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down, the stronger buyer you become. A shorter-than-10- day option period. (Have at least a few days to get the house inspected. It's so important.) Offer a seller leaseback for as long as they need it, and for free — yes, I said free. Three things a seller might overlook when readying their home. Staging is key. Remove excess knickknacks, personal photographs — think clean lines, so a buyer can focus on the house. Landscaping is very important to create curb appeal. You only have that first 15 minutes to make an impression, so presentation is everything. A coat of paint inside goes a long way, and give the front door a fresh coat, also. Best areas of town for a first home with charm. Winnetka Heights in Oak Cliff or Midway Hollow. (In Midway Hollow, you can still find a cute little cottage just under $500k!) Three things that translate from curb appeal to dollars. Landscaping, fresh paint, and a new garage door. What makes a house a home. Charm is something that's hard to create, but it always makes one feel warm and fuzzy. Ashley Akin Pearl, 214.244.1084, WENDY KONRADI Wendy Konradi Interior Design Go-to fall paint color. Farrow & Ball De Nimes #299 is a wonderful, earthy, gray-blue. What's inspiring you. Functional art. I love when adventurous clients collect furniture the same way that one collects art. Scouring the market for one-of-a-kind or limited-edition works is endlessly inspiring to me. Design books on your list. Carlo Scarpa: Beyond Matter; An out-of- print Axel Einar Hjorth book that I'm searching for. Favorite Dallas design shops. Grange Hall, Sputnik Modern, Garde. Exterior house color. I love a white house, but I'm also intrigued with the drama of Mark Zeff's Blackbarn in East Hampton — so beautiful against the surrounding greenery. Farrow & Ball's Railings #31 or an ebonized stain (for wood siding) will achieve the same look. Front door color you love. Farrow & Ball Hague Blue in high gloss with unlacquered brass door hardware or Yellowcake in semi-gloss with white bronze door hardware. Secret source for a hard-to-find design service. 360 Carpet Workroom is a miracle worker for repairing and binding rugs. Historical room you reference again and again. I always go back to the R.M. Schindler house in L.A. Love everything about it: its massing on the site, indoor/outdoor connections, room proportions, use of light, and all the furniture and millwork designed by Schindler. Next year marks the home's 100th anniversary, and it's still so fresh and interesting. The epitome of timeless design. Design trope you hope never to see again. Glass bricks — unless I'm visiting Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre (a true masterpiece). Three things to up curb appeal. Paint. Landscape. And, if there are glass bricks, remove them immediately. Favorite fall candle scent. Mad et Len's Graphite. A moody, earthy, and layered scent. Favorite street in Dallas. The streets of Greenway Parks. Wendy Konradi, ASHLEY AKIN PEARL Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty The most important things a buyer can do to make sure an offer is accepted. Submit with as few contingencies as possible. Cash and quick close are always good. If you're doing a mortgage, put down more than 20 percent. The more cash you put PAPERCITY PROMOTION DESIGNER WENDY KONRADI X BRIGGS FREEMAN'S ASHLEY AKIN PEARL Wendy Konradi Ashley Akin Pearl DESIGN INSPIRATION 180

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