Home Staging: A Home Selling Investment

October 30th, 2017

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The art of home staging requires a certain finesse and is often the key to a fast, top-dollar sale of your property. Is it worth it? According to the Real Estate Staging Association, it is. Based on their reports, professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market and typically sell for more money, end up on some buyers “must see” lists, are usually considered well-maintained and have fewer concessions requested by the seller at the time of sale. While less time on the market may not grab you, I’m sure an increased return on investment will. What are the chances home staging increases the return on your property? Thirty-seven percent of REALTORS® believe buyers offer a one to five percent increase in the value of a staged home and 22 percent believe buyers provide a six to 10 percent increase in the value of a staged home. To sum it up, you’re looking at an increased value of your property of one to 10 percent for a median investment of just $675. Even better, some REALTORS® include this in their seller services!

Some rooms matter more than others, even when it comes to home staging. If you are staging the property yourself, the National Association of REALTORS® believes these are the five rooms you should focus on: living room, kitchen, master bedroom, dining room and bathrooms. How can you ensure these rooms are dressed to impress? Follow these simple tips for a perfectly staged home.

  • Remove unnecessary clutter. Removing the clutter from your home is the most important thing to do before placing your home on the market. While listed, consider renting out a storage unit as a location to store these items. Potential buyers will notice if you shove things in your closets.
  • Help potential buyers to feel at home in your property by taking down any photos of your family and any other personal touches. A depersonalized space will allow potential buyers to visualize their belongings in the home.
  • Group furniture in the center of the room. Moving all furniture to the center of the room will make it appear larger.
  • Light it up – natural and artificial. The professionals recommend 100 watts for every 50 square feet.
  • Neutral is the way to go. Paint rooms throughout the home a neutral color like beige, greige, gray or taupe to make the room fresh, open and clean. To make the home appear larger, paint adjoining rooms the same color.
  • Repair the flooring. Broken tiles, cracked or missing floorboards, cracks in the driveway/sidewalks and more can be troublesome to potential buyers as they could mean signal most significant issues. Remedy these problems before placing your home on the market.
  • Be creative with wall décor. Varying wall hangings, in creative layouts, can show off your space to potential buyers.
  • Re-face your kitchen cabinets. Do you want to transform your home’s kitchen without breaking the bank? Consider re-facing your kitchen cabinets. They will look brand new for a fraction of the price of replacing. To save even more money, consider just adding new hardware to the cabinets.
  • Design a spa-like bathroom. Roll up towels and add baskets and candles to make your bathroom look polished and appealing.

Home staging may be fundamental to a fast, top-dollar sale of your property; however, do keep in mind everyone has a different idea of attractive when it comes to a home. To ensure your home appeals to the majority, stick to a neutral palette and a cozy, open and inviting design style.

Do you want more information about staging your home? We can help. Give us a call today.

The Pearl – San Antonio’s Trendy Neighborhood

September 28th, 2017

Gather, dine, shop, work and live in the real essence of San Antonio at the Pearl, San Antonio’s hip, trendy neighborhood. Located on the Northern reach of the San Antonio River, steps away from the San Antonio Museum of Art, The Do Seum and Brackenridge Park, the Pearl offers 324 apartments, 15 restaurants and cafes, 13 retailers, 18 businesses and a twice-weekly Farmers Market. Once home to the Pearl Brewery, open from 1881 to 2001, the Pearl District, spanning 16 blocks, is a pedestrian-friendly development, in a historic destination busting with the activity and life of a college town. The Pearl is truly the ideal destination to gather and enjoy an old neighborhood with a new take on shopping, dining, living and more.

The Pearl

Photo Courtesy: The Historic Pearl Instagram

Culinary Destination

Food brings people together, so grab your family and friends and head out to these culinary spots at the Pearl:

Bakery Lorraine
Classic French bakery.
Hours: Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Boiler House
Texas ranch-style menu featuring fresh, local ingredients.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to Midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Botika
Peruvian-Asian fusion in a vibrant ambiance.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch), Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Dinner) and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Dinner). Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on Monday.

Cured
Hand-crafted fare in a historical atmosphere.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch) and Monday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. (Dinner). Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

The Granary
Globally inspired barbecue with craft beer brewed on-site.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Lunch), Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Social Hour), Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. (Dinner) and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. (Dinner). Closed Sunday and Monday.

Green
San Antonio’s only Kosher Vegetarian Eatery.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Saturday.

Il Sogno Osteria
Classic Italian fare reflecting that of the trattorias and osterias of Rome and Florence.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch), Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 to 10 a.m. (Breakfast), Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (Dinner), Brunch from 9:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and Dinner on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. Closed on Monday.

La Gloria
Travel-inspired Mexican flavors and dishes.
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to Midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nao
Authentic Latin cuisine in a modern atmosphere.
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Counter Service and Take Away), Sunday from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. (Counter Service and Take Away) and Tuesday and Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Dinner). Taco Stand Hours: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery
Coastal-Texas cuisine with an on-site brewery offering a rotating array of craft beers.
Hours: Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 1 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Supper
Straightforward and traditional American cuisine located inside the historic Hotel Emma.
Hours: 7 to 10 a.m. daily (Breakfast), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (Lunch), Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. (Dinner) and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. (Dinner).

Farmers Market 

Featuring more than 45 vendors, the Pearl’s Farmers Market is open rain or shine on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pearl Happenings

June – October
Sound Cream: Sunset Sessions
A weekly dance party featuring every genre of music.

June – September
Canciones: Songs of Texas
Four-part summer music series featuring the music of Texas.

November 1 & 2
Dia de Los Muertos
The traditional Mexican holiday will transform the Pearl Park into a destination for San Antonio residents to remember family and friends who have passed away. The event also features music, a procession, children’s crafts and more.

Shop ’til you Drop

Shop for clothes, accessories and more at the following Pearl shops:

Retail:

  • Adelante Boutique
  • Bike World
  • Curio
  • Dos Carolinas
  • Leelee Shoes
  • Leighelena
  • Niche Boutique
  • Roo & Me
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • The Sporting District
  • The Tiny Finch
  • The Twig Book Shop
  • The Vintage Bouquet Bar

Health and Fitness:

  • The Synergy Studio
  • Splendid
  • Hiatus Spa + Retreat

Services:

  • Bank of San Antonio
  • Barker Structural
  • The CE Group, Inc.
  • Cogeco Peer 1
  • Giant Noise
  • Group 42
  • GSC Architects
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • KGBTexas
  • Machete Creative
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • San Antonio Area Foundation
  • San Antonio Business Journal
  • San Antonio Commercial Advisors
  • Shepherd Kaplan LLC
  • Shooters Films USA
  • WestEast Design Group

Stay/Live

Hotel Emma
A historical 146-room hotel with a unique bar and club room and an excellent restaurant.

Can Plant
A 293-unit apartment complex in the heart of the historic Pearl neighborhood offering 72-floor plans.

The Cellars
Living spaces complete with exceptional amenities and concierge services.

Enjoy the historic-feel of The Pearl neighborhood at its new and hip restaurants, shops, hotels, apartment and more.

Do you have any questions about the San Antonio area? Give us a call – we would be happy to share our expertise of the Alamo City with you!

The River Walk’s best restaurants – San Antonio

August 23rd, 2017

Are you looking for a night on the town at San Antonio’s prime shopping and dining destination? That’s right; we’re talking about the River Walk! With the countless dining options, it can be hard for even us longtime San Antonio residents to decide where to go. So, for those of you that are new to the Alamo City or just looking for some new ideas, here’s a list of some of The River Walk’s best restaurants:

River Walk's best restaurants

 

BELLA ON THE RIVER

  • Hours: Monday to Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. (closed on Sundays).
  • 106 River Walk, San Antonio

Locally owned, Bella on the River features southern European cuisine with some of the best Mediterranean food in town! Enjoy dinner while romantic live jazz music plays in the background.

Must-Try Menu Item: Seared Scallops

THE LUXURY

  • Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m. (closed on Mondays).
  • 103 E Jones Ave., San Antonio

Pub grub is the name of the game at this River Walk restaurant. The Luxury features a huge beer selection, pub fries with special sauce, pulled pork and bocce ball, for an afternoon of fun with friends.

LITTLE RHEIN STEAK HOUSE

  • Hours: Open 5 to 10 p.m. daily.
  • 231 South Alamo Street, San Antonio

Fine dining takes on a whole new meaning at the Little Rhein Steak House. Located in a structure from 1847, the Little Rhein Steak House offers diners prime USDA steaks, an extensive wine list and some of the most divine desserts on the River Walk in a casual, rustic charm setting.

Must-Try Dessert: Little Rhein Mudball 

FIG TREE

  • Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. (Closed Sunday and Monday).
  • 515 Villita, San Antonio

Situated next door to the Little Rhein Steak House, the Fig Tree operates out of a historic building built in 1853. The Fig Tree offers diners a menu full of classic American fare, like Gulf Coast lump crab cakes, filet mignon, pan seared sea bass and more, in a cozy, elegant interior setting or an outdoor villa-style terrace overlooking the San Antonio River.  

BIGA ON THE BANKS

  • Hours: Friday through Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • 203 S. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio

Head chef Bruce Auden, a 6-time James Beard nominee for the “Best Chef Southwest” award, serves up scrumptious options at Biga on the Banks. Popular menu items include achiote shrimp with grits and hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin with yaki meishi rice.

Click here for a printable PDF.

Whether you’re heading out with that special someone or a family outing, one of the restaurants above should do the trick. Enjoy!

Do you have any questions about the San Antonio area? We love our city and would love to share our expertise with you! Contact us anytime.

Best Suburbs to Raise a Family – San Antonio

August 8th, 2017

Are you new to the Alamo City or searching for a new home in the area? If either of these are you and you have children, we are here to help! With low crime rates and excellent school districts, these communities were ranked as 2017’s best suburbs to raise a family in the San Antonio area:

suburbs to raise a family

 

TERRELL HILLS

Located Northeast of San Antonio, the Terrell Hills neighborhood offers homebuyers a wide selection of newly constructed homes, as well as homes dating back to 1900.

Median Home Value: $494,800

School District: Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD

Rankings: #6 Safest Suburb in Texas, #14 Best Place to Raise a Family in Texas and Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas

 

ALAMO HEIGHTS

From new construction communities to homes dating back to the early 1900s, Alamo Heights offers a variety of different homes to its residents.

Median Home Value: $479,500

School District: Alamo Heights ISD

Rankings: #9 Best Suburb for Millennials in Texas, #10 Place with the Best Public Schools in Texas and Suburb with the Best Public Schools in Texas

 

OLMOS PARK TERRACE

From old to new, homes in the Olmos Park neighborhood were built between 1900 and 2015 and feature one to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms and 696 to 4,675 square feet.

Median Home Value: $653,300

School District: Alamo Heights ISD and San Antonio ISD

Community Amenities: Central Market, Breckenridge Park, cute boutiques on Broadway and more.

 

SCENIC OAKS

The Scenic Oaks neighborhood features single-family homes built between 1979 and 2013 that offer two to six bedrooms, two to five bathrooms, and 1,700 to 5,900 square feet.

Median Home Value: $333,400

School District: Northside ISD

Rankings: #36 Best Suburb to Buy a House in Texas, #38 Best Suburb for Millennials in Texas and #51 Best Suburb to Live in Texas

 

GARDEN RIDGE

From homes that date back to 1910 to new construction communities, Garden Ridge offers a variety of different prices and styles that accommodate the needs and wants of almost any homebuyer.

Median Home Value: $422,300

School District: Comal ISD

Rankings: #3 Safest Places to Live in Texas & Safest Suburbs in Texas and #52 Best Suburbs to Live in Texas

 

CROSS MOUNTAIN

Single-family homes in this neighborhood feature three to eight bedrooms, two to six bathrooms and 2,548 to 9,198 square feet of living space.

Median Home Value: $342,300

School District: Northside ISD

Rankings: #60 Best Suburb to Buy a House in Texas, #63 Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas and #69 Best Suburb to Live in Texas

 

Click here for a full list of the best suburbs to raise a family in San Antonio.

Do you have questions about any of these communities? Give us a call! We have experience in these neighborhoods and would be happy to assist you in any way we can!

 

Fourth of July in San Antonio

June 28th, 2017

How do you plan to celebrate America this Independence Day? If you’re new to San Antonio or just looking for something new to do this year, here are some of the best red, white and blue events around the San Antonio area this Fourth of July:

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Fourth of July Celebration at Woodlawn Lake Park

  • Location: Woodlawn Lake Park
  • The family-friendly Fourth of July Celebration features a day of games, food and musical entertainment for all! Free activities include Zumba, a mechanical bull, live music and a ½ mile fun walk. The patriotic event concludes with the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza.
  • Event Schedule:
    • 8 to 9:30 a.m. – Zumba
      • FREE and located inside the gym.
    • 9:45 a.m. – H-E-B Firecracker Fit Family ½ Mile Fun Walk
      • Meet outside the gym in your patriotic attire.
    • 10:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies at the Main Stage
    • H-E-B’s “Sweet” Tribute to Old Glory!
      • 10,000 freshly baked cookies formed to create the largest cookie flag EVER! Located under the H-E-B Stars and Stripes Tent near the stage, these cookies are FREE, while supplies last.
    • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Photos with Peppa Pig!
      • FREE and near the main stage.
    • 12 to 4 p.m. – Fourth of July Fun at the Pavilion
      • FREE trivia, word games, coloring and more.
    • 12 to 10 p.m. – Fourth of July Food Fair
      • Food, available for purchase (cash only), from 25 food vendors and food trucks.
    • 4 to 8 p.m. – Mechanical Bull Rides (near the main stage)
    • 5 to 6:30 p.m. – Dirty River Dixie Band on the Main Stage
    • 6:30 p.m. – Line Dancing Instruction
    • 7 to 9 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band of the West “Sky Country”
    • 9 p.m. – H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza!

 

SeaWorld San Antonio Fireworks Spectacular

  • Location: SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Enjoy a firework display set to patriotic music at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Fourth of July

  • Location: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • Enjoy the area’s largest firework display at one of Texas’ best amusement parks. The firework display will light the Fiesta Texas Sky all three days (July 2-4) at 9:15 p.m.
    • These locations offer the best view of the fireworks: Lone Star Lil’s, Texas State Square, Rockville’s main street or the open area in front of Superman Krypton Virtual Realty Coaster.
  • For early ride access on July 2-4, bring a Coca-Cola product along with park admission or season pass:
    • July 2 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Batman, Poltergeist, Hustler, Amerigoround, Power Surge
    • July 3 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Superman, Der Twister, Whirligig, Bugs Bunny White Water Rapids, Sky Screamer, All of Kidzopolos
    • July 4 – 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Iron Rattler, Road Runner Express, Foghorn Leghorn’s Barnyard Railway, Yosemite Sam’s Wacky Wagons, Gully Washer.
    • July 4 – 12 to 1 p.m.: BONUS – exclusive ride time on Thunder Rapids to those who arrive for the 9:30 to 10:30 exclusive ride time.
  • From 2 to 7 p.m. come out to Crackaxle Canyon for Coca-Cola product sampling, games, prizes and more.

 

Here are some other patriotic events around the San Antonio area this Fourth of July:

July 4th Parade & Picnic at Landa Gardens

  • Location: Landa Library Gardens
  • Event Schedule:
    • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. – Drop off pies at Landa Library Gardens for judging
    • 10 a.m. – Parade starts at the corner of Lynwood and Howard. Prizes are awarded for the best patriotic outfit in the following categories: Best Adult Costume, Best Child Costume, Best Dressed Dog and Best Non-Motorized Float (bicycle, tricycle, unicycle or wagon).
    • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Festivities at Landa Library Gardens

Market Square Freedom Fest

  • Saturday, July 1 (12 to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, July 2 (12 to 7 p.m.)
  • Location: Historic Market Square
  • Event features live music by Roger Velasquez, Bret Bullins Band, Dirty River Dixie Band, X Factor, Brandon Radersorf, Kopia, Eddie & The Boozers and Palacio Brothers

We hope you have a great Fourth of July with your family!

Do you have any questions about San Antonio? We love this city and would be honored to answer any questions you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Sell Your Home Above Asking Price in San Antonio

June 12th, 2017

Thinking of selling your San Antonio home and want offers above asking price? Today we’re sharing tips and tricks on how to sell your home above asking price, courtesy of your friends at the Curtis Team:
(Want a print version? Simply click on the image to be taken to a print-friendly PDF file.)

 

How to Sell Above Asking Price San Antonio - Curtis Team

Home-Buying Myths Debunked

May 24th, 2017

Are you thinking about buying your first home in the San Antonio area? The home-buying process can bring up a lot of questions – and those questions can often bring up some misconceptions about the entire process. Working in the real estate industry for many years has provided us with the knowledge, experience, and expertise to help you understand and decode some of the most common home-buying myths. Take a look at the following, home-buying myths debunked:

 

Home-Buying Myths Debunked

 

Myth #1: The first step to buying a home is to start looking.

Browsing for homes is all fun and games until you run the risk of setting your heart on a home, only to have it broken. Make sure that you first get pre-approved for a mortgage before you embark on your home-buying journey. We know waiting can be hard, especially because it is so easy to pick up the computer and search for homes online – but, you’ll be happy you waited! You don’t want to set a budget and fall in love with a home (at the top of that budget), only to realize that you qualify for a smaller loan than you initially thought.

 

Myth #2: Your down payment must be 20 percent.

While a 20 percent down payment is ideal so you can avoid that pesky private mortgage insurance (PMI) payment, there are a variety of loan programs to help you get into the home of your dreams for much less. If you qualify for an FHA loan, you can get into a home for as little as 3.5 percent. Or, if you are eligible for a VA loan, you can get into that same home for as little as 0 percent. Consult a mortgage lender about your options before automatically thinking you have to make a certain down payment – you never know if you could get a better deal.

 

Myth #3: A 30-year fixed mortgage is always the best option.

A 30-year fixed mortgage can be the best choice if you keep the home for that long…however, if you only intend to keep the home for five to seven years, there may be other options (like an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM)) that are more appropriate. Remember, the longer the fixed rate, the higher your interest rate will be – meaning, you could be paying a higher rate for nothing. Before choosing a mortgage plan, think about how long you plan on living in the home – and, always consult your REALTOR® and lender for advice.

 

Myth #4: The seller’s asking price is non-negotiable.

Much like buying a car, the offer you make on the house does not need to be the full asking price. If you have good credit, pre-approval, and a down payment ready to go, sellers will likely be willing to negotiate with you rather than hold out for another buyer. However, remember every market is different, as is every seller’s approach to pricing his or her home. Many times, for example, sellers will purposely price their property right at or just below market value to get multiple buyers interested. You will want to rely on the expertise of your REALTOR® to make sure your offer is best positioned to get accepted.

 

Myth #5: If you don’t have kids, local schools don’t matter.

The neighborhood you choose matters, both now and later when you may consider selling. Even if you don’t have children, good schools are a sign of a good neighborhood which means when the time comes to sell your home will likely sell quicker and for more money than a comparable home in a rougher neighborhood. Location always matters – remember that when buying your first home.

 

Myth #6: You don’t need an agent.

If you think you don’t need an agent because you have the Internet, think again! When you align yourself with a real estate agent, you get everything from help finding homes, inside information on properties and neighborhoods, and a skilled negotiator on your side that can help you navigate through any bumps on the road to becoming a homeowner. Trust the professionals – they are there to help you.

home-buying myths

Click here for a printable PDF infographic of these common home-buying myths.

Do you have any questions about these or any other common home-buying myths? If so, give us a call anytime. We would be happy to explain these to you in person.

 

Five Star Real Estate Agent & Top 25 San Antonio Residential Real Estate Agent

May 16th, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, Doug Curtis, our fearless leader, earned the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award from Five Star Professional. Also, he was named one of San Antonio’s top 25 residential real estate agents according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

What are these prestigious awards? Let’s take a look:

Five Star Real Estate Agent – Five Star Professional

According to an independent survey of recent homebuyers and industry peers, the Five Star Award is presented to fewer than seven percent of real estate agents in a given market. What factors are used to determine this ranking? Factors include the following: customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, closing preparation, post-sale service, finding the right home, marketing of the home, and overall satisfaction. Also, agents must also receive a favorable complaint history review. Five Star Professional’s Five Star Real Estate Agent award program is the largest and most widely published real estate agent award program in North America. Click here to read more.

Top 25 Residential Real Estate Agent – San Antonio Business Journal

Nominated by their brokers, 75 agents and teams were recognized during the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2017 Best in Residential Real Estate Awards. Awards were presented in the following categories, with 25 individuals or teams selected for each: Top Residential Real Estate Agent, Top Luxury Residential Real Estate Agent, Top Residential Real Estate Team, Top Luxury Residential Real Estate Team and Top Farm and Ranch Agent. The rankings for the five categories were determined by the dollar volume of closed sales in 2016. Click here to read more.

 

What can we do for you? Here are some of the real estate services we offer our clients:

  • Relocation Services
    • Knowledge of the San Antonio area
    • Relocation Series Blog (to help clients with move)
  • Downsizing Services
    • Assist with Packing, Decluttering, and Staging the House
    • Recommend Contractors to Assist with Any Repairs and Renovations.
    • Recommend Senior Living Facilities.
    • Market and Sell the Current House
    • Coordinates with an Estate Sale Specialist to Help with Selling or Donating Items No Longer Needed.
  • Buyer & Seller Representation Services
    • Knowledge of Buying and Selling Services
    • Customized Marketing Plan (Seller Representation)
    • Negotiation on Behalf of Client’s Best Interests
    • Knowledge of the Local Market
    • Utilize Latest Technologies
    • Open and Consistent Communication
    • Listen to and Understand Client Needs, Wants, and Expectations

Could you or someone you know use our services? Give us a call; we would be honored to help in any way we can.

San Antonio Transportation – How to Get Around the City

March 29th, 2017

If you’re moving to the San Antonio area chances are you’ve been doing a lot of research. From where to live in the area to the top sites and attractions to sports and entertainment and shopping options, there is a lot to learn about a new area. And, to do all of these activities, you need to know how to get around the city! This is where we come in. As longtime San Antonio residents, we know some of the San Antonio transportation options available to you. Let’s take a look several:

san antonio transportation

Airport

San Antonio International Airport – Located just 15 minutes (8.5 miles) from downtown San Antonio, the San Antonio International Airport takes passengers to a variety of locations. Visit their website for more information.

Do you need a ride to or from the airport? Here are some options to get you there:

  • Taxi rides – Two to six individuals travel for the price of one.
  • Shuttle Service – The shuttle bus is in both terminals near baggage claim. Receive a discount if you book your trip in advance.

Click here for several other transportation options to and from the airport.

 

San Antonio Transportation

Via Metropolitan Transit

The Via Metropolitan Transit is San Antonio’s premier transportation system.

The following links will provide you with all the information you need for the VIA Metropolitan Transit:

“Go VIA VIA” is the official app of the VIA Metropolitan Transit. This mobile app is free to the public. The app allows individuals to view transit stops and get real times arrivals for routes. Click here for more information.

The Via Metropolitan Transit now offers VIVA, a new service line that takes you to San Antonio’s most popular sites and attractions. Here are the three most popular:

  • 11 VIVA Culture – Provides connections to the attractions in Southtown, King William, Downtown, Pearl, and Broadway Reach.
  • 40 VIVA Missions – Provides links to the following attractions: Alamo and San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site (Missions Concepcion, San Jose, and San Juan). This route runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 301 VIVA Centro – Provides connections between Centro Plaza and St. Paul Square
  • Prices:
    • Day Pass (BEST VALUE) – $2.75, which gives you unlimited rides all day
    • Single Trip – $1.30
    • 7-Day Pass – $12

Click here for information and schedules of these lines.

 

River Taxi

The River Taxi is located on the River Walk and offers individuals stops at 39 locations along the River. Click here to see the route.

Yellow Cab HAIL A CAB App

Download this app to catch a quick trip anywhere you would like to go! This app includes the following features: locate and track your cab in real time, find the closest cab to your current location, pick-up address, and schedule future pick-ups.

Pango Parking Locator App

Are you planning on traveling to downtown San Antonio in your vehicle? If you are, download this app to find parking location throughout the city. The app provides you with the parking rates and the current availability for every downtown parking area.

 

Do you have any questions about the San Antonio transportation? Give us a call; we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Or, are you moving to the San Antonio area? We would be happy to find you your new home. Give us a call to learn more!

 

Resources:

http://visitsanantonio.com/english/Microsites/Meeting/Getting-Around-San-Antonio

http://www.viainfo.net/Ride/Default.aspx

 

San Antonio Shopping and Retail Options

February 23rd, 2017

Are you considering moving to San Antonio and wondering what retail and shopping options are around the area? Having lived in the San Antonio area for some time, our team is equipped to provide you with some of the best the area has to offer. Now, keep in mind, these are not all of the shopping centers San Antonio has to offer, these are just our top 10 favorite San Antonio shopping and retail options:

San Antonio Shopping

 

Pearl Brewery

San Antonio

Location: 303 Pearl Parkway #300, San Antonio, TX 78215

Pearl Brewery is not your typical location to grab a beer. The building, once the home of Pabst beer, was recently transformed into a multi-use space where you can do it all! Eat, shop, learn, work, and live, this hot spot in San Antonio is a must see for every visitor and new resident.

 

Shops at La Cantera

Northwest

Location: 15900 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256

With over 160 shops and 11 full-sized restaurants, the Shops at La Cantera is one of the largest in the San Antonio area!

 

Alamo Quarry Market

Alamo Heights

Location: 255 E Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209

Built on the ground of the once Alamo Cement Plant, the Alamo Quarry Market preserves some of its original features. While this shopping mall does offer fewer shopping options (at just over 60), it does offer that shopping at a historic Texas landmark!

 

The Rim

Northwest

Location: 17503 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78257

The Rim, located in Northwest San Antonio and just two minutes from Six Flags Fiesta Texas, offers residents over 100 shopping options, a huge theater (The Palladium) with multiple IMAX screens, and several upscale bars and restaurants.

 

North Star Mall

Northwest

Location: 7400 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78216

Recognized by the ginormous cowboy boots at the entrance, the North Star Mall, located in Northwest San Antonio, offers visitors a number of different shopping options and nail salons.

 

Rivercenter Mall

River Walk

Location: 849 E Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Rivercenter Mall, located on the River Walk, offers shoppers the River Walk atmosphere in a typical mall setting. Visitors can shop while listening to local band, Andean Fusion, and watching riverboats float by.

 

Eilan

San Antonio

Location: 18603 La Cantera Terrace, San Antonio, TX 78256

Eilan is the very definition of Live/Work/Play in San Antonio. From a Tuscan-style hotel and spa to upscale condominiums and apartments to commercial space to plenty of retail and dining options, the Eilan is the perfect location for residents looking to within walking distance to local amenities.

 

Ingram Park Mall

Northwest

Location: 6301 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238

Located near SeaWorld, the Ingram Park Mall offers shoppers more than 150 retail options. From Macy’s to Victoria Secret to AT&T, this mall has a store for everyone.

 

Rolling Oaks Mall

North Central

Location: 6909 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78247

Like many typical malls, this mall, located on the northeast side of San Antonio, offers shoppers more than 100 shopping options. Click here to see the mall directory. http://rollingoaksmall.com/stores

 

Market Square  (El Mercado)

Location: 514 W Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

As the largest Mexican marketplace, outside of Mexico, El Mercado has over 25 different shops and vendors that offer some of the best bargain pricing in San Antonio. Items sold include glassware, leather goods, vanilla, and other Spanish, Mexican and German treasures.

 

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