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Most of us consider Dallas and the surrounding area as a significant part of the Texas Bible Belt. And when we're talking about the Bible Belt we primarily consider it composed of the churches of Baptist, Pentecostal, Bible and non-denominational. But even with that in mind, there are twenty-four Episcopal churches in the city of Dallas, and quite a number in the outlining areas like Plano and McKinney. In fact, one of the top three Episcopal churches in the United States when it comes to membership is in Dallas. It's Saint Michael and All Angels. We're all members of the Diocese of (1 comments)
TRY TO BE THE CARL SEWELL OF HOME SELLERS - 03/29/08 10:15 AM
Carl Sewell owns a bunch of car dealerships here in Dallas and some elsewhere, too. And the cars his salesmen sell at his car stores are the luxury lines - Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti, Hummer, etc. You know the ones. And year after year his dealerships set records, and often times they do it when their competition - dealers who are selling the very same brands - struggle to meet their expenses. Let's make this even more complex: Mr. Sewell's sales people tell their prospects up front that if they are looking for the cheapest price, they should go to one of the Sewell competitors. (7 comments)
HOW IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MILESTONE -- 44 YEARS AGO TODAY - 03/27/08 10:06 PM
<<My First Company Sign Today I renewed my Texas Real Estate Broker's license so I can begin my forty-fourth year of service selling Texas real estate. Dallas' famous Ebby Halliday was my mentor. She was a bit past fifty then and with only one office, and I was twenty-four with a full-head of black hair and unending enthusiasm in front of me. When I first started, the Multiple Listing Service was a rather new thing, especially in Galveston. Most of us sold our own listings, and most buyer prospects called several Realtors before they found the home they would buy. Rarely did any (7 comments)
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS DALLAS, TEXAS Our 43rd Year Selling Texas 214 503-8563 I'm not certain when the gated community concept began to take a hold in Texas, but the first time Patty and I owned a home in one was about ten years ago. It was in South Shore Harbour, a community near Houston. Ours didn't have a guard at the gate, but rather a box that allowed coded access and also for visitors to be able call their host so they could be allowed entrance. We hadn't bought our home because of the gated community concept, but rather because the builder had done an exquisite job (2 comments)
ADMISSION RESTRICTIONS AT TEXAS STATE COLLEGES - 03/24/08 11:13 PM
When my friends Martin Bowers and Erben Schuldt and I were having lunch together last week, we began talking about how we had managed to get our college degrees here in the State of Texas. <<Martin Bowers Erben Schuldt>> When we graduated from Galveston's Ball High School in 1958, each of us was assured that we could enroll in any Texas state supported college or university in the fall, including the University of Texas at Austin. That was because we had successfully completed the required College Preparatory Plan at the high school. No SAT. And the tuition was no more than $100 per semester, a (11 comments)
E. DOUGLAS MC LEOD - DEAN FOR THE DAY - MARCH 14, 2008 - 03/21/08 11:42 PM
The announcement came in last week's mail. It was from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. On March 14, 2008, my life long friend, E. Douglas McLeod, was named the college's Dean for the Day. That's quite an honor, but it's very definitely one that's properly placed and noted. <<=== E. DOUGLAS MC LEOD I've written before about Doug along with my friends Victor, J.E. and Ward. We've been a support team for a long time. Far more than fifty years. Here's that story. In real life Doug is the Director of Development for the billion dollar Moody (Charitable) Foundation. And he's an officer (0 comments)
SPRINGTIME HOME SELLING -- SOMETIMES IT MEANS IT'S NOW OR NEVER - 03/21/08 10:19 AM
By Dallas Realtor-Broker Bill Cherry BILL CHERRY REALTORS Our 43rd Year Selling Homes for Texans I want to speak with you today - home sellers and Realtors - about spring time and home sales. Irrespective of the other blips in the real estate market that come throughout the year, the season that always brings the most bounty is the spring. It's when buyers and sellers are, for the most part, more amenable about making a deal and moving forward. It's when sellers are more likely to get higher prices for their homes. There is no need for me to list the reasons here because you all (5 comments)
OLD HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK -- ESPECIALLY HOW YOU PICK YOUR REALTOR - 03/18/08 11:04 PM
Old habits are frequently hard to break. One that often shows up is the idea that one or two real estate companies or one or two real estate agents have all of the clients for a particular neighborhood. So rather than intellectually evaluate what they have to offer and how well it will benefit a prospective seller, the seller will default to "they sell all of the property around here," then list with one of them. If you're getting ready to go down that road, or if you already have and your home is sitting there unsold, you might get better results if you (1 comments)
BY BILL CHERRY, REALTOR Dallas Selling Texas for 43 Years 214 503-8563 One of the unchangeable rules of real estate is this: Real estate is normally a poor short term investment, whether it is a home, a hotel or a commercial tract of land near the entrance to a major subdivision. So in reality, buying real estate for the short term, whether planned or dictated by a life changing event, is enormously speculative. If for no other reason, to make a profit or even to break even, in addition to the net value at the time he purchased it, the prospective seller will have to recover: The (2 comments)
ONCE HE HAD REASONED SOMETHING OUT, HE WAS NO LONGER AFRAID - 03/17/08 07:04 AM
By Dallas Realtor, Bill Cherry Our 44th Year Selling Texas http://www.billcherrybroker.com 214 503-8563 My daddy, W.W. Cherry, was a thinker. And interestingly, once he had reasoned something out, he was comfortable with his conclusion, and he was no longer afraid of the unknown. That method was one he followed and taught to all who would listen. Most of us never seem to be able to teach our minds to not automatically race toward a negative, albeit, fatal conclusion when we are unable to assure ourselves what answer the passage of time will provide. That one frailty makes us miserable when we don't have to be. Claire called me last week. (3 comments)
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS DALLAS, TEXAS 214 503-8563 Our 43rd Year Selling Texas Homes For your conveinence and information, the following is how the IRX tax rebate has been scheduled to apply to individuals and their families, and how it is to be paid. (This is from an IRS publication, and since it is the source and interpretation, I don't warrant the information as accurate. The check is in the mail! Last 2 digits of your SSN Receive your check by week of00 - 09 July 2310 - 19 July 3020 - 29 August 630 - 39 August 1340 - 49 August 2050 - 59 August 2760 - 69 (0 comments)
IF YOU LEFT NEW ORLEANS BY FOOT BEFORE AUGUST 29, 2005, YOU HAD TO GET ACROSS THIS BRIDGE TO GET TO THE MAINLAND FOR SAFETY Almost from August 30, 2005, I have been receiving emails opining that the black residents of New Orleans were somehow responsible for the outrageous prediciments that resulted to themselves and to the city as a result of Hurricane Katrina. August 30th was the day after Katrina struck the gulf coast. I am very familiar with New Orleans, its people and its culture. Not only have I visited many times over the past sixty years with my family, but I (0 comments)
Fingerprints. What Texas Agents Need to Know Before They Try to Comply - 03/13/08 09:48 AM
Last year, the State of Texas decided that everyone who wants to be licensed by the state as a real estate broker or salesperson must be fingerprinted. The cost is just shy of $50. So here's how it works. If you're applying for the first time, you get fingerprinted then. If you're renewing your license, you have to have your fingerprints submitted before the renewal deadline. Only one company is approved to take the fingerprints. Even law enforcement agencies like the sheriff's office, police department, etc., aren't approved. If your fingerprints are on file with the FBI as the result of some (5 comments)
MY SUBDIVISION'S REAL ESTATE MYSTERY - 03/09/08 11:02 PM
One of my competitors attracted a listing in my subdivision several months back. I can't help but look at this package when I drive in and out. As the listing has ticked along, a homemade lattice baffle around the air conditioning's compressor has blown over. Day after day, it lies on the ground. It's been just like that for more than a month. For periods of a week or more at a time, the agent's sign will sit with tall grass and weeds growing up the stakes. Either he doesn't check or personally show his listing, or he doesn't see the need (1 comments)
MR/MIZ REAL ESTATE AGENT: WHERE'D YOU LEARN THIS BAD BEHAVIOR? - 03/08/08 06:53 AM
I have a serious question. Where did this bunch of real estate agents get the idea that it's OK and proper to begin negotiations for their client without anything in writing and no money being put on the line? Or how about this one? "How much do you think they'll take for it?" Why would they ask me that? How can I possibly serve my clients if I know the answer, much less if I were to reveal it? This is sleazy stuff. I absolutely refuse to be a part of it. (Stop calling me!) And if you're a prospective seller or buyer (9 comments)
828 Fleming Trail, Richardson, Texas $147,500 - 03/07/08 10:16 PM
Always with a theatrical bend, Miss Dorothy's been a dancer, TV commercial actress and model. Her home shows pieces of those talents -- a home that is very striking and with just the right feel. The home of an artisan. Yet I couldn't put my finger on just one or two things that caused that magic. But it's there. The beautifully spacious dining room that is further accentuated with the fully mirrored wall.The exact shade of blue that causes the master bedroom to feel as though it could be riding a cloud on the way to heaven. Extraordinary windows, one after another, behind louvered (5 comments)
HIGHLAND PARK SALES REPORT: DECEMBER 1, 2007 THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2008 - 03/02/08 07:56 PM
BILL CHERRY, REALTORS OUR 43RD YEAR SELLING TEXAS 214 503-8563 COMPARATIVE SALES ANALYSIS HIGHLAND PARK, TEXAS DECEMBER 1, 2007 THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2008 DATA: Av. Sq Ft: 4,177; Av. Price: $2,000,375; Av. Days on Market: 193; Av. Price/Sq Ft. $472.19 (0 comments)
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH DALLAS REALTOR BILL CHERRY, 20th Edition - 03/02/08 05:54 AM
Sitting for a while in the park seems to me to be the natural progression after an hour or so in church. We're able to be the center-speck that's totally surrounded by the infinities of God's kingdom, where all of our senses contribute to the sum of our thankfulness. I'm glad to be sharing that time with you. Business Card Story. Last week a bill came. As I was inserting my check and the statement stub into the envelope, I decided I would put my business card in as well. After all, I reasoned, my payment was going to be (8 comments)
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