Today we are highlighting Jenn Rice, the newest member of the Heather Guild Group. We are excited to welcome her to our team and want to give you all a chance to get to know her better!
Why did you decide to move to Compass and HGG?
I’m excited to join the Heather Guild group at Compass and to work alongside such an amazing group of women. I’m inspired by their dedication to their clients and their East Dallas communities. By joining the group, and Compass, I am able to offer my clients an increased level of customer service by utilizing both Compass and the Heather Guild Group’s top-notch resources, including but not limited to complementary staging, in-depth market knowledge, and the ability to provide innovative real estate technology that is designed to make the home buying and selling experience more streamlined and efficient.
Jenn, help us get to know you. Tell us more about your life growing up (schools, cities lived in, family of origin, how you got to Dallas, etc.)
I’m a Texas girl, born and raised! Born in Houston, moved to the Fort Worth area at age 11. Then moved to Denton to study Fashion Design at the University of North Texas, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduation in 1999, I leased my first apartment in Dallas right by the Lakewood Theatre. I’ve lived in East Dallas for 20 years now!
Tell us more about what drew you to your career in real estate.
After buying and renovating our first home in 2003, my husband, Josh (Principal of interior design firm, Joshua Rice Design) and I helped many of our friends find and remodel their first homes. I guess you could say that I was hooked from that moment on...
I enjoy meeting and working with so many interesting people in our great East Dallas community. Everyone has a story, and each one fascinates me! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the unique life anecdotes that are shared with me. Working in the same community in which you live is especially rewarding. I have the opportunity to help improve my clients' lives. Most people move because they are experiencing a major life change, so it can be high on the list of stressful things to do. It feels good to not only ease the stress and burden for my clients, but to make it a positive, fun experience.
How long have you lived in the Old Lake Highlands neighborhood?
My husband, Josh, and I first fell in love with the lake and the unique vibe of the Old Lake Highlands neighborhood back when searching to buy our very first home almost 16 years ago. We were fortunate enough to find ourselves a fixer upper, and closed on our first home in OLH in December of 2003, shortly after getting married. We were drawn to the cool ranch-style and mid-century modern homes throughout the East Dallas neighborhoods. It wasn’t long before we found “the one” that became our home for the next 14 years! We had already fallen in love with the people in this great community and finding a cool MCM home near a fantastic elementary school was the cherry on top. We now are currently remodeling our third home in Old Lake Highlands, and we hosted our first OLH Neighborhood Porch Party in April. THIS IS OUR COMMUNITY!
You are incredibly involved in the White Rock Home Tour, can you tell us about that?
The tour not only benefits our amazing neighborhood school, Hexter Elementary, it also provides a fun, highly anticipated weekend for our local community, and architecture/design enthusiasts alike. It provides for our kids, teachers, and White Rock Lake area residents in such an enjoyable way. This excitement motivates me to help in any way that I can, and to keep sponsoring year after year.
And how did you get involved with the tour?
We attended our first White Rock Home Tour in 2006 and we haven’t missed a single one since! Both Josh and I have been docents, sponsors, helped find homes, guest speakers, volunteers, and other sponsors. As a Realtor, volunteer, and proud Hexter mom, I am pleased and honored to give back to the community that has contributed so much to our family.
When you aren’t busy selling real estate, what do you like to do in your spare time?
My husband and I have always been big art, design, and music enthusiasts. We love attending local art gallery openings, design and architecture events, and going to live music shows. We’re also foodies and LOVE trying new restaurants in and around our neighborhood, and we enjoy spending time with family and friends in the outdoors and taking full advantage of the beautiful parks and a myriad of recreational and cultural opportunities that the White Rock Lake area has to offer. Our family gives back to our community by volunteering at both Victor H. Hexter Elementary and William B. Travis TAG Vanguard.