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Monday, March 30, 2009

Got Horn's?

Got Horns??

Got Horns? Well, this game ranch certainly does. My family and I were lucky enough to spend time with friends and get acquainted with several game ranchers in our area. I just wanted to share with ya'll the biggest horns I've ever seen in my life!! This rack is just a mold from a 3-1/2 year old monster buck (which seemed quite young to me) and is expected to be even bigger this year! I can't wait for that photo...I've heard this rack scores somewhere over 300 B & C points ( a guy thing) and is expected to score close to 350 in 2009. It's nice when they can just make molds of their horns and let them mature and get larger....can you imagine that?

Ashlynn holding casts of a yearlings horns (see below photo for the real deal)

I would imagine that anyone owning a game ranch might be interested in acquiring this type of monster buck genetics program to enhance the saleability of their ranches. That is where the Bucks Forever Program comes in. If you know of anyone interested in enhancing their genetic program, call me...I've seen this one first hand. The program is amazing and is worth investigating by any game rancher. If you know of anyone interested in seeing more of these unique Monster horns...give me a call and I'll hook you up with the best!

This is "Heads Up" of their breeder bucks. Isn't he beautiful??

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What is a Short Sale?

What is a Short Sale?

I can't tell you how many times I've been asked lately "what is a short sale?" In simple terms, a seller facing potential foreclosure strikes a deal with their lender to accept less than they owe on the property, in exchange for avoiding foreclosure.

Business Week had an article that was helpful
The Los Angeles Times also had a good article

Not all lenders will accept short sales or discounted payoffs, especially if it would make more financial sense to foreclose; moreover, not all sellers nor all properties qualify for short sales.

The transaction is handled somewhat like a regular transaction, except there is quite a bit of paperwork involved and the importance of knowing the short sale system within the market is essential for any realtor. The buyer should expect more paperwork and have much more flexibility in timing.

For more information on short sales, call me. I will be happy to answer any questions.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Special Thank You!

Thank you to all that supported Chris Martz 3rd Annual Toy Drive

for the kids of Ronald McDonald House-San Antonio

A special thank you to all that participated in my son Christopher's annual toy drive to benefit the children of Ronald McDonald House in San Antonio. His goal of providing Christmas to all three local Ronald McDonald Houses was reached. Donations exceeded expectations and we are all grateful for your participation. I would also like to thank Exit Realty, Land America/Lawyer's Title, Stewart Title, Independence Title as well as the hundreds of volunteers that made this event possible. Over 100 local area students participated in the Chris Martz Toy Drive. A special thank you to Health Careers High School in San Antonio for providing volunteers as well as teaching/administrative staff to supervise volunteers. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you for allowing our family to "pay it forward".

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Donate to Ronald McDonald House

Chris Martz 3rd Annual Toy Drive for Ronald Mc Donald House

Now through December 15, 2008

It's that time of year again! Christmas is around the corner and it's time for the boxes to be set out in the community of San Antonio and New Braunfels for Chris Martz 3rd Annual Toy & Gift Drive for Ronald McDonald House.

This began three years ago when Chris (now a junior at Health Careers High School in San Antonio) volunteered at the local Ronald McDonald House. Chris had been injured in a auto accident in 2003 that left him with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Our family stayed with him close by at the local Ronald Mc Donald House in Reno, Nevada while Chris recovered. It came to hold a special place in our family's hearts.

Each year families spend their holidays as residents of the three local Ronald McDonald Houses. Parents, siblings as well as some of the child patients currently receiving treatments for life-threatening diseases experience joy during their holidays as a result of Chris' Toy Drive.

Please help Chris by donating or giving a monetary donation. If your check is for toys only, make the check out to Chris, his elves will shop for the toys and provide you with a tax deductible receipt from RMH. If you would like to make a donation directly to the Ronald Mc Donald House, please make the checks payable to them and we will also make sure you receive your receipt directly from them.

After the toys are collected, they are brought to Health Careers High School where elves wrap and label the toys for RMH and then deliver to them by December 17, 2008.

Local businesses including RE/MAX North-San Antonio, Exit Realty-North San Antonio, Stewart Title, Land America/Lawyer's Title & Independence Title support Chris' efforts to bring joy to so many families at the holidays.

For more information, call Chris at (210) 452-3442 or (210) 240-7596 for more information. Please mail your checks to Chris Martz, 2320 Oak Pebble, New Braunfels, TX 78132

Friday, October 3, 2008

Texas Longhorn Fever

Texas Longhorn Fever!

OK, I have to admit it. When I first moved to Texas, I had no idea what a Longhorn was. I noticed many residents wearing their orange t-shirts with the logo of the University of Texas Longhorn emblem proudly displayed. Being an out-of-towner, our family decided to start wearing the brand of our new state. Soon we realized that others were wearing "Aggie" shirts with Texas A&M logo blazed across merchandise. We tried to be fair and wore both. That was just the beginning of our introduction into the proud heritage of Texas College and Texas Football. After spending years selling real estate in the State of Texas, many afternoons were spent touring ranches and acreage as far as Kerrville and as far south as Wharton, TX. Along our rural drives, I would discover this unique brand of cattle gracing the roadways. Some of the horns were absolutely huge! I just had to know more about Texas Longhorns and their unique beauty. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was destined to have one of my own!During this years RE/MAX of Texas Convention held in Dallas, Texas, I had the opportunity to attend our benefit for Children's Miracle Network . Each year RE/MAX of Texas donates thousands of dollars from it's agents to this worthy cause. This night, one of the main prizes was a Texas Longhorn Steer donated by Bentwood Ranch in Fayetteville, Texas. After casing the table and sign up sheet several times over the course of the evening, I made my decision. I had to have this Longhorn...but where would I put it? My in-laws have 100 acres in Kingsbury, Texas and no cattle, so a call was made. If we were lucky enough to win this Longhorn, could we place it there? The answer was absolutely yes! After hours of casing the bidding tables, I discovered at midnight that Scott & I were the proud owner of a Longhorn Steer. Our family couldn't wait long. We quickly made arrangements to pick up our newest member of the family from Richard and Jeanne Filip, owners of Bentwood Ranch. Richard and Jeanne were kind enough to give us a tour of their Longhorn Ranch and the famous "Boomeriffic" their prize bull that has an enormous set of horns that are tip to tip 72" and total horn of 85 3/4". Upon looking at the extensive collection of Longhorns, we decided to buy a friend for our new steer and came home with TWO Longhorns.It didn't take us long to become addicted to these Longhorns. After only four months, we now have 5 longhorns and one baby on the way. Bandera Rose, Classic Choice (CC), YO, Big Mac (never to be eaten) and Norman (every family needs one!)Our evenings are spent at the ranch sitting and watching these beautiful creatures and we now have them tame enough to eat out of our hands. We are truly Texans now! There is so much to know about the breed and we have just begun our journey. Visit Texas Longhorns for more information on these terrific animals or check out Bentwood Ranch and Boomeriffic.