JP and Associates

JP Piccinini launched his firm with only two associates out of his Frisco home in November 2011. 

I remember the first time I met J.P. Piccinini at his office in Plano. He was hosting a Realtor event, a ribbon cutting, with special guest Fredrick Eklund, the Swedish-born New York City real estate broker, Bravo TV reality star of Million Dollar Listing former IT entrepreneur in his native Sweden, and non-fiction writer. He told me to go get a photo with Fredrick, make myself at home. I did. I knew, and I think I wrote at the time:

If this real estate name is not on the tip of your tongue yet, it may well be very soon: JP and Associates REALTORS is one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in Dallas Fort Worth, and on its way to becoming the Southwest Airlines of real estate brokerages.

Now he is buying one of the largest brokerages in Austin with $400 million in sales and more than 200 licensed agents and brokers across the state. I was right. The growth of JP and Associates has been phenomenal. The company has grown over 700 percent in the last three years, stretching out from that one Plano office where Eklund demo’ed a kick for me, to 10 or more offices in the DFW area, plus Austin, NYC, and Houston.

And now the sky is truly the limit. Prior to the acquisition of Private Label Realty, JPAR was forecasting $1.6 to $1.7 billion in sales volume for 2017, or 60 percent growth. JPAR was featured in the Dallas Business Journal‘s 2017’s Top 20 Largest North Texas Residential Real Estate Brokerages and ranked No. 586 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 List of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Throw in those 200-plus licensed agents and brokers in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio — sizzling markets all — and JPAR is poised for even more growth.

I profiled JP a couple of years ago, and his humble background made me love him even more.

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CandysDirt staff meeting

It’s one of the most luxurious homes in Highland Park — or Texas — and we’ve got your ticket to tour at the next CandysDirt staff meeting.

Sitting on almost an acre at 3509 Euclid Ave., this Mediterranean villa is over 18,000 square feet of sophisticated spaces, with six bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, six half baths, four living rooms, three dining rooms, and 11 fireplaces on three stories, built in 2012.

On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m., we’ll be there to take in the views and enjoy this private, luxe retreat near Armstrong and Abbot avenues in one of the toniest parts of Highland Park.

Just how exquisite is this villa? How about a wine grotto with tasting room, outdoor putting green, indoor golf simulator, sprawling 10-car garage, and a state-of-the-art gym with a steam and aromatherapy room? And the backyard is positively swoon-worthy, with a Tuscan cabana with a sitting room and private baths, sparkling swimming pool and spa, fountains, and a fire pit in the pool.

This masterpiece is the work of Fusch Architects, builder John Sebastian of Sebastian Construction Group, and Harold Leidner Landscape Architects. It is newly listed by JP Piccinini and Monica Shovlin with JP & Associates Realtors for $18 million.

How about a sneak peek before our CandysDirt staff meeting? I’d love to show you this property…

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