Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own WNC – Fort Worth’s largest independently owned real estate brokerage

Local Fort Worth Real Estate firms RJ Williams & Company and Northern Realty Group announced the merger of the two companies to form the largest locally owned real estate brokerage in the city.  The company will be called Williams Northern Crain (WNC) after the three principle partners.

Together, Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own-and-operate a brokerage focusing on residential and commercial real estate along with property management in the greater Fort Worth area.

“We have all known one another for a while,” said Northern, “I was looking for someone to run operations at Northern Realty Group and Ty was looking for the same thing for RJ Williams.  When we both realized that Michael was the perfect person for both companies, we decided to combine our strengths into one company.”

WNC will open its doors with approximately 85 licensed real estate agents.  The goal is to exceed 100 agents by the beginning of 2020.

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location, location, location is so key to this home

700 Sunrise Court in Arlington might be the perfectly located home of the entire Metroplex (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

“Location, location, location.” Do you get tired of that phrase?  Certainly, that can’t be the end-all, be-all answer to everything as it relates to real estate.  Can it?

Like it or not, location will always be the number one factor when it comes to buyer’s criteria when searching for that perfect home.  So get used to hearing that well-used phrase.  It’s a lot cooler if you imagine Wooderson saying it…location, location, location.

Exclusively private, surrounded by tall trees and lush gardens, yet minutes from just about everything.

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4001 Hildring Court is full of 56 years of memories and stories (photos: Norman & Young)

There’s a reason why the public is fascinated with the “behind the scenes” shows and programs that shed light on stories or memories of people, places and things.  We all want the inside scoop — tidbits of information that bring intrigue and greater interest.

Do I have some stories for you in this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday? You bet I do!

Fifty-six years. Can you fathom doing anything for 56 years?  The sellers at 4001 Hildring Court in the Westcliff addition of Fort Worth lived in their home for 56 years.  The home is full of stories and memories.

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literally a tree house

5340 Quail Run is surrounded by amazing trees (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you ever fantasize about living in a treehouse?

Two of my favorite movies growing up were Swiss Family Robinson and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  While vastly different in story and genre, both movies prominently featured treehouse living that made me want one so badly.

If you want to live completely surrounded by trees – 5340 Quail Run is just what you need!

The Robinson family built their elaborate treehouse out of salvaged wood from their ship.  In Return of the Jedi, the Ewoks lived in a village built high in the trees on the planet Endor.

There is just something so fascinating about being surrounded by trees and greenery while hanging out in your home.  There is a sense of privacy and certainly peace that accompanies a treehouse. And that’s what you get at 5340 Quail Run St.

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Running Horse Ranch entry gate

Welcome to 851 Red Bank Road…also known as Running Horse Ranch in Brock, TX (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

This week’s Tarrant County Tuesday will once again take us west to Parker County.  Head out on Interstate 20 and go past Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and Weatherford until you come to the unincorporated city of Brock, Texas.  That is where the Running Horse Ranch can be found only 15 miles south.

Wide Open Spaces

In the hit song, “What I Like About Texas,” by Gary P. Nunn, one of the first lines about Texas is, “the wide open spaces.”

Running Horse Ranch has 57 acres of trees, pasture, and the Brazos River — plenty to like about Texas.

If that resonates with you, then the Running Horse Ranch is calling your name.  Located at 851 Red Bank Road, this 57-acre sprawling ranch features rivers, pastures, farm land, fishing holes, and views as far as the eyes can see.

All of this beauty and serenity less than an hour from Downtown Fort Worth.  Not a bad commute at all.

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Get to know Crestwood this Sunday at the Crestwood Crawl.

The invention of the interwebs, apps, the digital camera, and mobile technology has greatly changed the way real estate is done these days. Not long ago prospective buyers would see one or two photos of the home, then they would actually go to the home — like get out of their vehicle and walk through the home to see if they liked it.

Now it’s click, click, click … as 90 percent or more of buyers will make a decision to even visit a home based on what they can see on their smartphone or tablet.

Even though technology has enhanced the buying process and made it easier in many ways, nothing beats the old fashioned open house.  As much as an app or digital image can offer, nothing compares to walking through a home to experience how the home might actually live.

The Crestwood Crawl

This coming Sunday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., the agents of Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth will be hosting The Crestwood Crawl.  Six homes in the fabulous Crestwood neighborhood will be held open for buyers to come and enjoy all of the homes first-hand.

The weather will be in the mid-80s. The Cowboys don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m.  Now is the time to visit one of Fort Worth’s best areas.

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Fixer Upper would be so proud

Charming English Tudor in Arlington Heights…already fixer upper’d and ready for move-in (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Let’s face it — we all want to be like Chip and JoJo.  Who am I talking about?  Well if you don’t know then you haven’t been paying attention over the past half-decade.

The craze that Fixer Upper has created of gray paint, white subway tile, clean lines, farm-meets-contemporary style, and of course #shiplap is as prevalent and popular as it has ever been.

It’s not that our favorite Waco family invented gray paint or subway tile … those items have been around for decades. It’s the combination of clean, bright, fresh, modern-yet-classic design that has fascinated millions of wannabe fixer-uppers across the world.

While are seeing homes in Tarrant County sit on the market a little longer than in previous years and prices plateauing, homes that are completely move-in ready and look spectacular are still selling at a brisk pace.

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home vacancies

It’s happening.  The real estate market in Tarrant County is officially slowing down.  This past week, the Fort Worth Housing Report indicated that the number of closed homes in July 2019 was down nearly 4 percent from July 2018.

Inventory of homes in Tarrant County has increased, and total days on market, from listing-to-close, jumped six days from 2018 to 2019.  Prices have barely increased in the past 12 months, and this could be why we are starting to see issues with appraisals.

What’s The Home Worth?

Regardless of we want to believe, we don’t live in a free-market society.  If a home is listed at $X and a buyer is willing to pay $X (or in recent years more than $X) the true value of the home is only going to be what the bank is willing to lend, and that all starts with the biggest enigma of all: the appraisal.

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