Comfortable and inviting 2 bedroom, 2 bath Oak Lawn Tudor.

This home may not look super cute from the curb, but when you walk inside it is absolutely irresistible! It’s a cute, two-bedroom, two-bath Tudor in Oak Lawn Heights that is so sweet it will give you a toothache!

Not only is it adorable, but it’s also pretty affordable at $415,000. That’s $237 per square foot for a ridiculously cozy home with 1,700 square feet with an absolutely prime location.

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The Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian is owned by Joan Vandergriff.

The Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian is owned by Joan Vandergriff.

Thirty years! Can you believe it? The Colleyville Woman’s Club has been putting on its Holiday Home Tour for 30 years now, and we’re just amazed at its longevity! The tour, which is slated for Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature five gorgeous homes in Colleyville with halls that are decked for the season, including the gorgeous Heritage Hill Queen Anne Victorian mansion designed by American architect George Franklin Barber. This home was built for less than $2,500 in 1895, from “the finest materials.” Today it is an incredible legacy to the community, thanks to homeowner Joan Vandergriff, who had its 110 pier foundation relocated from Bonham, Texas, to Colleyville, and nary a window was damaged!

And back for its second year is Santa’s Sweet Stop at Taylor Renovations, which will help equip tour-goers for holiday cooking and decorating. Whole Foods has sponsored this stop, so look for cooking demonstrations and sweets for guests! You can visit with Santa Claus or buy a poinsettia for $10 each.

If you want to see these five beautiful abodes, you can purchase your ticket for $20 ahead of the tour at locations listed on the Colleyville Woman’s Club website. Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity!

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park's most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

4205 Lakeside is a gorgeous Anton Korn original on one of Highland Park’s most picturesque streets. It is the bonus home and site of the ABPA Homes for the Holidays home tour market.

There are just two days until the highly anticipated ABPA Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which showcases some truly amazing Highland Park homes that will have your brain buzzing with ideas for your own casa, and we have an early Christmas gift for our dear readers!

Thanks to the amazing sponsors, of which we are beyond proud to be counted as a Platinum-level sponsor with this year’s tour, CandysDirt.com is able to give away TWO PAIRS of tickets to the Homes for the Holidays Home Tour, which raises money for the teachers and programming that make Highland Park ISD schools great.

Jump to find out more about the home tour sponsors and how you can win tickets to the Friday event!

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6153 Ellsworth Front

I think that the $400Ks are the new $300Ks in Dallas, with a greater diversity of homes in established neighborhoods coming with features you used to see in houses priced around $300,000. Today we take a look at three different homes from three different brokerages in three different neighborhoods to see what you can get in the $400K range.

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If it seems like the lists of top-performing companies in national business magazines are populated by industry mammoths and impossibly large corporations, it’s because they are. Sure, economies of scale can help a company realize success relatively fast, but these lists leave the real, tangible successes of small businesses in the shadows.

Recognizing that these regional brands deserve distinction, the Caruth Institute at SMU’s Cox School of Business came up with the Dallas 100™ Entrepreneur Awards. This list is populated by “the unsung heroes of our economy,” according to the Caruth Institute. Within this list of the 100 fastest-growing privately held companies in North Texas were two residential real estate brands that have been burning up shoe leather in their bid to succeed: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty (No. 20), and CLAY STAPP + CO. (No. 80).

“The incredible growth and performance of the Dallas 100™ winners is a tribute to the dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial community in which we live,” said Jerry White, director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU Cox. “The Dallas economy has been driven by entrepreneurs since its founding. With today’s entrepreneurs, investors and supporting professionals, the economic future of our area and beyond looks bright indeed.”

We agree, and it’s fantastic for these two regional brands to see such growth. Perhaps North Texas has fully recovered from the economic downturn now that we’re seeing brokerages post big numbers? At any rate, congratulations to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s and CLAY STAPP + CO. on your Dallas 100 win!

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See those beautiful new white and very bright yard signs dotting the lawns of North Dallas, Preston Hollow, Park Cities, Lakewood, Uptown and Kessler Park? They are the new look of Dave Perry-Miller (& Associates) Real Estate. Today is the unveiling of Dave’s brand new re-branding courtesy of the Richards Group.

“Just like you need to update your house and refresh it from time to time, we decided to update our look here at Dave Perry-Miller,” says the name brand himself, Dave Perry-Miller. “We really wanted something more streamlined and crisp, very much in keeping with what our homeowners are wanting.” (more…)

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We’ve been talking about this trend for some time, but thanks to the business-friendly environment Great State of Texas and our fantastic job market, more people are moving to our state from areas where there are fewer jobs and houses cost a whole lot more.

And of course, when more people relocate to Texas, that means more real estate clients. A total of 138,057 new clients according to the statistics from the Texas Association of Realtors’ “Texas Relocation Report.”

The report, which uses data from 2013 American Community Survey, the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the U-Haul 2013 National Migration Trend Reports shows that Texas is outpacing Florida, California, Georgia, and North Carolina in the number of people moving from out of state.

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Find Beverly

I just got off the phone with Dallas Police Department’s North Central Patrol Division Neighborhood Police Officer Mark Lutz, who will be giving us more detailed tips in the coming days on how Realtors can better protect themselves from dangerous criminals, so stay tuned.

Until then, real estate agents can take some comfort in the news that Arkansas officials have apprehended Arron M. Lewis, a convicted felon and parolee accused of kidnapping Little Rock real estate agent Beverly Carter while showing a vacant property. Lewis escaped from an area hospital after a single-car accident just 30 minutes from the bank-owned home Carter was showing when she disappeared. Yesterday, after his escape from the hospital, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. A Facebook page has been started to help disseminate information regarding Carter’s disappearance.

Of course, this has some Realtors wondering how to best keep this from happening to them. Lutz suggests that a third-party background check would be helpful to screen out potentially risky clients, such as SecureShow. Otherwise, staying aware of dangerous situations is key, Lutz said, as well as calling 911 the moment you suspect something is up.

Inman News says that some agents are calling this incident a “wake-up call” for Realtors. What do you think?