The Bonadventure pondSeems like we are walking down Dallas Memory Lane, what with the loss of Margaret Crow.

Does the name Ray and Clare Stern ring a bell? They were a long time Dallas power couple. Ray “Thunder” Stern was a famous wrestler and self-made man. Born in Brooklyn as Walter Bookbinder, he grew up the son of a cab driver and a homemaker in a small flat with one bathroom for eight family members. Later, his wrestling successes brought him fame and fortune. He moved to California and met Joe Gold of Gold’s Gym fame, probably providing his first encouragement at opening his own gyms. Stern was a pioneer in the health club field, and opened America’s first co-ed gym in San Francisco with his second wife, Clare. It was the first health club concept with a nursery so parents could exercise. (more…)

6607 Desco ext

Last Thursday an interesting radio phenomenon took place: Paige and Curtis Elliott of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, and home owner/designer Anna Seyffert, had the guys from KVCE AM 660 out to the house for a live radio broadcast at their listing,  Anna’s house, 6607 Desco Drive in Dallas. The show, Real Estate Talk with Willie Lambright was broadcast Sunday at 5 p.m. on 660 AM The Answer, and then ALSO on KVCE AM 1160 – DFW’s Business Authority at 10am (more…)

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Nancy Guerriero and Janelle Law are friends and business partners who have grown an impressive following of loyal clients. The two-woman team at Dallas City Center Realtors are not only gorgeous, but they’re smart, fun, and posting some impressive numbers.

So that’s why Guerriero and Law are this week’s Featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Jeff takes great care as a lender, as he should. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to read more about these two amazing Realtors!

CandysDirt.com: How did you get into real estate?

Nancy Guerriero: When my mom needed help with rental properties and house numbers – I was good at the math and enjoyed the process! So it began at age 12.

Janelle Law: I started redoing and gutting homes out of a passion and to make a better place for my 2 children.

CD: You specialize in serving clients in some of Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods. Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

Guerriero: Helping clients understand the process and guiding us both to their goals. Keeping clients focused and helping them comprehend the varying numbers, economies of the different parts of town and most importantly – making it enjoyable.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Guerriero: I have lived in four wonderful Dallas areas, as well as a few cities and countries, but right now home is a condo overlooking the Ritz, downtown Dallas, American Airlines Center, and Harwood!. The 20-foot windows with an unbelievable view of the city skyline made us forget we were downsizing

Law: I live in a wonderful duplex in the Park Cities. For me, it’s all about schools and convenience for my family.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

Guerriero: I drive a knocked out black jeep that we lovingly call “our Darth Vadar”. It’s the only way for us to handle all of our staging and all of the unique finds we have on our new website mostlyunusual.com.

Law: I drive the Mercedes!

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Guerriero: We could go on and on about falling in love repeatedly when we are in different neighborhoods, and it’s all true! In Bluffview it’s the creeks and trees; Preston Hollow has great lush lots, the Northaven Trail and both areas are a great central location for all of Dallas areas. They both have great restaurants, services, and anything you need. The Park Cities is a little town with parks, recreation areas, privacy, and its own town services. It’s small close knit set of two little towns in the middle of everything! The Katy Trail is in the Park Cities as well as where I live now, the One Arts Plaza area. There one walks to everything! The museums. The concerts. The large parks. The theater. In Uptown there are 200-plus restaurants, as well as spas … it’s a new world. My husband grew up in fabulous Lakewood and Lake Highlands. Those areas have the amazing Arboretum, the huge recreation area of White Rock lake, and a very strong community with great schools and tight-knit, wonderful neighborhoods.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Guerriero: Helping a young blackhawk pilot going to Afghanistan, but really helping anyone find a home. I also get a kick out of finding ways to make money on investment properties – it’s a trip and a good challenge!

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Guerriero:  Enough to feel very blessed!

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

Guerriero:  The same that I say to myself — “Breathe and let’s go!”

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Guerriero:  This is my “third career” but a lifelong vocation, so I will always enjoy it and have a passion for understanding the economies of dirt.

Law: It has been a true passion for me so walking away isn’t an option. I would miss it every day.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Guerriero: Yes, on a beautiful primitive island called Roatan where my office overlooks the dolphins. We have some great properties there as well, so come visit. We also love Pristine Bay Resort!

 

MuseumTowerClientGiftieWe have asked Realtors to share stories of how many units they are selling at Museum Tower to satisfy media queries. Many are too busy closing to reply, but we did catch up with broker Katie Aspen who shared her secret client’s gift with us: a selection of her buyer’s favorite bubbly bottles with two glasses waiting on their new kitchen counter. Katie’s buyers just closed on a two bedroom with study unit. Sales at Museum Tower have picked up since the building’s unprecedented buy-back guarantee, which ended December 31. Now sales are cooking at about 2 or 3 per month, completely on target. And the building is edging from 25% sold up to 30.

Cannot imagine a more BUBBLY way to say, “welcome to your new home.” Katie, does every client get this treatment? Or only at Museum Tower?

 

GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…

 

OH Olson Hill

Jacy Olson and Carrie Hill are lifelong best friends turned business partners. They have a unique brand — OH! Olson and Hill Real Estate — and they are just as fun as they are gorgeous. These two young East Dallas brunettes are the next up-and-coming real estate powerhouse. And boy, are they just hilarious!

Jacy and Carrie sat still for just long enough to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindgrin of Great Western Home Loans. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Read more about Jacy and Carrie after the jump!

CD: So are you native Dallasites? Or where were you born?

Jacy Olson: Carrie and I are both from Amarillo. We met each other in third grade and graduated high school together (Go Raiders!) We partnered this last summer to create our team Olson and Hill. In my mind, I can still see those two little brunettes playing at my house! That’s where we got our hashtag #2Brunettes!

Carrie Hill: Yea, in junior high Jacy had a Clint Black poster, but I was more of a NKOTB kind of girl!

CD: Where do you live? House or Condo? House style?

Olson: My husband and I live in a house in University Terrace. Our house is cute and contemporary but I would love more square footage! My perfect place would be a kick-ass loft downtown!

Hill: My husband Ted and I live in Lake Highlands, just about four blocks from the house he grew up in. Right now we live in a traditional home that we updated (well, mostly!) from the original owner in 2007. Although I love my house and street, in my real estate dreams I sit and swing on a big wrap-around porch of a Prairie style home with a few acres. Like a Country Time Lemonade commercial!

CD: And you drive a… let me guess, Mercedes Benz?

Olson: Got me! Yes, I drive a Mercedes ML350. But I steal the FJ every chance I get. The tougher, more rugged ride the better!

Hill: I drive an Infiniti G. Yes, I know I don’t drive a Lexus or Mercedes … how can I function as a real estate agent in Dallas? Ha!

CD: What’s you favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Olson: I like Forest Hills and White Rock Valley, specifically Eagle Trail, Deer Trail, Goforth Circle, etc. I love the peacocks who roam freely! I also like the neighborhoods all around White Rock Lake and North Oak Cliff neighborhoods like Kessler Park.

Hill: Of course, I’m a die-hard East Dallas girl, and I love Lake Highlands because it’s like a small town inside Dallas. Everyone knows everyone, no one is a stranger, and everyone cheers for one high school. Go Wildcats!

CD: If you could move in Dallas, where else might you live — what other neighborhood?

Olson: Either downtown or right on White Rock Lake.

Hill: I’m obsessed with any neighborhood with a rich history. Old East Dallas areas like Junius Heights, Swiss Avenue, and Munger Place are so interesting to me. Likewise, I love North Oak Cliff, specifically Winnetka Heights and Kessler Park. I could finally have my big porch there!

CD: How the heck did you get started in real estate? Who’d you work for first? How long selling?

Olson: I was in men’s apparel for what feels like forever before I started selling real estate – I sold to all speciality stores between Texas and Virginia – got tired of all the travel and decided to stay put in the city that I love!

Hill: I was roped into the business in 2007 by my mother in law, Peggy Hill. She’s still a rock star agent in East Dallas and Lake Highlands, and I learned so much from her mentorship and training in those first 2 years. We were at Virginia Cook REALTORS back then, and Virginia remains one of my idols to this day. I hope I’m rocking the red lipstick like her when I’m that age!

CD: What’s your worst sales nightmare? Just worst transaction ever?

Olson: Two words: “delayed closing.” There isn’t much worse than that the day before closing day.

Hill: I don’t even want to think about my worst deal ever. Let’s just say this guy lied about any liens against his property and the lying didn’t stop there.

CD: What’s your best sale?

Hill: It’s not always about the price point of the transaction, but more about the client’s story for us. One of my favorite transactions was one of the lowest price points I had ever sold, but the client, an elderly woman, really needed my help. Even though it wasn’t the most desirable condo in Northeast Dallas, we had it under contract with a cash buyer and sold within a couple of weeks. I would drive over to the woman’s house before her water aerobics class at 7 a.m. for signatures, and on my visits, she told me her entire life story. When I left, she told me I was a blessing to her. There’s no better reward in this job than that.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

Hill: Just like everyone else last summer, there wasn’t much time to breathe before multiple offers were coming in. Fastest under contract: couple of hours. Fastest to close: 10 days.

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Hill: Just under $5 million — $5 mil isn’t a lot if you are selling in the Park Cities, but this is East Dallas! That’s quite a few $200K-$300K houses, right? This year, we hope to double that at least.

Olson: the most important thing to us is the service side to our clients. We always say, we never want to be so big that we can’t get to know each and every one of our clients. We want them to know we care about them and have their best interests at heart before the paycheck.

CD: Secret Sauce to marketing a house?

Hill: Our rule is that we don’t cookie-cut our business or our marketing. Each client is different and might need a different marketing approach. You can always expect a new and fresh approach to all we do and that applies to marketing a property as well. We are always trying to think ahead of the trends and tap into what is new and different.

Olson: Not to mention, we have an awesome and amazing powerhouse marketing guru at Nathan Grace that make us look “OH” so good! If we have a vision on a marketing piece, she takes our idea and makes it into a reality. I would give you her name, but then our “secret sauce” wouldn’t be so secret anymore!

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CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Olson: Hmmm, I don’t plan on changing again …

Hill: Ha! This IS my encore! I have a group of real estate friends (Christina Dewbre at Republic Title, Heath Schneider at AssociaTitle, and Micky Carr at David Griffin) and we regularly joke over drinks about what we will be like in 50 years in real estate. They are quite positive I will be the lady at the MLS meeting tormenting all the “young whipper-snappers” and talking about the Great Recession.

CD: Finally, what is your favorite place for a second home and why?

Olson: St. Barts. Enough said. One day …

Hill: My husband’s family has a time share in Park City, Utah. Our dream is to have a mountain-side home there; skiing in the winter and gorgeous mild summers … what’s not to love? Candy, you are welcome anytime!

CD: What’s one fun fact about your business partner many people don’t know?

Olson: Carrie listens to 70’s soft rock obsessively. It’s like an elevator in her office!

Hill: Jacy has an alter ego named Jacque. Take us for drinks and we’ll tell you all about that one!

 

1410 Gray Oak Living

This listing from Diana Gonzalez of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty out of San Antonio is making the rounds at HuffPo and Curbed. It’s an incredibly preserved 1970s mecca that will have you doing the “Time Warp.”

1410 Gray Oak Kitchen

Inside 1410 Grey Oak Dr. you’ll find swag lamps, wood paneling, and a kitchen that could be straight out of “The Brady Bunch.” This house will have you reaching for your bell bottoms and mock turtlenecks! It was also featured on one of my new favorite home decor blogs, Retro Renovation, who compared this home to the incredible sets of American Hustle.

1410 Gray Oak Formal

I totally agree with the folks at the Retro Renovation blog in that I hope this property is purchased by someone who doesn’t gut this amazing time capsule!

Does this bring back memories or what?

(Photos: San Antonio Board of Realtors via Realtor.com/Matthew Wingate)