Moving to San Antonio in August, would like 3500 sf home, 4 beds in neighborhood with quality schools. How?

Asked by Jose, Mountain View, CA Sun Feb 3, 2008

is the housing market meltdown affecting this category of homes in San Antonio? Would it be best to wait a year or two until prices settle?

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Jim Johnson, , 78233
Tue Feb 19, 2008
The San Antonio resale market has experienced a slight slow-down, but builder inventory is selling--albeit, they are offering major incentives. The market is however doing well and expected to do better during this year than last. Last year, homes appreciated at about 5%, most of which was actually during the last quarter. In fact, the brokerage with which I am associated, Century 21 Smith & Associates, had a record volume for the month of November, and we have the number 1,2,3 & 5 teams in the area.

This year, the forecast is for a 6% average rate of appreciation, and it is a sustainable growth in values, due to the major influx military related to expansion of the Brooks Army Medical Center and the economic expansion to meet the resultant demand for goods and services.

I have a lot of experience working with people relocating to the area, and would be happy to serve your needs.
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Jack Allen, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Sat Feb 16, 2008
This category of homes is one of the best buys in town now. THe builders are offering great incentatives and the interst rate is also quite good. Now is best time to buy.
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Josh M. Boggs, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Wed Feb 6, 2008

Could you shoot me your e-mail when you get a chance. I've got the information for you that we spoke about.


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Dana Phillips, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Tue Feb 5, 2008

The answers are yes and no respectively.
Yes the problems in the secondary mortgage market have affected home sales. There are fewer buyers and just as many properties on the market. Prices have not gone down though, and according to most professionals including myself in this field we don't expect them to. The good news is that they are also not rising at a rapid rate. However most properties are rising at a rate of about 7% which is more than most peoples income will increase. Which answers your second question.

No you should not wait. (refer above)

If it helps you any I just bought a new home in Alamo Ranch and sold my old one (in four hours) in January. My wife and I are both in the business and decided it was time. We see home prices increasing and lenders getting harder to work with (she has been in the lending business for 20 years).

I hope this helps you. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.

Tom Phillips
Keller Williams Realty
San Antonio, TX

“Experience Makes the Difference”
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Josh M. Boggs, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Mon Feb 4, 2008

You ask a very popular question. The answer to that is quite simple for San Antonio. Real Estate is a LOCAL market. National coverage of all the slumps in home prices can and has given some San Antonians here the perception that we may be as worse off as the other parts of the country. That is not true. If you go to our blog site:; we've quoted a couple articles from our local newspaper and investor sites (all whom track our RE market quite well) that even for 2007 our median sales prices appreciated almost 7%!! That's HUGE!

As for your timing question: boy would I love to have a direct line (would probably be a red phone) to God to know the future. Since that isn't possible, you can usually look back to history and watch the cycles and try to predict from there. But it's always your call and how you feel and think about your own economic position.

If you want my opinion: I still think sales prices will rise (as to how much???). If you've taken care of your credit and even have a good amount of down payment to invest; the market will now favor the diligent and the responsible ones quite nicely! It's at times when the market is on a down cycle when the smart, rich investors take advantage of that market.

Just my two cents.
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Jim Rooks, Agent, Dallas, TX
Sun Feb 3, 2008
San Antonio has been affected somewhat uniquely by the slowdown occurring in many parts of the nation. Although contract activity has been down for a number of months, the median selling prices of homes has stayed pretty stable. As always, how it might affect you depends on the particular market segment you might fall in (ie, principally location and price range).

Regarding waiting a couple of years to buy, it's been my experience that timing purchases in the housing market is even more difficult than timing stock purchase/sale. You're just as likely to be paying more in two years as paying less. My suggestion is to align yourself with a good real estate agent and try to minimize overpaying in the current market, but make the purchase as a lifestyle choice, not as an investment choice.
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