briarwood

The Briarwood traditional classic at 4511 Elsby Ave. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every week, 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 $430K to $849K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a Briarwood traditional classic with farmhouse touches and a long list of awesome amenities, to a Winnetka Heights Craftsman with stylish updates. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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dallas open houses valentines day

The Buckner Terrace home at 5838 Dr. is one of five featured this week in our open house roundup.

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

This week, we’ve picked properties five that range in price from $325,880 to $899K. You’ll find everything from a colorful Buckner Terrace ranch that marries modern touches with vintage charm, to a four-story Oak Lawn condo with a rooftop deck. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

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Real Estate Story
Photo: Larry via Creative Commons

Photo: Larry via Creative Commons

The holiday sales slump is well known in real estate. People get busy with shopping, parties, and festivities, and put off their home-buying decisions so they won’t have to move in this busy season.

For hard-working Realtors, this lag time can be frustrating (plus it hits the pocketbook!). But could our remarkably robust market and unprecedented low inventory offset the traditional sales lag this year?

We talked to some seasoned real estate professionals to get their take on the market, and what they do to boost sales from November to January.

“This year, I am actually putting five new listings on this month, which is very odd for this time of year,” said Britt Lopez, a Realtor with Dallas City Center Realtors. “We see many investor buyers this time of year—I think because they are trying to get their money into a project before the end of the year for tax purposes.”

Lindsay Thomas, an agent with Russell Trenary, Realtors, said she’s watching the market with curiosity to see how the unusual demand will affect sales.

“It will be interesting to see if there truly is a big lag this holiday season since inventory is still so low,” she said. “But yes, typically during the holidays, real estate transactions slow down a bit and therefore it’s extremely important to market your properties. However, the same marketing tactics used during slow times should be used year round. I think you should always put forth the max effort with every client at every time of the year.”

Mark Manley, an agent with Virginia Cook Realtors, said he’s having a different experience this year.

“Sales do tend to slow down—thankfully, I haven’t had that experience so far at the end of this year,” Manley said. “I do several things that I think help me—first and foremost, I answer my phone when it rings and I have had agents actually say they were shocked someone answered…It’s not customer service if you don’t answer the phone. I also call people back almost immediately when possible but always within 24 hours, or sooner.”

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Buckner TerraceWhen people think “East Dallas,” the neighborhoods that usually spring to mind are big names, like Lakewood, Forest Hills, Swiss Avenue, and Junius Heights.

But a little further east and south of White Rock lake is the hidden jewel of Buckner Terrace, where prices are more affordable than many other East Dallas neighborhoods. The homes there are mostly one-and two-story ranches, with lots of interior space, large lots, and mature oak, magnolia, and pecan trees. From many of the streets in Buckner Terrace, you can catch a peek of the downtown Dallas skyline—it’s only five miles away.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred hasn’t hit the market yet—it lists Thursday—so we’re getting an exclusive first look at the renovated beauty at 5727 Marview Ln., in the Everglade Park area of Buckner Terrace, near Jim Miller Road and Samuell Boulevard.

This traditional 1970’s ranch has taken on a new modern look with a comfortable and fluid floorplan, warm and welcoming color palette, and meticulous attention to what many of today’s buyers want: natural materials, clean lines, and timeless finishes. It is steeped in natural light, and the soft whites and grays can be seen throughout the 2,258 square feet of living space.

The owner is an architect and artist and has implemented his vision into the redesign of the house to bring it into living with a modern, funky style (and if you love something you see, take note. All the furnishings in this home are all for sale, including the art).

It will be listed Thursday for $249,900 by Mark Manley of Virginia Cook, Realtors, a longtime resident of the neighborhood himself. Get your offers ready!

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