amazonYou can order groceries, arrange for a house cleaning or handyman, do all your school supply shopping, and try on clothes before you buy them on Amazon. And now the nearly ubiquitous company has dipped its toe into the real estate world with a new collaboration with Realogy Holdings.

And if that doesn’t sound familiar, the companies under the Realogy umbrella probably do — thanks to brands like Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, and Sotheby’s International Realty, Amazon’s TurnKey can hit the ground running in 15 U.S. cities, including Dallas-Fort Worth.

The collaboration between the two companies combines Realogy’s Realtors and their expertise with Amazon’s tech-driven convenience. 

Robbie Briggs

It’s news that excited Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in North Texas. 

“Since 1960 and counting, no brokerage has taken better care of its clients than Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. I’m so proud of that,” he said Wednesday. “And I’m proud we’re affiliated with the only global brokerage that could achieve such an innovative collaboration with Amazon. There is nothing like it.”

“For our participating colleagues, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience for their clients, especially their sellers, who may benefit from more leads to great buyers — many of whom will be in North Texas,” he added.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, as well as local Century 21, Better Homes and Gardens, and Coldwell Banker brokerages will benefit from TurnKey.

“When we designed TurnKey, we recognized that ‘closing’ on a home is really just the beginning of the homebuying journey,” said Eric Chesin, senior vice president and head of strategy for Realogy. “We are proud to team up with Amazon to extend the value we bring to buying a home beyond the moment you first unlock your new front door.”

But what is TurnKey?

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The Allwood Bella Tiny Home – Available through Amazon.com. Photo: Amazon.com

Just when you think you have your life under control, things change. After attending the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Conference in Seattle last week, this Lifestylist® realized that lifestyles and trends are changing faster than I thought. Being in the city where Amazon morphed from a dream to a company that has changed the way we shop made me realize that there are very few things that you can’t buy on their site. They even have Amazon Go stores that allow you to stop in and pick up a sandwich or a drink through their app and you never have to show a credit card or cash. Now you can buy luxury appliances, a tiny home and almost everything you need to furnish the home you just bought with a click of your mouse.

Amazon debuts one of it’s first Amazon Go shops in downtown Seattle. Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

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Photo courtesy of TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images

Tate Lecture Series ticket holders get the first shot to buy tickets to hear Jeff, but I wonder if this has any connection to the news that the Wall Street Journal thinks Amazon is headed our way for sure for sure. I mean, Jeff Bezos could be coming here to just check out Whole Foods Market, as well as speak. Or, he could be checking the educational opportunities our city has to offer because we have SMU and the Bush Center right in our midst. Education, you recall, was one of the most important factors in Amazon’s search for a new headquarters: the company needs a lot of young, sharp brains, to supply tech talent to keep Amazon growing. The company plans to add 50,000 employees wherever it lands, over a 10 to 15 year time period. Those employees would be software developers and business minds. Hmmmm. 

Jump for the news on the Bezos/SMU partnership, and how you may purchase tickets — see you there!
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Is Dallas likely to get Amazon’s HQ2?

Right when you think that we’ve talked it absolutely to death, the Wall Street Journal had to go and breathe life into the corpse of the Amazon HQ2 story. But wait! Do all of these fancy pie charts mean what we think they mean? Is Dallas proper about to get the crown after finding ourselves at first runner up too many times?

According to the numbers (I’m not great at math, so I’m going to trust them a bit here), the big draw for Big D is all business — available labor, low taxes, and relatively affordable cost of living (for now, at least). Big points for meeting Amazon half way with college population and cultural fit (Dallas County is blue, y’all). But when it comes to fiscal health, we got low marks.

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Jeff Bezos (Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images)

Amazon.com, the online, no-bricks-or-mortar, mega e-commerce consumer sales site that just bought Texas-based Whole Foods, may be getting into the real estate business.

Holy canoli — I just had a thought: What better place to advertise local listings than the local grocery store!

Inman reported yesterday that, on Tuesday, while we were all thinking of what to buy on Amazon Prime Day, Amazon very quietly debuted a new page called “Hire a Realtor.” It was under the Home and Business Services section. You clicked over, entered your zip code, then got a “Coming Soon” message.

It looked as if Amazon was teasing a service that would allow consumers to hire a real estate agent through Amazon. And they had it on the site on one of their most potentially high-trafficked days.