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.

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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.

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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.

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This summer, Leigh Ann Barrick joined Engel & Voelkers’ Southlake office after spending the past 11 years as one of Keller Williams’ top sellers.

“As much admiration as I have for Keller Williams and where I’ve been, I think it was time for me to grow and learn some new things, and this was a great opportunity,” she said.

One of the biggest advantages for her was the fact that Engel & Voelkers has a presence in Georgia’s Golden Isles. Barrick grew up in St. Simons Island, Georgia, before her former job at American Airlines brought her to North Texas. These days she spends about 70 percent of her time in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the rest in Georgia.

“I found now that after 20 years in real estate, a lot of my clients are looking for a second home, a vacation home or an investment, so Engel & Voelkers made sense to me,” she said. “They are also involved in things like aviation and yachting, which makes sense with my airline background.”

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John Canterbury is now affiliated with Allie Beth Allman & Associates after spending the past two years with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.  He says he joined Chris Pyle and the Haven Group because of their sales record and the fact that they always have outstanding listings. Until now Canterbury has been focused more on buyers so he hopes this move will help him grow the other side of his business.

“Coldwell Banker was fantastic for me, I learned a lot and I still have a lot of great friends over there. And I always will,” he said. “I felt the move to Allie Beth would just push my future endeavors and desire to get into more listings.”

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Pat Safian joined Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty after spending the past five years affiliated with Coldwell Banker. The move is somewhat of a homecoming for her. She began her career with Brants Realtors, which is now under the Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s banner. According to her, the firm’s exceptional marketing and commitment to luxury service were deciding factors.

“It’s not just selling luxury properties,” she said. “We do all price ranges. It’s about the luxury experience.”

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Ed Murchison didn’t want to leave Virginia Cook Realtors. They treated him well over the past 15 years. However, when the firm announced it was shutting down this spring, he knew he had to find another brokerage with a strong and deep offering of market support for agents.

“I was really impressed with Coldwell Banker’s suite of agent marketing, property marketing, sales marketing, and all the tools that they had,” he said. “They offer so much it’s almost overwhelming, and they allow agents like myself to customize it.”

Murchison considers himself a “unique bird” because he built his brand on a very specific niche. All of his marketing is geared towards people looking to focus on Midcentury Modern or modern homes. He figures he first fell in love with the style around the time he was born. One of his earliest memories is being six or seven years old riding in a car with his parents and seeing a flat roof, clean-lined home.

“It just drew me in,” he recalled. “Every time we would drive by it I remember just focusing on it.”

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Agents Christine Danuser and Julie Rado have teamed up at Compass to form the Danuser Rado Group. The two have been friends for over a decade.  They got into real estate around the same time and have both enjoyed working on teams in the past. When Compass separately approached them both about changing brokerages, they thought it might be a good time to form a partnership.

“With everything that Compass is offering from a support standpoint to technology, marketing and overall agent support, we just thought it would be a good time to branch out and start our own team,” Danuser said. “We’re excited to be here and are really kicking things off this month.”

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