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Looking for homes for sale


The key to looking for homes is to have a multi-faceted approach.  Here are some great tips to guide you:

  • Solicit the services of an expert in the field of Real Estate.  An expert can guide you with additional tools and be a great source of advice as you search for an amazing property.

  • If you are paying cash this is great, but if you need to finance start talking to various mortgage companies early in the process.  This is the number one thing people forget to do and it has cost many people in getting their real estate offer accepted by the seller.

  • Drive though neighborhoods during peak traffic hours and to the schools, grocery, doctor’s office, and shops.  It will help you to narrow down areas that are too long of a commute or are further for services that are important to you to be near your home.

  • Make sure you request a Detailed Market Analysis (DMA), often I see people only get a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA).  The CMA is a limited assessment of a small subset of properties, it gives a general trend, but may have you pay more for a home than its true market value.  A DMA includes a larger sample set that reduces error, and takes into considerations other features of the home which are averaged out of a CMA.

  • Have fun, its not every day you get to buy a home or land and my goal is to make sure the experience is fun and exciting and that you are well informed as you make your buying decision.

Looking to sell a home 


Selling your home can be very time consuming and things can happen extremely fast with several decisions needing to be made and weigh the various trade offs.  I think everyone looking to sell their home should consider these things:

  • Get a home expert on your team, this is similar for buyers, an expert Realtor will give you the best chance on a higher sale price for your home. 

  • Make your home available, this does not mean that you must leave your home every time there is a request from a buyer to see it.  It means to be accommodating and if the time is inconvenient work with your agent to find a time that works for your schedule and the buyer.  I also recommend using technology to help qualify potential buyers by letting them virtually experience your home.

  • Do something every week to make sure your home shows well.  This could be a simple thing like moping a floor or mowing the grass and often helps differentiate your home in the long run.  The best thing is to address any feedback that you receive on showings.  If a room seems small decluttering it can help on the next showing, if someone comments on the natural light make sure the blinds are open on the next showing.

  • Consider having a pre-listing home inspection.  This can eliminate any surprises that might come up on a buyer’s inspection because you are able to address any deficiency before the home price is negotiated. 


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Communities:


  • Boerne – is the principal town of Kendall County, with over 18,000 residents.   The town is the start of the southern area of the Texas Hill Country.  The city has an extensive history and the Hill Country Mile offers many shops and restaurants.  There are great schools, parks, and fun things to do in Boerne.  Some of the larger communities with great home choices are Esperanza, Cordillera Ranch, Balcones Creek, Trails at Herff Ranch, Sablechase, and Fallbrook. If you are looking for land in Boerne give me a call, there are great communities East and West on TX-46 and also towards Sisterdale with great views and are close to the city.

  • Comfort – also located in Kendall County is an antique town situated off I-10 with a population of 3350. The chamber of commerce is a great resource for those interested in the area.  We love the Christmas parade and all the great shops and places to eat here.  The homes in the area are nestled around High Street with many homes in walking distance of shops. If you are looking for land with a view or horse properties, any direction from Comfort you will find you some great options.

  • Fair Oaks Ranch – is principally located in Bexar County between Boerne and San Antonio off I-10 with a population of 8700 people, at an elevation 1270 feet.  The area has a diverse range of housing, zero lot line, lots with acreage and properties for horses.  There are many luxury homes in the area and has some great starter homes for those first-time home buyers. The shopping is located either toward San Antonio, at the shops at La Cantera, or the Rim.
  • Bandera – is the Cowboy capital of the World.  The population is 901 and the town has a distinctive cowboy flare to it.  Located in Bandera County at an elevation of 1250 feet, you can find most Friday nights a rodeo or live music at one of the many great places to eat.  The Medina river runs through the town, and Lake Medina is near-by.  There are several neighborhoods in the area like Bridlegate Ranch and Riverbend Estates.

  • Kerrville – is the medical hub for the Texas Hill Country with a population of 23,754 and an elevation of 1,640 feet.  This is the largest town in the Hill Country and is cultural, music, and arts center hub for the region. The Guadalupe runs through the town and is also home to Schreiner University.  Kerrville is also home to James Avery Jewelry, The Texas State Arts and Crafts fair, and the Kerrville Folk Festival.  The neighborhoods here have something for everyone.

  • Fredericksburg – is the wine country of Texas, great wines like Napa but in the heart of Texas.  The population here is 11,446, at an elevation of 1,702 feet.  Fredericksburg is home to the Pacific War Museum and a host of wonderful shops and restaurants.  I always like to find a pick your own peaches orchard, these are some of the best peaches in the US.  The community has many rentals and weekend homes for people looking to get out of Austin.

Weather


The weather in the Texas Hill Country is some of the best in Texas.  On average we see more than 220 days of sunshine and around 72 days of rain.  The best months to be outside are the Spring and Fall, but because of its elevation and low humidity the mornings and evenings are quite comfortable as well in the Summer.  The average high in July is around 93F and the low in January is around 35F.  The wettest month is typically June and the driest month January.  The weather is great and attracts many people for the festivals and events throughout the area. The climate is very conducive for participating in outdoor activities.  There are so many places to explore, small towns, quaint shops, unique restaurants, parks and trails that draw locals and visitors here every year.

Ag versus Wildlife Valuation


One important thing to consider is how your land is taxed.  In Texas 97% of the land is privately owned.  Land in rural areas is often valued for agricultural use and can save you money on your taxes.  Who does not want to save money on taxes, but for those coming from the city raising livestock or crops, even running a vineyard can be a time-consuming adventure.  A great option might be to convert your land from Ag to Wildlife valuation.  This option was created by the state legislature to allow landowners a way to keep the land in its native state.  There is still work involved but it is more in line with the expectations people have when they buy land.  Converting from Ag to Wildlife requires a Wildlife management plan and the Cibolo Nature Center has a great class every year to educate landowners on the tools and requirements to put the appropriate plans in place.  You may love managing your  land and being in the migratory path of birds and nature.   Bees and Honey are another wonderful venture for many small acreage land owners.   Anyone looking to buy land should check out the requirements for applying for Wildlife  or Ag Valuation  for Texas.

Wildlife and exotics  you will see around the Texas Hill Country.   White tailed deer, turkeys, Axis, Fallow Deer, Black Buck,  painted buntings, foxes, armadillos, turtles, bats, salamanders, and a variety of other birds.

Moving to the Texas Hill Country


Many people are moving to the area looking to commute into San Antonio or Austin.  Both cities have great airports should you need to travel further for work.  There are many communities that have high speed internet available.  Those that do not there are some good satellite options and a few new technologies on the horizon that look to make working in rural areas even easier than ever.  We've recently seen more attention to good roadways throughout the rural communities as well, making the drives through the Texas Hill Country amazing.  Check out the ever-popular Wine Country and Bluebonnet Trail . and sample the variety of foods along the way.,  Many people are discovering the area as a top place to live and work or transitioning into a new normal via retirement.


Spend a few days driving around areas of the Texas Hill Country.  The golden growth corridors.. from NW San Antonio along I-10 Boerne to Comfort, Bandera to Kerrville, and Fredericksburg to Sisterdale . ..over to Hwy 281 from San Antonio to Spring Branch and Bulverde on into Blanco, Johnson City, Marble Falls, and Stonewall to Fredericksburg's wine tasting trail.   If you are working out of Austin, Llano to San Saba or Marble falls to Blanco are great regions to drive to see what terrain appeals to you.  The land in the Texas Hill Country is some of the most expensive dollar per acre in all of Texas.  Hill Country specialists can guide you to an area that  matches your budget and find the home or land  to include  the most important features you are looking for.  Whether that is a hilltop view for miles, river frontage, hunting, majestic oak trees, or pastureland for horses or 4-h activities.....specialists can locate the best fit for you.

The homes in the area range from one story to two story homes, typically with some masonry or limestone.  A popular trend is to have a metal roof and you will find this throughout this region of Texas.  Homes for sale currently can be expected to go off the market in 2-3 months or sooner .... low inventories...and having a realtor actively searching is key and not just relying on automated feeds from websites.  Specialists know through networing about properties that are not listed anywhere for sale.   Check out our resources page, you will find links to services, schools and everything else you will need to know before you move to Texas or relocate to the Hill Country.

Top Real Estate Agents can do these things:

Specialties include: looking for homes for sale in Boerne, TX, marketing land and rural properties in the Texas Hill Country, Home valuations, Relocating to Texas, River front properties, how to find a home with a view, finding homes that are great for remote working, contract negotiation, finding land in Boerne, and how to list a home and market in a COVID-19 world.

Additional Specialties: Developing a Wildlife Management plan, Backyard chickens and best breeds for the Texas Hill Country, Getting involved in 4-H,  understanding Ag valuation, transitioning from city life to country life, and how to find a home builder for your tract.

Moving to the Texas Hill Country

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