By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

There is more than one Big D in Dallas-area real estate. These important “Big Ds” represent the circumstances that often demand that someone sell their property. I’m talking about death, divorce, downsizing, disaster, debt, and default. These difficult situations can make transferring the title to a property more complicated.

Folks don’t like to think about most of these situations, but they are a real fact of life that many homeowners must deal with. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a closer look at the challenges in buying or selling a property when it involves one of these.

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Maybe it’s just me, but how can you compare Dallas and Fort Worth without talking about the dirt, Thrillist? Seriously!? After reading two bartenders, one each from Dallas and Fort Worth, verbally slug it out over which city deserves top billing in North Texas, I was remiss. Sure, the beer, the culture, and the music is great, but don’t you want to know which city’s real estate reigns supreme?

Me, too, folks. Me, too. That’s why I decided to do a little “What You Get For The Money, Dallas vs. Fort Worth” edition. Of course, we welcome your comments on why either city is head and shoulders above the other.

$100,000

Dallas $100K

Dallas: The selection at $100K in Dallas is a lot leaner than Fort Worth, but we chose 3008 Royal Lane for its North Dallas location and 4/2 spread. It’s close to shopping and schools, and less than 20 minutes from downtown.

100K Fort Worth

Fort Worth: 7637 Blue Carriage Lane is a traditional with potential in Cobblestone Square on the west side of Fort Worth. Among the skads of Fort Worth listings at this price, this 3/2 has a huge lot, but you’re kind of far from the city center, if that’s important to you.

$500,000

Dallas $500K

Dallas: At 6322 Goliad you’ll find an updated Lakewood Heights charmer that feeds into Robert E. Lee Elementary — an up and coming campus — and the acclaimed Woodrow Wilson High School. The home is cozy and adorable, with a kitchen you will swoon for. And it’s super close to downtown Dallas and tons of amenities.

Fort Worth $500K

Fort Worth: Close to Eagle Mountain Lake, but around 30 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, 3949 Stoneshire is a 4/4.1 home built in 2001. It’s beautiful inside and out with a pool, too. It’s listed for a reduced $504,900, which isn’t $500K, but it’s as close as we could get. It’s kind of remote, but if you’re shopping in Fort Worth, chances are you’re looking for size and privacy. This home fits the bill.

$1 Million

1504 Argonne Front

Dallas: We’ve already written about the one and only home listed for $1 million in Dallas1504 Argonne. It’s still just as cute today as it was when we first wrote about it. Why do we love this French Country cutie? Well, besides its Kessler Parks location, it has a huge wine cellar, an adorable master bath, and is anything but cookie-cutter.

Fort Worth $1M

Fort Worth: Finally a home inside 820, 3454 Lantern Hollow is a beautiful 4/5 in stately Overton Woods in southwest Fort Worth. It’s just as impressive from the curb as it is inside the front door, and it’s a huge value with 5,566 square feet and a three-car garage and a gorgeous pool.

So, readers, who wins? Big D or Cowtown? Vote with your comment below!