Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is here and it’s the perfect time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Autumn can be a busy season for homeowners but, it’s also the best time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in. Here is the Jones Real Estate Group’s Fall Maintenance Checklist to help you make sure your home is running in peak condition all winter long!

 

Posted on November 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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One Cause- Multiple Ways to Help J-Jireh Ministries at the Valero Open

The Valero Open is quickly approaching and J-Jireh Ministries is looking for your support in two of their endeavors with this event.

DASH TO THE VTO

Saturday, April 14 at 9 a.m.

Lace up your sneakers for the 5K run/walk. Children 14 & younger can enjoy a 1 mile fun run/walk. It’s your chance to get a sneak peek at TPC San Antonio before the PGA TOUR competes in the Valero Texas Open while running the actual cart path. Families, serious runners, babies in strollers… everyone is welcome! The more, the merrier!!
o Entry fee includes race shirt, chipped bib, and ticket to the Valero Texas Open!
§ 5 K – $25 thru Jan. 31; $35 thru April 13; $45 on Race Day
§ 1 Mile – $10
• Participants can select the charity/school they are wanting to support. Here is your chance to help us spread the word and possibly earn an additional donation. Based on participation – the charity that has the highest number of registrants that participate will earn a $3,000 donation.

§ 1st Place on # of Participants – $3,000 donation prize
§ 2nd Place receives $1,500 donation prize
§ 3rd Place receives $500 donation prize

To Sign up for this event click HERE!

OR

Donate to J-Jireh Ministries thru Birdies for Charity

CLICK on the image below and you will be redirected to the Valero Open’s Birdies for Charity Website where you can make your donation to J-Jireh Ministries. Don’t miss your chance to WIN a 2 year lease on a Ford Mustang!

 

Posted on April 3, 2018 at 5:21 pm
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**4th of July GIVEAWAY** & 4th of July Festivities!

Summer is definitely underway with June halfway done and July is quickly approaching!  Summer vacations, family reunions, camping trips, backyard barbeques and the upcoming 4th of July festivities are starting to dot your calendars and the Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company wants to help you CELEBRATE your summer with a fantastic 4th of July GIVEAWAY contest and great list of 4th of July events you can enjoy!

Enter our 4th of July GIVEAWAY!

The Jones Real Estate Group has created at fantastic gift basket that we are giving away to help you celebrate your 4th of July.  This gift basket is worth over $150.00!! This gift includes: 1- $50 dollar HEB Gift Card for Burgers, Buns and Beer,  1 Coleman 32 qt wheeled cooler, 1 set of grilling mits, 1- 3 Piece Cuisinart Grill Tool Set, 1 Twin Pack of Off, 1 magnetic American Flag Auto Emblem, 1 Picnic Blanket, 1 set of Patriotic Paper Plates and Knapkins, 1 Thermal water bottle from the Leon Springs Business Association and 1- 177 Piece Kickin Party Fireworks Set.

 

This contest will start TODAY, June 16, 2017 and a winner will be chosen on June 30, 2017.  All entries to win must be completed by 6AM on June 30, 2017.  To enter our contest to win this fantastic prize you must do the following things:

#1- LIKE our Facebook page, The Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company

#2- COMMENT about your favorite 4th of July activity.

For an extra entry you can SHARE our post on your Facebook page!

*Please note all entries will be verfied to select a winner.*

Planning ahead for the 4th of July is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our fantastic local events that celebrate that special day. Therefore, we put together a list of 10 great 4th of July Activities that you’ll want to put on your calendars NOW!

Local 4th of July Events

City of San Antonio 4th of July Celebration, 8:00 A.M.–9:30 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park—Families are invited to participate in a fun-filled day of games, food, and musical entertainment. Event begins with Zumbathon and races, followed by children’s parade at 11:00 A.M. Fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 P.M. Free.

Independence Day Celebration, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at the Alamo—music, living history, readings of the Declaration of Independence, photo opps with reenacts, and more. Free.

Salute to America’s Heroes, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Morgan’s Wonderland—Free food for guests will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. while supplies last. Hot dogs with all the trimmings and apple pie will be served, and sodas and bottled water will cost just a dollar. Military members, first responders, and their immediate families who present valid ID cards at the Welcome Center can obtain a special discounted admission of $9 per person. Individuals with special needs and children ages 2 and younger are always admitted free of charge.

Fourth of July Parade & Program, 9:15 A.M. at Main Plaza (New Braunfels)—Sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum in coordination with the City of New Braunfels and the Parks and Recreation Department. Patriotic program begins at 10:00 A.M. Free.

Stinson Commemorative Air Force & Freedom Flyers, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Stinson Airport—Flights and tours of vintage military aircraft. Vintage aircraft tour fee is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12; $20 for a family of five. Event also includes free family fun fair with children’s activities and exhibits.

4th of July Festival & Fireworks Spectacular Celebration, 10:00 A.M. to dusk at Raymond Rimkus Park (Leon Valley)—Food, drinks, music, carnival, and pony rides all day. Parade starts at 10:00 A.M. Fireworks begin at dusk.

July 4th Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas–Present a can of any Coca-Cola® product along with a park admission or Season Pass, and you’ll receive exclusive early access to select rides one hour before the park opens, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each day. Lights of Liberty is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. on all three days and can be best viewed in Lone Star Lil’s. Event is included with park admission.

Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld San Antonio–Witness a colorful fireworks display at Ski Lake. This stunning mix of pyrotechnics set to a triumphant musical score will begin at 9:45 p.m. all three days. Prior to the show, guests can enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages. Event is included with park admission.

4th of July Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Downtown and Comfort Park (Comfort)—Parade begins at 10 A.M followed by BBQ in the park and then live music, food trucks, and raffles starting at 2:00 P.M. Free.

Freedom Fest, 12:00–8:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square—Food, drinks, and fun for the whole family. Entertainment lineup featuring Whiskey 2 Step, the Palacios Brothers, Ruben V, and Augie Meyers. Free.

Most of all, of us here at the Jones Real Estate Group hope you will have a great 4th of July holiday, especially with these fantastic events and the chance to win our outstanding gift basket!  Remember to enter TODAY!!

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm
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Hats, Hot Browns & Horses- The Jones Real Estate Group’s Guide to The Kentucky Derby

Ahh….it’s that time again. The first Saturday in May is a ”holy day of obligation” for those born and bred in the bluegrass state commonly known as Kentucky. Yes, it’s The Kentucky Derby!  The Jones Real Estate Group wants to hear from you!  We want to know Which horse do you think will win & the number of lengths for the win.  Monday, the lucky winner will receive a set of Derby glasses from Greg & Ann Jones.

As many of you may know, Greg and I are Louisville, Kentucky natives who grew up going to the Derby.  But perhaps you didn’t know, that another member of our group, Mike Giddens, also spent time attending the Derby and shares our great love of the entire experience that is The Kentucky Derby.  Together we have created a great guide to help you experience The Kentucky Derby at it’s finest and pick the prize winning pony this weekend.

The Kentucky Derby is NOT just horse racing…it’s the whole experience of being in Louisville, KY among thousands of people celebrating a sporting event that lasts only two minutes and has been consecutively run since it’s inception in 1875! Whether you are a racing fanatic, or looking to find a gorgeous Derby hat, or digging into the Derby fare at the buffet tables or tasting a Mint Julep for the first time- it is a treat to place on your bucket list! Don’t wait…bite the bullet and plan your adventure!!

The Derby Parties are back to back…very little time to rest in between and there is lots of eating, drinking and reading the Racing Form.  For Greg & I, we love to go back and stay with the good friends we love and miss so much!  These are friends we see on a regular basis, but we always seem to run into someone at the track from years gone by.  That’s why this is so much fun for us.  

There are lots of fun events and the partying can go on until the early hours of the morning, but you really need your sleep to be fresh and ready for a long day on the track at Churchill Downs!

Greg has been going to the track since he was a wee boy and would sneak under the fence where all of the horse stables are to get in. In those days, the security was not as sophisticated as it is now. I started going to the track in high school and was hooked! I actually started betting when I was 9 years old. Mike Giddens went to his first Kentucky Derby when he was 16 years old and loved it so much that  in the late 80’s he helped host a radio show on horse racing in Baton Rouge, LA .  Mike also had a 900 number that would give you a selection for the race at $10 dollars a clip!  Today, Mike said this about his first experience there,  “My first Kentucky Derby was in 1978, I was 16 and bet 2 across on Affirmed…..At the window after getting paid, I told the Teller, this is too easy. The gentleman in the plaid jacket behind me replied, ‘Have a nice life Kid.’   It took me several years to understand what that meant. Fast forward 41 years . . . I miss going to the Derby with my lifelong friends.”  As you can see, Mike & I agree that the Derby is best spent with great friends!

Here are some of our BEST tips to help you enjoy your Kentucky Derby experience:

#1-Pack sunscreen – Men this applies to you too ! The sun can be brutal and if your seat is in the sun you need to be ready.
#2-Pace your alcohol consumption and drink lots of water– Plan ahead to visit the restrooms in plenty of time to see any of the races. The lines get long…especially in the cheap seats. 
#3-Place your Derby bets early and often–  Both Mike & I agree that the lines get long…especially in the cheap seats. 
#4- Wear comfy shoes-Ladies, I know you want to dress the part but…remember to take a pair of comfortable shoes. The heels will not be comfortable by the time the Derby race starts at about 5:30 or so in the afternoon. There is concrete everywhere and lots of steps. Depending if you have a parking pass, you will have to walk!

#5- Derby Hats-  Let’s just be honest hats do get in the way….I hate to say this but once the hat goes on, you’ll have hat hair and if it’s hot, the hair will be worse! By the end of the day, you will swear never to wear a hat again. But what the heck…It’s the Derby!
#6- Plan ahead where to stay & eat– Google places to stay, restaurants for eating (RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST IN ADVANCE) and there are lots of packages available for tickets. Overnight is usually a three day minimum and may include Derby tickets, dining and different parties around the city. If you fly, take a cab to your hotel and plan on taking the bus (reserved buses) that takes you to the front entrance of the track.


#7- Say Cheese!– Take lots of pictures and enjoy the people watching.  It’s some of the best in the world!

#8- Know Your Budget– Expect to spend $3,000 per person for just the minimum stay (3 nights) this does not include air fare, food, or betting money. Some packages do include a bus to and from the track. (This is by far the best way to travel to and from Churchill Downs) Or, if you are lucky enough to have friends in Louisville, call them now for your trip next year.

And what would the Kentucky Derby be without the horses?  If you don’t know much about the horses in this year’s race check out this great link:  https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses.  Here you can check out the horse’s number, starting gate, owner, trainer, breeder and lots more!

Have you decided what horse you think is going to win this Saturday?  Here are Greg’s, Mike’s and my own pics for who the winning horse could be.

Greg’s first pick is Gormley.
Greg’s long shot is Fast and Accurate. (If you know Greg, you’ll know why!)
Ann’s pick is Always Dreaming.

Mike’s picks even though he has no wager on Saturday are:

Girvin– Top choice coming off a foot injury.  This horse is fresh and has tactical speed!
Gormley-Destroyed a weak field in the Santa Anita Derby.
MCracken—Loves the track and will be closing!

Enjoy your weekend and remember: Clink Clink Pour! Sip Sip Hooray, Happy Derby Day!

Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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Get out and Golf- San Antonio’s 10 Best Place to Golf this Spring!

Spring in Texas is here! Beautiful wildflowers seem to be blooming everywhere and the temperatures seem just right-not too hot or too cold.  Those conditions make this the perfect time of the year to head out and go golfing!

San Antonio is home to some of the best golf courses in Texas! Below is a list of the 10 Best Golf Courses in San Antonio, from GolfAdvisor.com.  Take a look at these awesome courses and if you are golf entusiast or have a golf enthusiast in the home think about scheduling a tee time at any one of these course to enjoy this beautiful Spring we are having.

Additionally, San Antonio has the opportunity to host the Texas Valero open at TPC San Antonio on April 17-23, 2017.  The Jones Real Estate Group is happy to lend our to support to the Birdies for Charity program that J-Jireh Ministries and Jackie Browning are apart of.  For more information about this charity and ways to contribute, visit www.valerotexasopen.com/birdies/

The Jones Real Estate Group’s resident golf expert, Gary Wolff has provided some great tips and feedback about the courses listed below.  For those of you who don’t know Gary Wolff, he was one of the founding members of the Fair Oaks Country Club and has 5 Hole in Ones to his name!!  He is a very skilled and knowledgeable golfer and his expertise about these courses is amazing.

SAN ANTONIO’S 10 BEST GOLF COURSES

The Palmer Course at La Cantera

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.7 stars from 5

 

Quarry GC
Gary’s Advice: This course is a very scenic and true feeling Hill Country golf course.  From the tips playing can be rather lengthy.  There are a few blind spots that offer some great challenges to golfers.  The Texas Open was played there for several years prior to moving to TPC, so it is a great course.

The Quarry Golf Club

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.5 stars from 5

River Crossing sign
Gary’s Advice:  Some history about the Quarry Golf club is that it actually used to be the old Alamo Cement Quarry.  This course is fantastic to play in the Spring and Fall and is also very competitively priced with other courses in San Antonio.

River Crossing Golf Club

Spring Branch, Texas, USA

4.5 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: Another beautiful Hill Country course.  This course has a gorgeous view of Twin Sisters and is available for public or private membership golf.

La Cantera - Resort #10

The Resort Course at La Cantera

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.4 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: Gary really enjoys this course and you get a clear perspective of where you are shooting.

 

Hill Country GC: Practice area

Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.3 stars from 5

 Gary’s Advice: This is a very nice course out West.  It’s worth playing and is a very competitive course.
Brackenridge Park #1

Brackenridge Park

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.2 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: This is one of Gary’s favorite courses in San Antonio.  He loves that it was designed by Tillenghast.  It is very picturesque and a fantastic course to golf.  This is a public course and very, very affordable.

Canyon Springs GC

Canyon Springs Golf Club

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.2 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice:  This is another course with amazing Hill Country views.  It has a great clubhouse and the course is very nice.

Alsatian GC sign

Alsatian Golf Club

Castroville, Texas, USA

4.1 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: This course is located out in Castroville.    A nice course with with a nice new clubhouse and pretty greens.  

Windcrest GC: #1

Windcrest Golf Club

Windcrest, Texas, USA

4.0 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: This course is toted as the “friendliest golf course in San Antonio”.  This course is very, very, affordable. Most days you can golf 18 Holes for $18.  For any golfer that is a steal!

Riverside GC

Riverside Golf Course

San Antonio, Texas, USA

4.0 stars from 5

Gary’s Advice: This course is located on the Southside of town.  You can golf this course inexpensively and it has very forgiving greens.  

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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