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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...

You probably already know, but David Goettsche of Desco Fine Homes doesn’t really have former clients. Goettsche has a fan club.  (Spoiler alert: I’m practically the president of Goettsche’s fan club!)

It’s easy to see why Goettsche and his brand have amassed such an ardent following during his 31 years in business, as the Dallas-based builder has won awards for his work and has been recognized for his business practices. Who better to kick off our newest feature in partnership with the Dallas Builders Association — the Member Spotlight. 

The team at CandysDirt.com will highlight some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Assocation.

To learn more about Goettsche and his brand, Desco Fine Homes, keep reading!

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest French-inspired home of them all? In Dallas, it’s this Preston Hollow stunner. Looking at this fabulous abode, it seems like horses and carriages should be lining up to drop off guests in sparkly dresses and penguin suits. The romantic architecture and immaculately landscaped shrubbery transport you to Paris or Provence, minus the smell of fresh baguettes, but a quick drive to Central Market will surely take care of that.


Clocking in at 7,990-square-feet, no lavish detail is too small at this chateau. Its stately rock and stone façade was designed to impress, and certainly succeeds in that. Right inside, a 20-foot marble foyer and curved staircase make you feel as if you’ve stepped into Gatsby’s mansion.  

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02/08/19 9:25am

Swathy Prithivy, Opendoor; Janelle Alacantara, Galaxy Modern; Candy Evans, CandysDirt.com; Becky Frey, Compass; Alex Doubet, Door; and Beth Johnson, Keller Williams (Photo courtesy Dallas Builders Association).

I had the privilege of moderating a panel stuffed to the gills with creative, talented real estate professionals yesterday at the Dallas Builders Association’s luncheon. The panel, featuring some of the top disruptors in the industry, had a lively discussion with one overarching theme: there’s room for everyone in this new playing field for the real estate industry.

Panelists included Swathy Prithivy of Opendoor, Janelle Alcantara of Galaxy Modern, Becky Frey of Compass, Door founder Alex Doubet, and Beth Johnson of Keller Williams. It was a fascinating discussion, with several juicy takeaways. Namely, Doubet predicted that the data indicates that at some point, the last vestiges of traditional model of real estate will disappear. If that’s not a clarion call for the industry, I don’t know what is!

The three full-service Realtors — Alcantara, Frey, and Johnson — stressed that while they felt there is a need for all three models presented at the panel — full service, iBuyer, and flat fee — there will always be a need for a good Realtor that knows the turf, has intimate knowledge of what is selling there regardless of whether it was on MLS or not, and that will advocate for their client.

To get all the best tidbits from these ground-breaking movers and shakers, view the video from our live broadcast now: 

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If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a prestigious Highland Park home that still feels cozy, your wish can be granted thanks to this charming off-market listing. Located on a rare half-acre plus lot right on a creek, this property will definitely steal some hearts. And Like all Private Offerings presented by Allie Beth Allman & Associates, it is a very special, off-market listing exclusive to our readers on CandysDirt.com.

As you cruise into the horseshoe driveway up to the elegant porte-cochère, you can just imagine tossing your keys onto the foyer table as you waltz through the front door. Breathe deeply. A perfect mix of grand and inviting, the beautiful interiors instantly relax you after a day of errands and strife, as they effortlessly transform into a gorgeous backdrop for a lavish dinner party by evening.

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02/06/19 6:04pm

This just in…

02/06/19 9:00am
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Clockwise from left: Candy Evans; Alex Doubet, Door; Swathy Prithivi, Opendoor Dallas-Fort Worth; Janelle Alcantara, Galaxy Modern; Beth Johnson, Keller Williams; and Becky Frey, Compass.

… but the flu is going around, so who knows, a seat or two at our Thursday panel on disruption in real estate may open up.

That is terrible! Shame on me!

But truthfully, I went to the doctor today and (a) I do not have the flu but (b) everyone else does. Seriously, it’s the worst flu season ever STILL!

We are so excited about this Disruption event, brought to you by the Dallas Builders Association, and I knew it would fill up fast. Happy to report it is sold-out. But we’ll be live-streaming on Facebook, so if you do get the flu, or could not get a ticket, you can still check us out.

Also, I am not going to waste time rattling off bios: everyone can just read them here. Reading the bios here on CandysDirt.com saves us valuable debate time! And debate we will!

Questions you would like to ask the panelists? The comments section is WIDE OPEN, so fire away! Or ping me. Jump now for the profiles of our distinguished panelists …

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02/04/19 8:02pm

Get the inside scoop on DISRUPTION!, which is happening in the real estate industry faster than ever.

How are brokers, both big and small, new and old, large and small, reinventing the way homes are bought and sold? Are they keeping up? Can they keep up? Can we?

Last chance to register for the Dallas Division Realtor Panel on Thursday, Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano’s NorthPark. This realtor panel will include Becky Frey, Compass; Janelle Alcantara, David Griffin & Co. Realtors, Founder of Galaxy Modern; Alex Doubet, Door; Beth Johnson, Keller Williams Realty; and Swathy Prithivi at Opendoor. 

And I am your moderator for the panel, which is sponsored by the Dallas Builders Association! Get ready to learn about the dramatic changes in real estate marketing as the world turns from consumption of news from newspapers, which are shrinking fast, to digital. Learn why and how digital is so very, very effective in real estate. Here is a teaser:

 

Traditional agents, Door, Opendoor and more… what are these folks bringing to the real estate table? How will they help us sell real estate? Or will they hurt?

Seats are extremely limited, so register online now: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  See you!

02/04/19 9:30am

That Jason Castro is breaking more barriers and now helping end the food desert in South Dallas.

American Idol finalist Jason Castro, his brother Michael Castro, and Matt Keeton, have formed a hot new real estate trio, Castro Property Group, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Lakewood office in Dallas. Castro Property Group recently lit Uptown with a celebrity-studded celebration.

You recall Jason Castro was the fourth-place finalist on season seven of American Idol. Following his time on American Idol, he released three albums and toured internationally for several years before settling down in Dallas. The east dallas/Rockwall native began his real estate career by renovating homes throughout Lakewood, eventually earning his real estate license to sell and negotiate his own home transactions.

Jason Castro’s brother, Michael Castro, is also a touring artist who settled back in Dallas after living in Nashville and Los Angeles for many years. Like Jason, Michael began his real estate career investing in residential real estate and earned his real estate license shortly after.

In addition to forming the Castro Property Group, Jason Castro and his brother formed the Castro the band. Their latest single, “Forever Texas”, was commissioned by VisitDallas as the city’s official theme song. And they belted it out for guests at the Uptown bash lash at the new Canopy by Hilton Dallas, on Thursday, January 31,.

Rounding out the trio is Matt Keeton, a graduate from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in kinesiology, who has worked alongside nationally-recognized physicians, physical therapists and professional organizations as a kinesiologist. Keeton then transitioned into real estate sales after more than a decade in healthcare and fitness. He is also friends with Daron Babcock, Executive Director of Bonton Farms in south Dallas.

The Castro Property Group has pledged a percentage of sales commissions to Bonton Farms, an  urban farm created in 2014 by Daron Babcock, a former Frisco private equity guy who ditched a lucrative job to start an urban farm, cafe and market in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. This is a significant movement we are seeing in millennial agents giving back to the community: Bonton Farm’s honey butter was gifted to guests at the event.


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