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SAN ANTONIO XYZ - curated by Al Cannistra. Fun and happening goings on around San Antonio and Texas. #SanAntonioOne #SanAntonioXYZ  #AlCannistra
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3% Down Payments May Be Game Changer

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's latest low-down-payment loans could open the door to more first-time home buyers who had been struggling to qualify for a mortgage.
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Job Market Gains Likely to Lead to More Sales

With the uptick in employment, expect more home sales and increased commercial leasing activity next year.
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Owning Still Trumps Renting in Overall Wealth

Despite of the recent housing crisis, researchers continue to find evidence that home ownership contributes to individual wealth.
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/buy_or_rent.html

http://www.mysatexashomes.com/road_to_home_ownership.html ;

 

We are ready when you are!

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10 Things Interior Decorators Don't Want You to Know - Regal Home Group

Interior decorators can be a great resource when it comes to taking ideas and putting them into motion. - Regal Home Group - RE/MAX of Grand Rapids
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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Stefen Welsch Architects designed a home for three generation made from a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete.
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Awkward Dad Dance Cam

Awkward Dad Dance Cam | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Dads getting down at Spurs-Timberwolves game!
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OMG - you don't want to watch this....   even more so, you don't want to be IN this video  :-)

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First-Time Buyers' Myths About Mortgages

Here are seven things Millennials often believe about getting a mortgage that aren't (entirely) true.
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/First_Time_Home_Buyer.html    ; #sanantonio

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More Builders Find the Sun Is a Selling Point

With home owners' utility costs edging higher and higher, builders are looking for ways to help — and solar panels are one popular answer.
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/San_Antonio_New_Home_Builders.html   ; #sanantonio

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100 missing brains found in San Antonio

100 missing brains found in San Antonio | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Those missing brains from the University of Texas at Austin? They've been found in San Antonio.
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Unusual patron behind Christmas tree outside Paris' Notre Dame

Unusual patron behind Christmas tree outside Paris' Notre Dame | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
The cathedral needed money for the huge tree and one nation frequently at odds with the West stepped up
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Freddie Mac: Buy Sooner Rather than Later

Freddie Mac: Buy Sooner Rather than Later | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
In a recent video update on the housing market, Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, stated that with both mortgage interest rates and home prices projected to increase in 2015 buying now makes sense.
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House OK's Short Sale Tax Break, On to Senate

The U.S. House passed a bill last week that would extend key tax breaks to financially distressed home owners who went through a short sale. The housing industry now waits to see what the Senate will
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Qualifying for Mortgage Isn't Impossible

Nearly 60 percent of would-be buyers say they want to buy a home but are disheartened because they believe their mortgage application would be rejected. Here’s why their concerns may be overblow
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/get_approved.html

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14 Killer questions to ask your contractor

14 Killer questions to ask your contractor | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
If you plan on renovating any of your investment deals, it’s critical that you have a good contractor on your team who can get the work done on time and under budget. Nothing will kill a profitable deal faster than going over your budget on repair costs. It will eat into your profits and can quickly cause you to lose money on your deal; therefore it is of the utmost importance that you have the right contractor on your team. Here are fourteen questions that you should ask when choosing a contrac
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The Ultimate Negotiation Technique That Nobody Talks About

The Ultimate Negotiation Technique That Nobody Talks About | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Finding the best real estate deal doesn't necessarily require "swag" or psychological mind tricks to win over the prospect. Often times, it's just a matter of showing patience, kindness and persistence to win the race.
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You will find it here: http://www.mysatexashomes.com/al.html

 

Our philosophy for years...

   As professionals, we provide a service – that service is to assist you in the buying or selling of property using our knowledge, experience, negotiating skills and all the current marketing tools available. The now dated concept of being a “salesperson” carries with it the implication of selling or convincing someone to buy something simply as the art of selling, perhaps a carry forward of high-pressure tactics from years ago. Real estate today is an opportunity to be the facilitator that matches buyer and seller to property, primarily through the magic of the internet, so that everyone is a winner – the right home or property at the right price.

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Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections

Twice as Many People Showed Up on Black Friday Than Midterm Elections | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
Photo by Shutterstock November was a win for American retail. For American democracy? Not so much. Only half the number of people who stormed brick-and-mortar stores on Black Friday voted at the 2014 midterm elections. Although 7 percent fewer shoppers wrestled one another for bargains Hunger Ga ...
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Mortgage Rates at Lowest Point Since May 2013

Many consumers probably didn't think they'd see mortgage rates this low again.
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/First_Time_Home_Buyer.html    ; #sanantonio

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70% Unaware of Down-Payment Assistance

The majority of adults in the U.S. say they hadn't heard of programs helping first-time buyers afford a down payment, including state and local assistance.
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http://www.mysatexashomes.com/First_Time_Home_Buyer.html    ; #sanantonio

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Documents: Feds Paid Group $76,000 Per Ilegal Alien Child During Summer Surge

Documents: Feds Paid Group $76,000 Per Ilegal Alien Child During Summer Surge | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
The Obama administration paid a Texas-based group more than $182 million to provide shelter services for illegal immigrant children at two military facilities for four months this summer. The Depar
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Hmm - 10 of them could have stayed at my house - I'd be rich at all you taxpayers expense. Somebody made a bunch of money!

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10-Year Review: How’s Housing Really Doing?

The housing market's last decade has seen a boom and a bust. Having survived both, what's today's new normal, and what's coming up tomorrow?
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Missing human brains spur Texas confusion

Like all mysteries, this one comes with a few twists. About 100 human brains that went missing at the University of Texas in Austin have been destroyed, the university says.
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Why a Texas budget battle is looming in a time of plenty

Why a Texas budget battle is looming in a time of plenty | SAN ANTONIO XYZ | Scoop.it
One of the many television attack ads state Sen. Dan Patrick aired last spring in his successful bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor cited a 2013 Wall Street Journal editorial that called on Gov.
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Million-Dollar Homes Are Easier Sells

High-end homes are getting easier to sell, with the luxury market posting some of the largest increases in home sales compared to every other price category.
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