09/02/14 11:50am

928 Lausanne Front

It’s really, really hard to find a home for less than $300,000 in some of the more desirable North Oak Cliff neighborhoods. Some of them need a lot of TLC, others are prime tear-down candidates. And then there are homes like 928 Lausanne. This adorable little cottage in Kings Highway could be such a super cool little house. And it could be your little project for just $250,000! Just think: Living small in Dallas would be so much fun in this home and neighborhood …

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09/02/14 5:59am

Deion Sanders Ext

We have confirmed that in a deal put together by Dallas developer Don Silverman, the great Deion Sanders has sold his 10-bedroom Prosper mansion and 82 acres at 1280 North Preston Road. This comes after news broke last week that Texas Education Agency plans to revoke the charter for Sanders’ Prime Prep Academy due to financial mismanagement, and a messy divorce from wife Pilar Sanders, who has apparently jumped the shark.

But then, apparently today, Prime Prep Academy’s board is supposed to debate and maybe vote on authorizing the rehiring of Sanders, who co-founded the school, as athletic director.

According to news reports:

“The former NFL star, who loaned his Prime Time nickname to the school, was fired, rehired and fired again within a couple of months late last year. The first firing came after he was accused of assaulting the school’s chief financial officer during a staff meeting. No explanation was given for the second dismissal.”

Honestly, I cannot keep up with this drama. Maybe Deion and his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, just needed to be done with that Prosper albatross and make a new nest. After all, he still owns a $4.8 million penthouse at The Azure …

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08/29/14 11:19am
Katie Lance offers five "don'ts" for real estate professionals who want to use social media to connect with clients.

Katie Lance offers five “don’ts” for real estate professionals who want to use social media to connect with clients.


Marketing is one of the most challenging parts of having a successful real estate business. Great marketing ensures that, even after the peak season ends, your business will weather less-than-stellar sales. Truly, real estate is a cyclical industry, marked by seasonal highs and lows. Not only do you need to be prepared for the lean months financially, but by employing some strategic marketing tactics, you can stay in the forefront of potential clients’ minds.

But how can real estate agents keep the home fires burning on social media? What are some of the best ways to take advantage of your social networks?

Katie Lance is a fantastic business guru, often speaking at conferences focusing on content strategies. She is totally brilliant. If you’re not following her blog, you’re missing out! Lance just posted this great list of the top five “don’ts” for social media marketing when it applies to real estate professionals, and it’s a must-read! I agree with every single one of these suggestions, especially No. 5.

Jump for the complete list!

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08/28/14 12:52pm

6304 Inca Front

I saw this home pop up in my search today, it’s first day on the market, and I was stunned. In Ridgemar, a fantastic West Fort Worth neighborhood, you can get this totally remodeled 1960s ranch with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath, more than 2,400 square feet, and a whopping 0.39 acre lot for $380,000. You’d pay at least $400K for that in a comparable Dallas neighborhood!

Just goes to show that our wonderful neighbors to the west have some great deals. Maybe it’s time to move to Cowtown?

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08/27/14 4:56pm

4504 Bordeaux Front

This is just such an amazing opportunity to live in an amazing home! Were you looking for the perfect rental for your relocation to Dallas? Have a couple of kids and want to be in a great school district? Love architecture and midcentury modern design? There could be no more perfect home for you!

This Howard Meyer-designed three-bedroom, three-bath modern dream home was recently on the market for $1.2 million and you can rent it today for $6,495 a month! It’s listed with the gorgeous Dave Perry-Miller agent Charme Gallini.

Now, I may be biased, but I think that this wonderful time capsule of a home showed a lot better when it was on the Spring Modern Home Tour. There was furniture! Color! Perspective! The space was alive.

Today, well … it’s all very, very white.

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08/26/14 3:33pm
Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff.

Jenni Stolarski has flipped some amazing properties in North Oak Cliff, including this one at 806 N. Windomere.

We were intrigued by a story from Bloomberg News citing RealtyTrac figures reportedly showing a nationwide decrease in flipping:

Home flipping, in which a buyer resells a property quickly for a profit, is on the decline as U.S. residential price gains slow and foreclosures dwindle.
Almost 31,000 single-family houses were flipped in the second quarter, representing 4.6 percent of U.S. home sales, RealtyTrac said in a report today. That’s down from 6.2 percent a year earlier and the smallest share since the first three months of 2012, when prices bottomed after the crash, according to the Irvine, California-based data company, which defines a flip as a property sold within 12 months of purchase.

Of course, I had to consult the two best “flippers” I know to see what the local perspective is on flipping. First I got in touch with Jenni Stolarski of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s. Stolarski does high-end flips in Oak Cliff, producing some of the most gorgeous homes I’ve ever seen. One of the most recent ones was an amazing Tudor transformation that was awash in marble and chrome. Total jaw-dropper.

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08/26/14 12:57pm

Kevin Kiosk F

I was on my way to drop my son off at preschool when all the sudden I saw Kevin Caskey’s face at Mockingbird and Abrams. His kiosk ad, a slick, minimalist magazine cover is one of several Dallas City Center’s top agents are rolling out. After seeing the kiosk ad, it reminded me that I needed to check in with him about what listings DCC has in the wings.

As it turns out, I did exactly what Caskey’s ad was supposed to make me do.

“When you’re driving by, it has to capture your attention. What we want to do is use the kiosk ads as a way of, not necessarily building a brand, but to stay top-of-mind,” Caskey said.

When I called Caskey today we had a great chat about advertising, their fabulous new agents, and this L-Streets charmer at 10030 Lanshire that is as rare as a unicorn these days.

“It’s been a hot property because there’s nothing in this price range in Lake Highlands,” Caskey said. “Under $300,000 is so hard to find in this area. It’s unheard of!”

10030 Lanshire Front

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08/25/14 5:04pm
If you buy a home in this amazing Ceder Creek Lake development, Long Cove's Lake Club is part of the deal!

Long Cove was one of the fabulous second home developments we featured during Vacation Home Week.

We’ve been following the crazy good Vacation Home Week posts on SecondShelters.com, looking at all the incredible homes and properties that you’d be nuts not to fall in love with.

From Maine to Florida, to Texas and Santa Fe, there are tons of fantastic second home options out there. See some of the great ones we featured this week on SecondShelters.com! Then come back here and tell us: Where are you shopping for your vacation home?