dallas open houses

The contemporary beauty at 6828 Ledyard Dr. is one of five open houses this weekend we’re featuring.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. We pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $375K to $979K. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Antique wormy chestnut reclaimed hardwood floors by Olde Wood Ltd.

Today, we’re starting a new occasional column called Getting Real About Renovations. We’re going to look at renovation realities for all sorts of projects, from hardwood floors and open floorplans, to master suite additions and kitchen upgrades. We’ll give you the unadulterated truth about options, costs, effort, Realtor opinion, and estimated ROI for these projects.  

Americans can’t get enough about home improvements, from reality TV shows to demand for renovations in properties on the market at all price points. In the first ten months of October 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on remodeling their homes, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report.

Many homeowners wonder which will bring them the most happiness and get the best return on investment (ROI) should they sell in the future (or if they’re flipping a property!).

We’re starting this series by looking at hardwood floors in all their forms: engineered, solid wood, and reclaimed wood floors, as well as refinishing existing floors.

So are they worth the investment? In a word, absolutely.

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Alger Park

Alger Park is a wonderful neighborhood in East Dallas—we’ve featured several homes for sale in this area over the past several years. They tend to get snapped up quickly, what with the charming streets, mature trees, and proximity to White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum.

The home at 9933 Cloister Dr. is near Peavy and Garland Roads, a 3-2 with 1,482 square feet, built in 1956. It is lovingly remodeled wth low-E windows, an updated kitchen, open floorplan, new concrete driveway in front, new garage door, an iron-rail wood fence, stamped concrete patio, and AC unit. The owners also replaced the cast iron pipes under the house with PVC, as well as adding a new water heater and upgrading all exterior electrical has been brought to code.

It was listed Feb. 4 by Edwina Dye with Ebby Halliday, Realtors, for $265,000.

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Barton-Graham Home Design

Much is said about creating curb appeal when you put your home up for sale. But is it really that important in our sizzling real estate market? And what projects will get the biggest bang for the buck and attract the right buyer?

Why not ask Realtors? They’re on the front lines with buyers, hearing comments and seeing what works and what doesn’t.

“Curb appeal is one of the most important factors when it comes to the marketing of your home,” said Brandon Travelstead, a Realtor with Dallas City Center Realtors. “It’s all about what the potential buyer sees when they pull up out front, get out of the car, and walk to the front door—you really have 30 to 45 seconds to capture that buyer’s attention before they form their first impression.”

Dennis Hammett, Ebby Halliday’s 2015 “Rookie of the Year,” considers curb appeal one of his areas of expertise and offers specific recommendations for clients.

“I work with a wide range of buyers, sellers, and investors in the readiness and prep to get the most of the home’s appearance,” Hammett said. “Whether listing a $200,000 or a $2-million property, you only have one chance to make that first impression—I’m always looking for that ‘wow’ factor that will attract potential buyers.”

We asked top Dallas Realtors to weigh in on curb appeal improvements sellers can make to their properties. We’ve divided their answers into budget-friendly, mid-range, and high-end so you can easily see where to best spend your money. Let’s hear what they have to say!

 

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claremont home for saleOne of East Dallas’ quaint neighborhoods has a cute midcentury home that’s just gone on the market.

The house at 8335 Banquo Dr. in Claremont is 1,511 square feet of 1959 charms and new renovations, like a a redesigned open floorplan with modern amenities. It’s a 2-2 with hardwood floors, fresh paint, refinished hardwoods, recessed lights, and a totally new kitchen and bathrooms. claremont home for saleClaremont is one of the older, more established neighborhoods in East Dallas with about 600 homes, located southeast of White Rock Lake and north of Interstate 30. The area is full of one-story ranch-style brick homes and cottages, built largely from the late 1950s to early 1960s. They have an active neighborhood association, and lots of community pride. It’s a great part of Dallas.

This Claremont home was listed Dec. 22 by Edwina Dye with Ebby Halliday for $265,900.

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dfw open houses

This Vickery Place modern marvel at 5411 Melrose Ave. is just one of five open houses we’re looking at this weekend in DFW.

This weekend, there are dozens of open houses all over North Texas. We’ve picked five of our favorites for your pleasure.

These are in neighborhoods ranging from Vickery Place and Preston Hollow, to Claremont and Stevens Woods. The prices range from the $289K to $989K. Check out our selection and let us know if you visit any and what you think!

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You remember that adorable three-bedroom at 926 Peavy that Candy loved so much? Well, it sold in a matter of days, just like we said it would. If you feel like you missed out on a great home in a HOT neighborhood, well, homes in the Lake Park Estates area and nearby Ash Creek/Alger Park neighborhood are coming on the market every day.

“Definitely a good forecast for those homes in our area to continue a steady climb upward as we now head into the new year,” said Ebby Halliday Realtors’ Edwina Dye. ” Who would have thought a year ago we would be listing  pre-owned homes facing Peavy Road east of Alger Park for over $347,000?  I have a listing on Peavy that is contract pending, been appraised and due to close in January 2013.”

Dye, who is an expert in all things East Dallas and specializes in the White Rock Lake area, is very optimistic about the enclaves that surround the lake. For good reason, too.

“I recently sold a renovated home in Alger Park that we listed for $254,900. Received multiple offers in two days of listing, sold and appraised for over list price!” Dye said.

Still, some homeowners could be missing the boat on the comparables. According to Dye, several sellers and agents are listing homes much too low. ” This can prove harmful for our appraisals in the 2013 spring market,” she added.

There are lots of great homes on the market in this area, especially this week’s Tuesday $200,000 at 821 Peavy, which is  brand new inside and out. With these outstanding homes on the market in a great, affordable and upwardly mobile neighborhood that feeds into an award-winning elementary school, it’s a sellers market in this enclave of East Dallas!

“I feel as listing agents we have to really believe in our market areas and understand we are once again seeing a sellers market emerging where we may have multiple offers and that our listings can possibly appraise for over list price,” Dye said. “But we can’t be shy about these indicators we are seeing. If we as listing agents can’t be bold enough to believe in a strong sellers market how can we expect anyone else to?”