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Established during WWII, Bomber Heights along with Ridglea Hills are now areas of revitalization and interest (photo courtesy of Seth Fowler’s iPhone)

NEWS FLASH: Home prices are going up in Fort Worth.  I know that’s a shock to many who think that Cowtown is a quiet and sleepy little suburb of Big D, but just like everywhere in the DFW Metroplex, buyers are finding it harder and harder to find the right home to fit their needs and their budget.

Young professional, young families with small children, and empty nesters are all having a difficult time finding single-family homes inside the Loop 820 for $300,000 or less.  The market is hot, hot, hot, but the inventory is not, not, not for many buyers who are tired of renting but don’t want to live too far from the areas of activity and development in Fort Worth.

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Artwork by Ann Ekstrom celebrates the Bomber Heights neighborhood as a significant cornerstone of Fort Worth’s aviation history and heritage

Alas, all is not lost.  This market is actually allowing for prospective buyers to take a look at older neighborhoods near or close by the usual desired neighborhoods, and to see how these “new-older” neighborhoods can provide many of the characteristics and qualities of the more desired areas but without the sticker shock in pricing … for now.

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Welcome to the Tarrant County edition of Tuesday Two Hundred!  Today we are going to focus on Cowtown. For those who don’t know, “Cowtown” is Fort Worth, and that’s where you’ll find Unit #201 and Unit #301 inside the Museum Place Condominiums at 3300 at West 7th Street, priced at $282,900 and $279,900, respectively.

Yes that’s right, two spacious, 1,700-square-foot condominiums in the heart of Fort Worth’s West Side, where residents can walk to a variety of shops, world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment establishments, exercise venues, businesses, and so much more — for under $300,000!

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Nancy Carroll Spinks

On Tuesday, March 15, Nancy’s Carroll Spink’s bail was reduced to $50,000 from $1,000,000.

She has to wear an ankle monitor, and cannot leave her home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. She cannot practice law or do title work, she had to surrender her passport, and she must remain in Tarrant County. Late Thursday I received word her attorney, Tim Moore, threw her bail.

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Thanks to her wicked sense of humor, Candy always has the absolute best presentations. If you’ve always wanted to learn about how to build your business with the power of personal branding and blogging, come out to the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon tomorrow. She’ll talk about how she founded the most talked-about real estate blog in the state and how the Internet influences the real estate business.

Be prepared to meet some fabulous people and have your funny bone tickled. The event starts at 10 a.m. with registration, with Candy’s chat starting at noon. Jump for more information!

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Because that’s what this exceptionally preserved two-story mid-century modern home built in 1953. It’s in the Berkeley Place neighborhood, just a jump from the Fort Worth Zoo. And folks, this home is a total time warp! It’s so immaculate that I could imagine Don Draper sitting down in one of those Eames chairs in the formal living room and pondering his next big idea. It’s a hip pocket listing from Williams Trew marketed for $649,599. I’d try to negotiate some of the furniture, to be honest. I love this home that much.

You get just an inkling of what can be found inside by looking at the clean lines and perfect paint on the outside. But guys, you have no idea. Just go ahead and do yourself a favor and jump to see the beautifully retro interiors.

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We’ve been talking about this trend for some time, but thanks to the business-friendly environment Great State of Texas and our fantastic job market, more people are moving to our state from areas where there are fewer jobs and houses cost a whole lot more.

And of course, when more people relocate to Texas, that means more real estate clients. A total of 138,057 new clients according to the statistics from the Texas Association of Realtors’ “Texas Relocation Report.”

The report, which uses data from 2013 American Community Survey, the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as the U-Haul 2013 National Migration Trend Reports shows that Texas is outpacing Florida, California, Georgia, and North Carolina in the number of people moving from out of state.

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The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

The brand new Ebby Halliday Southlake office has opened!

We’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like ages, but the brand-spanking new Ebby Halliday office just across the street from Southlake Town Square is now open, and it is a beauty. Built at the intersection of style and technology, the new office on Southlake Boulevard has room after room of sleek meeting space, offices, and workspace with an emphasis on design.

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3778 W. 6th Front

While they may not be my favorite homes ever, I do love houses that have a funky, Devil-may-care vibe to them. They’re the “anything goes” type of home, and their mish-mash of decor, colors, and materials proves a method to the madness of an artists’ mind. So I was happily surprised to see this cute bungalow in Fort Worth’s Country Club Heights neighborhood on the market.

This two-bedroom, two bath cottage is a home in which the seller has made full use of every color in the paint bucket. Combining patterns, wood, mosaics, and glass in a way that seems to have no rhyme or reason is a very fun way to keep your interest, and to make a small space (1,482 square feet!) feel much larger. There’s always another nook, another detail, another little surprise!

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