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July
25

Dallas-Fort Worth Home Prices Soared in June More Than Any Other Market

While higher mortgage rates have driven many buyers out of the North Texas housing market, home prices still soared in June more than in other red-hot U.S. metros.  The median home price in Dallas-Fort Worth reached $426,000 in June, up 29.3% from $329,500 in June 2021, according to REMAX's just-released national housing report.  

U.S. home prices were up 11% from a year ago.  D-FW saw the largest year-over-year increase in median sale price among the 53 metro areas analyzed by the brokerage. Some major markets, such as Austin, are not included in the report.  Home sales were down 11.8% in the metro area, with nearly 10,000 transactions, according to RE/MAX. Home inventory has nearly doubled from a year ago to 14,404 properties. Even with the sharp increase year over year, prices were down slightly from May. 

Dallas-Fort Worth home prices still soaring

Of all 53 metro areas RE/MAX analyzed, the company found Dallas-Fort Worth's median home price grew the most from June 2021 to June 2022.

Table with 4 columns and 5 rows. Currently displaying rows 1 to 5.

Market

June 2022

June 2021

% change

1

Dallas-Fort Worth

$426,000

$329,500

29%

2

Tampa, FL

$385,000

$300,990

28%

3

Fayetteville, AR

$343,580

$270,000

27%

4

Las Vegas, NV

$445,000

$365,000

22%

5

Orlando, FL

$395,000

$325,000

22%

Table: Mitchell Parton/DMN  Source: Re/Max National Housing Report  

Mark Wolfe, owner of RE/MAX DFW Associates, said homes are still selling over list price, especially in places like Collin County and Denton County. Some offers will even come in as much as $60,000 over list price when they are the only offer, a carryover from the busier market when buyers had to offer above the asking price if they wanted to get a home.  

People relocating from California have no problem paying $50,000 to $100,000 over list price to make sure they get the home they want, and they will still see it as a good deal, Wolfe said.  "Especially in the northern suburbs, we have a tremendous amount of California homebuyers," he said. "They're flushed with cash." 

Nationally, home sales dropped 17.6% since last June and inventory grew for a third consecutive month, up 34.1% from May.  "The market is moving toward greater balance, especially with inventory gains and the slowing of price appreciation. The past few years have been one of the most competitive times ever for buyers — and we're finally seeing conditions ease up," Nick Bailey, president and CEO of RE/MAX, said in a statement.  

Wolfe said that a quarter of all listings on the market in D-FW are now seeing price reductions, as homes aren't selling as quickly as sellers and agents expect. Homes seeing price drops were likely overpriced to begin with, he said.  The number of showings per listing at Wolfe's offices are down from eight each week last year to an average of three now. Homes are taking weeks instead of days to sell, and more inventory is available.  "But three showings a week is really still a good market," Wolfe said. "It's a little bit more of a normal market than the boom we've had for the last two years."

  • Dallas Morning News, July 18, 2022
December
1

RMDFW Setting New Record in the Exurbs

31% of Closings in Exurb Counties

Forget Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties.  The move is on to the exurbs.   This month, November 2021, 31% of all RMDFW home closings were NOT in the main four metro counties.   The closings were in Kaufman, Rockwall, Ellis, Grayson, Hood and Johnson counties – the new exurb counties of the Metroplex.  Affordable, new housing is sprouting up 25, 35, 45 miles away from Dallas – and young millennial families are snatching them up.  One year ago, 15% of all November RMDFW closings were new homes sales.  This November it is about 42% - a huge increase.  Since there is a lack of inventory for new homebuyers, they are moving further out to the exurbs.   Kaufman County (Heartland, Forney, Crandall) leads the way, then Rockwall County (Royce City, Fate), then Grayson (Van Alstyne, Melissa).

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. 

January
4

This Is a Great Reason to Move to Plano, TX

Plano Cost of Living

Wouldn't it be nice to live in a city where you can have it all, without breaking the bank? While so many of the most popular cities to call home come with a cost of living that's significantly higher than average, that isn't the case when you live in Plano, TX. Plano offers all of the benefits of the best cities, with an affordable cost of living that makes it easy to enjoy all the city has to offer. Our real estate agents have all the details on the affordable cost of living in Plano and why it's such a great place to call home.

  • Plano Is an Affordable City with so Much to Offer
    According to REALTOR® Magazine, Plano has the 15th lowest cost of living of any city in the country. The rankings are calculated based on the combination of utilities, food, essential services, and the monthly cost of living. Add it all up, and Plano costs about $1,750 per month to live, which puts it on par with cities like Virginia Beach, VA, and Tulsa, OK. That is less than half the cost of some of the most expensive cities in the country, like San Francisco ($4,315 per month), New York City ($4,178 per month), and Boston ($3,426 per month).

  • Why Choose a City with a Low Cost of Living?
    When you shop for Plano homes for sale, you can be confident that you will make the most of your income in your new city. A lower cost of living impacts life in so many positive ways and may even influence your home search. When you know you will have lower monthly costs, you may be able to buy "more home for your money" and dedicate more of your budget to your home. Even after you close the deal on your home, a low cost of living leaves more money to customize your property and keep up with maintenance needs without tapping into emergency funds.

  • Plano Offers an Affordable Cost of Living Combined with Excellent Income
    When you analyze many of the cities with the lowest cost of living, you will find that those cities also have a comparatively low-income rate compared to more expensive cities. That is not the case in Plano, where you will find an affordable lifestyle combined with income numbers that actually beat many more expensive cities. The average household income for Plano residents is actually more than $88,000, which checks in more than $30,000 above the average city in the United States. 

  • How Will You Make the Most of Your Money in Plano?
    Ultimately, the benefits of strong income numbers and an affordable cost of living depend on the individual. Do you dream of buying a home that you can customize to your heart's content? Would you like to boost your savings for a rainy day or put away money to send your kids to a great college? What about making the most of your downtime, with extra money for entertainment, travel, and exploring the city? When you live in Plano, you can truly have the best of both worlds.

Are you searching for a vibrant, affordable city where you can make the most of your money? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Plano, TX area.

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.

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. 

October
26

Questions to Ask Your Realtor During a Video Tour

Questions During Video Tour - Home for Sale - RE/MAX DFW Associates

If you're interested in buying a home, you may live in another city and find it difficult to travel to see each house you're interested in. Or perhaps you'd simply like to save some time and rule some houses in or out without seeing them in person. That's why video tours of homes for sale are becoming more and more popular with prospective homebuyers.

Our real estate agents suggest that you ask your REALTOR the following questions during a video tour:

  • Do you notice any indoor or outside odors?
    Your agent should be able to tell you if there are any unusual or unpleasant smells in the home, including those associated with pets, sewage, or a musty odor. Outside smells are also important to note so you can make sure the home isn't located near a garbage dump, paper mill, or other industrial site.

  • Is there anything you see that might be a concern?
    Since your agent is actually in the home, he or she can spot details that may not be visible to you via video. Cracks, signs of water damage chipped molding, and other issues your agent sees can then be called to your attention.

  • Are there any noises you hear inside and outside the home? 
    You'll want to know if the agent can hear any noises such as traffic, loud music coming from the neighbors, or crowds from a nearby public area.

  • Can I see the views from the windows?
    You'll want to know what you'd be looking at from each of the windows if you bought the home, so ask your agent to open any window treatments and show you the view from each window.

  • Can I see the rooms from different angles?
    To get a true sense of what the home really looks like, you'll need to see each room from different angles. This will help you visualize where rooms and fixtures are in relation to one another and where doorways and windows are located.

  • Can you measure certain areas for me?
    You may need to know, for example, if your dining room table will fit in the room where you'll eat. Or maybe you wonder if your entertainment center will fit where you envision it. Ask your agent to measure certain specific areas so you'll know for sure if your furniture will fit as you'd like it to.

  • Does anything look different than what you expected?
    Photos can sometimes allow a seller to accentuate or minimize a particular feature, so ask your agent if he or she is surprised by how anything in the home actually looks in person.

  • Can you zoom in on certain areas?  
    You may want to get a good close look at certain areas, such as the kitchen appliances or cabinets, to see if they have any flaws when viewed more closely.

  • Can I see the landscaping, and does it look well maintained?
    Make sure you see the outside of the home, taking the time to see the landscaping to see if it's attractive and well maintained.

  • Can you show me the neighborhood?
    Ask your agent if he or she can show you the houses next door as well as a view down the street. You need to get a good idea of how close the home is to other houses and how well other homes are maintained.

Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for more information about taking a video tour of Dallas homes for sale. We offer this service for your convenience and would be happy to answer any questions about the homes you tour. 

October
19

Order Amazing Cakes for Any Occasion Around the DFW

Cake Bakeries - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

As culinary icon Julia Child so aptly stated, "A party without a cake is just a meeting." Our real estate agents happily agree that any occasion becomes even more special with a tasty, beautifully-made cake. Add the icing on top of your next event when you order a custom cake from one of these top bakeries around the DFW. 

  • CC's Cupcake Heaven - West Fort Worth, TX
    Whether you're hosting a formal party or an intimate family gathering, CC's Cupcake Heaven has you covered. Full-size cakes may be customized to make your personal vision a reality. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes come in dozens of mouthwatering flavors, such as Coffee Caramel Crunch, Kit-Kat Creation, and Raspberry Lemonade. Bite-sized cake pops serve double duty as edible decorations or favors. Order by phone, text, or website for pickup only minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Delicious Cakes - 14819 Inwood Rd., Addison, TX 75001
    The name says it all. For more than 25 years, founders Butch and Ruthie Stivers and their family have been serving Delicious Cakes to the area near Addison homes for sale. In addition to classic layer cakes, the bakery offers full-size, mini, and loaf Bundt cakes in several fun flavors, including Bourbon & Pecans and Kahlua-Mocha.  Need a last-minute cake? Check out the selection in the pastry case. Delicious Cakes opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Cake-aholics - 4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 416, Arlington, TX 76016
    Satisfy your most extreme cake dreams at Cake-aholics, a bakery close to Arlington homes for sale, where art and taste receive equal priority. Owner Matthew Wohlkinger, a native of South Africa, is a formally-trained pastry chef who took home $10,000 for his creative birthday cake on Food Network's WINNER CAKE ALL. While Cake-aholics offers an extensive menu of cake and filling flavors, everything is scratch-made, so they're happy to accommodate your requests. Craving variety? Ask about their selections of cheesecakes, tarts, cream puffs, and other specialty desserts. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Rum Cakes Factory - 1628 W. Hebron Pkwy., Suite 112, Carrollton, TX 75010
    Rum cakes are a traditional holiday treat, but once you taste the delicious products of Rum Cakes Factory, you'll want them any time of the year. While rum cakes are generally vanilla- or chocolate-flavored, owner Jorge Saab infuses the popular liquor in red velvet, lemon, coconut, carrot, and just about any cake flavor you can think of. Alcohol content is less than 0.5 percent, but those who prefer to abstain can choose from tres leches cake, tiramisu, and other alcohol-free options. In August, Jorge opened a second location by Plano homes for sale. The original bakery, just down the street from Carrollton homes for sale, opens at noon Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Daisy Cakes - 5200 Lemmon Ave., Suite 101, Dallas TX 75209
    On its own, Daisy Cakes is a charming name for a bakery. It also has a special meaning for owner Michele Dowdy, who chose it to honor her mother. Daisy Cakes' motto is, "Baking Special Memories," and that's been true for the many customers around Dallas homes for sale who rave about the extraordinary service that goes along with the remarkable cakes. Dozens of available cake flavors include hummingbird, a banana-pineapple spice cake that's a Southern favorite. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

What cake will you choose to celebrate your new home in the DFW? Contact us for help with all your local real estate needs.

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
28

Driveway Driving You Crazy? 4 Ways to Improve It

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Even though most homeowners use their driveways every day, it's a commonly overlooked area when it's time for home maintenance and upgrades. If your driveway is starting to show its age or is need of a little TLC, you have a few options to get it looking its best.

Before you add your property to the inventory of Dallas homes for sale, taking care of any driveway issues will ensure your home shows well with potential buyers and help you maximize its value. Here are some options to help you improve your driveway.

  1. Repair the Bad Spots in Your Driveway
    If you have crumbling areas or small cracks in your driveway, one way to improve its look and smooth the surface is to repair these bad spots. As long as the cracks in your driveway haven't damaged its foundation and are relatively small, you can repair them with a product intended for use in driveway crack repair.

    For areas with more intensive damage, you may be able to fill the holes with patching material. While this material will help you even the surface of your driveway, it usually only lasts a few years and it won't look as nice as your original driveway. 
  1. Resurface Your Driveway
    Resurfacing involves replacing the top layer of your driveway (versus removing and replacing the entire thing). It's a cost-effective option for homeowners whose driveways are in need of more surface-level extensive repairs.
    Your driveway will look brand-new, and the results will last for years. It's also possible to add colors or patterns when you have your driveway resurfaced. However, resurfacing isn't a good alternative if you have any foundation issues that you need to remedy. 
  1. Replace Your Driveway
    Keep your overall budget, maintenance preferences, and ideal aesthetic in mind when choosing a new driveway. For example, gravel is a cheap, eco-conscious alternative, but it tends to suit homes with a rustic aesthetic the best. It also needs to be replaced every year or two. A brick driveway offers a classic look and can last for 20 or 30 years. However, it should be pressure-washed and re-sealed once or twice a year to keep it clean and protected from the elements.

    If you're tired of your current driveway's appearance or if it has structural problems that you need to fix, replacing it will enable you to remedy these issues. You have a lot of options to choose from should you decide to replace your driveway. Some of the top alternatives are:
    • Concrete
    • Gravel
    • Asphalt
    • Paving Stones
    • Bricks
    • Crushed stones
  1. Upgrade Your Driveway
    Give your home optimal curb appeal by upgrading your home's driveway. Our real estate agents know that homebuyers value storage, and this includes space for their vehicles. Increasing the size of your driveway will make your home more appealing and ensure there's ample room for all your recreational vehicles

    Or, you might prefer to upgrade to a customized look by adding a cobblestone or basalt driveway. While less common driveway options require a skilled contractor to ensure their quality, they help your home stand out from other properties in your neighborhood. 

Ready to explore other homes in your area? Contact us today to get started!

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.

August
31

Don't Let Your Credit Score Hold You Back from Your First Home

Credit Score - First-Time Homebuyers – RE/MAX DFW Associates

Our real estate agents here at RE/MAX DFW Associates know that sellers have been bouncing back in our area for weeks now. It's about time for buyers to join the excitement and check out all of the great Dallas homes for sale that are hitting the market!

And that market is right for first-time home buyers.

Many people put off the decision to buy a home because they aren't sure about their finances or worry about their credit. With historic low interest rates, however, now's the time to test the waters. If you're interested in buying a home, you can begin working on your credit and make a big difference.

Your credit score is a numerical rating that helps lenders understand your financial habits. A higher credit score represents someone who is more likely to pay debts on time, making them a safer bet. 

Although your credit score is important, it doesn't have to be perfect!

By starting the right habits today, you can make a significant difference in your credit even if you only have a few weeks or months before you apply for a mortgage loan. Current "creditworthy" behavior is often weighed more heavily by lenders than any credit problems you had in the past.

Here's how you can get off to the right start by building your credit:

  1. Check Your Credit Report for Mistakes
    Your credit score is derived from information in your credit report, which can be hundreds of pages long. It lists all your current debts and obligations as well as your payment history. You can access your report for free online once a year – contest any mistakes you find and you could gain a few credit points.

  2. Pay Debts in Full If You Can
    If you have a few credit cards you can pay off quickly, go for it! Reducing the amount of total credit you use (while still having access to it) raises your score. For larger debts, it's best to start with the card that has the highest APR, then go on to the next highest, and so on in order.

  3. Put Other Plans on Pause for Now
    When you're looking for a new home, pump the brakes on a new auto loan or any other major debts. If you get approved for other financing, it can throw off your debt-to-income ratio, which makes it harder to get the best mortgage interest rates. A better rate could save you thousands of dollars!

  4. Mop Up Older Debts
    When it comes to debt, it's always best to communicate, agree on a payment plan, or make partial payment. If any debts fall into collections, always deal with those first. If you pay off a debt that has been around for a while, be sure you get written proof showing that it is paid in full.

  5. Revisit Your Budget
    Opportunities to spend less can help you improve your credit when the money you save goes to your debts. It's always a wise idea to take a close look at your budget and see if anything could be changed. That can give you a head start on writing a household budget and finding a great, affordable home.

  6. Use Programs for First-Time Buyers
    The federal government has created many different programs for first-time buyers. These allow buyers with lower credit scores to access funding with low or no down payment, and are often insured by the government, helping lenders and borrowers alike.

Getting a great mortgage starts with finding the right home – and there's no better ally than RE/MAX DFW Associates. Contact us to learn more.

July
27

'Pick' Your Way to These DFW Guitar Shops

Guitar Shops - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Whether you've been playing the guitar for years, or you just want to take up a new hobby, you'll find everything need at these shops around the DFW. Our real estate agents share their favorite places for all things guitar.

  • Charley's Guitar Shop - 2720 Royal Lane #100, Dallas, TX 75229
    A mainstay of the DFW music community, Charley's Guitar Shop has been buying and selling guitars and amps for more than 30 years. Located just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale, they have an incredible selection of instruments and gear, including acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, and more. Charley's also offers guitar lessons and a full range of guitar repairs and restorations. 

  • Wick's Guitar Shop - 3535 W. 7th St. Suite A1, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    If your guitar needs some work, Wicks Guitar Shop is the place to take it in Fort Worth. Offering everything from basic setups and restrings to extensive rebuilding and electronics repairs, there's no problem too big or too small for their experienced luthiers. A stone's throw from some of the most beautiful Fort Worth homes for sale, Wick's Guitar Shop will have your guitar looking and sounding better than ever. 

  • Texas Guitar Ranch - 3206 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021
    With a name like Texas Guitar Ranch, you can be sure you're going to have a great experience before you even walk in the door. The place doesn't disappoint, offering a Lone Star State-sized selection of guitars, both new and vintage, acoustic and electric. Right around the corner from these Bedford Homes for Sale, Texas Guitar Ranch also offers a hard-to-beat selection of amps, keyboards, drums, ukuleles, and folk instruments, plus accessories like picks, tuners, and capos. 

  • Shake Rag Music Store - 4112 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX 75204
    Something close to heaven on earth for music lovers, Shake Rag Music Store sells guitars, but they also offer a whole lot more. In addition to a deep assortment of quality vintage guitars, Shake Rage Music Store is one of the best places in DFW to find music memorabilia, vinyl records, turntables, vintage gear, and music-related oddities of all kinds. They also have a very friendly cat who will probably come say hello. 

  • Tone Shop Guitars - 15317 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001
    One of the newest guitar shops in the DFW area, Tone Shop Guitars boasts the biggest acoustic guitar showroom in North Texas. They're no slouch when it comes to electric guitars, pedals, and amps either, rivaling giants like Guitar Center when it comes to selection. They also have a friendly staff and a convenient location near these Addison homes for sale.

  • Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars - 3738 Haggar Way #108, Dallas, TX 75209
    The name might be a mouthful, but Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars more than lives up to its advertising. Originally founded in St. Louis in 1994, Killer Vintage Specialty Guitars offers an incredible stock of vintage Fender and Gibson electric guitars. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better selection of high-end vintage guitars in the DFW. 

Before you head out to any of these shops, we encourage you to call to confirm business hours, as times may be temporarily changed.

Contact us today to learn more about life in DFW and talk to our team of real estate agents about finding your dream home in North Texas!

July
13

Buyers: Should You Put in an Offer Sight Unseen?

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If you're looking to move to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, house hunting can be complicated by the commute to open houses and other viewings. If you spot a particularly appealing choice among the Dallas homes for sale, you may consider making an offer before you're able to tour the house in person. This option has its risks, but with some caution, making an offer before you have a chance to see the house in real life can pay off. 

  • Take A New Look 
    Making an offer sight unseen is much less literal than it used to be. With services such as Facetime, Zoom, and Skype, it's possible to take a virtual tour. A seller may arrange for a virtual open house to show off their home to potential buyers, or you may ask for a personal virtual viewing. Low-tech options include hiring a home inspector or even a trusted friend to tour the property and take notes. Our real estate agents will be happy to facilitate a viewing that meets the needs of buyers and sellers alike.

  • Working In The Dark
    Virtual tours can be challenging if you're not used to the technology and may gloss over elements you should inspect more closely. Virtual tours may pay little attention to the outdoor spaces, focusing instead on the house itself. You don't get a chance to tour the neighborhood or view the street the house is on, and online data on the neighborhood may be outdated. A virtual tour, while helpful, shouldn't be your only information on the house or the area the house is in. You'll need to do more careful research when making an offer on a house you cannot personally view.

  • A New Insight 
    Online research into the neighborhood, combined with virtual tours and the help of a real estate agent and a licensed house inspector, can help you expand the area of your house hunt well beyond the areas you can commute to for in-person viewings. You may get broader insights into the area where you plan to move than if you'd stuck to just in-person viewings alone. A house inspector can spot issues that homebuyers just don't have the experience to readily identify. A friend you trust to inspect the house won't be under the same pressure you might feel to make an offer, and is free to be more discerning.  Every precaution you should take when making an offer sight unseen will make your house hunt a better one, even with properties you have the chance to view in person. 

While you may prefer to wait to view a property in person, making an offer before you can see a house can be a sound purchasing decision. We'd love to discuss your home viewing options with you. Please contact us today. 

June
22

Farm Fresh: Where to Stock Up On Local Produce Around the DFW

Farm-Fresh Produce - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

One of the many advantages of living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is our generally warm weather and long growing season. This makes it possible to enjoy local produce throughout the year as you add a burst of color, flavor, and nutrition to your family's diet.

The area is home to many farmers markets that feature produce from a variety of local vendors and serve as a community gathering spot where you can take in the sights and smells of delicious local crops. If you're planning a visit, you can sign up to receive newsletters from many markets to let you know more about their vendors and special events.

Our real estate agents recommend making a stop at the following farmers markets to get a taste of local produce in Dallas-Fort Worth.

  • Denton Community Market - 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201 
    You'll find plenty of locally grown produce at Denton Community Market, as well as other goodies including cheeses, eggs, pickles, local honey, and microgreens. While its traditional April opening was delayed this year, Denton Community Market is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Stop in after looking at Denton homes for sale.

  • The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market - 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, TX 75201 
    Looking at Dallas homes for sale? Stopping at The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market will let you buy all types of seasonal fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. You can even have your choice of farm-fresh items delivered to you curbside by placing your order online and choosing a pickup time from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Just bring along your digital copy of your receipt. You can also buy a pre-selected bag of seasonal produce with items such as swiss chard, cucumbers, summer squash, strawberries, and much more. Each bag contains well over a week's worth of produce from local farmers.

  • Cowtown Farmers Market - 3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76116
    Check out the Cowtown Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, conveniently located near Fort Worth homes for sale. You'll find plenty of produce, including strawberries, arugula, and radishes, to add to your meals, and everything at the market is either grown, raised, or produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth. 

  • The Clearfork Farmers Market - 4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109  
    Open year-round (when the temperature's higher than 40 degrees), The Clearfork Farmers Market features produce and other offerings from over 25 local farmers, ranchers, and artisan vendors. It's open from 8 a.m.-noon throughout most of the year, with hours shortening to 9 p.m.-noon in the winter.

  • Coppell Farmers Market - 768 W. Main St. Coppell, TX 75019 
    Visit the Coppell Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays after touring Coppell homes for sale, and you'll find a variety of locally grown, seasonal, and fresh produce. All vendors are located within a 150-mile radius of Coppell, and in some cases, the produce you buy was picked just the day before you purchased it. The market also has a farm-themed playground along with an interactive fountain area.

Contact us today if you're interested in buying a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Our RE/MAX DFW Associates are knowledgeable about our community and will be happy to help you find your dream home and find out for yourself just what makes living in DFW so special!

June
15

Your Kitchen Reno Doesn't Have to Break the Bank

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Kitchens pose a unique challenge when you're looking to update your home. They have to be highly functional workspaces and feel inviting. Completely renovating a kitchen would involve removing built-in cabinets and moving major appliances—an expensive and disruptive endeavor. But you can give your kitchen a whole new look on a modest budget. The Dallas homes for sale that we show can serve as inspiration, but you should also consider the following ideas. 

  • Shed New Light on the Subject
    Changing your lighting can make a world of difference in the look and feel of your kitchen. A fixture with a ceiling fan can cool things off in the summer. Under-cabinet lighting can make it easier for you to work if your counter space is mostly under wall cabinets. If you have a flush-mounted ceiling light, changing the fixture may be as simple as unscrewing the old and attaching the new.

  • A Hint of Tint
    Paint is a tried and true method of changing the look of a room, but when that room has built-in cabinets and flooring that is designed for high traffic and water resistance, your options change a bit. The kitchen ceiling and area above the backsplash, however, are ideal for pastels, brights, and if your painting skills are up to it, subtle trompe l'oeil effects.

  • Backsplash Changes Are Back
    Your backsplash needs to be durable and water-resistant, but it doesn't need to be boring. Stamped tin or copper will add a romantic gleam to a kitchen, and tiles of varying materials and colors can be used to create a colorful mosaic-like effect. If you'd like to show off bold appliances, however, subway tile provides a backdrop that won't overpower them.

  • Show Your Metal 
    Form and function can unite when you update your cabinet and drawer pulls. In the kitchen, you need cabinet hardware that will allow you to get the flour when your hands are sticky, oily, or wet. Changing the hardware will update your kitchen's look and make your kitchen easier to use.

  • Put On A Show 
    Decorative elements need not involve permanent or extensive changes. Choose embroidered or printed kitchen towels to give your kitchen a vintage touch. Display your most beautiful china or bakeware on open shelves. Place pots of herbs in the window for their color and scent, and to have them ready for the clipping in a recipe. A floor mat designed for kitchens can add a needed pop of color and be kind to your feet if you've been on them all day. Small decorative elements can be ideal if you're not ready to make a commitment to more extensive changes. 

Our real estate agents have long admired the impeccable style of DFW-area kitchens. We'd love to chat with you about your home. Contact us soon.

May
26

Where You Should Put Your Remodeling Dollars?

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Remodeling your home is a way to make it more functional and enjoyable for years to come. But what if you're planning to sell your house? It's unfortunate but true: not every home remodeling project offers a great return on investment. In fact, no project recoups all the money you put into it, but some come close. Before you tear the whole place up, consider the cost versus the value, and make sure you're investing in upgrades that make sense, cost-wise.

Our real estate agents suggest the following remodeling projects for your Dallas homes for sale.

  • Minor Kitchen Remodel
    Because it is the most frequently used and commented-upon room in a house, there's a good deal of value in an inviting kitchen. A modern kitchen can add value to your home, and on average, you can recoup more than 80% of the renovation cost. You need to be careful, however, by considering the cost versus the value. For instance, based on the cost of your home, will it make sense to install marble or granite countertops? Take a look at costs when remodeling kitchens. Things like getting new, more energy-efficient appliances, replacing hardware, refacing cabinets, installing a new sink and faucet, adding a window over the sink, or repainting and adding new flooring can add considerable appeal.

  • Bathrooms
    If you've ever lived in a house with inadequate bathrooms, then you know just how important these rooms are to homebuyers. Adding or updating bathrooms, especially a master bath, can considerably increase your home's sale appeal. A master suite with plenty of square footage and spacious showers are what buyers are looking for. Updating features and adding whirlpool tubs, steam showers, heated floors, ceramic tile floors, ample storage, and low-flow toilets will serve you well. You can create half-baths out of small closets.

  • Landscape and Curb Appeal
    First impressions matter and if your house doesn't look appeal from the outside, it's more likely that home shoppers will never make it inside. A good first impression can add five percent to the value of your home. If your home's exterior is fading or outdated, painting and sprucing your shutters is an excellent place to start your improvement. The driveway or walkway should be paved properly, and your landscaping should be beautifully manicured. Little improvements like adding easy-to-care-for perennials can make a big difference too!

  • Add a Deck
    If your house has a big yard, adding a wooden deck can enhance outdoor enjoyment. You are likely to recoup more than 75 percent of your wooden desk costs come sale time. Outdoor living space is one of the top priorities for today's homeowners, and they are looking for something more than the outdated plain planks. So, if you choose to install a deck, take some time to come up with an interesting plan or shape and consider adding features such as built-in benches, fire pit, or garden beds. Use higher grade materials to make it easier to maintain and increase the life of the deck.

  • Increase Light and Space
    Dark and cramped rooms are not good, so increasing a little light can go a long way. Opening up small rooms that block the flow of natural light is one way to increase your property's appeal. Add some skylights to floor your home in light. Also, consider knowing down some walls or changing to an open floor plan to brighten up a space and make it feel much larger. 

Contact us today for more ideas on getting your home ready to sell. Our team can suggest improvements that will make your home appealing to buyers and will let you recoup your investment.

May
11

Dallas: Find Your Inner Green Thumb

Gardening Tips - Dallas - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Gardeners are so lucky in the Dallas area. With a little bit of effort, you can grow vegetable crops almost all year long in our warm, sunny climate. That long growing season is also great for producing abundant flowers that nourish butterflies in spring, summer and fall.

Our real estate agents can help you find just the right gardening spot among all our Dallas homes for sale.

In the meantime, here are some things to know about gardening in North Texas, and some recommendations for spring and summer planting.

Lone Star Weather: Tough on Gardeners

Weather in North Texas tends to be changeable, and that's truer than ever in these warmer times. During our recent spring, we've seen 95-degree days, followed by a norther that sent the mercury plummeting down to the 30s. Those sudden changes can be tough on gardens, so research plants carefully before you buy. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in Dallas should be your go-to source for sustaining your garden through inclement weather. 

Garden experts abound in North Texas and can advise you on protecting plants from sudden frosts or too much summer sun. For instance, situating plants sensitive to frost by a sunny wall in a warm microclimate can help, as can erecting a vine-covered trellis to shade plants prone to withering from harsh afternoon sun. 

Also, watch out for exposed locations where fierce spring winds may wreak havoc, drying out or breaking your tender vegetables or flowers. Planting or erecting windbreaks can help.

Pests

It's warm here most of the year, and in summer, it's downright hot. Warm climates usually have an abundance of garden pests and diseases that plague gardens, so be prepared. While some gardeners may adopt a regimen of spraying with chemicals, organic gardening experts support more earth-friendly methods such as using organic fertilizer, compost, and mulch; using organic applications to control garden pests and diseases; and planting plants adapted for our climate. 

How to Plant

One of the best garden designs for our area is the raised bed. Raised beds keep plant roots from bogging down in our clayey soils during wet spells. A 4-foot by 6-foot frame (these are available commercially) can get you started.

Double dig your planting spot to get rid of any rocks or roots. Place the frame, making sure it's level and bracing it to keep sides from bowing. Fill it with layers of garden soil and compost, then plant plants, seeds, or seedlings. Cover with mulch. Add extra beds if you have room.

Best Plants for North Texas

When choosing plant material, you'd do well to study Texas A&M's recommendations for EarthKind landscaping. The recommended plants stand up to the heat and drought of North Texas, having lower water needs than many other plants. 

  1. Vegetables
    After March 12, which is considered the last date for frost in our area, you can plant cucumbers, lima beans, tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers, radishes, and snap beans. In late April, plant watermelon, eggplant, okra, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

    In July, plant sweet and hot peppers, okra, and tomatoes to harvest in the fall.

    In August, plant broccoli, parsley, okra, onion, squash, collards, and watermelon for the fall.

  2. Flowers
    In May, plant hot-weather annuals, including periwinkles, salvia, zinnias, coleus, and portulaca. June annuals might include purslane, caladiums, Mexican heather, begonia, and hibiscus.

    In August, plant perennials that flower in the fall, including Mexican mint marigold, rain lilies, and chrysanthemums. 

We can help you find a dream home in Dallas where you can make your garden grow. Contact us today.

April
27

What's That Noise? Common House Noises and How to Fix Them

Common House Noises - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Creaks, groans, bangs, clanks—houses make all kinds of weird noises. Most of them aren't anything to worry about, but some could indicate a serious problem. Our real estate agents have just about heard them all, and we're here to offers some advice on how to identify and fix some common house sounds.

  • Whining Windows
    Chances are you've heard the ghostly sound of wind whistling through a drafty window. It can be downright unsettling if you don't know what it is, but once you've identified the source, leaky windows are usually an easy fix. In most cases, all it takes is a bit of caulk or weather stripping to seal air leaks around old windows, though if you live in an old house with a lot of drafty windows, you might want to think about replacing them to improve energy efficiency.

  • Scratching in the Walls
    If you hear something that sounds like scratching or scurrying inside your wall, you probably have some uninvited guests. Pests like squirrels, mice, and rats—even raccoons in some cases—are the likely culprits. If so, it's best to call an exterminator as soon as possible. Critters like these can chew through siding and insulation, and may even chomp on electric wires. 

  • Clanking Radiator
    Old radiators make sounds that range from faint scrapes and clanks to loud bangs that can wake you up every time the heat kicks in. The usual cause is poor drainage, leading to condensed steam getting caught in the pipes. You can solve the problem by inserting some wooden shims under one side of the radiator so that it's tipped slightly back toward the boiler.

  • Mysterious Running Water
    It's normal to hear running water inside your walls when someone turns on the sink, flushes the toilet, or runs the dishwasher. It's not normal to hear running water when no water-using appliances are on. The first thing you should check is the toilet tank to see if it's running. If so, it's an easy fix using this tutorial. If not, locate your home's main water shutoff valve and turn it off. If that puts a stop to the running water sound, that probably means you have a leak somewhere and should call a plumber as soon as possible. 

  • Rattling Pipes
    If your water pipes make a rattling sound when in use, it probably means they aren't anchored correctly. Try this: wrap the pipes in rubber pipe insulation, and use metal pipe straps every four feet to anchor them to the wall.

  • Furnace Whistling
    We sometimes hear reports of furnaces making a "whistling" or "sucking" sound. As a general rule, if your furnace starts making a new and alarming sound, you should probably call an HVAC professional as soon as possible. But that whistling sound is most likely the result of a simple clogged air filter. When that happens, the furnace will try to pull air around the filter, which puts a huge strain on the system. Remember to change your filters once a month during the heating season!

  • Bubbling Water Heater
    It's generally recommended that all homeowners drain and flush out their water heater every six months. If you don't, it can result in a lot of sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank. All that sediment will eventually start to come loose, resulting in a bubbling or crackling sound when the water heater turns on. 

Contact us today to learn more about diagnosing common household noises. We've spent years connecting families with beautiful Dallas homes for sale, and we're here to help with all your home ownership questions. 

March
2

Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K

Dallas Running Trails - RE/MAX DFW Associates

If you're a runner looking at Dallas homes for sale, you'll be glad to know that there are a ton of cool 5K races coming up in the Dallas area! Whether you're looking for a color run, want to run at the zoo, or prefer your 5K with tacos and cerveza, you'll find what you're looking for this spring!

To make sure you're ready to enjoy your next race, you'll want to start training right away. Some of our real estate agents enjoy spending their free time on the area's best local running trails. Here are a few of their favorites. 

  1. Katy Trail - Access at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas
    Probably the most popular and well-known trail in Dallas, the historic Katy Trail has become a landmark destination. It's built on an old railroad line and currently spans 3.5 miles. This trail is great for walkers, joggers, runners, and bikers. It's perfect for the whole family and even your furry friend. There are also several places you can stop along the way for a bite to eat and other entertainment.

  2. Trinity Skyline Trail - Access at Trammell Crow Park, 3700 Sylvan Ave, Dallas
    The 4.5 mile Trinity Skyline Trail is another local favorite, thanks to the stunning views of downtown Dallas. It's easy to access this open trail from several entry points, including by the Continental Avenue Bridge off Trammell Crow Park, or by the Trinity River Overlook near Trinity Groves. This also gives you the perfect opportunity to grab a snack before or after your run.

  3. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - 2875 Pierce St., Dallas
    Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
    offers runners 8 miles of hiking and biking trails through 121 acres of wildflower meadows and woodland areas. The trail consists of six loops so you can choose just how far you want to go. The springtime is a wonderful time to enjoy this trail, thanks to seemingly endless spans of blooming wildflowers. Want to stop for a snack and refuel? You'll have opportunities to visit local restaurants at the intersections of Illinois & Hampton and Illinois & Westmoreland.

  4. North Shore Trail - Access at Rockledge Park, 3600 Pilot Point, Grapevine
    Located not far from some of the best Grapevine homes for sale, the North Shore Trail offers stunning views of the lake's North Shore. This dirt trail stretches 10 miles and also offers incredible, Instagram-worthy views of the lakeside cliffs. This makes it one of the most popular biking and hiking trails in North Texas.

  5. White Rock Lake - 8300 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas
    The nine-mile paved path around White Rock Lake will also give you an incredible experience. It's perfect for running, biking, or just taking a leisurely walk. While you're at the park, you can also enjoy bird watching, kayaking, or stop for a picnic lunch. Other amenities at White Rock Lake include the Dallas Arboretum, White Rock Lake Museum, and the Bath House Cultural Center. This makes it the perfect destination to go for a run and then stay for the day.

  6. Sam Houston Trail Park - 101 I-635, Irving
    The paved 22-mile pathway along the river at Sam Houston Trail Park is great for running, walking, biking, and rollerblading and is also close to Irving home for sale. There are plenty of benches along the trail in case you want to stop and take a rest.  There's also an exercise station so you can easily add some additional challenges to your training routine.

  7. Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas
    Looking for a more natural running experience? Head over to Cedar Ridge Preserve! This nine-mile wooded trail near Arlington offers you the chance to encounter plenty of nature while on your run.

Are you ready to find your dream home in the Dallas area? The professionals at RE/MAX DFW Associates are here to help you sprint to the finish line and close the deal on your perfect home. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

February
3

7 Dallas Restaurants for Valentine's Day Dining

Dallas Dining for Valentine's Day - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Valentine's Day is a day to shower your better half with gifts and tokens of appreciation more than any other day of the year. And it's not really Valentine's Day without a romantic dinner, complete with a magnificent bottle of wine, candles, and mood lighting.

Our real estate agents have sampled some of the best Dallas restaurants for Valentine's Day dining. We hope that you will be able to find a sweet spot for this intimate occasion, whether you are a Dallas resident or just looking for Dallas homes for sale.

  1. Oak Dallas - 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. #110, Dallas, TX 75207
    Opened in 2012, Oak Dallas turns out a terrific, seasonal array of dishes, including wood-grilled steak and fresh seafood, along with a polished décor and an inviting ambiance. Featuring an impressive wine list and hand-squeezed cocktails, Oak Dallas is not slacking off when it comes to drinks either. Oak Dallas will be featuring a $95+ four-course prix fixe menu on Valentine's Day.

  2. 12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse - # 18010 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287
    12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse serves special Brazilian and Argentinian prime meat, sumptuous homemade desserts, and specialty sides. The restaurant's 2020 Valentine's Day Special Menu features $46.85 per person tableside service of fire-roasted, charcoal grill meats and a fresh salad bar with unlimited access to more than 40 items.

  3. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - Uptown Dallas - 2000 McKinney, Dallas, TX 75201
    Perry's Steakhouse & Grille is known for serving the best hand-selected, USDA-aged prime beef and seven-finger-high pork chop carved tableside. The restaurant will be offering a three-course prix fixe menu featuring nine entree choices for $60 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and $75 from 5:45 until close on Valentine's Day. Only this prix fixe menu will be available.

  4. Boulevardier - 408 N. Bishop Ave. #108, Dallas, TX 75208, United States
    Located in the historic and beautiful Bishop Arts District, Boulevardier is a French-inspired bistro offering a wide selection of oysters, steaks, chicken, and fish. The restaurant's Valentine's Day menu features a special four-course prix fixe menu at $110 per person + $50 optional wine pairing.

  5. Rapscallion - 2023 Greenville Ave. #110, Dallas, TX 75206
    Rapscallion is a Southern-influenced boulevardier serving updated Southern fare, including Nashville-style hot chicken and more. Rapscallion will be offering a Valentine's Day special three-course prix fixe menu at $80 per person + $30 optional wine pairing. The regular menu will not be available on Valentine's Day.

  6. 18th & Vine Barbeque - 4100 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    18th & Vine BBQ is an upscale Kansas City barbeque that turns out Kansas City-style smoked meats in abundance. This establishment features a full bar with an extensive list of beer, wines, and cocktails. 18th & Vine Barbeque will be offering regular menu options on Valentine's Day.

  7. Eddie V's - 4023 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    Eddie V's offers a mouth-watering seafood & steak menu, an impressive wine list featuring over 200 wines, plus a cocktail lounge featuring live jazz. Eddie V's will be offering their regular menu this Valentine's Day.

Are you looking to move to the Dallas area this Valentine's Day? RE/MAX DFW Associates can help. Our real estate agents will work to ensure that you get a nice, comfy home for you and your loved one in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact us for more information.

January
20

Real Estate Rescue: Yes, Your Agent Can Help with That

Real Estate Agent Help - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Our real estate agents are always working hard to connect our clients with the best Dallas homes for sale. Many clients, especially first-time buyers, are surprised by all we can do for them. A real estate agent is your guide through the whole home-buying process. If there's a question we don't know the answer to, we know where to find it! We strive to be our clients' top resource.

But agents don't just answer questions: They're also there to solve problems. No matter what comes up, a good agent will equip you with the knowledge and options to make a sound decision. Sometimes, the process of buying a house is smooth and easy. Most of the time, though, there are tricky choices to be made at one point or another. Your agent simplifies the issues.

Let's look at some of the unexpected ways agents can "rescue" their clients:

  1. Help You With Loan Preapproval
    Loan preapproval is the last step before a formal package, which you only get once you choose a home to bid on. Your agent can connect you with a lender who offers loan programs suited to your needs. You can also get advice on strategies around closing costs and other money issues.

  2. Help You Select a Home Inspector
    A trusted local agent has deep industry connections at all levels of the buying process. That makes it easy for them to orchestrate administrative tasks, such as finding a home inspector. An inspection is essential for ensuring no major repair bills are lurking around the corner!

  3. Help You Purchase a FSBO Home
    A "for sale by owner" (FSBO) home is one that has been placed on the market without the help of an agent on the seller side. As a buyer, though, your agent can bridge the gap and assist you during the purchase. An experienced agent will make it seamless.

  4. Help You Negotiate a Purchase
    Not everyone is a born negotiator. Even if you've never haggled before in your life, an agent brings the right skills to the table. Agents can stand in on your behalf and use their insights on the local market to argue for your interests when a home is overpriced.

  5. Help You Organize Your Big Move
    After closing comes moving, and that can be hectic. Not everyone has the opportunity to get a head start by moving things into a storage unit. Even if you find yourself with a whole home to pack up in days, your agent can recommend area movers who can do the job.

  6. Help You Find the Right DFW Home
    It might seem obvious that an agent helps you find a home, but most people don't know how far it goes. The better you know your wants and needs, the more your agent can do. Instead of focusing on one "dream home," you can have great new property listings to review every week.

  7. Help You Manage a Rental Property
    Buying a property for investment purposes? Most new Dallas-Fort Worth landlords soon decide they could use help running the business side of things. An agent can step in to screen renters, collect rent, and oversee maintenance issues. It's all done for you for a modest percentage of rent.

RE/MAX DFW Associates is the largest RE/MAX company throughout the entire southwestern United States. We got there by supporting our clients with the very best in real estate knowledge and customer service. Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in our area.

January
6

Dallas Dining: Decidedly Different Destinations

Unique Dining in Dallas - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Is your restaurant routine getting a little stale? Trust us, our real estate agents know what it's like to crave a fresh and exciting night out. Thankfully, we've discovered these decidedly different dining destinations in Dallas that we know you'll love!

  • True Food Kitchen — 8383 Preston Center Plaza Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75225
    Eating well is always in season at True Food Kitchen. Their rotating menu of fresh, seasonal ingredients presents you with delicious yet healthy options for every meal of the day. True Food Kitchen will even customize any order to fit dietary needs and restrictions such as keto and paleo. If you'd like to sample a few items, come in for their Social Hour weekdays from 3-6 pm and try their $5 Menu.

  • Yenat Guada Ethiopian Cuisine — 7015 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
    Authentic Ethiopian cuisine is now in the heart of Dallas thanks to Yenat Guada. Translated to "Mom's Kitchen", this family-run restaurant was first opened in the 1970s in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today, they're proud to share their homecooked food to the residents and visitors of Texas. Order a starter of che che'bsa, which is spiced bread, then try to doro wot chicken leg or yebeg alitcha lamb for your entrée. Yenat Guada also has nearly a dozen vegetarian options as well, opening its diverse menu up to people of all appetites.

  • Kalachandji's — 5430 Gurley Ave., Dallas, TX 75223
    Kalachandji's
    is the longest-serving vegetarian restaurant in Dallas for good reason. Their international buffet changes every day and a few staples include soups, rice, vegetable curry, homemade bread and farina cake. Many of their daily options are also gluten-free or dairy-free, so be sure to inquire about any dietary restrictions you may need met. If you fall in love with their food, consider signing up for one of their cooking classes so you can make these meals in your own kitchen!

  • Rise — 5360 W. Lovers Ln. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75209
    Rise is a salon de souffle, offering a one-of-a-kind experience combining French flavors and hospitality. First and foremost, you must order a bowl of their Marshmallow Soup before indulging in one of their savory souffles. If the Salad Niçoise or Parisian Jambon Sandwich on the entrée menu piques your interest, you can add a sweet dessert souffle to your order instead.    

  • Bishop Cidercade — 2777 Irving Blvd. Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75207
    Bishop Cidercade is a bar featuring nearly 200 arcade games. All 30 ciders and wines on tap are made in-house and they have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available as well. This fun night out is only made better by the food trucks that roll up outside every Thursday through Sunday, bringing you the best Dallas bites in between rounds of pinball and video games.

  • Nazca Kitchen — 8041 Walnut Hill Ln. Suite 854, Dallas, TX 75231
    Nazca Kitchen delivers a fresh take on authentic South American cuisine that will take you from the Andes to the Amazon and everywhere in between. Once you get your fill of pupusa and empanadas, relax with a cup of their heritage blend coffee blended with beans from Peru, Colombia, and Brazil or a glass of wine from Argentina or Chile.

  • Public School 214 — 3700 McKinney Ave. Suite 148, Dallas, TX 75204
    Get on the A-List at PS 214, a restaurant and bar that's the coolest in its class. Gluten-friendly, vegan and vegetarian options rival their exceptional wings, tacos and burgers. Reward yourself from a hard day at work with one of their delectable desserts like the Nutella Cookie Sandwich.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment to view Dallas homes for sale near the best restaurants in the city, contact us today!

December
2

Get in the Christmas Shopping Spirit Around Dallas

Holiday Shop Local in Dallas - RE/MAX DFW Associates

One of the many advantages of living in the Dallas area is the number of outstanding shops in the area. This comes in handy throughout the year, but especially when it's time to start Christmas shopping. Grab your list of gift recipients and start finding the ideal Christmas present for each one.

Our real estate agents recommend the following shops to help you get in the Christmas shopping spirit around Dallas:

  1. Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop - 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Ste 175, Dallas, TX 75206
    Ugly Christmas sweaters are a popular trend and the focus of many holiday parties throughout the season. But when your friends announce they're having this type of party, you may find yourself without the right type of sweater to wear. That's where the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop comes in. You can choose from sweaters in your choice of many different colors and sizes. And you won't have to spend very much to find your colorfully tacky sweater since most range in price from $19.99 to $28.99.

  2. Decorator's Warehouse - 3708 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX 76013
    Whether you're looking for inspiration or already know just what type of Christmas décor you're looking for, Decorator's Warehouse is the store to visit while you're looking for Arlington homes for sale. It's the largest Christmas store in Texas and has more than an acre of décor arranged in artful displays. You'll find everything you need to deck your halls for the holidays, including trees, lights, wreaths, garlands, ribbons, outdoor display pieces, and more.

  3. Holidaze and Gifts - 3400 Preston Road, Ste 200, Plano, TX 75093
    This family-owned and operated gift shop has served the Plano area since 1991, undergoing several name and location changes. Its popularity enabled the shop to move to its largest location, where you'll find beautiful gifts including jewelry, candles, collectibles, home décor items, and more. And to help you save time over the holidays as you look for Plano homes for sale, complimentary gift wrap is included with each purchase.

  4. Betty Lou - 3207 Knox St., Dallas, TX 75205
    Betty Lou has a wide variety of eclectic gift items including collectibles, jewelry, and books. You'll also find perfect stocking stuffers such as face masks, lip balms, lotions, mugs, and other small items. And if your gift list extends to your pets, Betty Lou even carries pet bowls and other presents for your furry friends.

  5. Josey Records - 2821 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Ste 100, Dallas, TX 75234
    Find a gift for the music-lover in your life at Josey Records—if you can stop finding items to buy for yourself! You'll find over a million stocked titles on new and used vinyl, 45s, and CDs, so no matter what type of music you're looking for, you're likely to find it. And if your gift recipient needs something to play their vinyl on, you can buy a turntable for them at Josey Records.

  6. Polka Dot Presents – 6124 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, TX 76132
    Polka Dot Presents is packed with gift items for everyone on your list. You'll find Christmas ornaments, nativity sets, candles, pet items, home décor, soaps in fun scents like fried green tomato, and much more. The shop also prides itself on offering the best gift wrapping, so you can buy gifts and leave with them ready to give.

Contact us today to find out about more terrific shops and other destinations that make Dallas and its surrounding area the perfect place to call home!

November
4

Race to the Holidays Around the DFW

DFW Fall Races - RE/MAX DFW Associates

The holiday season brings a lot of great opportunities to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our real estate agents are especially looking forward to being able to run (and walk) for some great causes this year. Be sure to check out these upcoming holiday races around the DFW!

  • Best Gift 5K & Fun Run - Alliance Community Fellowship, 2185 Golden Heights Road, Fort Worth, TX 76177 | Nov. 16
    Get ready for this year's Best Gift 5K & Fun Run, which helps raise money for children in need to attend summer camp at WinShape Camps. The race follows a scenic course around Fort Worth's Tehama Ridge Park, right around the corner from many Fort Worth homes for sale. Every entrant gets a t-shirt and a free chicken biscuit courtesy of sponsor Chick-fil-A!

  • The Great Amazing Race Dallas - Norbuck Park, Dallas, TX 75218 | Nov. 16
    Started in 2012, the Amazing Race isn't just about speed. It's about teamwork! This holiday season, The Great Amazing Race Dallas brings the international phenomenon to our home city, and you have a chance to see if you have what it takes! Pair up with a friend, partner, family member, or co-worker and tackle the challenging 1.5-mile XC course just minutes from Dallas homes for sale.

  • Foam Glow - Fort Worth - Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lonestar Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177 | Nov. 16
    A truly unique race experience, the Foam Glow 5K is a sensation in Las Vegas, and it arrives in Fort Worth this year just in time for the holidays. Head to the Texas Motor Speedway to participate, or just watch (there is no charge for spectators)! Runners wear a white t-shirt and sprint through glowing foam and black lights all along the course, creating a colorful spectacle like no other.

  • Pumpkin Spice 10K, 5K & Half - Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, TX 76102 | Nov. 23
    Fall hits its festive peak with the Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, which arrives in Fort Worth on November 23. Runners follow beautiful courses that include sweeping views of the city, the Trinity River, and the Fort Worth Zoo. Stick around for the after-party, which includes hot chocolate and coffee, Sam Adams beer, and a pumpkin pie eating contest! The race benefits Leukemia Texas, an independent nonprofit dedicated to funding leukemia research and patient aid in Texas. 

  • Fort Worth Scottish Rite 5K - Trinity Park, Pavilion 3, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107 | Nov. 23
    Every beloved annual tradition starts somewhere, and this year we're excited to introduce the inaugural Fort Worth Scottish Rite 5K! Hopefully an annual event, the race will include a 1-mile Fun Run as well as a USATF-certified 5K, both of which will follow scenic courses through Trinity Park in Fort Worth. The courses are fast and flat, and registration is open to all ages and abilities. 

  • Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot - City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas, TX 75201 | Nov. 28
    Start your Thanksgiving Day right with the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. It's one of the largest multi-event races in the country, and we're thrilled to welcome it back to Dallas City Hall Plaza this year. The event includes 5K and 8-mile run/walks, along with a Junior Trot for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Dallas YMCA. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the ways you can live life to the fullest in Dallas/Fort Worth! When you're ready to find your dream home, our team of dedicated real estate agents is here to help you every step of the way. 

October
21

Buying and Selling a Home: How to Bridge the Gap

Bridge Loans - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Buying or selling a home can be a stressful situation, but buying and selling a home simultaneously can get downright terrifying if you're not ready for the transition. Fortunately, there are some ways to help ease the burden of buying and selling at the same time, and the primary method is by way of a bridge loan.  

Just like it sounds, a bridge loan helps bridge the gap between selling your current home and buying another. Our real estate agents are familiar with the challenges you face when trying to sell your existing home and purchase a new home, so we've put together this guide on how to bridge the gap.

  • How Does a Bridge Loan Work?
    Bridge loans are meant to be short-term solutions to help you purchase your new home. Generally speaking, you can borrow up to 80% of the combined value of the two homes. The 20% gap will need to be made up with equity in your current home or cash. Unless you've got a substantial amount in liquidity, you're probably banking on having a good deal of equity in your current home.
     
  • Reasons to Use a Bridge Loan
    Bridge loans, while available, are still fairly rare in the grand scheme of home loans. But just because they're rare doesn't mean they aren't worth considering.

    One of the main reasons you may choose to use a bridge loan is to secure your position as a buyer when making an offer. Many times, offers and contracts on homes are contingent on the buyer securing the necessary financing. While this is common, it leaves a lot to be desired on the seller's side and practically gives a buyer a free out if their financing falls through.

    With a bridge loan, you're guaranteed the cash to purchase the home you're looking to buy, which can significantly improve your position while making an offer on a home.

  • Reasons to Avoid Bridge Loans
    Bridge loans, as we've already said, are considerably more unorthodox compared to conventional loans or other mortgage products. Knowing that, it's essential to realize that getting a bridge loan is wholly dependent on your credit, debt-to-income ratio, and a lender's willingness to give you the money. 

    Even if you are in a relatively favorable financial position, getting a bridge loan is basically like taking out two loans at the same time. This means that you'll likely have double the payment as long as you technically own both homes, which can be a big financial burden. Understandably, this burden is only for a short time, but the real estate market is far from certain.

    No matter how confident you are of selling your existing home, there is still an inherent risk that you'll be stuck with a bridge loan for longer than you ever intended.

Talk to a Real Estate Agent

If you're looking to sell your current home and upgrade to a new home, no matter if you're looking to a bridge loan or not, selling your home quickly is critical. Contact us today to get in touch with an agent and let one of our agents help you search Dallas homes for sale!

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
September
23

Homebuyers: Is Multi-Generational Living Right for You?

Multi-Generational Living - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Life never stands still, and the single-family home occupied by the nuclear family unit doesn't work for everyone. There's a rising demand for multi-generation homes as younger adults stay at home longer, and families come together to take care of parents and grandparents in their retirement years. Today our real estate agents are providing you with all the information you need to decide if multi-generational living is right for your family.

What Is Multi-Generational Living? 

We're seeing a rising trend of multi-generational living spaces in our inventory of Dallas homes for sale, and it isn't surprising given the recent trends. Close to 25% of families are currently or have recently shared a multi-generational living arrangement. These are often younger couples starting families while still living at home with parents. In some cases, grandparents return to live with their children after the grandchildren have grown up and moved away. This can be in one large home or in multiple structures on the same property, such as the ever-popular "mother-in-law" suite.

There are several reasons why this living situation can be advantageous, as it allows multiple generations to pool their resources. and enjoy a standard of living that may not be available individually. It may also be an opportunity for home improvements to increase the value of the property. It also can be a boon for working adults as retired family members may help to take care of children and save the family a significant amount on childcare costs. This may seem like a recent development, but prior to the 1950s, it was common for three or more generations to share the same household. 

Why You Might Consider Multi-Generational Living

Some consider an adult still living with their parents a mark of failure, or a retired person moving back in with their children to be an act of interference. Both of these are unfair characterizations. Multi-generational living has concrete financial benefits, but trends show that financially successful families are also adopting the lifestyle as security in an uncertain economic climate.

The cost of living is getting more expensive while wages and benefits remain stagnant, and this is putting the squeeze on families that are seeing fewer opportunities to save money, invest, or plan for retirement. Having grandparents spend their hard-earned retirement with their children may be the only way for their children to save enough money for their retirement. Recent college graduates with student debt can benefit from having an additional generation to help with household expenses.  

The Warmth Of A Multi-Generational Household

Whether the current working generation needs help from their parents or the older generation is finding retirement income insufficient, they may find things are better together. Multi-generational living can heal old wounds and bind families closer together, allowing grandparents more precious time to spend with grandchildren. It can give young couples an opportunity to spend time with each other away from the kids on the weekends, building a stronger relationship. It can bring old-fashioned expertise and know-how into the home.

It can also build closer bonds of understanding between the generations, even as caregiving and chores become a shared responsibility. It may also be a bridge from renting to finally being able to make the leap into homeownership with older parties able to co-sign on loans as well as help to meet minimum household income requirements. 

What do you think? Is multi-generational living something that might work for you? RE/MAX DFW Associates can help you find your ideal home for more than one generation. Contact us today for more information on our listings. 

September
3

Dallas Chocolate Festival: Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

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Are you ready for the sweetest September celebration in Dallas? Then join our real estate agents as we satisfy our sweet tooth at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. This year is the 10th anniversary of the celebration of all things chocolate. From Friday, September 6th through Sunday, September, 8th, you and your family will have the opportunity to taste samples from over 60 of the best artisan chocolate makers.

2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival

  • Dates: September 6th – 8th, 2019
  • Location: The Fashion Industry Gallery — 1807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX 75201
  • Price: $35/adult, $7/child aged 4 — 11

History of the Dallas Chocolate Festival

You may be a chocolate lover—but how much do you actually know about the chocolate-making process? DallasChocolate.org founder Sander Wolf believes that the process of creating chocolate from bean to bar is an exciting journey that all chocolate lovers should learn about. In 2009, Wolf created his website in hopes to educate the masses about local and global chocolate news and history. Instead of simply telling the residents of Dallas about chocolate, he wanted to give them the opportunity to taste unique flavors through an engaging experience that celebrates this tasty treat. What began as a small event featuring only two bean-to-bar chocolate producers turned into one of the can't-miss annual events of the Dallas food scene. The Dallas Chocolate Festival became the website's signature event that draws chocolate lovers and makers from around the world to the Dallas area every autumn.

Schedule of Events for the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival

Get ready to pack your weekend full of chocolatey fun with all of the tasty events taking place at the 2019 Dallas Chocolate Festival:

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party 2019
    Start the weekend off in style and attend the Dallas Chocolate Festival VIP Party. This intimate event kicks off on Friday, September 6th from 7 – 10 p.m. For only $75 per attendee, you can spend hours indulging your sweet tooth with chocolates, treats, and drinks. More than 60 unique chocolate exhibitors will be present to let you sample a diverse range of chocolates. Valet parking is included with your ticket as well as VIP gift bags. Did we mention that there's a chocolate fountain as well? Trust us—this is a chocolate lover's dream party!

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival Main Event 2019
    The main event of the Dallas Chocolate Festival is surely the two-day celebration that showcases The Story of Chocolate. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the festival will open its doors to everyone for hours of delicious fun. Plenty of chocolate will be available to sample and there will also be food trucks standing by to fill your stomach in-between chocolate bites. Drop the children off at the kid's area so you can observe chocolate-making demonstrations and sit in on fascinating lectures from world-renowned chocolate artisans.

  • Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops 2019
    Eating chocolate is amazing, but if you really want to sweeten up your experience, sign up for one of the workshops held on Saturday and Sunday. A variety of interactive classes will let you get hands-on with the chocolate-making process. You can even attend great tastings where you'll learn how to pair specific chocolates with different wines, beers, and spirits. You don't want to miss these mouth-watering workshops!

The Dallas real estate market is like a box of chocolates—there's a wonderful and unique home to fit every taste! Contact us today and let you show you the best Dallas homes for sale that you can fill to the ceiling with delicious chocolates from the Dallas Chocolate Festival!

August
26

First-Time Buyers: How to Spur Credit Score Improvement

Credit Score Improvement for First-Time Buyers - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Our real estate agents are always glad to support your search for the best Dallas homes for sale. First-time buyers, in particular, find the process easier when they connect with the right real estate agent—someone with plenty of experience in their situation. Many of the big questions first-time buyers have usually deal with obtaining a mortgage loan.

They often worry about the effect of credit score on their hopes for a favorable mortgage. Most people don't have perfect credit, so they wonder if their credit will stop them from getting the home they want. Luckily, the answer to this is almost always "no." A few credit blemishes here or there will not usually disqualify you from getting a home loan. Even if you've had credit problems in the past, many lenders are willing to look at your current income and credit behavior to determine how much you can borrow.

That said, your credit score is still relevant. A good credit score can improve your loan terms. Raising your score just a few points can make a worthwhile difference, so don't feel you need perfection. Even if you have only a few months before you begin your home search, there are steps you can take to raise your credit score. This may translate to better loan rates and substantial savings over time. Let's look at some ways you can raise your credit score faster.

  1. Pay Off Any Credit Debts You Can
    As a general rule, paying credit card debts with a higher APR (annual percentage rate) will help you reduce your total debt load while paying less in interest. Look at the APR of each of your credit debts and pay off any that combine a low balance with a high APR.

  2. Don't Close Any Unused Credit Accounts
    Closing an unused credit account may seem like a good idea, but it's actually self-sabotaging. This is because the total amount of credit you have influences your score. Simply pay off each credit card and leave it. You can use cards occasionally for small purchases to keep them active.

  3. Don't Take on New Loan Obligations
    When planning to buy a home, it's best to make it your sole financial focus if you can. Lenders will tend to be suspicious of buyers who take on a new car loan or other major debt before a home search. In the early stages of getting a loan, this may endanger your plans.

  4. Choose a First-Time Buyer Loan Program
    This won't affect your credit score directly, but it may help you boost it in the long run. First-time homebuyers can benefit from many state and federal programs that make it easier to access a mortgage loan. Most of them put less emphasis on credit score or may not consider it at all.

  5. Examine Your Credit Report for Errors
    Credit data is collected from a number of sources and compiled by several different companies. When mistakes are made, they can negatively impact your credit score. Use the official site to get your free annual credit report and follow up with creditors on any errors you catch.

  6. Consider a Side Gig
    If you can raise your income even a hundred dollars a month, you'll be able to pay off your debts that much faster. There are many legitimate opportunities to make more money out there on the web, but be careful you don't end up working around the clock!

Contact us to find out more about your options as a first-time home buyer here in the Dallas area. The team at RE/MAX DFW Associates looks forward to helping you.

August
12

Just Keep Paddling: Where to Kayak and SUP Around the DFW

Kayaking and Paddleboarding in the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

What's your favorite way to unwind? Do you head out for some physical activity or spend time in nature? Find both at these top kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) spots recommended by our real estate agents.

  • White Rock Paddle Co. - 389 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas 75216
    White Rock Paddle Co. takes its name from the stunning lake it sits on that is the highlight of one of the most popular parks near Dallas homes for sale. Single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks and paddleboards are available for rental periods of one to two hours. Listen to live music during your workout on the Thursday evening concert series paddle trips beginning at 6 p.m. White Rock is open 10 a.m. - sundown Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - sundown Friday through Sunday.

  • Stand Up Paddle North Texas - 113 Las Colinas Blvd. E., Irving 75039
    Stand Up Paddle North Texas, known as the SUP Shack, was the first facility to offer the sport near Irving homes for sale. The SUP Shack is located on Lake Carolyn, which is a private lake where you're free from crowds of boaters or swimmers. Challenge yourself with a SUP yoga class, held at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Private and group lessons, as well as kayak rentals, are also available. The SUP Shack is open every day but Monday.

  • DFW Surf - 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, Frisco 75034
    If you're looking for adventures out on the water, there's no better place than DFW Surf. Enjoy surfing, SUP, kayaking, canoeing and tubing on the protected waters of Hidden Cove at Lake Lewisville, just minutes away from Frisco homes for sale. Get exercise and make some new friends at group activities such as SUP yoga, Women's Wednesdays and Monday night Surf to Turf Fitness. Looking for a way to keep kids entertained during summer vacation? Check out DFW Surf's weekly day camps. DFW Surf is open seven days a week.

  • Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company - 6300 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington 76016
    Adventures Unlimited Paddling Company is based on Lake Arlington, but their "playground" encompasses the Metroplex area, which includes Arlington homes for sale. Rent kayaks, SUPs, and canoes by the hour or the day. If you have your own paddlecraft, bring it along on their river and lake trips, sunset and moonlight paddles, and other events. Rentals, classes and events are by reservation only.

  • Kayak Instruction Inc. - 6800 Miller Road, Rowlett 75089
    Whether you're a newbie or an experienced paddler, enhance your skills at Kayak Instruction Inc. The company's mission is to provide students with up-to-date and accurate instruction in paddling safety and skills. Kayak Instruction, Inc. is the only North Texas program with instructors certified by the American Canoe Association (AC) to teach kayak rolls and whitewater navigation. Try out their wide variety of kayak styles to find the one that best suits your preference. Kayak Instruction Inc. is open weekends from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., with last boats going out at 5 p.m. Relax with a leisurely kayak ride after a day viewing Rowlett homes for sale.

Dallas-Fort Worth features a special blend of urban and outdoor attractions. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us for friendly and knowledgeable assistance.

July
15

Life's a Picnic at These 5 Dallas Parks

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Summertime is here, and that means plenty of beautiful weather and opportunities for family-friendly outdoor adventures. When you're ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle of visiting Dallas homes for sale, we recommend exploring some of the city's great parks. 

July is National Picnic Month, so now is the perfect time to grab your blanket, pack up some finger foods, and plan a family outing or a romantic lunch. While there are plenty of great picnic spots to choose from, there are a few that you really won't want to miss. 

  1. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
    When we asked our real estate agents about their favorite picnic spot, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kept coming out on top. From the gorgeous gardens to the tree-lined paths and seasonal displays, there's never a shortage of breathtaking things to see here!

    There's plenty of space to spread out for a picnic while enjoying views of the lake, relaxing, painting, or reading a book. 
  1. Oak Lawn Park: 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219
    Are you looking for a quiet, peaceful place to relax and unwind from the stresses of your day? Oak Lawn Park is the perfect getaway! This 14.1-acre community park has a lake with a fountain, plenty of parking, benches, and a pavilion. There's ample space for a picnic and trails where you can take a romantic stroll or go for a walk with your furry friend.

  2. Klyde Warren Park: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy., Dallas, TX 75201
    On days when you want more of an adventure, head over to Klyde Warren Park, where there's truly something for everyone. There's a children's park, splash area, dog park, putting green, games, and five acres of green space perfect for enjoying a picnic.

    Pack your picnic basket, visit one of the park's restaurants, or grab a bite from one of the rotating food trucks. There are so many options here, you could go every week and never get bored! 
  1. Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve: 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
    The 600-acre Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is so peaceful, it's hard to believe that it's just a 20-minute drive from downtown Dallas. It offers visitors nine miles of hiking trails and is perfect for bird watching, picnicking, and relaxing in the butterfly garden.
  2. White Rock Lake Bike & Hiking Trail: White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX 75214
    Located about five miles northeast of downtown, White Rock Lake Bike & Hiking Trail features a 9.33-mile biking and hiking trail, museum, dog park, wetlands, bird watching area, pier, boat ramp, and kayak concession. During your walk, you'll enjoy observing the native trees, wildflowers, and animal life.

    For a truly memorable evening, plan a picnic dinner, then stick around to watch the sunset. 

Your Dallas Real Estate Professionals

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we understand how important it is to find a house that feels like home. That's why we go the extra mile to help you explore your options until you find "the one." When you're ready to start your home-buying adventure, contact us. Together, we'll turn your dreams into a reality. 

June
25

Homeowners: Ask These 5 Questions Before You Downsize

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Moving into a smaller home can be advantageous on many levels depending on your circumstances and reasons why you're choosing to do so. But it's not right for everyone, and depending on your particular situation, it may actually be more of a burden than an advantage. 

Our real estate agents have put together this list of five questions to ask before downsizing.

  1. Can I afford to downsize?
    It makes logical sense that moving into a smaller home will be cheaper, whether in monthly mortgage payments or in utilities and upkeep. But doing so can be somewhat misleading, especially if you're in an area where home prices are rising.

    If you've lived in your home long enough to stack up some substantial equity, and you can either swap payment for payment or use the proceeds from the sale of your existing home to purchase your new home outright, then downsizing makes sense.

    Where downsizing can get you in trouble is when the home you're purchasing costs you far more, or your payments stretch out beyond the timeline you've established.

  2. Will I pay capital gains tax?
    Along the same lines as above, selling a home you purchased two or three decades ago will likely be far more valuable now than it was when you purchased it. As a result, you may be on the hook for the proceeds from selling your existing home.

    The IRS allows for exemptions in capital gains of $250,000 for single filers or $500,000 for those married filing jointly. Anything above those thresholds will incur a 15% capital gains tax, plus, depending on what tax bracket you fall under, your taxable income could be far greater.

    It's best to consult a financial professional or accountant if you think the sale of your home could incur capital gains tax.

  3. Am I using the space in my current home?
    Downsizing usually comes to mind when homeowners realize they're not using all of the space in their home. Naturally, you want a home that feels comfortable and has adequate space, but a home with cavernous living areas and empty rooms may seem like a little much.

    If this sounds like your situation, then it's probably time to downsize. Take into account all of the things you'll be moving and precisely what you want in a future home, then start shopping!

  4. Am I ready to downsize?
    Readiness to downsize is a function mainly of emotion and willingness to start fresh in a smaller dwelling.

    Emotions can run high when looking to move out of a home you've made a life in, but rest assured that many more memories will be made in your new home. When it comes to willingness, you'll likely have to part with some furniture, possessions, and generally get ready to live in a smaller space. Coming to that point can take some time, but you'll grow comfortable with the idea of living in, and with, less.

  5. Are my costs mounting?
    Higher utility bills, growing tax rates, and increasing home repairs may be the thing that takes you over the edge when deciding to downsize.

    All of these things will factor into your fixed income later in life (if you're looking to retire) and can potentially become a burden if you don't have some financial flexibility and options at your disposal. If your costs are getting to be more than you'd like, then downsizing is right for you.

If you're looking for Dallas homes for sale, then contact us to speak to one of our agents to start shopping for your perfect forever home.

June
10

Sounds of Summer: 2019 Outdoor Concerts Around the DFW

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DFW—are you ready to rock this summer? Our real estate agents have been eagerly anticipating the return of the best concert series around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We're so excited to get out and groove with our friends and families. When we're not showing new homeowners around Dallas homes for sale, we're keeping track of all of the cool concerts coming to town. Grab your dance partner and get ready to rock with us at one of these awesome outdoor concerts around the DFW.

  • Sounds of Lewisville – 150 W. Church St., Lewisville, TX 75057
    Tuesdays in June and July at Wayne Ferguson Plaza are going to be jammin'! Join your neighbors for the Sounds of Lewisville free concert series. Every week from 7-9:30 p.m., one of nine bands will take the stage and sing you through summer. Listen to fantastic tribute bands cover favorites from groups like the Eagles, Collective Soul, and Garth Brooks. Just down the road from Lewisville homes for sale, this summer concert series can't be missed!

  • Safari Nights – 650 S. R L Thornton Fwy., Dallas, TX 75203
    The Dallas Zoo is about to get a few more party animals! Safari Nights return to the zoo to give you 11 consecutive Saturdays full of fun. Between April and July, nearly a dozen great groups will rock the night away surrounded by over 2,000 animals. This event, wildly close to Dallas homes for sale, is included in your zoo admission ticket. Zoo members also receive free entry to each Safari night event. Spend the day exploring the zoo then enjoy a cold beer and delicious food truck offerings during the concert.

  • Concerts in the Garden – 330 E. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    One of the coolest concert series of the year, Concerts in the Garden put on by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, is perfect for music fans of all ages. During the weekend throughout June and July, the FWSO will treat you to a diverse mix of amazing performances including the music of Harry Potter, Queen, Star Wars, and Led Zeppelin. Grab your tickets and support the arts by attending one of these great concerts just minutes away from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Free Music Under the Stars – 505 E. Border St., Arlington, TX 76010
    If you're browsing Arlington homes for sale this summer, be sure to head over to the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts and check out one of their concerts under the stars. Over 50 different performances will take place across the summer, filling the cool breeze with everything from Texas country to pop music. Come out with your friends and get turned on to a new band that is sure to create the soundtrack to your summer.

  • Courtyard Texas Music Series – 1509 H Ave., Plano, TX 75074
    Rock out at the Courtyard Theater all summer long with the Courtyard Texas Music Series. Grab a reserved seating ticket for less than $30 and treat yourself to the best country music that only Texans can create. A short drive from Plano homes for sale, check their updated schedule to see which new bands will be taking the stage on the first Thursday of every month at the Courtyard Theater.

What's your ideal soundtrack to summer? Whether you get down to rhythm and blues or if you tend to tap your toes to anything with a Texas twang, we invite you to come out and join our real estate agents for a night of fun! Contact us today and we'll tell you where more cool concerts are happening around the best Dallas homes for sale.

May
20

7 Exterior Home Features Buyers Love

 

Exterior Home Features-RE/MAX DFW Associates

Are you considering selling your DFW home or investing in a Texas property that you plan on flipping? Our real estate agents strive to identify the burgeoning trends that homebuyers seek in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Among the many home improvements that sellers complete to increase their home value, we want to highlight seven specific exterior home features that buyers instantly fall in love with.

  1. Versatile Outdoor Space
    Dallas is a fantastic place to live, particularly because our range of seasons keep us pretty comfortable all year long. With such wonderful weather, it's no surprise that homebuyers want versatile outdoor space. From covered patios to open areas for grilling, entertaining, or warming up around a fire pit, these families are looking for a convenient, comfortable way to enjoy their outdoor living space.
     
  2. Exterior Lighting
    You may be surprised how important proper exterior lighting is to home buyers; more than 90 percent desire it! We're not just talking about a simple porch light either — homebuyers want to showcase their exteriors in dazzling ways. Landscape lighting works wonders on a home, impacting everything from appearance and functionality, to home security and personal safety. A well-lit exterior illuminates pathways and keeps tripping hazards to a minimum. It also enables the homeowner to use their outdoor spaces long after the sun has set. With such an importance placed on daytime curb appeal, it makes sense that homebuyers want the added nighttime curb appeal that exterior lighting provides.

  3. Smart Security
    Smart tech surrounds us, and if you're paying attention to homebuying trends, you know that these devices are being integrated into and around the house. One of the most popular smart security devices is a video doorbell that enables homeowners to monitor and record activity on their doorsteps from their mobile device. Here's an idea for those who want to maximize their investments — invest in a smart security system that includes exterior lighting. These lights are triggered by motion sensors, which provide added security in the areas you need it while cutting down on energy usage when the lights aren't in use.
     
  4. Energy Efficient Windows
    Smart appliances are quickly moving into every kitchen, living room, and laundry room, and homebuyers are also expecting these energy-efficient technologies to be featured around the exterior. Energy Star-qualified windows can reduce the cost of heating and cooling a home by more than 10 percent. The gas window panes significantly limit the heat gained and lost in the home. We've got hot summers and chilly winters in the DFW — homebuyers are definitely placing energy efficient windows high on their list.

  5. Solar Panels
    Energy bills can never be too low, which is why many homebuyers seek out houses that have solar panels installed on their roofs. These features encourage fast home sales, and there is a growing number of homeowners who choose to install solar panels after they purchase and remodel their homes. Our bright and beautiful Texas sun will provide plenty of solar energy and help homebuyers melt their A/C bills.
     
  6. In-Ground Pool
    Speaking of the Texas heat, many homebuyers keep their eyes open for homes that include a built-in swimming pool. Community pools are acceptable but families love the convenience and privacy of their own swimming space right in their backyard.

  7. Tennis Court
    Another amenity that some homebuyers love is their own private tennis court. In fact, they're one of the top ten indoor and outdoor home features that increase home values. Though not every family desires an outdoor sports area, tennis lovers will jump on the chance to have their own court.

Are you interested in learning more about what exterior features buyers are looking for in Dallas homes for sale? Contact us today and let our agents answer all of your questions.

May
6

Where to Celebrate Mother's Day Around the DFW

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As you view Dallas homes for sale looking for the perfect place to raise a family, does it bring back fond memories of your own childhood? Thank Mom for all her love and support with one of these great Mother's Day activities around Dallas and Fort Worth.

  • Mother's Day Wine & Jazz Festival - Fair Park Band Shell, 1465 First Ave., Dallas 75210
    Treat Mom to some cool jazz on a hot May afternoon. Martini Blu, an elegant music cafe in the Galleria area, is the sponsor of Mother's Day Wine & Jazz Festival. Featured performers include Maysa, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, and Kayla Waters. Show starts at noon on Sunday, May 12, and tickets range from $52.50 - $72.50. Want to make it a family event? A limited number of 10-seat VIP tables are available.

  • Mother's Day Concert & Butterfly Release - Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas 75210
    Why give a bouquet when you can present Mom with 7.5 acres of stunning gardens? The Women's Chorus of Dallas is holding their annual Mother's Day Concert at Texas Discovery Gardens on Sunday, May 12. A program of uplifting music concludes with a breathtaking butterfly release. Showtimes are 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the earlier performance includes children's programming. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 10 and under.

  • Mother's Day Brunch and Paint - Pinot's Palette, 4560 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75209
    Help Mom express her inner creativity at Mother's Brunch and Paint, hosted by Pinot's Palette at noon on Sunday, May 12. Enjoy a champagne brunch of mini-quiches and more as a local artist guides you through painting your unique version of "Playful Posies." Tickets are $45 per person.

  • Mother's Day Afternoon Tea - Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 76107
    Mom will truly feel like the queen she is at Mother's Day Afternoon Tea on Saturday, May 11 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy a traditional selection of pastries, finger sandwiches, and other treats to accompany your choice of tea. Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for children between 4 and 12. Reservations are required.

  • Public School 214 - 3700 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75204
    Put a contemporary spin on the classic Mother's Day brunch at Public School 214. Creative options on the menu include eggs Benedict pizza, fried chicken with green chili cornbread waffles, and beermosas. If Mom wants to sleep in, weekend lunch and dinner menus are equally intriguing, with choices such as chorizo mac & cheese, Colorado lamb burger, and roasted peanut coleslaw. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with brunch served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit the website for reservations.

  • Hideaway Spa & Salon - 5756 Boat Club Road, Suite 500, Fort Worth 76179
    Mom puts everyone first, so surprise her with a day of pampering at Hideaway Spa & Salon. Services include a wide range of massages, facials, and body treatments along with manicures and pedicures, hair cuts and treatments, and waxing. Mother's Day specials are offered as well as gift certificates so Mom can plan a day at her convenience. Spa hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. There is also a second location at 12201 Bella Italia Drive in Fort Worth.

Every day is special when you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Contact us and let our real estate agents help you find the home of your dreams.

April
15

Painting Your Way to Selling Your Dallas Home in 2019

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You've decided it is time to sell your house and you find yourself overwhelmed with deciding what to upgrade to get a better price. Our real estate agents believe the simplest place to start is with paint.

Giving the inside of your home a fresh coat of paint showcases your home as crisp, clean, and up-to-date, especially if you have lived there a while and your house shows the rough and tumble effects of family living. Painting gives you a chance to patch the odd holes in the living room, paint over your children's unintended "artwork" in the hallway, and finally undo that bad choice of bright red in the guest bathroom.

  • Choose Your Colors
    This is not the time to indulge in your unique style of home décor.  A black accent wall and checkered tile might make you swoon, but not your potential buyers. People looking to buy a new home need to be able to see their own style in the rooms they walk through. This means sticking with basics like neutrals on the walls.

  • When White is Not White
    You might be tempted to just slap on some basic white and be done, but we recommend pausing a moment to see if some subtle color choices might help your final price. White can be bright white, like a picket fence, or warm white, like vanilla ice cream. One white can make a room look sterile, while a different one can add warmth to the space.
     
  • New Neutrals
    Other options beyond the white color wheel still give you the neutral flavor you're seeking. For instance, sage is a soothing neutral that brings in soft accents of the outside world while pairing with plenty of different accents. Blues are also making forays into the neutral palette. One color called Blueprint straddles that space between denim and navy, giving you a softer blue. Some experts say including these kinds of subtle blues in bedrooms or kitchens give your home a boost. Another color to consider has the funky name of greige because it combines the components of both beiges and grays, giving numerous accent options.

  • Outside
    Finally, if painting the outside of your house isn't an option, you could just paint the door a bright, eye-catching color. This is a small investment that gives a big pop of curb appeal. Additionally, unless you're an intermediate-level painter, hiring a professional is a good investment. No matter how fresh the paint job, if done poorly, it will make the house look shabby.

Ready to put your home on the market among other Dallas homes for saleContact us for help.

April
1

Dallas: Amaze Your Brain at the Perot Museum

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There's no need to fret when your brain gets bored with the day-to-day routine. Down the road and through the streets of the city is the perfect medicine for a meandering mind. When your brain needs a boost and a dash of excitement, our real estate agents recommend spending a few hours at the Dallas Perot Museum.

11 Halls of Amazing Exhibits

Our universe is filled with trillions of stars to explore, millions of diseases to discover, and thousands of dinosaurs to uncover. The museum's mission is to encourage the next generation of scientists to reach beyond what is known and discover what is possible. Toward that goal, the curators at the Perot Museum have done an amazing job of crafting exhibitions that stimulate the synapses.

Within the museum's 11 exhibition halls, you can delve into the mysteries of the human body within the Being Human Hall, or drill into the future of energy within the Tom Hunt Energy Hall. Each room is designed to help children and adults understand the science that supports everything from modern medicine to space exploration. There is so much to see and discover that you will need several visits to see it all.

Special Events and Exhibits

The Perot Museum is famous for hosting some of the area's most fascinating special exhibitions. Their latest exhibition is "The Art of the Brick," and it runs from now through August 18th. The exhibition features some truly ingenious creations that you won't want to miss.

Each exhibit is a work of art unto itself and reflects the creative flair of some of the world's most renowned artists. Crafted brick by brick, each sculpture is a tribute to mankind and the magic of LEGO®. It's a perfect place to spend an afternoon with your family and discover just how many things you can build with a handful of LEGOs and a spoonful or two of imagination.      

Spend a Night at the Museum

Ben Stiller isn't the only one who can unlock the magic that moves about the museum at night. The Perot Museum's "Snore and Explore" sleepovers offer live science shows, 3-D films, and plenty of healthy late-night snacks to help their brains absorb everything they are learning. Most sleepovers start at 6:30 pm and last until 8 am the next morning. Throughout the night, instructors help children explore the mysteries of the universe, dig deep beneath the earth's crust, and expand their horizons into new universes and future careers.      

Visiting the Museum

The museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because there is so much to see, their last entry is at 4 pm. The museum is open year-round and is only closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and a handful of fundraising evenings throughout the fall months.   

The museum offers fantastic discounts for teachers, police officers, and soldiers. It's their way of saying thanks to the men and women who do so much to make Dallas the best city in the state.   

Many families in Dallas choose to become members of the museum. Members receive special invitations to "members-only" events, free general admission, and discounts on special exhibits when they pass through the area.   

We invite you to contact us for more information about the many Dallas homes for sale right now. It would be our pleasure to help you put down roots in the community and to tell you more about the many cultural and historic landmarks that you'll find throughout the city.   

March
18

Be Ready for Spring's Home Buying Race

Spring Home Buying-RE/MAX DFW Associates

Spring is prime home buying season just about everywhere. Our real estate agents always see an increase in buyers this time of year. People are less busy than they are other times of the year, the weather is pleasant, and sellers know they'll have plenty of interest in their homes. Even with more competition, it's still the best time to get the home you've been dreaming of. Here's how you can set yourself up for home buying success.

  • Secure financing ahead of time
    This includes several steps like viewing your credit report and credit score, planning your budget, and meeting with a lender to get pre-approved. A little prep work here can go a long way to make your offer on a home more attractive. Pre-approval shows sellers you're serious, and there's less chance your financing will fall through. This also means you'll be able to move quickly and make an offer right away when you find the right home for you.

  • Pick the right agent
    Finding an agent that's a good fit for you and knows the area you're hoping to relocate to is important. Their insight can help you make the kind of offer that will get the seller's attention.

  • Make your first offer great
    If there's a lot of competition, you don't want to assume the buyer plans on negotiating. In that situation, they probably won't. Your agent may be able to get a feel for what the seller is looking for. If you can use that information to make a better offer than your competition, then do it. Offer shorter closing time, fewer contingencies, or anything that can make your offer look better than others.
      
  • Keep the big picture in mind
    Your goal is to get into a home that fits your needs. That's important to remember during the negotiating process. Keeping your expectations realistic is essential. In the long run, a few thousand dollars one way or the other won't make much difference, but losing out on a home because you wouldn't negotiate or got too hung up on the details, will.

  • Be prepared for a bidding war
    It's not the optimal situation for buyers, but it is more common during prime buying season. Have a plan for what you are prepared to do in this situation and understand you may end up having to make an offer on a different home. If there are multiple offers, the thought of a bidding war may scare off some buyers, which may work to your advantage. Knowing what you're willing or not willing to do ahead of time prevents emotional and impulsive decision making, and helps you formulate a strategy to improve your chances of winning the home you love. You can offer the seller something different than other buyers with shorter or longer closing times, a bigger down payment, or a cash offer. Your real estate agent can offer plenty of advice.  

Spring really is the best time to start looking for a home for sale in Dallas. Despite increased competition, your chances of finding the right home are excellent with the help of one of our agents. Contact us today to get started.

March
4

4 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the DFW

St. Patrick's Day in the DFW-RE/MAX DFW Associates

Looking for something fun to do for St. Paddy's Day? These four events in the DFW area offer something for everyone.

  1. McKinney St. Patrick's Day Festival & Shamrock Run 5K - Tupps Brewery - 721 Anderson St., McKinney
    These can't miss St. Paddy's Day festivities begin with the Shamrock Run 5k at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th. Runners and walkers will start and finish in front of Tupps Brewery, located in the historic McKinney Cotton Mill. Registration includes race chip timing, a Shamrock Run t-shirt, finisher's medal, and swag bag. Awards will be given for first, second and third place runners and first place stroller.

    The free, family-friendly St. Patrick's Day Festival begins at 10 a.m. Try a variety of delicious food, imbibe some cold beer, and take in the sounds of authentic Irish bands. Wear your best St. Paddy's day attire and check out the dancing and costume contests with awesome prizes. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities as well. While you're at it, check out the amazing local shops, boutiques, and McKinney homes for sale. Beer passes can be purchased in advance if you want to avoid lines on the day of the festival. Beer passes include three 16-ounce beers and a McKinney St. Patrick's Day Festival Koozie!

    A portion of proceeds benefits The Warrior's Keep, which provides outdoor adventure and recreational therapies for veterans.

  2. Dallas St. Patrick's Parade & Festival - Blackwell Street and Greenville Avenue, Dallas
    This awesome event is the largest St. Paddy's parade in the Southwest. The two-mile trek begins at Saturday, March 16th at 11 a.m. at Greenville & Blackwell streets and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd & the 75 Central Expressway. With more than 125,000 spectators, 1700 participants, and 90 parade floats, food trucks, and activities for people of all ages, it's not only an exciting community gathering, it's a great opportunity to check out the neighborhood and take a look at Dallas homes for sale.

    Proceeds benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association Scholarship Fund.

  3. Kiss Me, I'm Irish Express-Grapevine Vintage Railroad - 705 S. Main St., Grapevine
    This unique St. Patrick's Day train ride happens Saturday, March 16 at 7:15 p.m. Celebrate in style as these historic 1920s-era coaches wander through the Grapevine area. Enjoy craft beer, Irish-style hors d'oeuvres, and dessert; take in the stunning Grapevine scenery; and chat with the locals about things to do in the area and Grapevine homes for sale.

    The depot opens at 6 p.m. and boarding begins at 6:45. The train departs promptly at 7:15. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early, especially if you're with a big group. Tickets for this two-hour excursion are $39 per person.  All riders must be 21 and older. ID may be required.

  4. St. Paddy's Texas Style - Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville
    This one-of-a-kind celebration honors St. Patrick's Day and Texas Independence Day in one shot. Free admission and activities include live music, dance, and activities for kids, including zip-lining, bounce houses, face painting, and an outdoor movie at 7:45 p.m. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs, grab some food and a green beer, and celebrate St. Paddy's Day and Texas Independence Day at this fun-filled, free event. Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome, so take a stroll around town and get a glimpse of Lewisville homes for sale as well!

Our real estate agents at RE/MAX DFW Associates can give you the scoop on a variety of exciting things in Dallas-Ft. Worth and help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us to get started today!

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.

February
18

7 Speakeasies Worth Finding in Dallas

Dallas Speakeasy Bars - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Speakeasies rose to prominence during prohibition, illicitly serving alcohol in secret haunts out of sight and out of the law's reach. The fact that alcohol was made legal again more than 80 years ago has done nothing to diminish these establishment's appeal. 

Today, speakeasies remain some of the best places in Dallas to grab a drink, with high-end cocktails, tasty happy hour specials, and second-to-none ambiance. Our real estate agents share some of the best old-fashioned watering holes to visit in the DFW area.

  1. Atwater - 4900 McKinney Ave.
    Tucked away in an unassuming alleyway behind Henry's Majestic, Atwater is a dark, secretive den that feels like it belongs in another era. Walking into the dimly-lit bar room with its classic atmosphere and vintage decor gives the impression that you've discovered a secret world that you weren't supposed to know about. With high-end cocktails prepared by expert mixologists, it's a discovery you'll be glad you made. 

  2. Parliament - 2418 Allen St.
    Offering craft beers on tap and towering shelves lined with every spirit you could imagine, Parliament is a hip, cozy, romantic spot to grab a drink in a classic setting. The ambiance falls somewhere between Gatsby's Mansion and Ollivander's Wand Shop, and the bartenders are known for offering the most friendly service in town. 

  3. Bourbon & Banter - 1914 Commerce St.
    Nestled inside the historic Statler Dallas, Bourbon & Banter isn't just a bar, it's a bourbon library, a cocktail encyclopedia. This beauty salon turned underground lounge serves up endlessly innovative mixed drinks and houses the best bourbon collection in Dallas within its classy, sleek-rustic walls. 

  4. High and Tight Barbershop - 2701 Main St.
    Tucked away in the historic Deep Ellum Neighborhood, High and Tight Barbershop is exactly what its name implies—and then some. This 1920s-inspired barbershop offers haircuts and trims that are as stylish today as they were in the Roaring 20s, and the adjoining barroom serves up classic cocktails to the sweet sounds of live music. 

  5. Black Swan Saloon - 2708 W. Elm St.
    With a Vegas-meets-Texas vibe and extraordinary, unique takes on classic cocktails, Black Swan Saloon is a cozy, brick-lined hole-in-the-wall with minimal signage. If you didn't know it was there, you could walk right by and never know what you were missing (and what a shame that would be). Also, when the stage in the corner isn't being used for live music, you'll find a pair of vintage arcade tabletops with Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, and Space Invaders. It's where the '20s meet the '80s.  

  6. Midnight Rambler - 1530 Main St.
    Midnight Rambler is a luxurious craft cocktail salon at the equally luxurious Joule Hotel. With a timeless ambiance and deep catalog of cocktails both familiar and exotic, D Magazine calls it the most "Dallas" bar in Dallas. DJs spin records Thursday through Sunday, and a great wine and craft beer list supplements the ever-changing cocktail menu.

  7. Jettison - 1878 Sylvan Ave.
    You could visit Houndstooth Coffee in Sylvan Thirty a dozen times and not notice that this hidden gem is right next door. Jettison's spartan decor, and unassuming atmosphere, make it a minimalist take on the speakeasy concept—the collection of alcohol bottles displayed behind the bar is almost shockingly restrained—but the impeccably crafted cocktails confirm that this is one of Dallas' best-kept secrets.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your perfect Dallas homes, and to making sure you're ready to live your new life to the fullest. 

 

January
21

6 Favorite Spots to Watch the Big Game in the DFW

Dallas Sports Bars - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Fort Worth real estate provides exciting opportunities all year round. Dallas homes are some of the most desirable in the U.S., and our real estate agents are always glad to show them off.

Everything's bigger in Texas, and that's just as true of our Game Day parties! No matter if you follow football or consider yourself a casual fan, a Big Game get-together in the DFW area offers fun you won't want to miss. Everyone turns out for a great day of excitement.

Naturally, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans are the local teams close to our heart here in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Cowboys have won five matchups, and although the last was in 1996, die-hard fans will never stop rooting for them. 

Let's look in on six of the best places to see the biggest game of them all.

  1. Happiest Hour in Dallas' Harwood District - 2616 Olive Street
    You've been to happy hour, but have you been to the Happiest Hour? The Dallas Observer called this place the home of one of the best happy hours in the region. It's the largest patio and lounge in Dallas. Four full-service bars feature indoor and outdoor seating.

  2. The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum - 2713 Canton Street
    For a real blast right here in Dallas, check out The Bomb Factory. This is one of the top venues for live music in Dallas. It has something new every week, including premium seats and suites. You can even rent a space for a private Game Day party with you and your 149 closest friends.

  3. Champps in Las Colinas - 855 West John Carpenter Freeway
    Champps over in Irving is where you go if you want a mouthwatering burger. Premium seating is available for the Big Game, which includes an endless buffet of choice bar foods: Wings, pasta, pizza, and more. Champps also airs other events such as the latest UFC bouts.

  4. Fort Worth Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen - 941 Foch Street
    If you want a Texas-sized meal while you enjoy Game Day, Texas Republic Bar & Kitchen is here for you. It provides an incredible 8,300-square foot main floor and is working on a 6,000-square foot climate controlled patio on the roof! The drinks menu is similarly huge!

  5. Reservoir Bar, Patio & Kitchen - 1001 Foch Street
    Get refreshed at the Reservoir, and you'll have a Game Day experience that's second to none. With modern industrial flair and patio-centered seating, Reservoir is unique. It's a gastropub that fuses Southern comfort foods with brick oven pizzas and two full-service bars for "libations."

  6. Flying Saucer in Sundance Square - 111 E. Third Street
    Since 1995, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium has been the favorite "UFO" in the Fort Worth area. A successful franchise with a growing number of locations, this craft beer bars focuses on the best brews. Its special members-only club makes it popular for serious "beer nerds."

Trust Your Dallas-Fort Worth Home Search to a Texas-Sized Team

RE/MAX DFW Associates is proud to be the biggest RE/MAX company in Texas and the biggest anywhere in the southwestern United States. We've cultivated our team with a mix of responsive customer service and market expertise you're sure to love.

Whether you're visiting for the Big Game or any other time of year, we won't miss the chance to welcome you to Texas – and show you all Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer.

Contact us to find out more. We look forward to meeting you.

January
7

Home Buyers: Understand Applying for a Mortgage

Applying for a Mortgage - RE/MAX DFW Associates

Buying a home is a big decision, but paying for a home is an even bigger deal. Naturally, if you're looking at purchasing a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, then you'll most likely be looking toward a mortgage to finance your home purchase. 

The mortgage process is complex, multifaceted, and became even more so since the housing crash from a decade ago, so our real estate agents have put together some tips to help you understand the mortgage application process.

  • Applying for a Mortgage
    First things first, regardless of who you end up going with as your lender, you need to apply for a mortgage. Most mortgage applications can be filled out online from your lender of choice, and some online services offer a "catch-all" mortgage application that can be submitted to multiple lenders saving you a lot of time. After all, most mortgage applications take 45 minutes or more to complete and submit!

    Once you've applied, your lender will likely give you pre-approval or pre-qualification for a certain amount of funds. In other words, based on what you provided in your mortgage application, the lender will give you a fair ballpark of how much they can lend you. From there, you can budget and shop within that price range.

  • Get Your Documents Ready
    As you're working through the mortgage application process, your lender will want to see quite a few financial documents to prove your financial standing. Your lender will want documentation proving your monthly or annual income, the total of all of your debt obligations, your credit score, how much you can use for a down payment, and what you can afford in a home. 

    Prepping these items early in the process will give both your lender and yourself a good picture of your financial standing and allow either one of you to make adjustments to financing as needed.

  • Clear Up Debts
    One thing that your lender will be looking for is your income to debt ratio. In other words, how much do your current liabilities weigh on your gross income?  If you're preparing to buy a home and you haven't started the mortgage process, or if you're just trying to prove your position as a worthy borrower, then pay off any small debts.
    Small debts such as credit cards, small amounts in collections, or car notes that you can clear up will improve your position as a borrower worthy of a mortgage. Additionally, clearing up any unnecessary debts will improve your credit score and give lenders more confidence in you.

  • Credit Score
    Your credit score will say a lot about you as a borrower. Credit scores effectively give lenders a numerical value of your creditworthiness and your overall risk as a borrower to them.

    A FICO score is usually the number that most lenders and credit companies use to compare a borrower's creditworthiness. FICO takes into account debts owed, how long they've been owed, and how frequently you make payments on those debts among other things. Getting rid of small debts or paying down loans will help improve your credit score.

Buy a Home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Area

If buying a home is part of your plan for 2019, and you're looking to settle in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, then contact us today. Our agents at RE/MAX DFW Associates have an ear to the ground in the Dallas Fort Worth housing market and can help you find the home that's right for you.

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.

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!

August
20

Fort Worth Fun: Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway
If you're considering a relocation to North Texas, you must check out Fort Worth homes for sale. Whether you prefer a luxurious showplace or a stylish starter bungalow, our REALTORS® can find a home that matches your style.

When you visit Fort Worth Texas, spend some time getting to know our thriving metroplex. You'll find all the art, culture, dining, and exciting entertainment you'd expect of a world-class city. If you stretch your visit into the weekend, you can also experience the fast-paced thrills of NASCAR racing. 

Texas Motor Speedway 

Since 1996, NASCAR fans have electrified the intersection of 35 West and Highway 114. The location was chosen for its easy highway access, and the fans show up by the thousands. 

The Speedway hosts a yearlong schedule that includes Formula Drift, Legends Racing, the Camping World Truck Series, and special events including benefits for Texas Motor Speedway Children's Charities. In November, this versatile venue will host the 2018 Red Bull Air Race Championship

It's Big

The Speedway's track, grandstand, and other structures fill a 1,500-acre space. The main course is 1.5 miles with an 800 feet long pit road. The Lil' Texas Motor Speedway track which hosts US Legends Car Racing is 1/5 mile long. There's also a .4 mile clay surface track. The Speedway has a 181,655 fan seating capacity, including luxury and Victory Lane Club suites. 

Tickets

You have several online ticket-buying options: individual tickets, NASCAR 3-ticket Playoff Packs, and create your ticket packages with preferred upgrades. Upgrades include reserved parking, Raceday University, Infield Access, Weekend Pit Pass, and more. You can also schedule a Driver Appearance using the Texas Motor Speedway app.  

Fan Assistance

There are 24 concession buildings, 23 souvenir buildings 1,656 ladies restrooms, and 843 guy's restrooms on-site to keep fans happy, well fed and comfortable. Mobile medical teams are available to assist sick or injured fans. 

The Speedway checklist recommends a list of items to bring along. It includes outdoor accessories such as a hat, camera, and sunglasses. It also suggests a few not-so-obvious items such as earplugs (because it gets loud) and cash (so your beer purchases don't show up on your bank statement.) 

Parking

Most Speedway parking is free. Trams and shuttles loop the Lone Star Circle providing free pick ups and drop offs to and from the raceway. There is 300 paved bus parking spots and handicap parking available in the Express, Crystal, and Speedway Club lots. Paid reserved VIP parking gives you easier access to the track.  

Camping at the Speedway

There are plenty of hotels in the Fort Worth Texas area, but if you don't mind roughing it a little, you can camp out at the Speedway. There are 6,751 reserved camping spaces available. These include a tent camping area, a VIP area, and a family area. During April and November events there are also 1,799 unreserved camping spaces available.

The family camping section is fenced-in and has 24-hr security. The VIP lot has 24-hr security, paved lots, electrical hookups, and other amenities. RV drivers can set up camp in Burnout Alley. 

Raceway Ministries At Texas Motor Speedway

The Speedway Ministries hold devotionals each race day and a worship service each Sunday. Chaplains are available for crisis intervention and RMTMS volunteers assist fans with on-site and off-site services. 

Your Fort Worth Texas Real Estate Professionals

Let us tell you all the reasons why Fort Worth, Texas is a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us when you're buying or selling a home in the DFW real estate area.

July
26

Benefits of Professional Photos to Sell Your Home

Sell Your Home Professional Photos
Every seller wants their home to look its best. With all the visual marketing prospective buyers are exposed to today, getting professional photos of your home can be a real game changer. Using a real estate photographer will help your home get sold faster and for top dollar.

The Role Photos Play When Selling

Thanks to the internet and social media, most buyers now start their home searches online. They scout neighborhoods, pick a price range, and see what kinds of amenities are available. Potential buyers even use it to passively shop and help them make the decision to call a real estate agent in the first place. According to The National Association of REALTORS®, over half of buyers found the home they purchased on the internet. And The Wall Street Journal says buyers only spend 20% of that time online reading descriptions of a property, while 60% is spent viewing the photos.

You can't disregard that kind of impact. Selling a home requires as many potential buyers as possible. The internet is where those buyers are. And the internet is extremely visual. If the photos aren't great, buyers will move on without seeing the home in person.

We've all heard the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". Often word counts and character number restrictions just won't allow a written description to do a home justice. Sure, it's helpful. But "four bedrooms, two bathrooms" leaves a lot to the imagination. Great photos will fill in that gap and guide buyers that are a good fit right to your home.

Why Professional Photos

Not all photos are created equal. We've all seen photos taken with poor equipment, bad lighting, unnatural colors, and questionable editing, just to name a few. While most pros know how to avoid those problems, one that specializes in real estate photography offers additional advantages.

  • Superior shot composition. The photographer will be able to make sure photos are creative, staged correctly, and attract the interest of the buyer.
  • Getting the right photos. The photos of your home should appeal to all buyers and provide the essential information they need. Finding out afterward that you don't have a photo of the outside or the kitchen isn't going to help sell your house.
  • Knowing how the photos will be used. Real estate photos are used to sell, and an experienced real estate photographer will keep that in mind. They'll also understand how the agent will use the photos. MLS, social media, and email all have different requirements and a real estate photographer will likely be familiar with the most of them.

A Note About Luxury Homes

Luxury homes are a bigger investment and you need to make sure you're getting what your home is really worth. You'll need to highlight all those amazing features and high-end amenities. When buyers look at these homes, they're really thinking about the lifestyle a home purchase of this kind implies. A real estate photographer will make sure buyers have no problem imagining the lifestyle they're looking for. While it may seem expensive, homes with professional photos sell for more money. That increase is usually much more than the cost of the photos.

Amazing photos help buyers associate positive feelings specifically with your home. That gives you a real advantage when they see it in person. Our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates will make sure you have all the resources you need to get your home sold. Contact us today to speak with an agent to find out what we can do for you.

June
20

Saltgrass Steakhouse in Irving is Totally Texas

Irving, TX - Saltgrass Steakhouse
Less than 20 minutes from the heart of Dallas, the city of Irving, TX offers endless options for shopping, dining and entertainment. Some of our real estate agents' favorite spots in the DFW area can be found right here, and today we want to highlight one of the area's best restaurants – Saltgrass Steakhouse in Irving, TX.

Irving's Award-Winning Steakhouse

Saltgrass Steakhouse serves Certified Angus Beef® steaks – the finest in the world – which exceeds even USDA Choice beef in taste and tenderness. The restaurant also has a lot more to offer besides steak, but let's face it. The beef is the main attraction here, and rightly so.

From Pat's Ribeye to the Silver Star Porterhouse and Maudeen's Center Cut Filet, Saltgrass Steakhouse excels when it comes to prime cuts of char-grilled beef, slathered in fresh garlic butter and seasoned with their signature Saltgrass-7 Steak Spice. Their lunch and dinner menus also offer incredible burgers, mouth-watering ribs, fresh seafood, poultry and some of the best ribs around. Besides, the appetizers, sides and desserts alone are worth making a trip for. Try the Two-Fork Cheese Cake, or the homemade beer bread, served warm with honey butter. All breads, dressings and soups are made from scratch daily.

The bar at Saltgrass Steakhouse serves up craft beer in frosty mugs, along with top shelf agave margaritas, an incredible variety of excellent cocktails and an extensive wine list. Stop in for a drink, and there's a good chance you'll be tempted to stick around for a full meal.

A Historic Texas Tradition

Saltgrass Steakhouse got its start in 1991 in Houston, and now has dozens of locations all over the country. The original location sits right alongside the legendary Salt Grass Trail, a historic route used by cattle herders in the 19th century to drive their livestock south to graze on the fertile salt grasses of the Texas Gulf Coast.

It was a journey known far and wide for producing the best beef in Texas, a tradition that Saltgrass Steakhouse carries on today. The trail ride was revived in the 1950s, and has continued to this day, becoming an annual celebration of the original Texas spirit.

The Irving, TX location of Saltgrass Steakhouse is just minutes from some of the best attractions in Irving, including Lakeview Park, the Sam Houston Trail, Luna Vista Golf Course and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Downtown Dallas is just 20 minutes away, and Fort worth is just a 30 minute drive.

Irving TX Real Estate Professionals

If you're looking for Irving homes for sale, be sure to check out Saltgrass Steakhouse while you're in the neighborhood. And remember that you're more than welcome to contact RE/MAX DFW Associates any time to learn more about life in Irving, TX!

June
4

Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth Water Gardens
A beautiful oasis in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Water Gardens are truly a place like no other. Whether you're a long-time local or just visiting the city to check out Fort Worth homes for sale, the Water Gardens are one of the greatest must-see attractions in Fort Worth. 

Part of the Fort Worth Landscape

Built in 1974, the Fort Worth Water Gardens were designed by the acclaimed American Architect Philip Johnson, and drew immediate acclaim for their unique blend of futuristic architecture and natural elements. To this day, the gardens are an architectural and engineering marvel that must be experienced firsthand.

You can explore a variety of water features as you stroll through this fascinating urban park, including three pools that are as different as they are beautiful.

  • The Meditation Pool is as calm and relaxing as its name suggests. Here, a thin plane of water flows down steep, nearly 90-degree walls into a serene pool surrounded by cypress trees. The sound of the water is almost like that of a gentle rain shower, making this a great place to be still and focus your mind.
  • The Aerating Pool is, in a way, the polar opposite of the Meditation Pool. It's all motion and activity, with 40 nozzles spraying 871 gallons of water every minute over a deep pool surrounded by lofty oaks. The mist from the spraying nozzles creates the illusion of a bridge made of water spanning the pool.
  • The Active Pool is unquestionably the centerpiece of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, with water cascading 38 feet down a series of terraces and steps into a pool at the bottom. Visitors can walk down the terraced steps of the gigantic Active Pool to find themselves surrounded by the sight and sound of moving water, a unique and immersive experience.

Drawing visitors from all over the world, the Fort Worth Water Gardens could almost be seen as a symbol for how much Fort Worth has progressed over the years. The area that the Water Gardens now cover was once one of the most notorious red light districts in Texas, a stretch of saloons, brothels and gambling halls that earned the nickname, "Hell's Half Acre."

Today, the Fort Worth Water Gardens encompass about 4.3 acres in the heart of Fort Worth's revitalized downtown. It's within walking distance of dozens of great shops, bars and eateries and just footsteps away from landmarks like Saint Patrick Cathedral and the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Your Fort Worth Real Estate Pros

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today to learn more about all the great attractions in Fort Worth, TX. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the perfect home in this unique city.

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
19

3 Reasons Why a CMA Sells Your Home

Why a CMA Sells Your Home
Real estate transactions don't happen in a vacuum, and understanding the conditions of your local market will play a key role in setting the right price to get your home sold. A comparative market analysis (CMA) is one of the most important tools that your real estate agent has for analyzing the market, and it's something that every seller should look for before putting a home on the market. A CMA looks at what similar homes on the market have listed for and sold for, along with listings that have expired (usually) due to a lack of offers. Our REALTORS® rely on CMAs as part of the process of finding the right price for your home, and we've put together three reasons why a CMA will help sell your home.

CMA Basics

1.  A CMA Helps Take Emotion Out of the Equation 

Even if you're excited about moving on to your next home, there may be some sentimental attachments to your old one that influence your asking price in negative ways. A CMA is a great tool for seeing your home as buyers will see it, in comparison to similar homes in your area. With a CMA, you can set a price based on the realities of the market, and where your home fits into it. It doesn't mean you'll have to list the home for a bargain, but it does give you a better chance of making a competitive listing to maximize your return on investment while minimizing the time that your home spends on the market.

2.  A CMA Will Make You a More Informed Seller

Selling a house can feel a little overwhelming at times, even if you've done it before with success. There's so much information to sort through, and it's not always easy to figure out on your own which market factors are most important. A CMA gets directly to the heart of the issue, by looking at what other similar homes have sold for in the area, how long they similar homes have spent on the market, and how the sale price of homes in the area compares to their list price. So if you're competing with other Dallas homes for sale, a CMA will help give you an idea of exactly what you're up against, and how you can best approach the market. And you don't have to figure out all of the data alone! Your real estate agent should be a great source of help when making sense of your CMA.

3.  A CMA Is Focused on Your Needs

While it's true that you can learn plenty about real estate prices and demographics by researching online, most of the time you'll be getting very general information. If you're selling Fort Worth homes, then you're not really worried about what houses in Houston are selling for, and you may not even be too worried about homes in Fort Worth that are outside of your neighborhood. A CMA is focused on similar "comps" for your home, which removes some of the noise from the equation by getting rid of homes that aren't comparable to yours. Since a CMA tells you about the homes that don't sell in your area, you'll also have the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of other sellers and set a competitive price.

Are you searching for a real estate team who uses all of the latest tools and tactics to get your home sold?

Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth 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.

November
9

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth Stockyard National Historic District
Interested in experiencing the history, heritage, and culture of Fort Worth, TX, up close and personal? The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is a spectacular example of what makes life in the city so special, with history, entertainment, and excitement around every corner. Visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards is like stepping back into a different era, where daily cattle drives, raucous rodeos, and lively, open-air markets are simply part of daily life. There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and our team is excited to tell you all about it.

History, Food, and Texas Fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth History

How did the Fort Worth Stockyards get its start? Investor Greenlief Simpson visited Fort Worth at the request of a local businessman, found a stockyard full of cattle, and decided to invest. Little did he know that the stockyard was not normally so full, and the extra cattle were there simply due to a railroad strike mixed with some bad weather. Still, the Fort Worth Stockyards had its investor, and would soon become one of the most successful stockyards in the country. Today, you can experience more than 100 years of Fort Worth history, through guided tours or at your own leisure.

Fabulous Food

One of the best things about Fort Worth homes is that you'll never be far from a fantastic meal, and that's certainly true when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. Sample the flavors of Texas with tender, juicy barbecue, on-the-border cuisine, steakhouses, family dining, and plenty of places to grab a drink after your meal.

Entertainment and Everyday Fun

There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, from family fun to a vibrant, exciting nightlife. Take in one of the twice-daily cattle drives through the district to see what the stockyards are all about, or visit the Cowtown Opry for live performances with a historic spin. The Fort Worth Stockyards are also filled with the sounds of great music, with a wide variety of performance venues suited to both families and adults looking for a fun night on the town.

Shopping the Stockyards

Whether you're looking for a souvenir, vintage gear, or some of the finest leather products you'll find anywhere, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District has you covered. Enjoy a wide range of shopping experiences, including art galleries, vintage shops, custom hats, hand-crafted products, jewelry, and antiques. Shop the finest Texas styles, and uncover hidden gems that you won't find anywhere else.

Special Events

There's plenty to do in the Fort Worth Stockyards no matter when you visit, and there will also be special days to circle on your calendar. The schedule of special events runs year-round at the Fort Worth Stockyards, with live performances, holiday events, rodeos, Wild West shows, and plenty of fun surprises. Families will love all of the kid-friendly events on the schedule, and the many festivals that visit throughout the year. The people of Fort Worth are big on giving back to the community, so it's no surprise that you'll also find a busy schedule of charitable events raising money for good causes.

Your Fort Worth Home

When you're hard at work searching for your ideal Fort Worth home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Fort Worth, Dallas, and the DFW suburbs.

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.

September
27

Open House Etiquette for Dallas Home Buyers

Open House Dos & Don'ts
A Buyer's Guide to Open House Etiquette

An open house is a great opportunity to tour homes for sale in your community without having to schedule an appointment.

Hitting open houses on a given Sunday can also help you gauge available homes in a market and begin a relationship with a REALTOR® if you have not already found one. If you're new to "Open House Sundays," here are easy tips for making your search for Dallas homes more enjoyable and productive.

  1. It's okay to walk in.
    You don't need to ring the doorbell or knock, unless there is a sign posted instructing you to do so. Someone may be outside or at the door to greet you.

  2. Introduce yourself.
    The person hosting the open house may not be the agent who is selling the home, but an associate agent who is hoping to represent a buyer. If you don't have a REALTOR® representing you, let them know that you are still looking for a buyer's agent. Getting there early allows you to talk with the agent and determine if you want to work with that person.

  3. Sign in.
    You may be asked to sign in and provide contact information. This makes it easier for the seller's agent to follow up with you. Even if you don't like the house, it's still a good idea to leave your phone number or email address, as the agent could have other listings that may interest you. If you prefer not to sign in, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello so the agent can keep an eye on who's touring the home.

  4. Beat the crowd.
    Try to arrive as soon as the open house starts. (NOT before that time!) The agent will have time to show you around and give your personal attention.

  5. Don't show up last minute.
    Don't wait until the last minute to arrive. The REALTOR® has most likely been there all day and is ready to pack it up and head home. You want to take your time when looking at the house, so contact the seller's agent and arrange a personal showing if you're running late.

  6. Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and shoes.
    You don't want to look under or overdressed, so choose something casual you'd wear every day. Nice jeans and a t-shirt or are fine for attending an open house. You're probably going to be doing a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

  7. It's okay to politely ask valid questions.
    Ask about the seller's motivation and if there are any offers. REALTORS® can also give you insight on the neighborhood and nearby schools. Be prepared to ask questions about plumbing, electrical systems, roof and other major components of the home. Please don't take an antagonistic tone or corner the agent with countless questions during a busy open house.

  8. Don't be nosy.
    Of course you want to check out closets and other storage space, but don't go through personal belongings. It's okay to a quick peek, but don't disturb any items that are stored in them.

  9. Don't criticize.
    Remember this is the seller's home. Don't criticize it during the tour. If there are multiple offers, you don't want the seller selecting another buyer because they heard you saying something negative about their home.

Our Dallas REALTORS® can guide you every step of the way during your search for a home. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today.

August
28

Get to Know Dallas and its West End District

Dallas West End DistrictWhen you enter the Dallas Historic West End District, you still see evidence of its industrial past. The brick buildings that give the area a throwback feel once housed manufacturers and warehouses.

Rehabbing and redecorating gave those buildings a new life as trendy restaurants, shops, museums, and entertainment venues. It's a great area for dining, exploring, or celebrating special events.

Our Dallas REALTORS® live and work in the area. We enjoy the West End District's entertainment venues. Whether you're new to the area or you're a longtime Dallas homes resident, we want to help you discover the benefits of this exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment district.

Here's just a sample of what you'll find.

Living in the District 

Walkability, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, low crime, and a reasonable cost of living give the West End District a high livability rating. You'll find your spacious condo or apartment home in one of the district's vintage industrial buildings.

Shop the the Boutiques

You'll find the unique goods and services you can't find anywhere else.

Walk or Ride Through the District

Walkability is one of the West End District's key features. If walking isn't your thing, you have a few alternatives.

Take a romantic carriage ride

Glide through town on a Segway

Learn Something New at a Museum

Local museums entertain and educate. They offer activities, programs, and entertainment for the whole family.

Make Dining Delicious and Fun

The West End Historic District offers restaurants for a fun family occasion or a night on the town. Here are few favorites.

  • Ellens - Brunch is all they do, because "it's always brunch o'clock somewhere." Southern recipes from scratch. Eggs Benedict, the Big 'Ol Breakfast and more.
  • House of Blues - Serving chicken, jambalaya, ribs and "Food that feeds the soul." Live Blues, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Roots-based Rock & Roll. Kids eat free.
  • Gators - Family friendly restaurant. Homemade Cajun, Tex-Mex, Seafood, and live crawfish dishes. Karaoke Thursday through Sunday

Get to Know the Dallas Community

We believe it's important to know your community. Our real estate professionals are happy to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates for information about buying or selling your home or if you simply want to learn more about the activities in your community.

August
16

Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas

Mandalay Canal Walk Las Colinas
Visitors have called the Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas a "hidden secret path." Those of us with homes in Irving know the walkway is easy to find. It follows the path of the man-made waterway as it joins Lake Carolyn. The Canal Walk is one of the unique features that help make the Las Colinas planned community a wonderful place to call home.

Our REALTORS® in Irving understand that the Canal Walk at Las Colinas is no secret. Still, we believe it's important to offer friendly reminders of just how beautiful and peaceful our community can be.

When you walk the canal
The Canal Walk gives you access to a beautiful ground level city view. You follow a patterned-brick path that syncs with the waterway's arcs and curves. You wander past gleaming office buildings, hotels, arched entryways, and architecture with a distinctive European flair.

Walking the path is a unique way to appreciate the Las Colinas fusion of futuristic growth and old world charm. Best of all, it's a great way to see the commercial district without traffic getting in the way.

More than just a walk
The path is tree-lined and peaceful, ideal for a solo morning walk, an afternoon lunch with coworkers, or a romantic evening stroll. Some restaurants, shops, hotels, and local entertainment venues border the walkway. Others are nearby or a doable walking distance.

As you walk, you'll also see towering buildings, floral accents, and secluded inlets with man-made waterfalls. The celebrated Mustangs of Colinas sculpture and museum are nearby as well.

Mandalay Canal Gondola RideAnd if you don't feel like walking
If a peaceful walk isn't enough to satisfy your need for motion, you'll find a few options along the way.

  • Stand Up Paddle
    If you can imagine yourself surfing and rowing at the same time, you might enjoy stand up paddling. As a Stand Up Paddle participant, you'll learn to "walk on water" using a boat/surf board style device. After you complete your introductory training you'll be able to paddle the canal instead of walking the path.

  • Gondola Cruises
    When you see a gondola cruising the Las Colinas canal, you'll feel you've been transported to Venice. Gondola Adventures will schedule your tour on a traditional or electric-powered gondola. You can ride a gondola simply for access to a unique view of Las Colinas or arrange a special occasion cruise. P.S. Be prepared to kiss your partner as you pass under a bridge.

  • DART Transportation
    If you want to see the canal but prefer not to walk, you can hop aboard a DART Area Personal Transit train. It's easy to make an APT connection from the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. It will speed you along the canal route if you decide not to walk.

    Station stops provide People Movers to transport you throughout the community. APT service is free.

Get to know your community
We believe it's important to know your community. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you need information on buying or selling your Irving home or if you simply want information about the businesses, activities, and entertainment in your community.

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.

June
8

5 Super Smart Ways to Save for a Dallas Home

Save for a Dallas Home
Buying a home
can be challenging in all kinds of ways. Simply finding a home that has everything you need is a big accomplishment, and we're here to help you in every way that we can.

For many, saving the money needed for buying a house is another major challenge. So to help you avoid any financing woes, our team has put together some of our favorite clever tips to save money for buying a home. With a little willpower and outside-the-box thinking, you'll be well on your way to saving for your dream home.

  1. Make More Money
    Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? Of course, you can't just make money appear in your bank account, but there are plenty of ways to get a little extra dough rolling in, whether it's picking up an extra shift every week, or even taking a second job on the side. Now is also a good time to have the yard sale of a lifetime; if you don't need it, sell it. You'll make a little extra dough, and you'll have fewer things to carry around when moving day comes.
  1. Create a Separate Account
    When you're putting aside money that you plan to use for buying a house, create a separate bank account that is to be used solely for that purpose. When you keep your new-home funds in your regular savings or checking account, it's too easy to become complacent and start spending your savings without realizing that you're setting yourself back. Put that money aside, and don't touch it until you've found your dream home.
  1. Downsize Now, Upsize Later
    It might seem like moving backward, but sometimes the best way to step forward is to take a step back first. If you're renting a big apartment, you can temporarily move into a smaller place and start putting aside the money you save on rent. If you're leasing a pricey car, trade it in for something cheap and reliable that gets good gas mileage. Skip your vacation, eat out less, drop your gym membership and work out at home, start buying generic-brand breakfast cereal – whatever you have to do.
  1. Save Automatically
    Unless saving money comes much more naturally to you than it does to just about everyone else, it's tremendously beneficial to automate your savings process. Set up an automated savings plan so that a certain percentage of your earnings are automatically set aside for your new home.
  1. Make It a Contest
    If you and a significant other are buying a house together, you have a chance to finally put your competitive impulses to good use. Turn saving money into a contest, and keep track of how much you are each able to put aside. It's a surprisingly effective incentive. And if you need a "prize" that's more tempting than simple bragging rights, how about this: whoever saves the most money gets to choose what color to paint your new living room.

Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today to learn more about finding your dream home and making it yours. Our team offers the expertise you need to find Dallas homes that suit every lifestyle.

April
11

Five Favorite Dallas Restaurants for Easter Dining

Hop On In To These Five Dallas Restaurants for Easter 

Best Dallas Restaurants for Easter

Easter is on its way in the Dallas area—to be fair, it's also on its way everywhere else—and chances are, you're looking for a good place to do some holiday dining. So whether you're looking for a cozy Easter brunch spot or an Easter dinner restaurant for the whole family, our REALTORS® in Dallas have a few solid recommendations.

  1. The Mercury - 11909 Preston Road, Dallas, TX
    Serving an upscale take on classic American fare, this Dallas mainstay will be offering both lunch buffet and brunch options on Easter, making it a perfect spot for a family meal (adults $54.95, kids 10 and under $34.94). Go for some of the brunch dishes like smoked salmon and eggs Benedict, or just head straight for the omelette bar. But save room for dessert, because the chocolate mousse cake is out of sight.

  2. Ocean Prime - 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX
    Ocean Prime is a great spot for a fancy Easter brunch that won't completely drain your bank account, with a la carte pricing and entrees under $20. Easter brunch offerings include blackened salmon salad and braised short rib surf and turf. They also happen to serve one of the best Bloody Marys in town.

  3. El Bolero - 1201 Oak Lawn Ave #160, Dallas, TX
    For a brunch that isn't all waffles and omelettes, head to El Bolero Cocina Mexicana for a south-of-the-border twist on the traditional Easter Sunday brunch. A special prix fixe menu for the occasion ($31 for adults, $10 for kids) includes heirloom tomato gazpacho, avocado toast and a delicious homemade carrot cake. For the pickier eaters in the family, the chocolate chip pancakes have never disappointed anyone.

  4. Victory Tavern City Grille - 2501 N. Houston St., Dallas, TX
    The Victory Tavern City Grille is serving a special three-course brunch that is sure to satisfy kids and adults alike, with main courses that range from pecan smoked leg of lamb to thick-cut brioche French toast. The meal will cost you $28 per person (half price for kids under 12) and comes with a full antipasti bar that includes Nutella fondue with spring fruits and berries, along with... well, lots of other things, but they pretty much had us at Nutella fondue.

  5. Princi Italia - 5959 Royal Ln #707, Dallas, TX
    At Princi Italia you can choose from light brunch options, like fig and Gorgonzola bruschetta, or go for heartier lunch fare, like fried chicken and Pancetta waffles. Brunch goes for $35 per person (half-price for kids 12 and under). This modern Italian eatery also serves up a mean blood-orange mimosa, and makes some of the best wood-fired pizza in town.

At RE/MAX DFW Associates, we make it our mission to help you find your dream home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Contact our Dallas office today to learn more about homes in Dallas that are close to the city's best restaurants.

March
27

How to Find the Right Dallas Neighborhood for You

Finding the Right Dallas Neighborhood to Buy a HomeDallas is a big city in every sense of the word, and one of the great things about buying a house here is that the city has a neighborhood to suit every taste. Narrowing down your list to find the right Dallas neighborhood for you is one of the most important steps in the preparation process that leads to finding a home that you will love long-term. Whether you love the arts, the outdoors, or simply want the best education possible for your children, there's a Dallas neighborhood with your name on it.

Dreaming of Dallas: How to Find a Neighborhood You'll Truly Love

The first step in finding the right neighborhood is doing your research, and if possible hands-on is preferable to learning from a distance. You can learn about school districts, employment opportunities, and economic indicators online, and then make in-person visits to the neighborhoods that pique your interest. Ahead, we'll provide examples of some of the types of neighborhoods you'll find around Dallas, along with more tips on finding the right match.

  • Trophy Club, TX – Master Planned Community – Homes in Trophy Club are designed with convenience and aesthetic appeal in mind, just like the community itself. Master Planned Communities like Trophy Club are popular around Dallas, and each community is designed from the ground up to make life as pleasant as possible for residents. Trophy Club is also home to a world-class golf course, and outdoor fun is typically a big part of life when you live in a Master Planned Community.

  • Prosper, TX – Dallas Suburb – The city of Dallas is surrounded by smaller suburbs that allow you to enjoy the charms of small-town living while still residing close to the big city. Suburbs like Prosper, TX tend to be laid back, but never boring. These communities often feature ample outdoor spaces, including parks, trails, gardens, and golf courses. Prosper homes are a perfect fit if you want the excitement of DFW but prefer buying a house in a place with a little less population density than you'll find in larger communities.

  • McKinney, TX – Suburban City/Superb School District – The suburban cities around Dallas are large enough to be their own cities, but close enough to be part of the DFW Metro Area. DFW suburban cities like McKinney, TX boast some of the best school districts in the entire country, and are very popular among families for that reason. McKinney homes often feature a very luxurious design touch, and hold their value well over time.

  • Out-of-Town Shoppers – If you currently live far away from the city, connecting with social media groups for Dallas neighborhoods will allow you to chat with locals about what life is like in each location before buying a house. Many Dallas neighborhoods also have their own dedicated websites, including the Bishop Arts District, Downtown Dallas, and the Dallas Arts District.

  • Ask Your Agent – Whether you're shopping from afar or exploring first-hand, your real estate agent should be a valuable resource throughout the process of shopping for Dallas homes. Ask questions, bounce around ideas, and keep in touch with your agent so you have a finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. Buying a home is a big decision, and you deserve the right real estate agent in your corner.

Need a hand narrowing down your neighborhood options in Dallas and throughout DFW? Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Dallas, TX, and for all the help you need to find the right Dallas neighborhood for you.

March
13

3 Tips for Sellers to Prevent Home Inspection Disasters

Tips for Sellers Home Inspections

When you're selling a house, few moments are more nerve-wracking than the home inspection. No matter how much you've prepared for the big day and how well you've maintained your home over the years, there will always be some anxiety until the inspector gives your home a clean bill of health. Avoiding unpleasant surprises during a home inspection starts with preparation and education. It is important to prepare your home for the inspection, and educate yourself on what to expect from each step in the inspection process. We're here to help, by highlighting three big mistakes that you definitely don't want to make on inspection day.

Home Inspection Disasters: Three Big Mistakes to Avoid on Inspection Day

  1. Not Researching Your Inspector – Settling for a substandard home inspector is one of the easiest mistakes to make when selling your home, and only invites problems in the future. A good home inspector is not necessarily hard to find, but you will definitely want to do some research before choosing who will inspect your home. The best home inspectors take their work seriously, and understand what it takes to create a comprehensive picture of the home's health.

    Word of mouth referrals remain one of the best ways to identify a good home inspector. Start by finding a REALTOR® that you trust, and asking them for feedback on inspectors in your area. If a friend, family member, or colleague recently had an inspection, they might have good advice as well. Even if you do get a referral from a trusted source, take the time to research the inspector on your own to be sure.

  2. Not Prepping Your Home – Let's say you're selling a house in Dallas and it's the heart of summer. Your inspector arrives, already sweating from the summer heat and finds a home with obstructions around every corner. The basement is locked, the closets are full to the brim with stuff and kids' toys are strewn on the floor. Not a great way to encourage a careful, thorough home inspection.

    A messy, cluttered home will make life much more difficult for you, and your home inspector. Prepare for inspection day by cleaning the home, clearing space around attic/crawlspace access points, and gathering keys for any doors that the inspector will need to open.

  3. Depending on DIY – This is one of the most common home inspection mistakes, but also one of the easiest to avoid. Whether you're addressing potential problems before inspection or making repairs afterward, only attempt DIY repairs if you have extensive experience with the work required. There is little more frustrating than sinking hours and dollars into a major DIY repair project only to find out from your home inspector that professional repairs will still be needed.

So if you're selling a house in Fort Worth and have some structural issues to deal with, contacting a contractor you trust is a great way to avoid potential headaches. This is another situation where it really pays to get feedback from your REALTOR® and others you trust because finding the right contractor will make your life much easier. There are many merits to DIY projects when the pressure is lower, but home inspection just isn't the right time to show off your handy side.

Need a hand preparing to sell your home? Our team at RE/MAX DFW Associates is here to help. Contact us for everything you need to buy and sell homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

February
28

The Rookies Guide to Buying a Home in Dallas

Rookies Guide Buying a Home in Dallas
Are you a first-time homebuyer searching for the perfect spot in Dallas to call your own? Our city has seen a big influx of new residents in recent years and helping new homebuyers is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work at RE/MAX DFW Associates. The real estate market in Dallas is hot with homes of every variety and neighborhoods to suit every taste. So we've assembled our best tips for first-time homebuyers in Dallas to help you find a home you'll love with plenty left in your budget to explore all that this great city has to offer.  

Dreaming of Dallas: The Rookie's Guide to Buying a House in the City

  • Research Neighborhoods – Dallas is a big city in terms of both population size and area, so narrowing down the neighborhoods where you want to shop will help you focus your effort more efficiently. Hands-on research is the best way to learn before buying a house, and you're sure to have some fun in the process. If you currently live too far from Dallas to research in person, there are plenty of good resources online to help you learn about popular Dallas neighborhoods from afar.
  • Know Your Budget – Homes in Dallas come in all shapes and sizes, so it's wise to have a firm idea of how much you're prepared to spend before hitting the market. When you have a strong idea of your preferred neighborhoods, the type of home you want, and how much you have to spend, it's easier to identify a home that fits your needs. Just as importantly, it will help you avoid investing significant energy in homes that don't fully fit your needs.
  • Know Your Real Estate Agent – You may be buying a home for the first time, but your real estate agent has done this dance many times before. Choosing an agent who you trust and enjoy working with will make life much easier when buying a house. Our REALTORS® in Dallas love helping first-time buyers learn about the city, study the market, and land the right home for their needs.
  • Hiring a Home Inspector – No matter which home in the city catches your eye, it's a good idea to have a thorough home inspection before getting serious about making a purchase. Look for an inspector with good attention to detail, and a willingness to answer your questions throughout the process. An inspection may reveal major issues that make you think twice about making an offer, while repairs for minor issues that pop up during inspection can be negotiated as part of the purchase of the home.
  • Connect with TDHCA – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) is an organization that exists to help first-time homebuyers throughout the state, including in Dallas. The organization provides free educational resources geared toward first-time buyers, along with special loan programs.
  • Check the Suburbs – Dallas is surrounded by smaller cities and suburbs that each have something unique to offer, so it's also worth looking beyond the borders of the city to see if anything catches your eye. Some of the best school districts in Texas are located in Dallas suburbs, making those communities very popular among families.

Looking for more help navigating the Dallas real estate market for the first time? Our experienced team at RE/MAX DFW Associates is here for you. Contact us to learn everything you need to buy your first home in Dallas.

February
17

Daydreaming About Your First Home

Buying your first homeBuying a house for the first time always comes with a mix of excitement and anxiety. Don't worry, it's normal. There's nothing like the feeling of picking out your very own home for the first time, but like any homebuyer you also want to make sure that you're getting solid value for your financial investment. Preparation is the key to finding a home you'll love long-term: you don't have to be an expert to prepare like one. Our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates agree that differentiating between what you want and what you need is one of the most important steps you can take when buying a house for the first time.

Do I Want It or Do I Need It?

When defining wants versus needs, it's important to consider the neighborhood in addition to the home itself. You can find homes in Dallas in all shapes and sizes, but the neighborhood you choose helps determine which entertainment options, amenities and services are nearby. Deciding where your priorities lie will allow you to compromise on less important points in order to focus on getting what you really need.

  • Home Size – How much room do you really need, and how much do you expect to need in the future? Buying a home with room to grow may be ideal if you plan on starting a family in the future, while choosing a home with less square footage can help you save money in the present. Always keep one eye on the future when buying a house.
  • Location – The DFW area is a great example of the importance of location, because every community here has a unique feel. Homes in Flower Mound are known for their family-friendly suburban setting, while homes in Plano are located in one of the region's most affluent cities. The right location depends on your present needs and future wants.
  • Employment – Even if you're not moving specifically for a job, it's important to consider your employment needs along with your potential commute. Our region has a ton of great suburbs in addition to the big cities, so homes in Frisco or homes in Coppell offer excellent employment markets and an easy commute to other booming communities.
  • Perks and Amenities – Maybe you really want an ultra-modern kitchen, a formal dining room or bathrooms that look like they were plucked from a Victorian villa. While special perks may not fall into the "need" category, choosing the amenities you want the most will allow you to sacrifice and save in other areas. Homes in Las Colinas are a great option for upscale amenities and inspired design.
  • School District – This is one that every parent shopping for a home for the first time is likely considering, so it's no surprise that choosing the right school district is a priority. If you need to be in a great school district, DFW is a perfect place to shop. Homes in Carollton put you in one of the state's best school districts, but you really can't go wrong with any of the big DFW communities.

Deciding between what you want and what you need is a personal decision, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone. The help of an experienced real estate agent will make life much easier as you work to find a home that matches your needs. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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