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Just Listed in North Texas 3.6.2017 {Video}

03/07/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

1802 Lantana Court | Southlake

1802 Lantana Court | Southlake | Listed by Nancy Dennis

Listed by Nancy Dennis 

5655 Prestwick Lane | Cambridge Place | North Dallas

5655 Prestwick Lane | Cambridge Place | North Dallas | Listed by Pete Ryan pool

 Listed by Pete Ryan 

14225 Hughes Lane | Far North Dallas

14225 Hughes Lane | Far North Dallas | Listed by Becky Frey stairs

 Listed by Becky Frey 

6023 Norway Road | Preston Hollow

6023 Norway Road | Preston Hollow | Listed by Shell Stegall

Listed by Shell Stegall 

9447 Rockbrook Drive | Preston Hollow

9447 Rockbrook Drive | Preston Hollow | Listed by Joan Eleazer

 Listed by Joan Eleazer 

4612 Watauga Road | Bluffview Estates

4612 Watauga Road | Bluffview Estates | Listed by Susan Baldwin pool

Listed by Susan Baldwin 

3808 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park

3808 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | Listed by Brandon Hawkins sitting

Listed by Brandon Hawkins 

2555 N Pearl Street #1204-1205 | Ritz-Carlton | Uptown Dallas

2555 N Pearl Street #1204-1205 | Ritz-Carlton | Uptown Dallas | Listed by Missy Woehr

Listed by Missy Woehr 

6334 Velasco Avenue | Lakewood Heights

6334 Velasco Avenue | Lakewood Heights | Listed by Scott Carlson entry

Listed by Scott Carlson 

Explore these neighborhoods and more at BriggsFreeman.com.

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,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

Beauty, Buzz, The Update

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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Beauty, Buzz, The Update

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.

Buzz, The Update

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.

Beauty, The Update

Five Reasons You Need a Realtor

03/02/2017
5655 Prestwick Lane, Pete Ryan, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room

This English traditional is one of two properties which fronts the prestigious Preston Trail Golf Course in Cambridge Place:5655 Prestwick Lane. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Now more than ever, buyers and sellers need guidance from an experienced real estate professional. According to experts at Keeping Current Matters, these five top reasons are even more important, thanks to rising home prices:

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Beauty, Business, The Update

Expert Advice: 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

03/01/2017
3224 Centenary Avenue, University Park, Meredith Houston, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room

Lovingly maintained with designer upgrades in a premier Park Cities location. 3224 Centenary Ave. is listed by Meredith Houston. Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s true…within seconds of walking in the door, buyers have made up their mind about your treasured home. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on how to best prepare your home if you’re looking to achieve top dollar. Below, real estate professionals share their advice on the 10 best ways to polish a home to inspire a profitable sale.
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Buzz, The Update

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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Beauty, Buzz, The Update

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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Bought!, The Update

Just Sold in North Texas 2.27.2017 {Video}

02/28/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

See some of the extraordinary homes recently sold by agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

6 Ashmere Court | Preston Hollow – SOLD
6 Ashmere Court | Preston Hollow - SOLD
6720 Greenwich Lane | North Dallas – SOLD
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4738 San Gabriel Drive | Preston Hollow – SOLD
4738-san-gabriel-drive-dallas-tx-752292801 Purdue Avenue | University Park – SOLD
2801 Purdue Avenue, University Park, Tom Hughes, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-living room4604 Livingston Avenue | Highland Park – SOLD
4604 Livingston Avenue 75209, Highland Park, Becky Frey, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas-stairs5014 Purdue Avenue | Bluffview – SOLD
5014 Purdue Avenue | Bluffview - SOLD
3821 Southwestern Boulevard | University Park – SOLD
3821-southwestern-boulevard-75225-university-park-listed-by-jonathan-rosen-and-christy-berry-briggs-freeman-sothebys-luxury-homes-for-sale-living25314 Nakoma Drive | Greenway Parks – SOLD
5314 Nakoma Drive 75209, Greenway Parks, Gretchen Brasch, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-fireplace28403 Swananoah Road | Bluffview – SOLD
8403-swananoah-road-75209-becky-frey-briggs-freeman-sothebys-luxury-homes-for-sale-in-highland-park-front4336 Edmondson Avenue | Highland Park – SOLD
4336-edmondson-avenue-75205-highland-park-joan-eleazer-briggs-freeman-sothebys-international-realty-homes-for-sale-living4805 Mill View Drive | Colleyville – SOLD

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For more Just Sold videos, CLICK HERE

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,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.  

Beauty, First Look, Just Listed, The Update

Just Listed in North Texas 2.27.2017 {Video}

02/28/2017

Photos and video / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

2443 Medford Court | Park Hill | Fort Worth 

2443 Medford Court 76109, Park Hill, Fort Worth, John Zimmerman

Listed by John Zimmerman

657 Benavente Court | Montserrat | Fort Worth 

4657 Benavente Court 76126, Montserrat, Fort Worth, John Zimmerman pool

Listed by John Zimmerman

3060 Dove Road | Westlake 

3060 Dove Road 76262, Westlake, Wynne Moore, Perry Moore living

Listed by Wynne Moore and Perry Moore

66 Braewood Place | Glen Abbey | Dallas 

66 Braewood Place 75248, Glen Abbey, Dallas, Faisal Halum, Lera Lee

Listed by Faisal Halum and Lera Lee

9720 Audubon Place | Preston Hollow | Dallas  

9720 Audubon Place 75220, Preston Hollow, Dallas, Lisa Besserer dining

Listed by Lisa Besserer

3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9 | Turtle Creek | Dallas 

3901 Turtle Creek Boulevard #9 75219, Turtle Creek, Dallas, Bryan Crawford, Amanda Crawford kitchen

Listed by Bryan Crawford and Amanda Crawford

4433 Bordeaux Avenue | Highland Park  

4433 Bordeaux Avenue 75205, Highland Park, Caroline Summers fireplace

Listed by Caroline Summers

3421 Beverly Drive | Highland Park 

3421 Beverly Drive 75205, Highland Park, Michelle Wood living

Listed by Michelle Wood

3525 Centenary Avenue | University Park  

3525 Centenary Avenue 75225, University Park, Jennifer Miller

Listed by Jennifer Miller

22217 Toenail Trail | Christoval 

22217 Toenail Trail 76935, Christoval, Emily Beck

Listed by Emily Beck

Explore these neighborhoods and more. 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,  UptownLakewoodSouthlakeThe North, Ranch and Land, Ranch and Land West, and The Ballpark.