Luis Tapia's Blog Posts

San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo    ONE OF THE BEST SAYS San Antonio likes to lead the way in all things and the zoo is no exception. Parents magazine ranked the San Antonio

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Fun Weekend This 4th Of July

With the 4th of July this coming Tuesday, some of you may choose to take off Monday and go out of town. If so, I wish you safe travels. If you are choosing to stay, here are

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Upfront Costs Of Buying A Home

Learn about a few of the upfront costs associated with buying a home.;

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30 Things For San Antonians To Do This Summer

Looking for something to do this summer? Click the image of the refreshing San Pedro Springs Park Pool for a list of 30 Things Every San Antonian should do this!

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Important Credit Lessons Your Parents Didnt Teach You

ByClaire Murdough|May 17, 2017 2:22PMListen up, kids: Paying interest is painful. Really, really painful.Parental wisdom is easy to ignore until you’re left scratching your head over simple adult

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5 Things Not To Do On Memorial Day

Memorial Day has a specific purpose, and maintaining that purpose is important.by Rachel EngelPhoto by Mark Fischer/FlickrUpdated May 15, 2017By Rachel EngelMilitary1 ColumnistWhile there are

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Privacy And Serenity Found In San Antonio

Looking for a place to build a home on acreage in San Antonio? Check out this brief video for 13505 Frenchmans Cove on the city's Far Northwest Side (Northside ISD)! 3 Acres of beautiful trees,

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Need A Loan

Need A Loan ?Click Here To Get Pre Qualified. Purchasing a new home? Congratulations on your decision to buy a new home! There are many important things to consider throughout

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Rent Or Buy

Should you buy or rent? This is a question most of us will likely face in our lives, whether buying a house makes more financial sense than renting a home. There is a way to understand the financial

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San Antonio Is Fun

San Antonio City in Texas San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an

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Announcing The Creation Of The Schuchart Properties Team

For immediate release:March 2, 2017The Schuchart Properties Team of RE/MAX Realty Advantage is available to serve your real estate needs! Ryan Schuchart is proud to announce that he will be working

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Unique Homes You See As A Real Estate Professional

In my real estate career of almost 14 years, I’ve seen some pretty amazing homes. I’m not just talking about the million-dollar eye candy you see in Alamo Heights or the Dominion and other

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HEB Launches Awesome NEW Curbside Delivery Service

Between baseball practice, Cub Scouts and karate (not to mention a super hectic work schedule) shopping for groceries has become nearly impossible for our family. Once again, HEB has stepped up like

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Por Que Rentar En Lugar De Comprar

Cual Es Su Renta Promedio ?Sabía usted que si gasta $1,650 por mes después de 3 años usted ha gastado $59,400 en la propiedad de alguien mas ?Después de 10 años habrá gastado $198,000 pagando

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Why Rent If You Can Buy

What's Your Average Rent? Did you know that if you spent $1650 a month renting after 3 years you have spent $59,400 in someone else's property? After 10 years you have spent $198,000 paying off

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Rates About The Same As The Last Two Weeks

Rates about the same as the last two weeks.--Freddie MacLuis TapiaREALTORRE/MAX Realty Advantagee: luis.alberto.tapia@gmail.comc: +1.210.585.1589www.luis.sahouses.comhttps://www

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Another Top10 List Best And Worst Places To Raise A Family In 2017

Some places are simply better (and easier) to grow up in than others given all the factors impacting life and opportunities. As I had written last year:I was very fortunate growing up in Montrose,

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COMPRA VENTA DE CASAS EN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS

COMPRA VENTA DE CASAS EN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS¿ BUSCAS COMPRAR, VENDER O RENTAR CASA, TERRENO, RANCHO, LOCAL COMERCIAL O INDUSTRIAL EN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS ? Has tomado una muy

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Fun Weekend In San Antonio

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and I wish you and yours a de­lightful holiday weekend. If you are traveling, I also wish you safe travels. This Friday is the last day to enjoy

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House Hunting In San Antonio

Ready to move to San Antonio?If you’re looking for a home for sale in San Antonio you’ll find http://www.luis.sahouses.com/ and the RE/MAX App are the best tools for the job. 

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San Antonio Home Sales Prices Increasing

San Antonio home sales, prices still rising fastby Richard WebnerSan Antonio-area home sales continued to rise at a robust rate in October, staying on track for another record year.Last month, 2,400

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Separating Wants From Needs

Looking for a new home? Learn how to separate wants from needs so you end up with a house that works for you and your.

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Unique Alamo Heights Cottage Is For The Birds

Unique Alamo Heights cottage is for the birdsby Steve BennetAfter a grueling monthslong renovation that included foundation work, new electrical, plumbing heating and a/c — even new windows, walls

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Learn More About Looks That Date Your Home

Is your home over 5 years old? Watch this video to learn more about buildings styles that might be dating your home and forcing you to leave money on the!

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3 Types Of Insurance You Need When You Buy A Home

3 Type of Insurance You Need When You Buy a Homeby Craig DonofrioWhen you buy a home, you will be showered with offers to buy insurance—and not just one type, but many types. Such

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Potential Young Home Buyers With Student Loans Need Help

Hello,Are you a potential "Young Buyer" that is concerned about Student Loans getting in the way of your Dream Home? Here's some good news! Let me know how I can help you Get the Home you Want

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Take A Virtual Open House Tour On This Beautiful 5 Bedroom Home Close To Toyota Plant

Hello to All,Here is a gorgeous 2 Story 5 Bedroom 2.5 Bath located in South San Antonio just driving distance to the Toyota Manufacturing Plant!  This home features the Master Bedroom!

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San Antonio Texas Fun Events For Fall 2016

Hello Everyone!The weather is changing and it opens up the many fun things to do in San Antonio, Texas for this Fall.  So get ready and plan your event!  Check out these events courtesy of

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Putting Too Much Faith On Homeowners Insurance

Hello my Friends!Part of the work that I do involves Insurance.  As a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent and Licensed Real Estate Agent, I get to work on both the Home Insurance

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Teachers Are Heroes Too

Hello My Friends!Guess what time of the year it is?  Ugh!  It's Back to School!  Moms are back to normal and School Teachers are back at work.  Here's a Big Shout out to ALL the

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Find Out If Your Home Market Is A Buyers Or Sellers Market

Hello my Friends!As a REALTOR in the San Antonio Market, I am always trying to gauge for my Buyers and Sellers where the market is at.  I rely on reports such as this one from the Texas

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See Whats In Store For Hurricane Season 2016

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2016-hurricane-season-forecast-atlantic-august-updateHello Everyone!August is the heart of Hurricane Season and the month that brings the most in history.

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Do I Qualify For A Home Loan

Statistics are showing that it is beginning to cost MORE to Rent than it is to OWN a Home!  Yikes!  But many folks want to buy but do not know what it takes to get into a Home!First of,

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Back To School And Tax Free Weekend

It does not fail to amaze me that as soon as 4th of July passes, the stores gear-up for "Back-To-School!"  The Summer Seasonal Aisles are converted and the bright yellow colors go up.  The

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Texas Universities Total Tuition Costs For A Degree

Hello Everyone!  By now, College Students everywhere in Texas are making their plans to enter their Freshman year of studies.  Parents, if you are wondering what the total cost will,

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First Time Homebuyers Think They Dont Have Enough For Downpayment And 6 Other Misconceptions

I was checking out the latest headline in the San Antonio Express Homes Section the other day and came across this article: "First Time Homebuyers Closer To Downpayment Than They Think." The article

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Fourth Of July Home Decorating Ideas

Fourth Of July Home Decorating IdeasIt’s time to get festive people. Fourth of July is upon us and your house looks as patriotic as Benedict Arnold. Show your American pride with these fun, easy

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San Antonio Foodie Beat OPENING NEXT WEEK Botika At The Pearl

The San Antonio Foodie Beat – Opening Next Week – BOTIKA!312 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215San Antonio Foodies, listen up! Botika, an exciting new restaurant that features Asian-Influenced

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Homes For Heroes Affiliate Gabe Becerra REMAX Realty Advantage

Hello to All! As a REALTOR in San Antonio and the surrounding cities, I am proud to announce that I am affiliated with the "Homes for Heroes" Program. This is the Nation's Largest Hero Savings

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Drones And Aerial Photography

In working with Real Estate in San Antonio, I often wonder about those Home Inspections for roofs on 2 Story Homes where it is far too dangerous to climb.  Drones with photo and video

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For Sale By Owner Versus A Real Estate Agent

I have my fair share of conversations with many Home Owners wanting to Sell their Home on their own.  For those 8% of Homes that do sell by FSBO (For Sale By Owner), I totally congratulate you

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Bring Your Pet To Work Day

I love Pets and so do all my children.  Between my three children and myself, we have 6 Dogs, 1 Cat, and 1 Lizard!  It is fitting that the Friday after Father's Day is the "Bring your Pet

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Home Buying In Schertz Cibolo Universal City Converse And San Antonio Texas

The Real Estate Market is alive and strong in the Schertz, Cibolo, Universal City, Converse, and San Antonio.  Summer time is Buying Time!  More and more homes are being listed on a daily

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Texas Rains And Mosquitos

Boy, I love living in San Antonio, Texas!  We have the best of everything:  Great Real Estate Prices for Homes, convenient places to travel (i.e. Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi), and many

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Summer Vacation Travel And Safety Tips

Ah!  The Sun is out, the children are home from school!  That long planned Summer Vacation is drawing near.  All the plans are done, except the Safety Tips.  It is never too late

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Great Summer Holiday Activities For Children

Ah!  School is out and now comes Summer!  I can remember Summer as a time for outdoor activities when I was young.  Nowadays, there are too many ways Children can wrap their days with

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Mays Showers Brings June Flooding

Central Texas area from the Hill Country of Keerville to Houston has had some considerable rains in the month of May.  The ground is saturated and the creeks are overflowing.  El Nino has

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Floods Are The Number One Natural Disaster In The United States

"Do I need Flood Insurance?""Is the Home I am purchasing in a Flood Zone?"These are very good and important questions most Home Owners ask when purchasing in a new area.  Not Tornadoes; Not

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Luxury At Its Finest Popular Bier Garden Reopening

Luxury at Its FinestPopular Bier Garden ReopeningThe Luxury, the Museum Reach’s Bier Garden/Food Trailer is reopening soon with several hundred square feet of new patio space, swings overlooking

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Looking For Your Dream Home In Schertz Texas

Are you looking for your Dream Home in Schertz, Texas?  If so, I have an amazing FREE Tool to help you!  Click on the link below and look at the Real Estate Market in Schertz, Cibolo,

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5 Steps For Successfully Lowering Your Property Tax

5 Ways to Successfully Protest Your Home’s Tax ValueThe Bexar Appraisal District recently released property values across the county. Are you happy with your new value? Many homeowners across San

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San Antonio Texas The Best Place To Live Despite Hurricanes

Why is San Antonio, Texas the best place to live when it comes to Texas weather?  San Antonio is centrally located. Yes, there were some Hail Storms in April and some local wind damage;,

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San Antonio Hail Storm In April

I live in San Antonio, Texas.  On the night of April 12th, I was monitoring the Weather through my KSAT Weather App on my Mobile Phone.  I followed the storm with the color graphics and

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Top 100 Dog Names

Hello!Most families that own a home have pets.  Dogs are among the favorites next to cats.  But sometimes naming your new friend can be a task in itselft.  Some people like posting on

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Adding Value To Home With Great Landscaping Tips

Hello Homeowners in San Antonio!  Most of Central Texas has been getting rain rain rain.  Our lawns are showing some great green colors; however, Summer is around the corner. 

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I Am Searching For Solutions To Buying A Home

Hello San Antonio!  Hmm!  So, you are thinking of buying your Dream Home but you don't know how to get started:  "Should I do this myself?  Who can I trust?  How much money

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San Antonio Hail Damage Insurance Claims

We had back to back Hail Storms in Texas this week. First it was in the Dallas area on Monday, April 11th. Then it was Central Texas/ San Antonio on Tuesday, April 12th. There are many out there

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Westcreek High On Amenities Low On Price

Westcreek: High on Amenities, Low on PriceWhat It’s Known For:Westcreek is a neighborhood made up of small subsets of communities all under one HOA, commonly referred to as the Villages of

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Multiple Offer Madness 5 Ways To Win In A Multiple Offer Situation

The San Antonio real estate market is hotter than ever! If you're buying a home in the next several months, you should expect to be in a multiple offer situation. Learn 5 ways you can improve your

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Multiple Offer Madness 8 Ways Sellers Can Avoid Losing Money

In the hot San Antonio real estate market, multiple offers are common.Most think this is in the seller's favor, but the reality is some sellers unknowingly leave money on the table.Watch the video

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Great News For Those Who Want To Buy A Home But Struggle With The Downpayment

Are you in the market for a home but are struggling with the downpayment requirements? Bank of America just unveiled a new mortgage program with just 3% down and NO PMI!!! That means lower

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Buy In Stone Oak For Less Than 2000 Per Month

Stone Oak is known for its manicured subdivisions and awesome schools.For this reason, many feel like it's unattainable. But the surprising reality is that there are currently over 40 homes in

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9 Ways Homeowners Can Save BIG On Taxes

San Antonio homeowners can save big by taking advantage of 9 tax benefits granted by the IRS.Watch the video to find out about the following tax benefits and how they may apply to you:1. Points on a

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45 Properties In San Antonios Urban Core For Less Than 1500 Per Month

Are you interested and excited by San Antonio's urban core? If so, why not live in the middle of it? Worried about price? We've compiled a list of 45 properties on the market right now that you

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Fair Oaks Ranch Paradise In The Hills

Search all homes for sale in Fair Oaks RanchFair Oaks Ranch is located south of the rolling hills of Boerne, Texas , and northwest of San Antonio.  Its beautiful, sprawling lots with

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No Place Does Tex Mex Like San Antonio

NO TEXMEX LIKE SAN ANTONIO TEXMEXIn a past life I owned a taco truck.Why did I own a taco truck?Because people in Austin thought they knew what real Tex-Mex was. So I, a South Texas native from the

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Sometimes A Perfect House Just Doesnt Exist

LOL... Sometimes the perfect house is hard to come by. A day in the life of a buyer's agent, as told by:

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Olmos Park Location Luxury And A Small Town Feeling

What it’s known for:Olmos Park is beautiful, affluent neighborhood in Central San Antonio. Known for its numerous parks, fantastic location and renowned Alamo Heights School District, Olmos Park

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5 Great San Antonio Restaurants With Playgrounds

Had a long day and need a break from the kitchen? Need a place that’s family friendly and has more than just a pack of off-brand crayons and fold-up puzzle sheets that the kiddos get bored with in

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Stone Oak Excellent Schools And Tremendous Value

What it’s known for:Stone Oak is a master-planned community on the Northside of San Antonio and is known for manicured lawns, gated communities and outstanding, nationally ranked public schools

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Cordillera Ranch Luxury In The Hills

What it’s known for:Cordillera Ranch is an exclusive gated community known for its luxurious amenities. It’s located in a gorgeous hill country setting in Boerne, Texas, just northwest of

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Tobin Hill The Historic Comeback Kid

What It’s Known For:Tobin Hill is currently experiencing an exciting Renaissance. A few decades ago, the neighborhood was in a state of urban decay, but because of the City of San Antonio’s

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Monte Vista Historic Charm In The Heart Of San Antonio

What It's Known For:Monte Vista is known for its charming and eclectic turn-of-the-century architecture. It’s located in an idyllic setting within the urban revitalization of San Antonio.Original

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Castle Hills Great Location And Affordable

What it’s known for:Castle Hills is known for its sprawling mid-century ranch homes built on oversized lots under a canopy of beautiful oak trees. Its charm is enhanced by its outstanding

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Alamo Heights Pricey But Worth It

What it’s known for:Alamo Heights is a relaxed but upscale neighborhood in San Antonio’s “inner loop” (in other words, located inside Loop 410). It’s known for its expensive real estate

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San Antonio Housing Market Receives Kick In The Pants

The recent Federal Reserve hike of the benchmark interest rate will affect both buyers and sellers in the San Antonio real estate market. Watch the video below to find out what it means to you.

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First Time Home Buyer Tips

4 Upfront Costs That Come with Buying a HomeLearn the four costs that you should expect to pay out of pocket before you even get the keys to your new home (don't worry, most of these costs are

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November 2015 San Antonio Real Estate Statistics

Learn How the San Antonio Real Estate Market is Doing:One of the most common questions I get as a real estate professional is "How's the market?" Here's your chance to find out how the San Antonio

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The First Thing You MUST DO When Buying A Home In San Antonio

Learn the first step that YOU MUST complete when beginning your home search in San Antonio,.

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Qualifying For A Lease With Option To Buy In San Antonio TX

Learn the qualification requirements for a great lease with the option to buy program in San Antonio,.

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San Antonios Secret Real Estate Steals

5 Reasons Why First Time Homebuyers Should Consider WestcreekOne of the best neighborhoods in San Antonio for first time homebuyers is the Westcreek subdivision in the Northwest, located off of 1604

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