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Junior Desinor

UPDATE, 10:30 pm: Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban totally got it, but in the end Kevin O’Leary and Barbara ended up investing in TOOR: $300K loan, $200K investment. I’ll have a full background story next week!

We couldn’t be more excited and more proud of our own Junior Desinor. That is, Garcia Junior Desinor. We first met when I was editing DallasDirt over at DMagazine, and he was a rookie agent at Keller Williams Turtle Creek, where he landed fresh from Texas tech, where he had already been buying and flipping homes, churning funds from a business he started while still an undergraduate, R&J Party Supply. Next he started his own brokerage on McKinney, Level properties, totally unique with salaried agents and even a company car. Then came Toor, Junior’s uniquely conceived smart lockbox for real estate. Bluetooth- and cellular-enabled, it allows agents and buyers to request home showings with the push of a button on a custom smartphone app/scheduling tool.

Now Junior is headed to the big leagues: from bouncy houses to flips to disrupting the entire real estate industry, you can see him in action tonight on ABC’s Shark Tank, all because of this.

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Barbara Corcoran

There are a lot of great stories in the real estate industry, but none are quite as compelling as “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran‘s. The New York real estate mogul came from humble beginnings, building up her empire with just a $1,000 loan and an incredible amount of hustle.

And we could not be more thrilled about seeing Corcoran at the Champions School of Real Estate Keynote 2016. The May 10 event will host an inspiring address from Corcoran at the Plano Centre, gathering more than 1,200 real estate professionals and influencers all in one space.

After Corcoran’s presentation, Champions School of Real Estate CEO and founder Rita Santamaria will host a lively Q&A with this titan of our industry. It’s truly a can’t miss event!

 

“We are thrilled to present Barbara Corcoran as our featured speaker for this year’s keynote event,” said Kimberly Dydalewicz, president of Champions School of Real Estate. “As part of our commitment to providing the real estate community with educational opportunities of the highest caliber, we know that bringing Barbara Corcoran to share her personal and professional journey from ‘Rags to Riches,’ will educate, inspire resonate with our Dallas-Fort Worth real estate communities.”

Tickets are available at a rate of $65 per person or $480 for a group of 8. To register or learn more about Champions School of Real Estate’s Keynote 2016 visit http://www.championsschool.com/keynote/dallas.php.

Just what everyone needs in their home, a shark tank and spray-on tanning room. I’m starting on mine tomorrow!

First of all, the Texas connection to this 44,954 square foot home going up in Tarpon Springs, Florida — a cute Greek fishing village near Tampa/St. Pete — is that the owners are Texans. Who, we don’t know — YET.  It’s all tied up in a tricky trust desiged to cloak the real owners, like most rich people do. Florida writers say this home is about the size of a Publix  supermarket.

Or maybe just Texas-sized.

Expanding an existing mansion on Old Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs, the Texas owners are growing the ground floor of NBA player Matt Geiger’s $8 million, 28,000 square foot famous “man cave” by 5,537 feet to house a bowling alley, museum, staff lounge, spray-tan room, massage room and wine-tasting room. Also an office, beauty salon and several his-and-her bathrooms. A 2138 square foot nanny/guest room on the second floor is bigger than the size of an average house. The 13,000-square-foot expansion of the rest of the house includes new elevators and separate whole rooms to store luggage, golf clubs and museum artifacts, which is in addition to the museum.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Texas-based Lake Ridge Trust bought the place last January for $8 million from former NBA player Matt Geiger. He had originally listed the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion for $20 million in 2007. (Talk about a price reduction!) Geiger used a sizable portion of the $44 million he made during his career to build the guy-palace in 2002. It has a shark tank, a 330,000 gallon pool with a rock-diving cliff, a guesthouse, a putting green, an artificial lake stocked with 2,500 bass, several bars, a DJ booth, hot tubs, a pizza oven, a wine cellar, and a cigar room. Geiger also once had a herd of 12 buffalo, 11 Watsui cattle, two donkeys, a miniature horse, and a cow. Geiger also had 40 TVs, 18 of which were hooked up with Xboxs. The estate sits on nearly 28 treed acres and includes a 5,000-square-foot guest house to house guests who will come over and play.

When complete, the expanded Texas-owned mansion will top RV king Don Wallace’s 40,000-square-foot estate on the shores of Lake Thonotosassa and New York Yankee star Derek Jeter’s 30,000-square-foot palace on Davis Islands. I think this is even bigger than our Champs D’Or. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the county approved the plans last week. The permits alone cost  $9,621.