Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | December 18, 2018

2019 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!

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.
dallasarboretum.org

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

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

Nov 21 – Dec 30
Live performance of A Christmas Carol | Wyly Theatre
dallas-theater.com

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.
prairielights.org

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

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

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.
brazoscarriage.com

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.
peppermintpark.info

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

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.
jesuitdallas.org

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

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.
klydewarrenpark.org

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

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.
unleashedpaws.com

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

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

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

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

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.
dallasheritagevillage.worldsecuresystems.com

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.
fairpark.org

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

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.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | October 5, 2017

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

Take a journey to the Land of Oz at the Dallas Arboretum’s 12th annual Autumn at the Arboretum fall festival.

This year’s theme, “Pumpkins, Squash and Gourds, Oh My!” highlights The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with a real yellow brick road spiraling through the Arboretum’s Pecan Grove. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is excited to be a returning sponsor of Autumn at the Arboretum, which runs until Nov. 22.

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

More than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, along with hay bales and cornstalks, were used to fill the Pumpkin Village and build Auntie Em’s house and the Wicked Witch’s castle. Other stops along the yellow brick road include Emerald City, the Scarecrow’s Garden and Munchkinland, where you can purchase pumpkins and participate in family-friendly activities.

Along the way, you can also see the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Horses of a Different Color — all artistically recreated by the Arboretum’s horticulturalists.

“Our 50-member horticultural team goes to great lengths to create that ‘wow’ factor,” said Dave Forehand, vice president of gardens at the Arboretum. “Last year, a quarter of a million people came to Autumn at the Arboretum, and we hope even more people will come see this amazing display.”

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

Beyond the pumpkin patch, Autumn at the Arboretum has special events throughout October and November. Some weekly activities include Cool Thursdays Concerts, the Oktoberfest Garden, Harvest Tea and Zumba in the Gardens.

Here are a few more events that captured our attention:

1 to 3 p.m. Every weekend through November 19 — Snap a selfie with the Wicked Witch of the West | Pumpkin Village

Find the Wicked Witch roaming throughout Pumpkin Village, snap a selfie with her and post it to your social media account with the hashtag #OzAtTheArboretum to prove you have found her.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays — Garden Sized Games | Pecan Grove

A new feature at Autumn at the Arboretum, play giant-sized games including Connect Four, Yardzee, Corn-Hole and Jenga.

Celebrate Fall at the Dallas Arboretum

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 — Pumpkin Carver Weekend | Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Master Piece Pumpkins’ Gene Granata carves pumpkins through live demonstrations.

6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 — Ghoul’s Night Out | Crape Myrtle Allee

The inaugural Ghoul’s Night Out features fun activities including palm readings, handwriting analysis and caricature drawing.

6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 to 30 — Evening Trick or Treating | Children’s Adventure Garden

Dress in costume and tour the spooky maze. $10 general admission.

6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 — Dia de los Muertos

This new celebration features activities and food trucks throughout the garden, as well as a face painting competition. Paint your face at home. Judges will assess all competitors by 6:30 p.m. The winner will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

Visit Autumn at the Arboretum for more information and a full list of events.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 29, 2017

Kidd Springs Shoreline Improvements to Begin Next Month

by Rachel Stone – Oak Cliff Advocate

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City Council on Wednesday approved a $726,578 contract to improve the dam and shoreline at Kidd Springs Park.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality identified the Kidd Springs Park dam as needing improvements.

The project includes lengthening the dam and creating an emergency spillway, installing protective armor and replacing the sidewalk across the dam. Besides that, the natural spring will be uncovered so that it flows into the lake. The city also is adding new landscaping, a picnic area, a fishing pier and shoreline protection.

Funding for the project comes from 2003 and 2006 bond funds.

Work on the project could begin as soon as next month, and it could be finished in May.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 29, 2017

Kessler Steps Could Open Early Next Year

By Rachel Stone – Oak Cliff Advocate

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City Council on Wednesday approved spending $298,962 to restore the controversial Kessler steps passageway and make water utilities improvements there.

Neighbors raised $71,000 to restore the steps, which were built in 1927 and connect Edgefield Avenue to Canterbury Court.

Adjacent homeowners fought the restoration arguing that they are on private property, but their lawsuit settled in March.

The city also is spending $30,911 from current funds and $197,051 from water utilities capital construction funds.

The work could be finished as soon as January.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | September 11, 2017

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School

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Kids will be returning to school soon – August 28, for most. And, with school days fast-approaching, it’s time to kick your kitchen back into gear. Follow these eight tips to make sure you start the school year on the right foot.

Snack Station

Long days at school mean hungry tummies. Clear out a low pantry shelf, kitchen cabinet or fridge drawer for quick-grab snack options. Organize with clear boxes or open bins for easy selection.

Leave It Out

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Leave out fresh fruits and veggies for your kids to grab when they get home from school (they’re more likely to choose what’s readily available).

 

Lunch Load Up

Stock up on plastic baggies, tupperware, lunch bags, napkins, and anything else you’ll need to make lunches during the school year. For faster preparation, keep all of these items in nearby drawers and/or cabinets.

Pantry Restock

The weeknight-dinner routine is on its way, so get your pantry ready by making sure you have all the essentials. Think grains, condiments, baking staples, and soup. Stocking up on frozen items is a good idea, too.

Refresh the Fridge

Take the time to clean out food items that have been pushed to the back over the summer. This way, you’ll know exactly what you need for school days and you’ll have the space to accommodate it.

Prep Your Kitchen for Back to School

Color Code

If you’re known for calling your children by their sibling’s names, make things easier on everyone with color-coded lunchboxes, Tupperware, backpacks, etc. By doing so, you keep yourself and them organized.

Wish List

If you need inspiration for lunch or dinner, place a whiteboard or notepad in the kitchen and invite your family to add their ideas. You can use the same technique in between grocery trips.

 

Get in the Groove

Set aside a time to get the next day’s lunches and dinners ready the night before. A schedule is the best way to ease stress and keep things running smoothly. Plus, that leaves more time for more organization.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help Now

After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.

Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways to get involved and help the victims of this massive storm.

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center is open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999. carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW:

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Save the Children savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.

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