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3 Reasons to Buy Now in North Texas

03/01/2017
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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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Beauty, Buzz, The Update

Top Home Tech Trends for 2017

03/01/2017
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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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Beauty, Buzz, The Update

It’s All Good at The Residences at The Highland

02/27/2017
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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.

Buzz, Expert Advice, The Update

Expert Advice: Buy a Home Before Spring

01/30/2017
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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

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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

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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.

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Steering Money to Hardworking Young Women | #FWSSR2017

01/30/2017
Women Steering Business, Photo Credit Leo Wesson

Photo / Leo Wesson

While Becky Renfro Borbolla watched the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Junior Sale of Champions five years ago, she noticed that women were not buying the prized steers men were bidding on. Women should also buy the steers, especially ones raised by young women, she thought.

“I sent out 75 emails to women I knew and asked if they would join me,” Becky says.

In four weeks, the women contributed $45,000.

Thus, was born an organization called Women Steering Business that has contributed more than $650,000 in four years to buy steers raised by young women.

It is not a fundraising organization. Each of the 189 current members donates a minimum of $500 per year to buy steers. Last year, Women Steering Business bought 12-year-old Saige Martin’s reserve grand champion steer, Goosebumps, for $170,000.

Young women, ages 9 through high school seniors, raise the steers and other animals. In caring for these animals, they learn a trade, Becky says. The money goes directly to the young women to help raise their next animal or into paying for their college education.

As prominent member Mayor Betsy Price said, “We want to encourage young, strong women to get out there.”

In their signature, red jackets, Women Steering Business members buy six to eight steers a year.

“The more we learn about these young women, and the more we learn about the responsibilities they take on to raise these steers, the more inspired we become,” Becky says.

Post sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty associate Carley Moore. See our #FWSSR2017 special publication here: Legends of the Rodeo … Past, Present, Future.

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, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.

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Five Beauties in Bluffview

01/30/2017
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Gracious rooms, crisp white walls and mahogany moldings are just a few details that entice at 5131 Shadywood Lane. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It may have started out as a 215-acre dairy farm nestled next to Bachman Creek, but Bluffview is now home to many of the most beautiful and architecturally distinct homes in Dallas. With rolling hills, 50 ft. cliffs, winding streets and lot sizes that range from .25-acre parcels to multi-acre estates, the area’s highly desirable topography has attracted premier architects such as Charles Dilbeck and O’Neil Ford, who designed homes that harmonize with the picturesque surroundings.

Close to Dallas’ top private schools, within minutes of world class shopping at NorthPark Center and near major business centers, Bluffview is a pastoral respite in a vibrant community. These, and other beautiful homes, can be viewed at briggsfreeman.com.

5131 Shadywood Lane

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Listed by Caroline Summers.

8714 Midway Road

Listed by Jan Baldwin.

4721 Cherokee Trail

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Listed by Michelle Wood.

5011 Shadywood Lane

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Listed by Caroline Summers.

8712 Canyon Drive

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Listed by Erica Kuppin.

To learn more about living in Bluffview, 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 Vista, Uptown, Lakewood, Southlake, The North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.

Buzz, Fort Worth, The Update

Jewel Charity Spotlight: mamaRoo® Mission

11/22/2016
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Michele Reynolds was rocking a premature infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cook Children’s Medical Center when she asked if there was anything special the Reynolds family could purchase that might help the NICU. “I just love this hospital,” says Reynolds, who has devoted 20 years to Jewel Charity, an organization that has raised more than $67 million for Cook Children’s. Continue Reading…

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Get Connected to a New Walsh Ranch

11/04/2016
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We’re going to have to adjust the old saying that “everything’s bigger in Texas” to include faster… 

Developers with Republic Property Group just announced that Walsh (previously known as Walsh Ranch) will be the  first community in the country to feature two gigabit internet speeds in every home and school as the minimum connectivity standard. Residents of the 7,200-acre neighborhood under development in west Fort Worth will enjoy two gigabit service – already twice as fast as other fiber internet providers in the area. This world-class infrastructure will support homes and innovative businesses from day one. Ten gigabit service plans will be available to any resident that wishes to upgrade their two gigabit bandwidth.

“Innovative planning and forward thinking like this is what makes Dallas-Fort Worth so unique and creates growth that is not only powerful, but sustainable for future generations,” says Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the area’s leading luxury real estate brokerage. “We’re excited about this emphasis on connectivity, and pride ourselves on connecting North Texas to the world and the world to North Texas.”

While Google Fiber is no longer coming to Dallas-Fort Worth, homes at Walsh will be connected to an extensive fiber network that is even faster. In building the community from the ground up, developers at Walsh focused on technology as a utility, elevating the importance of fiber to that of a neighborhood’s need for reliable water, gas and electricity services. They’ve also declared their dedication to using technology to the fullest in order to create the most convenient living environment possible. So, as smart home technology continues to develop, fast internet speeds will be just the tip of the iceberg.

For more information about Walsh, CLICK HERE. Check back on Update the Metroplex for future updates.

 

Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW to learn more about living in Fort Worth.

For 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 Vista,Uptown,Lakewood,SouthlakeThe NorthRanch and LandRanch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

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Fort Worth Angels Making a Difference | Jewel Charity

10/31/2016
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Mary Carolyn Gatzke, Debbie Horton, Rachel Spence. Photos / Jewel Charity

It all started with two women.

Nenetta Burton Carter and Bille Bransford Clark were on a mission to raise funds necessary to meet the needs of Fort Worth children whose families could not otherwise afford their medical care. Thanks to the Angels of Jewel Charity, every child at Cook Children’s Medical Center is given the superb healthcare they deserve.
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