07/24/14 1:19pm

8911 Rolling Rock Curb

This house is pretty much the sexiest. From the first time I saw this beautifully redone midcentury modern in Lakeland Hills, I was in love. Just positively smitten. It’s totally remodeled with everything you want including a brand new kitchen and it’s inside Richardson ISD.

And did I mention that it’s sexy? Because it totally is!


07/24/14 12:04pm
Stanwood Before Exterior

Sardone Construction has many projects in the pipeline, most of which include homes that are being renovated to be more livable for modern households. (Photo: Sardone Construction)

With more than two thirds of homeowners planning home renovations in the next 6 months, it’s no wonder that contractors and builders are busier than a Realtor’s phone come springtime.

But why are more homeowners planning to renovate? According to a survey from Realtor.com and Move Inc., besides improving a home’s function and aesthetic (32 percent) and preparing a home for the market (22 percent), homeowners also planned to take a sledgehammer to a recently purchased home that needs some work (19 percent) as well as make key renovations to increase a home’s value and build equity (11 percent).


07/23/14 4:27pm
What’s better than bringing in a stager to help you sell a property for top dollar? Having three!
That’s exactly what Suzy Echols Neal got when she won the Real Estate Staging Association team staging giveaway last fall. The prize included  a team of RESA stagers, MLS photos from Lance Selgo of Unique Exposure Photography, and a virtual tour for an occupied staging. According to RESA Texas State president Karen Eubank of Eubank Staging, the total value of the package is $1,200.
Eubank, RESA Dallas chapter president Karen Otto of Home Star Staging, and fellow RESA stager Amy Fedosky of New Again Home Interiors went to work on Neal’s Lake Highlands listing last month, and thanks to the team’s detailed consultation and fabulous photography, Neal’s clients were able to sell their home at 8606 Shagrock after getting several offers in the first 24 hours.
“This project was a lot of fun,” said Eubank, who is the Texas state president of RESA. “Working together on this project was a wonderful way to showcase the talent of stagers in our group and bring about greater visibility for the profession.”
07/23/14 12:57pm

Ritz Tower

Holy moly, now this is living well! We love the Residences at the Ritz Carlton, as do many a millionaire and socialite in Dallas. The location is amazing, the views are gorgeous, and the amenities are matchless inside this exclusive condo development. And if you want to live there without the obligation of a mortgage, you can rent a prime unit for a whopping $10K a month!

Unit 702 inside this opulent building has two bedrooms, two full and one half baths, more than 2,100 square feet, and tons of marble everywhere. It’s fresh to the market from Dave Perry-Miller Intown Realtor Emily Ray Porter, who has also listed this unit for sale at $1.49 million.


07/22/14 3:06pm

Downtown San Antonio’s Dolorosa Bridge as seen from the Riverwalk

I have a few friends that moved to San Antonio after college. One of them is an architect and the other was a medical student. Both were initially bummed about moving to the Alamo City. It was so different from Houston and Austin and Dallas. They weren’t sure they would like it. They didn’t know a lot of people there.

I now see them post cool photos of cycling trips, historic buildings, trips to local watering holes and parks … they either learned to love San Antonio, or they busted their bottom to build the momentum the city needed to be a cool place. And you know what? More and more Millennials are doing the same thing, opting for San Antonio and Houston over Dallas and Austin according to Trulia’s dissection of U.S. Census Bureau surveys.


07/22/14 1:41pm

2220 Canton 309 Living 1

I have met the loft of my dreams and it is inside 2220 Canton, the Farmers Market lofts that have some incredible amenities. I love slick, open floorplans with tons of windows, especially those cool industrial vintage crankcase steel ones. Just fabulous. This unit, which is perfect for someone relocating from another urban area like, say, Chicago or New York, and wants a walkable, fun location that is close to pretty much everything, but isn’t sandwiched between the copious $30K millionaires in Uptown (nothing against Uptown!).


07/22/14 11:29am


Homefacts App Home Page Homefacts App - School Details Page

We love a good app here at CandysDirt, and when RealtyTrac announced their new Homefacts app, we had to give it a test. We’ve reviewed several good real estate apps before, and some of them are great for just run-of-the-mill home shopping (Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin), some give you a more visual clue on a property ( Doorsteps App), and there’s even an app to see if you can afford a home before you get pre-approved.

But the Homefacts is a horse of a different color. It’s a much more comprehensive real estate app in that it uses GPS data or an address search to dissect areas not by homes for sale, but by other factors that may affect a neighborhood’s desirability, such as relative proximity to convicted sex offenders and former drug labs, school performance, unemployment, crime risk, median home value, and disaster risk.


07/21/14 11:16am
PSW is constructing a single-family development in North Oak Cliff called Bishop Heights. Homes will include green features such as solar panels and earth-friendly construction materials.

PSW is constructing a single-family development in North Oak Cliff called Bishop Heights. Homes will include green features such as solar panels and earth-friendly construction materials.

The more and more I talk to other parents from my son’s school, the more they ask me about buying homes inside 635. Where is a good spot where they can find decent-sized houses that are still close to the city center? And what about schools?

Many are put off by the smaller, more expensive properties inside the top-performing DISD elementary campuses. Homes inside Lakewood Elementary’s attendance area are becoming more and more expensive. Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Hexter elementaries are all headed in that direction, too, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a home for less than $300,000 that has 2,000 square feet plus a decent-sized yard.

This presents an opportunity for builders, who are seeing the demand for larger, more efficient housing inside the loop and in neighborhoods where middle-class and creative-class families are drawn to. That includes North Oak Cliff, which is served by the resurgent Rosemont Elementary School. But these are people who aren’t looking for a project home, or a townhome or apartment. They want a home that they can raise their families in, and they don’t want to have to look to the suburbs to find it.