Last December, Brittani Firestone turned in her police badge to embark on a career in real estate. The JP & Associates Realtor hasn’t looked back since.

“I’m really enjoying it. Every now and then, especially in the beginning, it’s been a little bit scary, but the business is coming along” she said. “I’ve gotten a lot of referrals from police friends and family, so that’s actually been quite nice.”

The idea of going into real estate has always been in the back of her mind. Firestone’s family has a construction business so she grew up around new homes. She also has a brother-in-law and a cousin in real estate well as an aunt who retired from it. Her wife is in commercial real estate, and has helped her immensely as she was getting started.

“I think overall it was an easier transition just because I did have someone at home to help me with questions and things like that,” she said.

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Stephen White says he truly enjoyed his time at Allie Beth Allman & Associates.  However, the opportunity to work with and learn from a long-time friend convinced him it was time to change.  On August 6, he announced that he was moving to eXp Realty.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Allie Beth and the firm. They couldn’t have been better or nicer, and I enjoyed my experience there,” White said. “Trey Williams is the reason I moved.  We’ve worked really well together and he offered to kind of mentor me and show me the ropes.”

Williams and White met at Bonton Farms, the South Dallas nonprofit bringing hope to an area lacking food options and work opportunities.  About five years ago, White was looking for a new way to give back.  He approached Café Momentum founder Chad Houser, who suggested he meet with Bonton Farms executive director Daron Babcock.

“Daron and I hit it off and I started helping out down there,” White said. “It’s kind of become a calling for me”

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After spending the past eight years at Halo Real Estate, Mandi Simpson joined RE/MAX Four Corners in July. She says she is looking forward to the challenge of working with the firm’s heavy hitters, and hope they will help inspire her to double her current production of $10 million.  For her, the hardest part of the decision was informing her former colleagues.

“It’s tough because even though it’s business, the decision is personal because it affects people on a very deep level,” she said. “Once you are with someone a long time in this business it’s like family.”

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Prolific agent and broker Alan Sahliyeh said he recently joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s because he felt the firm’s reputation and branding would benefit both him and his clients.

“With so many bigger players in the game, there is going to be more competition, and that’s going to make it much more difficult for smaller guys to make it on their own,” he said. “That why I wanted to align myself with the firepower of Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s.”

Sahliyeh is a Dallas native who comes from a family of real estate veterans. He began his career working with his father before joining Dallas Luxury Realty seven years ago. Four years ago he earned his brokers license, a feat he is extremely proud of.

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In this week’s Agent Migration column, we catch up with a former Virginia Cook agent from Fort Worth and meet a California newcomer. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Stephanie Quevedo Happy to be at Christie’s Ulterre

Stephanie Quevedo is settling in with the Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, & Associates (GWW) team at Christie’s Ulterre.  She started at the end of May after previously being affiliated with Virginia Cook Realtors.  While her former employer’s closing was a shock, she feels it may ultimately turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

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From Staff Reports

Ebby Halliday Realtors has appointed Betsy Cameron sales manager of its Ebby’s Little White House office. Chris Kelly, president and chief executive officer, recently made the announcement.

“A fourth-generation Dallasite with 15 years of real estate experience, Betsy brings proven leadership skills and industry expertise to our iconic Little White House Office at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston Road,” Kelly says. “A natural teacher and mentor who has led other well-known local sales offices, we are very pleased that she has chosen to grow her real estate career with the Ebby Halliday Companies.”

Cameron is passionate about the residential real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy.

“I am very relationship-driven,” Cameron says. “Relationships are at the heart of real estate, and I am excited about supporting and serving our Little White House agents. The most important thing for me is to understand how each operates so I can better serve them.”

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Seattle transplant Kelly Gurnee recently joined Clay Stapp + Co. He’d spent the past three and a half years at Gurnee & Associates, a firm in his hometown started by his brother.

This is actually Gurnee’s second stint in Dallas. In 2009 he helped build a dental group that a friend started. For the six years, he oversaw 10 offices and was responsible for many of their business operations. When his friend sold the group in 2015, he returned to Seattle where they hoped to repeat the same business model in a new location. Gurnee ultimately elected to dive in real estate and hang up dental for the time being.

“I did really well but I wanted to get back to Texas all along,” he said. “If I’d had my way I probably wouldn’t have moved back. I met a lot of good people here.”

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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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