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Realtor Mike Bates is known as the ‘Turn-Around Guy.’ From restoring old homes and automobiles, to making an unsellable home into a top-dollar sale, nothing, it seems, is immune to his magic. He has built his career around selling difficult-to-sell listings. Just recently, Bates took a $3 million home that had been on the market for 255 days. He sold it in six weeks.

What’s his secret?

“It’s a combination of the basics,” he said. “Getting houses light, bright, open, smelling good. And priced well.” Not to mention, Bates pours his personal attention into each sale. “I do. I detail every house.”

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Behind house is 6-car garage, pool, spa, cabana and good country living

10500 Barbara Sue Court in Crowley, TX has a 4,300 ft. garage and workshop on the 1-acre property (photos:

“Car storage,” the buyer said.

“Excuse me?” I replied as I was trying to understand what’s important to them as they look at homes.

“I need a place to store my prized possessions — my cars,” he explained.

That’s when I realized that sometimes buyers have other items on their “Must Have” list than just the home.

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Nick Nordman

Nick Nordman

Realtor Nick Nordman, a top producer serving North Texas for over 15 years, has joined Ebby Halliday Realtors in the Plano/Willow Bend office. With approximately $25 million in annual sales, Nordman focuses his expertise on Allen, Dallas, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Southlake, Carrollton, Little Elm, Celina, and Cedar Creek Lake. Nordman’s drive for success and reputation for client service made him the number one producer in his former office.

“We are proud to welcome Nick Nordman, who is widely known for his integrity and dedication to providing clients with exceptional customer service,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and chief executive officer of Ebby Halliday Realtors.

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Dallas Open House Roundup | CandysDirt.com

The Winnetka Heights Prairie at 319 N. Willomet Ave. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you the CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column with five standout properties you’ve got to make time to see that weekend. This is the result of days of research into what’s available now, what’s hot, and which open houses shine.

This week, our houses range in price from $499K to $1.099 million. You’ll find a range of properties, including the lovely Winnetka Heights Prairie pictured above, a central Dallas condo with colorful personality, and a Lakeshore Hills contemporary taken to the studs for a huge renovation. Let’s take a look!

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