Swathy Prithivy, Opendoor; Janelle Alacantara, Galaxy Modern; Candy Evans, CandysDirt.com; Becky Frey, Compass; Alex Doubet, Door; and Beth Johnson, Keller Williams (Photo courtesy Dallas Builders Association).

I had the privilege of moderating a panel stuffed to the gills with creative, talented real estate professionals yesterday at the Dallas Builders Association’s luncheon. The panel, featuring some of the top disruptors in the industry, had a lively discussion with one overarching theme: there’s room for everyone in this new playing field for the real estate industry.

Panelists included Swathy Prithivy of Opendoor, Janelle Alcantara of Galaxy Modern, Becky Frey of Compass, Door founder Alex Doubet, and Beth Johnson of Keller Williams. It was a fascinating discussion, with several juicy takeaways. Namely, Doubet predicted that the data indicates that at some point, the last vestiges of traditional model of real estate will disappear. If that’s not a clarion call for the industry, I don’t know what is!

The three full-service Realtors — Alcantara, Frey, and Johnson — stressed that while they felt there is a need for all three models presented at the panel — full service, iBuyer, and flat fee — there will always be a need for a good Realtor that knows the turf, has intimate knowledge of what is selling there regardless of whether it was on MLS or not, and that will advocate for their client.

To get all the best tidbits from these ground-breaking movers and shakers, view the video from our live broadcast now: 

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Referrals are the key to a successful real estate career, and building relationships is the key to sustaining it. No one knows that better than Keller Williams agent Don Neilson. In fact, it’s his goal to become your irreplaceable, trusted real estate adviser. 

His vast experience (he has an MBA in finance and is a retired CPA) serves his clients so well that he’s built an enviable network, deftly guiding his clients into sound real estate investments and earning repeat business time and again. Before moving to Dallas in 2010, Don established his own firm in Memphis — The Neilson Group — and built it to 60 agents in two locations. He and his team sold hundreds of historic homes.  For this reason and so much more, Neilson has earned the title of High Caliber Agent of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans

Find out why Don Neilson has earned the trust of his clients, and the title of High Caliber Agent:

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open housesRealtors — did you know that every week, we solicit pitches for our various featured listing posts like the Tuesday Two Hundred, the weekly roundup of Open Houses, Thursday Three Hundred, Friday Four or Five Hundred, and more?

All you have to do to get in on the action is join our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt. It’s a great place to virtually mingle with fellow professionals, ask questions, lend a hand, and, yes, pitch stories to CandysDirt.com writers.

Take, for instance, this week’s three properties featured in our CandysDirt.com Open Houses of the Week. After asking members to share their listings that would help someone meet a common New Year’s resolution, three Realtors pitched their open houses — and are now seeing them featured today.

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Keller Williams announced Wednesday that it was acquiring Philadelphia startup Smarter Agent in what company leadership says is part of the company’s $1 billion tech fund.

The company told Inman that its newest purchase is a mobile-first platform that connects to more than 650 multiple listing services (MLS). It also allows brokers and agents to create branded real estate search apps, Inman said.

Keller Williams Chief Innovation Officer Josh Team said the move would allow the company to compete with other real estate search sites like Zillow and Redfin. (more…)

French EclecticOur Monday Morning Millionaire is a beautiful French eclectic home at 4301 Edmondson Ave. only a block from Highland Park Village. This is an architectural style that has never gone out of style largely due to the fact it combines influences that strike a familiar chord, such as symmetry, while still allowing the freedom to experiment a bit, hence the eclectic aspect. (more…)

Nicole Espinosa, the top agent for the past three years at JP and Associates, has joined Keller Williams. She and her team of five agents will be based out of the Preston Road location in Dallas.

“In order for us to get to where we want to be I felt like this was a much better fit for our goals,” she said.

One of those goals is doubling the size of her team by year’s end. In 2017, Espinosa expanded into Houston where she now has around 20 listings. She hopes to soon add local agents there, and believes being a part of Keller Williams will play a big role in making that happen.

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Don’t let the quaint exterior of this Frisco home fool you into thinking this is a small house. This DR Horton-built home at 7920 Southmark Drive is long and narrow, but it’s a huge two-story with four bedrooms and three full baths coming in at 2,635 square feet. It’d be a perfect home for a family with kids, perfectly situated at Preston and Rolater in Frisco, the city most recently named the best city in Texas for families.

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During the week, Andrea Brooks is a Plano-based Realtor for Keller Williams. Over the past decade she’s built a successful business, one that she says is “busy and fulfilling.” However, on weekends she can often be found traveling around the country promoting her invention called Footsie Soft.

“I think most people have thought of something and said, ‘That would be so cool if I could get my invention out there,’” Brooks said. “I thought why not just give it a try so that’s what I did.”

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