Two years ago, Colleen Aldstadt joined Ebby Halliday Realtors after a long career in land development. She quickly learned that while many concepts are the same, it’s a whole different world in a lot of ways.  In development, she could count on a captive audience of builders and real estate agents. Being an agent requires another level of lead generation and networking.

“There’s a lot of competition to try and stay in front of everyone, and that’s not easy to do when you don’t have a captive audience,” she said. “You’ve got to be strategic and put yourself in the right place at the right time.”

She credits sales manager Kay Wright for helping her grow a now-thriving business. Aldstadt is based in Ebby’s Plano office and she has a strong presence in the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, Allen hub, as well as Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake, and surrounding areas.

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Not everyone can say they started a real estate career after retirement, but that’s what Tim Williams is trying to do. About a month ago, the longtime entrepreneur joined Halo Group Realty. So far things are going as good as he had hoped.

“Halo is a great company,” Williams said. “They are just a great group of people, and it kind of fits my mentality.”

Of course, saying Williams is new to real estate is a little misleading. Over the past three decades he’s built a successful business career with many professional and personal property deals under his belt. It all started when he opened a sporting goods store while still a student at Baylor. After realizing that wasn’t the business for him, he opened a restaurant in the small East Texas town of Brownsboro. Before long he had multiple restaurants.

“Then one day, I love playing golf, and I thought, ‘I wonder if I can buy a golf course?’” he recalled.

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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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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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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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