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Shelby Skrhak

Shelby is a journalist, podcaster and content strategist turned full-time freelancer based in Plano. She comes to after 12 years with SUCCESS magazine as digital content director before its closure in January. After hosting two top rated iTunes Top 200 podcasts, she launched her own podcast called the Secret to My Success. She's a southpaw and her handwriting should be a font.

10/19/18 9:40am
high school reunion

It’s been 21 years since Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion came out, but the scars of high school at Lake Highlands are still as relevant as this classic movie.

When the postcard came in the mail, I read the words “Lake Highlands High School Class of 1998 20-Year Reunion” and audibly groaned. Not because I don’t love my Wildcat alma mater; I really do. But the miser in me doesn’t want to pay $72 to put my social awkwardness on display, and that doesn’t even cover an open bar of liquid courage. I call it extroversion on the rocks.

“But you have to go. It’s your high school reunion,” a miniature-sized Shelby whispered in my ear, though I’m not sure if this mini-me on my shoulders was dressed in white or red. I was genuinely torn. Generally when I write, I do so to inform and help answer reader questions, but transparently I often write to figure out how to do things — I needed to figure out how to go to my high school reunion.

There’s a few ways to go about this:


10/18/18 1:41pm

Richardson-based RealPage will pay $3 million to settle FTC charges that found their tenant screening software misidentified potential renters as criminals.

It’s a problem that people with common last names face often: being mistaken for another with the same name and birthdate. But Richardson-based RealPage, which provides tenant screening information to landlords and property managers, ran into trouble when the FTC found their tenant screening software misidentified potential renters as criminals, who then were turned down for housing. 

RealPage will pay $3 million, the largest civil penalty to date, to settle FTC charges that allege they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of tenant screening information provided to its clients. 

“You shouldn’t get turned down for an apartment because someone has the wrong information about you,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection in a Oct. 16 statement. “This case shows that, especially with today’s tight rental market, we will hold tenant screening companies responsible for the accuracy of their reports.” (more…)

10/17/18 9:50am

If you love things with an interesting history, the high-rise living in Fort Worth’s popular Montgomery Plaza would be perfect for you. The property at 2600 W. 7th Street No. 2406 in Fort Worth’s Cultural District is a rare three-bedroom, three-and-half bath, 2,703-square-foot condominium home, just listed at $1,351,500 by Denise Edmondson of Power Play Destination Properties.

OPEN HOUSE PREVIEW Get a rare look inside Montgomery Plaza and see this exclusive condo from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Plus, enjoy and shop for art by Ginger Ray Walker, a featured artist at Pat Green’s new art gallery, Galley Winter Gallery.


Thomas Phifer Dallas

Thomas Phifer’s Dallas projects include the Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Savor Restaurant.

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer

Thomas Phifer has been called the “master of meticulous modernism,” whose work ranges from the Corning Museum in North Carolina and the San Francisco corporate headquarters for LinkedIn, to Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park Pavilion and Rachofsky House. The New York City-based architect will be in Dallas to speak to the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Phifer is the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s featured lecturer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for DMA members, and $5 for students.

That modernism is evident in his use of light “within a deceptively simple yet elegant design,” Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly says, describing Phifer’s ability to connect people in man-made environments to their natural surroundings. “His widely celebrated and vast experience spans every scale of design and construction from large public institutions to personal residences,” Eudaly says.


10/12/18 9:50am


Ryan Serhant is giving away his real estate playbook. The top-earning real estate broker and star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York is now a published author with his new book, Sell It Like Serhant: How To Sell More, Earn More, And Become The Ultimate Sales Machine, which he calls his real estate playbook for selling absolutely anything.

Serhant drew a large crowd last month to Barnes & Noble-Lincoln Park for a Sell It Like Serhant book signing and Q&A with where he shared insight from the book and answered questions from the audience.

In Sell It Like Serhant, the Texas-born real estate broker shares “Serhant Secrets” on how to become a master salesperson. Here are 12 great lessons we learned from Ryan Serhant’s book that you can use right now:


10/12/18 9:15am

Banister Court closet

You might buy this West Plano home for the unbelievable walk-in closet alone, but that’s not to say the rest of this 10,256-square-foot home isn’t fantastic in its own right. This six-bedroom, eight-bath home at 5609 Banister Court is listed at $3.95 million by Matthew Rice of The Trophy Group. But first, a little delayed gratification.


10/05/18 9:50am
dog procrastination

“What am I doing today? This. This is what I’m doing.”

You don’t always have to be on your A-game, or even a close B, but what do you do if you don’t want to play the game at all? What happens when you don’t have the mental fortitude to take the next step, and you’d rather pull the covers over your head and stare at the wall instead?

Here’s what you do: Pull those 800-thread-counts over your head and stare at the wall. Trust me, I’m there often. But consider these four things to help you refocus, shed your procrastination and get stuff done. It’s the first step in taking the next step.


10/05/18 8:58am

Hillview Drive

Here’s a beautiful, 3,195-square-foot home in the highly-rated Grapevine-Colleyville ISD for under $500,000 — perfect for a busy family that is looking for something centrally located in the Metroplex (for those packed youth sports schedules) and commuter friendly (for frequent travelers who find themselves at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport most Sunday afternoons and Friday nights.)

This Grapevine home at 2905 Hillview Drive is a four-bedroom, three-bath beauty built in 2000 and listed by Laurie Wall of the Wall Team Realty Associates. Located in the High Oaks Estates neighborhood, this house is less than a mile from all three of its zoned schools, Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle School, and Colleyville Heritage High School.