Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 20, 2017

Downtown Dallas: A True Playground for Families

downtown-dallasWhile many may think of Downtown Dallas as the place for business professionals, it’s far more than just a busy business district. There are plenty of places for shopping, eating and for entertainment. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, the downtown area of Dallas has something you’ll enjoy.

Families will find great attractions for kids with many of the museums participating in the Kids Club. This specific club actually hosts six different arts & crafts events every year, as well.

Top Museums for the Family

nasher-sculpture-centerIt starts with the Nasher Sculpture Center with Target First Saturdays and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. From there, families can enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art with First Tuesdays designed specifically for those children five and under.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science provides hands-on experiences through the Art Lab and Discovery Days. If you want to go from one museum to another, you can do so by riding the D-Link bus for free.

The Dallas Farmers Market

You may not think of a farmers market as a place to take the entire family, but on Fridays, the Dallas Farmers Market features live music. The Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden is also found here helping provide a bit of fun and education for the kids.

The second Saturday of each month also provides a walkabout with a Chef showing you the best ingredients and recipes at the market. Other special events are also help throughout the year at the Dallas Farmers Market.

A Few Other Family Attractions

j-erik-jonsson-central-libraryIf you want to discover a bit of history, the Dallas Heritage Village found at Old City Park is the place to go. You’ll learn all about the city from 1840 to about 1910. The second Wednesday of every month is also the Nip and Tuck’s Barnyard Bodies program here, which provides plenty of fun for the little ones.

Of course, a stop in at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library may be just what you need. They provide plenty of events including Sunday family movies, crafts, music classes and plenty more.

No matter what you’re family enjoys doing, there’s plenty for all ages in Downtown Dallas.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 15, 2017

Why do People Enjoy Moving to Dallas?

dallasIf moving to Dallas is on your radar, you may want to know the top reasons others have relocated. Of course, a new job or being close to family may be your reason, but there are several reasons why people love moving to Dallas.

About 300 people move to the Dallas Metro area every single day. With good weather, plenty of culture, a healthy housing market and a good job market, it’s not surprising. Here are some of the top reasons why people enjoy moving to Dallas.

Growth

In 2014, Dallas was the third fastest growing city in the entire country. The economy brings many to Dallas and with the sixth best GDP in the country; it’s a popular place for relocation.

Big Companies Galore

Large, Fortune 500 companies are found all throughout the area with 21 in total. Dallas has the second most Fortune 500 companies in the nation and a very low unemployment rate, which was just 2.8% in 2015. It’s also rated as the second best city in the United States for new college graduates.

Plenty of Things to Do

dallas-sportsWith multiple pro sports teams, museums, art galleries and amusement parks, there’s plenty for residents to do all throughout Dallas. Some of the country’s best golf courses are located in Dallas, and it’s well-known as a great destination for foodies. The city also provides the largest urban arts district found in the United States.

Good Weather

The climate is a bit of a draw, as well. With average temperatures sitting around 76 degrees as the high and 55 degrees as the low, the weather draws some to the area.

High Wages/Low Cost of Living

The wages in Dallas are above the national average, while the cost of living is rather low. This allows residents to enjoy their money more without needing as much to cover regular living expenses.

Good Schools

smuFamilies often relocate to Dallas for the excellent schools. Some of the suburbs, such as Frisco and McKinney provide excellent schools from pre-school on up. In addition, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University are both here. Both rank in the top 10 for Texas Universities.

Dallas is also where you will find two of the highest rated high schools in the entire country.

There are plenty of great reasons to move to Dallas. No matter why you want to relocate to Dallas, you’re sure to find it as a great city to call home.

attAT&T and Dallas are in the planning stages of creating a new site in Downtown Dallas with plenty of dining, shopping and greenspace. AT&T wants to invest millions to renovate buildings on the site for restaurant, entertainment and retail spaces.

The spot they are looking at will be called the AT&T Discovery District. It will become an urban-tech center with wide sidewalks, entertainment venues and landscaping throughout. Workers, visitors and residents of the Downtown area will enjoy new places to relax, dine, connect and shop.

An Innovative Space for All of Dallas to Enjoy

AT&T has made Dallas their home and they want to grow with it. This space is part of the plan for growth and they expect the innovation to help attract new people to the south part of Downtown Dallas. There could be many economic benefits for the area restaurants, hotels and other businesses.

While AT&T is taking on a large portion of the project, they are not acting alone in this. DART, The City of Dallas and Downtown Dallas Inc., along with some local businesses are all involved in reshaping the south Downtown Dallas area.

att-dallasIn 2008, AT&T moved its’ headquarters to Dallas and they have doubled since then. The company provides about 5,700 jobs to the area in the four-building complex found at Akard and Commerce streets. They have also invested about $100 million in renovating the outside and inside of the headquarters buildings.

AT&T has a goal of not only providing their employees with a great place to work, but also providing visitors, residents and other workers in Dallas with a great outdoor destination. They want the AT&T Discovery District to become a popular gathering place for residents and tourists.

The hope is to provide free Wi-Fi throughout the area, event space, retail locations and plenty of public art spaces. It will be very well landscaped with fountains, wider sidewalks and plenty of seating. All of the plans fall in line with the Downtown Dallas 360 plan, as well.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 6, 2017

5 Tips for Winning a Dallas Bidding War on a House

bidding-warWhen you get involved in a bidding war in Dallas, there are some ways you can go about winning it. With the right tips, you can put yourself in the house you want without losing the bidding war. Here are five tips to help you win the war.

Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Winning the bidding war starts with the real estate agent. A seasoned professional with experience in the Dallas market is your best bet. This person is the one that will lead your team during a bidding war to ensure you don’t try to submit a bid higher than necessary, as well as know the nuances of the contract that sellers are looking for to make your offer the most attractive offer. You don’t just choose a Realtor for their knowledge but also their ability to negotiate the best deal for you. With over 78 combined years of experience the Hewitt & Habgood group has successfully closed over 2,322 transactions. We certainly have the track record of helping buyers achieve their dream of a new home, even in the most competitive circumstances.

Get the Right Lender

Often, your real estate agent can recommend a good lender. Regardless of the lender you choose, it’s necessary to get one that will be available when you need them. Sometimes, you have to get a pre-approved letter for a larger amount than you originally received during a bidding war. A local lender might just be the right choice.

Put Together a Plan

planGoing into a bidding war without a good plan may cost you more than you want to spend. However, with a good plan, you can submit the right offer helping to ensure you get the property for the right price. Often, it’s not time to try to save money when you go into a bidding war or cut corners.

If you’re trying to cut corners with your budget, you may want to avoid properties with multiple offers. However, those looking to win the war, need to work with their agent to put together a very attractive offer. This is your plan and if it’s as strong as you can make it, you might just win the war.

Avoid Contingencies

Sellers are more likely to choose the offer with the least contingencies during a bidding war. If the prices are all about the same, but one offer includes a contingency upon the buyer selling their home, the seller will probably choose a different offer.

It’s best if you can put in an offer with no contingencies at all. However, when this isn’t possible, make sure your offer is as strong as possible. What does a strong offer look like? Ask a Realtor!

Use a Hard Deadline

deadlineWhenever you want to win a bidding war, you need to use a hard deadline. This gives you the ability to move on to another property; if necessary. Make the deadline reasonable, but make sure you get a response from the seller by a certain date or the offer becomes void.

Getting involved in a bidding war can be a bit difficult, but with the right team you can win the war. Start with the right agent and you’ll have someone to help you submit the winning bid.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 25, 2017

Why High Dallas Condo Fees May not be a Bad Thing

dallas-condo-feesIt can be easy to see a high condo fee, get scared and think it’s a bad thing. A recent survey did state that HOA and condo fees are a key element in the decision for buyers. It was stated that participants in this study believe these feels are a lot like paying rent. Some even move on to other properties without the high fees.

What do Condo Fees Cover?

Before buyers just look at a higher condo fee and run, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for. Typically, condo fees range from about $100 to $1,000 per month and they are in addition to your mortgage payment.

Condo fees cover maintenance for any common building elements, such as landscaping, exterior maintenance and window cleaning. Those owning a home have to cover these costs on their own.

Can Higher Fees Be Good?

Condo fees are expected to go up every year due to inflation. Each condo board sets the rates and the increased, so this may not be completely accurate, but it’s rather standard. This may have some buyers in the Dallas area considering only condos with the lowest fees. However, this could be a mistake.

condosIf the HOA fee of the building you choose is unrealistically low, it could lead to deferred maintenance. This could lead to the end of the road for the building, especially if it’s older, sooner than you might want. A building that’s well taken care of has a much better chance of escaping costly upkeep emergencies, holding value and even appreciating for those living within it.

Higher condo fees are not always a bad thing, as you really do get what you pay for. Those paying low fees may end up living in a building falling apart a few years down the road due to deferred maintenance. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should only consider condo buildings with fees on the higher end of the scale, either.

When you begin searching for a Dallas condo, make sure your real estate agent asks about the history of the corporation. It’s important to find out about the maintenance reserve fund and any special assessments for potential repairs. A look at the HOA fee history will help to show you what you’re really getting into.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 20, 2017

Trinity Groves Adding Towers to Revitalization Efforts

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While the majority of the revitalization plans for the West Dallas area known as Trinity Groves has included restaurants, the neighborhood is about to grow in a different way. Four years ago, many wondered if residents would be willing to drive to West Dallas for a new type of dining experience. It’s since been proven many will flock to the area for the right restaurants.

Now, with the success of many restaurants, developers wonder if those willing to dine in the area would rather live in Trinity Groves, stay in hotels here or even work in an office within the neighborhood. These curiosities will all be answered with the new project coming to Singleton Boulevard near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The goal of the new space is to create a live-work-play environment with a mixed-use project covering about 100 acres of space. It will be easily accessible to the downtown area, while providing an alternative place to live, work and play.

Until recently, the Trinity Groves area was overlooked by developers. The news of a new tower project comes as a bit of a surprise, but with the success of restaurants here developers are finally taking notice.

An 11-Year-Long Overnight Success

As with most overnight successes, this one took many years. The first land deal for the partners on the project actually closed in April of 2005. Butch McGregor, Phil Romano and Stuart Fitts started buying small commercial properties and older homes found on West Commerce and Singleton Street many years ago.

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Many doubted their big plans for high-rises and new retail in Trinity Groves would ever come to fruition. However, it’s all becoming a reality as developer Columbus Reality will be creating a 349-unit apartment and retail building across the street from the very popular Trinity Groves restaurant park.

The first apartments are expected to be ready in 2017 and they have already started to lease off the website.

More Than Just Apartments

While the apartment building is a large part of the redevelopment of the area, there’s an 11-story hotel and an office tower in the works, as well. The hotel will take over the site of an old concrete plant, while an old parking lot will become a new office tower.

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There’s no guarantee the hotel or office tower will move forward. Developers are waiting to see what the market here wants, but they have stated the feedback has been positive. They believe building a new site in Trinity Groves will appeal to millennials due to the environment and proximity to downtown.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 16, 2017

Three West Dallas Restaurants Making a Splash

Even with a saturated Mexican food market, Julian and Beto Rodarte recently opened a new hot spot called Beto & Son. Another restaurant making a splash in West Dallas, Trompo, was recently recognized by Bon Appetit. If that wasn’t enough, the beloved Oak Cliff Italian joint called Lucia also announced the late-night pop-ups are coming back.

Beto & Son

beto-sonAfter graduating from the Culinary Institute of American in New York, Julian Rodarte and his father opened the restaurant Beto & Son. With top restaurant backers, such as Phil Romano (responsible for starting Fuddreucker’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill), the father/son duo plans to create the next popular chain restaurant.

Beto & Son provides a menu full of surprises, such as Mexican poutine, masa fries, noodle bowls and so much more. While it’s a Mexican restaurant in a crowded Dallas market, it’s not like any other Mexican restaurant in the area. Not only will the menu set them apart, but they will also make their own tortillas and get their bread from a panaderia found just a couple blocks away.

Trompo 42

A small taqueria opened in April in West Dallas is making a huge splash. Bon Appetit recently names Trompo to their list of the 50 best new restaurants in the country. It’s the only restaurants in all of North Texas to make it on the list.

trombo-42While the location is very unassuming and easy to miss, this street taco shop is family-owned and offers Monterrey-style street tacos. The signature offering is the Trompo, which is a pork taco marinated with paprika.

The success has driven this taco shop to actually consider opening a second location. They plan to renovate a former home found on West Eighth Street in the Bishop Arts District. This new location will be named Trompo 42 and will serve beer and wine. The location will also have a patio and should be open very soon.

Once the new location opens, the original Singleton location will change the hours to just 11am to 2pm, Monday through Friday.

Lucia

A final bit of restaurant news coming from a hot little place in Oak Cliff called Lucia, is all about the best bowls of ramen coming back. Chef Justin Holt recently announced he will begin to serve up the ramen bowls at late-night pop-us again. It’s expected these pop-ups will once again be very popular and the lines will form quickly. You will need cash and the bowls of ramen will be $10 while bowls of curry will be $5.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 10, 2017

Bishops Arts Expanding With 3 Luxury Projects

bishopartssign_Three luxury townhome projects are currently underway in the Bishop Arts District area.

Bishop Arts Melba Townhomes

Found adjacent to a massive development of apartments and shops from the Nazerian family, this project included demolishing homes on Melba at Bishop. The Bishop Arts Melba Townhomes will provide two-story homes with private garages and roof decks. The home will be about 2,250 square feet in size and they are expected to start at around $450K.

melba-bishopThese spacious townhomes provide three bedrooms with two-and-one-half bathrooms. Each home has a two-car garage, stainless steel appliances, a fire place in both the master bedroom and the living room and a rooftop patio. Some units include an optional outdoor kitchen.

Green space is found outside of each unit, while an energy-efficient Climate Control System is found inside each unit. The rooftop decks cover around 400 to 500 square feet, providing the perfect area for entertaining. Each unit also feature eight-foot tall windows and multiple balconies.

Larkspur’s Elsbeth Townhomes

Found at the corner of Elsbeth and Neely, the groundwork for these walk-up townhomes has already begun. They are expected to provide a design embracing the history and character of the Bishop Arts District with black windows and red brick patterns.

These townhomes are expected in the Fall of 2017 with 16 total units. The interior will include plenty of living space with quartz countertops, custom cabinetry, oak wood floors and plenty of natural light. Large rooftop terraces will be a part of every unit with beautiful views of the natural terrain. Four of the units will also provide incredible views of downtown Dallas.

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Tenth and Adams Modern Townhomes

10th-and-adamsAnother project is underway after the demolishing of an office building on the corner of Tenth and Adams. This project will provide 17 total homes all standing three stories tall with about 2,300 square feet of living space and rooftop patios.

The homes will also provide two-car garages, a study on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the third floor and the dining and living areas on the second floor. They are expected to start around $440K when they hit the market.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | January 4, 2017

Deep Ellum Booming With Four New Restaurants Announced

deep-ellumAs Deep Ellum continues to become the Restaurant Row of Dallas, it continues to attract attention. Four new restaurants/bars have been announced for the area with restoration projects planned for each. The vintage buildings these restaurants will take over are found on Malcolm X Boulevard between Main and Elm streets.

The Table – 2826 Elm Street

This will be a spin-off of a Flower Mount restaurant. The building The Table will take over used to be occupied by a number of bars with the numbers “2826” in their name, such as Club 2826 and 2826 Arnetic.

The Table will provide a rustic setting with refined American cuisine. It will also provide many pre-Prohibition cocktails, along with other craft cocktails from the bar.

Baker and Company – 2820 Elm Street

This new bar and restaurant will take over the space where Viper Lounge and Swallow Lounge used to be. It will be a small plate restaurant featuring jazz music and a 1920’s theme. Baker and Company will open in February of 2017.

Hide Bar – 2816 Elm Street

hide-barHide Bar will go into a historic space that used to be called Ravach Arts. It will provide a unique type of place with cutting-edge offerings. Clean cocktails, centrifuges, vaporizers and plenty of other unique offerings are in store at Hide Bar. They will also serve sandwiches, salads and small plates.

Harlowe MXM – 2823 Main Street

A newer concept coming from the Bread Winners folks will take over the old Catalina Cycle spot. This bar/restaurant will include a rooftop, two patios and more. The atmosphere will be unique and a big brunch is expected here.

All of these restaurants will provide a newly renovated space in older buildings. Westdale Properties has invested millions to restore these buildings and make them suitable for the new restaurants/bars to take over. The remodel also includes a corridor into the 2618 Elm Street space to connect Elm and Main Streets.

Deep Ellum received $1.6 million in TIF funding from the city to add to the restaurants growth. Along with these four new spots, residents can expect upgrades to utilities, public space, pedestrian access and beautification throughout the neighborhood in 2017.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 30, 2016

A Closer Look at Bryan Place: Downtown Dallas’ Hidden Gem

bryan-place-dallasFinding a hidden gem in Dallas used to be much easier. However, the very hot real estate market has made it quite difficult to spot the hidden gems throughout the city. Some of these hidden gems provide both an excellent deal on a condo or home, along with a very desirable area to live.

While it may be difficult to spot some of the hidden gems in the Dallas area, one you may not be aware of is called Bryan Place. This small community is found near the Arts District and just to the north of the Deep Ellum area. It’s known as a stylish neighborhood in the Downtown Dallas area with plenty to offer residents.

Trendy and Urban

At first glance, Bryan Place may look like just another trendy and urban place to live. It’s close to the Arts District and Deep Ellum, which means it often gets lumped into this category due to neighboring area. However, Bryan Place is far quainter and much like a suburban community. It’s laid-back, very walkable and surprising to many looking for a new home within this specific area.

Many of the homes for sale in Bryan Place are charming garden homes, while the neighborhood also consists of townhomes. If you don’t want to deal with outdoor maintenance, such as mowing the lawn or tending to the garden, a townhome may fit perfectly. Even the garden homes found within Bryan Place provide smaller yards, which keeps the maintenance at a minimum.

Real Estate in Bryan Place

bryan-placeMost of the properties range from about $350K to about $550K with some townhomes available for rent throughout the neighborhood. Larger properties come in at a higher price with many loft style homes and townhomes available for sale. While it’s possible to get a two bedroom or even a three bedroom townhome or condo for under $400K, most listed this low are 1 bedroom units. The 2 and 3 bedroom options tend to come in between $400K and $550K.

Overall, Bryan Place provides excellent housing options for those looking to live near the Arts District and Deep Ellum. If you prefer a low maintenance home, the selection of townhomes will provides plenty to choose from, as well.

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