Texas Suburbs Dominate RealtyTrac’s List of Towns on Santa’s ‘Nice’ List

Published December 19, 2014 by Joanna England

Let’s just say that we aren’t surprised that Santa’s Naughty – or – Nice list from RealtyTrac featured tons of Texas towns on the nice side — and we checked it twice!

Highest ranked of all the Texas suburbs in third place is the south Houston town of Pearland, better known to Texans as the home of Nolan Ryan. Ranked fifth is Frisco, with Sugar Land, Richardson, Katy, and College Station (Gig ‘em!) taking sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively....

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Dallas Poised to Attract Baby Boomer Homebuyers with Affordable Housing, Business Climate

Published December 19, 2014 by Leah Shafer

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Dallas is one of 15 top markets poised to attract baby boomer homebuyers because of an affordable cost of living, sunny weather, and friendly business climate, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

NAR looked at 100 metro areas with lower state taxes (or none at all, as is the case in Texas), stable job market conditions, and strong migration patterns of “leading-edge baby boomers” (those...

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On SecondShelters: Company Captures Estates in Custom Books

Published December 19, 2014 by Joanna England

Beauty seems so fleeting at times. Wouldn’t it be great to capture a moment, your home’s moment, in a book that you could share and hold on to for generations? Read more about the company that can do it — for a price, of course. That’s what Jane Stieren and Bill Lacy did for their Bandera ranch pictured above.

Those with family estates and deep pockets will love these gorgeous books created by a husband-and-wife company called Kubaba. Read about it on SecondShelters.com.

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Grand Streets - Swiss Ave. A classic full of history

One of the gems in East Dallas. A striking tree-lined avenue filled with historically preserved and restored homes. The variety of styles makes for a wonderful study in different architectures.