The Ultimate Dallas Holiday Gift Guide 2017

BY CAITLIN CLARK
PUBLISHED IN SHOPPING & FASHION
NOVEMBER 24, 2017 9:39 AM
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It should not surprise you that our city is home to some of the state’s most beautiful shops, talented creators, and innovative brands. You’ll find game-changing active wear, sought-after sweets, and non-toxic toys for tots. If you know where to look, you can get everyone on your Christmas list something that has roots right here in Dallas. Lucky for you, the geniuses over at D Magazine have gathered 66 gift-worthy options that embody the best of the city where we live. Give with some local pride this year!

Modern+Soul’s Nude Lizard Slide

The side hustle of two Park Cities moms, Modern+Soul sold 200 pairs of their affordable, Moroccan-made flats in just two months. The best part: they’re totally kid-proof. $150

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Miron Crosby Margretta Boots

Two Texas sisters combined their fashionable backgrounds with a deep love of cowboy boots. The result is as stunning as the Highland Park Village shop that houses their classic wares. $2,750

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Dorothy Shain for CITY Boots Silk Scarf

This collaboration between two SMU grads offers a subtle nod to the Texas landscape, and a chic accessory for every day. $150

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Madison McKinley Ryan Bracelet

Inspired by ranch life in Wyoming, Madison McKinley’s eponymous brand mixes vintage elements with modern designs to create handcrafted pieces that stand out on a shelf. $65

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Draper James Dallas Enamel Pin

Dallas may not be the original site of Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle boutique (of course it was going to be Nashville), but we’re please as punch that she chose Highland Park Village for Draper James’ sister store, creating plenty of Texas-centric gear along the way. $15

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Mi Golondrina La Romantica Top

Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Cristina Lynch’s colorful, classic, and comfortable designs solve the perpetual problem of what to wear. $295

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Milk + Sass Macaron Brush in Rose Petal

The French pastry-inspired hair tool made waves among innovators at the CosmoProf beauty event this summer, offering a mirror and detangling brush (which totally works, by the way) in one pretty little package. $12.99

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Ora et Labora Labø Walking Lab Tote Squared

Crafted by emerging and independent designers in Italy, Argentina, and the U.S., Dallas-based Ora et Labora is a minimalist’s dream. $285

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Thirteen.02 Women’s Watches

Sisters-in-law Asma Heerji and Rozmin Ladha consulted with vendors around the world to create the unicorn of women’s watches. Each is named after a Dallas destination (West Village, Lovers Lane, etc.) and offers a high-quality design at an affordable price. $71.96

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High Point Supply Co.’s Abera Crossbody Tote in Black + Cognac

From clean water to anti-trafficking, every product from this Dallas company benefits a cause. This leather tote provides training and job opportunities to the women in Ethiopia and Mexico who handcraft it. $178

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Akola Project Moonstone Necklace for Neiman Marcus

For a decade now, SMU grad Brittany Merrill’s nonprofit jewelry company has changed lives for the Ugandan and Dallas women it employs. $350

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GAIA Empowered Women LaLa Roundie

Paula Minnis’ collection translates “goddess of earth” and features vintage materials or textiles handwoven by refugees rebuilding their lives in Dallas. $158

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Camel and Black Sabah from Sabah House

Mickey Ashmore sells his modern take on Aladdin slippers out of a charming shop on a quiet Uptown street, offering old-world Turkish craftsmanship in a variety of colors for men and women. $195

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Garrett Leight’s Limited Edition Don’t Mess the Texas Sun Frames

When SoCal designer Garrett Leight decided to expand to Texas, Dallas was the top destination. To celebrate his new light show of a store on Knox Street, he created these limited edition frames. $395

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Lilco Letterpress ‘Never Touch a Man’s Hat’ Print

Lily Smith-Kirkley’s West Dallas design print studio’s charming and totally unpretentious products would be irrefutably cool even without their limited edition nature. $25

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Mason Jar Label

Get that special someone this special tee! Our shirts are super soft, with a vintage look and feel. They’re like that favorite shirt you’ve had for years, it just feels so good. Get 10% off this or any design with coupon code: DMAG1 Price Variable
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Jack Black Grab & Go Traveler Set

From the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room to practically every men’s department you’ve ever seen, this locally-based company has distinguished itself with luxe products that really work. $45

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Mizzen+Main Bennett in Navy Glen Plaid

Founded by SMU grad Kevin Lavelle, Mizzen+Main’s moisture-wicking button downs have found fans in athletes such as J.J. Watt and Drew Brees. $125

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Boulevard East Barrel Bag in Hunter Green

Almost all of Boulevard East’s leather goods are made in a small garage in the Knox-Henderson area, and proudly stamped with the phrase “Made in Dallas.” $650

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Texas Standard Casual Friday Kit

Husband and wife duo Drew and Christine Bagot capture the essence of Texas with their collection of stylish, good ol’ boy staples. So of course you need a koozie from them. $114.50

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BREDA Watch in Zapf

Since 2009, brother-sister founders Amir and Shabeena Meghani have been creating striking, minimalist watch designs out of Deep Ellum. The super affordable price tags just sweeten the deal. $80

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ROKA Men’s Ultralight Run Pack Jacket

With a tech-savvy headquarters in the Design District — complete with 3D printers and a slew of machines that test how the clothing will fit — rapidly growing ROKA continues to disrupt the sports gear world for casual triathletes and Olympians alike. $175

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Marciante and Company’s The Bowe in Black Suede

The Dallas leather company got their Kickstarter funded within hours this summer, offering designer-quality boots at an affordable price. $185

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The War Buffalo by Warstick

Before Warstic, owned by the eclectic crew of founders Ben Jenkins, Detroit Tiger Ian Kinsler, and idiosyncratic rocker Jack White, opens its Deep Ellum headquarters in early 2018, score a hand-crafted custom bat that you’ll be able to use in building’s batting cage. $143

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Lauren Williams Art Print “Modern Haze”

Lauren Williams couldn’t bring herself to hang another gallery wall, so she made modern, dip-dyed fiber art instead. After a massive social media response, she turned her Instagram success into her business. from $90

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Rob Wilson’s ‘Karl’ Print

Remember when Chanel held that fashion show in Fair Park? Local artist Rob Wilson remembers, and commemorated the event with a cowboy Karl Lagerfeld in his signature bold, graphic design. $200

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Texas Wildflowers Throw Pillow

This fall, Rifle Paper Co. teamed up with Dallas-based Loloi to create this limited edition throw pillow, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts. $59

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Bell’Invito Desk Calendar

Leave it to Heather Wiese-Alexander’s luxe stationery company to produce the swankiest desk calendar. $145

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Kufri Life Natural Runner in Cusco Stripe

Every fabric found in Mili Suleman’s Dallas-based company is handloom-woven in India (her native home) by men and women working in village co-ops. $180

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Gray Malin ‘Howdy’ Print

This whimsical piece by Dallas-born Malin received Reese Witherspoon’s stamp of approval when she chose it for her Highland Park Village boutique, Draper James. $199-$2,499

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John Derian’s Texas Star Ferris Wheel Tray

New York-based designer John Derian collaborated with Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern on this Texas-inspired tray, found exclusively at Forty Five Ten. $50

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Fountain pen from The Nasher Gift Shop

Newly reimagined bye retail veteran Donald Fowler, The Nasher’s museum shop is a wealth of gift ideas, but you can never go wrong with a good fountain pen. $65

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Baccarat Butterfly from Neiman Marcus

Sure, nobody needs a Baccarat butterfly, but the tiny table topper (a perfect representation for Neiman Marcus) can add a little levity to any interior design. $140

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Set & Co. Carving Set

Carried at Oak Cliff’s picture-perfect Set & Co., this British-made carving set is a cut above the rest. (Sorry.) $215

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Pulp Design Studio’s Kismet Collection Gemini Coaster Set

This fall, the Dallas design studio’s Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry launched their first home goods collection, Kismet Lounge, including tea towels, coasters, and throws. $48

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Akola Project Cuerno Horn Vase

Non-profit Akola Project partnered with Dallas-based Wisteria to launch their first collection of home goods last year, donating all proceeds to Akola Project’s mission to empower women. $49

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Salt Shop Handmade’s Linen Holdall Pouch

The Etsy shop owned by mother/daughter duo Sally Eaves and Cary Ray is stocked with lovely linens and ceramic bowls that prove there’s beauty in simplicity. $24

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Cheese Grotto from Set & Co.

For the friend that selflessly hosts all your wine and cheese nights, this handsome, handmade Grotto will seriously up their game, and extend the life of your beloved brie.  $375

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The Citizenry’s Adia Planter

Handcrafted by artisans around the world, every piece from Dallas-based The Citizenry makes a thoughtful gift (and in this case, an excellent succulent holder). $185

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Starling Project x Madison McKinley Collab

Dallas entrepreneurs Madison McKinley and Sterling McDavid joined forces on this collab, which helps provide solar energy to under-resourced communities.

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Pulp Design Studio’s Kismet Collection’s Eye of Ra Reversible Throw Blanket

Another pick from Pulp’s new Kismet Lounge collection, this cotton throw is  adorned with the Egyptian Eye of Ra, a symbol of feminine power. $225

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6 Feast-Worthy Dining Rooms for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner (yes, it’s still BEFORE Christmas, even if you wouldn’t know it by the store decor that’s already decked out with Christmas stuff!), and what better way to get in the spirit than to round up some of my favorite dining rooms on the market and share the fabulous pictures with you? No matter the size of your gathering, these dining rooms would serve as the perfect backdrop for spending time with family and friends.

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9226 Hathaway Street | Dallas | $6,600,000

751 Amber Lane | Little Elm | $2,725,000
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4430 Taos Road | Dallas – Bluffview Estates | $3,229,000
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11805 Green Knoll | Dallas – Crestway Forest Estates | $1,595,000
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5306 Glenwick Lane | Dallas | $1,395,000
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5604 Fairfax Drive | Frisco | $975,000

To see more beautiful dining rooms currently on the market, visit Ebby.com. or give me a shout if there are any you’d like to see in person, I’m always happy to show a home or two to you! I wish you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

*Edited from Ebby Blog Fabulous Finds.

Buying a Home Can Be Stressful – Let Me Help

There are many things that can cause you stress when buying a home in today’s market. Some examples are saving enough money for the down payment, worrying about rising interest rates, concern about paying too much, anxious that the Sellers have the leverage….
A recent study by Owners.com indicated that 72% of prospective buyers deal with this stress. Do you know what the top reasons are?

  1. Losing Earnest Money Deposit
  2. Becoming “House Poor”
  3. “Bidding Wars”

Recently, with the high home prices and low inventory, there was increased competition in our area. This causes many buyers to make quick decisions and that can lead to second-guessing…another stress.

What is the remedy for this problem?

Answer: You MUST choose a real estate agent that is professional and someone you can trust. Like me! While I recognize the serious nature of real estate, I also maintain that it can be fun! My goal is to listen, be responsive, and be an advocate for you so that the home buying or selling experience is a positive one that will allow me to become your realtor for life. If you are looking for a diligent, educated, organized, and dedicated real estate professional, then I am the answer.

Just let me know if you have any questions regarding the real estate market or you home in general.

-Heather Kinder Sims

(Article taken from the desk of Mary Frances Burleson, President & CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies)

Buyers Aren’t Spooked by Haunted Houses

I figured since this is a real estate blog and it’s almost Halloween, it would be appropriate to write something about the classic “haunted house”.  Would you ever buy one and/or live in one? Well, it seems with inventories so tight these days, many buyers are answering “yes” to that question – can you believe it?! Thirty-three percent of more than 1,000 consumers recently surveyed say they’re willing to live in a haunted house, and another 25 percent said they’d consider it, according to a newly released survey by realtor.com®.

“Haunted houses are a popular attraction this time of year, but we wanted to see how many people would actually live in one,” says Sarah Staley, a housing expert who commented on the study’s findings. “What we found may be a sign of today’s tight housing market, given that for many buyers, the concept of living in a haunted house doesn’t have to be a deal breaker.”

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Further, 47 percent of respondents said they’d live in a home where someone has died (which actually would be fine with me, as long as it was a natural death!), and 27 percent additional respondents said they’d at least consider it, according to the survey.  Still, 40 percent of consumers said they’d need a price reduction in order to choose a haunted home over a non-haunted home.  That would be a funny negotiation – I guess that means that we’d need to price the house at $250,000 is it’s not haunted and $225,000 if it is? Also, a good neighborhood, extra square footage, and more bedrooms would convince them too, according to the survey. On the other hand, 42 percent of respondents insist they aren’t open to the idea of buying a haunted home, even for those extra perks (I think I’m with this group!).

For some consumers, living in a haunted house may not be considered a stretch because they claim they’ve already lived in one. OK, now this is getting weird, right?!  For example, 28 percent of respondents said they have lived in a haunted house, and another 14 percent think they may have. They say their house was haunted because of strange noises, odd feelings in certain rooms, and even some reports of objects moving or disappearing. Queue the Twilight Zone music now!

Source: realtor.com®

Bottom line, whatever kind of home you’re looking for, I can help you find it, haunted or not.  Get in touch with me for any of your home-buying (or selling) needs! 🙂

Tips for Newlyweds: 7 Tips for Buying a Home

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You’re coming to a new chapter in your life. A future together with your soon-to-be husband or wife, wedding plans, and the daunting, but exhilarating prospect of a new home. How do you tackle all of it at the same time? Newlywed couples have their fair share to think about. While I can’t help you much with keeping the wedding on track, I can offer these 7 TIPS to make the home-buying & moving experience one of your first successful stepping stones in your new marriage.

Consider Your CreditBusiness Insider reports that an important consideration for new couples is to consider their credit. Good credit score can help in qualifying for lower mortgage interest rates.

Have An Open Dialogue-Give yourself some time to plan and talk to your partner about what you own and what you owe. Discuss debt and credit scores in order to get a better idea of what you can afford.  Consider opening up credit cards for small purchases, but remember to pay bills on time in order to build credit. If you have existing debt, consider paying off what you can.

Establish a Budget-This essentially means, maximize your savings. The Knot recommends keeping separate savings account for your house and another for the wedding. This will ensure that you have a growing pot for both. In all honesty, a home is a much better investment than a wedding, so keep it small, narrow the guest list, and shop around for deals…these things can go a long way towards keeping the wedding manageable, thereby maximizing your savings for that better investment, your new home.

Compare Visions-Talk to your fiance about the kind of wedding and house they envision. It is important to compare and find an agreeable compromise. As far as the house, is one of you looking for a big yard? A spacious kitchen? Compile a list of must-haves and maybe-wants, and talk it over. This way your wedding and your house search are both focused and agreed upon, and this will help you both have the same vision while staying on budget.

Find a Good Agent-A real estate agent is skilled at finding great hidden deals and can save a lot of money if they are good negotiators. Make sure to do some research and choose an agent familiar with your goals.

Plan for a Successful Move-Make the move hassle free by planning and organizing. As the Huffington Post suggests, getting the right materials and boxes for your needs can save you a lot of headaches during packing. Hiring a moving company to help with actual moving day can provide much needed relief when it comes to the heavy furniture and boxes. This way you can focus on directing where things go.

Focus on Settling In-Once in your new home, there will be some work to do to begin turning your house into your home. A few basic things to consider doing include:

  • Install a home security system. Keep your family safe. There are many easy to install and affordable options on the market.
  • Purchase a household organizer. This is a good way to organize repairs, purchases, or renovation that need to be done around the house, while keeping it within budget.
  • Replace or fix all locks and keys. Another way to ensure your safety is to ensure the locks to your new home are working properly or rekey all the locks.
  • Buy necessary appliances, like a refrigerator and/or washer and dryer.
  • Smoke Detectors. Check and replace smoke detectors as needed.

Finding that special home is a lot like finding that special someone…it often isn’t easy to fine “The One”! It usually takes work, dedication and commitment. But by keeping in mind these 7 TIPS, you can marry your soulmate and find a great home at the same time.  I can’t help you get your wedding planning started, but if you need to know how to start the home-buying process, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Article edited from a selection written by ALEX ROBBINS. Thank you Alex!

6 Things I Want My Sellers To Know

Selling a home is hard-work, fun and rewarding, yet there are a few challenges along the way for all parties! One in particular is I NEVER want to hurt my relationship with my clients. To avoid having any awkwardness, here are a few things I wish all my sellers knew…

1. Just Because YOU love your home décor doesn’t mean everyone else will – Don’t take offense, everyone has their OWN taste!

2. No secrets regarding the house – Because those secrets will be found out. No point in keeping the fact the A/C isn’t working. This could affect the sale later down the road. Disclose everything in the beginning so we can determine a plan of action.

3. You may not get all that money back you spent on remodeling – Unfortunately this all depends on WHAT remodeling was done. Learn more at http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/remodeling-impact

4. Get ready to fix some stuff – Fixing and cleaning just a few small things can make the house look incredible and fresh. If you spend time and money to do this at the beginning of the listing process your offers will be a higher amount. You don’t want buyers thinking they are getting a “fixer upper.”

5. I am just the messenger – I hate lowball offers as much as you do! Just understand I get frustrated too but I am on your side and will make sure I do what I can to get the best offer for your home.

6. Talk to me! – If there’s something that you’re not happy with, or something that you think I should be doing that I’m not, talk to me. Communication is key in any relationship, and if I don’t know what you’re thinking or feeling about how the house sale is going, things can get crazy for no reason. Let me know, not your friends or family, first!

7. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Selling is an emotional process, so it’s easy to get mired down in the details and forget about the big picture. But, it doesn’t matter what the buyer offers, wants, asks for…the only behavior we can control (like I tell my kiddos) is ours. So, don’t get mad at the little nit-picky stuff, and don’t make the buyer the bad-guy. Keep your eye on the prize, which is selling your house, and don’t get hung up on small stuff.

Want to know more about selling? I’m always ready and able to answer your questions, so just holler! Email, text, call, carrier pigeon, whatever way you prefer to communicate, I’m ready.

Source: Derived from Realtor Mag

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How to Find the Best School Before You Move

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There’s so much to manage before moving to a new town. From finding the right home to arranging inspections, setting up utilities, and getting everything packed, it seems like the to-do list is a mile long. There’s one thing that might not be at the top of your priority list, but should be: Finding the right school for your kids. While it’s tough to check out teachers and administrators from afar, choosing the best learning environment can make all the difference for your family. When you’re making this important decision, consider these factors:

Teaching Style
While teaching style will always vary from classroom to classroom, some schools take an approach that sets them apart. Among preschools you’ll find schools that are play-based or academic, Montessori or Waldorf. For older students, schools may emphasize hands-on or lecture-based learning, opt for ability grouping, cooperative learning, or mastery learning, and offer a high-tech learning environment or prefer books to tablets. Consider which learning styles have worked for your student in the past and find a school with a matching approach.

Educational Needs
Some kids need more than the average school experience. Maybe your child has a learning disability and follows an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, to get the education he needs to thrive. Or perhaps you have a child with special interests in the arts or sciences that you’d like to see fostered.

Magnet schools are great options for kids with unique talents or interests to cultivate. You can find public magnet schools with a focus in science and math, the arts, world languages, and more, and all it takes to qualify is an interest in the school’s theme. For kids with special needs, consider a school’s student-to-teacher ratio, whether special education students are taught separately or alongside their peers, and whether teachers on staff have experience with the accommodations your child needs.

Extracurricular Activities
Losing an extracurricular activity when moving schools only makes the transition more difficult for your child. She may feel you’ve unfairly taken away an activity she loves, or struggle to make friends outside the dynamic she’s grown used to. Since extracurriculars influence social development, academic performance, and even college admissions, you don’t want to disregard their importance when it comes to choosing a school. If your preferred school doesn’t have a particular extracurricular, check for club teams in the nearby area.

Neighborhood
The right school isn’t just about what goes on inside the walls. You should also consider the neighborhood a school is located in, especially if your child will walk or ride the bus to school. The wrong neighborhood could mean exposure to things your child isn’t ready to see, and studies show that exposure is the first step in early drug and alcohol use, especially among youth coping with the stress of a move and fitting in at a new school. And while you might feel your child is bright enough to resist temptation, the science shows that kids who live in good neighborhoods achieve better outcomes.

Now that you know what to look for, how do you find all the information you need to make the best choice for your student?

School and district websites are a great place to start getting a feel for an educational institution’s ethos and opportunities. You can also find and follow schools’ social media pages to learn about events, extracurriculars, and school news. The U.S. Department of Education publishes reports and statistics on school districts around the country. However, some of the best information comes from other parents. Reach out to parents on local Facebook pages for opinions on schools, check out forums like City-Data.com, and read reviews on sites like GreatSchools.org.

Other parents are also a good resource for discovering a neighborhood’s reputation, but you can weed out undesirable schools early on by checking crime maps, scanning the neighborhood on Google Street View for abandoned buildings, graffiti, and signs of illicit activity, and looking up neighborhood data on a site like NeighborhoodScout.com.

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Article Written by Alex Robbins

 

Buying a Home Can Be Stressful – Let Me Help!

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There are many things that can cause you stress when buying a home in today’s market. Some examples are saving enough money for the down payment, worrying about rising interest rates, concern about paying too much, anxious that the Sellers have the leverage….

A recent study by Owners.com indicated that 72% of prospective buyers deal with this stress. Do you know what the top reasons are? This was what respondents said:

1. Losing Earnest Money Deposit
2. Becoming “House Poor”
3. “Bidding Wars”

The third one on that list is particularly applicable to our DFW market – recently, with the high home prices and low inventory, there has been a major increase in competition in our area. Not only are bidding wars a concern but the fast-pace of the market also causes many buyers to make quick decisions and that can lead to second-guessing…another stress.

How can you as a Buyer be ready to tackle these challenges?

Answer: You must choose a real estate agent who is professional, trustworthy and knows how to help you navigate this crazy market – like me! While I recognize the serious nature of real estate, I also maintain that it can be fun. 🙂 My goal is to listen, be responsive, and be an advocate for you so that the home buying (or selling) experience is a positive one that will allow me to become your realtor for life. If you are looking for a diligent, educated, organized, and dedicated real estate professional, then I am The One for you!

Just let me know if you have any questions regarding the real estate market or your home in general.

-Heather Kinder Sims
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(Article taken from the desk of Mary Frances Burleson, President & CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies)

Marketing a Home Today – It’s All About the HOMEwork

Simply placing a ‘For Sale’ sign in the yard and posting the listing on MLS no longer gets buyers to the door.  A good realtor today must do their other HOMEwork – diverse platforms such as social media, real estate blogs, YouTube and Broker web sites must be used to pique buyer interest.  Here are a few action plans that you should check to make sure that the realtor you choose uses to attract buyers:

Online presence – The number one strategy for selling fast is good internet presence. People who keep their homes a “secret” hurt their chances of getting the highest price. You want to be EVERYWHERE online.  Focus on the home’s “online debut” – research shows that a property has only about nine seconds to get a buyer’s attention, so you have to make it count. I encourage my sellers to go online and check out how their house looks, and how it stacks up against the competition.

Quality photos – Smartphone photos no longer make the cut.  Your agent should be using professional photographers to shoot pictures of homes for sale. The photos should tell a story about the house…essentially, they’re your first “showing”.  It’s also really important to prepare the home in advance to ensure compelling photography, which is why I use a professional stager for all my listings along with professional photography.

Virtual Tours – Give potential buyers a high-resolution, interactive tour through the home. It helps people who are looking for a specific plan or special features.

YouTube – Videos can really tell the home’s story.  The key is to have well-produced video with good sound and crisp, clear visuals.  The key in my opinion is to keep the video short and to not give too much of the house away – you still want to encourage buyers to actually come view the home.  It’s also important to give some extra details and not just recite that the home has three bedrooms and a fabulous dining room.

If you are thinking about selling your home, I have the perfect strategy and tools to be successful in today’s market – professional staging, photography, and video are cornerstones of the way I do my HOMEwork. This year alone I have already completed over 25 Real Estate transactions, and I’m proud and humbled to say that D Magazine just voted me as a “Best Real Estate Agent and Top Producer in 2017” for Dallas!  Please visit all my social media sites to learn more about me…or give me a call today!

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Wanna Sell a House? Follow These Rules!

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.

Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.

Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but Realtors agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.

Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.

Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and hungry. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go refreshments such as mints or cookies.

Be patient waiting for feedback — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.

Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

Listen to the professionals — If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional – like ME! – has to say about your house.

If you are interested in hearing more about selling your home, contact me for information. I’m always ready to send you a complimentary Comparative Market Analysis that gives you an idea of how much you can sell your home for. Looking forward to hearing from you!

-Heather Kinder Sims

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