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Letters to the Editor

Living with sacrifices

I am a Boerne resident who has raised all three of my children here and am incredibly grateful for the “village” that has helped me raise them during this time.

Thirteen years ago my family made the decision to move from San Antonio where my spouse’s job was and is in order to raise our children in a small-town environment where we knew they would be held accountable by not only friends, but also by teachers, preachers, coaches, etc.

To this day he and I would agree that we made the right decision despite the commute he was forced to make twice a day. While we have been able to live a comfortable life here in Boerne, there were definitely financial “sacrifices” we were forced to make because of the increased living expenses. They were sacrifices we were more than happy to make so that our children could be raised here.

To say that the cost of living here (i.e. the housing market) is “unfair” to some people simply adds “lip service” to the ever-growing noise of the socialism movement we are hearing in this country.

If someone wants to move here to give their children/family a better life then that may come at a price. It’s life. Life is not fair. That mentality is now unfortunately something I have to teach my children on a daily basis.

We live in a democracy, not a socialist country. As far as the Realtors – these hard-working individuals do not set the housing prices. The market does. I have several friends in this community who sell homes, and I couldn’t be more excited for them to be a part of this opportunity.

The last two articles you (Coffee with Keith by Managing Editor Keith E. Domke) have written about Boerne have been extremely negative, and that makes me sad to see someone who has not lived here very long be so negative. This “small town” is growing at an unprecedented rate. However, I still feel the same love and pride for my town as I did 13 years ago. It goes without saying, “If you don’t like it, leave it.”

– Betsy Carmichael (Schara), Boerne

Boerne housing market

I read with interest your Friday, July 26, article “Housing equation just doesn’t add up” (Coffee with Keith by Managing Editor Keith E. Domke). As a Realtor in the area for 20 years, I want to point out a couple of assumptions that I believe should be explained from a different perspective.

As of today there are 82 homes available for sale in the Boerne school district between $140,000 and $350,000. Home prices are directly related to construction prices. Construction prices are related to cost of land and materials.

But before we can even talk about new construction, a developer must find land available for sale, purchase the land, then spend months or years getting governing body approvals, spend millions in concessions for schools, roads, etc., and heaven forbid, risk going bankrupt in a down economy. Housing prices are a direct result of supply and demand.

Thank goodness there are homes in this county above $500,000 bumping up the contributions (taxes) to Boerne ISD, which the children in public schools benefit from. I like to think that most of us in Boerne are hard workers. And I’m sure The Boerne Star appreciates those Realtors who spend money to pay for print advertising in a digital world.

I appreciate the opportunity for this discussion, and whether you’re an average joe or rich and famous, I’d love to show you the housing market in the Boerne area.

– Kim Young, Fair Oaks Ranch

Home prices are staggering

Thank you for your recent “Viewpoint” (Coffee with Keith by Managing Editor Keith E. Domke) about the lack of affordable housing in Kendall County.

The statistics about the average sale price for a home in Kendall County is staggering. It seems that everywhere you drive in our county is another ranch being divided into acreage lots that will soon be covered with huge homes that are way beyond reach for hardworking families that provide essential services to our citizens. Indeed, what are they to do?

Thank you for (hopefully) starting the much needed conversation on this subject.

– Cynthia Vordenbaum Lyons, Kendalia