Home Sweet Home - Back to San Antonio!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Criado Realty 0548772

You may not have even known, but last fall I made a big tadah about moving to Austin, Texas. But I'm moving back to the Greater San Antonio area next week.

I didn't say San Antonio because even though my new house is surrounded by San Antonio, and has a San Antonio address, it's in the City of Alamo Heights.

What's with all the moving? Why did I move? Why am I moving back? I thought you were happy from your Facebook photos. 

I moved because in 2010 we decided to downsize and well, with the recession our builder only built two larger houses then changed his business plan to build small homes, making it damn near impossible to sell my house. Our intent was to move into an older, historical, and/or urban area within 5 miles of the Alamo.  We looked into condos in Alamo Heights too. But the house didn't sell.

Years later, our daughter was accepted to the University of Texas and we thought it would be cool to live in urban Austin, be near her, and maybe retire on Lake Austin.  After-all, San Antonio and Austin are only 60 miles apart and I could hire a Team Leader to run the office, which I did. You know and love Jerry Newman.  He's wonderful and will continue as Team Leader, creating stronger leadership and freeing me up to concentrate more on the brokerage.  But things aren't always what they may seem.  We love Austin, the lifestyle, the healthy and creative thinking, but we don't love the traffic, congestion, long lines everywhere you go, or have to live outside the core to have any sense of normal.  Our lease expires in a couple of months and school starts in two weeks. So, we are moving back.

Alamo Heights is an older part of town with mostly single family homes, just North of downtown by a few minutes. We get the urban feel, with the fun lifestyle we were seeking, but staying in Greater San Antonio and therefore life is easier. Bonus! I became #1 in my market by just changing markets, LMAO!


Was it a mistake? Absolutely NOT! I don't think I would have been willing to spend on a house what I am given what I could buy elsewhere. But having experienced Austin prices, the price we paid seemed very acceptable, and located in an area we know and love. But I say this too, you need to explore your ideas.  We probably wasted $3,000 in the move, but what we gained was much more valuable. A greater appreciation for San Antonio, for our affordable living, and well, Travel Magazine just named SA #3 for Friendliest cities in the country. Can't beat that!

Bonus #2:  We discovered recently that the City of San Antonio just opened sections of the San Antonio River to Kayaking and Paddle Boarding, Now we don't have to lose out on our outdoor activities!

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Cathy Criado President & Founder
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Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I hope you will join us at the TAR convention again!  Jerry Newman said he would love to meet up again.  Let me know!

Aug 15, 2014 03:05 AM #1
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Cathy ... good for you.  You gave it a good try and found it was not what you desired.  By trying you at least eliminate the thinking of .. should we have moved to Austin?  Wishing you the best with your next adventure.  Enjoy!

Aug 15, 2014 03:08 AM #2
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hey hey Paula -  I am looking forward to seeing you at the convention. I am sponsoring a Solar San Antonio event that day but it's over at 4 so I plan on showering - lol - then meeting up with you and Jerry for dinner. 

Aug 15, 2014 03:11 AM #3
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Judith - Thank you! Yes we got it out of our system, made some great referal partners, grew in so many ways, got the health bug well embedded into us, and we still get to use our Buddy Scooters!  Best of both words.

Aug 15, 2014 03:12 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Cathy,  It is okay to check out other places and move back to home.  Hope you are having a great day!

Aug 15, 2014 03:42 AM #5
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Hey Will! Glad to see your friendly face!!


Aug 15, 2014 03:59 AM #6
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Home is where the heart is and it looks like San Antonio is yours. I hope the move back goes well.

Aug 15, 2014 06:25 AM #7
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Thanks for the mention, Cathy Bureau. Alamo Heights should offer a lot as a resident, and a place to market for business.

Aug 18, 2014 11:40 AM #8
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

The things we'll do to move into the #1 spot on AR.

Sep 27, 2014 02:47 PM #9
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Cathy congrats, sounds wonderful where ever you are, have fun :-)

Oct 25, 2014 12:17 AM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Good luck with your move and I hope you fit right back in.

Oct 26, 2014 03:56 PM #11
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hey Cathy-it's all good right? I never would have know how wonderful it was to live in Mexico if I didn't make that leap. Yes my intension was to stay but after 5 years I ended up back in Miami 7 blocks away from where I started and it is OK!

Nov 19, 2014 11:35 PM #12
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey Cathy.  Welcome back.  Glad to see you back in Rain.

Feb 24, 2015 07:05 AM #13
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