Archive for the ‘North Texas’ Category

Jimmy Ramey Reaches Next Real Estate Milestone
July 8, 2012

Blue Leaf Agent, Jimmy Ramey, figures out the recipe for success in real estate – delivering service that is so remarkable that people tell friends and family about their experience.  Referrals are the centerpiece of every successful real estate agent’s story and Jimmy’s story is no different.  As a result of earning his client’s trust and garnering referrals, Jimmy expects to exceed his goal for 2012.  As the real estate market in North Texas continues to heat up, Jimmy is positioned to take his real estate business to the next level.  Coming from the restaurant industry where great service is crucial, Jimmy understands how important it is to WOW each client with remarkable service.  “It’s always great to get a referral from a past customer — it lets me know that I’ve done my job,” says Jimmy Ramey.  “Many thanks to all my past clients and others who have referred me – referrals keep me busy and being busy is what I love!”  To learn more about how word-of-mouth marketing can take your business to the next level, check out one of Blue Leaf Realty’s favorite authors – Andy Sernovitz.

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Blue Leaf Agent Derick Townsend Sets Record…
July 2, 2012

Blue Leaf agent and military veteran, Derick Townsend, sets Blue Leaf single month new homes sales record in June by helping military personnel utilize the VA benefit.  We congratulate him on his accomplishment and wish him continued success in helping people from the military who want to become home owners.  VA loans are one of the few opportunities left whereby a home buyer can finance 100% of the sales price.  Of course, to be eligible for the VA benefit, you must be active or retired military from any branch of the armed services.  In light of the July 4th holiday, we are delighted to have an agent like Derick at Blue Leaf Realty who is dedicated to helping soldiers purchase a home.  On behalf of Derick and everyone else at Blue Leaf Realty, I would like to say thank you to those in the military for their service!

Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
June 26, 2012

Choosing the right flooring for your home has many dimensions.  Four important dimensions are quality, durability, cost, and aesthetics.  Adding a fifth dimension is becoming increasingly important – sustainability.  Sustainable flooring comes in many different varieties and styles.  Whether your decision to consider eco-friendly flooring is driven by environmental consciousness or allergies or some combination thereof, there are several sustainable options to consider:

For Carpet Fans:  Wool carpet is a good sustainable option.  Wool is stain resistant, recyclable, renewable, and resilient.  It is a great sustainable flooring option for those people who want carpet in their home.   It also absorbs and releases moisture and humidity, allowing it to help moderate temperatures, keeping your floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

For Hardwood Fans: For a more sustainable hardwood floor, consider a hardwood that carries the FSC stamp.  From a sustainability viewpoint, bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity because it is both beautiful and sustainable.  It is also very durable.  For more information about bamboo flooring, check out Teragren, a manufacturer of bamboo flooring.

For Alternative Fans: Consider alternatives such as Marmoleum or cork.  Cork is a great choice because of its durability and ease of maintainance.  Like hardwoods, it is derived from trees but it is harvested.  As a result, trees are not cut down and can regrow.  Marmoleum is a natural linoleum that is one of the greenest floors on the market.  It is highly durable, non-toxic, anti-microbial, and easy to maintain and comes in many designer colors and patterns.

As with any major home improvement, doing your homework is extremely important prior to making your final choice on which flooring to go with.  To make your floor ultra-green, it is also important to consider what materials will be used in the installation of your new floors!

A Long Time Coming…
June 21, 2012

Finally, the wait is over for North Fort Worth – a new movie theater has arrived in Alliance Town Center.  The Cinemark XD experience is now open for movie aficionados.  With 14 screens and digital and 3D technology, nearby residents have a great place to see first-run movies.  The theater will also be showing classics, independent films, and art films.  If you are a John Wayne buff, The Searchers will be showing on June 27th at 2p and 7p.  Also showing is Moonrise Kingdom, a very odd but interesting independent film with an all-star cast, including Bruce Willis.  Join BlueLeaf agents and see this summer’s blockbuster movies at Cinemark in Alliance and support an area business before or after the show.  See what movies are currently playing at the Cinemark in Alliance Town Center and watch for summer action hits like the new Batman and Spider Man movies coming soon!

Trinity Uptown
April 10, 2012

Trinity Uptown is a large-scale mixed-use development that will change the flavor of the area immediately north of downtown Ft. Worth.  The project is massive and will encourage both commercial and residential real estate investment.  The heart and soul of the project is a 33 acre lake and boardwalk coupled with 12 miles of canals and public walkways that will accommodate pedestrians who want to stroll along the river, take a gondola ride, get something to eat, do some shopping or enjoy a little entertainment.  Trinity Uptown will be a place where people can live, work, and play and easilty commute to downtown Fort Worth or attend college classes at TCC.  It will extend and connect downtown  Fort Worth to the Stockyards in a new and exciting way.  Then, Ft. Worth will need a creative way to connect Near Southside with downtown and with Trinity Uptown and 7th Street, and Fort Worth will attract more people and more businesses than ever before.  Already the 16th largest city in America, Fort Worth has no place to go but up!

Great Mexican Food Comes To North Fort Worth
March 29, 2012

Spring is here and so is Mi Cocina, the latest full-service restaurant to open in Alliance Town Center.  Having eaten there twice already, I can vouch for the food and service – both are really good.  The restaurant itself is a work of art with excellent design inside and out.  Be sure to check out the patio dining as it is the ideal spot for lunch or dinner in Alliance Town Center.  BlueLeaf is excited about the growth occurring in the neighborhood and is looking forward to the new 14 screen all digital movie theatre slated to open in summer 2012.  Way to go North Fort Worth!

Approximately 526,000
January 24, 2012

CCR may have said it best when they sang, It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one; it ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son.”  As the owner of  Blue Leaf Realty, one thing I can say for sure is that good fortune has not come our way unless it was the result of hard work and personal sacrifice.  It certainly has not been the result of lucky breaks or fortuitous timing.    

Although real estate has been challenging at times, quitting never was an option.  Some, even from within our inner circle, have called us crazy; others have simply called us stubborn and left it at that.  Are we crazy?  I don’t think so, although I’ll freely admit that a stubborn streak runs through both me and my wife.  The truth is building from the ground up is difficult but it’s our nature, and for us it’s an integral part of the pursuit of the American Dream.  All along, our mantra has been that anything worth doing is seldom, if ever, easy. 

In our case, my wife and I did not inherit a company that was built by our predecessors, nor were either of us born with silver spoons.  Our real estate company was not borne out of a real estate boom; in fact, it was the opposite as we’ve been compelled to grow our company in an unprecedented downturn.  Furthermore, we did not receive funds to start our company from a wealthy relative or a venture capitalist and we have received no bailouts when times were tough.  No bank lent us money to get started, nor have we sold stock to would-be investors.  Instead, we simply put one foot in front of the other each day and relied upon common-sense, hard work, and faith in God along with a tenacious belief in the idea that the American Dream might be injured but it’s not dead – not for us at least.  

The reality is the formula for success is not that complicated and fairly easy to replicate.  It just involves a lot of hard work in the form of blood, sweat, and tears which makes all the difference, approximately 526,000 minutes worth of it every year.  In my opinion, that’s how good things, maybe even great things, get built, by layering minute upon minute of hard work and sacrifice.  That’s the way grandma and grandpa did it back when hard work mattered and personal sacrifice counted for something, and that’s the way we intend to do it – one minute, one hour, one day, and one month at a time.  We hope to see you at the finish line!

BlueLeaf Educates Consumers About Real Estate
January 13, 2012

BlueLeaf Realty believes in the power of education.  In fact, the company was started by former teachers, Scott and Liana Oram, so it is not surprising that BlueLeaf is dedicated to educating consumers about real estate trends and issues.  In a bold effort to educate new home buyers, BlueLeaf has designed a 1st Time Home Buyer Workshop.  Free to the consumer,  this workshop allows prospective buyers the opportunity to learn about the home buying process with no pressure to act.  If you are thinking about buying a home, MyFirstNest.com is the first step toward making that happen.  Don’t learn the hard way — get educated and then buy a home — it’s the right direction and the right decision.

25 in 2012
January 2, 2012

A new year is all about resolutions.  At BlueLeaf Realty, our 2012 resolution is to partner with 25 new agents in 2012.  That means recruiting talented people in the DFW Metroplex who want to further their real estate careers at a company that cares about people, not just numbers.  Honestly, we are hoping the market gives us a lift.  There may be good news on the horizon as signals are indicating that a sustainable real estate recovery could be underway.  Hopefully, this is the case.  A strong real estate recovery will help the overall economy.  If real estate is indeed on the mend, now is the time to begin building a successful real estate business.  If you’re in the North Texas area and would like to talk about partnering with BlueLeaf, visit joinblueleaf.com.  Become one of the ‘original 25’ at the company that is Delivering Remarkable Service to clients across DFW.

Pulte Homes Opens New Community in N. Fort Worth
December 14, 2011

Great news — Pulte Homes has completed West Fork Ranch, a new master-planned community in North Fort Worth and Keller ISD.   West Fork Ranch will offer Texas sized amenities to home buyers in the Alliance Corridor.  This great new community is very convenient to wonderful shopping, restaurants and schools.  BlueLeaf Realty would love to show you why North Fort Worth and West Fork Ranch is a great place to live, work, and play.