Clay Stapp Busts Out AGAIN: New Office on Greenville Avenue, E-Class Mercedes of the Month Club for Top Producing Agents
Clay Stapp just knows how to separate himself from the crowd. The dynamic, fast-growing broker, who handed out orange condoms (“Don’t get screwed on your next real estate deal”) when he launched his very first brokerage in Uptown on Cedar Springs, is busting out again. this time with a beautiful new office on Greenville Avenue at Morningside in the heart of Lakewood.
Statues, religious artifacts, what are these? Faucets? Beautiful, quartz, cobalt, jewelled handles to use when you turn on the sink by the French manufacturer THG. Some of these will set you back $20,000 a set for one sink. To put it bluntly, these are fixtures you write out of the contract when you sell your home, and take with you. Where do you find them? Elegant Additions.
That’s right, Howard Rachofsky’s ORIGINAL house for just a hair over one million dollars! We are not talking about the magnificent Howard Meier art house he created on Preston Road, nor the contemporary family delight he created with his lovely wife, Cindy, at 5911 Glendora which is listed with Claire Dewar of Briggs Freeman Sothebys and is, in fact, under contract as we speak. That home was listed for $2,695,000 and was reduced to $2,450,000, hence the hot buyer. You snooze, you lose.
What gives? A reader writes:
Candy,I’ve had a couple of recent broker interactions that I found to be strange, and wonder if you could help me out. The pattern is this: a property in which I’m interested suddenly sports a for sale sign. I call the listing broker… then, I never get a call back. Within a week, the property is sold.
What the heck is going on? Don’t brokers owe a fiduciary duty to their clients to, at the very least, return the phone calls of prospective buyers and test the market? How are they able to identify and recommend a sale to their clients within just a few days of a property being listed when they don’t even respond to indications of interest?
Steve Brown interviewed a cross-section of Realtor buds, from Lydia Player to Robert Kucharski to my buddy Scott Carlson. And what are they saying? Just what we’ve been telling you: house inventory is at a 20 year low, the market is hot, bidding wars on homes that are listed, prices spiking. CoreLogic tells us that in January, cold frigid January, home prices here leapt up 12% over 2013. And here is Steve’s MLS breakdown on the hotness of close-in Dallas ‘hoods:
Inwood Home of the Week: A Kessler Woods Wonder to Get You Back on That January-Get-Sleek-Diet-Regime Track
I don’t know about you, but this cold yuck just gave me yet another excuse to bake and cook, well, yes,
eat drink. I need to find some homes for diet inspiration! Homes that make me want to jump and move and burn fat!
AA Merger Magic for Our Real Estate Market: US Air Exec Snaps up Sharif & Munir Mansion on Strait Lane
Here is yet another indicator of our hot, hot real estate market even in the double-million dollar price range. And it’s a good example of how our economy is feeding the real estate frenzy for the One Percent. The merger of U.S. Airways with American Airlines has brought a whole slew of high-end buyers to Dallas, and any agent with a home over about five million is polishing up their portfolio. Continue reading
I have christened Milennials the Concierge Generation.
These kids aren’t so bad after all! Turns out, they actual buy homes, even though some of us may have thought they’d live in dorms forever. According to Real Estate Coach Travis Robertson, millennials bought up about one-third of residential real estate in 2013. This is very much in tune with what we learned last week in Las Vegas at Luxury Portfolio/Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
I don’t know about you, but this is the first primary where I have actually enjoyed seeing campaign signs out and about. Why? Because the candidates all have such great names: forget Bob, John, Paul or Mary: we have Chart, Morgan and Court — and then my precious Leigh Bailey on the Democratic side. When I write my novel, I am going to steal all of these Republican candidates’ great names.
Update 7:12p.m: More photos just in. This one is hot off the press, folks!
I have decided that we have had our last ice storm of the season. That’s it. Over and done with.