08/16/17 11:53am

3970 N. Lake Boulevard Carnelian Bay, CA is currently listed for $2.625 million by Tamara McKinney of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty.

Ideally situated in Carnelian Bay, Calif., on the crystal blue waters of North Shore Lake Tahoe, rests the most charming waterfront retreat we’ve seen all year! Located at 3970 N Lake Boulevard is a thoughtfully designed, newly remodeled log home on a lush, .14 acre lot, offering a coveted lakefront address, surrounded by mature trees and professionally landscaped grounds.

Fall in love with your Lake Tahoe dream cabin on SecondShelters.com.

Bart Thrasher is nothing if not honest with his clients. And when Matt Simons wanted to renovate 5235 Vickery Blvd., Thrasher was reluctant to hitch onto the project. The home was in such a sad state that, as Thrasher admitted, it was a better candidate for a teardown. But Simons wouldn’t be dissuaded, and Thrasher, who is not one to back down from a challenge, fully signed on for the stem-to-stern renovation of this charming Vickery Place Craftsman bungalow. 

The results speak for themselves, and we couldn’t be happier to call this incredible project our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s a huge success story for Thrasherworks, the design/build firm helmed by Karen and Bart Thrasher that focuses on historic renovation and commercial spaces that inspire. We can’t wait to see what they do next, but first, let’s ogle the results of this completely redone 1923 Craftsman bungalow.  


08/16/17 9:30am

Texas ranked second only to Florida in international home purchases, according to a new report from the Texas Associaton of Realtors.

From Staff Reports

Texas home sales from international buyers added $18.66 billion to the Texas economy from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the Texas International Homebuyers Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. Attracting buyers from across the globe, Texas ranked second among U.S. states for international home sales volume.

“This surge in international home sales activity underscores the growing reputation Texas has as a global destination for owning a home or investment property,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “The state’s low unemployment, diverse industry base and world class higher education institutions are just some of the reasons why international residents seek to attend college, raise a family or do business in Texas.”


08/16/17 9:02am

Last night marked the second meeting of the Pink Wall PD-15 task force gathered together to address increased density in the area. As a reminder, the Pink Wall is essentially the northeast corner of Preston and Northwest Hwy.  PD-15 is roughly the space between the Preston Tower and Athena residential high-rises. If you missed last week’s roundup, click here.

This second meeting began to tackle the issue of density and what the neighborhood’s desires are for the area.  Of course before we got there, we heard more on the shifting sands of how this could play out procedurally within city government.  I’m not going to go into detail here (again) because questions remain and I want to be crystal clear versus continually negating what was said previously.  It’s annoying that city officials just don’t know this. Do we need to lock them in a room until their story is straight?


08/15/17 11:30am

What happens when you don’t bulldoze a vibrant urban core for an urban office park?  Austin. What happens 60 years later when you finally realize the huge mistake you made? Houston and Dallas. What happens when you want the very best pied-à-terre in Austin? You head to the Austonian at 200 Congress Avenue. And putting the “high” in highfalutin is unit 50T.

Yes, the 50th floor.  It’s not even the highest unit in this building but it’s still eight floors above Dallas’ tallest residence.  It’s a 4,845-square-foot, three-bedroom unit with four full and one half bathroom decked out unit listed with Christie’s affiliate Eric Moreland with Moreland Properties for $7.25 million.  Oh, and add another 468 square feet of balcony space spread across three outdoor areas.  Levels 55 and 56 are an added bonus of resident space (like Dallas’ Mayfair). I like buildings that reserve the best views for everyone, not just the penthouse owners.

The building itself is in the thick of Austin swing.  On the streets below, you’re two blocks from the Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake, and Austin’s famous bat bridge.  You’re also a hop-skip to the Four Seasons Hotel, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Oilcan Harry’s, and the Austin music scene. And let’s not forget being a short mile from Franklin Barbeque and Amy’s Ice Creams (you’ll feel less guilty if you walk to those).

Hope over to SecondShelters.com for the fab interiors.

08/15/17 10:45am

Your worst real estate nightmare: You close on your home, but the sales funds actually don’t pay off your mortgage. Enter Nancy Carroll, the prominent Southlake title agent whose title company was raided by the Texas Department of Insurance about a year and a half ago. Regulators said they were looking for $3 million missing from the company’s escrow accounts, and $2 million from separate investor accounts.

Well, Nancy pleaded guilty Monday in Fort Worth to stealing more than $1.6 million, before she attempted to abandon her business and skipped town last year.


08/15/17 8:22am

Interesting data from this survey of ApartmentList users. According to the brand’s latest report on renter migration, Dallas apartment dwellers cite affordability, jobs, and commute as the top three reasons for leaving the city. Likewise, the top three destinations for renters in Dallas are Denver, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

In their concerns, as it turns out, Dallas renters are not alone.


08/15/17 8:12am
Ted: "Please sell me a home"

In this market, many home buyers find themselves in this position

Let’s call the buyer “Ted.” Our first meeting was Friday, December 30, at noon. It was an informational lunch in Bedford, Texas — close to his job and where he’d love to live.

“I’m a programmer and work not too far from here,” explained Ted. “Currently I live in Richardson. With my long and bizarre work hours, I really want to find a home in this area.”

“Piece of cake,” I thought to myself.  After all, I’ve been helping people buy homes in the area for over a decade, this would not take long at all.