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…)

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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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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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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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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Lyn Williams is ebullient. Even with her jam-packed schedule, she was able to fit me in for a few minutes to share about a huge change in her career of 16 years — joining Mark Godson and Catherine Thorpe-Lambert at Compass’ Britannia Group.

As you’ve read here on CandysDirt.com, Godson and Thorpe-Lambert have launched their new group with one of the fastest growing real estate brokerages in the nation. The brand reflects the “Town and Country,” upscale energy of the pair, which is equally embraced by Williams.

“Mark, with his energy, is an incredible person,” Williams said. “I’ve been thinking about my future, and when Mark asked me if I wanted to join him with the Britannia Group, there was no hesitation.”

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That Jason Castro is breaking more barriers and now helping end the food desert in South Dallas.

American Idol finalist Jason Castro, his brother Michael Castro, and Matt Keeton, have formed a hot new real estate trio, Castro Property Group, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Lakewood office in Dallas. Castro Property Group recently lit Uptown with a celebrity-studded celebration.

You recall Jason Castro was the fourth-place finalist on season seven of American Idol. Following his time on American Idol, he released three albums and toured internationally for several years before settling down in Dallas. The east dallas/Rockwall native began his real estate career by renovating homes throughout Lakewood, eventually earning his real estate license to sell and negotiate his own home transactions.

Jason Castro’s brother, Michael Castro, is also a touring artist who settled back in Dallas after living in Nashville and Los Angeles for many years. Like Jason, Michael began his real estate career investing in residential real estate and earned his real estate license shortly after.

In addition to forming the Castro Property Group, Jason Castro and his brother formed the Castro the band. Their latest single, “Forever Texas”, was commissioned by VisitDallas as the city’s official theme song. And they belted it out for guests at the Uptown bash lash at the new Canopy by Hilton Dallas, on Thursday, January 31,.

Rounding out the trio is Matt Keeton, a graduate from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in kinesiology, who has worked alongside nationally-recognized physicians, physical therapists and professional organizations as a kinesiologist. Keeton then transitioned into real estate sales after more than a decade in healthcare and fitness. He is also friends with Daron Babcock, Executive Director of Bonton Farms in south Dallas.

The Castro Property Group has pledged a percentage of sales commissions to Bonton Farms, an  urban farm created in 2014 by Daron Babcock, a former Frisco private equity guy who ditched a lucrative job to start an urban farm, cafe and market in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. This is a significant movement we are seeing in millennial agents giving back to the community: Bonton Farm’s honey butter was gifted to guests at the event.


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Cocotos Scott

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…)