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What I Learned on ActiveRain from Gail Tassey - 07/29/09 10:42 AM
My first ancestors to set foot in Texas were William and Sarah Roberts. They came to Texas along with William's brother Elisha Roberts and wife Patsy Gill in 1824 when Texas was still part of Mexico. So being a 6th generation Texan, you wouldn't think there was anything I could learn about my state from a native Californian. Wrong! In a comment on my post from yesterday, Name That Photo, Gail Tassey mentioned that the first name for the city of Austin, TX, was Waterloo. Gail is a native Californian. I learned that from reading her excellent "Memories of my Childhood Home" post. Gail (12 comments)
Name That Photo - 07/28/09 10:00 PM
Does anyone recognize this famous photograph?
Hint: The historic photograph was taken in France in 1826. It is the cornerstone of the Photography Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. Because of its uniqueness and its significance to the fine arts and humanities, it is among the world's and The University's rarest treasures. (15 comments)
A Child's Toy Teaches Us About Real Estate - 07/28/09 05:34 PM
I am reblogging this post for 2 reasons: It was written by Gary the Great and I love the graphic! Via Gary Woltal - REALTOR® Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): I have been reading some posts here about values of homes "underwater" in areas of the country and negative home equity. Do you know A Child's Toy Teaches Us About Real Estate? So much of life is about cycles. Things do go down, but they return up also. The durations of the cycles vary. The seasonal changes we live through with weather are our most obvious example. Take a look at the steel (8 comments)
Those wacky Hogwarts kids study the strangest things, don't they?But I'm here to tell you that every class has a practical lesson for every REALTOR®. Here, explained in full detail, are the courses descriptions of Hogwarts for REALTORS®. Astronomy - There's nothing strange about this one. Know the stars, know your future. Er, where your clients are coming from in the future. And the best way to work with each of them to meet their needs. As (5 comments)
~Taking the first step toward buying a home~ - 07/22/09 12:13 PM
Pre-Approval for a Home Loan The first step in the home buying process is getting pre-approved for a home loan. Having the pre-approval shows Realtors and home sellers that you are serious about buying, know what you can afford, and are prepared to move forward. No matter what the job, no one likes to have his or her time wasted or work for free unless it is volunteer work! Establish a good working relationship with your Realtor by showing him or her the courtesy of taking care of this critical first step before expecting to be shown homes. You will not only know the amount a bank is willing to lend you, you will discover (8 comments)
If your going through hell . . .keep on goin . . don't slow down - 07/21/09 10:47 PM
Thanks, Tami, for this powerful post you wrote 5 months ago. It has been on my mind the past few days. Via Tami Vroma-Realtor Grand Rapids Rapids Homes for Sale (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate): Every once in a while I like to do a post on who I am besides Tami Vroma, Grand Rapids Real Estate Specialist. Today I was driving back from doing a walk through on house that is due to close next week (thank you God!). A song came on the radio that put a lump in my throat and I felt the tears start to (9 comments)
Schertz, Texas~One of the best small towns in America! - 07/14/09 08:52 AM
Money Magazine just released it's list of the top 100 small towns to live and Schertz came in at number 39 in the nation. The editors at Money Magazine looked for cities with a population between 8,500 to 50,000, where job prospects are promising, crime is low, schools are good, and homes are reasonably priced. Whether you are moving to San Antonio or moving within the San Antonio area, Schertz is a great place to make your home. Schertz is very near Randolph Air Force Base and convenient to Ft. Sam Houston and BAMC. If you are thinking of a move to Schertz or anywhere in San Antonio, (13 comments)
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." - Philippians 4:8 NIV photo credit: Flickr.com cosimoilvecchio
www.shirleyparks.com 210-414-0966 Realty Executives Alamo, 2815 N. Loop 1604 East, Suite 104, San Antonio, TX 78232 (18 comments)
Fewer Americans are moving - 07/09/09 09:04 AM
Fewer Americans are moving this summer, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Moving & Storage Association. The AMSA says that shipments dropped 20 percent in the first quarter of the year. It's a trend that started in 2005 with the beginning of the mortgage crisis. The Census Bureau also noted that fewer Americans moved in 2008. Linda Bauer Darr, AMSA president and CEO says, "There's no doubt that many Americans - and as a result, our members - have been hard-hit by a triple-whammy. A virtual halt in new home construction, followed by a tightening of the mortgage market, (12 comments)
Jury duty & the differences between men and women.... - 07/06/09 08:47 PM
I served on jury duty last week, arising early and heading downtown to the Bexar County Courthouse. I had plenty of advice beforehand, mostly in the form of jokes, on how to get out of it... but I don't really mind jury duty. Actually, I kind of enjoy it. I find it to be intellectually stimulating, feel that I am fulfilling my civic duty, and realize that the opinion of the jury is important to the parties involved. Some things I have noticed about trials: 1. I have never been questioned directly during voir dire but I have always been empaneled. 2. Twelve strangers (17 comments)
How do you beat the heat? - 07/05/09 09:30 PM
We had such a beautiful "winter" here in San Antonio but we are not having a beautiful summer. At 9:00 p.m. the temperature on our back patio was 95 degrees and here is what I found when I googled "San Antonio weather" about 5 minutes ago. There is a bright spot: Tomorrow the high should only be 95 degrees.
My favorite method for beating the heat is staying inside my home in the almost constantly running air conditioning. To be totally transparent, a part of me doesn't even want to do anything real estate related that would require going out in (18 comments)
Independence Day - 07/04/09 11:27 PM
Today is the day set aside to honor our founding fathers, our independence from British rule, and our Declaration of Independence. John Adams wrote to his wife that "The [fourth] day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end (7 comments)
Things to do near San Antonio - 07/03/09 02:48 PM
If you are new to San Antonio, stationed at one of the military bases here and looking for something fun to do this long week-end, here are a few options:About 70 miles away near Fredricksburg is Lyndon Baines Johnson National Park and Lyndon Johnson Home. At nearby Canyon Lake Randolph AFB has an off-base recreation area with cabins, RV sites, picnic shelters, and a marina. About 200 miles to the east, visit National Seashore , or Mustang Island State Park. Have fun and stay safe! (6 comments)
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