A Great Bar-B-Q Find

One thing San Antonio is famous for is great Bar-B-Q. On a recommendation from a friend, my wife and I recently tried out a new place, and what a find! It is a small, family-owned restaurant just inside Loop 410 on the northeast side of town called The Big Bib. It is located at 2427 Austin Highway, and if you’ve never been there, drive slow or you’ll miss it. It is a tiny place, but it’s big on flavor at very reasonable prices. They only have about six tables, but also do a lot of catering and have a lot of take-out customers. Everything we ordered was terrific, and they kept bringing samples of things we didn’t order – I think they want us to come back and try the rest of the menu. Make sure you save room for dessert – the peach cobbler is some of the best I’ve ever had.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

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Wonderland of the Americas – Movies and Jazz

Founded in the early 1960s and originally called Wonderland Shopping City, it was known for years as Crossroads Mall. Now to help bring people back to it, they have named it Wonderland of The Americas. Every Thursday night at 7:00 is free movie night. Each month has a theme. August is Alfred Hitchcock month, featuring great classics like Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds. They start handing out tickets at 6:00 pm. If you are not in line by 6:30, you may not get in (it depends on the movie). Two weeks ago my wife and I went to see Casablanca and it was packed. Last week, the movie was On The Water Front, and it had a nice crowd, but not as large. They have a fun movie trivia quiz before the showing where you can win small items from a merchant at the mall. Last week, my wife correctly answered a question and won a pair of really nice ear rings.

Wonderland also has an amphitheater, where they hold the ultra popular Balcones Heights Jazz Festival every Friday night during the summer months. This attracts 3,000 to 4,000 people at each performance. There are no seats, so bring your lawn chairs. You need to get there by 6:30 or you will not find a good place to sit and see the band. Some people stake their spot out as early as Monday by putting their lawn chairs where they want them. I am told by officials at Wonderland that no one has ever reported a chair being stolen during the week when they do this.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Record-Breaking Month for San Antonio Housing Market

According to data recently released by the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR), the month of June 2012 saw record-breaking housing prices (both average and median), and the highest sales volume since June of 2008. This represents a 4 percent increase in volume compared to June of last year. The median price of a single-family home increased 8 percent from $156,500 to $168,800, while the average price increased 9 percent from $192,514 to $209,820. San Antonio’s healthy economy, job growth and affordable housing are just some of the many reasons that this is a great place to live, work and enjoy life.

 

Our office just celebrated its 33rd year in business serving the real estate needs for individuals and families in San Antonio and the surrounding area. The month of June was also a great one for us, with closed transactions up more than 16 percent from June of last year, double the average increase for all real estate offices in SABOR. If you are planning to buy or sell a home in the area, or if you just want more information about things to do in San Antonio, give me a call or e-mail me and I will put you in touch with one of my experienced agents.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Smart Home Improvements

What home improvements really pay off when the time comes to sell your home? That’s an important question for any homeowner contemplating moving or remodeling, and the answer is somewhat complicated.

 

That answer starts with the fact that really major improvements – room additions, total replacements of kitchens and baths, etc., — rarely pay off fully in the near term. It ends with the fact that small and relatively inexpensive changes can pay off in a big way in making your home attractive to buyers if your decision is to move now.

 

It’s a simple fact, consistently confirmed across America over a very long period of time, that even the most appropriate major improvements are unlikely to return their full cost if a house is sold within two or three years.

 

Does that mean that major home improvements are always a bad idea? Absolutely not. It does mean, though, that if your present house falls seriously short of meeting your family’s needs you need to think twice – and think carefully – before deciding to undertake a major renovation. Viewed strictly in investment terms, major improvements rarely make as much sense as selling your present home and buying one that’s carefully selected to provide you with what you want.

 

Even if you have a special and strong attachment to the house you’re in, and feel certain that you could be happy in it for a long time if only it had more bedrooms and baths, there are a few basic rules that you ought to keep in mind.

 

Probably the most basic rule in this regard is the one that says you should never – unless you absolutely don’t care at all about eventual resale value – improve a house to the point where its desired sales price would be more than 20 % higher than the most expensive of the other houses in the immediate neighborhood. If you raise the value of your house too high, surrounding properties will pull it down.

 

Here are some other rules worth remembering:

 

  • Never rearrange the interior of your house in a way that reduces the total number of bedrooms to less than three.

 

  • Never add a third bathroom to a two-bath house unless you don’t care about ever recouping your investment.

 

  • Swimming pools rarely return what you spend to install them. Ditto for sun rooms – and finished basements.

 

  • If you decide to do what’s usually the smart thing and move rather than improve, it’s often the smaller, relatively inexpensive improvements that turn out to be most worth doing.

 

The cost of replacing a discolored toilet bowl, making sure all the windows work, or getting rid of dead trees and shrubs is trivial compared to adding a bathroom, but such things can have a big and very positive impact on prospective buyers. A good real estate agent can help you decide which expenditures make sense and which don’t, and can save you a lot of money in the process.

 

If you want to discuss the specifics of improvements to your home, give me a call or e-mail me and I will put you in touch with one my agents to go over your options and help you develop a plan.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

South Padre Island – A Great Weekend Get-Away

It is as far south from San Antonio as Dallas is to the north, but well worth the drive for its great restaurants, all within a mile of wherever you could possibly be staying. Add to that the clean beaches — free of seaweed and jelly fish most of the time — and South Padre Island makes for a great weekend get-away. My wife and I went for a long weekend recently and as always it was great.

 

One of our favorite restaurants is D’ Pizza Joint (it’s small so go early or be prepared to wait). They have a terrific pianist who can play nearly any request. For Mexican food you can’t beat The Big Donkey, and for a simple but really good breakfast, we like Ted’s. The crown jewel of South Padre restaurants in my opinion is the Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar. It has white table cloths, great seafood and steaks, and a really fun bar to hang out in while you wait for your table. They have great drink specials, and my wife and I each had Sangritas (half Sangria and half frozen Margarita) – for only $1.99 each! We always try to get a window seat at the Sea Ranch so we can watch the boats coming and going, most of them docking at the restaurant. After a day of fishing, you can bring your catch to the Sear Ranch, and they will cook it to your taste for a modest fee.

 

After your fun in the sun and great dining at the beach, and a leisurely drive back to San Antonio, give me a call and let me know your favorite things to do and places to eat on South Padre – maybe I’ve missed something. And if you have any questions about the San Antonio real estate market, you can probably get me to talk about that as well.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com