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5 Reasons to Invest in Ranch Land


If you’ve always had cowboy dreams, buying ranch land doesn’t have to be just a Wild West fantasy. In fact, it can be rather practical and beneficial, especially given the Lone Star State’s continuing and rapid development. Here, benefits to acquiring some acreage of your own.

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Writing the Book on China {VIDEO}


The long-anticipated book launch and grand tour for Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate kicked off on April 19 in New York City at 212 Fifth Avenue. The 300-plus-page hardcover was a collaboration led by Ben Briggs, executive vice president of international business at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who has lived in China for more than 11 years. Following the Manhattan grand opening, several of the book’s co-authors toured Boston, Washington DC, Miami, Dallas and Fort Worth. Atlanta and Seattle are still to follow. To read more on, click here.

On April 24, the Dallas-area book launch welcomed over 100 VIP guests to Museum Tower, including U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce members, real estate investors and professionals. The Dallas Business Journal and China Daily covered the event.


About the Book

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide To USA Commercial Real Estate, published by one of Beijing’s top business publishers, includes chapters entitled: Why Purchase U.S. Real Estate, Important International Tax Issues, Single-Family Investment, Closing the Deal and more. The book highlights markets and submarkets in each of America’s top gateway cities, with commentary written by local real estate CEOs and top brokers that work alongside Briggs. Briggs’ colleague and financial analyst for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Catherine Hu, co-authored the book bringing much depth and wisdom to intricate details, helping to understand various asset classes of U.S. real estate and relay that to the Chinese readers. Top U.S.-China legal experts also helped pen chapters on optimizing tax structures and negotiating joint venture partnerships.

Chinese Institutions’ Definitive Guide to USA Commercial Real Estate is now available on Amazon.

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

Open Houses

Spring Open House Tour: Sunday, April 23

Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

There’s no better day to find your perfect place to call home. This Sunday, April 23, you’re invited to experience more than 200 of the most extraordinary homes across North Texas on the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Spring Open House Tour.  “We do this tour twice each year so people can get a taste of each neighborhood,”says Robbie Briggs, president and CEO. “People are moving from the Park Cities to Uptown, Uptown to Lakewood, Plano to Fort Worth, and everywhere in between.”

Bold design, smart style, quality construction, and desirable neighborhoods—the annual Spring Open House Tour is your chance to go inside the most beautiful homes currently listed throughout the Metroplex. From cool contemporaries in school-centered communities to luxury high-rises with spectacular views, homes in every neighborhood, style and price point are opening doors for potential buyers looking to make the most of their home-shopping strategy.


See the open-house schedule—plus high-quality photos, videos, 3D tours and more—for all homes on tour:


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. For all listings—and to explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas, visit


Beauty, Buzz

Homebuyers Rush to North Dallas Neighborhoods

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

Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Home Renovations

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.


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.


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.


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.

Beauty, Dallas, Open Houses, Preston Hollow

Just Listed in North Texas 1.29.2017 {Video}

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5351 Livingston Avenue | Mockingbird Park | Dallas

5351 Livingston Ave Dallas 75209- pool

Listed by Becky Frey 

5610 Caruth Boulevard | Devonshire | Dallas 

5610 Caruth Blvd | Devonshire, 75209- sitting

Listed by Erica G Kuppin 

4412 Lorraine Avenue | Highland Park West 

4412 Lorraine Avenue- kitchen

Amy Detwiller  

5131 Shadywood Lane | Bluffview | Dallas 

5131 Shadywood Lane- entry

Listed by Caroline Summers 

2845 Hood Street | Turtle Creek | Dallas 

2845 Hood Street | Turtle Creek- sitting

Listed by Faisal Halum  

9970 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas 

9970 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow, 75220- living

Listed by Lisa Besserer 

748 Deforest Road | Coppell

748 Deforest Road Coppell 75019- living

 Listed by Maureen Steitle 

6638 Lakeshore DriveLakewood | Dallas

6638 Lakeshore Drive | Lakewood, 75214- sitting

 Listed by Kelley Theriot McMahon 

6320 Llano AvenueLakewood Heights | Dallas

6320 Llano Avenue | Lakewood Heights

Listed by Kelley Theriot McMahon 

6100 Lake Shore DriveEagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth 

6100 Lake Shore Drive Fort Worth 76179 lake

Listed by John Zimmerman 

8853 Random Road | Eagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth 

8853 Random Road | Eagle Mountain Lake, 76179 deck

Listed by Amy Chairez 

4609 Saint Laurent Court | Montserrat | Fort Worth 

4609 Saint Laurent Court | Montserrat

Listed by  John Zimmerman

Explore these neighborhoods and more. Visit the Best Neighborhoods Site in DFW.

For more luxury homes throughout North Texas, see 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.  

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At Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, we know real estate is more than a house – it’s your life. So we want to keep you feeling at home in Dallas by helping you stay updated on the important things:


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About Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

At Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, we dedicate ourselves to the extraordinary in all we do, as we serve our clients, community, and world. Our pledge to you is to use all of our resources to obtain the highest price for your property in the least amount of time. To achieve this, we couple our business expertise in sales and negotiation with our marketing strategy, utilizing the internet, advertising, community and public relations. Throughout the process, we will bring to bear our knowledge, integrity, experience, and industry connections.

We are results oriented, and our track record speaks for itself. We are the oldest privately-held boutique in Dallas, and our longevity and dominant market share are a direct result of our high-tech, high-touch approach. In this changing world, we stay on the cutting edge of technology while ever prioritizing the “you” factor – the personal service we have always been known for.

With five conveniently located offices in the Park Cities, the Ballpark, Ranch and Land, Uptown, and Southlake, we offer you the highest echelon of expertise and service as you embark to sell or purchase a new home.

Success is not about a transaction. It’s about relationships with results.

 Robbie Briggs   

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty knows real estate. The company has been part of the community for over 50 years, and we connect people and make deals happen. Since the company began, there always has been an emphasis on finding and developing the best sales team possible, which shares the firm’s philosophy and beliefs.

That philosophy is to deliver a luxury experience to each of the firm’s clients, no matter the price point of their homes. It means that agents need to be trusted advisors to their clients and always put their clients’ best interests first. It is a belief that clients do not represent transactions but relationships. It requires being connected with the community and supporting its growth. And it results in handling all business and all situations with integrity and professionalism.

That philosophy also includes being known for innovation and continual commitment to growth and development. That could translate into being the first to try a new marketing strategy, recruiting and retaining the top agents from across the community and opening new offices in areas where sales are growing. It also means traveling domestically and internationally to promote the properties we represent while attracting buyers to Dallas and finding ways to highlight in what we publish what is unique and special about each of the neighborhoods we serve.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby´s International Realty takes pride in taking care of everything for our clients – from lawn service to arranging financing. As our President and CEO Robbie Briggs has stated, “What does Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty want to do? We want to get into the hearts of our clients. Getting into the mind? That’s a transaction. Getting into the heart? That’s a relationship. You’ve made a friend – a friend you really can serve.”

From his experience with living in China for three years, Robbie understands just how small and interconnected the world has become. His strategic decision to partner with the Sotheby’s brand precisely aims to bring the world to Dallas and Dallas to the world. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty lives to give the “Extraordinary” as it serves its clients, community and world.



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Joining With Sotheby’s International Realty

President and CEO Robbie Briggs proudly announces that his firm has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® network. The firm’s new name is Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s 50th anniversary.

“Looking ahead, we realized that we were ready for a bold, strategic move of growth. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is as important as any element to Briggs Freeman. The melding of the two company’s technologies will provide increased power and strength to attract buyers and investors from all over the world,” said Briggs. The firm has enjoyed a rich legacy as the area’s oldest boutique firm for premier properties.

The company’s roots date back to the beginning of Ben R. Briggs Real Estate, established in 1960. Briggs Freeman’s website in 2008 was ranked #3 in the nation and #1 in Texas by REAL Trends, Inc., and 1000WATT Consulting after the two firms studied the Websites of the top 500 brokerage firms in the country. That ranking is uncontested today. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has developed social media outlets as well as iPad and mobile platforms to help buyers.

“The success we have enjoyed can be attributed to a remarkable record of relationship-building and client service among our outstanding team of professionals,” said Briggs. “We are honored to have them representing us in the marketplace.”

Our firm specializes in the sale of fine homes in Highland ParkUniversity ParkUptown/DowntownTurtle CreekBluffviewPreston Hollow, LakewoodNorth DallasSouthlakeColleyvilleWestlake, and other notable neighborhoods, as well as selected farm and ranch properties around the region. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has had significant sales recently in Plano, Southlake, and Frisco.

The firm’s team of professionals is client-focused and steeped in a tradition of outstanding service. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty associates live and work in the communities that they serve, giving them valuable insight into this highly specialized market niche.

When Briggs Realtors and Charles Freeman Realtors merged with a common vision in 1993, they brought together over 73 years of experience. Melding traditions of integrity, expertise and a commitment to the client, the firm has grown into a legend in the community and the entire real estate industry.

The new partnership with Sotheby’s International Realty network will provide an even broader reach to the firm’s clients. In one respect, however, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will continue as it always has: Live to give the “Extraordinary” as they serve their clients, community and world.