Cameron Holland Helps Clients Flip Homes 'With Training Wheels,' And This Tudor on Monticello is a Prime Example

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Cameron Holland

Cameron Holland, Broker at Howell Holland Real Estate, is a young gun at just 29 years old. And yet, he’s got an eye for real estate and he knows what sells. That’s why friends and clients enlist his expertise to help them flip homes in the higher-end markets of Dallas. Holland just finished consulting on 5514 Monticello Avenue, which is now on the market for $498,000. This Greenland Hills Tudor is so fresh and so clean on the inside that you’d never guess the home was built in 1926. Read on for the skinny:

Address: 5514 Monticello Avenue

Subdivision: Greenland Hills (M Streets)

City: Dallas

Price Range: $498,000 (high 400’s)

5514 Monticello Front

Amenities: Travertine entry way, stacked stone fireplace, original wood floors, hand embellished custom millwork and cabinetry, recessed lighting throughout, absolute black granite countertops, LG stainless steel appliances, separate study/nursery in master suite, restored 1930’s claw foot tub, glass shower wrapped in hand beveled travertine, covered rear porch

How long has this home been on the market? Any offers? 25 days and yes

5514 Monticello Living

Tell us a little background on this home: My clients purchased this 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath 1920s Greenland Hills Tudor as a short sale in December 2012. Once we closed I drew up the new floor plan and the fun really started. A few months later, 5514 Monticello Avenue was transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,169-square-foot French Eclectic Tudor that infused the charm of 1920s Dallas with the best of today.

“Flipping with Training Wheels”: My good friends and clients asked me to help them start flipping houses in Dallas. We spent a month looking at all the great flip neighborhoods such as Devenonshire, Greenway Crest, Lakewood, and M Streets. We selected the Monticello house because it had great bones and oozed potential. I drew up the plans for the renovation along with some renderings. Then I took my clients to the design centers for inspiration and introduced them to my contractor. During the renovation process I would be out at the house about three or more times a week dealing with quick fixes and hurt feelings. The owners and their bulldog Lucy even stayed in my guest bedroom for a week because the contractors needed to shut the water off.

5514 Monticello Kitchen

Did you stage it or do anything special? The house was staged by the owners, I helped move furniture around. We made many trips to Home Goods and furniture stores.

What are your best marketing tricks? Hiring a professional photographer. In this case, Stuart Sandlin at

5514 Monticello Master Bath

Where are your clients moving? These clients have already purchased another project on Willis Avenue in Vickery Park.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Tell my clients not to live in the house while they are renovating it.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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