Courtney Molina

I first met Courtney Molina at a fundraiser and remarked at how much energy she had. Seriously, Courtney is one of those people who really listens to you, focuses on what you’re saying, and makes sure you know you’re heard. It’s like talking to a sister or a best friend. But not only does she listen to her clients, she makes sure they are treated in the best way possible, walking them through every step of one of the biggest financial transactions of their lives like she would with her own family. It’s no wonder that, after her first year with Ebby Halliday Realtors Lakewood office, she’s growing her referrals like gangbusters.

Her approach to business is not at all unlike how Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans works. Lindigrin is also active in the community, taking time to listen to clients and referral partners, focusing on what they have to say, and making sure they know they are heard. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

Jump now to read up on this fast-rising Realtor!

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Now here’s a fun Q&A you will just love. Brittney Warren is brand new at Rogers Healy and Associates and this Realtor is such a positive, fun gal with a great perspective on life, just like Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans.

Brittney is ready to go the extra mile for her clients, even if that means touring tons of properties and submitting several bids! Do you have a lender that’s ready to go the extra mile for you? Jeff Lindigrin, “chief happiness officer” at Great Western Home Loans always takes the client experience to the next level. Find out more about Great Western Home Loans today.

In the mean-time, read on for more dish on this fantastic Austin transplant who loves residential real estate and is happy to finally have her dream job!:

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1019 Sarasota Curb

Yes, yes, this is another glorious home from Alex Roostaei, a young and driven Allie Beth Allman agent. In fact, you’ll be surprised to hear that this amazing Realtor is marketing another property on the same street as one we featured from him earlier this year.

Roostaei, who sold 1115 Sarasota Circle in February just days after we posted about that romantic Tudor. And brand spanking new to the market is 1019 Sarasota Circle, another gorgeous home with thoughtful updates that is oh-so-classy! Roostaei is marketing this beautiful abode on this gorgeous tree-lined street in Hollywood Heights for $549,000.

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Wes Lewis GWHL Featured Realtor

Wes Lewis is such a hoot! This young Realtor has joined up with Rogers Healy and has completely taken off. Not only does Lewis have a fantastic sense of humor, but he also has excellent taste when it comes to design. He offers tips and tricks on his blog and to his clients. And get this — this Uptown Dallas agent often rides a Segway to showings! Never heard of that before!

Originality and flexibility are two traits you want in a Realtor, which is why he is this week’s Great Western Home Loans Featured Realtor, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin. Jeff takes great care as a lender, as he should.

Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

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9930 Cloister Front

I was telling my husband about this house at 9930 Cloister last week. We drive by it every single day because it’s at the corner of Cloister and Peavy, a street well-trafficked by anyone who lives on our side of White Rock Lake.

This home is rare bird because while some important updates have been done, the kitchen and hall bath are time warps back to 1956, which was when this cute two-bedroom, two-bath home was built. Pam over at Retro Renovation will adore these two rooms, which have original tile and cabinetry, a big plus for any 1950s aficionado, and the bathroom has the original pink tile and a double-sink vanity.

“Maybe we should buy it?” my husband asked, half joking.

“Well, let’s see if it’s still on the market …” I responded, which caused my husband’s mouth to fall open.

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Talk about an interesting Realtor! Erika Warfield has a background in TV and has a passion for real estate. Warfield, whose a Realtor with Dallas City Center, is a Dallas transplant who loves our city and is the first to say that she may not be a native, but she got her as soon as she could.

Besides channelling Joan Jett and being an altogether rock star (really!) Warfield is funny, humble, straightforward, and so much fun to talk to. Those are all fantastic assets you want in a Realtor, which is why she is this week’s Great Western Home Loans Featured Realtor, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin.

Jeff takes great care as a lender, as he should. Of course, every sale should have a lender that works just as hard to get a great deal as their Realtor. What has your lender done for you lately? Find out what you’re missing by contacting Jeff Lindigrin with Great Western Home Loans today.

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In the Park Cities, homes are often "spoken for" as soon as there's a sign out front.

In the Park Cities, homes are often “spoken for” as soon as there’s a sign out front.

From the accounts told by Realtors over cocktails, you’d think buying and selling a home in Dallas was a bloodsport. But whether agents, buyers, and sellers are turning around enough offers and counters to die a death by a million paper cuts is under some dispute. That is, if you’re one to believe studies from national sources.

With the advent of photo-heavy online listings visible from anywhere, video tours, and slideshows, many Realtors have already ordered a tombstone for the Open House. But should we start eulogizing a long-held practice that can give sellers much-needed feedback and turn looky-loos into serious buyers?

That’s the argument Brendon Desimone poses in his blog post, saying that serious buyers are developed over time, and just browsing listings online won’t sell them on one particular home.

“Open houses give buyers a no-pressure environment in which to deepen their education about the local market, so they can make a more informed decision,” Desimone says. “A buyer may use an open house as a first showing of the property. But when buyers become serious about a home, an open house provides them another opportunity to spend time in the home, to get to know it better, without the confines of a 15-minute private appointment.”

I agree with some of what Desimone says, but there are so many websites out there that break down important market information, giving buyers an economic outlook on a property long before they’re ready to commit. Trulia does a great job of this with its graphic interface and easily accessible message boards that facilitate discussion about neighborhoods. Let’s use our Friday Four Hundred, 5802 Monticello, for example. To the right you can see agents and potential buyers talking about the neighborhood at length — a wonderful resource for buyer education.

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Of course, what you don’t get from all of this buyer education is a feel for neighborhood traffic. Is this home near a noisy intersection? How close are you to shopping? Are there other families and pedestrians nearby? That’s where an open house really provides an added benefit. Buyers can linger, walk around the neighborhood, get a feel for their surroundings.

Of course, one open house is a lot easier to manage than a gazillion individual showings, says Desimone. Agreed, but it also opens the home to people who aren’t interested in buying at all, including neighbors and thieves, as Rogers Healy recently mentioned on Fox Business News’ The Willis Report. But they do give agents and sellers an opportunity to get some feedback on a listing, Desimone says.

“A good listing agent will want to see as many buyers come through as possible to gauge their reactions to the home,” he offers. “Are people walking in and out quickly? Or are they hanging around? What questions are they asking? What are their biggest hang-ups or concerns? This is the kind of valuable information you can’t get online.”

Agreed. You won’t get a lot of feedback from buyers who shop mostly online, and a seller’s agent won’t likely be at showings, so besides critiques from stagers and other agents, this is likely the only direct feedback sellers can get.

What do you think? Is the Open House a relic, or is it relevant?