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October
3

DFW Local Coffee Shops

DFW Coffee Shops

With more than 7.6 million residents in total, the DFW area is consistently one of America's fastest-growing and most attractive urban areas. In 2022, it crossed the threshold to become the #3 largest metroplex in the United States, and it continues to entice newcomers from far and wide.

Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome anyone who is considering becoming a part of the unfolding DFW story. There are homes to meet every taste, need, and budget throughout the DFW's many colorful and historic communities. And you're sure to love meeting the many small businesses.

Let's drop in on some of the best places to enjoy a coffee in Dallas-Fort Worth:

  • Pax and Beneficia – 3550 Grapevine Mills Boulevard North, Suite 100, Grapevine TX, 76051
    Pax and Beneficia has locations near Grapevine homes for sale and Irving homes for sale to suit your needs no matter where you are. Prizing people and coffee in equal measure, it prides itself on being a place that strengthens the local sense of community. The spirit of hospitality is alive and well alongside artisan coffees from local producers and international fair trade brands alike.

  • Houndstooth Coffee – 1878 Sylvan Avenue E150, Dallas, TX 75208
    With eight locations, including several throughout Austin and Dallas, Houndstooth Coffee has the potential to become one of your favorite places if you choose Dallas homes for sale. It is one of the region's top success stories, getting started right in the area and bouncing back after tough years in 2020 and 2021. This is one place where you can truly become a regular right in Dallas-Fort Worth.

  • Staycation – 201 South Texas Street, Richardson, TX 75081
    Staycation is the place to visit near Richardson homes for sale if you want a fun and memorable way to get your morning coffee fix. Situated in "a little house on the corner of Polk and Texas Street," it's not quite like any other cafe on this list. The simple yet delicious menu is full of flavorful coffees, teas, and pastries baked by local pastry artisans. The coffee is exclusively Tweed brand, a Texas favorite.

  • Peaberry Coffee to Go – 2446 West Kiest Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75233
    Peaberry Coffee to Go bills itself as "The home of Kiestwood Iced Coffee." Its elite Kiestwood Reserve 004, sourced from Kenya, has a distinctive floral aroma with blueberry notes. You'll find all kinds of creative and funky concoctions at Peaberry, including such unusual sights as the breakfast taco, the ceremonial matcha, and the churro latte. Remember: It's pickup and curbside only, no delivery.

  • Crude Coffee Bar – 804 South Main Street Suite #120, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Looking for a "pick me up" near Fort Worth homes for sale? If so, you're in luck. Crude Coffee Bar has been serving up a unique blend of barista-style craft coffees and handmade, small-batch desserts in a warm and friendly environment since getting its start as a family-side business back in 2008. A range of exciting seasonal selections awaits you any time of the year at this classic cafe.

Contact us to find out more about homes and amenities in Dallas-Fort Worth.

September
19

6 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Front Yard

Front Yard Tips

Want to add more curb appeal to your home? Interested in getting your home ready to add to the inventory of Dallas homes for sale?

Refreshing the look and functionality of your front yard is an effective way to boost the curb appeal and overall appearance of your home. Our real estate agents recommend the following options to quickly refresh your front yard. 

  1. Clean Up Your Outside Areas
    Nearly every home has items scattered in the front yard. Maybe your kids have left their toys out, or perhaps you haven't been vigilant about putting up your garden tools. Cleaning up these items is a fast, easy way to instantly improve the appearance of your home's exterior. If you're lacking storage for your outside items, invest in an outside cabinet, storage shed, or storage chest. 

  2. Lay a Fresh Layer of Mulch
    The vibrant color of new mulch looks fantastic against your garden, lawn, and home. An added benefit of laying mulch is that it will help control weeds around your trees and bushes and in your flower gardens. To provide your plants with additional nutrients, lay a layer of compost before you put down the fresh mulch. When your plans include adding your home to the list of Fort Worth homes for sale, small additions, like fresh mulch, instantly make your home more attractive to potential buyers. 

  3. Add a Walkway
    Stone pavers are a fantastic option for creating a walkway; you can customize the color, size, and layout of the pavers to better complement your home's exterior style. 

  4. Incorporate Features That Invite Wildlife Into Your Yard
    Pollinators, like butterflies, bees, and birds, are beneficial to your yard and to the environment. Pollinators are essential for ensuring that plants remain genetically diverse and assisting flowers and crops with dispersing their seeds. Daylilies, sunflowers, and verbena are all lovely additions to your yard that attract bees and butterflies. A water feature, like a fountain or pond, often attracts birds, including water-loving hummingbirds. 

  5. Replace Worn Out Items
    If the stones used to line your garden or the gravel in your driveway are looking old, dingy, or damaged, consider replacing them. Outdoor materials are made to be durable, but they don't last forever and will eventually start to deteriorate. Replacing these items as they wear out helps you minimize the work and cost of keeping your yard looking its best. 

  6. Add Landscape Lighting
    Not only does landscape lighting provide much-needed light at night, but it ensures your walkways are safe and accessible. Solar lights are a terrific, eco-friendly option, or you might choose smart landscaping lights that you can operate and put on a timer with your smartphone. 

By making a few small changes or additions to your yard, you can give it the refresh it needs to enhance your home's curb appeal.

Want a home with more outside space? Contact us today to put your home on the market!

September
12

Plan a Visit to Fort Worth's Log Cabin Village

Fort Worth Cabin

Fort Worth's Log Cabin Village offers visitors a glimpse into pioneer times. Located near our Fort Worth homes for sale, this site is a museum where you can explore and interact with the perfectly preserved exhibits. 

About the Village

The Log Cabin Village is a historical site operated by the City of Fort Worth. Its goal is to preserve examples of pioneer architecture and help show modern Texans what frontier life was like. The site contains several historic buildings that were moved from other parts of Texas. 

The village is located at 2100 Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, Texas, and is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission costs $7 per person aged 18 to 59 and $6 for children, teenagers, or seniors. Groups of 10 people or more can get tickets for just $5 per person. The last tickets are sold at 3:00 PM, so be sure to arrive before then if you haven't bought your tickets in advance.

Exploring the Cabins

The Log Cabin Village's historic structures are the site's main attractions. These buildings are mostly log cabins that were built by settlers during the 19th century. Each one is a simple home made from cedar and oak planks with just one or two rooms. Each one was deconstructed, moved to the village, and carefully reassembled on the village's grounds. Later, the village acquired the one-room Marine Schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, and an old gristmill attached to another log cabin. 

Each of the exhibition buildings is equipped with detailed labels stating what each part of the structure was used for. There are also historical interpreters on hand to answer all of your questions and offer additional information on pioneer life. Our real estate agents love how they use the art of storytelling to bring their audience closer to the real people who once lived in these old buildings.

Other Attractions

Once you've spent some time touring the cabins, there's even more to do on the village's grounds.

Visiting the thriving herb garden and nearby drying shed demonstrates how the settlers lived on the frontier. There are also many walking paths you can take to get a closer look at the natural landscape and imagine yourself in an earlier time.  

Finally, you can stop by the village's gift shop to pick up some souvenirs. This shop stocks all kinds of memorabilia, but it's especially well-known for its stick candy and old-fashioned soda pop. You won't find treats like these at your local grocery store! 

Make Your Home on the New Frontier

The Fort Worth area's history is rich and – thanks to projects like the Log Cabin Village – has been carefully preserved for future generations. You and your family deserve the chance to experience it. Contact us today to start looking for your next home in our vast selection of Fort Worth and Dallas homes for sale.

September
6

Equestrian Centers and Stables Near Dallas

Equestrian Centers Dallas

According to the American Horse Council, Texas is home to nearly one million horses. It's no surprise that there are so many great equestrian centers and stables around Dallas homes for sale

  • Rocking J Stables - 2802 S. Country Club Rd., Garland, TX 75043
    Love horses, but you don't have much riding experience? Rocking J Stables offers two-hour guided trail rides just down the street from Garland homes for sale. Groups have a maximum of four riders, so everyone feels comfortable and gets plenty of attention from the guide. The trails are also accessible to anyone who boards a horse at Rocking J, which is named for owner Anne Young's horse Jude. 

  • Tate Farms - 12992 S. Farm to Market 548, Rockwall, TX 75032
    Family-owned Tate Farms raises horses and cattle, the two animals most associated with Texas. Their horse boarding facility near Rockwall homes for sale includes outdoor and covered pens, an indoor arena, an obstacle course, and grooming and saddling stations. A number of riding trails wind through 500 acres of private grounds. If you're in the market for a horse of your own to buy or lease, Tate Farms always has many high-quality horses to choose from, along with experienced on-site training. 

  • Trinity River Farm & Equestrian Center - 8375 Randol Mill Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76120
    When you visit the picturesque Trinity River Farm & Equestrian Center, you'll find it hard to believe you're just minutes away from Fort Worth homes for sale. In addition to a full slate of lessons and boarding services, Trinity River recently launched its therapeutic riding division for qualified students. Looking for creative party ideas? Trinity River offers a number of packages that include activities such as tractor-trailer rides, petting zoos, arts and crafts, and hot dog roasts around a campfire.
     
  • Cedar Haven Stables - 305 Evergreen Trl., Cedar Hill, TX 75104
    Amy Cristol, the owner of Cedar Haven Stables, was inspired to create this beautiful facility while searching for a pony for her own children. The 25-acre grounds, not far from Cedar Hill homes for sale, feature indoor and outdoor arenas along with trails that include a 25-jump course. Trainer Kelsey Marcus, a 17-year veteran of the equine industry, has a special knack for working with challenging horses. Private and group lessons are available, as well as pasture or stall boarding.

  • JoMar Farms - 1510 Bois D Arc Ln., Midlothian, TX 76065
    After learning to ride as a child, Joni Brown passed her love of horses to her daughter Marissa. In 2006, the women combined their efforts and names to open JoMar Farms. Together, they have fostered a caring and attentive approach that's evident in all their equine services, from horse boarding and training to riding lessons. Their stable is also located close to Midlothian homes for sale

If you're buying or selling a DFW home, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to speak with one of our real estate agents

August
23

Dallas-Fort Worth Only U.S. Market Where Home Sale Prices Dropped Last Month

The North Texas housing market is downshifting quickly, with Dallas-Fort Worth being the only U.S. market to see a decrease in home sale prices last month, according to a report released today.  DFW home prices are down 1.9% year over year in July, according to the latest Re/Max National Housing Report.

 

And what a difference a month makes.  Last month, DFW led the U.S. for home price increases, with June prices up 29.3% over the previous year.   In hard numbers, home sales prices in DFW fell to $413,900 in July from $422,000 in July 2021.   Homes in DFW spend an average of 23 days on the market before selling.

 

Higher interest rates and inflation, as well as record home prices, triggered a sharp drop in demand for housing, said Todd Luong, a realtor with Re/Max DFW Associates:  "Here at our Re/Max office in Dallas-Fort Worth, our listings are currently getting on average 2.7 showings per week," Luong said. "Last year, at this same time, our listings were earning on average 5.9 showings per week. That is a huge drop in buyer demand compared to the previous year. Record home prices and higher mortgage rates have forced many potential buyers out of the market, especially first-time homebuyers."

 

While the latest trends may disappoint some sellers, buyers now have more choices and better opportunities for good deals, Luong said.   Luong said that the DFW housing market has been challenged with low inventory for years and reached an all-time low earlier this year, with only a two-week supply. Now, however, inventory is increasing.  "Although buyers have more choices now, it is still not a balanced market as we only have about a two-month housing supply," Luong said. "In a normal market, you have about a five to six-month supply of housing."

 

A new report from Zillow also found falling home values, although the numbers didn't match Re/Max's precisely because of different study methods and different geographic definitions of DFW as a metro area, among other reasons.  According to Zillow's findings, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area's typical home value is $396,904, down 1.1% since June, the first month of decline. Values are up 55.4% since July 2019.

 

Zillow also reported that the mortgage payment on a typical home in DFW is $2,633 a month, including taxes and insurance. That's up 77.4% compared to July 2019.

According to Zillow, inventory in DFW has risen 10.2% since June, and the share of listings with a price cut in July was 22%, compared to 15.6% in June.  Nationwide, after two years of unprecedented growth, home values fell for the first time since 2012 as competition for houses eased, according to Zillow's July market report.

 

The slowdown is being driven by decreased competition among buyers. Zillow's analysis says that affordability pressures have pushed many to the sidelines, and buyers are waiting in the wings to resume their search if and when prices relax a bit.  Skylar Olsen, Zillow's chief economist, called the flattening of home values "a badly needed rebalancing.  This slowdown is about discouraged buyers pulling back after the affordability shock from higher rates," Olsen said. "As prices soften, many will renew their interest, and we will continue our progress back to 'normal.'"

 

Luong said he sees positive signs in the market.  The interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage dropped below 5% after peaking in June. More than 290,000 new jobs were added in Dallas-Fort Worth last year, so North Texas has one of the strongest labor markets in the country.   "Reasonably priced homes that are in good condition and move-in ready are still selling very fast," he said. "However, the bidding wars have subsided considerably across the board."

  • Dallas Business Journal, August 19, 2022
August
15

What to Know When Buying an Air Purifier

Air Purifier

Want to remove pesky odors from your home and improve the quality of your indoor air? Our real estate agents suggest buying an air purifier.

An air purifier removes pathogens from your air, like pet dander, dust, and other allergens, that can affect your health. If you also work from home and spend a lot of time in your home office, an air purifier ensures that you have clean, healthy air in your workspace, helping you feel your best and boosting your productivity. 

Here are a few tips to follow when buying an air purifier. 

  • Look at the Specs for the Air Purifier
    If you're considering a specific air purifier, there are two specs you need to look at: the room size it's designed to cover and the CADR rating. The air purifier's room size lets you know how large of a space, in square feet, the air purifier works best in. For example, if an air purifier covers 300 square feet and your living space is 500 square feet, you'll want an air purifier with better capabilities. CADR stands for clean air delivery rate. This figure tells you how much clean air the air purifier produces and will help you figure out how quickly the unit filters the air in your home. When choosing an air purifier, look for a unit with a CADR spec that's at least two times the highest fan speed. 
  • Select a Device That Uses a HEPA Air Filter
    A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter removes 99.9 percent of the particles that pass through it. This includes particulates like viruses, bacteria, dust, and chemical compounds. Air purifiers that use a HEPA filter are effective at reducing the particles that can cause asthma and respiratory problems. If you're adding your home to the inventory of Dallas homes for sale, a HEPA air purifier will help freshen your home's air so that it feels clean and inviting to potential buyers. 
  • Consider the Unit's Sound Levels
    An air purifier will make noise when it runs. To minimize the background noise in your home, look for an air purifier with a decibel level of 32 or lower. Many air purifiers operate at 36 decibels. For comparison, a vacuum cleaner is 80 decibels, a normal conversation is 60 decibels, and a whispered conversation is 20 decibels. Some people don't mind background noise, while others prefer to minimize any source of noise pollution. If you're sensitive to noise or just want to minimize unnecessary sound, look for a unit that's as quiet as possible. 
  • Invest in an Air Purifier That's Designed for Your Primary Needs
    Your air purifier should suit your family's desired function. Perhaps you're adding your home to the list of Fort Worth homes for sale and want to remove any evidence of your pets. If so, look for an air purifier that specializes in removing pet dander. Or, maybe you have allergies and want to minimize your allergy symptoms. Search for a unit that removes the allergens that you find most problematic. 

An air purifier creates clean, odor-free air, making it an excellent addition to any home. Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us to get started!

August
8

Go Biking on These Dallas-Fort Worth Trails

Dallas Biking Trails

When our real estate agents are asked why they recommend moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they often mention the region's outdoor amenities. The DFW has so many lovely natural areas where you can enjoy wildlife and beautiful plants. One of the best ways to enjoy these natural areas is by riding a bike. Whether you're a casual bike rider or a more serious cyclist, here are some of the top DFW bike trails to visit.

  • Katy Trail: 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    The Katy Trail runs north from Reverchon Park on Maple Avenue to Knox Street. You can park either in Reverchon Park or in the smaller lot on Knox Street, just after the intersection with Travis Street. 

    This trail is paved, smooth, and well-maintained. At 3.5 miles long, it's suitable for casual bike rides and walks. Motorized vehicles are not permitted, and pets must be leashed. The Katy Trail was built on an abandoned railroad bed. You'll pass through wooded areas, meadows, and even a few neighborhoods.

  • Santa Fe Trail: 302 S. Glasgow Dr., Dallas, TX 75219
    The Santa Fe Trail is another wide, paved bike path built on an old railroad bed. You can park in the lot at the Glasgow Dr. address listed above. The trail stretches about 4.2 miles from S. Hill Ave. to Winstead Dr.

    The Santa Fe Trail stretches mostly through rural areas, making it a good choice if you need a break from looking at Dallas homes for sale. You'll pass White Rock Lake, where you can see water birds and often frogs. There are a few small hills along the trail, but it's mostly flat.

  • Gateway Park: 1701 N. Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111-5943
    Gateway Park is the perfect place to stop for a bike ride while looking at Fort Worth homes for sale. This 1,000-acre park has a series of mountain biking trails running through it. The Trinity Trail, which is a 100-mile trail system, also stretches through the park.

    Beginner mountain bikers may want to try the trails on the west side of they park. This trail is 3.5 miles long and is relatively flat. More advanced mountain bikers may enjoy the east side trails, which are longer and hillier. 

  • Trinity River Audubon Center: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
    The Great Trinity Forest is one of the most beautiful forests in the DFW area. One of the best ways to see it is to ride the trails at the Trinity River Audubon Center. These trails run for miles through the 6,000-acre forest, offering stunning views of the river and trees.

    There is a small admission charge to access these trails. The funds are used to maintain the Audubon center, trails, bathrooms, and other facilities.  

  • Harry Moss Park: 7601 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231
    Harry Moss Park contains a 5.6-mile mountain bike trail that stretches along White Rock Creek. This is a great trail to ride on hot days as the water keeps temperatures a bit cooler. There are a few hilly sections, but the trail is beginner-friendly overall. You'll ride over a few small bridges.

    The Harry Moss Park trail does welcome walkers and hikers, too. So if you want to see the scenery but don't have your bike with you, just go for a walk.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you're still looking for a home to buy. We'd love to help guide your search. 

June
13

Plan Ahead for these DFW Summer Activities

DFW Summer

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is fun in every season, but during the summer months, the area is filled with summer events and activities to keep your family's calendar full! Our real estate agents love to spend their off-time at these entertaining places.

  • Shakespeare in the Park - Samuell-Grand Park, 6200 E. Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75201
    Celebrate 50 years of incredible theater productions at Shakespeare in the Park, held right down the street from Dallas homes for sale. In 1972, Shakespeare Dallas began with Bob Glenn's one-man production of Hamlet. Today, the organization offers summer camps, a book club and podcast, and seasonal outdoor stagings of Shakespeare's classics. This summer's schedule features A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, running from mid-June through late July. Visit the website for dates, times, and prices.

  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76135
    Just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale, experience Texas as it was over a century ago. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge spans more than 3,500 acres of forests, prairies, and wetlands that remain unchanged. More than 20 miles of trails provide a wonderful opportunity to view the varied landscape, along with birds and wildlife that live on the grounds. The pet-friendly center also has a canoe launch, so you can explore Lake Worth. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for ages 3-12, and $1 for leashed dogs. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Trinity River National Water Trail - Moore Park, 1900 E. 8th St., Dallas, TX 75203
    Want an eco-friendly way to tour the DFW metroplex? Despite its 130-mile length, traveling through nine cities and three counties, the Trinity River National Water Trail is considered a hidden natural gem. Canoe, kayak, or paddleboard along waterways. The trail is flanked by hiking/biking trails and offers access to five learning centers and more than 50 parks and nature preserves. With 21 launch sites, it's easy to enter the trail no matter which direction you come from.

  • NRH2O - 9001 Blvd. 26, North Richland Hills, TX 76180
    NRH2O, the first municipal water park in Texas, is still going strong after more than 25 years near North Richland Hills homes for sale. First and foremost among the 23 attractions is the Green Extreme, the country's longest uphill water roller coaster at a thrilling 1,100 feet. Chill out lying on the white sand beach of Beachside Bay or floating along the Endless River. Several food stands throughout the park offer classic summertime fare, from hot dogs and cheeseburgers to funnel cakes and Dippin' Dots. Visit the website for schedule and prices.

  • Frisco RoughRiders - Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trl., Frisco, TX 75034
    The Frisco RoughRiders is a Double-A affiliate of MLB's Texas Rangers and is one of the hottest teams in the Texas League, currently leading the South division. In addition to great baseball, RoughRider games feature family-friendly promotions such as Kids Sunday Funday, Texas Baseball Legends Wednesday, and Fireworks Friday. Why not catch a game after a day of viewing Frisco homes for sale? Tickets range from $11-$21. Visit the website for the schedule. 

Fun is in season all year long. For friendly and experienced help buying or selling a home, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates.

June
6

Catch a Minor League Baseball Game in the DFW

DFW Baseball

Catching a baseball game is a fun family summer evening activity, and Frisco just happens to be home to one of the best ballparks in Minor League Baseball.

Head on over to Riders Park where you can watch the Frisco RoughRiders, a double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, compete in the Texas League. Our real estate agents love heading out to the park, grabbing some peanuts, and relaxing on a warm summer night. It's super easy to do because the park is just a short drive from some beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

About Riders Park
Riders Park is a beautiful ballpark equipped with plenty of seating, luxury suites, fun activities, and great food. Concession options include Rojo's, Frisco Smoque BBQ, Frank's Hot Dogs, Coop & Kennel, Fairlane's Hot Dogs, and Ono Pacific Grill where you can grab a delicious cheesesteak. There are also six bars throughout the park where you can enjoy beer, wine, mixed drinks, or frozen margaritas. The park makes for a great community asset that is conveniently located just a short distance from these Fort Worth homes for sale.

The park is surrounded by 5 parking lots, all of which open 2 hours before the game.

Upcoming Games and Promotions
The RoughRiders have several home games between now and September 11, with many taking place throughout the week. Below are some highlights from the upcoming schedule along with some great promotions:

  • Saturday, June 18 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Sky-Lit Saturday -- watch a spectacular fireworks display after the game, weather permitting. It's also Scout Night and Whataburger Food Bank Night.

  • Sunday, June 19 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate Father's Day at the ballpark with Kids Sunday Funday. The park will host numerous fun activities for the kids.

  • Tuesday, June 28 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Silver Slugger Tuesday -- fans 65 years old and up can grab a $10 ticket when showing their ID at the box office.

  • Wednesday, June 29 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Texas Rangers baseball legend Mark McLemore, also known as the "Dr of Defense" will be on hand for a meet and greet.

  • Thursday, June 30 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks at 7:05 pm
    Come on out to the park for Thirsty Thursday and enjoy a variety of drink specials including $2 drafts. It's also Singles Night and Ivan Hall from Season 16 of the Bachelorette will be in attendance for a meet and greet.

  • Friday, July 15 vs. Midland RockHounds at 7:05 pm
    Celebrate Christmas in July at the ballpark and also take home a free Teddy Leg Lamp bobblehead. 

  • Sunday, July 17 vs. Midland RockHounds at 6:05 pm
    Kids Sunday Funday plus Marvel Super Hero Night makes this game a great family event.

  • Sunday, August 7 vs. Sod Poodles at 6:05 pm
    Celebrate back to school night with a lunch box giveaway.

Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for a fun summer evening with the whole family. View the full game schedule here. We love showing our support for our local sports teams, and a trip to Riders Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy America's favorite pastime. Contact us today for more information about local events.

May
16

DFW Restaurants for Rooftop Dining

Dallas Dining

What could be better than a meal with a view? Some of the area's best, trendiest restaurants offer rooftop dining experiences that you won't want to miss, with fantastic views of the city skylines and outstanding food to match. All that's left is to pick your destination and make a reservation. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best places throughout the DFW for rooftop dining.

  • The Henry – 2301 Akard St., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75201
    With a well-earned great reputation for its casual vibes, chic décor, and eclectic menu, The Henry offers everything that you need to enjoy a rooftop meal in downtown Dallas. Rooftop dining here is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a convenient location near Dallas homes for sale.

  • Gallery Rooftop Lounge – 1325 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
    Ever wish you could enjoy a swim while savoring unique views of the Dallas skyline? Gallery Rooftop Lounge, which features a large infinity pool overlooking Dallas, allows you to do just that on the rooftop of the Canvas Hotel. The menu here is packed with delicious small plates and craft cocktails, perfect for an evening out with friends.

  • Terilli's – 2815 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
    A menu highlighted by fresh spins on classic, authentic Italian cuisine is just the start of what you'll enjoy when you visit Terilli's, which has been a local favorite since it first opened its doors in 1985. The rooftop dining area is decorated like an Italian terrace, with fantastic views of downtown Dallas. Stop by on the weekend to enjoy some live jazz and a craft martini along with your meal.

  • HG Sply Co. – 2008 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206
    One of the most popular restaurants in Lower Greenville, HG Sply Co. has earned a strong reputation, thanks in part to its outstanding rooftop dining area. The menu here features a variety of vegan and paleo-friendly options, perfect for accommodating groups with diverse tastes. Enjoy some great apps and drinks on the rooftop patio, then head inside for a delicious entree.

  • Free Play Ft. Worth – 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Retro gamers and arcade aficionados alike will love visiting Free Play Ft. Worth, which features scenic rooftop dining near Fort Worth homes for sale along with its vast collection of free-to-play (with admission) arcade games. Grab a table on the rooftop patio, order some delicious bar bites, then journey downstairs to the retro arcade after your meal.

  • Reata Restaurant – 310 Houston St., Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Known for its legendary lineup of perfectly prepared steaks and a rooftop dining area that's full of atmosphere, Reata Restaurant has been a local favorite for more than two decades. The rooftop features multiple dining areas, including a large, enclosed igloo and fantastic views of Sundance Square below.

  • Branch & Bird – 640 Taylor St., 12th Floor, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Towering above Fort Worth on the 12th floor of the Frost Tower, Branch & Bird is the perfect place to visit when you're in the mood for a cocktail with your rooftop meal. The views here are tough to top, while the wine list, craft cocktails, creative cuisine, and frequent live music are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to all of the delicious dining options? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

May
2

National Barbecue Month: Order Brisket at these DFW Restaurants

DFW Brisket

DFW is known for serving up some of the best barbecue in the entire country, and May is the perfect time to explore what local restaurants have to offer. That's because May is National Barbecue Month, a celebration of all things smoked, grilled, or covered in barbecue sauce. So why not sample some brisket, DFW-style, in honor of National Barbecue Month? Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best restaurants for brisket and barbecue.

  • One90 Smoked Meats – 10240 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75238
    Whether you're in the mood for a quick brisket sandwich near Dallas homes for sale or a full brisket to smoke in your own backyard, the team at One90 Smoked Meats has you covered. If you're spending time away from DFW, One90 Smoked meats will even ship their brisket anywhere in the country.

  • Heim Barbecue & Catering – 1109 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    A local favorite near Fort Worth homes for sale known for its smoked meats and bacon burnt ends, Heim Barbecue & Catering offers everything you need to celebrate National Barbecue Month. Stop by the riverfront location in Fort Worth to enjoy some fantastic views of the city while you dine.

  • Goldee's Barbecue – 4645 Dick Price Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76140
    Best known for its brisket and pulled pork, Goldee's Barbecue also serves up some of the best barbecue side dishes in all of DFW. The dessert menu here is also packed with Southern favorites, so be sure to leave room for something sweet after you polish off your plate of barbecue.

  • Off the Bone Barbeque – 1734 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215
    As the name suggests, Off the Bone Barbeque serves some truly mouthwatering smoked meats, including brisket that is perfectly smoked over pecan wood. Mix in imaginative takes on some of your favorite classic barbecue sides, and it's easy to see why Off the Bone Barbeque has earned a great reputation around Dallas.

  • Pecan Lodge – 2702 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
    One of the most famous barbecue spots in Dallas, the Pecan Lodge will not disappoint with its lineup of brisket, ribs, fried chicken, and outstanding sides. The popularity of this restaurant means that there will often be a line when you visit, but the barbecue here is more than worth the wait.

  • The Slow Bone – 2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207
    Why order just one type of meat when you can have two? The Slow Bone is famed for its two-meat plates, which allow you to combine brisket, pulled pork, smoked ribs, and other favorites, along with some distinctive sides. If you're just in the mood for a quicker bite, the open-faced sandwiches here are also tough to beat.

  • Cattleack Barbeque – 13628 Gamma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244
    Unlike other entries on our list, Cattleack Barbeque is only open two days per week – for lunch every Thursday and Friday. But it's well worth setting aside some time at the end of your workweek to enjoy some delicious barbecue here. Order a regular brisket sandwich, or go big with the Toddfather, which combines brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and coleslaw to create a meal that can truly satisfy any appetite.

When you're ready to buy or sell your next home in DFW, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

April
18

Kitchen Features Bakers Will Love

Baking Updates

Do you love baking but wish your kitchen was more functional for your culinary needs? Or, do you want to create a space that makes it easier for you to bake your favorite dishes?

By making a few simple changes to your kitchen, you can improve the functionality and efficiency of your kitchen. Our real estate agents know that many of these projects will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Here are some features and additions that we recommend to make your kitchen more baking-friendly. 

  1. Add Storage Accessories to Your Cabinets for Your Sheet Pans and Baking Equipment
    If you have to dig through your cabinets to find a specific piece of baking equipment, outfit your cabinets with pullout shelves or drawers. This makes it easy for you to find the pan or baking sheet you're looking for without having to pull every single item out. Pullout shelves also work well for housing heavy appliances, like your stand mixer or bread machine, when they aren't in use, so you have more counter space. 
  1. Integrate Open Shelving into Your Kitchen Design
    Open shelving is an excellent way to store and display items that you frequently use when baking, like measuring cups and mixing bowls. If you have any bakeware with a gorgeous design that can also function as decor (like ceramic pieces in a vibrant color or print or items in a seasonal holiday print), open shelves are a terrific option to show them off. Or, perhaps you have cookbooks or family recipes that you utilize during your baking sessions. Open shelves work well for housing cookbooks or even displaying a written family recipe as a decorative piece. Many buyers find open shelving appealing, making this a smart addition before you add your home to the inventory of Fort Worth homes for sale
  1. Opt for Pull-Out Cabinets to Store Baking Ingredients
    If you're willing to consider more dramatic upgrades, pullout cabinets are a versatile addition that enables you to set up a more functional baking station. While pullout cabinets are frequently used for trashcans, another idea is to use them to house baking supplies that you might purchase in large quantities, like different types of flour and sugar. The design of a pullout cabinet is perfect for housing containers to store your baking ingredients. Another benefit of adding pullout cabinets is that they're a buyer-friendly upgrade when you add your home to the list of Dallas homes for sale
  1. Set Up a Kitchen Island
    A kitchen island is an excellent alternative for expanding your counter space so that you have more room for preparing your recipes, decorating cakes and cookies, and sampling your finished product. While you can install a kitchen island that utilizes your current cabinets and counters, this isn't your only option. Many furniture retailers sell rolling kitchen islands that add extra prep space and allow you to move the island according to your culinary needs. 

Want a home with a larger kitchen so that you have additional space for baking? Contact us today to get started!

April
11

Get Your Garden Ready: Dallas Gardening Stores and Greenhouses

DFW Garden

Will April showers be bringing May flowers to your yard? Our real estate agents may not have green thumbs, but they have beautiful lawns and gardens thanks to help from these great gardening stores and greenhouses around Dallas homes for sale.

  • Brumley Gardens - 10540 Church Rd., Dallas, TX 75238
    Hot Texas summers can be tough on plants and greenery. Brumley Gardens specializes in succulents and other drought-tolerant plants that can handle dry conditions. Add whimsy to your garden or yard with their selection of signs and decorations. Be sure to stop by their gift shop to see the assortment of decor items, including their own line of candles. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • Jacksons Home & Garden - 6950 Lemmon Ave., Dallas, TX 75209 
    Founded in 1983, Jacksons Home & Garden grew from a modest pottery shop into a major DFW shopping destination. As a family-owned (and pet-friendly) business, Jacksons takes pride in offering an elite level of customer service. In addition to what is now the largest selection of pottery in the Southwest, Jacksons has a full line of garden supplies and outdoor living products, from grills to patio furniture. Dress up the inside of your home with their beautiful, maintenance-free faux flowers and greens. Jacksons is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • North Haven Gardens - 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas, TX 75230
    Whether you're a newbie or an experienced gardener, you're bound to have questions. Since 1951, North Haven Gardens has built a reputation as a source for qualified advice and education. Schedule a consultation with one of their Garden Advisors or use their landscape concierge service for major projects. These features, along with a first-rate inventory of plants and supplies, earned North Haven Gardens the 2021 People's Choice Gold Award of "Best in DFW" from the Dallas Morning News. Store hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Redenta's Garden - 2001 Skillman St., Dallas, TX 75206
    Owner Ruth Kinler named Redenta's Garden after her aunt, who was a nun in Siena, Italy. The name reflects the European influences that shaped Ruth's love of gardening and inspired her to share her passion with others. Redenta's focuses on a sustainable approach to gardening that is 100 percent organic. Get ideas for your own garden from Redenta's 50, a curated list of plants for any type of situation. Ruth's son Michael and his wife Lorie keep it all in the family by running Redenta's Landscape Design, not far from Fort Worth homes for sale. Redenta's is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Spring Gardening Tips

Now that you've acquired your gardening supplies, how do you turn your garden into something truly marvelous? Follow these tips in your Texas garden.

  • Are your perennials getting enough water? Use a rain gauge to determine the weekly average. If it's less than half an inch, they need more.

  • Apply a layer of compost and mulch to annuals and perennials for improved drought tolerance as warmer weather approaches.

  • Wait for spring-blooming plants to die completely before pruning.

  • Avoid the use of "weed and feed" products on your lawn. Runoff pollution during rains results in damage to the ecosystem. 

  • Planning a fruit and vegetable garden? Good foods to plant in April and May include corn, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, summer squash, and herbs such as basil, dill, fennel, and thyme. 

Looking for a new home with enough space for a garden? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with all your real estate needs. 

March
21

What to Know About Moving Expenses

DFW Moving Tips

Depending on how much stuff you own and how far you're moving, moving expenses can add up quickly. Our real estate agents know that many individuals feel financially unprepared because they underestimated their moving costs. When calculating your moving budget, here are a few moving expenses to account for. 

  1. Materials to Pack Your Belongings
    At a minimum, you'll need moving boxes, tape, and packing materials to pack up the contents of your home. While you can potentially procure moving boxes for free, they may not be the quality you're looking for, or it may be too time-consuming to get enough boxes for your whole home. If you're transporting extremely heavy furniture or valuable items, you'll need more specialized moving products (like furniture sliders, protective covers, and corner savers) to ensure these pieces survive the move unscathed. 

  1. Moving Insurance
    Ensure that you're properly reimbursed for items that are lost or damaged during your move by purchasing moving insurance. While movers often have valuation coverage, this isn't the same as moving insurance. Valuation coverage states a specific amount that the moving company will provide you if your belongings are damaged during the move. It may be a specified amount per item or per pound. The compensation might not be sufficient to actually replace your stuff, and there may be exclusions that limit compensation for specific items or prevent you from receiving compensation under certain circumstances. Moving insurance offers more extensive coverage that will be sufficient to replace your items. 

  1. Storage Costs
    To prepare your home to add to the list of Dallas homes for sale, you'll need to declutter and store overly personal pieces so potential buyers can better envision themselves living in your home. Many homeowners rent storage units to conveniently house their non-seasonal items, personal decor, and other pieces while their home is listed. 

  1. Cleaning Expenses
    If you're currently renting, you'll need to clean your unit when you move out. Most leases require you to leave your rental in a specific condition when you move out, so plan on budgeting for additional cleaning supplies or a professional cleaner to clean the unit. Or, if you're listing your home with other Fort Worth homes for sale, you'll need to meticulously clean it so that it looks its best for prospective buyers. Plan on budgeting for carpet cleaning, pressure cleaning for your home's exterior spaces, and deep cleaning for the interior areas. 

  1. Expenses for Transporting Your Family Members
    Though a short move may not require travel expenses, if you're moving a long distance, you need to consider how you'll transport your family (including your pets) to their new home. Your budget might need to include plane tickets, extra gasoline, hotels, or a pet transport service. 

  1. Costs to Set Up Your New Life
    If your move requires you to change your utility providers, make sure to budget for security deposits and equipment and connection fees. 

  1. New Furniture and Home Supplies
    Even if you're moving from a fully furnished home, you'll likely need a few new things for your new home, like trashcans, bathroom items (shower curtains, rings, and liners), pantry staples, trash cans, and toiletries. If you're moving to a larger home, adjust your budget to accommodate a few larger pieces. 

Ready to move to your next home? Contact us to get started!

March
14

DFW Kid-Friendly Activities

Kid-friendly places

Want to plan some outings that you and your kids can both enjoy? The DFW is full of family-friendly activities that are entertaining and educational. Our real estate agents love spending quality time with their families at these great spots around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Museum of the American Railroad - 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy., Frisco, TX 75034
    Trains, both real and model versions, have long captivated the imagination of "kids" of all ages. In 1962, the Museum of the American Railroad was founded to preserve this important legacy in our country's history. TrainTopia is an incredibly detailed miniature railroad exhibit that includes a real movie playing at the famous Palo Duro drive-in theater. See pieces of the museum's rolling stock collection during guided tours, which are offered at specific times as the museum conducts its move to the new location near Frisco homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission starts at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12.

  • Yogi Kids - Fit Family, 3051 Churchill Dr., Suite 250, Flower Mound, TX 75022
    Yogi Kids incorporates fun activities such as yoga, Pilates, and dance to help your young ones get active and burn some energy. Fit Family also offers preschool play and after-school programs at schools not far from Flower Mound homes for sale. Mom and Dad can join the fun with yoga classes for adults. Visit the website for information about schedules and prices. 

  • ArtCentre of Plano - 902 E. 16th St., Plano, TX 75074
    In 2021, the ArtCentre of Plano celebrated 40 years of supporting and promoting creativity in the local community. Located in historic Saigling House, just down the street from Plano homes for sale, the ArtCentre hosts exhibitions showcasing the works of a diverse range of artists. Don't miss the stunning Sculpture Garden, which includes a series of mosaic tiles honoring various donors to the ArtCentre. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

  • The Dallas Firefighters Museum - 3801 Parry Ave., Dallas, TX 75226
    At one time or another, nearly every kid dreams of becoming a firefighter. Learn more about the contributions of these heroic men and women at the Dallas Firefighters Museum. The historic fire station at Fair Park, only minutes from Dallas homes for sale, has served as the site of the museum since 1975. Exhibits include a steam engine dating back to 1884 along with authentic helmets, uniforms, and equipment from past years. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

  • Cowtown Cattlepen Maze - Fort Worth Stockyards, 145 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
    How well does your family work together? Sharpen your communication and cooperation skills at the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, near Fort Worth homes for sale. Wooden pathways wind around a span of 5,400 square feet, posing an exciting challenge to everyone's sense of direction and deduction. Scope out the grounds from the spacious second-story observation deck. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily and admission is $6.

Contact us RE/MAX DFW Associates for help with any of your real estate needs.

March
7

St. Patrick's Day Events in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is coming right up on March 17. It's a holiday that brings a wealth of enjoyable annual events to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

If you're looking for a way to have fun and get your blood pumping this March, be sure to check out one of these great St. Patrick's Day festivals, 5ks, races, and runs in DFW!

  • Dallas Mavs St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Dallas, TX 75206
    The annual Dallas Mavs St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is one of the most anticipated events of spring. The parade kicks off down Blackwell Street at 11 am on March 12 (the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day), and the festival stretches from 9 am until 3 pm. There will be an abundance of food, drink, fun and games just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale. Be sure to also check out the block party and concert at Energy Square. 

  • St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K - Dallas, TX 75206
    Lace up your running shoes for the 2022 Dash Down Greenville! This annual 5k run/walk takes place on Saturday, March 12, in Dallas, right before the parade. Registration is open through February 26, so you still have time to join the festivities. After the 5k, there will be a post-race party that includes beer, food, music, and cash prizes for the winners.

  • St. Patrick's Day Sprint Tri - Keller, TX 76248
    If you really want to get moving on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, then the St. Patrick's Day Sprint Tri in Keller, TX, might just be the event for you. Participants in this triathlon event must endure a 300-meter pool swim, 12.6-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run before reaching the finish line. The Sprint Tri begins at the Keller Natatorium, not far from these Keller homes for sale.

  • Irving St. Patrick's 5k - Irving, TX 75039
    You can always count on the Irving St. Patrick's Day 5k for some good exercise and a good time. The USATF certified course takes participants on a scenic path through downtown Irving-Las Colinas, a stone's throw from some beautiful Irving homes for sale. Awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in various age groups, and race day perks include live entertainment, race swag, free pancakes, and two free beers for each participant over 21 years of age. 

  • McKinney St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5k - McKinney, TX 75069
    The city of McKinney knows how to throw a St. Patrick's Day Party. The annual McKinney St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Run 5k kicks off at 9 am on March 12 at TUPPS Brewery and takes a scenic course past McKinney homes for sale. It's followed by the St. Patrick's Day Beer Walk, which is essentially a leisurely stroll and craft beer tasting through Downtown McKinney. 

  • 2022 Saint Patrick's Day Run - 2401 University Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Get up bright and early for the Fort Worth Saint Patrick's Day Run on March 12! Check-in and packet pickup is at 6 am, followed by a 10k at 7:45, 1-Mile Fun Run at 7:50, and 5k run/walk at 8:00. It's a great way to start your day. The event begins at Trinity Park Pavilion #3, and the course includes a chance to see some amazing Fort Worth homes for sale.

There's always something fun and exciting happening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact us today to learn more about life in DFW and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. 

February
7

Date Night in Dallas: Local Cooking Classes

DFW Cooking Classes

If you feel like you've done it all, our real estate agents have a new date night suggestion for you: Cooking classes!

Cooking classes are both fun and functional. You'll learn to create wholesome, satisfying meals that can save you plenty of money. At the same time, you'll share a unique experience that might just give you a new favorite thing to do together. Maybe your next date includes cooking the dinner of your dreams!

No matter whether you're looking at Dallas homes for sale or down the road at Fort Worth homes for sale, there are plenty of cooking classes to browse. Virtual or in-person options are both available, so you can choose to have date night in the comfort of your own kitchen if you prefer.

Here's a taste of some of the leading local brands for local cooking classes:

  • The Village Culinary Lab – 6130 Greenville Avenue Suite #102, Dallas, TX 75206
    The Village Culinary Lab is one of the first and most beloved places for cooking classes in Dallas. It always has a range of classes for both beginner and intermediate chefs, including seasonal events such as "Holly Jolly Cooking." The roster of classes changes every three months, so there is always something new to try.

  • Dallas Chocolate Classes – 1626 Banbury Lane, Carrollton, TX 75006
    Dallas Chocolate Classes gives you a whole new way to appreciate one of the most popular candy and dessert foods in the world. Private couples classes are available both online and in-person, and you have the opportunity to learn chocolate and dessert-making by exploring classic European recipes. All this and more can be found near Carrollton homes for sale.

  • The Cookery – 710 South Main Street #130, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Billing itself as "cooking classes meet dinner party," The Cookery features both public classes and private events that can be customized to suit your interests. "Can't-miss" classes include how to host a cocktail party, the secret to perfect homemade pasta, and the "Elegant Dinner Party" evening where students learn a bevy of rich and comforting dishes. Locations in both Houston and Dallas are coming soon!

  • Cooking the Details – 1414 South Broadway Street #3107, Carrollton, TX 75006
    Cooking the Details is headed by chef and NASM Certified Nutrition Coach Dazore, a local success story who took a chance on her dream of a cooking business in May 2019. She believes the difference between good and great food is "all in the details," and you'll learn your favorite foodstuffs inside and out as you opt for one-hour or 2.5-hour themed cooking classes.

  • The Table Market – 120 St. Louis Avenue, Suite 103B, Fort Worth, TX 76104
    The Table Market makes the most of its core values of "Fitness, Farmers, and Fort Worth" by offering cooking classes at all levels and a full commercial kitchen for entrepreneurs to use. There's a monthly cookbook club and a variety of workshops that will make your meals even better, from tablescape to food photography. Classes have an international flair, with offerings like "Dumpling Party" and "Indian Curry Feast" topping the list.

Contact us to learn more about real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth.

November
22

National French Toast Day: Breakfast Stops Near Dallas

Dallas Breakfast Spots

When our real estate agents heard that National French Toast Day was coming up on November 28th, they got super excited! There are some great breakfast and brunch places in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and this gave them a reason to try some of them out. 

Start your morning out right with French toast from these local restaurants. 

  • Maple Leaf Diner: 12817 Preston Rd., Suite 129, Dallas, TX 75230
    If you're in the area looking at Dallas homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to the Maple Leaf Diner. This family-owned restaurant has been a favorite in Dallas since 2015. While many people opt for the traditional Canadian dishes on the menu, their French toast is pretty great too. Order it as a main dish with strawberries and cream puffs, as a "trio" with meat and eggs, or as a side item with one of their other amazing breakfast items. 
  • Yolk: 305 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Any time they're nearby showing Fort Worth homes for sale, our agents love visiting Yolk. This popular restaurant is known for making fun and creative breakfast dishes, offering specialty juices, and having their own private-label coffee. Their traditional French toast is served dusted with powdered sugar, or you can upgrade to 100% real maple syrup. We recommend adding fresh fruit, cinnamon apples, nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips. There are so many options, you could eat them every time you visit. Want something even more decadent? Try their Red Velvet French Toast - it's truly amazing! 
  • Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro: 4021 Preston Rd., Plano, TX 75093
    If you're ready to try something new, you'll want to pay a visit to Bread Winners Bakery & Bistro. They have a Banana Bread French Toast that's topped with fresh bananas and whipped cream. If you're thinking about buying one of the beautiful Plano homes for sale, you're sure to become a regular here! Their weekend brunch is one of the best in the area.
  • Cafe De France Bakery & Bistro: 17370 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252
    When you're looking for great French toast, you really can't go wrong with a classic French restaurant. Cafe De France Bakery & Bistro has been a Dallas favorite since 1982. They make their French toast the traditional way - with Texas toast soaked in a special egg mix and served with warm syrup. When you finish your amazing breakfast, be sure to stop by the bakery for some truffles, homemade scones, or other tasty treats. Trust us - you'll be glad you did!
  • Cindi's NY Delicatessen: 11111 N. Central Expwy, Suite G, Dallas, TX 75243
    With five locations throughout the Dallas area, Cindi's NY Delicatessen offers a truly unique dining experience. She makes amazing latkes, cheese blitzes, pecan pancakes, and, of course, incredible French toast. Her version is made with fresh Challah bread and served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. For an extra treat, order it topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or bananas. 

If you're ready to enjoy amazing dining options like this all the time, we can help you find the perfect home in the Dallas–Fort Worth area. Contact us today to discuss your goals and start exploring your options. 

October
18

DFW Nature Centers to Explore This Fall

DFW Nature

DFW might be a thriving urban metropolis, but the area retains a number of places where nature takes center stage. Our real estate agents refresh body, mind, and spirit with visits to these beautiful nature centers throughout the area. 

  • Cedar Ridge Preserve - 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
    Perched at an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve is considered a "little slice of hill country" overlooking the city. The Preserve is maintained by Audubon Dallas, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, the iconic organization dedicated to promoting conservation. Enchanting names like Cattail Pond, Little Bluestem, and Red Oak identify the Preserve's 13 trails. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - dusk Tuesday through Sunday and a minimum donation of $3 is requested for admission.

  • Twelve Hills Nature Center - 817 Mary Cliff Rd., Dallas, TX 75208
    Despite its bucolic sound, the name of Twelve Hills Nature Center is a reference to the apartment buildings that once stood on its grounds. In 2005, volunteers began this unique project to reclaim the land as a prairie oasis in the midst of Dallas homes for sale. A butterfly garden greets visitors at the entrance while dog-friendly trails wind through flowering plants and shrubs along the five-acre property. Twelve Hills is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free, though donations are welcome.

  • Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve - 355 E. Bob Jones Rd., Southlake, TX 76092
    Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve is rich in both natural resources and historical relevance to the area around Southlake homes for sale. The land where the nature center sits once belonged to Bob Jones, a former slave who went on to become a successful rancher and farmer. With more than 20 miles of hiking trails that span 700 acres, the Preserve offers a fascinating look at the Cross Timbers ecosystem along with frequent glimpses of birds and wildlife. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily, with closing time at 5 p.m. during winter. Admission is free.

  • Elm Fork Nature Preserve - 2335 Sandy Lake Rd., Carrollton, TX 75006
    The origins of Elm Fork Nature Preserve date back to 1861 when the Bramblitt family purchased the property as a wood right, not far from where Carrollton homes for sale now stand. But no clear-cutting ever took place, and in 1986, 40 acres were donated to the city of Carrollton to remain a self-contained ecosystem. While walking the trails, which pass through woodlands and past a pond, visitors are often treated to the sight of armadillos, eastern cottontails, great horned owls, snowy egrets, and many other birds and animals. Hours are dawn to dusk, and admission is free.

  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76135
    Take a step back in time just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale at Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. The 3,621 acres are filled with dog-friendly trails winding through forests, prairies, and wetlands that retain the look of the local landscape back in the early 20th century. As one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the country, it was deemed a National Natural Landmark in 1980. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with early entry at 7 a.m. May through August. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for ages 3-12.

Ready to learn more about what life in Texas has to offer? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn more.

October
4

5 Craft Shows Near Dallas to Add to Your Calendar

Texas Craft ShowsShopping at local arts and crafts shows is a fun way to spend a few hours while picking up some unique handmade items for yourself or to give as a gift. Whether you're shopping for paintings, jewelry, apparel, or something different, you're like to find some treasures to take home.
  
Our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the following arts and crafts shows:

  1. Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash - Nov. 13 - Gilley's Dallas Event Venues, 1135 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215  
    Etsy is a well-known online site for buying and selling every type of handmade item you can imagine. The Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash lets you enjoy that experience and selection in person, where you can see items close up. Artists, crafters, and designers have been handpicked to showcase their wares, so you'll be able to find unique items in a one-stop shopping experience. And if you're one of the first 50 shoppers, you'll score a Bash Bag filled with swag from different vendors. Visit a make-and-take table to learn how to create crafts that you can take home. And to keep your energy up, stop by the food trucks. Finally, remember your visit with a souvenir from fun photo booths.

  2. The Other Art Fair - Oct. 21-24, 2021 - Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
    The Other Art Fair, held near Dallas homes for sale, is a great way to get into buying art since it has pieces that can be worked into almost any budget. For as little as $100, you can start your collection, or if you already have pieces, add to them. Available pieces are carefully curated, and you'll also have the chance to meet the artists and find out more about their works. Over 140 emergent, independent artists will have work available at the show. 

  3. Sky Dancers Craft Show - Oct. 30, 2021 - Timber Creek High School, 12350 Timberland Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76244
    Treat yourself to handmade products at the Sky Dancers Craft Show, and you'll also be helping drill team members at Timber Creek High School, located just around the corner from Fort Worth homes for sale. Vendors will sell art, jewelry, edible treats, and more. And if you have kids, bring them along in their costumes so they can trick-or-treat at vendor booths and decorate pumpkins while they're at the craft show.

  4. Happily Ever Sip & Shop Craft Fair - Oct. 17 - Rahr and Sons Brewing, 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104  
    Visit the Happily Ever Sip & Shop Craft Fair to shop for one-of-a-kind works from approximately 50 different artisans. This family-friendly event features fun for everyone. And if you'd like to take a brewery tour while you're there, set aside a little time to check out their offerings and see how they're made.

  5. Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market - every Saturday from April-November - Front Street Station, 100 W. Front St., Mesquite, TX 75149  
    Like many farmers markets these days, the Downtown Mesquite Farmers Market offers a lot more than produce. Sure, you'll still find delicious local crops, but you'll also be able to shop for handmade goods from different artisans. In addition, musical acts sometimes perform to add to the festive atmosphere. And while you're at Front Street Station, which is conveniently located near Mesquite homes for sale, walk around to enjoy viewing eight public art pieces placed throughout the area.  

Contact us if you'd like to buy a home or sell yours in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Mesquite area. Our agents will help every step of the way. 

September
7

Fort Worth Gardens to Visit This Fall

Fort Worth Gardens

April showers may bring May flowers, but Mother Nature's creativity is still in full bloom during the fall. Our real estate agents love to visit these incredible gardens, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Fort Worth Water Gardens - 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Does a garden have to include plants? Not when it's as stunning as the Fort Worth Water Gardens, adjacent to the Convention Center in the heart of downtown. Opened in 1974, this stunning space was designed by noted architect Philip Johnson, whose works are characterized by sleek, modern lines. The aerating, active, and quiet pools allow visitors to experience water in many forms, whether they're strolling around or simply relaxing.

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden - 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Founded in 1934, Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major garden in Texas. The garden serves as the campus for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, which engages in fundraising, education, and research activities. More than 2,500 species of plants can be found in 25 specialty gardens across 120 acres. Don't miss the dramatic Japanese Garden and the picturesque Rose Garden. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for ages 6-15.

  • Weston Gardens - 8101 Anglin Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76140
    Take a trip across the Atlantic without leaving the state. Owners Sue and Randy Weston created Weston Gardens to be "English gardens, Texas-style." In developing the pet-friendly property, the Westons have incorporated much of the history and features of "Dripping Springs," the elegant weekend home of Leon and Peggy Bandy that originally occupied the grounds. See a plant that would look great at your home? Many of the plants can be purchased at the garden center. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

  • The Molly Hollar Wildscape - 2600 Spanish Trail, Arlington, TX 76016
    In 1994, local conservationists founded the Molly Hollar Wildscape with a modest $3,000 in funds and a half-acre property. Today, thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous donations, the space has grown to a four-acre "living lab" near Arlington homes for sale. Along with an amazing variety of plants, visitors have a great opportunity to spot coyotes, foxes, butterflies, owls, and other wildlife and birds. The Wildscape is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.

  • Tea Garden Nursery - 1211 E. Arkansas Ln., Arlington, TX 76010
    Whether you're building your own garden or just like to see beautiful plants, it's worth the visit to Tea Garden Nursery. The family-owned business is well-known for its selection of Bonzai trees, some of which are more than 50 years old. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to assist with your gardening questions. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Serenity Gardens - Julian Field Park, 1531 E. Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063
    The appropriately-named Serenity Gardens was added to Julian Field Park in 1960 as a quiet place to reflect and remember loved ones. In addition, the Texas Smart Scape demonstration garden educates visitors about the benefits of landscaping with native plants that are suited to the land and weather conditions around Mansfield homes for sale. Hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week.

The best garden of all is the one you plant in the backyard of your own Fort Worth home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to speak with one of our experienced agents. 

August
16

Visit Downtown Fort Worth: 5 Spots Around Sundance Square

Downtown Fort WorthOur real estate agents love the energy and diverse range of activities found at Sundance Square, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Take in a show, learn some history, or just stroll the scenic parks at these great spots in this 35-block section of downtown Fort Worth.

  • Fort Worth Water Gardens - 1502 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    With the Fort Worth Water Gardens, famed architect Philip Johnson created an urban oasis that rivals natural sites. Aerating, quiet, and active pools let visitors experience the delights of water in three different ways. A terraced knoll shields the park from the rest of the city, while cypress and oak trees enhance the feeling of serenity. 

  • Bass Performance Hall - 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    It takes an entire city block to hold the visual and cultural magnificence of Bass Performance Hall. Visitors are greeted by a pair of 48-foot tall limestone angels, which have become an iconic feature of downtown Fort Worth. Patterned after classic European opera houses, the venue is home to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater, and Fort Worth Opera. Other presentations include Broadway shows, musical concerts, and comedy acts.

  • Sid Richardson Museum - 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    The Wild West has inspired several incredible works of art, many of which are on display at the Sid Richardson Museum. The museum's permanent collection showcases works by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, considered to be the "titans of Western art." Touring exhibits have focused on themes such as the Chisholm Trail and the making of Lonesome Dove. Enhance your knowledge and appreciation with lectures, discussions, and other museum-sponsored events. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

  • General Worth Square - 900 Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Like the city itself, General Worth Square takes its name from General William Jenkins Worth, a military officer who served in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. The park's terraced steps and tree-shaded areas make it a popular spot for both relaxation and outdoor events. Don't miss the John F. Kennedy Tribute, a memorial that honors the late President's last public speech at the Hilton Fort Worth on November 22, 1963. The Aviation Wall of Honor celebrates the city's rich legacy in the field of aviation.

  • Simply Fondue - 111 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Whether it's an intimate dinner for two or a lively gathering of family and friends, Simply Fondue is appropriate for both. Proceed at your own pace through interactive dining that's fun for kids and adults. Design a meal a la carte or choose the four-course Fondue Feast that includes salad, appetizer, choice of four entrées, and dessert. In addition to beef, chicken, and seafood, the menu includes garlic-roasted tofu, falafel, and other vegetarian options. Have a family night out on Sunday, when kids 12 and under eat free with each adult purchase. Simply Fondue is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

Let us answer all your Fort Worth real estate questions. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for cheerful and knowledgeable assistance. 

August
9

Enhance Your Curb Appeal: Outdoor Walkway Ideas

Outdoor Walkways

It's a well-known fact that curb appeal makes a huge difference in Dallas homes for sale. Whether you're planning on listing your home soon or not for a little while yet, here are a few outdoor walkway ideas our real estate agents recommend for a quick way to boost curb appeal.

  • Stepping Stones 
    Stepping stones are an inexpensive way to put walking paths anywhere you want, plus they blend in nicely with a well-landscaped yard. You can find stepping stones in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles, so head over to the home improvement or garden store and spend some time browsing and comparing prices before you decide what you want.

  • Gravel
    Another inexpensive, easy to work with, and good DIY choice is gravel. Gravel can be used to surround stepping stones or large pavers, as a border along a concrete or brick path, or as a path itself. You will need to provide some kind of a border to keep the gravel in and remember that gravel can also travel and requires some maintenance to continue looking nice.

  • Brick
    Brick is a great option with a lot of opportunities for variety. If you choose someone experienced to do the job for you, they'll not just level the path to making sure you don't end up with any bricks sticking up, they can also lay the bricks in intricate and pleasing designs. Brick tends to look both traditional and upscale in Fort Worth homes for sale.

  • Pavers
    Pavers are a more expensive alternative to brick, stepping stones, or flagstone, but they come in a wider variety of sizes and colors and textures and can be used to create many pleasing patterns. You could also consider laying the pavers with a narrow space in between where moss or ground cover could grow, tying your walkway into your landscaping.

  • Wood
    Wooden walkways can lend an interesting rustic or beachy vibe, depending on the look you're going for. You could lay circular slices of trunk-like they were pavers or stepping stones, for instance, or build a walkway like an extension of your deck. For zero-footprint ideas, consider using reclaimed wood, such as the wood from a broken-down pallet.

  • Texture or Stenciling
    Is your original walkway still perfectly serviceable, but you're looking for a way to update it? Fortunately, there are many affordable ways to do so. You can have a concrete walkway sprayed and textured with a roller, or you can paint existing pavers using stencils. Upgrading your existing walkway provides immediate curb appeal without breaking the bank.

  • Landscaping
    Don't forget that the walkway is only a small part of your curb appeal, so take some time to make sure the landscaping around it is up to par, too. Consider a nice border of shrubbery or flowers or with the installation of little path lights.

Whether it's for your own enjoyment or you're ready to sell your house, you'll be amazed at the difference a newly designed outdoor walkway will make in your home's curb appeal. For more tips on boosting curb appeal or to chat with an agent about selling your home, contact us today.

August
2

Texas Wine Trails to Explore This Summer

Texas Wine

Dallas, Fort Worth, and the many wonderful smaller cities in North Texas are home to some of the state's best, most acclaimed wineries. In addition to producing award-winning wines, these wineries often host special events where you can enjoy great food, camaraderie, live entertainment, and unique, behind-the-scenes tours. Many of the area's most popular wineries work together to create wine trails, with coordinated events that make it easy to explore all that various local wineries have to offer. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 4 North Texas wine trails that you will love to explore this summer.

Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail

The Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail is the perfect option for anyone who wants to visit some amazing wineries close to Dallas homes for sale. There are six great wineries to visit on this trail, including Carmela Winery, Eden Hill Winery and Vineyard, Caudalie Crest, Lone Star Wine Cellars, Landon Winery, and Grayson Hill Winery. Many of these wineries are located in quaint, historic town squares in smaller communities just outside of Dallas. Taste some award-winning local wines, enjoy scenic countryside drives between each winery, and learn more from the experts about how some of the best wines around Dallas are produced.

North Texas Wine Country Trail

Looking for a single wine trail that can keep you busy with new places to explore all summer long? The North Texas Wine Country Trail includes wineries in 22 counties, starting with the DFW region and spreading out through a diverse selection of North Texas communities. There's a winery for every taste on this trail, from urban wineries in DFW to sprawling, countryside vineyards located far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. There's a ton to explore throughout the summer, and the fun continues well into the fall. Keep an eye out for big events like the Downtown Wine Walks of North Texas Wine Country and the Windsong Wine & Music Festival.

Grapevine Wine Trail

Located just a short drive from the big cities, the Grapevine Wine Trail showcases five of the best wineries in downtown Grapevine. Most of the wineries on this trail are within walking distance so that you can enjoy a leisurely walk through Grapevine's historic downtown between each stop. During coordinated events on the Grapevine Wine Trail, one ticket will give you access to three tastings with food pairings at each winery on the trail, along with a commemorative wine glass from each winery that you visit. Check the website regularly for scheduled events, and plan ahead for transportation if you'd rather not walk between wineries.

Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas

While most wine trails are self-guided, Vine & Wine Tours of North Texas offers a guided, all-inclusive tour of three of the most popular wineries located near Fort Worth homes for sale. These tours will take you to some of the oldest wineries in DFW, with the opportunity to tour production facilities, ask questions to expert winemakers, stroll through the vineyards, and of course, taste some incredible wines. During your five-plus-hour tour, you will be guided by a former winery owner who is happy to tell you more about the industry and the history of wine in North Texas.

Fine wine and great times are never far from your front door when you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and our team is here to help you find your next home in your favorite city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW region.

July
19

National Chicken Wing Day: Restaurants Near Dallas to Try

Dallas Chicken Wings

Mark your calendars, wing fanatics: July 29th is National Chicken Wing Day! It's the holiday we never knew we needed. If you happen to be in Dallas-Fort Worth for this momentous occasion, be sure to check out these great local wing spots.

  • Wing Bucket - 101 S Coit Rd #10, Richardson, TX 75080
    With a name like Wing Bucket, you can be confident that you'll get some pretty awesome wings. This place doesn't disappoint, with juicy jumbo wings cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor. They offer some fun and inventive sauces like bourbon, bacon, and orange ginger, as well as old standbys like mild, medium, and hot buffalo sauce. Wing Bucket is just minutes from these Richardson homes for sale, with additional locations in Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum. 

  • LB Wings - 3015 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212
    At LB Wings, you can order wings by the pound. And lest you worry that you're getting quantity over quality, you can rest assured. These wings pack amazing depth of flavor and a wide spectrum of spice levels, with flavors including buffalo, chipotle BBQ, and mango-habanero. LB Wings is a stone's throw from many Dallas homes for sale, and in addition to killer wings, they also offer some really great side dishes, like fried okra, smoked green beans, and bourbon corn. 

  • Gidi Wings - 921 W Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75208
    The folks at Gidi Wings do one thing—make great wings—and they do it very well. This Dallas favorite offers a minimalist menu that includes wings, sides (either fries or veggies), drinks, and that's pretty much it. Choose between traditional bone-in wings or boneless wings, and decide which of their 18 wing sauces and flavors best suits your palate. Choose Volcanic Fire if you have a thing for heat or Carolina Reaper if you have a death wish. 

  • Tail Feathers Wing Wagon - 2800 Bledsoe St #150a, Fort Worth, TX 76107
    With a reputation as the best local wing spot in Fort Worth, Tail Feathers Wing Wagon has really got that perfect crispy-yet juicy wing thing locked down. The wings are slathered in sauce ranging from mild to inferno and served with homemade thick-cut potato chips. The only problem with Tail Feathers is that it can be hard to find. It's actually inside another business called the Whiskey Garden, just down the road from these Forth Worth homes for sale.

  • Pluckers Wing Bar - 190 E Stacy Rd Ste 1800, Allen, TX 75002
    A local branch of the beloved Austin-based wing establishment, Pluckers Wing Bar is a classic hot-wings-and-cold-beer joint with a fun, welcoming atmosphere. With a location convenient to many Allen homes for sale, Pluckers is especially well-known for their incredible variety of wing sauces (more than 25 flavors to choose from) and the ability to order a whopping 100 wings. 

  • Smoky Rose- 8602 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
    Smoky Rose is known for making some delicious smoked meats in Dallas, from brisket and pulled pork to ribs and sausage. They offer wings too, but they do them a little differently here. The wings are slowly smoked before being flash-fried and dunked in sauce, and the result is a whole other level of flavor. They also serve up some amazing craft cocktails in their charming rustic-chic space.

Ready to learn more about life in the DFW? Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas, and you can contact us any time—even on National Chicken Wing Day. 

July
5

Cool Off at These Forth Worth Pools

Fort Worth Pools

Summer in Fort Worth means plenty of sunshine, but temperatures regularly approach triple digits. When they need to cool off and relax, our real estate agents head for these refreshing pools conveniently located around Fort Worth.

  • Forest Park Pool - 2850 Park Pl., Fort Worth, TX 76110
    Dating back to 1922, Forest Park Pool has the distinction of being the oldest public pool near Fort Worth homes for sale. The circular pool measures 250 feet in diameter, with a depth from one to nine feet. After structural issues caused the pool to close in 2010, it received extensive repairs and renovations thanks to grants and donations totaling $830,000. Improvements include a slide and diving board, and six "Coolbrella" picnic areas. Hours are 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for swimmers aged 17 and younger.

  • Marine Park Pool & Aquatic Center - 303 NW 20th St., Fort Worth, TX 76106
    Marine Park Pool & Aquatic Center is Fort Worth's newest swimming facility. The current aquatic center, which opened in 2013, is a $3.2 million state-of-the-art facility. Kids love to splash around on the interactive play structure, with water cannons and a tipping bucket for mock "battles." Another favorite is the large water slide. With a 3,200-square-foot bathhouse and infant changing area, the whole family can enjoy a day at Marine Park Pool. Both Marine Park Pool and Forest Park Pool offer lessons for school-aged kids through Sigma Swimming, a nationally-ranked aquatic program. Hours are 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for swimmers aged 17 and younger.

  • Sycamore Spray Ground - 2525 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, TX 76105
    Are your little ones too small to stay afloat? Take them to the Sycamore Spray Ground, where they can romp freely under a cool shower of water while their feet stay firmly planted. Proper swimwear, including swim diapers, is the only requirement for use of the spray ground. Be sure to pack a lunch to share around one of the picnic tables when the kids are ready for a break. Sycamore Spray Ground is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and admission is free.

  • William M. McDonald YMCA - 2701 Moresby St., Fort Worth, TX 76105
    The YMCA is an iconic name when it comes to family-friendly activities. A partnership between Fort Worth and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth allows all city residents access to the beautiful outdoor pool at William M. McDonald YMCA. Hours and admission fees are the same as the city's other facilities, and guests also receive equal pricing for swim lessons. In addition to private and group lessons, the Y offers water safety programs and an Aquatics Leadership Pathway for teens interested in becoming lifeguards or swim coaches. Summer Day Camp for kids includes swimming sessions. Price is $150 for members and $165 for non-members. 

Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home in Fort Worth. When you're ready to get started, contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for knowledgeable answers to all your questions.

June
21

Enjoy Exciting Outdoor Adventures Throughout the DFW

Dallas Outdoor Adventures

Everything's bigger in Texas, but it looks smaller when seen from the treetops. Ziplining is just one of the outdoor activities that make the Dallas-Fort Worth area such a great place to live. Our real estate agents recommend getting your adrenaline pumping at these exciting parks around the DFW.

  1. Trinity Forest Adventure Park - 1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd., Dallas, TX 75217
    How high can you go? At Trinity Forest Adventure Park, not far from Dallas homes for sale, three different levels of elevation take you as far as 50 feet off the ground. Each course, ranked by a ski slope-style color-coded system, features obstacles such as wobble bridges, ladders, and free falls. The staff-led school lets you practice on the ground, then proceed at your own pace. Admission for a three-hour session ranges from $44.95-$54.95, with a minimum age of 6. Receive a $5 discount when you reserve online. Trinity Forest is open on weekends from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

  2. Go Ape Adventure Park - Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074
    The signature jungle call is optional, but you'll certainly feel like Tarzan swinging through the trees at Go Ape Adventure Park. Located in the largest park near Plano homes for sale, Go Ape offers more than eight miles of trails and ziplines. Enjoy a thrilling two- to three-hour trip, passing over Rowlett Creek and above the trees and greenery of the surrounding area. Admission is $54.95 for ages 10-15 and $64.95 for ages 16 and up. Visit the website to view the schedule.

  3. Urban Air Adventure Park - 9157 Harmon Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76177
    What goes up must come down at Urban Air Adventure Park. Soar above it all on Sky Rider, then take the plunge with Indoor Skydiving. With heart-pumping adventures such as climbing walls, rope courses, performance trampolines, and a flying trapeze, it's no surprise Urban Air was named "Best Gym in America for Kids" by Shape magazine. Keep your energy up with a tasty snack and refreshing beverage at the onsite cafe. All this fun is just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale. Combo packages are available at prices ranging from $19.99-$34.99. Hours are 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

  4. DFW Adventure Park - 13055 Cleveland Gibbs Rd., Northlake, TX 76262
    Put that controller down and take part in some real-world gaming action at DFW Adventure Park. Join family and friends for a lively game of paintball that challenges your body and mind. Low impact, with a .50 caliber paintball for reduced impact, is perfect for beginners. The park also offers Splat Master, a variation for younger players. All-day play is $25, or $20 if you bring your own equipment. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Widowmaker Trail Rides - 904 Quail Creek Ct., Southlake, TX 76092
    Get a taste of the old cowboy days right down the street from Southlake homes for sale with Widowmaker Trail Rides. Enjoy a two-hour ride around scenic Lake Grapevine, accompanied by an experienced guide who will help you get the most out of your experience. Rides are $100 per person and are scheduled by appointment only. 

After a day outdoors, there's nothing better than heading back to your own DFW home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for friendly and experienced real estate help.

June
7

Where to Order Bubble Tea Throughout the DFW

Bubble Tea Dallas

Bubble tea—also known as boba tea—has taken America by storm in the last 10 years. This sweet tea-based drink with chewy tapioca balls originated in Taiwan back in the 1980s, but these days it's everywhere. 

Case in point: we have some truly great bubble tea joints here in the DFW. Whether you're looking for a new place to get your boba fix, or you're just getting ready to try it for the first time, our real estate agents recommend these awesome bubble tea shops in Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas! 

  1. Fat Straws Bubble Tea - 1251 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
    Fat Straws is a local bubble tea chain that has exploded in popularity since it got started in 2002. They've grown to include locations all over the DFW area, but you should really check out their largest shop in Richardson. Not only is it convenient to these Richardson homes for sale, but it's the only Fat Straws Bubble Tea location that makes their signature matcha donuts. They're incredibly tasty and are the perfect accompaniment to any of Fat Straws' tasty bubble tea drinks.

  2. Bobadiction - 3014 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
    Family-owned and operated since 2012, Bobadiction is one of the best places in Dallas to grab a bubble tea or smoothie while you're on the go. Not only are their drinks delicious, but they're made using only real cane sugar—never high fructose corn syrup. Their original flagship location is in Deep Ellum, the oldest neighborhood in Dallas is just minutes from many Dallas homes for sale. They also have a second location in North Richland Hills, and you never know where the Bobadiction food truck might turn up!

  3. Boba Tea & Treats - 4135 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75001
    Offering a seemingly infinite drink menu and a fun, funky atmosphere, Boba Tea & Treats is a great place to visit if you've never tried bubble tea before. The combinations of flavors and toppings are almost endless, but the folks at Boba Tea & Treats also have a well-curated menu of signature favorites that practically beg to be sampled. They're also just a short drive from these Addison homes for sale.

  4. Fruitealicious - 3043 Greene Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    You'll find an incredible variety of boba teas, smoothies, and other treats at Fruitealicious, along with iced coffee, lemonade, and tea. Each of their drinks comes with numerous options to make it your own, including the ability to choose your preferred sweetness level. That's great news for anyone who likes bubble tea but can sometimes find it too sweet. Fruitealicious has a handful of locations in and around the DFW area, but we're partial to the Fort Worth spot. It's just around the corner from Fort Worth homes for sale.

  5. Craft Boba Tea - 6105 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
    There's a lot to love about Craft Boba Tea. This Dallas bubble tea mainstay has two locations, both with a charming mom-and-pop-store vibe, but each offering something a little different. The Greenville Avenue location, which is operated in conjunction with an awesome Thai eatery, offers tasty smoothies and fresh-pressed juices as part of their menu. The Bishop Avenue location, on the other hand, has unique boba tea-flavored frozen yogurt. Which is better? Who's to say. We highly recommend checking out both. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

May
10

Small Ways to Give Your Home Office a Boost

Home Office Tips

Whether you're permanently working from home or just want a space where you can create in peace, it's important to set up an inviting home office that you look forward to working in. Our real estate agents also find that a home with a home office is more appealing to potential buyers. You don't have to undergo a complete renovation to update your home office; instead, check out these simple ways to give your home office a boost. 

  1. Add Fresh Paint to the Space
    The color of a room significantly influences the room's atmosphere and overall appearance. In general, lighter tones of gray, blue, and green work to create a soothing atmosphere for your home office. Some research indicates that a green hue enhances concentration. An additional benefit of light colors is that they reflect light, making your home office appear larger. If you're adding your home to the list of Fort Worth homes for sale, this will help maximize the home's appeal to potential buyers. 
  1. Declutter the Room
    It's distracting to work in a space that has a lot of excess stuff. Go through the room and get rid of anything that doesn't have a purpose or that doesn't suit your current needs or aesthetics. If you are setting up your office in a shared space, such as your home's living room or basement, invest in organizational materials (like bins, cube storage, and shelves) to ensure non-work items are contained in an aesthetically pleasing way. 
  1. Make Your Home Office Ergonomically Correct
    Invest in materials that keep your body healthy and comfortable while you work. An ergonomically correct desk chair is a must. Ideally, the chair will provide ample lower back support and encourage good posture so that you keep your spine and neck in alignment. If you're constantly looking down at your computer, invest in risers so that your screen is at eye level. Don't forget lighting! When you're writing or reading, a desk lamp is essential for proper illumination. 
  1. See That the Space is Functional
    Your home office should be set up in a way that boosts your efficiency. Do you like to display your reports or paper graphics? Invest in a corkboard so that you don't take up precious desk space. Or, are you a frequent memo maker? A whiteboard is a must-have for your work area. If you use books or manuals, check that you have a bookshelf to contain and organize them so that you can quickly find what you need. 
  1. Incorporate Life into Your Office Decor
    Indoor plants improve your concentration, enhance your home's air quality, and provide an easy source of decor for your room. When you list your home with other Plano homes for sale, plants will instantly make your home more inviting to prospective buyers. They also give your office a homey atmosphere. 

Searching for a home with a larger space for a home office? Contact us today to explore your options!

May
3

DFW Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day Brunch

DFW BrunchMother's Day is fast approaching, and there's no better way to appreciate your mom than treating her to a delicious meal. Start Mother's Day with a memorable brunch at a fantastic local restaurant. Our real estate agents have rounded up some of the most exquisite DFW restaurants where you'll find a delicious treat that your mother will thoroughly enjoy: 

  1. Reata Forth Worth—310 Houston Street, Sundance Square, Fort Worth, TX 76102
    Located close to Fort Worth homes for sale, this restaurant is renowned for its sophisticated cowboy cooking and exclusive wine list. Reata Fort Worth offers both private dining and family meals and is a great spot for Texans who are hankering for some mouth-watering food. If your mom is a lover of classic cuisine, she'll undoubtedly enjoy the restaurant's specialty items such as the Tenderloin Tamales or the Pan Seared Pepper Crusted Tenderloin. 
     
  2. Pinstripes—5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth, TX 76109
    Is there a better way to celebrate your mom than reserving her a spot at Pinstripes on Mother's Day? Pinstripes recently opened patio seating just in time for May 9th. Savor a world-class brunch with mom, washed down with discounted handcrafted cocktails. You can also win a brunch for your mom and the entire family by entering Pinstripes' Mother's Day competition. All you have to do is send a snap of your mom with a short description of what makes her special.

  3. Snooze Eatery—3211 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
    This spot prides itself on being the number one breakfast and brunch restaurant near our Dallas homes for sale. Your mom will undoubtedly love Snooze Eatery's laidback attitude, tasty meals, and cozy ambiance. Start with green eggs and ham followed by a special Mother's Day soup or the restaurant's renowned hot and cold sandwiches. If your mom is a wine lover, she'll love the extensive wine list offered at Snooze Eatery. Takeaway services are available on request.

  4. Yolk—8315 Westchester Drive, Dallas, TX 75225
    Treat your mom like the queen she is by reserving her a brunch at Yolk. The restaurant is renowned for its fantastic fusion breakfasts that your mom won't forget. The fresh approach to brunch is what makes the Yolk restaurants stand out. All foods are made from quality ingredients and are incredibly affordable. Thus, you can give your mom a treat without breaking the bank. Special discounts will be offered on Mother's Day, so you should be on the lookout for them.

  5. Del Frisco's Grille—7200 Bishop Road, Suite D9, Plano, TX 75024
    Take a trip to Spain when you treat your mom to a Spanish brunch at Del Frisco's Grille. Here, you'll find seasoned, polished Spanish country cooking that has stood the test of time. Del Frisco's Grille is a favorite brunch spot for many Texans, thanks to its tasty foods, fine wines, and convenient location near Plano homes for sale. The welcoming ambiance at the restaurant allows you to eat, drink, and talk all day.

Do not hesitate to contact our real estate agents to see what we have on offer.

April
12

Common Places That Are Overlooked While Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Spots

If you're a homeowner, you know that spring cleaning is essential to a clutter-free home. When winter cold fades away, and spring sunshine appears, it's time to roll up your sleeves and tackle some of those indoor and outdoor chores around the house. Our real estate agents know that buyers pay attention to small details that reflect an organized, well-maintained home. Tackle every spot in your home, even the ones that are commonly overlooked, with these helpful tips. 

Kitchen Appliances

In a busy household, cleaning the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher are chores that often get pushed aside. Although they take time and energy, they're essential to prevent a buildup of spills and food residue, rodents, and potential fire hazards in the kitchen. When spring cleaning:

  • Sweep and mop under large appliances

  • Get rid of old food in the fridge

  • Clean the stovetop and oven with a degreaser

  • Remove spills and food residue from the microwave

  • Remove food debris and any broken glass from the dishwasher

  • Clean coffee makers, toasters, and can openers to remove bacteria

Kitchen Pantry

Spring cleaning provides the perfect time to check the expiration dates on food, get rid of old or unwanted items, and organize your kitchen pantry. For faster cleaning, remove items shelf by shelf, starting with the top shelf. Place items on your kitchen countertops while cleaning pantry shelves with warm soap and water or a spray cleaner that removes grime and stains. If you want to label or reorganize food items, this is the perfect opportunity.

Cabinets, Closets, and Draws

Cabinets and drawers can quickly become filled with clutter and unused items, especially after living in a home for a while. Buyers interested in Dallas homes for sale don't want to see clutter overflowing in cabinets,  drawers, and closets. Spring cleaning provides the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted items, old clothes, and expired medications, so your home doesn't look neglected.

Under Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks

Areas under kitchen and bathroom sinks are commonly used to store cleaning products and household essentials. These areas are often neglected and subject to a buildup of clutter, moisture, leaky pipes, and mold. If garbage disposals are not cleaned regularly with disinfectant, they can build up bacteria from food debris and unpleasant odors. Potential home buyers often check under kitchen and bathroom sinks to look for signs of rotten wood, mold or mildew or standing water that signal potential plumbing problems.

Ceiling Fans. Chandeliers, Lamps, and Sconces

When it comes to cleaning, indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures are often overlooked. For many homeowners, indoor ceiling fans, chandeliers and sconces, lamps and lampshades, and outdoor lighting fixtures don't get cleaned on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the grime, dirt, and dust that builds up and blocks light makes indoor spaces look dark and dingy, and outdoor spaces unappealing to potential buyers looking for Fort Worth homes for sale.

Air Ducts and Vents

Dirt and debris that builds up in air ducts and vents can cause excessive dust in your home and respiratory problems for your family. To remove dust buildup from vents, remove them and wash them with hot soapy water. To clean your air ducts, you need to schedule a cleaning with a local professional HAVC technician who has the proper equipment.

Take the time for spring cleaning to ensure a well-organized, healthy home. If you're interested in buying or selling a home, contact us to find out how we can help with your real estate needs.

April
5

5 Facts About the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

DFW Historic Districts

Looking for a fun and exciting way to explore a part of Texas history right here in Fort Worth? Our real estate agents have introduced plenty of new homeowners to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

When looking at Fort Worth homes for sale, you want to see everything the community has to offer. The rich and exciting story of Texas comes alive when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District!

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sits just north of the central business district in Fort Worth. A section of 98 acres that encompasses most of the Stockyards has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, an honor reflecting its unique place as a livestock center renowned throughout the Lone Star State.

The history of the Stockyards begins with the arrival of railroads in 1876. The Fort Worth Union Stockyards were opened by 1890, covering an expansive area of more than 200 acres. Fort Worth also became home to its very own meat processing plant in February of that year. In its heyday, there were four distinct stockyards.

Before long, what is now the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District sold more than 1 million head of cattle per year.

Today, the Historic District designation applies to 46 buildings and one other structure, as well as noted Texas Historic Landmarks, including the entrance sign, the Livestock Exchange Building, and the site of the Stockyards Hotel. Entertainment and shopping venues capitalize on Fort Worth's indelible reputation as "Cowtown."

Making the Most of Your Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

There's plenty to see and do in the Fort Worth Stockyards, so you'll want to know a bit about it before you go.

Let's take a closer look at some fun facts to remember:

  1. The Stockyards Are (Very) Horse-Friendly
    While the Stockyards are most famous for cows, they are also horse-friendly. In fact, the Stockyards Stables were re-opened back in 2011 after a full remodeling. Sitting next to the Hyatt Hotel in an original circa 1912 building, they provide full-care and overnight horse boarding. Boarders can ride their horses all over the Stockyards.

  2. You Can Enjoy a Heritage Railway Service
    The Grapevine Vintage Railroad continues to operate a heritage railway service between the Stockyards and Grapevine-Main Street Station in Grapevine, Texas, a drive of about half an hour. The Railroad operates an authentic 1896-era steam locomotive and also performs occasional holiday excursions throughout the year.

  3. You'll See a Truly Unique Cattle Drive
    What would Cowtown be without cows? As a visitor to the Stockyards, you have the opportunity to see the world's only twice-daily cattle drive. Known as the Fort Worth Herd, it takes place every day at 11:30 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. down East Exchange Avenue. The kids love it!

  4. An Authentic Rodeo Experience Awaits
    Texas is the birthplace of rodeo, and you'll witness heart-pumping action right at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. It's all situated in an auditorium with a 2,300-person capacity, perfect to get a great view of bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and much more. Plenty of event spaces are available for rent.

  5. Dance the Night Away at Billy Bob's
    Everything's bigger in Texas, and that goes double for the country-western music scene. Billy Bob's Texas is the world's largest honky-tonk, with nearly three acres under one roof. Aside from the Texas-sized dance floor, you'll also discover the full restaurant and, believe it or not, a rodeo area active every Friday and Saturday.

Ready to learn more about the Fort Worth area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to learn about real estate opportunities right here in Fort Worth.

March
1

Take Your Dog For a Walk on These Trails in the DFW

Dog Trails in DFWThe parks and trails of the DFW area have so much to offer, and now is the perfect time for an outdoor adventure with your furry friend. Many of the best DFW trails are dog-friendly, with beautiful green spaces to explore and plenty of opportunities for your pup to play with new friends. There are trails located in popular parks and nature preserves and trails that connect multiple local outdoor attractions. Our real estate agents have all of the details, with our guide to 6 trails that you and your dog will love in DFW.

  1. Cedar Ridge Preserve – 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249
    The Cedar Ridge Preserve is a nature preserve located close to Dallas homes for sale, with various trails to explore. It's a popular spot for bird-watching, with wooded trails that are also ideal for adventures with your pet. There are a total of 13 short trails winding throughout this outdoor space, all maintained beautifully by a dedicated team of conservationists.

  2. Tails 'N Trails Dog Park – 950 SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76018
    Ideal for dogs who love to socialize, the Tails 'N Trails Dog Park is easy to reach from Arlington homes for sale. This space includes an expansive off-leash dog park that's perfect for playtime, along with trails to traverse. You will frequently find plenty of other dogs here for your pet to play with, especially if you visit on weekends.

  3. Northshore Park Trail – 2908 N Park Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022
    You'll find tons of great trails to explore near Flower Mound homes for sale, including the popular, multi-use Northshore Park Trail. This trail, which is part of Northshore Park, is used by mountain bikers, hikers, and pet owners from throughout Flower Mound. When you're looking for a quiet, secluded spot for a walk, try visiting in the morning or early evening.

  4. Preston Ridge Trail – 6994 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254
    Looking to explore multiple parks on the same day with your pup? The Preston Ridge Trail connects a variety of parks within Dallas and can even take you all the way to Plano. You can pick up the trail at Fretz Park, then follow it for more than 6 miles as you visit Salado Park, Campbell Green Park, and points beyond.

  5. Trinity Forest Trails – 4750 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75216
    If you're searching for a trail system that offers long, scenic walks, the Trinity Forest Trails are sure to catch your eye. This trail loop runs for more than 10 miles, connecting an eclectic collection of outdoor attractions that include Trinity Forest Golf Course, the Texas Horse Park, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. This trail is twelve feet wide and fully paved, so there's plenty of room for outdoor fun, even when the trail gets busy.

  6. Tandy Hills Natural Area – 3400 View St., Fort Worth, TX 76103
    There are plenty of gorgeous outdoor spaces to explore near Fort Worth homes for sale, starting with the 160-acre Tandy Hills Natural Area. This conservation area provides a window into the past of DFW in a classic Fort Worth prairie environment. The land has never been developed and is especially beautiful in the spring when prairie flowers are in full bloom.

Ready to find a Texas home that both you and your favorite pet will love? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the DFW area.

February
1

Order a Bouquet from These Florists in the DFW

DFW Florists

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're looking for a way to impress that special someone, flower deliveries are always a big hit! 

Choosing the right florist can mean the difference between sending a gift that's truly stunning and one that's underwhelming. If you're not sure which florist to choose, you're in luck. Our real estate agents have had the pleasure of working with some of the best in the area. Here are a few of their recommendations. 

  1. Petals and Stems: 13319 Montfort, Dallas, TX 75240
    Delivering smiles to customers since 1972, Petals and Stems offers a wide selection of flower arrangements, plants, and gift baskets. This family-operated flower shop guarantees fresh products, prompt delivery, and gorgeous designs. Many of their employees have more than 10 years of experience. Their floral designers are also the proud recipients of the 2019 Floral Design Challenge. No matter what the occasion, you can trust Petals and Stems to make it special. If you've been considering buying one of the beautiful Dallas homes for sale, you'll want to get to know this great florist!

  2. Fort Worth Florist and Gifts: 8247 Camp Bowie W. Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76116
    When we're in the area showing Fort Worth homes for sale, we love stopping by Fort Worth Florist and Gifts. Not only do they offer unique and beautiful floral arrangements, but they also carry a variety of fun gifts like scarves, jewelry, candy, decor, and even silk flower teddy bears. This florist understands the importance of presentation and never disappoints. When you find yourself in need of a last-minute gift, Fort Worth Florist will take care of you. They offer in-store pickup, curbside pickup, and same-day delivery.

  3. Evergreen Florist: 6449 University Hills Blvd., Dallas, TX 75241
    Family-owned and operated Evergreen Florist carries a large inventory of fresh flowers, tropical plants, and European dish gardens. Whether you're looking for a traditional bouquet or you want to think outside the box with a silk or dried floral arrangement, their pros will create a unique and beautiful gift for you. 

  4. Z's Florist: 3909 W. Parker Rd., Plano, TX 75023
    Located not far from some of the best Plano homes for sale, popular flower shop Z's Florist creates beautiful, hand-crafted flower arrangements. They also carry various unique and interesting plants and flowers, including succulents, lilies, roses, gerbera, tropicals, and more. Z's Florist offers same-day delivery, making them ideal for your last-minute gift-giving needs.

  5. City View Florist and Gifts: 6120 Bryant Irvan Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76132
    One of the area's oldest and most loved florists, City View Florist and Gifts has been a Fort Worth staple since 2006. They hand-deliver stunning arrangements that promise to make a lasting impression. Whether you need a single bouquet or a larger order, they'll go out of their way to exceed your expectations. City View Florist and Gifts offers arrangements for weddings, holiday events, corporate events, and funerals. They're also the go-to florist for hand-tied bouquets, plants, gifts, and fruit baskets. Not sure what you need? No problem! Their experts also offer free floral consultations. 

        Are you ready to find a home you can truly fall in love with just in time for Valentine's Day? We're here to help! Your dream home is out there waiting for you, so don't delay. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

        January
        18

        5 Cafes in the DFW for National Hot Chocolate Day

        DFW Cafes

        When winter arrives, nothing beats a tasty mug of hot chocolate. There's never a bad time to enjoy this sweet treat, but just in case you needed a reason to celebrate, you'll be glad to know that National Hot Chocolate Day is right around the corner! 

        When you're ready to warm up, we suggest heading out and paying a visit to one (or more!) of these locations. 

        1. Neuhaus Cafe & Chocolate Boutique: 5959 Royal Ln., Suite 626, Dallas, TX 75230
          ​​​​​​​When you're ready to take a break from exploring Dallas homes for sale, head over to Neuhaus Cafe & Chocolate Boutique. This popular cafe has a relaxing atmosphere that's perfect for taking a break and enjoying a sweet treat. Not only do they have an extensive lunch and dinner menu, but they also have some of the world's best chocolates. As you might expect, they make their hot chocolate from scratch using their own recipe. We're not sure what the secret ingredient is, but it's delicious! If you really want to enjoy yourself, we recommend pairing your drink with one of their decadent desserts and taking some candy home for later.
           
        2. Magnolias Sous Le Pont: 2727 N. Harwood St., Dallas, 75201
          A charming coffee house located in the Harwood District, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont has a French-inspired menu and a hip, arty ambiance. It's the perfect escape when you need a break from your busy day. You'll love the friendly baristas and delicious hot drinks. While you're there, be sure to ask about the daily cookies or grab a cinnamon roll or chocolate croissant.
           
        3. Vaquero Coffee Co.: 109 Houston St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
          Located in downtown Fort Worth, Vaquero Coffee Co. has been pleasing locals since 2018. They pride themselves in crafting each drink they serve, so you're always guaranteed a perfect cup. Here you'll find delicious chocolate-themed drinks like mocha, white mocha, and even peppermint mocha. Pair your treat with one of their great CranWalnut muffins or a cookie from the renowned Great One Cookie Company of Dallas, TX. When you're done, take a drive around the area so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Fort Worth homes for sale.
           
        4. Pax & Beneficia Coffee: 5244 N. O'Connor, Suite 150, Irving, TX 75023
          Pax & Beneficia Coffee was created based on three core principles: crafting, camaraderie, and contribution. They carefully craft every cup of coffee they serve, encourage camaraderie among all of their patrons, and contribute to local and global nonprofit organizations. If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Irving homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know this great cafe. Not only do they have excellent hot chocolate, but they also make an incredible mocha coffee. Both pair perfectly with their Nutella & Fruit Toast!
            
        5. Bread Winners Bakery Bistro: 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
          Want to quench your hot chocolate craving with something a bit different? Head over to Bread Winners Bakery Bistro and order a Mexican Hot Chocolate (made with cacao nibs, sugar, and cinnamon) or a cafe mocha. Pair them with a signature cupcake, cake balls, or homemade cookies. Bread Winners Bakery also has an excellent brunch and dinner menu and plenty of dessert options like cheesecakes, tortes, and homemade pies with fresh-made whipped cream, so come hungry and plan to indulge! 

        Contact us today to get started.  

        January
        11

        How to Make Your Home Smarter this Year

        Smart Home DFW

        Have you thought about jumping on the bandwagon and making your home smarter in 2021? If not, maybe you should. There are so many ways smart features increase your home's comfort, security, and efficiency that a smart system bears looking at. What's more, if you're listing your home among Dallas homes for sale or Plano homes for sale, you might include the smart system and appliances as a selling point.

        In case you're not familiar with all the features you could have with a smart system, let's look at a rundown.

        1. Smart Home Assistant
          The smart home assistant is the foundation for any smart system. There are two that dominate the market: Amazon Echo with Alexa and Google Home with smart speakers. Similar to the way they work, these devices control all the other smart devices in your home, from lights and doorbells to security alarms and cameras.

        2. Smart Hub
          If you go with a smart speaker without a built-in hub, you'll need a smart hub for automating all the smart devices in your home through only one app. A couple of the best are the Smart Things Hub and the Hubitat Elevation Home Automation Hub.

        3. Lighting
          No need to get up. Add smart bulbs and control the lights through your phone, either by voice or touch. Still at the office? Turn on some light for the dog remotely. Change the mood by changing the color of the light if you opt for RGB lighting.
        4. HVAC Thermostat
          Manage your home's environment from near or far with a smart thermostat. Use an app on your smartphone or tablet to control the temperature; depending on if you have an in-house humidifier, you might even be able to raise or lower humidity. Some systems can sense your approach and raise or lower the temperature for your comfort. Need an analysis of your energy usage? A smart thermostat can do that as well.

        5. Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
          Smart smoke detectors not only detect smoke but send a message to your phone that there's a problem.

        6. Garage Door Opener
          Let workers in your garage when you're away with an app on your phone. Did you forget to close the garage door? No problem. You can close it remotely as long as you can access Wi-fi.

        7. Smart Security Features
          A complete smart security system should include indoor and outdoor cameras, door locks, lighting, and even the doorbell. Here's how these features play into your overall security strategy:
          • Indoor camera -- There are many reasons to monitor what's going on inside your home, from watching a babysitter or cleaning employee to monitoring your pets' activities to recording a break-in.
          • Outdoor camera -- Again, you want to be able to record who comes up to your front door and what they do. The Nest outdoor security camera comes with night vision and has a built-in microphone and speaker; plus, you can use the app for the Nest to view live footage on your smartphone.
          • Door lock -- These devices do away with the need for keys; you can unlock them via your smartphone or with a fingerprint or a pin.
          • Doorbell -- These come with a camera that lets you see who's ringing the bell and communicate with them through your phone. Some devices have the ability to recognize your visitors.

        Our real estate agents can help you upgrade your home and appliances to create a more convenient, efficient, and secure smart system. Contact us today. 

        December
        21

        6 Candy Shops in the DFW Perfect for Stocking Stuffers

        Candy Shops in the DFW

        Whether you're trying to find the ideal gift for someone who already has everything or a small, thoughtful stocking stuffer for someone with a sweet tooth, the gift of a sweet treat never goes out of style. Lucky for you, the DFW area is filled with candy shops that offer something to satisfy every taste! From traditional candy made from decades-old family recipes to zany, new candy creations, you can find it all close to home in DFW. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 6 great candy shops where you can find your stocking stuffers this year.

        1. Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop – 1106 W Main St., Carrollton, TX 75006

          Starting as a small flower shop before blossoming into one of the area's best retro candy shops, Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop prides itself on serving up candy varieties that you don't see every day. There are more than 800 types of candy available in the store, with unique treats that are a delight for kids young and old.

        2. Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee – 324 N Jim Wright Fwy, Fort Worth, TX 76108

          You won't have to travel far from Fort Worth homes for sale to find sweet stocking stuffers, thanks to legendary local candy shops like Fort Worth Fudge and Toffee. Naturally, the fudge is the main attraction, and there are more than 15 types of fudge available to satisfy any sweet tooth. While the shop is not currently open for regular hours, you can still call ahead, make an appointment to visit, and shop to your heart's content.

        3. Kate Weiser Chocolate – 3011 Gulden Ln., Suite 115, Dallas, TX 75212

          Searching for sweet, satisfying chocolate near Dallas homes for sale? Make the trip to Kate Weiser Chocolate, where gourmet, hand-crafted treats are always on the menu. If you believe chocolate is an art form, this is a great place to shop. Each piece has been designed to look just as great as it tastes, with expert guidance from lead chocolatier Kate Weiser. No detail is too small for this team, and the results are delicious.

        4. Natalie's Candy Jar – DFW International Airport, Terminal B, DFW Airport, TX 75261

          Will your journeys be taking you to the DFW International Airport at any point during the holiday shopping season? Then be sure to check out Natalie's Candy Jar, which has multiple locations throughout the airport where you can shop for sweet gifts. Natalie's Candy Jar is a gourmet, self-serve candy shop with more than 400 varieties available.

        5. Dylan's Candy Bar – 2400 Aviation Dr., Terminal D, DFW Airport, TX 75261

          Also located at DFW International Airport, you will find Dylan's Candy Bar, a fun, colorful candy shop that's perfect for finding all of the stocking stuffers you need for the younger members of your holiday shopping list. If you're looking for a larger gift, Dylan's Candy Bar also offers a diverse selection of holiday gift baskets and packages.

        6. CocoAndre Chocolatier – 508 W 7th St., Dallas, TX 75208

          Operated by Andrea Pedraza, who has more than 30 years of experience creating world-class candy, chocolate, and truffles, CocoAndre Chocolatier features high-end candy that will look great in any stocking. Go with a classic chocolate or truffle, but don't forget to try unique, delicious treats like the pistachio bark.

        Searching for the perfect home where you can share holiday memories with your favorite people for years to come? We can help. Contact us today.

        November
        16

        Bike Trails Around the DFW for Go For a Ride Day

        Bike Trails - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

        The crisp air of late fall makes this a particularly good time to go for a bike ride in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And with Go For a Ride Day coming right up on Sunday, November 22, our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite bike trails in the DFW.

        • Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - 2875 Pierce St, Dallas, TX 75233
          A 121-acre oasis of shady woodlands and rolling wildflower meadows, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is a great resource for Dallas mountain bikers. Located just minutes from these Dallas homes for sale, the preserve includes 8 miles of multi-use hike and bike trails arranged in six loops. There are many twists and turns, but the terrain is mostly flat and not too challenging.

        • North Shore Trail - 2908 N Park Dr, Flower Mound, TX 75022
          Easily one of the more popular hiking and biking routes in the DFW area, the North Shore Trail follows Lake Grapevine's shoreline and offers some splendid scenery along the way. The trail is made up of two loops totaling 22 miles. The 12.5-mile eastern loop is flat and suitable for beginners, while the western loop is more rugged. Trailheads are located in Twin Coves Park, Rockledge Park, and Murrell Park, a short ride from these Flower Mound homes for sale.

        • Trinity Trails - 3301 Trinity Park Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
          Trinity Trails is a 40-mile network of trails in the heart of Fort Worth, mostly near the banks of the Trinity River. Popular among joggers, dog-walkers, and cyclists alike, the trails are mostly paved, meandering through riverfront parks and gardens with some great views of the Fort Worth skyline. The main trailhead in Trinity Park is a stone's throw from many Fort Worth homes for sale

        • Big Cedar Wilderness Trails - 8991-8999 Isom Ln, Dallas, TX 75249
          With a mix of single track loops and fire roads totaling about 8 miles, Big Cedar Wilderness Trails offer a great landscape for mountain bikers to explore. Big Cedar Wilderness is a rugged landscape of hardwood forests, cactus-filled valleys, and Dallas's highest point. The trails are maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from dawn until dusk. 

        • Denton Katy Trail - 604 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76205
          An urban bike trail that runs parallel to the DCTA commuter rail line in Denton County, the Denton Katy Trail offers a great opportunity to explore some of the other communities north of Dallas. Passing through urban centers, residential neighborhoods, and industrial areas, the trail is popular among families, recreational cyclists, and even commuters looking for an alternate route to work. The trail begins at the Denton Downtown Transit Center near these Denton homes for sale, and runs 16 miles south to Lake Dallas.

        • Marion Sansom Park - 2501 Roberts Cut Off Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76114
          With shady woods, picturesque waterfalls and views across the glassy surface of Lake Worth, Marion Sansom Park is one of the best places in Fort Worth for hiking and mountain baking. This urban oasis offers several mountain bike loops ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. In total, about 11 miles of trails are open to cyclists, and the park offers a great opportunity to hit the trail without leaving the city. 

        Contact us today to learn more about life in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From wide-open spaces to vibrant cities and towns, it's an incredible place to live, and our  team is always ready to help you find your dream home. 

        October
        19

        Order Amazing Cakes for Any Occasion Around the DFW

        Cake Bakeries - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

        As culinary icon Julia Child so aptly stated, "A party without a cake is just a meeting." Our real estate agents happily agree that any occasion becomes even more special with a tasty, beautifully-made cake. Add the icing on top of your next event when you order a custom cake from one of these top bakeries around the DFW. 

        • CC's Cupcake Heaven - West Fort Worth, TX
          Whether you're hosting a formal party or an intimate family gathering, CC's Cupcake Heaven has you covered. Full-size cakes may be customized to make your personal vision a reality. Cupcakes and mini-cupcakes come in dozens of mouthwatering flavors, such as Coffee Caramel Crunch, Kit-Kat Creation, and Raspberry Lemonade. Bite-sized cake pops serve double duty as edible decorations or favors. Order by phone, text, or website for pickup only minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale.

        • Delicious Cakes - 14819 Inwood Rd., Addison, TX 75001
          The name says it all. For more than 25 years, founders Butch and Ruthie Stivers and their family have been serving Delicious Cakes to the area near Addison homes for sale. In addition to classic layer cakes, the bakery offers full-size, mini, and loaf Bundt cakes in several fun flavors, including Bourbon & Pecans and Kahlua-Mocha.  Need a last-minute cake? Check out the selection in the pastry case. Delicious Cakes opens at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

        • Cake-aholics - 4201 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 416, Arlington, TX 76016
          Satisfy your most extreme cake dreams at Cake-aholics, a bakery close to Arlington homes for sale, where art and taste receive equal priority. Owner Matthew Wohlkinger, a native of South Africa, is a formally-trained pastry chef who took home $10,000 for his creative birthday cake on Food Network's WINNER CAKE ALL. While Cake-aholics offers an extensive menu of cake and filling flavors, everything is scratch-made, so they're happy to accommodate your requests. Craving variety? Ask about their selections of cheesecakes, tarts, cream puffs, and other specialty desserts. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

        • Rum Cakes Factory - 1628 W. Hebron Pkwy., Suite 112, Carrollton, TX 75010
          Rum cakes are a traditional holiday treat, but once you taste the delicious products of Rum Cakes Factory, you'll want them any time of the year. While rum cakes are generally vanilla- or chocolate-flavored, owner Jorge Saab infuses the popular liquor in red velvet, lemon, coconut, carrot, and just about any cake flavor you can think of. Alcohol content is less than 0.5 percent, but those who prefer to abstain can choose from tres leches cake, tiramisu, and other alcohol-free options. In August, Jorge opened a second location by Plano homes for sale. The original bakery, just down the street from Carrollton homes for sale, opens at noon Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

        • Daisy Cakes - 5200 Lemmon Ave., Suite 101, Dallas TX 75209
          On its own, Daisy Cakes is a charming name for a bakery. It also has a special meaning for owner Michele Dowdy, who chose it to honor her mother. Daisy Cakes' motto is, "Baking Special Memories," and that's been true for the many customers around Dallas homes for sale who rave about the extraordinary service that goes along with the remarkable cakes. Dozens of available cake flavors include hummingbird, a banana-pineapple spice cake that's a Southern favorite. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.

        What cake will you choose to celebrate your new home in the DFW? Contact us for help with all your local real estate needs.

        October
        12

        6 Places for Wine Tastings Around the DFW

        Wine Tasting - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

        Let's be honest — we could all use a glass of wine these days. Thankfully, we don't have to venture far for the vino. Our real estate agents heard through the grapevine that there are plenty of places in the DFW to grab a glass, a bottle, or a carafe of wine at a moment's notice. If you're searching for a new favorite for your wine cellar or just want to sample some unique flavors, we encourage you to enjoy a wine tasting at one of these six local hot-spots.

        1. Grape Vine Springs Winery – 409 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
          Grape Vine Springs Winery knows how to show you a good time. Their award-winning winery will now be offering food service so you can savor your wine tasting with a few tasty treats. The winery also hosts blending classes, winery tours, ghost tours, and other events. If you purchase one of your Grapevine homes for sale, Grape Vine Springs Winery is one site you'll want to visit again and again.

        2. Landon Winery – 103 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie, TX 75098
          Whether you're just discovering our Wylie homes for sale or if you've lived in town for years, Landon Winery is a must-visit. With a full calendar of events, wine tasting has never been better. Can't make it to a wine tasting? No problem! Landon Winery hosts virtual wine tastings so you can sip and sample from the comfort of your own home!

        3. Rancho Loma Vineyards – 411 S. Main St. Ste. 104, Fort Worth, TX 76104
          In the last four years, Rancho Loma Vineyards has won too many awards to count. Take one sip of any of their wines, and you'll see why. RLV believes that remarkable wines should be experienced with delicious food; join them for wine tasting paired with their artisan Charcuterie boards next time you're in the area searching for Fort Worth homes for sale.

        4. Two Brothers Winery – 110 Lamar St., Keller, TX 76248
          If your tastebuds are craving a unique style of wine, head over to Two Brothers Winery for a treat. A pecan infused merlot, a bourbon barrel cabernet sauvignon, and a coffee-infused Syrah are just a few of their delightfully interesting bottles. Two Brother Winery is now offering foods at their winery, making it a wonderful place to grab a drink and a bite to eat with your family and friends whenever you're nearby looking at Keller homes for sale.

        5. The Wine Authority – 508 W. Lookout Dr. Ste 24, Richardson, TX 75080 With a name like The Wine Authority, you already know that you're going to receive expert service from knowledgeable sommeliers the moment you walk in. They're ready to answer all of your questions, suggest the best wines that fit your tastes, and even talk you through every glass they pour. Though The Wine Authority may be a retail store, once you pop a cork and raise a glass, you feel like you'll be experiencing a private wine tasting with your own personal sommelier. Just be sure to grab a few bottles to go so you can stock up the kitchen of one of our new Richardson homes for sale.

        6. Larue Vineyards – 1491 N. Kealy Ave. Ste 55., Lewisville, TX 75057
          Larue Vineyards handcrafts their wines with passion and perfectly picked grapes from Chile and California. On Fridays and Saturdays, they open up their winery for tours while on Sundays, they make Paint & Wine events available for guests who want to get creative while they sip. No appointment is necessary to sample their wines, so feel free to stop by after visiting the charming Lewisville homes for sale.

        Are you searching for a home where you can host your own wine tastings? We can help! Contact us today to tour our great Dallas homes for sale.

        August
        10

        Look for Hidden Treasure at These 6 DFW Parks

        Parks for Geocaching - DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

        Love geocaching, or simply experiencing local parks? Then you'll really love living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where there are countless parks to explore while you search for hidden treasure. Whether you're in the heart of downtown, on the edge of the city, or in the suburbs, you'll find parks of all shapes and sizes around DFW. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your journey, with our guide to six great DFW area parks where you can hunt for geocaching treasure.

        1. White Rock Lake Park Loop – 8300 E. Lawther Dr., Dallas, TX 75218
          The White Rock Lake Park Loop is one of the most popular trails close to Dallas homes for sale, and for good reason! It runs for nearly 10 miles around the gorgeous White Rock Lake, with waterfront views and a well-maintained series of asphalt trails. The loop connects you with all of the amenities in the park and also has connections to a variety of other trails that run through the city.
        2. Trinity Skyline Trail – 3700 Sylvan Ave., Dallas, TX 75207
          Running along the Trinity River, the Trinity Skyline Trail is the perfect place to do some treasure hunting in downtown Dallas. The Trinity Skyline Trail can be found near the Continental Avenue Bridge and features 5 miles of waterfront scenery where you can search for treasure. This wheel-chair accessible trail is paved with concrete, which also makes it an ideal spot for a bike ride or some inline skating.

        3. Trinity River Trail Fort Worth Branch – 3600 Sansom Park Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76106
          You won't have to travel far from Fort Worth homes for sale to hunt for treasure, with the long, winding Trinity River Trail located just a short trip from your front door. This trail is part of the larger Trinity River Trails Network, which includes more than 40 miles of trails around Fort Worth and beyond. Along the trail, you'll find botanical gardens, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, local parks, and hopefully some great geocaching treasure.

        4. Fish Creek Trail – 400 Cravens Park Dr., Arlington, TX 76018
          The Fish Creek Trail, with an entry point at Cravens Park, is a great place for a quick geocaching trip near Arlington homes for sale. This trail stretches for just over 6 miles, beginning at the park and ending near Sheffield Drive. Cravens Park also features its own series of trails, along with extensive athletic fields.

        5. Campion Trail – N. MacArthur Blvd. and W. Hunter Ferrell Rd., Irving, TX 75060
          With more than 16 miles of trails that run through both natural and urban areas, the Campion Trail offers a little bit of everything close to Irving homes for sale. Enjoy beautiful waterfront views, rolling meadows, local wildlife, and a huge variety of flowers as you explore this trail that winds all through Irving.

        6. C. Shane Wilbanks Trail – 2520 Oak Grove Loop, Grapevine, TX
          Grapevine Lake is a great place for outdoor fun close to Grapevine homes for sale, and the C. Shane Wilbanks Trail connects to a number of parks that surround the lake. Search for treasure, then stop for more family fun at the playgrounds, enjoy a picnic in a comfortable pavilion, or hit the water at one of the boat ramps located around the lake.

        Whether you're searching for geocaching treasure or simply going for a stroll, the parks of the DFW area offer endless outdoor entertainment for all ages. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.

        May
        21

        A Surprising Shift to the Suburbs May Be on the Horizon

        While many people across the U.S. have traditionally enjoyed the perks of an urban lifestyle, some who live in more populated city limits today are beginning to rethink their current neighborhoods. Being in close proximity to everything from the grocery store to local entertainment is definitely a perk, especially if you can also walk to some of these hot spots and have a short commute to work. The trade-off, however, is that highly populated cities can lack access to open space, a yard, and other desirable features. These are the kinds of things you may miss when spending a lot of time at home. When it comes to social distancing, as we've experienced recently, the newest trend seems to be around re-evaluating a once-desired city lifestyle and trading it for suburban or rural living.

        George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com notes:

        "With the re-opening of the economy scheduled to be cautious, the impact on consumer preferences will likely shift buying behavior…consumers are already looking for larger homes, bigger yards, access to the outdoors and more separation from neighbors. As we move into the recovery stage, these preferences will play an important role in the type of homes consumers will want to buy. They will also play a role in the coming discussions on zoning and urban planning. While higher density has been a hallmark of urban development over the past decade, the pandemic may lead to a re-thinking of space allocation."

        The Harris Poll recently surveyed 2,000 Americans, and 39% of the respondents who live in urban areas indicated the COVID-19 crisis has caused them to consider moving to a less populated area.

        Today, moving outside the city limits is also more feasible than ever, especially as Americans have quickly become more accustomed to – and more accepting of – remote work. According to the Pew Research Center, access to the Internet has increased significantly in rural and suburban areas, making working from home more accessible. The number of people working from home has also spiked considerably, even before the pandemic came into play this year.

        Bottom Line

        If you have a home in the suburbs or a rural area, you may see an increasing number of buyers looking for a property like yours. If you're thinking of buying and don't mind a commute to work for the well-being of your family, you may want to consider looking at homes for sale outside the city. Contact a local real estate professional today to discuss the options available in your area.

        • Keeping Current Matters, May 13, 2020
        May
        20

        Listing Inventory Down 30% in Northern Suburbs

        NTREIS reports 8% Down Across North Texas

        While our NTREIS MLS system reports an 8% decrease in listings in April across the over 40 counties in North Texas, the popular northern suburbs of Dallas report a much higher decrease.   And it is that significant decrease in listings that is causing some panic buying with buyers trying to find a home.  Multiple offers in the northern suburbs are common.   Not at all common in other parts of the DFW area.

         

        Below is the actual decrease in listings in April from one year prior for each suburb:

         

            • 37.8% decrease – Corinth
            • 37.7% decrease – Highland Village
            • 36.1% decrease – Coppell
            • 33.6% decrease – McKinney
            • 32.9% decrease – The Colony
            • 32.2% decrease – Plano
            • 31.8% decrease – Double Oak
            • 31.1% decrease – Richardson
            • 30.6% decrease – Frisco
            • 27.6% decrease – Prosper
            • 25.7% decrease – Carrollton
            • 25.7% decrease – Lantana
            • 18.2% decrease – Denton
            • 17.8% decrease – Grapevine
            • 15.7% decrease – Lewisville
            • 9.7% decrease – Flower Mound
            • 1.3% increase – Little Elm
        • NTREIS Stats, April 2020
        January
        10

        North Texas Home Prices Stumbled in December

        Home Prices Stumbled in December

        Local real estate agents sold 9 percent fewer homes in December than they did a year earlier — the fifth month in a row of year-over-year declines in home purchases.  Last month 7,786 homes were sold through the agents' multiple listing service, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information System. Last year's slight decline in home purchases in the area followed almost eight years of increases.  "It's still the second-best year ever," said Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center. "The whole state is reverting to a more normal market.  "We've been going really, really strong for years, and ultimately that slows down." Higher mortgage rates and record home prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have caused some prospective buyers to pull back from the market.

         

        The number of homes for sale in the almost two dozen North Texas counties included in the report was 22 percent higher than a year earlier, with more than 21,000 preowned single-family homes listed for sale with real estate agents. On average it took 57 days to sell a property -- 8 percent longer than a year earlier. Even with the increase in inventory, there was only about a 2.4-month supply of houses listed for sale in the area at the end of December.

        • Dallas Morning News, January 8, 2019

         

        December
        4

        Five Favorite Holiday Markets in the DFW

        DFW Holiday Markets
        The Christmas season is upon us, which means that holiday shopping is in full swing. For people who are new to the area or are in town to see our real estate agents about buying a Dallas-Fort Worth area home, finding out where to go for the best shopping experience is essential. To give those new or potential residents a head start, here are five holiday shopping destinations in Dallas-Fort Worth:

        1. Texas Christkindl Market - The Plaza at Texas Live! 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington
          The Texas Christkindl Market is a traditional German holiday market. This family-friendly community market offers a unique shopping experience, featuring a great selection of handcrafted gifts and authentic German gifts and collectibles, among many other types of merchandise. For the 2018 season, it is open from November 23 to December 23 and runs seven days per week during that time. From Sunday through Thursday, shoppers can enjoy the market from 11 am to 9 pm On Fridays and Saturdays, the market an hour longer, until 10 pm. If you are in town to shop Arlington homes for sale, stopping by the the Texas Christkindl Market is a great way to get a feel for the local community.

        2. Holiday Local Night Market and Christmas Celebration - 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas
          If you are looking at homes in Highland Park, the Holiday Local Night Market and Christmas Celebration is a great holiday shopping destination in this area. This seasonal community market has a lot to offer during the holidays, with a special, one-night event that provides a great shopping experience, with special offers and sales, along with a lot of family-friendly entertainment, including live music, a Ferris wheel, face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The 2018 holiday market and Christmas Celebration happens on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 pm to 9 pm.

        3. Farmers Branch Market Holiday Market - The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Road, Farmers Branch
          The Farmers Branch Market holds annual holiday markets, which are happening on December 1, 8 and 15 for the 2018 season, running from 4 pm to 8 pm The market features handmade and homemade items from more than 30 vendors, as well as lots of family-friendly entertainment and activities, and tasty treats available from a range of concession stands. If you'll be shopping Farmer's Branch homes this holiday season, this is a local holiday shopping destination you won't want to miss.

        4. 3rd Annual It's Christmas Market Expo - Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities, 3401 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth
          Will you be shopping Fort Worth homes for sale this holiday season? If so, the 3rd Annual It's Christmas Market Expo is a great holiday shopping destination. Held on December 22, 2018, this event offers a terrific venue for last minute holiday shopping, with thousands of unique gift items to choose from as well as drawings, prizes, and entertainment. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm

        5. Treats of Christmas - Northpark, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
          If you will be in town to see Dallas homes for sale, the Treats of Christmas event is a holiday shopping destination that you should not miss. This holiday market happens on Saturday, December 22, 2018, and is presented by the Dallas branch of the Texas Chefs Association. Gourmet cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweets are offered for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

        Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're shopping for real estate in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

        September
        7

        Dallas Area Market Appears Headed for Slowdown

        Percent of Prospective Home Buyers

          Source: National Association of Home Builders
         

        Is the housing boom running out of gas?  During the last few years, the home market has been on a tear in North Texas and in other parts of the country, with prices soaring and buyers lining up as soon as a sign hits the front yard.  But there are growing signs that the fast-paced housing market is shifting gears, with a decline in sales in many markets and smaller price increases.  In July, U.S. preowned home sales fell from a year ago for the fifth month in a row. And nationwide new home sales were down almost 2 percent in July, causing analysts at IHS Markit to question if the bull home market has turned bearish.  "The economy is strong. Labor markets are solid. Yet, new home sales and single-family housing starts and permits have stalled. How can this be?" said Patrick Newport, executive director of the U.S. economics team at IHS.

        Newport said rising home prices and higher mortgage rates have cooled the ardor for home buying.  "This has choked off demand," he said. A slowdown in immigration and household formation could also be factors, Newport theorizes.  In North Texas, year-over-year preowned home sales have fallen in many neighborhoods, and for the entire region, year-to-date sales were up a measly 2 percent as of July.  At the same time, the double-digit percentage home price gains of the last few years have faded in Dallas-Fort Worth. Through the first seven months of 2018, median home sales prices were up only 6 percent from the same period last year, according to sales data from real estate agents.

        Property agents say that some first-time buyers have given up after losing out to other buyers or all-cash investors who snapped up affordable homes.  At midyear, the number of prospective U.S. homebuyers who said they planned to make a purchase in the next 12 months fell to just 14 percent — down from 24 percent in fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That's still another sign that the home market — while not in a traditional bubble — may be headed for slower sales in the year ahead.  "It's clear that the winds that have boosted sellers over the past few years are ever-so-slightly starting to shift," said Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas.

        • Dallas Morning News, August 27, 2018

         

        August
        20

        Fort Worth Fun: Texas Motor Speedway

        Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway
        If you're considering a relocation to North Texas, you must check out Fort Worth homes for sale. Whether you prefer a luxurious showplace or a stylish starter bungalow, our REALTORS® can find a home that matches your style.

        When you visit Fort Worth Texas, spend some time getting to know our thriving metroplex. You'll find all the art, culture, dining, and exciting entertainment you'd expect of a world-class city. If you stretch your visit into the weekend, you can also experience the fast-paced thrills of NASCAR racing. 

        Texas Motor Speedway 

        Since 1996, NASCAR fans have electrified the intersection of 35 West and Highway 114. The location was chosen for its easy highway access, and the fans show up by the thousands. 

        The Speedway hosts a yearlong schedule that includes Formula Drift, Legends Racing, the Camping World Truck Series, and special events including benefits for Texas Motor Speedway Children's Charities. In November, this versatile venue will host the 2018 Red Bull Air Race Championship

        It's Big

        The Speedway's track, grandstand, and other structures fill a 1,500-acre space. The main course is 1.5 miles with an 800 feet long pit road. The Lil' Texas Motor Speedway track which hosts US Legends Car Racing is 1/5 mile long. There's also a .4 mile clay surface track. The Speedway has a 181,655 fan seating capacity, including luxury and Victory Lane Club suites. 

        Tickets

        You have several online ticket-buying options: individual tickets, NASCAR 3-ticket Playoff Packs, and create your ticket packages with preferred upgrades. Upgrades include reserved parking, Raceday University, Infield Access, Weekend Pit Pass, and more. You can also schedule a Driver Appearance using the Texas Motor Speedway app.  

        Fan Assistance

        There are 24 concession buildings, 23 souvenir buildings 1,656 ladies restrooms, and 843 guy's restrooms on-site to keep fans happy, well fed and comfortable. Mobile medical teams are available to assist sick or injured fans. 

        The Speedway checklist recommends a list of items to bring along. It includes outdoor accessories such as a hat, camera, and sunglasses. It also suggests a few not-so-obvious items such as earplugs (because it gets loud) and cash (so your beer purchases don't show up on your bank statement.) 

        Parking

        Most Speedway parking is free. Trams and shuttles loop the Lone Star Circle providing free pick ups and drop offs to and from the raceway. There is 300 paved bus parking spots and handicap parking available in the Express, Crystal, and Speedway Club lots. Paid reserved VIP parking gives you easier access to the track.  

        Camping at the Speedway

        There are plenty of hotels in the Fort Worth Texas area, but if you don't mind roughing it a little, you can camp out at the Speedway. There are 6,751 reserved camping spaces available. These include a tent camping area, a VIP area, and a family area. During April and November events there are also 1,799 unreserved camping spaces available.

        The family camping section is fenced-in and has 24-hr security. The VIP lot has 24-hr security, paved lots, electrical hookups, and other amenities. RV drivers can set up camp in Burnout Alley. 

        Raceway Ministries At Texas Motor Speedway

        The Speedway Ministries hold devotionals each race day and a worship service each Sunday. Chaplains are available for crisis intervention and RMTMS volunteers assist fans with on-site and off-site services. 

        Your Fort Worth Texas Real Estate Professionals

        Let us tell you all the reasons why Fort Worth, Texas is a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us when you're buying or selling a home in the DFW real estate area.

        June
        4

        Fort Worth Water Gardens

        Fort Worth Water Gardens
        A beautiful oasis in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Water Gardens are truly a place like no other. Whether you're a long-time local or just visiting the city to check out Fort Worth homes for sale, the Water Gardens are one of the greatest must-see attractions in Fort Worth. 

        Part of the Fort Worth Landscape

        Built in 1974, the Fort Worth Water Gardens were designed by the acclaimed American Architect Philip Johnson, and drew immediate acclaim for their unique blend of futuristic architecture and natural elements. To this day, the gardens are an architectural and engineering marvel that must be experienced firsthand.

        You can explore a variety of water features as you stroll through this fascinating urban park, including three pools that are as different as they are beautiful.

        • The Meditation Pool is as calm and relaxing as its name suggests. Here, a thin plane of water flows down steep, nearly 90-degree walls into a serene pool surrounded by cypress trees. The sound of the water is almost like that of a gentle rain shower, making this a great place to be still and focus your mind.
        • The Aerating Pool is, in a way, the polar opposite of the Meditation Pool. It's all motion and activity, with 40 nozzles spraying 871 gallons of water every minute over a deep pool surrounded by lofty oaks. The mist from the spraying nozzles creates the illusion of a bridge made of water spanning the pool.
        • The Active Pool is unquestionably the centerpiece of the Fort Worth Water Gardens, with water cascading 38 feet down a series of terraces and steps into a pool at the bottom. Visitors can walk down the terraced steps of the gigantic Active Pool to find themselves surrounded by the sight and sound of moving water, a unique and immersive experience.

        Drawing visitors from all over the world, the Fort Worth Water Gardens could almost be seen as a symbol for how much Fort Worth has progressed over the years. The area that the Water Gardens now cover was once one of the most notorious red light districts in Texas, a stretch of saloons, brothels and gambling halls that earned the nickname, "Hell's Half Acre."

        Today, the Fort Worth Water Gardens encompass about 4.3 acres in the heart of Fort Worth's revitalized downtown. It's within walking distance of dozens of great shops, bars and eateries and just footsteps away from landmarks like Saint Patrick Cathedral and the Fort Worth Convention Center.

        Your Fort Worth Real Estate Pros

        Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates today to learn more about all the great attractions in Fort Worth, TX. Our real estate agents are here to help you find the perfect home in this unique city.

        May
        30

        The Real Estate Slowdown is Real: Don't Panic as Buyers Bring Balance

        by Seth Fowler

         

        (This article appeared in Candy's Dirt.  It is specific to the Ft Worth side of the Metroplex, but the facts are the same for all of North Texas.)

         

        Real Estate Slowdown

        Some will agree, and some won't,  but data doesn't lie — we are heading into a real estate slowdown.

         

        First of all…R-E-L-A-X.  No, we are not heading toward a recession.  No, the housing market isn't crumbling.  No, it's not time to sell your home, stock up on canned beans, ammo, and get off the grid.  But the real estate market is changing … dare we call it a slowdown?

        How Can You Say It's a Slowdown?

        How can I say this? We are in the midst of an historical real estate boom like we've never seen before and everything we hear and read says the market is hot, hotter, hottest!  Please hear me: the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is still by far the absolute best place in the world to live, work, play, and own real estate.  The daily, weekly, monthly growth that is happening to this part of the state is still out of this world.

        But the market is experiencing a slowdown.  Interest rates are rising .  Municipalities are getting more and more greedy with property taxes.  Home values are increasing at a rapid pace.  New home construction is increasingly expensive and not meeting demand.  Wages aren't increasing as quickly as prices and that's causing a slowdown in the real estate market.

         

        In Part One we will look at those factors and how they combine to cause this slowdown.  In Part Two next week, we will discuss whether or not an actual slowdown in the real estate market is a good thing, a precursor to doom-and-gloom (again, R-E-L-A-X), and what it means for buyers and sellers in this brave new world.

        Just The Facts Ma'am

        According to the Fort Worth Housing Report distributed by the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors, the median sales price of homes is going up, up, and up.  Up 9.7 percent from February 2017 to 2018 at $214,000.  Up 9.3 percent from March 2017 to 2018 at $219,750.  Up 7.3 percent from April 2017 to 2018 at $220,000.  We see that the overall price continues to increase, but the percentage from year-to-year is falling a little bit.  Across the country home prices increased 8.7 percent over the past year according to a recent Zillow report.  Increases like this simply are not sustainable in the long run for a stable economy.  While sellers enjoy their large return on their investment, fewer and fewer buyers are able or willing to pay these steep increases.

        Active Listings And Days on Market

        From same reports active listings were up 3.4 percent from February 2017 to 2018 at 1,668 homes.  Up 6.4 percent from March 2017 to 2018 at 1,851. Up 17.1 percent from April 2017 to 2018 at 2,105.  The more listings the better right?  Well, yes and no is the answer.  Yes more listings on the market the better for buyers.  But that's only if they are good listings that are priced correctly.  Days on market has also increased.  Homes sat for one day longer in February 2018 than 2017 at 43 days.  Seven days longer in March 2018 than 2017 at 44 days.  Seven days longer in April 2018 than 2017 at 37 days.

        No — not time to panic — but numbers don't lie.  Buyers are gaining some control.

        Word on The Street

        While considering this article over the past month or more, I have talked to many agents, lenders, and title company officers in the D/FW area and 100 percent of them have mentioned how it appears that the buyers are finally pushing back at the skyrocketing prices.  Sellers have been in control for a number of years when it comes to asking price.  Depending on the range, sellers have tended toward higher asking prices and buyers have very little recourse.  If a buyer wants a house then they'll meet asking price … or go higher.  As inventory increases (albeit slightly) we are seeing buyers be a little pickier and price conscious.  It's not as if buyers are offering 50 cents on the dollar, but more than ever in the past year we are seeing lower offers as homes sit longer on the market.  Of course there are variables like price range and location and condition of homes — I know that — so these stats might not apply for all homes universally.

        In Summary

        We have been living in the longest real estate boom in the history of ever.  It's not going away, it's just not booming like it was, and I contest that it will not boom like that again.  A slowdown is happening and will continue to happen.  While this might cause panic for some, it could also be just what our overall economy needs — balance.  Come back next week and see what else I have to say.  If you disagree with this article — or if you agree — hit me up, let me know, I'd love to hear YOUR perspective.

        Well that's all from Tarrant County this week Dirty Readers.  Thanks for reading and following and sharing!  As always, if you have questions, comments or great ideas for a blog … hit me up!

        Seth Fowler is a licensed Real Estate Sales Professional for Williams Trew Real Estate in Fort Worth, TX.  Statements and opinions are his and his alone.  Seth has been involved with the home sales and real estate industry in the Fort Worth area since 2004.  He and his family have lived in the area for over 15  years.  Seth also loves bowties!  You can reach Seth at: 817.980.6636 or seth.fowler@williamstrew.com.

         

        May
        17

        DFW Area Price Alert – Home Price Increases Are Slowing

        10 Markets Where Home Prices Aren't Rising

         

        A new look at the prices sellers are asking for their homes is another sign of a shift in the North Texas housing market.  Dallas-Fort Worth made it onto a list of 10 major cities that are seeing declines or just tiny increases in the asking prices for houses up for sale.

        Researchers at property market firm Trulia compared major home market to see where list prices for homes were rising and where they were falling. All four of Texas' major home markets made the ranks of places where home value increases are stalling.  That's obviously nowhere near the double-digit percentage annual home price gains North Texas recently saw.   Trulia estimates that the median price of homes up for sale in D-FW was $356,999 in March.  In March, homes listed for sale in North Texas traded for 98 percent of what they were listed for, according to local real estate data.  Trulia's report that D-FW sellers aren't jacking up their asking prices as quickly this year is another indication that the home market dynamic is changing in the area.

        • Dallas Morning News, May 8, 2018
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