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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.

07/10/19 9:45am

weirdWhen you’ve spent almost two years writing about the weird (and sometimes wonderful) things in the world, you get a bit of a reputation. And then because of that reputation, people send you emails with suggestions of things to write about.

And suddenly, you’ve become a hoarder of WTF. Your virtual mailbox becomes this thing with a life of its own, and you find yourself faced with a real dilemma — start throwing things away, or come up with a solution.

So this week, we’re going to clear out the old mailbag of weird so I can get to WTF inbox zero for exactly 15 minutes. Ready to read? Let’s go. (more…)

07/09/19 8:45am
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From left: Terry Tremaine, Bill Jordan, Taylor Walcik

MetroTex announced its proposed slate of 2020 officers and 2020-2021 directors after receiving applications from general membership, which were then reviewed by a nominating committee.

Nominated were: President: Terry Tremaine, Century 21 Mike Bowman; President-Elect: Bill Jordan, Longhorn Real Estate; Secretary/Treasurer: Taylor Walcik, Blair Group Real Estate; Past President: Cathy Williams, Keller Williams. (more…)

07/08/19 9:30am
Millennial

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

It started as a drumbeat last March, as Candace Taylor of the Wall Street Journal wrote that Baby Boomers who built million-dollar, large homes, suddenly were finding it difficult to unload them because Millennial buyers (the next market of age to buy a home after Gen Xers) were disinterested in (or couldn’t afford) the homes.

Seems Boomers, who are looking to retire and downsize, and Millennials have something in common — a slim-to-nil desire to live in too much house.

“Large, high-end homes across the Sunbelt are sitting on the market, enduring deep price cuts to sell,” Taylor wrote. “That is a far different picture than 15 years ago, when retirees were rushing to build elaborate, five or six-bedroom houses in warm climates, fueled in part by the easy credit of the real estate boom. Many baby boomers poured millions into these spacious homes, planning to live out their golden years in houses with all the bells and whistles.”

The Boomer generation owns about 32 million homes and account for two out of five homeowners in the country.

Tastes Change

What nobody accounted for, really, was that tastes would change, and the buyers entering the market in the mid to late 2000s would be looking for walkable neighborhoods, energy-efficient homes, and clean floor plans, for the most part.

“Design trends have shifted radically in the past decade,” Taylor wrote. “That means a home with crown moldings, ornate details and Mediterranean or Tuscan-style architecture can be a hard sell, while properties with clean lines and open floor plans get snapped up.”

A survey by Nationwide Insurance revealed that 48 percent of Millennials wanted new construction, to avoid renovations and plumbing and electricity problems.  (more…)

07/08/19 9:00am

purplebricksFlat-fee brokerage Purplebricks pulls out of the U.S. market, we have May housing numbers for Texas, and we find out what Dallas-Fort Worth town was named to a list of the 34 richest towns in the U.S. – all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Purplebricks Hits the Bricks, Leaves U.S. Market

Less than two years after entering the U.S. market via Los Angeles, U.K.-based Purplebricks announced it would leave the market.

The flat-fee brokerage struggled as of late in its expansion, reporting a full-year operating loss of 34.1 million pounds (or roughly $43 million), Inman reported. It had previously announced this Spring that it was shutting down in Australia as well. (more…)

07/07/19 12:30pm

Midway Hollow

When Brian Karr of Holz & Stein Custom Homes first started his latest build to hit the market in Midway Hollow, I lived just down the street. 

So when I had the chance to walk the previous home with him, and then look at the plans for his new build, I took him up on the offer. I watched the 1950s bungalow on a corner lot at Gaspar Drive and Lenel Place come down, and the foundation and framing for Karr’s new concept go up. (more…)

07/07/19 9:45am

Thanks to the magic of social media, we found out about this Modern Contemporary zoned for the sought-after Rosemont Elementary in Oak Cliff a week or so ago — and now we’re bringing it to your attention, too.

The builder, 419 Reinvestments, has been quietly bringing modern design with clean lines and high quality, energy efficient construction to the North Oak Cliff area since 2012. Their latest home, located at 765 Evergreen Hills Road, is the latest in that string of successes.

Designed to take advantage of all the mature trees on the lot, the home manages to feel both ensconced in nature and urban at the same time, thanks to an immense third story rooftop deck and views from the second-floor master suite.

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07/07/19 9:30am

We fell in love with this adorable Midcentury Cottage in Casa View a few months ago when we wrote about it in our regular Tuesday Two Hundred feature — and now we’re excited to highlight it again as our Rental of the Week.

Casa View is one of the view remaining enclaves in Dallas where you can still find move-in ready homes at a reasonable price point. And this home, which has been completely remodeled, is a great example of that.

This three-bedroom, two bath house has 1,320 square feet of living space, which may sound small on paper to some buyers, but clever remodeling has made the most of the square footage, and it feels much more spacious.

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07/06/19 9:45am
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Photo courtesy Annie Webb Blanton Elementary Facebook

Just in case you missed it, Dallas ISD’s Annie Webb Blanton Elementary in the Riverway Estates-Bruton Terrace neighborhood in Pleasant Grove has had quite the turnaround — from not meeting state standards five years in a row to an A in the state’s A-F accountability ratings.

It’s almost impossible to overstate the strides the school has made — from most of its fifth graders reading at kindergarten level in 2015 to 82 percent of its fifth-graders meeting state standards in math last year, to this year, when the school not only met state standards but also garnered six (the most you can get) distinctions.

By the way, that 82 percent is higher than scores at Highland Park’s McCulloch Intermediate School, where 79 percent of fifth graders met state standards for math that year.

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