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Help This Homeowner: Will a Garage Conversion into Living Space Hurt a Home’s Value?

By Joanna England / November 20, 2015 / 5 Comments

Today we have a really good question for our Realtors and appraisers. A longtime reader, first-time writer from Casa View Haven: We’ve been talking about converting our garage to a living room and I’m getting concerned about what it might do to our value. We need more space, but don’t know where to start! I […]

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Help This Young Couple Find a Home in Dallas!

By Candy Evans / September 2, 2015 / 16 Comments

He’s an attorney, she’s in architectural lighting design. They have been looking for a home “in the Loop” for nine months. Every time they find one they like, within their price range, they plunk down an offer and six other offers come in above asking… sometimes even when they have BID ABOVE ASKING. But, this darling […]

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Ask Candy: Symptoms of the Hot Market — No Call Backs from Brokers, No Nada

By Candy Evans / March 10, 2014 / 12 Comments

What gives? A reader writes: Candy, I’ve had a couple of recent broker interactions that I found to be strange, and wonder if you could help me out.  The pattern is this:  a property in which I’m interested suddenly sports a for sale sign.  I call the listing broker… then, I never get a call […]

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Ask Candy: How Many Lookers Should Be at an Open House?

By Candy Evans / February 18, 2014 / 30 Comments

A reader writes: Candy, we have had our home on the market now with a top-name agent (according to the “Best” lists, not someone I have seen on your blog) who has held a few open houses. Two to be exact. Our home has been on the market for over three months, no nibbles. My […]

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Ask CandysDirt.com: Why Are Swiss Avenue Homes Sitting On The Market?

By Joanna England / December 11, 2013 / 14 Comments

A reader writes: “The homes are so beautiful on Swiss Avenue but seems like the homes for sale have been on market for a long time. Why do these homes take so long to sell and why does it seem like people are trying to move out?” Let’s start by answering the second half of […]

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Beat Scammers At Their Game: Colin Lardner Offers Tips to Fight Rental Fraud

By Joanna England / September 3, 2013 / 10 Comments

As more homes hit the market, more rental scams hit CraigsList and other free classified sites, asking for deposits and fees before a potential tenant has seen a contract, or the property for that matter. Scammers are finding plenty of material on home searching sites that they then hijack for their own purposes, which makes […]

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