Check Out Mutt’s Canine Cantina in Uptown Dallas TX 75204


Mutts Canine Cantina Dallas TX

One of my absolute favorite spots to get a bite to eat and enjoy some great beverages in Uptown Dallas is Mutts Canine Cantina. It is located at 2889 Cityplace West Blvd in 75204, just steps from the Cityplace Uptown DART light rail station.

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What should you consider when shopping for a condo or townhome?



Ever considered buying a condo or townhome? They’re a great option for many home shoppers, and I’ve been showing a bunch of these properties in Dallas lately.

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Have you been to the Texas Theatre?


Have you been to the Texas Theatre?

My wife and I recently attended an independent film premiere at the Texas Theatre in old downtown Oak Cliff – Dallas. This place has it all – great deco style, popcorn, treats, and even a full bar!

Built in 1931, it became famous in 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald ducked-in without paying and was arrested there for the assassination of President Kennedy.

I’d love to hear about some of YOUR favorite spots around town. Give me a shout!

The stuff that was left behind…


The stuff that was left behind...

Before I became a real estate agent, I had some ideas about what I thought they did. You know – drive people around, show a few houses, write a contract, attend a closing, etc. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s MUCH more than that. For example, one key thing that I quickly learned is that the real estate business is as much about FINDING clients as it is DOING the business of real estate.

So, what am I doing at this moment? Boxing-up some keepsakes and personal items that one of my buyers found in the home while moving in. The seller had overlooked them when packing and moving, so I’m delivering them to the seller’s agent (who will in turn deliver them to the seller). I imagine that there’ll be a happy reunion when this box o’ stuff gets to the rightful owner.

I know it sounds cliche, but REAL service goes WAY beyond a simple transaction. As agents, we are in the business of helping people during one of the most stressful, emotional, and exciting times of their life. What an honor! My colleagues and I at JP and Associates are Exceeding Expectations every single day.

Thanks for reading!
John Brooks, Agent
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We are living in a TEXT-ual world


We are living in a TEXT-ual world

I began sending and receiving text messages on my Motorola Razr over 10 years ago. At the time, few people even knew how to send a text and very few would ever predict that it would take over the world.

Even in the real estate biz, more and more of our negotiation and dialogue happens via TEXT every single day. For example, take a look at the photo above. This is an actual text that I received from another Agent today. 🙂 I think I’m going to need a text-ologist to crack the code on this. Ha!

Have a FUN weekend trying to decipher some of the text messages that YOU receive…

Why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas?


Why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas?

The amazing weather in Dallas yesterday prompted me to head out on an evening run with our Spaniels (Lucy and Swayze), from South Side to West End. We stopped to nab this pic along the way, thoroughly enjoying the near 70 degree January day!

I began thinking of the varied cultures, art, architecture, and of course, things to do here in Big D. For example, have you been to Klyde Warren Park yet? It’s an open-air urban park built over the top of Woodall Rogers Freeway, and it officially opened just a few weeks ago. On a super-nice day like today, you’ll find superb people-watching, art, green space, food trucks, an outdoor library, and even a small dog park! I highly recommend it.

So, why in the world would anyone want to live in Dallas? See above. 😉 Great people, weather, and, yes, lots of cool stuff to do!

What is your favorite attraction in Big D?

To HOA or not to HOA? An important question for home buyers


To HOA or not to HOA? An important question for home buyers

Most modern-era subdivisions in the N. Texas area are overseen by Homeowner Associations (HOA’s). They are typically focused on maintaining any amenities and common areas of the subdivision, along with ensuring that the bylaws are followed by residents. Commonly-seen HOA rules include things like prohibition of recreational vehicles (boats, RV’s) parked in driveways or streets, and rules regarding proper appearance of yards and landscaping.

Many buyers with whom I’ve worked initially say that they don’t want to live in a subdivision which has HOA (often because of the cost of dues), but they often change their perspective once they understand the HOA’s role in promoting an attractive and safe neighborhood (which hopefully results in enhanced property values down the road).

Here’s a great article if you’d like to read a bit more about the topic:

What are some pros and cons of HOA’s from your perspective?