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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.

03/17/19 9:00am

Midway HollowMidway Hollow is hot — even with all the new construction, it’s managed to maintain the things that make people want to live there — the friendly neighbors, the tree-lined streets, and the access to great schools.

So when we came across this three-bedroom, two bath home on Dunhaven Road for rent, we knew we should share.

Realtor Caren Clemmer co-owns the property, and you can tell that as a real estate professional, she knew what was needed to make the home ready for renters — a 2014 remodel has the bright, light 1,350 square foot abode boasting refinished hardwood floors, new tile flooring in the kitchen, new appliances, and updated bathrooms.

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03/16/19 9:45am

East VillageIf you’re a fan of Modern homes, it’s likely a design from the duo of Bang Dang and Rizwan Faruqui, who together bring more than 30 years of experience and design aesthetic to projects all over Dallas — including this East Village condo David Griffin & Company Realtor Eddie Rodriguez pointed us to this week.

East Village, in fact, seems to be a hotbed of new Modern homes, from architects and builders like Joshua Nimmo, Cobalt Homes, Conrad Homes, and Alan Kagan putting up sleek, modern contemporary homes, condos, and townhomes throughout the area.

In fact, Kagan was the builder of this listing, too. (more…)

03/16/19 9:30am

Editor’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 24th city on the list — Las Cruces, New Mexico. This week, we look at Thousand Oaks, California, and found in California “frugal” is relative, but still found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

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03/15/19 11:45am

greenvilleIf you’re a newcomer to Dallas, you may not know that there are two sections of Greenville inside the loop of LBJ  — one that starts roughly at Mockingbird Lane and goes north, and Lower Greenville, which is generally the southern end of Greenville. If you hit Munger, you’ve gone too far.

Why do we bring this up? Because once you’ve seen the two stretches, you’ll know two things: One, there is no way you can confuse them, because one is infinitely more walkable than the other; and two, one is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade route, and the other is the block party spot. Both events are this Sunday. (more…)

03/13/19 9:55am

It was the shot heard round the real estate world, but if you’re not a Realtor, you may not have heard about it — a group of home sellers has filed suit against the National Association of REALTORS® and four major real estate broker franchisors.

Why? Because of buyer broker commissions and the requirement to use the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS.

The suit, filed last week in Chicago, claims that the NAR and top brokerages Realogy, HomeServices of America, RE/MAX, and Keller Williams Realty violated federal antitrust laws by requiring home sellers to pay a broker to represent the buyer of their homes and to pay for this service to the tune of at least a three percent commission. (more…)

03/13/19 9:30am
Bel Air

No, I didn’t pick this listing so I could put this earworm in your psyche today. Probably.

As we’ve said before, sometimes the Wednesday WTF is more of an exercise in “OMG what IS this,” and sometimes it’s “OMG WHAT is this?” See the distinction? No? Well, for instance, our WTF this week is definitely the latter, because I’ve decided that if being up to no good gets you sent to Bel Air, sign me up for shenanigans.

Basically, 924 Bel Air Road is 38,000 square feet of holy smokes covering several floors. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you this listing in a town called Bel-air.

And no, I’m not going to stop doing that.

Want to see more? Let’s jump.

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03/12/19 9:55am

GreenvilleIf you’ve gone to the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue at least once, you know that parking can be a bit at a premium — so for this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we were on the hunt for a great pad within walking distance to the parade.

And we found it. No need to move your car if you live in this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, ground-level condo in the gated University Crossroads — it’s literally at the corner of Greenville Avenue and East Mockingbird Lane, and a quick walk up to the end of the parade route at SMU Boulevard and Greenville.

It’s also quite close, of course, to a lot of shopping and restaurants, too. (more…)

03/12/19 9:15am

GreenIt’s a theme week here at CandysDirt — and this week, we’re looking at “green” homes in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.

You might see a home that has environmentally-friendly features, or you might see, you know, an actual green house. But today, we’re going to show you this gorgeous new construction in the Merion at Midtown Park, a gated community off of Walnut Hill and North Central Expressway that is close to just about anything you could want.

And, in keeping with our theme, it’s LEED certified, and it’s also close to the DART rail station, which means you can give Mother Nature a break occasionally and cool it with the fossil fuels by hopping the train to work or play with minimal fuss. (more…)