Chocolate Tasting Party and Open House: 6:30 – 8:30pm, Thursday July 21 at 4431 Vandelia

Come see this adorable house and taste some yummy — and healthy — chocolate! Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30pm….. Please come visit!

Location: 4431 Vandelia, Dallas, Texas 75219 in Perry Heights one of the most adorable neighborhoods in all of Dallas– convenient to EVERYTHING!

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Kelly Boyington: Newest Elite Addition to the Z Real Estate Team

Kelly Boyington is a 2000 graduate of Texas Christian University and a 2006 SMU Law School graduate, where she served in a variety of leadership roles including serving as the President of the Student Bar Association. Kelly’s decision to become a licensed real estate agent was inspired by her experience helping 100’s of clients with all aspects of oil and gas contracts involving their personal and commercial property. Kelly is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana, and it is her legal background that gives her real estate clients confidence in her ability to provide effective and professional service. Kelly also is the founder of NotFindingOut.Com, a website that allows parents-to-be who are waiting to find out the gender of their baby to register for and purchase gender-specific baby gear prior to their baby being born.

Her unique professional and legal background and experience provide her with an edge completing not only a wide range of residential transactions but also farm and ranch land and leases. Kelly is a member of the Texas Bar Association, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Section, the Louisiana Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Young Professionals in Energy, Women’s Energy Network, the National Association of Realtors, the Texas Association of Realtors, and MetroTex Association of Realtors.

Kelly currently lives in the Knox/Travis area of Dallas.

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Reality TV Lovers and Foodies! Bravo’s Top Chef is filming in Dallas right now…

Just read this Food News Blog from the Dallas Observer’s Joe Tone that Dallas will be one of the featured cities in the next season of Top Chef which will be shot in cities around Texas AND that Top Chef is shooting in Dallas this week. Love that Dallas is getting its proper credit as a foodie town!!! Maybe we’ll get to see Top Chef All Star alum and current Marquee chef Tre Wilcox on one of the Dallas episodes? Or maybe fellow Top Chef All Star alum Casey Thompson at Brownstone, her yummy restaurant in Fort Worth? If you hear any Top Chef buzz here, please share! Reality TV lovers want to know….

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Open 1:30 – 3:30 this Sunday, July 10: 4431 Vandelia

So much charm in this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom craftsman in Perry Heights. Located conveniently off of Lemmon with easy access to the Tollway, 75, the Oak Lawn area, Uptown, and the Park Cities. Walk to nearby Craddock Park and its tennis court or to Whole Foods. This house is comfortable while still being charming and elegant and has great features for entertaining: Recessed sound speakers, vintage ceiling tiles, wet bar, large rooms, welcoming fireplace, stained glass windows, stone paved back patio, zoned HVAC, all the modern modern comforts.

Come take a look this Sunday, July 10, from 1:30-3:30.

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Fort Worth: A “Most Livable Bargain Market”

MSN gives Fort Worth a shout out today on their home page as one of their Most Livable Bargain Markets. The Fort Worth-Arlington metro joins Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Lincoln, Nebraska, among others, as one of MSN Real Estate’s ten most affordable places to live in 2011.

The article touts Fort Worth as “a boomtown in its own right, with a growing job base and a rich character…” We agree!

Check out the great picture of downtown Fort Worth on the story’s home page:

http://on-msn.com/qsbT0H

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God Bless Texas!

Great opinion piece from today’s Wall Street Journal about job creation here in Texas. (I do read other papers besides WSJ, guys, I promise. Just happened to share a couple of their articles this week.)

Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank here in Dallas, states 37% of all net new American jobs since the recovery began were created in Texas and credits Texas’ success to our “free market and business-friendly climate.” Read on and be proud (and thankful) to live in our great state:

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WSJ: Why It’s Time To Buy

This article from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal is a thoughtful analysis of the factors that can help answer the question whether it’s a good time to buy a home right now. In discussing how employment is a key factor in the economy, this article specifically emphasizes Dallas as a solid job market and steady housing market. I appreciate that this article includes Psychology as a factor in what’s affecting people’s decision to buy.

http://on.wsj.com/ktudKp

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Margaret O’Brien earns prestigious CCIM designation

O’BRIEN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS CCIM DESIGNATION

Joins Network of more than 15,000 Commercial Real Estate Professionals

Dallas (April 2011)—Margaret O’Brien, Broker Associate at Z-Real Estate earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation from the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world.

Earning the designation at the Institute’s biannual business meetings in Bethesda, Maryland, O’Brien was among 194 commercial real estate professionals who passed the CCIM Comprehensive Examination, the final component in the designation process.

The CCIM designation is awarded to commercial real estate professionals upon completion of the graduate-level Core Course curriculum and attainment of a level of qualifying experience. The curriculum addresses: financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis – the cornerstones of commercial investment real estate.

CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation, and investment analysis. Since 1969, the Chicago-based CCIM Institute has conferred the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation to commercial real estate and allied professionals through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements.

Currently, there are more than 9,000 CCIMs in 1,000 markets throughout the United States, Canada, and 30 additional countries. More than 6,000 practitioners are pursuing the designation, making the institute the governing body of one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world. An affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®, the CCIM Institute’s recognized curriculum, powerful technology tools, and networking programs impact and influence the commercial real estate industry.

Visit www.ccim.com or http://chapters.ccim.com/northtexas for more information.

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“Housing’s New Reality” by James P. Gaines

Here’s a link to an article by James P. Gaines from Tierra Grande magazine. He does a great analysis and explanation of renting versus owning in the changed housing market. He also gives some great data on the Texas market specifically. This article is pretty dense and fact-filled but super informative.

http://recenter.tamu.edu/pdf/1966.pdf

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LIVE AT THE RITZ: New listing – 2555 N Pearl Unit 304

BEST PRICED UNIT IN THE ENTIRE RITZ….  Live with supreme convenience in ultimate luxury…

Listed by Margaret O’Brien. For more information or a showing, please contact Margaret at margaret.o’brien@ccim.net or 972.897.6427.

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