A glass house in the woods sounds like the kind of place where dreams come true.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom Dallas home at 2636 Gladiolus Lane could be the place where a novel is finished. It could be the site of a reception for a young, up-and-coming artist. It could definitely be a scary movie set – or a romantic comedy, if that’s more your taste. It already has been the site where a patented six-suit deck of cards was created and a real estate business was launched. (more…)

LakewoodIf you’ve got your heart set, say, on raising your family in the Woodrow High School feeder pattern, starting in Lakewood Elementary, but need a little breathing room while you look for your forever home in the boundaries, we’ve found a great Rental of the Week that just might do the trick.

We say might, because as much as we like the layout and are in favor of everything in the description, the photos make it uh, hard to actually see all the great updates talked about in the listing description.

Realtors, good photography is worth its weight in gold, but doesn’t cost nearly that. In fact, in the 2017 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, 89 percent of those surveyed said that when they hopped online to search for a home, they found photos to be the most useful feature of the site they visited.

So basically, everyone who looks at homes online would like you to use photos that are useful.  (more…)

renterBy Angelina Bader
Apartment List

Apartment List surveyed over 5,000 renters and homeowners about their perception of renter stigma. The survey results indicate that nearly 30 percent of Americans believe that there exists a negative social stigma associated with renting. This belief is prevalent among renters and homeowners alike. 34 percent of renters and 28 percent of homeowners agree that America’s renters – all 109,000,000 of them – are stigmatized in today’s society.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans equate homeownership with personal success and economic security.

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RichardsonClose to dining, shopping, and an easy commute, this week’s Rental of the Week may be in Dallas, but it’s zoned for Richardson ISD schools.

And did we mention it’s adorable? Because it is adorable. This two bedroom, two bath duplex is actually pretty roomy — so don’t let the word “duplex” throw you off the scent of a great rental.

With 1,600 square feet of space, it’s got two large living areas (and one has a wood-burning fireplace and access to the backyard), which is something you don’t typically find in say, an apartment.  (more…)

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By Sania Tran
Apartment List

According to a new report published by Apartment List, Dallas comes in 11th in the ranking of metropolitan areas that are attracting the most renters from elsewhere. The ranking was determined based on the share of inbound searches coming from outside the metro — 39.4 percent of those looking for a place to live in Dallas aren’t Dallas residents.

Most people trying to move to Dallas are coming from New York (4.8 percent), San Antonio (4.0 percent), Chicago (3.6 percent), Los Angeles (3.3 percent), Washington, DC (3.1 percent), Houston (2.3 percent). Interestingly, Dallas is the #1 destination for Houston renters looking to leave their metro. Dallas has experienced solid economic growth in recent years while maintaining its affordability. (more…)

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U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel

If you were one of the 350,000 North Texans sitting in the dark (or paying for a hotel room)during last week’s power outage, you might have missed one little tidbit of information that should make the real estate-minded perk up their ears.

There are places you can live where your power is more likely to come back sooner. Now, nobody outright said, “Move to these neighborhoods and you’ll have your power back on before your popsicles start melting,” but if you’re astute, you can read between the lines.

Oncor (and pretty much every other electricity provider in the country) has triaged where power is restored based on how critical the structures in an area are to the public.

First comes the transmission line outages, because they deliver power to entire neighborhoods and businesses. Because so many can be without power if a line goes down, those are a top priority.

But here’s the bigger takeaway: there are certain structures that, if in your neighborhood, are always going to get power restored pretty quickly, too. (more…)

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Photos courtesy Shoot2Sell

Sometimes you just luck into a great rental in North Oak Cliff, and this is one of those times. In a neighborhood Facebook group, Richard Akers told everyone about his newly remodeled duplex with two available units right in the heart of Kings Highway — and we begged him for more details.

The duplex is an upstairs/downstairs property, and now that the dust has settled and been cleared out from the remodel, both units are available for immediate move in, Akers told us.

“The upper unit (1315) has a dramatic stairwell entry — perfect for art!” he said. “Both units have great views of the tree-lined street and backyard.” (more…)

MidwayWe’ve pretty much found a unicorn — a North Dallas rental off of Midway Road for less than $2,000 that is close to several great schools, great grocery shopping, and great dining.

This two-bedroom, one bath home at 4239 Bonham Street has a lot to recommend it. Not only has it retained all of its Midcentury, 1953 period charm (check out all the built-ins scattered throughout the home), but it’s got a great backyard with even more living space. (more…)