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09/26/17 8:34am

Virginia Cook Realtor Kelly Jordan was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient.

From Staff Reports

Kelly Jordan of Virginia Cook Realtors was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient during a company celebration luncheon September 22 at the Park Cities Club. The award was established to honor significant volunteer service to our communities by the company’s sales associates.

“Volunteer service enriches communities where we live and work and has been integral to the culture of our company since we opened 18 years ago,” said President Sheila Rice as she presented the award. “The Hearts at Work program allows us to formally recognize associates like Kelly who bring a passionate commitment to enriching the lives of individuals, families and neighborhoods.” 

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09/21/17 8:00am

Many home buyers value mature trees, but sometimes removal is warranted. HB7, now signed into law, regulates the fees imposed for tree removal.

By Phil Crone
Dallas Builders Association Executive Officer

Governor Greg Abbott on Aug. 16 signed House Bill 7 into law ending a long and tumultuous road that the measure took prior to his signature. The legislation, authored by State Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Port Neches) and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), enables property owners to receive mitigation credits to offset tree mitigation fees imposed by municipalities. The new law, effective Dec. 1, is very similar to HB 744, which was vetoed by the Governor in June.

Many Texas cities regulate the removal of trees from private property as development occurs. Often, this takes the form of a fee paid by the property owner to the city as a condition for permitted removal of the tree from private property. The methods and valuation used to calculate tree removal fees vary greatly among municipalities. In some cases, these fees can approach the figure paid by the property owner to acquire the property to begin with and render development financially infeasible.  
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09/11/17 9:00am

By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor

There’s an almost-finished, high-end home in University Park that brings a touch of French flair to the neighborhood without being too over the top. A perfect blend of transitional elements makes this home feel like it is part of this luxury enclave while also bringing a heightened sense of sophistication to the area.
 
Robert Elliott Custom Homes — a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder — has brought this nearly-7,000-square-foot project from idea to fruition, and even though they haven’t put the final touches on the remaining details we wanted our readers to be the first to know this stunning home is just about ready to show the world. 
 

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09/07/17 12:00pm

Hurricane Harvey put many previously safe areas underwater. If you’ve never coped with rebuilding from a flood, the Dallas Builders Association has some advice.

By Phil Crone
Special Contributor

The Dallas Builders Association extends its heartfelt thoughts to our friends on the coast who are suffering from the wrath and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. To help those affected, please text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross or visit redcross.org.

While storms of this magnitude bring out the best in most, they can bring out the worst in others. Often this comes in the form of unscrupulous contractors from out of state who follow major weather events looking for work. Sadly, the damage left in their wake is usually financial, adding to the suffering of storm victims.

Please use the information below as a guide on how to rebuild with confidence. Additional information is available through the Texas Association of Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association.

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08/28/17 11:33am

Scott Homebuilders, a CandysDirt.com Approved Builder, will have eight new custom homes on the market.

 
By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor
 
The high-end developer Scott Homebuilders is in the process of delivering eight custom homes that meet the dual purpose of providing a luxurious place to live all while staying within affordable price guidelines. We’re excited to show you one of the first ones to deliver and give you a peek inside to see how Scott Homebuilders were able to create such a masterpiece. 
 

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08/17/17 2:30pm

This green roof in Germany is a perfect example of how more buildings are becoming sustainable.

Matt Smith
Special Contributor

As in fashion, there are also some popular trends in the roofing industry. Sustainability is one, and in the next year, homeowners across the planet will be building new homes, and each will need a well-constructed, functional, aesthetically correct roof. If the roof is made of eco-friendly material – even better!

Sustainability went from the margins to the mainstream big time during past few years. It is nothing new, yet it is growing more popular. The idea of being energy independent, spending less on electricity, and reducing the level of carbon emission seems like a triple win situation.

You don’t have to be clairvoyant to see that when building roofs, constructors will be inspired by nature in 2018. The emphasis will be on the green building materials and the style which imitates the artwork of one of the world’s top designers – Mother Nature. Solar panels and living green roofs will become a much more common sight.

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08/16/17 9:30am

Texas ranked second only to Florida in international home purchases, according to a new report from the Texas Associaton of Realtors.

From Staff Reports

Texas home sales from international buyers added $18.66 billion to the Texas economy from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the Texas International Homebuyers Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. Attracting buyers from across the globe, Texas ranked second among U.S. states for international home sales volume.

“This surge in international home sales activity underscores the growing reputation Texas has as a global destination for owning a home or investment property,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “The state’s low unemployment, diverse industry base and world class higher education institutions are just some of the reasons why international residents seek to attend college, raise a family or do business in Texas.”

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08/14/17 3:33pm

By Amy Rose Dobson
Special Contributor

There’s a new piece of luxury in Preston Hollow that defines what it means to live with abundant natural light.

European steel windows make up the entire back half of the home so that sunlight pours in from every angle. That same airy feel for this 10,000-square-foot home is matched by the high ceilings throughout the house, as well as the seamless transition from one room to the next.

The five-bedroom, seven-bath house was designed by David Stocker, principal at Stocker, Hoesterey, Montenegro Architects, and built by CandysDirt.com Approved Builder S&R Development to bring a true masterpiece to one of the prime lots in Preston Hollow. Nestled on a 1.11 acre private woodland setting on Park Lane, this project impresses all the way from the front curb to the tiered backyard. Let’s take a look.

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