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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. Bethany is the Director of Audience Engagement with Candy's Media. She also covers public policy and education for CandysDirt.com, as well as handling enterprise reporting. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

09/18/19 9:30am

homicideI’m not sure what it says when two different people send you two different stories about murder houses in a week, but hi, it’s Wednesday and we’re going to talk about homicide and houses.

No, not houses where the photography is so bad, or the cleaning so derelict that it looks like a murder house, but actual, bonafide, houses where someone was sent to take a dirt nap, offed, dispatched, and/or lansbury’d.

Hi, that last one was courtesy of the way back machine.

And, to be clear, we’re not making light of murder. The WTF is more about uh, wondering who would be involved in what you do with a house after a murder, because there is no way in uh, aitch-ee-double-hockeysticks you’d see the week stomached-us able to do any of the jobs we’re about to describe.

So anyway, someone first sent me this article from Rolling Stone, about Randall Bell. “Who is Randall Bell?” you ask.

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09/18/19 8:45am
Betsey

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09/16/19 9:15am

fallWe scoured Amazon for things that will make your home or office (or both) look and smell like fall, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Note: CandysDirt.com may collect a small commission or other compensation from the links on this page. Items are priced correctly and in stock at the time of publication.

Yes, we know. It doesn’t feel like fall in Texas. In fact, it will remain bikini weather through Halloween most likely, and we all know it. Raise your hands if you eat Thanksgiving on a patio, or otherwise al fresco.

Yeah, we feel your pain.

So maybe it’s not the best weather for drinking hot mulled cider and snuggling by a fire, but we can at least feel like it’s fall if our houses look and smell like it, right?  (more…)

09/16/19 9:00am

TREC

The Texas Real Estate Commission is on the hunt for someone to fill the simultaneous roles of TREC executive director and Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board commissioner, state home sales are trending upward again (but it’s more of a mixed bag in North Texas), and we find out what demographic is more likely to tap into retirement to fund their downpayment on a home, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

TREC on the Hunt For New Executive Director

TREC

Douglas Oldmixon

Longtime Texas Real Estate Commission executive director Douglas Oldmixon is retiring in March 2020, and now the agency is on the hunt for his replacement.

The TREC executive director also serves as the commissioner for the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and, according to the agency, “is responsible for organizational culture and day-to-day operations of the agency.”

“This includes managing staff and agency resources, overseeing the annual budget, and developing and implementing a strategic plan in collaboration with TREC and TALCB policymakers appointed by the Governor,” the agency continued.

TREC and TALCB provide oversight of real estate brokers, appraisals, property inspections, home warranties, and more. It also provides licensing, education, and complaint investigation services. (more…)

09/15/19 9:55am
Eva Peron

(Photo courtesy Lyric Stage)

Whether you’re only familiar with the Madonna-starred movie version, or you’ve actually caught the bonafide Broadway production, pretty much anyone is familiar with the iconic scene where Eva Perón, wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, takes to the balcony to belt out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

It’s one of the more enduring, memorable numbers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, although some would argue that “On this Night of a Thousand Stars” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” are also indelible.

If you haven’t managed to catch the entire production ever, or if you’d just like to see it again, you have an excellent opportunity September 20 through 22 at Dallas’ Majestic Theatre as Lyric Stage opens its 2019-2020 season — The Wonder Women of Season 27.

The season kicks off by telling the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, from her childhood in the provincial town of Junín to her courtship and marriage to the man who would become the most powerful person in the country and her life as his wife.

But all this Evita talk got us thinking — where can you find a good balcony to reinact your own Eva Perón moment? We found 10 in varying price points around Dallas, perfect for belting out “The truth is I neeeeeeeeeeeever left you …” (more…)

09/15/19 9:20am
Dallas ISD

Photo courtesy Dallas ISD

Submitted story

Amber Shields has a unique perspective as principal of N.W. Harllee Early Childhood Center: it’s where she attended elementary school.

“Harllee is like home to me, and it’s a privilege to lead such a tremendous school,” Shields said.

Shields, who previously served as an assistant principal at Soto Elementary, is one the district’s 20 principals starting their first year leading a campus. Of those 20 first-year principals, 19 are homegrown candidates such as Shields who previously worked in Dallas ISD schools. (more…)

09/14/19 9:15am
Roosevelt

Courtesy Dallas ISD

Franklin D. Roosevelt High is about to get a huge update — more than 75 percent of the campus will soon become a construction zone. And when the dust settles, $36 million in improvements will bring in a new library, a restaurant, a fine arts addition, a competition gym, and classroom additions.

In addition, a new main entry and administrative offices, and exterior changes, will give the school a good sprucing up, and the school will also get a new cafeteria. That fine arts addition? It will double as a storm shelter. (more…)

09/11/19 9:45am
charming

Look, it’s got stained glass and everything. What could possibly go wrong?

So, about 20 awesome readers of the Wednesday WTF sent me this listing for this uh, charming abode in Australia. So obviously, it’s this week’s column, right?

I mean, I’ll be honest, at first this rock house seems like a real historic charmer. It has a clawfoot tub, for chrissakes, which everyone knows means it’s both historic and fancy.

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