During last year’s Casa View Cliff May Home Tour, I couldn’t count how many times I heard someone say something like, “If this home ever comes on the market, I’m putting in an offer.” 

If that was you, it’s time to make good on that promise, because Mindy Niehaus, one of the organizers of the tour that focused on this treasure trove of California-style midcentury modern homes in East Dallas, is about to bring one of the tour homes on the market.

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When 6907 Sperry  in Caruth Terrace was built back in 1964, one of the biggest decisions a homeowner had to make was the tile and fixture color schemes in the bathrooms. There were no master retreats, no vessel sinks, and no vast oceans of marble. You got seafoam, baby blue, or the ignominious pink tile in most cases. Other popular choices were mint green, gray, and white. But these bathrooms, with their half-tile walls and tile counter tops with color-matched sinks are growing rarer as the cult of Carrara proselytizes the liturgy of white on white on white.

So it’s a real treat to see a midcentury ranch with not one, not but two intact vintage bathrooms!

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Kevin Caskey Nathan Grace

Well, it’s going to be an interesting evening at MetroTex Association of Realtor’s Awards and Installation bash Wednesday night. For maybe the first time ever, two brokers from the same firm are vying for Metrotex Broker of the Year…

That would be Russell Berry and Kevin Caskey, two of three finalists, and both with Nathan Grace.

That’s right, Nathan Grace. On Monday, Kevin left Dallas City Center Realtors, where he had worked for 15 years, running the place for seven, longer than any other manager.

He has moved over to Nathan Grace as the firm’s Area Director. Kevin will manage Park Cities, Lake Highlands and Richardson, basically everything Dallas County. His business partner, Bill Clarkson moved with him.

“Nathan Grace has grown so fast in this market,” says Kevin,”already six offices plus corporate, that kind of growth is pretty impressive.”

While he loved City Center, Kevin says he sees so much more opportunity for growth with Nathan Grace.

“It was time to see what is out there,” says Kevin. “because the business is changing so quickly. We were very busy, but not really growing. Nathan Grace is also very technology forward, which is going to be an even bigger component of our business going forward. The changes are coming, and we need to be prepared.”

Brokers are always reaching out to top agents, says Kevin, and he has been getting offers to move for year, but never considered a one until now.

“Every week, Nathan Grace has a “Live from Sherry Lane” Facebook feed show for all the agents, it’s a fun, upbeat atmosphere, welcoming and comfortable, not stuffy.”

Aside from Bill, Kevin comes to NG alone as he has a non-compete with Dallas City Center.

But that, he says, is not keeping his phone very silent.

 

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Antique wormy chestnut reclaimed hardwood floors by Olde Wood Ltd.

Today, we’re starting a new occasional column called Getting Real About Renovations. We’re going to look at renovation realities for all sorts of projects, from hardwood floors and open floorplans, to master suite additions and kitchen upgrades. We’ll give you the unadulterated truth about options, costs, effort, Realtor opinion, and estimated ROI for these projects.  

Americans can’t get enough about home improvements, from reality TV shows to demand for renovations in properties on the market at all price points. In the first ten months of October 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on remodeling their homes, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report.

Many homeowners wonder which will bring them the most happiness and get the best return on investment (ROI) should they sell in the future (or if they’re flipping a property!).

We’re starting this series by looking at hardwood floors in all their forms: engineered, solid wood, and reclaimed wood floors, as well as refinishing existing floors.

So are they worth the investment? In a word, absolutely.

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Kevin Bake Off

Dallas City Center director Kevin Caskey probably did an extra spin class yesterday evening. I mean, how else could he stay in such great shape after an event like the East Dallas MLS “Cake Wars for TREPAC” yesterday?

The auction, which benefited the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee that focuses on protecting homeowners’ rights, featured some really amazing (and delicious!) treats from several brokerages in the area. It all started with the men of East Dallas MLS baked the treats and the ladies bought them up for a good cause.

But this year’s confections show that it takes a professional touch to rake in the big bids.

Trepac Starwars Back off

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Sponsored By Nathan Grace Real Estate.

Thanks to its dedication to client services, Nathan Grace is one of the fastest-growing brokerages in DFW.

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For Laura Crowl, major change started with a birthday.

Laura, a veteran Dallas agent who was previously with Ebby Halliday for 11 years, turned 60. It was a milestone that made her reflect back on a long real estate career and start mapping out what she wanted to do in the future.

“You get reflective,” she said, “You ask yourself, who do I want to spend my time with, and what do I want those hours to look like? I was at a great brokerage firm, but as Stephen Covey says, sometimes you have to sharpen your tools.”

She decided to make the move to Nathan Grace Real Estate. The firm, she says, fits her personality, business model, and client base.

“I paint with a broad brush,” says Laura, “from a $25,000 condo to a $6 million home.”

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Mindy Niehaus

Isn’t she just adorable? We love Mindy Niehaus, a go-getting Realtor with Nathan Grace Real Estate, because not only is she absolutely lovely on the outside (just look at that hair!) but she’s a real beauty on the inside, too. Mindy learned about the real estate business from the best teacher there is: her mother. She took that drive and ingenuity from her time in fashion and her patience from her time as a teacher and became a Realtor that is scoring referrals like good deals during a sale at Nordstrom’s.

Not only that, but she has a killer sense of humor; it’s a trait almost required of Realtors nowadays. In that way, she reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to get the scoop on Oklahoma transplant Mindy Niehaus and what she loves about North Texas!

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Alyssa O'Brien Ramsey Sponsored

Smart, creative, and hard-working, Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey is a Realtor you want on your team. Not only has she made a name for herself with client referrals, but she’s become an integral part of the well-oiled machine that is the up-and-coming independent brokerage Nathan Grace. But Alyssa, every humble, says that it’s the other way around when it comes to the people that make up the brand — they’re all family, and all indispensable.

“In my career I have been blessed to work with great people at great companies, or so I thought,” Alyssa said. “It wasn’t until working at Nathan Grace that I have truly experienced working with great people at a great company. As cliché as it sounds, the Nathan Grace team are my extended family.”

And family matters, Alyssa notes, especially in an industry that follows the law of the jungle: Eat or be eaten.

“This is a competitive business, but at the end of the day, we lift each other up and have built a culture that is second to none,” Alyssa said. “The leadership and support team truly care about the success of the agents’ business first and foremost – without our success they don’t have success.”

Alyssa O'Brien Ramsey's home was "Graced" by her fellow agents at Nathan Grace.

Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey’s home was “Graced” by her fellow agents at Nathan Grace.

To recognized that success, the brand does something called “Gracing” Alyssa said. A team member’s front yard is littered with branded signs a la flocking. “We have fun, we love to win, and we take our work seriously, but not ourselves,” Alyssa notes. “There are many reasons that Nathan Grace has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by Dallas Business Journal and I but the number one reason – the people! It’s not your mama’s real estate company, but she’d be so proud!”

Now that sounds like company culture that Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans could get behind! He works hard and has fun, all the while recognizing the hard work that Realtors and brokers put into every transaction. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to find out more about Alyssa!

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