Home sales are down…again

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As most of us know, the real estate market as been rather crazy these past few years. No doubt, Covid turn things upside down and created a frenzy of sales, buyers, multi-offers, cash buyers, etc. to the tun we had really not seen before. Now with interest rates steadily increasing along with a lower inventory of homes to buy, home …

If we’re being honest about commissions…

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When I created Hill Country Flat Fee Realty several years ago, it was never, nor is it now, to create an adversarial relationship with other “traditional” real estate professionals (agents who adhere to the 6% commission structure). In fact, I am pleased to say I feel I have had a very good relationship and experiences with just about every agent …

Is it better to buy or rent in San Antonio, Texas?

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There’s long been debate about whether one should buy or rent a home. Of course, so many factors can be at play in such a decision such as income, job stability, children, schools, how much money you may or may not have for a down payment, interest rates, rental rates, median home prices, etc. Here is an excellent article, recently …

So what fixtures stay with a house?

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In the real estate world, there are all sorts of stories out there about sellers taking various fixtures with them prior to closing that they should not have. Although fairly rare, items ranging from wall sconces to door knobs to even toilet seats have all been removed by a few sellers just prior to closing in some real estate transactions. …

Beachfront Malibu house selling for 40M!

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I like the beach, the ocean, sand between toes, the surf and the relaxed vibe most beaches offer. There is just something about soaking up the sun while on a beach or taking in ocean views with swells that roll in every few seconds. Whether I will ever live on a beach or not remains to be seen (highly doubtful), …

Who won and lost in real estate in 2021?

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There is no debating that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major affect on the entire world, including the real estate market. There was so much uncertainty about what the virus and lockdowns, etc. would do to the housing market and many experts even predicted historic losses of value, increased foreclosures and an overall major drop in real estate values. …

Fierce competition in 2022 coming to the real estate market!

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No one has a crystal ball. If any of us did, we’d be watching our bank accounts grow daily and probably wouldn’t have to worry about what certain markets will or won’t do (stock, real estate, etc.) in the future. In my last blog, we took a look at whether the real estate market had reached its’ tipping point or …

Has the real estate market peaked?

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I get asked all the time if I think the real estate market has peaked or if prices will continue to rise going forward. One thing I have learned over the years is that no one has a crystal ball and trying to predict what the real estate market will do past 3 months is a very think line to …

Why Home Equity Lines of Credit are Hard to Come By!

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It wasn’t long ago when home owners could relatively easily tap into their home’s equity by securing a Home Equity Line of Credit (hereafter referred to a as a HELOC). HELOC’s were a pretty simple way to fund home remodel projects, pay for college, swimming pools, etc. without having to drain one’s personal savings in order to pay for such …

Top 10 Emerging Real Estate Markets in the U.S.

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If you are into real estate like I am, It is always fun to keep up with the emerging markets that are trending across the country. There are undoubtably some towns/cities that will surprise you on this list – maybe some places you have always wanted to visit yourself. Take a look at the list and see if you are …