Sources Say Virginia Cook Realtors to Close Shop April 15

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After 20 years serving the North Texas real estate community, multiple sources have confirmed that Virginia Cook Realtors will close for business on April 15. The brokerage, which has five offices throughout the region, is helmed by its eponymous founder and executive officer Sheila Rice. David Griffin & Company Realtors, formerly a brand of Virginia Cook, separated more than a week ago. 

According to one source, the brokerage has just 67 homes on market priced between $3 million to $7 million, with only one sold since the beginning of 2019. We have reached out to multiple representatives with Virginia Cook for an official statement and have not received a call back. There’s no word on where exiting agents with the brokerage will land.

The news of the firm’s closure comes after several top-producing agents from the brand have moved to other brokerages, including Jennifer Ackerman. Ackerman, a perennial top-of-the-list agent, bolted for Compass last April

“It definitely wasn’t a decision that I took lightly,” Ackerman said last year. “After weeks of back and forth, I decided to make the leap. I think it’s a very exciting transition.”

Earlier this year, agents Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott moved to Allie Beth Allman and Associates

“We have nothing but great things to say about Virginia Cook,” Cocotos said in January. “It took us a long time to decide but we eventually just felt this was the best move for us.”

Top agents with the brand have quietly migrated, including Shelby Fuqua, who is now an Ebby Halliday Realtor despite being listed as an agent on the Virginia Cook Realtors website

According to sources, agents with David Griffin and Company Realtors and Virginia Cook have met with other brokerages since the beginning of the year. This is the first independent brokerage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that is rumored to close since venture capital-funded Compass came to town. The tech-enabled brokerage, which offers hefty cash incentives to Realtors that move to the brand, has poached top producers from several smaller brokerages. 

Cook, who suffered a stroke in 2015 and mounted a valiant comeback, has been a mainstay in North Texas real estate since launching the residential real estate arm of Henry S. Miller Companies decades ago. With more than 100 years of experience between them, Cook and Rice have won well-deserved awards and recognition. In 2015, Virginia Cook was named “Woman of the Year” by Les Femmes du Monde. 

Joanna England, Bethany Erickson, and Candy Evans contributed to this report.


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  1. Lydia says

    Sorry to hear this. Virginia and Shelia are so very respected in the Real Estate community and have done so much for it. I started my real estate career in Shelia’s office and will always be grateful for the training and mentoring she gave us. These are two fabulous women who lifted us all!

  2. Wren Hulsey says

    Our Company Merged with BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE WINANS DALLAS last year and Thank God because it was the greatest thing that ever happened to us. Agents are making twice as much now with
    BHG. The technology is phenomenal and the zero fees are a huge plus! We have the power house Realogy and multi Billion dollar Meredith publishing com who came together and created a unstopable company.

  3. Sheri Stinson says

    Very sad to see this icon fall. I’m surprised some larger company didn’t buy them out rather than just closing their doors. I believe the old saying “adapt or die!” We need to take what’s good and let go of what’s bad and listen to our clients.

  4. Melinda Knecht says

    Virginia is well-loved in the Dallas real estate community and will always hold a special place in our hearts. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my 17-year association with Virginia Cook Realtors. As we move forward to new and exciting opportunities and challenges, we wish Virginia the best as she, too, moves into the next exciting phase of her life. Party on, Virginia! We love you dearly!

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