Every spring, LRES Marketing puts together an incredible tour of some of the finest luxury homes available in The Dominion and is always a terrific day full of amazing houses. We’ve been participating in the tour for years and look forward to both the spring and fall additions each and every year. The tour gives you a chance to see some of San Antonio’s most luxurious and fabulous homes. This year’s tour will be held on April 14th from 2-5pm. You’ll want to RSVP for the event as The Dominion is guard gated and your RSVP will help facilitate your entry. You can download a printable brochure (PDF) with a map, a list of all the homes, and information about each of the participating agents. This year’s tour features 34 homes from 21 agents and has something to offer everyone from garden homes to sprawling estates, single stories and two stories, new construction to pre-owned homes, and prices ranging from $515,000 all the way up to $3.2 million. Stop by the homes we’ll be presenting, both built by McNair Custom Homes: 6311 Sevilla Way and 7130 Bluff Run.
Dominion Luxury Tour Spring 2019
Please note, some properties are not listed here as they are non-MLS listings. All properties are listed by their respective brokerages as noted.
18 Queens Heath San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 6 Baths 6,083 SqFt 0.587 Acres
17 VINEYARD DR San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 5,216 SqFt 0.980 Acres
10 Kings View San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 5,711 SqFt 0.330 Acres
21 Eton Green Circle San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 4,636 SqFt 0.430 Acres
1 VICTORY GREEN San Antonio, Texas
3 Beds 4 Baths 3,971 SqFt 0.410 Acres
3 Clubhouse Green San Antonio, Texas
3 Beds 4 Baths 3,641 SqFt 0.280 Acres
7414 HOVINGHAM San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 4,338 SqFt 0.240 Acres
Whether you’re ready to sell today or thinking about doing it in the future, it pays to make sure you’re prepared. These helpful tips can get you prepared to sell quicker and get your home sold faster. Call one of our real estate agents and schedule your pre-listing meeting today. Want a downloadable PDF to share with your friends? You can also read the text of the infographic below…
Meet with your trusted real estate agent: Your agent can save you a lot of time and energy by guiding you through the pre-listing phase. They are there to serve you and help you decide if listing your home is the right option.
Pre-qualify to buy your new home: Get pre-qualified to buy your next home before putting your current one on the market. Working with a reputable mortgage professional will help you understand what you need to net from your current home and achieve your goals for your next one.
Price correctly: Listing your home at the proper market value is critical to selling your home within a reasonable time frame. Be cautious of making decisions based on valuations online and instead use your agent’s in-depth knowledge of the local area as a resource.
Pre-inspection: Home inspections are often a sticking point where a home sale can go wrong. Material defects may need to be repaired prior to a buyer purchasing the home, so determine these potential fixes before you list, instead of during the negotiation process.
De-clutter: If your house is cluttered or filled with personal mementos, it can be more difficult for a buyer to picture themselves living there. Placing large pieces of furniture or family photos in storage is worth the effort to help your home sell quicker.
Professional photography: The modern-day home search almost always starts online and first impressions are very important. Make sure your real estate agent uses a professional photographer or company specializing in real estate photography to show your home in the best light.
McNair Custom Homes and Kimberly Howell Properties are proud to announce the winners from their McNair Madness event hosted Thursday, March 28th from 4-7pm in The Dominion. Realtors were invited to preview four fantastic homes built by McNair Custom Homes and get their McNair Madness brackets stamped at each home. The tour started at 7130 Bluff Run (4 bedrooms, 3 baths) in The Bluffs section of The Dominion and went through 6310 Malaga Way (4 bedrooms, 4 baths), 6314 Sevilla Way (5 bedrooms, 6 full and 1 half baths), and the final stop, 6311 Sevilla Way (4 bedrooms, 5 full and 1 half baths) in Andalucia. A game day selection of food and drinks was provided to the participants in the event. Top prize was a pair of tickets on Southwest Airlines and several other great prizes were offered as well. We’d like to thank all of the real estate agents and others who came out to see the homes and support the event. We’ll be contacting all of the prize winners to get their prizes to them.
McNair Madness Winners
Grand Prize – Two Southwest Airline Tickets
James Rodgers with eXp Realty
Second Prize – Patron
Carlos Chavez with Kimberly Howell Properties
Third Prize – Crown Royal
Fabiola Poulat with Keller William Heritage
Fourth Prize – Various Gift Cards
Amy Weilbacher Lewis with Real Estate 210
Olga Jimenez with Kimberly Howell Properties
Alexandra Rodriguez with Avenue Realty
House hunting online is a great place to start your search, but it can never replace good old-fashioned viewings of homes in person. Good listing agents will always be excellent at highlighting the best features of the home and drawing your attention, but always keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. We all have to start somewhere with our searches and online is certainly a great place to begin – it’s why we built this website. To make the most of your time and efforts and in order to gather a well-rounded picture of online real estate listings, try to keep the following three things in mind during your online house hunting.
- Stay up to date. When you are just beginning your search, make sure you find a site that feels comfortable to you and pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter. This has definitely improved over the years, but there are still some sites out there that let old data linger for far too long or don’t have the best, most reliable info. Might we suggest our easy to use search?
- Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as wide angle lenses to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. Photoshopping grass or blue skies is common these days, so be aware that what you see in the photo may not be what you see when you step out of the car. Many real estate agents will avoid using photos that are not flattering or show unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
- See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, give us a call and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of. Take your time and get a good look – this might be where you spend the rest of your life, so you want to make sure it’s the one you want.
As the colder temperatures fade and green begins to pop up all around us, it’s time to think about some springtime DIY landscaping projects to spruce up your home. While there are plenty of huge projects you can spend lots of money on, there are many simple weekend projects that you can do yourself that will give you great bang for your buck and help create a beautiful place that you’ll love to spend time in. Whether it’s as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are some of our favorite DIY landscaping projects that you can do this spring.
Create a Pathway
To guide you and visitors through your yard and link different areas together, try installing a pathway. You can use materials from a variety of sources, including reclaimed pallet wood, flagstones, gravel, and more to add texture and color. Combine this project with some of the others below for bigger effect.
Add a Wall or Border
Installing a flagstone, rock, or brick wall around flower beds or trees adds a sleek, clean look to your landscaping and helps separate different sections of your yard. Add depth to your design by using walls of different height and materials.
Install a Water Feature
Nothing says “zen” quite like the sound of trickling water as you relax in your backyard. You can start simple by purchasing and installing a small water feature powered by a solar panel or create a larger focal point in your yard by installing a waterfall wall or small pond.
Light Your Way
An easy way to transform your yard is the strategic use of lighting. Place cool-colored lights high in trees to create a moonlight-like feel, use pathway lights to naturally guide the eye, or highlight objects or plants with stronger more focused lighting.
Expand your yard space by drawing the eye to the sky with a trellis, fence, or screen made of wood or metal. Once you install your trellis, select your climbing plants and vines and get those planted now so that you can watch them grow.
No matter what your budget is, there are always some great landscaping projects that you can take on to help make your backyard your own private oasis. Plan big and then break your landscaping projects down into smaller pieces that you can take on one at a time. By the time summer hits, you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood with all the work you’ve put into your yard.
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It’s always good to remember to leave the stress behind when buying a home. There is a lot going on during the transaction and it’s easy for the best of us to let it get to us. Take our advice with these 5 simple secrets to a stress free transaction. With a little preparation, communication, and flexibility, you can be on your way to a smooth sailing transaction. Of course, the best way to have a stress free transaction is to call a Kimberly Howell Properties agent (you knew we were going to say it!). Want a downloadable PDF to share with your friends?
Negotiations can be a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties – the so-called “win-win” situation. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly and make even the most agreeable sellers quickly say no and shut down the process. Negotiations are both an art and a science and there are plenty of opinions on how to best handle them, particularly when it comes to real estate. Here are five of the most common negotiation tactics we see that buyers can resist to avoid killing the sale.
- Lowball offers. Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer. While we encourage our sellers to look at all offers and counter even the lowest of them, sometimes the lowball offers backfire and no amount of change in the offer price will get the sellers back to the negotiating table.
- Incremental negotiations. Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities. This can be especially true in hot market where multiple offers are common – someone is going to step up with a bigger, better offer quickly and you’ll find yourself left holding the bag.
- “Take it or leave it.” Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it. Remember, a seller spent their life in this home so it often means a lot more to them than just price.
- Nitpicking after inspection. Obviously if a home inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate. Whether you’re asking for price concessions or the actual repairs, remember that most people are simply not going to fix everything.
- Asking for more, more, more. Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to feel that they’re doing all of the giving. Give a little to get a little as they say…the more flexibility you show, the more flexible they will become.
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When you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, it’s important to remember that you want to show it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells…and for what price. Some of these items won’t cost you a lot and can be done over a weekend or two and if DIY home repair just isn’t your thing, these can be done by a local handyman for not a lot of money. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before listing your home and putting it on the market.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to make it look great, and generally, it can be a weekend DIY project. Make sure to cover any walls with scratches and chips (and patch and re-texture if the damage is large enough) and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.
Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting or having them professional steam cleaned can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!
Refresh The Landscaping
Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and put down a fresh layer of mulch. Make sure you keep the lawn watered and green.
Fix Your Fixtures
Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detail-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can really detract from your homes other better qualities. Updating cabinetry (even just changing out the hardware or painting cabinets can help), repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.
Small changes can make a large impact and it’s always a good idea to knock out some of those quick fixes you’ve been meaning to get to, but never can seem to get crossed off your list.
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If you have unused medications laying around the house, you can safely dispose of them at the MedDropSA event sponsored by SAWS, SAPD, and the City of San Antonio. On January 26 from 8am-1pm you can bring prescriptions, unwanted and unused medications, and other household hazardous waste to the Bulky Waste Collection Center at 2755 Rigsby Avenue. These items will be accepted free of charge and disposed of in a safe manner. Proper disposal of medications helps keep drugs that can be abused off the streets along with keeping them out of the reach of children and out of our water system (flushing medications down the drain is not a safe disposal method!). For more information, visit the MedDropSA.com website (you can also see other dates and sites for safe disposal of unwanted and unused medications).
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Join Kimberly Howell Properties and McNair Custom Homes for the Dream Home Open House event in Canyons at Scenic Loop this weekend, January 19 and 20, for a tour of this beautiful home and many others. The top builders will have models open and you won’t want to miss McNair Custom Homes open house at 10211 Nina Ridge, a 5,246 sq. ft. 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath two story home on over a half acre. We’ll have agents their to guide you through the property and showcase some of the custom detailing throughout. And of course, this home comes complete with McNair Custom Homes legendary energy efficiency, which will save you money with their heating and cooling cost one year guarantee. Don’t miss this event if you’re interested in living in Canyons at Scenic Loop!
When: Saturday, January 19, 10am-5pm and Sunday, January 20, 11am-5pm
Where: Canyons at Scenic Loop
Homes for Sale in Canyons at Scenic Loop
10112 Carter Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 5,490 SqFt 0.650 Acres
23911 Carina Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 5,517 SqFt 1.010 Acres
22906 Linwood Ridge San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 4,754 SqFt 0.589 Acres
23000 Linwood Ridge San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 5 Baths 5,021 SqFt 1.260 Acres
10113 Carter Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 5,387 SqFt 0.710 Acres
10105 Carter Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 5,020 SqFt 0.770 Acres
22821 LINWOOD RDG San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 4,030 SqFt 0.710 Acres
9929 Autumn Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 6 Baths 4,381 SqFt 0.057 Acres
9739 Autumn Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 5 Baths 4,558 SqFt 1 Acres
23517 Edens Cyn San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,813 SqFt 1.140 Acres
10110 Ivory Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 4,985 SqFt 0.554 Acres
22702 Homestead Mesa San Antonio, Texas
3 Beds 3 Baths 3,193 SqFt 1.200 Acres
23115 Norfolk Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,982 SqFt 0.660 Acres
23007 Daniel Ridge San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 3,997 SqFt 0.610 Acres
23425 Edens Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,638 SqFt 0.570 Acres
23119 Norfolk Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 4,169 SqFt 0.610 Acres
LOT 15 Scenic Springs San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 4,155 SqFt 1 Acres
23407 Collin Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,670 SqFt 0.570 Acres
23311 Henness Pass San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,618 SqFt 0.605 Acres
10103 Emily Springs San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 6 Baths 4,510 SqFt 0.610 Acres
23119 Edens Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 4 Baths 3,759 SqFt 0.543 Acres
23614 Messina Canyon San Antonio, Texas
5 Beds 5 Baths 4,366 SqFt 0.760 Acres
9622 Ivory Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 3,787 SqFt 0.590 Acres
9623 Ivory Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 5 Baths 3,686 SqFt 0.740 Acres
10207 Nina Ridge San Antonio, Texas
3 Beds 4 Baths 3,742 SqFt 0.564 Acres
23618 Messina Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 4,186 SqFt 0.890 Acres
23118 Casey Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 3 Baths 3,430 SqFt 0.530 Acres
9807 Ivory Canyon San Antonio, Texas
4 Beds 4 Baths 3,186 SqFt 0.680 Acres