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The Robbie Report: Second Homes Focus Family Time {Video}

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Sometimes the best things in life come in twos. Cup and saucer, a pair of aces, bread and butter, twin-babies and, in the case of real estate, second homes. An associate of mine has a saying: “You’re never too young to enjoy a second home. Vacation for a month, live for a lifetime.” I couldn’t agree more.

In some families, hometown is where it all happens. Kids go to college, marry and start careers all in the same place. Their legacy is written in a single spot, living down the street from mom and dad.

That’s not the Briggs story; our kids live all over the world. When the children (and grandchildren) return to Dallas, ironically true family time can actually be limited. They enjoy getting out, seeing how their hometown has changed. They visit childhood friends. And before you know it, it’s time to wave goodbye.

We have a second home in Maine, which has served a wonderful purpose. When we’re there, we are all together … hiking, swimming and fishing … the grandkids love it and so do we. After gathering there for so many years it’s not just a second home – it’s another home. Lots of friends live nearby that mean just as much to us as those in Dallas. It’s another place to build relationships and memories. 

On the last visit, our daughter said, “Next summer I think I can be here for two weeks.” It’s our gathering place where we cook out and relax around the fire pit for good conversation. 

Buying a second home for us, one with no distractions, and a single purpose – one another – has been the best family time of all. 

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Robbie Briggs 

President and CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty 


Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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