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D Magazine: Why Homes in the Exurbs Aren’t Built to Last

Excellent article in the latest D Magazine: Why Homes in the Exurbs Aren’t Built to Last (Does it make any sense to buy a disposable house?). The general thesis of the article is this – homes built way out in the “exurbs” are not built with quality and are not built to last. The author [...]

Case-Shiller update

It’s been a while since I’ve taken a hard look at the Case-Shiller data. I don’t really like the data for three reasons – 1) it only measures existing homes being resold from one period to another (they call it a paired sale), 2) it doesn’t include new homes (and thereby the improvement of the [...]

DFW Housing starts up, and down

Good local housing data article on the D Magazine Real Points blog by Ted Wilson of Residential Strategies. Several times a year, we go to presentations by Ted and his crew to review the current state of housing in the DFW area. Short summary – new home starts in Q2 2011 is down from Q2 2010, but [...]

The Swiss Avenue Historic District: Mother’s Day Home Tour

We love home tours! Go check this one out! From the Swiss Avenue Historic District website: SATURDAY 10AM-6PM, SUNDAY NOON-6PM MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, SUNDAY 11AM-2PM One of our city’s favorite annual events is just around the corner. Join us on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 7th and 8th, for the 38th Annual Swiss [...]

Figures show Texas’ economic recovery continues

AUSTIN – According to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report released yesterday by the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR), Texas homes maintained their value in first quarter 2011. This despite a decrease in sales volume, indicating that economic recovery continues in Texas. “While Texas has not been untouched by the recent economic downturn as indicated by [...]

Appraisal Institute Launches ‘Green’ Valuation Program

About time! It seems that the appraisers have finally decided to get on board with new building protocols. According to the link below, the appraisal industry is making efforts to educate its members on the value of “green” and the building of high performance homes. This is not unlike the new “green” fields available now [...]

Classic Urban Homes – our plans for the current year

So we’re a little late in working on our new year resolutions – but we’ve got legitimate excuses! We completed and closed three homes from late January to late February, had a couple of successful open houses, travelled to Austin as part of the HBA Rally Day (and got to discuss issues with a Texas [...]

Comment from a home owner….

Classic Urban Homes got an unsolicited email the other day from a recent remodel client of ours. It fell right in line with a project I have been planning to work on. First, their comment: Mike, Thought you might be interested in this. Our heating bill is less this year at 3000sf than it was [...]

A very busy start to the new year!

We’re super busy with final finishing touches on two great custom built homes but wanted to share a couple of updates with you. First off – our stunning contemporary home at 8627 Midway will be open to the public this Sunday, January 23rd. The homeowners have graciously allowed us to open the doors to invite anyone who [...]

Public Service announcement: Thirteen things your burglar won’t tell you

Classic Urban Homes says stay safe this holiday season. Here are a few things your not-so-friendly burglar won’t tell you:  1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.     2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when [...]