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I know it’s winter and the thought of venturing north makes you zip up your metaphorical coat, but Las Colinas isn’t too far, is it? Good.  Because CandysDirt.com and Keller Williams star Leigh Ann Barrick are hosting a Staff Meeting event on March 9th at three homes in the exclusive, gated Enclave community that borders the Four Seasons TPC golf course.  In addition to touring these expansive homes, we’ll be treated to a presentation by Four Seasons Club Manager Jim Kern on the benefits of living in Four Seasons turf. (And I do like me some Four Seasons!)

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Berkley Place

Long gone are the days when a bargain could be found in the neighborhood of Berkley Place, a pleasant mix of imposing pre-war manses and quaint bungalows, a common element I find endearing about the old Near South Side neighborhoods. Mistletoe Heights, Park Hill, and Ryan Place all constructed impressive villas on a grand scale, but felt comfortable cohabiting with smaller neighbors.

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The Midway Hollow modern at 3766 Valley Ridge Rd. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

The Midway Hollow modern at 3766 Valley Ridge Rd. is one of our five featured open houses this week.

We love bringing you an insider look at hot DFW properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every Thursday, we find five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $439,900 to $820K. You’ll find an energy-efficient, marvelous Midway Hollow modern (pictured above), a remodeled Lake Highlands traditional with high-end touches, and more. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!

 

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If bold, dramatic, and striking are the words that inspire your house hunting, we’ve found your next home.

This Bluffview transitional blends style, drama, elegance, and ease of living into one beautiful package. Just south of Northwest Highway there is a wonderful gated community with a five-acre park called Bretton Woods. Within that lush, secure neighborhood you’ll find 5 Bretton Creek Court, just listed by Melanie Newton with The VIP Group of Keller Williams DFW for $1.57 million. (more…)

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With a purchase price rumored (but not substantiated) to be in the seven figures, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty Texas has purchased a Flower Mound powerhouse agent and associates, all formerly of Keller Williams’s Preston Road office in Plano.

Russell Rhodes, one of the five top producing Keller Williams agents in the world for the last ten years, his 15 associate agents and 12 administrators, are now a part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand.

Rhodes’ Dallas-Fort Worth based team generated $196 million in sales volume last year. 

Here is an example of how hard charging the Rhodes team is: of the 526 homes they sold last year throughout the DFW Metroplex, 322 were repeat client or past client referrals to Russell and his team.

To put this in another perspective, it would take a sweet deal to leave Keller Williams when you are pumping out that kind of sales volume. Which the Rhodes team apparently got. Keller Williams is known as having one of the most generous splits — that is, sharing of the commission with the broker — in the business. Every agent starts on a 70/30 split: 70% for the agent, 30% for Keller Williams. But by the time your 30% to KW reaches a certain level (about $23K in Dallas), you are “capped” and you get to keep 100% of your commission for the remainder of your fiscal year. With $196 million in sales, the Rhodes team met their cap way back during covered wagon days. Thus Rhodes left a 100% commission structure with Keller Williams to join Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed.

Please note, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed is NOT the same group that bought out Allie Beth Allman & Associates last year. It is like a cousin. The BHHS PenFed Realty is a franchise of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pentagon Federal Credit Union, the third largest credit union in the US. (USAA is a competitor.) Previously an affiliate of the Prudential Real Estate network, the company changed its affiliation to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in November, 2014.” 

PenFed + Berkshire Hathaway Home Services merged financial services (PenFed) and the suite of online tools, agent support services and highly regarded brand that Berkshire Hathaway had in the bag.  The company has grown its annual sales volume to $3.8 billion with 1,700 sales agent and 50+ offices, providing complete real estate services nationwide.

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“We’ve been watching the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand and are impressed by its business principles and core values, which are closely aligned with our own,” Rhodes told me. “For me this is a double win, aligning with a company that is so strong in relocation. The $20 billion PenFed Credit Union based in Washington is growing, and will continue to grow through the real estate agent network. PenFed Realty’s growth has been phenomenal, and we want to be a part of it.”

Still, why leave that generous split with KW? Relocation expertise + juicy client perks = more clients than ever. (more…)

Elizabeth Blvd.

In the “keeping track of what’s going on in one’s own backyard” file, the recent and rapid sale of 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. has raised some eyebrows. One hundred years old this year, 1111 Elizabeth Blvd. was built for George W. Armstrong, founder and president of Consumers’ Light and Heat Company, which ultimately became Fort Worth Power and Light. From 1935 to 1955, the home served as the parsonage for the First Methodist Episcopal Church. Listed in the National Registry, the 3,869-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath house is also a Fort Worth Historical Preservation Award winner.

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4823 Linnett Lane

Corrugated metal, Cyprus, HardiePlank and a beautiful blue door have introduced a new design aesthetic to the Bird Streets.

The Good brothers are at it again. Our Dallas version of HGTV’s  The Property Brothers has just listed their latest new contemporary construction at 4823 Linnett Lane in the Bird streets, for $699.900.

It’s the best new nest for anyone with an urban sensibility that longs to be in close proximity to the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Design District, Love Field or downtown. It’s also a stone’s throw from one of the best elementary schools in Dallas, the K.B. Polk Center for  Academically Talented and Gifted

Location, location, location.

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It was the Warr of the roses. And it will never be the same inside the sleek circa 1980 high rise at 3831 Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Thursday night five great homes at The Warrington were opened to CandysDirt.com readers and friends for an evening of exploring and dreaming.  In case you missed our coverage, check out each of the units here, here, here and here.  You may have counted only four write-ups?  Well, our fifth entry was the last-minute but terrific add-on of unit 22C that had only just hit the MLS days before.  You’ll be reading about that home as soon as the pictures are back from the Fotomat.

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby educator Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)

Candy and her posse pose with Ebby agent & Champions prof Kellie Logsdon Rush (right)

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