Compass Real Estate announced Wednesday that Chad Schulin, a top-producing agent in Plano, is now affiliated with the technology-driven brokerage.  He will be based out of the firm’s soon-to-be-opened Plano-Frisco office. But leaving Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s was not a decision he made lightly.

“I very much enjoyed my time at Briggs,” Schulin said. “It was a tough decision, but I just felt that for me and my business growth plan, this decision made the most sense.”

While a large percentage of Schulin’s business lies in the corridor between Dallas and Prosper, he also has clients in Westlake and other points west. One of the motivating factors for him was the number of agents he will be able to collaborate with at Compass. The Plano office will be the firm’s fifth local location, joining its Dallas headquarters, Fort Worth, Lakewood and Southlake outposts.

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Luxury properties are sometimes marketed off of MLS to preserve the privacy of clients. After the new MLS statement 8.0 goes into effect, agents will still be able to do that, just not publicly.

Though there will be a period of adjustment, Chris Kelly, CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies, thinks ending off-MLS listings is for the better. That was his reaction to the National Association of Realtors’ new MLS Statement 8.0, the Clear Cooperation policy. The policy prohibits the use of off-market (or hip-pocket) listings except when marketing within a brokerage.

Chris Kelly, CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies

The practice of off-market listings, “is a terrible thing for consumers, and an even worse thing for the industry,” Kelly said. But this has been a decision that’s been in the wings for months, with the only two options being what Kelly likened to “mutually assured destruction.” Either all agents pull their listings and put an end to the MLS as we know it, or rules to eliminate all off-MLS listings are set firm. 

“Why would you knowingly withhold a property like that?” Kelly asked. “You’re only going to frustrate consumers. Plus, it’s just not a good business practice.”

But not all Texas brokerages agree. In contrast, Erik Bahr, Regional President of Compass Real Estate Texas, believes this rule is only going to hurt agents who are just trying to serve their client’s best interest.

“Texas homeowners choose to pre-market their properties for a variety of reasons: to gauge interest while making home improvements, to drive demand for the first open house, or to protect their privacy while they test the market,” he said. “Hindering an individual’s ability to pre-market their home is not only against the best interest of the consumer, but also negatively impacts agents, brokerages, and the industry as a whole.”

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Paranomal investigator Becky Vickers of BECKS Ghost Hunters has been featured on the Travel Channel.

Nothing is quite so unnerving as hearing a foreign sound or a bump in the night in a new home. Even more terrifying is what runs through your imagination when you try to lie still under your duvet, so whatever poltergeist happens to be raiding your fridge and stealing your socks from the dryer won’t know you’re there.

If you want to be 100 percent certain that ghosts don’t lurk in the dark spaces after you move in, Bungalo has a solution for that. As the veil between the mortal and spirit worlds thin, the company, which offers a unique direct-to-consumer iBuyer program, has added a paranormal inspection report to its regular 160-point inspection for the month of October. That means no surprises when Samhain comes around if you close this month.

“October can be an uncertain time in the paranormal world,” says paranomal investigator Becky Vickers of BECKS Ghost Hunters, whose work has been featured on the Travel Channel. “So when Bungalo asked me to offer my unique scientific expertise to inspect their homes for paranormal activity, I welcomed the opportunity. I’m confident the inspections I’ve conducted will help provide Bungalo’s home buyers with some added peace of mind this Halloween season.” 

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(Photo: Dan Piassick)

Over off North Central Expressway, there’s a sign you know. But if you’re into high-end kitchens and appliances (and Dallas heritage), it’s one you really know.

In 1947, Buddy Jarrell opened Jarrell’s appliances, and in the 1970s, he opened that very location off of North Central Expressway. The sign is a Dallas icon and the building? It’s basically a landmark.

Buddy Jarrell sold the company a while back and it changed owners, changed names, and then landed in the very capable hands of current president Eric Neel.

Neel made a few key decisions. First, the name change, but we covered that. Next, he invested in an incredibly legit build-out of the showrooms. (The second showroom is in Grapevine.) Finally, he pulled off a feat he’d been working on for years. He lured Garth Blackburn away from the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom and put him on the Jarrell payroll.

(Photo: Garth Blackburn)

Blackburn is quite the hire. He’s a chef and a sales rep, which means you can have your custom kitchen designed by an actual chef. His insight is invaluable and his background is like no other. We’re going to get to all of that, but first, let’s talk about why he made the move.

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Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Companies has entered a marketing partnership with Curbio Inc., the fast-growing real estate technology company that specializes exclusively in pre-sale home renovations. Under the agreement between Curbio and Ebby Halliday, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, and Fort Worth-based Williams Trew, Curbio will provide agents with an array of print, digital, and live content with which they will educate their seller clients on the benefits of renovating before selling their homes.

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Representation and advocacy matters, says Coldwell Banker Realtor Alex Prins.

A few months ago, Alex Prins of Coldwell Banker Lakewood attended Global Luxury training at JW Marriott in Austin. As three of the top trainers stepped on stage, each shared pictures of their families, husbands, and children. It was a tremendous moment for Prins because each of the presenters was gay.

Fifteen years ago, Alex Prins remembers coming out to his parents with the words, “I understand I won’t legally be able to marry and likely won’t have children.”  And now, look at his reality. Gay marriage is legal, acceptance is headed in the right direction, and we’ve definitely come a long way. BUT, we’re not there yet and we still have a little way to go.

According to a study from Iowa State University, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) borrowers are more likely to be denied mortgage loans. And those that do get approved pay higher interest rates and fees. As of 2019, only 22 states plus D.C. prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

But when legislation falls short, advocacy steps up. This time in the form of NAGLREP – National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals.

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Don’t forget tonight’s Artfest at 10243 Best Drive , near Midway Road and Walnut Hill Lane, to showcase how well you can live with ART!

Berkshire Hathaway HS | PenFed Realty TX agent Phil Hobson is arranging an event TONIGHT at the home from 4 to 8 p.m., to network and enjoy the works of 10 fabulous local artists who will show you how well their art lives in this house. The media ranges from jewelry to glassware to live painting … see you there!

 

From Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Betsy Cameron sales manager of its Ebby’s Little White House office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

“A fourth-generation Dallasite with 15 years of real estate experience, Betsy brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our iconic Little White House Office at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road,” Kelly says. “A natural teacher and mentor who has led other well-known local sales offices, we are very pleased that she has chosen to grow her real estate career with the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

Cameron is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy.

“I am very relationship-driven,” Cameron says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving our Little White House agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

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