Some people think that greater appraisal district values means higher property values. That’s not always true! It’s in your best interest to fight for the lowest taxable value. A lower taxable value means lower taxes and not, necessarily lower property values.
Be sure to protest your property taxes before the May 15th deadline. There are professionals available to assist you with this process. Even if you did not receive a value notice or your value did not increase, it is worth checking with a professional to make sure that your taxes are as low as possible. I highly recommend my friend and client William Noe and tell him I sent you!
The Texas heat is upon us! As scorching temperatures continue rising, so is the need to cool off! No need to worry, because our friends at Independence Title has provided a list of Water Parks and Watering Holes all over the Texas plains. You can choose to stay local or take a ride on the country side while visiting some fun-filled water destinations. Whether you want to dive into fun at the waterparks, dip your toes in the vast gulf coast sea, or float along the Texas river; these lists have something for everyone! So what are you waiting for?! Check it out and see where you want to cool off this summer!
School is OUT! Summer is HERE! Now it’s time to celebrate with your kiddos! Thanks to our friends at Independence Title; here is a list of kid friendly restaurants where kids eat FREE. That’s right! KIDS EAT FREE! So, go out and enjoy some family time while enjoying a delicious meal. Click the link below to get the full list. BON APPETITE!
IT’S A SLAM DUNK! MARCH 30TH KICKS OFF THE FINAL FOUR DEEP IN THE HEART OF SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS! IT HAS BEEN A DECADE SINCE WE HOSTED THIS ANNUAL EVENT AND IT’S BRINGING MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL! BE READY TO SEE THE FINAL FOUR TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE ALONG WITH PERFORMERS ALL WEEKEND LONG!
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GOOD NEWS! Welcome to 2018; the year of the open door and new beginnings!
Do you feel a shift in the air for you and your family?
Is change knocking on your door?
Is this your year to downsize, expand, relocate, remodel, build or invest?
Often times the only thing blocking that doorway to the new is fear of change.
The truth is: growth requires change and change makes space for the new.
The media does a great job of magnifying fear, but I have some GOOD NEWS!
Real Estate is local news and according to several Chief Economists at the 2018 SA Housing Forecast there is “clear sailing ahead!” With appreciation of 23% in the last 5 years, 31,000 jobs brought in 2017 and housing affordability there is no threat of decline and we are in a long recovery!
Don’t wait to get all your ducks in a row to make the first step. Guidance and support are important in times of change. My team can help you gather and analyze all the to do’s and data to see if numbers make sense and create a game plan to get you to the finish line; whether selling or remodeling! I am here for you.
Pantone name ultra violet the color of the year for 2018. Purple is symbolic of bravery just as the U.S. Military purple heart represents courage. Whatever it is that’s calling you this year I encourage you to take the most courageous step, the first one towards it.
Referrals are the biggest compliment I can receive, if you know someone who is in a season of change and looking to make a move, pass it on!
Many Blessings To You and Your Family in 2018
Tips to Modernize Your Home on a Dime
Whether it’s time or money, it takes an investment to keep your home updated with the most current styles and technologies, but it shouldn’t take your life savings to bring it out of the 1970s. A few smart investments will keep costs down while still effecting big change. Here are a few low-cost places to start modernizing recommended by ABODO:
Perhaps robins-egg blue seemed like a great, timeless choice the last time your front door was painted. It will just take a few coats of primer and new paint to make that door look brand-new, without the full cost of replacement, especially if you touch up the paint on the trim as well. While you’re evaluating your home’s exterior, pay attention to the dated hardware. A new set of house numbers and new mailbox can work wonders, as can upgrading your door handle and replacing exterior lights. If your home appears dated before your guests even come inside, the tone has already been set, and the aging appliances they’re about to see will be even more obvious.
Freshen Up Flooring & Walls
Like painting your front door, giving your walls a fresh coat is an easy way to make the house appear cleaner, newer, and move-in ready. Investing in a bit of new flooring — if, say, your house was remodeled with wall-to-wall carpeting in the misguided 1970s — can pay for itself with value it adds to your home: This Old House reported that spending $600 to replace or upgrade flooring can add up to $2,000 to the sale price. Any project you can take off the buyers’ hands makes your home look that much more inviting to potential buyers.
Rethink The Kitchen
Kitchens, filled with several of your home’s most expensive appliances, are daunting to consider updating. Do you replace the harvest-gold stove? Does it need to match the refrigerator? Luckily, you can give your kitchen a serious facelift without even touching your appliances (though a gentle cleaning wouldn’t hurt). Washing alone can put new life into old cabinets, but for a more dramatic transformation, also repaint or reface them and install new hardware — the cabinets will be unrecognizable, and for a fraction of the cost of replacement. You could also deface your cabinets altogether, and instead try out an open cabinet concept that can showcase attractive dishware.
While you have the tools out to replace cabinet hardware, try your hand at adding a new faucet. Replacing the basin is often the expensive part, but largely unnecessary. Adding a colorful backsplash made up of a few affordable tiles will complete the transformation.
And The Bathroom
Your shower enclosure and toilet can stay — they’re as expensive as they are incredibly inconvenient to replace. Instead, opt for updating some cheaper features. Replacing the vanity, for example, isn’t nearly as expensive as it sounds. For just a couple hundred dollars, you can give your bathroom an instant makeover and yourself a break from trying to get out those decades-old stains. If the change isn’t dramatic enough, try updating your light fixture or repainting the walls.
“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses!”-Zig Ziglar
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After losing loved ones to breast cancer, PBC real estate agent, Tiffany Stevens, decided to join the fight against breast cancer by partnering with her family and the Susan G. Komen organization.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest non-profit source of funding for research community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives concerning breast cancer awareness.
“It is a cause that is very close to my heart,” says Tiffany, adding that “participating in efforts to find a cure is important to me because I know what families go through when they lose someone to breast cancer.”
Three years ago, Tiffany and her family started a small fishing tournament to raise money for the Susan G. Komen organization, in honor of her late aunt, Lorraine. This year, the tournament raised a humbling $19,360.
Tiffany credits being a real estate agent with aiding in her fundraising success. She has been able to form close relationships with current and previous clients, many of whom have had similar experiences and are eager to help her raise awareness.
Tiffany adds, “I am looking forward to this upcoming year in playing a more active role on various committees within Susan G. Komen through participating in additional events and fundraisers.” She hopes that her efforts will not only go to fund cancer research, but also aid in education and prevention efforts so that fewer families will be affected by breast cancer.
To learn more about Tiffany Stevens, visit her website or social media pages below.
Phyllis Browning Company Page: http://www.phyllisbrowning.com/agents/tiffany-stevens
Agent Website: www.tstevensrealestate.com
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