Fort Worth Craftsman

“Go West young man, go West.” That phrase rings true for any young man, woman, couple, or empty nester that wants a great house at an affordable price.

West, in terms of house hunting, means Fort Worth, where you can get a lot of bang for your buck, especially when you need a home under $400,000. Feast your eyes on this flawless Fort Worth Craftsman at 1912 Alston Avenue in the Bellevue Hill Addition of the Fairmount neighborhood. The two-story, fully restored home has a historic designation and is smack in the middle of the hottest up-and-coming neighborhood in Fort Worth. (more…)

Pam and Norm Robbins with daughter Ashley Robbins Gonzales

Pam and Norm Robbins, with daughter Ashley Robbins Gonzales

Pam Robbins was the first Realtor in the family, beginning her career 32 years ago. Ashley Robbins Gonzales, her daughter, was 10 at the time. After Ashley married in 2000, she decided to give real estate a try, too. As luck would have it, their talents made them a formidable team. With Pam as the people person and Ashley as the tech whiz, they discovered soon how much of a good match they are.

But there was a piece of the puzzle missing. After a long career at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and later in community relations at Lockheed Martin, Norm Robbins, Pam’s husband and Ashley’s dad, had the vast network that would make this family affair take off.

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701 Havenwood Lane South
Die hard ’07 zip coders may recoil at the idea of the east side, but the quaint and quiet community of Woodhaven with its treelined streets and pretty houses certainly merits a look. And just look what $324,500.00 will buy you! Located near the country club, 700 Havenwood Lane South offers 3 bedrooms and 2 updated baths and more than 3300 square feet of haute modern living space.

Woodhaven

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Ebby Halliday Grows and Expands | CandysDIrt.com

Ebby Halliday Realtors is growing and reinvesting in new offices and renovations. This photo was taken Oct. 26 at the groundbreaking of their new Allen office. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

The unprecedented growth in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market is buoying one local brokerage, which in turn is reinvesting in offices and agents.

Ebby Halliday is one of the largest and most dynamic brokerages in North Texas with 31 offices, over 1,800 agents, and 12 percent of the market.

“We just had a fine fiscal year, closing Sept. 30, thanks to the very dynamic DFW economy,” said Ebby Halliday Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert. “Volume-wise, it was just a shade better than the prior year and we closed in the area of 20,000 units.”

The overall sound financials of Ebby allow the company to undertake the construction and refurbishment of quite a few offices around North Texas, underscoring the company’s commitment to the region and signaling its plans to remain one of the top brokerages nationwide.

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Westover Square ext

We just love this house, because it has everything we (meaning, I) am looking for in (our) my next home: fantastic spaces, storage, elegance, rooms you can use, and just enough green space. I always seem to be at war with sprinkler systems and that’s it, I’m over them. Give me turf, give me gravel, just get rid of the grass!

1809 Westover Drive is also gated for maximum security, so you can lock her up and leave to go hiking in New Zealand, sailing in the Carribbean, or babysit the kiddos in Northern California.

And yet, when you are home, you are not cramped into a condo or have to deal with getting in or out of lobbies.

Instead, there is a courtyard entrance with a pretty terraced garden pathway. Inside, the place is a total knock-out!

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Best real estate markets 2016

Nearly a decade after the housing crisis that sent the U.S. economy into freefall, housing is most certainly back—just look at our DFW market. Citing U.S. Census Bureau data, the New York Times recently reported that sales of new single-family homes nationwide were higher this past July than in nearly 10 years.

Nationwide, a company that tracks the health of U.S. real estate, reported at the end of quarter two that “the overall U.S. housing market is sustainable,” adding that “few regional housing markets are vulnerable to a housing downturn.”

In a new study, financial services site WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Their data set ranges from “median home-price appreciation” to “housing affordability” to “job growth.”

North Texas cities scored big: Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen, and Plano made their top-ten list of best real estate markets nationwide in 2016. Denton, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Dallas scored in the top 50.

So what made DFW cities score so high?

“North Texas cities have healthy and sustainable real estate markets,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. “Very few homes have negative equity, home appreciation in the past seven years has continued to increase, and foreclosure rates are extremely low. In addition to having a healthy real estate market, these cities are affordable with low maintenance costs and cost of living. Not to mention, the economic environment in North Texas is thriving, boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country (under 3 percent across the board).”

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CSF Headshot

It all started as a bet about 6 years ago, says C. Seth Fowler, a Fort Worth real estate agent with Williams Trew. Little did he know that a friendly wager would turn into a calling card.

Now Fowler, a go-getter of a Realtor, has something in common with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Doctor Who‘s 11th Doctor, Matt Smith: A penchant for bow ties!

“So now I pretty much only wear bow ties and I’ve even had people come up to me telling me they didn’t recognize me if I wasn’t wearing a bow tie,” Fowler said. “So yeah, I guess I am ‘The Bow Tie Realtor,’ but I want to be known for my skills more than my attire.”

That’s OK, Seth. We hear that bowties are cool!

Bowties are cool Doctor Who

We asked Fowler to open up a bit about those skills as this week’s Great Western Home Loans Featured Realtor. While you can learn more about Fowler on twitter (@bowtierealtor), jump to find out why he chose a career in real estate and the place he calls his second home!

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7951 Bella Flora

Where to find modern L.A.-style glamor, replete with all of the requisite state-of-the-art electronics to run a smart house? Why, head west of course.

Actually, the gated community of Bella Flora, which has a Benbrook Zip code in the choice Aledo school district, lies in the southwestern most corner of Fort Worth and is a quick commute from town via the newly opened Chisolm Trail Parkway. Inside this neighborhood is 7951 Bella Flora Drive — the striking vision of Scott Watson of Flynn & Watson Architects. Its strong horizontal profile hugs the nearly 2 acre lot in a neo-prairie style way while the symmetrical central bay reminds us of classical architecture. A spare repertoire of material —, stucco, gray river rock, and metal roofing — give the house an air of disciplined elegance. (more…)