IrvingWhen Britta Stanton bought the home she and her four children would move into after her divorce a few years ago, she didn’t think she’d ever move again — she loves her home in Irving that much.

“I thought I would never move, I decorated it like I would never move, and now I’m moving,” she said, with a chuckle.

But with good reason — Stanton got married yesterday, and while her fiance loved the home too, she suggested that they at least go look at something they could buy together for their newly blended family.

“When my fiance and I were talking about this house, I said, ‘Let’s just go look at other houses just to make sure we both choose together,’ because I picked this house out myself,” she said. “And he was like, ‘No, I love your house.’”

So that seemed somewhat settled, because Stanton loved her house, too. But then she discovered that a brand new development was going in right behind her children’s school (they go to Uplift North Hills), which is a kindergarten through 12th-grade charter school — which means that a home closer to it makes for a friendlier commute for all four children right up until college. (more…)

Sub-zero

From left to right, Alan Hoffmann of Hoffmann Homes, Chris Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, Candy Evans, Todd Handwerk of Calais Custom Homes, and Matt Mitchell with James Andrews Custom Homes discuss disruption and innovation in homebuilding (photo courtesy Elissa Genova).

On the heels of a very popular panel discussion on disruption in the real estate world hosted by the Dallas Builders Association last month, CandysDirt found a way to continue that conversation thanks to our hosts at Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Showroom in Dallas.

Panelists included Matt Mitchell with James Andrews Custom Homes, Chris Dauwe of Rosewood Custom Builders, Todd Handwerk of Calais Custom Homes, and Alan Hoffmann of Hoffmann Homes, all who brought their unique perspective to what has changed in homebuilding, how they’ve innovated, and what is coming down the pike.

Who told us about the home with the submarine in the garage and no kitchen? Who told us about the over the top outdoor kitchen they installed? Who said that building codes (which update every three years) are the ultimate disruptor in homebuilding because builders are forced to build stronger, more energy-efficient buildings constantly?

Did you miss the event and now you’re dying to know? We have the whole discussion on video! (more…)

scenic bluffThe neighborhood of Scenic Bluff has been described as a great neighborhood for new buyers looking for proximity to downtown and the Stockyards, but also want greenspace, yards, and a bit more privacy than the average apartment provides.

Which is why this adorable cottage at 2521 Dalford Street is a perfect example of what you can find in the Scenic Bluff neighborhood. It’s just a quick scoosh from Oakhurst Scenic Drive, where you can enjoy gorgeous greenspace overlooking the Trinity River, with its walking area and views of the city.

In the case of this two-bedroom, one bath home built in 1941, the sellers have done much to retain the original charm but still appeal to modern needs. The hardwoods throughout are original to the home, and there are original built-ins and moldings throughout as well.

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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Buyers and sellers aren’t the only victims of real estate scams and crimes. Realtors are also a favorite target of crooks, criminals, and other shady types.

Due to the nature of the real estate business, agents naturally come in contact and work with strangers on a regular basis. Most real estate deals involve big ticket transactions and that adds to the risk of dealing with unfamiliar people.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve highlights a few scams aimed at buyers and sellers. Realtors often get caught in the web of these deceptions as well. They just add to crimes that focus on these professionals.

After quizzing a few Realtors, here are just some of the scams going around lately:

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Casa ViewFinding a home in the more affordable $200,000 range can be more difficult in Dallas in this market, and while — thankfully — good elementary schools and feeder patterns are much easier to find these days, finding the two in the same house can still be a reach sometimes. But this adorable Casa View Midcentury cottage is that unicorn.

Casa View is one of the view remaining enclaves in Dallas where you can still find move-in ready homes at a reasonable price point. And Realtor Jason Castro of Castro Property Group knows this — because he bought this home at 1821 Tisinger Ave. as a personal remodeling project.

“I think Casa View is kind of one of the last of those neighborhoods,” he said. “It’s just primed for a little reinvestment and a little redevelopment, and still have you know affordable housing in the city.”

“I think that’s the challenge —  I do most my business in East Dallas, and when you start looking at Lakewood and other neighborhoods that are so overpriced, where do you go when you need a starter home?”

“Where do you go if you’re new in the workforce and want to find something around $200,000 to $300,000?” he said. “There’s really not a lot of options.” (more…)

bachelorRobert Belcher was a bachelor when he snagged his light, airy, and well-appointed Travis Street condo a few years back — but things have changed, and now he’s parting with it because something even bigger happened: He fell in love with Rebecca.

Robert and Rebecca met on New Year’s Eve and fell in love, and now his Uptown condo is listed (photo courtesy Robert Belcher).

“It’s just time switch things up,” he said. “I have a wonderful girl down in Austin that I’m very in love with.”

Although the two have mutual friends, it was a New Year’s Eve meeting in Tulum, Mexico, that initially connected them.

“Yeah we’ve just really hit it off,” Belcher said. “Everything’s sweeter with a little risk, so I guess I’ll just take one and move down to Austin.”

But that’s not to say that he’s not going to miss his condo, nestled at the back of a small development but within walking distance to all kinds of uptown amenities.

“I’ll tell you I’m a little bittersweet about it — I’ve lived here in Dallas for 13 years,” he said. “I was born and raised in Fort Worth, so I’m a DFW kid, with the exception of about six or seven years when I was away for college and in Colorado right after.”

The location of this 2,248 square foot, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath condo was one of the big selling points for Belcher, but the floorplan was an even bigger one.

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fort worthWe talk a lot about the downtown Dallas skyline and the amazing views you can get from high-rise life there, but in today’s look at available rentals, we’re trekking over to downtown Fort Worth, and the Neil P.

We’ve talked about the Neil P. before — our Eric Prokesh took a look at the building’s history when he wrote about a ninth-floor unit that was for sale. The historic building had it’s beginning as the Neil P. Anderson Cotton Exchange, designed and constructed by the leading Fort Worth architectural firm Sanguinet and Staats in 1921. (more…)

By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

The internet can be both an ally and an adversary to today’s home seller. When it comes to scams and cons, homeowners are easy prey for professional criminals.

Let’s face it. When selling real estate, you are inviting strangers into your home. Figuratively with online photos, maps, and more. And literally when they come to view your property. You and your home are exposed for the world to see.

Being aware of the scams aimed at sellers is the first step to stopping them in their tracks. These are some of the most popular swindles I’ve heard about in the past year:

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