Breathtaking contemporary, luxury home in Hidden Canyon being built for a cause! This four bedroom, three and a half bath home by Stadler Custom Homes will be sold with the proceeds benefiting Military Warriors Support Foundation and the San Antonio Food Bank. The Preserve at Hidden Canyon is Stone Oak’s latest, premier, gated neighborhood and features an amenity center with pool, soccer fields, and clubhouse as well as nature trails and protected green spaces.
To purchase this home, please contact Kimberly Howell at (210) 861-0188 and ask about the HomeBuild4Heroes home, located in Hidden Canyon.
To learn more about the home and its construction or if you would like to know how you could customize the home to your liking, please contact Stadler Custom Homes at (830) 980-4198.
For more information about Military Warriors Support Foundation, please visit us at www.militarywarriors.org.
For more information about San Antonio Food Bank, please visit them at www.safoodbank.org.
To donate towards the cost of the home:, please visit HomeBuild4Heros at Zola.com
The Military Warriors Support Foundation in conjunction with the San Antonio Food Bank is building an incredible custom home in Hidden Canyon for charity. The home, built by Stadler Custom Homes, is starting to really take shape and as it does, we wanted to tell you a bit about the home and the people behind it. The concept is to build a luxury home that will be sold with the profits going back to benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation and the San Antonio Food Bank. Various vendors have donated their time or money to the project and will continue to do so through the build and finish out process. Our office is donating the commission for listing the home once the sale of the home is finalized.
The home will be a four bedroom, three and a half bath home with 4,814 square feet located in Hidden Canyon, Stone Oak’s latest gated neighborhood featuring high end homes in a beautiful, natural setting.
Stadler Custom Homes has been posting videos of the progress and we will continue to bring you more as this home moves closer to completion.
Want to help? Have some services or materials that you’d like to donate to the home? From tile work to light fixtures to decorators to finishing touches like artwork, the home couldn’t happen without your help. You can also donate directly to both through their websites: Military Warriors Support Foundation and San Antonio Food Bank.
You can also check out Ray Stadler’s personal video walk-through video on our Facebook page.
The San Antonio Rampage is the local team of the AHL, a minor league system of the NHL. Affiliated with the St. Louis Blues, the Rampage is always a good time and a bargain when it comes to professional sporting events. Fast moving, hard hitting, and never short on excitement, hockey may not be the biggest sport here in San Antonio, but the AT&T Center comes alive when the Rampage hit the ice.
If you haven’t been to a game, take our advice and go. Hockey is one of those sports that’s best experienced live. Hearing the crushing blow of a player getting pounded into the corners or the crack of the puck against the glass after a slap shot, the level of excitement can’t be replicated on television and hearing about a classic hockey fight from your friends the day after is never the same as seeing it unfold in front of you.
Speaking of fights, there are some that see hockey fights as mindless violence that doesn’t belong in the game. It’s actually an old tradition and comes with a lot of rules and respect. Guys don’t just beat each other up randomly. When you really get into the game you’ll begin to see the careful chess match of player versus player that protects some players while putting others out there to keep the opposing team honest. You don’t get away with a few cheap shots when you think no one is looking.
The Rampage just kicked off their 2018-2019 season and we hope to see you at the game. Go Rampage!
In our second part of this series of email tips for real estate professionals, we’ll take a look at the items you should avoid at all cost. These items can make life very difficult for the real estate professional and cause confusion and delays in getting things done. Many of these email tips are based in commonly practiced “netiquette” and apply to personal emails just as much as business emails, but when it comes to real estate related email, some of these items can cause serious delays or misunderstandings between agents and potentially derail a transaction. Remember, always be clear and concise. That is probably the number one email tip that we can give you. Without that one, you might as well not even bother to send an email at all.
Email Tips – Avoid These Items
Chatting – While real estate professionals offer a lot of resources through various websites, they are still a business and as such, cannot just give out all of their knowledge and insights for free. Sending endless emails without any regard to that fact can seem innocent enough, but it is not reasonable to expect them to give their time freely for any lengthy period.
Multiple Sources – These days, most of us have multiple email addresses and various devices to send email from. Make sure you’re replying from the right address when corresponding to an email chain. Switching email addresses mid-discussion can cause confusion and delays. Also be sure your devices include “quoting” so that the previous emails are still attached to the chain – getting an email that says “yes, go ahead with that plan” without any reference can be confusing to say the least.
Who Are You? – Forgetting to address your emails to a specific person or not signing them is unacceptable in business emails. Remember to always specify who you’re talking to and include a signature line so that the recipient knows who sent it to them.
Bombardment – Also known as dumping, this is the act of sending excessive amounts of emails and attachments with unnecessary information – remember to be concise and clear about your purpose in your business emails.
Shouting – NO ONE LIKES TO BE YELLED AT! TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF! THANK YOU! USE A FEW LESS EXCLAMATION POINTS WHILE YOU’RE AT IT!!!!
Slang and Text Talk – In addition to correct grammar and spelling, avoid “text talk” (ie, ur instead of your) and slang. You are a professional, so your business emails should reflect that at all times.
Religion – Avoid references to your personal religious beliefs. Whether it’s direct quotes from religious texts, blessings, or spiritual advice in the form of quotes or other email sign offs, these religious nods imply that the recipient shares your same beliefs, which they may or may not. In addition to potential Fair Housing violations, these can make some people uncomfortable and do not have a place in business transactions.
Politics – Much like religion, political topics can be a hot button for some. Avoid political talk and remain neutral in your emails.
Rambling – Remember how we mentioned you should be clear and concise in your emails? Avoid rambling on and on about a topic – get to the point. Use bullet points and paragraphs. Avoid meandering from one topic to another. If you’re discussing something rather complicated, break it into small bites and use numbers to codify it.
Center of the Universe – You are not the center of the universe. Real estate professionals and those in the industry receive hundreds of emails a day. Without a clear indication of what the email is referring to or who it is coming from, you are making the assumption that you are the only client in the universe. While you should be made to feel that way, truth is, you are not. Help everyone out by (have we said this somewhere before?) being clear and concise, so that there are no questions about your intent with your email.
It’s All About Bob – This one made us laugh, because we’ve seen it before. Email arrives requesting urgent action and is signed simply “Bob.” We work with a lot of Bobs (as it’s a common name) and without some reference to a transaction, property, negotiation, etc. in the email, it is next to impossible to know what the email is about. No one is that psychic – if they were, there would be no need for email – we could all just magically know what to do next without any communication.
More Email Tips for Real Estate Professionals
If you missed the original article, check out “Email Tips for Real Estate Professionals Part I” where we talk about best practices for writing business emails.
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this post is based off of an article by David J. Willis, a Houston real estate attorney
We use email everyday to conduct our real estate business, so we thought it appropriate to share these excellent email tips that will help you in your daily dealings with others in the world of real estate. A good email can make a lot of difference, so take a look at these email tips and see where you can improve your emails, so you’re communicating effectively. And don’t forget, these email tips don’t just apply to real estate or business emails – these are practical tips and generally recognized “netiquette” for all emails, whether business or personal (although personal tend to be a bit less formal).
Email Tips and Best Practices
Sender and Recipient – Because of the confidential nature of much of the email we send regarding real estate, the recipient and sender should always be clearly communicated in your email. Often, multiple people have access to email and computers, so being clear about who you are (sender) and who the email is intended for (recipient). Start your email off with a salutation to the recipient (ie, Hi Paul) and always utilize email signatures (in which you should include your name, company name, phone number, and fax number). Don’t leave the recipient guessing who sent them the email.
Subject Line – Use the subject line to define what the email is in regards to. Use property addresses in the subject line, along with a descriptive phrase to define the content…and don’t be afraid to update the subject line as the email chain evolves. The better the subject line is defined, the easier it is to find the email later when looking for something specific about a particular transaction. If every email has the subject line of “123 Main Street” you’re going to need to do a lot of digging to find one particular email when you need it.
Content – Be direct and concise in your emails. Be definitive. Start your email with a brief sentence identifying the parties involved in the communication (ie, “I am the agent representing the buyer of 123 Main Street”). Your main content should clearly define your purpose in sending the email. Use paragraphs and bullet points to break up the email and make it easy to read. Try to stay under 200 words. End your email with a brief conclusion, reiterating the goal of the email. Remember, being clear about your intentions makes for more efficient email and removes the need for follow up emails with questions that could have easily been answered in the original email.
Who Are You? – While you may think everyone should know exactly who you are, who you work for, and what it is you do (are you an agent, a lawyer, a CPA?), not everyone recognizes your name immediately. Again, this is a time for clarity, even if it seems like overkill.
Attachments – Include any relevant documents for your email as attachments. Remember, not all email addresses can accept large files (a typical rule of thumb is to stay under 10MB for file sizes). Make sure the attachment is in a common format (send someone TIFF or BMP image files is not a good idea, unless you’re emailing them to a graphics professional). Adobe PDF rules the roost when it comes to documents – most computers these days have the ability to print to PDF. Do not send documents that are financially sensitive in formats like Microsoft Word (doc or docx files – these can be edited and therefore present a risk of fraud or forgery). If you have a large set of files, consider using an archiving tool to put them all into a .zip file – this will also save some file size.
Courtesy and Tone – Emails can often feel abrupt and a bit commanding. Remember what your mother always taught you – use words like please and thank you. A little friendliness goes a long way, particularly in a tense negotiation or discussion.
Formal Demands – If you’re making a formal demand, put it in writing and forget the email. While we all use email constantly, if you want it to stand up in court, you’re better off putting it in writing and getting appropriate signatures.
Answering Questions – If you receive an email with multiple questions, it’s often useful to quote the sender first, then answer below that question. Then move on to the next question and do the same. It can also help to use bold or colors to separate your responses, but remember, some older email applications may not pick up the text adornments. Just be sure to tell the recipient what you’ve done to separate the text so that they are clear as to what to look for in the email.
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this post is based off of an article by David J. Willis, a Houston real estate attorney
Being a commercial real estate agent is a lot different than focusing on residential real estate. The contracts are much different, the people involved focus on different things than their residential real estate counterparts, and the costs are often much, much higher. It’s a specialized field of real estate, but one that can offer a lot of unique challenges and opportunities for growth. We have several commercial real estate agents in our office and we’re always looking to work with more bright minded commercial agents seeking to gain the knowledge and background of what being a commercial real estate agent entails. Many people ask us how to become a commercial real estate agent, so we thought we’d take a few moments to offer some advice and tips on how to start the process and head down the path of commercial real estate.
5 Tips to Become a Commercial Real Estate Agent
Discuss your idea. Now that you’ve decided to work your way into becoming a commercial real estate agent, your first step should be to talk to some people about it. Call your broker and set up a meeting. They might have an agent in the office who specializes in commercial real estate or know someone they could introduce you to. Call your title company and ask who their commercial real estate closers are and take them out to lunch to pick their brain. Seek advice from those who know and are active in the commercial real estate market in your area.
Educate yourself. Education is fundamental to any real estate specialty and becoming a commercial real estate agent is no different. Take some classes at your local real estate school or online. Take a business or economics course at your local college or university. The more you understand the business world, the better prepared you will be to talk to people in the commercial world. Once you’ve learned the basics, keep learning and never stop. The more you know, the better you can serve your clients.
Know the lingo. Commercial real estate agents don’t talk about gourmet kitchens and master baths, they need to know a whole new set of lingo. From building materials to commercial grade systems (such as HVAC and fire security) to triple net leases to net operating expenses; the world of commercial real estate has its own language. If you can’t speak it, you’re more than likely not going to succeed. This is where you education will come in handy, including business and economics classes as they are the foundations on which commercial real estate is run.
Shadow another agent. Mentorship is something that is often overlooked in the real estate industry, both residential and commercial. Find someone who is willing to give up a bit of time for your assistance. Shadow that agent and learn how the contracts work, how they deal with difficult situations, how the negotiation process works (it’s much different than the residential negotiations you might be used to), and where they find business. Many commercial real estate agents can be a bit guarded about giving up their secrets, but there are plenty out there who are willing to work with you and help you grow into a successful agent. Know your value and offer to trade some assistant work with them for the opportunity to learn from them.
Make connections. Connections and networking are important in any business, but are crucial in the commercial real estate world. If you want to be a successful commercial real estate agent, you’ll need to get to know the movers and shakers in your local business community, the developers, the attorneys, the title company closers that specialize in commercial real estate, and other commercial real estate agents. They will become your sphere of influence for your commercial endeavors, so reach out to them and get to know them.
Still think you have what it takes to be a commercial real estate agent? Then dive in and don’t forget to get up to speed by taking some classes and educating yourself. The foundation is always the crucial part of any structure and your education will serve as just that in the future. Once you’re ready, give us a call, we’d be happy to talk to you about the world of commercial real estate and help guide you to your next steps.
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