can you imagine time it takes to work with clinker brick?

Clinker brick exterior helps make 200 Crestwood Drive look like a fairytale home. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Have you ever driven past a home and had to do a quick double-take because of the brick? I bet you didn’t know that there are almost a dozen different sizes of brick.  The times I have to stop and take a closer look are when the home appears to be bricked in a random pattern with a total hodgepodge of brick sizes and colors … with even some lava rock mixed in.  Those homes are built with clinker brick.

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Forest Park is a throw-back neighborhood

2212 Park Place in Forest Park was built in 1924 (Photos: Josh Moore of Trey Freeze Media)

The neighborhood of Forest Park was recently identified as one of the “Five best Fort Worth neighborhoods to buy a house right now.

This fascinating area is approximately two miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth and less than a mile from the TCU campus. From many areas of the neighborhood, you can walk to the world-famous Fort Worth Zoo.

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We need solutions to the North Texas housing crisis before it’s too late

In Part I we learned that there is a Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part II we learned that New Construction Not Helping Housing Crisis in North Texas

In Part III we learned about the first-hand Struggles of Finding a Home in North Texas

Now let’s talk about solutions to this crisis.  Notice I said “solutions” with an “s” because there isn’t just one fail-safe, simple way that this housing crisis will be solved.  It’s going to take many different methods and changes to see real improvement.

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The home at 2906 Shadow Drive in Arlington is modern architecture at its finest. (Photos: Matt Ross, MLS Images)

The home at 2906 Shadow Drive has to be the winner of the “2017 CandysDirt.com Most Interesting Home Award.”

OK, so I made up that award, but if it did exist, I would give it to this work of art in a split second. I have to be honest: When I received a request to feature a home in Arlington, I did not expect to find a spectacular home in the modernist style of architecture.

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The easiest estate sale you’ll ever experience (photos: ebth.com)

What comes into your mind when I say the phrase, “estate sale”?

What did you see?  The first thing I saw was dust.  The second thing I saw was someone running around a crowded home with sweat in their eyes and a fatigue all over their face.  The third thing that popped into my mind was people haggling over the price of a $5 salt and pepper shaker set.

In the past many estate sales have come to mean glorified garage sales … and no one likes a garage sale (unless you’re the one haggling over the $5 salt and pepper shakers).

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were a company that took items in an estate, photographed them, and uploaded them on a classy website where millions of interested buyers could see them?

It’s not a fantasy. It’s Everything But The House.

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Aledo is a wonderful place for views

159 Crooked Creek Lane in Aledo (photos: Showcase Photographers)

While Aledo isn’t technically in Tarrant County (okay it’s totally not in Tarrant County) sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Today we will have #ParkerCountyTuesday instead of #TarrantCountyTuesday.  Hope you will forgive me. I think you will after you see the lovely Mediterranean home in the exclusive gated community of Creekside in Aledo.

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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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A new home used to be an option for many buyers. Not so much anymore (photo: Eric Dunlap)

In Part One of this look into the end of affordable housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, we discussed the giant void of quality homes under $200,000. This void will continue to move housing prices upward, force buyers to spend more than they should, and create a stagnant sales economy in our community.  Neglecting the needs for a large segment of the population will have a dramatic effect on the housing industry in all price points.

What’s The Problem?

When I first started selling homes in the early 2000s for a D/FW-based tract home builder, the homes were listed from $85,000 to $135,000. Yes, they were located in a rural area where there weren’t a lot of high paying jobs, but the point is that the developer was able to sell land to the builder who was able to offer a new home for a reasonable price.

And now that is an impossibility.

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