Compass continues to make waves in the Dallas market. The technology-centric firm that merged with The Collective Residential in January now boasts an impressive roster of 51 local agents who have represented more than $600 million in sales.
Plenty of data has shown that Millennials have been eschewing homeownership more than previous generations. That trend may now be reversing according to data from HomeLight, a company that utilizes complex data analysis to better understand real estate markets across the country.
“Millennial is a broad term, but when we look at our data, we are seeing more homebuyers in their thirties,” HomeLight spokesperson Matthew Proctor said. “That’s a lag compared with Baby Boomers and other generations who were buying closer to age 26 or 27.”
Dallas Central Appraisal District staff saw Stephen White a lot last year. The founder and president of Sentry Real Estate Advisors spent hours in the musty DCAD building researching property appraisals. His goal was to help clients fight their perpetually increasing property tax bills. He expects to be even busier this year.
“With the new tax laws that are out there, it is important that people keep focused,” White said.
Homeowners were previously allowed to deduct property taxes from their federal income taxes. Under the terms of the new tax code, that amount is now capped at $10,000, increasing the financial burden for those with large property tax bills.
“A lot of the ramifications have not been realized because people haven’t felt the pain yet,” he added.
White, a Park Cities-based agent for Allie Beth Allman and Associates, founded Sentry last year on the premise that he could generate business by providing a service that nobody else would offer for free.
Scott Noblett admits that his real estate perspective is different from many of his peers. He believes that serves him well at Dallas City Center Realtors, where he was recently named to the board of directors.
“DCC is known as one of the brokers that tries to do things a little differently,” he said. “They focus not only on educating the agent, but also on fostering an environment where everyone feels totally welcome, and transfers that on to the client.”
For many families, choosing the right homebuilder is one of the most challenging decisions they will ever make. Careful planning and hard work have put that dream house within reach. The final challenge is often finding the right person to make the vision a reality.
According to Prospect Homes owner Brian Manes, a good builder is someone who demonstrates outstanding customer service and communication throughout the three phases of the building process: design, construction, and post-completion. (more…)
Property owners know that, sooner or later, they will probably need the services of a good roofer. The average roof in Dallas/Fort Worth is replaced about once every seven years, thanks to our weather. Trouble is, with so many options out there, it’s hard to distinguish the reputable, professional roofers from the fly-by-night opportunists looking to make a quick buck. Windtop Roofing owner Carl Ellis, who was once a Real Estate agent, understands. He says there are four questions every owner should ask before hiring any roofer: