Arlington

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From staff reports

What may be a well-kept secret isn’t anymore — one of the hottest neighborhoods in the state, no, the entire U.S. is in Arlington. 

Seriously.

A recent Realtor.com report looked at the most sought-after neighborhoods in the U.S., and — surprise — Arlington’s 76018 zip code was the eighth-most sought-after neighborhood in the country. 

“These are the kind of places where the average buyers don’t need to auction off their first-born child to have enough money to become a homeowner,” Realtor.com said. “Most offer median prices well below the national median list price of $316,000. But buyers had better be quick, because homes in these ZIP codes are selling much faster than the national median of 56 days on the market.”

And that’s true of 76018, too. We took a gander at how many homes were available in the median price for the zip of $215,050, and found a mere 41 listings in the $200,000 to $300,000 range — and several were already under contract.  (more…)

This week news came that Move Inc. (operator of realtor.com and a News Corp. subsidiary) would be ponying up more than $200 million to buy Austin-based lead generation firm Opcity — and that the company would also get a brokerage license.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that Opcity, which touts a platform it says turns online inquiries about properties into transactions at rates 3-5 times the industry average, is used by more than 40,000 agents and brokerages, including Keller Williams, ReMax, Century 21 and Berkshire Hathaway.

Inman reported that Move Inc. would acquire a brokerage license along with the transaction (Opcity has one), but a spokesperson said the company didn’t plan on getting into the business of representing home buyers and sellers. I.E: competing with Realtors. (more…)

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You’ve heard about Realocator from us before. It’s the new app that helps buyers connect with Realtors in real time via GPS. It’s like Uber for real estate, and it’s a concept that intrigues us!

If you’ve wanted to see Realocator in action, check out this spot on CW33’s News Fix featuring Vivo Realty Group co-founder David Maez as he demonstrates what his app can do to revolutionize the real estate industry, one showing at a time.

Have you downloaded the iOS app for Realocator yet? What did you think?

Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Smith.

Kristin Smith, left, and Leslie Rouda Smith are mother-daughter Realtors.

Since Mother’s Day, we’ve been talking to mother-daughter Realtors who share a passion for real estate. Today, we’re speaking with Leslie Rouda Smith, a Broker Associate with The Country Connection team at Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, and her daughter Kristin Smith, a Realtor at Dave Perry-Miller’s Park Cities offices.

The two are busy and well-connected! Leslie is the incoming chairman of the board of the Texas Association of Realtors and Kristin is active in the Young Professionals Network (YPN), an entry point for real estate professionals striving to become more successful in their careers and gain leadership experience.

We asked them a few questions about their experience, and what they love about being Realtors.

CandysDirt: How has working in the same career impacted your relationship?

Kristin Smith: As someone who grew up in the business, I’ll say it has impacted our relationship positively since the beginning. My parents made sure we comprehended the benefits of being a Realtor from day one. Be your own boss, create your own schedule, and there is no salary cap. This industry requires structure, discipline, and self-motivation, but I played every sport you can imagine and my parents never missed a game.

Leslie Rouda Smith: I get to talk to Kristin more than I would normally, but I don’t get to see enough of her. We communicate electronically most of the time. State and national conventions, as busy as we are, are our family reunions.

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2308 W. Colorado Boulevard

From the outside, it looks like many of the Austin stone-clad 1930s bungalows you’ll find throughout North Oak Cliff’s Stevens Park Village. These homes, perched along the city’s award-winning, redesigned public golf course, all have a very Lakewood-esque character, thanks to the rolling hills and well-maintained homes. Developed by Annie Stevens between 1939 and 1941, you’ll find a great mix of single-story bungalows like this one with Prairie-style abodes and even some Dilbeck-designed residences.

This particular specimen, built in 1941, has a vintage feeling exterior and completely updated interiors. The care and attention to detail, both inside and out, make this home a High Caliber Home. If you’re already falling in love with this lovely home, contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans today. She’ll help you sail through pre-approval, while making sure you find the right loan for your home purchase.

Jump to see inside this beautiful home!

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GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

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We already talked about the Dallas Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors and the great work they do promoting leadership in the real estate community. Rebecca Lightfoot, a Realtor and designer, is the president and is just amazing. Their annual event, the high tea and fashion show, is a super fun way to network and get to know the best women in the business while raising money in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Well, lucky for you, we have a ticket to give away to the SOLD OUT event! Courtesy of Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging, you can attend the Women’s Council of Realtors High Tea and Fashion Show  at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at Brookhaven Country Club.

All you have to do is tell us in a comment below who your favorite woman Realtor is! How simple is that?! We’ll draw the winner at 5 p.m. today, so that gives you about 8 hours to decide who is your favorite woman Realtor!