Monthly Archives: January 2010

New Animation shows details of the deck Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway

Five acres of shared, public green space will deck over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas to create a pleasing link between the Arts District and Uptown. Construction has started and opening is expected in early 2012. I’m happy to share this new animation that details the design and features of The Park from kristin gray.

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Good news for our housing market

Here is an article from the DMNews by Steve Brown that shows area home prices actually INCREASED 1.4%.  I’ve had several clients call to say they are ready to start looking or get their house on the market.  My open houses were crazy busy Sunday – things a really looking up.

Dallas-area home prices turn positive in S&P/Case- Shiller index | Dallas Real Estate News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News.

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10 Must-have Features in Today’s New Homes

From a MarketWatch article:

Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co., which conducts an annual survey of home-buyer preferences, said there are 10 “must” features in new homes:

  1. Large kitchens, with an island. “If you’re going to spend design dollars, spend them where people want them — spend them in the kitchen,” McCune said. Granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes..
  2. Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency. Among the “green” features touted in homes, these are the ones buyers value most, he said. While large windows had been a major draw, energy concerns are giving customers pause on those, he said. The use of recycled or synthetic materials is only borderline desirable.
  3. Home office/study. People would much rather have this space rather than, say, a formal dining room. “People are feeling like they can dine out again and so the dining room has become tradable,” Cardis said. And the home theater may also be headed for the scrap heap, a casualty of the “shift from boom to correction,” Cardis said.
  4. Main-floor master suite. This is a must feature for empty-nesters and certain other buyers, and appears to be getting more popular in general, he said. That could help explain why demand for upstairs laundries is declining after several years of popularity gains.
  5. Outdoor living room. The popularity of outdoor spaces continues to grow, even in Canada, Cardis said. And the idea of an outdoor room is even more popular than an outdoor cooking area, meaning people are willing to spend more time outside.
  6. Ceiling fans.
  7. Master suite soaker tubs. Whirlpools are still desirable for many home buyers, Cardis said, but “they clearly went down a notch,” in the latest survey. Oversize showers with seating areas are also moving up in popularity.
  8. Stone and brick exteriors. Stucco and vinyl don’t make the cut.
  9. Community landscaping, with walking paths and playgrounds. Forget about golf courses, swimming pools and clubhouses. Buyers in large planned developments prefer hiking among lush greenery.
  10. Two-car garages. A given at all levels; three-car garages, in which the third bay is more often then not used for additional storage and not automobiles, is desirable in the move-up and custom categories, Cardis said.

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D Magazine features my Highland Park listing at 3601 Euclid Ave

Euclid Ave in DMagazine

Click to go to DMagazine.com

Thanks Candy Evans!

To view the entire listing on my website, click here.

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Are you eligible for the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit?

Helping home buyers easily understand the home buyer tax credit is the goal of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty with the launch of its new home buyer tax credit website, the company has announced. The website (www.homebuyertaxcredit.com) provides buyers with extensive information and analysis of the tax credit, as well as an eligibility test to help buyers determine if they qualify. RISMEDIA, January 14, 2010

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2010 Attitude

I sent out an eblast on January 3rd titled “2010 Attitude” – Due to overwhelming responses from friends and clients, I thought I should post a link to the eblast so I could share with the rest of my world: http://bit.ly/attitude2010

If you haven’t seen it already, it is worth the click just to see my hair-do from the 1980s.

MY ATTITUDE

I promise myself …

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the pressure of trouble.

My Attitude … is my Life.

HAPPY 2010

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Create your own success story: Prepare your home to sell

From an article on the Briggs Freeman blog:

One Briggs Freeman client took six days to diligently go through a check list her agent had given her to prepare her home to sell. After putting the house on the market, she received two offers after only three showings – both over list price. Before putting your home on the market, ask your agent for an individual plan. You can use these tips below to create your own success story:

INTERIOR

  • Clean every room and remove clutter. This will help make your home appear bigger and brighter.
  • Re-stage furniture and remove pieces where necessary. (A professional stager is very helpful.)
  • Hire a professional cleaning service every couple of weeks while the house is on the market.
  • Shampoo and vacuum the carpets.
  • Remove clutter from counters, closets and attics.
  • Clean the fireplace and hearth.
  • Replace broken or cracked windowpanes, molding and other woodwork.
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads.
  • Put new grout in bathrooms if necessary.
  • Clean and press the drapes or curtains.
  • Clean windows and dust blinds.
  • Repair flooring and tiling throughout the house.
  • Repaint soiled or strongly colored walls with a neutral shade. Apply the same colors to carpets and flooring.
  • Remedy animal odors.
  • Clean oven, range and microwave as well as kitchen appliances.

EXTERIOR

  • Keep the lawn edged, cut and watered regularly.
  • Trim hedges, weed flowerbeds and prune trees regularly.
  • Unclog gutters and downspouts.
  • Make sure light fixtures are operating properly.
  • Replace any screens that have holes or fraying.
  • Check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling.
  • Inspect doors and windows for peeling paint.
  • Add a few pots of beautiful flowers or annuals near your front entrance.
  • Keep your garage door closed.
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door.
  • Pressure-wash the exterior if necessary.

WHEN SHOWING YOUR HOME

  • Open draperies and curtains before prospective buyers arrive.
  • Keep your home set at a comfortable temperature.
  • Play soft music throughout the house.
  • Leave the house while a prospective buyer is viewing the home and avoid having too many people present at the same time.
  • Keep pets out of the way.

For more tips, trends, and luxury real estate reading, click here.

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