Kyle Rovinsky with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate has listed 11322 E. Ricks Circle for $4,567,890 – soon to be $3,750,000.

Looking for a contemporary estate in Preston Hollow? This one’s pretty, and it’s about to get even more attractive. There’s a price drop in the air, and listing agent Kyle Rovinsky is dangling it like a carrot. The Coldwell Banker agent originally listed Dallas Council Member Lee Kleinman’s home for $4,567,890 but just alerted us to a price reduction worth over $800,000 for the two-acre creek-side perch on coveted Ricks Circle in Preston Hollow.

“One-acre properties in the area are currently trading for around $1.5 million. This home affords a prime two-acre lot,” Rovinsky said. “So you are paying $3 million for the dirt and $750,000 for the commercial construction,” he explains.

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Coldwell Banker opened its newest regional business center in Southlake. The facility consolidates operations in Colleyville, Southlake, and Keller. Company officials say that the unification of three smaller offices offers better access to marketing and support personnel. The 8,800-square-foot facility includes a large training space and will support 200 affiliated sales agents

“To have synergy and collaboration you really like to bring folks together,” Coldwell Banker Dallas/Fort Worth president Frank Obringer said. “What we’ve recognized is that if you are gong to support teams, you really do need to have some brick and mortar for those support people to come to.”

This is the fourth North Texas regional center Coldwell Banker has opened in the past 12 months. The other facilities include a new Arlington office, the Global Luxury office on Sherry Lane in Dallas, and a new facility near The Star in Frisco. Plans are also in the works to open a fifth regional center in the near future.

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One of the first completed homes in Walsh

13809 Green Elm Road still has that new home smell. (photos: Shoot2Sell)

News Flash: Life happens.  As a real estate sales professional, when a buyer tells me they’re looking for their “Forever Home” I smile and nod, but inside I know life happens … even in Walsh.

Buyers of all ages, sizes, price points all want (or think they want) that perfect home that meets their needs, and where they’ll live for a long time.  Then, yep, life happens.  Households grow, shrink, age, get transferred, make less money, make more money, or just want something different.

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Hanne Sagalowsky

Citing the opportunity to work with more international clients, the Hanne Sagalowsky Group recently joined Coldwell Banker.

“Having grown up in Denmark and being trilingual (English, Danish, and German), global international work is what I love to do,” Hanne Sagalowsky said.

Sagalowsky currently serves as the National Association or Realtors (NAR) global coordinator to Western Europe, Israel, and Turkey. She is also the incoming chair of the Texas Association of Realtor’s International Committee and was one Dallas’s first Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS).

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Darla Gray knew that it was time for something new. After considering the possibility for nearly a decade, she finally took the plunge and joined Coldwell Banker as an agent.

“I’ve done a little of everything and was ready for a change,” Gray said. “It’s been all that I wanted it to be.”

Prior to going into real estate, Gray worked for more than 38 years at TXU. During that time she held several management and customer service positions. In the end, she felt shat had accomplished everything that she wanted to do within the company and was ready to apply her skills elsewhere.

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(Photos: Lance Selgo/Unique Exposure Photography Staging: Karen Otto/Homestar Staging)

Any real estate agent will tell you that the top three most important things in a house are “location, location, location” in that order. And sure, this Caruth Meadows ranch on East University has a location that many buyers dream about. But it is so much more than that. 

What stands out about 6335 E. University has a lot to do with the renovation. It’s just plain flawless.

“Not all renovations are created equal, and as a home staging company, we’re sometimes called in to ‘fix’ a challenge that could have been avoided prior to listing had the reno been thought out carefully prior to opening walls willy nilly,” said Karen Otto of Homestar Staging. “With a Kettering Ideas project, that’s never the case!”

Otto is the person responsible for the magazine-worthy interior decor of this incredible listing from Jacqui Bloomquist of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors.  Otto already had a great base to work with, as Bloomquist notes that this home is practically brand new.

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Kelly Nyfeler (left) makes a move to do what she loves most; Zach De Bernardi forges a new standard.

In this week’s Agent Migration column, we take a look at a new brand from Joshua Vernon and Zach De Bernardi, and check in on a North Texas real estate legend in Kelly Nyfeler. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

De Bernardi Creates New Standard

Real Estate agent Zach De Bernardi recently formed The Standard, a Dallas-based brokerage that is rapidly expanding across Texas.

“We both felt like it was time to start a firm that has the agent’s best interest in mind versus being a profit center for the people that own the large brokerages,” Joshua Vernon, a partner in the firm, said.

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Now, I may or may not have selected this house solely for its front door and crossed my fingers that the inside measured up. Spoiler alert: it does. In general, the drive-up at 10465 Sinclair Avenue delivers all the charm you’d expect to find in this East Dallas neighborhood, with a fresh face. And seriously, that front door is aces! Two enthusiastic thumbs up.

I love a studs-up renovation that brings a home into the present while preserving its original exterior appeal, and this Eastwood Estates ranch certainly fits the bill. Top to bottom, it’s a gorgeous remodel. But it’s all those unglamorous updates that put it over the top as an exceptional buy. With new roof, rain gutters, electrical wiring, a tankless hot water, updated sewer line, two HVAC units, and low-E windows, the only relic of the 1960s here is the charm. Listed at $649,900 by Coldwell Banker’s Tobin Hartman, it offers four bedrooms and two and one half bathrooms in a whopping 3,056 square feet – all with a clean, sharp design. Hop on over to see what makes this gem an entertainer’s dream.

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