This large corner lot home at 824 Times Street in Grand Prairie has only been on the market for a few days and probably won’t last long. The 2,912-square-foot 2001-built home has four bedrooms, two and a half baths, two living areas, and a private office as you first walk in the home. It’s listed by Jared W. Herman of Keller Williams Dallas Preston Road for $300,000.

Fresh paint, new floors, and new quartz countertops are among the many updates installed in 2018.  Just past the wrought-iron railed staircase is one of two dining areas that are welcoming and accessible in this open floor plan. The living area has vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and an expansive view of the breakfast room and kitchen. (more…)

Financial site WalletHub ranked 182 of the largest U.S. cities to find the most stressful places in America, and found that Plano is the least stressed city in Texas. Houston was ranked the most stressful city in the state. Oh, and the sky is blue. These are things we already knew.

Based on data, WalletHub found the three most stressful cities in the U.S. were Detroit, Newark, and Cleveland. What makes a city stressful? Citywide factors you’d expect such as high rates of unemployment and underemployment, long commute times, and lack of affordable housing. There’s more personal factors that cause stress like personal bankruptcy, foreclosure, poor health, and divorce.

Then, there are the quirky factors that WalletHub evaluates like percentage of binge drinkers (yes, that’s you with your box wine-a-weekend habit), median credit score, obesity rates and share of adults getting inadequate sleep that make writing about WalletHub’s lists so interesting.

People in Plano report lower levels of stress at work, less financial woes, happier families and better health and safety than any other city in Texas, according to the July 2018 study. The new ranking comes after Plano was named one of the happiest places in the United States.

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There’s gonna be two kinds of stars in DFW this weekend: the kind that walk the red carpet and the kind that light up the sky.

On Saturday night, April 21, into early morning Sunday, April 22, North Texans can check out the Lyrid meteor shower, which coincides with Earth Day this year, when as many as 20 meteors can be seen “falling” in the night sky every hour.

Just look for the burning shards of rock and natural debris slicing through the sky at tens of thousands miles per hour. The experts at Accuweather say this should be one of the best shooting star displays of late on Earth. Depending on clear skies here in the Metroplex, you can catch a glimpse of these stars streaking across all areas of the sky, with no telescope required. 

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As more and more people hunt for affordable new construction in North Texas, and as more and more builders look for the right lots to build, once-overlooked suburbs are starting to shine. Take the Midcities’ own Grand Prairie for instance. That’s where you’ll find this great transitional design with contemporary flair built by CAVSO Homes and marketed by David Maez of Vivo Realty.

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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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The property at 1404 Millbrook Dr. in Arlington is one of many on the market now, and homes in that market are fast appreciating.

It’s not just Dallas and northern suburbs where homes are notably appreciating and sales are “fly-off-the-market” fast. Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield showed substantial increases last month in both home prices and sales, according to a new report from the Arlington Board of Realtors.

Arlington home sales increased 9 percent, Grand Prairie’s increased 9 percent, and Mansfield home sales increase a whopping 36 percent in March 2016. Home prices increased in all markets, as well.

“We continue to be in a strong real estate market, as the numbers show,” said Tim Beary, 2016 Chairman of the Arlington Board of Realtors.

The numbers for homes sold, median price, monthly housing inventory, average number of days on the market, and active home listings were all notable in these three DFW markets.

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When we visited Tokyo a few years ago and our hosts told me about the indoor ski resort there, outskirts of Tokyo, I did not believe it until I saw the dome for Zaos, as I think it was called. Sure enough the Japanese loved to ski indoors. The indoor ski resort was on the way to the airport. Now I hear it may no longer exist. But that’s OK, because soon we will have own own little interior ski village in Grand Prairie.

And it’s not a little village, either: try a $215 million 350,000-square-foot indoor ski resort and a Hard Rock hotel. Does this mean we can ski in the middle of August?

Grand Prairie unveiled plans for a Grand Alps Resort and Hard Rock Hotel off Belt Line Road, north of Interstate 30 at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. The indoor ski resort — which includes a ski slope, ice climbing wall, luge track and winter play area — will include restaurants and specialty retail from Park City, Utah, and Vail, Colorado. Of course, we will need a place to buy ski hats and sunscreen!

Oh wait, indoors means we won’t actually NEED sunscreen!
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Carlita and Kwame Kilpatrick

Neither Carlita or Kwame Kilpatrick are smiling now, that’s for sure. Kwame is still behind bars following a very ugly and public sexting scandal, and now his wife, Carlita, is having some tough luck of her own as neighbors of her 5,000-square-foot rental in Grand Prairie said that the Detroit native moved out overnight.

Carlita was let go from her job in Duncanville earlier this month according to a story from The Detroit News. So it stands to reason that she probably couldn’t afford the $2,600 a month rent for 3012 Pamplona. From what neighbors said, Carlita probably left in a hurry, ditching several family possessions on the curb right before trash day.

“A lot of stuff was out on the curb for trash day — stuff that people wouldn’t throw — like a computer desk,” neighbor Malinda Carter said.

The family kept to themselves in the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, Carter said, adding she never saw Detroit’s former first lady or her three children outside and neighbors had to keep up the landscaping. She said she saw more news crews than signs of life in the home.

“Neighbors cut the grass because it was getting too long,” Carter said. “Flower beds were out of control and it looked like there was no one in there.

“I never saw a female or any man out there.”

Real estate agent Joe Livingston said the Kilpatricks did an “average” job keeping up the home while he attempted to sell it in May and June. There were no offers and another agent is now trying to lease the house, said Livingston, adding he doesn’t know why the family left.

Carlita should consider heading back north to Detroit. With a situation as tough as hers, I am sure the more affordable housing in the area would definitely help cope.

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