Hi Candy and Jo,

I’m a casting producer for a new HGTV HOME RENOVATION pilot that will be hosted by local Fort Worth HGTV Flip or Flop stars Andy and Ashley Williams. We’re reaching out to lenders, brokers, realtors, bloggers in the DFW area who may know of people or have clients who would love the opportunity to not only get the home renovation of their dreams but also appear on HGTV!

To be eligible to be on the show, you must:

  •  Currently own a home or just purchased a home in the DFW area within the last 6 months or be closing on the home they wish to renovate by July 2
  • Home MUST be a ‘fixer upper’ or in need of a major renovations
  • Have a minimum renovation budget of $60,000
  • Renovation must include: kitchen, dining room, living room and front exterior (a master bedroom, backyard or a bathroom could be added if the budget is big enough)
  • Be willing and able to move out of the house during a 7-9 week renovation period (unfortunately we do not pay for housing or storing of belongings)
  • Be fun and outgoing homeowners with big personalities
  • Be 21 years or older

In addition to their groundbreaking work with HGTV Andy and Ashley are military Veterans, renovators and realtors. The couple met in Iraq, where Ashley completed three combat tours and Andy served as a U.S. Marine. They are extremely passionate about supporting Veteran owned businesses and mentoring Veterans interested in renovation and real estate as a way to transition from service. If selected, the renovation will help drive their mission!

Please let me know if you have any question. I’ll attach our casting call- feel free to pass on to your team. Thank you!

Jasmine Farrow, Casting Producer

fortworthcasting@rtrmedia.com

 

A slowdown isn't a bad thing for real estate

The slowdown in the real estate market is more like a shift toward balance for sellers and buyers.

WOW–tremendous responses and feedback on Part I of this real estate slowdown blog topic from last week.  Thanks so much!  Nice to know people are reading, following and giving thought to #tarrantcountytuesday.

Last week we established (with data) that there indeed is a slowdown or market shift in the housing market.  One Dirty Reader asked about this “recession” and I would strongly caution the use of that word.  There’s a big difference from a slowdown to a recession.

Is This Slowdown a Good Thing?

Many have indicated that this shift from a sellers’ market to a buyer-friendly market might actually be a good thing.  I would agree.

As the data indicated, when prices are increasing so quickly, interest rates are going up and individual incomes not keeping pace buyers aren’t buying.  That’s not good for anyone in the real estate business. (more…)

 

Activities at the village market and maker space. (Photo: Richard W. Rodriguez)

From Staff Reports

Walsh is now home to Fort Worth’s newest makerspace. The Walsh Makerspace, located in the heart of the growing 7,200-acre neighborhood in west Fort Worth, is the first of its kind to be built from the ground up around a new development, and is available to residents and the public.

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Newly constructed Craftsman home in Arlington Heights

3701 El Campo looks like it was built in the era of Craftsman homes – yet actually built in 2012 (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Discussing an American Craftsman-designed home is perfect for post-Memorial Day musings!

A style influenced from the late 19th and early 20th Century as a rebuttal to the overly-decorative designs of Victorian homes, Craftsman homes have clean, simple lines with uniquely defining features.

As the Industrial Revolution of the 1900s brought rural workers to urban areas, these homes were built to house the suddenly growing middle class.

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Get ready West Fort Worth…this could be you soon

“Come gather ’round people, wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown…” sang Mr. Bob Dylan in his 1964 hit “The Times They Are A Changin’.”

Obviously Bob was talking about Texas real estate and development when mentioning changin’ and growing waters around us.  While we don’t necessarily have growing waters, the developments and communities in West Tarrant and Parker County sure are a changin’.

In Part One of this recent series of Fort Worth growth, we looked at Walsh and how this new 7,200 acre master planned community will alter the housing landscape forever.

Part Two focused on Walsh and how it is being developed for today and tomorrow with forward-thinking amenities and infrastructure.

We have received a record number of posts, shares and emails in response to these first two articles.  Many of them want us to not only mention the benefits but also the drawbacks that all this new growth and expansion will bring to West Fort Worth/ Aledo areas of Tarrant County.  Thanks to the many who chimed in with thoughts and questions! (more…)

 

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Williams Trew Real Estate, a member of the Ebby Halliday family, announced today that they will soon be expanding west to open a new real estate office in Parker County.

Go West young man and grow up with the country.” That quote is largely attributed to the newspaper editor Horace Greely relating to the American spirit of Manifest Destiny.

In accordance with that Manifest Destiny, Williams Trew will soon open their first office in Parker County and third overall.  The other offices are located on Camp Bowie Boulevard and Hulen Avenue in Fort Worth.  The company also has a real estate presence at Possum Kingdom Lake.

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2216 Wilshire Blvd - bigger than it looks

2216 Wilshire Boulevard – preserves the size and scale from front elevation (photos: Shoot2Sell)

We see them on TV. We hear about them at parties. We can’t seem to get away from people boasting about how they were able to take an older home to the studs and transform it into a new property. Unfortunately, it seems that a great deal of the time, the workmanship and level of finishes leave something to be desired.

Not so for the home at 2216 Wilshire Boulevard in the charming neighborhood of Berkeley Place in Fort Worth.  The sellers knew what they were doing when they tackled this remodel project.  They have completely transformed a small, charming Tudor cottage into a new, exquisite and tasteful home definitely worth seeing.

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Y-o-Y-increase-in-renter-occupied-vs-owner-occupied-households-2014vs2015There is a new buzz word in real estate: Over Renter.  This term is used to describe individuals or families that make $150,000 or more annually that choose to rent a home or apartment in lieu of purchasing a traditional home.  These high-income renters certainly can purchase a home but elect to pay top dollar for renting smaller, more conveniently located living spaces … and they are happy about it.

According to a recent study by RentCafe, in the Fort Worth market alone, the number of  high-income renters has increased 77 percent since 2014.

As Fort Worth continues to increase in population, the number of renters and buyers should continue to remain at a high level.  The question remains, “is this a good thing?”

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