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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas. She even has her own web-based Real estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design.

09/02/15 1:26pm

The Smith Family

I’m here in Fort Worth celebrating the installation of Leslie Rouda Smith, voted in as the Chairman of the Board of the Texas Association of Realtors for 2016.

Last night was the installation dinner and celebration, and let me tell you, it was a gala dinner. The Fort Worth Omni Convention Center and Hotel was loaded with politicos from Austin and D.C., from the National Association of Realtors and a slew of past presidents and officers, including Dallas’ Mary Frances Burleson of Ebby Halliday, and Mike Brodie of Keller Williams. Charles McMillan was the charming emcee who kept the mic alive, and Channel 4’s Richard Ray gave the invocation.

Not only did the wine and food flow, the Collin County Association of Realtors brought out the bubbly for a champagne toast. Since no party is ever a party without Realtors (or bloggers) dancing on tables, we moved to the music of Hudson & Saleeby, a piano duo from Memphis, who were kind enough to give us music groupies sounds till the wee hours.

Here’s a little bit about Leslie Rouda Smith who is with Dave Perry-Miller & Associates:  (more…)

09/02/15 12:10pm

Mark Cohan

He’s an attorney, she’s in architectural lighting design. They have been looking for a home “in the Loop” for nine months. Every time they find one they like, within their price range, they plunk down an offer and six other offers come in above asking… sometimes even when they have BID ABOVE ASKING.

But, this darling couple really wants to buy a house. Like many Millennials, they are ready, they are more than pre-qualified, and they have a lump sum of $100,000 for a hefty down payment. They are even, even willing to do some work on a less than perfect house if the price reflects that less-than-perfectness.

Dallas used to be the kind of town where young professionals like this could buy a starter home in a New York minute. What happened? Lack of inventory means they are swooped up, and starter homes are the hottest commodity in real estate right now! (more…)

09/02/15 10:16am

New Transwestern rendering Preston Rd

By Claire Stanard
Guest Contributor

In the CandysDirt.com re-cap of the August 27 Town Hall meeting regarding Transwestern’s proposed four story apartments, she concludes by stating:

“This is what we pay them for: the Dallas City Council will vote on the zoning change, basing their decision on the highest and best use of the land not for me, or … anyone else, but for the City of Dallas.”

So is this all about reaping more property tax dollars from developers, simply because we can’t develop a quality Dallas school system to attract home owner families?

And, if Transwestern receives their zoning variance, how can the Planning Commission or City Council say “no” to the next developer Behind the Pink Wall? It has been rumored for two years that Mark Cuban is just waiting to see what happens to Transwestern’s zoning application before he proceeds. (more…)

09/01/15 12:32pm

Major cities, including Dallas, have a problem: murder rates are up in more than 35 major cities, when compared to a year ago.  After years of declines — as I recall, the murder rate was horrendously high in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the years of crack-cocaine, pinnacling in 1993 when more than 2,200 murders were counted in New York City  — it’s creeping up again. And it’s not just murder rates that’s up, it’s violence: (more…)

09/01/15 11:50am
6436 Sudbury ext

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Speaking of former sports stars and coaches, I failed to tell you that former Texas Legends coach and current scout for the Dallas Mavericks Eduardo Najera sold his Kings Gate villa on August 5 to a major Dallas-based Subway franchise owner, Jawed Saya, and his wife. Saya is CEO and President of G.I.S. Corporation. Eat fresh, buy for less: they paid $2,300,000 for the Plano estate.

The 10,850-square-foot Mediterranean mansion had been on the market for $2,499,000. They were represented by someone you will be hearing more of, Mathew Puthoor, an aggressive young Realtor with Dallas-based Rupani & Mathew Group.6436 Sudbury ext 2 (more…)

08/31/15 6:13pm

1600 Nelson ext

 This great Las Colinas estate was originally built and owned by the great Hershel Walker. It hits MLS on Tuesday with Coldwell Banker. Not only does it have a fabulous lineage, and FOUR (count them!) powder rooms, it sits on the Four Seasons golf course, Cottonwood Valley Hole 16. I know, too bad it’s not Hole FOUR. But it’s four times four! And Dr. Phil is ONE of your neighbors! This estate is located in the chi chi private estates of Las Colinas’ Cottonwood Valley. And you know who lives nearby whilst Mark Molthan is building his home in Glen Abbey: Tony Romo!1600 nelson ext 2

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08/31/15 2:26am

10300 Strait Lane ext

Comes word that the tear down of the Bud Oglesby home at 10300 Strait came sooner rather than later.

In fact, she is gone, her body laid to a fitful rest somewhere in Lewisville …

Bud O 1

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08/28/15 2:00pm
Transwestern Meeting 1

Steve Rudner, concerned homeowner

Update 6:34 p.m: Lee Kleinman tells me that the Rudners sent flowers to his office staff. Now that’s the Preston Hollow way!

If the last meeting in Fellowship Hall at Park Cities Baptist Church was leaning more towards conciliation, it was back to square one Thursday night. This was a different group, a crowd comprised of more single family homeowners, about 66 in number, from Del Norte and north, Preston east to Hillcrest. These were residents concerned for their property values and the traffic in their neighborhood many believe will be diverted and choke their streets. In the words of Realtor extraordinaire Steve Collins: “traffic is like water: it flows to the path of least resistance.”

Easy program: Lee Kleinman introduced, Transwestern spoke, and the audience had questions, lots of questions. First up was Steve Rudner, a resident on Woodland, who was promptly scolded by Lee Kleinman for being quite rude to his staff. After learning that the luxury apartment project had not been ditched, Steve apparently made some angry calls to City Hall.

But tonight, Rudner was direct and smooth, and seemed to know not of what he did.

“I thought we made it clear with our signs and outcry last year that we are opposed to this zoning change,” he said. “The burden should not be on the residents. We do not support a project that does not comply with the current zoning restrictions.”

Transwestern Steve Rudner

Steve Ridner, concerned homeowner

After he spoke, there was applause. (more…)