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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...

05/22/18 5:03pm

Come to The House of Blues tomorrow, May 23rd, from 9-12. Meet American Idol finalist Ron “Congo Ron” who will be performing and signing autographs!  And then learn how to take it to the next level.

And bring your notepad: you are going to hear all the trade secrets you have ever wanted to hear about real estate. Like, what does every Realtor want?

Listings, lots of them. And the folks at TheInspectionHouse.com have put together a panel of speakers who will help interested agents take their business to the next level in Real Estate. TIH is bringing on super agents Nicole Espinosa and Kim Davis to spill the beans on how they sold more than 225 listings last year.

ONLY 300 are allowed to attend, and the room is almost sold out.

Who is TheInspectionHouse.com? They are the technology and training guys who really know how to check out a house!  A company founded on training and technology, they firmly believe the largest purchase of your life should be given more than a look/see come inspection time. 

“Our Inspectors undergo rigorous, and extensive training programs once they become licensed through their State licensing board,” says Sterling Reid, CEO. “We have a strong commitment to a deeper knowledge of the intricate workings that make up your home.”

Agents love TheInspectionHouse because their work saves many a contract, thanks the trained inspectors with several hours of additional annual classroom/field mandatory training, coupled with experience.

Nicole Espinosa

“You do the contract negotiation, leave the home to us!,” says Sterling.

Agents can schedule everything online, and technology does the rest. TIH also uses drones in available areas at no additional cost, and utilizes the latest infrared technology to detect leaks and other moisture issues.

Loved by consumers and agents alike, TheHouseInspector supports the real estate community with real value information in real time.

Come hear our panelists that took over 220 listings last year at The House of Blues May 23rd from 9-12….American Idol finalist Ron “Congo Ron” will be performing and signing autographs!  Click the link below to sign up for free!
05/21/18 2:50pm

This story has been updated with reports from Monday’s all company meeting at The Star, where Candy Evans was the only media

Ebby Halliday Realtors announced the news to a swarming audience of 1,700 agents today at 2 p.m. They chose the Star in Frisco what other facility would hold so many?  to break the news that the company is being acquired by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of America. CEO Ron Peltier was on hand to deliver the news and assure those in attendance that nothing would be changing, except that their parent now was a rich guy named Warren Buffett.

Ebby Halliday Realtors is the 12th largest independent brokerage firm in the United States and the largest indie in North Texas with more than 1,700 active agents. The firm was founded by a beloved icon, Ebby Halliday Acres, who lived until the age of 104, working nearly every day. Her funeral at Park Cities Baptist Church in University Park in  September 2015 was overflowing, and former First Lady Laura Bush eulogized her. Every Who’s Who in Dallas real estate attended, from Dave Perry-Miller (whose boutique luxury company Ebby acquired in 2007) to Robbie Briggs,  Allie Beth and Pierce Allman. Allie Beth Allman & Associates even took out a full-page ad in the Dallas Morning News in Ebby’s honor. The Kansas native, who grew up selling Cloverine Salve, riding her pony in her rural farm community, migrated to Dallas and sold hats at a downtown department store in the 1940’s. One of her customers said something to the effect of, if she can sell my wife those dang hats, maybe she could help him sell some houses.

And thus, in 1945, began one of the greatest real estate careers, and companies, in Texas history.

I had the fortune of knowing Ebby Halliday, of interviewing her, of spending a day or two with her, of eating cake with her at her birthday parties. The one at the Meyerson was the best!  If Amazon’s Jeff Bezos says to be obsessive about customer service for success, Ebby Halliday was more than obsessive about customer service and tending lovingly those who worked around her, from her customers to the gals who steamed her famous St. John knit suits, which she loved because “they hide everything.”

Ebby Halliday built her brokerage from the ground up. She was quite simply the most beloved woman in Dallas.

For years, the rumors had been flying that the huge brokerage was selling. Who would buy it? Warren Buffett, a local group consisting of the Perots and a couple others, or Weichert Real Estate , a New Jersey-based independent firm much like Ebby, but with only 1,000 agents.

Buffett, Ebby’s friend, would often call her directly and try to talk her into selling.

“I was in her office once, and she was talking to Warren, just as easily as anything,” says an agent who prefers to remain nameless.

Says another: “There were some who were told not to exercise their options to sell their stock, because something way better was coming.”

About that stock — Ebby is an employee-owned company, but it was issued to very few people: most of the heavy holders were the original founders of the company, Ebby Halliday, Mary Frances Burleson who was her first secretary, Ron Burgert, who was a son of Ebby’s accountant and used to play in the office as a child, Maurice Acers, and a handful of others including managers.

Sources tell me Warren Buffett did try to buy Ebby first, but the price was too high, so they turned to Allie Beth Allman & Associates. In fact, today Ron Peltier said something to the effect of, “I tried once before but didn’t do a good job as a salesman.” Allie Beth had, at the time, 300 agents versus Ebby’s 1700 plus. NRT’s Coldwell Banker has also been courting Ebby. Allie Beth’s firm was a bit smaller, and gave Home Services their foot into Dallas luxury real estate. Obviously, they liked what they bought so much, one firm was just not enough. To be continued…

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05/21/18 9:50am

Residences at CityLine Offer Single-Family Home Living in Hip Urban Environment | CandysDirt.com

We love the CityLine development in Richardson, a live-work-dine-play destination that is home to 1,900 luxury apartments, townhomes, and houses. But only one developer is creating single-family residences, and there are only 32 of those. Talk about one-of-a-kind!

Building and sales at the Residences at CityLine from Centre Living Homes are in full swing. The model opened in December and they’ve sold nine homes, completed two spec houses, and started construction on 12 more. 

These are really visionary, folks — there are no other projects like the Residences at CityLine in nearby suburbs because this is leading edge. And the houses are gorgeous! Think large, open-planned spaces, private side courtyards, high-end amenities, and clean modern designs. I love them! 

“This is an urban, exciting lifestyle where everything is walkable here and you’re near a DART station, the Telecom Corridor, and centered between downtown Dallas and the northern cities” said Trevor Brickman, President of Centre Living Homes. “With everything CityLine has to offer, buyers have a ready-to-love lifestyle just out their doors.” 

The Residences at CityLine range in size from 2,700 to 3,500 square feet with three and four bedrooms and a price range of $525K to the high $600s. Let me show you around. 
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05/21/18 3:36am

Living in the Hockaday/Midway area of North Dallas is really like living in the wild, wild west, that is, when gunfire was as common as church bells. On three different occasions starting on April 18, the Town North YMCA’s front windows have been shot at and shattered.  The most recent vandalism occurred last Tuesday and Saturday evenings. Ten windows were shot at each time with pellet guns. And the bill to replace these windows is getting heftier — something that the Y is footing from its budget, not to mention the added cost of implementing new security.

If anyone at all has information on this, please notify Dallas Police.

The perpetrators have also, according to posts on various NextDoor threads, been shooting at cars parked on the streets in the following neighborhoods: Royal Northaven NA, Hockaday (near The Hockaday School), Northhaven NA and Les Jardins Estates. The shooting has occurred after sundown. 

“On Tuesday, April 17th between 5:15am- 5:30am, a member reported that we had windows shot out. Our membership team member contacted me,” says Diddy Fulbright, Executive Director of the Town North YMCA. “Upon further investigation, we identified that 17 windows were shot out by what appeared to be bullets from a pellet gun. Because the windows were two-paned windows, the bullets did not penetrate both panels but just the outside panel. A police report was filed, case number 080544-2018 and the estimated cost to replace the windows was $8,000.”

That was April.

Then on Wednesday, May 9th between 5:15am- 5:30am, another member reported windows were shot out, this time a total of 10. Another police report was filed, case number 098137-2018. Estimated cost to replace these: $5,000.

Yet again on Sunday, May 13th between 11am and 12pm, 10 more windows were shot and reported. Fulbright estimates the shooting took place between the hours of 7:30pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. Another police report was filed, case number 18-0842509. Estimated cost to replace these windows is $10,000, or a total of $23,000.

“We are working closely with Sargent Price, a Dallas Police Officer who leads our neighborhood patrol group,” says Diddy. “They are speculating, based on patterns of occurrence here and at other places in the neighborhood, that we are looking for 2 to 4 teens in a car, perhaps an SUV, but I don’t know how he arrived at that.  It is believed to be a pellet gun.”

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05/17/18 12:03pm

I know this house and floor plan, and I know The Avant Group: quality construction with a unique, contemporary sleekness that preens with transitional elegance. Their “look” is what everyone wants, but their interiors are downright amazing. Come tonight and look for the many extra thoughtful touches in the kitchens, using every nook and cranny for space storage. Look for a secret storm room in some Avant homes. Look for the usual, the extra thoughtful. And look at how much living space they put on each and every lot. Look for me tonight, and I’ll show you around! Here are the floorplans… (more…)

North of LBJ Freeway near Preston and Hillcrest roads you’ll find some of the best neighborhoods in the city with larger lots, newer homes, and more square footage. 

But with those great North Dallas opportunities comes competition from other buyers, so you need a local expert on your side. Ebby Halliday Realtors offers boots-on-the-ground experience from Realtors who know North Dallas inside out.   

I’ve found three stellar properties represented by Ebby Halliday that illustrate the care and attention sellers get from them and the opportunities buyers can expect. 

 

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Here is news coming from the east coast that the State of New York is considering — mind you, just chatting about — regulating online real estate ads placed by agents. The focus is on third party ads such as Zillow’s “Premiere Agent” whereby an agent buys an ad on another agent’s listing. That is, the on line publication/portal,  Zillow or Realtor.com, displays a listing. You would think, or at least I did when I first discovered this process, that only the agent who is actually contractually listing that home would be allowed to advertise next to it, right? I mean, who knows the listing better than the actual listing agent?

Wrong: any licensed agent can buy the spot for lead generation.

I learned of this process when I first started writing about real estate listings at D Magazine. I’d surf the web looking for homes, amazed at how many beauties I could find out there. I’d find one, then move over to see who the listing agent was to call for more information and photo permission, etc.  Nine times out of ten I called someone who was not listing the house, and knew nothing about it for my editorial purposes. Surely they were sorely disappointed I was an editor, not an online millionaire from New Zealand wanting to invest in Dallas real estate. This bugged me — because I’d have to scroll forever to find the actual agent — until I learned what was going on. Right from the getgo, I said, I don’t think this is fair to the consumer. If they are really interested in a property, why shouldn’t they or their agent have direct access to the listing agent, not a go-between?

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