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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 are sure going to want to Open the Door of this charmer at 8029 Dusty Way, Fort Worth, that proves how darn tootin’ much house you can have in Texas for, well, dust. Or maybe peanuts. Proof right here: this two-story Fort Worth wonder listed with Opendoor, the San Francisco-based startup that is disrupting the real estate biz by re-defining the way some folks might want to sell their homes, is listed for $277,000.

Opendoor says they can transform a more-than-two month process into an instant and frictionless experience. Instead of dealing with the hassle of listing and showings, upfront costs and repairs, negotiating with multiple parties, and the risk of the home not closing, homeowners who want to sell can visit Opendoor.com, receive a guaranteed Opendoor offer, and complete their sale in a few clicks. This is one of those homes. Previously, the home was listed with DFW Fine Properties for more than 124 days at $245,000. Actually, the home had been on the market since April of 2015, before it was purchased by Opendoor. So it appears these sellers finally had a great option to sell their home! (more…)

Lots of real estate brokerages try to claim a top spot in DFW, but numbers don’t lie. The sales volume of the Ebby Halliday Companies puts them in the No. 1 spot in North Texas, with $7.8 billion in 2016 sales, according to MLS data. 

Comprised of Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, the Ebby Halliday Companies also is No. 1 based on average sales price among the five brokerages with the most DFW transactions and No. 1 among independent brokerages. That’s quite an accomplishment. 

“Congratulations to all of the dedicated, hard-working Associates and staff members who made these phenomenal sales numbers possible,” said Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies. “While 2016 was truly an exceptional year, we already know that 2017 is destined to be another extraordinary year for North Texas real estate and the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

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10/04/17 1:05am
JP and Associates

JP Piccinini launched his firm with only two associates out of his Frisco home in November 2011. 

I remember the first time I met J.P. Piccinini at his office in Plano. He was hosting a Realtor event, a ribbon cutting, with special guest Fredrick Eklund, the Swedish-born New York City real estate broker, Bravo TV reality star of Million Dollar Listing former IT entrepreneur in his native Sweden, and non-fiction writer. He told me to go get a photo with Fredrick, make myself at home. I did. I knew, and I think I wrote at the time:

If this real estate name is not on the tip of your tongue yet, it may well be very soon: JP and Associates REALTORS is one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in Dallas Fort Worth, and on its way to becoming the Southwest Airlines of real estate brokerages.

Now he is buying one of the largest brokerages in Austin with $400 million in sales and more than 200 licensed agents and brokers across the state. I was right. The growth of JP and Associates has been phenomenal. The company has grown over 700 percent in the last three years, stretching out from that one Plano office where Eklund demo’ed a kick for me, to 10 or more offices in the DFW area, plus Austin, NYC, and Houston.

And now the sky is truly the limit. Prior to the acquisition of Private Label Realty, JPAR was forecasting $1.6 to $1.7 billion in sales volume for 2017, or 60 percent growth. JPAR was featured in the Dallas Business Journal‘s 2017’s Top 20 Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages and ranked No. 586 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Throw in those 200-plus licensed agents and brokers in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio — sizzling markets all — and JPAR is poised for even more growth.

I profiled JP a couple of years ago, and his humble background made me love him even more.

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10/03/17 8:00am

Homebuyers love midcentury modern residential design and I’ve found a fabulous example in the established Dallas neighborhood of Midway Hills. 

The 1953 house at 10239 Better Dr. was taken to the studs in 2009, redesigned by renowned architect Doug Hildinger. Sitting on 0.37 acres, this property offers big buyer wants, from atomic-era curb appeal and excellent indoor-outdoor flow, to an entertainer’s dream of a backyard, complete with a swimming pool, multiple seating areas, mature trees, and green space. 

This midcentury modern has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two dining areas, and 2,614 square feet on one story. 

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09/28/17 7:30am

Rachel Norris (top) and Katy Tomaszczuk check out the views from the rooftop of their listing at 4140 Newton.

As we all know, the average U.S. Realtor is in their late 50s, or maybe even early 60s by now.

Of course, 60 is the new 50.

But lately, I have seen a proliferation of young, energetic agents dazzling the Dallas scene who are mighty bright and mighty fine. Some are native Texans — Dallasites, even — while some are coming to us from other states with fresh new ideas. Each is creating their own brand and then popping it out of the ballpark and beyond when it comes to marketing and sales.

Great example: Rachel Norris and Katy Tomaszczuk over at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. They met at Allie Beth Allman. Other agents literally told them, you are both so hard working and ambitious, you two are a natural fit! The two have really made their mark in Midway Hollow, too. We grabbed them for a quick chat while sitting on the roof of their latest listing, 4140 Newton Ave, No. 3. (more…)

09/28/17 3:02am

Tricia Weiner and Frank Welch

There is one thing I always want to know when an agent tells me about a cool listing — especially a celebrity listing: how did you get it? Often the agent knows the celeb owner, is related, or has an interesting story that shows how connections can lead to listings.

Tricia Weiner, who is listing the Frank Welch house on Cragmont, has known Frank for years and has a very interesting story to tell about their relationship: turns out Frank was very paternal. And his idea of lunch was a sandwich in a bag. (more…)

Ebby Halliday Realtors Brings Local Expertise to Homebuyers in McKinney | CandysDirt.com

The exquisite French estate at 400 Windwood Ct. is one of the McKinney properties represented by Ebby Halliday Realtors.

About 35 miles north of downtown Dallas, there’s a picturesque city that’s been attracting residents for its small-town feel and strong sense of community since the 1800s. 

But McKinney is hardly a small town anymore. With a population of more than 168,000, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in America. But it has never lost its appeal, from a downtown with brick buildings and cobblestone streets to lovely tree-lined streets. Add in its outstanding educational opportunities, business environment, and diverse residential neighborhoods, and you get an idea of why Money Magazine ranked McKinney the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014.

To find a McKinney house in this competitive market, homebuyers need local expertise. Ebby Halliday Realtors offers the kind of experienced, accomplished agents who know neighborhood dynamics and how to find the right house at the right price.  

“I love McKinney — the schools are fantastic, the downtown square area is charming, and the city has done an incredible job of providing community parks and recreation areas for kids,” said Katherine Niesman, a Realtor with Ebby Halliday Realtors. “Many of the communities offer excellent amenities and mature trees and curving streets.”  

 

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09/26/17 2:26pm

Word on the street last week was that Berkshire Hathaway had gone shopping in Dallas once again, this time snapping up the boutique Nathan Grace Real Estate. But no, it wasn’t Berkshire H. 

It was CENTURY 21 Judge Fite Company, with Jim Fite as president, who answers their phone as “the official real estate company of the Dallas Cowboys”.

Rather than an acquisition, this sounds like more of a strategic partnership between the two firms. It appears this will be a luxury division within Judge Fite, the new company calling itself “Fine Homes & Estates CENTURY 21 Nathan Grace.” Everyone wants a piece of that luxury pie, so this is a smart way for Judge Fite to get into those luxe markets. And it’s a smart way for Nathan Grace to pick up the technology and tools that come with a billion dollar company. What brokers want, you see, is high-producing agents and they are forever in competition with each other to attract them. Hard working agents are the ones who get homes sold!

Kevin Caskey is president of Nathan Grace. Century 21 is a division of Realogy called NRT, with all the company-owned shops sitting under NRT.
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