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Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master For The I Hate Grass Club | Candy’s Dirt | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans

Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master  | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans.

Friday Five Hundred: 6000 Square Feet & Magic-Making Master For The I Hate Grass Club | Candy's Dirt | Dallas Real Estate News and Blog by Former Dallas Dirt Editor Candy Evans

“There are those of us who love homes but hate grass. What the heck is so wonderful about it anyhow? It sucks up water we need to preserve, it burns up in August, it gets muddy, soggy, chiggers and collects dog poop. Grass, who needs it?

But I like homes, so this one might really be my dream home. 9011 Prominence is basically a 6,000 square foot patio home built in 1993, hence the great pricing: $499,000. (Today I saved you a dollar, don’t ever say I don’t give you anything.)  But in five years when we won’t be able to water our lawns, you will see more homes like 9011.

“The story here is families who want good schools and a big house don’t need to move to Plano to find one,” says listing agent Becky Frey. Big? The house is enormous: six bedrooms, four and a half baths. “And you are a hop or short walk from White Rock Lake.”

You get the updated kitchen, formals, a den, and that private, lush master on the first floor. Bye, kiddos, go upstairs and STAY upstairs unless someone is bleeding. Master has access to back patio and splash pool — yes, there is a pool! Upstairs you find a game room with wet bar and a balcony which is great for entertaining. There is a great view of the church steeple next door which is very soothing and church bells! Reminds me of Dartmouth! You also have many rooms for offices, media or playrooms. Great closets, big comfy kitchen, three fireplaces, workbench, mature rose bushes to fill you vase. Just. No. Grass.”

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Download 2010 Market Reports – Free Information from Real Estate Center

Do you need to know what the population breakdown was last year in Fort Worth? How about the cost-per-acre of development land in Corpus Christi? Curious about how the number of residential building permits in Dallas last year compared with those in previous years?

You’re in luck.

The Real Estate Center’s 2010 Market Reports, now available on the Center’s website, contain this information and so much more.

A report is available for each of Texas’ 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas. I have downloaded the Dallas-FortWorth-Arlington report and I’m studying it now.

Texas Market Reports

Click here to download market reports

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In Dallas, High-End Home Sales Up

DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – Sales of luxury homes increased between 20 and 60 percent in neighborhoods areawide in first quarter 2010.

First quarter sales of million-dollar homes in North Texas rose 23 percent from first quarter 2009, and sales of houses priced between $800,000 and $900,000 were up 56 percent.

The largest gain in home prices was in East Dallas, where prices were up 23 percent from March 2009.

By neighborhood, Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reported that sales of previously owned homes in Park Cities shot up 80 percent and more than 50 percent in North Dallas. Other big increases were recorded in Westlake, and in northeast and northwest Dallas.

MLS data showed a 28 percent decline in home sales in DeSoto in the first quarter, while sales fell 25 percent in Duncanville, 20 percent in Lancaster and 19 percent in Cedar Hill.

The Collin County Association of Realtors reported that its March listings were at the highest level in two and a half years. Meanwhile, the county reported the highest number of homes under contract since July 2008.

RECON April 27, 2010 – The Real Estate Center is part of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in College Station.

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Modwalls® is “Making Tile Modern” with glass subway tile & recycled glass mosaics 877-439-9734

Home styles are constantly changing and since I love to remodel and work with builders I’m always watching the latest trends.  This site has some good ideas – enjoy.  Let me know if you have any good places you turn to for ideas.

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Real Estate Update – The Briggs Freeman Blog

Hello! Here is a link to the Briggs Freeman Real Estate Update Blog. Feel free to use the updates and information from the blog in your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Pass it on…
http://www.dallas-realestateupdate.com/

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The real estate market looks good this fall; appraisals can cause hiccups.

It’s the end of summer and schools have started – It’s time to re-focus on the last quarter of the year. That is our usual plan in real estate and I was wondering if this year would be the same or different? Well the phones are ringing, buyers are out and sellers are preparing to get their houses on the market to take advantage of the end of year buying season. I have been in Colorado recently for an event at my listing in Crested Butte and they also report an increase in activity with buyers – thats good news! Interest rates have continued to stay low and, yes, there is money available as long as a buyer has cash to put down and good credit. Our only challenge is to get past the appraisal process in some areas – this has been a bit of a hiccup lately.

A bit about the latest appraisal process: The large banks are required to hire appraisers randomly. Realtors refer to this as “spinning the wheel” and wherever it lands is the appraiser that will be sent out to your property. If you live, or are buying, in a development that has all similar styles, sizes and prices then you are not as affected by the random appraisers because they are able to compare information easily. But the areas that I work in, such as the Park Cities, Uptown and Preston Hollow, have a mix of older homes, new homes, architecturally-unique homes with different special features – you get the picture. Well, when an appraiser comes to do an appraisal in an area that he/she is not familiar with, then it is very likely the property will not meet value. Some of the mortgage brokers have a smaller list of appraisers that they “spin the wheel” on and so the likelihood that you will get a local appraiser for your home are much greater.

Bottom line is that I feel very confident about our real estate market this fall and we need to keep in mind that it is important to make sure your agent has found good comps to justify your price and/or has gotten an previous appraisal on your home.

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Survey: Dallas-Fort Worth home prices flat in 2Q | Dallas Real Estate News | Dallas Morning News

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Three optismistic (quite welcomed) quotes from the article:

1) “We are beginning to see some more positive trends in the housing market, which is great news,” said David Brown…

2) The D-FW area has had one of the smallest overall home price declines of any major U.S. market during the last two years…

3) Economists anticipate that the D-FW market will be one of the first in the country to rebound.

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Survey: Dallas-Fort Worth home prices flat in 2Q | Dallas Real Estate News | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News

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