Hall Arts Building Visit

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I had the opportunity to visit the new Craig Hall Arts Building in downtown Dallas and it is a museum in itself, full of art as beautiful as this example. It is just one of the many pieces that you will see you as you travel through the building . I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

General and special events information:

2323 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75201

Website: HallArts.com

What’s Up at Girls Inc?

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The girls the AWE Dallas (Association of Women Executives) organization supported with their annual auctions have had a lot going on recently. Check out the beautiful Chihuly-like chandelier created by the 9 to 13 year olds at the Carlyn Ray Glass Blowing Studio.

Trained at the Chihuly studio, Ms Ray worked with these girls to create this beautiful artwork. I was at the unveiling and many of the girls approached and showed which flower they created. This is an extension of the mission to be strong, smart and bold.

In mid May volunteers with the equipment donated by Dr. Pepper-Snapple built an incredible and a much needed playground for the girls at the West Dallas campus. Directors Susan Thompson, Marty Marks and the other board directors took a break from their meeting to inspect this fabulous addition to the campus. We are so thankful to Dr. Pepper-Snapple for supporting the girls.

Girls Inc Board

Surprising Approaches to Boost Brain Power

Posted Posted in Family, Health

On February 12th, I saw a wonderful presentation on improving your brain’s executive function and working memory at the Center for Brain Health, 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas.

The featured speaker was Dr. Adele Diamond, PhD, Canada Research Chair, Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Diamond’s groundbreaking discoveries have improved the medical treatment for two disorders (ADHD and PKU) and impacted education worldwide, improving millions of children’s lives.

The focus of her talk was “Surprising Approaches to Boost Brain Power for You and Your Kids.” The biggest takeaway was Dr. Diamond’s advice on how to reduce stress to improve brain function. Mind/body-based movements found in Tai Chi, Taekwondo or Meditation are nonjudgemental and are therefore helpful in reducing stress.

To read more about this topic, click here. And, to learn more about the Center for Brain Health, please visit their website at brainhealth.utdallas.edu.

Marty Marks - A D Magazine "Best Realtor in Dallas" again this year!

Marty – D Magazine “Best Realtor in Dallas”

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Thanks to my wonderful clients and fellow Realtors and Associates, every year since 2013 I have been privileged to have been voted a “Best Realtor in Dallas” by D Magazine. ~ Marty

How D Magazine chooses the “Best Realtors”:

“To produce the lists of best residential real estate agents, we began by contacting more than 15,000 people. We mailed nomination ballots to 412 previous Best Real Estate Agent winners, more than 200 mortgage and title companies, and 5,000 D Magazine subscribers. In addition to that, we mailed ballots to 10,000 recent homebuyers. To determine the Best Real Estate Agents, we asked recent homebuyers and subscribers to evaluate up to two agents they have worked with. We asked them to rate the agents based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication, negotiation, post-sale service, and overall satisfaction.

We put all that data into an algorithm placing emphasis on feedback we received from consumers: our subscribers and the recent homebuyers. We then screened each nominee with the Texas Real Estate Commission to make sure that licenses were up-to-date and there had been no disciplinary action.” ~ From D Magazine
Best Realtor in Dallas

Marty Marks Blog - Kris Boyd

THINK!

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Love to hear Kris on her PBS program “Think!” She always has great questions… at least that’s what all her guests tell her! All of the local women pictured here have been interviewed by Kris Boyd on “Think!”

How does she do it? Find out more at: think.kera.org

HOT, HOT, HOT!

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Last year in DFW, median home prices were up 9%, the highest in Texas. Median price for homes sold was $232,000 and Dallas averaged 1.8 months of inventory, hence a sellers market. This did not stop purchasers from buying homes; however, home sales were up 4.4% from 2015 equaling 323,607 homes sold in 2016. Wow! Curious to know your situation then let me know!

~ MARTY   Call/Text: 214.808.7887  marty@martymarks.com

According to a recent Dallas Morning News article, “Led by DFW, Texas Home Sales Set Scorching Pace in 2016. Texas home sales hit record levels last year for both prices and the number of properties purchased. It was the second year in a row that the state’s housing market reached an all-time high, according to a new report by the Texas Association of Realtors.”

To read the full article about home sales in the hot DFW market,   click here!

New TexPlex Park – Going to Extremes

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“A Full-Throttle Adventure!” …according to a recent Dallas Morning News article.

“You don’t have to know what “whiskey throttle” even means — or any other motocross lingo,for that matter — to know it sounds a tad reckless. At TexPlex Park in Midlothian, you can go full speed or just get a tiny taste. Let’s call it customizable daredevilry.”

To read the full article about this new addition to the DFW Adventure Scene, click here!

Dallas Midtown Development

Dallas Midtown Development

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The plans are rocking for the implementation of the Midtown development. What is lovely is that there will be some “green” in what is a current eyesore. The innovative development encompasses unique design concepts never before seen in our region. “This development will create a city within a city. With restaurants, shopping, housing and office space, Dallas Midtown will completely redefine this part of Dallas, ” said Linda Koop, Former City Council Member and Current State Representative. Check it out. http://dallasmidtown.com/