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Giveback Homes member Robbie Briggs (center), president and CEO of Dallas-based brokerage Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, at Giveback Homes “build day” in Dallas. 

You remember our very own Blake Andrews, yes? The founder of Giveback Homes, a real estate charitable concept that gives pros a channel to donate funds to help build homes for those in need in desperate, needy parts of the world. 

On his first mission trip to Nicaragua in 2011, Blake was more than moved by how the people of Nicaragua lived and where they lived — in homes you could not even call shacks. Back home in Dallas, his friends were buying homes with Viking ranges while to these folks, even a rusted-out stove was a dream. Most were living under scraps of wood and metal, or tarps. Blake was transformed. In his work for TOMS, he got these people shoes for the feet.

Now, he is working to get roofs over their heads. (more…)

Alleged Thief Stan "Dan" Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

Alleged Thief Stan “Dan” Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

We sounded the alarm about Stan “Dan” Tucker, a middle-aged man who is targeting open houses and owner-marketed properties. He comes in and heads straight for the medicine cabinet, stealing prescription medication while touring homes. Realtor Lydia Player tipped us off that this guy has been all over North Texas and Oklahoma, touring homes and snatching things from people’s bathrooms and bedrooms.

“His mode of operation is to pose as a potential home buyer. He claims to be looking for a property for his son, or himself or something like that. Currently it looks like he is targeting homes that are for sale by owner. Security is a major issue when selling a home without an agent and he is proof. Letting a stranger in your home is risky business for a homeowner.

Based on the calls and emails I’ve gotten, he has robbed homes from Waco to Stillwater, Oklahoma. This slippery snake is good at what he does and seems to always avoid getting caught in the act. Yesterday, I got a call from a homeowner in Lake Highlands where he did his usual routine.”

But who is this guy? And why is he stealing?

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The big real estate news in town is that Dave Perry Miller, the high end luxury boutique firm with those regal blue and gold signs all over town, has a new manager of the Preston Center office. Her name is Gaynelle Henger, and she’s replacing Bud Bush at Dave Perry-Miller’s outpost in Preston Hollow, as he is moving to Ebby’s corporate office to analyze finances for DPM.

Bush has worked with Dave Perry-Miller for almost eight years, when Dave Perry-Miller sold the luxury boutique firm he built from the ground up to Ebby Halliday. Gaynelle comes to the table as a top producing agent at Ebby Halliday. But of course there was much more to the story than meets the eye, as Dave delighted in telling his office. (more…)

NTREIS Matrix

A reader writes:

“I would like hear feedback from your readers on the new Matrix MLS that MetroTex Association of REALTORS put out this week. It has a lot of frills is harder to use and ultimately has nothing new. The learning curve just like the last 3 or 4 MLS system changes only slowed me down and cut in to my production. Someone once said ‘If it aint broke don’t fix it.’”

We’re interested in hearing more perspectives of the new Matrix interface from Realtors and brokers, too. Sound off in the comments!

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I came across a terrific post this morning by the wise and vigilant Lydia Player and thought I would share in the hopes that it may save someone, anyone from being a victim of crime.

Though I am super cheap and an attorney, even I used a Realtor to sell our condo because I knew there was a lot I do not know and needed an expert to handle. Having an open house and inviting a criminal into my home did not even occur to me.

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Alleged Thief Stan "Dan" Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

Alleged Thief Stan “Dan” Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

 

Ebby Halliday Realtor Lydia Player wants to warn Realtors and homeowners that a notorious thief is back in town and up to his old tricks, targeting homes for sale by owner and Realtors, too, primarily in upscale Dallas neighborhoods. He’s been seen in Oklahoma and Waco, but now Stan Tucker is back in Dallas.

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Ebby Halliday Realtors President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Preston Center Sales Manager Ginger Gill, and Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert inside the Preston Center office space that will soon house as many as 100 agents.

Ebby Halliday Realtors President and CEO Mary Frances Burleson, Preston Center Sales Manager Ginger Gill, and Chief Financial Officer Ron Burgert inside the Preston Center office space that will soon house as many as 100 agents.

After 38 years occupying just 4,100 square feet at 8333 Douglas Avenue, the Preston Center office of Ebby Halliday Realtors is expanding to more than double its capacity.

“This high-visibility, contemporary office is being built for the future,” says Ebby Halliday Companies CFO Ron Burgert. “It offers an exceptional location and is a statement of our commitment to serving Dallas and the Park Cities for years to come.”

Located across the street from the Park Cities Hilton and right next door to the Shelton highrise building, the new space will include 10,000 square feet of private offices and and collaborative conference space that will feature high-tech solutions for everyday business. The new space, designed by Michael Twichell and decorated by Gary Owens, will open Oct. 1.

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It is ironic that I am in San Francisco at Inman Real Estate Connect, along with Ellen Sedeno, Marketing Director at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s IR. Hanne Sagalowsky is here, too, from Ebby, and I’m sure there are more. We are filling our heads with the latest technological tools coming down the pike for agents and consumers, hearing agent concerns about aggregators and third-party portals, the “Z” word, learning how to use social media — the average adult in the US has 664 social media connections, which quickly goes viral with one small property post. 90% of agents use social media; only 10% use it right. Traditional advertising –phew, so archaic. It’s ironic because in the midst of all this high tech, almost mind-numbing sharing of information and tech start up companies with so many tools to help agents and make real estate as transparent as the glass on Reunion Tower, Briggs made real estate sales history.

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