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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, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. 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. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

02/22/17 10:00am
Ebby Halliday Collin County

Ebby Halliday, her brother and Executive Vice President Paul Hanson, Ebby’s first sales associate Mary Lou Muether, and Mary Frances Burleson, who today is President and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, celebrate the opening of the Plano office in 1973. All photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Why should you depend on Ebby Halliday Realtors when selling your home?

Since 1945, Ebby Halliday Realtors has provided outstanding service to home buyers and sellers and the North Texas community. With 31 offices located throughout North Texas, Ebby Halliday is the largest independently owned residential real estate company in Texas and the 10th-largest nationwide by sales volume, according to REAL Trends, Inc.

In 2016, the Ebby Halliday Companies, which in addition to Ebby Halliday Realtors includes Dallas-based Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, participated in almost 20,000 property transactions with a sales volume of approximately $7.8 billion.

“Our award-winning team of more than 1,700 sales associates remains the highest-rated residential real estate sales force in Texas as a result of our commitment to client service, continuing-education programs, the real estate industry and the communities we serve,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of Ebby Halliday.

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02/21/17 11:23pm

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You may have heard about a housing development conceived by Frazier Revitalization, a nonprofit founded by former Trammell Crow chairman and chief executive Don Williams, in Fair Park near Hatcher Station, a DART Station. Or you may, like I used to before I started this blog, sort of zone out about any news about anything south of downtown Dallas. I mean really, there is only so much you can digest in one day.

But you probably are still, like me,  reeling from paying your property taxes. You do know that the only way to keep those puppies from killing us — taxes, that is — is to elevate the parts of Dallas that look like Cuba, from when I recently returned. Cuba has a lot of problems, not unlike some of our blighted areas in the U.S. We desperately need to bring affordable housing to certain parts of our cities, housing and a grocery store or two where folks can buy healthy, fresh food. That’s what we kept saying in Cuba: where are the grocery stores? Where are they in parts of South Dallas?

See, in Preston Hollow and North Dallas, we agonize over whether we should hit Whole Foods, Central Market or the new Eatzies coming to Preston Royal Village? Decisions, decisions.

But go south of the Trinity, to Fair Park: it’s a dang food desert that seriously reminds me of Cuba.

So you would think that when someone comes in and offers not just quality low income housing —  78 multifamily units, called The Residences at Hatcher Station, only 10 of which would be available at market rate, the rest earmarked as low rent for teachers aides, fireman, mechanics and the like —  the Dallas City Council would be all over it. Jumping for joy, too, at the potential for a little new tax revenue.

But no, they are not. Or at least, haven’t been. Haven’t even approved it. Why? (more…)

02/20/17 3:23pm

4649 Saint Laurent Ct FW courtyard

She is all of 25 years old, but pop star Selena Marie Gomez has a resume that stretches from downtown Fort Worth to Montserrat, the stunning Fort Worth luxury community where she has been quietly spending time right here in North Texas, in 10,016 square foot estate of Tarrant County prime. Selena was born in Grand Prairie and considers North Texas home. Until this point, the home has been marketed most discreetly because of her famous name and security concerns. 

Now, it’s no longer being kept quiet. And we are so very, very lucky.

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02/17/17 10:04am
City Council Bilirae

Candy Evans files her paperwork to run for Dallas City Council’s District 11 seat with Bilierae Johnson, Assistant City Secretary.

[Editor’s Note: Candy Evans is the founder and publisher of CandysDirt.com and is now running for Dallas City Council in District 11. The opinions expressed in this column are her own.]

I am excited to announce that I have completed the process to run on the ballot for Dallas City Council District 11 in the May 6, 2017 election.

The balloting process is fascinating, and actually made me a little tear-y: You swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States, a tremendous and serious responsibility. That Constitution has been protected through thick and thin, a whole lot of sacrifice spanning 241 years. Our visit to Pearl Harbor flashed across my mind. I know the political climate on the national scene is stressing a whole lot of us out, which the American Psychological Association confirms: Americans are more uncertain than ever about things taken for granted, and the economy ranks near the top of the stress list.

Starting at a grass-roots level, I want to do something about it.

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02/16/17 2:08pm

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I love Cody Ellison. You know he and business partner Ken Valencia own Home on BishopDwell on Davis, Bishop Ranch and the Bishop Street Market all down in Bishop Arts. Though they started out with the perfection that is Home on Bishop, business was so darn strong the duo opened a second store in November, 2014, Dwell on Davis: bedding plus art, jewelry, clothing and accessories. Which are the mainstays of all their fabulous stores.

“Buyers crave our locally crafted goods, sold by locally owned stores,” says Ken Valencia, who previously worked for Neiman Marcus and Donna Karan. Cody was in textile and also National Sales Director for Rose Tree Corporation based here in Dallas.

“We do not replenish anything, it lives here one time, when it sells we bring in something as unique and special to replace it,” adds Cody. “Always something new to see everyday!” 

Well we have something new to TELL YOU Saturday night!

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02/15/17 10:00am

Ebby Property Alerts

Our North Texas market is hot, hot, hot, and desirable houses go under contract lightning fast. You blink and your dream home has been snatched up by someone else!

With such big competition, it’s critical to stay informed and on top of the North Texas real estate market. That’s why Ebby Halliday’s Property Alerts are so important and useful. You can get real-time alerts on homes in your area, keep track of properties you’re interested in, and sync your phone with the website so your searches are saved. This tool is a real sanity-saver for anyone who’s looking for a home in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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02/14/17 1:54am

Fair Pension 1

By now you must have seen the glossy brochure that appeared in mailboxes about February 1 from a group called “Taxpayers for a Fair Pension”. It is co-chaired by the former mayors Ron Kirk, Laura Miller, and Tom Leppert.

“The future financial health of the City of Dallas is now in your hands.”

Which reminds me: Leppert finally sold his Preston Hollow house and moved. Next post, stay tuned.

The campaign was a real head-scratcher for me when I first heard of it. On the surface, it looks all “Kumbaya”-ish with the union of three former mayors, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Citizen’s Council, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Stemmons Corridor Business Association, MetroTex Association of Realtors, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, TREC, the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, even the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

Wow, that’s a lot of “kumbaya.”

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02/13/17 10:00am

CandysDirt staff meeting

It’s one of the most luxurious homes in Highland Park — or Texas — and we’ve got your ticket to tour at the next CandysDirt staff meeting.

Sitting on almost an acre at 3509 Euclid Ave., this Mediterranean villa is over 18,000 square feet of sophisticated spaces, with six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, six half baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms, and 11 fireplaces on three stories, built in 2012.

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be there to take in the views and enjoy this private, luxe retreat near Armstrong and Abbot avenues in one of the toniest parts of Highland Park.

Just how exquisite is this villa? How about a wine grotto with tasting room, outdoor putting green, indoor golf simulator, sprawling 10-car garage, and a state-of-the-art gym with a steam and aromatherapy room? And the backyard is positively swoon-worthy, with a Tuscan cabana with a sitting room and private baths, sparkling swimming pool and spa, fountains, and a fire pit in the pool.

This masterpiece is the work of Fusch Architects, builder John Sebastian of Sebastian Construction Group, and Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. It is newly listed by JP Piccinini and Monica Shovlin with JP & Associates Realtors for $18 million.

How about a sneak peek before our CandysDirt staff meeting? I’d love to show you this property…

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