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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Medley Buttermore GW Featured Realtor

We love it when Realtors are down-to-earth and fun to chat with. There’s no pretense, and they are just happy to meet you! That’s Medley Buttermore, for you. An SMU grad who became an agent to make ends meet after college, Buttermore has become an important part of Virginia Cook Realtors’ Melnick Team.

Besides having an awesome name, Buttermore is known for looking out for her clients, just like Jeff Lindigrin does at Great Western Home Loans. 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.

Now, read on to find out more about Medley Buttermore!

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I love listening to Candy talk about home trends, luxury real estate, and all the celebrity scuttlebutt she picks up from her amazing cadre of sources.

If you need a fix of celebrity real estate right this very second, check out this week’s Red Zone podcast from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University in which Candy dishes all the dirt on Dallas luxury homes.

And if you can wait a little while to get your fill, Candy will be on KLIF 570 at 4 p.m. today (June 21) with Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. This will be a live, no-holds-barred dissection of top real estate news that has popped up this week, and boy, will it be a doozy!

Don’t miss out!

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Nancy Guerriero and Janelle Law are friends and business partners who have grown an impressive following of loyal clients. The two-woman team at Dallas City Center Realtors are not only gorgeous, but they’re smart, fun, and posting some impressive numbers.

So that’s why Guerriero and Law are this week’s Featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. 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.

Jump to read more about these two amazing Realtors!

CandysDirt.com: How did you get into real estate?

Nancy Guerriero: When my mom needed help with rental properties and house numbers – I was good at the math and enjoyed the process! So it began at age 12.

Janelle Law: I started redoing and gutting homes out of a passion and to make a better place for my 2 children.

CD: You specialize in serving clients in some of Dallas’ close-in neighborhoods. Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

Guerriero: Helping clients understand the process and guiding us both to their goals. Keeping clients focused and helping them comprehend the varying numbers, economies of the different parts of town and most importantly – making it enjoyable.

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

Guerriero: I have lived in four wonderful Dallas areas, as well as a few cities and countries, but right now home is a condo overlooking the Ritz, downtown Dallas, American Airlines Center, and Harwood!. The 20-foot windows with an unbelievable view of the city skyline made us forget we were downsizing

Law: I live in a wonderful duplex in the Park Cities. For me, it’s all about schools and convenience for my family.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

Guerriero: I drive a knocked out black jeep that we lovingly call “our Darth Vadar”. It’s the only way for us to handle all of our staging and all of the unique finds we have on our new website mostlyunusual.com.

Law: I drive the Mercedes!

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

Guerriero: We could go on and on about falling in love repeatedly when we are in different neighborhoods, and it’s all true! In Bluffview it’s the creeks and trees; Preston Hollow has great lush lots, the Northaven Trail and both areas are a great central location for all of Dallas areas. They both have great restaurants, services, and anything you need. The Park Cities is a little town with parks, recreation areas, privacy, and its own town services. It’s small close knit set of two little towns in the middle of everything! The Katy Trail is in the Park Cities as well as where I live now, the One Arts Plaza area. There one walks to everything! The museums. The concerts. The large parks. The theater. In Uptown there are 200-plus restaurants, as well as spas … it’s a new world. My husband grew up in fabulous Lakewood and Lake Highlands. Those areas have the amazing Arboretum, the huge recreation area of White Rock lake, and a very strong community with great schools and tight-knit, wonderful neighborhoods.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

Guerriero: Helping a young blackhawk pilot going to Afghanistan, but really helping anyone find a home. I also get a kick out of finding ways to make money on investment properties – it’s a trip and a good challenge!

CD: How much did you sell last year?

Guerriero:  Enough to feel very blessed!

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

Guerriero:  The same that I say to myself — “Breathe and let’s go!”

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

Guerriero:  This is my “third career” but a lifelong vocation, so I will always enjoy it and have a passion for understanding the economies of dirt.

Law: It has been a true passion for me so walking away isn’t an option. I would miss it every day.

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

Guerriero: Yes, on a beautiful primitive island called Roatan where my office overlooks the dolphins. We have some great properties there as well, so come visit. We also love Pristine Bay Resort!

 

WCR Luck of IrishJeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans (they actually LIKE to lend money) reports a really nice turnout for the WCR Dallas St. Patty’s Day March mixer last week Thursday. But don’t be surprised when the “WTF” sub-committees take on a brave new world of sponsorship solicitation at the Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels:

Our governing board and very special committees made all of the necessary preparations for a great St. Paddy’s Day party.

By this, I mean getting booze and food sponsors.

The event was held at the beautiful Bella Vita Custom Home built by Bella Vita Home Builders at 6830 Wagonner Drive in Preston Hollow. We had absolutely everything that approximately 75 thirsty and hungry Real Estate guests require except for… toilet paper.

Turns out 6830 Waggoner is a model home of sorts, and you know, models never use the restroom. But we did actually find one small partial roll stashed away, probably a left-over from building.  So the WCR “WTF” sub committee sprang into action, keeling into “emergency rationing mode”.  We wanted to be perfectly clear, this would be no Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph. 

How did we accomplish this?  We strategically posted mortgage loan officers at all bathroom entrances. After all, these professionals are experienced and trained in the art of handling objections from irate customers.

Finally, as the forces of nature broke down our walls, someone very bright suggested what we should have thought of earlier in the night: be resourceful. What’s the one thing we would have in abundance with a room-full of real estate professionals at hand?

Paper business cards.

So with this solution in hand (sorry), the party continued on without a wrinkle, though it did present a challenge to our networking skills.

And since this event, we have sworn to be better-prepared. Our “WTF” sub committee task force is soliciting for TP sponsorships at three new levels: Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels.

WCR Luck of IrishJeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans (they actually LIKE to lend money) reports a really nice turnout for the WCR Dallas St. Patty’s Day March mixer last week Thursday. But don’t be surprised when the “WTF” sub-committees take on a brave new world of sponsorship solicitation at the Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels:

Our governing board and very special committees made all of the necessary preparations for a great St. Paddy’s Day party.

By this, I mean getting booze and food sponsors.

The event was held at the beautiful Bella Vita Custom Home built by Bella Vita Home Builders at 6830 Wagonner Drive in Preston Hollow. We had absolutely everything that approximately 75 thirsty and hungry Real Estate guests require except for… toilet paper.

Turns out 6830 Waggoner is a model home of sorts, and you know, models never use the restroom. But we did actually find one small partial roll stashed away, probably a left-over from building.  So the WCR “WTF” sub committee sprang into action, keeling into “emergency rationing mode”.  We wanted to be perfectly clear, this would be no Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph. 

How did we accomplish this?  We strategically posted mortgage loan officers at all bathroom entrances. After all, these professionals are experienced and trained in the art of handling objections from irate customers.

Finally, as the forces of nature broke down our walls, someone very bright suggested what we should have thought of earlier in the night: be resourceful. What’s the one thing we would have in abundance with a room-full of real estate professionals at hand?

Paper business cards.

So with this solution in hand (sorry), the party continued on without a wrinkle, though it did present a challenge to our networking skills.

And since this event, we have sworn to be better-prepared. Our “WTF” sub committee task force is soliciting for TP sponsorships at three new levels: Charmin, Angel Soft and Cottonelle levels.

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Our Great Western Home Loans featured Realtor this week is Michael Tiller of Keller Williams, Team Tiller Realty in Denton. Mike is not only a seller of homes, driver of pick-ups, and tiller backyards, and saver of Koi ponds: he’s a selling machine with 94 homes sold last year. Turns out he was just getting warmed up for 2014 …

Michael makes sure his clients are well taken care of, not unlike our sponsor, Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. 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.

To read more about Michael Tiller and his adventures in real estate, jump!

CandysDirt.com: So are you a native Dallasite or where were you born…

Michael Tiller: Raleigh, NC

CD: Where do you live? House or Condo? House style?

MT: Denton, we own a home, a traditional ranch

CD: And you drive a… let me guess, Range Rover?

MT: Ha! F150 King Ranch

CD: What’s you favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

MT: The M Streets – I love the architecture of the homes

CD: If you could move elsewhere in Dallas, or North Texas, where else might you live — what other neighborhood?

MT: Vaquero in Westlake

CD: We LOVE Vaquero! How the heck did you get started in Real Estate? Who’d you work for first?

MT: I was in college, broke and had a family friend that was doing very well in real estate, so I thought it may be a good fit. Started in the business as a buyer’s agent for The McKissack Group and I’ve just started my 14th year.

CD: Broke no more! What’s your worst sales nightmare? Just worst transaction ever?

MT: To have a deal fall apart after my sellers have packed and moved out. That stunk — literally!

I had a buyer’s loan get flagged for conducive conditions by the appraiser of a local bank the day before closing. I was knee-deep in the bushes wearing slacks and a button down cutting and tearing the greenery away from the house in the middle of August. After all of that effort and sweat, the house did not close on time and the seller had the utilities turned off late that day. Typically this would not have been a big deal but this particular house had 7 large Koi in a shallow pond in the backyard. On Sunday, I went to check on the house and found that two of the Koi had perished and the others were in bad shape. In order to keep the others alive, I fished the two deceased ones out. Bare hands. It was an unbelievably foul smell and three years later it is still with me.

CD: (holding nose) What’s your best/highest sale?

MT: $598,000

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

MT: Three days from contract to close on a cash deal

CD: How much did you sell last year?

MT: $18.6 million on 94 homes

CD: Secret Sauce to marketing a house?

MT: We work with a lot of buyers and I will usually give them a day or two heads up prior to listing a home. Ideally we can double-side the home prior to it being listed on the MLS.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

MT: Play on the senior PGA

CD: What is your favorite place for a second home? Do you have a second home?

MT: Currently own rental property, but would love to have a cabin in Vail or Beaver Creek.

CD: Fish?

MT: No fish!

 

 

GARRETT BASS

Meet Garrett Bass, one of the newest, hardest-working members of the Ben Jones group, who — I hope you have a drink in your hand — sold $3 plus million dollars worth of real estate last year and is all of 23 years old. Toast! He is a Texas state champion Trombone player, no kidding! That’s right, he’s a baby with great skin, an adorable face, dimples AND a great real estate brain. Oh my, it must have been his mom’s super duper pre-natal vitamins.

Garrett took a break from a busy day to answer a few questions for us to be our featured Realtors, sponsored by Jeff Lindigrin of Great Western Home Loans. 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.

Read more about Garrett after the jump!

CandysDirt.com: Inquiring minds want to know: Where are you from?

Garrett Bass: Carrollton, home of the original Babe’s Chicken!

CD: Love that place? How did you get into real estate?

GB: I have wanted to work in real estate since I was 15. I worked as an underwriter for Bank of America.

CD:  So a mortgage background. Nice. You specialize in…

GB: Everything. The first home I sold was $1,250,000 right off the phone.

CD: First home sold is over a million? Wow, you don’t mess around, do you? Tell us: What are some unique challenges that Realtors face in this market?

GB: The market is so hot, bidding wars, it’s such a fast market you have to be on top of everything to get your client into a home quickly!

CD: Where is home for you in Dallas?

GB: Uptown, I live across from the West Village condos.

CD: You lease?

GB: Yes, right now I lease because I move around so much.

CD: And you drive a … let me guess, Range Rover?

GB: Infinity Q50

CD: What’s your favorite ‘hood in Dallas and why?

GB: Park Cities and Highland Park, Lakewood. I love historical, 1920-style homes. I do love contemporary, too, but kind of a classic guy here.

CD: What was your best/highest sale?

GB: My very first sale — $1,250,000.

CD: Likewise, what was your most challenging or memorable transaction?

GB: Selling my parents’ home. We had four offers in two days, it was nuts. My mother was excited, upset, crying, happy, I told her it would all be OK, Mom.

CD: How quickly have you ever turned a house?

GB: Two days

CD: How much did you sell last year?

GB: Three plus million (oh how I like the sound of that!)

CD: What words of wisdom do you often share with clients?

GB: Selling your home is a process, an important and serious process, but I will make it as enjoyable and smooth as possible. Also you need a lot of patience. One of my sales, the lender pulled that night before closing surprise with “we cannot fund this loan.” I didn’t panic, I called Ben and we found a private lender. We postponed closing a week, but we got her done. Easy.

CD: If you ever change careers for an encore you’ll…

GB: I have been in this career for a year and I love it!

CD: Do you have a second home? If so, where?

GB: Not yet, but when I do it will be London and it will be a smart home loaded with technology. As much as I love history and everything old, I am all about high tech. But I will live in London one day, love the history.

CD: Just don’t go over by sea…

GB: Ha! That is my other passion: I am a Titanic historian.

CD: Really? How many people died on the Titanic?

GB: 1,500. Ask me anything about Molly Brown…