It’s that time of the year, when brokerages are toasting, and praising, those hard-working top producers who killed it in 2018, selling millions of dollars of dirt during a year that, while not one of the toughest on record, saw a significant market contraction and rising interest rates.

Celebratory events have been happening across town, at every major brokerage.

At Compass Dallas, a different kind of celebration has been going on: the company’s one-year anniversary in Dallas.

On January 19, 2019, the 24,000 square foot, shiny new Preston Center office was loaded with food, drink, cake, chair massages and more. Last year, on January 19, 2018, Compass launched its 11th brokerage in the U.S. in Dallas, disrupting nearly every established broker in North Texas. Compass came in as a tech company, its internally-designed platform front and center for agents to make their lives easier, their sales bigger, their futures more secure. The firm’s CEO aims to have 20 percent market share in the top 20 U.S. real estate markets by 2020.

Within weeks of opening the office, while “camping” at the Collective, top producing agents switched to Compass so quickly we could not keep up with the migrations, frankly. Some we had to post in our sleep. What was it about the Compass culture that intrigued, and won over, these agents so quickly? What is it about Compass that keeps them coming? And coming…

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As more and more of Dallas’ urban core transforms from single-family homes to more dense, modern development, neighborhoods are seeing quite the renaissance, with more and more young professionals and city-dwelling families finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, and community. The area we call East Village — the residential neighborhood just east of City Place, near North Central Expressway — typifies this trend. 

This week’s High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans is the perfect example of a centrally located, well-designed, and superbly accessible townhome in East Village. It’s a listing from Compass agent Phillip Murrell that will show you that you can have it all, perfectly wrapped up in beautiful modern design.

“Buyers will love that this home is newer construction, but isn’t the same cookie-cutter, three-story townhome,” Murrell said of 2321 Rusk Court. “At two stories, this home has a true modern design that capitalizes on its lengthy floor plan to afford the homeowner an incredible amount of natural light.”

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Sam Sawyer with Compass has listed 3957 Gaspar Drive for $479,000.

If you’re a young family or first-time home buyer Midway Hollow is the place to be! And today, we put the spotlight on an updated traditional in the neighborhood that’s an absolute must-see. Perfectly nestled on Gaspar Drive, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom charmer affords all the character you’re looking for, but with plenty of contemporary touches for modern day. With an asking price of $479,000, this is a Friday Four Hundred you’ll want to see.

“Midway Hollow continues to be one of the hottest neighborhoods for younger families and first time home buyers, and this property is move-in ready for a new owner,” says listing agent Sam Sawyer of Compass. “The attached two-car garage is a big plus to me as well. The location of the entire neighborhood is so close to so many great Dallas attractions and the purchase price point is super attractive for younger buyers!”

Charm And Curb Appeal

From the outside, the ranch-style home has curb appeal for days. A candy-apple-red front door and classic shutters offset neutral brick, met by pops of vibrant green hedges. The result? A cheery, welcoming façade that just feels like home. And Sam is right — the location, price point, and two-car garage are enough to make our ears perk up! But it’s the light and bright interior of this Midway Hollow gem that really gets us excited.

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When you imagine hanging your stockings with care, what does that fireplace look like? Is it a couple of cute little socks next to yours and your partner’s? If so, we have the perfect mantle attached to the perfect Hollywood Heights Tudor for you and your tiny-stockinged charges. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. 

As listing agent Phillip Murrell tells us, 919 Valencia is an absolute stand out in Hollywood Heights, which is one of our very favorite neighborhoods in East Dallas. The whole area is just swimming in adorable brick-and-stone Tudor architecture, and is a historic conservation district, which means that the adorable feel you fell in love with when you first moved in will be there long after you move out.

Our High Caliber Home of the Week is an adorable Hollywood Heights Tudor on a corner lot on one of the most adorable streets in the neighborhood.

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The Heather Guild Group joined Compass Real Estate the day before Thanksgiving. (Front Row: Haley Wagstaff, Valerie Caddell; Back: Kelli Taylor, Heather Guild, Amy Sack)

The Heather Guild Group has moved to Compass Real Estate. Guild said the decision was made after a careful evaluation of what kind of company they felt had the best tools and resources to help them serve their clients.

“We really felt Compass was a good blend of the time-tested agent/client relationship model of real estate, combined with the innovative technology that our clients have come to expect in every other aspect of their lives,” Guild said. “We are excited to have joined a real estate brokerage that is not only on pace with current technology but really has a vision for where real estate services are going.”

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As more people move across the nation for jobs and opportunities, so do more people become what’s termed “holiday orphans.” These folks are often left to their own devices for Thanksgiving, with family either too far away to travel to on short notice, their children at their ex-spouse’s home, or their jobs far too demanding to take a full Thanksgiving vacation. While not ideal, these situations have snowballed into the trend of “Friendsgiving,” which is when a group of holiday orphans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in lieu of a family gathering. 

If you’re like me and you love to host gatherings but you’re not exactly eager to rehash the same discussions with your crusty, distant relatives, then you’ll find the idea of Friendsgiving rather appealing. And this new listing from Compass Dallas agent Phillip Murrell is the perfect modern townhome to host an elegant gathering of fellow holiday orphans (without the chainsaw-like snoring in the background of your least-favorite uncle). Plus, it’s so close to the Katy Trail, which will come in handy when it’s time to walk off all of that pie.

This stellar modern townhome at 4206 Buena Vista is yet another High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. And if you can’t get this beauty under contract by Thursday, there’s always Christmas feasting in the future, so call Lisa Peters now to make sure you can move in and host the next big holiday gathering in that gorgeous, light-filled dining room.

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When we first saw Sam Claussen’s newest listing, we did a double take. This practically brand new contemporary is located within one of East Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods — the Belmont Addition — but it’s absolutely perfect for modern family life. The whole neighborhood, often confused with the M Streets area, is close to the shopping and dining of Lower Greenville, and has access to some amazing parks and schools, but often features older houses that might have their fair share of issues. But inside our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you’ll find the utmost ease of living without the stress and expense of an older home.

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Suzanne Warner

Real estate is a tough calling. Any agent can deck themselves out, buy some vanity ads, build a website, and call themselves a Realtor.

But for Suzanne Warner, real estate is in her DNA. The natural networker — she makes new acquaintances literally every single day — knew she would sell luxury properties because it was something she always wanted to do. She brings much to the table, including a background in both luxury fashion and high-level marketing. Plus, she knows a ton of powerful people.

It’s no wonder, in less than two years in real estate, Suzanne topped $20 million in sales.

“I know that sellers want results above all else,” Suzanne said. “And everything I do, from the moment I take a listing, is focused on the results: how quickly can we sell this home for the maximum market price.”

That’s when her event-planning gene kicks into action, tailoring a specific, results-oriented platform for each unique property she represents. Yet all share a common goal: finding and alerting the right people, then getting them in the door. According to Suzanne, it’s about catering to your audience and offering the unexpected. Among her most creative endeavors: a 50’s themed martini party in her midcentury listing and private luxury helicopter rides for the 505 Ranch Club launch of Firebird Targets.

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