Founding agent of Compass’ Houston office jumps ship

Bryan Beene’s could trigger run for the lifeboats among fellow brokers

Bryan Beene (Martha Turner Sotheby's, Getty)
Bryan Beene (Martha Turner Sotheby's, Getty)

A founding agent of Compass’ Houston office is headed to Martha Turner Sotheby’s.

Bryan Beene’s departure from Compass comes at a critical juncture in the former start-up’s short history as the now-public company’s stock tanks, and top executives sell-off shares.

Before joining Compass when its Houston office opened in 2018, Beene was a top broker at longtime luxury realtor John Daugherty, which is now Douglas Elliman’s Houston outpost.

Beene, who represented buyers and sellers in transactions totaling over $32 million in 2021, follows two former Compass agents who left for Houston’s Nan and Co. Properties in mid-August.

His move could trigger even more departures from Compass’ Houston office. The Real Deal has learned that at least three current Compass agents are looking to depart from its Houston office.

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“This is big, when these OGs leave, others tend to follow,” a source familiar with Compass’ Houston office told TRD.

Beene, who has been a real estate agent for the past decade, has closed over $215 million in sales volume in Greater Houston, according to a Martha Turner Sotheby’s press release.

“Brian’s departure was in the best interest of both parties,” said Seita Jongebloed, managing director for Compass Greater Houston, in a statement to TRD. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors and look forward to continuing to work with him through our Compass agents across Greater Houston.”

Beene did not return TRD’s call for comment.

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