05/19/19 9:30am

electricityAs the mercury begins to rise, we all begin to think about our electricity bills. But how much per kilowatt hour do Texans pay? And how does that compare across the country? One data website created heat maps to illustrate just that.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Americans spend about 12.7 cents per kWh on average. But in Texas, we pay slightly less — 11.51, to be exact. That’s up slightly from last year’s average of 11.11.

Howmuch.net created heat maps that illustrate the average residential, commercial, and industrial rates across the country. We pulled Texas data specifically and created a handy chart, too.

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05/19/19 9:15am

LakewoodAre you a Whole Foods family, or a Trader Joes, or maybe both? We found a gorgeous Mediterranean-style duplex for rent that is perfect for every one of those choices, since it’s close to both Lower Greenville and Lakewood.

This pretty two-bedroom, two-bath home has 1,425 square feet, and is located at 6025 Lewis Street. With an updated kitchen and a washer and dryer, it feels like single-family home living. (more…)

05/19/19 9:00am

05/18/19 9:55am

Little Forest Hills

Love Little Forest Hills? Then you’ll love this listing from Travelstead Property Group of Dallas City Center Realtors. They’ve got a great listing for this week’s Saturday Seven Hundred at 8934 San Leandro near Casa Linda, a three bedroom, two and half-bath for $799,000. (more…)

05/18/19 9:45am

alexanderThis adorable Midcentury Ranch in Wolf Creek is so special it already had a contingent offer after four days on the market. Zoned for this week’s Dallas ISD best school, Birdie Alexander Elementary, it’s a great example (the second for today) of what you can get for the $100,000 range in Dallas.

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

This home is in the attendance zone for Birdie Alexander, who was recently featured as one of Dallas ISD’s best schools. The school, which received a B grade from the state’s A-F accountability scoring, will become a neighborhood innovation campus next year with a personalized learning focus. (more…)

05/18/19 9:30am
Washburne

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Four days ago, Ray Washburne’s Charter Holdings snapped up the Trinity West shopping center at Singleton Boulevard and Hampton Road. Late Friday, it was announced his Charter DMN Holdings had also purchased the former Dallas Morning News building.

Known by many as the “Rock of Truth” because of the words etched on the front, Washburne’s company purchased the campus for $28 million, paying $5.6 million in cash paid today at closing, and a two-year promissory note for the remaining $22.4 million. (more…)

05/18/19 9:15am
emergency

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From staff reports

It takes more than two years to sock away enough money to address a six-month emergency fund in the Dallas metro area, a new Bankrate.com report revealed.

The area ranks 15th hardest of the top 50 metros when it comes to building a six-month emergency savings fund. That fund would be able to pay for housing costs (mortgage or rent, insurance, property taxes) as well as living expenses like groceries, transportation, utilities, etc.

Factoring all that in, Dallas-area household can theoretically save up to $9,704 of its $56,671 annual take-home pay, Bankrate said, which means it would take 29 months to achieve the area’s average recommended emergency fund of $23,484, enough to cover these expenses for six months. (more…)