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Upper Cibolo Watershed Festival - Boerne, Texas - 08/31/11 10:38 PM
Boerne, Texas is located about 20 minutes West of Loop 1604 (San Antonio, TX). Known for it's charming antique, resale, and boutique store, Boerne epitomizes GREEN when it comes to not scraping to rebuild. They take the existing architecture and work with it. That being said, it's a great place to hold a GREEN living expo. This is their 1st event of this type and I have already bought a booth space. If you are in the area and want to learn more about green living, see great architecture, and step back in time for a day, come find me! When: (2 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - All things Turtle - 08/31/11 03:55 PM
All things Turtle I thought you might miss me posting turtle pictures so here's a few to play ketchup! CUTE! YUM! PRETTY! Everybody Loves Turtles, just for different reasons! I didn't' say all GOOD things Turtle! I wonder what's the difference between "real" and "mock" turtle soup? Did you catch my punn? (10 comments)
Diez y Seis de Septiembre 2011 - San Antonio, Texas - 08/30/11 07:50 AM
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission The Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission, made up of volunteers from the community, works throughout the year to develop events to mark Mexican independence and to ensure that these festivities are inclusive of the distinctive cultures in San Antonio and can be enjoyed by both the young and elderly. The goal of the Commission is to promote an understanding of the historical significance of Mexico’s Independence Day through cultural events, celebrations and educational endeavors. The San Antonio 2011 Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission and other organizations have scheduled a community wide remembrance (10 comments)
LuAnn Lavine If, as Andy Warhol said, everyone eventually gets their 15 minutes of fame, LuAnn Lavine is getting hers.
Or at least five, maybe six minutes. In the week or so since she stood up in a crowd and asked President Obama how he planned to help the housing market, the Geneseo, Ill., real estate (11 comments)
Solar Power Plant at Air Force Academy Colorado Springs CO - 08/29/11 06:22 PM
This is way cool! You know, if we just used our resources a little more wisely we'd have a lot less oil spills, more turtles, less toxins, and better air quality. What is your city doing to be green? Via Mimi Foster - Colorado Springs Realtor (EPIC Real Estate Group Real Estate Colorado Springs): Solar Power Plant opens at Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs CO One of the wonderful results of the controversial American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA ~ also commonly called The Stimulus Package), is that an $18.3 Million grant was awarded to the United States Air (1 comments)
Via Donna Harris, REALTOR® & ASP - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes (RE/MAX Austin Skyline): Hey Austin People!! Come join us for the first ever Austin ActiveRain Meetup. It will be on September 14, 2011 at Jack Allen's Kitchen on 71 in Oakhill from 12-2pm (or 3 or 4 or whenever people leave). We will be sitting on the patio, and I really hope it'll be cooler (1 comments)
Iron Horse Canyon - Helotes, TX 78023 is being featured in my Housing Market Report because it is one of the fastest growing areas in Greater San Antonio. Located within San Antonio metro area. Iron Horse Canyon - Helotes, TX 78023 offers that quaint, "small town" feeling. It offers quiet living with great schools and a great community. The restaurants & shopping are very good: El Chaparral, Oolong Bistro, Rome's Pizza, Goomba's Pizza, Saltgrass Steakhouse, & many more. On the border of Helotes & San (2 comments)
Sonoma Ranch - Helotes, TX 78023 is being featured in my Housing Market Report because it is one of the fastest growing areas in Greater San Antonio. Located within San Antonio metro area. Sonoma Ranch - Helotes, TX 78023 offers that quaint, "small town" feeling. It offers quiet living with great schools and a great community.
The restaurants & shopping are very good: El Chaparral, Oolong Bistro, Rome's Pizza, Goomba's Pizza, Saltgrass Steakhouse, & many more. On the border of Helotes & San Antonio are Kohl's & Target, (3 comments)
Speechless Sunday - It's Hot Outside - 08/28/11 05:01 PM
I've been waiting for just the right moment to post this cartoon. I think it's time! 0ur ALL TIME HIGH was 111 in 1928 Other cities with new records as of today: Austin, Dallas, Houston, & Galveston (2 comments)
TREE FALLS - DROUGHT BLAMED What is believed to be a 100 year or older tree, falls and destroys home. With over 50 consecutive days of 100+ degrees, nature is taking its toll.
Kristina DeLeon - WOAI News SAN ANTONIO -- A tree fell over and crashed into a woman's home early Wednesday. Police and firefighters were called to a home on Glen Rock, near Bluemel, around 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowner heard something that sounded like lightning, then a huge crash. That crash was a massive tree breaking and landing (5 comments)
Weathering the Storm – 101 To Dos w/o Electricity - 08/27/11 09:30 AM
The storm is coming, you're all prepared, now what? I thought about what I went through with Hurricane Eva in Hawaii, and we lost power for a couple of days. I still have a tape recording of the event that my mom made. It was funny, very funny - dad eats like a cow and mom kept saying "Don't chew with your mouth open." Dad - "I am so bored, what else is there to do but eat?" In response, I came up with this list. to keep you from being bored, to find some peace. Blessings and Prayers for (12 comments)
100 Best Companies - Texas - 08/26/11 08:57 PM
Texas is in the news all the time for its great economy and affordable living. If you are considering relocating to find a job, better opportunities, or lower cost of living, you may want to check out these companies. (4 comments)
Again?...not another one! - 08/25/11 09:38 PM
David is so good with the video camera and his cinematography. For now, sit down and watch. Later, strap a camera to the dash and go! Via David Ames (Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco) (Zephyr Real Estate): I know, I know. You'd think I was secretly working for the Idaho Tourism Bureau. To be on point, this is a more sentimental version of my recent visit to the spud State. Note to Jane Peters: I promise you won't get car-sick watching this one!
Have a great mid-July weekend everyone! David Ames / Zephyr Real Estate / San Francisco, CA / m:(415) (2 comments)
How To Prepare For A Hurricane - 08/25/11 09:35 PM
Kwee posted this very timely blog. Given all that is happening around us, maybe you will want to share with your friends, family, & clients! Be safe! Via Kwee Huset® Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty): How To Prepare For A Hurricane
Active hurricane season is here; each person can take steps to prevent loss and damage to their home and family by learning how to prepare for a hurricane.
Here are things you can do to make it easier and less stressful.
1. Put up storm shutters/plywood to protect windows (2 comments)
Stage 3 Water Resctrictions - San Antonio Water Systems - 08/25/11 04:59 PM
It looks to be eminent! Stage 3: Aquifer level reaches 640 feet. Stage Three Alert begins when the Edwards Aquifer level drops to 640 feet mean sea level at the monitored well. All restrictions from Stage One and Stage Two remain in effect, unless added to or replaced by Stage Three rules.
Landscape watering allowed only EVERY OTHER WEEK with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose. Weeks when no watering is allowed will be announced via local media and online. Landscape watering is allowed only from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. on (0 comments)
Stage Two Alert begins when the Aquifer level reaches 650 feet mean sea level at the monitored well.
All restrictions from Stage One remain in effect, unless added to or replaced by Stage Two rules. Landscape watering with an irrigation system, sprinkler or soaker hose is allowed only once a week from 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. on your designated watering day, as determined by your address. Watering with drip irrigation or 5-gallon bucket is permitted any day, but only between 3-8 a.m. and 8-10 p.m. Watering with a hand-held hose is allowed any time on any (7 comments)
Grammy Wining CECE Winans (FREE!) - San Antonio, TX - 08/24/11 06:31 PM
When I was a baby Christian I was introduced to Cece because I told my friend... "I just can't get into Christian music." "It's either too religious, sappy, or pop-like." My friend gave me a Cece CD and I've been hooked since! It's my go-to, my pick-me-up CD, even 12 years later! My thanks to Laura Plemons (Carrollton, Texas) I'm already in a happier mood just writing this! Hope to see you there! Sunday, August 28, 2011 6:30pm Cornerstone Church 18755 Stone Oak Parkway San Antonio, TX 78258 More info is available by calling 210-490-1600 KLOVE (4 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - Man's Other Best Friend - 08/24/11 10:38 AM
Not sure what appeals to me more, the cute smile, the warm eyes, the colors, or that he just cools me down to look at him. Whatever the reason, you've gotta love the guy! Save the Dolphins (7 comments)
Cedar Springs - Helotes, Texas - 08/23/11 11:47 PM
Housing Market Report - Cedar Springs, Helotes, Texas Cedar Springs, Helotes, Texas is featured in my Housing Market Report because it is an established community featuring affordable homes within the fastest growing segment of Greater San Antonio - Far Northwest. Cedar Springs, Helotes, Texas is a community within a community since they have swimming pools, parks, a playground, & sport court. Being located just outside Loop 1604 you are at the base of the Texas Hill Country. Award winning schools and great community too. The dining out & shopping is very good: El Chaparral, Oolong Bistro, Rome's Pizza, Goomba's Pizza, Saltgrass (9 comments)
So You STILL Think GREEN is a Fad Do You? - 08/23/11 10:33 PM
As a GREEN Realtor I like to think everybody cares about GREEN but maybe not. When I took the time to start this venture I was told, and still today, that I’m too early in this game. Am I? “Expenditures on energy-efficient home improvements, which have been essentially flat over the past two years will see a period of strong growth through 2014, reaching $50.2 BILLION in that year.” - Pike Research, a Boulder Co market research firm and consulting firm for clean technologies
“Consumers are ‘motivated to do the right thing about the environment, but they’re also finding they (4 comments)
Texas Housing Trust Fund 2010-2011 Homebuyer Assistance Program - 08/22/11 06:01 PM
Texas Department of Housing has issued a special ZERO% interest program for 5 or 10 years (borrower's choice) to help with "Gap" Financing. What this means is that the closing costs or down payment, or combination of both, can be paid for with this Zero% short term loan. Program Details The 2010-2011 HTF Homebuyer Assistance Program provides eligible borrowers with down payment, gap financing, and closing cost assistance for the acquisition of a single family home that must be used as a principal residence. The program will serve first time homebuyers and veterans whose annual income does not exceed 80% (4 comments)
Living Near the Lives You Change - 08/19/11 06:54 AM
This is a GREAT Texas housing assistance program. If you have clients that are a service professional ie teachers, policemen, firemen, etc, they may qualify, Check it out!
Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,US Army Retired, San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty): Living Near the Lives You Change Specific individuals, working in the state of Texas, have been offered some first-time home buyers programs from the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. Currently TSAHC administers the Professional Educators, Homes for Texas Heroes, and Home Sweet Texas Loans Programs. There programs provide a fixed interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate FHA, VA (3 comments)
Restaurant Week in San Antonio, TX, August 20 to 27, 2011 - 08/19/11 06:52 AM
Jerry has put out a wonderful list of restaurants in San Antonio, offering menus and phone numbers. Even if you aren't a resident or tourist here, you may have the same restaurants in your town and may enjoy. Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,US Army Retired, San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty): Restaurant Week in San Antonio, TX, August 20 to 27, 2011 Sample some of San Antonio's most exciting restaurants during Restaurant Week, August 20-27! Some incredibly delicious entrees will be prepared, and offered at specially priced menus. You can enjoy a fabulous three-course meal for just $15 at lunch and (1 comments)
What Can Video Do for Your Real Estate Listing - 08/19/11 06:51 AM
Rebekah put out a fabulous video for a home tour. I'm TRYING to learn how to make my own. I may not be as talented but I am good at using others' ideas so maybe I can incorporate some of this great cinematography. Check it out! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Did you know that statistics show visitors stay on websites that use video 78% longer than websites that do not have video? This means that the more cool tools you can add to your arsenal the better the (2 comments)
Largest solar panel project in Maui County history is underway - 08/19/11 06:46 AM
This is sooooo coool! Hawaii is such a perfect place with 365 days of sunshine. Love it! What a great example of what GOOD things our government can do that SAVES money and resources! Via Georgina M. Hunter R(S) e-Pro Maui Real Estate Sales (Jim Sanders Realty Inc. - Maui): Largest solar panel project in Maui County history is underway This week Mayor Alan Arakawa announced that contracts have been awarded in order to install the largest solar panel project in Maui County history. A wide range of people across the County government supported the idea and made it happen. At least (1 comments)
Good News from Warren Buffet! - 08/19/11 06:00 AM
Mr. Warren Buffet granted an interview to CNBC called, Buffett Blasts Washington for 'Silly' Game of 'Russian Roulette'The focus was the overall economy but I found something in there to feed our spirit and say hurray! I'm just saying, if Mr. Buffet says it then it is true, in my humble opinion. On the U.S. economy, Buffett sees improvement in Berkshire's businesses, except for those associated with the construction industry, a sector that needs to play a "crucial" part in an economic rebound. He believes people underestimate how much lagging home construction is keeping the unemployment rate high. Buffett predicts we'll (8 comments)
15 Quick SEO Tips for Real Estate Bloggers - 08/19/11 04:34 AM
This is a WOW! Post! I was surfing my groups to get to know them a little more, to find quality blogs on blogging tips, and to try to understand "SEO" and "Google Juice" concepts. Here is what I believe to be the most comprehensive blog, ever! GET YOUR NERD ON!!! Via Justin Smith | SEO, SMO & Blogging Consultant (Searching Solutions): Block Duplicate Content - With the nifty All In One SEO pack for Wordpress, you can easily set your category and archive pages to be noindex/follow… meaning that Google will follow the links to the individual articles, but not (2 comments)
HAWAII CONTEST = Win a Free Vacation! - 08/17/11 08:41 PM
I thought I was done for the night then this popped up on my FB. You've got to check it out! You can show appreciation for not forgetting to post a comment too :) Win an Oahu vacation for Aloha Festivals from HAWAII Magazine. Last week to enter! by: Maureen O'Connell posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM Wikiwiki (pronounced wee-kee wee-kee) is the Hawaiian expression for “quick,” or “to hurry up.” This word is particularly pertinent to this week, if you have not yet entered HAWAII Magazine’s Aloha Festivals Flyaway sweepstakes. All entries must be received by (5 comments)
NAR Green joins up with GreenTowns.com - 08/17/11 05:43 PM
David found a super way to promote yourself within the GREEN community. For those of us who have made this commitment it would be worthwhile to take a look-see at what this is all about. I'm working on signing myself up, how about you? Via David Popoff, Lower Fairfield County, CT. (William Raveis Real Estate, Darien, Ct):
NAR Green joins up with GreenTowns.com
The National Association of Realtors Green Designee (NAR Green) program and GreenTowns.com have initiated a free program to promote NAR Green Designees in their local communities.
GreenTowns.com is a new website network (0 comments)
Don't Recycle - It wastes Resouces! - 08/17/11 09:26 AM
Don't Recycle - It wastes Resources! Are you kidding me? As a GREEN and EcoBroker I say - No. Think about it, it means a lot of electricity, heat, water, and other resources to recycle. So that begs the question, what to do with the grocery bags, especially those contaminated with meat or dairy? I live in San Antonio, Texas, a relatively green city. I find it terribly frustrating that every store uses plastic but only 3 stores offer recycling, and I'm happy to promote them: TARGET has an amazing sustainable living commitment, WAL-MART, & HEB GROCERY. I'm disappointed to (11 comments)
Whispering Oaks Subdivision - San Antonio, TX - 78230 is featured because it is an established community featuring affordable homes with luxury amenities and centrally located within San Antonio, Texas.
Whispering Oaks Subdivision - San Antonio, TX 78230 offers a community within a community with a swimming pool, park, a playground. Being located between our 2 major loops, 1604 & 10 you have multiple routes to and from work. Great schools and great established community. If you want to know about Whispering Oaks Subdivision School information (0 comments)
A Night at the Museum: Fiesta Exhibition - San Antono, Texas - 08/16/11 03:09 PM
A Night at the Museum: Fiesta ExhibitionOne of the many things I love about San Antonio, Texas is the Witte Museum. A great place to spend the day with or without kids. It's nestled in Brackenridge Park, where the San Antonio Zoo is also located. A beautiful historic area since 1915 that features great walking, jogging, and dining. You can focus on the many fine arts exhibits or head over to the HEB TREEHOUSE Exhibit. Event Description The Witte Museum’s 2011 annual Fiesta exhibition, A Night at the Museum, features trains inspired by museums around the world, including the Witte, and (2 comments)
Verbal Judo - Help Your Kids Go Back to School Prepared! - 08/16/11 12:58 PM
I just joined a social networking group for my state and posted 3 comments this morning. Now I have 75+ comments on one, 16+ on another, and 31+ on the 3rd (couldn't sleep last night) and they keep on coming, I must have be really good at 3am! I read a post in between and saw a high level of vulgar & profane words and chain of comments responding. What a waste of e-space! I felt the need, opinionated as I am, to start a post on why it's inappropriate to talk that way. For fun, as I like to do (4 comments)
510 Prestwick - San Antonio, Texas - 08/15/11 09:31 AM
Investor Special! Great opportunity to purchase a leasable single family residential home in San Antonio, Texas. 510 Prestwick is located in SE San Antonio, Texas near Brooks City Base. Most homes in this community are 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom with no brick but 510 Prestwick has 3 bedrooms 2 full baths, partial brick, and is priced to sell! Other features include a large fenced back yard with a covered patio and mature trees. 510 Prestwick is part of an estate sell and the sellers do not have the funds to repair so it is sold absolutely (2 comments)
Speechless Sunday - BIG BOOTS! - 08/14/11 06:48 PM
Even boots are Bigger in Texas! North Star Mall, San Antonio Texas Fine dining, living, & shops San Antonio’s internationally-acclaimed shopping destination center boasts over 200 specialty stores and restaurants. Located adjacent to the San Antonio International Airport, North Star is conveniently situated in the heart of the city. North Star is home to the largest cowboy boots in the world. They stand 40 feet high and 20 feet long! (7 comments)
VA Loan Tips | What is the VA Funding Fee? - 08/12/11 12:08 PM
This is one of those things that confused me for sometime and I may have even reblogged this before. But I think if you are in the dark, like I was, it is worth reblogging, and reblogging. Rebekah Radice is an amazing lender, check out her blogs!
Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): If you’re a veteran in the Colorado Springs area, using your VA benefits can be confusing. One important question I’m often asked is what the VA funding fee is and why it’s something you as the (3 comments)
Diary of a REALTOR® Contest: Why I Chose Real Estate! - 08/11/11 06:02 PM
I entered this contest and had a blast! You might want to too. It's a great way to reflect on the value you put into your career. Via Deb Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate, 936-661-2624: Diary of a REALTOR® group is having a contest! Contest Title: Why I Chose Real Estate!
The title seems simple but could prove to be a real challenge! Diary of a Realtor® wants to help you create a post that can be saved and savored by your family and clients and friends alike. This contest is open to all of us in every aspect (0 comments)
Back to School Calendars - San Antonio, Texas - 08/10/11 07:43 PM
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS San Antonio continues to experience rapid growth resulting in continuous re-assigning and re-districting of campuses. If schools are of interest or concern to you, the homeowner, we ask that you to acknowledge this occasional occurrence and verify your actual schools with your school district directly by phone. You should also be aware of “CAP & Transfer” policies. When a school is full, or near full capacity, it is “capped” resulting in the students being “transferred” to a nearby pre-assigned school. The schools that have this policy do their best to move your child back into attendance area (9 comments)
UTSA Roadrunner Football Schedule - 08/10/11 07:13 PM
The University of Texas at San Antonio Kicks off its inaugural football year. As big as San Antonio is, we don't have a pro football team or any major college teams for that matter. But UTSA is on it's way to a great start with Coach Coker. I'm an Alumni so I'll be there, will you? UTSA is offering fans an opportunity to place a $50 deposit on season tickets by going on line at go UTSA.com or by calling the ticket office at 210/458-UTSA (8872). Season ticket packages will go on sale in July 2010. Deposits are (1 comments)
Back to School Contest - 08/10/11 06:50 PM
This is awesome! I was wondering why so many people all of a sudden started writing school blogs! I was already on my way to writing something when my friend Jerry mentioned this to me. Since I think it is awesome I will share! Via ActiveRain Corp.: Pretty soon the lemonade stands will be a distant memory and all the little angels will be back at their desks, dressed to the nines with brand new SpongeBob lunchboxes. Most of you are jumping up and down with excitement at the very thought! Through much analytical research, we found that back to school searches are (2 comments)
Back to School - Sales Tax Free Weekend! - 08/10/11 06:46 PM
Hi ho, hi ho, off to school we go! I like lists, they make my life easier! I like to save money! Here it is all in one site! The Texas sales tax holiday for school items includes clothing, footwear and backpacks. Dollar limits are per item. Qualifying products put into layaway during the sales tax holiday will not be taxed. Texas Sales Tax Holiday Dates: August 19-21, 2011 Neighboring states Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma also offer sales tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers. What to buy? Back to school shopping can be a nightmare. Would buying six pairs of (1 comments)
Just Listed! 8943 Breanna Oaks, San Antonio, Texas - 08/10/11 05:17 PM
Your Dream House is Now Ready! Smith Better Built Homes The Crest of Braun Oaks 8943 Breanna Oaks, San Antonio, Texas 78254 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 living, 2 dining, 2 car garage 2949 SF per Appraisal District Priced at $290,000 To be built price $312,000! A lovely community nestled inside of the Braun Oaks subdivision limited to 50 semi-custom homes. Award winning schools: Braun Station Elementary, Stevenson Middle School, O'Connor High School. Major employers within 10 miles: UTSA, USAA, Valero, South Texas Medical Center, KCI, Medtronics. Great location! Just inside Loop 1604, you have (5 comments)
My brother is an attorney so we like to engage in real estate & business law cases like the infamous McDonald's Coffee Law Suit when Ms. Liebeck received 3rd degree burns from a serious coffee temperature problem. Recently we were discussing the liability of snakes. I found an article regarding landowner liability for natural occurrences such as wasps, snakes, Lyme disease, etc, in Tierra Grande, a magazine issued by the Texas Real Estate Center.
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