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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.

01/15/19 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…)

01/10/19 9:45am

KesslerWhen flipping through listings this week, we had to take a minute after landing on this East Kessler cottage — it was just that adorable.

Built in 1938 on a hillside, the current owners of 1311 Cedar Hill Ave. have kept this home impeccably maintained, and have updated it without sacrificing the character.

It’s also blocks from Bishop Arts, with access to plenty of parks, and is an easy commute to downtown Dallas.
It also sits in the highly-sought out Rosemont Elementary attendance zone, as well as Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy (which met state standards with five distinctions), and Sunset High (which met state standards and earned four distinctions).

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RichardsonEvery Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $239,000 to $670,000, and can all be found in Richardson. Which ones will you visit?

Four-Bedroom Traditional in Gated Community

Open house: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home was custom built on a huge lot overlooking a Breckinridge Park, right in the gated community of the Hills of Breckinridge. (more…)