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It all started as a bet about 6 years ago, says C. Seth Fowler, a Fort Worth real estate agent with Williams Trew. Little did he know that a friendly wager would turn into a calling card.

Now Fowler, a go-getter of a Realtor, has something in common with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Doctor Who‘s 11th Doctor, Matt Smith: A penchant for bow ties!

“So now I pretty much only wear bow ties and I’ve even had people come up to me telling me they didn’t recognize me if I wasn’t wearing a bow tie,” Fowler said. “So yeah, I guess I am ‘The Bow Tie Realtor,’ but I want to be known for my skills more than my attire.”

That’s OK, Seth. We hear that bowties are cool!

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We asked Fowler to open up a bit about those skills as this week’s Great Western Home Loans Featured Realtor. While you can learn more about Fowler on twitter (@bowtierealtor), jump to find out why he chose a career in real estate and the place he calls his second home!

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Nadine Meyer loves real estate so much, she didn’t even wait to finish college to get started selling it.

During her senior year at the University of North Texas, Meyer initially was looking for a part-time marketing internship. As fate would have it, a family friend’s real estate business was looking for help.

“That started my love for the business,” says Meyer, principal at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s The Meyer Group. She received her real estate license that same year and was hosting open houses before she’d even graduated.

Fast-forward to 2016, and Meyer is applying that same drive and initiative to power some of the hottest property deals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The latest: Larkspur Capital Partners’ Capitol Flats — a four-story, 38-unit condo development in the Fitzhugh corridor area which, provided the city of Dallas agrees to a slight zoning change, will offer urban homebuyers a calmer but still-hip alternative to the Uptown scene.

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Larkspur’s Capitol Flats development is the first of its kind for the area and exclusively offered by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Nadine Meyer. (Graphic: Larkspur Capital Partners)

For Meyer, who is the exclusive agent for this first-of-its kind condo development at 5209 Capitol Ave., Capitol Flats is a chance not only to build on her previous success in the area, but also provide valuable input to Larkspur. Having sold a neighboring project in 2009, Meyer spoke with her former clients about Larkspur’s plans for the area.

“I love to be involved in the process with them from the beginning,” she says. “Being involved and working with these buyers daily gives me first-hand insight into what is missing in the market and what buyers are looking for.”

For Meyer, selling in the Knox-Henderson corridor is equal parts passion and hard work.

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Judy Pittman Flanked by Candysdirt.com Staff who stayed a pinch past sunset!

Judy Pittman surrounded by CandysDirt.com staff who stayed a pinch past sunset! (Photos: Lisa Stewart Photography)

Tuesday night, 64 of our closest CandysDirt.com friends spent the evening exploring the Claridge and celebrating the first anniversary of the Staff Meeting events.

As you recall, this was a humdinger event with four simultaneous open houses in the beautiful Claridge on Turtle Creek and Lemmon Avenue (my “Four R” homes).  We all ended up in the wrap-around penthouse for a stunning sunset champagne toast (or two … with a little chocolate, natch!).  For those who may have missed an “R” or two:  REHAB, REMODEL, REFRESH and REJOICE.

Before we see more party pics, I must praise the Claridge staff who valeted all those cars and long-time manager Shirley Black for being so very gracious to our event and guests.

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The cartel known as “Jalisco Nueva Generacion” is a brutal splinter group from the Sinaloa cartel. (Photo: YouTube)

After making several trips from Mexico to the U.S., shuttling cash and methamphetamines for the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, Nicolas Salinas was nabbed by federal agents at the Laredo border crossing with nine kilograms of meth stashed in his vehicle.

That was in 2012, but news just broke that the former Realtor of more than a decade and owner of Mi Casa Remodeling and Management rolled on his former boss, Jalisco cartel chief Oscar “La Monia” Soto-Cabezas.

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Millennials use their smart phones extensively in the homebuying process and use apps for research. Photo: Garry Knight

For years, millennials have largely been thought of as renters, not buyers, but that has changed. Millennials, born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, now represent the largest group of homebuyers in the U.S. at 32 percent, taking over from Generation X, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors (NAR) Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluated the generational differences of recent home buyers and sellers.

This matters because the way millennials buy real estate is markedly more technology-driven than older generations, and Realtors need to adapt to their style if they want to keep up, says David Maez, Broker and Co-Owner at VIVO Realty.

“There’s lots of frustration among older agents in working with the millennials, but they’re not going away and agents need to learn to adapt,” Maez said. “It’s exciting because of all of the technology that’s available to us to make it easier to buy and sell properties. How people buy properties is going to continue to evolve on the technology level.”

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Take, for instance, the telephone. Many Realtors are used to speaking with clients, but millennials are much more into texting.

“With millennials, you have to communicate how they want to—they are big on texting and many don’t even answer their phones,” Maez said. “Some agents have had success using Facebook messaging because [their millennial clients] are not checking their email, either.”

The smartphone is key to a lot of the differences in millennial real estate patterns. More than half of them search for homes on their mobile phones and 26 percent of those buy a house they found that way, according to research from NAR.

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The CandysDirt.com Executive Team with Rogers Healy Realtor Alex Prins.

The Eberhard hosted an unlikely combination of causes and brands that turned out just right. It was where Rogers Healy Realtors Alex Prins and Ryan Schwartz hosted a fashion show for designer Stephen Goudeau, all benefiting no-kill shelter Operation Kindness. And it was a raging success.

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Imagine yourself in this situation: You’re a Realtor with many years of experience, even more satisfied clients, and by and large, a happy career. Upon the urging of your brokerage, you’ve established a Google Business page, and encouraged people to leave reviews about their experiences with you on Yelp.

Then one afternoon, you see a new review on your Google Business page that leaves you confused, angry, and a little nauseous.

buzz0976: This woman is a con artist! She’s the worse realter Ive ever met and made me loose a bunch of money on ahouse in Dallas. terrible service!!! Liar!!!!!!

Who is buzz0976? What on earth is he or she talking about? And why is this online?

Maybe the situation stops there, and that negative comment gets buried over time. But maybe it does not stop. Some Realtors have been the target of personal attacks on social media and other sites, like RipoffReport.com, where anonymous posters have fabricated all manner of stories designed to destroy their reputation.

It happened to Ebby Halliday Realtor RoseMarie LaCoursiere, who recently endured months of online harassment by an anonymous poster whose intent was clearly character assassination. LaCoursiere says this person wrote dozens of negative reviews under different names across the Internet, from her Google Business page to RipoffReport.com.

“It’s very serious when you look at how the Internet, misused with intention, can destroy a person’s reputation” LaCoursiere said. “In essence, I really have no recourse or effective way to defend my good name if I turn a blind eye and keep silent, which is what is expected of me by my online attacker. That’s what a bully expects.”

The crux of all this is online reputation management. As carefully as you may craft your online brand, by-and-large, you lack control over what other people say about you online in social media and other websites.

Most situations are nowhere near as serious as LaCoursiere’s. But what can you do about personal attacks in social media, no matter the scope? How can you defend your good name?

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Ashley Madison

Security and Anonymity Claims May be a Pinch Overstated!

The illicit affair website Ashley Madison was hacked last month which exposed the personal information, credit cards and email addresses of many of its 39 million users. The hackers said they wouldn’t release the data if Ashley Madison shut down. It didn’t, so they did.

Lawyers around the country are reporting an uptick in divorce-related calls from clients. Some receptionists are bearing the brunt of the calls as lawyers are in back-to-back meetings (in stark comparison to the client spouse’s back-to-front meetings).

While many will ultimately seek counseling (I’m sure couches will fill up quickly) and not divorce, the smarter ones will. After all, Ashley Madison isn’t about a regretful, intoxicated indiscretion. Ashley Madison is about paying a fee to schedule infidelity.

For those ultimately divorcing, family manses may pop onto the market as assets are split. However, cleaving a family in two will mean what was one home becomes two! For every divorce, one more homestead is created.

Cha-Ching on Realtor commissions, but yikes for buyers!

Want to check-up on a suspicious spouse? The complete data file can be downloaded here.

Of course the funny part is that Ashley Madison was embroiled in a lawsuit in 2013 over their creation of fake female profiles to give the illusion that there are ladies ready and waiting. In fact some estimate, 90 to 95 percent of the paid profiles are men. (The suit was filed because the profile creators claim carpel tunnel syndrome!)