North Dallas Tornado

Tyler Seguin’s property on Camilla Lane before the North Dallas tornado.

We all know by now that the North Dallas tornado has devastated Preston Hollow. And a lot of you know Dallas Star’s center Tyler Seguin’s mansion on Camellia Drive was struck. What you may not know is that it was beautifully staged by Lisa Stapp, the owner of Staged by Stapp. Along with Seguin’s home, about $55,000 worth of Stapp’s inventory of furniture and accessories were destroyed.

While it may pale in comparison to losing a house worth a couple of million, the livelihoods of those that serve in the real estate community have also been severely affected by the North Dallas tornado.

North Dallas Tornado

The home is completely destroyed after the North Dallas Tornado struck.

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Don’t be late to the annual event sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors, Dallas Network. The Mad Hatter’s Tea and Fashion Show is Friday, Oct. 18, and our own Candy Evans will co-emcee the annual fundraiser for Carry the Load. This event is a fantastic way to network and get to know the best women and men in the business. 

“I am so honored, and also a little bit nervous, to emcee this event along with the beautiful Bette LeMay!” gushed Evans. “It’s truly one of the best Realtor events in North Texas. So many great Dallas Real estate icons have been past presidents of WCR —leaders such as Ebby Halliday, Virginia Cook, Lila Richards, and Allie Beth Allman.”

The event, which has a fashion show featuring real estate professionals, is always a hit.

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PlanoPlano and Arlington are at the top of a list of best places to drive, pending home sales fell in July, and Realogy announced that its agents lead a top LGBT+ agent list. We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Plano, Arlington Rank in the Top 25 for Best Places to Drive

You have to wait until No. 13 to find a North Texas city on WalletHub’s Best and Worst Places to Drive, but once you get there, it’s Plano that leads the DFW pack. Arlington comes in at 25th, according to the study, which looked at the 100 most populated U.S. cities. (more…)

iPhone

So, we’ve talked about the value good real estate photography can have for a listing, and how hiring a professional is cheaper than your first price reduction, right? And we’ve talked about how even though your smart phone has a camera, it’s not for listing photos, it’s for snapping pictures of your food and your dog?

Good, glad we had this talk.

Because settle in, kids, as I give you an object lesson in why we keep telling everyone to hire someone who knows what they’re doing.

Meet Nashville Realtor Miguel Calvo. Calvo published a bunch of photos for a listing, and um, one of them was not a bug, nor a feature, but a huuuuuuuuge mistake.

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champions

Champions School of Real Estate CEO and founder Rita Santamaria, left, and the company’s president, Kimberly Dydalewicz, right.

From staff reports

It was announced with a literal passing of the baton — a golden one, no less — but Champions School of Real Estate founder and CEO Rita Santamaria has handed the daily business operations of the well-regarded school to Kimberly Dydalewicz, who has served as company president for the past five years.

The move was announced to the company’s nearly 60 full-time employees at the company’s 2019 statewide retreat, where Santamaria handed an engraved golden baton to Dydalewicz at the school’s Austin campus.

“My passion is my business. I love it dearly,” said Santamaria, who founded the school 35 years ago.”I’ve never allowed myself to get up in the morning and think anything other than Champions School of Real Estate. I still have so many ideas. I want to take Champions School of Real Estate to places we haven’t even gone to yet. This is another defining moment for our company; Kimberly and I both know that she’s ready to take on the day-to-day operations.” (more…)

champions

From staff reports

Just a year after naming its first vice president in company history, Champions School of Real Estate named its second at a statewide company retreat in Austin. 

Champions CEO and founder Rita Santamaria and president Kimberly Dydalewicz announced human resources director Debi Bliazis would be promoted to vice president, effective immediately, at the company’s awards dinner.

Bliazis had been previously named as the company’s Employee of the Year in 2016 and has been with the company for almost 10 years, overseeing all human resources responsibilities with new and current employees from her offices at Champions’ Houston North campus.  (more…)

dream neighborhood

From staff reports

Suburb or city, a prevailing number of participants in a recent survey said their dream neighborhood is somewhere quiet. 

The survey, which was conducted by Improvenet, asked more than 2,000 Americans about their ideal neighborhood, and what their dream neighborhood looks like. 

The top five things respondents required in an ideal neighborhood? Grocery stores, parking, good public schools, dining options, and a farmers’ market. (more…)

Fort Worth

(Photo courtesy Flickr)

Rents are on the rise in Fort Worth, making it one of the top 25 cities out of the 100 largest in the U.S. where one-bedroom rents are rapidly increasing. We look at that, as well as who made the cut as the richest person in Texas, and what company is making a foray into Texas real estate now, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)