Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Real Estate’

Visionary Developer Jack Matthews Talks South Side and his New Project, The Rivers

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Dallas-based developer Jack Matthews, CEO of Matthews Southwest, is redefining the Cedars neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Dallas. Jack sat down with YouPlus last week at the Enroute event, to discuss his role in South Side, his next big project for the area, and what he envisions for the future of South Dallas.

The Rivers (or possibly River City if Jack gets his way) is a 60 acre development along the Trinity River, just south of the Dallas Convention Center. Located amidst the Downtown, South Side, and so close to nature, The Rivers will be a unique mix of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues, and will place a heavy emphasis on residential living.


Julie Provenzano’s Top Tips for Home Sellers and the Most Outrageous Homes She’s Ever Seen

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2012 at 11:45 am

YouPlusDallas has hosted the blog of residential real estate rock star Julie Provenzano for quite some time now. The beautiful and personable Provenzano is relatively new to Dallas, but that didn’t stop her from immediately making a name for herself in the Big D. She was awarded D Magazine’s Top Producer Honors in 2011 and has been featured on HGTV as a real estate expert for the past two years. Find out what this real estate maven loves most about Dallas as well as her top tips for home sellers.

1. How did you first get started in real estate?

I was a sports media producer working in Washington D.C. and wanted to make a career move into commercial real estate so I took the test and got my license in the summer of 2002. Frankly, it never occurred to me to try the residential route because I pictured a bunch of ladies in chunky jewelry and fur coats trying to convince buyers how much their kids would love playing in a particular backyard. That definitely wasn’t me and I had convinced myself I’d be better suited in the more corporate environment of commercial.

As it so happened, the commercial market at that time was really suffering with a high number of vacancies in the aftermath of the Internet bubble bursting, so when I started getting calls from residential brokers, I went in to see what it was all about. I ended up meeting a broker at Coldwell Banker in Alexandria, VA who was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the market and I decided to give it a try while I waited for the commercial market to recover. As it turns out, I spent about a month learning the ropes and never thought about commercial real estate again. Residential sales was the perfect fit for me and to this day I could never imagine doing anything else. It’s hard work and it’s non-stop but I just love the business and the people you meet through it.


2. What do you love most about Dallas real estate?

Having started my real estate career in Washington DC, I can tell you that the cost of living there was not welcome news to people who were relocating to the area.

In Dallas, I feel like it’s the complete opposite. I work with a lot of relocating families from the East and West Coasts and it’s a tremendous thing to see them on the positive side of the real estate lottery. By comparison, you can get a lot for your money in Texas and people really can live in houses they might not have dreamed of elsewhere. We may not have the sales appreciation that you see in other states, but we do have a significant amount of market stability and that’s a good side of the fence to be on.


3. One of your strengths is that you take the time to build strong relationships with your clients and maintain those relationships. How do you think this has benefited you in the business?

In my opinion, that’s really the whole point of being in residential real estate. It’s a business built on relationships and cultivating friendships and nothing has been more rewarding for me in the past 10 years than creating those bonds. You have an opportunity to play an important role in a serious life transition — whether the catalyst for the move is positive or negative — and I never take that trust for granted. I can honestly say that I probably spend more time talking clients out of properties than into them to ensure that it’s the right fit long term. It’s not about a quick sale or a fast turnover but making sure the investment is sound and the house will fit the client’s needs.


4. Your blogs are always helpful and often very funny. What would you say are the top three things not to do when clients show their home?

I definitely tell it like it is and I’m not one to mince words. Sometimes I try to get a blunt point across by softening it with humor but the message is always pretty clear. For sellers, I would drive home three points:

  • Don’t even think about being present for a showing. A buyer needs time to envision themselves as the owner of your home, cooking in your kitchen and waking up in your bedroom. That daydreaming can’t happen if you’re there — even on the sidelines — and your simple presence can translate as an “offer repellant”.  If there are important points you want to make, that information can be left for the buyer as part of a marketing packet.
  • The work that goes into selling a home should not be taken lightly. To get top dollar in a competitive market, it has to show like a model. You should spend 2-4 weeks ahead of listing just working through a “TO DO” list from your agent so that it’s in top condition when it hits the market. The tough part is continuing to live like that but it will translate into more money in your pocket, guaranteed.
  • Do not decline showings unless it is an absolute emergency. If you take buyer traffic for granted, you’re overestimating the likelihood that they will circle back. If you decline an appointment, you may not get a second chance. Buyers have busy lives too. Make it easy for them to see your property on their time.


5. Was there a home that stands out in your mind as being completely outrageous or beautiful? 

I’ve definitely seen it all. The homes that stand out as outrageous are the ones where you wonder if the owner actually knows the house is on the market for sale. Some people put little to no effort into staging or presentation and those are always the ones that sit on the market forever without interest. I’m not suggesting it’s easy but if you’re going to share your house with the public, you should be proud of what you’re presenting. Selling homes is essentially like matchmaking — you want people to fall in love. It doesn’t help your case if you show up in a dirty robe an acne mask.

As for impressive homes, we’re lucky enough to live in an area with a lot of architectural diversity and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. What I react to most positively are homes with an open floor plan and lots of natural light where the yard feels like an extension of the house. Light and bright is the way to my heart.

Trinity Square Plaza: 3-story, 60,000 square foot office building located in Carrolton Texas

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Trinity Square Plaza is a 3-story, 60,000 square foot office building located in Carrolton Texas that offers the perfect combination of a suburban location with quick and easy access to all areas of the metroplex.

Trinity Square Plaza may not be a high-rise, trophy property, but the advantages of a smaller building are significant. Smaller buildings like this are the kind that most companies select for their office space. They are easily accessible for workers and visitors, convenient for services, and you don’t have to waste a lot of time worrying about parking or waiting for the elevator.

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Friday Four Hundred: Northwood Hills Family Home With Leave-It-To-Beaver Feel, and a Yard Big Enough for a Beaver Colony

Posted by    |    March 24th, 2012 at 5:15 am


You know how much I love Northwood Hills with those great Richardson schools! My nephews and nieces lived up here for years and all four are wonderfully educated. My nephew James is even making movies now with Tom Hanks. So when I tell you this house at 7507 Spring Valley Road is not just beautiful but a bargain, I kid you not. It sits on a freshly landscaped lot and the home overfloweth with updates. You get a whopping 4588 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, and two stories. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, newly stained cabinetry, a 6 burner gas cooktop, and those requisite granite countertops. Out the French doors the master bedroom overlooks a lush, .43 acre backyard with a pool, which is all about why I love me some Northwood Hills. But my favorite of all here is the newly strutted up master bath with jetted tub, shower, new countertops and gorgeous cabinetry.

Wait. Maybe my favorite is the newly reduced price: $499,999 reduced from $525,000.





— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at

Wanna Steal A Condo? T.O.’s Foreclosed Azure Unit Just Went on the Market For Peanuts: Dallas Real Estate News

Posted by    |    March 24th, 2012 at 5:15 am

I feel like this blog should be sponsored by Southwest Airlines today. Look at this babydoll, or rather what many say was supposed to be the “Baby Mama’s” pad: a one bedroom unit on the third floor of the Azure, 2900 McKinnon unit 307 fresh on the market for… are you sitting down, checkbook in hand? $254,000. No kidding. No wait: $254,900. God, what is $900? One bottle of good wine?

Poor Terrell Owens. His luxurious, 3559 square foot Azure condo upstairs with six parking garages sold at a short sale last November for about $1.4, if you will recall, or at least that’s where I called it.  Looks like a couple named Monsour bought in in early December, and the unit, which T.O. once was asking $2.25 for, is now on the books at $1.425 million. (I called it!) On 307,  Owens was delinquent on a $360,000 loan serviced by JPMorgan Chase. It’s 881 square feet and is currently on the DCAD books for $286,000,  last I looked. Which means, folks, this is a helluva deal. I am out of town right now or I’d be down there with my checkbook!


— Daily Local Real Estate Dish By Dallas Real Estate Insider — Candy Evans at