Lange Front

As public campuses inside Dallas ISD increase their upward momentum, so are the values of homes in the vicinity of top-performing schools. There’s no better example of that than Lakewood, where homes inside the Lakewood Elementary attendance area are highly sought after.

If you need a home for a family with great schools that is impeccably maintained, well, this one is a great option. With three bedrooms, two baths, and a gated backyard, you’ll love this fabulous home at 6575 Lange Circle. You can rent this house for just $2,500 a month — a great price considering the landscaping, updates, gorgeous hardwood floors, and stainless appliances.

Lange Nursery

This home is on a corner lot and backs up to a greenbelt — great for kids who need to run off some steam. It’s in Briar Creek Estates, which is just east of Briar Creek and close to great shopping at Mockingbird Commons. Talk about accessible, this home is in a fantastic location just west of Abrams and Mockingbird.

Lange Backyard

Sound like the perfect home for your family? Lease it today with the exceptional folks at LocalDwelling.com

1200 Main Bedroom

Downtown Dallas is really upping its game lately, with tons of great condos and lofts that are capitalizing one of our fair city’s greatest assets — it’s very recognizable skyline.

In the world of city skylines, Dallas is more recognizable than a Kardashian sister, and you’ll definitely remember it for more than its good looks. What stands out the most on the Dallas skyline? Reunion Tower, hands down. Not all units can boast views of the twinkling tower, but this one-bedroom, one-bath condo inside 1200 Main can.

1200 Main Living

If you’ve been wanting to live the downtown life but aren’t ready to buy, put your business in the hands of Dallas property management company LocalDwelling.com, who can help you lease this gorgeous, brand-new unit on the penthouse floor of 1200 Main for just $1,700 a month.

With 757 square feet and phenomenal views, you’ll find it easy to settle in at this building, which is just a stones-throw from the Bank of America tower. Besides beautiful hardwood floors, in-unit washer and dryer, and stainless steel appliances, the building also features a community pool and is right next to a great new park.

1200 Main Kitchen

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For Rent Scam

As more homes hit the market, more rental scams hit CraigsList and other free classified sites, asking for deposits and fees before a potential tenant has seen a contract, or the property for that matter. Scammers are finding plenty of material on home searching sites that they then hijack for their own purposes, which makes this a truly difficult situation for both renters and Realtors.

We asked veteran Realtor, broker and founder of LocalDwelling.com, Colin Lardner, if he had any tips or tricks to help avoid scammers who might poach a listing or photos to bilk an unwitting renter.

“Keep a close tab on the syndicate sites (Trulia, Zillow, etc.) and inform them immediately when you see something wrong,” Lardner offered. “We have also contacted the FBI when we see a poached listing.”

On the flipside, Lardner says that it’s unlikely a scammer will poach listing information from Craigslist. “We have found that higher quality prospects come from other sources,” Lardner said. Still, tenants should watch out for fake listings as “Craigslist seems to get a fair amount of abuse from scam artists.”

But how do homeowners protect themselves from scammers spreading photos and information on their homes all over the Internet? Well, they don’t have too much to worry about, Lardner said, as prospective renters are more often victims of fraud than sellers or homeowners.

“Scammers are putting themselves out there as the owner and taking rent and deposit money from the prospect,” Lardner said, adding that LocalDwelling.com vets all owners and tenants rigorously, filtering through most scam artists and cons.

So, how do Realtors protect themselves from scams? By using MLS, Lardner said.

“MLS is hard to scam. If Realtors are searching for listings there they should be protected from the type of scams we see from people posing as owners,” Lardner said. “We are always available to the Realtor community to facilitate any property management and leasing issues.”

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