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More than 10 Reasons Why Texas is America’s Future

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DFW’s Economic Forecast was presented at Highland Park Village Theatre

Dallas is a hot city for young professionals and big company relos … We have been learning more and thought we should share a few resources for the real facts and opinions about why our city is so attractive:

TIME Magazine published an issue with the cover title The United States of Texas with this article about the “10 Reasons”. To confirm these reasons and many more, Mike Rosa, Senior VP of Economic Development at Dallas Regional Chamber, presented amazing economic, geographic, and logistic facts at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Intl’ Realty’s weekly meeting. Did you know that DFW has almost as many tech jobs as Houston and Austin COMBINED? And the DFW area produces over 30% of the state’s economy, yet we are ~25% of the population?

If you are looking for verification or more reasons, the Chamber’s website is a great resource for DFW facts: Cost of Living, Taxes, Economic Indicators, Schools, Salaries, Transportation, and more. Check it out … www.dallaschamber.org


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A Video About Downtown Dallas

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Thanks to Downtown Dallas Inc. and You+Dallas for the vision for this glimpse into today’s Dallas. It’s beautiful!

“Downtown is multi-dimensional; it is an urban environment in which to live, work and play. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, having held a vibrant presence in Downtown for 105 years, there are 250 bars, restaurants and lounges, and 300 events hosted a year in Downtown alone. Last year, Dallas-Fort Worth was ranked as the number one sports area in the country, thanks to our 2011 NBA World Champion Dallas Mavericks, and two-time ALCS Champions the Texas Rangers.

Public transportation is easy to navigate with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Beginning and ending in Downtown, it is the largest light rail system in North America. Downtown has the largest urban arts district in the entire country, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra directed by Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Opera and more.

It is important to experience Downtown; don’t be a spectator, be a participant. Downtown Dallas, Inc. is passionate about where the city is now and where it is going in the future. Come experience the ongoing excitement in urban, legendary, smart and modern Downtown Dallas.”

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Just Announced: Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

“I’m really excited about the marketing opportunities that Sotheby’s brings to Briggs Freeman and our clients. It’s just another testament that our firm is committed to the highest quality services and exposure of our properties in all price ranges. I am looking forward to 2011.” – Becky

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Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage becomes Sotheby’s franchisee | Dallas Morning News | by Steve Brown

Starting this week, Briggs Freeman will become the newest franchisee of Sotheby’s International Realty.

The company has 140 sales agents working out of a single office on Lovers Lane, and Briggs said that he has turned away franchise opportunities for years.

“I was not a franchise guy and was not interested,” he said. “We have been a boutique and always wanted to be a boutique firm.”

Briggs Freeman had been affiliated with Christie’s Great Estates and had also previously been a Sotheby’s affiliate – before Sotheby’s became a franchise owned by Realogy Corp .

Now Briggs Freeman is becoming a full Sotheby’s franchise member.

“Over the last five years, Sotheby’s has proven they are doing a good job with their brand,” Briggs said. “While they have not been as well-known in the central part of the country, I see it coming.”

Sotheby’s International Realty already has affiliates in Austin and San Antonio and represents more than 11,000 sales associates in 42 countries. The firm is associated with the 266-year-old Sotheby’s Auction House of London.

“Representation in the Dallas market has been a critical objective,” Sotheby’s International Realty’s CEO Michael Good said in a statement. “Our focus for next year is to continue to create affiliations with fine companies that will bring our services to additional luxury real estate markets throughout the world.”

Briggs said that joining the high-end brand will benefit his firm when companies are moving here from the east and west coasts, where Sotheby’s is well-known.

“Corporate heads moving from New York City or California will know exactly who we are and what to expect,” he said.

The Sotheby’s name will also spur business with international clients – an area Briggs Freeman has focused on.

“Some of our most significant sales this year have been prominent families coming up from Mexico and South America,” Briggs said.

And with the housing market starting to recover, Briggs said the timing for his company’s new identity is good. He said the company’s residential sales volume is up 50 percent so far this year.

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Briggs Freeman Real Estate Brokerage becomes Sotheby’s franchisee | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News.

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Green Trend on the Grow

Real Estate Center
September 10, 2010


3601 Euclid is a Silver LEED Certified home in Highland Park: $4,995,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Realtor Magazine-Daily) – Nearly one-third of new construction projects in the United States qualify as “green,” up from 2 percent in 2005, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.

The green category is obtained by becoming LEED-certified.

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 to encourage environmental awareness. Buildings that acquire LEED certification demonstrate high standards in construction, operations, maintenance and have an environmentally conscious design. Becoming certified can add almost 4.7 percent to the cost of a project, according to studies by the University of Michigan. In return, these buildings can yield annual savings of approximately 20 percent – or more – on energy use.

For a peek into a LEED certified home that is on the market in Dallas’ coveted Highland Park neighborhood, check out this photo gallery. 3601 Euclid has received three ARC awards for outstanding construction and has Silver LEED certification.

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Follow the Katy Trail and you soon can go all over town

As a Board Member of the Katy Trail and Co-chair of the Katy 5k for over ten years, I have participated in the development of the Katy Trail and have seen the positive impact it has had on our city. The success of the Katy Trail has increased property values around the Trail and has developed popular sites for retail development and community spaces. The Trail provides a sense of community for people who hike, bike, walk and enjoy this urban amenity on a daily basis. We are so lucky to have this here in our city. Many people who use the Trail regularly don’t know that we depend on individual support – as the trail is privately funded. I hope you’ll go to KatyTrailDallas.org and JOIN. As a Friend of the Katy Trail (only $50), you will be invited to fun happy hours and events in addition to supporting the growth and maintenance of the Trail. If you are interested in making a donation or a dedication, please contact me.

Click the link below to read an article from today’s newspaper that explains Katy’s future expansions to Mockingbird Station and White Rock Trail:

Follow the Katy Trail and you soon can go all over town | Dallas Morning News.


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New Animation shows details of the deck Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway

Five acres of shared, public green space will deck over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas to create a pleasing link between the Arts District and Uptown. Construction has started and opening is expected in early 2012. I’m happy to share this new animation that details the design and features of The Park from kristin gray.

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10 Must-have Features in Today’s New Homes

From a MarketWatch article:

Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co., which conducts an annual survey of home-buyer preferences, said there are 10 “must” features in new homes:

  1. Large kitchens, with an island. “If you’re going to spend design dollars, spend them where people want them — spend them in the kitchen,” McCune said. Granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes..
  2. Energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency insulation and high window efficiency. Among the “green” features touted in homes, these are the ones buyers value most, he said. While large windows had been a major draw, energy concerns are giving customers pause on those, he said. The use of recycled or synthetic materials is only borderline desirable.
  3. Home office/study. People would much rather have this space rather than, say, a formal dining room. “People are feeling like they can dine out again and so the dining room has become tradable,” Cardis said. And the home theater may also be headed for the scrap heap, a casualty of the “shift from boom to correction,” Cardis said.
  4. Main-floor master suite. This is a must feature for empty-nesters and certain other buyers, and appears to be getting more popular in general, he said. That could help explain why demand for upstairs laundries is declining after several years of popularity gains.
  5. Outdoor living room. The popularity of outdoor spaces continues to grow, even in Canada, Cardis said. And the idea of an outdoor room is even more popular than an outdoor cooking area, meaning people are willing to spend more time outside.
  6. Ceiling fans.
  7. Master suite soaker tubs. Whirlpools are still desirable for many home buyers, Cardis said, but “they clearly went down a notch,” in the latest survey. Oversize showers with seating areas are also moving up in popularity.
  8. Stone and brick exteriors. Stucco and vinyl don’t make the cut.
  9. Community landscaping, with walking paths and playgrounds. Forget about golf courses, swimming pools and clubhouses. Buyers in large planned developments prefer hiking among lush greenery.
  10. Two-car garages. A given at all levels; three-car garages, in which the third bay is more often then not used for additional storage and not automobiles, is desirable in the move-up and custom categories, Cardis said.


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