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
House Made Pretty

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!

Provided by: Christian Johnson

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


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

March 2
Dash for the Beads | Kidd Springs Park

March 3
Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade | Oak Cliff – Davis Street

March 13-20
Little Farmers Spring Break Camp | Dallas Farmers Market

March 16
40th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Greenville Ave.

March 24
Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social | Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

March 29 & 30
Big Texas Beer Fest | Automobile Building at Fair Park

March 29 & 30
Festival of Joy | Clyde Warren Park

April 13
Food Truck Rally 2019 | Klyde Warren Park

April 26-28
EarthX2019 (previously Earth Day Dallas) | Fair Park

May 4
Dallas Margarita Festival | Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ

May 5
Dog Bowl | Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park

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?
Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 13, 2018

Dallas Home Sales Dip but Home Prices Up

According to Steve Brown of the Dallas Morning News; home sales are down this year in two-thirds of Dallas area neighborhoods, but prices are still rising in most residential areas. After years of sharp gains in North Texas home sales and soaring prices, 2018 is the year of the housing market shift. Higher interest rates and buyer fatigue are to blame for the slowdown in the Dallas area’s frenetic home market Through the first nine months of 2018, the number of pre-owned home sales is down in more than two dozen of the Dallas-area neighborhoods, but up in the Oak Cliff neighborhoods by 1%-10%.
What does this mean for Oak Cliff and the rest of the market? When you stop and think about it, if the market as a whole is down 1% – 2% from the record breaking year last year, then we are still doing great! We are still seeing properties going under contract in just a few days in some cases, but the length of time a property is staying on the market is getting longer.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 11, 2018

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Change your furnace filters – Yes. Just like you do throughout the summer, change the filter at regular intervals.

Run your ceiling fans in reverse – Switching to clockwise rotation will recirculate the warm air stuck at the top of the room.

Dodge the drafts – Drafts can waste 5 to 30 percent of your energy use. Start simple and install a draft snake at the bottom of the door, or you can easily make one yourself using plumbing insulation.
Winterize you’re A/C and water lines – Drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment.

Tune-up your heater – Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted will reduce energy use.

Invest in a programmable thermostat – It’s easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave the building, but doing so is one of the surest ways to save money.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | November 28, 2018

Holiday Activities in Dallas this Month

Now – Dec 31
12-Days Of Christmas | Dallas Arboretum: 500,000 lights illuminate the garden, trimming the architecture and 30-foot tall tree overhead.

Now – Jan 6
Trains | NorthPark Mall: Watch as these whimsical trains travel 1600 feet of track across America.

Now – Jan 1
Dallas Zoo Lights | Dallas Zoo: Over one million lights, animal light sculptures and a light show.

Nov 21 – Dec 30
Live performance of A Christmas Carol | Wyly Theatre

Nov 22 – Dec 30
Prairie Lights | Grand Prairie: 2 mile long path featuring 4 million lights, pictures with Santa, a holiday show, and lighted walk through forest.

Nov 23 – Jan 1
Holiday Lights Spectacular | Vitruvian Park: 12 acres will host more than 550 illuminated trees wrapped in 1.5 million lights.

Nov 23 – Dec 2
Texas Ballet Theatre present The Nutcracker | Bass Performance Hall

Nov 23 – Dec 31
Highland Park Carriage Rides & Tree Lighting(Dec 6) | Highland Park: Enjoy magical carriage rides to see the gorgeous lights of Highland Park.

Nov 23 – Dec 23
Peppermint Park | Hilton Anatole: Take a magical trip to the North Pole with a magical train ride, penguin show, Geppetto’s Marionette Theatre, petting zoo, toy workshop, and Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

Dec 1
North Haven Gardens’ Holiday Art and Gift Market | North Haven Gardens: Shop handmade jewelry, visual art, and more from local artists.

Dec 1
Jesuit Christmas Bazaar | Jesuit Dallas: More than 100 vendors will sell gourmet food, jewelry, clothing, & etc. Also, religious & Catholic items for sale, raffle, bake sale, and a visit from Santa.

Dec 1
Dallas Holiday Parade | Dealey Plaza: Parade offers floats, giant balloons, dance groups, marching bands, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Dec 1
Holiday show and tree lighting | Klyde Warren Park: There will be crafts for kids, face painting, games, live entertainment, Santa and a lighting ceremony.

Dec 1
Reliant Lights your Holidays | Dallas Arts District: Thousands of lights throughout the grounds with live performances and a fireworks display

Dec 1 – Dec 2
Deck the Paws | Centinnial Hall at Fair Park: Holiday shopping for pets and pet lovers, Santa pictures, pet friendly art exhibit, performances by Furtastic K9s, and a kid zone.

Dec 2
Bishop Arts Poinsettia Walk | Bishop Arts District: Sparkling wine and toy drive benefitting the John H. Reagan Elementary School

Dec 2
Menorah Lighting | NorthPark Mall: Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with face painters, magicians, music, treats, and more.

Dec 7 & 8
Light up the Heights & Holiday Home Tour | Winnetka Heights: Fundraiser featuring the homes with festive holiday decorations and silent auction.

Dec 8
White Rock Holiday Market | Lake Pointe Church White Rock Lake: Farmers market with locally crafted gifts and holiday items for sale.

Dec 8 – Dec 9
Candlelight | Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park: 47th annual event that highlights the holiday traditions of 19th century families. Enjoy carolers, carriage and hay wagon rides, toy trains and storytelling.

Dec 13
Fair Park Holiday Delights | Fair Park: Fair Park lights up the holiday season. Mr. & Mrs. Claus, live music, tree lighting, and bounce house.

Dec 24
41st Annual Dallas Tuba Christmas | Thanks-giving Square: Come listen to Christmas music that was arranged for an all Tuba ensemble.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | October 19, 2017

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Once its own city, Oak Cliff is one of Dallas’ oldest established neighborhoods, comprising 34 smaller neighborhoods that each have their own distinct characteristics.

Just south of the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is fast becoming known for its trendy areas, such as the Bishop Arts District. Its residents also take pride in maintaining and restoring the historic homes and buildings that have made the area so beloved now.

This weekend, experience the history and the brand new at the 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour, hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff (formerly called Old Oak Cliff Conservation League). This year’s tour spans well-known areas, such as Kessler Park and Cedar Oaks, and travels into never-before featured neighborhoods, such as Forest Highlands.

Tickets are $15 for seniors, $20 for adults and can be purchased online at the Heritage Oak Cliff website. Additional ticket locations can be found at the website.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate teams Hewitt and Habgood Group and The Foster Team are returning sponsors of the home tour, which funds neighborhood improvement projects in Oak Cliff.

“I do a lot of my business in Oak Cliff, and it’s my way of giving back — by supporting an organization that showcases the good people are doing to houses in Oak Cliff,” says Anne Foster of The Foster Team. Foster is also the 2017 executive vice president for Heritage Oak Cliff.


Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Foster is sponsoring the tour’s first home at 806 S. Storey St. in Forest Highlands.

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Sitting on a 2-acre lot, the 1,850-square-foot home designed by modern architect Lukas Petrash sits adjacent to the Dallas Zoo. From the home’s spacious rear deck, Foster says you can see the zoo’s new Simmons Hippo Outpost habitat. The roar of lions across the creek can also be heard from the home, she says.

The owners helped build the home, wanting to show that modern, sleek design can be accomplished on more affordable terms, Foster says.

The Hewitt Habgood Group sponsor the tour’s eighth home at 1011 Kessler Pkwy. in East Kessler Park.

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Contrasting Foster’s South Storey house, 1011 Kessler is a remodeled, 80-year-old Austin-stone home built in 1938. Its 1930s charm welcomes you the moment you step foot onto the porch with its copper roof and stained-glass windows leading into the inlaid stone entryway.

 The four-bedroom home sits among an estate surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, making it feel like an oasis in the city, says Steve Habgood of the Hewitt Habgood Group.

 “This home is less than a mile from downtown Dallas, but you’d think you’re 50 miles outside of the city,” Habgood says. “East Kessler Park has some of the city’s only rolling hills and meandering boulevards. The estate has larger lots, so you don’t feel like you’re on top of your neighbors. And the backyard is a really beautiful escape.”

Explore Oak Cliff This Weekend

Learn more about the tour and see the rest of the featured homes at Heritage Oak Cliff.

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