sharonAs we’ve written before, it’s becoming easier and easier to find a great home in a great neighborhood with great schools in Dallas ISD. So as an experiment, we decided to prove it by showing you this home on Sharon Street in Oak Cliff — within walking distance of Cowart Elementary.

Why Cowart? Because each week, Dallas ISD does a fantastic video highlighting some of the best schools in the district, and this week’s feature is on Cowart Elementary. It’s a dual language school that is in its second year as a pilot campus for social-emotional learning, and is a new Innovation campus. Next year, it will be a personalized learning campus, too.

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Virtual Staging adds furniture to empty rooms (Source VHT Studios)

Every show on HGTV ends with the glamor walk-through where the paint’s fresh and professional stagers have airlifted a lifestyle no one actually lives into place. Tears flow. Have you ever seen the revisit shows?  They don’t show them too often because how people actually live is far, far from photogenic. Crimson walls and gold brocade curtains that are never a part of any staging plan. Monstrously large and cheap sofas. Banged-up walls. Junk everywhere.  And if you’re the listing agent on one of these lived-in homes, dealing with sellers who think their dreck puts Architectural Digest to shame.

It makes you want to shout, “Calgon, take me away”.

Enter virtual staging, where computer jockeys elevate good pictures into great marketing tools. Last week I wrote about a Turtle Creek high-rise listing shot by Epic Foto Group that used drones with remarkable effect. This time, we’re talking about enhancements that can be electronically done to listing photos.

Virtual Redecorating (Source VHT Studios)

When I spoke with the Brian Balduf, CEO of Chicago-based VHT Studios, a nationwide real estate photography service, he described five distinct opportunities to enhance traditional listing pics.

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Last year’s Puppies and Popsicles event benefiting the SPCA was quite a lively gathering of dogs and do-gooders. This year, TL Moore of Century 21 Fine Homes and Estates is hosting his annual event at The Cedars Social.

Who doesn’t need a margarita and some puppy cuddles with Thursday rolls around? Exactly. Which is why heading out to Puppies & Popsicles at the Cedars Social should be a no-brainer. 
 
The event, hosted by TL Moore of Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes & Estates and Monica Greene of The Cedars Social, brings everything you love under one roof: adoptable puppies, sugar, and booze. Of course, considering that last year’s charitable benefit had its hurdles to clear, Moore says he’s looking forward to a much more successful event on Aug. 16.
 

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Summer Winkler (left) is excited to return to a boutique setting while Adam Caskey is happy to have the backing of a big brokerage.

 

In this week’s Agent Migration column, Summer Winkers rejoins former colleagues at the Standard while Adam Caskey chooses Century 21 Judge Fite. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Winkler Teams-Up With Standard

Summer Winkler joined the Standard Real Estate after seven years with Keller Williams. The move reunites her with Standard partner Joshua Vernon, with whom she previously worked.

“I’m so excited about the collaboration of people that are at the Standard,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch them grow and I think they are going to have a big part of this market.”

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2553 Kathleen Ave., Dallas

Last month, we went on a search to find the cheapest habitable home in Dallas — not only to prove they exist but also to highlight a market that doesn’t get the attention it needs.

And after that story was published, we heard from readers who asked for more. Today, we’re going to take a look at two houses, with one needing a little more spit and shine than the other, but both immediately habitable. (more…)

From the 1940s through the 1960s, developers slung together a small development northwest of the Dallas Executive (Redbird) Airport called Kimball Estates, complete with relaxing street names like Oak Arbor and Shoreline Drives along with Shady Hollow and Drowsy Lanes. The two homes on Telstar Drive were among the last, named after the first satellites to carry “tele” signals … graph, phone, and vision. In 1948 when 3848 Shady Hollow Lane was built, it was pretty much radio all the way.

The homes in this neighborhood are generally good-sized, ranch-style designs with a few dormered second stories here and there.  Prices are pretty sweet, too.  For example, 3848 Shady Hollow is a three-bedroom ranch with two bathrooms and 1,746 square feet on an 85- by 129-foot lot.  It’s listed for $169,900 by Patty Tafoya Valenzuela of Century 21 Judge Fite.

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