New Years Eve in San Antonio 2009

Created Tuesday, 30 December 2008 16:27


New Year’s Eve in
San Antonio, Texas 2009

The end of another year brings one of San Antonio’s biggest and most exciting events, the annual Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s party.  The celebration has something for all members of the family, featuring four stages of live music, fireworks, special children’s areas, food, and vendors of all kinds.

The festival has gained in size and renown over the years, and as San Antonio has become truly an internationally recognized city, so has it found its way onto many lists of the world’s best places to ring in the new year.  According to the events website,, lists San Antonio as #34 on its list of places to spend New Year’s Eve–just between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, CA!

Celebrate San Antonio is a free event, open to all who wish to attend, and begins downtown on South Alamo, between Market and Durango at 6 PM.  The party lasts until the fireworks close things down around 12:30 AM in front of the Tower of the Americas.

This year, among some of the acts that will be performing are:

On the HEB Family Stage at the Arneson River, The Mira Sol Band and Inner City with Style will be entertaining the crowd.

This year, event planners are expecting in excess of 250,000 people to attend, meaning that the streets of San Antonio should be packed, and good times should abound!  Celebrate San Antonio is billed as the largest free New Year’s Eve celebration in the state of Texas, and will certainly be a night to remember.

For something a bit more intimate, but also well known to San Antonio is the New Year’s Eve concert at Jim Cullen’s Landing at the Hyatt Regency.  The doors open at 8:30 and the world famous Jim Cullen Jazz Band will be ringing in the new year.

Finally, if you are planning a get-together at your house, there are three places that can supply your every need.

  • Alamo Fiesta, located at 2025 Main Av., has southwest style decorations, furniture, paper flowers, music instruments, and more.
  • Amol’s Specialty at 710 Flores is the stop to pick up noisemakers, hats, beads, balloons, and even pre-packaged party kits for 100 guests.
  • Party Mart located at 2863 Thousand Oaks Dr, has great prices on every party decoration and supply that can be imagined.

Remember, wherever you choose to ring in the New Year, please do it responsibly and carefully.  We all know that this is one of the times of the year where there are lots of avoidable accidents and needless harm done.  Please drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive.  Taking a taxi is a great way to be safe, have a great time, and not worry about having problems.  San Antonio’s most advanced, recommended, and well-known cab service is Yellow Cab, and can be reached at 210-222-2222.

Happy 2009 New Year, from Mission Realty… San Antonio!


Spurs Riding 5 Game Winning Streak

Created Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:59

Spurs Riding 5 Game Winning Streak, 1st in Division

A month ago, the Spurs were muddling through a mediocre start to the season, struggling to keep their heads above water.  As 2008 comes to a close, San Antonio looks like a prime contender to make some noise in the playoffs.  The injury problems that held the team back are in the rearview mirror now, with the only players sidelined being Oberto and Mahinmi.  Some of the new faces–like Roger Mason–seem to be adjusting to the team, and are finding and fitting into their roles.

On Christmas day, Mason occupied a role usually reserved for one of the teams Big Three–otherwise known as ‘Go-To-Guy’.  Playing Phoenix usually means that something strange will happen, and Mason’s three at the buzzer was the latest occurrence in this bitter series.  The Spurs trailed for the majority of the game, but managed to stay within striking distance.  That was all Mason needed.

Memphis is not a good team, but rookie OJ Mayo is a real player, looking to turn the Grizzlies’ fortunes around.  In the latest game against the Spurs, they almost did just that.  The game went into double overtime, and the Spurs had to play the second OT period without Duncan, who fouled out.  Luckily for San Antonio, Tony Parker was still in the game, and scored almost all of the team’s points on his way to scoring 32.  Michael Finley added the defense by blocking Memphis’ final shot to seal the victory.

The month of December has been a good one for San Antonio, and the team has gone 11-3 so far, with one game against Milwaukee remaining.  Of course, the Big Three are still as potent as ever.  Parker is leading the team with 22 points per game, while adding over six assists per game.  Ginobili is still under his average of past seasons, averaging just under 15 points per game, but looks to be getting back into better shape after battling his ankle injury.  The acquisition of Roger Mason has certainly paid off, as he is giving the team over 12 points, and shooting 46% from three-point range in 30 minutes of action.  George Hill, the rookie from IUIPUI, is scoring 8 points per game, with almost three assists per game, while filling in as second string PG.

The Spurs run has put them in first place in the division with a half game lead over Houston, and one game lead over New Orleans.  Additionally, San Antonio is in second place in the Western Conference where they trail the Lakers by 4.5 games.  The Southwest Division remains the most competitive in the league with the fourth-place team, Dallas, just two games back of the Spurs.

The month of January pits San Antonio against some of the best teams in the league, with two games versus the Lakers, as well as match-ups against New Orleans, Utah, Orlando, and Miami.  At the beginning of the season, Spurs fans were certainly anxious about what the season would hold.  At the moment, the Spurs are contenders for the West, which means they are likely in contention for something bigger!


Home Sales Prices Drop in November

Created Tuesday, 23 December 2008 11:39



TEXAS (Real Estate Center, MarketWatch) – A total of 12,816 existing homes were sold in Texas last month, a 32.9 percent decline from November 2008, according to MLS data compiled by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The median price dropped 5.4 percent to $136,900 during the same period, and the state finished the month with a 6.8-month inventory of existing homes.

Here is how select Texas cities fared in November (data current as of Dec. 23, 2008):

Sales Change from
Last Year
Change from
Last Year
Amarillo 140 down 44.7% $116,500 up 1.5% 5.8
Austin 1,086 down 39.8% $179,900 down 2.9% 5.7
Beaumont 153 down 13.1% $134,400 up 12.8% 7.2
Brownsville 56 down 39.8% $88,000 down 25.9% na
Bryan–College Station 105 down 23.4% $139,200 up 5.1% 5
Corpus Christi 223 down 31.2% $130,500 up 0.4% 9.5
Dallas 2,776 down 32.7% $144,100 down 7.3% 6.3
El Paso 362 down 6.5% $132,800 down 0.6% 12
Fort Worth 492 down 38.1% $110,000 down 7.3% 5.9
Houston 3,747 down 32.1% $137,200 down 7.9% 6.3
Laredo 54 down 36.5% $117,500 down 16.6% 10
Longview-Marshall 134 down 31.6% $121,200 down 3% 6.8
Lubbock 151 down 41.5% $103,600 up 3.6% 5.5
San Antonio 1,064 down 33.1% $140,600 down 3% 8
Texarkana 49 down 24.6% $80,800 down 25.5% 7.4
Tyler 164 down 38.1% $122,700 down 9% 10.8
Victoria 50 down 28.6% $120,000 up 3.8% 5.5
Waco 114 down 32.5% $100,000 down 11.4% 7.9


Additional home sales data for these and other major Texas cities are available on the Center’s website.

Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes and condos dropped 8.6 percent last month to a 4.49 million seasonally adjusted annual pace, according to the National Association of Realtors. At $181,300, the median sales price was down 13.2 percent from a year earlier. Inventory was at 11.2 months.

Meanwhile, sales of new homes nationally were at 407,000 in November, down more than 35 percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The median sales price was $220,400. At the current sales pace, there was an 11.5-month inventory.

Texas A&M Real Estate Center news brought to you by Mission Realty,Inc. San Antonio Real Estate



Spurs Back in Good Health

Created Wednesday, 10 December 2008 09:25

Spurs Back in Good Health, 1.5 Games Back in the Division

And you thought the Spurs were all about defense.  Typically, San Antonio has made its living on that end of the court, but their most recent win was due as much to a powerful offense as anything.  Against the Golden State Warriors, the Spurs put up 123 points, while holding the Warriors to just 88.  Duncan was sporting a new hairdo–of lack thereof–having shaved his head.  Whatever it was, worked.  Duncan scored almost a point a minute, tallying 20 points in just 21 minutes of work, while pulling down 13 rebounds.  In that game, four of the Spurs starters scored in double digits, with Ginobili just missing out with 9.  Everyone on the team scored except for Jacques Vaughn.

The scoring orgy came on the heels of another impressive offensive performance against the Nuggets, in which San Antonio won, 108-91.  Just a month earlier, the Spurs posted their highest point total of the year, when they scored 129 against the Timberwolves.

San Antonio has finally gotten healthy, and even though Ginobili still hasn’t quite found his form yet, the team is 7-3 over its last 10 games, and 11-8 overall.  Ordinarily, that record wouldn’t be one to brag about, but since the Southwest is the most competitive division in the NBA, the Spurs are tied for fourth place, but are only 1.5 games behind division-leading Houston.  Also, Spurs fans must be pleased that some of their wins have been over some of the better teams in the league.  San Antonio has beaten Houston, Utah, and Denver, among others.

As far as the Western Conference is concerned, San Antonio finds itself in a three way tie for seventh place with Dallas and Phoenix, and are 6 games behind the Lakers, who lead the conference.

Ginobili’s return has been helpful, although he has yet to regain his form from last year, where he averaged nearly 20 points per game.  This year, Ginobili has only played in 7 games, and is averaging just under 14 points.  The one player that has really stepped up his game is Tony Parker.  The speedy Frenchman is averaging 22 points per game, as opposed to 18 last year.  Parker worked on his outside shooting during the offseason, and it certainly paid off.  Parker is shooting a lights-out 40% from behind the arc, although he has only played in about half the games this year also.

The two newest members of the Spurs, rookie George Hill, and Roger Mason, have been welcome additions.  Hill, the team’s first round pick this year, is averaging 10 points per game, with three rebounds, and three assists.  Roger Mason seems to have finally come into his own with the Spurs.  Averaging just 6 points for his journeyman career, Mason has been a shot in the arm for San Antonio, scoring just under 14 points per game for his new team, while making almost half of his shots from behind the arc, and 90% from the free throw line.

December’s schedule looks favorable for the Spurs, with most of their games coming against the league’s more unfortunate teams.  San Antonio also has a few chances to move up in their own division, as they go to Dallas and New Orleans.  The season is still very young, and the Spurs have weathered injuries to two of their core players for the second straight year, but are in a great position to win the division.  Hopefully, the injury bug won’t bite twice in the same season, and the Spurs can focus their attention on continuing to develop team chemistry with the new guys, and trying to catch up to the division-leading Rockets, and Western Conference-leading Lakers.


TEXAS Outperforms Nation In Nonfarm Employment

Created Friday, 05 December 2008 15:51

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas relentlessly added more jobs in October despite more job losses for the nation. Texas’ nonfarm employment rose 2.2 percent from October 2007 to October 2008 compared with a decrease of 0.9 percent for the United States.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in October 2007 to 5.6 percent in October 2008. Over the same period, the nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.8 percent to 6.5 percent.

Despite recent oil price decreases, the state’s mining industry continued to gain more jobs and ranked first in job creation, followed by the professional and business services, leisure and hospitality industry, education and health services industry, and construction industry.

All Texas metros had positive employment growth rates from October 2007 to October 2008. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked first in job creation followed by Laredo, College Station–Bryan, Midland and Longview.

The state’s actual unemployment rate in October 2008 was 5.4 percent. Petroplexes Midland and Odessa ranked first and second in lowest unemployment rate followed by Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene and College Station–Bryan.

The complete economic review is available on the Real Estate Center’s website.


TAMU Chief Economist Offers Housing Crisis Solution

Created Friday, 05 December 2008 15:36

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Although recent government efforts to improve America’s housing markets have proven less than effective so far, noted economist Dr. Mark Dotzour says bold government action can get the market back on track.

In a white paper released today, the chief economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University offers a four-part solution to fixing the housing crisis, one that involves more than simply devising ways to keep people in their homes.

“The housing problem is fairly easy to understand,” said Dotzour. “We have too much supply and not enough demand, and we need to reverse that.”

Dotzour’s white paper is available on the Center’s website.