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Emotional-Homebuyer

8 Common Homebuying Emotions

Looking for a home can be a stressful experience, even in normal times. A house is the largest single purchase that most people make, and over the last two years, it’s been anything but normal. Prices have skyrocketed, inventory dwindled, and 10-20 offers with bidding wars have become commonplace. What IS normal is the series of emotions buyers tend to go through from the moment they begin their home search through taking possession of their house keys. If you’re building a home, this can come with its own set of stress. And, if you already own a home you plan

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4 Simple Graphs Showing Why This Is Not a Housing Bubble

A recent survey revealed that many consumers believe there’s a housing bubble beginning to form. That feeling is understandable, as year-over-year home price appreciation is still in the double digits. However, this market is very different than it was during the housing crash 15 years ago. Here are four key reasons why today is nothing like the last time. 1. Houses Are Not Unaffordable Like They Were During the Housing Boom The affordability formula has three components: the price of the home, wages earned by the purchaser, and the mortgage rate available at the time. Conventional lending standards say a purchaser should

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San Antonio Homebuyers: Be Ready to Act This Winter

To succeed as a buyer in today’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, says there are two factors every buyer should keep their eyes on: “Going forward, the conditions buyers face are primarily dependent on two things: mortgage rates and housing supply.” Here’s a look at each one. Mortgage Rates Projected To Rise in 2022 As a buyer, your interest rate directly impacts how much you’ll pay on your monthly mortgage when you purchase a home. Rates are beginning to rise, and experts forecast they’ll continue going up in 2022 (see

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Our Favorite Places for Holiday Gifts in San Antonio, Texas

10 Local Businesses and Restaurants in San Antonio to Support this Holiday Season As you gear up for holiday shopping, local businesses should be at the top of your list for gift ideas. Our local San Antonio shops and restaurants are the best spots to find unique gifts and gift cards for everyone on your list. You’ll also help small businesses as it has been a rough couple of years. There are so many great local businesses and restaurants in San Antonio it was hard to pick just ten, but here are our favorites. So skip the chain retailers and

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5 Best Hiking Trails in San Antonio (and Surrounding Areas)

Tired of sitting behind your desk all week? Want to get outside with the family? If you’re looking for a short escape into nature, San Antonio’s best hiking trails are just what you need. With its gorgeous weather, diverse wildlife, and stunning scenery, San Antonio and the surrounding area remain a top choice for some of the best hiking trails in the state, especially in the fall! Whether you’re in the mood for something long and strenuous, or short and easy, there is a perfect hike for you. We interviewed Boerne resident and health and wellness coach Natalie Sales, who

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Things to do for Halloween in San Antonio 2021

October in San Antonio means gorgeous fall weather, bright autumn decorations, and spectacular Halloween festivities. No matter what your age, there are plenty of spooks, screams, and costumes to enjoy this Halloween with your family. Here’s our list of the best things to do for Halloween in San Antonio this year. Pumpkin Patches Once October rolls in, many local garden nurseries and communities in north San Antonio host family-friendly pumpkin patches all month long. The Alley on Bitters near north Castle Hills hosts fall activities like Halloween crafts, pumpkin painting, and a pumpkin patch with photo opportunities. This year, come

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Reasons You Should Consider Selling This Fall

If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time to list than right now. The ultimate sellers’ market we’re in today won’t last forever. If you’re thinking of making a move, here are four reasons to put your house up for sale sooner rather than later. 1. Your House Will Likely Sell Quickly According to the Realtors Confidence Index released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes continue to sell quickly – on average, they’re selling in just 17 days. In San Antonio, they’re selling in about 25 days according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR). As a

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Which is the better city: San Antonio or Austin?

In Texas, we love a little debate. From sports to city life to who’s getting more Californians, no one in Houston, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio will admit the other has more to offer. Although there are many similarities in the major cities of Texas, each has its own unique personality and it’s hard to compare them. But, in San Antonio and Austin, we’ve seen an influx of people moving in from out-of-state and asking the question: Which is the better city to live in, San Antonio or Austin? Well, I’ve lived in both San Antonio and Austin, and I’m

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What Does Being in a Seller’s Market Mean?

Whether or not you’ve been following the San Antonio real estate market lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard we’re in a serious sellers’ market. But what does that really mean? And why are conditions today so good for people who want to list their house? It starts with the number of houses available for sale. The latest market report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR) shows housing supply is still pretty low, yet slightly increasing. Today, we have a 1.7-month supply of homes at the current sales pace. Historically, a 6-month supply is necessary for a ‘normal’ or ‘neutral’ market in

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Why People Are Moving to Texas

Noticing more out-of-state license plates on the road? It’s not a coincidence.  According to the 2021 Texas Relocation Report, more than 500,000 people moved to Texas in 2019. The Lone Star State is getting bigger, with an average daily influx of 1,000 people. In fact, San Antonio sees an average of 66 new people moving to the city every single day. Those out-of-state license plates are here to stay, and here’s why… 5 Reasons Why People Are Flocking to Texas With a thriving economy, affordable cost of living, and booming housing market, it’s easy to see why Texas is a

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