Christmas lights

As Christmas creeps closer, and the nights get longer, you can ask just about any North Texan — checking out the homegrown light displays in various neighborhoods is as much a tradition as tamales and NorthPark Santa.

But do you worry you’re missing out on a great neighborhood? Or are you new to the area, and don’t have the skinny on the great displays? Fear not — CandysDirt.com staffers have been quizzing readers, scouring the Internet, and strapping jingle bells on our gumshoes to find some of the best neighborhood and city-led decoration displays in Dallas-Fort Worth.

And thanks to one of our favorite luxury Realtors, Christy Berry with Compass, and CandysDirt.com, you can check out our list of great cruising spots this holiday season. Think you might want to find a house in a neighborhood that embraces their inner Clark Griswold, or maybe something a little uh, more Martha Stewart? Stay tuned, because Christy has a listing to share that could get you right in the middle of Christmas central. (more…)

Magnolia West

Realtor John Zimmerman with Compass is hosting a progressive open house party (complete with Texas-OU game watching and noshes at every home) in the latest and greatest private gated community, Magnolia West. The event is Saturday, Dec. 1, and begins at 11:30 a.m.

Westworth Village is a growing enclave just outside Fort Worth, but don’t let the small-town population fool you — it’s close to some of the best amenities Fort Worth has to offer, and the private, gated Magnolia West community puts you right in the thick of everything.

Magnolia West is perched across the street from Shady Oaks Country Club, and is close to the Fort Worth Cultural District, museums, West 7th Street, restaurants, shopping, and plenty of entertainment venues.

And the community also offers some of the best luxury home builders in the area, too, crafting high-end custom, single-family homes that start in the $700,000 range on up — including JAAVA Custom Homes, Village Homes, and Integrity Homes.

And as we mentioned yesterday, if you’ve got a hankering to check out the private neighborhood,  Compass’s  John Zimmerman  is hosting one doozy of a progressive-style open house, complete with plenty of things to nosh on, wine to taste, and yes, the Texas-OU Big 12 Championship showdown at every home you visit (more details on that here). There will also be shopping opportunities with local vendors, so bring your Christmas lists!

But wouldn’t you like a sneak peek? Because we can give you a glimpse of one of the homes on the tour — 157 Magnolia Lane, built by JAAVA Custom Homes (but trust us, you need to go see this home in person, too!). (more…)

Magnolia West

This Magnolia West home at 157 Magnolia Lane was built by JAAVA Custom Homes, and is one of several guests can tour at a holiday event this Saturday hosted by the John Zimmerman Group.

The John Zimmerman Group has come up with a fool-proof way to get a little holiday shopping done, check out Fort Worth’s Magnolia West community, and even catch the Texas-OU Big 12 Championship this Saturday, all in the same place.

The Realtor, who is with Compass, has planned a progressive event that will allow visitors to move from home to home in Fort Worth’s new gated neighborhood adjacent to Shady Oaks Country Club and Westworth Park. The event will run Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a wine tasting at 201 Magnolia Lane at 3 p.m., hosted by Napa Valley winemaker Modus Operandi Wine.

JAAVA Custom Homes also built 201 Magnolia Lane, which will be the site of a wine tasting with Modus Operandi Wines.

Bites will be courtesy Ellerbe Fine Foods, Joe Riscky’s Barbeque, Lettuce Cook, Campisi’s, and Lonesome Dove (each home will feature a different popular Fort Worth restaurant), and holiday cocktails will also be served. (more…)

Fort Worth based Williams Trew recently launched a new brand identity and marketing campaign in hopes of standing out in the competitive luxury market.

“A lot of changes have occurred over the past several years and we felt like this was a great opportunity for us to kind of re-tell our story and maybe update our brand look,” marketing manager Nick Bendian said.

The new company tagline is “imagine life.” While the Williams Trew logo remains unchanged, the company plans to deemphasize house pictures, instead opting to highlight people.  Bendian said that the company’s goal was to focus more on the experience of having a home, with slogans like “envisioning memories” and “where happiness finds a home.”

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agent migration

 

In this week’s Agent Migration column, and husband and wife duo makes a big move and an up-and-coming brokerage expands again. Did you make an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Taylor Estates Joins Ebby Halliday

agent migrationThe Taylor Estates Group joined the Prosper/Celina office of Ebby Halliday. The husband and wife team of Angela and Tim Taylor made their agent migration from JP & Associates.

“It was a hard decision and we really prayed about it,” Angela Taylor said. “JP & Associates was like family to us, but at the end of the day it’s a business decision and we just felt like this was the best thing for our business.”

They Taylor Group has closed around $25 million in deals since Sept. 2016. Before going into real estate two years ago, Angela worked in ministry for 15 years. Tim earned his license earlier this year so they could work together. According to Angela, he’s the best at handling business and administrative matters while she is the social butterfly who loves to network

“Together we are kind of like a mullet — he’s the front part while I’m the back,” she joked. (more…)

It takes a bit of magic to snag a house in Fort Worth’s historic Berkeley Place. Most homes trade hands by word of mouth, and people stay put in the neighborhood. They simply up size or downsize as their lifestyles change. So, we were thrilled to discover our Inwood Home of the Week, a gorgeous, recently renovated Berkeley Place Colonial Revival at 2012 Ward Parkway. (more…)

north texas

(Photo courtesy VisitFrisco.com)

How did North Texas fare in a ranking of overall best housing markets in the U.S.? How far has the Dallas-Fort Worth apartment market come in recovering after the recession? How much of their income is the average Dallas-Fort Worth homeowner spending on housing? All this and more in this week’s review of real estate news. (more…)

BoomHow big of a boom is Dallas experiencing? What North Texas town had more housing voucher denials than the other metros tested in a recent study? How does Dallas compare to the rest of the country when it comes to rental increases? How does Texas rank among big states when it comes to information you can get about your Realtor?

We’ll check all of that out in this week’s look at real estate news. (more…)