10 Top Neighborhoods in San Antonio

According to San Antonio Magazine, our real estate market continues to be hot and asked San Antonio's Board of Realtors what are the 10 hottest neighborhoods in the metro area. Alamo Heights - Terrell Hills San Antonio Magazine stated, "Wide streets conceal the roots of old trees and grand homes - young newcomers and generations-long residents love the area for its close community and clusters of high-end shops, museums, a highly ranked school system, decadent bakeries and upscale restaurants." Alamo Heights' location is desirable with it being in close proximity to The Quarry, The Pearl Brewery and downtown. The McNay Art Museum Deerfield According to San Antonio Magazine, new builds still

Buying New vs Buying Used

Andalucia at The Domininon, 6314 Sevilla Circle, 78257 If provided with a choice, few of us would ever choose to move into someone else’s dream home. We prefer to build our ultimate design filled with every detail we ever imagined. You get to pick the materials, colors and decor to make your home exactly what you want, rather than accepting what someone else has chosen. Let’s dive into the advantages of a new home… Livability New homes come with some of the design elements that today’s lifestyle demands: open, eat-in kitchens, walk-in closets, and large master baths to name a few. Used homes often have very low ceilings, smaller closets, smaller bathrooms and weren’t designed with the lates

Backsplash Design Tips for Your Custom Home Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a top-selling feature with custom homebuyers. Do you want yours to convey style and functionality? A tile backsplash will instantly transform the space into an eye-catching masterpiece. “Tile backsplashes are timeless, providing the ideal transition between the cabinetry and the countertop,” says Kirsty Froelich, design director for The Tile Shop. “It’s one of the number one ways homeowners can add value to their kitchen while adhering to their personal design preferences. Best yet, the process can be simple and enjoyable.” Froelich offers her top tips for designing a stylish backsplash for your kitchen without headaches or stress: 1. Determine your s

Changes in Land Values in Your State from 1975-2015

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to buy an average piece of land in your state 40 years ago? Have a look at this new animated map from howmuch.net to find out. Using data from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, howmuch.net put together a series of maps showing the changes in average land values from 1975-2015 in each state. Overall, the trend is toward increasing land value, but there are exceptions. In 1975, all of the 48 contiguous states and DC had average land values below $15,000. But in 1976, starting with California and followed by other western states and some of the northeastern states, average land values began to rise above $15,000. Connecticut and California wer

Summer Fun has Arrived in Texas

Summer has arrived in Texas, which means it’s time for a vacation. From soaking up the sun on the Texas coast to diving into the cool clear waters of a swimming hole, from outdoor adventures to amusement park thrills, there is no shortage of fun in the Lone Star State. Thanks to recent rain, lakes are full and landscapes are green and lush, perfect for your summer escape. Looking for an ocean breeze? Head to the Texas Gulf Coast. Take advantage of one of the top kite surfing spots in Corpus Christi, or charter a fishing expedition in Port Aransas, a coastal hotspot north of Corpus Christi. Also near Corpus and North Padre Island is the Padre Island National Seashore, where visitors can strol

3 Reasons to Leave Tree Work to the Professionals

For the "do-it-yourself" homeowner, outsourcing tree work may seem like an unnecessary expense. But in reality, the costs of tackling tree care on your own can run high - damaged property, hospital bills, and a ruined landscape aren't cheap. "Most homeowners simply don't have the tools, knowledge or experience necessary to safely attempt their own tree work," says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). "We hear many unfortunate stories each year of homeowners getting severely injured or killed while attempting this dangerous, and often misunderstood, work on their own." Here are three reasons homeowners should leave tree work to the pr

Deer Wars Coming to Your Neighborhood

When you think of deer, do you envision a shy doe hiding beneath forest foliage? Or perhaps you imagine a buck bounding through a field along a quiet country road. The reality of where deer like to live is much closer to home than you think. Humans aren’t the only species that thrive in suburbia. Today, more deer live in close proximity to humans than ever before in our country’s history. “Hunting has reduced deer densities in large, wooded open space areas across the country over the past decade,” says Dr. Scott C. Williams of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. “Many deer remain, however, and are now largely concentrated in residential areas where they have abundant ornamental

Locked Out of Your New Custom Home?

When it comes to service industries, the best deals aren’t always best for consumers – and security services are certainly worth the cost. One security service homeowners may call upon is the help of a locksmith, but it’s important to seek out a reputable and reliable professional. According to America’s Lock experts, here’s how. 1. Consider dealing with a local company that has roots in the community they serve. A local locksmith service is preferable to national chains who may farm out work. This is also an excellent way to reduce the wait time and travel expenses. 2. Check references; ask friends, neighbors, and co-workers who they used and check on-line reviews. 3. Make sure that

Age-in-Place Homebuyers Seek More Square Footage

As the housing market continues its recovery, homeowners are increasingly seeking more square footage while simultaneously looking for more accessibility inside and outside of the home. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space. All of the data can be accessed through this infographic. “An increase in home square footage with the rising popularity of accessible design concepts points to a population that is preparing to age-in-place, or, perhaps, is anticipating responsibility for caretaking of older relatives in the

Seven Design Tips for Your New Custom Home Foyer

The entryway or foyer of your new custom home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the power of mirrors – A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel. Splurge on a good one, framed or not as you wish, to grace your entryway for the long haul. Keep fresh flowers on hand – Nothing freshens up a room quite like a vase full of fresh flowers. They are aesthetically pleasing and will keep your entryway smelling wonderful. Using long-lasting silk flowers will hold down month

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Are you revved up for warmer weather? Just as you’d tune up a convertible to drive you into the summer sunshine, now is the time to perform routine maintenance on your home so it’s ready for the hottest months of the year. Use this summer maintenance checklist to get your home in tip-top shape both outdoors and indoors – and to avoid repairs down the road. Do an outdoor inspection Walk around the outside of your home and check for peeling or cracking paint, then patch up the spots to avoid wood rot later on. Inspect your gutter system to see if it’s in good shape or it needs repair. Take a look at your lawn-watering hoses and faucets, and replace as needed. Get outdoor air conditioning units

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