Articles by

Nikki Barringer

07/09/19 9:45am

Midcentury homes are hot, but an updated one for $299,000? Wear some protective gear because they’re basically on fire.

This three-bedroom, two-bath located in Forest Oaks off Ferguson Road in East Dallas is definitely of the flame-retardant variety. (And just so we’re clear, this is a metaphor. Nothing’s really on fire.)

Listed by Ray King of R. King Realty, 2222 Forest Oaks is 1,300 square feet of total update complete with wood-lined carport and decorative railing leading up to the perfect aqua front door.

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07/02/19 9:45am

We hear it a lot, right? “Amazing location. Must see.” And with a fair amount of skepticism, we click. “Oh yeah, we’ll just see about that…”

But this one, this wonderfully updated, sweet little home really is a must see and the location? Well, it’s amazing. It’s walking distance to hiking and biking trails and a little puddle of water called Lake Grapevine.

And then there’s adorable downtown Grapevine with its vintage train, wonderful restaurants, and charming boutiques. Oh, and you’re a short drive from Southlake, too, and hello, they have a Tyler’s.

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06/24/19 9:30am

Tricia Quaid (Photo: Jin Kim)

Tricia Quaid is an impeccable landscape designer with an architectural background. She knows hardscapes, landscapes, how to balance blues (pools) and greens (plants), and what to plant when you’re about to plant your house on the market.

(Photo: Zachary Custom Homes)

Quaid said it all starts with architecture. The style of your house will influence your design. Midcentury Modern, Texas Vernacular, and Country French will all require a little something different.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all design, there are some general guidelines we can all follow. And since these are all tips on how to get your house market-ready, they’re budget-friendly, too.

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06/18/19 2:30pm

Representation and advocacy matters, says Coldwell Banker Realtor Alex Prins.

A few months ago, Alex Prins of Coldwell Banker Lakewood attended Global Luxury training at JW Marriott in Austin. As three of the top trainers stepped on stage, each shared pictures of their families, husbands, and children. It was a tremendous moment for Prins because each of the presenters was gay.

Fifteen years ago, Alex Prins remembers coming out to his parents with the words, “I understand I won’t legally be able to marry and likely won’t have children.”  And now, look at his reality. Gay marriage is legal, acceptance is headed in the right direction, and we’ve definitely come a long way. BUT, we’re not there yet and we still have a little way to go.

According to a study from Iowa State University, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) borrowers are more likely to be denied mortgage loans. And those that do get approved pay higher interest rates and fees. As of 2019, only 22 states plus D.C. prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

But when legislation falls short, advocacy steps up. This time in the form of NAGLREP – National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals.

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06/14/19 9:15am

The Roman brick ranch at 815 Peavy Road is adorable. It’s a three-bedroom, two-bath home in Old Lake Highlands, feeds into Hexter Elementary, and is White Rock walkable. It also has a long, gated driveway and 10-foot privacy fence. It’s Pleasantville perfect and now is the perfect time to snatch it up – it is exceptionally priced at just $349,990.

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06/07/19 12:05pm

Rita Santamaria, Then and Now

In 1983, Rita Santamaria had the idea to start a real estate school.

In 1984, Champions School of Real Estate opened its doors for the first time. With one campus, one curriculum and a series of textbooks all written and taught by Rita Santamaria.

Thirty-five years later, Champions School of Real Estate is the largest real estate school in the nation.

In the nation.

Since that time hundreds of thousands have come through the school. Last year alone, over 30,000 passed through. Some students have gone on to have tremendous success.

And that’s what Successful Tendencies of Real Estate Champions is about.

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When the Margritzes moved to their Oak Cliff home, they thought it would be forever.

When Sandy Margritz left Little Rock, Arkansas, to move to Fort Worth to join her soon-to-be husband, Josh, she left a world behind. Not just the Ozarks and canopied treetops and mountains, she left an entire profession, too. She was an environmental scientist that traveled around after natural disasters to test water and soil and make sure it was safe for the locals and relief workers. She said, “I don’t know if this is interesting or not…” Hello? Of course, it is and what came next was just as fascinating.

She and her husband realized they both couldn’t travel like crazy – someone needed to call Texas home – so Sandy raised her hand. “I was a little burned out on travel, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do.” Then she told her husband, “Well, I really liked getting married, maybe I’ll do something with weddings?” She got a job with Boxwood Hospitality and that was that. Until it wasn’t.

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05/21/19 9:45am

My Little Sweetheart, 2018 Parade of Playhouses

NorthPark Centre is prestigious and just a little picky. To even be invited in is a tremendous honor, but to be invited in and welcomed back for the past 24 years? You’re basically a legend. And if you’ve seen Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you know they are legendary.

Every year some of the biggest builders in Dallas toss their construction hats in the ring to build THE BEST playhouses for THE BEST cause – Dallas CASA, an advocacy group for Dallas foster children. We’re talking the top commercial and residential builders, architects and architect firms, and even some spectators that have a tool belt and a dream. Names such as …

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