It’s hard to be a host in summer, especially with the Texas heat bearing down on you. That’s why, more often than not, summer parties are centered around the pool. That is, if you have one.

But it takes more than that — you need a good floor plan with plenty of space between bedrooms and common areas, a capable kitchen, and a good transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Luckily for you, David Griffin & Company’s Sam Claussen has just one such listing located inside the coveted M Streets. It’s an adorable brick-and-stone storybook M Streets Tudor, and it’s the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans — especially if you like to entertain during the hotter months.

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I may be in the minority on this view, but it thrills me to see beautiful, well-done, modern and contemporary homes dotting the landscapes that are awash in old ranches and clapboard homes. It adds texture to a neighborhood, showing how our collective tastes have evolved over time. Of course, North Oak Cliff has just recently become Ground Zero for new construction, with East Kessler becoming a hot spot for well-known architects. Our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is one such high-style home with a fantastic architectural pedigree.

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You’ve heard us lament the increasingly rare affordable home in Dallas, and how difficult it is to find move-in ready real estate inside the city. We talk all the time about what’s available up north in Collin County, but it’s time to shift our focus eastward, and this adorable, updated ranch in Mesquite is just what we bargained for. 

With fresh paint, beautiful details, hardwood floors, and great staging, this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Don Neilson is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It just hit the market, and at this under-$300,000 price point, we don’t expect it to last long. Want to snag this home? Call Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today to get pre-approved so you can put in your highest and best offer on this Mesquite ranch.

Want to see why this budget-friendly abode is a High Caliber Home? Jump!

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We’ve already profiled several units inside this converted Farmers Market loft building, which might be the best example of such a building that Dallas has to offer. But this second-floor unit at 2220 Canton, No. 209, might just be my favorite. I love the layout — almost completely open save for a privacy wall blocking the view of the bedroom area from the living area. Everything else is just picture perfect, and the light, with windows that just skim the treetops, is sublime. 

It has all the makings of a High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If this looks to be the lofty urban paradise you’ve always dreamed of, call Lisa today to get the right loan so you can move in and start the new year off right. 

Let’s take a closer look inside this great building and gorgeous unit …

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It’s the stuff HGTV series are made of, and considering the runaway success of Flip or Flop Fort Worth, we have to wonder if Daniel and Stesha Gearner are the next wedded pair to take on the mantle of the popular real estate reality series. 

With an unapologetically hipster aesthetic, the Gearners infused trendy style in this White Rock Forest home. Once a tired ranch, the couple breathed new life into this midcentury ranch, to great aplomb. Truly, 8715 Fawn Drive is perfect for a family of little deer, and therefore an easy choice for our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s another fantastic East Dallas listing from David Collier and Jennifer Rice of David Griffin & Company.

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There are a lot of things to love about New York, like the art, the architecture, and the lively streetscapes. While the city that never sleeps is a great place to visit, a lot of us couldn’t imagine living there full time. But what if you could have Big Apple style in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Big D? With this delicious East Dallas modern, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you absolutely can.

With its clean-lined facade and beautiful glass house aesthetic, this new build from DMOD Homes in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood is a breath of fresh air. Listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson, this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath, two-story home has tons of New York loft style on a delightfully residential street.

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David Griffin Realtor Janelle Alcantara wants to make something Swarovski crystal clear: This Forest Knoll Estates home is not a fix and flip like you see on HGTV. According to Alcantara, it’s a complete rebuild of a house, making the results virtually new construction. 

“The house was redesigned, moving the kitchen to a new location,” she said. “On a slab foundation, this is something that most builders would not even consider. However, this builder has a vision.”

That vision has earned this home at 4057 Hockaday the title of High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Alcantara said she’d be remiss if she didn’t note that the rising tide that is lifting the real estate ships across Dallas-Fort Worth has reached Forest Knoll Estates. 

“There is a $1.9 million house almost complete next door to 4057 Hockaday, and a $1.9 million house directly behind it. There are two new builds starting this month within a stone’s throw from 4057 Hockaday. Now is the time to buy — when the momentum of new construction has taken hold, but the home prices are still affordable,” Alcantara said. “And, if you don’t think that $950,000 is affordable, call Lisa Peters to find out how new loan programs make this kind of purchase a reality.”

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Sam Claussen

“I’ve always been drawn to real estate and architecture,” Sam Claussen said. “My dad was an architect, and when I was growing up, a part of the house was always under construction. We were always fixing things on our own, expanding, and renovating.”

Although Claussen hadn’t visualized a career in real estate, he knew he wanted to be self-employed, and he was fascinated with business. After attending Lake Highlands High School, he graduated from the University of Arizona with bachelors of science in both business economics and entrepreneurship, with a minor in regional development. Without realizing it, he was putting the building blocks in place for a successful career in real estate.

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