Peter Mooz of Touchstone Realty has started a new bimonthly magazine for the real estate business called “Acanthus.”

The magazine highlights Dallas’ most artistic and historic homes, featuring many houses in our neighborhood. The first issue was published in September.

Homes in the magazine range in price from $83,000-$895,000. Some homes date from the 19th century, while others display a more modern style, Mooz says.

“Acanthus” is free and can be found throughout Dallas, including Simon David Tom Thumb at Skillman and Abrams and Marty’s on Lower Greenville.

Profits from the magazine will benefit Mooz’s non-profit organization, the Foundation for Fine Arts, which helps small and medium-sized museums in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

For information, call 692-6300.

Leadership Program Teaches Realtors about Our City

Dallas Realtors are taking field trips to learn more about our city as part of Leadership GDAR, a program offered by the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors.

Leadership GDAR is an annual program that lasts the 10 months of the school year (from September to June) and admits a class of 40 Realtors per session. The first Friday of each month, the group troops around the Metroplex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. learning about city services and meeting city leaders, workers and business people.

Each day is devoted to a theme from education to crime.

The course costs $495 per Realtor and is designed to help Realtors provide better customer service, says Kathy Terrell, GDAR’s director of educational services. The program also encourages volunteerism, Terrell says.

To take part, call Terrell at 637-6660.

News & Notes:

EBBY DONATES TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: The Northeast Dallas Office of Ebby Halliday Realtors, located at Audelia and Kingsley, is working to help non-profit groups in our neighborhood. This summer, the office made a $100 donation to Friends of White Rock Lake to help pay for a fund-raising concert. The proceeds raised by the concert will go toward beautification projects at the lake.

Ebby’s northeast office plans to raise more money for charitable organizations through recycling. The office has joined the Recycled Paper Coalition formed by Champion International Corporation. Champion has provided the office with a collection bin and picks up the paper. The office receives payment for its paper, and these funds will go to non-profit groups, says Office Manager Madge Green.

REALTORS HELP HOMEOWNERS: Hundreds of real estate professionals, including ones from our neighborhood, participated in the Plant the Town community service project last month sponsored by the Greater Dallas Association of Realtors. The project improved the safety and appearance of 50 homes owned by elderly or disabled residents unable to do the work themselves. Mary Eigenbrodt of Ebby Halliday Realtors and Roy Carter of Pro-Spec Home Inspection Services were among the project’s leaders. Volunteers spent a day clearing debris from yards; replacing window screens and exterior doors; installing peepholes, locks, wheelchair ramps, handrails and solar power flood lights; repairing fences and porch steps; and spreading gravel for driveways.

WHITESIDE REALTOR A CERTIFIED EXPERT: Realtor Valli Hale of Whiteside Associates has become a certified residential specialist, a designation less than four percent of Realtors hold. Hale was awarded CRS designation by the Residential Sales Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. To receive CRS designation a Realtor must completed required courses given by the sales council and must demonstrate expertise in applied residential real estate marketing. Whiteside is located at 6301 Gaston, Suite 400.

WHITESIDE NAMES NEW VICE PRESIDENT: Whiteside Associates Realtors has appointed neighborhood resident Ron Burch vice-president. Burch has been with Whiteside since 1987. He is active in the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood Kiwanis Club.

REALTORS HELP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Group One Intown Realtors, located in the Lakewood Shopping Center at Gaston and Abrams, is helping students and the environment by recycling out-of-date MLS books in the recycling bin at Ben Milam Elementary, 4200 McKinney Ave. The profits from the recyclable products go to the school. Karen Meyers, co-owner of Group One, began the alliance with the school, when a friend who teaches at Milam told her about the recycling program.

THE GREEN THUMB OF LAKEWOOD: Lakewood gardener Patrick Butterworth has started his own gardening and consulting business in East Dallas. A native of England, Butterworth traveled to his home country this summer for a three-week tour of gardens and homes. The tour was sponsored by the American Geographical Society and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Butterworth specializes in all-natural gardens, incorporating herbs, vegetables, perennials and other native Texas plants. He can be reached at 328-8785.

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