Photo: Lisa Long

Photo: Lisa Long

Lisa Long is a single mother and pottery teacher in Richardson ISD who recently decided to sell her three-bedroom Irving house after five years and move closer to work.

Long found herself in a situation emblematic of the fast-and-furious pace of the North Texas real estate market: Her house was on the market for 52 hours and in that time, she got 14 offers, ultimately selling for almost $10,000 above list, plus closing costs.

Great news, right? But Long was thinking the sale would take longer, and give her more time to decide where she and her five-year-old son Luke want to live. Long loves Dallas, but looking at the drive to Richardson, maybe something closer would make more sense. Also, she’s looking at a max budget of $150,000, which somewhat restricts her choices. Finally, properties are selling so fast, she’s got to move quickly if she wants to buy.

“There’s not a lot out there—it’s such a sellers market,” she said. “My dream house would be something small, not more than 1,300 square feet, because I don’t want to have to clean a lot. I’d also like two to three bedrooms, and I need a place to do pottery, like a garage, or studio outside that I could get dirty.”

Also on her wishlist:

  • A yard or community space for Luke
  • Good neighborhood where Luke can play with other children
  • Nearby park

Schools aren’t an issue, since Luke will be able to attend RISD (an awesome perk for teachers there).

We went virtual house hunting with Long and looked at what’s available in her price range that fits her needs and wants. We found four properties that seem to fit the bill.

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This is a must-read for anyone who watches HGTV’s House Hunters and almost has an aneurysm after some of the really ridiculous things homebuyers say when they’re followed around by a camera crew.

Chris Illuminati has gone and done something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: The Guyism.com blogger has turned some of the absolutely dumb things first-time homebuyers on House Hunters have said into memes. Any real estate aficionado likely cringes every time they watch these newbs tour listings looking for their “dream home.” SPOILER ALERT! Unless you build or plan to do extensive renovations, your “dream home” doesn’t exist! You’ll have to compromise!

Still, this is just hilarious, and fits much of what drives me crazy about this show. The cool, collected voice of host Suzanne Whang is the only thing about House Hunters that keeps me from going bonkers.

Make sure you read this somewhere far away from coworkers or sleeping babies, as you’ll be cracking up and saying “DUH!” over and over, much like what you do when you watch an episode of House Hunters. Here are a few of our favorites (All photos are from Guyism.com):

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Have you heard any of these when showing a house? What’s the most annoying thing a first-time homebuyer says when touring a listing?

This is a must-read for anyone who watches HGTV’s House Hunters and almost has an aneurysm after some of the really ridiculous things homebuyers say when they’re followed around by a camera crew.

Chris Illuminati has gone and done something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: The Guyism.com blogger has turned some of the absolutely dumb things first-time homebuyers on House Hunters have said into memes. Any real estate aficionado likely cringes every time they watch these newbs tour listings looking for their “dream home.” SPOILER ALERT! Unless you build or plan to do extensive renovations, your “dream home” doesn’t exist! You’ll have to compromise!

Still, this is just hilarious, and fits much of what drives me crazy about this show. The cool, collected voice of host Suzanne Whang is the only thing about House Hunters that keeps me from going bonkers.

Make sure you read this somewhere far away from coworkers or sleeping babies, as you’ll be cracking up and saying “DUH!” over and over, much like what you do when you watch an episode of House Hunters. Here are a few of our favorites (All photos are from Guyism.com):

wall-color-1 Laminate Floors HH magic-2 countertops-4 crown-molding-7 house-party-1 closet-1

 

Have you heard any of these when showing a house? What’s the most annoying thing a first-time homebuyer says when touring a listing?

1548 Eastus Front

The frost is still on the ground this morning, and while I’m cozy in my 1950s post war in East Dallas, I know my husband wants to live the Midcentury Modern life in Oak Cliff. So, in 2013, we might find ourselves with a new address on the other side of town.

That means I’m starting the hunt, I guess. We haven’t even started getting our house prepped for the market, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t look, right?

That brings me to today’s Thursday Three Hundred, which is on the very high end of the price range at $399,000. I can see why the owners are optimistic about 1548 Eastus Drive, though. It’s a beautiful Midcentury Modern in East Kessler Park, which is close to everything a family like mine wants to be near while still benefiting from the privacy of larger lots and mature trees that North Oak Cliff offers.

1548 Eastus Kitchen

I know that this home is beautiful, but I wish that the photos reflected the care and planning the owners put into renovating this 63-year-old home. Sorely lacking is a decent photo of the home’s exterior, which really sells curb appeal and lot size.

1548 Eastus Living

Still, this three-bedroom, three-bath home is gorgeous. It’s been completely repainted with museum-finish walls. The floors have been restored, too. There’s a new offset fireplace in the living room, featuring gorgeous mosaic tile. While each room gets decent light from the large windows, I’m kind of put off by the cheap mini blinds.

1548 Eastus Den

That’s not enough, however, to keep me from imagining my furniture in this 2,300-square-foot home. I am also fantasizing about entertaining in the kitchen, which features a gigantic island with bar seating and a really cute mosaic glass backsplash.

The bedrooms and bathrooms, well, they’re kind of typical of what you’d find in any home, which is a bit of a letdown when you consider this house’s potential.

So what do you think: Should I keep it on the list?

By Karen Eubank

Trader Joes is moving to Big D, opening at the old Arcadia Theater in the fall,  and we couldn’t be happier. So happy, in fact, that we’re house hunting for their management! We’ve found the perfect place so close our TJ pals can bike to work! (They can fire up the Prius in July/August!) Joe Atkins has this custom two-story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath stunner listed at the QUIET end of (5934) Belmont for only $614,900! Built in 2003, it has hardwood floors, a game room, and something every Trader Joe’s type needs if he’s going to have one — a saltwater pool! There’s also  a dog run and a closet the size of my Hollywood Heights dining room!

The home is spacious and the kitchen flows beautifully into the back yard, as if the two were integrated. Perfect house for entertaining! Pop open some of that TJ Shiraz at $2.99 a bottle or my fave $5 buck Spiral Wines Cab Sauvignon and enjoy a glass while relaxing in the pool’s hot tub! You’ll stock the stainless fridge with sunflower seed butter (yum), two buck chuck, frozen mac and cheese and of course, Soy Creamery cherry chocolate chip ice cream. Then stuff those gorgeous ebony cabinets full of triple ginger snaps, flattened bananas and dark chocolate covered pretzels. See, we TJ Groupies know what to buy even though the  place is not yet built out. (My grocery list has been ready for months.) But I digress. The master bedroom is huge, and overlooks the back yard. The master bathroom is even bigger and I’ve already mentioned the “live in” closet.

This is a serious contender for anyone who wants to be close to — say, WALKABLE — to Greenville Avenue. But not THAT close. It’s ten minutes from White Rock Lake in one direction, ten from town in the other. This stretch of Belmont is a true family affair with kids, joggers and dog walkers. So if you’re working for Trader Joes, or just a Trader Joe’s devotee, call Joe and sneak a peek at 5934 Belmont!