Brokerages unafraid to innovate might have a leg up on brands that still do business the old fashioned way, spending thousands and thousands on print advertising. Take Compass & their re-imagined listing sign you will soon be seeing in Dallas (Photo: Compass)

I know, I know — we are a real estate blog focused on fabulous listings, deals, sleeper neighborhoods, fantastic agents and brokers, disruption in the industry, commissions, marketing your property, property taxes, and basically everything happening in the community that affects real estate values: yours, mine, and everyone’s.

But you simply must pay attention to what’s going on in the newspaper biz.

Many agents and brokers still, for some reason, insist on placing ads for their homes in weekly or daily newspapers despite research that shows it is no longer as effective a means of advertising as it once was. It’s the old school, blue-haired approach and more vitally, does it really help sell your client’s home? I know agents who still photo-copy newspaper articles and send them to me via snail-mail to “share.” 

We live in a digital world, like it or not. And real estate news and information is being consumed digitally. That’s why I thought you would find this article so interesting: (more…)

Like your favorite little black dress, this Colleyville contemporary does a fabulous job of showing off during the day and into the night, perfect for entertaining any and all crowds! 

This new listing from Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes at 5607 Versailles Court offers grand interior spaces filled with light and outdoor spaces that offer all the amenities of your favorite resort. 

According to Downes, “5607 Versailles Court is at once refined and edgy; modern, with a distinct nod to classic design.”

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Texas Modern
Just when we think we have seen it all, along comes this unbelievable Preston Hollow Texas modern at 11422 East Ricks Circle.

Candy and I were lucky enough to see this gorgeous 6,069-square-foot home in person last Thursday night. Although it was hard, we managed to stay off the zip line, but only because this home has so many bells and whistles we ran out of time for a mid-air tour of the backyard. (more…)

On one of the most desirable streets in Southlake, there is a privately secure, gated property that is architect-designed and custom built by David Lewis. It sits on over 4 acres and is all about luxury with over 5,000 square feet. 

The house at 920 S. Peytonville Ave. is like no other and impresses from the moment you drive up. 

The current owners bought the property in 1999 and completely renovated it into a contemporary home in 2014, said listing agent Tracey Chamberlain with Ebby Halliday — Southlake. 

“When the 4.4-acre property was developed in 1994 from the original farmland, it was surrounded by a dirt airstrip for private pilots — a little red barn is still on this property today, although it is not currently used for animals,” Chamberlain said. “They worked with Fort Worth architect Archie Crow for a contemporary home that utilizes the best views on the property and then partnered with builder David Lewis. The result is a one-story home that accommodates their entertaining needs and flows seamlessly from the inside out.” 

This home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, two half baths, three living areas, and an office in 5,175 square feet on one story, sitting on 4.44 acres. 

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When you think of high-end housing, does Garland come to mind? It should — this eastern DFW city offers some coveted gated communities with golf course views, larger lots, high-end finish-out, and custom details. 

Garland is large, 57.1 square miles, and bordered by Dallas, Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett, Sachse, Murphy, and Richardson. It has a rich history that has helped shape it into a family-oriented, thriving city in North Texas with almost 237,000 people. It offers easy access to downtown Dallas via Interstate 30, two DART Blue line stations, and multiple buses. 

Compared to many parts of DFW, you can buy a lot of house for your money in Garland. That’s why it pays to have a local expert by your side if you’re buying in the city, like the Realtors at Ebby Halliday. They know exactly what you can get in each neighborhood, what the competition is like, and how to best negotiate a sale. 

I’ve found three stellar houses for sale in Garland that illustrate the higher-end properties there, all repped by Ebby. Let’s take a look! 

 

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Kevin Tally, a Dallas-based agent with more than a decade of North Texas real estate experience, recently joined Allie Beth Allman and Associates after spending the past three years at Rogers Healy and Associates.

Tally is one of the youngest “veterans” in the Dallas market. He earned his real estate license 10 years ago while still a high schooler in Fort Worth. Despite being accepted into both the University of Texas and TCU, he chose to forgo college and go to work in his hometown.

“I started thinking about it and said, ‘you know what? If I go to college, I’m going to get back into this field anyway because I really love real estate, construction, architecture and all of that,’” he said. “I took the summer off and then I started hustling.”

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What will he do next?

We are not talking about 89-year-old oil tycoon and philanthropist T. Boone Pickens. He has his famous, 65,000-square-foot West Texas ranch, Mesa Vista, on the market for $250 million. Who knows, could be sold by now.

Now he has sold his Preston Hollow mansion, listed with Dave Perry-Miller and Ryan Streiff. Selling price was $5 million. Word is that T. Boone is heading for a luxury condo.

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Sure, the Park Cities is full of great houses. Some of them are extremely ornate and exceptionally luxurious, perfect for impressive entertaining. But rarely do we hear about the great, livable, easy-to-love houses that families crave. Full-featured and unfussy, this University Park listing from Travis-Lee Moore of Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates is the deep breath you take when the workday is over. It’s the warm sunshine on your skin on a Saturday afternoon. It’s the place you imagine making memories with your loved ones — a true family home.
 
“You just couldn’t ask for a better, more complete package of greatness if you’re looking for a fantastic new home,” Moore said. “The location can’t be beat — close to innumerable shopping and dining options — and feeding into coveted Highland Park ISD.”

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