Kristi Davis

Take one look at her and you can tell why everyone loves Kristi Davis: she’s gorgeous, full of fun and energy, and one of the hardest-working Realtors in North Texas.

Which is why Ebby Halliday has just appointed Kristi Davis sales manager of its bustling Frisco Office. 

“Kristi brings extensive sales and management experience, as well as a strong desire to assist our Frisco agents in taking their careers to the next level,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and Chief Executive Officer.  “A recipient of the Easterwood Cup Broker/Manager of the Year Award presented by the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®, Kristi offers a long history of distinguished service to our industry and community.”

A Dallas-Fort Worth native, Davis has been in real estate since 2002. Having been a top-producing agent she understands the life of a REALTOR®, the ebbs and flows of the industry, and the importance of lead generation.

“I am confident Kristi’s background will serve her well in our Frisco Office,” says Betty Misko, executive vice president and director of sales offices for the Ebby Halliday Companies. “She has an innate understanding of how agents learn, grow and prosper.”

Speaking of growth, Ebby Halliday is opening up FIVE (5!) new offices this year in Prosper, a second Rockwall office, and Cedar Creek Lake. A new office is coming to the existing Allen Ebby office, and Williams Trew, an Ebby Halliday Company, is opening an Aledo office.

Kristi formerly managed Ebby’s Irving and Flower Mound/Lewisville offices. (more…)

Update: this event has been postponed until, April, as we need more space! See you in April and no fools!
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Tommie Hawkins is a registered sex offender.

Tommie Hawkins is a registered sex offender.

Heads up, Realtors. MetroTex Association of Realtors has issued a security alert for agents about a registered sex offender named Tommie Hawkins (pictured) posing as a buyer. If you’ve been in touch with this man, call the police ASAP. Stay safe out there, folks!

We have received multiple reports of activity related to a male requesting to see properties in the Colleyville, Grapevine, and Flower Mound area between $1 and $2 Million. He is able to provide proof of funds and claims to have buyer rep agreements with several agents.

He is a registered sex offender: Click Here for more information. This person has reportedly used various names as shown on the sex offender website.  Additionally, a police report has been filed with the Colleyville Police Department: Case# ISCP043332.

Please exercise caution. Contact with this person has led to conversation which deteriorates to an extremely inappropriate sexual nature.  While no one at this point has been physically harmed, there is reason to believe that could happen.

If you have had any contact with this person please contact law enforcement in the city of the occurrence.

Nathan Grace Frisco Office

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

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Six years ago, Vickie Parker set her sights on changing the residential real estate landscape in North Texas.

With a professional background in hospitality and home building, Parker was an unlikely figure to blaze a trail in the industry, but she has done just that as President of Nathan Grace Real Estate.

“What I bring to the table is a different way of looking at the business,” Parker said.

Her fresh perspective has helped make Nathan Grace one of the fastest-growing brokerages in DFW. In April alone, agents representing $100 million in volume joined Nathan Grace.

“We are very quick and nimble and can open an office very quickly, and we doubled our number of agents in 2014,” Parker said. “That growth is great, but retention is more important—when people choose to join us, we take their business very seriously. Every single agent who has joined us, their business has increased.”

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The lobby of the new Frisco office of Nathan Grace Real Estate. All photos: Nathan Grace

“Our business model is the traditional brokerage turned upside down—we are service providers.” Parker said.

“The agents are small business owners and we are a business services provider—we provide what they need to be successful, from branding and consulting, to brokerage services and business planning,” Parker said. “If this were a clothing boutique, we would be their personal shoppers.”

“Boutique” is a key concept for Nathan Grace. While doing business studies before opening shop, she looked at what was missing from the residential real estate market in North Texas and found there was a lack of these kinds of brokerages.

“Boutique to us means offering high-touch and high service to clients,” she said. “The common thread is that all our people have the heart of a servant—we look for agents who love to serve others, be it their community, peers, or clients.”

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FullSizeRender Here is Rogers Healy agent Grecia Garza outside of 21 Turtle Creek today. “I may or may have not tumbled,” she tells us.

No, she didn’t fall, she’s feeling the snow!

Carrie Hill and Thomas Zepeda Snow

And here are Realtors Carrie Rigdon Hill and Thomas Zepeda from Nathan Grace getting some “work” done during yesterday’s snow day.

Looks like a good gig to us! Wine + Snow + Real Estate = Plenty of fun!

Property For Rent

We wanted to get some boots-on-the-ground perspective from North Texas Realtors after Forbes named Fort Worth-Arlington and Dallas-Plano-Irving as the top two “best buy cities,” or areas in the U.S. where buying a home is a good investment. Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor to measure the “equilibrium home price,” which strips away several layers of market influence such as speculation and the cyclical boom-bust nature of housing.

Fort Worth-Arlington, Tex., and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Tex., top the list of our Best Buy Cities, at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Both cities offer homes that would be within reach for middle-class Americans, at $168,383 in Fort Worth-Arlington and $180,645 in greater Dallas. Prices in greater Fort Worth are considered 20% below their actual value, according to Local Market Monitor. Homes in the greater Dallas region are 12% down, so less off, but they are expected to rise more–29%–over the next three years.

For buyers who intend to rent out their homes, the populations in these cities are growing at a healthy clip: from 2009 to 2012, at 4.9% in Fort Worth and 6.1% in Dallas. At that rate, Dallas is tied for the fastest-growing city on the Best Buy Cities list. It’s ranked fifth in terms of job growth, at 3% as of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics stats.

 

While we do like our reports from Local Market Monitor, which give clear investment outlooks, our major sticking point with broad surveys such as this one is that real estate markets are hyper-local, meaning that West Plano could be having an outstanding year, with tons of price increases and new development, but on the other side of U.S. 75, growth may not be as great. The same holds true for neighborhoods such as Berkeley Place in Fort Worth, where some homes are reaching price peaks never seen before, while northern Fort Worth suburbs may be struggling to break even.

Still, Realtors remain optimistic, pointing to growth across all price points and through many different developments. Condos are up, single-family homes are up, new homes are up, and investment buyers are out of control.

“The fact that Dallas, Plano, and Irving are named as the No. 2 metro area to buy a home for investment in the U.S. is no surprise at all,” says Vivo Realty founder David Maez, who is based in Plano. “Our job market is, and always has been one of the best in the nation. That together with low cost of living, a high percentage of renters, and good schools, it’s an investor’s dream.”

Maez specializes in the northern suburbs of Dallas, where you’ll see tons of single family homes for sale and for rent, in his area, Realtors are noticing tons of activity on MLS for buyers and for renters. Maez is currently working with many investors, both local and out-of-state, all of which are looking to capitalize on the North Texas market.

“In the field we are seeing no more than 10 to 15 days on the market for a good lease, sometimes leasing on the same day. Supplement to that, home prices are also very affordable — you can find an amazing home here for $160K to $200K,” Maez added. “So whether you’re looking to purchase your first home or are a first-time investor looking to pick-up a rental, this is an amazing market to do so.”

 

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It’s been only six months since Roxie Glenn took over professional development at MetroTex Association of Realtors, and her department has already pulled down a significant award for its work during the Texas Association of Realtors winter meetings in Austin. MetroTex was recognized alongside the San Antonio Board of Realtors and Houston Association of Realtors with the Education Program of the Year award.

“This event commemorates two years of record growth for the Texas housing market and honors the Texas Realtors and local Realtor organizations that have been true trailblazers for our association and our industry,” said Dan Hatfield, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors.

Roxie GlennGlenn is thrilled that TAR recognized MetroTex’s course that gives business-building tools to recent licensees during the Feb. 10 ceremony. “This is very exciting for our department,” Glenn said. “It shows Realtors that we have quality courses and education here at MetroTex.”

The course — “Building a Successful Real Estate Business” —  is a series of six four-hour classes that covers topics such as lead identification, pricing a property, and marketing tips. It’s a collaborative effort with independent educators who are experts in building successful real estate businesses. The program, which runs once a month, usually has 30 or more Realtors in the classroom, making it a popular choice.

“Basically, it teaches new Realtors how to set up their business,” Glenn said. “After Realtors get their license, they don’t know what or where to go, or what to do next. Something that Realtors aren’t always so good at is setting up a new business, and we teach them how to do that successfully.”

The program isn’t all lectures, either, Glenn added. “They get to role play and try things out on people.”

Of course, the award is a testament to the hard work Glenn and her fellow education department staff has put in to make sure that Dallas/Fort Worth-area Realtors have all the tools they need to be successful.

“It’s not just getting your [continuing education] credits,” Glenn said. “It’s real-world education that can also help you build your business.”

Find out more about the continuing education programs MetroTex offers, as well as the outstanding staff supporting the organization, on their website.