North Texas Continues to Grow
August 21, 2013

welcome TEXASThings are really taking  shape in Texas and nowhere is this more evident than in North Fort Worth’s Alliance Corridor.  Everywhere you look, you see new residential and commercial construction.  Looking around, a person would be apt to draw the conclusion that North Texas is growing very fast, and the statistics certianly back that up.  Texas was the fifth fastest growing state by rate of increase according to the 2010 Census and much of this growth has occurred in DFW.    By 2050, the DFW consolidated area could have as many as 17 million people.  Wow – that’s a long way from today’s roughly 6.5 million people!  It will be exciting to watch areas like North Fort Worth and surrounding suburbs as well as urban locales like Trinity Uptown as they continue to evolve in an effort to meet the needs of a growing and diverse population.  For Realtors and real estate brokerages like Blue Leaf Realty, North Texas is an exciting place to be.

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!

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!

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!

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.

Kicking the Can Is Not A Solution
October 23, 2011

Kicking the can down the road has become a trend in residential and commercial real estate but the trend may be hurting more than it’s helping.  It seems that many have been slow to acknowledge the full extent of the long-term consequences of the unrestrained lending practices which occurred between 2001 and 2007.  Now, it seems that many believe that burying their heads in the sand until the mess blows over is a reasonable strategy.  The sad truth is the US economy is still limping along and many banks are still overburdened with non-performing and under-performing real estate loans.  As a result, kicking the can is en vogue.

 Although there have been small signs the economy is truly improving, there are many, if not more, signs which suggest the economic recovery is sputtering.  For instance, lagging home sales have continued to weigh down home builder profits.   In addition, Fed Chairman Bernanke has publicly stated that he is at a loss as to how to explain the sagging economy’s lackluster performance.  Could it be that “extend and pretend” or “kicking the can” is not a viable solution and that, without a housing recovery, the broader economy will merely continue to limp along.  It is difficult to see how kicking the can further down the road is going to accomplish much.  Maybe it’s time to get real about the economic state of affairs which starts by stopping the pretense that things are better than they really are.  Below are a few suggestions:

  • lock in the capital gains tax rate for a defined period of time
  • release trapped real estate assets into the marketplace
  • create tax incentives for investors who purchase distressed assets
  • discontinue governmental policies that encourage moral hazard
  • resist the temptation to over-regulate the lending industry
  • discontinue the practice of bailing out businesses that are deemed too big to fail

Addressing these very core problems in the real estate sector will allow us to make progress without kicking the can, and the broader economy is sure to benefit!

Growing a Real Estate Company in 2011
September 27, 2011

Growing a real estate company in the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial meltdown has provided plenty of challenges and certainly has not been easy.  Many people have asked how we’ve done it.  Others have chosen instead to ask us why we’ve bothered.  To be honest, each question has merit.  Very simply, we’ve done it with creative and cost-effective marketing, word-of-mouth referrals, being very supportive to our agents, and returning time and time again to our mantra of Delivering Remarkable Service to our clients.  Our dogged tenacity has made all the difference and our dedication to our mission is the answer to the question, “Why?”.  At the end of the day, you can blog, you can call members of your SOI, and you can post on social media sites such as Facebook, but it really all comes down to serving your existing clients.  Unparalleled service is what makes you stand out and this is how BlueLeaf Realty has earned a reputation of being one of the most highly thought of and sought out brokerages in North Texas.  Thanks to those who have supported us during the economic downturn.  Here’s to better real estate days ahead!

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.

Residential Developments That Stand Out
April 29, 2011

Planning and constructing a residential development in such a way that it stands out is very difficult.  What makes one residential development better than the next is both objective and subjective. First and foremost, it has to do with location.  Location is a major factor in the ultimate success of a residential development.  Once a good location is selected, however, it becomes increasingly more difficult.   Suddenly, the challenge becomes striking the right balance between enhancing profit and creating a sustainable lifestyle for the future residents.  This is where it becomes essential for the developer to capitalize on the property’s strengths while minimizing the impact of its negative attributes.  During this process, many decisions are made that will impact the overall long-term success of the subdivision.  Everything from marketing and design to grading and infrastructure must be considered from the outset.  One local example of an outstanding residential subdivision in BlueLeaf’s marketplace is the master-planned community of  Heritage, developed by Hillwood.  Check out the Heritage development and you will see why the quality of the builder is certainly important but the influence of the property developer will also have a significant impact on future home property values.

Blue Leaf Realty Finds its Slipstream
April 21, 2011

Blue Leaf Realty finds its slipstream in the bustling Alliance Corridor of North Texas and aims to expand in 2011/12.  In     spite of all the negative media attention surrounding real estate, Blue Leaf has continued to grow and is bullish on real estate for the forseeable future.  After a steep downturn in the residential market, a bottom has finally been reached in real estate, and BlueLeaf is looking forward to growing its brand in North Texas by fulfilling its Mission to Deliver Remarkable Service. “We are poised to take advantage of the real estate renaissance and look forward to growth in the years ahead,” says Blue Leaf’s cofounder, Liana Oram.  “Also,  I think today’s consumer is looking to partner with smaller, more responsive companies who can deliver the same service as a bigger company plus something more.”  Douglas Adams may have captured this idea best when he coined the phrase:

“To give real service you must add something which can’t be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

 
We hope that communities across North Texas will embrace Blue Leaf Realty and partner with us as we carefully grow our brand by layering our service with sincerity and integrity.  If you live in North Texas, remember the real estate company with the distinctive logo – the blue leaf –  and visit BlueLeaf Realty  today to learn more about what it means to receive REMARKABLE service from a real estate company that really cares.  In addition, watch for Blue Leaf Realty to open offices in Granbury, TX and Austin, TX in the near future.  “For now, it’s all about swimming in our slipstream and satisfying our customers here in North Texas,” says  BlueLeaf’s cofounder, “and we look forward to doing just that.”