Steven and Brian Smith

Two years may not seem like an awfully long time to be in business, but that’s not stopping Smith Custom Building and Design from earning recognition. Following in the footsteps of their father, brothers Steven and Brian Smith focus their work on the eastern side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with projects in Rockwall, Heath, Kaufman, and more. And their repertoire is deep, offering the design and style that buyers crave. 

Those are just a few of the reasons we’re featuring Smith Custom Building and Design in our Dallas Builders Association Member Spotlight.

Find out more about Smith Custom Building and Design as the staff highlights some of the spectacular members of Dallas Builders Association right here, asking these consummate professionals all about their business as a way to brag on the many quality, trustworthy builders in the North Texas area that can count themselves among their peers in the Dallas Builders Association.

Find out more about Smith Custom Building and Design after the jump!


We are in love with this Old East Dallas condo! With a light and airy floor plan, plus a gated address near Jimmy’s Foods Store, Pickletopia, and Khao Noodle Shop, it has a lot going for it. And the price doesn’t hurt either!


Lake Highlands Home

Doesn’t everyone dream of having a home with a cherry red front door? The iconic visual is not only charming, but it truly represents the American Dream.

If that is exactly what you’ve been searching for, look no further than this darling Lake Highlands home full of personality. From the moment you lay eyes on the immediate pop of color and the lush trees that surround the single-level abode, you’ll feel at ease knowing that your house hunt is about to be over. 


Sometimes contracts cancel. The reasons are as varied as the properties themselves. A terminated contract often involves several folks being out money, time and other frustrations. Before you say ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ to your deal, consider what it might cost everyone involved.


Oh Oak Lawn, how we love thee, let us count the ways! Now more than ever, the lock-and-leave lifestyle of well-kept townhomes in Oak Lawn are a huge draw. And the upscale Dallas neighborhood is a great for empty-nesters and down-sizers alike. So we took to the streets to find two fantastic Oak Lawn homes worthy of our Splurge vs. Steal. Both picks are eye-catching with their own unique flair but have price points that are miles apart. Which is more you, the Luxe On Lee Parkway Splurge or the Darling On Dickason Avenue Steal? Let us know in the comments.



Wayne Owens Agent Migration

If you spent the late ’90s or early 2000s in Charleston, South Carolina, you may recall a man in a Panama Jack hat strolling the beaches. To the untrained eye, he appeared to be relaxed enjoying the sand and surf.  In reality, that hat was a walking billboard, and the man underneath was meticulously building a real estate career one conversation at a time.

Today Wayne Owens is a highly successful agent who spends most of his days working deals in Dallas’ posh neighborhoods. In November he joined Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate after four years with Ebby Halliday. (Dave Perry-Miller is owned by the Ebby Halliday Companies.)

“The whole thing that I’ve found about real estate is that it’s about being unique, branding yourself, and working,” Owens said. “If you’ve got those three things, you’re going to be very successful.”


If you’re on the hunt for a Craftsman Bungalow that offers more bang for your buck, this Kings Highway Conservation District find is a must-see. The three-bedroom, two-bath home affords both unique architecture and a prime location at a price that can’t be beat. And it shines as our Friday Four Hundred this week.

Just ask listing agent Jenni Stolarski with Compass. She tells us, “This home is unique because it is one of only a few true airplane bungalows in Oak Cliff.”  It also sits just blocks from Bishop Arts, the Kessler Theatre, and more.



Update 3:14 pm: found out has 34,000 square feet in the Dallas Parkway building which they are subleasing from another tenant. Going rate for these offices about $38 psf plus electricity.

The Dallas-based real estate disruptor has laid off 37 employees in its Dallas headquarters.

I first received word before the holidays that, founded by Highland Park-born Alex Doubet, was laying off employees. (I called Alex several times before leaving town in December, but he did not return phone calls.) After the holidays, more rumors swelled. So I decided to actually be a reporter and head over to the offices of’s headquarters at 14675 Dallas Parkway, the 41,280-square-foot, four-star building where occupies the sixth floor.

When I got there at 4:15 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, I found beautiful but vacuous offices.