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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 recent Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards and a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club. 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.

01/16/19 9:45am

PringlesThey say that necessity is the mother of invention, and they must be right, because one Wichita Falls hero found a new use for a Pringles can that has the entire Internet abuzz.

I mean, no less than 50 people messaged or emailed me links to this story, so you know it was ripe for a Wednesday WTF. And while some might say I’ll need to see chiropractic help for the stretch I’m performing, let me tell you why we’re talking about the lady who got banned from the Walmart for driving a scooter around the parking lot whilst drinking wine from a Pringles can.

Basically, she’s legitimized something our grandmas already do, and it’s the new craze — I mean, if Pringles cans can be reused for wine, that Country Crock tub that your granny sends lasagna leftovers home in, reminding you she wants that tub back, is now a hipster trend.

Just think of what you can do with that empty jar of peanut butter — it’s now a special tequila jar. Peel the Peter Pan label off and write “My Tequila” on it with a Sharpie and it’s a bespoke tequila jar. That empty Noosa yogurt container? VODKA. Gin and tonics will pair nicely with, of course, that empty kombucha bottle, once you pour out the kombucha. And of course, any schnapps goes in a Stage 3 baby food jar. That’s just science. (more…)

01/15/19 9:55am

Grenadier

Whether you’re looking at retirement and downsizing, or you’re a first-time buyer looking to get into a popular development in Prosper, a new partnership between Grenadier Homes and California-based The Resmark Companies has right-sized, right-priced options.

The two have partnered to develop 198 single-family attached townhomes in two neighborhoods at Windsong Ranch in Prosper. It will be the only remaining development planned in the master planned community.

Resmark and Grenadier will partner on the second phase of the successful Villas at Windsong Ranch community for the development of 88 single-family attached one-story villa townhomes. A new townhome line of 110 single-family attached two-story townhomes within Windsong Ranch will also be part of the investment.  Sales are expected to begin in summer 2019 with first occupancies in late 2019 and completion in summer 2023, a joint statement from the companies said.

Resmark is based in Los Angeles, but has offices in San Diego and Irvine, California, Austin, Texas, and McLean, Virginia. Grenadier is Dallas-based.

“This is our first investment in Dallas,” Michael Zarola, Senior Vice President of Investments for Resmark’s Land and Housing division, said in a phone interview. “And without it sounding like a sales pitch, what we really do kind of focus on partner first and real estate second.” (more…)

01/15/19 9:45am

InstagramIt’s no real secret — Realtors love Instagram. We do, too — it’s a great way to pique interest in a home, tell a story, and more.

In fact, are you following us there? Because you probably should.

This week’s Tuesday Two Hundred comes from Monument Realty, who tagged us last week to let us know about this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, Traditional home in the Forest Ridge neighborhood of Garland.

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01/14/19 9:20am

marketWhy does Texas have the largest number of home buyers priced out of the new home market? What are the Fed’s plans for the interest rate? We look at this and more in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

$1,000 INCREASE ELIMINATES MANY FROM NEW HOME OWNERSHIP

Texas has the largest number of homebuyers that would be priced out of the new home market if the cost increased by $1,000, the National Association of Home Builders said last week.

Nationwide, a $1,000 increase would push 127,560 prospective buyers out of that market, while in Texas, it would push out 11,152 households, more than California at 9,897.

That threshold is met when, based on income, those households would not be able to qualify for a mortgage after a $1,000 price increase. (more…)

01/13/19 9:15am

gold rushAlways a hotel, this week’s gold-rush era historical shelter in California also has its place in history as the location for an office and stage stop for an express company that ran mail across the country.

The site of the current Hotel Sutter, located in Sutter Creek, California, was first home to the American House Hotel, built in 1851. It served as a stop for Adams & Co., later Adams Express Company, which pre-dated Wells Fargo.

Sutter Creek is named after a local creek, which in turn got its name from a local prospector, John Sutter, who discovered gold nearby in 1848, triggering the California Gold Rush.  Sutter owned a sawmill where the mother lode was found, and after fortune hunters began trampling his land, he decided to prospect, too, moving to Sutter Creek to begin his own mining operation, using his servants to mine, something that drew the disapproval of the miners also working to find gold. Eventually, he returned to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento and never mined again. (more…)

01/12/19 9:45am

m streetsIt’s always nice when newer construction in an established neighborhood blends right in with the historic homes, like this M Streets Craftsman-style home we found for this week’s Saturday Six Hundred.

Built in 2009, this home at 5322 Miller Ave. has all the curb appeal and character of some of the much older Craftsman homes in the M Streets and Vickery Place areas, but the modern practical details like smart home features.

And it’s been beautifully done both inside and out, with an open-concept floor plan for the common areas that is bright and cheerful. Casement windows bring in tons of natural light, and hand-scraped hardwood floors are throughout the home.

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01/12/19 9:30am

MobileEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 32nd city on the list — Overland Park, Kansas. This week, we look at Mobile, Alabama, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

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01/11/19 12:30pm

uptownWhen Leah Nolan told us she and her husband were listing their Uptown condo, she was a little wistful.

And that’s understandable. Her cozy one-bedroom, one-bath home, 3311 Blackburn St. #215, is a perfect spot for someone looking to enjoy some of the best Dallas has to offer, with an affordable price point that gives them entry into what can be a pretty spendy housing market.

“We walk or Uber to the grocery store, for haircuts, and to bars and restaurants,” she said. “It’s just minutes from the highways, we have great neighbors, a pool, and it’s steps away from the Katy Trail and West Village, for the same price that we were paying for rent.” (more…)