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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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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Last week, stocks rallied on news of a trade deal between the United States and Canada, which put pressure on bonds, says Bob Johnson (AKA BobMortgage) in this week’s Mortgage Report. Instagram followers got that up-to-the-minute news on Wednesday, where our most-trusted mortgage expert converted his “float” position to “lock.” 

In this week’s 71st episode of the Mortgage Report, BobMortgage, the senior mortgage adviser of the nation’s oldest private lender, Wallick & Volk, keys us into just what market dynamics are at play and how to interpret the fluctuations in the stock and bond markets. 

Keep your finger on the pulse of the market by following BobMortgage on Instagram. For a more detailed breakdown of all the myriad forces that impact mortgages, tune into this week’s Mortgage Report:

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