Elaine Raffel

Having left the corporate world to launch her own freelance creative business, Elaine Raffel is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the mega-talented Dallas homebuilding community. She credits her work with top fashion and design brands for teaching her one inarguably valuable lesson: that truly great work is always a collaboration.

Small Bank Delivers Big Results for SBA Loan Applicants

By Elaine Raffel / May 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

The SBA’s “CARES ACT” promised a lifeline for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Yet for many owners, the loan process proved frustrating, time-consuming, and full of red tape.

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This Preston Hollow Estate Will Give You A Rocky Mountain High

By Elaine Raffel / May 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Walking into last week’s Avalon Creek Court open house was a déjà vu kind of moment. It might be that it’s a reminder of summers in Colorado.

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Palm Beach Home of a Beatles Legend Hits The Market

By Elaine Raffel / May 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

Imagine: John Lennon living just a mile up the road from President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate. Seriously. But it could have happened. The Palm Beach mega-manse he and wife Yoko Ono purchased in 1980 recently hit the market for a mind-blowing $47.5 million.   Set on almost two acres, the 14,145-square-foot Spanish-style property sports over 180 feet […]

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Best in the Biz: Saluting the Stoneleigh’s Donna Smith

By Elaine Raffel / May 11, 2020 / 5 Comments

I understood immediately why publisher Candy Evans wanted Donna Smith to be named “Best in the Biz.” The charismatic Residences at the Stoneleigh sales manager obviously knows how to get things done.

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Garage Makeovers Add Instant Impact–and Square Footage

By Elaine Raffel / May 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

For Conway Reimer, every garage is a blank canvas. Which is why the owner of Garage Living wants to help every client optimize this often under-utilized space in their home.

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Set in Stone: New Takes On A Design Favorite

By Elaine Raffel / April 30, 2020 / 1 Comment

In all its iterations, stone lends a timeless and elegant vibe to a home’s aesthetic. Interesting and innovative options abound, both inside the house and out.

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