Candy Evans

Second Shelters: Why I Started a Blog for the Most Important Real Estate Purchase of Your Life

By Candy Evans | December 2, 2010 | 3 Comments

I’ve never really told you why I started a blog called SecondShelters. Truth is, I wanted to call it SecondHomes, but the URL was already taken. I like the word “shelter” because that is the purpose a home serves — it is really a shelter from the elements, from the big, bad world. As a […]

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Lawmakers Eye That Home Mortgage Deduction To Balance Budget

By Candy Evans | December 1, 2010 | 4 Comments

The Presidential, bi-partisian committee scrutinizing ways to cut our huge budget deficit brought on by the housing market collapse, Wall Street firms going under, and the biggest government bail out in the history of the world, may end the U.S. home mortgageĀ  deduction. It could certainly end the mortgage interest deduction of second home properties. […]

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Dallas Real Estate News: Home Sales Flat, Price Declines, Unless You Live in Park Cities

By Candy Evans | December 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Dallas Real Estate News: Home Sales Flat, Price Declines, Unless You Live in Park Cities

I know, Case-Shiller says sales and housing prices are down in Dallas-Fort Worth. It was a pretty sucky report. The only places where sales are up — San Francisco, San Diego and Washington D.C., where all the government jobs are bringing in YPs by the bushels sporting $100 to $300K jobs, all seeking housing. But […]

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Dallas House Porn: Contemporary Lust and Water, Water Everywhere

By Candy Evans | November 30, 2010 | 4 Comments

I have been cheating on my house by lusting after this estate property for years. YEARS! And now, she is on the market, available. Be still, my beating heart. Listed with Douglas Newby, this home is on the same little lake where police went full S.C.U.B.A. this summer to find the murder evidence that nailed […]

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How To Save Money for a Home Down Payment: Eat Squirrel, Not Turkey

By Candy Evans | November 29, 2010 | Comments Off on How To Save Money for a Home Down Payment: Eat Squirrel, Not Turkey

Thanksgiving is over and for most of us, those turkeys from last Thursday are going to make excellent sandwiches for a few days. But the inspiration for this post truly came from an article I came across on the BBC: is squirrel the perfect austerity food? I mean, we are trying to make ends meat […]

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Dallas Real Estate News: Alicia Trevino Says Farewell to Real Estate Flippers, Return to Ozzie & Harriet Mode

By Candy Evans | November 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Dallas Real Estate News: Alicia Trevino Says Farewell to Real Estate Flippers, Return to Ozzie & Harriet Mode

In between seeking the very best vacation properties at the very best prices, I have been hearing all about real estate in Dallas. And in Texas. Guess what: it isn’t so bad — here. Texas has fewer properties up for foreclosure In fact, all the U.S. markets with the smallest supply of homes at risk […]

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