North TexasJust yesterday we noticed something — our usual slow summer just wasn’t happening. The market here in North Texas is still moving quickly. 

If you’re a Realtor, you may be wondering how your listing will stand out among the sea of open houses and other listings. Fortunately, we have some answers, and one of them is super simple — pitch us!

We have a great Facebook group, Getting the Dirt, that offers Realtors the opportunity to share their new listings and such with not only the staff of CandysDirt.com, but also fellow Realtors. We also love it when you tag us on your Instagram posts about your listings — as some of you can already attest, we frequently end up connecting you with a writer.

And of course, if you’re really wanting to pull out all the stops, there are always advertising opportunities, too. 

This week’s CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week were pitched by Realtors through social media. Which one will you check out?  (more…)

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It all started when a friend posted on Facebook, asking if she’d be crazy to remove the ceiling fans from her home right now. “Um, yes, this is Texas and it is summer,” was pretty much the universal response.

But this got us thinking — what if you really hate fans? And how many people out there actually hate ceiling fans? Over here, we kind of feel that anything that helps you avoid the Texas heat and move the air-conditioned air around your house more efficiently is A-OK, but we also know that well, ceiling fans can be kinda ugly.

So we ran some polls: Facebook, Facebook Stories, Twitter, and Instagram Stories. Overwhelmingly, people said they were Team Fan, but there were about 10-36 percent (depending on the poll) that said they hated fans. (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…)

instagramDo you follow us on Instagram? Because it’s becoming THE place to share great listings and then get them on our radar — just like Mona Barnett did with this Southlake stunner she has on the market.

“I would love for you to take a peek at this unique listing I have in Southlake,” Barnett, who is with Haute Realty, told us. “It sits on 2.33 acres and backs to Army Corps of Engineering property, and the main level is up int he trees and the walk-out basement is built into a hill.”

Hold up — basement, in Texas? Tell. Us. More.

The custom Neo-Prairie home, located at 2480 Raintree Drive, was built by architect David Haverfield, and is full of luxury designer finishes and lighting on the inside, and boasts stunning grounds and a pool outside. (more…)

questionableIt started with one photo of questionable design acumen showing up in my Facebook feed.

Of course, I had to show it to my coworkers, I mean, have you been here before? Getting my coworkers to react to the things I find while looking for the Wednesday WTF is like 22.3 percent of the fun of doing the Wednesday WTF.

So I just dropped this in the main Slack channel like it was NBD. (more…)

InstagramIt’s no real secret — Realtors love Instagram. We do, too — it’s a great way to pique interest in a home, tell a story, and more.

In fact, are you following us there? Because you probably should.

This week’s Tuesday Two Hundred comes from Monument Realty, who tagged us last week to let us know about this five-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, Traditional home in the Forest Ridge neighborhood of Garland.

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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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