‘We’re not stopping’: Dallas opens new downtown park to the public

The Park and Recreation Department director said the Pacific Plaza park puts Dallas on the map to rival other major cities. Willis Winters, Dallas Park and Recreation Department director, has an office cluttered in mementos from ribbon cuttings. A rubber duck, from the Dallas United Crew Boat House ribbon cutting at White Rock, sits on…

Dallas near top of list for most affordable cities to launch a startup

The Dallas area may be known for large corporate companies, but it’s also among the best places to launch a startup, according to a new report. North Texas is the third-most affordable spot in the U.S. to get a startup off the ground in a list from Clever Real Estate, a nationwide referral service that helps…

Hot Texas real estate market brings in billions from international buyers

International homebuyers may have the world at their fingertips, but it’s the Lone Star State where many want to invest. The Texas Association of Realtors’ 2019 Texas International Homebuyers Report reveals that 18,310 Texas homes were sold to international buyers between April 2018 and March 2019, totaling $7.8 billion in sales. That accounts for 10 percent of all…

Mortgage Closing Scams: What You Need To Know

You’ve saved up for a down payment for a couple of years. You’ve looked at a dozen or more houses. You’ve gone through the loan approval process and much more. Finally, it’s all come together for you to close the deal in a couple of days. When you receive instructions to wire your money to…

Home flipping is flopping in D-FW as profits, projects dwindle

Tight inventory and high prices are undercutting the buy low, sell fast business. Don’t believe what you see on the cable shows — home flipping is a tough business. And it’s getting even tougher, with fewer flips and smaller profits. Nationwide the number of home flips was down 5.2% in the second quarter compared with a…

As hackers hold 22 Texas towns for ransom, Dallas needs a data defense

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Aug. 1 and has been updated with details about ransomeware attacks on twenty-two Texas towns.   Does this scenario frighten you? A secret organization hacks into the city’s computer system and infects it with a virus that shuts it down until its demands are met. The city does its…