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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.

11/20/14 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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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…)

11/18/14 2:44am

Boot Ranch

I hate it when I miss a good party, or a whole weekend of parties.

I cannot believe I had to miss Boot Ranch celebrating more home sales down in Fredericksburg with the likes of representatives from Sports IllustratedThe Dallas Morning News, ForbesTexas Golfer, KLBJ Austin, NBC Sports Radio, Texas TravelerAvid GolferFredericksburg Standard, Austin Food and Wine Alliance, Houston Links, The Society Diaries, and more. It’s one of my favorite Hill Country spots. And now, it’s getting even bigger and better because the dream that golfing great Hal Sutton had years ago is sticking: golf and luxury in the Texas Hill Country is getting to be everyone’s cup of tea for second home living. Thanksgiving is next week, and folks who own second homes at Boot Ranch are gearing up for a true get-away Turkey Day… even if they are shooting their own bird. Read the whole story on SecondShelters.com…

11/17/14 10:26am

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I spent about 24 hours in West Texas a few weeks ago getting to meet some fun agents, see some way cool real estate, and talk about getting a CandysDirt.com set up in Midland-Odessa, where the population is growing by leaps and bounds and the housing market is about as hot as those drill bits sucking black gold out of the red clay dirt, even though the price of oil is dropping.

“The price of oil dropping is just an adjustment,” says Real Estate broker Holly Whitfield Cohen at Real estate One. “It’ll be back up in 6 months or so.”

And Midland housing prices are now the seventh highest in Texas, with this city the only West Texas market to make the cut. Boerne, a growing area located north of San Antonio, topped the Texas list with an average home price of $378,153. Austin was second with an average price of $369,509. The average home price in Midland is now $278,773. (more…)

11/17/14 5:00am

6735 Aberdeen ext Kansas City, Kansas City here I come. But one-time Texas Ranger batter Ryan Roberts, aka “Tatman”, is sure leaving behind a heart stopper over at 6735 Aberdeen. The home was built in 2006, so not that old, but of course belonging to a pro baseball player, no expense was spared in the sleek recent remodel. This home was even featured in D Home Magazine, but I cannot locate the issue since shelter rags usually omit the owner’s names.

But trust me, this home has hit a homer with top line finishes from head to toe. (more…)

11/15/14 4:00pm

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A three alarm fire about five blocks away from me on Royalton Drive Friday night may have been started by a fire in an outdoor fireplace.

Which of course will have all of us with or wanting outdoor living rooms with fireplaces and flat screens concerned to learn just what happened.

I believe the home was located at 6306 Royalton, and was only about 8 years old. It was a beautiful brick and stone structure of 6214 square feet, very much like the new homes going up in the neighborhood. According to reports on Channels 4 and 8, a surprise party was underway and about 30 to 40 people were in the house, including children. A fire was on in the outside fireplace, which must have gone awry. According to news reports, the guests looked outside, as it was almost fog-like, so they went to check it out. Then they smelled smoke in the house, heard crackling in the chimney, then got everyone outside, including the children who were upstairs. THANK GOD NO ONE IN THE HOUSE WAS HURT. (more…)