Investment Property

Real Estate 101 Ask the Teach: Buying Profile of the Average Real Estate Investor May Shock You

By Candy Evans / March 26, 2014 / 3 Comments

Remember Kelly Logsdon Rush? Teacher of the Year and my very first Real Estate teacher? Kelly is back with a somewhat regular little segment here on CandysDirt.com called “Ask The Teach”. I know a thing or two about real estate, but Kelly knows about five trillion things, so much, in fact, that she teaches RE […]

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Sales Volume and Prices Both Climb as Texas Market Finishes 2013 Strong, Economists Say

By Joanna England / February 3, 2014 / 2 Comments

We knew 2013 was a banner year for Dallas Realtors as our market pulled itself up by its bootstraps and posted post-recession growth that amazed even the most seasoned brokers. But according to research from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, the market posted year-over-year numbers that showed Texas flexing its economic muscles […]

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More Competition, Higher Prices Mean Fewer First-Time Homebuyers Finding Way Into Dallas Market

By Joanna England / January 30, 2014 / 6 Comments

First-time homebuyers are finding it harder and harder to get into their dream home.

The National Association of Realtors said that first-time homebuyers make up only 28 percent of the national housing market in a Jan. 28 new story, the lowest number since the organization started measuring the demographic in 2008. According to the NAR, first-time homebuyers typically make up about 40 percent of the market, but several factors are keeping them from purchasing a home, including higher competition for lower priced properties, which are being swept up by investors at increasingly high rates.

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Thursday Three Hundred: Cute Cottage in Stonewall Terrace is Cozy With Access to Tons of Amenities

By Joanna England / January 30, 2014 / 6 Comments

Stonewall Terrace is a fantastic neighborhood. The homes are adorable, there are restaurants and shops everywhere, there are tons of pedestrians and cyclists, nearby mass transit, and there’s easy access to North Central Expressway. But what really makes Stonewall Terrace a fantastic family neighborhood is its namesake elementary campus, Stonewall Jackson Elementary. This neighborhood has […]

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The Williamsburg (and Bushwick) of Dallas? Oak Cliff and Deep Ellum?

By Candy Evans / January 29, 2014 / 10 Comments

Gawker asks, “What is your city’s Williamsburg? What’s its hippest—or formerly hippest—or sometimes just youngest—neighborhood, the one with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch? (And what, for that matter, is its Bushwick, or “Next Williamsburg”?) If you don’t know off the top of your head, don’t worry. We do, thanks […]

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The Side-Effects of Gentrification: Should Urban Pioneers Feel Threatened When Living in The 'Hood Goes Mainstream

By Joanna England / January 14, 2014 / 2 Comments

Candy and I have been discussing this very interesting long-form story from BuzzFeed about a man who bought a home in Detroit’s Poletown neighborhood for $500 when he was 23 years old. Since then, protesters, investors, and CEOs have bought up property throughout Detroit’s devastated neighborhoods, demolishing buildings and shrinking the city’s footprint.

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