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Keller Williams Realtor Beth Johnson (far right) helped bring the “green home” market to North Texas. Recently she spoke about the innovations and disruptions environmentally-friendly building has brought to the industry at a panel hosted by the Dallas Builders Association.

Beth Johnson has been championing environmental causes for decades. The Keller Williams agent was the first Realtor in the nation to achieve the green “Quadruple Crown.” She’s been certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), EcoBroker, NAR Green, and Certified Green Professionals.

In layman’s terms, that means she’s been trained and certified by the country’s major green accreditation programs, and knows a thing or two about building an eco-friendly home.

Before starting her real estate career in 2005, Johnson spent nearly three decades working in environmental advocacy for area nonprofits. During that time, she lobbied for clean air, clean water, and wilderness protection. When it came time to build her own custom home, she wanted to make it as green as possible.

However, she soon discovered that Realtors in the field literally didn’t know what she was talking about. She began to think that maybe there was a business model there. People like her needed someone who understood the issues and could match environmentally inclined buyers and sellers together. (more…)

 

Josh DeShong recently left Keller Williams to go the independent route. His local team will now be based in Addison’s Quorum Business Park

“I started in real estate the day I turned 18,” DeShong said. “I knew nothing about this business and Keller Williams gave me a really good launching pad to learn. But it didn’t make sense to stay anymore.”

DeShong worked at Keller Williams for 13 years, during which time he became one of the company’s top producers. For the past 18 months, he has been investing heavily in technology with a goal of streamlining the experience for both the customer and the client. He also instituted a flat $3,000 fee for selling homes, something not all of his peers were happy with. However, he believes it is what many customers will soon come to expect.

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Training Room KW

That’s a lot of seats, but I’m told each and every one will be filled up in Flower Mound when I spend a few hours chatting at the KW Office Kickoff Meeting that will be held at KW’s Flower Mound home on January 12th, this Thursday. 

Pam Cottrell

Pam Cottrell

Team leaders Anne Lakusta  and Pam Cottrell booked me several weeks ago to talk and inspire about all things real estate at the first meeting of the year with more than 200 agents present!  

My agenda: trends, hot news, gossip. Where our market is headed. So easy, so fun.

Super duper hope to see you there!

GetMediaCraftsman homes are a distinctly American style. Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene, architects in California at the turn of the century, are credited as being instrumental in creating the look we associate with the Craftsman bungalow. The low-pitched, gabled roofs are well suited to warm climates, so it’s not surprising that once people started seeing this new look in magazines it transitioned quickly from California to Texas.

From 1905 through the 1920s, the Craftsman bungalow became the most popular style of small house in America. Lucky for us, Dallas still has plenty of these homes, many beautifully restored like our Friday Four Hundred at 5823 Richmond Avenue, listed by Eve Holder of Keller Williams for $450,000. (more…)