Southlake Insider

Southlake and surrounding real estate market trends, valuable news about short sales, including foreclosure information in North Tarrant County plus much more.

Oct. 21, 2016

Top 8 Things To Do This Halloween

Posted in Around Town
Oct. 14, 2016

Insider's Guide to the State Fair of Texas

insider's guide to the state fair

Posted in Around Town
Oct. 6, 2016

Halloween Events in DFW

Halloween Events in DFW

Click to view the PDF of the top Halloween events in DFW 


Posted in Team Happenings
Oct. 3, 2016

Denver Expansion Announcement

Check out our recent press release, as seen on Yahoo Finance, the Star Telegram, and more:

The Luxe Homes Team Was Recently Awarded the Builder Trade In Program for Dallas, Oklahoma City and DenverChris Smith Luxe Homes Team

Ray and Joy Rice, principal partners of the Luxe Homes Team of Dallas, are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the Builder Trade In Program for Denver, CO, Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX. Coinciding with the acquirement of the BTIP licenses, the Luxe Homes Team will be expanding into the markets in Denver and Oklahoma City. The team is excited to announce its new Expansion Partner in Denver, Colorado, Chris Smith.

To learn more about the BTIP in Dallas, please visit

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Posted in Team Happenings
Sept. 29, 2016

U.S. new home sales fall in August but trend still positive

New U.S. single-family home sales posted their biggest decline in nearly a year in August after soaring to nine-year highs the month before, with analysts saying the trend in sales remains positive.

The Commerce Department said on Monday new home sales fell 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 609,000 units last month. Sales were up 20.6 percent from a year ago.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast single-family home sales falling to an annualized rate of 600,000 units last month.

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Posted in Just the Facts
Sept. 27, 2016


New Neighborhood Community in North Texas

arrowbrooke poolArrowBrooke, a master-planned community in Aubrey, between McKinney and Denton, is Horizon Homes’ newest location in the 380 corridor. The 400-acre development is 1.5 miles north of U.S. 380 on F.M. 1385. It features hike-and-bike trails, catch-and-release ponds, a resort-style pool, playground, and open space.

Homes start in the mid-$200s, with 3, 4, and 5 bedroom floor plans ranging from 1610 to 3395 square feet. Homes by Horizon—a division of Dallas-based homebuilder Highland Homes—feature brick exteriors, covered front porches and rear patios, full gutters, fully sodded yards with sprinkler systems, and pre-stained wood privacy fences with steel posts. The interior finish-outs of these homes include granite countertops in the kitchen, stainless steel appliances, garage-door openers, and spacious walk-in closets. Energy-efficient features include tankless water heaters, 16 SEER air conditioning, variable speed heating equipment, programmable thermostats, and R-49 attic insulation.

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Sept. 21, 2016

Why We Do What We Do

The Luxe Home Team likes to have fun. A lot of fun. We really get into the business side of life - helping our clients to buy and sell real estate. We love exceeding client expectations.

But there’s much more to our business than just real estate.

Especially when you stop to consider that life has gotten real for people like Debbie Lee. You might not know who she is, but you will.

Debbie is the mother of Navy SEAL Marc Lee, the first SEAL to make the Alasso Ranch Debbie Leeultimate sacrifice in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Marc died in a fierce firefight in Ramadi, Iraq, on August 2, 2006. If you’ve watched the movie American Sniper, you saw a reenactment of Marc’s death and the valor with which he sacrificed his life. Marc was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with Valor, as well as a Purple Heart.

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Sept. 19, 2016

Fiduciary Duty

Real estate agents toss industry lingo and buzzwords around like service club members pitching candy to kids at a parade: recklessly, with little thought as to whether anyone will catch any of it. For instance, real estate agents often talk about their fiduciary role in real estate transactions, taking for granted that everyone understands the concept as much as they do.

You deserve transparency and a crystal-clear understanding of everything that your real estate agent is doing on your behalf. In this article I’ll demystify the meaning of fiduciary to make it easy enough that anyone can easily understand the word—and what is at stake in your real estate transaction.

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Sept. 16, 2016

Easy Exit Listing Agreement

Taking the Risk Out of Listing Your Home

Mark read the official-looking document he held in his hands, then nervously glanced at his wife, Joan. She raised her eyebrows slightly toward her husband as if to say, “Not so fast.” The real estate agent, sensing Mark and Joan’s hesitation quickly said, “It’s nothing really. Just a little form spelling out what I’ll be doing for you as I sell your home.” 

contractPointing to a couple of spots he said, “If you’ll just sign there and there, we can begin the process of getting your home sold.”

Mark cleared his throat and said, “Before we sign, we have questions.”

It was the real estate agent’s turn to be nervous.

“What kind of questions?”

This scene—or one just like it—plays out daily somewhere in America. The reason is simple: While the decision to sell your home is a big one, it is normal to get a little nervous about signing agreements. 

Why is it that people tend to get jittery when it is time to sign representation agreements? And can anything be done about it?


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May 2, 2016

A Tip From Our Coach - How to Find Extra Energy

Energy...In real estate, especially on our team we need lots of it.  Running fast, showing houses from early till late can be exhausting and extremely rewarding.  We love it!  

On our team, energy starts with how we start each day. We know the importance of our morning routines and although each of ours are a bit different, they also share a few similarities.

Here's how we wake up!

After only shallow breathing during sleeping hours we love this power breathing tip from our coach, Tony Robbins.

Take 10 of these "power breaths" three times each day.


We hope you find the energy needed to get all the things you need to have done every day.  Enjoy!