Compass Real Estate announced Wednesday that Chad Schulin, a top-producing agent in Plano, is now affiliated with the technology-driven brokerage. He will be based out of the firm’s soon-to-be-opened Plano-Frisco office. But leaving Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was not a decision he made lightly.
“I very much enjoyed my time at Briggs,” Schulin said. “It was a tough decision, but I just felt that for me and my business growth plan, this decision made the most sense.”
While a large percentage of Schulin’s business lies in the corridor between Dallas and Prosper, he also has clients in Westlake and other points west. One of the motivating factors for him was the number of agents he will be able to collaborate with at Compass. The Plano office will be the firm’s fifth local location, joining its Dallas headquarters, Fort Worth, Lakewood and Southlake outposts.
The technology was also a deciding factor for Schulin. In the press release announcing his move, he said that partnering with a “technology savvy” firm like Compass will give his clients global exposure and allow him to be more efficient.
Schulin previously worked in commercial real estate. During his decade-plus career in that industry, he represented over 4 million square feet of lease transactions for large companies across 33 states. The job required lots of traveling, which became a problem when he and his wife decided to start a family. In order to spend more time with them, he decided to change career paths. In 2013 he leveraged his real estate experience and turned his attention to the residential side. As a person who didn’t grow up in Dallas, he admits to initially being nervous competing against well-regarded agents boasting lifetimes of local connections.
“Commercial versus residential are two totally different worlds,” he said. “Through a lot of hard work and collaboration with some very successful agents at Dave Perry-Miller I was able to make the transition.”
Since then he has been recognized in D Magazine’s D Best and Top Producer lists, Plano Magazine’s Top 50 Realtors, Local Profile’s Top Realtor Award, Modern Luxury’s Real Estate Award, Real Trends Texas Top Individuals List, and Five Star Professional Award featured in Texas Monthly. He was also elected to Forbes’ Real Estate Council for 2018-2019.
In a prepared statement, Compass Texas Regional President Erik Bahr spoke highly of Schulin’s reputation and said his positivity and work ethic made him a natural fit.
“As we continue to build a strong culture comprised of high competency agents with integrity, Chad’s expertise will allow us to continue to build a strong foundation in North Dallas,” Bahr said.