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02/22/18 11:16am

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By Donovan Westover
Special Contributor, Preservation Dallas

I have always been curious about this house on White Rock Lake. Everybody is. The heavily treed lot in the exclusive Cloisters enclave is more than three acres and gracefully bows to afford sweeping waterfront views from most every window of the house. When I say most, I mean the majority of a 12,000-square-foot masterpiece that is peppered with floor-to-ceiling windows to take full advantage of the environment. It’s really like no other house in Dallas, given it’s prime lakefront location and the heritage of it’s tile titan owner, Robert M. Brittingham, founder of Dal-Tile, now a division of Mohawk Industries and the largest manufacturer and distributor of tile and tile products in North America. We are talking wall tile, floor tile, granite, marble, mosaics, stone and allied products used in the installation of these products. Robert M. Brittingham created thousands of jobs everywhere, but especially in Dallas, where he strategically located his firm. He has beautified thousands of homes, inside and out, since the company was founded in 1947.

We love tile but quite frankly, we love 4606 Chapel Hill even more. Come see why:

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02/14/18 9:26am

Title vs. Deed

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Deeds and titles go together like love and marriage. But like love and marriage, they aren’t the same thing. A deed is not a title and a title is not a deed.

Though they seem alike, deeds and titles serve different purposes. And in the real estate world, the references to them can be confusing.
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02/07/18 8:30am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

After the paperwork has been signed and you’ve been handed the keys, there are plenty more expenses involved in moving into your new home — packing supplies, connecting utilities, hiring movers, new appliances or furnishings, etc. However, there are certain costs after buying a home that new homeowners should not incur despite a barrage of letters telling them differently.

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01/31/18 9:03am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

We Texans cherish our homestead rights more than anyone. And we’ve got the state constitution to prove it.

Cue the old west music and picture Ma with a baby on her hip and Pa with his rifle at the door of their simple home. That must be what the Texas founding fathers had in mind when they enacted our state’s constitution and property code to help protect our citizens.

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01/23/18 8:57am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

The title industry competes for real estate dollars just like mortgage companies, real estate brokers, and insurance agencies. Competition to be the chosen one is just as fierce and the stakes are just as high.

Changes that rippled through the industry in 2015, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) went into effect, also addressed the regulation about who has the right to choose the title company in a real estate transaction. This rule has actually been around for a while, but is now being regulated and enforced. Which means fines are also assessed to the rule breakers.

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01/15/18 7:36am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Closing costs are expensive when selling a property. Fortunately, they are deducted from the seller’s proceeds at the time of the sale. So when the expenses are lumped into the pile of paperwork at the closing table, the cost of selling a home can be less evident.

How much are closing costs? That depends. How nice are you to the title company?

Just kidding. 

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12/20/17 4:00pm

 

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

I’d like to say there is no party in a PIP. But that’s not exactly true. Let’s just say there usually isn’t a fun party in a PIP.

In real estate, a PIP refers to Parties in Possession. And we’re not talking about a holiday party or drug possession. These kinds of parties in possession can be more agonizing than a New Year’s hangover.

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12/18/17 4:00pm

From Staff Reports

As of the first week of December, the Frisco office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has moved into the Hall Park Office Building at 3211 Internet Blvd., Suite 150, in Frisco, Texas. Opened in 1998, the Frisco office was formerly located at 7410 Preston Rd., Suite 115, in Frisco, Texas.

“Since 1998, the Frisco office has provided customers the broad range of services today’s homebuyers and sellers have come to expect from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage,” says Frank Obringer, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dallas/Fort Worth. “We are excited to continue to offer these services in our new location in the Hall Park Office Building.”

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