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Video: One of Philadelphia’s Best Chefs Gets Inspiration from the Villas of Italy

“Houseguest” is the new custom video series presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. This series follows influential and inspirational people as they become a houseguest in a home represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their life with the unique lifestyle found with their extraordinary accommodations.

To ask how your property might be featured by Sotheby’s International Realty in a video and other marketing, call on one of us at beckyfrey.com

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is the first real estate partner to develop this type of custom content with the Wall Street Journal. In this episode, Joe Cicala (Executive Chef at at Le Virtu in Philadelphia) visits Via di Cappello, a secluded villa nestled in Italy’s Florentine countryside. Watch the video here:

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November 21, 2016 · 1:41 pm

Becky Frey Team is the 2016 Top Producer at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with over $100million in sales

Click to read at UpdateTheMetroplex.com

Click to read at UpdateTheMetroplex.com

From determined neighborhood kid knocking down doors to make a sale, to powerhouse real estate agent blazing a trail to the top of the Dallas real estate market, Becky Frey takes buying and selling to the next level with an unstoppable formula that’s turning heads.

Her renewed focus on core business functions, teamwork, strategic marketing and digital efficiencies put the Becky Frey Team on the map for the fifth year in a row, recognized for amassing a total annual sales volume of more than $100 million in 2015 – the team’s highest volume to date. Over a quarter of the sales were hip pocket listings, which attests to Becky’s strong networking skills and the power of the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty brand.

“There is an essential respect and global recognition of our trusted Sotheby’s International Realty brand which brings worldwide attention and greater value to our clients,” says Frey. “Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to enhancing the businesses of great agents and I am fortunate to be one of them.”

With a record 99 homes sold in 2015 and an additional 14 leases – all of varying price points and residential styles – the Becky Frey Team takes every home transaction seriously and delivers nothing short of the extraordinary.

“I am so proud of my team and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty for our success,” she says. “Not only this year, but in the last several years. This business is truly about the homeowners and their dreams, and hitting this incredible benchmark has been rewarding for all of us in many ways.”

Some of our current listings: LISTINGS

(left to right) Jordan Dickie, Elizabeth Conroy, Becky Frey, Byran Pacholski, Natalie Hatchett, and Shelle Carrig celebrate the announcement of the Becky Frey Team as the 2015 Top Producing team

(left to right) Jordan Dickie, Elizabeth Conroy, Becky Frey, Bryan Pacholski, Natalie Hatchett, and Shelle Carrig celebrate the announcement of the Becky Frey Team as the 2015 Top Producing team

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D Magazine: Save the Date for These Upcoming Dallas Home Tours

DMagazine Home Tours 2016

Click to read article at DMagazine.com

POSTED IN HOME & GARDEN, HOME TOURS.

In Dallas, April has long been the month of the home tour. With behind-the-scenes peeks at modern abodes, charming Tudors, and everything in between, it’s a month Dallas architecture and real estate lovers look forward to all year. And though April feels like eons away in this moment, the tour-filled month is truly just around the corner. To help you plan, we’re mapping out of a few tours you’ll want to plug into your calendar. 

Park Cities Historic Home Tour // April 9
White Rock Home Tour // April 23-24
Hollywood Home Tour // April 29-May
Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour // May 7-8
More details and ticketing information at DMagazine.com

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Lakewood: Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Historic Estate built by Hal Thomson

Over 1.5 Acres in Dallas with Beautiful Historic Home from Becky Frey on Vimeo.

For the connoisseur of life, an ideal home is in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Nestled in the heart of the personality-rich community of Lakewood, this home has access to highly-ranked schools, easy access to Downtown, and incredible hike and bike trails making this location ideal for buyers seeking a strong community and endless options to enjoy life outdoors. This architecturally significant home tells a wonderful story within its walls.

See the official listing on SothebysRealty.com

Built in 1929 by renowned architect Hal Thomson, this beautiful estate features a blend of handcrafted original and tasteful, updated designs. The home has had many significant owners/guests including Stanley Marcus. In fact, the original owners of the home deeded the home to the Episcopal Diocese.

As you set foot inside this estate, you encounter rich chocolate hardwood floors leading to every living area in the home. Immediately to your right is the sitting room featuring a charming wood-burning fireplace, plantation shutters and built-in book cases. Continue on to the formal dining room featuring original tile flooring and original bar inlets.

The gracious formal living room provides a perfect place for family holiday gatherings with vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters, built-in bookcases, wood burning fireplace and French doors leading to the sunroom. With walls of glass bringing the outdoors inside, the sunroom will be the perfect nook for you to curl up with a good book, watch your favorite movie or just take a nap while it rains. Sliding patio doors lead you to the outdoor oasis.

The impressive chef’s kitchen offers the best of the best making your every culinary experience enjoyable. Featuring a Miele coffee bar, stainless steel 6-burner gas cooktop, double ovens, built-in refrigerator, beautiful tile flooring, marble countertops and a wet-bar offering a built-in microwave, crushed ice machine, sink and mini refrigerator. Tucked off of the kitchen is a charming breakfast room, which used to be the carport in the original home, with built-ins with glass displays to store your china and a marble buffet making meal service a breeze. Beyond the breakfast room is the utility room and a lovely powder bath.

The spacious master suite is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind after a long day offering multiple storage closets, sitting area and beautiful views of the backyard. The master bath offers separate shower, makeup vanity and a large dressing room attached.

In addition to the beautiful hardwood floors, each bedroom features architectural design detail from the arched doorways to the vaulted ceilings – the charm and character of the home is evident throughout.

The backyard is like a set from a movie – with a large grassy yard, pool, pool house featuring a pool bath and kitchenette, outdoor kitchen, and a firepit – you truly have every outdoor dream at your fingertips.

The large, detached two car garage offers a guest quarters above with full bath and closet and a basement/cellar below with a covered walkway to the main house.

Call Becky 214-536-4727 or Shelle 214-450-8782 to discuss a private showing.

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Looking Back on 2014 Successes; Robbie Briggs Interviews Top Producer Becky Frey

As we gear up for another exciting year with the Becky Frey team, we look back on the success we had in 2014.  With over $86 million in sales last year, Becky credits her success to hard work, a fantastic team, great marketing, the power of the Sotheby’s brand network, and an incredible support staff. After the Awards Ceremony held at the lovely Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on February 12, 2015, President & CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Robbie Briggs, sat down with our Fearless Leader to briefly discuss her best year yet.

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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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More than 10 Reasons Why Texas is America’s Future

Highland Park Village Theatre Marquee

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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