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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...

05/02/19 12:48pm

Saturday is election day, and this one revolves around real estate centered in one Dallas city council district: District 13, where 17.6 percent of voters have cast early ballots. That’s the highest voting percentage in any city council district.

There is the Behind the Pink Wall real estate quagmire, the condo owners and tenants who say they do not want increased density from the remaking of PD-15. PD-15 is an antiquated city document that permits a developer to go as high as he wants, but limit the footprint to 60 residential units to replace those lost in the seven-alarm Preston Place fire more than two years ago where a woman lost her life.

The fire has left the owners of Preston Place with nothing more than a parking garage. And now, owners of condos in the periphery of Preston Place find their HOAs are postponing repairs on those buildings that are most likely going to be snapped up by developers and scraped.

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05/02/19 8:45am

While we’re already hot on 505 Ranch Club at Cedar Creek Lake, you can find out why this community provides the very best of lake living this Saturday: stay tuned.

56 private, waterfront home sites meander along the lake, dotting a 505-acre shared ownership ranch. (Insiders say the total house population may only top 40 or less, as buyers snap up more acreage per purchase.) And if you are not familiar with the shared ownership ranch concept, well get ready. City Slickers, you’ve met your nirvana. Enjoy the attributes of living on a ranch with zero work. Suzanne Warner of Compass, marketing the property, has sold many vacation homes to buyers on Cedar Creek Lake as well as local ranches. She says 505 Ranch Club buyers are looking for more than just a place to go on the weekend and vacations.

“They don’t want to just have a lake house, or a ranch, they want to have the lifestyle,” says Suzanne. “And the 505 offers you both the fun of living on the lake with a full ranch at your disposal.”

And now, a new offering for the future is a private polo and equestrian facility that will provide homeowners with exciting events, membership programs, riding lessons, polo lessons, and boarding and stabling opportunities. And all so close to Dallas.

In recent vacation home surveys from the National Association of Realtors, buyers say the ideal vacation home is located within a two hour drive of their primary residence.

“The drive to the 505 Ranch Club is not stressful drive at all,” says Suzanne. “In fact, it’s downright peaceful. It’s just enough time to make a few calls and wrap up the hustle.”

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05/01/19 9:30am

It’s one of the most beautiful lots in Highland Park, and the home upon it was a critically acclaimed Midcentury Modern masterpiece.

Keyword: Was. However, it may very well be again.

On September 27, 2016, the famed Penson house at 3756 Armstrong Parkway sold at auction for a cool $4.95 million. People at the auction spotted a handsome gentleman with white hair. He was Lute Riley of the Honda car dealership fame and he was the buyer. Lute walked out of the house that day smiling broadly, his agent by his side, Allie Beth Allman.

Lute Riley bought a home that had almost a Camelot-like presence in Dallas. I thought of the Penson home, in fact, when I was visiting my daughter’s alma mater, The Hockaday School, Saturday. The home at 3756 Armstrong Parkway was built for Jack and Nancy Penson in 1954 and remained one of architect O’Neil Ford’s largest residential projects. The home was designed in one of his favorite styles, Texas Regionalism. The 9,800-square-foot home survived very close to the original design with the exception of a second story addition, a massive, indulgent master bath expansion (ONYX!), and enclosure of a rear porch. 

The home was 62 years old when it was razed on December 13, 2016. The lot was placed on the market almost immediately for $5.950,000.

It had been named by Preservation Dallas as one of the major Dallas buildings in danger of destruction. And the lot sat for more than two years.

After the first couple of years, Riley proclaimed his desire to sell it by hook or by crook. “MOTIVATED SELLER,” wrote his agent, Allie Beth Allman, in all caps, to whom the Penson home was the gift that kept on giving sales opportunity.

Wonderful building opportunity a gorgeous 0.83 acre lot in Highland Park. Cleared lot situated high on a hill with incredible views of Lakeside Park and Turtle Creek.
Public Driving Directions:SE corner of Armstrong and St. Johns Drive

Well, talk about burying a lead: The property was purchased on March 29, 2019, by… 

3756 Armstrong 

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04/30/19 12:05pm

It is not enough that the hotly contested District 13 City Council race between Laura Miller and Jennifer Staubach Gates has frozen forward progress Behind the Pink Wall, keeping victims of the Preston Place fire in limbo as to their financial future. Now it could also stymie new home development in Northwest Dallas.

About 4.4 acres of land at 10210 Webb Chapel Road once belonged to Mi Escualita Preschool. The property has sat vacant for at least six and a half years, but was recently was purchased by developer David Gleeson with hopes to build detached single-family homes on the land with a large national homebuilder such as David Weekley Homes. The homes, perfect for downsizing Baby Boomers, will be approximately 2,000 to 3,000 square feet in size, with prices ranging from $375,000 to $475,000.

And Gleeson has followed city protocol in order to obtain zoning for the new homes, which he says will add value to the neighborhood. And though he has talked to them, as well as other builders, the development is not a David Weekley Homes project at this point.

Still, Laura Miller included the development as No. 8 on her “Top 10” reasons of why Jennifer Gates won’t debate her (there have been at least 3 debates) and why District 13 residents should vote her in and incumbent Gates out. Miller also included the proposed development in her Dallas Morning News Voter profile.

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04/25/19 3:28pm

Don’t forget tonight’s Artfest at 10243 Best Drive , near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane, to showcase how well you can live with ART!

Berkshire Hathaway HS | PenFed Realty TX agent Phil Hobson is arranging an event TONIGHT at the home from 4 to 8 p.m., to network and enjoy the works of 10 fabulous local artists who will show you how well their art lives in this house. The media ranges from jewelry to glassware to live painting … see you there!

 

04/24/19 9:00am

North Texas-based JP&Associates is entering the iBuyer market on behalf of its agents, launching an instant offer platform across the exploding firm’s brokerage and franchise network this week. 

This makes JPAR, a full-service brokerage with a capped transaction fee, the first independent brokerage in North Texas to launch an exclusive iBuyer program for its agents. It’s called JPAR Instant Offers.

“Entering the iBuyer market gives our agents a competitive advantage over Opendoor, Knock, OfferPad, and the other unilateral “sell now” offers,” says Giuseppe J.P. Piccinini, President and Chairman of the Board of JP & Associates Realtors. “This will greatly benefit our clients and agents.”

J.P. says he has partnered with a Seattle-based company, OfferAI. which relocated to Dallas in January.

“OfferAI is a white-label iBuyer that uses a bot to make instant offers on off-market properties. It empowers agents to present themselves as an iBuyer from their brokerage site, or their own affiliate page of OfferAI,” says Jack Burns, Founder and CEO of OfferAI. 

Unlike most of the current iBuyers on the landscape, JPAR associates become the “chaperones” of the webpage so they can guide sellers through the process and they retain a 3 percent commission on accepted instant offers.

“And that’s a game-changer,” says JP.

Burns relocated to Dallas from Seattle earlier this year with his firm. He says Texas is a preferable market for the rapidly growing iBuyer market, more so than Seattle, because of our relatively affordable home prices.

“The iBuyer space has not made a strong presence in the Seattle market because the median sales price is $669,500, way too high for iBuyers,” says Burns.
 
Seattle is home to Zillow, Amazon, Microsoft, and other high tech companies, but not likely to be an iBuyer hub.
 
“Texas is a sweet spot as far as home prices that work well for iBuyers,” says Burns, “That’s a home usually in the $200,000- to $250,000-ish range.”

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04/24/19 8:00am

Have you ever seen a home that was just built for great art?

We wrote about this incredible property, 10243 Best Drive , near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane, last December I think. Yes we did. The home is bright and open, with a full face of windows that let in natural light.

Which is terrific for so very much living, but most of all, the best for living with ART!

That’s why Berkshire Hathaway HS | PenFed Realty TX agent Phil Hobson is arranging an event this Thursday at the home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to network and enjoy the works of ten fabulous local artists who will show you how well their art lives in this house. The media ranges from jewelry to glassware to live painting.

From Eryn – Jewelry, to Jen Ayyad – Abstract Painting, Marisol Beltran – Glassware, Iris Candelaria – Large colorful paintings, Eric Hanson – Painting (Portrait & Other) – Live Painting, Angelica Lopez – American Gypsy Jewelry, Nick Mann – Photography, Karen Hall Nitz – 3D Artwork & Painting, Travis Rice – Wall Sculptures, and Patricia Rodriguez – Spray Paint Art, the 5712 square foot modern home by Nest Builds will be bursting with great food, wine, and great art in several media.

Want to join the fun? Click right on over here.

The home itself is a piece of art unto itself: a cool white brick with slate gray highlights features sharp lines and a modern feel — something of a signature look for the builder, Dallas home builder Nest Builds.

On entry, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the large foyer, which features dark hardwood floors and a unique, geometric banister in the front stairway. The foyer greets visitors, pulling them into a central hub, which flows from the formal dining room, breakfast area, family room, and formal living area.

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04/23/19 9:00am

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, a major independent brokerage in North Texas catering to luxury real estate buyers and sellers, will celebrate a very special anniversary coming next year.

For this brand, 2020 will mark 60 years since the doors first opened at the corner of Lovers Lane and Preston Road as Ben R. Briggs Realtors with a small group of agents to start what would become one of the most significant independently owned boutique brokerages in Texas. Robbie Briggs joined his father’s firm in 1979, took the reins in 1983, and merged with Charles Freeman in 1989 to form Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage. In 2010, Robbie bought Charles out and aligned with Sotheby’s International Realty to create Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

What better way to celebrate a diamond anniversary than with a big real estate move!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s is upgrading its current Lovers Lane headquarters with a move to prestigious Turtle Creek Boulevard.

The move this fall makes room for the firm’s growing agent population and pinnacles the company’s 60 years of success, which will be celebrated throughout 2020.

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