This home at 700 N. Bailey is located on a corner, but corners weren’t cut. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It happens in all businesses.  At first, a business delivers the best product to get the customers familiar with their creation.  Customers start buying the product.  Prices go up and up and up so the company starts pass increases along to customers.

Suddenly customers stop buying the products at a higher price.  The company starts cutting corners on quality and materials in order to still provide a product hopefully customers will continue to buy.  Maybe the product continues to sell, but now customers are not associating quality and workmanship with the product.  The company and product are now commodities based on price … not quality.

They could have cut corners with electric light - but they didn't

The large porch of 700 N. Bailey has blue flagstone, gas coach lamps, and a steel door from Durango Doors.

Does this sound familiar?  Think about all the different products — TVs & electronics, clothes, restaurants, and of course new homes.

Oh sure, this doesn’t happen with homes (wink, wink)…whatever.  The list forms to the right on once quality-first home builders that have unfortunately lowered their standards of workmanship, design, creativity, and materials in order to keep their doors open.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about every home builder out there, but there sure are a lot more of them than five, 10, and certainly 15 years ago.

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Why is it so hard to create the next great neighborhood?  We hear about it all the time from builders and developers of what great lengths to which they have gone in order to re-create timeless neighborhoods from the 1920s and 1930s. And yet, they all seem to fall flat.

Trinity Heights — A Truly Timeless Neighborhood

Of course, there are some exceptions.  I have written about Parks of Aledo a number of times.  You know I’m a big fan of that development — as are the many who have flocked there.  Walsh is another in the area that strives to become exceptional as is Edwards Ranch in Fort Worth.  Only time will tell.

Timeless neighborhoods are seemingly impossible these days

Established in 1998, Trinity Heights is truly a timeless neighborhood in Fort Worth

Whether it’s incapability or prices or just lack of creativity, there are so few new neighborhoods that truly capture the magic and nostalgia of older neighborhoods.

That’s why venturing to Trinity Heights to check out the home at 6654 Gascony Place was such a treat.

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According to a recent report from CoreLogic, home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex increased by nearly 4 percent from February 2018 to February 2019.

In the State of Texas, Fort Worth took home first prize as the municipality where home prices increased the most during that span with 5.7 percent increase.  Not a prize to be proud of, necessarily.

This is nothing new.  We have seen home prices increase since the Great Recession.  While price increases certainly aren’t fun for home buyers, they haven’t stopped the Dallas-Fort Worth area from being one of the hottest relocation destinations in the United States

Tarrant Tax Appraisal District Doing Its Thing

What is unsettling is that local municipalities continue to abuse this housing boom and overall strong economy to inflate property values when it comes to tax appraisal time.

In a recent story by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tarrant County chief appraiser Jeffrey Law was quoted that 2019 tax values would most likely increase 7 to 10 percent.

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First MCM in Ridglea Hills? Apparently

According to stories, 4415 Tamworth Rd. was the first Midcentury Modern home built in Ridglea Hills. 

First, let’s be honest — we love winners. Whether it’s the first place ribbon you got for the egg toss in second grade or picking the Final Four correctly, we love being first!

How about the opportunity to own the first ever Midcentury Modern home built in the glorious neighborhood of Ridglea Hills in Fort Worth?

According to stories, the first Midcentury Modern home was built in 1960 at 4415 Tamworth Road, and is the subject of today’s Tarrant County Tuesday column.

Kitchen of 4415 Tamworth has been recently updated

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urban views from many rooms in home

Sitting high on Overton Terrace Court allows for picturesque views. (photos: Norman and Young Photography)

How important are views when considering a home?  For some, it’s not a big deal.  They wouldn’t spend more or less on a home based on what can be seen out the window.  For others the views are high on the “must have” list when searching for a home.

If you are looking for a home of 4,250 square feet with five bedrooms, centrally located to just about everything in Fort Worth, complete with serene views from many rooms in the home, then you must check out 4501 Overton Terrace Court.

Must Have Windows

Of course in order to see the views the home must have plenty of large windows in the right places.

Huge windows allow for great views both inside and outside the home.

Not only do great windows allow for great views, they also bring in plenty of natural light and beauty to the home.

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Can you believe this home was built in 2010

Yellow homes sell faster than homes painted other colors! (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

While Valentines are pink and red, can you guess what the most pleasing color to paint the exterior of a home might be?

White?  No.  Gray?  Nope.  Blue?  Nein mein freund.

Studies show that homes painted a warm shade of yellow are the most pleasing, and report that yellow homes sell quicker than others. It’s true, and we can tell that you’re already falling in love with this adorable yellow home in Fort Worth. Of course, you should always trust a bow tie-wearing Realtor!

Benefits of Yellow Homes

Not only do yellow homes give people the warm and fuzzies, they offer a plethora of perks.

How are you with directions?  If you didn’t have your GPS system on your phone would you be able to find an unfamiliar location?

Yellow homes are very pleasing

Usable front porches are rarely found with newer homes — not so at 1800 Lipscomb Avenue in Fort Worth.

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[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Can you believe it’s almost gone?  Another year in the books and almost 40 Tarrant County Tuesday blogs to digest.

As always, I hope you have enjoyed the journey around various homes, neighborhoods, trends, and happenings from your Bowtie Realtor.  It is my goal not only to educate but to entertain and I love responses – whether positive or negative – because real estate inspires me and I want it to evoke a reaction in you as well.

In 2018 we touched a lot of subjects.  We talked about the buyer’s market that Tarrant County is entering.  We also learned how price per foot is an absurd and invalid way to determine the true value of a home.  We even dipped our toe into public education and how that impacts home values and prices.  Oh, what a year it’s been.

And here are a few winners from 2018 … enjoy.

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The fireplace at 13809 Green Elm Road is a direct vent — so there’s no chimney for Santa to come down.

How does he do it?

How is Santa not only able to deliver toys to all the good little girls and boys of the world, but how does he manage to get down the chimney? I have so many questions for Santa. Does he have a favorite type of fireplace?  What about a direct-vent fireplace? How does he handle homes with no fireplace?

Reviewing the homes of Tarrant County Tuesday from 2018, I wanted to share some of the vast options that jolly old St. Nick will have in a few short weeks.

While a tall flue , the actual fire box might be a tight squeeze for St. Nick at 312 Verna Trail

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