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Renting in Reno: Dallas Nostalgia Remains, But Love For Reno Shows Gains As Georgia Fisher and Fiance Plan to Stay
We think we’ll stay in Reno. We’d never have dreamed as much — not if we could dial back to early 2012, anyway — but that’s the same story everyone has.
One of my fiancé’s colleagues has family members who promised, despairingly, that they’d “pray for” him when he relocated here. Naturally, he’s fine now.
Let’s talk about Hill Haven Heights, OK? I love this area. It is a fabulous neighborhood bordered by North Central Expressway, Hillcrest, Forest, and Royal, so it’s extremely accessible. It’s also full of great single-family homes and a few great condo communities. It’s not far from the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, or the scads of shopping options lining Highway 75.
A Home Gadget You’ll Love That Could Save Your Life: Nest’s New “Protect” Smoke Alarm Looks a Whole Lot Better Than Traditional Ones
More and more buyers are opting for “wired” homes that fully integrate alarms, media, and safety, but it’s not accessible for all price ranges.
Until now that is.
Today Nest, the creators of their gorgeous interactive programmable thermostat, launched “Protect.” It’s a full-featured smoke detector that not only works with Nest thermostats, but can send push notifications to your smartphone when something’s up. It also has a motion detector, and in case you like your bacon crispy, it can be deactivated with a gesture instead of furiously batting a spatula or tea towel at it. And it’s gorgeous, too.
Dallas is a pretty dang popular place to move to, with 54,388 households moving into Big D according to the National Association of Realtors. While Dallas County ranks second behind Houston and ahead of third-place Tarrant County in households relocating to our fair burg, more people are packing it in. Continue reading
As more homes hit the market, more rental scams hit CraigsList and other free classified sites, asking for deposits and fees before a potential tenant has seen a contract, or the property for that matter. Scammers are finding plenty of material on home searching sites that they then hijack for their own purposes, which makes this a truly difficult situation for both renters and Realtors.
This is one you cannot miss. I am trying to re-schedule my Friday just so I can head over to experience the glittering estate sale of Shirley Goldfield, once the mistress of Champ D’Or. Surely you recall that 48,000 Hickory Creek manse that was auctioned off last year? You know how they say it takes a Village? Well, it took a nation of agents to sell this home including Joan Eleazer Briggs-Freeman Sothebys, Doris Jacobs Allie Beth Allman, Greg Cagle Ebby Halliday, Cindy Frey Coldwell Banker, Elaine Whitfield & Mathew Edwards, Dave Perry-Miller, Joan Eleazer again and again. The mammoth estate was auctioned off last March by Concierge Auctions, in collaboration with Briggs Freeman Sothebys and Joan Eleazer. The reserve was set at $10.3 million, but I heard it sold for somewhere around $8.7 million.
When it comes to finding a place for everything, well, let’s just say that there isn’t always a place for everything. And when you don’t have a place for everything, you’ve got clutter. Where there’s clutter, there’s a mess waiting to happen. That’s when it’s time to hire an organizer who can help sort your possessions and help you sell off the rest.
But how do you go about it? And what’s the difference between an “Estate Sale” and a “Garage Sale?” Want to find out more? Read on for for an article from Lorraine Brock, founder of Get Organized! Continue reading
Local Market Monitor Report Echoes Optimism of Realtors, But We Want to Know What Area’s Aren’t Growing Like Crazy
The Local Market Monitor Report for the Dallas, Plano, and Irving areas calls the real estate market “Low Risk.” This is echoing what we’ve heard since November — prices are up, homes are on the market for a 30 to 60 days, inventory is low.
Gone To Texas: Are High Taxes Driving People To The Lone Star State? Or is it The Real Estate Market?
Actually, it’s probably a combination of these factors, says Bloomberg News’ Josh Barro. States that have low or no income taxes such as Texas are also more friendly to developers, resulting in lower housing costs.
Chris Galis of Realty Austin has helped client after client find a spot in Austin that feels like home regardless of the area from which they hail. While no two cities are exactly alike, neighborhoods often have quite a bit more in common than we realize. Gallis shows us how Dallas compares with it’s southern compatriot, acknowledging that these two rival cities have plenty similarities.