Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Officially Opens New Fort Worth Offices

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Official Press Release/For Immediate Release:

Brants, Mira Vista and Bloom have joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Brants Realtors and Mira Vista Realtors, representing decades of deep market knowledge in Fort Worth, have joined a North Texas luxury real estate leader, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

As the Fort Worth real estate market grows month over month, this announcement continues Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s position in key neighborhoods and offers homeowners a luxury brand with a strong local and global reach when listing their homes.

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John Zimmerman and Robbie Briggs

Brants Realtors has done business in Fort Worth since 1926, when Harry E. Brants formed an insurance mortgage and real estate partnership. In the 1930s, the company represented the first luxury homes offered in Westover Hills. The company has built a reputation for the highest quality service and integrity and has been an integral part of Fort Worth’s business community for nearly 90 years.
Joining Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the next chapter in the company’s history of success.

“As we looked at economic growth and the companies bringing their headquarters to North Texas, we knew it would help our clients to have exposure across the region,” said Clay Brants, who will lead the Fort Worth Ranch and Land office. “Other brokerages have asked Brants to join them. This is the only offer that made sense to us. We know that our name will be stronger and world-based with this move.”

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Laurie Brandts

Laurie Brants, who will serve as Director of Sales for the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Cultural District office, said it also will help agents grow their business.

“I’ve seen what the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty brand does for agents – they have increased sales by 50 percent to more than 100 percent,” she said. “With the brand’s marketing and training, the sky is the limit.”

Mira Vista Realtors brings decades of experience in another significant Fort Worth area – the neighborhoods surrounding Mira Vista Country Club. Mira Vista Realtors marketed this neighborhood from its very start, learning how to paint a picture of the lifestyle even though the homes had yet to be built.

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Carol Van Hook & Laurie Spann

Carol Van Hook, who was one of the founding agents of Mira Vista Realtors in the late 1990s and bought it in 2008, said her team stresses professionalism and focuses on the client above all else – and the new relationship with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty won’t change that.

Her daughter and business partner, Laura Spann, Director of Sales for the Mira Vista office, agrees. “We’ve been approached by several people to buy us, but we waited for the right fit,” she said. “This is the first time we thought, this could really work. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has the morals and integrity that we really wanted.”

Briggs also invited another team to join the venture – Bloom Real Estate Group, a company that broke away from a traditional firm so its agents could offer clients a cutting-edge approach to video and social selling.

“Briggs Freeman has built what we were aspiring to and heading towards for both our agents and our clients, and they brought it to our Fort Worth market,” said Zareen Khan of Bloom. “Our agents and clients will have the services we were providing, with a greater bandwidth.”

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty recently acquired the Sotheby’s franchise in Fort Worth, but the company has represented buyers and sellers here for several years. The company’s top producer, John Zimmerman, did $100 million in business in 2014 thanks to his Fort Worth clients.

When President and CEO Robbie Briggs set a goal to expand the company’s Fort Worth presence, he wanted a team of people who understand the city’s roots and could honor its legacies, while looking toward the future by exploring new ways to serve clients.

“Fort Worth is such a great city and a growing market,” Briggs said. “But it’s all about the people. I wanted to bring Fort Worth’s trusted real estate companies together to do this expansion ‘the Fort Worth way.’”
With this news, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty grows its Fort Worth sales force to 98 agents working out of three offices: the main office at 3131 W. 7th St. in the Cultural District; the Fort Worth Ranch and Land office in the current Brants Realtors headquarters at 5201 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Suite 100; and the Mira Vista office, in the current headquarters of Mira Vista Realtors, 6400 Mira Vista Boulevard.

“I love Fort Worth and wanted to bring on the best partners I could to serve a great city,” Briggs said. “These organizations represent the best in integrity, customer service and innovation.”
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s award-winning associates serve clients in ten offices in Fort Worth, Dallas, Lakewood, Uptown, The Ballpark and Southlake. Independently owned and operated by President and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary, to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, cutting-edge marketing resources and global strategies bring the extraordinary to all clients. To learn more, visit briggsfreeman.com.

About Fort Worth and the Real Estate Market:

Fort Worth is America’s fastest-growing city, with a 42 percent increase in population from 2010-2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Year after year, it is named one of the top cities for job seekers by organizations such as Forbes magazine and Wallethub.

The region is seeing the largest annual home price gains in the nation, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty leads area luxury sales with 16 percent of the market, and ranks in the top 5 in the overall market.

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