The Castle House by Dilbeck

The Castle House by Dilbeck

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.

It is like really being there!

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.


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1950s Character in East Dallas

1950s Character in East Dallas

9935 Galway Drive, 75218

living room with light coming through the windows. sofa, table and two arm chairs with fireplace

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.

Outdoor patio with fire pit chairs bright red pillows and japenese maple. Mature trees

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.


Cherry dining table looking into living area. Stained glass over the window
Living area with two armchairs, looking into the kitchen, original wood flooring showing the 1950s Character of East Dallas

The home is just a hop, skip, and a jump from White Rock Lake and the Dallas Arboretum. Feeding Hexter Elementary.. a Blue Ribbon School..just ties everything about this 1950s East Dallas Character home into a bow.

For more information on this property visit our Property Search Page.

RobinMcCoy@kw.com

214.226.3770

Gated Community Under $500k

Gated Community Under $500k

2605 Waterford Drive, Las Colinas

Image of a living room with wood flooring, plantation shutters, lots of light

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.

Image of a master bedroom with plantations shutters, trayed ceiling, fireplace and sitting area

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.

Image of a galley-style kitchen with white cabinets and a tiled floor.

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.

image of the backyard of a home, Shows a swimming pool, patio with furniture to the right and trees to the left

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.


RobinMcCoy@kw.com

214.226.3770

Gorgeous in East Dallas

Gorgeous in East Dallas

4505 Rusk Avenue, Dallas

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.

Energy efficient heavy 2×6 construction, insulated walls, radiant barrier. Central to Oak Lawn, Uptown, Downtown, Knox Henderson & Lower Greenville. Restaurants, bars & shopping all nearby!

How to Buy a House – Finding Your New Home

How to Buy a House – Finding Your New Home

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.



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9628 Galway, Dallas 75218

9628 Galway, Dallas 75218

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 trees
  • The yard
  • 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.


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How to Buy a House – Get Your Mortgage

How to Buy a House – Get Your Mortgage

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Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

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.


Dana Hakes with Uptown Funding discusses pre-approval and the loan process

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.

  • Pay stubs
  • Tax Returns
  • Employment status
  • Bank Statements
Meme with eight photographs of the guys from OCC. I want to buy a house; Get Pre-Approved. I don't know my budget; Get Pre-Approved. I want to go look at houses; Get pre-approved. This house I like sold; Should have gotten pre-approved. Get your mortgage

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.


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How to Buy a House – Finding Your Realtor

How to Buy a House – Finding Your Realtor

Find Your Realtor

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.

Have a consultation meeting with each prospective Realtor to make sure you are on the same page and you LIKE them! They should give you at least 2 forms to sign an Information About Business Services (IABS) and a Buyer Tenant Representation Agreement. The first is required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and discloses Realtor Agency Representation and the second is the agreement between you and the Broker that the agent will have a fiduciary duty to represent you, the buyer, in the transaction. Without this the broker/agent represents the seller by default.

Find your realtor that is personable, knowledgeable, easy to get along with, detail oriented, organized, experienced, Readily available

Some Questions to Ask When Finding a Realtor

  • Why did you become a real estate agent?
  • Why should I work with you?
  • What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  • What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  • What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  • What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  • What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  • Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?

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How to Buy a House- Buyer Representation

How to Buy a House- Buyer Representation

Why you want your own representation…and not do it on your own or use the seller’s agent.

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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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Aging in Place; 5 Things to do to Retire at Home

Aging in Place; 5 Things to do to Retire at Home

Photo image of man and woman approximately 70 years old smiling broadly holding coffee cups.

As we get older we start thinking about where we are going to live out our retirement. Will we move to the beach or the mountain? Possibly move in, or near, our children? Some of the Senior Living Communities are pretty nice!

More and more people are opting to stay in their homes which we call Aging in Place. Choosing to stay in their home and living out their retirement where they have lived all along.

If this is an option you are considering there are several things to ponder as you are making your long-term choices.

This article in The Fiscal Times by Janna Herron explains 5 things you have to do if you are going to spend retirement in your own home.

  • Make the necessary changes to your home such as walk-in showers, relocating laundry rooms, and master bedrooms for example. Do this before you need to.
  • Consider the cost of home health care.
  • Think about tapping into your Home Equity to cover some costs.
  • Plan ahead for home maintance costs.
  • Make a plan for transportation and health care access