Posted on January 15, 2019 - 12:31 PM
by Cindy Baughn
In January of each year in San Antonio, there are two Housing Forecast meetings, one by SABOR* and one by GSABA*.
The attached link will take you to the information presented by Dr. Mark Doutzer at the SABOR forecast meeting. The forecast is good for the real estate market in our city. You may see the slide presentation by clicking on the attached link. For any other information about our market, please be sure to give me a call!
Posted on April 2, 2018 - 05:16 PM
by Cindy Baughn
This year, Easter fell on April 1st. Returning back to the office on Monday found a full plate of Buyers searching for homes to purchase! What are the three rules for a highly qualified Buyer? Ready, Willing and Able!
Are you READY?
Timing is everything. People make moves everyday due to job transfers, retirement, getting closer to family, downsizing, cost of living, and an array of other reasons. Is your family ready to make a MOVE?
Are you WILLING?
My career has led me to believe that willingness comes from motivation. As I go from Buyers to Sellers, the one circumstance I try to discover about them is how motivated they are to either submit an offer-- or to accept an offer. When the motivation is not there, it's like pushing a donkey- nothing budges.
Are you ABLE?
By that I mean, do you currently have a house to sell? Did you just start a new business? Are you looking in the correct price range? Have you been qualified by a professional Lender? In other words, are there any obstacles that would keep you from buying that house if it became available TODAY?
Many prospects searching for a new home begin their search early. Unfortunately for Sellers, every person who walks through the door has required a tremendous effort by a Seller to clean and polish their home to be "show ready". The disappointment is in when the buyer is only out looking and still one or two years from being ready to actually purchase a home. In other words, they are NOT ready, willing or able. We, as agents, will never actually know until we ask the right questions and have a preliminary conference with each and every buyer prior to showing them properties. An experienced agent knows this and adheres to this rule.
-- so find an experienced and knowledgeable Agent for your next transaction!
Posted on July 30, 2016 - 11:22 AM
by Cindy Baughn
Right-Sizing! There is beauty in purging! Anyone who has moved recently knows exactly what I mean. As we continuously evolve into the seasons of our lives, we make adjustments for lifestyle changes that fit "for this moment in time". Rightsizing is just the perfect word to describe what happens each time we move!
We go through overwhelming emotions and challenges as we begin to purge. Purging is necessary to downsize and it forces us to consider what has true value in our lives. Organizing is also a tremendous part of the advance preparation that goes into right sizing. As you purge, consider giving away, packing properly in the right containers and throwing away. Every item you move should have a very special home!
Posted on March 18, 2016 - 06:36 PM
by Cindy Baughn
There is no easy answer! Some homes sell in a few days, others may take several months. Recognizing the key factors influencing a sale can give you significant control over market time. Hiring a realtor with EXPERIENCE should help guide you through these factors. The proper balance for these factors will expedite your sale:
1. Location: It is the single greatest factor affecting value. Neighborhood desirability is basic to a property's fair market value
2. Competition: Buyers compare your property against competing properties. Buyers interpret value based on available properties.
3. Timing: The real estate market may reflect a Seller's or Buyer's market. Market conditions cannot be manipulated; an individually tailored marketing plan must be developed accordingly.
4. Condition: Property condition affects price and speed of sale. Optimizing physical appearance and advance preparation for marketing maximizes value.
5. Terms: The more flexible the financing, the broader the market, the quicker the sale and the higher the price!
6. Price: If the property is not properly priced, a sale may be delayed or even prevented.
Posted on February 15, 2016 - 05:42 PM
by Cindy Baughn
Bienvenidos! Welcome to San Antonio!
This beautiful historic city is rich in culture, military, medical research, tourism and large employers such as HEB, Valero, Tesoro and NuStar. We have activities and attractions to lure visitors from all parts of the world. Tourist attractions encompass all phases of the Riverwalk to include the new Mission Outreach and the Museum Reach. Board a river barge and enjoy meals, music and wonderful festivities! While exploring downtown San Antonio, a must see is the new Hotel Emma, a delightful and luxurious addition to the Pearl District, an urban development consisting of restaurants, shops and lodging. Heading north, make a stop at the Quarry Shopping Village and Lincoln Heights where famous established dining and shopping occur.
Activities to enjoy making your way to the far north part of San Antonio and heading into the true Hill Country will include venues such as Sea World and Fiesta Texas, LaCantera Shopping and another large outdoor mall called the Rim. One will never run out of things to do in this lovely city!
The attached links will be helpful in exploring more of what this beautiful city has to offer!
http://visitsanantonio.com SAN ANTONIO CONVENTION & VISITOR'S BUREAU
http://sachamber.org SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
http://sanantonio.gov CITY OF SAN ANTONIO
For information on any given Subdivision, please feel free to email me or reach out by telephone! I was born in San Antonio, Texas and have lived here all my life. It is my joy and life to share San Antonio Real Estate with you!
Posted on January 24, 2016 - 11:48 PM
by Cindy Baughn
Choosing a real estate professional to help you with the sale or purchase of your home is a lot like choosing a good doctor. You want someone you can trust, someone who is experienced, and someone who has an outstanding level of integrity willing to tell you the truth about your situation. Your home is one of the largest and longest financial commitments you will ever make. Doesn’t it make sense to have an agent that will treat it as important as it really is?
What should you look for?
2. Professional in appearance and presentation
3. Education focused
4. Practicing full time
5. Service minded
Great agents make a commitment to serve their client base with a high level of integrity and to work in your best interest – not theirs. This is our fiduciary duty to you and the oath we take.
*(With 20 years of experience in San Antonio real estate, Cindy has accumulated over 120 million dollars in closed volume and approximately 500 closed transactions.)
Posted on January 20, 2016 - 04:45 PM
by Cindy Baughn
Have you ever wondered what BOM means? In Real Estate transactions, this means that a home is "Back on the Market". But what does this really mean for all the parties involved?
Set aside the fact that the status in MLS has changed from Pending to BOM. To the Buyer it means they will not be moving into that beautiful home that once held every dream they had. To the Seller it means that the lovely staging is gone, boxes are everywhere, furniture has been sold and now their Realtor comes to them and says "we have to do it all over again". Oh! the disappointment that begins to fill the rooms where people- real people - had anxiously anticipated either moving in or moving out slowly takes over all the parties who had been directly involved in pushing with all their heart to make the transaction work. Oh, what disappointment for the Realtor, the Lender, the Title Company, and the dollars shelled out by both parties for appraisals, inspections, repairs, and scheduled movers.
BOM is devastating! Ask me, for today I face one such situation. It feels like a helium balloon has just been cut loose as we all watch it fly away.
Dreams fade but ultimately we have to realize that in most cases, it is through no fault of anyone. Not one person sets out to intentionally "not close" on a home. Sympathize, support and help those whose homes are BOM and those buyers who have just lost their dreams. Figure out what went wrong and be pro-active in prevention for all future transactions!
The wonderful news is that new dreams arrive every day and there will ultimately be a closing for both parties! The word we want to see in MLS is "SOLD"!
"...you understood the difficulty of the situation and how much this house needed to be sold this summer, and so you jumped in with two feet and did more than ever could have been expected...to say thank you is simply not enough...it was your heart, your kindness and your loyalty to me and to the project that touched me the most."Eileen Eberhardt Thompson
Cindy is one of the most talented professionals I have ever worked with.
April 20, 2010, Will was Cindy's clientWill Duke
Hardest working real estate agent in San Antonio, Texas.Danny Tamez, Design Entrepeneur
I had the honor and pleasure of working with Cindy Baughn while I was the Team Leader for Keller Williams Legacy in San Antonio. Cindy had extensive knowledge and experience as a former New Home On Site Salesperson. She was always available to help her fellow agents at the office. More importantly, and significantly, she provided her clients "World Class" service. She personified the true fiduciary relationship with all of her clients. Her commitment, dedication and integrity were beyone reproach. She always represented herself as a professional and carining real estate agent. A majority of her business came from repeat clients and referrals from many of her very satisfied home owners. She won Top Agent honors every year I was there and continued her winning ways after I departed to work for another franchise. Cindy is, without a doubt, a, "Class Act". I recommend her to anyone looking for the very best in real estate representation.lessTony Romero