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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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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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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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Expert Q&A: Where are the buyers coming from in Dallas-Fort Worth?

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Jeannie Nethery

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A: Dallas has great housing values compared with many other parts of the country and our cost of living is incredibly affordable, so we attract new residents from all over the country. The greatest influx I have seen by far is from California and the Northeast, mainly because of corporate relocation or job opportunities. But I have started seeing a lot of parents who are moving to Dallas to be near their children and grandchildren. c: 214.803.3787 | [email protected]
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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Dallas, With an Eye on the Future

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As seen in the Wall Street Journal:

Our son Ben spent eight years in China running a Xiamen leather goods factory for a Texas company. He returned to Dallas last year, and is currently pursuing his MBA at SMU. It’s a delight to have Ben, his wife, Jenny, and their children Micah and Zoe in town.

One of the true joys of being a grandparent is having the opportunity to experience things through the fresh perspective and innocent eyes of precious children. I know my hometown like the back of my hand – maybe better. And while Dallas has always been a premiere place to work, live and grow up, the city that all three of our grandchildren can experience today is far different than it was when I was their age. In some respects, I’m re-discovering my hometown through their eyes.

The Arts District’s magnificent performance halls; science and nature adventures within the Perot Museum; the wide-open spaces of Klyde Warren Park and other downtown green spaces; and the Bush Presidential Center, a stone’s throw away, all provide fresh new cultural, educational and entertainment platforms of enrichment that didn’t exist a few years ago.

While these are all awesome places and present opportunities now, real estate isn’t about what happens today, it’s about what happens tomorrow. With that in mind, you can see where things are headed in and around downtown. Obsolete office space transforming into residential spaces; plus interesting retail development and office relocation all happening to accommodate a new generation of young people coming home or into the area for the first time. Significant numbers of them are relocating close to the stages, museums, parks and other spaces I mentioned with the goal of working, living and playing downtown.

Dallas is growing and changing almost daily it seems. It’s exhilarating and promises sensational new options for future generations. If you haven’t been downtown lately, I invite you to see what all the excitement is about. In the meantime, our grandchildren are having a wonderful time exploring now, and looking forward to what’s coming next.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in more than 650 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

 

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The Robbie Report: Real Estate Career Paths Enriched

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

What are the key ingredients to becoming an accomplished real estate professional? Let’s suspend any preconceived notions because you might be surprised to know that some of the best in the field didn’t follow a traditional route. Let’s focus on two Dallas women who took very different paths to their success at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, bringing diverse careers chock full of intriguing professional experiences into the business.

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4th of July Events in Dallas!

Looking for 4th of July fun in DFW? Check out 4thofjulyactivities.com for an awesome index of the best activities, parades, fireworks, and Independence Day Celebrations for the whole family to enjoy!

Here’s one highlight from the Dallas area— Fair Park Fourth!

Fair Park Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day with festivities for all ages and be dazzled by beautiful fireworks from inside Dallas’ historic Cotton Bowl Stadium at MetroPCS FAIR PARK FOURTH from 4:30 – 11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Fair Park. It’s Dallas’ biggest fireworks display. Fair Park’s participating museums will offer free or reduced admission including the African American Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, the new Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.

Head to 4thofjulyactivities.com to see more about these 4th of July events and many others all around the Metroplex!
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