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2 I started out in real estate as an investor buying houses to fix up and flip. One thing led to another, and I found I was making more doing real estate three months in the summer than my whole year teaching! 3 The best advice I would give to anyone who just got their license is to put clients’ needs above yours, take care of people, and money will follow. Be consistent, work hard, and invest early in real estate, and educate yourself!

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The essentials to happiness Something to do. Something to love. Something to hope for.

A note from a Real Estate Friend... There’s nothing like a once-in-a-lifetime grand stressor event, like, say, a worldwide health scare, to remind us what is really important in life. What’s important to me includes a whole lot of ‘F’ words, especially: • Faith • Family • Friends • Focus • Fear-Free • Find Fun • Fearless Friends We’ve now been on a lock-down for six months with devastating consequences to both families and businesses. During this time that distanced us, I cried for friends who couldn’t be with their hospitalized loved ones, for grandparents who couldn’t hold their brand new perfect grand babies, and, for dying family members who were alone at the end. Nancy Holzwarth, Publisher Real Estate and Friends 214.533.8945 nancy@realestateandfriends.com

As a small business owner, I ache for the small ‘mom and pop’ shops who couldn’t hang on awaiting the ‘you may start your business again’ signal. I look for silver linings. For instance, I’m hoping the current practice of sterilized shopping carts continues forever. Airplanes are the biggest germ hosts, so I could see me wearing a mask on the plane during flu season. And, this curb service! You mean I can pull up at 4pm, still in my pajamas, and there’s no shame because the food is brought out to my car! Us PJ wearers must unite and vote for the staying power of this new value-added, shamereducing feature for work-at-homers!

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Another silver lining has been our online magazine! Many have reached out to make sure they can still get the magazine working from home. Thankfully, we’ve had a digital version of our magazine for 10+ years. (Join! See link below!) With the current sad range of opportunities to socialize being from ‘none to frownedupon’, our magazine fills a social void many seek to feel connected with others in DFW real estate.

Humanize Idolize A Realtor told me that our magazine humanizes the members of the real estate community more than it idolizes them. So then I had to pull out the dictionary — and I gotta’ agree that we do humanize and idolize:

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(someone) in a way that emphasizes that person’s humanity or individuality

i·dol·ize: admire, revere, or love greatly

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We love being the real estate magazine for everyone - for you big wigs, and also for you rising stars, and definitely for all the hard working vendors who support and celebrate the success of Realtors.

Look for the new ways we will humanize and idolize (to love greatly according to the definition) real estate friends, we will tell you the story of our

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1 Something we wouldn’t know about you? I am a different person on vacation. At home and work I am focused, goal oriented, and work-a-holic. On vacation, I relax, enjoy the sites and enjoy the simple things in life.

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2 How did you get into real estate? I grew up in Oak Cliff during the height of racial transition. I went to 8 different schools dues to racial changes and segregation. I saw redlining and blockbusting in real estate. I decided in 6th grade I wanted to go into real estate to truly help people and not take advantage of the hatred and discrimination.

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3 The best advice I would give to anyone who just got their license is what the founder of RE/MAX once said: 50% of the success in this business is suiting up and showing up. It’s very true.

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ACCENT WALLS! By: Demi Gandomkar, REALTOR®

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Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, is a rich navy that creates a calm and grounding environment infused with quiet confidence. Navy’s never been done like this...

ow, before all the other listing agents gasp in unison — put the paint brush down because there is a disclaimer! My suggestions herein are only intended once you’ve moved into your new home and you plan on staying a bit. If you’re prepping to sell — might I suggest a lovely shade like Agreeable Grey - Sherwin Williams - or something similarly safe? When selling, you want a clean slate.

Demi Gandomkar REALTOR, Vivo Realty 214-705-7705 | 214-551-3259 demi@vivorealty.com

I’ll admit, I’m not the best one at putting things together. I can spot something that’s well put together and know experts who I trust to put it together, but it’s not my strength by any means. However, I never back down from a challenge and accent walls are no exception.

Recently, one of my perfect and brilliant young couples, who just purchased their first home, sent me a picture of a new accent wall in their I love that our world is getting dining room and asked, so much brighter, more color“What do you think?” I ful, more beautiful, and more Sherwin W illiams took a moment to really diverse. Designers are touting Agreeable G rey #7029 focus, because, well, the black as the newest neutral. accent wall was navy. I’m Don’t be afraid of black windows a very “safe” aka “boring” person or my new favorite — black ceiling when it comes to color in my home, fans! and I’ve never been a blue kinda’ gal, but for some reason — I loved it and I couldn’t explain why.

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For closer examination, I put on my glasses. Not only did I think it looked amazing, it made their gold light fixture pop. Of course, now I HAD to research this navy option. I quickly found that navy was one of THE most popular colors of 2020 — where have I been?! My perfect couple is so in touch! They swatched several other colors before choosing navy.

Navy was one of THE most popular colors of 2020! An active investigation began immediately. I asked everyone for feedback. I wanted to KNOW who liked it or didn’t like it. This turned in to a multiple-day ‘interview’ with coworkers, friends, former clients, new construction salespeople — basically anyone who stopped to talk with me! Armed with excessive knowledge about the navy paint color, and the hottest ways to accessorize with it with lots of examples of navy and gleaming metallic accents. I scrolled through one stunning image after another of bold accent walls — and even full rooms — with navy that breathtakingly mimicked the night sky and deep blue sea. Pairing this rich color with gorgeous, gleaming metallic accents is not something that was in my ‘safe’ decorating playbook but I was blown away.

When I started seeing examples of navy walls with rose gold metallics I was blown away. Those are the wedding colors of this perfect and brilliant young couple who are getting married this year!

you’ve done on it —you’re probably ready to liven things up with some rich, vivid, and bold colors! With the right accent and accessories it’ll be all that you dreamt of and more!

I encourage you to be brave! I encourage you to be brave! Remember, it’s just an accent wall — worst-case, with some hardcore priming and painting when prepping to sell, it’s easy to get back to the safe harbor of Agreeable Grey!

Sherwin Williams Naval (6244)

What are some of the other jeweled tones that will catch your eye for 2020 and beyond? In this important color research of mine (!) I became obsessed with Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. On the other end of the spectrum, as far as intensity, Romance by Sherwin Williams makes a statement with it’s soft blush tone that would pair beautifully with pops of teal furniture and accessories. Benjamin Moore’s First Light is similar.

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue (30)

My personal favorites are the sage green tones — and I cheat a bit with the greys with green undertones. I love Comfort Gray by Sherwin Williams because I can accent with amethyst. Now is the time for a change. We’ve been stuck at home — and no matter how good that sourdough recipe you mastered is, and how awesome your backyard looks with all the work

Demi Gandomkar A people person at heart, Demi is rarely seen without a smile on her face and an encouraging word — a genuine trait that comes naturally to her. For over seven years, she has enthusiastically assisted clients with buying and selling their homes - carefully listening so she can fully understand their needs and lifestyles. Demi is well versed to assist with pre-owned residential, new construction and commercial properties. Contact Demi: 214-705-7705, 214-551-3259, demi@vivorealty.com

Sherwin Williams Romance (6323)

Benjamin Moore First Light (2102-70)

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (6205)

We would love to hear what your bold, outside the box, color choices are! info@realestateandfriends.com

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Cutest assistant EVER! KW Realtor, Amy Stubblefield out prepping her listings with her cute assistant! #sapphire_amy

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Happy Birthday Linh Vo! Celebrating with Linh is Melissa Smith #remaxvo #coopandellasmom


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As a broker, you probably shouldn’t have a favorite office either. They’re all filled with great agents and located in great communities.

unique idea, which came out of an executive leadership program he attended a few years ago. Mark explained that most of our offices function more as Meet and Greet locations for our agents across Dallas/Fort Worth. We began to explore ways to take that concept and make it better.

However, I admit I do have a favorite – it’s our Fort Worth office on Magnolia Ave. In my defense, though, it’s not what you’d call a traditional real estate office. It’s also an art gallery.

From those discovery meetings came the idea to blend art, lifestyle, and real estate all in one location that would provide real value to the community it served.

s a parent, you’re not supposed to have a favorite child.

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It’s not a traditional real estate office. It’s also an art gallery Mark McDonough, the president of our company, approached us with this

The first piece of art we collected specifically for this new concept came from a gallery in Las Vegas in 2017 while we were attending the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Fusion event. The art gallery/office was still a work


in progress, but Dana fell in love with a gigantic, two and a half foot tall, 57-pound limited edition book of Annie Leibovitz portraits (shown in image below). For months as our Fort Worth office came together, that art book lived on a tripod stand in our Preston Road location. Daily, every staff member, every agent, came by to admire the photos and carefully turn the pages to see what was next. It was proof to us that we were on to something. Art has a way of connecting us and pulling us in.

Our first piece of art was a gigantic, two and a half foot tall, 57-pound limited edition book of Annie Leibovitz portraits The book is center stage in the Fort Worth office but is now surrounded by beautiful paintings and photos from local Tarrant County artists, both established and new. Several TCU art students have had their first gallery showings in our office. That’s also why we chose to open this flagship office and art gallery in Fort Worth. It’s an incredible city with a rich history and growing local artist community that we wanted to support and be a part of. That includes being an active participant and sponsor of the annual ArtsGoggle event. This Near South Side neighborhood and Magnolia Avenue in particular, have given us the ability to bring visitors of this vibrant area into the gallery to view some beautiful artwork and at the same time connect with Better Homes and Gardens agents. What better way to show off a community’s lifestyle than surrounded by the art inspired by it?

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Founder, David Winans has been a leader and an innovator in the way real estate is sold in DFW. He was one of the first brokers in Texas to offer consumers access to the Realtor database of homes through the internet. Their history of innovation began in 1975, when David Winans started his multi-office firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This innovation continues today with ongoing improvements to their world-class website www.TexasMLS.com, the launch of www.texaplex.com (a site devoted to spreading the the positive economic news of Texas). Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is an independently, family-owned company with over 35 years of successful real estate service. Their original roots are still firmly established in the city of Dallas and over the years they have expanded to serve the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact David Winans at: david.winans@winansbhg.com | 972.774.9888 | betterdfw.com | #bhgre_winans

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Founder, David Winans has been a leader and an innovator in the way real estate is sold in DFW. He was one of the first brokers in Texas to offer consumers access to the Realtor database of homes through the internet. Their history of innovation began in 1975, when David Winans started his multi-office firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This innovation continues today with ongoing improvements to their world-class website www.TexasMLS.com, the launch of www.texaplex.com (a site devoted to spreading the the positive economic news of Texas). Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate is an independently, family-owned company with over 35 years of successful real estate service. Their original roots are still firmly established in the city of Dallas and over the years they have expanded to serve the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Contact David Winans at: david.winans@winansbhg.com | 972.774.9888 | betterdfw.com | #bhgre_winans

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Tiago Title’s Cathy Capps-Warren and Sage Street Realty’s Broker, Renae Anderson Enjoyed lunch! #tiagotitle #renaerealtor

Fidelity Title’s Marnie Smith with JPAR Realtor, Felicia Johnson #smith.marnie 07 #feliciajohnson_realtor

CCAR’s Bring your animal to work day! Jonna Fernandez and Christa Fulton with their fur babies! #christafulton

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How Much

VODKA

do you add to an omellete? by Stacy Lynn Massar, REALTOR®

Asking for a friend! If you’re a real estate agent in this insanely hot market who is also handling “remote learning” with their at-home kid(s) — you understand! After only a week of juggling the hot real estate market - including anxious buyers in multiple offer situations, tending to popular listings (while ShowingTime was down), and clients under contract, AND while also having to find time to help a 6th grader at home for virtual school — I was ready to throw in the towel.

Gotta’ admit...I almost threw in the towel

Stacy Lynn Massar REALTOR® Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) Massar Realty Group Fathom Realty Talk or Text: 214.649.3686 stacysellstexas@gmail.com

Stacy Lynn Massar has been in the real estate industry since 2002, calls Rockwall home with her husband Ben, who is also a part of Massar Realty Group, and future Realtor, daughter, Reagan!

Technology issues in both real estate and the school district had everyone coming to me to problem solve - like the day my 11 year-old was left in the Zoom ‘waiting room’ for her entire social studies class. While I am honored that my daughter thinks I have a degree in technology — I do not. I’m also honored that my clients think I can make anything happen — but I can’t control a seller’s decision when choosing from multiple offers. By the time Friday afternoon FINALLY arrived, I felt like I had crossed a marathon’s finish line or as exhausted if I had climbed Mount Everest.

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Let’s not forget to also mix in having to provide meals and clean clothes for my family — and the week truly felt like it was a month long. I felt so victorious for having survived the week that had tested me in every possible way. I was savoring a great moment celebrating my success until my husband said, “Stacy, you know it’s just the end of the first week of remote learning — and it was only 3 days long.” I quietly poured myself a reward and headed to the pool for quiet time — away from school and work technology. Cheers to the my real estate friends who are also parents juggling life, this crazy real estate market — and remote learning. Oh, and if you’re experiencing a monthlong week, I’d say go with about a 1/4 cup of vodka for your omellete!


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Things AV ERY WA R R EN

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1 Something most people might not know about me is I’m a skilled Texas Holdem poker player! I love playing in live tournaments and online.

Brancy Manager Independence Title Four Corners/McKinney Awarren@independencetitle.com #warrenwife

2 Another Fun Fact: my grandfather dated Shirley Temple prior to their marriages. Glad he picked my grandma, otherwise I wouldn’t be here. 3 I started in the title business under David Fair in 1997 while attending college.

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Do not adjust your screen! RE/MAX Trinity’s Cheryl Fairbanks’ hair REALLY was THAT high for Senior Prom 1968 at Bell High School #cheryl.fairbanks1

Alexander Chandler Realty’s Reily Normand with her ‘Future is Bright’ award #reily_elisabeth



Jane Clark Realty Group is WILD! Look how April and Brittney showed up for a team meeting!

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2 What led Pam to real estate: My late husband, Frank Boyd was a suc-

cessful Sales Counselor at Highland Homes. He encouraged me to start my career in real estate. It was the best advice. I love working in real estate and helping my clients.

3 Best advice for someone new in real estate sales? Starting any new business is hard work. Invite other successful people in a similar career to coffee, lunch or dinner. Most successful people love helping others. It will give you ideas to build your business.

Happy birthday KW’s Bobbi Bracco! #bobbibracco

Getting Social! YAY! Melody Lehmann - Compass, Christine McLean - Lawyers Title, Christa Paulson - QĹŞE Realty Partners and Isaac Carvajal - Lincoln Property

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Erica Morales with lil Goose working late! #erica.morales.realtor

Well this just warms our heart! The Luna family honored Ebby’s Malinda Brownlee Howell’s father, Woody, by naming a conference room after him in their title office. Malinda said Woody would have loved it and said, “Ink it up!” Shown: Keith Howell, Malinda and Lance Luna #malindabh, #lanceluna4

Old Friends are the Best Friends! Richard Valle - EXP Realty with RE/MAX’s Barbara Reeves have been friends since 1980! #rich_valle_exp #reeves2477

Not sure if this is a new dance move or Shore Consulting’s Ryan Taft and Trendmaker Homes’ Ingrid Prince are practicing social distancing?! #ryantaft, #askingrid, #jeffshoreconsulting

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Reimagining Home by Danielle Boling, REALTOR®

F

inally, my undergrad degree in Sociology and Marketing feels relevant. I have become an anthropologist of sorts. Being quarantined at home is new to almost everyone, and with it comes a plethora of epiphanies worthy of discussion.

Danielle Boling, REALTOR® Owner/Principal Broker Network Real Estate Partners daniellesboling@gmail.com

As a real estate broker, I am privy to daily tales of how people are interacting within the confines of their homes and how that’s really going. Going on half a year of getting to know their chosen homes on a whole new level of intimacy, my clients are rethinking their search criteria for their next home.

My clients are rethinking their search criteria for their next home As any good, pretend anthropologist does, I have created a report of my findings. Here are the results:

• One home office is no longer enough. Sharing the space is not working, and both spouses want to have a space that is uniquely theirs from which to Zoom. Virtual backgrounds are not the answer! One person in the household shouldn’t have luxurious, knotty alder built-ins and a corner fireplace while the other is carefully balancing the cat, the laptop, and the laundry hamper as they telecommute from the upstairs hall closet. Preferably on opposite sides of the house, two studies are the new non-negotiable. • Creatively placed nooks can make great home offices. Hearth rooms, for example, have the window seat/banquette, the fireplace, the bay windows, and the great natural light. Easy access to the kitchen for quarantine snacking around the clock, and recessed lighting on a dimmer lets one not notice the pounds packing on. • Post Snack Binging, a home gym is a must. Not the all-in-one piece of equip-


ment (otherwise known as the ab/elliptical/climber/surfer) in the corner of the bedroom serving as a catch-all for random blankets, but an actual dedicated room for a gym. A wall of mirrors to watch your progress and form, ceiling plugs for the TV, surround sound for motivation, and reinforced floor joist systems (if it’s located upstairs) are things to consider when planning. • A place for pets. Rufus has been a saving grace during this time of isolation and deserves his own nook. A trend that was already in play pre-apocalypse was to incorporate pet nooks into plan design. Wainscot-lined open trundle pet beds, stain-resistant flooring, dog runs with artificial turf, and even built-in feeding stations are now a thing. • Serenity now. When stuck inside, no better place to be than outside. People are taking stock of their outdoor space, and it’s everything. My dog was walking me the other morning, and I spotted my neighbor sporting yoga clothes and sitting on her covered front porch conducting a Zoom meeting. She looked relaxed and happy, enjoying a latte in her favorite mug and pointing to a nearby (rare) green heron that had landed in her front yard. Later that same day, a former client called with a wine-inspired notion and wanted to start looking for a home with a pool, and room for a tiki bar and a koi pond. I got right on it, no questions asked. • Smaller closets. Not a typo. The pandemic may not be the new normal forever, but a positive thing that has come out of it for many is the realization that less really is more. Recovering shopaholics are seeing their stockpiles of leopard, bling-encrusted wardrobes with clear eyes now and wondering what they were thinking. Square footage can be better used elsewhere and the built-in boxes for Manolos that only cause bunions and vertigo would be better suited toward more pantry space to feed

the family. Decluttering isn’t just for staging anymore. And stop kidding yourselves with the internal dialogue that they are back in style - those acid-washed jeans don’t bring you joy. The 80’s called…you are a sucker. • Vaulted ceilings, skylights, and windows. Remember at the redline meeting with your builder when we told you that they would be worth the upgrade? Well, who’s claustrophobic now? Natural light and fresh air is the pandemic panacea. What’s on your list? One of my favorite things is to tackle wish lists when home searching with clients. I’m always up for the challenge. Contact me today and we’ll get started.

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Danielle Boling is the owner and principal broker of Network Real Estate Partners, a boutique full-service brokerage firm serving the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin markets in Texas. She founded the company in 2006. Subsidiaries include Dallas Urbanite.com and The Network Initiative. Danielle is pursuing her Masters in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Her passion for writing is evident in the marketing she does in her real estate career, whether on her websites, her blogs, or her print collateral and social media campaigns for her listed properties. She enjoys having full reign to be creative and incorporates unique material for every transaction.

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