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Check out this Adorable Home my clients have purchased in Stonewall Jackson Elementary in the Mstreets!

Check out this recently purchased through property that we helped our clients and long time friends, find to buy!

Front of the house... The pictures don't do it justice!

Front of the house… The pictures don’t do it justice!

The family that we helped find this adorable home are new parents to TWINS!!!

Our clients are very happy and settling in to their new home. I attended high school with the mother, so we do go way back! She and her husband really wanted to find a great home in either Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson Elementary School Districts – as they are 2 exemplary schools in Dallas ISD!  This gorgeous house satisfied their requirements and the twins will be able to attend Stonewall Jackson!

Huge open Kitchen!

Huge open Kitchen!

The pictures don’t show the beauty of the home, but they are settling in and enjoying the new home and looking forward to sending their children to one of the exemplary public schools in Dallas ISD!

Front Living with Wood Burning Fireplace

Front Living with Wood Burning Fireplace

Upstairs leads to huge beds and great outdoor balcony overlooking a VERY large backyard!

Upstairs leads to huge beds and great outdoor balcony overlooking a VERY large backyard!

HAPPY FAM! How cute are their twins!

TWINS! Cutest ever!

Cutest ever!

To find houses in Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson Elementary School Districts, please contact us…. This is the greatest area and such a safe investment! We could be neighbors, as my fiancé and I just purchased in Lakewood!

Bonnie Besserer  – 214-364-2295

Ask the Experts: How to Plan to Sell Your House

This picture and a similar article was posted in The Dallas Morning News in the 2nd week of March, 2013

This picture and a similar article was posted in The Dallas Morning News in the 2nd week of March, 2013

Ask the Experts: How to Plan to Sell Your House

(from left) Real estate experts Tom Hughes, Lisa Besserer, Bonnie Besserer and Jonathan Rosen act as trusted advisors for clients looking to buy and sell home.

This week we’ve asked real estate experts Tom Hughes, Lisa Besserer, Bonnie Besserer and Jonathan Rosen to help sellers understand what to look for in a plan to market and sell a home.

Q: What should I look for in a plan to sell my home?

A: When selling your home, it is important to find a neighborhood specialist with the tools, experience and know-how to present a well-planned marketing strategy.

To start, a good real estate agent should be knowledgeable about your neighborhood and have a proven track record of bringing homes onto the market, generating buzz and getting them sold quickly. Knowing the market means an agent will be able to price your home correctly so that valuable time is not wasted waiting for a price adjustment.

You should look for an agent who has a well-established presence in your area and a plan for marketing your home via high-quality photography, smart brochures and postcards, effective social media and eye-catching print advertising that targets those in the market for a home like yours.

The agent should also have access to a worldwide platform that presents your home to potential buyers outside of Texas and around the world. An organized marketing strategy is built on a combination of social networking, agent networking, and print media, so your agent should present a plan that covers all three areas.

An agent should be able to show you how he/she marketed and sold other similar properties in your area and provide you with a plan for staying “in the loop” during the selling process. Expect reports of the numbers of internet hits on your listings, showings, and responses to advertising.

The agent should also provide you a checklist of things you can do (staging, touch-ups, repairs) that will help your home show beautifully and earn top dollar.


If you are looking to buy or sell your home, or, if you simply have a question and would like an expert opinion, but are just in the beginning phases and need some questions answered, we would be more than happy to listen and provide our advice without expecting anything in return! We are here to help and point you in the right direction.

Bonnie Besserer –    214-364-2295

Lisa Besserer –    214-543-2940


It really is the best time to list your home…. stay tuned for next blog post to find out why! The gurus are all over the market, practically screaming about why now is the time for sellers. Home-owners in Dallas are sitting VERY pretty.

Posted March 11th, 2013 | by Amanda – on Update Dallas


-This post was written by Amanda and first submitted to Update Dallas. Thank you for this great article!

NEW LISTING For Sale! 2460 Worthington Street (Uptown/State & Thomas Area) Rare find – Just came on the market

Attention! Metropolitan People of the World… Or, people in the general Dallas area:

I want to tell you all about a townhome in one of the most highly sought-after areas in the city of Dallas that I just put on the market several hours ago!

2460 Worthington Street

Dallas, Texas 75204

Towhouse Built in 2003: 2beds/2.5 baths/Study/2car attached garage/1890 Square Feet/3 stories – $405,000

Uptown Dallas is a fantastic area, because you get the best of everything… you can walk to many of the best shopping centers in the city, or even take the trolley, and be super close to fine dining as well as trendy bars/restaurants, while being close to work and having quick access to the toll road, or 75 Central Expressway. Yes, living in Uptown Dallas is GREAT… but, living in the State and Allen (State & Thomas) area of Uptown is even more AMAZING!

It is hard to find properties for sale in this area and rare that such a great one, like this one on Worthington comes available because people who move to this part of town generally don’t sell. They stay there because the area is such a safe place to keep your money invested or, perhaps owners become landlords because the demand for “Dallasites” wanting to live in this neighborhood is ALWAYS high. The area is continuously growing. Several new bars and restaurants were built this past year and one can walk to McKinney Avenue, and be less than a minute from Central Expressway and about 5 minutes to the Toll road and downtown. It’s a prime location and always a good place to buy!

Check out some pictures of the property… It should be ready to show by Sunday or Monday afternoon before Thanksgiving.

So, check out the pictures of this new listing now, before it’s gone! Message me if you are interested. This cute 3 story townhome with an attached 2 car garage has 2 bedrooms 2 and a half bathrooms and a study, that could also function as a nursery or other room.





View from the 2nd floor balcony!

Pictures don’t do this spacious master justice! Great closet space as well off the bath…

Listed with Bonnie Besserer at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s Iternational Realty. Call 214-364-2295 for more information on this property or for any other questions about homes in the area!

Or email me at

Thanks for reading,

– Bonnie

HOME SALES UP 10% in September

Home Sales Up 10% in September

Dallas Fort Worth Home Sales Statistics

From The Dallas Morning News: Back-to-school days didn’t mean that North Texas home-buyers backed away from the housing market in September.

Pre-owned home sales in North Texas were up again in September — the 15th month in a row that monthly home purchases have been higher than the previous year.

Real Estate agents sold 6,103 single-family homes through their multiple listing service last month, a 10 percent year-over-year gain, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

With September’s increase, home sales in the area this year are 15 percent ahead of where they were through the first nine months of 2011.

And analysts don’t see any sign that the local housing market will soon slow.

“Sales in August and September didn’t have the kind of fall off that we normally expect,” said Dr. James Gaines, an economist with the Real Estate Center. “Overall, I’m looking for total sales to be up about 12 to 13 percent for the year.”

“Yes, sales probably will slow seasonally on a month-to-month basis but still be running nearly 10 percent greater than same month last year,” he said.

“The degree of fall-off on a month-to-month basis may not be as great as past years, as people are looking at housing as an opportunity as rents have increased over the past year, making ownership a little more attractive financially.”

Click here to continue reading this article.

For more expert advice on the market, please contact us  – You can email me (Bonnie) at or call me at 214-364-2295 for more information.

I also work with my Mother, Lisa Besserer, who is one of Dallas‘ top producing agents and is also VP of sales at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

D Magazine” has ranked, Lisa Besserer one of Dallas’ BEST Real Estate Agents the past 4 consecutive years!

My Mom and I  work together and individually to help clients and friends stay informed about the Dallas market to help you with all of your real estate needs. We are lucky to be part of the best Residential RE firm in the State and the #3 firm in the nation!p

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty also has one of the top web sites to search for homes in the metroplex… if you want to search for homes on your own for fun, try it out anytime by going here: to search for properties. Your realtor can always provide you with more up to date information that cannot always be obtained from MLS and other websites, such as Zillow and For instance, we have access from other agents in our office who don’t yet have the listings on the market, but know they will be coming soon, or Hip Pockets. Hip Pockets are private listings that are not listed on MLS for various reasons, but are shared only in-house, or with specific agents.

And, a special thanks to Update Dallas for getting residents informed!

Thanks for reading,

– Bonnie Besserer

6730 Northaven – Magical and on the Market

6730 Northaven – Magical and on the Market

My Mom and I used to drive by this house once a week for years on the way to piano lessons when I was a little girl.  There was something so intriguing and idyllic about it. I always pictured the people living inside there; quietly having coffee or tea while magically hovering above the little pond it sits on.

One can view this scene, while driving East down Northaven Road toward and looking South toward the pond, on the bridge, just before the light to Hillcrest.  My favorite thing about piano lessons was driving by this house (I wasn’t very good). I always begged her to ask the owners if we could go and have a look at the “magic floating house on the lake.” That’s what my brother and I called it.

20 years later, my dreams have come true and I am sitting inside this magical house that floats on the pond. Magical indeed.


You can’t see it as well in this picture, but this is what I could see from Northaven everyday we drove to Piano.

And so many more amazing architectural features….

Listed with Lisa Besserer and Pogir at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Call 214-543-2940 to request a showing, or email me at for more information on this house.

How to Hang Art & Photos Like a Pro

How to Hang Art and Photos Like a Pro

The Best Ways to Hang Pictures and Art in Your Home

Bought some new artwork or had a new set of family photos done and not sure where to put them? Check out these tips from Elle Decor on creating stylish arrangements:

• When hanging a single piece on a wall, the center of the picture should be about 60 inches off the ground, which places it at eye level.

• When hanging a pair of works, one above the other, treat them as one large picture (whether they’re the same or different sizes). Find the center point between them, and use the same 60-inch rule.

• For spacing between art on the same wall, “Generally, we’ll use two inches between larger pictures,” says [David Kassel, the founder of ILevel, a New York–based professional art placement and installation service]. “If they’re all smaller family photos, we might use an inch and a half between them.” That goes for the spacing above, below, and on either side of each frame.

• When arranging multiple pieces, don’t just think in terms of a grid. “What’s really becoming popular are salon installations—a group of often disparate images or frames,” clustered together, says Kassel, who notes that such installations often stretch from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. “There’s no right or wrong way to do it,” he says. “We just start in the middle and work our way out. It’s something you feel proportionally, or you can decide based on whether Aunt Rose should be next to Uncle Jim.”

Kassel says the most important tip is to have fun when hanging art, and not to worry too much about getting things perfect. “You’re not doing anything structural to your walls, and your house isn’t going to fall down if you don’t hang the pictures right,” he says. “If you hang something up and want to move it, it’s really easy to fix the problem,” with a little spackle. In fact, Kassel suggests changing displays of art every once in a while: “I think a lot of people like moving pictures around, just like they move furniture around to freshen things up.”

From Elle Decor— click here to read the full article and see more practical hanging tips.

Check out these inventive and elegant ways to arrange framed art and photos for statement-making style. Click an image below to zoom and view the gallery.

Click here to see more of our recently posted home staging and decor tips.

The Best Ways to Hang Pictures and Art in Your Home  

– courtesy of Update Dallas 




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NEW LISTING ALERT: 3 Story Condo/Townhome in the Heart of Uptown- Priced to Sell!

Highly sought after Ron-Wommack, modern-style design in prime uptown location! Walk to West Village, Knox/Henderson, Katy Trail and Cole Park! Get it before it’ too late, because it’s gonna go fast! Take a look at this sleek townhome with 3 beds, 3 and a half baths!  – Perfect for roommates. Living Room and kitchen area on the FIRST FLOOR (this is very unique in Uptown Condos/Townhomes). First floor private patio and an incredible rooftop balcony! 2 car garage in gated area. Nearly $10k spent on very recent upgrades! Priced to sell at $294,500! – LOCATION, LOCATION, CLEAN LINES!  Check out the pictures and call Bonnie Besserer at 214-364-2295 to request a showing.

4125 Cole Avenue #20

CORNER UNIT!!!  – tons of natural light as well as designer lighting throughout

Huge Rooftop Balcony!

Clean Lines!

Kitchen opens up to living room with area for dining and views of the private patio

Spacious Master!

All 3 full baths have this finish out with granite countertops and large bath tubs.  The master bath has an oversized jetted tub!

2nd bedroom. Great size!

1 of the 2 amazing guest baths, with built-ins and a great bathtub!

3rd bedroom, large enough to include a study. Sky lights that can be closed at night! Another great sized bathroom off this room!

Great First Floor Patio… and don’t forget about that oversized rooftop deck as well!

Questions about the 3.8% Tax on Housing? Answers & Resources Here:

3.8% Tax on Housing? Answers & Resources:

I have had clients and friends ask me about what might happen after the election with this, “real estate tax thing,” or the administration’s health care program. Some of the rumors revolving around tax got out of hand a while back and were very scary for homebuyers and even sellers. If you still have questions on this Real Estate Tax, please check out this post with some of the facts that will hopefully put your mind a bit more at ease.

The KCM crew is credible source and always up to date on ALL things real estate related – good and bad. Check out this article as well as a  few other resources, that have been provided in this post, and please don’t fret until you have the facts.

by The KCM Crew on September 25, 2012 ·

The KCM crew has previously reported on the questions surrounding the existence of a 3.8% tax in the administration’s health care program. Today we want to update the post in order to help further explain the issue. – The KCM Crew

Here are the 10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

1.) When you add up all of your income from every possible source, and that total is less than $200,000 ($250,000 on a joint tax return), you will NOT be subject to this tax.

2.) The 3.8% tax will NEVER be collected as a transfer tax on real estate of any type, so you’ll NEVER pay this tax at the time that you purchase a home or other investment property.

3.) You’ll NEVER pay this tax at settlement when you sell your home or investment property. Any capital gain you realize at settlement is just one component of that year’s gross income.

4.) If you sell your principal residence, you will still receive the full benefit of the $250,000 (single tax return)/$500,000 (married filing joint tax return) exclusion on the sale of that home. If your capital gain is greater than these amounts, then you will include any gain above these amounts as income on your Form 1040 tax return. Even then, if your total income (including this taxable portion of gain on your residence) is less than the $200,000/$250,000 amounts, you will NOT pay this tax. If your total income is more than these amounts, a formula will protect some portion of your investment.

5.) The tax applies to other types of investment income, not just real estate. If your income is more than the $200,000/$250,000 amount, then the tax formula will be applied to capital gains, interest income, dividend income and net rents (i.e., rents after expenses).

6.) The tax goes into effect in 2013. If you have investment income in 2013, you won’t pay the 3.8% tax until you file your 2013 Form 1040 tax return in 2014. The 3.8% tax for any later year will be paid in the following calendar year when the tax returns are filed.

7.) In any particular year, if you have NO income from capital gains, rents, interest or dividends, you’ll NEVER pay this tax, even if you have millions of dollars of other types of income.

8.) The formula that determines the amount of 3.8% tax due will ALWAYS protect $200,000 ($250,000 on a joint return) of your income from any burden of the 3.8% tax. For example, if you are single and have a total of $201,000 income, the 3.8% tax would NEVER be imposed on more than $1000.

9.) It’s true that investment income from rents on an investment property could be subject to the 3.8% tax. BUT: The only rental income that would be included in your gross income and therefore possibly subject to the tax is net rental income: gross rents minus expenses like depreciation, interest, property tax, maintenance and utilities.

10.) The tax was enacted along with the health care legislation in 2010. It was added to the package just hours before the final vote and without review. NAR strongly opposed the tax at the time, and remains hopeful that it will not go into effect. The tax will no doubt be debated during the upcoming tax reform debates in 2013.

Additional Resources

Our Original KCM Blog Post

NAR’s Official Handout

The Impact of the 3.8% Tax on Rents


Please feel free to comment on this post with any further questions or information about this matter.

And, if you are looking for other questions with regards to your real estate needs, please feel free to get in touch with me at

or my Mother/partner, Lisa Besserer at

Recently Purchased Through Listing in the Mstreets!! Check Out the Pictures!

I recently worked with my client (and great friend) who I have known for… dare I say, almost 10 years! Martin Howard and I  started our search at the beginning of this Summer, looking for a minimum of 2 beds and 2 baths. He also needed a decent sized yard for his dog. We ended up doing even better than we anticipated and were lucky to find this 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house, just shy of 1650 square feet, with a well landscaped, great sized yard in the super-convenient Mstreet location! Check out the pictures of Martin’s new home!

This Adorable ‘M’Street cottage is conveniently located on a slightly elevated corner lot on Morningside Avenue, which is considered one of the best “most prestigious” streets in the neighborhood! Martin made an intelligent choice in purchasing this house for many reasons. Most importantly, it is in Stonewall Jackson elementary school district. Any good realtor will tell you, even if you don’t have plans for kids in the near future… Lakewood and Stonewall Jackson elementary school districts are your safest investment in the city of Dallas right now. They are the only really affordable neighborhoods with exemplary public schools… unless you want to transition to Highland or University Park, which is a whole different (and pretty damn high) price range and ball game. The Lakewood neighborhoods are booming and Martin hit it during the prime time to buy, while interest rates were still low.

This charming 3 bedroom 2 bath house had designer paint finishes and gorgeous dark hardwoods throughout the home, as you can see in the pictures.

Front living room:

Convenient dining room makes this house great for entertaining because not only does  it open to the kitchen but also opens toward the main living room. An open floor plan is also sometimes hard to come by in the Mstreets!

Entertaining is something that Martin is already pretty damn good at, but this should make it even easier and more fun.

The Kitchen had been completely updated (another great find), with gorgeous granite countertops. Check out the stainless steel appliances and gas cooktop, below.

It’s also nice that there are multiple ways to get through to the back porch/yard… the kitchen being one of them (as you can see above).

Check out the built-in spice rack (above)! How convenient. Again, you can see how it opens up to the dining room in the picture above.

Love the backsplash in the picture above. Always a nice accent in the kitchen. You can’t necessarily tell by these pictures, but this kitchen also has great storage space and a large pantry.

Great sized master bedroom with two closets and French Doors that illuminate the room and open up to the back deck and yard.

This (above) is the other living area which is considered a 3rd bedroom. It’s a cozy, yet spacious room, which I have a feeling will be Martin’s football watching room for the time being… tis’ the season!

It is conveniently located off of the study (as seen below), which also has the french doors that open up to the outdoor deck and large backyard. Nice working view.

The previous owners had completely remodeled the full guest bathroom.

This great, big deck overlooking the backyard is gonna be perfect for entertaining. And can be accessed via the kitchen, the study and the doors in the master!

As you can see in the picture above, there is also a garage that can be accessed though the side street. Garages can also be hard to come by in these parts of town… especially fully functioning ones.

This is a great shot of the large, nicely landscaped backyard, which should be perfect for Martin’s bull-dog, Stella! I know they will be very happy here🙂

Martin was one of the most polite clients I have ever had the opportunity to work with! We learned a lot during the experience and recently closed on the property. Martin received the keys to his new pad on August 8th! I am looking forward to seeing the progress he has made and how he has changed up the place to suit his taste.

Check Out One of My Recently Purchased Through Properties in Lakewood!

My Clients,

Stephanie and Mario Dolan (and their pups, Gordon and Gatsby),


really lucked out, finding this property toward the end of the competitive, Dallas Spring Market hunt for the perfect property. Their new home is in the heart of Lakewood Elementary School District, which… if you havent heard, is the place to buy for re-sale purposes. Either Lakewood Elementary or Stonewall Jackson Elementary, as they are the only exemplary public school districts in the city of Dallas, other than Highland Park or University Park…Where you are lucky to find a decent sized place for a family for under $500k. It’s one of the safest, if not the safest investments in the city you can find these days.

Let me tell you why they lucked out…We started the search looking for a charming cottage-feel home in Lakewood or Stonewall Jackson elementary but, ended up finding this incredible, completely updated home with clean lines and modern accents while still embodying the traditional Lakewood charm and location.  This was a wonderful find, considering these two people are some of the hardest working clients I have ever met. Mario, an attorney, working late nights and Stephanie, a dedicated manager of her company with a recent promotion who keeps the place running…  We were looking for Lakewood charm. They needed a 3 bed 2 bath, ideally  2 car garage on a great sized lot with a 2 car garage,  but lemme tell ya,  the majority of the properties in this area were built, in the 1930s, 40s, and mainly 50s! Even some of the most well-maintained properties in Lakewood are going to need work… and these guys barely had the time to look at properties, much less work on their property. Sometimes, you are lucky to find a car port, much less a garage… It just depends.

We knew they needed something move-in ready and we found it, conveniently located on Santa Maria Street in the highly coveted Bob-O-Links sub-division. We found a 3 bed, 2 bath with over 1800 square feet on a large lot with a 2 car garage!  After submitting back-up offers on other properties, we were competing with another offer and barely beat out the competition!

As you can see by the pictures, some of the beautiful features of this property include, a completely open kitchen with Bosch stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, Carrera Marble Countertops (my personal favorite).  Check out that beautiful backsplash!

The Master suite features a double vanity, honed granite and a walk-in closet!

The open floor plan in living areas offers a space perfect for entertaining (we tested it out… it’s true)!  French doors open to a back yard with a new 8 foot fence
and mature trees.

There is also a pretty natural stone wood burning fireplace, a tankless water heater, gorgeous hardwoods, crown
molding, and they can walk to White Rock Lake! The dogs love it!

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