US News and World Reports Ranks America’s High Schools. Dallas, TX is #1

Dallas is #1 Nationally.

In the Texas Only List, 2 San Antonio High Schools Make the Grade.

Click Here to see all the San Antonio high school rankings

Click Here to see all the San Antonio high school rankings

 

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The Two Things You Don’t Need to Hear from Your Listing Agent

You’ve decided to sell your house. You begin to interview potential real estate agents to help you through the process. You need someone you trust enough to:

  1. Set the market value on possibly the largest asset your family owns (your home)
  2. Set the time schedule for the successful liquidation of that asset
  3. Set the fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

An agent must be concerned first and foremost about you and your family in order to garner that degree of trust.  Make sure this is the case.

Be careful if the agent you are interviewing begins the interview by:

  • Bragging about their success
  • Bragging about their company’s success

An agent’s success and the success of their company can be important considerations when deciding on the right real estate professional to represent you in the sale of the house. However, you first need to know they care about what you need and what you expect from the sale. If the agent is not interested in first establishing your needs, how successful they may seem is much less important.

Look for someone with the ‘heart of a teacher’ who comes in prepared well enough to explain the current real estate market and patient enough to take the time to show how it may impact the sale of your home. Not someone only interested in trying to sell you on how great they are.

You have many agents from which to choose. Pick someone who truly cares.

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Keller Williams Reports Record Growth, Productivity and Profitability Gains » KW Blog

Keller Williams Reports Record Growth, Productivity and Profitability Gains » KW Blog.

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Homes with No City Taxes – Stone Oak & Far North San Antonio

Did you know that there are communities that have No City Taxes in & around the Stone Oak area as well as other North San Antonio areas?

Withing these areas you will find No City Tax communities that have pre-owned homes as well as communities with new or newly constructed homes and within them you can find homes ranging from the lower $100′s to into the millions!

Property Tax totals are combined of County Taxes, School District Taxes, City Taxes, Hospital District Taxes, Community College Taxes, & a few other taxes….

Typical property taxes in North San Antonio will range anywhere from 2.7% to 3.2% of the total appraised value.  Homes in communities without city taxes will typically have tax rates in the lower 2% range. (The current San Antonio City Tax is $0.565690.)

Some of the benefits of owning a home with No City Taxes are

  • Ability to buy more home – Because taxes are figured in as part of your total payment by lenders, you can spend more, while keeping the payment the same…
  • Lower Payment – With taxes figured in, the total payment will be less than a home with the same price & city taxes.
  • Free up Cash - With a lower payment, you will have more $.  This money could even be used to pay down your mortgage principal to build equity in your home.
  • Resalability – Many people will search specifically for homes with No City Taxes…

An important thing to keep in mind is that the city could come in & Annex the community in the future.  They are currently required to give a 3 year notice of annexation.

If you are interested in more information about homes & communities in Stone Oak or North San Antonio, give me a call (210) 842-8452, shoot me a text or email today!

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Dear America, I saw you naked.

Interesting for anyone who travels.  Click photo below to read the Politico piece.

TSA Demonstrates New Imaging Technology At Reagan National Airport

Jason’s Blog

 

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