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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.

11/26/14 11:20am

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Talk about consumers wanting a “best” Realtor, how about the “most informed” Realtor? That’s who I’d pick to sell my home. The one who knows the top digital trends shaping our way of thinking, doing business and buying a house. Buyers are bombarded with all this technology like drones, Artificial Intelligence and Apple Pay, and they want an agent who is up on it all, including the latest in marketing strategies and commissions.

“Our industry is very blessed with a huge amount of continuous innovation,” says Stefan Swanepoel,” I consider myself one of the industry’s leading caretakers. We are the people who analyze what is occurring on a non-stop basis and bring that info to agents or anyone in a fun, easy to understand, bite-sized way.”

Stefan Swanepoel really IS one of the Real Estate industry’s top industry visionaries. Guy knows his stuff forwards and backwards. He doesn’t get this designation by buying ad space in a magazine, or even selling it, he gets it through hard work and tons of research. TONS! His Swanepoel Trends Report is an annual analysis (published 4 times a year) of how societal and economic changes impact the real estate business and affect real estate brokers, agents and home buyers. Every home buyer should read his books, and every agent in this country should read and hear him speak at least once a year.

I’ve had the pleasure at Inman Real Estate Connect several times.

Champions School of Real Estate is going to make it real easy. You don’t have to go farther than the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson on December 2, 2014 — next week. Stefan is coming to town on behalf of Champions School of Real Estate, where the smartest agents in town have obtained their real estate licenses and continuing education credits. The breakfast and networking begins at 8:30 am, Stefan’s keynote address starts at 9 am and lasts until 12 noon. For ticket information, click here. (more…)

11/25/14 2:43am

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Was it really a year and a half ago that we told you all about Troy Aikman’s real estate moves from Highland to Normandy to St. Johns? ? Almost — July, 2013 we told you that he sold his stunning Highland Drive family residence (and TWO lots) to move in a smoothly sleek, Tatum-Brown Custom Homes home built in 2007/2008 by Mark Danuser of Tatum-Brown Custom Homes, who is, of course, one of my CandysDirt Approved home builders — these are the folks who I would trust to build a home for dear friends, myself, and even TROY!

The French Normandy-style home has 10,662 square feet with five bedrooms, five full and four half baths, seven living areas, three stories, a wine room on the first floor, no basement, elevator, a morning room with fireplace! I love morning rooms, Troy, I’m coming over for coffee! There is a covered outdoor living area with outdoor kitchen, separate sitting area off the second floor master, game room, study and “her” office. There is an upstairs game room, a home theater and a wine cellar. The master suite has a private sitting area and huge his and her walk-in closets. HUGE! French doors open to a covered patio with a fireplace and full outdoor kitchen — Troy’s “summer kitchen”. There is a pool and spa beneath tall privacy hedges by Harold Leidner. The lot is a hefty 14,438 square feet, or .33 acres.  (more…)

11/24/14 1:48pm

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I’m sick I had to miss this: guests and local celebrities celebrated the unveiling of the newest luxury high rise to hit the Dallas skyline, and also one of the most anticipated: The Residences at The Stoneleigh in Uptown off Maple. more than 400 — yikes! –toured the elegant lobby, 26-seat theatre, homeowner’s lounge, the state of the art health club, banquet space with a full commercial kitchen and the stunning pool with an amazing view of the city skyline.

But not to worry: I sent spies!

Developer Mehrdad Moayedi, who I call Saint Stoneleigh as he rescued this project in the throes of the recession, welcomed Trammell S. Crow, Roxanne and Gene Phillips, Don and Linda Carter, Doris Jacobs and daughters, Mackie & Paul Ellenbogen, Loyd Taylor (so sorry I missed you baby!), Susan and Gene Stoner, Larry Hamilton, Linda & Scott Greer, Angie Barrett, Mickey Munir, Carmaleta Whiteley, John Bobbitt, Teffy Jacobs, John Phifer Marrs and Senator Royce West.

I was, unfortunately, doing due diligence in the Grand Cayman Islands with a company called Dart Realty that you will be hearing more of.

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11/22/14 12:02am

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From Highland Park where we learned that the Trammell Crow family homestead is being listed for a shocking $59.4 million, way on up to Proposer where  Concierge Auctions made Deion Sanders’ former home going going gone for $3.75 million. Here are all the photos of Deion’s former Prosper pad, as shot by those great folks at Shoot2Sell photographers. Kind of sad to think that a legend lived here, kind of cool to think of what the new owners have in store.

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11/20/14 3:12pm

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Remember Ridge Road, east of Midway in between Walnut Hill and Merrell? Twas once a nice enclave of 1950′s era homes with large, leafy lots, big trees, and a country feel thanks to the circular street and huge trees. This little North Dallas nook has been the scene of vigorous scraping and rebuilding, and lot prices up here are jacking up through the roof, if you can find them. (more…)

11/20/14 12:58pm

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In an interview with darling Margaux Anbouba over at D Home — who I will always love because she was in court with me, as a reporter, and as confused as I was –  our Dave Perry-Miller talks about how he got into real estate (he was 6) and his deep, long time love of homes and real estate. What he didn’t tell Margaux is about his many second homes across the U.S.

Well, I will spill the beans: Dave has a home in Nantucket, and house in Virginia built in 1929 that is on the National Historic Landmark, the same designation that Mount Vernon has. (That Mount Vernon, not our’s.) He also has had a home in Palm Springs, Arizona and Bisbee Arizona. At one point I teased him about having a key party: throw all those keys into the middle of the room and let us pick which one we want to stay at! (more…)

11/19/14 5:36pm

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Someone sure got a deal.

Here’s what I’ve got officially from Laura Brady, president of Concierge Auctions, who conducted the auction event last night at about five p.m.: there is a contract on the house. There was no reserve (!). There were  8 registered bidders.

“In only five weeks, the auction outreach efforts conducted by Concierge Auctions and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty resulted in over 27,000 views of the property video, 356 visitors to the property, and 49 prospect showings,” she said.

Well, of course they did. Put those two together and the marketing magic happens!

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(Listing photos courtesy of Shoot2Sell)

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11/18/14 11:09am

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Southlake is just a beehive of activity these days. Maybe it’s because a lot of Toyota execs are moving here — the CEO bought in Vaquero — or the fact that many affluent people relocating to Dallas love Southlake. The lots are large and leafy, the homes luxurious, spacious and reasonably-priced for the most part, the schools among the best anywhere. If they come from California or other highly congested, car-centric cities, they could care less that they have to drive — driving is a way of life for these folks.

Now let me tell you something about real estate: when you see a hot housing market, behind the scenes the real estate business — what goes on in the brokerage houses — goes wild. Brokers (who get a cut of every transaction that goes through the house) recruit agents like mad, enticing them with services, marketing assistance, just about everything they can do to help the agents land listings and sell. I have almost become convinced that real estate is like a bear that hibernates for the winter. When the market is good, the pace is almost frenetic and agents and brokers sell and make money as fast as they can. When the market is down, they hibernate, living off of what they stored up during the good months.

A real estate company called Engel & Völkers has entered our market. Engel & Volkers is a global luxury real estate franchise, German-based. It was founded in 1977 as a specialty boutique providing exclusive, high-end real estate services in Hamburg, Germany to folks of high net worth. In other words, rich Germans. Their Concierge level of service to clients soon spread across Europe. These are the folks who invented the word “uber” when it comes to luxury. Oh, they are no longer JUST in Germany. Engel & Völkers has become one of the world’s leading companies specializing in the sale and lease of premium residential and commercial property and yachts.

Did I say, yachts?

I did. In 2006, they extended their franchise market into the United States, into Miami. The firm currently has offices in key U.S. markets including New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Denver, Park City Utah/Northern Cali, and now North Texas. (more…)