Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Announces New Fort Worth Office

 

Robbie Briggs

Robbie Briggs announced his brokerage’s expansion into Fort Worth today.

Set to open early next year, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is solidifying its relationship with Cowtown with a new office in Fort Worth proper.

“We are so excited. I’ve always wanted to open an office in Fort Worth because I know its importance and love the city,” said Robbie Briggs. “The world views the DFW Metroplex as one market, but we understand each city has its own unique character and personality. Together, with the leadership and guidance of local businesses and influencers, we can deliver our world-class brand and services to the world-class city of Fort Worth.”

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1980s Contemporary Remodeled For Dramatic Modern Living

10830 Hayfield Front

Photos: Shoot2Sell

Remember yesterday’s post with a little blurb by Wilson Fuqua? The renowned architect talked about how some homes just need the deft, artful touch of an architect to be transformed from ugly ducklings into sleek swans. I like to think that this home at 10830 Hayfield is a stunning example of this idea. Built in 1981, this soft contemporary likely had a muted neutral palette and an unhealthy amount of carpet everywhere.

Since then, this listing from Brandon Stewart has been updated to sleek, chic modern perfection.

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New House under Construction

Recent reports show that new home sales are at their highest since 2008, while prices of existing homes are up year-over-year.

New home sales are up 17 percent from the same time last year, according to Residential Strategies, and new home starts are up 11.4 percent, too, at 6,511. Builders are trying to keep up with demand while also trying to keep new homes affordable for buyers, according to a story from Steve Brown:

“Start activity remains strong as builders maintain healthy sales backlogs and are working to reestablish depleted speculative inventory,” Residential Strategies’ Ted Wilson said in the report. “Robust job formation, in combination with tight housing inventories, has kept builders optimistic about sustained new housing demand.”

Rising new home prices have caused a slowdown in sales for some buyers.

Since 2007 the median price of a new home in North Texas has increased $69,000 – 33 percent – to $275,000.

“Affordability continues to be a primary concern for new home builders,” Wilson said.

“Many are anticipating that at some point down the road, interest rates will increase, and they want to ensure that their housing prices are still within reach of the consumer.”

Additionally, a new report from CoreLogic shows that the Dallas-Plano-Irving area is posting an 8.5 percent increase in home price appreciation according to the firm’s most recent HPI.

“Home prices continue to rise, albeit more slowly, across most of the U.S., ” said CoreLogic CEO Anand Nallathambi. “Major Metropolitan Areas such as Riverside and Los Angeles, California, and Houston continue to lead the way with strong price gains buoyed by tight supplies and a gradual rebound in economic activity.”

In Texas, that means we’re holding steady at our return-to-peak price levels, with no major increases. With new home construction up, a positive outlook for investors in several niche markets, and with prices still on the rise, are you optimistic about the Dallas/Fort Worth real estate market going into Q4 2014?

Tyler Lebaron Great Western Featured Realtor

What a fun personality this Rogers Healy + Associates Realtor has! Tyler LeBaron, a hilarious and hard-working agent, knows how to win clients over with tremendous service and loyalty. He’s risen in the ranks in Dallas after attending SMU’s Cox School of Business, showing that it’s a winning formula.

Does your lender work hard to win your clients over? Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans does. 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.

Find out more about Tyler after the jump!

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A Month in The Matrix: What’s Your Take on The New System?

NTREIS Matrix

We asked our Facebook followers what they thought of NTREIS’ Matrix system, the update for the Tempos MLS system. While some agents seemed to love the new system, which now works with Mac OS and iOS devices, there are several problems that agents reported.

“Wow. Strange happenings. On my listing on desktop version of ntreis it says “Community Park”.
Go to ntreis mobile it says “Lanunity Park”.. How does that happen? No word from from tech dept after 2 weeks! Glad it sold right away…”

— Patrick

Read on for more user feedback:

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Get More For Your Moolah With This Cute Fort Worth Ranch on a Huge Lot

6304 Inca Front

I saw this home pop up in my search today, it’s first day on the market, and I was stunned. In Ridgemar, a fantastic West Fort Worth neighborhood, you can get this totally remodeled 1960s ranch with three bedrooms, two full baths and one half bath, more than 2,400 square feet, and a whopping 0.39 acre lot for $380,000. You’d pay at least $400K for that in a comparable Dallas neighborhood!

Just goes to show that our wonderful neighbors to the west have some great deals. Maybe it’s time to move to Cowtown?

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840 Highridge Front

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Today’s Friday Five Hundred comes to your eyeballs from Little Elm, and it’s a lake side 1980s soft contemporary to get your weekend mojo going. Perfect as a main residence or a place to while away your spare hours with a boatload of friends, admiring the gorgeous sunsets over Lake Lewisville.

It’s rare to find a home that would work well as both a main residence and a vacation property, but 840 Highridge Dr. fits that bill to a tee! With four bedrooms, three full and one half bath, and two-story sweeping views of the lake and downtown Frisco, there’s not much more you can ask for in this contemporary lakehouse.

And considering that it’s in the high-achieving Little Elm ISD, you could raise an outdoorsy family in this beautiful waterfront abode, too.

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408 Byrne Front

Historic homes have many charming quirks that make them popular with people who are prepared to put up with the headaches they sometimes provide. To say that building codes have come a long way since the turn of the century, which was when many homes in McKinney’s historic neighborhoods were built, is a vast understatement. Still, when building a home in an area with character such as the T. T. Bradley subdivision, attention to detail inside and out is key.

That’s why this cute farmhouse at 408 Byrne fits the area like a glove!

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