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Remember when we told you about Gabe Abshire’s Utility Concierge, the brilliant company that hooks up all your utilities and services when you move into a new home? Thinking of what a pain in the neck all that can be gives me a headache and makes me almost not want to move!

We told Realtors and readers how smart this company is, and how it’s free to the consumer. You move into a home, you call Utility Concierge, and within 24 hours a nice gentleman who speaks English calls you back. They are in Dallas, not Bangladesh, I have seen them with my own eyes. They handle all of your utility hook ups from the water to the high speed internet and security. Cost to you: nada.  And they get you the very best pricing. How? Easy: they have huge market share so they can lean on the utilities for the best rates. They come back to you with the best package rates, you decide what you want, supply a credit card or check, and it’s done. Gabe tells me that with most homeowners, all it takes is ONE call! (more…)

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You know Utility Concierge, right? It’s my favorite company when it comes to moving. It like DOES EVERYTHING FOR YOU!

When I first met Gabe Abshire, UC’s CEO, I told him he’d be the next Bill Gates. Why? Because he has figured out a way to give consumers the power of choice, for ABsolutely free! And Realtors can totally use this to their advantage now with UC’s cool new tools.

Utility Concierge is a complimentary service that saves real estate agents and their clients time, money and stress during the moving process. You know how God-awful moving is — packing, cleaning, you get it all out of the place and then there’s this whole dang closet. You are so busy packing, hauling, cleaning, who has time or energy to think about utilites?

Well, it’s not just about moving your lipsticks. When you get into that new house, an internet connection does not magically appear. Neither does cable, nor heat, air conditioning or gas. I moved my son into a house once that had no water — we forgot to call to have it turned on.  Utility Concierge is the one company you call and they just literally get the whole damn thing done for you. That’s right, every utility activated and rolling, and it’s completely free. In fact, UC even SAVES clients money: $700 annually on the average.

Now Utility Concierge has some brand new interactive tools to that take the customer experience to a whole new level: new website, mobile apps, and animated video for utility connection services, home maintenance needs, and price comparisons. Truly, like searching for properties on line, the new mobile apps are the next must-have tool for real estate professionals. They will make the process of connecting even simpler.

That’s because Gabe Abshire, the genius behind this company, says his company’s goal is all about simplicity.

“Starting this company, I wanted to make the moving process simpler.  We are here to ease the stress and save our customer’s valuable time,” says Gabe. “Currently, we’ve accomplished that goal.  Our team here at Utility Concierge strives to find even better ways to make the ease of moving into your new home a mind-blowing experience.”

Utility Concierge researches the very best deals on all utility services for both new homeowners and clients in an area who wish to compare current market rates. Essentially a private Utility concierge, the company presents all possible services and rates, giving each client the power to chose, and thus make an educated decision regarding their providers.

Put simply, you make the selections, Utility Concierge makes the connections.

Utility Concierge then goes the extra mile in customer service by making all the appointments and providing the client with an itinerary of dates and times for service connections.

This amazing service is currently free of charge if referred by a real-estate professional! If you are an agent, I cannot imagine a more powerful way to endear yourself to a client by this simple (and free!) action: send your client to his own personal Utility Concierge.

The company’s client base has grown 154% in the past year, while staff has doubled. Also, Utility Concierge has doubled its partnerships in the real-estate industry, with agents from Allie Beth Allman and local Keller Williams and RE/MAX offices signing up. The Utility Concierge territory reaches all major markets in Texas and will soon become available in neighboring states.

“The new website clearly shows the vision and culture developed over the past four years.  Our culture is fun and all about growing each other personally and professionally, which in turn makes Utility Concierge successful, ” says Abshire. “The mobile apps are the next must-have tool for real estate professionals making the process even simpler.”

Utility Concierge works with a variety of professionals in the real-estate industry. They are always looking for new partners who possess the same values and want to offer their clients a higher level of service. Contact Utility Concierge to find out how to simplify your life. Call (972) 884-4850 or email info@UtilityConcierge.com or download the app at an iPhone App store by searching Utility Concierge.WHEEL OF SERVICES.png Utility Concierge

 

Life used to be so easy. Move into a new home or apartment, call the gas company, the water company, the electric company. If you changed cities, you might have to change your telephone number. But all that has changed. My kids don’t even have land lines in their homes, because they use their cell phones. So is moving to a new home easier when it comes to setting up utilities?

Are you kidding? It’s a nightmare. There is no longer one gas or electric company, so you have to sharpen your pencils and call your nerdiest friends for a spreadsheet analysis of where to find the lowest kilowatt hours. Getting hooked up in a new home is seriously as complicated as doing your income taxes. There are conditions, and choices, and it’s not just utilities — it’s cable, television, high speed internet service, wifi, home security systems! Satellite versus high speed whatever. We have ATT Uverse and I still do not know how to change the channel. We have Google TV (xmas gift, last year) and I can figure out the control board of a Citation easier than the Google remotes — yes, two. Plural.

So when I heard what Gabe Abshire was doing at Utility Concierge, I asked if he was selling corporate shares already because I’m buying. What is he doing? Getting you hooked up with all your utilities and services. Oh and smart Realtors will do themselves a HUGE favor by telling their clients about this. SO SMART. Best of all it’s free to the consumer. You move into a home, you call Utility Concierge, and within 24 hours a nice gentleman who speaks English calls you back. They are in Dallas, not Bangladesh, I have seen them with my own eyes. They handle all of your utility hook ups from the water to the high speed internet and security. Cost to you: nada.  And they get you the very best pricing. How? Easy: they have huge market share so they can lean on the utilities for the best rates. They come back to you with the best package rates, you decide what you want, supply a credit card or check, and it’s done. Gabe tells me that with most homeowners, all it takes is ONE call!

Can you imagine? I think it took me two weeks to get our home hooked up. Now I cannot imagine why a good Realtor wouldn’t want to tell their clients about this service, since it’s (a) free, (b) convenient (c) makes them out to be the Lone Ranger. (Hint: smart ones are doing this. If your agent isn’t telling you about ways to save time and money, maybe you need a new one!) Check it out: Utility Concierge , founded and based in Dallas, Texas. Gabe makes life simple!

​Dallas Market Leader Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Offers Range of Park Cities Listings | CandysDirt.com

Luxury home sales in North Texas continue to outpace the market. Million-dollar sales in DFW jumped by more than 23 percent last year, according to the 2017 Texas Luxury Home Sales Report from the Texas Association of Realtors. 

Buyers need boots-on-the-ground expertise to expertly navigate this fast-moving and competitive marketplace. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate offers just that, particularly in the Park Cities, one of the most beautiful concentrations of luxury housing in DFW.   

I’ve found three incredible homes in the Park Cities that illustrate the range of properties represented by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Shall we take a look? 

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When buying into a high-rise for the first time, there are things you don’t necessarily think about as ground dwellers. Sure there’s the same ol’ “location, location, location” hoo-ha, but for example, while neighborhood matters, actual neighbors matter in a high-rise … what’s the vibe of a building? That’s an individual choice that I can’t help you with.

But there are directions I can point you in to get you started in evaluating your first high-rise.

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Ritz-Carlton

The views are spectacular from the balcony of unit 1504 in tower II of the Ritz-Carlton.

I’ve found a real gem in Uptown, a 15th-story condo at The Tower Residences at Ritz-Carlton. It offers incredible views, a gorgeous contemporary interior, and access to the world-class, five-star hotel amenities and concierge services offered at the Ritz-Carlton.

Unit 1504 at 2555 N. Pearl St. is one of only two properties on the market for under a million dollars in either Ritz-Carlton tower, and the only one bedroom at this price point. That’s notable because the penthouse in this second tower just sold for one of the highest prices ever paid for a high-rise residential unit in Dallas. Additionally, the unit overlooks the landmark Crescent property and the upcoming Crescent Park, a $65- million renovation that will feature an expanded shopping and dining arcade across the street. This is the place to live!

I love how walkable this area is: a block to Klyde Warren Park and the Dallas Arts District; great restaurants
and entertainment on every corner; the American Airlines Center down the street. Because this condo is on the
15th floor, street noise isn’t an issue. Plus, the balcony is not west-facing, so it stays cooler in the unit than
those that face the blazing Texas sun in the afternoon.

This property is listed by Jennifer Cloud Esq with Private Label Realty, who worked closely with the owner to update the space. For example, the once-purple walls are now a nice, neutral tone and contemporary lighting
that takes it up a notch was added in the dining and master areas. It stays the perfect temperature with a Nest thermostat.

They hired Staged by Stapp to ready the unit for sale, and almost everything you see is available for purchase with the condo, which has one bedroom, one full bathroom, one half bath, and 1,375 square feet, with access to the awesome balcony from both the living room and master. I’d love to give you a tour.

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1122 Jackson St Apt 704 a

Hip urban living is an everyday expectation at the Soco Urban Loft Condos in downtown Dallas. And you won’t break the bank buying here.

Our Tuesday Two Hundred has polished concrete floors, stellar downtown views, big windows with downtown views, exposed brick, exposed ducts, cool-burning LED lights, and a huge walk-in closet. You’ll also find lots of original details from the building’s 1925 era—this was once a railroad terminal and warehouse, completely reimagined as residential living over a decade ago.

The unit at 1122 Jackson St. Apt. 704 is a 1-1 with 1,272 square feet, located near Young and South Griffin streets in the heart of downtown.

It was listed June 10 by Jennifer Shindler with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $249,900. Monthly HOA dues are $484 and include blanket insurance, exterior maintenance, full use of facilities, maintenance of common areas, management fees, reserves, and trash.

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I would rarely say this about a property: please don’t buy it. Begging you! I mean, I fall in love with real estate all the time. I drool over doors, landscaping, corinth columns (remind me of my very first boyfriend’s house) marble hearths, coffee colored hardwoods, wide-planked oak and bamboo, farmhouse sinks in kitchens, heated master bath floors, onyx and white Carerra and jacuzzi spas and tubs ALL THE TIME. I have been in every expensive house in Dallas, from the Hicks residence to Mt. Vernon, Lisa Blue’s masterpiece on DeLoache. Hunter Mahan’s to Lee Trevino’s to Plano to Frisco to Southlake, to Vaquero and I absolutely love Fort Worth dirt! Alice Walton’s! I’ve seen them all from $60,000 (tried to Master-Charge it) to $100 million. And do you know what house caught my heart, made me want to DUMP my current home faster than a hot potato loaded with sour cream and bacon? What home made me want to not just freaking CHEAT on my house in a New York minute but totally abandon it, forget it, ride off into the sunset across the border (maybe safer to hide out in Carmel) with it and just say adios amigo?

The Residences at the Ritz Carlton. Residence 602.

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