Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | July 9, 2019

All Aboard at The Cedars

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Bullet Train Station Planned for The Cedars Neighborhood

The North Texas Bullet Train project is currently underway with plans to shuttle passengers back and forth between Houston and Dallas faster, safer and more efficiently than current modes of transportation. Capable of operating at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the North Texas Bullet Train will carry passengers between Dallas,  Houston and the Brazos Valley in less than 90 minutes for rates that can compete with the cost of gas or a plane ticket by the year 2025.

The introduction of the Texas Bullet Train to The Cedars will accelerate and enhance the growth of this Dallas area, creating additional opportunities for economic growth in the southern edge of downtown including office, retail, entertainment, restaurants, hotels, apartments and condominiums. As Dallas’ population continues to soar, this project will also attract new residents to the area, encouraging higher density of The Cedars neighborhood and aiding the region’s highway congestion relief efforts.

The Cedars neighborhood has already seen a burst of new buildings and conversion projects and this development would be comparable to the recent transition of the Uptown area of Dallas. Construction of the high-speed train station could boost The Cedars neighborhood and potentially increase land use near the terminal and encourage transit-oriented development in downtown Dallas.

The multi-level building will consist of public areas, such as restaurants, bars, seating areas, fast foods, concessions, newsstands and rental car counters while enclosed, elevated pedestrian bridges will connect the station to new parking facilities.

Expected Economic Benefits

  • $43 million to $86 million – Estimated increase in property assessment values within a half-mile of the terminal (not including any new and related transit-oriented development in the area).
  • $3.8 million – Estimated amount station would generate in annual tax revenue for local property-taxing entities by 2023, and another estimated $12 million would come from the system’s support and maintenance facilities.
  • $10 million – Estimated local sales tax produced from the train’s ticket sales in Dallas County.

Texas Central’s high-speed train project is expected to have a substantial and long-lasting positive impact on the state’s economy, encouraging economic development, creating tens of thousands of jobs and infusing tax revenue into the state and local communities.

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | June 25, 2019

Create Great Outdoor Spaces

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Whether you have an expansive garden or an intimate patio or balcony, developing your outdoor living space can increase your home’s appeal. Here are a few fun ways to make your outdoor space interesting, useful and comfortable.

Incorporate Native Plants

Because native plants are adapted to local environmental conditions, they require far less water, saving time, money, and perhaps the most valuable natural resource, water. In addition to providing vital habitat for birds, many other species of wildlife benefits as well.  Click here for a a list of native plants specific to your zip code.

Work with Natural Elements

Look for  interesting shapes that compliment the scale of the area. Found twigs, rocks, or leaves can be used to fill containers or add to your display.   Shells can be used as vessels for practical or decorative items.

Bring the Indoors Out

Carry your indoor palette outdoors using pops of color, furniture and shapes that mirror your interior scheme.

Comfortable Seating

Spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve mood. Choose seating that is both comfortable and durable to encourage increased leisure and relaxation time.

Mix and Match

Choose mixed accessories and furniture to create layers of style and interest.  Tie items together by selecting (3) similar finishes to balance the look.

Create Zones

Designate areas for eating, drinking, entertaining or relaxing by arranging furniture and decor items by function.

Keep it Low

Pieces that are low to the ground will preserve sight lines and help you and your guests feel comfortable and grounded in the space.

Pick Powder-Coated Metals

Prevent rust by choosing powder-coated metals; a process by which a plastic finish is applied in powder form and baked to a fluid state to bond it to the metal surface. Do a visual inspection to see if your item has been powder coated; a powdered metal will have more texture and softer, rounder edges than untreated items.

Personal Touches

Pick personal accents and comfort items that evoke feelings of comfort and joy; like soft pillows, greenery, lanterns, and photos.

Light it Up

Proper lighting is a necessity for safety and style.  Install wet-rated or damp-rated lighting to create warmth and set the tone of your space.

Scale & Proportion

Scale relates to the size of an object compared with the space it occupies, while proportion is concerned with the relationship of elements to one another, and to the whole. Fewer, larger items make a small space feel bigger.  Too many small pieces can make the space feel cluttered.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 30, 2019

7-11 Celebrates Oak Cliff Roots with New Store at Sylvan|Thirty

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7‑Eleven, Inc. recently celebrated the grand opening of its new lab store in Dallas – and the only one in the U.S.. The store is located at Sylvan|Thirty. This new store is located less than two miles from the original Southland Ice House in Oak Cliff where 7‑Eleven pioneered the convenience retailing concept more than 90 years ago.

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This location is the first 7‑Eleven to incorporate the Laredo Taco Company® taqueria; famous in South Texas for its handmade tortillas made from scratch in stores every day as well as its popular salsa bar with on-site, daily prepared salsas, guacamole and pico de gallo. Tacos, quesadillas and plate meals include specialties not always seen in quick-serve Tex-Mex restaurants such as carne guisada, barbacoa, picadillo bistec, carnitas and breakfast tacos made with hand-cracked eggs.

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The location also features:

  • Made-to-order coffee drinks, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and agua frescas give customers the option to customize their drinks in a full-service beverage format. Additionally, it carries novelty beverages on tap such as nitro cold brew, kombucha and organic teas.
  • “The Cellar,” an alcove dedicated to an expanded selection of wines and craft beers, with a nearby growler station that features a rotating selection of local craft beer, cider and ales on tap. At the growler station, customers can enjoy a draft of their favorite beverage with their meal onsite or fill a growler to take home.
  • A cold treats bar with frozen yogurt, ice cream and multiple toppings
  • Cookies, croissants and more baked-in-store daily
  • Digital initiatives that enhance the shopping experience. Scan & Pay technology that allows customers to skip the checkout line and pay for their (non-age-restricted) purchases on their smartphones.
  • Indoor and patio restaurant-style seating in the Laredo Taco Company portion of the store as well as bar-seating across the front windows in the retail space.

We love seeing 7-11 get back to their roots with this modern concept. Joe C. Thompson Jr., known as “Jodie,” moved with his family into a house on Edgefield at Tenth in 1901 when Jodie was a baby. Their new home was right next door to Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Jones, who owned Consumer Ice Co., which owned several ice plants and retails docks in Oak Cliff. The Joneses had no children, so J.O. Jones mentored and trained the young boy. Jodie mucked stalls and cared for the animals that served Consumer Ice Co.,  including the ice house on Page at Polk. He moved up from stable boy to loading ice onto wagons and other hard work during his summers as a student at Oak Cliff High School (now Adamson). After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a business degree, he was hired at Consumers Ice and suggested selling ice-cold watermelon from the Oak Cliff ice docks in the summer of 1924. Jodie continued on to lead this a multi-billion-dollar company and create one of America’s most-recognizable brands.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 1, 2019

Dallas Shifts to Buyers Market

Market Changes Open the Door for Home Buyers

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Home buyers are feeling some relief as more houses begin to sell for prices closer to market value.

Values continue to rise but are doing so at a slower pace due to a rise in inventory.  A balance occurs when the supply (available properties for sale) increases faster than the demand (the number of buyers seeking to purchase properties). If you’re buying a new home, this shift may be the ideal time to make your move; while sellers can still benefit from healthy market-value returns in a strong and harmonious exchange.

A new report by Trulia says Dallas is one of the U.S. metro areas that is shifting from a sellers’ to a buyers’ home market.

Paige Shipp, Regional Director of research firm, Metrostudy Inc. explained that there is less urgency in the local home market; buyers are being more careful.

“Buyers that were paying more than what a house was listed for are now paying closer to market value,” Shipp said. “What we were doing before was not sustainable. We would have fallen off a cliff.” Shipp described the existing home-buying environment as a necessary and welcome reprieve. “The slowdown in appreciation is healthy,” she said.

At Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group, we believe that buying and selling a home is much more than a financial transaction. Clients trust our honesty and reliability and appreciate the specialized service we provide to buyers and sellers in any market. 

Check out our current listings or give us a call to find out how we can help you with your real estate needs. 214-752-7070

 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | March 12, 2019

Organizing Blog – Master Closet Purge

Whether you are in the process of purchasing a new home, remodeling or trying to make do with your current situation, one area of any home that effects every single morning is the same: the master closet. The basic principals of sorting and purging clothes in a master closet are pretty consistent whether you’re organizing an original 1950’s style reach-in or a grand master closet dream space. Here are three steps to take to make your closet into your dream closet:

 

  1. Every single item in your closet should fit you TODAY. Now, before you balk at this statement, hear me out. I understand that you may not be your dream size. Maybe you just had a baby or are recovering from a long-term health issue. As a mom of two little girls, I COMPLETELY understand. When I’m helping a client sort and purge their closet, I never ask them to purge all of the clothing items that are too snug. I do, however, insist that those items find a home outside of hanging space in their master closet. I encourage a “too small” box (or three!) but, again, to live elsewhere in the home.
  2. Any items that need to be dry-cleaned or repaired should be taken within a week to the appropriate place. A WEEK!? Yep, a week. If you aren’t willing to take an item to the tailor or drycleaner within 7 days, you probably don’t love it that much to begin with.
  3. Try on every single item in your closet. Look, I know this is a beating, but if you want to purge your closet the right way, this is a MUST. We’ve always followed the same basic principals that have recently become popular with the Marie Kondo-style of organizing which is to ask yourself this: does this item bring you joy? Or better yet, does it make you feel good? DAMN good? If yes, keep it. If not, its time to donate or consign it.

 

The end goal is to be able to walk into your master closet blind-folded and no matter which items you randomly choose, you can rest assured that those items CURRENTLY fit, aren’t in need of repair and most importantly, make you feel damn good when you put them on. It is going to take time and be a lot of work but we promise you, you’ll thank yourself every single morning when you get dressed without stress and without angst. It is a much more pleasant way to start the day!

 

Feeling overwhelmed? Give us a call. We’ll walk you through it and help you with every step on your way to becoming perfectly organized.

 

Rachel O’Connor
Owner
House Made Pretty
214.240.2332
Rachel@housemadepretty.com
www.housemadepretty.com

House Made Pretty is a full-service home organization company committed to providing clients with beautiful, perfectly organized spaces. Our attention to detail, thoughtful space planning and Pinterest-worthy aesthetic results in gorgeous, yet sustainable, solutions. We are known for our ability to turn a closet into a high-end boutique and a basic pantry into an enviable area. We use custom labels and tactics to create a visual masterpiece for each client. This isn’t your mama’s organizing service. Well, unless you have a super cool mom. 

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 26, 2019

Planting Drought Tolerant Plants

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 26, 2019

Spring Mortgage Rate Outlook

The general consensus in the mortgage industry seems to predict 2019 to be much similar to that of 2018. We may see a rate hike in December 2018, with 2 or 3 more possible hikes throughout the year in 2019. While, currently our rates are at the highest level since 2011. The spirit of these increases are to hedge inflation, but also to build some room to lower rates later should we find ourselves in a recession later on.
The housing market is seeing a shift to a more balanced market favoring our home buyers and lessening the favor towards a sellers’ market. This is great news as inventory levels increase, presenting more opportunities for our buyers to find the perfect home. With many loan programs now offering low or no down payments we are seeing a surge of first time home buyers who thought buying a home would never be possible.
We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Being in North Texas is one of those! Dallas hiring remains strong and we are currently ranked as the 4th strongest city in the U.S. for technology jobs!

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 26, 2019

Dallas Area Home Prices

D-FW lags in home price gains
4% increase puts North Texas below national average in latest index

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Dallas-area home prices are up 4 percent from a year ago but continue to lag nationwide increases.

The Dallas price gain was slightly below the nationwide 5.2 percent rise in home prices in November from a year earlier in the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

Home prices in North Texas are growing at about half the rate they were a year or two ago. And the residential appreciation rate in the Dallas area is nothing like the gains in other Southwestern markets.

“Home prices are still rising, but more slowly than in recent months,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the new report.

“The pace of price increases is being dampened by declining sales of existing homes and weaker affordability.

“Sales peaked in November 2017 and drifted down through 2018.”

Along with the 12 percent year-over-year price increase in Las Vegas, Phoenix prices were 8.1 percent higher and Seattle and Atlanta’s rose more than 6 percent.

With the latest increases, Dallas-area home prices are almost 50 percent higher than they were during the Great Recession, according to Case-Shiller.

Nationwide home prices should continue to rise at a moderate rate in most areas, housing analysts say.

“We expect home-price growth to continue to moderate over the next several months,” Ralph B. McLaughlin, deputy chief economist, and executive of research and insights for Core Logic, said in a statement. “However, falling mortgage rates should help mitigate some of these effects.”

North Texas home sales slowed significantly in the final months of 2018.

And Dallas-Fort Worth was the only major Texas metro area with a drop in total home sales last year — they were down 2.4 percent from 2017’s record level.

The number of homes for sale in the region has grown almost 25 percent.

Houses are taking longer to sell in North Texas, and the number of properties on the market has risen more than 20 percent in the last year.

Higher mortgage costs and a lack of affordable homes to buy has slowed purchases in many markets.

“Expect more slowdown in home price growth in the months ahead, especially as the index reflects economic uncertainty brought on by the tumult in the stock market at the end of 2018 and the economic uncertainty precipitated by the recent government shutdown,” Cheryl Young, Trulia senior economist, said in a statement.

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Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 26, 2019

Things to do in Dallas

Feb 23 – April 7
Dallas Blooms | Dallas Arboretum
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March 2
Dash for the Beads | Kidd Springs Park
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March 3
Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade | Oak Cliff – Davis Street
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March 13-20
Little Farmers Spring Break Camp | Dallas Farmers Market
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March 16
40th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Greenville Ave.
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March 24
Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social | Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
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March 29 & 30
Big Texas Beer Fest | Automobile Building at Fair Park
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March 29 & 30
Festival of Joy | Clyde Warren Park
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April 13
Food Truck Rally 2019 | Klyde Warren Park
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April 26-28
EarthX2019 (previously Earth Day Dallas) | Fair Park
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May 4
Dallas Margarita Festival | Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
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May 5
Dog Bowl | Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park
fairpark.org

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 26, 2019

Super Spring Kitchen Trends

 January 1, 2019
If you’re looking to redecorate or renovate your home in 2019, you’ve come to the right place. We searched through Houzz data, browsed hundreds of home design photos, reread past articles and interviewed professional designers to bring you this collection of materials, colors and other home design ideas that you can expect to see a lot more of in 2019. Which will you bring home?

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