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Best 4th of July Fireworks in DFW

Parades. Picnics. Pool Parties. BBQ. Pie. FIREWORKS! No Fourth of July is complete without lying on a blanket under the stars watching brilliant explosions of color light up the summer night sky! The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the best places to watch fireworks in honor of our country’s independence. There are a multitude of cities putting on fantastic evening festivities over the Fourth of July weekend, ending with dynamite fireworks shows. Below are just a few of the amazing 4th of July fireworks options you have to choose from in DFW!

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July from all of us at DFW Realty by Design!

Contact expert DFW Realtor – Angelina Cook
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Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

Named one of the finest art festivals in the country, the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is not to be missed! On April 9-12, 2015, the best in food, music, and art will converge upon Downtown Fort Worth for the event of the season. The festival is free to attend; however, coupons for food and drink can be purchased on site.

In the festival’s 30th year, Blue Moon Brewing Company has joined as a presenting sponsor. There’s certainly no shortage of music and entertainment at the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, with three performance stages packed with great lineups. Special guests include the Latin rhythms of Tito Puente, Jr. With such a multitude of bands, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!

The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival Program Guide has all the information for the perfect experience, including parking and street closures, musician/band performance schedules, food and beverage menus, children’s activities, artist exhibitors, etc.

See the Program Guide here: http://www.mainstreetartsfest.org/festival-guide/.

Spring has sprung and we cannot think of a better way to celebrate this beautiful season than at the amazing Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival this weekend!

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Best Easter Brunch Spots in DFW

Eggs Benedict, Quiche Lorraine, French Toast, Omelettes, Mimosas…Easter Brunch is a wonderful springtime tradition! While hosting your own Easter celebration is a very special experience, sometimes it’s nice to hang up the apron and indulge in a relaxing Sunday morning of allowing others to serve YOU! The Dallas/Fort Worth area is ripe with delicious spots to celebrate Easter over a fine meal with your loved ones. Call in advance to make reservations, as many people will be descending upon the same places on Easter Sunday, April 5th, around Brunch time (typically 10am-2pm). Another note, this may not be the day to expect your favorite dish from your tried and true restaurants as many establishments will only serve from a set Brunch menu. Check the restaurant’s website for their menu options so you won’t have any disappointing surprises on Sunday.

Read the suggestions from D Magazine (below) for some of the best Easter Brunch spots in DFW.

Happy Easter and Happy Brunching from all of us at DFW Realty by Design (http://www.dfwrbd.com/)!

“These restaurants will do the wining and dining for you this Easter.

Jasper’s
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Mimi’s Cafe
The Ranch at Las Colinas
SER
The Second Floor
Hotel St. Germain
The Mercury
Lavendou Bistro Provençal
Bistro 31
Penne Pomodoro
Sangria
Toulouse
Stephan Pyles
Kitchen LTO
Hibashi
R Bar & Grill
The Gin Mill
Victory Tavern
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Jasper’s

“Easter is approaching, so to ensure your holiday is happy and you’re well-fed, Jasper’s is hosting a special brunch on Easter Sunday with Jazz Band Brother Pete’s Sunday Best Ensemble, featuring Clate Bowen. While listening to songs popularized by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, Kent Rathbun’s team will be preparing a three-course menu featuring a variety of dishes, from soups and salads to crab cakes, omelets, French toast and glazed ham. And of course, the Jasper’s staff will handle everything, which means no cooking, no dishes and no hosting for a stress-free day. So make a reservation, and make it an Easter to remember.

When: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Price: $38 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations: Reservations are recommended. Please call 469-229-9111.”


Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

” Fogo restaurants nationwide will celebrate Easter Sunday by extending their hours, welcoming guests from 11:00am until 9:00pm. Children 6 years of age and under eat for free, and kids 7 to 12 dine at half price.

WHAT: Family Easter Celebration

WHERE: Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

For U.S. locations visit http://www.fogo.com

WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 2014 11:00am – 9:00pm

COST:Easter lunch and dinner prices vary by location – see website (fogo.com)”


Mimi’s Cafe

“Mimi’s Cafe is serving several special treats for all guests this Easter! In addition to signature brunch items, including Fried Chicken & Waffles, Smoked Salmon Benedict and Hickory-Smoked Ham & Swiss Crepes, guests can enjoy an Easter Three Course Menu. Served from 11:30 a.m., the menu includes:
Starters: Soup (French Onion, Corn Chowder or Tomato Basil) OR a House or Caesar salad
Main Courses: Slow-Roasted Turkey with Apple Orange Cranberry Relish or Hickory Smoked Ham with Orange Dijon Glaze. Side dishes are Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Cornbread Stuffing and Sautéed Green Beans with Bacon and Caramelized Onions.
Dessert: Decadent Triple Croissant Bread Pudding –all-butter, chocolate and almond croissants with salted caramel and whipped cream.
Adult price is $16.99 and kids are $8.99.”


The Ranch at Las Colinas

The Ranch_Easter Brunch Menu


SER

“SER Steak + Spirits is celebrating Easter Sunday with an elegant, four-course brunch menu prepared by Chef Anthony Van Camp. Guests will choose from a selection of menu items from each of the four courses. Chef Anthony Van Camp has prepared a very special dessert for the holiday called SERiously Easter made with Cadbury Egg, Peeps and pistachio cake.

WHEN:
Sunday, April 5 from 10a.m. – 2p.m.

COST:
$75 per person

WHERE:
SĒR Steak + Spirits
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207″


The Second Floor

“Skip the cooking this Easter and enjoy a celebratory brunch feast at The Second Floor where you’ll go on a culinary hunt at the sweet and savory waffle station, and select from dishes such as Pomegranate & Jalapeno Glazed Ham, Roast Beef with Cabernet Demi-Glace & Horseradish Crème, Blueberry French Toast Bread Pudding and much, much more.

Kids will love the two Easter egg hunts that will take place during brunch hours, and an appearance by the Easter bunny.

WHEN:
Sunday, April 5th
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt
Noon & 2:30 p.m.
*Pictures with the Easter bunny

RESERVATIONS:
Reservations are recommended to be made via Open Table or by phone: 972.450.2978

COST:
$58 per adult
$26 per child (ages 6-12)
FREE for children ages 5 and under
*Tax and 18% service charge will be added to check

WHERE:
13340 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
Level 2″


Hotel St. Germain

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The Mercury

Chef Chris Ward invites you and your family to celebrate Easter Sunday at The Mercury this year with a buffet-style Easter Brunch. Enjoy a delicious selection of both lunch and brunch entrees, salads, side items and desserts. Now accepting reservations.

WHAT: Easter Brunch Buffet
WHEN: Sunday, April 5, 2015 11:00AM – 3:00PM
PRICE: Adults $49.95, Children 10 and under half price
WHERE: The Mercury 11909 Preston Road, Suite 1418 Dallas, TX 75240
RESERVATIONS:(972) 960-7774
http://www.themercurydallas.com/reserve.php


Lavendou Bistro Provençal

“Easter Brunch at Lavendou Bistro Provençal is always a celebration tradition of French culinary treats, and Easter 2015 at the classic destination is a lovely three-course experience on Sunday, April 5.

The Lavendou team led by Chef and owner Pascal Cayet are preparing the following selections in a three-course prix-fixe brunch.The Lavendou Easter Sunday 2015 brunch has three courses for $38.95 per person. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5.

To make plans for Easter Sunday 2015, contact Lavendou at 972-248-1911, or e-mail provencial@aol.com.”


Bistro 31

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Penne Pomodoro

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Sangria

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Toulouse

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Stephan Pyles

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Kitchen LTO

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Hibashi

“The Easter Sunday celebration at Hibashi on April 5 will include two special rolls created by the sushi chef team for everyone to enjoy at the holiday gathering. The hibachi chefs at Hibashi will also be cooking a special Steak and Lobster special, along with serving the restaurant’s popular full menu of favorites.

The Easter Egg Roll includes soft-shell crab, crab, shichimi powder, sesame oil, wrapped in avocado and topped with masago, spicy mayo. $18

The Springtime Joy Roll also features soft-shell crab, crab, shichimi powder, sesame oil, wrapped in tuna, spicy mayo. $18″


R Bar & Grill

“WHAT: R Bar & Grill offers guests a decadent dinner this Easter with two pre-set dinner options. Let R Bar & Grill do all the work this Easter, so you can sit back and enjoy your time with the family.

WHEN:Easter, April 5th, 2015 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WHERE: R Bar & Grill 2401 E Lamar Blvd Arlington, TX”


The Gin Mill

“Henderson eatery The Gin Mill celebrates Easter April 3-5 with their popular Easter Roast. Enjoy Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with homemade mint sauce served alongside petit pois, roasted potatoes and salad for $18. The popular a la carte menu is also available. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday 4pm-2am, Friday 3pm-2am, Saturday and Sunday 11am-2am. The kitchen is open until 11pm Sunday – Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The Gin Mill is located at 1921 North Henderson. For more information call 214-824-3343 or go to http://www.ginmilldallas.com.”


Victory Tavern

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Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

WHAT: Five Sixty will open its doors for brunch on Easter Sunday offering an array of Asian-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes and spectacular views of the Dallas skyline. Easter brunch is priced at $55 for adults and $30 for children (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.741.5560.

WHEN: Sunday, April 5th, 2015 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Reunion Tower

300 Reunion Boulevard

214.741.5560

http://www.wolfgangpuck.com”

From D Magazine: http://sidedish.dmagazine.com/2015/03/27/where-to-book-easter-brunch-in-dallas-2015/

Strong Seller’s Market in DFW

It’s a perfect storm for a strong seller’s market in the Dallas/Arlington/Ft. Worth area. North Texas home prices are up 12% from last year. Housing inventory is currently very low in the DFW area, thus driving up the prices for sellers. Even better for sellers, most homeowners have a great deal more equity in their homes than they thought due to the North Texas market surge over the past several years.

If you have been thinking about selling your home, now is the time! April is historically a busy month for real estate, as many people choose Spring to put their home on the market. Even though DFW housing inventory is low, there’s no telling how much the market will be flooded with homes in April and May. If you are looking to make a huge profit on the sale of your home, don’t wait – now is your opportunity. The market is extremely hot right now and sellers have the upper hand.

If you want to take advantage of this strong seller’s market, expert North Texas realtor, Angelina Cook with DFW Realty by Design, is ready to get your home sold! Contact Angelina today to get in while DFW is one of the top housing markets in the U.S.

Contact: Angelina Cook

Ph: 817.217.7779

Email: angelina@dfwrbd.com

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Owner Financing – Is it the right decision for you?

If you are on the house hunt, you may have come across a home for sale listed as ‘Owner Financed’. Here’s a quick guide to see if it is a good fit for you as a buyer or seller!

1. What is Owner Financing?

When the buyer finances the purchase of the house (minus the down payment) through the seller. Basically, the seller gives the buyer the loan on the home, instead of a conventional lender, such as a bank.

2. How is the loan paid?

The buyer and seller agree on the loan terms: interest rate, monthly payment amount, length of loan (usually short, 3-10 years), and consequences of default. Often, there is a balloon payment – an oversized payment due at the end of the mortgage.

3. How much is the down payment?

Amounts will vary (up to 30% or more), but most owner financing sellers will want a significant amount down to protect their equity. If a buyer is willing to put a hefty amount down up front, it gives the seller more confidence that the buyer is unlikely to go into foreclosure.

4. What are the different types of Owner Financing?

Land contracts;

Promissory notes and mortgage: all-inclusive mortgage, junior mortgage;

Lease purchase agreements

5. Why is Owner Financing good for a buyer?

A buyer does not need to go through the difficult qualification process of a conventional lender; although most sellers will at least do a credit check. The flexibility of designing your own payment plan that fits your needs is very appealing to most buyers. Little to no closing costs is one of the biggest perks, as there are none of the fees that go along with a lending institution. In addition, change of possession of the home usually occurs faster since the seller and buyer can schedule their own closing date.

6. Why is Owner Financing good for a seller?

A seller receives a nice monthly income by serving as the lender. Sellers have the opportunity to make money on a current investment as the interest rate is usually higher for owner financing than traditional financing. A seller can ask for a higher interest rate than a traditional lender depending on the market and the popularity of the home (i.e. if traditional interest rates are 4%, a seller could ask for 6-10%). Since owner financing is rare, these homes tend to sell pretty fast because they stand out. The seller can often get full asking price when selling with owner financing. A seller will receive a tax break compared to a traditional home sale because you only have to report the income received per year. It is also a great opportunity to get a buyer in your property faster as the buyer can take advantage of the flexibility of owner financing while they work with a lender to determine what they need to do to obtain traditional financing before the balloon payment is due.

If you are looking to buy or sell an Owner Financed property, expert realtor Angelina Cook with DFW Realty by Design is at your service! Contact her today to take advantage of this unique way to buy or sell your home.

Contact: Angelina Cook

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Email: angelina@dfwrbd.com

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Moving On Up – Purchasing Your Second Home

Is your family outgrowing your house? Do you need more entertaining space? Taking in a sick or elderly relative? If the answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, then upsizing is the solution for you!

It might be time to consider purchasing your next home, right here in North Texas. Forbes Magazine has named Dallas and Fort Worth two of the top 10 cities in the U.S. to invest in housing in 2015 due to their diversified economies (http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2015/01/09/best-buy-cities-where-to-invest-in-housing-in-2015/2/). With its parks, museums, zoos, convenient shopping, professional sports teams, and much more – North Texas is an ideal place to settle down and raise a family.

While moving into a bigger home sounds exhilarating, it’s not without its share of stress. Consider these tips to help make your transition a smooth one:

  • Keep your old furniture: Even though you will be excited to fill your new and improved home with new furniture…wait. Live in your new place with your old belongings for a few months to make sure you know what measurements, configurations, and designs will fit with your family’s lifestyle and the flow of the house.
  • Don’t skimp on storage: A bigger home does not always mean more storage space. Make sure your new house has the space to accommodate your storage needs; or, be prepared to get rid of unnecessary items before you move.
  • Sell first: Finding a buyer for your current home will give you a better idea of your exact budget for upsizing. Buying your bigger home before you have sold your current one puts you at the risk of making payments on two homes at the same time. And if your home does not sell for the price you had hoped, you may find yourself in a difficult financial situation due to the purchase of your new home.

If you and your family are ready to upsize, look no further than DFW Realty by Design. Realtor Angelina Cook is an expert in the North Texas area and will make selling your old home and buying your ‘bigger and better’ one a stress-free process. 2015 is a great time for the North Texas housing market, so take advantage now! Let DFW Realty by Design be your guide to upsizing into your new home.

Contact Angelina Cook

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The Duplex Investment

Are you ready for an investment that does all the work for you? Investing in a duplex (a house or building with separate entrances and living spaces for two separate tenants) is a keen financial move for just about any stage of your life. Here are some reasons why:

  • Affordability: Most duplexes are less expensive than a single family home with comparable square footage, and number of beds/baths.
  • Profitability: You can always choose to rent out one side of the duplex to get a constant cash flow while you live in the other unit and have the comfort and perks of living in your own home. Even better, if/when you move on to purchase your next home, you can keep the duplex as a permanent rental property and reap those profits for years to come.
  • Caring for Family Members: If you have an aging or ill relative that needs a caretaker living with them or nearby, a duplex offers the perfect set-up. With your relative in one unit and you in the other, you have immediate access to your family member while still preserving your personal space. What’s more, both parties can feel like they are living in their own home, which gives many people great peace of mind.
  • Achieve Faster Home Equity: According to Duplex.net, “If the goal is to earn home equity then living on one side and renting the other side provides you with the ability to make double mortgage payments each month effectively halving your mortgage term. This reduces the interest paid and accelerates your home equity which can be borrowed against if needed”(http://blog.duplex.net/duplex-homes-5-reasons-to-buy-a-duplex/).

Think you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of duplexes/triplexes/etc.? Now is a great time to buy in North Texas! Currently, there are numerous duplex options for sale at fantastic prices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you are interested in investing in a duplex, DFW Realty by Design is here to help you on your journey. Our real estate expert, Angelina Cook, has many stellar properties that could be the start of your long future of duplex investment profits.

Contact Angelina Cook

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