Ted: "Please sell me a home"

In this market, many home buyers find themselves in this position

Let’s call the buyer “Ted.” Our first meeting was Friday, December 30, at noon. It was an informational lunch in Bedford, Texas — close to his job and where he’d love to live.

“I’m a programmer and work not too far from here,” explained Ted. “Currently I live in Richardson. With my long and bizarre work hours, I really want to find a home in this area.”

“Piece of cake,” I thought to myself.  After all, I’ve been helping people buy homes in the area for over a decade, this would not take long at all.

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Crestwood is one of the most unique areas in Fort Worth

624 Edgefield located in Crestwood has amazing tree canopy (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

If you are not too familiar with Fort Worth and all the unique neighborhoods that make up this great city, let me tell you about Crestwood. Located north of Monticello and Rivercrest neighborhoods, and backing to the Trinity River, Crestwood is unlike any other area in Cowtown.

Established in the late 1930s the neighborhood is filled with curvilinear (it’s a word — look it up) streets, access to the Trinity Trails, mature trees, a neighborhood park, Little League baseball field, and the home at 624 Edgefield Road.

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5128 Colinwood was built in 2014

5128 Collinwood Avenue in the Fort Worth Cultural District is part of the XTO Energy exodus (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

This past June, Exxon Mobil Corporation announced it will move 1,600 of its XTO Energy employees from Fort Worth to the Houston Area.

This news sent shock waves through the Cowtown community.  While many of us will grieve friends and family who will be leaving the area, new commercial and residential inventory will be a much needed boost to the real estate market.

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3344 Hamilton Avenue with an inviting front porch in LoMo (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you know that homes with a front porch outsell homes without a front porch? It’s true.  Surf the internet and you will find tons of articles about the value a front porch brings to a home. There is just something welcoming about a beautifully designed and furnished front porch that makes you feel at home and at ease. What goes hand-in-hand with a front porch?  A neighborhood where people can get out and walk around and get to know their community and neighbors.

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2108 Bradford Park Court part of 7-home gated enclave surrounding a central park. (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever dreamed of living the Santa Barbara lifestyle like the film stars Cary Grant or Jane Mansfield?

It’s okay to admit it … I do, too.

I love watching old black-and-white movies and seeing the lavish homes, hotels, and landscapes of California in the Film Noir era. The main things that always stood out to me in those films or photos were how everything seemed to be centered around an interior courtyard or pool, and had wonderful inside-outside living spaces.

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Home previously owned by Speaker Jim Wright and his wife Betty

Colonnaded gable front & two wings at 4767 Overton Woods Drive (photos: JA2 Photo)

A home of former United States Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jim Wright, has recently become available for sale in the Overton Woods neighborhood of Fort Worth.

The Overton Woods Neighborhood is a highly desirable neighborhood tucked between the Trinity River and Riverhills.  The area is filled with many large trees that not only cover yards, but streets as well.  Homes in Overton Woods date from the 1980s to present day.  The area is  minutes from TCU, the Trinity Trails, and downtown Fort Worth.

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I could spend a summer sitting on this deck and be just fine!

Summer is for Eagle Mountain Lake living (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When you think of summertime, what do comes to mind? Great films such as Summer Rental, Summer School , Dirty Dancingand of course the legendary Michael J. Fox made-for-TV movie, Poison Ivy. Great songs like Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald, Cruel Summer by Bananarama (I still have a crush on them!), and Wipeout and Surfin Safari by the Beach Boys.

Too bad they don’t make summer movies like they used to.

When it comes to homes in Tarrant County, where there is no beach, when you think of summer, you need to think of Eagle Mountain Lake!

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Newly constructed Craftsman home in Arlington Heights

3701 El Campo looks like it was built in the era of Craftsman homes – yet actually built in 2012 (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Discussing an American Craftsman-designed home is perfect for post-Memorial Day musings!

A style influenced from the late 19th and early 20th Century as a rebuttal to the overly-decorative designs of Victorian homes, Craftsman homes have clean, simple lines with uniquely defining features.

As the Industrial Revolution of the 1900s brought rural workers to urban areas, these homes were built to house the suddenly growing middle class.

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