09/01/14 2:53am

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Giveback Homes member Robbie Briggs (center), president and CEO of Dallas-based brokerage Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, at Giveback Homes “build day” in Dallas. 

You remember our very own Blake Andrews, yes? The founder of Giveback Homes, a real estate charitable concept that gives pros a channel to donate funds to help build homes for those in need in desperate, needy parts of the world. 

On his first mission trip to Nicaragua in 2011, Blake was more than moved by how the people of Nicaragua lived and where they lived — in homes you could not even call shacks. Back home in Dallas, his friends were buying homes with Viking ranges while to these folks, even a rusted-out stove was a dream. Most were living under scraps of wood and metal, or tarps. Blake was transformed. In his work for TOMS, he got these people shoes for the feet.

Now, he is working to get roofs over their heads. (more…)

08/31/14 1:02am

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We know Julio was responsible for the goodness that knocked me over at 3241 Merrell Circle. Just found out that Julio also handled the renovation down at Lake Austin Spa Resort, where I am taking my daughter next weekend for her birthday. According to an article in F!D Luxe, “McAdams tapped his longtime Dallas decorator, Julio Quiñones, to redecorate 14 adjoining lake-view cottages on the lush property. The rooms are now dressed in a nature-inspired sage, teal and taupe color palette complemented by watercolor works by Dallas artist Scott Winterrowd, the curator of education at the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University. “ (more…)

08/30/14 10:39am

Highland HouseFootball, boobs and real estate!

Christopher Wynn at FD!LUXE sure has a home run with his latest apologue of what everyone in town was talking about on their summer vacation: the Crosland divorce, the temporary resignation of one of the most powerful plastic surgeons in the country, Dr. Rod Rohrich at UT Southwestern, and what will happen next.

We know one thing for sure from this article: Luke Crosland won’t be getting his hair done at the Salon Lucien, which he has a 1% interest in:

Mary is the Southern Methodist University alum who, four years ago, launched the luxurious Salon Lucien, named for her husband (he funded the finish-out and remains a 1 percent owner) and nestled into Berkshire Court, where the Crosland Group also has offices. Luke Crosland’s attorney, Stephanie Curtis, says Mary Crosland today bans her husband from getting even a quick haircut at the salon and calls the police if he comes in.

And he won’t be going to Dr. Rohrich for any more plastic surgery. Question is, who will? Wynn smartly took note of something most of us did when this story first broke: Dr. Rohrich’s salary of $1.7 million as head of the plastic surgery department at UT Southwestern.

College sports and breast augmentation are, apparently, the two things Texans value most. This notion is one of many to emerge in a Dallas society scandal that is mixing sex, sin and one very spectacular diamond. The indication of the aforementioned theory is a Texas Tribune database ranking the top salaries of state public employees. Number one is Mack Brown, the former head football coach at the University of Texas at Austin, with more than $5 million in salary. Another UT Austin coach and the head coach at Texas Tech University hold spots number two and three, respectively. Coming in at number four? A Dallas plastic surgeon, Rodney “Rod” Rohrich, who, the database indicates, earns $1.7 million yearly as the head of the plastic-surgery department at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

That news stirred more than a few ACA-scarred physicians I’ve spoken with in the last few months. Many wonder if Rohrich is still on salary now that he has temporarily resigned from his leadership position. As the article notes,  “he remains a faculty member in good standing,” while UTSW investigates ALLEGED “unprofessional conduct”.

But is he still pulling in $1.7m from the state?

What does this have to do with real estate? Everything: Luke Crosland is a leading Dallas developer, most recently in the news for the luxury high rise he wants to build in Preston Center.

I made the link to Wynn’s story as big as I could in my second graph — click now and read!

 

08/30/14 12:55am

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Free, yes indeed. All you have to pay are the utilities. The owner of this home is seeking a Home Tender. What is that? It’s a person who lives in a home for free, maintains and loves it, and keeps it looking fresh and beautiful for the owner who may not be able to live in the home for several reasons while it is on the market. Few homeowners want to leave their home stark naked and empty while it sells, subject to the whim of crazy intruders or, even worse, a house squatter! (more…)

08/29/14 11:25am

3241 Merrell ext
This is one of those listings that drives me to drink because I cannot for the life of me understand how damn wonderful our real estate market is. Do you know that I wake up and pinch myself every single day? We are so lucky, I am so lucky, to be in a real estate market where we have beauty surrounding us. Beauty like the jewel box that is 3241 Merrell Circle.

If I were going to be poor — well, on a super tight budget — I’d so want to be poor right here in Dallas. Why? Because people are kind and generous and would give me their cast-off designer duds? Throw me a bottle of Veuve Cliquot and say, if you can catch it, you can drink it? NO! (more…)

08/29/14 11:19am
Katie Lance offers five "don'ts" for real estate professionals who want to use social media to connect with clients.

Katie Lance offers five “don’ts” for real estate professionals who want to use social media to connect with clients.


Marketing is one of the most challenging parts of having a successful real estate business. Great marketing ensures that, even after the peak season ends, your business will weather less-than-stellar sales. Truly, real estate is a cyclical industry, marked by seasonal highs and lows. Not only do you need to be prepared for the lean months financially, but by employing some strategic marketing tactics, you can stay in the forefront of potential clients’ minds.

But how can real estate agents keep the home fires burning on social media? What are some of the best ways to take advantage of your social networks?

Katie Lance is a fantastic business guru, often speaking at conferences focusing on content strategies. She is totally brilliant. If you’re not following her blog, you’re missing out! Lance just posted this great list of the top five “don’ts” for social media marketing when it applies to real estate professionals, and it’s a must-read! I agree with every single one of these suggestions, especially No. 5.

Jump for the complete list!

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08/29/14 12:43am

Chez Rhonda

We started the week with a fabulous home on one of my favorite Preston Hollow streets, Mimosa, named for the flower, but I love it for the drink. Mimosa’s been quite a street with famous Dallas names. Rhonda Aikman bought a home here in November of 2010. At the time, I teased that maybe it was a SECOND home since the Aikmans already had a grand home on Highland Drive in Highland Park. And no mention was made of any marital disharmony in a big D Magazine article published shortly thereafter. Well, we know what happened. (more…)

08/28/14 9:33pm
A Preston Hollow homeowner scares off would-be intruders.

A Preston Hollow homeowner scares off would-be intruders.

Great report other night on Fox 4 News about a Preston Hollow resident whose home was invaded by a trio in the middle of the night. His security cameras caught the guys, but they hid their faces. What I want to know is, how long before we can get rentina scan technology in home security cameras? I’ve heard about a lot of “cat burglaries” in parts of Preston Hollow recently. Watch the guy checking out the BBQ grill. Maybe he wants a steak? (more…)