Pam and Norm Robbins, with daughter Ashley Robbins Gonzales
Pam Robbins was the first Realtor in the family, beginning her career 32 years ago. Ashley Robbins Gonzales, her daughter, was 10 at the time. After Ashley married in 2000, she decided to give real estate a try, too. As luck would have it, their talents made them a formidable team. With Pam as the people person and Ashley as the tech whiz, they discovered soon how much of a good match they are.
But there was a piece of the puzzle missing. After a long career at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and later in community relations at Lockheed Martin, Norm Robbins, Pam’s husband and Ashley’s dad, had the vast network that would make this family affair take off.
Sam Shao (center, back row) graduated from The University of Oklaoma in Norman with a degree in computer science. Thanks to his language skills and attention to detail, his property management company has grown over the past year.
Soaring real estate values in China have contributed to a serious investor’s market for property management in North Dallas and parts of the greater Dallas area.
Local property management executive Sam Shao has leveraged his language skills — proficiency in both Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English — into a niche market for his firm, 31Realty. He markets his property management services to Chinese investors — both individuals and investment companies — who are buying local residential properties to lease.
Aerial view of home and stables.
Always wanted to have a little place in the country where you could stable a few horses? A 100-acre horse ranch in Anna is your dream come true. And it has some features you probably don’t know you need or want … until you see them.
Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.
And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.
Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.
Somebody better snap this up before Jay Leno hears about the ultimate car collector’s garage. If Leno doesn’t get it first, maybe one of the other nine biggest car collectors in the world will shell out the $5.5 million asking price for a retirement home turned into a 20,000-square-foot garage, i.e. car cave.
“It is the ultimate Christmas gift for the guy who has everything,” says listing agent Clay Stapp.
The garage comes with a 33-car collection of fully-restored classic Corvettes, American muscle cars, and even some reproductions. Also included: all the “automobilia,” hundreds of collectibles from vintage gas pumps to toddler pedal cars.
Just one more way local agents are disrupting the traditional real estate market: unveiling a brand new home at a benefit event featuring a plethora of local artists at a contemporary new construction home in the northern stretches of Preston Hollow. For one night, 5639 Willow Lane will be transformed into a pop-up art gallery.
Interior designer Kim Armstrong hired Nathan Grace Realtor Laura Crowl for her home search. Ten years later, the two are still working together, but in a different way.
Friends of friends can be the best connectors.
So it was with interior designer Kim Armstrong
and Realtor Laura Crowl
. They first met about 10 years ago when Kim and her husband were searching for their first home in the Dallas area. Laura was recommended to Kim by one of her mentors, who said she had a friend just starting out in real estate.
Based on the personal connection, Kim gave Laura a shot. They’ve been friends and business associates ever since. “Laura found our first house. We’d been looking for 6 months with a different real estate agent. That went nowhere,” recalls Kim. With Laura, “we put a bid on the first house she showed us within a week of seeing it.”
Since then, Laura has found investment properties as well as a bigger home for Kim and her family. Of Laura, Kim says, “She’s a fighter for her clients. And a workaholic. I learned early on that she will go way beyond staging to help a client sell a property or find the right one.”
Traditional features updated for today’s lifestyle.
Deals in Highland Park don’t come around that often. This beauty in West Highland Park is a variation on the theme.
Stylishly renovated (she was taken down to the studs) and updated, this traditional home, original to the neighborhood, beckons a young family or empty nesters who want a pool and yard. Here’s the catch: Park Cities schools aren’t part of the deal in West Highland Park (west of the Dallas North Tollway). Schools are in Dallas Independent School District.
“This is a very desirable location for young families committed to private schools,” says Realtor Susan Baldwin, of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing 4633 Edmondson with her teammate Ginger Nobles.
And while you may not have the benefit of HPISD, you do get the excellent police coverage and the walking proximity of Highland Park Village as well as the Whole Foods down on Lomo Alto.