Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own WNC – Fort Worth’s largest independently owned real estate brokerage

Local Fort Worth Real Estate firms RJ Williams & Company and Northern Realty Group announced the merger of the two companies to form the largest locally owned real estate brokerage in the city.  The company will be called Williams Northern Crain (WNC) after the three principle partners.

Together, Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own-and-operate a brokerage focusing on residential and commercial real estate along with property management in the greater Fort Worth area.

“We have all known one another for a while,” said Northern, “I was looking for someone to run operations at Northern Realty Group and Ty was looking for the same thing for RJ Williams.  When we both realized that Michael was the perfect person for both companies, we decided to combine our strengths into one company.”

WNC will open its doors with approximately 85 licensed real estate agents.  The goal is to exceed 100 agents by the beginning of 2020.

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Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up. Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up.

Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

“It was a smoker’s house for at least 30 or 40 years,” Hutson said. “You could see where the picture frames were hung because of all the tar on the walls. The cool thing is we did about six coats of primer and paint, and it’s a fresh white now.”

Add trendy barn doors, granite counter tops, a new roof, and electrical work, and you’ve got yourself a home.

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Downtown Tower

The Tower on Throckmorton Street is truly real estate agent Debbie Hunn‘s turf. She’s lived in the building for 12 years and she tells me that she has sold some of the units in the building three or four times. Together with her daughter, Alana Long, they comprise The Urban Group at Williams Trew and have made downtown Fort Worth living something of a specialty.

For the uninitiated, there are few high-rise choices in Fort Worth, but the history of The Tower is worth retelling:

Once known as the Bank One Building — yes, that Bank One Building — it was ground zero of the horrific March 28, 2000 tornado, which left half a billion dollars worth of damage to Fort Worth’s downtown in its wake. Work to reconstruct the building began in 2001, but extensive asbestos abatement and other unforeseen costs halted the effort. For several years, it stood, an urban oddity, half clad in plywood and metal, its very existence uncertain.

In 2003, realizing the potential payoff of a prize location in the heart of a lively downtown, TLC Realty announced plans for an urban, mixed-use revamp of the storm-orphaned edifice. Work was completed in 2005. The six-sided structure is now enveloped by a square proscenium of stone, which anchors it to the city block it occupies. Recently the amenities, located on the fifth floor have undergone a thorough upgrade and overhaul.

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Get to know Crestwood this Sunday at the Crestwood Crawl.

The invention of the interwebs, apps, the digital camera, and mobile technology has greatly changed the way real estate is done these days. Not long ago prospective buyers would see one or two photos of the home, then they would actually go to the home — like get out of their vehicle and walk through the home to see if they liked it.

Now it’s click, click, click … as 90 percent or more of buyers will make a decision to even visit a home based on what they can see on their smartphone or tablet.

Even though technology has enhanced the buying process and made it easier in many ways, nothing beats the old fashioned open house.  As much as an app or digital image can offer, nothing compares to walking through a home to experience how the home might actually live.

The Crestwood Crawl

This coming Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth will be hosting The Crestwood Crawl.  Six homes in the fabulous Crestwood neighborhood will be held open for buyers to come and enjoy all of the homes first-hand.

The weather will be in the mid-80s. The Cowboys don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m.  Now is the time to visit one of Fort Worth’s best areas.

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Fort WorthFort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, North Texas cities are in the middle of the pack when it comes to being flip-friendly, and DFW rents rose — but not by as much as the national rate. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Fort Worth Country’s Third-Fastest Growing City

Fort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, an analysis of U.S. Census data conducted by CityLab revealed.

Richard Florida,  co-founder and editor at large of CityLab, assembled a team of researchers to examine what cities have bounced back and are experiencing growth in population and jobs, and which ones are still struggling post-recession. The team looked at Census data between the years 2012 and 2017. (more…)

Harlanwood

When is “teardown” not a dirty word? When the house is a modern stunner perfectly sited in a deep, tree-lined Tanglewood lot. From its inception, the Tanglewood addition was forward-looking, with a legacy of many midcentury gems. The spacious lots and excellent public schools have tempted owners into tearing down mostly ordinary ranch-style homes and building larger houses. This architect-designed house at 2924 Harlanwood Drive is a good neighbor, honoring the original setbacks of the adjacent houses and preserving the tall mature trees. In fact, the stone veneer echoes the style of some of its midcentury neighbors.

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American Craftsman

Breanna and Matt King didn’t realize they were urban pioneers. They just know what they want, and they go for it. So 10 years ago, when they saw this classic American Craftsman in Arlington Heights at 1841 Hillcrest Street, they took a leap of faith. They knew this was a diamond in the rough.

Rough may be putting it mildly. The exterior was all painted the same muddy white, so none of the craftsman detail showed up. The previous owners were smokers, which brought a whole raft of problems. Popcorn ceilings and fabric walls completed the picture.

“My dad begged us not to buy this house,” Breanna said. “But we had a vision!”American Craftsman

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unemploymentThe unemployment rate for Dallas-Fort Worth held relatively steady in July, Dallas ISD seeks volunteers for 2020 bond subcommittees, and we find out what county in Texas is shrinking the fastest, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas-Fort Worth Unemployment Rate Holds Relatively Steady in July

The unemployment rate in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA rose only slightly from 3.3 in June to 3.4 in July, the Texas Workforce Commission reported last week. However, 3.4 is still an improvement year-over-year, when the rate was 3.7 in July 2018. (more…)