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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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If these were still available when you designed your real estate website, chances are you need to update. Stat.

So, I’ve been blogging about real estate for a couple of years now, which has given me ample time to compile a list of things on real estate websites that drive me up the wall. And as more and more sales leads come from the web, user experience has become a huge deal for real estate.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, as I’m sure I haven’t seen every real estate websites out there, but these are the nails-on-the-chalkboard issues that keep on resurfacing. Nothing will have me leaving a website faster than seeing one of these features on it, and I’m pretty sure potential clients feel that way, too.

For the top 8 features that you should never have on a real estate website, jump!

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Olson Hill Giveback Homes

Jacy Olson and Carrie Hill have joined the team behind Giveback Homes.

Y’all know about Olson and Hill, the two dynamic brunettes who are an amazing team at Nathan Grace. These two women have been friends for a very long time, and are using that bond to help build a business that lasts.

Jacy Olson and Carrie Hill have lived in the Lake Highlands area and are big supporters of the community, so when they found out there was a way they could do what they do best — help sellers and buyers — and improve the lives of the less fortunate through Giveback Homes, they jumped on board!

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