Southlake, TX Real Estate News

I'm finding many leads and lookers of homes right now appear to be people who need a bigger house or a better floor plan for their elderly parent(s) or kids returning home after college, or even yound couples moving in with their parents.  And at an open house this weekend, I had a possible customer come by and quickly look at the floor plan:  3 bedrooms down with 2 up, a great layout to keep mom in the first floor 2 bedrooms all to herself, the bedrooms were just off the kitchen and she wouldn't be going up and down any stairs (a hazard for older folks).  Agents, keep your eyes open for opportunities for a famly looking for extra space for a loved one.  It makes economic sense.  Whether it's good for family to come home to roost with your family will depend alot on communication and ex...
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Having yet to attend a class on short sales, I'm thinking that I have saved some money I can use toward some other class more pertinent.  With the recent article in Realtor Magazine and from other realtors, short sales don't appear to be all they are hyped to be.  Some are not getting their commissions from lenders, and the transactions are taking forever to complete if they close.  And classes are being pitched to us realtors like a miracle for our properties getting ready to be foreclosed on.  Hmmm, are there any successl stories or multiple success stories on short sales.  Has anyone been doing these for years, enough to make great commissions and at the same time taking care of their clients?  Maybe I should take a class on short sales just to find out what not to do.
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My first two weeks in being a Realtor I was attending a series of "fast start" classes designed to get a newbie up and running when a question from a female newbie was whether she should get a "glamour" photo for her new business card.  At which time the teacher answered - "well, you can scare them now or you can scare them later."  The majority of the time you scare them later.  I just recently refered a client to another (according to her photo on her card) young realtor in another city.  But when the client called back to give me an update, he said she was 61. 
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By Texas Two Step Relocation
(Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc. Relocation Center)
JUNE 25, 2008 With the month of June coming to an end and July approaching quickly, things couldn't be hotter here at the relocation office. So far this summer our agents have been as hot as the weather, helping our office in closing over 50 relocation units alone in the month of June! The Southlake Town Square is preparing for their annual Fourth of July Stars and Stripes Celebration. It's from 5 to 10 pm on Thrusday July 3rd and is absolutely free. So anybody thats in the area should come check out the home of our relcation center and enjoy the fireworks, live music and drinks! Fireworks start at 9:30 and being from the area, I can say that it is truly an event you don't want to miss! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Fourth of July! Happy Independence Day from the ladies at ...
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By Brenda Magness, Brenda Magness Realty Group, Southlake, Texas
(Ebby Halliday REALTORS, Southlake)
Southlake, Texas, the fifth largest city in Tarrant County at just over 22 square miles, is a prosperous suburb of about 26,000 residents. Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, it is located just minutes from the DFW International Airport. Southlake has a beautiful year round climate, with summers generally in the high 90's and winters averaging in the 40's. Southlake ActivitiesSouthlake boasts many outdoor activities, and is a golf-lovers dream. Southlake is home to the Timarron Country Club, a course well-renowned in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The city boasts several parks, miles of walking trails, community centers, tennis centers, and numerous ball fields. Southlake ShoppingThe Southlake Town Square is a highly popular outdoor shopping center shopping and activit...
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By Brenda Magness, Brenda Magness Realty Group, Southlake, Texas
(Ebby Halliday REALTORS, Southlake)
SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS - In a report released today from the leading online home value site Zillow for the first quarter of 2008, the US is experiencing Record-Breaking Declines (-7.7%) in year-over-year home values (YoY). While that may not be bad news for some, the Dallas metro area was one of 30 markets (out of 160) which showed home value appreciation from a year ago (1.1%).     Local Area Highlights: City: Grapevine, TX One year change: +3.4%   City: Southlake, TX One year change: +3.6%   According to the Dallas Business Journal, three key reasons that have helped maintain a strong home value in the area are; (1) Zoning regulations and an ample land supply; (2) A robust job market; (3) It's physical location (central to both U.S. coasts and Mexico). Dallas has consistently outpaced the r...
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By Brenda Magness, Brenda Magness Realty Group, Southlake, Texas
(Ebby Halliday REALTORS, Southlake)
10 VITAL STATISTICS - Southlake, TX Feb-08 Month ago Year ago 1- Total Active Residential Listings  290 245 230 2- Ave List Price  $736,488 $594,003 $659,893 3- Ave Sale Price $708,143 $576,702 $634,496 4- Median Sale Price $529,500 $532,450 $572,500 5- Sale/List Price Percent  96% 97% 96% 6- Sales Price per Square Foot $161 $146 $147 7- Ave Market Time  66 Days 58 Days 101 Days 8- Number Sales Month / YTD  31 / 60 29 / 29 40 / 73 9- Number of Months of Supply  6 months 5 months 4.4 months 10- Prime Interest Rate 5.00 5.25 8.25 For a local market analysis of homes in your neighborhood, click here to request our FREE Market Snapshot. The following report was prepared by MBY Realty Group using information provided by NTREIS, Prime Interest Rate data provided by bankrate.com. http://www.m...
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By Judy Brooks
(Southlake TX Homes)
The following Southlake Neighborhoods are available to you if you're interested in a Dallas / Fort Worth Luxury Home. Coventry Manor - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesClariden Ranch - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesEstes Park - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesKirkwood Hollow - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesLaurelwood Park - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesLockmeadow Estates - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesMonticello  - Southlake Real Estate - DFW Luxury HomesContact Judy Brooks today for a tour of Southlake Texas Homes!
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Are you looking for a luxury home near the DFW Airport in a quiet area that's perfect for raising a family? Are you seeking a home, estate, ranch or farm that's loaded with old-world decorator charm and modern-conveniences? Would you like your new home to be situated on a large lot, perhaps an acre or more? Look no further than Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake. These three sister cities are located next door to Fort Worth and Dallas and offer luxurious homes near shopping and major highways. The schools in the area are exceptional and the down-home feel is to live for. Southlake NeighborhoodsSouthlake Real Estate 
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
                                  I read the newspaper everyday....Today there was an article about a man who has lung problems because he would eat microwave popcorn everyday and the fumes from the popcorn has been linked to his lung problems.  Additionally, the article claims that workers from the manufacturing facility have health issues as well.... I google it and found an article on this issue....                                http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=83684In the Real Estate Office that I work in,  we have a lot of Agents and support staff.... Almost every-time I'm in the office someone is popping up some microwave popcorn....I have been making my own microwave popcorn for years...  It is so simple and contains no chemicals or cooking oils ..... In...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
             Southlake Carroll Senior High school has created an awesome Haunted Phantom Ship!!  The tickets are $10 and the wait was a little long because there was so many kids....So be prepared to make a tailgate party out of it !!  Snacks are available.... There was a tent set up with fresh homemade Texas style Kettle Corn !!Tickets are available online...http://www.dragondrama.net/   October 5 - October 31.My daughter and I went thru the Haunted Ship last weekend...It's very well organized.... Scary !!   About 15 people are let in at a time. I had the pleasures of going thru with another Mom and the rest were all kids.... It was sooo scary that a 12 year old boy grabbed onto the back of my jacket and hung on throughout the entire time !!  I got a little wet at the end... I was not ...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
           I have been in foreclosure properties that look like a crime scene.  It's quite apparent that the Homeowner was disgruntled and decided to destroy the home.  I have seen the built-in appliances torn from the wall.  I have seen doors removed.  I have seen the meters removed.  I have seen the water heater removed.  anything not attached was removed....It is not the Lenders fault that the home has gone into a foreclosure.  The Lender is not in business to own homes.  Additionally, it is not the Lenders fault because you might be in a wrong loan program for your needs.  Your loan program is determined by you and your Loan Officer / Loan Originator.  The foreclosure process is expensive and could range from $30,000 - $40,000.  Freddie Mac claims that the foreclosure process costs ...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
    This is a familiar site for us in North Texas....These large Oil Rigs are popping up all over the place !!  Homeowners with mineral rights are signing agreements and receiving royalty checks....                                      Yahoo !!!  Homeowners are selling their homes and hanging onto their mineral rights.  If you're lucky you can find a property that includes the mineral rights....Here is a twist to Buying a property here in North Texas.... The Mineral Rights can help the Seller sell his/her property....If the Seller has the mineral rights,  the Buyer can and should negotiate a % of the rights/royalties to go to the Buyer during the negotiation process ... Remember, everything is negotiable....Don't let the MLS listing report that states no mineral rights drag you down.......
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
    If you are serious about getting into shape, I highly recommend Chuck Jordan's Boot Camp.  To sign up just log onto www.BOD-SQUAD.com. "Drop Fat, Get strong and Look Good !!  Get in Gear and Lose that Rear !!"I have been in Chuck's Boot Camp for 6 weeks and have noticed a huge difference in this short time !!   I have dropped down two sizes and lost 12 pounds !! Yahoo !!   I have always exercised but never achieved the results that I really wanted...So my good friend suggested this outdoors Boot Camp....It's been awesome !!Chuck has a very aggressive program in place.  We work-out hard and he has a specific diet plan that we follow.  He is also our individual personal trainer.  He will adjust the exercises and diet plan to fit our individual needs.  The program is 8 weeks long and h...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
Every year our neighborhood has a Halloween Tradition....It's fun and we see how far it will travel.  I prepare goodie bags filled with Halloween treats and the "Boo'd"poem.  I send my children out to pick a couple neighbors.  They leave the goodie bags on the front door, ring the bell and run.....  Then those neighbors are suppose to follow the directions in the poem....  My children love this !!The cute part is that a little girl down the street asked my daughter when she was going to start the treat bags this year....Shhhhhh, it's suppose to be a secret.I have included the "Boo'd" poem and instructions for you in case you want to join in the Spirit of Halloween !!A friendly ghost has come your wayTo wish for you a wonderful day.He left a small gift and something sweetNever heard him ...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
     Southlake, Texas has top rated schools.  Southlake Carroll ISD has an awesome Football Team....Go Dragons !!  I'm proud to say that my son is a Dragon Football player....He weighs about 250 pounds, he's only a sophomore with an attitude that is equal to his size....D Magazine has featured our Football team on the front  cover of the September 2007 issue....                                                                                                    Why You Should Hate Southlake                             "Because the kids are Smarter, Stronger and Better Looking than Yours.                                                      And they Prove it Every Friday Night." Southlake, Texas not only has an awesome Football team,  it has a wonderful Community Spirit that sets the tone ...
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By Carrie A. Maniaci
(ReDesignandHomeStaging.com)
In today's Real Estate Market, it's essential to be as competitive as possible to get your home SOLD. One way to get a leg up on the competition is to have your home professionally Staged. Today's home sellers do understand what home staging is, I just find that most sellers just need a little more clarification of what they're really going to get out of staging their home. Here are 3 Reasons to make your home competitive in this market by Staging:1)      Competition.  With so many homes currently listed on the MLS, you need your home to be seen by as many potential buyers as possible. What are you chances of being seen by more than a handful of potential buyers if your home doesn't have GREAT looking photos both in print and on the internet? ASP's can list your home on http://www.stage...
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By Tony Maniaci
(The Michael Group)
I have lived in Southlake for 16 years and have seen this rural little town become the thriving city that D Magazine ranked #1 out of 62 suburbs in their annual survey D Magazine's "Best Places to Live" 2006. Located 6 miles west of DFW airport and approximately 19 miles from both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth makes this an ideal spot for families and urban professionals.  Southlake's Town Square is a hub that draws local residents together for dining, shopping and various family and community events.  Annual events like Art in the Square, the Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Celebration, the Holiday Celebration at Town Square and the Masterworks Concerts draw thousands from throughout Southlake and the DFW Metroplex. Carroll Dragon's Football - Every Friday from September through Nove...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
              Artificial plants are a great way to make an outside area look more inviting, as well as, the fact it's low maintenance...I am all about low maintenance !!  I was having guests for Easter and wanted to dress up my patio so I added artificial geraniums in my pots...It was cold and even snowed a little...However, it looks like a warm summer day out in my back yard...I'm actually going to add artificial vines to a wrought iron fence and a flowering vine to a trellis in the garden....Just think of all the possibilities....          These are artificial bulb type flowers mixed in with little roses to dress up window boxes.....The roses I've had in those flower boxes for three years and they still look good !!  I just added the yellow flowers to freshen up the roses...          ...
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By Lauren Corna, Broker
(Archway Realty, LLC)
Well I've been on a hunt for a very special toy.  It actually became an ugly obsession...Yes in deed...I traveled far and wide for this silly little toy....I went to every Walgreens, Target and Walmart within a 20 mile radius and I finally found it !!  Walmart in Roanoke, Texas had tons of this toy...I bought five of them.  I even bought all the "cool" accessories for the toy....Why did I have to have this toy?  Well, my daughter had to have this toy and I was determined to prove to her that the Easter Bunny does exist...According to my daughter this is the best Easter she's ever had....The little neighbor girl now believes too...All my Easter guests have gone home and I have spent time reflecting back on this day...I started to think that I probably should have bought all the "Tamagotc...
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