first-time buyerIf it feels like it’s tough to find a great house for a budget-friendly, first-time buyer price under $250,000, it’s not your imagination — it’s getting harder and harder to find a move-in ready, single family home for less than $250,000 in the Dallas area.

We’ve even written about the phenomenon a few times. And while some price points are beginning to see an increase in inventory, that $200,000 range are still sitting at much less than two months.

So when we saw Katie Apperson with Real Estate Reformation post this adorable blue home in Crest Ridge Estates in Garland for $206,000 on Facebook last week, we had to pump her for some details.

I mean, you couldn’t miss that blue. (more…)

When you’ve got 1,137 square feet to work with, you want to make the most of every inch, and this tastefully renovated three-bedroom, two-bath home in Rowlett does an amazing job at it.

The home, listed for $190,000 by Kathie Truitt and Kevin Caskey of Halo Group Realty is well-situated at Miller Road and President George Bush Turnpike. What’s special are the high-end touches investor Dino Tapper put throughout the house that make this starter home an inviting, modern space for a couple buying their first home.

Walking up to the front of this 1971-built home, you’ll notice the beautiful stained wood overhang that frames the front door and contrasting white painted brick. The stained wood facade is something of a signature for Tapper. Simple shrubbery gives the home clean curb appeal.

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Area high school students enrolled in construction trade vocational programs were able to network with contractors, builders, and vendors at the Dallas Builders’ Show, held last week in Plano. (Photo: Bethany Erickson)

Area builders and contractors who attended the Dallas Builders’ Show last week didn’t just get the lowdown on the latest in engineered wood or backsplashes – they also had the opportunity to meet the students that will be their future workforce.

The Dallas Builders Association has made good on its desire to help local high school programs by providing networking and internship opportunities to students learning construction trades.

Last spring, the group hosted a group of students from Skyline High School’s construction program at one of Classic Urban Homes job sites.

Last Thursday, the DBA hosted more than 100 students from several area high schools at its annual trade show event in Plano. Students from Arlington, Dallas, Garland, and Grand Prairie mingled with builders and vendors, snagging business cards and making connections. (more…)

62 Dunrobin $1,490,000

See these three gorgeous homes in the Hills of Breckinridge? All three will be open this Sunday, June 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm!

Last week, at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s Denver conference, we heard from experts that Millennials were — surprise, surprise! — finally buying homes. Just taking them a little longer. And when they buy homes, they are not necessarily the urbanites we might think they are. They like the ‘burbs!

Doug Yearley, CEO of Toll Brothers, one of the country’s largest homebuilders, says Baby Boomers have been the backbone of the housing industry for decades. But Boomers, not Millennials, are fueling the high-rise wave. 

49 Dunrobin $1,265,000

21 Dunrobin $939,000

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