Rhonda Seacat Hunnicutt organizes pre-demo sales for a living. She works with high-end builders and always sees the gorgeous post-demo results. This means she also gets to see the latest design trends in each of these homes and she’s not above borrowing a little from the pros.

Of course, she’s a pro herself. She remodels homes and condos and just happens to be the brilliant brain behind this Bryan Place condo at 3105 San Jacinto, #317.

This particular unit sits on the third floor of a building with easy access to Downtown Dallas and *ahem* Uber’s new headquarters. It was one of the first buildings to go up in the area back in the day so it’s been a trendsetter from the very beginning.

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Most developers are hard-living, hard-drinking, stress-filled time bombs of roller-coaster energy, over-indulgence, extreme risk-taking, and compulsion.

Not Ari Rastegar.

Remember when Jon Anderson told you all about the Austin-based investor/developer of Rastegar Property Company – and his first new-build in Dallas, which has been 100% leased by the short-term stay company Sonder? (Condos are hard to get financing for, and because of the prevalence of construction defect litigation, many developers shy away from building condos: one reason why so many apartments are going up. But because of the lease with Sonder, Rastegar was able to get financing and de-risk the transaction: brilliant. Rastegar says he’ll lease his Uptown building to Sonder for 10 years, then convert the building to residential condominiums.)

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Troy Aikman’s home on Normandy in Highland Park went up in price within the first week on MLS, showing strong demand in the luxury market. However, many celebrity and luxury properties are marketed off MLS before hitting the public. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

The National Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors has adopted the Clear Cooperation policy at its Nov. 11 meeting, which essentially puts an end to hip pocket marketing. Also known as MLS Statement 8.0, the policy requires listing brokers who participate in multiple listing services to submit their listings to the MLS within one business day of marketing a property to the public.

The rule was proposed by NAR’s MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board to address the proliferation of off-market (hip pocket) listings. The board believes that circumventing the MLS “excludes consumers, undermining Realtors’ commitment to provide equal opportunity to all.” 

Brokers can still use “office-exclusive” listings and use other means to protect the privacy of their clients, but public-facing marketing campaigns for properties not on MLS will be verboten. Brokerages can adopt the new rule at any time, but it becomes mandatory for all Realtors on May 1, 2020.

Here is the full text of the new policy:

Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public-facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public. 

Anyone else gearing up for the busy holiday season? Well, with these two Park Forest homes you’ll be ahead of the game! Each offers plenty of space to entertain, plus dining rooms worthy of a feast, but with price points that are miles apart. Which would you choose, the swanky Mid Century Modern Splurge or the Charming Ranch Steal?

Splurge: Midcentury Modern Remodel Near Degolyer Elementary For $699K 

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Two years ago, Colleen Aldstadt joined Ebby Halliday Realtors after a long career in land development. She quickly learned that while many concepts are the same, it’s a whole different world in a lot of ways.  In development, she could count on a captive audience of builders and real estate agents. Being an agent requires another level of lead generation and networking.

“There’s a lot of competition to try and stay in front of everyone, and that’s not easy to do when you don’t have a captive audience,” she said. “You’ve got to be strategic and put yourself in the right place at the right time.”

She credits sales manager Kay Wright for helping her grow a now-thriving business. Aldstadt is based in Ebby’s Plano office and she has a strong presence in the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen hub, as well as Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake, and surrounding areas.

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It’s not every day you come across a Kidd Springs Craftsman with this level of improvement. But thanks to the owner, it has been meticulously maintained and updated to the highest degree. Just ask listing agent, Cody Farris with Coldwell Banker. He says, “It’s rare to find a fully updated home in Kidd Springs, where not only the kitchen, but all baths are updated.”

Civil Engineer With An Eye For Restoration

In fact, the owner is a civil engineer and went beyond cosmetic items to include numerous infrastructure improvements.

“Not everyone has an eye for renovating an old home in a manner that is faithful to the period, but this seller did,” adds Farris. “They even kept pieces of the home’s original wallpaper which they have hanging in the living room.”

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By Quin Mathews
Special Contributor

Ever hear of Wandsworth Drive? How did Northaven get that canopy of Live Oaks? Read on…

This story is about tornadoes, but also about trees.  It was near ground zero that I first heard of a “cyclone,” as it was called in the Wizard of Oz, a picture book version that Mrs. Biggerstaff read our class in 1956.  We were the “Gremlins” class at the Mary Boswell School, a preschool and kindergarten in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, just across from the fire station obliterated by the recent tornado and next to Preston Royal Shopping Center.  We know what happened there.

When Mrs. Biggerstaff finished reading us the book, she announced to our delight that the Wizard would be on television that Saturday night.  It was to be its first broadcast ever.  Cyclone, tornado, whatever — it was all very exciting, and on April 2, 1957 my mother called me to our front porch.  There I saw a real one, a long, stringy thing to the south, enormous. No one told me to go inside and take cover.  We watched it and I saw hailstones for the first time. Somewhere in that storm, at least nine people died.

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All eyes are on Oak Cliff as well-kept, well-priced homes hit the market. And with more buyers flocking to the area for a good deal, competition is stiff. So this week we give you a leg up with three open houses you can’t afford to miss! Whether you’re on the hunt for a Bungalow, a Midcentury Modern, or a Historic Tudor, Oak Cliff has a home for you. And all three of these beauties are open this Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Give them a tour then tell us what you think!

Majestic Montclair Bungalow

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