DFW’s Best Haunted Houses

DFW’s Best Haunted Houses

Time to Get Your Haunt On!

Scary Clown in white clothes and hat with yellow sharp teeth and an evil smile.

Haunted Houses….boy, do we love to get the bejezzus scared out of ourselves. We intentionally climb on roller coasters that go careening through the air. And every October we seek out places designed to instill enough fear to create nightmares for the next twelve months.

Here are DFW’s best haunts for this October.

Creekside Manor — Midlothian, TX

Creekside Manor will be open for 13 Days of Terror in 2019 by opening the last weekend in September on the 28th and 29th. Then the Manor will be open Fridays and Saturdays in October from dusk until midnight. They will also be open October 31, November 1 and November 2, 2019. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children under 48″.

Creekside Manor is surrounded by ominous woods and threatening waters. The house awaits new guests. Will you dare walk through its gates, pass its cemetary and enter its narrow, winding halls? Are you ready to face fear itself? Then by all means, come in! Once inside you may never, ever leave.  The Manor is preparing something very special.  Plan now to come see our most terrifying attractions. We have dares and scares for the whole family.

This year Creekside Manor is working to support our community by partnering with Manna House of Midlothian, Texas. Manna House gives needy families a helping hand with food, financial and other assistance. A portion of ticket sales will benefit this cause. All “Fight the Real Frights” donations will directly benefit needy families in Ellis county. It’s that time of year again, time to step up and help Creekside Manor fight the frights of hunger and need.

Cutting Edge Haunted House — Ft. Worth, TX

Voted one of the Best Haunted Houses in America, Cutting Edge Haunted House opens at 8pm on Saturday, September 28th and then Oct 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 24-27, 30-31 Nov 1-2. There are three ticket options to choose from 1. General Admission 2. Timed Ticket, and 3. Speedpass. You can check the website for times and ticket prices.

Image from Cutting Edge Haunted House. Evil reptilian eyes that glow and go dark.

The dark attraction is filled with terrifying live characters, amazing special effects, and incredible monsters. How fast can you run? Actually it takes about 55 minutes to go through this haunt.

Dark Hour Haunted House — Plano, TX

The Dark Hour Haunted House is open select days and times beginning September 20th. Check their website for more specifc days, times and ticket prices.

Image from Dark Hour Haunted House. Zombie like creature with a crown and pointing

 The Dark Hour witches have found their most powerful Leader yet. Dark Hour is transformed by the Vampire Witch.The Vampire Witch Lilandra has taken over, and is taking the coven to a dark place. She is setting out to impose the will of the Coven over all the DFW metroplex.

 With the magical eclipse known as the Dark Hour spell eminent Lilandra has summoned every Vampire Kin and Clan to usher in the Eternal Darkness. Surely bloodsuckers at every turn paired with the fiercest minion every Coven member has to offer will be enough to achieve the DARK HOUR!  Can you survive making your way through the crumbling Transylvanian cemetery, The Manor turned Vampire roost, and The Crypt city of the thirsty dead? Or will you end up joining the legion of the damned?

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park — Red Oak, TX

Woman coming through a doorway. White face with evil on her mind.

Four haunted houses all in one place! What could be greater than that? Reindeer Manor Halloween Park . The Haunted House experiencs include Reindeer Manor, 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon of Doom, and Shadow House.

Reindeer Manor Halloween Park opens on September 28th also has additional attractions such as Thriller Dances, Escape Rooms, and Ax Throwing. Visit their website for specifc days, times, and ticket information.


Robin McCoy | RobinMcCoyRealty.com
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Interview With an Inspector

Interview With an Inspector

We interviewed Residential Home Inspector Ken Duggan with Pillar to Post Inspections here in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Robin McCoy, Realtor® with Keller Williams Realty

Hey everybody. It’s Robin McCoy with Keller Williams and I am here with Ken Duggan, the owner of Pillar to Post Inspection Services here in the DFW area. He is a residential home inspector, and he’s going to tell us a little bit about the home inspection and what you can expect and why you need one, Ken.



Ken Duggan, Inspector with Pillar to Post Inspections

All right, well thank you Robin. As a home inspector in Texas you have to be licensed and pass a background check. We go through an extensive training program that educates you on how to inspect the home and do practice inspections. That way you’ll be knowledgeable and very good at what you do.

Robin

Awesome. So you’re hired by a buyer essentially.; tell me what you do during an inspection. What can you do and what can you not do?

Ken

Right. So when you get a home inspection, we go and inspect all the major components of the house, check the roof, the foundation, the plumbing, the electrical, the windows, doors, all the major requirements for the home. And we do it and put it in a nice report and give it to you so you have a visual.

Robin

So it is a full on report that they do. You really put the house through it’s paces. The client get photographs, they tell you what is good to go and what might be considered deficient. It’s also important to know that just because something is deficient doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy the house. Right? Because there’s codes and easy fixes and things like that. Correct.

Ken

Yes. We inspect everything from large extra large houses all the way down to little condos. We do new construction.

Robin

Well, let me ask you, you said new construction. So why should a buyer get an inspection on a house that nobody’s even lived in yet? It’s brand new, right?

Ken

Yeah. Well, we do about 15% of our inspections on a new home. And the reason you’d want to do that is because they build these homes so fast and they might not have the proper people to do it. There’s a lot of things that you can find that they not doing correctly. So if you get a home inspection by a non biased person, you can come back to the builder with these issues and tell them, that these need to be fixed and you get a lot better response.

Robin

I think a lot of people would. I know I get as a realtor, I get a lot of questions like it’s a new house, should I get an inspection? Absolutely. Okay. Well let me ask you one final question. How can you benefit a seller? I’m on the seller side; is there a reason to hire you as an inspector in that case?

Ken

Absolutely. We do a pre-listing inspections. The advantage of that is really to find out what issues are with your home ahead of time. That way you can address these issues and know up front without the surprise of an inspection when the buyer wants come back at you and try to negotiate these fixes, you already have it, and adds value to the home.

Robin

Well, I’ve seen cases where a buyer, if you’ve done an inspection and they have the paperwork and you as a seller, you’ve shown what you fixed already, oftentimes they’ll take that inspection and go with it. So they may not even right hire their own inspectors. It can get you out in front of a lot of things. Well again, Robin McCoy with Keller Williams, Ken Duggan with Pillar to Post. We appreciate your time today. And if you have any questions about the real estate market or an inspection, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll have the contact information here for you.

RobinMcCoy@kw.com

214.226.3770


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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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

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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