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Real estate legends Bettie Abio and Celeste Williams have joined the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate team.

“We are so honored to have two icons of real estate join our office,” office manager Jaime Adler said. “They bring so much knowledge and experience to our growing team.”

As Candy once noted, Abio has been in the business long enough to know not only where the bodies are buried, but also who dug the graves. Williams’ experience also spans decades. When the two of them were ready to make a move, they reached out to a friend on the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate team.  From there, a deal came together quickly.

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Pacesetters 2016

On June 20 — tonight — from 6 to 8 pm, the first Dallas Commission on Homelessness Community Engagement committee meeting gathers to “educate, engage and gather feedback from the community to overcome challenges with homelessness in Dallas.”  It’s at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. L1FN Auditorium (free parking after 6 in City Hall parking lot) and I hope to be there. Panelists include:

Bob Sweeney, Executive Director, Dallas Life
Daniel Roby, Executive Director, Austin Street Center
Wayne Walker, Executive Director, OurCalling
Blake Fetterman, Executive Director, Salvation Army
Moderator: Eric Nicholson, Staff Reporter Extraordinaire, Dallas Observer and the guy who has walked Tent City

Now let me tell you about one of the city’s most progressive and elite real estate networking groups, the Pacesetters, and how they have made an extraordinary commitment to eradicate homelessness in Dallas. 35 dynamic top-producing agents from a myriad of brokerages — think Bonnie Bauer, Sue Krider, Chris Hickman, Bob Moran, Anne Stewart, Debbie Tolson. They created the group back in 2003. It is by invitation only and very difficult to break into. Patterned loosely after the Masters of Residential Real Estate, 25 of the oldest and highest volume agents in town, the Old Guard, if you will, the Pacesetters are the next generation of Masters. Clay Stapp is now a member. The best example I can give of their spirit was the fun branding photo they took a few years back mimicking Vanity Fair’s famous Hollywood covers, guys in tuxes, ladies in evening gowns. The Masters of Real Estate were very upset, thought the photo was too show biz-y. But the Pacesetters, as the name implies, is the shake ’em up club. It’s innovative, tech-minded, an eye on the future of real estate, not always what’s been done in the past. Their newest branding photo, seen here, is taken at a Clay Stapp listing with what is, I swear, the biggest balcony in North Texas. (more…)

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Smart and resourceful, Annie Pennington has taken a lot of the lessons learned as an educator and applied them to her career as a Realtor at Nathan Grace. Not only does Annie have the dry sense of humor that we just eat right up, but she’s hardworking and patient, too. And did you know that she’s an expert in lakefront living? Keep reading for that.

As with any real estate transaction, a great Realtor and a great lender can go a long way toward making your experience a positive one. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to read more about Annie Pennington, who came to the real estate industry from her 4th grade math class. We’re not kidding!

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CONDO VS HOUSE GRAPHIC

When it comes to deciding whether or not you want to invest in a condo or a single-family house, there’s a whole lot to mull over. Before stressing about homeowners associations and finding the perfect neighborhoods we decided to speak to Dallas City Center Realty’s Nancy Guerriero, who offered a wealth of sound advice.

“The biggest positive you have with a condo is the ability to lock and leave — go out with friends, travel, it’s so much easier than a house that needs to be watched over and maintained,” Guerriero says, “But at the same time you need to think about the neighborhood.”

She explains that there’s a basic checklist that most homebuyers go over before purchasing: What’s the school system like? Are there parks? Where’s the nearest shopping center? Grocery store? All of these components are essential, and as vital as exploring a condo’s homeowners association (HOA).

“The biggest issue is the governing power of the building, or HOA,” Guerriero emphasizes. “If you don’t have a good one, it’s bad news.”

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Kyle Rovinsky Family
If you don’t know Virginia Cook Realtor Kyle Rovinsky yet, you really have to ask yourself, “Why not!?” This gentleman is full of surprises, and he knows North Dallas better than almost anyone! He has a past in TV, and can sell ice to Eskimos he’s so smooth. Plus, he truly has a brain for the numbers side of real estate, and can calculate more than just 3 percent of a home’s selling price.
In fact, this smart, hardworking Realtor reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin, who goes the extra mile for his clients. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out about the gold standard of service you get from Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans.
Jump to find out more fun facts on Kyle Rovinsky!

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Are you looking to build your real estate business in 2015? Ready to top sales records? We have five hot tips on how you can make the most of 2015!

Are you looking to build your real estate business in 2015? Ready to top sales records? We have five hot tips on how you can make the most of 2015!

If you’re looking to top your 2014 sales and referrals this year, but don’t know where to start, you’re not the only one. A lot of times agents will hire pricey marketing consultants to take an objective look at their materials and campaigns. This can be overwhelming for some Realtors, but the truth of the matter is, marketing your real estate business is critical to success.

We’ve scoured the top sources for real estate professionals and have put together this list of the best ways to make the most of your marketing efforts as you look to make or break sales records in 2015.

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Tyler Lebaron Great Western Featured Realtor

What a fun personality this Rogers Healy + Associates Realtor has! Tyler LeBaron, a hilarious and hard-working agent, knows how to win clients over with tremendous service and loyalty. He’s risen in the ranks in Dallas after attending SMU’s Cox School of Business, showing that it’s a winning formula.

Does your lender work hard to win your clients over? Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans does. Jeff takes great care as a lender, as he should. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Find out more about Tyler after the jump!

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Find Beverly

I just got off the phone with Dallas Police Department’s North Central Patrol Division Neighborhood Police Officer Mark Lutz, who will be giving us more detailed tips in the coming days on how Realtors can better protect themselves from dangerous criminals, so stay tuned.

Until then, real estate agents can take some comfort in the news that Arkansas officials have apprehended Arron M. Lewis, a convicted felon and parolee accused of kidnapping Little Rock real estate agent Beverly Carter while showing a vacant property. Lewis escaped from an area hospital after a single-car accident just 30 minutes from the bank-owned home Carter was showing when she disappeared. Yesterday, after his escape from the hospital, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. A Facebook page has been started to help disseminate information regarding Carter’s disappearance.

Of course, this has some Realtors wondering how to best keep this from happening to them. Lutz suggests that a third-party background check would be helpful to screen out potentially risky clients, such as SecureShow. Otherwise, staying aware of dangerous situations is key, Lutz said, as well as calling 911 the moment you suspect something is up.

Inman News says that some agents are calling this incident a “wake-up call” for Realtors. What do you think?