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The holiday season can be a great time to find a bargain on a new home, experts say (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

Why would anyone want to buy or sell a house during the holiday season? Who in their right mind would want to pack and move in the middle of all those Christmas parties, family gatherings, and other assorted holiday commitments?

Turns out, plenty of people like to take advantage of a traditionally slower period to go shopping for a new house. (more…)

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.

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John Larson, American Real Estate Investments

For folks not interested in riding the ups and downs of the stock market, John Larson may have the answer. Larson serves as Managing Partner of American Real Estate Investments. His nine-to-five consists of connecting investors with tangible, low-maintenance investments aimed at allowing its clients to “sit back and collect a check each month.”

American Real Estate Investments describes themselves as a turnkey real estate provider, meaning Larson’s firm buys properties, renovates them with higher-end materials, sells them to investors as rental properties, and then places tenants and manages the day-to-day business of renting. It’s a full-service operation for Larson’s clients.

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NOTE NEW VENUE: KING OF GLORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6411 LBJ FREEWAY, NORTH SIDE ACCESS ROAD, WEST OF HILLCREST, EAST OF PRESTON ROAD

My husband often asks me about news from City Hall, how tax dollars are spent, things like that, because I am supposed to be the one “in the know”. He sticks to the grindstone of his daily (and nightly) professional life. He doesn’t have time to watch or read much more than headlines. So when he grilled me about the Fair Park plan that Mayor Rawlings has endorsed, I realized I didn’t have many answers for him.

Question: How much will this Park plan cost the city?

Answer: $21 million plus another $75 million in bond funds plus another $50m in bonds in 2020/2022

Question: What do we get for that?

Answer: That’s the management fee. They are going to re-vamp the existing buildings.

Question: Does the city make any money off the State Fair?

Answer: Doubtful. The State Fair contract (which lasts until 2024) would be assigned to the Foundation.  Any rental revenues would go to the Foundation.

Question: Can we fire the management of this new entity if they screw up?

Answer: There is a “Remediation Plan” if the Foundation doesn’t meet their TBD performance measurements.  BUT the plan doesn’t say firing, it says they’ll implement a plan to fix.  Hiring and firing resides with the Foundation. They kinda have a lot of power.

Question: Are they going to try to use Fair Park year round?

Answer: They say they’re looking to create a year-round venue. The Fair stays where it is.

Question: Are we getting a park?

Answer: No guarantee. They definitely have to PLAN for a park, but if they don’t feel they have enough money, they don’t have to build it.

Question: Then what are they using the money for?

Answer: “Expanding Fair Park staff and operations and maintenance; funding and creating new departments, including communication and donor relations; and funding new projects.”

The Foundation hereby commits to fully and completely support Fair Park as a public park, maintaining and managing the events, historic grounds and facilities, and grounds of Fair Park as a vibrant, year-round location for events, daily activities, cultural enrichment, and place for quiet enjoyment.

(See why I am so glad we are having a Panel Discussion tomorrow evening?)

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I did my best to use the force against Kylo Ren.

Huge Star Wars nerd that I am, I went to the special screening of The Force Awakens hosted by Keith’s Comics at Studio Movie Grill. Let’s just say that, if you’re a fan of the force, you’ll love this film. Big props to J.J. Abrams for doing right by the franchise. Last night, however, was pretty dang magical as a bunch of cosplayers showed up and whipped Padawans, Jedi, and Sith of all ages into a frenzy over the film’s opening.

Afterward, I wanted to take that magic home with me, maybe to a house that felt straight out of Episode VII. So I rounded up a list of five homes in Dallas-Fort Worth where the force is particularly strong. See for yourself:

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When we visited Tokyo a few years ago and our hosts told me about the indoor ski resort there, outskirts of Tokyo, I did not believe it until I saw the dome for Zaos, as I think it was called. Sure enough the Japanese loved to ski indoors. The indoor ski resort was on the way to the airport. Now I hear it may no longer exist. But that’s OK, because soon we will have own own little interior ski village in Grand Prairie.

And it’s not a little village, either: try a $215 million 350,000-square-foot indoor ski resort and a Hard Rock hotel. Does this mean we can ski in the middle of August?

Grand Prairie unveiled plans for a Grand Alps Resort and Hard Rock Hotel off Belt Line Road, north of Interstate 30 at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. The indoor ski resort — which includes a ski slope, ice climbing wall, luge track and winter play area — will include restaurants and specialty retail from Park City, Utah, and Vail, Colorado. Of course, we will need a place to buy ski hats and sunscreen!

Oh wait, indoors means we won’t actually NEED sunscreen!
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My home has been standing since 1952, according to DCAD. In that time it has seen a cycle of haphazard “renovations,” including a rather embarrassing “remodel” of the home’s sole bathroom. My home didn’t come with the cute vintage Daltile in the many different colors of the rainbow, nor did it have one of those fun vanities with the cool scrollwork cutouts.

Instead, it had an ugly particleboard vanity from the 80s that had so many stains in the cabinets and drawers you really had to wonder what the previous owner was doing in there. The shower, well, it had jacked up tiles and ugly grout, and more caulk than San Francisco’s Tenderloin (see what I did there???).

But we loved the rest of the house. It had a great layout and big windows for a home of its size, and a much larger kitchen than most of the houses we’d seen. We were willing to see the bathroom as a project that we could get done in time. Despite the discolored linoleum, stained formica, and tarnished brass fixtures, it was still functional.

That was almost 7 years ago.

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