Quite a day in downtown Fort Worth TX.
Quite a day in downtown Fort Worth TX.
Quite a day in downtown Fort Worth TX.
Real estate has always been local but new technologies – the internet, mobile devices and huge quantities of quality data for the consumer have made residential real estate more locally focused than ever before. For example; just 5 years ago a real estate agent could market themselves in any geographic area with direct mail, radio advertising or online websites. Their claims to be the “area expert” were sometimes true, but often not. The buyer had no real way to verify whether an agent really knew the inventory and the seller had no way to know if an agent had a strong supply of buyers for their home. That’s no longer the case.
To explain why buyer inventory is important we rely on verified reports from the local MLS showing that our agents brought more buyers to downtown condo listings this year than agents from any other brokerage. Tim D. Young personally shows buyers around downtown condo properties every single week as shown in this report from Centralized Showing Service.
We operate a very technologically advanced brokerage utilizing several top internet marketing technologies. These include highly effective lead generation platforms, WordPress powered micro-sites, blogging on both proprietary and national platforms, digital marketing, targeted Facebook advertising and re-marketing as well as pay-per-click advertising on Google, Yahoo and Bing among others. We target people demographically and geographically from all over the nation by marketing to relocation buyers on career-oriented websites and to home-buyers on national real estate websites like Realtor.com, Zillow.com & Trulia.com. What this means is that we have more active buyers for 76102 in our data base than any other brokerage – guaranteed.
up-to-date accurate and interesting content drive buyers to our many websites where they register and meet a local agent to help them with their home search. Once the “buyer leads” request more information they are assigned to an agent who is an expert in the local market (knows the amenities in each condo building, what’s included in the HOA fees, etc.)
Agents at Fort Worth Texas Real Estate must be Certified Urban Specialists to be on the UrbanFW team. When leads come in they are immediately placed in a state-of-the-art contact management system that allows our agents to send out new listings, answer questions and set up showings for the potential buyer. This graphic shows a typical report of our lead activity for one agent in a month (remember, this is not total website traffic – this is just the number of people who registered, providing us with their name and contact information):
Notice how our website traffic has CONSISTENTLY grown over the past 2 years? This is due to our expanded organic reach which was brought about by our fresh relevant content. Our agents not only respond to showing requests from internet buyer prospects, we PRO-ACTIVELY work to provide buyers with actionable information so they will request showings. Take a look at this REAL TIME dashboard from one of our websites:
Our back-office website tools actually alert us to key buyer activities like calculating a mortgage payment, sending a listing to a friend or even viewing a listing from a mobile device!
The truth is, even if you don’t list with us – our brokerage is more likely than any other firm to bring the buyer to your condo in downtown Fort Worth. Why list your condo with the original developer’s agent who has competing listings in your building? And why list your condo with any brokerage who doesn’t back up their claims (see above) and stand by their promises with a 30-day guarantee?
Hundreds of people are searching online for downtown condos every day in Fort Worth. Many of them land on the national sites like Realtor.com, Zillow.com or Trulia.com with no original local content or quality information. Because urbanFW.com offers specific information about every downtown condo, current listings and a broker with a home address in 76102 we have more active buyers searching on our websites than any other local brokerage firm. In fact we currently have more buyers than we have sellers in the 76102 area, so WE NEED MORE LISTINGS!
Our full service listings include:
Some things you may want to know about the T&P Condos:
TEX Rail. There. I said it.
Something that I have picked up on in many conversations lately is doubt. I think I understand where it’s coming from. My generation is used to hearing about all of the phenomenal things that we will experience in our lifetimes, only to have seen those prophecies fall by the wayside as we we’ve gone through life. Yes, we have done great things in this country, particularly with regard to space travel and technology. What started out with microwave ovens, Teflon®, and earth orbiting space vehicles has evolved in a very short period of time to legitimate expectations of actual commercial space travel, Teflon® umbrellas in the town square and GPS enabled cell phones for everyone. It seems like all of the technology advances have so far exceeded our expectations that we now expect that breakneck speed of advancement to continue, and it probably will.
What about lifestyle changes, patterns of human behavior & interaction, where we live, how we work or how we spend our time? In the past 40 years there have been some changes, but nothing severe. We pretty much do the things we always have done, with the same groups of people we have always hung with in the very same places in much the same way we always have, except with iPads and cell phones in our hands. They swore up and down to me in middle school that we must learn the Metric System because the USA was going to adopt it. Didn’t happen. We’ve heard about lots of things to expect like jet packs and world peace that we are still waiting for.
The most local thing of this type that I can think of is commuter rail in Fort Worth Texas. My initial reaction involves skepticism and doubt. Those are the kinds of responses I hear from people frequently when this local issue is raised. We have heard about all of the struggles, hurdles and opposition so we think commuter rail in Fort Worth Texas is like the Metric System; not gonna happen. If you believe that I would say you are wrong.
Commuter rail will serve this city and it’s residents well and it is on the horizon. A fundamental change is happening right now in the way decisions are made by the powers that be. Let me stop here and say that I am not completely naive about the way the movers and shakers move and shake. The affluent people in our society will always have their moments of conquest and businessmen and citizens will always be at odds with “city hall” about something, BUT some things have actually changed in this equation, in part because of the rapid advancements in technology. Information cannot be as easily buried today by people with a few bucks and an agenda. Community needs percolate up and overflow in full undeniable view of everyone and the collective community is adapting to this change. Just like our comments and complaints are now amplified by websites like TripAdvisor and Angie’s List, our civic and community concerns are gaining voice through blogs and online social connections in such a way that daylight hits every crack and crevice of our social existence. National, State and Municipal matters including federal spending, social policies on racial equality, gay marriage, public education, public transportation and more are now getting a true vetting in the public eye.
Big changes are happening because entrenched selfish local interests can no longer cling to their teetering fiefdoms by financing a marketing campaign or a political campaign or a whisper campaign to sway public opinion. Public opinion now relies on organic information. Now empowered by technology consumers, voters, government and civic leaders are on more of a level playing field and they are forced to make decisions that are formed around truth rather than perception. Truths like schools are better controlled by local communities, racial minorities are as likely to be a good neighbor to you as the neighbors that look like you and gay couples can raise happy well-adjusted children as well as traditional couples. Heavy issues like these are actually in the same bag as commuter rail. The misdirection tactics of opponents have been obliterated by the undeniable, now obvious truth: people gotta be able to get from place to place in a logical way. If that damages your property value or sense of community then you should have purchased property or joined a community where sharing and mutual respect are the bedrocks and not protectionism and suspicion.
I know they spent a lot of money to build DFW airport and it has been a huge economic boon to both cities. To the extent however that we protect the investment today to the disadvantage of many in the community it serves we are wrong. It’s obviously these old school economics that have kept direct access via modern transportation by the citizens of Dallas and Fort Worth an illusive proposition. The loss of parking revenue to DFW airport may or may not be balanced by the increased usage of the facility if you could travel to it by light rail. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter anyway. Forcing people to drive big old gas guzzling cars and pay exorbitant parking fees, ride expensive taxis or jump through hoops to get there by public transportation only serves one single purpose: profitability of the airport. The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have figured out that the usefulness and accessibility of the facility we paid for is a consideration that must come first and they will figure out how to meet that purpose AND maintain the airport as a financially viable enterprise. A conventioneer visiting either Dallas OR Fort Worth should be able to travel from either place to the other or get to the airport without spending half a day and all of his money. It costs $50 plus tip to go from the Fort Worth Omni Hotel to DFW airport by taxi. The TRE is nice but it’s not so easy for visitors to figure out. They made it that way because it keeps the cabs and high rent DFW parking lots full.
Next December The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will open the Orange Line extension to DFW terminal A. Expect to see the TEX Rail station at Terminal B soon after that which will finally link passengers DIRECTLY to The Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and the T&P Station. It will not be much longer before you can get on TEX Rail at DFW Airport and blast straight past the T&P via light rail to your home in Summer Creek Ranch way down on the other side of I-20. Sure, there will be lots of public hearings between now and then but the organic truth that public transportation is good for people, the environment, tourism and community will quash the concerns of local neighborhood associations. What if folks from a different socio-economic class, race or nationality disembark from the public transportation and walk in front of my house? What if they buy a house next door to me? What if their kids play with my kids? What if one of their kids marries one of my kids when they grow up? I Admit these arguments sound ridiculous and wrong, but those are the arguments that will have to be made now by anyone opposing quality public transportation in any community, and for that reason public transportation is on the horizon in Fort Worth Texas.
You can see the plans for TEX Rail here:
Here is the proposed Route from Summer Creek Ranch to downtown, continuing to the North side, Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and finally to DFW Airport.
Fort Worth Texas Real Estate is proud to announce that we represented the newest buyers in the Omni Residences, Fort Worth’s ultimate Urban Lifestyle Residence. This sale achieved a milestone at the Omni Residences of over 50% Occupancy. Tim D. Young represented the buyers in the transaction.
While the rest of us are busy going about our daily routines there are others among us who are just as busy planning what we will be doing in the future. Where we will live, where we will work & shop and how we will get there.
We are the ones who show up at the meetings and voice our concerns, sometimes well founded and sometimes so totally out of step with everyone else in the conversation that it’s painful to watch. Lately I have realized that I am always arriving late to the party when it comes to knowing what is on the horizon in Urban Fort Worth. I may be more knowledgeable than those who dwell in the suburbs but when I enter the presence of Fort Worth planners and civic leaders quietly listening is obviously what’s called for. Not that they can’t be wrong, and not that they don’t need public input. It’s just that their conversation has been going on for a long time. Decades.
I was at a meeting today where I learned for the first time about the proposed roundabout to be installed at the intersection of White Settlement Road and Henderson St. (near Mexican Inn & LaGrave Field). Admittedly, my first response was not favorable. I came home and researched the topic and now I am convinced. Like so many other things our civic leaders in Fort Worth have done, I believe they have gotten this right. Like everything else in Fort Worth, it’s going to be attractive and from what I have read, it is the modern solution to the busy intersection. My recollection of the Weatherford Traffic Circle gave me reason to worry, but I soon learned that the modern roundabout is a much more functional device.
here’s a nice demonstration of the modern roundabout:
Almost 35 years ago I won a college scholarship award given by the Fort Worth ISD in the Senior Portfolio Contest. Who knew back then as art students proudly wandered through the modern concourse of the Fort Worth National Bank Building what the future would hold for us, or for that space.
We felt pretty special to have our portfolios, 10 Works in at least 3 mediums hanging in a space that looked a lot like a museum. It was fun to see everyone walking through the student works on display there. Not just our parents but customers of the bank and the businesses upstairs would take time to see what we had spent our entire senior year assembling. There was work from every grade on display but the main feature (for us anyway) was the Senior Portfolio Competition. It was a nice cash prize, maybe not enough to put much of a dent in my first semester at TCU, but the money was so definitely not the point. We were real artists now, with our work hanging on walls other than the art room and our living room at mom & dad’s house. Yes.
In school I studied Finance, earning a BBA in exactly four years. I worked in restaurants, owned a small mortgage brokerage, then my own restaurants for 20+ years and finally got into real estate. I’m a broker now with my own firm, Fort Worth Texas Real Estate. As a resident of the newly revitalized downtown I have acquired a special expertise in helping people explore the idea of giving up the yard, the lawn-mower and the rest of suburban Texas to move to a high-rise condo in our stunning city center.
Life in Fort Worth Texas is just a series of concentric and overlapping circles to me. Everything in this crazy town will come back to a point of beginning in some of the most amazing ways. So many of my friends today who were in that group of Senior artists with me have gone on to do fantastic things with their artistic abilities where I did not. They are directors at the local community museum, artists, designers, film-makers, etc. And me…. I’m a Realtor.
One day this week I took a day off from selling houses and condos and answered the call to join a group called Urban Sketchers Texas. When I say join, I don’t mean sign up and pay a fee. I just joined them. Outside of Razoo’s at 2:30pm with our sketch pads in hand. We split up and drew whatever we found of interest downtown (whole other subject) and then met back at Razoo’s where we got a table and had a bite to eat and a beverage to compare our works. From the table at Razoo’s I could gaze out the window, across the new Westbrook building (which was the subject of my drawing) to The Tower Residential Condos at 500 Throckmorton Street.
The full circle in this story is this. That tall green glass building on the edge of Fort Worths burgeoning and exciting Sundance Square is the same building that was decimated by the tornado of 2000. After The Fort Worth National Bank Building took that fierce and direct hit it remained abandoned and boarded up for several years. Eventually the iconic tower was redeveloped as some of the first residential condos in downtown Fort Worth. I sold 3 homes in The Tower Residential Condos this year. Each time I walk through the lobby I can’t forget the student art show. Although the lobby has been reconfigured the slanted concrete beams are still prominent architectural elements and I remember when my paintings and drawings were on display there. The Alexander Calder sculpture “The Eagle” no longer sits out front either. Those things are just a part of local and personal history and my memory.
The picture that I sketched today, one of the first artistic attempts I have made in decades has a blended contrast of old and new Fort Worth. It’s a great source of joy to me to be in this picture and a part of it.
Here’s a link to the sketcher website:
Riding the Trinity Railway Express from Fort Worth to Dallas is easy and fun. The double decker trains are clean and comfortable and they feature free wi-fi which makes commuting time productive. Everything you want to know about schedules, location of stations and destinations in Dallas or Fort Worth can be found at the TRE website here.
I made a short video last year showing how easy the TRE is to ride: