We are proud to announce that CandysDirt.com won Silver for Best Blog at the 65th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors annual conference in Miami June 26th. This is our SECOND NAREE award, as we won Gold in 2013. That it has my name on it is a formality (and space saver), as this award really goes to the fine professionals on our staff who make CandysDirt.com the best real estate blog in the country: Joanna England, Leah Shafer, Karen Eubank, Rachel Abrams Azouz, Bethany Erickson, Jon Anderson, Amanda Popken, Dawn McMullen. Thanks to the Dallas real estate community and all our fabulous, beloved readers, for your continued support.
Category 14: Best Blog
Gold Award – Polyana da Costa, Bankrate.com
Judge’s Comment on Gold Award: “This is a good explanatory blog about issues of interest to homeowners and investors. It conveys a significant amount of mortgage information, which is not widely known, to homeowners. The variety of the stories is outstanding.”
Silver Award – Candace Evans, Candy’s Dirt
Judge’s Comment on Silver Award: “This blog, which contains frank information about the real estate business and personalities, is highly readable. Particularly outstanding was a piece on former football star Deion Sanders, whose mansion north of Dallas has many ‘over-the-top’ features.”
Bronze Award – Cory Weinberg, San Francisco Business Times
Judge’s Comment on Bronze Award: “The blog contains diverse stories about such topics as driverless cars and traffic in the Bay Area and the condominium market in Oakland. It is written in a humorous style in a first-person voice.”
Dallas area writers Steve Brown and Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal were also at the conference. Candace also took home a silver on a story she wrote about RE land ops around I-345:
Silver Award – Candace Carlisle, The Dallas Business Journal
Judge’s Comment on Silver Award: “The reporter showed how a local developer was buying up large amounts of land around the I-345 freeway through downtown Dallas. It was an in-depth look at the real estate opportunities triggered by the demolishing of the interstate. The writing was highly informative.”
And Ben Lane at HousingWire took gold for a fantastic story on how fracking is affecting residential real estate:
Gold Award – Ben Lane, HousingWire
Judge’s Comment on Gold Award: “Fracking, which continues to be huge news in the U.S., is having an effect on residential real estate. This reporter examined the effect on neighborhoods and mortgages. It was an exhaustive look at something that is drawing a lot of consumer attention in many states.”
There were many fabulous winners, and our congratulations overfloweth. The entire press release is below, and we plan to run some of the winner’s story with links. NAREE is an amazing organization and conference, and the peer recognition is priceless. I’ve noticed it’s getting more tech, too; even former prez Brad Inman was on hand for the Silver book award, which went to Stan Humphries of Zillow.