As a former business owner and marketing specialist, and long-time licensed and practicing real estate broker, Kim McAuliffe's clients can expect nothing less than the most thorough approach to business and first-class personal service.
"It's all about listening, and treating each client like they are your only client," says Kim. "The method is simple—whether you're negotiating the sale of a multimillion dollar home or developing brands for a Fortune 500 company, it all boils down to simply listening."
Prior to joining Briggs-Freeman Real Estate Brokerage, Kim was president of The McAuliffe Group, a strategic marketing company founded by Kim in 1992. Having spent 10 years running a business that specialized in generating creative solutions for high-end brands ranging from The Staubach Company and Wyndham Resorts & Hotels to The Park Place Dealership Group, Kim has developed a repertoire of experience pinpointing individualized answers for her clients.
And she can do the same for you.
"Having been raised in an entrepreneurial household, I was taught at an early age that the key to success lies in the satisfaction and happiness of your client. Happy clients come back. Many of my client relationships span 20 years."
Kim earned her real estate license after she graduated from the University of Texas in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, and has been a practicing licensed broker ever since. But, her knowledge of real estate was established well before then.
"I was brought up in real estate … My mother founded and ran a successful residential real estate company in Houston."
After graduation, Kim exercised her flair for creativity and her passion for homes as an independent general contractor and home decorator, while at the same time, modeled for the Kim Dawson Agency for several years. Then, in 1992, she founded The McAuliffe Group.
"Even when my work was focused on my marketing company, I never abandoned real estate," says Ms. McAuliffe, who has bought and remodeled scores of showcase and executive homes throughout her 25-year professional career. "And my creative skills have been particularly beneficial in helping clients see the potential beauty of a home."
Kim's diverse background has resulted in a vast network of loyal clients and contacts who trust her with their home buying and selling needs. Having lived in Dallas for 25 years, she is also deeply rooted in several nonprofit organizations including the Women's Guild of United Cerebral Palsy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Christ the King Catholic Church. And, she continues to polish her skills through continuing education courses at Southern Methodist University.
Erika Anderson Orbin, a Dallas native, attended Ursuline Academy, and upon graduation, she enrolled in the Plan I Liberal Art Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She obtained a Bacehlor of Arts in Spanish and French with a Minor in Business with High Honors and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. Erika perfected her French and immersed herself in the culture while studying in Paris at The Sorbonne. Her understanding of languages and people coupled with her business savvy opened doors to her first career in the advertising industry.
During Erika's tenure in advertising, she was employed by Moroch Partners, one of Dallas' leading advertising agencies. She worked in account service on iconic brands such as DFW International Airport, the third busiest airport in the world, and Mrs Baird's, an affiliate of Grupo Bimbo, one of the top baking companies in the world. Displaying her dedication and passion for the business, Erika rapidly advanced in her career path, working on campaigns for the Wright Amendment and Mrs Baird's Centennial, to name a few. Past clients describe her as a dynamic, highly focused professional who consistently exceeded their expectations.
Presented with an opportunity to form a strategic partnership with her mother, Kim McAuliffe, Erika left the advertising industry behind to join Briggs Freeman. Being exposed to many facets of real estate while growing up, whether by her grandmother, founder of a successful residential real estate company in the Memorial area of Houston, or by her grandfather, Hal Anderson, developer and builder of the "Pink Wall", Mayflower Estates, Preston Tower and The Athena, it was only a natural fit for her to return to her roots.
"For me, a house represents the largest financial investment that my clients will make, but a home is a personal and emotional commitment as well. By combining my market knowledge with my engaging communication style, I strive to build trust and long lasting relationships with my all of my clients."
On a personal note, Erika is a member of the Junior League of Dallas and is involved with Our Friend's Place and Our Children's Home at Baylor. She is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Erika and her husband Nathan, who is in commercial real estate, reside in the Preston Hollow area.