Len B book

I have known, and loved, Len Bourland for a long time. We were both writers, mothers, and married to physicians when we met back in the ’80s. Moving to Dallas from New York City, switching roles from working producer to freelancing mom, was sort of shocking to my then much younger system. Meeting Len was amazing: a woman who, like me, lived to write. A writer who actually had a regular column we all devoured, laughed over, but most importantly identified with. Great writers make themselves jump out on the page, bring you into their hearts, pull you into their lives, and leave you as a close friend. A friend you can identify with.

That was, and still is, Len’s award-winning regular column in Park Cities People. From Carpool Capers to At Our House, we enjoyed her stories of the “halcyon days” when we didn’t have car seats with five point locking systems. Like the time she and her neighbor donned rubber gloves, long sleeves, swim goggles, bandanas and shower caps to jump-start a car — after all, the battery warning label said “Caution! Batteries Contain Acid, Which Can Explode!”. It was I Love Lucy meets The Brady Bunch.

Her book, “Normal’s Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine”  is a collection of all those fun columns, raising a family in the Park Cities, the “quintessential Reagan-era stay-at-home mom dream in the Big D”. But it’s also the story of a woman who, like most of us, launches a family with sparkly eyes and a big, loving heart, then sees it turn upside down before her eyes. Len manages to keep it together, “mop up and move on”, and find a new life and career through real estate at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s on Lovers Lane.

And by the way, if you can answer the real estate “riddle” at the end of this post, Len will send you a copy of her book, which is for sale on Amazon, at Preston Royal Barnes & Noble, St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange, Church of the Incarnation and St. Michaels & All Angels Church. 


Martha Teran

Martha Alice Teran, a Dallas Realtor with Dallas-based Gilchrist & Company, was shot to death in the parking lot of Medieval Times Sunday night. Teran, age 42, was apparently helping her daughter sell an iPhone 7 though the “OfferUp” exchange ap:

Teran’s family said Monday there were likely three suspects and when they contacted Teran through the app, they initially wanted to meet at another location. She refused and instead met them in the parking lot outside of Medieval Times just off of Interstate 35. According to the victim’s family, the shooting happened within seconds and Teran’s daughter was a witness. They say there was little-to-no communication before shots were fired.

Teran had worked with Gilchrist & Company for almost two years. Shot at about 6p.m, Teran was transported to a hospital where she later died. Her daughter witnessed the horrific event:

According to the victim’s family, the shooting happened within seconds and Teran’s daughter was a witness. They say there was little-to-no communication before shots were fired.

According to reports, the suspects tore off after the shooting, and DPD has released no information as of yet. They do ask that anyone with any information about the crime call Det. Scott Sayers at 214-671-3647, or email scott.sayers@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us.

Crime Stoppers offers awards up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

Teran’s broker, Tom Gilchrist, like most of the Dallas real estate community,is in shock.

“She had good people skills, always happy,” Gilchrist said. “Just a smart gal, and eager to please.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Teran’s family, which has already pulled in almost $4500. We will keep you posted on further developments in this story.Martha Teran RE shot



Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Christy Berry will be one busy agent tomorrow night. Christy is the chair of the first private fundraiser event for Prelude Lights, which takes place Thursday evening at the AT&T Performance Art Center. Prelude is a “prelude” to Aurora, a multi-night, city-wide arts event designed to promote public media art.

Thursday’s VIP event will feature a performance by Denton-based Neon Indian, catering and craft cocktails by Wolfgang Puck, and, most importantly, the very first look at this years’ art installations before thousands descend on the Center over the weekend. Guests will have a more intimate opportunity to fully experience each piece of art,  even discuss the works with onsite docents.

 Background: Aurora, a biennial arts festival, was launched in 2010 in Old City Park, then partnered with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and supporting sponsor energy provider Reliant.
The festival was founded by Josh King and Shane Pennington, who are hoping to use feedback from last year’s rather wild event (50,000 plus!) to create a smoother and larger festival come 2017. Thus, says Christy, Prelude is a test market for smaller scale operations, with artwork scaled to be more thoughtful.

“Shane and Josh had more than 50 art installations down there last year,” says Christy. “This year there will be only 10 large, interactive and dynamic new media installations, but it’s all a prelude to next year, when they will have more than 80 pieces of fabulous art all over town.”cberry

 The media installations for this weekend are by world wide artists, selected by three curators: New York-based DooEun Choi, Berlin-based Nadim Samman, and Justine Ludwig, curator at the Dallas Contemporary.

“The art is not something you can touch, but is a sensory experience of light, video, and sound installations.,” says Christy. (more…)


I do wonder how Realtors manage to look so put together when they’re confronted with a variety of situations, sometimes traipsing through homes in various levels of disrepair. Perhaps they share fashion tips? Who knows.

But when it comes to fashion and Realtors, nothing beats the annual Women’s Council of Realtors High Tea and Fashion Show. And if you’ve always wanted to see Candy Evans hit the catwalk, now’s your chance? The event, which is today, kicks off shortly. Hope you see Candy there!


CSF Headshot

It all started as a bet about 6 years ago, says C. Seth Fowler, a Fort Worth real estate agent with Williams Trew. Little did he know that a friendly wager would turn into a calling card.

Now Fowler, a go-getter of a Realtor, has something in common with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Doctor Who‘s 11th Doctor, Matt Smith: A penchant for bow ties!

“So now I pretty much only wear bow ties and I’ve even had people come up to me telling me they didn’t recognize me if I wasn’t wearing a bow tie,” Fowler said. “So yeah, I guess I am ‘The Bow Tie Realtor,’ but I want to be known for my skills more than my attire.”

That’s OK, Seth. We hear that bowties are cool!

Bowties are cool Doctor Who

We asked Fowler to open up a bit about those skills as this week’s Great Western Home Loans Featured Realtor. While you can learn more about Fowler on twitter (@bowtierealtor), jump to find out why he chose a career in real estate and the place he calls his second home!


Pacesetters 2016

On June 20 — tonight — from 6 to 8 pm, the first Dallas Commission on Homelessness Community Engagement committee meeting gathers to “educate, engage and gather feedback from the community to overcome challenges with homelessness in Dallas.”  It’s at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. L1FN Auditorium (free parking after 6 in City Hall parking lot) and I hope to be there. Panelists include:

Bob Sweeney, Executive Director, Dallas Life
Daniel Roby, Executive Director, Austin Street Center
Wayne Walker, Executive Director, OurCalling
Blake Fetterman, Executive Director, Salvation Army
Moderator: Eric Nicholson, Staff Reporter Extraordinaire, Dallas Observer and the guy who has walked Tent City

Now let me tell you about one of the city’s most progressive and elite real estate networking groups, the Pacesetters, and how they have made an extraordinary commitment to eradicate homelessness in Dallas. 35 dynamic top-producing agents from a myriad of brokerages — think Bonnie Bauer, Sue Krider, Chris Hickman, Bob Moran, Anne Stewart, Debbie Tolson. They created the group back in 2003. It is by invitation only and very difficult to break into. Patterned loosely after the Masters of Residential Real Estate, 25 of the oldest and highest volume agents in town, the Old Guard, if you will, the Pacesetters are the next generation of Masters. Clay Stapp is now a member. The best example I can give of their spirit was the fun branding photo they took a few years back mimicking Vanity Fair’s famous Hollywood covers, guys in tuxes, ladies in evening gowns. The Masters of Real Estate were very upset, thought the photo was too show biz-y. But the Pacesetters, as the name implies, is the shake ’em up club. It’s innovative, tech-minded, an eye on the future of real estate, not always what’s been done in the past. Their newest branding photo, seen here, is taken at a Clay Stapp listing with what is, I swear, the biggest balcony in North Texas. (more…)


Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty honors Ellen Terry at Dallas County Club

The Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty team lauded and celebrated Ellen Terry at her retirement party on Thursday, May 26at the Dallas Country Club.

Ellen Terry is one of the grand dames of Dallas real estate. In more than 40 years of selling, she has closed more than $1 billion in North Texas real estate, including some of the most iconic, and highest priced residences in Dallas. She pioneered the concept of a luxury boutique real estate brokerage back when most agents were still thumbing through fat listing books. Ellen had her own firm, which was purchased by Ebby Halliday in 1995. In 2011, she joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Real Estate.

“It is a tremendous honor that Ellen ultimately called our brokerage her home, and that it will continue to be home for the Terry Team,” said Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, where Ellen has acted as Executive Vice President of Coaching and Mentoring. “I count myself among the many team members who have benefited from her generosity, passion and knowledge.”


Robin McMonigle

When you are as naturally gorgeous as Robin, of course the press adores you. And she would have been a snazzy cast member with the other gals on Real Housewives of Dallas. Robin is stunningly beautiful, blonde, tall and thin. She’d totally give Cary Deuber something to fret about. I can see the script now: Robin takes Dr. Mark Deuber out to look at second home properties in Switzerland or Jackson Hole, and soon he is be-smitten with the natural beauty who happens to be a mother of four. A SINGLE mother of four.

But according to the Dallas Observer, she turned down a spot on the cast:

While living in Orange County, McMonigle and her ex-husband were high-profile real estate agents, sometimes selling $75 million homes. Because of her relationships with the people purchasing these homes — also high-profile and wealthy, McMonigle says theHousewives casting agents would regularly call her for help casting people.Once she moved to Dallas, the phone calls continued. But instead, casting agents wanted her in front of the camera.

“Originally, I talked to Rich Bye who has Goodbye [Pictures] and they’re play on the show was that it was women and inspiring women who had lost it all and come back and how they juggle career and family,” she says. “And so that’s how the show was pitched to me, not pitched to me as Housewives. So I entertained that because I’m a single mom with four kids and I sell residential real estate, so I thought that might be helpful to other people to kind of hear my story and encourage them and all the single moms out there who work and have kids.”

Then as the show evolved, Robin realized it was a Real Housewives show, and decided it made no sense for her, especially after she “Googled the shows producers,” whatever that means.

“It just didn’t make sense for me to pursue it any further,” says Robin.

Perhaps she’s holding out for something better?RHOD