The HIVE conference opened today at the JW Marriott in Austin.
The fourth annual HIVE conference gets underway today in Austin. The two-day event will feature CEOs, architects, authors, economists, and educators addressing the issues affecting today’s housing needs. In a recent press release promoting the event, Hanley Wood and Meyers Research CEO Jeff Meyers said the housing community now faces challenges unlike any seen before.
“The response to the HIVE initiative and conference has been strong because there is a desperate need to bring in innovation to inspire new solutions—solutions that will help mitigate the challenges brought by over-regulation, extreme weather conditions, and the lack of skilled labor,” he said.
The Browne + Douglas Group is now affiliated with Compass Real Estate. Cathy Browne and Beth Douglas teamed up nearly two years ago.
“We were just really impressed with all of the technology and the way that Compass seems to be so agent-driven,” Browne said. “Their technologies and all of their processes are streamlined, and it’s all about giving us more time to have with our clients.”
The name on the signs may be changing, but John Angell isn’t going anywhere. The long-time Dallas City Center agent said he’s excited about his firm’s recent decision to rebrand as Paragon Realtors.
“I’m generally not the type of person that wants to fix what isn’t broken, but I think this is a really good move,” he said. “It’s been really well received. I think it’s going to be really good for our agents, especially the ones who aren’t focused around downtown.”
Dallas City Center began as the first Keller Williams office in the core of Dallas. Eleven years later in 2012, they separated from Keller Williams to become an independent brokerage. Since then the firm has expanded beyond Dallas proper, necessitating a company name that better reflects who they are today.
“It’s been a good transition so far and it’s going to be very smooth,” Angell said.
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.
Cindi Caudle is back in town and back at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. After spending a few months with Compass Real Estate, she returned Briggs where she had worked previously and felt very comfortable.
“One thing that I love about Briggs is that I love having the principle being a part of the community,” she said. “I think that is really beneficial and valuable.”
Caudle moved back to Dallas this spring after living in Midland for four years. Her husband’s work has necessitated several moves. For a time, she successfully sold in Chicago before returning to Texas. Since real estate is a relationship-based business, it’s been challenging for her to continually establish a new sphere of influence and build her client base. However, with a can-do spirit, and a little bit of a chip on her shoulder, she has managed to thrive wherever life has taken her.
“I sell real estate wherever I go,” she said. “Somehow I’ve been the luckiest girl in the world, and it’s worked out.”
Two years ago, Colleen Aldstadt joined Ebby Halliday Realtors after a long career in land development. She quickly learned that while many concepts are the same, it’s a whole different world in a lot of ways. In development, she could count on a captive audience of builders and real estate agents. Being an agent requires another level of lead generation and networking.
“There’s a lot of competition to try and stay in front of everyone, and that’s not easy to do when you don’t have a captive audience,” she said. “You’ve got to be strategic and put yourself in the right place at the right time.”
She credits sales manager Kay Wright for helping her grow a now-thriving business. Aldstadt is based in Ebby’s Plano office and she has a strong presence in the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen hub, as well as Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake, and surrounding areas.
Not everyone can say they started a real estate career after retirement, but that’s what Tim Williams is trying to do. About a month ago, the longtime entrepreneur joined Halo Group Realty. So far things are going as good as he had hoped.
“Halo is a great company,” Williams said. “They are just a great group of people, and it kind of fits my mentality.”
Of course, saying Williams is new to real estate is a little misleading. Over the past three decades he’s built a successful business career with many professional and personal property deals under his belt. It all started when he opened a sporting goods store while still a student at Baylor. After realizing that wasn’t the business for him, he opened a restaurant in the small East Texas town of Brownsboro. Before long he had multiple restaurants.
“Then one day, I love playing golf, and I thought, ‘I wonder if I can buy a golf course?’” he recalled.
Jeremy Whiteker rejoined the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Park Cities office after spending the past year and a half at Compass.
“I feel like I have come back home,” Whiteker said. “I learned many lessons about what motivates me as a business owner and what components I need in place to keep that machine running. The Dave Perry-Miller staff is an extension of my business as they care just as much about my clients as I do. I was immediately reminded of that upon my return — at Dave Perry-Miller, the focus is on our clients.”
He added that he missed leadership and marketing support he’d had during his previous nearly seven-year tenure at Dave Perry-Miller. Some of his building partners actually encouraged him to return because, in their opinion, Dave Perry-Miller has a more organic focus on Dallas-Fort Worth.