How to Get Ahead in Real Estate

In 2016, I took a leap into Real Estate.

While working a demanding job as a marketing contractor for a large, global, software company and working on as many plays I could at Duncanville Community Theatre, I found time to study for the Real Estate licensure exam.

When I was considering a broker, I chose the one that a family member worked with for many years. It was a natural choice; it was a good choice.

Here I am approaching the end of 2017, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I’ve learned … on what the books and classes didn’t teach me.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that what it boils down to isn’t about how to find leads or how to manage a smooth transaction.

For me, it boils down to this: drawing upon one’s Inner Resources is how to get ahead.

This has been a path that has shown me what I’m made of. Of course there are many paths that can teach us this same lesson, but—as I stand upon this path of Realtor in a moment of pause—I’m reminded that …

I am Patient.
I am Caring.
I am Generous.
I am Compassionate.
I am Surrounded By Many Patient, Caring, Generous, and Compassionate People.
I am Blessed.

I know that when I pause to remember, when I keep moving forward (no matter how tough it gets), I can gently guide others ahead where we reach what we are reaching for … Home.


Dawn McCallum

Oh, by the way®… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I’ll be happy to follow up and take great care of them.

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This Week’s House Crush

This 2010 David Weekley home in SW Dallas County was so well-loved by its current owners that it seems like a brand new home. It also happens to be located along one of my favorite drives in Dallas County, along Spur 408, just north of I-20.

Here’s a look at the neighborhood, which is just down the street from Dallas Baptist University and The Potter’s House. The neighborhood has a nice variety of housing options, such as the gorgeous home in the video above. But you’ll also find brownstone-style homes and homes with a smaller square footage.

The roundabouts and walking-trail-lined avenue that lead to the neighborhood gently ease you into your day and sweetly welcome you back home. Clay Academy is within walking distance of the featured home in this delightful neighborhood, which is carefully peppered with many planned green spaces. I particularly enjoyed seeing the use of native, drought-resistant plants.

A part of Duncanville ISD, this neighborhood may look like it’s out in the country, but it’s about 15 miles from downtown Dallas, about 17 miles from Cedar Hill State Park, and about 15 miles from one of my favorite places, Six Flags Over Texas.

What a find!

Treasure Hunt, Duncanville: Main Street Pickers

If you haven’t peeked into Main Street Pickers at 408 N. Main Street in Duncanville, you should. Nick Nichols, has a created a space full of treasures, ranging from antiques to mid-century-modern furniture to quirky pieces you won’t find anywhere else. He also features some local artists such as Tomas Artiga and Gene Gregory.

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After Nick retired from Levine’s Department Stores, he opened up a couple of booths at Knick Knacks, where he sold his treasures for close to three years. When the space in the old Mason’s lodge on Main and Davis streets opened up in Summer 2016, he saw a great opportunity to put his retail experience to work. After some renovations, Main Street Pickers opened on July 13, 2016.

For the artsy-craftsy folks out there, Nick has a nice variety of chalk-based paint colors to choose from for a great price. The paints can be used on furniture, wood, metal, glass, and fabrics. When you’re in the shop, be sure to check out some of the painting projects Nick’s working on too.

Personal note: I was delighted to see the old Fain Street Surgical Clinic sign behind the cash register. Dr. Hugh Murray was the “ostetric” (sic) doctor who delivered me – during office hours – on a Monday back in the early 1970s.

Make sure you swing by Main Street Pickers during the next Duncan Switch Street Market (third Saturday from 8-2). Or take a look at Main Street Pickers Facebook page for a look at Nick’s fun finds.

Your friendly neighborhood Realtor,
Dawn McCallum
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