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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Saladino

Sam Saladino is on the move.  In July, the popular Dallas agent joined Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s International.

“I had a positive experience at Keller Williams with a good management team and training support,” he said. “Ultimately though it was time for me to return to a heritage brand.”

Saladino believes his experience and connections within the luxury world make him an ideal fit for the Sotheby’s. Formerly a star salesperson at Neiman Marcus, the experience taught him the value of customer service. It’s a skill he believes is even more important today as many clients simply don’t have time to visualize and execute the preparation required to sell their home. Saladino takes pride in getting homes ready for the market and being frank and creative with his expertise. When the furniture needs to be moved or the rugs needs to be vacuumed, he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

“I provide concierge service, and these are all services that a good Realtor should be doing in this market,” he said. “I’m certainly not the only Realtor doing this but I do have my own point of view and a serious work ethic.”

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simpson

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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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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Do you have an agent migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

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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While the home that Dallas City Center Realtor Tony Nuncio is sponsoring for the Heritage Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is far from old, he won’t hold that against it. An Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (now Heritage Oak Cliff) member since 2007, a founding member of the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association, and now a proud resident of the Kings Highway Conservation District, Nuncio has long been dedicated to the area. 

In fact, he and his partner of 21 years, Terrance Nichols, opened their remodeled 1920s bungalow for the 2015 home tour — a sacrifice on the altar of neighborhood fundraising that all home tour participants know too well. Though we are in love with his adorable house, this year, Nuncio is proud to sponsor the gorgeous, modern take on the glass house at 804 Kessler Woods Trail. Trust — there will be no stone throwing coming from us, as we’re completely in awe with not only the house itself, but with the views. 

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Clean, unfussy, transitional design is hard to come by. It seems that so many new builds miss the mark, with awkward facades and a mish-mash of architectural style. But for those who love clean lines, natural materials, and tons of symmetry, this listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Phillip Murrell is just the ticket. We’re thrilled to feature it as our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Need financing for your own #HighCaliberHome? Your first and last call should be to Lisa Peters at Caliber.

Intrigued by this Caruth Hills transitional? Read on!

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The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

The Key Team: Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego

When it’s done right, business can be personal. Very personal.

Just ask Julie Haymann and Lauren Savariego. As young mothers determined to succeed at balanced home and professional lives, the Virginia Cook Realtors formed The Key Team to share the responsibilities of growing real estate careers. What started with a chance meeting over a decade ago has grown into a dynamic business partnership and a dedicated friendship. It’s a partnership that Julie and Lauren describe as more of a sisterhood.

“It didn’t start off this way,” Julie said. “But over the course of the past 10 years of working together, our relationship is more like sisters. We work out together, we socialize together and we work together.  We probably call each other like 15 times a day.”

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