Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | May 17, 2017

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Celebrates 10 Years with 140+ Open Houses

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Sunday, May 21st, marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The brand, which was absorbed into the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies a decade ago, has steadily risen in the ranks of area brokerages over a relatively short period of time. It had ascended to the number one spot for total sales volume in Dallas proper by the end of 2016 and has maintained this placement through Q1 of 2017 (according to MLS data for Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25).

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To celebrate the milestone — an impressive achievement given the company’s formidable competition and the prolific nature of the industry – agents will be holding open 140+ homes citywide today, as well as handing out token gifts to attendees as a “thank you” for supporting the brand.

“In its infancy, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate survived the 2008-2010 market downturn,” said Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert, “and continued not only to grow, but to thrive. This is a testament to the caliber and resolve of the many agents who have remained loyal through the years. They’ve worked hard to make sure clients understand the brand’s core values of service, excellence and unparalleled market knowledge. Once you get someone to experience this difference for themselves, they typically make the shift to seeing a DPM agent as their ‘agent for life.’”

To promote the open home tour — extending from Southlake to Rockwall, and Prosper to South Dallas — the firm has taken out five digital billboards and two full page ads in the Dallas Morning News and ramped up its email efforts and social media presence.

The Hewitt & Habgood group is proud to represent North Oak Cliff on Sunday by hosting five Open Houses from 2-4pm in different areas of North Oak Cliff including Stevens Park Estates, Wynnewood North, and Bishop Heights. Visit HewittHabgood.com for more information about these five Open Houses.

For a complete list of Dave Perry-Miller homes that will be held this Sunday visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

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

Top Spots for Shopping Throughout DFW

Living in the DFW area means you’ll have plenty of access to great shopping. Plenty of malls, such as the North Park Mall and The Galleria are found throughout the area. Along with the many shopping malls, there are several local boutiques throughout the area.

Finding a great place to shop shouldn’t be all that difficult no matter which neighborhood you live in. Here are some of the top shopping options found throughout DFW.

Highland Park Village

highland-park-villageA shopping center with a ton of history, the Highland Park Village opened in 1931. It was the first shopping center of its kind in the entire country. The open-air center has become a town square and a National Historic Landmark. Some of the shops you will find here include, Harry Winston, Hermes, Escada and Jimmy Choo.

Allen Premium Outlets

Found in the suburb of Allen, the Allen Premium Outlets is one of the top choices in DFW for shopping. It’s just a short drive from the northern neighborhoods and provides a complex full of high-quality shops. Some of the top shops found here include Adidas, Coach, Polo Ralph, Banana Republic, Nine West, Gap, Perry Ellis, Puma, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.

Plenty of other shops are also found throughout this complex. It’s the place for luxury goods at a lower price. You’ll also find a food court here along with a few entertainment options.

The Shops at Willow Bend

This set of shops may be a bit smaller than some of the other DFW malls, but it still provides plenty of good choices. Apple, J. Crew, Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie are all found here, along with more than 100 other shops.

Galleria

galleriaMaybe the most well-known shopping mall in Dallas, the Galleria is an upscale place for shops, restaurants and boutiques. You’ll find Gucci here, along with Old Navy, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom’s, Banana Republic, Sephora, Oakley and Macy’s. There’s also an ice skating rink and a jungle-themed play area for kids here.

Other top places for shopping in Dallas-Fort Worth include:

  • Northpark Center
  • The Shops at Park Lane
  • West Village
  • Town East Mall
  • Grapevine Mills
  • Firewheel Town Center

If you’re moving to the Dallas area or just move here, try one of these malls for your shopping needs.

Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | February 23, 2017

Hottest New Subdivisions Found in Dallas

Finding the right community when moving to Dallas is very important. You want to get settled in and enjoy your new home quickly. With the way the DFW area continues to expand, it’s important to look at the hottest new subdivisions found throughout Dallas.

Oak Park Gardens

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With plenty of two-story homes found throughout this subdivision with proximity to Oak Lawn, Lemmon, Highland Park and Dallas North Tollway, residents moving in here are rather pleased. The subdivision offers unique floor plans throughout with plenty of highlights. Oak Park Gardens is known for pocket parks and plenty of green space. A covered pavilion and swimming pool are also found here with homes ranging from 1,800 to 3,709 square feet.

HighGrove at West Kessler

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Another popular subdivision in Dallas, HighGrove is found at the corner of Marycliff and Stevens Forest in Oak Cliff with 53 single-family homes. With a location in the very popular Bishop Arts District, this is one place many new residents are flocking to. The community provides low maintenance living with beautiful views of Downtown Dallas and Stevens Park Golf Course.

The Heights at Oak Lawn

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Those seeking a downtown community with plenty of luxury and convenience will enjoy living at The Heights at Oak Lawn. The community includes 14, three-story homes with plenty of unique architectural elements, easy access to the city and plenty of living space. Homes range from 1,813 to 2,335 square feet and provide one of the top locations in the city.

Villas at Kimsey Place

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Another very hot community, Villas At Kimsey Place provides three-story, single-family homes in the Oak Lawn neighborhood close to UT Southwestern, The Medical District and Dallas Love Field. Residents living here are close to top attractions, Inwood/Love Field Dart Station, and plenty of entertainment and so much more.

There are several great subdivisions and communities found throughout the Dallas area. The Bishop Arts District provides a number of very popular communities and it’s growing quickly. If you’re looking for one of the hottest subdivisions, check out the communities listed above.

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

Downtown Dallas: A True Playground for Families

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While 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

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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

35027-dallas-heritage-villageIf 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.j-erik-jonsson-central-library

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.

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