Modern Luxury Dallas Real Estate Awards

Modern Luxury DALLAS Magazine is gearing up for its annual Real Estate Awards, to run in their beautiful April issue. How exciting!

June 2018 Modern Luxury Dallas Real Estate Edition

Rather than ask for popularity votes for the “best,” MLD focuses on specific categories of real estate achievement. Let’s face it, every real estate agent I know is the best, to all of us at, to everyone at Modern Luxury DALLAS, and especially to their clients. We have talked about having “best campaigns” here at, but we always conclude that (a) they are never truly accurate and (b) we celebrate real estate agents for their listings, sales, talents, and progress. We believe our Realtors put forth their best every single day!

Speaking of, 2018 was quite a year in Dallas real estate history, one for the BOOKS!

While we have a pretty good idea of who has been killing it in real estate in this region, we really want to hear from YOU,  the folks on the street. 

You have until Feb. 1 to provide your input.

Please take a moment.  There are only EIGHT questions.  You do not have to complete all, but let us know your thoughts as we help craft Modern Luxury’s Real Estate Awards presented by Yours Truly. 

Know an agent, broker, or neighborhood that deserves distinctive praise? Get a look at the full survey after the jump!  (more…)

Bethany Erickson, Audience Engagement Director at, accepts the Hugh Aynesworth Award for Texas Journalism from Bobbie Wygant.

When Bethany Erickson agreed to join the staff as a part-time freelancer instead of an occasional columnist, I knew that the Candy’s Media brand was building the kind of momentum we needed to make waves in North Texas. Since I joined Candy in 2012, we’ve steadily increased our audience, but last year we proved that we were ready for a bigger pond, attracting the kinds of talented journalists that tell the kinds of stories that make real waves of change. Since then, Erickson has netted a Gold Award for Best Series from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, and now she lays claim to a Hugh Aynesworth Award for Texas Journalism in the editorial opinion/digital news category for her column “And Now, the Hard Work of Righting Dallas’ Racial Wrongs Actually Begins.” 

I don’t know what was more exciting for Erickson — receiving an award for her work that put on the same ladder rung as some of the biggest media brands in our state, or receiving that award from none other than Bobbie Wygant, who told us at the Dec. 1 ceremony that she just celebrated her 92nd birthday. Altogether, Wygant has 70 years of TV experience under her belt, and is a local media treasure if there ever was one.

Erickson has become a staff resource for how education and race affect real estate and neighborhoods, proving the inextricable link between quality education and affordable housing with a robust real estate market. She wrote her award-winning column on the day that the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees voted to change the names of district campuses that lauded Confederate generals. The change was not without unveiled conflict, as the comments sections ably illustrated. But Erickson made a point that was impossible to ignore and worthy of recognition:



Bethany Erickson, Audience Engagement Director for Candy’s Media and former public affairs and education columnist, was named finalist for the Press Club of Dallas’ Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalism. The competition was open to Texas reporters, columnists, editors, photographers, and videographers for their work through 2017, netting 27 finalists in 16 categories.

Bethany Erickson

“We increased the number of categories this year, and we’re excited by the response,” Press Club President Paul Wahlstrom said.  Entries came from journalists and their news organizations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston and smaller communities, such as Howe, a north Texas town with a population of about 2,600.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be a finalist for even one award named after a respected journalist like Hugh Aynesworth,” Erickson said. “It is also thrilling to find your work listed among some of the very best in Texas journalism, too.”


Rocky Mountain High, Colorado. All those heights helped us set a new record for our seven-year-old blog website: took home FOUR (that’s 1-2-3-4!) glittering prizes for excellence in real estate reporting at last week’s 51st annual National Association of Real Estate Editor’s  SpringConference.

Our Jon Anderson is beaming!

We first won at NAREE in 2013, when the blog was just three years old. We have picked up a prize or two each consecutive year. Last year, in New Orleans, our Jon Anderson picked up a couple awards, first time for a CD staffer. With four this year, we now have racked up a total of 21 awards for our North Texas real estate blog which, by the way, NAREE has now christened a website: (more…)

Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

Drees Custom Homes nabbed Builder of Year honors

I have to thank the Dallas Builders Association (DBA) for a very good “last meal” before a business trip to Orlando last week.  With 63 categories, it certainly wasn’t a small, small world that packed the Westin Galleria.  This year’s festivities were kept on track by former Good Morning Texas host Amy Vanderoef who did an enviable job of moving the crowd through its paces.

MC Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

Emcee Amy Vanderoef amused by an appreciative audience

It was also a different kind of awards from our usual DBA coverage.  The ARC awards in the summer honor single-family homes and renovations.  The McSAM awards are for developers who build communities and their associated services.

Here are a smattering of the winners:



How can guys this young have so many homes, so much dirt?

We were just thrilled to see that our favorite young single fam developer CEO’s, Tony Ruggeri and Jake Wagner at Republic Property Group (RPG) — aka 1,070-acre Light Farms in Celina, 957-acre Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco, a 12-acre custom home development within Legacy West in Plano, and Walsh, a 7,200-acre development west of Fort Worth slated for more than 18,000 homes — are getting the recognition they deserve.

Tony and Jake were honored this month by D CEO Magazine as the best single family developers of the year with CEO’s second annual Residential Real Estate Awards.

This is not the first time they have been awarded.

Light Farms Fireplace



Columnist Jon Anderson, contributor Valerie Jarvie, Publisher Candy Evans, and Executive Editor Joanna England converged on Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in New Orleans for the National Association of Real Estate Editors 50th Annual Convention last week.

As executive editor of the CandysMedia family of websites —,, and — I could not be more proud to announce that our team earned three distinctions at the National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards in New Orleans last Friday. This year’s convention, the organization’s 50th, had the highest attendance over years past. Hosted at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino, the only real gambling we did was on who would bring home awards. Hopefully, you were betting on us!

Not only did take home the silver award for “Best Blog” — a category we’ve earned twice before in both gold and silver — but our columnist Jon Anderson won a silver in the “Best International Real Estate Story” category and a bronze in the “Best Column” category. This marks five national awards for a five year old real estate weblog!  

The National Association of Real Estate Editors is an independent organization, founded in 1929, for members of the active media who cover residential and commercial real estate, luxury and green building, mortgage, financing and investment, and home and design for the general public and trade press. Members are reporters, writers, columnists, bloggers, editors and producers for major digital, print and broadcast news outlets. A panel of expert judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University selected all award winners. Professor Emeritus Patrick S. Washburn, a former news reporter and editor, chaired the panel. There were hundreds of entries.

All of the winners at the 66th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Awards reception!

All of the winners at the 66th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Awards reception.

We were in good company, with journalists from the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and even Dallas real estate journalists Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News and Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal. (Candace won a gold for her report on the Haggard Farm.) Real estate journalism powerhouse Josh Salman took the Platinum Award thanks to his superior collection of ground-breaking stories covering Florida real estate and government corruption.

This is the first year that the team has taken home multiple awards, but it certainly won’t be the last. We are proud of our team and can’t wait to see what we do next year! Jump to read what the judges had to say about our entries!


ULI impact awards

The North Texas to Houston High Speed Rail was the winner of the Next Big Idea Award at the Urban Land Institute Impact Awards gala Tuesday night. Photo: Texas Central

Big thinkers and dreamers have shaped North Texas development since John Neely Bryan wandered into the area in 1839.

Last week, more than 700 gathered at an gala and soirée to celebrate vibrant, innovative projects that have a positive impact on the built environment in North Texas.

ULI impact awards

Margaret and Trammell Crow

This was the Urban Land Institute of North Texas‘ second annual Impact Awards, held at the Hilton Anatole. The event recognized several people and companies, as well as honored the legacy of one of the world’s most influential couples in local real estate, Trammell and Margaret Crow.

“The Impact Awards have gained an enthusiastic following in North Texas, attracting those interested in celebrating vibrant, innovative projects that have a positive impact on the built environment in our region,” said Pamela Stein, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute’s North District Council.

The ULI Impact Awards support transformative land use developments, best real estate practices, and creative visioning in the region. Owners, developers, architects, engineers or other professionals enter the awards, and are not required to be a ULI member to compete. Twenty-seven applications were submitted for the second annual awards competition.

The Vision Award went to Trammell and Margaret Crow, who transformed North Texas real estate during their lives. Crow family members accepted the award on their parents’ behalf, Harlan Crow, Lucy Billingsley, and Trammell S. Crow, all active in the real estate and environmental sectors. Clyde Jackson, chairman and CEO of Wynne Jackson, led informal, on-stage interviews of individuals, who knew, loved, and worked with Mr. and Mrs. Crow over the years.