Outgoing President Alan Hoffmann, left, presents the official symbol of office to 2019 President Matt Robinson of Walton Global Holdings. (Courtesy Photo)

From Staff Reports

Matt Robinson of Walton Global Holdings was installed Sept. 28 as the 76th president of the Dallas Builders Association during ceremonies held at Noah’s of Fairview. The Installation was presented in partnership with StrucSure Home Warranty.

Tim Jackson, past president of both the Texas Association of Builders and the Dallas BA, served as the installing officer. Other officers installed were Justin Webb of Altura Homes as first vice president; Matt Mitchell of James Andrews Custom Homes, as vice president/secretary; Greg Paschall of Intex Electrical Contractors as associate vice president; and Stephen Puckett of LegacyTexas Bank, as treasurer.

(more…)

The Standard’s COO Logan Nichols (left) and founder Zach De Bernardi hope partnering with Amazon will help grow their firm’s brand.

The Standard Real Estate announced a new partnership with Amazon to create a custom digital store. Under the setup, clients will have new options for purchasing home necessities and furniture.

“We are focusing on making the best of technology and being forward thinking,” founder and chief executive officer Zach De Bernardi said. “Amazon is everywhere so it makes sense for us to try and work with one of the bigger brands. It’s just one more added benefit that we can use to help our clients.”

De Bernardi said he was inspired after seeing similar programs implemented at two New York boutique real estate firms. He believes that partnering with Amazon will help build his company’s brand and help its agents better serve clients.

(more…)

The State Fair of Texas is just around the corner, which means Jeremy Larsen is about to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Last year, the home designer and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realtor entered three items into the Fair’s cookie contest. He was recognized for them all.

“I didn’t think that was a very big deal until other people started telling me it was,” Larsen said. “It turns out a first-time entrant getting three honorable mentions is pretty good.” (more…)

Photo by Celisa Meals

You may not have heard of Toor yet but get ready. Come August, the Dallas-based, high-tech lock box company plans to unleash a multi-platform media blitz highlighting its progress since first garnering national television attention in 2016

“We are excited to turn the marketing machine on and make sure that everyone’s aware that Toor is not only great for real estate but also for delivery,” founder Junior Desinor said.

Two years ago,  Desinor was a successful Realtor looking jumpstart a new venture.  He had applied for a patent on his lock box design and raised more than $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. Then he appeared on television’s “Shark Tank”  where the judges (aka “Sharks”) praised him for being one of the best salespeople they had ever met.

“All in all ‘Shark Tank’ was an incredible experience,” he said. “I would encourage any entrepreneur to give it a go. The free publicity for a business is a no-brainer.”

(more…)

Home prices in North Texas broke more records last month, according to reports. Properties in Far East Dallas are selling for close to $300K in some cases, such as this one at 2031 Housley in Casa View, which is listed for $279,000.

Far East Dallas is swarming teeming with work trucks as investors, eager to catch the wave of demand within inner-loop neighborhoods, remodel homes on these close-quartered blocks. But even with all of the flippers tacking up new drywall and painting these post-war ranches varying shades of gray, supply of move-in ready homes hasn’t kept up with demand. Because of these market dynamics — the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area’s net population growth is at about 974,000 new residents since 2010 — prices are surging, breaking new records.

Of course, one can’t help but wonder if this breakaway price growth could mean that a bubble is about to burst …

(more…)

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas. (Photo: Pixaby)

Metrostudy’s 4Q17 survey ranks Dallas-Fort Worth the top new home market in the nation. According to the report, DFW builders started 33,243 homes in the past twelve months, of which 8,561 started in the fourth quarter. The survey, which compares 4Q17 to 4Q16, reveals new home starts jumped by a whopping 16.9 percent — a major indicator of builders preparing for a strong spring selling season.

(more…)

Realtor.com just released their annual housing forecast for 2018, which predicts national inventory growth will trend into positive territory for the first time since 2015. The forecast ranks top housing markets for 2018 based on sales and price gains, and named Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington No. 2 in the nation.

“We are forecasting next year to set the stage for a significant inflection point in the housing shortage,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for realtor.com. “Inventory increases will be felt in higher priced segments after home buying season, which limits their impact on total sales for the year. As we head into 2019 and beyond, we expect to see these inventory increases take hold and provide relief for first-time home buyers and drive sales growth.”

(more…)

Don’t forget the exciting educational experience on tap for you this evening down in State Thomas, one of the most desired neighborhoods in Dallas because it is truly historic. You will also hear — and we will report on — how Uptown got its start from the mouths of the very founders. Next week we will look inside the exquisite home of Patricia Meadows, one of the very first ST settlers who relocated out of the Park Cities and had the vision to build a beautiful home in State-Thomas. And Patricia will be speaking tonight.

Do stop by. It’s truly seldom that these homes are open. 

(But if you cannot, never fear: CandysDirt has you covered!)

Event Details

Thursday September 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

2707 State Street

Wine and hors d’oeuvres

6:15 pm—Welcome Remarks, Patricia Meadows

“The Birth of Uptown”

2707 Hibernia Street, 2309 Boll Street, and 2315 Routh Street will also be held open for tours, with door prize drawings. Please RSVP by September 19 to 972-407-2591 or via email to Mary Alice Garrison at Maryalice.garrison@alliebeth.com.