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Grenadier Homes and the Hartman Terilli Realty Group at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will host Dallas-born artist George H. Jones and his iconic contemporary western art during the Texan Tour of Homes in Grenadier’s luxury, 55-plus gated community of South Village.

Jones, known for his bold and whimsical works in the Texan vernacular, will paint a piece during the Aug. 7 event that will be auctioned at the upcoming Carroll Education Foundation benefit. The tour of homes, which will showcase the upscale, livable designs of Grenadier Homes, starts at 11 a.m. at 2908 Riverbrook Way in Southlake, with bites from Wildwood Grill and frozen treats from Texas Ice Cream until 3 p.m.

 

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The French Traditional at 4429 Winsor Pkwy. in University Park has an estate-like feel, with 6,526 square feet on three stories.

The French Traditional at 4429 Winsor Pkwy. in University Park has an estate-like feel, with 6,526 square feet on three stories.

We see hundreds of residential properties each week coming on and off the DFW real estate market. Two new listings caught our eye because they exemplify the high standards in the luxury market and show just what is possible when it comes to finding the perfect home.

These are exceptional homes, designed for comfortable, stylish living and entertaining, both listed by Ashli Clements with Minnette Murray Properties, boutique real estate group under Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“These are rare finds, and I’m so pleased to be listing two such superb houses now,” Clements said. “The combination of unique, top-of-the-line finishes and realistic and functional floorplans, alongside exceptional outdoor living spaces, are the perfect fit for today’s luxury buyers.”

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The home at 10119 Lanshire Dr. is one of five we’re featuring this week in our open-house roundup.

Every week, we’re featuring five fantastic open houses in Dallas (and suburbs from time to time) here at CandysDirt.

This week, we’ve picked properties that range in price from $375,000 to $875,000. You’ll find everything from a contemporary townhome in Uptown with a rooftop deck and city views, to a Far North Dallas Midcentury sitting on a secluded creek lot. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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The contemporary home at 2 Spyglass Ct. in Frisco is one of five featured in our open house round-up this week.

The contemporary home at 2 Spyglass Ct. in Frisco is one of five featured in our open house round-up this week.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is light for real estate open houses, but there are still some open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday worth a visit.

We’ve rounded up five that are sure to please. They range in price from $225,ooo to $1.01 million, and this time, we’ve included a few way out in the ‘burbs. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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All photos of house now: Shoot2Sell

All photos of house now: Shoot2Sell. “Before” photos: Karen Eubank

If you’ve ever doubted the power of home staging to get a property ready for sale, this post will change your mind.

The home at 7128 Helsem Bend is 3,768 square feet in the Hillcrest Forest neighborhood and was absolutely brimming with art, collections, furniture, and accessories. When the owner decided to sell, his Realtor called Karen Eubank to stage the space.

“The challenge was, this house was filled with gorgeous items and when I walked through it, I was paying attention to those things,” Eubank said. “When a buyer is looking at an object and not the house, that’s a problem—we needed to edit the things that were a distraction so buyers would be looking at the view, the woodwork, the things they are going to buy.”

A home stager is an expert on creating an environment that highlights a house’s best features, shows off the function and flow of rooms, and maximizes its sale potential.

“To me, staging is a marketing tool for a Realtor and a seller because if you can go on the market with your best face forward, you’re going to get more offers and a wider variety of offers,” Eubank said. “If you go on a blind date, are you go on with no makeup, jeans and a t-shirt because you’ve got a great personality? That’s not presenting yourself in a way that someone will pay attention to you and it’s the same with a house. Staging is about making your house as beautiful as it was when you fell in love with it and bought it.”

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The home at 4661 N Versailles Ave. is one of the five featured this week in our open house roundup.

The home at 4661 N Versailles Ave. is one of the five featured this week in our open house roundup.

It may be Halloween this Saturday, but there’s always time for a fun open house. We’ve scoured the listings and rounded up five open houses around DFW you won’t want to miss.

We’re visiting neighborhoods from West Highland Park and Frisco to West Dallas and Hollywood Heights. The prices range from $420K to $899K. Let us know if you visit any and what you think!

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When it comes to QR (quick response) codes, I have to agree with this Phoenix Realtor: QR codes are not going to drastically change how Realtors market properties. The Internet already did that, so I can’t imagine a little pixelated box is going to help agents move listings any better than having a well-written MLS post with top-notch photos.

However, back in 2010, Coldwell Banker DFW wrote this bit of advertorial saying QR codes were the next great thing:

“This technology has great potential in the real estate industry as a way to give homebuyers the information they need the instant they want it, no matter where they are,” says Jan Loomis, vice president of marketing for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage – Dallas/Fort Worth. “With so many of us relying on our smart phones these days, we fully expect that QR codes will quickly become an indispensable tool for home shoppers here in the Dallas-Fort Worth markets.”

So, two years later, are QR codes really helping connect buyers and sellers, or are they another novelty, not unlike a certain barcode scanner?