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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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The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

We’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like ages, but the brand-spanking new Ebby Halliday office just across the street from Southlake Town Square is now open, and it is a beauty. Built at the intersection of style and technology, the new office on Southlake Boulevard has room after room of sleek meeting space, offices, and workspace with an emphasis on design.

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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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Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images

(Photo: Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images)

Dallas is a pretty dang popular place to move to, with 54,388 households moving into Big D according to the National Association of Realtors. While Dallas County ranks second behind Houston and ahead of third-place Tarrant County in households relocating to our fair burg, more people are packing it in.

“Data from the Texas Relocation Report shows that the continued growth of the Texas housing market is not a housing bubble but a genuine surge in demand fueled by job and population growth across the state,” said Shad Bogany, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “People are moving, and they’re moving to Texas. Clearly, Texas is a domestic migration destination.”

Sure, Texas is a job destination for many folks, with more households moving into the great state than leaving. But Dallas has a net migration of -1,845 while our neighbor to the west, Tarrant County, has a net migration of 3,138.

Interesting, no? Dallas posted the highest negative migration numbers in the state, which makes me wonder where all those folks leaving Dallas are going, and why they’re leaving in the first place? Is it housing costs? Corporate downsizing? What’s your theory?

 

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!

Rangers Fans After World Series

 

 

(Photo: The Dallas Morning News)

Today’s the home opener for your Texas Rangers. We go as a family every year, but I have to tell you — I hate the drive. I hate driving to Arlington. Interstate 30 is always a parking lot from Arlington to Grand Prairie, sometimes even to Hampton Road. Driving to and from sporting events is a huge nightmare.

Until mass transit to Arlington makes the trip to see our favorite baseball franchise less headache-inducing, perhaps the hubby and I should consider buying a townhome within walking distance to Rangers Ballpark?

Check out a few great options for second homes that are close to clutch in Arlington, Texas, at Second Shelters!

Rangers Fans After World Series

 

 

(Photo: The Dallas Morning News)

Today’s the home opener for your Texas Rangers. We go as a family every year, but I have to tell you — I hate the drive. I hate driving to Arlington. Interstate 30 is always a parking lot from Arlington to Grand Prairie, sometimes even to Hampton Road. Driving to and from sporting events is a huge nightmare.

Until mass transit to Arlington makes the trip to see our favorite baseball franchise less headache-inducing, perhaps the hubby and I should consider buying a townhome within walking distance to Rangers Ballpark?

Check out a few great options for second homes that are close to clutch in Arlington, Texas, at Second Shelters!

According to Tiffany Hamil, Tarrant County residents have longer than they think to protest

“It has been common practice in Tarrant and all of the surrounding counties for YEARS that the District will send out their notice of appraised value on May 1st,” says property tax consultant Tiffany Hamil. “Tarrant County has been known to even send their notices out past May 1st, but to my knowledge they have never sent their notices out PRIOR to May 1st … until THIS YEAR.

Some Tarrant County residents may have already received their notices, which were mailed at the beginning of this month. If your valuation is lower or the same, you won’t get a notice at all, Hamil says. Still, you should check your Tarrant County appraisal online with the Tarrant Appraisal District.

“Your notice is going to say that your protest deadline is April 30th, but the law allows a property owner to protest up until May 31st,” Hamil notes.

According to her, the Property Tax Code says: 

Notwithstanding Subsection (a)(1), an owner of property described by that subsection who files a notice of protest after the deadline prescribed by that subsection but before the appraisal review board approves the appraisal records is entitled to a hearing and determination of the protest if the property owner files the
notice before June 1.

Tarrant County property owners who wish to protest their appraisal values should do so before the April 30 deadline, Hamil says. However, if you miss the deadline, you still have options. 

Find out more about Tiffany Hamil at DFW Tax Advisor’s website.