Dallas ISD Latest to Adopt District of Innovation Plan

By Bethany Erickson / May 26, 2017 / 0 Comments
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Dallas, Highland Park, and Ector County schools recently became the latest districts to opt for the “District of Innovation” status. Districts across Texas are grabbing hold of a 2015 law that allows them wider flexibility and control of everything from the start and end dates for the school year, class size, and length of a […]

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MidlandDirt: Home Values Projected to Fall in 2016, Investments Considered ‘Dangerous’

By Leah Shafer / May 23, 2016 / 1 Comment

Things look grim for the real estate market in Midland over the next 12 months, as home values are forecast to decrease by 5 percent over the next 12 months. In the second and third year, prices are forecast to decrease 2 percent and remain unchanged, respectively, according to new reports from Local Market Monitor. In Odessa, home values are predicted to increase by […]

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MidlandDirt: Chinese Company to Buy West Texas Oil Fields in $1.3 Billion Deal

By Leah Shafer / November 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

A Chinese investment firm has its sights set on West Texas as they declare their intent to spend $1.3 billion (8.3 billion yuan) to buy massive oil fields in Howard and Borden counties. This purchase is part of a trend of Chinese interest in U.S. energy resources. Read the whole story over on MidlandDirt.com!    

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7 Tips to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

By Leah Shafer / October 2, 2015 / 2 Comments

In Texas, anything below 80 degrees is practically long-sleeve weather. So this week’s lows in the 50s have us thinking about winter. (Fall is actually the best time to do home winterizing because temperatures are comfortably and you’re not rushed.) Winterizing your home doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here are 7 tips that are free […]

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MidlandDirt.com: ‘Expect a Strong Housing Market the Next Few Years,’ Reports Say

By Leah Shafer / August 21, 2015 / 0 Comments

More good news about the real estate market in Midland and Odessa: two new reports from Local Market Monitor say the housing market in both markets is strong and should stay that way for the next few years. According to the reports, home values for Midland are forecast to increase by 8 percent over the next 12 […]

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INFOGRAPHIC: North Texas Ranks in 7 Best Texas Cities for Employment Growth

By Leah Shafer / July 29, 2015 / 0 Comments

In Texas, it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs. A new report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University says that the Texas economy gained 276,400 nonagricultural jobs from June 2014 to June 2015, an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, compared with 2.1 percent for the United States. Many of the major metropolitan areas in […]

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