Mesquite

Hey, here are three fun facts about Mesquite: One that you knew, one you probably didn’t know, and one you definitely didn’t know.

First the obvious fact, State Legislature designated Mesquite as the Rodeo Capital of Texas. A lesser-known fact, Big Town Mall was the first air-conditioned shopping mall in the U.S. And fact three that I guarantee you didn’t know: In the late 1800s, Mesquite was as known for its many outlaws supposedly residing in the area as was its fertile agrarian roots. Prominent outlaw Sam Bass, historically known for his train robberies in Texas, robbed a train in downtown Mesquite, escaping with $152.

What do these three facts have to do with this Suburb Sunday? In this week’s round-up, we found these three homes close to shopping, entertainment, and wide open spaces. (more…)

Little Elm is known as one of the oldest towns in Denton County, but most of its residents and infrastructure arrived only in the past decade. In the year 2000, Little Elm had a population of 3,600. Ten years later, Little Elm had 26,000 residents. And nowadays, put that number at 46,000 residents living in one of the fastest-growing cities in north Texas. Here are three great homes we found in Little Elm that show lakeside living can be quite affordable.

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MillsWhile moving to Oak Cliff is on the wishlists for many, you generally hear about one, maybe two schools that people desire buy near. But what if we told you just down Corinth sits a school that earned five out of six TEA distinctions last year — Roger Q. Mills Elementary?

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

And what if we told you that it will be a magnet school next year?

Last week, we checked out Dorsey Elementary in Pleasant Grove, but this week we took a look at Dallas ISD’s weekly Best Schools video series and found this look at Mills, and hunted down a great listing close by. (more…)

seppes
 
As we may have mentioned, it’s real estate awards season. By now, you must have heard of The Seppes, an evening gala to top all galas, otherwise known as JP & Associates annual black-tie awards.
 
JP & Associates is one of the hottest real estate stories in North Texas. A story that is so big, it’s quickly becoming a national story, as JPAR gains recognition from industry heavyweights such as REAL TRENDS, Inman, the Inc. 5000, and more as one of the top 100 real estate brokerages in the US.
 
Founded by Giuseppe “JP” Piccinini in Frisco, JPAR is a full-service transaction-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in real estate sales and marketing services. With more than 1500 agents (growing daily), 21 offices and $2.6 billion in sales in 2018, JPAR operates multiple offices across Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida. It is the largest independent and privately held brokerage in Texas, and third in DFW for home sales. 
 
Now offering health insurance and other corporate benefits for agents, JPAR is also offering franchising opportunities for entrepreneurial real estate professionals.

“Our model – a full-service brokerage with a capped transaction fee, a productivity standard, and a service-based culture – is resonating with agents and consumers alike,” said Mark Johnson, JPAR Chief Operating Officer. “We have built a top producers dream and a culture that supports the emerging trend of teams.”

The fifth annual Seppe Awards gala took place this year on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Gilley’s in The Cedars. Every square molecule of the venue’s 91,000 square feet was packed with JPAR agents, friends and supporters. The Seppes have grown sequentially, and this year I estimate at least 1,500 were celebrating, dressed to the nines, and rocking to the band Emerald City.
 
And to think the very first Seppes took place in JP’s living room five years ago!
 
Nicknamed Seppe (short for Giuseppe, JP Giuseppe’s legal name), the 5th  Annual Seppe’s Awards did not disappoint. The surprise comes at about 11:00 pm flor those who are still dancing (most everyone): Waffle House! Last year, it was Whataburger. What will it be next year? Jump for this years winners and more fantastic photos of an evening that exceeded expectations…
 

Giuseppe “JP” and Lauren Piccinini

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Farmers Branch

Farmers Branch is full of fully renovated homes ready for move-in.

Older cities often have, well, older homes, which have beautiful mature greenery and a variety of decade architecture to choose from, but the challenge can be renovation. Let’s be honest: It’s time-consuming, and when you’re in the middle of renovation, it’s hell to live in. But a successful demo/rebuild program in Farmers Branch has given us an amazing inventory of older homes with all the modern features you’d want and the time-consuming renovation already done for you. Here are three Farmers Branch homes to gawk at for this week’s Suburb Sunday.

BROOKHAVEN CC RESIDENCE WITH SERIOUSLY AMAZING BACKYARD

Address: 3406 Highland Meadow Dr

  • Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • 2,444 square feet
  • $444,000

Enjoy country club living in this 1981-built home in Oakbrook Estates, near Marsh Lane and E. Belt Line Road. This home is full of custom touches like leaded glass windows, plantation shutters, wood-paneled walls, and beamed ceilings. Two spacious living areas are rich with wood accents, hand-scraped hardwood floors, and high-quality tile. The backyard loggia with stone paving is beautifully-landscaped with a stone path walkway and mature trees. (more…)

open houses

1204 S. Waverly Dr.

In the market for your first home, or a dream home? This week’s slate of open houses offers a little something for everyone.

This week, our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week range in price from $279,900 and up — and one is not even listed yet. Which ones will you visit? Want to possibly see your open house in next Thursday’s roundup? Join Getting the Dirt!

WAVERLY TRADITIONAL IS PRICED RIGHT

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 17, 12-2 p.m.

If you’re looking for a first home, this adorable 1948 Traditional at 1204 S. Waverly Dr. may be cozy at 1,484 square feet, but the three-bedroom, two-bath home has had some wonderful updates that make it a great option. (more…)

Despite only being in her mid-20s, Macey Snyder has already made a name for herself in sales and design. Now the Texas Tech alum is ready to take on real estate as an agent for JP and Associates.

Those who travel to West Texas may recognize the family name. The Snyder’s stores in Seymour and Childress are community staples, selling hardware, building materials and other home essentials.

“We’re just kind of a little one-stop shop for a small town,” Snyder said. She grew up in Seymour, a town of less than 3,000 people nearly an hour away most big-name retailers. When the local western wear store in Childress closed a few years ago, her family decided to start selling clothing as well.

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Nicole Espinosa, the top agent for the past three years at JP and Associates, has joined Keller Williams. She and her team of five agents will be based out of the Preston Road location in Dallas.

“In order for us to get to where we want to be I felt like this was a much better fit for our goals,” she said.

One of those goals is doubling the size of her team by year’s end. In 2017, Espinosa expanded into Houston where she now has around 20 listings. She hopes to soon add local agents there, and believes being a part of Keller Williams will play a big role in making that happen.

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