Defining Homes Autumn 2013: For the dogs

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 10:00am

Long-planned ilume Park is poised to open If you’ve driven by ilume Park recently — the sister development to Cedar Springs’ popular ilume mixed-use complex — you’ve probably noticed the lime-green insulated panels and gravel driveways and exposed rebar and chain-link fences and thought, “When will it finally open?” Well, sooner than you think. This [...]

Defining Homes Autumn 2013: Deciphering Realtorspeak

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 9:50am

What does a listing really tell you about a property? By Arnold Wayne Jones George Orwell predicted that by 1984, we’d all be talking in Newspeak. He was wrong. But we do have Realtorspeak, a way of saying things in a listing that don’t always give the whole picture. With a nod to agent Nelda [...]

Defining Homes Autumn 2013: Flipping out

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 9:40am

Do you have what it takes to turn a dump into a delight? It takes a special kind of personality By Arnold Wayne Jones On an episode of Will & Grace, the lead characters planned to make money flipping apartments with the motto, “The Flippers Who Care.” The same happened last season on Modern Family. [...]

Defining Homes Autumn 2013: Where the BEARS are

Posted on 04 Oct 2013 at 9:30am

By strange design, many local bears have made Carrollton their hirsute home By Rich Lopez Lesbians love East Dallas. Fixer-upper gays nest in Oak Cliff. So where is a bear to hibernate with like-minded homeowners? Dallas’ girth-friendly gayborhood is decidedly Carrollton — so much so, that some locals even nickname it “Bearollton.” Where some neighborhoods [...]

The secrets of agents, man

Posted on 01 Mar 2013 at 10:15am

Whether buying or selling, hiring the right agent can make the transaction go smoothly In a world where consumers are constantly striving to save a buck, the temptation can be strong to do-it-yourself for a short-term satisfaction and a little more money in the bank. This can be a viable strategy in minor home repairs [...]

Sky high

Posted on 01 Mar 2013 at 10:00am

The Residences at The Stoneleigh is finally poised to give the gayborhood a new luxury living destination When the Residences at The Stoneleigh open mid-summer, the urban dwellers who call the new high-rise home will quickly be the envy of anyone within sight of the classically modern structure. That’s because each of the 75 sprawling [...]

Picture perfect

Posted on 01 Mar 2013 at 9:45am

Dallas stagers get your real estate ready for its close-up By Jef Tingley As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And for anyone who has ever sold a home, truer words have never been spoken. The looky-loo judges of your clutter may not come back a second [...]

Jumping in

Posted on 01 Mar 2013 at 9:30am

First-time home buying is a major commitment, so don’t make these rookie mistakes Purchasing a first home is an investment generally associated with many long-term benefits — personal, emotional and financial. Homeownership offers an unprecedented sense of security, accomplishment, success and perhaps most importantly, personal freedom. But before you begin to look at homes, it [...]

Defining Homes • Human Touch

Posted on 01 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

Even with easy online research, an agent is still a buyer’s best friend By Rich Lopez Buying a home can almost be handled with the click of a button in this day of apps, social networks and the plain old Internet. But can you avoid the information overload that comes with an abundance of promising [...]

Defining Homes • Ask the experts

Posted on 01 Mar 2012 at 5:00pm

Today’s fluctuating market causes as much confusion as the instructions for assembling an Ikea table, but with a vastly different and costlier result. Buyers fight through the ever-changing news of when the time is right to buy and when they jump into the fray, caution is on high alert. We asked Dallas agents how they [...]