808 S. Lamar Street in Weatherford, TX (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

Do you remember the Steve Martin movie from the ’90s Father of the Bride? There are a ton of memorable quotes in that movie but because I’m such a house junkie, I love the one where George and Nina Banks are visiting their future son-in-law’s parents in their massive home.  George needs to use the restroom:

The bathroom down here is being remodeled, why don’t you try upstairs, it’s the seventh door on the left.”

“Second?”

“Seventh.”

“Seventh?”

A true assortment of colors that's for sure!

The Queen Anne Victorian home has over 21 different paint colors on the exterior

What does that movie and quote have to do with today’s Tarrant County Tuesday?  Today I want to tell you about a home with 10 bathrooms.  Yes, I said 10.  Can you imagine giving someone directions to bathroom No. 5 or No. 9?

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Ridgmar Neighborhood has great trees

6332 Juneau Road isn’t the typical Ridgmar home (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

The neighborhood of Ridgmar in Fort Worth is one with many attractive qualities.

Located just off Interstate 30 and Ridgmar Boulevard, the neighborhood is literally minutes from downtown Fort Worth, world-class museums, numerous local eating establishments, and Ridglea and Shady Oaks Country Clubs.

Easy Way To Know Where You Are in Ridgmar

A helpful tip regarding the Ridgmar neighborhood, starting with Dakar Road, the streets are aligned alphabetically ending at Newport Court.

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lock-and-leave lifestyle

6532 Valencia Grove Pass in southwest Fort Worth is a perfect property for those on the go! (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

When it’s 100-plus degrees outside in Fort Worth, what do people want to do?  LEAVE! There are times when Cowtown seems like an utter ghost town during the summer months.

It’s not a shock that people want to vacation in the mountains or on the coasts during these sweltering times, and it’s also not a shock that the lock-and-leave concept is now more popular than ever with emptynesters.

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Builder's homes are nearly perfect

Integrity Homes designed and built 5205 Caliza Court in La Cantera at Team Ranch. (Photos: Tourmax Real Estate Media)

Here’s a free tip for Tarrant County Tuesday: If you ever have the opportunity to purchase a home builder’s personal home … jump on it!  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Before I became the Bow Tie Realtor, I was the Bow Tie Sales Guy who worked for 10-plus years in new construction and home builders in the Fort Worth area.  I love, love, love new homes and the building process from soup-to-nuts.  Here’s some inside scoop.

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The 3,500 ft. garden home

6736 Medinah Drive in the Garden Home section of Mira Vista Country Club

When I think of a garden home in my mind, I see a small house on a tiny piece of land that seems too cramped.  What do you think of? How about a nearly 3,500-square-foot home with four bedrooms, tall ceilings, plenty of natural light and only a few steps from a Fort Worth-famous golf course?

Now that’s a Garden Home.

And 6736 Medinah Drive, in garden home section of Mira Vista Country Club, is exactly what you’re looking for if you need space, luxury, relaxation, and low maintenance.

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Affordable painted brick homes! Yes please!

Shane Avenue just 19 minutes from Downtown Fort Worth has been transformed…and affordable (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

No, no, no … we are NOT talking about affordable housing when it comes to government subsidized and regulated homes.  That’s an entirely different discussion and mess that Tarrant County Tuesday isn’t going to deal with.

You Say Affordable, I Say Affordable …

When I say “affordable,” I’m talking about homes under $250,000 that aren’t miles and miles and miles away from civilization simply to make them cost less.

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A slowdown isn't a bad thing for real estate

The slowdown in the real estate market is more like a shift toward balance for sellers and buyers.

WOW–tremendous responses and feedback on Part I of this real estate slowdown blog topic from last week.  Thanks so much!  Nice to know people are reading, following and giving thought to #tarrantcountytuesday.

Last week we established (with data) that there indeed is a slowdown or market shift in the housing market.  One Dirty Reader asked about this “recession” and I would strongly caution the use of that word.  There’s a big difference from a slowdown to a recession.

Is This Slowdown a Good Thing?

Many have indicated that this shift from a sellers’ market to a buyer-friendly market might actually be a good thing.  I would agree.

As the data indicated, when prices are increasing so quickly, interest rates are going up and individual incomes not keeping pace buyers aren’t buying.  That’s not good for anyone in the real estate business. (more…)

amazing revival house

Before-and-after photos don’t do it justice at 3771 W. 4th Street in Monticello.  (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

I have a great idea! HGTV should make a TV show where they take a total clunker of a home and turn it back to its original greatness … they could call it “Revival House” or something like that.  (Of course I would star in the show, too!)

The first episode would feature the home located at 3771 West 4th Street in the beautiful neighborhood of Monticello in Fort Worth.

When the Seller of this charming 1,520-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home first bought it, it was … well … shall we say politely … it was in need of a drastic revival!

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