March 1, 2021

DFW Housing Market is Hot!

Dallas ranked sixth in the nation just behind Austin, according to a panel of real estate experts and economists surveyed by Zillow.

Overall, the market is expected to be strong across the board.

While an improved economy and progress with the coronavirus vaccines are two of the highest contributing factors for the market, affordability and inventory still tend to hold the market back.

The pandemic has not upended the housing market as those expected, but it has actually accelerated trends we saw coming into 2020.  Record-low mortgage rates and the increased demand for living space, as well as a surge of Millennials buying their first homes, will keep the pressure on home prices for the foreseeable future.

For more detailed information, please click here

Feb. 1, 2021

White Texas Sheet Cake for Valentine’s Day



2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup water

2 eggs

2/3 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon almond extract



1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup whole milk

5 cups confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Chopped walnuts or sprinkles to garnish



Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 15x10x1-inch sheet pan with baking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Then in a small saucepan, add the butter and water. Bring to a boil and quickly remove from heat. Stir the hot liquid into the flour mixture.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sour cream, and almond extract until smooth. Pour that into the flour mixture and stir until smooth.

Spread the batter in the prepared sheet pan. Baked 18-22 minutes until the cake is just golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.

While the cake cools, prepare the frosting by combining the butter and milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.

Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar, almond extract, and salt. Spread the glaze over the warm cake and immediately top with sprinkles.


For step-by-step instructions, please click here.

Jan. 31, 2021

Pandemic is Driving People to Buy Bigger Homes in the Suburbs

The pandemic-induced run on housing has fueled a national affordability crisis for many would-be home buyers.   Homeownership has long been considered a staple of the American dream. As the coronavirus outbreak and rise of remote work pushed Americans to move from the city to the suburbs, those who could afford a single-family home have been able to leverage historically low interest rates to build equity and net worth.  During 2020, the homeownership rate jumped to roughly 67%, up nearly 3% from a year earlier after remaining largely flat for a decade, according to the Census Bureau.

High demand for housing, along with a record low supply of homes for sale, has also caused a sharp spike in home prices, shutting others out entirely.  The pandemic-induced run on housing has also fueled an affordability problem for many of those would-be buyers, despite mortgage rates near the lowest levels ever.

To see the full article, click here.

Oct. 28, 2020

Freeze Alert





Winter is coming!  Water pipes in your home may freeze and burst if immediate action is not taken prior to the drop in temperature.  Below are some essential tips to avoid damage to your home due to broken pipes: 



·         Disconnect and drain water hoses

·         Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers

·         Turn off the sprinkler system

·         If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water running through the system will prevent the line from freezing

·         Keep the cabinet under the kitchen sink open so warm air can flow around the pipes 



·         Turn ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air

·         Inspect fireplaces and chimneys before using and have them cleaned if necessary 



·         Bring potted plants inside

·         Cover any outside plants with sheets, towels, or blankets


Also, we strongly recommend that you make sure your homeowners or renter’s insurance is up to date to cover liability and unexpected damage from water, fire, windstorm, etc. to your personal belongings.  The owner and management company assume no liability for personal loss.


If you are a tenant, please contact your landlord or property management company immediately if you suspect a pipe has frozen or burst!


Oct. 5, 2020

Leaves Are Falling, Home Prices Are Not!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the housing market is still very strong. Although the market took a slight drop in April and May while everyone tried to figure out the pandemic and how to handle home showings, it has come back stronger than ever. The summer brought back more of a normal housing market with many homes receiving multiple offers.  Inventory has been slightly lower with the coronavirus still lingering, but homes are still selling at a quick pace. We anticipate the housing market in the Dallas area to remain strong for the rest of the year.  




Oct. 5, 2020

Local Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Patch


Sept. 19, 2020

Millennials and Home Improvement


Millennials are getting handier around the home since COVID-19 lockdown measures began, according to this new survey.

A recent poll of 2,000 homeowners found that compared to other generations, millennials have been the busiest, with 81% having tackled a home improvement project since March.

This survey examined the various home improvement projects that American homeowners have completed while stay-at-home orders have been in effect—and why they chose to take them on in the first place.

Two-thirds of the respondents say they tackled their project to save money while 49% simply needed something to keep themselves busy during lockdown.

Overall, the average homeowner has attempted four different home improvement projects since March and saved an estimated $160 simply by attempting to complete a project themselves.

Not only have these projects kept homeowners busy, they have also led to new hobbies; 73% of those who tackled a home improvement project on their own revealed that afterward, they felt resilient enough to keep taking on more projects and 67% of homeowners look forward to tackling more projects in the future.

It’s projected that most of these future projects will be holiday prep related. Holiday-prep projects include bathroom and kitchen renovation, filling driveway cracks, fixing the patio landscape and replacing countertops and kitchen floors.

 For the full article click here.

Sept. 19, 2020

“Groovy” Chocolate Sheet Cake

A Texas sheet cake from the 70’s, which is why it’s called “groovy”.


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Makes one 13 X 9 inch cake





For the cake:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), plus 1 tablespoon for greasing the pan

2 cups sifted flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

eggs, beaten


For the frosting:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

7 tablespoons whole milk

3 cups powdered sugar

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon rum extract (you can also use vanilla extract)

1/3 stick of unsalted butter, melted



For the cake:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13- x 9- x 2-inch pan with 1 tablespoon of butter.


Melt the chocolate over a double boiler.


In a separate saucepan, melt the 1/2 cup butter over medium heat along with 1 cup of hot water and bring to a low boil. Mix in the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Take off the heat.


In a medium-size bowl, combine the sifted flour, sugar, and salt.


Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and combine well with a wooden spoon.


Add the sour cream, vanilla, and baking soda to the mixture and combine well.


Add the beaten eggs and mix until they’re fully incorporated.


Add the batter to the greased cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick or knife into the center, and it comes out clean.


Let cool completely before frosting.



For the frosting:

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.


In a medium-size bowl, mix the milk and sugar gradually.


Add the salt and rum extract to the milk-sugar mixture and stir until combined. Then add the melted chocolate and stir until combined.


Add the melted butter and mix until fully incorporated.


Let the frosting cool slightly, before spreading on cooled cake.


For more detailed instructions and more photos see the full article here.

June 7, 2020

House Hunting During COVID-19

Many changes are now in effect that could actually make the overall home buying process easier, safer, and quicker. The new norm has become more of a semi-contactless process. We have seen a lot more electronic signing of documents and even electronic delivery of option and earnest money. The most important thing is to ensure the safety of all parties involved and respect the requests of individual homeowners while viewing their personal homes.

There are, however, a few changes that will take some getting used to. For example:
        1.      Some families are delaying putting their home on the market, so there is less inventory than we are used to this time of year.
        2.      A few homes only allow for a virtual tour. So, you may not always have the benefit of a physical inspection.
        3.      Mortgage lenders have tightened up their lending standards during this economic uncertainty. So, it could be a little more difficult to obtain financing right now.  It is always best to get the pre-approval from your lender prior to house hunting.

The home buying process has changed, but there is still a great deal of opportunity! With historically low interest rates and the busy summer season being upon us, we are confident you can still find your dream home, even in a pandemic!

Please let us know how we can help you!

June 7, 2020

This Summer is the 2020 Real Estate Season!

In 2020, Summer is the new Spring
Homebuyers are jumping back into the market as stay-at-home orders are starting to lift.  The busy spring real estate season is shifting into the summer because many families put their plans on hold, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, summer is the new spring for real estate.

What’s the Opportunity for Buyers?
Due to historically low interest rates, buyers are coming back to the market, even with forced unemployment and stay-at-home orders. With mortgage rates at such low levels, there is more incentive than ever to buy a home this summer.

What’s the Opportunity for Sellers?
Many sellers were waiting out the spring season to see what the market was going to do. Although more people are now putting their homes up for sale this month as compared to last month, current inventory is still well below last year’s. Buyers are definitely looking. If you have been thinking of selling, now could be the perfect time.

One Plus Realty is committed to help you navigate both buying and/or selling, even during this pandemic.