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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!

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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



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When you are looking for a Realtor, you should seek out someone who is more than a face on a bus bench. And truthfully, referrals don’t always tell the whole story. What you really want is someone who will negotiate for you, outsmart the competition, and seek out the best opportunities.

That’s Svetlana Grujic‘s M.O., and she’s got the attitude to go with it. She’s not really cocky — she’s just that good! It’s a stellar combination that we just had to share with our readers.

Naturally, all that attitude reminds us of Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to find out more about this clever, ambitious Realtor at Clay Stapp + Co.


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John C. Weber, Chris Hickman, and Keith Newman

A decade is a long time to work together. Heck, Guns ‘n’ Roses didn’t even last 10 years. Neither did The Police. And yet, Chris Hickman and John Weber’s Hickman + Weber Real Estate Group is still rocking after a decade.

Now the band is moving to new digs — Ebby’s Little White House — to keep the good times rolling.



Realtors from the Park Cities Virginia Cook Realtors office helped deliver aid and meals to victims of the Dec. 26 tornado that devastated Rowlett. (Courtesy Photo)

Their office may be in the heart of the Park Cities, but these Virginia Cook Realtors poured their hearts into helping victims of the Dec. 26 tornado that devastated neighborhoods in Rowlett and Garland. And although the tragedy happened months ago, communities are still working to pick up the pieces and put lives back together.

Under the leadership of Kathleen Schiele, whose Rowlett church swiftly established a relief center, the Virginia Cook Realtors donated the funds to purchase a commercial-grade ice machine to support recovery efforts.

“The disaster may not be in the news every day, but we need to remember that needs of the victims are still immense,” Schiele said. “I am so proud of our Virginia Cook team and their desire to help.”

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)

North Texas communities were ravaged by EF-4 and EF-3 tornadoes on Saturday, Dec. 26.(Photo: GJ McCarthy)


cliff kessler

Cliff Kessler is a Realtor with Allie Beth Allman & Assoc. and owner of Cowboy Surf Estates. Photo: Ana Bellington

Cliff Kessler is a Dallas transplant by way of Los Angeles, and the luxury real estate agent is making a name for himself as the owner of Cowboy Surf Estates.

Perhaps this is because has picked up on something essential about working real estate in Dallas: It’s all about relationships.

“It’s about the name, and I feel like the first thing people ask is, ‘Who is your family? Who’s your dad?’ I’ve made so many connections over a game of golf here, or taking someone to lunch,” he said. “Whereas in L.A., it’s all about marketing, websites, someone doing a blog.”

Kessler closed $3 million last year in his inaugural year in Dallas in 2015, and is looking at $22 million in pending real estate in 2016.

“This is a fantastic market, and I’m seeing a lot of sales through pocket listings, like in Lakewood, the M Streets, and parts of Highland Park,” he said. “Things are so hot here, you’re getting eight offers on a pocket if it’s priced right.”