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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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What Do Experts See on the Horizon for the Second Half of the Year?

As we move into the latter half of the year, questions about what’s to come are top of mind for buyers and sellers. Near record-low mortgage rates coupled with rising home price appreciation kicked off a robust housing market in the first half of 2021, but what does the forecast tell us about what’s on the horizon? Mortgage Rates Will Likely Increase, but Remain Low Many experts are projecting a rise in interest rates. The latest Quarterly Forecast from Freddie Mac states: “We forecast that mortgage rates will continue to rise through the end of next year. We estimate the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will average

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Don’t Wait to Sell Your House

San Antonio is in the ultimate sellers’ market right now. If you’re a homeowner thinking about selling, you have a huge advantage in today’s housing market. High buyer demand paired with very few houses for sale makes this the optimal time to sell for those who are ready to do so. Whatever the move you want to make looks like, here’s an overview of what’s creating the prime opportunity to sell this summer. High Buyer Demand Demand is strong, and buyers are actively searching for homes to purchase. In the Realtors Confidence Index Survey published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer

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A Real Estate Expert is Crucial in this Unprecedented Market

In a normal market, it’s good to have an experienced guide coaching you through the process of buying or selling a home. That person can advise you on important things like pricing your home correctly or the first steps to take when you’re ready to buy. However, the market we’re in today is far from normal. As a result, an expert isn’t just good to have by your side – an expert is essential. Today’s San Antonio housing market is full of extremes. Mortgage rates hovering near record-lows are driving high buyer demand. On the other hand, an absence of sellers is creating record-low housing inventory. This imbalance in

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Buying a Home is Still Affordable

The last year has put emphasis on the importance of one’s home. As a result, some renters are making the jump into homeownership while some homeowners are re-evaluating their current house and considering a move to one that better fits their current lifestyle. Understanding how housing affordability works and the main market factors that impact it may help those who are ready to buy a home narrow down the optimal window of time in which to make a purchase. There are three main factors that go into determining how affordable homes are for buyers: Mortgage Rates Mortgage Payments as a

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5 Best Margaritas in San Antonio

San Antonio is chock-full of amazing restaurants with great food, but the margaritas are infamous and top notch across the city. From classic house margaritas to far-out flavored concoctions, take a look at our list of recommendations to help you find the perfect drink in town. Check out this list for the best margaritas in San Antonio and prepare to be transported south of the border. 1. La Fonda on Main La Fonda on Main always tops the list of quintessential San Antonio restaurants, and it’s easy to see why. This gorgeous hacienda-style restaurant has served authentic Mexican eats and

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Why Waiting to Buy a Home Could Cost You a Small Fortune

Many people are sitting on the fence trying to decide if now’s the time to buy a home. Some are renters who have a strong desire to become homeowners but are unsure if buying right now makes sense. Others may be homeowners who are realizing that their current home no longer fits their changing needs. To determine if they should buy now or wait another year, they both need to ask two simple questions: Do I think home values will be higher a year from now? Do I think mortgage rates will be higher a year from now? Let’s shed some

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82,338 Reasons to Buy a Home Today

The financial benefits of buying a home as compared to renting one are always up for debate. However, one element of the equation is often ignored – the ability to build wealth as a homeowner. Most experts are calling for home prices to continue appreciating over the next several years. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey, a survey of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists, expects home appreciation to increase as follows: 2021: 6% 2022: 4.5% 2023: 4% 2024: 3.6% 2025: 3.5% Using their annual projections, the graph below shows the equity build-up a

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Is the Real Estate Market Going to Crash?

While many areas of the economy have contracted, the housing market has stayed remarkably strong. But can the good news last? When COVID-related shutdowns began in March, real estate brokers and clients scrambled to respond to the shift. Record-low interest rates caused some lenders to call a halt to new underwriting, and homeowners debated whether or not to put their houses on the market. However, those first days of uncertainty ushered in a period of unprecedented demand in the U.S. real estate market, which ended the year with increasing average home prices (up 13.4% from the previous year) and shrinking

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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. 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 makes hiking a regular

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