Hill Country Fun Near San Antonio

One great thing about living in San Antonio is that it’s on the edge of the Texas Hill Country, a scenic area encompassing several town and communities near San Antonio. Once of these is the town of New Braunfels, which is about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio, and where I celebrated Father’s Day this year. We met our son and his wife at the Huisache Grill, just off the historic town square. I had the mixed grill, which comes with a choice of soup or salad. I had fantastic tortilla soup. The plate comes with beef medallions, shrimp, quail and chicken tenders. Absolutely great!

After dinner, we went to the Uptown Piano Bar just north of the traffic circle on San Antonio Street. It is in the basement of the historic Prince Solms Inn, which is now a bed and breakfast. The pianist takes requests and can play nearly anything. Most of his songs are from the 50’s through the mid-90’s. The last two times I have been there, he has invited someone from the audience to come up and sing a favorite song while he plays it.

San Antonio Street south of the circle has a surprisingly jumping nightlife featuring the Phoenix Saloon (country western) and AJ’s Ale House, which is a mix of country western and rock.

San Antonio itself has plenty to do and lots of great places to eat. But for a change of pace, check out New Braunfels or one of the other communities in the Hill Country. You can find out more about the Texas Hill Country at www.texashillcountry.com.

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

e-Mail: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

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What’s in a Name? – Is Your Real Estate Agent a REALTOR®?

If you are working with a real estate agent, do you know if your agent is a REALTOR®? Did you know that not all real estate agents are REALTORS®, and do you know the difference?

 

Both are licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission, but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is an exclusive and distinctive designation for those agents who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). In the San Antonio area, REALTORS® are also members of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR). SABOR is the largest professional trade organization in San Antonio and represents more than 7,000 REALTOR® members. SABOR is one of more than 1,600 local boards and 54 state and territory organizations of REALTORS® nationwide that make up the NAR.

 

So – what’s in a name? Being a REALTOR® connotes business competence and high standards of business conduct. Each member pledges to observe a strict Code of Ethics written by the NAR. The pre-amble of the Code calls for every REALTOR® to work for the preservation of the free enterprise system and the protection of private property ownership.

 

The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® provides its members with the education they need to achieve the highest degree of professionalism in their fields. It is one of the few Boards in Texas that is certified by the Texas Real Estate Commission to operate a real estate school. All the courses offered are accredited for broker or salesman licensure. SABOR’s various committees’ also present seminars covering all areas of real estate from financing to equal opportunity in housing.

 

REALTORS® keep themselves informed on matters affecting real estate in their community, state and nation so that they may contribute responsibly to public thinking. SABOR monitors the legislation and public policy affecting the real estate industry. The National Association of REALTORS® keeps REALTORS® informed on decisions by the United States Congress and engages them with electronic “Calls to Action” regarding private property rights and real estate related issues.

 

Community involvement is also important to REALTORS® in San Antonio. SABOR’s charity of choice is SAM Ministries.

 

All of the real estate agents at Century 21 Scott Myers are REALTORS®, assuring you that the service we provide is of the highest quality with regard to both business competence and professionalism. To learn more about my company and my agents, visit my Web Site, e-mail me or give me a call.

 

Scott Myers, Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

Email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Old-Fashioned Fun in San Antonio

Recently on a recommendation from a friend, my wife and I visited the factory outlet of San Antonio Shoes (also known as SAS). He told us that it was much more than just a shoe store, and that it would be worth the drive across town. Was he ever right! The SAS Shoe Factory and General Store, located at 101 New Laredo Highway 78224, is the site of the factory where SAS shoes are made for distribution to their world-wide retail network. But it is also an old-time country store & gift shop, snack bar and ice cream parlor. There are also a dozen or so antique/classic cars on display, many restored to show-room condition. The snack bar has prices that haven’t been seen in decades (e.g. a cup of coffee for a nickel; a bag of popcorn or peanuts for a dime; a soda pop for a quarter). The gift shop has a great selection of books, gifts, clothing, jams & jellies, grilling sauces, etc.

 

Oh, I almost forgot, they also have most of their line of high-quality shoes for sale, many priced below their regular retail prices. So if you’re looking for a great deal on shoes, would like a factory tour, or just want a couple of hours of old-fashioned fun – check it out. You can call for their store hours and find out about factory tours at (210) 924-6507, or visit their Web site at www.sasshoes.com.

 

And when you’re finished looking at shoes, old cars and browsing the SAS Country Store, give me a call when you are ready to sell your home or find a great deal on real estate in the San Antonio area.

Scott Myers, Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

(210) 479-1222 or Toll-Free (888) 868-1222

Email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Congrats to My Team

Every now and then I need to take the opportunity to brag about the outstanding real estate agents that work with me here at Century 21 Scott Myers. This is one of those times. The month of May of 2012 was the sixth best month in the 394-month history of my company in terms of closed gross commissions. It was the second best month of May ever, surpassed only by May of 2008. Looking at the total of new listings taken, new contracts signed and closed transactions, we averaged just under three of these key accomplishments per agent in May – an extraordinary level of performance for any real estate office.

 

My company’s performance is not only a reflection of what a great team I have, but also of what a great place San Antonio is to live and work. We have a strong and vibrant economy, and our real estate market is healthy. If you are looking for a top quality real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home in the San Antonio area, you need look no further than my team here at Century 21 Scott Myers.