Great Western Featured Realtor: Shannon Saunders is a True Texas Girl!

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Shannon Saunders is one of those Realtors that you can imagine having an awesome Pinterest board. She’s an artist with such a positive attitude, an eye for design, and she works hard to stay on top of the Dallas market. Of course, she’s an agent after my own heart, with a fierce love for modern architecture, open spaces, large lots, and great views.

Shannon has a passion for real estate and works hard to make sure her clients are well served. Shouldn’t you have a lender like that, too? That’s who Jeff Lindigrin is at Great Western Home Loans. Jeff works hard to make your dream home a reality, just like Shannon does for her clients. Find out what you’ve been missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

To find out more about Shannon Saunders, a passionate, spunky Realtor at Clay Stapp + Co., jump!

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Tuesday Two Hundred: Downtown Loft Offers Panoramic Views, Atomic-Era Feel

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For this week’s Tuesday Two Hundred, we’re looking at a hip downtown loft, 1001 Belleview Street #401. This condo is located in the Beat Lofts, a 10-story, 75-unit building in the heart of the revitalized South Side neighborhood, also known as the Cedars.

This corner unit is a 2-1.5 and 1,336 square feet, listed for $299,999 by Natalie Newberry at Clay Stapp + Co. I love the marriage of urban and midcentury styles in this loft. Jump to read more!  (more…)

Sleek Modern Has Surprising Pops of Style and Color Throughout

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We’ve talked a lot about East Village and the neighborhood’s battles with commercial development, but we don’t really talk too much about the homeowners who would be affected by a huge big-box store moving in nearby. This beautiful townhome at 2211 N. Fitzhugh is a great example of an East Village property, though. This sleek, open home has everything you could want in an urban address, with three bedrooms, three full baths, and a gorgeous deck for entertaining.

This is a Clay Stapp + Co. listing from Realtor Matt Scobee, and it is just phenomenal inside! Jump for more!

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Dallas 100 Gives a Nod to Small Real Estate Brokerages

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If it seems like the lists of top-performing companies in national business magazines are populated by industry mammoths and impossibly large corporations, it’s because they are. Sure, economies of scale can help a company realize success relatively fast, but these lists leave the real, tangible successes of small businesses in the shadows.

Recognizing that these regional brands deserve distinction, the Caruth Institute at SMU’s Cox School of Business came up with the Dallas 100™ Entrepreneur Awards. This list is populated by “the unsung heroes of our economy,” according to the Caruth Institute. Within this list of the 100 fastest-growing privately held companies in North Texas were two residential real estate brands that have been burning up shoe leather in their bid to succeed: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty (No. 20), and CLAY STAPP + CO. (No. 80).

“The incredible growth and performance of the Dallas 100™ winners is a tribute to the dynamic and vibrant entrepreneurial community in which we live,” said Jerry White, director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at SMU Cox. “The Dallas economy has been driven by entrepreneurs since its founding. With today’s entrepreneurs, investors and supporting professionals, the economic future of our area and beyond looks bright indeed.”

We agree, and it’s fantastic for these two regional brands to see such growth. Perhaps North Texas has fully recovered from the economic downturn now that we’re seeing brokerages post big numbers? At any rate, congratulations to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s and CLAY STAPP + CO. on your Dallas 100 win!

8240 Stony Creek extWhen I saw this house last weekend, Dallas was freshly moistened from that Saturday-afternoon rainfall that kept our temperatures more Maine-like than Texas-in-August. So maybe that’s why I thought I was in another place, like a secret garden. 8240 Stony Creek was not yet in MLS, and had the most incredible back yard I have seen in ages. Listed with the cuteness that is Shannon Saunders at Clay Stapp & Company. The home is located East of Central in that hot hot Claremont ‘hood. I had never heard of Stony Creek. So over I went and what I saw blew my mind:8240 Stony Creek yard1 (more…)

4826 Swiss Front

Just southwest of the storied homes on Swiss Avenue lies a more intimate, less popular Swiss Avenue in the gorgeous Gaston Heights neighborhood. Bounded by North Fitzhugh Ave. on the northeast and Peak on the southwest, sandwiched between Live Oak and Worth Street, is a lovely little enclave of historic homes that enjoys a distinction as Peak’s Suburban Addition.

This is a fantastic neighborhood for people who want an urban environment where you can see downtown from Gaston Avenue, and yet you can enjoy a quiet, walkable neighborhood close to shopping and mass transit. And there’s Jimmy’s Food Store just down Fitzhugh if you’re craving a Cuban sandwich. Man, that makes me hungry!

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Stapp tee shirtClay Stapp just knows how to separate himself from the crowd. The dynamic, fast-growing broker, who handed out orange condoms (“Don’t get screwed on your next real estate deal”) when he launched his very first brokerage in Uptown on Cedar Springs, is busting out again. this time with a beautiful new office on Greenville Avenue at Morningside in the heart of Lakewood.

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Oh and he has tee shirts too. Unlike most conventional, boxy, boring Real Estate bedazzled tee shirts, his come with a plunging neckline and enough spandex to make things, well, interesting.

Black Mercedes e classWell, that’s not all. Comes word that CLAY STAPP+CO announced their 2014 Sales Incentive Program for CSCO Realtors. Top producers, well, THEE TOP PRODUCER, will qualify for a free Mercedes E-Class car lease for 2015. Each quarter, the top producing Realtor in the company will have an opportunity to win the car lease in a drawing to be held at the end of 2014.

So it’s not by month, but by quarterly production. And the top producing agent will drive that sweet baby for one full year!

The “Pinnacle Producer” will be announced and awarded with a 13 month lease at Park Place Motors at the end of each year. We sure love us some Park Place!

An E-Class? That’s sweet! Of course, the “Pinnacle Producer” could also opt for the ultimate in rugged sophistication — a CLAY STAPP+CO Orange wrapped Hummer.

What will Clay’s next expansion be? Stay tuned…

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I have always loved these townhomes, which were among the first to go up in the Farmers Market area before the residential building boom this neighborhood has recently experienced. They are the first homes you can spot if you take Canton downtown on your morning commute, and they’re just past Bark Park Central, another favorite Farmers Market/Deep Ellum spot.

These townhomes go on the market so rarely, and they are often in excellent condition. Unit 129 at 2205 Canton is no exception. This gorgeous two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome is warm and open, with faux finishes and cabinetry that evokes sunny Italian villas, with views of the Farmers Market and downtown. It’s marketed by Clay Stapp + Co. Realtors Rick Robles and Amy Galley for $389,000.

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With almost 2,200 square feet, not including the rooftop deck that faces downtown with phenomenal nighttime views, this home is a fantastic spot for urban-inclined folks who want to downsize and take advantage of the incredible culture growing in this area.

Something to think about: If Mayor Rawlings and the folks behind “A New Dallas” are successful, the value of these townhomes are going to go up like crazy. Why? Because Interstate 345, the crumbling interchange for I-30, US 75, and Woodall Rogers, will be demolished under the plan, resulting in more street-level traffic and more density in the area. This overpass is practically right next door.

But if you want real selling points, this development has everything, including three pools, a basketball court, a gym, and a media room, so you’ll want for nothing. HOA fees are $123 a month, not bad considering the amenities and location. This development was built in 2001, too, so it benefits from being already established. 2205 Canton 129 master loft 2205 Canton 129 Master loft to stairs 2205 Canton 129 Master bath

I love the master suite, and the great curtain the owners have installed to help screen some of the light that pours in through the two-story windows. It’s a loft-style layout, which means you’ve got plenty of space, but thanks to the curtain, you’ve got privacy, too.

The master bath is a five-piece number with dual vanities and plush accommodations, including a jetted tub. I usually like more understated bathrooms, but there’s something about the romance of the paint and tile that just hooks me and doesn’t let me go.

Of course, what’s not to love about the rooftop deck. Both open and intimate, this space was meant for a nightcap with your spouse or lover, just admiring the views of downtown. Nothing could be more perfect, right?

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