Denton is more than a college town. It’s a history-rich county seat with homes that run the gamut of styles and influences. For this week’s suburb Sunday, we take a look at three historic homes in Denton in three very different price ranges. Which do you see yourself most at home in?

 

This Historic Mansion with Wine Cellar Could Be Yours

Address: 1035 W. Oak Street, Denton

  • 5 bedrooms, 6 baths
  • 6,614 square feet
  • $1.725 million

This is the 1903 neoclassical Evers House, one of a few original homes that existed on the well-to-do block of Oak Street, nicknamed “Silk Stocking Row.” The huge 6,614-square-foot home features rich hardwood floors and elegant moldings. (more…)

For this week’s Suburb Sunday, we head to Denton County… er, Dallas County. No, Collin County. What county is Carrollton located in? All three, actually. As the 23rd most populous city in Texas, Carrollton is a vibrant town of industry, retail, and residential with a historic downtown that’s booming with a healthy rail-transit system. Come check out these three great homes on the market right now:

Craftsman Inspired Cutie in Austin Waters

Carrollton

Address: 5005 Sage Hill Drive, Carrollton

  • 3 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 2,781 square feet
  • $462,900

This craftsman-inspired home has gorgeous curb appeal with its manicured landscaping and welcoming covered front porch that overlooks the greenbelt. It was built by Darling Homes in 2010 and located in Austin Waters, a residential neighborhood of Austin Ranch in northeast Carrollton.

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Matt Templeton of Keller Williams Urban Dallas regularly educates Realtors on how to make the most of the current market. (Courtesy Photo)

By Matthew Templeton
Managing Principal
KW Urban Dallas

It feels like there have been fundamental shifts in the real estate industry within the last few months. Technology is the buzz word, money is being thrown around, and CEOs of just about every top real estate-related company are out. The last few weeks’ news sums up that feeling.

September 2018: Compass closes another funding round for $400 million — money used to build more software and buy more agents.

And then …

February: Rich Barton (billionaire co-founder of Expedia and Zillow) takes the reins from Spencer Rascoff, who was CEO at Zillow for nine years.

February: Keller Williams rolls out the first artificial intelligence and data-driven platform in the real estate industry — others have been clamoring to follow

February: RE/MAX says [sic] “Our amazing technology is coming, and it will be best in class,” and makes a technology acquisition, Booj.

Last Week: Data-driven Opendoor will now show listings from rival brokerages and offer Redfin-like rebates.

Last Week: NTREIS Board holds a vote on whether to sell greater data access to Zillow. April will be a reckoning month for North Texas Realtors and their data.

We’ve moved into a new real estate era that is faster paced and increasingly powered by technology and data — more than ever before. But there’s something else afoot. It’s eerily similar to what happened with the dot-com bust. Real estate technology companies are flush with capital — in fact, 2018 was a banner year for real estate technology investment.

And yet many of the top “technology” or “platform” companies in the industry are not profitable.

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Great $300k homes

Here’s a quick little Sunday morning trivia bite for you. Did you know that Bedford, located in northeast Tarrant County’s H-E-B mid-cities, nearly became a ghost town in 1909 when its population plummeted to 50 people? Just 20 years earlier, it was a booming frontier town with 1,000-plus residents, growing alongside near neighbors Hurst and Euless. But a wartime boom helped Bedford rebound, and has since become a thriving city of 50,000 residents with some of the best-looking affordable homes in the area. Case in point, for this week’s Suburb Sunday, we found these three great homes ranging from $275,000 to $360,000.

Sunroom Retreat Perfect for Year-round Bliss

Address: 3101 Andrew Court, Bedford

  • 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
  • 2,887 square feet
  • $359,900

If you’ve been looking for a great single story in the mid-cities, you’ll want to drop by this home from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 for an Open House. Beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown molding, and custom fixtures are just some of the details that make this 1995-built home feel very well cared for. The open floor plan features an updated kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The huge master suite has been remodeled with new lighting, tile, and granite. It has a separate shower and garden tub, and separate vanities. The large sunroom is vented for AC and heat and can be used year-round. This home is zoned for Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

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Swathy Prithivy, Opendoor; Janelle Alacantara, Galaxy Modern; Candy Evans, CandysDirt.com; Becky Frey, Compass; Alex Doubet, Door; and Beth Johnson, Keller Williams (Photo courtesy Dallas Builders Association).

I had the privilege of moderating a panel stuffed to the gills with creative, talented real estate professionals yesterday at the Dallas Builders Association’s luncheon. The panel, featuring some of the top disruptors in the industry, had a lively discussion with one overarching theme: there’s room for everyone in this new playing field for the real estate industry.

Panelists included Swathy Prithivy of Opendoor, Janelle Alcantara of Galaxy Modern, Becky Frey of Compass, Door founder Alex Doubet, and Beth Johnson of Keller Williams. It was a fascinating discussion, with several juicy takeaways. Namely, Doubet predicted that the data indicates that at some point, the last vestiges of traditional model of real estate will disappear. If that’s not a clarion call for the industry, I don’t know what is!

The three full-service Realtors — Alcantara, Frey, and Johnson — stressed that while they felt there is a need for all three models presented at the panel — full service, iBuyer, and flat fee — there will always be a need for a good Realtor that knows the turf, has intimate knowledge of what is selling there regardless of whether it was on MLS or not, and that will advocate for their client.

To get all the best tidbits from these ground-breaking movers and shakers, view the video from our live broadcast now: 

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Referrals are the key to a successful real estate career, and building relationships is the key to sustaining it. No one knows that better than Keller Williams agent Don Neilson. In fact, it’s his goal to become your irreplaceable, trusted real estate adviser. 

His vast experience (he has an MBA in finance and is a retired CPA) serves his clients so well that he’s built an enviable network, deftly guiding his clients into sound real estate investments and earning repeat business time and again. Before moving to Dallas in 2010, Don established his own firm in Memphis — The Neilson Group — and built it to 60 agents in two locations. He and his team sold hundreds of historic homes.  For this reason and so much more, Neilson has earned the title of High Caliber Agent of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Find out why Don Neilson has earned the trust of his clients, and the title of High Caliber Agent:

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open housesRealtors — did you know that every week, we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts like the Tuesday Two Hundred, the weekly roundup of Open Houses, Thursday Three Hundred, Friday Four or Five Hundred, and more?

All you have to do to get in on the action is join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt. It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers.

Take, for instance, this week’s three properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. After asking members to share their listings that would help someone meet a common New Year’s resolution, three Realtors pitched their open houses — and are now seeing them featured today.

Want to see who made a successful pitch? (more…)

(Product image courtesy Smarter Agent)

Keller Williams announced Wednesday that it was acquiring Philadelphia startup Smarter Agent in what company leadership says is part of the company’s $1 billion tech fund.

The company told Inman that its newest purchase is a mobile-first platform that connects to more than 650 multiple listing services (MLS). It also allows brokers and agents to create branded real estate search apps, Inman said.

Keller Williams Chief Innovation Officer Josh Team said the move would allow the company to compete with other real estate search sites like Zillow and Redfin. (more…)