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Tribute: Susan Medina | Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Photo by Glen Wood / Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Susan Medina is a Southern woman and, like many magnolias, she’s tough as nails when it comes to telling the absolute truth to clients who need to hear it. Medina, president and founder of SKM Communication Strategies, doesn’t believe in dancing around a subject. “I never tell clients what I think they’d want to hear,” she says. “I am honest and candid. I want to know I’ve brought value to them.”

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Tribute: Dickies Arena | Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Photo / Dickies Arena, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

In January 2020, the Fort Worth Stock Show &  Rodeo will open the chutes in the new Dickies Arena in the southwest corner of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The arena, echoing closely the design of the center’s iconic Art Deco tower, signifies its status as a complement to the beloved 1936 coliseum with two Deco-style towers of its own, which should make the boots-and-jeans crowd feel right at home in the new venue. Continue Reading…

What to Watch in Dallas-Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate in 2018

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Timing the cycle is anyone’s guess. But a robust pipeline and emerging trends tell us what the real estate industry will be watching closely in 2018. Continue Reading…

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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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At Home in America’s Ninth-Hottest Market: Fort Worth, Texas

Private and secluded in Fort Worth ISD: 4836 Bryce Avenue is listed by Ashley Mooring. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“In Tarrant County, houses are moving,” says Zareen Khan, director of sales at the Cultural District office of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “The higher the price point, the more inventory there is. Although there is a lot of inventory, the first quarter of 2017 saw double the number of sales of homes over $1 million than the first quarter of 2016.”

That tracks directly with Forbes naming Fort Worth the ninth-hottest housing market in the U.S. this year. The home prices boggle: Fort Worth’s are up 9 percent, year over year for three years, and are predicted to go up 17 percent in the next three years.

Here, enjoy a selection of some significant listings in Fort Worth, exclusively represented by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

4767 Overton Woods Drive | Overton Woods
Listed by Veronica Stimson

Listed by Veronica Stimson

4167 Charron Lane | Ridglea Hills
4167 Charron Lane, Clay Brants-living room

Listed by Clay Brants

1410 Washington Terrace | Crestmont

Listed by John Zimmerman

1301 Throckmorton Street 2004 | Downtown Fort Worth
Listed by Allison Hayden and Michelle Perry

Listed by Allison Hayden and Michelle Perry

6208 Indian Creek Drive | Westover Hills
Listed by John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman

4836 Bryce Avenue | Chamberlain Arlington Heights
Listed by Ashley Mooring

Listed by Ashley Mooring

9404 Marbella Drive | Montserrat
9404 Marbella Drive, John Zimmerman-living room

Listed by John Zimmerman

8221 W FM 1187 | Ashbriar
Listed by Amy Chairez and Duke Chairez

Listed by Amy Chairez and Duke Chairez

Discover more exclusively listed homes in Fort Worth and its surrounds, here. 

 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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Luxury Lakefront Homes to Enjoy Year-Round

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Calming. Invigorating. Living by the water is like a holiday — every day. Your days begin and end with beauty. Thoughts are clearer. Conversations are more memorable. In this era of tap-tap, swipe-swipe, hurry up and hurry over, there is nothing like connecting with water. The expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty can find the perfect place for you. Here, just a few of its many listings with water views.

See all lakefront homes, listed exclusively with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

5400 Gee Road |Lake Granbury | Granbury

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21 Robledo Drive | Private lake | Dallas

Listed by Amy Detwiler

2411 Cactus Rio Lane | Brazos River | Weatherford

9900 Boat Club Road | Eagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth

Listed by Bip Nauta

Mariposa del Lago: 7941 Summit Cove | Eagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth

Listed by John Zimmerman

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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Tee Up: The First Tee of Fort Worth | 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Photos / The First Tee of Fort Worth

One of our favorite aspects of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational has almost nothing to do with golf. Oh, sure, the kids who participate in youth clinic or Caddie Day, run the short-game area or participate as reporters are in it for the golf. But to the longtime volunteer leader and past chair of the tournament held at the Colonial Country Club, Harold Muckleroy, it’s all about the number nine — and, no, not the front or back nine. Nine happens to be the number of Core Values expressed by the PGA’s national The First Tee organization, founded in 1997: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. “They’re great virtues for anyone to live by,” says Muckleroy, founding partner of Muckleroy & Falls commercial construction company of Fort Worth. The First Tee of Fort Worth launched in 2003.

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“Caddie Day was a creation by members of Colonial Country Club in 2005,” Muckleroy says, “and was the very first program of its type on the PGA Tour.” The kids in The First Tee program earn the cherished right to caddie at Colonial by passing all their classroom work, which includes learning the nine Core Values. During practice rounds on the Monday and Wednesday before the tournament, The First Tee kids take over caddie duties at Hole 13, putting on professional caddie bibs and carrying the pros’ clubs. Many times, the bags weigh more than the kids — so they improvise by carrying just one club, often a putter or the club used on the tee box.

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As the golf pros became used to Caddie Day, they began to work more with the kids on their grip techniques, or reading putts. A tradition begun in the second year, photos are taken of each First Tee participant and their pro, which are later autographed by the pro and returned to the caddie as a keepsake. Also begun in year two, close-in private parking is arranged for the parents bringing their kids to Caddie Day; a tournament shuttle service whisks them to the closest entry gate. Other opportunities have been created for the Caddie Day kids and their parents, including maintaining the practice chipping green by rounding up golf balls and raking the sand traps and, for the adults, volunteering at the entry gate to scan electronic tickets. The kids of The First Tee have also become very active participants in the Youth Golf Clinic and the Junior Invitational, a three-hole competition between selected members of The First Tee.

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This year, on Tuesday, May 23, the organization opened a new facility at a local elementary school, which will serve more than 4,000 low-income kids. The First Tee resonates personally for Muckleroy. “I love golf because of its history, legends and the spirit in which it is played. The player calls fouls on himself. I like the integrity of it. I also want to see the game extend into the future as a way to reach young people.”

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To volunteer, donate and learn more about The First Tee of Fort Worth, visit thefirstteeftworth.org.

This content is sponsored by Mary Carolyn Gatzke , Executive Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Fort Worth.

 

Read more “Tee Up” tributes to the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, as seen in the May 2017 issue of 360 West magazine: click here

 

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. To explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas, visit briggsfreeman.com.

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Art in the Square | 18 Years of Supporting Southlake Charities

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It is a happy birthday, indeed. The Southlake Women’s Club is preparing to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Art in the Square. The annual, three-day event begins at 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 30.

More than 160 internationally renowned artists will have their work on display at the 18th Art in the Square, plus local, emerging and high-school artists, too, for viewing and for sale.

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Support from the artists, the community and the event’s sponsors is “incredible,” says longtime volunteer and 2017 sponsorship chairman Carmen Evans, who nurtures relationships with about 100 cash and in-kind sponsors each year, including Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty as well as other major supporters. Evans attended her first Art in the Square in 2002 and immediately knew she wanted to play a role in “such a cool event.”

“I had to be part of it,” says the native Texan, who had moved to Southlake with her husband and two children the year before. After working with entertainment and beverage sales, Evans found her niche in securing sponsorships.

“That is the role that fits me,” she says.

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Since its first year, Art in the Square has raised $2.5 million and annually raises about $200,000, which the Southlake Women’s Club distributes to local charities. This year, the women selected 32 beneficiaries in Northeast Tarrant County that help women, children and families in need.

The event leadership takes pride in the fact that, with the exception of police and fire protection, it is run entirely by 800-plus volunteers.

This year, the Marshall Tucker Band will take the Methodist Southlake Hospital Main Stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. A limited number of VIP tickets are available to purchase a front-and-center spot for the Southern Rock headliners. On Friday night: The Walton Stout Band is back to kick off the three-day festival. Both the Main Stage and Gazebo Stage will host entertainment throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss Le Bistro, offering delicious fare from local vendors – everything from pizza to cakes to kettle corn, or cruise food trucks along Route 66 and enjoy beverages from the Filling Station.

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It doesn’t get more family oriented than Art in the Square. Applied art and hand-on activities are available in the Kids Korner, plus bounce houses, inflatables, a bungee trampoline, zip line and rock-climbing wall for teens and ‘tweens in The Zone.

For more information, visit artinthesquare.com.  Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a proud sponsor of the 18th Art in the Square

Discover life in Southlake – and all of the top neighborhoods in North Texas – at briggsfreeman.com.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices throughout North Texas: Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Discover the top neighborhoods across North Texas on briggsfreeman.com.

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The Essence of Lakewood/East Dallas | Top Realtors 2016

Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Congratulations to the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents named to the Advocate’s annual list of the Top Realtors in Lakewood/East Dallas, as well as all professionals serving clients from the brokerage’s Lakewood office. Together, this group of neighborhood experts is helping make Lakewood/East Dallas a great place to live and work. The Advocate’s 2016 Top 25 Realtors list was compiled from  data retrieved from the North Texas Real Estate Information System (NTREIS) reported volume for 2016 residential sales in Area 12 as of January 14, 2017.

Flip through the pages of this special section recognizing some of the outstanding real estate agents in Lakewood/East Dallas from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

As seen in the April 2017 issue of Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth Cultural District, Fort Worth-Mira Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land East, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Visit the Best Neighborhoods in DFW.

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Making Your Home Market-Ready: The five musts that could bring the most money

3508 Crescent Avenue in Highland Park · PhotosBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In this competitive real estate market, there are mistakes to be made — but an expert agent can help you avoid them. Just one example? How your home looks — and feels — to potential buyers is of utmost importance, and can bring a sale faster and for more money. Here, five must-dos to get your home ready for the market. Your Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent knows many, many more.

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