1291 Private Road 5980, Yantis| camdysdirt.com

Luxury meets lake house at “El Regalo” a posh new Spanish-style listing. Meaning “the gift,” the home sits on a tranquil waterfront East Texas real estate, but has all the amenities you’d expect to find in a high-end, big-city dwelling. El Regalo is situated on Lake Fork, one of the premier trophy bass destinations in the country. The 5,124-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-full-and-two-half-bath home stands on a 0.64-acre lot in a  heavily-treed gated community in Yantis, Texas.

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Breunig Ranch | CandysDirt.com

Just in time for the NFL Draft,  a brand new ranch property is going on the market — the 101-acre Mineola ranch owned by Bob Breunig, the legendary Dallas Cowboy linebacker from the Roger Staubach and Danny White eras. Breunig is known not only as a  Super Bowl Champion and one of the Cowboys’ all-time greats, but as a civic and business leader in Big D. Improvements to his horse ranch include a 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath main house; two guest cottages; a 15-stall Morton horse barn; a riding arena; and more.

Breunig Ranch | CandysDirt.com

We have a first look today of this pretty rural East Texas property with karma galore:

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Value and a pretty darn good view — beachfront or mountain — that’s what people generally want when they seek second home real estate. After all, that’s the whole point of buying a second home, getting out of Dodge and enjoying peace, quiet and nature. But one thing has changed since the real estate bubble burst: folks want smaller second homes. (Do you blame them? Give me a one-vacuum-cleaner home on the range.) Two to three bedrooms max, creative living space, multi-function rooms. According to the E360’s 2nd Home Trend Report,  45% of homeowners believe this year — maybe 2011, also — is the best time to buy a second home. No brain-killer here: timing, cheap interest rates, close-out pre-foreclosure sales; property characteristics, location, and price were the major preferences or influencing factors.

God, I hope they didn’t pay someone to dig up this earth-shattering news. Cut the consultants, just chop the price.Because guess what, the buyers are out there on the fence:

“More impressively, of the remaining 54% who indicated that now would not be a good time to buy 79% indicated that they would be likely or very likely to purchase in the next 2 years. Martin says “this is a strong indication that demand will continue to grow over the next two years and will strengthen the second home market”.

Why do second home buyers buy homes? 46% for lifestyle and leisure, 41% for investing, 11% for retirement. Maybe it’s only 11% for retirement because so few of us will be able to retire.  They really don’t want much space. One trend I saw at a lovely East Texas shared ownership and conservation development called Cross Pines Ranch was the porch dining room — second home buyers love large kitchens with eating areas but skip building a formal dining room. The large, screened-in porch can be a second dining or living area, especially if there is an outdoor fireplace. Screened-in means not air conditioned and heated which means, non-taxable square footage.