For many families, choosing the right homebuilder is one of the most challenging decisions they will ever make. Careful planning and hard work have put that dream house within reach. The final challenge is often finding the right person to make the vision a reality.

According to Prospect Homes owner Brian Manes, a good builder is someone who demonstrates outstanding customer service and communication throughout the three phases of the building process: design, construction, and post-completion. (more…)

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We love it when we see a builder truly find their niche, and that’s just what JLD Custom Homes has done in East Dallas. This CandysDirt.com Approved Builder has constructed several new homes throughout the M Streets and beyond, using classic architecural styles and green-building philosophy to bring new homes that work with a neighborhood’s character.

“This home sits on a corner lot with a electric gated driveway and is just two blocks from Trader Joe’s and all the great restaurants on lower Greenville,” said Jeff Dworkin, president of JLD. “This is the third home that JLD Custom Homes has built on this corner.”

It just hit the market, too, and Gia Marshello of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has this adorable prairie-style home at 5900 Prospect listed for $774,900. For brand new construction in the thick of it all in East Dallas, that’s a pretty decent price!

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A few months ago, I received a letter stating that radon testing was being done near my neighborhood, across Hillcrest in the JanMar streets. A home had been tested there and found to have an unusually high radon level. Yikes! The company, Clear Environmental,  was alerting neighbors and offering radon tests.
 
Radon in Dallas? Isn’t radon usually found in the mountain states?
 
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that usually resides in your basement, which we don’t have a lot of in Dallas. It is said to kill 21,000 homeowners a year.
 
“There is more radon in North Dallas than previously thought,” says Zack Shipley, with CLEAR Environmental. ” The government-contracted flyover done in the early 90’s, a gamma ray test, was not a deep enough penetration. We were rated a Zone 3 by EPA.”
 
But that test may not be accurate in dense, North-Texas type compacted soil.  
 
“Now we are finding that 40% of the homes we are testing are coming up with higher levels of radon.

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North Fort WorthThis week’s collection of open houses began when a reader submitted an open house in a corner of North Texas we haven’t gotten to really look at closely — the communities and small towns around north Fort Worth and Alliance Airport.

Some these homes have north Fort Worth mailing addresses, but are physically in other cities — like Roanoke. But the common thread among all of them is incredible deals with lots of house for your dollar.

Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. Which one will you choose? (more…)

  • SEC charges come two months after the Texas State Securities Board charged Christian Custom Homes CEO Phillip Carter with fraud
  • Agency alleges Carter and two co-conspirators defrauded more than 270 investors
  • Christian Custom Homes and several other companies owned by Carter are now under control of new manager

A little more than two months after the state of Texas charged Frisco-based Christian Custom Homes CEO Phillip Michael Carter with several fraud charges, the Security and Exchange Commission announced it too would charge him and two other alleged co-conspirators with fraud.

Phillip Carter, left; Shelley Carter, right.

In November, the Texas State Securities Board announced the indictments of Carter, and his wife, Shelley Noel Carter, on assorted state fraud charges stemming from alleged misuse of investor funds meant to go to real estate development ventures. Carter was also indicted in Collin County Court on charges stemming from the sale of fraudulent promissory notes, along with Richard Gregory Tilford of Arlington, who is alleged to have raised $6 million from investors. Carter’s wife, Shelley, was charged with money laundering and misapplying investor funds.

Bobby Eugene Guess

The state’s indictment against Carter alleges that he raised nearly $17.5 million from nearly 100 investors, primarily elderly Texans, for real estate development projects through Texas Cash Cow Investments Inc. and North Forty Development LLC.

One of Carter’s sales agents, Bobby Eugene Guess — had been served with a target letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office informing him that he was under investigation for mail fraud, money laundering, and securities fraud, and in July he was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Guess, a former wealth manager, also hosted the radio program “Dollars & Sense” on WBAP.

The state charges for Tilford and both Carters remain pending.

The SEC Alleges ‘Multi-Million Dollar Offering Fraud’

The SEC’s announced it was charging Carter, Guess, and Tilford for conducting “multi-million dollar offering fraud.”

The agency alleged that the three raised almost $45 million from more than 270 investors across the country by selling short-term, high-yield promissory notes that were issued by shell companies that the SEC alleged were intentionally created to confuse investors. (more…)

Painted brick allows for the same style of home to be built close together

Painted brick homes can completely transform the look of similar homes and styles, and is becoming quite popular. (photo: Pinterest)

About 10 years ago I was in a sales training class in Florida with new home sales professional from across the country.  We were talking about overcoming objections that prospective buyers would throw at us.  I brought up the question of painted brick.

Most of the stares and questioning glances I got were from those who worked in the Midwest and western part of the United States.  “You build with brick (expensive and labor intensive) and then you paint over it?  Boy, what in the hell is a matter with you?!”

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This warm modern design by Richard Miller Custom Homes is one of five luxury homes showcased in the Dallas Builders Association’s April 7 Parade of Homes presented by STELLAR and benefiting Operation FINALLY HOME. 

In its ranks, the Dallas Builders Association has some truly great minds creating some of the most forward-thinking custom homes. These builders are hired to build some of the most beautiful houses, but rarely do you get the chance to tour them, as they are often built for particular, private, and particularly private clients. So we’re thrilled that the DBA is bringing back one of their most popular events, the Parade of Homes!

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Squee! I feel like this custom craftsman-style home at 5848 Prospect Avenue could easily serve as the set for some adorable prime-time TV family. How cute is this house? Cute and smart, apparently! Built in 2011 by JLD Custom Homes, this beauty is Energy Star Certified, with an interior as precious as its drive-up. The location is hard to get over, too. It’s walking-distance to Lower Greenville and just two short miles to White Rock Lake. If you work downtown, that adds up to a pretty painless commute.

Listed by Jan Baldwin with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for $679,900, this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath stunner features a modern floor plan wrapped up in the ultra-charming exterior of a bygone era. And every inch of its 2,372 square feet feels warm and inviting.

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