Staff Reports

After 20 years serving the North Texas real estate community, multiple sources have confirmed that Virginia Cook Realtors will close for business on April 15. The brokerage, which has five offices throughout the region, is helmed by its eponymous founder and executive officer Sheila Rice. David Griffin & Company Realtors, formerly a brand of Virginia Cook, separated more than a week ago. 

According to one source, the brokerage has just 67 homes on market priced between $3 million to $7 million, with only one sold since the beginning of 2019. We have reached out to multiple representatives with Virginia Cook for an official statement and have not received a call back. There’s no word on where exiting agents with the brokerage will land.

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If you want to live close to downtown Dallas on the east side, you have a few choices: an apartment, a townhome, or one of the historic single-family homes in Old East Dallas. However, this listing from David Griffin & Company Realtor Robert Kucharski is the exception to this general rule. This Bryan Parkway Tudor is a recent build in a cozy, quaint historic neighborhood close to downtown Dallas, offering easy living in a fantastic location.

What’s not to love about this High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans? With its stately brick facade, spacious lot, and fabulous details, we’re hard pressed to find any downside to this Bryan Parkway Tudor at 6122 Bryan Parkway.

“The home appeals to today’s buyer because it offers an open, versatile floor plan with an abundance of windows to welcome the outside into the home,” Kucharski said. “Located in a historic neighborhood, it is surrounded by beautifully unique homes and is located walking distance to area restaurants and boutique stores.”

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East VillageIf you’re a fan of Modern homes, it’s likely a design from the duo of Bang Dang and Rizwan Faruqui, who together bring more than 30 years of experience and design aesthetic to projects all over Dallas — including this East Village condo David Griffin & Company Realtor Eddie Rodriguez pointed us to this week.

East Village, in fact, seems to be a hotbed of new Modern homes, from architects and builders like Joshua Nimmo, Cobalt Homes, Conrad Homes, and Alan Kagan putting up sleek, modern contemporary homes, condos, and townhomes throughout the area.

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It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and we just can’t believe our luck. Not only were we able to find a truly high-caliber home to feature this week, but this huge house in Cedar Hill is so wonderfully secluded and private, with nature on all sides and a backyard that’s perfect for kids that we couldn’t ignore it. 

What’s not to love about 2424 Amberleaf Court, a listing from David Griffin and Company Realtors agent Lori Ericsson in the Lake Ridge subdivision. It’s such a stellar family home, complete with everything you could want and nothing you don’t — like neighbors! It’s another fantastic High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

“It’s a fun house located in Cedar Hill,” Ericsson said. “It has a family friendly floorplan with dual staircases, master bedroom downstairs, three bedrooms and a fantastic media room upstairs.”

That sounds like the perfect layout for epic family gatherings and slumber parties all year! Want to try your luck? Find out more about this gem after the jump:

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Have you ever wanted to ask Alex Doubet of Door what motivates him? Or how he keeps the lights on? What is OpenDoor really about and how much do they charge sellers? Why did so many tip-top agents flock to Compass? Is it possible to sell your home online now? How big are the iBuyers, really? 

Get the inside scoop on how brokers, both big and small, new and old, are reinventing the way homes are bought and sold at the Dallas Division Realtor Panel on Thursday, Feb. 7, 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano’s NorthPark. This realtor panel will include Becky Frey, Compass; Janelle Alcantara, David Griffin & Co. Realtors, Founder of Galaxy Modern; Alex Doubet, Door; Beth Johnson, Keller Williams Realty; and Swathy Prithivi at Opendoor. 

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Despite all of the new technology available to agents today, success is still determined by an agent’s ability to get a deal done, says David Collier, this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It takes passion, commitment, and consistency to keep clients coming back, and to build a business that thrives no matter what cycle of the Dallas real estate market we are in.

“I’ve been witness to the ebbs and flows of the Dallas real estate market, in which you see tons of new agents piling into the industry believing that it is an easy business that translates to an easy way to make money,” Collier told CandysDirt.com. “But take it from me: You must still be on the ground and dedicated to make buying and selling happen in this marketplace, today or any day.”

Find out more about this week’s High Caliber Agent presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and how Collier’s dedication to his clients, his community, and his family has given his business the kind of staying power that some Dallas real estate agents only dream of.

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Though it’s unlikely to find any snow outside your home during a Texas winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace the Danish concept of hygge, which has gained popularity in our culture recently. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), which means “to cherish oneself; to keep or make oneself snug” is though to be the etymological origin for the English word “hug,” and perfectly describes the embrace that this 1925-built Kessler Square Tudor offers with its loads of cozy details. 

I had no problem picturing myself in this listing from Robert Kucharski of David Griffin & Company Realtors, and if you are a fan of spaces that spill over with hygge, you’ll want to nab our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. From the plentiful curb appeal and charm of the entire neighborhood, to the copious amenities this red-brick Tudor offers, you’ll never want to leave your cozy home!

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For a lot of people, Friday is their favorite day of the week. It’s the precipice before the weekend — two blessed days off! But for me, my favorite day of the week is Wednesday because it’s the day I get to bring to you, our dear readers, our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. When we go looking for High Caliber Homes to feature each week, we take a snapshot of the market and pick out one home that offers something more, whether location, architecture, interiors, marketing, or value. 

So, what exactly makes a listing a High Caliber Home?

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