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Ask Is My Realtor Acting in My Best Interest?

By Joanna England / September 18, 2017 / 6 Comments

A desperate reader, whose lease is up and apartment is already rented, could be left homeless if she doesn’t close on her home, but if she does go ahead and close, the repairs that the seller promised to do won’t be completed. Her Realtor said he’s willing to include the cost of repairs in the […]

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Ask CandysDirt: Shall We Put Our Home on the Market BEFORE or AFTER the November Elections?

By Candy Evans / August 30, 2016 / 3 Comments

Candy: We have a lovely home to sell in a hot area — Park Cities — “blue chip” as you call it, but is now a good time to sell or shall we wait until after the election?” If that isn’t the million dollar question, and the reason why we may be seeing a slight […]

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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: Mover Tyranny — What To Do When the Movers Don’t Show Up?

By Candy Evans / July 9, 2014 / 18 Comments

A reader writes about a most unusual move: the movers showed up 8.5 hours late. Too late, in fact, to use the building elevators. Further, the owner of the moving company has a most unusual “love me or hate me” attitude — like I really don’t care, dude! Take a second to listen to the […]

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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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