A Darling Deal for Darling Homes, and Further Proof the DFW Economy is Cooking

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I happen to be pretty crazy about Frisco-based Darling Homes. Apparently, others are too. Darling Homes has entered into a purchase agreement to be acquired by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based home builder Taylor Morrison. Even more exciting: Taylor Morrison, which is owned by private equity funds, wants to go public. The company is working on a $250 million stock offering right now. Thus Taylor Morrison would be the first home building company to go public since the housing crash. And certainly having Darling on board will make investors do a major double take. Word from Taylor Morrison was that the acquisition will give home buyers a bigger pool of homes to choose from, and as usual, the acquisition is subject to many conditions and approvals, But still, what a great move!

What do I love about Darling? Their New Home Smell scent, for one, and the way they build “move-up” affordable homes at volume builder prices, but finish-outs that rival some of the best custom homes in Dallas. Darling is just killing it up in the hinterlands of Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Lantana, Coppell, Allen, Arlington, Carrollton and Las Colinas.

Darling builds in about twenty communities in Dallas and Houston, and I am dying to get up and see their new patio homes in Carrollton at Austin Waters.

The family-owned home builder recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary and does a great deal of philanthropic work in the community, such as Manegait and is consistently voted as one the the best places to work in D/FW. This new acquisition will put another locally-birthed Dallas company on the national map. That’s just Darling!

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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