The HOTTEST Home Improvements for Resale in North Texas

Wondering what the HOTTEST Home Improvements and Interior Updates are in North Texas Right Now?

No doubt you can find a number of magazines and websites with articles on the best updates for resale.  The problem with these articles is that they focus on the national or global scale.  If you’ve ever renovated your home and then tried to sell it, you especially, know that $ in does not equate to $ out.  That being said, it’s important to know what updates are behind the fastest-selling homes in your specific area when considering renovating your home.

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Based upon multiple economists predictions, the housing market in Texas will continue strong in 2017 due to two dominating factors:  1)  The ever-increasing demand in housing in housing from the ever-increasing group of first-time home buyers, and 2) the continued job-growth.  While the upper-end luxury real estate market has tapered off, the demand for housing under $350,000 has increased more than ever.  With that demand, comes a younger crowd with different wants an needs. When considering selling a home, or considering renovating to get the most money for your home, its important to know what’s driving the wants / needs of these consumers to get the best “bang for your buck”!

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It’s important to understand what is going on in your local market to know how you stand up next to the competition. Based on a survey from yours truly 😉 of homes sold in North Texas (that went under contract within a week of being listed and sold for more than list-price), there was one dominating factor:  a move-in ready home.  With the growing number of younger home-buyers in our local market, I might also be so bold as to suggest that we can get a little “trendier” with updates to appeal to the current consumer opposed to the normally recommended “neutral traditional” winning the cake.  I don’t have to tell anyone that Millennials have a reputation for being BOLD.  They want a move-in ready home with character.  (Note:  I am not suggestion you do not need to repaint those purple and red accent walls; there is still something to be said for mass appeal and knowing what is popular in a given location within a specific price-range). We must know our audience to know how they will perceive our product!  How does one do this you might ask?


So what “are” the sought-after updates that are helping homes in North Texas sell faster than their competition (and for more money?!)

  1. Open Floorplans / Open Concept (I KNOW; surprise for me too!! ;0)

Knock that Wall Down!  People crave space they can relax and entertain in…

We are also still seeing a lot of “greige” paint in homes, with the aid of Revere Pewter…


2.  Gourmet Kitchens with Gas Ovens, Huge Islands that Double as Breakfast Bars


….don’t forget the “trendy pendant lighting” over the bar…


3.  Hardwood Flooring 

(The tile-like hardwood is a GREAT substitute-especially in areas with moisture, and makes for a great,  less-expensive route with the look of real hardwood!)


4.  Brick Accents and Limestone Washed Fireplaces


5.  Subway Tile Back Splash


6.  Mature Trees

Homes for Sale in Richardson, Homes in Eldorado in Mckinney and other areas of Collin County offer lush, treed lots.  Search for yours here!.


7.  New Roof

It probably does not surprise you that living in Texas, one might consider a new roof a definite “plus” when searching for their next home.  If your roof is in need of repairs, contact me!  I will be able to refer you to various roofers in DFW whom my clients have had great experiences with! 


8. New Front Door – The Mission-Style Door

Is there any surprise that consumers value a new front door as a sought-after amenity on their “must-have” list?  A simple investment that can instantly transform the exterior look of the home by adding life to curb-appeal,  as well as the immediate foyer area by allowing natural light to cascade in, creating more of a “homey” and “open” feel, this is a can’t lose investment when considering renovating your home.  (The mission style door, shown below, seems to make quite the appearance in renovated homes in Collin County right now).  This should be a shoe-in considering that most people make their first impressions within 7 seconds.  These pertinent seconds could be the seconds that decide if the buyer wants to even “come in” to your home or not…

**Don’t forget that “pop” of color next to your door to make your home feel inviting and well-cared for!**



Wondering how much your current updates could get you when selling a home?  Wondering what to do to your home to get top dollar? 

Contact me today to listen to your goals / discuss options to meet your goals!


Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | 214.901.1341-Cell – SEARCH FOR HOMES


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Boyd High School Zoned Featured Lake Front Home

This week’s featured lake-front home sits on an absolutely breath-taking lot with scenic water views and a beautiful cascade of trees.  This home for sale in Mckinney’s sought-after Boyd High School zone in Mckinney ISD has 4-bedrooms, 3.5 bath areas, a 3-car garage, and is 3784 SF.  As expected, this stunning home has just as many beautiful interior features as it does exterior beauty.


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Representing the seller is Beth Casey of Keller Williams North Collin County.  This brick and stone exterior home with to-die for views will not be available for long.  Set your viewing appointment today!  This home is for sale for $695,000.



This lake-front home in Lakeside Crossing gives you a serene and peaceful feeling from the moment you open the door.  The soaring, two-story ceilings and neutral paint elegantly coordinate with the dark, hardwood flooring.  What’s so extremely rare about this home you ask?  It’s one of the very few properties that overlook both the golf-course AND the lake!  Better yet, it was recently remodeled and move-in ready!



Is that an amazing view from your living room or what?!


You will instantly fall in love with this beautiful kitchen, which showcases yet another beautiful view of the pool and water from your breakfast nook.  Leathered granite, spanish revival fixtures and loads of natural lighting create just the right transitional atmosphere. The must-haves of gas-cooking, a Bosch dishwasher and luminous under-the-cabinet lighting provide an elegant touch with kitchen essentials!  This may be my personal favorite room of the entire home…

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Ready for a close-up of what all of those wall-to-wall windows have been looking out at…?



Dressed in popular Revere Pewter, this elegant master bedroom will coordinate well with both warm and cool tones.  What is that we see…?  Have you noticed the direct access to that lovely patio / entertaining area with an outdoor fireplace?  (This area also has amazing views of the lake, golf-course and heavily treed lot).  If you’re looking for a home for Sale under a Million in Mckinney with a fantastic view, don’t miss 1309 Hidden Meadow Road!

Ready for a few more views of that beautiful lot?!




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Mid-Century Modern Home in Dallas with a View of a Private, 3-Acre Lake!

Mid-Century Modern Homes in Dallas have been sought-after for some time now.  Perhaps it’s because of the lack of product on the market, or the lack of this style that is in such popular demand.  No doubt that as soon as you see a great Mid-Century Modern Renovation, it’s likely under contract just as soon as it hits the market (and sometimes before it even hits MLS!).  In many cases, this rare breed of homes is sold via “word of mouth” from your Real Estate Agent’s network (especially in the upper-end, luxury price-point). Today’s featured lake-front home in North Texas is non other than a fabulous mid-century modern renovation that sits on a private, 3-acre lake in Dallas, shared by only 16 other homes! bizerte-exterior-2


Both the views and the curb-appeal of this beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bath home will take your breath away.  Perfectly-manicured trees and a great Mid-Century Modern contemporary design welcome you as soon as you drive up.  This home is listed for sale at $599,000. Representing the sellers is Paul Kirkpatric of David Griffin and Company.

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Those soaring ceilings, bamboo flooring and the walls and walls of windows will simply take your breath away!  This open concept space allows for great natural light…and oh, the views!!  Cozy up next to one of THREE fireplaces and enjoy the beautiful colors of leaves in the fall, or the amazing landscape of blooms in the spring!


Move-in ready, this Mid-Century Modern is ready for you…



Equipped with all of the features that you can expect in this great home, the chef in the family will love the white-oak cabinets, stainless steel appliances and popular quartz counter tops (not to mention the “must-have” gas oven!).  With impressive qualities from the inside out, you simply won’t know which part of this lake-front home is your favorite. Built for entertaining, the open floorplan offers many “conversation areas”.



Can you imagine having dinner with this view every night?

View more photos of this Mid-Century Modern Home Here


Such a serene, relaxing view of the lake and your pool area, don’t you think?

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The only bad news?  This home is already under contract.

Contact Amy below to stay on top of Mid-Century Modern or Lake-Front Homes for Sale near Dallas, TX.  You must be quick to win the prize in this sellers market.  Let me help you stay on top of the best homes for sale in North Texas.

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Tanglewood at Stonebridge Ranch Featuring a Water-Front Home in Mckinney

Waterfront Homes in Mckinney are far and few between indeed!  Even with Stonebridge Ranch’s beautiful man-made lakes, water-front homes and gorgeous golf courses, if you’re seeking a home with a view in this popular area, you may find yourself in competition with other buyers seeking the same quality. This week’s featured lake-front home is in the prestigious community of Tanglewood at Stonebridge Ranch. With it’s exemplary-rated schools and sought-after Boyd High School zones, you easily find the best of both worlds:  a great community filled with pages and pages of Stonebridge Ranch amenities and an ever-growing night-life with amazing restaurants just minutes away on Mckinney’s downtown area (or better known as “the Mckinney Square”).



How about this view while you’re relaxing in your pool?

1105 Forest Lake Circle is this week’s featured lake-front home to drool over.  Representing the sellers on this beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bath home in Stonebridge Ranch is Katherine Neisman of Ebby Halliday.  It simply doesn’t get better than the panoramic views of both the lake AND the golf-course!  Walls and walls of windows showcase all of the beautiful scenery.  The Study even has a private courtyard!


With the beautiful curb-appeal that Stonebridge Ranch is famous for, you’ll instantly fall in love with this elevation and be the envy of all of your friends and family!  Lush landscaping and a meticulously-maintained lot enhance the beauty of this home.  Welcome home!



You’ll have more than enough room to entertain with TWO beautiful dining areas!


Notice the wall of windows show-casing all of your relaxing views?


Of course, this home wouldn’t be complete without the popular open-concept feel.


This 19 X 14 master suite can easily accommodate your King-size furniture.


If you have dreamed of a second-story balcony with a water view, now is your time to own your dream-home.  Listed at $650,000, this sought-after home could be yours!


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This Week’s Featured Lake Front Home is a French Country Design in Mckinney, TX

A lake-front home to one person does not always necessarily mean “lake-front” to another. Take today’s featured lake-front home in Collin County for example.  Just a glimmer of water outside of this lovely french-country design is just the perfect lake-front residence to some who do not want to be bothered with lease-fees for frontage access or the noise of others at the lake.  Sometimes, it’s simply about the atmosphere and view.

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With a fantastic price-tag of only $284,000, this lovely home in Eldorado Heights in Mckinney listed by Dacia Reyes of Coldwell Banker Apex, has the atmosphere you want to stay in the budget you crave!  A popular, open floorplan with the neutral, yet trendy “griege”, you’ll fall in love the moment you walk in.  If you’re looking for a home for sale in Mckinney under $300,000, be sure to check out this amazing 4-bedroom!


Rich hardwoods add grace and style against the neutral walls.  Multiple living areas create great space for a family room or to utilize as a home office area.


No french country look would be complete without distressed cabinets and an antiqued island!  You’ll love entertaining in this open kitchen area that overlooks your living room. Updated fixtures and hardware complete the look.  Lacking character, this home is NOT.


This immaculate, 4-bedroom, 2-bath home that overlooks a fishing pond and greenbelt could be yours for only $284,000!  


A great little get-away to relax and unwind, or entertain your best friends.  This area is “pergola ready” and provides lots of space for fun!  (Do you see the perfect wall for your outdoor TV?).  Enjoy the game with the boys, or gather your best gal pals for wine and “The Bachelor” night!  Don’t wait; this adorable and well-cared for home in Mckinney ISD will be gone!


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This Week’s Featured Lake Front Home is a Chateau Style in Flowermound

This week’s featured lake-front home is on Lake Grapevine and is sure to impress!   This exquisite estate rests on 2.3 acres in the sought after Chateau Du Lac and will make you feel far away from Texas with it’s scenic landscape.  5904 Rue Jordan has 7 bedrooms, and a bath for each room!  This stunning luxury estate with water view in Flower Mound is listed at $3,299,000.


This private lot features TWO luxurious pools!


With an elevation that’s sure to impress and sprawls the length of the street, this luxury home in Denton county comes complete with extensive balconies to enjoy the scenic water views.  This residence even comes equipped with a sports court!  With a 5-car garage, it’s sure to protect some of your most prized possessions.


With only the finest, high quality finish out, this home with take your breath away from the moment you enter.  This spacious 10, 203 square foot home in Flower Mound is definitely one-of-a-kind!  View more of this home listed by Dorothy Durham by Real T Team DFW today on my website.

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Soaring ceilings, candle-lit atmosphere and handsome hand-scraped hardwoods create an elegant yet comfortable ambiance.  Multiple french doors allow an escape to your private paradise.


This luxurious waterfront home in Denton County  has an amazing chef’s kitchen with gorgeous beamed ceilings.  You will love entertaining and making memories in this room. Complete with old world charm, this kitchen comes with a commercial-grade gas range and cooktop.


This gorgeous multi-level patio (one of many) features a calming view and great place to relax or entertain.  Complete with an outdoor kitchen, you will never want to leave your fabulous new home.  Fall in love with this gated home in Flower Mound today.


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1920 High Point Circle | For Sale in Celina

This acreage home in Celina is this week’s featured Lake-Front Listing.  In the sought-after community of High Point Estates lies 1920 High Point Circle. If you’re looking for a home with a picturesque view…read on:



This lovely 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath home is just under 4,000 sf (3780) and has a picturesque lot with water views you won’t soon forget.  French doors open to an amazing, private pool, making for a great place to unwind and enjoy the sunset after a long day.  Situated on 2 acres, you’re close enough to neighbors…but just far enough away 😉  This home for sale with a pool in Celina is sure to impress!




Listed by Kenneth Bloskas of Private Label Realty


Upon entering this beautiful home, you will immediately notice extensive crown molding and abundance of natural light glistening through all of the plantation shutters.  Well cared for, this home definitely has some impressive features.  A rarity, this home on acreage with a pool in Collin County also has a 3-car garage!


With a beautiful, spacious kitchen open to the family room, this floorplan is sure to be a hit for entertaining!  Imagine watching your favorite game with friends over, or simply enjoying a glass of wine around the cozy stone fireplace.  Ahhhh….life is good.



With french doors leading out to your pool area, this master bedroom is definitely a “retreat”.  Open those doors in the spring and enjoy some fresh air and a serene water view.


Even better, this master bedroom also has a fireplace; it just gets better and better, doesn’t it?




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Amy S. Arey, Realtor | Halo Group Realty, LLC | | 214.901.1341 

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