The North Texas Relocation Professional fall conference is just around the corner, and professionals will be gathering to hear speakers, network with one another, and check out a host of vendors.

Set for Oct. 3, the conference at the Omni Hotel at Park West (1590 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Dallas) costs $150 for members and $200 at the door.

 

The NTRP connects “leaders in relocation, real estate, and human resources,” according to its website.

“The purpose of the conference is to offer members and guests the latest trends and information within our industry space,” said Deb Borrell, executive vice-president and director of relocation and business development for Allie Beth Allman & Associates. “We learn about new information, and we hear other perspectives about industry information. We come up with ideas and solutions with changes in our industry.”

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Although Coppell is thought of as a relatively young city (incorporated in 1955), its roots can be traced back to the early 1880’s as many towns in north Texas began: a bustling railroad stop for commerce and agriculture. The Dallas County (and a little bit of DenCo) city has an estimated population of  41,000, fed steadily by its proximity to jobs at D/FW International Airport and Coppell ISD’s top-notch schools, ranked number 5 in the state of Texas. This week’s Suburb Sunday features three beautiful homes among an already-great selection of decade-rich houses. Which is your favorite?

Southern 70s Charmer

Address: 333 Meadowcreek Road, Coppell

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths
  • 4,172 square feet
  • $750,000

Brian White of eXp Realty has the listing for this gorgeous 1977-built home on 3/4 acres in the Northlake Woodlands neighborhood of Coppell. Step inside to find brick flooring, wood-plank accents on the walls, and a stunning wall of shelves in the living area, and those are just some of the surprising designs you’ll find in this great home. Check out the custom staircase leading upstairs to one of two master suites that features standalone walk-in shower and bathtub, and dual vanities with oversized wash basins. The backyard is beautifully southern feeling with a covered patio, flagstone sitting area, pool, and spa with water feature.

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LeeLee Gioia with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has listed 4707 Wildwood Road for $3.095 million. Open House, Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re busy hosting family and friends this weekend for Easter, we get it. But it never hurts to plan ahead! Here we offer a round-up featuring the best of Bluffview, each with upcoming Open Houses for buyers seeking million-dollar views.

Bluffview Estates Custom Build, Open This Weekend

Open House: Saturday, April 20, 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two words – Bluffview Estates. If you have nothing to do this weekend and a bank full of cash, then this brand new construction gem is for you! It sits on a large lot with a secluded dead end street and affords a spacious open floor plan with all the designer touches. This includes Wolf and SubZero appliances, a show-stopping master with luxurious spa bath, huge game room with balcony, and so much more. Clean lines, transitional style, and replete with detailed hardware and wood flooring throughout. Go see this one! You won’t regret it.

Kelsey Bond with Allie Beth Allman & Associates has listed 4304 N. Cresthaven Road for $1.899 million.

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updated traditional

The drive-up appeal is spectacular in this updated traditional north Dallas home at 5918 Edinburgh Court near Preston and Frankford that just went on the market. The full-length porch. The black shutters. The four dormers. It’s all picture perfect. This four-bedroom, three- and half-bath home built in 1984 is listed by Kelley Winsor of Allie Beth Allman & Associates for $795,000.

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Last week, Becky Frey, a 17-year veteran at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s who once told me she learned the real estate craft from Ellen Terry herself, joined Compass.

“It was a really big, hard decision,” says Becky. “I watched Compass evolve over the year, and it was just a good match for our team. The Sotheby’s brand was a big part of my career, and I have friends everywhere with Sotheby’s.”

But it was, she says, like leaving home: “Briggs Freeman was family to me and always will be, but moving to Compass was just a business decision for the team.”

Becky’s migration now sets Compass Dallas’ total agent count at 168 licensed. Compass has taken ALL local brokerages by storm, part of the significant disruption in the DFW real estate market we expected given our growth and sizzling hot market, and as Wall Street set its sights on the real estate industry. Why? Because the U.S. real estate industry is huge: the total value of all homes in the U.S. increased in 2017 to $31.8 trillion, according to Zillow. At least $89 billion is Realtor commissions alone. And because the industry has so many separate sub-markets (mortgage loans, title companies, insurance, construction) many forsee a way to unite and leverage the entire supply chain to feed consumer’s growing demand for convenience and one-stop shopping, like the ibuying trend:

Venture capitalists are practically throwing funds at real estate-related companies of all shapes, sizes and flavors. Nothing is sacred — brokerage models, commissions, transaction management, bundled services like title and lending. You name it, someone somewhere is trying to change it, fund it, and ultimately, capitalize on it. Every aspect of the real estate business is under scrutiny. There’s just too much money involved for real estate not to be targeted by those with deep pockets — and big ambitions to stuff those pockets full of cold, hard cash.

Outsiders have been marching into the Dallas market at a steady stream for a slice of our market pie. According to RealTrends top 10 largest brokerages in the United States, ranked by closed sales volume for 2018, Compass is number 6, right under Pacific Union. But the report needs to be updated: Compass bought Pacific Union in late August. According to Inman, Compass has more than tripled its agent count and now has more than 7,000 agents. The company also expects it will hit roughly $34 billion in sales volume this year, more than doubling its 2017 sales mark of $14.8 billion. That figure could firmly place Compass, which launched around 2014 as Urban Compass in NYC, at No. 3 on the Real Trends 500 in sales volume, right behind NRT and HomeServices of America.

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Every Thursday, we bring you our pick of the hottest North Texas properties in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. These are the places you don’t want to miss that weekend.

This week, our houses range in price from $350,000 to $899,000. Which ones will you visit?

 

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The day is not yet over and there is more news about high producing agents migrating to different brokers.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates announced today that the top-producing Susan Baldwin Group, led by Susan Baldwin, has joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates, “building on the luxury real estate boutique’s strong foundation of client service, cutting-edge marketing and entrepreneurship.”

“I’ve admired Susan for years, and I’m excited her team is joining the ABA family,” said CEO Allie Beth Allman. “We’re fortunate to have a leader who is so focused on delivering for her clients, and we welcome her entrepreneurial spirit.”

Susan’s team includes agents Fiona Richards and Missy Townsend.

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splurge vs. stealHomes in the Highland Park ISD attendance zone are often sought after by families buying homes. But those homes can come with a hefty price tag, too.

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two homes in the district’s attendance zone. Both have at least three bedrooms and are at least 2,200 square feet. Which one is your favorite?

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