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.

 

Click here for a printable PDF.

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.

 

Resources:

http://www.10best.com/destinations/texas/san-antonio/shopping/shopping-centers-districts/

Rightsizing: The Curtis Team’s Downsizing Process

January 27th, 2017

No one likes change, but, it’s inevitable. We know the thought of downsizing, or as we like to call it, “Rightsizing” may seem like a change you aren’t ready for yet. It may sound like a daunting or intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. We go through cycles and situational changes throughout our lives. One minute you may be happy in a one bedroom apartment, the next you’re looking to upgrade to a house to accommodate a growing family, and before you know it you’re looking for something more practical for your retirement years. While we are aware change can be scary, we also know that it is in your best interest! Rightsizing could be just the thing you need to get excited about this next stage in your life.

Transitioning to a new home for your retirement years gives you the opportunity to find a home or retirement community that fits the needs of your current lifestyle. And, did you know The Curtis Team offers our clients a suite of services designed to make the Rightsizing process smooth and comfortable? Take a look at several of the benefits we provide to our clients:

rightsizing

Assist with Packing, Decluttering, and Staging the House. This is the hardest part of the Rightsizing process because it’s hard to know where to start. We, at The Curtis Team, are committed to helping you through the process.

Recommend Contractors to Assist with Any Repairs and Renovations. If there’s a “honey-do” list, we’ve got you covered. We have relationships with some of the best contractors in the greater San Antonio area, and we’ll put our team to work for you.

Recommend Senior Living Facilities. Because we’ve helped many families with transitions just like this, we maintain a list of reputable senior living facilities. We’re happy to make introductions to see what will be the best fit for your family’s needs.

Market and Sell the Current House. The Curtis Team LOVES real estate, and we especially enjoy marketing and selling our clients’ homes. We’re here to help get your home sold for the most money with the least amount of stress possible.

Coordinates with an Estate Sale Specialist to Help with Selling or Donating Items No Longer Needed. If there are items left over, we will connect you with an estate sales specialist.

Rather than thinking of downsizing in a negative way, think of it as Rightsizing….the next exciting chapter in your life!

Do you have any questions about the Rightsizing process or any other services we offer? Please give us a call. We would be happy to provide guidance.

San Antonio Nature and Wildlife Attractions

January 18th, 2017

With pleasant year-round temperatures, San Antonio is the perfect location to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors! But, with a city as big as San Antonio, how do you choose which outdoor haven to enjoy? Living in the San Antonio for several years, our team has determined the best San Antonio nature and wildlife attractions! Grab your sunblock, a bottle of water, and the kiddos and head out to our favorite San Antonio nature and wildlife attractions:

San Antonio Nature and Wildlife Attractions

Click here for a printable PDF.

 

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System

The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System is a network of multi-use trails that wind alongside several creeks through San Antonio’s natural landscapes. Currently, 52.6 miles of the Greenway are open to San Antonio residents, and in total, the parks consist of approximately 1,400 acres of creek-side open space. Hiking, biking and taking in the natural beauty are what bring the San Antonio residents to this trails system!

Natural Bridge Caverns

The Natural Bridge Caverns are San Antonio’s natural and historic cavern system that offer guests an afternoon of family fun! From gem and fossil mining to a series of cavern tours (Discovery, Lantern, Adventure and Hidden Passages), the Natural Bridge Caverns have everything you need to keep the kiddos entertained! The Caverns are open daily (with some holiday exceptions), and prices vary based on activity.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

It’s time to go on an African Safari, Texas Style! With more than 450-acres of natural wildlife, guests can enjoy the great outdoors while interacting with animals from all around the world! The Wildlife Ranch is a drive-thru animal zoo that also features a petting zoo to interact with the wildlife directly. Admission to the Ranch is as follows: $22 for adults (age 12+), $20 for seniors (age 65+), and $13.50 for children (age 3-11).

San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers 41-acres of wildlife for guests to explore. The mission of the gardens is to help people understand the importance of the plant world. Favorite exhibits include the Texas Native Trail, the Water Saver Garden and Water Saver Homescapes, the Old Fashioned Garden, the Conservatory and the Rose Garden. Admission is $10 for adults (age 14+), $7 for children (age 3-13), $8 for Seniors (age 65+), Military personnel and students.

Medina River Natural Area

The Medina River Natural Area gives San Antonio residents the opportunity to enjoy 511-acres of beautiful Texas wildlife while also enjoying seven miles of trails. In addition to the trails, the park also includes a large covered pavilion, parking, restrooms, water service, a trail head and a group camping area by reservation. Guests are allowed to bring their pet on a leash.

Friedrich Wilderness Park

This San Antonio park is home to approximately 10 miles of hiking trails with varying difficulty. The park also features some rare birds, terrestrial orchids, steep hills and deep canyons – making this park the perfect location for avid hikers! Only pedestrians are allowed at this park – no bikes or pets!

 

Did your favorite San Antonio nature and wildlife attraction make the list? If not, send us a note – we would love to include it in our next edition.

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 at (210) 477-4855 or www.dougcurtis-texas.com.

 

Resources:

Parks & Recreation

http://www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/Home

A San Antonio Holiday

December 13th, 2016

With our city illuminated with holiday lights, it looks to be the most wonderful time of the year in San Antonio! Do you have any festive holiday plans this holiday season? Having lived in the area for several years, these are our favorite San Antonio holiday events, festivals, and activities:

San Antonio holiday

 

San Antonio Holiday Events:

Holidays in Bloom

  • November 25 – December 31
  • San Antonio Botanical Gardens
  • Times vary by day – visit website

Holidays in Bloom is the perfect family holiday activity to experience the magic of Christmas in nature Visitors will encounter poinsettias, a giant Christmas Tree, wreaths and red bows throughout, enhancing the seasonal beauty of the Garden. Included with general admission.

Santa’s Ranch

  • November 4 – January 3
  • New Braunfels, TX

Come out to Santa’s Ranch and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights and animated Christmas displays. Hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks are available for purchase. Tickets are $28 + tax per vehicle.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration

  • November 19 – January 1
  • SeaWorld San Antonio

This watery, holiday wonderland features Christmas shows, 5 million holiday lights (the largest Christmas light display in Texas), festive foods, Santa Claus and meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Six Flags Holiday in Park

  • November 19 – January 2 (on select dates)
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas

See the park transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights during Holiday in the Park. With admission, guests can enjoy shows like Majesty of Christmas, Illuminations and North Pole Reflections, plus a trek around the park on the Holiday Express Trail, pictures with Santa Claus, and a holiday thrill on the park’s rides.

A Wonderland Christmas

  • November 25 – December 23 (on select dates)
  • Morgan’s Wonderland

Come out to Morgan’s Wonderland to enjoy a Christmas celebration you won’t forget. Enjoy Christmas lights, a petting zoo, skating on a simulated ice rink, pictures with Santa (from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – $5 per picture) and a variety of shows each evening! Regular admission rates apply.

Zoo Lights

  • November 19 – January 1
  • San Antonio Zoo

Open nightly at 6:00 p.m. Stroll under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s’mores and enjoy an all-new light show. Also, enjoy a visit with Santa and this year’s new activities, ice skating rink and camel rides. The Zoo will close for the day at 4:00 p.m. and re-opens at 6:00 p.m. during Zoo Lights.

We wish everyone the merriest of holiday celebrations and a happy and healthy New Year!

Do you have any questions about the San Antonio real estate market? We would love to share our expertise of the San Antonio area with you. Give us a call anytime.

 

Resources:

A San Antonio Holiday

Top 10 Holiday Events in San Antonio: 2016

2016 Guide to Holiday Events in San Antonio

San Antonio Sports and Entertainment

November 22nd, 2016

Sports and entertainment, where would a city be without them? San Antonio, just like any other major city, is home to many different competitive sports leagues – from professional to collegiate sports and plenty of entertainment venues, the city of San Antonio provides its community with plenty options for every sports fanatic. Take a look at San Antonio’s sports and entertainment scene:

San Antonio Sports and Entertainment

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Professional Sports:

San Antonio Spurs

  • The Spurs, San Antonio’s NBA team, have won five NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014). In addition, the Spurs currently have the highest winning percentage in NBA history and have a head-to-head winning record against every current NBA franchise. The Spurs play their home games at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio Stars

  • Founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Silver Stars, now the Stars, have called San Antonio home since 2003. The Stars, playing in the WNBA’s Western Conference, have won one Conference title in 2008, and have qualified for the playoff in seven of their 14 years in San Antonio. The Stars play their home games at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio Rampage

  • The Rampage, San Antonio’s ice hockey team in the American Hockey League, are the currently the top affiliate of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Owned by the San Antonio Spurs, the Rampage have won one Division Championship in the 2014-15 season and play their home games at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio Missions

  • A minor league baseball team, the Missions play in the Texas League, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres major-league club. The Missions are a very successful minor league team taking home 21 Division Titles, 13 League Titles and one Dixie Series Title (1950). They play at Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium.

San Antonio FC

  • San Antonio’s professional soccer team was founded this past year (2016). The team plays in the United Soccer League and had their debut season in 2016. o

 

Collegiate:

UTSA Roadrunners

  • San Antonio’s largest public university, the UTSA Roadrunners host several collegiate athletic events throughout the year. From football games at the Alamodome to basketball games at the Convocation Center, there is a UTSA athletic event almost every day of the year.

 

Venues:

Alamodome

  • The Alamodome is one of San Antonio’s largest venues and plays host to several of the city’s largest events: the Valero Alamo Bowl, UTSA Roadrunner football games, conventions, and concerts. The facility can hold 72,000 fans at capacity.

AT&T Center

  • Home to the San Antonio Spurs, Stars and Rampage, the AT&T Center can hold 18,581 fans at capacity. The venue also hosts concerts, conventions, and other entertainment options.

Retama Park

  • San Antonio’s very own racetrack, Retama Park is located just North of downtown.

Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium

  • Home of the San Antonio Missions, Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium opened in 1994 and can seat more than 6,200 fans (holds more than 9,000).

With so many options, there’s always a fun sporting event in San Antonio! While there are several sporting options, San Antonio also hosts a wealth of concerts – take a look here.

Do you have any questions about the San Antonio area? We would love to answer any questions you may have.

 

Resources:

Sports & Entertainment

San Antonio’s School Districts

October 20th, 2016

Moving to a new city requires a lot of research… from searching for the right neighborhood to looking for the ideal floor plan for your family; there is a lot to do. And, as a parent, there is one more significant factor that can make or break a neighborhood – the school district. As a parent, it is important to consider your child’s education when searching for a home in a new city. Choosing the right school district for your child can be a huge factor for their future and we, as parents, recognize that locating the right school district is as important as finding your new home in the San Antonio area. This is where we come in! As San Antonio residents, we have extensive knowledge of the school districts and the zoning restrictions in the area…here is some information to help with your research:

How do you find a school for your child? Here is a resource from the Texas Education Agency to find a school for your children.

Here is some general information about each Bexar County school district.

Schools Districts in Bexar County:

School districts

How do these school districts rank compared to the others? Take a look at Niche’s rankings of the San Antonio School Districts (those located within the city of San Antonio):

1. Alamo Heights ISD

3. Lackland ISD

5. North East ISD

8. Fort Sam Houston ISD

15. Northside ISD

24. East Central ISD

40. Southwest ISD

43. South San Antonio ISD

44. Harlandale ISD

47. San Antonio ISD

50. Southside ISD

54. Edgewood ISD

 

Here is how they rank based on level: elementary, middle, and high school:

Elementary Rankings, based on the following factors: state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, and the overall quality of the school district.

1. Woodbridge Elementary School

2. Cambridge Elementary School

3. Cibolo Elementary School

4. Lackland Elementary School

5. Vineyard Ranch Elementary School

 

Middle School Rankings, based on the following factors: state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, and the overall quality of the school district.

1. Alamo Heights Junior School

2. Boerne Middle School South

3. Boerne Middle School North

4. Randolph Middle School

5. Peterson Middle School

 

High School Rankings, based on the following factors: state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews, and more.

1. Health Careers High School

2. International School of the Americas

3. Alamo Heights High School

4. Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School

5. Reagan High School

 

If you want to live outside of the city, Boerne, located just North of the San Antonio area has a fantastic school district! According to Niche.com’s rankings of San Antonio School Districts, Boerne ISD was ranked No. 2.

In addition to the grade school system, San Antonio also has some great community colleges and universities in the area.

 

If you ever have any questions about the San Antonio school system, give the Curtis Team a call. We are here for you anytime.

San Antonio’s Sites and Attractions

September 9th, 2016

No city is complete without a few historical sites and attractions to draw in tourists and bring in money for the city; and lucky for us, San Antonio is full of them! As residents of San Antonio, we have seen these sites and attractions many times and never seem to get tired of them. From historical sites like the Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, to child-friendly sites like Six Flags Fiesta Texas and the San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium, San Antonio has it all.

The city of San Antonio has many sites and attractions worth seeing – however, as residents, we consider the list below absolute MUST-SEE sites and attractions of our wonderful city! Not only are these sites perfect for those looking to visit San Antonio; they are also great for those who have guests visiting. All of these sites are relatively inexpensive and make for a great day of family-fun for those who have out-of-town guests.

Sites and Attractions

Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio

You can’t say you visited San Antonio without a trip to the Alamo. Known as the most famous building in Texas, the Alamo is home to the pivotal stand of 187 Texans, entrenched in the Alamo, against an army of more than 3,000 Mexicans. All 187 defenders of the Alamo were killed, and the Alamo became the symbol of Texan Independence with the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!”

River Walk

110 Broadway, Suite 500, San Antonio

A visit to San Antonio wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the River Walk. This stretch of sidewalk along the San Antonio River is home to a plethora of shops, restaurants and hotels. In addition, boat tours are available for those interested in learning more about the history of San Antonio and the sites of the River Walk — this is a must-do at least once!

Tower of the Americas

739 East Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, San Antonio

This 750-foot-tall building stands as the tallest in San Antonio, and all of Texas except for Dallas and Houston. The Tower of the Americas overlooks HemisFair Park, the site of the 1968 World Fair. From the top, the tower boasts magnificent views of the city of San Antonio. While there, take in the Skies Over Texas 4D Theater Ride to see some amazing aerial view of Texas’ landmarks.

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park

6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio

Home to four of the five Spanish mission stations established between 1718 and 1740, this park is a must see for history lovers. The park includes Mission San Juan Capistrano (1731), Mission san Concepcion (1752), Mission San Francisco de la Espada (1740), and Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo (1720-31).

San Fernando Cathedral

115 Main Plaza, San Antonio

The original church of San Fernando was built between 1738 and 1750. The walls of that original church now form the sanctuary for the cathedral, making the San Fernando Cathedral one of the oldest in the United States. Famously, the cathedral is known as the burial site for the heroes of the Alamo.

San Antonio for Kids

San Antonio is every kid’s playground. With Six Flags Fiesta Texas, one of the largest amusements parks in Texas, SeaWorld, the largest aquatic animal park in Texas, and the San Antonio Zoo & Aquarium, with over 3,500 animals from 750 species, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids busy!

 

For easy reference, here is a printable graphic of all of our recommended sites and attractions!

sites and attractions

We hope you have a great time exploring the sites and attractions San Antonio has to offer! If you have any questions about the city of San Antonio, or you’re looking to move into the area, give us a call! We would love to help!

 

Resources:

http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/san-antonio-us-tx-sa.htm

http://visitsanantonio.com/Browse-Book/Attractions

San Antonio Demographics

August 10th, 2016

 

Why San Antonio? The Curtis Team has helped many families relocate to San Antonio, and we’d love to share answers to common questions about our amazing city.

Over the next several weeks, we will highlight San Antonio, along with tips on how to settle in quickly and easily. Whether you’ve already chosen San Antonio as your new home, or San Antonio has chosen you for a job relocation or military family relocation – we’ll give you all the information you need about your new home.

 

Here is the first of our series – let’s take a look at the San Antonio demographics:

 

San Antonio Demographics

 

We hope you’ll love San Antonio as much as we do!

Is there something missing? If there is something you would like to know about San Antonio that isn’t on this infographic, feel free to contact us. We’re always here to help and welcome any questions you may have.

Renovations To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

July 20th, 2016

When getting your home ready to sell, it is important to add sought-after, updated features. Buyers love turn-key homes! But, of course, you don’t want to renovate your entire home — where should you start? Here are my top recommendations on renovations to get your home ready to sell.

Let’s stick with three, high-impact areas of the home — kitchen, bathroom, and front entry.

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The kitchen has become one of the most social rooms of the modern home. With this in mind, it has become increasingly important to stay up-to-date with the current trends to make your kitchen stand out to buyers.

How can you make sure your kitchen appeals to buyers? Here are the renovations I recommend to make your kitchen the talk of the market!

  1. Counter Tops
    Many buyers nowadays will not look at a house unless it has updated counter tops in the kitchen. Popular kitchen counter tops include granite and quartz. While they might be expensive, they are worth it! Granite and quartz counter tops will last longer and will add value to your home.
  2. Lighting
    Lighting, while it may not seem important, can add a “wow” factor to any room in the home, and pendant lights are the best option for the kitchen. Make sure they don’t overpower the room, but instead complement the features already present in the kitchen.
  3. Sink
    If you have the opportunity and money, consider updating your kitchen sink. A popular option in newly remodeled kitchens is the farmhouse sink.
  4. Cabinets
    Cabinets, just like counter tops, are very visible in the kitchen. Before you put your home on the market, make sure there are no paint chips or scratches in your cabinets. A fresh coat of paint of stain often does the trick! Also, if you want to do a little more, you can add new hardware (knobs) to the cabinets.
  5. Appliances
    Replacing appliances can be costly to a renovation budget. But, replacing them can be worth every penny. Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice among buyers.
  6. Flooring
    While flooring doesn’t top the list, buyers prefer to have updated flooring in the home they are buying. Consider adding hardwood floors throughout the home (except for bathrooms).
  7. Backsplash
    The kitchen backsplash can add a luxurious touch to any kitchen, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Tile backsplashes tend to get pretty pricey. However, you don’t have to use tile. It turns out that tin ceiling tile makes for a great and inexpensive backsplash.

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Even though the bathroom is not the most important room in the house, it deserves attention when it comes to renovating before getting ready to sell. Stick to tile, and update fixtures. As it was important to stay up-to-date with the kitchen, it is equally as important to remember the bathroom.

  1. Faucets
    Replace old faucets in the bathrooms before placing your home on the market. Research and see what type of metal is in style at the time — it could be very important to your buyers.
  2. Counter Tops
    If you’re going to update the counter tops in your kitchen, then the cost won’t increase much to include the bathroom. To keep it uniform, order the same counter top color. Your buyers will love that you have updated both parts of the home.
  3. Lighting
    Lighting is important in every room of the house! When replacing the faucets, consider replacing the light fixtures to match the new hardware. As always, remember what is in style.
  4. Shower
    Big, separate showers have become very popular recently. When remodeling your bathroom, remove the tub/shower combo, and put in a standing shower with glass doors. Also, add tile to the entire shower (walls and floor).
  5. Flooring
    Always use tile in the bathroom – in the shower and when flooring the entire bathroom.
  6. Cabinets
    Just as in the kitchen, cabinets are a visible part of the bathroom and buyers do not like to see them falling apart or in need of major maintenance. To keep it simple and cheap, just add a fresh coat of paint or stain.

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First impressions really do matter! Make sure your homes exterior looks just as good as its interior — start with the front entry. My top four recommendations are below.

  1. Porch Flooring
    As a cheap way to improve your home’s curb appeal, look at the flooring on your porch. Is it cracked? Or does it have missing bricks or stones? If so, you may want to look into repairing it.
  2. Front Door
    Adding a new front door, or refinishing the paint is important to buyers. A buyer likes to know that you take care of the outside of your home just as much as the inside. Before placing it on the market, consider replacing the door. Or, if you don’t want to spend too much, add a fresh coat of paint or stain.
  3. Lighting
    Replace the cheap light fixtures that came with your home and add a nice, new light fixture to the front entry. Buyers will love the new touch.
  4. Welcoming Features
    When your home is on the market, it is nice to add welcoming features to the front entry. It will give buyers a great first impression of your home! Popular items include: wreaths, flowers, a welcoming mat, or new home numbers.

 

Renovating your home to get ready to sell can be a big and expensive project. But, it doesn’t have to be. Stick to the renovations above and your home will be one of the best on the market.

Let me know if you have any questions! I am always here to help you!

 

Resources:

http://homerenovations.about.com/od/legalsafetyissues/ss/renovatetosell.htm

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/10-budget-updates-and-easy-cosmetic-fixes-pictures

http://www.trulia.com/blog/renovations-under-5000/

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20532123,00.html

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20515352_20996919,00.html

Is Smart Home Technology Right for You?

June 27th, 2016

What is a “Smart Home” and is Smart Home Technology Right for You?

A smart home is a home that is equipped with network-connected products (also known as “smart home technology”) – usually controlled by a device like a smartphone. This technology has the ability to control lights, temperature, security, entertainment, etc.

Here are four examples of smart home technology and how they can help your home:

smart home technology - start with these features

Smart homes provide a great opportunity for innovation and advancement of technology. While this may be true, sometimes the benefits of having a smart home are overshadowed by the high cost of installing the technology. Let’s do a cost comparison:

smart home technology costs

what are the savings - smart home technolofy

The savings may seem slim but consider this: it’s difficult to put a number on convenience, comfort and safety.

Safety with Smart Home Technology?

The security lock systems mentioned above have the ability to remotely lock your home from anywhere you may be…say you go on vacation and you are unsure you locked your home? Or, say you are already in bed and forgot to lock your door? These security lock systems operate remotely, from the comfort of your cell phone or laptop.

Is a Smart Home the Right Move for You?

Even though it will take some time to get your money back, you can’t put a price tag on convenience, comfort and safety. Just like upgrades, it may not necessarily increase the value of your home, but it will certainly affect your home’s desirability in the eyes of a buyer.

Have questions? Reach out to our professional real estate team anytime. We are always here for you.

Resources:

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/09/just-what-is-a-smart-home-anyway.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/smart-home-company-wemo-announces-nest-integration-2016-5

http://heavy.com/tech/2016/05/the-top-5-smart-home-technologies-every-home-needs/

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/04/16/oilprice-dotcom-smart-home-costs/25877805/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/much-smart-home-really-cost/