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Becky Frey listed this adorable Devonshire Tudor cottage: Didn’t Last Through the Weekend

Adorable Updated Devonshire Tudor Cottage — Perfection!
by Karen Eubank at CandysDirt.com published on 05/06/2017

There are only a handful of truly walkable neighborhoods in Dallas. Our Saturday Seven Hundred is an adorable Devonshire Tudor cottage at 5518 W. Amherst Avenue. Walk Score gives it a rating of 89 and it doesn’t get much better than that in Dallas! This highly coveted neighborhood is just across from Inwood Village, minutes from downtown Dallas, the Dallas North Tollway, and Love Field. Location, location, location! Imagine walking a block to see a movie, eat at any number of great restaurants, and shop until you drop. The neighborhood has every advantage of city living with none of the drawbacks, and a real sense of community.

It’s getting harder and harder to find these lovely original Tudor cottages, especially one that has been totally updated, so you’re in luck today!

The original article and more photos are at CandysDirt.com

Built in 1940 this 2,094-square-foot charmer retains the original character with every new amenity added into the mix, resulting in a completely move in-ready home. We can’t think of a better place for newlyweds, a young family, or indeed empty nesters. We can’t tell you how many people we’ve run into lately that have grown weary of the big, empty suburban home now that their kids are grown, and are itching to get back to the city to enjoy all it offers. Expect a wide demographic lining up to see this one.

There are three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a great home office that could also double as a craft room, and the deal sealer for us is the screened porch. It’s absolutely perfect.

Stylish formals flank the entry in the traditional manner that you expect to see in a Tudor cottage. The hardwoods run through to the kitchen, something we always love to see. Maintaining the same flooring creates a great flow to a home.

The kitchen was remodeled by Adam Gonzales of Restorations of Dallas. The center island has loads of storage and a built-in microwave. Note the gorgeous marble that was run from countertop to ceiling, a trend we’ve seen lately. That seamless use of material creates a sense of elegance as well as spaciousness.

The kitchen was opened up to merge with the family area, which further opens up to the incredible screened porch. This is the place to enjoy your coffee first thing in the morning and to unwind after a long day with a glass of something cold and preferably bubbly. Can’t you just see a crisp fall evening by that fire?

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s agent Becky Frey has this adorable Devonshire Tudor cottage listed for $799,000. With this location and that screened porch, we can’t see it lasting the weekend.

See all of Becky’s listings and solds.

The original article and more photos are at CandysDirt.com

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Helpful Tips to Protest Your Property Taxes

The right to protest to the Appraisal Review Board is the most important right you have as a taxpayer. Below is an email we received from our client, Joe H., after he successfully protested his property taxes. Thanks for your advice Joe!

Appraisal Report
Becky and Shelle,

The hearing this morning was a success. I was able to get the appraisal board to reduce the market value on the house by $30,000. I am happy for the results considering that we did buy it at the end of the year at a high point of a good sales market. The board members did comment on how surprised they were at the amount of reduction from the appraisal district so that was a good sign and also gave me some pointers for next year.

A few things that I learned in the process that might be valuable for others going through a similar process:

1. Check the building class compared to other houses in the neighborhood. In DCAD they had our house classified as as Class 23 – all of the other houses on our street were classified as a Class 21. When I read the definitions, I noticed that our house did not technically fall into a Class 23 definition and that was a focal point of my case because this affected their value. I may have them come out and review this for next year because they still kept it at 23.

2. Challenge the stated “Condition”. Because of our sale price, the DCAD system automatically adjusted the condition to “Very Good”. I was able to provide evidence that it was in AVG / GOOD Condition. They were able to adjust this.

3. Get sales comps from your Realtor®. The sales comps that you provided were perfect and I used the ones in my immediate neighborhood with similar sq footage. I used total of six: They only used three of the highest values for their appraisal. It was nice that I could show more comps to challenge the avg $/sq ft.

4. Take photos of all problematic areas, including dirt or rust. I took pictures of all things that were problematic around the house, however I wish I still had interior pictures from before we came in and painted and cleaned up. The board did comment that seeing some interior pictures would have helped for better challenging the classification. My advice for new owners is to take pictures before any cleaning, or any updating is preformed.

5. Take photos of existing amenities, appliances, equipment. They also asked about the pool, being that it was almost 30 years old, If I had taken pictures of the pool and equipment condition, I perhaps could have gotten them to reduce the “additional improvements” (pool) a little bit.

6. Create a itemized list of needed repairs and estimated costs. The other thing that they asked for, which I did not have because I wasn’t using as supporting evidence, was an itemized list of needed repairs and vendor estimates. I did have a list of house issues but did not have any official cost estimates. It seems like they might have used that in consideration for value if I could have provided it.

7. Make five (5) color copies of your presentation, including photos. There were three board members and a DCAD appraiser. Even though they scan everything into the system for evidence, it would have helped if I had extra copies of my evidence for all of the board members. I also did not bring in any pictures because they had previously scanned these into the system when I went for the informal meeting last month. They did display them on the projector screen but they were hard to make out. I wish I had known and would have brought extra copies for all to share.

In all, it was a great experience and I am happy with the results and I also saved by not paying a tax group to protest for me.

Thanks again for all of your help!

Joe

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As seen in Highland Park Village Theatre …

Celebrate extraordinary in this video tour of some of Dallas, Texas’s most stunning homes on the market.

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May 2, 2013 · 3:59 pm

CandysDirt.com: Becky Frey Brings Small-Town Matchmaker Talent to Briggs Freeman

Written by Cynthia Stine on October 23, 2012

Read full article at CandysDirt.com

Read full article at CandysDirt.com

 

I sat down recently to talk with Becky Frey one of Briggs Freeman’s top sellers and a 30-year veteran of the real estate scene. An athletic, outdoors person, Becky is quick to tell you all the reasons she loves living in Dallas — an enthusiasm she shares with her customers when she matches them to their dream homes.

Where are you from? I came to Dallas from a small town of about 7,000 people in Arkansas. I was an excited young student at SMU who found lots of reasons to stay.

Where is home for you in Dallas? I love my home in Devonshire. It is a traditional home with an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary art and furniture.

And you drive a … let me guess, Mercedes Benz? My three dogs and my cat who thinks she’s a dog need lots of room when we travel, so I have a Mercedes SUV. Plus, I compete in triathlons so I need room for my bike, too. Oh … and my family!

What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why? Devonshire reminds me of a small town with its mix of houses big and small, its streets lined with huge, old trees and parks. It is a friendly neighborhood where you quickly know your neighbors. I enjoy walking over to Inwood Village for a movie, dinner or shopping. SMU and the Park Cities are nearby — and it doesn’t hurt that I can walk to the office!

If you were to move in Dallas, where else might you live? I enjoy the White Rock Lake area for many of the same reasons I love Devonshire — beautiful trees, a mix of home sizes and prices, lots of parks for the dogs, and bike and hike trails for me.

How the heck did you get started in Real Estate? I’ve been selling one thing or another since I was a little kid. I used to knock on doors to sell stuff, and I helped my father out at his hardware store. As a student at SMU, I was working retail and one day an agent for Ellen Terry came in to return something. Before she left, I sold her a lot more. She was so impressed with my salesmanship, the next day she came back and said, “I want you to meet Ellen Terry.”

I learned so much from Ellen over the years. I was with her until the mid 1980’s when I moved to Phoenix. I worked for Merrill Lynch Fine Homes and was an asset manager for the Koll Company where I over saw office, industrial and medical buildings. I came back to Dallas in 1990 and worked with Ellen Terry again and then David Griffin. I was on my own for a while and now I’m with Briggs Freeman. I love real estate. After more than 30 years, it still excites me.

What’s your best/highest sale? It is hard to say. I know you are asking about the money, but the best sale for me is about the homebuyers. I have a young couple right now who are pregnant with their first baby and they are so excited to buy a home! This is what keeps me charged. I love to play matchmaker and find THE home for my customer. It is very important to me that the house match the buyer. When they say “It’s so perfect! It’s just what we were looking for!” then I feel incredible satisfaction and happiness. And that is my best sale … until the next one.

How quickly have you ever turned a house? A few hours. I’ve sold quite a few before they ever went on the market. When I understand what the buyer wants, and have a match in hand, it can go very fast.

How much did you sell last year? I’m on track to have my best year ever this year and last year was my previous best year. I have closed more than $400 million in sales since I started my career.

Secrets to marketing a house? I have a preparation process that I walk my sellers through that helps make sure the house is ready to sell. In addition, we have a marketing process for each house that makes sure the house gets maximum attention. The real trick to success in real estate, though, is being able to match the home buyer to the house and that comes from intuition and understanding people.

If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll … One of the goals on my bucket list is to be a school crossing guard. I would have a blast with the kids on their way to and from school. I’ve been a part-time personal trainer at the Cooper Aerobic Center in the past and would love to do that again. It would be fun to be a home builder one day.

Where is your second home? Right now we are looking for one in Crested Butte, Colorado. We love to fish, hike, bike, and play golf. Crested Butte is perfect for that. It was recently named one of the “10 Best Towns in America” by Outdoor Magazine. When we close, we’ll send you a picture for Second Shelters!

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As Seen In D Home Magazine!

9107 Cochran Bluff Ln. $699,000
Bluffview  |  4 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 3,758 square feet

One of only 16 homes in the gated Enclave at Bluffview neighborhood, this Mediterranean has a pool and wine grotto. Becky Frey and Natalie Hatchett for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International.

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Community Banks Turning Trend – Outdoing Megabanks

The bad economy frightened us all. It caused everyone to become uncertain about banks of all sizes.

Now that the statistics are better, and everyone is recognizing more stability in the economy, we are seeing more confident, eager buyers in the residential market. However, new frustrations have emerged regarding the timeliness of closing a home – Closings at the big banks seem to have become a tedious process of approvals and delays.

Megabanks are becoming less and less popular due to the longer processing times required to close loans. There is new information showing that the employees who left small banks to find stability in megabanks are returning again. Why? Because they are able to get to closing faster. Efficiency is a good thing for everybody in a transaction.

The newest challenge is in finding a lending institution that can bring your home to closing in the timely fashion that you were accustomed to before the bad economy.

Sometimes it is easier to use local lending institutions for mortgages. Not only do they have the ability to help you close on your home faster, they also specialize in relationship banking.
Here are a few that I recommend in the Dallas area:

Mary Dinkins
Cornerstone Mortgage


Lisa Peters
Shelter Mortgage


Paige Nash & Mike Rideau
American National Bank – formerly Dallas National Bank


John Cowden
Inwood National Bank

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Download 2010 Market Reports – Free Information from Real Estate Center

Do you need to know what the population breakdown was last year in Fort Worth? How about the cost-per-acre of development land in Corpus Christi? Curious about how the number of residential building permits in Dallas last year compared with those in previous years?

You’re in luck.

The Real Estate Center’s 2010 Market Reports, now available on the Center’s website, contain this information and so much more.

A report is available for each of Texas’ 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas. I have downloaded the Dallas-FortWorth-Arlington report and I’m studying it now.

Texas Market Reports

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