Fort Worth, TX Real Estate News

By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
We all pretty much want the same for our kids.... that they grow up happy & healthy & get a good education.  Did you know that your children could be a part of diversified learning programs right here in Fort Worth ISD? Fort Worth ISD offers programs from Montessori at Como Montessori & Dagget Montessori.  Spanish immersion programs are offered at Burton Hill Elementary & Morningside Elementary while Robotics & Engineering programs are offered at schools such as Maude I. Logan Elementary,Morningside Elementary & Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary.These special schools & learning centers can be found all around Fort Worth.  Special Interest schools in Fort Worth ISD range from Elementary schools all the way through High Schools.  There just might be one in your neighborhood!  To find out more...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Selling a home can be hard emotionally.  It's likely a place that you've made a lot of memories in.  Maybe it was your first home that you purchased together as a couple - maybe it's your childhood home that your parents are ready to move on from.  There's a whole lot of reasons in between those two but, whatever your reasoning is you must keep your emotions in check throughout the process.The sale of your home can only take place when both parties are willing to do the deal.  Understand the offer and be ready to respond within the role you are in.  This means you must separate yourself from the position of being right and knowing it all or else you will appear to be uninformed and out of touch.Divorce yourself emotionally from the house as best as possible and sever your emotional ties...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
 Japanese Gardens in WinterFort Worth, TX There is beauty in all seasons. Surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth year round is a luxury. It is something I never take for granted. To fully appreciate the seasons, it's best to see and experience the Gardens at different times of the year. No two experiences are alike.  Winter - photo taken 2/1/2016Summer - photo taken in 2015 What I like about winter at the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth, TX is that everything doesn't go dormant. It's a season of hope and dreams. The water pond is still very active with turtles, ducks and images of people and reflections. Signs of life in the pond symbolizes renewal of the connection between summer, winter; the seasons of human existence. A garden in winter is Paradise!...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
  Ahh... February!  Don't you just love this month!?  See what I did there??  Anyhow... We're officially over the holiday hangover & schedules & life is resuming as normal.  The weather lately has been teasing us with Spring & Summer-like temperatures but, I have a feeling it won't stick around for too long.  Have no fear because there is PLENTY going on in the month of February to keep you moving & keep you warm!  So, here's our list of fun things happening around Fort Worth in February! February 4th - West 7th Farmers Market - Will be held each Thursday from 4-7 pmFebruary 5th - Robert Earl Keen @ Billy Bob's Texas February 5th - 21st - School House Rock @ Casa MananaFebruary 6th - Ft. Worth Mardi Gras RunFebruary 6th - 7th - TRex Planet @ Ft. Worth Convention CenterFebruary 7th - Wes...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
When you walk into 1812 Dakar Rd E you may think that you've just stepped into an magazine.  This home has been beautifully remodeled to a contemporary modern style.  Sitting on a fully treed lot, there have been no details left untouched. Beautiful dining room with an abundance of natural lightThe main living area is open to the ultra modern kitchenBoth spaces also let in an plethora of natural light as wellThe kitchen is brimming with stainless Thermador appliances, including a 30" refrigerator column and a 30" freezer column, a large pantry & waterfall countertop island.The large, first-floor master suite offers crown molding in the bedroom and extra space for a reading nookThe double vanity master bath also hosts a large walk-in shower as well as a stand alone soaking tubNo worry to...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
 Japanese GardensFort Worth, TX (Part 1)   One doesn't have to wait for winter to end to visit Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth, TX. One foot in the gardens makes you forget about the seasons on earth. Mediating on the seasons of your life is more beneficial. This life energy garden comes alive with architectural beauty, soothing waters, greenery, and things in nature. Spiritual insight into Zen becomes apparent.   Japanese Gardens cultivates the arts in a life giving garden that allows the human spirit to flow with energy from within. In Japan, the presence of KOI are symbols of love and friendship. Refreshment is what every human being craves because it is essential to come alive both bodily, emotionally, and physically. We are created to live in harmony with nature and all creatures he...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
 POPPIES Poppies were blooming in Fort Worth yesterday straight out of the ground! I wasn't the only one to gather around their opening day! They were such a beautiful sight! I hope you enjoy them too!  May these poppies uplift your spirits today and give you something to smile about too. When you think about it, these short lived perrenial plants are very resilient. When they are ready to show up - they show up! Timing is everything.  I look at the Poppies and I see beauty! Perfection! Purity! Resurrection! Joy! High hopes!!! They are vivid in color and such a showy flower too! I am reminded of the cycle of life, to start life anew! These flowers range in colors of vermillion orange, red, pink, white and yellow. If there are other colors, I haven't been lucky enough to see them. Yet, I...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
  The Fort Worth/Dallas Metro-Plex is a pretty vibrant economy.  Are there a lot of people in the oil and gas business?  Yes.  But, that is not the driving force behind our economy.  The oil and gas business is becoming less of a factor when it comes to over economy of the Metro-Plex.  High Tech and Medical has over taken the effect of the Oil and Gas business.  We have major corporations relocating to the area because of a business friendly environment.  If I remember, I got this from one of my lenders, the Metro-Plex has about 15000 "out of state" people moving to the area each month and just a very small portion are related to the oil and gas business.According to the Fort Worth Business press latest issue, the outlook for 2016 Multifamily is strong.  In 2015 the Dallas/Fort Worth Me...
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By Stacey Perry, Realtor®
We're only a few weeks into the new year, but 2016 is already shaping up to be a perfect year to buy a home! Here's a few reasons why:Low mortgages ending: Interest rates are at record lows, but they won't remain this low for long! Experts are predicting interest rates to rise in the near future, which will in turn raise mortgage payments and make buying a home more expensive very soon.Home inventory increase: In many real estate markets across the country, including DFW, home inventory has been far lower than demand, making it ideal for seller's. Buyers are expected to have a bit more luck this year as the number of homes on the market is expected to increase significantly this year. So the days of bidding wars and high home prices may be in the past, giving buyers the upper hand.Stabi...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of having lunch at a fairly new restaurant in town - Fixture.  Located in the Near Southside area of Fort Worth, it's right on Magnolia Ave.Part of the Fixture philosophy is "Food doesn't have to be expensive to be great..." and they couldn't live by that any better!  When you walk into Fixture you immediately feel its comfortable, laid back vibe.  All are welcome & they just want you to have a good meal and enjoy your time there.Fixture promotes community by only offering naturally grown food - or as they like to put it, "...no processed or lab-created ingredients" go into their food.  They strive to support as many local & American-based businesses as possible by carrying American boutique wines, local craft beer & American spirits.When deciding ...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
 A home seller often thinks they know their home & its value better than anyone.  The truth is, it's the market that decides a home's true value.It doesn't matter if it is a dilapidated shack or a glamorous estate - the market will tell you what your home is worth at that present time.You should ask yourself though - Is your home priced accordingly?  Is it updated and in proper repair?  Is reluctance to complete repairs going to force you out of the retail market and into the wholesale market?If your home is clean, orderly & in proper repair there is no reason that you shouldn't get what you are asking for the property, as long as it is within the market value.There are people out there - investors - who will purchase your house without the proper repairs being done but, you should be p...
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By the FIRE Group, Our Family Showing Your Family Home
(KellerWilliams-the FIRE Group)
Situated on a quiet court this home has mature trees, rear covered parking with side and rear patio. Open floor plan concept with great flow. Sliding glass door leads to the side patio and back of complex. Kitchen has tiled counter tops, breakfast bar and over looks the living area and dining. Great for the growing family! It is close to the Lake Worth and a great view for 4th of July fireworks with easy access to shopping & downtown Fort Worth.Click here for Virtual Tour
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Often times the new year means wiping the slate clean & starting fresh.  Organization tends to be at the top of many people's "New Year Goals".  So, in an effort to help you stay on track with your goals & truly wipe the slate clean we're sharing out tips for getting organized.Starting off in the kitchen - the heart of the home!  If you have an unorganized kitchen - no matter the size - it is likely you will not want to cook in it!  Big or small it is important that you keep your kitchen organized so that when you are in there things can flow like a well oiled machine.  So, here's our steps for creating an organized kitchen!1. Purge - First things first - you must begin going through all of your cabinets & drawers one by one & purging those items that you have multiples of or you simply...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Just like pricing your home correctly matters, so does the way a buyer sees your house.  Not all buyers have a vision for changing paint colors and seeing a blank canvas through the current furniture & decorations that are currently in place.  Then there are those buyers who may have a vision but, are looking for more of a move-in ready home where they don't have to do any work at all once they've purchased the property.  Each scenario & type of buyer is ok to have, you just need to be able to help them along the way.How to help buyers see themselves living in your home when they walk through it?  Make it as neutral as possible.  This doesn't mean take down anything that says "people actually live here" but, it does mean removing items that set a tone for the house as a whole.  Are you ...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Price matters!Remember that house that you just fell in love with and could just picture all of your future family functions in??  Do you also remember that you saw the price and thought "It's out of our price range!  We would never be able to afford it!" Well, that's exactly what you'll be doing if you price your house too high to sell.People will look at other houses in your neighborhood and area and they'll compare them to yours.  If another house in your same price range has more bells & whistles than yours, what do you think a buyers feedback will be about your house?  Likely, something along the lines of "Gosh I sure love this house but, for this price I could get X, Y & Z more right down the road!"  And yes, they're correct, they can.If you price your home too high, chances are t...
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By the FIRE Group, Our Family Showing Your Family Home
(KellerWilliams-the FIRE Group)
Situated on a quiet court this home has mature trees, rear covered parking with side and rear patio. Open floor plan concept with great flow. Sliding glass door leads to the side patio and back of complex. Kitchen has tiled counter tops, breakfast bar and over looks the living area and dining. Great for the growing family! It is close to the Lake Worth and a great view for 4th of July fireworks with easy access to shopping & downtown Fort Worth.Click Here for Virtual Tour
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
 Many people feel you can choose just any Real Estate Professional to be your agent. I mean they do all have access to MLS so, what's the difference? Well, there's a big difference & having the right Real Estate Professional for you can make or break the deal.Is your Real Estate Professional passive or proactive? Is this their full time, professional job or just a part-time gig? You must be sure to choose someone who is authentically focused on the sale of your home. Not just because they're likable & you can talk easily with them. While this is a great thing to have with your Real Estate Professional, it shouldn't be the only reason you choose them as your representative & guide through the selling & buying process.Any and all agents have access to MLS. However, it's important that you...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
  Ahhh...  A new month, a new year... and a whole lot of fun stuff to get into around Ft. Worth!  Likely the biggest thing happening is the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo!  It's the kick-off event each year for the city & certainly something no one should miss!  So, to include the Stock Show, here's a list of other fun things happening around town this month! January 5th - Mommy & Me Playtime TuesdayJanuary 7th - Luke Wade at Scat Jazz LoungeJanuary 7th - 3rd Coast Tribal Dance Festival 2016January 9th - Log Cabin Village - Dutch Oven CookingStar Wars the Force Awakens at the Ft Worth Museum of Science & HistoryJanuary 11th - 17th - 360 West Magazine Winter Restaurant WeekThrough January 18th - Panther Island Ice  January 13th - Motown the Musical at Bass Performance HallJanuary 15th - F...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
  My friends Jane & Bruce Tischler are the greatest friends in the world! Last night, 12/21/15, I was treated to the Greatest Generation Aircraft Christmas Light Night Flight I could possibly imagine with Jane! We flew in a vintage WWII C-47, T9, 41-6315 built in 1942 over beautiful downtown Fort Worth. This was an experience of a lifetime. It was a magic ride! Soaring up in the air. The plane was filled with history and soldiers memories of Christmas past. Our cameras were poking through the gunner holes and the city lights were electrifying! We were flying high soaring after sunset!!! Getting ready for take-off was exciting. You could hear the loud and powerful roar of the engines unlike any carrier today. We were in the first seats behind the cockpit where the pilots were preparing f...
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By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty Group At Compass
(Compass)
Still looking for that perfect gift for a special someone for this holiday season?  Maybe you have some birthdays coming up that are to be celebrated & need gifts?  There are so many locally owned stores in Fort Worth that it makes shopping local too easy!  If you're still stumped, here's a quick list of some locally owned shops that might be worth popping in to! KidsThe Happy LarkToy WorksStella's LadiesHale HouseCoyote Urban BoutiqueBarse JewelryStella's MenBig Dave's Cigar EmporiumM.L. Leddy'sKnife AlleyFt. Worth Gun Emporium Gift Shops & MoreKay's HallmarkRetro CowboyWrareDanette's Urban OasisHutson Studio
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