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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The Land and Luxury Group is now affiliated with Compass Real Estate.  The brokerage, headed by Joanna Gaines Utley and Ben Lewis, was previously under the Modtown Realty umbrella.

According to Utley, she’d been eyeing Compass for a while but hadn’t reached out to them. When word got out that Modtown would be dissolving, the duo interviewed with several firms.  At the end of the day, they were most impressed with what Compass had to offer.

“When I was talking with Compass, I asked them to show me all of their technology,” Utley recalled. “An hour and 30 minutes into it I was just amazed and decided that if I didn’t move now I was going to have to move there later.  They have everything built for the future of real estate. I was very impressed.”

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George Lanier says that Ebby Halliday’s Little White House is the perfect fit for him.  In fact, his first impression of the office was so strong, he made his decision before the end of his first interview.

“It just felt right,” Lanier said.  “After talking with [sales manger] Betsy Cameron I felt happy and excited. I told her right then and there, ‘I think I’ve made up my mind.’ ”

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white

Stephen White says he truly enjoyed his time at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.  However, the opportunity to work with and learn from a long-time friend convinced him it was time to change.  On August 6, he announced that he was moving to eXp Realty.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Allie Beth and the firm. They couldn’t have been better or nicer, and I enjoyed my experience there,” White said. “Trey Williams is the reason I moved.  We’ve worked really well together and he offered to kind of mentor me and show me the ropes.”

Williams and White met at Bonton Farms, the South Dallas nonprofit bringing hope to an area lacking food options and work opportunities.  About five years ago, White was looking for a new way to give back.  He approached Café Momentum founder Chad Houser, who suggested he meet with Bonton Farms executive director Daron Babcock.

“Daron and I hit it off and I started helping out down there,” White said. “It’s kind of become a calling for me”

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Saladino

Sam Saladino is on the move.  In July, the popular Dallas agent joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International.

“I had a positive experience at Keller Williams with a good management team and training support,” he said. “Ultimately though it was time for me to return to a heritage brand.”

Saladino believes his experience and connections within the luxury world make him an ideal fit for the Sotheby’s. Formerly a star salesperson at Neiman Marcus, the experience taught him the value of customer service. It’s a skill he believes is even more important today as many clients simply don’t have time to visualize and execute the preparation required to sell their home. Saladino takes pride in getting homes ready for the market and being frank and creative with his expertise. When the furniture needs to be moved or the rugs needs to be vacuumed, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

“I provide concierge service, and these are all services that a good Realtor should be doing in this market,” he said. “I’m certainly not the only Realtor doing this but I do have my own point of view and a serious work ethic.”

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simpson

After spending the past eight years at Halo Real Estate, Mandi Simpson joined RE/MAX Four Corners in July. She says she is looking forward to the challenge of working with the firm’s heavy hitters, and hope they will help inspire her to double her current production of $10 million.  For her, the hardest part of the decision was informing her former colleagues.

“It’s tough because even though it’s business, the decision is personal because it affects people on a very deep level,” she said. “Once you are with someone a long time in this business it’s like family.”

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Sahliyeh

Prolific agent and broker Alan Sahliyeh said he recently joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s because he felt the firm’s reputation and branding would benefit both him and his clients.

“With so many bigger players in the game, there is going to be more competition, and that’s going to make it much more difficult for smaller guys to make it on their own,” he said. “That why I wanted to align myself with the firepower of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s.”

Sahliyeh is a Dallas native who comes from a family of real estate veterans. He began his career working with his father before joining Dallas Luxury Realty seven years ago. Four years ago he earned his brokers license, a feat he is extremely proud of.

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Milligan

The Halum team includes Faisal Halum, Bill Churchill, Jeanne Milligan, and Michael Mahon.

Jeanne Milligan long aspired to join the Faisal Halum team at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s. In May, the move came to fruition when she officially joined the top-producing trio of Halum, Bill Churchill, and Michael Mahon. She says that she hasn’t stopped working since, which is exactly what she’d hoped for.

“I wanted to work for Faisal because of his success and professionalism. The properties he has listed are the cream of the crop and he has a great eye for design,” Milligan said. “He also has great hip pocket listings and is very well thought of in the community. And he’s great to work for.” (more…)