Fun With the Grand-Kids

Recently my daughter and her kids visited us in San Antonio for a few days, and I was in charge of planning activities for my grand-kids. One place that was a big hit with them was Monster Golf on NW Military Highway near West Avenue. It is miniature golf, great for kids and a perfect spot for birthday parties. Along with golf, there are also games for kids, as well as air hockey — which is fun for all ages. Kids can win points by doing well at the games, and depending on the points they win, can pick from a selection of prizes. Although the prizes do not amount to much, the kids find the long rolls of tickets coming from the machines exciting as they come rolling out of the machine. The thrill is far more exciting than the prizes.

The miniature golf course is fun to play – a little challenging. There are Halloween type monsters lining the walls throughout the place and some are actually at the holes. All the lighting is florescent so colors light up in brilliant hues. One of my grandsons was wearing tennis shoes with orange laces that really glowed in the dark. You could see them better than you could see my grandson.

I also highly recommend the Exotic Resort Zoo, which is on U.S. Hwy 281 four miles north of Johnson City, about one hour north of San Antonio. There are numerous animals, many often found only in Africa, that roam the place. There are zebras, camels, buffalo, alpacas, kangaroos, rhinos and numerous other animals. All are tame and you can feed them by holding your hand out with feed in it. The animals will eat the food right from the palm of your hand. A big attraction is a ride in a wagon pulled by a tractor. The tractor takes you over several acres of land, and there are animals all along the route. The wagon goes out hourly, but there is a petting zoo that will keep you and the kids occupied while you wait for the next departure.

So if you have kids or grand-kids, or are just looking for some fun for the kid in you – check out Monster Golf and the Exotic Resort Zoo.

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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Keeping In Touch With Your Real Estate Agent

When selling a home, silence isn’t always golden — especially when you’re expecting your real estate agent to call. In fact, it’s one of the leading complaints among sellers in the real estate market. Often times you find an agent who is more than willing to take on your listing, but once the agreement is signed, your agent is too busy to return your calls.

We train our agents to establish with the client up front the expectation that regular communication will occur – and on a schedule and in the form desired by the client. Even if it’s just to check-in, we know that you will be more satisfied being kept “in the loop”.

Keeping the communication lines open between the two parties assures sellers that the agent is keeping them apprised of any and all offers. In addition, agents often provide valuable insight on why prospective buyers weren’t interested. Often times, an agent is privy to the buyer’s dislikes of the property. For example: “this room’s too dark” or “the kitchen has a funny smell”. This allows the agent to give the seller constructive feedback and offer important tips on how to make the home more attractive to prospective buyers.

If you’re a seller and are not hearing from your agent, be sure to keep calling until he or she gets the message that you expect regular updates. If the agent doesn’t return your calls, leave a message for the broker or office manager.

Selling a home can be a lot of work and sometimes quite stressful. It is incumbent upon an agent to satisfy the seller’s expectations of routine updates. As a seller you deserve to be kept informed on how things are going with the sale of your property. If both parties work in a cooperative effort, the selling experience will be more successful and enjoyable for both the agent and the seller involved. If you use my office to list your home for sale, you have my personal assurance that your agent will provide regular updates – daily, weekly, monthly – you determine the frequency; by phone, e-mail, social media – you determine the format.

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

MOVING ON: POWERFUL TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME

Maybe you’re moving to a larger home to accommodate a growing family, relocating for a new career opportunity, or purchasing a townhouse for retirement. Whatever the reason for the move, you’ll need to take the necessary steps to sell your home for the best possible price, within a reasonable amount of time. Where do you begin?

 

If you’re like most people, you’ll start by seeking assistance from a professional. A local real estate sales associate, who knows your neighborhood, can help you determine a fair market price. The sales associate should also recommend the extent to which you should make repairs or improvements to your home.

 

In order to select a real estate professional who’s right for you, ask family, friends and neighbors for referrals. Attend open houses and interview several sales associates to find out how professional or experienced they may be. Get a written outline of how they plan to market your property and the services they will offer you.

 

Once you’ve identified a qualified professional, the rest is chemistry. Is the sales associate someone with whom you would like to work closely? Do you feel comfortable with the sales associate as your partner, working with you to give you advice and acting as your representative? Does he or she practice a consultative selling approach, focusing on the long-term client relationship and on the importance of exceeding client needs and expectations, or is he or she caught up in the proverbial ‘hard sell?’

 

The brokerage firm that your agent is associated with is also important. Research the firm’s success rate and commitment to quality service. Does it survey existing clients in order to ensure customer satisfaction? What are the results of those surveys? How in tune are they with consumer needs? Do they offer guidance with mortgages or any discounts for other home-related or moving services?

 

Determining your home’s fair market value is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the home-selling process. Your sales associate can help you set a fair price based on local market conditions. For instance, she or he will provide sale prices and other statistics for homes similar to yours that have recently sold in your neighborhood. Prospective buyers will be comparing your home to others on the market. Therefore, setting a competitive price can determine if your property will or will not sell.

 

For the first offer made, it’s rare that the prospective buyer matches the asking price. If the offer is reasonably close to the asking price, carefully consider the offer before turning it down. Curiously, it’s the first offer that can often be the best offer. If the first offer is unacceptable to you, it may in your best interest to have your sales associate respond with a counter offer. Whenever considering an offer, ask yourself if you would purchase the property for the amount being offered. Always be willing to negotiate, especially if the prospective buyer is pre-approved for a mortgage.

 

Once you decide what terms are acceptable, let your sales associate negotiate with the prospective buyer to work out the best agreement for you. You’ll need to be patient while the buyer arranges financing and the real estate company compiles and prepares pertinent documents and information.

 

Careful planning and sound advice from a real estate professional can make selling your home a very satisfying experience. If you are considering selling your home, give me a call or e-mail me and I will select one of my agents to answer your questions and help you get the process under way.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com