North Texas Tornado Outbreak Topped DFW Real Estate News in 2019

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In other news, these stories topped the list of our favorites in news and features for 2019.

It was a dark and stormy night–  and then things got ugly.

We charged our phones. We put the children in the bathtub or a closet.

We tried to remember what we were supposed to do if the power went out – and boy, did the power go out. Those fortunate enough to have storm shelters or panic rooms put them to use.

By the time the sun rose on the morning of Oct. 21, we learned that the EF-3 tornado outbreak damaged about 1,000 homes and businesses. Damages were assessed at $2 billion in the costliest tornado outbreak in state history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

We hit the ground running, letting you know what to do before filing an insurance claim, what rental properties in the area might be available for those displaced, and how to rebuild.

On Dec. 13, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it will grant a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allowing Texas officials a few more weeks to assess damages and request federal disaster relief funds for destruction caused by the tornadoes.

In other news, these stories topped the list of our favorites in news and features for 2019.

The Fabulous Estate Of Derrill Osborn Is Mysterious Like The Fashion Designer

This is an estate sale as intriguing as the man himself.

From the moment I read this controversial full-page, full-color obituary in the Dallas Morning News, which was written and hand-delivered to the newspaper downtown earlier by the deceased himself, I knew the estate sale of Mr. Derrill Osborn would be epic.

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NAR Puts A Hard Stop To Hip Pockets With New Rule

The National Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors has adopted the Clear Cooperation policy at its Nov. 11 meeting, which essentially puts an end to hip pocket marketing.

Also known as MLS Statement 8.0, the policy requires listing brokers who participate in multiple listing services to submit their listings to the MLS within one business day of marketing a property to the public.

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Wyly Estate On Deloache Sells To NBA Legend for $5M And Change

Dirk Nowitzki has bought the Charles Wyly mansion at 5906 Deloache in the “Honeypot” of Preston Hollow.

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Oil And Gas Magnate T. Boone Pickens Has Died

Self-made oil and gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens has died, according to multiple reports. Pickens, who founded Mesa Petroleum and BP Capital, was 91 at the time of his death.

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Touchdown! Kick Off Football Season In Emmitt Smith’s Addison Mansion

Imagine kicking back in Emmitt Smith’s Addison mansion to watch the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday for their last preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now that’s a football fantasy.

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DFW Apartment Dwellers Catching Up to Homeowners When It Comes To Property Taxes

Allen Gwinn is a number cruncher. Or a gadfly. Or a muckraker/local political analyst. By day, he teaches at SMU School of Business as a Professor of Practice.

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Realtor Loses License, But Former Clients Say She Still Owes Them Money

When Lee Warren found himself in need of someone to manage his rental properties, he turned to a friend — a licensed Realtor who had hung up her shingle to do just that.

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UFC Fighter Files First Lawsuit Related To Deadly Crane Collapse

Macy Chiasson is tough. You have to be to be a UFC fighter, especially a The Ultimate Fighter winner. Her lawyer, Jason Friedman, said that toughness is what led her to file the first suit related to the deadly crane collapse Sunday at the Elan City Lights apartment building.

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Incredible Storm Wreaks Havoc On Dallas, Kills One

After a week of storms flittering through, it didn’t seem like Sunday’s would be any different — until it was. Winds up to 71 miles per hour were clocked at Love Field, almost 300,000 were left without power, and a tragic crane collapse killed one and injured six more.

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City Plan Commission Brings Surprisingly High Ending to Pink Wall Saga

Tonight’s Dallas City Plan Commission meeting had a surprise ending for naysayers bent on limiting heights in PD-15.

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Ambassador Hotel In Flames, Appears To Be Fully Engulfed

Although it’s currently unclear just when the blaze began, reports began to appear around 2 a.m. Tuesday that the currently vacant Ambassador Hotel was in flames.

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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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