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David Peavler (Photo courtesy HD Vest)

The new director of the Security and Exchange Commission’s Fort Worth office is a familiar face, having served at the regional office previously as an associate director.

The agency named David Peavler the new director earlier this month. Peavler served for 15 years in various roles at the regional office’s Division of Enforcement before leaving in 2017 to serve as general counsel to HD Vest Inc.

During his prior stint at the SEC, Peavler led the agency’s efforts in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. His investigations included cases against Royal Dutch Petroleum and The “Shell” Transport and Trading Company, a Ponzi scheme lead by a Houston-area businessman, and a fraud case involving Life Partners Holdings and three of its senior staff.  

“Mr. Peavler was integral to the issuance of the SEC’s Seaboard Report regarding cooperation, wherein the Commission declined to take action against a company in recognition of the company’s response to the conduct at issue,” the SEC’s announcement said.  (more…)

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Photo courtesy Wildridge

The Collin County chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors will meet this week, May housing reports are in, as well as the state unemployment report. We’ll take a look at all this, plus find out if educated workers are moving to Texas, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

medianMay’s home report is in for Dallas, and the median home price is up two percent year-over-year to $260,000, according to statistics from Texas Realtors.

What can you get for the median home price in Dallas? We took a look.

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Photos courtesy Big Al’s Smokehouse

You can help residents of the Elan City Lights, who were displaced after a crane destroyed their apartments June 9. We also see how Texas fared in a look at buyer traffic, and see what home sales looked like in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

All of this is in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

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U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel

If you were one of the 350,000 North Texans sitting in the dark (or paying for a hotel room)during last week’s power outage, you might have missed one little tidbit of information that should make the real estate-minded perk up their ears.

There are places you can live where your power is more likely to come back sooner. Now, nobody outright said, “Move to these neighborhoods and you’ll have your power back on before your popsicles start melting,” but if you’re astute, you can read between the lines.

Oncor (and pretty much every other electricity provider in the country) has triaged where power is restored based on how critical the structures in an area are to the public.

First comes the transmission line outages, because they deliver power to entire neighborhoods and businesses. Because so many can be without power if a line goes down, those are a top priority.

But here’s the bigger takeaway: there are certain structures that, if in your neighborhood, are always going to get power restored pretty quickly, too. (more…)

midcenturyAs children, nearly everyone has played some form of “I Spy,” but one group of fans of Midcentury Modern architecture have created an amped up, grown up opportunity that harnesses the power of Instagram.

The group modTexas is asking Texans to participate in Mapping Texas Mod, their newest Instagram-based initiative to document modernist architecture and design, using the #modtexas tag to create a cache of sites.

“There is a diversity of modernist architecture across the state, yet these treasures are being lost at an alarming rate due to neglect and redevelopment,” the group said. “While many historic, preservation, and architecture societies are active regionally, this initiative brings us together in a shared mission of highlighting Texas’ trove of midcentury assets for natives and visitors to enjoy.”

In fact, group founder Amy Walton reached out to us a couple of weeks ago with an idea — what if modTEXAS and CandysDirt.com partnered to soup up the scavenger hunt even more?

After all, the group had already partnered with preservation groups all over the state. But the opportunity to get the very people who are in and out of Midcentury homes and neighborhoods every day? Well, of course getting Realtors involved in the hunt was an obvious choice. (more…)

WoodrowHave Woodrow Wilson Feeder Pattern dreams, but not a Lakewood budget? Fear not, this week’s Weekend One Hundred is not only a friendly price point, but it’s close to tons of amenities — and it’s in the feeder pattern you desire.

It’s not uncommon to hear that house hunters in Dallas are looking for homes in the Woodrow Wilson High School feeder pattern — it’s known for its academics, it’s fine arts programs, and its athletics, as well as its strong alumni and parent presence.

Suffice to say, if you’ve never checked out Woodrow Wilson High, you owe it to yourself to investigate, because there are tons of reasons it’s one of the most sought-after public high schools.

But it also is home to some of the more spendy price points in Dallas, which is why we snapped up this two-bedroom, two bath condo at 5076 Matilda Street to show our readers the second we saw it. (more…)

It was contentious, a lot. In fact, at one point almost anyone remotely affiliated with a Scott Griggs supporter was blocked by mayoral candidate Eric Johnson on social media. But in the end, he not only unblocked everyone, according to his campaign, but he also won a fairly combative race to become Dallas’ next mayor.

Johnson beat Griggs 55 percent to 44 percent.

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The tone Johnson took Saturday night was much lighter as he spoke to supporters after Griggs conceded. 

After making his way to the stage and hugging his wife, Johnson took a deep breath.

“This is one of those moments that you think you’re prepared for, but you’re just never prepared for something like this,” he said, going on to thank Griggs for his years of service to the city. (more…)