Stephen White says he truly enjoyed his time at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. However, the opportunity to work with and learn from a long-time friend convinced him it was time to change. On August 6, he announced that he was moving to eXp Realty.
“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Allie Beth and the firm. They couldn’t have been better or nicer, and I enjoyed my experience there,” White said. “Trey Williams is the reason I moved. We’ve worked really well together and he offered to kind of mentor me and show me the ropes.”
Williams and White met at Bonton Farms, the South Dallas nonprofit bringing hope to an area lacking food options and work opportunities. About five years ago, White was looking for a new way to give back. He approached Café Momentum founder Chad Houser, who suggested he meet with Bonton Farms executive director Daron Babcock.
“Daron and I hit it off and I started helping out down there,” White said. “It’s kind of become a calling for me”
Sam Saladino is on the move. In July, the popular Dallas agent joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International.
“I had a positive experience at Keller Williams with a good management team and training support,” he said. “Ultimately though it was time for me to return to a heritage brand.”
Saladino believes his experience and connections within the luxury world make him an ideal fit for the Sotheby’s. Formerly a star salesperson at Neiman Marcus, the experience taught him the value of customer service. It’s a skill he believes is even more important today as many clients simply don’t have time to visualize and execute the preparation required to sell their home. Saladino takes pride in getting homes ready for the market and being frank and creative with his expertise. When the furniture needs to be moved or the rugs needs to be vacuumed, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.
“I provide concierge service, and these are all services that a good Realtor should be doing in this market,” he said. “I’m certainly not the only Realtor doing this but I do have my own point of view and a serious work ethic.”
After spending the past eight years at Halo Real Estate, Mandi Simpson joined RE/MAX Four Corners in July. She says she is looking forward to the challenge of working with the firm’s heavy hitters, and hope they will help inspire her to double her current production of $10 million. For her, the hardest part of the decision was informing her former colleagues.
“It’s tough because even though it’s business, the decision is personal because it affects people on a very deep level,” she said. “Once you are with someone a long time in this business it’s like family.”
Prolific agent and broker Alan Sahliyeh said he recently joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s because he felt the firm’s reputation and branding would benefit both him and his clients.
“With so many bigger players in the game, there is going to be more competition, and that’s going to make it much more difficult for smaller guys to make it on their own,” he said. “That why I wanted to align myself with the firepower of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s.”
Sahliyeh is a Dallas native who comes from a family of real estate veterans. He began his career working with his father before joining Dallas Luxury Realty seven years ago. Four years ago he earned his brokers license, a feat he is extremely proud of.
In the mid-1940s, not long after World War II ended, a woman moved into the Munger Place home at 710 Dumas Street. Her two sisters lived on the same block. She would remain there seven decades until leaving for an assisted living facility last year.
When she moved out, the 1921-built home still had many of its original elements, including double-hung windows with wavy glass, and beveled glass exterior and interior doors. It was also in need of significant repairs, making it an ideal project for Steel Toe Stiletto, the general contracting company owned by Tam Pham.
“Tam is a true custom builder,” Allie Beth Allman & Associates’ Gia Marshello said. “What makes her unique is that she goes into these dilapidated properties and makes them gorgeous.”
The Halum team includes Faisal Halum, Bill Churchill, Jeanne Milligan, and Michael Mahon.
Jeanne Milligan long aspired to join the Faisal Halum team at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. In May, the move came to fruition when she officially joined the top-producing trio of Halum, Bill Churchill, and Michael Mahon. She says that she hasn’t stopped working since, which is exactly what she’d hoped for.
“I wanted to work for Faisal because of his success and professionalism. The properties he has listed are the cream of the crop and he has a great eye for design,” Milligan said. “He also has great hip pocket listings and is very well thought of in the community. And he’s great to work for.” (more…)
Bucking the trend of many agents these days, sisters Mabel and Belinda Banda recently left Compass Real Estate to join Clay Stapp+ Co. They made the move in late June.
“I started off in a smaller brokerage and then went to more of a corporate setting,” Mabel Banda said. “I just realized that a boutique that really highlights Dallas, and is prominent only is Dallas, is really the best for me.”
Mabel describes herself and her sister as “Texans to the max.” The two of them were born and raised in Dallas, and have marveled at how the city has grown during their lifetimes. Mabel has been professionally involved in real estate for nearly six years. She’d previously worked as an account executive for AT&T’s national business market, but ultimately decided that real estate would provide more opportunities for her.
Janis Forse Wells (right) will now be working with her daughter Betsy Carlton Cameron.
After spending the past 18 years at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Janis Forse Wells has teamed up with the Ebby Halliday Little White House. She joins her daughter Betsy Carlton Cameron, who manages the office. However, Wells says that alone would not have been enough to make her switch.
“I love my daughter and I respect her. Everybody assumes that’s why I came here but it’s really not,” she said. “I took a look at the changes that are occurring n the Dallas/Fort Worth market and made a decision based on my analysis.”