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Forbes on Dallas-Fort Worth: Hottest Housing Markets 2017

04/25/2017
2300 Wolf Street 12C, Stoneleigh Residences, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth

Residences at the Stoneleigh | 2300 Wolf Street, Dallas, TX / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“Every home buyer wants to make a smart investment,” writes Forbes about its list of 2017 Best Buy Cities—the country’s top 20 hottest housing markets to invest in this year. High on that list? Fort Worth and Dallas. Forbes collaborated with Local Market Monitor, a company that tracks 300-plus metropolitan areas, to determine where home prices, jobs and populations are up — in this case, way up.

Fort Worth’s numbers put it at No. 9 on the list. Its population of almost 2.4 million is up by more than 5 percent in just three years. Job growth? Up more than 2 percent. But it’s the home prices that boggle: Fort Worth’s are up 9 percent, year over year — and are predicted to go up 17 percent in the next three years. At least.

And the hottest investment city? “Dallas dominates,” says Forbes. “The home of Exxon Mobil and the Dallas Cowboys claims the No. 1 ranking. Dallas has an average home price of $233,000. That’s up 3.9 percent from a year ago and underpriced by 3 percent compared to the city’s historic average. Local Market Monitor forecasts prices will increase 31 percent by 2020 thanks in part to 3.9-percent job growth in the past year and 6.2 percent population growth in the last three.”

Populations are up. Jobs are up. That Texas spirit is up. No matter which city you love, the expert agents of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will help you invest smartly in your new home in Fort Worth or Dallas — two of America’s hottest cities by far.

 

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. For all listings, open houses and more — and to explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas — visit briggsfreeman.com.

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The Essence of Lakewood/East Dallas | Top Realtors 2016

04/04/2017
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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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Homebuyers Rush to North Dallas Neighborhoods

03/07/2017
5601 Banister Court, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Plano-front

5601 Banister Court . Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Welcoming communities, beautiful homes, exemplary schools, and roads that are relatively traffic-free – these are just some of the factors making neighborhoods to the north so attractive to homebuyers.   

“I’ve described the growth in this area as graceful, and it’s making Plano, Frisco and the neighboring communities wonderful places to live,” said Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Renovations

03/07/2017
3201 Avondale Street, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-kitchen

3201 Avondale Street, Fort Worth, TX / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re looking to improve your home but can’t guarantee you’ll live there forever, chances are you’re weighing the costs and benefits of certain renovations—what kind of return will you see if or when you need to sell? Knowing the answer drastically increases your enjoyment of your space for the time being and gives you some peace of mind about the future. We’ve compiled a list of the categories below which offer the most added value. Enjoy!

Practical Upkeep

The first item on the list is necessarily pragmatic—maintenance. Realtors the world over assure owners that a home’s snazzier features won’t make a difference if the foundations aren’t sound, both literally and figuratively. Compensating for malfunctioning household basics quickly becomes expensive, and buyers are wary of that. Quoted in Realtor Mag, Ron Phipps says, “If the roof is leaking, buyers won’t get beyond that. I don’t care how awesome the kitchen is.” Updates that score high in terms of recoupment include steel entry doors, new roofs, and new windows.

Curb Appeal

On a similar note, most buyers won’t give a house a second glance, no matter how impressive its interior, if they aren’t drawn to its exterior. Appearance-oriented improvements often justify their cost by attracting buyers willing to pay for their dream home. It might seem surprising that upscale garage doors make Realtor Mag’s “5 Home Remodeling Projects for the Most Return on Investment,” but this update takes a highly visible—and frequently unsightly—exterior element and gives it an elegant and unique look. Clean home siding  (whether entirely new or simply power washed) and landscaping go a long way in this department, as well.

Kitchen

As newly built homes feature more and more spectacular kitchens, which are quickly returning to their prominent position as a family gathering place and not just an area for food preparation, buyers are looking for the same sophistication in resales. Spend money thoughtfully—according to HGTV, some cities (like Providence, Miami, New Orleans, and San Diego) see more than a 100% return on minor kitchen renovations. What to focus on here? Appliances and surfaces that combine maximum efficiency with beauty—think stainless steel ranges and granite countertops.

Bathroom

Bathrooms updates can also offer 100% recoupment, but owners must choose their renovations carefully. A steam or walk-in shower can win buyers over; they’ll feel pampered by the splurge. In contrast, an expensive tub might seem equally luxurious—or perhaps more aesthetic—but it provides a comfort most homeowners don’t have time for on a daily basis and forgoes space, often precious in a smaller room like the bath.

Perks

This is what HGTV refers to as the “Bells and Whistles.”  Sometimes, if the investment benefits your personal enjoyment or all of your bases are covered, it can be worthwhile to shell out for an extra treat that you’ll actually use. Home theater? Exercise or hobby room? Wine cellar? You name it. These icing-on-the-cake leisure spaces can set your home apart and offer comforts that other houses can’t.

 

Want to see these upgrades in action? CLICK HERE to browse a selection of gorgeous current listings that have been recently remodeled.

 

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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Buy Vs. Rent | Experts Invest in North Texas Real Estate

03/03/2017
1606 Sleepy Hollow Court, Jeff Watson, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Westlake

1606 Sleepy Hollow Court, Westlake | Jeff Watson. Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

While purchasing a home has always been an investment in the future, current market conditions actually make it the most affordable living option available. According to a study from Trulia released last quarter, buying a home in today’s market is 37.7 percent cheaper than renting on a national scale. Data shows that, while this is a national trend, there’s nowhere you’ll find that buying is more affordable than renting than in the South – home to eight out of the top 10 metros with the greatest financial benefit of homeownership.

Experts say 2017 is the time for homebuyers to make a move before mortgage rates start climbing and property values rise another 7.3 percent (according to Zillow projections). If expectations hold true, as reported by the Dallas Business Journal, those who wait until this time next year to purchase a home should prepare to add $47.43 to their monthly mortgage payments.

So, whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, don’t wait around for home prices to decline. It’s only going up from here…

The new briggsfreeman.com is a great place to start (or continue) your search. Rebuilt from the ground up, the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty website makes it easier than ever to connect buyers to potential new homes with intuitive search features as well as stunning photography, immersive 3D walkthroughs and more exciting, innovative functions to showcase properties like never before.

To explore luxury homes throughout North Texas neighborhoods, visit 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 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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3 Reasons to Buy Now in North Texas

03/01/2017
4433 Bordeaux Ave, Caroline Summers, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Highland Park, Dallas-fireplace

4433 Bordeaux AvenueBriggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The spring real estate market is right around the corner and, although many people tend to bide their time and wait for the hectic summer months before making the big decision to buy a home, new research done by NerdWallet using data from realtor.com suggests that the beginning of the year is actually a homebuyer’s prime time for three reasons: savings potential, decreased competition, and predicted higher rates. In this blog post, we break it down:

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Top Home Tech Trends for 2017

03/01/2017
4412 Lorraine Avenue, Highland Park, Amy Detwiler, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-kitchen

4412 Lorraine Avenue, Highland Park. Listed by Amy Detwiler. 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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It’s All Good at The Residences at The Highland

02/27/2017
5656 N Central Expy 903, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-The Highlands Residences

Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Designed to make “coming home” the ultimate destination, The Residences at The Highland is all you want and need it to be.

Gaze across the infinity-edge pool and watch your cares float away. Entertain family and friends with a cookout on the barbecue terrace, or gather in the relaxing atmosphere of the open-air private courtyard with fireplace. When you crave a quiet hideaway, pick a cozy spot by the fireplace in the resident-only library.

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Re-energize with a workout in the 24-hour fitness center, or hike or bike the 3.5-mile Katy Trail that starts at Mockingbird, adjacent to The Highland, Dallas Hotel. Afterward, pamper your mind and body with in-home services from Exhale Spa, or order poolside or in-home room service from Knife. It’s all good. Should work cross your mind, the boardroom even makes hosting a business meeting a breeze.

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The sense of ease you feel living at The Residences at The Highland doesn’t stop at your door. Here, everything you need and desire can be accommodated. It’s nice to know whether you are home or away, someone familiar is looking after the details for you; whether it’s making arrangements for your out-of-town guests, taking deliveries, pampering your pets, or making everything ready for your homecoming.

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Quality is felt as much as seen in the details of your condominium home. First, you notice the open, airy scale of luxury. Spacious floor plans have soaring ceiling heights, expansive energy-efficient floor-to-ceiling windows, and private terraces extending magnificent city views.

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Beautiful hardwood and limestone flooring, granite countertops, high-end Kitchen Aid® stainless steel appliances, and Woodmode® cabinetry enhance the sense of custom craftsmanship you expect.

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As do the master suite luxuries including baths with generous soaking tubs and walk-in showers and plenty of closet space. And with your own private climate-controlled storage down the hall from your door, you’ll never feel like you have to go without.

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Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to call one of these six, recently completed residences your own. The Residences at the Highland is offered exclusively by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents: Jeffrey Lester and Holly Block Deason.

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 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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Expert Advice: Buy a Home Before Spring

01/30/2017
1501 Shady Oaks Lane, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-pool

1501 Shady Oaks Lane is listed by John Zimmerman. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The early spring market, from January to February, is one of the most advantageous times for buyers to get a great deal on a new home. According to expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the buzz about Spring Market – the busiest home-buying season of the year – typically starts at the end of January. So, whether buying or selling, now is the time to start meeting with Realtors.

Check out the homes in this post to get a jumpstart on your search.

6916 Lakeshore Drive | Lakewood | Dallas

6916 Lakeshore, Lakewood, Joan Eleazer, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's Luxury Homes for Sale in Dallas-exterior, front

Listed by Joan Eleazer.

2801 Purdue Avenue | University Park

2801 Purdue Avenue, University Park, Tom Hughes, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room

Listed by Tom Hughes.

6291 Douglas Avenue | Frisco

6291 Douglas Avenue 75034, Frisco, Patti Winchester, Maureen Steitle, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty home for sale-exterior

Listed by Patti Winchester and Maureen Steitle.

1700 Bur Oak Drive | Southlake

1700 Bur Oak Street, Robert Tyson, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Southlake-kitchen

Listed by Robert Tyson.

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Fort Worth

Listed by John Zimmerman.

7951 Bella Flora Drive | Fort Worth

7951 Bella Flora, Carley Moore, Zareen Khan, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-living room

Listed by Carley Moore and Zareen Khan.

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 DallasFort Worth Cultural DistrictFort Worth-Mira VistaUptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe NorthRanch and LandRanch and Land West, and The Ballpark. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.