Casa ViewFinding a home in the more affordable $200,000 range can be more difficult in Dallas in this market, and while — thankfully — good elementary schools and feeder patterns are much easier to find these days, finding the two in the same house can still be a reach sometimes. But this adorable Casa View Midcentury cottage is that unicorn.

Casa View is one of the view remaining enclaves in Dallas where you can still find move-in ready homes at a reasonable price point. And Realtor Jason Castro of Castro Property Group knows this — because he bought this home at 1821 Tisinger Ave. as a personal remodeling project.

“I think Casa View is kind of one of the last of those neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s just primed for a little reinvestment and a little redevelopment, and still have you know affordable housing in the city.”

“I think that’s the challenge —  I do most my business in East Dallas, and when you start looking at Lakewood and other neighborhoods that are so overpriced, where do you go when you need a starter home?”

“Where do you go if you’re new in the workforce and want to find something around $200,000 to $300,000?” he said. “There’s really not a lot of options.” (more…)

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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