Robert Meche, the charismatic leader of Small World Realty and co-branded Smoker Broker, is at the forefront of real estate industry disruption and has been proactively researching how he can contribute and influence industry outcomes as the lives of real estate agents are in flux. 

Meche embraces change and is welcoming the challenge. As part of that, Meche announced a big transition for his firm: 

“For the past 15 years, I’ve been fighting with one hand behind my back. I took a three agent firm and transformed it into a well respected, 175-plus associate business. I have an extremely loyal agent base and could not be more proud of our results. However, it is my job to give them everything they need to compete and I have come to the conclusion we need more. 

I am fighting mega-million dollar giants such as Zillow, Redfin, Open Door, etc. that have invested millions of dollars in technology and I refuse to be pushed around. I have also come to the conclusion the future of real estate is not in small real estate firms … it’s in small firms becoming large groups who have strong financial backing. 

So I made the decision to find a business partner who can help me fight. Who knows technology. I went straight to the top. I went to the one company who has never been money whipped by another broker … and never will be. I went to the one company who said I can still own my firm yet have my back when competing with others. In short, I have partnered with Keller Williams

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The agents at Glazers Realtors have long helped home buyers and sellers in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, but there’s something that really sets them apart: their love for four-legged creatures.

It began with founder and animal lover Steven Glazer, who launched the Dallas-area pet-friendly brokerage in 2001.

Before making Dallas his home, Steven spent a decade as an East Texas rancher caring for all ilks of animals, including Spanish Mustang horses, deer, goats, and pot belly pigs. Typical farm dwellers right? Not quite.

“We also had Nyala, Zebra, Elk, Buffalo, and Emus to name a few,” Glazer says.

Steven was able to combine his love for animals with his profession when broker Myra Schaufele had the idea to incorporate philanthropy into everything that Glazer’s Realty does. She suggested that Glazers agents and brokers donate a percentage of their commission to animal causes.

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Myra’s Story

“The youngest member of our family, a 12-year-old beagle named Lou, injured both his legs requiring double ACL surgery and soon after he developed a heart murmur. He required two major surgeries and a lot of medication which resulted in a large vet bill. Given how much we love our Lou-Lou, we didn’t hesitate to pay for his recovery, and thankfully he recovered well and still has the energy to protect us from the squirrels! But during the recovery, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was that I could afford to pay his vet bill. I thought about all the families out there who are not able to care for their furry family members. This was the beginning of my journey into animal philanthropy. This is why I and the Glazers Realtors team are committed to helping our four-legged friends by donating a portion of our commission to animal charities nationwide.”

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Agent Valerie Harris loves the commitment the realty team has made to a cause so close to her heart. “We’re not just saying we’re committed to a cause. We’re actually donating a percentage of our commission because this is so important to us,” she says.

With National Spay Day slated Tuesday, Feb. 26, Valerie says it’s a good reminder to spay and neuter your pets. “There are just so many homeless and unwanted animals out there,” she says. “Places like the SPCA make it reasonable to do — I paid $50 at the SPCA downtown for Koko.”

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Valerie’s Story

“Koko was only three weeks when I received her. Actually, she was found at a correctional facility along with her siblings and mother, so my friend asked if I’d take her in. Little Koko didn’t quite know how to eat as she was not yet weaned from her mother at the time. I tried everything to feed her from kitten formula to goat’s milk but she didn’t take to any of the nipples on the bottles and refused the milk. She seemed to be more interested in the tuna-flavored gravy I would pour on my two older cats crunchy food. One day I let her lick the gravy and she loved it. From that point on, she survived on cat lickable treats until she was able to eat kitten dry food and today she’s growing and recovering well from her spay surgery.”

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JP and Associates

JP Piccinini launched his firm with only two associates out of his Frisco home in November 2011. Driven by a fire to be the best, four years later, he has almost 500 agents with applicants calling every day.

If you haven’t heard of this brokerage yet, you will soon: JP and Associates Realtors is the fastest growing brokerage in DFW out of all the top brokerages. They are on track to close a billion dollars of real estate in 2016, and they show no signs of slowing down (they’ve been using the hashtag #1B16 on social media to track their growth).

In the last two years, JP and Associates Realtors has grown by a jaw-dropping 1000 percent. They have had an office in Uptown for years, but now are moving to a bigger and better location for agents and clients. They also opened a Southlake office two weeks ago and a Pilot Point office last week. So that makes ten DFW offices in almost five years, in addition to Austin, Houston, and Manhattan offices. Wow.

The founder, JP Piccinini launched his firm with only two associates out of his Frisco home in November 2011. Driven by a desire to be the best in the business and create a company where productivity and service was key, JPAR now has close to 500 agents with applicants calling every day.

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Ebby Exterior No Clouds

The iconic Little White House at Preston Road and Northwest Highway has been a fixture in the neighborhood since Ebby Halliday purchased it in 1964. (Photos: Ebby Halliday Realtors)

So much change is happening at the intersection of Preston Road and Northwest Highway. New luxury apartments are being built on the northeast corner of this busy intersection, construction cones seem a permanent fixture on the southwest corner, and Mark Cuban has bought up several lots nearby and razed the existing homes.

But the northwest corner, home of Ebby Halliday’s Little White House — the signature office of the grand dame of Dallas real estate — isn’t changing anytime soon. In fact, the iconic building was just renovated to perfection, offering gorgeous interiors for clients and the latest technology to the Ebby Halliday Realtors who office there.

“The vision for our remodel was an updated, usable, relevant space that works better; one that allows for easy collaboration between agents and staff,” said Keith Newman, the office’s sales manager. “As part of the remodel, every surface was touched, from the lobby, conference rooms, agent offices and workspaces, even the kitchen and bathrooms. While consistent with the office’s exterior, our interior is all-new, with artwork from local galleries, including paintings and vintage sculptures.”

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