Referrals are the key to a successful real estate career, and building relationships is the key to sustaining it. No one knows that better than Keller Williams agent Don Neilson. In fact, it’s his goal to become your irreplaceable, trusted real estate adviser. 

His vast experience (he has an MBA in finance and is a retired CPA) serves his clients so well that he’s built an enviable network, deftly guiding his clients into sound real estate investments and earning repeat business time and again. Before moving to Dallas in 2010, Don established his own firm in Memphis — The Neilson Group — and built it to 60 agents in two locations. He and his team sold hundreds of historic homes.  For this reason and so much more, Neilson has earned the title of High Caliber Agent of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Find out why Don Neilson has earned the trust of his clients, and the title of High Caliber Agent:


Despite all of the new technology available to agents today, success is still determined by an agent’s ability to get a deal done, says David Collier, this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It takes passion, commitment, and consistency to keep clients coming back, and to build a business that thrives no matter what cycle of the Dallas real estate market we are in.

“I’ve been witness to the ebbs and flows of the Dallas real estate market, in which you see tons of new agents piling into the industry believing that it is an easy business that translates to an easy way to make money,” Collier told “But take it from me: You must still be on the ground and dedicated to make buying and selling happen in this marketplace, today or any day.”

Find out more about this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and how Collier’s dedication to his clients, his community, and his family has given his business the kind of staying power that some Dallas real estate agents only dream of.


There are some agents that do what they do not because they ran out of ideas, but because the business and its seasons and dynamics spills from every dream, sunk deep in their pores. That’s the kind of agent Courtney Dunn Tauriac is. This David Griffin & Co. Realtor lives and breathes real estate — every aspect. No wonder she’s this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Agents such as Tauriac know that a great lender is crucial to their success, which is why they choose the best: Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. 

So what makes Tauriac such a winning businesswoman? Find out now!


There’s not much about our High Caliber Agent this week that isn’t impressive. Not only did Vinnie Sherman, a David Griffin & Co. Realtor, fight for our freedom in our country’s armed forces, but he was an elite Army Ranger of the 75th Ranger Regiment. Sherman was one of these brave warriors, fighting on the front lines and often in dicey situations. On today, our nation’s birthday, we are proud to recognize Sherman and his service to our country. 

Through his experience at home and abroad, Sherman brings wonderful perspective to the real estate industry, especially to veterans navigating the VA home loan process — he’s been through it before, of course. Read on to find out more about this incredible American and High Caliber Agent!


Just southeast of the Dallas is the first-choice getaway for those who want lakeside living without pretension — Cedar Creek Lake. And if you want to find a lake house around these parts, your best bet to find one rests with David Griffin & Company Realtor Seth Loncar. His ability to negotiate, his flexibility, and his do-anything attitude when it comes to his clients have all earned him referral after referral in this sought-after vacation home market. Naturally, we’re thrilled to recognize Loncar this week as our High Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans

Find out more about this focused, driven agent after the jump!



Perhaps it’s time to get back to the basics. At the heart of the real estate industry, it’s the people that matter. Yes, the homes are vital, too, but buying real estate is complicated and sometimes frustrating, and having a solid relationship with the people behind the transaction is everything.

Nora Ling Lane, a Executive Vice President of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, knows this. It was ingrained upon her by her mother, who was also a consummate professional. So it’s obvious why we’ve chosen Lane as our High Caliber Agent, sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Learn more about what drives and inspires Lane:


Jen Rice HCAOTWThere’s a lot to a real estate transaction that gets lost in talk of prices and sales figures. It’s a complex deal in which a lot of people invest their time, money, and hopes and dreams. With the right agent, the setbacks that are bound to happen don’t sting so bad. Clients learn to lean on agents, who guide and advice everyday people through one of the biggest decisions they will make in their lifetimes.

Jennifer Rice realizes that. She knows that clients — from seasoned homebuyers to first-timers — need a Realtor they can depend on and one that focuses on their wants and needs.

That’s why we’ve selected Rice, an agent with the Collier+Rice team at David Griffin & Company Realtors, as this week’s High-Caliber Agent sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Find out more about what drives this Realtor after the jump!


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Talk about hustle! There is another class of agents out there that is constantly working for their clients, making deals and keeping an ear to the ground for the next one. Grant Vancleve, an agent with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, is definitely in this class.

And boy, does he know Dallas’ high-rise market! In fact, we’ve hosted one of our “Staff Meetings” inside one of his listings before and we couldn’t believe how much he knows about the market. If you get the chance to pick the brain of this brilliant business mind, don’t pass it up! Also, make sure you get a ride in his Porsche!

So of course we’re thrilled to have Grant on the blog today as one of our High-Caliber Agents sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. Need an agent you can trust? Choose a High-Caliber Agent. Need a lending partner you can rely on? Choose Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans.

Learn more about Grant Vancleve and what motivates him to stay on top of the market after the jump!