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East Dallas MLS Broker Bake Off chair Christina Dewbre shows off a confection as emcee Kevin Caskey holds the live auction.

When the committee that puts together the East Dallas MLS’ Broker Bake Off (an annual Texas Association of Realtors PAC fundraiser and sweet event), they batted around a few themes before someone suggested a riff off of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s epic 90s ballad — “I Like Big Bundts And I Cannot Lie: Music Through The Ages.”

Naturally, said event chair Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey, it was an instant favorite.

Brokerages were tasked with creating confections that spoke to pop music’s biggest moments, and they did a bang-up job. In all, the Broker Bake Off managed to rake in some serious dough for the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee to the tune of $15,800.

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It is with a heavy heart that I write of a huge loss to the Dallas Real Estate community and to all of us: our Jack Evans.

Rev. Eric Folkerth, pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church, where Evans, 86, and his spouse, George Harris, 83, are members, announced the death today. But earlier this morning, I had received a call alerting me to Jack’s death. Jack died Thursday evening. He most recently had worked with Worth Ross & Associates.

“I’m sorry to inform you that Jack Evans died last night at Baylor hospital. As many of you know, Jack had been fighting lung issues for some weeks and was never able to overcome them. George and I prayed with Jack before his death, and he was definitely at peace at the end,” Folkerth wrote on Facebook.

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The most honest and ethical professions

The most honest and ethical professions

Gallup released its semi-annual poll results where people were asked to rate, “the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields.” If you’re looking for real estate agents, save time and start at the bottom. In this poll just 20-percent of respondents rated real estate agents either “high” or “very high” in ethics and honesty.

Agents beat out car salespeople, telemarketers, and members of Congress, but lost out by one point to lawyers, by five points to building contractors, and were buried (pun intended) by a whopping 24 percentage points by funeral directors. The top three were in the medical professions.

Viewed as a ratio, real estate agents are viewed as having triple the honesty and ethics of lobbyists (often former members of Congress) yet less than a quarter of a nurse. It’s also worth noting that little has changed since this poll was first conducted in 1977.

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Did you see the eye-catching 30-second spot from Ebby Halliday Realtors before Super Bowl 50 yesterday? We did, and we were so impressed with the message and execution from the North Texas brokerage that is growing like gangbusters, now the 10th largest residential real estate brokerage in the nation.

“Let’s face it, buying or selling a home can be scary,” said Ebby vice president and marketing director Randall Graham. “Our new campaign places the agent at the center and makes it abundantly clear that now, more than ever, when approaching one of life’s largest financial transactions it’s wise for buyers and sellers to choose a guide they can truly trust.”

Jump to get an exclusive online first look at the ad!
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By Marcus McCue
Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer
Guardian Mortgage Company

The national housing market remains strong, and Texas, in many respects, is leading the way with record existing-home sales in Dallas and robust price growth.

Some housing experts were surprised at just how vigorous the Texas housing market was last year. Sales and prices set records in Dallas, and new home construction in the state was the most robust it’s been in several years.

The global oil price slump presents some headwinds, however, and will challenge housing markets in some Texas regions this year. Houston, South Texas and Midland-Odessa already have felt the pinch from low oil prices, and layoffs in the energy sector have begun to ripple through other business sectors.

James Gaines, chief economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, noted in a recent report that job losses in the energy industry haven’t stopped and likely will pick up this year. But growth in other industries such as healthcare, technology, business services, construction, and hospitality should help buoy the state’s economy.

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Ever have your luggage lost on the way to or from your Second Shelter? Wonder what became of those reading glasses went left in the airplane seat pocket never to be seen again?

They went to Scottsboro, Ala., to the Unclaimed Baggage Center store.

My “real” job asked that I take some vacation. So last week, for $81, I jetted over to Atlanta and drove to Scottsboro for the day. Yes, you read that right, for the day. (Two days earlier I’d flown to hometown Chicago for the day to enjoy lunch, ice cream, drinks and dinner before flying home.) … but back to Alabama.

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Ebby Halliday with Ellen Terry after Ebby bought up Terry's brokerage in 1995. (Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors)

Ebby Halliday with Ellen Terry after Ebby bought up Terry’s brokerage in 1995. (Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors)

“Ebby Halliday has always been my hero both before and after I worked for her. She is a once-in-a-lifetime friend and an incredible human being and role model.  She was the grand dame of residential real estate not only in Dallas, Texas, but worldwide. She will be sorely missed and I consider her one of my dearest friends. She leaves a great legacy for all of us to emulate.

With my love and sympathy for the grand dame of Dallas real estate,

Ellen Terry”

imageIt’s about time and we are so happy for you! “Best $90 we ever spent!”