This home in the Fort Worth culture center has quite a few “wish list” features – most importantly, a price tag you can actually work with, especially as those holiday gift bills stack up on your granite counter top.

This home in the Fort Worth culture center has quite a few “wish list” features – most importantly, a price tag you can actually work with, especially as those holiday gift bills stack up on your granite countertop.

Selling point No. 1 – It has a cool address. It’s not exactly Madison Avenue, but it is Mattison Avenue, and, hey, that’s close enough, right?

Selling point No. 2 – Four bedrooms for $4,000? You can’t beat that.

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Sometimes potential homebuyers have to weed through a lot of listings to find a diamond in the rough – but this cute Benbrook property is worth the time and effort. The home at 118 Del Rio Avenue has three bedrooms, one bathroom and sits on a large lot with a spacious backyard.

Sometimes potential homebuyers have to weed through a lot of listings to find a diamond in the rough – but this cute Benbrook property is worth the time and effort. The home at 118 Del Rio Avenue has three bedrooms, one bathroom and sits on a large lot with a spacious backyard.

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Golfers will rejoice at this Westworth Village rental across from Shady Oaks Country Club. For $5,600 a month, this three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bathroom spot offers all the space a family needs, with a treasure trove of amenities across the street.

Golfers will rejoice at this Westworth Village rental across from Shady Oaks Country Club.

For $5,600 a month, this three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bathroom spot offers all the space a family needs, with a treasure trove of amenities across the street.

The spacious 3,367-square-foot abode offers a private courtyard with a fire pit and fountain. A two-car garage, golf cart parking, and a guarded and gated community seal the deal.

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Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up. Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

Josh Hutson liked this little fixer-upper on Encino Drive in Fort Worth so much he bought it. And he fixed ‘er up.

Hutson, a Realtor with Keller Williams, lives two streets away in the Western Hills neighborhood. He spent about $32,000 remodeling the home.

“It was a smoker’s house for at least 30 or 40 years,” Hutson said. “You could see where the picture frames were hung because of all the tar on the walls. The cool thing is we did about six coats of primer and paint, and it’s a fresh white now.”

Add trendy barn doors, granite counter tops, a new roof, and electrical work, and you’ve got yourself a home.

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NAEPDepending on who you talk to, Texas’s score on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, was either better than expected, flat, or horrible.

Often referred to as “the nation’s report card,” the NAEP assesses a sampling of fourth and eighth graders every two years. Roughly 7,500 students in Texas participated in the 2017 NAEP.

“NAEP scores offer something rare in education policy: data that are standardized across states and across time,” the Urban Institute explains. (more…)