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


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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:


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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

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.

To The Little Girl In The Book Store

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This is one of several articles my wonderful bright niece, Erica McMurray, who is studying agriculture at Tarleton State. She is so clever!

Pick up the horse book. It’s worth it.

I was wandering around Half Price Books and standing in the Young Adult aisle when a little girl and her family wandered over looking for books about horses. You could tell the mom and the sister didn’t know much to anything about horses, but the little girl was bouncing off the walls with excitement. She was looking for a book not just about horses, but about riding horses. When they found one, I’m pretty sure she just about had a heart attack from being so excited.

As I watched her, I literally started crying. Not sobbing, just a few rolling down my cheeks. Enough to have to wipe them off with my sleeve.

It was like I was watching myself standing in the aisle of that bookstore. Begging my mom for the $35 “Horse Encyclopedia,” and when I did get it for my birthday I spent hours poring over it. Learning all I could about horse care and riding, diseases and breeds. Leaving colorful sticky notes littered throughout the pages, marking what I thought was important information or breeds I particularly liked. I would run my fingers over the colorful pages and flip them until the spine was so worn you would have to be careful or they would fall right out.

It reminded me of how lucky I am. I’m going to college to do what I love, and every day I spend time teaching little girls to ride and riding horses for others. I look in the back pasture and I see my nice horse trailer and 1200 pounds of pure, goofy muscle. I open my tack room door and I have everything I read about in those books. Bits and saddles, boots and blankets. I’ve achieved everything I wanted as a little girl, hell they even called me the Horse Girl in high school.
I left the store with my heart happy and my eyes full of tears. To see that the dream still exists and to realize I had achieved it is more than I could have ever hoped for. I wanted to show her which book to get and tell her if she works hard she can do it. She can learn to ride and spend all day doing what she loves. That it’s all possible. That I was her at one point and look where I am now. I don’t want her to give up, or quit. I want her to know that she can brush herself off and climb back on, and it’s OK to sit and cry for a minute before standing up once you hit the ground. She should know that this, or whatever she chooses to do is way more than worth it.

But instead I wiped up my tears, told her that she had chosen a good book, and walked away smiling.

So to all of the little girls in Half Price Books, flipping through the colorful pages of a horse book…

It’s everything you hope it will be.

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