My super-duper sources in the Irving community of Cottonwood Valley tell me there is no for sale sign out as of yet, but our fearless quarterback and his wife, Candice, also the mother of his little boy, Hawkins, who must be just over a year old now, may soon be departing their home on Dowlins Drive. Where are they going? Somewhere in North Dallas. Not sure exactly where yet, but sources tell me it’s either Bent Tree or Glen Abbey — somewhere gated. I’m putting my money on Glen Abbey. Gated, well of course! We sure hope they all had a great Mother’s Day today and very excited to see the second casa Romo!
The Wall Street Journal Has Been Scrutinizing Dallas Real Estate: Dallas Big Shots, They Say, Flock to Highland Park
Highland Park is hot. Don’t you love how the rest of the world is suddenly paying attention to Dallas? Our economy is great, and our real estate market could not be better. We may have some quirky politicos, and some of us OD on the decorating with the three T’s: turrets, trophies and tusks. But we are Texas, the rough-tumbling, independent, do-it-your-way state. I had heard that the Wall Street Journal sent a reporter down to Dallas to check out our real estate a week or so ago. That reporter was Alyssa Abkowitz. We are friends on Twitter. I was told she originally came down to research the Oil baron’s story — how “the shale-oil boom in the Lone Star State has created a different kind of gusher: oil executives flush with cash looking to buy luxury real estate.”
We welcome our new Tax Doctor on Candy’sDirt.com, Rob Wheelock of PropertyTaxManagers.com. (His ad is on this page, click on it and wander over to his website.) Rob is a tax fighting veteran with more than 10 years of experience who also works on special assignment for the Texas State Comptroller’s Office as an Arbitrator, settling property tax disputes between property owners and Appraisal Districts throughout the State. So he definitely has “an inside edge”. He will be here throughout the next couple crucial tax rendition weeks to help you whittle that tax bill down as much as humanely possible.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, which I hope you are, you know how hot our market is. I am afraid to postpone writing about a great property because it will be sold. I do not understand how you can write about homes now in print, especially magazine. It takes 30 days to publish a print book and in that time, a home could have flipped TWICE.
With Inventory Tighter Than Ever, Reza Derakhshani’s Austin Compound Won’t Be on The Market For Long
Just like right here in Dallas, Austin is experiencing some serious growing pains.
According to a report from Austin’s KXAN, available inventory in Austin is so low that many more modest homes inside the city limits are going for luxury-level prices. And luxury homes that are priced right are flying off the shelves. Continue reading
Last Saturday, about this time, several Dallas Realtors and the Uptown Residents Council were springing from their beds because they had a busy, busy Saturday morning ahead of them, cleaning. Not just house cleaning, mind you, but dirty, gritty, wear your rubber gloves Uptown street cleaning. In conjunction with the annual “Celebrate Uptown” events of April 24th, 25 & 26th, and Earth Day, Council folks rolled out of bed, rolled up their sleeves and donned rubber gloves to pick up every piece of you-know-what (um, that too, literally) in between Woodall Rogers and 75, the Katy Trail and Cedar Springs focusing on Cityplace west, near the trolley turntable.
Case Shiller’s Great Housing News: Dallas Home Values Increased at Greatest Rate Since C-S Even Started Taking Surveys
David Woo The Dallas Morning News
I mean, dang! Dallas home prices are up 7.1% from last year overall. Is that not great to hear? Prices of pre-owned homes scooted up a whopping 7.1 percent in February from February 2012, a record increase. Like, the biggest increase since Case Shiller has been keeping records. Talk to the agents, they say North Texas home prices are up about 8 percent over the first three months of 2012, according to the MLS. And many sales are being made outside of the MLS.