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I recently spoke with D.W. Skelton of D.W. Skelton & Associates, a leading Dallas firm specializing in real estate valuations of high-end residential properties. Continually gathering, analyzing and applying information about countless homes, appraisers like Mr. Skelton are fully equipped to provide an overview of the real estate market. Skelton has observed housing prices trending upward in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, North Dallas and even Lakewood, which he believes indicates that now is the time to sell in these areas. Today’s low inventory allows listings to be more competitive for buyers, but Skelton expects a large volume of homes to appear on the market in the next 30-60 days. Because economic conditions can vary vastly according to location, Skelton gave me an outline of his observations neighborhood by neighborhood. The Park Cities have experienced favorable appreciation over the last several months. In Highland Park, estate lots have even risen to values nearing their 2007 [...]

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Dallas, which has gradually gained a strong reputation across the globe, is also building an increasingly international population here at home. The City of Dallas Regional Center (CDRC) has been central to this progress. Approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in the fall of 2009, the CDRC enables the City to attract foreign capital to job-creating enterprises within the City of Dallas.  It is an important asset in the City’s economic development program that helps ensure the continuing growth and vitality of the Dallas economy, and that builds Dallas’ brand internationally in order to attract additional capital, businesses, business owners and investors to the City. CDRC projects create thousands of new, full-time jobs in the City of Dallas.  In return for investing in the Dallas and creating these jobs, EB-5 investors get a lifetime of economic, educational and retirement opportunity in the U.S. Through a relatively new program, the CDRC has [...]