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By Lydia Blair
Special Contributor

Buying or selling a house takes time. How much time you spend closing depends on several of factors. There is a reason we call it the closing process. Many moving parts must come together before title transfers ownership. In Texas, it’s typically 21 to 45 days.

How long does it take to sign all the documents and actually transfer ownership of the property? That part of the process usually happens in a single day. The closing day is when the deed to a property is exchanged for money. The buyer deposits the money due with the title agent and signs the loan and purchase documents. The seller signs the deed and closing statements and receives money due to them. In Texas, the buyer and seller usually sign closing papers separately. Unlike some other states, not everyone sits down at the closing table at the same time.

Signing the closing documents can take anywhere from five minutes to several hours, depending on the situation. The more complicated the transaction, the more paperwork there is to endorse and the longer it can take.

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A perennial top-performing agent, Lydia Player offers her wisdom on real estate marketing

As an occasional feature, we’ve asked several high-performing agents about their marketing strategies. We wanted to know what does and doesn’t work for real estate agents in a variety of situations. This time we’re focusing on getting ready for the off-season. We asked star Ebby Halliday Luxury Portfolio agent Lydia Player: “What are the best actions and biggest mistakes agents make when marketing themselves.

Look for her answer after the jump:

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I came across a terrific post this morning by the wise and vigilant Lydia Player and thought I would share in the hopes that it may save someone, anyone from being a victim of crime.

Though I am super cheap and an attorney, even I used a Realtor to sell our condo because I knew there was a lot I do not know and needed an expert to handle. Having an open house and inviting a criminal into my home did not even occur to me.

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Alleged Thief Stan "Dan" Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

Alleged Thief Stan “Dan” Tucker also goes by Tim Allen.

 

Ebby Halliday Realtor Lydia Player wants to warn Realtors and homeowners that a notorious thief is back in town and up to his old tricks, targeting homes for sale by owner and Realtors, too, primarily in upscale Dallas neighborhoods. He’s been seen in Oklahoma and Waco, but now Stan Tucker is back in Dallas.

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ArtHouse exterior_DSC7892Last night I attended an unprecedented party right down the street. Which was super great, because they served Mojitos and I walked home! And if you know me, you know that I get really fun after a Mojito (or two). (Maybe three.)

The event was the unveiling of a very unique and gorgeous home that is essentially residential art gallery in the way it was built and because it is filled with art. In fact, the home was built around the art, with the art as the focal point in every aspect of design.

It is called ArtHome on Ricks.

ArtHouse 3 gallery_DSC7871 Arthouse sculpture room _DSC7901The home, 11523 West Ricks Circle, has many stories and you will hear them all right here over the next few weeks. For one, this was once the home of Ebby agent Lydia Player, who I happen to adore and count as a great friend. I met Lydia when she lived in this house when we built our house up the street. One more Mojito and Lydia and I were about to go digging in the front yard for the time capsule she and her boys buried there.

The home is owned by Lynne Tonti and the artwork is by Janet McGreal. Janet has sold art all over the world to celebrities such as The Rolling Stones, Governor and Mrs. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oprah, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning. This is the first time the sisters McGreal have collaberated on a home. It won’t be the last. Susan Newell built the shell of the home about two years ago, and I watched Lynne and her sister painstakingly finish it themselves. How do you spell QUALITY? The home is jam-packed with contemporary luxury and walking into the kitchen was an “ah ha” moment. Lynn’s sister, Janet, is pictured here with her wrists bandaged — unfortunately, she broke them both, but is mending. The home is decorated with 23 original works and 16 bronze sculptures by Janet. Of course, those could be purchased individually. That is almost more important than it being on .90 acres with 7118 square feet, five bedrooms, five full and five half baths (yes, 5 powder rooms. You will never be less than 5 feet from a commode in this home.), grand 156 foot setback, master and guest suite on the first floor with separate entrance and kitchenette, to-die-for master spa bath, fabu closets, media room and game room upstairs with three bedrooms, bar, Butlers, study, stunning pool and spa, and trees all over the grounds.

The home will be open tomorrow, November 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. Also open at the same time Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is not in MLS, nor does it yet have an agent, which was the main chatter at last night’s party. Many agents came by — Pogir, Lisa Besserer, Mark Cain, Susie Swanson, David Nichols and Erin Mathews, J.L. Forke, Ralph Randall, Lydia, and more.

ArtHouse1 sisters_DSC8131We are not quite sure of asking price, something like $4 million ish was mentioned. The whole point of the evening and the very elegant event was that this was not really a conventional home for sale, but a gallery of fine art by a world-renown artist, a collection and collaboration of two sisters.

Here is the invitation we received to the event.Artonricks invitation

A very interesting concept, one we may even see more of from these two sisters. Of course, you may recall my story on  Paul Adelson and his Artful Home. The sixty-something collector of 20th century modern art feels strongly that art should complement, not match the architecture. He should know: Paul has been a consultant on public art collections for more than 25 years, with such clients tucked under his belt as Chase Bank, Coca-Cola, Kraft General Foods and Trammel Crow, all of whom have commissioned art from his Design District studio, Select Art, on Levy Street.4214-Swiss-LR-long-575x383

“There’s a difference,” says Paul, “between what art goes in your home, and what goes in a public space.” A contemporary building, he says, has no room for traditional art. That explains his East Dallas home and the unique new home concept Paul is marketing with the help of his Coldwell Banker Residential Realty agent, Yvette Grove. It’s a turn-key product, from the dishes to the forks and furniture, yes. But in Paul’s home, a house is not complete without art on the walls. HIS art.

I am sure the sisters would agree. To be continued…

Update 2:47 p.m.: The plot thickens! We had this video posted earlier, but agreed to take it down because it may have used certain signs and logos without permission. Whatevs, we know you can find it for yourselves because nothing ever leaves the internet. This brings up a whole new conversation about these spoof videos: are they catching on with a certain generation only?

Sometimes we at CandysDirt.com love digging into the dark corners of the Internet to find some gems that need to see the light of day. A few days ago we found one such Internet gem: A real estate music video spoof featuring Dallas Realtor Lydia Player and two adorable cohorts, Ryan Booth and Johnny Mowad.

The Realtor spoof video is a growing trend, featuring pop hits like “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and “Gangnam Style” by Psy. Re/Max Lexington Bluegrass Team went one step further and made their own rap video, which is just incredible!

Realtor Open House Spoof Lydia Player

After a little more digging we found the producer of the video, Anthony Galo, who is actually an intern at Clay Stapp & Co! We asked Galo a few questions, and Clay was kind enough to give him a few minutes between making copies and coffee (we kid! we kid!) to answer them.

CandysDirt.com: So, how did you end up in the real estate biz, interning for Clay Stapp? What’s it like?
Anthony Galo: I never thought the real estate business was this much fun! I entered the real estate world in the summer of 2012 as an intern at CLAY STAPP+CO and came back for this summer to intern for Clay again! I owe it to CSCO for all the opportunities I have had in the real estate field.

CD: The video is adorable. Tell us what it was like to shoot and produce the spoof.
Galo: I am so glad you all enjoyed the video! It was a pleasure producing. The video was shot in about 2-4 hours. I spent a few days editing the video. The editing process wasn’t a long process since I had prior experience from the previous summer when I filmed some homes for Clay. Also, our singers were great! The female voice was Emily Naul, who did an amazing job! Our male singer was a close friend of mine, Elliot Skinner, he actually has performed on national television with Keith Urban! It was great having both singers with us, they knocked it out!

CD: What was it like working with Lydia, Ryan, and Johnny?
Galo: Working with some top Ebby realtors was so much fun! They had the perfect characteristics for the video and just had fun with it! I really did enjoy producing this video, the agents gave me more power and energy than I had expected so it made my job a lot easier!

5847 St Marks Cir Backyard

By the time my husband gets home from work it’s just minutes from being pitch dark outside, so what I really wish we could have would be walls of windows in our home that would make the most of every hour of waning sunlight.

5847 St Marks Cir Sunroom

Just my luck, this incredible contemporary home in St. Mark’s Circle just came on the market. It’s listed by Lydia Player, an Ebby Halliday agent who knows the Preston Hollow area like the back of her hand.

While the master bath leaves much to be desired, I love all of the windows, which make not only make the most of sunlight, but they also capitalize on the views of the gorgeous and lush backyard.

5847 Courtyard

This house is priced at $900,000, which is fair considering the high-traffic nature of the neighborhood. The house is a matter of yards away from St. Mark’s School of Texas — an all-male private college preparatory school. The location is both a blessing and a curse in that it’s incredible accessible being so close to Preston Road, but there’ll be tons of traffic, too.

5847 Living

Otherwise, this home is right up my alley — or should I say, circle?

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5847 St Marks Cir Backyard

By the time my husband gets home from work it’s just minutes from being pitch dark outside, so what I really wish we could have would be walls of windows in our home that would make the most of every hour of waning sunlight.

5847 St Marks Cir Sunroom

Just my luck, this incredible contemporary home in St. Mark’s Circle just came on the market. It’s listed by Lydia Player, an Ebby Halliday agent who knows the Preston Hollow area like the back of her hand.

While the master bath leaves much to be desired, I love all of the windows, which make not only make the most of sunlight, but they also capitalize on the views of the gorgeous and lush backyard.

5847 Courtyard

This house is priced at $900,000, which is fair considering the high-traffic nature of the neighborhood. The house is a matter of yards away from St. Mark’s School of Texas — an all-male private college preparatory school. The location is both a blessing and a curse in that it’s incredible accessible being so close to Preston Road, but there’ll be tons of traffic, too.

5847 Living

Otherwise, this home is right up my alley — or should I say, circle?

Have a listing you love? Send it our way!