Tony Landaverde's Blog Posts

These 4 Texas Suburbs Named The Coolest In The Country

Thrillist put out a list of the coolest suburbs in the United States and included four from the great state of Texas. So, how did they choose the coolest Texas suburbs? They took

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Home Buying Benefits For Veterans And Military Buyers

Veterans, service members, and their families believe in homeownership. In fact, the homeownership rate among veterans far outpaces that of civilians.But the financial toll of military service can

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5 Killer Real Estate Lessons We Learned From Friday The 13th

"Friday The 13th"Friday the 13th is an unlucky day if you’re superstitious. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s here! But we like to think we are people who see the glass as half

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How To Match A Paint Color Without A Sample

Yes, It Is PossibleHow many times has this happened to you? After spending hours agonizing over the perfect shade of paint, you gleefully coat every wall in your home in that shade. Then,

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The Largest Number Of Texas Newcomers Are Coming From California

Maybe it’s the sweeping landscapes covered in bluebonnets, maybe it’s the food and the accepted use of the word “y’all” or maybe it’s the economy, whatever the reason may be, Texas’s

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FHA Cuts Mortgage Insurance Premium For First Time Since January 2015

For homebuyers looking to get a mortgage backed by the Federal Housing Administration, things are about to get easier – and less expensive.The FHA announced today that they are cutting their

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San Antonio Home Sales And Prices Expected To Keep Rising

San Antonio area home sales should continue to surge in 2017, says one Texas economist.  Mark Dotzour, formerly of the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, told attendees at the San Antonio Board

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SA House Sales And Prices Expected To Keep Climbing

Some may go begging for a cheaper starter homeMatthew Busch / For the San Antonio Express-NewsConstruction workers David Flores (foreground), Luis Ortigoza (left) and Areli Martinez put paneling on

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6 Home Selling Myths You Need To Stop Believing Immediately

When you get ready to sell your home, you might very well have a false sense of security. After all, you got through the hard part of buying. Now all you have to do is call a Realtor, put your home

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The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2017

We won’t pretend to know everything that 2017 will bring—heck, 2016 sure surprised us—but we’re pretty certain there will be changes. A lot of them. And while the surprise triumph of

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How To Buy A Home With Bad Credit

How to Buy a Home With Bad Credit (Yes, You Can)Buying a home typically requires getting a mortgage—and rest assured, lenders prefer lending money to people with a proven

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Things Your Housecleaner Wishes You Knew

Don't Be Gross, and 6 Other Things Your Housecleaner Wishes You KnewHate cleaning your house? No one could blame you: There’s precious little fun in scrubbing toilets. Or 

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6 Tips To Prepare Your Home For Professional Photographs And Selling

It is proven that home staging and beautiful professional home photography garners more attention from online buyers, than homes that are not. Now that we are in our Fall season, with stunning

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10 Anti Burglary Tips For Your Sellers

After Christmas, many people put the empty boxes their expensive gifts came in out on the curb. What do you think that says to potential burglars? It screams, “I just got a brand-new TV! Come and

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Mortgage Rates Spike After Trumps Election

Should You Lock In Yours NowIn the wake of Donald Trump‘s surprise win at the ballot box, there have been heated demonstrations as well as celebrations, turbulence in the bond markets—and

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5 Things To Never Ever Buy At Ikea

It’s just a fact of life that anyone who sets foot inside the meandering maze of a furniture store known as Ikea must emerge having bought something, from a candleholder to a

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4 Questions Your Agent Might Not Answer And Why

Want to know how old the roof is on a house, or whether it uses gas or electrical heat? Your trusty real estate agent can tell you pretty much anything you need to know about a

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Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In November

Check Yourself: Home Maintenance Tasks You Need to Tackle in NovemberWe’ll be honest: We hate the phrase “transitional month.” Instead we like to think of November as a large-scale dress

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Terrified To Buy A Home

Your Top Fears DebunkedYou wake up in a cold sweat. There’s something lurking in the dark, visible by flickering computer light. Something’s haunting you. It’s… the real estate!&

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Americas Top 10 Father Friendly Cities

Dad HavenIn the greatest film about fatherhood ever made (sorry—“Sleepless in Seattle” didn’t make the cut), the powerful patriarch of a large, rambunctious clan lectures his most wayward&

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Top 10 American Cities For Dogs And The People Who Love Them

Quick quiz: Do you…A. Actually enjoy being woken up each morning with a wet nose in your face?B. Feel unashamed to dress your pet like a Victorian child, push him around

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Mortgage Rates Start Rising

October 28, 2016If you've been thinking of refinancing your mortgage, now may be the time to do it, as the predicted increase in mortgage rates seems to have begun. Average rates for 15

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Should I Use My Friend Or Family Member As My Realtor

A good Realtor® is sort of like your own personal Yoda—someone you can trust with your most pressing questions and biggest decisions, guiding you safely toward your destiny (of a brand new

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We Are About To See A Record Breaking Supermoon The Biggest In Nearly 70 Years

Source:  Science AlertIf you only see one astronomical event this year, make it the November supermoon, when the Moon will be the closest to Earth it’s been since January 1948.During the,

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There Is A Site If Your Clients Want To Know If A Death Has Occurred In A Propety

Your disclosure form and home inspection reveal plenty about the house you’re buying. Oops, there is lead paint. Darn, termites have indeed been gnawing at the cedar siding. Yes, that is

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Theres A House That Is So Terrifying It Was Legally Declared Haunted By New York State

By now you probably know about plenty of amazing haunted houses in New York that will truly put your bravery to the test during the Halloween season. But there’s a house that sits right on the

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The Haunted Train Ride Through Texas That Will Terrify You In The Best Way Possible

Forget hayrides and other traditional Halloween attractions, for there’s a new fright in town – the East Texas town of Jefferson, specifically. The Runaway Fright Train takes you through the

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With Steamy Listing Video Agency Hopes That Sex Sells Houses Too

Don’t watch this listing video at work. Or at home, for that matter, if you’ve got kids who might peek over your shoulder. If luxury real estate videos are going Hollywood, this

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Omaha Ranked No 1 City To Raise A Family In America

Omaha was named No. 1 in a recent list of the 10 best cities to raise a family in America.Movoto Real Estate Blog, based in San Mateo, California, used seven criteria to determine a city's overall

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Summer Spectacular 6 Beach Homes Under 500K

Tony Landaverde, Realtor with eXp Realty says "Texas is one of the few coastal states that offers a great opportunity to find affordable seaside homes."Summertime and the weather is …

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Americas Best Under The Radar And Affordable Beach Towns

The signs are everywhere you look: Middle-aged men inappropriately wearing shorts. Spray tans mysteriously appearing on office mates who haven’t seen natural sunlight in a year. And your

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Prepping For Doomsday

Bunkers, Panic Rooms, and Going Off the GridThe apocalypse has become big business. And it’s getting bigger every day.In the ’50s, homeowners fearing Communist attacks built bunkers in

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5 Common Closing Day Surprises And How To Deal

I was thrilled when the sellers accepted my offer on a tear-down lot in McLean, VA, the perfect place to build my own “Downtown Abbey”–style manor. And the deal went forward without

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Surefire Tactics To Getting More Money For Your Home

All home sellers hope their place will fetch a big, fat price. And while you can’t control everything that determines a house’s market rate—like, say, the state of the stock

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The Worst Mortgage Advice Home Buyers Actually Believe

Getting a mortgage is a daunting prospect, which explains why so many people seem eager to pat your hand and say, “Let me give you a little advice.” Sure, those pearls of wisdom may

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This Hidden River Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Place In Texas

We’ve done a lot of articles on hidden gems, but this one just might take the cake. Texas isn’t exactly known for the prettiest bodies of water – exactly why this little oasis seems even more

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Youre Cleaning Your House Wrong Heres Why

It’s that special time again. Time to throw open the windows, bust out a mountain of cleaning supplies, blast some Beyoncé, get into a zone, and start working on making your home spick

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8 Critical Things To Do Before Buying A Home

How Many Have You DoneSo you’re finally ready to get serious and buy a house—chalk it up to the amazing spring weather, or maybe a precious bun baking in the oven, or that much

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Downzoning Proposal In District 8 Sparks Debate

Plan Fuels Debate On DevelopmentA 33-acre vacant property on the Northwest Side, sneered at by neighbors as a haven for vagrants and illegal trash dumping, has become the latest battleground in a

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San Antonio Prices Are Projected To Grow

San Antonio Home Prices Are Projected To Grow By 26% Over The Next 3 YearsThe Alternative Daily Released it’s “5 Cities Where You Should Invest in Real Estate Now.”   San Antonio

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The 6 Worst Homes For First Time Buyers

Deciding to buy your first home is a little scary whether you live in San Antonio, Texas or a different part of the country. Looking for a home is anxiety-inducing. But actually making an

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). 

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San Antonio Texas Among Most Cost Friendly Cities For Business

San Antonio has received high marks in a study of the most cost-friendly cities to do business.The study by tax, audit and advisory firm KPMG LLP examined the 31 largest U.S. metro areas

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Pending Home Sales Move Forward In February

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2016) — Pending home sales rose solidly in February to their highest level in seven months and remain higher than a year ago, according to the National Association of

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Dramatic San Antonio Skyline Change Thursday

The San Antonio skyline is about to change dramatically, and it's not going to take a year or two. In fact, it's pretty much going to happen instantly.  Bill Fitzgibbons is a

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Will Austin And San Antonio Become The Next DFW

Of the nearly half a million new people the state of Texas gained in 2015, 22 percent — that’s more than 100,000 — resided in the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas, according to U.S.

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5 Tax Benefits Of Owning A Second Home

There are tons of benefits that come with owning a second home: novelty and adventure, a place to escape and unwind, an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime, a valuable tool

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Which Of The Presidential Candidates Will Save You The Most On Housing

The most unpredictable, most divisive, and certainly weirdest presidential race in a generation (or several) is heating up way beyond the boiling point. Candidates are debating just

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Old Plumbing Usually Means Problems

"Any plumbing from the '60s or older is on its last legs," says Howard Maxfield, a long-time home inspector in the greater Seattle area.That's because most of the piping used pre-1960s was

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6 Things You Should Never Say When Youre Selling Your Home

You know that expression about loose lips sinking ships? It holds true for selling your home as well. Sure, there are some things you have to disclose to buyers—such as if

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If Youre Buying A Home This Year Whip Your Taxes Into Shape Now

Ah, tax time—that magical time when all your accomplishments of the previous year can be used against you. After all, the more you made, the more you owe! No wonder there’s so much advice out

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Remodeling By Going Modular

The one size fits all approach to modular construction may be a thing of the past, and more owners are embracing modular home additions instead of traditional remodeling projects.Although this style

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Feng Shui For Family To Improve Your Home And Your Energy

As a mom, you have no shortage of responsibilities, and the energy of your home can be easily overlooked. The ancient art of feng shui can help you transform your home from busy and buzzing to calm

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The 5 Real Estate Trends That Will Shape 2016

The new year is here and it's off to a great start. Get ready to break out the Cristal: We had a great 2015—the best year for housing since 2007. And our forecast here at realtor

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Top 6 Reasons To Not Buy A Home Debunked

You? Buy a home? If that prospect sounds as unlikely as your becoming the next U.S. president—well, this campaign season has shown us that anything can happen.Sure, amassing

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The Origins Of St Patricks Day

St. Patrick's Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick who passed away on March 17, 461. But did you know that he wasn't even Irish? 

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How To Conquer The Huge Problems Found During Home Inspections

You’ve finally found a buyer for your beloved home and signed a deal. Phew, what a relief! But then comes the reality check, aka the “home inspection.” Such simple words, yet so fraught with

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Kitchen Renovations That Really Pay Off

 It’s impossible to own a home in San Antonio, TX without pondering the occasional (or hey, a whole lot of home improvements. And the great thing is that a lot of the time,

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Homeowners Save Thousands With These Little Known Tax Deductions

You probably already know that owning a home comes with some sweet tax benefits, like the mortgage-interest and property-tax deductions. But did you know there’s a whole list of other

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5 Compromises Worth Making When Buying A Home

Home buyers often start their search with a long list of must-haves … only to find they need to whittle it way down once they see what’s within reach. Unless you’re a bazillionaire, 

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Features That Help A Home Sell The Fastest

Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a wild year in real estate! Our chief economist, Jonathan Smoke, has predicted that 2016 will be a true seller’s market, and it’s

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