Marcus Galan's Blog Posts

Texas Laws Going Into Effect Sept 1

Typically I like to stay out of political conversations, especially with the divisive connotation each side has placed on each other.  However, being a resident of Texas and having family,

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Beating Zillow

What has over 245 million monthly users and purchased a home scheduling system for over $500 million? What has become some agents' best friend while others have become it's sworn nemesis? What

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Top 5 Texas Cool Off Spots

Tubing and outdoor activities in Texas is must-do every summer and if you haven't been to these local spot, it isn't too late! With summer approaching, temperatures climb and quite often shit past

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME WARRANTY HOME INSURANCE

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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March Madness Final Four And Some Good Eats

For basketball fans across America the best time of the year is finally upon us! March Madness has come to a finale and only four teams remain. The past few weeks over sixty-four teams participated

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How To Finance Your Next Home Renovation

Outdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space. If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thing you have to consider is how you are going to finance it. Here are the

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STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME

STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOMEStaging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your

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What In The World Is Bitcoin And How Is It Used

What Is Bitcoin?Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created in January 2009 and is now classified as a 'cryptocurrency'. Bitcoin offers a peer-to-peer electronic cash transaction with no

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9 Tips For Hiring A Contractor And Eliminating Headaches

2021 is fully underway and it seems all people are gravitating with unity to one common avenue. Home makeovers. I think with last year forcing us to stay inside, it brought more

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home In 2021

Here are 4 reasons people are reconsidering where they live and why they’re thinking about buying home this year. 1. Record-Low mortgage rates. The average interest rate for a 30

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Happy Holidays

2020 is coming to an end, its has been one of the craziest years we have all experienced.  This year may be a different than most when it comes to how we celebrate our traditions, &

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San Antonio Opens Largest Wildlife Bridge In United States

For someone such as myself, who is big on protection and conservation of the wildlife, I couldn't be more proud of the completion and nature of the bridge....no pun intended. I also think that

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Must Haves For Your First Home

You’ve just purchased your first home and it’s time to start filling it up. But, where do you start? Below is a list of must-haves for each room in your home! Living room - Aside from

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4 Cozy Fall Drink Recipes

It's Fall season, and that means staying warm!! Here are a couple of Fall inspired recipes great for cozy nights in. PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE Ingredients2 tablespoons pumpkin puree ¼

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Creating A Killer Home Bar Setup

After a long week, I like to enjoy a (well deserved) drink with the Wifey! There’s no doubt that a well put together home bar is a great addition for homeowners who enjoy entertaining. Here

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Tailgating At Home

Are you ready for football season?         There is no doubt 2020 has been quite the year, with the ongoing global pandemic we are all adjusting to the "new normal" of

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Do You Really Know What Your Home Is Worth

Knowing EXACTLY what your home is worth can come in handy, especially if you‘re considering selling! In today’s San Antonio market, home values have been on the rise and continue to rise daily.

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Purify The Air In You Home With These Indoor Plants

Indoor plants are great at purifying the air in your home, plus they can reduce both physiological and psychological stress. With that being said, here are a few indoor plants you should

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Revamp Your At Home Workspace

Nothing ruins a workday like not having a designated, comfortable place to work from. And when you are working from home, whether it be temporarily or indefinitely, setting up a great workspace gets

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Spice Up Your Kitchen With A Pop Of Color

In the past few years, the biggest kitchen trends revolved around stainless steel appliances, bright white or light gray cupboards, granite countertops, and minimalist decor, maintaining a clean,

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A Few Tips For Selling Your Home

Selling your home can be a difficult process, regardless if its a buyer's or seller's market. Here are a few tips on how to sale your home fast & for the most money! 1. Setting the right

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Eye Catching Ways To Decorate With Plants

Are you looking to add a little color/life to your place? Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to

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Gardening Tips For Beginners

1. Location is Key!    Gardening is just like real estate it's all about location. Place your garden in a part of the yard you see daily, the better you can see it the more

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Tips For Storing Wine At Home

If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake.

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Things To Do At Home During The Lockdown

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog. With the ongoing changes these days, it can become tough to get out of the "I'm bored" mindset. Here are some feel-good things you can do in the

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The Thought Of Downsizing

Have you ever wondered if your house is too much for your current situation? Maybe you feel your house is too big, too much maintenance, too expensive? Downsizing isn’t just for “older people”

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Tips For First Time Buyers

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog. This blog is about educating regular people about the home buying or selling process. I hope my short, informative blog will help give you insight and provide

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5 Things That Happen When You Buy A Home

Having recently become a homeowner for the very first time, I'll tell you firsthand that it is more than just having a set of keys and your name on a deed. It's such a great feeling knowing that you

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Questions To Ask Your Realtor

Let's be honest, the idea of buying or selling a home can be exciting, but often times it can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. This is why a lot of people make the decision to hire a

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Get To Know Your Favorite Realtor

Hello, I am David Gage with Xsellence Realty, I am a listing and buying Specialist in the San Antonio, and surrounding areas. I strive to provide the best service possible to my clients. Whether it

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PREPPING TO BUY YOUR FIRST HOME

One of the biggest milestones you will reach in your life will be deciding to become a homeowner. But before you take the leap, make sure you set yourself up for easy transaction and a good home

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Organic Food On A Budget

Organic food usually tastes better, and is better for you, but it can also be very expensive compared to non-organic products. Organic food can cost nearly 50 percent more, thanks to the extra labor

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Fun Things To Do In San Antonio

Thinking of visiting San Antonio? Are you a San Antonio native? Either way there are a lot of fun things to do in our Historic city, whether you are looking for outdoor activities, visiting our

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CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET LIKE A CHAMP

Do you desire a closet that looks like it’s straight out of a magazine? I have you covered! Follow the tips below to masterfully organize your closet and give yourself peace of mind

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Which Down Payment Strategy Is RIGHT For YOU

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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Finding The Right Mattress

There are more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of local and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors that you should consider when you

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Top Home Paint Trends To Try In 2019

When it comes time to sell your house, you might want to consider giving your home a facelift. If you bought your home years ago and plan to sell it in 2019, you’ll need to take into

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Easy Landscaping DIY Projects

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a

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Tips To Get Your Home Ready For An Open House

The next logical step is to host an open house—one where prospective buyers can get a feel for the house beyond the pretty photos online. But as with anything, there’s a learning curve. Hosting

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Achieve Morning Person Status

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work before

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WHAT TO NEGOTIATE WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the

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10 Things New Homeowners Should Do Right After Move In

Purchasing a new home can be very exciting. But a new home brings a lot of new responsibilities, too. From additional financial responsibilities to ongoing maintenance, becoming a new

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Home Organizing 2019 Garage Clean Out Tips

If you are anything like the rest of us, cleaning out the garage is probably languishing at the very bottom of your to-do list. Even cutting the grass or cleaning the car make for more

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Tips For House Hunting Online

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but

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Spring Cleaning In San Antonio Boost Your Curb Appeal

Spring is coming, and it's an excellent time to think about your home's curb appeal. Most people will never see the inside of your home, but plenty will see what it looks like as they drive or walk

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Tips To Make Moving And Packing Easier

Whether you're moving across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful experience. However, you can take steps to make every part of your move easier for you and your family. Check

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Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Who doesn't enjoy the Holidays? The Holidays, for many of us, means family time, Christmas parties, Christmas movies/music, presents, vacation time, and of course the joy of seeing all of the

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Best Mexican Restaurants In San Antonio

Thanks to the city’s vibrant culture and rich history, San Antonio and Mexican food go hand-in-hand. You’ll probably find a solid option on every block, but there are some that stand out

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Home Tax Incentives In Texas You Might Not Know About

Let’s face it, we could all use some breaks when it comes to taxes. Although we all understand that paying taxes is our responsibility as an American citizen, it never feels good when you have to

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5 Necessary Tasks To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Selling the home you've lived in for years can be a difficult process, whether you're moving "on up" or moving "back in."In addition to knowing how to make to home smell like fresh cookies before

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SHORT SALE AND FORECLOSURE HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT

As unfortunate as it can be when homeowners fall behind on mortgage payments and must face the possibility of losing their homes, short sales and foreclosures provide them options for moving on

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6 Reasons To Purchase Property In San Antonio

With its steady job growth, low cost of living, and a booming cultural scene, San Antonio is the perfect place to call home. Here are six reasons why you should purchase property in this historic

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How To Find The Right Home For Your Family

Buying a home is both an exciting and a stressful experience because there are so many things to consider. There’s the hunt for a manageable mortgage payment, finding a perfect location and having

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5 Tips To Sell Your Property FAST

Have you ever wondered how to sell your home fast? Continue reading and I will give you a few tips!It is possible to sell a home fast, it comes down to a fewthingstotake care of before your home

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6 Things To Consider When Upsizing Your Home

There are many reasons you might need to consider upsizing. Whether your family is growing, you plan to have consistent company, or you're just ready fr an upgrade, there are tons of aspects to

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5 Tips For Staging Your Home

If you’re in a tough seller’s market or just looking to get top dollar for your home, you want to do any little thing you can to make your house stand out in a potential buyer’s mind. Staging

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