Dallas Builders Show, Turner House History Tour Set Nov. 12

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Tours of the 1912 Turner House will be offered at a special event this week, a 2.3 million-square-foot industrial facility changes hands in West Dallas, Dickies Arena is set to open in Fort Worth, the Texas Real Estate Commission names its top investigator, the Dallas Builders Show offers opportunities for youth, and Staging to Sell class is set for next week, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.


Turner House History Tour Set Nov. 12

Take a tour and learn about the impressive history of the 1912 Turner House at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The site at 401 North Rosemont Ave., Dallas, “has an incredible history tied to the early days of Oak Cliff and the development of Winnetka Heights in 1908 by John Phillip Blake, Leslie A. Stemmons, Thomas S. Miller, and Roman S. Waldron,” according to a press release issued by Preservation Dallas.

An exterior renovation of the house recently was completed by the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts, which owns the home and uses it for events. Tours will be available after the history presentation.

Register for the event here. 


Dallas Builders Show Offers Opportunities For Youth

Nearly 200 high school students enrolled in construction programs will get to interact with the experts Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Dallas Builders Show.

The event, planned for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Plano Event Center, includes product demonstrations and an opportunity to interact with representatives from the Dallas Builders Association. Other partners include Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Waxahachie ISD, Arlington ISD, Birdville ISD and Collin College.

“The construction industry in the Dallas area is missing at least 20,000 workers and the lack of available labor is adding nearly $5,000 and two months to every new home. Construction job openings nationally exceed 335,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” officials said in a press release.

Source: Dallas Builders Association

Staging To Sell: Course Planned This Week

What is the going rate for a staging consultation? What does it cost to stage a vacant property? What updates will bring a seller the best return on investment? Should a Realtor stage their own properties?

Realtors, investors, and builders can learn a lot from the Staging to Sell: What Every Agent Should Know class offered by The Real Estate Staging Association through MetroTex Association of Realtors. It’s a three-hour, three-MCE-credit course that provides an enormous amount of information for $35. Talk about bang for your buck.

The course is taught by the only accredited RESA-PRO teacher in the Metroplex — Karen Eubank.

The next class is set for Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at MetroTex Headquarters.

The simple truth is every single home deserves a consultation. It’s approximately $200 to $250 to have a professional stager give you great information that is going to help that house sell. Plenty of stagers write reports or of course the seller can take notes, and with that information 80 percent of homeowners can DIY their staging. Who pays for that consultation? That’s entirely up to you but we go over the pros and cons of both in class.

Register here.

Industrial Facility Purchased In West Dallas

A 2.3 million-square-foot industrial facility recently was purchased by Canada-based Granite Real Estate Investment Trust.

Amazon has reportedly leased the Chalk Hill logistics facility.

The industrial site on 101 acres at 1301 Chalk Hill Road was leased for 20 years, reportedly by Amazon.
“Features of the building include 41-foot clear heights, 2,500 auto parking spaces, and 300 trailer parking spaces,” according to the report from ReBuisness Online. “Granite REIT acquired the property as part of a $296 million acquisition package that also included large-scale industrial facilities in Georgia and Indiana.”

Source: ReBusiness Online

Dickies Arena Set To Open In Fort Worth

Fort Worth is making big plans for the $540 million Dickies Arena.

The stadium, built by the city and private partners, has been in the works since 2014 and is set to open in the Culture District.

The arena will be operated by Trail Drive Management Corp. and can accommodate up to 14,000 people. David M. Schwarz Architects designed the building with HKS as the architect of record.

Source: Dallas Business Journal

Chief Investigator Wins Prestigious Award

Roy Minton and Heather Garrett

The Texas Real Estate Commission announced recently that Chief Investigator Roy Minton was presented the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials Investigator of the Year Award for 2019.

The award is presented to recognize “skills and accomplishments demonstrated by the year’s most outstanding investigation,” states information distributed by ARELLO. “Selection criteria include techniques, innovation, use of resources, jurisdictional violations discovered, complexity of case, documentation of evidence, interview skills, creativity, and report writing skills.”

Source: Texas Real Estate Commission



April Towery

April Towery studied journalism at Texas A&M University and has been an award-winning reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She’s covered everything from city council meetings to Death Row executions. Her favorite things to write are feature stories and humorous columns. She loves to make people laugh. She won first place in humorous column writing, second place in news writing and third place in serious column writing at the 2019 South Texas Press Association Awards and picked up first place in humorous writing at the 2018 Texas Press Association awards ceremony. She has numerous other recognitions, including the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ first-place award for special reporting, citing her continuous coverage of the College Station City Council and its violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act in 2006. She is the daughter of a longtime real estate appraiser and at one time knew her way around a floor plan. She lives in Wylie and is learning daily about real estate, architecture, and housing trends.

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