The Candlelight Christmas home tour in Ryan Place celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

From Staff Reports

The 35th Anniversary Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.  This self-paced walking tour will feature five beautiful homes dating back to 1915, and tour patrons will be greeted by docents at each home who will highlight unique features.  You will learn about the history of the homes, hear the fascinating stories of previous owners, and be able to admire the spectacular décor and architectural design as you stroll through one of Fort Worth’s finest historic neighborhoods!

This year’s five stunning homes will have something to offer for everyone’s taste. 

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It seems like it's Buying Season in Texas all the time

If your buyers are looking to get a deal on a home, ’tis the season.

It’s chilly and rainy season out there!  With the beginning of the cooler and wetter season, it’s also time for the real estate market season to change. I’m not one of those believers in the “things shut down in the fall and don’t pick up until spring,” mantra when it comes to the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market.  I’ve seen too many slow summers and booming winters to believe in that adage.

Home Shopping in The Snow

In other areas of the country with four distinctive seasons, that mantra might ring true.  Can you imagine shopping for houses in Minnesota, South Dakota, or Idaho in the middle of the winter season?  No thank you!

We are truly blessed to live in a state that has golf-playing, shorts-wearing weather about 340 days a year.  The temperate climate allows for homes to be listed and shown pretty much year-round. However, there is a slowdown around November — and it doesn’t always have to do with the weather.

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Magnolia

Will Northern should know Magnolia Avenue. Northern Realty Group occupies offices at 1253 Magnolia, but that is about to change. As of October 1st, Northern Realty Group has merged with R J Williams and Company to form WNC, or Williams Northern Crain and will be looking for larger digs. The marriage is so recent that their web page is just that  — one page.

Will has made something of a specialty of the Near Southside, so it comes as no surprise that a perfect third-floor pied a terre at 1455 Magnolia Avenue listing should fall into his lap.

Urban living couldn’t be sweeter or easier. You could easily leave your car in it’s assigned covered parking space and enjoy one of the most walkable areas of Fort Worth. In case you’ve been asleep for the past few years, Magnolia Avenue is home to some of the city’s best and most imaginative restaurants including Ellerbe’s, Lilli’s, Shinjuku Station, Cat City Grill, and Nona Tata-to name only a few. Truly hip, urban, and mixed-use, the first floor houses retail tenants including Salsa Limon, Panther City Vinyl, Tribe Alive, Magnolia Ave. Skate Shop, Wanderer, and Refuel.

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Modlin Avenue

Tucked into a quiet Westside location, only blocks from Rivercrest Country Club, Museums, and 7th Street shops and restaurants, 4051 Modlin Avenue sports classic Colonial style and a generous 4,700 square feet of living space. The façade is pleasingly symmetrical capped at the center by a broken pediment surmounting a graceful arched window.

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Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own WNC – Fort Worth’s largest independently owned real estate brokerage

Local Fort Worth Real Estate firms RJ Williams & Company and Northern Realty Group announced the merger of the two companies to form the largest locally owned real estate brokerage in the city.  The company will be called Williams Northern Crain (WNC) after the three principle partners.

Together, Ty Williams, Will Northern, and Michael Crain will own-and-operate a brokerage focusing on residential and commercial real estate along with property management in the greater Fort Worth area.

“We have all known one another for a while,” said Northern, “I was looking for someone to run operations at Northern Realty Group and Ty was looking for the same thing for RJ Williams.  When we both realized that Michael was the perfect person for both companies, we decided to combine our strengths into one company.”

WNC will open its doors with approximately 85 licensed real estate agents.  The goal is to exceed 100 agents by the beginning of 2020.

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While we love a good classic, there’s something to be said for a home that lives a little on the edge. You want to hit that sweet spot between timeless and trendy, using classic lines and shapes while incorporating new materials or applications. And that’s exactly why we’re head over heels for this listing from John Zimmerman of Compass in Fort Worth. This home uses dramatic shapes and colors, merging industrial-cool finishes with warm woods and spectacular lighting that defines transitional style.

“This home has a functional layout, transitional finishes, and meticulous craftsmanship throughout,” notes Zimmerman. Plus, it’s located on Crestwood Drive, one of the most sought-after streets in this Fort Worth enclave.

The home has an extremely cozy formal living area, complete with vaulted ceiling clad in a breathtaking mix of natural wood. The Crestwood home benefited from a builder with vision, as the builder didn’t throw away the baby with the bathwater and preserved the formal living room’s brick fireplace from the original home.

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TREC

The Texas Real Estate Commission is on the hunt for someone to fill the simultaneous roles of TREC executive director and Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board commissioner, state home sales are trending upward again (but it’s more of a mixed bag in North Texas), and we find out what demographic is more likely to tap into retirement to fund their downpayment on a home, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

TREC on the Hunt For New Executive Director

TREC

Douglas Oldmixon

Longtime Texas Real Estate Commission executive director Douglas Oldmixon is retiring in March 2020, and now the agency is on the hunt for his replacement.

The TREC executive director also serves as the commissioner for the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and, according to the agency, “is responsible for organizational culture and day-to-day operations of the agency.”

“This includes managing staff and agency resources, overseeing the annual budget, and developing and implementing a strategic plan in collaboration with TREC and TALCB policymakers appointed by the Governor,” the agency continued.

TREC and TALCB provide oversight of real estate brokers, appraisals, property inspections, home warranties, and more. It also provides licensing, education, and complaint investigation services. (more…)

Fort WorthFort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, North Texas cities are in the middle of the pack when it comes to being flip-friendly, and DFW rents rose — but not by as much as the national rate. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Fort Worth Country’s Third-Fastest Growing City

Fort Worth is the country’s third-fastest growing city, an analysis of U.S. Census data conducted by CityLab revealed.

Richard Florida,  co-founder and editor at large of CityLab, assembled a team of researchers to examine what cities have bounced back and are experiencing growth in population and jobs, and which ones are still struggling post-recession. The team looked at Census data between the years 2012 and 2017. (more…)