Local agent Selden Tual joined The Standard Real Estate. He said that he was impressed with how The Standard is embracing openness and “pushing the envelope” in the market. He added that the brokerage’s long-term vision of using technology to make the market better for consumers and agents aligned with his.

“I think getting to work with people that you know and trust was something that I was really interested in,” Tual said. “That’s the kind of culture that I want to be around and I’m excited to contribute.”

Tual hails from Memphis, but moved to Dallas about a decade ago. After dabbling in music while in college, he worked in the service industry for a time but could not decide where to go from there.  Some of his colleagues had mentioned going into real estate so he decided to give that a try.  He hasn’t looked back since.

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Staging

Eubank Staging

Barbara Cocoran put it rather well: “Why wouldn’t someone stage if they want to sell a house, and if they want to get more money for the house? I don’t get it.”

You probably know Corcoran from her regular appearances on Shark Tank. What you might not know is she built a real estate empire, the Corcoran Group, into a powerhouse and sold it for $66 million in 2001. She is, and always has been, a huge proponent of staging. So why isn’t everyone?

It’s a mystery to me. As a stager, educator, and writer I continually talk and write about the advantages of home staging. It’s a no brainer. In a recent staging class, I teach for Realtors, a hand shot up.

“Isn’t staging always cheaper than the first price reduction?”

Yes. Yes, it is.

Realtors and sellers seem to be getting the message. The National Association of Realtors released their 2019 Profile on Home Staging recently and a whopping 83 percent of buyers’ agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home. This figure was up from 77 percent in 2017. The profile is only released every two years, and this is just the third time it’s ever been done.

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Cowboys

Stephen Jones (far right) introduces his father and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who announced a first-of-its-kind luxury high-rise project that would combine the team’s brand with a luxury residential concept. From left to right, Robert Shaw, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Roger Staubach, Jerry Jones, and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bethany Erickson).

Twelve Cowboys Way is no joke, but legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback Staubach did admit he had pulled an April Fools prank already Monday morning — on his unsuspecting wife.

“I was getting ready to come here today, and I woke up my wife and said, ‘Honey, honey! There’s a bunch of squirrels in the house,’” Staubach said with a fair amount of glee. “She woke up yelling, ‘What? What!’ — so I got my joke in already.”

And while they may have chuckled when asked if they worried an announcement as big as a new residential high-rise concept co-branded with a sports team might be treated with a little skepticism because of the timing — the middle of April Fools Day — Robert Shaw and Roger Staubach are serious about the project.

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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Title companies in Texas all offer the same basic services. And since title policy premiums are regulated by the state, there isn’t much difference in cost from one to the next. What makes one title company better than another? What keeps agents going back to their favorite escrow officers time after time?

I thought I’d survey a few Realtors. After all, they are the ones who usually choose which title company to send their real estate contracts.

After surveying dozens of agents and lenders, the No. 1 answer was great communication. To win their business, the title agency and closer must communicate quickly and frequently. This was at the top of the criteria for agents like Robin McCoy (Keller Williams), Chris Suwannetr (JP & Associates), Sheri Stout (Ebby Halliday), Erik Hargrave (PrimeLending), Kerry Slaughter (Keller Williams), Mary Anne Collins (eXp Realty), Vanessa Bamback (Haute City), Nichole Vilchis (Keller Williams), Kay Wood (Briggs Freeman Sothebys) and Phillip Walker (Keller Williams).

“They’re communicative with all parties and always one step ahead,” says Amy Timmerman (Local Resident Realty) about her favorite title company. “Updates, reminders, clear and prompt responses,” are what Lori Hudson (Ebby Halliday) appreciates about her preferred title agency. 

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Our Steal: Christina Alty with Dallas City Center Realtorshas listed 2614 N. Henderson Avenue for $509,500.

For those who want a little more for their money, check out this week’s Vickery Place Splurge vs. Steal. With updated interiors and fantastic proximity to Knox Henderson attractions, these homes have what it takes to turn heads, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the stately poolside splurge or the chic condominium steal?

Splurge: Gracious Single-Family Attached Home With Pool For $649K

Our Splurge: Alex Perry with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 5117 Vickery Boulevard for $649,000.

This gorgeous brick traditional is worth a look! The three-bedroom, three-full-bathroom home spans 2,531 square feet and is great for families seeking a lock-and-leave lifestyle.

“This property is perfect for someone who wants to enjoy the benefits that come from being walking distance to the popular Knox Henderson area without being on a busy street,” says listing agent Alex Perry with Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “In addition, there are only so many Single Family Attached/Duplex’s in this area. And as lot and construction prices continue to rise, the price point of homes like this should only continue to appreciate.”

Recently updated, it affords a generous open floor plan with two fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, and is in walking distance to Knox Henderson shops and restaurants.

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Sorry if we “got cha” yesterday, April 1, April Fools Day. It is a CandysDirt.com tradition to fool you on April Fool’s Day. We had three April Fool’s posts. So naughty.

One, Jon Anderson’s “Tinder Home” post, which I thought was brilliant and am trademarking that name tomorrow. Move out of the way, Zillow, Tinder Home is on its way! Though this sentence, “But the real money is in selling user data”, may not have been so April Fools-y.

Two, Bethany’s very crafty “O” home of a McMansion at 401 (get it?) Narre Lane in Savage Gardens, Narre being Danish for “fool”‘, and the Realtor’s name (Dia Daspetas) literally means “April Fools Day” in Portuguese. Why Portuguese? Hell if I know.

Bethany actually hid the fact that this was an April Fool’s story IN the story. And Savage Gardens? That’s a late 90’s, early 2000’s music group (though it would be a great name for a Dallas neighborhood since we once had a mayor named Savage, 1949 to 1951, father of Dorothy and Virginia. Virginia Savage McAlester is the grand dame who saved Swiss Avenue, who wrote the seminal bible on architectural style we worship here at CandysDirt. I don’t know if readers believed us but the lover’s toilet, the basement access from the walk-in closet, the S&M torture chamber in the actual basement, and the “ballroom” are usual components of our “O” homes… and you do know what an “O” home is, yes? No April Fooling there!

Then there was the granddaddy of them all, the Fort Worth Zoo story, the brainchild of our Fort Worth Editor Eric Prokesh, who is brilliant. Also multi-talented as he is an award-winning interior designer.

The Zoo story broke our servers at about 4:00 pm, we had so much traffic. Of course, they are not selling the world-famous Fort Worth Zoo to a developer! The story proved two things: (1) we have a whole lot of readers in Fort Worth and (2) readers really trust us! I felt a wee bit badly that we had fooled so many, but honestly, all of real estate is kind of one big April Fools.

Which is why it has become our favorite holiday.

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Alger Park

It’s not always easy to find a move-in ready home near White Rock Lake for a sensible price point, but this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a charming Midcentury Cottage in Alger Park that has been thoroughly updated, and comes with bonus square footage.

The two-bedroom, one bath home has 1,020 square feet of living space, and has been meticulously cared for, according to listing agent Leslie Donovan of Giordano, Wegman, Walsh and Associates.

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