grantFind out how your neighborhood can apply for a vitality grant, and find out what North Texas city tops the list when it comes to annoying neighbors in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

CITY TO HOLD GRANT WORKSHOPS

The City of Dallas will hold workshop sessions to assist neighborhood organizations who wish to apply for a Dallas Neighborhood Vitality Grant, it was announced last week.

The grant was created to help neighborhood groups find and grow projects that address a specific need in the neighborhood, while also increasing the cohesiveness of it and neighborhood pride.

“Projects must serve a public purpose and provide community benefits by promoting the creation of strong, safe, and vibrant neighborhoods,” the city explained of the grant, which is a reboot of the growSouth Neighborhood Challenge Grant. (more…)

 

Stewardship – “an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.

I bet you didn’t open today’s edition of Tarrant County Tuesday thinking you would find an article on stewardship did you?

Stewardship and craftsmanship are the two core themes behind Fort Worth builder Hedgefield Homes.  Created in 2013, the independently owned company has found a niche in the home building market that isn’t being met.

“We design and build homes for people that will value their home,” said Sommer Carlin, events coordinator of Hedgefield Homes.  “For people who want to stay in their home for a long time.”

Whether it is an inventory single-family home or townhome, a remodel project or a true custom home, the desire of Hedgefield Homes is to bring quality and value in every project.

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Beautiful home in a walkable neighborhood

Built in 2007 by Village Homes, 3326 W. 6th was designed to resemble a single-family residence (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Remember when Fort Worth wasn’t a very walkable city?  It wasn’t that long ago — maybe a decade or so ago — when there were very few options for lock-and-leave dwellings, urban townhomes, or properties in an area of Cowtown that were walkable.

Walkable?  What am I talking about here?

You Dallas people know what I’m talking about.  Areas in the city where it’s safe and secure and possible to take a few steps out of your front door and within a few minutes on foot you can be at a local pub, shop, restaurant, or place of entertainment.

Lock-and-leave lifestyle

To access the front door you need to get through the private gate leading to the courtyard

When this Bowtie Realtor moved to Fort Worth over 16 years ago, I specifically recall how there was nothing like I described.  Even if you lived close to downtown Fort Worth or the University Park, area you had to get in your car and drive to a locale.

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The real estate world is buzzing today as Compass announced that high-profile real estate agent, John Zimmerman, has left Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to join the New York City-based real estate brokerage that is also a real estate technology company.

“We are excited to be entering Fort Worth with a great partner like John Zimmerman. This is an important market in our growth story,” said Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Compass. “We are thrilled to enter the market with a talented and respected agent who is a leader in the community.”
 
Zimmerman, the proclaimed “$200 Million Dollar Man,” has been a top-producing agent in the Fort Worth and greater North Texas market for the past five years with Briggs Freeman.
Cottage is almost like a detached condo

Almost like Alice’s rabbit hole – open the door of 5516 Byers Avenue and be amazed  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have created a new term in the housing world: “single-family detached condominium-cottage.”  Rumor around is that it will be featured in the 2019 edition of Webster’s Dictionary (other words also included will be “Real Estate Sherpa” and “Bow Tie Realtor”).

Let’s unpack this new buzzword that’s sweeping the nation, and see how it explains the first ever single-family detached condominium-cottage located at 5516 Byers Avenue in Fort Worth.

Open the front door and immediately step into Venetian plaster galley

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3401 Dorothy

This midcentury modern at 3401 Dorothy Lane is that kind of rare property that will find a buyer rather than the other way round. In fact, the next owner will be only the third in the vintage 1952 house’s history. The street front, deceptively simple, belies the wealth of carefully planned, abundant, interior space and decorative detail contained behind the reserved façade.

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Champions School of Real Estate will host an open house at their new Fort Worth campus on Feb. 12.

The real estate market in Cowtown is growing by leaps and bounds, so of course it makes sense that Champions School of Real Estate, the premier resource for training future real estate professionals in Texas, would expand its Fort Worth campus. In fact, Champions School is opening a brand new facility with more than 6,000 square feet of instructional space.

“When we first began to outgrow our original location, we knew that it wouldn’t take long before we would have to plan for a larger campus,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate. “We are especially pleased to offer Fort Worth Champions a new campus, because this expansion is creating greater opportunities for us to fill the needs of the Fort Worth real estate community.”​

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Assistant manager Betsey Peterson (far left) and DFW Regional Manager (far right) stand beside the mother-daughter executive team of Champions School of Real Estate — president Kimberly Dydalewicz and CEO Rita Santamaria — as they opened a new campus in Fort Worth last week.

Jump to see the fresh interiors, huge classrooms, and cutting-edge technology inside the new Champions School of Real Estate in Fort Worth!

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A 3D showcase of a property allows potential buyers to "walk through" a home, even from the other side of the world. Photo: Worth3D

A 3D showcase of a property allows potential buyers to “walk through” a home and explore it in detail, even from the other side of the world. Photo: Worth3D

In the competitive business of luxury real estate, attracting attention to a listing and making it memorable are critical for Realtors hoping catch the eye of potential buyers and land big sales. This is particularly true of out-of-town or international buyers viewing multiple properties online, narrowing their selections, and making an offer before ever setting foot in town.

Worth3D is a new business in Fort Worth aiming to give Realtors an edge by creating an immersive, interactive, 3D showcase to enhance online listings. This allows buyers to “walk through” a house and and understand the context of the layout and amenities more completely than traditional real estate photography, says Worth3D co-owner Tim Sehnem, who founded the company with Mark Smith last year. Their product is designed to complement MLS photography, give buyers an additional resource when scouting properties online, and offer Realtors a “latest-and-greatest” tool to differentiate themselves from competition.

“This software works with Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, and Trulia, so Realtors can upload it with their listing and when buyers go to ‘virtual tour,’ it will launch the 3D viewer,” Sehnem said. “It allows buyers to refine their search, and they find it useful after seeing a property to help them remember details.”

He said a 3D showcase is particularly useful in marketing homes over 4,000 square feet, where it’s easy to forget what you saw where just because of the scale of the house. An online virtual tour allows buyers to revisit properties as many times as they want, and see specific details that might not be pictured in the MLS photos.

 

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