Some Call It Retro Fabulous But What Do YOU Think ?


Over the summer, I’ve shown some cool retro-fabulous properties everywhere from Hurst in the mid-cities to Lake Highlands near White Rock Lake in Dallas. Some clients love to see original details like pink tile in the bathrooms or a charming original fireplace. Other clients just plan to completely update the property. Read more here, and have a great week!

My Visit To Dallas Auto Show 2014 In A 30 Second Video


My Visit To Dallas Auto Show 2014 In A 30 Second Video

I just returned from touring Dallas Auto Show 2014 which runs through Sunday, Feb 23rd at Dallas Convention Center.

Check-out my 30-second video tour and read more here:

Have a SUPERB weekend, everyone!

Should You Paint Your Tired Kitchen Cabinets Or Not?


Should You Paint Your Tired Kitchen Cabinets Or Not?

Should you paint your kitchen cabinets or not? The answer is probably “YES”. I wrote more about the topic here:

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Enjoy your day, everybody!

Want to tour a beautifully-redone 1920’s craftsman home in just 30 seconds?


Want to tour a beautifully-redone 1920's craftsman home in just 30 seconds?

What a beautiful listing in Dallas! Read more and see the vid here:

Have an awesome day, and give me a shout any time!

My Biz Needed a Cookie-Partner


My Biz Needed a Cookie-Partner

Since I love cookies (especially at this festive time of year), I wanted to send my clients and referral partners some sweet treats to sincerely thank them for their trust. In short, I needed a “cookie-partner” for my biz.

I’m so thankful to have connected with Mary Holmen of It’s a Mary Cake! My clients raved about not only how BEAUTIFUL the treats were, but how AWESOME they tasted, too!  Mission accomplished.  🙂

Wishing you all an amazing, prosperous new year!

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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Metroplex traffic – how much extra time do you allow for urgent trips these days?


As Traffic Jams Worsen, Commuters Allowing Extra Time for Urgent Trips

Howdy!  According to this article by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, there’s a concept called the Planning Time Index (PTI): “a measure of travel reliability, illustrates the amount of extra time needed to arrive on time for higher priority events, such as an airline departure, just-in-time shipments, medical appointments or especially important social commitments.”

Have you found yourself arriving at your destination 20 or 30 minutes ahead of schedule sometimes (because you planned ahead and allowed for major traffic delays which didn’t end up being as severe)? I sure have…

Interesting article – check it out and you’ll add new concepts and terminology to your conversations this week.  🙂  Drive safely out there! More people are moving to the Metroplex area every single day, so all of us are going to need just a little bit more patience and TIME to get where we are going!

Have a productive week!

Yee-haw! Texas has FOUR of the top TEN best U.S. cities in which to own a home!


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According to a recent article on Aol real estate called, “10 Best Cities to Own a Home”, Fort Worth, TX tops the list! According to the article, Fort Worth “has the lowest median home cost on our list, a low unemployment rate, and a relatively high population growth rate, making this…an ideal place for homebuyers to settle down”.

Rounding-out the top ten cities were three other awesome Texas locales: at 3rd place, San Antonio; at 4th place, El Paso; at 6th place, Austin.

What a great state to call home, huh? Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list? Feel free to give it a shout-out!

Have a great week!

Good DFW housing news and a sweet poochie!


Good DFW housing news and a sweet poochie!

A Dallas Morning News article caught my eye while we were walking the Spaniels yesterday morning. So, we had Lucy pose for a pic by the news rack (did you even know that they still sell actual newsPAPERs)? Anyway, the headline: “Housing unusually hot for January”. The article says that D-FW sales jumped almost 25% from a year earlier with prices also on the rise.

Sounds like classic supply and demand to me. 🙂 Looks like we are in for a hoppin’ Spring season in the DFW housing market, huh?

Have a great week!

P.S.  Here’s a link to the news article:

What’s driving the rising demand for rental housing?


What's driving the rising demand for rental housing?

According to recent information published by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the rental housing market is expected to remain strong for the next two decades. This is good news for real estate investors and homeowners alike. The four key groups driving the rising demand are outlined in the graphic above. They are Baby Boomers, Echo Boomers, Former Homeowners, and Recent Immigrants. For details about their study, click here.

If you’ve been considering jumping into the real estate investing world (or converting an existing home of yours into a rental), let me know. There are some amazing books and resources out there to give you a jump start. Contact me any time – I like to help!