Agents of Change :: Betty Sanford Crawford

For a lesson in how to be an exemplary citizen of Dallas, look no further than Betty Sanford Crawford. This Top Producer and D Best agent loves and knows Dallas, and not just because she was born and raised here, and traverses its roads and highways daily showing homes with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. She and her family have helped shape Dallas in many ways, big and small, and they are truly invested in seeing it succeed.


Betty was taught at a very early age the importance of giving back by her parents, Curtis and Betty, and she eventually married the ideal partner and supporter who would pursue this life philosophy with her. Her husband, John, was for many years at the helm of the city’s urban resurgence through his leadership role at Downtown Dallas, Inc.


We asked Betty how her upbringing carried over into her personal and professional lives.


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DPM: Tell us a little about your background.
BSC: I am a second-generation Dallas native raised in the Park Cities, as was my mother. We have three generations of Bradfield Elementary School graduates in my family: my mom, my daughter and me.


DPM: How did you become involved with the Cotton Bowl and the Arboretum?
BSC: My dad was the founder of the Cotton Bowl Classic, the New Year’s Day game. After watching SMU in the Rose Bowl January 1, 1936, he returned to Dallas to begin planning the Cotton Bowl post-season game for Dallas. You could say I was involved with the Cotton Bowl before I was born.


My involvement with the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden began as a visitor who simply loved to enjoy the view and the lovely gardens. Over the years, the Arboretum has grown to become one of the world’s most-visited gardens and tops in the U.S.


DPM: What are your roles now with each of these Dallas landmarks?
BSC: For the Cotton Bowl, I serve on the Board of Directors as does my husband John, a previous Chairman. I am also on the Board for the Arboretum.


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DPM: What are some other ways you serve/have served your city?
BSC: It has been my joy to be involved in these and several other worthy organizations including the Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball, Sweetheart Ball, and the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament to name a few.


DPM: What makes you most proud to be from Dallas?
BSC: The spirit of volunteerism in Dallas is exceeded by no other city. For the last 40 years and during my time as a real estate agent, I’ve enjoyed being able to share this spirit and all Dallas has to offer with the many families transferring to our area.


Thank you, Betty, for sharing your gifts and time to help make Dallas the thriving, culturally rich, world-renowned metropolis that it is today.


7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers

7 Etiquette Rules for Home Sellers


If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.


Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.


Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but agents agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.


Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.


Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.


Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.


Be patient waiting for feedback­ — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your agent after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.


Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.


Listen to the professionals ­­— If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.


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