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Kelly Nyfeler and Robbie Briggs

It’s not that Kelly Nyfeler didn’t like Colleyville. She lived there for a few years with her family and built a brokerage she was proud of. But she never really felt like she belonged there.

“I’m such a Dallas girl,” she admits. When her daughter, Georgia, was accepted into Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she and her husband, James, thought “This is our chance!” So instead of commuting back and forth from the suburbs, Nyfeler and her family came back home to Dallas. It was then that she found the courage to make a huge career change from real estate sales to management as sales director of the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty Uptown Dallas office.

“I have not stopped smiling since we moved back,” Nyfeler said.


Joe Big Pic

It may have been back in July, July 28 in fact, but we are still feeling the fun from the shindig Joe Atkins and his Bishop Arts team threw on a hot Thursday night to showcase his second and newest real estate office in the Metroplex: 419 West Eighth Street, right near Davis. He transformed a Bishop Arts house into a great real estate office space, and any Realtor who wasn’t basking in the mountain air was at the party.

419 W 8th

What a transformation!

Joe’s first office is the only residential real estate shop in downtown Dallas at 2201 Main Street, #840.

Not only was Joe showing off spacious new digs complete with meeting rooms and a full kitchen, he showed off his growing team of agents, some seasoned and some fresh from Champions School of Real Estate. One of the newest: former Coldwell Banker agent Tommy Wooten, who has won so many Metrotex awards he is going to need a Montanan Big Sky to store them. Jump for a whole bunch of crazy pics and fun people. Oh yes, this is not Joe’s last office. He has big plans for Tommy and we cannot wait for the next party:

Tommy Wooten




Robert Elliott Custom Homes has launched a brand spanking new real estate brokerage firm called The Associates. And he’s flying out of the gate from the get-go with ten full-time agents for a brand that was born 30 days ago. One of the whiz kids is Brandon Meek.

“I receive north of 15 calls a week on our properties, both spec homes and custom builds,” said Robert.”The lead generation is incredibly strong. People will ask about a $3.5 million home, and then say “oh it’s out of my budget.” I ask them, what’s your budget? Now I can match them with an agent to help them find just what they need.”

The veteran Park Cities and North Texas homebuilder says he has sold 80-plus homes in the Park Cities at an average price of $2 million over the last seven years.

“We have a lot to offer young agents,” says Robert.

The move also comes at an interesting moment in the Dallas brokerage timeline. Brokerage consolidations, he says, are the new trend and are pitting young, eager agents alongside 30 and 40 year selling veterans. Many have reached out to him seeking a more level playing field.

“We are boutique, quick, nimble, creative, assessable,” says Robert. (more…)

Paul Wooldridge

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agents will have a new Director of Marketing come May 1. Paul Wooldridge, a marketing genius who also happens to be a Millennial, worked in media sales at FD Luxe and for the last two years as National Account Manager at job search website operator Monster Worldwide. He replaces Ellen Sedeno who has been with Briggs Freeman for the last ten years.

Paul’s background is in radio, TV, advertising, production and sales as well as print production.

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After their expansion west to Fort Worth, and east to Lakewood, where else will Briggs Freeman International Realty go? North to Plano and Two Billion Dollar Mile, where they will christen a new office in the Shops of Legacy Tuesday afternoon.

We know that two of the fastest-growing American cities by percentage, Plano and Frisco, are north of Dallas and residential sales north of LBJ are actually faster than they are SOUTH of LBJ. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has opened a new office located at the Shops at Legacy with a team of 20 neighborhood experts serving North Texas neighborhoods. (more…)

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Mary Frances Burleson This comes as no surprise to us, but it is always nice to have outsiders tell us how wonderful our local Dallas and Fort Worth Real Estate leaders are. That is why we send a big huge congratulations hug to Mary Frances Burleson, President of Ebby Halliday Realtors, at being named to the coveted Swanepoel 200 List of the Most Powerful people in Real Estate in the U.S.

What is the Swanepoel 200? It is a curated list of the year’s latest movers and shakers in real estate. Stefan Swanepoel is one of the Real Estate industry’s top visionaries. Guy knows his stuff forwards and backwards. He gets it through hard work and tons of research. TONS! His Swanepoel Trends Report is an annual analysis (published 4 times a year) of how societal and economic changes impact the real estate business and affect real estate brokers, agents and home buyers. Every home buyer should read his books, and every agent in this country should read and hear him speak at least once a year.

So annually his team comes out with this Top 200 list. They scour the Web, read hundreds of bios, LinkedIn pages, send out requests for additional information, make endless telephone calls to verify or confirm statistics, and cross-reference data with surveys. They also review company financial data. (more…)

Ebby Halliday

2015 was probably the biggest year in Dallas/Fort Worth real estate history, and it was not entirely because of the steroidal market. While the first six months were such a frenzy of sales activity that agents could barely cash commission checks, the news of Billion Dollar Mile with Toyota relocating it’s California headquarters to Plano in the Nebraska Furniture Mart/Dallas Cowboys corridor pumped up Plano, Frisco and McKinney sales like nothing we could fathom. The area still remains the hot center of real estate transactions.

More than 90,000 preowned homes were sold by real estate agents in DFW in 2015. Median home sales prices are at an all-time high of more than $200,000 here, which is 20 percent above where they were at the market peak in 2007. Due to a shortage of labor since that recession, the homebuilding biz is lagging pre-recession days. Labor squeeze plus rising material prices have made building costs higher than ever. Still, Dallas home builders will start about 28,000 houses, a little more than half the 50,000 plus houses the industry produced here before the Great Recession.

Come fall, we lost our beloved Ebby Halliday Acers, but we will never, ever, ever forget her.

Dear Ebby Family, It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that Ebby, our beloved founder, passed away last night. She died peacefully at home from natural causes. While we certainly grieve the loss of Ebby, we celebrate a long life well lived. Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby has been touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. As you know, Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by, ‘Do something for someone every day.’ That small bit of wisdom served Ebby very, very well and she left the world a better place than she found it. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the causes Ebby was most passionate about: Ebby’s Place at the YW, The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities, Happy Hill Farm and Academy, or the charity of your choice. We will share information on how to make donations soon. Memorial service details will be forthcoming. Mary Frances and Ron.

Ebby’s memorial service was both breath-taking and teary, and she was remembered by a host of dignitaries starting with First Lady Laura Bush  — 

“Ebby was the first First Lady of Dallas,“spending much time at her own White House, the one we know so well at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston.”

to Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Cowboys executive Charlotte Anderson and her mother, Gene Jones, and Jennifer Staubach Gates, whose famous father, Roger Staubach, shared many a spotlight with Ebby. Of course there was a host of high powered Real Estate brokers and agents: Allie Beth and Pierce Allman, Sheila Rice and Virginia Cook, and a contingent from Dave Perry-Miller including Dave himself.

Allie Beth Allman (more…)