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Keller Williams announced Wednesday that it was acquiring Philadelphia startup Smarter Agent in what company leadership says is part of the company’s $1 billion tech fund.

The company told Inman that its newest purchase is a mobile-first platform that connects to more than 650 multiple listing services (MLS). It also allows brokers and agents to create branded real estate search apps, Inman said.

Keller Williams Chief Innovation Officer Josh Team said the move would allow the company to compete with other real estate search sites like Zillow and Redfin. (more…)

French EclecticOur Monday Morning Millionaire is a beautiful French eclectic home at 4301 Edmondson Ave. only a block from Highland Park Village. This is an architectural style that has never gone out of style largely due to the fact it combines influences that strike a familiar chord, such as symmetry, while still allowing the freedom to experiment a bit, hence the eclectic aspect. (more…)

Nicole Espinosa, the top agent for the past three years at JP and Associates, has joined Keller Williams. She and her team of five agents will be based out of the Preston Road location in Dallas.

“In order for us to get to where we want to be I felt like this was a much better fit for our goals,” she said.

One of those goals is doubling the size of her team by year’s end. In 2017, Espinosa expanded into Houston where she now has around 20 listings. She hopes to soon add local agents there, and believes being a part of Keller Williams will play a big role in making that happen.

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Don’t let the quaint exterior of this Frisco home fool you into thinking this is a small house. This DR Horton-built home at 7920 Southmark Drive is long and narrow, but it’s a huge two-story with four bedrooms and three full baths coming in at 2,635 square feet. It’d be a perfect home for a family with kids, perfectly situated at Preston and Rolater in Frisco, the city most recently named the best city in Texas for families.

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During the week, Andrea Brooks is a Plano-based Realtor for Keller Williams. Over the past decade she’s built a successful business, one that she says is “busy and fulfilling.” However, on weekends she can often be found traveling around the country promoting her invention called Footsie Soft.

“I think most people have thought of something and said, ‘That would be so cool if I could get my invention out there,’” Brooks said. “I thought why not just give it a try so that’s what I did.”

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Have you ever tried explaining the geography of North Dallas to people from out of town? It’s kind of confounding to some, who expect the city’s bedroom communities to slow down as they approach Interstate 635. But then, dear out-of-towners, you get into “Far North Dallas” territory, where you may live inside the Dallas city limits, but you may be served by Richardson ISD, or Plano ISD in some cases. 

Call me snooty, but for reasons of convenience and logic, I prefer addresses within the loop. Lucky for me, there are plenty of great houses on the market south of 635 and inside the Dallas city limits, served by outstanding Dallas ISD schools and with wonderful retail and cultural amenities within a stone’s throw. And the architecture? It’s so homey and real, especially in Eudora Estates where this beautifully remodeled ranch is located. This listing from Keller Williams agent Sam Saladino is our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and it offers superb family living with an outstanding inside-the-loop location.

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Splurge vs Steal: Two Updated, Lovely Lochwood Homes | CandyDirt.com

Lochwood is one of the great East Dallas neighborhoods, close to White Rock Lake, Dallas Arboretum, and other area charms. It is heavily treed, convenient, and offers an established neighborhood personality. 

Our Splurge vs Steal this week looks at two lovely Lochwood homes with so much to offer. Which one is your favorite? 

 

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Preston Trails Soft Contemporary Will Make Your Jaw Drop Among Dallas Open Houses | CandysDirt.com

Every week, we scour the listings and pound the pavement looking for the most impressive, unusual, and wonderful Dallas open houses to recommend for you that weekend. It’s our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week column, where we pick three fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $375,000 to $1.6 million. Will you be going to see them?

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