Reinvestment Fund’s Market Value Analysis of Dallas neighborhoods.

On Monday, the City of Dallas hosted the first of four virtual town hall meetings to gather community input for updates to its Affordable Housing Strategy. It comes less than two weeks after the Jan. 17 Dallas City Council briefing on a Market Value Analysis report by Reinvestment Fund, a nonprofit conducting this research and analysis for cities across the U.S. The data tool is playing a leading role in the development of the City’s new 3-year rolling strategy.

The technology used for the meeting was especially impressive. I’m a little concerned how the city had my number to begin with, but once I opted in by text, it was seamless. I received a call at the appointed time, watched at dallascitynews.net or on Facebook live, could easily ask questions, indicate I wanted calls for future meetings, and even submit my email for followup info – they hired the right consultants to put this together.

The three upcoming meetings will go a little more in-depth than the first topic, “How Residential Development Gets Financed”, or what I’d call “Introduction to the Housing Market.” (more…)

Ebby Halliday Helps First-Time Homebuyers Find Their Perfect Properties | CandysDirt.com

A new WalletHub study paints an exciting picture for DFW. Four North Texas cities were named in the top 10 places nationwide for first-time homebuyers: McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and Richardson. 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, garnered 11.13 percent of the North Texas market last year, including a significant share of the market in each of those four cities.

For first-time homebuyers, having that kind of expertise in their corner means expert navigation of our competitive market and help finding and landing the home they want at a price that works. 

We’ve found four beautiful Ebby listings in these four top cities, houses that would make great buys for a first-time homebuyer. All are under $375K and offer lots of space and amenities. Let’s take a look. 

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Providence Village

Much is said about small-town living, and it’s a major reason people move to the suburbs. The upside is you get a lot of house for your money and many are family-friendly communities that make for a nice place to raise kids.

We’ve found a small-town house (that’s anything but small) in Providence Village at 10325 Nantucket Dr. This Colonial-style home has 2,263 square feet on two stories with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room, and it’s under $200K.

Providence Village is a Denton County master-planned community of about 5,750 people and 1,700 homes. It is located along U.S. Highway 380 near FM 2931, about halfway between Frisco and Denton.

The owner of this home, Angela Swenson, says she bought this home because it’s a “real neighborhood—the kind that the rest of America wishes still existed.”

Swenson has an elementary-aged son, and said the community in Providence Village is ideal for him.

“We have blue-ribbon schools, all in walking distance, awesome houses for cheap, and almost every home has kids, so kids are everywhere on their bikes, playing with friends in their yards or at the parks with very little supervision,” Swenson said. “It’s the community for kids and families—we have a waterpark with huge water-slides, seven catch-and-release lakes filled with fish, huge Easter-egg hunts and fireworks displays, and Santa Claus rides down the street in a sleigh giving out inexpensive toys at Christmas.”

This house was built in 2004 and Providence Village is a resort-style community with everything Swenson mentioned, plus four swimming pools, three tennis courts, three dog parks, four baseball fields, four soccer fields, four basketball courts, a clubhouse, community dock and boat ramp for Lake Providence (a 25-acre lake), greenbelt, jogging/bike path, 11 parks, and playgrounds.

Swenson is a Realtor with United Real Estate, and is the listing agent for this house. She put it on the market Feb. 5 for $197,500. HOA fees are $60 per month and cover full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

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