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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, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, 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.

10/20/14 4:15pm
Jeannie Smith

Jeannie Smith with “The Wee Ones”: two of her pack of miniature dachshunds.

We love Jeannie Smith and her “can-do” attitude. She’s the kind of woman that can inspire confidence after just a moment with her, and she is a dog lover, to boot!

It’s no wonder that Jeannie, a mortgage professional that looks after her clients like family, is this week’s Guardian Angel. She takes time with every client to make sure that their needs are met, if not exceeded, which is a valuable asset in this quick-changing mortgage environment.

“I care about each loan and customer I work with — whether it’s a$ 50K loan or a $5M loan — and I love providing the white glove treatment,” Jeannie says. “I approach each loan and customer with a wide open mind so that I can learn about them, their financial goals, expectations, and what keeps them up at night when they think about the loan process.”

That’s the kind of personal service that is all too rare these days, but it’s exactly what you can expect at Guardian Mortgage. Find out more about Jeannie and how, through her tenacity, she’s made a wonderful career in the mortgage business.


10/20/14 3:34pm

Image6-Grand_Hyatt_small-400x400 Paradise is coming to Dallas on Tuesday! That’s tomorrow!

We have told you about Baha Mar, the largest second home development in the western hemisphere. We think it rocks.

Baha Mar is a $3.5 BILLION mega-resort under construction in Nassau, The Bahamas. Thousands of construction crews are working around the clock, readying for a 2014 launch. It is the largest resort under construction in the Western Hemisphere and has been described as Vegas with 3000 feet of beach. (more…)

10/20/14 3:46am


You have seen this house a thousand time and you know you wanted to know what it looks like inside! Well, hello 9625 Preston Road, you are stunning, gorgeous, light, white and bright and one of the most perfect party houses ever. EVER!

Enter through the oversized, accentuated corner door entrance of glass and ironwork. I have always loved the positioning of this door, as if the architects said you know, we don’t really know if we want to face Preston or Walnut Hill. So they chose to face BOTH and straddled the corner.

This Italian styled mega-villa straddles the entire intersection well. Ten foot walls barricade the home from the busy street, which is a non-issue anyways given the sprawling one acre lot. They create an entire world, a village behind which all kinds of magic happens with almost as many bars a bedrooms, ornate mouldings, marble and a backyard water oasis. (more…)

10/17/14 1:31am


Can you say ahhhh? This 2-story Uptown townhome designed by renowned architect, Bud Oglesby, is not in MLS but available through Faisal Halum at Briggs Freeman Sothebys. You get stunning polished concrete floors, walnut and brick exposed walls, a gourmet galley style kitchen loade with the latest and greatest appliances, and floor to ceiling windows. And let there be light! The double height entry and skylights provide so much natural light your endorphins will kick into overgear. And you will enjoy the outdoors inside: expansive windows connect the outside patio with luscious greenery to the inside. Living room and formals are open with tall ceilings. (more…)

10/17/14 12:16am

Mark Cuban PH props (7)

Got in touch with attorney Andrew Sommerman today, who lives next door-ish to the Cuban properties on Averill Way and Jourdan Way. I gleaned a little more info on why Cuban may have wanted to pick up 8601 Jourdan Way.

Recall that it was Eric Nicholson who figured out that Cubes bought the 76 year old, 7000 plus square foot mansion on 1.46 acres.  Paid $2,900,000. And this is what he says Cuban would like to do  with a real estate developer named Michael Romo — is he related to Tony or the famous plastic surgeon in NYC?: (more…)

10/16/14 12:17pm


It  seems like this might be the perfect time for bird or dove hunting, no? And you know a beautiful, not too far away place to go for that?

Albany, Texas.  Albany is about two and a half hours west of Preston Hollow, the center of my universe. The new visitors center at Fort Griffin is open, a fine football team brings a lot energy with their Friday night lights, the local historic theater is busy with classic movies, live music touring acts and a couple of plays. Oh and there are three new exhibitions opened at the Old Jail Art Center. We told you about this magical place last June, and we think you may want to take a look-see again now. I’m told the Albany homecoming parade was good, so the people planning the Christmas parade have a tough act to follow…   it’s a good, solid, energetic town where nothing but good stuff happens, kind of like Pleasantville. And right about now, Pleasantville sounds divine!