06/16/18 10:36pm

electionWhen Justin Henry received the most votes — but not enough to avoid a runoff election — in May, a mere 69 votes separated him and Dallas ISD District 9 incumbent trustee Bernadette Nutall.

Saturday night, with all 47 precincts reporting, Henry won by more than 600 votes.

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06/16/18 4:27pm

Midway Hollow ContemporaryMidway Hollow is beyond hot. With a wide variety of styles from hip midcentury moderns and classic ranch homes to cozy cottages, there is something for everyone, and it seems almost every street comes with a new amenity — a construction crew. If a home is not being renovated, it’s being razed. Builders are everywhere, and the range of price points is dizzying. When I heard about this Midway Hollow contemporary, I could not wait to share it because it’s just a cut above what you typically find anywhere. And that’s because Carolyn Isler, owner of Isler Homes, took it down to the foundation and rebuilt it.

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06/16/18 12:47am

After a busy three days of panel discussions, networking and writing, the National Association of Real Estate Editors — or NAREE — announced Friday night that CandysDirt.com writers Jon Anderson and Bethany Erickson both took home awards for their reporting last year.

Anderson took home a Bronze Award for his breaking news story on the Friday night blaze that destroyed the Pink Wall’s Preston Place condos. His reporting was continuously updated through the night and next day as more than 100 firefighters battled the fire that left many displaced. (more…)

06/15/18 5:37pm

Tim Rogers over at D Magazine breaks the story that former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and her husband, Steve Wolens, are being sued by a former girlfriend of Mr. Wolen’s brother, who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while sleeping in a guest suite above their garage on Dentwood.

Tim says he has so many questions.

I do, too.

Apparently Miller and Wolens were not able to work out a settlement with their houseguests. Well, one of them: the girlfriend. She and the brother were found unconscious in an over-the-garage guest room or guest house, when one of Miller/Wolen’s Mercedes was accidentally left running in the garage all night. Keyless Mercedes (and BMW, including Mini; Fiat Chrysler; Ford ; General Motors; and Honda, including Acura) apparently do not turn off when left unattended for a certain period of time. The lawsuit says the guest was taken to the hospital unconscious. (What about the brother?) From the lawsuit:

Unknown to Plaintiff Tebaldi, Defendants, Steve Wolens and/or Laura Miller had left their car running in the garage of their home below the bedroom where Plaintiff Tebaldi was sleeping. The next morning, July 12, 2016, Plaintiff Tebaldi had not awoken and had missed her dental appointment. Defendant Steve Wolens asked the housekeeper to check on Mr. Gary Wolens and Plaintiff Tebaldi, and she found them in the bedroom above the garage unconscious and unresponsive. Plaintiff Tebaldi was not breathing and an ambulance was called. Plaintiff Tebaldi was transported to Dallas Presbyterian Hospital where she was admitted for carbon monoxide poisoning. Plaintiff Tebaldi suffered serious injuries as a result of prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide. When medical professionals concluded that it was medically safe for Plaintiff Tebaldi to travel, she was transported back to the United Kingdom by air ambulance where Plaintiff Tebaldi was hospitalized to continue her treatment and care.

Aside from what the conversation will be this Sunday on Father’s Day, we should all wonder why houses are not built with carbon monoxide detectors in critical areas, especially when there is living space above. The Miller/Wolens home is vintage 1952, has about 9,000 square feet, and was totally renovated in the mid 2000’s. If it were up to me, I’d have carbon monoxide detectors in almost every room. In fact, I do.

For those who do not, you can buy carbon monoxide detectors at Walmart for less than $30.

Maybe the City of Dallas should require these in all homes or in living spaces above the garage? What are your thoughts?

06/15/18 1:35pm

Vivo Realty Group just launched a new membership-based business model that provides the infrastructure that agents need at an affordable, tiered pricing scheme. The brokerage has three locations in North Texas: Plano, Uptown Dallas, and North Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. (Courtesy Photo)

As members of our editorial team cover the annual National Association of Real Estate Editors conference, a recurring theme is the transformation of the traditional real estate brokerage. The existing model, industry disruptors say, no longer serves the individual agent. 

Locally, more and more brokerages are touting their digital assets, using social media and mobile apps to make real estate transactions easier for buyers and sellers. But what about infrastructure?

“The real estate industry is not just changing, it’s changed,” says David Maez Jr., co-founder and broker at Vivo Realty Group, which launched their new subscription-based brokerage model. “We had to think, ‘What’s wrong with the way we have been doing things for over 150-plus years?’ The brokerage model has failed to innovate and deliver what agents need: Flexible pay structures, places to meet clients and work from that are easily assessable, contract, and marketing support.”

So Vivo, with three offices in hot North Texas neighborhoods — Plano, Uptown Dallas, and North Oak Cliff — made a new model that fills the gaps of independent agents without sacrifices.

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06/15/18 12:01pm

constructionThe good news? In the past year, 909,000 new single-family homes have been started, and it’s projected that by 2020 starts on new home construction will hit the one million mark. The bad news? The need will be for 1.2 million, a leading economist said Thursday.

“The forecast is that home prices will continue to outpace income growth,” Robert Dietz, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy for the National Association of Home Builders said.

Dietz was part of a panel discussion about home building at the annual National Association of Real Estate Editors conference held this week in Las Vegas. Ben Caballero of HomesUSA.com and Jim Boyd of Toll Brothers were also in the panel. (more…)

06/15/18 8:30am
Legacy West

Plano’s Legacy West located at the Dallas North Tollway and Legacy Drive

I’m ashamed to say that even though I’ve lived and worked in West Plano for years, I can’t keep all the new developments in this part of town straight in my head. I’m not alone either. Now instead of idle small chat about the weather, Planoites talk about all the coming traffic to “that part of town,” while motioning generally to the west.

You probably know about Toyota, Liberty Mutual, and JP Morgan Chase Bank’s relocations that brought 4.1 million (MILLION!) square feet of new corporate real estate to the area. Then more companies like Nokia, NTT Data, and Fannie Mae followed suit, announcing new or expanded campuses in West Plano. Then I swear by 2018, I just lost count and tuned out when press release after press release announced a new regional headquarters coming to Plano. (Sorta like what people do when they hear a new sport or arena is coming to Arlington.)

There’s hope for confused Planoites and anyone else hiking up the Dallas North Tollway to see quite literally a brand new cityscape rise up from what once was prairie land. Here’s a quick review on what’s going on in west Plano and three shopping experiences you’ll only get at Legacy West.

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06/15/18 8:00am

10837 Clearbrook Lane Dallas, TX is currently listed by Christina Harmon with eXp Realty LLC for $409,900. 

Clean lines, sleek finishes, light-and-bright interiors — this week’s Friday Four Hundred is a beauty! Originally built in 1961, the three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom ranch at 10837 Clearbrook Lane comes ideally situated in Lochwood across from a heavily treed greenbelt. The serene backyard serves as the perfect spot for grilling out this summer, while a recent kitchen and bath renovation put it in a class of its own. The price? Unheard of at $409,900!

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