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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.

08/18/19 9:45am

Everything about this place is an oxymoron. It’s old-fashioned modern. It’s historic luxury. It’s educational meets residential. Potential renters can now lease a studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom unit in the 1903 repurposed Davy Crockett School in East Dallas.

Everything about this place is an oxymoron.

It’s old-fashioned modern. It’s historic luxury. And it’s educational meets residential.

Potential renters can now lease a unit in the circa 1903, repurposed Davy Crockett School in East Dallas.

Aptly called The Principal, the 52-unit building at 401 North Carroll Ave., in Dallas, is the head of its class. (more…)

08/17/19 9:45am

You know what’s more important than location, location, location? Family, family, family. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 316 North Winding Oaks Drive, Wylie, is all about open space for family time.

You know what’s more important than location, location, location? Family, family, family.

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 316 North Winding Oaks Drive, in Wylie, is all about open space for family time.

Previous owners wanted to paint the town red – or at least the interior of the home – so a shabby chic barn motif could be extended throughout. But before potential buyers get too excited about a little house on the prairie, they should know there’s more than what is shown at face value.

Built in 1985, the 1,796-square-foot abode has an open, spacious family room with a wood-burning fireplace. An oversized garage has extra space for storage. (more…)

08/13/19 12:05pm

The business of buying and selling real estate becomes more competitive every day – as potential homebuyers can now simply swipe right or hit up their smartphone app store to make one of the most important decisions of their lives – and it’s critical for experienced Realtors to have the tools and education they need to stay in the game.

The business of buying and selling real estate becomes more competitive every day – as potential homebuyers can now simply swipe right or hit up their smartphone app store to make one of the most important decisions of their lives – and it’s critical for experienced Realtors to have the tools and education they need to stay in the game.

Andy Bearden, the founder of Insight Realty Network, said there’s a lot of chatter about how technology is a major “disruption” in today’s real estate market – but the big picture shows it’s more than that.

“I’m maintaining that the disruption has to do with the brokers and the agent,” he said. “Agents have figured out that if they’re going to survive Zillow, Redfin, and Amazon, they’re going to have to figure out what the plan is. They’re spending all this time with ‘legacy brokers’ trying to figure out how to compete, and nobody is showing them how to do that.”

Insight Realty Network

Insight Realty created a transaction fee model, which isn’t uncommon, but they’re also looking only for experienced agents and showing them how to navigate new waters.

“We want our team to be the best-trained, best-qualified people,” Bearden said. “That’s our niche within transaction fee brokerages. Agents are facing competition from new business models, new brokerages, and pre-profit companies that have all this money from Wall Street and don’t need to make any money. The existing broker has to come alongside them and instead of being a recruiting machine, help them compete against those disruptors.”

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08/11/19 9:15am

Go big or go home.

Go big or go home.

Or maybe do both.

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 800 Austin Lane in Lavon is not only a former model home, it’s a perfect place to hang out with friends, throw a party, or just live.

There’s easy access to State Highways 78 and 190, and the home is just minutes from Firewheel Town Center in Garland.

With a monthly rental rate of $2,350 and those four big bedrooms, it could also easily work as a temporary spot for a family waiting on home construction or looking for a permanent place.in the area. The 1.5-story property features a game room, bedroom, and bathroom in the upstairs area. (more…)

08/10/19 9:45am

lake dallas

The time has come to power down those gaming devices, put away the cell phones, turn off the television, and play outside.

Seriously.

The humble three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 5403 Countess Court, Lake Dallas, has so much backyard space, there’s just no excuse when Mom tells the kids to go play outside.

Perched on 6,490 square feet, this Weekend One Hundred selection has so many updates you’d never believe it was built in 1976. (more…)

08/09/19 9:30am

Rockwall

Sometimes even the big city folk want to roll up their jeans and go fishing in the backyard pond – as long as they can return to a traditional home with luxurious amenities in close proximity to shops and restaurants.

Are there actually fish in the pond? Maybe not.

Does it really matter? Definitely not. You’d have your own pond – and there’s no homeowners association to tell you what you can do with it.

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08/08/19 9:15am

Forget keeping up with the Joneses; kids these days just want to blow the Joneses out of the water.

Forget keeping up with the Joneses; kids these days just want to blow the Joneses out of the water.

Many consumers have spent too much on a luxury handbag, or signed on for a car payment that might require a regular phone call to Mom and Dad. But the price tag of appearing successful, wealthy, and independent has just gone up, as a new Bankrate.com survey shows that 30 million homebuyers have felt pressured to overspend on a home.

The survey also accounts for how peer pressure comes into play when shopping for things like school supplies or holiday gifts.

Ted Rossman, an industry analyst with Creditcards.com, said potential homebuyers should remember to identify costs beyond what’s posted on the “for sale” sign.

“You need to be careful not to overextend yourself, and you need to account for taxes, insurance and maintenance,” Rossman said. “But what feels like a stretch at first could become a much more reasonable monthly payment over time. That’s because your income could very well go up, and assuming you opt for a fixed-rate mortgage, that payment will remain static. So you’re insulating yourself from inflation in a way that renters are unable to do. Property taxes and construction costs generally go up over time, so factor that in, particularly if you’re planning major home improvements.”

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08/04/19 9:30am

A glass house in the woods sounds like the kind of place where dreams come true.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom Dallas home at 2636 Gladiolus Lane could be the place where a novel is finished. It could be the site of a reception for a young, up-and-coming artist. It could definitely be a scary movie set – or a romantic comedy, if that’s more your taste. It already has been the site where a patented six-suit deck of cards was created and a real estate business was launched. (more…)