Summer Winkler (left) is excited to return to a boutique setting while Adam Caskey is happy to have the backing of a big brokerage.
In this week’s Agent Migration column, Summer Winkers rejoins former colleagues at the Standard while Adam Caskey chooses Century 21 Judge Fite. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.
Winkler Teams-Up With Standard
Summer Winkler joined the Standard Real Estate after seven years with Keller Williams. The move reunites her with Standard partner Joshua Vernon, with whom she previously worked.
“I’m so excited about the collaboration of people that are at the Standard,” she said. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch them grow and I think they are going to have a big part of this market.”
This home at 5017 Swiss Avenue is one of eight that will be featured during this years’s Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour.
Mother’s Day weekend once again brings the Swiss Avenue Mother’s Day Home Tour. The annual tradition began in 1974, the same year that the neighborhood was named Dallas’ first residential historic area.
“Dallas has so few historic areas. I think there is a uniqueness to this home tour because there’s so much history involved with it,” Swiss Avenue Historic District representative Bob Cox said.
This year’s event will feature five homes on Swiss Avenue as well as three on Bryan Parkway. Multiple architectural styles will be represented including a French Normandy with Tudor influences, a brick mansion indicative of Louis Sullivan’s Chicago styles, and in Italian-style home currently being renovated.
Matt’s Rancho Martinez will cater a Mother’s Day lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday. The Matt Tolentino Band will perform early 20th century music — the songs that were popular when many of the homes were originally built. There will also be other local performers on Saturday and Sunday as well as horse-drawn carriage rides, a kids’ play area, and more.
“I think one of the neatest things about the tour is that it shows people what urban living can be like,” Cox said. “It allows people to kind of rediscover that it is a very livable and beautiful part of the city.
Kevin Tally, a Dallas-based agent with more than a decade of North Texas real estate experience, recently joined Allie Beth Allman and Associates after spending the past three years at Rogers Healy and Associates.
Tally is one of the youngest “veterans” in the Dallas market. He earned his real estate license 10 years ago while still a high schooler in Fort Worth. Despite being accepted into both the University of Texas and TCU, he chose to forgo college and go to work in his hometown.
“I started thinking about it and said, ‘you know what? If I go to college, I’m going to get back into this field anyway because I really love real estate, construction, architecture and all of that,’” he said. “I took the summer off and then I started hustling.”
Jennifer Ackerman, one of Virginia Cook’s top agents, has moved to Compass. Her first day there was April 2.
“It definitely wasn’t a decision that I took lightly,” Ackerman said. “After weeks of back and forth I decided to make the leap. I think it’s a very exciting transition.”
Ackerman began her real estate career at Virginia Cook 12 years ago. She has been the company’s second-best selling agent for the past three years. In 2017, her volume topped $27 million. Going into this year, she still loved her job and was not seeking a change. When a Compass representative called, she agreed to take the meeting mostly as a courtesy.
“I left the meeting impressed,” she said. “I was blown away by the different ways that they were thinking about the industry.”
Sam Saladino has joined Keller Williams Urban after spending the past four and a half years at David Griffin & Company.
“My time at David Griffin and Company was super fantastic,” he said. “I really enjoyed working with David and the crew there, one of the best groups of agents and staff that I have ever had the privilege to with.”
While leaving those colleagues and friends behind was tough, Saladino said he is excited about the new opportunities that await. He plans to expand his brand, and focus on bringing more depth and focus on creating synergy between his real estate services, staging and interior design.
Citing the opportunity to work with more international clients, the Hanne Sagalowsky Group recently joined Coldwell Banker.
“Having grown up in Denmark and being trilingual (English, Danish, and German), global international work is what I love to do,” Hanne Sagalowsky said.
Sagalowsky currently serves as the National Association or Realtors (NAR) global coordinator to Western Europe, Israel, and Turkey. She is also the incoming chair of the Texas Association of Realtor’s International Committee and was one Dallas’s first Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS).
Sabrina Bell (left) returns to Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Kelly Bills lands at Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates
In this week’s Agent Migration column, we check in with Sabrina Bell, who recently returned to Allie Beth Allman, and Kelly Bills who joined Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates.
Bell Comes Home Again
Sabrina Bell has returned to Allie Beth Allman and Associates. This time she says it’s for good.
“I shouldn’t have left to begin with and I don’t plan on going anywhere else,” Bell said. “I’m really happy with how Allie Beth and how the Berkshire Hathaway Company works.”
Natalie Westbrook says that she can’t sit still for long. Whenever boredom creeps in, she has to create something. These days she is staying busy with her most ambitious creation, The Westbrook Real Estate Group, which started last September.
“It’s scary jumping out into the water, but if you don’t jump, you’ll never learn to swim,” Westbrook said.
So far, things seem to be progressing swimmingly. Westbrook currently has listings in University Park and Oak Lawn as well as a high-profile, $7 million home on 4606 Chapel Hill Road overlooking White Rock Lake. In fact, you can tour this incredible house on Wednesday, March 28, with both Westbrook and our own Candy Evans — RSVP here. And Westbrook’s also working on other projects near Frisco that she hopes to announce soon.