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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That Jason Castro is breaking more barriers and now helping end the food desert in South Dallas.

American Idol finalist Jason Castro, his brother Michael Castro, and Matt Keeton, have formed a hot new real estate trio, Castro Property Group, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Lakewood office in Dallas. Castro Property Group recently lit Uptown with a celebrity-studded celebration.

You recall Jason Castro was the fourth-place finalist on season seven of American Idol. Following his time on American Idol, he released three albums and toured internationally for several years before settling down in Dallas. The east dallas/Rockwall native began his real estate career by renovating homes throughout Lakewood, eventually earning his real estate license to sell and negotiate his own home transactions.

Jason Castro’s brother, Michael Castro, is also a touring artist who settled back in Dallas after living in Nashville and Los Angeles for many years. Like Jason, Michael began his real estate career investing in residential real estate and earned his real estate license shortly after.

In addition to forming the Castro Property Group, Jason Castro and his brother formed the Castro the band. Their latest single, “Forever Texas”, was commissioned by VisitDallas as the city’s official theme song. And they belted it out for guests at the Uptown bash lash at the new Canopy by Hilton Dallas, on Thursday, January 31,.

Rounding out the trio is Matt Keeton, a graduate from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in kinesiology, who has worked alongside nationally-recognized physicians, physical therapists and professional organizations as a kinesiologist. Keeton then transitioned into real estate sales after more than a decade in healthcare and fitness. He is also friends with Daron Babcock, Executive Director of Bonton Farms in south Dallas.

The Castro Property Group has pledged a percentage of sales commissions to Bonton Farms, an  urban farm created in 2014 by Daron Babcock, a former Frisco private equity guy who ditched a lucrative job to start an urban farm, cafe and market in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. This is a significant movement we are seeing in millennial agents giving back to the community: Bonton Farm’s honey butter was gifted to guests at the event.


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Hammond Front

We were thrilled to get this adorable, fresh-to-MLS listing from Coldwell Banker Lakewood agent Robby Sturgeon last night. Seriously, y’all, this is a rare bird for Hollywood Heights, and I am so sure it’ll get snapped up in no time.

Hammond Living

So, what’s so special about 6918 Hammond Avenue? For starters, it has two bathrooms! Most bungalows and cottages in Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica have just one commode, so to come across a listing with two is cause for celebration. What else is worth talking about? All of the gorgeous updates, of course!

Hammond Dining

This home, which is listed for $589,000, is just pretty as a picture. It definitely puts its best foot forward in these stellar listing photographs from Shoot2Sell. Really just an amazing opportunity, too, with a guest house in back and a gorgeous pool and deck. You’ll be entertaining in every season with this outdoor space. And of course, should your guests have one too many artisanal cocktails made in your gourmet kitchen, they can crash in your well-appointed guest house!

Hammond Kitchen

Seems to good to be true? Well, it’s real, folks! And not only is this an amazing property with two beautiful fireplaces and more than 2,300 square feet, but it’s in an incredible neighborhood with fabulous homes and wonderful neighbors. You also get Lakewood schools, which includes the award-winning Woodrow Wilson High School campus.

Hammond Master Hammond Bath 1

What do you love most about this stunning home?

Hammond Deck Hammond Pool