New Shopping and Dining in Southlake, TX

November 13th, 2014

New Shopping and Dining in Southlake, TX arrive just in time for the new year (spring?), and with a little bit of luck, maybe the holiday shopping season!

Park Village, the new retail center located at the southwest corner of Southlake Blvd (1709) and Carroll will host fantastic retailers REI (for outdoor and sports enthusiasts), Orvis (specializing in fly-fishing gear), and Michaels (arts and crafts). Restaurants slated to open include Potbelly, RA Sushi, Luna Grill, Gloria’s, Gigi’s Cupcakes, and Modmarket, offering a farm fresh menu. The Fresh Market, a food and produce market, is the major retailer at Park Village. On a more personal side, The Lash Lounge will be opening in Park Village as well.

Southlake Town Square is expanding to include Trader Joe’s, a specialty grocery store, with an anticipated opening date of February 20, 2015, Spin Neopolitan Pizza, opening November with delicious, stone oven pizzas, and Columbia featuring outdoor wear. Alter’d State recently opened in Southlake Town Square. This women’s boutique belives in giving back through J.Jill, a women’s apparel and footwear boutique is opening in the heart of Town Square. Elaine Turner, offering designer handbags, shoes and accessories is completing the new women’s shopping spots!

Kimball Oaks in Southlake is welcoming BJ’s Brewery, a casual dining experience, along with the PGA Tour Superstore for the golfer in your life!
Shops of Southlake is welcoming Springfree Trampoline, opening November, and Elos Aqua Studios for upscale aquariums, with an opening date TBD.

Southlake, TX is a wonderful place to call home. Thinking of moving to Southlake? Visit NorthTexasArea.com to search for homes for sale in Southlake, TX.

Kirkwood Hollow – Southlake, TX

November 8th, 2014

Kirkwood Hollow, located in northwest Southlake, is a wonderful custom home neighborhood featuring nice-sized landscaped lots and upscale homes. Built out from 1999-2006, these luxury homes feature unique, custom designs and finishes throughout, often with inviting outdoor living areas. There are approximately 155 homes in Kirkwood Hollow, all attending the coveted Southlake-Carroll ISD. Specific schools at this time are Walnut Grove Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Carroll Middle and Carroll High/Sr. High schools.

Nestled in the trees, Kirkwood Hollow offers a community swimming pool, greenbelt and playground in a park-like setting. You’ll love the fantastic location offering easy access to both Verizon, Sabre, and 114, and Dove Road.

Homes for sale in Kirkwood Hollow generally range from the upper $600s to over $1M.

To search for homes for sale in Kirkwood Hollow or other areas, visit NorthTexasAreaHomes.com. Or contact Lynn Wilson, Broker Associate with Keller Williams DFW/Southlake directly at 817.939.8987.

The Garden District at Southlake Town Square

October 4th, 2014

The Garden District at Southlake Town Square is a long-awaited and exciting new construction development further expanding the fabulous Southlake Town Square, offering an inspired collection of Brownstone residences and sophisticated Condominium homes. The upscale lifestyle features luxury living, location and convenience. Designed for community living, you’ll enjoy the lavish parks which showcase a dog park, bocce court, and community garden.

Rendition Luxury Homes is the exclusive builder for the Garden District Brownstones. The Meeting Street Brownstones feature three well-designed 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2-car garages, ranging in size from 2868-3920 square feet. All designs include a generous outdoor living space as well. Each include an optional 3rd floor build-out suitable for a gameroom and wet bar. The Brownstone features include 10′ ceilings on first floor, Subzero and Wolf appliances, full-height cabinets with soft-close drawers, choice of granite or quartz countertops, built-in closet shelving, optional Savant smart home integration for sound, heating, lighting and security, and optional outdoor fireplace, kitchen and in-ground spa.
Need more space? The Park Ridge Brownstones feature 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms with a 5-car underground garage (3-2 tandem) with plenty of room for other toys, such as jet skis, motorcycles, workshop area and more! The Park Ridge Brownstones range in size from 3743-4590 square feet. An inviting and spacious courtyard makes outdoor living a fabulous area to entertain or just unwind from the day and enjoy the view!

Prefer luxury living on one floor? Consider Parkview Residences at the Garden District at Southlake Town Square. Five condominium residence floorplans are available – three 2 bedroom, 2 bath designs ranging in size from 1525-1885 square feet, and two 3 bedroom, 3 bath designs ranging from 2115-2230 square feet. Parkview Residence features include gated garages with climate-controlled storage and pre-wiring for hybrid charging, optional Savant smart-home integration for sound, heating, lighting and security, SubZero and Wolf appliances, and expansive 9’6″ ceilings. Amenities include a Rooftop Terrace with fire pits, grills, and plunge pools, a yoga salon and gym, an entertainment kitchen, and residents’ media room.

Whether you’re ready to downsize or just wanting the luxury lifestyle and location of The Garden District at Southlake Town Square, call Lynn Wilson, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Southlake today for complete pricing and more information!

Seller’s market in North Texas makes hiring an experienced realtor a must

August 15th, 2014

Our current Seller’s market in North Texas makes hiring an experienced realtor skilled in negotiations an absolute must. Below are some myths, followed by the truths, that I’m hearing in our market that I’d like to address:

Myth #1: Sellers don’t need to particularly prepare their home for sale because homes are flying off the market.

Truth #1: Homes that aren’t maintained and updated get skipped over. Buyers, sensitive to the sellers market and potential multiple offers, need to feel they are getting all the bang for their buck possible. Buyers have likely lost one or more homes, prior to seeing yours, and are ok waiting if your home isn’t up to par.

Myth #2: Sellers can ask crazy high list prices due to low inventory and high buyer demand.

Truth #2: The property has to appraise. There may not be comps to support such a high price, so sellers need to be prepared to come down to a reasonable/true market price for their home. IF the property does in fact appraise, the buyer knows they are paying TOP DOLLAR for the home, expects top condition, and realizes they need to stay put for at least 2-3 years.

Myth #3: Sellers think realtors should cut their commission since there is an abundance of buyers.

Truth #3: Realtors work countless hours on the front end educating the seller, having the home properly prepared, updated, and staged to list, as well as pricing accurately for the fast paced market. Top realtors are skilled in proper handling and negotiations of multiple offers so the seller is protected in today’s litigious society, as well as obtaining the best offer for their seller client. “Best” is not always just price…it includes several negotiable contract terms, as well as the buyer’s ability to close on time. Managing these transactions is not for rookies! Sellers may not realize their realtor fronts all the expenses of properly marketing the listing, as well.  Respect your Realtor, who works tireless hours for you, for free, until closing!

Seller’s Market in North Texas

March 17th, 2014

The real estate market in North Texas has definitely shifted to a Seller’s Market.  With a shortage of inventory and plenty of home buyers coming to Texas, we’re seeing multiple offers within hours or days of properties being listed with a realtor.  You need an experienced and savvy Realtor now more than ever to be a successful home buyer in today’s seller’s market.  One who knows how to strategically prepare an offer so that your chances of being selected by the seller are the greatest.

And sellers, this isn’t a green light for you to skip through necessary preparations and staging either.  When Buyers are paying top price, they expect top-notch properties.  Contact Lynn Wilson today at 817-939-8987 whether buying or selling in today’s market.  Success is my experience…. and yours!

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How to Prepare for Appraisal

March 4th, 2014

How to Prepare for an Appraisal is a question I’m often asked by sellers concerned with the recent changes that too frequently result in low values.  With the spring home-buying season approaching, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers encourages homeowners to be prepared with all relevant property information when an appraiser visits.
Contrary to incorrect interpretations of appraisal independence requirements, appraisers welcome information that would assist development of a reliable, credible opinion of value. Consumers can accompany appraisers when conducting the property inspection and may provide the appraiser with any information they consider important.
Homeowners should ask their lender for permission to do so, and confirm the appointment. Most importantly, the property owner should take note of whether an adequate inspection is performed. Did the appraiser spend enough time at the property to observe important features or improvements or potential problems?
“The best way for homeowners to combat potential problems with appraisals is to ensure the appraiser hired by their lender is highly qualified and competent,” said Appraisal Institute President Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA. “Consumers have every right to demand the use of someone with field experience in their market and knowledge to handle the assignment properly.”
If homeowners are considering making improvements to the property prior to selling, appraisers can help those consumers determine which projects yield the best return on investment. Typically the basic upgrades — from painting the walls neutral colors to installing new fixtures — offer the largest returns. After those, homeowners can add value by undertaking renovation projects that bring their homes up to — but not beyond — community norms. Projects known to offer a good return on investment include updating of kitchens or bathrooms, adding a bedroom and improving a home’s curb appeal.

When the lender hires an appraiser, consumers should ask:
• What professional designations does the appraiser have and from whom?
• How long have they been in practice?
• What level of experience do they have in this particular market and with this type of property?
• Is the appraiser familiar with property in this neighborhood?
• What types of clients has the appraiser had (homeowners, estates, lenders, relocation companies)?

“Only by reading a copy of their appraisal report can consumers double-check the accuracy of factual information, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and the property’s square footage, and question the result,” Wilson said.
Source: Appraisal Institute

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Luxurious Laundry Room Transformations

February 24th, 2014

Luxurious laundry room transformations make household chores a breeze and enjoyable! When decorating a home, there are endless possibilities to make each room a chic oasis. The laundry room can be upgraded to exude personality and design flair so it becomes a more enjoyable place to spend time in.

From the color palette or patterns on the walls to the floors under foot and everything in between, decorating your laundry room with things that inspire productivity and tranquility can transform your tired, dull space into a room that feels luxurious, welcoming and relaxing.

Tips to Add Lux to Your Laundry Room

Begin your design overhaul with beautiful, stylish appliances—like the sleek, high performance front loading machines. These eye-catching machines marry a sleek form with high-performance function. When paired with drawers below to store laundry and cleaning supplies, this design goes a long way toward de-cluttering the laundry room for a sleek, clean look.

Designate specific areas of the space for different tasks like folding laundry, ironing and polishing shoes. Keep all the necessary supplies for each task nearby so everything is easily accessible when needed.

Transform laundry room supplies into decorative objects by storing them in refillable clear containers. Use labels to identify what is in each.

Space that is uncluttered is always more inviting, leading to enhanced productivity and a sense of calm. Make use of cabinets, woven baskets and lidded containers to keep items like serving pieces, craft supplies, gift wrap and vases well out of sight.

If space permits, installing a refrigerator in the laundry room is incredibly useful. When entertaining, a well-stocked second refrigerator will allow you to turn your laundry room into a party prep and staging area. It’s a great place to store larger items and to keep beverages and desserts at the perfect temperature, ready to serve at any moment.

Blending simple design tips with functional storage ideas and high performance appliances will find you well on your way to creating an inviting space you are happy to spend time in.

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Buyers and Sellers Continue to Flock to Social Media to Facilitate Real Estate Transactions

February 17th, 2014

Buyers and Sellers Continue to Flock to Social Media to Facilitate Real Estate Transactions

By Keith Loria

When social media sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter took off, they were used to create lists, send fun messages and reconnect with old friends over things like music, family and love. Today, the sites are used for just about anything and many buyers and sellers are taking to various social media platforms to help facilitate a real estate transaction.

Today’s tech-savvy homebuyer would rather get a glimpse of the home they’re interested in than be told facts about the property and space itself, therefore, creating videos, posting photos and uploading quick snapshots of your home on social media sites is important to the home-selling process.

Here are some of the most popular social media sites and how they can help someone buy or sell a home.

Instagram: This free photo-sharing platform has more than 100 million users and its star is clearly on the rise. Buyers looking for a home in a particular neighborhood can use a hashtag of the town to find photos of homes for sale and also see photos of the community. This is a great way to see if the town is what you truly imagined. For sellers, Instagram can be used to get staging advice through photos in addition to giving them a chance to see what other sellers are doing to attract buyers. The site can also give homeowners—or even potential owners—ideas on what to do in their new homes, such as renovating kitchens or adding French doors.

Pinterest: Just like Instagram, this site is dependent on visuals, with over 12 million people and businesses “pinning” photos to its pages. Sellers can get decorating ideas from houses that have sold and use the site to pin dynamic photos of their own home that can be linked to its listing. Not only can buyers look at great snapshots of each home they’re interested in to determine if it’s truly worth their time to go see it in person, they can also check out interesting photos of the area.

Twitter: This social media platform is a great place for agents to let their network of followers know about any upcoming open houses, price drops or anything associated with your home. This allows people to check things out very quickly and may give a house hunter on the fence a reason to reconsider. Buyers can use the site to keep tabs on chatter about a particular neighborhood or to follow agents who may provide information about homes, mortgages or developments in the real estate industry.

Facebook: For those looking to buy a home, letting your network of friends and followers know you are seriously house hunting can lead to finding the perfect agent, learning about houses for sale in neighborhoods close to those you love and provide an avenue where you can get advice on the best lenders, appraisers and other professionals needed when purchasing a home. Sellers can also use the site to let their networks help spread the word about their newly listed home. They too can get recommendations from people about those who have helped them sell in the past.

To learn more about utilizing social media to buy or sell a home, contact Lynn Wilson at 817-939-8987 today.
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North Texas Real Estate Trend for 2013

January 23rd, 2014

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The North Texas Real Estate Trend for 2013 shows a strong real estate market! December showed a 20% increase over December 2012, and the highest levels in years! 2014 promises to be equally as strong as buyers continue to move to North Texas, inventory remains low, and new construction opportunities abound. As a buyer, you need strong representation to be certain you’re successful in today’s market of multiple offers. As a seller, you need an aggressive agent who knows how to handle negotiations and multiple offers to your benefit. Lynn Wilson has been successfully selling real estate in Southlake and surrounding areas for over a decade and is skilled in today’s competitive market!

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Smart Homes and Home Automation

January 22nd, 2014

Top 2014 Home Improvement Trends: Smart Homes and Home Automation

(BPT) – From smartphones to smart cars, technology is transforming virtually every aspect of our busy lives. Technologies not only make life easier while on the go, but new options are quickly simplifying life at home as well. Home automation is proving to be a top home improvement trend, making the Jetsons’ futuristic lifestyle more realistic than ever before.

Some experts are predicting 2014 will be the year of the smart home, but what does that mean to the average homeowner? The term smart home refers to a house with technology and automated features for things like heating, lighting and electronic devices. Automation is becoming the new norm in three main areas of the home. An exciting new construction community, Harvest, is offering smart home features in every new home.  I’m so excited about Harvest because of the green features is offers to everyone, including an on-site garden. Some of the main components to a smart home are:

1. Energy management and environmental impact

A home’s heating, cooling and electrical systems can be enhanced through home automation technologies. Boosting comfort levels, these technologies make it easier than ever to monitor energy and water usage, helping to reduce a family’s environmental footprint as well as their energy bill.

Imagine turning your lights on remotely or adjusting the heat so your home is toasty warm by the time you return from work. Home management systems let you access and adjust comfort controls from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Monitor and control lights or the thermostat from anywhere with Internet access, making it easy to save energy while away. You can even add water leak detectors to plumbing spaces within the home and receive an alert if the sensor comes in contact with water, helping you to react faster to reduce property damage and water waste.

2. Streamlining the kitchen and cooking processes

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s no surprise that this area is getting a makeover thanks to technology enhancements. From basic motion-sensing faucets that eliminate the need for touching them with messy hands when cooking to appliances that think for you, the kitchen is a key component of a smart home.

For example, today’s dishwashers clean faster and more efficiently than ever, thanks to technology that assesses soil levels and adjusts cleaning intensities. Ovens now come with sensors that evenly heat dishes, eliminating the need to rotate pans or use baking stones. Refrigerators even come with options that allow you to rapidly cool or freeze foods when they need to be brought down to a lower temperature quickly for food safety purposes.

3. Safety and security of a property

Security systems have never been more interactive, and new options are surprisingly affordable for homeowners looking to take the first step toward upgrading to a smart home.

The Iris Safe and Secure Kit is an inexpensive option that includes motion sensors, a keypad, and door, window and cabinet sensors. A novice DIYer can install the entire system in about an hour.

How does this system help your home to think smarter and be more secure? After installation, you will receive an email, text or call when an alarm sounds at home, allowing you to check in or alert authorities. Working parents find comfort in getting an alert when children arrive home from school or a package is delivered to the home. -You can even opt to have alerts contain video of the designated alarm event, such as a door or cabinet opening. The basic monitoring service is free, making this smart home security system fitting for virtually any budget.

As home automation looks to take off in 2014, it’s time to take control, manage your home and simplify your life. From saving money to conserving resources to keeping loved ones safe, a smart home is quickly becoming the home of the future.

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