real estate

How Sam Moon became a real estate empire

A herd of 18 longhorn skulls sculpted to resemble origami; a web of chalky lightning strikes represent flight patterns out of DFW International Airport; a collage of old floppy disks depict both an Asian girl in traditional garb and a Texas cowgirl: “West of Zen” is a fully immersive experience at the 304-room Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel.

Meanwhile, less than three miles away, a Sam Moon Trading Co. store offers a treasure trove of accessories and handbags in every possible color, size and style—at rock-bottom prices. It’s hard to believe that tote bags adorned with tiny pom-poms, faux-snakeskin belts...

Competitive market

Sat, Jul 16, 2016 - 4:46pm

By Julian Gill

People looking to buy a single-family home in Denton County should be ready to make aggressive offers, according to real estate agents in the area.

The North Texas housing market has boomed as new jobs come to town and out-of-state buyers compete with locals for a sparse selection of single-family homes.

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University tracks data that includes how much time it takes to sell all available properties in Denton County. In January, the number of months it took to sell the properties was 1.9, one of the lowest points for the statistic in the last five years....

Professor: Invest in housing market

Fri, Dec 11, 2015 - 11:46pm

by Jullian Gill

John Baen, Ph.D., a real estate professor at the University of North Texas, stood on a chair several times Friday afternoon as he presented his five-year economic forecast to a banquet room full of city officials and political candidates at a Denton Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

He was not shy about delivering his advice in a dramatic way.

It had been more than 10 years since the lively professor was the featured speaker at a chamber event, and this year he emphasized the importance of investing in a hot North Texas housing market with rapidly increasing values.

“The city of Denton...

Growth in north Fort Worth still going strong

Thu, Nov 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Growth in north Fort Worth shows no sign of slowing down.

Dirt is being moved for the construction of a Facebook data center.

The Federal Aviation Administration just finished moving into its new southwest regional headquarters just off Interstate 35W north of Heritage Trace Parkway.

The Northwest school district’s third high school was dedicated this week.

And work on I-35W continues across the Alliance Corridor, which started with the novel idea of building a cargo-only airport in 1989 and now has an estimated population of more than 250,000.

Planned and developed by Ross Perot Jr. and...