When you’re describing a luxury property, the ‘wow-factor’ always gets top billing. Fancy pools with incredible fountains and fire features are great, but have you ever tried a great porch?

“I’m a sucker for a good screened in porch,” says Compass agent Sam Claussen, who is marketing 6306 Lavendale, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, with summer temperatures at the backs of our minds with all of this rain, we have to mention that the pool is nothing to sneeze at, either.

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When looking at townhomes, one of the big pluses over a condo unit is outdoor space. However, those staircases in two- and three-story townhomes often mean sacrificing storage space. However, that’s not so with our Inwood Home of the Week, a Turtle Creek brownstone with tons of thoughtful built-ins and plenty of spots to stash your stuff.

Plus, the location can’t be beat, says Compass listing agent Mohammed Jaber of 3701 Routh St. Unit A.

“Location, location, location!” he gushed. “This unit has proximity to the Katy Trail, Turtle Creek, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.”

Of course, for a lot of people, moving into a townhome often means a smaller footprint. Where do you store all of your things once you’ve downsized? In this listing’s case, wherever you want. That’s the exceptional value you can find in our Inwood Home of the Week presented by Inwood National Bank.

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CompassWe spend plenty of time talking about the best of open houses here on CandysDirt.com, but Compass just put together a doozy of an open house tour for North Texas homebuyers — their second in the two years they’ve been in the area.

To showcase their most notable Spring inventory, the Dallas office has created a tour of more than 140 homes across Dallas-Fort Worth in all the best neighborhoods, including Midway Hollow, Lakewood, Oak Cliff, East Dallas, Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and Uptown. Add in Plano, Southlake, and Fort Worth, and there’s a little something for everyone in the cleverly designed tour this weekend.

Every single home on this substantial list of lovelies will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31. And not only that, it’s a great opportunity to meet your local Compass agents.

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Is this a move to make their website friendlier to other agents working under other brokers, or a first get tough Compass swipe at Zillow?

Inman reports that last week, without fanfare, Compass made “a big change to the way it displays listings on its consumer-facing website. Every non-Compass listing now shows the listing agent and contact information for the listing agent, making Compass’ site aesthetically more similar to Zillow or realtor.com than a brokerage website.” (See example from a McKinney listing above.)

And how generous is this: Compass has even included a form for agents to fill out to contact the listing agent through MLS. To be clear, it’s the agent from a rival brokerage. And to be fair, Ebby Halliday  has always listed the competing agent and broker on the company’s most popular site, though not as boldly.

“We are now showing the true listing agent on every listing on our website, even when they are not Compass agents, ” Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said, in a statement. “We hope other brokerages will appreciate the transparency and trust of always showing their listing agents.”

If a buyer is already working with a Compass agent, and the Compass agent sends the buyer a listing within the Compass system, the listing agent’s contact info will not be provided, since it won’t be needed.

“We are going to provide transparency to the consumer,” says Erik T. Bahr, General Manager, Dallas & Fort Worth Real Estate, Compass. “The aggregators get MLS content very quickly, and they do a good job of getting it to the consumer. The challenge is there is often consumer confusion as to who to contact about the listing.”

This process has put agents in a tough spot: Realtors procure a listing, prepare the home with the seller, take photos, then all their work is displayed on the popular website, but the listing agent doesn’t necessarily get credit for it. Rather, it is often an agent who has paid the most for an advertisement.

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It’s that time of the year, when brokerages are toasting, and praising, those hard-working top producers who killed it in 2018, selling millions of dollars of dirt during a year that, while not one of the toughest on record, saw a significant market contraction and rising interest rates.

Celebratory events have been happening across town, at every major brokerage.

At Compass Dallas, a different kind of celebration has been going on: the company’s one-year anniversary in Dallas.

On January 19, 2019, the 24,000 square foot, shiny new Preston Center office was loaded with food, drink, cake, chair massages and more. Last year, on January 19, 2018, Compass launched its 11th brokerage in the U.S. in Dallas, disrupting nearly every established broker in North Texas. Compass came in as a tech company, its internally-designed platform front and center for agents to make their lives easier, their sales bigger, their futures more secure. The firm’s CEO aims to have 20 percent market share in the top 20 U.S. real estate markets by 2020.

Within weeks of opening the office, while “camping” at the Collective, top producing agents switched to Compass so quickly we could not keep up with the migrations, frankly. Some we had to post in our sleep. What was it about the Compass culture that intrigued, and won over, these agents so quickly? What is it about Compass that keeps them coming? And coming…

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As more and more of Dallas’ urban core transforms from single-family homes to more dense, modern development, neighborhoods are seeing quite the renaissance, with more and more young professionals and city-dwelling families finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, and community. The area we call East Village — the residential neighborhood just east of City Place, near North Central Expressway — typifies this trend. 

This week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect example of a centrally located, well-designed, and superbly accessible townhome in East Village. It’s a listing from Compass agent Phillip Murrell that will show you that you can have it all, perfectly wrapped up in beautiful modern design.

“Buyers will love that this home is newer construction, but isn’t the same cookie-cutter, three-story townhome,” Murrell said of 2321 Rusk Court. “At two stories, this home has a true modern design that capitalizes on its lengthy floor plan to afford the homeowner an incredible amount of natural light.”

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Sam Sawyer with Compass has listed 3957 Gaspar Drive for $479,000.

If you’re a young family or first-time home buyer Midway Hollow is the place to be! And today, we put the spotlight on an updated traditional in the neighborhood that’s an absolute must-see. Perfectly nestled on Gaspar Drive, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom charmer affords all the character you’re looking for, but with plenty of contemporary touches for modern day. With an asking price of $479,000, this is a Friday Four Hundred you’ll want to see.

“Midway Hollow continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods for younger families and first time home buyers, and this property is move-in ready for a new owner,” says listing agent Sam Sawyer of Compass. “The attached two-car garage is a big plus to me as well. The location of the entire neighborhood is so close to so many great Dallas attractions and the purchase price point is super attractive for younger buyers!”

Charm And Curb Appeal

From the outside, the ranch-style home has curb appeal for days. A candy-apple-red front door and classic shutters offset neutral brick, met by pops of vibrant green hedges. The result? A cheery, welcoming façade that just feels like home. And Sam is right — the location, price point, and two-car garage are enough to make our ears perk up! But it’s the light and bright interior of this Midway Hollow gem that really gets us excited.

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When you imagine hanging your stockings with care, what does that fireplace look like? Is it a couple of cute little socks next to yours and your partner’s? If so, we have the perfect mantle attached to the perfect Hollywood Heights Tudor for you and your tiny-stockinged charges. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

As listing agent Phillip Murrell tells us, 919 Valencia is an absolute stand out in Hollywood Heights, which is one of our very favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. The whole area is just swimming in adorable brick-and-stone Tudor architecture, and is a historic conservation district, which means that the adorable feel you fell in love with when you first moved in will be there long after you move out.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week is an adorable Hollywood Heights Tudor on a corner lot on one of the most adorable streets in the neighborhood.

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