When the time comes to build your ideal home, there are a plethora of factors to consider — from choosing the best tile to deciding what the best course of action is when building in a floodplain. While there are some decisions you can tackle on your own, expert advice — such as renowned local design studio M Gooden Design — is always welcome.
Begin your dream home search with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and choose from these exceptional lots across North Texas to help transform those dreams into reality.
Clear your mind and get a good night’s rest with a clean and organized bedside table.
We’ve gathered experts’ advice on what you need on your bedside table for a restful sleep.
For a well-balanced nightstand, outfit your bedside with a lamp that has a yellow-based light. A good book to read will help your mind slow down and calm your eyes from staring at screens all day. Experts recommend reading books that aren’t too thrilling or engrossing, which will also keep you up later than you’d like.
Keep hydrated with a glass of water next to your bed. Keeping water close will prevent you from heading to the kitchen, where late-night snack temptations exist.
A pen and paper are essential for any last-minute ideas for tasks and thoughts you have.
An alarm clock separate from your phone will wake you up on time without having your phone screen be the first thing you look at in the morning.
Keep a small jewelry dish or tray on your nightstand for any rings, bracelets or earrings.
A storage basket underneath the nightstand, or a nightstand with drawers, is key for keeping too much clutter from piling onto the tabletop.
A small tray or basket for hand cream or a calming lavender spray is a necessity for keeping skin hydrated throughout the evening. Keep your lip balm nearby, too.
Scents and Sounds
Just as the smell of coffee helps you wake up in the morning, so too do certain scents help you fall asleep at night.
Lavender, vanilla and jasmine are experts’ recommendations to calm the body and mind. Burn the scents through your favorite candles or essential oil diffusers.
If ambient noise is a distracting factor for you, drown them away with a sound machine evoking dreamy beach waves or a rainstorm.
Add small plants, such as succulents, or a floral bud vase, to bring a little life and color to your bedside table.
Sunday, May 21st, marks the 10th anniversary of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. The brand, which was absorbed into the Ebby Halliday Family of Companies a decade ago, has steadily risen in the ranks of area brokerages over a relatively short period of time. It had ascended to the number one spot for total sales volume in Dallas proper by the end of 2016 and has maintained this placement through Q1 of 2017 (according to MLS data for Areas 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18 and 25).
To celebrate the milestone — an impressive achievement given the company’s formidable competition and the prolific nature of the industry – agents will be holding open 140+ homes citywide, as well as handing out token gifts to attendees as a “thank you” for supporting the brand.
“In its infancy, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate survived the 2008-2010 market downturn,” said Ebby Halliday CFO Ron Burgert, “and continued not only to grow, but to thrive. This is a testament to the caliber and resolve of the many agents who have remained loyal through the years. They’ve worked hard to make sure clients understand the brand’s core values of service, excellence and unparalleled market knowledge. Once you get someone to experience this difference for themselves, they typically make the shift to seeing a DPM agent as their ‘agent for life.’”
To promote the open home tour — extending from Southlake to Rockwall, and Prosper to South Dallas — the firm has taken out five digital billboards and two full page ads in the Dallas Morning News and ramped up its email efforts and social media presence. For a complete list of homes that will be held open today, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.
In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.
Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.
James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes (middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith (bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network
As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:
“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.
MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”
Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!
We’re thrilled to announce Kay Hammond has joined the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate family in our Highland Park office. If you know Kay from previous real estate encounters, then you know she has a reputation as a matchmaker. Just give her your wish list, and she’ll find the right one for you — home, that is.
Making love connections between buyers and sellers is a rewarding experience for both Kay and her clients. Throughout her impressive real estate career, which includes 28 years as owner of her own leasing company (Apartment Home Search), all have learned to rely on her instincts. Kay knows the market top to bottom, and side to side. She enjoys telling people about what a wonderful city Dallas is and all it has to offer – including its unique, close proximity to mountains and beaches from DFW and Love Field.
When Kay was in her leasing phase, she worked closely with Ameri-Corp, the forerunner to Altair Global. They awarded her the Star of Excellence, the only time in its history it’s been given to an individual!
Kay hails from Duncan, OK, where her family moved when her father was drafted. In addition to being a REALTOR®, she’s raised two realtors. She also loves being with friends and family (she and her husband have 16 grandchildren between them), reading and attempting to play golf.
Award show season is not just a celebration of Hollywood’s elite. Every February, right here in Dallas, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate celebrates the biggest and brightest stars of our industry as well.
Last Thursday evening, February 18, as agents gathered at the Dallas Country Club, firm founder Dave Perry-Miller addressed the room, acknowledging the tremendous achievements of everyone there, including the top producers. The excitement was palpable as results were a closely guarded secret heading into the event.
“The annual awards banquet motivates me to be at the office some mornings at 5:00am and to take client calls until 10:30pm, or later,” says InTown Top Producer Brian Bleeker. “We all work hard to be the best at what we do.”
Perry-Miller also welcomed the Ebby Halliday corporate representatives in attendance, including President/CEO Mary Frances Burleson, CFO Ron Burgert, and Vice President and Director of Sales Betty Misko.
“We celebrate our success this past year as a company with $2.26 billion in sales,” Perry-Miller began. “This evening is our time to gather as a family and celebrate the accomplishments of everyone in this room. You deserve to be recognized for the exceptional level of sales that you created this past year.”
The firm’s five office managers then came forward and began handing out the hard-won awards to their respective teams.
PARK CITIES TOP PRODUCERS
The Bradley/Levine Team with Lindsey Bradley and Lesli Marcus Levine
Paige and Curt Elliott
Phyllis Glover Group with Sissy Pardue
PARK CITIES OTHER CATEGORIES
Top Individual Units: Tie – Claudine King, Julie Provenzano
Top Individual GCI: Stephen Collins
Top Team Units: Lindsey Bradley, Lesli Marcus Levine
Top Team GCI: Christine McKenny, Megan Stern
Top Group Units: Phyllis Glover Group with Sissy Pardue
Top Group GCI: Phyllis Glover Group with Sissy Pardue
LAKEWOOD TOP PRODUCERS
Heather Guild Group with Skylar Champion
Scott Jackson Team with Ashley Rasmussen and Lauren Moore
Nancy Johnson with Alex Simpson
LAKEWOOD OTHER CATEGORIES
Top Individual Units: Nancy Johnson
Top Individual GCI: Nancy Johnson
Top Team Units: Martin Mayer Team with Erica Martin and Brandi Mayer
Top Team GCI: Martin Mayer Team with Erica Martin and Brandi Mayer
Top Group Units: Scott Jackson Team with Ashley Rasmussen and Lauren Moore
Top Group GCI: Scott Jackson Team with Ashley Rasmussen and Lauren Moore
INTOWN TOP PRODUCERS
Hewitt & Habgood Group – Kathy Hewitt, Steve Habgood, Brian Bleeker, Melissa O’Brien
Emily Ray-Porter Group – Emily Ray-Porter, Henry Barber, Jessica Hill, Macy Riley
Gullotto-Barnes Group – Joseph Gullotto, Jarrad Barnes, Stephene Tolocko, Frances Jacobs
Meyer Group – Nadine Meyer, Melanie Till, Michone Reese
Brandon Fleeman with Koda Reed
The Wayne Garcia Group – Wayne Garcia, Jerry Gutierrez, Michael Hubach, Amie Myers
Layne-Rothwell Group – Trina Rothwell, Paul Layne
The Martin Group – Eloise Martin, James Martin
INTOWN OTHER CATEGORIES
Top Individual Units: Brandon Fleeman
Top Individual GCI: Brandon Fleeman
Top Group Units: Hewitt & Habgood Group
Top Group GCI: Hewitt & Habgood Group
HIGHLAND PARK TOP PRODUCERS
The Haven Group – Erin Ballard, Ashley Beane, Thomas Bellinger, Shirley Cohn, John Eller, Forrest Gregg, Sara Johnson, Chari Oglesby, Sharon Palmer, Alexis Pearl, Chris Pyle, Sylvia Scott, Susie Thompson, Kate Looney Walters, Catherine Wilson
The Rhodes Group – Tom Rhodes, Jr., Burton Rhodes, Dan Rhodes, Thomas Rhodes, Neil Broussard, Janet Malone, Nina Sachse
HIGHLAND PARK OTHER CATEGORIES
Top Individual Units: Brady Moore
Top Individual CGI: Ralph Randall
Top Group Units: The Haven Group
Top Group CGI: The Haven Group
PRESTON CENTER TOP PRODUCERS
Updike│Pugh – Jeff Updike, Weston Pugh, Jan Folmar, David Lee
Thayer-Braymer Group – Jonathan Thayer, Gayl Braymer
Martha and McKamy Tiner
Ginger Levine & Jill Rasansky
Kim and Taylor Gromatzky
PRESTON CENTER OTHER CATEGORIES
Top Producer GCI: Jennifer Miller
Top Producer Units: Jennifer Miller
Top Team GCI: Thayer-Braymer
Top Team GCI: Thayer-Braymer
Top Group GCI: Updike│Pugh
Top Group Units: Updike│Pugh
As the evening wrapped up, Perry-Miller reiterated the firm’s secret for success.
“So many firms have mission statements. But how many times do you read a mission statement and then become disappointed, angry even, because it says one thing, but the experience you get is so completely different. What makes all of you in this room exceptional is that you live our core principle — treat other people as you would like to be treated — every day, every month, every year. And look at the results!”
The real estate world continues to grow ever smaller thanks to advances in technology and transportation that connect buyers and sellers thousands of miles apart. Therefore, strategic agents with a global mindset — like Hanne Sagalowsky –grow ever more essential to the future success of residential real estate firms. For this reason, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is thrilled to announce the addition of the native Dane to the luxury brand’s roster.
In 1989, when Hanne was transitioning from a teaching career to residential real estate, she told her fellow rookie agents during training she was going to focus on having an international reach. She was laughed at.
However, her background as a foreign student (attending Indiana University for her B.A and M.A, and completing an International Baccalaureate program in Denmark), along with her genuinely adventurous personality, her interest in foreign languages (she is fluent in three), and her desire to learn, all told her to press on — this was the way to go! Fast forward to today, 25+ years into an incredibly successful global career, and it’s obvious her instincts were spot on.
“In getting to know Hanne,” firm founder Dave Perry-Miller says, “I was really intrigued to learn of her perseverance on this particular career path. She could see the bigger picture and was quite ahead of her time in doing the legwork to position her so well for today’s competitive market.”
Besides being a long-term top producer, Hanne continues to hone her expertise in this area. She is one of 2,300 real estate professionals worldwide with a CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation. This means she completed rigorous course work that enables her to understand and guide the global buyer. She recently attended the Luxury Portfolio International® Symposium in Berlin with an exclusive list of 150 professionals from 19 countries. Hanne also currently serves on the National Association of Realtors® Leadership Team as the liaison to all global committees — and is the only “Texan” on the team.
About her transition to the firm, Hanne says, “Servicing a luxury clientele discreetly and professionally is what Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate does best. Because of my knowledge of immigration laws, tax laws and currency fluctuations, and my regular exposure to international buyers and sellers, I can help bridge the gap with the high-end client looking to move to or from this fabulous cosmopolitan area.”
Hanne and her husband Arthur Sagalowsky, M.D., Professor of Urology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, are themselves residents of Preston Hollow, and have two adult children and two grandchildren, with two more on the way. They enjoy bi-coastal travel to visit their family, and love that their home in Dallas is right in the middle.
Hanne has garnered the following awards and credentials:
NAR® Leadership Team 2016
NAR President’s Liaison to Denmark & Sweden 2016
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee for Texas Association of Realtors 2016
RPAC Hall of Fame
Omega Tau Rho Medal for exceptional service to the Real Estate Profession
Past Recipient of the Lois Hair Bernays “Realtor of the Year” award
Haley Wagstaff is coming home. Effective January 1, 2016, Wagstaff joins Heather Guild and Skylar Champion in the Heather Guild Group at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lakewood office. It’s a reunion of sorts for Guild and Wagstaff who first met at the firm’s InTown office early in their careers.
“We couldn’t be more pleased about how well Haley complements our East Dallas focus with her strong background in both Lake Highlands and Lakewood real estate,” Guild says. “She fits right in with what we’re doing.”
During their time at InTown, the women bonded over the challenges of running a real estate business and a family at the same time. Now they look forward to creating a powerful synergy that will guide buyers and sellers to a positive, memorable real estate experience. Guild recently cast new vision for the group, explaining the role Wagstaff will play.
“We’ve found that many of our first time buyers like to explore all of East Dallas,” Guild says. “That means they inevitably want to see homes in the M-Streets, Lakewood, Lake Highlands and elsewhere. Because Haley is a resident of Lake Highlands and familiar with the schools, subdivisions, new developments, etc., and because she has worked extensively in this part of town, she will be a terrific resource for our clients, giving them a strategic advantage when it comes time to buy/sell.”
Adds Wagstaff, “I was already “living, loving, listing” Lake Highlands – this move just makes it official!”
In 2014, Wagstaff was named one of the Top 25 Realtors in Lake Highlands by the Lake Highlands Advocate. She also already ascribes to the Group’s philosophy that clients have a choice when it comes to selecting a real estate agent.
“Extensive market knowledge, impeccable customer service and skilled negotiating is why Heather Guild Group clients choose us,” Wagstaff says. “And why they come back again and again. I’m excited to give them one more reason to.”
Wow, right? In case you’re wondering, yes, this 1951 ranch-style was taken down to the foundation. So while the footprint and the view are the basically the same, little else is.
Karen Fry, the Dave Perry-Miller agent representing this 5,210 square-foot Preston Hollow beauty, says this about the renovation: “Chris Cole engaged me throughout the entire design process of 6337 Orchid Lane. It was a fascinating process, watching his artistic vision transform a 1950’s ranch into a modern soft contemporary home. Because of my 25 years in the Preston Hollow area, I was able to help him give potential buyers what they were looking for.” The property is being listed at $1,925,000.
Just look at it today! An open and flexible floor plan, clean lines, neutral palette, expansive wall spaces perfect for art and an abundance of natural light blend to create a home perfect for entertaining as well as comfortable family living.
The custom glass and iron entry door open to the light-filled foyer, which is flanked by a formal dining room with handsome fireplace and a formal living area.
The great or family room is anchored by an inviting fireplace and offers additional views and access to the backyard and entertaining courtyard through the wall of floor to ceiling windows and doors.
The conveniently located wet bar is equipped with a stainless wine refrigerator while the nearby butler’s pantry that doubles as a catering kitchen with an additional oversized walk-in pantry round out the kitchen.
A gourmet kitchen appointed with custom rift-cut white oak cabinetry, waterfall island with sink, Thermador Professional Series appliances, quartzite surfaces, and Ann Sacks tile backsplash opens onto the sun-filled breakfast/morning room with walls of windows and doors leading to the entertaining patio.
The master suite is a true escape with an adjacent sitting room/office, doors with access and views of the patio.
A luxurious spa-inspired master bath features free standing tub, walk-in shower and stone surfaces.
The master also offers dual master closets, one complimented by a center packing island with built-in storage and Danby countertop.
The second closet offers access to an additional and separate cedar closet.
The southeast wing of the house offers three bedrooms; one with an ensuite bath and walk-in shower and two additional bedrooms with separate vanities and shared shower and bath.
The second story media room with full bath could easily be purposed into a fifth bedroom or guest quarters.
6337 Orchid is in close proximity to the best private and public schools in Dallas, shopping, dining and all that Dallas has to offer. It’s a home of the highest quality, sophistication and comfort, and sets the stage for today’s modern living.
For more information or to schedule a private showing, contact Karen Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-288-1391.