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?”
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.”
Complaints about skyrocketing property tax bills are nothing new, but few people take the time to find out exactly what goes into that number. For many, fighting property taxes has not been a priority because they could ultimately write-off the amount on their income taxes. That changes this year.
Under the guidelines of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed at the end of 2017, write-offs are now capped at $10,000. In Dallas County, that’s about the average tax bill of a home valued at $450,000.
“I don’t think a lot of people understand that and they are going to be shocked this year,” local entrepreneur and Allie Beth Allman & Associates agent Stephen White said. (more…)
Swathy Prithivi has been tabbed to lead the Dallas-Fort Worth operations for Opendoor. In 2017, she joined the company and helped lead its Orlando expansion. She was later promoted to general manager there
“I joined Opendoor because I really believe in what the company is based on, which is empowering everyone with the freedom to move,” Prithivi said. “It’s very exciting because it’s a customer-based company that’s poised to make big changes in one of the most unchanged industries.”
Opendoor was founded in the Bay Area nearly five years ago. It’s known for its online platform on which homeowners can quickly sell their homes and search for new ones. The company expanded to Dallas in 2015, and now has a presence in 20 different markets, including Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. It will begin operations in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. this spring and plans to expand to 50 markets by 2020. (more…)
Kimberly Cocotos (left) and Kristen Scott are excited to be with Allie Beth Allman & Associates (Photo by Kevin Bartram).
The Cocotos-Scott Real Estate Group of Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott recently joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates. The duo was previously at Virginia Cook Realtors.
“We have nothing but great things to say about Virginia Cook,” Cocotos said. “It took us a long time to decide but we eventually just felt this was the best move for us,”
Scott and Cocotos first met while doing charity work together. After becoming friends they decided to team up professionally three years ago.
“We like to say that we tried each other out first and found out that we were a good team,” Scott said. “Between the two of us we round out the team really well because we can play off each other’s strengths and help each other out when we need to.” (more…)
In today’s Agent Migration column, Susan Ferguson comes home to Ebby Halliday. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.
Susan Ferguson has returned to the Ebby Halliday Frisco office after less than a year away. She was welcomed back with open arms.
“We are thrilled to have her back,” Ebby Halliday Frisco Sales Manager Kristi Davis said. “There was so much buzz and enthusiasm around the office. We were excited to welcome her home.”
Davis added that Ferguson’s energy in the office was sorely missed. Younger agents should also learn a few things from observing her interactions with clients and her commitment to service.
In this week’s Agent Migration column, Realtor Paige Poupart joined Compass. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.
Realtor Paige Poupart recently joined Compass Real Estate. She was previously at the Keller Williams Southlake Office.
“I loved my Keller Williams family, especially the Southlake Office,” she said. “It was a very special and unique group.”
Compass had been on her radar since she first learned about them in New York. She watched with interest as they expanded into Dallas, and had been seriously contemplating a move since this past summer.
Nancy Markham, seen here with her husband Dewey, is happy with her decision to join Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.
Do you have an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.
In August Nancy Markham moved to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s after a long tenure with the Keller Williams Jan Richey team. She hasn’t looked back since.
“I absolutely love it,” Markham said. “I was at Keller Williams for almost 17 years and I’m very loyal, but this was such a good opportunity. I’m just smiling all the time now.”
Markham had read Robbie Briggs’ weekly Wall Street Journal column for years and knew that she wanted to be a part of his company because of what she felt was their true commitment to the luxury experience regardless of price range. (more…)