This One-of-a-Kind Charles Dilbeck Home is Now For Sale
5029 Milam Street, known as The Castle House, was built in 1940 and is one of the few French Eclectic masterpieces from Charles Dilbeck; and it is now For Sale!
Charles Dilbeck designed approximately 600 houses in the Dallas, TX area between 1932 and 1970. They are most appreciated for their romantic design; The Castle House is no exception.
These homeowners have kept all the charm Dilbeck designed while adding in all the modern conviences. The Castle House was recently included on the Historic Cochran Heights home tour and the owners were interviewed by Candy’s Dirt.
The current owners have put a great deal of thought into everything they have done to this home during their tenure. They have fully updated the master bath (which is downstairs by the way), replaced the AC, and completely replanted the landscaping in both front and back yards.
All the windows and exterior doors have been replaced with the European style Twist & Tilt which make cleaning a dream as well as allowing you to enjoy the breeze…that is with the exception of the ones on the front of the home; those are the original windows which have been rebuilt.
Do not miss an opportunity to own a piece of Dallas architectural history. Offered at $750,000 you can move right in.
Amazingly well kept home in the Lake Park Estates area of East Dallas with the 1950s East Dallas Character we have all come to love. This home is situated on a corner lot and has a backyard oasis just ready for relaxing and reflection.
This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is over 1700 square feet. It has the original hardwood floors and all the details that give a 1950s home the character you want without the inefficency you don’t. Formal dining area and 2 living areas give everyone the space they need and want.
Beautiful home in gated Hackberry Creek. A wonderful community that gets involved with block parties, parades, and more! From the moment you walk in you will feel at home. Open and spacious this home is geared for family living. Views from the Living room and Breakfast look out to the pool.
The view from upstairs bedroom looks out to the lavish green trees. The home is beautifully lit with natural light coming in through the plantation shutters.The upstairs landing is part play area and study, complete with built-in cabinets and desk.
Bright and roomy kitchen with lots of counter space for all levels of the home cook. The refrigerator, washer, and dryer convey with the property.
Enjoy your own peaceful oasis with pool, patio, and still plenty of yard for the kids and pets. Residents of Hackberry Creek get special discounts for the Hackberry Country Club. The community is gated and has a guard on duty 24/7 for the perfect lock ‘n leave lifestyle.
Gorgeous, contemporary home in East Dallas with sophisticated design this home features a large open floor plan and tons of natural light. The gourmet kitchen has a large quartzite waterfall island and stainless appliances.
The patio includes an oversized LED fireplace and Samsung smart TV, perfect for entertaining anytime of year. The back yard includes French Drains and is wired for a hot tub, cable, and a misting system.
Finding your new home starts with an initial consultation with your Realtor. During this meeting she will be discovering what you are looking for in your new home. What are 5 things that a house MUST and and 5 things it MUST NOT have in order for you to purchase it? Where do you want to live? What is most important? Schools? Yard? Pool or no pool? Make sure your Realtor knows all of this information.
Your Realtor will set you up on an auto-feed of listings that match your criteria. Keep in mind these may not be able to capture “open concept” or “large island” type of criteria. So, it may be up to you to categorize the listings so your Realtor knows which properties you are drawn to over others.
You and your Realtor will select which homes to look view in person. The Realtor will create a tour and schedule all of the homes with the seller and their agent. This can take some logistical finesse so understand if you are unable to see a particular property.
Spend as much time as you need in each home. Look in closets, flush toilets, listen for background noises…these are all important details. If you drive up to a property or step inside and you don’t like it for ANY reason don’t feel obligated to look at the whole house.
“If we aren’t moving in let’s move on. “
Kelli, Home Buying client
Make an offer
Making an offer is like putting out your hand to shake. With your Realtor’s advice you come up with an offer price for the property you have found. Things that may influence what you offer can be days on market, condition of the property, and multiple offers.
You and your Realtor will discuss the terms of the offer you want to present. This is your decision with your Realtor’s council. fill in the offer contract and you will approve then sign. In the state of Texas you can have the offer contract reviewed by your attorney at any time though it is not required for them to sign off. The offer will then be sent to the listing agent to present to the seller.
1 of 4 Things Will Generally Happen…
They will accept as written (rare)
They will counter (most often)
They will tell you to improve your offer (sometimes)
They will not respond (not that often)
When any of the above occurs your Realtor will discuss all of your options with you.
The majority of the time the seller will “counter” meaning they will want to make a change. It could be price, seller contributions, closing date, or who buys a new survey.
A real estate counteroffer is generated by a home seller after a buyer has submitted an offer to purchase and the offer includes terms that aren’t agreeable. Typically, a counteroffer states that the seller has accepted the buyer’s offer subject to one or more changes.
Keep in mind you can keep countering back and forth until both sides agree. Try not to let this time get to you; remember the seller is looking for the best deal for them while you are looking for the best deal for you.
Once an agreement is found the contract is executed. If an agreement cannot be met then you go back on the hunt for your dream home.
9628 Galway in Dallas is on the market just waiting for new owners to come in and pick up the love the current owner has for this house. When I asked the seller for her favorite things here is what she told me…
The shopping center virtually across the street
Being so close to White Rock Lake
How my house has been a little gem with little maintenance
Feeding into Hexter Elementary school, 9628 Galway Drive is a wonderful starter home for young families. Just a short distance from White Rock Lake and the Aboretum this house is fabulous for the walker, bike rider, and outdoor lover. At under 2000 square feet and a one-story home it is perfect for downsizing adults that are looking for a more manageable home to retire in.
This is vital! Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a critical step in purchasing a home. An offer cannot be made without verification that you, in fact, can gain financing to purchase the home.
Most Realtors won’t show you property until they know you are, in fact, capable to finance the homes you are looking at. Your Realtor should have some very solid relationships with lenders that are respected in the market and have a history of getting transactions closed on time. This is all extremely important.
The initial pre-approval does not take long…minutes really. However it gives the lender, Realtors, and the sellers information they need to get a transaction completed. Dana Hakes of Uptown Funding explains what the loan process looks like for a residential buyer.
The Pre-Approval Process
Like your Realtor relationship, the lender relationship will be very important during the transaction. They will be going through your finances and ask you things that are personal and may make you uncomfortable. Understand this is required and they will not ask you for anything they do not need.
Under Contract…Now What?
The mortgage industry is very regulated. Since 2008 many laws and regulations have been put into place to protect the consumer. Once you are under contract the real mortgage work begins. Because of the regulations lenders must ask you for certain information…sometimes multiple times…to ensure legitimate loans are being made. Some of these things are:
Paper trail for all cash deposits into your bank accounts (no mattress money)
Tax returns for 2-4 years depending on the work that you do
Explanations of assets
Employment records and paystubs
A variety of other items of documentation depending on your specific situation. No two are alike.
The key to an easy loan process and getting the mortgage that you want it terms of rate, length of loan, and other terms. During this time do not spend any money out of the ordinary…no buying appliances, furniture, or cars. And do not change jobs! All of these things can compromise your ability to purchase the home.
Finding a Realtor can be easy or it can be hard. There are many questions that come to mind when hiring someone to assist you in what may be the largest financial transaction of your life. I have seen people take longer to choose a sofa than choosing a Realtor!
Do your homework. Ask your friends and family because they are going to tell you their experiences even if you don’t ask…so get that out of the way. HOWEVER when finding your Realtor make your own choice. I once had a friend say to me, “Robin, I am using a Realtor that I don’t know personally. Because if I want to be a brat I don’t want it to reflect on our friendship.” I TOTALLY respect that! You, as a buyer need to find a Realtor you can be totally honest and completely transparent with. This is important stuff.
What should you look for?
Experience and enthusiasm! Often enthusiasm will out rank experience. How many properties have they sold? If they are a newer agent ask what sort of support team do they have to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed. We were all new at our jobs at one point in time; this doesn’t mean we were bad at it…just that we needed assistance at times. Just make sure they have it.
Why you want your own representation…and not do it on your own or use the seller’s agent.
In the great state of Texas buyers have their own representation in a real estate transaction. In about 1993 the Buyer Tenant Representation Agreement was created by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR). Real Estate Buyers looked up and said, “Hey, our interests are not being represented here!” and the Buyer Rep was born.
This is why it is important to have your own representation; someone that knows the contract and understands the transaction that has YOUR interests at heart. Remember, if you go directly through the listing agent of the property their fiduciary duty is to the SELLER. In Texas the seller typically pays all the commissions on the Residential Real Estate transaction though it is important to note that there are no set commission percentages and this is always a negotiable point. So…if it isn’t going to cost you anything additional to pay the agent why on earth would you want to represent yourself or use the person with the LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY to not have your interest at heart?
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