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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Victorian[Editor’s note: Merry Christmas! This week, we’re taking time off to focus on our loved ones, so we are sharing some of our favorite stories from this year. Keep an eye out for our top features from the archives as we rest and get ready for a brilliant 2019! Cheers, from Candy and the entire staff at CandysDirt.com!]

Bethany: When I saw the listing for this house, I knew it had to have a story. And when I met Patricia Simon, who painstakingly restored this Queen Anne Victorian with her husband Kyle, she had a treasure trove of information about the history, which is intermingled with Dallas’s own rich history. I also found it fascinating to see how they were able to combine modern sensibilities and desires with the period-specific aspects of the home.

When orthodontist Patricia Simon isn’t straightening the teeth of Lakewood residents, she tends to be restoring Dallas homes, including her home in the Peak Suburban Addition Historic District she restored with her husband, Kyle.

When the two finished their home, they turned their attention to an aging 1902 Queen Anne Victorian on Moreland Avenue that had become the victim of years of deferred maintenance and the march of time.

“It’s one of the few original Victorians left in the neighborhood,” she said one Sunday as she surveyed the completed work. “There are other old Victorians here, but many of them — not all — were moved here from other places.”

When the two began, they started by trying to suss out the original floor plan. There had been a couple of additions. When they purchased the home, it had been a single family dwelling, but still retained some of the changes from when it had been multifamily housing.

“In the thirties and forties, there was a housing shortage,” Simon explained. At one point, this was divided into four apartments, and those changes were still there.

“It was probably a boarding house,” she added.

The two also began determining what could be saved, and what would need to be replaced.  “I think it’s a nod to the past, but we also realize you have to live in the present,” Simon said of what emerged as they worked. (more…)

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One of Lakewood‘s premier agent brands, the Nancy Johnson Group, has moved to Compass.

Compass visited with me, and I liked many of the things they were talking about with technology, CRM and other things they can do to help my clients,” Johnson said. “They are doing more than just the same old business operation that a lot of other companies are used to doing.”

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More and more homes in the Casa Linda Estates area have been torn down, with towering two-story houses filling lots where rambling stone ranches once stood. That’s happening all over Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods, some may note. However, it’s laudable to see a builder come in and expand a home in a way that adds a fresh face to it without taking over the large lots for which Casa Linda Estates is known. 
 
That’s what makes this gorgeous rebuild from Tivoli Construction our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Taking an already great home with sturdy bones in a great neighborhood with a fabulous location and transforming it into a stylish, modern house fit for family life is no small task, said listing agent David Collier of David Griffin & Company Realtors.
 
Right from the spacious front deck, which wraps the front of this updated midcentury ranch at 1540 San Saba, you can tell that this rebuild is something completely different. Not only was the interior completely redesigned, but there are so many wonderful touches outside the home, cementing its status as a High Caliber Home. Spoiler alert: It’s priced under $1 million, too!

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The Heather Guild Group joined Compass Real Estate the day before Thanksgiving. (Front Row: Haley Wagstaff, Valerie Caddell; Back: Kelli Taylor, Heather Guild, Amy Sack)

The Heather Guild Group has moved to Compass Real Estate. Guild said the decision was made after a careful evaluation of what kind of company they felt had the best tools and resources to help them serve their clients.

“We really felt Compass was a good blend of the time-tested agent/client relationship model of real estate, combined with the innovative technology that our clients have come to expect in every other aspect of their lives,” Guild said. “We are excited to have joined a real estate brokerage that is not only on pace with current technology but really has a vision for where real estate services are going.”

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When we first saw Sam Claussen’s newest listing, we did a double take. This practically brand new contemporary is located within one of East Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods — the Belmont Addition — but it’s absolutely perfect for modern family life. The whole neighborhood, often confused with the M Streets area, is close to the shopping and dining of Lower Greenville, and has access to some amazing parks and schools, but often features older houses that might have their fair share of issues. But inside our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, you’ll find the utmost ease of living without the stress and expense of an older home.

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Powerhouse agents Mark Cain and Britt Rhodes recently moved to new brokerages.

In this week’s Agent Migration column we catch up with two veteran agents who recently made big moves. Did you make an Agent Migration? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Mark Cain Take Team to Compass

Realtor Mark Cain has moved to Compass Real Estate. “The decision to move was not made lightly as I invested nearly nine months researching the company to verify its track record and growth path,” Cain said. “Now that I’m here it is clear that Compass was the right choice for my business home.“

Cain said he came away impressed with Compass’ management team as well as its technology, marketing, advertising, and support personnel. Also attractive to him was the fact that everyone works from a centralized location, and that the office itself is open and user-friendly with lots of space.

“The whole move was a decision to offer more tools and strategies that will enable me to better serve my clients,” he said.

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There’s no shortage of beautiful Midcentury Modern homes in East Dallas — you just have to know where to look. In fact, there are quite a few in University Manor, which is conveniently located just off of Northwest Highway near the White Rock Lake DART Rail station. Of course, not all of them are so carefully remodeled as this listing from David Griffin, broker of his eponymous firm. The level of detail and care in the renovation easily makes this University Manor Midcentury Modern our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

Of course, you can see the sloping rooflines and clerestory windows from the curb of this gorgeous Midcentury Modern, but the beautiful, Zen-inspired landscaping and copious floor-to-ceiling windows make this University Manor home stand apart from the rest of its ilk. 

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