Ed Murchison didn’t want to leave Virginia Cook Realtors. They treated him well over the past 15 years. However, when the firm announced it was shutting down this spring, he knew he had to find another brokerage with a strong and deep offering of market support for agents.

“I was really impressed with Coldwell Banker’s suite of agent marketing, property marketing, sales marketing, and all the tools that they had,” he said. “They offer so much it’s almost overwhelming, and they allow agents like myself to customize it.”

Murchison considers himself a “unique bird” because he built his brand on a very specific niche. All of his marketing is geared towards people looking to focus on Midcentury Modern or modern homes. He figures he first fell in love with the style around the time he was born. One of his earliest memories is being six or seven years old riding in a car with his parents and seeing a flat roof, clean-lined home.

“It just drew me in,” he recalled. “Every time we would drive by it I remember just focusing on it.”

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After 20 years serving the North Texas real estate community, multiple sources have confirmed that Virginia Cook Realtors will close for business on April 15. The brokerage, which has five offices throughout the region, is helmed by its eponymous founder and executive officer Sheila Rice. David Griffin & Company Realtors, formerly a brand of Virginia Cook, separated more than a week ago. 

According to one source, the brokerage has just 67 homes on market priced between $3 million to $7 million, with only one sold since the beginning of 2019. We have reached out to multiple representatives with Virginia Cook for an official statement and have not received a call back. There’s no word on where exiting agents with the brokerage will land.

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Jennifer Ackerman, one of Virginia Cook’s top agents, has moved to Compass. Her first day there was April 2.

“It definitely wasn’t a decision that I took lightly,” Ackerman said. “After weeks of back and forth I decided to make the leap. I think it’s a very exciting transition.”

Ackerman began her real estate career at Virginia Cook 12 years ago.  She has been the company’s second-best selling agent for the past three years. In 2017, her volume topped $27 million. Going into this year, she still loved her job and was not seeking a change. When a Compass representative called, she agreed to take the meeting mostly as a courtesy.

“I left the meeting impressed,” she said. “I was blown away by the different ways that they were thinking about the industry.”

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You never know what you're going to get

4013 Clayton Road East in Ridglea Hills is like a box of chocolates (photos: Trey Freeze Media)

To paraphrase from the great Forrest Gump:”Some homes are like a box of choc-o-lates … you never know what you’re going to get.” 

(Side note: how did Gump beat out Shawshank Redemption for Best Picture in 1994 … preposterous!)

Truer words could not be spoken when referring to this week’s Tarrant County Tuesday home located at 4013 Clayton Road E in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood of Fort Worth.

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Virginia Cook Realtor Kelly Jordan was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient.

From Staff Reports

Kelly Jordan of Virginia Cook Realtors was named the 2017 Hearts at Work award recipient during a company celebration luncheon September 22 at the Park Cities Club. The award was established to honor significant volunteer service to our communities by the company’s sales associates.

“Volunteer service enriches communities where we live and work and has been integral to the culture of our company since we opened 18 years ago,” said President Sheila Rice as she presented the award. “The Hearts at Work program allows us to formally recognize associates like Kelly who bring a passionate commitment to enriching the lives of individuals, families and neighborhoods.” 

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Rarely do we come across a home that is an urban contemporary through and through. So color us thrilled when Virginia Cook Realtor Angela Downes reached out to us about this white hot contemporary in North Dallas. Not only that, but this home, situated north of Preston Trails Golf Club and west of Preston Road, is inside the Dallas city limits, but located within the boundaries of Plano ISD. 

And the spaces inside this home, with their soaring ceilings and huge windows, are a breath of fresh air. It’s no wonder then that we’ve named this artful urban contemporary our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. There’s so much to love in this luxurious, clean-lined home that we cannot wait to show you.

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While I, too, love midcentury modern homes, dealing with the details involved with restoring an older residence doesn’t thrill me. Truly, I’d prefer midcentury lines and feel with the assurance of new construction. That’s just what Virginia Cook Realtor Ed Murchison has listed, all wrapped up in the finishes and feel that modern home buyers in Dallas desire. 

Designed by Josh Nimmo, this home was built as the residence of Dwellings AKC founder Alan Kagan. As Karen Eubank has told us, there’s nothing quite like the personal homes of builders, as these are the houses where you can find detail and value beyond your typical house. 

“Kagan is known for his high-quality, architect-designed modern homes featuring meticulous attention to detail,” Murchison said. Now extrapolate that and add in a dash of excellent location and you get 6035 Prospect Ave., a midcentury modern-inspired residence in walkable East Dallas.

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Arlington Heights

Looking for a great Westside location in a quiet corner of Arlington Heights? You might fall under the spell of this 1932 Tudor charmer at 4803 El Campo Avenue. A peaked roof  plus a concentric arched doorway and tidy landscaping add up to loads of curb appeal. The 2,156-square-foot cottage began life as a duplex — the only remaining vestige being the double entrance to the living area. Otherwise, the transition is pretty seamless. (more…)