No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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organizing is her passion

Melanie Fowler has a knack for removing and sorting clutter in Fort Worth homes with Sort + Space. (photos: Joy Joseph Photography)

Let’s face it: we like to accumulate things.  Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s not in our DNA to be minimalists. Sure, some might think they live a clutter-free life, but in all reality, we need help organizing our clutter.

We need Sort + Space.

Sort + Space is the brainchild of Melanie Fowler, a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, who has a unique talent for organizing messes across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Stewardship – “an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.

I bet you didn’t open today’s edition of Tarrant County Tuesday thinking you would find an article on stewardship did you?

Stewardship and craftsmanship are the two core themes behind Fort Worth builder Hedgefield Homes.  Created in 2013, the independently owned company has found a niche in the home building market that isn’t being met.

“We design and build homes for people that will value their home,” said Sommer Carlin, events coordinator of Hedgefield Homes.  “For people who want to stay in their home for a long time.”

Whether it is an inventory single-family home or townhome, a remodel project or a true custom home, the desire of Hedgefield Homes is to bring quality and value in every project.

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Beautiful home in a walkable neighborhood

Built in 2007 by Village Homes, 3326 W. 6th was designed to resemble a single-family residence (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Remember when Fort Worth wasn’t a very walkable city?  It wasn’t that long ago — maybe a decade or so ago — when there were very few options for lock-and-leave dwellings, urban townhomes, or properties in an area of Cowtown that were walkable.

Walkable?  What am I talking about here?

You Dallas people know what I’m talking about.  Areas in the city where it’s safe and secure and possible to take a few steps out of your front door and within a few minutes on foot you can be at a local pub, shop, restaurant, or place of entertainment.

Lock-and-leave lifestyle

To access the front door you need to get through the private gate leading to the courtyard

When this Bowtie Realtor moved to Fort Worth over 16 years ago, I specifically recall how there was nothing like I described.  Even if you lived close to downtown Fort Worth or the University Park, area you had to get in your car and drive to a locale.

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Most listing agreements state the seller will pay the listing agent’s broker an agreed percentage before home is listed.

Don’t you love water cooler talk?  Do water coolers even exist anymore now that bottled water has taken over the world?  The other day I was visiting with other compadre Realtors and one agent in particular was posing the question, “Do buyers realize that their Realtor doesn’t cost them anything?”

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Cottage is almost like a detached condo

Almost like Alice’s rabbit hole – open the door of 5516 Byers Avenue and be amazed  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have created a new term in the housing world: “single-family detached condominium-cottage.”  Rumor around is that it will be featured in the 2019 edition of Webster’s Dictionary (other words also included will be “Real Estate Sherpa” and “Bow Tie Realtor”).

Let’s unpack this new buzzword that’s sweeping the nation, and see how it explains the first ever single-family detached condominium-cottage located at 5516 Byers Avenue in Fort Worth.

Open the front door and immediately step into Venetian plaster galley

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Painted brick allows for the same style of home to be built close together

Painted brick homes can completely transform the look of similar homes and styles, and is becoming quite popular. (photo: Pinterest)

About 10 years ago I was in a sales training class in Florida with new home sales professional from across the country.  We were talking about overcoming objections that prospective buyers would throw at us.  I brought up the question of painted brick.

Most of the stares and questioning glances I got were from those who worked in the Midwest and western part of the United States.  “You build with brick (expensive and labor intensive) and then you paint over it?  Boy, what in the hell is a matter with you?!”

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Inspired by what inspires - greatness

More than just homes, the Parks of Aledo has captured the neighborhood culture so many developments strive for. (Photos courtesy Parks of Aledo)

Are you, like me, tired of hearing the same old blah-blah from builders and developers when they try to sell you on how different their new community will be? How their newest community was inspired by older neighborhoods and how it will be designed unlike any other development in the history of ever?

I get that every new residential development has to have a shiny, exciting mantra and theme, promising buyers a world-class living experience like never before.  I get that developers and builders are just trying to sell the public on the greatness of the next new thing.

But seriously? Do we have to hear it every time? How this-or-that community is different?

Ironically, new developments in Tarrant & Parker Counties are populated with pretty much the same handful of builders — local and national — and therefore the homes all look relatively similar to the previous development that was inspired by history and designed to be different.

That is, until now …

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