From left: Terry Tremaine, Bill Jordan, Taylor Walcik

MetroTex announced its proposed slate of 2020 officers and 2020-2021 directors after receiving applications from general membership, which were then reviewed by a nominating committee.

Nominated were: President: Terry Tremaine, Century 21 Mike Bowman; President-Elect: Bill Jordan, Longhorn Real Estate; Secretary/Treasurer: Taylor Walcik, Blair Group Real Estate; Past President: Cathy Williams, Keller Williams. (more…)

buyer-friendlyHow big of a shift to a more buyer-friendly housing market did DFW make? What locals were appointed to a TREC advisory committee? What is MetroTex up to?

We have all this and more with this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Market Shifts to Buyer-Friendly

As DOM and days of inventory begin to lengthen slightly, the housing market in North Texas has shifted — slightly — to a more buyer-friendly one, research by Trulia revealed.

“Beyond the pricey West Coast, markets including Denver and Dallas – both often destinations for those moving away from the West Coast – have also shifted in favor of buyers over the past year, though less dramatically,” the report said. (more…)

MetroTexThe MetroTex Association of Realtors is now accepting applications for board of director candidates, Texas unemployment numbers inched up slightly, and community opinion is being sought for the Harold Simmons Park — and you can read about all this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

Real EstateDallas ISD is holding public information meetings for a proposed Tax Ratification Election to be held in November, a Desoto man has been tapped by Governor Abbott for a spot on a real estate advisory committee, and we take a look at how the market did in the area in July in this week’s real estate news roundup. (more…)


We all know staging works. However, convincing sellers to stage can sometimes be a challenge. Even though they realize their homes will look better and sell more quickly, some are reluctant to spend the money or take the time required to  properly prepare their homes for sale.  Consulting with a stager prior to putting an occupied home on the market offers information that allows a seller to prepare their own home. If they don’t have time, they have the option of using the stager to complete the work.

It’s common knowledge as well that an empty home holds no emotional appeal. It’s also hard for a potential buyer to to tell the function of an empty room in online photos, much less connect with it. In other words, they are much less likely to hop in the car and race right over to make an offer.  Even in our hot market there are plenty of vacant homes lingering — some for months. People need the visual connection and the spatial understanding that only furnishing a home can bring.

The bottom line for any seller or Realtor is return on investment. Why lower the price point on a home tens of thousands of dollars when you can spend a fraction of that by calling a professional stager who will make your home look like it belongs in a magazine?

The photos of a staged home will bring in buyers who are ready to make offers because they have already connected with that home. Everyone stands to make more money if a home looks great and that’s really the name of the game.  The Real Estate Staging Association has created a handy infographic Realtors can download to help break down the return on investment, which you can see after the jump.


Courtesy of PhotoBucket

Courtesy of PhotoBucket

Get caught up and read part one of Jon Anderson’s Property Tax series here.

Tax Dodging 101

Every Realtor I have asked has completely agreed with this statement, “The more expensive a home, the less accurate DCAD’s valuations are.”  The translation here is that the wealthier you are, the more able you are to pay taxes but the less likely you are to be paying your share.

And why not cheat?  We read almost daily of some large corporation relocating to Ireland to dodge taxes in what’s called a “Double Irish With A Dutch Sandwich” or the likes of Google’s outrageous UK deal to settle a ten-year tax dispute for a measly £130 million based on profits of £7.2 billion. Why not the little guy too?

We have become a society where given a choice, too many will take a shortcut when offered.

There are three components that abet property tax shortcuts.

  1. Non-disclosure
  2. DCAD inefficiency
  3. Tax challenges


Real Estate Story
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Clayton Bailey

“That’s going to get flagged by the home inspector.”

These words, no matter how deftly delivered, can strike fear into the heart of every home seller. So who are these “inspectors” that can make your knees tremble and hold your home hostage from a quick sale?

They are really your ally, whether you’re selling or buying. They’re the gatekeepers that protect buyers from things that are not readily evident, like old electrical wiring or a pipe about to fail. They also protect sellers from losing a sale by revealing issues that can be remedied prior to putting the home on the market. They are a necessity and we’re lucky to have some great inspectors in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Clayton Bailey owns Green Scene Home Inspections in Dallas. He’s heavily involved in supporting the real estate community, always volunteering and, full disclosure, helped me get through a giant rope spider maze, during our training with the  MetroTex Leadership Academy. He’s a good guy. Bailey took time out of crawling under houses and through attics to answer a few questions for us. (more…)

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

North Texas hit by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26. (Photo: GJ McCarthy)

American Airlines gave $100,000 to the American Red Cross for the victims of last Saturday’s tornados, and now watch out: Texas Realtors are kicking in.

As the needs of those impacted by the tornados on December 26 are evolving, MetroTex is responding in a variety of ways to help. Here’s what we’ve done so far and how you can help further:

Online, MetroTex has created a resource page with information about where to donate, volunteer, find relief and precautions to take. We are updating the site as more information becomes available.

A formal request has been sent to TAR to help activate the Realtors Relief Fund for any Realtors or members affected by the killer storm — we know of at least two.

  • President Russell Berry has appointed a Tornado Relief Task Force. This task force will be meeting to organize efforts and a plan of action to assist members who may have been affected by the devastating storms.
  • MetroTex has sent a formal request to the Texas Association of REALTORS, requesting that they activate the Texas REALTORS Relief Fund. Information on how to obtain assistance will be forthcoming and posted at the MetroTex Cares Page.

But MetroTex needs your help. Please provide them with the name, address and contact information for any MetroTex REALTOR and Affiliate members you know who have been impacted by the tornados in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Ellis counties.

If you can help, please consider donating cash or gift cards rather than material goods. Find out where to donate. The exception is the bottled water drive organized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) North Texas Chapter, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Dallas Fort Worth Chapter, Dallas Association of Realtists (DAR). You can contact them at 214-876-4567 or go to the NAHREP Facebook page for more information.

MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust is a 501(c)(3) foundation that can be utilized to help support relief efforts for MetroTex members. Should you wish to make a cash donation for the benefit of MetroTex members please follow the directions below:

Checks should be made payable to “MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust” and kindly write “Tornado Damage Assistance” on the check stub or on the memo line of the check. Checks can be mailed to: 8201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75247, Attn: Cecilia Beerer.

If you prefer to make a credit card payment, please contact Cecilia Beerer at 214-540-2707 and she can assist with processing the payment over the phone.

Donations to the MetroTex Charitable and Educational Trust are fully tax deductible, and we will mail receipts to all donors during the next few weeks.