Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Russ through a Creative Commons license

Cowtown has new braggin’ rights: the U.S. Census Bureau says they were the fastest-growing big city in the nation between 2000-2013. Fort Worth population saw a 42.34 percent increase in that time. Dallas lagged far behind, coming in at 24th.

The 2010 Census count for Fort Worth put the number of residents at 741,206. Compare this to a population of 534,694 just a decade earlier.

Fort Worth is the 17th-largest city in the country, and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. Jump to read more!  (more…)

 

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This home really blows me away. If it were located anywhere else south of LBJ, it would be hitting the $1.5ish ceiling, maybe more. The authentic Spanish colonial design and finish out is so smooth and superior, I dare you to find a flaw. 6404 Carmel Falls Court is a brand spanking newly built pup by Southgate Homes’ Jay Hankla. The home has five bedrooms, a downstairs master and media room. Plus it’s new and flawless and on the market for $949,900, having been reduced from $1,059,000.

So like they said at Thanksgiving Dinner: come and get it while it’s hot! (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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Photo: Republic Property Group

Photo: Republic Property Group

It’s the perfect opportunity to see what all the hubbub is about up in Prosper, as Light Farms hosts a community kick off day celebrating the return of cooler temps.

The event, which will feature open houses at the many beautiful new home models inside the community priced between $240K and $600K, also includes family-style lawn games, prizes, as well as burgers and snow cones to send off summer in good form.

Food will be served between 5 and 7 p.m., and hang around for a live performance from the Roomsounds between 6 and 8 p.m.

Sounds like a great time to us, and we’re sure you’ll love Light Farms as much as we do!

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2524 Rogers Front

In the $400K to $500K range, there’s a lot of new construction in Fort Worth. And while a new home is good every once in a while, seeing the same granite and stainless kitchen can be a little bit boring. Nothing against Fort Worth: I love the city and it’s awesome south side and the TCU area is just booming with cool homes and great little pockets of businesses. But I am always on the lookout for interesting, unique homes with a combination of character and amenities.

And in my search, I found this adorable home with incredible curb appeal and a fantastic backyard. And it’s close to TCU!

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Klyde Warren Park during the Arts District Block Party June 20.

Hundreds of people flock to Klyde Warren Park during the Dallas Arts District Block Party June 20.

We know that North Texas’ strong and growing job market keeps people flocking to our metro area, and that population increase, along with corporate relocations and an attractive business environment, is driving our local economy. It’s driving up housing demand and home prices, too.

So we’re not surprised to hear that the U.S. Metro Economies report ranks the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area as one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation. “Booming,” by their estimates. The North Texas area ranks No. 6 in the nation with a Gross Metropolitan Product of $440.1 billion in 2013. The news, which was announced at the U.S. Conference of Mayors by analysts IHS Global Insight, has everyone buzzing about our fair burg. And for good reason.

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CP7A2115-EditThis is a home I have waited to see with bated breath. Hunter and Kandi Mahan spent more than two years painstakingly building this near-perfection home on one gorgeous acre in the Creeks of Preston Hollow.

I first told you about it two years ago, when Hunter was selling his bachelor pad in Colleyville, shortly after he married the beautifully darling Kandi. The two proceeded to hire Mark Molthan to create a love pad and create they did. Oh, did they create. It’s family time now, so their current home is on the market, listed with Cameron H. Holland, for $9,500,000. Frankly, I think it’s a steal, and you are about to see why. (more…)

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Several North Texas homeowners, especially those in Azle and near Eagle Mountain Lake, are concerned that expanded shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing may be causing the rash of seismic activity that has these communities all shook up.

To address these concerns, the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity is holding a hearing today at 1 p.m. The committee, headed by State Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton), will listen to expert testimony on the subject. Here’s what the agenda says:

“Study the current conditions surrounding the increased seismic activity in
the Barnett Shale and other areas of the State. Specifically, review the
possibility that increased exploration and disposal well activity could
impact seismic activity. The committee shall review active oil and gas
activity and injection wells in areas experiencing increased seismic
activity.”

The increased seismic activity has some homeowners worried about their home values, which has many considering updates to their homeowners insurance policies. Earthquakes, much like floods, aren’t usually covered in typical homeowners policies, so if you think your home is at risk for earthquake damage, you might want to read our piece on how fracking-related seismic activity is sending tremors through insurance companies.