Sidewalks coming to Seguin

According to a new article recently in the local daily news, Seguin City Council recently approved almost $1 million for a contract to a construction company to build a large sidewalk close to the new Park West on the West side of town.

Jack Jones, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Seguin, was quoted as saying “We’re excited to get folks who are walking in the middle of the road to get to Park West off of North Vaughan Avenue and San Antonio Avenue — to get them safely to Park West, get them on the sidewalk.  On the roads from North Vaughan and San Antonio, it’s about one mile in total length and then within the park itself going on the east side of Park West, it’s going to be about a mile in length. Construction should start in a couple of months. So we’re hoping by May of 2018 the project will be completed.”

The project is partially funded by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  This oversees and distributes funds for transportation projects and Seguin has several other projects that have been partially funded by the MPO.  These include Tor Drive, Rudeloff Road and the expansion of the Walnut Springs Hike and Bike Trail to Max Starcke Park.

Each of these projects are part of the plan Seguin has to increase walkability for the community and to encourage residents and visitors to Seguin to enjoy the parks and recreation opportunities in beautiful Seguin!


New Bill in U.S. House on Short Sales

A new bill introduced in the U.S. House last week intended to improve the process for approving short sales may significantly improve the process.  The bill, introduced on April 12, 2011 was strongly supported by the National Association of Realtors®.  It will implement a 45 day deadline on lenders to respond to short sale requests.  For those of you who have already experienced it, whether you are on the buying or selling end of a short sale the process time can be painfully long sometimes. The NAR President, Ron Phipps, was quoted at saying “The current short sale process can be time-consuming and inefficient, and many would-be buyers end up walking away from a sale that could have saved a home owner from foreclosure,” … “Realtors® and consumers continue to raise issues about delays in the short sale process, because lenders are unable to decide whether to approve a short sale. After many months of delays, and with no response from lenders, potential buyers are losing patience and cancelling their contracts, often resulting in the property entering foreclosure. A short sale minimizes the negative impact on sellers and generally costs the lender less than a foreclosure,”.  It is exciting to see the NAR really making a difference in Congress.