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May 2017 Housing Market Update for Northeast Tarrant County

by The Minteer Team

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University have released May 2017's real estate figures

We've rounded up the real estate figures for ColleyvilleGrapevineKellerSouthlake, and surrounding NE Tarrant County towns. 

Depending on which city you live in, almost all home sales were up from this time a year ago. The average sale of homes were also up - great for sellers looking to increase their equity when selling. If you're thinking about selling, now would be a great time to start looking for your new home before you list so you can ensure your next abode before selling. 

If you don't see your city or if you're curious to know what the potential value of your home is based off of real-time home sales in your neighborhood, visit www.WonderWhatMyHomesWorth.com. As always, we are available to answer any real estate questions that you may have!

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Northeast Tarrant County Mass Transit

by The Minteer Team

Are you looking for a way to avoid the traffic in Northeast Tarrant County? Living right outside of Fort Worth, our area has some great public transportation options available to get you around. To help, we've done the research for you. Below are some of the best public transportation options in our area:

Fort Worth Transportation Authority

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) provides bus, rail, and rider services to commuters and residents throughout Tarrant County. The mission of The T is to reduce the traffic burden on Fort Worth and Tarrant County roads and interstates, reduce pollution levels and ease parking problems for the communities we serve.

The T Bus System

The bus system is the largest of the public transportation systems offered by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. See below for more information on fares and bus maps.

Fare Information


http://www.the-t.com/fares/fare-information/

Click here to view the Bus System Map: http://www.the-t.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FWTA-TheT_System_Map-April17.pdf

Rail Services

Trinity Railway Express

Looking for a way to get from Dallas to Fort Worth? The Trinity Railway Express is a 35-mile, east-west track railway connecting downtown Dallas and downtown Fort Worth. The route schedule is as follows: 5 a.m. to 11:35 p.m. on weekdays, 8:50 to 11:35 p.m. on Saturdays, and no regular service on Sundays. The TRE currently has 10 stations: T&P (Fort Worth), Fort Worth ITC, Richland Hills, Bell Station, CentrePort/DFW Airport, West Irving, Downtown Irving, Medical/Market Center, Victory, and Union Stations. The TRE has 25 passenger cars, seating an average of 140 passengers each.

Click here to view information regarding the TRE fares: http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/howtoride.html

For more information on the TRE, click here to view a fact sheet: http://www.the-t.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TrinityRailwayExpress_Fact-Sheet.pdf

TEXRail – Coming in 2018

The TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter project, developed by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. When complete, the commuter rail line will extend from downtown Fort Worth, and continue through the Northside, North Richland Hills, downtown Grapevine, to the northern entrance of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Construction for the TEXRail began in 2016 and is expected to start routine operation in late 2018. 

Click here to view TEXRail Fact Sheet: http://www.the-t.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/TEXRail_Fact-Sheet.pdf

Rider Services

Bike and Ride

Do you want to bring your bike downtown to get around easily, but don’t want to bike all the way there? The T has just the solution for you. Bring your bike downtown by loading it on the bus bike racks, or board the TRE train with your bike.

Rideshare

Use The T’s two rideshare programs to reduce congestion, while saving time and money:

Vanpool

A vanpool program is a group of at least six people who share the costs of getting to and from work – these individuals usually live or work near each other. Participating in the vanpool program may make you eligible for saving on automobile insurance (up to 15 percent).

Carpool

The carpool program is two or more people sharing a ride to and from work in a car – these are based on sharing commute expenses. This program has two different arrangements:

  1. Poolers use one car owned by one driver. The driver calculates the operations costs for a daily commute and divides by the number of riders to determine how much each rider should contribute.
  2. Poolers can rotate car use. No money is exchanged in this arrangement as each person’s vehicle and driving time are shared equally.

Do you have any questions about getting around the Northeast Tarrant County area? If so, give us a call; we would be honored to answer any questions you may have.

Top Sandwich Shops in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake

by The Minteer Team

Craving a sandwich in the Grapevine, Colleyville, or Southlake areas? We're here to help! Take a look at some of the top sandwich destinations in these regions, as well as the some of the chain sandwich shops:

Grapevine

Grapevine Subs & More
$ | Sandwiches
104 Jenkins Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
http://www.grapevinesubsandmore.com/

Weinberger's Deli
$ | Sandwiches
601 S Main Street, Unit 100, Grapevine, TX 76051
http://www.weinbergersdeli.com/

Lucy’s Lot
$$ | Dive Bar, Burgers, Sandwiches
451 E NW Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
http://lucyslot.com/

Hometown Bakery
$ | Bakery, Breakfast, Brunch, Sandwiches and more!
413 E NW Hwy @ Dooley Rd., Grapevine, TX 76051
http://www.hometowncookieco.com/

A.J.’s On Main
$$ | Barbecue Sandwiches
651 S Main Street, Grapevine, TX 76051
http://www.ajsonmaintx.com/

Meat U Anywhere BBQ
$$ | Barbecue Sandwiches
919 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
http://www.meatuanywhere.com/

Chain Sandwich Shops:

Southlake

East Hampton Sandwich Co.
$$ | Sandwiches
2211 E Southlake Blvd, #500, Southlake, TX 76092
http://www.ehsandwich.com/

Modern Market – Southlake Town Square
$$ | Sandwiches, Salad, Breakfast, Lunch, and more.
1161 E Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092
http://www.modernmarket.com/

Pure Café
$ | Sandwiches, Juice Bar, Smoothie Bar, and more.
1244 Prospect St., Southlake, TX 76092
https://www.facebook.com/Puresouthlake/

Great Harvest Bread Company
$$ | Sandwiches, Bakery, Coffee, Tea, and more.
1241 E State Highway 114, Southlake, TX 76092
https://www.greatharvest.com/home

Taverna Rossa
$$ | Sandwiches, Salad, Pizza, Pasta, and more.
1151 E Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX 76092
http://tavernarossa.com/

Corner Bakery Café
$$ | Sandwiches, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and more.
100 State Street, Southlake, TX 76092
https://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/

Chain Sandwich Shops:

Colleyville

Hometown Café
$$ | Sandwiches, Pizza, Tea, Coffee, and more.
1101 Cheek Sparger Rd., Colleyville, TX 76034
https://www.yelp.com/biz/hometown-cafe-colleyville

Chain Sandwich Shops:

Key:
$ = under $10
$$ = $11-30

Do you have a favorite sandwich shop in the area that didn’t make our list? Send your recommendation our way; we would be happy to add it to our list!

Do you have any questions about the housing market in the Grapevine, Southlake, and Colleyville areas? We know and love these communities and would be happy to help you in any way we can. Give us a call at 817-481-8890 or send us an email!

6 Trends in Outdoor Living

by The Minteer Team

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to redo your backyard into the ultimate outdoor entertainment space. But, before you do anything, here are six trends in outdoor living for 2017:

Low Maintenance

 

Gardens with low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants have become the norm in landscape design. Native plants or a xeriscape yard require little human input and can withstand any climate. Find what works for you and your level of gardening expertise, but keep in mind that a low-maintenance yard will come in handy when it comes time to sell.

Edible Gardens

 

Many homeowners have discovered the convenience and benefits of a home garden. Not only is tending to the garden relaxing, but it also saves money on groceries and ensures you know how the vegetables and fruits were grown (without pesticides, organic, etc.).

Quality, Natural Materials

 

Flashy, over-the-top landscapes are out, as are modern, cold concrete landscapes. What does this leave? High-quality outdoor living spaces with natural stone and wood materials. Not only do these materials look better, but they also last longer.

Water Features

 

Waterfalls, fountains, bubbling rocks, koi ponds and more are trending this year in outdoor living. Why? They enhance the tranquility of the outdoor space while adding the soothing sound of running water. Also, they are great to use as a focal point of accent feature in the garden.

Outdoor Living Spaces

 

New outdoor fabrics are allowing for indoor living spaces to move outside. Take outdoor living to the next level and create an over-the-top comfy living space, complete with cushioned couches and chairs, in the great outdoors to enjoy during a family dinner or barbecue with friends.

Barbecue Courtyard

 

Speaking of barbecue, create an outdoor kitchen space to limit the number of trips between your indoor kitchen and grill. This outdoor kitchen allows you to cook and be with the party at the same time. Plus, it can make a great gathering space for everyone.

Outdoor living can take on a whole new meaning with these new additions to your backyard space. We hope you have a great summer – and enjoy transforming your outdoor living space.

If you have any questions about transforming your backyard, give us a call at 817-481-8890. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Resources:

http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/trends-in-backyard-design-whats-hot-now-pictures

http://unilock.com/ny-nj-pa-ct-blog/5-outdoor-living-design-trends-watch-2017/

http://theopendoor.lennar.com/house-to-home/outdoor-living-trends-2017/

4912 Bellflower Way, Fort Worth, TX 76123
4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3 living areas | 2,781 sqft
$264,900 
$254,900

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The Minteer Team presents 4912 Bellflower Way, Fort Worth - an inviting and welcoming home in the Columbus Heights addition of Fort Worth! The home is in a perfect location for downtown Fort Worth commuters with easy access to the Chisholm Trail Parkway. 

The home has a open concept floorplan with downstairs bedroom that would make a great office or guest suite. The upstairs offers the remaining bedrooms and a spacious game room. Recent updates include a NEW ROOF (2017), new carpet, new laminate wood flooring, new tile flooring, new light fixtures and hardware, fresh interior paint and more!

The spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining with a large eat-at island and plenty of counter space to cook and prepare meals. 

The home has plenty of grass space for the entire family to relax and a covered patio with pergola to stay cool in the hot summer sun. If you get too hot, the home is within walking distance to the community pool and playground. 

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Food Review: Loveria Caffe

by The Minteer Team


Tucked in Colleyville’s bustling Town Center, is the modern and chic new Italian restaurant, Loveria Caffe, with the aptly named Taste of Italy. With the owners and chef hailing from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the atmosphere and food is authentic Italian with recipes coming from the chef’s own grandmothers.

Chef Michele Ragazzini makes all the food from scratch with comfort food from his childhood. The lasagna is rich with a crispy edge, and the garganelli al pesto is delicious with firm pasta with a pesto that is flavorful with the distinctive pine nut addition.  The restaurant’s meatballs are made from beef sirloin and tenderloin. They offer a nice wine list with all their wines hailing from Italy.

Chef Ragazzini studied at the University of Bologna  and grew up surrounded by food and cooking. His paternal grandmother was a chef and is one of his earliest mentors. Before coming to Loveria, Chef Ragazzini was a personal chef and created many award-winning special events.

Owners Andrea Matteuci and Stefania Bertozzi came to Colleyville from Ravenna in the Emilia Romagna region, where they were originally architects. They brought their love of food with them to Texas and named their new endeavor, Loveria, which comes from the Emilia Romagna dialect. It translates as “something so delicious that you can’t resist.”

Loveria is not only a restaurant but also offers a café, a wine bar, and a lounge area with art, fashion, Italian books and newspapers. Patrons can easily sit down and enjoy a nice espresso which compliments their in-house made pastries nicely. There is also an emporium bookshop where those who want to take a taste of Italy with them can purchase coffee, olive oil, pasta and art books home with them.

Loveria is an excellent addition to the Colleyville food landscape and a must visit for those looking for an gastronomic experience in a chic setting.

Save Big on New Construction Homes

by The Minteer Team

Are you looking for a new home in the DFW area? If you’re planning on buying a new construction home, chances are the price tag will be larger than any older home in the same area. While it may be more expensive to buy a new construction home, there are several ways to avoid paying sticker price. Here are five ways to save big on new construction homes:

It’s All About Timing

Be the First Buyer

A new housing community takes many years, and sometimes several different phases, to complete. As one of the first buyers of the neighborhood, you have to deal with the headaches of living in a construction zone: nails in the road, construction traffic, and nearly no neighbors. Builders are more willing to give early buyers a better deal because they will be living in this construction zone. Why else do builders offer better deals to early buyers? That's simple; to attract attention to the housing community. As more houses, or lots, are sold in a neighborhood, the more and more attractive the neighborhood becomes to other potential buyers. It only takes a couple of buyers to start a trend!  

Or, Be the Last Buyer

On the other side, you can also get a great deal on the last home for sale in the neighborhood. When it comes down to the last house or lot in the community, builders can get antsy to wrap up and begin work on a new community in the area.

So, to sum it up; either be early or late – that’s when builders are more willing to cut a deal.

Buy a Model

The last home for sale in a new build neighborhood is usually the model home. While not 100 percent new, a model home has not been lived in – and is usually considered "gently used," as many people have been through the home. So, what's the downside of a model home? Since these homes are already built, new buyers do not have the opportunity to customize the flooring, cabinets, etc. While you cannot customize these features of the home, the model home will typically come with upgrades – as the builders did use this home to show off to potential buyers. For these reasons, builders will generally offer the model home at a discount.

Buy in November or December

The holiday season is a terrible time for home sales. Why is this? Well, first off, in many areas of the country, the weather is not welcoming for getting out of the house and driving from home to home (ice, snow, etc.). Plus, the holiday season is full of family get-togethers and holiday parties with friends. These activities are generally on the weekends – which is usually when potential buyers have time to search for homes. Because of these reasons, builders are more willing to offer incentives and good deals to move homes and lots off the market.

Shop Around

Before choosing a builder, or neighborhood, shop around. You never know if there is a better deal, or a better neighborhood fit, right around the corner!

Know What You Want Before You Get Started

What is the number one reason people decide to build their home? For most buyers, it is the ability to customize the home the way they want. Building a new home build gives you the opportunity to customize the flooring, fireplace, windows, cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, etc. However, be sure you know what you want! While you can change your mind down the road, it can be costly. Before starting, sit down and decide what you, and your significant other, want in your home – doing so will save you money.

These tricks will save you money as you build a new construction home – try to follow them while enjoying the process and your new home.

Are you looking for new build communities around the DFW area? We can help! Give us a call at 817-481-8890 anytime.

Top Neighborhoods in Colleyville

by The Minteer Team

Are you thinking about calling Colleyville home? Colleyville is an affluent suburb of Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County. Here is a basic overview of the suburb:

Demographics*

  • Median Age: 45.4
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 24.80 percent
  • Population Density: 1,870 people per square mile

Crime*

  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.21 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 7.65 per 1,000 residents

Schools*

  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 89 percent
  • Average SAT Score: 1621
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 86.50 percent
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $4,567

Real Estate*

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2016): $624,782
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 10.30 percent
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 95.20 percent

Walkability*: 16

*Information Courtesy of D Magazine.

If you’re looking for a home in the Colleyville area, these are some of the top neighborhoods:

Ashmore

  • Contains around 70 homes, constructed between 1991 and 2001
  • Typical lot size .45 to .55 acre
  • Average home value: $600,000 to $850,000

Brook Meadows

  • Contains about 250 homes, constructed between 1985 and 2003
  • Typical lot size .5 to 1.2 acre
  • Average home value: $500,000 to $900,000

Caldwells Creek

  • Contains about 145 homes, constructed between 1994 and 2001
  • Typical lot size .15 to .55 acre
  • Average home value: $450,000 to $750,000

Castleton Manor

  • Contains about 30 homes, constructed between 2006 and 2010
  • Typical lot size .45 to .9 acre
  • Average home value: $1.1 million to $1.7 million

Clairemont

  • Contains about 90 homes, constructed between 2000 and 2006
  • Typical lot size .45 to .6 acre
  • Average home value: $700,000 to $1 million

Montclair Parc

  • Contains about 75 homes, constructed between 1993 and 2007
  • Typical lot size .5 to 1 acre
  • Average home value: $800,000 to $1.4 million

Oakbrook Hills

  • Contains about 35 homes, constructed between 1997 and 1999
  • Typical lot size .4 to .75 acre
  • Average home value: $700,000 to $1.1 million

Remington Park

  • Contains about 180 homes, constructed between 1999 and 2005
  • Typical lot size .25 to .75 acre
  • Average home value: $550,000 to $900,000

Shalimar

  • Contains about 30 homes, constructed between 1998 and 2002
  • Typical lot size .4 to .5 acre
  • Average home value: $550,000 to $700,000

Timarron

  • Contains about 150 homes, constructed between 1998 and 2007
  • Typical lot size .3 to .7 acre
  • Average home value: $650,000 to $1.7 million

Villas at Oak Pointe

  • Contains about 80 homes, constructed between 2008 and 2012
  • Typical lot size .15 acre
  • Average home value: $400,000 to $800,000

Warwick Parc

  • Contains about 70 homes, constructed between 2005 and 2007
  • Typical lot size .4 to .5 acre
  • Average home value: $750,000 to $1 million

Westmont

  • Lots available for new home construction, expected to contain about 90 homes when neighborhood build-out is complete
  • Typical lot size .3 to .5 acre
  • Average home value: $600,000 to $1 million

Whittier Heights

  • Lots available for new home construction, expected to contain about 110 homes when neighborhood build-out is complete
  • Typical lot size .3 to .4 acre
  • Average home value: $550,000 to $1 million

We realize this list may seem overwhelming! If you have any questions about any of the neighborhoods in the Colleyville area, give us a call! We would be happy to provide you with more information.

Activities to Do with Your Kids This Summer Around DFW

by The Minteer Team

Summer is fast approaching in the DFW area. And, summer means two things in Texas: hot weather and no school for the kids. While we can’t do anything about the hot weather, we can plan some fun activities with the kids during their time off. There is never a shortage of things to do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. However, there are some events in the area that are more suitable to do with your children. Let’s take a look at some of the top activities to do with your kids this summer around DFW:

Klyde Warren Park

This new park, bridging uptown and downtown, has all kinds of activities for your children. From a children’s park and dog park to ping pong and croquet, your kids will have a great time in the Klyde Warren Park.

Adventure Landing

Bring the kiddos to Adventure Landing for go-karts, laser tag, bumper boats, an 18-hole miniature golf course, and more to the location in Dallas off of Coit Road. !

Dallas Summer Musicals

Broadway comes to Fair Park this summer with a great lineup. Click here for some of the upcoming shows.

Nickelmania

Located in Carrollton, Nickelmania is a nickel arcade with more than 125 of the latest arcade versions of the classic and recent video games. Entry is $2 per person and a fist full of nickels.

Six Flags Over Texas & Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Over Texas

  • Six Flags Over Texas: DFW’s largest theme park features roller coasters, rides, and events perfect for an afternoon of fun for children of all ages.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

  • DFW's largest water park features the lazy river, the black hole, surf lagoon, Der Stuka, and more!

 

​Fair Park

Fair Park features year-round activities, like the swan paddle boats and Texas Discovery Gardens, and summer activities, like rides, games, and a variety of other entertainment options. Click here for Fair Parks upcoming events.  

Summit Rock Climbing Gym

With locations in Dallas, Carrollton, and Grapevine, the Summit Rock Climbing Gym is the perfect place for some physical activity this summer. The gym offers free yoga classes for its members and indoor climbing.

Dallas Zoo & Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo offers year-round programs, plus in the summer they have concerts in the park every Saturday from May 13 to July 15. Click here for the concert schedule.  

Dallas World Aquarium

  • The Aquarium has underwater and avian worlds to explore, plus Grupo Pakal dance performances to native music every Saturday and Sunday.

Texas Rangers Game

There’s nothing better than hitting the ballpark for an afternoon or evening of Rangers baseball. Click here for the schedule.  

Pokey O’s

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Pokey O’s, located off Mockingbird and Central Expressway, is a mom and pop ice cream parlor offering a wide variety of flavors of homemade ice cream, cookies, flavored popcorn, and other sweet treats. Must try item: Ice Cream Tacos – they are delicious!

While these aren’t all the summer activities around the DFW area, they are some of our favorites. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make our list? Give us a call; we would love to add it in the future!

Do you have any questions about buying and selling in the DFW area? Give us a call; we would be honored to help you in any way we can! 

April 2017 Housing Market Update For Northeast Tarrant County

by The Minteer Team

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University have released April 2017's real estate figures

We've rounded up the real estate figures for ColleyvilleGrapevineKellerSouthlake, and surrounding NE Tarrant County towns. 

Depending on which city you live in, almost all home sales were up from this time a year ago. The number of home sales and days on market were also up - meaning more homes were on the market and they stayed on the market longer; great for buyers who have been struggling to see homes before they were under contract. However, the number of months of inventory have decreased - showing the high need for homes for the number of buyers and relocation buyers coming into the Dallas-Fort Worth housing market. If you're thinking about selling, now would be a great time to start looking for your new home before you list. 

If you don't see your city or if you're curious to know what the potential value of your home is based off of real-time home sales in your neighborhood, visit www.WonderWhatMyHomesWorth.com. As always, we are available to answer any real estate questions that you may have!

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