In this week’s Agent Migration column, we catch up with a former Virginia Cook agent from Fort Worth and meet a California newcomer. Did you make a big move? Contact Joshua Baethge.

Stephanie Quevedo Happy to be at Christie’s Ulterre

Stephanie Quevedo is settling in with the Giordano, Wegman, Walsh, & Associates (GWW) team at Christie’s Ulterre.  She started at the end of May after previously being affiliated with Virginia Cook Realtors.  While her former employer’s closing was a shock, she feels it may ultimately turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

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When choosing high-rise real estate, what level provides your preferred views? Some people don’t want to get too high, opting for a tree-top skimming view that offers some privacy and shorter elevator rides. Others like that mid-building feel, that gives you a great feel for the horizon and keeps vertigo at bay. Others want a lofty perch from which to look down on their domain. 

Me? I’m a middle-of-the-building gal, which is why I find this gorgeous unit inside The House so appealing. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans.

This listing, unit 1704 inside The House by Starck, is marketed by the queen of Dallas high-rise real estate, Nancy Martinez. Martinez just found her new brokerage home at David Griffin & Company Realtors after Virginia Cook Realtors folded last week.

 “It has been a seamless transition so far to David Griffin,” Martinez shared. “David and colleagues have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. The company protocols are familiar because of  David Griffin & Company’s affiliation with Virginia Cook for so many years.  It has made changing brokerages a lot less painful.” 

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By the time Virginia Cook Realtors officially shut down this week, the vast majority of agents from the firm’s six locations had already found new homes.  Many of them were hesitant to talk about the experience out of respect for their former boss. Those who did generally shared the sentiment that they were saddened by the company’s demise but also grateful to find new firms that fit their personalities and business goals.

When Virginia Cook’s closure plans were initially revealed, search committees were formed at the Forest Lane and Park Cities offices to help agents decide where to go next. Representatives from multiple firms were then brought in to make their pitches.

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We were the first to tell you of the sad demise of Virginia Cook Realtors. And though “others” reporting this story have said that Virginia Cook Realtors shut down all offices, that is not the truth.

The Sherman office of Virginia Cook Realtors has been acquired by Dallas City Center Realtors.

Paragon Realtors debuted in Sherman, Texas, this week with the acquisition of the Virginia Cook Sherman office, the No.1 brokerage in the area, by Dallas-based Dallas City Center Realtors. Sherman is about one hour north of Dallas.

“These agents were so committed to staying together and active,” says Yvette Grove, director of Dallas City Center Coaching and Training. “They had already selected another building. They had their news signs designed and ready in a week.”

Agents chose the name “Paragon” for the newly branded office. “Paragon” is a model or pattern of excellence, exemplifying the hallmark reputation of both companies, says Pat Rowland, manager of the former Virginia Cook Sherman office.

The rebrand and new look will begin rolling out across several North Texas counties this month, including Grayson.

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Grapevine is a fascinating suburb with real estate ranging from historic homes to brand new construction to luxury lake living. Here are three vastly different styled homes in Grapevine for this week’s Suburb Sunday: A soft contemporary, a mid-century ranch style, and a Victorian home.

A Perfect Combo of Style and Location

Address: 3001 Old Mill Run, Grapevine

  • Three bedrooms, three baths
  • 2,615 square feet
  • $439,900

This 1982-built soft contemporary home offers spacious living with an open flow for entertaining. Exception features include an expansive foyer, 20-foot fireplace, open staircase and catwalk, and loft study. The previous owners spent time and attention making the backyard a perfect private oasis with fireplace, solar screen, wiring for tv and sound, professional lighting, stonework, and landscaping.

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Our Steal: Simone Jeanes of Virginia Cook Realtors has listed 6414 Dunstan Lane for $445,000.

East Dallas has lots to offer, and that includes the neighborhood of Ridgewood Park. Bound by Abrams Road to the west, Lovers Lane to the north, Fisher Road to the east, and the Ridgewood Trail to the south, this small enclave packs a mighty punch, offering quick access to White Rock Lake and major Dallas thoroughfares, as well as fantastic home values. One look at these two beauties in our latest Splurge vs. Steal and you’ll see Ridgewood Park is worth a look.

Which one is more “you,” the Trammel Drive splurge or the Dilbeck-inspired steal? We would love to hear in the comments.

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Bellaire Park Court

According to Laver’s Law, 3509 Bellaire Park Court, lies somewhere between amusing and quaint. James Laver was an esteemed and influential curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum who enunciated a timeline for the cycle of fashion, receiving a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1962. Ten years ago, you might have lethargically said this house was so 70’s. Now,  you would enthusiastically say the multi-level residence, embedded into a tree-lined hill, is so 70’s! (more…)

When Warren Farmer purchased this 1958 Oak Park Estates ranch from a friend, he already had a vision in mind. The home, which had some issues hiding beneath the flooring and walls, turned out to be a project that was ripe for a full-on transformation. 

“This was kind of my pet project,” Farmer said of 1532 Trailridge Drive. “In several places, we took it down to the studs. There was some water damage that happened over the years, and we repaired all of it. It’s mostly new.”

The results have earned this beautiful remodeled ranch in one of our favorite areas of Oak Cliff the title of High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. Not only is the home gorgeous inside and out, but it’s also located in a prime area of Oak Park Estates, which enjoys wonderful topography and access to Five Mile Creek.

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