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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...

02/18/18 10:51am

And CandysDirt will be there right on the red carpet… will bring you photos, Who’s Who, and all the buzz…. straight from The Bomb Factory!

02/16/18 4:22pm

This Sunday is JP & Associates big night! It’s the annual black tie awards gala, an Academy-awards style show to celebrate top company producers and the company’s unbelievable expansion so quickly. JP & Associates is one of the nation’s fastest-growing brokerages and will announce even more explosive growth in 2018. Sunday night is an event you won’t want to miss

The BIG show is Sunday night, and I will be there! Red carpet arrival will begin at 5:30 and the awards ceremony starts at 7:00 p.m. sharp! Don’t forget the dancing, 9:30 p.m. to midnight, this year with the Walton Stout Band, one of the BEST in town!

Let the party begin!

02/16/18 11:46am

This is one of my most favorite developments in Dallas, and I can say I even remember when it was built. Regents Park is solid commercial construction with pure high end finish out, and the ideal place to live if you are right-sizing, want zero exterior maintenance but the semblance of a yard. You are gated, secure, right across the street from the Mansion on Turtle Creek and minutes from the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek.

The biggest: you are in a home, not a condo, retaining the ultimate in luxurious living.

Now Emily Price Carrigan presents us with one of the most amazing Regents Park units to become available in years, with views unlike any other from the insulated arched windows: 3522 Gillespie.

What I love: the property on the east side of this home has a huge setback,  with a park-like front lawn studded with tasteful sculptures. Beyond that, the lone corner property is a redone vintage home and office space.

From the fourth floor balconies, 3522 Gillespie even has views of Old Parkland — stunning, I have been there, could look at this every day!— and a total southeast view of the entire city of Dallas that literally shimmers come night.

Oh and don’t worry about tripping up the stairs when you are tired: 3522 Gillespie has an elevator to take you from the garage to fourth floor.

The spaces in Regents Park were drafted at a time when luxury ruled, and it prevails. 

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02/15/18 12:05pm

We were all too busy yesterday, either with our Valentines (nice!) or, sadly, processing the news of yet another high school mass shooting in Florida. Truly, it’s hard to think of real estate right now.

But yesterday, it occurred to me that a North Texas developer has given the city a potentially HUGE gift, the best Valentine ever.

Mehrdad Moayedi, one of the largest developers in Texas, who successfully restored the landmark Statler Hotel and promises to do more of the same to the The Cabana Hotel, is trying to give Dallas a gift of sheer love: a home for our homeless.

Mehrdad has made an offer to buy the vacant Dawson State Jail that is sitting downtown on the banks of the Trinity River. Moayedi says he wants to turn the 10-story building into a housing and services center for Dallas’ homeless population. This is the best idea ever, and one I have actually had for years. In fact, I can say that this idea got me into City politics when I first started emailing my councilman, Lee Kleinman, about it.

“This is an opportunity to do something for these people, but not in the traditional way where you have a warehouse and you put a lot of beds in there,” Moayedi said. “There has to be a situation where people are treated with respect. 

If anyone can do that, it’s Mehrdad Moayedi. And I think the entire design community should help!

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02/14/18 6:06pm

As we all know, Fort Worth has some of the most beautiful homes, not only in the Metroplex, but in the nation. From the modestly priced $250,000 doll houses in Mistletoe Heights to the pristinely preserved mansions of oil barons and first settler descendants, Fort Worth not only boasts beautiful, classical architecture but seems to preserve and respect her gracious homes with tender loving care. 

That is, homes and GARDENS.

I never knew, and perhaps you didn’t either, that one of the nation’s most famous landscape architects created a garden at an acreage estate in Fort Worth. It is not only breath taking, it is practically in the landscape architecture history books. Leave it to the Fort Worth chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) — to bring it all to our attention.

The ICAA, headquartered in New York City, is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts.

In early September, Bill & Nancy Hallman graciously opened their home and grounds at 600 Alta Drive to a beautiful program sponsored by the ICAA. The celebration was of landscape gardening, in particular, the Hallman’s sprawling, one plus acre garden that Dallas/Fort Worth based architect Ralph Duesing and Richard Moore of M. M. Moore Construction brought together. It was also a chance to hear from Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener for the Great Dixter House & Garden in East Sussex, UK.

Circling back to Fort Worth, the Hallman house is one of the most historic in Fort Worth, a stone’s throw from Rivercrest Country Club. It was built by the Leonard family in 1936.  Marvin Leonard founded Leonard Department Stores in Fort Worth in 1918, and built the Rivercrest home in 1936 for his wife and four daughters. An avid golfer, Marvin was also known for building the Colonial Country Club and financially backing the careers of both Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.

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Fall In Love Today with These Three DFW Luxury Listings from Ebby Halliday | CandysDirt.com

Romance and flowers are fine and dandy for Valentine’s Day, but real estate is what really sets our hearts aflutter. What better way to celebrate love than to bask in the glory of some seriously spectacular DFW luxury listings? 

I’ve found three properties that are positively swoon-worthy, all represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors, one of the largest and most-admired privately owned residential real estate firms in the country. 

It’s an excellent time and place for luxury properties like these, as North America continues to be home for the majority of wealthy consumers in the world (61 percent or nearly one million households), according to research from Luxury Portfolio International. Unlike the growth stagnation experienced in Europe, the North American wealthy population is growing fast, at 13 percent year-over-year. Additionally, individuals with a net worth over $10 million has grown 146 percent since 2010 and 13 percent since 2015 to 979,886. 

These three DFW luxury listings are exactly what a high-net-worth individual might be looking for in DFW, which is one of the hottest markets in the nation. Let’s take a look! 

 

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02/09/18 5:30am

Remember this name: Cobalt Homes. A Dallas-based urban builder disrupting the urban town home concept with not just aesthetics and quality construction, but an unheard of thoughtfulness — like a sixth sense — to provide buyers comfort and true home livability.

We all love stories about guys who started famous companies at home. In 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP in Packard’s Palo Alto garage, now the birthplace of Silicon Valley. In 1976 when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple Computers, they hand built 50 computers in 30 days from a garage in Cupertino, California. 

Larry Page and Sergey Brin were graduate students and started what’s now known as Google from Susan Wojcicki’s garage in September 1998. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994 as an online bookstore, completely run out of his garage in Bellevue, Washington.

In North Texas, Canadian-born Larry Lacerte started Lacerte Software Corp. in his home in 1978, the first desktop application for general ledger and tax preparation. He sold the business to Intuit Inc. in 1998 for $400 million in cash, with a $200 million takeaway. 

And there’s the CoastOak Group: Gregory McGowan, Joshua Nichols, and Don Carroll. An unusual union of developers, the trio came from private equity backgrounds, Wall Street ones at that: Josh and Don worked for Goldman Sachs. Greg worked for Rockpoint Group and Westbrook Partners.

And like the entrepreneurs mentioned above, when they started their company in 2008, they worked on tables and computers out of an empty home next door to Greg’s residence for three months. They didn’t even have heat for three days.

But these are private equity guys who know how to rough it. They had all worked together at Trammell Crow in the mid 1990s — all except for Joshua, who was still doing championship wrestling in high school, and on his way to Princeton. Even their current office — it has heat — is nestled among the top-tier real estate guys and gals nesting at Harlan Crow’s Old Parkland.

Real estate is their product, but it’s a way different mousetrap. (more…)

02/08/18 10:35pm

Mark Johnson

In Real Estate coaching, there are three big names: Brian Buffini (Buffini & Associates), Mike Ferry and Tom Ferry. And now, one of the insiders from Tom Ferry is a principal at JP and Associates Realtors.

It is no secret that the DFW brokerage market is in a frenzy. Agents are jumping one firm for another, and starting their own firms left and right. A Wall-Street financed New York firm is here, Compass, with word of another major national player coming.  Coldwell Banker is back, and its no longer a secret: if a broker can not offer huge support or leads to an agent, that agent is gone. Vamoosh.

That is one reason why JP & Associates REALTORS (JPAR) is now one of the top 100 brokerages in the nation, with multiple offices across the state of Texas.  Named one of Inc’s 5000 fastest growing companies in the U.S., JPAR is a Real Trends 500 Brokerage with over $1.8 billion in sales in 2017.

And it will only get better. JPAR has hired Mark Johnson, one of the nation’s leading Real Estate coaches, as the firm’s new Chief Operating Officer. (more…)