Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Lake Lifestyle

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As seen in the Dallas Business Journal:

Something about water brings out the best in families. Skiing across the foaming wake, swimming together, sunning or grilling outdoors at a picnic by a lake house. It can be the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

As El Niño is likely to be succeeded by its cooler kid sister, La Niña, in Texas that’s meant a lot of water. And when our lakes are as full as they are today, there is a good deal of interest in our beautiful and diverse waterfront properties.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Let Freedom Ring for the Fourth

As seen in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section:

Two hundred and forty years ago on July 4, the United States of America proclaimed freedom from Britain. It was the day that our most precious institution – democracy – was born. It was also the beginning of an annual observance known as Independence Day.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Small Word/Big Consequences

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The word “no” may seem minuscule, however we must recognize its enormous significance in the workplace, both positive and negative. The diminutive, two-letter command is among the most powerful in any business vocabulary. The mere mention of “no” can cause huge ripples – a shiny red stop sign in the middle of an otherwise fluid flow of traffic. Bam!

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: The Thing about Technology

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As seen in the Dallas Business Journal:

Technology is designed to make life easier.

Well, that was the plan anyway.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Being Worldwide

As seen in the Wall Street Journal Mansion section:

Back in May, I was in Las Vegas for a sensational two-day global networking event. Paul Wooldridge, our new marketing director at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, and over 60 of our agents and managers joined me.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: The Job of Getting a Job

  There’s an old adage: finding a full-time job is a full-time job. That’s particularly true when it comes to recent college graduates.

Locking in on that first job is not an automatic; there can be a gap between graduation and employment. It’s not always preferable, but certainly not uncommon. The good news is that there are more tools available than ever to assist a job search.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Memorial Day

You may not know it but the national observance of Memorial Day started just after the War Between the States. It was originally known as Decoration Day, an attempt to help heal our divided country in the wake of a savage Civil War, and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. While it was not declared a national holiday until the ’70s, when America was embroiled in the Vietnam War, Memorial Day has been part of our consciousness for a long time.

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.” – James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes and Quarters

As seen in the Wall Street Journal and the Dallas Business Journal:

On May 8 we observed Mother’s Day – a time to celebrate mothers, motherhood and those endearing bonds in our lives. In the case of the Briggs family, this was four days before we lost my mother, Rosemary.

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Graduation Report: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

The month of May marks the beginning of graduation season, a time when young adults are handed a diploma and the keys to the rest of their lives.

It’s tradition to have a commencement address, featuring high-profile speakers to impart words of wisdom. Listen closely. Think of it as a launching pad for the places you will go in your lifetime. Sometimes it’s traveling the world, finding oddball internships to help refine and kick-start your career path.

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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: For Times Like These

You may remember the old Motown song, “Ball of Confusion,” by The Temptations. It really summed up the bewilderment so many Americans were feeling when it was released in 1970.

Today, one could argue, we continue to live in turbulent times. Americans are smack dab in the middle of an election year that’s brought on a surge of ambiguity and uncertainty regarding candidates.

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