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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Living on the DFW Outskirts!

The Advantages of Living on the Edge . . . The Outskirts!




With more people buying properties in major cities, the suburbs and rural areas are slowly losing their quietness. If you’re already living on the outskirts and noticed an increase of constructions sites or skyline views, then soon things will start to change. You’ll get to a point when you start to wonder whether you will continue living there or move away.

Do you love the noise, crowdedness and always having something to do? Or would you rather the quietness of a quaint, slow suburb or country land?

What are considered “the outskirts”?

You can tell if you’re living in outskirts if it takes you around 30 minutes by car to get to the nearest city center. DFW contains a cluster of small cities. So, I am not only talking about Dallas, but any one of those other cities, such as Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Plano, Frisco, Mesquite, etc.

Advantages of the outskirts

The main advantage of living on the outskirts is that it feels more like a community. People tend to know their neighbors and they usually share the same values. The children grow up with a different mentality, in a quieter space, away from the urban madness. And still, they have access to the good schools in the city, since the driving distance is not very far.

You can quiet down the loudness of the city by returning home in the evenings, while still retaining the ability to attend events and concerts that interest you.

By living in the outskirts, you’ll have a different pace of life that you and your family can grow in . . . within your control. You will live life away from all the traffic, noise, and pollution!

This is the ideal scenario, if you’re lucky enough to find such a semi-urban area that will remain unchanged for years to come. While cities grow, the concept of living in the outskirts begins to look surreal, right?

The truth is, when you look at the rate new buildings are being built across DFW, condos and apartment buildings seem to be appearing from nowhere.  Then comes the retail stores and strip malls. These buildings are going up in some areas that were not so long ago quiet, with low profiles near quaint city centers.




The future of the outskirts

If you are living on the outskirts somewhere, you have little to no control over the way new neighborhoods expand. The urban development plans in the major cities are a bit out of control, but is moving away a solution for you?

IT MAY BE. It all depends on your priorities. If you have children, moving away and depriving them of good educational opportunities is not a good solution. If you can work remotely, if you’re a freelancer, or if you’re a free spirit, then this is definitely not the solution for you. However, if you are focused on your career, then it may be!


In the end, all we can truly hope is that we make good choices when we decide to move to the outskirts or vice versa. Working with us, AgentsDFW, as your preferred real estate firm will allow us to have a great planning and brainstorming session for identifying regional trends. We can thus forecast some possibilities of future growth in the areas you are considering moving too!



Good luck!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time for New Paint?

Need Wall Painting Ideas? Pick the Right Paint Color for Your Home Interior!



Daymond here! Are you planning on repainting the walls of your house? Well, great! New paint on the walls can give your home interior a real boost, but which paint colors are most suitable???

It all starts with a plan! So, think about which effect you want to achieve with your new wall paint color scheme.

Do you want to make your room look . . .

  • Bigger & higher? Choose light paint colors for your wall and ceiling.
  • Smaller & lower? Choose dark paint colors for your wall and ceiling.
  • More square? Paint the two smallest walls in a darker color than the rest.
  • Long? Choose wall paper with horizontal stripes.


Pick your paint colors correctly.

After considering the effect you want to achieve, it will be time to pick the color(s). You must consider every color has an inherent effect.


 


  • White makes a space look bigger. It reflects light well too. However, it can sometimes seem a bit monotonous.
  • Grey is a neutral, peaceful color that will also make your room bigger as well. However, if it’s too dark, it becomes gloomy.
  • Black is a difficult color. It can look modern and stylish, but it is very dominant. Before you use this color on your walls, you must be sure about its wall placement.




  • Blue and Green are natural colors. When used, they tend to have peaceful effects. The lighter these colors are, the more peaceful and serene they seem.
  • Yellow allows you to invite the sun in. Both yellow and red may evoke warm feelings, but they are also quite aggressive. You don’t want to overdo it with these.


The suggestions above are just a few. If you are not sure about your paint color choice yet, then try tentative paint colors on one square meter to see how it looks in daylight and at night. If you need more help, then let us know. We are always willing to help you choose the right colors for your home, especially if you plan on making it attractive to potential home buyers in the future!


So Let’s get to work!


Once you make those paint color choices, break out your paint rollers and brushes. And don’t forget: if you are painting over old wall paint, then apply a white layer first. This will help you avoid mixing the new color with the old one. Most importantly, make sure you acquire enough paint to complete your paint project. For smooth results, you may need to apply up to three layers. Just make sure you apply each layer after the previous layer has dried, to avoid stripes or stains.






Good luck!

AgentsDFW by way of Daymond E. Lavine,

Broker-Realtor®

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