Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!


Williams Trew is Fort Worth’s leading residential real estate brokerage. Our team of highly experienced agents have been representing and living alongside homebuyers and sellers in our community for decades. From its rich cattle trade history to its evolution into the modern west, Fort Worth is a remarkable place to call home and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Williams Trew is Fort Worth True!

 

The Best & Brightest

Forgive us if we toot our own “horn”ed frog, but Fort Worth is home to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas A&M University School of Law and Tarrant County College District are just a few of the institutions of higher learning that attract the best and brightest faculty and students. You could say great minds think alike. 

How the West Was Won

Fort Worth Stockyards

Relive the heyday of the wild west! Witness a real-life cattle drive. Watch drovers (cattlemen) as they demonstrate grooming and saddling a horse, roping and other horsemanship techniques. History buffs will enjoy the Stockyards Museum with its collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits documenting the importance of the stockyards to Fort Worth and Texas. Finally, be sure to grab some grub at any one of the many authentic Texas barbecue or Tex-Mex restaurants.

Call of the Wild

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the oldest major botanic garden in Texas. The FWBG is composed of 25 specialty gardens and has long been known for its tropical, rose and Japanese gardens. Be sure to visit the Rose Garden, considered to be the most romantic garden and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will love the Native Texas Boardwalk with its 13 educational stations such as hollow log, speaking tubes, and balance beams. The Boardwalk also offers a shaded pathway from the northern gardens to the southern gardens.

The Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo is home to over 540 species including 148 bird species, 172 ectotherm species, and 72 species of mammals. As part of their  “Wilder Vision,” the zoo has set out to create new habitat space and renovate existing habitats. Habitats include African Savanna, Elephant Springs, Australian Outback, Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon and World of Primates to name just a few. 

Culture Club

Fort Worth’s Cultural District includes some of the finest museums in the country – all within a short distance of each other and located just west of downtown.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum hosts a permanent collection of masterpieces as well as international on-loan and traveling exhibitions. The museum also offers workshops, tours, lectures and happy hours.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

“The Carter” is a celebration of American creativity. The museum’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art” and it fulfills this mission impeccably with its collection of various artworks, artists and mediums ranging from the eighteenth century to present day. 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern is the master at showcasing art from the 1940s to the present day. The building itself, the vision of renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a modern work of art with its stunning composition of steel, concrete and glass. Its ever evolving collection invites audiences to experience the “most compelling art and ideas of our time”.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a member of the Smithsonian Affiliate program and features exhibitions such as the DinoLabs, DinoDig, Innovation Studios, the Children’s Museum, Energy Blast, and the Cattle Raiser’s Museum.

The Sundance Kid

Sundance Square

This downtown district is literally Fort Worth’s entertainment hub. Sundance Square is abuzz with performers, events and concerts year round. As people walk along the plaza, they are met with a seemingly endless number of bars, restaurants and shops to choose from. For a more peaceful experience, visitors can enjoy the iconic Fort Worth Water Gardens with its beautiful pools and waterfalls. If you have the opportunity, see a live performance at the Bass Performance Hall.

Bass Performance Hall

Bass Performance Hall is a premier performing arts venue in North Texas. The lights of Broadway shine just as bright in Fort Worth as Bass Hall hosts Broadway at the Bass. Throughout the season, see such performances as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar and the critically acclaimed Hamilton.

Jubilee Theatre

Celebrating 40 years, The Jubilee Theatre is the original home of African-American theater in North Texas. The Jubilee gives voice to the African-American experience while inviting a diverse audience. Through music and plays, the Jubilee emanates the universal messages that transcend all cultures.

Coyote Drive-In Theatre & Canteen

Located on Panther Island, northwest of Sundance Square, catch a double feature under the stars. Burgers, wings and of course popcorn and candy are available at the Canteen’s covered concession area. The Canteen also serves a wide variety of craft, domestic and imported beers as well as red and white wines. Rain or shine, you won’t be stranded at the drive-in. 

Instagram Worthy

Murals

You don’t need to be a social media influencer to #love the murals that adorn Fort Worth’s building facades. Sprinkled throughout Fort Worth’s many unique neighborhoods, visiting each mural is like a colorful, vibrant scavenger hunt in search of the perfect photo op. 

Local Flavor

Anywhere you visit, when it comes to restaurants, eat where the locals eat. 

Reata Restaurant |  Downtown | Texas cuisine

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse | Downtown | Traditional steakhouse

Wicked Butcher | Downtown | Modern steakhouse

The Woodshed Smokehouse | TCU/Fort Worth Zoo | All things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked

Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant | Stockyards | Mexican cuisine

Ellerbe Fine Foods | Magnolia Village | Fine dining meets farm-to-table

Saint-Emilion Restaurant | Cultural District | Upscale French bistro

Heim Barbecue | Magnolia Village | Farm-to-Smoker Barbecue

Waters Restaurant | Sundance Square | Southwest and Louisiana Seafood

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro | Stockyards | Urban western cuisine

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen | TCU/FW Zoo | Family recipes meet modern culinary techniques

Noteworthy Neighborhoods

Clearfork – Edwards Ranch

Located along Fort Worth’s Chisholm Trail Parkway, this multi-phase, master-planned community will encompass 270 acres of residential, riverfront access, hotel, retail, dining, entertainment, office and green space and hike-and-bike trails. 

Magnolia Village

In 2018, Magnolia Avenue was named one of the “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association. It’s close proximity to historic neighborhoods and the medical district have made this a desirable, mixed-use neighborhood. Magnolia Village continues to transform as housing options expand, businesses open, and new construction projects are underway.  

South Main Village

It began with the restoration of the Markeen Apartments, but it didn’t stop there. Little by little, Sawyer Grocery, Miller Manufacturing and Supreme Golf buildings experienced their own transformation. Today, South Main Village is home to new residential units, offices, bars and music venues such as Shipping & Receiving. Ongoing construction signals the addition of new mixed-use and residential units as well as the adaptation of existing structures to maintain the charm of this eclectic neighborhood.

West 7th & Montgomery Plaza

West 7th may bridge together downtown and the Cultural District, but it has an identity all its own. West 7th is a five-block, pedestrian-friendly urban village which offers fashion retailers, dining and entertainment venues such as Movie Tavern, an in-theatre dining experience. Montgomery Plaza was once the home of the Montgomery Ward Company and has since been transformed into a new luxury residential community.

 

Springtime is the Ideal Time


pansies in front of stone home

 

After cooler-than-normal temperatures, it’s welcome news that we’ll be enjoying temperatures in 70s and 80s this weekend in North Texas.

 

And, you can bet that with our spring weather potential buyers will increasingly be out and about discovering homes for sale across the region. Not surprisingly, those with the best “curb appeal” are often the first to sell.

 

Buyers often pass quick judgment on a property based on its drive-up appeal. A small investment in time and money to spruce up your property’s appearance could mean fewer days on the market and a higher sales price.

 

Below are a few areas in particular on which you should focus:

*  For a burst of color, plant spring flowers.

*  Tidy up your gardens.

*  Remove glass from light fixtures around your home’s front door and clean thoroughly.

*  Wash down your front door. If the sun has faded the paint, consider repainting.

*  Clean and polish your front door’s hardware. Replace it if necessary.

*  Check your house numbers. Are they still in good shape and visible from the street? If not, replace them.

*  Wash the windows. If this isn’t your strong suit, hire a professional.

*  Check your roof to make sure no shingles are missing or damaged.

*  Remove debris from your gutters and drain spouts.

*  Clean your patio furniture. You want potential buyers to be able to visualize your outdoor living area’s potential.

 

If you’re considering listing your home, contact an Ebby Associate to learn more about how to prepare it to sell in today’s ultra-competitive market and how Williams Trew will market your home, both locally and globally, to produce the most-favorable results for you. To get started, visit williamstrew.com.

 

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


 

Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

 

Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

 

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

 

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

 

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.

 

To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find the right agent for your real estate needs, visit williamstrew.com.

 

 

Top Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


Homes selling above asking price, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth – it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is booming.

To help you navigate these unprecedented home-buying and selling waters, we’ve gathered top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

Buyer’s Tips
*  Be qualified. Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Home Team Mortgage Company, William Trew’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Home Team Mortgage Company for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

*  Act quickly. In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer – other buyers will likely be doing the same.

*  Offer a compelling price. Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

Seller’s Tips
*  Market to everyone near and far. You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Williams Trew, it will enjoy exposure on williamstrew.com.

*  Respond and keep momentum. There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

*  Don’t be greedy. If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Williams Trew Associate will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home-inspection and closing process.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact one of Williams Trew’s offices and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

Texas Homeowner? Don’t Miss the Opportunity for Savings


 

Among the many benefits of living in Texas is the Lone Star State’s Homestead Exemption law, which allows a partial exemption from local property taxes for your primary residence.

Applications for property tax exemptions are filed with your local appraisal district. The general deadline for filing an application is April 30.

The Application for Residential Homestead Exemption is available here. A list of appraisal district addresses and phone numbers is available here.

If you have any questions regarding residential real estate, Williams Trew and our respected associates are ready to serve you. To find just the right professional for your real estate needs, visit williamstrew.com.

Pick Your Pumpkins from the Patch


With more breezy mornings and somewhat cooler weather in North Texas, the time is now for iconic fall traditions.

Whether you’re planning a delicious dish or adorning your porch with festive décor, these seasonal spots offer endless options for your perfect pumpkin search.

FORT WORTH

The Green Space Pumpkin Patch
3005 East Belknap Street, Fort Worth
Open: October 1 – 31
Weekdays, by appointment only
Weekend, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Arlington Heights UMC
4200 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
Open: October 11 – 31
Sunday-Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

ALVARADO

Sunset Hill Tree Farm Pumpkin Patch
3400 County Road, 206, Alvarado
Open: October 2 – 31

ARLINGTON

St. John the Apostle UMC Pumpkin Patch
5450 Mansfield Road, Arlington
Open: October 12 – 31

AUBREY

Aubrey Pumpkin Patch
1042 W. Sherman Drive, Suite 201, Aubrey
Open: September 26 – November 8

BEDFORD

Pumpkin Hollow
209 Harwood Road, Bedford
Open: October 2 – 31

CANTON

Canton Pumpkin Patch Yesterland Farm
15410 Interstate 20, Canton
Open: Select dates, September 19 – November 8

CLEBURNE

Mainstay Farm Family Pumpkin Days
1004 W. Bethesda Road, Cleburne
Open: September 25 – November 1

DALLAS

Autumn at the Arboretum
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
Open: September 19 – November 1

Green Meadow Petting Farm
6400 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas
Open: October 9 – 31

DFW Pumpkin Patch at the Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas
Open: September 12 – October 31

St. James Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch
9845 McCree Road, Dallas
Open: September 26 – October 31

DENISON

Elves Christmas Tree Farm
601 Harvey Lane, Denison
Open: October 3 – 31

GUNTER

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm
15102 TX-289, Gunter
Open: September 26 – November 25

FAIRVIEW

Creekwood Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival
261 Country Club Road, Fairview
Open: October 4 – 31

FLOWER MOUND

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
5100 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
Open: October 3 – 31

FORNEY

The Gentle Zoo Pumpkin Patch
12600 FM 2932, Forney
Open: October 1 – 31 (while supplies last)

FRISCO

Pumpkins on the Prairie
3521 Main St., Frisco
Open: October 17 – 31

GRAPEVINE

Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze
3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine
Open: Beginning October 2

MANSFIELD

St. John Youth Ministry
1218 E. Debbie Lane, Mansfield
Open Daily: September 21 – October 31

MCKINNEY

Storybook Ranch
3701 Custer Road, McKinney
Open: September 26 – November 1

MIDLOTHIAN

Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm
1530 Indian Creek Drive, Midlothian
Open: October 3 – November 1

PLANO

Pumpkin Patch on the Corner
3101 Coit Road, Plano
Open: September 28 – October 31

RICHARDSON

Arapaho United Methodist Church
1400 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson
Open: October 3 – 31, 2020

ROCKWALL

Blase Family Farm
1232 E. Fork Rd, Rockwall
Open: September 26 – November 1

SOUTHLAKE

The Patch at Southlake
101 E. Highland St., Southlake
Open: September 27 – October 31

STEPHENVILLE

Lone Star Family Farm
4199 U.S. Highway 67, Stephenville
Open: September 26 – November 7

Be sure to visit each pumpkin patch website for specific times, cost and safety information.

Nations Home Warranty Offers Concierge-Style Service


Shot of a mother and son baking together in the kitchen

 

The Ebby Halliday Companies, of which Williams Trew is a proud member, are excited to announce a new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, a widely respected Dallas-Fort Worth-based home warranty services provider that has served the North Texas region since 1996. Known for exceptional service, Nations Home Warranty offers concierge service regardless of a home’s price point.

“The Ebby Halliday Companies take pride in continuing to innovate, adding new tools and services that meet agent and market needs and ultimately provide a preeminent experience for our clients,” says Vice President of Finance and Operations Anthony Jackson. “Adding Nations Home Warranty to our arsenal of tools is exactly the type of service that sets our agents and company apart.”

Says Vice President of Core Services Catherine Sims, “We believe Nations Home Warranty is a great local fit in our market. Partnering with this respected brand is a win-win for our agents and our valued clients.”

Sims says that after working with Jonathan Seem, senior vice president of new channel partnerships, and Julie Jones, vice president of real estate sales for Nations Home Warranty, the direction was clear. “Offering a well-established, well-known and respected second warranty partner that will provide exceptional service to our Associates and their clients is something we really wanted to provide,” she says.

In addition to this new partnership with Nations Home Warranty, the Ebby Halliday Companies proudly partner with American Home Shield to provide home warranty services.

“Our clients always have a choice on the products and services they utilize in their real estate transactions but through these partnerships we’re making it easier than ever to help our agents stand out as the experts in the marketplace,” says Sims.

To learn more about Nations Home Warranty, visit home-warranty.com.

Rapid Close Gets You Home Faster


 

At Williams Trew we’re proud to offer Rapid Close, a seamless signing experience that allows you to electronically sign most closing documents before closing. Rapid Close is offered through our affiliated mortgage company, Prosperity Home Mortgage.

 

With Rapid Close, borrowers can sign all eligible documents electronically prior to closing, leaving you with a limited amount of paperwork to sign at the closing table. Rapid Close saves time, allowing you more time to review documents and ask questions before closing – and gets you to the finish line faster!

 

5 Simple Steps to Rapid Close

Get the Invitation: You’ll receive an email to access your closing package prior to your scheduled closing date.

 

Review Documents: After a quick account setup, you’ll be able to review all of your loan documents prior to the closing date.

 

eSign Documents: On the day of closing, you can electronically sign all eligible documents in advance of your in-person meeting.

 

Documents are Sent: The e-signed documents are then shared with the mortgage consultant and all necessary parties.

 

In-Person Meeting: Sign the remainder of your documents and complete the closing in-person!

 

Contact a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant today to learn more about Rapid Close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Tips for North Texas Home Buyers and Sellers


 

With a shortage of available inventory, numerous offers for the same property, hip-pocket listings shared only by word of mouth — it’s no secret that the North Texas housing market is very strong.

To help you navigate the home-buying and selling waters, we polled Williams Trew agents and collected their top tips for today’s buyers and sellers.

BUYER’S TIPS

Be qualified
Pre-plan financing by meeting with a mortgage lender ahead of time and receive a pre-approval letter that may be submitted when you make a written offer. “Less paperwork and more personal attention” is more than a saying at Prosperity Home Mortgage, Williams Trew’s affiliated mortgage source. Contact Prosperity Home Mortgage for a frustration-free experience from loan application to decision.

Act quickly
In a hot market, acting slowly or sleeping on it may cost you the opportunity to buy the home of your dreams. If you’ve found a home you’d be thrilled with, don’t wait to submit an offer — other buyers will likely be doing the same.

Offer a compelling price
Sellers often price their homes based on historical sold data or appraisals, and in a strong market where prices are rising rapidly, homes may sell for the listing price or higher. Study the sold comps, but also compare the house you want to other homes on the market, and ask yourself, “What price am I willing to pay, and at what price am I willing to lose this house?”

SELLER’S TIPS

Market to everyone near and far
You have the best chance of selling your home for the highest price by exposing it to the largest number of potential buyers. When you list your home with Williams Trew, it will enjoy worldwide exposure on williamstrew.com.

Respond and keep momentum
There is an old adage that time kills deals. A buyer’s interest is at a peak level at the time he or she submits an offer, so keep the momentum going, choose the best offer, and respond promptly in writing.

Don’t be greedy
If a buyer offers an acceptable price and terms, sign the offer and your Williams Trew agent will schedule a closing appointment and expertly guide you through the home inspection and closing process.

Have a buying or selling question not addressed in this post? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.

 

Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Photo of 3 paint cans with paintbrush

 

If you’ve ever had to pick a paint color you know this major truth, the options are endless. Choosing the right paint color can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these 10 tips and you’ll have a new sense of confidence next time you’re in the paint aisle.

 

Bring Inspiration: Take along an existing pillow, piece of fabric, or photo of your space. This will help you make more informed decisions.

 

The Right Light: Make sure to view your paint or paint chips in natural light to assure you’re seeing the color correctly. Paint looks different under artificial light, so try holding the chip near a window or painting a sample on your wall first.

 

Take Home Testers: All the major paint retailers sell paint in small, tester sizes. These are perfect to take home and try out before committing to a full gallon of paint. The small amount will provide you with enough paint to give you an idea of what it would really be like to live with the color.

 

Try Multiple Shades: If you’re having trouble choosing, buy multiple testers and paint side-by-side squares on your walls. Live with them for a few days so you get the chance to see how the colors look morning, noon, and night. Make sure to mark them with identifiers so you’ll remember which one you liked best.

 

Choose Your Drama: Look to the color wheel for inspiration. Colors close together will make a room calm while those farther apart add drama.

 

Do What You Love: Start with a color you love, even if it’s not popular at the moment. Doing this will assure you’ll love the color for years to come. Just remember, your favorite color comes in a range of hues.

 

Lighten Up: If you’re afraid a hue may be too dark, ask the mixer to do a 50 percent tint of the color to lighten it up. Custom colors can also give a room a designer look, but make sure to jot down the specifics of your color for future touch-ups.

 

Room to Room: If you have rooms that are open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, which will make the spaces feel chopped up and small.

 

Go Bold: Small rooms that are visited more rarely, like a library or half-bath, can be done in stronger colors that make a statement.

 

Spraying vs. Rolling: Rolling may be the most popular choice, but it’s also the most time consuming and requires touch ups more often. On the other hand, spraying results in a more high-end, professional look that also cuts painting time in half. You can rent high-volume, low-pressure sprayers at most home-improvement stores. With both options make sure you properly cover the areas you don’t want painted.