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August
8

Go Biking on These Dallas-Fort Worth Trails

Dallas Biking Trails

When our real estate agents are asked why they recommend moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they often mention the region's outdoor amenities. The DFW has so many lovely natural areas where you can enjoy wildlife and beautiful plants. One of the best ways to enjoy these natural areas is by riding a bike. Whether you're a casual bike rider or a more serious cyclist, here are some of the top DFW bike trails to visit.

  • Katy Trail: 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    The Katy Trail runs north from Reverchon Park on Maple Avenue to Knox Street. You can park either in Reverchon Park or in the smaller lot on Knox Street, just after the intersection with Travis Street. 

    This trail is paved, smooth, and well-maintained. At 3.5 miles long, it's suitable for casual bike rides and walks. Motorized vehicles are not permitted, and pets must be leashed. The Katy Trail was built on an abandoned railroad bed. You'll pass through wooded areas, meadows, and even a few neighborhoods.

  • Santa Fe Trail: 302 S. Glasgow Dr., Dallas, TX 75219
    The Santa Fe Trail is another wide, paved bike path built on an old railroad bed. You can park in the lot at the Glasgow Dr. address listed above. The trail stretches about 4.2 miles from S. Hill Ave. to Winstead Dr.

    The Santa Fe Trail stretches mostly through rural areas, making it a good choice if you need a break from looking at Dallas homes for sale. You'll pass White Rock Lake, where you can see water birds and often frogs. There are a few small hills along the trail, but it's mostly flat.

  • Gateway Park: 1701 N. Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111-5943
    Gateway Park is the perfect place to stop for a bike ride while looking at Fort Worth homes for sale. This 1,000-acre park has a series of mountain biking trails running through it. The Trinity Trail, which is a 100-mile trail system, also stretches through the park.

    Beginner mountain bikers may want to try the trails on the west side of they park. This trail is 3.5 miles long and is relatively flat. More advanced mountain bikers may enjoy the east side trails, which are longer and hillier. 

  • Trinity River Audubon Center: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
    The Great Trinity Forest is one of the most beautiful forests in the DFW area. One of the best ways to see it is to ride the trails at the Trinity River Audubon Center. These trails run for miles through the 6,000-acre forest, offering stunning views of the river and trees.

    There is a small admission charge to access these trails. The funds are used to maintain the Audubon center, trails, bathrooms, and other facilities.  

  • Harry Moss Park: 7601 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
    Harry Moss Park contains a 5.6-mile mountain bike trail that stretches along White Rock Creek. This is a great trail to ride on hot days as the water keeps temperatures a bit cooler. There are a few hilly sections, but the trail is beginner-friendly overall. You'll ride over a few small bridges.

    The Harry Moss Park trail does welcome walkers and hikers, too. So if you want to see the scenery but don't have your bike with you, just go for a walk.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you're still looking for a home to buy. We'd love to help guide your search. 

August
1

Local Markets in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

DFW Local Markets

No matter whether you prefer Dallas homes for sale or Fort Worth homes for sale, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is full of fun and surprises for the whole family. Local businesses bring lots of character to the DFW, and markets – from swap meets to farmers markets – go on every day of the week.

You'll never have to go far to have an exciting time looking for unique treasures. From the big cities to the small suburbs, communities make plenty of space for local markets. In fact, there are so many options you may not even know where to start.

Let's visit just a few of the DFW's fascinating markets perfect for shopping local:

  • Third Friday Market at The Sound – 3111 Olympus Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75019
    Third Friday Market at The Sound takes place monthly on the 1st between April 1 and October 1. With a beautiful lakeside view from The Sound at Cypress Waters, you can browse local vendor stalls or enjoy live music out under the stars. When shopping is done, take a leisurely stroll and explore the six dynamic restaurants, lakeside amphitheater, spacious dog park, and the carefully kept jogging trails.

  • Hop & Sting Art Market – 906 Jean Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
    Sponsored by Hop & Sting Brewery, Hop & Sting Art Market attracts about 50 vendors, including artists, artisans, local food trucks, and many more. Friendly for the whole family, including your four-legged companions, the action takes place between noon and 6 p.m. on August 20. Homemade and vintage items will be available, with vendors receiving 100% of their sales and all fees going to a nonprofit.

  • Dallas Farmers Market – 920 South Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
    Dallas Farmers Market is lively and energetic – no matter how many times you've been there, there's always something new to discover. That could be live music, demonstrations from leading local chefs, and much more. Two special event venues are on call for you to rent at The Shed and Market. And you can take advantage of happy hour specials from more than a dozen local restaurants that share the space.

  • North Richland Hills Farmers Market – 7700 Davis Boulevard, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
    For an authentic farmers market experience not far from North Richland homes for sale, you can't go wrong with North Richland Hills Farmers Market. Here, the customer comes first. Visitors and vendors alike work together to celebrate the fresh, bountiful produce directly from the surroundings of North Richland Hills. Purchasing local helps support businesses and families from right in the area.

  • Grand Prairie Farmers Market – 120 West Main Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    Grand Prairie Farmers Market has a little bit of everything for fresh produce aficionados, farm store fans, and the whole family. Just down the street from some of the most desirable Grand Prairie homes for sale, you will find an active and growing farmers market. The GPFM is lauded for having new events almost every week, such as the delicious annual Ice Cream Challenge for Charity.

Our real estate agents know there are plenty of places in the area for local shopping. It's one of the many perks of living in the area! 

Contact us to find out more about Dallas-Fort Worth today.

July
18

Get to Know the Dallas Arts District

Dallas Arts

Dallas is a city with many different sides. It's a tech hub, a foodie paradise, and a gateway to the Wild West. It's also one of the great cultural cities in Texas, and our real estate agents never cease to be amazed by Dallas' vibrant art scene. 

The Dallas Arts District is at the heart of that scene. Located in Downtown Dallas, it's the largest arts district in the United States. From museums and art galleries to world-class restaurants and live music venues, there's always something fresh waiting to be discovered. Be sure to check out these attractions in the Dallas Arts District!

  1. Dallas Museum of Art - 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
    What better way to begin your exploration of the Dallas Arts District than by paying a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art? The museum houses more than 25,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of human history, making it one of the largest art museums in the nation. In addition to ever-changing exhibitions, the Dallas Art Museum's permanent collection includes artifacts from ancient Greece, a vast collection of Texas art, and works by artists like Claude Monet, Jackson Pollack, and Georgia O'Keeffe. It's also located just minutes from many Dallas homes for sale.

  2. Sammons Park - Historic District, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75021
    Sammons Park opened to the public in 2009 as part of the newly-built AT&T Performing Arts Center. This beautiful public park serves as a community gathering place and a performance space for local artists, in addition to being an extension of AT&T's venues. In a sense, the landscape of Sammons Park is a work of art. Highlights include beautifully-manicured gardens, reflecting pools, and a network of walkways and promenades.

  3. Winspear Opera House - 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    A 2,200-seat theater built in the traditional horseshoe-shaped configuration, the Winspear Opera House has been called America's finest opera house. The opera house is located footsteps away from Sammons Park, and its instantly-recognizable 60-foot glass facade creates a sense of transparency between the interior of the theater and the world outside. It's a remarkable structure that hosts an ever-changing lineup of events year-round. 

  4. HALL Park Sculpture Walk - 6801 Gaylord Pkwy Ste 100, Frisco, TX 75034
    Appreciating art can be as simple as taking a walk in the park. HALL Park, which spans 126 acres, is a mixed-use area of residential, recreational, and commercial space that includes a world-class art collection. A real highlight of HALL Park is the Texas Sculpture Walk, a unique urban green space where more than 200 works of art have been integrated into the landscape. 

  5. Crow Museum of Asian Art - 2010 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    The Dallas Arts District is home to several fantastic museums, perfect for spending an afternoon. The Crow Museum of Asian Art is free to the public and celebrates art from various eras throughout Asia. Take in the ancient artwork in a serene setting when you stop at this museum.

Contact us today to learn more about living, working, and playing in Dallas, Texas. It's a unique art and cultural hub in the Lone Star State, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Dallas and the surrounding areas. 

July
11

Farm-to-Table Restaurants Near Dallas

Farm to Table Dallas Restaurants

Summer in Texas brings a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our real estate agents love the healthy, seasonal dishes at these wonderful farm-to-table restaurants around Dallas homes for sale

  • Garden Cafe - 5310 Junius Ave., Dallas, TX 75214
    At Garden Cafe, many of the fresh ingredients used in their dishes are literally just steps away. Out back is a stunning garden where a number of herbs and vegetables are grown on-site. The garden also makes a beautiful backdrop for their patio seating. Garden Cafe's Southern-influenced menu includes favorites such as Cajun shrimp & cheddar grits, Nana's chicken and dumplings, and collard greens. Save room for the legendary lavender creme brulee. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with brunch served Sunday from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Fount - 2414 Routh St., Dallas, TX 75201
    Fount wants to take farm-to-table dining a step further by providing "edible experiences." They use local produce and edible flowers to create dishes such as garden sandwiches, breakfast tacos, and kale Caesar salads that are as nice to look at as they are to eat. Planning a picnic or special occasion? Fount's signature grazing boards, featuring cheese, charcuterie, and gourmet foods, are available in sizes from grab-and-go to x-large that serve up to 20 people. Hours are Sunday through Tuesday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Patina Green Home and Market - 116 N. Tennessee, Suite 102, McKinney, TX 75069
    Patina Green Home and Market believes that good food stands on its own. Their menu is seasonally driven, featuring dishes made from locally sourced ingredients with minimal processing. A typical offering may include Greek chicken salad, roasted cauliflower with green tomato relish, and jalapeno grilled cheese on sourdough. Create your own farm-to-table dishes at home with items from the on-site home goods and artisanal gift shop. Stop in for a break while viewing McKinney homes for sale. Patina Green is open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, while the shop remains open until 5 p.m.

  • Texas Spice - Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75202
    Get your day off to a great start with a delicious breakfast at Texas Spice. Red brick walls, garage door-style entrances, and wood detailing create a rustic ambiance that complements dishes like huevos rancheros, avocado toast, and Texas-shaped waffles. Texas Spice maintains its own vegetable and herb garden, while all other ingredients are sourced from providers less than 300 miles away. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on weekdays, with weekend brunch served from 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Celebration - 4503 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75209
    Founder Ed Lowe was well ahead of the curve when he opened Celebration in 1971. Decades before farm-to-table became an established dining trend, Ed formed a partnership with local farmers. As a result, the freshest ingredients go into preparing a menu based on dishes Ed's mom served at the family table. Get second helpings of comfort-food favorites, such as pot roast, meatloaf, and fried catfish, for only $3.95. Entrees include homemade bread and three vegetables served family-style. Celebration is open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 9:30 p.m.

The DFW is a delightful blend of urban amenities and country flavor. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with all your real estate needs.

July
5

Your Guide to Long-Distance House Hunting

House Hunting Tips

Finding the perfect home is a challenging endeavor under normal circumstances, but searching for a home in a different city or state might seem impossible. Coordinating the purchase of a lifetime from several hundred miles away can seem like a daunting task.

While long-distance house hunting can pose challenges, our real estate agents want you to know that it's not as difficult as it seems. In today's world, with easily accessible online listings and the ability to conduct virtual tours, it's actually never been easier. Here are some tips on how to make your long-distance home search a success:

  • Visit Your New Neighborhood
    When starting a long-distance home search, it always helps to visit the new town to get a sense of the neighborhood, community, and amenities. A basic familiarity with the area allows you to choose the right location, envision your new life, and plan ahead. Take a trip or two to your new hometown and drive around, visit local businesses, and explore the area. When clients travel into town to look at Dallas homes for sale, we always encourage them to spend a day or two exploring our great city.

  • Choose A Reputable Local Agent
    When long-distance house hunting, working with an agent you can trust is more important than ever. Your agent can provide valuable local information, find listings that meet your criteria and negotiate the terms of your home sale. They can also help coordinate virtual listing tours. Choosing an agent that knows the area and has a strong reputation can really help make long-distance house hunting a success.

  • Include Travel Expenses In Your Budget
    Chances are you're going to want to make a trip to your new hometown at some point, whether it's during the house-hunting process or after your new home is under contract. Travel expenses can quickly eat into your funds, so make sure to factor travel expenses such as airfare, rental cars, gas, and hotel into your home-shopping budget.

  • Determine What You're Looking For
    Because your ability to tour homes in person may be limited, your buying decision will be naturally influenced by logic rather than emotion. Therefore, start by clearly defining your price range, and then create a list of the top 5 things you can't live without. Whether it's a specific location, a home office, or two full baths -- determine your non-negotiables and use them to narrow down your choices.

  • Don't Waive Your Inspection Contingencies
    Making an offer on a home sight unseen can be nerve-wracking, to say the least. If you aren't able to see the home in person, you can at least rely on your inspection contingencies to uncover any red flags. Be sure to consider the standard home inspection, pest inspection, radon, and sewer. These inspections give you the ability to back out of the deal without any penalty if problems arise and you can't come to terms on how to resolve them. Make sure to talk to your agent about what to expect with inspections.

Buying a home in a new city comes with its challenges, but it's actually never been easier than it is today. Contact us today to check out some great home listings in the Dallas area.

June
20

Add These Gadgets to Your Kitchen

Kitchen tips

A beautiful, functional kitchen is one of the home's greatest assets. If you love cooking or wining and dining company on the weekends, investing in the kitchen is a great way to wow your guests.

Cooking just happens to be one of our favorite hobbies, and our real estate agents are always investing in the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. But what kitchen gadgets will you actually utilize, and which ones will just collect dust? If you're looking to enhance your cooking skills or just make things more convenient, here are some of the best gadgets to add to your kitchen:

  • An Air Fryer
    Love the taste of crispy, deep-fried cuisine, but don't love the calories? An air fryer might be a great option for you. You can air-fry almost any type of food, and the entire process is quick and easy. This gadget makes cooking a delicious dinner a breeze.
     
  • An Immersion Blender
    If you're looking for a quick and easy way to blend smoothies, soups, and stews, invest in a good immersion blender. Traditional blenders can take up a ton of counter space, but immersion blenders are small and easy to store. 

  • A Waffle Maker
    Waffles are the staple of any brunch, and a nice waffle iron makes them super easy. Use it to serve up some fresh, tasty waffles to your friends on the weekends. Waffle irons can take up some storage space, so if your cabinets are too small, it might be time to upgrade to one of these Dallas homes for sale.

  • A Manual Food Chopper
    Looking to break up ground beef in the frying pan? Lose the spatula and invest in a manual food chopper instead. These gadgets make it simple to separate meat, and the best part is -- they don't damage your cookware. 

  • A Spiralizer
    Spiralizers have traditionally been used to thinly cut pasta, but now they're the go-to item for creating your own zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles, or even creating thinly sliced potatoes. This gadget makes it super easy to prepare healthy meals.

  • An Electric Kettle
    If you drink a lot of tea or enjoy pour-over coffee, an electric kettle will change your life. Just fill it up with water, plug it in, and press the button, and you have boiling water in just a couple of minutes.

  • An Electric Can Opener
    Sometimes a manual can opener can be tricky to use and can occasionally get stuck. An electric can opener takes away the unpredictability of opening a can by making the process quick and easy.

  • The Traditional Toaster Oven
    The basic toaster is limited in its functionality, so it might be time to upgrade to the toaster oven. These small, compact appliances fit nicely on the counter and can not only make toast but can also be great for heating up any leftovers.

  • The Instant Pot
    You're sure to find Instant Pots in the kitchens of many of these Fort Worth homes for sale. So many people swear by The Instant Pot -- it makes cooking super easy. This revolutionary kitchen appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and food warmer all in one. You can put almost anything in The Instant Pot.

Cooking is fun and easy when your kitchen is equipped with the best gadgets and appliances. For more tips on how to make the most out of your kitchen, contact us today.

June
15

Is This the End of Record Price Growth?

Home prices in Dallas-Fort Worth rose a record 30.7% year over year in March, according to the latest report from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index

Rapid Home price growth in North Texas and in cities nationwide continued to break records at the start of the year, but economists expect the market could change its tune in the months ahead.  Home prices in Dallas-Fort Worth rose a record 30.7% year over year in March while national prices grew 20.6%, according to the latest report from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.   "Demand for homes has stubbornly kept ahead of supply this spring, even in the face of rapidly rising costs," said Dan Handy, an economic data analyst for Zillow. "This imbalance between supply and demand for homes this spring has been the key driver in home price growth that continues to set records month after month."  The index compares sales price changes of specific properties over time. Case-Shiller's price estimate is considered more accurate than MLS home sales data which can be influenced by the type of properties that are selling each month.  

Economists predict the rapid price growth could finally begin to slow in the coming months as buyer demand is softened by affordability challenges.  "Mortgage costs are more than 50% higher than they were a year ago, and prospective buyers will likely start to rethink what they can afford," Handy said. "Sellers may already be responding, with the rate of price cuts now on the rise, to meet buyers where they are. Price growth will likely begin to come back towards earth as many buyers are priced out and inventory rises."  Dallas-Fort Worth home showings were down 9% year over year in April and 11% since March, according to ShowingTime.

  • Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2022
June
13

Plan Ahead for these DFW Summer Activities

DFW Summer

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is fun in every season, but during the summer months, the area is filled with summer events and activities to keep your family's calendar full! Our real estate agents love to spend their off-time at these entertaining places.

  • Shakespeare in the Park - Samuell-Grand Park, 6200 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Celebrate 50 years of incredible theater productions at Shakespeare in the Park, held right down the street from Dallas homes for sale. In 1972, Shakespeare Dallas began with Bob Glenn's one-man production of Hamlet. Today, the organization offers summer camps, a book club and podcast, and seasonal outdoor stagings of Shakespeare's classics. This summer's schedule features A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, running from mid-June through late July. Visit the website for dates, times, and prices.

  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76135
    Just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale, experience Texas as it was over a century ago. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge spans more than 3,500 acres of forests, prairies, and wetlands that remain unchanged. More than 20 miles of trails provide a wonderful opportunity to view the varied landscape, along with birds and wildlife that live on the grounds. The pet-friendly center also has a canoe launch, so you can explore Lake Worth. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for ages 3-12, and $1 for leashed dogs. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Trinity River National Water Trail - Moore Park, 1900 E. 8th St., Dallas, TX 75203
    Want an eco-friendly way to tour the DFW metroplex? Despite its 130-mile length, traveling through nine cities and three counties, the Trinity River National Water Trail is considered a hidden natural gem. Canoe, kayak, or paddleboard along waterways. The trail is flanked by hiking/biking trails and offers access to five learning centers and more than 50 parks and nature preserves. With 21 launch sites, it's easy to enter the trail no matter which direction you come from.

  • NRH2O - 9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
    NRH2O, the first municipal water park in Texas, is still going strong after more than 25 years near North Richland Hills homes for sale. First and foremost among the 23 attractions is the Green Extreme, the country's longest uphill water roller coaster at a thrilling 1,100 feet. Chill out lying on the white sand beach of Beachside Bay or floating along the Endless River. Several food stands throughout the park offer classic summertime fare, from hot dogs and cheeseburgers to funnel cakes and Dippin' Dots. Visit the website for schedule and prices.

  • Frisco RoughRiders - Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trl., Frisco, TX 75034
    The Frisco RoughRiders is a Double-A affiliate of MLB's Texas Rangers and is one of the hottest teams in the Texas League, currently leading the South division. In addition to great baseball, RoughRider games feature family-friendly promotions such as Kids Sunday Funday, Texas Baseball Legends Wednesday, and Fireworks Friday. Why not catch a game after a day of viewing Frisco homes for sale? Tickets range from $11-$21. Visit the website for the schedule. 

Fun is in season all year long. For friendly and experienced help buying or selling a home, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates.

June
4

Dallas-Fort Worth home listings spike as sellers fear market could slow down

Local housing supply is beginning to loosen, Realtor.com indicates

Dallas-Fort Worth is seeing a dramatic increase in homes up for sale over the last few weeks as many sellers look to take advantage of the market while it's still red hot.   The number of active home listings last week spiked 41.6% from a year prior, the fifth consecutive week of gains, according to Realtor.com. Until April, the company posted supply declines in D-FW every week since March 2020.

The region saw the highest annual growth for any week on record since the company began tracking this figure in 2017.

New listings in D-FW rose 32.4% last week, signaling a huge influx of sellers putting homes on the market as summer approaches.  "Sellers have been hearing for about two years what an amazing time it is for them to sell ... and they've seen their equity just grow like crazy," said Mike Reddell, senior executive vice president and managing director for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Dallas. "With the stock market being wobbly and mortgage rates rising, I think sellers that have been thinking about this for a while, more of them are pulling the trigger and putting the house up for sale."

Reddell said if he were in a position to sell his house, he would do it right now.

Redfin reported May 15 that new listings throughout the U.S. climbed nearly twice as quickly as they did at the same time last year.   "Rising mortgage rates have caused the housing market to shift, and now home sellers are in a hurry to find a buyer before demand weakens further," Daryl Fairweather, chief economist for Redfin, said in a statement.

Mark Wolfe, broker and owner of RE/MAX DFW Associates, said he has seen a significant spike in listings over the past few months. In his home city of Coppell, he said, there would have been only about five or six homes on the market at any one time a few months ago. In just five days last week, he said, 21 homes went up for sale.  "We've been a boom economy, and now with the economy showing signs of trouble, people want to still get the most for their dollar while they can if they think that the prices might go down," Wolfe said. "I don't know if that's going to happen. I doubt that's going to happen."

The market is nowhere near balanced between buyers and sellers. Dallas-Fort Worth had just under a month of home supply in April, according to the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University. A balanced market would have about six months' worth of inventory.   The competitive pressures have sustained high price growth over the past few months. The median home in April sold for $425,576, up 25% from a year earlier. The number of sales in April was down 7% from a year ago, but the dollar volume increased 13% to $4.2 billion.

Rising mortgage rates combined with record-high home prices have drastically increased the monthly cost of buying a home. Homebuilders have also noticed demand cool down through the past few months.  "We've been in an unrealistic market for two years, and we're probably headed back to a normal market," Wolfe said. "It might be nice to just have a healthy even market. I'm hopeful that's what we're going to go into."

  • Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2022
June
6

Catch a Minor League Baseball Game in the DFW

DFW Baseball

Catching a baseball game is a fun family summer evening activity, and Frisco just happens to be home to one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball.

Head on over to Riders Park where you can watch the Frisco RoughRiders, a double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, compete in the Texas League. Our real estate agents love heading out to the park, grabbing some peanuts, and relaxing on a warm summer night. It's super easy to do because the park is just a short drive from some beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

About Riders Park
Riders Park is a beautiful ballpark equipped with plenty of seating, luxury suites, fun activities, and great food. Concession options include Rojo's, Frisco Smoque BBQ, Frank's Hot Dogs, Coop & Kennel, Fairlane's Hot Dogs, and Ono Pacific Grill where you can grab a delicious cheesesteak. There are also six bars throughout the park where you can enjoy beer, wine, mixed drinks, or frozen margaritas. The park makes for a great community asset that is conveniently located just a short distance from these Fort Worth homes for sale.

The park is surrounded by 5 parking lots, all of which open 2 hours before the game.

Upcoming Games and Promotions
The RoughRiders have several home games between now and September 11, with many taking place throughout the week. Below are some highlights from the upcoming schedule along with some great promotions:

  • Saturday, June 18 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Sky-Lit Saturday -- watch a spectacular fireworks display after the game, weather permitting. It's also Scout Night and Whataburger Food Bank Night.

  • Sunday, June 19 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate Father's Day at the ballpark with Kids Sunday Funday. The park will host numerous fun activities for the kids.

  • Tuesday, June 28 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Silver Slugger Tuesday -- fans 65 years old and up can grab a $10 ticket when showing their ID at the box office.

  • Wednesday, June 29 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Texas Rangers baseball legend Mark McLemore, also known as the "Dr of Defense" will be on hand for a meet and greet.

  • Thursday, June 30 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Come on out to the park for Thirsty Thursday and enjoy a variety of drink specials including $2 drafts. It's also Singles Night and Ivan Hall from Season 16 of the Bachelorette will be in attendance for a meet and greet.

  • Friday, July 15 vs. Midland RockHounds at 7:05 pm
    Celebrate Christmas in July at the ballpark and also take home a free Teddy Leg Lamp bobblehead. 

  • Sunday, July 17 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Kids Sunday Funday plus Marvel Super Hero Night makes this game a great family event.

  • Sunday, August 7 vs. Sod Poodles at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate back to school night with a lunch box giveaway.

Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for a fun summer evening with the whole family. View the full game schedule here. We love showing our support for our local sports teams, and a trip to Riders Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime. Contact us today for more information about local events.

May
16

DFW Restaurants for Rooftop Dining

Dallas Dining

What could be better than a meal with a view? Some of the area's best, trendiest restaurants offer rooftop dining experiences that you won't want to miss, with fantastic views of the city skylines and outstanding food to match. All that's left is to pick your destination and make a reservation. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best places throughout the DFW for rooftop dining.

  • The Henry – 2301 Akard St., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75201
    With a well-earned great reputation for its casual vibes, chic décor, and eclectic menu, The Henry offers everything that you need to enjoy a rooftop meal in downtown Dallas. Rooftop dining here is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a convenient location near Dallas homes for sale.

  • Gallery Rooftop Lounge – 1325 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
    Ever wish you could enjoy a swim while savoring unique views of the Dallas skyline? Gallery Rooftop Lounge, which features a large infinity pool overlooking Dallas, allows you to do just that on the rooftop of the Canvas Hotel. The menu here is packed with delicious small plates and craft cocktails, perfect for an evening out with friends.

  • Terilli's – 2815 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
    A menu highlighted by fresh spins on classic, authentic Italian cuisine is just the start of what you'll enjoy when you visit Terilli's, which has been a local favorite since it first opened its doors in 1985. The rooftop dining area is decorated like an Italian terrace, with fantastic views of downtown Dallas. Stop by on the weekend to enjoy some live jazz and a craft martini along with your meal.

  • HG Sply Co. – 2008 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
    One of the most popular restaurants in Lower Greenville, HG Sply Co. has earned a strong reputation, thanks in part to its outstanding rooftop dining area. The menu here features a variety of vegan and paleo-friendly options, perfect for accommodating groups with diverse tastes. Enjoy some great apps and drinks on the rooftop patio, then head inside for a delicious entree.

  • Free Play Ft. Worth – 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Retro gamers and arcade aficionados alike will love visiting Free Play Ft. Worth, which features scenic rooftop dining near Fort Worth homes for sale along with its vast collection of free-to-play (with admission) arcade games. Grab a table on the rooftop patio, order some delicious bar bites, then journey downstairs to the retro arcade after your meal.

  • Reata Restaurant – 310 Houston St., Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Known for its legendary lineup of perfectly prepared steaks and a rooftop dining area that's full of atmosphere, Reata Restaurant has been a local favorite for more than two decades. The rooftop features multiple dining areas, including a large, enclosed igloo and fantastic views of Sundance Square below.

  • Branch & Bird – 640 Taylor St., 12th Floor, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Towering above Fort Worth on the 12th floor of the Frost Tower, Branch & Bird is the perfect place to visit when you're in the mood for a cocktail with your rooftop meal. The views here are tough to top, while the wine list, craft cocktails, creative cuisine, and frequent live music are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the delicious dining options? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

May
2

National Barbecue Month: Order Brisket at these DFW Restaurants

DFW Brisket

DFW is known for serving up some of the best barbecue in the entire country, and May is the perfect time to explore what local restaurants have to offer. That's because May is National Barbecue Month, a celebration of all things smoked, grilled, or covered in barbecue sauce. So why not sample some brisket, DFW-style, in honor of National Barbecue Month? Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best restaurants for brisket and barbecue.

  • One90 Smoked Meats – 10240 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75238
    Whether you're in the mood for a quick brisket sandwich near Dallas homes for sale or a full brisket to smoke in your own backyard, the team at One90 Smoked Meats has you covered. If you're spending time away from DFW, One90 Smoked meats will even ship their brisket anywhere in the country.

  • Heim Barbecue & Catering – 1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    A local favorite near Fort Worth homes for sale known for its smoked meats and bacon burnt ends, Heim Barbecue & Catering offers everything you need to celebrate National Barbecue Month. Stop by the riverfront location in Fort Worth to enjoy some fantastic views of the city while you dine.

  • Goldee's Barbecue – 4645 Dick Price Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140
    Best known for its brisket and pulled pork, Goldee's Barbecue also serves up some of the best barbecue side dishes in all of DFW. The dessert menu here is also packed with Southern favorites, so be sure to leave room for something sweet after you polish off your plate of barbecue.

  • Off the Bone Barbeque – 1734 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
    As the name suggests, Off the Bone Barbeque serves some truly mouthwatering smoked meats, including brisket that is perfectly smoked over pecan wood. Mix in imaginative takes on some of your favorite classic barbecue sides, and it's easy to see why Off the Bone Barbeque has earned a great reputation around Dallas.

  • Pecan Lodge – 2702 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
    One of the most famous barbecue spots in Dallas, the Pecan Lodge will not disappoint with its lineup of brisket, ribs, fried chicken, and outstanding sides. The popularity of this restaurant means that there will often be a line when you visit, but the barbecue here is more than worth the wait.

  • The Slow Bone – 2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why order just one type of meat when you can have two? The Slow Bone is famed for its two-meat plates, which allow you to combine brisket, pulled pork, smoked ribs, and other favorites, along with some distinctive sides. If you're just in the mood for a quicker bite, the open-faced sandwiches here are also tough to beat.

  • Cattleack Barbeque – 13628 Gamma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
    Unlike other entries on our list, Cattleack Barbeque is only open two days per week – for lunch every Thursday and Friday. But it's well worth setting aside some time at the end of your workweek to enjoy some delicious barbecue here. Order a regular brisket sandwich, or go big with the Toddfather, which combines brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and coleslaw to create a meal that can truly satisfy any appetite.

When you're ready to buy or sell your next home in DFW, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

April
18

Kitchen Features Bakers Will Love

Baking Updates

Do you love baking but wish your kitchen was more functional for your culinary needs? Or, do you want to create a space that makes it easier for you to bake your favorite dishes?

By making a few simple changes to your kitchen, you can improve the functionality and efficiency of your kitchen. Our real estate agents know that many of these projects will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Here are some features and additions that we recommend to make your kitchen more baking-friendly. 

  1. Add Storage Accessories to Your Cabinets for Your Sheet Pans and Baking Equipment
    If you have to dig through your cabinets to find a specific piece of baking equipment, outfit your cabinets with pullout shelves or drawers. This makes it easy for you to find the pan or baking sheet you're looking for without having to pull every single item out. Pullout shelves also work well for housing heavy appliances, like your stand mixer or bread machine, when they aren't in use, so you have more counter space. 
  1. Integrate Open Shelving into Your Kitchen Design
    Open shelving is an excellent way to store and display items that you frequently use when baking, like measuring cups and mixing bowls. If you have any bakeware with a gorgeous design that can also function as decor (like ceramic pieces in a vibrant color or print or items in a seasonal holiday print), open shelves are a terrific option to show them off. Or, perhaps you have cookbooks or family recipes that you utilize during your baking sessions. Open shelves work well for housing cookbooks or even displaying a written family recipe as a decorative piece. Many buyers find open shelving appealing, making this a smart addition before you add your home to the inventory of Fort Worth homes for sale
  1. Opt for Pull-Out Cabinets to Store Baking Ingredients
    If you're willing to consider more dramatic upgrades, pullout cabinets are a versatile addition that enables you to set up a more functional baking station. While pullout cabinets are frequently used for trashcans, another idea is to use them to house baking supplies that you might purchase in large quantities, like different types of flour and sugar. The design of a pullout cabinet is perfect for housing containers to store your baking ingredients. Another benefit of adding pullout cabinets is that they're a buyer-friendly upgrade when you add your home to the list of Dallas homes for sale
  1. Set Up a Kitchen Island
    A kitchen island is an excellent alternative for expanding your counter space so that you have more room for preparing your recipes, decorating cakes and cookies, and sampling your finished product. While you can install a kitchen island that utilizes your current cabinets and counters, this isn't your only option. Many furniture retailers sell rolling kitchen islands that add extra prep space and allow you to move the island according to your culinary needs. 

Want a home with a larger kitchen so that you have additional space for baking? Contact us today to get started!

April
11

Get Your Garden Ready: Dallas Gardening Stores and Greenhouses

DFW Garden

Will April showers be bringing May flowers to your yard? Our real estate agents may not have green thumbs, but they have beautiful lawns and gardens thanks to help from these great gardening stores and greenhouses around Dallas homes for sale.

  • Brumley Gardens - 10540 Church Rd., Dallas, TX 75238
    Hot Texas summers can be tough on plants and greenery. Brumley Gardens specializes in succulents and other drought-tolerant plants that can handle dry conditions. Add whimsy to your garden or yard with their selection of signs and decorations. Be sure to stop by their gift shop to see the assortment of decor items, including their own line of candles. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Jacksons Home & Garden - 6950 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, TX 75209 
    Founded in 1983, Jacksons Home & Garden grew from a modest pottery shop into a major DFW shopping destination. As a family-owned (and pet-friendly) business, Jacksons takes pride in offering an elite level of customer service. In addition to what is now the largest selection of pottery in the Southwest, Jacksons has a full line of garden supplies and outdoor living products, from grills to patio furniture. Dress up the inside of your home with their beautiful, maintenance-free faux flowers and greens. Jacksons is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • North Haven Gardens - 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas, TX 75230
    Whether you're a newbie or an experienced gardener, you're bound to have questions. Since 1951, North Haven Gardens has built a reputation as a source for qualified advice and education. Schedule a consultation with one of their Garden Advisors or use their landscape concierge service for major projects. These features, along with a first-rate inventory of plants and supplies, earned North Haven Gardens the 2021 People's Choice Gold Award of "Best in DFW" from the Dallas Morning News. Store hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Redenta's Garden - 2001 Skillman St., Dallas, TX 75206
    Owner Ruth Kinler named Redenta's Garden after her aunt, who was a nun in Siena, Italy. The name reflects the European influences that shaped Ruth's love of gardening and inspired her to share her passion with others. Redenta's focuses on a sustainable approach to gardening that is 100 percent organic. Get ideas for your own garden from Redenta's 50, a curated list of plants for any type of situation. Ruth's son Michael and his wife Lorie keep it all in the family by running Redenta's Landscape Design, not far from Fort Worth homes for sale. Redenta's is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Spring Gardening Tips

Now that you've acquired your gardening supplies, how do you turn your garden into something truly marvelous? Follow these tips in your Texas garden.

  • Are your perennials getting enough water? Use a rain gauge to determine the weekly average. If it's less than half an inch, they need more.

  • Apply a layer of compost and mulch to annuals and perennials for improved drought tolerance as warmer weather approaches.

  • Wait for spring-blooming plants to die completely before pruning.

  • Avoid the use of "weed and feed" products on your lawn. Runoff pollution during rains results in damage to the ecosystem. 

  • Planning a fruit and vegetable garden? Good foods to plant in April and May include corn, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, summer squash, and herbs such as basil, dill, fennel, and thyme. 

Looking for a new home with enough space for a garden? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with all your real estate needs. 

March
21

What to Know About Moving Expenses

DFW Moving Tips

Depending on how much stuff you own and how far you're moving, moving expenses can add up quickly. Our real estate agents know that many individuals feel financially unprepared because they underestimated their moving costs. When calculating your moving budget, here are a few moving expenses to account for. 

  1. Materials to Pack Your Belongings
    At a minimum, you'll need moving boxes, tape, and packing materials to pack up the contents of your home. While you can potentially procure moving boxes for free, they may not be the quality you're looking for, or it may be too time-consuming to get enough boxes for your whole home. If you're transporting extremely heavy furniture or valuable items, you'll need more specialized moving products (like furniture sliders, protective covers, and corner savers) to ensure these pieces survive the move unscathed. 

  1. Moving Insurance
    Ensure that you're properly reimbursed for items that are lost or damaged during your move by purchasing moving insurance. While movers often have valuation coverage, this isn't the same as moving insurance. Valuation coverage states a specific amount that the moving company will provide you if your belongings are damaged during the move. It may be a specified amount per item or per pound. The compensation might not be sufficient to actually replace your stuff, and there may be exclusions that limit compensation for specific items or prevent you from receiving compensation under certain circumstances. Moving insurance offers more extensive coverage that will be sufficient to replace your items. 

  1. Storage Costs
    To prepare your home to add to the list of Dallas homes for sale, you'll need to declutter and store overly personal pieces so potential buyers can better envision themselves living in your home. Many homeowners rent storage units to conveniently house their non-seasonal items, personal decor, and other pieces while their home is listed. 

  1. Cleaning Expenses
    If you're currently renting, you'll need to clean your unit when you move out. Most leases require you to leave your rental in a specific condition when you move out, so plan on budgeting for additional cleaning supplies or a professional cleaner to clean the unit. Or, if you're listing your home with other Fort Worth homes for sale, you'll need to meticulously clean it so that it looks its best for prospective buyers. Plan on budgeting for carpet cleaning, pressure cleaning for your home's exterior spaces, and deep cleaning for the interior areas. 

  1. Expenses for Transporting Your Family Members
    Though a short move may not require travel expenses, if you're moving a long distance, you need to consider how you'll transport your family (including your pets) to their new home. Your budget might need to include plane tickets, extra gasoline, hotels, or a pet transport service. 

  1. Costs to Set Up Your New Life
    If your move requires you to change your utility providers, make sure to budget for security deposits and equipment and connection fees. 

  1. New Furniture and Home Supplies
    Even if you're moving from a fully furnished home, you'll likely need a few new things for your new home, like trashcans, bathroom items (shower curtains, rings, and liners), pantry staples, trash cans, and toiletries. If you're moving to a larger home, adjust your budget to accommodate a few larger pieces. 

Ready to move to your next home? Contact us to get started!

March
14

DFW Kid-Friendly Activities

Kid-friendly places

Want to plan some outings that you and your kids can both enjoy? The DFW is full of family-friendly activities that are entertaining and educational. Our real estate agents love spending quality time with their families at these great spots around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Museum of the American Railroad - 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX 75034
    Trains, both real and model versions, have long captivated the imagination of "kids" of all ages. In 1962, the Museum of the American Railroad was founded to preserve this important legacy in our country's history. TrainTopia is an incredibly detailed miniature railroad exhibit that includes a real movie playing at the famous Palo Duro drive-in theater. See pieces of the museum's rolling stock collection during guided tours, which are offered at specific times as the museum conducts its move to the new location near Frisco homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission starts at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12.

  • Yogi Kids - Fit Family, 3051 Churchill Dr., Suite 250, Flower Mound, TX 75022
    Yogi Kids incorporates fun activities such as yoga, Pilates, and dance to help your young ones get active and burn some energy. Fit Family also offers preschool play and after-school programs at schools not far from Flower Mound homes for sale. Mom and Dad can join the fun with yoga classes for adults. Visit the website for information about schedules and prices. 

  • ArtCentre of Plano - 902 E. 16th St., Plano, TX 75074
    In 2021, the ArtCentre of Plano celebrated 40 years of supporting and promoting creativity in the local community. Located in historic Saigling House, just down the street from Plano homes for sale, the ArtCentre hosts exhibitions showcasing the works of a diverse range of artists. Don't miss the stunning Sculpture Garden, which includes a series of mosaic tiles honoring various donors to the ArtCentre. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

  • The Dallas Firefighters Museum - 3801 Parry Ave., Dallas, TX 75226
    At one time or another, nearly every kid dreams of becoming a firefighter. Learn more about the contributions of these heroic men and women at the Dallas Firefighters Museum. The historic fire station at Fair Park, only minutes from Dallas homes for sale, has served as the site of the museum since 1975. Exhibits include a steam engine dating back to 1884 along with authentic helmets, uniforms, and equipment from past years. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • Cowtown Cattlepen Maze - Fort Worth Stockyards, 145 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
    How well does your family work together? Sharpen your communication and cooperation skills at the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, near Fort Worth homes for sale. Wooden pathways wind around a span of 5,400 square feet, posing an exciting challenge to everyone's sense of direction and deduction. Scope out the grounds from the spacious second-story observation deck. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily and admission is $6.

Contact us RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with any of your real estate needs.

March
7

St. Patrick's Day Events in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is coming right up on March 17. It's a holiday that brings a wealth of enjoyable annual events to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

If you're looking for a way to have fun and get your blood pumping this March, be sure to check out one of these great St. Patrick's Day festivals, 5ks, races, and runs in DFW!

  • Dallas Mavs St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Dallas, TX 75206
    The annual Dallas Mavs St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is one of the most anticipated events of spring. The parade kicks off down Blackwell Street at 11 am on March 12 (the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day), and the festival stretches from 9 am until 3 pm. There will be an abundance of food, drink, fun and games just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale. Be sure to also check out the block party and concert at Energy Square. 

  • St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K - Dallas, TX 75206
    Lace up your running shoes for the 2022 Dash Down Greenville! This annual 5k run/walk takes place on Saturday, March 12, in Dallas, right before the parade. Registration is open through February 26, so you still have time to join the festivities. After the 5k, there will be a post-race party that includes beer, food, music, and cash prizes for the winners.

  • St. Patrick's Day Sprint Tri - Keller, TX 76248
    If you really want to get moving on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, then the St. Patrick's Day Sprint Tri in Keller, TX, might just be the event for you. Participants in this triathlon event must endure a 300-meter pool swim, 12.6-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run before reaching the finish line. The Sprint Tri begins at the Keller Natatorium, not far from these Keller homes for sale.

  • Irving St. Patrick's 5k - Irving, TX 75039
    You can always count on the Irving St. Patrick's Day 5k for some good exercise and a good time. The USATF certified course takes participants on a scenic path through downtown Irving-Las Colinas, a stone's throw from some beautiful Irving homes for sale. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in various age groups, and race day perks include live entertainment, race swag, free pancakes, and two free beers for each participant over 21 years of age. 

  • McKinney St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5k - McKinney, TX 75069
    The city of McKinney knows how to throw a St. Patrick's Day Party. The annual McKinney St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5k kicks off at 9 am on March 12 at TUPPS Brewery and takes a scenic course past McKinney homes for sale. It's followed by the St. Patrick's Day Beer Walk, which is essentially a leisurely stroll and craft beer tasting through Downtown McKinney. 

  • 2022 Saint Patrick's Day Run - 2401 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Get up bright and early for the Fort Worth Saint Patrick's Day Run on March 12! Check-in and packet pickup is at 6 am, followed by a 10k at 7:45, 1-Mile Fun Run at 7:50, and 5k run/walk at 8:00. It's a great way to start your day. The event begins at Trinity Park Pavilion #3, and the course includes a chance to see some amazing Fort Worth homes for sale.

There's always something fun and exciting happening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact us today to learn more about life in DFW and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. 

February
21

7 Tips for Creating a Vertical Garden This Spring

Vertical Garden Tips

Limited on yard space? Consider building your garden "up" instead of "out" this spring.

Vertical gardens are a beautiful touch to any home, and they're very much in style this year. Vertical gardens consist of greenery suspended to a vertical wall, frame, or panel. Think of an ivy wall but with a wide assortment of plants. There are also super easy to build and maintain and can give your exterior a unique appeal. Some of our favorite Dallas homes for sale have had well-maintained vertical gardens that really impressed buyers.

Our real estate agents love exterior design trends that include vertical gardens, so they offered to pull together some tips to help you with yours this spring:

  1. Choose The Right Location
    Location is everything when it comes to a vertical garden. You'll want to choose a wall that is not only accessible but also receives a significant amount of sunlight. If you have a wall that could use a makeover, a vertical garden could also be a good way to conceal blemishes.
     
  2. Create A Sturdy Frame
    Your vertical garden needs to consist of a strong frame that can support pots, planters, or other soil containers. However, your garden is only as durable as the frame you select. Use thick, strong wood or even PVC pipe. Flimsy, thin pieces of wood or loose wire can lead to chaos when strong winds or storms roll in. Your structure also needs to be strong enough to support the weight of your plants.

  3. Protect Your Wall And Foundation
    Your vertical garden is going to need to be watered frequently, so it's important to take the necessary steps to protect your outer wall. Attaching a protective backing layer allows you to protect your building from any damage caused by ongoing water exposure. Also, consider adding a pooling tray to the bottom of your vertical garden. This will prevent water from pooling near the foundation of your home.

  4. Choose The Right Plants
    Not all plants are suited for a vertical garden. Since you're building up, you'll be limited on soil depth. Consequently, you'll need to choose plants with shallow roots. Aim for plants with roots that don't exceed 6 inches beneath the surface. Leafy vegetables and most popular flowers will work well.

  5. Give Your Plants Support
    Many plants don't grow vertically on their own, so they'll need a bit of extra support. Use fasteners, clips, and stakes to help keep your plants growing upward. This will be critical to keeping your plants healthy and your garden looking good.

  6. Choose The Right Watering System
    Watering a vertical garden can be a bit difficult, as gravity pulls water to the ground before it has a chance to soak into the roots. Consequently, you may need to water your vertical garden more frequently. Using a hose or a sprinkler system will work; however, a drip irrigation system will help evenly distribute water across the soil and provide the water a better chance of soaking into the soil.

  7. Prune Often
    Like any garden, your plants are going to need regular maintenance and upkeep. Vertical gardens often don't receive the same amount of sunlight as a horizontal garden, so it's important to keep adequate space between your plants and prune and trim regularly.

If you're looking to make your home stand out among these beautiful Fort Worth homes for sale, a vertical garden is a great addition to your exterior. For more landscaping tips, contact us today.

February
14

Dallas-Fort Worth Rail Trails

Dallas-Fort Worth

When it comes to long-distance travel, airplanes have replaced trains in convenience and popularity. Fortunately, many of the former train routes have been repurposed as these great hiking and biking rail trails around the DFW, and our real estate agents love to explore them. Take in the beautiful Texas scenery when you plan a hike on these Dallas-Fort Worth rail trails.

  • Katy Trail
    While the Katy Trail spans just 3.5 miles near Dallas homes for sale, its beauty and proximity draws more than 1.5 million visits each year. Established in 2000, the trail traces the line once used by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, commonly referred to as the K-T. More than 125 acres of local parks can be accessed using the pet-friendly trail, which is also the site of an annual 5K race. The Katy Trail Art initiative recently completed its first installation, a series of five sculptures suspended from trees. Hours are 5 a.m. - midnight daily.

  • Santa Fe Trail
    Echoes of the Wild West past of Texas can be heard in the name of the Santa Fe Trail. The 4.3-mile route uses a corridor once belonging to the railroad of the same name. Bring Fido along to catch waterfront views of White Rock Lake at one end, with the vibrant neighborhoods of Deep Ellum and Fair Park at the other end. The Santa Fe also makes up part of the route for the Dallas Marathon, regarded as one of the top long-distance races in the country. Friends of Santa Fe Trail is a non-profit group that supports the trail through fundraising, enhancements, and maintenance. 

  • Chaparral Rail Trail
    History is embedded in the 35-mile span of the Chaparral Rail Trail. Starting in the quaintly-named town of Farmersville, the trailhead is named for Audie Murphy, the iconic WWII hero who once made his home here. Nearby is the Historic Onion Shed, a restored building dating back to the 1930s. The path is a mix of pavement and gravel, and the trail is a favorite spot for geocaching. Outside the city, there are many stretches of undeveloped land, creating a lovely background that makes this trail a favorite. 

  • A-train Rail Trail
    In a twist on rail trails, rails-with-trails are active railroad corridors with adjacent paths for hiking and biking. The 19-mile A-train Rail Trail connects the Dallas suburbs of Denton and Lewisville with a commuter line as well as a multipurpose path for non-motorized travel. Spend a day with the family hiking the trail and visiting Lewisville's Railroad Park, which includes three man-made lakes, an off-leash dog park, and outdoor fitness equipment.

When you live in the DFW, every day can be an adventure. Thinking about moving to the area and starting your own new adventure? If you're looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for friendly and knowledgeable help.

February
7

Date Night in Dallas: Local Cooking Classes

DFW Cooking Classes

If you feel like you've done it all, our real estate agents have a new date night suggestion for you: Cooking classes!

Cooking classes are both fun and functional. You'll learn to create wholesome, satisfying meals that can save you plenty of money. At the same time, you'll share a unique experience that might just give you a new favorite thing to do together. Maybe your next date includes cooking the dinner of your dreams!

No matter whether you're looking at Dallas homes for sale or down the road at Fort Worth homes for sale, there are plenty of cooking classes to browse. Virtual or in-person options are both available, so you can choose to have date night in the comfort of your own kitchen if you prefer.

Here's a taste of some of the leading local brands for local cooking classes:

  • The Village Culinary Lab – 6130 Greenville Avenue Suite #102, Dallas, TX 75206
    The Village Culinary Lab is one of the first and most beloved places for cooking classes in Dallas. It always has a range of classes for both beginner and intermediate chefs, including seasonal events such as "Holly Jolly Cooking." The roster of classes changes every three months, so there is always something new to try.

  • Dallas Chocolate Classes – 1626 Banbury Lane, Carrollton, TX 75006
    Dallas Chocolate Classes gives you a whole new way to appreciate one of the most popular candy and dessert foods in the world. Private couples classes are available both online and in-person, and you have the opportunity to learn chocolate and dessert-making by exploring classic European recipes. All this and more can be found near Carrollton homes for sale.

  • The Cookery – 710 South Main Street #130, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Billing itself as "cooking classes meet dinner party," The Cookery features both public classes and private events that can be customized to suit your interests. "Can't-miss" classes include how to host a cocktail party, the secret to perfect homemade pasta, and the "Elegant Dinner Party" evening where students learn a bevy of rich and comforting dishes. Locations in both Houston and Dallas are coming soon!

  • Cooking the Details – 1414 South Broadway Street #3107, Carrollton, TX 75006
    Cooking the Details is headed by chef and NASM Certified Nutrition Coach Dazore, a local success story who took a chance on her dream of a cooking business in May 2019. She believes the difference between good and great food is "all in the details," and you'll learn your favorite foodstuffs inside and out as you opt for one-hour or 2.5-hour themed cooking classes.

  • The Table Market – 120 St. Louis Avenue, Suite 103B, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    The Table Market makes the most of its core values of "Fitness, Farmers, and Fort Worth" by offering cooking classes at all levels and a full commercial kitchen for entrepreneurs to use. There's a monthly cookbook club and a variety of workshops that will make your meals even better, from tablescape to food photography. Classes have an international flair, with offerings like "Dumpling Party" and "Indian Curry Feast" topping the list.

Contact us to learn more about real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

January
17

Take the Dallas Architecture Tour

Dallas Architecture

Dallas is an amazing place to call home for anyone who loves architecture, with a diverse mix of historic buildings and the latest, ultra-modern designs. Around nearly every corner, you will find something interesting to see, whether you explore on your own or take a guided tour. Our real estate agents know a thing or two about Dallas architecture and recommend these stops on the Dallas Architecture Tour to see the many unique structures all around the city.

  • Nasher Sculpture Center – 2001 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
    The sculptures aren't the only works of art at the Nasher Sculpture Center because the building is quite the masterpiece, as well! With a convenient location near Dallas homes for sale, the Nasher Sculpture Center is the perfect place to start your architectural tour. Come to see the exquisite, modern design of the building, and stick around to explore some of the most exceptional sculptures that you'll find anywhere.

  • AT&T Stadium – One AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
    The home of the Dallas Cowboys also happens to be one of the most striking pieces of architecture that the Dallas area has to offer. So why not head over to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and take a guided tour? Try an educational tour, art tour, or go for the full experience with a VIP tour that will take you to every corner of the modern, luxurious stadium.

  • Old Red Museum – 100 S. Houston St., Dallas, TX 75202
    Once a courthouse, the Old Red Museum is a fascinating brick building with a long, interesting history. In the coming years, this Dallas landmark will be returning to its original purpose and serving as a courthouse once again.

  • Perot Museum of Nature & Science – 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, TX 75201
    You'll notice a trend during your architectural tours – many of the most stunning buildings in Dallas also happen to be amazing museums. The Perot Museum of Nature & Science is certainly no exception, with a glass-enclosed, 150-foot escalator that runs along the outside of the building. Bringing the kids on your tour? They will also love exploring the inside of the building, which is packed with fun, educational exhibits on science and nature.

  • Reunion Tower – 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas, TX 75207
    For a truly spectacular view from above, try a trip to the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower. Perched more than 470 feet above the city, the GeO-Deck provides unmatched panoramic views of Dallas and is quite the architectural marvel on its own. There are also some fun special events at the tower, like yoga classes and painting parties with 360-degree views of the Dallas skyline as your backdrop.

  • Walking Tours by AD EX – 325 N. St. Paul St., Ste. 150, Dallas, TX 75201
    Self-guided tours are fun, but what about when you want to learn straight from the experts? With Walking Tours by AD EX, you can explore the architecture in some of the most famous districts in Dallas, including the Arts District, Main Street District, and West End District. Every tour is directed by an expert from the Dallas Center for Architecture, and you can expect to spend about 90 minutes to two hours exploring, depending on which tour you choose.

Are you ready to find a piece of Dallas architecture to call your own? Our team is here to help you find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Dallas, TX area.

January
3

Food Trends for 2022: DFW Places to Order Them

Like the rest of you, our real estate agents eagerly anticipate new and exciting culinary trends. Unsurprisingly, the DFW is on point with restaurants featuring Filipino cuisine, popcorn, robot service, and other 2022 trends predicted by The Takeout

  • Inihaw Avenue - 4835 N. O'Connor Rd., Suite 106, Irving, TX 75062
    Inihaw Avenue
    takes its name from the Filipino term for grilling and barbecue, which is a cooking method near and dear to the hearts of people around Irving homes for sale. Signature dishes, such as grilled lemongrass chicken and crispy pork belly with shrimp paste, are cooked to order for maximum flavor and freshness. Save room for halo halo, the traditional Filipino dessert with crushed ice, fruit, flan, and ice cream. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Kabayan Filipino Store & Cafe - 2305 S. State Hwy. 121, Lewisville, TX 75067
    Perhaps anticipating the interest in Filipino cuisine around Lewisville homes for sale, the Villaneuvas opened Kabayan Filipino Store & Cafe just over five years ago. The popular spot includes a cafeteria-style dining area, along with a market where you can pick up Filipino packaged food, frozen dishes, and meats by the pound to enjoy at home. Weekends feature karaoke and live music. Kabayan is open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Doc Popcorn - Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St. #179, Dallas, TX 75201
    Healthy popcorn? Yes, it's possible. Doc Popcorn is made with non-GMO kernels and popped with 100 percent pure corn oil. Everything is natural, with no artificial coloring, flavors, or sweeteners. Choose from sweet or savory flavors such as pizza, caramel apple, and cookies 'n' cream. Can't decide? Go for a combo like the Denver mix, with triple white cheddar and caramel bliss. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Wednesday and Friday when hours are extended to 8 p.m.

  • The Poppin Shop - 900 S. Main St. #335, Keller, TX 76248
    You might think that 30+ flavors of gourmet popcorn would be enough to satisfy anyone's snack craving. But The Poppin Shop, located just minutes from Keller homes for sale, ups the ante with a wide assortment of fudge and candy to indulge your sweet tooth. Popcorn sizes run from the single-serving goodie bag to the 20-gallon bag that holds 100 servings. The shop also offers a variety of colorful tins, from one gallon to 6.5 gallons, for convenient gift-giving. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Starship Deliveries - University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080
    If your family has a student at UT Dallas, right down the street from Richardson homes for sale, chances are they've had coffee or sandwiches delivered by a robot. Starship Deliveries has a "staff" of 30 robots that travel 4 MPH and carry up to 20 pounds. Orders are placed through the service's mobile app, which accepts payment by credit or debit cards. Vendors currently participating include Papa John's, Panda Express, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. 

We may like food, but we love Dallas homes for sale even more. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn more.

December
20

Appliance Upgrades to Make in 2022

Appliance Upgrades

Having a well-appointed kitchen is a must, especially if you plan on selling your house in the near future. Kitchen updates hold their value when you resell, plus it's just nice to enjoy cooking in a clean, modern kitchen with new appliances. Here are five updates our real estate agents promise you'll enjoy, and the boost in your home's appeal to buyers won't hurt either.

  • Smart Fridge
    You may have seen smart kitchen appliances before in Dallas homes for sale or glimpsed refrigerators with big screens on the front of them while shopping. While it may seem like overkill, it makes total sense for our kitchens to use the same smart technology that we use in the rest of our lives. For instance, a smart fridge can display a calendar on that screen with the entire family's schedules, or it can let you know when you're running low on something. It can even add to your shopping list! A smart fridge can also act as the communication hub in your upgraded kitchen and control other smart appliances. For instance, from an app on your phone, you could direct the smart fridge to start the dishwasher.

  • Smart Oven
    After the fridge, the next appliance that can benefit from a "smart" upgrade is your oven. With a smart oven, you never have to worry about having left it on, as you can check that from an app, even after you've left the house. Plus, you can preheat the oven or even start cooking remotely using the app.

  • Induction Stove
    Speaking of cooking, if you haven't cooked on an induction stove yet, you don't know what you're missing. An induction stove is the best of both worlds, electric versus gas. You get the easy-to-clean smooth service of a glass-top electric stove, but with a heat source that is as fast as gas, if not faster. Plus, since induction stoves use magnetic fields to generate heat, the stove's surfaces don't get hot, making this top-of-the-line type of stove a preferred option for professional-level chefs and parents alike.

  • Refrigerated Drawer
    A popular trend in kitchens is to install drawers instead of cabinets for easier access. Drawers aren't just for pots, pans, and pantries, either. A refrigerated drawer under the counter puts what you're looking for right at your fingertips. For instance, a drawer instead of a more traditional wine fridge makes it easier to see all of your options at once. Likewise, a produce drawer makes it easier to eat healthy, whether you're preparing dinner or grabbing a snack.

  • Second Sink
    While it's not strictly a kitchen appliance, having a prep sink or a butler's pantry with its own sink should be high on your list of kitchen upgrades. Having a second sink enables you to get more done in the kitchen when prepping for big meals, or even just a separate sink for the family to use for hand washing while you're cooking.

Just think, with a few carefully chosen kitchen upgrades in 2022, by this time next year, you'll be cooking for the holidays in a much different kitchen... or perhaps in an entirely different home if you're planning a move in 2022! If you're ready to start the search for your dream home or just want to get some information about upgrading your current home to sell, contact us today.

December
13

Bake Cookies Day: DFW Bakeries for Holiday Cookies

Cookies DFW

December 18th is Bake Cookies Day. This is a great opportunity to dig in and enjoy some holiday baking. But don't worry — if you're too busy to fit cookie baking into your schedule, there are some excellent DFW bakeries selling holiday cookies that your whole family will love. Here are some of the top bakeries our real estate agents recommend visiting in honor of Bake Cookies Day.

  • JD's Chippery: 6601 Hillcrest Ave., Suite A, Dallas, TX 75205
    JD's Chippery is a cookie-focused bakery located near many Dallas homes for sale. Opened in 1983, the business is still family-owned with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and from-scratch baking. These cookies taste like they're homemade, and in the very best way.

    JD's Chippery always features some special cookies for the holidays. But you can't go wrong with their classic standbys, either. The oatmeal chocolate are tender with just the right level of sweetness. The white chocolate cookies are another fan favorite on the menu and are a perfect holiday choice.

  • Haute Sweets Patisserie: 6959 Arapaho Rd., Suite 106, Dallas, TX 75248
    Haute Sweets Patisserie is a French-style bakery in North Dallas. While they may be best known for their macarons and beignets, they create some fabulous cookies, too. They'll have macarons decorated in red and green for the holiday season. The chocolate cream pies and s'mores cookies are also incredible.

    If you're in a hurry, you can pre-order cookies for pickup on the Haute Sweets website. They also partner with delivery companies including Uber Eats and Door Dash, so you can have cookies delivered right to your door.

  • Grandma's Bakery: 17997 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252
    For cookies like your grandma used to make, you need to stop by Grandma's Bakery. This cozy little bakery is a lovely place to sit with friends, munch on cookies, and sip a nice coffee or hot chocolate. They have rice cookies, walnut cookies, coconut cookies, butter cookies, and even baklava.

    In addition to cookies, Grandma's Bakery carries fresh pastries including Napoleons, cream puffs, and fruit cream rolls. Treat yourself, and then bring another treat home for the family.

  • Kessler Baking Studio: 1129 North Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX 75203
    Kessler Baking Studio is a Dallas bakery that's now so popular that they ship their cookies across the country. They always have some classic cookies on their menu. The biscotti are incredible, sold in 12 different flavors. The giant oatmeal cream pies are a full 9 inches across and enough to share with a few friends. You also can't go wrong with the chocolate chip pecan or the oatmeal chocolate toffee cookies.

    While you're in Kessler Baking Studio, make sure you also buy some Texas-shaped shortbread cookies to celebrate your state!

  • Unrefined Bakery: 2222 McKinney Ave. #180, Dallas, TX 75201
    If you follow a gluten-free diet, then Unrefined Bakery is the place to visit on Bake Cookies Day. This is a 100% gluten-free bakery and is a great option for those with dietary restrictions.

    There are plenty of cookies on the menu at Unrefined Bakery. They sell decorated cookies for the holiday season. They also have keto whoopie pies, cookie sammies, confetti cookies, and more. If you're having guests over, then the keto stacked cookie cake is the perfect treat to share.

Whether you love chocolate, lemon, peanut butter, or all of the above, these Dallas bakeries have delectable options for your sweet tooth. Make sure you take the time to celebrate Bake Cookies Day. And don't hesitate to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide you through finding a new home with a perfect kitchen for baking.

December
8

Most DFW Homes Still Selling Above List Price

Home sales in North Texas are slowing.  But buyers aren't getting a price break.  Almost 54% of the homes sold in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through September went for more than the asking price. That's higher than the nationwide average of properties that are pulling in more dough than the sellers are asking, according to a new report by Porch Group, a home sellers service firm.  "In most years before the pandemic, the percentage of homes selling above asking hovered around 20% during off-peak times and around 25% during the busy summer season," analysts at Porch.com said. "In 2020 and 2021, however, the share has remained much higher than usual.  Throughout 2020 and 2021, the market has seen steep increases in home prices as a growing number of buyers compete for a limited inventory of homes," the new report said. "These conditions have required bidders to be aggressive in their offers to beat out competitors, often offering amounts significantly above sellers' asking price."

DFW homes are selling for an average of 102% of asking price through the first three quarters of this year.  "The latest rankings show that prices in some metro areas, such as Atlanta and Dallas, are rising rapidly, producing market premiums much greater than the last housing run-up about 15 years ago," the new Florida report says.  Dallas-area home prices were up 25% year-over-year in the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

North Texas home sales by real estate agents have been down from a year ago in each of the last four months because of the shortage of properties on the market and growing affordability challenges.

  • Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2021
December
7

DFW Area Has a Shortage of 170,000 Homes to Meet the Current Demand

Labor shortages, rising construction costs and supply chain issues have made it harder for Dallas-Fort Worth homebuilders to keep up with record buyer demand.  As a result, the D-FW area is short 167,093 homes built between 2008 and 2020, the largest of any U.S. metro area, according to a new report by Zillow.   Nationwide, there's a shortage of 1.35 million homes built since 2020, analysts say.

During the last 10 years, North Texas builders have started about 290,000 houses, almost 20% fewer than in the previous decade.  At the same time, population in the area and demand for housing has boomed, creating a chronic shortage.  "The implications of this shortfall are being felt now as home prices rise in Dallas and across the country," Zillow spokesman Mark Stayton said. "A limited supply of homes as demand has surged is a main driver of rapid home price growth during the pandemic."

Along with the D-FW area, the biggest building shortfalls have been in Miami (142,650), Phoenix (122,288) and Seattle (113,292), according to Zillow.  North Texas homebuilders have been scrambling to catch up.  The number of homes under construction in the area has jumped by almost 77% in the least year, according to Dallas' Residential Strategies.  And D-FW builders have started a record almost 59,000 houses this year.  But with huge backlogs of sales and buyers on waiting lists, it's unlikely that area new home construction will meet the unprecedented demand.

Ted Wilson, principal with Dallas-based housing analyst Residential Strategies, said demand for housing in North Texas has increased significantly because of the growing economy here, large numbers of young renters entering prime home buying ages and low mortgage rates.  "In the 10 years leading up to the COVID pandemic, D-FW saw the net creation of about 1 million jobs," Wilson said. "During this period, due to housing affordability challenges, there were many would-be purchasers of homes that became renters instead.  "This trend signaled to us that there was a building of pent-up demand for for-sale housing," he said. " The dramatic decline in the 30-year mortgage rate during the COVID outbreak has unlocked much of this demand as renters can now afford to purchase new homes."  Wilson said many aging millennials are ready to buy houses.

  • Dallas Morning News, December 4, 2021
December
3

Home Sales Drop in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth had the greatest third-quarter home sales decline of any major Texas metro area.  But D-FW still topped the state in total properties sold by residential real estate agents.  In the third quarter, area real estate agents sold 31,486 single-family homes — 9.3% fewer sales than in the same quarter last year, according to a report from the Texas Realtors Association.  "Although we're seeing a slight decline in homes sold from the same period a year ago, it's important to remember we're comparing to 2020′s record-breaking numbers," Marvin Jolly, chairman of the Texas Realtors Association, said in the report. "Across the state, we're still experiencing strong demand for housing, and buyers are moving to Texas from all over the nation."  North Texas single-family home sales by real estate agents have been lower than the previous year in each of the past four months.  The drop in home purchases is due to a lack of properties on the market and record prices, which have kept some potential buyers out of the market, analysts say.

  • Dallas Morning News, November 2, 2021
December
6

Where to See Holiday Light Displays Near Dallas

Holiday Lights Dallas

It may not be the horse-drawn sleigh of old, but your car serves as a perfect vehicle for seasonal adventures. Our real estate agents can't wait to take in these holiday light displays that are just minutes from Dallas homes for sale.

  • Candy Cane Lane - American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    What "kid" of any age could resist a magical place called Candy Cane Lane? The multi-level display includes lights, lantern characters, and other holiday surprises. Don't forget to get a family photo with Santa Claus. Candy Cane Lane runs through December 26. Visit the website for times. Admission is $35-$50 per vehicle.

  • Dallas Zoo Lights - Dallas Zoo, 650 S.R.L. Thornton Fwy., Dallas, TX 75203
    A beloved holiday tradition takes on a new form at Dallas Zoo Lights. Enjoy the one million lights, 3-D sculptures, and video projection vignettes along the one-mile course from the comfort of your car. Dallas Zoo Lights will be shining through January 2. Visit the website for the full schedule. Admission is $65 per car, $50 for Zoo members, and must be purchased in advance.

  • Radiance! - Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
    Theme parks aren't just for summer. This year's version of Radiance!, a popular holiday attraction down the street from Frisco homes for sale, includes "Frozen in Frisco," a winter carnival with tubing, ice skating, snowball fights, and even a Ferris wheel. Sit back on the Holly Jolly Trolley for a show featuring three million glittering, dancing lights. Tickets range from $19.99-$39.99 per person. Radiance! is open through January 1. Visit the website for dates and times.

  • Interlochen Christmas Lights - Westwood Dr., Arlington, TX 76012
    For more than 40 years, Lake Interlochen has provided the backdrop for a cherished holiday tradition. Interlochen Christmas Lights was the brainchild of community developer Bob Findlay, and today upwards of 200 neighbors deck their homes with spectacular lights and decorations. View the impressive display near Arlington homes for sale from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. nightly. 

  • Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular - Town Square Gazebo, 325 Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
    Find something old and something new at this year's Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular. It's only fitting that the "Christmas Capital of Texas" would offer a stunning display full of lights, life-sized Christmas cards, and an animated snowman. 2021 marks the debut of the outsized Main Street Toyland. Stop by after a day of viewing Grapevine homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily through January 10, and admission is free.

  • Santa House - 3373 Spruce Ln., Grapevine, TX 76051
    Share in the giving spirit of the holidays when you visit Santa House. The Murillo family fills their yard with more than 1,000 brilliantly lit retro Santa figures to create a whimsical display of any child's dreams. Their ultimate goal is raising awareness of and funds for the Christmas Cottage, an organization providing holiday gifts for kids in need. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. every day through December 25.

  • Lights on the Farm - Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75075
    Experience the charm of an old-fashioned holiday that runs through Lights on the Farm, not far from Plano homes for sale. Walk the quarter-mile trail through trees and displays covered with more than one million lights. Visit Santa's Workshop, where kids can write letters and get their pictures. Lights on the Farm is open beginning at 6 p.m. weekends through December 26. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

Have your own festive light display in your new DFW home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn more.

November
22

National French Toast Day: Breakfast Stops Near Dallas

Dallas Breakfast Spots

When our real estate agents heard that National French Toast Day was coming up on November 28th, they got super excited! There are some great breakfast and brunch places in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and this gave them a reason to try some of them out. 

Start your morning out right with French toast from these local restaurants. 

  • Maple Leaf Diner: 12817 Preston Rd., Suite 129, Dallas, TX 75230
    If you're in the area looking at Dallas homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to the Maple Leaf Diner. This family-owned restaurant has been a favorite in Dallas since 2015. While many people opt for the traditional Canadian dishes on the menu, their French toast is pretty great too. Order it as a main dish with strawberries and cream puffs, as a "trio" with meat and eggs, or as a side item with one of their other amazing breakfast items. 
  • Yolk: 305 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Any time they're nearby showing Fort Worth homes for sale, our agents love visiting Yolk. This popular restaurant is known for making fun and creative breakfast dishes, offering specialty juices, and having their own private-label coffee. Their traditional French toast is served dusted with powdered sugar, or you can upgrade to 100% real maple syrup. We recommend adding fresh fruit, cinnamon apples, nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips. There are so many options, you could eat them every time you visit. Want something even more decadent? Try their Red Velvet French Toast - it's truly amazing! 
  • Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro: 4021 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75093
    If you're ready to try something new, you'll want to pay a visit to Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro. They have a Banana Bread French Toast that's topped with fresh bananas and whipped cream. If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Plano homes for sale, you're sure to become a regular here! Their weekend brunch is one of the best in the area.
  • Cafe De France Bakery & Bistro: 17370 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252
    When you're looking for great French toast, you really can't go wrong with a classic French restaurant. Cafe De France Bakery & Bistro has been a Dallas favorite since 1982. They make their French toast the traditional way - with Texas toast soaked in a special egg mix and served with warm syrup. When you finish your amazing breakfast, be sure to stop by the bakery for some truffles, homemade scones, or other tasty treats. Trust us - you'll be glad you did!
  • Cindi's NY Delicatessen: 11111 N. Central Expwy, Suite G, Dallas, TX 75243
    With five locations throughout the Dallas area, Cindi's NY Delicatessen offers a truly unique dining experience. She makes amazing latkes, cheese blitzes, pecan pancakes, and, of course, incredible French toast. Her version is made with fresh Challah bread and served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. For an extra treat, order it topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or bananas. 

If you're ready to enjoy amazing dining options like this all the time, we can help you find the perfect home in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Contact us today to discuss your goals and start exploring your options. 

November
1

Scenic Drives in Texas to Take This Fall

DFW Drives

As the largest state in the lower 48, Texas has no shortage of highways and byways passing through its diverse landscapes. Whether you go by car or motorcycle, hit the open road this fall on one of these entertaining drives recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Texas Lakes Trail
    The unique heritage of North Central Texas was shaped by both the Old South and the Wild West. Explore the remarkable history of this region with a trip along the Texas Lakes Trail. Spanning 1,008 miles and 31 counties, the trail accommodates day drives and lengthier road trips. Start your journey just minutes from Dallas homes for sale and take in sights such as Granbury's Victorian town square and Hillsboro's Hill County Courthouse, with its 70-foot clock tower.

  • Red River Roadway
    Long celebrated in song and movies, the Red River runs through the stunning Hill Country of Texas. Experience their beauty firsthand with a trip along the Red River Roadway. Pick up FM 2164 in Denton, then head north to FM Route 455 for impressive views of the river valley. Get some local flavor, literally and figuratively, with a lunch stop in one of the charming small towns along the way.

  • Trail of the Dinosaurs
    What kid isn't fascinated by dinosaurs? Take the family for a glimpse of prehistoric times along Trail of the Dinosaurs, just an hour's drive from Fort Worth homes for sale. Follow US 67 along through gently rolling hills until you reach Dinosaur Valley State Park. Millions of years ago, this land sat on the edge of an ancient ocean, and you can still see dinosaur footprints fossilized along the Paluxy River. Keep your eyes open for sightings of contemporary wildlife such as deer, bobcats, and armadillos. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $7 per person, with no charge for kids aged 12 and under.

  • Texas Forts Trail
    As part of America's Western frontier, Texas was the site of many historic battles. The 650-mile Texas Forts Trail provides a step back in time to view several military outposts and settlements that offer a glimpse into life in that long-ago era. Highlights include Fort Belknap, Fort Griffin, Buffalo Gap Historic Village, and Paint Rock, with preserved cave paintings dating back to the time of Native Americans. 

  • I-30 East
    Savor the lush greenery and tree-lined roads on the three-hour drive along I-30 East from Dallas to Texarkana, which straddles the Texas-Arkansas border. The city's name is a combination of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, which is only 35 miles south. Attractions on both sides of the line include a series of colorful murals and the Ace of Clubs House, an architectural marvel which has been named a Texas Historical Landmark. Nature lovers can venture just a bit further into Arkansas to visit Millwood State Park and Historic Washington State Park.

No matter where you travel, all roads lead back to your dream home in DFW. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for cheerful and experienced help with all your real estate needs. 

October
14

Dallas-Fort Worth housing market 'definitely cooling down' — but still simmering

Dallas-Fort Worth is cooking up a record year for home sales and prices, but there are signs that the residential market is cooling from a boil to a simmer.  "On a macro level, the market is definitely cooling down, but we're talking about going from extreme hotness to, like, still hotness," DFW Opendoor General Manager Sharon Brown said in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal.   "Relative to last the last few months, the market is cooler," Brown said. "But relative to last year, the year before and the years before that, it's still super hot. Even though it's cooling down, that doesn't mean that it's a cool market."

The DFW market is cooling because more inventory is coming on the market and the volume of homes sold has decreased over the last three months, Brown said. Sales prices are also declining a tad, she said.  "It's still pricey," she said. "It's still a seller's market, but because of the inventory lift, because there's more supply on the market, the price is slowly coming down — not tremendously, but slightly.

Home prices in DFW have risen roughly 17% in 2021, and they're likely to rise another 4% to 5% in 2022, James Gaines, economist for the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University, said in a virtual meeting of the MetroTex Association of Realtors.   Gaines forecast total existing home sales for DFW to increase by 3% in 2022.

  • Dallas Business Journal, October 8, 2021
October
13

North Texas new home sales, starts, prices setting records despite labor, building supply challenges

Dallas-Fort Worth new home sales and median prices are running at record levels, but a disrupted material supply chain and limited construction labor pool are causing it to take longer to get houses built and closed.  North Texas homebuilders initiated housing starts on 14,216 units in the most recent quarter, eclipsing the third-quarter 2020 pace by 1,277 units and up 9.9% year over year, according to statistics released today by Dallas-based Residential Strategies Inc.   The annual start rate, which includes the fourth quarter of 2020 through third-quarter 2021, has now climbed to 58,625 units — up 35% year over year, according to the housing market analyst.

"Even with higher prices there continues to be solid demand for new houses," said Ted Wilson, principal with Residential Strategies. "The biggest challenge for builders today is that, with limited construction labor and a disrupted material supply chain, it is taking much longer to get houses built and closed."   Despite the delays, builders set a record for closings in the most recent quarter at 11,985 units, up 3.5% year-over-year. The annual closing rate stands at 45,574 units, up 13.7% year over year.

The cost and shortage of construction labor has been problematic for builders, said Cassie Gibson, Residential Strategies' senior vice president. Lumber future prices peaked in May 2021 and have subsided since, but supply chain issues persist for many other components used in housing construction, causing higher prices to persist for builders as they determine their true input costs, Gibson said.

New home demand in North Texas has soared over the last year and a half because of a shortage of existing homes and surplus of people moving to the area.

  • Dallas Business Journal, October 8, 2021
October
18

DFW Nature Centers to Explore This Fall

DFW Nature

DFW might be a thriving urban metropolis, but the area retains a number of places where nature takes center stage. Our real estate agents refresh body, mind, and spirit with visits to these beautiful nature centers throughout the area. 

  • Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
    Perched at an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve is considered a "little slice of hill country" overlooking the city. The Preserve is maintained by Audubon Dallas, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, the iconic organization dedicated to promoting conservation. Enchanting names like Cattail Pond, Little Bluestem, and Red Oak identify the Preserve's 13 trails. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - dusk Tuesday through Sunday and a minimum donation of $3 is requested for admission.

  • Twelve Hills Nature Center - 817 Mary Cliff Rd., Dallas, TX 75208
    Despite its bucolic sound, the name of Twelve Hills Nature Center is a reference to the apartment buildings that once stood on its grounds. In 2005, volunteers began this unique project to reclaim the land as a prairie oasis in the midst of Dallas homes for sale. A butterfly garden greets visitors at the entrance while dog-friendly trails wind through flowering plants and shrubs along the five-acre property. Twelve Hills is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free, though donations are welcome.

  • Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve - 355 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake, TX 76092
    Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve is rich in both natural resources and historical relevance to the area around Southlake homes for sale. The land where the nature center sits once belonged to Bob Jones, a former slave who went on to become a successful rancher and farmer. With more than 20 miles of hiking trails that span 700 acres, the Preserve offers a fascinating look at the Cross Timbers ecosystem along with frequent glimpses of birds and wildlife. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, with closing time at 5 p.m. during winter. Admission is free.

  • Elm Fork Nature Preserve - 2335 Sandy Lake Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006
    The origins of Elm Fork Nature Preserve date back to 1861 when the Bramblitt family purchased the property as a wood right, not far from where Carrollton homes for sale now stand. But no clear-cutting ever took place, and in 1986, 40 acres were donated to the city of Carrollton to remain a self-contained ecosystem. While walking the trails, which pass through woodlands and past a pond, visitors are often treated to the sight of armadillos, eastern cottontails, great horned owls, snowy egrets, and many other birds and animals. Hours are dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76135
    Take a step back in time just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. The 3,621 acres are filled with dog-friendly trails winding through forests, prairies, and wetlands that retain the look of the local landscape back in the early 20th century. As one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the country, it was deemed a National Natural Landmark in 1980. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with early entry at 7 a.m. May through August. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for ages 3-12.

Ready to learn more about what life in Texas has to offer? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn more.

October
11

Get To Know Your New Neighborhood With These 5 Tips

New Neighborhood DFWAfter weeks or months of browsing Dallas homes for sale, visiting open houses, negotiating with sellers, and dealing with the exhausting relocation tasks, you're finally in your new home. It's time to make your new place feel like home and settle into your new surroundings. For some people, this could fall into place when your new neighbors see your moving truck, but in most cases, you have to put in work to get acquainted with your new surroundings. All it takes is a positive attitude and willingness to make it work out. Here is our real estate agent's list of 5 top strategies to help you get familiar with your new neighborhood.

  1. Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors
    Getting to know the people who live around you can help you feel settled in your new environment and your new routine. Within the first days of your move, it's a good idea to introduce yourself to the people next door. Tell them you are a newcomer and ask questions about your new neighborhood. You'd be surprised at how friendly your neighbors are. Be polite and keep your first interaction short. If you need recommendations or useful information about your new area, approach your neighbors again, offer some homemade cookies, and start a friendly conversation. 


  2. Take Frequent Walks
    The most straightforward piece of advice is sometimes one of the most effective. If you want to get to know your neighborhood, go see it for yourself. Taking frequent walks is an excellent de-stressor during or after the unpacking process, and it will also give you a chance to observe daily life in the community. Take your children to the nearest playground or go to the nearest gym to meet other parents or fitness enthusiasts. If you have a dog, take them for a walk in the nearest park.


  3. Join a Local Club or Community Organization
    One of the best ways to settle into your new neighborhood is to immerse yourself in the community. You can join local clubs, charities, and other community organizations, depending on your values, interests, and skills. This is a great way to meet like-minded people from the neighborhood and make friends. A polite introduction is all that's needed. Volunteering is also a great way to take an active part in bettering the neighborhood and learn about some of the issues that shape the community.


  4. Find the Locals' Favorites Spots
    Dining and entertainment hangouts can be a key to the true neighborhood vibe. Thanks to online resources such as Google and Yelp, it's easier than ever to find the best restaurants, bars, local attractions, museums, recreation centers, entertainment venues, and more. This will help you meet people from the neighborhood and feel like one of them.


  5. Shop Locally
    You can definitely find a box store in the area or buy your things online, but that little corner shop is something you'll find right in the neighborhood. So, whether you need to make a quick trip to the local café for a much-needed caffeine hit or a visit to the hardware for a few nails, you'll need to know where all the stores are. Shopping locally helps you engage with your new neighborhood while bolstering it at the same time.

As stressful as moving can be, getting to know your new neighborhood is an amazing opportunity to welcome new friends, find new passions, and explore the world with a fresh set of eyes. Still looking at Fort Worth homes for sale and aren't sure if you've found your dream spot? Our team can help. Contact us today for more information.

October
4

5 Craft Shows Near Dallas to Add to Your Calendar

Texas Craft ShowsShopping at local arts and crafts shows is a fun way to spend a few hours while picking up some unique handmade items for yourself or to give as a gift. Whether you're shopping for paintings, jewelry, apparel, or something different, you're like to find some treasures to take home.
  
Our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the following arts and crafts shows:

  1. Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash - Nov. 13 - Gilley's Dallas Event Venues, 1135 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215  
    Etsy is a well-known online site for buying and selling every type of handmade item you can imagine. The Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash lets you enjoy that experience and selection in person, where you can see items close up. Artists, crafters, and designers have been handpicked to showcase their wares, so you'll be able to find unique items in a one-stop shopping experience. And if you're one of the first 50 shoppers, you'll score a Bash Bag filled with swag from different vendors. Visit a make-and-take table to learn how to create crafts that you can take home. And to keep your energy up, stop by the food trucks. Finally, remember your visit with a souvenir from fun photo booths.

  2. The Other Art Fair - Oct. 21-24, 2021 - Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
    The Other Art Fair, held near Dallas homes for sale, is a great way to get into buying art since it has pieces that can be worked into almost any budget. For as little as $100, you can start your collection, or if you already have pieces, add to them. Available pieces are carefully curated, and you'll also have the chance to meet the artists and find out more about their works. Over 140 emergent, independent artists will have work available at the show. 

  3. Sky Dancers Craft Show - Oct. 30, 2021 - Timber Creek High School, 12350 Timberland Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76244
    Treat yourself to handmade products at the Sky Dancers Craft Show, and you'll also be helping drill team members at Timber Creek High School, located just around the corner from Fort Worth homes for sale. Vendors will sell art, jewelry, edible treats, and more. And if you have kids, bring them along in their costumes so they can trick-or-treat at vendor booths and decorate pumpkins while they're at the craft show.

  4. Happily Ever Sip & Shop Craft Fair - Oct. 17 - Rahr and Sons Brewing, 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104  
    Visit the Happily Ever Sip & Shop Craft Fair to shop for one-of-a-kind works from approximately 50 different artisans. This family-friendly event features fun for everyone. And if you'd like to take a brewery tour while you're there, set aside a little time to check out their offerings and see how they're made.

  5. Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market - every Saturday from April-November - Front Street Station, 100 W. Front St., Mesquite, TX 75149  
    Like many farmers markets these days, the Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market offers a lot more than produce. Sure, you'll still find delicious local crops, but you'll also be able to shop for handmade goods from different artisans. In addition, musical acts sometimes perform to add to the festive atmosphere. And while you're at Front Street Station, which is conveniently located near Mesquite homes for sale, walk around to enjoy viewing eight public art pieces placed throughout the area.  

Contact us if you'd like to buy a home or sell yours in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Mesquite area. Our agents will help every step of the way. 

September
20

7 Tips For Listing Your Home Specifically For Pet Owners

Texas Pet Owners

Pet ownership in the U.S. has never been so high, with 48 million dog-owning households and 32 million cat-owning households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. But if you're one of them, and you're getting ready to list your home among Fort Worth homes for sale or Dallas homes for sale, it's important to remember that not everyone loves pets -- particularly when they're trying to look at a home and envision themselves in that setting. Someone else's pet can be a considerable distraction, whether it's the pet itself or just evidence that a pet is in residence.

Keep these seven tips in mind when getting your home ready for the market.

  1. Plan for Showings
    If possible, make sure your pet is gone when a potential buyer is being shown your home. Make arrangements with friends or relatives to keep your pet during showings, or arrange to board your animals. That goes for any kind of pet -- birds, hamsters, rabbits, or snakes in an aquarium. Some people have allergies to animals, so it's best they and your pets don't meet. Avoid sequestering pets in a closet, a room, the basement, or a kennel.

  2. Remove the Evidence
    Yes, it's a hassle every time your house is shown to have to remove all evidence of your pet, but for the sake of a potential sale, do so. Pick up bowls, toys, beds, kennels, cat climbing trees, etc. 

  3. Schedule a Deep Cleaning
    Not all pets are equal when it comes to the kind of mess they make. Some shed mighty amounts of hair or feathers, while others leave scarcely a trace. Regardless, you will want to schedule a professional cleaning to make sure rugs and carpets, flooring, baseboards, and upholstery are all spic and span before potential buyers arrive.

  4. Don't Try to Mask Odors
    Scented candles, incense, and chemical deodorizers won't mask urine, or other pet smells. What's more, some potential buyers won't care for fragrances from these sources.

  5. Keep Marketing Photographs Pet-Free
    When the photographer comes to take pictures of your home for marketing purposes, make sure you've removed all traces of pet toys, beds, litter boxes, and dishes. Evidence of pets won't enhance your chances of attracting a buyer.

  6. Repair Damages
    Go around your home and assess damages from pets, from urine spots on the carpet, furniture, or baseboards, to scratches on door frames and floors. Fix what you can with putty and paint; replace carpets if need be. You may have to cover up the scratched-up hardwood floors with laminate.

  7. Clean up the Yard
    Go over the backyard and make sure it's clear of any pet mess. Fill in Fido's prized holes that he's been digging in the yard. Repair any damage to the fencing and make sure to pick up any outdoor toys.

Are you and your pets ready for a new home in the DFW? Our real estate agents can advise pet owners on prepping a home for viewing and on how to find the perfect home your whole family will love. Contact us today. 

September
17

Homebuyers in DFW Are Forking Over More Cash

The average DFW home down payment is now $40,000

With home prices soaring, buyers must spend more up front to put a roof over their heads.  Dallas-Fort Worth-area homebuyers on average are forking over almost $40,000 in down payments when they purchase a property, according to a study by LendingTree.  That's an all-time high, but D-FW down payments are less than the $46,283 nationwide average in the 50 largest metro areas.  "While there are signs that the housing market is beginning to cool somewhat, home prices are still significantly higher in many parts of the U.S. than they were before the coronavirus pandemic," LendingTree's Jacob Channel said in the report. "One of the side effects of these higher home prices is higher down payments."  "If you are a first-time homebuyer, that means the nest egg you need to save up is basically 16% larger than it was a year ago because home prices have gone up," said Frank Nothaft, CoreLogic's chief economist. "The first-time homebuyers are having sticker shock right now.  "That's why we are seeing in some of the latest statistics maybe there's a bit of a slowdown in homebuying toward the end of the summer."

Dallas Morning News, September 8, 2021

September
16

Is a Home Foreclosure Tsunami Ahead for Dallas-Fort Worth

Major Economists do not see a big wave of foreclosures

Millions of homeowners have been sheltered from foreclosures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  But with mortgage forbearance programs and foreclosure moratoriums winding down, is there going to be a surge in home foreclosures?  While some investors are hoping to see a rise in problem properties, top real estate market economists don't anticipate a huge number of forced home sales by lenders.  "We don't think we are going to see a tsunami of foreclosures occurring," said Dr. James Gaines, the longtime economist with the Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University. "I don't think we will start seeing anything until the first half of next year.  "It's a relatively small number of homes still getting mortgage forbearance.

 

At the end of August, only about 3% U.S. home loans were in forbearance plans, according to the latest estimate from the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. That adds up to about 1.6 million homeowners.  The share of home mortgages in payment forbearance is less than half what it was a year ago.  Home foreclosures have been almost nonexistent in the last year, with most lenders holding back from forcing property sales.  Any rise in home foreclosures won't compare with previous down cycles, Gaines said.  "There will be nothing on the scale we saw back in 2008 and 2009," he said. "We don't see it happening — particularly in Texas."  Because of big increases in home values in D-FW and other Texas markets in the last few years, most homeowners have large amounts of equity in their houses.

Dallas Morning News, September 10, 2021

September
15

Homebuyer Bidding Wars Hit a New Low in August

The competition to snag a home continues to ease, with August seeing the fewest competing offers so far this year.   About 58.8% of the home offers by Redfin agents faced competition, a new low for 2021, according to the technology-powered real estate brokerage.   This is a decrease from the revised bidding-war rate of 62.1% a month prior and it's well below the "peak of 74.3% in April," according to Redfin.  

The August rate is also lower than the bidding-war rate of 59.4% reported a year ago.    "While sellers continue to have the upper hand, buying a home has become slightly easier this summer as the country's acute shortage of homes for sale is no longer intensifying and the market has undergone its typical seasonal slowdown," Redfin said.    Although sellers are still pricing their homes "very high," not all buyers aren't biting. 

Fox Business, September 14, 2021

September
11

Dallas Area Home Prices Soar by 21% This Past Year

Dallas area home prices soared by more than 21% in the latest nationwide comparison.  The surge in local home costs set a year-over-year record gain for the Dallas area in the closely watched S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index.   Nationwide prices rose by 18.6% in June compared with a year earlier.   The nationwide jump was the largest in the Case-Shiller report in more than 30 years, according to S&P's Craig J. Lazzara.

"June 2021 is the third consecutive month in which the growth rate of housing prices set a record," Lazzara said in the report. "The last several months have been extraordinary, not only in the level of price gains but in the consistency of gains across the country.  Dallas-area home prices have more than doubled in the last decade in the Case-Shiller report.

Texas home sales by y real estate agents declined 17% in July from a year earlier due to the lack of properties for sale and some buyers pulling out of the market because of home prices.   But demand for homes in the Dallas area remains very high.

"Demand for housing continues to far outweigh the supply of homes for sale," Zillow economist Matthew Speakman said in a statement. "But despite the enduring market competition, more recent data indicate that the scalding hot housing market may have cooled slightly in recent weeks.

Dallas Morning News, August 31, 2021

September
10

DFW Area Home Prices Projected to Rise Another 21% Over Next 12 Months

If you're waiting for Dallas-Fort Worth's rapid home price appreciation to cool before buying a house, you may have to sit it out for at least another year.  Despite some indicators that the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market may be cooling, a new report projects that home prices will increase an eyebrow-raising 21.1% over the next year.  The projected increase is the ninth highest in the nation, according to online home services portal Porch.  Porch used national home sales data from Zillow, Redfin and the U.S. Census to make its home price predictions.

If DFW hits the 21.1% projection, it will exactly match the metro area's gain in home prices for the past year in the latest Case Schiller Index, which measured June 2020 through June 2021. The increase set a year-over-year record gain for the Dallas area.

Here is a summary of the data for the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area:

  • Forecasted one-year change in home price: +21.1%
  • Current median home price: $297,044
  • Sale-to-list price ratio: 102%
  • Median household income: $72,265
  • Home price-to-income ratio: 4.11X

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States, according to Porch:

  • Forecasted one-year change in home price: +14.9%
  • Current median home price: $287,148
  • Sale-to-list price ratio: 102%
  • Median household income: $65,712
  • Home price-to-income ratio: 4.37X

Dallas Business Journal, September 6, 2021

September
13

Shop for Comic Books Near Dallas

Dallas Comic Book Stores

September 25 is National Comic Book Day, and in honor of the occasion, we highly recommend paying your local comic book store a visit. We're lucky to have some really great comic shops here in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas.

Of course, we know you don't need a holiday just to raid the bins at your favorite comic book store! If you're wondering where you can always find the latest issue of your favorite comics in the DFW, our real estate agents know just where to go. 

  • Cosmic Comics & Cards - 728 E Marshall Dr, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
    Cosmic Comics & Cards is a cozy shop offering an eclectic selection of comic books, games, sports, and non-sports trading cards, action figures, and other collectibles. Located conveniently to many Grand Prairie homes for sale, the shop also has friendly staff to help you find anything you need. Comic fans will find a great selection of new titles as well as thousands of back issues. 

  • Twenty Eleven Comics - 2230 Morriss Rd, Flower Mound, TX 75028
    You can always count on discovering some unique treasures at Twenty Eleven Comics, a family-owned shop whose proprietors have an obvious affection for all things comic-related. Twenty Eleven Comics has tens of thousands of back issues in stock. They're also known for hosting events, including Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and Magic the Gathering tournaments.

  • Red Pegasus Comics - 319 N Bishop Ave, Dallas, TX 75208
    Nestled in the quirky Bishop Arts District of Dallas, Red Pegasus Comics is a great place to discover new comics. Though a relatively small space, the shop is packed with comic books new and old, and they carry all the latest titles from D.C. and Marvel as well as a cool selection of indie comics. Walkable from many Dallas homes for sale, Red Pegasus is definitely a shop that requires return visits. 

  • Zeus Comics and Collectibles - 1334 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75247
    Offering a huge selection of comics, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, and Manga, Zeus Comics and Collectibles is a staple of the Dallas comic book community. They've worked hard to create an inclusive space that's open to all, and the shop was named Dallas' "best pop culture experience" by the Dallas Observer in 2018. They have a vast and well-organized selection of comics in every genre and from every era. 

  • Urban Legends Comic Shop - 3501 Gus Thomasson Rd, Mesquite, TX 75150
    You can browse games, puzzles, and an incredible array of comic books at Urban Legends Comic Shop. The store opened its doors in 2013 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the best places to shop for comics near these Mesquite homes for sale. Urban Legends Comic Shop is especially great for fans of independent comics that are a bit less mainstream than your typical superhero fare, but they carry a bit of everything. 

  • Y2Komics - 5276 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76133
    Y2Komics has been open for more than 20 years, which makes it the longest-standing comic book shop in Fort Worth. It's also one of the largest, and its shelves and bins are packed with a tremendous variety of comic books. Just minutes from these Fort Worth homes for sale, Y2Komics is a great place to find silver age classics as well as hot new issues, and they also carry games, toys, and all kinds of collectibles. 

Great comic book shops are just the beginning of what the area has to offer. Contact us today to learn more about life in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas!

September
7

Fort Worth Gardens to Visit This Fall

Fort Worth Gardens

April showers may bring May flowers, but Mother Nature's creativity is still in full bloom during the fall. Our real estate agents love to visit these incredible gardens, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Fort Worth Water Gardens - 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Does a garden have to include plants? Not when it's as stunning as the Fort Worth Water Gardens, adjacent to the Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Opened in 1974, this stunning space was designed by noted architect Philip Johnson, whose works are characterized by sleek, modern lines. The aerating, active, and quiet pools allow visitors to experience water in many forms, whether they're strolling around or simply relaxing.

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden - 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Founded in 1934, Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major garden in Texas. The garden serves as the campus for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, which engages in fundraising, education, and research activities. More than 2,500 species of plants can be found in 25 specialty gardens across 120 acres. Don't miss the dramatic Japanese Garden and the picturesque Rose Garden. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6-15.

  • Weston Gardens - 8101 Anglin Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76140
    Take a trip across the Atlantic without leaving the state. Owners Sue and Randy Weston created Weston Gardens to be "English gardens, Texas-style." In developing the pet-friendly property, the Westons have incorporated much of the history and features of "Dripping Springs," the elegant weekend home of Leon and Peggy Bandy that originally occupied the grounds. See a plant that would look great at your home? Many of the plants can be purchased at the garden center. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • The Molly Hollar Wildscape - 2600 Spanish Trail, Arlington, TX 76016
    In 1994, local conservationists founded the Molly Hollar Wildscape with a modest $3,000 in funds and a half-acre property. Today, thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous donations, the space has grown to a four-acre "living lab" near Arlington homes for sale. Along with an amazing variety of plants, visitors have a great opportunity to spot coyotes, foxes, butterflies, owls, and other wildlife and birds. The Wildscape is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.

  • Tea Garden Nursery - 1211 E. Arkansas Ln., Arlington, TX 76010
    Whether you're building your own garden or just like to see beautiful plants, it's worth the visit to Tea Garden Nursery. The family-owned business is well-known for its selection of Bonzai trees, some of which are more than 50 years old. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to assist with your gardening questions. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Serenity Gardens - Julian Field Park, 1531 E. Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063
    The appropriately-named Serenity Gardens was added to Julian Field Park in 1960 as a quiet place to reflect and remember loved ones. In addition, the Texas Smart Scape demonstration garden educates visitors about the benefits of landscaping with native plants that are suited to the land and weather conditions around Mansfield homes for sale. Hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week.

The best garden of all is the one you plant in the backyard of your own Fort Worth home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to speak with one of our experienced agents. 

August
16

Visit Downtown Fort Worth: 5 Spots Around Sundance Square

Downtown Fort WorthOur real estate agents love the energy and diverse range of activities found at Sundance Square, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Take in a show, learn some history, or just stroll the scenic parks at these great spots in this 35-block section of downtown Fort Worth.

  • Fort Worth Water Gardens - 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    With the Fort Worth Water Gardens, famed architect Philip Johnson created an urban oasis that rivals natural sites. Aerating, quiet, and active pools let visitors experience the delights of water in three different ways. A terraced knoll shields the park from the rest of the city, while cypress and oak trees enhance the feeling of serenity. 

  • Bass Performance Hall - 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    It takes an entire city block to hold the visual and cultural magnificence of Bass Performance Hall. Visitors are greeted by a pair of 48-foot tall limestone angels, which have become an iconic feature of downtown Fort Worth. Patterned after classic European opera houses, the venue is home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Other presentations include Broadway shows, musical concerts, and comedy acts.

  • Sid Richardson Museum - 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    The Wild West has inspired several incredible works of art, many of which are on display at the Sid Richardson Museum. The museum's permanent collection showcases works by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, considered to be the "titans of Western art." Touring exhibits have focused on themes such as the Chisholm Trail and the making of Lonesome Dove. Enhance your knowledge and appreciation with lectures, discussions, and other museum-sponsored events. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

  • General Worth Square - 900 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Like the city itself, General Worth Square takes its name from General William Jenkins Worth, a military officer who served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. The park's terraced steps and tree-shaded areas make it a popular spot for both relaxation and outdoor events. Don't miss the John F. Kennedy Tribute, a memorial that honors the late President's last public speech at the Hilton Fort Worth on November 22, 1963. The Aviation Wall of Honor celebrates the city's rich legacy in the field of aviation.

  • Simply Fondue - 111 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a lively gathering of family and friends, Simply Fondue is appropriate for both. Proceed at your own pace through interactive dining that's fun for kids and adults. Design a meal a la carte or choose the four-course Fondue Feast that includes salad, appetizer, choice of four entrées, and dessert. In addition to beef, chicken, and seafood, the menu includes garlic-roasted tofu, falafel, and other vegetarian options. Have a family night out on Sunday, when kids 12 and under eat free with each adult purchase. Simply Fondue is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

Let us answer all your Fort Worth real estate questions. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 

August
9

Enhance Your Curb Appeal: Outdoor Walkway Ideas

Outdoor Walkways

It's a well-known fact that curb appeal makes a huge difference in Dallas homes for sale. Whether you're planning on listing your home soon or not for a little while yet, here are a few outdoor walkway ideas our real estate agents recommend for a quick way to boost curb appeal.

  • Stepping Stones 
    Stepping stones are an inexpensive way to put walking paths anywhere you want, plus they blend in nicely with a well-landscaped yard. You can find stepping stones in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles, so head over to the home improvement or garden store and spend some time browsing and comparing prices before you decide what you want.

  • Gravel
    Another inexpensive, easy to work with, and good DIY choice is gravel. Gravel can be used to surround stepping stones or large pavers, as a border along a concrete or brick path, or as a path itself. You will need to provide some kind of a border to keep the gravel in and remember that gravel can also travel and requires some maintenance to continue looking nice.

  • Brick
    Brick is a great option with a lot of opportunities for variety. If you choose someone experienced to do the job for you, they'll not just level the path to making sure you don't end up with any bricks sticking up, they can also lay the bricks in intricate and pleasing designs. Brick tends to look both traditional and upscale in Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Pavers
    Pavers are a more expensive alternative to brick, stepping stones, or flagstone, but they come in a wider variety of sizes and colors and textures and can be used to create many pleasing patterns. You could also consider laying the pavers with a narrow space in between where moss or ground cover could grow, tying your walkway into your landscaping.

  • Wood
    Wooden walkways can lend an interesting rustic or beachy vibe, depending on the look you're going for. You could lay circular slices of trunk-like they were pavers or stepping stones, for instance, or build a walkway like an extension of your deck. For zero-footprint ideas, consider using reclaimed wood, such as the wood from a broken-down pallet.

  • Texture or Stenciling
    Is your original walkway still perfectly serviceable, but you're looking for a way to update it? Fortunately, there are many affordable ways to do so. You can have a concrete walkway sprayed and textured with a roller, or you can paint existing pavers using stencils. Upgrading your existing walkway provides immediate curb appeal without breaking the bank.

  • Landscaping
    Don't forget that the walkway is only a small part of your curb appeal, so take some time to make sure the landscaping around it is up to par, too. Consider a nice border of shrubbery or flowers or with the installation of little path lights.

Whether it's for your own enjoyment or you're ready to sell your house, you'll be amazed at the difference a newly designed outdoor walkway will make in your home's curb appeal. For more tips on boosting curb appeal or to chat with an agent about selling your home, contact us today.

August
2

Texas Wine Trails to Explore This Summer

Texas Wine

Dallas, Fort Worth, and the many wonderful smaller cities in North Texas are home to some of the state's best, most acclaimed wineries. In addition to producing award-winning wines, these wineries often host special events where you can enjoy great food, camaraderie, live entertainment, and unique, behind-the-scenes tours. Many of the area's most popular wineries work together to create wine trails, with coordinated events that make it easy to explore all that various local wineries have to offer. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 4 North Texas wine trails that you will love to explore this summer.

Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail

The Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail is the perfect option for anyone who wants to visit some amazing wineries close to Dallas homes for sale. There are six great wineries to visit on this trail, including Carmela Winery, Eden Hill Winery and Vineyard, Caudalie Crest, Lone Star Wine Cellars, Landon Winery, and Grayson Hill Winery. Many of these wineries are located in quaint, historic town squares in smaller communities just outside of Dallas. Taste some award-winning local wines, enjoy scenic countryside drives between each winery, and learn more from the experts about how some of the best wines around Dallas are produced.

North Texas Wine Country Trail

Looking for a single wine trail that can keep you busy with new places to explore all summer long? The North Texas Wine Country Trail includes wineries in 22 counties, starting with the DFW region and spreading out through a diverse selection of North Texas communities. There's a winery for every taste on this trail, from urban wineries in DFW to sprawling, countryside vineyards located far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. There's a ton to explore throughout the summer, and the fun continues well into the fall. Keep an eye out for big events like the Downtown Wine Walks of North Texas Wine Country and the Windsong Wine & Music Festival.

Grapevine Wine Trail

Located just a short drive from the big cities, the Grapevine Wine Trail showcases five of the best wineries in downtown Grapevine. Most of the wineries on this trail are within walking distance so that you can enjoy a leisurely walk through Grapevine's historic downtown between each stop. During coordinated events on the Grapevine Wine Trail, one ticket will give you access to three tastings with food pairings at each winery on the trail, along with a commemorative wine glass from each winery that you visit. Check the website regularly for scheduled events, and plan ahead for transportation if you'd rather not walk between wineries.

Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas

While most wine trails are self-guided, Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas offers a guided, all-inclusive tour of three of the most popular wineries located near Fort Worth homes for sale. These tours will take you to some of the oldest wineries in DFW, with the opportunity to tour production facilities, ask questions to expert winemakers, stroll through the vineyards, and of course, taste some incredible wines. During your five-plus-hour tour, you will be guided by a former winery owner who is happy to tell you more about the industry and the history of wine in North Texas.

Fine wine and great times are never far from your front door when you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our team is here to help you find your next home in your favorite city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW region.

July
19

National Chicken Wing Day: Restaurants Near Dallas to Try

Dallas Chicken Wings

Mark your calendars, wing fanatics: July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day! It's the holiday we never knew we needed. If you happen to be in Dallas-Fort Worth for this momentous occasion, be sure to check out these great local wing spots.

  • Wing Bucket - 101 S Coit Rd #10, Richardson, TX 75080
    With a name like Wing Bucket, you can be confident that you'll get some pretty awesome wings. This place doesn't disappoint, with juicy jumbo wings cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor. They offer some fun and inventive sauces like bourbon, bacon, and orange ginger, as well as old standbys like mild, medium, and hot buffalo sauce. Wing Bucket is just minutes from these Richardson homes for sale, with additional locations in Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum. 

  • LB Wings - 3015 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212
    At LB Wings, you can order wings by the pound. And lest you worry that you're getting quantity over quality, you can rest assured. These wings pack amazing depth of flavor and a wide spectrum of spice levels, with flavors including buffalo, chipotle BBQ, and mango-habanero. LB Wings is a stone's throw from many Dallas homes for sale, and in addition to killer wings, they also offer some really great side dishes, like fried okra, smoked green beans, and bourbon corn. 

  • Gidi Wings - 921 W Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75208
    The folks at Gidi Wings do one thing—make great wings—and they do it very well. This Dallas favorite offers a minimalist menu that includes wings, sides (either fries or veggies), drinks, and that's pretty much it. Choose between traditional bone-in wings or boneless wings, and decide which of their 18 wing sauces and flavors best suits your palate. Choose Volcanic Fire if you have a thing for heat or Carolina Reaper if you have a death wish. 

  • Tail Feathers Wing Wagon - 2800 Bledsoe St #150a, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    With a reputation as the best local wing spot in Fort Worth, Tail Feathers Wing Wagon has really got that perfect crispy-yet juicy wing thing locked down. The wings are slathered in sauce ranging from mild to inferno and served with homemade thick-cut potato chips. The only problem with Tail Feathers is that it can be hard to find. It's actually inside another business called the Whiskey Garden, just down the road from these Forth Worth homes for sale.

  • Pluckers Wing Bar - 190 E Stacy Rd Ste 1800, Allen, TX 75002
    A local branch of the beloved Austin-based wing establishment, Pluckers Wing Bar is a classic hot-wings-and-cold-beer joint with a fun, welcoming atmosphere. With a location convenient to many Allen homes for sale, Pluckers is especially well-known for their incredible variety of wing sauces (more than 25 flavors to choose from) and the ability to order a whopping 100 wings. 

  • Smoky Rose- 8602 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
    Smoky Rose is known for making some delicious smoked meats in Dallas, from brisket and pulled pork to ribs and sausage. They offer wings too, but they do them a little differently here. The wings are slowly smoked before being flash-fried and dunked in sauce, and the result is a whole other level of flavor. They also serve up some amazing craft cocktails in their charming rustic-chic space.

Ready to learn more about life in the DFW? Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas, and you can contact us any time—even on National Chicken Wing Day. 

July
5

Cool Off at These Forth Worth Pools

Fort Worth Pools

Summer in Fort Worth means plenty of sunshine, but temperatures regularly approach triple digits. When they need to cool off and relax, our real estate agents head for these refreshing pools conveniently located around Fort Worth.

  • Forest Park Pool - 2850 Park Pl., Fort Worth, TX 76110
    Dating back to 1922, Forest Park Pool has the distinction of being the oldest public pool near Fort Worth homes for sale. The circular pool measures 250 feet in diameter, with a depth from one to nine feet. After structural issues caused the pool to close in 2010, it received extensive repairs and renovations thanks to grants and donations totaling $830,000. Improvements include a slide and diving board, and six "Coolbrella" picnic areas. Hours are 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for swimmers aged 17 and younger.

  • Marine Park Pool & Aquatic Center - 303 NW 20th St., Fort Worth, TX 76106
    Marine Park Pool & Aquatic Center is Fort Worth's newest swimming facility. The current aquatic center, which opened in 2013, is a $3.2 million state-of-the-art facility. Kids love to splash around on the interactive play structure, with water cannons and a tipping bucket for mock "battles." Another favorite is the large water slide. With a 3,200-square-foot bathhouse and infant changing area, the whole family can enjoy a day at Marine Park Pool. Both Marine Park Pool and Forest Park Pool offer lessons for school-aged kids through Sigma Swimming, a nationally-ranked aquatic program. Hours are 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for swimmers aged 17 and younger.

  • Sycamore Spray Ground - 2525 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, TX 76105
    Are your little ones too small to stay afloat? Take them to the Sycamore Spray Ground, where they can romp freely under a cool shower of water while their feet stay firmly planted. Proper swimwear, including swim diapers, is the only requirement for use of the spray ground. Be sure to pack a lunch to share around one of the picnic tables when the kids are ready for a break. Sycamore Spray Ground is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and admission is free.

  • William M. McDonald YMCA - 2701 Moresby St., Fort Worth, TX 76105
    The YMCA is an iconic name when it comes to family-friendly activities. A partnership between Fort Worth and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth allows all city residents access to the beautiful outdoor pool at William M. McDonald YMCA. Hours and admission fees are the same as the city's other facilities, and guests also receive equal pricing for swim lessons. In addition to private and group lessons, the Y offers water safety programs and an Aquatics Leadership Pathway for teens interested in becoming lifeguards or swim coaches. Summer Day Camp for kids includes swimming sessions. Price is $150 for members and $165 for non-members. 

Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home in Fort Worth. When you're ready to get started, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for knowledgeable answers to all your questions.

June
18

Dallas-Fort Worth median home sales prices exceed $350,000 for first time

The Dallas-Fort Worth median home price surpassed the $350,000 mark for the first time, but some signs nationally indicate the red-hot market is cooling.

The current median home sale price in DFW is $351,750, up 11.8 percent over last year, according to the RE/MAX national housing report released today.   DFW home sales are up 23.7 percent over last year. May homes sold faster than April, with an average of 24 days on the market, according to the report.

Nationally, there are signs the market may be cooling, with May home sales down slightly compared to April. In DFW, however, May sales are up slightly compared to April.

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, the number of closed transactions from one year prior rose 64 percent in May, according to broker Mark Wolfe, who owns the company. Total closed volume was up a record 94 percent, he said. And already, the company is breaking new records in June.  "This unprecedented market continues with each month surpassing the record from the previous month," Wolfe said. "My concern is rising inflation – home prices, car sales and cost of goods. Certainly, interest rates will begin to rise."

Nationally, the typical May ramp-up in home sales didn't happen last month, as sales dipped 0.2 percent from April and home prices were uncharacteristically flat in the report's 53 metro areas.  Also defying the trend: A 7.1 percent drop in listed homes at a time of year when active inventory is normally building for peak summer sales months.

Other metrics, however, indicate that the lopsided sellers' market continues. Months supply of inventory nationwide dropped to 1.1 months and homes changed hands in just 28 days. Both are records in the 13-year history of the RE/MAX report.

While Dallas-Fort Worth's sales price increase of almost 12 percent year over year is significant, it's far less than many other places. 

  • Dallas Business Journal, June 17, 2021

 

June
21

Enjoy Exciting Outdoor Adventures Throughout the DFW

Dallas Outdoor Adventures

Everything's bigger in Texas, but it looks smaller when seen from the treetops. Ziplining is just one of the outdoor activities that make the Dallas-Fort Worth area such a great place to live. Our real estate agents recommend getting your adrenaline pumping at these exciting parks around the DFW.

  1. Trinity Forest Adventure Park - 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, TX 75217
    How high can you go? At Trinity Forest Adventure Park, not far from Dallas homes for sale, three different levels of elevation take you as far as 50 feet off the ground. Each course, ranked by a ski slope-style color-coded system, features obstacles such as wobble bridges, ladders, and free falls. The staff-led school lets you practice on the ground, then proceed at your own pace. Admission for a three-hour session ranges from $44.95-$54.95, with a minimum age of 6. Receive a $5 discount when you reserve online. Trinity Forest is open on weekends from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  2. Go Ape Adventure Park - Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074
    The signature jungle call is optional, but you'll certainly feel like Tarzan swinging through the trees at Go Ape Adventure Park. Located in the largest park near Plano homes for sale, Go Ape offers more than eight miles of trails and ziplines. Enjoy a thrilling two- to three-hour trip, passing over Rowlett Creek and above the trees and greenery of the surrounding area. Admission is $54.95 for ages 10-15 and $64.95 for ages 16 and up. Visit the website to view the schedule.

  3. Urban Air Adventure Park - 9157 Harmon Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76177
    What goes up must come down at Urban Air Adventure Park. Soar above it all on Sky Rider, then take the plunge with Indoor Skydiving. With heart-pumping adventures such as climbing walls, rope courses, performance trampolines, and a flying trapeze, it's no surprise Urban Air was named "Best Gym in America for Kids" by Shape magazine. Keep your energy up with a tasty snack and refreshing beverage at the onsite cafe. All this fun is just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Combo packages are available at prices ranging from $19.99-$34.99. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  4. DFW Adventure Park - 13055 Cleveland Gibbs Rd., Northlake, TX 76262
    Put that controller down and take part in some real-world gaming action at DFW Adventure Park. Join family and friends for a lively game of paintball that challenges your body and mind. Low impact, with a .50 caliber paintball for reduced impact, is perfect for beginners. The park also offers Splat Master, a variation for younger players. All-day play is $25, or $20 if you bring your own equipment. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Widowmaker Trail Rides - 904 Quail Creek Ct., Southlake, TX 76092
    Get a taste of the old cowboy days right down the street from Southlake homes for sale with Widowmaker Trail Rides. Enjoy a two-hour ride around scenic Lake Grapevine, accompanied by an experienced guide who will help you get the most out of your experience. Rides are $100 per person and are scheduled by appointment only. 

After a day outdoors, there's nothing better than heading back to your own DFW home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for friendly and experienced real estate help.

June
7

Where to Order Bubble Tea Throughout the DFW

Bubble Tea Dallas

Bubble tea—also known as boba tea—has taken America by storm in the last 10 years. This sweet tea-based drink with chewy tapioca balls originated in Taiwan back in the 1980s, but these days it's everywhere. 

Case in point: we have some truly great bubble tea joints here in the DFW. Whether you're looking for a new place to get your boba fix, or you're just getting ready to try it for the first time, our real estate agents recommend these awesome bubble tea shops in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas! 

  1. Fat Straws Bubble Tea - 1251 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
    Fat Straws is a local bubble tea chain that has exploded in popularity since it got started in 2002. They've grown to include locations all over the DFW area, but you should really check out their largest shop in Richardson. Not only is it convenient to these Richardson homes for sale, but it's the only Fat Straws Bubble Tea location that makes their signature matcha donuts. They're incredibly tasty and are the perfect accompaniment to any of Fat Straws' tasty bubble tea drinks.

  2. Bobadiction - 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
    Family-owned and operated since 2012, Bobadiction is one of the best places in Dallas to grab a bubble tea or smoothie while you're on the go. Not only are their drinks delicious, but they're made using only real cane sugar—never high fructose corn syrup. Their original flagship location is in Deep Ellum, the oldest neighborhood in Dallas is just minutes from many Dallas homes for sale. They also have a second location in North Richland Hills, and you never know where the Bobadiction food truck might turn up!

  3. Boba Tea & Treats - 4135 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75001
    Offering a seemingly infinite drink menu and a fun, funky atmosphere, Boba Tea & Treats is a great place to visit if you've never tried bubble tea before. The combinations of flavors and toppings are almost endless, but the folks at Boba Tea & Treats also have a well-curated menu of signature favorites that practically beg to be sampled. They're also just a short drive from these Addison homes for sale.

  4. Fruitealicious - 3043 Greene Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    You'll find an incredible variety of boba teas, smoothies, and other treats at Fruitealicious, along with iced coffee, lemonade, and tea. Each of their drinks comes with numerous options to make it your own, including the ability to choose your preferred sweetness level. That's great news for anyone who likes bubble tea but can sometimes find it too sweet. Fruitealicious has a handful of locations in and around the DFW area, but we're partial to the Fort Worth spot. It's just around the corner from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  5. Craft Boba Tea - 6105 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
    There's a lot to love about Craft Boba Tea. This Dallas bubble tea mainstay has two locations, both with a charming mom-and-pop-store vibe, but each offering something a little different. The Greenville Avenue location, which is operated in conjunction with an awesome Thai eatery, offers tasty smoothies and fresh-pressed juices as part of their menu. The Bishop Avenue location, on the other hand, has unique boba tea-flavored frozen yogurt. Which is better? Who's to say. We highly recommend checking out both. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

May
17

New Restaurants to Try in the DFW

DFW Restaurants

Looking for a new place to eat in the DFW area? You're in luck. This area is home to a thriving community of eateries that has something to offer for every hungry would-be diner. Our real estate agents can help you find a home close to countless new DFW restaurants, including the five listed below.

  1. Bonchon - 4980 Belt Line Rd, Suite 140, Addison, TX 75254
    Bonchon, also known as Bonchon Chicken, is a Korean fried chicken franchise with over 340 locations worldwide. This chain is known for its authentic Korean-style chicken wings; these delectable morsels impressed Business Insider so much that the publication named them the "gold standard for fried chicken" in 2019. The new restaurant is located close to Addison homes for sale, making it easy for residents to sample some of this internationally beloved fare. 

  2. Encina - 614 W Davis, Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75208
    Encina was born of a shared vision between experienced restauranteurs Matt Balke and Corey McCombs. Their establishment uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create luxury dishes like their Berkshire Pork Chop and English Pea Risotto. They also pride themselves on keeping a well-stocked bar with a wide selection of signature mixed drinks. DFW residents looking for a new happy hour spot should be sure to pop in for a visit sometime. 

  3. The Neighborhood Grill - 821 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006
    Fine dining is an incredible experience, but sometimes all you want is some good old-fashioned comfort food. The Neighborhood Grill in North Arlington is located near Arlington homes for sale and serves generous portions of hearty diner fare, including burgers, cheesesteaks, and fried chicken. You can even get a funnel cake or a serving of tiramisu for dessert. This food is affordable, delicious, and extremely crowd-friendly - what's not to love?

  4. Elm & Good - 2551 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
    Elm & Good is an up-and-coming restaurant is located inside the Kimpton Pittman Hotel in Dallas, close to many Dallas homes for sale. The restaurant's website describes the food served here as "upscale American farmhouse fare." From the popular Grab N' Go Breakfast (perfect for hotel guests looking for a quick, high-quality meal to take with them on the road) to dinner staples like the 44 Farms Ribeye Steak and the Saffron Campanelle Pasta, there is something for everyone at this comfortable yet classy eatery.  

  5. ZAAP Kitchen - 1152 N. Buckner Blvd., Casa Linda, Dallas, TX 7521
    ZAAP Kitchen is on a mission to bring a greater variety of Asian food to the DFW area. They serve street food with a particular focus on Laotian cuisine, which they feel is underrepresented in the local food scene. Some of their most popular dishes include their Lao Style Papaya Salad, their assortment of curry and noodle dishes, and their authentic sticky rice side dishes. It should also be noted that although the Casa Linda location is the most prominent of the bunch, there are three more ZAAP Kitchen sister locations operating in Fitzhugh, Greenville, and West Bend. 

With all of these options to choose from, you'll always have a great place to enjoy a meal in the DFW area. Contact us today for help finding the perfect DFW home for you. 

May
3

DFW Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day Brunch

DFW BrunchMother's Day is fast approaching, and there's no better way to appreciate your mom than treating her to a delicious meal. Start Mother's Day with a memorable brunch at a fantastic local restaurant. Our real estate agents have rounded up some of the most exquisite DFW restaurants where you'll find a delicious treat that your mother will thoroughly enjoy: 

  1. Reata Forth Worth—310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Located close to Fort Worth homes for sale, this restaurant is renowned for its sophisticated cowboy cooking and exclusive wine list. Reata Fort Worth offers both private dining and family meals and is a great spot for Texans who are hankering for some mouth-watering food. If your mom is a lover of classic cuisine, she'll undoubtedly enjoy the restaurant's specialty items such as the Tenderloin Tamales or the Pan Seared Pepper Crusted Tenderloin. 
     
  2. Pinstripes—5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    Is there a better way to celebrate your mom than reserving her a spot at Pinstripes on Mother's Day? Pinstripes recently opened patio seating just in time for May 9th. Savor a world-class brunch with mom, washed down with discounted handcrafted cocktails. You can also win a brunch for your mom and the entire family by entering Pinstripes' Mother's Day competition. All you have to do is send a snap of your mom with a short description of what makes her special.

  3. Snooze Eatery—3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    This spot prides itself on being the number one breakfast and brunch restaurant near our Dallas homes for sale. Your mom will undoubtedly love Snooze Eatery's laidback attitude, tasty meals, and cozy ambiance. Start with green eggs and ham followed by a special Mother's Day soup or the restaurant's renowned hot and cold sandwiches. If your mom is a wine lover, she'll love the extensive wine list offered at Snooze Eatery. Takeaway services are available on request.

  4. Yolk—8315 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX 75225
    Treat your mom like the queen she is by reserving her a brunch at Yolk. The restaurant is renowned for its fantastic fusion breakfasts that your mom won't forget. The fresh approach to brunch is what makes the Yolk restaurants stand out. All foods are made from quality ingredients and are incredibly affordable. Thus, you can give your mom a treat without breaking the bank. Special discounts will be offered on Mother's Day, so you should be on the lookout for them.

  5. Del Frisco's Grille—7200 Bishop Road, Suite D9, Plano, TX 75024
    Take a trip to Spain when you treat your mom to a Spanish brunch at Del Frisco's Grille. Here, you'll find seasoned, polished Spanish country cooking that has stood the test of time. Del Frisco's Grille is a favorite brunch spot for many Texans, thanks to its tasty foods, fine wines, and convenient location near Plano homes for sale. The welcoming ambiance at the restaurant allows you to eat, drink, and talk all day.

Do not hesitate to contact our real estate agents to see what we have on offer.

April
12

Common Places That Are Overlooked While Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Spots

If you're a homeowner, you know that spring cleaning is essential to a clutter-free home. When winter cold fades away, and spring sunshine appears, it's time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some of those indoor and outdoor chores around the house. Our real estate agents know that buyers pay attention to small details that reflect an organized, well-maintained home. Tackle every spot in your home, even the ones that are commonly overlooked, with these helpful tips. 

Kitchen Appliances

In a busy household, cleaning the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher are chores that often get pushed aside. Although they take time and energy, they're essential to prevent a buildup of spills and food residue, rodents, and potential fire hazards in the kitchen. When spring cleaning:

  • Sweep and mop under large appliances

  • Get rid of old food in the fridge

  • Clean the stovetop and oven with a degreaser

  • Remove spills and food residue from the microwave

  • Remove food debris and any broken glass from the dishwasher

  • Clean coffee makers, toasters, and can openers to remove bacteria

Kitchen Pantry

Spring cleaning provides the perfect time to check the expiration dates on food, get rid of old or unwanted items, and organize your kitchen pantry. For faster cleaning, remove items shelf by shelf, starting with the top shelf. Place items on your kitchen countertops while cleaning pantry shelves with warm soap and water or a spray cleaner that removes grime and stains. If you want to label or reorganize food items, this is the perfect opportunity.

Cabinets, Closets, and Draws

Cabinets and drawers can quickly become filled with clutter and unused items, especially after living in a home for a while. Buyers interested in Dallas homes for sale don't want to see clutter overflowing in cabinets,  drawers, and closets. Spring cleaning provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted items, old clothes, and expired medications, so your home doesn't look neglected.

Under Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks

Areas under kitchen and bathroom sinks are commonly used to store cleaning products and household essentials. These areas are often neglected and subject to a buildup of clutter, moisture, leaky pipes, and mold. If garbage disposals are not cleaned regularly with disinfectant, they can build up bacteria from food debris and unpleasant odors. Potential home buyers often check under kitchen and bathroom sinks to look for signs of rotten wood, mold or mildew or standing water that signal potential plumbing problems.

Ceiling Fans. Chandeliers, Lamps, and Sconces

When it comes to cleaning, indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures are often overlooked. For many homeowners, indoor ceiling fans, chandeliers and sconces, lamps and lampshades, and outdoor lighting fixtures don't get cleaned on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the grime, dirt, and dust that builds up and blocks light makes indoor spaces look dark and dingy, and outdoor spaces unappealing to potential buyers looking for Fort Worth homes for sale.

Air Ducts and Vents

Dirt and debris that builds up in air ducts and vents can cause excessive dust in your home and respiratory problems for your family. To remove dust buildup from vents, remove them and wash them with hot soapy water. To clean your air ducts, you need to schedule a cleaning with a local professional HAVC technician who has the proper equipment.

Take the time for spring cleaning to ensure a well-organized, healthy home. If you're interested in buying or selling a home, contact us to find out how we can help with your real estate needs.

April
5

5 Facts About the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

DFW Historic Districts

Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore a part of Texas history right here in Fort Worth? Our real estate agents have introduced plenty of new homeowners to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

When looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, you want to see everything the community has to offer. The rich and exciting story of Texas comes alive when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District!

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sits just north of the central business district in Fort Worth. A section of 98 acres that encompasses most of the Stockyards has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, an honor reflecting its unique place as a livestock center renowned throughout the Lone Star State.

The history of the Stockyards begins with the arrival of railroads in 1876. The Fort Worth Union Stockyards were opened by 1890, covering an expansive area of more than 200 acres. Fort Worth also became home to its very own meat processing plant in February of that year. In its heyday, there were four distinct stockyards.

Before long, what is now the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sold more than 1 million head of cattle per year.

Today, the Historic District designation applies to 46 buildings and one other structure, as well as noted Texas Historic Landmarks, including the entrance sign, the Livestock Exchange Building, and the site of the Stockyards Hotel. Entertainment and shopping venues capitalize on Fort Worth's indelible reputation as "Cowtown."

Making the Most of Your Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

There's plenty to see and do in the Fort Worth Stockyards, so you'll want to know a bit about it before you go.

Let's take a closer look at some fun facts to remember:

  1. The Stockyards Are (Very) Horse-Friendly
    While the Stockyards are most famous for cows, they are also horse-friendly. In fact, the Stockyards Stables were re-opened back in 2011 after a full remodeling. Sitting next to the Hyatt Hotel in an original circa 1912 building, they provide full-care and overnight horse boarding. Boarders can ride their horses all over the Stockyards.

  2. You Can Enjoy a Heritage Railway Service
    The Grapevine Vintage Railroad continues to operate a heritage railway service between the Stockyards and Grapevine-Main Street Station in Grapevine, Texas, a drive of about half an hour. The Railroad operates an authentic 1896-era steam locomotive and also performs occasional holiday excursions throughout the year.

  3. You'll See a Truly Unique Cattle Drive
    What would Cowtown be without cows? As a visitor to the Stockyards, you have the opportunity to see the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. Known as the Fort Worth Herd, it takes place every day at 11:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. down East Exchange Avenue. The kids love it!

  4. An Authentic Rodeo Experience Awaits
    Texas is the birthplace of rodeo, and you'll witness heart-pumping action right at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. It's all situated in an auditorium with a 2,300-person capacity, perfect to get a great view of bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and much more. Plenty of event spaces are available for rent.

  5. Dance the Night Away at Billy Bob's
    Everything's bigger in Texas, and that goes double for the country-western music scene. Billy Bob's Texas is the world's largest honky-tonk, with nearly three acres under one roof. Aside from the Texas-sized dance floor, you'll also discover the full restaurant and, believe it or not, a rodeo area active every Friday and Saturday.

Ready to learn more about the Fort Worth area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn about real estate opportunities right here in Fort Worth.

March
9

Bakeries in the DFW for Pi Day

DFW Pies

Our real estate agents love having an excuse to enjoy a sweet treat. March 14th is affectionately known as "Pi Day" -- and we think that's close enough!

There are so many great bakeries in the DFW area, you might want to start visiting them now, so you're prepared when the big day rolls around. Here are a few of our favorites. 

  1. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop: 1707 North Collins Street, Ste. 115, Arlington, TX 76011
    Any time we're in the area showing Arlington homes for sale, we love stopping by Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop to check out their selection of goodies. Every day, they have nine different pie flavors in three different sizes, making it easy to find something you'll love each time you visit. Some of our favorite flavors are Peanut Butter Cream, Chewy Chocolate Chip, and Nanny's Pecan.

  2. Emporium Pies: 107 S. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
    Specialty shop Emporium Pies is known for fine pies that are handmade with quality ingredients. Their offerings change with the seasons, so you can visit again and again and never get bored. We love the "Drunken Nut," a bourbon pecan pie with a shortbread crust, and the "Smooth Operator," a French silk chocolate pie with a pretzel crust. They also make homemade vanilla ice cream, which is the ideal complement to their delicious desserts. Whether you live in the area or you're looking at McKinney homes for sale, chances are you'll want to return to this great bakery again and again. 

  3. JudyPie: 520 S. Main St., #200, Grapevine, TX 76051
    Affectionately known as "The cutest vintage pie shop in Texas," JudyPie makes fresh pies from scratch every day in their on-site kitchen. We love this shop, in part because they'll happily make a smaller six-inch version of any of their standard 10-inch pies. This makes it easy to enjoy a few different flavors each time we visit! If you're in the area exploring Grapevine homes for sale, we recommend stopping here. From classics like Salted Caramel Apple Pie to decadent creations like the "Memphis Mafia" (a combination of peanut butter truffle and banana pudding pies), you're always guaranteed to find something the whole family will love! 

  4. Batch Bakery: 5355 Dallas Pkwy., Ste 610 Frisco, TX 75034
    Batch Bakery is one of the area's most popular pie shops. They offer nine-inch and four-inch pies and "Batch Bites," a selection of a dozen mini-pies in assorted flavors. This is a great way to enjoy a variety of their creations in one sitting! They have all the classics, like Apple, Key Lime, Coconut Cream, and Peanut Butter. You might also want to try our favorite, Chocolate Chess. It's a gooey fudge brownie baked in a shortbread crust! After you pick up your pie, we recommend taking a short drive around. Some of the best Frisco homes for sale are located nearby.  

  5. Miz. G's House of Pies: 2315 Sutter St., Dallas, TX 75216
    If you've been looking at Dallas homes for sale, you can expect to pay plenty of visits to Miz. G's House of Pies. They've been pleasing customers since 2010 with delicious family recipes baked from scratch. We love that they'll happily make pies that are gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free so that everyone can enjoy them! Some of our favorite flavors are the German Chocolate, Old Fashion Apple, and their signature Sweet Potato Pie made with Texas-grown sweet potatoes.

Are you looking for a "sweet" deal on a new home? Our agents would love to show you some of the area's best neighborhoods! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.

March
1

Take Your Dog For a Walk on These Trails in the DFW

Dog Trails in DFWThe parks and trails of the DFW area have so much to offer, and now is the perfect time for an outdoor adventure with your furry friend. Many of the best DFW trails are dog-friendly, with beautiful green spaces to explore and plenty of opportunities for your pup to play with new friends. There are trails located in popular parks and nature preserves and trails that connect multiple local outdoor attractions. Our real estate agents have all of the details, with our guide to 6 trails that you and your dog will love in DFW.

  1. Cedar Ridge Preserve – 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249
    The Cedar Ridge Preserve is a nature preserve located close to Dallas homes for sale, with various trails to explore. It's a popular spot for bird-watching, with wooded trails that are also ideal for adventures with your pet. There are a total of 13 short trails winding throughout this outdoor space, all maintained beautifully by a dedicated team of conservationists.

  2. Tails 'N Trails Dog Park – 950 SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76018
    Ideal for dogs who love to socialize, the Tails 'N Trails Dog Park is easy to reach from Arlington homes for sale. This space includes an expansive off-leash dog park that's perfect for playtime, along with trails to traverse. You will frequently find plenty of other dogs here for your pet to play with, especially if you visit on weekends.

  3. Northshore Park Trail – 2908 N Park Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022
    You'll find tons of great trails to explore near Flower Mound homes for sale, including the popular, multi-use Northshore Park Trail. This trail, which is part of Northshore Park, is used by mountain bikers, hikers, and pet owners from throughout Flower Mound. When you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot for a walk, try visiting in the morning or early evening.

  4. Preston Ridge Trail – 6994 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
    Looking to explore multiple parks on the same day with your pup? The Preston Ridge Trail connects a variety of parks within Dallas and can even take you all the way to Plano. You can pick up the trail at Fretz Park, then follow it for more than 6 miles as you visit Salado Park, Campbell Green Park, and points beyond.

  5. Trinity Forest Trails – 4750 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75216
    If you're searching for a trail system that offers long, scenic walks, the Trinity Forest Trails are sure to catch your eye. This trail loop runs for more than 10 miles, connecting an eclectic collection of outdoor attractions that include Trinity Forest Golf Course, the Texas Horse Park, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. This trail is twelve feet wide and fully paved, so there's plenty of room for outdoor fun, even when the trail gets busy.

  6. Tandy Hills Natural Area – 3400 View St., Fort Worth, TX 76103
    There are plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces to explore near Fort Worth homes for sale, starting with the 160-acre Tandy Hills Natural Area. This conservation area provides a window into the past of DFW in a classic Fort Worth prairie environment. The land has never been developed and is especially beautiful in the spring when prairie flowers are in full bloom.

Ready to find a Texas home that both you and your favorite pet will love? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW area.

February
15

Birdwatching Spots Throughout the DFW

Birdwatching in the DFW

The Central Flyway is one of America's most highly trafficked bird migration routes, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area is smack-dab underneath it. That makes this one of the best areas in the country for birdwatching. 

One of the things our real estate agents love most about life in the DFW is its abundance of outdoor recreation. That includes incredible birding opportunities. Be sure to check out one of these top birding sites in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. 

  1. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
    A spectacular landscape of vibrant plants and flowers in the heart of the city, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is also a premier bird-watching location thanks to its diverse plant life. Located just minutes from many Dallas homes for sale, the arboretum is a seasonal stopover for multiple hummingbird species, and you can see several unique wading birds in summer, including white ibis and spoonbill. 

  2. Trinity River Audubon Center - 6500 S Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
    Nestled in the heart of Great Trinity Forest, a vast urban open-space park in Southeast Dallas, Trinity River Audubon Center offers birding trails and observation platforms, with access to an amazing natural landscape of hardwood forests, marshy wetlands, and meadows. It's possible to spot more than 50 species in a single day when conditions are right. 

  3. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76135
    Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge encompasses more than 3,600 acres of woods and wetlands around the shores of Lake Worth. The refuge is a short drive from these Fort Worth homes for sale and offers 20 miles of trails with some of the best birding opportunities in the DFW. Watch for herons and egrets wading along the margins of the lakeside wetlands, and keep an eye overhead for osprey and bald eagles. During the colder months, winter birds like goldfinch and juncos are common.

  4. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary - 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069
    The 289-acre wildlife sanctuary operated by the Heard Natural Science Museum is an amazing resource for birding enthusiasts. With a mixed landscape of blackland prairies and bottomland hardwood forest plus a great wetland boardwalk area, you can see a wide range of different bird species here in every season. Wood ducks and great blue herons are common in the wetlands area. 

  5. Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center - 3310 Collins Rd, Denton, TX 76208
    Spanning 2,900 acres, Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is one of the greatest bird-watching sites in the DFW area. Located in the small city of Denton, less than 40 minutes from Dallas, the heritage center encompasses a diverse habitat of bottomland hardwood forests, upland prairies, and marshlands. More than 10 miles of trails offer a chance to spot dozens of bird species.  

  6. Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249
    One of the great birding destinations in the region, Cedar Ridge Preserve is managed by Audubon Dallas, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Cedar Ridge Preserve stretches over 600 acres, with 9 miles of trails that explore a wide range of prime bird habitat. Guided birding trips and nature programs are commonly held here, and the preserve offers a bird blind and butterfly garden as well. 

Contact us to learn more about life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The DFW is a hub for business and culture that also happens to offer incredible opportunities for outdoor adventure.

February
2

Dallas-Fort Worth crowned one of world's top 10 wealthiest places

Believe it or not, the whole Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to more mini-millionaires than the entire population of Plano. In fact, DFW now ranks among the world's top 10 metros for the number of high-net-worth individuals.  A new ranking from Wealth-X, which collects and analyzes data about the world's wealthiest people, puts DFW at No. 10 globally for the population of high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, defined as those with a net worth of $1 million to $30 million. (In other words, Alice Walton, Jerry Jones, and Andy Beal are way too rich for this list.)

For 2018, Wealth-X tallied 298,220 HNW individuals in Dallas-Fort Worth, up slightly from 297,935 the previous year. By comparison, the population of Plano was 286,143 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. DFW is the only Texas metro to appear in Wealth-X's top 10.  "With the addition of [the] Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, the U.S. now includes six of the top 10 cities in our ranking," Wealth-X says.  Sitting atop the ranking is the New York City metro area, home to nearly 1 million HNW individuals. Elsewhere in the U.S., Los Angeles stands at No. 3, Chicago at No. 6, San Francisco at No. 9, Washington, D.C., at No. 9, and Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 10.

Chances are, you'll find many of DFW's HNW individuals in the region's richest ZIP codes, particularly Highland Park and University Park. Highland Park is No. 9 among the country's wealthiest ZIP codes, and University Park is No. 7, according to a 2018 analysis by Bloomberg.  According to data released in 2018 by Charles Schwab's Modern Wealth Index, DFW residents say it takes a net worth of $2.4 million to be considered wealthy and $1.3 million to feel financially comfortable.  According to the 2018 Knight Frank City Wealth Index, Dallas ranks seventh globally for the most households (297,970) earning at least $250,000 in 2017, just behind Houston at No. 6 (298,868 households).

Dallas is projected to rank 10th for the growth of households earning at least $250,000, adding 58,575 such households from 2017 to 2022, the index says. By comparison, Houston is forecast to hold down the No. 9 position, adding 71,211 of those households during the same five-year span.

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January
18

5 Cafes in the DFW for National Hot Chocolate Day

DFW Cafes

When winter arrives, nothing beats a tasty mug of hot chocolate. There's never a bad time to enjoy this sweet treat, but just in case you needed a reason to celebrate, you'll be glad to know that National Hot Chocolate Day is right around the corner! 

When you're ready to warm up, we suggest heading out and paying a visit to one (or more!) of these locations. 

  1. Neuhaus Cafe & Chocolate Boutique: 5959 Royal Ln., Suite 626, Dallas, TX 75230
    ​​​​​​​When you're ready to take a break from exploring Dallas homes for sale, head over to Neuhaus Cafe & Chocolate Boutique. This popular cafe has a relaxing atmosphere that's perfect for taking a break and enjoying a sweet treat. Not only do they have an extensive lunch and dinner menu, but they also have some of the world's best chocolates. As you might expect, they make their hot chocolate from scratch using their own recipe. We're not sure what the secret ingredient is, but it's delicious! If you really want to enjoy yourself, we recommend pairing your drink with one of their decadent desserts and taking some candy home for later.
     
  2. Magnolias Sous Le Pont: 2727 N. Harwood St., Dallas, 75201
    A charming coffee house located in the Harwood District, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont has a French-inspired menu and a hip, arty ambiance. It's the perfect escape when you need a break from your busy day. You'll love the friendly baristas and delicious hot drinks. While you're there, be sure to ask about the daily cookies or grab a cinnamon roll or chocolate croissant.
     
  3. Vaquero Coffee Co.: 109 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Located in downtown Fort Worth, Vaquero Coffee Co. has been pleasing locals since 2018. They pride themselves in crafting each drink they serve, so you're always guaranteed a perfect cup. Here you'll find delicious chocolate-themed drinks like mocha, white mocha, and even peppermint mocha. Pair your treat with one of their great CranWalnut muffins or a cookie from the renowned Great One Cookie Company of Dallas, TX. When you're done, take a drive around the area so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Fort Worth homes for sale.
     
  4. Pax & Beneficia Coffee: 5244 N. O'Connor, Suite 150, Irving, TX 75023
    Pax & Beneficia Coffee was created based on three core principles: crafting, camaraderie, and contribution. They carefully craft every cup of coffee they serve, encourage camaraderie among all of their patrons, and contribute to local and global nonprofit organizations. If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Irving homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know this great cafe. Not only do they have excellent hot chocolate, but they also make an incredible mocha coffee. Both pair perfectly with their Nutella & Fruit Toast!
      
  5. Bread Winners Bakery Bistro: 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
    Want to quench your hot chocolate craving with something a bit different? Head over to Bread Winners Bakery Bistro and order a Mexican Hot Chocolate (made with cacao nibs, sugar, and cinnamon) or a cafe mocha. Pair them with a signature cupcake, cake balls, or homemade cookies. Bread Winners Bakery also has an excellent brunch and dinner menu and plenty of dessert options like cheesecakes, tortes, and homemade pies with fresh-made whipped cream, so come hungry and plan to indulge! 

Contact us today to get started.  

January
11

How to Make Your Home Smarter this Year

Smart Home DFW

Have you thought about jumping on the bandwagon and making your home smarter in 2021? If not, maybe you should. There are so many ways smart features increase your home's comfort, security, and efficiency that a smart system bears looking at. What's more, if you're listing your home among Dallas homes for sale or Plano homes for sale, you might include the smart system and appliances as a selling point.

In case you're not familiar with all the features you could have with a smart system, let's look at a rundown.

  1. Smart Home Assistant
    The smart home assistant is the foundation for any smart system. There are two that dominate the market: Amazon Echo with Alexa and Google Home with smart speakers. Similar to the way they work, these devices control all the other smart devices in your home, from lights and doorbells to security alarms and cameras.

  2. Smart Hub
    If you go with a smart speaker without a built-in hub, you'll need a smart hub for automating all the smart devices in your home through only one app. A couple of the best are the Smart Things Hub and the Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub.

  3. Lighting
    No need to get up. Add smart bulbs and control the lights through your phone, either by voice or touch. Still at the office? Turn on some light for the dog remotely. Change the mood by changing the color of the light if you opt for RGB lighting.
  4. HVAC Thermostat
    Manage your home's environment from near or far with a smart thermostat. Use an app on your smartphone or tablet to control the temperature; depending on if you have an in-house humidifier, you might even be able to raise or lower humidity. Some systems can sense your approach and raise or lower the temperature for your comfort. Need an analysis of your energy usage? A smart thermostat can do that as well.

  5. Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
    Smart smoke detectors not only detect smoke but send a message to your phone that there's a problem.

  6. Garage Door Opener
    Let workers in your garage when you're away with an app on your phone. Did you forget to close the garage door? No problem. You can close it remotely as long as you can access Wi-fi.

  7. Smart Security Features
    A complete smart security system should include indoor and outdoor cameras, door locks, lighting, and even the doorbell. Here's how these features play into your overall security strategy:
    • Indoor camera -- There are many reasons to monitor what's going on inside your home, from watching a babysitter or cleaning employee to monitoring your pets' activities to recording a break-in.
    • Outdoor camera -- Again, you want to be able to record who comes up to your front door and what they do. The Nest outdoor security camera comes with night vision and has a built-in microphone and speaker; plus, you can use the app for the Nest to view live footage on your smartphone.
    • Door lock -- These devices do away with the need for keys; you can unlock them via your smartphone or with a fingerprint or a pin.
    • Doorbell -- These come with a camera that lets you see who's ringing the bell and communicate with them through your phone. Some devices have the ability to recognize your visitors.

Our real estate agents can help you upgrade your home and appliances to create a more convenient, efficient, and secure smart system. Contact us today. 

December
21

6 Candy Shops in the DFW Perfect for Stocking Stuffers

Candy Shops in the DFW

Whether you're trying to find the ideal gift for someone who already has everything or a small, thoughtful stocking stuffer for someone with a sweet tooth, the gift of a sweet treat never goes out of style. Lucky for you, the DFW area is filled with candy shops that offer something to satisfy every taste! From traditional candy made from decades-old family recipes to zany, new candy creations, you can find it all close to home in DFW. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 6 great candy shops where you can find your stocking stuffers this year.

  1. Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop – 1106 W Main St., Carrollton, TX 75006

    Starting as a small flower shop before blossoming into one of the area's best retro candy shops, Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop prides itself on serving up candy varieties that you don't see every day. There are more than 800 types of candy available in the store, with unique treats that are a delight for kids young and old.

  2. Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee – 324 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX 76108

    You won't have to travel far from Fort Worth homes for sale to find sweet stocking stuffers, thanks to legendary local candy shops like Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee. Naturally, the fudge is the main attraction, and there are more than 15 types of fudge available to satisfy any sweet tooth. While the shop is not currently open for regular hours, you can still call ahead, make an appointment to visit, and shop to your heart's content.

  3. Kate Weiser Chocolate – 3011 Gulden Ln., Suite 115, Dallas, TX 75212

    Searching for sweet, satisfying chocolate near Dallas homes for sale? Make the trip to Kate Weiser Chocolate, where gourmet, hand-crafted treats are always on the menu. If you believe chocolate is an art form, this is a great place to shop. Each piece has been designed to look just as great as it tastes, with expert guidance from lead chocolatier Kate Weiser. No detail is too small for this team, and the results are delicious.

  4. Natalie's Candy Jar – DFW International Airport, Terminal B, DFW Airport, TX 75261

    Will your journeys be taking you to the DFW International Airport at any point during the holiday shopping season? Then be sure to check out Natalie's Candy Jar, which has multiple locations throughout the airport where you can shop for sweet gifts. Natalie's Candy Jar is a gourmet, self-serve candy shop with more than 400 varieties available.

  5. Dylan's Candy Bar – 2400 Aviation Dr., Terminal D, DFW Airport, TX 75261

    Also located at DFW International Airport, you will find Dylan's Candy Bar, a fun, colorful candy shop that's perfect for finding all of the stocking stuffers you need for the younger members of your holiday shopping list. If you're looking for a larger gift, Dylan's Candy Bar also offers a diverse selection of holiday gift baskets and packages.

  6. CocoAndre Chocolatier – 508 W 7th St., Dallas, TX 75208

    Operated by Andrea Pedraza, who has more than 30 years of experience creating world-class candy, chocolate, and truffles, CocoAndre Chocolatier features high-end candy that will look great in any stocking. Go with a classic chocolate or truffle, but don't forget to try unique, delicious treats like the pistachio bark.

Searching for the perfect home where you can share holiday memories with your favorite people for years to come? We can help. Contact us today.

December
14

4 Ways to Give Back in the DFW This Holiday Season

DFW Giving Back

The holiday season ushers in excitement, but for thousands of men, women, and children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this time of the year is especially difficult. Some of our family members, friend, neighbors, and coworkers struggle to make ends meet or receive the care that they need. Our real estate agents understand that this time of the year is busy, but we shouldn't let shopping and festivities distract us from the reason for the season. Above all, these next few days give us the opportunity to share our kindness, spread joy, and brighten the lives of whomever we can. We encourage you to give back to the DFW this holiday season through one of these compassionate acts.

  1. Adopt a Family
    Our society is accustomed to giving and receiving gifts this time of the year. This custom makes it exceptionally difficult for those under financial stress to stay in high spirits. Thankfully, you can make sure that everyone has a gift to open during the season by adopting a family. Many organizations provide wish-lists for families or children in need, such as these DFW charities:
  1. Volunteer at a Shelter
    The gift of your time is often much more valuable and personal than any physical gift that you can give. Multiple charities throughout the DFW need various forms of in-person assistance. For instance, some food banks need help sorting donations, while others need help serving food to those in need. Consider signing up to volunteer at some of these local organizations:
  1. Donate Vital Items
    If you're unable to volunteer at a local shelter or food bank, you can still donate items to ensure that their pantries are fully stocked. It may not seem like much, but a few cans of vegetables and toiletries can make a world of difference in the lives of those in need. Help a family receive the nourishment and self-care that they need by donating food or goods to these charities:
  1. Shop Small
    While we admire anyone who makes an effort to give back to our communities directly, we also understand that it's an afterthought if you aren't used to donating. Thankfully, many of our local businesses are committed to giving back throughout the year. They donate proceeds from their sales to organizations that keep our community strong. Ask your favorite shops if they're supporting local charities this holiday season and shop small as much as possible to keep our economy and community healthy.

We hope that you take any opportunity to help those in our communities who need it most this holiday season. As always, if you would like assistance with your search for Dallas homes for sale and Fort Worth homes for sale, please don't hesitate to reach out. Contact us today to find your dream home in the Lone Star State.

December
7

How to Pick The Right Christmas Tree For Your Home

As the holidays draw near, it seems like all of the Dallas homes for sale we see are decorated both inside and outside. Fill your home with holiday cheer, and the fresh smell of pine when you opt for a real Christmas tree. If it's your first year selecting a fresh tree, follow these helpful tips from our real estate agents to find the perfect one for your home. 

  1. Choose the spot.
    To minimize mistakes, choose where you're going to put your tree before you bring it home. If you'll need to rearrange furniture to make room for the tree, do that early so you can figure out where everything will go and make sure it won't look too cramped.

  2. Measure everything!
    Once you know where your tree will go, measure the space you have available for it. It's important to know the ceiling's height, minus the height of the stand and your tree topper, so that you don't inadvertently try to fit a tree that's too tall. Don't forget to measure the width and depth you have available, as a tree that looks nice and full on the lot may turn out to be too big around once you get it into your house.

  3. Look for trees that will look good when decorated.
    Once you're on the tree lot, it's time to get down to the business of choosing a good tree. There are many different kinds of evergreen trees, but not all of the ones you'll find will actually make good Christmas trees. One mistake people make is to pick out the fullest, lushest tree they can find, but these actually make very poor trees for decorating. A good Christmas tree has short needles that make it easier to hang ornaments. Avoid those with long, full needles, as you'll have a difficult time hanging anything on them. And you'll actually want to look for a tree that is less full, with space between the branches so that the ornaments have a place to hang.

  4. Check that the tree is fresh.
    Once you've found a tree you like the look of and that fits your size requirements, the next step is to make sure it's going to last the entire Christmas season. Shedding needles is a red flag that the tree was cut too long ago and might not make it through the holidays. One trick for testing this is to bounce the branches lightly and make sure needles don't fall off. Another way you can check is to pinch a branch and gently pull it towards you. A fresh, healthy tree won't shed its needles when you pull, but if the tree is older, the motion will strip the needles right off.

Once you've found the ideal Christmas tree, it's time to take it home to set it up. Make sure you give your new tree plenty of water, especially at first. If you're listing your home over the holidays, make sure you talk to an agent about decorating Fort Worth homes for sale without putting off potential buyers. Contact us today for staging tips and more!

November
16

Bike Trails Around the DFW for Go For a Ride Day

Bike Trails - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

The crisp air of late fall makes this a particularly good time to go for a bike ride in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And with Go For a Ride Day coming right up on Sunday, November 22, our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite bike trails in the DFW.

  • Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - 2875 Pierce St, Dallas, TX 75233
    A 121-acre oasis of shady woodlands and rolling wildflower meadows, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a great resource for Dallas mountain bikers. Located just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale, the preserve includes 8 miles of multi-use hike and bike trails arranged in six loops. There are many twists and turns, but the terrain is mostly flat and not too challenging.

  • North Shore Trail - 2908 N Park Dr, Flower Mound, TX 75022
    Easily one of the more popular hiking and biking routes in the DFW area, the North Shore Trail follows Lake Grapevine's shoreline and offers some splendid scenery along the way. The trail is made up of two loops totaling 22 miles. The 12.5-mile eastern loop is flat and suitable for beginners, while the western loop is more rugged. Trailheads are located in Twin Coves Park, Rockledge Park, and Murrell Park, a short ride from these Flower Mound homes for sale.

  • Trinity Trails - 3301 Trinity Park Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Trinity Trails is a 40-mile network of trails in the heart of Fort Worth, mostly near the banks of the Trinity River. Popular among joggers, dog-walkers, and cyclists alike, the trails are mostly paved, meandering through riverfront parks and gardens with some great views of the Fort Worth skyline. The main trailhead in Trinity Park is a stone's throw from many Fort Worth homes for sale

  • Big Cedar Wilderness Trails - 8991-8999 Isom Ln, Dallas, TX 75249
    With a mix of single track loops and fire roads totaling about 8 miles, Big Cedar Wilderness Trails offer a great landscape for mountain bikers to explore. Big Cedar Wilderness is a rugged landscape of hardwood forests, cactus-filled valleys, and Dallas's highest point. The trails are maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from dawn until dusk. 

  • Denton Katy Trail - 604 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76205
    An urban bike trail that runs parallel to the DCTA commuter rail line in Denton County, the Denton Katy Trail offers a great opportunity to explore some of the other communities north of Dallas. Passing through urban centers, residential neighborhoods, and industrial areas, the trail is popular among families, recreational cyclists, and even commuters looking for an alternate route to work. The trail begins at the Denton Downtown Transit Center near these Denton homes for sale, and runs 16 miles south to Lake Dallas.

  • Marion Sansom Park - 2501 Roberts Cut Off Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114
    With shady woods, picturesque waterfalls and views across the glassy surface of Lake Worth, Marion Sansom Park is one of the best places in Fort Worth for hiking and mountain baking. This urban oasis offers several mountain bike loops ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. In total, about 11 miles of trails are open to cyclists, and the park offers a great opportunity to hit the trail without leaving the city. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From wide-open spaces to vibrant cities and towns, it's an incredible place to live, and our  team is always ready to help you find your dream home. 

November
9

DFW: Fine Dining Destinations for Thanksgiving Dinner

Order Out for Thanksgiving Dinner - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Whatever else is going on in our lives, Thanksgiving is a constant, providing us with a comforting sense of gratitude. Celebrate in style with a fine-dining feast from one of these upscale restaurants around DFW recommended by our real estate agents

  • Mignon - 4005 Preston Rd., Suite 518, Plano, TX 75093
    With its intimate booths, Mondrian-style abstract artwork and elegant wood surfaces, dining at Mignon, just minutes from Plano homes for sale, feels like being in a scene from a 1960s French film. The three-course, $54 prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu begins with soup or salad, followed by turkey breast with stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cranberry relish. For dessert, choose between apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake. Substitute filet mignon or Chilean sea bass for an additional charge. Two private dining rooms for each seating time allow safe social distancing. Hours are 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. with a two-hour limit.

  • Fearing's Restaurant - 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Located in the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Fearing's Restaurant was recently named #1 among the "Top Dallas Restaurants for Celebrating Special Occasions." The elegant Thanksgiving menu is in keeping with the restaurant's high standards and sense of style. Start with a choice of four appetizers before moving on to the main course of turkey, halibut, beef tenderloin, or lamb osso buco, finishing with one of three different desserts. Price is $125 per person. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Hotel Crescent Court - 400 Crescent Court, Dallas, TX 75201
    Turn your home into the most exclusive dining room around Dallas homes for sale. Thanksgiving To-Go from Hotel Crescent Court does all the work while you get all the credit. The holiday feast includes a whole turkey, salad, bread and dinner rolls, and assortment of classic side dishes along with a pumpkin pie and apple pie, enough to feed 8-10 people. Price is $275 plus tax and a 10 percent service charge. Visit the website to order by 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 23. Orders may be picked up Wednesday, November 25 between 5 - 7 p.m. and Thursday, November 26 between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

  • Perry's Steakhouse & Grill - 2440 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034
    Whether you prefer dining out or enjoying Thanksgiving in the comfort of your own home, Perry's Steakhouse & Grill has got you covered. Dine-in guests at the popular restaurant near Frisco homes for sale may order from the special Thanksgiving Day $45 prix-fixe menu or the regular dinner menu. For your convenience, the holiday meal can be ordered for curbside pickup at the same price plus a 15 percent handling fee. Kids' meals for ages 12 and under are available for $15, both dine-in and carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Bacchus Kitchen + Bar - 215 E. Dallas Rd., Grapevine, TX 76051
    Named after the Roman god of wine, Bacchus Kitchen + Bar, not far from Grapevine homes for sale, is all about that ancient civilization's tradition of celebratory feasts. The daily menu highlights contemporary cuisine made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and the same holds true for the special Thanksgiving Day menu. Enjoy a family-style meal featuring cider-brined turkey or bourbon maple-glazed ham accompanied by gourmet sides, including jalapeño corn bread stuffing and roasted garlic and crème fraiche whipped potatoes. Price is $75 for adults and $30 for kids over age 5. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

In 2021, will you be giving thanks for a new home in Dallas or Fort Worth? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with all your real estate questions. 

November
2

Visit These DFW Delis on National Sandwich Day

Delis Around the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

November 3rd isn't only Election Day; it's also National Sandwich Day. Hot or cold, thin or high, there is no wrong way to make a sandwich. Everybody has their own ideal combination of bread, meat, and cheese, and this simple creation has become the staple of the all-American lunch. 

Our real estate agents love our local sandwich shops and pulled together a list of six recommendations we think you should check out on National Sandwich Day.

  • Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop - 2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
    Uncle Uber's is known for their "sammiches," which they say are the holiest and mightiest sandwiches. They offer a robust menu filled with dozens of custom combinations. We recommend the roast beef, which has tasty thinly sliced beef, melted provolone, and Au Jus sauce. Best of all, Uncle Uber's is conveniently located near several of these beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

  • East Hampton Sandwich Co. - 1605 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    With five locations around town, East Hampton Sandwich Co. is becoming a Dallas / Fort Worth staple. Besides a variety of "hot signature" and "cold signature" sandwiches, East Hampton Sandwich Co. also offers four different delicious lobster rolls. This East Hampton location is conveniently located a few minutes away from great Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Captain Nemo's Steak Submarines - 1426 N. Irving Heights Dr., Irving, TX 75061
    Captain Nemo's has been serving their famous sizzling steak sandwich for 47 years. In addition to steak, their menu is full of several other tasty sandwich options. Add a bowl of "The Captain's Chili" to your order for a perfect meal. You can dine-in or takeout for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday. After stopping by, take a look at these Irving homes for sale.

  • Patriot Sandwich Company - 1507 S. Loop 288 #203, Denton, TX 76205
    Located near these Denton homes for sale is the Patriot Sandwich Company, a veteran-owned sandwich shop that serves breakfast and lunch. Menu items are named after military lingo, and local hometown heroes are honored on the restaurant's wall.  They also offer a wide range of custom-made sauces that are made daily onsite.

  • Sourdough Bread Deli - 4120 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75093
    If you're near Plano, grab a sandwich at Sourdough Bread Deli. This sandwich shop truly prides itself on quality. Their menu features a wide range of poultry, meat, and fish sandwiches, all made on delicious sourdough bread made every morning from scratch. All vegetables are prepared daily, and meats are never pre-cooked. While you're in the area, take a look at these Plano homes for sale.

  • The Tin Cup - 1025 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
    This laid back sandwich shop is family owned and operated and offers dozens of sandwiches, paninis, and salads. We recommend trying the "Alamo," which has the perfect mix of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and mozzarella.The Tin Cup is located just a short drive from these Arlington homes for sale.

One of the best parts about living near in or around Dallas / Fort Worth is that there are always new restaurants to try. For more local business recommendations, contact us today!

October
12

6 Places for Wine Tastings Around the DFW

Wine Tasting - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Let's be honest — we could all use a glass of wine these days. Thankfully, we don't have to venture far for the vino. Our real estate agents heard through the grapevine that there are plenty of places in the DFW to grab a glass, a bottle, or a carafe of wine at a moment's notice. If you're searching for a new favorite for your wine cellar or just want to sample some unique flavors, we encourage you to enjoy a wine tasting at one of these six local hot-spots.

  1. Grape Vine Springs Winery – 409 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
    Grape Vine Springs Winery knows how to show you a good time. Their award-winning winery will now be offering food service so you can savor your wine tasting with a few tasty treats. The winery also hosts blending classes, winery tours, ghost tours, and other events. If you purchase one of your Grapevine homes for sale, Grape Vine Springs Winery is one site you'll want to visit again and again.

  2. Landon Winery – 103 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie, TX 75098
    Whether you're just discovering our Wylie homes for sale or if you've lived in town for years, Landon Winery is a must-visit. With a full calendar of events, wine tasting has never been better. Can't make it to a wine tasting? No problem! Landon Winery hosts virtual wine tastings so you can sip and sample from the comfort of your own home!

  3. Rancho Loma Vineyards – 411 S. Main St. Ste. 104, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    In the last four years, Rancho Loma Vineyards has won too many awards to count. Take one sip of any of their wines, and you'll see why. RLV believes that remarkable wines should be experienced with delicious food; join them for wine tasting paired with their artisan Charcuterie boards next time you're in the area searching for Fort Worth homes for sale.

  4. Two Brothers Winery – 110 Lamar St., Keller, TX 76248
    If your tastebuds are craving a unique style of wine, head over to Two Brothers Winery for a treat. A pecan infused merlot, a bourbon barrel cabernet sauvignon, and a coffee-infused Syrah are just a few of their delightfully interesting bottles. Two Brother Winery is now offering foods at their winery, making it a wonderful place to grab a drink and a bite to eat with your family and friends whenever you're nearby looking at Keller homes for sale.

  5. The Wine Authority – 508 W. Lookout Dr. Ste 24, Richardson, TX 75080 With a name like The Wine Authority, you already know that you're going to receive expert service from knowledgeable sommeliers the moment you walk in. They're ready to answer all of your questions, suggest the best wines that fit your tastes, and even talk you through every glass they pour. Though The Wine Authority may be a retail store, once you pop a cork and raise a glass, you feel like you'll be experiencing a private wine tasting with your own personal sommelier. Just be sure to grab a few bottles to go so you can stock up the kitchen of one of our new Richardson homes for sale.

  6. Larue Vineyards – 1491 N. Kealy Ave. Ste 55., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Larue Vineyards handcrafts their wines with passion and perfectly picked grapes from Chile and California. On Fridays and Saturdays, they open up their winery for tours while on Sundays, they make Paint & Wine events available for guests who want to get creative while they sip. No appointment is necessary to sample their wines, so feel free to stop by after visiting the charming Lewisville homes for sale.

Are you searching for a home where you can host your own wine tastings? We can help! Contact us today to tour our great Dallas homes for sale.

September
21

Family Fitness: Where to Stay Healthy Around the DFW

Family Fitness Destinations - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

With cool urban spaces, parklands, hike and bike trails, zoos, and art museums, there are many places around the Dallas-Fort Worth area where families can go for outdoor activities. In fact, family fitness and health may be even important right now. Be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite outdoor destinations around the DFW.

  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden - 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218
    Acres upon acres of green spaces, water features, and blossoming flowers comprise the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. On the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum boasts a complete life science laboratory and interactive children's adventure garden featuring a two-story treehouse, tree canopy walk, and cascading waterfalls. When autumn arrives, over 90,000 pumpkins are used to create a literal pumpkin village and decorate the grounds at the Arboretum. With a variety of Dallas homes for sale in the area, the arboretum and botanical garden offer a peaceful and rewarding outdoor gateway. Visits now require a scheduled arrival window and tickets pre-purchased online.

  • Trinity Forest Adventure Park - 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, TX 75217
    Just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas is the Trinity Forest Adventure Park, a family-friendly aerial adventure park nestled in the Trinity Forest. The seven-acre park consists of high ropes courses with military-style obstacles like tight ropes, wobble bridges, balance beams, cargo nets, zip lines, ladders, and other elements. The courses have varying levels of difficulty suited to challenge new climbers, thrill-seekers, and even kids ages 4 and up. Reservations are required, and guests must bring their masks for the 3-hour adventure. The children's course is closed until further notice.

  • Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
    The Cedar Ridge Preserve is a natural area that spans 600 acres between FM 1382 and Mountain Creek Parkway. Formerly the Dallas Nature Center, the preserve is rich in wildlife and offers spectacular views of the hill country. It features native plant nurseries, picnic areas, butterfly gardens, as well as birds, reptiles, and wild mammals. The preserve also offers 9 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Take note that you'll not be allowed into the preserve if you're feeling ill, and you're required to bring a water bottle, maintain social distancing, and wear a mask while at the preserve.

  • Klyde Warren Park - 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75201
    Built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway, for three blocks between St. Paul and Pearl Streets, Kylde Warren Park is an innovative urban green space that serves as a central gathering area for Dallas residents and visitors. Dedicated to enriching lives and connecting the community, the 5.2 acres deck park is a highly active space flush with year-round programs, including yoga, dance lessons, fitness sessions, musical performances, children's entertainment, and even movie screenings.

  • Lewisville Lake - 600 Sandy Beach Rd., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Looking for some fun water activities close to Fort Worth homes for sale? Lewisville Lake is the place to go. Surrounded by a 9,000-acre natural habitat, this popular lake has 233 miles of shoreline and is one of the largest lakes in north Texas. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a multitude of activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, boating, birding, paddling, water sports, disc golf, and more. Many parks dot the landscape around the lake and several RV and tent campgrounds, beaches, pavilions, golf courses, hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, 24-hour fishing barges, and athletic facilities.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the DFW and let us show you the best homes in the area.

September
14

The Cheeseburgers Are the Best at These 6 DFW Destinations

Cheeseburger Day - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Break out the bibs and rustle up an appetite – National Cheeseburger Day is Friday, September 18th! What better way to celebrate one of our nation's most iconic foods than to sample some of the best burgers in town. Our real estate agents encourage you to grab your burger crew and head to one of these tasty cheeseburger destinations in the DFW.

  1. Burgers N Beyond – 1704 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76110
    Burgers N Beyond
    is a great place to grab a classic cheeseburger cooked to perfection after you've checked out a few Fort Worth homes for sale. Their BNB Burger contains an all-beef patty, lettuce, pickles, cheese, grilled onions, and their BNB sauce. You can double the patties by ordering their Big BNB Burger. With sides like volcano fries, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, and coleslaw, Burgers N Beyond takes taste to the next level with the classic ingredients you know and love.

  2. Zoli's NY Pizza – 14910 Midway Rd., Addison, TX 75001
    Yes, we know Zoli's NY Pizza specializes in saucy pies, but you're missing out if you haven't tried their cheeseburger. They've got two Texas-sized burgers on their menu: the O.D. Burger and the Gigante Burger, both made with an 1855 chuck-brisket-short-rib blend, two types of cheeses, Zoli sauce, and horseradish pickles. The Gigante Burger ups the ante by adding a fried mozzarella patty and soppressata marmalade to the sandwich. Make a pit stop to fuel up when you're in town searching for Addison homes for sale.

  3. K Pop Burger – 5000 Main St. Suite 314, The Colony, TX 75056
    Locally sourced and crafted with love, K Pop Burger offers an interesting menu of burgers. A half-pound of fresh Angus beef is dressed with everything imaginable to create unforgettable burgers. Try the Kimchi with grilled kimchi and a fried egg. The Kangnam grills up veggies and covers them in Korean bulgogi sauce. Whether you're looking for Ramen, grilled corn, grilled spam, or heaps of different cheeses, you can find it all between the buns of a K Pop Burger.

  4. Del's Charcoal Burgers – 110 S. McKinney St., Richardson, TX 75081
    This local landmark will become your new favorite burger joint if you move into one of our Richardson homes for sale. Sure, you can grab a standard cheeseburger topped with onions, mustard, pickles, and tomatoes, but why not kick it up a notch with something special? Del's Charcoal Burgers offers combo specials include the Texas Cheese Burger, Patty Melt, Guacamole Swiss Burger, and the Mushroom Swiss Burger.

  5. Chapps Burgers – 4146 S. Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
    Do you want to know the recipe for the Chapps Burgers secret sauce? Hard work and zero shortcuts. Known for their Nolan Ryan Black Angus Beef Burgers, Chapps Burgers lets you create your own namesake cheeseburger. Choose from five meats, six cheeses, and seventeen toppings to concoct the ultimate burger or try one of their creations. The Chapps Classic and the 1984 Burger are classic creations while the Knockout Burger adds a fried egg and basil mayo into the mix. Other favorites include their Mushroom Cheeseburger, Jalapeno Cheeseburger, and Bacon Cheeseburger, offering plenty of options for dinner when you're finished shopping Grand Prairie homes for sale.  

  6. Wayback Burgers – 6421 Riverside Dr., Irving, TX 75039
    Wayback Burgers
    delivers the comfort food you love. Delicious beef, melty cheese, and crispy bacon pair perfectly with their creamy hand-dipped milkshakes. Bring the family down after closing on one of our Irving homes for sale and enjoy a meal that'll make you feel at home in town.

Are you searching for a house in the DFW area? We can help! Contact us today to learn more about our Dallas homes for sale.

June
26

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate | MyKCM

Earlier this month, realtor.com announced the release of their initial Housing Recovery Index, a weekly guide showing how the pandemic has impacted the residential real estate market. The index leverages a weighted average of four key components of the housing industry, tracking each of the following:

  1. Housing Demand – Growth in online search activity
  2. Home Price – Growth in asking prices
  3. Housing Supply – Growth of new listings
  4. Pace of Sales – Difference in time-on-market

The index then compares the current status "to the last week of January 2020 market trend, as a baseline for pre-COVID market growth. The overall index is set to 100 in this baseline period. The higher a market's index value, the higher its recovery and vice versa."

The graph below charts the index by showing how the real estate market started out strong in early 2020, and then dropped dramatically at the beginning of March when the pandemic paused the economy. It also shows the strength of the recovery since the beginning of May.

New Index Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate | MyKCM

It's clear to see that the housing market is showing promising signs of recovery from the deep economic cuts we experienced earlier this spring. As noted by Dean Mon, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB):

"As the nation reopens, housing is well-positioned to lead the economy forward."

The data today indicates the housing market is already on the way up.

 

-Keeping Current Matters - June 26, 2020

May
21

A Surprising Shift to the Suburbs May Be on the Horizon

While many people across the U.S. have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, some who live in more populated city limits today are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local entertainment is definitely a perk, especially if you can also walk to some of these hot spots and have a short commute to work. The trade-off, however, is that highly populated cities can lack access to open space, a yard, and other desirable features. These are the kinds of things you may miss when spending a lot of time at home. When it comes to social distancing, as we've experienced recently, the newest trend seems to be around re-evaluating a once-desired city lifestyle and trading it for suburban or rural living.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com notes:

"With the re-opening of the economy scheduled to be cautious, the impact on consumer preferences will likely shift buying behavior…consumers are already looking for larger homes, bigger yards, access to the outdoors and more separation from neighbors. As we move into the recovery stage, these preferences will play an important role in the type of homes consumers will want to buy. They will also play a role in the coming discussions on zoning and urban planning. While higher density has been a hallmark of urban development over the past decade, the pandemic may lead to a re-thinking of space allocation."

The Harris Poll recently surveyed 2,000 Americans, and 39% of the respondents who live in urban areas indicated the COVID-19 crisis has caused them to consider moving to a less populated area.

Today, moving outside the city limits is also more feasible than ever, especially as Americans have quickly become more accustomed to – and more accepting of – remote work. According to the Pew Research Center, access to the Internet has increased significantly in rural and suburban areas, making working from home more accessible. The number of people working from home has also spiked considerably, even before the pandemic came into play this year.

Bottom Line

If you have a home in the suburbs or a rural area, you may see an increasing number of buyers looking for a property like yours. If you're thinking of buying and don't mind a commute to work for the well-being of your family, you may want to consider looking at homes for sale outside the city. Contact a local real estate professional today to discuss the options available in your area.

  • Keeping Current Matters, May 13, 2020
May
20

Listing Inventory Down 30% in Northern Suburbs

NTREIS reports 8% Down Across North Texas

While our NTREIS MLS system reports an 8% decrease in listings in April across the over 40 counties in North Texas, the popular northern suburbs of Dallas report a much higher decrease.   And it is that significant decrease in listings that is causing some panic buying with buyers trying to find a home.  Multiple offers in the northern suburbs are common.   Not at all common in other parts of the DFW area.

 

Below is the actual decrease in listings in April from one year prior for each suburb:

 

      • 37.8% decrease – Corinth
      • 37.7% decrease – Highland Village
      • 36.1% decrease – Coppell
      • 33.6% decrease – McKinney
      • 32.9% decrease – The Colony
      • 32.2% decrease – Plano
      • 31.8% decrease – Double Oak
      • 31.1% decrease – Richardson
      • 30.6% decrease – Frisco
      • 27.6% decrease – Prosper
      • 25.7% decrease – Carrollton
      • 25.7% decrease – Lantana
      • 18.2% decrease – Denton
      • 17.8% decrease – Grapevine
      • 15.7% decrease – Lewisville
      • 9.7% decrease – Flower Mound
      • 1.3% increase – Little Elm
  • NTREIS Stats, April 2020
October
18

Forecasters – What to Expect Over Next 12 Months

Paige Shipp, regional director with housing analyst MetroStudy Inc. fears home sales might slow next year in the ramp up to presidential and congressional elections.  "We typically have much slower selling seasons right before an election," she said. "After that happens, the flood gates open and people come out. It's not a matter of who wins."   Worries about a recession may also impact the home market.  "We spent the better part of the last decade still looking over our shoulder," said George Ratiu, senior economist with Realtor.com.  "The last recession was so bad that we are still carrying some of the scars from that."   However, Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University states that Texas economy is still expanding.  "And we are extremely unlikely to be in a recession by the end of this calendar year," he said. "We are probably pretty safe through the first six months of next year."

  • Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2019

 

October
17

Too Few Moderate Homes; Too Many Upper-End Homes

The number of homes listed for sale with North Texas real estate agents has risen by about 15% this year. But they aren't in the price range most buyers want.  "The inventory is increasing at the upper end — $750,000 and above," Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University said. "If you have a well-located $300,000 house, you can sell it tomorrow. We are seeing evidence of price fatigue in the market."  D-FW home prices are up only about 3% so far in 2019 — nothing like the double-digit percentage home price gains of a couple of years ago.  "The recent spike in mortgage rates did expose how price sensitive the market is," said Paige Shipp, regional director with housing analyst MetroStudy Inc. "Things are not quite as rosy as they seem in terms of what people can afford."  Many home sellers haven't gotten the message, she said. "They want to list their house for more than their neighbors sold for and sell it overnight."  D-FW has an undersupply of homes priced below $250.000.

  • Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2019
October
16

DFW's Million Dollar Home Sales Are No Longer Rising

After several years of ever-increasing sales, there are signs that North Texas' million-dollar home market has hit a ceiling.  Sales of high-priced Dallas-area homes have shot up in recent years, rising at a much greater rate than the overall housing market.  There are now more than a dozen Dallas-area mansions on the market with price tags of more than $10 million, according to Realtor.com.  While demand for low- and moderate-priced houses is still rising in North Texas, the latest sales numbers show that purchases of million-dollar properties have leveled off.  For the last few years, million-dollar home sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have grown at double-digit percentage rates.  Housing analysts say that the inventory is rising while more moderate-priced properties are in short supply.  "The inventory is mostly at the upper end," said George Ratiu, senior economist with Realtor.com.  "That's not where the most demand is."

  • Dallas Morning News, October 14, 2019
October
7

Around the DFW: Where to Go for Halloween Fun

DFW Halloween Events - RE/MAX DFW Associates

So you love Halloween, but you'll be away from home for the holiday this year shopping Dallas homes for sale. Does that mean you'll have to miss out on Halloween fun? Not at all. While you may not be able to spend the holiday at your usual haunts, there's lots of Halloween fun to be had around Dallas-Fort Worth, and our real estate agents know where to find it. Here's where to scare up some Halloween fun around the DFW area:

  • Halloween Half Fort Worth - Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX
    The Halloween Half Fort Worth is a popular event for runners and families. It's happening on October 26th this year at Trinity Park, with the race kicking off at 7 a.m. Organizers urge runners to don their favorite Halloween costumes and arrive early to ensure an on-time start. Early arrival will also give you time to enjoy the entertainment, vendors, and other types of Halloween fun you'll find at this event. If you'll be focused on Forth Worth homes for sale as you shop for your next home, arriving early for this event will also be an opportunity to socialize with people who may soon be your neighbors.

  • Haunted W Dallas Rooftop - Halloween Costume Ball - 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, Texas 75219
    If dancing is more your style than running, DFW has you covered. The annual Haunted W Dallas Rooftop Halloween Costume Ball will be held on October 26th as well, from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. This event takes place at W Dallas' famed Altitude, where patrons can enjoy breathtaking views along with the evening's festivities.

  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: Halloween Spooktacular - Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    The DFW offers Halloween Fun for music lovers as well. The Halloween Spooktacular concert, presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, begins at 11 a.m. on October 26th. This show is a treat for the whole family, and patrons are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit by attending in costume.

  • Movie Night: Halloween - Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102
    A popular downtown pub located in the heart of Fort Worth's Sundance Square, the Flying Saucer is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on October 30th, from 9 p.m. to midnight. All are invited to join the friendly folks at the Flying Saucer for a scary movie and a pint or two.

  • Van Gogh's Starry Nightmare - Halloween - Pinot's Palette, 5290 Belt Line Road, Suite 122B, Dallas, TX 75254
    A unique local Halloween event, Starry Nightmare combines art and holiday fun. Patrons will enjoy drinks, music, and conversation while painting with the aid of an instructor. This event offers a fun, festive atmosphere that appeals to first-time painters and accomplished artists alike.

These events are just a small sampling of the many opportunities for Halloween fun around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. For more information on where to scare up some Halloween fun, or any other questions you may have about our area, please feel free to contact us. We're always happy to help potential new DFW residents discover the many reasons our area is a great place to call home.

August
29

Dallas Area Home Prices Inch Higher, But Below Nationwide

Dallas-area home price gains continued to lag national increases in the latest housing market update.  Dallas home prices were up 2.7% in June from a year ago, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. Nationwide prices were 3.1% higher during the same period.  Dallas-area home price increases are now at the lowest levels in seven years in the closely watched Case-Shiller study.  "Home price gains continue to trend down but may be leveling off to a sustainable level," S&P's Philip Murphy said in the report. "While housing has clearly cooled off from 2018, home price gains in most cities remain positive in low single-digits.

 

 

The rate of home price growth in the Dallas area is half what it was a year ago.  Even though Dallas-area home prices are rising more slowly, they're still at record levels and are more than 50% ahead of where they were before the recession.  While lower mortgage rates have fueled an increase in home sales in recent months, there's no sign that housing appreciation will surge.

  • Dallas Morning News, August 28, 2019
May
7

U.S. Creates 263,000 Jobs in April, Unemployment Falls to 3.6%

The economy generated a stronger than expected 263,000 new jobs in April, helping to drive down the unemployment rate to a 49-year low of 3.6%. The increase in new jobs easily topped the 217,000 MarketWatch forecast. The jobless rate slid from 3.8% in March to hit the lowest level since December 1969. The average wage paid to American workers rose 6 cents, or 0.2%, to $27.77 an hour. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains was unchanged at 3.2%. Hours worked each week fell 0.1 hour in April to 34.4. The government revised the increase in new jobs in March to 189,000 from a preliminary 196,000. February's gain was raised to 56,000 from 33,000.

  • Market Watch, May 3, 2019
April
27

Boom: Hispanics Lead Housing, Income Surge, Poverty at Record Low

Hispanic Population Growth By 2060Latinos are finding their economic legs under the Trump administration, leading the surge in home ownership and income growth and record low poverty rates, according to two comprehensive new surveys.  While they remain far behind whites in income, they have seen their third consecutive year of income growth and have a higher workplace participation rate, according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Hispanic Wealth Project. 

 

In two studies just released, the groups also provided revealing details about Latinos and their growth in America. For example, by 2060, nearly one of every three in the U.S. will identify as Latino.  The reports detailed Hispanic housing and economic trends and found most signs rapidly improving.  What's more, the group's goal of nudging overall Hispanic income up is showing signs of success. The group said that within the next five years, Hispanic median income will triple.Hispanic Homeownership rate

 

The group listed the positive trends in its income report:

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Hispanics increased their rate of home ownership, reaching a rate of 47.1%. In 2018, Latinos added 362,000 homeowners which is the highest number of owner households added for Latinos since 2005.
  • In 2017, Hispanics saw the third consecutive year of income growth and the highest of any demographic.
  • Between 2016 and 2017, Hispanics increased their real median income by 3.7%. Latino families making an annual income over $200,000 increased from 2.1% in 2011 to 3.8% in 2017, and the percentage of Latino millionaires more than doubled between 2013 and 2016.
  • Poverty rates reached a historic low for Latinos. Simultaneous to median income growth, Hispanics have lowered their poverty rate for three consecutive years. With a poverty rate of 18.3% in 2017, Hispanics reached their lowest level since poverty estimates for Hispanics were first published by the U.S. Census Bureau in 1972.

Hispanic Income Growth

  • Latinos have significantly higher labor force participation rates. Hispanics are employed at a rate of 66.1%, compared to 62.9% of the general population. The Hispanic unemployment rate was reduced by over 7 percentage points between 2009 and 2018, from 12.1% to 4.7%, respectively.
  • Latinos continue to drive small business growth. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of Latino-owned employer firms increased by 13.1%, accounting for 23.8% of the net growth of all employer firms during that period.
  • Participation in retirement accounts for Latinos is increasing. Between 2013 and 2016, Hispanics increased their rate of retirement account ownership from 25.1% to 29.7%, and the value of their retirement accounts increased by roughly 40.4%.
  • Washington Examiner, April 23, 2019
April
25

Dallas Will Surpass Chicago and Become America's 3rd Largest Metro Region

It is only a matter of time, and possibly within 15 years, that Dallas metro will surpass Chicago metro in population.  The latest U.S. census figures released this past week show that based on early 2018 figures, Dallas metro reached 7,539,711 residents, gaining 165,000 over 2017.   Chicago dropped for the fifth year in a row, and is now below 9.5 million at 9,498,716.  Using the same statistics for 2019, it is expected that when figures are released, Dallas could top 7.7 million, and Chicago drop again, probably to around 9.45 million.    The three largest groups moving to Dallas in ranking order are Asian, White and Hispanic. 

  • Chicago Tribune, April 18, 2019
April
16

Texas Senate Passes Homeowner Property Tax Overhaul Bill

Currently city and school districts can raise taxes 8% a year without voter approval.

This new bill, passed by the Texas Senate, and now heads to the House, would limit the increase to 2.5% per year.

AUSTIN — Legislation that would slow property tax increases for home and business owners cleared the Texas Senate on Monday, after the sole Republican opponent of the bill stepped aside to allow the vote.

The vote was a victory for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a longtime proponent of property tax relief and champion of the Senate bill. He was again pitted against his political foil, Amarillo Sen. Kel Seliger, the only Republican who openly opposes the bill. Seliger held it up for weeks before changing his mind Monday morning and voting to allow the debate to proceed.

"Today is a historic day," Patrick said after the vote. "We heard a lot of comments from the floor ... from those in opposition who were concerned about cities and counties and their budgets. We're concerned about the people's budget — that's what we're concerned about."

Senate Bill 2 passed 18-12 with Seliger joining the Democrats in opposition. One senator, Brownsville Democrat Eddie Lucio, was present but did not vote. The bill will be debated in the Texas House, which has written its own version of the priority legislation, a week from Wednesday.

Authored by Houston Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a former tax assessor-collector, SB2 would slow property tax growth by limiting how much revenue local governments and school districts can collect each year. It would not make tax bills smaller.

SB2, which was changed on the Senate floor Monday, caps property tax revenue growth for counties, cities and special taxing districts at 3.5% a year, up from 2.5% in the original version. School districts would stay capped at 2.5% a year; however, they are getting a boost of new funding under separate legislation this session.

The cap could be exceeded if taxing districts hold elections and voters approve the increase. Currently, local governments can increase property tax revenue by up to 8% a year without an election.

  • Dallas Morning News, April 15, 2019
March
30

Dallas Ranks #1 For Millennials Nationwide

 

Meyers Millennial Desirability Index (MDI)

        SOURCE: Meyers Research

 

Dallas and Houston are the hottest spots in the country for millennial homebuyers. That's what analysts at California-based Meyers Research found in their annual "millennial desirability index" that rated the country's largest housing markets. Austin ranked third on the same list, which compared data on housing affordability, job growth, cost of living and other factors for major metro areas across the country. Meyers Research's director of research, Ali Wolf, said factors such as Texas' relatively low new home prices, strong economy and high quality of life push the state's major cities to the top of the list. Job opportunities, affordability and lifestyle were key factors millennials said they would consider in moving to a new city. Meyers' study is one of two recent studies that give North Texas high marks for first-time homebuyers.

  • Dallas Morning News, March 24, 2019
March
29

Dallas and Los Angeles – The Top Markets for Investors

 Dallas and Los Angeles – The Top Markets for Investors

Dallas-Fort Worth is again near the top of a shopping list for commercial property investors — behind only Los Angeles in a new survey. For the third year in a row, commercial real estate firm CBRE ranked D-FW second nationally in its survey of property investors. Houston also made the top 10. Investors said industrial and warehouse buildings and apartments were their most targeted properties for 2019. "We are seeing unprecedented investor interest for industrial and logistics properties in Dallas-Fort Worth coming not only from U.S. investors but also global capital from Asia, primarily Singapore, Europe and the Middle East," Randy Baird, CBRE executive vice president of Industrial & Logistics, said in the report. "D-FW is capturing the interest of all forms of capital because we are at a central point in the U.S. supply chain, we have a pro-business environment with a low cost of doing business, and we have nation-leading population growth.

  • Dallas Morning News, March 21, 2019

 

 

March
27

Home Prices Fell in Dallas County in February

Home Prices Fell in Dallas CountyThe latest North Texas housing market numbers are not very encouraging, to say the least. Home sales were down in many Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods in February, and median home sales prices dropped for the first time since 2008-2009 in both Dallas and Rockwall counties.  Dallas County home sales prices fell 2.5 percent in February from a year ago, according to the latest figures from the MetroTex Association of Realtors. Median sales prices slid 4.5 percent in Rockwall County.  Collin and Denton counties eked out tiny year-over-year home price gains last month — less that 1 percent ahead of February 2018.  The only solid home price gain in the region came in Tarrant County, where houses are still relatively affordable.  Lower and moderate-priced house sales are still strong while purchases of expensive properties have lagged.

  • Dallas Morning News, March 22, 2019

 

February
27

2019: New Home Sales Up 2%, Preowned Sales Down 2-4% Nationwide

U.S. Home Starts

Homebuilders are starting off 2019 with hopes of another increase in U.S. sales, especially newly built houses. But the building industry also sees an upcoming drop nationally in purchases of preowned homes because of rising affordability issues. "2019 looks like a year of solid, if not spectacular, growth," said Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. "I think new-home sales will be up a tad and existing home sales down." The building industry forecasts a 2 percent rise in nationwide home starts in 2019, making it the best year since the Great Recession. That's the most positive sign in this year's outlook. "We actually have existing home sales declining year-over-year in 2019," Dietz said at the industry's annual meeting this week in Las Vegas. The drop in existing home sales is likely to be between 2 percent and 4 percent this year, according to the latest industry outlook. Preowned home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth fell slightly in 2018 after several years of increases. The decline continued into the new year. Higher mortgage rates and record prices are blamed for the slowdown.

  • Dallas Morning News, February 19, 2019

 

February
23

American Airlines to Add 700 More Dallas-Based Flight Attendants

American Airlines to add more Dallas-based Flight Attendants

American Airlines is beefing up its flight attendant base in North Texas as the carrier strives to reach its goal of 900 daily departures from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. American Airlines Group, Inc. will add 700 flight attendants to each of its bases in North Texas and Los Angeles, and move 700 employees from the Phoenix area, a company spokesperson said. US Airways was based in the Phoenix area before merging with American in December 2015. Being "based" in a particular region means that's where flight attendants trips begin and end. There are already 5,700 flight attendants' based in DFW, so with the additions American will grow its flight attendant base at its largest hub by more than 12 percent.

  • Dallas Business Journal, January 18, 2019

 

February
20

Home Sales Fall by 10-13% in January

DFW January Home Sales UpdateIn Dallas County, home sales by real estate agents fell more than 12 percent in January from the same month in 2018. Sales were down almost 13 percent in Denton County and down 10.5 percent year-over-year in Collin County. The smallest sales decline was in Tarrant County — 8.5 percent — where a larger inventory of more affordable houses on the market has made purchase activity stronger. Real estate agents are scrambling to adjust to the downshift in the local home market. "We are being realistic with our sellers, telling them you need to price your house at what it will sell for," said Cathy Mitchell, 2019 president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. "I think this market correction is good for us." There was about a four-month supply of houses on the market in North Texas at the end of January.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 16, 2019
February
19

DFW Area Home Sales Listings Explode in January

An increase in Home Listings in JanuaryA flood of North Texas houses hitting the market in January means it will take longer to sell a Dallas-Fort Worth home. The number of houses up for sale in Dallas County rose more than 43 percent in January compared with a year earlier, according to the latest numbers from the MetroTex Association of Realtors. Home listings were also up by more than 42 percent in Denton County and were 37 percent higher than a year ago in Collin County.

The wave of properties hitting the market comes at a time when home sales in the area are declining and price increases have evaporated. At the end of last month, there were almost 22,000 houses listed for sale with North Texas real estate agents — the largest January inventory in six years. More than 10,000 additional home listings hit the market in January alone. Real estate agents are warning sellers not to expect a quick sale like the market was seeing few years ago. "You can't expect to get 30 offers in 30 minutes," said Cathy Mitchell, 2019 president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors. "It's a market correction — we couldn't be sustainable the way the market was."

  • Dallas Morning News, February 16,2019
February
18

DFW Area Leads Nation in Job Growth in 2018; Expect Same in 2019

DFW area expects to remain in continued Job Growth for 2019Dallas-Fort Worth led the nation's metro areas in job growth in 2018, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The DFW region added 16,400 jobs over the course of the year. New York and Houston followed closely behind, with 115,500 and 108,300 new jobs. Cheryl Abbo, regional economist for BLS's Southwest office, said D-FW's showing is "somewhat unusual" on a national scale, especially considering the size difference between it and New York. D-FW has about 7.4 million people, compared with New York's 8.6 million. A handful of large companies moved workers and expanded operations in the region in 2018, including Charles SchwabLiberty MutualCognizantand NTT Data. Two Fortune 500 companies — McKesson and Core-Mark— announced plans to move corporate headquarters from California to North Texas this year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently forecast a slowing in this year's employment gains, with the region expected to add 113,671 jobs.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 30, 2019
February
4

How to Curb Anxiety When Selling Your Home

Curb Home-Selling Anxiety-RE/MAX DFW Associates

There's no doubt that selling a home can be an emotional experience, especially if you're doing it for the first time. The highs, lows, and unknowns of the sales process can be enough to put even experienced sellers on edge, so it's only natural to feel some anxiety as you work to sell your home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can limit anxiety while you're selling your home, and limiting anxiety can have the side-effect of helping you maximize the value that you receive for your home. Our real estate agents are here to help, with our guide to curbing anxiety while you're selling a home.

How to Curb Anxiety and Maximize Value When Selling Your Home

  1. Remember Why You're Selling
    One of the easiest ways to limit anxiety is to always remember why you're selling your home. Whether you're looking to move to a new, exciting community, starting a new job, increasing the size of your family, or selling to move into a home that better fits your financial needs, remembering the why can help keep anxiety at bay.

  2. Pick the Right Price
    Watching your home sit on the market with few or zero offers coming in can make anyone start feeling anxious, so it's a good idea to price your home in a way that helps maximize interest from buyers. That means not going too high or low, and finding a price that's just right for current market conditions.

  3. Work with the Right Real Estate Agent
    Choosing the right price is much simpler when you have the right real estate agent to provide a comparative market analysis (CMA) and help you understand what buyers are willing to pay for a home like yours. The right agent can also limit anxiety throughout the process, by answering questions, helping accomplish your goals, and marketing your home effectively so that you attract competitive offers.

  4. Create a Plan of Action to Address Concerns
    Most buyers today have an excellent eye for detail, which means they'll be looking carefully for any maintenance issues or repairs when they visit your home. Making the necessary repairs and preparations can feel like a huge task, so it really helps to have an action plan. Create a to-do list, prioritize the most important tasks, and continue making progress to keep anxiety at bay.

  5. Take a Break
    Selling a house is the type of process that can dominate your thoughts, even when you're working or otherwise away from the home. So remember that it's okay to take a break! Keep enjoying your favorite hobbies, hit the town to have some fun, or even just take a break in a nice, quiet place where you can think about something other than selling your home.

  6. Be Prepared to Work
    There's no getting around the fact that selling your home and addressing the anxiety that comes with the process takes work, so it's important to be ready to roll up your sleeves. Whether you're tackling maintenance issues, working to find the right real estate agent, marketing your home, or negotiating with buyers, be prepared to invest the necessary effort will ultimately make it much easier to see the process through to the finish line.

Working with the right real estate team is one of the easiest ways to curb anxiety when selling your home, and we'd love to help you navigate the process with confidence. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Dallas-Fort Worth area.

January
30

Dallas, Texas Housing Market Forecast: One of the 'Hottest' in 2019?

 

Dallas, Texas Housing Market Forecast: One of the 'Hottest' in 2019?

 

By Brandon Cornett | January 18, 2019 | © HBI,

 

Recent forecasts for the real estate market in Dallas, Texas suggest that home prices in the area could rise faster than the national average in 2019. A separate forecast from Zillow ranked Dallas as one of the top ten "hottest" housing markets of 2019.

Bold Outlook for Dallas Housing Market in 2019

At the start of 2019, the median home value for Dallas, Texas was around $201,000. (The median for the broader DFW metro area was a bit higher.) That was a gain of more than 13% from a year earlier, according to data collected by Zillow.

Predictions from housing analysts point to continued home-price growth throughout 2019. In fact, the Dallas real estate market is expected to outperform the nation this year, in terms of annual home-value appreciation.  Given the current rate of appreciation, it would not be surprising to see the median house price in Dallas rise somewhere between 7% and 10% over the next year.

Zillow's research team recently predicted that the median value in Dallas would climb by 11.2% over the next 12 months. That was a much bolder forecast than the one they issued for the nation as a whole, which predicted 6.4% growth.

Housing Supply on the Rise

Inventory is another important trend that could shape the Dallas-area housing market in 2019. This year, home buyers across the metro area could have more properties to choose from.  At the end of 2018, the Dallas real estate market had more than a 4-month supply of homes for sale. That was a higher level of inventory than most metro areas across the U.S., and also higher than the national average during that same timeframe.

The key takeaway here is that housing inventory in Dallas (i.e., the number of homes listed for sale) increased during the latter part of 2018. As a result, buyers who enter the market this year should have more options when it comes to choosing a property.

Dallas Makes Zillow's "Hottest" List

In January, Zillow published a forecast that included what they felt would be the ten "hottest U.S. housing markets for 2019." Dallas was ranked at number seven on that list.  To create their "hot list," Zillow examined a number of factors for the nation's 50 largest metro areas. They then combined these variables to create a "hotness" score. They looked for metro areas with strong income growth, growing populations, and low unemployment — among other factors.

A Cooling Trend Could Prevent Affordability Issues

The Dallas real estate market is something of a paradox right now, as we move into 2019. Home prices in the area continue to rise faster than the national average. At the same, however, there is clearly a cooling trend taking place.

Paige Shipp, regional director at MetroStudy, recently told The Dallas Morning News: "Dallas-Fort Worth, the nation's top new home market, is slowing from a frenzied, overheated pace to a more stable, normalized market. Builders and developers are hard at work delivering product to meet the strong demand for affordable new homes."

Dallas currently leads the nation in terms of new-home construction, according to MetroStudy and other sources. There were nearly 35,000 housing starts in the DFW area during the third quarter of 2018, more than any other metro. (A "housing start" is the beginning of construction for a house.)

If inventory continues to grow in this market — as expected — it will likely lead to smaller home-price gains in the future. And that's probably a good thing. When house prices rise at a much faster pace than local wages and income, it can create affordability problems. So a cooling trend could actually be beneficial at this point.

Disclaimer: This article includes housing market predictions for the Dallas-Forth Worth metro area in 2019. They were provided by third parties not associated with the Home Buying Institute. Real estate forecasts are the equivalent of an educated and are far from certain.

 

January
23

Dallas Net Gained 127,000 Jobs in 2018

DFW Area Unemployment Rate Now 3.3%, Population 7.7 Million

Dallas Net Gained 127,000 Jobs in 2018

The Texas economy saw another month of low unemployment in December, a historic 43-year low that has continued since October, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The DFW area unemployment rate dropped to 3.3%, with 127,000 net gain in jobs in the Dallas area for 2018. Texas has a net gain of 391,800 jobs, leading the nation in job gain.The demand is there for more job positions, but with the area tight labor market some jobs remain unfilled. 

  • Dallas Morning News, January 18, 2019
January
22

And Another Reason to Own a Home in Texas

2019 Real Estate Transfer Tax

No Real Estate Transfer Tax

Texas is one of a handful of states that does not have a transfer tax when a seller sells their home. Dallas is one of the few cities in the nation that does not have a city transfer tax. Several years ago the voters in the state of Texas passed a constitutional amendment that disallowed any such taxes in the future. So not only do some 40 states have a transfer tax, the cities as well have an additional transfer tax. Another reason so many are moving to Texas. See below the city and state transfer tax on a home sale of $500,000 in selected northern cities.

2019 - Real Estate Transfer Tax

Based on a $500,000 Sales Price

CITY

 

STATE TRANSFER TAX

 

CITY TRANSFER TAX

 

TOTAL TAX

                 

Boston, MA

$2,280.00

   

$0.00

   

$2,280.00

Chicago, IL

$750.00

   

$3,750.00

   

$4,500.00

Los Angeles, CA

$550.00

   

$550.00

   

$1,100.00

New York City, NY

$2,000.00

   

$7,125.00

   

$9,125.00

Philadelphia, PA

$5,000.00

   

$15,000.00

   

$20,000.00

San Francisco, CA

$550.00

   

$3,400.00

   

$3,950.00

Seattle, WA

$6,400.00

   

$2,500.00

   

$8,900.00

 

January
19

Dallas is in Top 10 Markets for 2019

Dallas is in Top 10 Markets for 2019

January
18

Dallas Leads Nation with In-Coming Moves

Dallas Leads Nation with In-Coming Moves

Even migration is bigger in Texas. 

Dallas-Fort Worth leads all U.S. metropolitan areas as the largest net gainer with 246 people arriving daily, according to a Bloomberg analysis of 2017 Census data on migration for the nation's 100 largest regions. In 2014, the crown belonged to Houston with 269 migrants per day.   After Dallas-Fort Worth, the rest of the top five also are Sun Belt beacons -- Phoenix, Tampa, Atlanta and Orlando. Seattle, at number six with a gain of 116 people daily, is the only cold-weather destination in the top 10. The daily influx surpassed 100 people in nine cities, while Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles saw an exodus of more than 100 people every day.

These figures exclude the natural increase in population, which is the difference between the number of live births and the number of deaths.  The migration trend has two channels -- international and domestic. Relocations can lead to large skill and investment transfers. People who choose to relocate to other parts of the country are taking their talents with them. States and local governments make a large investment in educating people and many people further this by investing in a college education, so when one moves, a large investment transfer is occurring.

Dallas-Fort Worth was the greatest beneficiary of domestic migration, adding nearly 59,000 domestic movers in 2017. Business relocations to North Texas have been steady since the Great Recession. In just the last few weeks, Fortune 500 companies McKesson and Core-Mark announced moves to the area. Both are leaving California.

  • Dallas Morning News, December 14, 2018
January
10

North Texas Home Prices Stumbled in December

Home Prices Stumbled in December

Local real estate agents sold 9 percent fewer homes in December than they did a year earlier — the fifth month in a row of year-over-year declines in home purchases.  Last month 7,786 homes were sold through the agents' multiple listing service, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information System. Last year's slight decline in home purchases in the area followed almost eight years of increases.  "It's still the second-best year ever," said Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center. "The whole state is reverting to a more normal market.  "We've been going really, really strong for years, and ultimately that slows down." Higher mortgage rates and record home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have caused some prospective buyers to pull back from the market.

 

The number of homes for sale in the almost two dozen North Texas counties included in the report was 22 percent higher than a year earlier, with more than 21,000 preowned single-family homes listed for sale with real estate agents. On average it took 57 days to sell a property -- 8 percent longer than a year earlier. Even with the increase in inventory, there was only about a 2.4-month supply of houses listed for sale in the area at the end of December.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 8, 2019

 

January
9

Dallas Home Prices Up 5% in 2018

Home Prices have risen over 40% in the last five years

Dallas-area home price gains slightly outperformed the national average in 2018.Dallas home prices rose 5.3 percent from 2017 levels while the U.S. price increase was 5.1 percent, CoreLogic reports. CoreLogic is forecasting that nationwide home prices will grow less than 5 percent in the year ahead."The rise in mortgage rates has dampened buyer demand and slowed home-price growth," Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, said in the report. "These higher rates and home prices have reduced buyer affordability," he said. "Home sellers are responding by lowering their asking price, which is reflected in the slowing growth of the CoreLogic Home Price Index." Along with Dallas' 5.3 percent year-over-year home price gain, CoreLogic found that prices were up 6.9 percent annually in the Fort Worth area and were 5.8 percent higher in San Antonio. Houston prices rose by just under 4 percent from a year ago. And prices in the Austin area were only 3.4 percent higher than in November 2017. 

Homeowners that CoreLogic surveyed attributed the growing home values as part of a strong national and local economy. "A strong economy helps homeowners feel confident about the value of their property," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "If recent declines in the stock market shake consumer confidence in the national economy, we may see homeowners' perception of home values change and a subsequent buyers' market emerge in 2019." Even with the declines in the rate of home appreciation, Dallas-Fort Worth home prices are at record levels and have risen more than 40 percent in the last five years.

  • Dallas Morning News, January 2, 2019
December
17

11 of the DFW's Coolest Things to Do this Winter

Winter Activities in the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

RE/MAX Dallas-Fort Worth is the premier real estate office here in the "DFW" area – and the largest RE/MAX company in the southwestern United States. Our real estate agents do things big, and there's nothing bigger than the fun you can enjoy throughout Dallas-Fort Worth this winter!

For the coolest time this side of the Rio Grande, check out these local attractions:

  1. Go Shopping in Grapevine - Historic Grapevine Downtown Shops, North and South Main Street; Worth, Jenkins and Barton Street
    Grapevine offers the best local shopping right in the historic downtown area. The area is known for quaint local boutiques where you can find handcrafted holiday gifts. Everything from vintage antiques to western wear to gourmet food is available at dozens of shops.

  2. Head to the Rodeo in Arlington AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
    When it's rodeo time, the Rodeo in Arlington is the biggest and best around. Qualifying events are held at AT&T Stadium all year as athletes from around the country compete for a spot in The American, the #1 tournament in team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and more!

  3. Take a Step Back in Time - The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm Street, Dallas, TX 75202-3301
    The Sixth Floor Museum gives you a trip back in time to one of the most epochal events in U.S. history. It features unique collections dedicated to the life and loss of President John F. Kennedy, which took place in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Carefully preserved artifacts and photos tell the story.

  4. Break Out This Winter at Escape This - 4372 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, TX 75244
    Escape This is one of the most popular escape rooms in Texas. Teams compete to figure out an escape route from daring and devilish puzzles. They'll test your limits and stretch your mind – and they're fun for the whole family.

  5. Get a snack at WOW! DONUTS AND DRIPS - 6509 W. Park Boulevard, Plano, Texas 75093
    WOW! Donuts has dozens of delicious artisanal donuts for your tasting pleasure. The local shop is known for crafting each bite with love, layering flavors like lemon blueberry, orange creamsicle, and Andes mint. Plus, there's a full selection of coffee and tea to wash it down with.

  6. Grab a Dog in Denton - Dix Coney Island, 123 N Elm St, Denton, Texas 76201
    When you want the best hot dogs, Dix Coney Island offers the classic experience. A family-owned and operated shop known for burgers, sandwiches, subs, and gyros, no meal there is complete without a Coney dog: It comes with chili, mustard, and onions.

  7. Dine, Drink & Discover at Legacy Food Hall - 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano, TX 75024
    What can you find at Legacy Food Hall? Food, music, and fun await, with drinks for all during happy hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There's dozens of ever-rotating food stalls in addition to the taproom, and live events like karaoke and trivia nights.

  8. See Dallas on the McKinney Avenue Trolley - 3153 Oak Grove Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204
    The McKinney Avenue Trolley is one of the most scenic ways to see Dallas. Yes, these are real, vintage trolleys that gently roll through Uptown for an unforgettable adventure. You can book your own trolley with dining tables and local catering.

  9. Cheer on the Dallas Stars at Dr. Pepper Arena - 2601 Avenue of the Stars,  Frisco, TX 75034
    Dr. Pepper Arena remains the top place in Texas to catch live NHL action. The Dallas Stars are the local favorites and headliners here, of course. This modern venue also offers other for family fun, including Winter Wonderland ice skating.

  10. Go for a Swim in Grand Prairie at Epic Waters - 2970 Epic Place,  Grand Prairie, TX 75051
    Epic Waters is an indoor water park that lets visitors have wet and wild excitement no matter how cold it gets outside. It has slides and rides including the Lasso Loop, the tallest aqua loop in America. Young visitors can also enjoy birthday parties and live entertainment.

  11. Say Hello to a Penguin at the Dallas Zoo - 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX  75203
    The famous Dallas Zoo has all kinds of unforgettable residents, but nothing says winter quite like the penguin. Penguin Days are here, with $7 admission from January 3 through February 28. Winter hours run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – children 2 and under visit free.

Ready to start your journey in Dallas? RE/MAX DFW Associates is here to help. We'll support you every step of the way with our unique brand of expert insight on everything Dallas-Fort Worth. The top customer service in real estate makes it easy.

Contact us to find out more about your real estate opportunities.

December
14

Dallas – One of Top 10 Cities With Market Change

It's no secret that Dallas' home market has a winter chill.Home sales have slowed, along with the rate of home price increase in North Texas.The market changes have put Dallas on Realtor.com's list of the 10 cities hit hardest by a housing slowdown."In the last few months, the real estate market has actually begun slowing down. including in some of the big cities that have been leading the go-go post-recession housing boom," according to a report on the website. "To be clear, prices aren't always dropping in these places, which are predominantly located on the West Coast."Mostly, they're decelerating, coming back down to earth."

Realtor.com based its rankings on a year-over-year rise in home price markdowns, increases in listings and changes in overall list prices."There's a rebalancing that needs to happen," Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac, told Realtor.com. "Prices have risen so high in some of these markets that it's very tough from an affordability perspective [for buyers]. ... It's not surprising to me that we're seeing a little bit of a leveling off."

Median home prices in North Texas are still up about 5 percent compared with 2017 levels. But that's a much smaller number than the double-digit annual gains seen in recent years. Home list prices in the Dallas area are down 1.4 percent from a year ago, and the number of listings has grown 15 percent year over year, according to Realtor.com

  • Dallas Morning News, December 11, 2018
December
13

Buyer Perceptions in this Changing Market

Buyer Perceptions in this Changing MarketThe declines in D-FW home sales and slower price appreciation are having a bigger impact on consumers' attitudes than their pocketbooks, analysts said.  "I am more concerned about the psychological impact of not-so-rosy housing news than I am about the actual underlying fundamentals of the housing market in the Dallas-Fort Worth market," said Daren Blomquist, top economist with Attom Data Solutions. "Certainly the data shows that the market has gotten somewhat overheated and is due for a slowdown, but that slowdown should just be a chance for the market to catch its breath rather than a trigger a panic attack.  "Jobs and people are still moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in large numbers, which ultimately should keep demand for housing solid," Blomquist said. "But the psychology of the market is more of a wild card and could result in a bigger slowdown or correction."

North Texas home sales would be higher if there were more moderately priced properties up for grabs, Paige Shipp of housing analyst Metrostudy Inc. said. "I believe the 1 percent decrease in sales this year is due to the lack of homes on the market below $200,000, not a lack of buyers," Shipp said. "D-FW has strong job and population growth, which equates to demand for homes.  "However, the increasing interest rates have exposed the fact that D-FW buyers cannot all afford homes priced above $400,000, she said.

  • Dallas Morning News, December 11, 2018
November
7

6 Things to Do with the Kids Thanksgiving Weekend

DFW Thanksgiving Events
Our real estate
agents
 are always available to help you meet your real estate goals here in Dallas-Fort Worth. At the same time, though, we're gearing up with gusto to enjoy another wonderful holiday season.

Everything's bigger in Texas, and we like to think that includes holiday fun, too. If you're looking for joy and cheer – either as a local or a visitor – then just check out these six options suitable for the whole family.

  1. Vitruvian Lights - 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, TX
    Vitruvian Park has always been one of the top spots to enjoy time with the family in Addison. Now, Addison homes for sale will be aglow thanks to the Vitruvian Lights. In past years, this show has included more than 1.5 million LED lights! The fun kicks off with a November 24 lighting ceremony including live music and snacks. The lights remain shining until January 1.

  2. Dallas Theater Center's "A Christmas Carol" - 2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX
    Who can forget the classic A Christmas Carol around the holidays? Dallas homes for sale make it convenient for you to visit the Dallas Theater Center. There, you'll see Dickens' tale of redemption play out in one of the most lavishly decorated and costumed productions in Texas. It's an evening of fun you won't forget! Tickets available from November 21 to December 30.

  3. The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze – Enchant Christmas - Globe Life Park in Arlington,1000 Ballpark Way Arlington, TX
    Want to see the world's largest Christmas light maze? You're in luck with Enchant Christmas. It's an astonishing experience for Arlington residents and those interested in Arlington homes for sale. Kids will love having the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Eddie the Mischievous Elf in the maze. They can enjoy the ice skating trail and even visit with Santa Claus himself.

  4. Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty - Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX
    Dallas homes for sale are in the center of Dallas culture – with landmarks such as the Morton H. Meyerson Center within easy reach. It's hard to imagine a more breathtaking spectacle than the original works of master composer Tchaikovsky, including selections from both of his most famous works as interpreted by renowned virtuoso Andrew von Oeyen this November 23-25.  

  5. Home for the Holidays ... a McKinney Christmas - 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX
    What's even better than McKinney homes for sale in December? Why, being Home for the Holidays right here in McKinney, of course! Running from 10:30 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24, this free festival includes a tree lighting ceremony, seasonal live entertainment, a petting zoo, rides, and Santa! It closes with a bang 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. that Sunday.

  6. Fort Worth Parade of Lights - Weatherford Street at Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX
    Fort Worth homes for sale will light up as part of the Fort Worth Parade of Lights. This holiday extravaganza is one of the most astonishing sights of the season. At 6 p.m. on November 18, this magnificent parade will return for its 36th showing. Floats, giant balloons, musical groups, marching bands, and much more will be on hand to make it a night to remember.

A joyous holiday season is even better when you know you're moving toward finding the home of your dreams. You don't have to wait until 2019 to get started: Our team is ready to help today.

Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to find out more. We look forward to helping you.

November
5

Dallas Area Home Prices Grew By Less Than 5%

Case Chart

Dallas-area home prices grew less than 5 percent in August from a year earlier, according to the latest nationwide comparison.  It was the first time in almost six years that Dallas-area home appreciation has been at such a low level in the closely-watched Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index.  "Following reports that home sales are flat to down, price gains are beginning to moderate," S&P's David M. Blitzer said in the report. "The seasonally adjusted monthly data show that 10 cities experienced declining prices.  Other housing data tell a similar story: prices and sales of new single family homes are weakening, housing starts are mixed and residential fixed investment is down in the last three quarters."

 

Home prices in North Texas have cooled in 2018 after years of double-digit percentage annual gains. Still, Dallas-area prices are about 45 percent higher than a decade ago, before the economic downturn and housing crash.  "There are no signs that the current weakness will become a repeat of the crisis," Blitzer said. "Without a collapse in housing finance like the one seen 12 years ago, a crash in home prices is unlikely." 

 

The slowdown in home price growth may be good news for potential buyers who have struggled to find homes they can afford.  "It's more welcome news for would-be homebuyers, who must be breathing a collective sigh of relief that home price growth finally has slowed," Skylar Olsen, Zillow's director of economic research, said in a statement. "Softening appreciation after the rapid growth of just a few months earlier is a sign that fierce competition is dying down.  Potential buyers who were intimidated during the heat of the market may find the breathing space now to make a calm, considered decision about whether to lock in a mortgage before rates rise further."

  • Dallas Morning News October 31, 2018

 

October
25

Selling Your Texas Home This Fall? Get It Ready With These Tips

Prepare Home Fall Sale

Dallas homes for sale enjoy some of the most beautiful autumn conditions anywhere in Texas. Our real estate agents love every minute of it – and we also love helping people get homes ready to put on the market during one of the best times of the year.

No matter whether you're considering selling your home or want to spruce things up, there are several things you can do to be prepared. With a little effort at the start of the season, you can keep your property clean and neat.

A little work today can save you on repair bills and other troubles later! Plus, the weather couldn't be better for it.

Let's look at things every Texas homeowner should do to get ready for fall.

Getting Your Yard and Property Ready for Fall

  • Winterize Your Sprinkler System
    Drain all the water from your sprinklers. This is done by turning off the water supply through closing the main valve to the sprinkler system, then opening each one of the manual drain valves until all the water drains out. This prevents water from freezing and cracking your pipes.

  • Clean Out Your Gutters
    When gutters are full of leaves, it can lead to lasting problems for your roof. Improper drainage of fall rains may cause water to seep into the ground at the foot of your home and damage your foundation. A complete cleaning before leaves start falling makes life easier.

  • Check Up on Your Weather Stripping
    Weather stripping will naturally develop some gaps around doors and windows. It's essential to fix these; resolving them improves your home's energy efficiency both in cool and warm weather. This only takes a few minutes per window and is a great DIY project.

  • Inspect Your Window Caulking
    While you're looking at weather stripping, check out caulking around windows, too. Remember, windows don't last forever: They warp over time by expanding and contracting when the weather changes. Windows older than ten years should usually be replaced.

  • Inspect Your Roof
    Your roof doesn't require quite as much attention as the rest of your exterior, but it's still a good idea to have someone take a look at it every two to three years. No matter the time of year, you should get a roof inspection after every major storm system.

Getting Your Home's Interior Ready for Fall

  • Clean the Carpets
    A professional carpet cleaning is a great way to evict any sand that's gotten into your carpets as a result of summer gatherings.

  • Deep Clean Everything
    If you have the time and energy, now's the perfect chance to start over with everything clean in the kitchen and bathrooms.

  • Check the Furnace
    It's probably time to change the furnace filter. Ideally, you should also get an expert to give your system a maintenance check.

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we're proud to be one of the largest RE/MAX companies in the United States. We're not just the largest in Texas, but #1 in the US Southwest. We've gotten there with a combination of expert advice and stellar service.

If you've been thinking about making your move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we can help you. We'll work with you every step of the way to answer your questions, help you avoid setbacks, and get you to closing fast. 

Contact us today to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

October
18

Dallas Expected to Have Only 2.7% Home Price Growth in 2019

The latest forecast from CoreLogic calls for only about 2.7 percent home price growth in D-FW in the next 12 months.  -	Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2018

The latest forecast from CoreLogic calls for only about 2.7 percent home price growth in D-FW in the next 12 months.
- Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2018

Don't look for Dallas-Fort Worth on the list of cities economists expect to have the biggest home price gains in the year ahead. Nationwide prices are expected to rise by less than 5 percent in the year ahead, according Veros, a risk management and valuation firm. "Our latest VeroForecast indicates that on average, for the top 100 most populated metro areas, we expect 4.5 percent appreciation over the next 12 months," Eric Fox, vice president of statistical and economic modeling at Veros, said in the report. "We are forecasting that the overwhelming number of metros across the nation, approximately 97 percent, will appreciate, with just three percent depreciating during this period."

"The days of easy 10 percent price gains in one year are over," Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, told real estate agents. For sure that is so in Dallas-Fort Worth. Median sales prices in North Texas were up 9 percent last year, and rose 10 percent in 2016 and 2015 and were 11 percent higher in 2014. Through the first nine months of 2018, median sales prices of houses sold by local real estate agents are just 5 percent greater than the same period last year.

A forecast for the next 12 months sees 2.1 percent home price growth in the D-FW area, according to CoreLogic. That's much less than their U.S. 1-year price forecast rise of 4.7 percent. After several years of double-digit percentage home appreciation in North Texas, the latest price forecasts may seem dismal. But a slowdown in home price gains is just what the D-FW area needs at this point in the cycle. The best way to prevent another housing bubble is to let a little air out of the market before things get too overvalued.

 

October
13

Why DFW was named top real estate market to watch in 2019

Dallas-Fort Worth has been named the top real estate market to watch in 2019         By Claire Ballor  – Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal, October 10, 2018

With a relatively low cost of living and population growth projections that outstrip other U.S. cities by two times, Dallas-Fort Worth has been named the top real estate market to watch in 2019.

The Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2019 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute ranked the Metroplex as the number one market for overall real estate prospects in 2019 out of 78 other cities.  Austin and San Antonio also made it into the top 20 for overall real estate prospects in the annual forecast report, which is compiled from thousands of interviews with real estate experts across a spectrum of industries.

Mitch Roschelle, a partner at PwC, said the economic data points analyzed for the report suggest the strength of the economy and the discipline being practiced in the real estate market.  "If there is a downturn ahead of us, it won't be real estate that caused it," he said. "Right now there's way more discipline in all activities in real estate than there has been in any other time in the modern era. We haven't gotten ahead of ourselves in terms of real estate development. I hope that real estate folks remain as conservative as they have in creating new supply."

Roschelle said he's seeing that conservative behavior in Dallas-Fort Worth and it has kept the market from getting ahead of itself despite the ever-growing demand and push for growth.

As for what makes North Texas the one to watch next year, he said several factors come into play.

"The things that have been important in years past have been markets that have low cost of living and low, relative to the national average, cost of doing business. That's where companies want to be and that's where people want to be," Roschelle said.

The low cost of living, low cost of doing business and tax efficiency continue to draw people to Dallas-Fort Worth, he said. And so much so that the area's population growth rate is projected to be more than two times the national average in 2019.

"The growth in the population is skewed towards younger folks in Dallas," Roschelle said. "The growth in the 0 to 24 age category is high and in the 25 to 40 category. [The population] is becoming younger, and those people are all the workers for the future."

But as the population in the Metroplex grows, affordable housing is becoming more of an issue. Although affordable single-family homes are a contributor to Dallas-Fort Worth's success, there aren't enough of them, according to the report.  The report says focus group respondents in the Dallas area pointed to an increasingly prevalent "not in my backyard" mentality as the reason for the slow down in available workforce housing.

"Dallas traditionally was a place where there was a piece of land, and if someone wanted to build on it, they just built on it," Roschelle said.  Now, though, developers are often met with a "you're not building that thing near me" attitude, which tends to add hurdles like cost and time, he said. This contributes to the problem that Dallas-Fort Worth is facing with additions to housing supply not keeping pace with demand.

What the Dallas area has going for it, though, is a diverse and stable employment base thanks to the wide spectrum of industries represented in the area, Roschelle said. The report indicates that the market is expected to have high growth and low volatility when it comes to employment in 2019.

Here are a few things the report says to keep an eye on in 2019:

Best bets

  • Industrial development investments: With the expansion of the e-commerce industry, industrial facilities, which are seeing historically low vacancy rates, will continue to be in high demand. "Barring a trade war of serious proportions, industrials offer great risk-adjusted returns," according to the report.
  • Garden apartments: "While the multifamily sector registered an overall NCREIF total return of 6.38 percent, the garden apartment component was near a double-digit total return at 9.33 percent," the report says. Appreciation in value is what accounted the over-performance for such properties. And the pricing for garden apartments, or low-rise complexes typically with direct access to outdoor space, reflects a higher-yield 5.7 percent cap rate compared to the 4.9 percent cap rate for mid-to-high-rise properties.
  • Quick-flip, value-add deals: Timing with these deals is key, the report says. They should be executed by 2020 to maximize late-cycle opportunity, "and the geographic focus needs to be in markets where assets have not yet been priced to perfection."
  • Redeployment of retail properties: "Many shopping center properties are just not going to come back as successful retail assets," the report says. But many have potential for alternative uses like mixed use for properties in close-in suburbs or distribution centers that can capitalize on the e-commerce trend.

Issues on the horizon

  • Insurance costs related to increasing natural disasters: The report says the volume of natural disasters in 2018 is evidence that the risk of such catastrophes – "most due to climate change" – has been intensifying. Because of this, insurers and reinsurers are experiencing massive payouts and will be pricing this into premiums in the future. "Having adequate coverage and budgeting for increased operating expenses should definitely be high on the list of items that property owners need to watch in 2019," according to the report.
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities: Cybersecurity issues that come with increasing interconnectedness have become more and more obvious and have affected many industries including real estate. "One REIT interviewee highlighted a need to establish industry norms and best practices for both primary defense purposes and for evaluating risk/reward parameters stemming from technology," the report says.
  • Infrastructure: Deficiencies in infrastructure are impactful for real estate. The report pulled data from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which shows the multitrillion-dollar shortfalls in investment in key assets and the associated costs that affect businesses. "By 2025, the United States sacrifices $3.9 trillion in GDP and $7 trillion in reduced business sales. Failure to address the issue means 2.5 million fewer jobs created and a shortfall of household income of $3,400 annually," according to the report.
  • Immigration: "The draconian approach to border security is a massive self-inflicted wound with immediate negative economic consequences and long-term weakening of our national growth potential," the report says. The impacts on demand growth, the reduction in the baseline for real potential GDP growth and the implications for bringing the country's fertility rate below population replacement level should be reasons for pause, it says.

 

October
12

DFW Area Has "Low Risk" in Price Meltdown

 

Dallas-area home prices are rated as less likely to fall in a new risk assessment study. The Dallas area ranks as "low" in risk of a price meltdown in a new study by Arch Mortgage Insurance. That translates to about a 12 percent chance of seeing a price decrease by 24 months from now, according to the North Carolina-based company. Texas is still considered the country's most overheated housing market. Arch Mortgage estimates that home values in the state are more than 30 percent greater than they should be based on market fundamentals.  "Texas is likely to become riskier going forward since affordability continues to deteriorate at a rapid rate and it is easier to build there than in most states," the report said. "Among larger metros, Houston (22 percent) was the riskiest." Dallas-area home prices are currently at record levels. But the rate of home price appreciation has slowed significantly this year. Through the first eight months of 2018, median North Texas home sales prices are up about 5 percent.  Even with the higher prices, Arch Mortgage in its quarterly report ranked Fort Worth as the best market in the country for millennials to buy houses and get jobs. But they'd better not wait too long, the analysts said.

  • Dallas Morning News, October 3, 2018
October
11

DFW Area Has One of the Biggest Gain in Home Listings

The number of "For Sale" signs is growing in North Texas' housing market.  The Dallas-Fort Worth area has had one of the biggest increases in the country in the number of homes listed for sale, according to Realtor.com. D-FW ranked eighth among the 10 major U.S. markets with the greatest increase in home listings in September, up 14 percent from the same period a year ago, according to Realtor.com.  Local real estate market numbers show that almost 26,000 preowned single-family homes were listed for sale in August with North Texas real estate agents. That's the highest volume in six years.  Nationwide, home inventories are at a 5-year high, according to Realtor.com.  "After years of record-breaking inventory declines, September's almost flat inventory signals a big change in the real estate market," Danielle Hale, chief economist for Realtor.com, said in the report. "Would-be buyers who had been waiting for a bigger selection of homes for sale may finally see more listings materialize.

  • Dallas Morning News, October 3, 2018
October
10

DFW Area Home Sales Drop 7% in September

North Texas Home Sales Drop

North Texas home sales dropped in September by the largest percentage in more than seven years. Preowned home sales in the area fell by 7 percent from September 2017. That was the biggest year-over-year sales decline since early 2011, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.  Home sales by real estate agents have been down in three of the last four months. Higher mortgage costs and years of rising home prices have caused some buyers to pull back from the market.  Mortgage rates on average are currently about 4.7 percent — the highest level in seven years — and are expected to go higher in 2019.  With September's sales decline, preowned home sales by real estate agents in North Texas are now flat with the same period of 2017. A record of more than 106,000 homes sold in the area last year.  "We think things are going to be flat," said Dr James Gaines, chief economist for the Real Estate Center. The Dallas-Fort Worth housing market has cooled significantly since early in the year when sales were still up by double-digit percentage rates from 2017 levels.

Home price growth has also slowed.  Median home sales prices rose by 4 percent in September from a year earlier to $251,000.  For the first nine months of 2018, prices are up 5 percent from the sale period in 2017. With sales declining, the number of houses on the market in North Texas has growth to 25,895 preowned single-family homes listed with real estate agents at the end of last month. That's 16 percent more homes for sale in the area than a year ago.  On average it took 44 days to sell the houses that trade in September — up 5 percent from a year earlier. Currently there is about a 3-month supply of homes available for purchase in the more than two dozen North Texas counties included in the survey.

  • Dallas Morning News, October 9, 2018
October
4

Dallas Historic Homes: Old Red Museum

Dallas Homes - Old Red Museum
Dallas homes for sale
put you right in the middle of one of the most vibrant communities in the United States. Dallas is rich in history, and it looks to the future, too: It has employment opportunities, schools, and the world-class amenities you'd expect from a great state capital. 

Our real estate agents know everything is bigger in Texas.  Whenever you're in Texas, the past comes alive. This state--the biggest in the lower 49--has some of the most sophisticated cities around, but it also captures the frontier spirit that first made it special. Even big cities like Dallas still maintain a considerable number of historic sites.

One great example is the Museum of Dallas County History and Culture.

It's the kind of place where you'll feel like you've just stepped into the story of Texas, from pre-settlement to the Old West and beyond.

Hit the Trail with the Old Red: The Top Museum of Dallas County History and Culture

The Old Red is one of the flagship museums in a state known for them. Standing right in the heart of Dallas at Dealey Plaza, the Old Red itself is a fascinating historic structure. Built back in 1892, it was initially a courthouse. Now, it stocks four floors of interactive exhibits.

Old Red is perched at one of the most momentous crossroads anywhere in Texas. It's just steps from the JFK Memorial, the Sixth Floor Museum, and the city's historic West End. Students, locals, and guests from all over the world make the Big Red part of their educational tour of beautiful Dallas.

The Museum--open from 9 am to 5 pm daily--has all of the following:

  • The stunning Old Red Clock Tower, still preserved and keeping time to this day.
  • Four terracotta wyverns – two of them restored, two still completely original.
  • The Hatton Sumners Restored Courtroom with judge's bench, the jury box, and seating.
  • The striking Grand Staircase, completely restored to its original 1892 appearance.

When you visit, you'll find a special exhibit gallery on the first floor covering new topics with each season. On the second floor, permanent installations provide enrichment to guests of all ages: Highlights include the four mini-theaters, touch-screen computers, and the learning center. Our team of experts at RE/MAX DFW Associates works overtime to make sure you have all of the best houses on the market at your disposal when you want to move to Dallas-Fort Worth.

Whether this is your first home or your fifth, sizing down or trading up, we recognize that every time around is a new adventure. Our goal is to make it easier for you: Responsive customer service and the best advice around will help you make the right decisions to meet your needs.

Find out what you've been missing here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Contact us today to tour some of the best neighborhoods in the area or see properties ready and raring to go for you.

September
20

Sales Slow in North Dallas Suburbs

"I would expect this somewhat disappointing spring selling season will be a bit of a wake-up call for (North Dallas suburban) home sellers, and they will eventually consider lowering asking prices, which in turn will bring some buyers back to the table," Attom Data economist Daren Blomquist said.

 

Sales Slow in North Dallas Suburbs

 

The slowdown in Dallas-Fort Worth's housing market may be worse than at first glance. Sales of preowned single-family homes dropped 1 percent annually in August in all of North Texas, according to the latest numbers from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Those numbers include data on more than two dozen counties stretching from the Red River to Waco. When you drill down in the numbers to just the immediate D-FW area, August's dip in home purchase activity was much larger. In the Dallas area, sales of preowned homes by real estate agents fell by about 4 percent in August from a year earlier. Fort Worth-area sales managed to eke out a 1 percent year-over-year rise in home purchases made through real estate agents. But some Dallas-area residential districts saw marked declines in home buying last month.

Real estate agents say the overall numbers understate the housing sector cooldown. A look at individual neighborhoods gives clearer insight into the state of the market.  Sales last month were down almost 31 percent in Far North Dallas. They dropped 24 percent from August 2017 totals in Allen, and were off 21 percent in Coppell. Plano had a 16 percent year-over-year sales decline and sales were down more than 11 percent in Richardson and about 9 percent lower in Frisco. Not all of North Texas' markets saw the housing market hit the brakes. Sales soared 40 percent in Prosper, for instance, and were 37 percent higher in DeSoto. The pricey Park Cities market had a 29 percent jump in August sales from the previous year.

  • Dallas Morning News, September 17, 2018
September
15

Texas Home Sales Are Slowing as Prices Are Rising

Texas Home Sales Update

Texas has been one of the fastest growing housing markets in the country in the last few years. The state has led the nation in homebuilding and Texas' major metros - Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin - have had big increases in the number of preowned home sales. But the latest snapshot of the Lone Star State's hot housing market is a mixed bag. While statewide home sales rose almost 3 percent in the second quarter from 2017 levels, sales in the D-FW area slowed for the first time in years.  And sales barely rose in the Austin area, according to the latest data from the Texas Association of Realtors.

"The demand for housing remains at an all-time high, but statewide we're seeing a slower rate of increase in sales compared to previous quarters due to the lack of inventory of properties for sale," Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University said. Rising prices and higher mortgage rates have also dampened buying in some neighborhoods. Even with the dip in sales, the D-FW led the state in second quarter home sales by real estate agents with 28,934 properties changing hands.

D-FW home sales were 0.8 percent lower than in second quarter 2017. Statewide median home sales prices rose by 4.4 percent in the period ending with June. D-FW had the biggest jump in the number of homes for sale in the second quarter of any major Texas metro area. The number of homes on the market in North Texas grew by 14 percent, according to the Realtors.

  • Dallas Morning News, September 13, 2018 (online)
September
7

Dallas Area Market Appears Headed for Slowdown

Percent of Prospective Home Buyers

  Source: National Association of Home Builders
 

Is the housing boom running out of gas?  During the last few years, the home market has been on a tear in North Texas and in other parts of the country, with prices soaring and buyers lining up as soon as a sign hits the front yard.  But there are growing signs that the fast-paced housing market is shifting gears, with a decline in sales in many markets and smaller price increases.  In July, U.S. preowned home sales fell from a year ago for the fifth month in a row. And nationwide new home sales were down almost 2 percent in July, causing analysts at IHS Markit to question if the bull home market has turned bearish.  "The economy is strong. Labor markets are solid. Yet, new home sales and single-family housing starts and permits have stalled. How can this be?" said Patrick Newport, executive director of the U.S. economics team at IHS.

Newport said rising home prices and higher mortgage rates have cooled the ardor for home buying.  "This has choked off demand," he said. A slowdown in immigration and household formation could also be factors, Newport theorizes.  In North Texas, year-over-year preowned home sales have fallen in many neighborhoods, and for the entire region, year-to-date sales were up a measly 2 percent as of July.  At the same time, the double-digit percentage home price gains of the last few years have faded in Dallas-Fort Worth. Through the first seven months of 2018, median home sales prices were up only 6 percent from the same period last year, according to sales data from real estate agents.

Property agents say that some first-time buyers have given up after losing out to other buyers or all-cash investors who snapped up affordable homes.  At midyear, the number of prospective U.S. homebuyers who said they planned to make a purchase in the next 12 months fell to just 14 percent — down from 24 percent in fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That's still another sign that the home market — while not in a traditional bubble — may be headed for slower sales in the year ahead.  "It's clear that the winds that have boosted sellers over the past few years are ever-so-slightly starting to shift," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas.

  • Dallas Morning News, August 27, 2018

 

July
25

Frisco - Fastest Growing City in USA

Frisco, for the first time in at least five years, topped the U.S. Census bureau's list of fastest-growing big cities in the nation, adding an average of 37 new residents every day for a population jump of 8.2 percent, data released Thursday showed.   The booming Dallas suburb also landed in the ninth spot in terms of the raw number of residents it added over the year that ended in July -- an impressive feat for a city that, at 177,286 people, is still relatively small.    The 14 largest cities in the country didn't change from the prior year.  Which means that Texas surpassed California's share of the top 15 list, with five cities making the cut. California -- which has about 11 million more residents than the Lone Star State overall -- had four.

Texas among the highest rate of increased population

 

July
24

Californians Continue Moving to Texas

Dallas-Fort Worth was one of the top destinations for domestic migrants from California in 2017, according to a recent study.  There were 1,051 moves from coastal California, the home of some of the country's toughest housing markets, to Dallas in the first quarter of 2017, according to Alexandra Lee, a housing analyst with the real estate listing and research site Trulia, which did the study.  Out of 19,132 moves out of the region during that time period, 5.5 percent went to D-FW.   Houston is also a popular destination for people fleeing the California coast — 3 percent of the migrants in the study came to Texas' most populous city, meaning that 8.5 percent of those in the study came to either Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston.   The Trulia report looked at census data for transplants from four coastal California hubs: San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego. Homes in those markets listed for an average of $720,000 in March 2017, Trulia says, compared to $313,000 in Dallas and $250,000 nationally.   The home prices in these cities is clearly a major determinant in whether people leave California and to where they move, Lee said over email, but it's not the be-all and end-all.  Texas is a big destination for job-to-job flows, a U.S. Census Bureau-designed statistic that measures flows of employees from one company to another when they've been at each company longer than three quarters. The biggest source of these flows is California, which contributed 6,884 in the first quarter of 2016.

  • Dallas Morning News, June 28, 2018

 

Californians Continue Moving to Texas

July
11

Dallas Area School Districts Pay Heavily in the Robin Hood School Tax

Below are the top 20 districts in which property owners paid the biggest Robin Hood tax in 2018, along with the cumulative payments into Robin Hood since 1994. Included in the chart is the federal, state and local tax revenue allocated to the district's operating budget and across all funds – net of recapture – on a per student basis.  *School districts with relatively low enrollment (below 1,500 students)

 

Coppell and Highland Park Pay the Most Per Capita

Property taxes continue to rise, but increasingly for taxpayers in North Texas, those dollars aren't going to local school districts.  According to estimates from the Texas Education Agency for the 2018-19 school year, 25 D-FW school districts are expected to surrender $539 million back to the state through recapture, the mechanism designed to better balance school funding between "property-rich" and "property-poor" districts.  Statewide, the TEA estimates that 217 school districts will be subject to recapture for the upcoming school year, with $2.69 billion of local property taxes siphoned back to the state.  

 

In the North Texas area, Coppell and Highland Park school districts send the most to the state per capita, both classified as "property-rich" districts to help pay for the "property-poor" districts around the state, mostly along the Texas border with Mexico.   Interestingly, Frisco ISD has not been classified as a "property-rich" district but that may change as early as next year, in which then millions of tax dollars will be required to be sent to the state.  This will be a financial dilemma for Frisco since the school district has been unable to get voter approval for higher taxes. 

June
23

DFW May Surpass Chicago by 2030 to be 3rd Largest metro in U.S.

The Dallas-Fort Worth region, once again, added the most new residents of any metro area in the country -- roughly 400 per day, or a total of 146,238, over the year that ended in July, census data released Thursday shows. That kept D-FW firmly in its spot as the nation's fourth-largest metro, though the region is catching up to Chicago, whose population has been sliding as economic factors tip the scales in favor of Texas, experts say. The thousands of people moving in both from other states and abroad have powered a population boom in Texas and especially in D-FW, where leaders have made a point of pitching its relatively low costs of living and business-friendly regulatory environment to companies located elsewhere. On the list of the counties that saw the biggest gains over the year, six out of 10 were in Texas, including Denton and Collin counties, which were ninth and 10th, respectively.

"When [Collin and Denton] were smaller, they were up in the top 10 in terms of the rate of growth, and now they're cracking the top 10 in terms of numeric growth because the foundation is there," he said. "The economic development that's going on up there is drawing migrants into those counties."

Largest-gaining counties by numeric increase: 2016-17

That, he said, is where the Chicago area seems to be struggling.As of January, Chicago's annual job growth had been the slowest of any of the nation's 12 biggest metro areas. In that same report, D-FW ranked second, behind Phoenix, which also added thousands of residents last year.  Meanwhile, the Chicago metro lost more than 13,000 residents. Cook County, which is home to Chicago, lost the most people of any county in the country.  Potter said he couldn't pinpoint an exact time when D-FW will surpass Chicago, it's possible that it could happen in coming decades. "It depends on what happens in Chicago -- if they continue to lose population and if D-FW continues the pace that it is," he said. "We could see it in the next decade or the one after."

According to projections from Potter's office based on growth trends from 2000 to 2010, D-FW's population is expected to grow to almost 10 million by 2030.  And experts don't expect that to slow anytime soon.  Still, Potter said that as living costs rise in D-FW and decline in Chicago with shifting demand, some of the differences between the two metros could even out.

  • Dallas Morning News, June 21, 2018

 

June
18

Dallas Unemployment at 3.6% - Among Lowest in Nation

Unemployment Rates

Dallas continues to add over 100,000 jobs annually and the unemployment rate has remained at 3.6 percent, a very low level not seen in the past 20 years.   While the outlook is for continued rapid growth in the region, it depends critically on a steady flow of workers into the state and on trade-friendly policies.  Already the fourth largest metro area, Dallas-Fort Worth is growing faster than the nation — about 2 percentage points faster so far this year. However, this outsized performance is only possible with robust labor force expansion. The D-FW labor force increased 3.1 percent over the past year, while the participation rate — the share of people working or seeking employment — was little changed. Thus, the bulk of workforce growth is due to migration.  Net migration from other U.S. states was responsible for 40 percent of D-FW's population increase in 2017, while arrivals from other countries accounted for 20 percent. In fact, since 2010, D-FW has had the highest population gains from total net migration among all U.S. metro areas.

  • Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2018
May
30

The Real Estate Slowdown is Real: Don't Panic as Buyers Bring Balance

by Seth Fowler

 

(This article appeared in Candy's Dirt.  It is specific to the Ft Worth side of the Metroplex, but the facts are the same for all of North Texas.)

 

Real Estate Slowdown

Some will agree, and some won't,  but data doesn't lie — we are heading into a real estate slowdown.

 

First of all…R-E-L-A-X.  No, we are not heading toward a recession.  No, the housing market isn't crumbling.  No, it's not time to sell your home, stock up on canned beans, ammo, and get off the grid.  But the real estate market is changing … dare we call it a slowdown?

How Can You Say It's a Slowdown?

How can I say this? We are in the midst of an historical real estate boom like we've never seen before and everything we hear and read says the market is hot, hotter, hottest!  Please hear me: the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is still by far the absolute best place in the world to live, work, play, and own real estate.  The daily, weekly, monthly growth that is happening to this part of the state is still out of this world.

But the market is experiencing a slowdown.  Interest rates are rising .  Municipalities are getting more and more greedy with property taxes.  Home values are increasing at a rapid pace.  New home construction is increasingly expensive and not meeting demand.  Wages aren't increasing as quickly as prices and that's causing a slowdown in the real estate market.

 

In Part One we will look at those factors and how they combine to cause this slowdown.  In Part Two next week, we will discuss whether or not an actual slowdown in the real estate market is a good thing, a precursor to doom-and-gloom (again, R-E-L-A-X), and what it means for buyers and sellers in this brave new world.

Just The Facts Ma'am

According to the Fort Worth Housing Report distributed by the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, the median sales price of homes is going up, up, and up.  Up 9.7 percent from February 2017 to 2018 at $214,000.  Up 9.3 percent from March 2017 to 2018 at $219,750.  Up 7.3 percent from April 2017 to 2018 at $220,000.  We see that the overall price continues to increase, but the percentage from year-to-year is falling a little bit.  Across the country home prices increased 8.7 percent over the past year according to a recent Zillow report.  Increases like this simply are not sustainable in the long run for a stable economy.  While sellers enjoy their large return on their investment, fewer and fewer buyers are able or willing to pay these steep increases.

Active Listings And Days on Market

From same reports active listings were up 3.4 percent from February 2017 to 2018 at 1,668 homes.  Up 6.4 percent from March 2017 to 2018 at 1,851. Up 17.1 percent from April 2017 to 2018 at 2,105.  The more listings the better right?  Well, yes and no is the answer.  Yes more listings on the market the better for buyers.  But that's only if they are good listings that are priced correctly.  Days on market has also increased.  Homes sat for one day longer in February 2018 than 2017 at 43 days.  Seven days longer in March 2018 than 2017 at 44 days.  Seven days longer in April 2018 than 2017 at 37 days.

No — not time to panic — but numbers don't lie.  Buyers are gaining some control.

Word on The Street

While considering this article over the past month or more, I have talked to many agents, lenders, and title company officers in the D/FW area and 100 percent of them have mentioned how it appears that the buyers are finally pushing back at the skyrocketing prices.  Sellers have been in control for a number of years when it comes to asking price.  Depending on the range, sellers have tended toward higher asking prices and buyers have very little recourse.  If a buyer wants a house then they'll meet asking price … or go higher.  As inventory increases (albeit slightly) we are seeing buyers be a little pickier and price conscious.  It's not as if buyers are offering 50 cents on the dollar, but more than ever in the past year we are seeing lower offers as homes sit longer on the market.  Of course there are variables like price range and location and condition of homes — I know that — so these stats might not apply for all homes universally.

In Summary

We have been living in the longest real estate boom in the history of ever.  It's not going away, it's just not booming like it was, and I contest that it will not boom like that again.  A slowdown is happening and will continue to happen.  While this might cause panic for some, it could also be just what our overall economy needs — balance.  Come back next week and see what else I have to say.  If you disagree with this article — or if you agree — hit me up, let me know, I'd love to hear YOUR perspective.

Well that's all from Tarrant County this week Dirty Readers.  Thanks for reading and following and sharing!  As always, if you have questions, comments or great ideas for a blog … hit me up!

Seth Fowler is a licensed Real Estate Sales Professional for Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth, TX.  Statements and opinions are his and his alone.  Seth has been involved with the home sales and real estate industry in the Fort Worth area since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the area for over 15  years.  Seth also loves bowties!  You can reach Seth at: 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.

 

May
17

DFW Area Price Alert – Home Price Increases Are Slowing

10 Markets Where Home Prices Aren't Rising

 

A new look at the prices sellers are asking for their homes is another sign of a shift in the North Texas housing market.  Dallas-Fort Worth made it onto a list of 10 major cities that are seeing declines or just tiny increases in the asking prices for houses up for sale.

Researchers at property market firm Trulia compared major home market to see where list prices for homes were rising and where they were falling. All four of Texas' major home markets made the ranks of places where home value increases are stalling.  That's obviously nowhere near the double-digit percentage annual home price gains North Texas recently saw.   Trulia estimates that the median price of homes up for sale in D-FW was $356,999 in March.  In March, homes listed for sale in North Texas traded for 98 percent of what they were listed for, according to local real estate data.  Trulia's report that D-FW sellers aren't jacking up their asking prices as quickly this year is another indication that the home market dynamic is changing in the area.

  • Dallas Morning News, May 8, 2018
May
16

Huge Job Growth Continues DFW Real Estate Boom

Top U.S. Gain MarketsThe D-FW area added more than 100,000 jobs in the year ended in March, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So far in 2018, D-FW has stayed near the top of the list of U.S. cities with the fastest-growing employment sectors. Job gains in North Texas have topped 100,000 a year for more than four years — an unprecedented economic boom. As long as companies keep bringing so many new jobs to the area, the real estate market will continue to thrive. Add to the jobs, the surge in population growth. Last year, D-FW grew by more than 146,000 people — more than any other major U.S. metro market. More than half of that population gain was from people moving to the area to fill all those newly created jobs.
- Dallas Morning News, May 4, 2018

 

May
15

DFW is Still the TOP Texas Market for Real Estate Sales

Texas Home SalesThe Dallas-Fort Worth area led the state in first-quarter home sales.  Local real estate agents sold more than 20,000 homes in the area, according to a new report by the Texas Association of Realtors. It was more than a fourth of the total 70,292 Texas homes sold in the first three months of 2018.   The Houston area was a close second with 17,652 sales.   While D-FW hung onto its lead in Texas sales, the number of home purchases increased from first-quarter 2017 by less than 1 percent.  D-FW's housing market shows signs of cooling from several years of rapid increases.   D-FW median home sales prices in the first quarter were at an all-time high of just under $260,000, according to the Texas Association of Realtors.

  • Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2018

 

May
8

Relay for Life Will Be in Dallas on May 19

Dallas Relay for Life
Get ready, get set, and mark your calendars for May 19. That's the day Relay for Life is coming to Dallas to help raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. We hope to see you there!  Our REALTORS® work and live in Dallas and believe in giving back to their local communities.

Relay for Life Comes to Dallas in 2018

We are excited to welcome the next—and most assuredly not the last—Relay for Life event to our local community in Dallas. The opening ceremony kicks off at 5:30 PM on May 19, followed by the Survivor Walk, which honors the strength and courage of those who have been diagnosed with cancer. Whether your diagnosis was 10 years ago or 10 days ago, anyone who is a survivor or currently affected by cancer is invited to walk. The Caregiver Walk follows the Survivor Walk, giving recognition to those who have helped support their loved ones through cancer treatment.

Visit the official website of this Relay for Life event to learn more about donating, participating, or sponsoring a participant. Every dollar helps, and you'll be among a distinguished list of sponsors and participants.

What Is Relay for Life?

Since its beginnings in 1985, Relay for Life has been one of the world's great ongoing community fundraising events for the American Cancer Society. More than 3,500 Relay for Life events take place across the United States every year, supporting and celebrating cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as raising money for cancer research. Participating in one of these events makes you a vital part of the American Cancer Society—one of more than 3.5 million survivors, patients, advocates, volunteers, caregivers and researchers who have donated their time, energy and money to beat cancer.

About the Location

This event takes place at Main Street Garden Park in Downtown Dallas, a beautiful green space that serves as a central hub for many community events. Nestled between Main Street, Commerce Street, Harwood Street, and St. Paul Street, the park is a central gathering place where you're as likely to see visiting tourists as you are residents and employees of local businesses on lunch breaks. With free WiFi, a beautiful green lawn, fountains, dog run, toddler play area, local art installations and an on-site cafe, it's the perfect place to meet up for Relay for Life on May 19.

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn about Dallas homes for sale and about all the upcoming events in Dallas, TX.

April
5

Discover What's Blooming at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum
One of the best things about living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the weather, which makes it possible to grow an amazing number of flowers, some which will bloom all year long. One of the best places to see the beauty of the horticulture of our area is the Dallas Arboretum, located at 8525 Garland Road, on the shores of White Rock Lake. 

More than a million visitors walk through the gates of the Dallas Arboretum each year to enjoy quiet strolls through the themed gardens and to participate in educational events and activities that celebrate the art and science of southwest horticulture.

Dallas Arboretum Children's Garden

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, one of the best family-friendly activities in Dallas, was designed with kids, their teachers, and families in mind.  It gives the Garden's visitors the opportunity to experience life and earth science firsthand with over 150 activities focusing on nature.

The Arboretum hosts a calendar of events and entertainment each year, not only focused on flowers and trees but also including live music and arts. It's this combination of beauty and fun things to see and do that make this one of the most popular spots in the area for residents and tourists alike.

Dallas Arboretum Gardens

If you ask one of our agents at RE/MAX DFW Associates about the Arboretum, they'll likely tell you they love this place because of the creative ideas it provides for putting your personal stamp on a new home. And when you are viewing Dallas homes for sale, it's fun to imagine all of the different ways you can add color and beauty to the landscape to make a new property uniquely your own.

People who relocate to North Texas from other parts of the country often marvel at the large variety of colorful flowers, flowering trees, bushes and shrubs that thrive in our climate. By planning carefully, you can create gardens and landscapes that bloom all year. 

The Dallas Arboretum is a great place to learn about the specific flowers and shrubbery that will keep your yard looking great, so be sure to make a trip there this spring to enjoy the blooms of our North Texas environment and to get tips for making the landscape at your new home a colorful oasis.

To begin your search for homes for sale in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, contact RE/MAX DFW Associates.

March
5

6 Secrets for Getting Your D-FW Home Offer Accepted

DFW Home Offer Accepted
If you follow local real estate news, you already know that North Texas has been identified as one of the country's hottest real estate markets. Home prices are rising and sellers are expecting to sell their homes at their asking price or better. Whether you're considering Dallas homes or Fort Worth homes, you're negotiating in a seller's market. You must bid conscientiously or risk missing out on a home you love. 

Our REALTORS® understand it can be difficult for your offer to get a seller's attention, especially when they realize that the next buyer might be willing to pay more. When you're ready to begin your home search, we'll be here to help with "Six Secrets for Getting Your Offer Accepted."

  1. Get Pre-approved
    You may have heard this before, but it's worth repeating. For sellers and realtors to take you seriously, you must get pre-approved. No one wants to waste time on home tours and bidding wars with unqualified buyers.

    During the approval process, your mortgage company reviews your financial data and decides whether or not they would finance you and for how much. The letter they issue isn't a guarantee, but it tells the buyer that the mortgage company considers you financially ready to buy.

  2. Don't procrastinate
    When you're serious about buying a home, you must put a lock on any indecisive tendencies. You won't have forever to make up your mind about a home you love. You have to decide quickly and get your offer on the record. With so many buyers out there, you're destined to lose your dream home if you spend too much time mulling it over.

  3. Go big or stay put
    If you find the right home at the right price, don't try and lowball an offer. When home prices are rising, sellers know they can sell. They won't be tempted by a half-hearted offer. It's important to make a good offer the first time around or you might not get another chance. Maintain a little wiggle room to negotiate if you must, but don't nickel and dime the seller.

  4. Be a person
    Sometimes money isn't enough to win a bidding war. Sellers are human so they respond to humanness. They want to know who's buying their home, so let them know when you bid. Send a personal note. Identify yourself. Talk about sipping coffee on the porch while your children play in the backyard. Your bid will be coming from a real person.

  5. Pay cash if you can
    Cash is a wonderful option for sellers. Cash is simple. It speeds up the closing process and eliminates the mortgage company's complicated documents. When you make pay cash, the built-in benefits encourage a seller to accept a lower offer.

  6. Give the seller more than one option
    It's a known selling norm that people prefer to choose between something and something as opposed to choosing between something and nothing. Try making a two-part offer that forces the seller to think.

    - Bid a cash offer for one amount. (i.e. $200,000).
    - Supplement that with an offer that's higher (i.e. $220,000) because it requires financing.

    With two offers, the seller has options. They can accept the lower offer, take the cash, and avoid a lengthy mortgage approval process. Or they can take the bigger offer and wait.

The bidding process can be complicated, especially when there's a lot of buyer competition. Contact us when you're ready to begin your Texas home search.

January
3

Is Home Buying Going to the Dogs?

More Millennials Consider Dogs in Their Home-Buying Decision

Home Buying Dogs

There are many people in the world who love dogs, but you can't always include landlords on that list. While a landlord may love their own dog, they're typically less enthusiastic about the four-legged friends of their tenants. Combine that with the fact that dog owners love giving their pets room to roam the outdoors, and you can see one of the hidden motivations that inspire many renters to purchase a house of their own. So in a way, home-buying really is going to the dogs, and that's not a bad thing!

Our REALTORS® have the details on this growing trend, along with other key reasons buyers choose to purchase a home for the first time. 

Motivations for Owning a Home

It's no surprise that house hunters consider their dog when shopping for Dallas homes for sale. In fact, a third of Americans from the Millennial generation has stated that a better space/yard for their dog was an important motivating factor in choosing to purchase a home for the first time. A great space for their four-legged friends is one of the motivators which influence young home buyers:

  • A Home with a Yard – Whether it provides space for your pet, a fun place for outdoor parties, or simply a beautiful view while you're eating dinner, owning a home with a yard comes with many perks. Many renters are motivated to buy in order to have an outdoor space of their own which they can customize to their heart's content. Want an outdoor barbecue area, a dog-run, or both? With a yard of your own, you can set up your outdoor space any way you please.

  • Tying the Knot – For many young homeowners, getting married was the moment when they decided to get serious about purchasing a home and saying goodbye to rental agreements. The idea of "settling down" means different things to different people, but there's no doubt that owning a home makes it easier to pursue long-term goals. With two people to save, budget, and shop, tying the knot can also make it easier to navigate the real estate market for the first time.

  • Starting a Family – While many newly married couples do choose to buy a home, there are also those who keep on renting... until they add a new member to the family. Having a child has always been a major motivator for owning a home, and for good reason. A home will often offer much more space than an apartment for a family, including outdoors. Owning a home also gives you the opportunity to get a head start on choosing a school district where your child can thrive.

  • Building Equity – For some young buyers, owning a home is one important step on the path to financial planning. A home allows you to build equity over time, maintain a great credit score, and invest in your future. Planning your purchase well – and considering the future of the neighborhood – can also allow you to recoup a great return on your investment if you ever do choose to sell. Starting young has many benefits, allowing you to get a head start on your financial future.

  • Room to Grow – Renting a property has its perks, but one of the main drawbacks is that it will never truly be yours. Owning a home is the opposite. Rather than seeking approval for every little thing, you can customize the home as you see fit. Whether you want to paint the walls or renovate the whole room, the choice is yours. Owning a home also provides you with plenty of room to grow, whether that means expanding the home or simply updating it until everything is just right. Home-buyers of all ages love the freedom that comes with owning the space that they call home.

Looking for the perfect DFW home for you, your family, and your favorite pets? We can help! Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas, TX area.

December
18

6 Spots in Dallas to Celebrate New Year's Eve

Dallas Counts Down to 2018

Dallas New Years Eve Spots

Are you ready to close out 2017 in style, with an unforgettable night of fun in your favorite city? New Year's Eve in Dallas is always a big deal, and the schedule of special events in the city is a mile long. Whether you're looking for a night of great music, a glamorous party, or a fun event that the whole family can enjoy, you'll find it in Dallas on New Year's Eve. Our real estate agents are looking forward to the city-wide celebrations, and we have the details on some great New Year's Eve events in Dallas this year.

Our 6 Favorite Spots in Dallas for New Year's Eve Celebrations

  1. AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower
    Looking for an exciting New Year's Eve event that the whole family can enjoy? The AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower celebration is back for another year, with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnic display that can be seen from anywhere in the city. The best views are to be found around Reunion Tower itself, where you'll be able to witness a panoramic display of fireworks across the city skyline. The show starts at 11:59 pm, but it's always a good idea to stake out a spot early.

  2. Dallas NYE Ball
    Can't decide just what sort of music you'd like to dance the night away on New Year's Eve? The Dallas NYE Ball has you covered! Centered in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Dallas NYE Ball offers three floors of fun parties, with a different type of music available on each floor. Enjoy a nightclub-themed experience on the second floor, throwback music and dancing on the third floor, and a fun, open space with the latest pop hits on the first floor.

  3. Brew Year's Eve
    Enjoy a night of food, drinks, and great music at the Noble Rey Brewing Company in Dallas with Brew Year's Eve 2017. This year's event will feature live music indoors, a heated tent with a DJ outdoors, and your favorite local brews around every corner. There's also plenty of fantastic food to enjoy, after you work up an appetite on the dance floor.

  4. Charley Crockett Concert (Free!)
    Spend an evening with local blues sensation Charley Crockett at The Rustic, and ring in 2018 with the sweet sounds of the blues. This event is free if you RSVP ahead of time, and features loads of other great performances throughout the night, including more sets from local artists. After the live performances, DJ Christy Ray will be keeping the party going well past midnight.

  5. New Year's Eve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Looking for a classical spin on the Dallas New Year's Eve experience? Listening to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is always a great way to spend New Year's Eve, and this year's show is sure to continue that tradition. This annual event is packed with great music, and features a champagne toast at midnight.

  6. 80's Rockin' New Year's Eve
    Break out a bottle of hairspray and your favorite spandex, because it's time to party like it's the 1980s for New Year's Eve in Dallas! Enjoy a night of 80s music, grab a great meal before the show, and dance the night away. It all takes place at the House of Blues, and the fun continues long after the clock strikes midnight.

Are you searching for the best Dallas homes for sale, and the real estate team who will help you find your perfect match in the city? Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.

November
22

10 Best Things to Do During the Holidays in the D-FW

Christmas in the DFW
Getting ready to plan for holiday fun in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Our real estate team is ready to deck the halls, and we've got the details on 10 great events in DFW for this holiday season. While you're planning, you can also click on the city name in any listing to view homes in that community.

Home for the Holidays: A Guide to 10 Big Holiday Events in the DFW

DFW Christmas Parade

  1. The Dallas Christmas Parade – Dallas
    Looking to start the holiday season with a classic event that the whole family will love? Make time to watch the Dallas Christmas Parade on Commerce Street on December 2, to enjoy a day of family fun and holiday cheer.

  2. Dallas Zoo Lights – Dallas
    The Dallas Zoo is a great place to visit throughout the year, and that's especially true when the holidays roll around each year. Visit Dallas Zoo Lights to experience a spectacular light show, filled with light sculptures, holiday displays, and plenty of tasty treats.

  3. Magical Winter Lights – Grand Prairie
    Each year, Grand Prairie is transformed with a stunning display of holiday lights, decorations, and vignettes. Attend the Magical Winter Lights celebration to enjoy all of the hard work that went into decorating the community, take in live performances, and enjoy great refreshments at the food court.

  4. Enchant Christmas – Arlington
    If you're looking for a unique holiday event, Enchant Christmas is the place to be. Travel through a maze of holiday lights and decorations, while shopping at one of the largest holiday markets in the DFW area.

  5. Garland Ice Exhibit – Garland
    Ever wonder what two million pounds of ice would look like in one place? In Garland, all of that ice is used to create a holiday exhibit unlike any other, filled with holiday wonders, amazing sculptures, and family fun.

  6. Christmas in the Square – Frisco
    Head down to the Square in Frisco throughout the holiday season to enjoy some of the best shopping in Texas, in a wonderful, holiday-themed atmosphere. Enjoy a light show, live music, and plenty of fun surprises.

  7. Santa's Village – Richardson
    The kids will love visiting Santa's Village in Frisco, and traveling from house to house to see what Santa and friends are up to. Each house has a special theme, and each year brings new additions to the village.

  8. Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington
    Take in the holiday events and gorgeous decorations around every corner at Six Flags Over Texas for some holiday fun at your favorite theme park. The Merry Marketplace is the center of the action, with food, shopping, and fun activities.

  9. Christmas in Grapevine – Grapevine
    We could try to narrow down the list of great events in Grapevine, but there is simply so much to do within the community. With more than 1,400 holiday events this year, you're sure to find something to love in Grapevine, TX.

  10. Dallas by Chocolate – Dallas
    Looking for a tasty way to spend the holidays? Indulge in the best chocolate and hot cocoa that Dallas has to offer by taking the Dallas by Chocolate tour. Tours run throughout the season, with plenty of holiday stops along the way.

Whether you're searching for a home in the city, the suburbs, or anywhere in between, our local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.

October
12

Dallas-Fort Worth Halloween Fun for the Entire Family

DFW Community Halloween Events
Families with homes in Fort Worth have their choice of Halloween thrills and chills. Your whole family can walk the neighborhood in quirky disguises. You can fill your days and nights with planned events and whimsical, scary adventures. But not too scary!

When the smallest goblins take part in family Halloween fun, it's important to steer clear of super scary events. Traditional haunting venues may frighten young children a bit too much. They may cause little people nightmares that keep the whole family up late at night.

Our real estate agents know a lot about local businesses, attractions, and family-friendly events. We draw on that knowledge to recommend a list of Halloween events that promise fun for the entire family.

  • First United Methodist Church Halloween Carnival
    October 22, 2017 3:00 to 5:00 PM
    Admission: free with canned goods donations

    Bring your little ones to FUMC in Fort Worth for the annual fun-filled Halloween Carnival. Little ones can wear their costumes. They'll enjoy bounce house fun and pony rides. You'll have a ball watching your children smile as they enjoy kid-friendly games, crafts, prizes, and a live animal petting zoo.

  • Boo at The Zoo - October 27, 28, and 20, 2017
    10:00 am to 5:00 PM
    Admission: Free with a zoo admission

    Boo at The Zoo is a family favorite for many of our real estate agents. The Fort Worth Zoo's annual daytime, scare-free Halloween event is three full days of activities for the entire family. Children will enjoy treat stations, carnival games, and a full schedule of animal entertainment.

  • Treat Street 2017 at Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
    October 31, 2017 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
    Admission: Free

    Your entire family is invited to an evening of fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station Mall. Family-friendly activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, fun games, hayrides, and more. Children under 12-years-old in costumes can trick-or-treat at participating shops.

  • Boo Bash at Old Town, Burleson, TX
    6:00 to 8:00 PM
    Admission: free

    The City of Burleson invites local kids 12 and under to a night of Halloween fun at the Boo Bash. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. They can play in bounce houses, decorate a free pumpkin, listen to storytellers, and march in a Halloween parade.

When you need reliable information about Fort Worth or Dallas homes for sale, our DFW real estate professionals can help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're buying or selling your home in Texas.

July
11

6 Tips for Buying a Condo in Dallas

Buying Dallas Condo
Thinking about buying a house? Are you interested in condos for sale in Dallas?

As the leading city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area--the #4 most populous metro zone in the US--Dallas has something to offer everyone. It has a history as an economic engine for the whole region and attracts professionals of all stripes.

Home to more than 1.1 million people, Dallas is located in five distinct Texas counties. It features world-class universities, museums, sports complexes, hospitals, and more. Recently, high-end technological research has become key to the economy.

With all this action and excitement, it's no surprise Dallas is a great place to buy a condo.

In fact, condominiums are among the most accessible housing options in the area. Growing families, retirees, and young professionals can all find ideal options to meet their needs and their budgets. Dallas makes it all possible!

Let's look at ways you can find the best Dallas condo for you.

Finding the Ideal Dallas Condo 

  1. Meet the Neighbors
    One of the biggest issues with living in a condo for the first time is proximity to the neighbors. In most cases, condos are directly attached to one another and you'll be side-by-side with two sets of neighbors. Don't fall in love with a property until you're satisfied you'll get along.

  2. Double-Check Your Services
    Many condos come with services like reserved parking, extra storage, and lawn care. Early in the process, be sure you know what services will be included in your agreement. Get everything spelled out in writing so there'll be no confusion over informal agreements.

  3. Learn About Association Fees
    Association fees are levied on condo owners on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. These pay for things like insurance and maintenance. They can also include one-time fees for major repairs. Review records from multiple years to understand how quickly fees are rising.

  4. Check on FHA Approval
    The Federal Housing Administration is a government entity that helps establish some basic housing rules. It also backs a number of programs for buying a house – you may qualify for a loan with 3.5% down payment, but only if the condos are FHA approved.

  5. Verify the Reserve Fund
    Unlike buying a house, when you buy a condo you're also "buying into" the association. How can you be sure that your local association is well-run? One way is by verifying how much cash it has on hand. A big reserve helps prevent unexpected costs and protect owners from issues.

  6. If Resale is a Concern, Go Big
    A key part of buying a house – or any other dwelling – is having a plan. If you know you're going to be leaving within three or five years, a bigger condo will be more likely to appreciate in value. Average and smaller condos gain value more slowly and need to be maintained carefully.

Make Your Dallas Condo Search Easier

If you want to find a quality condo at an affordable price in Dallas, it's especially important to partner with a trusted local real estate team. When you choose RE/MAX DFW Associates, our REALTORS® in Dallas will work with you every step of the way to find the perfect condo. Our decades of experience in Dallas-Fort Worth means our team is second to none.

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates for fast, friendly, personalized service.

May
9

Best Places for Mother's Day in DFW

Celebrating Mom in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth Mothers Day Celebrations

Brunch and flowers are two of the best ways to show Mom how much you appreciate her on Mother's Day. Here are some great options in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for showing your mom how much she means to you.

  • Asador
    More than just a nice place to eat, Asador offers a char bar, a raw bar, and, of course, "sweet endings. Mother's Day choices include a wonderful assortment of oysters on the half-shell, beautifully smoked Texas brisket, a variety of local meats, and an array of stunning desserts like fruit tarts and cheesecake. Make sure you reserve your spot, though; send an email to reservations@asadordallas.com to get your name on the list for one of the highly sought-after tables at this delectable spot.

    Mother's Day at Asador runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017. It's a bargain at just $65 for each person to partake of the wonderful offerings, and only $24 for children who are under 12 years old. 

  • Blue Mesa Grill
    Mother's Day Brunch just wouldn't be complete without a mimosa. Blue Mesa Grill offers an award-winning brunch buffet that includes wine and mimosas, as well as soft drinks, coffee and tea. The buffet features a taco station, dessert station, omelet bar and an array of Southwestern favorites. Blue Mesa Grill even takes into account that not everyone's available on Mother's Day; brunch will be available at its Addison, Plano, Dallas, and Arlington locations on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who can make it on Sunday, May 14, 2017, all locations will be serving Mother's Day fare all day long, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    At just $22 per person, $7 for children between the ages of six and 11, and free for kids under 5, Blue Mesa Grill is a reasonably-priced, delicious way to show Mom what she means to you.

  • Cool River Café
    When brunch just isn't enough to show Mom how much you love her, give her a three-course dinner at Cool River Café. With a prix fixe menu that offers delights like perfectly-cooked sliced beef tenderloin, creamy lobster bisque and decadent black forest cheesecake, Mom will have a wonderful meal at a price you can love, too.

    Cool River Café is honoring Mom on May 14, 2017, from 11 in the morning until eight at night. The prix fixe menu is just $35.95 per person.

  • Café Momentum
    There's only one word for the Mother's Day Brunch at Café Momentum: epic. Delightful choices like French toast made with brioche bread, cinnamon whipped cream and apple butter are not only delicious, they're a perfect offering to show Mom how sweet you are on her. There are savory options available too, including bagel chips and cured salmon, corned beef hash, and home-style chicken and dumplings. Mom's biggest concern will be deciding on which dish she wants to order!

    Café Momentum is celebrating Mom on May 14, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and menu prices vary.

Experiencing Dallas-Fort Worth 

Dallas-Fort Worth has more to offer than just great places to take your mom on Mother's Day. It's a bustling metropolis with an amazing variety of people, cultures, history and activities. Whether you're looking for homes in Dallas, Fort Worth homes, or something in the surrounding area, our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect place to call home. At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we have the experience to find your ideal home. Contact us for more information about finding a great place to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.