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A Perfect Season to Buy Your First Home in Oak Cliff

The neo-Mediterranean style at 1744 Timbergrove Circle in Kessler Park highlights tall ceilings and large windows, with a quaint backyard patio. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

For first-time homebuyers, this summer is like winning a trifecta. Interest rates remain at historic lows, home values in many neighborhoods are rising, and there is a growing number of high-quality homes on the market. Now is a perfect time to look to own your first home. These listings can get you started.
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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Extending the Professional Olive Branch

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As seen in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section:

The word “competition” comes from the Latin root competere, which means “to meet, to come together.” An interesting twist, since today when we think of competition we’re more concerned with setting ourselves apart than coming together.

Recently I had the opportunity to “come together” with a person I had always considered a savvy competitor. After expanding into a new geographical area, I extended the proverbial olive branch and invited a business rival to lunch. I’m happy to say that awkwardness quickly dissolved into what became a delightful conversation.
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Expert Advice: How Do You Show Dallas to People Moving Here?

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With the continued strength of the North Texas economy and all of the announcements of corporate relocations to the region, all eyes are on Dallas. And that means we have many opportunities to introduce newcomers everything we have to offer – from great neighborhoods to shopping, dining and entertainment to expansive ranches and land.

We talked to some expert agents at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty how they show Dallas and greater Texas to people considering a move. Here’s what they had to say:
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Summer Reading Special: Now Read This – Clementine

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Finding the right book for children in the upper elementary school grades can be difficult. These kids like great characters and good storylines, but it’s not always easy to keep their attention. We have a local librarian who recommends the Clementine series:
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Summer Reading Special: Reading to Infants and Young Toddlers

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It’s never too early to start reading. The National Education Association offers the following tips to help you get started with your infant or young toddler:

Snuggle with your child with her favorite blanket or toys as you read.

Read with expression using different voices for different characters.

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases.

Use pictures to build vocabulary by varying objects and their colors.

Use pictures to develop speaking vocabulary by talking about what is shown.

Encourage your child to repeat what you say or comment on it. Encourage your child to ask questions. Provide models of interesting questions and examples of possible answers. “I wonder what is going to happen next? I think the rabbit will get lost because he is not paying attention to where he is going. What do you think?”

Look for books that are about things that interest your toddler. For example, does your child like cars, insects, or animals?

Make reading a habit for bedtime, after lunch, or after naptime.

Give your child a chance to choose his own books. If your toddler chooses a book that is too long to hold his attention, read some and skip some, discussing the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Read stories again and again. Your toddler enjoys repetition and it helps him become familiar with the way stories are organized.

Doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize that even the simplest acts like singing and talking to babies will help them build literacy skills. Promoting those skills is more than just reading book after book. It also includes pictures and movements – and all the senses. Babies learn by exploring every part of a book—from the way it looks and feels, to the text inside it.  

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.

Sotheby’s Preview: Middle Eastern Art That Breaks Records {Video}

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Via sothebys.com:

After last year’s record-breaking sale, Sotheby’s has announced this year’s Contemporary Art auction in Doha on Oct. 13. In this video, the heads of sale, Lina Laazar and Aileen Agopian, introduce auction in Qatar and preview its highlights.

This auction will include works by Shirin Neshat, Ali Banisadr and Ayman Baalbaki, plus important international artists.
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Modern Monday– An instagram tour of 2014′s best modern gate designs

You know what we love about Instagram? It makes trend spotting so much easier! We’ve been snooping around Instagram and rounding up some of 2014′s hottest modern gate trends. From natural wooden slats to clean, glass barriers, to even art deco-esque wrought-iron partitions, you’ll love what we’ve found and may even find yourself a bit inspired to add a modern boost to your own home’s curb appeal. (And if you like what you see, take a minute and follow @dallasmoderns on our Instagram to stay in-the-know on all the best of modern in Dallas and beyond.)

In Dallas:

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3601 Euclid – Rebar narrow vertical squares and brick wall

 

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9995 Hollow Way – Fine, lattice-like weave and rough-hewn stone (PRESTON HOLLOW)

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Click here to see the originals on instagram.

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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The Robbie Report: Building a Better CEO

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As seen in the Wall Street Journal:

Someone asked me recently what I thought it took to be a good chief executive officer. It’s a thought-provoking question, because there are generally a variety of skills required for the job.

What do most CEOs study in school? You might find it interesting to note that according to a 2011 survey of S&P 500 CEOs, 33 percent of those polled had undergraduate degrees in engineering, while only 11 percent held degrees in business administration. Other surveys suggest Americans believe people from operations finance, marketing and sales make better CEOs, failing to make the connection between engineers and boardrooms. I think it makes good sense: engineers are disciplined, analytical builders.

In my case, I earned a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. Now, you might ask, “What could architecture possibly have to do with running a real estate company?” Let me tell you, a lot. For one thing, my studies helped me understand problem-solving techniques. They also taught me the importance of building; whether it’s a physical structure or a team, the ability to shape and develop are key characteristics for a successful CEO to possess.

I would add that leadership is probably the most important trait for CEOs. When someone says, “I’d follow him or her into traffic,” based on Dallas traffic alone, that’s leadership! The presentation of a shared vision that is creative, reasonable and actionable is also critical to the success of an organization, as is the ability to make tough decisions and communicate them.

Finally, businesses don’t run without copious attention to the bottom line, thus a strong financial acumen can’t be overstated when discussing the most important qualities of a CEO. I’m not suggesting that only engineers should be CEOs. However, isn’t it interesting to apply the principles of building to business?

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Robbie Briggs 

President and CEO

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

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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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The Best Alfresco Restaurants in Dallas for the Summer

The Mansion Restaurant Terrace is a chic, elegant spot to gather after the sun goes down. Courtesy photo

When the summer sun goes down, Dallasites abandon the AC in favor of patios and terraces where they can soak up the sights and sounds of the city.  From sophisticated intimacy to energetic skyline views, these patios rank among the best in town.

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Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

The former St. Ann’s School was converted from historic treasure to happy hour paradise. Boasting the largest garden patio in Dallas, Saint Ann is the place to see and be seen for sophisticated drinks or Sunday brunch.  saintanndallas.com

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SODA Bar at NYLO Dallas

The ultramodern NYLO Dallas’ SODA Bar is the nighttime hotspot for rooftop patio lovers. With a refreshing pool nearby, patrons can enjoy top-shelf cocktails, comfortable seating and casual grill food while taking in the glistening skyline view. nylohotels.com

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Savor Gastropub

Located within Klyde Warren Park, Savor offers incredible views with walls of chic glass that creates a stunning experience day and night. Executive Chef John Coleman serves up vibrant pub fare and cocktails with a modern twist. savor-relish.com

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Fernando’s Travis Walk

Fernando’s offers a beautiful, second-story shaded patio to enjoy the warmth of the season and its incredible Tex-Mex creations. Weekday lunch specials as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch offerings make this patio a best bet for any day of the week. fernandosmexicancuisine.com

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Bar Belmont at Belmont Hotel

This hotel bar is unlike any other. Magnificent views of downtown Dallas create the perfect backdrop for city dwellers to sip a martini and watch the sunset on the skyline while feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle. belmontdallas.com

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Toulouse Cafe and Bar

On the streets of Uptown, this Parisian-inspired sidewalk cafe transports guests to the City of Light with authentic atmosphere and fine bistro dining. A seasonal menu brings every flavor to the table with an extensive wine list and dessert offerings. toulousecafeandbar.com

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This fine dining staple of Dallas doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to patios. Beneath picturesque oak trees, The Mansion Restaurant Terrace is a chic, elegant spot where and lanterns cast a glow on exceptionally crafted dishes. rosewoodhotels.com

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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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Summer Reading Special: Now Read This – Tesla’s Attic

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Combining science, magic and intrigue, Tesla’s Attic in The Accelerati Trilogy is both brilliant and hilarious.

The series by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman follows four kids who are caught in a dangerous plan concocted by the eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla. 

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Tesla’s Attic tells the story of Nick, whose house burns down and is forced to move into a run down Victorian house with his father and younger brother. Nick discovers there are weird happenings going on with antique items in the attic of this old home. He decided to sell them in a garage sale. He then meets some new friends who have items with similar extraordinary properties. The adventure begins. 

Flying toaster, magnetic vortexes and evil physicists are just a few of the challenges this group faces in this action packed series. 

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty understands the value of nurturing a love of reading early in life. Each year, we support reading programs for children and adults throughout the area. For more information, click here.