Longtime journalist Jason Sickles is trying his hand at real estate. He recently joined Fathom Realty, a cloud-based brokerage that now has a presence in 75 markets across 19 states.

“Fathom’s an agent-owned virtual brokerage and I believe in the direction they’re heading,” Sickles said.  “Their commissions are more favorable to Realtors, and the company’s principles track my own: love, service, integrity, acceptance, respect, support, charity, and family.”

Sickles grew up in East Texas before moving to Dallas in 1989, two days after he graduated high school. A month before he turned 18, he took a part-time job at the Dallas Morning News answering phones for the sports department. By the time he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a criminal justice degree, he was a full-fledged journalist for the paper. He later worked in both TV news and at Yahoo News.

(more…)

Fathom Realty CEO Josh Harley (Photo courtesy Fathom Realty).

From staff reports

McKinney-based Fathom Realty announced last week that it would begin working towards taking the company public, saying it would file documents for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the second quarter of 2019.

The cloud-based, 100 percent commission brokerage said it will submit a Form S-1 with the SEC to begin the process of publicly listing its common stock. (more…)

Prosper real estate

Yes, former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders‘ $14 million dollar home is located in the northern Collin (and Denton) County suburb of Prosper, as well as the impressive homes of a dozen other notable athletes, but this 22,000-resident suburb is so much more than that. This bustling town’s inventory of single family homes counts more newly constructed homes than existing homes with a median price of $453,276. In this week’s Suburb Sunday, we explore three great in the fast-growing market of Prosper real estate.

YOU CAN TOUR THIS MEDITERRANEAN TODAY

Address: 4221 Glacier Point Court

  • Five bedrooms, six baths
  • 6,176 square feet
  • $1,599,000

Today’s the chance to tour this gorgeous 2016-built Mediterranean transitional home in Whitley Place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Beautiful light- and dark-wood floors draw you into the living room with exposed wood-beam ceilings, stone fireplace, and picture windows. The chef’s kitchen boasts two large islands, top-of-the-range Thermador appliances and refrigerator. The master suite overlooks the backyard and opens up to a spacious bathroom with beverage center, double vanities, and large walk-in closet. One bedroom/study is located downstairs, and three bedrooms are upstairs, each with en-suite bathrooms and easy access to the large game room and media room. The backyard boasts a dining and living area, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, seating area, and play set with tree-lined views. (more…)

RichardsonAs you may have noticed, we’ve had a bit of a theme going this week at CandysDirt.com — we’ve been featuring homes in neighborhoods with great walkability and community feel, that are perfect for trick or treating and Halloween festivities. We solicited some suggestions from readers, too, just to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

This week’s slate of open houses come from one of those suggestions — the stretch of Waterview Drive between Belt Line Road and Arapaho Road in Richardson. Our insider told us that this enclave in west Richardson is always busy each Halloween, and “all the little cul-de-sacs add a lot more houses to the mix, too.”

We found three homes in three different price points that all have open houses this week in the neighborhoods around Richardson’s Waterview Drive that were perfect for our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. Which ones will you visit? (more…)

Mark your calendars and get ready to roll — we’ve found some of the most exciting houses on the market in North Texas. Lucky us, a few of them are throwing open their doors this weekend. 

This is the CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss. This week, our houses range in price from $459,900 to $1.15 million. Which ones will you visit? 

 

(more…)

If you and your mom are as seriously real-estate obsessed as we are, then what better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend than to appreciate what’s on the market? 

We’ve found three fabulous properties to features in this week’s CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. They range in price from $575,000 to $1.195 million and range greatly in style. Which ones will you see in person? 

 

(more…)

EZ Stow Signs

Conventional real estate signs are a necessary and familiar accessory for real estate agents. But they’re also kind of a pain. They’re big and bulky and don’t easily fit in most car trunks. The stakes can damage a car’s interior upholstery and seating. They’re dirty and muddy, and many agents have to pay someone to install and remove them.

Longtime North Texas Realtor Patricia Manos wanted an easier way to market her properties. She came up with the idea of EZ Stow Signs. They solve many of these common complaints agents have about lawn signs.

“I’ve put up with conventional signs for 37 years and I never found a good solution— my car is a vital asset to support my success, but it seems that every time I wanted to buy a new car, one of the issues I had to consider is the transporting of the signs,” Manos said. “So I, along with the help of my family and some great engineers in Ohio, came up with the solution, and that is when EZ Stow Signs was born.”

This Dallas-based, family-run company is aiming not only to make their products popular in DFW, but also to take their signs national.

“We have created relationships with Keller Williams, Fathom Realty, and ReMax, and I’m sponsoring prep courses at the Champions School of Real Estate,” said Robert Spragins, sales manager for EZ Stow Signs and Manos’ son who has taken his mom’s idea and launched a business. “We’re also attending the National Association of Realtors convention in Orlando in November — we’re renting a booth there to get national exposure, and we’re also attending area trade shows and will be adding more sizes to our product line.”

(more…)

State Thomas condo

Proximity to downtown Dallas is one of the big selling features of the condo at 3110 Thomas Ave., today’s Tuesday Two Hundred.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is all about urban living.

Located in the State Thomas district in Uptown, apartment 102 at 3110 Thomas Ave. is a corner unit with two stories on the first floor of 588 Lofts of Dallas. It has funky loft features, like exposed brick, polished concrete floors, and two stories of commercial class looking out to the courtyard. The owner of this unit also has access to the building’s community amenities: an outdoor lap pool, rooftop lounge with great views, a courtyard with patio furniture, fitness room, and secure parking with assigned spaces. Full use of community amenities are all covered by the monthly HOA fees of $214, which also includes blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, maintenance of common areas, and management fees.

This condo is a one bedroom with 1.5 bathrooms with 1,073 square feet. It was listed yesterday by Brian Franklin with Fathom Realty for $289,900.

(more…)