Forbes Names Dallas #1 City to Invest in Real Estate

Have you thought about investing in real estate?  This is a GOLDEN time to buy, and Forbes agrees!

Dallas, and the entire DFW metroplex, is the best market to invest in housing in 2017, according to a list Forbes published this month. By 2020, home prices in Dallas are expected to grow by 31 percent, the highest growth of any city listed. That projection is based on Dallas’ 6.2 percent population growth in three years (2012-2015), 3.9 percent job gains last year and 9 percent annual home price gains.

Read the full article HERE.

Buying a house for investment has some risk but working with an experienced Realtor will help you make a wise purchase.

Call me to discuss investment real estate–I have a wealth of knowledge to share with you and I’ll help you fulfill your real estate goals.

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Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2017

courtesy of Culture Map

According to a recent Houzz kitchen trends report, as reported by CultureMap, a remodeled kitchen could help you be healthier! The report finds that homeowners with new kitchens order less takeout and they cook more meals at home, which certainly means healthier eating!

Age plays a role in preferred kitchen styles: Baby boomers and mature homeowners prefer traditional styles, while millennials prefer farmhouse-style sinks, gray color schemes, and modern textures.

Modern farmhouse styled kitchen with lots of gray

Modern farmhouse styled kitchen with lots of gray

Regardless of age, homeowners want sturdy, yet beautiful, flooring and countertops, naming durability and appearance as top priorities. Granite is the most popular countertop material, while quartz, wood slab, and quartzite perform respectfully. Hardwood flooring lost some favor but still remains the most common kitchen option. Ceramic and porcelain tile won the hearts of more homeowners this year than in the past.  And stainless steel appliances are still preferred over other options.

Stainless steel appliances still dominate, and white countertops are coming on strong

Stainless steel appliances still dominate, and white countertops are coming on strong

Custom cabinets still top the priority list for homeowners wanting to upgrade their kitchen. White cabinets prove to be more popular than wood-colored or gray cabinets combined. Adding an island or breakfast bar come in second and third as top features to upgrade, though millennials tend to want islands more than older generations.

White cabinets lead in popularity

White cabinets lead in popularity

Proving that younger generations want monochromatic schemes found in farmhouse-style kitchens, millennials and Generation X lean toward painting kitchen walls gray, while baby boomers tend to paint walls beige.

Renovation budgets keep climbing with 1-in-2 homeowners spending more than $100,000 on a new kitchen. The median amount homeowners spend upgrading is between $25,000 and $50,000.

To read the in-depth Houzz report, CLICK HERE!

I love houses and I like to share important news about houses with my followers. If you are thinking you need MORE than an upgraded kitchen and are considering buying a new home, contact me for key points about the housing market for 2017!  It will be a dynamite year to buy and sell a home!

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Best Places to See Fireworks in Dallas Area

lvm fireworksNorth Texans are not lacking for options when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites:

Kaboom Town at Addison Circle Park | July 3

Addison’s fireworks show is one of the best in North Texas, if not the country, and if seeing such a spectacular salute to the United States means seeing it crammed alongside tens of thousands of other red-blooded Americans, well, that’s what Uncle Sam would want. Bars and restaurants throughout Addison will host watch parties, while the main grounds host live music, food, and other fun. The air show’s an hour or two before the fireworks.

Red, White, and Boom on the Bridge at the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge | July 3

The bridge formerly known as the Continental Ave. Bridge provides an ideal view for a fireworks show lighting up the Dallas skyline. Live music, food, kids’ activities, and other games heighten the Independence Day festivities. The westbound side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will also be shut down for the occasion.

Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion | July 4

Chill out in an inner tube on the Trinity while listening to a Jimmy Buffet tribute band and other live music, watch some jet ski and fly board shows, and enjoy the fireworks. Inner tubes are provided free on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can bring your own. A wide range of food will be available for purchase, and admission is free for all ages. A kids’ zone will feature pony rides, bounce houses, miniature golf, water slides, and more.

Fair Park Fourth at Fair Park | July 4

The Midway opens early, with live music and other family-friendly activities leading up to the main event — the fireworks — at night. The best view is from inside the Cotton Bowl, but keep your eyes on the sky anywhere in Fair Park for a spectacular show.

All-American Fourth at Oak Point Park in Plano | July 4

Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm. The view is best from elevated ground at Collin College and First United Methodist Church.

Star-Spangled Spectacular at Firewheel Town Center in Garland | July 4

Fireworks begin at 9:15 following a day of live music, food, face painting, bounce houses, and more.

Light Up Arlington at Levitt Pavilion | July 3

Celebrate Independence Day a day early with performances by Hannah Kirby and Brad Thompson, and of course, fireworks, at Arlington’s outdoor amphitheater and park.

Red, White, and Boom in McKinney | July 4

The day begins at 10 am with a parade in Downtown McKinney, continues with a car show from 1 to 5 pm, and ends with a concert, family activities, and fireworks at McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch from 7 to 9:30 pm.

Family 4th of July Celebration at Breckinridge Park in Richardson | July 4

The park will have balloon artists, concessions, and climbing walls for kids, and families are welcome to bring picnics of their own to the event, which concludes with a fireworks show at 9:45 pm.

Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Lake Grapevine | July 4

Find your spot lakeside or on the roof of the Gaylord Texan parking garage to enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

Frisco Freedom Fest at Toyota Stadium | July 4

Kicking off with a Party in the Plaza and Taste of Frisco foodie festival at Simpson Plaza at City Hall, the night will continue with an FC Dallas soccer match at 8 pm at Toyota Stadium. After the game there will be a 20 minute fireworks extravaganza.

Lone Star and Stripes Celebration at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie | July 4

Along with the usual horse races, this celebration will include a zip line, obstacle courses, and pony rides. Live music will be provided by iVegas Stars, and fireworks are sure to wow the crowds after the last race. 106.1 KISS FM will be there to provide entertainment as well.

Courtesy of Front Row – D Magazine

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