Kevin Bake Off

Dallas City Center director Kevin Caskey probably did an extra spin class yesterday evening. I mean, how else could he stay in such great shape after an event like the East Dallas MLS “Cake Wars for TREPAC” yesterday?

The auction, which benefited the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee that focuses on protecting homeowners’ rights, featured some really amazing (and delicious!) treats from several brokerages in the area. It all started with the men of East Dallas MLS baked the treats and the ladies bought them up for a good cause.

But this year’s confections show that it takes a professional touch to rake in the big bids.

Trepac Starwars Back off

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Mindy Niehaus

Isn’t she just adorable? We love Mindy Niehaus, a go-getting Realtor with Nathan Grace Real Estate, because not only is she absolutely lovely on the outside (just look at that hair!) but she’s a real beauty on the inside, too. Mindy learned about the real estate business from the best teacher there is: her mother. She took that drive and ingenuity from her time in fashion and her patience from her time as a teacher and became a Realtor that is scoring referrals like good deals during a sale at Nordstrom’s.

Not only that, but she has a killer sense of humor; it’s a trait almost required of Realtors nowadays. In that way, she reminds us a lot of Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans. What has your lender done for you lately? See what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin at Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to get the scoop on Oklahoma transplant Mindy Niehaus and what she loves about North Texas!

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Alyssa O'Brien Ramsey Sponsored

Smart, creative, and hard-working, Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey is a Realtor you want on your team. Not only has she made a name for herself with client referrals, but she’s become an integral part of the well-oiled machine that is the up-and-coming independent brokerage Nathan Grace. But Alyssa, every humble, says that it’s the other way around when it comes to the people that make up the brand — they’re all family, and all indispensable.

“In my career I have been blessed to work with great people at great companies, or so I thought,” Alyssa said. “It wasn’t until working at Nathan Grace that I have truly experienced working with great people at a great company. As cliché as it sounds, the Nathan Grace team are my extended family.”

And family matters, Alyssa notes, especially in an industry that follows the law of the jungle: Eat or be eaten.

“This is a competitive business, but at the end of the day, we lift each other up and have built a culture that is second to none,” Alyssa said. “The leadership and support team truly care about the success of the agents’ business first and foremost – without our success they don’t have success.”

Alyssa O'Brien Ramsey's home was "Graced" by her fellow agents at Nathan Grace.

Alyssa O’Brien Ramsey’s home was “Graced” by her fellow agents at Nathan Grace.

To recognized that success, the brand does something called “Gracing” Alyssa said. A team member’s front yard is littered with branded signs a la flocking. “We have fun, we love to win, and we take our work seriously, but not ourselves,” Alyssa notes. “There are many reasons that Nathan Grace has been named one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by Dallas Business Journal and I but the number one reason – the people! It’s not your mama’s real estate company, but she’d be so proud!”

Now that sounds like company culture that Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans could get behind! He works hard and has fun, all the while recognizing the hard work that Realtors and brokers put into every transaction. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by calling Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump to find out more about Alyssa!

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It’s a homecoming of sorts says Britt Lopez, who has been with Keller Williams since 2004 — back when Dallas City Center was a franchise of the brand. When Dallas City Center split from the brokerage and became independent, Lopez decided to go to Keller Williams Urban, where she has been since 2012. Now, she’s back with Kevin Caskey and his team of top-performing agents.

“For me, it’s a fresh start. It’s a new year, and it’s important for me to do that, to start over,” Lopez said. “I need to be around people who are like me, who work as hard as me, to keep me up there. I believe that an agent is only as good as the agents around them, and Dallas City Center is just a good working environment.”

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809 Newell

Photo: Hollywood/Santa Monica Neighborhood Association

We’re so excited about the upcoming Hollywood/Santa Monica Neighborhood Association home tour, which is scheduled for April 26 and 27, from noon to 5 p.m. The 23rd annual Hollywood Heights Home Tour is a thoughtful, well-organized event that features some of the amazing Tudors and traditionals for which this gorgeous East Dallas enclave is known. Tickets for the tour are $15 and are on sale now!

We’ve already interviewed Realtor Joe Kacynski, whose home inside an amazing renovated duplex at San Mateo and Newell will be on this year’s tour. He had some great insight on the home tour, and what it takes to get ready, but our next interview subject has been preparing for the Hollywood Heights Home Tour for going on 4 years. Tiffany Diederich says that when she and her husband bought the adorable Tudor at 809 Newell, they started the slow process of making it theirs. It wasn’t until this year that she finally acquiesced to the neighborhood’s requests to feature her lovely home on the tour.

You can read more about Diederich and her amazing home, as well as how you can win a pair of tickets to this year’s home tour, after the jump!

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