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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.

02/11/16 10:23am

EOnLine has more on the Real Housewives of Dallas cast:

Cary Deuber is an East Coast girl, hailing from Connecticut before spending her childhood in Ohio and making her way to Texas. A certified registered nurse’s first assistant, Cary has gone on medical mission trips in third world countries. She lives and works in Dallas with her plastic surgeon husband Dr. Mark Deuber and maintains her own aesthetic injectable practice. She’s also a mom to a baby daughter and step-mom to two kids.
Tiffany Hendra, a veteran actress, host and model, moved back to Texas to be closer to her family. Now she’s reconnecting with best friend LeeAnne Locken and working with philanthropic organizations including Angels of East Africa, a group dedicated to the rescue of orphaned children in need. She’s been married to Australian rocker Aaron for 12 years and Bravo notes she has a “troubling past” from her time in the limelight. Classic Real Housewives.
LeeAnne Locken, a former Miss USA Pageant competitor, has had several parts in TV and movies and now leads efforts for several charitable organizations in Dallas.
Stephanie Hollman hails from Oklahoma. Described as “the girl next door,” Stephanie is the mom to two boys. According to Bravo, for Stephanie to make her own money, her husband, Travis, writes up a list of chores for her to do while he’s away on business.
Brandi Redmond, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, is a dedicated Texan. She married her high-school sweetheart Bryan and is the full-time mom to two young girls. Her husband is away on business, so Brandi focuses a lot on charity work and spends time with BFF Stephanie.
Marie Reyes, a friend to the Housewives, is also involved in the Dallas charity scene. She’s an RN who owns and operates SkinSpaMED.

Wait, who is Marie Reyes?

02/11/16 9:55am

Real Housewives of Dallas

Forget Exxxotica, Dallas will have better, much better starting April 11 at 9:00 pm: its very own Real Housewives of Dallas! Get ready for the whole world to see how wonderful our big beautiful homes are!

Oh yes, and our women, too!

There has been much speculation about the Bravo show, who the stars will be, was it really happening, even if it was coming to Dallas. This is going to be terrific for our real estate market as I know scenes have been shot in some of our most big, beautiful homes! Who are the stars? (We told you about four out of five, dang that’s pretty good!) Our own LeeAnne Locken, Tiffany Hendra, Cary Deuber, Brandi Redmond, and Stephanie Hollman. Bravo smartly covers a wide range of Dallas real estate from Preston Hollow where we find LeeAnne and Cary Deuber to Dallas, Las Colinas, and Plano. All that’s missing is Fort Worth but… well lips sealed.  Cynthia Smoot has all the details on her Oh So Cynthia Blog..

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02/10/16 4:25pm

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I met her right before Christmas, as we chowed down on Virginia Cook Relocation Director Maggie Hall’s delicious breakfast casserole –– a Mississippi recipe that was scrumptious. Denaige Pizzutello breakfasted with the entire North Dallas Virginia Cook office before her job began because, well, that’s the kind of leader she is: someone who pitches in to work even before the starting date on her contract.

The Louisiana native moved to Texas in 1995 with her husband, Michael Pizzutello. Prior to joining Virginia Cook Realtors last month, Denaige — her name is French — served as MLS Director for the MetroTex Association of Realtors where she was responsible computer services, training and tech support, Vice President of an east Coast residential brokerage, and Assistant VP/Regional Real Estate Instructor at Republic Texas Title. (more…)

02/10/16 10:44am

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Sometimes real estate is like a game of musical chairs with an international symphony. Hanne Sagalowsky has joined Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Preston Center office, and do not be surprised if you find that office getting more of a Danish twist: Hanne, a veteran Dallas agent and former school teacher, is a native Dane.

In 1989, when Hanne was transitioning from her teaching career to residential real estate, she told her fellow rookie agents during training she was going to focus on having an international reach. She was laughed at.

But her background —  a foreign student (attending Indiana University for her B.A and M.A, and completing an International Baccalaureate program in Denmark), along with her genuinely adventurous personality, her interest in foreign languages (she is fluent in three!), and her desire to learn, all told her to keep eyes ahead and press on! Keeping her eye on the ball has launched a successful 25+ year global real estate career.

Obviously, her instincts were spot on. (more…)

02/10/16 6:50am

Millennium Title

Scott Gordon had more on the Millennium Title mess over in Southlake, where more than $3 million is missing from an escrow account, on Tuesday’s late night news. The owner of a Keller real estate investment company, Scott Schambacher, told Scott his company, Avondale Development Group, wired $1 million to Nancy Carroll, the now nowhere to be found owner of Millennium Title Company. As is custom in a 1031 Exchange, the money was supposed to be held temporarily in escrow until Schambacher and his investors found and completed another property sale. 1031 Exchanges are a way to legally avoid capital gains taxes if certain rules are followed, those rules designed to spur real estate re-investment. Scott says his proceeds were one million dollars to the penny.

Schambacher said he stopped by the title office in December to set up a closing date and realized there was a big problem when he overheard the receptionist talking.

“I hear, ‘Oh, we don’t know where she’s at. It appears worse than what we thought. Let me email you something, bla-bla-bla,’ and hangs up,” he said. “And I’m thinking that doesn’t sound good.”

No, those are not the words you want to hear when an escrow officer is holding you and your partner’s million dollars. It only took a few days for Schambacher to learn that the Texas Department of Insurance had seized the company. (more…)

02/09/16 5:59pm

Waggoner Ranch

Man, 2016 is gearing up to be a watershed year for billionaires buying up trophy properties. We’ve got Andy Beal snapping up the Hicks estate and possibly more, and we’ve got Jordan Spieth moving on up to the Creeks of Preston Hollow. Now comes word that the owner of the L.A. Rams, Stan Kroenke, and his wife, billionaire Ann Walton Kroenke, a niece of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and heir to the Walton family fortune, was approved by the courts to buy up the $725 million Waggoner Ranch, located northwest of Wichita Falls near the Red River.

Dating back to the wild west of 1849, it’s the biggest contiguous ranch property in the U.S. The King Ranch is about 825,000 acres across multiple parcels, while the 510,000 acre Waggoner ranch is spread over six counties and is almost 800 square miles.

It is quite possibly also the most expensive piece of dirt currently in the U.S. Local brokerage Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty was the major broker involved in the historic transaction. Closing will take place in “a normal time for a deal like this,” says the Briggs Freeman agent who pulled off the deal: Bernard “Bernie” Uechtritz.

And what a deal: this is the first ever sale of the historic ranch.

“This shows that iconic ranches like this can be sold in today’s market with the right strategies and international exposure,” says Robbie Briggs, “We had potential buyers from all over the world. But it turns out the buyer has very strong Texas connections.”

Bernie’s office, of course, is on Fairmount at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real Estate’s Ranch and Land office, but Robbie says he spent more spent more than half his time at the Waggoner Ranch headquarters in Vernon, where he put together an information data room, a veritable sales War Room that sure paid off.

“It was a series of rooms at Waggoner headquarters, tables and tables of folders and schedules, maps, anything you could think of relative to a complex operation like this,” says Bernie. “We created an intensive electronic data room one could only visit once they had been heavily pre-screened, and that was, of course, available virtually as well.”

Bernie told me there was also a “low level” data room for the hundreds who came by inquiring. When asked how many potential buyers were from foreign countries, Bernie said many. That man’s Rolodex should probably be stored at Fort Knox.

“We had a tremendous amount of international interest from South Korea, China, Russia, South America, really from everywhere,” said Bernie.

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02/08/16 1:54am
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Photo courtesy of The Kimbell Art Museum http://caillebotte.kimbellart.org/exhibit

Looking for a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day? Your Valentine will love this unique way to spend a most romantic day, in Fort Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum. In fact, we were a little late with our Fort Worth Friday this week because we toured “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye” exhibit in the Renzo Piano Pavillion South gallery, and we were just blown away. The Kimbell Art Museum is a huge real estate asset to Fort Worth, and we in Dallas are pretty fortunate it’s only an hour away by car.

Who was Gustave Caillebotte? He was actually a collector of fine Impressionist art, but he was also an incredibly talented French avante garde artist. Because he came from a well-to-do French family, he didn’t have to sell his paintings to create income, thus his works were not widely collected. He had no children, and George T.M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum, tells me that Caillebotte’s niece inherited most of his art. Caillebotte had two brothers: one died at age 25, and Caillebotte himself died at the age of 45. His paintings cross the upper class life of 19th century France from the city to the countryside. Something I found interesting was the way he painted interiors, replicating every element of rooms from carpet to sofa fabric to wallpaper and the servant’s buzzer on the ornate fireplace.

Despite establishing himself as an artistic force among the French impressionists, Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) remains perhaps the least known among them. Without need to make art as a source of income, Caillebotte did not actively sell his pictures, and few entered collectors’ hands. Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye brings together over fifty of the most important and beloved pieces of Caillebotte’s career, lent from private collections, public institutions, and the artist’s own family. This exhibition will delve into Caillebotte’s diverse inspirations, offer critical insights into the cultural context of his work, and position him firmly within the pantheon of French avant-garde art.

Here are a few paintings, including one depicting his view of Paris as it was transformed by the great architect Baron Haussmann, the so-called Haussmannization of Paris, which implemented stringent building codes to unify building design, improve urban infrastructure, widen streets, add sidewalks and streetlamps — make paris walkable. Caillebotte’s paintings of Paris, such as The Pont de l’Europe, reflect and capture what was for Parisians in the late 1800’s, a dramatic modernization.

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Caillebotte’s paintings capture the visual transformation of Paris into the city as it is known today. Begun in the 1850s under the direction of Baron Haussmann to address a host of city ills, the so-called Haussmannization of Paris implemented stringent codes that unified building design, improved urban infrastructure, widened streets, and added sidewalks and streetlamps. Caillebotte’s paintings of his Parisian environment, such as The Pont de l’Europe, are both reflections and products of this rapid modernization. – See more at: http://caillebotte.kimbellart.org/exhibit#sthash.1OrOSVt1.dpuf

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02/05/16 5:19am
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Opendoor start-up team

Sell your home with a click? A lot of things have changed about buying a home in the last ten years, from the way we shop for real estate (on line, or via mobile device) to the way we sign closing documents. And though the disruptors Redfin Inc., Zillow Inc. and Trulia Inc. have made searching for homes easier by taking the process online, the process of actually SELLING a home still has not really changed. Still pretty slow and cumbersome.

Experts say this is the next real estate horizon.

A San Francisco-based startup that just landed in Dallas may just be the disruptor to shake it all up. Opendoor.com has technology that replaces the traditional “cash for homes”  market — you know, “We Buy Ugly Houses”, or those signs on the street corner saying, “We buy houses.”

There is, of course, a huge market for investors who want to buy troubled (read: cheap) homes quickly. Opendoor may be their Nirvana. Or it may be great for the person who just doesn’t want to mess with the time it takes to sell.

Opendoor redefines how real estate is transacted, transforming a more-than-two month process into an instant and frictionless experience. Instead of dealing with the hassle of listing and showings, upfront costs and repairs, negotiating with multiple parties, and the risk of the home not closing, homeowners can visit Opendoor.com, receive a guaranteed Opendoor offer and complete their sale in a few clicks.

The startup is expanding from its test market cities to buy homes nationwide. Thursday, OpenDoor launched in Dallas, one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. (more…)