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Robbie’s Real Estate Trends: Dallas to Dubai

03/31/2014
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A photo from Robbie Briggs’ recent trip to the Mideast. Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

I traveled to Dubai earlier this month for the opening of a new Sotheby’s International Realty office. Dubai is one of the most lavish places in the world. It is an expansive desert refuge on the southeast coast of the spectacular Persian Gulf that blends new and old worlds into one amazingly cosmopolitan city.

The cityscape is mindboggling, buzzing with progress. Dubai is oil-rich, home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and clusters of other magnificent skyscrapers that tower over Ferraris and Lamborghinis zipping by on the roadways. You can go from the world’s most expensive racetrack to an indoor ski resort and experience a depth of opulence unrivaled anywhere on earth, all punctuated by a variety of international cultures, as traditional Arabian clothing mixes seamlessly with of-the-moment western apparel.

The Chinese influence here is significant. Having lived and worked in China for years, I find it fascinating to observe how popular Dubai has become with the Chinese. In February, real estate developer Dubai Pearl sold nearly $2 billion in property assets, including high-end residences, apartments and a pair of five-star hotels, to a Hong Kong-based investor. Increasingly, Chinese investors are looking for global diversification. Financial experts think Dubai fits nicely into this category.

I brought along our ranch land expert, Bernie Uechtritz, as well as my son, Ben Briggs, who has worked extensively throughout China for several years. There is a provocative Texas-meets-Dubai theme at play, and we are eager to gauge interest in what Dallas and North Texas have to offer investors.

It’s certainly an exciting time, and we are enjoying the opportunity to meet people and discuss investment options in the U.S. I will keep you posted on our progress in the City of Gold.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: Abu Dhabi-based Hotelier Interested in Dallas Properties {Video}

03/26/2014

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During their trip to Dubai, a team from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International had a chance to meet business influencers from all over the world.

In this video, Ben Briggs, international business consultant for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, talks about a meeting with a hotel owner from Abu Dhabi. The man is interested in diversifying his portfolio beyond the region’s oil-focused economy. So he asked about hotel properties in Texas – and whether Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty could introduce him to hotel properties in Dallas.

Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, traveled to Dubai earlier in March to attend the grand opening of the Sotheby’s International Realty office there. He was accompanied by son Ben; Bernie Uechtritz, head of the Ranch and Land Division; and Angie Nelson, also with the Ranch and Land Division.

Click here to review the daily updates, complete with beautiful video, photos, and more, or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: Investing in the Dallas Region’s Luxury and Ranch Properties {Video}

03/20/2014

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In this report from “one of the most exciting cities I’ve ever been to,” Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, describes his team’s visit to Dubai, one of the fastest-emerging business communities in the world.

Today, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and other Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates will give presentations in Dubai. Briggs will talk about the Texas economy and opportunities for investment in luxury, ranch and high-rise properties in the dallas-Fort Worth area.

He is traveling with Bernie Uechtritz, head of the Ranch and Land Division; his son Ben Briggs, international business consultant for Briggs Freeman; and Angie Nelson, also with the Ranch and Land Division.

“We look forward to seeing where opportunities come from this trip,” Briggs says.

Follow along this week as Robbie Briggs and a group of experts from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch & Land Division explore the vast opportunities of Dubai. Stay tuned as we give daily updates complete with beautiful video, photos, and more or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: Villas Are Hot, Approaching Record Prices {Video}

03/20/2014

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A bullish market is prevailing in the United Arab Emirates despite a significant supply of housing units on the market. Average residential sales prices in Dubai were up 60 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013 with quality residential developments among the top performers, according to a report by Asteco Property Management.

Villas are hot, with prices in locations such as Arabian Ranches approaching record highs. That’s one reason Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, took a team of Ranch and Land experts to the “City of Gold” to meet with global real estate experts and investors.

The group will showcase a broad range of stunning properties—from sought-after estates in Highland Park and Preston Hollow to expansive ranches and equestrian properties throughout Texas.

Follow along this week as Robbie Briggs and a group of experts from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch & Land Division explore the vast opportunities of Dubai. Stay tuned as we give daily updates complete with beautiful video, photos, and more or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: From Dallas to Dubai – Extraordinary Luxury Homes {Video}

03/19/2014

What do Dallas and Dubai have in common? Beautiful homes and estates with luxe details and sweeping views. Here’s a taste of what Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, will be sharing and experiencing as he and his team visit Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi this week.

Properties Featured in this Video:

10718 Bridge Hollow Court, Dallas, TX 75229 | $6,395,000 – DALLAS, TX

10718 Bridge Hollow Court, Dallas, TX 75229, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth-EXTERIOR

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Beautiful Mediterranean estate in the Creeks of Preston Hollow. Listed by Jonathan Rosen and Lisa Besserer.

 

Emirates Hills Estate | $8,167,933 – DUBAI

Emirates Hills

Photos /  Matt Morris of Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty.

Emirates Hills is unquestionably one of the most exclusive areas to live in Dubai. A haven for golfers, these villas are situated around one of the world’s most premier golf courses. Amongst them is this customized revelation. Nestled along the shores of the largest lake in Emirates Hills in the W sector, one enters into this pristine abode through large, double doors. Crossing the threshold into the foyer, which is both equally opulent and inviting, and discover the private elevator. Venture onward and peer through floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light and allow access to the courtyard and pool. This home brings entertaining to another scale with its oversized living area and adjacent dining room. Within the 11,000 sq/ft of living space are six bedrooms, all of which have en suite bathrooms. There is also a separate service quarters included. Additionally, located downstairs, is an office that can also be reallocated for another bedroom. The kitchen features high-end appliances, an eat-in breakfast area and enough storage and counter space to cater a cricket team. Aside from the sheer enormity of this home, which is situated on a 13,000 sq/ft lot, is the creature comfort upgrades. Twenty-four carat gold adorns finishes throughout the home. It is easy to escape into the lap of luxury within this one-of-a-kind villa. Click here for more information.

Listed by Matt Morris of Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

9784 Audubon Place, Dallas Tx, 75220 |  $8,750,000 – DALLAS, TX

9784 Audubon Place, Preston Hollow, Dallas - a Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - exterior entry

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Landmark estate located in one of Dallas’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The spectacular renovation of the home by one of the country’s top architects creates a property that is the pinnacle of great taste filled with functional welcoming spaces and refinement. The open plan is accentuated with bow windows and large French doors, opening to the landscaped gardens and pool house. Privately situated on 2.4 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac, the great design and updating of the home offers a remarkable purchase opportunity.  Click here for more information.

Listed By Ginger Nobles and Susan Baldwin.

 

Polo Homes Arabian Ranches | $3,811,702

Polo Homes Arabian Ranches

Photos /  Alex Essex  of Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Arabian Ranches Polo Homes has now become one of the most prestigious places for people to live in Dubai. Situated only 15 Minutes from anywhere in Dubai, it offers luxury, easy living and convenience for homeowners. With only a total of 71 Polo Homes Built and sold Shell and Core, it has allowed owners to put their own touch and creativity into their family home. This Villa is one of few Polo homes for sale, which is situated on the Polo field itself! The Community is guarded by Security to ensure this community is kept exclusive as possible. * Shell and Core * 5 Bedrooms + Maid’s + Study * 5 Bathrooms * BUA: 7,700 sq. ft. * Plot size: 16,000 sq. ft. * Shell and Core * Situated on the Polo Field * Large Terrace and Balcony * Large Garage * Large Plot with room for a Swimming Pool * Vacant The Polo Club: Polo Homes builds on the success of the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, which extends over 68 acres of desert landscape and features a clubhouse, two polo fields, one practice field and two riding/show jumping arenas. The Club hosts several equestrian events, offers an array of leisure and recreational facilities, and serves as a platform for corporate meetings and events. The Clubhouse is a vibrant addition to the city’s eclectic food and beverages options, and has four stylish lounges, a number of specialty restaurants and a spa. Interior elements of the Clubhouse are reflected in aesthetics within the Polo Homes.

Click here for more information.

Listed by Alex Essex of Dubai Sotheby’s International Realty.

 

9839 Rockbrook Drive, Dallas, TX 75220 | $3,400,000 – DALLAS, TX

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Photo / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

The “Stretto” house completed in 1991 by master builder Thomas Byrne Co has been widely published and is arguably the most architecturally significant residence in Dallas. Set on 1.459 acres, this house combines architectural perfection and a serene setting that can make one forget they are in the city. Arrival down a narrow gravel drive provides privacy from the street with the pleasure of an “aha” moment to discover the home tucked beyond old growth trees. The owners hired architect Steven Holl after they encountered his work in a show at the Museum of Modern Art. Holl was inspired by the site which features overlapping ponds. The magnificent house offers cozy human-scaled spaces in addition to expansive rooms with walls for large scale art. Living, dining, library, kitchen and guest rooms comprise the main floor, while the second floor is reserved for a secluded master suite, with its own outdoor terrace and his and her baths.

Guest accommodations are in a separate two bedroom, two bath house, accessed by a bridge over a stream. Breathtaking views of the sky and trees and water from every room in the home with an interesting mix of handcrafted materials contrasting with rigorously machined parts creates an unparalleled architectural experience in Dallas.

The 1 acre lot to the south (9825 Rockbrook) is also available for an additional $2,500,000 allowing for the option to expand the total lot size to 2.459 acres. Listed by Claire Dewar. Click here for more info

Follow along this week as Robbie Briggs and a group of experts from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch & Land Division explore the vast opportunities of Dubai. Stay tuned as we give daily updates complete with beautiful video, photos, and more or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE.

For more beautiful homes, see briggsfreeman.com. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: Grand Opening of Sotheby’s International Realty-Dubai {Video}

03/18/2014

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While in the United Arab Emirates to attend the grand opening of the Sotheby’s International Realty Dubai office, Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, also will introduce some special Dallas properties to potential real estate investors:

9806 Inwood Road | Preston Hollow | Listed for $19,500,000

Dans Bois Crete Mansion at 9806 Inwood Road in Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's homes for sale in Dallas - entry room

10718 Bridge Hollow Court | Preston Hollow | Listed for $6,395,000

10718 Bridge Hollow Court Dallas 75229 - Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury home for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - den

3000 Burney Lane | Southlake | Listed for $5,200,000

3000 Burney Lane in Southlake - homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's - living and dining

3601 Euclid Avenue | Old Highland Park | Listed for $4,950,000

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Dubai Live: Bringing Texas to UAE, Qatar, Abu Dhabi

03/17/2014

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This week, Robbie Briggs travels to the United Arab Emirates to introduce Texas properties to the world. Briggs and a group of agents from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch and Land Division are attending the grand opening of the Sotheby’s International Realty office in Dubai.  The group will also travel to Qatar and Abu Dhabi, where they will present luxury properties to international businessmen and influencers. “We’re excited to showcase the wonderful homes, incredible quality of life and welcoming communities that Texas has to offer,” says Briggs. “And we’re equally interested in hearing from our counterparts around the world.” Follow along this week as Robbie Briggs and a group of experts from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch & Land Division explore the vast opportunities of Dubai. Stay tuned as we give daily updates complete with beautiful video, photos, and more or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE. Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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Dubai LIVE: Touring Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Stables {Video}

03/17/2014

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To get to know a new country well, you can immerse yourself in aspects of the culture. So one of the first things Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, did upon his arrival in Dubai is visit a horse stables.

Because in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, horses are a big part of the culture.

Briggs is traveling with a team of experts from the Ranch & Land Division to discuss real estate investments in Texas. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will host a reception and presentation of real estate opportunities Wednesday at the International Financial Center in Dubai.

In this video, Bernie Uechtritz, an international real estate advisor for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, offers a tour of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s horse stables.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE, and constitutional monarch of Dubai, owns more than 1,000 thoroughbred horses around the world.

Follow along this week as Robbie Briggs and a group of experts from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s Ranch & Land Division explore the vast opportunities of Dubai. Stay tuned as we give daily updates complete with beautiful video, photos, and more or follow the hashtag #dubaiLIVE.

Click here to see the latest in real estate news. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with five offices in Dallas, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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2015 Top Producers in Tarrant County – Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

02/23/2016
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A strong Fort Worth-Dallas market paved the way for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to post its best year ever in 2015 with almost $2.5 billion in sales.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs gave credit to the company’s extraordinary agents, who strive to deliver excellence in every client in every transaction, regardless of price point.

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Honoring Our 2015 Top Producers in North Texas Real Estate

02/22/2016
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A strong Dallas-Fort Worth market and a deep bench of neighborhood experts, which grew by 40 percent in one year, has paved the way for Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty to post its best year yet.

In 2015, current agents produced almost $2.5 billion in sales. President and CEO Robbie Briggs attributed the growth to extraordinary professionals who have helped the firm achieve such marked success.

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