George Lanier says that Ebby Halliday’s Little White House is the perfect fit for him. In fact, his first impression of the office was so strong, he made his decision before the end of his first interview.
“It just felt right,” Lanier said. “After talking with [sales manger] Betsy Cameron I felt happy and excited. I told her right then and there, ‘I think I’ve made up my mind.’ ”
Lanier didn’t even have an interview scheduled that day. In search of a new professional home, he had been talking with multiple firms, including other Ebby locations. A friend who works at a title company suggested he get in touch with Cameron, so he went to the office unannounced and asked to meet with her. Luckily for him, she had time in her schedule.
“I thought it was pretty awesome in itself for me to just pop in and she made time for me,” he said.
Before going into real estate, Lanier was a personal trainer by trade. About 10 years ago, he moved from his native Michigan to Texas for a girl. The relationship fizzled out, which proved to be a blessing. He ended up meeting a Dallas photographer to whom he is now happily married.
When he decided to pursue real estate, Lanier joined the Fort Worth firm RJ Williams & Co. because he knew the founder Ty Williams. His time there helped him learn the industry. However, he soon tired of the daily trips to Fort Worth, which was far away from both his home and the many Dallas connections he made as a trainer. His next stop was the small boutique brokerage Land Here Realty. Things were going well there until one of the principals there decided to dissolve the firm and take a position elsewhere. Now Lanier is looking forward to working for a firm that he feels has strong local ties as well as the strong backing of Berkshire Hathaway.
“I like that we have a local, national and global presence,” he said. “It’s growing so fast but in a good way.”
Lanier hopes to grow his residential client base. He says that his role in the fitness and real estate are actually quite similar. At the end of the day, it all comes down to helping people, something that is near and dear to him.