09/01/19 9:00am

Photo courtesy Dallas iSD

From staff reports

A local attorney whose offices are only two blocks away from Esperanza “Hope” Medrano Elementary School donated $50,000 to build a food pantry there, Dallas ISD announced last week.

Todd Tracy, the head attorney at the Tracy Law Firm, wanted to do something for young residents of this neighborhood. He contacted Principal Mario Mondragón, who suggested building a food pantry at the school to support the families with limited financial resources. (more…)

08/31/19 9:00am


08/30/19 2:30pm

Champions School of Real Estate CEO and founder Rita Santamaria, left, and the company’s president, Kimberly Dydalewicz, right.

From staff reports

It was announced with a literal passing of the baton — a golden one, no less — but Champions School of Real Estate founder and CEO Rita Santamaria has handed the daily business operations of the well-regarded school to Kimberly Dydalewicz, who has served as company president for the past five years.

The move was announced to the company’s nearly 60 full-time employees at the company’s 2019 statewide retreat, where Santamaria handed an engraved golden baton to Dydalewicz at the school’s Austin campus.

“My passion is my business. I love it dearly,” said Santamaria, who founded the school 35 years ago.”I’ve never allowed myself to get up in the morning and think anything other than Champions School of Real Estate. I still have so many ideas. I want to take Champions School of Real Estate to places we haven’t even gone to yet. This is another defining moment for our company; Kimberly and I both know that she’s ready to take on the day-to-day operations.” (more…)

08/30/19 9:00am


From staff reports

A few months after Zillow announced it would enter the lending business, iBuyer Opendoor announced Thursday that it would as well, launching Opendoor Home Loans.

In a statement released Thursday, the company said it was aiming to make the home lending process less complicated. It can take around 45 days to finance and close on a new home purchase, and the company saw an opening to streamline the process by encapsulating the buying experience from beginning to end.

“Having helped over 50,000 customers buy or sell with Opendoor and hosted over 1 million on demand self-tours of Opendoor homes, we know our customers value flexibility, simplicity and speed,” the company’s press release said. “We’ve taken those same principles and applied it to the home loan process.” (more…)

08/30/19 8:45am

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You know that perfect home you’ve been picturing since you were just a tyke? Well, get ready because it’s right in Grapevine and has appeared on the market like a wish granted. Grand, inviting, and surrounded by beautiful trees, it screams home sweet home and doesn’t skimp on luxury. Don’t miss the chance to live in this quintessential American dream home, with a classic brick façade and a popular park right nearby. 


08/28/19 8:45am

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08/26/19 9:00am

From staff reports

Ask anyone who has been in Dallas for a while and they’ll tell you: If you’re a fan of home tours, the one hosted by Heritage Oak Cliff — the longest-running one in the city — should be on your list.

And the organization just announced the dates for its 45th home tour, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 19 and 20th.  (more…)