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Issues with electronic voting systems statewide has some comparing the situation to a plotline from the ABC series “Scandal.”

As record numbers of voters hit the polls during early voting, reports statewide and locally have begun to trickle in regarding malfunctions in electronic voting machines.

In some areas, like Harris County, voters have reported that their votes for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke were changed to incumbent Ted Cruz when they voted straight party ticket.

Writer Leah McElrath, who voted in Harris County, detailed what she saw in a series of tweets.

 

Martha Merino told me that she voted at the Friendswood City Hall, and experienced the same thing.

“I voted straight ticket and it did that to me. I then found checked, triple checked before I cast my ballot,” she said.

Another reader told me her husband attempted to vote straight Democrat Tuesday morning in Richardson, and it switched to straight Republican. They alerted an elections judge, she said. Collin and Dallas counties do not use the same system that has been blamed for many of the issues. (more…)

Voters are fired up — and that enthusiasm was borne out in Monday morning’s record-shattering early voting tallies across the state.

And that makes sense — 15,793,257 people are registered to vote in this November’s election, a record number. In the 2014 midterms, only 4.7 percent of the 14 million registered at the time voted.

The state’s biggest counties — including Dallas, saw larger first-day turnout than they did in the 2014 midterms, and in some places met or exceeded some presidential election totals.

And the lines began nearly immediately and continued throughout the day.

“It’s been like this all day,” said one poll worker at Marsh Lane Baptist Church, where the line snaked down a hall, into a reception area, around the walls of that room, and back up the hallway again. “But it’s gotten worse as the day has gone on.” (more…)

There are some homes that, upon seeing them, your shoulders drop and you let out a deep breath.  Aaaaahhhh … That’s exactly what you’ll do upon visiting this gorgeous, secluded-feeling Oak Point farmhouse listed by David Griffin & Company Realtor Lori Ericsson

This picture-perfect abode set on a large, landscaped lot is the perfect High Caliber Home of the Week for people ready to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, but don’t want to feel like they’re out in the boonies. Ready to sign on the dotted line? Our High Caliber Home of the Week is presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, a seasoned mortgage professional that can get you the perfect loan for your dream home. Call her today!

Ready to relax and unwind in your Oak Point haven? 

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There really is something for everyone at 300 W. Highland Street in Southlake. It’s a large, beautiful property that has it where it counts!

The original home was built in 1998, and the sellers completed a full remodel this year. It welcomes family and friends with a richness of hand-scraped hardwood floors and crown molding. The open concept formal living and dining room will dazzle those who love entertaining.

And this home is unique as it’s really two homes in one.

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Providence Village

Much is said about small-town living, and it’s a major reason people move to the suburbs. The upside is you get a lot of house for your money and many are family-friendly communities that make for a nice place to raise kids.

We’ve found a small-town house (that’s anything but small) in Providence Village at 10325 Nantucket Dr. This Colonial-style home has 2,263 square feet on two stories with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a powder room, and it’s under $200K.

Providence Village is a Denton County master-planned community of about 5,750 people and 1,700 homes. It is located along U.S. Highway 380 near FM 2931, about halfway between Frisco and Denton.

The owner of this home, Angela Swenson, says she bought this home because it’s a “real neighborhood—the kind that the rest of America wishes still existed.”

Swenson has an elementary-aged son, and said the community in Providence Village is ideal for him.

“We have blue-ribbon schools, all in walking distance, awesome houses for cheap, and almost every home has kids, so kids are everywhere on their bikes, playing with friends in their yards or at the parks with very little supervision,” Swenson said. “It’s the community for kids and families—we have a waterpark with huge water-slides, seven catch-and-release lakes filled with fish, huge Easter-egg hunts and fireworks displays, and Santa Claus rides down the street in a sleigh giving out inexpensive toys at Christmas.”

This house was built in 2004 and Providence Village is a resort-style community with everything Swenson mentioned, plus four swimming pools, three tennis courts, three dog parks, four baseball fields, four soccer fields, four basketball courts, a clubhouse, community dock and boat ramp for Lake Providence (a 25-acre lake), greenbelt, jogging/bike path, 11 parks, and playgrounds.

Swenson is a Realtor with United Real Estate, and is the listing agent for this house. She put it on the market Feb. 5 for $197,500. HOA fees are $60 per month and cover full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

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Floor plan three in the Long Lake development. Photo: Scott Hogg

A rendering of residential floorplan three in the Long Lake development. All renderings courtesy of Scott Hogg

All eyes are on the fiery hot North Texas real estate market, even from 7,000 miles away: A luxury new housing and commercial development in Corinth is underway, backed by an entrepreneur based in Beijing, China.

The Long Lake development is located about 34 miles from downtown Dallas, in Denton County. This 107-acre enclave will have 91 acres dedicated to 99 single-family homes, ranging from $1.1 million to $3 million and up. In its center is a 15-acre lake, and commercial development is planned for later phases.

The development is backed by Lelege USA, a corporation focused on real estate development and management in DFW. It is owned and chaired by entrepreneur Long Zhang, who also owns Lelege Group (Beijing Capital Group Investment, Ltd.), a multibillion-dollar corporation headquartered in Beijing. Lelege Group is a diversified investment firm with worldwide branches engaging in real estate, mining, wealth management, high-tech IC foundry, pharmaceuticals, and cultural art collections. It has total assets of over $3 billion under management and nearly $2 billion in services and management.

“There is a lot of Chinese investment money moving in the U.S. and [Zhang] has looked in the hot real estate markets,” said Scott Hogg, Vice President of Investor Advisory Services, Virginia Cook, Realtors. “He found this property in Corinth up on the lake and had a vision of developing something where they could invest in million-dollar residences in the U.S.”

A rendering of floorplan eight in the Long Lake development.

A rendering of residential floorplan eight in the Long Lake development

Phase one is underway, with 11 lots for sale. The two builders currently working on the development are Ron Davis Custom Homes and Bella Vida Custom Homes. The project is slated for completion in early 2018.

“They will break ground on the property as soon as we get the first lot sold,” said Hogg. “We are marketing these homes and we have clients looking at Ron Davis and Bella Vita model homes that can be built in Corinth. Lelege has their own in-house builder, as well, with a group of architects and house renditions, and all of those come from Tsinghua University.”

Houses in the gated community will be offered in three ranges. At the top, with lot prices of $1.02 million and home prices of $3 million and up, the houses will be 9,200 square feet and larger on 3.93-acre lots. In the mid-range, lot prices will be $385,000 with houses priced $1.5 million and up, with 6,500 square feet of interior space on a 0.71-acre lot. The low-end of the range offers $230,000 lots and $1.1 million homes with 5,500 or more square feet sitting on half an acre.

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2272 Longwood Front

Longtime CandysDirt.com fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Let’s jump to find out more!

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This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

This non-descript Flower Mound home had a secret in its walls.

What a cool story out in Flower Mound, where developer Curtis Grant was beginning the demo process at 4801 Quail Run, a home he purchased that was sold as you’re average 1970s traditional.

Here’s the description from listing agent Jeannie Seth:

Rare opportunity! Original 1970 home added entire 2nd attached home in 2003, perfect for extended families. One story, 4.33 acre property in Flower Mound with exemplary schools. Diving pool, two 2 car garages plus car port for addtl parking. 3 sheds, 2 barns, 1 w-4 stalls, 2 pastures & well for watering. 1970 home has pergo flrs & 1800era FP. 2003 home has ss appl, gas cook top, 42 in cab, wood flrs. Please see media for detail on 2003 home.

Now, Grant says that the original plan was to tear this structure down and build 12 homes on the more-than four acre lot. But when he found the log structure behind drywall, he called in a few experts:

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