Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson is CandysDirt.com's condo/HOA and developer columnist, but also covers second home trends on SecondShelters.com. An award-winning columnist, Jon has earned silver and bronze awards for his columns from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in both 2016, 2017 and 2018. When he isn't in Hawaii, Jon enjoys life in the sky in Dallas.

Penthouse Plunge: Going, Going … Almost GONE

By Jon Anderson / July 13, 2020 / 8 Comments

Over the long July Fourth weekend, I received two offers on my Penthouse Plunge at the Claridge. One offer was quite low citing the prospective buyers’ uncertainty in the high-rise market in the face of COVID-19. The other was a much higher cash offer that wanted some customizations. Even after the low-baller increased their offer, […]

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Buyer Beware: Today’s McMansion Rebound is Tomorrow’s White Elephant

By Jon Anderson / July 8, 2020 / 7 Comments

The investment credo is “buy low and sell high.” The point is to do the opposite of what the flock are doing. Don’t buy into a trend – no, poke restaurants are not the next McDonald’s, they’re tomorrow’s ramen.  It’s with this in mind that I read a Realtor.com story about COVID-19 buyers seeking out […]

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Preston Center Garage: It Gets Worse

By Jon Anderson / July 6, 2020 / 2 Comments

We’re not surprised to see more pigs at the trough of the Preston Center Garage plan, as the greed is expected, though not astonishing. Last week I wrote about the final Preston Center Garage plan delivered to the city by Walker Consultants and the later filing by Robert Dozier’s Ramrock Real Estate LLC. As a […]

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City Being Bamboozled By Preston Center Landowners

By Jon Anderson / July 1, 2020 / 1 Comment

As April Fools’ jokes, I’ve written about the Crespi estate becoming a Costco, a green high-rise with dirt floors for farming, and this year’s tram system running along Turtle Creek. You might think this column is also a “gotcha.” But, it ain’t April. Yesterday I wrote about the city’s final report concerning options for the […]

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Preston Center Parking Garage Study Issues Final Report

By Jon Anderson / June 30, 2020 / 1 Comment

Preston Center is as out of place in Preston Hollow as a Hershey’s kiss on a Ritz-Carlton pillow. The land occupied by the Preston Center parking garage is the city’s biggest chance to fix that. Since the 2016 area plan recommended an expanded underground garage with a park on top, District 13 Dallas City Council […]

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Up or Down? Which Real Estate Report to Believe?

By Jon Anderson / June 29, 2020 / 2 Comments

Two seemingly contradictory reports were issued last week on the state of the nation’s real estate market. Realtor.com trumpeted “What Recession? Luxury Housing Market is Back …” while ATTOM headlined “Home Affordability Increasing …” Reading about luxury’s return could be viewed as contradictory to increases in home affordability. One says wealthy checkbooks are open while […]

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