Home For Sale Sign Dallas

The recent report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University shows a 2 percent dip in sales at the close of August from a year ago. That’s keeping with this year’s trends of higher prices and lower sales volume, as five of the last 8 months of 2014 have posted lower sales from the previous year.

“The agents tell me they could sell many more houses if they just had the inventory,” Real Estate Center economist Dr. James Gaines told Steve Brown at the Dallas Morning News. According to Brown’s August figures, the median home sales price in North Texas is up 8 percent from a year ago, with prices up 7 percent over the first 8 months of last year. Of course, with higher prices, that means fewer homebuyers overall who are able to afford a mortgage.

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3778 W. 6th Front

While they may not be my favorite homes ever, I do love houses that have a funky, Devil-may-care vibe to them. They’re the “anything goes” type of home, and their mish-mash of decor, colors, and materials proves a method to the madness of an artists’ mind. So I was happily surprised to see this cute bungalow in Fort Worth’s Country Club Heights neighborhood on the market.

This two-bedroom, two bath cottage is a home in which the seller has made full use of every color in the paint bucket. Combining patterns, wood, mosaics, and glass in a way that seems to have no rhyme or reason is a very fun way to keep your interest, and to make a small space (1,482 square feet!) feel much larger. There’s always another nook, another detail, another little surprise!

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Friday Five Hundred: Gorgeous Family Home in McKinney Open This Weekend

 

621 Shoreview Front

Are you a Millennial with a couple of kids who is considering pulling up stakes from your urban home and heading for the homes and schools of the suburbs? Then you’ll find this house in McKinney mighty attractive, as it has all the things you want in a suburban enclave, with tons of things you never knew you needed.

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Inventory is Tight, So Buyers Are Going Full-Tilt Crazy

Sachse Home

(Names  and photos have been changed to protect innocent sellers from completely crazy buyers)

*Cue the “Law & Order” theme song*

This just in from Sachse, where a family staged their gorgeous home and then put it on the market on Friday. Thanks to their talented Realtor and a ton of hard work, they received several attractive offers that weekend. On Sunday, one lucky bidder accepted their counter, and like that, the home was under contract.

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SUBURBIA

This year’s Suburbia Music Festival lineup is amazing, y’all. Some of my favorite acts are going to be onstage at this incredible event, and I’m so sad I’m going to miss it because a dear friend of mine decided to get married the weekend of May 3. Don’t worry, I’ve been giving her round-trip tickets to Guiltville for a while. Kidding! (Maybe.)

But you, my friend, can win two VIP passes to this incredible music festival in our own little burb of Plano, Texas. Thanks to the generosity of the amazing folks at VIVO Realty. They’re staging a super fun photo contest for people who really love Plano, just like VIVO Realty does. Jump to find out how you can win!

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Tuesday Two Hundred: Oprah Reacts to This Sweet Allen House

We’re hearing so much about inventory being super short and homes moving faster than the speed of light, I just want to tell the real estate market this sometimes:

thank-you

So I am almost certain that this home will get snatched up in the blink of an eye. It’s a fantastic family home that has everything you need to settle into life in the ‘burbs. Are you listening?

Oprah Tell Me more

OK. Now, from the outside, it looks like your typical suburban home in Collin County. Two stories, brick facade, tree in the front yard with a small lawn. And yeah, I guess it is your typical Allen home. You’ve got four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a two-car garage, and more than 2,500 square feet to move around. Lots of windows, hardwood floors, and Brookside is a fabulous neighborhood.

1202 Heather brook front 1202 Heather brook Entry

Seems simple enough, right? It’s a little predictable, sure, but that’s the beauty of this home. You know? It’s comfortable and still cute, like a brand new pair of UGGs. Put them on and pad around the house a bit and you’ll feel like this:

oprah has all the feelz

And you know what? This home is such an incredible value for its size. Listed by Vivo Realty Group’s David Maez, 1202 Heather Brook is priced at $229,000.

Oprah stunned

I know, right? That’s $91 per square foot for a home with excellent schools and a large, fenced in backyard.

1202 Heather brook Living

1202 Heather brook  Kitchen

It’s a super comfortable family home, a place where you can loosen your tie and relax at the end of the day. It has plenty of space for you to decompress, as well as a home office just off the entry. It has a lovely gas fireplace, too, which is wonderful for the kind of winter we just can’t seem to shake here in North Texas. The living room is open to the dining area, which leads to the kitchen. Built in 1999, this home has the original cabinetry and has tons of light. There are Corian solid surface countertops, too, a refreshing break from your bland builder-grade granite.

1202 Heather brook  Master 1202 Heather brook Master bath

The master bedroom is upstairs, and it’s a good size at 17 x 14. It gets plenty of light thanks to the oversized windows, and is large enough to accommodate oversized furniture, too. The five-piece master bath is sizable, but a little bland. It has a large dual vanity with tons of storage. Sure, it has white on white tile and oak cabinets, but you won’t really care because you can light a candle, dim the lights, put in some bubbles and pour a glass of bubbly and everything looks juuuuuuuust fine.

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With a nice covered porch and a spacious backyard, this is the kind of area you can just set the kids loose in when you need a break. Two large trees add plenty of shade, too, which is great for keeping your energy bills manageable.

Overall, this is a fantastic home that just hit the market last week and will move fast!

1202 Heather brook Backyard

College Front

I may not live in the suburbs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like them. In fact, I do love a good small town feel, like the one you get with McKinney’s W.A. Rhea historic district. Tidy sidewalks, lots of picket fences, and a great area to teach your child how to ride a bike.

If this small town America feel sounds like a jackpot to you, then you’ll love this 1940 prairie-style home. At 310 N. College Street is a completely updated four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, 2,100-square-foot historic gem that will make your heart skip a beat. It’s listed by Private Label Realty for $274,000.

College Living Dining

From the refinished floors to the new lighting fixtures, everything in this home has received a good going-over. The huge front porch remains, which is an absolute bonus considering that it’s a great place to meet and greet your new neighbors, which I am sure will be just as thrilled to meet you. I mean, how could you not?

College Sunroom

Inside you’ll find fresh paint and built-ins that will make you wonder why you ever considered buying a homogenous tract home in some HOA out yonder, where you’ll probably be greeted by bobcats and coyotes. I’m just sayin’. The painted brick fireplace is beautiful, but the real scene-stealer is that cool staircase. I love that it doesn’t obstruct your view of the rest of the first floor. Genius!

College Kitchen

In most rehabbed kitchens you might find builder-grade cabinets and blah, blah, blah … yeah, I’m already bored by that, too. Which is why I’m so glad that they kept the original cabinets in this adorable cottage. Remember: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! With a fresh coat of white paint, some lovely slate tile, granite counters and stainless fixtures and appliances, it looks so much more at home in this historic property.

College Master Bed

I love the sunroom, too, which gives you a great place to hang out when it’s too hot in the summer and too chilly in the winter. It also gives you a great view of the excellent deck and huge backyard — another bonus of buying an older home.

College Master Bath

The master bedroom is 14×14 — a good size for this age of home — and features wainscoting and built-ins, as well as cool vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. In the master bath you’ll find a gorgeous claw-foot tub and even more wainscoting, as well as a separate shower and two separate vanities. I love the configuration of this bathroom as it is very versatile.

College Deck

And that brings us to the gorgeous backyard, where there is an ample deck and plenty of room for you to garden to your heart’s content, living your own Mayberry dream. Seriously, how could you not love this house?

 

Windjammer back

My dad is big on fishing. He loves to get out on the lake and waste a few hours with a friend, sitting in relative silence and drinking something cold. We lived super close to a great fishing hole growing up, but not everyone is so lucky.

424 Windjammer backyard

Well, until now. Does your dad crave easy access to a boat slip? Does he often talk about getting out and going fishing, but rarely, if ever does? Then you should definitely have him check out this fantastic home at 424 Windjammer Lane in Azle’s Oak Harbor Estates that not only has a great little saltwater pool, but also has lake views and access to a boat slip, a fantastic game room with a wet bar and a fantastic garage. It’s a steal, too, at just $299,000 for a five-bedroom, three-bath house!

424 Windjammer Family

There are tons of upgraded fixtures, too, including hardwood floors, travertine, and a breakfast nook and kitchen with a beautiful stained wood ceiling. I love the vaulted ceiling in the family room, which makes the space feel even more generous. There are tons of windows from which you can see Eagle Mountain Lake, and if you think you have to live in the sticks for views and a place like this, well, you’re wrong. This house is minutes outside Fort Worth — a huge plus!

424 Windjammer Kitchen

There’s almost 3,000 square feet of space inside, which is plenty of room for guests to spread out during all of the fabulous get-togethers you’re going to throw this summer. I can’t imagine a better place for a Fourth of July grill-a-thon than that outdoor kitchen, just steps from the pool for when the heat and margaritas start to get to you. And there’s a great spot in this home that is just begging to be made into the ultimate man-cave.

424 Windjammer Master

I have only one gripe about this house — and it’s a tiny one. It seems kind of weird to me that a home in this location, with these amenities and at this price point has a master bedroom that is only 15 x 16. I was really hoping for something much larger, but hey, maybe it’s the over-sized four-poster bed that makes the room feel a bit smaller than it is.

424 Windjammer Master Bath

In any case, this is a house that I am sure any dad worth his sea-faring salt would love!