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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Appoints Dynamic New Sales Executive

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Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the leader in luxury real estate in North Texas, announces the appointment of top industry executive Gaynelle Henger as the director of sales for its dedicated office in bustling Uptown and the co-director of sales for its largest office, Lovers Lane, in Dallas. Henger’s responsibilities will include strategic planning, business planning, agent support, agent recruitment, agent training and business leadership. Continue Reading…

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How to Rodeo for a Reason | #FWSSR2018

STOCK STAR Photographed in central Texas by Nan Coulter / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The famous Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo opens this Friday, January 12. As its slogan says: This thing is legendary. What started in 1896 as a little rodeo on the banks of a creek has grown into three weeks of ropin’, ridin’ and spectacles at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, an Art Deco wonder built in 1936. You’ll see broncos, bulls, sequins, sidesaddle drill teams, cowgirls, cowboys, trick riders, ropers, mariachis, folklorico dancers, livestock auctions, live bands, hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of people. Even the parking lots are a wow: some of the biggest, most impressive pickup trucks and horse trailers you’ve ever seen.

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Secure your Homestead Exemption in North Texas

Now is the time for homeowners who’d like to save on property taxes.

If you purchased a home in Texas before the new year, you have until April 30, 2018 to utilize the advantages of your purchase and file for a residential homestead exemption — a legal exemption that removes part of the home’s value from taxation. With this exemption, homeowners can potentially save thousands on property taxes, depending on the value of the home.

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Tax Reform and Home Ownership — What you Need to Know

Here are a few ways the new tax law will affect homeowners and the housing market.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Prior to the tax reform, homeowners could deduct the interest on their mortgage debt up to $1 million.

The new law cuts the interest deduction on mortgage debt up to $750,000 for new mortgages.

Current homeowners are not impacted by this change.  Also, homeowners are no longer allowed to deduct the interest they pay on home-equity debt.  It is important to note that the home-equity line of credit (HELOC) deduction is NOT grandfathered.  Individuals with a HELOC will lose the deduction.

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7 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Fort Worth

There’s nothing quite like the holidays in North Texas. And, there’s no better way to ring in the most magical time of the year than with a visit to see the jolly ol’ man from the North Pole.

Are the kids begging for their time with Santa? Or are you the one who still needs to drop off your wish list? Whatever the reason is, getting your time with St. Nicholas doesn’t have to mean battling crowds of holiday shoppers at the local mall. In Fort Worth, there are a plethora of events where Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special appearance before the holidays are over.

Below, discover everything you need to know about seven of Fort Worth’s can’t-miss holiday events:

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Rare Air: Three Posh Penthouses in Dallas

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When it comes to high-rise living, many buyers are looking for a neighborhood identity and fellow residents who have similar interests. They also want versatile floor plans that allow for home offices, guest suites and other features unique to their lifestyles. And, of course, there are the views: Buyers want to see cityscapes from windows, balconies and common areas. There may be no better place to enjoy thrilling views — including sunrises and sunsets — than from these posh penthouses.

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Tour: Easy, Breezy, Beach-Inspired | 4320 Taos Road

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Perfectly sited in Bluffview, the pristine white-clapboard Transitional at 4320 Taos Road is an exquisite new construction from Greenwell Homes, bringing the peaceful aura and light-filled aesthetic of a coast to the pastoral streets of one of Dallas’ finest neighborhoods. In convenient proximity to Dallas Love Field airport, Inwood Village, the Park Cities and downtown Dallas, this five-bedroom home enjoys the privacy of a friendly residential neighborhood but within easy reach of urban excitement.

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Light Up Your Life: 7 Homes With Statement Fixtures

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There is no denying that light and mood are inextricably linked, and statement fixtures are having a moment. Whether you love a warm ambiance or an effusive flair, lighting — from Old World styles to revitalized retro to clean-lined contemporary — is dazzling in homes across North Texas.

Looking to be inspired? Below, explore our selection of on-trend abodes, where radiant spaces really shine.

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Know Your Architecture | Tudor-Style Homes

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From whence it came:

Tudor architecture is the final evolution of Medieval architecture in England, during the Tudor period from 1485 to 1603, which includes the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. In the U.S., a medley of Tudor-era styles — everything from folk cottages to early Renaissance palaces — was combined in a building heyday that lasted from the 1890s to 1940s, especially in affluent suburbs.

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