islands

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We all have our own list of things that are on trend, but maybe don’t excite us. Shiplap. Inspirational phrases on walls. Soaking tubs. But when one writer said she hated her kitchen island, we decided to ask our readers if they harbored similar disgruntlement against the fairly ubiquitous feature.

Realtor.com writer Cathie Ericson said:

“Kitchen islands are so popular, in fact, that most homeowners fall into one of two camps: those who have a kitchen island, and those who wistfully wish they did.

I fall into the former. But after years of hosting countless dinner parties with guests gathered round, perched on barstools, pouring out their hearts over glasses of merlot, I have a confession to make.

I hate my kitchen island.”

She lists several reasons — guests linger at the island instead of mingling throughout other parts of her home, the island is a magnet for clutter, it brings people to the food before you’re done preparing it, and that it invites people barstool quarterback your cooking technique.

All of these things, however, don’t sound much to me like it’s the island’s fault. Why not set out appetizers and drinks in another part of the house, or provide some kind of activity that is nowhere near your kitchen. Or, you know, just simply say, “I’m sorry, the food’s not quite ready yet, but feel welcome to have Joe mix you a drink over at the bar cart?”

We took to Facebook and Instagram to ask our readers what they thought. (more…)

open housesWe hear the question from time to time — are open houses really worth the time and effort? After finding several debates in various real estate and business publications, we took to Facebook and Instagram to ask our readers what they thought.

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Getting the DirtAs we mentioned last week, we’ve debuted two new Facebook groups designed to provide a platform for the house hunter and the Realtor alike, and all those businesses also make homeownership possible.

This week’s roundup of open houses features two house that came to us during our Open House Roundup feature that we have on Tuesdays on Getting the Dirt, our open group that is a place to talk about trends, to post a story you wrote and ask for direct feedback, and is also home to regular posts like, “Pitch Me Please,” where we will ask Realtors to pitch us their best houses in the $200,000 to $700,000 price points; “Open House Roundup,” where Realtors will have the opportunity to point us to their open houses for the week; “Hip Pocket Monday;” and “Suburb Sunday,” where readers and Realtors will be able to weigh in on what suburb we will look at on Sunday.

Our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week are listed by members of Getting the Dirt, and range in price from $378,000 to $515,000. Which ones will you visit? Want to see your open house in next Thursday’s roundup? Join Getting the Dirt! (more…)

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What do you do when a seller isn’t cooperative? (File photo courtesy Flickr)

This week’s Friday Question had its genesis in a conundrum we faced here at CandysDirt — we found a local listing that was quite well, not conducive to good marketing of a home, to put it delicately.

At the time, we talked amongst ourselves about why the photos in the listing may have looked the way they did — there were shots out of focus, random pets, stacks of boxes in another, the top of a random woman’s head in another.

Now, we have a weekly feature called the Wednesday WTF, where we do sometimes react off the cuff to notable listings all over the country. In fact, this week’s took a Realtor to task for a poor attempt at virtual staging that was so bizarre it could only be comical.

So we posed this question to our readers on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

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design

Someone said something bad about the Silos, y’all.

For this week’s social media-generated story, we asked our readers on Facebook about design trends they feel are O-V-E-R.

And boy, did ya’ll have some opinions. Some of you are OVER granite. Others feel TVs mounted over fireplaces are on their way out. Karen Eubank, our resident design maven and stager, says the vessel tub is floating on outta here.
Some have hate in their hearts for the Tuscan, the modern farmhouse, and the McMansion.

Some even dared to take the Fixer Upper name in vain, y’all.  I think you might go to design trend aitch-ee-double-hockey-sticks for that. Like, a cupcake, a bag of shiplap, and some barbecue come to take you to a very dark place.

So below, in the name of experimentation, we’re trying something new — the responses from our readers in a slideshow format. We’ve had some itchy fingers to try this for a while, and this seemed like a great discussion to use this style of presentation. (more…)

honestyThis week’s social media-generated story actually came about as the result of two different stories about honesty we asked readers to react to — one that gave a shockingly low number of those surveyed who felt that Realtors were trustworthy, and another that delved into the depth and scope of MLS manipulation.
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Technology can be a giant pain in the butt, but it can also keep us remarkably productive. It’s also pretty amazing that what we have now often wasn’t available 10 years ago, even, but there is an entire generation that has never known that you couldn’t always carry your computer in your back pocket.

Just the other day, a kid asked me how I knew where to go in the “olden days,” before there were cell phones that could give you directions.

“What do you consider to be the olden days?” I asked him.

“You know, about 1993 when you were a new baby,” he replied, matter-of-factly.

First, bless his heart for thinking I was born in 1993, and secondly, I had to think — remember the days of printing out the directions from Mapquest, or going to AAA for a TripTik?

Almost two weeks ago, I went to the Online News Association’s annual convention and encountered the latest in tech for journalists, and attended a forecast of what the technology landscape would look like in the next few years.

So all of that was swirling around last Friday when we posed our Friday question on Facebook. We were curious — what do you use to keep yourself organized, or even entertained?

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sell your house

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While it might seem like it is easy to sell your house in Dallas when the average days on market hover around 44 (the state average in July was 56) and months of inventory in July hit 2.8 months in Dallas and 3.6 months statewide, it does take some effort still.

And that knowledge spurred last week’s Friday question on Facebook, where we asked real estate professionals to give us one piece of advice for sellers.

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