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Now here is a home that could teach a few thousand builders some new tricks. A new home with smooth, clean lines, no turrets (clutching heart), no 10,000 foot ceilings, and even no “dust bunny graveyards” fake crowns. Let’s call it the “anti-McMansion”.

Indeed, I hope you are sitting down when you hear this: there is actually a front porch to encourage neighborhood conversation!

Still, 10136 Robin Hill Lane is brand spanking new construction in Lake Highlands, a huge Millennials hang out. Instead of the usual circa 1957 brick ranch, we have a farmhouse feel with a touch of Hollywood glam by one of the area’s hottest home builders, New Leaf Custom Homes.

Boasting more than 4200 square feet of family-friendly living, this home will hold it all: kids, dogs, even a mother-in-law or two! You get five bedrooms (one for each set of parents), four full baths, an office, both a media AND game room, formals and a knock out kitchen that spaciously flows from the living room.

The finish out is phenomenal, too: high (but not too high) ceilings, custom cabinetry, gorgeous contemporary light fixtures, beautiful hardwoods, and hardware.

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Tatum Brown Custom Homes, a CandysDirt approved homebuilder, has received not one but TWO Best of Houzz 2015 awards in Design and Customer Satisfaction.

WE think this is wonderful, but it’s even better: this is the second year that Tatum Brown Custom Homes has received both awards and even the company’s third year running to receive the Best of Houzz Design award.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz.

Yes, you heard me, 25 MILLION. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.

We are tickled pick for Tatum Brown Custom Homes, but not surprised at all. Here are some photographs from current Dallas projects that have whetted the appetites of 25 million. There are more big things in store for this fab home builder, so stay tuned for more home building news SOON!

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PSW is constructing a single-family development in North Oak Cliff called Bishop Heights. Homes will include green features such as solar panels and earth-friendly construction materials.

PSW is constructing a single-family development in North Oak Cliff called Bishop Heights. Homes will include green features such as solar panels and earth-friendly construction materials. The firm is now planning a similar development in Preston Hollow.

PSW Real Estate — the Austin company that is developing a single-family project in the Kings Highway Conservation District, Bishop Arts, Lovers Lane, and Lake Highlands — has now set its sights on Preston Hollow’s Northaven Trail.


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Light Farms is a new home development in Celina that has been making waves for it’s community style and amenities. Still, many developers are slow to pull the trigger on new homes despite high demand.

Last week’s National Association of Real Estate Editors spring conference in Houston hosted a home building panel featuring Metrostudy’s Brad Hunter, David Weekley Homes CEO John Johnson, and Trendmaker Homes CEO Will Holder. While the panel was supposed to discuss the “boom” in homebuilding, the end result was a dissection of what fuels (or what’s not fueling, to be more precise) home building in America, and the takeaway was what trends and features consumers expect from home builders in the 21st century.



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Tis true. A new study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), when comparing¬† 29 industrialized nations, found that people in our neighbor to the south, Mexico, work the most hours both paid and unpaid. Belgium came in with the least hours of work and earliest retirement, and France wasn’t far behind. The USA was closer to Mexico…

The study was based on surveys in 26 OECD member countries plus China, India and South Africa.  Mexicans, it found, work an average of 10 hours a day at paid and unpaid labor including housekeeping, while Belgians work an average of 7 hours, actually one hour less than the OECD average. Belgians also take several weeks off a year, and retire by age 60. Mexicans work long hours for little to no pay and cannot  take much time off.  They do not retire at age 60 but keep on working into old age.

This is interesting to our real estate market for several reasons. One, a significant number of Mexicans participate in our home building industry. I have heard countless builders tell me how much they value their Mexican sub contractors. One even told me recently that the crime in Mexico has kept his subs home in Texas during the winter months — now if building would pick up, he’s got his subs 12 months a year.

Also, Mexicans continue to be a huge factor in the Texas real estate market and have help propped up our home sales.