02/17/19 9:30am

relocationTexas welcomed 524,511 new residents in 2017, and 230,118 of them found homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area, the latest Texas Relocation Report from Texas REALTORS® revealed.

The report, which was released on Valentine’s Day, analyzed migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U-Haul, found that Texas ranked second in the nation for relocation activity in 2017, and the DFW area was the spot most people relocated to.

“Texas remained a hotbed of relocation activity in 2017 due in part to our diverse job opportunities, record-breaking housing market and booming economy,” Tray Bates, 2019 chairman of Texas REALTORS®, said in a statement. “This is the fifth year in a row that Texas has gained more than 500,000 new residents from out of state and we anticipate that trend will continue in the coming years.” (more…)

02/09/19 9:30am

microresidenciesAre you creative? If so, the city of Dallas might just have a spot for you in a unique program that provides microresidencies within city departments to foster creative solutions.

The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs announced this week that it was opening up the second round of microresidencies, which are aimed at artists, arts educators, and designers.

“The goal of the residencies is for creative thinkers/artists to embed themselves in non-arts-focused City departments and offer creative innovations and solutions to improve their operations and processes,” the department said. “The residencies are not intended to create art FOR the Departments, but rather to bring different artistic perspectives or changes TO existing operations – to show that artistic and creative thinking is part of everything we do and that creative thinkers are valuable team members.” (more…)

02/09/19 9:00am

Dallas proper posted moderate rent increases, but it was the area suburbs and exburbs that saw the biggest apartment rents in 2018, RentCafe revealed in a recent report.

Flower Mound posted the highest rent at $1,526 (despite only having a minimal increase of 0.1 percent), higher than Farmers Branch and Frisco with average rents of $1,382 and $1,343, respectively. In Coppell, rents have stagnated, decreasing by 1 percent year over year. (more…)

02/08/19 9:15am

B.A. Norrgard is a Dallas-born, tiny house evangelist that has worked tirelessly to find a place to park her bed over her head in the North Texas area. Tomorrow, that work comes to fruition.

From Staff Reports

Ever since B.A. Norrgard launched her website and tiny home tour, the goal was to get more people to understand tiny home living and sustainability. The more people on smaller footprints there are, her reasoning followed, the more successful communal tiny home villages would be. She’s let countless people traipse through her home, including several members of BuzzFeed’s staff, and toured trailing her small abode across the nation. It’s been years in the making, but tomorrow, Norrgard will celebrate the fruition of that plan.

The long-awaited groundbreaking for the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the tiny home village site at 206 Gotcher Avenue.

Initial work on the tiny home village began in 2016 when real estate developer and investor Terry Lantrip brought the idea to the elected officials in Lake Dallas. By that time, Norrgard had already floated the idea past other municipalities, but it never really firmed up. Lantrip had been aware of the tiny home movement going back as far as 2008, but the idea came to life when Lantrip attended Earth Day in Dallas a few years ago when tiny homes were spotlighted with thousands standing in line for hours to view the homes.

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02/04/19 12:28pm

02/04/19 9:15am

From Staff Reports

The Turtle Creek Association, a non-profit organization whose primary focus is to enhance, preserve, and protect Dallas’ 87-acre Turtle Creek Corridor, provides a special look inside three high-rise residences and one single-family home with their 2019 Tour of Homes on Sunday, April 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Following the tour will be a separately ticketed post tour reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

CandysDirt.com will have an exclusive Q&A with one of the homeowners on this incredible tour, as well as a ticket giveaway. Stay tuned so you don’t miss out!

The highly anticipated 2019 Turtle Creek Association Tour of Homes hosted by the Turtle Creek Association showcases lifestyles, amenities and luxury enhancements. The tour is the primary fundraiser for this non-profit organization, whose mission is dedicated to preserving the 87-acres of greenways and parklands throughout the Turtle Creek Corridor. The tour provides the rare opportunity to visit some of Dallas’ most prestigious tailored homes designed by prominent designers.


This year’s featured homes are:  

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02/03/19 9:00am

ALICE

More than 40 percent of Texans are one even minor catastrophe away from being unable to afford even the most basic needs, the United Way’s report on asset limited, income constrained, employed (or, ALICE) households revealed last week.

The most recent ALICE report looks at how many in each state and county lived below its threshold in 2016.

“The ALICE Threshold is the bare-minimum economic survival level that is based on the local cost of living in each area,” the United Way said. The average person that falls under that threshold earns above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford even the most bare-bones of budgets that account for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and necessary technology.

Statewide, about 42.1 percent have a hard time making ends meet, the report revealed, which is a much larger number than the state’s 14 percent poverty rate. (more…)

01/27/19 9:00am

(Photos courtesy Dallas ISD)

Dallas ISD will host what it is billing as the largest STEM Expo in Texas next weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, and Dallas families are invited to attend.

More than 140 hands-on exhibits will be featured, many showcasing the district’s STEM championships in math, science, robotics, technology, and bridge-building.

STEM

“Visitors will interact with field experts, community members, educators, industry partners and STEM organizations,” the district said. (more…)