01/18/18 1:10pm

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Texas schools aren’t failing, but they’re close, Education Week’s annual report card revealed. The biggest mark against the state seems to be no surprise — school finance (we talked more about how school finance affects the real estate world here). (more…)

Our Inwood House of the Week is an enchanting Lakewood storybook Tudor cottage built in 1930 that has been completely restored, renovated, and enlarged. Finding a Tudor that is move-in ready is basically like finding a needle in a haystack, so ya’ll are in luck today! (more…)

Check Out these Don't-miss Dallas Open Houses this Weekend | CandysDirt.com

We love bringing you an insider look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $439K to $1.6 million. Which one is your favorite? 

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01/18/18 10:29am

Trend Report: Realtors Use Home Staging Sell Homes Faster, Make More Money | CandysDirt.com

We all know a staged home looks better than an empty or cluttered one — that’s a no-brainer. But did you know a staged home often sells faster, and for more money? It’s why we’re seeing Realtors reaching into their own pockets to pay for home staging to help a property move fast. 

I reached out to Suzy Crownover, owner of Crown Staging, to talk about this trend. Realtors are her biggest share of clients and they’re looking to make an investment for a faster sale with bigger price tag. 

“Home staging helps people envision themselves in the space — it’s really hard for them to do that otherwise. If they can’t imagine themselves in a house, they’re less likely to buy it,” Crownover said. “Savvy agents know that putting money toward staging will pay off for them, ultimately meaning a bigger commission and happier clients.” 

In the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging, 39 percent of seller’s agents said staging a home “greatly” decreases the amount of time a home stays on the market. Seventy-seven percent of buyer’s agents said a staged listing makes it easier for buyers “to visualize the property as their future home.”

That’s powerful incentive for Realtors to invest in home staging. Let’s dig deeper. 

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01/18/18 9:59am

Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas joined forces, creating a power-packed team at Ebby Hallidays Allen offices.

Our readers will recognize Cathy Browne as the record-setting Allen Realtor that has dominated this Collin County ‘burb for years. But now she’s setting her sights on new territory. Part of her winning strategy to stay on top now includes another top-producing agent, as Browne and Beth Douglas have joined forces to create the Browne-Douglas Group at Ebby Halliday Realtors’ gorgeous new Allen offices.  

“I am pleased to welcome Beth Douglas and Cathy Browne, who are widely known for integrity and dedication to providing clients with exceptional customer service,” said Diane Hausler, sales manager of Ebby’s Allen office. “Beth and Cathy work tirelessly to serve their clients’ best interests and offer extensive knowledge of the North Texas market.” 

With a combined 25 years of experience, we’re sure great things are ahead for Browne and Douglas.
01/18/18 8:53am

Nestled on a picturesque, tree-lined street in Boerum Hill – a relaxed village in the northwestern portion of Brooklyn, New York – rests an incredibly chic, Greek Revival brownstone that is a book lover’s dream, and it could be yours to the tune of $8.995 million.

“This is one of the single largest homes that exist in Boerum Hill, with nearly 8,000 square feet of interior space,” says listing agent Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International. “The light-filled house spreads 6,473 square feet across five floors, with an additional 1,040 square feet in the full-height cellar.”

Can you guess which New York Times bestselling author is selling this home? Hop over to SecondShelters.com now to find out!

01/18/18 7:45am
Frank Welch Honored with Inagural Memorial Lecture by Architect Ted Flato | CandysDirt.com

Hillside House living room by Ted Flato in Austin, TX. Flato will give the inagural Frank Welch memorial lecture on Jan. 30. Photo: Aaron Leitz

Known as the dean of Texas architecture, Frank Welch was a prolific and imminently talented architect who spent a half century designing schools, churches, commercial buildings, and homes in Dallas, Midland, and Odessa. 

Ted Flato, FAIA

Welch died last June at the age of 90 and the Dallas Architecture Forum has established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to be presented each season as a part of its lecture series. The inaugural lecture will be given Jan. 30 by Ted Flato, FAIA, Co-Founder of Lake Flato Architects, one of the most honored and respected architecture firms in the country.

“The architectural philosophy and outstanding award-winning work of Ted Flato make him the perfect choice to present the [lecture],” said Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Like Frank Welch, Ted Flato designs projects that are shaped by the opportunities and challenges presented by their environments, and he seeks to create a seamless connection between interior spaces and the surrounding outdoors.”

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01/18/18 7:30am

BEFORE AND AFTER: Behold the Power of this Richardson Reno to Attract Buyers | CandysDirt.com

We love a good before-and-after real estate success story and we’ve found one that shines in Richardson. 

The 1975 home at 1706 Yorkshire Dr. went from outdated to outstanding, getting 37 showings and four offers, one of which was chosen yesterday for over-list. That’s just one reason it is our Thursday Three Hundred

This flip is the work of Holly Montilla and her husband of Moxy Real Estate+Design, a new Dallas company that takes buyers and investors through the process of home buying and renovating with an eye toward luxury and a modern feel. 

“This house was one of our first projects with this particular investor and we love this style of property where we can open it up,” Holly said. “A big hurdle [for people] is the renovation process — they’re not able to do it on their own. We take that off our clients’ shoulders.”

This home has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, one half bath, two living areas, and 2,047 square feet on one story, built in 1975. 

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