01/13/19 9:30am
public goods

Kidd Springs Park

Which states have the happiest residents? States where governments spend more public goods that improve the quality of life for constituents — like libraries, parks, natural resources, and police protection, a Baylor University study found.

Those public goods, which are also quality of life, are things that everyone in a community can use.

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D.

“Public goods are things you can’t exclude people from using — and one person using them doesn’t stop another from doing so,” researcher Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences said in a press release explaining the study. “They’re typically not profitable to produce in the private market, so if the government doesn’t provide them, they will either be under-provided or not at all.”

So things like well-maintained roads make people happy because they aren’t stuck in detours and traffic, and large social spaces like parks and trails create places that people can connect, which also makes people happier.

And while one might think that since spending on public goods can push property taxes higher, the fact that they also boost home values can often make people reconcile themselves to the extra expense.

“While higher property taxes generally accompany higher home values, it seems that the good outweighs the unfortunate part about having to pay higher taxes,” Flavin said.

Flavin’s study, which was published in Social Science Research, examined data on self-reported happiness levels from 1976 to 2006 found in the General Social Survey conducted by independent researcher NORC  at the University of Chicago. (more…)

01/13/19 9:00am

From Staff Reports

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, many states have barely recovered from the housing crash in 2007 when the real estate bubble burst, a data visualization HowMuch.net revealed.

“In fact, the housing market is still below its 2007 figures in several locations around the country,” the cost information website said of a comparison of 2007 data and 2017 data.

The website’s analysts looked created a way to see before-and-after snapshots of the housing market before and after the Great Recession.

“Before the housing bubble burst, the most affordable housing market was sandwiched in the middle of the country between the expensive West and East Coasts,” the article explained. “Stretching from North Dakota ($106,800) down to Texas ($120,900), housing prices were relatively cheap. California was the most expensive state on the mainland where the typical house cost an eye-popping $532,300.” (more…)

01/11/19 9:00am

median home prices

From staff reports

While Dallas County’s median home value was lower than the national average, two other North Texas counties had median home prices that were much higher, new data visualizations from the National Association of Realtors revealed.

The report applied data from the American Community Survey and the FHFA’s House Price Index growth to calculate the median home prices for 3,119 counties in the United States.

“Nationwide, we estimated that the price of a typical home was $235,000 in the third quarter of 2018,” the NAR report said. “Based on our estimates, 87 percent of counties had a lower median home value than the national level.” (more…)

01/07/19 9:49am

Dallas design doyenne Emily Summers, the master behind this gorgeous room, will be featured in the first Dallas Architecture Forum spring  panel discussion on Jan. 17. (Photo: Eric Piasecki)

Staff Reports

Learn from Dallas’ leading architects, designers, and landscape architects about what inspires their design at the first Dallas Architecture Forum spring 2019 panel discussion. The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design, and the urban environment, begins its series on Thursday, Jan. 17, with “Design Inspirations Part One,” moderated by Eurico Francisco, Design Principal at HDR Architecture.

“Dallas and North Texas are known for award-winning projects – residences and public buildings, interiors and landscapes. With this panel the Forum will continue its exploration of what motivates and inspires some of our area’s outstanding design professionals to create their highly regarded projects,” stated Forum executive director Nate Eudaly. “These design leaders will highlight some of their amazing projects, and there will be time for those attending to ask our esteemed panelists more about their work.” 

Panels are free for both Forum members and the general public. The first discussion, which will be located at the Dallas Black Dance Theater at 2700 Ann Williams Way in the Dallas Arts District, begins at 6:30 p.m., with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 p.m. No reservations are needed to attend, and one CEU AIA credit is available. 

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01/06/19 9:30am

homebuyer

From staff reports

Single female buyers made up 18 percent of all homebuyers, National Association of Realtors®’ 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers revealed recently.

That statistic means that for the second consecutive year, single female buyers were the second most common household buyer group, behind married couples, which account for 63 percent of homes sold.

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12/27/18 9:15am

Elmwood

[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

During World War II, the Elmwood house at 1420 Brunner Ave. in Oak Cliff was a refuge for British pilots here for training. The Royal Air Force was getting creamed by the Germans and needed help, which was available here.

The first of the training schools was created in Terrell, about 1.5 hours east, and many flyboys made their way to Dallas on the weekends. A few of them ended up at their home-away-from-home, the Craig house on Brunner Avenue, where a little girl, Paula, lived with her folks.

“The boys were so fond of little Paula that they gifted her with a RAF patch, one Mrs. Craig sewed on the sleeve of Paula’s dance costume — a miniature U.S. Army uniform,” said Gayla Brooks, who wrote about the house in 2009. “Between the ages of 4 and 7, the little dancer wore the costume when she performed at war bond rallies.”

This storied property is our Thursday Three Hundred today, and Paula, all grown up now, is a Montessori teacher who continues to live in the neighborhood. The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,806 square feet on two stories, built in 1940.

The home is of considerable size by Elmwood standards, and it has a genuinely spacious lot of almost one-third of an acre.

“It manages to roll in the new —Bertazzoni gas range, a light color palette, and tons of natural light — with the original — crystal doorknobs, hardwood floors, original built-ins throughout — and has a large finished-out attic that would be perfect for a bedroom,” said Emily Ruth Cannon with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has listed the house with Jennifer Stolarski.

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12/25/18 9:15am

White Rock Lake[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

As home prices continue to rise, flippers are moving deeper into East Dallas and working their magic on properties that could use a fresh look.

That’s the case with the midcentury at 2327 Klondike Dr. It is remodeled by a former vice president of design at HKS Architects in Dallas and not only looks hip, but also has a new roof, R-38 attic insulation, water heater, low-E windows, 14-SEER heating and air conditioning system, and three-ton condensing unit outside.

“This is approximately his tenth house in 75228 in four years — he is always a trailblazer and does impeccable work,” said listing agent Shannon Metcalf with Pinnacle Realty Advisors. “[This house] had been in the previous owner’s family for decades before it went on the market last May [and it] was in particularly rough shape cosmetically, but it had good bones and a good vibe, so he took it from there.”

Located near Oates Drive and Ferguson Road, our Tuesday Two Hundred is just over three miles from the eastern shores of White Rock Lake, situated between Bishop Lynch High School and Eastfield College in the Cloverdale neighborhood. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,331 square feet on one story, built in 1955.

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12/21/18 9:30am

DallasFrom staff reports

Dallas remains a go-to destination for many moving in from out of state, coming in at number six in a recent analysis of census data and migration trends.

Americans are moving to new states at a fairly rapid clip, despite the fact that only about 11 percent moved to new homes last year — and there hasn’t been a lower rate in the 70 years the government has been recording that data, a new report from Realtor.com revealed.

But while the number of people migrating from state to state might be reduced, “the country is still going through a period of profound migration,” the report said. (more…)