first-time home buyers. Prices for these new homes have ranged from the mid- $100K to the low $600K.

Sometimes new home buyers are resistant to obtaining the services of their own third-party inspector because the house is new and everything should work. Recently I had buyers who liked a new home and the Builder’s Sales Counselor explained they had an independent third-party inspector who checked homes before the home is released to the Buyers. I believe this builder is reputable and typically builds a good product.

However, I urged my clients to get their own inspector. Building a home is complicated. There are thousands of parts, components, and processes that have to be completed by different subcontractors and trades people. In my eight-years in the real estate business and for the three new homes I’ve purchased prior to getting in the business, inspectors have always found things that needed to be corrected before closing.

In this case they did decide to get an inspection, and did uncover a few issues that would have been problematic after move-in. Uncovering issues after move-in is not fun. Things can get repaired but better to get issues addressed before move-in, in my opinion.

So my answer will always be yes, inspections for new homes are a good idea. This is true for the entry-level priced home as well as the luxury home.

If you are looking for a good real estate agent in San Antonio, let me Google that for you.

Westover Crossing in NW San Antonio

originally posted at http://actvra.in/4rsD

Westover Crossing in NW San Antonio is a community of approximately five-hundred (500) homes. The subdivision is located between Potranco Road and W. Military Drive. Most of the homes in the community were built by KB Home between 2002 and 2006.

Westover Crossing 400x341 Westover Crossing in NW San Antonio

Westover Crossing in San Antonio TX

Northside Independent School District provides the public schools for the community. Lewis Elementary, Vale Middle School, and Stevens High School are the schools to which most of the students in the area are assigned. Verify school assignments with the district if a specific school assignment is critical to your home buying decision.

During the past year, twenty-four (24) homes were sold in Westover Crossing. Prices ranged from $107,000 for a 1,700 square foot three-bedroom home to $192,000 for a five-bedroom home of over 3,300 square feet.

Today, there are four homes available with asking prices from $134,000 to $199,000.

Westover Crossing is between Loop 1604 and IH-410. Easy access to westside shopping at either Loop 1604 and Potranco or Culebra. La Cantera and the Rim are also nearby. If you are interested in a northwest San Antonio community, Westover Crossing should be on your list of possible subdivisions.

If you want to buy or residential real estate in the San Antonio area, call or text me at 210-394-2269.

Fairways of Sonterra-A San Antonio Golf Community

The Fairways of Sonterra is a small San Antonio subdivision situated near the Sonterra Country Club. The community has about one-hundred fifty home sites. Homes range in

Fairways of Sonterra 400x300 Fairways of Sonterra A San Antonio Golf Community

entrance to Fairways of Sonterra

size from the upper 2,000 square feet to over 4,000 square feet. To use the Country Club facilities one must become a member.

During the past year prices for sold homes ranged from $399,000 to a bit over $710,000. Fourteen homes were sold in the Fairways of Sonterra. This is a pretty healthy clip for homes in this price range.

Search for Home For Sale in Fairways of Sonterra

Fairways of Sonterra is about one mile north of Loop 1604 and can be entered from Huebner Road. This is a gated community and is located in the Stone Oak area of San Antonio. Restaurants, shopping, and entertainment sites are nearby.

This community is in the North East Independent School District territory. The schools serving the area are all highly rated in 2014. Stone Oak Elementary, Barbara Bush Middle School, and Reagan High School students typically perform well in academic matters.

Fairways of Sonterra Home Photo 500x311 Fairways of Sonterra A San Antonio Golf Community

Home in Fairways of Sonterra in San Antonio Texas

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the greater San Antonio I’ll be happy to help you. Call or text me at 210-394-2269

One Bedroom Condo For Sale in San Antonio’s Aspen Village

Looking for a one-bedroom condo in Northwest San Antonio? Consider this unit in the Aspen Village Condo complex. This unit is a bit over 800 square feet with one full- and one-half bathroom.

This is in a three story building with this unit being on the second and third story. So there will be some stairs to negotiate. There are over 120 units in the complex. The unit comes with an appliance package, and covered parking. A community pool is also on premises.

Take a look at the video for this Aspen Village condo unit.

Aspen Village Condos are on Medical Drive between IH-10 and Fredericksburg Road. Easy access to shopping and the freeway system.

Call or text me at 210-394-2269 to arrange a showing for this unit at the Aspen Village Condos.

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

Audrey and Sam border 400x301 Happy Wife, Happy Life

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.

Ward Spring Sold 500x313 Ranch Home Sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch

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.

Laurel Mountain Ranch map 500x368 Ranch Home Sold in Laurel Mountain Ranch

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.

Cross posted at ActiveRain.com

Laurel Mountain Ranch One-Story Three BR Home For Sale

farm follow home Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale
Schedule a Showing/Request Info
San Antonio Homes For Sale
Search All Homes For Sale
What is Your Home Worth?
Wayne Johnson
Real Estate Consultant
Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper REALTORS
Schedule a Showing!
email Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale
MLS#: 1059925
1401146810wjohnson 566780  1 compressed thb Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale
Licensed In:
License #:
Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact us for the most current information and status of this property.
2111 Ward Spring
San Antonio, TX
 Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale Scan with your smartphone & take me with you.
Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure
350 5391df96a0a58 1402068886 Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale

Laurel Mountain Ranch-One Story Home For Sale

$ Click for current price
2 BATHROOMS ( 2 full )
1537 Square Feet

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.

1402068594wayne johnson 810 thb Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For Sale
 Laurel Mountain Ranch One Story Three BR Home For SaleL2L Property Websites WP


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.

Originally posted:ActiveRain http://actvra.in/4hb5

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.

Originally Posted: http://actvra.in/4gGB