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The lobby of the renovated Preston Center Ebby Halliday office.

Ebby Halliday, Rogers Healy and Associates, Fathom Realty, Century 21, and JP & Associates Realtors were named among the Top 100 Places to Work by the Dallas Morning News at a gala last night. The annual contest is overseen by the Dallas Morning News‘ research partner, Workplace Dynamics, which gathers employee opinions to measure U.S. companies based on leadership, sense of mission, career opportunities, culture, and pay and benefits.

Rogers Healy and the RHA team attend the State Fair

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The former New York Daily News printing press building in Brooklyn, New York, became Newswalk, luxury condos, in 2002.

It’s been a month and a day since it was announced that Ray Washburne’s Charter DMN Holdings had purchased the former Dallas Morning News headquarters on Young Street. 

Known by many as the “Rock of Truth” because of the words etched on the front, Washburne’s company purchased the campus for $28 million, paying $5.6 million in cash paid today at closing, and a two-year promissory note for the remaining $22.4 million.

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At the time, nobody knew for certain what Washburne intended for the building, although he had said he valued the George Dahl-designed building and would work it into any plans he had.

We reached out Saturday, and Washburne told us that while he knew what he was going to do with the structure, he wasn’t ready to divulge.

But since we’ve taken a look at how architects and developers have reimagined old churches, abandoned malls, and mothballed schools, we thought, why not talk about what you can do with an old newspaper building.

Now, first things first. The building sits on what could be (depending on what goes on near the old Reunion Arena site and other spots nearby) quite the downtown hot spot. So whatever Washburne has up his very experienced sleeve will, of course, take that into consideration.

Today’s exercise, however, is just to take a peek at what fate has befallen other empty ink-stained environs across the country, and try to imagine what could be.  (more…)

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Four days ago, Ray Washburne’s Charter Holdings snapped up the Trinity West shopping center at Singleton Boulevard and Hampton Road. Late Friday, it was announced his Charter DMN Holdings had also purchased the former Dallas Morning News building.

Known by many as the “Rock of Truth” because of the words etched on the front, Washburne’s company purchased the campus for $28 million, paying $5.6 million in cash paid today at closing, and a two-year promissory note for the remaining $22.4 million. (more…)

 

Longtime journalist Jason Sickles is trying his hand at real estate. He recently joined Fathom Realty, a cloud-based brokerage that now has a presence in 75 markets across 19 states.

“Fathom’s an agent-owned virtual brokerage and I believe in the direction they’re heading,” Sickles said.  “Their commissions are more favorable to Realtors, and the company’s principles track my own: love, service, integrity, acceptance, respect, support, charity, and family.”

Sickles grew up in East Texas before moving to Dallas in 1989, two days after he graduated high school. A month before he turned 18, he took a part-time job at the Dallas Morning News answering phones for the sports department. By the time he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a criminal justice degree, he was a full-fledged journalist for the paper. He later worked in both TV news and at Yahoo News.

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On the heels of a dismal fourth quarter in 2018, one institutional investor in Dallas Morning News parent company A.H. Belo has signaled its discontent with the decisions the company has made with a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

Minerva Advisors, an investment management firm based in the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, filed the letter with the SEC, saying that the company should go private, and “has no business remaining publicly traded.” (more…)

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To all the talented journalists and Dallas Morning News employees that were handed pink slips recently: I know how overwhelming this feels. When I was suddenly laid off from the same publication in 2009, I felt unmoored and somewhat lost. You will find a way to move on, though, so hang in there.

The advice offered by human resources that morning was very basic: I was instructed to file for unemployment as soon as possible and given information on COBRA benefits. While the information I received was far from comprehensive, one thing that was missing was information on how this sudden loss of income would affect my repayment of student loans, credit accounts, and most important of all, my mortgage. 

What do you do if you’re a federal employee that has been furloughed due to the government shutdown, or you’re a worker who was just laid off, and you have a mortgage? 

“If you see that you’re not going to be able to make your payments, call your lender and see what options are available to you,” said Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “The bottom line is this: don’t put it off.”

Not every lender is the same, nor is every mortgage or change in employment, so it’s crucial to contact your lender immediately if you think your employment situation might cause you to get behind on your mortgage. Sometimes a lender may be able to offer a loan modification or a forbearance to ensure that you pay as much as you can on your loan until you get back on your feet. 

Important note: When your lender reaches out after a missed mortgage payment, you cannot stop the process of foreclosure by ignoring the mail notices. 

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Word came early this morning that the Dallas Morning News laid off 43 employees, including 20 writers, editors, and other newsroom personnel, marking yet another round of staff reductions as print revenue declines.

The 43 layoffs account for about 4 percent of the A.H. Belo Corp. employees, the newspaper said. It did not say what percentage of Dallas Morning News employees that equated to, nor did it disclose how much of the newsroom that accounted for. (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…)