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Are Trulia and Zillow Good Tools for Attracting Buyers?

New listing: 2012 Tam O Shanter Drive Fort Worth has large, cozy rooms, incredible views and an indoor lap pool Listed for $2,750,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Online listing sites such as Trulia and Zillow are definitely good tools for buyers who are beginning a search, though the information provided is not always accurate. The data does not tie in with the MLS, which is the best way to get current prices and availability on a home.
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NORTH TEXAS’ BROKERAGE ACHIEVES IMPRESSIVE REAL ESTATE RANKINGS

 

The nearly 500 expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty have just propelled the brokerage to new superlatives in the most prestigious real estate ranking in the United States.

Per the latest report from REAL Trends, which surveys residential firms, agents and teams across the U.S., Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has achieved:

No. 1 in highest average sales price of any brokerage in Texas

No. 1 Texas firm in the Billionaires’ Club, with 2017 sales of nearly $3.1 billion

Top 11 percent of the highest-selling brokerages in the entire United States

No. 6 affiliate of 950 Sotheby’s International Realty® brokerages around the world

REAL Trends was founded in 1987. Each year, the real estate industry awaits its influential lists — which are especially valuable as the data used in its rankings is independently verified.

The agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty are having an exceptional 2018. Based in 10 offices across North Texas, they are selling fine properties all over the area, the state and the country — from homes and high-rises to ranches and land. The brokerage has invested in new technology and tools that, combined with each agent’s own instincts and knowledge, are making the best agents in the business even better.

To see all the exceptional homes, ranches and land offered by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty — in North Texas and around the world — go to briggsfreeman.com.

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The micro manor | How to decorate a tiny space

Does the 18th-century French barometer work? It’s a reasonable question to put to John Bobbitt, longtime Dallas interior designer, antiques dealer, Maple Terrace resident and collector of superb curiosities. Well, it could work, Bobbitt says, but first he’d have to replace the original glass tubes with new ones custom-made by the one man in the country who restores old barometers, in Maine. Then he’d have to figure out how to safely buy and install the

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Beauty, Buzz, Dallas, Preston Hollow

Top Home Tech Trends for 2017

4412 Lorraine Avenue, Highland Park. Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

In a recent post for Lowe’s Open House Newsroom, Mick Koster reports that research predicts a 100 percent increase in the number of Americans residing in smart homes within the next five years. Given that a quarter of U.S. homeowners already occupy a smart home, this information is incredibly significant—theoretically, by 2022, half of U.S. homeowners will have opted into this technological upgrade.

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Beauty, Just Listed

Just Listed in North Texas 7.23.2016 {Video}

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 

Newly listed extraordinary homes in North Texas:

1230 Plateau Place | The Ranch | Graford | Listed by John Zimmerman 

1230 Plateau Place 76449, Graford, The Ranch, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-kitchen2

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth | Listed by John Zimmerman 

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3712 Bur Oak Drive | Colleyville | Listed by Nanette Luker 

3712 Bur Oak Drive 76034, Colleyville, Nanette Luker, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-living

3909 Chimney Rock Drive | Flower Mound | Listed by Nanette Luker 

3909 Chimney Rock Drive 75022, Flower Mound, Nanette Luker, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-entry

5757 Preston Haven Drive | Inwood Road Estates | Dallas | Listed by Trey Bounds 

5757 Preston Haven Drive 75230, Inwood Road Estates, Trey Bounds, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-pool

8611 Labron Avenue | Bluffview | Dallas | Listed by Becky Frey 

8611 Labron Avenue 75209, Bluffview, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-pool

4328 Druid Lane | University Park | Dallas | Listed by Lindy Mahoney 

4328 Druid 75205, University Park, Lindy Mahoney, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-entry

4545 S Versailles Avenue | Highland Park | Dallas | Listed by Lisa Besserer 

4545 S Versailles Avenue 75205, Highland Park, Lisa Besserer, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-kitchen

819 N Montclair Avenue | Oak Cliff | Dallas | Listed by Jennifer Stolarski 

819 N Montclair Avenue 75208, Oak Cliff, Jennifer Stolarski, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-dining

2221 Austins Circle | Tool | Listed by Marilyn Newton 

2221 Austins Circle | Tool, TX, 75143

207 Hunter Pass | Waxahachie | Listed by Todd Terry 

207 Hunter Pass 75165, Waxahachie, Todd Terry, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior2

Learn more about living in North Texas. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see briggsfreeman.com. 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 VistaUptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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A Day in Dallas – Defined by Guacamole

Chef Chris Southwick, Executive Assistant Manager of Culinary and Food & Beverage and resident Guacamologist™,  prepares a fresh, Texas tradition at 6 p.m. in The Ritz-Carlton lobby.

The Guacamologist

At 6 every evening, The Guacamologist™ at The Ritz-Carlton wheels his cart into the lobby and begins to do what Texas does best: whip up fresh guacamole and margaritas. These complimentary treats define the day for all those lucky enough to be in The Ritz lobby.

Just before The Ritz-Carlton opened in 2007, the team spent over a month brainstorming what they wanted their “defining moment” to be. Every Ritz-Carlton has one: A local Native American flautist plays for guests as the sun sets at The Ritz-Carlton in Dove Mountain, Arizona. A Marshmallowist™ creates homemade marshmallows and talks about the history of marshmallows as guests craft their s’mores at The Ritz in Lake Tahoe.

Such defining moments capture the spirit of the area and honor its history and culture. So what to do in Dallas?

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It all clicked when someone brought guacamole to the meeting.

“When people think about Texas, they think about cowboys and Tex-Mex, the rougher edge of Texas,” says Alex Baker, Marketing Communications Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas. “We wanted to elevate that experience and display the true spirit of Texas.”

The hotel also offers the opportunity to participate as a Guest Guacamologist™. When food-enthusiasts visit, they can work alongside the chef as he mixes the evening’s guacamole.

“Just recently two young boys, who acted well beyond their years in their love for food, were staying with us,” Baker says. “We made mini Guest Guacamologist™ aprons for them, and they stood on step stools and helped the chef one evening. They loved it!”

The chefs themselves love the tradition as well. It provides them with an opportunity to step outside the kitchen and interact directly with guests. Curious what their secret ingredient is? Roasted garlic gives the guacamole a sweet and tangy taste.

So whether you’re visiting the area or looking for a place to unwind at the end of the day, The Ritz’s fresh guacamole and margaritas is the perfect way to kick back and celebrate the Lone Star State.

For more information: ritzcarlton.com

Learn more about living in DFW. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.  

Beauty, Dallas, Preston Hollow

Contemporary Elegance in This Preston Hollow Home {Video}

The contemporary home a 6305 Tulip Lane is ready to house important collections—from art and sculpture to lifelong memories. Listed for $2,395,000 Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

From everyday moments to treasured special occasions, homes host the most intimate details of our lives. With striking luxury and superb privacy, one Preston Hollow contemporary offers an elegant backdrop for a lifetime of making memories. Custom built by renowned Sharif Munir Custom Homes, 6305 Tulip Lane impresses from the very start.
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Buzz

A Must-See on Mother’s Day

In a season of home tours and festivals, one classic truly stands out from the crowd.

The Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour is in its 42nd year, showcasing timeless homes crafted with elegance and grace to more than 5,000 fans of architecture, preservation and gardening and more.

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Buzz

HPHS Grad Helps People Connect to Capitol Hill

Jeb Ory created Phone2Action to help constituents connect with their elected leaders.

At St. John’s, St. Marks, and Highland Park High School, Jeb Ory learned how to think critically, write well and articulate his vision—an education he took with him to the wild town of Washington, D.C, where he and his co-founders run the award-wining company Phone2Action.

Phone2Action is a digital platform that helps organizations gather supporters and connect them directly with elected officials on the city, state and federal levels.
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Live to Give: Boots to Heels – Success in Civilian Life

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Diana Cuesta felt like she just kept failing until she found the Boots to Heels program. A former Air Force transportation specialist, Cuesta was homeless and fighting to keep custody of her two boys when she attended her first seminar to help women veterans adapt to the civilian workplace. From the first meeting, Cuesta knew the program, created by Attitudes & Attire, would be helpful. She just didn’t know it would change her life.
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