Kristin Smith, Conner Cromeens, Candace Evans, John Jones,Rick Davis, and Chyenne Overturf celebrated the launch of the Source Group at Yucatan Taco Stand, an East Dallas hangout.

As we visited (and drank!) with them at their recent launch party, it was hard to not be impressed with what John Jones and Conner Cromeens want to accomplish. And what they HAVE accomplished! The two East Dallas Realtors launched the Source Group at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s with the objective of using their skills,  talents and vast network of connections to fulfill a niche in East Dallas neighborhoods. Truly, their mission statement offers a lot of insight to their business:

“We believe our product is a lifestyle. In everything we do, we believe that honor, integrity and kindness are not benefits, but the standard. We believe that community turns houses into homes. We believe that luxury is an experience. We do these things by offering tireless service, unmatched experience, knowledge, and a kind warm approach. We just happen to sell real estate.”

What it doesn’t say is that Jones and Cromeens have the backgrounds to really cater and guide the homebuying or selling experience into something that isn’t fraught or stressful. 

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Ron Brown

Curb appeal can be a huge deciding factor for buyers shopping online, says Realtor Ron Brown.

After what he calls a “lifetime” in commercial landscaping sales, Realtor Ron Brown returned to his first love – real estate. And in his role as at Magnolia Realty, he’s taking those years of being a landscaping professional and putting them to work. He’s on a crusade to help his clients get their homes ready for market – inside and out.

For Brown, it’s not just a personal interest in landscaping (though, he really does love it). His emphasis on his clients’ curb appeal comes from necessity, born out of the way real estate is sold now. “Everyone today shops online, they look at pictures first, and usually the first picture is the outside of the home. If it doesn’t look appealing, they won’t look further.  If the shrubs are grown up over the windows, or there’s no flowers, or the dead flowers haven’t been pulled out, that’s where I can come in and help.” (more…)

Rachel Norris (top) and Katy Tomaszczuk check out the views from the rooftop of their listing at 4140 Newton.

As we all know, the average U.S. Realtor is in their late 50s, or maybe even early 60s by now.

Of course, 60 is the new 50.

But lately, I have seen a proliferation of young, energetic agents dazzling the Dallas scene who are mighty bright and mighty fine. Some are native Texans — Dallasites, even — while some are coming to us from other states with fresh new ideas. Each is creating their own brand and then popping it out of the ballpark and beyond when it comes to marketing and sales.

Great example: Rachel Norris and Katy Tomaszczuk over at Allie Beth Allman & Associates. They met at Allie Beth Allman. Other agents literally told them, you are both so hard working and ambitious, you two are a natural fit! The two have really made their mark in Midway Hollow, too. We grabbed them for a quick chat while sitting on the roof of their latest listing, 4140 Newton Ave, No. 3. (more…)

Chenoa Barhydt

Realtor Chenoa Barhydt never saw herself walking away from the corporate world. As an entrepreneur with an extensive background in international marketing and branding, she’d already found her niche. Or so she thought. But while doing marketing and social media branding for a small real estate brokerage, something changed. “I felt like God was pulling me to it, because there’s no other reason for it,” she said. “I got my license and it was just the easiest process. And then I started helping people.”

Specifically, Chenoa has found something of a calling in helping divorced people navigate the homebuying process. “I’m blessed with helping people who have been divorced and who don’t know the pitfalls that come with it. Like, getting a loan and what that looks like. And how they need to set themselves up for success from the get-go.” Chenoa’s background in speaking at women’s empowerment groups comes into play quite a bit, she says. “I’m able to use my coaching experience to walk people down that path. And for some reason, I’m really able to help them.” (more…)

Virginia Cook Realtor Kelly Jordan was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient.

From Staff Reports

Kelly Jordan of Virginia Cook Realtors was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient during a company celebration luncheon September 22 at the Park Cities Club. The award was established to honor significant volunteer service to our communities by the company’s sales associates.

“Volunteer service enriches communities where we live and work and has been integral to the culture of our company since we opened 18 years ago,” said President Sheila Rice as she presented the award. “The Hearts at Work program allows us to formally recognize associates like Kelly who bring a passionate commitment to enriching the lives of individuals, families and neighborhoods.” 

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Nancy Addison

Anyone working in real estate will tell you for a fact that the job requires good health. It’s next to impossible to keep up with the demands of the work without the physical stamina, mental acumen, and positive outlook that come with health and fitness.

Meet Dallas’ Nancy Addison, a real estate agent who has found healthy eating to be the key to her success in resolving issues and providing the abundance of energy she needs to be a go-getter in the fast-paced world of residential sales. In fact, in addition to being a successful agent with Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Addison is a nutrition expert. She has written a number of books on the subject to help others seeking the right foods to maximize their health. Here’s her story, along with a gift from Addison — a recipe for the vegan, chocolate chip cookies she makes for her real estate open houses: (more…)

From Staff Reports

Northern Realty Group just hired five new agents. David Jones, Julie Mathis, Lorraine Miller, Lindsey Rosenstein, and Daniel Shelley are all members of the Greater Fort Worth, Texas, and National associations of Realtors.

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Photos courtesy of Tequilla Sheela

What’s the connection between Tequila Sheela and the real estate business? Every real estate agent has a bit of an entrepreneur in them. By its nature, real estate sales work requires initiative, nimble problem-solving, and often innovative thinking to get deals done. Realtor Sheela Marshall has taken her entrepreneurial inclination even further, developing a fun and inspiring side business importing and marketing organic, small-batch tequila, all the while maintaining her real estate agent role.

With her friend and business partner, Natalie Merrick, Marshall is importing a trio of namesake spirits from Jalisco, Mexico. Marshall has turned a side interest into gold in the last few years, bringing artisanal organic 100-percent blue agave tequila first to India and then Texas, picking up medals at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition along the way.

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