Keeping Your HVAC system clean and well maintained may cost a little up front but can save you a lot if a problem arises. It would be a good idea if you are not familiar with how an HVAC system works, to learn a little about it. Below are some points that might help in your journey to a clean heating and air conditioning system.

AC companies frequently talk about fancy sanitizers they would be using for comprehensive cleansing of ducts. Some AC repair companies would even place forth an extra charge for the exact same! Nevertheless, as per the recommendations issued by the EPA, sanitizers aren’t essential for the cleaning of air conditioning systems. Although, there would be some EPA certified sanitizers accessible in the marketplace, a look at the label would reveal that they have never been examined on AC or any HVAC systems for that matter. So, there is no reason why you ought to be having to pay an additional fee for sanitized induced cleansing.

Mercury vaporizing is an additional way for it to get in the air and possibly cause a lot much more harm. The risk is negated because the vaporization point of mercury only happens at 674 degrees Fahrenheit! Since it never will get that hot (even in San Antonio in July), you don’t have to worry about mercury vaporizing and inhaling the steel. The main danger of mercury absorption is when a CFL bulb is initially dropped and the steel possibly splashes up and touch someone.

Check not only your Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning ( HVAC ) system but the duct work, to make certain there are no leaks. Your ducts ought to be insulated – if insulation is torn or shredded at all, replace it. Even though you don’t want air leaks in your place, remember that your attic does have to have some air movement. If you don’t have any vents – put some in!

FILTERS! Do not neglect your filtration system. Replacing your filter on appropriate dates will guaranty a cleaner heating and AC unit. Check your units make and model for filter replacement recommendations. Usually, once a month will suffice. If you have allergies, pets, or smoke you may want to replace the filter bi-weekly, depending on which type of filter you are using. This can drastically lower your bill while helping your health.

A clean AC with clean filters will not only benefit your health but may benefit you when it comes to selling your house. A well maintained AC will almost always ensure an inspectors seal of approval, which is desired when it comes to selling your home.

The 14 Most Popular Paint Colors (They Make A Room Look Bigger)

Virtually expand your square footage with these popular hues.
There are some hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. Dining room chandeliers should hang 60 to 66 inches off the floor. Never match the color of your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling to make the ceilings appear higher. But when it comes to making a room — especially a small one — look and feel bigger, there truly is no one right answer.
So whether you’re looking for a paint color to live with for a while or one that makes the tiny third bedroom in your home for sale in Sarasota, FL, look just a smidge bigger, we consulted designers, paint companies like PPG Paints, and painters to come up with these 14 paint colors you should consider for your next project. Save them to your home inspiration board on Pinterest, and read on for tips on how to best use them.

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Best all-around colors to make a space feel larger
Light colors and neutrals are always a classic option for small spaces, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo bold colors when you want to make a room seem bigger. Just take a cue from designer Anne Miller of Miller House Interiors in Charlotte, NC, and pick softer tones for your accessories and furnishings. “I love a saturated paint color and encourage clients not to be scared of using one,” she says. “The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming.”
1. PPG Paints Swirling Smoke
Swirling Smoke is a go-to for Lee Crowder, a colorist with Darling Homes in Dallas, TX. “I have to stop myself from using this one too much because it is just a great all-around color. It is light with a tint of gray and is very calming.”
2. Benjamin Moore Cloud White
“Paint ceilings white and use lighter colors to make a room appear larger,” suggests Dan Schaeffer, owner of Five Star Painting in Austin, TX. “Think light grays, blues, and other neutral colors. You can also use an eggshell or satin finish to help reflect light.”
3. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Hale Navy has a spot on Benjamin Moore’s bestselling blue shades list — and for good reason. “It is a favorite to make a space feel bright,” says Sean Juneja, co-founder of Décor Aid. “I equate brightness with freshness, and Hale Navy is very fresh and clean.”
4. Farrow & Ball Skylight
“Skylight is also an amazing color; a clean, light gray-blue,” adds Juneja. “On a whole, cool colors are fresher and brighter than warm. Warm colors evoke intimacy and softness. Cool colors make me think of bright days and breezes and a sharpness that you can only capture with blues and greens.”
Designer trick: Paint walls and trim the same color
Designer Charlotte Lucas of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design in Charlotte, NC, paints the walls and trim to match in tight spaces and in rooms without much natural light: “The more transitions you have in a room, the more the eye stops at those points — for example, at the window, door, or casing trim. This trick also helps with low ceilings. If you have 6 inches of white crown molding at your ceiling and your walls are gray, your eyes stop at the gray, often 6 inches short of the ceiling. By painting the walls and trim the same paint color, your ceilings appear to be taller, since there are no breaks in the trim!”
5. Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog
“I recently painted a family room — walls, trim, crown, and built-ins — Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog. There were so many windows, French doors, and built-ins in this room, it felt so choppy having the Coastal Fog on the little bit of wall space and white trim everywhere else,” says Lucas. “By painting the walls and trim [the same color], it created an entirely different space and transformed and modernized the traditional room.”
6. Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece
The matching-walls-and-trim tactic works with deep shades too (but beware that glossy finish). “I have done this same technique with darker colors as well, painting a formal living room Benjamin Moore Navy Masterpiece,” adds Lucas. “The darker color creates a more cozy and dressy environment. I suggest using a satin or semigloss … the higher the gloss, the more unforgiving the paint is!”
7. & 8. PPG Paints Geyser and Colonial Aqua
Lee Crowder suggests natural hues for this floor-to-ceiling trend. “Clean colors like celadon or a sea glass always make a room feel light and bright,” she says. “PPG Paints Geyser and Colonial Aqua are great selections for that feeling.”
9. PPG Paints Stonehenge Greige
“The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear,” suggests Geoff Sharper, owner of Sharper Impressions Painting Company. “Stonehenge Greige by PPG Paints is a very popular color that is light enough to enlarge a room but still gives you some of the modern and hip grays that are trendy right now.”
Square-footage-boosting accent colors
“Contrary to popular belief, light colors do not [always] make teeny rooms feel spacious,” says Jessica Geller, co-principal, ID 810 Design Group in New York, NY. “Instead, embrace the small square footage and go for deep [shades] that create intimate and cozy cocoonlike rooms.”
10. & 11. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and Valspar Indigo Streamer
“Feel free to go crazy with saturated colors on cabinetry for an instant update on outdated cupboards,” adds Geller. “Dark grays like Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray and navy colors like Valspar Indigo Streamer quickly bring them into 2016.”
12. Benjamin Moore Orange Blossom
“Orange radiates warmth and generates happiness, whether it’s a tender, romantic hue or vibrant and energetic. Different shades are highly personal and subjective, but one thing is for certain: Using orange is always a bold and uplifting move,” says Amy Courage, co-founder and interior designer at DesignBar in Chicago, IL. “Benjamin Moore Orange Blossom is an elegant and sophisticated shade that enables the relaxed energy needed to make a room appear lighter and brighter.”
Create the illusion of larger space
The number one factor to consider when choosing a paint color? According to Sharper, it’s how much natural light enters the room. “The general rule is, the lighter the color, the bigger and brighter the room will appear,” he says. “And the less natural light you have entering the room, the lighter the paint color you should lean toward.” So if you’re really hoping to boost the look of a space’s square footage, opt for brighter shades with a light reflectance value above 50, which bounce back more light than they absorb.
13. Sherwin-Williams Alabaster
“This is their ‘Color of the Year,’ and I have suggested it to a client who wants to open up a room,” says Melinda Peters Elliot of Fine Designs & Interiors Ltd. in London, OH. “It looks particularly good when there are a lot of windows and the trim around the windows is white.”
14. Sherwin-Williams Hazel
“This is such a peaceful and calming color,” says Alice Chiu of Miss Alice Designs in San Francisco, CA. “It can make a small space appear larger because it naturally brightens up a room with its vibrancy. It’s like being in the middle of an expansive ocean sparkling in a lovely mix of blues and greens.”


Original Source – Blake Miller, Trulia Feb 16 2016

How to Clean Up Halloween Messes

On Saturday, hordes of little Frozen characters, superheroes, and maybe an old school witches or clowns will descend upon your home, demanding candy– or else. Hopefully you are well prepared to deal with the little darlings, but just in case they decide to play a few tricks on your house, we’ve pulled together the best cleaning tricks and tips to restore your home to it’s normal state.

Toilet Paper: 

No doubt someone in your neighborhood will be hit with the classic TP in the trees. It can be a nuisance, but it needs to be cleaned up before it gets wet; otherwise, it becomes a papier mâché nightmare. Depending on how tall your trees are, you’ll need a ladder, long sticks/poles, gloves, and a large paper bag to collect the mess. Rakes, swimming pool poles, or brooms work, but the best method involves wrapping a mass of duct tape (inside out) at the top to grab the tricky pieces. Most recycling places should accept the bag after the clean up is done. For those who live in areas with lots of leaves, a leaf blower can also work, but just make sure not to blow any on the roof. Don’t leave any on the grass, or else it can smother it.

Egging the House: 

Eggs can start to damage the exterior of your house within a few hours, so time is of the essence with this clean up. Sun baked yolks can stain your siding and are very hard to remove. Shell shards can act as an abrasive when you try to clean. And let’s not forget about the smell of rotten eggs. Your best plan is to keep an open ear for any approaching cars, and have your hose ready. As soon as the egg attack has ended, hit the gooey mess with a heavy stream of cold water ASAP from your hose, or pressure washer if you have one (never too warm or hot, it can cook the yolks). Aim the water indirectly- first below the mess, and then above, to help it slide off instead of spread or splatter. For dried eggs, use a 50/50 mixture of lukewarm water and vinegar and let it soak for 15 minutes.

Soap and Shaving Foam: 

Soap and shaving foam should come off fairly easily with warm water and a good scrub with a non abrasive rag or sponge. Don’t wait for the rain to deal with it- if you leave soap and especially shaving cream on siding for too long, it can stain and cause long term damage to the appearance of your house.

Flaming Bags: 

The doorbell rings and you find a flaming bag on your doorstep. Instinct says to stomp it out, but you know what that bag contains, and you really don’t want to deal with the further mess from that! Be prepared for this possibility. Have a bucket of water, fresh kitty litter, or a big box of baking soda by your door to douse the flames. Afterwards it is much easier to clean up than if you go for the shoe.


First use a vacuum to deal with any loose glitter. After, try using sticky things around your house to pick up the remnants. Lint rollers, masking tape, play-doh, and baby wipes all work well.

Silly String: 

This comes off easily with soap and water, but any extra residue can be removed with a cotton ball.

Costume Makeup/Greasepaint

This is thankfully an easy one. Any stains from the makeup can be cleaned up with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.


I hope you have a wonderful Halloween full of lots of treats, and only a few fun tricks!

Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.


Friday Funday: Castles vs NYC and SF

I came across a great article this morning that illustrates how absurd New York City and San Francisco apartment rental prices can be. A few of my favorite comparisons include:

Antic Castle, Tuscany, Italy- 11 bed, 11 bath, $4,040/month


Stuyvesant Town, New York City, NY- 2 bed, 1 bath, $4,000/month



Chateau Le Mur, Comblessac, France- 8 bed, 5 bath, $2,800/month


Upper East Side, New York City, NY- 2 bed, 1 bath, $2,995/month


Ringuette, Region Aquitaine, France – 7 bed, 2 bath, $2,925/month


Lower Haight, San Francisco, CA- Studio, 1 bath, $3,000/month


So, which would you choose? Check out the full article here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-09-10/what-bubble-6-castles-are-cheaper-rent-apartment-nyc-or-sf

Have a wonderful weekend!

Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.





Back to School Organization Tips

Back to school means the end of summer- and the end of long days with no schedules, responsibilities, or homework. While the kids might be out of the house, it can still be chaotic and stressful without some solid organization systems in place to make sure every family member knows what is happening. Here are a few of my favorite tips I’ve found:

Family Command Center: 

Creating a family calendar command center will put an end to the constant worry that you are forgetting something. Paper or pre-printed whiteboard calendars work well, so all members can clearly see the information. Put this in a public place for all to see, like the kitchen or dining room. Color code each family member so even younger children can see if they have an event that day. This is also a good place to store school lunch menus, sports schedules, rehearsals, and class assignment sheets. Don’t forget to leave a space for whoever is going to control the calendar- this is place for work schedules, volunteer work, and after school activities.

After School Snack Station

This is a great idea for kids and adults alike; make a designated basket in your pantry or fridge filled with pre-portioned healthy foods (popcorn, string cheese, veggies) so that everyone can have a little snack when they get home from school or work without ruining their appetites.

Important Papers File

You already have a file for all of your important documents regarding your house, insurance, cars, etc. Having a separate file for school work helps manage important- and unimportant- items. Keep a section for important documents for each child (class contact information, pre-signed forms), as well as a section for items you’d like to keep but review at a later time (all of that art work). If your kids are at an age to manage their own papers, create a file for each of them to keep extra notes, returned assignments, and various clutter. Go through it once every few months to clean out what’s not necessary anymore.

Backpack Station

Each child and adult gets their own hook where they can keep their backpacks and jackets (or briefcases, purses, etc). Below each hook is a sturdy box that can hold sports equipment, shoes, school projects, or any miscellaneous items that need to be sorted out to each owner.

School Supply Caddy

Keep a lightweight caddy stocked with all school supply essentials- pencils, colored pencils, glue, markers, paint, scissors, and a calculator. Store this in the same place as construction paper and notepads. This works well for both homework time and playtime.


Create a system that works for you to remind yourself of the small things you can’t forget as you walk out the door. Try sticky notes on the door, phone calendar reminders, or placing can’t forget items in the fridge, where you will see them first thing in the morning.

Make getting dressed easier

This works for parents and kids alike. At the beginning of each week, set out 5 different outfits for each day and label them with the day of the week you or your child will wear them. Hang the items all together on one hanger to make that early morning indecision a thing of the past.


I hope everyone has a great start to the year with their families! Education is the most important gift we can give our children.


Do you have any tips that work for your family? Let me know in the comments!

Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.


Source: http://www.babble.com/home/25-back-to-school-organization-tips-for-the-home/

Make Your House Look Bigger To Buyers


I often work with buyers who own lovely homes in historic neighborhoods. This often means that while their property value is large, the rooms inside their home are fairly small. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned to make the different areas of your house look bigger to buyers:

Living Room and Main Entrance

– The very first thing every seller needs to do is remove excess furniture, especially if it is the oversized, overstuffed style that we see so often in Texas. While very comfortable, this style of furniture makes the room much smaller than it is.

– Sofas with exposed legs and feet that show space between the bottom and the floor also lend an elevated look to the room.

– Pull all of your furniture away from the walls to create an illusion of spaciousness.

All Rooms

– Light colors on the walls open up any room. Neutrals are always best. Keep all accents (duvets, pillows, etc) in neutral colors as well.

– Know that anything that makes the buyer’s eye draw upwards makes room look bigger, so hang shelves near the ceiling. Keeping the trim the same color as the walls also widens the space.

– Wall mirrors make a room look bigger and brighter. Consider hanging mirrors, especially in smaller rooms or hallways. Mirrors opposite a window make a room appear to be much more spacious.

– Because brighter is better, upgrade all your light bulbs to at least 100 watts to make your house appear more inviting. Make sure all exterior lights work, especially the lights over the front door and porch.

– Light colored carpet (off-white is ideal) makes a room look larger and cleaner. Remove any heavy rugs on the floor- it will show more floor space.

– Always leave your (clean) windows open to give the room more depth. Keep any window coverings sheer and neutral.

– Dining tables don’t need the extra leaves in them with six or eight chairs. Taking out all leaves and making the table as small as possible will make your room look bigger.

– Utilize hidden storage and or multipurpose items. Coffee tables that also double as a bench, bed frames that also hold books, and trunks that hold all of your extra blankets are great investments.

I have countless tips for preparing your home for sale- and I’m more than happy to share! Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.


Independence Day in San Antonio

The Fourth of July is nearly here! I’ve pulled together the best tips for enjoying the day in San Antonio and beyond, so you can relax with your family and enjoy the holiday.

The most important thing to know about this year’s celebration is that there is NO annual Stars and Stripes Over San Antonio fireworks show this year. Due to the construction around Hemisfair Park, the event has been postponed until after the construction is over.

But never fear! The City of San Antonio’s Official July Fourth Celebration will be held at Woodlawn Lake Park. The free festivities will begin at 8:30 am and end at 11 pm. According to Mysa.com, “the day will be filled with Zumba, arts and crafts, inflatables for the kids and live music. A costume contest starts at noon during the open ceremonies. The HEB Fireworks Extravaganza starts at 9:30 p.m.”

Leon Valley Fourth of July Spectacular/Fireworks runs from 10 am to dusk in Raymond Rinkus Park.

Pride San Antonio’s Pride “Bigger Than” Texas Festival and Parade will be in Travis Park from 11 am – 7 pm, with the parade starting at 9 pm.

In Schertz, families can enjoy the 2015 Jubilee. VisitSchertz.com reports that the “Star Spangled Spectacular that goes off in rain, shine, drought or flood. At Jubilee we celebrate freedom by showcasing the diversity that makes us great! Complete with live musical entertainment, a parade, a 5K Run, a carnival, BBQ Cook-Off, food and fun, at Jubilee we have something for the whole family.” Fireworks begin at 9:15 pm. 

For those even further out in lovely New Braunfels, the annual parade kicks off at 9:15 am from Main Plaza. Free concerts at the Landa Park Dance Slab (Adam Johnson Band) and the Fischer Park Ampitheatre (UpriZing) begin at 6:30. Fireworks will be shot over the lake starting at 9:15 pm- be sure to tune into KGNB 1420 AM for a live broadcast of patriotic music timed to the broadcast.

If you like to beat the heat and see a movie on the Fourth, there are two big openings this weekend- “Terminator Genisys” and “Magic Mike XXL” will be in theatres starting Thursday night.

Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful time celebrating the freedoms that living in our great nation provides, and please drive responsibly.

What are your plans this year? Let me know in the comments!


Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.




The Best Cup of Coffee in San Antonio

Coffee. How many of us can’t start our day without a cup or four? In the past five years, San Antonio has grown from a mostly mega-chain town to one full of unique, small businesses located in the best neighborhoods. To help you learn more about some great spots in San Antonio, I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite local shops for you to try out.


A mobile coffee trailer located at the corner of 410 E and Nacogdoches, Theory uses an American Traditional approach to prepare their coffee from Wild Gift Coffee made in Round Rock, TX. Vanilla, chocolate, and caramel syrups are made in house, and the personal attention put into each cup makes it one of the best drinks in San Antonio. Stopping by on your lunch break? Grab a bite from the Smoke Shack trailer next door.  theorycoffeeco.com  – 2347 Nacogdoches Rd

Brown 1800

 For those serious about the art of coffee, Brown is your place. They make coffee exactly the way they want you to taste it- that means if you like syrups, non fat soy, or Splenda, this is not your place. If you want to have a cup of coffee that made Food Network’s Alton Brown declare it “the best cup of coffee in the world”, this is your place. browncoffeeco.com/brown1800 – 1800 Broadway St Suite 1131


A clean, cool modern space with locations throughout San Antonio, Local offers a variety of locally-sourced coffees, along with San Antonio favorite Bakery Lorraine pastries. A great alternative to studying at Starbucks, local is great for people watching and enjoying a slow pour brew. localcoffeesa.com. Locations in the Pearl Brewery, Broadway, and Stone Oak


Located across from the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rosella offers a great place to relax after a morning at the museum. Rosella wants to be a space where business meetings are held and old friends catch up on the weekends. Rosella offers beer, wine, and a curated food menu with pastries, breakfast, sandwiches, and platters- including a variety of toasts- the newest snack craze. rosellacoffee.com – 203 E Jones Ave #101

Commonwealth Coffee House

Commonwealth feels like your cool aunt’s house that’s run by French pastry chefs. All of the house made bread and pastries are made fresh daily, along with a menu of French-inspired lunch items. This cozy shop offers a variety of nice amenities, including non-dairy milks, a toaster, free natural flavored water, and an incredibly friendly staff. commonwealthcoffeehouse.com – 118 Davis Ct


Candlelight has evolved into far more than just coffee over the years, but coffee still remains as a huge part of its appeal. With dozens of varieties of beans to choose from (you can buy in bulk to go), you will want to curl up on one of the old sofas and savor your cup with a good book, and maybe even a slice of their giant cakes. Candlelight is busiest on the weekends during brunch hours, but it is also open late on the weeknights for those who need a cup after dark. candlelightsa.com – 3011 N St Marys St


Press offers coffee made as carefully as Brown, but without the restrictions. Fans claim their very precisely made cold brew is the best in the city, and the cortado is not to be missed. An eclectic, yet comfortable atmosphere and an active social media presence makes Press a great place for SAC students to study and local neighbors to relax. 606 W French Pl

How many of these locations have you tried out? Let me know in the comments!


Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.



Scent Memory

When prepping your home for sale, it’s easy to focus on the visuals- get rid of clutter, paint over distracting colors, and taking down anything too personal. But did you know that focusing on scent is equally as important in giving buyers a great first impression?

If your home is harboring any unwanted smells, the old trick of fresh baked cookies won’t be enough to cover it for long.  Buyers will detect any odd odors immediately, and that first impression is hard to shake. Musty smells are possible indicators of mold or mildew, so it’s important to get right to the source of any musk. If it’s a mildew patch smaller than 10 feet, you can handle it yourself, but I recommend calling in a professional who can get your home in top working order. While damp isn’t a huge concern in southern Texas, if you do have lingering dampness in your home, set up a dehumidifier.

As much as you love your pets, potential buyers will not. Your pets must be gone when the home is showing, so if you’re living in a market as hot as San Antonio right now, I suggest setting Spot up with a doggy day care service every morning to ensure that all showings will go smoothly. And don’t forget about the extra maintenance that goes into owning a cat- if you have carpets, those need to be professionally cleaned as long as the house is showing. Cat smells and a nice clean home do not go well together, so make sure buyers have no idea that Fluffy lives there too.

Lastly, as long as the home is on the market, avoid cooking with any heavy spices or frying your dinner. Those scents linger long after dinner is done, and as appetizing as your jambalaya might be, it doesn’t smell quite as good the next day.

Helping people find their dream home is my passion. If you or someone you know is currently looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 210-884-2353, or email me a trent@trentboarnet.com.


Source: Consumer Reports, March 2015

Housing Affordability Increaseing – Is it time to buy a home?

Recent national statistics are in and it indicates housing affordability is improving in the United States. Many areas have seen an upward trend in home prices, while home buyers are still able to lock in a low mortgage interest rate. It seems like the best of all worlds for the housing market. For sellers, it means their home may sell in the real estate market of today; yet as recently as last year, homes were sitting on the market looking for buyers.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) was released recently. This index “is measure of the percentage of homes sold in a given area that are affordable to families earning the area’s median income during a specific quarter.” Specifically, the index shows that “74.9 percent of homes sold between the beginning of October and end of December were affordable to families earning the U.S. median income of $65,000.” This number is up from 74.1% in the third quarter of last year.

Home buyers in many areas are reporting frustration as low inventory combined with an increased number of home buyers is creating a challenge for home buyers. Home buyers are finding that their dream home has multiple offers and may sell for a premium (including a sales price over the listing price). Home buyers are finding that the current listing is most likely selling for more than the last comparable sale. This is not just happening in San Antonio, or even just Texas, but from coast to coast.

What remains to be seen is how the appraisers will deal with this price increase in their appraisal report. Will the appraiser give “upward” value to the pending sale whose price exceeds the last sold comparable property? In recent years, we have seen appraisers “ding” the appraised value of a property with the comment that the area is experiencing a downward price trend. Will the appraisers now give the appraised value a “plus”?

Now is the time Home Buyers! Patience and fortitude – you’ll get the home of your dreams. Now may be a “window” of opportunity for those who have been waiting and wanting to buy a home. If so, feel free to contact me or a member of The Boarnet Team.