Dallas Agent Recognized by Guinness World Records Again

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A local real estate agent breaks his own world record, Community ISD hosts a real estate workshop to welcome potential homebuyers to the area, Southlake tops the best small cities in America, and housing affordability tops the list of 2020 election issues for some demographic groups, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

A local real estate agent breaks his own world record, Community ISD hosts a real estate workshop to welcome potential homebuyers to the area, Southlake tops the best small cities in America, housing affordability is the biggest 2020 election issue for some demographic groups, and Preservation Dallas announces deadline for endangered places list, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas Agent Recognized by Guinness World Records

Dallas Real Estate Agent Ben Caballero of HomesUSA.com was recognized last week for breaking his own record for “most annual home sales.”

Caballero was honored by the Guinness World Records for selling 5,801 homes last year. It’s a high honor – considering that it was 2,245 more homes and 67 percent greater than the number he achieved for his first world record.

“Being honored by Guinness World Records for a second time is twice as nice,” Caballero said in a press release issued by WAV Group. “Achieving my first Guinness World Records title was the honor of a lifetime. Breaking my own record is, well, indescribable.”

Caballero in 2015 became the first real estate agent to exceed $1 billion in total home sales. He has since surpassed the $2 billion mark.

Source: Guinness World Records

Community ISD Hosts Real Estate Workshop

Community Independent School District – near Lavon, Nevada, Copeville, and Josephine – recently held its annual Realtor lunch to inform those “selling” the community about its history, schools, and housing stock.

A slideshow offered information to interested participants, and Community ISD Superintendent Russell Nivens was among the guest speakers.

Source: Community ISD

Southlake Among ‘Best Small Cities in America’

Southlake, a best-kept secret in Tarrant County, was named one of 2019’s Best Small Cities in America, personal finance website WalletHub announced recently.

The list of 20 cities, topped by Leawood, Kan., also includes Brentwood, Tenn., Cedar Park, Texas, and Newton, Mass. Southlake came in at No. 14.

“To help Americans put down roots in places offering good quality of life and affordability, WalletHub compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 42 key indicators of livability,” WalletHub communications manager Diana Polk said in a press release.

Source: WalletHub 

Housing Affordability Is A Top Issue In 2020 Presidential Election

A recent survey conducted by Bankrate.com polled economists and financial experts about how to attribute recent economic growth and the personal finance issues most important in 2020.

Housing affordability entered the top three for some “key demographic groups” like women, millennials and Democrats, according to the survey.

Other key findings include:

  • When asked about the financial issues that will impact voters in the 2020 election, healthcare, employment and taxes stood out as the top three most important among everyday Americans.
  • Despite the recent period of economic expansion, 46 percent of Americans say their financial situation has stayed about the same since President Trump took office in 2017 and an additional 21 percent say their finances have gotten worse.
  • Thirty-two percent of Americans credit President Trump for the most recent, record long period of economic expansion while just 13 percent of experts agree. Twenty-seven percent of Americans credit former President Obama and 25 percent of experts agree.

Source: Bankrate

Most Endangered Historic Places Nominations Due Nov. 4

Preservation Dallas is seeking to expand its list of threatened or endangered places.

A home or site can be nominated for the 2019 list of the Most Endangered Places in Dallas by downloading a nomination form here.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 4. The new list of Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas will be announced in December.

Click here to see previous lists.


April Towery

April Towery studied journalism at Texas A&M University and has been an award-winning reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She’s covered everything from city council meetings to Death Row executions. Her favorite things to write are feature stories and humorous columns. She loves to make people laugh. She won first place in humorous column writing, second place in news writing and third place in serious column writing at the 2019 South Texas Press Association Awards and picked up first place in humorous writing at the 2018 Texas Press Association awards ceremony. She has numerous other recognitions, including the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ first-place award for special reporting, citing her continuous coverage of the College Station City Council and its violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act in 2006. She is the daughter of a longtime real estate appraiser and at one time knew her way around a floor plan. She lives in Wylie and is learning daily about real estate, architecture, and housing trends.

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