According to this story in the Wall Street Journal, prop furniture is making a comeback for sellers staging homes in the hot residential real estate market. As any CandysDirt.com reader knows, expert staging advice can be the difference between just selling a home and profiting from your home. Still, could a cardboard settee really make the difference between “For Sale” and “Pending”?
So we asked Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging if faux furniture is a cost-effective way for owners staging vacant or unoccupied homes, and how they can maximize their staging budgets to make the most from their property. See what the expert designer had to say after the jump. Continue reading
NAREE’s 63rd Annual Journalism Competition Awards Announced: Real Estate Winners From Coast to Coast
Yeah, we are kind of on Cloud 999 today but really, congrats are in order for ALL NAREE winners. This is an amazing group of reporters and we are super honored to be among them! Real estate affects us all deeply, and what these writers do is break open the hidden stories and deals we need to know about to protect our biggest financial asset. Which is of course what we like to do here on CD, along with a little House Porn to make the reading a little smoother! NAREE Winners were selected in 25-plus categories of reporting on residential and commercial real estate, consumer and trade pubs, and you should read them all. From Andrea Brambila of Inman News, who uncovered problems with the National Association of Realtors’s property data base, to Matthew Goldstein and Jennifer Ablan of Reuters who examined a new approach to the U.S. housing crisis: government officials using eminent domain powers to restructure home mortgages. Can you think of anything more complex than explaining eminent domain clearly? Well, they did. Then Ken Harney, also at Inman News, broke the story about a form of home equity protection insurance that was suddenly yanked off the market. The story required a lot of legwork and keen sourcing among regulators and insurers. Yikes! Up in Seattle, Eric Pryne, of the Seattle Times broke the story about Amazon.com’s purchase of three Seattle downtown blocks to build its headquarters. Amid an atmosphere of rumors and misinformation, Eric got it right. Carrie Rossenfeld, of GlobeSt.com broke the news about the sale of an iconic Los Angeles property—the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium—despite attempts by sources to keep it out of the press.
Maybe we need to get over this whole “possession is 9/10ths of the law,” mentality, because some folks are taking it way too far.
In another case of a home on the market getting some unexpected tenants, Jack Brewer, 74, and his wife were arrested at the home of Jeff and Melissa Nunn after trying to assume ownership of the home, claiming it was abandoned and using a rule that hasn’t worked so well in the past. Continue reading
Selling Your Home This Summer? Pet Owners Should Take Special Precautions To Keep Fifi and Fido Safe Says Will Nadeau
Another hot Texas summer is fast approaching. Some time ago, I wrote an article about staging your home when you have pets. But, what happens when we are in a stretch of 100-plus-degree weather? A long walk to get your dog out of the house during a showing may not be the best option.
Good morning! Well, it was morning when I wrote this in Atlanta here at the National Association of Real Estate Editor’s spring conference where we are hearing from Real Estate experts from across the country, rubbing shoulders with fellow real estate journos and bloggers from the four corners of the U.S. I love this stuff, so I’m basically sharing rambling notes. If there is one nugget I am taking away from today’s session, it is this: real estate values are headed up because, well, for a whole lot of reasons but mostly because we didn’t build enough housing units during the
depression recession. Beach homes will always retain their value (and I still want one). Oh and go buy a generator for your home! Here’s the overview from this morning’s sessions:
Dallas is on its way to becoming a residential real estate boomtown, thanks to our growing job market and influx of corporate employers. Interestingly, both CoreLogic and Local Market Monitor show very positive, low-risk projections for our real estate market based on previous months’ performance.
Magnificent Mid Century: Childhood Home of Dallas Filmmaker & Radio Personality Quin Mathews Has Mickey Mantle and Frank Sinatra Connections
I love our 1950′s ranches. Not only do they remind me of the homes I grew up in back in suburban Illinois, they remind me of one of our best Dallas homes on 4307 Melissa Lane. So when I heard that Dallas film maker and radio personality Quin Mathews’ childhood home was on the market, I had to see it. Quin, among other fabulous things, co-founded and hosts Art Matters on WRR. He was also one of the first people I ever met when I moved to Dallas, when I moved here from NYC in 1980. We both worked at Channel 4. Quin grew up, from age 7 on, at 7207 Northaven, with his parents and sister in the 2295 square foot home Charles Carneal now has listed: 7207 Northaven Road. Asking $429,000.
Dallas Architecture Forum Features Architect of Controversial Highland Park Box House on Mockingbird
Last night was Dallas Architecture Forum’s “Inside The Box” Modern Living 365 cocktail reception at the Russell Buchanan-designed Mockingbird house. As we previously reported, this structure caused some chafing with nearby residents in Highland Park who weren’t so keen on the house’s angular structure.
Now It’s Getting Serious: Realtor’s Group Creates Task Force to Manage Proliferation of Hip Pocket, Non-MLS Sales
That Realtors group would be the North Texas MLS, or NTREIS as we call it. We know our market is hot. Buying a house in some parts of Dallas has never been like this before. There is only about a 3.5 month supply of real estate inventory in the North Texas market as of April. In some neighborhoods, there is even less. (Normal is more like 6 months.) Buyers are in competition against other buyers to snag a home. And so, things are getting gritty.