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Joshua Baethge

Joshua Baethge is a writer, editor and general wordsmith who has written for a variety of media outlets. At Candy’s Dirt, his primary focus is agent migration where he catches up with real estate professionals on the move. A native of Houston, Josh originally came to the DFW to study at the University of North Texas. He graduated many years ago but never left the area. Today he lives in the ‘burbs with his wife and two young kids.

03/14/19 9:00am

Meadors

 

Long-time Clay Stapp + Co agent Chad Meadors has joined Halo Group Realty. He said the opportunity to grow as a businessperson was his primary motivation.

According to Meadors, he never gave much serious thought to leaving the firm he had been with for eight years. A longtime friend encouraged him to visit Halo and meet founder Britt Morris. (more…)

03/13/19 9:15am
green

Keller Williams Realtor Beth Johnson (far right) helped bring the “green home” market to North Texas. Recently she spoke about the innovations and disruptions environmentally-friendly building has brought to the industry at a panel hosted by the Dallas Builders Association.

Beth Johnson has been championing environmental causes for decades. The Keller Williams agent was the first Realtor in the nation to achieve the green “Quadruple Crown.” She’s been certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), EcoBroker, NAR Green, and Certified Green Professionals.

In layman’s terms, that means she’s been trained and certified by the country’s major green accreditation programs, and knows a thing or two about building an eco-friendly home.

Before starting her real estate career in 2005, Johnson spent nearly three decades working in environmental advocacy for area nonprofits. During that time, she lobbied for clean air, clean water, and wilderness protection. When it came time to build her own custom home, she wanted to make it as green as possible.

However, she soon discovered that Realtors in the field literally didn’t know what she was talking about. She began to think that maybe there was a business model there. People like her needed someone who understood the issues and could match environmentally inclined buyers and sellers together. (more…)

03/11/19 12:00pm

If you picture a 6,000-square-foot home on a sprawling ranch with a barn and chicken coop to boot, you probably aren’t thinking Plano. However, the recently updated home at 3745 Morton Vale Road is exactly that — an immense, rustic retreat in the middle of one of North Texas’s fastest growing areas.

The gated 12-acre farm is just off Parker Road, a mere six minutes from Central Expressway. It is neighbored by Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, home of the annual Plano Balloon Festival. The popular park features over 800 acres of open space, hiking and riding trails, and a small amphitheater. There’s even a zip-line park hidden under the treetop canopy.

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03/11/19 9:15am

In this week’s Agent Migration column, we check in with Gia Marshllo, who joined Allie Beth Allman late last year, and Jeremy Moore who joined the Hewitt & Habgood Group in February. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Gia Marshello Staying Busy at Allie Beth Allman

Gia Marshello is enjoying life at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The 15-year Dallas real estate mainstay moved to the firm in December.

“I just saw more opportunity here,” Marshello said. “Allie Beth was expanding their market share, they were growing and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Throughout her career Marshello has sold a mix of historic homes and newer properties. She’s also sold duplexes and high rises. So far 2019 has been one of her busiest years. She works out of the Allie Beth Lakewood office and has seen people coming in at a faster rate than ever before.

“It’s great to be here and I’m looking forward to expanding and growing my business personally and professionally,” she said.

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03/04/19 9:30am

 

Katye Sloan has joined Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, saying that once she decided to make a change there was no other place she wanted to be.

“I’ve worked with a lot of Dave Perry-Miller agents through the years and know there are a lot of high-caliber agents here,” Sloan said.

The move is somewhat of a homecoming for Sloan, who started her real estate career in the late 1980s at Dave Perry-Miller’s parent company, Ebby Halliday. She worked there a few years before leaving to run a store in Preston Center. In 2004, she returned to real estate and worked on the Azure high-rise project when the Dallas condo boom was in its early stages.

“It was a great experience because back then, that was a building that was really different from everything else around it,” she said. “It was such a great learning experience.”

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02/26/19 9:00am

The three-bedroom, one-bath gem at 1611 Centerville Road offers a unique combination of midcentury charm and modern amenities. The home was originally built in 1950.  Its previous owner, who also just happened to have grown up there, remodeled it after his parents passed away. The renovations he made added necessary updates while restoring much of the original character.

Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett helped him sell the house a few years ago, and was impressed with the pride he took in renovating it. Now that the current owner is moving on, he’s looking forward to finding another family who will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind property.

“It’s such a charming little house,” Dallas City Center Realtor Scott Noblett said. “It has a lot of the original hardwood floors that have been beautifully refurbished. It’s super inviting and makes you feel really comfortable.”

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02/21/19 9:48am

 

Barbara Novotny was named the new managing director at Standard Real Estate, the Dallas-based brokerage founded by Zach De Bernardi last year.

Novotny has worn a variety of hats in Dallas real estate. She began as an agent at Ebby Halliday for three years before moving to Nathan Grace, where she served as the firm’s director of business growth. She considers herself a fixer who enjoys helping agents. The best compliment she every received was when a former colleague called her “Siri.”

“I’m really passionate about this because I’ve been on the other side,” Novotny said. “I believe in services like how can I help you grow?  How can I take your strengths and help with your weaknesses to take the pressure off of you?”

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02/18/19 9:00am

 

After two years with Coldwell Banker, Courtney Michalek has joined Iconic Real Estate. Matt Scobee founded the firm last year. Michalek said she decided to make the move within five minutes of meeting with him.

“I like the team’s technological innovation and I just love Matt,” she said. “I think he has brought on a lot of good agents and I just wanted to be somewhere where I could have a little one-on-one help. I also love their branding.”

Michalek previously worked in technology sales. Unhappy with the direction of that career, she decided to pursue real estate. Her fiancé was developing properties in the Cedars, so she started off marketing and selling them. Before long she became one of the neighborhood’s most active agents.

“I absolutely love real estate- it’s probably the best job you can have,” Michalek said. “I have a flexible schedule, I get to see houses and I get to help people purchase their first home. It’s been a great new career.”

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