Texas Real Estate Market Update – October 2020

San Antonio Real Estate
Market is Strong

Our real estate market continues to be very happy, in spite of the hits it took earlier in the year due to COVID-19; in fact, it is up significantly compared to this time last year. Kim Bragman – chairman of the board of the San Antonio Board of Realtors® – released a statement that suggests that the growth may mean that the housing sector will play a big role in moving the economy forward. She summed up by saying, “We are hopeful to see …positive growth of sales for the remainder of the year.”

A word of caution is in order as we look beyond 2020. There will likely be a slowdown in the real estate market if mortgage lenders begin foreclosing on those who lost their jobs during the pandemic and are behind in their payments; but for now, real estate transactions and new housing construction are steaming along.

Free Workforce Training

The San Antonio Museum for Science and Technology (SAMSAT) has teamed up with three companies – Workforce Solutions Alamo, Dynamic Advancement, and Port San Antonio – to provide free workforce training for skills that are in demand. If you have been laid off or terminated due to covid, it may be a great time to improve your skills and experience in computer and information technology, business operations management, or human resources administration.

Classes are online and virtual, but there is a solution for those who do not have access to a reliable computer and other devices at home: A gymnasium that was originally built for the Air Force has been repurposed, offering 9,000 square feet of space. Computer workstations for 130 students have been set up according to laws and guidelines related to COVID-19, i.e. social distancing, mask requirements, and regular disinfection of furniture and equipment.

Call Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA) for more information at: 210-224-4357.

San Antonio’s First
COVID Halloween

According to the CDC, trick-or-treating is a high-risk activity that can lead to an increase in COVID-19 illness and death. The same is true for adult Halloween parties – especially if they are held indoors. Halloween activities have not been canceled, but San Antonio Metro Health has published specific guidelines to reduce the chances of you and your family contracting the coronavirus.

DOOR-TO-DOOR TRICK-OR-TREATING: You and your children must wear your standard covid masks – even if you are wearing a Halloween mask. Remember your social distancing – only go with members of your household and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Don’t go into anyone’s home, and only eat treats that are commercially produced and wrapped.

Safety Tips for Halloween Lovers


HANDING OUT CANDY: Don’t hand out candy from your door; set up and disinfect a table and chairs in the driveway or front yard. Put the candy in a clean bowl on the table so the witches and goblins can grab treats while coming no closer to you than 6 feet. If you are feeling unwell – even just a little bit – turn off the lights, stay inside, and don’t answer the door.

ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTIES: Outdoors, and in small groups. Don’t use a punch bowl, and don’t set up drinks in such a way that used cups come in contact with shared bottles or cans. Do not set up a buffet – have someone serving the food from a safe distance or choose a menu that is easy to portion out ahead of time into grab-and-go servings (using disposable containers or resealable bags). Provide as many options as possible for handwashing (even if it’s a garden hose, soap, and a bucket) and post large signs to remind your guests and direct them to your handwashing stations.

REVERSE TRICK-OR-TREAT: The San Antonio Spurs’ Coyote will be delivering candy to encourage children to stay home. It’s pricey – $50 – but might be the safest option if it keeps your children home and indoors.

COVID-19 Testing Sites &
Information Updates

The City of San Antonio maintains a frequently-updated web page devoted to COVID-19. It includes guidelines for keeping your family safe, the latest releases from the CDC, and information about local services, such as coronavirus testing. Check it out:

Get up-to-date COVID-19 information for San Antonio

San Antonio Colleges & Universities
Offer Something for Everyone

With over 27 institutions of higher education to choose from, there is a very good chance that you will find the courses or degree program of your dreams. Whether you want to take an art class for fun or get a nursing degree, our colleges and universities have options with a wide range of scheduling that fit a variety of budgets.

Get your degree or take some courses for fun!

Alamo Community College District
Northeast Lakeview College
Northwest Vista College
Palo Alto College
San Antonio College
St. Philip’s College

Baptist University of the Américas
Cancer Therapy & Research Center
Concordia University Texas – San Antonio
Culinary Institute of America – San Antonio
Everest Institute
Hallmark University
Mind Science Foundation
Oblate School of Theology
Our Lady of the Lake University
Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Southwest Research Institute
St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s University School of Law
Texas A&M University–San Antonio
Trinity University
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Phoenix – San Antonio
University of the Incarnate Word
Wayland Baptist University
Webster University

Whether you become a child advocate or coach for the Special
Olympics, our children could use your help

Community Volunteering Through CAP4Kids

CAP4Kids is a non-profit organization that operates as a one-stop source for the social services available to children in the San Antonio area. Not only do they help clients to access the services of state and county agencies, they also coordinate with other non-profits to better serve the community. To learn more about ways you can help, go to:

Texas Real Estate Market Metrics:
The Upshot

In last month’s update, I mentioned that we may be in a period of uncertainty when it comes to our local real estate market. However, new statistics came out on Friday that indicate that the market continues to strengthen. Increases in sales and an upswing in new home construction – coupled with a mortgage rate that continues to drop – make this a great time to stop thinking about buying or selling and jump in with both feet!

Your first step is to reach out to a great realtor® if you have not already done so. I have a very good understanding of the San Antonio real estate market, and would be happy to speak with you.

“We are hopeful to see …positive growth of sales for the remainder of the year.” – Kim Bragman, Chairman of the Board, SABOR

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Click below to get a feel for the current San Antonio real estate market, but keep in mind that searching for the perfect house is a big deal.

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Andrew Barlowe Realtor Vortex Realty

Andrew Barlowe

2241 NW Military Hwy STE 302 San Antonio, TX 78213 210.420.8420

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