Turtle Creek Pad

There are very few condos in which I could easily see myself living, mostly because I’m rather fond of backyards and front porches, as are my two dogs and rambunctious 7-year-old. That said, this particularly stylish unit inside The Beverly on Turtle Creek definitely has my eye. 

“The designers who made this home so special are the homeowners who brilliantly selected everything themselves,” says Harriet Shaw, the listing agent of this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. “Their visionary expertise and impeccable coordination of interiors and decor in fact was featured in D Home 2018.”

A lot of the time, when I fall in love with a home, I see that long list of exclusions and my heart just sinks. I’m no designer, and when a home is expertly furnished, it’s hard to not want to buy all the furnishings and fixtures that fill it so well. 

But that’s not the case with this particularly stylish High Caliber Home, says Shaw. In fact, all of the gorgeous furnishings are up for grabs should you want to negotiate.

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Does this Tudor look a little familiar? Perhaps it does if you’ve ever perused the pages of the July 1922 Dallas Morning News. That’s where it first appeared, beckoning homebuyers to Perry Heights for this “Home Beautiful” and “Electrical Paradise.” The history alone merits status as this week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. However, as Keller Williams Urban listing agent Sam Saladino can attest, the home’s charm will make your heart skip a beat!

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Sam Saladino has joined Keller Williams Urban after spending the past four and a half years at David Griffin & Company.

“My time at David Griffin and Company was super fantastic,” he said. “I really enjoyed working with David and the crew there, one of the best groups of agents and staff that I have ever had the privilege to with.”

While leaving those colleagues and friends behind was tough, Saladino said he is excited about the new opportunities that await. He plans to expand his brand, and focus on bringing more depth and focus on creating synergy between his real estate services, staging and interior design.

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Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then Realtors may be in the running for one of the holiest professions because of their squeaky clean cars.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stereotype to say Realtors have immaculate cars, but … isn’t it also sort of true? Curious, I set out to investigate this phenomenon and talked to several Realtors in DFW about the state of their vehicles.

The most passionate advocate I found was Harriet Shaw, a Realtor with Keller Williams Urban on Turtle Creek. Shaw says her tidy ways began in childhood with a mom who kept the house so clean, you could eat off the floor. But today, she keeps her Mercedes Benz, which she calls her “shiny little piece,” in showroom condition.

“I think my clothes, my shoes, my hair, my car are all an extension of my business, in the sense that if I reflect an attention to detail in every area of my life, that is someone I would want to do business with,” Shaw said. “It is congruous with everything else I do in my real estate business. I want my clients to know that I am coming in as a woman and Realtor who gives attention to every detail—the smallest little thing is important to me.”

realtors clean cars

Shaw’s car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

To keep her car in tip-top condition, Shaw carries bottled water, towels, and leather wipes in her car for daily interior wipe-downs, as well as wheel shine and Handi Wipes for exterior cleaning. She even keeps a small vacuum cleaner in the trunk for the carpets.

A little OCD? Sure, says Shaw. But it’s totally worth it.

“The busier I am, the more I clean the car—I find it wonderful to walk out to a clean car because it gives me a sense of pride,” she said.

Shaw says the very nature of real estate work makes for more dirt and grime in and on a car, from high mileage and multiple passengers to getting in and out frequently and storing things like yard signs in the interior or trunk.

“My shoes tend to track in a lot of dust and dirt, and I carry things that if I put them down, lord only knows what’s going to come off of them—and I put them in the trunk or sometimes in the front seat,” she said.

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Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

Realtor Harriet Shaw cleans her car herself at least once a day and believes keeping her vehicle spotless is a reason for her success. Photo: Harriet Shaw

If cleanliness is next to godliness, then Realtors may be in the running for one of the holiest professions because of their squeaky clean cars.

Sure, it’s a bit of a stereotype to say Realtors have immaculate cars, but … isn’t it also sort of true? Curious, I set out to investigate this phenomenon and talked to several Realtors in DFW about the state of their vehicles.

The most passionate advocate I found was Harriet Shaw, a Realtor with Keller Williams Urban on Turtle Creek. Shaw says her tidy ways began in childhood with a mom who kept the house so clean, you could eat off the floor. But today, she keeps her Mercedes Benz, which she calls her “shiny little piece,” in showroom condition.

“I think my clothes, my shoes, my hair, my car are all an extension of my business, in the sense that if I reflect an attention to detail in every area of my life, that is someone I would want to do business with,” Shaw said. “It is congruous with everything else I do in my real estate business. I want my clients to know that I am coming in as a woman and Realtor who gives attention to every detail—the smallest little thing is important to me.”

Shaw's car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

Shaw’s car interior is clean in part because she carries the tools around with her to keep it that way.

To keep her car in tip-top condition, Shaw carries bottled water, towels, and leather wipes in her car for daily interior wipe-downs, as well as wheel shine and Handi Wipes for exterior cleaning. She even keeps a small vacuum cleaner in the trunk for the carpets.

A little OCD? Sure, says Shaw. But it’s totally worth it.

“The busier I am, the more I clean the car—I find it wonderful to walk out to a clean car because it gives me a sense of pride,” she said.

Shaw says the very nature of real estate work makes for more dirt and grime in and on a car, from high mileage and multiple passengers to getting in and out frequently and storing things like yard signs in the interior or trunk.

“My shoes tend to track in a lot of dust and dirt, and I carry things that if I put them down, lord only knows what’s going to come off of them—and I put them in the trunk or sometimes in the front seat,” she said.

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It’s a homecoming of sorts says Britt Lopez, who has been with Keller Williams since 2004 — back when Dallas City Center was a franchise of the brand. When Dallas City Center split from the brokerage and became independent, Lopez decided to go to Keller Williams Urban, where she has been since 2012. Now, she’s back with Kevin Caskey and his team of top-performing agents.

“For me, it’s a fresh start. It’s a new year, and it’s important for me to do that, to start over,” Lopez said. “I need to be around people who are like me, who work as hard as me, to keep me up there. I believe that an agent is only as good as the agents around them, and Dallas City Center is just a good working environment.”

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King Neptune

Photos: Nancy Evans

Thank you, Keller Williams Urban. Since I’m in Maine, we really don’t need an ice bucket: we have one outside the front porch called The Atlantic Ocean: 65 degrees. I have only tip-toed in because it’s so cold, but here I am going in the water to swim all for you Keller Williams Urban guys and ALS — (more…)