07/22/17 11:30am

Sigh.

This home is really lovely. My tastes veer much more toward the modern, but I can’t argue with the appeal of 9606 Hilldale Drive. It’s tranquil and well-appointed, high-end without being fussy. Impeccably kept, inside and out, its 3,678 square feet are simultaneously cozy and spacious, sophisticated and accessible. And while unarguably traditional, the use of mixed metals throughout the interior keeps it fresh and contemporary.

This four-bedroom, three-bath, hip-pocket treasure in Merriman Park is going for $779,900 with Kyle Brinkley at Brinkley Residential.

(more…)

07/21/17 11:30am

Some days, the internet giveth. And today, she really didn’t hold back.

This property description for 626 Rainbow Drive by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate (hat tip: D Magazine) is life-giving. Nowhere else will you find allusions to Princess Charlotte (so dear to our hearts), James Bond, and Snoop Dogg all coming together to recommend a piece of real estate. It’s an utter delight. But you can judge for yourself.

(more…)

07/18/17 4:44pm

Even amid growing concerns over affordability and inventory, Dallas-area small- and mid-sized cities remain some of the hottest in the country for first-time buyers. Just this week, McKinney, Frisco, and Allen took top honors in a new study by WalletHub, making them the three best housing markets in the United States for new homebuyers. Richardson came in not too far down the list at No. 7. Not too shabby!

As for large cities (populations over 300,000), Dallas itself didn’t quite crack the top 20 (it’s still a respectable number 26). But Forth Worth represents at No. 5. Stick around after the jump to see what criteria makes a city most appealing. Visit here to see if your city made the list.

(more…)

07/15/17 11:00am

It speaks volumes about the state of my own home that I’m deeply attracted to property with killer outdoor living spaces. This post-war traditional in the heart of Midway Hollow may not be much to look at from the front, but just wait for it, folks. The backyard is everything.  And I’m going to make you wait until after the jump for it. You won’t even be mad, it’s just that good. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, 3939 Van Ness Lane is listed by Justin Farmer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty at $615,000.

(more…)

07/11/17 11:11am

USGBC’s 2015 Green Building Economic Impact report found that the residential green construction market is expected to grow from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018, representing a year-over-year growth of 24.5 percent.

If you’re passing off eco-friendly home building as a trend that’s not worth the up-front investment, you might need to think again.

The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council released a report finding that, not only are green homes worth more in resale, new homes in Texas built to LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) command an 8 percent premium. Homes built to other green standards also sell at higher prices – 6 percent higher than conventional homes.

(more…)

07/08/17 8:30am

This far North Dallas home projects a little bit of a 1960s Hollywood Hills, Palm Springs contemporary vibe that I find intriguing. It’s so… different. Sometimes you forget that Dallas even does different. Then along comes 4712 Holly Tree Drive. Now, I’ll allow that it also holds its fair share of problems (is that laminate I see?), but in the current real estate climate, I see nearly every house as a project – even ones listed in this price range. I live for potential. And this house has it in spades. Its location puts you in Plano schools and at a very decent commute from Dallas. That’s hard to beat. The house is listed by Susan Withrow of Keller Williams Realty at $725,000.

Starting with the drive up and the limestone entry, this house gives great face. I dig the unique look of the glass block, the curved wall, and the cool, geometric iron door. Like I said, it’s different. In a great way. I also find myself asking, “Would I buy a house for a tree?” Because the curb appeal here is really something.

(more…)

07/07/17 11:40am

Realtor.com lists Dallas as its 11th hottest market.

Realtor.com is hailing it the longest inventory decline in two decades. According to a new report from the online property search site, there were 11 percent fewer homes available in June 2016 than the previous year. The drop marks the 24th consecutive month of falling inventory – the longest streak in 20 years. Home prices also reached a new record, selling for 9 percent more than in 2016.  Together, these trends present enormous hurdles for buyers.

Currently, median inventory age in Dallas hovers at only 38 days, well below the national average of 60 days. As the Realtor.com’s 11th hottest real estate market, Dallas feels the strain keenly, but it certainly isn’t alone. “More markets than ever are struggling with inventory problems,” said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research at Realtor.com. “In 80 percent of markets there are fewer homes for sale currently than this time last year.”

(more…)

07/06/17 12:38pm

Another day, another article about what Millennials are — or are not — up to. With housing affordability looming as a constant concern, it comes as no surprise that Millennials find themselves profoundly affected. They’re feeling the pinch, even in Dallas where housing remains more within reach than in many areas of the country.

A recent report on Millennial home buying power by ABODO.com looks at the shrinking number of 18  to 35 year olds able to afford homes. It also analyzes where Millennials have the best chances of buying a home, and the kinds of homes they can afford.

(more…)