Orlando

Look, y'all. A rainbow.Listen, sometimes the Wednesday WTF is one of those things where you’re recoiling and scared. Sometimes induces incredulity. But sometimes, it’s just so damned magical you just have to embrace it, because anything else is just incomprehensible.

This is one of those weeks.

I mean, how can you not love a house whose exterior shot includes a freakin’ rainbow? Are you made of stone? It’s a rainbow, in all it’s Lisa Frank unicorn glory, arching above this perfectly lovely two-story house in the Orlando suburb of Windermere, Florida. (more…)

IBS Orlando 2017

By Phil Crone
Executive Officer, Dallas Builders Association

Heading into this year’s International Builders’ Show, I felt that the show had two things working against it: making the move from Las Vegas to Orlando, and holding the show earlier in January than usual.

Most of the people I spoke with shared my opinion that Vegas is a bit more fun than Orlando. The vibe definitely changes when the show moves to Orlando. Hotels in close proximity are hard to come by, and Pointe Orlando (essentially a mini version of the Shops at Legacy) is a less than adequate substitute for the Vegas strip. Moving the show up in the calendar a couple of weeks meant that it was right on our doorstep as soon as everyone emerged from the holiday hiatus. I think that also contributed to NAHB’s concerns about pre-registrations being down about 10 percent. When the show opened Tuesday morning, none of that mattered.

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I wanted to highlight this information that came in as a comment: the Turtle Creek Chorale will be performing a free concert tonight, June 14th at 7:00 PM at Cathedral of Hope. Please join the Dallas community and the chorale at this time of reflection and healing in the wake of what happened in Orlando.

CandysDirt_logo_prideWords cannot describe the horror we at CandysDirt.com felt as the events of Orlando, Florida unfolded. Four of us had just returned from a celebratory trip to New Orleans, where we took home three achievement awards. Somehow that joy was diminished by the slaughter that took place in Orlando, a city known as a place of happiness, where we take children to theme park pilgrimages. Who wants to think about luxurious real estate when 49 people are dead, many more injured, and one of the sunniest cities in the world is bleeding?

A few years back, I wrote for AOL Real Estate on the hot second home market in Orlando, at one time the hottest vacation home market in the nation. This is where Disney developed Golden Oak, homes priced between $1.5 million and $8 million, in a state where the foreclosure rate was also once among the nation’s highest.

The 980-acre Golden Oak development, with two golf courses within the 40 square miles of Disney’s Orlando theme parks, will ultimately house 450 homes and a 445-room Four Seasons hotel sitting in the very center of the development. Disney is also the developer of Celebration, a 4,900-acre development adjacent to their Orlando theme parks, built in the mid-1990s as a new model of small-town living. Completely pedestrian-oriented, the primary-home community of 6,000 homes was designed to be economically diverse, and every commercial structure engineered to be no more than one mile away. I’ve been to Celebration, and it was idyllic. As is the City of Orlando.

Now this community is hurting.

We wanted to share with you some ways to help the Orlando victims’ loved ones:

Local LGBT civil rights organization Equality Florida has set up a GoFundMe page to support the Pulse nightclub shooting victims and their families. More than $1.7 million has already been donated as of Monday afternoon. Donate here.

LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit Planting Peace has launched a CrowdRise campaign to help cover the victims’ medical costs, as well as funeral costs. Donate here.

CrowdRise has also launched a larger relief fund supporting a number of charitable causes, both those helping the victims of the Orlando shooting, as well as those working long-term to address issues of inequality and gun safety. Donate here.

A variety of local Central Florida LGBT organizations have partnered to run an emergency hotline and grief counselors at the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. They have also set up a GoFundMe page, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Orlando shooting victims and their families. Donate here

Oh and yes, we have changed our logo for a bit to show our support for the City of Orlando, Florida, our love for people of all types, sizes, ethnicities, no matter what home they live in, and our prayer is that this is the last massacre.

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Dallas is one of 15 top markets poised to attract baby boomer homebuyers because of an affordable cost of living, sunny weather, and friendly business climate, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

NAR looked at 100 metro areas with lower state taxes (or none at all, as is the case in Texas), stable job market conditions, and strong migration patterns of “leading-edge baby boomers” (those 60-69) moving to that area. By doing this, they predicted which housing markets are likely to see a boost from baby boomers. Cost of living, housing affordability, and housing inventory availability were also factors in their rankings.

For these reasons, Dallas was identified as one of five markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers.

“It comes down to housing affordability, and lower tax rates in the Dallas area and the state as a whole,” said Adam DeSanctis, NAR economic issues media manager. “More boomers after 65 are working, some because they have to, or feel like they have to, but also those that are healthier and want to maintain an active lifestyle. Those [baby boomer] business owners come to Dallas for its dynamic local economy.”

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