01/30/15 5:07pm
Are you looking to build your real estate business in 2015? Ready to top sales records? We have five hot tips on how you can make the most of 2015!

Are you looking to build your real estate business in 2015? Ready to top sales records? We have five hot tips on how you can make the most of 2015!

If you’re looking to top your 2014 sales and referrals this year, but don’t know where to start, you’re not the only one. A lot of times agents will hire pricey marketing consultants to take an objective look at their materials and campaigns. This can be overwhelming for some Realtors, but the truth of the matter is, marketing your real estate business is critical to success.

We’ve scoured the top sources for real estate professionals and have put together this list of the best ways to make the most of your marketing efforts as you look to make or break sales records in 2015.

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01/30/15 4:07pm

4010 Bryce Front

There’s something to be said for a home that has three floors and is priced at $425,000. This truly unique home has amazing curb appeal and is in a sought-after Fort Worth neighborhood, Arlington Heights. This area, bounded by Camp Bowie on the North, Interstate 30 on the south and west, and Montgomery Street on the east. I’m sure you can see all of the neighborhood from your third-floor loft in this sweet home!

This listing at 4010 Bryce Avenue from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Realtor John Zimmerman packs three bedrooms, three full baths, three living areas, a two-car garage, and 2,494 square feet all on .138 of an acre! That’s an amazing use of space! And thanks to the dormers and high ceilings, it doesn’t feel cramped or dark, either. And thanks to that third-floor loft, which is accessible from the second floor living space via a spiral staircase, you can see downtown Fort Worth!

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01/30/15 8:00am

Blind 6

(Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a hopefully regular series from Jon Anderson, in which he dishes on the inner-workings of life in the sky. Anderson’s take on Dallas high rise living is both entertaining and educational. You can read his first installment here.)

By Jon Anderson
Special Contributor

Driving up and down our High and increasingly Toll “ways” one can’t help but be proud of the number of housing units built for deaf and blind people. This has picked up considerably since the recession and something we can be proud of.

Or course I’m kidding about the deaf and blind, but how else can you explain the huge numbers of apartment blocks and condominiums lining our dirty and unendingly noisy six-lane thoroughfares? Otherwise, I’d be forced to think developers actually believe people with functioning ears and eyes would not only want to live facing a high-speed motorway but use a balcony overlooking it all.

Here’s just a sample…

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01/29/15 7:58pm

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Let’s just say that this story by Robert Wilonsky has made my week.

The 5,069-square-foot mansion at 2429 N. Cooper Street in Arlington was purchased just last year for $500,000 even. The contemporary home, built in 1973, has four bedrooms, four full and one half bath, three living areas, two dining areas, and a pool. The site is private, and there are enormous windows throughout the home dousing each room in natural light. From that description, I’m sure you already guessed that this would be the perfect place for an orgy, right?

That’s what swingers and homeowners David and Shannon Esopenko thought when they launched the Eutopia swingers club at the home, inviting couple in for an “upscale, yet unpretentious, classy yet inviting” evening of … well, you know.

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01/29/15 6:46pm

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Two things you need to know about Rogers Healy and Associates agent Kristen Muller: 1. She has a killer sense of humor. 2. We can’t wait for her forthcoming self-help book about how to become a top agent. (You’ll have to read more about that below!)

This Park Cities native is definitely the Realtor you want when you want someone to help you through all of the ups and downs that come with buying or selling a house in our incredibly competitive market. In fact, Kristen reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans, who not only has a fantastic sense of humor (listen to his weekly Real Estate Happy Hour radio show on KLIF (Saturdays at 4 p.m.!) to hear what we mean) but he goes the extra mile for his clients. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing and call Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to learn more about the funny and fabulous Kristen Muller!

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24 Vanguard Front

We are just loving how hot Urban Reserve is right now. I mean, this development, the brainchild of the wonderful Diane Cheatham, is as spectacular as you’d expect, with incredible architect-driven modern homes side by side along a placid creek, right inside Northeast Dallas. The homes inside Urban Reserve are getting a lot of attention, and this one at 24 Vanguard Way just went under contract!

This home, listed with Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison, is priced at $748,520 and has all the makings of a High Caliber Home. For a home like this, you want a lender who is going to make sure that you get the right loan. Don’t waste any time and make sure that you’re pre-approved with Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans, so the modern home of your dreams isn’t under contract before you can put in an offer!

Jump for more on this phenomenal property!

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01/28/15 12:56pm
Former City Council member Angela Hunt has an important message in her latests 'Lakewood Advocate' column. (Photo: Lakewood Advocate)

Former City Council member Angela Hunt has an important message in her latests ‘Lakewood Advocate’ column. (Photo: Lakewood Advocate)

I can’t stress enough how important it is to read Angela Hunt’s latest column in the Advocate. I’ll give you the basic jist, but it’s definitely worth a read because it falls right in line with what Vishaan Chakrabarti told us ahead of The Dallas Festival of Ideas: Quit worrying so much about being “world class” and start worrying more about quality of life. Take care of that and the rest will follow.

Jump from an excerpt from Hunt’s column that is particularly important.

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01/27/15 5:51pm

El-Corazon

As an art gallery owner with a love for Southwestern artists, Brian Roughton found himself making the trip to Santa Fe pretty regularly for a while. Roughton, who owns Roughton Galleries in the Dallas Design District, actually grew up in the area and knows Santa Fe quite well. So when it was time for Roughton and his wife, Kayla, to buy a second home in Santa Fe, they knew exactly what they wanted. 

“We started going to Santa Fe pretty often when we were furnishing our home in Dallas,” Roughton said. “When we decided to purchase a second home in Santa Fe, I had already decided that I wasn’t building or buying anything that I would have to furnish.”

It was a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave condo that would be perfect for the pair, Roughton said. They wanted a spot that had some flexibility, but was easy to love because they visited Santa Fe fairly often. Of course, they also wanted the option of renting an additional unit should they have friends or family visit, too. They found all of this with fractional ownership at El Corazon de Santa Fe, a Fairmont Heritage Place property.

Read the rest of the story here, on SecondShelters.com.