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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 [...]

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends investing 10 percent of your home’s value in landscaping – a wise investment that will likely grow right alongside your greenery. Actually, according to a 2009 study by Texas Tech University, landscaping yields serious profits: Each $1.00 invested in upgrading an average landscape to excellent quality returns $1.35 [...]