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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...

08/27/16 3:11pm

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When it comes to preserving the historical buildings at Fair Park, I could not agree more with our Suzanne Felber.

We have the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world, says our mayor. WFAA’s Brett Shipp reports that, under the Humann public/private partnership proposal, $240 million will be spent on those buildings, some for buildings only used during the State Fair of Texas.

Don Williams, chief critic to the Humann plan, agrees. But he also recalls real estate 101: never fix up an empty building. Translation: he does not mean NEVER fix them up, he means retrofit is costly. Figure out a building’s use before you start ripping out walls and slapping on paint. $240 million is a lot of money in a city starved for basic services that I call the “three p’s” police, potholes, and protection. Great to say “build it and they will come”, but not with taxpayers’ money. (We are sick and tired and have had enough.) Frankly, I also think Walt Humann is the right man for the job, as long as we get the right contract. We need to use our resources wisely. Find the use, sign up the tenants, then repair and maintain the buildings. At least two of our more thoughtful fiscal watchdogs on the Dallas City Council have responded: (more…)

08/24/16 8:49pm

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NOTE NEW VENUE: KING OF GLORY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 6411 LBJ FREEWAY, NORTH SIDE ACCESS ROAD, WEST OF HILLCREST, EAST OF PRESTON ROAD

My husband often asks me about news from City Hall, how tax dollars are spent, things like that, because I am supposed to be the one “in the know”. He sticks to the grindstone of his daily (and nightly) professional life. He doesn’t have time to watch or read much more than headlines. So when he grilled me about the Fair Park plan that Mayor Rawlings has endorsed, I realized I didn’t have many answers for him.

Question: How much will this Park plan cost the city?

Answer: $21 million plus another $75 million in bond funds plus another $50m in bonds in 2020/2022

Question: What do we get for that?

Answer: That’s the management fee. They are going to re-vamp the existing buildings.

Question: Does the city make any money off the State Fair?

Answer: Doubtful. The State Fair contract (which lasts until 2024) would be assigned to the Foundation.  Any rental revenues would go to the Foundation.

Question: Can we fire the management of this new entity if they screw up?

Answer: There is a “Remediation Plan” if the Foundation doesn’t meet their TBD performance measurements.  BUT the plan doesn’t say firing, it says they’ll implement a plan to fix.  Hiring and firing resides with the Foundation. They kinda have a lot of power.

Question: Are they going to try to use Fair Park year round?

Answer: They say they’re looking to create a year-round venue. The Fair stays where it is.

Question: Are we getting a park?

Answer: No guarantee. They definitely have to PLAN for a park, but if they don’t feel they have enough money, they don’t have to build it.

Question: Then what are they using the money for?

Answer: “Expanding Fair Park staff and operations and maintenance; funding and creating new departments, including communication and donor relations; and funding new projects.”

The Foundation hereby commits to fully and completely support Fair Park as a public park, maintaining and managing the events, historic grounds and facilities, and grounds of Fair Park as a vibrant, year-round location for events, daily activities, cultural enrichment, and place for quiet enjoyment.

(See why I am so glad we are having a Panel Discussion tomorrow evening?)

08/24/16 9:32am

5726 Vickery blvd ext

Steve Holy’s breakout hit, “Good Morning Beautiful,” stood atop the country charts for five straight weeks in 2002, sparking a  fire that has continued to smolder throughout his decade-long career.

It also sparked the inspiration for  some major real estate. Check out this precious New Orleans style colonial at 5726 Vickery in lower Greenville. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three full and two half bathrooms, and was Holy’s first grand house after he hit the country charts.

Steve Holy

The Dallas born country star had held tight from his first big break in 1993, when he beat out 500 hopefuls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Johnnie High Country Review, the same contest that launched the career of LeAnn Rimes. After his break in Dallasdeal he signed with Curb Records. Three years later in 2000, his debut album, Blue Moon, was released.

Three years later, this house was produced. Perfect for a bachelor or a family of four, the home is uber walkable to lower Greenville Avenue and Robert E. Lee Elementary School and the pre-kindergarten program, .02 miles away. Walk your child to school as often as you’d like!

5726 Vickery blvd porch

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08/24/16 2:05am

 

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Marisa Seloff

Houston real estate agent Kayla Marisa Seloff may be an inactive agent, but she was very active recently in a Friendswood listing she claims she sold. Seloff, age 22, and a 27-year-old guy named Joshua Leal, were caught having what police called a “passionate rendezvous” in a home in the 200 block of East Castle Harbour Drive, according to numerous Houston media reports.

Well, we know that is.

They were arrested after a neighbor noticed people entering the home about 5 a.m., with a flashlight.

Early birds catch the worm!

Then the duo lied to the police:

When police arrived, they saw a man and woman lying on the floor in a “passionate rendezvous,” according to KXAN-TV. Police entered the home in the 200 block of East Castle Harbour Drive through an unlocked front door, and the couple initially hid. Seloff eventually told police she and Leal were married and had bought the home the day before.

But then police found and smelled marijuana in their car. The couple were charged with criminal trespassing and arrested. Eventually Seloff admitted the drugs were hers, and that she was the home’s real estate agent, not owner.

What I do not understand, however, is how Seloff was working on an expired license…

Have you ever encountered an agent having a “passionate rendezvous” in a listing? (How embarrassing…)

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08/24/16 1:07am

11627 Forest Creek Place ext

An “O” House is a home so fabulous you have to drop whatever you are doing (yeah, even that) or holding, including your nail file, to look!

I am sort of on a roll here with doctor’s houses. “O”h my; another physician’s dream castle. The compulsion to building perfection here is almost Freudian.

Well of course it is, this is an “O” home. The Bionic Alpine “O” home.

11627 Forest Creek Place is located in a leafy, cul-de-sac laden neighborhood of circa 1970 homes south of Forest Lane, in-between Preston and Hillcrest. There is a bounty of building going on across the street from this area, and Sharif-Munir has all but sold out Iris Hollow. Centurion American is developing more lots to the west of Iris Hollow. The prices are around $700K for a quarter of an acre of raw land. Come 2020, there will not be a blade of grass in this area to build on: everything will have to be re-developed.

Talk about wildlife: Lee Kleinman and his Wildebeast are your city council reps. And the coyotes roam nightly.

Forest Creek Place foyer

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08/23/16 11:29pm

Tiffinni Young

Matisha Ward is the daughter of Antoinette Brown, the poor woman who was mauled to death in the city of Dallas by a pack of wild dogs in south Dallas last May 9. While her poor mother was on life support, Dallas City Councilwoman Tiffini Young, who represents the Fair park neighborhood, contacted her and apparently tried to solicit business for an attorney friend by encouraging Ms. Ward to sue the city of Dallas. 

Brett Shipp reported on WFAA-TV that the lawyer she introduced Ms. Ward to, Chris Chestnut, is a college friend of Young’s. He also reports that Ms. Ward recorded the entire conversation.

But today the Dallas lawyer Ms. Ward hired, Tom Carse, filed suit against the City Councilwoman and Chestnut (who practices in Atlanta and Florida, where he has been reprimanded by the state bar) for “barratry and solicitation of professional employment.” Barratry is a third degree felony in Texas. She is seeking half a million in damages.

She is also considering suing the city of Dallas. Guess Young put the bug in her ear.

“When Mrs. Ward said ‘I’ve talked to a lawyer’ and when the response was ‘call me,’ as opposed to, ‘I wish you the best,’ and drop it, Young didn’t drop it,” Carse said.

Chestnut told News 8 neither he nor Young did anything wrong. “I perceive it as Ms. Young trying to help a constituent who just lost her mom tragically in a horrific death,” Chestnut said when reached about the allegations. “She was just following up with the lady to see if I could help.”

Young told News 8 she was only trying to help Ward and even assisted her in setting up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for her mother’s funeral.

By suing the city of Dallas. Lets see, half a million dollars… that’s 11 years of a new hire police rookie for 11 years.

From Tiffinni Young’s City Council profile:

Ms. Young was appointed to serve on the inaugural City of Dallas Youth Commission in 1994 and later appointed to the Park & Recreation Board to represent District 4 and District 7, respectively. The values instilled in her by her family and her faith, her love of community and passion for people led her to enlarge her commitment of service and run for public office. Councilwoman Young was elected to the Dallas City Council in June 2015, as the District 7 representative.

She continues to serve throughout her community as an active member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and as a board member for the Maurine F. Bailey Cultural Foundation. She currently is the CEO of a consulting practice focused in the areas of entertainment, sports and politics. Her dedication to community and compassion for people has shaped her call and commitment to make Dallas a better city, Texas a better state and our country the best it can be, one person at a time.

Or maybe it’s one lawsuit at a time?

08/23/16 5:22am

 

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Nothing says it better than a fact chart of how Dallas, our precious city, is withering away as it ages. Dallas is no different than other maturing U.S. cities, all of whom have problems along the same lines: declining job market, median household incomes dropping, diminishing credit rates, diminishing home ownership, difficulty attracting Millennials, increase in poverty and income inequality, unsustainable infrastructure, plummeting park scores and an unbalanced tax base. Yet Dallas is unique in that it sits in a geographic area where growth is booming around us. Plano, Frisco and Fort Worth are killing it, and we are three hour drive from the most booming city in the world, Austin.

Why is our core deteriorating? And why is Fair Park so vital to it?

We have convened a blue ribbon panel of speakers to help us find the answers: Don Williams, Byron Carlock, Angela Hunt, and our own Jon Anderson. Join us this Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Founders Hall at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road. Seating is limited, so RSVP today!

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