No nightmares here

5149 Byers Avenue is one of the “3-Sisters” on Byers Avenue from Ferrier Custom Homes (photos: Mark Perry)

What gives you nightmares? I’m not referring to the nightmares you had as an 11-year-old from watching The Shining at Jason Gorden’s birthday party in 1985. I’m talking about real nightmares … the ones related to your home!

For many Texan homeowners, a nightmare can be in high energy bills, the cost of replacing a roof after a ghoulish hail storm, or breathing unclean air as it circulates through the home.

With local Fort Worth builder Don Ferrrier, home-related nightmares are replaced by pleasant dreams for happy homeowners.

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organizing is her passion

Melanie Fowler has a knack for removing and sorting clutter in Fort Worth homes with Sort + Space. (photos: Joy Joseph Photography)

Let’s face it: we like to accumulate things.  Whether we want to admit it or not, it’s not in our DNA to be minimalists. Sure, some might think they live a clutter-free life, but in all reality, we need help organizing our clutter.

We need Sort + Space.

Sort + Space is the brainchild of Melanie Fowler, a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, who has a unique talent for organizing messes across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Stewardship – “an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources.

I bet you didn’t open today’s edition of Tarrant County Tuesday thinking you would find an article on stewardship did you?

Stewardship and craftsmanship are the two core themes behind Fort Worth builder Hedgefield Homes.  Created in 2013, the independently owned company has found a niche in the home building market that isn’t being met.

“We design and build homes for people that will value their home,” said Sommer Carlin, events coordinator of Hedgefield Homes.  “For people who want to stay in their home for a long time.”

Whether it is an inventory single-family home or townhome, a remodel project or a true custom home, the desire of Hedgefield Homes is to bring quality and value in every project.

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As we previously reported, Fort Worth-based real estate super agent John Zimmerman has become the first and newest member of the Fort Worth office of Compass, an upstart technology and real estate company.

Tabbing Zimmerman as agent No. 1 on the Fort Worth roster hardly comes as a surprise.

“I’m having my most successful year,” explained Zimmerman in a recent interview with CandysDirt.com.  “Compass is the most sophisticated company in the real estate world. Why would I jump to a new broker if I didn’t believe that they could offer buyers and sellers a substantial amount more.”

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Beautiful home in a walkable neighborhood

Built in 2007 by Village Homes, 3326 W. 6th was designed to resemble a single-family residence (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Remember when Fort Worth wasn’t a very walkable city?  It wasn’t that long ago — maybe a decade or so ago — when there were very few options for lock-and-leave dwellings, urban townhomes, or properties in an area of Cowtown that were walkable.

Walkable?  What am I talking about here?

You Dallas people know what I’m talking about.  Areas in the city where it’s safe and secure and possible to take a few steps out of your front door and within a few minutes on foot you can be at a local pub, shop, restaurant, or place of entertainment.

Lock-and-leave lifestyle

To access the front door you need to get through the private gate leading to the courtyard

When this Bowtie Realtor moved to Fort Worth over 16 years ago, I specifically recall how there was nothing like I described.  Even if you lived close to downtown Fort Worth or the University Park, area you had to get in your car and drive to a locale.

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The real estate world is buzzing today as Compass announced that high-profile real estate agent, John Zimmerman, has left Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to join the New York City-based real estate brokerage that is also a real estate technology company.

“We are excited to be entering Fort Worth with a great partner like John Zimmerman. This is an important market in our growth story,” said Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Compass. “We are thrilled to enter the market with a talented and respected agent who is a leader in the community.”
 
Zimmerman, the proclaimed “$200 Million Dollar Man,” has been a top-producing agent in the Fort Worth and greater North Texas market for the past five years with Briggs Freeman.

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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Painted brick allows for the same style of home to be built close together

Painted brick homes can completely transform the look of similar homes and styles, and is becoming quite popular. (photo: Pinterest)

About 10 years ago I was in a sales training class in Florida with new home sales professional from across the country.  We were talking about overcoming objections that prospective buyers would throw at us.  I brought up the question of painted brick.

Most of the stares and questioning glances I got were from those who worked in the Midwest and western part of the United States.  “You build with brick (expensive and labor intensive) and then you paint over it?  Boy, what in the hell is a matter with you?!”

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