rentsDallas rents are up, but Plano’s are higher, the City of Dallas is holding a workshop to help citizens navigate city services, and the latest Realtor confidence survey is out — and we have all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas Rents Are Up Year over Year

Rents in Dallas are up year-over-year, but have declined slightly over the last month, ApartmentList’s monthly report revealed. (more…)

Super Bowl

Photos courtesy Desiree Roberts Photography

Confession: I’ve been eyeballing this Midlothian stunner for a couple of weeks now, ever since the folks at Blackwood Homes began giving peeks of it on Facebook. I’m telling you — this Midlothian stunner is the answer to your Super Bowl party woes.

Tucked back on 3.75 acres and on a cul-de-sac, you can’t get more private than this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home at 3290 Brads Way. Built in 2004, an investor purchased it and turned to Blackwood Homes to renovate it and polish it, and they’ve created a gem.

Blackwood Homes is almost your one-stop shop — they stage, they renovate, and they do post-construction and make ready cleanup, too, working with investors to bring that diamond in the rough they just purchased to market — and that includes this Midlothian home.

The Contemporary Farmhouse wows from the front door, with a living space that takes advantage of the tall ceilings and large windows. An oversized stone fireplace creates an instant focal point, but designer Jennifer Townes (who owns Blackwood with fellow designer Sarah Nowak and Paul Rodgers, working with senior architect Danny Nowak as well) didn’t just let the fireplace do all the heavy lifting when it came to drama, emphasizing the tall ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and wood beams with a grand spiral light fixture that brings the eye up, but doesn’t distract. (more…)

ALICE

More than 40 percent of Texans are one even minor catastrophe away from being unable to afford even the most basic needs, the United Way’s report on asset limited, income constrained, employed (or, ALICE) households revealed last week.

The most recent ALICE report looks at how many in each state and county lived below its threshold in 2016.

“The ALICE Threshold is the bare-minimum economic survival level that is based on the local cost of living in each area,” the United Way said. The average person that falls under that threshold earns above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford even the most bare-bones of budgets that account for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and necessary technology.

Statewide, about 42.1 percent have a hard time making ends meet, the report revealed, which is a much larger number than the state’s 14 percent poverty rate. (more…)

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

Pretty much immediately after former WFAA-reporter-cum-political-candidate Brett Shipp posted that it appeared Dallas ISD school board trustee Jaime Resendez didn’t live in his district, we started poking around, too.

Probably just like everyone else.

And the Dallas Morning News did a few stories. Shipp continuously tweets about it. And we continued to quietly try to figure out what in the Sam Hill was going on, and let me tell ya, if you read all those stories, it’s still confusing.

What we do know: Resendez moved out of his District 4 sometime in the late summer/early fall of 2017. According to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, the deed to the home on Mission Hills Lane, which is just a few blocks out of District 4, transferred to Resendez from the seller on Aug. 30, 2017.

He also did not claim a homestead exemption on the property. (more…)

HistoricNot every historic home in Dallas meets the wrecking ball — some are lovingly cared for, carefully updated, and enjoying third, fourth, and even fifth lives as new generations of Dallasites back up the moving truck and begin their lives there.

This week, we’d like to show you three open houses, all homes that are at least 75 years old or more, all updated and move in ready for their next family.

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. Which one will you choose? (more…)

Cocotos Scott

Kimberly Cocotos (left) and Kristen Scott are excited to be with Allie Beth Allman & Associates (Photo by Kevin Bartram).

The Cocotos-Scott Real Estate Group of Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott recently joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The duo was previously at Virginia Cook Realtors.

“We have nothing but great things to say about Virginia Cook,” Cocotos said. “It took us a long time to decide but we eventually just felt this was the best move for us,”

Scott and Cocotos first met while doing charity work together. After becoming friends they decided to team up professionally three years ago.

“We like to say that we tried each other out first and found out that we were a good team,” Scott said. “Between the two of us we round out the team really well because we can play off each other’s strengths and help each other out when we need to.” (more…)

Casa ViewOur Tuesday Two Hundred, by definition of its price point, tends to be a showcase of starter homes — and this week’s updated Midcentury Ranch in Casa View is a great example of a starter home that can be quite long term.

So often, we hear the term starter home and assume it means that the buyer will be in it for a handful of years. But when you have a well-done remodel with a sensible garage conversion to increase the square footage of this 1957 home to a rare (for Casa View) 1,782 square feet, it becomes clear that this home has been remodeled with a family in mind. (more…)

schoolsRealtors, take note — there are four schools, in particular, you should know about as you go out today to sell homes in Dallas or Grand Prairie today.

We have the details, plus market reports, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)