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Longtime Tarrant County Justice of the Peace Jacquelyn Wright has had her fair share of controversy in the 28 years she’s served in that position.

But that controversy may be outpaced by Wednesday’s news that a grand jury indicted Wright, 77, on four felony charges related to homestead exemptions she claimed.

It is alleged that she falsely claimed the exemptions on homes she did not live in to avoid paying property taxes on a home on Ivy Hill Road in Fort Worth, the indictment said. Her claims spanned from 2010 to 2018, when she falsely applied for and received a homestead exemption in 2015, 2016, and 2018 for the Ivy Hill Road home. (more…)

The school system is so broken

Everyone wants to live in a highly rated school district, but not everyone can afford that anymore in Tarrant County.

Yes “location, location, location” is still the first thing that comes out of a buyer’s mouth when asked what’s important in their next home.  The second is typically, “We want to live in a good school district!”

Of course, as a licensed real estate sales professionals, we are gagged and bound by money-taking governmental bodies that forbid us from giving facts, figures, or opinions on local schools and school districts.  But thanks to the World Wide Interweb it’s not that difficult to find.

Recently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2018 D/FW School District Accountability Ratings, and it’s very telling in regards to real estate.

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A slowdown isn't a bad thing is it? Let's find out

Some will agree, and some won’t,  but data doesn’t lie — we are heading into a real estate slowdown.

First of all…R-E-L-A-X.  No, we are not heading toward a recession.  No, the housing market isn’t crumbling.  No, it’s not time to sell your home, stock up on canned beans, ammo, and get off the grid.  But the real estate market is changing … dare we call it a slowdown?

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electionThe beginning of a busy political season began today as polling places opened up for early primary voting in elections across the state.

Whether you’re voting in the Democratic or Republican primaries, a bumper crop of prospective politicians are vying for local, regional and state seats. (more…)

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Established during WWII, Bomber Heights along with Ridglea Hills are now areas of revitalization and interest (photo courtesy of Seth Fowler’s iPhone)

NEWS FLASH: Home prices are going up in Fort Worth.  I know that’s a shock to many who think that Cowtown is a quiet and sleepy little suburb of Big D, but just like everywhere in the DFW Metroplex, buyers are finding it harder and harder to find the right home to fit their needs and their budget.

Young professional, young families with small children, and empty nesters are all having a difficult time finding single-family homes inside the Loop 820 for $300,000 or less.  The market is hot, hot, hot, but the inventory is not, not, not for many buyers who are tired of renting but don’t want to live too far from the areas of activity and development in Fort Worth.

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Artwork by Ann Ekstrom celebrates the Bomber Heights neighborhood as a significant cornerstone of Fort Worth’s aviation history and heritage

Alas, all is not lost.  This market is actually allowing for prospective buyers to take a look at older neighborhoods near or close by the usual desired neighborhoods, and to see how these “new-older” neighborhoods can provide many of the characteristics and qualities of the more desired areas but without the sticker shock in pricing … for now.

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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Welcome to the Tarrant County edition of Tuesday Two Hundred!  Today we are going to focus on Cowtown. For those who don’t know, “Cowtown” is Fort Worth, and that’s where you’ll find Unit #201 and Unit #301 inside the Museum Place Condominiums at 3300 at West 7th Street, priced at $282,900 and $279,900, respectively.

Yes that’s right, two spacious, 1,700-square-foot condominiums in the heart of Fort Worth’s West Side, where residents can walk to a variety of shops, world-class museums, restaurants, entertainment establishments, exercise venues, businesses, and so much more — for under $300,000!

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Nancy Carroll Spinks

On Tuesday, March 15, Nancy’s Carroll Spink’s bail was reduced to $50,000 from $1,000,000.

She has to wear an ankle monitor, and cannot leave her home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. She cannot practice law or do title work, she had to surrender her passport, and she must remain in Tarrant County. Late Thursday I received word her attorney, Tim Moore, threw her bail.

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Thanks to her wicked sense of humor, Candy always has the absolute best presentations. If you’ve always wanted to learn about how to build your business with the power of personal branding and blogging, come out to the Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon tomorrow. She’ll talk about how she founded the most talked-about real estate blog in the state and how the Internet influences the real estate business.

Be prepared to meet some fabulous people and have your funny bone tickled. The event starts at 10 a.m. with registration, with Candy’s chat starting at noon. Jump for more information!

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