Listen, sometimes the Wednesday WTF over on CandysDirt.com 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. Check out this house near Orlando that is just magical.

Hey, do you want to buy a lodge? A really, really big lodge? What if we told you it’s been on the market since 2015? What if we told you that it was initially listed for $40 million, but had a price reduction last year and can now be yours for a cool 20 million American dollars?

Come take a look at our Wednesday WTF, an irreverent look at real estate and home decor.

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.

Come check it out.

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.

insuranceWhile 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.

We take a deeper look at the change and what you need to know here.

austin street center

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.”

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