Where a person lives can directly impact their lives, affecting their education, health and economic opportunities. Discriminatory practices in housing can lead to segregation in communities and have a lasting impact on quality of life for those discriminated against.
Buyers continued to find properties to call home in February with the month reporting a three percent year-over-year increase in sales for a total of 2,012 homes sold, according to the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) which reports on all areas contained within the MLS. Meanwhile, the average and median sales prices each climbed six percent from last year, with a median sales price of $215,100 and an average of $247,307.
The 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act represents an opportunity to remind ourselves not only of the importance of the law in shaping the real estate landscape today, but also to look back on what the situation was like before it was enacted, when the process of buying or renting a home was decidedly unfair for millions of Americans.
Through a series of unplanned events, I purchased a new vehicle, new washing machine and new dryer in the span of three weeks. My only saving grace was the hesitation to purchase a new phone. Three new techie items in three consecutive weeks are not a good equation in the learning curve factoring in five decades on earth. Silly me, I assumed turnkey purchases were just that—turn a key (or knob) and get on with your business.
You can be certain of that, but when did it all begin? It would seem that mass surveillance in our country goes back as far as World War I when it was common for all international communications, those from, to, or any that passed through the United States (US) were read and censored when it was thought necessary to gain information and, of course, for security reasons.
We began February with an incredibly insightful state meeting in Austin starting with a dinner gathering where the speaker, Tracy Blackwell, discussed how to make the executive line more cohesive and after we all took the DISC profile test we had a better understanding of the different levels of thinking within our group.
Updates to the Texas Real Estate Commission’s advertising rules go into effect May 15th and have been made in an attempt to reduce misleading advertisements and ensure consumers know with whom they are working.
or the past couple of years business in the real estate industry has been exceptional and that has not gone unnoticed by many folks, both young and old, who have chosen to enter a field they perceive to be a great way to make money. After completing all their courses and then hopefully passing the licensing exam the new agent is ready to find a sponsoring broker. They have usually been provided a list of questions to ask when they “interview” several brokers, as they have been advised to do, to ensure they find the right fit for their needs. Since the broker will ultimately be responsible for how the agent performs their real estate activities it behoves the broker to ask the prospective agent a few pertinent questions of their own before agreeing to become the sponsoring broker.
Have you ever been asked what motivates you? In most cases it would be a nice thing to have enough time to think of a good response that, first, actually reflects what you think, but secondly, will hopefully put you in a good light with the questioner.
Previously we looked at how eye contact, or lack thereof, could tell us a lot about people and in some cases whether we thought they were being truthful or not. However, the same would apply to us as others make decisions concerning what they determine from what we are saying or doing. So, the eyes are not the only things that can be telling since all of one’s body actions can consciously or unconsciously reflect things about our own personalities. Then perhaps we should look at just how much we give away from the various movement of our bodies.
Commemorate San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary by Giving Back with SABOR and SAMMinistries on April 6.
Women’s Council of Realtors, Hill Country had an amazing Economic Development event in February. Our area is growing by leaps and bounds! We invited Holly Covington, Marketing and Research Director for New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, Josh Schneuker, Executive Director, Seguin Economic Development Corporation, and Kevin Burke, Economic Development & Downtown Administrator at City of San Marcos. They each spent around 20 minutes talking about the population growth of their communities and current, future, and proposed residential developments.
Gold Financial Services is a mortgage banker that has been an active part of the local real estate community for more than 20 years and is one of the largest FHA &VA residential mortgage lenders consistently offering comprehensive loan programs and superior customer services.
About every three years, we Texans get a true taste of winter. Temperatures fall below freezing; we bring out our sweater; closed toe shoes are necessary, and sometimes precipitation intermingles with our regular humidity causing a SNOW DAY! I love a good snow day. A free pass to not work, skip working out, and time to work on watching bad television. If only bad television was NOT interrupted by bad local news updates.
On January 10th your Women's Council membership packed the house at The Well as they started off the year focusing on themselves. As we all know, you can only be as good to others as you are to yourself. So, on Jan 10th we held a “Be Well at The Well” event. A panel of members shared tidbits on the dynamic changes they had made to overcome obstacles encountered in their lives and how they focused instead on improving their own health and well-being. Missy Stagers spoke on eating to live vs living to eat and about food provenance and farming. Cathy Heshmat defined wellness and focused on getting tested so you will know your numbers. Mandy Pilgrim shared her story about overcoming fear and leveraging your mindset to maximize your balance and drive. Finally, Melanie Harwood focused on how Pranayama Meditation and Yoga can help you and then closed our session with a relaxing breathing technique. This event brought in 35 first time attendees and was very well received.
Have you noticed that when people, i.e. individuals, groups and governmental agencies, decide they are going to “fix a problem” it frequently leads to outcomes that may be different from what was anticipated? This activity generally falls under the “Law of Unintended Consequences” for which there may, in addition to the intended outcome, be some other potential outcomes. There may be an additional benefit or windfall, there may be a negative or detrimental side effect, or the problem may just become worse. It is also possible, especially when governmental agencies are involved, that the problem they are trying to “fix” doesn’t currently exist.
Each year the leadership from the Texas Association of REALTORS® travels the state to meet with members and provide an update on what is happening at the state and national levels, particularly regarding housing trends and legislative issues. Formerly known as the Mega Region Meeting, the event has a new name this year - Texas REALTORS® 360! Once again, Regions 7 and 13 will partner for this event, with this year’s program scheduled for March 20-21 at the Hyatt Hill Country in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® hosted its 2018 Housing Forecast on January 4, 2018, at the La Cantera Resort and Spa to an audience of over 1,000 REALTOR® and Affiliate members. Participants at this annual event heard from a series of locally and nationally recognized speakers sharing their expertise on market conditions, industry trends and community conditions and how those factors will affect the 2018 real estate market.
So, we have survived another “holiday season” and may still be experiencing the letdown or blues that many suffer from all the activities in which most participated during the previous months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real condition that makes it hard to get back on track after all the hustle and bustle associated with family gatherings and celebrations at offices and friend’s homes, etc. SAD is a very appropriate acronym for the feelings that go along with this condition. But, now it is time to get moving as we are done with the first month and are into another year, hopefully, one that will be full of promise and prosperity!