02/27/15 2:55pm


7918 Chartwell Front

Sure, contemporary architecture and design is an acquired taste, but I do love it when it’s done well. That’s what strikes me about this property is not only the design, but the size of this Somerset Estates property. It is truly grand, and has some fabulous details anyone can admire.

Built in 2001, this home has everything that the habitual entertainer could desire. And with 7,750 square feet of space, you’ll want for nothing when it comes to room to breathe. This beauty is listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Linda Magazzine for $1.99 million.

7918 Chartwell Front Day


02/27/15 12:57pm
It's snowing like crazy in North Texas, and some dedicated real estate professionals are making deals happen despite the weather!

It’s snowing like crazy in North Texas, and some dedicated real estate professionals are making deals happen despite the weather!

I can’t lie, y’all. I love snow. Really and truly, I love it. I also love working from home, too, so I don’t have to drive in the crazy mess. Still, there are some seriously dedicated Realtors, stagers, appraisers, inspectors, and lenders who make things happen despite the weather. We asked these dedicated real estate professionals to send us their snowy selfies as Dallas gets covered in white stuff. Here they are!



02/26/15 8:16pm

Case Shiller December 2014


Case-Shiller’s recent Dec.2014 report shows home prices inching even further skyward, with an increase of 7.5 percent year-over-year, topping the national average of 4.5 percent by a healthy margin. Shrinking inventory is to blame, but one must wonder if supply will ever catch up at this rate.

“As long as we have a tight sellers’ market, it’s going to be in that area,” said Dr. James Gaines, an economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in this story by Steve Brown. “The good news is it’s not 12 or 15 percent.

“We can live with this for a while.”

But really, can we?


02/26/15 1:46pm

9937 Larchbrook Front

If there was ever a deal, this is it. When I asked Dallas City Center Director Kevin Caskey about this house, he told me that there was already tons of interest in it. That was three days ago, and this home hasn’t been on MLS for more than a day! Truly, homes in the $300K ranch are a hot ticket in Dallas, and one in Lake Highlands with some really fabulous updates is going to have a full dance card.

I love this home for so many reasons, namely the clean, uncluttered updates that this seller did. Trust me, this home may look a little bland from the curb, but it’s a knockout inside! Jump to see the photos!


02/26/15 12:23pm

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Maybe you’ve had a great idea for a business but didn’t know where to start to get it off of the ground? Perhaps you need some inspiration from fellow entrepreneurs who have made the transition from big ideas to big business. That’s what Dallas Startup Week is all about! It’s five days full of talks and workshops built around the pitfalls that many would-be entrepreneurs face. From proposals and funding to branding and marketing you’ll learn everything there is to know about building momentum for your a business from the ground up.

Dallas Startup Week, which runs Monday, March 2 through Friday, March 6 in Downtown Dallas, features tons of great speakers that have real-world business-building experience. Nationally known entrepreneurs such as Project Runway alum and Dallas native Shirin Askari will share tips and advice on harnessing your creativity and personal brand. You’ll also find out about how to partner with corporations from business executives such as Clinton Anderson of Sabre.

“This is all the rage right now in the Downtown community,” says Ashley Stanley, founder of Ashley’s Apartments. “We are drawing business leaders from all over the Metroplex.”

Of course, we’re pretty excited about the ULI FlashTalk about Innovating for Real Estate. It will feature 7 minute talks from John Adolph of Parquer, Matt Alexander of NEED, Daniel Black of Glass Media, Brandon Castillo of ASH+LIME, Saurabh Gupta of CoHopping, and Christopher Haley of the Dietrich Von Hildebrand Legacy Project.

Best of all, this event is free! Yes, you can pick the brains of all of these successful business men and women at no cost. You can register here. Find the complete schedule of events here.

02/25/15 12:49pm
Curbless shower master bath Graf Developments

Bruce Graf says that aging-in-place can be stylish with key updates in often-used rooms, such as master suites.

A survey recently released by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business polled 1,000 people ages 50 to 80 years old. Only about 1 in 5 respondents to the survey had any plan to remodel their homes or incorporate technology to help them as they age, and yet, the vast majority (96 percent) of respondents said they want to remain independent while they grow older, and 91 percent said they wanted to stay in their own home, commonly referred to as ‘aging-in-place.’

Bruce Graf, a nationwide renovation consultant with over 32 years of experience and a Baby Boomer himself, scoffs at these survey results.

“It’s funny, people will spend $50,000 for a car. This is something with a relatively short life and depreciates the very second it’s driven off the car lot,” Graf said. “However, they think twice about spending that amount on their home, a place they could spend the next 30 years in easily, and it appreciates greatly.”


9562 Ash Creek Front

In 2005, when Michael and Ashley Morris bought the home on the 0.82 acre lot at 9562 Ash Creek, legend had it that the small home on the lot was once an underground gambling house that was a favorite of Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle. “Apparently, it was one of his luckier spots in town,” said listing agent Brandon Stewart.

The home was torn down and the Morris family got to work with master architect Truett Roberts designing their dream home, while still maintaining the attractiveness of the wooded, creek-side lot. The design they settled on was one that was a mass of rectangles, using different textures to sheathe the second and first floors, and using the home as somewhat of a visual barrier to the backyard.


02/23/15 2:12pm


The brand new behemoth in The Colony, Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas, will open next month, and the store is doing a series of giveaways to kick off their opening. The first giveaway closes tomorrow, and includes a $1,000 gift card. You can enter to win the big bucks via their Facebook page. The only requirement is that you live in Texas. Otherwise, you can start imagining what you’d spend that sweet gift card on when you enter!