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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Nancy Markham, seen here with her husband Dewey, is happy with her decision to join Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s.

Do you have an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

In August Nancy Markham moved to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s after a long tenure with the Keller Williams Jan Richey team. She hasn’t looked back since.

“I absolutely love it,” Markham said. “I was at Keller Williams for almost 17 years and I’m very loyal, but this was such a good opportunity. I’m just smiling all the time now.”

Markham had read Robbie Briggs’ weekly Wall Street Journal column for years and knew that she wanted to be a part of his company because of what she felt was their true commitment to the luxury experience regardless of price range. (more…)

Rachel Trowbridge with her husband, Chris. (Photo: Courtesy of BubbleLife.com)

Rachel Trowbridge recently moved to Allie Beth Allman & Associates after five years with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.

“I was very happy at Dave Perry-Miller,” Trowbridge said. “It’s a great place but there were a few reasons that made me decide to move.”

Among the factors she cited were the hands-on involvement of Allie Beth and Pierce Allman in both their business and the community.  She was also impressed with the low turnover rate of agents and their ability to network and sell high-end products.

“To be in house with those agents now is just great,” Trowbridge said. “I can learn from them.  It’s exciting to be with high producers that help push you ahead.”

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In this week’s Agent Migration column, and husband and wife duo makes a big move and an up-and-coming brokerage expands again. Did you make an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Taylor Estates Joins Ebby Halliday

agent migrationThe Taylor Estates Group joined the Prosper/Celina office of Ebby Halliday. The husband and wife team of Angela and Tim Taylor made their agent migration from JP & Associates.

“It was a hard decision and we really prayed about it,” Angela Taylor said. “JP & Associates was like family to us, but at the end of the day it’s a business decision and we just felt like this was the best thing for our business.”

They Taylor Group has closed around $25 million in deals since Sept. 2016. Before going into real estate two years ago, Angela worked in ministry for 15 years. Tim earned his license earlier this year so they could work together. According to Angela, he’s the best at handling business and administrative matters while she is the social butterfly who loves to network

“Together we are kind of like a mullet — he’s the front part while I’m the back,” she joked. (more…)

 

Bess Dickson said she was excited to go to Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s because it gave her the best tools and opportunities to serve her clients. She recently started there after spending the past two years at Texas Urban Living Realty. Before that she was at Dallas City Center Realtors for several years.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s has the same perspective that I do. It’s about relationships and how we can come along side you and help guide you,” she said. “There are so many things about a home that aren’t covered in a pic or online description and can’t be mathematically quantified. That’s what we as real estate professionals can help with.”

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