Staff Reports

After 20 years serving the North Texas real estate community, multiple sources have confirmed that Virginia Cook Realtors will close for business on April 15. The brokerage, which has five offices throughout the region, is helmed by its eponymous founder and executive officer Sheila Rice. David Griffin & Company Realtors, formerly a brand of Virginia Cook, separated more than a week ago. 

According to one source, the brokerage has just 67 homes on market priced between $3 million to $7 million, with only one sold since the beginning of 2019. We have reached out to multiple representatives with Virginia Cook for an official statement and have not received a call back. There’s no word on where exiting agents with the brokerage will land.

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Amazon

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (photo courtesy Flickr)

It started with 238 cities vying for one second headquarters for online retail giant Amazon, but if reports Monday night are correct, it’s now down to two cities that will split the headquarters — and neither city is Dallas.

Instead, the headquarters will be divided between Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

The $5 billion HQ2 will reportedly divide the projected 50,000 employees needed between two sites. Prognosticators with inside sources have reported for more than a week that Amazon would likely split the headquarters between the two cities. Crystal City is a suburb of Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City is in Queens, New York.

We’ll have more tomorrow, when the company is expected to officially announce its decision, including reaction from local leaders.

 

Photo Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty. Additional images courtesy of Realogy.com

Have you ever struggled to visualize furniture in a newly purchased property? What about finding the perfect décor to suit your vacation home? Well thanks to one international real estate brand, those days are over. Enter Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty. A revolutionary augmented reality (AR) app that allows consumers to visualize a house as their own before purchase, thereby curating the entire home buying experience.

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evacuations

Foster Elementary School students arrived at Cary Middle School Friday morning after a gas explosion at a nearby home prompted fire officials to evacuate most of the neighborhood (Photo courtesy Tom Erickson).

Just as families were getting ready for the workday and school day, an explosion rocked a home and neighborhood, leaving one dead and forcing the evacuation of a large area that includes one Dallas ISD elementary school.

At this time, Atmos Energy officials and Dallas Fire-Rescue are trying to determine what caused a gas line to explode in the 3500 block of Espanola Drive, DFD officials said. (more…)