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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...

07/27/16 3:00pm

Case Shiller May 2016

We did it again: Dallas, well, North Texas, made it as one of the highest appreciating real estate markets in the country, according to the folks at the Real Estate oracle of nationwide comparison, Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

Dallas area home prices were 9 percent higher this May (2016) than they were a year ago May (2015). And it was the biggest chunk of price gain since February.

“Home prices continue to appreciate across the country,” S&P’s David M. Blitzer said in the report. “Overall, housing is doing quite well.”

Quite. The nation’s home prices across the board were up 5 percent from May 2015. So yes, Blitzer is correct: the nation’s housing market is healthy. It’s just that, with prices rising so much, it makes it more difficult for people on limited incomes or first time buyers or buyers saddled with college debt to get in.

Dallas area real estate prices have been rising  8 to 10 percent now annually for more than a year, due mostly to a dearth of inventory. Well-priced homes in certain price segment sell within days of being listed or sometimes, even before. (more…)

07/27/16 4:09am

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On the heels of news that Jay Torres killer may have been named comes word that an agent in the Plano Keller Williams office at 3600 Preston Road, Camelia Perez-Hernandez, has been missing for more than a week. Her sisters fear the worst: Camelia was very responsible, they say. And the young, bi-lingual agent was in the process of closing a contract. The last time her family had contact with her was on July 11.

She was also dating a 41 year old who is married, so the relationship was kept secret, her sisters said.

When they couldn’t find her on July 12, her family says they called her boyfriend, 41-year-old Luis Rodriguez. The two were having a secret relationship because he’s married. They say initially he agreed to help them search for her, but that same day disappeared.

”No one has seen him either,” (Flor, a sister) Perez said. “He has not turned on his phone. No bank activity either. He has disappeared as well.”

The FBI is assisting Richardson police in the search. Camelia was apparently very close to her family and spoke with them several times a day. They are beside themselves with pain, as I’m sure her office is. Camelia worked with veteran Keller Williams broker Mike Brodie.

 

07/27/16 3:38am

Suspect in Torres murder 2

Journalism may be safer than real estate.

Garland police say they have identified a 23 year old suspect in the death of Jacinto “Jay” Torres Hernandez, whose body was found June 13 in the backyard of a Garland home. And the murder appears to be related to the victim’s real estate business, not his writing career.

In addition to writing for Fort Worth newspaper La Estrella, a Spanish-language newspaper published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 57-year-old was an active real estate investor who invested, purchased and flipped properties in Dallas and surrounding areas.

Suspect in Torres murder

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07/26/16 2:44pm
 airbnb dadaAirbnb’s meteoric growth has shaken the hospitality industry, and is making homeowners mighty nervous about who their next-door neighbors might suddenly be. There have been regulatory fights to leash the short term rental site from New York to Barcelona.
07/26/16 1:53am
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One of the best things about having grandchildren is counting the ways you can spoil them and still benefit the community. That’s why I need to get myself over to NorthPark Mall to browse the 21st Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. I’d better run: the 17-day event ends on Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. when winning tickets will be drawn.

This annual event and raffle serves as a fundraiser for Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, a terrific organization of volunteers who act as a voice for abused or neglected children in court. Generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to those children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

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Kid Cottage by LRO Residential

On July 31, 15 lucky raffle winners will score one of the precious mini homes designed and donated by local those generous orgs. (more…)

07/25/16 10:46am

 

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“The bedroom communities of Dallas have matured.”

This is pretty unprecedented: the Windrose Tower at Legacy West, the first new luxury high rise condominium to be built north of LBJ in years, reached the one-quarter sold phase after the sales center opened four weeks ago on June 10.

I mean, dang.

“The neighborhood is totally selling it,” says Al Coker, Al Coker & Associates, the real estate sales firm marketing the Legacy highrise. He is referring to the $3.2 billion dollar, 255 acre Legacy West development at the northern tip of Plano, which is, as we all gleefully know, home to the new North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JP Morgan Chase and Liberty Mutual. More than 15,000 employees zipping around this once prairie make it one of the largest new job centers in the state.

“This is the most walkable neighborhood in Dallas (North Texas),” says Al. “The draw is really the neighborhood, where everything you need and want is right there. And with all the jobs pouring into Plano/Frisco, it’s convenient to work as well.”

Who is buying? Al says mostly downsizing empty nesters from Plano, North Dallas and Frisco tiring of home maintenance, but he is also seeing a LOT of 40 year olds. Two couples, one from Hong Kong, another from Taiwan, have bought units as second homes.

“These people have raised their kids, or their kids are in college, and their jobs are a mile away,” says Al. “The bedroom communities of Dallas have matured.”

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Real Estate Story
07/25/16 1:49am

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Right about now is when people usually start thinking about getting away from the heat with a vacation home somewhere that is cooler. Its not that we don’t love Dallas — sometimes this heat is a bear to bear. Our pool is perfect for me right about now: 88 degrees. Come August it inches up to 95 and I want to toss in ice cubes. No relief comes until the end of September so yes, a lot of us sleep with visions of vacation homes dancing in our heads.

Like Jackson Hole. Like Lake Tahoe. Like Big Sky, Montana. Like Santa Fe or Colorado.

So no shock that the top laces where Dallasites go to escape the heat are Breckenridge, Colorado; Santa Fe, New Mexico, which I have always called a bedroom community of Dallas; South Padre; Galveston and the Gulf Coast of Florida: Alys Beach, Watercolor, Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Panama City Beach sucked up 8.3 percent of all Dallas originated searches for vacation homes on Trulia. This comes from a special report by the folks at Trulia, who checked into which vacation home hot spots are becoming more popular for second homes.”

Texas is climbing as a popular destination for people in colder climates seeking warm weather, while we are escaping to cooler climes including, believe it or not, McCall, Idaho. One of the top ten most popular vaca home spots in the nation is Hallettsville, Texas, a rural stretch in Lavaca County between San Antonio and Houston. The whole story about Hallettsville — who knew? —and the most popular vaca destinations from Dallas is over on our sweet sister blog, SecondShelters.com

Meantime: where do you have (or dream of having) a vacation home?

 

07/23/16 12:32am

Hey Bobcat

We have had many, many sightings of bobcats and coyotes in our neighborhood, and I have personally seen the coyotes hanging out in two vacant lots like they were having a cocktail party. I have videoed them. My husband even saw some near City Councilman Lee Kleinman’s home a few evenings ago. Neighbors have lost countless cats and small dogs. I now go out with our 50 lb. Doodle at night to keep her safe, and am considering a CHL just to protect my pets.

Because we came home from vacation to find this note on our door.

I need to call the folks who dropped it off and thank them. We happened to be in Lake Tahoe, staying at a home in Northstar. On Mondays you are asked to put the garbage out on the street for trash pick up. But in Tahoe, I was acutely aware of the really big critters who plague homeowners there: bears.

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