News Column

Real Estate Without Borders

Oct. 8, 2012

Sandra Baker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The Texas Association of Realtors and AMPI, Mexico's real estate association, recently signed a cross-border partnership agreement that provides for cooperation and collaboration in real estate throughout the region, the organizations said.

The MetroTex Association of Realtors in Dallas-Fort Worth is participating in the agreement.

The organizations will share information, marketing techniques, educational content and best practices. They also agree to help members understand and benefit from international real estate opportunities.

"In recent years, we've seen increasing interest in cross-border real estate opportunities, both Mexicans purchasing property here in the U.S. and Americans purchasing property in Mexico," said Joe Stewart, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, in a statement. "These partnerships will help Texas Realtors and AMPI members work together to serve those clients."

The Texas Association of Realtors has more than 80,000 members. La Asociacion Mexicana de Profesionales Inmobiliarios, or AMPI, is a private, nongovernmental real estate organization.

Lavallee to speak

Production designer Bob Lavallee will present Tuesday's Design Talk at Fort Worth's Center for Architecture.

Lavallee will talk about design for stage and TV production from 7 to 8 p.m. at the center, 3425 W. Seventh St.

He will talk about how space, form, color, light, time and visual metaphor support and enhance storytelling for stage and television productions.

Design Talk is hosted by architect Joe Self and interior designer Tracy Self. It is free and open to the public.

Construction jobs up

Texas added the most new construction jobs for the 12 months ended in August, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

The state topped the list at 37,900 new jobs, followed by California, with 33,000, and Indiana, 10,400.

Construction employment declined in 30 states during that time period, with Illinois losing the most jobs, 11,500, followed by Georgia, down 9,900, and Florida, down 8,500.


834-1150 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth

Kevin and Robin Hough, vehicle sales and repair, 1,500 square feet; Jason Kunkle and Tim Sosebee, auto repair, 3,000 square feet; Kobra Rig Parts, Sales & Services, 4,000 square feet; TE Plumbing, plumbing services, 1,800 square feet; Decorative Concrete Supply, 4,500 square feet; Amone Sommay, storage, 2,160 square feet; Jason Thompson, sewer machine repair, 2,000 square feet; Michael Hayes and Justin Lancaster, hobby shop, 1,500 square feet; A&E Davis, office, 1,500 square feet; Jim Higgins, office, 1,250 square feet; Integrated Wireless Solutions, office, 2,000 square feet; Valenz Trucking, 900 square feet; Gerald and Jennylind Peasley, office, 1,800 square feet, and Christopher King, auto repair and service, 1,600 square feet. Jim Eaton with Ron Sturgeon Real Estate represented the landlord.

814 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth

Utopia Graphix has leased 12,000 square feet of warehouse space from Steele Folsom Martin. Todd Lambeth with Bradford Commercial Real Estate Services represented the landlord.

3973 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

MJ Thomas Engineering, a civil engineering firm, has leased 2,700 square feet of office space for a headquarters. Chris Stewart with Coldwell Banker Commercial Searcy Vasseur Group represented the landlord, Witcher Properties.

2058-2060 Montgomery St., Fort Worth

Anpeca Corp., a women's apparel manufacturer, has bought a 12,600-square-foot building formerly used by Toby's Speakers and Blocker Industries. Gary Vasseur with Coldwell Banker Commercial Searcy Vasseur Group represented the seller, J.R. Blocker Sr. and Toby Guynn.

2517 Gravel Drive and 7545 Pebble Drive, Fort Worth

Motion Industries, which does business as Hub Supply, has leased 9,000 square feet and 3,600 square feet, respectively. Allen Gump with Colliers International and Carey Gilbert with JH Berry and Gilbert represented the tenant. The landlord, Riverbend Properties, was represented by Holt Lunsford.

Source: (c)2012 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Distributed by MCT Information Services

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