Some Call It Retro Fabulous But What Do YOU Think ?

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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!

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A Tour of Bishop Arts District in Dallas in 30 Seconds

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Over the weekend, my wife and I decided to grab some (amazing) Tex-Mex at one of our new favorite restaurants in Bishop Arts District. El Corazon de Tejas features the BEST chicken enchiladas and homemade corn tortillas on the planet! Afterward, we toured some of the nearby neighborhood and viewed a few of the currently-available properties.

Bishop Arts is a great historic neighborhood about 10 minutes southwest of downtown Dallas in Oak Cliff. It features great parks, historic homes, art, shops, and dining! My clients rave about the “town within the city” feel and great architecture. Check it out for yourself by starting your own property search by clicking HERE.

Give me a shout at ANY time – I’d be honored to be of help!

Check out my 30-second video tour with highlights from our afternoon. Enjoy!

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What’s driving the rising demand for rental housing?

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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!

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

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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?

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Twelve tips to sell your home quicker and for more moolah!

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Twelve tips to sell your home quicker and for more moolah!

Well, it’s a new year, and if you’ve been thinking of selling your home (to move-up or even to downsize), there are a bunch of factors to consider. Check out this excellent list of tips from TexasRealEstate.com:
http://www.texasrealestate.com/web/1/12/122/archive/twelvetips.cfm

My favorite of the twelve tips? Number 11 says, “Clean and de-clutter—neat, organized houses sell faster than those that look too lived-in.” Guess what? EVERY time I show a client possible homes for them to buy or lease, they ALWAYS choose the cleanest, most tidy one! It never fails.

Looking for advice about how to sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest time, with the least amount of hassle? Give me a shout – it’s what I ENJOY doing every single day!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Home sweet home – what does that mean to you?

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Home sweet home - what does that mean to you?

My wife and I moved and downsized a couple of months ago, and I now have a new-found appreciation for what my clients endure when they buy or sell their home and make a move. It’s both EXCITING and STRESSFUL!  😀

Anyway, although we love our new place, I realized that it just didn’t feel 100% like ‘home sweet home’ to me yet. The reason?  I hadn’t unpacked our vintage vinyl LP collection and player.  Here’s a photo of the final result – it’s playing an album by Bread right now, and NOW this place truly feels like home!

The equipment?  A Technics SL-3200 Direct Drive Turntable (from approx 1980 – I bought it a couple of years ago on eBay), and a Kenwood KR-3090 Stereo Receiver (from approx 1979 – my wife’s had it since high school). Great vintage sound!

What are some of the things that make YOUR home feel like it’s truly home to you? I’d enjoy hearing from you…

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

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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:
http://texasrealestate.com/web/2/21/more/010713.cfm

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

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