01/22/19 10:34pm

Have you ever wanted to ask Alex Doubet of Door what motivates him? Or how he keeps the lights on? What is OpenDoor really about and how much do they charge sellers? Why did so many tip top agents flock to Compass? Is it possible to sell your home online now? How big are the i-buyers, really?

Get the inside scoop on how brokers, both big and small, new and old, are reinventing the way homes are bought and sold at the Dallas Division Realtor Panel on Thursday, February 7, 11:30 am at Maggiano’s NorthPark. This realtor panel will include Becky Frey, Compass; Janelle Alcantara, David Griffin & Co. Realtors, Founder of Galaxy Modern; Alex Doubet, Door; Beth Johnson, Keller Williams Realty; and Swathy Prithivi at Opendoor. 

And I am your moderator for the panel! Get ready to learn about the dramatic changes in real estate marketing as the world turns from consumption of news on paper to digital, and learn why and how digital is so very, very effective in real estate. Here is a teaser: Erik Bahr, the new GM of Compass, hails from Facebook. Swathy Prithivi comes from Uber. What are these folks bringing to the real estate table?

Seats are limited, so register online now:https://bit.ly/2MlpgOZs him?  See you!

01/22/19 9:55am

Windmass Capital’s Vision for Colorado Blvd at Marsalis Ave in North Oak Cliff

After over a year of meeting with neighbors, stakeholders, and City of Dallas staff, the WindMass Capital development team has thrown in the towel just before this Wednesday’s City Council meeting where they would have been on the agenda to move forward on a very complicated deal.

WindMass owns the Founders Square Apartments. Over the decades the building became surrounded on three sides by Oak Cliff‘s Founders Park. Long story short, they hoped to swap their 1.37 acres for the adjacent 1.37 acres on the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Marsalis Ave., build a new mixed-use apartment building with retail on the ground floor, then demolish their old building, give it to the city all cleaned up like park land should be, and give a half million dollars to the city for additional park improvements. Sounds pretty crazy amazing, doesn’t it?

As Willis Winters, Director of the Park Department, said at the last Park Board meeting, the city has tried to purchase this property for years to make Founders Park more contiguous, but hasn’t been able to afford it.  This project would essentially accomplish that goal for the Parks Department.

Even neighbors and stakeholders were in support, a rare feat in itself!

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01/22/19 9:45am

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Remember privacy? It’s what most Americans enjoyed a few decades ago. Today, it’s elusive and rare. It’s simple for any of us to find just about anyone with a few clicks on a keyboard.

In an effort to reduce the solicitations for carpet cleaning, bogus tax filing services, mortgage insurance scams and such, I tried to make the information on my recent home purchase a little more private. The result was somewhat effective.

How do these companies and salespeople find out you’ve purchased a property? It’s highly unlikely that they got it from the title company or real estate broker. We don’t share information with third parties unless we must. Government entities are about the only ones we disclose details.

However, property owner information is public and online in Texas. Our county tax appraisal sites allow people to search the owner of a property by property address or owner name. It’s pretty hard to make your ownership information private on those county web sites. But, I’ll explain how below:

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01/22/19 9:30am
Spanish Revival at its finest

Built in 1928 but updated to 2019, you’ll find an amazing property at 2308 Winton Terrace West. (Photos: Trey Freeze Media)

It’s not easy to do. It takes time, patience, money, and certainly skill. I’m not talking about negotiating the government shutdown stalemate, I’m talking about perfectly mingling new materials and construction into an older home. What did you think I was talking about?

Think about it — most contractors want to simply tear down an older home and not mess with the hassle and painstaking fuss that comes with reviving it.

Spanish Revival flair

Beautiful barrel ceiling in formal living with upstairs catwalk

It’s also a tedious job, as many sizes of doors, windows, bathrooms and certainly closets were not up to the standard of savvy 2019 buyers.

When it’s done correctly, it’s a thing of beauty.

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01/22/19 9:20am

DuncanvilleOne of the best things about the Tuesday Two Hundred price point is the fact that you can often find a well-maintained, move-in ready home that just needs a few taste-specific updates to make it your own — like this Duncanville home on a gorgeous lot backing up to a creek.

Listed by Judie Burnham with Century 21 Judge Fite Company, this five-bedroom, two-and-half bath home at 502 Willow Circle in Duncanville sits on an incredible, heavily-treed lot with a creek running behind it. And with 3,430 square feet of space, it’s a perfect family home.

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01/21/19 1:01pm

We here at CandysDirt.com are still mourning the abrupt, shattering loss of renowned builder Tom Greico

Tom, a Dallas Builders Association Honored Life Director, a CandysDirt.com preferred builder and founding partner of this website, an eclectic Dallas figure, and a brilliant home builder who pioneered modern vision in many Dallas neighborhoods when most of us were just learning what transitional meant, died Jan. 13. 
 
As Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builder’s Association wrote, “Because Tom Greico brought light to every room he entered, his passing is especially difficult to convey.”
 
For those who wish to honor and celebrate the life of such a wonderful man and accomplished businessman, funeral services have been planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Restland Funeral Home.
 
“It is particularly difficult for us here at CandysDirt.com. I have personally known Tom Greico for years, meeting him early in my career as a real estate reporter,” said CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans. “I toured his first homes in Midway Hollow and East Dallas, and heard him describe what he was creating with a passion few home builders possess, probably due to the fact that he was both an architect as well as a homebuilder. There was a methodology to every angle, and nothing was impossible.  Tom had a zest for living and for life, which was translated into his homes. He was also one of the most gracious men you could ever meet. He was naturally happy and brought out the best not just in, but for, everyone he was around.”
 
01/21/19 9:55am

White Rock estateProperty around White Rock Lake rarely comes on the market, so I’m very excited to let our readers know about this incredible listing from Dave Perry-Miller’s luxury agent Sharon Redd. It is none other than televangelist T.D. Jakes’ former White Rock estate at 4001 West Lawther Drive. It can be yours for $5.75 million.

For those that may not know Bishop Jakes, he’s the charismatic personality behind The Potter’s House, a congregation of oh, about 30,000 devoted followers. He’s been written about in almost every newspaper and magazine. And he’s a pal of Oprah Winfrey’s. Yep, he’s a mover and a shaker. He chose this home years ago because, according to a D Magazine article by Tim Rogers, it was where he went to regain his peace of mind.
White Rock estate

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01/21/19 9:45am

In today’s Agent Migration column, Susan Ferguson comes home to Ebby Halliday. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Susan Ferguson has returned to the Ebby Halliday Frisco office after less than a year away.  She was welcomed back with open arms.

“We are thrilled to have her back,” Ebby Halliday Frisco Sales Manager Kristi Davis said. “There was so much buzz and enthusiasm around the office. We were excited to welcome her home.”

Davis added that Ferguson’s energy in the office was sorely missed. Younger agents should also learn a few things from observing her interactions with clients and her commitment to service.

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