Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | March 24, 2014

Krawl into Kessler this Weekend

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The Kessler Krawl is a KNU social and fundraising event that benefits the organizations ongoing efforts to create community and to maintain the beauty and safety of our neighborhood.
The Krawl is a progressive cocktail party that is held once a year. It started as a small progressive dinner party and grew to become a large progressive cocktail party. The current format is for four to five neighbors to open their homes to guests where drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local Oak Cliff restaurants are served.
The ticket-purchasing “guests” are divided into small core groups of 30 – 50 people and then move from each homes over the course of the evening. At the end of the progressive evening, dessert and coffee are served at a final location, giving everyone a chance to be together.
The Krawl has become so popular because it affords neighbors a chance to see other houses and to mingle socially with neighbors they might not otherwise get a chance to meet. The Kessler Krawl is just one more example of what neighbors can do to enhance our neighborhood and make Kessler Park a unique and beautiful place to live.
The 2014 Kessler Krawl will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. The homes featured in this year’s Krawl will be located in the 1000 & 1100 blocks of N Winnetka and Clinton Ave.
Tickets are limited to 200 people and can be purchased at http://www.kesslerkrawl.eventbright.com.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 28, 2014

Let’s Get Fat and Happy!

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Hurry, hurry, hurry to the Oak Cliff Mardi Gras celebration and Dash for the Beads run this weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 1st and 2nd. Bring Grandma, Grampa Joe, mom, dad, son, daughter, dog, cat, bird, cousin, nephew, niece, friend or foes alike and join in the activities. Festivities begin Saturday morning with The Dash for the Beads 5k run, followed by the annual “Masquerade Ball” at 7pm in the Kessler Theater, and wrapping up Sunday with the Mardi Gras Parade down Davis Street to Bishop Arts.  

Wikipedia, the hub for all accurate information, says that “Mardi Gras and/or Fat Tuesday in English refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Epiphany or Kings day and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent.”

Hewitt & Habgood are proud to be a sponsor of this year’s celebration and hope to see your decorative attire with bright and shiny faces to kick off Go Oak Cliff’s 2014 festival season. Let’s get Fat and happy ya’ll!

For more information on the weekend’s events and activities, please visit:

http://www.dashforthebeads.org/

http://mardigrasoakcliff.com/

For more information on how you can get involved in the Oak Cliff community and to keep up-to-date with this year’s event schedule, please visit:  http://www.gooakcliff.org/

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 13, 2014

A Lake House Jimmy Buffet Would Love


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George Strait sang it best, but how ‘bout some “lake front property at Cedar Creek Lake?” Not quite the same lyrical flow as ocean front property in Arizona, but if you are looking to escape the nuances of the inner-city hustle and bustle, consider the next best thing. The view says it all, and since we are several hundred miles from the nearest coastline, 146 Spanish Trail proves to be the perfect getaway.
Situated on .4 acres, experience this unbelievable custom home situated lakefront with deep water loading boat ramp and spectacular views of Cedar Creek Lake. Escape to this lakeside retreat with 4 bedrooms, all with en suite bath, huge chef’s kitchen, soaring ceilings, gorgeous moldings, 8 ft doors, spacious media room with wet bar and projection TV.
Outdoors, enjoy an entertainer’s paradise with a fully equipped kitchen, large bar, oversized covered entertaining patio all overlooking the boathouse with double boat lift and amazing 2nd floor party deck. This home is an absolute entertainers dream!
Price includes – Media Room 120” projector TV, media room barstools, refrigerators in kitchen and outdoor bar, storage units in garage and outdoor barstools. Wired for sound inside and out with in-wall speaker volume controls. Home also comes equipped with generator and water softener. I’m thinking margaritas on a warm summer evening! That being said, lace up your flip flops, squeeze into your bathing suit and prepare for warmer weather with your own personal Margaritaville.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 30, 2014

Dallas Real Estate Starts off 2014 with a BANG!

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The Dallas Morning News reported that a 17% increase in 2013 home sales along with a strong 4th quarter have brightened the outlook for this year’s Spring housing market. The number of homes listed with real estate agents has fallen to a near 10-year record below 20,000, but median home prices have risen 10% since 2012. What exactly does this mean for the consumer? If you find something you like, buy it! It is a seller’s market so the sooner you are able to put a viable offer in on a home, the better chance you have of securing a deal. As of right now, gone are the days of viewing 75 properties in hopes to find the “Perfect Match.” That being said, don’t sweat the small stuff and open your mind to the needs rather than relying so heavily on the wants. Focus on the trends within the community and whether they fit your budget and investment needs. Take a look at Hewitt & Habgood activity so far for the first  month of 2014…

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Enjoy this extensively remodeled Prestonwood home, light and bright with beautiful pool and spa. Features include 11-ft box-beam ceilings in living room, beautiful granite kitchen with Kenmore Elite stainless steel appliances opening to breakfast and family room with great views to back. Relax in a large master suite with a beautiful skylight and luxury bath with jetted tub and separate seamless marble shower. Outdoors includes pool and spa with waterfall feature, board-on-board privacy fence and covered patio ideal for entertaining. 2013 updates include: added hardwood flooring, updated baths with granite, stack-stone fireplace, lighting, fresh paint throughout, carpeting, 2 HVAC systems, refinished pool and updated landscaping. Don’t miss this beautifully remodeled home offering all the best for today’s quality living.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 1, 2013

Blah, blah, blah… You’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again!

In preparation for the sale of your home, I ran across an article in the Dallas Morning News regarding tips to get your home ready. Big thanks to Crystal Caruthers/CTW features for providing some of the tips below, and besides the blatantly obvious, we’ve also added some of our own favorites.
1) Lighten up – Have all windows in the home professionally cleaned inside and out. Replace all light bulbs!
2) Consider power-washing the exterior of the home including sidewalks, fencing and decks.
3) Pack it up – Think positively! The more you pack now (within reason) the more time you save in the end. Be careful not to create a stagnant or institutional environment, but 99.9% of us could use a little less to show more. Store out-of-season clothes and donate unused canned items to help closets and cabinets feel spacious and accommodating.
4) Clean bathrooms as if you were preparing to serve a 5 star meal on all surfaces. This may sound off-putting but cleanliness is the new 40 (or so I hear). Bathrooms are sanctuaries to some, so present it that way!
5) It’s in the details: If you have neglected wiping down cabinetry, light switches, doors, baseboards and even ceilings in some cases, this can be crucial in presentation. Ever looked up to see a stain on a ceiling and wondered how it got there… or reached for a light switch to find stains, oil or something mysterious in color?
6) No plant is better than a dead plant… anywhere!
7) If you have pets, make sure the yard is clean (and you know what I mean!)
8) Small children? Make sure it doesn’t smell of diapers and put away the toys. I can say this because I have two young children and I conquer the atrocity multiple times a day.
9) Consider storing religious/politically motivated, derogatory, offensive, etc. items in the house. You would be surprised how this affects buyers. What’s hip to you may not be hip to them and you are trying to create a comfortably neutral environment.
10) Clean air filters and A/C vents!
11) Ask a neighbor or friend to provide a “smell test”. Don’t take offense and adjust accordingly.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 8, 2013

Chic & Sophisticated, 10733 Villager #A has it all!

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All kidding aside, we come across some very unique listings over the course of a year. Some historical, some not, some charming and others traditional, but I must bring attention to one of our most recent listings near Preston and Royal lane that is sure to please even the discerning of buyers.

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Nestled in a gated community, and a few turns from the toll road, lies and absolutely delightful condominium at 10733 Villager Road in North Dallas. This 2 bedroom, 2 full baths unit offers 1,075 SF of updated space, enjoy sleek ebony hardwoods, recessed lighting, added washer/dryer area (purchase includes both), baseboards, chic color scheme, private courtyards and access to four property pools.

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Perfectly situated for commutes northward or south into downtown, you are literally minutes from great restaurants and posh North Dallas shopping. Take a look for yourself… this place is a great fit for first-time, single or retired buyers, especially being situated on the first floor in addition to its’ convenient urban access.

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 6, 2013

Fork it, I’m in!

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For all of you food enthusiasts, and those keeping an eye on the Phil Romano Trinity Groves project at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, brace yourself for this Thursday night’s round five “Fork Fight” competition between Souk and Chino Chinatown restaurants. For a total of $75 per person, enjoy cocktails starting at 7pm, and dinner service to begin at 7:45pm that includes two appetizers, two salads, two entrees and two deserts.
“Let’s get ready to grumble!”
For more information on Thursday’s event, visit http://www.trinitygroves.com/events_items/fork-fight-at-trinity-groves-round-5/

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 2, 2013

Be Koi Roy!

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Koi ponds have increased in popularity over the past couple of years and we thought giving a quick rundown of their advantages would be appropriate. Some would say the best benefit would be the obvious… beauty and tranquility.
With our crazy and fast-paced lives, we often overlook the simple things that can help us unwind – such as staring at fish in a pond. What is about water and fish that creates such a deluge of relaxation? Maybe subconsciously we envy a life with an ‘eat, sleep, swim, relax’ mentality.
Others will say the return on investment far outweighs the initial cost and will be a memorable addition to buyers when you sell your home. It additionally provides Realtors with a unique selling point that other homes might be void of.
I guess the true advantage of cultivating a koi pond is to help relieve daily stresses, create a feng shui escape from the external world and to ultimately enjoy a quaint, little ecosystem for you and your family.
Koi enthusiast Mark Justice said in an online article that “Some doctors have begun to voice their opinions about the benefits of having a personal Koi pond. They have gained these opinions by witnessing improvements in such medical conditions as high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and some heart conditions in patients known to have their own personal Koi pond.”
I’m not a doctor, nor is Mr. Justice, but I am sure that there is a medical correlation somewhere between Koi, pond and health, right?
Whatever your motivation, building a Koi pond to increase value or desirability of your property from a selling standpoint, you must take caution and understand that there are definitive “do’s” and “don’ts” associated with undertaking the project. Research, research, research! Here are a couple of online resources to check out in case you are interested…
1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIsloHS8y6c
2) http://theponddigger.com/pond-design-gone-wrong.php
3) http://www.squidoo.com/koi-ponds

Heed the warning in this story from one of our seller’s in North Oak Cliff… The picture at the top of this post references the story below!

ASSUMPTIONS OF A HOMEOWNER
During the summer of 2011, (72 days of 100+ heat) our sellers in Kessler Park lost all but 2 Koi in their backyard pond. In early fall, one more floated to the top and it was assumed that the water had harbored some bacteria/disease (or was the site of an unplanned Texas Summer fish broil) and the last male would soon die.
Fast forward to spring.
Expecting the need to replenish their fish supply, our sellers discovered 15 new Koi happily inhabiting the waters again. Needless to say, the last fish standing was NOT a male, but I can assure you the father (rest his soul) will be a storied legend in that pond for years to come.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | June 18, 2013

Wrap Around Mortgages? Say it ain’t – Doh?

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Seller beware… wrap around mortgages are becoming a hot topic of conversation. At first glance, they might seem like a good way to relieve those who are upside down on their mortgages or are in need of quick debt relief, but sellers must be aware of the risks. It has come up in discussions in the past, but recently a client of ours received a letter in the mail proposing an offer, and this is what you should know…

1)      Because the buyer is taking title “subject to” the existing mortgage, the biggest risk involved is your original lender can exercise their right of the “due on sale” clause and call the entire mortgage due immediately.

2)      The original mortgage payment is due every month regardless if payment is received late or at all by the buyer. If mortgage is not paid on time, a credit risk still remains with the seller because they are in effect acting as the bank or financer of the mortgage. Thus, the seller must foreclose on the home to re-capture the property.

3)      What about insurance and Escrow? This is usually where the most confusion arises and where the most attention must take place. If I had all day to discuss what can go wrong here, I might as well provide you with a link and let you come to your own conclusions.

http://www.insuranceforinvestors.com/2011/06/insuring-wrap-around-mortgages-the-problem-of-escrow/

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