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Why I Support Pamper Lake Highlands | Pamper Lake Highlands.

We have found a cause very near and dear to our hearts.

 

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Join Us for a Good Cause!

 

 This advocate’s post says it all:

Dallas currently ranks worse than Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago, which means that A LOT of Dallas residents are barely scraping by with no hope for financial security or planning for the future. 

PLH currently scrapes by with 12 recurring monthly donors.

Read the full post here:

Why I Support Pamper Lake Highlands | Pamper Lake Highlands.

How Dallas’ Neighborhoods Got Their Names. | Central Track

What is Your Favorite Neighborhood?

 

Originally home to cotton gin factories and other warehouses, the Deep Elm neighborhood eventually became a hotbed for jazz and blues in the ’20s. The neighborhood’s current name was simply the way its residents used to pronounce “Deep Elm” back in the day.

 

Curious about the origin of your neighborhood’s name? See the full article below:

How Dallas’ Neighborhoods Got Their Names. | Central Track.

2017 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour | Swiss Avenue Historic District

This truly is a lovely event and we highly recommend you consider taking the tour!

It’s one of Dallas’ most time-honored Springtime events. Come join us as we celebrate The 44th Annual Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. Happening this year, just as it does every year, on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13th and 14th.

This weekend-long tribute to Dallas’ historic past will feature seven of the city’s most fabulous Early 20th Century homes, an art fair, a vintage auto display, a children’s play area, live entertainment on the Avenue, free horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary air-conditioned mini-coaches, freshly prepared food, ice-cold beverages, and much more.

 

Buy Tickets and Learn More  About the Swiss Avenue Historic District Below:

2017 Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour | Swiss Avenue Historic District.

DART Cotton Belt Is Coming!

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system has announced its latest expansion! 

Say Hello to the Cotton Belt!

Multiple cities in the Dallas metroplex will be able to connect directly to DFW Airport, thanks to DART’s Cotton Belt line.

Set to open in 2022, the new rail line will run from east to west across the north Dallas DART green and red lines allowing travelers to bypass traveling into downtown to connect to the orange line.

Major cities the Cotton Belt will connect to include Plano, Richardson, Addison, Carrollton and North Lake. The line will also allow direct transportation from the TEX Rail in Fort Worth to North Dallas cities.

View the full article here: DART Cotton Belt will connect rail lines to DFW airport – Dallas City News.

 

Is it yours? America’s 50 best cities to live: 24/7 Wall St.

We are so glad to see Richardson as #3 on the list!

The secret is out: visit City of Richardson at: www.cor.net

 

> Population: 110,827 > Median home value: $226,000 > Poverty rate: 9.5% > Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 53.2%

More than half of all adults in Richardson have at least a bachelor’s degree. With high educational attainment, incomes in the city are high and violent crime is scarce. The typical Richardson household earns $80,398 a year, and the city’s violent crime rate is less than half that of the state a whole. In many cities with higher incomes, the cost of living is also higher than normal. In Richardson, however, the cost of goods and services is roughly in line with the cost of living nationwide.

Located just outside of Dallas, Richardson residents benefit both from economic opportunities in the larger city, and the cultural amenities, without the higher violent and property crime rates.

Read the whole article here: Is it yours? America’s 50 best cities to live: 24/7 Wall St..

Burglars spill their secrets: Is your home really secure?

When considering how to keep your home safe from burglary, there are a myriad of costly options in home security systems. The rapidly changing world of technology makes it difficult to keep up, and even then sometimes that won’t keep them away.  Take it from the thieves themselves: some of the top deterrents for burglars are actually not “sold in stores”. Is your current approach warding off criminals, or are you advertising your home as a treasure chest?

See the full article: We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes | WFAA.com

Burglars prefer breaking in early morning or afternoon. 

“Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school,” wrote a convicted burglar.

Deterrent or Advertisement?

NRA sticker on car bumper = Lots of guns to steal,” wrote one burglar.

Burglars had mixed opinions about home security signs. Some burglars said it didn’t faze them.

Others said they knew how to disable alarms or avoid setting them off.   

All of the inmates who responded said they would knock on the front door before breaking in.

Generally, burglars agreed security cameras were a deterrent.

 But some said it also likely signaled there were valuables inside the home.

If Fido Has A Big Bark, Thieves Won’t Risk The Bite

If a homeowner had a big, loud dog most burglars would stay away. 

Small dogs don’t seem to bother them.

“Dogs are a deal breaker for me,” said one inmate.

“Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.”

Lennar plans new apartments, retail on Garland Road

A design for retail/apartments that Lennar built in Minnesota

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Source: Lakewood Advocate Magazine

Lennar Multifamily Communities wants to build a mixed-use development of apartments and retail on Garland Road near Buckner.

The company, a subsidiary of Miami-based homebuilder Lennar Corp., is requesting a zoning change for the two lots between Fire Station No. 31 and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, formerly Doctor’s Hospital.

One of the properties, at 9353 Garland Road, is the current home of White Rock Community Church. And the other, at 9335 Garland Parkway, is a medical office.

While Lennar’s zoning-change application requests a new planned development district “to allow for multifamily residential and retail,” it doesn’t specify what kind of density they’re seeking. How many stories, how many apartments and how much retail space they’ll be requesting remains to be seen.

A representative from Lennar, Todd Cook, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This would be the first new apartment complex on that part of Garland Road since the housing bust.

Lennar in 2015 set up a $1.1-billion fund to build and hold apartments in as many as 25 major U.S. Markets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The company has one new apartment complex in Las Colinas, one in Oak Lawn and one near Glencoe Park. They also have a 23-story high-rise under construction in Victory Park.

Dallas Arboretum to Host Its First Food Fest

Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

View the full article here: Dallas Arboretum to Host Its First Food Fest.

I just wanted to share this article from Jack on the Web (100.3 JackFM) about an upcoming, new kind of special event during the Dallas Arboretum’s famous Dallas Blooms Festival. If you have never been to this treasure in Dallas, you simply must go and explore! There you will find much more than just spectacular seasonal stems and shrubs… the Arboretum also boasts a number of Historical Landmarks, corners a breathtaking view of White Rock Lake, holds a number of seasonal concert series, and recently debuted an entire children’s park. For those who have frequented the gardens, the promise of a food festival with the best our local culinary talent at such an amazing venue is something I will be sure not to miss!

Event Date: March 16th, 2017

For tickets and additional information: www.DallasArboretum.org

The driving forces behind home purchase deal fallouts in DFW:

Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor for Dallas News, recently wrote an article examining where D-FW starter home sales failed in 2016. It is certainly an important topic to consider as we trek into the Spring in 2017, and there may be more to it than Brown suggests:

View Full Article: Why are more D-FW home purchase deals falling through?

Source: Trulia

Homes selling in 3 days is the driving force behind the fallout. The article mentions what used to be the predominant drivers, and I believe those are still occurring at “normal levels”. What the article failed to address is the speed of the current market. It used to be that a Buyer would see a house, like it, go home and sleep on it, come back in the next day or two and see it a second time, and then make a well considered offer. Take that much time making a decision now, and the opportunity will be gone. So, now, Buyer will spend 30 minutes to an hour in the house, and decide to make an offer. At lower price points, they may make several offers, just trying to get to contract. Once the contract is executed, the real decision gets made. And more frequently than in the past, the Buyer decides there is just something they don’t like about the house. Or they execute the contract on their 2nd or 3rd choice home because they could, and then their 1st choice also offers them a contract. They drop the contract done in haste to execute the one they *really* want.

Rising interest rates may quell this a bit. The higher interest rates go, the more impact will be made on affordability. In turn, the ability of Buyers to offer higher and higher prices will diminish. Forecasts I am hearing for mortgage rate in 2017 is perhaps a rise over the past couple years, but likely not higher than 5%.

So I see another year of increasing prices in the DFW market. Perhaps not in the double digit range we have seen for the past 3 years, but likely in the 4-6% range, maybe as much as 8%.

 

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