5 Things to do on the Riverwalk

Hello again,

Today I want to share some great information with everyone and some of the things to do in San Antonio & the Riverwalk.

San Antonio is one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of our rapid growth and our diverse culture. There are many exciting things to do while visiting the Riverwalk downtown from Entertainment to Fine Dining. The riverwalk offer a unique and fun prospective for all age groups.

Here is a list of top 5 things to do at the Riverwalk,

1.) Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Over fifty restaurants, bistros, cafes, clubs, bars — most with quaint outdoor patios — line the River Walk as it meanders its way through downtown San Antonio. There is everything from stellar Tex Mex to haute cuisine and locally-owned spots as well as popular international names like the Hard Rock Cafe. Find the right spot to eat.


2.) Land & Art Scapes
Few visitors venture beyond the downtown River Walk but it’s well worth it. Explore the Museum Reach, north of downtown, and watch for the  twelve art installations on the river banks. Stop along the way at  the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Southwest School of Art, then the boat ride ends at the 125-year-old Pearl Brewery complex, now home to restaurants, an outdoor amphitheater, a Saturday farmers market, eclectic shops and the Culinary Institute of America — San Antonio. If you go south from downtown, the south fork of the river meanders through the stately King William Historic District  all the way to the Blue Star arts complex, an eclectic enclave of creative souls, unusual shops and galleries, public art scattered about, and a brew pub.


3.) Sunset Cruise
Lots of folks take a tour of the River Walk aboard a river cruiser, but few know that you can take asunset taxi ride from downtown, along the Museum Reach, to the Pearl Brewery. Only in the dark will you be able to appreciate the full impact of  the art installations that line the banks, all of which use light in creative ways. They were created by some of the most interesting names in the art world. Museums, schools, residences and commercial buildings often are lit in startling and unusual ways.


4.) Secret Places To Shop
Don’t leave without a pink cowboy hat of course — pick one up at any of the River Walk curio shops. Less obvious but also right on the River Walk:  La Villita Historic Arts Village;  The Pearl BrewerySan Antonio Museum of Art Store and Southwest School of Art Gallery Shop. For major mall goers, the Rivercenter Mall— with over 60 stores — hugs the banks of the River Walk lagoon.


5.) Run, Walk, Hike, Bring Your Dog
The River Walk is a long linear park, beautifully landscaped, with great sidewalks. The less congested places are perfect for serious exercising or romantic strolls. The River Walk is eight miles long. In a few years, it will be a 15-mile masterpiece that weaves the city’s past and future together, starting north of the city at Brackenridge Park (San Antonio’s Central Park) and traveling south all the way to the four Spanish colonial missions south of downtown.

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Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

A Few Things To Know About Going Real Estate Shopping!

Hello,

How many times have you passed by a home you like and cant help but think how much they are asking for the property and how much will the seller actually accept?

Having a good Agent can help you evaluate the property as well as work with the Listing Agent and seller on negotiating a fair price for all parties.  To help  buyer Agents determine what the sellers might accept for the property, agents generally look at :

1.) Who actually owns the home (whether a banking institution or a private seller).

2.)How long has the property been on the market?

3.) What have other similar homes sold for recently (usually within the last 3 months)

Once Buyer agents can get a better idea of the sellers situation your Buyers Agent can recommend a fair asking price.

A good real estate agent is going to be key. They will be your go-between, and the person that does all the dirty work for you. You can discuss everything that you are looking for in a space with them, and they can help you find it! Also key is to remember how important the appraisal process is. This process is a bit different from residential appraisal in that it involves a lot more than actual inspection. There is a lot more involved, such as research of the client demographic, zoning records, the price of similar companies, etc..

Another important thing to remember is that nothing is set in stone. When you are working with the owner of the property that you wish to buy or lease, every thing is negotiable. Make sure to voice your needs and concerns so that everything can be worked out beforehand. A Letter Of Intent is what you will file when you are ready to express interest in the property. Your agent will help you to file this paperwork. You are able to negotiate rental prices, terms, expenses, maintenance and repair issues, etc. Think of everything you can before you commit.

Your real estate agent can help you decide what the proper steps will be in your unique situation. There are several different types of leases, and they are pretty confusing. This is why it is so important to have someone that you trust in your corner to help you navigate through this process!

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Top Duties of your Real Estate Agent

Hello ,

A few Days ago in our previous blog we talked about Tips on what to do first for the First Time Homebuyer. Many may not be aware but choosing an experienced agent can significantly increase your chances of a smooth and stress free Transaction. Today I wanted to share with everyone the responsibilities of your Realtor .

The Buyers Agent checklist:

  • Pursue the interests of the Buyer Client
  • Agency Agreement, it’s like a basic job description
  • Helps explain the process, sequence, contracts, mortgages, pre-approvals, closings
  • Reviews Closing Costs on a HUD-1 Estimated Worksheet
  • Explain Earnest Money Deposits, Escrow, and Default
  • Listen and answer questions
  • Shows client homes that client found on the internet or agent found doing research
  • Generates comparable data for Buyer to understand current pricing
  • Reviews and explains the Regional Sales Contract, Jurisdictional Addendum, Disclaimer Form, Contingencies Addendum, Additional Clause Addendum
  • Completes, with Buyer, and presents any offer to Seller or Seller’s Agent
  • Explains counter-offers, makes sure contract is ratified
  • Helps schedule home inspections, radon tests, termite inspections etc.
  • On new homes, schedule option selections
  • Gets contract to mortgage lender and settlement company
  • Gives Buyer insight into home owners insurance, locking mortgage rate
  • Makes sure appraisal has been ordered within time frame
  • Reviews Home Owner’s Association or Condo Documents and presents them to Buyer for review
  • Contacts Title Company for updates, such as title or survey issues
  • Contacts mortgage lender to make sure loan is in process, and provide any missing information
  • Helps resolve Buyer or Seller issues that may delay closing or void the contract
  • Schedules contractors to evaluate or any repair issues from inspections
  • On new homes, contact builders rep for estimated closing date
  • Schedule closing time, walk-through inspections, walk-through issues
  • Review “rent-back” agreement if necessary
  • Confirm with Title Company that Buyer’s loan documents and Seller documents are ready to be signed
  • Ensure Buyer has Certified Funds for amount due at closing
  • Be available at closing.

Century 21 Scott Myers, Realtors Office offers buyers a unique prospective and outlook on effective Home-Buying.

Please call our office to discuss the Details and process for purchasing your new home today!

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner (210) 479-1222 or Toll Free (888) 868-1222
email : Scott.Myers@Century21.com

Tips for the first Time Home-Buying Process

Good Afternoon,

How many times have you thought about buying a home for the very first time only to be overwhelmed and not have a good guide as to what to expect. Having a great Agent is one of the most important steps you can take when becoming a first time homebuyer. I have shared below a few tips to guide you along the way. Century 21 Scott Myers, Realtors Agents offer buyers and suggest what available programs might be available.

First Time Buyers – What To Do First

Home buying is a very complex undertaking. For a first time buyer the process may seem overwhelming. It need not be so. Here are the basic steps leading to a successful home purchase.

1. Find an experienced Realtor to work with, one who will be your “Buyer’s Agent”. Your Realtor will be a coach and guide to what, when and how to do things. He will also manage all of the contracts, deadlines and details for you.

2. Apply for a mortgage pre-approval with a lender of your choice. This is best done face to face after interviewing a few of them by phone. Your Realtor will suggest a few lenders for you to try as well as coach you on the right questions to ask.

3. Pick an area you like that is within your price range. Also consider factors such as commuting time, schools and so on. Your Realtor will help you with information on subdivisions and price ranges. Do some independent “driving around” to compare and decide.

4. Next you will need to begin choosing. Your Realtor will provide details on all available homes in your area and price range. After you pick the most appealing ones your Realtor will arrange the showings and accompany you to each selected property.

5. When you find that “just right” home you’ll be ready to make an offer. Issues including offering price, closing date, and other terms will then be considered. Your Realtor will guide and assist through the choices and negotiations from start to finish.

6. Once your offer is accepted by the seller the closing process begins. There will be property inspections and many other details. Here again your Realtor will make sure that everything is done correctly and on time with nothing overlooked.

7. Finally, the big day comes. Your Realtor will accompany you to the “closing” and help you sort through those last minute questions. You have become a home owner and can start moving into your new house.

Please give us a call so that we may assign an Agent that will work best for you.

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner (210) 479-1222 or Toll Free (888) 868-1222
email : Scott.Myers@Century21.com

San Antonio Housing Market and Texas Business Climate – STILL STRONG!

The following excerpts from a recent update from the SAN ANTONIO BOARD OF REALTORS® attest to the continued strength of the San Antonio housing market, as well as the overall business climate in Texas.

November Home Sales Hold Steady as Holidays Approach
The San Antonio housing market is poised to close out the year strong with 1,531 single-family homes sold in November 2012, a 21 percent increase compared to the November 2011 sales. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAIL >>

Texas Ranks in Forbes’ Top 10 States For Business
The Lone Star State ranked seventh on a new Forbes list that measures the business climate in each state across the country. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE>>

 

If you are considering a move to San Antonio, or if you are already here and would like to discuss buying or selling a home, give me a call or e-mail me and I will put you in touch with one of my experienced agents to get the process started. Now is a great time to take advantage of our strong housing market and vibrant economy!

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

The Holiday Season – A Great Time to Sell Your Home

Conventional wisdom has it that The Holiday Season is not a good time to put your home on the market. After all, most people have their minds on family get-togethers, Thanksgiving meals, shopping for gifts, winter vacations – the last thing on their minds is buying a home. So why should you spend your holidays with the hassle of getting your home ready for sale. It just makes sense to wait until after the beginning of the new year when things pick up again. Right?

 

Actually, our experience in over 33 years in the San Antonio real estate market shows that in this case conventional wisdom is far from the reality. True, there may be fewer buyers looking between now and the new year, but those who are looking tend to be very serious (fewer “lookie loos”). This is also a time of the year when people often have out-of-town visitors, some of whom may be considering moving to our area, and plan to spend part of their visit exploring neighborhoods for a future house-hunting trip.

 

Since many sellers fall for the conventional wisdom (often promoted by real estate agents who don’t want to work as hard this time of the year), there are usually fewer new listings on the market during the Holidays. This translates into less competition for you.

 

As far as the hassle of preparing your home for showing, you are already doing that if you are decorating your home for the Holidays. If you are planning any outdoor lighting displays, think about how that “For Sale” sign in your yard would attract attention if it was outlined in lights! And your nicely decorated tree will make your home feel inviting to prospective buyers if it is one of the first things they see when they enter your home.

 

If you need to sell your home but have been advised to wait until the new year – think again. If you wait, you have potentially delayed your closing date by several weeks. When January comes around, wouldn’t you like to have a closing date already scheduled when your neighbor is just putting a sign in the yard?

 

If you like the idea of getting a jump on the competition, but have a few days when you don’t want your home shown over the Holidays, no problem. We can temporarily suspend showings anytime you ask us to. If getting your home sold is a priority, and you want to work with a REALTOR® who understands how to market your home during the Holiday Season, give me a call, e-mail me or visit my Web site.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com

 

A Great Downtown San Antonio Museum and Restaurant

One of my co-workers recently told me about a Saturday that he and his wife spent downtown playing tourist, and he reminded me about a great museum I haven’t been to in several years, as well as one of my favorite downtown restaurants. I asked him to contribute a guest post to my Blog, and here it is:

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Submitted by Richard House (Guest Blogger)

My wife and I recently decided to spend a day downtown playing tourist, and we ended up spending half of it at the Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum was originally part of HemisFair ’68 as the Texas Pavilion, and is one of the few exhibits from the 1968 fair that has remained as a permanent fixture on the former fair grounds. When I think of Texan Cultures, I recall my middle school Texas history class and think of the six national flags that have flown over what is now the state of Texas, but this museum reminds me that there is a lot more cultural diversity in the state than just the familiar “Six Flags Over Texas”.

The main exhibits of the museum are all on one floor, which is divided into sections for the various cultures that have influenced the development of the state. Each area is filled with artifacts, photographs and narrative discussions of the history of the immigrations and contributions of the various cultures and individuals.

The first exhibit you encounter on entering covers prehistoric humans that are thought to have inhabited various parts of what is now Texas, followed by the several Native American tribes that were encountered by the first European settlers. Other exhibits describe the many cultures that have come together to make Texas what it is today, including: English, Irish, Scotch, Hungarian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African-American, Jewish, Czech, German, Wendish, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, French, Lebanese and Tejano.

After several hours at the museum, it was time for lunch so we took a 10-minute walk to Schilo’s Delicatessen at the corner of Commerce and S. Alamo St. If you are a visitor to San Antonio and have had your fill of our famous Mexican Food and Bar-B-Que, give Schilo’s a try. I had a cup of split pea soup, wiener-schnitzel and German potato salad, and my wife had a pastrami sandwich. Shilo’s is also famous for its homemade root beer. Everything was freshly made and delicious, and a great example of the influence of German immigrants in Texas.

 

 

Scott Myers

Broker/Owner of Century 21 Scott Myers

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

email: Scott.Myers@Century21.com