Firm fills 11 leadership positions for MetroTex

In North Texas alone, there are 18,000 people involved in all aspects of the real estate industry. Since that’s a pretty sizeable bunch, odds are you know at least one of them, right? Especially with the crazy-strong housing market we’ve had the last few years. “For Sale” signs are everywhere, and hundreds of new agents have gotten their licenses.

Like any reputable industry, these local real estate professionals look to a unifying umbrella organization to help them maintain and further their careers and interests. MetroTex Association of REALTORS® is this organization. They offer programs to advance agent development, lobby for both consumers and REALTORS in Austin, promote diversity within the field and more. Established in 1917, MetroTex represents the entire North Texas region as the area’s largest REALTOR association. It is the second largest Association of REALTORS in Texas, and fourth in the country!

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — both the brokerage and the individual agents who comprise it — not only benefits from the work MetroTex does, they contribute to it in many significant ways. This year, several agents across the five Dallas offices (Highland Park, InTown, Lakewood, Park Cities and Preston Center) are serving fellow real estate professionals — and ultimately the buyers and sellers who rely on them — in various leadership capacities.

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James Eriksson Martin (top left) – Incoming President
Patty Brooks (top center) – MLS Representative for Oak Cliff
Becky Connatser (top right) – Past President Appointee
Kimberlee Gromatzky (not pictured) – Global Affairs Committee
Eric Holmes
(middle left) – MLS Representative for East Dallas
Angela McCants (middle center) – Vice Chair of Public Education
Dave Millheiser (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member, Professional Development Committee
Robb Puckett (middle right) – Vice Chair of Professional Development
Alicia Schroeder (bottom left) – Board of Directors and Chair of Public Education
Brian Smith (not pictured) – Global Business Council Advisory Board and Member
Kristin Smith
(bottom center) – Board of Directors and Chair of Young Professionals Network

As President, James Martin has this to say about 2017:

“MetroTex is poised for an exceptional year — incidentally our Centennial — where anything is possible. We’re committed to our cities, members and clients, and with that in mind, we have many events planned. We are launching a four-part New Professionals Entrepreneur Breakfast Series geared toward professional development. We will also be holding five tree-planting community service events throughout the year, with the first to take place next month in South Dallas. Our goal is also to give away 100 trees, free to the communities we serve. Those are just a few examples.

MetroTex has a long tradition of success, and we will use this solid foundation to build a greater tomorrow. Of course, building a greater tomorrow starts today!”

Congratulations to all for making a difference in North Texas real estate!




Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agents Contribute to Kessler Krawl’s Success

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There were plenty of smiling faces at last year’s Kessler Krawl. (Photo courtesy of Kessler Neighbors United)

The finest homes for sale in Kessler Park are marketed by Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents, so it’s only natural that our firm would have a hand — several hands, actually — in the neighborhood’s signature fundraiser, the Kessler Krawl.

During the annual cocktail party, four or five neighbors open their homes and serve drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Oak Cliff restaurants. The ticket-purchasing “guests” are divided into groups of 30 to 50 who then move from home to home. At the end of the evening, dessert and coffee are served at a final location, giving everyone a chance to be together.

The Kessler Krawl benefits the ongoing efforts of Kessler Neighbors United to create community and to maintain the beauty and safety of our neighborhood.

This year’s Kessler Krawl is scheduled for March 28, and our own Patty Brooks, Anne Foster, and Robb Puckett (Kessler Neighbors United’s president) are on the planning committee. Meanwhile, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is a presenting sponsor of the event, and Brooks is sponsoring one of the featured homes, as are the Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group and the Hickman+Weber Group.

Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Patty Brooks Details Ways Realtors Can Remain Safe While Showing Properties

Among Patty Brooks’ recommendations: Always keep your phone in your hand. (Photo via Flickr)

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Patty Brooks penned a post for the MetroTex Association of Realtors’ blog regarding on-the-job safety. After admitting to having a rather cavalier attitude about the potential dangers of showing properties to strangers, Patty wrote the following:

“It seems like a pretty good use of time to implement a safety plan that could one day be the difference between me pulling into my driveway after a successful day out with clients or pulling out of my driveway that morning for the very last time. It could happen. It has happened.”

While Patty didn’t specifically cite the 2014 murder of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter, that case immediately came to mind when I read her post.

Patty details several action steps that Realtors can take immediately. Her recommendations are worth checking out and taking to heart.