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November
7

Go to an Art Museum Day: DFW Art Museums

DFW Art Museums

Art lovers such as our real estate agents feel right at home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since Dallas has the largest Arts District in the United States. Discover DFW's rich cultural community by participating in Go to an Art Museum Day on Wednesday, November 9.

  • Dallas Museum of Art - 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201
    For more than 100 years, the Dallas Museum of Art has been the flagship attraction in the downtown Arts District. As one of the 10 largest art museums in the country, the DMA draws upwards of 650,000 visitors each year. Their permanent collection includes more than 25,000 pieces representing 5,000 years of art across all cultures, while they also offer a full calendar of family-friendly classes and workshops so visitors can explore their own creativity. General admission is free but does require an entry ticket that can be obtained online. The DMA is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for Friday, with extended hours until 9 p.m.

  • Nasher Sculpture Center - 2001 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201
    As passionate collectors of sculpture, the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher wanted to share their interests with others around Dallas homes for sale. That dream was fulfilled in 2003 with the opening of the Nasher Sculpture Center. The building itself, designed by noted architect Renzo Piano, almost qualifies as a larger-than-life sculpture. Inside the center, more than 300 works represent legendary sculptors such as Calder, Rodin, Miró, and Picasso. Many exhibits feature pieces from the Nasher family collection. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and free for kids under 12. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  • The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth - 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    Despite its name, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas, dating back to 1892. Over time, the mission of The Modern has evolved, and today, they aim to showcase "the most compelling art and ideas of our time." Located in the Cultural District, just minutes from Fort Worth homes for sale, The Modern's collection of paintings, photos, and sculptures includes artists such as Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, and Henry Moore. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids under 18. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for Friday, when closing time is 8 p.m.

  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art - 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    The Amon Carter Museum of Modern Art celebrates the incredible artistic legacy of our own country. View stunning works from artists such as Frederic Remington, Georgia O'Keefe, and Louise Nevelson. Admission is free. The Carter is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday.

There are many museums and galleries to explore when you call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home. Are you ready to buy or sell a home in this area? Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates to get started.

October
17

Retro Diners in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area

DFW Diners

After a busy day, our real estate agents want a satisfying home-cooked meal with someone else doing the work. When these moods strike, they head for the retro charms of these delightful diners around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

  • Mama's Daughters' Diner - 2412 W. Shady Grove Rd., Irving, TX 75060
    As the owners of Mama's Daughters' Diner proudly proclaim, "the only thing you'll find instant here is our service." Mama Norma, along with her daughters and granddaughters, turns out a menu of scratch-made comfort food favorites, such as meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and biscuits & gravy. Daily specials offer your choice of entree with three sides for only $10.99. Save room for freshly-baked pie or cobbler. Stop in for lunch on a day of viewing Irving homes for sale. Hours are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. on weekends.

  • Norma's Cafe - 605 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75075
    While the diner's namesake is no longer involved, the owners of Norma's Cafe carry on the proud tradition she started back in 1956. Norma's is probably best known for their generous breakfasts, which include Mexican-style dishes. The menu also features nostalgic blue-plate specials with vegetables, homemade rolls, and cornbread. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a slice of their famous Mile-High Pies™ in five different flavors, or get one to go after touring Plano homes for sale. Norma's is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Lucky's Cafe - 3531 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219
    From the pastel neon sign out front to the old-school kitchen pass-through, Lucky's Cafe provides a comfortingly retro ambiance just minutes from Dallas homes for sale. But the food gets a modern update with farm-to-table dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. Due to popular demand, Lucky's began serving their breakfast menu all day, so you can enjoy decadent banana cognac pancakes or hearty pot roast hash anytime. Vegans and vegetarians may be delightfully surprised to find several meatless options, such as sweet potato hash and veggie enchiladas. Lucky's is open every day from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Local Diner - 477 W. Bethel Rd., Coppell, TX 75019
    Local Diner, right down the street from Coppell homes for sale, may have been founded in 1989, but they have the classic food and friendly customer service down pat. "Breakfast by the Number" is scaled-down portions of their full-size meals, with budget-friendly prices that start at just $3.25. Each month, the spotlight is on a new special such as September's Fair Food Feast of lemonade, corn dog, and funnel cake fries. Become an insider when you join the E-Club. Members receive a 10 percent discount daily, along with a birthday gift and other special offers. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Spiral Diner & Bakery - 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Beef is king around Forth Worth homes for sale, yet Spiral Diner & Bakery defied expectations by opening a successful restaurant featuring a completely plant-based menu. Burgers come in a choice of cashew-quinoa, veggie, or "beyond" patties, while Mexican dishes are topped with their signature cashew-based nacho cheese. Cakes and cookies baked on-site are vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

For a real treat, get your diner meal to go and gather around the dining table in your Dallas-Fort Worth home. Contact us at RE/MAX DFW Associates for experienced help with all your real estate needs. 

October
10

Laundry Room Makeover Inspiration

Laundry Room

Even though the laundry room is one of the most frequently used rooms in many homes, the styling and functionality of the room are often overlooked. Our real estate agents encourage homeowners to overhaul their laundry room so that it's a space that fits their aesthetic preferences and household needs. Here are a few ideas for your laundry room makeover. 

  • Repaint Your Laundry Room with a Light Color
    If your laundry room feels small, closed-off, and dreary, painting it a light color is a simple, effective way to help the space feel larger and more inviting. White, beige, light gray, blues, and greens are all excellent options. Overhaul your laundry room's paint before adding your home to the inventory of Fort Worth homes for sale
  • Add Cabinets or Shelving to Your Laundry Room
    One issue that most laundry rooms struggle with is a lack of storage; many times, the top of the dryer winds up as the only functional storage area in the room. Hang cabinets or install shelves to give the laundry room valuable space. Should you decide to install shelves, use canvas or wooden bins on the shelves to make sure that everything has a designated spot.
  • Ditch Your Laundry Product's Containers
    The containers that your laundry products come in are usually big, bulky, and unattractive. Instead of storing products in their containers, pick up a set of glass jars to house your laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain removers. Glass jars compliment nearly every type of decor, and it's easier to see if you're about to run out of one of your laundry essentials. If you're ready to add your home to the list of Dallas homes for sale, small changes can help make your home more appealing to potential homebuyers. 
  • Install a Waterfall Counter
    A waterfall counter that goes over your washer and dryer will add useful folding space to your laundry room without sacrificing any of your floor space. This addition will also prevent socks, towels, and other clothing items from getting lost in the space between your washer and dryer. 
  • Upgrade Your Lighting
    Upgrading your laundry room's light fixture with a more stylish option will instantly make the room look more appealing and inviting. Consider investing in a light fixture that you love to add character to the room and ensure that you have lots of bright lighting when it's time to do a load of laundry. 
  • Hang a Utility Rod
    Hang a utility rod above your washer or dryer in minutes using a tension rod. This provides a convenient spot to hang clothing items that need to air dry or promptly hang clothing that wrinkles easily. 
  • Incorporate a Few Decorative Elements
    Utilizing decorative pieces that you love, like a wall print, wreath, curtains, or throw rug, is an easy way to make your laundry room a space that you look forward to using. Decor also keeps the room from looking drab and boring. 

With a few simple changes, you can enhance the look and utility of your laundry room. Interested in a home with more space for your family? Contact us to get started!

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
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. 

        November
        2

        Visit These DFW Delis on National Sandwich Day

        Delis Around the DFW - RE/MAX DFW Associates

        November 3rd isn't only Election Day; it's also National Sandwich Day. Hot or cold, thin or high, there is no wrong way to make a sandwich. Everybody has their own ideal combination of bread, meat, and cheese, and this simple creation has become the staple of the all-American lunch. 

        Our real estate agents love our local sandwich shops and pulled together a list of six recommendations we think you should check out on National Sandwich Day.

        • Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop - 2713 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
          Uncle Uber's is known for their "sammiches," which they say are the holiest and mightiest sandwiches. They offer a robust menu filled with dozens of custom combinations. We recommend the roast beef, which has tasty thinly sliced beef, melted provolone, and Au Jus sauce. Best of all, Uncle Uber's is conveniently located near several of these beautiful Dallas homes for sale.

        • East Hampton Sandwich Co. - 1605 S. University Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107
          With five locations around town, East Hampton Sandwich Co. is becoming a Dallas / Fort Worth staple. Besides a variety of "hot signature" and "cold signature" sandwiches, East Hampton Sandwich Co. also offers four different delicious lobster rolls. This East Hampton location is conveniently located a few minutes away from great Fort Worth homes for sale.

        • Captain Nemo's Steak Submarines - 1426 N. Irving Heights Dr., Irving, TX 75061
          Captain Nemo's has been serving their famous sizzling steak sandwich for 47 years. In addition to steak, their menu is full of several other tasty sandwich options. Add a bowl of "The Captain's Chili" to your order for a perfect meal. You can dine-in or takeout for lunch or dinner Monday through Saturday. After stopping by, take a look at these Irving homes for sale.

        • Patriot Sandwich Company - 1507 S. Loop 288 #203, Denton, TX 76205
          Located near these Denton homes for sale is the Patriot Sandwich Company, a veteran-owned sandwich shop that serves breakfast and lunch. Menu items are named after military lingo, and local hometown heroes are honored on the restaurant's wall.  They also offer a wide range of custom-made sauces that are made daily onsite.

        • Sourdough Bread Deli - 4120 W. 15th St., Plano, TX 75093
          If you're near Plano, grab a sandwich at Sourdough Bread Deli. This sandwich shop truly prides itself on quality. Their menu features a wide range of poultry, meat, and fish sandwiches, all made on delicious sourdough bread made every morning from scratch. All vegetables are prepared daily, and meats are never pre-cooked. While you're in the area, take a look at these Plano homes for sale.

        • The Tin Cup - 1025 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX 76013
          This laid back sandwich shop is family owned and operated and offers dozens of sandwiches, paninis, and salads. We recommend trying the "Alamo," which has the perfect mix of chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, and mozzarella.The Tin Cup is located just a short drive from these Arlington homes for sale.

        One of the best parts about living near in or around Dallas / Fort Worth is that there are always new restaurants to try. For more local business recommendations, contact us today!

        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.

        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
        February
        27

        2019: New Home Sales Up 2%, Preowned Sales Down 2-4% Nationwide

        U.S. Home Starts

        Homebuilders are starting off 2019 with hopes of another increase in U.S. sales, especially newly built houses. But the building industry also sees an upcoming drop nationally in purchases of preowned homes because of rising affordability issues. "2019 looks like a year of solid, if not spectacular, growth," said Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. "I think new-home sales will be up a tad and existing home sales down." The building industry forecasts a 2 percent rise in nationwide home starts in 2019, making it the best year since the Great Recession. That's the most positive sign in this year's outlook. "We actually have existing home sales declining year-over-year in 2019," Dietz said at the industry's annual meeting this week in Las Vegas. The drop in existing home sales is likely to be between 2 percent and 4 percent this year, according to the latest industry outlook. Preowned home sales in Dallas-Fort Worth fell slightly in 2018 after several years of increases. The decline continued into the new year. Higher mortgage rates and record prices are blamed for the slowdown.

        • Dallas Morning News, February 19, 2019

         

        October
        13

        Why DFW was named top real estate market to watch in 2019

        Dallas-Fort Worth has been named the top real estate market to watch in 2019         By Claire Ballor  – Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal, October 10, 2018

        With a relatively low cost of living and population growth projections that outstrip other U.S. cities by two times, Dallas-Fort Worth has been named the top real estate market to watch in 2019.

        The Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2019 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute ranked the Metroplex as the number one market for overall real estate prospects in 2019 out of 78 other cities.  Austin and San Antonio also made it into the top 20 for overall real estate prospects in the annual forecast report, which is compiled from thousands of interviews with real estate experts across a spectrum of industries.

        Mitch Roschelle, a partner at PwC, said the economic data points analyzed for the report suggest the strength of the economy and the discipline being practiced in the real estate market.  "If there is a downturn ahead of us, it won't be real estate that caused it," he said. "Right now there's way more discipline in all activities in real estate than there has been in any other time in the modern era. We haven't gotten ahead of ourselves in terms of real estate development. I hope that real estate folks remain as conservative as they have in creating new supply."

        Roschelle said he's seeing that conservative behavior in Dallas-Fort Worth and it has kept the market from getting ahead of itself despite the ever-growing demand and push for growth.

        As for what makes North Texas the one to watch next year, he said several factors come into play.

        "The things that have been important in years past have been markets that have low cost of living and low, relative to the national average, cost of doing business. That's where companies want to be and that's where people want to be," Roschelle said.

        The low cost of living, low cost of doing business and tax efficiency continue to draw people to Dallas-Fort Worth, he said. And so much so that the area's population growth rate is projected to be more than two times the national average in 2019.

        "The growth in the population is skewed towards younger folks in Dallas," Roschelle said. "The growth in the 0 to 24 age category is high and in the 25 to 40 category. [The population] is becoming younger, and those people are all the workers for the future."

        But as the population in the Metroplex grows, affordable housing is becoming more of an issue. Although affordable single-family homes are a contributor to Dallas-Fort Worth's success, there aren't enough of them, according to the report.  The report says focus group respondents in the Dallas area pointed to an increasingly prevalent "not in my backyard" mentality as the reason for the slow down in available workforce housing.

        "Dallas traditionally was a place where there was a piece of land, and if someone wanted to build on it, they just built on it," Roschelle said.  Now, though, developers are often met with a "you're not building that thing near me" attitude, which tends to add hurdles like cost and time, he said. This contributes to the problem that Dallas-Fort Worth is facing with additions to housing supply not keeping pace with demand.

        What the Dallas area has going for it, though, is a diverse and stable employment base thanks to the wide spectrum of industries represented in the area, Roschelle said. The report indicates that the market is expected to have high growth and low volatility when it comes to employment in 2019.

        Here are a few things the report says to keep an eye on in 2019:

        Best bets

        • Industrial development investments: With the expansion of the e-commerce industry, industrial facilities, which are seeing historically low vacancy rates, will continue to be in high demand. "Barring a trade war of serious proportions, industrials offer great risk-adjusted returns," according to the report.
        • Garden apartments: "While the multifamily sector registered an overall NCREIF total return of 6.38 percent, the garden apartment component was near a double-digit total return at 9.33 percent," the report says. Appreciation in value is what accounted the over-performance for such properties. And the pricing for garden apartments, or low-rise complexes typically with direct access to outdoor space, reflects a higher-yield 5.7 percent cap rate compared to the 4.9 percent cap rate for mid-to-high-rise properties.
        • Quick-flip, value-add deals: Timing with these deals is key, the report says. They should be executed by 2020 to maximize late-cycle opportunity, "and the geographic focus needs to be in markets where assets have not yet been priced to perfection."
        • Redeployment of retail properties: "Many shopping center properties are just not going to come back as successful retail assets," the report says. But many have potential for alternative uses like mixed use for properties in close-in suburbs or distribution centers that can capitalize on the e-commerce trend.

        Issues on the horizon

        • Insurance costs related to increasing natural disasters: The report says the volume of natural disasters in 2018 is evidence that the risk of such catastrophes – "most due to climate change" – has been intensifying. Because of this, insurers and reinsurers are experiencing massive payouts and will be pricing this into premiums in the future. "Having adequate coverage and budgeting for increased operating expenses should definitely be high on the list of items that property owners need to watch in 2019," according to the report.
        • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities: Cybersecurity issues that come with increasing interconnectedness have become more and more obvious and have affected many industries including real estate. "One REIT interviewee highlighted a need to establish industry norms and best practices for both primary defense purposes and for evaluating risk/reward parameters stemming from technology," the report says.
        • Infrastructure: Deficiencies in infrastructure are impactful for real estate. The report pulled data from the American Society of Civil Engineers, which shows the multitrillion-dollar shortfalls in investment in key assets and the associated costs that affect businesses. "By 2025, the United States sacrifices $3.9 trillion in GDP and $7 trillion in reduced business sales. Failure to address the issue means 2.5 million fewer jobs created and a shortfall of household income of $3,400 annually," according to the report.
        • Immigration: "The draconian approach to border security is a massive self-inflicted wound with immediate negative economic consequences and long-term weakening of our national growth potential," the report says. The impacts on demand growth, the reduction in the baseline for real potential GDP growth and the implications for bringing the country's fertility rate below population replacement level should be reasons for pause, it says.

         

        October
        10

        DFW Area Home Sales Drop 7% in September

        North Texas Home Sales Drop

        North Texas home sales dropped in September by the largest percentage in more than seven years. Preowned home sales in the area fell by 7 percent from September 2017. That was the biggest year-over-year sales decline since early 2011, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.  Home sales by real estate agents have been down in three of the last four months. Higher mortgage costs and years of rising home prices have caused some buyers to pull back from the market.  Mortgage rates on average are currently about 4.7 percent — the highest level in seven years — and are expected to go higher in 2019.  With September's sales decline, preowned home sales by real estate agents in North Texas are now flat with the same period of 2017. A record of more than 106,000 homes sold in the area last year.  "We think things are going to be flat," said Dr James Gaines, chief economist for the Real Estate Center. The Dallas-Fort Worth housing market has cooled significantly since early in the year when sales were still up by double-digit percentage rates from 2017 levels.

        Home price growth has also slowed.  Median home sales prices rose by 4 percent in September from a year earlier to $251,000.  For the first nine months of 2018, prices are up 5 percent from the sale period in 2017. With sales declining, the number of houses on the market in North Texas has growth to 25,895 preowned single-family homes listed with real estate agents at the end of last month. That's 16 percent more homes for sale in the area than a year ago.  On average it took 44 days to sell the houses that trade in September — up 5 percent from a year earlier. Currently there is about a 3-month supply of homes available for purchase in the more than two dozen North Texas counties included in the survey.

        • Dallas Morning News, October 9, 2018
        May
        16

        Huge Job Growth Continues DFW Real Estate Boom

        Top U.S. Gain MarketsThe D-FW area added more than 100,000 jobs in the year ended in March, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So far in 2018, D-FW has stayed near the top of the list of U.S. cities with the fastest-growing employment sectors. Job gains in North Texas have topped 100,000 a year for more than four years — an unprecedented economic boom. As long as companies keep bringing so many new jobs to the area, the real estate market will continue to thrive. Add to the jobs, the surge in population growth. Last year, D-FW grew by more than 146,000 people — more than any other major U.S. metro market. More than half of that population gain was from people moving to the area to fill all those newly created jobs.
        - Dallas Morning News, May 4, 2018

         

        November
        9

        Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

        Fort Worth Stockyard National Historic District
        Interested in experiencing the history, heritage, and culture of Fort Worth, TX, up close and personal? The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is a spectacular example of what makes life in the city so special, with history, entertainment, and excitement around every corner. Visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards is like stepping back into a different era, where daily cattle drives, raucous rodeos, and lively, open-air markets are simply part of daily life. There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and our team is excited to tell you all about it.

        History, Food, and Texas Fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

        Fort Worth History

        How did the Fort Worth Stockyards get its start? Investor Greenlief Simpson visited Fort Worth at the request of a local businessman, found a stockyard full of cattle, and decided to invest. Little did he know that the stockyard was not normally so full, and the extra cattle were there simply due to a railroad strike mixed with some bad weather. Still, the Fort Worth Stockyards had its investor, and would soon become one of the most successful stockyards in the country. Today, you can experience more than 100 years of Fort Worth history, through guided tours or at your own leisure.

        Fabulous Food

        One of the best things about Fort Worth homes is that you'll never be far from a fantastic meal, and that's certainly true when you visit the Fort Worth Stockyards. Sample the flavors of Texas with tender, juicy barbecue, on-the-border cuisine, steakhouses, family dining, and plenty of places to grab a drink after your meal.

        Entertainment and Everyday Fun

        There is so much to see in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, from family fun to a vibrant, exciting nightlife. Take in one of the twice-daily cattle drives through the district to see what the stockyards are all about, or visit the Cowtown Opry for live performances with a historic spin. The Fort Worth Stockyards are also filled with the sounds of great music, with a wide variety of performance venues suited to both families and adults looking for a fun night on the town.

        Shopping the Stockyards

        Whether you're looking for a souvenir, vintage gear, or some of the finest leather products you'll find anywhere, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District has you covered. Enjoy a wide range of shopping experiences, including art galleries, vintage shops, custom hats, hand-crafted products, jewelry, and antiques. Shop the finest Texas styles, and uncover hidden gems that you won't find anywhere else.

        Special Events

        There's plenty to do in the Fort Worth Stockyards no matter when you visit, and there will also be special days to circle on your calendar. The schedule of special events runs year-round at the Fort Worth Stockyards, with live performances, holiday events, rodeos, Wild West shows, and plenty of fun surprises. Families will love all of the kid-friendly events on the schedule, and the many festivals that visit throughout the year. The people of Fort Worth are big on giving back to the community, so it's no surprise that you'll also find a busy schedule of charitable events raising money for good causes.

        Your Fort Worth Home

        When you're hard at work searching for your ideal Fort Worth home, our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy and sell homes in Fort Worth, Dallas, and the DFW suburbs.

        October
        12

        Dallas-Fort Worth Halloween Fun for the Entire Family

        DFW Community Halloween Events
        Families with homes in Fort Worth have their choice of Halloween thrills and chills. Your whole family can walk the neighborhood in quirky disguises. You can fill your days and nights with planned events and whimsical, scary adventures. But not too scary!

        When the smallest goblins take part in family Halloween fun, it's important to steer clear of super scary events. Traditional haunting venues may frighten young children a bit too much. They may cause little people nightmares that keep the whole family up late at night.

        Our real estate agents know a lot about local businesses, attractions, and family-friendly events. We draw on that knowledge to recommend a list of Halloween events that promise fun for the entire family.

        • First United Methodist Church Halloween Carnival
          October 22, 2017 3:00 to 5:00 PM
          Admission: free with canned goods donations

          Bring your little ones to FUMC in Fort Worth for the annual fun-filled Halloween Carnival. Little ones can wear their costumes. They'll enjoy bounce house fun and pony rides. You'll have a ball watching your children smile as they enjoy kid-friendly games, crafts, prizes, and a live animal petting zoo.

        • Boo at The Zoo - October 27, 28, and 20, 2017
          10:00 am to 5:00 PM
          Admission: Free with a zoo admission

          Boo at The Zoo is a family favorite for many of our real estate agents. The Fort Worth Zoo's annual daytime, scare-free Halloween event is three full days of activities for the entire family. Children will enjoy treat stations, carnival games, and a full schedule of animal entertainment.

        • Treat Street 2017 at Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
          October 31, 2017 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
          Admission: Free

          Your entire family is invited to an evening of fun at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station Mall. Family-friendly activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, fun games, hayrides, and more. Children under 12-years-old in costumes can trick-or-treat at participating shops.

        • Boo Bash at Old Town, Burleson, TX
          6:00 to 8:00 PM
          Admission: free

          The City of Burleson invites local kids 12 and under to a night of Halloween fun at the Boo Bash. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. They can play in bounce houses, decorate a free pumpkin, listen to storytellers, and march in a Halloween parade.

        When you need reliable information about Fort Worth or Dallas homes for sale, our DFW real estate professionals can help. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates when you're buying or selling your home in Texas.

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