Both Books and Food Comfort Homeless Families and Individuals in Irving, Texas

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR®

Many Helping Hands

Some city leaders say Irving Texas – home to a multitude of Fortune 100 and 500 corporations and scores of gated luxury home communities – doesn’t have a homeless population.

These men and women haven’t looked hard enough.

Early on Thursday evenings in a church near Historic Downtown Irving, they should go watch the church grounds near the fellowship hall gradually fill with men, women, and children waiting to attend their weekly fellowship. Last Thursday there was even a month-old baby being cuddled by its mom on her shoulder and admired by many who came by to give the infant a gentle pat on the back and a big smile.

The biggest draw each week for homeless families and individuals is the free meal, complete last week with cookies for dessert, which is furnished on a rotating basis by one of several church groups.

Many Helping Hands is the organizer of this weekly event and its director, Lana Hansen-Dwyer, is animated as she explains the services that now are extended by this mission and gives new volunteers a quick tour. First there are the volunteers in the kitchen, preparing to distribute the meals.  A nearby classroom has a Bible study in progress. Walk into a nearby hall, and one sees a barber who will give free haircuts to as many as possible during an evening. In a big room there are tables filled with necessary clothing and other items for the taking, as well plastic bags filled with toiletries.

Once the dining hall doors open, those waiting outside in the 90 degree heat quietly but quickly enter the air conditioning and find a spot to sit at one of the tables. It will be awhile before the meal is served, so many meet new friends and catch up with acquaintances.

Not all but many also find time to browse a very special place in the corner of the room: An ad hoc book nook where Wanda Zamorano and her crew of book-savvy volunteers have displayed virtually hundreds of donated books, also available just for the taking, and will make book recommendations to anyone asking for help.

Faces light up as a browser peruses the array of books,  thumbs through possibilities, and then selects one – or more – to take with. Many are attracted to the writing pads as well as the books, and children usually also can find a box of crayons, pens and pencils, definitely an assortment of children’s books. Popular with many are inspirational books; some request maps; others gravitate to fiction by popular authors; most find something to like and soon walk away with a smile at the unexpected gift.

The books – like the food and other items – all come from donations: Book stores, libraries, individuals.  As for clothing and toiletries, some specific item can be requested by an individual each week and he/she can pick it up the following Thursday. Lana Hansen-Dwyer has an email list of people ready and willing to help those less fortunate and it is a constant source of donations of all kinds.

Here’s the thing: The current Thursday evening location has been outgrown and will no longer be available after August 31, 2017. Undismayed by this tight deadline, Lana Hansen-Dwyer believes strongly another place for Many Helping Hands – larger and, hopefully, one that can be available more frequently (perhaps even 24/7?)  –  will be found soon and can more fully serve the homeless of Irving. Nothing has turned up yet, but her search for another venue continues.

Do you know of a church or commercial space with a kitchen, dining hall, multipurpose room in Irving that might be available pro bono (or for a small “love offering”)? Do you have books to donate? Are you willing to be one of the Many Helping Hands donors and subscribe to the Donors Email List?

If you can help, please email me at Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com and say how you want to help and I’ll put you in touch with the appropriate individual involved in this important project.

Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR® affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential DFW. She advises both Home Sellers and Home Buyers with professional real estate services in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, and Denton. Contact her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com

 

 

 

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July Continues 2017 Hot Streak Home Sales Performance for North Texas

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR®

Not to be a broken record, but July, 2017, was almost a duplicate of the previous month for our North Texas housing market! Throughout our 30-county Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in North Texas, single family home sales rose 11% in July, 2017, over the same month last year. Home prices were 10% higher than the same period for an average selling price of $304,996. Are you toting up your home equity? You should be.

As for the most populous DFW Metroplex counties, a sellers-advantaged housing market continued alive and well.  Wanting to sell a property and cash in? Check out these helpful links for your FREE offers:

Planning to Sell A Home in the Near Future? Click on  “What’s My Home Worth?” to learn your probable selling price in today’s homes for sale market.

Wanting Ideas About Selling For More Money? Click on “The Secret of Wealthy Home Sellers” for a copy of my free book.

Wanting to Buy and Win Multiple Offer Bidding?  Ask for my FREE customized home search service with FREE Just Listed Homes alerts at Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com or call/text me at 972-998-8751.

Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR® affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential DFW. She advises both Home Sellers and Home Buyers with professional real estate services in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, and Denton. Contact her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com

 

 

DFW Metroplex Home Sales: Hotter Than a Firecracker in June 2017

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR®

It’s summertime again – and our North Texas housing market once again seems as hot as a firecracker!  As a result, you may be enjoying rising home equity because single-family home sales prices continued upward last month impacted by continued low inventory of homes for sale and high demand from prospective buyers.

Throughout our 30-county Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in North Texas, single family home sales rose 13% in June, 2017, over the same month last year. Home prices were 8% higher than the same period for an average selling price of $312,999.

As for popular DFW Metroplex counties, it’s still a sellers-advantaged housing market:

Collin County:  Total home sales were up 8.7% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $375,649 higher by 6.6% over June 2016. The average days on market until sale was 32; current inventory of homes for sale rose slightly to 3 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Dallas County: Total home sales were up 4.8% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $374,504, higher by 12.3%. The average days on market until sale was 28; and current inventory of homes for sale is 2.3 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Denton County: Total home sales were up 6% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $353,669, higher by 4.8%. The average days on market until sale was 33; and current inventory of homes for sale rose slightly to 2.6 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Ellis County: Total home sales were down 15.4% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $255,500, up by 8%. The average days on market until sale was 42; and contributing to lowered sales is a current inventory of homes for sale which rose slightly to 2.8 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Rockwall County: Total home sales were up 9.8% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $322,027, higher by 5.1%. The average days on market until sale was 38; current inventory of homes for sale rose slightly to 3.3 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Tarrant County:  Total home sales were up 2.1% in June over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period climbed to $277,042, higher by 6.7%. The average days on market until sale dipped to 26; and current inventory of homes for sale rose slightly to 2 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential. She assists both Home Sellers and Home Buyers with professional real estate services in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Collin, Tarrant, and Denton. Contact her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com

 

Las Colinas Open House Today: 7893 Morven Park (4-bed townhome)

Open House Today (Sunday, July 16) at 1 to 3 o’clock

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7893 Morven Park in Hunters Ridge, 75063

This wonderful executive townhome in popular Hunters Ridge offers upgrades and amenities not usually found in lease homes, including a guest suite, hardwood floors, crown molding, refrigerator, clothes washer/dryer, insulated sound windows, cherry wood cabinetry, granite countertops/breakfast bar, surround sound wiring/speakers, small wall-mounted TV, more. Great location near large greenbelt, one block to community pool; near Las Colinas restaurants, shopping, entertainment, major employers, highways.

Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential and works with Home Sellers and Home Buyers in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant. You can reach her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or alicia.lanier@cbdfw.com

Planning to sell in DFW Metroplex? Order your FREE copy today of my new book, “The Secret of Wealthy Home Sellers”

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR®

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Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential and works with Home Sellers and Home Buyers in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant. You can reach her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or alicia.lanier@cbdfw.com

MarketWatch: North Texas Housing Market

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR

The “hot market” narrative for North Texas continued last month. Throughout our 30-county Multiple Listing Service (MLS), single family home sales rose 12% in March, 2017, over the same month last year. Home prices were 11% higher than the same period for an average selling price of $298,356.

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As for popular DFW Metroplex counties – where it’s still a sellers-advantaged housing market, with low inventory of homes for sale and prices rising – here are the headlines:

Collin County:  Total home sales were up 7.2% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $385,370, higher by 14.2%. The average days on market until sale was 44; current inventory of homes for sale is 2.2 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Dallas County: Total home sales were down 1.1% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $345,594, higher by 13.7%. The average days on market until sale was 33; and contributing to fewer sales is a current inventory of homes for sale of 2.1 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Denton County: Total home sales were down 9% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $339,605, higher by 6.5%. The average days on market until sale was 43; and contributing to lowered sales is a current inventory of homes for sale of 2.1 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Ellis County: Total home sales were down 2.8% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $243,678, higher by 9.4%. The average days on market until sale was 45; and contributing to lowered sales is a current inventory of homes for sale of 2.1 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Rockwall County: Total home sales were up 12% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $337,861, higher by 25%. The average days on market until sale was 53; current inventory of homes for sale is 2.7 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Tarrant County:  Total home sales were down 3.3% in March over the same month last year while the average home selling price for the same period was $258,108, higher by 12.2%. The average days on market until sale was 36; and contributing to fewer sales is a current inventory of homes for sale of 1.6 months (normal supply is 6 months.)

Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR affiliated with Coldwell Banker DFW Residential. She represents both Home Sellers and Home Buyers in four North Texas counties: Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant. Contact her at 972-998-8751 (call/text) or Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com

Just Listed Home in FW Summerfields: Great Opportunity for First-Time Buyer

By Alicia Kay Lanier, REALTOR®

First-time home buyers will love my brand new listing! This 4-bedroom/2-bath cutie in Fort Worth Summerfields already has 11 showings booked today. It is very affordable – and a wonderful opportunity for some lucky family – so go to www.alicialanier.com and scroll down the page to Featured Listings to check out all the photos and complete details.

3801 Berrybush Ln, Fort Worth 76137: Open House 1:30-3:30 Sat/Sun (March 4-5) 

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Alicia Kay Lanier is a REALTOR® affiliated with Coldwell Banker DFW Residential and provides professional real estate services to both Home Sellers and Home Buyers in North Texas. Email Alicia.Lanier@cbdfw.com or call/text 972-998-8751. Counties Served: Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin


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