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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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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

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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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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

Watch Video: On Screen at Highland Park Village Theatre

This month, before your film, you will see this video at The Village Theatre.

See you at the movies!

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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!

Read this on CandysDirt.com

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