Humboldt State

north texas

From staff reports

The good news is, North Texas isn’t dead last. The bad news is, North Texas barely cracked the top 50 best places for Realtors to live. But even that bad news is actually fairly good news, when you consider that WalletHub’s rankings were based on 170 cities.

Of North Texas cities, Fort Worth fared the best, coming in 43rd (Austin was the highest ranked Texas city, at 42). Dallas, Garland, Plano, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Arlington ranked 52, 72, 74, 82, 97, and 104, respectively.

In fact, statewide North Texas cumulatively fared much better than other pockets of Texas. (more…)

homebuyer

From staff reports

Single female buyers made up 18 percent of all homebuyers, National Association of Realtors®’ 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed recently.

That statistic means that for the second consecutive year, single female buyers were the second most common household buyer group, behind married couples, which account for 63 percent of homes sold.

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Oak CliffWhen we asked Realtors last week to give us their cutest homes during our Thursday call for pitches, Bethanne Carter-Buffington with Colleen Frost, REALTORS told us about this adorable listing in Oak Cliff she said would make a perfect Tuesday Two Hundred.

“It’s a gorgeous Oak Cliff reno!” she said.

And she’s right. This 1924 cottage located at 2738 W. Brooklyn Ave. has been lovingly renovated, and is ready for a new family. How ready?

“The sellers are willing to leave it completely furnished,” she said.

So first-time homebuyers and downsizers, check this out (although we would also argue that at this price, it would make a great investment property as well) — a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,348 square feet of living space, all recently renovated and ready to go. (more…)

open housesWe hear the question from time to time — are open houses really worth the time and effort? After finding several debates in various real estate and business publications, we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask our readers what they thought.

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Webb RoyalWe’ve written about the Webb Royal neighborhood before — the perfect choice for young families that find themselves priced out of popular Sparkman Club and Midway Hollow. And we found a great example of what makes Webb Royal so great in our Tuesday Two Hundred this week — an adorable traditional built in 1955, but recently updated throughout.

And bonus — it’s in a community that hosts neighborhood parties and chili cookoffs, with a walkability and safeness that makes it a great place for family-friendly holiday activities like trick-or-treating, too.

In fact, when we set out to write about the neighborhood, one resident went door-to-door to talk to his neighbors about why they loved the neighborhood, helping us paint a picture of a community that is a grand mix of longtime homeowners and new families, all enjoying the numerous nearby amenities and the quiet charm of their neighborhood.

“Whenever my friends say they’re looking for a new home, I encourage them to look in our neighborhood because it’s one of the few spots you can still find a great deal in an up and coming neighborhood,” resident Jeff Reburn said at the time. “It’s one of the few neighborhoods in Northwest Dallas you can find a great home for between $200,000 and $400,000, depending on size and how updated it is.”

“There are nice homes on tree-lined streets with friendly neighbors,” Bill Adams said. “We picked the neighborhood before we picked the house so that speaks volumes to the personality of the neighborhood.”

The home on 10732 Channel Drive is listed by Laura Suarez with Century 21 Alicia Trevino, Realtors, and is 1,913 square feet of family-friendly space, including four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. (more…)

Most listing agreements state the seller will pay the listing agent’s broker an agreed percentage before home is listed.

Don’t you love water cooler talk?  Do water coolers even exist anymore now that bottled water has taken over the world?  The other day I was visiting with other compadre Realtors and one agent in particular was posing the question, “Do buyers realize that their Realtor doesn’t cost them anything?”

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Realtors

Nancy Wilson of Coldwell Banker Residential was honored by the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce with the Live Local Award.

Which two realtors (and what designer) were recognized by a local chamber of commerce for their work in East Dallas? How do North Texas home sales in July compare statewide? And where is the job growth in Texas?
We answer all those questions in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)