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OtherIamA Solar Car Race Teams competing in the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, TX. AMA!

Jul 3rd 2017 by AppStateSVT • 12 Questions • 64 Points

Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

Replies will be tagged "-SB"

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5hl527hphg6z.jpg

And that's it, all! Thanks for joining us for another great AMA. For more Reddit happenings from The Dallas Morning News, be sure to follow us at u/dallasmorningnews

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Q:

For your viewing pleasure: 1996’s Race the Sun featuring Halle Berry and James Belushi.

A:

Hey! Love all the vintage Fortune covers... we've got a few of those floating around our office (Fortune is a sister brand at Time Inc).

How has the housing market changed in North Texas since you published this article in 2015?


Q:

5/7, must see.

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Prices have gone up by more than 20 percent in the last two years. And there's very little for sale in the area priced under $250,000 - only about 4,000 listings last time I checked. - SB


Q:

How fast can a solar car go on solar energy alone?

How long can you guys drive for before running out of power?

What is it like to drive a solar car?

A:

How many avocado toasts will an average single family home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area cost me?


Q:

IIRC the world record on solar alone is about 65mph, that's without using their batteries. With batteries I believe teams have reached 100mph. Our car has a top speed of 75mph but that's with a tailwind. For racing the officials normally limit the speed to 65mph. Normally we try and operate at about 45mph because that is our most efficient speed.

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The average house is about $311,000. So depends on where you buy your produce. - SB


Q:

^ Agreed, comfort hasn't been the priority for us either. For us, it gets very, very hot in the car.

A:

GM MR. Brown, I am looking to buy a house Q1 2018 under 300k. Preferably a new home, areas east of US75. What areas do you recommend or see good potential in?


Q:

Agreed, our car handles really well due to the low center of gravity but after 4-5 hours in the car it gets very uncomfortable.

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Fewer of the houses being built in North Texas are priced under $300,000. To find new homes in that price range you'll need to head to Denton, Grayson or Kaufman counties. - SB


Q:

How does COTA compare to Pitt Race, to those who participated last year? I never got a chance to see COTA. Best of luck to everyone!

A:

Who is your favorite retail reporter in Dallas?


Q:

COTA is a world class facility. There is a reason why this is the premier Formula One track in the Americas. The garages are available to anyone, the team meeting room is larger and air conditioned, the HQ is larger and has a great sized kitchen, and the track really tests how vehicles can perform at a high level. Pitt was a great track, but I consider it more of a testing track/amateur race track. It was a great track for competing, but it isn't nearly the same type of experience as COTA.

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Talk about self serving question! - SB


Q:

Doing alright! We got through 4 out of 5 of our inspections today. It's been fun to look around COTA and enjoy the process.

A:

30 oz looks like. I got a red one with a handle. Theyre awesome for cold drinks too!


Q:

We got 7 greens today :)

If you want to follow all teams status, click here

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It was a giveaway from the folks at the Crescent with their anniversary. -SB


Q:

S O L A R D U C K Y

A:

What are the up and coming neighborhoods where you can still get a deal in Dallas? Asking for a friend.


Q:

Do the ducks have batteries?

A:

Oak Cliff, Dallas' near south side and parts of Northeast Dallas are still priced below the area median. - SB


Q:

We've been asked that question so many times! We haven't tested them as boats, so we're not sure at the moment.

A:

Hi Steve. What were your deciding factors in choosing the place you live now? Favorite person you've interviewed? Thanks!


Q:

Unfortunately not, they are spaceships though.

A:

I moved into the M Streets area 30 years ago and have stayed put. It's a great location. My favorite interview of all time was with the architect Philip Johnson who was designing the Crescent at that time. - SB


Q:

For us, the aerobody tends to be the largest time and money sink.

Additionally, finding an accurate model for how long and how many people to will take to complete specific tasks.

A:

What suggestions would you have for a for a first time homebuyer in Collin County?


Q:

It always takes longer than you expect and then some.

A:

The best pricing will be east of U.S. 75. -SB


Q:

cool! looks kind of like Sunswift's Eve. Good Luck!

A:

So I'm currently looking for a house in the Dallas market. I keep getting told that the market will cool down soon because all the new housing being built will catch up with the market. What are your thoughts? Wait or get in now?


Q:

Thanks so much!

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A couple of years ago I told folks to wait. That didn't work out so well. There will not be enough new houses built in this cycle to catch up with demand. So if you need to buy a house you should go for it. - SB


Q:

What is your favorite neighborhood or street in Dallas?

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Have to say Tokalon in Lakewood. Swiss Avenue a close second. - SB


Q:

What are your thoughts on tech companies entering the real estate market (i.e. OpenDoor)?

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Real estate is still largely a local business. I expect it will stay that way when it comes to homes. - SB


Q:

Any tips for buying a house in the M streets?

A:

Be prepared to pay. It's one of the most desirable areas for both homebuyers and builders looking for construction sites. If you want more space, buy with an eye to expanding the house. - SB