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Texas State Fair

Awesome Deep Fried Nutella
Awesome Deep Fried Nutella

It’s a tradition for us to pack up and head to Dallas for the Texas State Fair.  If you haven’t been, you are missing out! The fair is held for about a month at Fair Park. Most people associate this event with fried food.  That assumption would be completely correct.  Here you can try fried deliciousness such as Fried Twinkies, Fried Pizza, and Fried Beer. Pretty much whatever your imagination can think of, it’s probably been done. This place is like Willie Wonka and his Fried Factory. Every year there is a food contest with categories such as “Most Creative” and “Best Taste”.  The common thread is FRIED. We really enjoying seeking out the new entries in the fair and doing our own judging.  This year, we were especially excited to sample “Fried Thanksgiving Dinner” and “Awesome Deep Fried Nutella”.

IMG_4678If fried food isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of other things for your family to enjoy.  A fair would not be complete without the fun rides and carnival games.  Many can’t resist the opportunity to win an oversized stuffed animal and it’s fun to see proud kids with their prizes.  There are many livestock competitions and you are able to walk among the pens and see/pet these magnificent animals.  My personal favorites are always the sheep and goats.  If you prefer to see animals more active, the dog show and ostrich races are always a crowd pleaser.

When we are in need of a break from the Texas heat, we head indoors to view the car and garden show.  This year, we stumbled upon the costumes used for Superman since

Superman Throughout the Years
Superman Throughout the Years

Christopher Reeve in the car area.  I love the randomness that’s at the Texas State Fair.

IMG_4677Like I said earlier, our annual State Fair trip is a tradition filled with many other mini rituals.  We always go during the Red River Rivalry game (UT vs. OU) and sport our burnt orange clothes.  It’s fun seeing the fair filled with crimson and burnt orange. You can always tell who is losing during the game because the

My Big Tex Pose
My Big Tex Pose

fans leave early and the fair is filled with the losing color. We always take our group pics in front of the famous, Big Tex.  This year he was back better than ever sporting those infamous Dickies after last year’s fire.

It’s nearly impossible to get to see and do everything at the Texas State Fair in one day but it’s fun to keep returning to try.

 

 

For more info, check out:

Bigtex.com

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Mortgage Rates Are Increasing!

If you have been keeping up with the news, you may now know that mortgage interest rates are no longer record lows.  Financial analysts are predicting rates to increase to 5% by mid 2014.  While in the middle of searching for the perfect home, I have had a couple of buyers’ purchase power decrease because of the rising interest rates.  In one case, a couple I had been working with had their purchase power decreased by fifty thousand over a few months.  Needless to say, it’s pretty shocking news. It is important to make sure you have communication with your mortgage loan officer about how current interest rates can affect you.

Don’t let the rising mortgage rates scare you about the purchase of a home.  Home ownership is still attainable!  It was just a few years ago that we thought an interest rate in the 5’s was rock bottom.

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Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market

I was pretty excited when I heard there would be a Farmers market within walking distance of my house. The Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market is open every Saturday “rain or shine” at the Blue Star Arts Complex from 9AM-1PM year-round. Debuting in Mid-June, my husband and I recently got a chance to walk over to Blue Star and check out San Antonio’s newest farmers market. Smaller than the well-known Farmers Market at Pearl, this market is still worth the visit.

Honey Lessons
Honey Lessons

There was a pretty good mix of vendors to browse through on a leisurely Saturday. My husband and I are on a Goldrush kick (a tasty bourbon cocktail mixed with honey and lemon) so we were pretty interested in Gretchen Bee Ranch’s stand. We were give delicious samples of honey and a lesson on how honey can taste different depending on the type of flowers the bees have been visiting.

Frio County Huajilla
Frio County Huajilla

I tried to get my husband to purchase the gallon size (honey goes quick in the Gerrish household) but we ended up getting 16 ounces of heaven known as their Frio County Huajilla blend and a beeswax candle in the shape of a beehive.

The Farmers market, like many other Southtown places, is dog friendly. There were dog bowls of H20 ready for your 4 legged friends. We left Toby and Roxy at home but made a stop at Katie’s Jar with them in mind. This vendor specializes in natural and homemade treats for dogs. We ended up getting our dogs the “Good Dog Sampler”. It was filled with various empanadas filled with dog loving tastiness such as lamb, beef and sweet potatoes.

Dog Empanadas
Dog Empanadas

We almost laughed out loud when we were told to make sure to keep it refrigerated because of the treat’s freshness. Our dogs gobbled them all up as soon as we got home. No time for refrigeration.

Given all the walking around, we were pretty hungry. There were a couple of vendors with food to taste but given my

Cheeks & Chops
Cheeks & Chops

current obsession with food trucks, I was a little dissapointed that there was only one to choose from. I had to keep in mind this market is still pretty new and the word is still getting out. The one food truck on site was called Cheeks & Chops.  Cool name. Perhaps more will park in the future.

Tasty Carrots
Tasty Carrots

We ended up decided to grill on our own and headed to a farmer’s booth to got some side dishes. The veggie selection was pretty impressive. We got some ears of corn and an explanation why our corn tops were eaten up (no pesticides). This was new to me but my Iowan born husband was already “in the know”.

 

This market is still growing and is a fun,free place to hang

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Cute Candle

out. Help get the word out and support your local farmers!

For more info check out:
http://www.southtownfarmersmarket.com/
http://www.gretchenbeeranch.com/
http://www.katiesjar.com/katies_jar/Welcome.html

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Home Education Event

RE/MAX Unlimited is holding its first home education fair at the PicaPica Plaza’s new event center located at 910 S.E. Military Dr.

Buyers, are you looking for more information about the home buying process?

What does a REALTOR® do?

Are you ready to build your dream home?

What loan is best for you?

How can I fix my credit?
If you are wondering the answers to these sort of questions, this event is just for you! The public will be able to get their real estate questions answered at no cost. Today’s market is starting to heat up. Now is the time to act to make all your real estate dreams come true!

Professionals from the following will be on site to answer your questions:
RE/MAX Unlimited-San Antonio
imortgage
Mission Title
KB Home San Antonio
Debt Free Angels
Hawx Insurance

Bring the kiddos. Take your pic taken with H-E-Buddy and participate in drawing your dream home. There will be raffles throughout the night.

For more info, contact RE/MAX Unlimited at 210.532.8774

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SOLD 714 Topeka Blvd San Antonio, TX 78210

I love looking and selling historic homes. They just do not make them like they used to! Features such as hardwood floors, high ceilings, and built-in ironing boards are some of my favorite characteristics in older homes. Check out this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in the charming Highland Park neighborhood. It was built in the 1940’s.

What do you think of historic homes?

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Free Parking for Hybrids!

As a real estate broker, I drive around town a lot. When it came time to look for a new vehicle, my husband and I knew that we needed to seriously consider a hybrid. Not only is owning a hybrid better for the environment but the savings in gas is tremendous! We have been pretty pleased with our decision. Today, I just found out about a program geared to hybrid owners. FREE parking at city meters! It looks like you need to fill out an application and submit requested documentation to get your parking pass. For questions, call the city of San Antonio Parking Division at 210.207.8266. They were pretty helpful. Link below to the application.

http://www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/HYBRIDVEHICLEPROGRAM5.pdf

Will you take advantage of this program?

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SETH 5 Star Advantage Program

For home buyers, there are many programs available to help with the down payment. I have recently come across an exciting program called the SETH 5 Star Advantage. This grant allows up to 5% of the sales price. Like many programs, there are income and credit score guidelines to qualify. Check out senior loan officer, Rae Saldaña, as she explains the details.

So far, I have had 2 buyers use this program with positive results. Hope to have many more in the future! Let me know if you have any questions.

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SOLD 538 Creath Pl, San Antonio, TX 78221

Located in one of South San Antonio’s most popular neighborhoods, this 4 bedroom | 2 bath home is ready to be called home! Approx 1860 sq ft per BCAD, this one won’t last long. Take a look below and let us know what you think.

Call me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a showing.

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Pearsall Park Dog Park

I recently found out that there are 5 dog parks in San Antonio. I gave myself the personal challenge of visiting each one to see which one Toby & Roxy liked best. Today, we ventured to the city’s southwest part of town and visited Pearsall Park. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. The sun was out but the cool breeze made it super comfortable to be outside. The park was clean and there were dogs of all shapes and sizes enjoying themselves with their owners. Roxy doesn’t always get along with other dogs so only Toby got to enjoy the park today. He had a blast. Dogs are so easy to please.

For an in depth look, click below.

1 down, 4 to go.

For more info:
sanantonio.gov/parksandrec