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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.

07/21/14 2:45pm

1409 San Rafael extIf you are in the market for a great family home, this is one I want you to RUN to see, like today, if possible. I’m totally serious. It is a Forest Hills classic built in 2007 by (we think) Oscar Ponder, created of red brick and stone, with plenty of square footage — 5216 to be exact. This home is beautiful, soothing and jam-packs in four bedrooms, a first floor master, study, wine room, five fireplaces, five full and one half baths, whopping sized formals, and a four car garage with an auto court. Oh did I mention the gorgeous back yard pool and spa right off of not just one, but TWO charming covered patios and outdoor living areas, one with a pizza oven-sized fireplace and full kitchen? (more…)

07/17/14 10:57am

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It is ironic that I am in San Francisco at Inman Real Estate Connect, along with Ellen Sedeno, Marketing Director at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s IR. Hanne Sagalowsky is here, too, from Ebby, and I’m sure there are more. We are filling our heads with the latest technological tools coming down the pike for agents and consumers, hearing agent concerns about aggregators and third-party portals, the “Z” word, learning how to use social media — the average adult in the US has 664 social media connections, which quickly goes viral with one small property post. 90% of agents use social media; only 10% use it right. Traditional advertising –phew, so archaic. It’s ironic because in the midst of all this high tech, almost mind-numbing sharing of information and tech start up companies with so many tools to help agents and make real estate as transparent as the glass on Reunion Tower, Briggs made real estate sales history.

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07/17/14 9:00am

10777 Strait Lane extWell, kind of. I didn’t have time to get you the background dirt circa early ’80s on the breathtaking Oats home at the southwest corner of Strait and Royal — you know, this week’s $19.5 million Monday Morning Millionaire. I was busy getting ready to head to San Francisco for Connect.

Thankfully, Alan Peppard took the ball and ran with it. So I will let him bring you the details on how John Post, son of insurance honcho Troy Post, bought the original home on the lot for $3 million and then tore it down. In fact, I remember when this home was torn down as I drove by it nearly every day (carpool). I knew the home was huge (19,000 square feet) and that it was torn down by the buyer almost as soon as he bought it. We were just incredulous! Tear downs were reserved back then for really messed up homes.

Dallas was sure a blast in the ’80s.

Also, Alan says “nearby Strait Lane neighbors include Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki and their baby daughter; Margot and Ross Perot; and Kentucky Derby-winning horse breeders Lisa and Kenny Troutt.” Yes, but let’s not forget Mehrdad Moayedi, who just snapped up Phil Romano’s house and is doing a ton of work on it even as we speak.

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07/17/14 6:00am

DR Horton clean up Dump Bryan Place 1Remember when we showed you what we thought was the less than stellar job of corporate responsibility from the D. R. Horton folks at their Bryan Place development called “Exall Townhomes”? Well well, seems like our little blog post based on communication from a reader, along with a few photos, moved a few mountains.  Or at least some construction crap. Here’s what that storm drain used to look like. (more…)

07/17/14 12:03am

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I think I have seen it all. This is a great big brand new family home that can be your’s for less than one million, in a new subdivision just south of LBJ Freeway — the ALMOST FINISHED LBJ Freeway, in a hot school district. And it even has a front porch!

Here you have a 3,945 square foot home so new you can still smell the pine: it was built just last year. Clean, crisp construction by the good folks at Nobility Homes. You are in Lake Highlands, in Richardson ISD.  Sound good so far? You’ve got .20 of an acre. You’ve got five bedrooms (one can be a playroom), four full baths and one half bath powder room right near the formals, and beautiful rich coffee-colored hardwoods everywhere. There is a huge master with spa bath that includes a steam shower. The kitchen is so large you could fit the whole soccer team in it plus: there’s a large island that opens to the den and features a 60-inch refrigerator,  6 burner gas cooktop, double ovens, two dishwashers, and a butler’s pantry. Outside, there is a generous, grassy yard and a huge covered porch with barbecue grill. Custom touches abound, including a sliding barnyard door.

This pup is listed with the Christy+Norcross+Thomas Group at Nathan Grace Real Estate, who recently opened an office on Lovers Lane right above City Cafe. That puts them very near and dear to the good folks at Inwood Mortgage, who can make the financing on this new pup happen lickety split with the bet rates to boot. Asking $945,000.

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07/16/14 6:39am
OwnTheMarketYou may have gotten the message: newspapers and some print products are in financial trouble. Newspapers, and now even broadcast, has a shrinking audience.
The number of people who used a print newspaper in the last week to get local news ranged from 36% in metro areas to 42% in small cities, according to a study released in late September by the Pew Research Center.  The survey found that newspaper website consumption was weaker than print, with use running from 31% in metro areas to 20% in smaller markets.
Once upon a time we had a limited amount of media to turn to — daily newspapers, radio, daily TV stations — we had at least five in Chicago, where I grew up, and thought we were special indeed — and some local magazines. The broadcast media usually took their news from the newspaper. It was a slower time. It was a time where you could advertise a listing because it usually stayed on the market for a few months, so you could market it in a newspaper or magazine before it sold.
Now, any homes published in a magazine with a 30 day lead time are likely under contract if not sold by the time the ad hits the shelves. Your ad dollars, sweet peeps, are going down the drain.

 But that’s about to change.

CandysDirt is partnering with BubbleLife to present an online marketing class specifically to address how realtors can use social media and email to own their local market. The class is free, as are most of the techniques. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 at 11:30 am and you can attend right from your PC or iPad. To signup visit: http://www.realtormarketingclass.com/. There’s no charge! Attend in front of your computer, then tune back in so we can talk about it.

Check out these graphics, too. It’s a crazy media world out there, almost as nuts as our real estate market. We are here at CandysDirt.com and committed to helping you navigate it in the best possible way. In fact, I’m on my way to Inman Real Estate Connect to load up the oars. Stay tuned.

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07/15/14 1:11pm

9403 Thornberry extThis is one of my favorite areas in Dallas, one that always holds a ton of promise and where we can see evidence of real estate development progress every day. I am talking about Thornberry Lane, right off Northwest Highway, west of Midway but before Mixon and Marsh. To the north and east are multi million dollar homes — even some of the homes on Thornberry have been scraped. You are close to everything, from Lovers/Inwood to Northwest Highway and Midway, and Preston Center is a mile or two east. I think development west of here will continue. It’s a little noisy, yes, because of the traffic but hello, we are living in a big city now, not a farmstand. And yes, Love Field might get busier and noisier but the proximity to Love is almost intoxicating: I am off to D/FW in the early am and dreading that morning drive already. Come October, I’ll be able to hop on Southwest to San Jose and leave from Love. That’s what I call love! (more…)

07/15/14 11:44am

bar stoolsNewbie for all ye summertime readers: we will be sharing Jim Williamson of ID Collection’s fun blog musings as we pump him for latest design trends for our homes. This week he writes about cool bar stools — you can never have enough. Also, I like sturdy bar stools that don’t knock peeps over, ‘specially after a little imbibing.

Speaking of imbibing, Jim talks about THEE famous Williamson/Maxwell Fourth of July party, which I all but missed thanks to social fireworks at an earlier event. It’s not the kind of thing I feel comfortable talking about in print, but let’s just say Diane DuVall Rogers of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s and and Lea Anne Laughlin of Harwood’s Bleu Ciel and I closed the Dallas Country Club apres fireworks. But I would not ever let a Fourth fly without seeing my buddies on Commerce, so  I pointed the CandysDirt-mobile to Fair Park. Besides, I was wearing red, white and blue Pucci, fireworks debris and some of my dinner. I popped in, had a drink, chatted with the only guests left, the neighbors, and totally missed the girl passed out in the second floor bathroom. Yep, it was a great party — read on: (more…)