Just one look at that before-and-after, and it’s clear something pretty special is happening here. This stunning metamorphosis in White Rock Valley is the work of Richland Renovations. And behind Richland Renovations is the husband-and-wife team of Derek and Jennifer Kellogg. With Derek at the helm of construction and Jennifer, a Realtor with Nathan Grace, leading their real estate efforts, they’ve been transforming homes and lives together for over a decade.
Currently, Richland Renovations serves three hot Dallas markets. On top of the exquisite renovations for homeowners like this White Rock Valley property, they also buy properties, renovate, and sell them. If doing flips didn’t keep them busy enough, they also help clients searching for a new home envision the possibility in older, imperfect properties, and then bring those visions to life.
We caught up with the Kelloggs to talk the business of transformation and balancing busy careers and home life.
As a real estate agent, Alex Prins makes a living helping people find homes. And as a foster child adopted by loving parents in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Prins grew to have a profound and nuanced appreciation for what ‘home’ really means. To pay tribute to his parents and heighten awareness of the importance of adoption, Prins created a short film which debuted on Mother’s Day. Deeply touching and wonderfully personal, “Make a Heart a Home” (after the jump) explores, predominantly through imagery, Prins’ experience with home, family, identity, and love. In six short, powerful minutes, Prins allows his audience to share a deeper understanding of how he defines home, and how home has defined him.
Well that was unexpected. WFAA is reporting that Khraish Khraish, the West Dallas landlord threatening to evict hundreds of residents, is now offering to sell to them. Khraish credits what WFAA is calling a “change of heart” to conversations with Dallas City Council run-off candidate Omar Narvaez. Before the plan’s formal announcement, Khraish had already begun inking deals. The terms of the sales are the same for each house.
Khraish will provide 20-year mortgages at a fixed 4.75 percent interest rate. The new homeowners will pay about $425 per month, with an additional $150 in property tax, making their total monthly payment about $572, not too much more than what most are paying in rent alone now, he says. If a new homeowner decides to sell the home in less than 10 years, Khraish will have the right of first refusal to buy it back.
Realtor Mike Bates is known as the ‘Turn-Around Guy.’ From restoring old homes and automobiles, to making an unsellable home into a top-dollar sale, nothing, it seems, is immune to his magic. He has built his career around selling difficult-to-sell listings. Just recently, Bates took a $3 million home that had been on the market for 255 days. He sold it in six weeks.
What’s his secret?
“It’s a combination of the basics,” he said. “Getting houses light, bright, open, smelling good. And priced well.” Not to mention, Bates pours his personal attention into each sale. “I do. I detail every house.”
Ray and Jessica Mabry and their children
By day, Jessica and Ray Mabry are architects at HKS, with busy careers and two young children. As if work and parenthood don’t already add up to plenty for most of us mere mortals, The Mabrys recently formed Lark Properties and took on their first flip. While that seems like a lot to handle, the couple says that the eight-month labor of love became like any hobby and an overall positive experience for the family.
“We ate out more often than I would have liked and I think my children also received some independence a little earlier then they might have otherwise,” said Jessica. “But really it just folded into the rest of the craziness that we call life.”
“In the end we do it all for the love of our kids and their futures,” Ray added, stressing that the rewards of the project far outweighed any of the challenges.
The Mabrys’ story is one of our favorite kinds because it comes with before-and-after shots. Join us after the jump for more on their journey and some great eye candy.
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Award-winning interior designer Kim Armstrong was facing a conundrum. How could she help budget-conscious clients achieve their design dreams while still protecting her own interests? After all, it doesn’t matter how much you like someone, she had a business to run, and a lady’s gotta get paid. Then a light bulb clicked on and Inbox Interiors was born.
“It kind of happened organically,” Armstrong said. “I would get really excited about a client and once we started talking pricing, I’d realize that my full service was a little bit out of reach. And then we’re both disappointed! Some of my clients really would love a full-service Kim Armstrong design, but can’t afford it at this stage in their lives. And so this provides a great opportunity for the client and for me. It really caters to a market that might not be ready for the full service just yet.”
8230 San Beninto Way is just one stop on the 2017 Modern Home Tour Dallas.
Hop on over to the comments section to win a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s Modern Home Tour Dallas. The first three individuals to leave a comment will have a pair of tickets waiting at Will Call at the tour’s first stop – 4401 Deere Avenue, #1.
The tour is produced by Realtor Janelle Alcantara of David Griffin & Company Realtors and produced by Jeff Levine, publisher of moderndallas.net. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Dallas Architecture Forum.
May 13, 2017
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For those who don’t win, tickets cost $20 in advance online or $25 at the event (children under 12 are free). The self-guided tour is open to the public, but please note that photography is restricted to members of the press.