BLUE COUCH SESSIONS ...

BLUE COUCH SESSIONS: Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a real estate agency? Or why we always look like we’re having so much fun? Well we’ve decided to let our talented realtors speak for themselves in our new series, Blue Couch Sessions. If you’re interested in...

BOTTLED BLONDE SERVE...

BOTTLED BLONDE: Just when you thought Halloween in Deep Ellum couldn’t get any better, Bottled Blonde goes and opens its doors on Good Latimer. The pizzeria and beer garden is hard to miss with its 10,000 sq. ft. interior, roof top and backyard area. Not to mention its roomy front patio,...

GREEN IS THE NEW BIK...

LIMEBIKE: Take a stroll outside anywhere in this city and try not to spot a rideshare bike. You can’t. It’s impossible. The brightly colored community cycles are popping up all over town and are becoming a very trendy and cost effective way to get around. In a city notorious for...

TEXAS STATE FAIR IS IN THE AIR Jul19

TEXAS STATE FAIR IS ...

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS: We’re not quite sure where the line “Everything is bigger in Texas.” came from, but we have an inkling it may have something to do with our annual State Fair, which has been inflating our hearts and waistlines for more than a century.  Beloved by Texans and...

LIVE IN THE CENTRE OF IT ALL Jul07

LIVE IN THE CENTRE O...

ROSS AVE HEIGHTS: Sometimes the universe aligns in just the right way and you find an amazing place to live in the most convenient and cool location. If you’ve been waiting on the stars to deliver such a gift, your ship has come in at Ross Ave Heights. Centre Living’s latest...

ALL EYES ON UPTOWN Jun29

ALL EYES ON UPTOWN

LASHING OUT: Whether you’re closing a real estate deal, going on interviews or taking a business lunch, you’re probably extending countless handshakes and smiles throughout your busy day. These cordial gestures go even further when paired with kind eyes and a well-timed wink here...

ADELINE IS MIGHTY FINE Jun22

ADELINE IS MIGHTY FI...

ADELINE: There are a few universal truths that apply to every Dallas fashionista. The most notorious of these are as follows: “Shopping is always a good idea.” And, “You can never have too many shoes.” Since its opening in 2011, Adeline boutique has built quite a...

EVERYONE WINS AT THE KATY TRAIL 5K Jun14

EVERYONE WINS AT THE...

KATY TRAIL 5K: If you are in Dallas in June, there are three things you must do: Enjoy a patio margarita, attend an epic pool party and run the Michelob Ultra Katy Trail 5K. Nothing incentivizes Dallasites to run three miles quite like the promise of a tent village full of beer, cocktails and...

IT’S PAT GREEN’S WORLD, WE’RE JUST LIVIN’ IN IT Jun08

IT’S PAT GREEN’S WOR...

THE RUSTIC: Signs of summer are popping up all over the city. One of the most noticeable beacons is the growing crowd gathered on the massive outdoor patio at singer Pat Green’s outpost The Rustic. Located in the heart of Uptown, you would have to go out of your way not to notice the place,...

TROUBLE WITH A CAPITOL “P” May31

TROUBLE WITH A CAPIT...

PILIKIA: We don’t make the rules, but we’d like to declare the last weekend of May as the unofficial start of tiki season. It’s that magical time of year when the weather is perfect enough to rock that Hawaiian shirt, stick an umbrella in your drink and dream of your toes in the sand....

HIDE SEEKING IN DEEP...

HIDE: We work in real estate. That means we get abnormally ecstatic when we come across a truly unique space with uncommonly cool design. So we were downright giddy when we discovered Hide, an industrial space turned cocktail haven on Elm Street. Our band of merry Dallas Fixers decided to...

A STELLAR FIND ON HENDERSON May17

A STELLAR FIND ON HE...

STELLAR: It’s patio season in Big D, y’all. With so many outdoor oasis options in this city, it can be an overwhelming task to find the perfect place to post up on a Sunday afternoon. Luckily the good folks behind Henderson Avenue’s hottest new watering...

KEEPING IT HIGH & TIGHT IN DEEP ELLUM May02

KEEPING IT HIGH ...

Of all the advantages of having a sleek new office space in Deep Ellum, our favorite has been getting to explore the neighborhood and witness the resurgence of one of the oldest and most eclectic parts of Dallas. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve decided to document our explorations in...

Start Summer With a Bang May26

Start Summer With a ...

Start your summer off right with these three events in the beginning of June! Don’t miss out. Taste of Dallas 2016 Located in Fair Park, this three-day festival is one that you do not want to miss! This year, there will be over seventy indoor and outdoor food vendors, as well as shops...

Rockwall’s Summer Concerts and Events May24

Rockwall’s Sum...

It is time for Rockwall’s annual Concert by the Lake, a summer-long series of music performers of live, tribute, and variety bands! The concerts all take place at the Harbor Amphitheater on the unparalleled Lake Ray Hubbard and begin at 7:30pm. Rockwall guests bring blankets and chairs...

Rainy Days in Dallas May24

Rainy Days in Dallas

As per the Dallas usual, weather is unpredictable–it was a warm 70 degrees on Christmas, and in May Dallas looks like the overcast Seattle. If the rain has you feeling restless, here’s a few suggestions to cure cabin fever this summer! Thai Culture and Food Festival If you’re...

Love Your Inner Nerd This Weekend Apr29

Love Your Inner Nerd...

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in Dallas, Modtown Blogger has you covered! Scarborough Fair If you feel like getting your Renaissance on, take a look at the Scarborough Fair! Starting at $19 per ticket in Waxahachie Texas, you can be completely immersed in ye olde...

Scoring Free Food in Dallas Mar29

Scoring Free Food in...

If you’re a college student on a budget or just like to get enough bang for your buck, check out these great restaurants and bars where you can snag some delicious Dallas dishes that are merciful to your wallet. The Mucky Duck in Addison Circle If you’re looking for some quality...

A Green-Free Weekend in Dallas Mar17

A Green-Free Weekend...

If celebrating St. Patrick’s Day isn’t your cup of (green) tea, the Modtown Blogger has some other Dallas happenings for you instead! If you want to relive your childhood or if you still maintain a healthy love for antiquated fun, check out the Texas Pinball Festival, a quirky...

Celebrating St. Patt...

This year, Ireland is coming to Texas on March 17th for St. Patrick’s Day! Break out your green clothes and shamrocks, because St. Patty’s is a holiday to be reckoned with. The Modtown Blogger will be your guide to green beer and leprechauns this year! We hope you have the luck of...

Post-Valentine’s Dallas Feb16

Post-Valentine’...

Did your Valentine’s date not go quite as planned? Well, here’s your chance to redeem yourself, because the Modtown Blogger is going to tell you what is going on in Dallas this weekend! If you got food poisoning from those oysters or your date fell and chipped his tooth on the...

Date Night in Rockwall Feb09

Date Night in Rockwa...

Rockwall is a beautiful area outside of Dallas that offers big-city amenities without the bustle that comes with city living. If you either live in the Rockwall area or want a change of scenery, here’s a list of places to take your date this Friday night! Samee’s Pizza Getti  This...

Spending Valentine’s in the Big D Jan21

Spending Valentine&#...

Do you have a significant (or not so significant, but significant enough) other to spend Valentine’s Day with? If you forgot to make reservations at “that new and expensive place everyone is going to,” then I have some options for you. Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk If you’re...

Concerts, Fencing, and Comedy in Dallas Jan19

Concerts, Fencing, a...

Everyone has the same question on their minds: the holidays are over, now what? Not to worry! Here are some awesome events in Dallas that you will not want to miss. City and Colour, January 21st This Thursday, enjoy a show of live music with City and Colour! This talented band is playing at...

New Years Resolution Jan04

New Years Resolution

At the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you exchange greetings and a kiss with those closest to you. The next step is a tradition that reevaluates your year and what habits you need to change, and the Modtown blogger is here to help! Changing a habit is never easy, but effort never...

Best Gifts of 2015

Still scrambling to buy your loved ones gifts? Wondering what your weird aunt wants amidst her seven cats? Modtown Blog has the answer to any and all holiday anxieties! Whether you’re looking for a gift for your father-in-law who’s a whiskey enthusiast or your best friend who loves...

Rockin’ Rockwall Weekend Dec07

Rockin’ Rockwa...

This week and upcoming weekend, the city of Rockwall has several exciting events to help your family get ready for the Christmas season! If you’re looking for a place to donate or if your gingerbread house building skills have lost their acumen, Rockwall has got it for you! At the...

Jingle Bells, Tamales, and Tunnels Dec02

Jingle Bells, Tamale...

  You will not want to miss out on this weekend’s activities in Dallas! Starting at the Bishop Arts District with Jingle Bells on Bishop, come out with your family and friends to these awesome events! Jingle Bells on Bishop is the same premise as the Bishop Arts’ infamous Wine...

Enjoy the Holiday Se...

As the holiday season approaches, remember to mark your calendars for these events in Orange County–you will not want to miss them! Anaheim In Anaheim, don’t miss Santa’s big appearance in Town Square! On November 29th, he will fly in to visit with the children and hear their...

Winter Wonderland in the Woodlands Nov20

Winter Wonderland in...

If you live in the Woodlands and are looking for a way to celebrate the holidays, look no further! There are several events happening through the month of December. First off is the Ice Rink in the Woodlands! It will be running from November 22nd to January 19th. Skating sessions run for two...

Christmas Festivities in Dallas Nov16

Christmas Festivitie...

It is November, so that means it’s officially Christmas–at least, according to Dallas! If you’re looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit earlier than usual this year, check out these events! Running until January 3rd, the Arboretum has put up its annual Holiday at...

O.C. Halloween Happe...

If you live in Orange County and are wondering how to spend your Halloween this year, look no further! If you’re too old to trick-or-treat, below are a few different options for this beloved holiday. If you want to be scared, don a crazy costume, or contribute to your community, the...

Take a Hike! Through Dallas Oct20

Take a Hike! Through...

Finally.  Finally, the time has come–the time we have all been waiting for–there is a chill in the air and a need for a sweater in Dallas. I don’t know about you, but during the summer months, I stay in the A/C as much as I can. Now, I want to spend every second of my time...

Beets, Berries, and Brews Oct13

Beets, Berries, and ...

There is plenty to consume in Dallas this weekend! Whether you’re of the beer persuasion or fruits and vegetables, the city can provide. The first event is the 20th Annual Hoedown at the Dallas Farmer’s Market! It will take place October 14th, 6:30pm-9:30pm. In addition to the...

October Weekends 2015 Oct05

October Weekends 201...

Do you find yourself in the flourishing city of Dallas, twiddling your thumbs, and wondering what to do with this great weather? Here in Dallas, we’re not accustomed to wanting to be outdoors. Now, October has presented us with a challenge: how can we enjoy these breezes and autumnal...

Autumn at the Arboretum Sep23

Autumn at the Arbore...

When you’re thinking of things to do in Dallas, look no further than the Arboretum. With fall comes deeper, lovelier colors, cooler weather, and everyone’s favorite holidays! Whether your favorite activity is picking a pumpkin to carve for Halloween, collecting fallen leaves for...

Plano Balloon Festival Sep17

Plano Balloon Festiv...

This weekend, the annual Plano Balloon Festival is happening! This is the 36th year that Plano is hosting this immensely popular occassion for the Dallas metroplex, and each year, tens of thousands of people show up to watch these huge balloons glow in the night sky. There are also several...

Discover Uptown At 2127 Clark Street! Sep16

Discover Uptown At 2...

Modtown Realty is pleased to welcome the building of their newest properties on 2127 Clark Street. There are six gorgeous units that reside in the heart of Dallas. In honor of the foundation being poured today, we are going to look at some incredible venues that are extremely accessible to...

Oktoberfest 2015 Sep10

Oktoberfest 2015

As we all know, one of the best events in autumn (besides Thanksgiving and Halloween, of course) is the beloved event of Oktoberfest. If of age, you can commune with friends, drink “bier,” and partake in the polka. Oktoberfest happens each year and generally runs from late...

Get Ready for Fall, Y’all Sep08

Get Ready for Fall, ...

As most of my fellow Texans know, the summer heat is bearable only when under a constant stream of air conditioning. When September rolls around after three months of triple-digit weather, we are all wiping our brows and hoping that fall comes sooner rather than later. In order to will autumn...

Blue Bell is Back and Better Than Ever! Sep03

Blue Bell is Back an...

Blue Bell ice cream is a staple item during summer in Texas; much like Whataburger and Shiner, Blue Bell is a beloved Texas company that has been around for ages. Whether you prefer Homemade Vanilla, Buttered Pecan, or Southern Blackberry Cobbler,  everyone loves Blue Bell. This past year,...

80 Artists Transform Dallas for Aurora 2015 Aug27

80 Artists Transform...

Dallas is opening its doors once again to Aurora, “part-street festival, part-massive art exhibit” that allows artists from across the country to display their talent and use the city as their creative vessel. This event took place in downtown Dallas in 2013, and was received very...

Bishop Arts Wine Walk Aug25

Bishop Arts Wine Wal...

Do you like to drink good wine? Do you like to shop, peruse art galleries, and eat incredible food? On September 3rd, the Bishop Arts District is hosting their semi-annual Wine Walk. If you’re not familiar with the Bishops Arts District, it is a small area in Dallas that has attracted...

‘Til Midnight in the Arts District Aug20

‘Til Midnight ...

The Dallas Arts District is a conglomerate of several incredible museums: the legendary Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center, and many others. Each venue contributes its own distinct experience to Dallas, and many of these exquisite...

Texas State Fair Awards Aug18

Texas State Fair Awa...

If you know anything about Texas, I’m sure you are familiar with the Texas State Fair. This beloved annual event has been held every year since 1886 in Fair Park; this long-standing tradition is a Dallas favorite. The State Fair runs from September 25 to October 18. You can ride roller...

Beer and Yoga Aug13

Beer and Yoga

This event does the body and the soul some good; the yoga heals the body, the beer the soul. Join other Dallas yoga and beer enthusiasts for the once-a-month Beer Yoga! If you’re unfamiliar (as surely most of you are), this new trend has made its way across America and into The...

Sawdust Art Festival

Since its creation in 1966, the Sawdust Art Festival once again resides in Laguna Beach, California. There are hundreds of booths that are filled by over 200 local artists, each with their own beautiful work. The public is free to stroll through the booths that include (but are certainly not...

Outdoor Concerts in the Woodlands Aug11

Outdoor Concerts in ...

Who doesn’t love an outdoor concert? You can bring lawn chairs or lay some blankets on the grass to enjoy the sweet melodies of your favorite musician with family and friends. The warm Texas wind sends a cool breeze your way while the sonorous tunes echo through the audience. The...

18th Annual DFW Restaurant Week Aug10

18th Annual DFW Rest...

Have you ever wondered if there was a way to enjoy the finest food in Dallas while also donating to charity? Here’s your chance: Dallas is hosting its annual “DFW Restaurant Week” August 10-16, 2015. The best restaurants in Dallas offer their dishes in preset menus that are a...

Dallas Storybook Chateau Aug10

Dallas Storybook Cha...

  If you are from Dallas, you have probably heard of Nonesuch Court–a historic street that previously belonged to Stanley Marcus, of Neiman Marcus. The retail tycoon owned a large portion of this area known as Lakewood from the 1930s to the 1970s; he was notorious for hosting...

Luxury Transit from the Woodlands to Dallas Aug06

Luxury Transit from ...

Many of those who work in Houston and the Woodlands must come to Dallas on business, or vice versa. Previously, those who needed to do so would fly to and from Dallas or they would make the drive, costing them both money and time. The flights cost upwards of $165.00 each way, and they are...

Local Brews and Local Grooves of Dallas, August 8th Aug04

Local Brews and Loca...

Dallas has several different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. These neighborhoods always have events to cater to their community, such as the Bishop Arts Wine Walk, Late Night museum openings in the Arts District, and Deep Ellum Art Walks. The different neighborhoods also...

Mega-Mansion With 46 Bedrooms! Jun01

Mega-Mansion With 46...

Somehow this 60,175-square-foot property on a county road outside of Manvel, Texas, missed Mother Jones’ “Top 10 Mega-Mansions of the Filthy Rich.” Probably because the 46-bedroom house, with a list price of $3.5 million, wasn’t actually built as a private residence....

Free Downtown Fun in Dallas This Summer Starting May 30th! May12

Free Downtown Fun in...

During the dog days of summer, downtown Dallas can often feel a little dead, especially on the weekends. Reunion Tower is looking to remedy that by hosting the new Reunion Lawn Party, a free monthly event sure to enliven the area. The parties will be held at Reunion Park, the former location...

Crawfish Season: Houston’s Best Crawfish Restaurants! Mar25

Crawfish Season: Hou...

Houstonians are you searching for the perfect spot to peel heads and suck tails… Well look no further, we have done the research for you! Winter is finally coming to an end which means crawfish is flowing, especially in Houston! This also means prices have dipped down to less than $7...

Top Restaurants In Dallas To Dine For Easter! Mar24

Top Restaurants In D...

Get a head start on your Easter plans and make reservations to dine out at some of the top brunch spots in Dallas! Asador Brunch with fruit, raw bar with oysters, char bar, carving bar, omelets, waffles, desserts, bloody Mary bar, and complimentary champagne and mimosas. 11 am-4pm. $55 adult,...

The Annual Salary Required To Buy a Median Priced House In Dallas Mar23

The Annual Salary Re...

We found this article courteous of Elizabeth Rhodes of Dallas Culture Map. How much do you need to earn to afford a median-priced home in Dallas? Mortgage tracking site HSH.com found out. Researchers calculated the annual before-tax income required to cover a median-priced home’s...

Living Near A Starbucks Has More Advantages Than Just Coffee! Mar10

Living Near A Starbu...

Coffee from a nearby Starbucks not only gives you that extra boost of energy, it can also give your home a boost in value! You hear of people wanting to live in a certain school district or easy access to work but now Starbucks is a request made by home buyers in Dallas and around the nation. ...

Way Cheaper to Buy?

“It’s better to buy than to rent in Dallas these days according to a new study from real estate site Zillow, which found that paying a monthly mortgage is more than twice as affordable as paying rent. What’s more, it’s now more affordable to buy a home than it was 15...

Dallas Real Estate P...

Great things are expected for the Dallas Real Estate market in 2015 according to a study just released by Realtor.com. Dallas is listed near the top in a list of the top 10 Hot Housing Markets to watch in America in 2015. Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of Realtor.com, says the favorable...

Working With A Realtor Could Save Your Home Nov14

Working With A Realt...

There are many wonderful reasons why it’s worth your while to work with a realtor when you’re buying or selling a home. Realtors know the neighborhoods, know the communities, and know the current market forecast, meaning they’ll be able to move a house quickly. Despite the many strengths...

Demand For Dallas Homes Continues To Rise Nov07

Demand For Dallas Ho...

We’ve been preaching the good news about Dallas’ hot real estate market for months, and now there’s even more to celebrate. According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, home sale prices in D/FW are up 6.7% in the third quarter from the same quarter last year. Not...

New Changes Make It Easier To Buy Your Perfect Dallas Home Nov04

New Changes Make It ...

If you’ve been looking at relocating to the Dallas area, you’ve seen the numerous stories about the strength of our real estate market and local charm. Now there’s news from Washington, D.C. which could make it easier for you to finally make the move. Financial regulators have made moves...

Love Field Renovations Breathe New Life Into Surrounding Area Nov01

Love Field Renovatio...

Dallas is a town served primarily by two airports, DFW International Airport and Love Field. Ever since its introduction in 1974, DFW airport has received more attention as the largest airport in Texas and second largest in America. Dallas’ attention is now being directed towards Love Field...

The Leaves May Be Falling, But Our Housing Market Is On The Rise! Oct19

The Leaves May Be Fa...

Though there’s plenty to love about Dallas throughout the year, autumn is where our slice of North Texas really begins to shine. The beginning of the state fair, the many Oktoberfest festivals, cooler weather and, of course, the return of football, make residents proud to call Dallas home....

Comparative Market Anaylys (CMA) Overview Sep23

Comparative Market A...

During the height of the housing bubble, many homeowners found themselves checking home valuation sites, like Zillow.com, on an almost daily basis. Each new log-in showed their home value increasing. While learning about the approximate value of a home in a specific neighborhood informs a...

Sale of the Century: Relocating Companies Driving Dallas’ Seller’s Market Aug18

Sale of the Century:...

Last week, Dallas, TX learned about the relatively rapid relocation of two Southern California companies to the KPMG Centre Tower at 717 Harwood in downtown Dallas. This is excellent news for the city and the office tower, both of which had been struggling to attract tenants in recent...

Judge Gives Thumbs Up To Proposed Sam’s Club at City Place Jul31

Judge Gives Thumbs U...

The debate about the successful development of Dallas’ West Village was settled some time ago. The West Village is nestled perfectly between Uptown and Knox/Henderson and has attracted that perfect balance of residents and both small and big businesses. The recipe worked so well at...

Latest Dallas Real Estate Trends Jul18

Latest Dallas Real E...

Both occupancy rates and rent costs are up across North Texas, according to trend analyst MPF Research, a Carrolton-based research firm. The average apartment cost in North Texas is up 4 percent from last year – the largest growth ever recorded. Thanks to increased demand for rental...

Top Fitness Studios ...

Everyone knows that Newport Beach is home to fabulous shopping and out-of-this-world eating. But after you’re done chowing down and raiding those high-end boutiques, you need to get your butt into a gym so you can still fit into those pants you just bought. Here are some great local gyms...

The Hottest Places T...

One of the things that makes Newport Beach so special is the laid-back vibe that comes from living so close to such gorgeous beaches. Of course, that means that locals and tourists alike need plenty of bathing suits, beachwear and accessories for their hours (or days) on the...

Make The Most of You...

Make The Most of Your Summer at White Rock Lake Even though Dallas is a modern, urban city, we’re still lucky enough to have an actual oasis in East Dallas. White Rock Lake is much bigger than you might think at 1,254 acres, and the possibilities for a good time in the area are just as...

Dallas Fourth of Jul...

Dallas Fourth of July Activities There’s nothing more relaxing than a great Fourth of July weekend. Cookouts, fireworks and a few days off from work feel like a mini-vacation in the middle of a busy summer. This year, cancel your boring barbecue and head out to explore the city. There are...

Dallas’ Best Patio H...

Let’s be honest: the people of Dallas love their libations, and they especially like to drink them outdoors.  Luckily for us, Dallas restaurateurs keep opening places that offer both. Here are the best places to do some patio drinking in Dallas this summer: Bar Belmont, Oak Cliff Located...

Dallas’ Best Places ...

If there were an award for the best city to shop for home decorating and finishes, Dallas would win hands down. Whether you’re looking to spruce up or deck out your awesome abode, you’ll find everything you need to create your home, sweet home. If you’re a Dallas homeowner, you must know...

Best Places to Furni...

So you’ve just moved to Laguna Beach, and you’re loving the bright southern California sunshine over your head and warm coastal breezes caressing your skin.Too bad your home furnishings don’t reflect your new coastal lifestyle. It’s high time to shop for some furniture befitting a...

Orange County’s Best...

Part of the appeal of living in Orange County is its close proximity to the coast, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) offers a fantastic means of enjoying the local surf. Anyone can pick up on SUP’s easy-to-master techniques, and Orange County boasts a number of prime boarding locations, as...

Five of Dallas’ Best...

(Photo courtesy of Babb Bros BBQ & Blues) Texas is famous for its barbecue, but Dallas sometimes gets overlooked. Fortunately, a few great pit masters came to town and changed things for the better. Now, neighborhood barbecue joints are some of the city’s busiest restaurants. You...

Cool Thursdays at th...

(Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden) When you’re looking for something to do during the summer, the options sometimes seem kind of limited. Sure, you could always go see another movie or take the kids to the pool again, but why not try something different, like taking...

Your guide to Mother...

Mother’s Day is going to be here before you know it, so you better start thinking about the best way to celebrate Mom. Here are some unique ways to show her you care. For the athletic Mom, how about the Run Like A Mother 5K? This family-friendly event ends with a post-race party, featuring...

Dallas’ Booming Craf...

When one thinks of great American beer cities, they probably think of Boston, St. Louis, Boulder or Milwaukee. These cities are known for beer and have been pioneers in the development of craft brews. When it comes to Texas, though, Houston and Austin might merit a mention, but that’s...

Your Guide to Mother...

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us, and it’s a day the moms of the world deserve a little something special to let them know just how much you love them. With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to celebrate Mom in the OC Sunday, May 11. For the more traditional mom, what better way...

Eight Simple Updates...

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to focus your attention when you’re looking to sell your house. Should you repaint the interior? Power wash the windows? Update your bathroom fixtures? The answer is probably “all of the above.” But it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to decide...

Tips to Help Your Ta...

What better way to make money than to have your tax return increase your home’s value, right? Plus, did you know when you sell a home you can write off your home improvements against your capital gains? That’s right. Use your tax refund to make money and save money. Win-Win! Think of...

Home Appraisal Tips ...

Besides actually finding a buyer who’s willing to pay what you’re asking, nothing is more important to the home-selling process than securing a favorable appraisal. Your home’s appraised value dictates its list price and influences buyers’ decision-making processes. You...

Superb from the Curb...

Curb appeal—the visual allure of a building as viewed from the outside—is a critical aspect of the home-selling process. Good-looking exteriors attract visitors. In fact, the National Association of Realtors asserts that 63 percent of people looking to buy a house will visit a home if...

Make Your Move, Dall...

Make your move, Dallas The Dallas area’s real estate market didn’t emerge unscathed from the shakeout of the late 2000s, but it fared far better than big markets in California, Arizona, Florida and elsewhere. As if locals needed another reason to thumb their noses at coastal...

Why You Should Buy I...

Why you should buy instead of renting For most people, the decision to purchase a home is a weighty one that’s reached after careful deliberation and planning. And given the size of the investment, it should be. That said, a recent report on the state of the housing market suggests...

Five Tips for Sellin...

With springtime being the busiest season for real estate, owners who are planning to put their houses on the market can streamline the process by following a few simple steps. If you are a potential spring seller, here are five actions to take now before the April showers and May flowers...

It’s a Seller’s Mark...

If you’re trying to decide whether you should sell your home, it might be time for you to spring into action. 2014 is already in full swing, and the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market shows no signs of slowing down. The balance is shifting though, with the market tipping more and more in...

Using Psychology for...

Though every homebuyer has specific things they are looking for, it is important to recognize that you can use basic psychology—as well as a home’s amenities—to your advantage. After all, it is almost possible to find a home that hits every single item on your client’s wish list....

Tips for Tapping int...

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to some of the hottest real estate in the country, and the race for securing new inventory is about to get even more fierce. Working in a high-demand market has obvious drawbacks such as low inventory and stiff competition, but there’s always a silver...

How to Avoid Predato...

Buying a home can be a wise investment with appreciating value. But the return on investment hinges on the terms of financing. As was learned all too painfully in the recent housing market collapse, there are unscrupulous predatory lenders who would be happy to ruin your financial security for...

Will These Be the 10...

The housing market is in recovery, and experts at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) believe the recovery will continue throughout 2014 with the following 10 trends in the forecast: #1: Young college graduates will drive the market. Real estate professionals know young people are moving to...

Advantages of Having...

When buying a house, many want to run out and find a large bank to get a loan. While one may find a slightly better rate, it is wise for a potential buyer to look into getting a loan from a local lender. Here are five advantages of using a local lender for a real estate transaction. Local...

Adjustable Rate Mort...

The housing market appears to be recovering, and one indication of this is that interest rates and housing prices are rising again. During the housing bust, the popularity of adjustable rate mortgages went down. Now that interest rates are on their way up, the ARM is becoming a viable option...

Make 2014 Your Best ...

The housing market is in a boon. People are buying, and sellers are motivated to get top dollar for their homes. In certain cities in America, construction projects are at an all-time high. The only obstacle to you making the most of this stellar year is you. Seize the opportunities that are...

HARP 2.0 and HARP 3....

The economic recession and sluggish job market made it difficult for thousands of homeowners to pay their mortgages. Launched in 2009, the Home Affordable Refinance Plan made it possible for homeowners who didn’t qualify for refinancing to restructure their loans in a way that made it easier...

Protecting and maint...

Take time to research yourself As a real estate agent, your reputation is everything. It’s important you know what your customers will see when they look you up online. Spend some time searching your own name and your business name, if you have one, in all major search engines. This...

2013 Dallas-Ft. Wort...

The American economy has continued to improve, and the real estate market is perhaps one of the most vital components of that recovery. As we look forward to 2014, it’s worth considering the recent strides the local real estate market has made and its contribution to the health of the...