cool downEver since reports that home sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth market (and nationally, too) slowed in June, there has been a steady flow of stories proclaiming doom for the market. But is it really a cool down?

For our July 27 Friday Question, we took to Facebook and asked our readers what they thought about the reports.

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Home prices in North Texas broke more records last month, according to reports. Properties in Far East Dallas are selling for close to $300K in some cases, such as this one at 2031 Housley in Casa View, which is listed for $279,000.

Far East Dallas is swarming teeming with work trucks as investors, eager to catch the wave of demand within inner-loop neighborhoods, remodel homes on these close-quartered blocks. But even with all of the flippers tacking up new drywall and painting these post-war ranches varying shades of gray, supply of move-in ready homes hasn’t kept up with demand. Because of these market dynamics — the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area’s net population growth is at about 974,000 new residents since 2010 — prices are surging, breaking new records.

Of course, one can’t help but wonder if this breakaway price growth could mean that a bubble is about to burst …

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electionJustin Henry came within 69 votes of winning the election for trustee seat for Dallas ISD District 9 outright, but is now headed to a runoff election with incumbent trustee Bernadette Nutall.

District 9 includes parts of the Fair Park/Deep Ellum area, South Dallas, Uptown and East Dallas.

Nutall was up against three challengers — Edward Turner and Ona Marie Hendricks, plus Henry. Turner and Henry received endorsements from Educate Dallas and Dallas Kids First, and Henry got the Dallas Morning News nod.

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David Blum, Director of Development, Terra Verde Group; Craig Martin, Partner, Terra Verde Group; Lauren Stephan, Lifestyle Director, Windsong Ranch (Photo: Chris Blumenshine/BellissimoFoto)

Congratulations are in order for Windsong Ranch in Prosper, which snagged “People’s Choice Community of the Year” at the 37th annual McSAM Awards from the Dallas Builders Association. The event, which recognizes “maximum creativity in sales and marketing,” drew more than 300 entries this year with winners named in 58 categories and jurists from all over the nation.

“The People’s Choice Award is THE coveted award of the night because it is a customer satisfaction award that shows our success in creating the best community for our homeowners,” said Craig Martin, Founding Partner of Terra Verde Group, the developer of Windsong Ranch. “Our residents ranked Windsong highest in overall lifestyle, amenities and customer service compared to all the other communities in DFW.”

We’re thrilled at the news, as it’s another trophy in Windsong Ranch’s growing awards case.

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We knew it the first time we saw it: there was just something very special, warm and inviting about the Welcome Center at Windsong Ranch. We didn’t feel as if we were looking at a sales office, or event a home development marketing center.

We felt like we were arriving at a Kimpton Hotel and the refreshments were just around the corner! Come on in, put your feet up.

So it comes as no surprise that the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) recently named Windsong Ranch’s Welcome Center the best in the country. That’s right, BEST IN THE COUNTRY! The National Sales and Marketing Council’s new home sales and marketing awards salute and honor the best in the building industry for their determination, integrity, creativity and endurance.

More than 1,300 entries were received for this year’s awards.

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“We knew our Welcome Center had to stand out,” said Craig Martin, Founding Partner of Terra Verde Group, the developer of Windsong Ranch.  “Along with all of the great amenities, what really gives us an edge is the Windsong Café where residents can get a cup of coffee or fresh food cooked with locally sourced ingredients.”

Like we said, refreshments just around the corner, locally sourced be they vegetables from a Windsong Ranch garden, or fresh honey from a ranch hive.

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Westover Hills, Texas is located in the western portion of Tarrant County. The city is very small, coming in at only 0.7 square miles. Westover Hills has consistently been named as one of the wealthiest communities in Texas per capita income and the 10th or 12th highest income place in the U.S. since 2000! The median income for a Westover Hills household is well over $200,000, no matter the price of oil. The community is a township with its own police, fire department and city hall, but is located in the Fort Worth Independent School District. Most children here attend several private schools.

Westover Hills has many luxurious homes and a million would be just the starting price. Westover Hills, Westover and Rivercrest form the old premiere FW neighborhoods. You cannot really compare Westover Hills to any other community in North Texas — the lots are huge, spacious and rolling. When you give your address as being in Westover Hills, expect a second or deep third glance.

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Shay Geyer of IBB Design is in the running for the 2016 New Trads Rising Stars of Design by Traditional Home.

We absolutely adore Shay Geyer’s Hollywood Regency-meets-transitional aesthetic. She combines colors and shapes with glitz and glamour, all of which you can find in IBB Design Fine Furnishings. So we weren’t suprised to see Shay among the nominees for the 2016 New Trads Rising Stars of Design from Traditional Home.

“I am so honored to have been nominated amongst some of the country’s best design talent,” Geyer said.  “This contest is the perfect opportunity to showcase my work to the editors of Traditional Home and highlight the amazing talent and resources we have to offer our design clients here in Dallas.”

You can vote for Shay once every day on the magazine’s website. The top 50 designers with the most votes will move on to the finals, where a panel of judges will determine the 10 winners.

“To be selected amongst the group of 2016 New Trad Rising Stars would be a dream come true and pinnacle point in my career,” Geyer added. “I’d be so grateful for the support of our community by voting for me for this wonderful opportunity.”

Of course, if you’ve already planned to vote for Shay, but you want to get a little more insight into her personal style, check out her Starwood home that she just put on the market two weeks ago. The gorgeous Frisco home at 5504 Burkett is listed with Ebby Halliday Realtors Pam and Mike Harvey for $1.25 million. It has five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, a game room and a media room, as well as a beautifully landscaped backyard with plenty of room for entertaining.

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Photos of 5504 Burkett: Ebby Halliday Realtors

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Longtime CandysDirt.com fan Laquita Vickers sent us this week’s Friday Four Hundred, a listing from RE/MAX DFW Associates agent Donna Bradshaw.

Vickers says this cutie pahtootie of a patio home is not only in a fantastic location, but it is on a corner lot with a manicured side-yard right next to a planned greenbelt in the Austin Waters subdivision of Carrollton. Though it’s in Denton County, this neighborhood is close to the planned Toyota headquarters and if you need to go hug a tree, just head to the nearby 200 acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Let’s jump to find out more!

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