Two years ago, Colleen Aldstadt joined Ebby Halliday Realtors after a long career in land development. She quickly learned that while many concepts are the same, it’s a whole different world in a lot of ways.  In development, she could count on a captive audience of builders and real estate agents. Being an agent requires another level of lead generation and networking.

“There’s a lot of competition to try and stay in front of everyone, and that’s not easy to do when you don’t have a captive audience,” she said. “You’ve got to be strategic and put yourself in the right place at the right time.”

She credits sales manager Kay Wright for helping her grow a now-thriving business. Aldstadt is based in Ebby’s Plano office and she has a strong presence in the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen hub, as well as Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake, and surrounding areas.

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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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Team JenniSto members Miranda Ashley, Jenni Stolarski, and Emily Ruth Cannon

After a decade with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s, Jenni Stolarski has joined Compass real estate.

“It was a hard decision because we had been at Briggs Freeman a long time and had gotten used to the support that we had,” she said. “On the other hand, when the technology and the marketing services and support staff that were offered to us were laid out in full, it was pretty clear what decision was going to be best for our clients.”

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Juli Black recently joined Keller Williams.

If only we all had the energy, dedication, and tenacity of newly minted Keller Williams Premier Realtor Juli Black. Could you even imagine? A powerhouse such as Black brings such exceptional energy to a brokerage, that we aren’t surprised about this particular case of “like attracts like.”

“The culture is a natural fit for me at KW, and KW has made me feel like family since Day 1,” says Black of her new brokerage family. Considering the level of talent that Dallas Keller Williams is attracting right now, it would appear that the brokerage is poised for explosive growth in the market.

But back to Juli, who is not only a native Texan, but was also a media executive, with a resume that boasts stints at NBC Universal and TiVo. She’s parlayed that experience into what could only be considered an incredible real estate career. At her previous brokerage, Black was the top sales agent in 2018 by gross sales volume and has been a consistent top producer as a luxury real estate professional. (more…)

 

Last week Joe Kacynski joined Allie Beth Allman & Associates after more than nine years with a boutique brand.

“I really didn’t want to leave where I was but they (Allie Beth Allman) just offer so much that will help me grow my business,” he said. “They also have great name recognition in the area that many of my clients are moving to.”

Kacynski’s specialty has been historic homes in East Dallas, particularly the Hollywood Heights neighborhood he’s called home for the better part of two decades.  A Los Angeles native whose job and family brought him to Texas, he initially didn’t know what to make of Dallas. Then he discovered a Spanish-style house that reminded him of home, in a neighborhood with its own distinct vibe.

“My agent never even mentioned Hollywood Heights or Lakewood. It was a very niche market back then,” he recalls. “I found East Dallas just driving around one day by myself.”

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Longtime journalist Jason Sickles is trying his hand at real estate. He recently joined Fathom Realty, a cloud-based brokerage that now has a presence in 75 markets across 19 states.

“Fathom’s an agent-owned virtual brokerage and I believe in the direction they’re heading,” Sickles said.  “Their commissions are more favorable to Realtors, and the company’s principles track my own: love, service, integrity, acceptance, respect, support, charity, and family.”

Sickles grew up in East Texas before moving to Dallas in 1989, two days after he graduated high school. A month before he turned 18, he took a part-time job at the Dallas Morning News answering phones for the sports department. By the time he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a criminal justice degree, he was a full-fledged journalist for the paper. He later worked in both TV news and at Yahoo News.

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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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In today’s Agent Migration column, Susan Ferguson comes home to Ebby Halliday. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Susan Ferguson has returned to the Ebby Halliday Frisco office after less than a year away.  She was welcomed back with open arms.

“We are thrilled to have her back,” Ebby Halliday Frisco Sales Manager Kristi Davis said. “There was so much buzz and enthusiasm around the office. We were excited to welcome her home.”

Davis added that Ferguson’s energy in the office was sorely missed. Younger agents should also learn a few things from observing her interactions with clients and her commitment to service.

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