May 28, 2019

May 2019 Texas Hill Country Real Estate Markets

The spring percolation in home values has found its footing as we move into the summer months with year over year home values showing some stabilization throughout our market area.

Here are the year over year estimated value increases for our other markets as of the current market snapshot of 5/31/2019:

  • Boerne from a 10.7% increase for the 12 month period that ended 30 April to a 10.99% increase during the 12 month period ending 31 May.
  • Kerrville and Fredericksburg are closely matched in valuation change for these 12 month metrics (moving from 10.28% to 11.06% and from 10.2% to 10.46% respectively).  
  • Comfort: 4.44% (representing a -1.43% drop from last month). Reminder that this is our smallest market that is influenced by low inventory and volatile month to month sales volume.
  • Fair Oaks Ranch: 7.95% (a relatively flat increase)

Note: Statistics include Single Family homes, lots, and farm and ranch sales.

More insightful statistics and data in the market reports covering our Texas hill country market at the links below. 

(Please note: The links to the .pdf reports expire in 30 days. Large files, patience please!)

Boerne

Fair Oaks Ranch

Fredericksburg

Comfort

Kerrville

Please Contact me with questions you may have about the information in these reports, to preview any highlighted available properties, or to discuss marketing strategies for your property.


 

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May 23, 2019

Seminole Canyon State Park Walking Tour

Experience going down into the canyon to view pictographs on Wednesday through Sunday. Starting May 15 through September 15, 2019,The park will only be offering one guided-only hike at 10am to go down into the canyon. There are no tours available on Monday and Tuesday.

The park provides an approved guide (either staff or docent) that leads the group of participants down into the canyon to view the pictographs. This is for your safety and protection of the park's natural and cultural resources. Park visitors wishing to to go the guided tour should arrive about 20-30 minutes before the tour. This allows you plenty of time to pay for any fees (entry/camping/tour), go through their exhibits, and get ready for the tour to start promptly at designated tour time. This is a regularly scheduled guided-hike tour. Children ages 4 and under are free, children ages 5-12 are $5.00 and ages 13 to adult are $8.00. Payable by cash, personal check, and/or credit card at time of tour. This tour usually is about 90 minutes in time and 1.5 miles in length. We suggest the use of our bathroom facilities before the tour.

Everyone can participate! Participants should be in reasonably good health and physically able to walk down and up steep staircases. Guides will move at a comfortable pace and the group stays together. Please avoid being late, guides cannot hold the group/tour to wait for late arrivals, if you arrive late you will not be able to join the tour.

Here are the things they advised to bring :

- You will need drinking water,

-camera,

-batteries,

- and personal medications.

- During extreme hot temperatures visitors have found that silver-lined/sunbrellas umbrellas help provide mobile shade.

As for the dress code, just dress for the weather and seasons, long sleeved shirts/long pants in the summer helps shield the skin from the sun. Shoes: closed-toed shoes/sandals with good traction (hiking boots and athletic shoes).

Take note of the following Tour Rule:

1.CHILDREN (under the age of eighteen) MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT/ADULT

2.WHILE ON TOUR: THERE IS NO SMOKING (this includes e-cigarettes), NO EATING OF FOOD AND NO PETS ALLOWED

3.School groups must contact the park prior to park arrival.

** For more questions and information, you may contact Tanya Petruney at (432) 292-4464 or send an email to tanya.petruney@tpwd.texas.gov

May 16, 2019

Exploring Texas Wildlife Trails


Whether you are a birder, a wildlife enthusiast, or just want to see the wild side of Texas, there are great trails that will lead you to the best spots to see birds, butterflies, bats, pronghorns and more. One of the pride of Texas wild is the East Texas. Explore the Big Thicket and hardwood forest for a variety of raptors, warblers, woodpeckers and other woodland species. Or, take time to fish one of the many lakes, rivers and streams and maybe spot an eagle soaring above.  There's so much things to do as well, as you appreciate the beauty of Texas Trails. You may want to try one of these..

1. Canoeing - Visitors can canoe or kayak to experience the serene environment of the Trinity River. An abundance of backwater and wetland areas allow visitors to view wading birds and other woodland and wetland wildlife. The riverbanks of the Trinity River are teeming with activity. You may spot an occasional alligator basking in the sun or patrolling the riverbank. Numerous species of damselflies and dragonflies can be observed darting among the bank vegetation. Monarchs and other butterflies are also plentiful. Enjoy and look for river otters, American White Pelican, Belted Kingfisher and numerous species of neotropical migrants in spring and summer. You can also watch the Cliff Swallows perform their aerial acrobatics; look along the underside of the bridge for hundreds of small mud swallow nests.



2. Hiking - There are parks that offer hiking, mountain biking and paved bicycle trails. Watch and listen in the trees for Pileated and Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Kingbird, White and Red-eyed Vireos, Carolina Wren and 14 species of warblers. One of the beautiful parks in this trail is the Huntsville State Park. The park surrounds Lake Raven, which provides a variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing and boating (rental available). Exploring the lake in a canoe or kayak is a great way to get close-up views of wading birds. Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Night Heron and Belted Kingfisher can be found, along with grebes, coots and ducks on the open water. Chimney Swifts and swallows are common overhead and winter visitors can also see Bald Eagles.

 



3. Site Seeing and Horseback Riding -  The Big Thicket National Preserve is open for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. The trail, that is 18-mile trail within the Big Sandy Unit, crosses upland pine forests, then travels into bottomland hardwoods within the floodplains of Simons Branch and Big Sandy Creek. Tree species include sweetgum, basket oak, hornbeam, holly and bald cypress trees in the wetland. The habitats of the Big Thicket support a diversity of birds. Look for Greater Roadrunner, Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Wood Thrush. Look overhead for Black and Turkey Vultures, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks and Common Nighthawk. Nesting birds include various warblers. Look to the drainages for various dragonflies and butterflies.  Mammals commonly seen in the area include white-tailed deer, coyote, bobcat and nine-banded armadillo. Many species of amphibians and reptiles inhabit these woods, including marbled salamander, speckled kingsnake and coral snake.
Different bird species abound within the upland and bottomland habitats traversed by the trail. Look and listen for Pileated and Red-headed Woodpeckers in the bottomlands. Also look for Blue Grosbeak, Painted and Indigo Buntings and Yellow-breasted Chat in the open fields, and Prairie Warbler in the pine stands. Look for dragonflies in the pond area and butterflies along the trail.

 

Hope you enjoyed our little exploration! Try those activities when you visit the East of Texas!

May 9, 2019

It's Hurricane Preparedness Week!

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to Hurricanes, you need to be prepared. Hurricanes bring many hazards to US coastlines and inland flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves. Do you know what to do in times of a disaster like this?

Here are the safety reminders and measures to do before this scary thing happens.

1. Know your risk - The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family before the first storm of the season even forms.

2. Create an Evacuation Plan - make sure you have an evacuation plan. Find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

3. Prepare a Checklist of Disaster Supplies - You need plenty of prepared supplies to make it through the Hurricane and what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.

4. Repair your Home - If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.

5. Complete a list of important documents and valuables - Once you’re under pressure, having a written checklist will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family as well as your valuable belongings. Don't forget to have a photo documentation of your valuables. Keep your important documents together for quick access.

May 7, 2019

Take Mom to Brunch!

The tables are turning this Mother's Day—in the most delicious way! Before you kick off the rest of the Mother's Day activities, treat Mom to a wonderful brunch. Here are some fave spots for brunching in Boerne!

 

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Peggy's On the Green

Set in a historic hotel located in the heart of Boerne is Peggy’s On The Green. Dive into sweet and savory tastes like their sweet potato pancakes topped with cinnamon butter, or try their brunch burger with jalapeño pimento cheese and a fried egg with fresh burger veggies! Choose to relax inside the charming dining room or outside on the porch that overlooks the Cibolo Creek Trail!

 

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Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.

The laid-back atmosphere of the Cibolo Creek Brewing Co. is appealing to families and foodies of all kinds! Their brunch special on Sundays usually includes fried chicken with pancakes. You can request eggs to top that chicken off too! Choose to order other CCBC favorites and yummy breakfast classics if fried chicken and pancakes aren’t your thing, but it sure sounds like a mouth-watering combination!

 

 

259 Brantley’s Bistro

Looking for something different and quaint yet delicious? Load up with bistro-style entrees at 259 Brantley’s Bistro. Take your pick between brunch favorites like eggs benedict and seasonal quiche, or taste something unique like their Schnitzel, which is a Texas Hill Country Wild Boar cutlet that is breaded, topped with bacon and paired with sunny side up eggs! Appetizers, salads and sandwiches are also on the menu. Fun fact: this local bistro is located in a historic Boerne building that was originally a bakery/saloon and living quarters for German immigrant Ludwig Ort and his wife Olga Vogt of Boerne!

 

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The Dienger Trading Co.

Savor the tastes of The Dienger’s lighter-fare menu. Order classic comfort foods like biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, croissants, chicken salad, house-baked quiche and any of their freshly made bakery goods! You will love the warm, friendly atmosphere that the Dienger provides as well as the beautifully restored boutique offering housewares, men and women’s fashions and a quaint, small in-house bookstore.

 

Little Gretel

Boerne’s very own authentic German/Czech-themed restaurant is known around town for being a great place to get your brunch on. Try their Dutch omelet loaded with gouda cheese, or the Lox, which is smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers, shallots and French bread! How about a Kolache benedict which includes two poached eggs, your choice of “wurst” Kiolbassa Kolache or jalapeño Kiolbassa Kolache – all topped with hollandaise sauce! Yum!

 

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Bear Moon Bakery

Tuesday thru Sunday, you can expect to find one of the best all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets at Boerne’s Bear Moon Bakery. Feast your eyes on biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, French toast and more! Whether you’re a lover of savory or sweet, there is something here for you. You can get quiche all day long, or order a sandwich, soup, salad or wrap from their lunch menu!

 

Let us know your favorite brunch spots in the comments below!

May 3, 2019

April 2019 Texas Hill Country Real Estate Markets




The spring season marches on and the markets continue the growth that began to percolate in March.

Boerne remains at the top this month in terms of estimated home value increases during the previous 12 months, moving from a 9.76% increase for the 12 month period that ended 31 March to a 10.7% increase during the 12 month period ending 30 April. 

Kerrville and 
Fredericksburg are in a near dead heat behind Boerne for these 12 month metrics (moving from 8.83% to 10.28% and from 8.58% to 10.2% respectively). 


Here are the year over year estimated value increases for our other markets as of the current market snapshot of 4/30/2019:

  • Comfort: 4.58% (representing a -1.42% drop from last month). Reminder that this is our smallest market that is influenced by low inventory and volatile month to month sales volume.
  • Fair Oaks Ranch: 7.41% (a relatively flat 0.24% increase)

Note: Statistics include Single Family homes, lots, and farm and ranch sales.

More insightful statistics and data in the market reports covering our Texas hill country market at the links below. 

(Please note: The links to the .pdf reports expire in 30 days. Large files, patience please!)


Boerne

Fair Oaks Ranch

Fredericksburg

Comfort


Kerrville

Please Contact me with questions you may have about the information in these reports, to preview any highlighted available properties, or to discuss marketing strategies for your property.


 

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for previews of our upcoming listings
 

May 2, 2019

What's Going On This Weekend?

Got plans this weekend? Not yet? Well check out what's going on around Boerne and we're sure you'll find something to pencil in on that calendar! Let us know in the comments what you're interested in checking out!

 

Vintage Market Days-Boerne Spring Event

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Vintage Market Days®-Boerne-Spring Event, May 3-5, 2019, one of Country Living Magazines "7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales You Won't Want To Miss"!

Grab your girlfriends or your husband and come out for a weekend of the very best of Vintage vendors from across the United States. They bring vendors who are unique to Vintage Market Days®. VMD™ is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings and a little more. Shopping, live music, food trucks...They love bringing the Vintage experience® to the Boerne area! Get your tickets here!

 

Hauptstrasse Quiltfest

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Enjoy a great spring Saturday in Boerne and experience this colorful event. There will be music, sale quilts, special exhibits, presentations and more. The goal is to cover Hauptstrasse (Main Street) and Main Plaza with quilts.

 

Crawfish and Zydeco

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm

They're boiling THOUSANDS of pounds of crawfish plus several other vendors will be onsite serving up crawfish, alligator, boudin, wings and more! Live Cajun and country music with Dr. Zog + local acts. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 

EVENT INFO:

Parking: Free 12-5pm then $5

General Admission: $10 for adults, kids under 12 are free.

 

Crawfish Plate: $13 in advance or $15 on the day of the event for 2lbs of goodness includes corn and potatoes!

 

Boerne VFD Annual Fish Fry and Auction

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, May 4th, come out and help support the BVFD at its annual fish fry! Food will be served from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. There will also be a live music, a live auction, a silent auction, and a raffle. Eat your weight in a delicious catfish dinner, and then dance the night away!

 

Hot Rod Night

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Live Music!  Classic Cars & Hot Rods Cruise In! Hot Rod Saturday Nights are reminiscent of Old Fashioned Americana Street Parties...A gathering place for old and new friends. The Lost Mule Band takes the stage (classic rock)! Dates are subject to change due to weather.

 

Lemonade Day

Sunday, May 5, 2019 (All day)

Lemonade stands will be all over Boerne, along the Hill Country Mile as well as in Main Plaza. Feeling thirsty? Buy a glass of cool lemonade while spending the day in Boerne and help spark an entrepreneureal spirit.

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.

Help to empower today’s youth to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs!

Posted in Boerne Attractions
April 30, 2019

Where to Shop for Mother's Day

Mom always comes first. That's the rule. And you better remember it with Mother's Day coming up in a few weeks. Maybe you can't buy a mother's love—but you can at least grease the wheels by getting her a nice gift. From one of a kind home goods to chic clothing to beautiful jewelry, here are some of the best places to shop in Boerne.

 

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259 Home Market

The 259 Market has fun home goods, cute clothing for young & young at heart, jewelry, and antiques. There is always something new at 259. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. 

 

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Alley On Main

The Alley On Main is a unique boutique full of eclectic finds for the home and wardrobe of the woman who is looking for her own individual style! Fun and chic head to toe style including clothing from jeans to tees and tops to dresses as well as fabulous accessories to personalize your look! Find out more here.

 

Bechants

Bechants is a department store that resides in a re-purposed bank right in the heart of the Hill Country Mile. Home to over 1,300 brands and 85,000 unique products, Bechants strives to meet any and every need you could imagine from a department store. From Young Living Essential Oils, to home decor, custom stationery, clothing, jewelry and all things baby, Bechants has it all. See more at their Facebook page.

 

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Boerne Farmhouse

The Boerne Farmhouse is a specialty store specializing in architectural salvage and home decor. The mother-daughter team are passionate about saving historical pieces of furniture, but have also sprinkled in newer products to help round their inventory out. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

 

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Celeste

Celeste is a statement of extraordinary style and playful fun. Not only will you find fabulous clothes, there is a fantastic variety of shoes, handbags and accessories. She carries a wide variety of clothing and accessories in a variety of styles, fashions, and budgets. Take a look at their Facebook page to learn more.

 

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Dang Sassy

A boutique with women's and children apparel, accessories, gifts, custom monogramming, embroidery and vinyl designs! Their goal is to bring fun and affordable to Boerne! Check out their stuff on their Facebook page.

 

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La Te Da

La Te Da is what dreams are made of! Specializing in unique home decor and gifts for all occasions. They range from the practical to the whimsical and are constantly changing so be sure to visit the shop often. Check out their Facebook page for more.

 

Let us know in the comments your favorite place to shop for Mom, or if you are Mom - tell us what you'd like for Mother's Day!

Posted in Boerne Attractions
April 25, 2019

Big News for Boerne Visitors Center!

The Boerne Visitors Center is getting ready to move into its permanent home! After a lot of planning, hard work, and a whole lot of waiting, the day is finally upon us that we move to Boerne’s Hill Country Mile to serve Boerne’s thriving tourist community in our new building.

In order to accommodate the moving company and allow enough time to relocate and set everything up, it will be necessary for the Visitors Center to be closed on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th* for the safety of our visitors and staff.  After that, it’s business as usual Monday, May 6th at our new location down on the Hill Country Mile at 282 N. Main St.

Our office hours will be Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM, Saturdays from 10AM-2PM, and we expect to start opening on Sundays shortly after the move! Stay tuned for more information on that.

Be sure to stop by, check out the new building, and browse through the plethora of information we have on Boerne and the surrounding Hill Country. Our new location is just north of The Dienger Trading Co. at the corner of Lohmann St. and Main St. We specialize in tailoring your perfect Hill Country getaway. We are so excited for this new chapter and hope to see you soon!

Need Boerne information while we are closed? Our website is a fabulous resource and offers a wealth of information!

*Weather permitting

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Posted in Boerne Attractions
April 23, 2019

Boerne Top BBQ Spots

Thinking about hosting a BBQ party? Spring is the perfect season for it. Warm weather, cool breeze and lots of hours of daylight. Yard not ready for guests? Then take 'em out in town to find the best BBQ in Boerne! You can always order to go and hit up the Pavilion Food Park & Event Center for a picnic style gathering.

 

Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q

No matter which way you spell it...  BBQ, Barbecue, Bar-B-Q or Bar-b-que.  Smokey Mo's is serving up some darn good Bar-B-Q. This family barbecue business has been smokin' up lean brisket, tender, juicy chicken and turkey and of course hot delicious sausage.  Add to that some mouth-waterin' hot buttered potatoes, refreshing coleslaw and corn on the cob...  Then you've got yourself a meal.

 

Klein Smokehaus

Klein Smokehaus and Deer Processing, formerly Farmers Meat Market, (same owner, just a new name) has been a staple in Boerne for a long time.  While hunters bring in their own deer, it is also a place for those who just want excellent BBQ, sauce, brisket, sausage, beef, pork, deer and other meats.

 

Fritze's BBQ

Fritze's offers pit-smoked brisket, turkey, sausage, and chicken with plenty of sides. The dining room is comfortable and has family-friendly seating. For those that prefer the outdoors there is a backyard garden for a picnic-like atmosphere.

 

BlackBoard Bar B Q

Casual, low n' slow, Texas style Bar B Q with upscale Southern side dishes. Daily Black Board Specials, cold beer and live music.

 

Tell us in the comments where your favorite place for BBQ is! We'd love to know about more secret spots in Boerne!