Archive for July, 2011

I Remember When Downtown Fort Worth…
July 31, 2011

I remember growing up in west Ft. Worth and visiting downtown after dark.  It was a ghost town then.  Now, it’s a vibrant area with many wonderful things to do, including live performances every night.  However, there is competition on the horizon for downtown.  South Fort Worth, the SO7 District, and North Fort Worth are all competing for a slice of the pie, and they appear to be doing well.    Will they ultimately hurt downtown Ft. Worth or help it?   It’s difficult to know for sure but it will be interesting to see what impact they do have.  What impact, if any, will the Trinity River Project have on downtown living?  Only time will tell.  I think both urban and suburban growth are important for the long-term prosperity of Fort Worth, and linking downtown Ft. Worth to its suburbs via commuter light rail is critical, in my opinion, in order for the downtown corridor to remain as vibrant in the future as it is today.  It would also help alleviate the traffic problems along the I-35W corridor!  Whatever happens, Fort Worth will surely look very different in two decades than it does today, and Blue Leaf Realty is excited about being a part of that growth.

Blue Leaf Realty Welcomes Another New Agent – Derick Townsend
July 26, 2011

Derick Townsend

Blue Leaf Realty continues to grow and is excited to announce its newest partnership with real estate agent, Derick Townsend.  Derick moved to Texas from North Carolina, is an avid sport’s fan, and has served in the US military.  “We are very excited to have Derick as part of our group and look forward to helping him grow his real estate business here in North Texas,” says Blue Leaf co-founder, Liana Oram.  “He will be a tremendous asset to our company.”  Derick is very much looking forward to helping people with all their real estate needs in the Metroplex, and we are glad he has chosen to partner with the BlueLeaf group.  Welcome aboard!

What I Learned on Vacation
July 25, 2011

This year, my wife and I went on vacation to Cabo San Lucas.  We stayed at a nice resort with a great view of the Sea of Cortez.  Each day, we claimed a spot by our favorite pool.  We made sure to arrive early each morning to claim these chairs because they provided a terrific view of both the Sea of Cortez and the pool.  It was great!  During the week, I made friends with a few beach vendors who passed by our slice of paradise each day selling everything from silver jewelry to henna tattoos.  They were not overzealous in selling to us or the other guests.  It was as if they knew the answer was no before they asked for the sale.  One day I struck up a conversation with a friendly salesman that was much older than the rest and spoke much better English than I do Spanish.  It was rough going but we managed a brief conversation.  I asked him how sales were; he told me not so good.  He asked me how things were in the states, and I told him the same.  In choppy English, he proceeded to explain the basic premise of global economic interdependence.  He said, “When America no do good, Mexico worse,” or something to that effect.  He asked what I did for a living — I told him I was in real estate.  He sighed, shook his said, stared at the sand and repeated the word ‘amigo’ several times, almost apologetically.  Although he did not come around much after that, I will always remember what this very wise salesman taught me about the global economy — ‘the rest of the world hurts when we do.’    A mi amigo en Cabo — Espero mejorar sus ventas.

Creating Atmosphere with Color
July 3, 2011

Planning on doing some painting this summer?  If so, keep in mind that room color has a dramatic impact on the people in it.  Color even changes our perception of a space and can even alter our mood.  So how do different colors impact us?  According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, colors have a profound physical and psychological affect on us.   Knowing some basic things about how color makes us think and feel will help you choose the perfect color.  Let’s take a closer look:

  • Purple = stimulates brain activity
  • Blue = slows pulse rate and lowers body temperature
  • Green = calms and soothes
  • Yellow = evokes happiness and optimism
  • Orange = simulates warmth and energy
  • Red = makes the heart beat faster; evokes passion

When deciding on a paint color, it’s important to think about the purpose of the room.  Some colors are better suited for dining rooms and others are better suited for bedrooms.  Learn more about how paint color will impact a room before you choose a color and start that next project.  You’ll be glad you did!