Sharon Miller's Blog Posts

Sharon Miller's Blog Posts

Front Porches Home Made Ice Cream And Summer
There were lots of summer celebratory things going on at our home over this past weekend including family gatherings, extra dogs, too much food and drink and a ton of fun!  ...

Senior Clients Divesting Yourself Of Years Of Stuff
Divesting Yourself—Years of “Stuff” Build-upI recently came across an article about helping older clients clear out excess furnishings and collectibles in preparation for s...

Nearly New One Story Home Just Listed In Alamo Ranch
             You’ll feel welcome from the front door and throughout this home.  It is a single-story home built by M/I Homes in 2012 and...

Mosquitoes In The Yard Here Today And Gone
We have a lovely pool in our backyard and, aside from the trees that grow berries and plop them into the pool, the next most bothersome issue have is the Texas-sized mosquito pop...

First Time Home Buyer Seminar Sunday June 11 2017
I am hosting, along with my favorite lenders, a seminar for First-Time Home Buyers*.   If you are considering a home purchase and you will be a first-time home buyer, I...

5 Things First Time Home Buyers Should And Should Not Do
If you are a first-time home buyer, you may not know that your credit is checked just prior to closing on a home.  When you are in the process of securing a mortgage to purc...

First Time Home Buyer Seminar May 16 2017
       Two of my favorite lenders and I will host a Seminar for First-Time Home Buyers on May 16, 2017.   If you are considering a hom...

First Time Home Buyer Seminar
I’ve wanted to host a First-Time Home Buyer Seminar for some time, but taking time to do the work preparing for it always seemed elusive.  There’s a rush of clients, op...

How Much Money Do You Need To Make To Buy A Home In San Antonio
If you've ever purchased a home, you know the process can make your emotions run the gamut. Buying a home can be an exhilarating, frustrating, amazing, time consuming, beautiful un...

Water Softener Maintenance And Inspection
       I recently attended a meeting that was partially hosted by a local Water Softener Company.  The representative who addressed the group emphasized ...

LANDSCAPING FOR DUMMIES
Landscape Design: Seven Tips for BeginnersWhether your yard needs new plantings or a complete refresh, here are seven, must-know landscape design tips for the p...

San Antonio Spring Tour Of Homes
SPRING TOUR OF HOMESDate/TimeApr 1, 2017 to Apr 8, 201711:00 AM until 06:00 PMDescriptionPresented by the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the 2017 Spring Tour of Homes sh...

Three Ways To Help Your Kids Cope With A Move
3 tips to help your kids cope with a move Translate this page Select Language▼02/10/2017 | Author: Summer MandellThere are more than just logistical challenges when you m...

Should I Sell My Home
Not sure when to sell your house? If you’ve been on the fence, we’ve got good news: It’s a great market for sellers! Limited inventory continues to drive home prices up, and ...

What Do Real Estate Agents Do Besides Tour Homes
As most everyone knows, real estate agents live a “life of luxury”.  What?  Have I missed out?  Like a lot of agents, I do occasionally, get to show lovely, ex...

My Big Spring Get Away With The Grandkids
Spring break was never a big deal when our kids were young because we were either living overseas or I was working in Alaska (spring doesn’t really ‘arrive’ in March in Ala...

Why I Love Real Estate Work
Hmmm, am I really going to write about this?  Yep, I am a person working on a second career who chose real estate.  I was a federal employee for 30 years and decid...

She Wants Me To Pack Away My Family Photos
When I am honored to spend time with a potential client in a listing consultation, I generally do a walk-around with the Seller.  It is during this walk-through that I make ...

RODEO TIME SAN ANTONIO
It's Rodeo Time San Antonio! Click on the image above to gain access to the 2017 Rodeo Schedule and MORE!...

Spring Is On The Way In San Antonio Area
As I look around my neighborhood, I see quite a number of tree service trucks, lawn service folks, two to three homes getting new roofs and others having some sort of constructio...

The Final Walk Through What If The Buyer Bolts
Most Buyer Final Walk-Through's go off without a hitch because the home is vacated, repairs are complete and the home is cleaned in preparation for the Buyer’s last look b...

15 Great Date Ideas In San Antonio
You truly never need to wait for an anniversary, birthday or national holiday to take your significant other on a date.  However, if you are stumped on ideas for your next out...

Looking For A Single Story Home In Northwest Crossing
Ever thought about “right-sizing” to a centrally located split level home in Northwest Crossing?  Here’s the news:  A new single story home ideally located on a ...

Real Estate Is My Second Career Why I Dont Retire
Up early every morning, coffee going, dogs racing outside—all this while it’s still dark!  Why do I get up so early?  I could be sleeping.  Instead, I am strai...

Inherent Rewards Of Becoming A Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent meets and works with clients of all ages, folks with all the issues that people deal with on a daily basis. What does that mean? Well, suppose the c...

New Listing In An Active Adult Community Includes Solar Xeriscaping Greenbelt
Ever consider life in an over 55, active adult community?  Are you familiar with your neighbors?  Would you like to have the option of joining (or not) in activities y...

Just Needs You And Your Suitcase Seriously Cool Active 55 Plus Location
There is a new listing in San Antonio’s Del Webb community, Hill Country Retreat.  The home has just hit the market and it is ready for new owners!  Of course, there...

Open Houses To Hold Or Not
I have a marketing plan that includes professional photos, designing a postcard to mail to the neighborhood, holding an open house and more.  The open house will be held at ...

Nearly New Single Story Home In Wildhorse At Tausch Farm
There’s a new home on the market this week within the Wildhorse at Tausch Farm community.  It’s a wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 baths plus office, one-story home that backs to ...

Cluttered House Cluttered Garage Or Storage Fees
A client recently asked whether they needed to pack their excess household items and put them into storage or whether it was okay to place the boxes in the garage.  I have m...

Applying Book Learning To Practicing Real Estate
When I first became a real estate licensee, I was pretty shaky about how to go about moving my “book learning” in real estate into a profitable profession.  Sure, I unde...

Exterior Home Maintenance And Prep For Fall
We’ve had a couple of little storms blow over this past week and again today, it looks like it could rain.  This kind of weather reminds me of cooler days, piles of fallen...

Housing For The Boomers
When someone of my generation goes looking for a new home, are they generally interested in one of the McMansion-type homes or a one-story smaller home?  I don’t know how ...

An Alternative Vacation Spot For My Family
My family loves to vacation at the beach and we especially love Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, HI.  It is becoming quite expensive in terms of real cash and time commitment to t...

No Receipts It May Not Be Repaired
The contract to purchase a residential resale (home) in Texas addresses the issue of repairs and treatments.  Unless the parties agree otherwise (in writing), repairs and tr...

No Guilt Making That New Home Yours
You’ve found the “perfect” home for your family.  You loved everything about it—location, layout, interior colors, curb appeal!   But, now that you are movi...

Hail Or Other Damage To A Home Just Before Closing
You’ve found the home of your dreams and have moved beyond the home inspection, the Option Period, and the appraisal and you are a week out from closing.  The home is loc...

I Thought We Were Headed To Closing What Gives
If you think about it, the time between getting the loan documents all submitted and actual closing gets pretty quiet for Buyers.  First-time (and potentially all) Buyers pu...

Home Swimming Pool Safety
Swimming pools scare the poop out of me—I don’t swim, I love to get into the water, but when it gets up around my neck, well yikes!  I nearly drowned as a kid taking swim...

How Do I Get My House Ready For Market
The best first step in getting your home ready to list is to ask your Realtor what he/she recommends.   Generally, you will hear things like clearing out the clutter, p...

Spring Clean Up Time Already
Spring has finally arrived and that means that sunny days are here again!  Love playing outside, but of course, it also means that everything is blooming and pollen is plen...

Have You Ever Carried A Sold Sign Around All Day
Bless our broker for her efforts to drive business.  The latest idea is to tote a “Sold” sign around with us everywhere we go—some put it in a backpack, rolling bag, la...

I Am A First Time Home Buyer Where Do I Begin
What to do first, what should I do first?  After making the decision to purchase a home, the first step in the process is to talk with a lender.  There are many lenders ...

Home Warranty Who Needs One And Why
I’m sure you’ve heard the question “who would buy a car without a warranty”?  Well, my question is “why buy a house without a home warranty”?  If you purch...

First Time Pool Owner
We decided to purchase a home in San Antonio after living in Alaska for nearly 18 years.  One item on our “had to have” list was a pool!  The sunny days and warm n...

Agents Charge A Lot For What
Agents Charge a Lot—for What?Potential Seller:  How much work is it to list a home?  It sure looks like agents prepare a quick market analysis, snap a few pictures, ...

My Clients Experience Living At Hill Country Retreat
I’ve represented Buyers for several home purchases in this Senior Community and each one raves about how their lives changed with the move.  One client describes life like...

2016 New Year For Your Resolutions
Each year, I promise myself that I will eat healthier, make the effort to exercise regularly and lose weight.  Past promises to myself included finding a new job, moving to ...

What Is A Termination Option On A Contract To Purchase A Home In Texas
The Termination Option is a clause in the contract that allows a Buyer to cancel the purchase and get the earnest money returned, the unrestricted right to do so within the numbe...

Miller Family Christmas Traditions
Does your family have special things they do each year to celebrate the Christmas holiday?  For example, do you go to church on Christmas Eve, have a special dinner or deco...

Selling A Home During The Holidays
I recently listed a home and the first question was “Shall we try to sell during the holidays or wait till the first of the year?”.  My response:  “You accepted a ...

Bucking The Trend To Move Back To Your Roots
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I Love A Special Needs Child Part IV
The medical definition of the term remission is the diminution or abatement of the symptoms of a disease and the period during which it occurs.  In everyday language, remis...

11 Good Reasons Sellers Should Use A Realtor
 Some homeowners decide to sell their homes without a Realtor.  Other owners would never consider marketing and selling their home without one.  I have a couple o...

What You Can Learn About A Home In A Single Walk Through
I was holding a listing open and was wondering to myself about exactly what the people who walk through the home learn about the home in a single jaunt.  Actually, the quic...

Getting Your Home Ready For Cooler Weather
Before the cold winds blow in is a great time to take a look around the outside of your home.  Our homes are usually the single most expensive investment that most...

Boomer Selling Large Home For A Smaller One YES
Eight years ago we bought a home in San Antonio in a wonderful gated subdivision not far from all the things we need—medical, dental, shopping, restaurants, airport and more.&n...

Lovely Home Cul De Sac Greenbelt Gated Excellent San Antonio Location
http://www.sharon.sahouses.com/details.php?mls=136&mlsid=1141933This home is a contemporary two-story home built in 1999 but most certainly designed for the way families live tod...

To Paint Or Not It Depends
The question about painting a room or an entire home is one that real estate agents hear often.   My response is usually “It depends.”  It does.  “It”...

10 Things To Do When Getting Your Home Ready To Market
We all want to best price for our home and in today’s market the buyers are more educated about what is currently for sale and compare properties.  Before I became a real ...

How Long Will I Keep My Mortgage
Before we had so many choices in types of mortgages, many of us were not all that concerned about committing to a long-term mortgage.  My parents lived in the same home for o...

First Time On The Market In Hill Country Retreat
The Del Webb community is an active lifestyle senior community located within Alamo Ranch at Hill Country Retreat.  The amenities, activities, friendships and sense of belon...

To Have An Open House Or Not
I say the answer to this question depends on the advertising your agent will do before the Open House, even though lots of agents say there is little or no benefit in holding the...

Aging In Place Not So Much
Are you at a point in life where you are tired of climbing the stairs in your home?  Does it make you tired just thinking about mowing the yard on a hot, humid Texas day?&nb...

Excited About The New Build But The Old Home Hasnt Sold
Our decision was made, our current home is listed for sale and we signed a contract to build the new home.  Great, right?  Well, not so fast.  Now, the “worry...

We Qualify For A VA Loan What Is It And Why Should We Use It
A website for a group of military spouses often has questions about VA loans.  Often these members are caring for their families while the spouse is deployed.  They may b...

I Really Like This Home What Do I Do Next
You may or may not be a first-time home buyer but you have taken the initiative to select a lender and get pre-approved for a mortgage.  You contact a Realtor and ask to see ...

What Should A First Time Buyer Expect At Closing
The simple answer is “It Depends”.  Typically-if there is such a thing in real estate-everything has been provided, funds for the down payment have been wired, buyers ea...

What The Heck Are Prepaid Costs At Closing
Client:  So, we were going over our just-received Closing documents and I saw two line items that I didn’t expect!  One of them read: “Items Required by the Lender...

The Price Is XXX How Much Do We Offer
This is a question that real estate agents hear often, particularly from first-time buyers.  They find the “perfect” home and want to make an offer.  They don’t w...

What Is A Final Walkthrough And Why Do I Need One
You’ve negotiated a sales price on your new home, you’ve paid the home inspector and your Realtor has negotiated repairs.  The Realtor says you will get to do a Final Wa...

First Time Buyers Always Ask
               “How do we make an offer on a home?”  I hope that the question has been asked and answered long before you find the...

You Wont Have To Shop Around
This featured home won’t last long.  It is a three bedroom, 2 bath home located on the northwest side of San Antonio just outside Texas Loop 1604 off Culebra Road.  T...

Possibly THE Best Iced Tea In San Antonio
I am an early morning coffee drinker, but when I head to the office I am ready for my first iced tea.  Here I am in the south, at least south-central Texas, and folks drink ...

My Clients Used A Realtor When Contracting To Build
My clients were ready to build their “forever” home.  They asked me to accompany them to visit the models and talk with the builder representative.   During ou...

What The Heck My Agent Didnt Tell Me I Had To Pay For THAT
I was going over the current showing trends and market statistics with a selling client yesterday when he said he had a question.  His question was not regarding the informat...

How I Make Homemade Noodles
I love comfort food and there is nothing better than homemade noodles and chicken for a family dinner.  I love making my own noodles, especially when my youngest grandchildr...

Johnson Ranch San Antonio Neighbor To The North
One of the newest communities neighboring San Antonio to the north is Johnson Ranch. This new development is located in Bulverde, TX, about 10 miles above the intersection of Te...

Realtors Make A LOT Of Money Right
After a long day of viewing homes, the client said “you are really lucky to be able to fill your car up using the corporate card, aren’t you?”  Other clients have ...

Looking For A Barely Lived In Home In Hill Country Retreat
San Antonio’s Del Webb community is conveniently located in the northwest section of the city.  It is a large community and will grow even larger since construction is on...

Loving A Special Child Part III
As parents, we all have days we wish we could “do over”, especially parents of difficult children.  It is tough loving a child when you are caught up in the “bad” em...

Narrowing The Home Search In The San Antonio Area
There are so many new communities developing in and around the San Antonio, TX area that it may be difficult deciding in which of them you should even look for a home. ...

Del Webb Hill Country Retreat
I really like the Del Webb community here in San Antonio.  There is always something going on and the residents are very friendly.  You might want to check it out for you...

Reward For Giving Of Myself
I am one of the baby-boomer generation who retired from one career and immediately jumped into another.  At about that same time, I began volunteering with Heartland Hospice...

Loving A Special Child Part II
In an earlier post, I described some of the issues with obtaining an accurate diagnoses, minimizing the “label” that goes along with a certain diagnosis and touched on our ch...

Loving A Special Child
The diagnosis of a neurological disorder is a modern medical breakthrough especially as it pertains to a child with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.  Our experience over the last ...

Starting Over My Weight Loss Journey
I am a recycling Weight Watcher’s lifetime member and I am struggling.  I’ve been attending weigh-ins for the past year or so and initially lost about 25 pounds.  I...

9 EASY MISTAKES HOMEOWNERS MAKE ON THEIR TAXES
As you calculate your tax returns, consider each home tax deduction and credit you are - and are not - entitled to.  Running afoul of any of these nine home-related tax mistak...

First Time Buyer To Agent How Much Will Your Services Cost Me
Before I became a real estate agent, I never gave much thought to how a Realtor® gets paid.  We had purchased and sold a few properties, but I just assumed the agents were ...

From The Arctic To The Alamo Via Phoenix
Our daughter’s illness changed my “planned” path for a ‘live-happily-ever-after’ retirement home purchase in Phoenix to a ‘definitely-will-sell’ home purchased here ...

Why You Need A Home Inspection
You found the perfect (or nearly perfect) home, your offer was negotiated and approved and now your agent says you should get a home inspection.  Yes, the agent told you abou...

My Top 10 Reasons NOT To Own A Home
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Why I Love Life In San Antonio
It’s a cow town.  You feel comfortable wearing your best worn and scuffed boots, a bling-y big ol’ belt buckle and jeans almost anywhere.  You can get all fancied ...

Ever Considered Purchasing Virtual Real Estate
Well, that’s what I call it!  We purchased ownership of a number of points per year that can be redeemed anywhere in the world that our group has resorts.  We've incr...

Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation Part I
I live in San Antonio, about 5 hours by car from the Port of Galveston.  Two years ago, I decided to take advantage of having easy access to the Port by booking a cruise on ...

My Quality Real Estate Service Guarantee
Love Me or Dump Me, You DecideWe all know someone who has, or we ourselves may have, experienced less-than-expected service from a clerk in a store, a telemarketer on the phone o...

What Am I Truly Grateful For
Have you ever really thought about the things you are truly grateful for?  I was recently asked to name three or four things that I am truly grateful to have.  Narrowin...

San Antonios Del Webb Hill Country Retreat
The lifestyle that I want for myself includes friends, golf, swimming and aerobics, card games, walking, biking and so much more!  I hear this again and again.  I also h...

How One Client Changed My Life
A deaf man contacted a real estate agent regarding a home purchase and ended up changing her life.  How do I know that?  I am the agent.  While looking for a home...

Why Do I Have To Clean The Grout I Am The Agent
It’s a given that when planning a career in real estate, you have to attend classes and pass a national/state exam.  You will be fingerprinted and required to go through a...

4 Wacky Things Buyers Wont Forget
My clients have generally been a very discerning collection of Buyers.  Like most homebuyers today, they pre-select homes they wish to see online and look forward to visitin...

5 Really Cheap Ways To Increase Your Homes Curb Appeal
One of the biggest deal-killers for buyers is that first look at a home in need of some extra curb appeal.  The impression your home makes on potential buyers from the street ...

10 Factors That Influence Home Values
Many factors effect home values today, I will name a few of them, but the list goes on and on  Resale potential should be one of the factors considered when making a decisio...

4 Things To Do Now To Simplify Your Home Mortgage Approval Process
For many of us, purchasing a home has been a long-term goal.  Whether it is a move-up home or your first venture into the real estate market, there are several things y...

Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation Part 2
This is a follow-on to my initial writing regarding choosing a cruise for a family vacation.  As I write, we are on our second cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, both sailin...

5 Ideas To Help Sell A Vacant Home
It’s easy for real estate agents to schedule showings on homes that are vacant; the approvals are generally pretty automatic.  Actually showing the home is not always so ea...

Why You Should Consider Listing Your Home For Sale During The Holidays
Have you ever given thought to selling your home and asked a real estate agent whether you should sell now or wait until after the holidays?  I was asked that question by a ...


This is a follow-on to my initial writing regarding choosing a cruise for a family vacation.  As I write, we are on our second cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, both sailin...

Things First Time Homebuyers Should Consider When Selecting An Agent
Many articles have been published regarding selecting the “right” real estate agent.  I agree that having the “right” agent is important—so important the it may me...

4 Good Reasons To Use An Agent When Contracting To Build A New Home
Some buyers choose to represent themselves with a new home builder because they think they can get a better “deal” without an agent.   They expect the builders to ...

Why I Love Cruising As A Family Vacation
I live in San Antonio, about 5 hours by car from the Port of Galveston.  Two years ago, I decided to take advantage of having easy access to the Port by booking a cruise on ...

6 Penny Pinching Ideas To Help Get Your Home Ready To Sell
There are many schools of thought on what should be done to prepare a home for the market.  Whether it is an older home, a newer home, a first-time buyer home, a For-Sale-By...


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