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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature CandysDirt.com, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, CandysDirt.com was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

09/25/18 3:42pm

I don’t know, maybe selling a home these days is just getting too darn complicated. All I know is that two,  three, and soon, four of these iBuyer startups are now in town and doing pretty well based on the philosophy that consumers in lower-priced homes are willing to forego some profit in order to get rid of it quickly and painlessly. And of course, real estate agents are involved — to a certain extent — but not in the way they have been traditionally. Most of the process happens online. With these so-called iBuyers, the role of the real estate agent is present but diminished considerably.

But never, never underestimate the big boys — starting next month, Realogy, the largest real estate company in the U.S., will begin presenting all-cash offers in as fast as one business day to Coldwell Banker home sellers who request them in Atlanta, Dallas, and later this year, Tampa.

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09/25/18 1:01pm

We are so used to dialing 3-1-1  to get service from the city, it may take some getting used to: Dallas 311 is launching new service request software, updating their website, and replacing the current Dallas 311 mobile app with the new OurDallas app.

The current 311 app will be taken down tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m., and online access for residents will be removed beginning Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. to begin the transition to the new system.

While the app and website are down, you can still dial 311 at any time to report an issue. And the call will be answered — the call center will be staffed with additional agents to handle calls during this time.

But beginning October 1, the new system will be online. Residents using the old 3-1-1 app will be directed to the new OurDallas app available from the App Store and Google Play, hopefully for free.

The updated system will make it easier for residents to request City services, sort of service at the touch of a finger. But I wonder what folks without i-phones will do, such as the elderly. Good question for our City Council, or dallas311@dallascityhall.com, but I am so glad to see Dallas bringing in more technology for smoother sailing!

09/24/18 11:43pm

The day is not yet over and there is more news about high producing agents migrating to different brokers.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates announced today that the top-producing Susan Baldwin Group, led by Susan Baldwin, has joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates, “building on the luxury real estate boutique’s strong foundation of client service, cutting-edge marketing and entrepreneurship.”

“I’ve admired Susan for years, and I’m excited her team is joining the ABA family,” said CEO Allie Beth Allman. “We’re fortunate to have a leader who is so focused on delivering for her clients, and we welcome her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Susan’s team includes agents Fiona Richards and Missy Townsend.

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09/24/18 9:00am

Kevin Caskey, that dapper, loved-by-every-real-estate-practitioner-in-town, super-star agent, has left Century 21 Judge Fite’s Fine Homes & Estates luxury division to join Halo Group Realty where he will be leading the company as Executive Vice President.

Kevin started his real estate career with Keller Williams, Dallas City Center, where he quickly became a top producer. He took over the office as Team Leader just prior to overseeing a successful de-franchising of the brokerage with nearly zero casualties. Kevin managed Dallas City Center as leader of an independent brokerage in Dallas for six years before finally succumbing to the recruitment efforts of Nathan Grace. Caskey says he loved being President of NG for that short time before the company was sold to Century 21 Judge Fite.

“Kevin is truly one of the most respected, beloved members of the DFW real estate community,” says Britt Morris, President of Halo Group Realty. “I am beyond thrilled at his addition to the Halo family.  We’ve been looking for the perfect fit to take over agent operations, and his expertise positions us for continued growth in the DFW marketplace.” 

Halo Group Realty is a 100 percent commission model where agents forego the traditional commission split with their broker, retaining more income from the commission. 

“My 20-plus years in the real estate business has taught me some valuable lessons, to which I recently started paying some serious attention,” says Kevin: “Who you are in business with matters!”

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09/21/18 9:00am

Joan Eleazer with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is one pretty amazing agent. In fact, when I hear talk of Realtors going by the wayside as AVM’s and other computer-based platforms take over the selling of homes, I think of Joan. She sold Champ d’Or, once priced at $72 million, after nine years and eight agents. 

And now, she just sold it again, closing this week.

If you are new to Dallas, here is a quickie primer on Champ D’Or, 1851 Turbeville Road, probably the biggest estate in North Texas, the one Curbed called…

The estate is up in Hickory Creek, just south of Denton, off of I-35. It is modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte, a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, France.

The initial home offering was 48,000 square feet on 39 acres. Originally built by CellStar Corp. founder Alan H. Goldfield and his wife, Shirley, the estate known as Champ d’Or (or “Gold Field”) is hands down one of the grandest residences in the entire country.

I once had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Goldfield. She told me how God inspired her to build this home and keep it going post 9/11. (The doves on the foyer ceiling are Shirley’s tribute to 9/11.) The property features endless unique high end amenities including a two-story mahogany library; a conservatory mimicking Tavern of the Green in New York City; an ornate theater complete with stage, screen and and a concession stand. The home has two commercial elevators, multiple staircases, powder rooms and fireplaces; a master suite with a steam room inspired by “The Rat Pack”,  hair salon, two-story Chanel-style “her” closet, two-story “his” closet, an indoor lap pool and an exercise room off the huge master bathroom with heated towel drawers.

Yep, heated towel drawers. I want some.

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09/21/18 1:11am

Private? Off MLS listings?

Tee hee we spill the beans…

09/20/18 2:46am

You all know Tanya Foster, right? Park Cities resident, lifestyle blogger, actor and now empty nester… which brings us to the point of this story.

Tanya is a wife and mother to FOUR grown children, a husband Pete, and two Norfolk terriers, Sparky and Max. She’s been blogging since 2016 at TanyaFoster.com – a lifestyle blog, covering all things lifestyle: fashiontravel, restaurants, recipes, beauty, aesthetic procedures and more.

I’m an everyday gal about town always exploring new opportunities. Do you have something you would like for me to consider in my editorial content? Be sure to contact me here. I hope that you will subscribe and stop by often. My intent is to inspire you to try something new while we’re talking over coffee via the daily blog post.

And where has Tanya’s empire been launched? Right in her beautiful University Park home at 3924 Bryn Mawr. But now the empty nesters want a more leave-able home, because they travel so much. Allie Beth Allman’s Lillie Young is helping them downsize Bryn Mawr and just popped it on MLS. It’s a beauty: Tanya’s style and incredible taste shines throughout! The 5266 square foot home was built by Tanya and Pete, sports five bedrooms, three and a half baths, formals and a guest house on a 65 by 160 foot lot within walking distance of Hyer Elementary. That big juicy lot also has a sparkling swimming pool and patio space galore. 

The floor plan  “is perfect for entertaining” – well, we knew that immediately. The “dramatic marbled entry flows to elegant formals with hardwood flooring & floor to ceiling windows. A 2015 kitchen remodel features natural marble counter tops, stainless steel Thermador appliances, and custom cabinetry. The kitchen area flows to large family living area which looks onto the back patio, the beautiful salt-water pool, spa, and landscaped yard.”

Salt water pool! The master bedroom, master bath, and master closet were all remodeled in 2015: got to see that closet! There is also a Guest House, one-bedroom with kitchenette and full bath above the detached garage. The home overlooks the pool. And yes, the place is what you would definitely call sophisticated, just like Miss Tanya, who tells us her real estate story: (more…)

09/19/18 2:26pm

Luxury family living takes on new meaning at one Colleyville house with resort-style outdoor living and over 6,000 square feet of interior space. 

Located in the exclusive gated Castleton Manor community, the home at 6704 Ethridge Ct. is a custom build that sits on a 0.46-acre lot in a cul-de-sac. The neighborhood has a private park with a fishing pond, playground, picnic pavilion, and walking path, as well as easy access to the popular Cotton Belt Trail. It’s a short drive to Timarron Country Club, with its 18-hole Nelson-designed championship golf course, and only 9 miles west of DFW International Airport.  

“It’s everything a family could want, from the house itself and its incredible backyard, to the neighborhood and sense of community spirit,” said listing agent Jocelyn Croney Sandruck with Re/Max Trinity. “The schools are stellar, too — Colleyville Elementary is top-rated and near the house.” 

This home has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, four living areas, two dining areas, and 6,149 square feet on two stories, sitting on 0.46 acres. Would you like a tour? 

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