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Good afternoon, readers! We have a special opportunity for you! The Turtle Creek Association has given CandysDirt.com two pairs of tickets to their annual Turtle Creek Tour of Homes this Sunday, April 12, where you can walk through the amazing home of Stephen and Jane Lerer. Tickets run $50 for Turtle Creek Association members, and $60 for non-members. You, however, could be one of two lucky winners to score a pair for FREE! That’s a $120 value!

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Good afternoon, faithful readers! Just as we promised yesterday, you can win a pair of tickets to the popular Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour right here on CandysDirt.com!


3801 Normandy kitchen

If you still haven’t entered to win a kitchen makeover from Capital Distributing and Ebby Halliday Realtors, well, you’re running out of time! The contest closes on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Seriously, it takes only a few minutes and you could end up with a $10,000 appliance package from Capital Distributing, retailers of the highest end appliances you can find in North Texas. It’s all part of Ebby Halliday Realtors’ seasonal celebration of the heart of the home — the kitchen.

“We’re cooking up some fun and partnering with North Texas’ ultimate appliance destination, Capital Distributing, to give someone the chance to dream,” says Randall Graham, vice president and director of marketing for Ebby Halliday Realtors. “The lucky winner will receive $10,000 credit toward the kitchen appliances of his or her choice at Capital Distributing’s state-of-the-art Dallas showroom. What a fantastic way to get ready for the upcoming holidays!”

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Just imagine your mis-matched appliances being swapped out with brands like Viking, Wolf, Bosch, and SubZero. It’s a no-brainer! Capital Distributing has the most amazing showroom in the Dallas Design District, and your head will be aching with possibilities once you’ve browsed their website.

For contest details and to enter to win $10,000 worth of kitchen appliances, visit Facebook.com/EbbyHalliday right now!


We live for the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, and the homes featured on this year’s tour do not disappoint. We’re talking about some of the most amazing modern homes and unbelieveable renovations by innovative architects across Dallas.

The is a home tour you don’t want to miss, either, and lucky for you, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to this amazing event. The tour, which runs this weekend, Nov. 2 and 3, is organized by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These are the homes that architects go gaga over, so expect clean lines, unique geometry and neutral palettes.

Of course, there are some incredible renovations, too, including 3615 Gillespie Street Unit C (below). Designed by Mitchell Garman architects, this condo is just gorgeous. Tons of wood offset with bright white paint and colorful accents make this unit a vision of Midcentury Modern revived.


“The 1958-era condo has wonderful bones – full-height glass, but very private, small urban condo in the midst of the city,” said owner Kelly Mitchell. “We took out the walls around the kitchen to open it up and make it useful for the way we live today. The detailing and materials are modern, yet fitting for the era and style of the original building.”

There’s another unit in the building on the tour, too, and the take on the space is completely unique.

If you’re looking for an interesting play on lines, textures, and transparency, you will have to pick your jaw up from the floor after you’ve seen 21 Winding Lake Drive by Smitharc Architects (below). This home abounds with minimalist and Asian-style influences, with walls that create privacy without blocking light, not unlike a shoji screen.

Winding Lake

“The Winding Lake house is a study in contrasts: natural cedar cladding alongside crisply rendered stucco and glass, huge windows that provide amply shaded private views, sculptural forms that envelope rather than displace space, a sense of expansiveness despite its confined zero-lot-line site,” said Jason Smith, AIA, of Smitharc Architects.

Of course, these are only a couple of the 10 amazing homes on this year’s tour. Want to see them all? Comment below on which home is your favorite and then send an email with your contact information to jo@candysdirt.com. We’ll choose the winner tomorrow!


Will Bank of America's Principal Forgiveness Program bring borrowers back from the brink of foreclosure?

Thousands of homeowners underwater on their Bank of America mortgages could receive one of the 200,000 letters the bank is sending out offering partial loan forgiveness. According to Bankrate.com, BofA borrowers have to clear a pretty significant series of hurdles in order to qualify for the “principal reduction program”:

To be eligible for this principal reduction program, a borrower must:

  • Owe more on the mortgage than the home is worth.
  • Have been at least 60 days behind on the mortgage payments, as of Jan. 31. (I don’t get it either but that’s the rule.)
  • Have monthly housing expenses of more than 25 percent of gross household income. The expenses include mortgage principal payments, interest, property taxes, homeowners insurance and homeowner association fees.
  • Have a loan that is owned and serviced by Bank of America, or serviced for an investor who has given the bank the authority to do this type of modification.

We already know that major lenders are being pretty tight-fisted when it comes to new mortgages, so this program probably won’t have any real impact on the bank’s bottom line. It’s likely just a way for Bank of America to improve its tarnished image.

Still, what kind of message does the “principal forgiveness program” send out to borrowers? And do you think it’ll keep people at risk of foreclosure in their home?