When you’ve got 1,137 square feet to work with, you want to make the most of every inch, and this tastefully renovated three-bedroom, two-bath home in Rowlett does an amazing job at it.

The home, listed for $190,000 by Kathie Truitt and Kevin Caskey of Halo Group Realty is well-situated at Miller Road and President George Bush Turnpike. What’s special are the high-end touches investor Dino Tapper put throughout the house that make this starter home an inviting, modern space for a couple buying their first home.

Walking up to the front of this 1971-built home, you’ll notice the beautiful stained wood overhang that frames the front door and contrasting white painted brick. The stained wood facade is something of a signature for Tapper. Simple shrubbery gives the home clean curb appeal.

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New analysis by Trulia confirms what we’ve been seeing all over Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Entry-level or starter homes priced in the median range, which usually falls below $200,000, are scarce. In fact, if you want to find a new home in the $200,000 range, it’s getting mighty difficult to impossible.

To measure the dearth of dedicated inventory for first-time homebuyers in the starter market, Trulia has launched the “Trulia Inventory and Price Watch,” which measures housing affordability along three market points: starter homes, trade-up homes, and premium homes.

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