Angela Downes’ expertise spans the market and the country.


Angela Downes’ expertise as one of Dallas’ top-performing agents
spans the market and the country.

From a New England coastal estate complete with blueberry fields, to being the exclusive listing agent of a hip and affordable townhome community near downtown Dallas, and most recently, 22 build-to-suit lots in the exclusive Prestonwood Polo and Country Club development, Angela’s success record is both impressive and fascinating.

But she’s got a real passion for the historic.

“I believe that in order to move forward and progress, we need to understand and appreciate our history,” says Angela, who is ranked among the Companywide Top 30 Producers of Virginia Cook, Realtors®.
 
“Here in Dallas, we are blessed to have a city with a rich and interesting history, and I have a true appreciation and gratitude for those before us who helped make and shape our city.”

Angela’s gratitude has inspired her to become an active member and patron of the Dallas Historical Society, Preservation Dallas and the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society. She has also earned designations as a Historic House Specialist and a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.

While this go-getter’s volunteer work is focused on giving back to the community, her involvement contributes to a unique depth and range of expertise, service and insight for her clients. 

 “From sponsoring historical home tours, to working as a docent, Angela has truly invested her heart back into Dallas, and that’s something that resounds with her clients,” says Sherri Baer, vice president/manager of the Park Cities office, where Angela is based. “We are so proud of her success as a professional and as a community leader in this city we all love.”


 

Hearts at Work: Recognizing Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott

 

20 committee members; 200 parent and staff volunteers, 1,000 attendees and over $60,000 raised for the Good Shepherd Episcopal School at its Annual Carnival!

Those are some pretty impressive numbers! But, we’re not surprised, because two equally impressive Realtors®, Kimberly Cocotos and Kristen Scott, were the co-chairs of this important fund-raising event that featured all of the attractions of a full-scale carnival including rides, a petting zoo and lots of yummy treats.

In fact, Kimberly and Kristen’s business partnership is grounded by service to others. They first met through their volunteer work together. It was such an enjoyable experience that the two decided to start working together professionally and the Cocotos-Scott team was formed.

“We continue to volunteer to give back to the community and help in any way that we feel we can make a positive impact,” says Kimberly, a graduate of the MetroTex Association of Realtors’® Leadership program and licensed broker.

“Being able to help ensure that the students, teachers and staff have an enjoyable learning environment is very rewarding,” adds Kristen, who credits her dedication to volunteering to the Junior League of Dallas, where she spent 10 years as an active member and is now a sustaining member.

Although the 2016 Annual Carnival is in the books and will fund outdoor campus enhancements, Kimberly and Kristen are already looking ahead to their next opportunities to make a difference at the school. Kimberly will serve on the Parents Executive Board, where she will be in charge of ALL fund raising for the school. Kristen will also be on the Board with an equally significant role soon to be announced.

For most people, these volunteer leadership positions would be enough when combined with thriving careers and busy family lives. Yet both women find the time to share their talent and skills with additional organizations like Jonathan’s Place, a local non-profit that helps abused and neglected children.

“We are so proud of Kimberly and Kristen,” says Sheila Rice, president of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. “They are valued associates who truly exemplify our company’s Hearts at Work program, created to honor and inspire volunteerism among our agents in the North Texas communities that we serve and call home.”

We're Local, and Global!

 

 

We’re Local, and Global as Members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

The leadership team of Virginia Cook, Realtors® attended the 2017 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Annual Conference held at the iconic Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach this month as invited members of the prestigious global organization.

“This was an exceptional experience that confirmed we are connected to the highest quality of residential real estate companies in the U.S. and around the world,” said President Sheila Rice, noting that only 20 percent of all companies that apply to be a member are accepted based upon stringent criteria for quality performance standards.

“What that means to our valued customers here in North Texas is that we can connect them to the very best real estate firms and agents in any city or country where they need expert assistance in buying or selling property,” she said.

According to LeadingRE, membership is comprised of the Top 550 brokerages across the U.S. and in 55 countries. These firms produce more sales than any other real estate network with over 1 million transactions valued most recently at $321 billion closed annually.

“And, just like Virginia Cook, Realtors®, these firms are fiercely local, independently owned and able to turn on a dime in today's fast moving market. You can say that we’re local, and global!” said Sheila.

During the 2017 LeadingRE Conference, members had many opportunities to network with each other and share ideas about what their companies are doing to ensure impeccable client service and maintain leadership in their markets.

With the amazing Fontainebleau Hotel and Miami Beach vibe as the backdrop, attendees also took in inspiring insight and information from business notables like the visionary Stefan Swanepoel, innovation leader Josh Linkner, and John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the Blue Angels.

“One of the most valuable aspects of the conference was spending time with the people of the most successful firms in our industry,” said Maggie Hall, Relocation director of Virginia Cook, Realtors®. “It is very inspiring to be affiliated with these leaders who are committed to the highest levels of professional conduct and performance.”

Virginia Cook, Realtors® also recently established a London office to ensure both a local and global presence in the residential real estate industry.

"The UK, and London in particular, is considered a gateway to the international buyer," said Sheila. "Rather than waiting for these buyers to reach out to us, we now go to them through our London office and staff who understand the dynamics of serving foreign and ex-Pat American clients."

Factors motivating international buyers to invest in North Texas include the strength of the pound and euro against the dollar, and the stability and strength of the U.S. and Texas economies.

 

At Virginia Cook, Realtors® We Believe Knowledge is Power!

 

At Virginia Cook, Realtors® We Believe Knowledge is Power!

Since Sheila Rice and Virginia Cook founded the company 17 years ago, education has been an integral part of our corporate culture.

But in 2016, the company ramped it up even more to ensure that our sales associates, and ultimately our clients, benefit from advanced professional development in all areas of real estate, including technology, marketing, contracts, ethics and risk management.

The first step we took was welcoming industry leader Denaige Pizzutello into our business family as Senior Vice President of Professional Development. With broad based support from our awesome management team and agents, she has implemented many new programs including KickStart, a comprehensive five-day training program featuring leaders from within Virginia Cook, Realtors® and the local industry as instructors.

Highlights include sessions on How to Build Your Business by 2015 Top Producer Simone Jeanes; Negotiations - by David Griffin, President of the David Griffin Division; Listing Presentations by another Top Producer, Kim Cocotos of our North Dallas office; and Technology, Marketing and Social Media sessions by our Tech and Marketing staff members.

Also included were many hands-on sessions covering those critical tools likeDocuSign; zipForm Plus®; and Realist NTREIS Tax. All are presented by Denaige and include anywhere from 1 to 4 hours of CE credit! Talk about a big bang for your time!

Our next KickStart session begins on March 27th and runs until March 31st.

If you are ready to be the CEO of your own business, and would like to work in an environment inspired by a commitment to excellence, and receive more information regarding our KickStart program, contact Sheila Rice, President of Virginia Cook, Realtors®, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Homance...

 

Homance...


Nick Churton of Virginia Cook, Realtor®'s London Office
Offers Real Estate Match-Making Advice as We Head towards Valentine's Day.

Good real estate brokers can be perfect sweethearts.  It is always best to have someone by your side who values you, who will fight for you, who won’t argue (much), who will only hang around your home when you want them to, and always has your best interests at heart. Such a person may not make such a bad partner. 

Of course, there are good partners and bad partners.  Selling real estate well rests heavily on the partnership built up between seller and broker.  A good broker will lovingly put you and your property on a pedestal and then expertly and fiercely negotiate to achieve the best deal for you.  On the other hand, a lesser agent or broker may only put your property on the Internet with all their other “sweethearts” and then haggle to find the easiest deal – and I mean easiest for them. There’s really nothing good about a selfish Valentine.

There is a great difference between the two – often many thousands of pounds (or dollars/euros/yen, etc.) in the final price you achieve.  You could come to love the former, but hate the latter.  The trick is finding the right Valentine broker at the onset of the process. It’s a bit like finding the best boyfriend or girlfriend.  They may look roughly the same at first, but over time they all turnout very differently.

So if you are searching for the type of broker you could come to love this spring go on a few dates - invite a few to visit your home, ask the to give you some marketing advice and see how you get on. Then ask yourself which you would prefer: the cheap flashy one who brags a lot; or the one with whom you feel most comfortable. The one with a background of stable and successful relationships…

The one you would most like to introduce to your parents.

Nick Churton
Director, London Office
Virginia Cook, Realtors
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