When a real estate agent launches their business, building an online presence and generating leads is usually the first big hurdle they encounter. How do you choose a company that will have such a huge impact on your business? And then how do you afford it?

Michael Zobeck

“Marketing and branding is absurdly expensive for Realtors,” said Michael Zobeck, one of the founders of Agent Brand, a Fort Worth-based automated marketing company. “If you put a real estate logo on a marketing piece, the cost doubles.”

But Zobeck and his team — which includes co-founder Justin Hammond and his wife, Ashley — has plenty of experience in vertical marketing. They’ve operated heavily in the franchise space, building websites that are mobile-ready platforms for retailers such as Dickeys BBQ, Menchies Yogurt, Medici Pizza, and more. 

“I have been working with Realtors for years with a couple of different companies that I founded when I saw this platform,” he said.  “I knew there was nothing like and jumped aboard immediately.” 

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Dallas-Fort Worth ranked in the top 15 for its ability to attract tech talent, Houston overtook Dallas-Fort Worth for new home sales in June, and we see what county is the youngest in Texas, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Dallas-Fort Worth in Top 15 For Tech Talent

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Dallas-Fort Worth ranked in the top 15 on CBRE’s Tech Talent Scorecard, which is part of its seventh-annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets for their ability to attract and cultivate tech talent. (more…)

Fort Worth

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Rents are on the rise in Fort Worth, making it one of the top 25 cities out of the 100 largest in the U.S. where one-bedroom rents are rapidly increasing. We look at that, as well as who made the cut as the richest person in Texas, and what company is making a foray into Texas real estate now, in this week’s roundup of real estate news. (more…)

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From staff reports

Nearly 40 percent of 2018’s single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers — with some places being more friendly to those new to the market than others. McKinney ranked 10th among 300 cities WalletHub looked at in regards to how amenable they were for first-time buyers.

The Collin County town ranked 160th when it came to affordability, but scored top marks for its market and 45th for quality of life.  (more…)

Five of the top 25 cities for home value appreciation are in Texas, but where does Dallas fall? Where does the state fall when it comes to affordability? And how many Texans (and Dallasites) can afford the median home price?
We have all this in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Texas Leads Pack in Home Value Appreciation — Where Is Dallas?

An analysis by Forbes revealed that of the top 25 cities in the country where home values are still rising, five are in Texas. (more…)

Calmont Avenue

An enclave of Fort Worth known for its safety and friendliness, Ridgelea Hills has become more and more attractive to buyers looking for mature trees and stellar family homes. This sweet midcentury ranch is the perfect intersection of these two desires, as the home not only retains much of its traditional ranch charm, but has updates that put a fresh spin on its style. 

Ridglea Hills also benefits from a stellar west side location — just south of Interstate 30 and north of Camp Bowie Blvd. — so this neighborhood has excellent accessibility for commuters. Plus, there’s great shopping on Camp Bowie, tons of great nearby restaurants, and the historic Ridglea Theater for those who enjoy live music.

So if you’re looking for a great midcentury ranch in Ridglea Hills, but have a bit of a tight budget, this gem on Calmont Ave. could be just the thing.

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Eagle Mountain Lake Marina was severely damaged during high winds in last night’s storms. (Photo courtesy of Laketography)

Eagle Mountain Lake Marina just can’t catch a break, it seems. The Fort Worth marina, which leases boat slips to owners in North Texas, has sustained several storms and one fire only to be completely wrecked during high winds last night. 

The owner and operator of Eagle Mountain Lake Marina, Suntex Marina Investors, has closed the marina until further notice.

“We have been able to access the docks and are glad to report a considerable amount of boats are undamaged and thankfully there has been no loss of life,” said Linda Kennedy, general manager, Eagle Mountain Marina.

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Is it Fort Worth it? You bet it is! Trust us, this Craftsman cutie in Arlington Heights will have you at hello. In fact, the three-bedroom, two-full-bathroom gem is what Friday Four Hundred dreams are made of. It’s nestled in one of Fort Worth’s most desirable enclaves. It sits on one of the best streets. And it puts you minutes from downtown Fort Worth and all things Cultural District. But, it’s not only the location and architecture that catches our eye. It’s the price!

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