Robert Meche, the charismatic leader of Small World Realty and co-branded Smoker Broker, is at the forefront of real estate industry disruption and has been proactively researching how he can contribute and influence industry outcomes as the lives of real estate agents are in flux. 

Meche embraces change and is welcoming the challenge. As part of that, Meche announced a big transition for his firm: 

“For the past 15 years, I’ve been fighting with one hand behind my back. I took a three agent firm and transformed it into a well respected, 175-plus associate business. I have an extremely loyal agent base and could not be more proud of our results. However, it is my job to give them everything they need to compete and I have come to the conclusion we need more. 

I am fighting mega-million dollar giants such as Zillow, Redfin, Open Door, etc. that have invested millions of dollars in technology and I refuse to be pushed around. I have also come to the conclusion the future of real estate is not in small real estate firms … it’s in small firms becoming large groups who have strong financial backing. 

So I made the decision to find a business partner who can help me fight. Who knows technology. I went straight to the top. I went to the one company who has never been money whipped by another broker … and never will be. I went to the one company who said I can still own my firm yet have my back when competing with others. In short, I have partnered with Keller Williams

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Such a cute town! Head northeast on I-30, over the gentle lapping waters of Lake Ray Hubbard, and you’ll come to the small town of Fate, Texas in the center of Rockwall County. We found these three great homes in the $240k to $380k range, an absolute bargain for the square footage, large lots, and custom extras in these less than 20 year old homes.

Classic Beauty with Coffered Ceilings

Address: 167 Griffin Ave., Fate

  • 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
  • 3,589 square feet
  • $379,990

Listed by Jackie Bradley of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Plano, this 2014-built home by Holiday Builders boasts a great open floor plan with a roomy kitchen that overlooks the family room. The spacious kitchen includes granite countertops, a large pantry, a butler’s pantry, and stainless steel appliances including built-in microwave, oven, cooktop, dishwasher, and built-in refrigerator. Coffered ceilings in the dining room and master suite are beautiful additions to this beautifully-classic home. Located in the Williamsburg community, HOA dues provide access to the clubhouse with fitness center and three community pools. It’s zoned for Rockwall ISD schools. (more…)

Turtle Creek Terrace doesn’t look as dilapidated as Lincoln claimed

After a long and winding road, Lincoln Property’s proposed Lincoln Katy Trail project was denied by city council (I assume they will re-apply). That project would have replaced the Turtle Creek Terrace condo complex. Today, Turtle Creek Terrace unit #168, located at 3203 Carlisle – the intersection of Oak Lawn and Uptown – was listed.

It’s a perfect illustration of my point that replacing 115 existing market-rate affordable housing units with 45 was a bad deal. This one-bedroom, two-bathroom unit has 824 square feet and is listed for $149,000 with Tyler Hagood from Small World Realty. Using basic mortgage tools, that breaks down into a monthly payment of approximately $925 assuming a 30-year mortgage or ~$1,250 for a 15 year payoff. These monthly costs include mortgage, taxes, insurance, and HOA fees.

According to Zillow calculators, using Dallas’ average household income of $54,727, a couple could afford a monthly payment of $1,629/month. Using the 80 percent average median income required for listed affordable housing ($43,781), this home is purchasable by someone earning just $42,000 – less than a qualified affordable unit.

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Minutes from White Rock Lake, This Home Offers Striking Open Concept Design | CandysDirt.com

Just blocks from the western shores of White Rock Lake, we’ve found an Eastwood Hills house with striking open concept design and a price tag that’s below its appraised value. 

Our Thursday Three Hundred, located at 8831 Bretshire Dr., received a beautiful renovation, creating on-trend style that’s also classic in its appeal. Think hardwood floors, bright spaces, and a light color palette of whites and grays. 

This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and 2,132 square feet on one story, built in 1965.

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