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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.

07/17/19 9:30am

Taco Bell

So, I know this is a real estate publication, but hear me out, because I am pretty sure this week’s Wednesday WTF still counts as real estate related because we all have made a run to the border to heed the siren call of Taco Bell.

It’s quick, easy to find, and when you have exactly 15 minutes at best for lunch, need some wifi too, and don’t mind spending some time in a restroom later, it’s the thing to do.

So pause before you get jalapeno up in my face about the subject matter. Also, it’s about doorknobs, and all these houses have them. So there, boom, two ways it’s connected to real estate.

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07/15/19 9:15am
amazon

Photo courtesy Amazon

Amazon Prime Day began at midnight PST (actually, there have been deals all weekend, but the big ones are supposed to be over the next two days), and if you were thinking you might check out some of the deals and find some items to upgrade or spruce up the house, we’ve taken a gander for you.

We’re nice like that. It has nothing to do with the fact that we were also looking for the same thing. At all.

At any rate, if you’re not the type to sit and refresh for the deals that continually update all day (and let’s face it, none of us actually have the time, we just get sucked in and make the time), the first thing you can look at is the handy list that Amazon provided of all of their deals to be had. (more…)

07/15/19 9:00am
Fort Worth

(Photo courtesy Flickr)

Rents are on the rise in Fort Worth, making it one of the top 25 cities out of the 100 largest in the U.S. where one-bedroom rents are rapidly increasing. We look at that, as well as who made the cut as the richest person in Texas, and what company is making a foray into Texas real estate now, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

07/14/19 9:45am
Dallas

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

With a mayoral and city council election still rather close in the rearview mirror, a recent WalletHub study into the best and worst run cities in the country — and where Dallas falls on that list — highlights some of the issues that drove at least a few people to the polls twice.

The study, which was released earlier this month, sought to measure the effectiveness of local leadership by focusing on how efficiently a city was run.

“In other words, we can learn how well city officials manage and spend public funds by comparing the quality of services residents receive against the city’s total budget,” the report explained.

WalletHub compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities, constructing a “quality of services” score comprised of 37 benchmarks grouped into six service categories, which were then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

Source: WalletHub

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07/14/19 9:15am

rentalYou can’t always find a Dallas rental that is impeccably updated, zoned for great schools, family-friendly, and budget-friendly. But for this week’s Rental of the Week, we feel pretty confident we’ve found that sparkly unicorn.

This three-bedroom, two bath home in Northwest Dallas has 1,904 square feet of living space, and was remodeled in 2017.  (more…)

07/13/19 9:55am

PinkstonIf you know you have high schoolers in the future, and you’ve been wanting to get into North Oak Cliff, we have news: You could have a new (to you) house and a brand-spankin’ new L.G. Pinkston High by 2021, with the former coming much sooner than that.

But you’ll need to get a move on. Homes in the secluded Stevens Park Village don’t pop up all the time, and once people get a load of the new and improved Pinkston (as well as what is happening to the historic original Pinkston building), you may kick yourself if you don’t put a call into your Realtor.

But first things first. Thursday, Dallas ISD gave everyone a quick peek at the state-of-the-art Pinkston, which will be a three-story, 226,948 square-foot building on a 20.79-acre lot at 3719 Greenleaf Street.

Rendering courtesy Dallas ISD

See? Fancy. (more…)

07/13/19 9:30am

oak lawnYou may take a look, on paper, at the square footage of this Oak Lawn condo on Cedar Springs Road and think it sounds diminutive. But one look at the smart design and you’ll see that smaller footprint doesn’t have to mean shoebox living.

The one-bedroom, one bath contemporary unit found in the Tribeca Condos at 4414 Cedar Springs Road may say 720 square feet. But with its 19-foot ceilings, windows, smart finish choices, and wood floors, it feels much, much larger.

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07/13/19 9:00am

LakewoodYes, yes, it’s been a minute since the Fourth of July, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out this Lakewood beauty with perfect views of the Lakewood Country Club — and its annual Independence Day fireworks display.

Sitting on a large treed lot at 6519 Gaston Avenue, the Colonial Revival is an easy walk to a lot of Lakewood amenities, including the country club.

Built in 1940, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home is airy and cheerful, with wood flooring throughout. An eat-in kitchen boasts Sub-Zero and Viking appliances, fan fish-scale tile backsplash, crisp white cabinetry, and an island with seating that provides extra spots when the dining room table might be a little full. (more…)