First Time Home Buyer: Winnetka Heights Cottage

North Oak Cliff, Winnetka Heights

I’m so excited to be finally sharing this experience with you all! It was hard to keep hush about all the exciting real estate things happening in my life, but I have learned you shouldn’t get too excited until everything is signed on the dotted line. A tiny million things can and will go wrong during a the home buying process.

My client, let’s call them “C” was a first time home buyer who wanted a north Oak Cliff home that had some historic charm. Lucky for me, Oak Cliff is full of historic homes. There are a lot of garbage homes as well so I do have to do some sifting. I also learned that there are some real estate agents with magic photoshopping skills out there.

The first home we looked at was in Beckley Club Estates. It was recently updated and had a great kitchen.If you have never been to Beckley Club Estates you should really go check it out. At first you feel like you might be murdered as you drive under 35, but don’t worry! Just keep driving and then you will see a glorious wild peacock and you have arrived!  While C really loved the home, it had another offer already that the seller was going to accept. In this market, that happens all too often. It is always best to never get too attached to a home, which is a tough lesson to learn BELIEVE ME. I have fallen in love with so many homes and then start pinning all night about what i’m going to do to the house only to not get it and then have all these pins that I have no use for. It’s just sad. Don’t get attached.

The second home we looked at was in Elmwood. Elmwood is a neighborhood on the rise. It has some great Tudor homes and many of them overlook a creek with a natural wildflower area. This home had so many great things going for it. It had a HUGE backyard and across the street was a wildflower area and the creek, so it had a beautiful view. C fell in love and wanted to submit an offer. Unfortunately, she was leaving to go out of the country for a week, so we had to wait.

You always want to make sure you will be available for a few days after you submit an offer. Once it is accepted and executed you will need to schedule an inspection immediately and be available for negotiations.

C came back a week later, and while the Elmwood house was already under contract 😦 two new houses had popped up. One was a cute green cottage in Winnetka Heights and the other a completely renovated Tudor in Elmwood.

The Winnetka Heights green cottage was full of historic charm. Large front porch, porch swing, and claw foot tub. It needing some small updates, but overall so good. AND there was a cute cat outside that wanted to so many pats. Any house with a cat is a win for me! The Elmswood tudor was so beautiful inside. The flipper did a fantastic job of updating everything to perfection. C had a tough choice to make.

She thought about if for a few hours and decided to go with the Winnetka Heights Cottage, as I knew she probably would.I’m sure it was the outside cat that swayed her.  We wrote up the offer quickly and submitted it with fingers crossed. The waiting part after you submit an offer is the worst. I seriously hate waiting. I will send like twenty emails to the agent asking the status, so buyers, I get you. I get you dawg. Waiting sucks.

The seller came back and accepted the offer!!!! Most people right now are going through a rough time and having to submit multiple offers on homes before one is finally accepted. We were lucky, and C had a talented real estate agent that had the first offer accepted 😉

We were also lucky and got an inspector to come out the next business day. Good news: house was not falling down. Bad news: It was smelly and wet under the house. We had a plumber come out that day and I helped him discover the problem. By help I mean I stayed in the air conditioned house and turned on faucets while he crawled around in the muck under the house for two hours.

We got through the after-inspection-negotiations and were on our way! More waiting until the next big hurdle, the appraisal. The whole house buying process is so much waiting and you will lose all your hair from the stress of waiting.

Finally appraisal day was here! It was a little disappointing when the appraisal came in under. At this point we had to do some more negotiations, which were luckily pretty painless. FINALLY everything was good to go. Closing day came and went with no big issues.

Closing

I’m so happy that C decided to use my as her real estate agent. I am super jealous of C’s new home and I know that she will enjoy it for years to come!

Digs For Dad: Happy Father’s Day!

This one goes out to all the Dad’s in the world. If anyone deserves a sweet new house with a basketball court, outdoor grilling area, and movie theater, it’s our Dad’s right?

Digs for Dad

Dallas Home with Basketball Court

This one is for the basketball Dad. The Stephen Curry’s of the world. This Dad plays a pick up game with the neighborhood kids and never lets them win. He is too good to let a ten year old beat him. Sure the neighborhood kids cry, but they need to learn that you can’t win at everything

Dallas Home with Large Closet

This is for the fancy hipster clothes loving Dad. I’m thinking the David Beckham dad’s of the world. They like to look good and they will spend 30 minutes choosing an outfit if they want. They don’t care if you make fun of their bow tie.

Dallas Home with Wine Cellar

This one is for the wine loving Dad. If you watch Scandal (and if you don’t you should you crazy person) then this is totally a Papa Pope Dad. This dad can smell a wine and tell you the year. All wine mostly tastes the same to me, so this Dad would probably be so ashamed I was his daughter.

Dallas Home with Media Room

This is for the dad’s that love the movies. I’m thinking the Steven Spielberg’s of the world. Although if your dad was Steven Spielberg I doubt you would be getting him JUST A media room  for fathers day. If Steven Spielberg were your dad you could probably afford to buy Hawaii for him.

Man Caves

This it totally the room for my dad. He is in a super cool rock band and loves ping pong. Cool dads that love to rock out only in this room.

Man Caves

I don’t even know what’s going on in this room, but it looks like a golf man cave. The only golf player I know to make this dad analogy work is Tiger Woods. I’m pretty sure he is a Dad, so this room is for him.

Man Caves

And last but not least, this is dad room is totally for Ron Swanson. Ron Swanson would build all that furniture himself while drinking a glass of Lagavulin,

Want It Wednesday: Country Edition!

McKinney Home

For this edition of Want It Wednesday, we are going country ya’ll! This house was featured on the Ebby Blog, and I just had to share it. Now probably most people wouldn’t consider McKinney “country” but I do. If I have to go beyond 635, then its the country. I hope you city folk will agree 🙂

Now here are some details on this house in case you have a big pile of money laying around:

  • Priced at $750,000
  • On 10 acres of land
  • 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,759 square feet
  • Barn/workshop, 3 car garage, covered porch, and fenced in backyard

McKinney Home

Oh man, I think I want to move to McKinney guys! I never thought I would say that. I have this small part of my heart that loves country homes. I will thank HGTV for that.

The homes entry shows off the high ceilings, beautiful hardwoods

Perfect entry way that just shouts “hey you are about to enter the most precious home you have ever seen you will want to throw up it is so perfect!!!!!!!!!!”

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So in my mind, a cool young family live here. I’m sure you have seen them around. That perfectly dressed mom and dad who look so effortless even though they probably haven’t slept in like a year. And their kid has on a freaking bowtie and looks better dressed than me. I hate them, but can’t help but respect.

The dining room/breakfast area is located ideally between the li

I wish I was cool enough to have a lime green island….I would never be able to pull it off. Every time I would have someone over I would just be trying to prove how cool I was to justify a lime green island.

The spacious, first-floor master suite has its own fireplace and

WHAT I NEED THIS. This bedroom is totally ridiculous in size, but yet somehow, I need it.

The master bathroom features dual vanities, a large glass shower

Now this house is just messing with me right? Is this the kind of bathrooms you get in McKinney? My bathroom is literally the size of a broom closet, just enough room to squeeze in and out.

8GetMediaSlow clap for the colors in this house. They just really nailed that laid back without trying too hard but yet still fun vibe.

The home also features its own laundry room with a sink and abun

 This laundry room puts mine to shame. My washer and dryer has crusted detergent running down it, this one is so perfectly perfect I am about to run into traffic so I can go to laundry room heaven.

Barn with loafing shed.

So this is described as a “barn with loafing shelf” WHAT IS A LOAFING SHELF?!?!?! Is that where you house your loaves of breads? I would bake so much bread if I lived here.

Privacy abounds with this property. Behind the home are numerou

Ok so this is where the house lost me and why I don’t move to the “country.” My three greatest fears in life are 1. aliens 2. possums 3. rats in that order. This yard is just asking for an alien ship to come and land in the front. And there are probably possums and rats abound. NO THANKS

And that concludes this week of Want It Wednesday! Did this house convince me to give up on the city life and become a country girl? Almost. I would love to sit and bake bread all day but I have a feeling that there are a lot more chores than just baking bread when you are living in the country (McKinney).