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Move up to luxury living....now!

by Sturges Group

You've been dreaming of the luxury home you'd like to someday purchase.  Great news for you....stop dreaming and start looking for the dream home that meets all your expectations!


4 Reasons why NOW is the time to move up to luxury:

1. Current interest rates are below 4%!  The cheaper rates makes your luxury home much more affordable.

2. Home prices are now stabilized and lower than in the peak selling season of spring & summer.

3. Insurance premiums are lower now than in the peak season, impacting the affordability of your purchase.

4. While home prices are lower for luxury homes at this time, rental prices are expected to continue to rise in this market segment.

 

The Dallas/Fort Worth area has many exception luxury home communities of which to choose.  Contact the Sturges Group to help you find the community and luxury home that meets all your specifications.

Housing Market Update for Dallas/Fort Worth Communities

by Sturges Group

The Dallas/Fort Worth real estate market continued its hot streak throughout September. Each community saw many additional houses being sold from the month before. In all cities, except for Hurst, the amount sold in September 2017 was higher than that sold the same month in the previous year. Home prices remained remarkably consistent to what they were in August and mark a sizable increase from prices last year. Homes continued to move quickly (within 3 months) from the time of listing to the closing dates.



Area Housing Activity Report for North Texas Real Estate

Statistics for the Month of September 2017

Area

Sales

% Change Year Ago

Average Price

% Change Year Ago

Days On Market (DOM)

% Change Year Ago

Bedford

459

4%

$251,133

7%

20

-5%

Euless

511

7%

$286,143

10%

35

-3%

Hurst

500

-10%

$232,090

11%

19

-14%

Colleyville

363

7%

$623,580

5%

64

19%

Grapevine

461

1%

$371,160

6%

28

8%

Southlake

492

11%

$799,140

9%

50

-15%

Keller

732

3%

$452,098

8%

42

5%


Dallas/Fort Worth buyers and sellers should work with the area’s Top Realtor to help navigate the current housing market and make your dreams a reality. If you are looking to Buy in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, find the perfect home for you and your family using our MLS Search. There are great resources for those looking to Sell as well. Find out your Home's Worth today. Our team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.sturgesgroup.com/.


Fire Prevention Safety Tips & Family Escape Routes.

by Sturges Group

It's time to ensure your family's safety in the event of a home fire.

National Fire Prevention Week allows us time to review safety tips with our family and plan an effective escape route from our home.  Tragically, home fires happen on a continual basis and needs to be discussed with our family.  Here are some safety tips to keep you safe:

1. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in proper working order.

2. Make sure your house numbers are clearly visible to the street, especially at nightime.

3. Create a family escape plan detailing all rooms in your home along with entryways and windows.

4. Make sure all windows and doors can be easily opened and are kept free of clutter and obstacles.

5. Every room in the home should have 2 points of exit.

6. Define an outside meeting area for your family once they have exited the home.

7. Plan an exit strategy for family pets as well to avoid trying to re-enter your home.

8. Practice your fire drill escape plan with all family members.

9. Make sure all members know how to contact the Fire Department.

10. Keep your appliances, electrical and HVAC regularly monitored and maintenanced.

 

 

CREATE YOUR FAMILY'S ESCAPE PLAN BELOW:

For more Fire Prevention Tips and Family Drills, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

Which Remodeling Projects give you the most Bang for your Buck?

by Sturges Group

 

The Fall  is a great time of year to update your home, especially if you plan to sell in the springtime.  But not all home improvement projects are created equal when it comes to the return on dollars spent.  Before forging full speed ahead with any remodeling project, be sure to do your research of all investment needed and evaluate the return on that investment to you.

Here are the Top Home Remodeling Projects that garner the highest return on your investment:

1. Minor Bathroom Remodel- updating the tub/shower area, new counters and updated flooring. 102% ROI

2. Landscaping- this returns 100% at the resale of your home.  Never underestimate the power of a nicely landscaped yard.

3. Kitchen Updates- the kitchen is still the heart of the home and the room that buyers closely scrutinize.  Updating your cabinets, counters and flooring will usually garner a great ROI- 98.5%

4. Exterior Upgrades- Choosing to update siding, gutters and roofing will give your home great curb appeal as well as a 98.5% return on your investment.  Add in a superior Entryway Door and you've got the winning combination.

5. Deck, Patio or addition of a Porch- Buyers love the idea of adding additional living space, and your outdoor area is perfect for this! 90.3% ROI

There are many more home remodeling projects for you to consider.  If you are considering an upcoming home sale, bounce your remodeling ideas off the experts at the Sturges Group.  They will let you know which improvements will garner the highest return for your home and area.


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Resource:  HGTV

Southlake's Oktoberfest 2017 is Fast Approaching!

by Sturges Group

The beginning of Fall in Southlake means it is time for one of your favorite community events……..Oktoberfest 2017! Mark your calendars for the 16th anniversary Oktoberfest celebration being held on Friday, October 6th, through Sunday, October 8th. This FREE event in Town Square features incredible live entertainment, delivious food and beverages, unique handmade arts & crafts, a children’s area, wiener dog races, and so much more!

 

Live Entertainment Schedule

Friday, October 6th

  • Texas Health Southlake Main Stage

    • 5:00 PM | The Swiss Longhorns

    • 5:30 PM | Opening Ceremonies

    • 5:45 PM | The German Band of North Texas

    • 7:15 PM | The German Band of North Texas

    • 8:45 PM | Party Machine

    • 10:00 PM | Party Machine

  • Variosystems, Inc. German Music Stage

    • 5:15 PM | Devin Leigh

    • 6:15 PM | The Swiss Longhorns

    • 7:30 PM | Nick Ballarini

  • Springfree Trampoline Polka Stage

    • 5:30 PM | School of Rock

Saturday, October 7th

  • Texas Health Southlake Main Stage

    • 10:15 AM | School of Rock Deans List

    • 12:00 PM | Micah Blalock

    • 1:45 PM | Alpine Dancers

    • 3:30 PM | The Engravers

    • 5:00 PM | Jerry Haisler & Melody 5

    • 6:30 PM | Julie Elias

    • 8:15 PM | Walk This Way

    • 9:45 PM | Walk this Way

  • Grubbs Infiniti Booth

    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Miss Texas

  • Allen Samuels Direct Booth

    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Cowboy Orlando Scandrick

  • Variosystems, Inc. German Music Stage

    • 11:15 AM | Devin Leigh

    • 1:00 PM | Stagenotes Music School

    • 2:45 PM | Jerry Hailer & Melody 5

    • 4:30 PM | Amanda Taylor

    • 6:15 PM | Nick Ballarini

  • Springfree Trampoline Polka Stage (Sports Zone)

    • 9:30 AM | Wiener Dog Costume Contest

    • 10:00 AM | WIENER DOG RACE

    • 2:00 PM | School of Rock "Battle of the Bands"

    • 4:45 PM | Best German Costume Contest presented by Frost Bank

    • 6:45 PM | Stein Hoisting Contest

Sunday, October 8th

  • Texas Health Southlake Main Stage

    • 12:30 PM | Carroll Jazz Band

    • 2:15 PM | Southlake Community Band

    • 4:00 PM | The Royal Klosbasnecks

  • Variosystems, Inc. German Music Stage

    • 12:00 PM | Septien Group

    • 1:30 PM | Septien Group

    • 3:15 PM | Stomp Music School

  • Springfree Trampoline Polka Stage

    • 12:00 PM | Jumpin Jammers (Jump Roping)

    • 2:30 PM | Yodeling Contest

 

Event Details

Dates: Friday, October 6th - Sunday, October 8th

Hours: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM (Friday) | 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Saturday) | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Sunday)

Location: Southlake Town Square (1560 East Southlake Boulevard)

Cost: FREE Admission! Food, drink, & activity tickets available HERE!

Parking: FREE Parking & Shuttle Service from White’s Chapel United Methodist Church (185 South White Chapel Boulevard)

 

 

The Sturges Group wishes everyone a weekend filled with fall fun at Southlake’s Oktoberfest 2017!  

 

 

Image Credit: Southlake Chamber of Commerce

Successfully Transition your Outdoor Living Space from Summer to Fall!

by Sturges Group

The 'dog days' of summer officially end on September 22 as we welcome the new Fall season!  Fall affords us excellent choices to expand our color pallette and landscaping to make the most of our outdoor living spaces. If you're looking to sell your North Texas Home, or just transitioning with the season, here are some fantastic tips!

1. Make the most of the cooler Fall temperatures with a great Outdoor Fireplace!

2. Incorporate natural elements into your scheme; organic rugs, porcelain tile, assorted metal furnishings and beautiful floral arrangements.

3. Create a comfy outdoor vibe with assorted seating options.

4. Don't forget lighting!  Key to the shorter days. Opt for pendant and hanging strand lights to create a soft ambiance for entertaining or romantic evenings.

5. Make the most of the Fall color scheme by incorporating yellows, oranges and reds into the space.

6. Remember to group your Fall flowers in a new contemporary fashion, being sure to include nearby trees and shrubs.

For more homeowner and home selling tips, visit our website at www.sturgesgroup.com

HAPPY FALL....TEXAS STYLE!

Housing Market Update for Dallas/Fort Worth Communities

by Sturges Group

The Dallas/Fort Worth real estate market ended the summer hot, hot, HOT. Our area continues to be attractive for homebuyers in the metropolitan area. Every community had 50+ more homes sell in August. The total amount of homes sold in each of the communities is higher than last year, except in Hurst and Grapevine (which is at the exact same amount as 2016). Sellers continue to enjoy high returns on their homes. Every community, besides Colleyville and Grapevine, saw higher average prices in August than July. All of the average prices for 2017 continue to be higher than last year. There was an insignificant change in the number of days on market between July and August. Homes continue to move quickly within 2 months. There are no signs of the real estate market in Dallas/Fort Worth slowing down anytime soon. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, come take advantage of the hot market today!


 

Area Housing Activity Report for North Texas Real Estate

Statistics for the Month of August 2017

 

 

Area

Sales

% Change Year Ago

Average Price

% Change Year Ago

Days On Market (DOM)

% Change Year Ago

Bedford

419

9%

$251,107

8%

20

-5%

Euless

463

9%

$286,235

12%

35

-5%

Hurst

451

-6%

$232,551

11%

19

-14%

Colleyville

330

10%

$616,634

5%

63

15%

Grapevine

414

0%

$370,878

6%

29

12%

Southlake

445

11%

$798,371

8%

51

-14%

Keller

674

7%

$452,699

7%

42

5%

Dallas/Fort Worth buyers and sellers should work with the area’s Top Realtor to help navigate the current housing market and make your dreams a reality. If you are looking to Buy in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, find the perfect home for you and your family using our MLS Search. There are great resources for those looking to Sell as well. Find out your Home's Worth today. Our team is here to help you every step of the way! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.sturgesgroup.com/.

Grapevine's GrapeFest This Weekend!

by Sturges Group

 

 

Head to beautiful Grapevine this weekend for GrapeFest - A Texas Wine Experience!!! Now in its 31st year, this favorite annual festival is the largest wine festival in Southwestern United States. Come discover delicious wines from Texas’s best wineries. But, wait? This isn’t just a celebration for adults! This four day festival is filled with family fun too!


GrapeFest will take place throughout downtown Grapevine on Thursday, September 14th, through Sunday, September 17th. There is just so much to do! Sample mouthwatering wines and vote for your favorites in The People’s Choice and Wine Tasting Classic. Check out the incredible Artisan Vendors. Participate in fun, active special events such as the Champagne Cork Shoot Off, GrapeStomp, and Tennis Tournament. Bring the child to the Carnival & Midway and KidsWorld for endless entertainment. Dine on delicious food and check out musical performances by the best local, regional, and national artists on the 3 different music stages!


Grapevine Mills Main Stage - Music Lineup

Thursday, September 14th

  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm | West Lothian

  • 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm | All Funk Radio Show

  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Urban Legend - Keith Urban Tribute

  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm | George Dunham & The Birddogs

  • 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Phil Vassar (Headliner)

Friday, September 15th

  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm | Outer Circle

  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm | Mojo Frankenstein

  • 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm | Troy Ramey

  • 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm | Livin’ On A Prayer - Bon Jovi Tribute

  • 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm | Strangelove - The Depeche Mode Experience (Headliner)

Saturday, September 16th

  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm | West Lothian

  • 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm | Ireland

  • 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm | Bethany Becker

  • 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm | Found Vegas

  • 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm | Jonathan Tyler

  • 9:30 pm - 9:45 pm | DFW Icon Winner - Kaci Whitby

  • 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm | Foghat (Headliner)

Sunday, September 17th

  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | The Wishbone Band

  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Big City Outlaws

  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Ian Moore

Gazebo Stage - Music Lineup

Palace Theatre Stage - Music Lineup


Daily Hours

  • Thursday, September 14th | 10:00 am - 10:30 pm

    • *Free Admission All Day*

  • Friday, September 15th | 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

    • *Free Admission Until 5:00 pm*

  • Saturday, September 16th | 10:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • Sunday, September 17th | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm


Admission Prices

  • Adults: $8

  • Seniors (62+): $5

  • Children (6-12): $5

  • Children (5 & under): FREE

  • Full Weekend Pass: $18

  • Full Weekend Souvenir Pass Pin: $23

*Purchase Tickets HERE*  


Special Activity Prices

  • Unlimited Carnival Rides Pass | $25 in advance or $30 at festival

    • *Only good for Thursday from 5:00 pm until 10:30 pm*

  • People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic | $23 in advance or $25at festival

    • Includes wine samples from all over Texas in 10 different varietal & a souvenir glass.

    • 21 and up only.

    • Price does not include general festival admission.

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Experience | $12 in advance or $14at festival

    • Includes 6 1-oz wine samples from the Niagara-on-the-Lake & a souvenir glass.

    • 21 and up only.

    • Price does not include general festival admission.

*Purchase Passes HERE*



The Sturges Group hopes everyone has a weekend filled with fun and happiness at Grapevine’s 31st annual GrapeFest!



Image Credit: Grapevine TicketLine

Ways to Time the Selling And Buying of Your Home

by Sturges Group

One of the most stressful and difficult parts of dealing with the real estate market is conquering the timing of Selling and Buying. While it is possible to make the transfer between selling and buying a painless process, you want to be fully prepared. People go through this process all the time and are able to figure out the finances needed. Be sure to set out a plan ahead of time and work with your realtor to help make the home selling and buying process a success. Here are the 7 most common timing options for selling and buying a home.


1. Selling Before Buying.

The most common scenario is selling your home before buying a new one. Selling your home first allows you the financial security to buy a new home. There are few people that can afford two mortgages at the same time.


2. Buying Before Selling.

The ability to buy a home before selling your home is the most convenient option. By eliminating the stress to move immediately, you are allowed the time to make any changes to your current home to improve its chances for selling or renovate your new home to meet all of your exact needs. This option is only possible, though, if you have the income and finances to afford two mortgages. Lenders will need to know that you have the ability to pay both mortgages at the same time during the entire span of the loan.


3. Buying & Selling at Same Time.

It is very common to buy and sell at the same time. For financial reasons, most home buyers cannot purchase their new home until their current one sells. Unfortunately, this option can add stress to the whole purchase since you lose some control over what is happening. You need to hope that the sale of your current home goes through and that the owner of the home you are buying accepts your offer. One way to avoid any potential issue is to rent after your home sells. This ensures that you have a place to live while you wait for your home purchase to be finalized. Working with an experienced realtor throughout this process can help allieviate some of the stress. Your realtor's job is to help you sell your current home and successfully purchase a new one in a timely manner.


4. Selling on Contingency.

Occassionally, sellers will put a contingency clause on their listing that the sale will only be completed once the owner finds "suitable housing". This is not the best option for sellers. It makes your home far more difficult to sell since other homes on the market will not contain this clause. It is easier for a buyer to find a home that they can move into as soon as the deal is completed. Try to avoid resorting to this option as a seller as it will dramatically limit your chance of receiving multiple offers on your home.


5. Buying On Contingency.

There is also the possibility to do a home sale contingency. The opposite of the previous scenerio, this means that the buyer includes a clause stating that they will close the deal on their new home only once their current one sells. It is unlikely that many sellers will agree to this. They are more likely to find a buyer that can finalize the deal outright.


6. Right of First Refusal.

An alternative to home sale contingency is the right of first refusal (ROFR). In this scenario the buyer is given the opportunity to step ahead of anyone else that makes an offer to the home seller. This is only a viable option for the seller if the buyer can financially qualify to purchase the home without selling their current one. It really does not make sense for sellers to accept ROFR since they could be missing out on better offers down the line.


7. Renting Instead of Selling.

If you are desparate to move out of your current home, you can consider renting it out before selling it first. This allows you to cover your current mortgage and potentially afford the cost of your new home. Keep in mind that lenders will only accept a portion of the rent you will receive towards your financial qualifications. It is also important that you find the right tenant to occupy your home. You do not want to have someone move in that will cause costly damage to your home, making it harder or more expensive to sell when you are ready.


 

Work with your Experienced Realtor to discuss all of these timing options. We understand the local Dallas-Fort Worth market and can best analyze what option is best for your specific circumstances. The Sturges Group is dedicated to helping you sell your home in a timely manner for top dollar and to find your new dream home at the best price possible. Make the right move and contact us today to help you throughout the home buying process. Give us a call or visit our website at http://www.sturgesgroup.com/.


 

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival!

by Sturges Group

Come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s favorite Labor Day Weekend Festival…..the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival!! Enjoy a weekend full of mouth watering BBQ and incredible performances by some of the nation’s best Blues musicians! Along with live music and BBQ tasting events, enjoy delicious treats from a wide variety of food vendors and pick up some unique goods from the art vendors. On Sunday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, check out DFW’s very own replica Bluesmobile! Don’t miss out on any of the fun! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your Labor Day weekend at the Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival!


Full Music Lineup

Friday, September 1st

  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm | Multiple Artists

    • Santos Puertas

    • The Reo Casey Band

    • The Christian Dozzler Band featuring Mike Morgan & Joey Love

Saturday, September 2nd

  • 2:00 pm | Larry Lampkin | Main Stage

  • 2:45 pm | Taylor Newman | KNON Stage

  • 3:15 pm | Miss Marcy & Her Texas SugarDaddy’s | Main Stage

  • 4:15 pm | Ally Venable Band | KNON Stage

  • 5:00 pm | Jimmy Wallace & The Stratoblasters | Main Stage

  • 6:00 pm | Nikki Hill | KNON Stage

  • 7:00 pm | Ronnie Earl | Main Stage

  • 8:15 pm | Bnois King Band | KNON Stage

  • 9:30 pm | Delbert McClinton | Main Stage

Sunday, September 3rd

  • 2:00 pm | Those Guys | Main Stage

  • 2:45 pm | Janky | KNON Stage

  • 3:15 pm | Jackie Don Loe & Lou Hampton | Main Stage

  • 4:15 pm | Quentin Moore | KNON Stage

  • 5:00 pm | Buddy Whittington w/ special guest Blue Lisa | Main Stage

  • 6:00 pm | Pat Boyack | KNON Stage

  • 7:00 pm | Marcia Ball | Main Stage

  • 8:15 pm | The Relatives | KNON Stage

  • 9:30 pm | Buddy Guy | Main Stage


BBQ Events

KCBS Sanctioned BBQ Cook-off | 70+ BBQ teams from around the country will compete in the Kansas City BBQ sanctioned event to when over $12,000. Judging will take place on Sunday morning.

People’s Choice | On Saturday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm sample the competition BBQ and vote for your favorites.

  • Additional Tasting Ticket Required.

Battle of the BBQ | On Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm check out the delicious BBQ created by local vendors as they compete.

  • Additional Tasting Ticket Required.

 

 

Event Details

Dates: Friday, September 1st - Sunday, September 3rd

Gate Times: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Friday) | 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Location: 1951 L Don Dodson, Bedford | Festival & Parking Map

Cost: FREE General Admission (Friday) | $7 General Admission (Saturday & Sunday IN ADVANCE) $10 General Admission (Saturday & Sunday AT DOOR)

**Party Tent, VIP and Reserved Seating also available.

***Purchase Tickets HERE!



The Sturges Group hopes everyone has a very Happy & Safe Labor Day Weekend!  

 

Image Credit: Festival Network Online

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John and Mysti Sturges
Sturges Group of Keller Williams Realty
850 E State Hwy 114
Southlake TX 76092
John: 817-832-7473
Mysti: 817-913-4994
Fax: 1-866-481-0888