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Real Estate agent Scott Deakins’ Golden Retriever Heath looking at Museum Tower
“It’s a damn, fine building!”
Yes, MetroTex Forecast 2014 was Friday, and I don’t think one contract was written across town as half the North Texas real estate community was at the Renaissance Hotel listening to Dr. Jim Gaines, Phil Crone, Tom Woliver, Dave Copenhaver, Bob Stimson, Jan True, and Jerry Bolz. Steve Brown was also there, and gave his gander as wrap-up of what he thought might be coming down the Dallas real estate turnpike. After he spoke –I’ll get to that in a minute — he was asked a series of questions by the audience, mostly real estate professionals. Well someone asked him a question that really made him squirm: “what do you think is going to happen to Museum Tower?”
Rising Interest Rates Aren’t Slowing Pre-Owned Home Sales, But Builders Need to Ramp up Construction
You’d think that rising interest rates would slow the real estate market, but that’s not the case for the Dallas Area. According to Jim Gaines, an economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Dallas-area pre-owned home sales are up 20 percent year-over-year.
Last week, you may recall, I published architect Scott Johnson’s “open letter” in response to Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster’s blistering –searing — scorching — burning –review of Museum Tower, calling it a “mean girl” who squirted the first ketchup packet at The Nasher. And Lamster was all over Museum Tower for being so removed from the street and life of the Arts District except for, well, housing the folks who live there.
Has Campaign For “A New Dallas” Stalled? Elan City Lights Development Just East of Highway 345 Will Get a Great View of a Crumbling Roadway
(Photo: Steve Brown/DMN)
It was just three months ago that all anyone in urbanism forums or on staff at city magazines could talk about was this “A New Dallas” campaign to raze Highway 345 that bisects the urban core of Dallas. As the beautifully constructed website said, the 345 was already crumbling, so instead of investing money in rebuilding it, we should tear it down and invest in a slower urban infrastructure.
Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s agent Sam Sawyer had the very same reaction Joanna and I did to this ridiculous anti-Uber move on the part of Dallas taxis. No, I have not taken a Dallas taxi in years, not since the last ride when my butt not only counted but memorized the rusted springs in the seat. Last time I was in New York, Denver and Atlanta, all the cabbies took credit cards. You are telling me Dallas cabbies still cannot swipe cards? I have one word for them: SQUARE.
Monday Morning Millionaire II: Giraffe-Jerky Noshing Hedge Fund Manager Puts Highland Park Palazzo Back on the Market
That would be the pad of big time game hunter and Highland Capital Fund Manager co-founder (who likes to have FUN) James Dondero. He once apparently told the Dallas Morning News, as D Magazine reported, that giraffe makes very tasty jerky. Well looks like Mr. D is going to be doing some HOUSE HUNTING mighty soon. He has just listed his tasty mansion at 4332 Bordeaux again with the gorgeous Gianna Cerullo at Dave Perry-Miller. Listed at $6,995,000, as it was before. And for a game hunter sort of guy, the house is not gamey at ALL! I spy one zebra rug, no biggie, and absolutely gorgeous, sleek, stunning decor everywhere.
A Must-Read Local Column Sheds Light on the Museum Tower/Nasher Sculpture Garden/Fake Facebook Posting Fracas
Stop whatever you are doing and read this column by The Observer’s Jim Schutze. He asks the very same question I had when I first read the Dallas Morning News story over a week ago about Mike Snyder’s fake Facebook accounts. The question is: if the Dallas Morning News analyzed Snyder’s IP addresses (those are numbers that link on-line comments to the source of the commenting, like a crumb trail) on his comments on the Dallas Morning News website, which are supposed to be anonymous, did they also check on others? In other words, did any “fake” comments or fake people make up comments on behalf of the Nasher? Did anyone check?
We might want to offer him some natural-based products by The Good Home Company!
Seriously, this is so refreshing to hear. According to the Dallas Morning News, who is still hot on the trail, Mayor Mike ordered a shake-up of the four City Council members who serve on the pension board’s trustee panel of 12. He says Scott Griggs can stay. Scott had my reaction to the legal bullying tactics of the lawyers hired to handle whatever it is they are handling. But the Mayor wants to bring in three fresh voices: my new city councilman, Lee Kleinman, plus newbie Phillip Kingston, and Rawling’s ally Tennell Atkins.
Last week, Dallas Morning News editorial writer Tod Robberson complained that the neighborhood boundaries used by North Texas Real Estate Information Systems are the “wackiest thing I’ve seen in a long time,” he wrote. He wished that NTREIS would get its act together and use “labels and boundaries that reflect reality, not fantasy.” He favors the neighborhood maps created by BC Workshop.
Leasing and New Home Starts Surge in Second Quarter, But Will Optimism Flag Before New Homes and Units Reach The Market?
I am very cautiously optimistic about our market, y’all. I want to be just ridiculously, pie-in-the-sky buoyant about North Texas resilience that has us leading multi-family construction as well as seeing gains in new home starts.
According to Dallas Morning News reporter Steve Brown, North Texas is building multi-family developments faster than any other state in the nation, raising rents an average of 3 percent, as well as hitting an annual leasing record in June. Continue reading