Fixer Upper would be so proud

Charming English Tudor in Arlington Heights…already fixer upper’d and ready for move-in (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Let’s face it — we all want to be like Chip and JoJo.  Who am I talking about?  Well if you don’t know then you haven’t been paying attention over the past half-decade.

The craze that Fixer Upper has created of gray paint, white subway tile, clean lines, farm-meets-contemporary style, and of course #shiplap is as prevalent and popular as it has ever been.

It’s not that our favorite Waco family invented gray paint or subway tile … those items have been around for decades. It’s the combination of clean, bright, fresh, modern-yet-classic design that has fascinated millions of wannabe fixer-uppers across the world.

While are seeing homes in Tarrant County sit on the market a little longer than in previous years and prices plateauing, homes that are completely move-in ready and look spectacular are still selling at a brisk pace.

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This home at 700 N. Bailey is located on a corner, but corners weren’t cut. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It happens in all businesses.  At first, a business delivers the best product to get the customers familiar with their creation.  Customers start buying the product.  Prices go up and up and up so the company starts pass increases along to customers.

Suddenly customers stop buying the products at a higher price.  The company starts cutting corners on quality and materials in order to still provide a product hopefully customers will continue to buy.  Maybe the product continues to sell, but now customers are not associating quality and workmanship with the product.  The company and product are now commodities based on price … not quality.

They could have cut corners with electric light - but they didn't

The large porch of 700 N. Bailey has blue flagstone, gas coach lamps, and a steel door from Durango Doors.

Does this sound familiar?  Think about all the different products — TVs & electronics, clothes, restaurants, and of course new homes.

Oh sure, this doesn’t happen with homes (wink, wink)…whatever.  The list forms to the right on once quality-first home builders that have unfortunately lowered their standards of workmanship, design, creativity, and materials in order to keep their doors open.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about every home builder out there, but there sure are a lot more of them than five, 10, and certainly 15 years ago.

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revitalization is key to this area

6813 Treehaven Road in the Ridglea Hills West area is helping the neighborhood continue the revitalization  (photos Trey Freeze Media)

Don’t you love it when you’re right?  Of course, you do.  Last week we discussed how we love when we’re first, now we will focus on the adulation of being right in regards to the revitalization of a certain Fort Worth neighborhood.

In 2016, your favorite Real Estate Sherpa told you about a neighborhood that was on the cusp of revitalization.  That neighborhood was called Bomber Heights.  Combined with the adjacent neighborhood Ridglea Hills, west of Highway 183, Bomber Heights has become an area where revitalization has taken off and isn’t looking back.

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4109 El Campo Avenue is a well done flip by ScoMar Homes of Fort Worth (photos: Tour Max)

Remember the days when every other home in the older neighborhoods used to be a flip?

Many flippers did a fantastic job and took pride in their work.  They were able to take advantage of lower-priced home, did quality work, and were able to sell for a very nice profit.  A flip well done would help revitalize areas and reduce the number of dilapidated homes.

This is 4109 El Campo Ave prior to the flip … spooky!

With the popularity of all the flip shows on television and rising prices in the desirable neighborhoods, the flip opportunities just aren’t there anymore.  It’s a shame.

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4105 Rowan Drive in the evening

4105 Rowan Drive was made for this homesite (photos: Realty Pro Shots)

Did you ever see the movie “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Kathryn Hepburn, and Jane Fonda?  I remember being extremely bored by the movie (I was way too young back then), but I remember the scenes where the characters would sit at their house and enjoy the view of the lake.  Peaceful, tranquil, serene views, to say the least.  I remember thinking that one day I wanted to live on a lake after seeing that movie.

If you like to see a view from your home, I have the perfect home for you — 4105 Rowan Drive is a home that makes you want to grab your hammock, pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy your surroundings.

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