07/31/15 4:11pm

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More proof that there are some really cool houses up north that are far from your standard, brick-and-stone-clad builder’s special. This 1970s contemporary in West Plano is a wonderful example of how you can find a fabulous, updated home with tons of great details up in Collin County.

Located inside Bent Trail, this lovely home not only has great curb appeal and perfect landscaping, but inside is a transitional transformation that is just perfect for a modern family.

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07/30/15 6:01pm
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Marcia Phillips, CEO and President of Guardian Mortgage, with Candy Evans and Gayle Haley at the company’s 50th birthday celebration. Phillips recently retired from her position at Guardian. (Photo: Guardian Mortgage)

Since 1988, Marcia F. Phillips has been at the helm of Guardian Mortgage Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated. But it’s an end of an era as Phillips has retired from those positions and will become Vice Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.

“Marcie Phillips, along with Cari McCue, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, and Marcus McCue, Executive Vice President of Business Development, have been instrumental in developing one of the strongest corporate cultures in the rapidly changing mortgage origination and servicing industry,” said William D. Sanders, chairman of the Guardian Mortgage Board of Directors in a news release. “Every Guardian Mortgage colleague knows that providing service to the Company’s clients before, during and after the mortgage origination process is their most important responsibility. Marcie’s day-to-day involvement will be missed, but we will have her advice and counsel on an ongoing basis as Vice Chairman of the Board.”

Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson

Russell Anderson will fill Phillips’ shoes as the new president and CEO of Guardian. Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the mortgage industry, has extensive experience in home finance and mortgage companies, and will use that acumen to push Guardian forward as a national player in the industry.

“In a short time, I have developed a genuine respect for the entire Guardian Mortgage team, for Marcie Phillips, and the Company’s strong business culture,” Anderson said. “Guardian Mortgage celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year; I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Guardian Mortgage into its second half century.”With a solid leadership team in place, Phillips looks forward to her new role.

“I have been honored to be part of Guardian Mortgage for more than 39 years” Phillips said. “We have built a company that has integrity at the center of everything we do, and I am confident that Russ, Cari, and Marcus will continue that philosophy. As Vice Chairman, I look forward to watching the Company intelligently grow into a national enterprise and offering my thoughts, advice, and guidance as needed.”

07/29/15 12:48pm

 

 

115 S. Tyler Front

This neo-classical building at 115 S. Tyler Street once supplied electricity to North Oak Cliff.

By Katrina Whatley
Special Contributor

Dallas is fortunate to have plethora of housing styles. You want something by a contemporary architect? We have many innovative, world-class examples. Want a charming 1920s Tudor or a Craftsman bungalow? We have several neighborhoods with beautiful offerings — both large and small — from Swiss Avenue to Elmwood. Midcentury modern lover? Cha-ching! Dallas has many exciting neighborhoods that are strictly thus!

Each home is always unique in its own right, and you will find many options for your preferred style in our fair city. However, CandysDirt.com takes you to a place so unique that there are only four examples in all of Dallas. Four. That’s right: one, two, three, four.

Realtor Randall Simpson is offering the only historical Dallas Power and Light building for sale at this time for a cool $1.6 million. The building, designed by Lang & Witchell, originally powered rail cars in Dallas. Jump for a peek inside!

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07/28/15 5:04pm

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When we first heard of Yurz, it definitely piqued some interest. Sure, some Realtors definitely need help with branding and photography. We’ve seen some awful websites out there, with some listing shots sporting horrible glare off of mirrors and windows and a flash that drowns out any details that buyers wouldn’t want to miss.

Of course, the logical side of me says that these agents should either take a photography course at a community college or perhaps do one better and hire a professional to take great snaps and build their website.

But Yurz’s “Instagram for real estate” app claims to “deliver top quality, custom web design, strategic search engine placement, Facebook management, reputation support, and more, all under $200 per month.” It could be a great way to help brand an agent, sure, but promote listings?

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114 N. Edgefield Front

From the outside, this Winnetka Heights bungalow is totally traditional — its slate gray clapboard exterior and gabled roof with decorative brackets fits in perfectly with the other Arts & Crafts and Prairie Style homes in this historic conservation district. But inside you’ll find something completely unexpected.

It’s homes like these, ones full of surprises and some of the best finishes that are worthy of being named a High Caliber Home of the Week. And when you find a High Caliber Home, contact Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans to ensure you soar through pre-approval and are ready to make your best and highest offer in our crazy-hot market.

Jump to see the astounding insides of this stunningly remodeled North Oak Cliff cottage.

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07/27/15 3:04pm

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Condo sales are still brisk compared to last year, but sales have decreased an average of one percent between January and May of 2015, says the Texas Association of Realtors‘ recent report. Using data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, The 2015 Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report shows that condo and townhome sales are flat or slipping in the four largest markets.

With runaway demand, Austin still leads the price-per-square-foot category, while condo sales actually decreased 12 percent year-over-year in the state capital. Both Dallas and San Antonio posted modest gains of 3 and 6 percent, respectively. Houston condo sales dipped just 1 percent from the same time last year. Jump for more interesting stats.

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07/24/15 4:37pm

 

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As the saying goes, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

That’s how I felt when I contacted Susanna Gorski, the Williams Trew Realtor who is marketing this incredible Dilbeck. I figured, considering the sought-after location and how beautifully preserved this historic property is, I was about to get sticker shock.

But instead, I was in for a surprise. The sunny driveway, verdant lawn, mature trees, clay tile roof, and adorable turquoise accents just grab your attention. It reminds you of the old motor court hotels doesn’t it? There’s a good reason for that! While this home has great drive-up and tons of personality outside, it’s what’s inside that will floor you.

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07/24/15 2:30pm
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Photos: Shoot2Sell

Sometimes homes have little, niggling things that bother you. Perhaps it’s a 1950s post-war with a laundry area in the kitchen. Maybe it’s an ugly color combination of backsplash and countertops in a bathroom. Or perhaps it’s a master suite with no bathtub. Rarely do I come by a home that is priced less than a million bucks that I wouldn’t change at all. This listing in Allen‘s Twin Creeks subdivision fits that bill.

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