Mansion? It's a castle

I’d say 10,000 feet of living on 2 acres would constitute a lovely mansion! (photos: Concierge Auctions)

What constitutes a house being called a “mansion?”

There isn’t an exact definition, but according to our friends in the web, a mansion is a large home over 8,000 square feet that has features that you wouldn’t find in your typical home.  Features such as a large foyer entrance, marble floors, a wide staircase with designer railings.  But what about the number of TVs?

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Houston Street is the place to be downtown

Houston Street is lined with stellar restaurants, watering holes, shops, and places of interest (Photos: Shoot2Sell)

Does it drive you CRAZY when people pronounce the name “Houston” like “U-ston”?  Or how about the way those snooty Yanks pronounce it, “Howe-ston”?  What is that all about?  Do you think those people know they are completely butchering a fairly simple word? Houston.

Sidenote: There are a handful of people who have called me “Zeth” for years and years.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard.  Now you know how to get on my bad side!

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Another year of Tarrant County Tuesday is coming to a close.  In the words of the Grateful Dead song, “What a long strange trip it’s been.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the homes, neighborhoods and issues I’ve presented in this weekly blog for 2017.  It has been my utmost pleasure helping to showcase the spectacular real estate in Tarrant (and Parker) County.  Now for some awards … remember, no wagering please!

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With mature neighborhoods come mature trees

4517 Francisco Court in CandleRidge (photos: Roxanne Barton Tour Factory)

One of my goals for Tarrant County Tuesday is to introduce new areas of Fort Worth to our readers.  While it’s fun to see large and expensive homes, not everyone can or wants to afford a home that sometimes comes with that type of dwelling.

It brings me great joy to showcase neighborhoods of Cowtown that have quality homes at affordable prices and values.

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Ted: "Please sell me a home"

In this market, many home buyers find themselves in this position

Let’s call the buyer “Ted.” Our first meeting was Friday, December 30, at noon. It was an informational lunch in Bedford, Texas — close to his job and where he’d love to live.

“I’m a programmer and work not too far from here,” explained Ted. “Currently I live in Richardson. With my long and bizarre work hours, I really want to find a home in this area.”

“Piece of cake,” I thought to myself.  After all, I’ve been helping people buy homes in the area for over a decade, this would not take long at all.

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A new home used to be an option for many buyers. Not so much anymore (photo: Eric Dunlap)

In Part One of this look into the end of affordable housing in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, we discussed the giant void of quality homes under $200,000. This void will continue to move housing prices upward, force buyers to spend more than they should, and create a stagnant sales economy in our community.  Neglecting the needs for a large segment of the population will have a dramatic effect on the housing industry in all price points.

What’s The Problem?

When I first started selling homes in the early 2000s for a D/FW-based tract home builder, the homes were listed from $85,000 to $135,000. Yes, they were located in a rural area where there weren’t a lot of high paying jobs, but the point is that the developer was able to sell land to the builder who was able to offer a new home for a reasonable price.

And now that is an impossibility.

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Behind house is 6-car garage, pool, spa, cabana and good country living

10500 Barbara Sue Court in Crowley, TX has a 4,300 ft. garage and workshop on the 1-acre property (photos:

“Car storage,” the buyer said.

“Excuse me?” I replied as I was trying to understand what’s important to them as they look at homes.

“I need a place to store my prized possessions — my cars,” he explained.

That’s when I realized that sometimes buyers have other items on their “Must Have” list than just the home.

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Nestled in Westover Hills

1912 Canterbury Drive is an eclectic mix of many styles and materials in Westover Hills (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Did you know that, tucked into scenic landscape of Fort Worth is the third wealthiest town in Texas? Take that Big D!

Westover Hills is a charming little town, less than one square mile, with approximately 250 homes nestled into Cowtown by Shady Oaks Country Club, only 11 minutes from the downtown area.

If you blink you’ll miss it.  So don’t blink!

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