As most everyone knows, we are all about The Vacation over here. I mean, we’re pretty obvious about it. But over on our parent site, CandysDirt.com, we have a weekly feature called the Wednesday WTF. This week, we’re not talking about the charming abodes we see on SecondShelters.com.
We’re talking about something else entirely. These three hotels we’ve chosen for today’s WTF are um, an acquired taste. If you have acquired this taste, then we applaud your adventurous spirit and love of sodium.
The tax reform proposal by the House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate the Historic Tax Credit. The Statler Hotel in Dallas was a project that benefited from the credit (Photo courtesy Hilton Hotels).
A plan to eliminate the Historic Tax Credit by the House Ways and Means Committee as part of its proposed tax reform bill will likely stymie efforts to continue preservation.
We have the details on what the HTC does for preservation efforts, and what it could mean if it was eliminated over on CandysDirt.com.
On CandysDirt.com, we take a look at a device that could be a real boon to property owners participating in short-term rental markets like VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb. Check out why NoiseAware may just be the perfect addition to hosts who want to be good neighbors, but also give guests privacy.
While Hurricane Harvey insurance claims are the first thought these days, every homeowner should know about a change to Texas homeowners insurance law that will go into effect on Friday.
House Bill 1744 was signed into law May 27 by Gov. Greg Abbott. Billed as tort-reform legislation that would reduce the opportunity for insurance fraud, some now say the law may very well get its first stress test in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The law reduces the penalties insurance companies can face if they settle claims for too little, and it lessens the chance the companies will have to pay the homeowner’s attorneys fees if the homeowner sues. It also protects individual agents from things like diminished credit scores if they are individually sued.
The bill addresses all weather-related damage — including floods, wildfires, hail, and hurricanes.
If you’ve dreamed of vacationing in Taos, New Mexico, Crested Butte, Colo., or Destin, Flor., mark your calendars for a fabulous silent auction offering stays at three luxury vacation homes in those locations.
The No Place Like Home vacation home silent auction event will benefit Austin Street Center, a nonprofit that has provided emergency shelter, food, and clothing to the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas for 30 years.
“By leveraging vacation properties owned by Austin Street Center supporters and friends, we will be able to provide a unique opportunity to both our donors and auction winners,” said Becca Leonard, development director at Austin Street Center. “Donors will generate much-needed funds for Austin Street at little to no cost to themselves, and attendees will have the chance to win a stay at one of many fabulous spots around the country—only their vacation will benefit the homeless here in Dallas.”
Hey guys, listen up. I’ve finally got my own TV Show! It’s called Party Line Real Estate, it’s loaded with real-time Real Estate news, and you are going to LOVE IT!
I LOVE IT when Real Estate agents get together and TALK! After all, that’s how they network! And we know there is no better way to network than at a party with the top agents in town, great food, a little string quartet music, and a Candy Bar! Well, we got a whole camera crew and invited Realtors to have some fun and give me the inside scoop on this crazy market. It was such a success, we are going to have a partyand a Candy Bar every month! And you are invited to come and share!
SecondShelters.com welcomes its newest expert contributor, Dallas Addison, who really IS from Dallas, Texas!
My name is Dallas Addison, and my passion is real estate. I’m trained as a lawyer and have helped many clients throughout the country buy, sell, develop and manage all types of real estate over the years, with a particular focus on recreational and hospitality-based real estate, such as golf courses, resorts, ranches, second homes, etc. I’m also a founding principal of Preservation Land Company, which has created several incredible (if I may say so) conservation-based recreational ranches near Dallas and worked on projects in Montana, Hawaii and New Mexico. On the educational side, I’m a long-time member of the Recreation Development Council of the Urban Land Institute, a global organization of leaders in the real estate industry whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
I will be sharing with you interesting, exciting things that are going on in recreational real estate (which we’ll broadly define) across the country. We think it’s important to know that your source is not only reliable but actually 100% involved in the recreational real estate industry.
I also have a strong personal interest in how sustainability concepts are applied in recreational real estate. While completely overused, the concept of sustainability still has merit. Locally, it’s darn hot here and by the looks of our rapidly dropping lakes, we’re using lots of water. Plus, our area is quickly growing, one way or the other, putting even more stress on our resources. We should be looking to make choices that create better and more livable communities. So, where I see interesting and innovative sustainability practices being applied, I want to share those as well. Hopefully those ideas will take root and help us manage the growth without depleting our resources.
Finally, how did I connect with Candy? Well, interestingly, her husband unexpectedly delivered our first daughter, but that’s not actually how we met. We bumped into each other years ago as we share a passion for real estate. She came out to visit one of our projects, Cross Pines Ranch, near Mineola. We’ve had many interesting conversations about what’s going on in this space and we thought others might want to listen in on the conversation.
Stick around, and I think you’ll enjoy the ride. We will be having the Aspen report, just in time for ski season, new news out of Hawaii’s Big Island, and one of my favorites: Cross Pines Ranch near Mineola, pictured here. Come back, come often, and join the discussion!