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Realtor News

ON TOP!
Dave Perry-Miller returned in March fresh from his national Prudential convention in San Antonio where Prudential Realty recognized him as the No. 10 real estate agent in the United States, out of 65,000 other agents’ $135 million in sales. Only to beef those figures up even more, his 4449 Belfort Ave. listing sold to Kenny Goss, George Michael’s partner, who plans to restore the historic 1930s era home. The home was listed for $2,295,000 and had four contracts in six weeks.

GROUNDBREAKING:
Ned Cammack, of Coldwell Banker Residential at Preston Center regional office, is marketing The Sorrento, a 97-unit, five-story luxury condo in a “trophy location” – between Park Cities and Preston Hollow, on Turtle Creek Boulevard where the Il Sorrento restaurant used to be (8616 Turtle Creek Blvd. will be the actual address). The project broke ground in mid April. With spectacular views, the area will continue to see a flurry of new construction in the coming years, Cammack says.

HOMES ALONE:
Doris Jacobs of Allie Beth Allman & Associates did $70 million in sales in 2005, all by her lonesome self.

CHILD’S PLAY:
It’s bring your kids to work day every day in Dallas real estate. Erin Mathews’ son Travis works with the Mathews Nichols Real Estate Group (as in David Nichols, formerly of David Griffin). So adept at the trade, young Travis has already been named a vice president at Briggs-Freeman at 23! Sherwood Blount’s daughter Shannon is burning up sales at Allie Beth Allman where Trey Trenholm has long worked with mom Lee.

Galveston. 17007 San Luis Pass. $3,500,000.

Just 300 miles from Dallas and only a 40-minute drive from Houston, Galveston is an ideal place to own a second home. The coastal city’s history is matched by its charm, but it’s not too far from the hustle and bustle of big city life (should the peace and quiet become too much). This four bedroom, four-and-a-half

bath Southern Colonial estate home inspired by Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana sits on more than 2 acres of beachfront property. You’ll find everything you could ask for in this 5,342-square-foot retreat, including a chef-designed granite kitchen, media game room with attached spa area, grass tennis court, putting green, and private boardwalk. Sand castles not included. Patti Garrison. Martha Turner Properties LP. 713-501-7086.  – HANNAH SEDDELMEYER

Look Inside, Save Money
No house is perfect. But when you’ve got high-tech thermal imaging scouring everything from ductwork to the foundations for water leaks, energy leaks, and wiring problems, you know what you’re getting into.

“I want my customers to be aware of any potential problems with a house while the negotiations are still open,” says Stanley Wood, owner of Wood Inspection Services Inc.

Wood, a former computer guru, utilizes ground-penetrating radar – he can see through 18 inches of concrete or 18 feet of dirt. For residential home inspections, Wood packs his Infrared Thermography, battle-field level equipment so sensitive even the smallest problems can be directly pinpointed. Average cost: $350 per house, including images as proof. Wood Inspection Services Inc. 972-724-5550. www.weinspecttexas.com.

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