Seen on Social Media

A Special New Property in Highland Park

Events, Property / Business Events

D Magazine’s Real Estate Panel

It was great to attend the D Magazine Real Estate Panel. Always excited to learn how to better serve my clients!

Charities, Events

Kappa Tablescapes benefitting many great causes

Events

2019 Dallas PaperCity Design Awards

It was so incredibly amazing to watch so many talented Dallas designers at the 2019 Dallas PaperCity Design Awards!

Instagram

Happy Fall!

Selling Your Home

Look what you get when you list w Jean Bateman!

Instagram

Gotta know your Texas History, to sell it!

About Jean

What’s New with Jean?

About Jean

Upcoming Event – Night at the Museum at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

On November 9, gears will turn on every level at the Perot Museum’s highly-anticipated event, Night at the Museum. This exclusive evening affair will open the door to exploration through interactive science demonstrations and hands-on experiences with state-of-the-art technology.

And to keep the party going, there will be captivating live entertainment, enticing libations, and a lavish progressive dinner.

Learn more here.

Events

Celebrate in High Gear!

Join Allie Beth Allman at the Park Place Luxury and Super Car Showcase!

Use promo code “ABAURB19” for discounted tickets.

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Don’t Miss These Great New Properties

About Jean

Great celebrating 20 Years with Paper City!

About Jean

Labor Day Weekend 2019

Kicking off Labor Day Weekend with my Man at Mariam’s Cocina Latina across from Klyde Warren! Blessings to all!

Events

What To Look Forward To This Spring


Events sponsored by Park Cities Historic & Preservation Society:

Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with Candace Evans
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — Brook Hollow Country Club
Click here to purchase tickets

Historic Home Tour
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Learn more here

Classic & Antique Car Show
Saturday, April 27, 2019 — Burleson Park
Click here to register

Special Features

An Entertaining Necessity

I hope your 2019 has kicked off in a really great way.

I wanted to tell you today about a little product I think every home should have. If you love to entertain and serve red wine, you’re going to want to order have some Wine Away on hand. It’s amazing how those spills are so hard to get out, but this product is like magic.

So order some Wine Away now. It’s very reasonably priced – just around $6. And all you have to do is spray directly on the spill — it works like magic!

 

Tax Updates

Don’t Forget to Apply for Your Homestead Exemption

It’s time for all new homeowners to fill out and file their homestead exemption forms.

Visit DCAD.org to download your forms.

 

Holidays

Jean’s Christmas Time Saver

The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, and we’re getting close to that time of year where we want to celebrate what’s most important.

About two years ago, my niece-in-law gave me a great gift. In the past, I did my place cards by hand which can get very time consuming. That time could be better spent with my grandchildren and family!

Not only can you order them online but you can print over 20 name cards within a matter of a few minutes. They’re beautiful and look like they’ve been done by hand. And because I’m such a big recycler, I’ve got them all ready again for this year. You can just keep adding to them for the next year. The best part is you can do it all online:

Gartner Studios – Ivory Pearl Border Printable Place Cards

Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy every minute you have with your family and friends.

 

Maintenance

Jean’s Winter Home Maintenance Tip #2

Happy Holidays to everyone! I’m out in Walker and my courtyard — it’s so fun to make our courtyard look really festive this time of year.

One of my favorite landscape friends, Gary, told me something really important that I want to share with you. During the winter months, it’s important to reset your sprinkler systems. We generally have our sprinklers go off in the early mornings during the summer months. Gary explained during the winter months, it’s better to re-set the time to late morning or early afternoon. During that time, the weather is warmer allowing your sprinkler to come on.

It’s important we continue to water our yards and our foundations during the winter months, so be sure and re-set your timer.

 

Holidays

Jean’s Favorite Gifts

As we approach Christmas in the next coming weeks, I wanted to share some of my favorite gifts to give and to receive!

 

One of my favorite gifts I receive is an Amaryllis from my college roommate who sends me one every year! As I said in my video, they’re beautiful and last forever! This year, I took one to my Aunt Betty and Walker’s mom. You can get one from Jackson & Perkins here or if you’re lucky, you can find one at your local Trader Joe’s.

 

Another one of my favorite gifts are these Christmas Ornaments from MiniManyMemories. Every year, one of my best friends takes last year’s Christmas card photos and makes them into great ornaments for my tree. Email beverly@minimanymemories.com for your own little ornament!

 

I love recycling vintage items and passing down fond memories. This year I’m recycling my daughter’s Barbie car to her girls. I can’t wait to see Grace and Clara play with it.

I hope these you’ll enjoy these gifts as much as me!

Maintenance

Jean’s Winter Home Maintenance Tip #1

Because maintaining a home is very expensive, I like to try and spread out all the things we need to do to maintain our homes to keep them beautiful. Right before the holidays I like to have the windows cleaned. I just recently met Dale Harris from Plus One Window Cleaning (C:214‐986‐2334). He cleaned all the windows, overhead awnings and cleared the dryer vent.

Make sure the window cleaner clears out your dryer vent to avoid a potential fire hazard. Ask him to let you know if he sees areas that need attention or paint.

Happy holidays!

 

Homes I've Represented

4012 Shenandoah Street

Available for showings today!

Clients Tell Their Stories

Thank you from the Dulins!

Thank you for everything Mrs. B!! You worked so hard and your effort and guidance along the way was so valuable. We are grateful to you!

— Katie and Dustin Dulin

About Jean, Property / Business Events

Jean Bateman Real Estate Panel Discussion at the Network Bar

Jean is leading a comprehensive residential real estate panel:

Known for her creative approach for selling/buying your home (your most valuable asset), she will share her strategies and best practices and provide great takeaways. Dan Woldert & Sandra Hickey of Lawyer’s Title will walk you through the closing process. Bobby Sillers of Ascent Mortgage will discuss current mortgage trends and owning versus leasing.

 

Charities

KKG Tablescapes 2018

Always a beautiful event that supports so many great causes in Dallas!






About Jean

Don’t miss this hot read from the latest issue of B Magazine!

Clients Tell Their Stories

From the sellers & buyers of 3317 Princeton Ave

Jean, we would have never sold our home so quickly without your persistent guidance. Pricing, staging, marketing, negotiating… you are the ultimate professional!

— Jo Anne and Mike McCullough (Seller)

Thanks Jean, it has been a pleasure working with you too. You’re very good at what you do.

— Rick Jones (Buyer)

Homes I've Represented, Property / Business Events, Seen on Social Media

Entertain Like Royals…

Charities

Backing the blue & gold for over 40 years!

Homes I've Represented, Seen on Social Media

New Listing Alert – 3706 Binkley Ave

Seen on Social Media

UNDER CONTRACT in 8 days!

 

Architecture

The Architecture of American Homes by Pop Chart Lab

Here’s a great infographic featuring many styles of American architecture. You can view a close up or order a poster from Pop Chart Lab.

Home in on the history of American housing architecture with this groundbreaking survey of US house styles! From 17th century Postmedieval English abodes to 19th century Tudors all the way through the “McMansions” of the 1990s, this detailed diagram of hand-illustrated domiciles brings together 121 American houses in all, sorted into seven major categories and 40 subdivisions. Perfect for the walls of your own cherished nest, this history of habitation morphology reminds us that there’s truly no place like home.

About Jean

D Best 2018 – Awarded Top Real Estate Residential Producers for Another Year!

Thanks to all my wonderful clients since 2014! ❤️

Seen on Social Media

SOLD! Congratulations on your new home ❤️🏡

Seen on Social Media

C’est impeccable

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Holidays

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

This year I’m taking it easy on the margaritas and maracas but knock yourself out! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Don’t forget to call my mom for all your real estate needs!

Selling Your Home

The Key to Selling Your Home

Download a digital copy here.


The home selling process is as unique as the people and properties involved, but here is a simplified glimpse at the typical experience from signing on with Jean to moving day.

Signing a listing agreement with Jean means she is committed to selling your home and being by your side through the entire process.

Pre-Listing Walkthrough

  • Arrange a time where you and I can walk the interior and exterior of your home. It is important that I understand what the home means to you and start learning the details.
  • This is an excellent time to create a to-do list for preparing your home for the photo shoot and get it show-ready. We have a saying in residential real estate, “Living is far different than showing.” Refer to my Maintenance & Pre-Listing Recommendations on jeanbateman.com/blog.
  • Items that are attached to the house and you don’t want to leave (e.g., chandeliers, etc.), now is the time to take them down. You can exclude it on the listing, but many times those are the very items that a buyer may want.

Documents

  • We will coordinate all the documentation that is necessary for listing your home, from the listing agreement to executing a contract; however, it is the responsibility of the seller to complete the Seller’s Disclosure (full disclosure is highly recommended, including all reports pertaining to the home).
  • Providing a survey usually means that you will not be asked to pay for a new one.

Home Preparation

  • Refer to my Maintenance & Pre-Listing Recommendations on jeanbateman.com/blog.
  • Have your mechanicals serviced; roof (and under home if it’s pier & beam) inspected; paint touched-up; chimneys cleaned, etc. I can help you find the right service people to prep your home for the photo shoot and tours.
  • Decluttering, organizing, staging, landscaping is imperative to reach our goal of high quality photographs that will drive buyers to your home. 85% of people start their search online, so photographs are important.
  • I will schedule IPlan to create a floor plan of your home; people enjoy having a floor plan to imagine themselves in the property and it is a wonderful online marketing tool.

Photoshoot

I will have a photographer shoot professional exterior and interior photos of the property and will try to be on site with the photographer. These photos will be used on social media as well as print materials.

Kick-off Preparation

  • We will agree upon the best day (either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday) to introduce your property to the market.
  • I will schedule a Monday Tour for all Allie Beth agents, then a Tuesday or Wednesday Tour (depending on your location) for all MLS agents in the area.
  • I will send out an e-blast with creative copy and photography announcing your property to a very large number of area agents.
  • I will promote your property on all of my social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, etc.
  • Allie Beth’s marketing departments will post it on social media around the world.

Your Property Hits the Market

  • Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday Tour. Usually 2 hours.
  • “For Sale” sign is posted in the front yard.
  • Possible kick-off event.
  • I will schedule showings, set up Sunday open houses, group tours and Allie Beth tours.

Receiving the Offer

We will work side by side to determine and negotiate the best terms for you. Executing a contract that will flow all the way to the closing table is our goal. As soon as we have an executed contract, the buyer’s agent should deliver an Option check to us and an Earnest check to the title company. The title company sends all parties a fully receipted/executed copy of the contract.

Inspection

  • I will encourage the buyers to schedule their inspection as soon as we have an executed contract.
  • General inspection is usually a 4-6 hour process. Additional inspections may be required.

Negotiating the Amendment for Repairs

  • This process can be one of the more challenging parts of selling your home.
  • Repairs can be made by the seller, buyer, or an amount reimbursed to the buyer, or a combination of these.
  • If the seller makes some of the repairs, you will be asked to provide receipts for the repairs on or before closing.

Appraisal

The buyers’ lender will send an appraiser to the property. I will provide a copy of the sales contract (for verification of the sales price) and provide comps to facilitate in the appraisal process. Assuming the appraisal is above or in line with the purchase price, the mortgage loan process will continue to move forward.

Schedule Transfer of Utilities and Move

Arrange for utilities to be terminated under your name — most buyers’ goal is to transfer the utility service to their name before termination. Arrange your move date to coordinate with the contract agreement. Leave the property in condition as agreed upon in contract.

Buyers’ Walkthrough

Current custom is that the buyer walks through the property the day of or before closing to verify the property is in agreed upon condition.

Closing

  • Jean will arrange the closing time at your convenience. Please bring your driver’s license. All keys/garage openers, etc. should be turned over to the title company at closing.
  • Keys will not be given to the buyer until the property is funded.
  • Notify your Escrow Officer if you will not be in town on the closing date. If you will not be present to sign documents at closing and are planning to use a Power of Attorney, have them approved by the title company prior to closing. The title company must contact you on the day of closing to make sure you are alive and well and have not revoked the POA. The title company requires the original document for recording

Dallas County Appraisal District

Check 3-6 months after closing to make sure the name on records has been appropriately changed.
Download a digital copy here.

Clients Tell Their Stories

Jean Bateman’s Referral Letter

Mr. Briggs,

My fiancé Jim and I recently had the pleasure of working with Jean Bateman on the sale of our home at 7268 Ashington Drive.

I have attached a letter that highlights our experience while working with her on this transaction.

Thanks to Jean’s hard work, we quickly received multiple offers and were able to close on our sale and then purchase our new home without delay .

We just wanted to share this with you and let you know how great it was working with and agent like Jean.

Sincerely,
Jessica Vella

 

Historical Chatter

Kicking off Jean’s Park Cities’ Historical Chatter

Buying Your Home

Steps to Buying Your Dream Home

Download a digital copy here.


 

The home buying process is as unique as the people involved but here’s a simplified glimpse at the life cycle of the typical experience, from signing on with Jean Bateman to moving day.

After sharing your hopes for your new dream home, signing a Buyer’s Agreement with Jean means she’s by your side through the entire process listed below.

The Search

  • Contact a mortgage lender/banker to determine your budget and ask for a “Pre-Approval” letter that can easily be adjusted to your specific offer. Try and lock in your interest rate as soon as possible. Having this letter available sets you ahead of the game. – Cash buyers should have a “Proof of Funds” letter on hand. Most sellers will ask for this letter.
  • Together, we will establish an understanding of your search parameters.
  • I will send daily MLS updates on properties that are more accurate than free online resources such as Zillow, Trulia, etc.
  • The second you find a property you want to view, I will schedule a showing.
  • Touring a home together helps me better understand exactly what you are looking for. We will discuss the pros and cons of each property.

The Offer

  • Once we find your home, it is time to discuss the many decisions in writing the offer: Earnest Amount, Option Period, Exclusions, Many Deadlines, Home Warranty, etc.
  • I will provide prices of comparable homes in the area that have recently sold to help determine an appropriate offer (if time permits).
  • In multiple offer situations, I have many great recommendations for your offer being the seller’s top choice.
  • We will walk through the negotiation process together.

The Contract

  • You will provide an option check and earnest money check as soon as the contract is executed.
  • Upon receipt, I will deliver the option check to the appropriate party.
  • I will provide a fully executed contract of sale to the title company with the earnest money check.
  • Send your lender a copy of the fully executed contract as soon as possible. Call your loan officer and arrange to make a formal loan application.

The Inspection

  • When you have an executed contract, schedule your general home inspection as soon as possible. Make sure the inspector provides a detailed report with photographs. Verify cost with inspector.
  • Attend the inspection — this is your opportunity to ask questions and learn about the full operation of the home. Most inspectors will provide a detailed in-person review with a follow-up email.
  • Schedule additional inspections if recommended by the general inspector or to satisfy any specific concerns. Ask the repairman to provide written estimates for all needed repairs.
  • We will work closely to determine which repairs are important to you and how to best present them to the seller.
  • We will submit an amendment for repairs to the seller. Many times, this becomes the most challenging part of negotiating, I will help you throughout the entire process.
  • When the amendment for repairs is executed, I will deliver it to the title company.

The Appraisal

  • Your lender will send an appraiser to the property and I will hand off a copy of the Sales Contract (for verification of the sales price), and provide comps to facilitate in the appraisal process.
  • Assuming the appraisal is above or in line with your purchase price, the mortgage loan process will continue to move forward.

Closing

  • Secure your Homeowner’s Insurance, finalize your choice of a Home Warranty Company if you received or purchased one, and make sure the utilities are being transferred to your name before closing. ­­
  • Lenders strongly discourage any major purchases prior to closing as it may affect your loan.
  • Notify your Escrow Officer if you will not be in town on the closing date as you will need to follow special procedures. If you will not be present to sign documents at closing and are planning to use a Power of Attorney for signature of legal documents, you will need to have them approved by the title company prior to closing. The title company must contact you on the day of closing to ensure that you are alive and well and have not revoked the POA.
  • The title company must have your mortgage company’s closing instructions to prepare the Closing Disclosure/Settlement Statement and cannot give you the final closing figure prior to receiving these instructions. Prior to closing, it is highly recommended not to make changes in your loan as it may delay the closing process.
  • In the days leading up to your closing date, an escrow officer or closing attorney calculates final costs and credits for buyer and seller. You should receive a closing disclosure statement from the title company for your approval.
  • Schedule your final walk through the day before or of closing to ensure the property is in the same condition as agreed upon.
  • Have funds wired in plenty of time for closing (do not change any wiring instructions without speaking directly to your closer, due to a large amount of wire fraud) or bring a cashier’s check for the down payment and closing costs made out to the title company. Money orders or cash are not acceptable.
  • Spouses! Even if not on the Note, the lender will most likely require their signatures on a few documents. Don’t forget to bring any document requirements that your lender has requested.
  • Once everything is signed by both parties, funds are received, and the loan is closed, the property will be transferred and you should receive the keys!

After Closing

  • A copy of the recorded Warranty Deed that transferred title of the property will be sent to you with your Owners Title Policy approximately one month after closing. This document should be printed and stored for safekeeping or digitally saved on your personal computer.
  • It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to be certain that the property is rendered in the current taxpayer’s name for the upcoming tax year. Contact the County Appraisal District for assistance in making sure this is done.
  • Make certain to file for your homestead designation with the county appraisal district. If you have questions about your homestead exemption for property tax purposes, or any other exceptions which may be available to you, you should contact your County Appraisal District. The forms necessary to apply for exemptions are available at no cost to you from your appraisal district. You may file for property exemptions anytime between January 1st and April 30th.
  • If you received a Residential Service Contract (sometimes referred to as a “home warranty”) in connection with your recent closing and wish to add additional coverage, you should contact the residential service contract company directly.

 

Download a digital copy here.

Holidays

Easter 2018 – Thankful for every one of these blessings!

Hope your day was full of joy & happiness!

Charities

Cool Cars, Fabulous Homes, Lunch with Jenna Bush Hager… What’s not to love?

Architecture

Flights of Fancy





Landscapes

Spring Landscapes


Holidays

Easter










Homes I've Represented

New Listing Alert – 3437 Haynie Ave

Pull out your creative pallet and add your very own cool factor to this unique 1977 one-level University Park property with an open floor plan and 2 master suites!

Imagine being able to walk to all these great spots: Snider Plaza (Shopping and Restaurants), SMU (Tate Lecture Series and Museums), Intermediate-Middle School (No Carpooling), UP Pool and Tennis Courts (Carefree Exercise). Feel light and bright with the open flowing spaces, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and hand-scraped hardwoods as you enter and see the living, dining, family room with the fireplace and kitchen. Kick back in your master suite with a sitting room and fireplace, knowing that another member of your family is enjoying the secondary master suite. Accomplish great work in your large vaulted study with built-ins and closet or use it as a fifth bedroom. Make light of laundry in the separate full-size utility with extra refrigerator space. Circular drive makes it easy for family and friends to drop by for poolside entertainment. You won’t run out of storage with the recently added 12’ X 20’ discreetly placed storage.

See more photos here. Call me today to set up a tour!

About Jean

Jean Bateman announced 2017 “Spirit in the Sky Award” Recipient

Jean Bateman was announced the SPIRIT IN THE SKY AWARD recipient of 2017 for going above and beyond in her efforts with clients, fellow agents and the community. In addition, Jean was named a Top Producer with the largest increase in production in 2017!

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty hosted its annual awards celebration at the Dallas Petroleum Club to announce the 2017 Top Producers from the firm’s Dallas and Collin County offices.

About Jean

As seen in The Wall Street Journal

Charities

Save the Date for the 2018 Yellow Rose Gala

This should be a fabulous evening and we would love your support to end MS!

The 2018 Yellow Rose Gala will be held on April 7, 2018 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. To learn more about the good this foundation does and details about the event, you can visit the website here.

Maintenance, Pre-Listing Recommendations, Selling Your Home

Opening the Door to Preserving & Improving the Value of Your Home

After years of walking my sellers and buyers through the inspection process and personally remodeling & building, I’ve compiled this reference that I hope you find helpful.

 

Exterior

  • Professionally clean chimneys, check mortar conditions & chimney caps (chimney fires can be devastating)
  • Inspect roof for missing/damaged shingles & areas that need to be sealed (e.g., around skylights & vent pipes)
  • Clean gutters seasonally
  • Walk exterior of home checking for missing mortar, cracking, soil erosion, pest entry, rotted wood, excess water, window/door damage
  • Keep trees & shrubs trimmed away from home & roof line (if you have a tree that is architecturally enhancing your home but extremely close, a root barrier may be installed to prevent roots from penetrating plumbing, etc.)
  • Keep trees thinned to prevent loss during ice storms
  • Keep landscape soil line 4-6 in. from foundation line to prevent undetected pest & termite intrusion
  • Check sprinkler system & rain freeze gauge annually to make sure there are no leaks or water hitting the home (Summer hours: early morning // Winter hours: warmest time of the day; rain/freeze gauge may prevent the sprinkler from operating during continuous cold weather)
  • Winterize outdoor faucets
  • Keep outdoor wood surfaces painted to prevent wood rot
  • Check garage doors to make sure they are in working order & in compliance with safety code
  • Check fencing & gates for repairs
  • Pool should be professionally maintained year-round

 

Interior

  • Pier & beam construction – inspect crawl space for pest entry, excess water, soil erosion & necessary foundation repairs
  • Check attic space for pest intrusion, proper insulation, proper ventilation (improper ventilation causes premature roof damage)
  • Smoke/Fire detectors should be in or outside of each bedroom; one window should properly open in each bedroom for fire safety
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors (buy at hardware store & plug in)
  • Security systems should be properly maintained & monitored
  • Maintain plumbing & inspect annually: water heater, slow draining areas, leaks, connections under sinks, toilet parts, water hose from washer to wall, proper grout/caulk in showers & tubs prevent leaking, rotted wood & shower pan replacement
  • Service AC & Heat semi-annually with frequent filter changes. Drain lines should be properly cleared to prevent leaks
  • Ice makers should be serviced to prevent costly leaks
  • Elevators/Mechanicals require annual (or in some cases semi-annual) servicing
  • Clear dryer vents to prevent fire
  • Maintain flooring to preserve quality
  • If doors do not shut properly, it is usually an indication of movement – check drainage & foundation
  • For maximum energy efficiency install: LED lighting, proper attic ventilation & insulation, programmable thermostat, and tankless water heaters. Keep vents dust & mold free
  • Consider a master surge protector for the entire house

 

Before Listing Your Home

Before listing your home, accomplish the previously listed tasks & consider these additions:

  • Declutter, stage, freshen, tighten hardware, clean windows, paint if needed, & add color to landscape.
  • Make sure all lighting is functional

 

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Homes I've Represented

UNDER CONTRACT – 7268 Ashington Dr

Get your game on in this 4 bedroom, 3 and a half bath home! You’ll feel welcomed to the large living room with a fireplace that opens to a gourmet kitchen featuring a center island, a 6-burner cooktop, breakfast bar, a separate casual and fine dining room all overlooking a stone covered patio and open patio with firepit.

Feel the privacy of the large master suite with doors to the covered patio and well-equipped master bath. Count on accomplishing a great deal of work in your well planned study featuring a built in granite desk. Really get your game on in the 24′ X 18′ upstairs game-media room with large separate bar space. If you are a project person you will find your happy spot in the oversized attached garage.

Contact me today to set up a tour!

 

Holidays

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s to you and everyone you love. Home is where the heart is — let me help you find your next one!

Buying Your Home

Protect Your Money from Wire Fraud Schemes When Buying a Home

This is a great video explaining what every Buyer and Seller should know about wire fraud and what you can do to protect yourselves from the American Land Title Association.

Buying and selling a home is an exciting time, but there can be pitfalls for unsuspecting consumers. The American Land Title Association wants homeowners and sellers to be aware that criminals are using wire fraud schemes to steal money meant for home purchases or the proceeds from the sale of the property. Watch this video for four tips to protect your money and advice for what to do if you’ve been targeted by a scam.

Charities

Hosting the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation

About the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation was first established by founders Dee and Jimmy Wynne in April 1986, shortly after Dee’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. From 1986-2001 the gala became one of the most prominent social events in Dallas, netting over $5.75 million for MS research. The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is an active 501 (c)(3) that has the drive and vision to forever rid the world of MS. Through this initiative the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is partnering with the National MS Society where 100% of the net proceeds raised will go directly to Progressive MS research.

Learn more about the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation here.

Tax Updates

What You Need to Know About Tax Reform and Home Ownership

Here are a few ways the new tax law will affect homeowners and the housing market.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

Prior to the tax reform, homeowners could deduct the interest on their mortgage debt up to $1 million. The new law cuts the interest deduction on mortgage debt up to $750,000 for new mortgages.

Current homeowners are not impacted by this change. Also, homeowners are no longer allowed to deduct the interest they pay on home-equity debt. It is important to note that the home-equity line of credit (HELOC) deduction is NOT grandfathered. Individuals with a HELOC will lose the deduction.

Property Taxes

The overhaul curbs how much homeowners can deduct for paying property taxes. The previous tax law allowed taxpayers to deduct state and local income or sales taxes and property taxes.

Property, state and local income taxes face a combined $10,000 deduction limit.

With the standard deduction doubling, tax rates dropping, and a $10,000 max on property-tax deduction in 2018, it could make sense to take as many deductions as possible in 2017. Consider asking your CPA or tax preparer if it makes sense for you to make an early payment on your property taxes in December instead of January.

Capital Gains on Home Sales

One tax break that remains in place is a rule that lets homeowners shield some of the profits they make selling their home from capital-gains taxes.

For individuals, the break applies to up to $250,000 in profits on the sale of a principal residence; for married couples, it is up to $500,000.

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If you are considering buying or selling in 2018, Jean Bateman will hand you the keys to success.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. Its deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

Clients Tell Their Stories

Thank you from Jessica Tamlyn

A sweet letter from a client —

Jean,

Thank you so much for always being readily available & always willing to serve both Carter & I. You truly are such a selfless, servant-hearted person & you go above and beyond to bless us. Words cannot even begin to describe how thankful we are for you. We can’t speak higher of you. Thank you for the beautiful acorn decoration. I found the perfect spot for it! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Love,
Jessica Tamlyn

 

Charities

2018 Calendar Party Favor provided by Jean Bateman at the KKG Tablescapes

Kappa Tablescapes is a unique two-day event benefiting Dallas community non-profit organizations, researched and selected by the Dallas Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Since 1995, we have given back over $2.8 million to over 86 beneficiaries in our community.

To learn more about Kappa Tablescapes, click here.

Clients Tell Their Stories

Compliment from Hillary Lynch

Jean,

My husband and I have discussed that you have first class skills when it comes to Real Estate

Hillary Lynch

 

Charities

31st Annual Yellow Rose Gala

About the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation was first established by founders Dee and Jimmy Wynne in April 1986, shortly after Dee’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis. From 1986-2001 the gala became one of the most prominent social events in Dallas, netting over $5.75 million for MS research. The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is an active 501 (c)(3) that has the drive and vision to forever rid the world of MS. Through this initiative the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is partnering with the National MS Society where 100% of the net proceeds raised will go directly to Progressive MS research.

Learn more about the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation here.

Clients Tell Their Stories

Kudos from The Tamlyns

Jean –

Good evening!

I wanted to share with you a comment sent to us from your clients, Carter and Jessica Tamlyn:

“Jean was beyond incredible. We will never use anyone else as long as she is working. We will never use anyone else as long as she is working. We had the best customer service and couldn’t be more thrilled! We loved our experience. We would 100% use Briggs Freeman again”

Thank you, Jean, for representing the brand and your business in such a professional manner.

Have a great evening!

Best,
Bryan