Beautiful 4 bedroom home that backs to a greenbelt!

8142 Pemberton St, San Antonio TX 78254
For sale: $214,700   MLS: 1376887

4 bedroom home on a partial cul-de-sac, Almost quarter acre lot, fully fenced that backs to Nani Falcone Community Park. Neighborhood is across the street from Leon Creek Greenway trails and OP Schnabel park! Wood look tile, vaulted ceilings, freshly painted interior, roof replaced in 2016, 2 car garage, inside laundry with washer/dryer, large separate master bedroom with backyard access and water softener.

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Briana Sopala - Agent with San Antonio Portfolio Real Estate:


Justin Ramirez

Briana is very responsive to my needs and request. She also has some great insights into what is trending in the market. I have bought and sold many properties with her and always recommend her to other clients when asked.

Ed Ramirez

Very knowledgeable and hard working. A credit to her profession. I have done business in San Antonio for 10 years and she is my first choice when I purchase or sell residential property in San Antonio.

Nancy DeBellis

Briana Sopala responded to a request for a quote on our home when we were thinking about putting it on the market. She did not drop us when she knew we were not selling quickly. She worked with us while remodeling and helped us make the best decisions on when to put the house on the market and what upgrades would make us the most money. Listen to her…she is always right and remember it is not what you like, but what the buyers want. The weekend we put our home on the market she got us 40 showings and 4 offers. Your Rock Brianna! She got us more money then we expected and was very responsive to any questions we had along the way (which was a lot). I would highly recommend Brianna Sopala as a Realtor and will use her again if ever looking for another home in her area.

Sam Cardenas

Briana was very professional and knowledgeable was very honest in answering any questions we had. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home. Thank you for helping us find our dream home.

Patricia Britton

I really enjoyed working with Briana – she was professional and very responsive to issues as they arose. The transaction moved quickly and both sides met their objectives in a very congenial atmosphere.

Catherine Lovestad

Brianna was very professional and had a lot of patience with us during our search for a second home in Henderson. She listened to our request and made sure she was available when we were in town, with a list of properties meeting our criteria. She made the process easy and answered all our questions and concerns, she also made sure we were well informed before our purchase. We hope to work with Briana again in the future.

Beth Yamashiro

Briana was great! She was always very professional and very responsive to my needs. Though I wasn’t buying an expensive house she gave me the attention and service as if I was. I went through a few real estate agents because they just didn’t take me seriously. Briana was different. She’s extremely knowledgeable about the industry, she’s honest, friendly, and always available. She also knows a lot about homes and how to fix them, so she not only helped me see the potential in my home, she even helped give me tips on how to fix the things that were wrong so I could get the most for my dollar. I highly recommend her.

Previous owner did all the expensive work for you!

12310 Trailing Oaks, Live Oak TX 78233
Listed at 100,000
Get this house at a great price and make it your own with some paint and small cosmetic fixes.  Get out of the heat and come feel the cool breeze, AC has recently been replaced with all new duct work! Roof, siding, laminate flooring, upgraded cabinetry, appliances, faux wood blinds, windows and water heater. And for those outdoor lovers…
plush grass, covered patio, shed with wired electric, lawn lighting and sprinkler system all wrapped up with a new fence!


Brand New Ranch in North San Antonio!

2511 Towncliff Cir, San Antonio TX 78238
Active Option at $162,000


Welcome home to this recently built home in an established neighborhood. This home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus an office/study. Features include vaulted ceilings, fireplace, breakfast bar and covered front patio. The deluxe master suite has multiple closets, large bathroom, high ceilings.


Are you a Veteran? Find out how you can purchase a home using your VA benefit!


To be eligible for a VA Loan, veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members and reservists must meet the basic service requirements set forth by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Spouses of military members who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability may also be eligible.

It’s ultimately up to the VA to determine eligibility for the home loan program, but prospective borrowers can get a good idea by looking at the VA’s basic eligibility guidelines.

You may be eligible for a VA Home Loan if you meet one or more of the following conditions:

  • You have served 90 consecutive days of active service during wartime, OR
  • You have served 181 days of active service during peacetime, OR
  • You have more than 6 years of service in the National Guard or Reserves, OR
  • You are the spouse of a service member who has died in the line of duty or as a result of a service-related disability.

Buying Process

How to Apply for a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

While you don’t need your VA Certificate of Eligibility in hand to start the loan process with Veterans United, this certificate is a very important part of your loan application. Your COE verifies that your length and character of service make you eligible to use the VA home loan benefit.

You can apply for a VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility three different ways:

  1. Apply through a VA approved lender
  2. Apply online through the VA’s eBenefits portal
  3. Apply by mail with VA Form 26-1880

Get a Certificate of Eligibility

The Certificate of Eligibility (COE) verifies to the lender that you meet the eligibility requirements for a VA loan. Learn more about the evidence you submit and how to apply for a COE on our Eligibility page.

Find a Home and Sign a Purchase Agreement

Work with a real estate professional and negotiate a purchase agreement. Make sure the purchase and sales agreement contains a “VA Option Clause.”

Here’s a sample of a “VA Option Clause”:

“It is expressly agreed that, notwithstanding any other provisions of this contract, the purchaser shall not incur any penalty by forfeiture of earnest money or otherwise be obligated to complete the purchase of the property described herein, if the contract purchase price or cost exceeds the reasonable value of the property established by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The purchaser shall, however, have the privilege and option of proceeding with the consummation of this contract without regard to the amount of the reasonable value established by the Department of Veterans Affairs.”

You may also want the purchase agreement to allow you to “escape” from the contract without penalty if you can’t get a VA loan.

Apply for your VA Loan

Work with the lender to complete a loan application and gather the needed documents, such as pay stubs and bank statements.

Loan Processing

How to Apply

Purchase Loan & Cash-Out Refinance: VA loans are obtained through a lender of your choice once you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You can obtain a COE through eBenefits, by mail, and often through you lender. Learn More

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan: A new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is not required. You may take your Certificate of Eligibility to show the prior use of your entitlement or your lender may use our e-mail confirmation procedure in lieu of a certificate of eligibility. Learn More

Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program: First, confirm that your tribal organization participates in the VA direct loan program. NADL loans are obtained through a lender of your choice once you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You can obtain a COE through eBenefits, by mail, and often through you lender. Learn More

Adapted Housing Grants: You can apply for an SAH or SHA grant by either downloading and completing VA Form 26-4555 (PDF) and submitting it to your nearest Regional Loan Center, or completing the online application. Learn More



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Loan Fees

VA Funding Fee

Generally, all Veterans using the VA Home Loan Guaranty benefit must pay a funding fee. This reduces the loan’s cost to taxpayers considering that a VA loan requires no down payment and has no monthly mortgage insurance. The funding fee is a percentage of the loan amount which varies based on the type of loan and your military category, if you are a first-time or subsequent loan user, and whether you make a down payment. You have the option to finance the VA funding fee or pay it in cash, but the funding fee must be paid at closing time.

You do not have to pay the fee if you are a:

  • Veteran receiving VA compensation for a service-connected disability, OR
  • Veteran who would be entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability if you did not receive retirement or active duty pay, OR
  • Surviving spouse of a Veteran who died in service or from a service-connected disability

The funding fee for second time users who do not make a down payment is slightly higher. Also, National Guard and Reserve Veterans pay a slightly higher funding fee percentage. To determine your exact percentage, please review the latest funding fee chart.

Other Loan Costs

Be aware that the lender charges interest, in addition to closing fees and charges. Here are some general rules:

  • The lender, not VA, sets the interest rate, discount points, and closing costs. These rates may vary from lender to lender
  • Closing costs such as the VA appraisal, credit report, state and local taxes, and recording fees may be paid by the purchaser, the seller, or shared
  • The seller can pay for some closing costs. (Under our rules, a seller’s “concessions” can’t exceed 4% of the loan. But only some types of costs fall under this 4% rule. Examples are: payment of pre-paid closing costs, VA funding fee, payoff of credit balances or judgments for the Veteran, and funds for temporary “buydowns.” Payment of discount points is not subject to the 4% limit.)
  • You are not allowed to pay for the termite report, unless the loan is a refinance. That fee is usually paid by the seller.
  • No commissions, brokerage fees, or “buyer broker” fees may be charged to the Veteran buyer

Adding the VA Funding Fee and other loans costs to your loan may result in a situation in which you owe more than the fair market value of the house, and will reduce the benefit of refinancing since your payment will not be lowered as much as it could be. Also, you could have difficulty selling the house for enough to pay off your loan balance.

Duran Testimonial

“Briana was a paragon of patience, especially considering we didn’t seem to always know what we wanted. The proof of her abilities is how much we’re enjoying our new home. It was a great pleasure working with Briana.”

-Renee Duran

Hundreds Flock to The Sahara To Buy Everything

By Amanda Finnegan

There are rules to a liquidation sale, you know. Just because you are guarding that prime rib cart, that doesn’t make it yours. And there’s no bargaining or bartering, either — at least not on the first day.

But one of the foremost rules at the Sahara liquidation sale Thursday were words that probably had never been spoken inside the Sahara in its 58-year history.

“There is no smoking,” Don Hayes, who is overseeing the sale for National Content Liquidators, boomed over the microphone as the first buyers began to trickle in.

To protect the artifacts, of course.

More than 600,000 items were up for grabs at the first day of the two-month liquidation sale at the closed Sahara Hotel, which shut its doors just a month ago. That includes every dish, piece of silverware, housekeeping vacuum and toilet, yet another sign that a wrecking ball will most likely be the next patron to enter the empty Strip property.

Hopeful buyers lined up during the early morning hours Thursday to grab a piece of one of the last standing casinos from Las Vegas’ early boom years. The line started at the entrance of the Sahara and stretched to Paradise Road.

Hours into it, buyers were still waiting outside in the heat to get a glimpse of what was for sale inside.

Some buyers came on a mission with a particular piece in mind, heading straight for the black and white posters of Elvis or Johnny Carson, while others browsed and stocked up on framed prints from the hotel rooms, slot machine chairs and waste baskets.

Louis Bowl of Barstow, Calif., and his family scooped a frame photo of Elvis during one his visits to the Sahara and two poker tables.

“We headed over here about 6 a.m. and were the 40th in line. We’re looking for collectibles and a poker table,” Bowls said.

No more than an hour later, his family had a corner sectioned off with the casino floor with scores of items, and they were still going. Bowls said his group didn’t have a price limit.

The priciest item on the casino floor was the currency change desk at the casino cage, priced at $28,000. Next might have been one of Sahara’s famous camels, which everyone talked about but no one could afford at $12,000.

Even though most of the more memorable, moderately priced items were gone within the first few hours of the sale, Greg Hall, operations director for the sale, said they expect the sale to go the full 60 days.

“It’s going fantastic. Things are running smooth, everything’s going good, and we’ve got a great crowd,” Hall said about the first day of the sale.

He reported no scuffles on the sale floor so far, all accept for a small argument over a fake tree between two groups hoarding their loot on opposite sides of the casino floor.

But the hot-ticket items of the day were the camel lamps from the rooms. Priced at $150 a piece, buyers headed to the cashier set up at the registration desk with armfuls of the 700-of-a-kind, only-at-Sahara piece. Mary Lane Slack of Las Vegas wheeled a cart full of the camel lamps to the cashier, grabbing a piece of a casino she remembers as a glitzier place during her childhood.

Slack’s mother ran a children’s shop across the street from the Sahara called Small Fry, which she said was frequented by the stars who performed at the Sahara.

“The sale is fun, but it’s really sad. I can remember coming down here for dinner with my parents as a kid. The whole thing is sad because it seems like they are going to tear it down,” Slack said.

The lamps were all Slack had time to grab, but she said she still had her eye on a karaoke sign in one of the lounge areas for nostalgia’s sake.

Upstairs, buyers sized up the Sahara’s presidential and admiral suites and their early 1990s furnishings. The suites seemed more like a place where furnishings went to get a second life rather than luxury hotel rooms, with mismatched artwork hanging from the walls and worn throw rugs thrown over even more worn carpeting.

Other items for sale in the suites included bidets for $75, sink vanities for $200, $100 for artwork and $250 brass embellished doors, reading “presidential suite.”

Potential shoppers wait in line just before the opening of the first day of the Sahara liquidation sale Thursday, June 16, 2011. Nearly every item is for sale and were priced and sold as is, where is and on a first come basis.

But cassette player stereo systems and the mirrors over the beds in the suites didn’t have price tags. Their value must have been immeasurable.

Bob and Shirley Barrett of North Las Vegas, both in their Sahara T-shirts from the casino’s final days, browsed through the suites looking for flat-screen TVs. They didn’t find any, so instead settled on a $15 phone, a sign from the Golden Room and another from the casino floor.

The Barretts have been going to liquidation sales at closed casinos for the past 11 years, collecting pieces such as 350-pound neon signs from the Boardwalk hotel for their living room and another from the Paradise Café at the Stardust, which hangs in their kitchen.

“We just wanted to add one sign from the Sahara,” Bob Barrett said. “We moved here in 1999 and the first sale we went to was the El Rancho liquidation. We just started decorating our home that way because we love Vegas. We brought stuff from Massachusetts, but we didn’t fill the house. It’s full now.”

But Shirley Barrett would like everyone to know, “We aren’t hoarders or anything. Just collectors.”

She said she had her eye on the fake marble tub in the center of the master bedroom in the Admiral Suite, but the couple would have to pry it off the worn carpeting themselves.

Like other pieces bolted down at the Sahara, it would cost much more than its $450 price tag to have it removed and hauled out, and probably much more than its actual worth.

Chinn Testimonial

My husband and I have enjoyed working with Briana as she is able to quickly ascertain and understand our needs, therefore eliminating time wasted looking at properties that were of no interest to us.  As we are not local, we picked properties to view from the internet and she pre-screened them for us, as well as locating others.   She would go see the properties to check their condition, and take photographs, and then email them for us to peruse, and decide which ones that we wanted to visit.  She always easy to reach, via phone, email or smart  phone.  Through her system with electric signatures, we were able to make bids on houses through our email (when we are on vacation) without having to run to a fax machine. In fact, we are working with her again because we may be interested in more property.  She is very professional and we highly recommend her.
Eva and Doug

Arcadia, CA

Yamashiro Testimonial

I was a first time homebuyer.  I didn’t know anything other than what I found online about buying a home.  I really did my research when it came to scoping out properties and Briana was the first to surprise me with her insight and knowledge of the real-estate market.

Briana knows her neighborhoods, property values and people. She was even able to help me figure out what I needed and wanted even when I didn’t really know myself.  My budget was small, but she gave me the time, energy and attention as though I were buying a multi-million dollar property.  She really knows her stuff and she’s an A-class professional.  She’s amazingly hard working and dependable and I couldn’t have asked for a better real estate agent.  It was a great experience and though I closed a long time ago we are still close to this day.  Whether you’re buying, selling or renting, I highly recommend Briana’s services.


-Beth Y.