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May | June 2013

North Central Luxury #1 LUXURY BROKER IN SAN ANTONIO FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS. (per local board statistics and BrokerMetrics®)

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Matin Tabbakh, MBA

Broker Associate, Realtor®, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Keller Williams Luxury International 10 Dominion Dr, San Antonio TX 78257 C: 210-772-7777 • VM: 210-776-1500 Matin@SALuxuryRealty.com

1-STORY • CUSTOM • EXCEPTIONAL AND LUXURIOUS HOME IN INWOOD!

FREE SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOOD. JUST ASK! Like us on facebook: facebook.com/SALuxuryRealty Follow us on twitter: twitter.com/SALuxuryRealty

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Nestled in the heart of highly regarded and 24/7 guarded community of Inwood. This home sits on 0.38 acres lot and features 3372 SF (per BCAD) all on one level with soared ceiling heights and walls of windows for plenty of natural light. NO stairs and NO carpet; completely remodeled with modern kitchen, fresh paint and more!

www.SALuxuryRealty.com *Call for your FREE listing presentation. TAR Listing Agreement terms and conditions apply. Call for details.

Enjoy the sunset daily on a private & quite backyard with lush landscape and in-ground swimming pool. Very well taken care of and ready for immediate move in. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Mortgages without obstacles. PrimeLending takes pride in being a premier lender that offers a wide array of loan products which cater to the specific needs of each individual.

Providing Service Beyond Expectations. Call me today!

Kim Kelman

Senior Loan Officer

210-421-8854

KKelman@primelending.com www.alamocityhomeloans.com 270 N. Loop 1604,Suite 310 San Antonio, TX 78232 NMLS: 418628

All loans subject to credit approval. Rates and fees subject to change. Mortgage financing provided by PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. Equal Housing Lender. © 2013 PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company (NMLS: 13649) is a wholly owned subsidiary of a state-chartered bank and is an exempt lender in TX. V041013.

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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In Good Taste Featuring Wildfish Seafood Grille 210.493.1600 | WildfishSeafoodGrille.com

SEARED AHI TUNA APPETIZER Ingredients: 4 oz sashimi-grade ahi tuna 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds 2 oz olive oil 2 oz buckwheat soba noodles, cooked 1 roma tomato, diced 2 scallions, sliced 3 shitake mushroom caps, julienne 1 oz olive oil 2 oz Wildfish Hong Kong Broth 1 tsp wasabi, prepared 1 tsp pickled ginger 1 tsp daikon radish sprouts Procedure: Season tuna with salt & pepper, coat well with sesame seeds. Heat oil in sauté pan until very hot. Sear tuna quickly on both sides. In separate pan, heat oil until very hot. Add shitakes. Sauté until caramelized, then add tomatoes, scallions, and noodles. Add Hong Kong Broth. Slice tuna into ¼” slices. Arrange stir-fry in center of bowl. Pour broth over stir-fry. Fan sliced tuna around noodles and vegetables and garnish with wasabi, ginger, and sprouts.

The Academy of Golf Dynamics Austin, Texas | 800.879.2008 GolfDynamics.com Ranked by Golf magazine as one of the top 25 golf schools in the country, this Jack Nicklaus designed facility offers a 3-to-1 ratio of students to teachers. The Academy is also the first-ever site designed specifically for learning to play better golf. Three-day school sessions offered.

Has it been a few years (alright, maybe decades) since you went off to summer camp? Why not treat yourself to a mini-vacation at a golf academy? Whether you’re new to the links or yearning to perfect your putting once and for all, a few intensive days at a golf academy are sure to improve your game. But just what makes a golf academy better than taking lessons from your local club’s golf pro? For one, you are immersed in all that driving, chipping, and putting for several days at a time (most schools let you choose the length of your stay). At many golf academies, you will be taught by top-notch PGA and LPGA professionals who are trained to instruct novices and almost-pros alike. These teachers will create custom-made instruction based on your ability, style, and goals. Many schools also offer specific classes to improve certain aspects, such as your short game. Others offer “ladies-only” instruction and “junior academies” for younger players. Cutting-edge technology is also a key component to a good golf school. You’ll want to look for an academy that provides computer and video analysis, looking at everything from your swing, to the rotation on the ball and even your putting style. The top academies are also often found on beautiful, championship-level golf courses … and are sometimes based at some of the most exclusive and luxurious resort areas. So why not treat yourself to your own version of summer camp…all while bringing your golf game up to par. Check out these top-rated golf academies below.

Choose from two- or three-day sessions, with or without hotel accommodations. Features include one-on-one instruction taught by PGA and LPGA professionals for a nine-hole playing lesson each day. You choose the dates that fit your schedule. Troon North also offers the Callaway Authorized Performance Center, which analyzes club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rates. Cost: $2199-$4499, depending on number of days and hotel options.

The Advantage Golf School Four Seasons Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona 877.239.6609 | AdvantageGolfSchool.com Set in the Sonoran Desert, the Troon North Golf Club offers a beautiful backdrop for golf.

The Advantage Golf School Stone Creek Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona 877.239.6609 | AdvantageGolfSchool.com At Stone Creek Golf Club, surrounded by desert mountain views, golfers get six hours of

For years car buyers have relied on a “background check” on the pre-owned vehicle they are interested in buying. We all know this as a CARFAX report. The report has become so popular with car buyers that many say “show me the CARFAX” before any final buying decision. In real estate, most states require a seller to complete some form of a seller’s disclosure statement that will provide potential buyers with information about the property’s history

and potential defects. Other than the report generated by the seller, what third-party, neutral sources of background information about a property can a real estate buyer rely upon? Is there a “background check” that can be requested for a particular property? How does a buyer obtain it? Buyers usually rely on the traditional property inspection to reveal any defects or issues with a property. But, there are several other sources of information about a property’s past that buyers may want to consider when making one of the biggest purchase decisions of their life. BuildFax.com has created a database of permit information from building departments in more than 4,000 cities and counties across the United States. BuildFax compiles a report that shows major renovations or repairs to a property, the date those were done, and the list of contractors who worked on the project. Local regulations vary on what types of work require a permit, but usually any significant remodel will require a permit. Discrepancies between information provided by the seller and information revealed on the report may raise concerns or provide the buyer

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one-on-one instruction from elite PGA veteran instructors. The latest computer swing analysis is also offered. Cost: $1299-$2599, depending on number of days and hotel options. Barton Creek Golf Academy Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas 512.306.5805 | BartonCreekGolfAcademy.com Located at the beautiful Fazio Canyons golf course, the instructors use the latest technology to analyze your game. Academy offerings range from a three-hour, half-day instruction to one-, two-, and three-day golf academy options. Most classes are limited to 12 students per session. Cost: Ranges from $495 to $1395.

additional information when negotiating the sale price. The BuildFax report can also reveal whether renovations were done by licensed contractors or not. Since 2010, the Realtors Property Resource has been available to all National Association of Realtors® members. The system provides data on a range of property-specific information such as public records, tax assessment data, liens, mortgages and foreclosure information, school district statistics, zoning restrictions, flood plain maps and more. Your Realtor® can compile a custom report about a property so a buyer can make better informed decisions about that property. Past insurance claims may impact a buyer’s ability to obtain insurance on a property or, at a minimum, may impact the insurance rates the new buyer will pay. LexisNexis offers a C.L.U.E. Home Seller’s Report that contains five years history of insurance claims on the property. This Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange report details types of losses, dates of claims and insurance company payouts. The report may only be obtained by the seller, but buyers can make an offer contingent

La Cantera Golf School La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas 888.603.4653 | LaCanteraGolfClub.com This hilltop retreat just north of San Antonio offers half-, one-, two- and three-day golf school sessions. Most three-hour classes offer a 4-to-1 student-instructor ratio. The resort boasts two championship golf courses: the Resort Course at La Cantera and The Palmer Course at La Cantera, designed by Arnold Palmer. Prices range from $179-$299 per person per day. TOURAcademy La Costa La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California 800.766.7939 | PGATourExperiences.com. Located in Southern California’s only Gold Medal Golf Resort, TOURAcademy offers two- to five-day golf schools for all levels of players. This is one of eight TOURAcademy locations throughout the U.S. offering instruction with PGA and LPGA pros. Highlights include video swing analysis, Flightscope technology, and the Tomi Putting System, to analyze your putting game. Rates: $1395$3195 depending on number of days, hotel options, and time of year.

upon an acceptable C.L.U.E. report if they have any concerns about prior damage reported in a seller’s disclosure. Sellers who have had property damage may want to provide the report along with their seller’s disclosure – even if they are not obligated by law to do so. Buyers generally receive little to no background information on a bank or lender-owned property since the bank or mortgage company has no knowledge about the property’s past. Requesting a C.L.U.E. report can be especially valuable to the buyer in those cases. Informed real estate buyers have many other sources of information beyond the seller’s disclosure statement and home inspection that can provide a “background check” on a particular property. A Realtor® can help buyers obtain this information and can assist them in reading and interpreting the results.

Event Calendar MAY | JUNE 2013 The Best of Mexico The Shops at La Cantera, May 17th 210.822.9555 | CulinariaSA.org Flavor galore is the theme of this event as guests are treated to a culinary adventure of Mexico – right here in San Antonio! Local and visiting chefs put their own spin on their favorites of Mexican cuisine and the result is a tasty adventure for you. The evening is complete with a sampling of tasty beverages including wine, beer and of course, tequila with live entertainment and a silent auction. 7th Annual Texas 2013 Toy Soldier Show Menger Ballroom, May 25th – 26th 210.226.7000 | KingsX.com This great ”Collectors Show” is rapidly becoming a major event that brings together top toy soldier dealers, manufacturers and collectors from all over the world. During Memorial Day weekend, San Antonio´s own historic Menger Hotel is the place where you will see all kinds of fantastic toy soldiers and military miniatures to suit all kinds of taste...and all sizes of budgets. Come along to one of America´s top toy soldier shows...and bring the whole family. Shakespeare in the Park San Antonio Botanical Garden, May 29th – June 1st 210.227.2751 | MagikTheatre.org The Magik Theatre presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this year. Hosted by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Shakespeare in the Park brings San Antonians of all ages together in the balmy summer twilight to experience the joys, sorrows, trials, and triumphs of Shakespeare’s spellbinding characters and stories. 11th Annual San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival Crockett Park, May 31st – June 2nd 210.772.2900 | SanAntonioSummerArtJazzFestival.com Also known as SAS FEST and JAZZ FEST S.A., this three-day event features 17 great jazz concerts, an arts and crafts fair and delicious Texas cuisine. Bring your sweetie for a weekend of lively music and tasty eats, or, by all means it’s something the whole family would enjoy as well. 3rd Annual Art in the Dark The Witte Museum, June 13th 210.533.5195 | SALighthouse.org Billed as an unforgettable evening celebrating “The Touch…The Sense…The Feel…” of Art, you’ll meet some of the best artists, potters and sculptors in San Antonio that have donated their art to this event. Each piece is draped as the artist discusses the piece and shows other works they’ve designed. You can bid on the art throughout the evening while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine and fabulous musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind’s new Blind Children’s Education Program.


In Good Taste Featuring Wildfish Seafood Grille 210.493.1600 | WildfishSeafoodGrille.com

SEARED AHI TUNA APPETIZER Ingredients: 4 oz sashimi-grade ahi tuna 1 Tbsp white sesame seeds 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds 2 oz olive oil 2 oz buckwheat soba noodles, cooked 1 roma tomato, diced 2 scallions, sliced 3 shitake mushroom caps, julienne 1 oz olive oil 2 oz Wildfish Hong Kong Broth 1 tsp wasabi, prepared 1 tsp pickled ginger 1 tsp daikon radish sprouts Procedure: Season tuna with salt & pepper, coat well with sesame seeds. Heat oil in sauté pan until very hot. Sear tuna quickly on both sides. In separate pan, heat oil until very hot. Add shitakes. Sauté until caramelized, then add tomatoes, scallions, and noodles. Add Hong Kong Broth. Slice tuna into ¼” slices. Arrange stir-fry in center of bowl. Pour broth over stir-fry. Fan sliced tuna around noodles and vegetables and garnish with wasabi, ginger, and sprouts.

The Academy of Golf Dynamics Austin, Texas | 800.879.2008 GolfDynamics.com Ranked by Golf magazine as one of the top 25 golf schools in the country, this Jack Nicklaus designed facility offers a 3-to-1 ratio of students to teachers. The Academy is also the first-ever site designed specifically for learning to play better golf. Three-day school sessions offered.

Has it been a few years (alright, maybe decades) since you went off to summer camp? Why not treat yourself to a mini-vacation at a golf academy? Whether you’re new to the links or yearning to perfect your putting once and for all, a few intensive days at a golf academy are sure to improve your game. But just what makes a golf academy better than taking lessons from your local club’s golf pro? For one, you are immersed in all that driving, chipping, and putting for several days at a time (most schools let you choose the length of your stay). At many golf academies, you will be taught by top-notch PGA and LPGA professionals who are trained to instruct novices and almost-pros alike. These teachers will create custom-made instruction based on your ability, style, and goals. Many schools also offer specific classes to improve certain aspects, such as your short game. Others offer “ladies-only” instruction and “junior academies” for younger players. Cutting-edge technology is also a key component to a good golf school. You’ll want to look for an academy that provides computer and video analysis, looking at everything from your swing, to the rotation on the ball and even your putting style. The top academies are also often found on beautiful, championship-level golf courses … and are sometimes based at some of the most exclusive and luxurious resort areas. So why not treat yourself to your own version of summer camp…all while bringing your golf game up to par. Check out these top-rated golf academies below.

Choose from two- or three-day sessions, with or without hotel accommodations. Features include one-on-one instruction taught by PGA and LPGA professionals for a nine-hole playing lesson each day. You choose the dates that fit your schedule. Troon North also offers the Callaway Authorized Performance Center, which analyzes club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rates. Cost: $2199-$4499, depending on number of days and hotel options.

The Advantage Golf School Four Seasons Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona 877.239.6609 | AdvantageGolfSchool.com Set in the Sonoran Desert, the Troon North Golf Club offers a beautiful backdrop for golf.

The Advantage Golf School Stone Creek Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona 877.239.6609 | AdvantageGolfSchool.com At Stone Creek Golf Club, surrounded by desert mountain views, golfers get six hours of

For years car buyers have relied on a “background check” on the pre-owned vehicle they are interested in buying. We all know this as a CARFAX report. The report has become so popular with car buyers that many say “show me the CARFAX” before any final buying decision. In real estate, most states require a seller to complete some form of a seller’s disclosure statement that will provide potential buyers with information about the property’s history

and potential defects. Other than the report generated by the seller, what third-party, neutral sources of background information about a property can a real estate buyer rely upon? Is there a “background check” that can be requested for a particular property? How does a buyer obtain it? Buyers usually rely on the traditional property inspection to reveal any defects or issues with a property. But, there are several other sources of information about a property’s past that buyers may want to consider when making one of the biggest purchase decisions of their life. BuildFax.com has created a database of permit information from building departments in more than 4,000 cities and counties across the United States. BuildFax compiles a report that shows major renovations or repairs to a property, the date those were done, and the list of contractors who worked on the project. Local regulations vary on what types of work require a permit, but usually any significant remodel will require a permit. Discrepancies between information provided by the seller and information revealed on the report may raise concerns or provide the buyer

TAKE YOUR GAME

one-on-one instruction from elite PGA veteran instructors. The latest computer swing analysis is also offered. Cost: $1299-$2599, depending on number of days and hotel options. Barton Creek Golf Academy Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas 512.306.5805 | BartonCreekGolfAcademy.com Located at the beautiful Fazio Canyons golf course, the instructors use the latest technology to analyze your game. Academy offerings range from a three-hour, half-day instruction to one-, two-, and three-day golf academy options. Most classes are limited to 12 students per session. Cost: Ranges from $495 to $1395.

additional information when negotiating the sale price. The BuildFax report can also reveal whether renovations were done by licensed contractors or not. Since 2010, the Realtors Property Resource has been available to all National Association of Realtors® members. The system provides data on a range of property-specific information such as public records, tax assessment data, liens, mortgages and foreclosure information, school district statistics, zoning restrictions, flood plain maps and more. Your Realtor® can compile a custom report about a property so a buyer can make better informed decisions about that property. Past insurance claims may impact a buyer’s ability to obtain insurance on a property or, at a minimum, may impact the insurance rates the new buyer will pay. LexisNexis offers a C.L.U.E. Home Seller’s Report that contains five years history of insurance claims on the property. This Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange report details types of losses, dates of claims and insurance company payouts. The report may only be obtained by the seller, but buyers can make an offer contingent

La Cantera Golf School La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas 888.603.4653 | LaCanteraGolfClub.com This hilltop retreat just north of San Antonio offers half-, one-, two- and three-day golf school sessions. Most three-hour classes offer a 4-to-1 student-instructor ratio. The resort boasts two championship golf courses: the Resort Course at La Cantera and The Palmer Course at La Cantera, designed by Arnold Palmer. Prices range from $179-$299 per person per day. TOURAcademy La Costa La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, California 800.766.7939 | PGATourExperiences.com. Located in Southern California’s only Gold Medal Golf Resort, TOURAcademy offers two- to five-day golf schools for all levels of players. This is one of eight TOURAcademy locations throughout the U.S. offering instruction with PGA and LPGA pros. Highlights include video swing analysis, Flightscope technology, and the Tomi Putting System, to analyze your putting game. Rates: $1395$3195 depending on number of days, hotel options, and time of year.

upon an acceptable C.L.U.E. report if they have any concerns about prior damage reported in a seller’s disclosure. Sellers who have had property damage may want to provide the report along with their seller’s disclosure – even if they are not obligated by law to do so. Buyers generally receive little to no background information on a bank or lender-owned property since the bank or mortgage company has no knowledge about the property’s past. Requesting a C.L.U.E. report can be especially valuable to the buyer in those cases. Informed real estate buyers have many other sources of information beyond the seller’s disclosure statement and home inspection that can provide a “background check” on a particular property. A Realtor® can help buyers obtain this information and can assist them in reading and interpreting the results.

Event Calendar MAY | JUNE 2013 The Best of Mexico The Shops at La Cantera, May 17th 210.822.9555 | CulinariaSA.org Flavor galore is the theme of this event as guests are treated to a culinary adventure of Mexico – right here in San Antonio! Local and visiting chefs put their own spin on their favorites of Mexican cuisine and the result is a tasty adventure for you. The evening is complete with a sampling of tasty beverages including wine, beer and of course, tequila with live entertainment and a silent auction. 7th Annual Texas 2013 Toy Soldier Show Menger Ballroom, May 25th – 26th 210.226.7000 | KingsX.com This great ”Collectors Show” is rapidly becoming a major event that brings together top toy soldier dealers, manufacturers and collectors from all over the world. During Memorial Day weekend, San Antonio´s own historic Menger Hotel is the place where you will see all kinds of fantastic toy soldiers and military miniatures to suit all kinds of taste...and all sizes of budgets. Come along to one of America´s top toy soldier shows...and bring the whole family. Shakespeare in the Park San Antonio Botanical Garden, May 29th – June 1st 210.227.2751 | MagikTheatre.org The Magik Theatre presents Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this year. Hosted by the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Shakespeare in the Park brings San Antonians of all ages together in the balmy summer twilight to experience the joys, sorrows, trials, and triumphs of Shakespeare’s spellbinding characters and stories. 11th Annual San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival Crockett Park, May 31st – June 2nd 210.772.2900 | SanAntonioSummerArtJazzFestival.com Also known as SAS FEST and JAZZ FEST S.A., this three-day event features 17 great jazz concerts, an arts and crafts fair and delicious Texas cuisine. Bring your sweetie for a weekend of lively music and tasty eats, or, by all means it’s something the whole family would enjoy as well. 3rd Annual Art in the Dark The Witte Museum, June 13th 210.533.5195 | SALighthouse.org Billed as an unforgettable evening celebrating “The Touch…The Sense…The Feel…” of Art, you’ll meet some of the best artists, potters and sculptors in San Antonio that have donated their art to this event. Each piece is draped as the artist discusses the piece and shows other works they’ve designed. You can bid on the art throughout the evening while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, wine and fabulous musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind’s new Blind Children’s Education Program.


May | June 2013

North Central Luxury #1 LUXURY BROKER IN SAN ANTONIO FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS. (per local board statistics and BrokerMetrics®)

Save up to 50% of your listing side commission rates*, call for your free listing presentation.

Featured Property

Matin Tabbakh, MBA

Broker Associate, Realtor®, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Keller Williams Luxury International 10 Dominion Dr, San Antonio TX 78257 C: 210-772-7777 • VM: 210-776-1500 Matin@SALuxuryRealty.com

1-STORY • CUSTOM • EXCEPTIONAL AND LUXURIOUS HOME IN INWOOD!

FREE SALES REPORTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC NEIGHBORHOOD. JUST ASK! Like us on facebook: facebook.com/SALuxuryRealty Follow us on twitter: twitter.com/SALuxuryRealty

call for price

Nestled in the heart of highly regarded and 24/7 guarded community of Inwood. This home sits on 0.38 acres lot and features 3372 SF (per BCAD) all on one level with soared ceiling heights and walls of windows for plenty of natural light. NO stairs and NO carpet; completely remodeled with modern kitchen, fresh paint and more!

www.SALuxuryRealty.com *Call for your FREE listing presentation. TAR Listing Agreement terms and conditions apply. Call for details.

Enjoy the sunset daily on a private & quite backyard with lush landscape and in-ground swimming pool. Very well taken care of and ready for immediate move in. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Mortgages without obstacles. PrimeLending takes pride in being a premier lender that offers a wide array of loan products which cater to the specific needs of each individual.

Providing Service Beyond Expectations. Call me today!

Kim Kelman

Senior Loan Officer

210-421-8854

KKelman@primelending.com www.alamocityhomeloans.com 270 N. Loop 1604,Suite 310 San Antonio, TX 78232 NMLS: 418628

All loans subject to credit approval. Rates and fees subject to change. Mortgage financing provided by PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. Equal Housing Lender. © 2013 PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company. PrimeLending, a PlainsCapital Company (NMLS: 13649) is a wholly owned subsidiary of a state-chartered bank and is an exempt lender in TX. V041013.

If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

Summer Camp for Adults

BEST OF INWOOD

Produced by UpscaleRealEstateMarketing.com • 877.660.0996

Home Background Checks Property Investigations for Buyers

Seared Perfection Wildfish’s Ahi Tuna

Estates at Champion Run, Champion Ridge, Greystone Country Estates, The Pinnacles, Inwood Estates, Rogers Ranch/Falling Brook & Rogers Ranch Point Bluff

Real Estate Services


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