Builder's homes are nearly perfect

Integrity Homes designed and built 5205 Caliza Court in La Cantera at Team Ranch. (Photos: Tourmax Real Estate Media)

Here’s a free tip for Tarrant County Tuesday: If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a home builder’s personal home … jump on it!  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Before I became the Bow Tie Realtor, I was the Bow Tie Sales Guy who worked for 10-plus years in new construction and home builders in the Fort Worth area.  I love, love, love new homes and the building process from soup-to-nuts.  Here’s some inside scoop.

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Last Sunday, one of those typical, Texas, false harbinger of spring days, I waited outside 1460 West Allen, one of three open houses from the portfolio of 6th Avenue Homes. Children on bicycles pass, followed by three guys with contrasting day glow hair and plentiful piercings. Minutes later a 1920s open coupe cruised by. In other words, a fairly typical afternoon in Fairmount.

Four years after its founding, partners Jamie Ice and Jimmy Williams of 6th Avenue Homes are thriving and still riding the Fairmount wave and the strong demand for hip urban housing in a historic, in-town ‘hood. They now have over 40 renovations under their belts and have taken on a warehouse on South Main, The 4 Eleven, which contains a furniture store, a women’s clothing space, popsicle vendor, and a for-rent events space. (more…)

Up and ComingLooking for a first home in an older neighborhood at a reasonable price point?  Or are you on the hunt for value with the greatest possibility for maximum appreciation? There is still value in Fairmount if you’re willing to look hard enough and undertake a major project. But if you have the pioneer spirit and want to get in on the ground floor, you might take a look at three up-and-coming neighborhoods. (more…)