I think the hardest part about keeping up a blog about military relocation and PCS’ing is the number of topics to choose from! Over the years I have discovered that there are so many areas of our lives that are impacted by frequent moves – even ones you wouldn’t normally consider. When we moved from Fort Sill, Oklahoma to Presidio of Monterey in California we discovered that our French Bulldog Bubba was prone to anxiety attacks while travelling. He would get carsick and woozy and begin to hyperventilate. My husband, needless to say, was thrilled when Bubba had to sit on his lap through New Mexico and Arizona in the middle of summer with the window open!
Since that time, we have PCS’d twice more with pets. If I had known then what I know now, I would have done the following:
- Make sure all shots are up to date and keep copies of EVERYTHING with the records you are travelling with
- Check if your pets need to be licensed at your new place of residence
- Micro-chip! Pets have been known to wander off and get lost when they are enroute or at the new location. And don’t forget to update your contact information.
- Find a good kennel and vet in your new town. Word of mouth is the best way to identify these. Feel free to drop me a comment if you want to know more about those in my area.
- Get pet prozac if you think they’ll need it! You can take the edge off your pet’s anxiety with a quick trip to the vet for a prescription.
- Be sure you plan your route carefully – stay in pet friendly hotels. This one is a biggie because not all base lodging allowed pets when we made our trek cross-country. Here is a helpful link
Those are my top six! In addition are the obvious – enough food for travel, water bowls & bottled water, & don’t forget their leashes! Happy Traveling!
So, what does the future hold as San Antonio enters its most active military PCS and residential sales season?
The following market indicators might hold the answer in that they all trend toward higher home prices, quicker sales, and keen competition for the best listings.
Here are the specifics for homes currently on the market the first week of May 2013:
available inventory is down 12.94% (9003 vs 10341),
average list price is up 8.78% ($308,230 vs $283,339),
average cumulative days on the market is down 8.6% (149 vs 172),
homes under contract are up 12.55% (2726 vs 2422).
For the most recent home sales -
average sales price is up 5% ($202,955 vs $193,287),
average cumulative days on the market is down 17.52% (113 vs 137).
There’s only a 5.3 months supply of newly constructed and resale homes on the market and the best homes are selling very quickly, with many receiving multiple simultaneous offers.
It’s easy to see why San Antonio’s realty market is so active this month.
San Antonio and most of south Texas is economically and demographically healthy, mortage interest rates are very low, the area is attracting many new businesses, and the nearby Eagle Ford shale oil fields are bringing new money and manpower into the region.
The bottom line is this. Although the news is exceptionally positive for San Antonio’s Air Force home sellers , it’s still favorable for relocating Air Force home buyers because, despite the recent price increases, San Antonio homes in the communities nearest San Antonio’s Air Force bases are still very affordable.
That’s all for our May 2013 San Antonio realty market report.
Wishing you a beautiful spring, we’re Stephanie and Randy Kelley, Realtors® at Keller Williams Legacy, San Antonio, Texas.
Our SanAntonioHomeQuest.com Realty Solutions Team specializes in helping uniformed services families with their home buying and selling needs. If you need San Antonio realty or mortgage loan advice or assistance, or just want to chat a bit about our wonderful Alamo City, please call us at (210) 863-2661 (Randy) or (210) 867-8743 (Stephanie).
In a recent article in the San Antonio Business Journal, Mike Thomas reports “Oil production in the Eagle Ford Shale was up 74 percent in February compared to one year ago to set an all-time high.”
San Antonio’s Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases are close enough to the Eagle Ford Shale oil fields to feel the economic impact of what is fast becoming one of North America’s major oil finds.
The signifigance to San Antonio’s Air Force families is that there’s higher demand for homes in the communities near the bases. This, in turn, has caused a dramatic increase in residential property sales, higher home sale prices, and elevated residential property tax values.
If you are planning to buy or sell a home soon near Lackland or Randolph AFB, contact Randy Kelley (210) 863-2661 or Stephanie Kelley (210) 867-8743 for advice and assistance. Their goal is to help you get the best price, terms, and conditions for your residential real estate investment.
Randy and Stephanie are Realtors ® at Keller Williams Legacy, San Antonio, Texas. Their website is sanantoniohomequest.com.
If you’re seriously in the market to purchase a San Antonio area home and have wisely engaged a real estate agent to help you, then he or she should provide the following information about every property that looks promising.
A complete listing report.
A tax history report.
A listing history report.
A comparative market analysis that estimates what the property should be worth as opposed to what it’s listed for.
An explanation of an acquisition strategy designed to optimize your chances of getting the property for the price, terms, and condition most favorable for you.
A layout of the steps you can expect to take along the way starting with preparing and submitting your offer through closing on your purchase.
If you need a highly qualified buyer agent to do the work for you, then contact us.
We’re Randy Kelley and Stephanie Kelley , Realtors®
Keller Williams Legacy, San Antonio, Texas.
Call us at (210) 863-2661 or (210) 867-8743 or visit our website at sanantoniohomequest.com
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Serving the San Antonio military community since 2002, we’re Stephanie and Randy Kelley, Realtors® at Keller Williams Legacy, San Antonio, Texas. Call Randy (210) 863-2661 or Stephanie (210) 867-8743 for the very best San Antonio realty and mortgage loan advice and assistance or for an appointment to visit any San Antonio area home for sale.
It’s April 2013 – early PCS season for incoming and outgoing San Antonio active duty Air force families.
Recently, the SanAntonioHomeQuest.com Realty Solutions Team published its April 2013 San Antonio area realty market report. It has very significant information for anyone planning on buying or selling a home near Lackland, Randolph, or Fort Sam Houston this year. You can read the full article at SanAntonioHomeQuest.com, but here’s a summary of the main points:
This year, the communities surrounding San Antonio’s 3 major military bases are seeing the best residential realty market since the fabulously active 2006/2007 home selling season. Will this year’s booming market beat 2006/2007? It could happen.
Home prices are slowly but steadily rising.
The supply of available new and resale homes is just enough to meet demand.
The best listings are selling fast – many with multiple simultaneous offers.
So, it’s clearly good news for home sellers, but not necessarily bad news for home buyers because today’s very low mortgage interest rates are keeping quality San Antonio area homes remarkably affordable.
For information about the best ways to buy or sell a San Antonio military base area home in today’s booming market, visit us at SanAntonioHomeQuest.com or call Randy at (210) 863-2661 or Stephanie at (210) 867-8743.
We’re the SanAntonioHomeQuest.com Realty Solutions Team, Realtors® at Keller Williams Legacy, San Antonio, Texas, serving the Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, & Kelly and Medina Annex areas.