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Now Trending – Distinctive Architecture

The contemporary home at 830 Kessler Woods Trail is listed by Faisal Halum for $898,500. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

More buyers definitely have an eye out for high-quality architecture in today’s market. In particular, the number of people looking for contemporary homes has grown in the past few years.

That’s part of the trend toward homeowners in general wanting more indoor-outdoor living space. People have a greater awareness of the freshness of the indoor-outdoor feeling provided by contemporary and transitional architecture. Old World style is out.
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Design Trend: Chalk It Up With Chalk Paint! {Video}

More than 14 years ago, Annie Sloan showcased Chalk Paint in her Oxford, England, shop – showing that it can transform just about any surface. Sloan invented Chalk Paint more than 20 years ago, and it is now trending in the US.

Think about those great tables, cabinets and chairs you have tucked into a corner of the garage or attic — good bones … but a little dated, right?

Transform them into showpieces using Chalk Paint. Really.

This paint has a velvety, matte finish that works wonders on floors, furniture, walls, trim, doors, metals, concrete, wood, plastic and much more.  Chalk Paint requires very little prep work. It looks polished and pretty when applied straight up. But, if the mood strikes, you can use it to create a distressed look in several easy steps.

There are more than 30 colors to choose — from Antibes Green to Scandinavian Pink. You can use two or more colors for an aged, distressed look. And Sloan has a series of demo videos to show you how simple the process is.

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Chalk Paint allows you to bring old wood furniture into your current current design palette. See what Peinture studio owner Deborah Waltz does with a dated buffet in the video below. Or gather up some ideas on Pinterest.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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Expert Advice: Is Interest in Land Growing in North Texas?

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Whether you’re talking about sprawling ranchland, urban sites for luxury high-rise projects, or residential lots, interest in (and competition for) land in Texas has built steadily over the past several years.

It makes sense – especially when it comes to ranch and land, Texas has plenty of it. With a growing economy and highly rated quality of life in North Texas, we’re seeing a great deal of interest in land at all levels. We asked our expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to give us some insight into the trend.
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Five Steps to Prepare Your Home for Listing

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It’s an exciting time–you’ve decided to move from your current residence into the home or neighborhood of your dreams. Now it’s time to consult with your Realtor, who can advise on how to prepare your home to make a beautiful first impression and attract maximum attention—and buyers.  These tips from the National Association of Realtors will help your home shine!
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Join Us: Walk, Run and Play for PKD!

Finding a cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease is personal for Southlake City Councilmember Carolyn Hill Morris. At 25, her husband was diagnosed with the incurable disease, known as PKD, and died fighting it 22 years later.

Their daughter was diagnosed as a high school senior with the disease, which is transmitted genetically from parents. She received a kidney transplant in 2006. Like her, her son has a 50 percent chance of being diagnosed with PKD.

This disease, which affects more than 600,000 Americans, causes cysts to grow in the kidneys and leads to kidney failure. Clinical trials searching for a cure are ongoing, as is research in medical centers across the country, including the University of Texas Southwestern.

Morris has joined Sally Wilson, a PKD survivor herself, and the national PKD Foundation in building awareness and raising money to help find a cure. The annual North Texas Walk for PKD at Southlake Town Square will be Sept. 20.

There will be a timed 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m., a children’s walk at 9, and the walk for PKD will stride out at 9:30.

The event will kick off with a pancake breakfast, hosted by the Southlake and Colleyville Lions Club. Elsa from the movie Frozen; Ranger, the horse mascot for the Texas Rangers, and characters from the movie Star Wars will entertain.

Now in its 10th year, the event raised more than $90,000 last year.

Sponsored by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, the event includes a raffle for an over-the-top playhouse, built by a custom homebuilder and on display at Southlake’s Central Market from Sept. 5-14.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

To register for the walk/run, go to walkforpkd.org/northtexas.

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

Modern Monday: Inside a Rustic and Refined Los Angeles Contemporary {Video}

Constructed in 2006, this rustic yet sophisticated modern home sits on the coveted Riviera rim. Sitting outside in the lushly landscaped scenery, you’ll experience nightly breathtaking sunsets and westerly views of the Santa Monica Mountains and ocean.

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The home has five bedrooms and seven luxurious baths with more than 6,500 square feet indoor living. Outdoors, roam nearly two-thirds of an acre of vibrant grounds in your own personal green oasis, with ample spots for entertaining with its sleek pool, spa, lanai seating, cook center BBQ.

What you’ll love: The incredible master suite enchants, with a wraparound balcony, spa-like bath, two luxurious walk-in closets, and a see-through fireplace. And for those foodies out there, check out the chef’s kitchen and breakfast area, complete with a temperature controlled wine room. Interested in this property? Contact us or click here for more details.

11911 San Vicente Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90049

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Fun for Fall: Top Things to Do In Texas, Starting Now!

At last! It’s time to embrace the sights, sounds, food and fun that make Texas a great place to play in the fall.

An Oscar Event

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“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” celebrates the fashion designer’s inspiring life and award-winning work, featuring 60 garments that include ensembles worn by First Ladies Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through Oct. 5. bushcenter.org

North Texas Giving Day

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In only five years, this day of giving, founded by the Communities Foundation of Texas, has put more than $60 million into North Texas communities. Log on and raise funds for 1,350 local nonprofits. Sept. 18. northtexasgivingday.org

Cliburn Gold Encore

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The Plano Symphony Orchestra proudly welcomes Haochen Zhang, Cliburn Gold Medalist, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor for the Fall 2014 Opening Night celebration. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. planosymphony.org 

Blues at the Arboretum

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Put on your black suit and grab your Ray-Bans for the Blues Brothers Revue, part of the popular Cool Thursdays concert series at the Dallas Arboretum. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. dallasarboretum.org

Howdy, Big Tex

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Raise your corny dogs and salute Texas’ biggest, boldest icon. The annual State Fair of Texas welcomes performers Kool & the Gang, Deryl Dodd, Danielle Bradbery and others. Sept. 26-Oct. 19. bigtex.com

Musée D’Orsay in North Texas 

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No time to travel to Paris for the weekend? “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée D’Orsay” at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is showcasing works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and more. Oct. 19-Jan. 25. kimbellart.org

Obsession and Opera

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Royalty, passion and religious fervor come together in “Salome” by Richard Strauss, a lush rendering of Oscar Wilde’s play set in ancient Judea. Oct. 30-Nov. 8. dallasopera.org

Opulently Modern

Enjoy a day submersed in the art, architecture and design of early 20th-century Vienna and learn more about the Wittgenstein collections and commissions. Nov. 15, 10 a.m. dma.org

Night at the Museum 
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What will the world of tomorrow look like? Explore the possibilities and enjoy a night of dining and dancing in support of The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s annual Night at the Museum fundraiser.  Nov. 15, 7 p.m. perotmuseum.org

Bird’s-Eye View 

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Enjoy the wild outdoors at the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Free Third Thursday events. Hike the trails, explore in the exhibit hall, and picnic in the café. Nov. 20. trinityriver.audubon.org

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

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The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a 47-year tradition for friends and families who call it a great way to start Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 27. Thetrot.org

CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake

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The Robbie Report: The American Dream, Alive and Well

It was 200 years ago this September that a Washington, D.C. attorney, Francis Scott Key, wrote a firsthand account on his observations of a British bombing of American troops at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Later it was set to music, and in 1931 Congress named Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” our National Anthem.

Few things are more emblematic of the American Dream than this patriotic song. On July 10 at Globe Life Park, a group of men proudly marched onto the field and sang our National Anthem. They sang loudly, with pride and ownership of America’s finest song.

Little did most of the crowd know, while buying snacks and finding their seats, settling in before the first pitch of the Texas Rangers game, that these Men of Nehemiah are recovering drug abusers, alcoholics and worse. At one point most were homeless, living on the streets. Prior to changing their lives through this wonderful outreach program, they experienced a bottom that most of us will never know.

Their stirring performance at the baseball stadium was a vivid reminder that the American Dream is accessible and achievable. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and no two person’s versions are the same. I’m not suggesting everyone will own a business, become super wealthy, and hobnob with Tom Cruise or LeBron James. However, to better oneself by taking full advantage of the myriad opportunities our country has to offer – just as the Men of Nehemiah have – is as feasible today as ever.

I’ll remember that scene at home plate for a long time. It was inspirational and serves as an eloquent reminder that the American Dream is alive and well.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with six offices in Dallas, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Buying a Home: What to Bring to the Closing Table

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Expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty make the entire real estate experience extraordinary, helping navigate the real estate process from listing to closing. Once the deal has been sealed, use these smart tips for a smooth and successful closing.

Bring complete identification (valid, government-issued ID) to closing, including any person signing with a power of attorney.

If your transaction is linked to another closing (if you’re selling and using the proceeds on another purchase), let your escrow officer know so he or she can coordinate all the moving parts.
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Top Reasons to List Your Home Now

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Real estate experts at Keeping Current Matters (KCM) have outlined compelling reasons to list a property now to take advantage of eager buyers and limited competition. Expert agents with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty back up those reasons. Read on …

Only Serious Buyers Are Out—At this time of year, only those purchasers who are serious about buying a home will be in the marketplace. You and your family will not be bothered and inconvenienced by mere “lookers.”
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