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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...

03/07/17 9:03am

Ebby HallidayGetting your property to stand out and grab buyers’ attention is a number-one priority, even in our North Texas seller’s market. One way to do that is with a brokerage that offers something extra to promote your home. For example, all properties listed with Ebby Halliday Realtors receive a free Individual Property Website.

Ebby Individual Property Websites feature large property photos, detailed property information, community and school data, and more. This is the perfect way to showcase everything your home has to offer a potential buyer and really stand out.

Ebby Individual Property Websites are used in marketing materials to promote your listing and to highlight its attributes and amenities.

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03/03/17 3:13pm

Ebby Halliday Companies

The Ebby Halliday Companies participated in 19,718 home sales in 2016, according to MLS data. Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, represented $7.8 billion in residential real estate this past year, garnering 11.13 percent of the North Texas market. That’s 50 percent more sales volume than its nearest competitor and 70 percent more than the second-nearest competitor.

In addition to being the North Texas market leader in sales volume, the Ebby Halliday Companies led all competitors in the luxury market with an astounding 19.67 percent of all sales of over $750,000 in 2016. That’s 31 percent more than the nearest competitor.

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03/01/17 9:40pm
Barbara Corcorn at Champions Sch of RE

Keynote 2016

Barbara Corcoran, real estate broker, star of the ABC hit investor show Shark Tank, syndicated columnist and author, will be the Champions School of Real Estate® Keynote 2017 Austin featured speaker at the at the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center on Thursday, March 2. Sponsors for the event are JP&Associates and ZOCCAM.

The evening event will include networking, hors d’oeuvres, and an opening delivery by entrepreneur and motivational speaker Logan Stout. Over 1,200 attendees are expected at the Champions School of Real Estate® Keynote 2017 event for a gathering that will bring together one of the largest audiences of influential real estate professionals in the major Austin metropolitan area.

Corcoran’s address, “Rags to Riches,” will discuss how she turned a $1,000 loan into a thriving $6 billion dollar business empire. The keynote will be followed by an in-depth Q&A with Champions School of Real Estate®’s founder and CEO, Rita Santamaria, an entrepreneur herself.

“We are thrilled to present Barbara Corcoran as our featured speaker for our Keynote 2017 Austin event,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate®. “After the sell-out success of our Keynote 2016 events in Dallas and Houston, we know that the Austin real estate community will walk away inspired by Barbara’s personal and professional journey from “Rags to Riches.”

Tickets are still available at a rate of $75 per person or $560 for a group of 8. To register or learn more about Champions School of Real Estate®s Keynote 2017, visit http://www.ChampionsSchool.com/Keynote, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

Barbara Corcoran at Champions

Keynote 2016

03/01/17 7:39am

midway hollow midcentury

Midway Hollow is a neighborhood in transition, with a lot of fabulous new construction among the 2,600 or so homes in the area. I’ve got a listing to share with you today rebuilt from the studs up in 2014, a midcentury modern design with elegant features, open spaces, and extended sight lines. This home exudes atomic-era style married with modern amenities that appeal to today’s buyers.

Located at 9831 Ontario Ln., this newly listed Midway Hollow midcentury will wow you with polished concrete floors, great flow, and high-end amenities. I think you could have marvelous parties here, especially with the backyard oasis, complete with a contemporary swimming pool and deck.

“This home feels bigger than its 2,874 square feet because of the open floorplan and higher-angled ceilings,” said listing agent Lee Lamont with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “The kitchen, in particular, is a huge selling feature with European-style flat-front cabinets and a modern, sleek look.”

This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, and two living areas, in the Glenridge Estates area of Midway Hollow. I’d love to take you on a tour!

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02/28/17 11:35am

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You wonder, given that we are down the number of police available to chase down criminals or respond to emergencies. We are lacking about 600 officers in Dallas. As a general rule of thumb, a city needs about 3 officers per 1,000 people to keep peace and safety. Last year Dallas had 2.94 per 1000, and this year we have 2.5. How does that compare to Plano, Frisco and McKinney? Good question, I’ll dig. Our response times are also up, too. This in a city where police have been violently attacked for three consecutive years, beginning with the attack on the Jack Evans Police headquarters in 2015, and the downtown shootings of July 7, 2016.

And then, this weekend, someone was trying to, yet again, attack our police. There was targeted gunfire aimed at the South Central Substation. Nine rounds of gunfire were shot, likely from a high power rifle, and one narrowly missed an officer’s head.

Unfortunately, the station is missing the ballistic glass, fencing and other security measures police were promised more than a year ago… and after all these deadly attacks.

City Councilman Phillip Kingston was the lone voice from City Hall calling for more security for these police stations.  (more…)

02/28/17 1:28am

3420 Ranchero aerial

We told you earlier about our fun staff party Tuesday afternoon, from two to five p.m., up at 3420 Ranchero in Plano, where we will celebrate the house and give everyone a taste of the exciting auction coming up on March 14. I wanted to make sure you know this Staff Party is a daytime Staff Party, and tell you a little more about this property up for auction:

Nate Schar with Heritage Auction real estate division informed me late today that the very motivated seller has agreed to sell this property at $2.4, which is now the minimum bid for the estate. Keep in mind that the Collin County Appraisal District says this home is worth $2.6. So the seller is willing to let it go for below the  county’s appraised value. That is huge. I mean, the seller just paid taxes based on $2.6. He simply is ready to move to the west coast, kind of a reverse-migration of what we are seeing here in North Texas, especially in the Billion Dollar Mile.

“The reality is we have someone who wants to sell this home,” says Nate.

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02/27/17 9:54am
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This enormous, luxurious estate at 3420 Ranchero Road will hit the block with Heritage Auctions on March 14, but read below if you want an exclusive tour tomorrow!

We all know about Ranchero Road up in Plano, one of the toniest addresses you can have.

The area is literally in the heart of Plano, off Parker Road, between the Tollway and Preston. The lots are gigantic, wooded, with tanks and ponds and natural surroundings that lure you into believing you are in the country, especially at night. Shhhhhhh.

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02/27/17 12:59am
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Jamie Ford, author (The Associated Press)

There is a fine line we as parents walk with our children. We love them so much, we want to give them the best of every possible good thing, great experiences, and of course ensconce them in 4819 Auburndale HPsecurity and safety. Which is why buyers spend upwards of a million dollars to live in the Park Cities. What are they buying? Safety and those highly rated schools.

Case in point: this is 4819 Auburndale, $975K, a teardown. HP schools. But maybe, after the world hears what happened to a renown young author, buyers might think twice about buying to send their children to Highland Park High School, because of the culture.

Author Jamie Ford says he was “mocked” by a group of students during his talk last Thursday, he being keynote speaker at the town’s literary festival. Ford, author of, among other books, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, says, on his personal website,  “a thousand students, trolling me,” as teachers and a principal looked on.”
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